Wednesday, 18 April 2018

My Favourite FREE Instagrammable Spots in Toronto

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If you follow me on Instagram, you know that one of my favourite activities is running around Toronto taking photos for my feed. As much as I love finding a new café, or experiencing a new spot for brunch, the whole process can start to get expensive. A coffee here and there can really add up, and sometimes I just want to take a quick photo of my outfit without having to spend any money. I have a list of my go-to FREE Instagrammable spots in Toronto; locations that are consistently Instagram-worthy, and cost nothing to photograph.  Here are some of my go-to free spots in Toronto for when I want to shoot a quick photo on Instagram.

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The Pink Door Beside Café CanCan

While Café CanCan is its own pink paradise, it can be quite a costly spot for brunch. I prefer the adorable pink door that's right beside it, for when you want a cute shot for the 'gram - it's free, and you don't have to put up with the atrocious service that the restaurant is known for.

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Sugar Beach

Sugar Beach is one of my favourite free spots in Toronto that is 100% pure Instagram goals. The pink umbrellas, white chairs and light sand make the most beautiful backdrop to any photo. The location can get extremely busy in the summer, so it's always best to visit during the week if you can.

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Exhibition Place

The architecture at Exhibition Place will have you forgetting that you're in Toronto and thinking that you're in Europe.

*Note: I've heard stories of security guards preventing people from taking photos at this location. While I've never had any troubles myself, it's worth mentioning to keep your eyes open.

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Sweet Philosophy

Can you tell that I have a think with pink doors? I always make a point to snap a quick picture in front of Sweet Philosophy's beautiful pink door whenever I'm in Mississauga.

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King Street East

With Toronto's new pilot project limiting cars on King Street, it makes it so easy to snap a quick street style photo! I just love the architecture on King street between Jarvis and Yonge, and it's even easier to capture the beauty of it without the distraction of cars.

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The Columns at The Esplanade 

There's a walkway on The Esplanade in Toronto thats lined with beautiful columns, and is the perfect spot for taking a photo for Instagram. This area is also covered, so it's my go-to spot for shooting photos in the rain.

That's it! My list of tried and true, FREE spots to shoot your Instagram photos in Toronto. I would love to know if you also have some go-to locations that don't cost a cent for taking photos? Let me know!

xo Joëlle

Sunday, 15 April 2018

OOTD - What I've Been Wearing Lately

Hey y'all! Another week has come and gone and while it was an amazing few days, this weekend's ice storm made all plans come to an abrupt stop. As sad as I am to have missed some pretty fun events this weekend due to dangerous driving conditions, it was kind of nice to just stay in during the day and have some quiet time to myself.

I'm in the midst of a huge bedroom overhaul and the result has left out condo looking like a disaster zone; having some time to be able to organize and clean has done wonders. Brian and I also summoned up the courage to finally watch the movie 'It,' a movie who's original version left me deeply scared as a child. I'm happy to report that the newer movie was definitely not as terrifying as the first and I was able to sleep soundly last night, with all of the lights off.

Anyways, with all this in mind, I thought that it would be a good time to round up my outfits and give you details on where you can find the pieces for yourself!

Shirt - Forever 21, Jeans  - Topshop, Glasses - c/o Bonlook, Beret - Amazon

Pants - c/o Winners (similar here), Coat - Reiss (last season), Boots - L'Intervalle 

Jumpsuit - Forever 21, Hat - Forever 21 (similar here)

Thank you so much Kaylee for this amazing shot from my Birthday!

Pants - Forever 21, Hat - Forever 21 (similar here)

What do you guys think? What pieces have you been gravitation towards for Spring? Let me know!

xo Joëlle

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Comfort and Stretch with Chantelle Paris

By now you guys know that I like nothing more than lazing about in my underwear. But what you may not know is that, once I decide to put my clothes on, my biggest fashion pet peeve is underwear lines. Honestly, I've never been one to follow any fashion 'rules' but I can 100% get behind the faux-pas that is a visible panty line.

Enter Chantelle and their new innovative 'Soft Stretch' line. I've actually known of Chantelle the lingerie brand for years, but associated them with their signature, beautiful lacy pieces. This new 'Soft Stretch' line is a totally contemporary addition to the brand, and made for the modern woman  on the go.

The 'Soft Stretch' line is basically my perfect set of undergarments. While I love a beautiful, elaborate lingerie set for special occasions, I need something more minimalistic and understated for everyday. I love the simplicity of Chantelle's Soft Stretch line, from the look of the underwear right down to the sizing - it's all one size fits all! The result is a super comfortable everyday underwear that won't show under any of your clothes. This set has been my go-to since receiving it, and I'm actually thinking of bulk ordering more of the underwear for my upcoming travels - these are seriously the perfect airplane undergarments!

I honestly can't say enough good things about the Chantelle Soft Stretch line. If this is something that would interest you as well, here's where you can pick up a set for yourself in Canada.

What do you guys think? Do you hate panty lines as much as I do? What do you look for with comfort in underwear? Let me know!

xo Joëlle

This post was created in partnership with Chantelle Paris. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

Monday, 2 April 2018

3 Lessons From Create & Cultivate Los Angeles 2018

It's been just over a month since Sabrina and I flew from Toronto to Los Angeles to attend Create & Cultivate. This would be my first blogging conference that I've ever attended, so I didn't have any expectations - especially as a Canadian attending an American conference; all I really wanted out of the experience was to have fun and to leave inspired.

Well, needless to say that Create & Cultivate definitely exceeded my expectations. I could not get over the amount of work that was clearly poured into making this conference not only beautiful, but inspiring as well. I really enjoyed the panels of industry leaders, and the opportunity to meet some people I truly admire in person. It was a long day, but a fun one and I'm so happy to have had the opportunity to attend. I left my first conference feeling inspired and motivated like never before.

One of the biggest questions I got after attending the conference was 'Is it worth it?' That all depends. I think that a conference like this would have been so valuable when first starting to blog. A lot of the tips and tricks that the speakers and panels mentioned I already knew, but through experience, as well as trial and error (lots, and lots of error.) It would have been amazing to have known of these lessons in the beginning. That being said though, I'm still very happy that I was able to attend Create & Cultivate. I left feeling so inspired, and it was genuinely a good time.

There was a lot of information being shared that day, but here are three key points that really stuck with me from Create & Cultivate.

1. Focus On What You Own

Blogging has changed so much, even in the few years that I've been doing it. It seems like the focus has shifted from blogs to social media, and while it's important to keep up with the changing landscape of the industry, you still need to focus on the one thing you own: your blog. It was refreshing to hear industry giants who have massive followings on Instagram talk about the importance of having and maintaining a blog. Think of your blog as your home-base, and all of your social media channels as gateways to draw new audiences to the blog.

While it seems like all of the sponsors and attention are on Instagram these days, in the end we all don't own the platform and we're all just subject to the next app update (hello algorithm change.) Your blog is the platform that you own, and that you can control. Don't neglect it, and keep it your priority.

2. Batch Your Content

This was so interesting to hear, since I've been doing this for years but never knew the proper term for it: batch content. That means that rather than flying by the seat of your pants for photos, blog posts, videos, etc. you dedicate entire days to gathering content to set you up for the coming weeks. I remember unconsciously making the shift to batching my content last year, where I would dedicate an entire day to shooting photos for my Instagram and blog and have them go live through the coming week and it was huge game-changer for consistency.

It was refreshing to hear that most other bloggers do this as well. I'm going to take this principal to my new Youtube channel to try and batch my content with filming videos so that I always have consistent content going up.

3. Ask For What You Want

While it's easier said then done, the one constant that was heard from inspiring women in the industry was that if you want something, ask for it. This lessons applies on all aspects of the blogging industry, but can be especially useful whenever money is involved. If you think that you should be getting paid when being approached by a company, then ask for it. If you have a problem with a contract that you're about to sign, then say something. Ask questions. Speak up. We hold the power and in order to exercise it, you really need to be comfortable asking for what you want.

What do you guys think? Do you agree with the lessons from Create & Cultivate? Have you ever been to a blogging conference? What was your experience? Let me know!

xo Joëlle


Sunday, 25 March 2018

OOTD - What I've Been Wearing Lately

Over the course of the years, the format of La Petite Noob has changed. While before I mostly just shared my outfits with you guys, I feel like now we know each other on a more personal level so I can share so much more; my thoughts and feelings, my travels, things like that. With all that being said, I still want to keep the element of personal style to the blog so now I'm happy to be sharing another outfit round-up with you guys - what I've been wearing lately, and details on how you can find the pieces too. Check it out, and let me know if you have any questions!

Skirt - Lovers + Friends c/o Revolve, Sweater - Forever 21 (I sized up to a large for a slouchy look)
Shoes - Zara, Glasses - Forever 21
Pants - Zara, Sweater - Forever 21

Lace Camisole - Free People via Hudson's Bay, Jeans - Topshop (I got the petite version)

Pants - Tularosa via Revolve, Glasses - Forever 21

What do you guys think? Do you prefer the outfit round-ups, or the traditional one-outfit-per-post. Let me know!

xo Joëll

Friday, 23 March 2018

Wear It Your Way with WonderBra

For me, feeling beautiful in my own skin means being totally comfortable. I try to maximize feeling good about myself each day by practicing positive self-talk, taking time out each day to do something I love and to make sure that everything that I wear is comfortable - right down to my underwear. I not only want my undergarment to be comfortable and beautiful, but I also want them to be concealed; a special treat just for me that I can enjoy no matter what outfit I chose for the day. It sounds like I'm asking for a lot, but you can find it all in just one beautiful bra; the WonderbBra multi-way convertible bra.

I was turned on to the WonderBra multi-way convertible bra, and since haven't looked back. This beautiful piece is literally the perfect compliment to every outfit, and will be your best kept secret - seriously, nobody will ever be able to see it. With up to 49 inner hooks (depending on a size) and removable straps, you can wear this same bra 8 different ways! I'm talking asymmetrical necklines, strapless pieces, halter-cuts; you name the trend and this bra can accommodate.  And it's beautiful to boot, with beautiful lace accents that are virtually undetectable under clothes. The cups are unlined and foam-free, so this beautiful bra is incredibly light and comfortable - so comfortable in fact, that I often find myself lounging around at home in just my bra!

In my quest to be kinder to myself and celebrate my own beauty, it always amazes me how feeling truly comfortable can work wonders on your self esteem. Starting from my undies and working outward, I'm happy to have the WonderBra multi-way convertible bra as my secret weapon to feeling comfortable in any outfit I chose for the day.

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Monday, 19 March 2018

Los Angeles: The Logistics

People's opinions about Los Angeles are always very polarizing; you either love it or hate it. I myself absolutely love visiting LA and always try to visit as much as I can. There are definitely some irritating factors to consider about Los Angeles (mainly, the traffic) but I feel as though most of these irritants can be eliminated by choosing the right hotel.

For this particular trip to LA, the main purpose was for Sabrina and I to attend the Create & Cultivate conference. The conference itself was downtown, but we knew that we wanted to spend the majority of our free time exploring different areas around the city: West Hollywood, Venice Beach, Silver Lake, etc. This meant that we would need to find an area to stay in that was in the middle of all of the places that we wanted to visit to cut down on the amount of driving that we would have to do. From which hotel we stayed at, to how we chose to get around, here are the logistics to our recent trip to Los Angeles.

Hotel: The Hollywood Hotel

Located in East Hollywood, the Hollywood Hotel is where we settled on as our home away from home while in Los Angeles. The hotel itself has recently undergone a renovation, and both Sabrina and I were drawn to the retro vibes of the new design. I'm so glad that we ended up choosing The Hollywood Hotel for our stay for a few key reasons:

  • Location: While we didn't spend a lot of time exploring Hollywood, we found it to be the most central spot for us to hit up all of the areas we wanted to check out on our list while still being close to DTLA for our conference. 

  • Breakfast: Most people don't find themselves too hungry when they first wake up. I'm the opposite - I wake up ravenous. Because you need to drive almost everywhere in LA, I knew that our hotel needed to have coffee and a breakfast facility so that I could eat as soon as I woke up without any hassle. The Hotel Hollywood has an impressive breakfast, with a made-to-order omelette station and waffles that are complimentary to guests. Bonus points for hot coffee and orange juice too - a great way to start our long days of exploring!

  • Design: I love smaller hotels with more boutique designs. Call me crazy, but I book all of my hotels with photos in mind and I just knew that Sabrina and I would have a great time capturing photos at Hollywood Hotel. From the beautiful courtyard, subway-tiled bathroom, to the pool with yellow-striped pillows, it was a photographic mission accomplished.

  • Price: Hotels in Los Angeles are really expensive, and I didn't want our entire LA budget going towards a hotel. Hotel Hollywood is one of the most reasonably priced hotels in the area, and one that ensures that you have lots of travel budget left over for exploring what Los Angeles has to offer.

How We Got Around

The decision between renting a car and Ubering everywhere was an easy one for us: we chose to Uber.  While it was slightly more expensive, the ease of not having to fight for parking was a huge benefit for us. Plus the traffic in LA is no joke, and it's a lot less stressful to deal with when you have someone driving for you. Because Sabrina and I weren't leaving the city limits at all, Uber made more sense for us.

What do you guys think? Have you ever been to LA? What are your thought processes when booking a hotel? Let me know!

xo Joëlle

Thank you Hollywood Hotel for our stay. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Most Instagram Worthy Places in Los Angeles

If you guys follow me on Instagram or Youtube, you will have seen that Sabrina and I visited sunny Los Angeles a few weeks ago. While the purpose of the trip was to attend the Create & Cultivate conference, our second priority was to run around like madwomen searching for the most Instagrammable spots in LA - and we definitely were not disappointed. Here are some of my favourite, most Instagram worthy places in LA to mark down on your map for your next trip to Los Angeles.

Alfred's Tea Room

If you're someone who loves the colour pink as much as Sabrina and I,  consider Alfred's Tea Room your mothership. This quaint, beautifully decorated little tea shop boast's an extensive tea menu, all served in Instagram-worthy cups. We visited this place multiple times and both agreed that, while the tea-based drinks are good, it's their pastries that really stand out.

The Beverly Hills Hotel

I knew from before we even landed in LA that I wanted to have brunch at the Beverly Hills Hotel Cabana Club, and it did not disappoint. The entire hotel is one big Instagrammable moment and, except for the pool area, you're able to take photos wherever you want. The brunch itself was delicious and while price-wise it's definitely a YOLO meal, in my mind it was well worth it for the experience.

Mansur Gavriel Store

The newly opened Mansur Gavriel store on Melrose is almost too beautiful for words. While the store itself is beautiful, with an in-house café with indoor seating, I just loved the flower-lined courtyard outside.

Sorella Boutique

Another gem on Melrose, Sorella Boutique is where you will find the Instagram-famous Girls Tour wall. Grab your girls, grab a tripod (or a fellow tourist who also wants a photo) and grab this photo.

Carrera Cafe 

Another Insta-famous café on Melrose, Carrera Cafe is where you will find your quirky lattes with fun art like Drake and a crying Kim K. The whole shop was definitely created with Instagram photos in mind, from the lattes to the floor tiles to the beautiful mural right outside.

The Assembly

If minimal is more your vibe, The Assembly is a gorgeous café that will be right up your alley. Sabrina and I enjoyed strong americanos and some gourmet doughnuts in this light-filled space.

Sprinkles Beverly Hills

If you can walk by an all-pink cupcake vending machine in Beverly Hills and not take a photo, you're a stronger person than I am.

Alfred Coffee Beverly Hills

There are a few Alfred Coffees around LA and while all of the locations are ridiculously cute (and serve ridiculously good coffee) my favourite location is the one in Beverly Hills. A pink hearted mural on the side of the café? Yes please.

Venice Beach

Venice Beach is one of my favourite, quirky places in LA. You'll find plenty of Instagram-worthy photo opportunities, from the giant Venice sign to bike riding along the boardwalk. For a plethora of Instagram-worthy spots away from the chaotic beach, Abbot Kinney is the street you need to hit. So many beautiful shops and restaurants including The Butcher's Daughter, a beautiful plant-based restaurant and café.

There are so many beautiful shops and cafés in LA that would make your Instagram feed proud, but these ones are definitely my favourite and the ones that I will be repeating when I head back to sunny Los Angeles in September.

Have you been to LA? What are some of your favourite spots to visit? Let me know!

xo Joëlle
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