the closer i get, the farther i have to go

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Jacket: Free People Daytrip Bomber (similar) | Bodysuit: Topshop | Jeans: Vintage Guess (similar)| Belt: Vintage | Booties: Steve Madden (similar)

Can it just be Spring already!? While it seems like every other city is finally starting to warm up, Toronto was faced with an ice storm last week, which kept me inside the entire weekend (which wasn’t the worst thing since I ended up streaming Coachella live on YouTube all weekend).  How depressing is it that it’s already mid April and this is what we still have to deal with? Fingers crossed for warmer and sunnier days ahead, hopefully much, much sooner rather than later.

In the mean time, I’m looking back at these pictures which were taken on a much nicer and sunnier day. Even though the weather was nice outside on this day, these pictures kind of give me a melancholic feeling – kind of like how I’m sure everyone in Toronto feels right now about the lack of Spring weather.

For this outfit, I decided to rock this super fun, printed bomber. I’m sure we all know that bombers have been trendy for the last two years or so. But what makes this bomber different from the rest of them is definitely the print and the colours! Most of the ones that we’ve seen are either plain black or olive green coloured, or the Japanese silk bombers with a Tiger or some kind of graphic on the back. I absolutely adore how this Free People bomber has so many different colours in it, but they’re muted so that it’s not too flashy. The colours combined with the floral and paisley print of it gives this otherwise street style outerwear piece a very bohemian vibe, which you guys know is what I’m all about. Definitely check out Free People if you’re looking for a fun, statement jacket for Spring (I’ve linked a similar one above)!

Since this jacket is such a statement piece on it’s own, I wanted to keep the rest of the outfit pretty simple. I paired it with this lilac coloured bodysuit to go along with the bits of light purple in the jacket. The light-washed high waist mom jeans which I wear with almost everything really help to make the outfit very Spring appropriate by keeping with the lighter colour scheme. For shoes, you can never go wrong with black booties. They go well with this look because it helps to tie the entire outfit together since the jacket has some black in it as well. And I can’t forget about this white leather vintage belt. This is literally my most worn belt. I love that it’s white because we don’t see white belts too often, and the gold hardware just makes it look so classy and put together. All in all, a perfect Springtime look if you ask me!

So I mentioned earlier that there’s just something about these pictures that kind of makes me feel melancholic, so I figured I should also feature a song this week that gives me the same feeling. You & I by Local Natives does just that. Actually, quite a lot of Local Natives songs do that for me, but You & I is one of my faves. I’ve already mentioned Local Natives a few times on this blog now, so I’m sure you guys know how much I love them. They’re one of my favourite bands after all.

You & I is about a relationship in which the individual’s feelings about it have changed. Where one individual perhaps has fallen out of love, and the other is still in love, trying to salvage what’s left.  In other words, a relationship in which there is no reciprocation. We all know that relationships only work when there’s reciprocation on both ends, so this song explores the loneliness and emptiness that one feels when they don’t receive the same love back. I’m sure we all feel the rainbows and butterflies during the early stages of a new relationship, but the hardest part is what comes after that stage. The line “when did your love go cold?” just reinforces how an individual’s feelings can diminish and they can lose interest in a relationship over time, once the honeymoon stage is over. It’s just how it goes.  And of course, it is so painful when you’re the person on the other end still trying to hang on to the relationship. Trying to be “closer” to your significant other, but in the end, all you feel after all your efforts is “the farther I have to go” due to the lack of reciprocation.

Wow, I didn’t mean for this blog post to sound so depressing. But just remember, life will always be filled with ups and downs. A quote I read the other day reminded me of why it’s so important to just feel, whether it be feelings of happiness or sadness. It said that “not to feel is to stop the heart from breathing”.  Just being able to feel is part of human nature. Whether you’re the person falling out of love, or you’re the person trying to salvage the relationship, just know that however you feel for the other person, you cannot control.  It’s so important to just be honest with our ourselves and each other, and to just allow our hearts to feel what it needs to in order to lead us in the right direction.  When we go through the bad times and feel pain, anger or sadness, it’s so that we can appreciate the good times and the feelings of happiness, joy and love that much more.

On that note, I hope everyone is feeling all the happiness and joy out there today!

welcome to the jungle, are you gonna dance with me?

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Dress: Forever 21 (old), Vegan Leather Fringe Jacket: BLANKNYC (similar)

You guys, Coachella Weekend 1 has kicked off which means it’s officially the start of festival season!!!! If you’ve been following my blog for a while now, you may have noticed that I love bohemian fashion, and I’m obviously a huge music lover as well, so festival season is literally my favourite time of the year! I love going to concerts year round too, but there’s just something about the laid-back vibe of festivals that you just can’t really compare to. Nothing beats dancing under the sun till dusk with your best friends, day drinking, and just hanging out listening to music that you love for a couple of days.

To celebrate the start of festival season, I thought that I would put together an outfit that I would wear to one. Keep in mind that it’s still pretty cold here in Toronto when I took these pictures, so this outfit may not be the most appropriate if you’re heading out to the desert for Coachella during the day. I would say that this outfit would best be suited for a festival like Glastonbury (just swap out the shoes for rainboots), or perhaps during nighttime at Coachella (since I’ve heard the desert does get chilly at night). Since it’s still early in the season and I love festival fashion so much, stay tuned because I will definitely have another festival outfits blog post up in the coming months.

When it comes to dressing for a music festival, the most important thing is to dress comfortably! While you’re walking around the festival grounds all day and dancing to the music, the pain of blisters forming on your feet or feeling conscious in a too-short outfit should be the last thing on your mind. For me, a flowy dress is always a great option for a festival because it’s literally the most easy and comfortable thing to wear. Short dresses are cute, but I especially love midi dresses because you don’t have to worry about the skirt blowing up and you can also sit comfortably on the grass without flashing anyone when you just wanna chill out.

Another festival favourite for me is anything with fringe!! I don’t know why, but I always think of fringe when I think of festival fashion. This is especially great when you find the perfect fringe jacket to wear. Since you’re at the festival all day, having something to throw on over your outfit for when it gets chilly at night is a necessity. I love this leather jacket because it’s lightweight yet the tiniest bit oversized, making it super comfortable to dance to the closing set in.

Now if you’re heading to Coachella this weekend or next, first of all, I’m extremely jealous! But secondly, make sure to enjoy your time and check out some of the AMAZING artists on the lineup! I’m actually really impressed with the lineup this year – definitely one of my favorites for 2018. One artist on the lineup (and is actually quite heavy on the festival circuit this year) that you definitely need to check out is Tash Sultana. If you haven’t heard of her yet, where have you been!? This girl started out busking the streets in Australia, and her popularity has since risen rapidly after videos of her performing on the streets and in her bedroom made their way onto Youtube. I’ve been obsessed with Tash Sultana for a while now, so the song featured today is Jungle – one of her most popular songs. You definitely need to take a listen to it below, or even better, go catch her set at Coachella on Saturday. I bet you’ll have the time of your life watching her shred that guitar and do her thang. She is one badass chick.

And if you’re not heading to Coachella this year, let me know if you’ll be heading to another music festival instead! I’ll be at Osheaga in Montreal this year (where I’m super stoked to catch Tash Sultana!!!!). For the time being though, you’ll find me streaming Coachella Live on Youtube all weekend. Also make sure to stay tuned for a full festival outfits post in the next few months. It truly is the most magical and wonderful time of the year.