The Last Days of Summer

[Hello everyone, I’m back! Did you miss me? I wound up going on an unplanned hiatus but have now returned with a new look on the blog and new content! I’ve yet to determine if I will be posting weekly again, but my goal is to produce more high-quality content if I take more time in between posts. Stay tuned to this channel.]

When you’re a kid, the last days of summer are the worst. All you do is attempt to squeeze as much adventure and fun out of waning time while avoiding an onslaught of back-to-school advertisements that seem to keep coming earlier every year. You stay out later, see your friends more or laze around the house more. You relax with desperation. You are utterly inconsolable when your parents take you to Staples for new pencils.

As an adult, my calendar has changed from the September-June focus I’ve known for the majority of my life. It’s still hard to get used to. Every September I feel like I need to be doing something, that something’s missing. That feeling has manifested in hair or wardrobe changes, but it still doesn’t sit right.

What I’ve been trying to do this year is experience the last days of summer the way they’re meant to be experienced: languidly and luxuriously. As someone who generally loathes certain qualities of summer (heat, bugs, everyone wanting to go the beach) and relishes the transition to fall (it’s the best season don’t @ me) I’ve been genuinely enjoying this tail end of summertime. And for me, this enjoyment resulted in a wave of inspiration. One of the reasons I had taken such a long break from the blog was a complete lack of post ideas and loss of confidence in my style. I wasn’t sure how or when to continue. Maybe it’s the amount of folk music I’ve been listening to, or the amount of gin and tonics I’ve been drinking, but August somehow sparked my creativity again, into making a lookbook.

I wanted to create outfits that represented this time of year. To me, the haze of August heat and the buzz of cicadas create a fever dream in shades of gold and burt orange, and I wanted my colour palette to reflect that. It’s still intensely hot and humid here in Ontario, but fall is coming, and for me that combination results in an odd feeling of utter laziness with expectation. The silhouettes range from wide and billowing to short and structured, all worn while squinting into the burning sun.

And that’s all of the inspiration that came into this end of summer lookbook. Enjoy.

LOOK 1

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Jumpsuit — Oak + Fort

Bralette — Victoria’s Secret (Similar)

Sandals —  Heel Boy (Similar)

Short Necklace — Anthropologie

Long Necklace — Etsy

Bracelet — Oak + Fort

Watch — Vintage

LOOK 2

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Dress — Kiss the Sky (via Asos)

Sneaks — Converse

Choker — Urban Outfitters (Similar)

Sunnies — Anthropologie

All rings from Victoire and Urban Outfitters

LOOK 3

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Tee — Free People

Skirt — Vince Camuto (Similar)

Hat — Rag & Bone

Sandals — Heel Boy (Similar)

Necklace — Etsy

All rings from Victoire and Urban Outfitters

Two Fave Spring Trends

I always gravitate towards stripes in the spring and summer. It’s partially due to the amount of stripe-y stuff the stores get in, partially because the warmer weather always has me thinking wistfully of that alternate universe where I’m from southern France in the 1960s. It’s not a big deal.

Stripes is a spring trend that’s pretty much guaranteed to come around, right up there with whites, florals and silks.

A trend I did see come up this year that is not as common was bight, bold red. It was all over the runway and naturally trickled down to the high-street stores. I couldn’t go into any Urban Outfitters, Topshop or Aritzia without seeing pops of red sprinkled into the denim and neutrals like freckles.

I love this trend. Red is such an eye-catching colour that looks fantastic on everyone. It’s classic, it’s modern, it’s timeless. Aside from black, it’s the colour of femme fatales around the world.

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I’ve been looking for ways to work both of these trends into my wardrobe this season. Stripes was easy because of full pieces like a striped shirtdress or a pinstripe jacket. These pants I found at Topshop are another perfect way to style stripes, and are a great summer pant to wear when wool trousers are just too constricting and heavy to survive in.

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I actually found the red bag before the top. It was a lucky find at Forever 21, something I thought would be perfect as a pop of colour on monochrome outfits. Imagine that bad boy accessorizing all white? Killer.

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On another fateful day I saw this red linen top at Oak + Fort and then rest is history. A flattering neckline and the best colour for the season.

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Pairing these two together was a no-brainer. Since the pants have a stripe, I’ve been wearing them with solid colours, but wearing them with straight black or white doesn’t quite cut it. Likewise with the top, tucking it into a little skirt or trouser is the perfect way to wear it. Throw in a pair of converse and the aforementioned little red bag and I’ve got a good out-on-the-town weekender vibe.

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Sure, I’ve yet to time travel to 1960s and magically be born as a sophisticated French lady, but this outfit has me fully in my summertime mindset, you know the mindset where you magically forget all of your deadline and responsibilities and play “Island in the Sun” on repeat.

[And yes, I did dye my hair blonde!! We’re back to the light side.]

OUTFIT DETAILS

Top – Oak + Fort (Not available, but pictured here with co-ordinating pant.)

Trousers – Topshop

Shoes – Converse

Bag – Forever 21

Watch – Vintage

Sunnies – Aldo (Similar)

Nobody Likes You When You’re 23

Yesterday was my 23rd birthday.

All I can think about is that one Britney song “Not a girl, not yet a woman.” In my mind, hitting 24 and 25 is when I’ll truly need to start having my shit together. Whatever that means. My dad likes to joke that I change the year as I approach it. Before soon I’ll be saying, “79 is when I’ll really need to start getting my shit together.”

Little more than a week ago, my sister turned 27 and I asked her how she felt. She told me about how she was excited to get older, how aging doesn’t freak her out the way it does some folks (myself included.)

I envy my sister that, her excitement for her 30s and for the decades after that. I have, completely unsurprisingly, a lot of anxiety about getting older, but it’s not necessarily about aging. It’s about wondering when I’ll finally land a big girl job, if I’ll ever achieve all the goals I’ve laid out for myself, if I’ll ever get a dog. Responsibility is a weight I doubt we ever fully become accustomed to. If I’ve learned anything from my parents, it’s that even grown ups have their days where they’re not entirely sure what they’re doing.

So I’ve got worries. But I also had a nice train ride to Kingston to think about the other side of aging — to look at how much I’ve grown in the last few years.

When I think about how I was in high school, even at the start of university, it seems like the Natasha of then is a completely different person. If you can believe it, she was even more insecure and prone to pigheaded-ness.

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I’m half-kidding, but there are a lot of changes I’ve noticed in me. I mean, yeah, I know how to dress now, or at least, I know how to dress in a way I feel good in and think works for me. I’m way better at makeup than I was. Those are only the superficial things, but since my journey in how to dress myself led to a love affair with fashion, it’s important to note.

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I’m more self-aware. I’m better at considering the consequences of my words before I speak. Better, but not perfect. I value my friendships so much more now that I’ve moved. I’m a little more open towards others and a little more forgiving towards myself. I care less and less what people think of me every day. Maybe I’m happier, I don’t know.

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In short, every year that passes brings more changes, physical and otherwise. Looking back at myself, even when I was eighteen, nineteen, I see how everything I’ve experienced has shaped me a little differently, how every person has left an impression. I have anxiety about getting older, but I also have some excitement on how I’ll look back when I’m 27 or 28 and see how much more I’ve changed. It’s cliche, but it’s a bit comforting to know that there are so many more people to meet and things to experience.

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For now, I’m 23. I’m 23 and I went to Ottawa for a weekend to celebrate with some pals. We took poorly-lit basement photos and get uproariously drunk. As my esteemed colleagues Blink-182 say, nobody likes you when you’re 23. You’re still so young, but you have a lot of the responsibility of a full adult. All we can do at this weird crossroads, when we’re not kids but not quite grown-ups, is do our best to be kind to ourselves and the people around us. And, if we can, try not to fuck up too much. At least not more than is necessary.

Latest Faves: Spring Edition

Now that it’s the end of April and we’re finally getting some sunshine and days where a jacket isn’t a requirement, I thought it was a good time to do another round of what I’ve been discovering and rediscovering the last couple of months.

Fashion

For my clothing pieces this time around, I decided to style an overall look with the things mentioned in my favourites, since they’re all more general than specific things. Think of it as conceptual faves.

Denim Jackets, Mom Jeans and Vintage.

The perfect transition weather piece, right? And in Canada, transition weather essentially lasts until July and then it’s so hot you have trouble even thinking about putting on clothes, so it’s wise to invest in some ~light jackets~.

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Denim is really big right now, and I used to be so steadfastly against the denim-on-denim Canadian tuxedo trend that has risen from its early-2000s grave. Now that it’s back, I gotta say, I’m kinda into it. (And yeah I’m probably just a trend sheep. A treep.)

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I unearthed these American Apparel (RIP) mom jeans that are a perfect light wash for summer, and actually paired them with a vintage denim jacket. I’ve been wearing these jeans all the time lately. They are by far the most comfortable pair I own and there’s something a bit nostalgic about the wash and fit of them.

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My last fashion favourite is, again, a bit general. I’ve always liked wearing vintage, but lately I’ve been on a huge vintage kick. Browsing packed racks full of weird stuff and finding items that are magically able to fit me is my favourite hobby. I love the treasure-hunting aspect of it, especially if you dedicate the proper time sometimes required to find the good stuff. I’ve found pieces in my hunting like this button-up that are a bit strange. This top I found in the $5 bin at Mama Loves You, for example, has a car pattern on it and, inexplicably, blue heart buttons. I like the humour in a piece like this and I like the uniqueness it adds to my wardrobe.

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And anyway, who doesn’t like being able to say “it’s vintage” when someone asks you where you got something?

Converse

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In the spring and summertime, I live in my sneakers. I tend to walk everywhere in the warm weather, so I need something comfortable. More than that, I just feel like they go with everything. My only lament is how much I love the white converse and how easily I get them dirty.

Mules

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It’s a blessing that these types of shoes are everywhere right now, because ya girl cannot do a stiletto heel to save her life. I love the lower, block heels of these shoes. I love their simplicity and how easy they are to style. I am here for the mules.

These ones are from H&M, but I’ve seen similar ones in almost every store.

Mini Backpack

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And yet another 90s comeback trend I caved for. But, come on, this backpack from Urban Outfitters is so cute. Also I can fit a surprising amount of stuff in it.

Beauty

Milk Makeup

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I’ve only tried three products from Milk Makeup, but I love what I’ve tried. This is a brand I’ve heard a lot of hype about in the blogosphere and I was so excited to try it. Firstly, I’m a fan of the concept: makeup that you can apply with your fingers on the go. I also love the simple packaging and the products themselves, or at least the ones I’ve tried, have more than met my expectations. Catch me at Sephora raiding their selection the next time they get a restock.

The items pictured are (L to R): Eye Vinyl in “Bridge,” Liquid Strobe in “Ultraviolet,” Eye Pigment in “After Party.”

Chanel Illusion D’Ombre in “Moonlight Pink”

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I’m not going to lie to you, I bought this product years ago with straight Optimum points. If you’re not Canadian/don’t know about Shoppers Drug Mart, just know it’s a point system at a drug store chain than be redeemed on almost anything they have available. Naturally I went straight for the pricy makeup. I rather doubt I would have this product if I didn’t get it for free, because you can similar items from MAC and Maybelline, but I will say, since I do have it, I love it. The colour is beautiful and it works really well all over the eye or faintly as a highlighter. Since I’ve been favouring more simple makeup lately, my go-to is slathering this all over my eye and piling on mascara. It’s glam.

Too Faced “Papa Don’t Peach” Blush

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I raved about the Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette in my last favourites post, I believe, and here I am back with the blush. Honestly, I love everything from this collection. I like the smell of peaches and I’m easy prey for cute, gimmicky stuff. The thing about this blush is it’s ridiculously pretty on. I love it. Lately I’ve just been wearing this blush without a highlighter because it has a bit of shimmer in it. I already know this will be my ride or die through the summer.

Books

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Ross King – Mad Enchantment

I received this book as a Christmas present from my parents but had a huge delay in reading it, not because I didn’t want to, but because I got caught up in other reading material on my list. Now that I’ve properly dived into it, I can say I think it is just the most wonderful book. Monet is my fave historic painter, and this book shows him to be the sassy mofo he truly is.

V.E. Schwab – The Shades of Magic Trilogy

I had, in the tail end of winter, been looking for some transportive fiction I could really sink my teeth into. On a recommendation from a Chapters employee, I tried the first book in this trilogy and was immediately hooked. It’s got a lot of magic, action and some really interesting characters with a lot of depth. Highly recommended to anyone looking to be sucked into another world.

Music

Jay Som – Everybody Works

Okay, I learned that Jay Som (real name Melina Duterte) not only played all of the instruments on this album, but she recorded it in her bedroom. That blew my mind. It took an already cool album to ridiculous levels of coolness. Her sound is a bit like if the sun-bleached guitars of Real Estate had a baby with femme garage rock. You get me?

Fave tracks: Baybee, 1 Billion Dogs, Take It

Khalid – American Teen

This album kinda makes me wish I was a teenager again, but then I remember what being a teenager was like and I’m like ‘nah.’ Still love this whole album, though. Khalid’s sound is really laid-back with a touch of 80s inspiration. Summer soundtrack for sure.

Fave tracks: American Teen, Young Dumb & Broke, 8TEEN

Gorillaz – Humanz

GUESS WHO’S BACK. I just about lost it when I heard Gorillaz was putting a new album out on the 28th and I’ve been obsessively playing their early release tracks since. It’s always been difficult to pin down Gorillaz’ sound and this record is looking to be no different. Their songs can be so different from one another but somehow I’m into every one??? Magic.

Fave tracks: Andromeda, Saturnz Barz, Ascension

Miscellaneous

SKAM

Speaking of things that are back… I have most definitely talked about SKAM in a favourites post before and now it’s back for another season and I’m still obsessed with it, so here I am talking about it again. Each season focuses on a different main character in the same friend group and the one for this season is Sana, a Norwegian Muslim girl trying to make sense of her religion, herself, her friends and boyyyyys. All I can say about this show is its painfully relevant and relatable.

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This show is just so goddam funny. If you haven’t seen it yet (it’s on Netflix) please consider giving it a go. Really, I laugh out loud at least twice an episode and some really interesting topics are covered in really hilarious ways.

Terrible, Thanks for Asking Podcast

I discovered this gem on a recommendation from my friend Clare. Hosted by author Nora McInery, this podcast that aims to talk honestly about pain, awkwardness and other uncomfortable human topics. The last episode I listened to, I cried. In the middle of Queen St. This is such an amazing podcast with the potential to help a lot of people.

 

Brunch Date

I have never, in my life, turned down a brunch invitation.

Going out for dinner is one thing: it’s dark, everyone is more well-dressed, the menu is more expensive and a much more extensive and pretentious drink list is involved. Dinner, I could take or leave, but going out for brunch is my jam. (There’s a breakfast pun in there somewhere. Laugh with me.)

Coffee. Hash browns. Eggs. Six dollar mimosas. Honestly, how could I refuse?

When I got an invite to go to lunch with three of my friends, I was excited for the whole week leading up to it. A little pathetic? Maybe, but I mean business when I say I love going out for brunch.

This post is quickly turning into a game of how often I can write the word “brunch” in 400 words.

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The four of us met up at Lola’s Kitchen on Church Street, and we had our six-dollar drinks and consumed copious amounts of breakfast foods. Bliss.

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In anyone is wondering, I had the curry tofu scramble.

Naturally, when I’m planning a brunch date, I’m automatically thinking about what I’m going to wear. My first thought was to go casual, to wear something low-key for a Saturday morning breakfast outing. My second thought was I still needed to look cool. It’s absolutely ridiculous, but since I became interested in fashion I feel like I’ve built this reputation for myself around my friends, where they always expect me to be dressed to the nines, or to have some painfully cool look put together.

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It should be noted, since I am currently writing this wearing grey sweat shorts and a sweater with a bear on it, that I am not always put together. I don’t always looking like I put any effort in.

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This train of thought nagged on me while I was getting dressed, but it got to the point where I was running late and I realized I was being ridiculous.

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I decide to go understated: high-waisted jeans, cream shirt and converse. It was gloriously warm and spring-like that day, a truly luxurious weekend, so I put on a long sweater. Since the look was so casual, I went heavy on the gold jewellery but the overall effect (I hope) was easy-breezy-weekend-brunch-esque.

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If I pulled that off, great. If I didn’t, well, I enjoyed a cheap mimosa and ate my weight in hash browns, so either way I count that day as a win.

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OUTFIT DETAILS

Sweater: Aritzia

Top: Black Market Vintage

Jeans: Urban Outfitters

Sneakers: Converse

Bag: Urban Outfitters (Similar)

All rings from Urban Outfitters & Forever 21

 

 

 

 

 

 

Black & Grey

I’ve spoken a few times on this blog about making an effort to wear more colour, about my history with wearing black so often I could be mistaken for Morticia Addams.

I do like to wear colour – right now, I’m gravitating towards yellow and find myself in the midst of a pink renaissance. Maybe I’m reclaiming the colour from its weird “little girl” connotations. I’m not even talking pastels – I’m talking the neon editions.

But from time to time, I get the urge to fall back into the monochrome. I don a full-black outfit or wear only black with white for three days straight. These instances are generally born out of a laziness in colour co-odinating and a desire to feel needlessly cool.

This is the thing about personal style – it’s always changing. You are drawn to the things you are drawn to for a reason. That’s why it’s personal style. When I’m getting dressed in the morning, I usually go with my instinct. I reach for what ever I’m into at that moment, and some days what I’m into is simple black and grey.

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This day was one of those days. I started with the culotte jumpsuit, a new piece I’m loving because 1) it hides away my body completely, for when you’re not feeling anything form-fitting and 2) the billowing black material is big drama. It turns a stroll to the coffee shop to a woeful, angst-ridden walk through Scottish moors.

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You know what I mean.

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This certainly isn’t the most flattering outfit I’ve ever worn and that’s done purposefully. Sometimes I’m self conscious about my figure. Sometimes I want to put comfort before anything else. And to be quite honest I’m never dressing for the sole purpose of being attractive to boys. I’m always dressing for me and me alone. (Although compliments from other women give me life.)

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OUTFIT DETAILS

Jumpsuit – Anthropologie

Turtleneck – Anthropologie (Similar)

Shoes – Michael Kors (Similar)

Bag – Urban Outfitters (Similar, just a different size)

*All photos taken by my beautiful friend Clare.*

Bloor Street Noir

A night out in Toronto isn’t always expensive drinks in Kensington or long dinners at the best places downtown. In fact, if you’re me, nights out are rarely that and more closely resemble something halfway between college tomfoolery and hipster-because-we’re-broke activities.

One of my favourite things to do in the city is see live music. At any given night, in any given location, someone’s band is playing a gig. You can find the events all over Facebook and Twitter. Even with all the festivals we see in the summer set aside, there’s so much music happening in this place, and for me, it’s always a matter of deciding, “fuck it, I’ll go.”

That’s how I wound up going to see Milky Chance in concert with my friend Clare (also the photographer for this post). We had made a split-second decision over Facebook to go weeks before the show, and I promptly forgot about it until just days beforehand.

Naturally, as the event approached, the crucial question of, “what am I gonna wear?” came up.

My problem with concerts is I usually try too hard to look like I’m not trying too hard to look cool. You feel me? You want to somehow achieve the same level of unaffected-coolness as the bearded, tattooed bartenders that serve you $8 beers.

I went with a classic: high waisted jeans (the MOST COMFORTABLE jeans) and a black tee. Boots. Black coat. I needed something a little extra and boom, red lipstick. It’s not fancy but it definitely works for the setting.

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And this was our setting: a packed concert at Lee’s Palace and a walk down a rainy, slippery Bloor St. on a Saturday night. Between the blacked-out windows at Honest Ed’s and the neon “open” signs of bubble tea shops and Korean barbecue restaurants, the whole thing felt Noir-esque to me somehow, like I was waiting for a man in a trench coat to come out of an alleyway and hand me a blank envelope.

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I’ve been listing to too many mystery podcasts. (You should all be listening to Rabbits, btw.)

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But as Clare and I made our way to a bubble tea joint, I proclaimed, “Take my picture in this alleyway.” And then with the lime-green walls inside the aforementioned bubble tea joint.

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I didn’t use my good camera, the pictures aren’t high-quality, but sometimes a night is just that. It’s getting sweaty at a show, getting soaked and cold in the rain, laughing your ass off in a lime-green bubble tea shop and taking the subway home at the end of it all.

And that, kids, was a good night out.

OUTFIT DETAILS

Coat – Topshop (Similar)

Tee – Stateside (Similar)

Jeans – AG

Boots – Shoe the Bear

 

TOM* Fashion Week Outfit Diary

I was lucky enough this past week to be able to attend Toronto Men’s Fashion week at Waterworks downtown. Myself and some other peeps from Novella were able to tag along to the illustrious coattails of our fearless editor.

It’s not the first time I’ve been to fashion show, but it is the first time I’ve been to TOM, and I had no idea what to expect.

The idea of attending a fashion show is daunting. You obviously want to look on trend and cool, but not like you’re trying too hard to be on trend and cool. It’s a fine line to balance on, same with the question of whether you need to dress up or dress down. After actually going, I can say that there’s a real mix of what people wear. There are people dressed to the absolute nines – high heels, floor-length dress, suit and tie – and there are also people taking it down a notch – denim on denim, all black, I even saw a guy in sweatpants.

Essentially, my biggest takeaway is this: just wear whatever you want but be confident in your decision and it’ll show. The coolest (and probably most photographed) people there are the ones you see just being themselves. Not that my own advice stopped me fro having a breakdown while getting ready for the shows every night, but I still stand by it.

After all of my anxiety and second-guessing, here is what I wore to Toronto Men’s Fashion Week.

(Please excuse the colouring of my pictures – it was dark and I tried my best with an iPhone 5s.)

Day 1

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Since it was Men’s fashion week, I decided to go with a menswear-inspired look for the first day. I paired a white tuxedo shirt with blue jeans and a corduroy coat. To finish the look off, I decided on a pair of brogues and a clutch, both in different shades of brown. I wasn’t sure if all of the brown tones would work well  or just end up clashing, but I was running late, so I just said “monochrome,” with a flourish and left.

Outfit Details

Coat – Na Nin Vintage

Tuxedo Shirt – Zara

Jeans – Urban Outfitters

Shoes – Urban Outfitters (These are at least five years old, here are some similar ones.)

Clutch – American Apparel (Not available anymore, here’s a similar one.)

Day 2

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On day 2, I went full 80s. Well, nearly. Full 80s would’ve been if I had also been able to do something cool with my hair. Alas, it was flat and decidedly not 80s, but I did don a bright red leather jacket complete with nice, big shoulder pads. Underneath it I kept it simple with a plain white tee and high-waisted trousers. Because I knew it would get warm in the venue, I needed something else to bump up the energy in my look, and I found it in my old blue suede booties.

Outfit Details

Jacket – Black Market Vintage

Tee – Anthropolgie

Trousers – Urban Outfitters

Shoes – Topshop (They’re pretty old, so here’s a pair that are similar.)

Day 3

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By day three, I had had just about enough of panicking over every outfit choice. I was trying too much to be different, to stand out from the crowd and that resulted in me trying on combinations that just really weren’t me. In the end, I decided on a pretty classic Tash silhouette of loose high-waisted trousers with a tee tucked in and a long coat overtop. I liked what I had on and I felt like myself, which I think is really all one can ask for when one attends an evening celebrating fashion and style.

(In hindsight, this really wasn’t the best outfit to pick for creds.)

Outfit Details

Coat – American Apparel (Not available anymore, but I found one kinda similar.)

Shirt – Anthropologie (Sold out,  here’s a similar.)

Trousers – Oak + Fort (Sold out [AGAIN], here’s a similar.)

Shoes – Michael Kors

Bag – Burberry

My Top 5 Moments from the Oscars

Their relevancy has been debated heavily in the modern age, but I still love the Oscars. I love movies and I’m fascinated by every aspect of the movie industry. When I was younger, I would always make a list of predictions and watch the Oscars live. I used to practice my own Academy Award acceptance speech in the shower. For best leading actress, naturally, in a movie with Tom Hardy as my co-star, probably.

Now as a bitter adult living in Toronto, I definitely don’t have cable, and I do know that the Oscars aren’t without their problems. It’s not a perfect system. It’s a show rooted in elitist tradition. But still, I hold out, because movies are my first love and I’m down with any night that is dedicated to honouring them.

This year, I was actually able to catch most of the show live, and since it’s a long-ass show with lots of commercial breaks, I’ve compiled my five favourite moments from the show to serve as a little recap.

5. Jackie Chan Wins the Lifetime Achievement Award

So Jackie Chan has worked on an estimated 250 films in his career. If that doesn’t warrant an award, I don’t know what would. The Governor’s award was given back in November, but Jackie also attended the Oscars, and he attended with two stuffed pandas as his dates.

Very pure. Very good.

4. Viola Davis Wins Best Supporting Actress

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Viola Davis is a queen who has been nominated for an Oscar twice before, but finally won on Sunday for her turn as Rose in Fences alongside Denzel Washington. Viola looked stunning in red and was gracious and elegant accepting her award. Naturally, she gave an incredible and powerful speech, so much so that Jimmy Kimmel joked she should get an Emmy for it.

And in an interview after the Oscars were over, Viola dropped another Emmy-worthy response. Upon being asked what she felt the moment her name was announced during the ceremony, she said, “I felt like a princess, and I never feel like a princess.”

3. Dev Patel and Sunny Pawar

This is both a separate and combined thing, because Dev and Sunny have done a lot of press together due to Lion, and have been ridiculously cute the whole time. During the ceremony, Jimmy Kimmel did a bit where he raised Sunny above his head a la Lion King, which was very cute on its own, but THEN I saw pictures of Dev looking on like a besotted mom and I died a little bit.

Which brings me to my next point: Dev brought his mom as his date again and everyone cried because they are so beautiful and awesome and suddenly my skin was cleared.

(I should note that Lion didn’t pick up any awards, but that it is an amazing movie and you should absolutely see it if it you haven’t yet.)

2. Auli’i Cravalho and Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Performance

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I love Moana. I’m a pretty big Pixar hoe, so I was already excited to see it, and I was definitely not disappointed. I love the movie but am also obsessed with the soundtrack. Honestly, thank God one of the songs was nominated for best original song because the soundtrack is just so good and catchy and wonderful.

Auli’i Cravalho, who voices Moana in the movie, performed the nominated song “How Far I’ll Go” during the ceremony, with a rap introduction by Mr. Miranda himself. The performance was so good and Auli’i is a beautiful angel who has come down to Earth to bless us all and bring us into a better timeline.

1. Moonlight Wins Best Picture

This was a WILD EMOTIONAL ROLLERCOASTER because I had wanted Moonlight to win so badly, as it’s just fantastic, but was so sure La La Land would win because it is perfect Academy fodder. When La La Land was initially announced as the winner, I resigned myself to the inevitable and shut off the TV.

BUT CAN YOU GUESS.

There was a BBC news alert on my phone, of all things, that said Moonlight was named best picture after La La Land falsely was. Initially, I was convinced it was a joke because of the Steve Harvey thing, but then it was a BBC news alert and I started yelling and immediately went on Twitter to investigate.

Classic live TV blunder???

Either way, I got way jazzed with the result and was basically on a high for the rest of the night. Somehow, the Oscars always wind up getting me hyped like nothing else.

 

Latest Faves: Winter Edition

Here we are again: I’m still enjoying things and still trying to let everyone know about these things I am enjoying.

As usual, there’s a mix of fashion, beauty and other miscellaneous whatnots that have been on my radar lately.

And if you would like, let me know what you’ve been enjoying this winter too!

Fashion

Urban Outfitters Hoodie

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In the winter, when it is miserably cold and dreary outside, there is no greater pleasure than putting on your warmest clothes and bunkering down indoors with a cup of tea and a Netflix queue. That was the destination in mind when I picked up this hoodie from the Urban Outfitters men’s department. Cozy living central. I even got it in a medium so it would be extra snuggly. The last few months I’ve definitely used it for its intended purpose, but I can’t pretend that I haven’t also worn this guy outside layered under a jacket. It’s honestly just the best thing for those days when I want to be comfortable, warm and feel a little bit like hiding away from everyone.

Plain White Tee

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An American classic. I mean, yes, I am Canadian but think of every iconic White Tee™ moment and you’ll probably come up with Grease, A Streetcar Named Desire and Rebel Without A Cause. It is an unfortunate truth that I cycle through white t-shirts at an alarming rate. It’s a messy life. I do always like to have one on hand that I can trust. If I’m stuck on a top and running low on time, a white t-shirt is my go-to. Tucked into a skirt or jeans or under a jacket, it’s the ultimate staple piece. So I‘m a frequent sport-er of the white tee on a good day, but lately I’ve found myself wearing them all the time on weekends and casual days. If you find a soft, well-made one like mine from Anthropologie, I guarantee you’ll be reaching for it all the time.

Topshop Embroidered Mom Jeans

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I can’t even tell you about the saga with these jeans. I was so back-and-forth over them for so long. Initially, I was convinced they weren’t “me” and I was just being a slave to trends and Instagram, But I couldn’t stop thinking about them. This obsession was akin to when I saw Pirates of the Caribbean and was in love with Orlando Bloom for a solid week. I gave in and got them, and now wear them all the time, usually with a simple sweater or the aforementioned white tee. The fit is slightly awkward because the jeans have absolutely no stretch (re:sizing up to fit my behind and always having to belt them because they’re too big for my waist.) Alas. That being said, these are serving me very well, and I know they’ll continue to be a staple in my wardrobe all the way into spring.

Beauty

Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation + Concealer

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I’m always up for trying new foundations. Usually I work off of recommendations from my friends and the vast knowledge base known as the Internet, but lately I’ve narrowed down my foundation search to only those with light coverage. Heavy coverage, especially those with oil, I find do more harm than good to my skin. When I heard about this Clinique foundation and concealer, I knew I had to try it. I love the applicator, which is similar in shape to a concealer wand, and the formula is lovely. The foundation blends really well and leaves a dewy finish on my skin. My only note is I do still use a concealer with this foundation since my under-eye circles can be truly frightening. If anyone’s wondering, I have the foundation in the shade Breeze and it works perfectly for me.

Too Faced Sweet Peach Eye Shadow Palette

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When this eye palette first came out last summer, I wanted it to so badly, but didn’t get to it in time before it was sold out. Naturally, when I saw it make its glorious return this winter, I was on that shit in a hot second.

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Generally, I like the formula for Too Faced shadows and I loooove the shades in this palette. Perfect for spring and summer, no? As a side note, the shadows smell like fuzzy peaches too. Is it weird for my eyelids to smell delicious? Probably. And yet, I’ve been wearing these shadows nearly everyday since I bought the palette.

Albeit Shimmer Stick in Champagne

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Since the winter was so cloudy and dark, I took extra care to find that glow this season, and I came across it with a highlighting stick from Albeit, Anthropologie’s makeup brand. The highlighter comes in three shades, one a bronzer, one more of a blush and this pearly shade. This highlighter is referred to as an “all-over” highlight, but it doesn’t mean I’ve applied it literally all over, à la Hourglass Ambient Light powders, but I do use it to highlight specific areas of the face: cheekbones, forehead, tip of the nose and cupid’s bow. When I apply it, I usually blend it in with my fingers to make the glow more subtle, and the effect is gorgeous. Sometimes I catch my reflection during the day where the light is hitting just right and I think, hell yeah, check that glow. (It’s also recommended to use the simmer stick on the body and I’ve yet to try this, but I’ve got a feeling it could provide some sick cleavage highlighting.)

Drybar Southern Belle Volumizing Mousse

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Since I cut my hair short back in November, I’ve been discovering new ways to style it, to make it look more free and beach-y and less like a helmet or a not-chic Anna Wintour cut. This mousse from Drybar was purchased off of a recommendation from a Sephora employee and it definitely did not disappoint. I immediately noticed a difference in volume when I used the mousse and blow-dried my hair, and the product also didn’t leave my hair feeling crunchy, which can often be a big problem with mousse because I have such thin hair. I’ve styled my hair with this and then proceeded to not wash it for three days, and my texture was still good. 10/10.

Miscellaneous

It’s All Absolutely Fine by Ruby Elliot

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I’ve loved Ruby Etc.’s comics for a while, so to say I was excited when I saw she had a book is a slight understatement. Her comics are hilarious and often painfully relatable. Her book contains selections of comics ranging such topics as depression, adulthood and creativity. Ruby’s comics crack me up like nothing else and I’m aways shoving her work in my friends’ faces, trying to get them on board as well. If you want to see some of Ruby’s work, check out her tumblr.

Shura – Nothing’s Real

Shura’s 80s-inspired, dreamy synth pop is exactly the type of vibe I want to have going this year. If you know me at all, you’ll know this is exactly the type of music I go for. Not to mention Shura’s songs remind me of being horribly awkward and in love in high school (still awkward as an adult, just not in love) and make me feel a little nostalgic for the crushes I had when they were just for the sake of having a crush. If you want to feel a little dreamy and floaty, this is the right album for you.

Favourite tracks: What’s It Gonna Be?, Make It Up, 2Shy, Tongue Tied.

Banks – The Altar

Completely different from Nothing’s Real is The Altar, a gorgeous and haunting album by the one and only Banks who, in my opinion, is Queen of the “I will make you fall in love with me and then eat your heart maybe literally” aesthetic. Banks’ vocals on this album are just ridiculous. At any given moment she can sound alluring, innocent, cunning or vicious. I love this album, and the thing I love the most about it is it’s a little creepy. There’s something eerie about Banks’ voice mixed with low-key production and lyrics that linger with you long after the song if over.

Favourite tracks: Fuck With Myself, Lovesick, Poltergeist.

Riverdale

This is my new obsession. I was so stoked when I heard a TV show was going to be made based off of the Archie comics and even more stoked when I heard it was going to be a murder-mystery type series. I’m always open to new interpretations and was really curious to see what it would be like seeing these iconic characters in a modern context. This is not a show without flaws and it does differ hugely form the comics but man I love it. In my opinion, the casting is amazing, the storyline has enough plot twists to keep it interesting and the drama is intense. The show also manages to touch on some pretty important topics (slut shaming, racism) without overstepping. (The boys on the show are also a little easy on the eyes, but that’s neither here nor there.)