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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

White After Labour Day









Some people might think wearing all white is risky, but I'm not one of those people. It's well after Labour Day and I'm simply not ready to retire my treasured white jeans. We've also been experiencing unseasonably warm temperatures - which is even more of a reason to continue wearing white. 

I was snooping around my local Aerie store, and I was super impressed by the clothing selection. For some reason, I thought Aerie only sold lingerie, but they actually have super cute loungewear and pieces (like my sweater) that I would actually wear out! I picked up the lace up back sweater just to try on, but I ended up loving it so much that I bought it. I love the detail on the back of my sweater. It definitely adds something interesting to an otherwise basic piece and I know I'll be able to style it in other ways! The sweater is also very light, despite looking super thick. It's actually a tad bit sheer on top of the semi-open back; which would be great on for those days where it's chilly in the morning but super hot by lunchtime. 

Shop the look: 



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Monday, September 18, 2017

A New Playlist

I just took a whole weekend off from everything and it was so great. I had a lot on my plate and I was so glad to have time to chip away at tasks that have been on my to-do list forever. My biggest task was switching over to my Fall/Winter closet. I have quite a bit of clothes and not much space to store them. I rely on vacuum sealed storage bags and thin hangers to set up my closet.


Once I have all of my tools ready, I have to get some good music going. I can't work in silence! I love Spotify because there are always great song suggestions in the 'Discover Weekly' section and the 'Radio' section. There are so many great artists featured in these sections that I wouldn't know about had it not been for Spotify. My only complaint is I often lose focus on my task because I want to stop and save the songs for later!

Here is a playlist of songs I've been loving lately!


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Friday, September 15, 2017

Fall Staples


Fall is a few weeks away and I'm so excited! It's definitely my favourite season. It may be cliche, but I live for the colourful leaves, crisp air, seasonal activities and of course the clothes! I'm planning on switching over to my Fall closet this weekend, and I've been figuring out what pieces I need to update and add. I tend to go for classic items as the base of my outfits, then I try to incorporate some trendy and current pieces in as well. I definitely do not rely on trends, however, simply because they do not last.

As fun as some trends can be; investing in quality pieces that stand the test of time will save you from having a closet full of dated clothing and money! I put together my Fall staples in a widget today: 

What are your fall must haves? 

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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Tan Cape for Fall

Chilly weather calls for neutral colours, which is probably why I was so drawn to this cape when I first saw it! I love how a stylish cape can transform an otherwise basic outfit - plus they add an extra layer of warmth on those in-between days. 

I love the simplicity of this outfit, but I also feel put together and like myself. This outfit is super chic, and could definitely be worn from day to night. I'm currently looking for more capes to wear through Fall and Winter because I think I'm obsessed! 









Some capes I have my eye on:


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Friday, September 8, 2017

On Calculated Risk

I'm going to apologize in advance if this post turns into rambling. I was so moved by the recent Delta flight story and I really wanted to write about it. 

So a little background: Delta Flight was the last flight scheduled to fly out of Puerto Rico to JFK just before the airport shut down due to strong winds from Hurrican Irma. The plane was full of passengers and the weather was deteriorating very quickly. The flight team decided to fly through the outer, calmer bands of the storm and successfully landed the plane back at JFK unharmed. 




This. Is. Incredible. 
Now, I know there is a lot of science and logic involved in flying a plane - but where other pilots decided to turn back or ground their flight; this flight team took a calculated risk and it paid off in a huge way. I feel we can and should apply this thought process to our lives. I'm not advocating for recklessness, but sometimes it's appropriate and necessary to take calculated risks in our lives. 

If you think about it, we do really risky things every day and give them little thought. A great example is driving. If you drive a car, you likely don't think about how risky it is to drive. Everytime you get behind the wheel, you are taking a huge risk - but there is typically no element of fear attached. Now compare this to public speaking or asking for a raise. While these scenarios aren't necessarily risky, many people experience a lot of fear just thinking about these things and probably do whatever they can to avoid them. 

It's so hard to separate fear from risk. Personally, I know I often experience fear of the unknown. If a situation doesn't have a guaranteed outcome - it gives me a lot of anxiety and I try to avoid similar situations in the future!

The problem is so many wonderful experiences and opportunities exist in the unknown. When you allow fear to take over, you end up closing the doors to so many experiences that will help you grow and become a better person. Sure, heartbreak and failure may be lingering in the unknown too - but it can strengthen us and make us better people. Taking a risk doesn't guarantee the desired outcome, but neither does playing it safe. It's important to be as prepared as possible, but at some point, you have to decide to just go for it. Embracing this process of risk taking with the potential of failure helps us overcome the fear holding us back from achieving our dreams. 

Risk forces us out of our comfort zones and can provide us with opportunities once thought impossible. Calculated risk is what brought us the Oprahs, Obamas, JK Rowlings and brave Delta pilots of the world. Calculated risk is what we need.
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