Sakura Hanami

Hello my beauties ! 

I hope you are all doing well ! My life has unfortunately still been extremely busy lately and I am finding it hard to fit blogging into my schedule but I am honestly trying my best ! I have a few things planned that should be coming up very soon (I have already taken photos for them so the hard part is out of the way haha) and so we should hopefully be back to our regular scheduled blog posts ! 

Today I want to share with you some photos that were probably taken about a month ago now. It was during May when all of the Cherry Blossom trees were in full bloom in Toronto ! They are such gorgeous trees but unfortunately, most years I never get the time to actually go out looking for them. This year because I was staying at my moms for the week I actually got the chance to see them in High Park, which apparently is one of the best destinations to see them because not only are there quite a few around but everyone and their mother, brother, sister and uncle were gathered around the trees. I actually went to try to take photos with the trees twice, the first time not working out because it was way too crowded. The second time I went right before sunset with my mom and it was quite enough that I was able to get some shots with these gorgeous trees. 

There is just something so magical about the gorgeous pink bunches of flowers that makes them such a popular attraction. It feels like you are taken to an exotic location with them all around you and honestly the joy I felt looking at them is just overwhelming. The day before these photos were taken, I had taken a little trip to the mall specifically to go into Topshop in hopes to get a few new things. It is one of my favorite stores as you have probably been able to tell by reading my blog and I was of course able to find a few things that my wardrobe desperately needed ! 

Both this top and skirt are two of the things I found during this little shopping trip, each piece exactly what I was looking for; a more casual bodysuit that could be worn under anything and a denim button up skirt because I still hadn't owned one previous to this one here. I love them both so much, and have gotten so much wear out of them already as well ! The wrap style cut of the bodysuit is super flattering and comfortable, and because it is black it makes it a lot more versatile and great for night time as well. I have been loving bodysuits lately as I'm sure you all have noticed, they are so easy to wear underneath high waisted pieces aka. my entire wardrobe. I paired the body with this denim skirt I picked up as well, which I thought looked so darling together, it's just such an easy casual look to wear. 

Speaking of this denim skirt, I am in love with the detail on this one ! It is an A-line skirt which in themselves are usually always flattering but if you look at the photo above you can see the stitching that goes into a v shape right below the waistline which helps slim the hips and create a streamlined look. Even though the buttons sometimes create little bulges, the stitching helps to slim and balance it out so overall it is just the most perfect denim skirt I have come across.

What I love about this look is that it is appropriate for almost any daytime occasion and could be worn so many different ways with the two pieces being the base. I wanted to keep the whole look pretty casual overall so instead of adding some gorgeous heels, more accessories and a clutch I just went for some very low heeled beige ankle booties and my everyday Michael Kors Dillon to keep things minimal and easy. On the other hand, before heading out to see these lovely trees my mom and I headed to run a few errands and instead of the booties I was wearing running shoes and my hair was up in a ponytail and it made for a very cool effortless look. I can't wait to pair them with other pieces for you guys in the future as well so you can really see how versatile they really are ! 

Outfit Details

| Bodysuit Topshop | Skirt Topshop | Booties Aldo Similar | Purse Michael Kors Similar

If you guys ever get a chance to head over to High Park to see the Cherry Trees Blossoming I highly recommend it, I have tried to explain how beautiful  they are in the words above but I definitely don't do them justice and neither do the photos. I think they are probably all fallen off now which is such a shame, but there is always next year ! There will be a few more posts coming very soon (quite possibly one tomorrow or Saturday)  so make sure to check back very soon ! One may have to do with something happening on the 26th of June... if you know me and you know what it is comment below because that would be hilarious haha ! So until then, thank you so much for reading and I hope you all have wonderful Fridays ! 


Pop Of Pink

Hello again my favorite people ! 

I am so sorry I have been MIA once again for like two weeks but the beginning of summer has just been absolutely nuts ! I have been on an impromptu trip to stay at my moms for about a week without a computer, been helping Jay almost everyday with his new business venture and we also planted an entire vegetable garden ! On top of doing those things we also got my car on the road and I have been working as well, so it has just been crazy. Today though, I said enough is enough and took some time off to just sit here and write because I feel so lost without it ! Writing to you guys here on the blog is just such a great outlet to get my thoughts out, without it I feel all bottled up inside. Sure I tell all of my friends and family the things that are on my mind but there is something special about writing them down that just lets these things go, like they are flowing from my fingertips. 

For example, yesterday I drove on the road for the first time ! I know your thinking... " um, aren't you 24" yes, yes I am and I have never learnt how to drive. It's not that I was scared at all, I'm really not, it's just that I was trying to save up money to go to driving school for so long that I wasn't even trying to drive because " I needed lessons ". I have realized now though that will probably never happen so I'm just going to learn on my own. It is so much easier than I thought. I had driven in parking lots a few times to get a hang of it but thought that driving on the road would be so much harder... it's really not, it's actually easier as I'm sure a lot of you know. As this was only my first time I am obviously not a pro but I am no longer worried about going on the road and I feel like in no time I will be able to do everything just fine. See, already I'm ranting, this is what happens when I don't write for a long time ! I will stop now though so we can get into the outfit ! 

A few weeks back when Jay was going for his first interview at this new job I tagged along just for a little trip but also wanted to shoot some quick photos on the way home of my outfit because I really liked what I was wearing. I didn't know exactly where I wanted to shoot and so the plan was to just drive until I saw a spot and then we would stop and take the photos. When I had almost lost hope because we were almost out of town, I saw this cute little park, perfect for photos with it's sprawling green grass and huge willow trees. I pointed to it and said "there!" about two seconds before the turn and from there we drove around the street to the park and got out to shoot these photos. 

When I got dressed that morning, I picked out this outfit but with a different black skirt and then realized that it was very, very similar to this look I had shot a little while ago. I love the combo of this vest, turtleneck and the high boots so much that I still wanted to wear all of these pieces together but I didn't want the look to be exactly the same. To change it up a little and add a more spring vibe to it, I opted to add a pop of pink with this beautiful skirt I got recently from Zara. You may notice that it looks very similar to the jacket I was wearing in my birthday post and that is because I got them at the same time for my birthday as a set ! I have yet to wear them together as I am trying to pair them with the perfect top and accessories but either way both pieces are gorgeous on their own. If you know me, you know how obsessed with pink I am and I have to say this shade is my absolutely favorite by far. Wearing this skirt or the coat instantly makes me feel like Barbie and just so girly and confident... if  I had to pick a power color I would choose this one... Elle Woods anyone ?

The other thing I did to make this look more spring appropriate was opt for bare legs instead of tights to show of the little bit of tan that I had from sitting in the car haha. I also switched up my purse from my everyday Michael Kors Dillon to my simple black clutch to keep the look very minimal and simplistic. It was still a little chilly at this point in time so this was the perfect look for the day, it is now VERY hot in Canada so the next time you see this skirt it will be in a totally new way ! I can't wait to style it for you guys ! 

Outfit Details

| Bodysuit ASOS | Vest Zara | Skirt Zara | Clutch Indigo Similar | Boots Forever21 Similar

Thank you so much to all of you who are so lovely and supportive even though I go through times of not posting for a few weeks ! I promise it is never on purpose and I always want to create the best content for you that I can, quality over quantity right ! I would never just throw something together in a night just to get things out because that is not who I am ! I want to really love the outfit I am wearing, how the photos turned out or even information I am putting out for you guys. Thank you for being so amazing and thank you for putting up with my rants haha. I love you guys ! 


Leather & Denim

Hello gorgeous people ! 

I hope you are all doing well ! Today I am sharing with you a few of the photos from the day before my birthday, I know it's been almost a month but there has just been no time to get these up ! On this day, my cousin and I went to the local park I frequent often to take blog photos ( which you have seen many times before ). We went there specifically to take some photos and just a have a nice walk around the park day. It was such a lovely day spent with her as we have so much fun together so we can literally be doing anything and it will be fun, this was no exception. 

I wanted to wear something that wouldn't be too hot or cold, would be comfortable for moseying around the park and would of course also be photographable. I went for one of my favorite combos, a cropped top, skater skirt, comfy booties, a leather jacket and to add a little interest to the look paired it with a denim shirt wrapped around my waist. It's funny how one simple piece can change a look so much, without the denim shirt, this look would be completely monochromatic and very simple, still something I would wear but a little boring. I love to play around with pieces and work them into looks in fun ways to change things up, it is really what makes fashion so much fun I think. 

This look was perfectly comfortable for the day, I didn't have any complaints. My cousin was a little reluctant to go to the park because she isn't as comfortable in front of a camera and with people around... no way ! I assured her that this park is always quiet and I hardly ever see anyone, which is why it is one of my favorite places to come. I still don't understand why the park is so quiet but I'll take it ! It is great to have default places to take outfit photos because sometimes it is hard to find good spots ! 

Outfit Details 

| Leather Jacket Danier Similar | Denim Shirt Garage Similar | Skater Skirt Forever21 Similar
| Cropped Top Topshop | Booties Zara Similar | Necklace Tiffany & Co. |

That is all ! I know this is a very short and sweet post, but you have seen most of these items before and in a very similar combo so I don't want to go on and on about it ! One thing I do want to mention though is the Giveaway that I am hosting right now for these beautiful Quay Australia Sunglasses ! If you haven't entered yet you should check it out, the giveaway is international and running until May 20th, so head over there by clicking on that link above and enter if you would like ! 

Thank you so much for being so lovely, all of you, and thank you for reading <3 


Quay Australia Sunglasses Giveaway !

Hello Lovelies !

* This giveaway is now closed *
Congratulations to Kayla Reid !!!

Today's post is a little different and that's because this is a Giveaway ! 

I have been seriously blogging for about a year now and it has been so amazing. It has become such a huge part of my life and you guys make it so fun to do ! Whoever you are reading this, whether you are new to my blog or are one of  the few girls that constantly support and encourage me, you are here and that means so much to me ! You all leave such kind words and are so supportive and amazing that I just feel like I want to give something back to you. Now I wish I could send something to each and every one of you because you all deserve it but my bank account will not allow that, so I decided to pick out something that I thought you guys would like instead !

Staying true to my blog and what content I share with you guys, I wanted to give you something fashion related because of course that is what I love the most. While thinking about it for a little while I decided to go with a pair of Quay Australia Sunglasses because they are amazing quality and have been seen everywhere recently so most of you will have heard of them. Once I decided on what to get, it was time to figure out what style.While placing this order I also got myself a pair of a more "out there" style and was going to get the same for the person who wins so we could be twins. I thought about it a bit more and decided I wanted this to appeal to the vast majority of you and suit everyone so I went with the Maiden, which are your standard matte black round cat eye sunglasses. 
They are a little oversized but not too big and generally a gorgeous pair of sunglasses ( I wanted to keep them myself when they got here in the mail but of course, refrained myself ) that I think would suit almost anyone ! 

So how you win ? 
Here are the rules ! This giveaway will be open for two weeks, starting today, May 6th and closing on May 20th at 11:59PM. This is an international giveaway so you can win no matter where you live. All of the ways to enter are right below this text, the more things you follow, the more chances you have to win ! That is all ! I am so excited to be able to treat one of you and don't worry if you don't win this time there will be more to come soon ! 

Thank you so much for always being such an amazing group of people <3 

Quay Australia Sunglasses Giveaway


Suede Skirt & Skinny Scarf

Hello gorgeous people !

Now, as you may have noticed we have gone back in time ! If you don't know what I am talking about, I am talking about the fact that my hair is long and one color again. These photos were taken before my birthday but I wanted to get my birthday post up first so it was still relevant. Now that it is up though, I will be sharing with you this look today and one other look that I took photos for the day before my birthday. Soooo, I hope you enjoy going back in time for a little bit until our regularly scheduled programming comes back to a computer screen near you.

Ever since I saw the skinny scarf trend I have been utterly obsessed. I don't know what it is, but they add such a stylish element to literally almost any look. So naturally, as soon as I got it I have been wearing it with almost everything ! Skinny scarves have a very 70's and 90's vibe to them as they were big in both eras and I have been playing around with both of them in mind as inspiration. For this look, I think it is pretty obvious I was playing off of a 70's vibe. Every time I wear this suede skirt I just think of the 70's and so I always end up styling it very 70's esque... it's just a thing apparently lol. Either way I love both of these pieces and together they make a wonderful pair ! 

To break up the look from looking like it literally from the 70's though, I added in another one of my favorite pieces in my wardrobe that you have all seen MANY times, my layered white top. I love this top so, so much, and it is always my go-to for when I don't know what to wear or am having a blah day. The volume on top is such a nice contrast to any tighter bottom - which most of my wardrobe consists of, and so I find myself pairing it with everything and it always looks great. There are a few newer versions of it out at Zara right now and I think I am going to purchase them both so I can wear more than one top that gives the same vibe. I suggest getting your hands on one because I promise you won't be able to take it off. 

For a little added height I added my go-to over the knee boots that I have been wearing the heck out of this year. I love how they elongate my legs and give me some added height as well, plus they are super comfortable. I wanted to stick with black shoes and accessories to pair nicely with the scarf and add balance to the look, which I think works really well and I often try to do. As you may be able tell by the photo below ( note clenched fist fighting against the cold ) and all of the snow around the area , it was hella cold out and so to keep warm I added some black tights as well. I did have a jacket off to the side but it was blocking my outfit so I decided to bare the cold for a few minutes haha... Oh the life of a fashion blogger. 

Outfit Details 

| Top Zara Similar Similar | Skirt Zara Similar | Scarf Zara | Tights Hue | Bag Michael Kors |
| Boots Forever21 Similar |

Now, I can guarantee that you will see all of these pieces again when the weather gets warmer because I love them all and will be pairing them with other things; so if you want to see how I style the scarf different ways just stay tuned ! I hope you all enjoyed this little back in time post haha, I sure had fun reliving the day ! The next post as I have said, will also be back in time so I hope you like going back in time as much as I do ! After that we will be going Back To The Future... Haha... Get it !? I had to lol... Anyways have a lovely weekend all of you ! 

Thank you so much for reading ! 


Birthday Little Black Dress

Hello again gorgeous people ! 

* Make sure to grab a cup of tea or coffee and sit down for a nice read because this is a long one !*

So as I mentioned in passing in my most recent post, it was my birthday last Saturday ! I am now a 24 year old... it feels so weird to write ! I can't believe how time flies, I feel like it was just yesterday when I turned 20 and almost had a mini life crisis because I was like "damn, I'm an adult now... ah !" and now there is only one year left until I am 25. When I was younger, I thought my life would be completely together by the time I was 25. I thought I would be about to get married, thinking about children, and have my career on path... Boy was I wrong ! I am no where near ready, still not ready to "adult" and am still figuring everything out. That is okay though, because as I get older I have realized that there is no such thing as having your life together. Life isn't this perfect picture you can keep in a frame and once you hang it up that is all; life is changing and evolving and learning every step of the way. So, in saying all of this, I am excited to be 24 and see what the year has in store for me. Of course I have goals and things I want to accomplish, but there is no urgency or need to do it right now, I have plenty of time to do all of the things I want to do ! 

Anyways, haha after that little life lesson ramble, let's talk about my birthday ! To celebrate, this year instead of doing the traditional going out for dinner thing, I decided I wanted to switch it up and have afternoon tea instead ! There is just something so lovely and elegant about afternoon tea, it is usually a lot more quiet and quaint as well - much easier to spend time with the people you are celebrating with ! For the location of said tea, I decided on The Old Mill, which is much more than a place to just go for tea. The Old Mill is a heritage hotel here in the Toronto area that has various other aspects to it as well such as a restaurant, a spa, a tea room and is also a venue where a lot of weddings and events take place. It is very English inspired, looking like it plopped right out of London and is just a beautiful place to visit and of course, take photos. 

The tea itself was wonderfully delicious, the tea menu included a selection of about 8 different teas and a selection of amazing finger sandwiches, scones and sweet goodies as well which is standard in most afternoon tea spreads. The food was absolutely delicious, although there wasn't that much of it, it was a pretty light meal, so just know that if you ever plan on going ! It was definitely worth it though just for the experience alone. The only thing I was disappointed about was that the normal terrace room that they usually hold afternoon tea in was taken over by a bridal shower. So, instead of having a bright open room with windows all around and all white decor, we were seated in a darker room beside a fireplace. This was nice too, and would be amazing during the wintertime but meant that I couldn't get any photos of the tea on my camera because it was so dark. I do have one photo on my Instagram that you can check out if you want to see what it looked like but you will just have to take my word that it was delicious !

After we were done tea, we walked around the grounds for a while taking photos of course ! Before my wonderful boyfriend took most of these of just me for the blog, we took a few together as a group. This first one down below is of myself, my mom (right) and I always go to say my mom's friend Maria but really she is my friend too (right) who were lovely enough to come out for tea along with my mom's boyfriend. Below that is two of Jay and I which unfortunately all except for the second of Jay and I had rainbow lens flares going through them haha, but I really don't mind because I liked the photos anyways. I had such a lovely time with them and am glad they could come out to celebrate my birthday because I had a wonderful time !

I have just realized that with all of this rambling about life, my birthday et. I have completely neglected one major thing I'm sure a lot of you are completely confused by right now... MY HAIR ! I got it cut and balayaged the day before my birthday and I absolutely love it ! I went to flaunt boutique in Toronto after reading a ton of reviews on who did the best balayage to make sure it would turn out amazing and I am super happy with it ! To be honest, I didn't really want my hair this short though. When I went in I asked for 2 or 3 inches off of the bottom and my hairdresser thought that I needed a bit more so that she could work with it and she could get all of the dead ends off. So then she proceeded to show me the length she thought should come off, which was about 5 inches, still sitting under my boob. I thought "perfect, still long enough, sounds great". She cut off that much, did the color and then proceeded to add in the layers et. after it was colored and that's where she cut off a little bit more from the bottom and all of a sudden my hair had lost at least 6/7 inches.

 At first, it felt so super short and I was in shock, wasn't really sure about how I felt but now I really like it. It is still a little short for me but it will grow, it feels and looks super healthy and I am OBSESSED with the color. It adds so much dimension to it and is such a nice change for the spring time ! If you are wondering, I got beige balayage and my hair just has long blended layers ! If you are in the Toronto area I highly recommend checking out Flaunt Boutique as it was such a cool place and they did an amazing job on my hair, I will definitely be going back there for sure ! Everyone was super sweet as well, and the girl at the front desk even took my photo for their Facebook page and gave me some free samples because it was my birthday and I thought that was super sweet ! 

I am sorry this post is so long already and I haven't even gotten onto my outfit ! The main star of the show in this look of course, is a mixture of my dress and my jacket. If you can believe it or not, I actually until now did not own a proper little black dress ! I know, crazy right ! It's not because I didn't need one in my life because I have needed one on many occasions, but I had just never found one that I absolutely love until this baby. I was browsing around online for my birthday dress in the weeks leading up to my birthday, seeing possible choices but never settling on one, then I stumbled across this one and knew instantly that this was it. I absolutely love the origami detail to the skirt, it is what drew my eye to it originally because it makes it so much more interesting and special. I also love that the skirt is a slight bubble style because that mixed with the top fitting so perfectly defines my waist to well that I would be confident wearing it anywhere. Originally, I wanted the same dress but in this beautiful champagne color that is still one of the most stunning dresses I have ever seen ( I think I am going to order that one sometime as well) but when I went into Topshop, they didn't have it in my size unfortunately. So instead, I went with the black version which actually turned out better anyways because I can wear this dress so many different ways, and as I said it is my perfect little black dress. I did have to get it altered a tiny bit, just taken in a little on the side in the boob area ; there was no way I could wear a bra with it because of the thin straps and now it holds my boobs in place perfectly where as before they were swimming in it a little. 

For my birthday my mom got me this beautiful pink moto inspired long jacket from Zara that I had been wanting so badly and the matching skirt as well ( an outfit with these together will be coming soon ). For any of you who know me, I am obsessed with pink, so this is literally the most perfect jacket in the world to me. Of course I decided to wear it to tea because it is super ladylike and perfect for the occasion to wear over my dress but I am also going to be wearing it a TON this season because it is so perfect for spring. I love how well it went with the outfit I had already planned to wear to tea, the black zipper accents matching my all black outfit perfectly. To add some edge to go along with the moto details of the jacket, I went for my Sam Edelman Valentino Rockstud inspired heels. I have worn these shoes to death, but they add such a lovely little touch of edge to any outfit with the studs without being too over the top out there. Honestly, these shoes have been making me think more and more about investing in the actual Valentino's because I know I would get my wear out of them, but for now I will just stick with these ! For accessories, everything was very simple. I just wore my Michael Kors Dillon, which has not left my arm since I purchased it, and dainty silver jewelry to go with the ladylike vibe of the outfit.

Jay and I took a lot longer at the Old Mill than everyone else did of course because we took SO many photos, trying to find the best spot the whole time,even though it is all just stunning (as you can imagine since there are so many weddings there). One thing I forgot to mention earlier, is while we were there, we saw like 4 different wedding parties ! They were all taking photos in the best spots to begin with so it was slim pickings at first, but nearer to the end they all started to clear out and we got to explore the beautiful wedding garden and take loads of photos there. I definitely have an itch for getting married there now for sure because it was just so gorgeous ! We will have to see what the future holds though haha ! 

Outfit Details

| Dress Topshop | Jacket Zara | Shoes Sam Edelman | Bag Michael Kors | Necklace Tiffany & Co. |
| Bracelet Thomas Sabo |

After we were finished with the photos, we headed back to my house to have birthday cake with my mom and marina ( which was super delicious by the way ) and that concluded my birthday festivities ! Jay and I had originally planned to go out on the town that night but we decided we would do it another time as we both just didn't feel like it, but I am glad we just had so chill time instead ! The perfect end to a perfect day. Overall, I had such an amazing birthday and am super happy I got to spend such it with my friends and family doing things that I generally just love to do. Yes, eating cake is definitely one of those things haha ! 

Thank you so much to those of you who stuck through and read it all haha ! I know this one was super long but I just had a lot to share about such an eventful day. I hope you enjoyed reading and if you have any questions about anything feel free to leave me a comment down below ! 

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