Sunday, 4 October 2015


I just want to start off by saying THANK YOU to Equator Coffee for hosting a successful #BlogOtt event and to Katrina from Oui C'est Chic for bringing us all together.

A week and a bit has passed since the September #BlogOtt meet up but it is still fresh on my mind. It was so great to finally meet local bloggers face to face that I've been following on various social media platforms. It was amazing getting to know other people who are passionate about similar avenues and to be able to discuss topics such as fashion, beauty, photography and social media tips/tricks with like-minded peers.

I was excited to learn more about coffee and its industry as well. If you know me you know that I'm an absolute fiend for coffee (#caffiend) and that I can't go more than a couple of hours without a cup. The event was held just a couple of blocks away from where I work so I was ecstatic to learn of a new coffee shop in the neighbourhood. Equator Coffee is definitely somewhere I will frequent while I'm on my breaks; the fair trade coffee was delicious, the atmosphere is definitely welcoming and they have a great selection of food as well.

I haven't been feeling very well lately so I opted to wear something comfy, casual and carefree. I wore my favourite Eileen Fisher coated denim jacket and I paired it with a basic black dress from Forever 21+, my usual leggings from ASOS Curve and I added a little bit of interest to the outfit with a lipstick patterned scarf from Kate Spade. Yes, the scarf matches my tattoo. Yes, I kind of love that it does.

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JACKET/ Eileen Fisher DRESS/ Forever 21+ LEGGINGS/ ASOS Curve 
SCARF/ Kate Spade New York WATCH/ Michael Kors
HANDBAG/ 3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli (medium size) SHOES/ Nike
SUNGLASSES/ Karen Walker

Outfit photo by Laura Kidd

Wednesday, 16 September 2015


If I've said it once, I've said it a million times - autumn is by far my favourite season. I love basically everything about it from how chilly the air gets, to how it gets dark earlier, to pumpkin spiced everything but the fashion is what truly holds a special place in my heart.

I have a lot of basics when it comes to clothing. If you were to look through my closet right now you'd find an avalanche of black skinny jeans, black tank tops, a ton of t-shirts and a handful of white blouses. What I'm looking for now is an assortment of different standout pieces. It seems as though this season I'm really gravitating more towards styles that I can only describe as 'dark romantic' - so more dark florals and pieces with more traditionally feminine Victorian flares. My imagination is struck by more recent Gucci and Dolce & Gabbana runways, which is very odd if you're familiar with my typical tastes. Right now I'm particularly taken with grandma inspired pieces and I aspire to walk around looking like an old patterned couch (I'm 1000% serious).

All clothing pictured are plus sized
(*) - premium pricing
Clothing // VIOLETA by Mango printed bead jacket | EVANS white printed crepe jacket | New Look INSPIRE multi rip skinny jeans | New Look INSPIRE black lace shell top | BOOHOO isabelle paisley smock dress

Accessories // ZARA tassel embroidery leather messenger bag | H&M wool hat | ACNE STUDIOS 'jensen grain' booties (*) | MAC lipstick in 'cyber' (purple) | MAC lipstick in 'creme in your coffee' (pink) |  BAUBLEBAR 'xena bib' statement necklace

* All thoughts are my own - this is not a sponsored post in any way. There are links provided to the original image/retailer if you are interested in anything pictured.

Sunday, 13 September 2015


I can't believe that summer is already over. I had an amazing time exploring not only my city but a good chunk of my country as well. My original plans for this summer included me taking a road trip out to Newfoundland but I ended up going in the exact opposite direction. My parents and I ended up driving across the country in their RV to visit my brother, Derek, in Alberta. It was my second time making the trip out there but I was fortunate enough to be able to do a bit more exploring this time. We stayed overnight in each of the provinces (and a few states) that we traveled through. It was great to see my brother and we took a day trip up to the West Edmonton Mall together. The mall has been somewhere I've dreamed of going for a long time and I'm happy that I get to cross it off of my bucket list.

The rest of my summer was spent running all over my city, Ottawa, with my friends. I went to a handful of concerts (Shania Twain, Drake and Kanye), went on a few day trips out of town (Montreal, Sandbanks) and I spent a good chunk of the season either at work, at home, or with friends. Summer 2015 was definitely one for the books. Although I'm sad it sped by so quickly, I'm excited for my favourite season, autumn, to commence.

me at Lake Louise, Alberta (in the Rocky Mountains)
Saskatchewan Landing Provincial Park at sundown
Pure Kitchen | Sandbanks Provincial Park | Bazille @ Nordstrom
Drake in MTL | brand new Vans | Kanye at Bluesfest
Me, Lisa and Laura | Ikea | shopping w Aurelia
Lake Louise, Alberta

Photos were taken by myself - except for the photo of me at Lake Louise. That was taken by my brother, Derek.

Tuesday, 8 September 2015


It was hotter than hell on the day these pictures were taken. I decided to go for a lightweight white cotton top paired with distressed skinny jeans; this is a look that truly makes my life a lot easier. I decided to go a bit more bold with the accessories to make up for how basic the rest of my outfit felt.

Looking back on this post and seeing a picture of me actually smiling (while holding a smiley face balloon) has me thinking about my own happiness. Throughout my life I've been known to be rather negative and at times even bitter. Lately I've been attempting to turn my thinking around and I'm trying my absolute best to find positive sides to the situations I find myself in. Reminding myself of the ~little~ things that make me smile is a great way to remain positive and it really helps me see the beauty in the world. I'm going to share a list with you below that mentions a handful of things that make me happy. There are definitely more things that make me smile that aren't mentioned on the list but here are some of the first things that came to mind:

Thunderstorms, loud music, long drives, bright lipsticks, bold patterns, airy fabrics, fresh flowers, the paws on kitties, kitties in general, old friends, new friends, best friends, friends that feel like family, family that feel like friends, deep conversations, killer handbags, ready to wear fashion, couture gowns, combat boots, finding an unbeatable sale, hearing about people's passions, seeing the fire in their eyes, holding hands, air conditioning, first snowfalls, lived-in jeans, maps, glitter, reruns of old TV shows, hot coffee, iced tea, homemade cookies, heartfelt letters, popping bubble wrap, waking up to text messages, good hair days, laughing until I cry, Alexisonfire, colourful sunsets, red nail polish, peeling the plastic off of new CDs, waking up from a well deserved nap, Harry Potter, brand new tattoos, cringe-worthy puns, jelly filled donuts, anything covered in sprinkles, compliments from strangers, memorable outfits, movie popcorn, gummy candy, forehead kisses, beaten up Chuck Taylors, the smell of fresh laundry, the warmth from a candle, birthday wishes, wild dancing, live music, witty comebacks, facial hair, anything grape flavoured, long weekends, sleeping in, cozy scarves, binge watching, The Simpsons, star filled skies and McDonald's french fries. 

TOP/ Penningtons JEANS/ Forever 21+ (diy distressed)
SHOES/ Converse HANDBAG/ Milly
Photos by Laura Kidd