Tuesday, 19 May 2015

ONE HUNDRED & FOURTEEN/ summer 2015


Here's a bit of a bucket list / set of goals that I hope to accomplish by the time September rolls around. I have a lot planned for this summer and I'm hoping to make the most out of it. Although summer isn't typically my favourite time of year this past winter was mostly spent in hibernation due to the extreme cold so I can't wait to soak up a bit of sunshine and warmth.

1) Road trip to Atlantic Canada with my brother and live out my lifelong dream of visiting Newfoundland and Labrador.

2) Go to as many concerts and festivals as possible. So far I have tickets to: Drake, Shania Twain, Bluesfest (to see Kanye West!!!!!) and Riot Fest in September.

3) Go on a haunted walk of Kingston with Aurelia and stay at a haunted bed and breakfast.

4) Get at least one new tattoo.

5) Spend a lot of time exploring different parts of Ottawa that I'm not too familiar with.

6) Visit museums! Upper Canada Village, the Diefenbunker, the Canadian War Museum, the Canadian Museum of Nature, ect ect ect. I live in the nation's capital so there are museums everywhere.

7) Try out as many different and new restaurants in Ottawa as humanly possible.

8) Dye (at least part of) my hair teal.

9) Take as many photos as I can and bring my dSLR virtually everywhere with me. I'm really hoping to get back into photography.

10) This may sound like a small one but I'm going to try to spend more time outdoors. I'm definitely an indoor person; I typically can't stand how humid it gets here and I have a huge fear of bugs. I really can't remember the last time I had so much as a bit of a tan and that's a bit ridiculous!! Being outdoors includes: drinking on patios, hanging out on balconies and screened in porches. Baby steps, people!!

What are your plans for this summer?

* Photo and edit were done by me.

Thursday, 14 May 2015

ONE HUNDRED & THIRTEEN/ i donut care

When will I learn? The answer to life's problems aren't at the bottom of a bottle, they're on TV!
- Homer Simpson

I don't think it's physically possible for me to put my love for The Simpsons into words. I wouldn't even know where to begin. I am 100% the kind of person who causally quotes the show on a day to day basis (whether you realize I'm doing it or not) and truthfully it really isn't just cartoon for me, it's a way of life. There are few things in life that I love more than that show... is that sad?

I have loved the show ever since I can remember and I'm lucky to be surrounded by a handful of people who are just as crazy about it as I am. Take my oldest brother for example, when we're together we pretty much talk exclusively in TV quotes and The Simpsons is definitely our favourite. When we both went to Universal Studios in Orlando this past summer and found out that there was an entire section dedicated to The Simpsons it is as if we died and went to heaven.

I found this t-shirt while shopping online at Forever 21 a few months ago. It was hidden in the men's section (a perfectly cromulent place to shop, I highly recommend checking it out next time you hit up the website) and I freaked out when I saw it. I have been on a bit of a donut bender lately so I figured that this t-shirt fit my lifestyle seamlessly.


JACKET/ Eileen Fisher TOP/ Forever 21 (men's department) 
SKIRT/ Addition Elle LEGGINGS/ ASOS Curve SHOES/ Converse 
BAG/ 3.1 Phillip Lim x Target SUNGLASSES/ Aldo
Photos by Suzanne Waugh

* Fun Facts: My favourite characters on The Simpsons are Lisa, Milhouse, Homer, Moe and Grandpa (I really couldn't pick just one... but if I had to it would be Lisa) and my absolute favourite episode is $pringfield (the gambling episode - season 5 - arguably the most quotable episode)

Friday, 8 May 2015

ONE HUNDRED & TWELVE/ back to black

We only said goodbye with words, I died a hundred times.
You go back to her and I go back to black.

- Back To Black by Amy Winehouse

This is a look that I wear to work more often than not. Although I enjoy working mornings, I'm not a ~morning person~ by any stretch of the imagination so I love clothes that I don't have to think about while getting dressed. Dresses are often my go-to because they take the least amount of effort but still look great. I paired this basic black dress with a lot of flashy silver jewelry and a bright pink lip to make it look like I was ready to take the day by storm. If we were to run into each other on a weekday, I bet you dollars to donuts that I'll be wearing some variation of this outfit.

On my last outfit post I showed you a look that was completely outside of my comfort zone but in this look, I return back to black.

SWEATER/ via Burlington Coat Factory DRESS/ Forever 21+
LEGGINGS/ ASOS Curve BAG/ Madewell et S├ęzane 
SHOES/ ASOS WATCH/ Michael Kors NECKLACE/ Aldo Accessories

Saturday, 2 May 2015

ONE HUNDRED & ELEVEN/ longchamp love letter

Here's another post about me being a hypocrite! How fun for you!

There's a well-known trend in my life where I despise something immensely and end up becoming its biggest fan. This has happened with countless TV shows (Scrubs, The OC, Community) and even with Harry Potter (I'm sorry). The bags I'm about to share with you were high on my hatred list. They were revolting to me in a way that I had never experienced before. I used to think that they would just scream tacky but now I have completely turned around on them.

Why? BECAUSE THEY'RE SO HANDY!

I still believe that they aren't the most stylish handbags but at this point I don't think I could live without them. I'm of course talking about the infamous 'Le Pliage' bags from Longchamp. If you're not familiar with the style or brand you must be living in a box somewhere because they're just about everywhere. They've been having a moment now for the past several years and I can't go anywhere without seeing at least a handful of women sporting one.

The most common version of the Le Pliage, at least what I've seen, are of the nylon variety. They also come in 100% leather but that of course comes with a heftier price tag. The nylon that Longchamp uses is so durable and it is fantastic for those who have busy lifestyles. As someone who relies heavily on public transit, I adore that it can fit everything that I need for the day (plus so much more) and it has a little pocket on the inside that is the perfect size for my bus pass.

I am partial to the short top handles but the ones with a longer shoulder strap seem to be the more popular option. I have lived out of the larger model of this bag for the past winter because it was lightweight, waterproof, easy to wear and you can just wipe it down if you were to get anything on it. I use the smaller guy as a lunch bag; it is so easy to fill it up with items in the morning and when everything is gone by the evening you can just fold it up and throw it into any handbag that you're wearing.

Although I don't typically dabble in reviews, I decided that it was high time for me to make a post like this. I have known so many people who own and love these bags - my dear friend, Aurelia, even made a post of her own about them - but I didn't believe the hype until I owned one for myself. If you buy them from the website, a boutique or a department store they can be pretty pricey. If you're like myself and love to score a deal, there are at TON of secondhand versions floating around out there. Places like eBay and local consignment shops are a great resource. Winners and Marshall's also seem to have a good selection of Le Pliage styles and colours for great prices every time I'm there.


* This is not a sponsored post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

The orange one that I own is a size small. It is older and has a line under the embossed logo.
The black one that I own is the medium size handbag. It is a newer model which does not come with a line under the embossed logo at the front.

Both models can be folded up and secured by a clasp, they both feature the same small pocket on the inside and brown leather straps and detailing.

Thursday, 30 April 2015

ONE HUNDRED & TEN/ better late than never

Yesterday was a gorgeous day here in Ottawa and it seems as though spring is here to stay. I wore this casual outfit to work and then to hangout with a couple of my friends. We spent the afternoon grabbing macarons, coffee and hitting up the mall.

This look is definitely a huge leap outside of my comfort zone. If you're familiar with my blog (or with me in real life #PoorYou) you're used to seeing me in head to toe black but when I saw this stunning white top on a random rack at Macy's I fell in love. The fit is so flawless and it is so unlike anything else I own, I just had to buy it. I know I say this about every new piece that I buy but it is sincerely my favourite thing in my wardrobe at the moment.

White clothing has always scared me. I love* coffee but it seems to have a magnetic attraction to my clothes. Also throw in the fact that I am a complete klutz and it is a recipe for disaster. That, my friends, is why I stick to a strict uniform of dark colours only. I'm proud to say that I have worn this top a total of TWO TIMES now and I haven't spilled a drop on it. I feel as though I deserve an award for that. Am I finally becoming an adult?! I do realize that it is just a matter of time for when the spill finally happens but I'm embracing this change of pace for the time being.

Also can I just mention how perfectly my bag matches the 'N' on my shoes? I made sure to point that out to just about everyone I spoke to yesterday. It's one of the reasons I bought these shoes to begin with. It is such a unique neon coral so when I saw the shoes at DSW and my initial thought was my beloved Kate Spade bag. Don't you love when things like that just come together perfectly?

TOP/ Alfani Woman JEANS/ Jessica Simpson SHOES/ New Balance 
HANDBAG/ Kate Spade SUNGLASSES/ H&M WATCH/ Michael Kors

Pictures by Aurelia Cerquozzi and Liza Peralta

* Is there a more powerful word than love? Because I feel like saying that I "love" coffee is the understatement of the year. I live for coffee. I need it to survive. It courses through my veins. The way to my heart is truly through a piping hot Americano.

PS: How cute are Aurelia and I!? We finally have a picture together!!! Special thanks to Liza for making that happen.