OOTD: Tulip Festival

HEY FRIENDS!!

So this past weekend was the Tulip Festival here in Ottawa and I happened to go on a very nice sunny day. Happy coincidence or great planning.. who knows? Anyways, with days like these I love to be able to wear a nice summer themed dress which makes me feel good as well as matches the colour palette outside LOL.

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I’d like to start off by saying this dress really surprised me. As a person who’s barely 5 feet tall it’s extremely difficult to find flattering dresses and especially longer ones. This dress sits just past my knees on me. It’s a-line style but it hugs me in the important spots such as my waist and chest so i don’t look like the fabric is wearing me versus the other way around. This colour also looks good on pale skin so I would definitely recommend it and its ESPECIALLY a great colour for the transition of spring to summer.

 

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The back of the dress is also something that sold me on it. It has a criss-cross shape while still keeping an open back for hot days such as this past Saturday. I am still absolutely in love with it and I’ve had this dress in my closet for a while now. I tend to get bored of my clothes very quickly (which is a huge fault and why I’m such a shopaholic) BUT I have a feeling I won’t get tired of this piece too quick 🙂

 

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I paired this dress with a cute black over the shoulder satchel and beige sandals. Also added this picture because it was absolutely hilarious to me that I’m shorter than this tulip. The links for what I’m wearing will be below:

 

Dress- ARITZIA- Aveline

Bag- WINNERS

Shoes- ALDO- Sandals

Sunglasses- WARBY PARKER- Hammond

 

Thanks for reading and til next blog 🙂

Top 5: Go-To Restaurants in Ottawa

Hey Friends!

If you’re new here then you probably wouldn’t know that I was born and raised in the capital of Canada… also welcome! Since I have lived here for so many years I believe I have good enough experiences in knowing the best places to do things in Ottawa. I would have to say that one of my favourite things to do is to try new restaurants and holes-in-the-wall because it not only gives me an idea of what’s out there but then I get to pick my personal favourites! I’ve compiled a short list of 5 different eating sanctuaries in Ottawa and why they are absolutely amazing.

 

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To start this little list going I’ll have to go with one of the classics which has been in Ottawa for a while but has never once disappointed my taste buds. Cacao 70 has two main locations which consist of one right downtown in the Byward Market and one in Lansdowne/Glebe area. The menu consists of chocolate, maybe some more chocolate, and then some chocolate on top. The diversity of dishes with the quality makes this restaurant very popular and a real guilty pleasure! I always recommend this place to any of my visiting friends or relatives because it’s both a classic and most people like some nice chocolate from time to time… especially me!

 

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Now for my friends out there who know me extremely well, they know that I am OBSESSED with anything and everything Milestones. This restaurant has such good food and everytime I go, I never know what to get because there is so much to choose from! The dish in the picture is one of my favourites called “Penne Pesto Chicken Asiago” and I get it far too often. (P.S This dish goes nicely with a one of their infamous bellinis 😉

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For my third selected restaurant I knew I just HAD to mention Chesterfield’s Gastro Diner located in Westboro. Chesterfields is a local diner with absolutely amazing food. The menu is well thought-out and personal, the service is great, the people are familiar and it’s a real great environment for great food and company! This restaurant is not only extraordinary for the food but also for the experience. Also I would recommend their eggs benny, it never disappoints 🙂

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Next up is one of my all time favourite places to go for a birthday or just for a family occasion because of how high quality as well as DELICIOUS the food is. Baton Rouge is known for their amazing ribs and fries — with good reason. Every time I go I tell myself to be a little adventurous and try something else on the menu but I cannot help myself especially when I have a picture like this saved on my phone. This is definitely not the cheapest option on the list but it’s a very important one because… well just LOOK at that picture!!!

 

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The last restaurant but certainly not the least is St-Hubert. Despite its reputation of being the french version of Swiss Chalet, it is not only different from SW but (in my opinion) 10x better. The list could go on and on about how much I’m obsessed with this restaurant because I go there multiple times a year and every single year for my birthday as well but I’ll just end it here and let you find out for yourselves.

 

Well there was my list of my Top 5 restaurants to check out while in Ottawa due to both my addiction to them as well as their landmark qualities to the Ottawa identity. The restaurants I mentioned are linked below:

Cacao 70

Milestones

Chesterfield’s Gastro Diner

Baton Rouge

St-Hubert

 

Thanks for reading and til’ next blog 🙂

 

Springtime OOTD

Hey Friends!!

It’s getting warmer here and Ottawa but the wind is still pretty strong. Such a tricky time of year for picking outfits because it’s so hot in the sun yet freezing in the shade. I’ve decided to tackle today with a simple sweater and jeans combo. This outfit is extremely practical and comfy! It was nice to wear something which made me feel good as well as was appropriate for the temperature. It’s great for lazy days where you need to go out and look decent as well as days which you don’t really want to do anything.

 

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This OOTD is great for a spring day due to its warmth but also breezy qualities. The items from this outfit are listed below! I decided to take advantage of the warmer weather by wearing my ripped mom jeans. I paired these with a nice belt because I need to cinch my waist which flatters my petite frame due to my waist being the smallest part of my body. I wore my casual sports bra (which is more like a cropped shirt) because I needed a tight top to pair with these looser jeans to create dimension and structure to this outfit. Being too loose and heavy looking all round can make my small body look like it’s drowning in fabric LOL. It can be difficult to style things that work for my size and body type but my rule is to always wear something tight on the opposite part to contrast the other part where I’m wearing something looser.

 

 

Jeans: ASOS- Ripped Mom Jeans

Cropped Shirt: PARKLIFE- Power Play Bra

Sweater: ADIDAS- Front Zipped Hoodie

 

Thanks for reading and til next blog 🙂

 

April Beauty Favourites

I don’t know if you are all aware but its SPRING… which means less is definitely more. I try to keep my makeup minimal year round but spring and summer are definitely seasons where my makeup laziness kicks in. I’ve put together some Beauty MUST HAVES that I definitely enjoy but think some of you would too!

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For someone with pale combination skin it gets to be extremely difficult to find a foundation which not only compliments my skin tone but also keeps my skin to behave. I first came across this foundation last February and have been OBSESSED ever since. I always used to have a sort of orange tint with other foundations but this one really does stay true to my vampireesque skin. It also takes a while throughout the day with this foundation for it to become visibly oily. This is very rare for me and makes this foundation a true essential.

 

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AHHHH WHERE DO I EVEN START WITH THIS PALLETTE!!! I believe I’ve owned this palette for about 2 years now and I’ve never been let down yet. The pink undertones and flattering hues which it contains really compliments paler skin and makes me feel some type of way. You can go from work au naturel to nighttime smoky through one swipe in the crease. I really could go on all day so I’ll try to stop now LOL.

 

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Now I’m not claiming to be anything close to a beauty guru in any way but contouring with this palette has done wonders for me. For someone who’s a little bit of a beginner when it comes to contouring and things, this palette is perfect. It had three basic shades for contouring with one to highlight with as well. The simplicity is intoxicating and I’m in love. I usually put this on and then add a little bronzer over top to give more of an overall glow. (P.S. Before you ask, yes, I do need the bronzer because without it I look pale like I don’t even have a pulse.)

 

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Lastly, I have a fairly new product which I just recently discovered. I had spent years searching for a moisturizer which hydrated my skin yet didn’t cause it to get oily. This moisturizer has been a very fresh discovery and I’ll never let it go! It makes a great light base under my foundation as well as concealing the oil the best it can. I’m actually considering buying the whole face oil control set and see if they’re just as good. I’ll let you all know if I do 🙂

 

You can find all the products I mentioned here!

Liquid Foundation: MAKEUP FOREVER- Mat Velvet + Mattifying Foundation

Eyeshadow Palette: URBAN DECAY- Naked 3 Palette

Contour Palette: TOO FACED- Cocoa Contour Chiseled to Perfection

Face Moisturizer: OLEHENRIKSEN- Oil Control Hydrator

 

 

Thanks for reading and till next blog 🙂

Treat yourself tuesday

I think I speak for many people when I say we all need at least one day a week to be relaxed and have time to yourself. Nothing says ‘treat yourself’ like a nice gourmet meal for one which doesn’t cause too much of a hassle. I recently made a dish on a whim which turned out to be one of my new favourite meals! A nice twist on a classic caprese chicken!

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All you’re going to need for ingredients are:

  • 1 chicken breast
  • cherry tomatoes
  • boccoccini
  • a pinch of salt
  • a pinch of pepper
  • one tbsp of basil
  • balsamic glaze
  • a handful of spinach

 

Begin by preheating the oven to 350F. Proceed by taking the chicken breast and sprinkling salt, pepper and basil on both sides. Place that in that oven for 20 mins. While that’s cooking, take your spinach and make a bed of it on your plate. Cut up some cherry tomatoes and spread them out on top. Take out your bocciccini and spread some of those out on top as well. Once the chicken is done, place that in the middle of the plate and top it off with some balsamic glaze lathered on top. And there you have it! A nice simple yet gourmet meal available in 20 mins time. (P.S.This meal is also 10x better with a nice bottle of Jackson Triggs to go with it!)

Till next time! ❤

There’s a first for everything…

Hi Friends!

As the title might’ve led you to believe, this is my very first blog post! I thought I should outline some of my goals and hopes for this blog as well as how I would like to connect with you all.

A little about me would be that I’m currently 20 years old and studying Media and Communications with a minor in Women and Gender Studies. I’ve always loved anything and everything related to beauty and fashion but I would constantly find myself too shy or not confident enough to post about it on my social media accounts. I’m trying to find my groove within this industry as well as expand my creative mind. I’ve always loved reading and writing so I figured that blogging might be the most fulfilling transition into expressing myself in this way.

This blog is meant to provide content from my everyday life to how I style myself to beauty trends I enjoy. My reasoning for making this blog was to provide myself with an outlet with the hopes of expressing my pent up artistic aggression on you all. My goals are to connect with a following which enjoy the same things I do and wouldn’t mind talking as well as comparing. I am by no means an expert in any way shape or form so this blog is to help me widen my artistic horizons and push boundaries.

LIFE

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Along with any millennial, I’m obsessed with aesthetics. Anything that is aesthetically pleasing or is beautiful in some way, I absolutely love.  In the Life section of this blog, I’ll be talking about food I’m into, lifestyle hacks, places to see and things to do!

Now, I’m in no way stating that I’m a cook or I’m good at making food BUT since I’m most likely not alone in my non well-versed kitchen lifestyle, I will post recipes and ideas for other simpletons who just don’t have that cooking bug. Along with food I would like to post lifestyle hacks for everyday life because I find those tips and tricks help me enormously.

My home has always been Ottawa, Ontario so as a native I think I’ve got some experience in what to do, see and eat in this city! I will be posting these kinds of travel guides for those just passing through our beautiful capital. I’m also a huge travel lover so there will be some updates, stories and tricks along with my trips so you can all learn from my mistakes LOL.

BEAUTY

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For all of my naturally beautiful people out there who still want to wear makeup (even though they’re already gorgeous) I’ve got some ideas for you! I plan on making this section all about my makeup hacks as well as experiences I have with various products. I will be making “Monthly Favourites” posts to let you guys know some products that I’m really currently loving as well as some that just didn’t live up to their hype.

I’m all about the “looks like I’m not wearing makeup” look so this section will be a lot of that. In my mind it’s about accentuating what you’ve got without creating what you don’t have through makeup. Again I’M NOT AN EXPERT so these are just my personal opinions and experiences that I want to share with all of you beautiful people.

STYLE

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I don’t know if it’s just me but fashion is so inter-changeable that sometimes I just can’t keep up with all the current trends. I hope that in keeping this blog I can encourage myself to get creative and think of ideas which are similar to popular trends but have my own sort of twist on them. I also want to show petite girls that you CAN wear what you want.. if you know how to do it. As a woman who’s 5 feet tall, I live the daily struggle of finding clothes which fit my body properly and accentuate my best features. I hope to shed light on some clothing trends that may seem to be for the tall and skinny but can be for the petite as well!!

Fashion has always been something that I use to not only express myself but also that gives me a sort of silent confidence. The saying of “if you look good, you feel good” always applies! In my eyes, if I don’t look good I won’t get anything done. But if I’m feeling myself, I will definitely feel like I want to be productive. This may not apply to all of you but this is just how I feel. So, this section is really just to encourage self love and body positivity by choosing clothes FOR YOU and which make you feel like the best.

Thanks for reading and til next blog 🙂

Midi Formal

Hi Friends!

It’s finally starting to feel like spring here in Ottawa which calls for fresh food and clothes! I went to a formal event this past weekend so picking what to wear was a bit of a tricky task. Trying to find something that looked classy, elegant and tasteful while still showing accentuating my petite body. This is a very difficult task for many petite so I wanted to give an example of what I do for times like these!

Buckle your seatbelts because today I’ll be tackling the midi dress. This dress defies all the rules petite girls are meant to live by because this dress goes mid calf and this has always been said to make short girls look even shorter! The trick of wearing a midi dress is for it to hug the waist as well as the heels to be pointed. By hugging the waist you can accentuate the smallest part of your body which is always flattering and the pointed shoes are meant to make your legs look longer which is extremely important when wearing a midi dress.

To my formal event I wore a very tight midi dress with pointed heels and it not only made me look taller but it was extremely flattering! To all my petite ladies out there, YOU CAN WEAR MIDI DRESSES… if you do it right 🙂

 

Dress: Aritzia

Shoes: Steve Madden

Have a lovely day everyone 🙂