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SUMMER FAVOURITES

Summer Essentials Chloe Nile TOP | BOTTOM | HEELS | CROSS-BODY BAG

I don’t know about you, but I truly think white is summer personified! It’s timeless yet feminine and also signifies the arrival of the hottest season of the year. Although I love wearing colour in general, white just happens to be one of my favourite summer favourites! The fact that it’s so universally appealing and virtually accepted by all at this time of the year, makes it one of the main reasons why I can’t imagine a summer without it!

For the most part, one of my favourite ways to wear white is from head-to-toe. It creates a strong yet understated impact to an overall look, which to me, adds a bit of sophistication. I chose to go with basic pieces for today’s post to create a monochrome look, which can easily be achieved by anyone. These pieces can be mixed and matched seamlessly with anything within your current wardrobe and isn’t too overbearing or in your face for everyday either. Simply love that!

One trick I stuck to when styling this look was adding an embellished accessory like these rock stud heels, but because they are in a neutral colour they played off the white effortlessly keeping it the main focal colour point. The finishing touch was yet another favourite score from Saks, a hard-to-get and always-sold-out cross-body bag from Chloe. It really is the perfect piece for the season!

Shop more of my favourites below!

What do you think about white for summer? Do you have any pieces you are most excited to wear this season? Do share! xoxo

 

 

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DON’T BE AFRAID TO BE FEARLESS.

Although this post has been generously sponsored by “pHemme®”, the opinions and language are my own and in no way do they reflect “pHemme®”.

We all know what it’s like to be afraid. We know what fear feels like, but do we really spend the time to consider what our fears really mean? Many of us are encouraged to consider fear as a weakness, a danger to avoid and something to overcome. At the same time we should really look at fear as something that we tell ourselves, a story that is created in our minds that blocks us from things that we are destined to have or be.

Throughout my childhood up until I was about to hit high school, I couldn’t sleep at night due to fears that were projected onto me by my father. I was alone and grew up with a single father who was raised the European way. By this I mean, strict and old school if you will. I was to be home right after school on the dot, do chores and have my homework done for the evening. If my grades weren’t good enough for my father or if I didn’t show up from school on time, I would be punished. Even when I was excelling in school, I was never good enough.

As I grew older, it would get worse as would my fears. My father always held the belief over me that I would be a failure in some way or another because I wasn’t up to par with what he dreamt for me. What I didn’t understand or see at the time, was that his way of control was through the fear he instilled in me.

Eventually as I hit my early teens, I started to see that my peers around me didn’t live the life I was living. They had loving parents, ones that didn’t hit them constantly and they were happy and growing into themselves. The sheltered isolation was not healthy, the abuse was not right, nor was it acceptable. I hoped as I grew older that if I did what he said things would improve, but they didn’t. When my fears came true with how unbearable it was getting, I broke away from it. No one should live in that kind of fear. It was one of the hardest moments in my life.

What did I learn from this? That fear is just a story that you tell yourself that you ultimately have power over. As with any story, fear has a beginning, middle and end and that if we keep that fearful end result in the back of our heads, we create a clear picture of the worse that can happen. It’s exactly what holds us all back. My father’s fears and beliefs were not my own. It took me years to figure that out and find my own footing and sense of self.

If it weren’t for all of the things I went through in my childhood would I be this self-reliant, independent, driven woman that I am today? Probably not. Had I not suffered and gone through such fear and adversity, I wouldn’t have had this hunger in me to succeed or this drive to share my creative talents to inspire others.

Through our worst challenges, comes incredible insight. The best way to be fearless is to break through it. When you pick and choose the fears that are worth listening to, you gain control of the direction and outcome of your life. The more you face your fears the stronger you become!

Oh, and were any of my father’s beliefs true for me? No. I am far from a failure. I’ve accomplished everything I’ve set my mind to and I’ve only just begun. xoxo

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Dream, Believe, Achieve

Growing up in Toronto, Ontario, I never really met anyone who looked like me. Being mixed with Serbian, Spanish and Filipino I didn’t feel like I fit in through middle school or had a relatable peer, much less a role model. I guess you could say that’s why the arts was always my outlet. Creativity came as second nature to me.

I grew up with a single father who raised me until my early teens and left home when the situation was less than ideal. For those who grew up in an abusive home will understand why I do not want to elaborate any further. It was one of the hardest times in my life, but having to grow up with that experience really shaped who I am today. I was pushed in ways where I thought I couldn’t survive on my own, but I did. Now looking back, I am grateful for all of it. It made me the strong, independent woman that I am today.

As a young woman up until now, I have always been creative. I was the type of girl even as a child who would wander off, dreaming or drawing while everyone was off in groups. Fun Fact: that was exactly what was written in my kindergarden report card! I laugh when I think about it now, but it just made sense. I think that’s why throughout my teens I never felt like I fit in. I was always different. I was a dreamer, wiser beyond my years. I always thought ahead, setting goals of things I wanted to achieve and be.

Through those moments, I knew I wanted to share stories with others and empower other young women through the world of style and film, which is why acting and eventually blogging became the obvious answer. I had spent a lot of time through my high school years on stage; improv, plays you name it. I wanted to connect with others and share their stories. I was always interested in learning more. When I graduated high school, I received full scholarships to train as an actor in college and continued to tell stories through the eyes of characters from Shakespeare to characters in pivotal films, which led to auditioning for work. I even did a pageant in my early years and was Miss Latina Toronto; another fun fact that a lot of people may not know.

Through acting, I also fell in love with fashion. It was all around me. Every character’s status is shown through their wardrobe. Every piece worn tells their story and while working on sets, I found myself drawn to the fashion aspect. In between auditioning and work, I decided to create a platform where I could share another one of my loves, fashion.

“Follow your heart and embrace your uniqueness. That is your greatest asset.”

Using my blog as a platform has been such an inspiration for myself and for those I connect with. Seeing the response from women from all over and impacting them in a positive way through the form of fashion and lifestyle has been what ignites my passion to write and share everyday. It’s funny, but I follow my heart with everything. I do what feels right to me and creating within the fashion and film world has helped me embrace my uniqueness. The things that made me different when I was younger are the things I love the most about myself now.

I hope by sharing my story helps you in some way. Remember that no matter what your situation, you can go for your dreams. Follow your heart and embrace your uniqueness. That is your greatest asset. xoxo

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