i fought the current running just the way you would

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Off-shoulder Top: Spell Gypsy | Skirt: Spell Gypsy | Mules: Steve Madden (similar)

It’s pretty much officially Summer (at least it feels like it) and that makes me so so happy! I can’t wait for camping trips, long bike rides, beach days, patios, and of course the cutest summer fashion! One of my favourite “trends” right now are two-piece sets. Matching sets are literally the EASIEST thing to throw on in the summer because they require no effort and you suddenly have a whole put together outfit. On top of that, they’re also the most versatile thing out there! If you don’t feel like being too matchy-matchy by wearing the set together, you can always swap out the top or the bottom and pair it with a different top/bottom. This allows you to create several different outfits by simply pairing the separates with different items you already have in your closet. If you’re heading somewhere on vacation this summer, try packing a set with you as it definitely helps to limit the number of different pieces of clothing you have to bring. I love matching sets so much that I’ll probably do a separate blog post in the coming weeks showcasing some of my favourite sets right now.

The two piece set that I’m wearing in this week’s post is by the Australian brand Spell & The Gypsy Collective. If you haven’t checked out their pieces yet, what are you doing?! I’ve been obsessed with their clothing for the last few years, and I especially think their clothes are perfect for the summer months as they always have the most beautiful prints and colours! Their styles are so loose and flowy, perfect if you’re into bohemian style clothing that’s super comfortable and effortless yet stylish.

The off-the-shoulder top and skirt that I’m wearing are sold separately on Spell Gypsy’s website, but look great paired together as I’ve done above. When I wear these pieces separately, I would pair the top tucked into a pair of high waisted light wash denim shorts for a casual look. With the skirt, a simple white crop top would help balance out the flowy-ness of the skirt on the bottom by keeping it more streamlined on top.

Moving on from my love for matching sets, another thing I’ve been in love with recently is Maggie Rogers’ new single – Fallingwater. If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you may remember that I featured one of her songs in a previous blog post (check it out HERE!). Her newest release, Fallingwater, was only released a couple of weeks ago, and I’m pretty sure it’s already made it onto my list of most played songs this year so far. In other words, I’m OBSESSED. When the song was released, it was accompanied by a handwritten note on Maggie’s Instagram where she explains that the song is all about “giving everything and not knowing if it’s enough”. Makes sense given that Maggie’s rise to fame was very rapid. After the video of a coaching session with Pharrell at NYU where Rogers was a student in the music program went viral, her rise to fame just exploded. Soon she was headlining sold out shows and playing bigger and bigger stages at music festivals around the world. All within the last two years. Fallingwater is about all of that sudden change of the last two years. About her giving it her all, about being open and vulnerable for the world to see and hear her, while still trying to navigate her way through this crazy world and not really knowing where it would lead her to next.

A lot of the time we think of change as a bad thing. But Fallingwater actually celebrates change. It still recognizes the hardships of change. How it usually happens suddenly, unexpectedly and quickly, making the situation seem very stressful. Change takes us out of our comfort zone, and that’s why we don’t like it. But in hindsight, change is always a good thing. We as human beings need change in order to grow and better ourselves. Our ability to adapt to change is what makes us stronger and allows us to learn more about ourselves and the world around us. ¬†I’ve even taken it upon myself to seek out change in order to learn more, grow, and be happier. Next time you’re faced with change, whether it be in your personal or professional life, don’t be afraid to embrace it! Everything really does happen for a reason and things always turn out the way they’re meant to be.

If you haven’t yet, definitely check give Fallingwater a listen After a small hiatus, this song has got to be comeback song of the year thus far. Maggie’s storytelling is stronger than ever, as seen through her intimate and vulnerable lyrics in the song. Her folk background combined with the smooth synth-pop melodies and rhythms are what allow her to stand out from the rest of them, and this song proves all of that. Check out the song (and stunning music video) below!

Also, let me know in the comments below if you have any fun plans for this summer, or what your favourite summer fashion trends are! I would love to read them ūüôā

when the rain washes you clean, you’ll know

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Maxi Dress: Free People (similar) | Sunglasses: Nordstrom 

About two weeks ago, while on an evening walk around the neighborhood, my boyfriend and I stumbled upon the prettiest back entrance/garden to this hidden mansion which is now used as a banquet hall for weddings and anniversaries. I had heard of this facility before, but driving past it on the daily to work, I was never able to actually see the mansion as it’s hidden behind a huge stone wall. Unexpectedly on one random weekday evening during our walk, we just happened to end up behind the mansion! The garden¬† is beautiful especially with the mansion made of stone as the backdrop, and even though we couldn’t get too close because it was fenced off, I still thought it would be such a stunning location to take some photos. So of course as the weekend rolled around, we went back and ended up doing just that.

I put on a floral maxi dress because 1), that’s pretty much all I own and wear in the spring/summer, and 2), I just thought it would go along with the feminine and somewhat fancy vibe of the location. Funny fact: I was literally DYING in the heat while taking these pictures because of all the fabric in the dress. With maxi dresses, I usually prefer short sleeves or sleeveless because it can otherwise look like too much and drown you out (especially if you’re shorter like me). I really loved the lighter colours in this dress though, and the mix of the floral and paisley patterns are so unique. This is probably one of the only maxi dresses I own with full-length sleeves, and I know it’s not the most practical for everyday, but for a special occasion to prance around to in a pretty garden, I think it’s quite alright.

As soon as I put this dress on, it immediately made me feel like the OG boho queen herself, Stevie Nicks. She is literally the embodiment of bohemian – travelling around the world singing songs that warms the hearts of others while wrapped up in her staple uniform of platform boots, shawls, and maxis. Her free-spirited style is just an extension of her spirit and creativity. Since I felt like I was channeling my inner Stevie Nicks in these photos, it only makes sense that this week’s song is none other than Dreams by Fleetwood Mac.

I’m sure all of you know this song, probably from our parents playing it when we were kids growing up, bu if you haven’t, definitely take a listen to it below. It’s a classic!

blood is red and sweet as cherry wine

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Blouse: Reformation Laurent Top (similar), (similar)| Jeans: Vintage (similar)| Jelly Shoes: Juju

Summer weather is officially here! We’ve been blessed with hot and sunny 30 degree weather in Toronto for the last two weeks, so I’ve been taking full advantage of it by spending as much time as I can outdoors. The thing with Toronto weather (and I’m sure any Torontonian can attest to this) is that there’s never any in-between when it comes to the weather. It goes from being extremely disgusting and cold to hot and sunny within a matter of only a few weeks. The Spring and Fall seasons seem to barely exist.

A few weeks ago before the weather spiked tremendously, my boyfriend and I decided to go and try to see some cherry blossoms. We ended up going to a small little park where I heard the cherry blossoms had bloomed, and I even wore my cherry printed top to match for the pictures. After walking around the entire park twice and not seeing any of the blossoms, we decided that maybe we were wrong and there were none. We ended up driving to a different entrance of the park and low and behold, the blossoms were there! Unfortunately though, we had arrived too late in the season and there were hardly any blossoms left.¬† This didn’t stop us from trying to snap a few pictures in the park though. We ended up finding a spot along the trail in the shade, and on a nearby bridge to snap these pictures and I actually love the way they turned out, despite the spontaneous location!

Like I said earlier, I wore this cherry printed top from Reformation that I got while in NYC (see my haul HERE) because I wanted to match with the cherry blossoms. I love the square neckline of this top because it’s super trendy right now, but I also think it’s very flattering! It shows off the most feminine and delicate part of a woman (aka the collarbones IMO) and pretty much looks great on anyone. Of course I paired this top with some high waisted Mom jeans because what else is new. But I thought it would be so fun and playful to finish it off with these white jelly sandals! I remember wearing a pair of pink sparkly jelly sandals from Old Navy when I was like 8 years old, so when I saw these white ones a while back, I just knew I had to have them. So many memories (and also so many blisters) with these sandals, but they’re so cute and nostalgic, I just had to.

My whole idea with the song this week was to feature one that’s reminiscent of Springtime, including something to do with cherries, since that clearly seems to be the theme this week. So this week we have Cherry Wine by Hozier! Not gonna lie, when I first heard this song a few years back, I just thought it was such a pretty, delicate and peaceful Springtime song, with the birds chirping in the background and all. It wasn’t until I delved deeper into the lyrics and watched the music video that I truly understood what the song was all about.

Cherry Wine on a high level is about domestic abuse. The song and video were released in order to raise funds for domestic abuse victims around the world, as well as to shed light on this important topic. The song was written from the perspective of a man who is suffering from a physically abusive relationship. Similarly, the video shows a woman in an abusive relationship, but seemingly in love with her man at the same time. I literally teared up while watching this heartbreaking video, and I’m sure you will too. I love that not once does the video show any of the physical abuse. We all know that domestic abuse happens and is there, whether or not we talk about it.¬† But the video is meant to be empowering for victims, to take the appropriate steps towards getting out of such a relationship. So instead of focusing on the act of the abuse, it focuses on the victim’s world after the act, and the difficulties that they face in actually seeing themselves as a victim when they are so in love with their abuser.¬† Thus, showcasing the vicious cycle of domestic abuse.

Boy was I wrong when I initially thought Cherry Wine was just an easy going Springtime song. It turned out to be one of the most important and deepest Hozier songs out there. At the same time, it’s a helping hand and a step in the right direction towards making a positive change. And we always need more of that in our world.

SFMW vintage lookbook part 2

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If you guys missed it last week, I announced the launch of Songs From My Wardrobe Vintage – my online vintage Etsy shop! You can see part 1 of the lookbook that I posted HERE. This week I decided to post another lookbook featuring a few more pieces that are now up in the store, so if you like anything, be sure to shop them now (direct links are above).

All of the pieces in the shop right now are perfect for the warmer Spring/Summer weather. So if you just finished some Spring cleaning and have room for some awesome new duds, are going on vacation this summer, or just need a little wardrobe refresh, definitely go check out the shop HERE. Some of the pieces in the shop, like the denim bomber featured above, can even be transitioned from those chilly Summer nights right into the Fall.

Don’t forget that this is also the last weekend to use the code “GRANDOPENING15” to get 15% off your entire order, so SHOP NOW! Code expires June 3rd.

Let me know what your favourite pieces are and if there are any specific pieces you guys would like to see in the shop in the future.

Happy shopping!

shop SFMW vintage online now!

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Floral Midi Dress: SFMW Vintage | Sheer Beige Midi Dress: SFMW Vintage | Dusty Rose Velvet Burnout Top: SFMW Vintage | Washed Black Mom Jeans: SFMW Vintage

So I teased something super exciting last week that is finally here!! Songs From My Wardrobe Vintage is now live on Etsy!! You guys can head over HERE and shop all the pieces pictured above from head to toe, plus tons more! The shop will also be updated weekly so make sure you check back often. Since everything is one-of-a-kind vintage, act fast if you see something you like because it might not be there the next day.

I’ve been working on SFMW Vintage for the last few months, from sourcing all the items to getting everything set up, and I’m so happy that I can finally share something that I love and have worked so hard on with all of you. Vintage clothing is something that I absolutely love, and if you know me, you know that I regularly shop vintage for that perfect, one-of-a-kind find. I know vintage shopping may not be for everyone. Some people hate the idea of scouring through racks upon racks of clothing just to find that perfect piece. For me, it’s all about the thrill of the hunt. So I thought it would be perfect to do the work for you guys so you can shop some amazing vintage pieces in my store without the hassle of digging it up yourself (not to mention that buying vintage is also great for the environment!). ¬†Opening up my own online vintage store is something that I’ve always wanted to do myself anyways, and just like how I started this blog with no expectations, I decided to finally take the leap and start my store as well.

Each piece has been carefully handpicked by myself, and some are even pre-loved pieces from my own collection. I hope you guys love it as much as I do.

I’ll also be putting out another mini lookbook next week featuring more items that will be made available at the same time. ¬†Make sure you stay tuned! In the meantime, be sure to shop all the current pieces available HERE now!

And for all my readers, if you use the discount code “GRANDOPENING15”, you can also get 15% off your entire order from now until June 3rd.

If you guys purchase anything, I would LOVE to see how you guys rock it! You can tag @sfmwvintage on Instagram and we would love to feature you.

Happy shopping everyone!

you’re fire, but sweet, hot coals beneath my feet

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Sweater: Aritzia | Pants: Brandy Melville Tilden Pants | Booties: Jeffrey Campbell Starburst | Sunnies: Ray Ban

As you can probably tell from these pictures, we’ve finally been getting some sunshine around here! Hopefully this set of pictures will be one of the last where you’ll see me wearing a sweater for a while, because I’m so excited to post more Spring/Summer appropriate outfits coming up now that the weather has finally decided to cooperate. Speaking of which, you do not want to miss next week’s blog post as I will be launching something SUPER EXCITING for this season! Definitely stay tuned.

For this week’s outfit, I wanted to have fun with these super cool striped pants. They’re from Brandy Melville which I know is a bit controversial for some because of their one size fits most standard, but I actually think these pants could fit many as they are super stretchy! Aside from the elastic waistband, the material itself that these pants are made from have a very good amount of stretch to them as well. Because of this, they’re also very comfortable. ¬†When I’m not wearing high waisted mom jeans, my other go-to for bottoms are fun, printed, comfortable pants! I usually prefer more flowy, bohemian styles of pants, but these striped ones have found a way into my heart. Brandy Melville also makes this exact same style of pants in a variety of different prints and patterns, but I personally think these vertical stripes are the most flattering. If you didn’t know, vertical stripes help to elongate the legs, and who wouldn’t want legs for days?! Just like how horizontal stripes tend to make you look wider, vertical stripes make you look leaner. With that said, these pants are definitely one of the more flattering pairs of printed pants you’ll find.

To go along with the print of these pants, I decided to keep it more simple on top with this sweater. Although plain, this sweater has some distressed details on the hem of the waist and the sleeves, adding a little bit more edge to this look. If it were a warmer day out, I would definitely swap out the sweater for one of my vintage Harley tees instead. To finish off my outfit, I thought I would play up the pattern in the pants by pairing them with these amazing studded booties. These booties instantly elevate any look and add a bit of of that badass, rocker-chic vibe to any outfit.

So if you’ve been following my blog for a while, you may remember that I mentioned a band called LANY which I discovered through my Spotify Discover Weekly playlist a few years ago. Let me just say that if you’re not listening to your Discover Weekly playlist, you’re missing out big time. This specially curated playlist on Spotify is made just for you based on the kind of music and artists you listen to. And all I can tell you is that it’s always spot on. For me anyways. I’ve discovered some amazing bands through this playlist, LANY being one of them, and this week’s band, flor, being another.

When I first stumbled upon Warm Blood by flor on my playlist, I was instantly hooked. I played the song again and again and then proceeded to go on their page to listen to all their other songs. The band blends indie rock with synth pop to create catchy atmospheric sounds, perfect for those warm summer nights. Warm Blood in particular is one of my faves by them, perhaps because it’s the first song I ever heard by them, but is also the whole reason why I fell in love with this band in the first place. This is one of those sweet, innocent, love songs, expressing unconditional love for another person no matter the circumstances. Young love at its finest. ¬†So fitting because I actually saw flor perform this past Valentine’s Day with my boyfriend. They were amazing live, way better than I expected, so full of energy that it made me fall in love with this band even more.

If you’re into bands like LANY, Smallpools, or COIN, definitely check out flor and their debut album “come out. you’re hiding”.

can i let the trees do the talking?

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Leather Aviator Jacket: Vintage | Sweater: Aerie (old) | Jeans: Free People | Booties: Jeffrey Campbell Stillwell boots

It may officially be May, but the flowers have yet to bloom here in Toronto. Instead, we’re still getting a lot of the leftover April showers. Some days are nice and sunny, but others are clouded by grey skies resulting in cold and wet days.

Case in point last weekend. Last Saturday was cold, dreary and dark. But it was also the perfect opportunity for me to finally take this amazing vintage leather jacket that I purchased while thrifting in NYC this past January out for a spin (check out my haul from that trip here). ¬†I had actually been wanting a brown leather aviator jacket for a while so when I just happened to stumble upon this one in such good condition and for only $40, I knew it was meant to be! ¬†I feel like this jacket is either a hit or miss with most people – you either love it or you hate it. ¬†I love it, perhaps because it reminds me of a “Dad jacket” – pretty much what I imagine a Dad in the 70s/80s to have worn. I’m pretty sure my Dad even had a similar jacket when I was growing up in the 90s.

I feel like this oversized jacket is such a statement piece, so I wanted to keep the rest of my outfit quite simple and not overwhelm my frame. I paired it with these Free People blue denim skinnies with rips in the knees (I obviously love these jeans since I wear my black ones ALL the time!) to keep the outfit streamlined. Since it was pretty cold out, I had to wear a sweater underneath. I think grey goes so well with brown, so I opted for this super soft, grey, cropped mockneck sweater. To finish it off, I wore these brown leather Jeffrey Campbell booties on my feet. The colour of these boots are literally the exact same colour as the dark brown cuffs and waistband on the jacket, perfectly tying in the whole outfit together.

To go along with the mood this week, I thought it would be appropriate to feature the song The Listening by Lights. I’ve been listening to so much older music lately. Not as old as what my parents would’ve listened to back in the day, but I mean music that I used to listen to when I was in high school. The Listening is off of Lights’ debut album of the same name which was released in 2009. I remember being OBSESSED with this album back then. At the time, I was really into pop punk and alternative rock music, so having this Canadian female synth-pop artist come along (aka Lights) was music that was new to me, but I was hooked. Beneath all the catchy hooks, her songs still have an underlying tone of sadness, which my moody self resonated so much with at the time.

Have you ever said something to a loved one in the heat of the moment, and it came out all wrong because you weren’t in the right state of mind? I’m pretty sure you have. I’m sure we all have. This is pretty much what The Listening is about, more or less. Whether it be an argument we’re in the middle of, or the chaos and stress of our day to day lives, our minds are constantly clouded by so many different emotions that it’s hard to think straight at times. In times like these, it’s easy to let these negative thoughts and emotions take over and we let it out on those we love the most. We know that those who love us will understand and will be there for us even after all is said and done.

I’m guilty of letting my emotions get the best of me and taking it out on my loved ones quite often. One thing that I find helpful when I find myself feeling this way is to just take a moment to myself to just breathe. A small little meditation session perhaps, even if it’s just for a couple of minutes. I’ll close my eyes and just focus on my breath, every inhale and exhale. I always feel so much better afterwards and find that this helps me move forward with a clear mind. If you’re ever feeling this way, I suggest you try this little technique as well! Spare your loved ones the heat of your wrath – they did nothing wrong to you. ¬†Hopefully this helps you out just as much as it has helped me.

what would victoria wear: to a concert | WWVW

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Harley Tee: Vintage | Jeans: Free People¬†| Denim Jacket: Vintage Levi’s (similar)¬†| Booties: Steve Madden (similar)¬†| Sunnies: Rayban

 

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Tee: Zara (old) | Leather Jacket: Zara | Pants: American Apparel | Booties: Steve Madden (similar) | Sunnies: Rayban

You guys, I’m so excited to be starting a new series on here called What Would Victoria Wear, where I basically outline what I would wear for a specific occasion/event/holiday, etc! So to start it off, I thought it would only make sense to have my first post be about what I would wear to a concert.

Since the weather is FINALLY starting to warm up, it means that it’s finally starting to feel like Spring! And one of my favourite things about Spring is all the concerts in the city. Aside from Fall, Spring is definitely a great season to check out a show or two as tons of bands happen to tour around this time of the year. So to help you guys out before you head off to any upcoming concerts, I thought I would break down what I wear when I go to a concert myself. If you didn’t know, I’m an avid concert go-er. You’ll find me at at least one or two concerts a month (if you’re interested in knowing my top 5 concerts from last year, click here!), so I definitely know a thing or two when it comes to concert dressing. Always remember though that you should dress however you like! Take these tips as helpful pointers, and use them to help inspire you to dress in your own way and what makes you the most comfortable.

Before I get into the specific outfit details, I also wanted to mention that what I wear to a concert also depends on the type of concert I’m going to, even though the idea is always the same. The first outfit is something I would wear to a more casual concert or something like a filthy rock show. The type of show where I know I’ll be sweating and having my face melt off, so to speak. On the other hand, if I know I’m going to a fancier concert, like an arena show or a fun electronic night out type of concert, then I would go for the second outfit. It’s a bit more dressed up and has a bit more bling to keep me going throughout the night.

So without further adieu, here are my concert essentials:

Oversized Graphic Tee:  

One of the most important things for me when going to a concert is to be comfortable. You’re there to watch the band perform after all, it’s not a fashion show. So comfort is always key. And what’s more comfortable than a good ol’ t-shirt? You can wear any kind of t-shirt you’d like, but I love how a fun graphic tee adds a bit more pizzazz to an outfit. Sometimes I’ll even opt for a band tee of the band I’m seeing (just don’t wear a t-shirt of a different band than the one you’re seeing – it’s common courtesy!). In terms of the fit, I always opt for an oversized tee. It’s more comfortable and you can always tuck it in the front for that slouchy and effortlessly cool look.

Skinny Pants:  

Since I usually opt for a looser fit on the top, I make sure to balance it out with a tighter fit on the bottom – hence the skinny pants. My go-to pairs of skinnies for a concert are my black skinny jeans with the holes in the knees or my American Apparel disco pants. I love black skinnies for a rock concert since they look so badass with any graphic tee. And for a more elevated look, my disco pants are so fun. Perfect for a night out of dancing along with your favourite band.

Lightweight Jacket: 

I live in Canada so it’s cold out the¬† majority of the time. Hence the need for a jacket 9 out of the 12 months of the year. However, who wants to wait in line and pay for coat check once you get into the venue, and wait in an even longer line to retrieve your coat once the concert ends? No one. So having a lightweight jacket to get you to and from your car/subway to the venue is absolutely necessary! The reason a lightweight jacket works best is because once you get inside and you’re halfway into the concert, you’ll probably be feeling hot and a little stuffy. This is when you can easily just take the jacket off and tie it around your waist without it being too bulky (as I’ve shown in the first outfit). No need to get coat check, and it keeps your hands free so you can continue moving around or holding onto your drink. If it’s a bit warmer out like during the summer months, you can swap out the jacket and even just wear a thin cardigan or flannel instead.

Platform Booties:  

The black booties I’m wearing in both outfits are my literal go-to pair of concert shoes. And I mean it when I say it that I actually wear these shoes to every single concert I attend. These boots are durable, go with everything, add height, and are super comfortable, which is why they’re the PERFECT concert shoes! Out of everything that I deem necessary for a concert, a great pair of comfortable platform booties are my number one. A platform instantly adds height so if you’re a shorty like me who can’t see over the heads of those taller people standing in front of you at a concert, platform shoes give you a little boost. But just because they add height, it doesn’t mean that they’re uncomfortable. Platforms also have a heel in the front so it kind of evens out the height in the arch of the foot, so they’re actually very, very comfortable, even when you’re standing for a few hours at a concert. ¬†Materials like leather (real or faux, it doesn’t matter) are usually the most durable for shoes as well. They repel liquids better than a material like suede for example, and don’t scratch as easily.¬† I recommend finding a pair of inexpensive leather booties if you’re looking for a concert shoe. Truth be told, I’ve stepped on some sticky floors, had people step on my feet while dancing and jumping around, and even had a few drinks spilled on them, so you definitely don’t want to spend a ton of money on an expensive pair of concert shoes. The exact ones I’m wearing aren’t available anymore, but these Vagabond Dioon boots as well as these Vagabond Grace boots are extremely similar.

Well there you have it. I hope you enjoyed this post and found it helpful!

Let me know in the comments below if you’re going to any concerts coming up and who you’re seeing! I’ll be catching Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness and Sylvan Esso just to name a few in the coming months. Also, let me know if you have any requests for future WWVW blog posts. I would love to hear your feedback!

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.