Did Social Media Ruin Us, Or Did We Ruin Ourselves?

Once in a while, I find myself scrolling through my Instagram feed, watching as every other woman’s lips get fuller, chests get perkier, and closets get more full, and I catch myself starting to doubt my own looks and my own closet. It seems that after any of these “social media purges”, I feel worse about myself, and next thing I know I am researching the best place for lip injections in the city (ok, not that extreme. I’ve never done the research).

Whenever this happens to me, I like to really reflect on what made me think or feel a certain way, and what change I can make to not feel that way ever again (because why would I want to?) I’m a strong believer in taking control of my life, and if something isn’t satisfying me, to change what I can. I’ve come down to three conclusions and changes that would need to be made to avoid these thoughts and feelings: Continue reading “Did Social Media Ruin Us, Or Did We Ruin Ourselves?”

Fashion Week Front Row Etiquette

Though I am currently enduring the hardest semester of my existence as an undergraduate student, I still made an effort to make it out to TOM*FW for one of the days (and luckily the same day of the ever energetic Hendrixroe show), and I was lucky to watch the shows front and centre.

Though it’s a blessing to be able to rest my feet on the runway, it also comes with its downsides, which I’d like to call poor front row etiquette. It’s hard enough to get nice photos or videoclips of the models coming down the runway, but the experience gets entirely ruined when someone is committing one of the following sins: Continue reading “Fashion Week Front Row Etiquette”

Coming Soon…

The last few weeks of my life have been a whirlwind of emotions and excitement. As of June 28th, I am an engaged woman, and as of a week ago, the banquet hall deposit is down and I am set to marry my best friend on July 1st 2018!

Of course the rollercoaster must come down after going up, and it’s also been a tough time working too many jobs and having to give up on a few freelance projects I had planned with White Umbrella Media and the #mynewgirlgang project. Continue reading “Coming Soon…”

A Goal-Oriented Summer

You may remember me writing about the incredible startup, Better Life Project, back in the winter when I bought the first ever Better Life Planner just in time for 2017. The first edition helped me reorganize my goals for the year, as well as make daily and weekly goals for myself in order to get closer to achieving my long-term aspirations.

This time, the inspiring ladies behind the project are back with a bigger and better product, the Better Life Planner: Student Success Edition. What blew my mind most about the planner this time was how adaptive the planner truly is. Though it’s called the Student Success Edition, it is far from being restricted to students of an educational institution – it is for students of life. Continue reading “A Goal-Oriented Summer”

Embracing Getting Burnt Out

Disclaimer: In theory, I should be posting on my blog about fall/winter 2017 Canadian fashion right now, but to be honest, it would not be genuine (at this moment). 


Over the past couple of weeks, I had to come to terms with the reality that I was not balancing everything on my plate as well as I should have been. My grades were getting significantly lower than last semester, the bags under my eyes significantly darker, and I found myself breaking into tears every so often worrying about how I was going to get everything on my list accomplished through the next day, the next week, and the next month. Whenever I’d head out of the house without makeup on, people would ask what was wrong, and if I was getting sick or something. I even lost the will and inspiration to write on my blog, which usually was a 20-minute escape from the hustle and bustle. Continue reading “Embracing Getting Burnt Out”

The #GirlBoss Survival Kit

The #GirlBoss movement, created by Sophia Amoruso, is one that not only empowered women around the world to unleash their entrepreneurial spirit, but glorified being a female entrepreneur and go-getter.  Though I never read her book, nor supported Amoruso’s Nasty Gal brand (for reasons to be brought up at a later date), I have to give her credit for creating the Girl Boss empire and inspiring so many women around the world.

So at what point can one consider herself a “Girl Boss”? I think the whole dynamic of being a woman changed when we stopped living to cook and clean for our families, and started becoming educated, having careers, and creating something for ourselves.  Continue reading “The #GirlBoss Survival Kit”

24 Things I Learned By 24

Birthdays have played tricky games with me over the past 6-7 years. Sometimes I had unrealistically high expectations (Prince Charming knocking on my door at the knick of midnight), and other times my lack of self-confidence had me down. Some years were fantastic where I was surrounded by loved ones, and felt nothing but like a queen all of February 3rd. All in all, my birthday was just another day, and the only thing that changed was the number representing my age. This year, however, I self-reflected, and realized a lot has changed. Here are the 24 things I learned by now:

  1. Smile at least once a day. Even if you have to force it by watching an episode of Friends.
  2. Success does not have one definition. It is ever-changing, and it is different to every individual.
  3. Always apologize to your mother after an argument. Even if you’re right.
  4. Have hobbies.
  5. Admit your mistakes. Not necessarily to other people, but definitely to yourself.
  6. Give yourself the chance to be lazy. Sometimes. Not everyday.
  7. An education may cost you $35,000. If you make the best of it, it becomes priceless.
  8. Don’t let the small stuff get to you.
  9. Cancel out your negatives with three positives. They exist, I promise.
  10. Never dishonour your values.
  11. A couple amazing friends is better than a lot of acquaintances.
  12. Family always comes first.
  13. Forgive your family, even if they don’t apologize.
  14. Out of sight, out of mind. Don’t let the things that bother you or hurt you stay in your line of sight.
  15. Invest in your bags and shoes. These are pieces that will carry you as well as carry your tangible valuables.
  16. There is no finish line for success. Life is a journey full of big and small victories along the way.
  17. It’s fine if life doesn’t take you on the journey you expected at age 16, at age 18, or at age 21. Changes usually happen for the better.
  18. It’s ok to cry. It’s not ok to cry everyday. If you’re crying everyday, figure out how to replace those tears with smiles.
  19. When something bad or undesirable happens, compare it to the grand scheme of things. Not so bad anymore, right?
  20. If it can be fixed with money, it’s not that big of a problem.
  21. It’s more sustainable to own one fantastic shirt for $200 than 10 bad quality shirts for $20 a piece.
  22. Never stop learning. Beauty will fade, but intellectual beauty won’t.
  23. If you’re stuck in a job you hate, don’t quit until you have another option. You need money to survive, but make sure the rest of your lifestyle is awesome.
  24. Getting older isn’t so scary. It’s simply the evidence of growth.

 

Whether you are 16, 24, 40, or in your 60s, I hope these are life lessons that you can ponder on and potentially learn from as well. As they say, you can learn something from anyone, and who’s to say you can’t learn from little ol’ 24-year-old me?

“I Love You Just The Way You Are” – Sweet or Wrong?

Though this was not the post I had initially intended to begin 2017’s archives with, when the idea came to me (after conversation with my boyfriend, obviously), I felt it was appropriate with the influx of go-getters and goal-setters during resolution month aka January.

Do not tell each other “I love you just the way you are“. Maybe in the short term you are making each other feel good, feel loved, and generally giving each other a dose of dopamine, but in the long run, you are doing nothing but damage. Continue reading ““I Love You Just The Way You Are” – Sweet or Wrong?”

5 Holiday Date Ideas

There’s something about the Christmas and holiday season that is super romantic. Whether you want to or not, you get sucked into this world of watching people pick out the perfect gift for their loved ones (especially if you work retail), groups getting together to celebrate at parties and dinners, and couples perusing on the absolute cutest dates imaginable that either aren’t as magical the other eleven months of the year, or even possible to begin with. Continue reading “5 Holiday Date Ideas”