An ocean being warmed by the sun.

The xx are playing in Toronto on the 28th of July. Pretty frustrated at the fact that I’ve missed them three times now.

thinkofyouincoloursthatdontexist said: Hey there! I'm heading to Toronto in a few weeks and I was wondering if you knew of some good stores to shop at? I'm going to be around the Eaton Centre area and I plan to head down Queen st. I'm trying to avoid going to the Eaton Centre because a lot of the stores there are places I can go to every where else. Any unique stores you'd recommend, preferably with a student budget? Thanks!

Hey, that’s a really good area for shopping! If you’re on Queen West near John St., there’s Black Market that sells a basement full of graphic tees and vintage clothing. Everything is $10.00, so it’s definitely budget-friendly! Staying on Queen and heading towards Spadina, there’s a pop-up shop a few units from Aritzia Queen St. that offers some nice pieces with compounded deals (e.g. buy one get 10% off, buy two get 20% off, etc.). There isn’t a sign up or anything, so if you pass The Horseshoe Tavern, you’ve gone too far! 

Further down Spadina (passing the McDonald’s on the corner), there’s CTS Vintage that stocks some pretty cute finds, as well. If you keep going, there’s Urban Outfitters and American Apparel. Both stores are a bit pricier, but it’s sale season, so the two may be worth browsing. 

Heading the opposite direction from John St. on Queen, there’s Lavish & Squalor. They sell heritage-branded items, but they are, for the most part, reasonable. The store is really cute though - the upstairs, especially - so I definitely recommend checking it out! The store’s exterior is all black with its sign being subtle, so be sure to keep an eye out.

That’s all that I can think of for now! I hope this helps you somewhat! Happy shopping! :-)   

Anonymous said: Hey I have a job interview at Holts in Toronto and I have no designer clothes just accessories do you think that's ok, I'm tempted to hit the sales but there is a reason I'm looking for a job!

Hey, congratulations! Hmm, that’s a tough one. I don’t think Holts has an employee dress code, but the SAs are definitely dressed professionally. This is only my opinion, but I don’t think it’s necessary if you already have a sharp-looking blazer and nice shoes. It is only an interview, so unless you were already planning to buy those items anyway, the money spent could be wasted.

I think your accessories will suffice, especially if they’re statement pieces (e.g. Yves Saint Laurent Arty Ring). That way, it’ll show that you’re serious about the job, you know how to dress professionally, but you also know how to incorporate your own personal style, which, ultimately, is the probably the type of candidate they’re looking for.

It’s not like their employees are always wearing designer, they are just well-put together. The last SA who rang me through was wearing the Talula Exeter Blazer from Aritzia. Though it may not seem like it, they, just like you and I, are working for a reason!

I really hope this helps! It’s only my opinion though! Good luck with everything, I really hope you get the position! :-)

The Drums on April 27th. Love seeing them live!

The Drums on April 27th. Love seeing them live!

There are few foods (and things in general, really) in this world that I love more than pad Thai.
(Taken @ Java House)

There are few foods (and things in general, really) in this world that I love more than pad Thai.

(Taken @ Java House)

A picture of my girl, Jordan. All of us stayed overnight at the Westin Harbour Castle in Toronto after The Naked and Famous concert. 

A picture of my girl, Jordan. All of us stayed overnight at the Westin Harbour Castle in Toronto after The Naked and Famous concert

Alex and I were shopping along Bloor after Holt Renfrew’s Spring Bloom event (got snapped for the HR Muse blog - more on that later) when a lady stopped and gave some very generous compliments on my apparently “luscious”, curled hair. I know it sounds silly, but she made me smile.
When people go out of their way to be nice, it inspires me to do the same.

Alex and I were shopping along Bloor after Holt Renfrew’s Spring Bloom event (got snapped for the HR Muse blog - more on that later) when a lady stopped and gave some very generous compliments on my apparently “luscious”, curled hair. I know it sounds silly, but she made me smile.

When people go out of their way to be nice, it inspires me to do the same.

En route to Toronto.

En route to Toronto.

Up front at The Naked and Famous concert with my girls - too much fun.
(Photo courtesy of Nikki’s Instagram) 

Up front at The Naked and Famous concert with my girls - too much fun.

(Photo courtesy of Nikki’s Instagram) 

So excited to see The Drums in Toronto! This will be my second time seeing them live and Alex’s first time (since he missed out last October).

So excited to see The Drums in Toronto! This will be my second time seeing them live and Alex’s first time (since he missed out last October).

Funny guy.

Funny guy.

One of my favourites.

One of my favourites.

Seeing The Naked and Famous with my girls next Thursday! →