It can be hard to stop and smell the roses, but more and more ‘as I grow up‘ I recognize the importance of building my awareness of the things that make me happy. I was never really one to respond “I’m just sooo busy” when people ask how I am. To be honest, I’m not so busy. I like making a few great plans, but not feeling overwhelmed with FOMO (I’m more of a JOMO girl). What are these ‘so busy’ people really doing? Well in my opinion (and that of the creators of 100 Happy Days), they are not taking the time to enjoy the moment.
So, stop bragging about being busy, and just be happy. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll see I’ve joined the #100happydays movement. Even if you have a shitty day, there was likely one moment of it that made you smile, even if it was only a slight smirk. While I think I have a bit of an advantage in posting for the next 100 days (ahem…#charlieobear), I will try to keep my photos diversified.
Can you be happy everyday?
A detailed inventory of my wardrobe would assess that approximately 80% of my clothing is approximately two sizes too big. Oversized pieces have been on trend for some time now, and this winter the XXL sweater/turtleneck has been keeping stylish ladies in the Northern hemisphere (I’m talking polar vortex here) warmer and cozier than usual. If we really want to defend this style, just think, we’re really investing in our future wardrobe – these pieces can double as maternity wear! Ok, so that’s my argument if anyone ever questions my purchase of another oversized top, or recommends that I should go down a size…
I’m not one to really love or hate Valentine’s Day. With my Valentine being cross-continent this year, today I will be celebrating with myself! We have to love yourself first anyways, right? While my plans are still uncertain (and I’m ok with that), it’s still a nice day to think about those we love, and those things we love!
These red & pink hues are my favourite shade for Valentine’s Day. The latest addition to my red collection is OPI’s First Date at Golden Gate, which is oh so appropriate!
For those who do have a hot date tonight, this Alice & Olivia dress is my choice for the perfect love day outfit.
We all have our obsessions, vices, addictions – whatever. If you know me, or visit GFB on the regular, you know that I LOVE booties. Black booties, to be exact. There’s no point of informing you on exact numbers or details, some things are better left unsaid. That being said, some people would be proud to know that I actually took a quantitative look at my closet, or collection as I like to say, and really asked myself “do you need all this?” In the end, streamlining your closet and life may be a lost secret. I feel fulfilled by my less full wardrobe.
In late 2013, I told the woman selling me shoe trees (life savers I promise you) and mink oil, that I was really taking my footwear seriously. It’s definitely important to realize that these more classic and quality pieces are what will withstand the test of time, wear, and trend. So, I bring you the Rag & Bone Kinsey bootie. I had been craving them for quite some time, and one day they just showed up at my doorstep (or something like that – thanks Nia!). Classic, and maybe at the top of the black bootie list, or at least kicking my old booties asses. The investment is worth it, so I encourage you to start taking your footwear seriously too!
It’s tough to say when is the right time to start the anti-aging process. Pre-secondary school it’s all “when I grow up” and everything that this will encapsulate; wearing makeup, living sans parents, buying what I want, when I want, finding the perfect career (ok, maybe we’re not thinking about careers, but we have an idea of what we want to be). To be honest, I still say “when I grow up.” My 26-year-old “when I grow up” includes owning a house with exposed brick that offers the perfect amount of DIY, and being able to enjoy a whiskey on the rocks, because that screams adult. In some sense, keeping these ideas in mind allows me to deter from the fact that I am getting older, meaning more responsibility, life decisions, and of course a more mature appearance – to put it politely. While I used to wear mascara, lip gloss, and blush to look older than my age, the shift to younger looking skin has taken over my skincare regime.
Found on my checklist of anti-aging products, below sunscreen and night cream comes serums. In my skincare sequence (when I’m following all the rules), I wash, tone, serum, and moisturize, all before applying makeup. Sometimes it’s a daunting task and I find myself skipping from wash to moisturize, in fact until a few years ago I only washed my face in the morning and slept in my makeup. I’m still not 100% convinced that removing my makeup before bed affects my skin personally, but maybe in the long-run the results with come to surface (literally). BUT WHEN I DO FOLLOW THE RULES, a serum is a great product to use pre-moisturizing. The point of this potion is to deliver concentrated active ingredients to your skin. By following with moisturizer you can lock in the ingredients and hydrate your skin.
Estée Lauder’s tried and true Advanced Night Repair serum is my go to. It’s both light in consistency and scent, and with years and years of development, I can definitely trust its formula. While I don’t have deep wrinkles yet, I cannot flat out say that my lines have disappeared, but I image deep down inside it’s working it’s magic and since using I have not seen any progression in my skin’s aging. For the day, Perfectionist [CP+R] works wonders. Paired with an SPF, and even on it’s own, this serum is more like a moisturizer leaving skin super soft, like out of this world soft, within minutes – no lie.
While my headspace may still be dreaming of my future vineyard and pony in Napa, my skin is on par with its mature lifestyle. So, I say bring it, let’s play this game, I’m very competitive.
It seems that over the last year I’ve been in a relationship with California. It all started April 2013. Coachella was upon us and in the midst of the dessert air, sandstorms, and music, I fell for Palm Springs – it was almost like a Bachelor date, dreamy, but totally not real life. Things got rocky in L.A. when my rom-com Hollywood dreams came to light with concrete and 45-minute commutes.
Then it was October 2013 – my new thing is to celebrate my birthday out of the country – and we were of to San Fran. To me, this was a place of dreams. I told EVERYONE that I would totally fit in here, and this city would make me and California the couple to watch. SF offered something to be desired, while I loved the culture, walkability, and views, there was something missing – it was no Toronto. Speaking of which, back in Toronto, my connection with San Francisco didn’t quite fizzle out. Instead of a cross-continent affair with the sunshine state, I was now dating a boy who would be moving to The City by the Bay come 2014. And so, while California and I didn’t quite dive in the deep end to bask in the honeymoon phase, I’d say we’re working things out, and for good reason. This is a city I’ll be seeing much more of.
Having now visited San Francisco three times, I’ve got some favourites to share with you!
- EAT: Foreign Cinema – Found in the Mission, it’s delicious with a side of dreamy silent films to keep you entertained. Oh and did I mention Frank, an 80 year old man (with the great Nordstrom pocket square), ushers you to your table!
- BRUNCH: Arlequin – Found in Hayes Valley (our hood), offers homemade everything, delicious coffee, and a great back courtyard.
- SIT: Dolores Park – Found in the Mission. I’m going to go out on limb and say this is the Trinity Bellwoods of SF, and we all know where I spend my summers, so I’m all over this with a picnic blanket and a craft beer.