Inspirations, Lifestyle

Beauty in the eye of the beholder?

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The concept of beauty is one that has been thrown around, mixed up and twisted into something everyone seems to want, because for some odd reason it has been engrained in us that only some people posses it. That it is selective. I could come up with all kinds of unnecessary and undeserving words that are used nowadays in place of this one worded compliment.

Instead, I have come up with things and moments that I personally consider beautiful,

  1. Witnessing someone laugh so hard that their stomach hurts because just for a second, you were able to make them forget about everything going on in their life.
  2. The feeling when the seed you planted grows into an actual plant, and you feel a certain responsibility to the little living thing
  3. When a mother first sees and holds her baby, a bond that can never be reciprocated.
  4. The sound of a child’s laugh, a reminder that there’s still good in this world.
  5. When young love is still present in an old couple.
  6. The smell before and after it rains.
  7. When a stranger smiles and says hi to you on the street
  8. Going for a night drive with your friends and singing along to the blasting music
  9. The first time being in a new country and realizing how much more of the world you need to see
  10. Running into an old friend in the most random and unexpected places.
  11. Looking at old photos and nostalgia hitting you, because you didn’t realize how much time changes things
  12. Waking up before the sunrise and feeling like you’re the only one awake lucky enough to witness it’s magnificence.

Obviously those are just but a few of the beauty in things or moments that happen in everyday life. The word beautiful is so vast and infinite that we cannot shrink it to the common ideals of today’s “perfect”standards. Do we really want to live in a world where,  only some people fit this “perfection” while the rest of us are always going to be longing or trying to reach this high set and unrealistic standard? I know I don’t.

The phrase beauty is in the eye of the beholder, can be interpreted in many ways, but how I see it, is that what someone considers beautiful is their view and only their view. This has nothing to do with the person or thing necessarily being “viewed”. One of my favourite quotes on this topic is from a well known blogger and inspiration, “If someone suggests that you aren’t beautiful, you can consider how sad it is that they have such a limited view of beauty. You can consider how unfortunate it is that they have such an exaggerated sense of self importance that they think you should care about what they think. You can also choose to realize that it has nothing to do with your beauty and everything to do with their limitations”- Ragen Chastain

To close off this already long post for today, I want to encourage all of us to first manifest and work on noticing the beauty within ourselves, instead of solely depending on other people’s compliments and words of flattery. An amazing sense of wholeness will emerge out of this, and only then are we able to share our beauty with others.

Until next time!

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Inspirations, Lookbook

Style Series: Part 3

Hello lovelies! If you’re not familiar with my Style series, it’s when different people, each with their individual style are featured on this blog every month. It gives a really unique perspective on how each person views and showcases their style. For this month’s style series we have one a good friend of mine whom I met this year and whose style I’ve always been lowkey jealous of (I know she’ll probably read this but whatever). Her style can be described as loose, light and minimalistic. Don’t let the smile fool you, the sun was literally melting our faces when we took these.

Name: Tamara Alissa

Program and year of study: Kinesiology (First Year)

Hometown: Toronto

Where do you get your inspiration from? No one specific, but I like to feel fluid in the places I hang around the most like Kensington market. There’s this communal dress code around there that I unknowingly fall into which I’m totally cool with because it compliments my daily life and it’s comfortable and cheap

Favourite Clothing Store? Black market or H&M. I generally like the rustic feel so I love second hand clothes.

Any Fashion pet peeves? Overly tight clothing!! It’s hard to rock an outfit that’s got a tight top and a tight bottom, in my opinion it’s nice to contrast tops or bottoms with something free and loose. But if you can rock leather leggings and a tight tank top then that’s awesome too!

Any advice for the readers? Take the time to wear things that tell a story, that reflect what you would wear during your hobbies. For example when I’m painting I always wear loose jeans. When I’m wearing them outside, I feel like I’m myself/at home and it’s mentally comforting if that makes sense.

Check out Tamara’s instagram here

Shirt: Zara  Pants: H&M  Bag: Black market

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Lifestyle

Weekend Vibes


Happy monday yall! Mondays are never happy but the sun is out and summer has never felt so good. It’s safe to pretend we don’t know what day it is.

This past weekend I was down at my cottage in Bruce Peninsula area, and we decided to take a little trip to the Tobermory harbour. Obviously I went into tourist mode and I took a few(a lot) pictures of the view. The place has a really layed back vibe plus the weather was A-mazing.

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Advice

Advice series

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Hey guys! I was recently reflecting on my first year experience and wow did it fly by.. I still remember move in day, when my mother dropped me off, I remember how nervous and excited I felt, and I remember what I thought university was going to be isn’t what it ended up being like. So for this week’s post I wanted to try something a little different. I thought it would be really fun to do an advice series where I talk about stuff and give tips that might be of help to you guys!
To start off, I have come up with things I’ve learnt from first year, just to help some of you guys who might be going into college or university this fall, or just to anyone in general ­čÖé I suggest getting comfortable, this is gonna be a long one!


Yep we gotta start with this one. I know you’ve probably heard this a million times from other people, ITS TRU GUYS TRUST ME. I learnt this the hard way, through half assing studying for exams and completing assignments. I mean this totally gave me pretty good grades in high school. But I’ve come close to failing tests just because I didn’t put in 100% effort that I REALLY SHOULD HAVE. I totally understand the fact that you want to experience as much as possible and be involved in everything you can. The truth is, you went to uni/college for a reason, paying an arm and leg just to be there, and it’s something you always have to remind yourself. Totally get out there and have a good time, BUUT make school a priority.


You know that chess club that you really wanted to join in high school but were scared because none of your friends were in it? Or that anime club that you desperately wanted to be a part of but you were scared people were going to make fun of you? Well I’m telling you if there is ever a time to do whatever the f*** you always wanted to do, it’s when you get to university. Being scared because you might get judged or because you don’t know anyone there yet are just silly excuses. JUST DO IT. You end up making new friends who share the same interests as you, andd you get to do what you love, whether it’s sport teams, or hobbies. Win win for you.


I understand the nervousness and excitement of wanting to make friends as fast as possible and make as many as possible right on your first day, I totally do. What you have to realize is that YOU WILL NOT CLICK WITH EVERY SINGLE PERSON YOU MEET. And when this does happen, don’t beat yourself up over it, the vibe just isn’t there so don’t try to force anything. Having a positive attitude about everything and an open mind while getting to know someone will go a long way. Whatever friendships you do make, work on them and just enjoy the time getting to know the other person! Don’t feel as if you have to be absolute best friends by the second week( I mean if you are that’s great). But the best friendships happen in the most natural ways possible, where you don’t see it coming and next thing you know, you guys are inseparable.


New beginnings doesn’t mean forget about everyone else who’s been there for you till now. Whether it be your parents or guardians, or even your friends, a phonecall every now and then makes the biggest difference. As you’re bringing all these new people into your life, don’t forget about the ones you left behind. Even if you do commute back home everyday, schedule time to spend with your family, grandparents, or a friend you haven’t talked to in a while.


I cannot address this enough, leave all the unnecessary drama in high school. Going to university or college marks a big step in your life, where you have to start dealing with things in a more mature way(Omg I sound like a mom..) If someone offfends you orr does something hurtful, DO NOT a) Start subtweets on twitter b) Start beef on facebook c) Start a full on in person fight d) Spread any rumours. Like come on, we’re not in eighth grade, there are other ways of handling a situation other than lashing out on people or on social media. You don’t want your first year experience to be filled with negativity and a bad reputation for starting drama.


This is completely unavoidable. People you may have started the year with might not be the same people you end the year with. Your circle will get smaller, or bigger, and the more people you meet, the more selective you will become about who you chose to spend time with. ┬áLearning how to let go of people who don’t help you move forward in any way will be a key thing to do, not only during first year, but also for the rest of your university experience. The best thing is to let life work itself out, and you won’t even have to fight for the people who should be in it.


The most important one of all (Other than not getting kicked out of school) is to get out there, have an amazing time and do not care about what anyone thinks or what anyone will say. Everyone is so busy doing their own thing, that no one has time to sit there and judge your every move. If you wanna dress a certain way, go for it! If you wanna try out new sports, teams, that new hairstyle, HELL YEAHH. This is your time, your experience, and ultimately your life.

Until next time!

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Lifestyle

5 Easy ways to rejuvenate  

Hello you awesome humans! Hope life has been good to you these past couple of months I’ve been missing(sorry about that btw). But summer is finally here after a month of stress, tears, and literally almost pulling my hair out from finals.

Life at times gets pretty busy and we forget to take time for ourselves and just disconnect from the world. This ends up in us being tense, moody and not in a good place in general. Soo I decided to share some simple things that I do to slow things down which can make the biggest difference.

1. Tea, tea and more tea


I usually go for herbal teas on this one, and as for brands david’s tea is amazingg or teavana if you’re feeling fancyy.

2. Face masks


I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again, ANYONE can use facemasks. Doesn’t matter who you are. I usually put on facemasks at the end of the day to remove toxins and impurities plus they smell amazing.

3. Yoga and meditation 


To be entirely honest it’s super hard to have the discipline to do this everyday, but once you get the hang of it, it becomes addictive( in a good way). Yoga releives unecessary tension in the body and can be pretty good exercise. As for meditation, if you’re a beginner I would recommend starting off slow. Start with 5 minutes, then 10, and so on.

4. Eat fresh fruit


This one’s a no brainer. Fruit will be light on your stomach and leave you feeling refreshed. Water is also a must, aiming for at least 8 glasses per day.

5. Listen to a good playlist 


Personally my favourite playlist to wind down a crazy day is viapori by Wolf Larsen. All her albums are amazing, it would be worth to check her out!

Until next time!

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Lookbook

OOTD: Black History Month

February is finally here! Yall know what that meanss (Noo not valentines day), BLACK HISTORY MONTH. It’s quite surprising that 2016 marks the 20th anniversary of the celebration of this month, and as you can tell, I am pretty excited about all the festivities and events that are going to take place in honour of the black Canadians; past and present.

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Today’s outfit of the day was inspired by the “winter” weather we’ve been having. I can’t remember the last time I saw snow?? But anyway, just because it’s super cold outside does not mean you can’t dress up and look bomb everyday. Just layer up in cute scarfs and accessories, throw on a cute winter jacket(It doesn’t have to be warm) and you’re set!

Jacket : Mexx

Scarf: H&M

Purse: Indigo

Jeans: Hollister

Shirt: Brandy Melville

Booties: CallItSpring

Until next time!
 

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Lookbook

Style Series

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Happy 2016 guys! Hope everyone’s new year is starting off well ­čÖé This year one of my resolutions is to consistently update this blog as much as possible. This means i will try to have content up every other week! Throughout past year, there were times where I completely forgot that I even had a blog (It’s really bad I know) but a lot of changes are happening this year.

Anyway, this month’s participant in the Style Series is a girl who lives a few doors from me and I’ve been secretly admiring her style ever since we became friends. Her style is very unique and sophisticated, unlike your average 18 year old who would just go for jeans and a basic shirt.

 Name: Tabitha Oni
Program and Year of Study: Social Sciences(First Year)
Hometown: Milton
Where do you get your style inspiration from?: I get most of my style inspiration from the vlogger, Patricia Bright. She has a diverse sense of style as she can pull off a serious edgy look and also pull off a laid back look.
Favourite Clothing Store: Forever21
Any fashion pet peeves?:I really dislike bright colours on me so I usually stick to neutral colours.
Any advice for the readers?: I find that clothes that fit perfectly show off your figure no matter what size you are! High wasted jeans or pants are must-haves in every wardrobe as they show off your figure and they can be paired with crop tops or long tees.F

Follow Tabitha on Instagram

Rings: Aldo

Top: Forever21  Pants: Forever21  Blazer: forever21

Sunglasses: forever21  Septum: hot topic  Necklace: Aldo

Shoes: Zara

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Inspiration, Lifestyle, Lookbook

December favourites

Hello you lovely people! December is one of the busiest and most festive month of the year. Among our daily grind, we sometimes we forget to take time off and treat ourselves. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with treating yourself!

This month i have a few things that I’m in love with and I’m really excited to share them with you guys.

Aerie bralette

Eau Roma water toner and soap dish from Lush

Rose hair perfume mist from Urban Outfitters

Cellutone massaging oil from Saje

Wool socks from J-Crew

If you guys want me to do a review on any of this stuff just let me know in the comments below.

Happy Holidays!

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Lifestyle

Exploring the 6ix

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Toronto is always going to be one of those places that never disappoints. If you think that you’ve seen all there is to see here you should look again, because there is always going to be somewhere you haven’t been. It’s a city that is constantly changing which is awesome, because you never get bored of it. Yesterday, a friend took me down Queen Street where I was surprised at all the cool photography spots I saw. We also went to Kensington market which was lovely and passed through China town. I’m obviously not going to post all 60 photos I took, just a few that I thought you guys might be interested in ­čÖé ┬á

Fresh Off The Boat Seafood Joint:

Sonic Boom Records:

Kensington Market:

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Until next time! ­čÖé

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Style Series: Part 1

Hello you lovely humans! So the other day, I came up with this idea of a style series, where I feature certain people whom I get fashion inspiration from, on this blog. I haven’t figured how often I’m going to be doing this series, but we’ll just go with the flow here haha! It’s pretty exciting seeing how different each person expresses themselves through what they wear, and especially here in Toronto, where everyone has their own unique style. I’m hoping you guys gain as much inspiration as I do from this Style Series, and don’t forget to leave feedback in the comment section below! ­čÖé

To start off with I’d like to introduce one of my close friends whom I bond with in everything including fashion. Her style is pretty effortless yet super cute.

IMG_1032 Name: Vivian Serena L
Program and Year of Study: Kinesiology and Physical Education (First Year)
Hometown: Hamilton
Where do you get your style inspiration from?: I get my inspiration from Youtube and Instagram fashion bloggers
Favourite Clothing Store: Brandy Melville!
Any fashion pet peeves?: I prefer clothes that fit my figure, and not ones that make you look like you’re drowning in them.
Any advice for the readers?: Being yourself and feeling comfortable in your own skin has to always come first.
Check out Vivian’s Instagram here: 

https://instagram.com/vivianserena/
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Jacket: H&M Shirt: Brandy Melville Jeans: Hollister Shoes: Dr Martens Bag: Kate Spade

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