When you're all ready to go out, but you have to wait for the rest of the squad:
Dress - Alexander Wang X H&M | Boots - Guess | Bracelet - Tiffany & Co. | Lipstick - "Sin" by MAC


TOMFW photo diary

Alright, so here it is—albeit a week late: my (not in chronological order) TOMFW photo diary.
Hat, shirt, and blazer - H&M | Faux fur collar - UO | Pants - OAK + FORT | Lipstick - MAC "Pander Me" | Shoes - Dr. Martens
Photo from bestoftoronto.net
Hat & Blazer - H&M | Shirt & Jeans - JOE Fresh | Bag - Danier | Shoes - Dr. Martens

Coat - Urban Outfitters | Scarf - American Apparel | Lipstick - MAC x Toledo "Opera" | Bag - Proenza Schouler
I was on my phone the whole time, "instagramming" for my pals at Quill & Tine, so I apologize for the poor quality of the photos—they certainly don't do the collections justice.



On the coldest day of the year (so far) in Toronto, my boyfriend Kane and I decided that we'd go on a post-Valentine's day date—because going out on Valentine's day is so passé. Haha.

We decided that we'd go to brunch before seeing the Basquiat exhibit at the Art Gallery of Ontario, which coincidentally, we then received passes to. (Thanks, Doreen!!!) Kane then dubbed the day "brunch-squiat," because apparently, he's got an aptitude for creating compound words.* 

*Not really, but we'll let him think so. 
Nail polish - Essie "Master Plan"
Brunch was delicious, although a little too mushroom-y for Kane's liking, and the mimosas were top notch. We almost didn't want to leave! Of course, this was partly because the restaurant was warm, and the frigid temperatures outside were a little less than inviting.
Hat & shirt - H&M | Lipstick - MACxToledo "Barbecue" | Sweater - Forever21 | Leather jacket - Danier | Bag - ZARA | Harem pants - OAK + FORT | Shoes - Dr. Martens
We weren't allowed to take photographs inside the exhibit, so my outfit photo was taken after we checked out the exhibit. I was really just happy I didn't need to be outdoors to take photos, because there are at least two more layers you're not seeing that were definitely added on top of this outfit to keep me "warm."

If you haven't already, I highly suggest checking out the exhibit if you're in the city. It runs 'til May 10th, so you've got plenty of time. Go!



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. :|


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.



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"