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Couture is the Cure for “What Will I Wear?”

If you’re a frequent visitor to The Lifestyle Bistro, you’re probably aware that I had the pleasure to attend the Nordstrom Gala at CF Eaton Centre a couple weeks back. It’s worth mentioning that the night was pretty much a blast, especially since it involved an open bar, shopping, and the chance to dress up. And if you know anything about me, you know I don’t like to settle when it comes to my wardrobe choices, so naturally, it was the perfect opportunity to wear my favourite Canadian designer: Stephan Caras. Continue reading Couture is the Cure for “What Will I Wear?”

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If I Moved to Australia, Would Anyone Notice? The Reality of a 21st Century Cynic

About once a week (usually on a night my boyfriend is busy, and I have nothing to do), I come to the realization that I basically have none of my own friends, particularly girlfriends. By “my own”, I mean people who I didn’t meet by default through my boyfriend, or in some cases, through their boyfriends. I’m talking besties, girls I’ll go for a spontaneous coffee with, and who I can share every detail of my life with. Continue reading If I Moved to Australia, Would Anyone Notice? The Reality of a 21st Century Cynic

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Borrowed From The Boys

There are so many great things about being a woman, especially when it comes to self-expression through fashion. It seems like we can get away with a lot more things than the guys can (or dare to), and we won’t even get dirty looks for it. Having worked in retail at a store that sells both menswear and womenswear before, I surprisingly found myself gearing towards some of the men’s pieces for myself. In light of TOM*FW (Toronto Men’s Fashion Week), what better time than now to talk about the pieces us ladies can borrow from the boys. Continue reading Borrowed From The Boys

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Inspiration: Long-Weekend Fashionista

Two weeks ago, I had the pleasure of heading out to a cottage up north for the weekend, and forgot all the rules of fashion. My weekend had a rotation of three outfits: bikini, t-shirt (with holes in it) and denim shorts, and a hoodie with sweatpants. And really, could you blame me? If I wasn’t paddle-boarding or swimming across the lake, then I was roasting marshmallows by the fire or bathing myself in anti-mosquito spray. There really wasn’t space for nice clothes at that point.

And here we are, on Canada Day, and sadly, I’m stuck in the city (or what most consider the suburbs), but managed to have the weekend off work anyway. With less than desirable weather today on this beautiful country’s birthday, and no concrete plans the rest of the weekend, I really have no clue what can happen. In other words, I’m in civilization, and my days will probably consist of brunch outings and family get-togethers. Which means – the rules of fashion do apply.

So here’s the pieces of inspiration that will get me through the long weekend, whether they currently lay in my closet or not: Continue reading Inspiration: Long-Weekend Fashionista

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How to Start Your Own Shoe Drive (or any other group donation)

In March, I decided that by May 1st I would try to collect at least 200 pairs of new/lightly-worn shoes to donate to Soles 4 Souls Canada to help wear out poverty. As you may have noticed, it’s already June, and I didn’t even hit 50 pairs by the first of this month. Along the way, I developed more and more ideas to make the next one a success, as well as dealt with some of the mistakes I made through out the journey.

Should you ever decide to host your own drive of some sort, hopefully these words of advice will help you: Continue reading How to Start Your Own Shoe Drive (or any other group donation)

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Vacation-Ready with Paige Denim

If you’ve been following along on Instagram, you may have noticed that as soon as exams ended I took off for Dominican Republic to spend a week taking in the sun on the shore of Bavaro Beach. I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to collaborate with Paige Denim, and get to take some new pieces of high-quality denim on my trip. Continue reading Vacation-Ready with Paige Denim

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resort life: the things you didn’t know you needed to know to pack like a pro

As a traveller, I think my life goal that applies to absolutely every single trip is packing just enough. Not overpacking and having my suitcase overflow, nor arriving there realizing I left half my life back home. It’s that sweet satisfaction of being able to close my suitcase without a struggle, and knowing I’ve got everything I need. Continue reading resort life: the things you didn’t know you needed to know to pack like a pro

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Spring Cleaning: The Clothes

Now that we are getting all our gently-worn and never-worn shoes out of the way (shoe drive info HERE), I’ve come to the conclusion that clothes are the next step. Continue reading Spring Cleaning: The Clothes

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things to keep in mind when booking your beach vacation

Being a little bit of a beach addict, I can’t help but take off down south as soon as I get the chance. It may sound crazy, but sometimes I actually prefer the liberty of taking an all-inclusive vacation over an adventurous trip elsewhere. You literally lie on a beach all day reading books, and not having a single worry. Don’t get me wrong, a euro-trip is amazing, but there is so much preparation that goes into it, and then so much you want to accomplish during the trip, that it doesn’t feel much like a vacation at all (which isn’t a bad thing either!). Continue reading things to keep in mind when booking your beach vacation

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Let’s Stop Body-Shaming, and Start Health-Promoting

I have honestly had it. Working in retail, my store only goes up to a US Size 10 for the ladies, and every now and then a size 12 or 14 lady will give me a dirty look when I have to break the news to her. Normally these interactions don’t really affect me much, but most recently, I actually felt BAD for being a healthy and fit size 4 while talking to her. Continue reading Let’s Stop Body-Shaming, and Start Health-Promoting