Trying New Things! – The Gun Range

Trying New Things! – The Gun Range

I’m normally pretty girly but I also love to try new things! Be it new products, new foods, or a new activity I’m usually game.

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Skydiving? Of course! Let’s do it!

This weekend I tried something I’ve been wanting to do for a long time – shooting! We went to a gun range in Brantford (West of Toronto… WAY WEST). A word of caution if you’re trying to book for a Saturday keep in mind that it’s the busiest day so you’ll have to book way in advance. If you’re heading down on a weeknight, which is what we did, give yourself time to battle 401 traffic. When you finally make it there, it’s going to feel like you’ve reached the end of the world, but as soon as you step inside you’ll find the guys working there to be very friendly and welcoming.  I had no idea what to expect so I thought I would at least try to look the part. Here’s the look: Read more

Why the Beginning of winter is just…awful!

Why the Beginning of winter is just…awful!

Every year when fall begins to arrive I look outside and start day dreaming about all of the outfits I’m going to pull together. I start planning beautiful walks in the park surrounded by the changing foliage, sporting a boots-sweater-scarf combo in beautiful deep hues. I bust out my sweaters, put away beachwear, do a mini overhaul in the process and excitedly await my opportunity to get out there and enjoy. But before I have the chance to soak in the crisp air, crunchy leaves, and light sunshine, I find myself miserably crawling along the highway cursing winter driving. Fall is just a prelude for the wrath of winter which inevitably creeps up on us far too quickly. One day you’re debating which fall boots to wear, and the next you’re cleaning snow off your car! While I’m definitely thankful that I’m not in Buffalo right now, I feel like I didn’t get the chance to say goodbye to fall. It came and went so fast. I’m sorry if I’m not my usual optimistic self, but a girl’s gotta rant!

Now that winter is here I feel confused and unprepared. Quite frankly I’m excited for weekends during winter – cool walks in my awesome new boots, snow tubing, skiing, and playing in the snow. But weekdays are a whole different beast, especially if you’re getting dressed for work: Read more

More Money Please

More Money Please

I find personal finance extremely interesting – it’s like a game, where you try to manipulate what you have, earn more along the way, and move closer towards your dreams. It’s a giant topic so I won’t dwell too deep today, but I do want to talk about money.

I don’t think you can achieve financial independence by reducing your spending only. As you age, mature, and grow so do your needs and wants. Ultimately you should be working towards earning more. But that doesn’t solve the issue either. THE most important factor in the financial independence formula is proper money management. If you make a lot of money but spend it in ridiculous ways and end up racking up debt anyway, no amount of money will ever be enough. Building good strong habits, and learning about budgeting is key. No matter how much money you have spending it in a smart way is important.

Buying something of equivalent value, and no added benefit for a higher price is stupid. If something costs more it better be superior in quality or differ at least in some way. There are many reasons why one product can be more expensive than the next – quality, craftsmanship, brand name, better/more ethical processes etc. And I’m happy to pay for that. If I’m buying a winter jacket, which is essential for Canadian winters, I’m happy to pay more for one that will keep me warm, will maintain its shape and appearance, and hopefully last for several seasons. It is when there is no difference between items that I don’t see the need to overpay.

So without further ado, my little rant/tips for the day on making your money go further

Ebay

We’re all familiar with it but what is EBay best for? While I’m sure that it’s great for collectibles and unique items, what I’ve discovered is that EBay is great for accessories. Everything is made in China anyway so why not get it directly from the source? I always select the Free Shipping option, as not to be surprised or discouraged from my purchase, and filter by price and end date. This is seriously fool-proof. You essentially get factory direct prices without all of the markups related to retail and international shipping.

Example: I went to Jamaica last year (absolutely incredible by the way) and I wanted to buy a keepsake for myself. Seeing as I hate knick knacks (they take up space, but what are they for?) I decided to get a beautiful piece of jewelry that looked unique. I thought I was getting a one-of-a-kind made-in-Jamaica piece, and for $20?? Excellent! A little while later, when I was back in Canada perusing EBay I came across the exact same necklace, only in a different colour. The price? $1.75. Yes that’s a nice profit margin.


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So, I repeat, if it’s made in China anyway why not get it from the source, and cut out the middleman. While I know that brand names can be important when it comes to staple purses, if you’re thinking scarves, headbands and costume jewelry head to Ebay.

Groceries

Yes, I do understand that stressed out, cooped up chickens are different than the ones that run around grazing and playing with their friends. Fine, those chickens might be better for you and thus more expensive. Then there’s the ‘Dirty Dozen’ – 12 products which are recommended to be organic due to pesticide residue. BUT what about the rest of food?? If there is no added benefit, I’m not paying for the brand. It’s food. You eat it. You don’t put it on your counter to admire the packaging. Hell, take it out of the packaging and serve it on a pretty platter if it makes you feel better. I just don’t understand why non-organic vegetables in the higher-end grocery stores are 3 times more expensive than those in cheaper ones. And yes I’ve tried both. Identical qualities. And if you think that the savings are measly think again. Grocery shopping is at least a weekly adventure, and there are 52 weeks in a year. If you’re savings $20 a trip (quite frankly it’s definitely a lot more than that) $20 x 52 = $1040. That’s more than a grand in your pocket. Vacation anyone?

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There are a gazillion more such examples, but let me spread them out as not to burden you on this beautiful day. Have a look at my “Points I love” post for more ridiculously simple tips which don’t require any change or effort, but keep more money in your pocket.

You work hard for your money, you should be able to enjoy more of it!

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Confidence and The Mindy Project

Confidence and The Mindy Project

If you have Netflix you’ll be able to relate to this one! Sometimes you just find yourself consumed with a show. You watch one episode after another, until Netflix intervenes and asks you if you’re ok. Even Netflix is worried about you at this point, but you just keep going. Must. Catch. Up. Until finally you’ve watched all the episodes and you realize that you watched 3 seasons in 3 days. That just happened to me, and quite frankly I don’t regret it. The show that had this hold on me is The Mindy Project. If you haven’t seen it, get on it! Yes I’ve spent way more hours watching TV in a week than I should have all year, but I feel so good! I’m honestly not at all sorry that I spent countless hours watching a girl, who looks like the (fabulous) girl next door, and exudes confidence and quirky humour, motivate me for the last few days. Which brings me to the reason I wanted to write this post (Aside from the fact that this has been my life for the past week). Confidence is something many girls struggle with, and I want to give my take on it.

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Daily Acts of Kindness

Daily Acts of Kindness

I recently finished reading “The Monk Who Sold his Ferrari” by Robin Sharma. Don’t worry this isn’t a book report or even a book review, but I do want to tell you about the sentiment this book left me with. I took my time reading it because every time I sat down to read it gave me a boost of energy and made me want to work towards leading a better, more fulfilling life. More specifically it took me so long to read it because I read this book on my lunch breaks at work, while sitting outside and enjoying beautiful weather, which too of course contributed to my feeling of rejuvenation. “The Monk Who Sold his Ferrari” is a beautiful story and a guide to improving one’s life by stopping to smell the roses.

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Fashion Week – the Good the Bad and the Bullshit

Fashion Week – the Good the Bad and the Bullshit

With New York and London Fashions weeks behind us, and Milan fashion week in full swing I think it’s time I share my 2 cents. Although I wasn’t actually there, thanks to the internet I sure feel like I was!

Let’s start with the bullshit:

Have you seen this video??

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Judgment Day

Judgment Day

First of all I want to take a second to remember Sept, 11, 2011 and all those we lost. It was a horrible tragedy, and may it never happen again. My thoughts are with the families affected by the events of that awful day.


What I want to talk about today on my Post for Thought is Judgment. I don’t mean judging the pros and cons of making a certain purchase or something relatively minute. I mean judging people. Judging each other. Judging strangers. Why do we think that we have the right to do that? I have to admit that I do it too. We have these preconceived notions about which external traits correspond to one’s character. How can you possibly know what a person has been through without actually talking to them? Just because a person looks a certain way doesn’t mean you know anything about them. I have a few personal examples I want to talk about to illustrate my point. Read more

5 Ways Friendship is Different In Your Mid-Twenties

5 Ways Friendship is Different In Your Mid-Twenties

1. It’s harder to find friends you can truly connect with. 

Sure you have tons of people you can grab lunch with, or a coffee or even a few drinks. But someone you can have a heart-to-heart ‎with is special and rare. It’s not like high school when you have your girlfriends over for a sleep over and you spend all night talking about anything and everything. Mostly we talked about such random nonsense. Which brings me to my next point. Read more

8 ways Breakfast at Tiffany’s is exactly like today

8 ways Breakfast at Tiffany’s is exactly like today

It’s 1961 again!

Fashion is truly cyclical. Of course we are all aware of this already, but this thought was further reinforced when I watched Breakfast at Tiffany’s the other day. For the very first time, might I add. Gasp I know! I was completely flabbergasted by Audrey Hepburn’s character. Her charisma and her beauty was so enthralling. I couldn’t get enough of her! I kept admiring her classic look, her dramatic accents, and the way she was always put together. The fashion in this movie is truly iconic.

The fact that this movie is in colour gives it a modern feel, making it easy to compare 1961 with 2014. If you notice the other characters, and extras in the movie (but who can look away from ms.Golightly??) you will get a true sense of what 1961 was like. Here are some of the key pieces I noticed while watching Breakfast at Tiffany’s:

1. Full skirts

Although Ms. Golightly tended to gravitate towards black form-fitting gowns, which she would then dress up with jewelry head-wear or scarves, we do see her in this pink number sporting a fuller skirt.

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2. Statement necklaces

Of course! How can one go through this movie without noticing the statement necklaces?! We see holly wearing 2 very different, and very dramatic pieces in the movie. Although today statement necklaces are extremely popular, we no longer use them only for black-tie events, but rather to jazz up a super simple day outfit, thus serving multiple purposes.

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Money & Your Fall Wardrobe

Money & Your Fall Wardrobe

My blog is not sponsored by anyone and I have no incentive to encourage you to go and buy something. This blog is an honest reflection of my frugal but fashion-focused thoughts. I love saving money much more than spending it, which might sound counterintuitive, but forces me to be more creative. As I look in my closet and think about what I need to add to it to transition into the fall, I just can’t help but think that I have so many outfits I’ve never worn hiding in my own closet already.

We all know the feeling of staring in your jam-packed closet, bursting at the seams, and having nothing to wear. This is the result of clutter. If you have too much crap you will not be able to actually see what you have and make use of it – therefore less is more. The less you have, the more familiar you are with what you have and the more you can make use of it. Less clothes doesn’t mean less outfits. When your closet is full and you’re not sure what it is you have, you fall back on the small portion of familiar clothes anyways, and only wear a small percentage of your awesome wardrobe. So get rid of items you haven’t worn in the last year, and start fresh! It’s all about efficiency! Fewer beautiful pieces will serve you better than a closet full of mishmash. Spend your money on fewer, but better quality pieces which you will get the most use out of. Read more

Is there a fashion rule?

Is there a fashion rule?

Every season, every year, every decade the structure of our clothing takes on a different form. What is fashion if not a way of self expression and a means to showcase and enhance a woman’s natural beauty. With 7 billion people in this world, can we all follow the ‘rules’ of fashion? What are these rules? How can you place a restriction on self expression? How can you definitively coin a faux pas?

We are socialized to recognize certain clothing as appropriate and acceptable and frown upon distinctively different ideas. Socialization is the exposure to your environment, which therefore means you are influenced by your surroundings. We are innately myopic and the immediate trends around us always resonate the most. Whatever we believe is “in” is of course what we deem to be the best, and most flattering. We are confident about what colours go together, cuts work best, and which pieces are a closet must have. But isn’t it interesting that at one point in time, maybe even just a few years ago, an entirely different repertoire was worn by style influencers and raved about by all.

Remember bell-bottoms? Remember when jeans were acid washed? or more recently remember hip-huggers? And then came a time when having a boot-cut pair of jeans or trousers was the right thing to do. Everything looks ridiculous at first, until you see it everywhere. Until fashion week rolls around, and the buyers have made their selection. You see it in magazines and online and it grows on you. I thought the crop top was the stupidest thing when I first saw it. I now think it’s great! It lets you wear high waisted skirts without having to tuck in, and you look sexy and polished doing it. What’s not to love?

Could you have imagined that this season we would be mixing patterns? Mixing patterns! Come on! Fashion 101: neutral+pattern+and/or pop of colour =awesome. Right? Well, not exactly because there isn’t a right or wrong in fashion. There is the NOW and the YOU. What are we surrounded by now, and what will you take away from that to feel good. Right now, I absolutely love that I can wear a striped top with a floral skirt.

The thing is, fashion is cyclical. Whether we draw inspiration or copy it directly, if you’ve seen it before you’ll see it again. So don’t be so quick to judge, don’t be so stuck in your way. This is your chance to explore, to discover the vastness of the world and the 7 billion people in it expressing themselves. Who knows what we’ll be wearing next?

 

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Twitter and Christine Teigen

Twitter and Christine Teigen

 posted a link to a page featuring Christine Teigen, and why she should be our new girl crush. To be honest, I had no idea who Christine Teigen is. I clicked on the link, saw some pictures of a girl with a gorgeous face, really cool style, and thin legs.

Personally I’ve always struggled with my weight;  it’s a constant battle. I’m average but I really have to watch it, as gaining weight is way too easy. Being fat is quite possible,  being skinny however, seems like this mythical land where girls with no problems go. I thought skinny girls were ‘lucky’. They didn’t have to worry about putting an outfit together – they could pick any jeans from their closet and a tight t-shirt, and not worry about their love handles. They could wear shorts! And short skirts! And they were always game for a pool party.

I Have gone through ups and downs as a teenager, having had a negative body image for a long time, and experiencing a close friend go through anorexia and bulimia, I never let myself want to emulate skinny girls. I didn’t want to idolize them and think of them as something to strive towards. I thought it would throw me down the path of anorexia and bulimia too. Skinny girls were ‘the other’. Yes of course now that I’m an adult I realize that you can be skinny and healthy. You can be naturally skinny, you can be skinny as a result of a lot of hard work, many hours at the gym etc. We should never judge people based on their appearance. You never know what battle someone else is fighting. I take that very seriously when it comes to other facets of life, but when it comes to weight I guess I still haven’t fully figured it out.

So back to Christine. After seeing her pictures, I went to twitter and commented that shes’ a classy girl but way too skinny. I could have written about how pretty she is, or her cool style but I didn’t filter and wrote that she’s too skinny. I had no malicious intent, and didn’t know that she herself would actually read the tweet (Christine is actually huge on twitter as it turns out). And quite frankly, and this is where I take full responsibility, I didn’t think “too skinny” would be hurtful. I have never experienced someone calling me ‘too skinny’. I have also never been in the public eye and been judged on my appearance. Christine took the high road and said that you should never negatively comment on anyone’s body type; and she’s right. I felt like an asshole all night. 

I looked up Christine Teigen and realized she’s a swimsuit model. That’s when I realized that “too skinny” is not just an observation, and is definitely not a positive. She gets judged on her appearance on a daily basis – be it by fans, haters, magazines, or those responsible for her next job. There are agencies and brands out there deciding if she’s skinny enough, or fat enough to represent their products. You have to have some tough skin to handle that. I commend anyone in that industry. We shouldn’t judge anyone, ever. You don’t know how your words will impact somebody else. I didn’t mean to offend Christine with my words, and I would like to think that this experience has taught me a valuable lesson which I will carry forward. Christine, if you ever read this blog post, I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to hurt your feelings, and thank you for the life lesson.

You know what? The more I look up this girl, the more I have to agree with I now know why she’s my new girl crush!

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*UPDATE*

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