28.5.15

BLUE VELVET

I know these pictures probably look so wintery but we had a few colder days last week so I had to pull out the faux fur and velvet. I wore this to have drinks for my friend's birthday. We went to a place in the market called Social and it was my first time there. They recently renovated and it was super pretty and chic. I got to see a lot of friends that I haven't seen in a while so it was nice catching up. Isn't it crazy how fast time flies? 

Let's talk about my dress! It's so luxe and glam yet comfy and warm. I love the colour and the slit. On the hanger it looked shapeless but once I tried it on I fell in love with it. It reminded me to always try things on because the difference between how it looks on the hanger and on you is like night and day. Clothes truly come to life when put on a person! 


Coat: Vintage, gifted. Dress: Value Village, $10. Purse: Ottawa Vintage Clothing Show, $10. Shoes: New Look, $30. 






PHOTOS BY LISA KIDD

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24.5.15

#OOTD Board Games Lounge

Happy Sunday! I wore this Friday night to The Loft board game lounge with friends. If you've never heard of a board game lounge before, it's basically a place where you can eat delicious naughty foods (waffles, bowls of candy, pizza) and have yummy drinks while playing a board game with friends. They have an entire wall full of games to choose from. Board games are definitely something that my generation and older fully appreciate. Back before iPads and YouTube, board games were pretty much the shiz. And the best thing about them is they don't rely on batteries or wifi connections, they're pretty much full-proof until someone spills a coke but even then, there's towels!  I can't count how many times I've played LIFE and Monopoly. I hope board games never become extinct. 

I didn't plan my outfit to match my evening but looking back now, it kinda does. All the different colours and shapes totally resemble that of board games, ha! I'm not sure if that''s lame or awesome. I'll let you decide. 



Coat: Danier, BFM thrift store, $3. Top: Value Village, $6. Jeans: Forever 21+, $18. Sliders: CK, Value Village, $13. Purse: Value Village, $4. 




PHOTOS BY LISA KIDD

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18.5.15

ALL OF THE COLOURS.


 I wore this to work and then for an evening stroll to the beach. I picked up this dress during the Winter with plans of wearing it this season. I had actually forgotten about it until I saw it in my summer clothing bag. It's so comfortable and the colours are beautiful. Dresses like this are such an easy way to stand out without putting in any effort. 

I'm so grateful to live just minutes away from nature. Going for a walk or run is much easier when you can feast your eyes on beautiful surroundings. 



Dress: Value Village, $8. Purse: Value Village, $6. Necklace: Aldo, $7. Sandals: Gap, $14. 








PHOTOS BY LISA KIDD

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9.5.15

My Self Care Routine

As Mental Health Week comes to an end, I wanted to share some of the things that help me stay as anxiety-free as possible. Back in January I shared my struggles with anxiety and while I still have occasional slip ups, I've come a looooong way and I'm still going. 

I think when it comes to our health, there's certainly a place for professionals and medication but we have to play a big part in our own wellness too. We have to take control and responsibility and do as much as we can to be healthy. 

Positive Thoughts

When I was in a really dark place, it was a combination of things that helped me see the light. The most significant was changing my inner voice and challenging my thoughts. 

I started watching videos on healing and the power of positive thoughts. I began to see things in a new light and that kick started my journey to getting better. It wasn't the cure but it helped in a huge way. A good way to start is to put quotes and positive affirmations on your social media, wall, desk, or fridge (anywhere you'll see it). Watch videos or movies that will lift you up. 




People

There were many nights where I heavily depended on my family and friends for support. Some nights I made my sister sleep with me because I couldn't stop thinking about suicide and dying. My thoughts would spiral and I would be too panicked to sleep alone. Some nights I would call my boyfriend late, crying, and he would help me feel better. My parents had to rush over when I had my first panic attack. My best friend would hang out with me and we'd just stay in and relax. I learned that it's ok to need other people and be vulnerable. We're not meant to go it alone. 

Yoga and Meditation

Taking time to focus on the body and mind in a quiet space truly does wonders. Part of the reason I experienced my breakdown was because I was living too quickly and doing too much. Yoga and meditation have taught me how to slow down, reflect, and clear my mind. I've practiced Kundalini yoga almost every Sunday for over a year now and I meditate every morning. These two things have become habits for me and I feel off if I don't do them. I'm planning a blog post on Kundalini so you can learn what exactly it is and why I do it so stay tuned for that. 

How to meditate
Kundalini yoga, Where I go

Exercise

This is self explanatory but I have to exercise a few times a week to help me cope with life's stresses. It's important to realize that there will always be stress in life so find a healthy way to cope with it. There's a long list of benefits and many are mental health related. Exercising boosts happy chemicals in your brain that help you feel relaxed. It sharpens your memory and helps you focus. I feel tired and foggy when I don't get my weekly dose of exercise. 

Healthy Foods

When I eat junk, I feel like junk. It sucks because I used to be able to eat whatever I want and not have any consequences. I think it's so cool how food has the power to make you feel energized and glowing from the inside out. I just don't get that same feeling from eating bad foods so I try to keep my diet on the healthy side. Of course I'm human and have a life that includes chocolate and cookies and ice cream. I try to primarily eat healthy foods because I feel better that way. 

Prioritize your Time

Before when I was asked to do something or attend an event, I never thought about how the rest of my week looked or even if I actually wanted to do it. If I could physically be there, I would be. While this was fun, it left me with virtually no time for myself. No time to relax or accomplish personal goals, or see people I actually wanted to see. Now I use a planner to write down my schedule for the week and ensure that I have a few nights to myself or to spend with my boyfriend. This helps me to not overbook myself and ensure that I have enough time to incorporate my self care routine. 



Surroundings and Purpose

When I began my wellness journey, I began changing up my apartment to include things that simply make me feel happy when I'm home. One being plants. I admit I have a bit of an obsession with them but they do clean the air and they make me oh so happy. Try to find something you love that will make your home conducive to wellness. Be it a painting, a waterfall, or a puppy. When I say purpose, I mean ask yourself "Am I doing something I love or working towards my dream?" If you hate what you're doing everyday, then it's going to be hard to grow or be well on a daily basis. See what else is out there and do some inner exploring to figure out what would make you happy. Try volunteering to see what you really like doing. 


My new baby. A coral cactus. 

Conquer Fears

A large part of why anxiety sucks is because you're constantly worried or scared of something. Your brain revolves around fears and it's hard to get out of. Once I tried doing things I was scared of, I realized that I could do it, and that boosted my confidence. At one point, I was terrified of drinking coffee because I thought it would give me a headache and then I would shake and potentially faint or this or that (I would catastrophize the situation). I know it sounds silly but it was actually something I was afraid of. Once I tried drinking a coffee (I did it in the comfort of my home on a day off) and realized that all my fears were wrong, it helped me to move past it. 

I've come such a long way from that moment. I was also afraid of exercising at one point because of the same reason (headache, heart beating fast, etc), but slowly I incorporated little workouts into my day, and I'm so proud to say that I will be running my first ever 5 km tomorrow morning. Yes, running. Yes, 5 kms!


Me with my run group! L-R (Lauren, Me, Joelle, Tracey). Photo by @RunningRoomRose!

We are all capable of anything if we face our fears and just do it! Don't let anxiety tell you otherwise. You are worthy of achieving anything you want. If I can do it, you can too. 

I hope this list helps you in some way! I truly rely on all of these things each day to help me stay well. Hope you've had a great Mental Health Week!



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3.5.15

Purple Squad


You may notice things are looking a little different around here! I gave my blog a long overdue makeover. I had been wanting a new look for a while but it took some trial and error to find what I was looking for. Let me know if you like it and if you have any critiques or feedback, after all you're the reader! 

I'm not done the transformation but wanted to post these pictures from a few weeks ago. I wore this to an event for work that was actually a TED talk in a church. The talk was called Confessions of a Depressed Comic by Kevin Breel. He's from Vancouver, BC, but was on a talk tour and stopped by Ottawa. I was there representing DIFD (an awareness/education based youth mental health campaign) and handed out informational resources and said a few words. It was an inspirational and emotional evening to say the least and I was happy to be a part of it. My sister and I arrived a little early so we decided to snap some blog pictures. 

I'm off to dye my hair a bright hue. Stayed tuned! 


Jacket: Thrifted, $5. Top: Jones New York, Rikochet Resale, $25. Pants: The Bay, Nygard, $12. Heels: Target, $20. Purse: Value Village, $5. Sunglasses: Camden Market, London $10. Necklace: H&M, $15. 


Photos by Lisa Kidd. 




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