Monday, 16 October 2017

OOTD - Over The Knee Boots

I'm not one to get excited over the typical things that people freak out for during Fall; wool makes me itchy, falling leaves irritate my allergies and drinking anything labeled pumpkin spice makes me gag - so gross.

The one thing that comes along with the Fall weather that I can get on board with is boots. I freaking love wearing boots! These boots, in particular, have captured my heart in a big way. I'm not normally one to go for anything brown, but I'm pleasantly surprised by the richness and texture that these over-the-knee beauties bring to an outfit. I also love how well this rich tan hue goes with pink, so safe to say that these boots will match with 90% of my wardrobe. Paired with a pink corduroy skirt and non-itchy basic sweater, it's safe to say that you'll find me in some variation of this outfit all season long.

Boots - c/o Le Chateau, Skirt - Forever 21, Sweater -  Forever 21
Clutch - Louis Vuitton Toiletry Pouch 26

I have really been loving this little Louis Vuitton pouch that I picked up while in Madrid in the summer. I actually did a video review on the bag, I would definitely check it out if you're interested - especially since I think that this is a great designer piece if you're looking to start a collection.

What do you guys think? Are you into fall? What sort of boot is your favorite? Let me know!

xo Joëlle

Friday, 13 October 2017

How To Stay Positive In A Negative World

Is it just me, or is our world becoming increasingly negative? Nevermind what we see on the news, but our access to information and countless platforms to express opinions has resulted in a culture where opinions are treated as facts and it's okay to bash anyone who disagrees with you. I have always considered myself a positive person, but even I found that I was struggling with all of the negative chatter that we consume on an hourly basis. While I don't consider myself immune, I do have a few practices that I keep and have implemented in my life to keep things positive. Here's what I do to keep an upbeat attitude and stay positive in a negative world.

Sweater Dress - c/o Tobi, Hat - c/o Aldo Shoes

1. Love Yourself

This tip sounds so cliché, but it is honestly the most important step to having a positive outlook. Be kind to yourself, and make a conscious effort to quit the negative self-talk. It's amazing how when you truly learn to love and accept yourself, how little you pay attention to the opinions of others. I know myself that I definitely have a hard time maintaining this for the long-haul and do experience periods of insecurity; and honestly, it's when I'm being cruel to myself that I get sucked into the negativity of others to try and make myself feel better. If you don't believe me, just try it out for one day. Don't indulge yourself with any negative self-talk, give yourself compliments and celebrate your little successes. I guarantee that you will have a more positive, stable energy that is way less likely to be shifted by the negativity of others.

So happy to have found Sabrina of My Miaou, who is such a positive person!
Make sure to check out her blog.

2. Cut Out Toxic Friends

Okay, cutting out toxic friends is easier said than done. Sometimes a toxic friend may not be someone who's being mean to you but is someone who is constantly putting others down and thrives off of being negative. A few years ago I consciously let go of a very negative friend that, while never cruel to me, was always very negative towards others. I found myself adopting this negative attitude and even my family noticed a shift in my personality. While it took over a year to completely let go of this friend and was a very painful experience, I can definitely notice a lightness in myself. I also make an effort to surround myself with very supportive, positive people and that has made a world of a difference!

3. Give Yourself Permission to Tune Out 

I absolutely love the internet and appreciate having so much information at our fingertips, but sometimes knowing absolutely everything can get very heavy and overwhelming. While I definitely don't advocate for sticking your head in the sand on world issues, I do think that giving yourself permission to tune out for an hour or two when things become overwhelming is essential for maintaining a positive outlook. I'm also very selective on where I consume my information from and try hard not to succumb to sensationalist media after a major world event has happened; watching hour upon hour of CNN after a crisis doesn't do anyone any good. Know yourself, know your soul's capacity for human suffering and know when to take a break.

What do you guys think? I know these tips sound simple and cliché, but they have made a world of a difference for me when trying to keep a positive attitude. I would love to hear some of your own tips and tricks. Let me know!

xo Joëlle

Monday, 9 October 2017

OOTD - Happy Thanksgiving

I really love the Thanksgiving holiday. The chance to see family, indulge in delicious food and enjoy the fall weather is good for the heart and soul. Although I try to always reflect and be grateful on a daily basis, there's something about the Thanksgiving holiday that makes you truly count your blessings. I'm thankful for my family, my health, my friends and the opportunity to do what I love and am most passionate about on a daily basis. Thank you so much for your continued support throughout the years, and for turning my dreams into reality. I am forever thankful to you all.

Dress - Privacy Please via Revolve c/o, Shoes - c/o Le Chateau
Bag - borrowed from Love That Bag

This gorgeous, deep pink velvet maxi dress from Privacy Please via Revolve is definitely a show-stopper. In fact, when we were taking these photos, we were interrupted numerous times by people wanting to know more about the dress! The texture and movement of this dress are incredible, and I've honestly never seen a velvet in this colour which makes it incredibly unique. If you're looking for a dress for all of the upcoming holiday parties, I would definitely encourage you to give this one a try.

If you're looking to get a jump-start on holiday dresses, Revolve Clothing has always been my go-to. Some of my favourite designers carried on the site are Lovers + Friends, Tularosa, L'Academie, LPA and Majorelle.

Another great vintage Chanel bag from Love That Bag, my go-to website when shopping pre-loved luxury bags. I'm always so impressed with the condition of every bag that I've ever seen from Love That Bag - you could barely believe that this Chanel is vintage! I also really appreciate how all of the prices are in Canadian Dollars, and you don't have to worry about paying duty. Canadian problems!

What do you guys think? What are you thankful for this holiday weekend? Let me know!

xo Joëlle

Friday, 6 October 2017

OOTD + Fall Fashion Picks with Amazon

So the weather might be stuck in summer-mode in Toronto, but take one look outside at how everyone's dressing and it's clear: people are ready for Fall. I myself have been filling my closet with Fall wardrobe pieces and am anxiously awaiting some cooler weather to wear them all. You guys really seemed to like my last fashion roundup with Amazon, which makes me so happy because I love creating them for you! was never on my radar as a destination for fashion, but since discovering how easy and fast the ordering process is I'm hooked! Here's what's in my Amazon shopping cart:

Cardigan - Lovers + Friends via Revolve c/o, Shirt - H&M
Pants - Topshop, Bag - Chloé

What do you guys think? What's in your shopping cart for Fall? Have you ever tried Amazon for fashion? Let me know!

xo Joëlle

Monday, 2 October 2017

OOTD - A Beret For Every Occasion

The crisp Fall air has hit in Toronto and, while I'm a summer-lover at heart, I have been enjoying the Fall fashion. Cozy sweaters, long sleeves, rich colours; I love it all and this season, in particular, I'm really loving incorporating hats into my looks. Be it a beret, a fedora or a conductor hat, I'm into it.  I had included this pink beret in a previous fashion round-up, and since receiving it from Amazon I literally haven't taken it off my head. There's something about a beret that makes any outfit a bit more whimsical and feminine.

Beret - Amazon, Shirt - Zara, Skirt - Aritza (old)
Boots - Geox, Bag - borrowed from Love That Bag

You guys know that I've been a fan of Love That Bag for years now; it's a website that I purchased my Chanel mini flap from, where I sold my Phillip Lim Pashi and where you can find me 'window shopping' on any given day. Purchasing luxury goods pre-loved is an amazing way to indulge yourself while saving some money, and I can assure you that the standards from Love That Bag has always been incredible - I couldn't believe that this Valentino had ever been used before! If you're like me an love shopping luxury pre-loved, but also want to know that it's coming from an authentic source, then Love That Bag is for you.

What do you guys think? Are you into berets as much as I am? What Fall fashion item have you been obsessing over? Let me know!

xo Joëlle

Friday, 29 September 2017

My Camera Equipment for Blogging

One of the questions that I get the most related to blogging is always what sort of camera equipment that I use. Normally I would argue that it's mostly the photographer that makes the photos and not the camera, but you guys are in luck because I'm actually not that great of a photographer, lol! So the camera equipment is really working overtime for me.  I've gone through a few cameras since first starting the blog in 2013, but am now at a place where I'm very happy with all of my equipment. Without further ado, here's everything that I'm currently using to take my blog photos.

Skirt -Uniqlo, Shirt - H&M, Shoes - Gucci

Main Camera: Nikon D610

You guys may remember this year when I competed in the Marilyn Denis Show's Battle of the Bloggers.  The experience was incredible, and I left with a $500 gift card to Henry's Camera! With the help of my gift card, I was able to purchase the Nikon D610 full-frame camera. This camera is absolutely incredible and I have been so happy with my photos since getting it. In terms of a full-frame camera, the Nikon D610 is a great entry-level option because of its price and how compact the body is. The only downfall is that the camera doesn't have a wifi option, which would have been amazing for sending photos to my phone to post on-the-go. Despite this one missing feature, I've been incredibly pleased with my camera, and can totally tell a difference in the quality of my photos.

Lens: Sigma 35mm, F1.4 

Everyone who has a passion for photography will tell you that your lens is really the start of the show when it comes to the quality of your photos; I honestly never really understood this until I picked up the Sigma 35mm F1.4 lens. Holy poop. The moment I snapped on this lens, I noticed a huge difference in my photos; particularly in the sharpness, and the depth. The 35mm focal point gives me enough space to truly capture the surroundings in a photo, and that F1.4 gives you that beautiful blurry background. This is my first time trying a third-party lens, but now I'm sold - especially since the Nikon equivalent is over double the price! My one complaint with the Sigma 35mm F1.4 lens is that it's heavy; I'm talking has-doubled-the-weight-of-my-camera heavy. Despite what a beast this lens is, I haven't taken it off since I first got it. Love.

Old Lens: Nikon 50mm, F1.8

Before purchasing the Sigma lens, I was shooting full-time on my Nikon 50mm F1.8. This lens has served me well, and it comes in at a way more affordable price point.

Phone: iPhone 7 Plus

Nowadays it's a very rare occasion that I post any of the photos that I take on my phone, but it definitely sometimes happens. I've been happy with the camera quality of the iPhone 7plus, but not happy enough to encourage anyone to go run out and pick up this $1000+ phone. In my honest opinion, getting this phone for the camera alone is not worth it.

That's everything that I'm currently using to take my blog photos! Let me know what you think, and what you use to take your photos too.

xo Joëlle

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

OOTD - Pretty Pictures

Sometimes the Universe seems to be against you, and sometimes it lines up perfectly. That's how I felt when I met Eryn from Eryn Shea Photography. Eryn is such a sweetheart and when I saw her photography my heart skipped a beat! We met at the most beautiful salon in Toronto, Her Majesty's Pleasure, and it was amazing. I tried to think of a story, or anything to do these photos justice but I couldn't. So for this post, simply enjoy the beautiful photos that Eryn took. Thank you Universe for allowing me to meet and be inspired by such creative and talented people.

Skirt - c/o Le Chateau, Shoes - c/o Le Chateau, Bag - Gucci

These shoes from Le Chateau are seriously a work of art. I'm a sucker for a pink shoes, but these ones in particular have the most beautiful heel! Bonus points for a block heel, making them extremely easy to walk in. Love!

What do you guys think? Have you connected with people who insipre you? Let me know!

xo Joëlle
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