First and foremost, I am so sorry for the lack of updates here. I feel like its been forever and a day since the last time I really sat down with an update. However, I have a ton of content to update with for the next few weeks!
On August 18th I turned 24 years old and I spent months thinking about the best way I wanted to celebrate being one year older. I’m not really one to go out clubbing or anything that a lot of my friends have done in the past. I’m a low key kind of girl who just enjoys getting dressed up and enjoying the company of friends. So, I decided on a dress to impress birthday dinner at one of my favourite restaurants in Toronto. If anyone is local and enjoys japanese food, I highly suggest checking out Toko. Their food is seriously worth the price and traveling time it takes me to get there. I’d go every week if I could!
A few months ago I purchased a dress from Chicstar that I had been eying since I first discovered the site. Buying this piece didn’t really make sense at the time seeing as I couldn’t possibly think of where I’d wear such a distinct dress but once I settled on birthday plans, I knew the perfect use for my chiffon pencil dress.
I set out to create an old hollywood feel with the dress but unfortunately pincurling my hair didn’t exactly work in my favour. However, I decided to pin my bangs and hair back which really ended up working in my favour. There is so much detail and the top of the dress is really what caught my attention in the first place so I didn’t want to take away from that. I put a pair of heels on and enjoyed the night over delicious food, lots of laughing and a few alcoholic beverages. I couldn’t have asked for a better birthday!
I have been so blessed and lucky to have the chance to hang out at the beach quite a bit this summer. It’s always been my dream to spend an entire summer swimming and enjoying the sun. I don’t know if I’ll get much of a chance to enjoy the water again this summer so I thought I’d compile my favourite photos from each beach I’ve gone to and reminisce a bit about my time spent there.
“Big, Fat Beach Day @ Hanlans Nude Beach”
Soon after Big, Fat Toronto wrapped up, I really felt a nagging desire to plan something again. I wanted to see all the fabulous and amazing people I met again and I thought, why not put together a beach day? The turnout was intimate and friendly and the location (Hanlan’s nude beach) was perfect for a body positive beach day.
Hanlan’s Nude Beach
I headed to the nude beach again after falling completely in love with the atmosphere. Its not everyday that you can walk around totally naked with a bunch of strangers. It’s hard to put the experience into words but it felt liberating and so freeing to have the option to wear clothing or not. I swam in the buff and strolled around topless for hours!
Nickel Beach in Port Colborne
I cannot even express just how wonderful going to Nickel Beach was. The sand was so soft, hard and warm. We could pull up with the car directly onto the beach, it wasn’t overly crowded and the water was a nice luke warm temperature. It felt amazing pulling up to the beach to see the sun bouncing off of the water. Thankfully, I had my camera in hand and took a few videos which I compiled together for a short video. I wanted it to look dreamy because well, that’s how it felt. It was a total dream to get to spend the day at such a beautiful, quiet, relaxing location with amazing ladies.
All in all, my summer has been amazing and I cannot believe its almost over. If I could do it all over again, I would. I’ve met amazing people, experienced wonderful things and I will have precious, unforgettable memories to take with me for the rest of my life.
Purple Bathing Suit / High Waisted Bikini Bottoms – Lands EndBikini Top – Etsy (Sorry, I can’t remember the name!)Lavender Sunglasses – DollarstoreCateye Sunglasses – Ebay
This past Tuesday I met up with fellow fashion blogger Karen (of Curvy Canadian). It had been a long time since I saw her last (she came out to Big, Fat Toronto) and we had some major catching up to do. Obviously, I wanted to impress Karen. Its not everyday you get to hang out with a fellow fashion blogger so I thought I’d use this opportunity to wear my very first crop top.
I had purchased a black mini the day before and I was itching to use it. Even though August is almost over, getting a mini skirt in black was my number one priority this summer. I have to take advantage of the time I have left and wear this skirt in every way possible. I’m not too keen on wearing mini skirts with tights and I can’t fathom tucking it away just yet. So, thankfully my meet up with Karen gave me the perfect opportunity. I nabbed this top at Big, Fat Toronto and wanted to turn it into a crop top. The design is really interesting but probably the busiest I’d ever do. Oddly enough, this shirt used to be Karen’s and I didn’t even know that until she told me when we saw each other.
Karen and I chatted away, visited Addition Elle and after all that was done, we had an impromptu photoshoot near my place. The weather was a bit gloomy and that morning it poured like crazy but that did not stop us from enjoying the sun that was peaking through. Her boyfriend snapped a few shots of us “casually strolling” down the street and they just had to be turned into a GIF.
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I really did have a great time with Karen and I can’t wait to see her again this Sunday for an event we’re both doing. There’s something really lovely about having a group of fashion bloggers who also feel strongly about the size acceptance movement. Karen was such a pleasure to be around and, of course, she looked absolutely precious. I nearly cancelled our date but I couldn’t not see her after she told me she had gotten dressed up for me. I had a small moment of insecurity while walking around the mall showing my midriff but being in her company really helped remind me that there simply wasn’t anything to worry about.
I’ve worn this outfit too many times to count on one hand. To say its one of my favourites would be pointless because its definitely obvious at this point. When I want to wow someone or feel my best, this is my go-to outfit. I, however, never seem to get proper photos of myself in my favourite ensemble. I’m always too busy or not in the mood to snap a few shots before I head out wearing this outfit. Fortunately, I could snap a few shots (sans shoes — I hadn’t decided whether I wanted comfort or fashion at that point) before I went out on a first date.
A few weeks ago I plucked a fake flower from the top of a pen that no longer worked. I never wanted to dispose of it because I felt the flower was too pretty to let go of. Thankfully I kept it around long enough to realize it would work perfectly as an accessory for my hair. Sometimes not being able to let go of something can work out in my favour, especially when I’ve been in the market for a white flower hair accessory for awhile.
Sometimes I run out of ideas and ways to stretch my wardrobe. So, when all else fails I grab two articles of clothing I’ve worn before and throw them together. In this case, my “just throw anything on” idea worked in my favour and I managed to pull something together that I generally felt pretty good in.
Every once in awhile I’ll try to do something completely different from my usual style. I’ve purposely made myself buy things that I found cute but couldn’t possibly think of a way to wear to test my comfort with my own personal style.
I felt like today was a good day to test my limits — or much rather just grab whatever and go with it. I wanted to wear something different and finally put to use some of those items that have been stashed away in my closet forever. Since I’ve been feeling a lot more confident with my use of colour, I thought I’d do a baby/pastel colour palette.
I decided to keep accessorizing to a minimum. Even if I am trying something totally new, I wanted to keep an element of my own personal style. I’m not one to go over the top with accessories. I like to add and play with colour, using lipstick or blush as a way to play up or down my look. I grabbed the first bright pink colour that I found in my makeup box and thankfully, it helped tie the entire look together for me. I feel pretty darned good about heading out to sip on an iced coffee, run some errands and enjoy the rest of my day.