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Poolside Lounging in Floral Maxis

March 4, 2015

Poolside Lounging in Floral Maxis

One of the highlights of my days is coming home after work, putting down my purse and taking off my bra. Yes, you read that right. Taking my bra off is a highlight of my day. Modern day society has dictated that bras are essential in everyday attire, so when trends deemed the peekaboo of a lace bralette as acceptable, you can bet that I jumped onto that opportunity. From wearing a tight, form fitted bra that has is essentially a wire cage and some stretchy fabric, to elasticized lace, who can really complain about this upgrade? And it only gets better from there.

A comfortable bra is most often the most unattractive as well. So when lace bralettes are not only comfy but cute, it’s a win-win situation all around for everyone. Do I ever want to wear a real bra again? Heck no, but then again, lace bralettes aren’t going to cut it in the office.

Poolside Lounging in Floral Maxis

Lounging around outside by the pool in a lace bralette and a floral maxi dress could only be a dream come true in the middle of February for a Torontonian. I can’t even fathom how long ago it was that I was able to wear something this breezy and comfortable. Now if only I’d worn or even brought my bathing suit with me so that I could go for a quick dip before slipping back into the dress – my day would be complete.

Until then, I count down the days until I leave for Las Vegas. With the sun on my mind and the temperatures rising, you can bet that I’ll be fully prepared and packed for a summer vacay in the dead of April. Really though, why wait for Mother Nature when you can make your own change?

Poolside Lounging in Floral Maxis

Poolside Lounging in Floral Maxis

Poolside Lounging in Floral Maxis

Bralette – H&M | Dress – Urban Outfitters | Heels – Shoemint

Cherry Blossoms & Loose Luxe

February 28, 2015

Cherry Blossoms & Loose Luxe

It’s not often that I get to enjoy cherry blossoms. The climate here in Toronto only permits them to bloom for at most two weeks before they fall to the ground, never to be seen again until another year goes by. I was thoroughly surprised to see them everywhere while in LA, since I had come to expect them to only exist in movies. False, cherry blossoms are real and they exist in LA.

But cherry blossoms weren’t the only things that I got to experience – loose, draped clothing quickly became a must with the humid air and hot sun beating down on us. Coming from cold winter temperatures where blousey materials create miniature wind tunnels underneath your clothes, it was a refreshing change to be able to wear something loose again. Maxi dresses and trousers? Yes, yes and so much yes. I was almost jumping for joy when I felt the warm breeze in between my pant legs and my actual legs. Can we say summer-high?

Cherry Blossoms & Loose Luxe

I can’t wait till this cold weather is over so that I can start wearing all of my sumer clothes again and to feel that warmth on my skin.

It’s funny because each season we’re such hypocrites. In the winter, I can’t help but dream for warmth and wish away the snow. But come summer, I feel like I’m being burnt by the sun, I hate the feeling of my dark hair heating up underneath the solar rays and I’d pray for some snow to fall from the sky. It’s that age old philosophy that “you always want what you can’t have“. Which is in fact entirely true. When you have something, you take it for granted until it’s taken away from you. Only then do you understand how much you took it for granted, and what you’d do to get it back. So instead of begrudgingly wishing away winter, I’m going to try to accept it for what it is and be glad that I was able to escape for a short while to enjoy the heat before I hate it too.

Cherry Blossoms & Loose Luxe

Cherry Blossoms & Loose Luxe

Cherry Blossoms & Loose Luxe

Cherry Blossoms & Loose Luxe

Cherry Blossoms & Loose Luxe

Cherry Blossoms & Loose Luxe

Top – H&M | Jacket – Dynamite | Trousers – OAK + FORT | Sandals – Winners

LA Living: Sunshine & Sidesplit T’s

February 26, 2015

LA Living: Sunshine & Sidesplit T's

If you’ve been following my blog, then you’ll know that I mentioned a trip to LA a couple of times. I finally went this past weekend (my apologies for the lag in between the posts a few days ago). I don’t know what it is about LA, but everybody there seems to be so much happier and more positive. It might just be the significant difference in amount of sun that they are exposed to each day (snow clouds aren’t the happiest things out here), or if there’s just something in the water, but everyone I met greeted me with a smile.

I’d gone on the pretense of a work trip, but who can visit somewhere so nice without enjoying it on their own terms? And by my own terms, I meant taking advantage of the sunlight and warmth and shooting some outfits that won’t be seen back in Toronto for at least a few more months.

LA Living: Sunshine & Sidesplit T's

When I think of warmth, I think of the summer. And with summer comes brighter colors. For me, these colors are white. Well to make it clear, there’s only one color. In preparation to my trip to LA, I wanted to get ahold of some breezier pieces to pack into my suitcase that was both different yet easy to work into my closet. I came across this interesting white piece from Forever 21.

I’m not one for sidesplit T’s since they’re actually quite difficult to manage in day-to-day situations. When you sit down in a chair, it gets caught underneath you. Or when you kneel down to take photos for a friend, it runs along the floor and gets dirty. I also don’t wear anything with a sidesplit due to the nature of its lack of coverage. But paired together with these midrise jeans, I was able to minimize the amount of skin shown and evade a problematic lifestyle – so long as I was conscious about all of my actions.

LA Living: Sunshine & Sidesplit T's

LA has completely changed my perspective of the East Coast. I used to dream of living in a warmer climate that offers beautiful scenery on an everyday basis, but I’ve come to realize that the West Coast operates on a much different lifestyle. As much as I can appreciate the relaxed vibe of biking to work and dropping by the local market on the way home to pick up supplies for dinner, I have grown to love the chaos of the fast life in the East Coast.

Sure, being stressed all of the time isn’t considered healthy, but I love the craziness of my life. I love going from one thing to the next without a moments rest, and I came back with a renewed love for the fast-paced lifestyle of Toronto. It’s safe to say that following my gut feeling and moving Toronto was the best decision of my life. It’s not to say that I won’t be going back to LA some time in the future to relax when everything is too overwhelming. After all, the sunshine does you some good.

LA Living: Sunshine & Sidesplit T's

LA Living: Sunshine & Sidesplit T's

LA Living: Sunshine & Sidesplit T's

LA Living: Sunshine & Sidesplit T's

LA Living: Sunshine & Sidesplit T's

Top – Forever 21 | Denim – Urban Outfitters | Boots – Forever 21