Wednesday, 22 November 2017

OOTD - Winter Is Coming, Get Yourself A Coat


I feel like I've been talking about the weather a lot lately, but as the temperatures in Toronto teeter from Fall to frigid, I can't help but state the obvious - Winter is coming. Us Canadian gals have the near-impossible task of staying true to our own personal style in the colder months, without freezing our buns off. For me I've never been one to let the weather dictate what I can or can't wear, so instead of succumbing to the typical black parka this winter, I'm going all-out in a blush pink faux fur jacket from Saks OFF 5th.

I personally love wearing faux fur in the winter. The material itself is actually really practical since it's so warm, and it adds such a fun texture to any winter outfit. I've had my radar on for a blush pink winter coat for months, so imagine my reaction when I saw this beauty in the racks of Saks OFF 5th. To be honest, I had quite the haul of coats going on in my change room and, while I was almost swayed by a pink feathered coat, this blush pink beauty won in the end.

Because we're not at sub-zero weather just yet, I can still get away with bare legs covered by over-the-knee boots. Paired with a sweater dress and topped with my blush pink jacket, I'm definitely staying true to my personal style while keeping warm.

Even though pretty obsessed with this faux-fur number, I have a feeling I'll be heading back to Saks OFF 5th to add a few more coats to my collection. Right now we're in the final days of their outerwear promotion, where you can get 40% off until November 23. Make sure to visit Saks OFF 5th to take advantage. You're welcome and happy shopping!

Coat - c/o Saks OFF 5th, Dress - c/o Tobi, Boots - c/o Le Chateau
Bag - Chloé








What do you guys think? Do you like to switch it up with your outerwear? How you you keep your personal style in the Winter? Let me know!

xo Joëlle

This post was created in collaboration with Saks OFF 5th. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

Photography by Laura Clarke.

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Tips For Making Friends As An Adult


I once was eavesdropping on a conversation while in a café in New York City, listening to a couple of friends talk about their recent moves into the city. "Moving to New York was brutal," said one friend to the other. "I didn't really start to love the city until I found my people. Then everything changed." As they both nodded in agreement, I couldn't help but think that it's the same for Toronto. Heck, it's kind of the same thing in every city.

Making friends as an adult is difficult. It's great when you have old friends that have carried you through high school, university, college, but what happens when you move to a new city? It will be about eight years that I've been living in Toronto now, but I still remember how frustrating it was to re-establish myself with friends after moving from Ottawa. My situation wasn't the most conducive for meeting people, and I found myself virtually friendless for the first time in my entire adult life.

Now I'm happy to report that I'm lucky enough to have a great group of people that I'm proud to call friends. While a lot has happened in these past eight years of calling Toronto home, and I've met so many amazing people along the way, there are a few things that really helped me make friends as an adult moving to a new city.


1. Reach Out To Old Friends or Acquaintances Living In Your Area.


One of the things that helped me the most was having a handful of old friends that had moved to Toronto before I had. Even if you've lost contact through the years, make the effort to reach out and get together with them. I'm a firm believer that all it takes to find your feel is one person, so really invest the time needed to rekindle a friendship with an old friend.

I'll give you an example: I moved to Toronto at the same time as an old friend from high school. Even though we didn't hang out regularly when we both lived in Ottawa, we bonded over the fact that we were both in a new city together. Since he had a job with a huge company that employed lots of younger people, he was able to meet a lot of people quickly. I was working at a funeral home - enough said. Because I made the effort to reconnect with my old friend, I was able to meet his new group of friends and before they knew what was happening, I had weaselled my way in there, haha! All it takes is a real connection with one person to help you find your people, and make friends as an adult.


2. Use Social Media 


It's interesting to think now that a good 99% of the people I hang out with regularly now, I met on the internet. To actually write it out sounds a lot creepier then it actually is. When I started becoming more involved with my blog, and my Instagram account, I started to meet and interact with others online who had similar interests. Now I'm surrounded by bloggers, like my friend Sabrina of My Miaou, and I couldn't be happier!

If you aren't in the blogging community, it's still possible to meet lots of people online. Think of a hobby or something that you're passionate about, maybe you can start an Instagram account devoted to it. There may also be forums and websites devoted to your passion that offer you a chance to interact with people who share your interests. I'm also a big fan of the website Meetup as a way to bring people with similar interests in your area together. Using the internet and social media to your advantage is a great way to meet new people in your area with the same crazy interests as you.


3. Be Proactive


Okay, so this is going to be cliché, but it's so, so important when trying to make friends as an adult. Be proactive. It should go without saying, but sitting around and waiting for people to come to you is not going to help you out. If you feel like you have a connection with someone, ask them for coffee. Be the first person to invite someone out for lunch. Ask for someone you met's number and text them first. This was so hard for me, since I had never been one to make the first bit of effort, but I found that once I started doing it, making first contact became so much easier. It's actually really empowering to take control of your own social situation, so don't be afraid to put in the effort. Most, if not every time, the person you're connecting with is in the same situation as you are and is grateful that you reached out.





Making friends as an adult can be tough, but it can definitely happen. Wether you've moved to a new city, or just need a few new faces in your life, I hope these tips helped you.

Have you ever had to move or make friends as an adult? What helped you? Let me know!

xo Joëlle

Thank you Eryn Shea for these beautiful photos of Sabrina and I! 

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Monday, 20 November 2017

OOTD - My Daily Jewellery


Would you believe that only a short time ago, I never wore any jewellery? I still remember that when Brian asked me to marry him, I had a hard time getting used to wearing a ring every day. Flash forward to now, and I feel naked when I leave the house without my jewellery!

I think the reason I had a hard time with wearing jewellery in the past is that I chose the wrong type. Instead of big statement pieces, now I prefer a daintier variety - not only because I like the way it looks, but also because I just find it more comfortable to wear. Every day I take a few minutes in the morning to put on my jewellery for the day, and I've found comfort in the day. Here's a look at the pieces that I wear on a daily basis, and why I love them so much.


Rings


I've gone from not being used to wearing one ring, to wearing a handful of them every day! Aside from my wedding set (which is Tacori for the people who have asked me throughout the years), I'm also conscious to wear a few tiny gold rings on my right hand.

The larger moonstone ring is from Bluboho and I couldn't recommend that store enough. Not only are the staff outrageously kind, but they're extremely helpful as well. I was actually able to pick out this stone and they made it into a ring for me! If you're looking for a beautiful, one of a kind piece then I would definitely recommend them.

My go-to stop for delicate stacking rings is definitely Mejuri. These two gold stacking rings are from Mejuri and I wear them every day.


Bracelets


I have a pretty small wrist, so I have a hard time finding bracelets that fit. I bought these two gold-filled cuffs from an online store run by a Youtuber I used to watch back in the day (Youtube made me do it, lol!) Turns out these cuffs were a great buy since I wear them often and they're great for stacking too!


Necklaces


Necklaces are the pieces that I have the most trouble with. If I can feel it on my neck, I'm uncomfortable and end up taking it off by the end of the day. These two delicate gold necklaces from Michael Hill are perfect for me; not only are they beautiful, and glitter delicately in the light, but they're also very lightweight and I don't feel them at all! The gold bar necklace adds just enough of a statement, and I layer it with a tiny chain to add some additional detail.

So that's everything that I wear on a daily basis! I've come a long way from never wearing any jewellery. I would love to know what you guys think. Are you into jewellery as well? Do you prefer statement pieces or something more dainty? Let me know!

xo Joëlle
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Friday, 17 November 2017

Friday Thoughts - Invest In Yourself


Today's post is likely going to be a bit all-over-the-place, so bear with me. We're coming to the end of what will be my first year working for myself, for this blog. While the lessons have been endless, and I'm still learning trial-by-error every single day, there's been one thing that's stood out in my mind as the greatest lesson of all, and the thing that I would tell anyone who has a dream that they're trying to turn into a reality:

Invest in yourself.

Honestly, my biggest takeaway from this whole year has been how important it is to invest in yourself. And not just financially, although that does help too. Investing in myself this year means that I've been devoting more time, attention and focus on myself. Investing in the relationship with myself has improved my mood, attention and confidence - now I'm less likely to let someone take advantage of me because I now have a better understanding of who I am, and what I'm comfortable putting up with.

Investing in myself means that I'm now taking the time to find out who I truly am as a person, and what makes me happy - and it wasn't what I thought before. I'm now realizing that there isn't a quick-fix to happiness for me; nothing you can buy.

Investing in my relationship with myself has made me better with my money. Now that I've placed value on myself, I've honestly felt less of a need to invest in material goods to make me happy. Don't get me wrong, I still love shopping and I'll always love a beautiful handbag; the difference now is that I don't fixate on these things and devote endless amounts of hours thinking about them.

Investing in yourself can be difficult. You can feel selfish. It can be intimidating to publicly declare that you believe in yourself, and you're going after what you want. Investing in myself happened quietly: it happened the minute I decided to start listening to the little voice inside of me who was silently protesting when someone was telling me I couldn't do something. Because I invested in myself that once quiet protest is now a full-fledged riot that won't be silenced.

Anyways all this to say that, for me, good things started to happen once I started investing in myself, believing in myself. I wish I had started doing so sooner, but it's a journey and I'm happy with the path I'm walking on now.

Coat - c/o Evernew, Beret - Amazon, Boots - c/o Geox
Bag - Gucci



What do you guys think? Sorry this post is all over the place, but sometimes I have a thought and I just need to get it out - I love the blog so much for this reason!

I would love to hear your thoughts on investing in yourself. How do you invest in yourself? Let me know.

xo Joëlle
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Monday, 13 November 2017

Winter is Coming - My Cold Weather Essentials with Amazon

amazon winter shopping list essentials

If you follow me on Instagram, you would have seen that I spent my week in sunny, beautiful Dominican Republic. While the weather in Toronto was unseasonably warm when I left, I was greeted with below zero temperatures and snow when I returned. Oh Canada, you got me again with your crazy weather.

Needless to say, it seems as though the frigid winter months are in full-swing, so I figured what better time to share my winter essentials with you. Amazon has quickly become my go-to spot for online shopping; I can spend hours just browsing through the endless amounts of products available! Since I've amassed a pretty ambitious shopping cart full of winter goodies, I figured there was no better time to share my winter essentials with you. From cozy knits to warm teas and heavy blankets. You can already tell the theme to my essentials is staying warm!




I don't know about you guys, but I have been obsessed with these large-knit, chunky blankets ever since spotting one on Instagram. Luckily, I was able to track them down on Amazon, and in a variety of different colours! You can bet that you will be seeing a pink version making it's way into my Instagram feed in the near future.




To me, nothing says winter like an oversized, chunky sweater. I'm obsessed with anything cable-knit and am slightly horrified that I still don't have a pink sweater in my collection. All of this changes with this large, cable knit pink sweater from Amazon. Come to mama.




Okay, this may seem like a strange one here, but say with me. I have become obsessed with turmeric tea. Turmeric is a natural anti-inflammatory and has amazing health benefits. While I'm working my way to actually enjoying the taste of turmeric, this turmeric ginger tea is actually really delicious. I have a cup every morning, and sometimes at night because it's caffein-free! If you're curious to see what all the hype is about with turmeric, this tea is a great way to start.




Nothing is worse than cold ears in the winter. While I have amassed a large collection of winter hats, I've learned that not all toques are created equal. I love this pink knit beanie from Amazon; not only is it cute, but it's also fleece-lined for extra warmth and protection. The band also covers your ears completely, so it's a winter-win in my books.




Sticking to the theme of large, chunky knits, this scarf is the thing my little pink dreams are made of. Seriously, I have no words.

I could go on and on, but the theme of this post is that winter is coming and Amazon is our saving grace for essentials. Did any of my essentials catch your eye? What's on your list of winter essentials?

Let me know!

xo Joëlle
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Friday, 10 November 2017

OOTD - Getting Holiday Ready with Reitmans


Once November hits, it seems like the holiday season takes over our thoughts and while I'm not one to get very excited about decorations and baking, I do love a good holiday party. There's something about holiday party-wear that makes getting dressed more fun; maybe it's the different colours and textures available, and it's a time that you can really get out of your comfort zone.

While most people would opt for lots of sparkle and different fabrics, my pink-obsessed self is drawn to black dresses to get out of my comfort zone for the holiday season. Take this adorable, galaxy-printed ruffle dress from Reitmans. To say I'm obsessed would be an understatement. I just love the fact that this little number is a genuine wrap dress, so it's incredibly flattering. The ruffle details around the edges add the prettiest, most feminine details and I love how the fabric is a mesh overlay. The tiny galaxy print also adds the cutest detail. I really just love this dress!

I've done some browsing, and I'm so impressed with the Signature Collections by Reitmans - the dresses offer an elevated take on holiday party-wear and I love the range in sizes available through Reitmans. While I can totally see myself galavanting from one holiday party to the next in this dress, something tells me that I'll be wearing it well before the holiday seasons gets into full swing. It's too good.

Dress - c/o Reitmans, Choker - c/o Reitmans



I also want to chat a little bit about this sparkly pewter choker from the Signature by Reitmans line. I'm not one for statement jewellery, so a nice and simple choker is a great way to accessorize an outfit without going over-the-top. I love how it's the perfect compliment to the ruffled neckline of this dress, and I'm looking forward to styling it outside of the holiday season too.


What do you guys think? Are you as into holiday party-wear as I am? What do you do to get out of your comfort zone for holiday dresses? Let me know!

xo Joëlle

Thank you Reitmans for sponsoring this post. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.
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Wednesday, 1 November 2017

OOTD - Changing Into Fall


Now that the weather is getting colder, it's time to drastically change my wardrobe for Fall/Winter. Colder months are some of the hardest, style-wise for me since my palette is very light with a lot of pink and majority of what's available in the stores favors darker tones. My trick for dressing for the colder months, but not sacrificing my style is to find warmer pieces in my favorite color palette. Take this cardigan, for example. I searched high and low of a pink cardigan for Fall, and finally found the perfect one from Lovers + Friends via Revolve Clothing. This piece is so oversized and warm, and the colour is my favourite shade of dusty rose - so good! The best part is that Revolve is having a huge sale right now, offering 20% off the entire site! The sale lasts until November 3rd so there's a limited time to shop.

Check out some of my favourite brands carried by Revolve:

L'Academie
Privacy Please
TulaRosa
Lovers + Friends
Majorelle


Cardigan - Lovers + Friends c/o Revolve, Bag - Guccci


What do you guys think? How do you incorporate your colour palette into Fall/Winter? Let me know!

xo Joëlle

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