Monday, March 31, 2014

Monthly Favourites- March 2014

It’s the last day of March everybody! That means that people will be coming out with their monthly favourites. I decided to do the same. All the things I love the most....est. Get it? I’ll keep it short and sweet. A list of my top five favourite things of the month. They won’t necessarily be the same five things every month either. It depends on the month.

Here we go:

1.       Favourite Item:

This box. My mom and sister came back from a shopping trip to Home Sense with a couple of these boxes. This one is the biggest, and it was the easiest to take a picture of. They are both great for storage. I’m using one to store my extra nail supplies and perfume bottles that don’t fit on my tray. The other is (finally) used to store all my nail polishes.

2.       Favourite Music:

Picture found here.

Last Night on Earth by Noah and the Whale. My sister is half-hipster. She listens to all of this kind of music. I have the music on my iPod, and I take it off if I don’t like it. This album is amazing though. I really connected with it, and it describes my life right now. I have it on repeat.

3.       Favourite Event:

My birthday! It was such an amazing night. I’m so glad that I had all of my amazing friends there. Plus, cake.

4.       Favourite Beauty Thing:

Shea butter. I love this stuff so much. It was rather expensive to get only three of these little things, but I think it is totally worth it. All of my skin goes super dry at the end of the winter, but I’ve been using it for my lips. At one point, I had a lip that was about to crack, and shea butter saved it! Plus, you can use any excess stuff for your hands instead of “accidentally” wiping it on someone else.

5.       Favourite Moment:

When I got the call that I made the soph team. I cannot wait for next year. After meeting everyone, and hanging out with them a couple times, I can say for sure that this experience will be one of the best experiences of my life. No picture can accurately portray my feelings.

March was great, but I have a lot to look forward to in April! There is a huge soph event on Friday, and although finals are fast approaching, it also means the end of school is approaching! Things are looking up!

What are you looking forward to in April?


Friday, March 28, 2014

Copycat the Cool Way #4

Time is just flying by! I mean, I am almost done my first year of university! I have a confession. I am finding it very difficult to blog regularly. It’s the end of the year and everything is going so fast all at once and I have so many ideas, and some posts half-written, but my focus is elsewhere. As soon as I get a second to breathe, I will sit down, write all of my ideas and go from there. Hopefully, I can find some motivation to be consistent. But I did end up writing something from the heart on Tuesday. I invite you to check it out here. It’s a topic I feel very strongly about. In other news, this week was pretty bland.  My birthday was last Saturday, and that was spectacular, but starting a week after so much excitement is hard! Also, most of my outfits came from my own making, just a warning.

Here we go:

Monday- This outfit is rather simple. Since I am only at school for one hour, I don’t go over the top with my outfits anyways. I took the idea from a magazine. I apologize for the awful quality of the picture.

Shirt- Forever 21
Tank- Bluenotes
Jeans- Old Navy

Tuesday- I have been dying to try out this outfit since I saw it, but I did not have a leather jacket until recently. It is from Coco's Tea Party, and I adore it. I got the dress on sale at the beginning of winter and I have not had a chance to wear it. Now I cannot wait until the weather gets warmer and I can bare it all! It has a criss-cross back with a space, and I think my back is one of my best features, so I can’t wait to flaunt it!

Jacket- Smart Set
Dress- American Eagle

Wednesday- I said it before, and I’ll say it again. I LOVE these leggings. Super comfy, and super cool. This outfit was the perfect mix of put-together and comfy. I find that I have a lot of nice t-shirts, but I don’t get the chance to wear them too often! I got this idea from Seersucker + Saddles. I have featured this blog before, so it just goes to show how amazing it is!

Jacket- American Eagle
Leggings- Roots
Shirt- It was a gift. I am not familiar with the brand

Thursday- Look! Another dress! I love dresses. Sometimes, pants just do not cut it. Also, I may have been trying to tempt the spring air to come out. But of course it was basically a blizzard. I also got splashed by a bus, and I was soaked when I was walking home. It was awful. This dress is a little short on me, but if I wear it with tights, it is fine. It started out as a copycat outfit, but I ended up wearing the cardigan instead because it looked a lot cuter.

Cardigan- Old Navy
Dress- Wal-Mart
Boots- Old Navy

Bonus- Friday’s outfit was not great at all. I didn’t even bother to take a picture. So instead, here is my birthday outfit! I love, love, love this outfit even now! The shirt is very light and airy, so it was perfect for the bar. And those shoes and that bag were meant to be together! Sometimes, things work out.

Vest- Smart Set
Shirt- Smart Set
Pants- Smart Set
Shoes- Payless

Nails of the Week- This is such a fabulous colour, and the picture does not do it justice. In proper lighting (and prime polish), it has tints of purple AND green! It’s really cool, and I suggest the shade.

For the Twill of it- Essie

So there you have it! I mentioned that I am a soph for my university next year, and we’re having a costume party tomorrow night! So stay tuned for my rendition of Recess’s Spinelli!

Have a great week everyone!


Tuesday, March 25, 2014

The Confessions of a "Fat" Girl

First of all, I completely forgot to post yesterday. I came home from school and fell asleep for a few hours and then I went to work. So I apologize.

I have been reading a couple things that are really starting to get on my nerves in reference to weight. I am not skinny. I am probably considered overweight, in fact. However, I am lucky in the sense that I am comfortable in my own skin. I know what looks good on my body, and I know what I need to stay away from. I know how to accentuate the best parts of me. That being said, I have a personality that is louder than anything I can wear. I think that is more important than how I look. I just wrote an entire essay in my Women’s Studies class about body vs. personality. But I want to talk about body images and issues. I mean, we live in a world that is obsessed with “Which university has the best boobs” and “Why curvy girls are better than fat girls.” So here is my proposition for this post: I will tell you some facts about life as a “fat” girl and include pros and cons about this fact. Please don’t make judgements until the end. Cool?

Here we go:

1.       I am ugly.
I am bombarded by ads and Hollywood stars flaunting their trimmed and “perfect” bodies, and the only thing I can really get from that is that I am ugly. There is no winning for girls like me. I will not be popular. I will not get a boyfriend. I will not be happy.

PROS: People will approach me because they want to get to know my personality, not my body. I can celebrate the fact that I am unique, and not the cookie cutter image of a model.

CONS: Ads will never be geared towards my body type, and my body type will never be represented in an ad. There are no positive messages out there for me.

2.       Boys will try harder for girls who are skinny.
Our entire society is built upon the notion that looks are in direct correlation with our worth. Guys are also taught that attractive females are better. Therefore, they try harder for these girls. They hold doors open, and offer to help out girls who are considered more attractive.

PROS: I touched on it before, but guys will approach me and like me because of my personality, not my body. I have the freedom to be independent and not depend on a guy’s validation.

CONS: This fact is true, and it sucks that guys don’t really give me the time of day. Guys tend to like my friends better because I have skinnier friends.

3.       It is harder to find clothes.
I have an awkward body shape. I have large thighs, and a large butt, and a bit of a tummy. Pants are impossible because I need them to fit my thighs, but I’m short so pants are always a foot and a half longer than I am.

PROS: I am forced to look in different stores and find the true gems instead of sticking to one or two stores. Trends may not work, but most of the ageless looks are great on me!

CONS: Some stores don’t cater to bigger girls. The trends like short shorts and crop tops do NOT work with me, and it can be hard to get around that.

4.       Sex sells, and I am not sexy.
I am not, and I will never be considered sexy by media and a majority of the general public. It is easy to say that their opinions don’t matter, but when people see my body before they see my personality, I am not a good candidate for being successful.

PROS: I am less likely to be objectified. I have learned that the term “sexy” can be about personality rather than looks.

CONS: It is very difficult to feel sexy when there is no one to tell me that I am. “Sexy” to other people is only about looks.

5.       Curvy and “fat” are two different things. Curvy is better.
There is no in between. You are either skinny or curvy. Either way, the women that represent these categories do not look like me. I am “fat.” In ads, stretch marks are covered, fat rolls are hidden, and curves are smoothed. There is not Photoshop in real life. I need to deal with being “fat.”

PROS: Clothes designated for curvy girls fit me better. There is more representation more women who are, in fact, curvy.

CONS: I am “fat” and there is no way around that. There is no respect for “fat” girls.

I don’t want to exclude skinny females. I think it is just as hurtful to tell a girl that she is too skinny. Body shaming in any sense is not okay, and we need to stop. I’m just writing from my own point of view. It’s the point of view from a girl who was told “the skinny girls never work hard enough” after I taught a water aerobics class. It’s the point of view from a girl who hates that media keeps trying to project a negative message on me. The truth is, too many girls are being negative about their bodies. No one can look like a model. Even models don’t look like models. I don’t know if you’ve heard about Target’s awful Photoshop scandal (Google it), but it is just proof to the fact that the world is obsessed with skinny. Words like “beauty” are tossed around, but there is not solid definition of it. Did you know there was once a time when women with skin on their bones were considered the most desirable? What happened since then? We are told that inner beauty is what matters, but what are we supposed to do with the body we are in? Beauty is not about makeup or weight or popularity. It's about feeling comfortable in your own skin, and if makeup or staying fit allows you to do that, then that is fine! We need to appreciate and celebrate our flaws AND amazing features, because they work together to create one wonderful woman! I get that it is hard. There is media and other people constantly breathing down your neck telling you the opposite. One day, we need to turn it off. Stop listening. Stand together and believe in our value as women, not as a body type. That is what I want for this world.

I also want you to know that I put the pros in there, because I see the pros to this situation. I struggled to come up with sufficient negatives, because those are not what are important to me. I’ve been living in this awful world, and I’ve figured out how to oppose it in my personal life. Some days are easier than others. Some people won’t be able to do the same. But for me, I just wish that everyone could be comfortable in their own skin. It feels better to love yourself. I want to represent someone real. I want to reach out to the girls (or even guys) who feel the same. It’s in the title of this blog. I may not be ideal, but I am real.

See? This is me eating cake. Because I enjoy cake.

This was good. I feel better. I would love your input on this (guys and girls). Leave me a comment!


Friday, March 21, 2014

Copycat the Cool Way #3

This week has been full of emotional ups and downs. Lots of stress, but lots of happiness too! I got the wonderful news that will be a leader for next year’s o-week at my university! I am so overjoyed, and after meeting everyone and going through Spring training today, I am excited beyond excited. I’ll write more on it later! I can’t wait to share this experience with everyone! Also, I’m not feeling very descriptive today. I’m sorry for my minimal outfit explanations.

Here we go:

Monday- I forgot to pick out my outfit, and I was in a rush, so I ended up with this outfit. The cardigan is really comfy. I love it so much. That’s all I have to say.

The cardigan and jeans are from Old Navy. The shirt is from Forever 21.

Tuesday- I got this outfit from a blog, but I cannot remember which one it was. If you know, let me know. I would appreciate that. This was the day I got the call for sophing, so this outfit is very special.

The jacket is from Wal-Mart. The jeans and boots are from Old Navy. The shirt is from Joe Fresh.

Wednesday- I don’t usually wear make-up, but I think I need to turn over a new leaf and try it out every so often. I put a little effort in, and I felt really good about myself. I got this look from Seersucker & Saddles. Instead of putting the jacket on top, I used the idea of a collared shirt underneath the black dress. I added the cool tights in to add some fun to it. Works just as well with plain black tights though.

The dress is from Old Navy. The button up is from American Eagle. I think the tights are from the Bay.

Thursday- I have done this outfit with a couple different shirts. I picked a floral shirt because today was the first day of spring! I got this look from Seventeen magazine! I also just realized how bad quality that last picture is.

The jeans and tank top are from Old Navy. The belt is from a dress from the Bay. The sweater is from Roots.

Friday- I actually love this outfit. I had to stay at school for an extra sixish hours for soph training, so I wanted to keep it comfy. I got this idea from Une Touche de Rose.

The plaid button up is from Old Navy. The denim button up is from Roots. The tank top is from Garage. The leggings are from Old Navy.

Nails of the Week- I totally forgot to take a picture before I took off the nail polish. But here’s an Internet picture. I wish my nails looked this good. I really loved this colour.

Colour is Sable Collar by Essie.

So after a week of stress, I’m really looking forward to tomorrow night. It is my birthday, and I am going to be of legal drinking age. I have a great outfit chosen, so you’ll get a bonus outfit next week! Have a wonderful weekend everyone!


Monday, March 17, 2014

Book Review- Miss. Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

 I feel like titles should not be that long at all. Don’t judge. I finished this book about a week ago and I haven’t got the chance to write about it yet. I’m also almost done a different book. I also recently went out and bought a whole bunch of new books. For all you fashionistas/makeup gurus that get excited about a shopping spree, that is me and books. I keep a keep continuous list on my phone if I see a book online that I want to go buy. This week, I got into a discussion with someone who told me to get all my books for free online. I do own an ereader, but it’s not my preference. I like the smell of new books and the sound of a cracking spine when you open a hardcover for the first time. I like seeing all my books lined up on my bookshelf and knowing exactly where to find a book because it’s my own personal library so I put them all there. I have told you before, I am a nerd.

This book was suggested to me by the same friend who suggested Tell the Wolves I’m Home (find that review here). She is much like me, and I trust her opinion. The biggest difference is that she is brave. What I mean by that is that the book has elements of creepy in it. And it uses pictures to help tell the story. It’s not like a picture book though. The pictures are dispersed throughout the novel in a way that works to add to the plot line. It’s quite brilliant really. And I’m sure I would appreciate it even more if some of the pictures WEREN’T SO FLIPPING SCARY! Example:

Now see . . . I don’t do scary movies. I got dragged to one once and I slept with the light on for two weeks. But I wanted to continue this book without getting frightened, so in the broad daylight, I got some sticky notes, went into my sister’s room so I wouldn’t be alone and I did this:


After I covered up all the pictures, I was able to read the book with ease. By the end, I understood what all the pictures meant, and most of them turned out to be not so scary at all. Once the creepiness subsided, I also got into the plot. It’s very mysterious. It follows the story of Jacob Portman, a misunderstood teen who is very attached to his grandpa. His grandpa is a natural story teller and has the pictures to prove his stories. After his grandpa’s death, Jacob seeks to find some truth in the stories, and the discovery of his own identity. Wow, that was like a real book review. There were a few lovely quotes in there too.

Here we go:

1.       “When someone won’t let you in, eventually you stop knocking” (88).
This quote made me think. If you are continually closed off and unsocial, people are never going to understand you. A whole theme in this novel revolves around understanding a man that did not share his life with anyone else, even though he had a wonderful and loving family. You can’t be helped if no one understands you.

2.       “Oggie sat  facing us in a threadbare blazer and pajama bottoms, as if he’d been expecting company- just not pants-worthy company- and rocked endlessly in a plastic-covered chair as he talked” (97).
Okay, I think we can all relate to this. I laughed so hard at this one. I mean, we all have those people that won’t judge you for wearing pyjamas instead of real clothes when you hang out in your house. Or sweatpants. Or yoga pants that you know don’t look good on you.

3.       “We’re peculiar . . . aren’t you” (146)?
First of all, I think the word peculiar is very difficult to say. Now, this quote means something totally different contextually, but I’m going to apply this to reality. We live in a world of conformity. Any difference, whether big or small, makes one stand out in a crowd. Groups of girls walk around dressed in the exact same manner. You know a guy belongs to a group if he has “flow” or uses the same stupid catchphrase as all the other guys. Differences are not praised, or even welcomed. That is why people like me who stays true to themselves are often left out. I am different. I like reading, and I hang out with my family, and I much prefer to have high standards than to be unhappy with settling for anything. So here’s my answer to those who ask why I don’t seem to fit in: “I’m different. Aren’t you?”

4.       “If you must fail . . . fail spectacularly” (326)!
I despise when people say “failure isn’t an option” or “if you’re not first, you’re last.” Here’s the truth: failure is inevitable. At one point (or more hopefully, yes, hopefully) in your life you are going to fail. And here’s something even more shocking: you will be okay. It is okay to feel upset, or hurt, or angry, but do NOT let that consume you. Take all that passion and put into making the next step bigger and brighter! Put every ounce of yourself into your goals, and make failing amazing.

I got into this book only at the end. I found that it took a long time to get the story going. There was a lot of creepy build up, which is fine, but I think it was a bit much. And since I’m a scaredy-cat, the creepy parts did not settle well with my sleeping. The sequel just recently came out, and I don’t think I’m interested in buying it. The pictures are a lot less scary though. I give this book 3.5/5 stars.

If you have any suggestions for me, leave me a comment!


Saturday, March 15, 2014

Copycat the Cool Way #2

I admit that I am a little late with this post. Things have been insane school-wise so I haven’t been keeping up to date with all my posts. Or anything for that matter. Plus, I got a new phone and I had to figure out how to get all the pictures from my old phone on to my laptop. Ugh. The following blurb is an imitation of my brain: duibqieufbijenwcijaaiojcfpo wijojndwqioNQIOENFONIONICQNINQ/ what?

Descriptive right? Bear with me, I’m pre-writing a couple posts while I’m focused on blogging. I got you covered.

Monday- Probably my favourite pants ever. They’re super comfy, but it can be tough to style them. I took the inspiration from a picture from a magazine (I think it might have been Glamour). It was also a spring day in Canada (did not last long), so I wanted to keep it cool temperature-wise. I have a blue cardigan that I typically wear instead of the scarf. Also, rainboots. Buy rainboots. They are the best for the icky, slushy, melty weather that is just around the corner! 

The pants and scarf are from Old Navy. The rainboots are Sorel brand from a Columbia store. The shirt is from Target.

Tuesday- I like how put-together this outfit looks. Sadly, the spring feel on Monday was all gone at this point, and we got a large snowfall overnight. I had to dress for the weather, and this sweater is warm. It’s also from a magazine. I know for sure that it is Glamour magazine.

The sweater is from the Bay. The jeans are from Old Navy. I believe the button up is Joe Fresh, but I got it at a thrift store.

Wednesday- This look is of my own creation. However, there was inspiration behind it. I do believe I have mentioned that I am a people watcher. I saw someone on a bus with a wool sweater that had a similar pattern to the one I own. She was wearing a denim vest, but I threw on my jacket (I love my jean jacket). If you’re looking for ideas, street style can be inspirational! This day was blizzard-esque in the morning. My hair gets curly only if it is dampened by rain or snow. So that’s what happened in the morning.

The jacket and pants are from Old Navy. The sweater is from Joe Fresh.

Thursday - Cold once again! I have completely adapted the magazine look into my own look. I believe it is from Seventeen magazine. I love the sweater very much. I was skeptical when I first received it as a gift, but I have learned how to play with it! I need to purchase khaki pants. That is on my list. I will also use any excuse to wear my minion shirt.

As mentioned before, the sweater was a gift. The minion shirt is from Wal-Mart, and the jeans are from Old Navy.

Friday- My dad complimented me on this outfit, so I guess it looked good! It was very simple, but I got the idea from Outside Fashion Catwalk. I just love the title of that blog. I’ll be using her outfits more!

The sweater is from American Eagle. The button up and jeans are from Old Navy.

Nails of the Week- I really liked this colour, and I got a lot of compliments on it, but I found that it chipped easily. I typically do my nails Friday, then add another layer on Tuesdays. But my nails were so chipped that I gave up on Wednesday, snapped a picture, and took it off.  My awkward pointer finger was so bad, that I had to find a way to get it out of the picture. Close enough.

Colour is Respect the World by Nicole by OPI.

There was my week in outfits! Good news winter haters, spring starts on Thursday! Personally, I’m not a fan, but I like spring air the best (more to come on that notion). What are you looking forward to the most about spring? For me, it’s my birthday (next weekend!!!). Comment and let me know what you’re looking forward to!


Monday, March 10, 2014

Ask and I Will Tell- Liebster Award

Fun fact: I like Mondays because a) I’m totally rested from the weekend, b) I basically have the whole day to myself, and c) my Monday night shifts at work are the best. Anyway, I got nominated for a Liebster award! Shout out to Emily at Pumpkin Emily Smiles! I will give bonus points to anyone who can tell me what “liebster” means and why it has relevance to blogging.

Anyway, things are different this time around. Here we go:

1.       Thank the blogger who nominated you (CHECK).
2.       Answer the 11 questions given to you.
3.       Nominate 11 other followers with less than 500 followers.
4.       Post 11 questions for the nominees to answer.
5.       Tag your nominees and post a comment on their blog to let them know you nominated them

So are we clear? Good? Yeah? Okay, these are the questions I need to answer.

1.       What’s your favourite food?
I always feel like this question is so much more complicated than it needs to be. I mean, I have a favourite dessert and candy and salad and that’s all food! But my all-time favourite meal is fettuccine alfredo. My mom makes it for me every year for my birthday. And she makes it the best. It should also be followed by two-layer chocolate cake with chocolate chip icing. Mmmm.

2.       Do you have a favourite singer or band?
Not really. I get waves of favourite songs or albums. I’m currently overplaying Dark Horse by Katy Perry. I also love the album Last Night on Earth by Noah and the Whale because it perfectly describes my life right now. I love that one can connect with music so perfectly.  I recently went to see Walk off the Earth live and they were amazing. So listening to them makes me happy.

3.       What’s your favourite thing to do?
Alone time wise, it would have to be read. With other people wise, it would be skiing. I love skiing. There’s something about it that feels so right to me. I’m at peace and comfortable and I forget about anything else that is happening.

4.       If you could visit any other country, where would you go?
There are a couple places I would love to go. I want to go to England, but I want to go there for school. I’m looking into doing an exchange for third year. But I would absolutely love to go to Italy. I still have some family there, and the coolest thing was when one of my great-uncles or 4th cousin or something contacted me on Facebook. I want to meet them!

5.       In your own country, where would you go?
It’s a tie between east coast and west coast. I went to Newfoundland in high school, and I really loved it there. People are so nice! But I really, really love BC. I would love to live in mountains someday.

6.       What’s your favourite animal?
I’m sorry to say, but I am not a big animal person. I wish I was. But I want to swim with dolphins someday!

7.       If you could take a picture of anything, what would it be?
I would take the perfect panoramic shot. It is so hard to be on top of a mountain and then come back down and explain it to someone. Pictures never do it justice.

8.       If you could meet anyone in the world, who would it be?
My Nonno. He died before I was born, but he sounds like the coolest guy. I could learn so much from him.

9.       What’s your favourite board game?
I don’t know! I love playing board games! I would say a tie between Clue and Scattergories.

10.   If you could draw anything in the world, what or who would it be?
Let’s just take a step back. I would want to be able to draw. Period. I cannot draw for the life of me. Once, I drew rocks and my sister came in and said “awwww, what a cute hedgehog!”

11.   Do you like video games? If you do, what’s your favourite?
I wish I was cool enough to say some tough game. But no, I am all about Just Dance! I have three different versions and I love them all!

That was fun! Here are the people I am nominating:

1.       Vlad Marin at Every little thing
2.       Sian Marie at Sian Marie Beauty Blog
3.       Rebecca Ruhle at Rebecca Ruhle's
4.       Lily and Ella at Grace to Grace
5.       Samantha Thompson at The journey of a camera
6.       Julia Christ at Design Joy
7.       Idara at She Sings Style
8.       Hailey at LikeAFleur
9.       Katharina Me at feather soft
10.   Dani at makeupxjunkie
11.   Ells at marshmallowscoop

And here are my questions for you (I expect long answers. Explain yourselves!):

1.       If you had three magical genie wishes, what would they be?
2.       What is the last thing that took your breath away?
3.       What does your perfect day consist of?
4.       What is the biggest decision you made on impulse?
5.       What is the last thing you read that changed your view on something?
6.       What takes up more time than you can afford?
7.       What is the best formal event you have ever been to?
8.       What is the most embarrassing music/artist/album you listen to?
9.       Describe the last time you were caught doing something embarrassing?
10.   What ticks you off?
11.   What makes you the most emotional?

I did it! To all the people I nominated, let me know when you’re done! I’m very curious to see these answers. 

Coming up very soon will be another book review!