Why you need the Apple Watch

Before you Samsungers/Androiders start telling me Apple isn’t innovate and doesn’t boast enough features, I’m going to stop you right there – I don’t NEED all of your Android features. I’ve been loyal to Apple since iPod Nano was their big thing, and I don’t plan to turn back anytime soon (except maybe for a laptop). Setting up an Android with all its customizable features takes so much time not to mention learning what all those features are, and quite frankly, I don’t need them. I like my lack of options because it keeps things simple in my complex life.

Onto the Watch.

From a fashion perspective:

There will always be naysayers who claim a Rolex is the best thing you can wear on your wrist, but when the cheapest Rolex still costs more than my first car (that I only got rid of 2 years ago because of an accident), I need to keep my options open. Though I love all the “normal” watches I’ve owned, I always needed to have more than one for different occasions; a casual one, a colourful one, a statement watch, a simple one. With the Apple Watch, I can change up the watch face for any occasion, as well as play around with interchangeable straps. Bonus: Amazon offers an unreal variety of straps at extremely reasonable prices (rubber, leather, stainless steel, you name it!)

And of course, it’s as aesthetically pleasing as you want it to be (given what strap you use.)

From a utility perspective:

This is going to be a long list, so buckle up.

It’s waterproof. Yes, entirely waterproof. You can swim laps or hang out in the ocean with your watch on your wrist. It even has a special button to push after water activity to push the water out of the speakers.

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Having built a small collection of inexpensive watches, I ended up going about a year without wearing any of them because all of their batteries died and I just couldn’t be bothered to go to the shop to get them replaced (even though there’s a battery replacement down the street from me). Having a watch that I can charge at home is such a relief, especially since the battery lasts so long that I can give it a little boost every couple days while I shower and it’ll never die on me.

It’s connected to your iPhone which leads to another list of benefits.

Once your phone is connected to wifi, your watch is connected to your phone regardless of the distance between the two in the area of wifi coverage. This is great especially heading into meetings at work or social gatherings, because you can have your phone completely out of sight, but have texts and calls appear on your wrist. Having had the watch a couple weeks now, I find I’m less inclined to open my phone and start answering something unimportant right away (especially in a social setting) because it requires an extra step of getting my phone out of my bag or from the other room.

On the other hand, I can rest assured that if something important is getting communicated to me, I’m still on top of it. In any case, it’s an added bonus not having to have my Plus iPhone on the table or desk at all times in order to stay connected, and it helps my productivity and social life. The Apple Watch also gives you options to reply to texts with generic messages like “yes”, “no”, and “busy right now”, as well as the opportunity set up some custom options.

Never mind table side settings, the watch also helps you steer clear from driving and texting, or looking at your phone for GPS. If you’ve your Maps showing you a route, the watch will show your next turn and how far ahead it is.

Finally, one of my personal favourite features is the ability to ping your phone. What would a night out be if I wasn’t throwing everything out of my closet in search of a perfect outfit, and as a result burying my phone under a pile of denim and blazers. With the press of a button on my watch, my phone lets out a short ring, helping me find it.

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If you’ve made it this far in the post, you’re either convinced the Apple Watch is a great product, or you think I’m one of those lunatics who’s obsessed with her smartphone and connectivity in an unhealthy way. Having the watch actually helped me get off my phone in more ways than one, and I couldn’t have been happier with getting one.

There are so many other features and perks of the Apple Watch that I haven’t even mentioned, but I felt like the ones mentioned above are the key ones for you, my audience.

If you have any questions about other features or how things work, comment below!

Would you ever consider a smart watch, or is Daniel Wellington the only way to go until you can snag a Rolex?

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How You Can Support Torontonians This Holiday Season

Happy Hannukah (day 2!) to my fellow Jews, and here’s to hoping everyone else is getting their holiday shopping done, or started at the very least.

Though I have a generic gift guide on the way as well, I wanted to dedicate an entire post to Toronto-based small businesses which offer products that can easily be gifted this holiday season. Having a few friends who started their own businesses, as well as having this blog for the past two years, I know how difficult it is to reach out to your friends and ask for help and support – let’s put it this way, I can count on one hand how many of my friends are subscribed to my blog. That’s why this holiday season I think it’s soooo important to support your loved ones as well as those in your community.

So without further ado, here are 8 businesses you can support right here in homely Toronto this season: Continue reading

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

How to Afford Designer Goods as a Student

Every time I wear or carry something really nice, my peers at university either greet me with a dirty look, or whine about how they wish they could afford that, or just blatantly ask me, “how could you afford that?” The worst reaction I’ve ever gotten was when a girl got mad at me because I said I couldn’t afford to attend her out-of-town bachelorette (wasn’t a bridesmaid anyway), but she saw me buying new designer things on my Instagram.

So I’m about to unveil my secrets, some of which my close friends know about, and some of which I usually keep to myself, but today is a reveal-all kind of day, so here we go: Continue reading

A Girl Gang Affair

On March 26th, Girl Gang Appreciation Day, I took a giant leap out of my comfort zone and invited ten ladies I barely knew or didn’t know at all to join me for an evening of coffee, pastries, and deep conversation about the reality of being a busy woman with a plate full of responsibilities and aspirations. Continue reading

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

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

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?

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

Resolutions: Wrapping Them Up In One Little Book

It seems like December is the time that we not only spend  all our money on presents and turkey dinners, but we always begin to reflect on the past year and what we have or haven’t accomplished. For the past five years or so, I would write my resolutions in the Notes section of my smartphone, and closer to December 31st, review that list and check off what I’ve achieved. It was always the same old song and dance: lose weight, get good marks in school, keep my room clean, don’t piss off my mother. Continue reading