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simple photography tips to improve your smartphone photos

We live in a time where the smartphone camera is more common than any other. Whether we like it or not, majority of our photos are staying in digital form, and are getting taken on a phone that doesn’t have nearly as much pixel capacity as a professional camera. It’s quicker, it’s lighter, and it’s taking your all-in-one device into capturing your life moments conveniently. That being said, even without the high-class three-thousand-dollar camera, it is still possible to take beautiful pictures by just following a few simple tips: Continue reading simple photography tips to improve your smartphone photos

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bloggers’ choice: five pieces under $99

If you have at least any interest in fashion and retail, you know it’s hard to come by really nice affordable pieces for your wardrobe. A nice shirt will cost $250, and a pair of statement pumps can be in the thousands. That’s why I got together with a few bloggers worldwide to bring you a few pieces that were found and purchased in the double digits, and soon became favourites. Continue reading bloggers’ choice: five pieces under $99

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a little bit of french: Colette Grand Cafe

Do you ever find yourself somewhere, and think to yourself, my god am I lucky to be here. That is exactly how I felt when a good friend invited me for a coffee at Colette. Had she invited someone else, or had she never even heard of it, I would probably never discover this absolutely perfect little place. Continue reading a little bit of french: Colette Grand Cafe

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5 small easy ways to eat and drink healthier – instantly!

  1. Replace all juices and sodas with water. At moments of thirst we usually crave something sweet, but we are only worsening the situation. Sugars are fairly dehydrating, therefore doing the opposite of what you want your drink to do. Not to mention the amount of unnecessary calories in those drinks.
  2. Lose the caramel from your caramel macchiato. I’ve made this transition myself, and that is exactly how I learned to appreciate REAL, tasty coffee. You will really save yourself on extra fat (and cash) if you simply order a cappuccino or a latte. The syrup and the drizzle account for about an extra 100 calories. Do you need those calories? No, you don’t.
  3. Ask for the dressing on the side. Believe it or not, sometimes ordering a salad is not the best “I’m on a diet” choice at a restaurant. In many cases, the dressing – what makes your salad so scrumptious and delicious – is harming you more than the veggies are helping you. To help yourself, you can either completely skip the dressing, or ask for it on the side. If the restaurant’s given dressing choice is extremely caloric, it may be a good idea to simply ask for some Extra Virgin Olive Oil on the side instead.
  4. Reject the cold water at the restaurant. Yes, I am encouraging you to be that picky customer who asks for hot water with lemon. Drinking cold water during your meal is probably one of the most common nutrition mistakes. The cold temperature of the water slows down your metabolism – making the breakdown of the foods you are attempting to digest much slower, and giving your body a greater chance to hold onto all the wrong things. Drinking warm water will help you burn off and digest your meal much more easily.
  5. Glass of red wine over everything. Don’t get me wrong, I love my mojito, my caesar, my cosmopolitan, and of course, my beer. But when push comes to shove, and it’s time to make healthier choices in a drinking environment, red wine is the way to go. Research goes to show that the nutrients in red wine can break down fats and lower blood pressure. Drinking and losing weight?! What could be better, am I right?

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Toronto, THIS is real coffee

You must understand, I am not your typical Starbucks girl, who can’t go a day without her No Fat Soy Iced Caramel Macchiato. Truth to be told, I’m not any Starbucks girl AT ALL. As soon as I developed a taste for good coffee (and by coffee, I mean espresso), there was no turning back. Continue reading Toronto, THIS is real coffee

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date night: take me out to the ball game

Whether you’ve just started seeing someone, or it’s a long term relationship, there’s always the question: what are we going to do tonight? Continue reading date night: take me out to the ball game

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NYC: a spontaneous weekend on a tight budget

It’s friday morning, I’m at work bright and early. Dreaming of the weekend, when I can spend some time at home, relaxing. I am completely unaware of the idea burning up inside my significant other’s head, until lunchtime, when I glance at my phone, and the words “we are driving to New York tonight” pop up on my screen. Continue reading NYC: a spontaneous weekend on a tight budget

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fashion: the printed skirt meets a really bright colour

Last week I bought a new skirt from Ted Baker’s AW15 collection, a tile floral printed midi skirt, found here. Not only am I in love with the fit of the skirt, I am in awe of the colours and details of the print. The combination of tiles and florals is fairly pale and dull, but touches of baby blue bring out brighter hues in the skirt. Continue reading fashion: the printed skirt meets a really bright colour

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travel: what to pack in your carry-on, and more

Summer is the perfect time for travel, especially if you prefer hot weather and if you’re a student.

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Going on vacation, a business trip, or just any travelling, usually requires some amount of packing whether you go for a day, a week, or a year. Packing, as some of you may know, is a task that requires quite some time, whether you’re fashion obsessed or not. Through my experiences of flying twice a month in my previous career, I was able to come up with a few words of advice. Continue reading travel: what to pack in your carry-on, and more