Good Day Hair Shop

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Having just moved downtown this August, I was uprooted from my regular salon and never really had the chance to find a new “hair home”. So after I’d heard some great things about Good Day Hairshop in Kensington Market, (and creeped/obsessed over their super-cool Instagram account) I was dying to go check them out.

Good Day is quickly building a reputation for being the go-to for street style-influenced hair – with friendly, cool staff and an affordable price point. Co-owned by Tegan Mierle and Jonathon Burford, who both have backgrounds in tech and fashion, it’s easy to understand why they’re taking off in real life and URL life.

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A Day In The “Fit Life” | Equinox

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Fun fact about me: I struggled with my weight for a large portion of my life. I was a chunky kid, who finally lost my baby weight when I got braces. When that weight started melting off, I became addicted to being skinny and soon after developed an unhealthy obsession with counting calories. I was probably borderline anorexic for a while. Flash forward to high school. I was at a healthy weight for the first little while…then I started doing dumb teenager things (treating my body like a human garbage disposal) like eating McDonald’s almost everyday. I went from 113 pounds to 140 in the span of a couple years. I was never “fat” and still had a good body shape and everything, but I felt gross.

When some brain cells returned to me upon entering university, I started to make changes. I brought healthy lunches instead of buying food, started exercising, etc. After a brief stint doing some modelling, I started to get obsessed with food and being skinny all over again, and got myself down to the same weight I was at in grade 9 (when I was 2 inches shorter than I am now-scary). After I realized I was over starving myself, I started to develop that whole “my body is a temple” mentality. I stopped eating meat and majorly cut down on anything processed, and arrived at my my current weight which, because I don’t weigh myself, estimate to be between 117-120 pounds.

I’m not a fitness goddess that spends every single day in the gym and doesn’t eat white carbs – but I would consider myself to have a healthy lifestyle. I look to food for nourishment and working out to strengthen my body and mind. And I must say…Equinox has had an enormous part in making working out enjoyable for me.

phone case: Felony Case (here) shoes: Nike (here) bra: Nike (here) shorts: Forever 21 (here)

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Lust List: February 2015 Edition

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This month’s needs and wants.

1. Nike Air Force 1, $89.99 at Foot Locker

2. Aeryn Shein 1 Circle Point Diamond Ring, $220 at Steven Alan

3. Alexander Wang Prisma Mouse Pad, $70 on AlexanderWang.com

4. Byredo Parfums Gypsy Water Eau de parfum, $145 at Net-a-Porter

5. Alexander Wang Printed Stretch-Crepe Mini Dress, $750 on Net-a-Porter

6. The Beverly Hills Hotel Signature Bathrobe, $130 on Ahalife.com

7. Georges Marciano Horn-Rim Glasses, $34.95 at GeorgesMarciano.com

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Varsity Grey

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Forever 21 jacket (here), jeans (d.i.y. distressed) (here), top (here), & backpack, (here); boots: Timberland (here)

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Vegan Chocolate Valentine Message Cupcakes

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It is February, a.k.a my birth month, a.k.a the beauteous month of LUV~AND~ROMANCE! So I was pondering to myself about what this all means, and I thought – “What better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day than making a huge (cruelty-free) pan of tiny cakes!” You can eat these all yourself, give them to your bae, or share them with your baeless friends. Even if (and especially if) they are those annoying friends with food restrictions! How great! Keep reading to see how to make em’.

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Fringe Benefits

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It’s the fourth “cycle” of the project I’ve been working on with Smart Set called #smartset1P10S…and if you haven’t already seen my other posts about it yet, here’s the 4-1-1 on it – 10 bloggers baes have been asked to put their personal spin on Smart Set’s pre-chosen “piece of the month”.When I saw this month’s piece, this cool kimono, my immediate first thoughts were, “Wow…I’d totally love to be wearing this on a beach somewhere tropical right now – with just a bikini under!” Then immediately started looking at last minute flights out of Canada. Sigh. Not trying to complain about life though. January, as cold and hellish as it’s been here in the 6ix, has also been crazy amazing for me. I’m starting to get settled into my new place, have some projects coming up that I’m stuuuupid excited about, and overall have just been really enjoying life.

But enough about me – let’s get to talking about ~fashun~ and the piece of the month. To be honest, I never would have thought to wear a kimono any other time than the spring/summer. But then I got to thinking, and realized that hey – part of the fun of clothing is wearing it in different ways! I loved the fringe on the kimono and wanted it to peek out and really pop. I layered it so that it almost appeared scarf-like, as well as to make this outfit winter-appropriate. So I layered. A lot. Skirt, shirt, kimono, sweater. And voila – the kimono is taken to winter territory! The kimono is in stores now if you want to shop it. And if you’re wearing it on the beach, I hate you. Just kidding. (…Please bring me with you).

cardigan: here shirt: here skirt: here kimono: here, all Smart Set

Check out the other bloggers’ looks on the next page

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Textured

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Experimentation is really fun – I can go out on a limb here and name it one of the most important practices in life. But sometimes, especially in fashion, sticking with what you know can be pretty good (and is what ultimately makes your style, your style.) The key to not being boring and repetitive is to make subtle switches in/with things you already wear. So to follow through with that in today’s outfit, I switched up my classic biker to this textured version and gave that whole “socks with shoes on purpose” thing a go for a cool and subtle spin on a classic “me” outfit.

jacket, here; mules, similar here; pencil skirt, here all Forever 21 top: Represent (here)

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Yoga & Regeneration | Equinox

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What better time to try something new than at the beginning of a new year, right? In order to achieve my fitness goals (read: Iggy booty and Riri thighs) for 2015 I’ve been working on getting into yoga. The mission is to be as limber as a noodle and as toned as Beyonce.

If you didn’t know, I’ve started an ambassadorship with Equinox and am thoroughly enjoying everything my beloved home-base/gym has to offer – especially the amazing instructors and spa-like facilities. (You can read my into post here if you haven’t already to get a bit more familiar with it and what I’m doing). As for my new yoga endeavour, the varied range of classes (Hatha, Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Yin and Jock classes) for peeps at every fitness level should be proof enough that I’m well on my way to Beyonce territory….even if that means starting at super chill Hatha.

For more information on yoga at Equinox head on over to Equinox.com. The site has updated class schedules, info on the amenities, plus their very own blog called ‘Q’. P.s. While you’re there, make sure to check out Equinox’s 2015 Campaign by Rankin here!

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What I’m Wearing:

Nike Pro Indy bra (here): Cooling Dri-FIT technology and a mesh T-back ensure that this lightweight, double-layer sports bra moves as fluidly (or not lolz) through a sequence as I do.

Nike Zoom Fit Agility shoes (here): Ultra-responsive cushioning make these great for my pre-class warmup. The squishy pods return energy to the foot, helping the body to move more efficiently and conserve energy.

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Fresh Start

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Welcome to my first post of 2015 – As you might know via my incessant blabbering across all of my social media channels, 2014 was a huge “growing up” year for me. For those of you who follow me on Instagram, you’ve heard a variation of this spiel already – but I feel it’s necessary to release a longer, more in depth version here for those of you that are actually interested in my life. This year I graduated university, moved out, went on a crazy Eurotrip (that you can relive here)…I hit some huge personal milestones and crossed quite a few things off my bucket list. Most notably, I decided to go with my gut and go down ‘the road less traveled’ – forgoing a traditional (and stable) 9-to-5 to freelance and see where life takes me. It’s been pretty incredible so far (which has a lot to do with support I’ve received from people like you) So again – I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for reading my blog, following me, and supporting what I do. Hope you stay along for 2015 – some pretty amazing things are in the works. Stay tuned ;)

backpack, (here) scarf, (here) turtleneck, (here) pants, (here); all Forever 21 boots: similar (here) coat: Theory (similar here)

And because I’m so obsessed with this (oxymoronic yet super chic) turtleneck dress…I’ll show you a laydown of one more way to wear it on the next page (!)

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Last Minute Xmas Gift Guide

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Scrambling for last minute gift ideas (because you missed my Holiday Gift Guide?) I still got yo’ back. And if you can’t make it to the mall…there’s always next day shipping.

FOR HER:

1. Bench Tinsly Beanie, here

2. Urban Outfitters Mule mug, here

3. Forever 21 Zip front faux leather backpack, here

4. Prospector Co. Burroughs Flame candle, here

5. Topshop Skull money bank, here

FOR HIM:

1. Bench Irvine Overhead Hoodie, here

2. Urban Outfitters Stainless steel flask, here

3. Forever 21 Faux leather backpack, here

4. Peary and Henson After shave, here

5. Marcelo Burlon iPhone 5 case, here

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