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This past week and a half my social media game has been anything but strong. Being a blogger, it’s kind of expected to be posting about everything you’re doing/eating/wearing at any given moment, but it’s also good to de- stress. After all, we’re only human. It’s so refreshing to be able to put your phone down, not worry about social media and just LIVE in the moment.

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I love me some vintage clothing, but finding quality vintage clothing comes with a price. A price in terms of your time (and sometimes your money). Vintage clothes shopping cannot be compared to a store in the mall, and you can’t just pop in and find what you’re looking for in a mere seconds. It takes time to find pieces that are appealing to you, that look good on and etc. And they’re more than likely one of a kind.

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I’m wearing this vintage inspired top from Etsy boutique Lacen80s, and although it’s not technically vintage, I love the fact that their new clothing looks the part. The selection of clothes they have to offer boasts some major cool girl vibes, and they update their boutique on the reg. Whether you’re a vintage fanatic, or like to find unique and trendy pieces, Lacen80s is most definitely a website you want to keep bookmarked. I posted a few of my favourite pieces down below (to further prove my point) 😉

top: Lacen80s | shorts: Levis (from Artizia) | shoes: Le Chateau | sunnies: Amazon

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Faux leather crop top: $39.57 CAD

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Linen Chambray Romper: $39.57

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Vintage Jacket & Dress Combo: $171.48

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Vintage Denim Jacket: $92.34

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High Waisted Pleather Pants: $31.66

 

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Admit it, we all have that one pair of high heels that have never really seen the outside world, despite the fact that our legs can rival that of a model in them and our feet look oh so lady-like in photos. Want to know something that is most definitely not lady-like? Me attempting to walk in them.

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It’s that pair you save for photos on a night out, changing swiftly into a significantly comfier heel or flat right after getting the money shot. Or in my case, and I’m sure all you fellow bloggers understand, it’s the shoes you save specifically for your blog shoots. Don’t let these photos fool you, there’s a lot that goes into looking natural in uncomfortable situations.

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I purchased these simple black pumps in hopes of making them a staple in my work life, however that plan quickly changed. But on the plus side,  I am happy to inform you that I’ve since acquired a pair with a much lower heel, one that I can probably run marathons in. Well, probably not. But I can definitely walk in them.

jacket: Forever 21 | bodysuit: Ebay | blouse: Forever 21 | bottoms: Zara | shoes: Just Fab | sunnies: Amazon

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So I’ve been seeing these braids everywhere lately, and I’ve always wanted to try them but given the fact that my forehead is more of a fivehead no way did I think I would flatter the style. But then I thought whatever. I’ll do as I please. Turns out they’ve become my go-to style for whenever I don’t feel like using heat or washing my hair. It’s actually quite freeing, no need to worry about flyways, losing volume or any of that hair nonsense.

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I’ve come to refer to them as an accessory as well, taking a simple shirt and jeans combo up a notch, as it adds an instant casual cool vibe to any look you wear. For some odd reason, I feel like these braids look better when you have sunglasses on. Weird, I know.

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coat: Forever 21 | top: J Crew | bottoms: Zara | shoes: Le Chateau | sunnies: Ray Ban

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Spring is just a few weeks away, and I am beyond excited for the warmer weather to come rolling in. I love being outdoors during the warmer months, and I try to get out as much as I can when I’m not working. Since we’re surrounded by so much greenery, the trails and hiking opportunities are endless in and around the Toronto area.

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In making sure the environment doesn’t degenerate anymore than it should, comes thinking responsibly and making conscious and ethical decisions. I know, I know, it may seem too overbearing at times, but it really doesn’t have to be. Simple things like buying clothing that is locally and ethically produced can help so much. The Balance Project’s clothing line makes it possible to be able to help the planet while wearing chic, and most importantly, affordable clothes.

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I’m wearing the roman numerals tank from Balance. It’s a no- brainer top that you can wear anywhere (and you all know how much I love pieces like that). I’ve paired it with grey skinnys from Zara and a jean jacket from Bluenotes. I’m a little bit of a maniac for this jacket, so I apologize for the amounts of times you’ve seen it in my posts already. #nonewclothes

jacket: Bluenotes | top: The Balance Project (similar) | bottoms: Zara | shoes: Converse

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Photos by Rita Roque

Special thanks to The Balance Project for partnering with me on this post

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I’m back with another “Coffee and a Treat” post and this time around I’ll be featuring Black Goat Cafe. It’s a cute little place right on Lakeshore in Etobicoke, around a fifteen minute drive from the heart of downtown and right beside Humber College.

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Printed Cardigan, Casual Style

Printed Cardigan, Casual Style

Despite it’s size, the decor in the coffee shop is so cozy and chic. Think dark wood, exposed brick, boho chic cushions and Pinterest worthy wall decor. They’ve also got a selection of books to read from and smooth running wifi. Every time I go there, the baristas are so friendly and nice. It really does make the experience that much better.

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Printed Cardigan, Casual Style

Printed Cardigan, Casual Style

The cafe has a selection of coffee made from fair trade and organic beans. It’s very strong and bitter (just the way I like it), and their cookies are on a whole other level. Black Goat Cafe sells baked goods, all made in house, ranging from muffins ($2.00) to scones (app. $2.00) to of course, the infamous cookies (app. $1.50) and many more goods. My favourite is the Oreo cheesecake cookie.

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Printed Cardigan, Casual Style

They’ve got some amazing sandwiches ($5.00) that are also made in house, other than the buns, which come from a nearby Portuguese bakery. Everything is $6.00 or under, so no budgets will be broken while indulging in yummy goods.

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Printed Cardigan, Casual Style

Printed Cardigan, Casual Style

Printed Cardigan, Casual Style

As you can tell, I’m slightly obsessed with this place. Not only is the location convenient (I go to school right beside), but I’m also very picky with my coffee and need it to actually taste like coffee… sorry Tim Hortons. They are open 7:00am- 7:00pm everyday, except on Sundays which is 9:00am- 3:00pm. The hours are pretty limited if you work a regular nine to five day, but it’s so worth the drive and your free time if you ever decide to go.

Final rating is 9.8 / 10

sweater: Forever 21 | top: RW&CO | bottoms: American Eagle | boots: Just Fab | necklace: Reitmans

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Photos by Rita Roque

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I am beyond ready for the warmer weather to roll through… not only are the skirts shorter and the days longer, I find that I’m more upbeat and productive during these sunny months. I blame the vitamin D. 😉

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This Winter has been a fairly mild one, with some days being *almost* acceptable to be able to put on a dress with bare legs. However, good old mother nature decided to stop by now, as we’re approaching the end of the cold. Of course she has.

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I’m wearing one of my go to looks: leather jacket, black top, denim and converse. I usually opt for jeans and white converse, but switched it up with a denim skirt and black shoes instead. It’s such a easy look to pull together, and one of my go-tos on days that I don’t feel like being creative. And let’s not forget this top… it’s the epitome of me (and I’m sure majority of people) in the morning.

jacket: Winners | top: Zara | skirt: Bluenotes | shoes: Converse

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A few years back I was obsessed with wearing jewelry, and by obsessed I mean like jewelry hoarding… it wasn’t cute. I’ve cleaned up my act since then and these days like to keep my pieces simple and easy. 

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My go- to items are dainty rings and over sized studs. I feel most comfortable in silver, but I do love the occasional gold and rose gold pieces as well. Lately, I’ve been reaching for these cosmic earrings from Foxy Originals. They’re a bit oversized, meaning they stand out and pairing them with red lips is just the cherry on top.

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To achieve my ideal all black look I paired my leather jacket over a thin ribbed turtleneck. Adding in ripped skinny jeans and high top Converse adds a more casual vibe to the look. I finished off the look with mirrored sunglasses ($12.99 at Winners yes!) and these star earrings to add a little twinkle to my overall look.

Photos were taken by Rita Roque. Check her out here.

jacket: Reitmans | top: Winners | bottoms: RW&CO | sunnies: Winners | shoes: Converse | earrings: Foxy Originals (here)

Special thanks to Foxy Originals for partnering with me on this post