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10 Reflections on Blogging, After My First Year as a Blogger

The launch of the Kenzo x H&M collection a couple weeks ago was a humble reminder of this time one year ago, when I was so desperate…errr, excited, to shop the Balmain x H&M collection that I did one of the craziest things of my entire life: camping out at the mall. I waited in line for more than 13 hours, including sleeping on the freezing cold Toronto Eaton Centre floor, just so I could be one of the first people to get dibs on the exclusive merchandise…or so I thought. I later learned that some lucky fashion bloggers got…

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Why Making the Switch to LED Light Bulbs is a Bright Idea

If you read my last style post, you’d already know how I feel about the fall. Another thing that I detest about this time of year is that the days are so much shorter. I wake up in the morning and it’s still pitch black, and the same goes for when I leave work in the afternoon. Plus, there are so many rainy and gloomy days; it’s really depressing. Because our place faces north and we have no windows to the east and west, we have never typically gotten a lot of natural sunlight coming into our home. So, I…

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3 Reasons to Visit Oro di Napoli

If you are what you eat, then I’d be a large, thin crust sausage pizza with extra sauce! Pizza is my guiltiest of all guilty pleasures and the hardest thing for me to say no to when I’m on a diet. Speaking of diets, I’ve been trying to get rid of all these extra pounds that I put on in the last year from food blogging for THE longest time (more on that in another post). But, since October was National Pizza Month (yes, that is a thing), I figured I’d wait until this month to say buh bye to…

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Transitional Dressing with Bench Canada

Oh fall, everyone’s favourite season! The leaves change colour to beautiful hues of orange and red, the pumpkin spice latte makes its return (not that I care), people indulge on generous portions of turkey and stuffing for Thanksgiving, and go overboard with the costumes for Halloween. Autumn also happens to be the season that my birthday, which I celebrated last week, falls in. But, believe it or not, fall is my least favourite time of year. Why, you ask? Well, that’s because fall is the beginning of the end. It’s a signal that winter is right around the corner. Most…

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Style Post – Changing Gears
December 1, 2017
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October 19, 2016
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Diwan at the Aga Khan Museum

My fiancé and I recently had the pleasure of dining at Diwan inside the Aga Khan Museum*. Unfortunately, Diwan seems to fly under the radar on the Toronto food scene and does not have a big presence on social media. I’m really hoping to help change that through this blog post because we were really, really impressed by our meal there! Just a short drive north on the DVP from downtown Toronto, the Aga Khan Museum is known not only for its art exhibits, but also for its amazing architecture and beautiful Aga Khan park grounds. The modern, clean lines…

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in Travel & Lifestyle

Mexico Travel Diary

I’m not sure if I should call it good timing or just plain old good luck. But I just so happened to join my new firm a couple of months before an all expenses paid firm retreat to Playa Mujeres, Mexico! I really lucked out, since I had no travel plans on the horizon for the rest of the year, and this trip happened just as the travel itch was starting to set in again…HARD! I’m not usually one for vacationing. I prefer to travel. Visiting different cities, taking planes, trains and automobiles, sightseeing, making itineraries, researching accommodations, and discovering…

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Changes

If you read my last blog post, you’d know that time management is my biggest problem, and the conclusion that I arrived at was that I have to start making some changes. While cutting some things out of my life is in order, blogging isn’t one of those things. In fact, I want to make the adjustments that are necessary in order to give my full-time job, blogging, wedding planning and relationship the attention they all deserve. Learning to say no and to only take on projects and engagements that are worthwhile are part of that process. Another important change…

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Time Management

Time management is the number one thing that I struggle with. If you were to speak to anyone who knows me well, they’d tell you that I’m usually extremely organized and on top of things (I live by to-do lists and spreadsheets). But, since I started blogging, I always feel like I’m playing catch-up, rather than being ahead of the game like I used to be. Not that I’m blaming blogging; I think it’s just a natural by-product of introducing a very time-consuming thing into my life. Styling and shooting different looks, sorting through and editing photos, composing blog posts,…

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October 23, 2017
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A Star-Studded Brunch at Brassaii

When your pancakes and waffles come with a side of celebrity, then you know you’re in for a good brunch! I recently checked out the new brunch menu at Brassaii with some friends. Coincidentally enough, the Sunday we visited was during TIFF (totally not planned, I swear) and The Hollywood Reporter was using the restaurant as its hub to do interviews. So, while we sat and enjoyed our brunch on the patio, we got to see many celebs being escorted in and out, including Jeremy Renner (who I just missed), Felicity Jones, and Sigourney Weaver (rumour had it Pharrell Williams…

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Nordstrom Gala

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last little while, you’d already know that Nordstrom has made its way to Toronto. The Toronto Eaton Centre store officially opens today and the Yorkdale store opens on October 21st. With all the amazing activation events over the last few weeks, including jam vans, fitness and beauty events, and opening galas for both the Eaton Centre and Yorkdale locations, it’s pretty hard to not have noticed all of the fanfare! Nordstrom’s also been working with influencers (including yours truly 😉 ) to spread the word. I attended the social meet-up on…

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