Something About That | Toronto Fashion And Lifestyle Blog
My goal is to inspire others to be creative with how they get dressed each day. I believe that stylish outfits are within reach for anyone and that you don’t have to spend a lot to look great each day! After all, I’m your average girl, with an average budget, and an average body.
It’s been over a year since I last shared a video on Instagram or YouTube, so… I thought it was time to give it another go!
If you saw my recent post on Instagram stories, you’d already know this, but last week, I lost my job. As a result, I’ve found myself with some extra time (and creativity) on my hands. I don’t intend to go back to blogging full-time, but I’m fortunate that I have this platform. Without it, I honestly think I would have lost my mind already. Applying for jobs is not fun – and everyone needs a mental break from that during the day!
The other morning when I was about to get ready, inspiration hit to try and shoot a GRWM makeup application video, so I ran with it. It definitely ain’t fancy, but hopefully it’s entertaining in some way. Every time I attempt to create video content, I’m reminded that it is NOT easy! It’s certainly a lot easier to edit a series of still photographs than it is to edit a video. I also don’t have the fancy equipment or a proper working set up, since I haven’t focused much on video. It wasn’t ideal, but I shot this video on my phone, which I placed on a tripod on the ledge of my window. That’s why the lighting is out of whack…and why you can see floating dust particles, LOL.
Easy Spring Makeup Application - YouTube
Guerlain Abeille Royale Youth Watery Oil – This beautiful oil combines the power of a serum, the richness of an oil and the freshness of a lotion. It makes my skin instantly feel bright and fresh, especially when I’m tired.
Tarte Amazonian Clay Bronzer – …Because I love bronzer and always use more than any real makeup artist would recommend. This one has a gorgeous, natural-looking finish.
Lise Watier 5-Colour Eyeshadow Palette – This eyeshadow is highly pigmented and has a rich, creamy powder texture. I received these as a PR-sample, and while these aren’t my “typical” go-to colours, I really like the formula. I’m not a fan of the applicators it comes with, so I recommend using a separate shadow brush.
Pixi Beauty Endless Silky Eye Pen – I don’t usually use pencil liner on my top lid, but I do love using it on the bottom. It glides on beautifully and because it’s waterproof, is also long-lasting.
Lise Watier V Element Volcanic Minerals Mascara – This volumizing mascara is formulated with volcanic water, rich in minerals – calcium, magnesium, zinc, copper and silica. Its formula helps to revitalize and protect lashes from external aggressors. Believe it or not, I’ve never used Lise Watier mascaras until recently, but I like this one! It gives my lashes a lot of volume and doesn’t get clumpy or flakey.
Benefit Cosmetics Gimme Brow – This is one of the first brow products I’ve ever used! It’s a brow-volumizing tinted gel, with tiny micro-fibers that works to create natural-looking fullness and definition. Read more about it here.
At long last! Another new blog post has (finally) gone live!
I’m sure it’s evident by my sporadic posting, but lately, I’ve been feeling very uninspired and removed from blogging. I haven’t been able to put my finger on exactly what’s been causing me to feel this way. There isn’t just one reason and it’s pretty hard to explain – even to myself!
I can’t tell you how many times in the last few months that I’ve clicked that “new post” button, started typing…and then quickly discarded the draft. I just haven’t known what to write about, or what people want to read these days. Heck, I don’t know what I want to see on a blog anymore! What I do know is, if I’m spending the time reading a blog post, I want to get something out of it. I want to learn something new, or feel inspired to try something.
A wonderful media lunch with Stoneleigh Sauvignon Blanc wines and Celebrity Chef Marc McEwan
The posts that have performed the best over the 5 years that I’ve been blogging are not the #ootd’s. If you take a look at my “Popular Posts” section, there’s an obvious trend. It’s the posts with more substance that people want to read – the posts with value. Namely, beauty product reviews and how-to’s. It certainly makes sense.
In many ways, I think Instagram has taken some of the value away from daily outfit posts. Why go to someone’s blog to see 7 photos of the same outfit, when you can scroll through Instagram and get inspired by many outfits at once. And – since adding the “save” feature, you can come back to those outfits for inspiration later.
Am I saying that blogs are dying? No – definitely not.
Am I planning to give up blogging? No – definitely not.
I just think the nature of blogging has changed. Generally speaking, people don’t spend as much time reading and commenting on blogs as they once did. I know I certainly don’t!
Seeking inspiration at Sorry Coffee in Yorkville
And would you look at that. I’ve already gone ahead and broken my own rule. This post doesn’t necessarily add “value” per say, but maybe I’ve fed your curiosity a little bit.
Or, did I make you think about your own habits and blog preferences too?
Anyhow, it’s nice to be back…and you can expect more content from me soon
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of La Maison Simons. All opinions are 100% mine.
I honestly don’t think I’ve ever been more ready for spring than I am this year. Freezing rain and snowstorms in Mid-April are not normal, but considering the snowy weather started in November (you know, almost 7 months ago), it feels like the never-ending winter!
The good thing is, the forecast shows that warmer temperatures are on their way. I’m so excited to embrace all of the warm weather things, especially when it comes to my wardrobe. To all of my winter coats and heavy sweaters: “I love you, but I don’t want to see you for a while!”
Instead, I want to wear all of my cute spring and summer pieces that are literally (and figuratively) collecting dust in the closet. I also have some new pieces that I’ve been itching to wear, but haven’t been able to just yet.
Now more than ever, I think it’s important to acknowledge that the climate and the environment are changing. We need to make a conscious effort to preserve our ecosystems and protect the species that live within. After all, it’s not just humans who are struggling with ice storms in April!
Today, I’m teaming up with Simons, who’s involved in an important environmental cause: combatting the decline in the honeybee population.
If you’re not familiar with Simons, they’ve been a Canadian fashion destination since 1840. Aside from their dedication to fashion, the company has always put a strong focus on their environmental policy. They believe that small actions have the power to make a big difference – and so do I.
Simons is currently working in collaboration with Alvéole, a Canadian company that promotes beekeeping in urban environments. Their mission is to increase the local production of honey, to improve pollination in cities, and to make people aware of the importance of bees in the urban ecosystem.
The decline in the honeybee population is alarming because bees play a major role in the production of fruit, vegetables and nuts. In fact, approximately 1/3 of the food we eat relies on their pollination!
Contrary to popular belief, honeybees rarely sting humans. They’re not interested in us because honeybees are vegan! It’s actually wasps that sting, so I’m not sure why the bees have that reputation. You can learn more here.
To help bring awareness and support to Alvéole’s great endeavours, the team of designers at Simons created the unique ‘Twik’ collection. They used prints and colours that echo the world of the honeybee. With each item sold, $8.00 will be invested into the project. You’ll also notice the tags are made out of a special type of paper, which contains seeds for flowers that produce nectar and pollen. By planting the tag, you’ll also be helping to grow fruits and vegetables!
I’m embracing the spring (and warm weather to come) by wearing this adorable dress from the Bee the Change Collection. Naturally, the floral print is perfect for spring and if you look closely, you can see little bees in the print! I paired the dress with one of my favourite pastel pink jackets (because again, spring) and wore the outfit to a bridal shower over the weekend. The high neckline on the dress makes it perfect for the office, too.
Shop the Bee The Change Collection here and let’s help bring back the bees. Bonus: the pieces are all super cute and perfect to wear when spring finally decides to show up!
This is an easy recipe for small batch chocolate chip peanut butter cookies. It only requires 1 bowl and makes about 1 dozen cookies. It’s also a great way to use up some of that extra holiday chocolate you might have around the house!
Last week, I came home to an incredible PR package from Purdy’s Chocolatier. It was a big box, filled with Easter chocolates. As I’m sure you can imagine, PR packages always get me excited, but to receive gourmet chocolate was especially exciting. After all, I have a pretty big sweet tooth – and I happen to love chocolate. While I could easily devour all of the chocolate on my own, I have every intention of sharing some of the goodies over the Easter weekend. I did however, dive into a few things right away, including the mini peanut butter eggs. And in case you’re wondering, they are amaaaaazing (and addictive)!
Peanut butter and chocolate is always a great combination, but when you’re combining high quality chocolate with high quality peanut butter…it’s magical.
A couple of days after I received the chocolates, creativity struck – as did a craving for homemade chocolate chip cookies.
I always have to make an effort not to over-do it on the sweets (and I don’t have much willpower), so I didn’t want to make a huge batch of cookies. Alas, I jumped onto Pinterest and searched for a “small batch” recipe. I found this really awesome recipe, and started to prep my ingredients to make them. But then it hit me. The recipe called for “good quality chocolate” and I had a bunch of that at home, just waiting to be enjoyed. So, I tweaked the recipe a little bit….and voila! My easy small batch chocolate chip peanut butter cookie recipe was born.
Oh, and just as an FYI, taking photos was an after thought…so they’re not the prettiest cookies I’ve ever made. Sorry not sorry!
The Recipe For Small Batch Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies:
3/4 cup white all-purpose flour (not packed into the measuring cup)
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/3 cup chopped peanut butter chocolate eggs
3 table spoons of regular chocolate chips
6 additional chocolate eggs, cut in half (for finishing)
In a large microwave-safe bowl, partially melt the butter in the microwave.
With a spoon or a whisk, whisk in the brown sugar, white sugar, and vanilla extract into the bowl of the butter.
Stir until completely smooth and then stir in the egg yolk.
Measure the flour carefully making sure not to pack in the flour.
Stir in the flour, baking soda and salt, and mix well. The dough should pull away from the sides of the bowl. (If not, add a few more teaspoons of flour until a good dough is formed).
Coarsely chop the chocolate eggs and stir them in with the chocolate chips. Knead the chocolate into the dough.
Place the dough in an airtight container and in the fridge for at least 30 minutes to 1 hour. *This is probably the hardest step, but it’s important, so don’t skip it!!
When ready to bake, set the oven temperature at 325 degrees F.
Roll balls of dough that are even and on the top of each one, and place half an egg into the middle and flatten it down slightly. Bake for 9-12 minutes or until lightly golden brown on top. Slightly under-baking these cookies will yield extremely soft and chewy cookies.
Allow the cookies to continue to “bake” on the cookie sheet for 3 more minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.
I know, I know. It’s been like, 100 years since my last actual blog post. Lately, I’ve been a lot more active on Instagram and even on Twitter. On the other hand, I’ve been neglecting this space. Whoops! I have plenty of excuses up my sleeve about why I haven’t posted, but at the end of the day, I just haven’t made it a priority. Yes, I’ve been busy, but my silence has been more about a lack of inspiration than a lack of time.
Over the last few months, I’ve been thinking about doing a bit of a re-brand and/or re-design, but I’m not sure where I want to take things yet. I pressed publish on my first blog post almost 5 years ago – umm holy crap, that’s a long time ago! A lot has changed since then. Back when I started, Instagram wasn’t even a ‘thing.’ I also didn’t worry about SEO, total reach, or anything, really. I’m different than I was 5 years ago, too. My personality, interests and style have evolved. Like, let’s be real, I would NOT wear this outfit today. What was I thinking with those pants? I can assure you, they are long gone.
Spring Break Style
As you probably know if you follow me on Instagram, I was recently in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic for a week. Most of the time, I was a sweaty, frizzy, make-up free mess, but I usually put together a cute outfit for dinner. This was a very simple outfit to wear on vacation, so I figured it would be perfect to share here!
Naturally, I did a bit of shopping before the trip. I loved having a reason to shop the new arrivals for spring! This button down top is one of the softest pieces I own, and I love how versatile it is. I wore it unbuttoned here, but it’s cute done up, tucked into a pair of jeans and finished with a bandana. These shorts are from American Eagle and are also incredibly comfortable. They’re great to throw on over a bathing suit and can easily be dressed up or down.
If you’re a Toronto-based fashion blogger, winter is a very difficult time of year. Actually, if you’re a Canadian or Northern US-based fashion blogger…winter is a very difficult time of year. It takes a certain level of dedication (and a wee bit of crazy) to go outside in subzero temperatures, take off your jacket and shoot outfit photos. You have to pretend that you’re not freezing and wear sunglasses to hide the pain (and tears) in your eyes. Trust me, I know it’s not easy. I’ve been a fashion blogger for years, and as recently as a few weeks ago, shot outdoors on an exceptionally cold afternoon.
Visiting Allan Gardens Conservatory in Toronto:
Recently, in an attempt to find a Saturday afternoon activity and new shoot location, Matt and I decided to go to the Allan Gardens Conservatory. It was the first time either of us had been to Allan Gardens. It was a very fun afternoon! There are several different rooms to experience, all with different climates. Some rooms are hot and humid, whereas others are warm and dry. Because of the different climates, the types of flowers and plants will differ from room to room. You will see anything palm trees, orchids, unusual succulents, and cacti – all without leaving Toronto.
One of the best parts about Allan Gardens is that admission is free, which is unheard of in this city. Not long ago, we went to the museum with another couple and despite my student discount (shout out to my student card with no expiry!!), it cost a small fortune for that trip. Granted, it was a really fun afternoon, but I couldn’t believe how expensive it was to get in.
Side note, if you’re a blogger and you’d like to shoot at Allan Gardens, I can’t guarantee whether or not you’re technically ‘allowed’ to shoot there. Lots of other people had their cameras out that day, and no one bothered us about it. On the contrary, we got stopped pretty quickly by security when we tried to shoot at the Evergreen Brickworks.
The Blank Denim Moto Jacket:
As for my outfit, I’m wearing my new favourite suede moto jacket, from Blank Denim. If you read blogs, like ever, then you’ve definitely seen this jacket before. But – I finally caved and got one for myself when I saw it on super sale. My only regret was waiting so long to pull the trigger! It’s soft, yet sturdy and has so many edgy zippers and details to give it interest. I threw on one of my favourite pairs of ripped black jeans and my favourite faux fur stole to complete the look.
SHOP THE LOOK AND SIMILAR JACKETS UNDER $200 HERE:
It’s no secret that I’ve been a little bit quiet on the blogging front over the last couple of weeks. I don’t have any particular reason for my silence. Just the usual struggle with time management and a lack of inspiration to sit down and write. I’ve been feeling a little bit guilty for not posting in a while, but I know that’s just me being ridiculous. No one has lost any sleep over my lack of posting, right? Besides, it feels much worse to post crappy content just for the sake of posting.
These photos are about 100 years old, but I wanted to share them here anyways. I bought this floral velvet kimono at LOFT when I was in Florida just before Christmas, and I absolutely love it! The floral pattern is chic and the velvet material drapes beautifully. At the same time, I picked up this pair of tassel hoop earrings. My ears are very small, so I have a hard time finding earrings that are light enough for me to wear. These earrings weigh almost nothing, but still make a statement. Just be careful not to be too rough with the earrings, because I almost lost one!
Shop the look and similar floral kimonos under $100 here:
Good morning and happy 2018! I hope you had a great weekend and an amazing holiday season. It’s always a little bittersweet when the holidays come to an end, but it’s nice to get back to a regular routine. I’m also very happy to be back to blogging and creating new content!
As you might remember, just before the holidays, I spent a few days in Florida with my parents. Even though the trip was very short, I managed to fit in plenty of time to shop. One of my purchases from the trip was this pair of ripped overalls, from Lucky Brand. They don’t have any locations close to my house, so I don’t shop there too often. Regardless, I didn’t go into the store with the intention of buying anything. Before I knew it, I was trying a bunch of different pieces on. You know, just for fun. Well – as it turned out, these ripped overalls were super cute and I had to have them!