23 MEMORIES (2016-2017)

This last year has been crazy. Filled with surprises, laughter, heartache, and big changes. Turning 24 has been a humbling experience. One that I’m trying, and struggling to come to turns with. I’m not sure where the next year will take me or if I’m ready but I’m grateful. Always.

Here are a few memories from the last year:

  1. Mar 18-20: Went home to celebrate my birthday with my family and best friend. Saw Kinky Boots, went shopping, and watched Zootopia! Such a good weekend.
  2. April 21: Accepted my offer for a two-year college program
  3. April 27: Finished my undergrad, officially.
  4. May 16: Celebrated my cousin’s birthday at the CN TOWER.
  5. May 25: Beyonce Concert. ‘Twas flawless!
  6. June 3: Solo Trip to Montreal
  7. June 18: Graduation!
  8. June 20: Montreal trip! Back at it again with solo trips and waffles
  9. June 23: Flower delivery! The most beautiful bouquet of flowers arrived for me today.
  10. July 1: Canada Day in the Capital City! The best!
  11. July 3: Graduation Party! LOL….now what?
  12. July 20: Moved out of my first apartment! Couldn’t believe it. Four years packed away
  13. Sept 6: Started college. Culture shock was real.
  14. Sept 8: Baked homemade bread for the first time. Named him Rufus ’cause he looked like a naked mole rat.
  15. Oct 21-22: Spent the night at the ROM museum for Fashion Night; Celebrated a special anniversary and spent the night at the Sia concert!
  16. Dec 1: Finished my shorts in sewing class. So proud of myself!
  17. Dec 2: Saw Moana! Such a good movie
  18. Dec 14: Donated blood for the second time
  19. Dec 22: Went to the Christmas Market in Distillery District and had friendmas via FaceTime
  20. Jan 22: Saw the last Toronto show of Potted Potter! So funny!
  21. Feb 18: Went to Sweet Jesus on John St. and finally got to try the Birthday Cake ice cream
  22. Mar 1-5: Travelled to Antigua and got to see my grandma. So much fun and a truly humbling experience
  23. Mar 16: Turned 24. Honestly, still processing.

Here’s to another year!

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2017 New Years Resolutions

Exactly a year ago I made actual resolutions for 2016. I got just over half and I’m very happy with that. I got to travel, rediscover my city, started a dream journal, went to a concert, started a fashion blog, and I graduated from university and started college.

This year’s will be a both last year’s resolutions and a few new ones. Check it out:

  1. Finish writing one book
  2. Read at least 12 books
  3. Get my G1
  4. Exercise 2-3 a week
  5. Visit my bestie in BC
  6. Purge half my book collection
  7. Build a #girlboss wardrobe
  8. Donate blood 3 times this year
  9. Write two food-related blog posts
  10. Pick up a hobby (new or old)

Let’s see if I can do at least half of these.

Wishing everyone a happy new year and all the best for 2017.

Favourite Words of 2016

  1. savage: (adj.) an act that is either cool or hardcore; (n.) someone who does not care about the consequences of his or her actions.
  2. tragic: (adj.) extremely mournful, melancholy, or pathetic
  3. feminist: (n.) an advocate of social, political, legal, and economic rights for women .
  4. majestic: (adj.) characterized by or possessing majesty; of lofty dignity or imposing aspect; stately; grand
  5. twentysomething: (n.) a young adult in their twenties
  6. authenticity: (n.) the quality of being authentic; genuineness; representing one’s true nature or beliefs; true to oneself or to the person identified:
  7. fashionista: (n.) a very fashionable person, especially one who works in the fashion industry
  8. purge: (v.) to rid of whatever is undesirable; cleanse; purify; to rid, clear, or free
  9. home: (n.) the dwelling place or retreat; the place or region where something is native or most common; any place of residence or refuge
  10. graduate: (n.) a person who has received a degree or diploma on completing acourse of study, as in a university, college, or school

last year’s list 

22 MEMORIES (2015-2016)

As I spend the last few hours being 22 I have to reflect on the last year and note the most memorable things that have happened to me. Being 22 isn’t as wonderful and carefree as Taylor Swift makes it seem. Rather, this last year has shown me that maybe with a little extra guidance and patience I can actually do this thing called adulting. Who knew?

Anyway, here are my 22 memories!

  1. Mar 16: Naturally turning 22 was a big moment. But I also got a facial and went shopping that night. A nice way to start my 22nd year.
  2. Apr 3: Going to see Fast & Furious 7 with my best friends. Hilarious, exciting, and The Rock. That is all.
  3. May 8: Going to the opening night of Tulip Festival with my best friends. Beautiful and magical.
  4. Jun 14: Attending my best friends’ graduation ceremony. It was so special and I’m so proud of them.
  5. Jul 24-26: Going to Montreal for the first time. ‘Twas most amazing! #bucketlist
  6. Aug 15: Papa’s Funeral
  7. Aug 28: Finished my last CO-OP placement
  8. Aug 30: Almost solved the Urban Capers Case at The ROM!
  9. Sept 5-12: My last 101 week at university. Awesome and exhausting and sad it’s over.
  10. Oct 3: Went to my last school football game. It was so intense!
  11. Oct 11-12: Celebrated Thanksgiving with my family and then Friendsgiving with my besties!
  12. Nov 20: Adele. That is all.
  13. Nov 24: First snowfall in the city. Almost cried and slipped…and then almost cried again.
  14. Nov 27: Got my YBT book in the mail. #OfficiallyPublished!
  15. Dec 20: Spent the morning at the Toronto Christmas Market and afternoon watching Ross Petty’s Peter Pan in Wonderland.
  16. Dec 25: I was sick for Xmas but it was still pretty great. So blessed.
  17. Dec 30: Woke up super early to pick my best friend up at the airport! #reunited
  18. Dec 30: Purchased the domain for by brand new fashion Blog! #fashionblogger
  19. Jan 30: attended a Fashion Show with some of my friends and I looked awesome!
  20. Jan 31: First post on my blog!
  21. Feb 12: Registered to graduate. Bachelor of Arts degree: check!
  22. Feb 17: Meeting my first second cousin and he is absolutely adorable!

What can I say? I am so blessed. I hope my 23rd year is even better–maybe it could be my best year yet!

Cheers!

2016 New Years Resolutions

I’ve never been good at making or keeping New Years resolutions. This is partly because I’ve never really placed a huge emphasis on the holiday but also because I feel like people just make the same goals every year. However, this coming year will become a year of big accomplishments and big changes and I want to take every opportunity I have to make 2016 a year to remember. I harassed my family to make five goals for themselves but here is my list of New Years resolutions for 2016:

  1. Write more
  2. Read more
  3. Travel [x]
  4. Rediscover Toronto [x]
  5. Start a dream journal [x]
  6. Go to a concert [x]
  7. Create a style blog [x]
  8. Graduate and apply for another university program [x]
  9. Take a class (music, photography, French, ASL?)
  10. Get my G1

If I can accomplish even half of these, I would be extremely happy with myself. I guess we’ll see!

Happy New Year everyone! I wish you all the best for 2016!

Favourite Words in 2015

  1. balter: (v.) to dance artlessly, without particular grace or skill but usually with enjoyment.
  2. tenuous: (n.) of slight importance or significance; unsubstantial.
  3. thus: (adv.) in the way just indicated; in this way
  4. mischievous: (adj.) maliciously or playfully annoying
  5. ampersand: (n.) a character or symbol (&) for and
  6. aesthetic: (adj.) concerned with the study of the mind and emotions in relation to the sense of beauty
  7. epitome: (n.) a person or thing that is typical of or possesses toa high degree the features of a whole class
  8. flawless: (adj.) having no defects or faults, especially none thatdiminish the value of something
  9. lumbersexual: (n.) A sexy man who dresses in denim, leather, and flannel, and has a ruggedly sensual beard; a man who wears outdoor-type clothes, such as plaid shirts, jeans andboots, and has a beard, but lives a modern, urban lifestyle.
  10. whilst: (conj.) while.