well you’re the best man, so what’s the plan?


Bodysuit: American Apparel, Skirt: Reformation, Leather Jacket: Zara, Booties: Topshop, Necklace: Etsy

If you’ve been seeing this menswear check pattern around everywhere, it’s because this trend is still going strong! I did a post on this pattern a while back (check it out here), but I have become even more obsessed with it over the last few months and acquired even more checked pieces in my wardrobe since then. This skirt from Reformation being one of them. I snagged this about two months ago when they had their massive semi-annual online sale. For only $65, this was such a steal. It encompasses everything I look for in a skirt: high waisted, maxi length, and a stylish pattern. The buttons on the side add to the appeal of it even more.  If you haven’t yet, definitely  try adding some of this classic menswear pattern into your wardrobe. It’s definitely still going strong and will continue into the spring in more subtle ways (will have another blog post very soon on this – told you I’m obsessed!).

For the rest of the outfit, I decided to keep it simple in all black to let the checked pattern be the focal point. The deep v-neck on this bodysuit balances out all the fabric on the bottom half, and the leather jacket adds a bit of edge to the outfit, perfectly contrasting the more formal pattern of the skirt.  On my feet, I wore these black sock booties that I wear with practically every outfit.  I love them cause they are the most comfortable and flattering shoe I own! And to finish it all off, I have this beautiful gold plated zodiac necklace on.  Definitely my new favorite jewelry piece right now.

Since I clearly am in love with this whole menswear pattern, I decided to feature a song this week by the same name – literally.  First and foremost, anyone that knows me in real life, knows that The 1975 is one of my favorite bands. And their song Menswear also happens to be one of my faves, and in my opinion, also one of their most underrated.

I love that this song starts off slow with light instrumentals, teasing the listener by making them wait for the vocals. The vocals don’t start until about halfway through the song, so I can understand why the beginning of this song may seem a bit boring if you’re typically someone who enjoys the singing part of a song. But trust me, this song is well worth the wait and needs to be listened to wholly.  I think it just makes you appreciate what comes next even more.  If you’re unfamiliar with The 1975’s signature sound, the beginning of this song gives you a little glimpse into it with the melancholic, atmospheric, synth-driven beat.  Soon the tempo quickens and the vocals kick in and all the while you’re straining to make out what lead singer Matt Healy is saying through his thick Manchester accent.  Now you’re tapping your foot along and bopping your head to this catchy as heck song, even though you don’t really understand what’s going on. And that’s the beauty of The 1975. Definitely give Menswear a listen below!

you’ve got my back against the wall


Sweater: Unif Hardy Sweater, Jacket: H&M (similar from Zara), Jeans: Urban Outfitters BDG Kick-Flare Jeans, Boots: Doc Martens, Purse: YSL West Hollywood bag, Sunnies: Rayban

Another week of winter weather, another somewhat winter appropriate outfit.  This is pretty much what I wear when it’s too cold and windy outside to be wearing anything else besides a jacket, sweater, and jeans.

One thing I always struggle with is finding a jacket that looks just as good buttoned/zipped-up as it does when it’s not buttoned/zipped. And it’s pretty much a requirement to have your outerwear done up when you live in Canada and need to brave the winter winds on the daily. That’s why I love this jacket – it’s super stylish (you’ve probably seen everyone wearing it this season!), looks good when unzipped or zipped, and it actually keeps you warm since it’s fur-lined on the inside. Underneath, I decided to wear this distressed cropped sweater from Unif. This is actually one of the oldest sweaters in my closet. I go back to it year after year cause it’s just SO stylish and looks good with high waisted anything. On the other hand, the jeans I’m wearing are a newer addition to my wardrobe. They’ve got that kick-flare style which is very trendy right now. If you love the look of flares but don’t think you can rock them because of how dramatic they are, definitely try kick flares! They give you the same look but the flare is much more subtle and suits pretty much every body type. To pull this look together, I added my cherry red Doc Marten combat boots, this all black YSL bag and round Raybans that instantly make any outfit a bit more badass.

Since this look is definitely edgier, I decided to feature a song this week that has a similar edgy kinda vibe. I’m sure most of you already know of Cage the Elephant, and this week’s song is what the title says – Back Against the Wall! This is definitely one of my favourite songs by Cage the Elephant. Every time I listen to it, it just makes me feel so badass and on top of the world (contrary to what this song is all about haha). Funny how music can make you feel one thing when it actually means something else. Take a listen to the song below, and leave me suggestions of what songs make YOU feel on top of the world!

when you’re living in a dreamworld


Jacket: old (similar), Dress: Free People (similar), Over-the-knee boots: Carlos Santana (old)

Although the weather has gotten a bit warmer over the last week or so, there’s no denying that it’s still the dead of winter here in Toronto. Mother nature loves to play tricks with us by giving us a few days of sunny, 15 degrees Cesius weather followed by a snow storm. Typical.

I’m not gonna lie, this outfit was definitely not the most appropriate to be wearing outside in the middle of winter with all the ice and snow on the ground. But I didn’t care. Putting on this fluffy white coat made me feel like I was sleeping on a soft cloud, and I love how it paired with the ethereal and dreamy vibe of this dress.  Because this dress is so short, I had to pair it with over the knee boots to keep myself more covered up (and also to keep warm!).  All in all, this outfit is SO my style. So much so that I would say that it’s probably my favourite outfit that I’ve featured on this blog so far. I’m obviously in love with anything bohemian, but I also love how this outfit plays with different textures – the fluffiness of the coat, the gauziness and lightness in the material of the dress, and the suede material of the boots.  As soon as  I put on this outfit, I felt 1000x better and just more myself.  I guess in a way, just like how music can automatically change our moods and make us feel better, fashion is also a form of escapism for me. Despite the current situation whether it be the crappy weather or if I’m just having a bad day, putting on a fabulous outfit always helps to lift my spirits and put me in a better mood.

Speaking of escapism, that’s the central theme of this week’s song – Dreamworld by Rilo Kiley. Do any of you guys remember Rilo Kiley?! I found myself randomly listening to them again this past week, and I’ve never felt more nostalgic. You may not be able to tell from my musical tastes nowadays, but back in late elementary school and middle school, I was really into emo pop punk (because who wasn’t), and a bit of early 2000s R&B and hip-hop. Come high school, I started discovering more indie/alternative artists, and Rilo Kiley actually happened to be one of the very first bands of that genre that I ever listened to. Anyways, I found myself listening to them again recently and I’ve fallen in love with them all over again.

Dreamworld is from the last album that Rilo Kiley put out in 2007, but is one of my faves from them. The song explores a “dreamworld” state, a state that I think most of us find ourselves in sometimes. When we are in a less than pleasing or uncomfortable situation, we find ourselves ignoring the reality of it and instead, pretending to live in this better world that we have fantasized about in our minds.  I don’t think it’s necessarily a bad thing to live in this dreamworld, because I believe it’s a representation of our hopes and aspirations. As long as they do not simply become just our expectations (and we can still distinguish between what’s real and what’s not), we cannot be disappointed.

But if you’re ever just having a bad day and need a little distraction, just try listening to music that you enjoy, watching your favorite movie, or putting on your favorite outfit! Guaranteed that this simple form of escapism will make you feel 1000x better too!

my top 5 concerts of 2017

As promised last week when I posted my Top 5 Albums of the Year, this week we’re talking about my Top 5 Concerts of 2017! Anyone that knows me, knows that I’m an avid and very frequent concert-goer. I mean, it’s the only way to FEEL the music you love, up close and personal with those who make it, while being surrounded by those who love it just as much as you do. In 2017, I was lucky enough to have the chance to see so many amazing artists and bands that narrowing this list down to only 5 was quite difficult. These five shows are the ones where not only did the band put on a performance worthy of a standing ovation, but also helped to cultivate a warm community at the show and made me feel the most sense of belonging.

5.   Alt-J @ Massey Hall, October 2017


Alt-J’s tour this year was in support of their newest album, Relaxer. Although this album was a bit disappointing for me compared to their previous releases, their show made up for it. They played all of their most popular songs including Fitzpleasure and Breezeblocks, but what really made this show stand out to me was the lighting. I would even go so far as to compare their light show to that of Sigur Ros’ (whom I have also had the pleasure to see live), which says a lot, seeing as how Sigur Ros has won an award for Best Lighting at the Knights of Illumination awards in London.  Nonetheless, Alt-J sounded amazing live like I knew they would, and the lights contributed to the dark and mysterious ambiance. How fitting, since the show took place over Halloween weekend.

4.   Third Eye Blind @ Echo Beach, June 2017


Ahh, what an exciting way it was to kickoff this past summer, with none other than seeing my favorite band of all time play their self-titled debut record live from front to back, for their Summer of Gods tour. Third Eye Blind being my favorite band automatically means that I go to every single show of theirs whenever they’re in town, and this year it was no different. Their Summer of Gods tour was to promote the 20th anniversary of their self-titled album in which they played the entire album from front to back, something that they’ve never done before. For me, this was so exciting, given that this would be my first time hearing them play some of my favorite songs live, songs that they don’t normally play live! Pretty sure I was almost in tears as soon as they played “I Want You” – this is a song that means the world to me, so much so that I even had part of the lyrics tattooed on my back. Of course, they also played their hits off the album such as Semi-Charmed Life and Motorcycle Drive By which had the crowd in such a good mood, singing along at the top of their lungs. You can definitely say that this show was more for nostalgic reasons, but still hands down one of my favorite 3EB performances ever.

3.   Benjamin Francis Leftwich @ The Mod Club, February 2017


BFL is someone that I have listened to for many, many years, but for some reason, never had the chance to see live. This year it changed though. We saw him play on a cold winter day, but the show itself was anything but cold. BFL’s performance was simple – no fancy gimmicks, backing band, or even a backdrop at his show, it was just him and his guitar, and he rocked it. I love it when artists do stripped down shows because it really shows off their talent – raw and heartfelt, the way their music was meant to be heard. BFL has one of those soothing, smooth, deep voices that I feel like can cure almost anybody. That voice with just his guitar made it such an amazing and intimate performance. There was a point where he even jumped into the crowd and sang and played, with everyone just circling him. You could make out the crowd singing along, low under their breaths. BFL was definitely one of the most raw and beautiful performances of the year.

2.   Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness @ The Opera House, April 2017


Andrew McMahon is hands down my favorite musician to see live. He has this way of making each and every one of his shows so upbeat, positive and full of energy that it’s easy to leave all your troubles at the door. I always have the best time at one of his shows.  This time around when I saw him back in April, there was a lot of personal stuff going on in my life, stuff that made me anxious and uncomfortable. But that night, it felt like I had no care in the world for any of that. I felt free and happy, singing and dancing along to all of his songs, just like everyone else in the crowd. Not once did those things that were bothering me even come to mind that night. At one point, Andrew even rode on top and through the crowd in an inflatable duck – something so fun, unique, and interactive that only he would come up with and only he could get away with. The majority of the show had Andrew playing a ton of songs off his new record which also came out in 2017, but also some old classics from his Jack’s Mannequin and Something Corporate days as well. You may remember from an older blog post (read it here!) how much Jack’s Mannequin’s music has meant to me over the years, especially during my high school days. Every time that I see Andrew McMahon live, it literally makes me feel like I am back in high school, young and free spirited with still an entire world out there just waiting to be discovered.

1.   Local Natives @ The Danforth Music Hall, March 2017 & Osheaga Music Festival, August 2017


This may seem a bit biased and perhaps it is, seeing as you all know by now how much I love Local Natives. But aside from creating great music, these guys also create an amazing, dream-like show. This past year I was so fortunate to have the chance to see Local Natives twice – the first time at the Danforth and the second time at Osheaga music festival. Prior to this year, the last time I had the chance to see them was in 2014, so it had been a long time coming, also making it one of my most highly-anticipated shows of the year. And boy they did not disappoint. What makes a Local Natives show amazing is their synchronized vocal layering – something you hear in their songs, but is even more impressive and beautiful when heard live. On top of the great energy that they clearly have with each other and on-stage presence, it’s just not possible for these guys to put on a bad show. I remember at Osheaga while we were waiting (front row, of course) for Local Natives to come on, the couple beside us asked if we had ever seen them live and if they were any good. I excitedly told them that they are amazing live and that they would LOVE it. Right after Local Natives ended, the couple turned to me and said, “You were spot on. Those guys were awesome!”. I could not have agreed more, even telling some of our friends afterwards that I wish that I could “just die and live in that moment with them playing, forever and ever – my version of heaven.”

What a wonderful year of live music. I am so excited for all the upcoming shows and music festivals in 2018. What was your favorite show of 2017? I would love to read your experiences too!

my top 5 album releases of 2017

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Since 2017 is coming to an end and every other online publication is publishing their “Best Of” lists, I decided I would do one as well. Since this blog is a space where I love to talk about music, today I’ll be counting down my Top 5 Favourite Album Releases from this past year.

5.  Melodrama – Lorde

This year, Lorde came out with her much anticipated, second full-length album, Melodrama.  This album has received rave reviews from almost everyone, and I agree to no exception. Melodrama is a more grown-up followup to Pure Heroine, where Lorde explores and experiences the world as a young woman looking to find, embrace, and love herself.  There is a bit of romance, but must of the album revolves around the growing pains of going from a teenager to a young woman in today’s society.  All the while, the album still consists of those infectious pop hooks on songs like Green Light and Supercut,  with more ambient and atmospheric sounds on The Louvre. Check out Melodrama on Spotify below.


4.  Presence – Petit Biscuit

It’s funny that I have yet to feature much electronic dance music on my blog, considering that I actually do listen to a lot of electronic music. One of my favorite electronic albums this year is by Petit Biscuit, an 18 year old from France. Prior to this album release, he had released several remixes and singles (Sunset Lover, anyone?), and had toured around the world this past year, pretty impressive, right? Presence is Petit Biscuit’s first full-length album which showcases his more melodic approach to EDM, including heavy synths and vocals. The standout tracks to me include Beam, Waterfall, and Wake Up, but the entire album feels complete, with each song transitioning seamlessly to the next. Petit Biscuit has crafted a great atmospheric EDM album, and at such a young age, it’s a given that he will have a great future ahead.


3.  A Moment Apart – Odesza

At number three, I have another electronic album. I told you that I actually do listen to a lot of electronic, right? This year, Odesza released their third full-length album titled A Moment Apart. I’ve been a huge Odesza fan for the last few years, and they’re actually one of the first electronic duos that even had me interested in electronic music in the first place. Prior to discovering Odesza, electronic was actually not a genre of music I listened to, or even liked all that much. But upon hearing Odesza’s music, I was hooked. Each song is so catchy and well produced. Their album A Moment Apart, is no different. This one might even be my favourite album by them yet, which says a lot, because I don’t believe there is one song by them that I do not like. Standout tracks to me on this album include Across the Room (ft. Leon Bridges) and Falls (ft. Sasha Sloan).


2.   LANY – LANY

My second favourite album this year has got to be LANY’s self-titled debut.  LANY has had an incredibly successful year,  with the release of this album as well as headlining sold-out shows around the world in support of the album. I’ve already talked about my love for LANY and my thoughts on their album previously (read it here!), so I will not go into it too much, but I will say that if you’re into atmospheric synth-pop with simple, millennial friendly lyrics, you HAVE to give this album a listen. Standout tracks include Dumb Stuff, Super Far, and ILYSB.


1.   A Deeper Understanding – The War on Drugs

My favourite album this year goes to The War on Drugs’ newest release – A Deeper Understanding. Similarly to Lorde’s Melodrama, A Deeper Understanding seems to be a popular choice amongst the music community this year, and rightfully so.  A Deeper Understanding is the followup to The War On Drug’s critically acclaimed 2014 album, Lost in the Dream.  A Deeper Understanding is so well-crafted that it literally sounds perfect, in the sense that every one of the several musical layers is so detailed and fine-tuned.  The result is an album with great depth, that is so meticulous and cohesive, each song working into the next, yet still has a broad range in tempos. This is one of those albums you listen to from front to back, truly savoring each and every moment.  I have also previously featured Thinking of a Place, the 11 minute song from this album on the blog (read it here), and although there is not one bad song on this album, my other standout tracks are Knocked Down and Nothing to Find.


2017 has been a great year of music, tons of amazing album releases but there are my top 5! Looking forward to new music in 2018. I will also be counting down my top 5 favourite concerts from this past year in a future blog post, so look forward to that very soon!

Wishing all of you a warm, fun and safe New Years!