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13.2.17

LOVE ME


I fucking LOVE Valentines day. 

Before all you Valentine's haters get all up in my face - it's not because I have a boyfriend who is going to whisk me away on some romantic date, or because I am going to be sent boxes on boxes of chocolate (although that would be great - so actually IF ANYONE WANTS TO SEND ME A FEW BOXES OF CHOCOLATE, DON'T HESITATE...). The reason why I am so enamoured with Valentines day is simply because I love love and I think it's effing great that there is a whole day dedicated to it. 

Somewhere along the road Valentine's day became this cheesy AF Hallmark holiday where the mere thought of February 14th sent couples out frantically booking dinner reservations, while simultaneously making single people everywhere try to not vomit up their dinner reservations from the night before...

We lost sight of what this day represents in it's simplest form which is love. 

Whether you've been married for the past 10 years to the love of your life or want to die alone in a castle with 400 cats, I think self love is something we can and should all practice.


When I was younger I found this card in one of my mummy's journals, but it wasn't until I came across it again a couple years ago that I really found the value in it. 

HOW TO LOVE YOURSELF - by Louise L. Hay
(with notes from me)

1. STOP ALL CRITICISM - This is probably one of the hardest things to learn - accept yourself as you already are. Constructive criticism is ok, you are allowed to have things about yourself that you'd like to change, but it is important to acknowledge that you are 'good enough' already the way you are.

2. DON'T SCARE YOURSELF - I will admit, I am VERY guilty of this and it is something I still need to work on - As hard as it is, there is no point terrorizing yourself worrying about the 'what if's' and/or worrying about the future - most of the things we worry and stress about don't even end up happening anyway. It is important to try and always focus on the present and only deal with stressful situations when and if they ever come to light. 

3. BE GENTLE KIND AND PATIENT - 'treat yourself as you would someone you really love', be patient and kind with yourself.

4. BE KIND TO YOUR MIND - I recently got into meditating, and it has had a tremendous impact on the amount of stress I hold within myself. Even if you just set aside 10 minutes every day to meditate, I promise it will really clear and ease your mind.

5. PRAISE YOURSELF - You are a talented, beautiful, loving, badass m*therfucker. Remind yourself that every day. 

6. BE LOVING TO YOUR NEGATIVES - Personally I don't like the way this is worded. I wouldn't refer to something within you as 'negative', instead I'd phrase it as something that you'd like to 'work on'. No one is 'perfect', and I think even the most self aware/self loving people still have certain aspects about themselves that they'd like to work on. 

7. TAKE CARE OF YOUR BODY - Whether it's eating right, working out, or meditating - properly taking care of yourself mentally and physically can really change your whole outlook from negative to positive.

9. MIRROR WORK - This may seem totally crazy to some people, but its really important to be able to look yourself in the eyes in the mirror and tell yourself that you are beautiful inside and out. I will admit the first time I did mirror work I felt like a full nut-job but it gets easier and more natural with time. Look in the mirror every morning and night and tell yourself you love yourself. 

10. DO IT NOW - you don't have to wait until everything is 'perfect' or you have everything that you want. Make the decision to work on your relationship with yourself right now, all of the things that you want out of life will come soon after!




Wearing : Teagan Set - exclusively designed for Valentine's Day by Mary Young
Photography : Steph Verschuren | Visual Disco
7.2.17

BITE BEAUTY - LIP LAB


Some say I'm picky, I just say, I know what I like and what I don't. Food, clothes, boys (lol), lipstick...according to my friends, the list of things I am particular about never ends. Due to my 'pickiness', I am often getting in fights over where to go out to eat (ya I'm one of those) and having 'outfit crises' as all of the clothes I want don't exist yet...

...BUT when it comes to lipstick, my dreams have been answered with BITE BEAUTY'S Lip Lab!!!

I CAN FINALLY MAKE MY OWN CUSTOM ONE OF A KIND LIPSTICK SHADE!

Yesterday I met up with BITE's Beauty queen Maram who hooked me up with a 'Bespoke Lipstick Session' at BITE's lip lab in Toronto. When I got to the lab I was matched with a lip lab artist/technician who had the unfortunate task of having to deal with my indecisive or PICKY self.  

I asked for an 'every day matte warm nude with peach and pink undertones' and as you can see in the photo above it took a couple tries before we finally created my PERFECT lip colour...


For any of you who are a little behind on the times and haven't already heard the hype, BITE Beauty is an all natural/organic handmade cosmetic brand based out of Toronto that makes DOPE AF lip products. 

Lipstick is the one kind of make-up that I have ALWAYS loved, and when it comes to make-up in general, I always favour anything with natural ingredients - So lets just say I'm crushing pretty fucking hard on BITE right now. 


(200 pre-made shades line the wall)


(*Here I am looking pouty after using BITE's 'Agave Sugar Lip Scrub' and the 'Agave Lip Balm' - Forget the Kylie lip kit, if you are looking for an ALL natural solution for making your lips look bigger definitely check out this scrub)


(Toronto's BITE LIP LAB location)


The next step was to choose up to two scents/flavours for my lipstick (I say flavours because YES, technically my new lipstick is edible). I chose coconut/vanilla which BTW smells EFFING AMAZING. 


Here is my final lipstick in 'RUBY NUDE' - My PERFECT shade!
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CHECK OUT BITE LIP LAB 
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TORONTO - 678 QUEEN ST W
NYC - 174 PRINCE ST. SOHO
SAN FRAN - 2142 FILLMORE ST. 
SAN JOSE - 2855 STEVENS CREEK BLV.

*FOR ANYONE WHO IS STILL LOOKING FOR A LAST MINUTE GIFT - THIS WOULD BE A DOPE AF VALENTINES DAY GIFT

1.2.17

RAINY DAY BOYS CLUB : JUSTIN BIEBER









PHOTOGRAPHY : RAINY DAY BOYS CLUB
& my boy J.Biebs - photo by Peter Andrew Lusztyk
29.1.17

ENZEE CREATIVE : TINSEL








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PHOTOGRAPHY : Natasha Wiseman & Zac Booth
Styling : Natasha Wiseman
20.1.17

WIPP SOCIAL MEDIA/BRANDING TALK - RECAP

This past Tuesday I had the opportunity to speak in front of roughly 200 women (and a few men) about my tips and tricks for branding and social media. As I arrived to the event one of the fellow speakers asked if I was nervous or if I had prepared for my talk - I hadn't. I also weirdly wasn't nervous at all (saving all my nerves for any future TED talks I get invited to LOL, goalzzzz).



During the course of the night I dropped A LOT of F-Bombs, made fun of myself A LOT, and talked about Beyonce A LOT (lololol) - none of it was planned.

Overall this was such an amazing event to be invited to speak at, there's not much I love more than when women get together and support each other!!



THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart to every one who came out to hear me speak, and thank you to everyone who emailed/DM'd/Tweeted/messaged me after, it really really warmed my heart and made me happy that my rambling resonated with you!



Thank you Bianca, Megan, Erin, and all of WIPP for having me
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