Fringe and Fall

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One of my favourite fall accessories is a little bit of fringe which ads a boho vibe to your outfit. All these pieces are well loved and have been in the closet for some time now, but I’m working them all the same. After all, we look our best when we wear what we love.

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When it comes to hair, I’ve traded in my side-part for a middle-part this season which is the ongoing trend heading through winter and into Spring of 2015. A more severe middle-part is currently on trend, but making sure your hair is a little tussled with some waves and texture will soften the look.

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So how are you going to wear fringe this season?

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Outfit Details:
– Fringed, patterned kimono, M for Mendocino
– Mid-riff dress, Aritzia
– Boots, Aldo
– Maroon leather purse, Vintage

Photography is once again by my friend, Franny Alder – click to see more of her work!

One Day I’ll Fly Away

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I follow the night
Can’t stand the light
When will I begin to live again

One day I’ll fly away
Leave all this to yesterday
What more could your love do for me
When will love be through with me
Why live life from dream to dream
And dread the day when dreaming ends

One day I’ll fly away
Leave all this to yesterday
Why live life from dream to dream
And dread the day when dreaming ends

One day I’ll fly away
Fly fly away…

- One Day I’ll Fly Away, Randy Crawford (Adapted for Moulin Rouge)
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I think we have decided.

In a year, we will get engaged.
In two, we will marry.
Then we fly, fly away to somewhere we’ve always dreamed about.

Last of Summer Love

In those last few days of summer I squeezed in some wear time for this ModCloth skirt that I adore and have owned for a second season now.

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When life gives you warm weather, you take advantage and wear them skirts…

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and break a few hearts.

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I want to mention also that photos for this post, and for many more upcoming, are by my talented friend Franny Alder. Franny’s work focuses on beautiful still lifes and tranquil landscapes but she is expanding into portraits and editorials. You can follow her work on tumblr

- The Lady

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Outfit Details:

- ModCloth floral skirt
– JustFab wedges
– JoeFresh simple white tee

White After Labor Day

Happy Monday all!

Some quick snaps of my #ootd and more from yesterday’s Cabana party with my boys.

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Who said you can’t wear white after Labor Day?

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- The Lady

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Outfit Details:

- FCUK white harem pants
– NastyGal crop top
– M for Mendocino leather sleeved jacket

Urban Muse

Who is the Urban Muse?

She is someone who has taste.

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She has class.

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She’s got attitude.

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The Urban Muse is #ohsoladylike

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Photography by Justin Vo

Outfit Details:

- Romwe lace skirt
– Seven Sisters Crop top
– Aritzia cap
– Steve Madden chunky heels

The Urban Muse: A New Collaborative Series

I’m happy to announce a new series with photographer Justin Vo: The Urban Muse.

The Urban Muse is chic, edgy, and fearless.

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Urban Muse

She is feminine, masculine, powerful and strong.She is multifaceted.

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Urban Muse

The Urban Muse is #ohsoladylike.

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Justin is based in Toronto and is an amazing wedding photographer too.He’s currently seeking models who are interested in boudoir or lingerie shoots to expand his portfolio. You can follow him on Instagram @justinvo53.

 

 

Learning to Be Alone

When I was 14 I met the love of my life. I am one of the lucky few to have found love so young. We’ve been together 9 years and plan to get married in a couple years or so.

John is wonderful. I love him. I love him so much it seems I spend every waking moment with him. At least this was the case when we were in high school and then again all throughout undergraduate studies (we went to the same schools).

We were in different programs located at opposite ends of the campus but we were adamant about spending as much time with each other as much as possible to maintain a healthy relationship. It was probably more a result of finally being free to physically go out and date without parental restraints (strict traditional Asian upbringing).

Anyways, we ate together, studied together, sat around in silence together – we did everything together.

Problem was this taught us to become too reliant upon each other’s company. His presence was necessary for me to feel calm, and when I wasn’t around he was bored out of his mind.

When we were away from each other it sparked anxiety and it also led to a deep sense of loneliness and longing.

This was especially the case for me when I moved away to another school to complete my post grad program in Guelph. I felt sad constantly when he wasn’t around.

Now Guelph is really not that far away from Toronto and, in reality, we still saw each other like on a biweekly basis so all this seems rather silly in hindsight. I mean honestly, why didn’t we just take up some individual hobbies?

Finally being away from each other for an extended period taught us an abundance of things about ourselves and our relationship that has helped us grow as individuals and as a couple.

These are things I think everyone should think about to help you learn the difference between being alone and being lonely:

  • Do not define your happiness or yourself by the presence of someone else
  • You are an individual so invest in your alone time to explore who you are as an independent person. You’re not just his girlfriend. You are a multi-layered person; you’re so interesting on your own! You don’t need someone else to make you whole.

  • Get to know yourself
  • Doing so will help you understand who you are and what your own desires, interests and goals in life are. How can you get to know someone else if you don’t know who you are first?

  • Get a hobby
  • This goes hand in hand with the previous point. Engage in a stimulating activity that you alone enjoy. Yes, you should have couple activities but setting aside the time to do things you like to do will help you fulfill your own sense of happiness. Be proactive about producing your happiness. After all, having someone in your life is not the only way to be happy. (Besides, not having to drag your partner kicking and screaming to a dance class with you is pretty nice)

  • Love Your Self
  • Embrace who you are because once you discover who you are you will have a more fulfilling relationship with everyone in your life, not just your partner. You will glow because you know you are awesome.

    I’m young and evidently still naïve with many more lessons to learn, but I’m happy to have finally found myself. Having learned these key life and love lessons, I know I’m on my way to being a happier person who will live a more fulfilling life because I’ve learned to love being alone myself.