Not trying to toot my own horn here…but seriously, dressing in head-to-toe black is an art. It can get real boring + real blobby REAL QUICK. People often comment on this so-called “keeping monochrome interesting” talent of mine…and honestly, the formula is quite simple. So here it is: If you throw a semi-artful mix of textures/fabrics and some interesting cuts together, you eliminate the chance of looking like a boring black blob. Here I chose to use mesh as my interesting fabric, if you will, and the diagonal lines of this skort my interesting cut. Paired with some cutout booties, this outfit has enough kick to make people look twice but still allows pigment-phobes to relish in all their anti-colour glory.

shoes: Tony Bianco (similar here) skort: Forever 21 (sold out, similar here) top: Minkpink (sold out, similar here)


Pinstripe Harems


What’s better than wearing booty-baring, skintight bottoms that showcase all that junk in your trunk? Wearing baggy, diaper-bottom-esque pants that hide it! I mean, I’m all for showing off lady parts but sometimes it’s really nice and refreshing to switch it up. These pinstripe harem pants from Forever 21 are cool because you can wear them two ways: worn high at the waist for a more slim fit that hits mid-ankle, and worn low on the hips for a boyfriend-ish fit that looks bomb with slides. And while my general rule is if you’re going loose on the bottom go tight on top (and vice versa) now and then going baggy all around just feels right.

pants: Forever 21 (here) shoes: Solective (here) tee: Forever 21 (here)


Culottes + Fedora

I’ve been pretty much the worst when it comes to style posts lately…but I’m sure you’re well aware of the extreme laziness that comes along with summer. I think us Canadians get extra lax in the summer – after all…we only have a couple of months that are a decent temperature, so we have to take full advantage, right? What this translates to = patios, patios, patios, mixed with equal parts ice cream and sangria.

p.s. Not over culottes yet. p.s.s. I always thought the wide-brim fedora was too hipster/festival for me, but I think I’m starting to likey. Whaddaya think? (Thanks Caroline!)

culottes: Aritzia (sold out, similar here) sandals: Zara (sold out, similar here) top: Forever 21 (similar here) fedora: All Saints (here)


#OffToTheRaces: Queen’s Plate 2015 with #KPsquad


If you read my last post, you know that myself and Dani, Bianca, Krizia (b.k.a Krimoji), and Olivia from the #KPsquad had the chance to attend this year’s Queen’s Plate at Woodbine Racetrack. None of us had ever been before, so we weren’t really sure what to expect – but to sum up it all up: It was a day full of fish tacos, poutine, flower crowns, sangria, scotch, people-watching, amazing hats, selfie sticks and overall good times. We spent a good chunk of time at the Rethink At The Races tent (there was gelato there….nuff said), where we simultaneously got to hang with fellow bloggers/media buds and get a prime view of the gorgeous thoroughbreds trotting through the venue. It was a super fun day, and by the end of it we were so tuckered out from all the excitement (drinks/food/giggling/heat or a combination of the 4) that all 5 of us napped the entire cab ride back. I can’t wait to hit up next year’s Queen’s Plate – but until then….

Check out the recap video of the day here!

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#OffToTheRaces with Woodbine Racing

woodbine-racetrack-vanessa-cesarioWhile majority of the time I’m decked out in 90% boy clothes, I must admit – I love a good excuse to get all fancy-shmancy and dressed up. I also 100% consider myself a ‘hat person’. So for these reasons (plus the fact that I’m going with my buds Dani & Bianca from the #KPSQUAD), I’m pretty excited to be attending this year’s Queen’s Plate in Toronto. Happening Sunday July 5, 2015 at 12:00 pm, it promises to be a glam day full of cool fascinators, outfit ogling, and ~beauteous~ horses. I’ve never attended one, but I’ve heard some cool things through the grapevine: 1.) The Queen’s Plate is Canada’s oldest thoroughbred horse race 2.) Occasionally The Queen herself (as well as other members of the royal family) like to roll through! Follow our adventure via social media – and stay tuned for a video blog of our day at the races. Now comes the fun part…online shopping for some seriously cool headwear!

P.S. If you make it out to Woodbine Racetrack this summer, make sure to take a racetrack selfie and tweet the photo using hashtag #OffToTheRaces to be entered to win $1000 gift card! Easy peasy. Winner will be chosen at the end of the race season.

Wanna come watch the race with us? Get your tickets here!

This post was created in partnership with Woodbine Racetrack.

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Bridge + Bardot

BRIDGE-BARDOT-1BRIDGE-BARDOT-2BRIDGE-BARDOT-3-EDITVintage…it’s one of those things that you either have a knack for or don’t. The ladies of Dundas West boutique Bridge + Bardot clearly have that knack. I discovered their shop during a vintage crawl a few months back and was really impressed at how concisely curated it was: flannels of every kind, glam sequined frocks, conversation starting accessories and those perfect mom jeans that you’d need to spend hours foraging for in a Salvation Army. And while I do love ‘real’ thrifting every now and then (and the satisfaction of finding a treasure), I must admit – it’s pretty convenient to ‘cheat’ and have someone else do that rack-scouring step for you!

And great news if you’re not located in Toronto – Bridge + Bardot launched their online shop today so you can shop their finds from wherever you are!

crop top & leather pants; Bridge + Bardot, heels, similar here

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Leather Crop + Culottes


Culottes have to be classified as one of my top 3 most-favoured man repelling garments. I think it’s the silhouette that really gets me. Or the fact that they are so airy and comfy. Whichever it is, I probably wear them more than I should, but it’s chill. I paired these Motel Rocks ones with my all-time favourite croptop and basic Zara sandals (to mimic the clean lines going on above) but AF1’s would be equally as swaggy for daytime.

culottes: Motel Rocks, (here) top: American Apparel (here) sandals: Zara (sold out, similar here)


#MyInstaxStory with Fujifilm

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Pretty pumped to announce that I was recently cast in my first ever commercial – and a commercial for one of my fav things, no less! When Casie Stewart (who directed the shoot + social campaign for it) approached me for a project featuring the Fujifilm Instax, I was obvs super excited. As you probably know, I’m a huge fan of the Instax and have had one for about a year now. Casie did a great job with curating the crew and locations: Fellow co-stars (ha!) were Lauren ‘O’Nizzle’ O’Neil and Andrew ‘Gunnarolla‘ Gunadie, and Becca Lemire shot the images (taken at Trinity Bellwoods Park and The Store On Queen – shoutout to Hubby Angela and Wifey Vava for opening the store early for us!). The commercial, produced by 1188 will be airing on TV, YouTube and social – so keep an eye out for me 😉

See the commercial + images from the shoot below.





A Tale of Transitions: Reflection

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Looking back at the #ATaleOfTransitions project I’ve been working on with Neutrogena, I’m realizing that it couldn’t have come at a better possible time. As you might have guessed, I’m in that weird ~not a girl, not yet a woman~ semi-awkward transitional stage in my life. If by some strange occurrence that wasn’t completely evident to you (maybe you only know me be my somewhat composed online persona), then I’m guessing the videos and stories I shared throughout this probably clued you right in on my weird/embarrassing/spastic side.

I’ve gotten into and out of my fair share of pickles and/or dumb/unfair/hard situations in my 23 years of life so far. I’ve also come to realize that unfortunately, life doesn’t get easier as you get older. Getting rejected by your middle school crush is nothing compared to breaking up with someone you actually were in love with, and getting fired from your mall gig at 16 is small beans compared to being let-go by your dream employer (from a job that you actually need to pay the bills, at that). Life is full of highs and lows – and it will always present you with forks in the road.

But you know that saying “Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you deal with it”? It’s true. Or “One day you’re the pigeon, one day you’re the statue”? Yeah, that too. And I know I’m being way too cliché, but I really do believe that everything happens for a reason – whether you realize it at the time or 10 years after the fact. Confronting (and being able to laugh at) life’s ups and downs is absolutely vital if you want to be a strong, confident #girlboss. You’re going to make mistakes no matter what, so why live life being scared to do so? Take chances and be bold. Live life. Embrace change. Ride the wave.

One piece of knowledge I can offer having been through some tough situations: you will always get through them. It may seem like the WORST possible thing to happen at the time – the end of your world as you know it, even! – but in 99% of cases, you end up being able to look back and recognize that you actually learned something/benefited after all. You’ll probably even be able to look back and laugh eventually. Especially if it involves acrylic nails or a hideous prom dress.

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#DestinationChic with Marciano


If you saw these pics via Instagram already – you’ll know I had mentioned that I was working on a collaboration with Marciano. Now, when I was in high school, Marciano was the spot for sleek & sexy dresses. It was where you went if you had a high-profile club event and needed a hot outfit. It was where everyone’s cool older sisters shopped. Upon entering university, I no longer had a life time to go out, let alone time to shop for a new going-out outfit every week…so my visits tapered off. But after getting the chance to visit Marciano recently for this project, I must say I was wowed – they’ve gone towards a much more streamlined direction. I found some really awesome and sleek pieces – from the silky joggers I’m wearing above, to a stunning beigey-nude bralette.

Part of the collab involved me hosting a super fun event with W Magazine at the Toronto Eaton Centre – and overall, it was a great night, full of shopping, snacks, Crystal Head Vodka, Wink’s Eyelash applications, and tons of other fun stuff. Check out the below for pics from evening.

top: here, pants, here, shoes, here, all Marciano