Sunday, December 28, 2014

Wish List: Free People

Is there a retail store that if it made up your entire wardrobe you'd be extremely happy? For me that is Free People. It is honestly one of the coolest and prettiest stores I've been to. I can recall the first time I stepped over the threshold into one and I gasped. My breath was taken away by the beauty of not only the decor of the store, but every product. Of course seconds later after eagerly perusing, my breath was also taken away by the price of everything... The products in Free People tend to be quite pricey, but because of the quality and uniqueness of each item purchasing anything seems worth it to me. (whatever makes you justify spending $100+ on a casual top, Moll. haha) For the average person, Free People is one of those places where you save up for specific pieces and, to quote Parks & Rec, "Treat yo self." I am one of those average people. That being said, I've created an outfit I'd like to purchase someday, or in the very least, individual bits I'd like to buy when I'm willing to fork over a @#&% ton of money...

This tunic is gorgeous, flowy, and flattering. I tried it on in the store. It's beautiful on its own, with opaque tights, and/or with an off white swing or babydoll dress layered underneath (especially one with ruffles on the hem!).

Free People tend to have statement pieces in their jewelry arsenal. This could be considered one. It's delicate, yet different, and would look great for any occasion.

(between the time I made the graphic and embedding links in this post, FP got rid of the harness I wanted [??], so a similar one is linked!)
For a lot of people, this trend isn't their cup of tea. I was once one of these people. However after my friend purchased one and seeing loads of boho chic outfits on tumblr with this "vest," I've decided that I really like what it adds to a look. It's definitely different, but in this case I think that's a great thing! 

Having tried the tunic on, I can confirm that it is very short. To balance out the cloth to skin ratio, a good pair of boots are needed. Why not go to the extreme and get above the knee ones? Much like the bracelet, they're a statement, and that's why I love 'em! Plus they look great with skirts, tights, leggings, and skinny jeans!

Despite me being obsessed with jewelry and necklaces, I don't have a large coin necklace. Since Free People's jewelry is diverse in size and stunning in general, I figured they'd have the coin necklace I'd been envisioning. They did not disappoint!

Though I haven't spent $603.90 on this outfit, over on my last post I have an outfit inspired by this list. Check it out and let me know what you think of either!

Have a lovely day and stay fabulous, freeps!!


Monday, December 15, 2014

Babydoll in Boston

If you are a regular reader of my blog, I'm sure you've gathered that I love nature and being outdoors. Despite that, I really enjoy the hustle and bustle of the city, too. I've visited New York City the most out of any destination place and it's probably my favourite city; however I do have a deep appreciation for Boston, as well. It is a place like no other. Wherever you step, you're walking through history. On many of the twisting and winding streets are internally modern shops, but they're externally stuck in time. And though it is a heavily populated area by people from all over the world, there is still a sense of a small town community. Unlike a large portion of people in New York City, Bostonians greet strangers with a smile and are "wicked" polite, too. Bottom line, Boston is cool.

Even so, when I feel the desire to take a day trip to a city, my mind generally goes straight to New York City. But not this weekend! On Saturday I met up with a couple of friends, hopped on the bus, and off we went for a fun day of shopping at the Pru and Newbury Street, and gawking at how beautiful the library is. 

We also planned on going to the Pru's observatory floor right as the sun set, but the whole thing was closed! I was so disappointed. Especially since the sky looked lovely Saturday. I managed to get a few photos of the sky and city, but honestly most aren't that great. I didn't go prepared with a camera or thinking I was going to take photos for a blog post... whoops! I do have plenty of stories to share, though, which I may include in the next few posts.  

When shopping, we went to Free People, Urban Outfitters, Brandy Melville, and other stores with similar styles. I'm obsessed with Free People. It would be great if that store made up my entire wardrobe. Though Free People has a distinct style, there is still such a variety in it. You have the basic items that go with everything to very unique statement pieces. At the moment, I've been loving how they do a lot of layering with shorter dresses and tunics. That is what inspired this outfit. Plus, a lot of people are very preppy, urban, or wear business attire in Boston, so I wanted to stand out a bit from the crowd with this boho chic look.

I took a long sleeve top and layered it with a babydoll dress. Tights were a must because it was a cool windy day, and high socks just added that extra warmth. Naturally I also had to sport my favourite necklace. Unfortunately I didn't get any photos of me in this outfit in the city, because again, I suck at planning haha Sorz!

Parka: Target
Top: Target
Babydoll Dress: Target
Bag: Target
Boots: Target
Tights: Target
Socks: Target
Necklace: Kohl's
 (Do you think I like Target? lol)

Have you ever been to Boston?


Sunday, November 30, 2014

Dust of Snow

Thanksgiving has come and gone this year. Arriving with it, hand in hand, were frosts and flurries. Seemingly, winter has made it's presences known, perhaps earlier than most had expected or wanted. However, it is a truth universally acknowledged that we have no control over Mother Nature.  

As blankets lay along the land, we must adapt to her long winter's nap. As we tip toe around sheets of ice, we must gracefully move in this world that has become still. As we trek through the snow, we walk along with rowdy foraging animals, but are otherwise surrounded by silence.


Winter is one of those things that you either love or hate. For me, I really enjoy it.
 Here are some of the reasons why I'm fond of winter:
❄bundling up & enjoying the indoors
❄sipping hot chocolate by the fire
❄wearing bulky sweaters
 ❄shopping for gifts
 ❄wrapping gifts
 ❄spending time with family
❄jamming out to holiday tunes
❄wearing pjs whenever possible
❄bundling up & enjoying the outdoors
(yer never too old for it!)
❄ice skating
❄power outages
(a weird one, yes,
but I find them fun
{so long as everyone is safe and warm!})
❄jumping into a pile of powder snow
❄all of the trees are "frosted"
❄glistening snow
❄deer tracks
❄frost patterns
❄the simplicity of nature
 ❄simplicity in general

For many, winter is a dreary time; a time to just get through. I understand that completely. With grey skies, inclement weather, and the feeling that it keeps dragging on and on can make for a somber soul. Because of those reasons, I dreaded winter days at one point. I was never a fan of that attitude, though. I'm the type of person who wants to enjoy every moment. What helped to change my views on this time of year was actually making a list, like the one above. It's funny how purposefully finding the positives in anything can make it a million times better. This phenomenon is beautifully described in one of my favourite poems.

 "Dust of Snow"
by Robert Frost

The way a crow 
Shook down on me 
The dust of snow 
From a hemlock tree 

Has given my heart 
A change of mood 
And saved some part 
Of a day I had rued

Little things can always affect the larger scale. Even if a day seems dull, there will always be a flame ready to be stoked. It's up to us to choose if we want the light to outshine the dark. That's why it's important to be open and appreciate the little things that happen to us because they could end up brightening an entire day. How you look at a situation can make all of the difference. 

The other day was the first proper snowfall, so the sky remained on the darker side all day and it was freezing. It appeared to be the making of a cruddy day. But rather than thinking that, I only let myself be excited. Falling from the sky were one-of-a-kind ice crystals! How cool is that?! Maybe that's a childish thing to say, but frankly sometimes you need that childlike exuberance- that unjustified happiness.

I ended up having a lovely day enjoying several of the points on my list shared above. Towards the beginning I spent it outside, and eventually curled up by the fire. As the weather took a turn for the better, I visited family. Nothing major happened, but that's pretty nice sometimes. Sometimes simplicity really is best. :) 

Parka: Target
Tunic: Kohl's
Leggings: Nike
Boots: Target
Bag: Target
 Ring: Kohl's

What are you looking forward to this winter?


Friday, October 31, 2014

Friday Fives: Music & Instagram Diary

Happy  Halloween!!

I hope everyone has had a wonderful day filled with candy and great times with friends and family! This will be a relatively brief post because I should be heading over to a party now, but ya know, I can be fashionably late. 

The majority of my posts this month were OOTDs. The titles of these post weren't in the style of what I typically do. These titles happen to be my favourite songs at the moment. For anyone who made the connections that they are songs, well done! *sends virtual candy as prize*

The posts
(I didn't actually get around to making this post :/)

The songs

October's Instagram Diary

Let me know what you think of the songs!

Have a lovely day and stay fabulous!!


Monday, October 27, 2014

A Maker Of My Time

Perhaps you've noticed this, perhaps you haven't, but I haven't been posting too frequently this month. My hope was to maintain the level of activity of last month, but alas, October is coming to a close and I have fallen short.

This did not occur for laziness or procrastination (despite having implied that in this post). As we all know, the academic year rolled around not too long ago, which has affected many of us bloggers and our schedules. School can be a lot of work; especially if you're a) pursuing a career in the medical field, b) considering it, or c) just trying to do the absolute best you can in any field of study. It can be very time consuming... and stressful.

On top of my studies, I've been on a health kick/intense pre-ski season workout regime. (More posts about that to come!) Unfortunately because of primarily these two reasons, blogging has gotten the short end of the stick. Now I really have to treat it as a hobby, or a "when I can scrounge up time" type of thing. *boo :(*

For a while, blogging was my preferred way to de-stress, so I'd make time for it. However, now that I've been exercising more, which requires me to be outside a lot, I've been favoring that as my way to relax. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy every minute of blogging, but there's just something about nature and being disconnected from technology and social media that's sooo refreshing. Experiencing it first hand by spending free time outside, I can say that nature is honestly the best therapy. 

"The mountains are calling and I must go."
~John Muir

My best friend has been feeling the same way as myself in the fact that we really needed a chance to take a step back from work and re-energize in order to keep moving forward. Spontaneously on a Friday afternoon, we decided that would be as good of time as any to pack up and go somewhat off the grid for the weekend. We went on a really long drive to get to her winter home and just chilled. We hiked, explored, unwound, and just enjoyed nature at its finest.

Typically my posts are fashion and beauty related; however, this one is completely lifestyle. No outfits. No makeup. Just pictures of Mother Nature. She's the focal point of this post. Plus, I only sported athletic gear and a bare face that weekend, so that's not necessarily a "must see" haha

Have a lovely day and relax!! 


Thursday, October 23, 2014

Sometime Around Midnight

I don't think any of you know this, but I absolutely love stargazing. Like anyone else who enjoys it, the peacefulness is what always draws me back. There's just something about resting on the ground and turning your head to the sky that is so soothing. What really attracts me to stargazing, though, is the fact that I become aware of how insignificant I am, and in turn, how small all of my problems are. It's a great chance to put everything in perspective and to practice mindfulness. 

So easily we get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the world and the daily stresses that quickly pile up. We fail to realize that most of our problems won't affect more than maybe a few days of our life. I am one to do this quite often between my studies, volunteering, and work. Sometimes it's difficult to keep the balance. That's why it's so important to practice mindfulness and give yourself a break every now and again.

That's exactly what I did Saturday night. One of my ways to de-stress is in fact to lay outside for a couple of hours and gaze at the stars. Occasionally I'll do so on my own to fully unwind and be alone with my thoughts, but sometimes it's nice having company. I happened to want company Saturday, so I dragged my best guy friend along. Luckily he was willing to since he also loves stargazing. 

We went to our town's jungle gym around 6 pm and stayed there until 1 am. Gently swinging on the swings, simply sitting on the bridge that connects each part of the jungle gym to watch the sunset, and chatting was lovely. Eventually we put a blanket on the ground and just laid there, willingly being enveloped by the silence of the night. Though, we did go play on the jungle gym a few more times, just like the good ol' days haha

I asked him to take a picture of my outfit at the jungle gym; however he had his hand over the flash and cropped half of my face out of the shot...

Sweater: Target
Top: Forever 21
Skirt: Zumiez
Cut Out Boots: DSW
Necklace: Kohl's
Satchel: Target
Scarf: Antique shop

The majority of my day was spent outside. Keeping that in mind, I kept my makeup light. Just a bit of eyeshadow, mascara, a couple of face products, and lipstick. I love how lipstick finishes off a look! It makes it seem as though more effort was put in.

Sorry that the lighting is weird!

 ♥CoverGirl Lashblast Fushion Mascara
♥an orange-brown & brown colour from the
e.l.f. Studio Endless Eyes Pro Mini Eyeshadow Palette

 ♥Sonia Kashuk Tinted Brow Gel
♥a matte brown from the
e.l.f. Studio Endless Eyes Pro Mini Eyeshadow Palette

Almay Clear Complexion Concealer
♥Maybelline Fit Me Pressed Powder in Porcelain

♥FLOWER Lip Suede in Berry-More

Do you enjoy stargazing?


Wednesday, October 15, 2014


Today's outfit was quite summery. It definitely doesn't seem fitting for mid-October; however, today felt like an ideal day in August. The sun was out and it was warm with a slight humidity. Lately it's been feeling like winter, so today was a nice break from that. Thank you, Indian summer!

What was also nice about today was the fact that I finally had a chance to wear a skirt I whipped together. Me being me, I made this floral, soft coloured skirt in late September when it was out of season. I thought I'd have to wait until next year to wear it, but thankfully it was such a beautiful day, so I had the perfect opportunity to debut my creation. Magnifique, oui?

Top: J.C. Penney
Skirt: Homemade
Boots: Walmart
Watch: Target
Clutch: (my favourite) antique shop

Have a lovely day and stay fabulous!! 


Sunday, October 5, 2014

A change.

This year has been quite the whirlwind so far. Don't get me wrong, it's had many fantastic moments, but plenty of rough patches. From various problem spots, I yearned for some sort of change. My hair posed as a perfect outlet.

Feeling the need to change something was one of the reasons I dyed my hair, but frankly I just really wanted to. I can't tell you how long I wanted to have it done. Up until this point I was not content with my natural colour. There wasn't much warmth to it and I wasn't fond of the ashy blonde-brown undertones. It looked very drab. However, if I was exposed to bright natural light my hair would have a caramel ting to it, which I really liked. If only it were like that all of the time. *sigh* That is why I opted for a darker, richer tone.

For a while I was nervous about getting my hair done because of the harsh chemicals used. That being said, I had my hairdresser use a semi-permanent colouring since it isn't as damaging to the hair follicles as a permanent dye. Also, because I had it done at a salon, the quality of hair dye used is simply better than the boxed ones that can be store-bought. To Jen: You did a fantastic job, as always. Thank you!

Whilst snapping pictures of my hair, I took random shots, as well. Several of them I happen to like, so I figured why not include them in this post. :)

Parka: Hollister
Top: Macy's
Pants: Delia's 
Necklace: Kohl's
Hat: Forever 21

Have a lovely day and stay fabulous!! 


Thursday, October 2, 2014

Burberry Nails

*please excuse the poor lighting... these were taken at 7:00 pm :)*

Base coat
Top coat
Black polish
Tan polish
Thin tip polish in black, white, & red

1. File and shape your clean nails if you so choose. *Remember to file in one direction to keep your nails strong and in tip top shape!*
2. Apply the base coat to your nails to prevent staining.
3. Apply the tan polish to your accent nail.
4. Using the thin tip white polish, create a thick cross shape on the accent nail.
5. With the thin tip black polish, draw a line down the center of each white block and on the edges.
6. Diagonally from the overlapping of the white area, have two red lines intersect there.
7. Paint the rest of your nails black, white, or red to pull from the detail of the Burberry pattern.
8. Apply the top coat.

Have a lovely day and stay fabulous!!