1.23.2015

STRETCH

I took this photo while deciding whether or not I really wanted that sports bra.
Photo taken at Yyoga.
First of all, let me apologize in advance, because this is (sort of) a "New year, new me" post.

I'm going to spare you all from the boring details. I will just say that instead of making specific resolutions, I simply made a conscious effort to be more consistent about the things I do/try to do in my life—not just this year, but forever, seeing as I'll be turning 26 in a few weeks, and so I feel like adulthood is not so much an inevitability but my current reality. Ugh. :|

ANYWAY.

My job has been pretty stressful this week, so I thought that I might finally try going to the yoga studio a few doors down from where I work. I wanted to try and relax, shed some of the negative energy I've been lugging around, and maybe some extra fat as well.
Water bottle - SIGG | Sports bra - Community | Top and leggings - JOE Fresh | Shoes - Nike
I signed up to Yyoga and almost immediately fell in love.  I say "almost," because it's hard to fall in love with a place that serves the purpose of kicking your lazy butt into shape. So far, I've taken eight classes, and I'm feeling better and better after each one—and contrary to what I thought, I have been feeling more relaxed also, even at work where I sometimes absolutely cannot feel relaxed. At all. 

I made sure to get to my hot yoga class a little bit earlier than usual so I could sneak in a few yoga selfies, like my 2015 version of the tree pose. I made it more challenging by taking an in-focus selfie whilst balancing on one leg. I don't suggest trying that, because if you were unsure, I was totally joking. 

Lipstick - MAC "Frank-n-Furter"
So I had to take a photo of this, because what sort of post would this be if there was neither lipstick or leather? Note: I wasn't wearing lipstick during my yoga class. I have a strict rule against wearing lipstick or making an attempt at "looking cute" while working out. I figure, if you're still cute after a workout, (hair-do intact, makeup still on, etc.) you're probably not working out hard enough.

Don't get me wrong, I'm certainly not a #fitspo kind of gal, but I think that if you're going to put any sort of time or effort into going to the gym or going for a run, you should make it count for something. Even if I don't end up with abs—fingers crossed, though—I always feel good knowing I pushed my body in some sort of way, on the rare occasion that I do workout.

And finally, here's a sweaty, post-hot yoga selfie, so you know it's real.

1.16.2015

AT WORK

The first few minutes in the morning, when customers haven't come into the shop yet, is usually a good time to get the 'ol camera out and take a few self-timer shots of my "outfit of the day." I thought it might be nice to post an outfit that didn't involve 17 layers of clothing. It's been so cold in Toronto lately, so most of my outfits are essentially just blankets on blankets. 
Cardigan and necklace - H&M | Shirt and jeans - JOE Fresh | Boots - ZARA | Lipstick - Sephora "Marsala"


1.14.2015

COLD

It's hard to look cheerful when you're standing in -16 degree weather, and you're starting to lose feeling in your toes. It's even more difficult, I find, to try and look "cute," much less happy. 
I swear this bag is a different colour in every photo. I wouldn't be surprised if it started to look green.

Can't say I'm unhappy, though, as I'm carrying around my post-Christmas gift: a Proenza Schouler "PS1 tiny." *Insert heart-eyes emoji here.
For those of you who may not know, one of these bad boys retails for about a month's rent, if you're living in a one-bedroom apartment in Toronto. HOWEVER, I did not pay that much money for mine, because:
a) I could never afford it.
b) I came upon it serendipitously in a Winners, where it was priced incorrectly, and at a little less than its retail value—the understatement of 2015.
Basically, I lucked-out HARD, and swiped the bag immediately, because PROENZA SCHOULER.
Boots - ALDO | Bag - Proenza Schouler | Sweater and gloves - GAP | Scarf - ZARA | Pants, coat, and hat - H&M | Lipstick - MAC "Franken-Furter"
Photo by: Kane St.Louis


1.13.2015

THE DARK SIDE

Recently, I went from this:
Dress - JOE Fresh | Watch - Movado | Lipstick - MAC "Pander Me" | Rings - Catbird NY/Tiffany & Co.
To this:
Sweater - H&M | Lipstick - MAC "Riri Woo"
Although I've chopped off (almost) all of my hair  before, this change made me more nervous. My hair is naturally medium-brown, and while I've dyed my hair before, it's always been in small sections and never my entire head of hair.

Ultimately, I don't know why I was so nervous because I ABSOLUTELY LOVED the end result! My roots got a bit darker, and the blonde ends from my ombré turned a blue-black that I could not be happier with. Also, I look meaner, so my RBF is on a whole other level! 


1.12.2015

SUNSHINE

Coat - ForeverXXI | Scarf, cardigan, hat, shoes, and shirt - H&M | Pants - Groceries Apparel | (touchscreen) Gloves - GAP | Lipstick - MAC "Pander Me"

Photos by: Kane St. Louis
This blog post is documentation of one of my typical, "I woke up like this" ensembles. Saturday night was a celebration of my boyfriend Kane's 26th birthday. We had a few drinks, chatted with friends, took a few photos, ate burgers*, and promptly fell asleep after said burgers were consumed. It was a wonderful evening.
The next day, being just hungover enough to do much of anything, we got dressed and went to one of our favourite brunch spots, The Lakeview. These shots were taken post-brunch, so if I look cranky, it's probably because I was about due for an afternoon nap—also the sun was in my eyes.