Happy Easter guys! Though Easter doesn’t actually mean much to me personally, I’m grateful for the day off. This weekend is all about relaxing, enjoying being home and planning for upcoming travels.
I’m beyond excited to be going to Japan at the end of May (one of my lifelong dreams, one more thing to cross off the bucket list, yay!) but in the meantime, I also have to plan a trip to NYC and LA. So there’s a lot of booking and organizing to do in the next couple of weeks. These past couple of weekends, have been so incredibly busy for me with traveling, planning, writing, etc. I’m hoping this extra day off will allow me to unwind a bit as well.
One thing’s for sure, I’m pretty darn stoked to be home for the weekend and will make the most of it.
Now off to brunch in the hood wearing my new favorite BENCH dress, it’s truly the best thing to wear on the weekend!
One of my favorite places to spend time in Venice Beach is on Abbot Kinney. The street is filled with tons of great shops, restaurants, cafés, etc. The whole area surrounding Abbot Kinney is also a great place to walk around, spend time with family and enjoy the beautiful scenery. Though Abbot Kinney itself tends to get a little crowded on the weekend, it still remains after all these years, one of my favorite places. Some of my favorite spots on the street are: Gjelina’s, TOM’s shop & café, Skylark, Burro, Kreation, etc. They also have some of the greatest street art in the area, including this classic Rooster Fish.
I had so much fun exploring the streets of Vancouver earlier this month. Loved all the vintage neon signs that you can find on Granville Street and also around The Burrard hotel. I’m excited to share with you my stay at this boutique hotel in the coming weeks on a special travel blog. Vancouver is full of cool design gems and I would have loved to spend even more time discovering all of them. Can’t wait to be back again soon!
Nothing makes me happier than seeing the first signs of Spring in Toronto! I love my city and especially love the city when spring rolls around. Spring in Toronto is just sublime! It’s always super sunny, the patios start opening, people are out and about, you see more people running outdoors and everyone can finally start dressing down a little more. The city just comes alive again when Spring hits and this couldn’t make me more excited! What are some of your favorite things about Spring?
Is it just me or has January flown by? What a busy month it has been for me. I definitely started 2015 with a very strong work ethic and have been busting my butt clocking long hours and putting in all of my heart, knowledge and creativity into my work. With so much going on and so much coming up (got tons of traveling coming up in the next couple of months, so excited to share with y’all new travel blog posts following these travels), it’s hard not to work hard. As a kid, my mother would always say, “do your best and f*ck the rest“… Yes, maybe not the “f*ck” part when I was a kid but would always encourage me to work hard and do the best that I can at everything I did.
During one of my meetings today, I had a moment where I couldn’t believe that after all these years of work, I was where I am today. It was a weird out of body moment, where I was looking at myself and what I was doing in disbelief. My career holds a very important place in my life and the only reason I’ve attained the job status I have today is because I’ve worked my butt off, not counting my hours, working without getting paid for years while paying my dues and then when finally attaining my first real job, working hard to get to the next level.
I think having a hard working ethic will lead to positive results no matter what area in your life. Whether it’s your career, family, personal goals, health, etc. without putting work into it, you won’t get any results. As of late, I’ve been focusing a lot of my energy on becoming the healthiest person that I can be and with that comes work. By registering to a 10k run, comes work. By wanting to eat clean every day, comes work. If you work hard in life, it will pay off! That’s what I’ve always believed in and hopefully always will. Who’s with me?
I think I have an obsession with grey. Just putting it out there. I don’t know if it’s the grey weather, me getting older or what, but lately I’ve found that I’ve been particularly drawn to grey. According to color psychology (if such a thing can be true), grey is the color of compromise, it’s detached, neutral, impartial and indecisive – the fence-sitter. It’s interesting to reflect on the meaning of this color. The one word that does stick out in this color analysis is “neutral”, I often feel in life that I’m the “neutral” person, whether that directly reflects in what colors I wear, I doubt it but it’s an interesting exercise to figure out why I’ve been drawn to this color lately.
I’ve noticed over the past couple of months, I’ve been shying away from bright colors and prints for my every day clothes but have opted for that color scheme when working out. Maybe it’s a workout motivator to wear bright and fun colors and prints? Either way, I find it fascinating to see how my own personal style is evolving. Anything you’ve noticed in your way of dressing these past couple of months?
Last night I took part in my first ever Canadian Videogame Awards at the Carlu in Toronto. The event celebrated the best videogames made in Canada in 2013 and 2014. This was my first time being part of an event of such caliber in the video game industry. Mark Meer (as seen rehearing above yesterday afternoon), the voice behind the incredibly popular Commander Shepard in the Mass Effect games hosted the event. Hundreds of game designers, animators, game studios, actors, etc. filled the room as well as members of the general public. The event was also livestreamed on TWITCHand over 110 000 people watched.
I spent the night working on an exclusive behind the scenes doc for the CVAs that will be coming out in just a few days! The three things I learned from being at the CVAs last night: 1) a lot more video games than we think are actually made in Canada 2) Ubisoft wins pretty much every prize 3) people in the gaming industry are a lot friendlier than in a lot of other industries! 😀
Being on set today made me want to work on styling projects again so badly! Seeing the steamers, changing rooms, backdrops and all the lights made me excited for future styling. Styling oneself is great but styling others is 10x more fun and exciting! I love being challenged and finding the perfect look. Feeling excited at the thought of doing more in the future 😀
Taking a much needed day off today! It’s been a while since I took time off during the week and I almost forgot what it’s like to be off when most people are at work.
When I first moved to Toronto, I worked from home quite a bit, so it was nice to have a flexible schedule and be able to take some days off when I had worked a lot during the week. It’s nice to explore the city, visit your favorite stores or your local coffee shop without the weekend madness!
I made sure I started this rare Friday off in the best way possible – at The Drake Hotel. This past year, The Drake Hotel has really become a weekend staple. They have an amazing and inexpensive brunch menu plus they make everything homemade from scratch. They just began serving a new brunch and lunch menu with more seasonal dishes, which all seem incredibly tasty. I had Nona’s Frittata this morning, it was incredibly hearty and delicious!
What made my Friday even 10x better was receiving a lovely package from one of my favorite jewelry designers in LA – COMMUNION by Joy! So stoked on this cute handmade rose gold ear stud! I rarely wear earrings since I’m allergic to anything that isn’t real gold, so this beautiful unique piece will without a doubt become my daily go-to piece!
What do you usually do when you get a day off? What are you up to this weekend?
With the clocks rolled back and the end of Daylight Saving Time, it can only mean one thing – winter is right around the corner! Since I have yet to runaway to California, Mexico, Florida, Portugal or anywhere warmer than Toronto, it looks like I’ll have to endure one more Canadian winter.
As of late, I’ve really tried to make the best of the season I so hate by a) traveling a lot b) practicing a multitude of winter sports and c) having fun with my winter style. Not an easy feat to look stylish but also stay toasty and warm. On the weeks that get really cold, I really couldn’t care less if I look like an Abominable Snowman, as long as I am warm and my extremities aren’t freezing. Luckily, winter doesn’t get too harsh in Toronto and we usually don’t end up having much snow downtown. It’s still feasible to go outside while looking relatively cute. Plus with so many brands now making amazing threads for winter, there’s definitely a way to stay stylish even in subzero weather.
Here are some of the things I’m coveting for my winter wardrobe this year: