Farewell Summer.

Although these photos were taken closer to the beginning of Summer, I thought they’d be a good way to close the Summer. I don’t know where the time went! I feel like Summer is never long enough. Seriously, where did the time go?! Everyone is already back at school. And I have to wear a jacket now??! I still have a list of things I want to do but I guess they’re going to have to wait until next year.

I think my favourite part of Summer 2019 was going outside near the lake and having a picnic in the sun. I did this about a handful of times this Summer. I don’t know what it is but I feel so at peace when I’m by the water. I’m fortunate enough to be a 5min walk from the lake and I feel like I need to take more advantage of this going forward. Obviously, my birthday is also in the Summer so that’s a favourite part as well. I never went to the beach which is kinda of upsetting. I did go to Cuba in May though, so I guess it’s only fair.

Today’s outfit post is the final outfit of the three I last took with Jemilla (@jemillajems). I’m not sure if I’ll be taking more outfits photos with her anytime soon but I will do my best to get similar content up! The dress I’m wearing in these photos is from TOPSHOP (are you at all surprised?) and I paired it with my infamous brown cowboy boots that I got from Talize for $12. To accessorize a little, I wore these heart earrings with three tiers. They’re really sparkly and fun!

Here are the photos we got of this look!

Now that Fall is here, what are you looking forward to wearing again? What are you most excited to pull from the back of your closet? I think I’m excited to wear turtlenecks again. I love them as a layering piece! Maybe I’ll do a blog post on how I style a turtleneck? Let me know if you like this idea in the comment section below :))

Until next time,

– Tiny ❤

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Inspo: NYFW SS’20 Street Style

Hey guys! I don’t really have much to say for this post. During New York Fashion Week this year (Spring/Summer 2020), I creeped online and found a bunch of awesome outfits that people wore to the shows. Like AWESOME outfits. These outfits are truly pieces of art and they remind me why I love fashion so much. I think one of the best parts of NYFW is seeing the street style. It’s a way of self expression! It’s what I love and am truly passionate about. They don’t care about standing out. That’s exactly what they want! This post is really for me to throw together all these looks in one spot so that I can come back and refer to them whenever I need inspiration. I hope they can be used as inspiration for you guys as well! Enjoy 🙂

– Tiny ❤

What I Wore Last Week

Happy Saturday! I am feeling so rejuvenated and ready to do anything and everything! This week of vacation was needed and I am so not looking forward to going back to work. I like relaxing and I like doing everything at my own speed. I like not having any obligations. It’s nice being stress-free. However, I am an adult living in Toronto and blogging and reading books at home is not going to feed me (which sucks btw). This week’s “What I Wore Last Week” is another week with only 4 outfits. Labour Day was last week! So this one is going to be quick and easy! I also want to let you know, if it isn’t obvious, I will not have a “What I Wore Last Week” next week because I’ve been doing a whole lot of nothing. I mean, I’ve got some content done! I’ve had some really good meals. Outfit-wise… you would see a lot of me in big t-shirts and sweatpants. Not exactly “cute”. Let me know if I’m wrong lol.

Here’s what I wore last week!

Outfit #1: I like this look a lot. Layering a crewneck sweater on top of a long dress is definitely going to be a go-to combination for me this season. It’s easy, it’s warm, and I love how it looks! This yellow sweater that says “Soulmate” on the front is one of my favourites. Honestly, when I first bought this sweater I did not expect to wear as much as I do. Part of the reason is that I wonder if it screams desperation? Or is it cute? But I’ve had this sweater for over a year now and I’m never letting it go! I wore it over this dress that I got years ago in the clearance section at TOPSHOP. It doesn’t look aged at all and I love that about it. I’ve worn it in so many different ways and I don’t think I plan on letting this piece go either. For shoes, I wore my Adidas sneakers from SSense. I am so glad I ordered these. I was worried I was spending way too much money on them because I’m not a sneakers kind of gal, but I stand corrected! I’ve been wearing these guys soooo much. To finish this look, I added my new Fjallraven backpack! This was actually the first day back to school for most people so it seemed really cute and fitting to bring my backpack to work. I mean, cute to me. Probably nerdy and weird to most of you. I haven’t been in school for 3 years now!

Outfit #2: Does this look remind you of someone? I’ll give you one guess. This was inspired by Princess Diana! I was also inspired by the spread in Vogue that Hailey Bieber (I can’t digest saying Bieber at the end of her name.. is it just me?) did recently that recreated some of Diana’s iconic looks. This look of hers is my favourite though. I wore my Binx jeans from TOPSHOP with a plain white t-shirt and my cowboy boots. I threw my thrifted blazer from Talize over everything and then added my Gucci bag and my New York Yankees baseball cap. Yes, I’m wearing a hat! Weird, right? I also added these crazy ornate door knocker-esque earrings to make it a little more fancy? I was going to do gold hoops but you know me, more is more!

Outfit #3: I tried to dabble with layering since it’s something I’m going to be doing a lot of very soon *tear*. I layered this tank with this cute zipper down the front on top of this long-sleeved brown acid wash top. I really like this top. I’ve seen a lot of similar pieces online and was really happy when TOPSHOP got their own version. I wasn’t sure what to wear for the bottom half of this outfit but I ended up going with these comfy wide leg jeans with the cute little white drawstring at the waist. I got these from the TOPSHOP clearance as well. They were $20. For shoes, I wore those Birkenstock-inspired sandals from TOPSHOP two years ago. I needed a casual shoe but I didn’t want anything tooo casual. These western buckles were the right amount of “jazz”(?) that I needed for this look. I needed to add some sparkle to this look as well so I dumped all my crap into this silver woven shoulder bag and headed out the door!

Outfit #4: This is probably the last time you’ll see me in shorts. It’s definitely cooled down a lot this past week. I really hope it’s not the last time but I have a feeling it is. I wore my denim paper bag shorts with a blouse that I recently thrifted and shared on IGTV if you wanna give me a follow (@tinyintoronto)! I uploaded a “Thrift Haul” on IGTV and I really think I might do it more often. This blouse seems vintage. I’ve said this in that video but I really think it is. This might be TMI but while I was ironing it (and I washed it, I swear!), I smelled mothballs. If that doesn’t tell you it’s old, I don’t know what does. I added this really cool blazer? Maybe it’s a cardigan? I threw on this really intricate piece for a jacket lol. It’s made with this black velvet material and then covered in beads. It’s really cool and I haven’t worn it very much because I don’t want to ruin it. It does snag quite often and I do see areas where beads have completely fallen off and disappeared. It’s also an old TOPSHOP piece. For accessories, I wore my black cowboy boots, these new star earrings from @enroutejewelry_ and my By Far-inspired bag from TOPSHOP. The shoes were the most difficult decision for this outfit but I am very glad with what I ended up going with. These black cowboy boots look great, no?!

There you have it! Another “What I Wore Last Week” for the books! I hope this can tie you over for the next bit because like I said, there won’t be one of these next week! I’ll try to post something else instead!

Until next time,

– Tiny ❤

Book Review: The Perfect Nanny by Leila Slimani

I don’t know where to begin with this book because I wanna be honest with you. After reading “The Perfect Nanny“, I felt really incomplete (for the lack of a better word?). I just felt like I needed more. I felt like the story wasn’t really over. I wasn’t left with many answers. Maybe that was Leila’s whole point? Who am I to know any better! Like actually, I’m not an author. I don’t have any novels published that I know of lol. Leila’s book made it on the list of New York Times’ 10 Best Books of 2018 so she probably knows something I don’t know. All I’m saying is that I was disappointed by it, but I guess I can’t really say much else until after I’ve explained what the book is about.

The Perfect Nanny” starts off with a pretty serious and disturbing scene. A woman comes home to her two children dead in the bathroom. Who did it? No one knows. But that’s how the novel starts off and during the entire time I was reading this book I was asking myself, “Who did it?” And “How did this happen?”

As a reader, you don’t find out until the very end of the novel. Me, personally, I think the title gives it away a little. I hope this isn’t ruining anything for you!

Anyways, after this short chapter/introduction/opening scene(?), you get introduced to this couple. Myriam and Paul. They’re married and have two kids. They have a daughter named Mila and a son named Adam. Myriam went to school to be a lawyer and she was really good at it. However, she got pregnant and her dreams of being a lawyer were put on hold. She then had a second child and had to put it off a bit further. It wasn’t like she was itching to go back to her dream. Well she didn’t realize she was because she actually quite liked being a stay-at-home mother, and she loved her kids. The reason she wasn’t working was because she was mostly afraid and worried to leave her children in the hands of anyone else. One day Myriam runs into Patrick, an old classmate of hers, and he offers her a job at his firm! After her conversation with him, she realizes she really does want to work and have a work life. She knew it sounded selfish but there was a void inside her and she felt like she needed this. She did’t want to live solely for her kids. She had a passion. She wanted to be a lawyer and she was going to be. They just had to find a nanny first.

They hold interviews for a nanny with this list of crazy high standards. It really starts to look like they’ll never find a nanny until they meet Louise. Right away Louise connects with Myriam’s children and Myriam and Paul hire her. Louise cooks, cleans, hosts kiddie parties and even stays late without complaining. She lives to be apart of this family and to take care of Mila and Adam. Myriam and Paul are so grateful and feel so lucky to have found a nanny like Louise that they invite her on vacation with them! Everything seems perfect. Myriam is doing great at her law firm. Paul is signing great talent at the record label he works at. He’s even creating his own music! But as they grow together and learn more about Louise, they start to learn that there’s more to her than they think there is. And I’ll leave it at that.

I know it sounds obvious that Louise is the culprit. Or does Myriam go off the rails because she can’t handle being away from her kids? What if she resents Louise because of the kids’ attachment to her and ends up doing something she regrets? What if she planned to walk into the bathroom to find her dead children there so she would never be considered a suspect? (It’s getting a little far fetched, isn’t it?) You’ll have to read to find out more!

Overall, this book was a pretty quick read. I think I finished it in less than a week. I only have time to read during my 40min commute to work and back and sometimes on my break. I think I did a pretty good job getting through it! Maybe I’m being too harsh about this book. Maybe it’s because I would have done it differently. Or maybe I have the wrong perspective? I think maybe I took this story a little too literally and wasn’t looking at it in the way Leila wanted me to? I know a lot of this doesn’t make sense without context. Just know that the murder of the children is weird. I wanted a more descriptive ending. I wanted to know what happened to our couple! There was so much buildup and it left me unsatisfied. As a side note, I also think whenever I stopped reading this book, I was completely lost and found it hard to figure out where I was and what had just happened. That’s probably not a good sign, right? I guess it’s pretty obvious that this wasn’t the novel for me. I loved that it was based in Paris, France! But I think I would have to give “The Perfect Nanny” a 5/10. I wanna say before I go that I have considered that maybe Leila wanted that bit of mystery at the end. Maybe her technique was to keep the reader guessing? Or maybe she wanted to keep it open and for me to create an ending for myself?

I’m probably overthinking this. You’ll realize from reading these “book reviews” that I tend to think WAY TOO MUCH. If you’ve read this book, tell me what you think! Tell me I’m an idiot! I just know I wasn’t happy with the ending. You can’t love them all, right?

Until next time!

– Tiny ❤

What I Wore Last Week

It’s Sunday. This means I’m a day late of bombarding you with the outfits that I wore last week and why I chose them! Wish I forgot? Excited?! Let’s get right into it lol.

Outfit #1: Forget about my Emma Roberts blouse? I sure did! I saw a seam getting loose in the arm when I wore this last week and now I’m paranoid that she doesn’t have much life left. You should be prepared to see more of this top! I paired this blouse with a pair of light wash Straight jeans that I got for $12. I know you don’t believe me but yes, $12. It’s getting cooler outside and as much as it kills me, I have to start getting used to wearing booties and all my shoes that don’t show my feet *sad face*. To ease into this phase, I wore my fake snakeskin booties. I feel like these boots are good for another season. I’ll probably wear them a lot. To finish the look, I wore these dangly earrings that were $5 in the TOPSHOP clearance section and my teal “lunchbox”.

Outfit #2: Another piece that hasn’t left my closet in a while: my overalls. I always feel good when I wear my overalls. Why don’t I wear them more often? Wish I had an answer for you. I paired them with a fitted white t-shirt and my cowboy boots! I think I’ve explained my love for the combination of my brown cowboy boots and blue denim. It’s honestly one of my favourites. Maybe next to peanut butter and chocolate. I wore this cute bright green gingham scrunchie. I can’t believe I’ve been tying my hair back as much as have in public. I think I’m growing lol! Where did I get this confidence? I wore the same $5 dangly earrings because I really love them despite how cheap they were. Does this ever happen to you? Do you find that your least expensive pieces end up being some of your most favourite pieces ever? It’s funny how that works. Maybe we (I mean, I) shouldn’t spend so much money on things (heh)? To finish this look I just added this small textured purse in an apricot colour with a cute top handle. It kind of reminds me of a purse from By Far, don’t you think?

Outfit #3: My favourite look from last week! I look like I’m going to the gym in the 80s but that’s fine. I wore this black cropped denim jacket covered in sparkly studs. I love it so much. It’s a little heavy and falls off my shoulders quite a bit, but I forgive it. I make it work. I wore it on top of my Britney Spears graphic t-shirt and biker shorts. For some final touches, I wore these white tube socks (holy 80s) with my sneakers from SSense and threw on my MJ bag.

Outfit #4: I’m going to miss the combination of a white tank top and trousers. It was such a look this Summer. I wore it with a fitted cardigan that I thrifted and cropped myself. I never considered wearing it open like this and I actually quite like it! I added my black flip flops that were $1 from Old Navy (lol), and my thrifted Rachel Green purse. For earrings, I wore these woven(?)/chainlink(?)/crisscross(?) hoop earrings that I am CERTAIN Hannah G wore on Bachelor in Paradise. Who else watches BIP??!!! The earrings are from TOPSHOP (obv).

Outfit #5: This was poorly thrown together and therefore my least favourite outfit of the week. I think this dress just isn’t working for me. As much as I’d like to pull this off because it’s a beautiful dress, I can’t. Or maybe I’m just not comfortable in it? I don’t like how it hangs on me and it also drops too low in the front so I have to wear something underneath it. I know I said I was becoming more confident earlier but I’m not that confident lol. My mother would kill me. So underneath the dress I wore this fitted polo t-shirt with a quarter zip. I thought it looked kinda sporty so I added my sneakers and my MJ bag. This outfit really makes me cringe a little. You can tell by the way I’m holding/bunching the dress that I’m trying to make this look more decent lol. Oh well! It happens, right?

I’m going to be working on a ton of content this upcoming week because I’m on VACATION. I’m taking some time for myself to stay at home and relax. I want to do all the things I never have time for because I work 12:30-8PM every freaking day. Do you guys have anything you want to see from me? Have any ideas on what I could do with all this free time?! Leave me some ideas in the comment section, please! I’d really appreciate it :))

Until next time!

– Tiny ❤

Fries Before Guys

So I was looking at all my recent posts and I noticed that all of them are “What I Wore Last Week”. I am so sorry. That’s a little boring. That’s also pretty repetitive! I wish I had an excuse but I haven’t been in the mindset to focus on creating new content. Long story short, work hasn’t been the easiest and it’s been stressful and tiresome. When I get home I want a glass of wine and I want to go to sleep. Luckily for you, I am currently awake and alert this Sunday morning and I’m in the mood to write! I have the day off and I just want to do all the things that make me happy. So here’s a new outfit post!

These photos were taken in a burger joint close to where I live. I’ll be honest and say that I didn’t eat the burger but I did eat the fries. I have no review of the food for you but I fries were pretty good, I think! These photos were obviously taken with Jemilla (@jemillajems). This is the first time we’ve taken photos in a restaurant and it went better than expected! The lighting wasn’t the greatest and it was hard trying to stay out of the way so we may not do that again. I did like that I could change outfits in their washroom though. Ya’ll don’t wanna know where I’ve changed for some of these photo shoots lol.

For this outfit, everything is from TOPSHOP (shocked?). Well my shoes are from Vans and my earrings are from the “Taste of Asia Street Food Festival” that I went to a while ago. Why were there earrings sold at a food festival? I couldn’t tell ya! I appreciated it though. You guys know me and my earrings ;)) I wore this long denim skirt with slits along the sides and a mesh floral top that I feel you guys have seen before. Here are the photos from the shoot!

There is one more outfit post from this session that I cannot wait to share. Keep your eyes peeled! It’s my favourite one of the bunch! Are there any requests for our next photo shoot? What kind of outfits are you wanting to see? Let me know in the comment section below!

Until next time!

– Tiny ❤

August Favourites 2019

I’m pretty sad that I’m writing this post. Summer is coming to an end. It’s starting to get cooler outside and it’s time to go back to school. I’m not a student anymore but I can’t help but still feel sad. Am I the only one? Nothing really changes for me but I still feel like all the fun is ending! However, this post is not about getting mopey about the inevitable. I still have a few weeks left before Summer is officially over! And I mean, there’s still NYFW coming up and that’s something I’m really looking forward to. It’s on my bucket list to attend New York Fashion Week one day, or even just to be in close proximity of it all. Anyways, here’s everything I loved during the month of August! And happy September!

1. Making my own jewelry– I know I touched on this last month but I get compliments on them! Some people have even asked me to make them some so I thought I’d mention them again! Do you think this is just a Summer thing or can I wear them throughout the Fall and Winter as well? I’m still making a lot. I’m on the verge of buying a bunch more beads off Amazon in bulk, but I’m worried that I won’t touch them because I feel like they’re more of a Spring/Summer trend. How do I make them/what’s my inspiration? I honestly look at photos of jewelry on Instagram that I like and try to recreate them with a bit of my own personality. It’s been really fun! It’s kind of therapeutic in a way? I just like how it takes me out of my head. I feel like I’m a big over thinker. I get lost in my brain and sometimes you just need an escape, you know? It’s weird to say that mine is jewelry making but it is! You should try it!

2. Sally Hansen’s “Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear” nail polishes – A long freaking name. The bottles aren’t the cutest, let’s be honest. I was always a little apprehensive about this brand because it’s super cheap and the colour range isn’t all that great. Also, and don’t hate me, but the bottles just aren’t cute!!! Anyways, I must have not wanted to spend $15 on a new nail polish at the time but I really needed a new colour in my life. Do you ever get in nail polish ruts when all the colours you own just aren’t doing it for you? That’s where I was. The Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear line (Lord what a mouthful) was on sale for like $3 so I was like, “What the heck! Why not? If I don’t like it and it ends up sucking, then I only lost $3!” It turns out that these nail polishes are super underrated. Orange and yellow are the only primary colours that I can’t seem to find from Essie (my favourite brand). I wanted a true orange and a true yellow. Sally Hansen. She heard me. These colours were on full rotation for 4 weeks. If one wasn’t on my nails, it’d be on my toes and vice versa. The most recent addition is this fiery pink colour (the one in the middle) that I think looks great with my skin tone. Honestly, if you’re looking for something inexpensive and have a good topcoat, give these polishes a try!

3. Final Girls by Riley Sager – These next two favourites are books. I’ve talked about them already in individual blog posts so I won’t say too much about either of them. If you love books as much as I do, read my book reviews! I started reviewing books this month because I’ve finally got into a reading groove! I normally spend more time than I need to on a book but I think I finished each of these books in less than two weeks. I’m trying not to jinx my streak but I loved this book and the next book. I really hope to continue to find great reads to share! Final Girls by Riley Sager is a bit of a thriller. It’s full of suspense and crime. I said in my review that I can see this book being a movie in the near future. What do I know though. You should just know that you don’t ever want to be a Final Girl.

4. I Found You by Lisa Jewell – This is the last book I finished. I’ve recently moved onto “The Devil Wears Prada”. This is my FAVOURITE movie OF ALL TIME btw. How did I not know that there was a book?! I have to have forgotten. Anyways, I digress. I Found You was a great novel. It was also a thriller. There was also crime committed in this book. Maybe multiple crimes? It’s really similar to Final Girls! I’m starting to see a pattern here. I think I might be addicted to crime right now? Anyways, Lisa Jewell is a great storyteller. I really liked the way she wrote this book. I loved the suspense. If you want to know more, read my book review and let me know what you think!

5. BAGS – Okay, we know this is a forever favourite. My obsession with handbags is not a secret to anyone anymore. But this past month I’ve added more to my collection than I normally have. I first got my hands on this tote bag from Emily Oberg’s brand called “Sporty and Rich”. I love this big tote bag and I think I’m really getting my money’s worth already. I use it every day for work and it literally fits anything imaginable. I plan to use it as a carry-on or an overnight bag. I’ve used it to carry a blanket, books and snacks to the park. It’s just a great bag to have! It’s also in this green colour that I think is perfect. I like having coloured accessories because it brings more to an outfit. Yes, black does go with everything, but I don’t like it. It’s boring. I’m sorry if most of you disagree! This next bag is also far from boring. I think it looks like a bento box or a small lunch box. It’s so cute and I think it’s really different. At least I don’t have anything like it! It’s this turquoise/teal purse from work that I got when we launched our Summer Blowout sale! I had my eye on it since the moment we first received it in shipment. I couldn’t justify paying $50 for it because I was unsure about how much use I’d get out of it. It is pretty different after all. I got it for $20. The third bag that I loved during the month of August is this one that I thrifted and I think talked about briefly in a “What I Wore Last Week” post. I got it for $10 at a Value Village, and I think it was a huge steal. The quality of it is so good. It looks brand new and it looks like it could last a really long time. I love the 90s/Rachel Green vibes that it gives me, and I think this is going to go well with everything I plan on wearing during the Fall/Winter.

6. MY YOUTUBE CHANNEL – I uploaded 3 videos this month!!! That’s some kind of record for me. I had a video once a week for 3 weeks. If that’s not consistency, I don’t know what is ha-ha. I’m just super proud of how dedicated I was to making content last month and I want to continue to do it. I’ve hit a little road block though. All the videos that I have posted are vlogs (Cuba and my best friend’s birthday!) and I want different content. I don’t really have any exciting adventures to vlog right now so I need to mix it up! Do any of you have any video suggestions? I’m taking recommendations! Also, if you haven’t checked out my YouTube channel yet, please do! My editing skills are not the greatest but I’m learning and I’m excited to continue learning and create better content as I go along. Here’s a link to my channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEKFutaYGS85uLg2lGLME7w

That’s it for my “August Favourites”! Comment below and tell me what you’re going to miss most about the Summer! Or tell me what you’re most excited for in the Fall!!

Until next time,

– Tiny ❤