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Cliques and frenemies in the blogging community
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Cliques and Frenemies in Blogging: 5 Things You Can Do About Them

Community over competition, right? In theory, yes. In reality, not always. Last Sunday, I teamed up with 2 blogger friends to host our first live session on my Instagram account. One of the themes that came up in the questions from our followers before and during the discussion was the issue of cattiness and cliques in the blogging community. Unfortunately, the issue of frenemies and blogger cliques is not new. As much as the blogging world may seem like an incredibly happy place filled with sunshine and rainbows and messages of women supporting other women, there are cliques and there…

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in Travel & Lifestyle, Wedding

It All Started with a Text Message (Our Love Story)

Everything happens for a reason. I know that sounds so cliché, but I truly believe it. That’s because, 4 and a half years ago, there was one single text message—timed so perfectly—that saved me from a dark place, and steered my life in a different direction at the time I needed it most. My husband has become a bit of a permanent fixture on my Instagram account, popping up regularly in my photos. It’s to the point that I will bring him to a blogger event and people he’s never met will say “you must be Alex”! Since he’s such…

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In Alex's arms smiling at the camera
in Travel & Lifestyle

5 Reasons You Should Work with a Travel Photographer on Your Next Vacation

When you travel, do you: a) use a DSLR camera and professional lenses to capture your vacation photos, or b) rely on your good old smartphone camera (and possibly a selfie stick)? Whether you chose a) or b) (or maybe even both), I think you could benefit from working with a professional travel photographer for your next vacation, and I have 5 reasons why. Now, I consider myself to be a pretty competent photographer – I own a full frame DSLR camera, mirrorless camera, several lenses, a full-sized tripod, and a tabletop tripod, all of which allow me to capture…

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Fish en papillote with fennel and orange
in Food

Fish en Papillote with Fennel and Orange

I can’t recall when or where the first time I had fish en papillote was. But, it’s a dish that stuck out in my mind because of its presentation and ingenuity. It’s not only a healthy way to cook your fish, since the fish steams inside the parchment paper, but it’s also super fancayyy! It’s the type of thing you’d want to serve your guests, if you were having a dinner party! There’s just something so adorable about receiving your own little parcel on a plate, and then opening it up to a surprise of perfectly steamed fish! It’s also…

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in Fashion

2 Things I Learned From Failure

It’s been about a month since I started my Happiness Project 2018 on Instagram, and it’s been going really well! I’ve never been more conscious about my thoughts, and it’s also led to incorporating more gratitude into my life, mindfulness, and intention and purpose with my content. It’s also been about the same amount of time since I ordered Gretchen Rubin’s Happiness Project (one of the very first steps I took on my journey to everlasting happiness LOL). However, I have a big confession to make: I have not yet cracked the book open! Nope, haven’t even read the first…

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7 Winter Recipes You Need To Try from Female Foodies

This winter has been incredibly unpredictable. Seems like one day we’re hovering between 3-5 degrees Celsius, and the next day, we’re back down to negative 15! But the one thing that remains constant during these winter months is our desire for comfort foods! To me, winter just screams oversized, comfy sweaters and meals that soothe the soul! So today, I’ve rounded up 7 winter recipes you’re going to want to check out for those winter nights, when all you want to do is stay in and hibernate! My last recipe round-up was way back in the summer, so I thought…

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Braised beef with celery root puree and haricot verts
in Food

Braised Beef with Celery Root Puree and Haricot Verts (With Video)

Hands up if you love braised beef! *Raises both hands way up in the air* Braised beef is one of my favourite things to eat. In fact, if I ever see it on a restaurant menu, my choice is already made for me! Braised beef cheek, braised short rib, braised beef shoulder – give it allllll to me!!! But, if you’re anything like me, you might initially feel intimidated to attempt to make it at home. However, making braised beef at home is  surprisingly simple! You can do it with a slow-cooker or a French oven (which is an enamel-covered…

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Why a curated Instagram feed is not the culprit
in Fashion, Uncategorized

Stop Blaming Someone’s Curated Instagram Feed as the Source of Your Problems

(Sweater: Shopbop (sold out) (Similar from J.O.A., Similar from Endless Rose)//Skirt: Zara (sold out)//Boots: Zara (Similar in black from Free People, Similar from Stuart Weitzman, Similar from Schutz on Shopbop//Toque: sold out (Similar from White + Warren, Similar from Eugenia Kim))  Lately, there has been a huge backlash against the “curated” Instagram feed. More and more, I’m hearing complaints about all the “perfect” photos and “unattainable” lifestyles on Instagram, which in turn, are causing people to feel bad about themselves. Even worse, I’ve heard reports of people hurting themselves, having eating disorders, or committing suicide, which makes my heart sink. And I…

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Why I quit my job as a lawyer
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Why I Quit My Job as a Corporate Lawyer to be a Full-Time Blogger

About 8 months ago, I did something that I, never in my wildest dreams, would have imagined to be possible: I quit my job as a lawyer (of 9 years, I might add) to pursue my passion as a full-time blogger. I traded in my 6-figure salary, steady bi-weekly paycheque, medical and dental benefits, and office with a view on a bit of a whim. At the time, I had no clue whether it would pan out in the long run. But I can honestly say that it’s been one of the best things I’ve ever done, and I haven’t…

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in Travel & Lifestyle

Travel Guide: Why Mexico City Should be on Your Bucket List

How do I love thee, Mexico City? Let me count the ways! It’s the 4th largest city in the world with a population of over 21.3 million. It has over 40,000 restaurants, more than 600 hotels, 150 museums, 100 art galleries, and so much more. So, it’s not hard to see why, after visiting Mexico City for the first time, it instantly became one of my favourite cities in the world! My good friend and travel buddy, Solmaz K of The Curious Creature, and I spent 4 days and 4 nights in Mexico City at the end of November, 2017…

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