June & July Closet Favourites

I can’t believe how fast the summer flew by. We have just one month left until back to school, back to more layers and shorter days, but luckily a lot of the pieces I’ve been obsessed with this summer can be transitioned into the colder months as well. I get a lot of good feedback on how I dress, especially on the outfits I actually post in full on Instagram. Not surprisingly, those outfits consist of pieces and combinations that I end up wearing over and over again, and as a result I actually run low on opportunities to post #ootd shots. Being the opportunist that I am, I decided to showcase those favourite pieces here, on The Lifestyle Bistro, every now and then and talk about where to find them or similar pieces.  Continue reading

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

#HelloHoney: All-Natural Buzzworthy Beauty Hacks

I was able to visit Hillcrest Mall about two weeks ago to learn about their newest initiative, but this visit was like no other. By installing two beehives on their rooftop, Richmond Hill’s Hillcrest Mall has taken things to the next level (haha, get it?) in having a positive impact on the community’s biodiversity. Over 10,000 bees are now pollinating flowers in the area, and by fall will provide lots and lots of tasty raw honey. 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?”

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

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

A Beginner’s Journey to NYFW

A little over a week ago, on my birthday no less, I woke up to an email containing an invitation to the Francesca Liberatone runway show at New York Fashion Week (NYFW). Attending NYFW is not something I dreamed of since I was a little girl, but definitely since I started my blog in August 2015. To say I was ecstatic is an understatement, but I did realize it entailed quite a bit of commitment. The next few days I got more and more invitations flooding my inbox, but unfortunately due to my university and work commitments, I had to miss out on majority of the shows I was invited to. That didn’t stop me from making it out for the weekend to NY. 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?

“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

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