#GiftGood with Free People

I feel like I begin every blog post lately with: “Hey, I’m back! I said I was going to be back sooner, but things got in the the way, I’m sorry, etc.” Am I not wrong? I’m sad to say that today is no different. I am sorry that I haven’t been able to post sooner. I even posted on Instagram that I was going to have a new blog post up and I never did it. Life has been CRAZY. Before the end of the year, I will have a huge update to share with you, I promise. However, I’m happy and very excited to share one of the most exciting things that has ever happened to me today – and that’s something different! I don’t think y’all are going to believe me because I still haven’t quite wrapped my head around it but: FREE PEOPLE emailed me wanting a PAID partnership!!! If you’ve read my previous posts, you know that I work at a Free People store here in Toronto but this is entirely separate. A lovely woman emailed me from their head office in Philadelphia wanting me to create content with a few of their products because she simply enjoyed my Instagram feed. CAN YOU BELIEVE IT?!

So for today’s post I’m going to share with you some of the content I took with my boyfriend for Free People’s “#GiftGood” campaign. It was such a pleasure working with them. This is my first paid partnership, ever. I feel like a legit influencer or rather “nano influencer” (I found this out recently). It truly was a pinch me moment. I remember getting the email while I was at work and I literally fell to the floor with my hands on my head in disbelief. I thought it was spam, or a scam. The good news is that it wasn’t lol. And believe it or not, they spoke about partnering with me again in the future!

Free People has this really cute campaign happening right now. It’s all about giving the best and most memorable gifts to our loved ones this year. They so kindly reached out and sent me so many cute pieces that I want to share with my blog family! I hope that maybe these will give you some ideas if you haven’t done your Christmas shopping yet! I know Christmas is only a week away but I, myself, am guilty of being a last-minute shopper and maybe you are, too. Here’s the first look:

I should begin by mentioning that every look is head-to-toe Free People. If you’d like links to items that I don’t really mention, please ask me in the comments! This first outfit makes me feel too cool. Yes, “too cool” as in too cool for my own good. Y’all know me! I’m a dork! I’m like a nerdy grandma but this outfit, it makes me feel cool. I think any piece to this outfit would be perfect for that loved one that loves trends and street style. This puffer jacket in this colour is hands down the coolest jacket I own right now. It’s called the “Duvet Bomber Jacket” and comes in many colours online! We only received two colours (orange and black) at our store so when I saw it in this colour, I was shocked. I’m really into this colour right now. If you can pinpoint the proper name for it, please tell me in the comment section? The website calls is “Golden Palm”.

These vegan leather pants are probably going to sell out. I don’t know about you but I feel like leather pants are becoming a staple. I almost want to say that I’ve been gravitating towards my leather pants more than jeans this season. Basically, I think leather or vegan leather pants have become a “must-have” and these are a fab option! They’re called “The It Factor Vegan Pants” and they come in three colours. I originally wanted the chocolate brown or “Mocha”, but they didn’t have my size available. I’ll leave a link to the pants here (because I really think you or your loved ones will LOVE them): It Factor Vegan Pants – Free People

The second look is something I’d wear to a holiday party. You could gift this outfit to someone but I think it’d be perfect to wear on NYE, to a Christmas work party, or even on Christmas Day. What is it about velvet and the holidays? Velvet or crushed velvet just seems so perfect for this time of year, what do you think? The “Gum Drop Mini Dress” is such a stunning dress. I can picture myself dressing it a bit more casually with cowboy boots (like I have in these photos), or even more formally/dressy with some heels and sparkly accessories! It’s such a good piece to have in your wardrobe and I think I’m going to have this little number as an emergency piece for holiday seasons to come.

Now I can’t move on to the next look without talking about the boots. If you’re a true Tiny In Toronto follower, you know I love my cowboy boots. I have two pairs that I’ve thrifted and I had been on a hunt this summer for a third pair that are white. Free People has these “We The Free Montage Tall Boots” and they come in so many other colours (literally like, 9 different colours). I have wanted these boots forever but I just haven’t been able to justify the price (even with my employee discount). I think it’s because I found such good pairs for $15 each that I can’t imagine paying over $400 for cowboy boots! HOWEVER, I think these boots are so unbelievably dreamy. I would have bought them already if I had $400 to throw around (but I don’t lol). If you have the money to treat yourself and you wear cowboy boots as much as I do, go for it. They’ve been super comfy so far and you can’t beat the quality.

The last few photos aren’t necessarily “looks” but more so of pieces that might make great gifts or additions to your own wardrobe. I’ll start off with these cute winter accessories that I can’t get enough of. First, I have had strangers stop me to compliment my cow print mittens. These mittens are SO ADORABLE. I think love does not begin to describe the feeling I have towards these mittens. I get so paranoid when commuting to work that I might lose one and cry. These would make such a great gift! I mean, it’s winter and we all need mittens anyway. Why not gift your friends some cute ones?

Wait- I actually have TWO pairs of mittens to share with you! If cow print is not your style, get the “Lazy Daisy Plush Set”. I’m OBSESSED. A fuzzy bucket hat and matching mittens? SIGN. ME. UP. I think this plush set is so fun and such a cute statement. It comes in three colour ways. I’m telling you, you just neeeeed it.

Hit The Slopes Printed Pullover

Another winter piece that I think you and your friends need is a fleece jacket. They’re EVERYWHERE now that they’ve been seen on some celebrities. The Free People “Hit The Slopes Jacket” is worth the hype. I bought one in lilac earlier this year but I had to get this navy colour (seen with the cow mittens above) for the winter. It’s just such a CUTE and COZY jacket. It’s super trendy but it’s also 100% practical. We’re not that deep into winter yet so I’ve been getting away with wearing it outside, but I don’t think it’s going to be enough when we’re deeper/in negative temperatures. I also think you could wear it in the early spring! It’s nice for those transition periods between seasons. If you’re not into the solid colours, Free People also carries printed versions of this jacket! You also have the option to pick a button-up version or a pullover version. Basically, there’s a fleece jacket suited for everyone at Free People ha-ha.

Last but not least, I have these slippers that I think would make a great gift for those who spend so much time at home – like your work-from-home friends! Give them the luxury of having fancy slippers to wear at their desk. I’m sure they’d love these “Emu Jolie Lava Slippers”. Emu Australia have them exclusively sold at Free People and they are SO SOFT. Honestly, they’re like clouds on your feet. Your friends will be so grateful. I do have to advise that you get a size up because I found that they’re so fluffy that they feel a little small. Either than that, you’re golden. I think slippers are a great gift. I’d be over the moon is someone got me slippers. I wear slippers around the apartment on a daily, so it’s not like I wouldn’t use them. And also, why not treat yourself?! You deserve it.

This concludes my little gift guide! I hope you guys enjoyed my picks/suggestions. Like I said before, you don’t have to necessarily buy these for your loved ones. GIFT YOURSELF. It’s been a tough few years for all of us and I think we need to start taking better care of ourselves. I mean, I know at least I do. Thank you to Free People for reaching out and giving me this opportunity. If I had to pick a dream collaboration/partnership, I think it would definitely be with them. So yeah, thanks for making a tiny woman’s dream come true!

I hope you’re all safe and well!

Until next time,

– Tiny ❤

OOTD: Orange Creamsicle #TBT

Why, hello there! Did y’all think I disappeared? I feel like I basically did disappear for a bit there. And if we want to be exact, I have not uploaded a new blog post since June 26th. That’s like… A MONTH AGO?! I cannot believe how fast time has gone by. So much has happened and I’ll try my best to update y’all on most of it but honestly, the last month now seems like a blur.

Okay so, the last blog post was my birthday post and it was even a late birthday post. As of June 16th, I was back at work full-time. The adjustment (like I’ve said before) is hard. It’s still hard. I’ve mentioned a few times now that I just don’t have the stamina anymore. I mean, I’m sure it’ll come back but it’s been a month and the struggle is still real. I get SO TIRED when I work even 3 days in a row. It’s really quite sad. So yeah, work’s been hard. It’s been taking a lot out of me because with the commute I leave my place at 9AM and get home at 8PM. They’re long days that I haven’t done in over a year.

Now on top of everything, I have Never Skip a Bead. I do still plan on writing a proper introduction to our small business/brand but I want it to be some of my best writing, and my head just hasn’t been there. I don’t want to ramble like I probably am today. My head has just been drained for days on end. Never Skip a Bead is doing great though! I wish I could devote more time towards it but I need a more steady income, so I have to keep my retail job at Free People. I gotta make it work even though balancing two jobs is a lot. All I keep telling myself is that one day it will all be worth it.

I know you didn’t come here to read about my problems. Come to think of it, I’m probably making y’all stressed and I don’t mean to! I just want you to know that I’ve been very busy and in order to stay sane, I’ve had to cut back on a few things and that included blogging (unfortunately). But I’m back now! I can’t say that we’re going to be back to two posts a week but I want to try for maybe one day a week? We’ll see! I’m going to stop talking about this stuff now and get to my outfit/the reason you clicked on this blog post to begin with.

Orange creamsicles. I have not had one in ages! Did you ever have them growing up? As I’m writing this, I am making a promise to myself that I have to get a (small) box of them the next time I go grocery shopping! So nostalgic! This outfit made me think of them. The whites, peachy-pinks and oranges just scream, “An orange creamsicle in the summer!” The oversized top that I’m wearing is something I’ve worn before. I swear it’s been featured on the blog before but it could have been over a year ago. It’s a thrifted short-sleeved button up (or down?) from Talize. My boyfriend and I thrifted it. The great thing about thrifting with him is that if it doesn’t work out for him, I can wear it! Of course they’re usually pretty big on me, but I think it still works! Underneath my boyfriend’s thrifted top, I wore a simple white ribbed tank top from Free People. I don’t know if I’ve shared this with you but I have an obsession with white tank tops. You can’t go wrong with a white tank top in the summer, my friends. It’s honestly one of my wardrobe staples during this time of year. They go with everything and I’m never too hot. They’re just an all-around great layering piece for the spring/summer. They’re like winter’s black turtleneck. You know what I mean? Long story short, I have lots of these and you’ll probably see me wearing a lot of white tank tops in future outfit posts.

The shorts I’m wearing in these photos are boxers. But I think they’re boxers that are appropriate for the public? I mean, would you think they’re boxers if I hadn’t told you? They’re super breezy. Toronto has been so hot lately. I can’t have anything really touching me in this heat. These shorts are from Free People (you probably could have guessed it tbh). We didn’t carry them in-store so I ordered them from our online website. If you’d like a pair (I highly recommend them!), click here: https://www.freepeople.com/shop/sunday-morning-boxer-shorts?color=065

For accessories, I obviously wore lots of Never Skip a Bead jewelry. If you wanna see the styles that we offer (we make everything to order and can customize something for you!), check out our Instagram: @neverskipabead! Everything that I’m wearing that is made out of beads is probably something I made myself. The other bits of jewelry are some of the staples that those of you that read my blog often will recognize. I’ve got my BonBonWhims ring, my Neon Afternoon ring, my VibeSzn necklace, an Envieux Jewelry necklace, Mejuri ring, and Tiffany bracelet! If you’re new here (welcome!!!), you’ll be surprised at how much jewelry I can manage to stack all over my body ha-ha. Life’s too short! Wear it all!

On my feet are these really comfy Birkenstocks that I can’t stop wearing. I ordered them online from Urban Outfitters forever ago. I swear it was in February or March. I guess it’s kind of weird to be wearing fluffy sandals during the summer but I’m honestly not even phased by it. My feet appreciate it (especially when I’m at work!) Last but not least: my new purse. I love it so much. I ordered it for myself for my birthday from JW PEI. It’s such a gorgeous/good quality bag for $100. I think it looks pretty expensive for what it is. I’m really enjoying it. I think it fits perfectly with this orange creamsicle vibe. Honestly, just overall a perfect bag and I totally recommend!

TANK – Free People
OVERSIZED BUTTON-DOWN – Thrifted from Talize
SHORTS/BOXERS – Free People
SANDALS – Birkenstock
BAG – JW PEI
JEWELRY – Never Skip a Bead, BonBonWhims, Neon Afternoon, Envieux Jewelry, VibeSzn, Mejuri & Tiffany

That’s everything for today! I hope I’ve got you all up to speed. I know it’s been a long time since my last blog post but as you can tell, you haven’t really missed much. I’ve been super busy and tired, and doing my best to enjoy summer before it ends! I have a week of vacation coming up next month and I need ideas on how to make the best of my time off. What have you been up to? What should my boyfriend and I plan for our fourth anniversary? It’s also his birthday that week so I need to think of something special but also not too crazy/reasonably priced ha-ha. Would love to hear some ideas in the comment section below!

Thank y’all for sticking with me! Thank you for taking the time to read this!

I hope you’re having the best summer!

Until next time,

– Tiny ❤

Mini Book Haul

Hello everybody! Just wanted to share a quick post today. I recorded a “Mini Book Haul” for my IGTV and thought I’d share it here as well. I haven’t read any of these books. These are ones that I’ve picked up that I’m really excited about. I think I might have bit off more than I can chew here, but we’ll see! Does anyone else get like this? I just get so excited that I basically hoard whatever it is I’m currently obsessing over. I’ve been doing it with yarn, too. If I love it, I REALLY love it.

Anyways, like I said, I’ve popped on here just to share the video if you want to watch it. If you’d like to hear me elaborate on some of these books maybe after I’ve read them, please let me know in the comment section! I’d be more than happy to!

Also: If you like book content, follow me on Instagram (@tinyintoronto)! I plan on posting a ton more book-related things this year.

I hope you all have a lovely weekend!

Stay safe xx

– Tiny ❤