Wednesday, 27 July 2016

143/ NO COMPROMISES


I'm not going to address my absence from this blog this time around other to say this; life is hectic. Life doesn't stop for anyone. Just when you think things couldn't possibly get worse, life finds away to bring you down lower. These past two months have been extremely difficult for me. But there's a light at the end of the tunnel. Things are getting better and my life is starting to come back together piece by piece. I've learned so much within these past couple of months. Some things (a lot of things) happened that I didn't want to face. I wanted to hide, and a lot of the time I did just that. People will tell you to face your problems head on and to never give up, but sometimes you just need a break. Sometimes you need a few hours (or days, or weeks, or months) to just gather your thoughts and come up with a comeback plan. And I've done just that.

Step one? Devote more time to my blog.

I really do love this thing, even though I keep neglecting it. I can't promise that this time will be different because unfortunately life does happen, but I'm trying my best.

Step two? Look killer. At all times. No compromises.

Everybody is different but I find that I'm happier when I'm dressed up. Clothes and makeup affect my mood more than I'd like to admit. My own personal movement right now is dressing up as a form of self care. There have been days where I haven't had the energy to keep this trend up, but once again, I'm trying my best.

I love the outfit posted below. The colours and fit of the skirt make me so happy. Whenever I wear it my attitude is instantly lifted. I receive so many compliments when I wear it, which is never a bad thing, and it is a great piece to wear on those days where it's just way too hot. The Kate Spade bag pictured below also gives me a lot of joy. I received it as a (very thoughtful) gift and I love how eye-catching the colour is; it flows beautifully with the skirt as well. The Topshop heels are a new purchase, and although I'm not able to wear them out and about yet due to my ankle injuries, I've been strutting around at home in them. I can't wait for the day that I'm able to show them off in public.

My personal style is never constant. One day I'll be head to toe black in a very minimalist and chic ensemble, the next I'll be rocking the hell out of a neon skirt like the one pictured below. Fashion, to me anyway, is best when it is unexpected and when it breaks all of the rules. My pledge to myself is to keep the content rolling on this blog and to further document my adventures in fashion. I hope that you all continue on this journey with me. See you all in a couple of days with a new post!

TOP/ H&M+ SKIRT/ Belle + Sky (via JCPenney) SHOES/ Topshop (via consignment)
HANDBAG/ Kate Spade (gift) NECKLACE/ H&M

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

142/ WISH YOU WERE HERE

I'm writing out this post on a balcony in central Florida. 

Laura, Lisa and I have been planning this getaway for what seems like forever now and I'm thrilled that we finally made it. We're here for two weeks and I'm sorry if you follow any of us on social media because we're going to be extremely annoying. There was a point where it really seemed like this trip wasn't going to happen, but we're here. I still can't believe that we're here. 

We want to make every second count.

My mobility is nowhere near 100% - I had an accident where I severely sprained both of my ankles about two weeks ago - but my worries are floating away. I'm unable to do a lot of the activities that I had originally planned on doing, and that does break my heart a little, but being constantly surrounded by palm trees helps to lift my spirits.

My summer wardrobe is out in full force here. I've been rocking crop tops, cropped pants, dresses and even a bikini. I'm infamous for staying indoors all. the. time. but I've been loving spending time in the pool and hot tub. I'm even sporting a bit of a sun tan! 

I'm excited to see what the rest of our trip has in store for us. I'll keep you all posted over on my social media (I'm pretty much @rosiexwaugh everywhere) and be sure to keep your eyes out for some more vacation outfits over here on the blog!! #shamelesselfpromotion

TOP/ Forever 21+ PANTS/ H&M+ HANDBAG/ Milly
 Photos by Laura Kidd

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

141/ NO COMPLAINTS

This blog post is super delayed. These pictures were taken a couple of weeks ago when I visited Toronto with my best friends, Laura and Lisa.

I'm not even really sure what to say about that trip. Laura was off doing white tantric yoga the day that these photos were taken and Lisa and I had the day to explore the city. Our friend that we were staying with, Jessie, had to work to the better part of the day so he gave us instructions on where to go and how to get there. Lisa and I thought we were going to have a relaxing day in the city, but things never really go as planned.

It didn't really end up being that dramatic. Just frustrating. Basically the subway was down between a few stops (obviously where we needed it) and the shuttle buses that the TTC supplied were what I picture hell to be like. We ended up spending a big chunk of the day walking. I'm thankful that I was smart enough to wear a pair of shorts under my skirt to prevent chaffing, and although my shoes were comfortable, I did end up with a few blisters.

But whatever, that's life. Things never go as planned but I think we made the best out of our situation. If our biggest complaint that day was the amount of walking that we had to do, I see that as a victory. Last time I went to Toronto I came home with a concussion that messed up my life for a few months, this time I came home with a few blisters. No complaints.

TOP/ Forever 21+ SKIRT/ Thrifted (no brand) BAG/ Milly
SHOES/ Converse
Photos by Lisa Kidd

Wednesday, 11 May 2016

140/ ROAD TRIP ESSENTIALS

I spent last weekend in Toronto and this is what I wore on the car ride there.

I have been on my fair share of road trips; I have fond memories of driving to the east coast with my parents when I was a child and I've made the trek out to Alberta a couple of times as well. That's not even to mention the countless times that I've traveled to upstate New York with my mother and Montreal/Toronto with my friends. With that being said, road trips are definitely not for the faint of heart.

There's a lot of nothing. And waiting. And siting. And staring out of car windows. And coffee. Lots of coffee. And things can go wrong... things can go very wrong.

My best advice? Make sure you're on the trip with people that can turn any event into an exciting one. For me, that means my best friends. The drive to Toronto from Ottawa isn't a very long stretch (only about 5hrs in total) but that can seem like eternity if you're with the wrong people.

Here's another tip: WEAR. COMFORTABLE. CLOTHES. I don't care who you are - if you're uncomfortable for a long period of time it will 100% show up in your attitude and no one wants to be stuck in a car for several hours with someone who's in a foul mood. 

For this trip I decided to wear my favourite black skinny jeans with a ridiculously high waist, a flowy sleeveless blouse and my favourite denim moto jacket from Eileen Fisher. I felt chic but I was also at ease the entire drive. I'm also that disgusting person who likes to take their shoes off in a car so I went for a pair of sandals that I could remove on the sly when no one was paying attention. #sorrynotsorry

The colourful bag from Milly that I brought with me is a bit deceiving; it looks tiny on the outside but fits everything you need and more. My purse essentials while on a trip? Hand cream and lip balm. I dry out like a raisin and I need to be constantly moisturizing. Identification is always a good thing to have on your person as well and I always always always try to carry cash with me for unexpected expenses. Sunglasses are a necessity too - you can fall asleep when the driver isn't playing Beyonce and no one's the wiser. Also they're good to keep the sun out of your eyes or whatever.

JACKET/ Eileen Fisher TOP/ H&M+ JEANS/ Forever 21+ (diy raw hem)
BAG/ Milly SHOES/ Birkenstock SUNGLASSES/ Ardene
Photos by Laura Kidd