It's warmed up here in Toronto, which means that we're finally able to put away our winter coats away and actually sport some shorts and crop tops in preparation for the extreme heat of July and August. I thrive in this kind of weather - not too hot, not too cold - and have felt incredibly motivated and inspired lately, both with my personal endeavours as well as a few style bits and pieces I've accumulated throughout the past few months.
1) My Tattoo
Last week I got my third tattoo and I couldn't be happier with it. I wanted something a bit more decorative and a phrase that represented my philosophy on life and one of my favourite authors. Getting tattoos is a very liberating experience, although not for everyone. It's taught me that I don't have to shy away from expressing what I feel or what I like - something I used to do a lot when I was younger to appease those around me. Now that I'm in my mid to late 20s I've realized there's no point hiding your intentions because that'll never get you anywhere.
2) My Novel
Speaking of intentions, I've officially decided to write the novel that's been bouncing around in my head the past few years, and I already have 3000 words drafted. I've spent a lot of time avoiding the process, thinking that it just won't be as good as I envision it being, but everyone writes like shit at first. That's what first drafts are for and you can't edit what isn't written. So I'm hoping to continue writing, aiming for 5000 words a week, until I hit around 80,000 total. It'll be a tiring and grueling process, but one I'm sure will be worth it in the end.
3) The New Yorker
I'm sure you've all seen the ads for The New Yorker + the signature tote bag all over Instagram. Well, I fell victim to it and I'm glad I did. Not only is the tote great, but I've been loving reading all the stories and poetry in the weekly issues while sitting on my front porch in the sunlight. I find it to be a nice change from online media and feel more connected to the people writing the pieces.
4) The Ordinary Foundation
Okay, so this is a big deal for me. I normally avoid/dislike liquid foundation because of how noticeable it is on the skin and how I could never really find one at the drugstore with a yellow undertone that isn't too orange. Well, I've finally found the perfect one for me and it's been a staple in my daily makeup routine for the past few weeks. I've heard a lot about The Ordinary when their products were first becoming really popular, but never thought to try them. However, I'm so glad I took the plunge and gave this relatively cheap foundation a try because it's perfect for my skin texture and colour. It's not too thick so it doesn't sit on top of the skin, but rather blends nicely in with my natural oils. And the colour is the right match for my golden yellow hues, making my complexion look alive and dynamic, rather than matte and dull. I would definitely recommend giving it a try.
5) Red and Gold Accents
This has been the spring of gold and red for me. I just can't get enough of the combination, paired with simple outfit colours of blue, black, and white. I've been having so much fun putting together outfits inspired by these accents and look forward every day to finding some new pieces in my wardrobe that I haven't worn yet. There's something so vibrant about gold and red that they seem to spice even a plain white t-shirt and jeans into something a bit more put-together and dressier. Check out my Instagram to see how I've been using them in my daily outfits!