Outfits Of The Week

Hey everyone! Time for a weekly “Outfits Of The Week” post! I promise that there’s a post coming that will share what my current obsession/style inspiration has been lately. I really want to mix up my content for ya’ll. I’m also kind of curious if you guys can guess what my inspiration’s been! Am I looking more Free People lately? Or have a created a mixture/style of my own (finally?!)? Anyways, I hope I’m not disappointing anybody because I only have four instead of five outfits to share from last week. Why? I think I was too exhausted to take a picture if I’m being honest. I probably looked too rough one day. Next week’s set of outfits are really good though! Look out for those next Saturday! I’m pretty happy with them.

Here’s what I wore last week!

Outfit #1: Before you guys say it. I know this sweater looks really big on me and I kinda look jacked and disproportionate lol. I promise it didn’t look like this when I bought it!!! I think it’s my stance in this photo? Here’s proof that it’s actually cute:

It’s a purple cropped fleece-y pullover sweater and I love it! I got it from Durumi (@thedurumi) (you know I’m obsessed with this store!) and I couldn’t let it go after I tried it on. It’s completely different from everything else in my closet. I love the colour, and I think I’m going to get a lot of wear out of it this season! I wanted to be a little more fashion forward when wearing it last week. I thought about just pairing it with jeans but I preferred these navy trousers with white pinstripes. They’re from TOPSHOP AGES AGO. They’re kind of a staple in my closet because they fit me so well and they go with almost anything. For shoes, I just wore my black high-top Converse sneakers. I also added a silky brown hair scrunchie to tie back my hair/create a better silhouette. It’s the “Super Scrunchie” that we now carry at Free People! There’s a ton of different colours and patterns. I’m absolutely obsessed (I have two and counting).

Outfit #2: The perfect Monday outfit, I’d say! I went for my favourite and reliable pair of overalls from TOPSHOP’s Petite section. I love these overalls. I love the fit and the wash. To wear underneath them I wore this brown/yellow/cream acid washed/tie dyed long sleeve shirt. I’m kind of obsessed with this top, it’s so unique! On my feet I’m wearing my patent combat boots that I’ve been wearing a lot lately because I can’t convince myself to buy proper winter boots. I don’t think I’ve ever found a pair of winter boots that I like/think are cute. I know a lot of you will say it’s about keeping your feet warm, not about looking good but I’m sorry! I cannot justify the price for ugly winter boots! I’m not going to buy them or wear them if they don’t make me feel good. To complete my look, I added my second “Super Scrunchie” from Free People.

Outfit #3: This was my Black Friday outfit. It was all about being comfortable because I knew I’d be running around and really putting my legs and feet to work. I wore my sneakers for absolute comfort. They were ordered from SSense and they’re by Adidas. I wore cream corduroy trousers because they’re easy to move around in as well. I ordered these trousers online recently from TOPSHOP. I paired them with a white long sleeve shirt from Free People, and the “Jojo sweater” that is also from Free People. This sweater is so comfy. I love how it’s slouchy and I love the brown colour. I think it’s kinda different! I also wore the same scrunchie from the last outfit (I’ve clearly been putting my hair up a lot lately).

Outfit #4: Ended the week with another comfy outfit, but I tried to make it different! I got this really stretchy and cozy knit dress from Free People. I love the burnt orange colour. It’s a little sheer so to prevent myself from getting too cold/everyone seeing my underwear, I wore a basic blue wash of skinny jeans underneath! What do you think?! I added my go-to pair of Converse and some family earrings and then called it a day! I wish I could say I wore my fuzzy bucket hat to work but I chickened out and left it at home. I do really love it with this outfit though. It’s another piece I’ve picked up from Durumi (@thedurumi).

Alright! That’s it! I hope you enjoyed another week of outfits! Like I said, come back next Saturday because I wore some sick outfits this week!

Until then!

– Tiny ❤

Outfits Of The Week

Happy Saturday everyone! I hope you’re having a great end to your week! If you’re new here, you’ll soon discover that I like to post what I wore last week every Saturday. I take a photo of my outfit either before or while I’m at work and then share all the photos here in one post. I’ve just recently gotten back into a groove so I hope you’ll forgive me if I forget any details. Now I’ll stop rambling and show you what I wore!

Outfit #1: One thing that has been taking me a while to get used to is waking up early. I think it’s safe to say that I am not a morning person. I mean, I’m really trying to be! I think those people that can get up super early and get a lot of work done probably feel way more productive. I need that! Maybe it’s my diet or maybe I’m not going to bed early enough, but getting up at 5:30AM has been hard (to say the least). This day was one of those days and you can easily tell by my tired face and the darker lighting lol. Like holy moly, the sun wasn’t even out yet!? Anyways, I wore this really cute top that I thrifted with my copper corduroy jacket over it. On the bottom, I wore my long denim skirt with slits at the sides and tights underneath because well, Winter. For shoes I wore these chunky hiking boots that kind of gave me a Prada vibe but are from TOPSHOP. They’re black and have this silver metallic colour that I love and think brings more to every outfit.

Outfit #2: You guys have probably seen some variation of this outfit in the past but it’s kind of a go-to for me! What’s different is that I added a beret! For those of you that don’t know this about me, I am obsessed with berets. I have a little bit of a collection. This is a pink one from TOPSHOP. I am a complete sucker for a beret. The top I’m wearing is an old one from TOPSHOP that I can’t picture myself ever letting go. It’s my “Emma Roberts top”. You guys know this if you’ve been reading my blog for a while. Long story short is that she wore this top on Instagram and there were no second thoughts when it came to buying it. I had to have it. To pair with this top, I usually wear a pair of light washed jeans. These jeans that I’m wearing are “Straight” jeans from TOPSHOP that I think I got for $15. And finally, I wore these white tube socks because I can’t handle my ankles being exposed to the cold Winter air with my checkered slip-on Vans sneakers.

Outfit #3: My favourite outfit of the week! I scored this sick jacket from Urban Outfitters. They were having an additional 40% off all of their sale items so I absolutely had to go check it out. There were only TWO of these jackets left! I think I walked away having only paid $72 when it was originally $180! Underneath this jacket, I wore a simple white long-sleeve shirt and added my beautiful long leopard print skirt for a bottom. It’s from their Petite section and has slits in it as well. I find this shape and style to be really flattering! I also added fishnet tights from TOPSHOP and my patent combat boots that are also from TOPSHOP. And last but not least, the headband that I am wearing is from Zara. I saw someone on Instagram wearing it and I loved the whole Frida Kahlo vibe.

Outfit #4: Another early morning for me so I really wanted to be comfortable. It was later in the week so the week was starting to catch up to me. I was getting tired and having to wake up early again made me want to just wear my pyjamas! This outfit was the closest thing to it. I wore these pleated polka dot pants from TOPSHOP. They’re made with this really light material, it’s kinda silky, and very similar to pyjamas. I wore a pink Fleetwood Mac graphic t-shirt that I also picked up from TOPSHOP. Graphic t-shirts are so easy and comfortable, especially when they’re oversized! To add my personality and to make this outfit a little more weird/interesting, I decided to mix patterns. I threw on over top of the graphic t-shirt a plaid button-down shirt that I thrifted but I think was originally purchased from Brandy Melville. To make it girly and a little more elevated, I added fun earrings. They’re dangly and sparkly with pink fluffy pompoms (holy adjectives lol). I get a ton of compliments on these earrings and I also got them from TOPSHOP. To stick to the whole comfy vibe, I wore my favourite go-to sneakers: Converse.

Outfit #5: Speaking of comfy, you all need to get yourselves a BFF sweater from Free People! The coziest thing I own right now is this sweater. There are a ton of different colours. I think there’s definitely a colour for everyone. It looks good on everyone, and it is unbelievably soft. I love it. I could sleep in it. I feel like I’m being hugged all day long. No joke. For pants, I wore these flared pants that are made with this stretchy cotton material. They kind of fit like leggings but flare at the bottom. Again, they’re also super comfortable. The shoes I wore, to make it a little more elevated, are these white heeled booties with a pointed toe. They’re an old purchase (I think from last Summer) from TOPSHOP. For an accessory (and some more colour), I added The Heathers Scrunchie from Twentyseven (@twentyseventoronto). My friend Olivia owns this salon and sells them for $30. I honestly wear it SO MUCH. It saves my outfits. It makes everything feel more put together. This scrunchie is also super easy to wear. I tie my hair with it into a super sloppy bun and it looks like a freaking masterpiece.

That’s another week of outfits for you! I hope you guys enjoyed it :)) I’ve been thinking lately about doing this in the form of a video. What do you guys think? Let me know in the comment section below!

Until next time!

Tiny ❤

Outfits Of The Week

Hey guys! I’m back, I’m back, I’m back! Did you miss these outfit posts?! Full disclosure here: I didn’t even plan this post. I think I’m starting to feel like myself again. Adjusting to this new job and getting sick for a couple of weeks really had me in the dumps. But I’m feeling healthy again and I’m getting a little more comfortable at the new workplace so I’ve been dressing more like myself now, and I’ve been documenting my outfits again!

I also feel like sharing that I’ve been in a bit of an identity crisis lately. I guess I’ve finally realized that while I was working at TOPSHOP, I kind of lost a bit of self expression. Yes, I loved the product and the style there, but I think it was defining me too much! Now that I don’t have to wear all TOPSHOP almost everyday, I feel free! This is actually funny since I’m now working at “Free” People lol. Get it? I feel like I can really wear what I want to wear there and be myself, which is really nice. The identity crisis that I had was basically that I didn’t have a clue on how I wanted to dress anymore! What direction do I want to take? What is style is really me? What do I like? It was really strange but I’m feeling a lot better! Here are the outfits that I wore last week!

Outfit #1: A simple shirt and jeans but with a fun colour and some printed boots! I think this is the first shirt I purchased since working at Free People! It’s such a nice fit and I love the colour because I don’t have anything like it in my wardrobe. I’m really tempted to get other colours because I like the fit so much, but I’m trying to be good since Christmas is just around the corner. The jeans I’m wearing are from TOPSHOP. They’re these popular Mom jeans with cool distressing. I know giant holes in jeans aren’t everyone’s cup of tea but I like the edge that it gives! It keeps things more interesting! For shoes, I chose to add a bit more fun with my “snakeskin” booties from TOPSHOP. I know you can’t really see but for jewelry I added my star choker from En Route Jewelry (@enroutejewelry on Instagram). I’ve talked about their jewelry and how much I love them before so I’ll spare you and won’t repeat myself again lol.

Outfit #2: I did a thrift haul from a trip to Talize (a thrift store in Mississauga) on my IGTV! You should definitely check it out if you like this top because it’s one of the pieces that I picked up! I paired it with these cargo pants that I got from TOPSHOP a few years ago. They’re so comfy and they never disappoint me! I think everyone should have a pair of cargo pants like these, just to mix it up a little. I wore boots that I got last year from Little Burgundy. I love the zipper detailing that goes right up the middle of the foot. I kept things very minimal (for me) on this day, but sometimes you don’t always feel “extra” ha-ha. I’m also noticing that I don’t have a purse in these outfits. At Free People they check all your bags for security reason so unfortunately, I don’t have any cute purses to complete the looks. I mean, I could bring an extra purse for each look but I usually just bring my Sporty & Rich tote with everything I need. The more bags I bring, the more bags they have to check, and then it takes longer to get outta there at the end of the day. You feel me?

Outfit #3: This is my most favourite of the outfits I wore last week. This vest is a dream come true! This is exactly what I was looking to wear during this Fall/Winter season. I wanted argyle. I wanted a grandpa-inspired sweater vest. I don’t have anything in this dark teal colour so it’s absolutely perfect. It’s from Durumi. You guys know I’m obsessed with Durumi (@thedurumi). It’s this little Korean boutique located on Queen Street West. I paired the vest with a plain white t-shirt from TOPSHOP and my favourite Mom jeans that I got during my first year working for the brand. They honestly don’t make them like this anymore. I want these jeans to last forever. For shoes, I wore my patent combat boots that are also from TOPSHOP. I think everything is still going to be from TOPSHOP for a bit. Your girl has to build her Free People/new wardrobe slow and steadily. If I rush it, I could end up with a bunch of pieces I regret! For accessories, I added these earrings that are also from Durumi. They’re two silver non-identical faces that look super cool. I also added this black velvet headband that I ordered off of Amazon for $5.

Outfit #4: An experimental outfit! I think it’s kinda cool and unlike anything I’ve worn before. It’s also pretty casual but I like how I dressed it up a little with “The Heathers” scrunchie from Twentyseven (@twentyseventoronto). I wore this black ribbed long-sleeve shirt from TOPSHOP. It has this crisscrossed detailing on the arms that I think is pretty edgy. I layered an oversized Tupac graphic t-shirt on top and added my dark blue Jamie Flares to complete the look. On my feet I wore my Adidas sneakers that I got from SSense online. I feel like I look sporty but also girly? What do you think of this outfit? I’m working on a post based on what’s inspired me lately in terms of fashion and style so I’ll go back to this look and explain the reason behind it very soon. It’s a whole vibe that I’m really digging/trying to go for. Wanna guess it? Let me know in the comment section below!

Outfit #5: I’m wearing another find from that IGTV video! You really need to go watch it once you’re done reading this. Also: If you’re not following me on Instagram (@tinyintoronto), please press the “follow” button while you’re there! This key lime textured sweater that I wore has a funny little story behind it. I actually have these two random girls to thank for it. I’ve been sharing this story so much that I probably should have asked for their names lol. I basically saw it in their cart and asked them if I could have it if they decided against it. They ended up not wanting it and gave it to me instead, and I’m really happy that happened! We were meant to be together! I paired this sweater with my favourite Binx jeans from TOPSHOP that they no longer carry. I swear they only had them for one season and they never returned. It’s such a great silhouette. I am so thankful that I picked them up because they’re probably one of the best fitting jeans that I own. On my feet I wore my black thrifted cowboy boots. I got these in Montréal from Eva B’s. It’s a really cute thrift store with like, 3 floors. It was amazing. I then added a hair clip that you can’t really see in the photo and my “gold” initial necklace that I ordered from Amazon. It was only $12!

Okay! That’s it! I’m glad to have another one of these posts up. I really missed having a dedicated weekly blog post. I feel like I lost my rhythm and consistency during my whole transition to a new job. But it feels good now! I hope you guys feel the same :))

Until next time!

– Tiny ❤

Book Review: “The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo” by Taylor Jenkins Reid

While I have all these fresh feelings and thoughts after JUST finishing this book, I thought now would be the best time to write a book review for “The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo” by Taylor Jenkins Reid. I don’t even know where to begin. This book took me on a trip that I would gladly take again, and again. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book from beginning to end! I finished it in less than a week! I couldn’t put it down! I think if I had an entire day to read, I would have definitely finished this book in one sitting.

The book begins with Monique. She’s recently going through a separation. Basically, her husband left her (and took their coffee table with him lol). In terms of her profession, well that doesn’t really exist either, but somehow the Hollywood movie icon, Evelyn Hugo, wants Monique to write her biography. She said that she’s read some of Mo’s previous work and wants her to write it and take this opportunity to jump-start her career. Although she’s confused as to how this is happening to her, Monique agrees to it and learns all there is to know about Evelyn. She comes over to her fancy house every day and listens to Evelyn tell her story. They start at the beginning, from Evelyn’s upbringing to her first husband, and the six after that. Evelyn Hugo’s life was full of adventure and all different types of love, and it’s clear that she had a lot of ambition. As the story progresses, you learn that there is much to Evelyn that no one knew. A great forbidden love that she never shared. You find out who her greatest love of all was, and it wasn’t any of her husbands.

Without ruining the story for you, you’ll also find out that Monique and Evelyn’s life are connected in a way that you wouldn’t expect. Evelyn has many regrets and you realize she’s doing this for Monique as a way to ask for forgiveness. I’m honestly not giving this story much justice. I know it doesn’t make much sense right now. I’m only explaining it this way because I’m trying not to ruin the whole thing while still trying to get you to want to read it! I strongly suggest that you guys pick this up! I can’t tell you enough that I enjoyed reading this so much. I love these old Hollywood stories and Taylor Jenkins Reid did a great job portraying the harsh realities of that time (not that I know what it was like to live back then, but it gave me a pretty good picture).

Anyways, there are a lot of shockers. She keeps you on your toes! It’s a great love story. Fame isn’t as glamorous as it seems, folks. It was also one of @imjennim’s (I’m obsessed with her) monthly favourites. I forget what month it was but I had added it to my list and picked it up at the library. I’m so happy that I did!

If you end up reading “The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo”, let me know what you think!

Until next time!

– Tiny ❤

October Favourites 2019

Hey everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful Halloween! I, personally, am not a Halloween fan. I’m sorry but I don’t like getting dressed up in a costume! You think that I would since I love fashion and adorning myself, but I don’t. It’s not how I like getting dressed up. I still hope those of you that love the holiday had a great one though! Today, I’m here to share with you another month’s favourites. Time’s going by fast folks. It’s November 1st! Christmas will soon be here!!? But let’s stress about Christmas during another blog post lol. Here are the things I loved during the month of October!

1. Lip products (Innisfree, Sunnies, Drunk Elephant) – It’s that time of year where my lips get dry more easily. It’s kind of a pain in the butt. Last month I invested in (because it was a lot for a lip balm) Drunk Elephant’s “Lippe Balm”. It’s made to “soothe and rescue” and baby, it does just that. I’m not going to lie, I’ve gone through two of these bad boys already. Originally, I stole it from my boyfriend. Then he bought me another one for Christmas last year. They are so hydrating and they don’t leave my lips feeling heavy. Do you know that feeling I’m talking about? It’s like you can feel the caked on product on your lips because you know if you don’t apply a good layer, it won’t actually work. This lip balm is lightweight no matter how many layers I put on, doesn’t make my lips look cloudy, and it works. 100% recommend. The other two products are used as lip stains because I also find that I look dead now that the sun is gone. I put a light coat of either one of these two products: Sunnies Lip Dip lip cream in the colour “terracotta” or Innisfree’s Vivid Cotton Ink in number 07 or 08 (I forget and the sticker is all ruined – I’m sorry!!). Both are great colours for Fall/Winter!

2. En Route Jewelry x @best.dressed earrings – I think I’ve talked about these already, or I’ve at least hyped them up a little in a few of my past posts. Now I’m here to fully introduce them! These are my new favourite earrings that I received in the mail last month. One of my favourite YouTubers, Ashley (@best.dressed), collaborated with En Route Jewelry. I’ve shopped from En Route Jewelry twice before and I have never been more happy with an online purchase. I love their earrings and I wear everything I’ve ever gotten from them on a regular basis. When I learned that the two of them got together and created a line of jewelry, I had a panic attack. I think I placed this order the same day it came out lol. When I first opened the package and saw these two pairs of earrings, my breath was taken away! They are so much prettier than I expected! I get compliments on both pairs ALL the time. The first pair is this cute and unique design. They’re gold safety pins with little pearls! I’ve worn this pair a little more than the other and I love how they look with all of my outfits. I’m really obsessed. The second pair is the baroque style earrings with the green little gems. They look like one of your grandmother’s heirlooms. They’re so beautiful. There are definitely more earrings and other pieces of jewelry in the collection that I would love to get my hands on. You guys should definitely check them out: http://www.enroutejewelry.com/collections/best.dressed

3. What Red Was by Rosie Price – I’m going to be posting a book review about this novel. Another book that really put me in someone else’s shoes. It gave me a lot of perspective and that’s one of the things I love most about reading. I love to learn and I will read anything that will give me perspective and a better understanding. The protagonist in this novel is sexually abused in her best friend’s home. The trauma that she goes through is completely awful, and I don’t think it’s even possible to fully understand unless you’ve been a victim yourself. It’s a very eye-opening story and it makes you realize that this happens more often than you think. It’s a great read and I think you all should read it. Again, I’ll have a book review on it in a few days!

4. Peaky Blinders – Season 5 came out on Netflix and I made it a mission to rewatch everything from the beginning, and I made my boyfriend do it with me! We haven’t quite made it to the latest season yet. However, rewatching it has been just as great as when I first watched it! This is my boyfriend’s first time and he loves it, too. I don’t know what it is about Cillian Murphy but he’s so great. I think it’s his brains. I’m super attracted to men with intelligence. He’s so smart and always a step ahead. He’s also got a great face. His brothers are hilarious. Their whole family dynamic is wonderful. I’ve only got great things to say! I love their little suits. The accents are lovely. I could go on but I want you all to watch it if you haven’t already!

5. Unbelievable – Clearly, I’ve been watching a lot of Netflix lately. Last month I also finished the first season of “Unbelievable”. It’s a series about sexual abuse victims and the detectives trying to solve this case of a serial sexual abuser. It’s a lot. Many of my friends messaged me when they saw that I was watching it and wondered how I could continue to watch it because they had to stop. It’s triggering. He ruined these girls lives. They were living in fear that he could come back at any time and do it again. They were also afraid that there were more of him out there. Why were they picked out of everyone? It’s a heavy show to watch but you guys know that I’ve been really into crime lately. I’m interested in the psychological aspect of it all. I wanted to know what this guy was thinking and why he thought it was okay to do this. He not only thought it was okay to do it once but multiple times! If you can handle this kind of content, I recommend watching it. There are a lot of sexual abuse victims out there and you need to understand that it really is happening a lot more often than you think. We need to do all that we can to help victims to have the courage to speak up.

6. Hair products – Again, with Winter fast approaching, everything starts to get dry faster. My lips and also the ends of my hair get so dry! I don’t want dry and brittle hair so I’ve invested in a moisture & shine cream and a round brush. I’m not sure what the round brush does, but I feel like it has something to do with how much shinier my hair looks. The moisture + shine cream that I bought is by R + Co and it was recommended by my hair stylist, Olivia, at Twentyseven (@twentyseventoronto). She’s the owner of this hair salon located on St. Clair West and she’s the best. Now that I’m using product on my hair, I’ve noticed that it does take a little longer to blow dry my hair now. I haven’t quite mastered how to dry my hair with this new brush either, but I’m learning lol. What I do know is that it’s worth it and my hair is feeling much softer and healthier!

8. Toronto Library card – I got a library card! Honestly, getting this free library card has changed my life. I don’t know why I hadn’t signed up for one sooner but I’m sure glad that I have one now. I can borrow up to 50 books from the library!!! The library closest to me is practically in my backyard so I’ve been constantly putting books on hold and picking them up whenever I can. It’s been thrilling and I’m so happy. It’s saving me so much money on books. I still want my own library one day but this way I’ll purchase books I absolutely love. If you live in Toronto and love reading books as much as I do, I highly, HIGHLY recommend you get a library card. It’s amazing.

9. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel – Yes, ANOTHER show. There’s been so many good ones! I started watching “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” on Amazon Prime Video. It was one of those ones where I didn’t really have any sort of expectation. I really just needed something to watch so I decided to give it a shot during one of my days off. Little did I know that it was ONE OF THE BEST SHOWS I’VE EVER SEEN. I’m serious. It’s set in the late 50s and now I’m obsessed with that decade. Mrs. Maisel is a single mom trying to become the next big comedian. Back then, women weren’t seen on stage and making jokes. I love how she contributes to paving a new path for women. She’s the coolest and weirdest badass of a character. She’s also hilarious. Miriam Maisel also does everything with grace. She wears a black cocktail dress and a string of pearls (like Audrey Hepburn) while she’s telling her vulgar jokes and it’s amazing. It’s also not just her character that you fall in love with either. Her parents are hilarious and her manager is hilarious (The woman that played Mrs. Ungermeyer in The Lizzie McGuire Movie!!). My boyfriend came over while I was in the middle of watching the last few episodes and he was upset that he missed out on the rest. I think he might start watching it himself. I’m telling you, it’s that good. Not only that, it’s won a ton of Emmy awards! Please give this show a shot. If you don’t have Amazon Prime Video, I’m sure there’s somewhere you can stream it. It’s worth it, trust me.

10. The Heathers scrunchie – This was purchased because of Olivia as well. You can find this gorgeous oversized scrunchie at Twentyseven (@twentyseventoronto). She had given me a sample to try because she had not yet had a client with long hair try them on. When I tied my hair with it, my jaw completely dropped. It’s literally the hair accessory of my dreams!!! It was so effortless to put in my hair. I literally tied my hair like I would with any normal elastic but this made my hair look like a work of art! I bought the sample from her right then and there, and then I posted about it. I kind of felt bad because people were wanting them and they weren’t even ready to be sold yet, but I love it so much and I think everyone should get one of these little guys. For days when I don’t know what to do with my hair, I go to this scrunchie and feel instantly elevated. If you’d like one for yourself, you can visit their store or purchase one online. Just visit their instagram page @twentyseventoronto. They’re only $30! I might get another lol.

Alright, that’s another month gone and another set of favourites! I hope you guys enjoyed reading about what I loved most last month. I also hope you guys watch one of these shows or try some of these products for yourself! If you do, please let me know! I would love to hear about it :))

Until next time!

– Tiny ❤

Book Review: Permanent Record by Mary H.K. Choi

I picked up this book because it was one of Belletrist’s (@belletrist) YA novel picks and I just needed a break from all these thrillers. I don’t even know how I managed to read three scary/thrilling novels in a row, but it happened. They were full of crime, drama, and suspense that kept me wanting more. I couldn’t help myself! “Permanent Record” by Mary H.K. Choi was the book I needed to switch it up. It was SO GOOD, guys. Honestly, why do we not bother with YA when we’re older? What’s wrong with it? Sometimes you just need to read something a little more lighthearted! Sometimes you’ll end up learning more than you expected, like I did!

Permanent Record is about this 20 year-old boy named Pablo. He works at a 24-hour organic foods store or a “bodega” (I’m still unfamiliar with this term lol, but that’s what they called it) and he usually works the overnight shift. Pablo was accepted to NYU but he didn’t have enough money saved to attend. He ended up dropping out because he also didn’t put enough effort, so now he’s working to *try* to pay off some serious credit card debt that the NYU situation put him in. He’s really trying to get back into NYU before his chance is completely ruined, but he can’t seem to find the motivation. Pablo is one of those guys that’s great at so many things but has no idea what he wants to do in life. He’s also pretty scared to fully commit to anything. His parents are concerned about him. His friends are concerned him. Mr. and Mrs. Kim, the owners of the bodega, are also concerned about him. Pablo’s just coasting and living with his head in the clouds. He’s in denial and does not want to face the reality that he needs to buckle down and do something more. One night (or morning, since it was 4AM) during his shift, Pablo is interrupted by a girl that he recognizes but doesn’t recognize – you know those ones? Her name is Leanna Smart. The two of them click and hit it off right away. They bond over their love for snacks and the weird but tasty snack combinations that they come up with. It’s kind of an art to Pablo. He has an Instagram dedicated to it. Leanna finds him refreshing, especially since he doesn’t recognize who she is right away. The Leanna Smart has been famous and successful since she was eight years old. Pablo had no idea he would soon be dating a superstar. You can find her face EVERYWHERE (billboards, radio, TV, etc.). It’s actually kind of concerning that he didn’t recognize her right away.

From then, it’s a whirlwind romance. They are absolutely crazy about each other, and Pablo is introduced to this lavish lifestyle that he can’t even believe. He can’t believe it so he doesn’t even bother to tell anyone in his life about her or what he’s been up to. He just takes off in her airplane and doesn’t tell anyone where he’s going! It’s not just the fact that he doesn’t want to do anything to ruin what seems like a dream to him, but Pablo also can’t say anything because he’s had to sign a NDA.

Now without basically telling you the entire story, Pablo and Leanna don’t work out. I know what you’re thinking. No happily ever after? But Pablo gets the push he needs! Although they don’t end up together, Pablo learns a lot from his experience with Leanna, and everything that happens after they break up. I learned a lot as well. I learned that life is about doing and not waiting. Everything also happens at its own pace. To be honest, this book came to me at the right time. I was confused and very distraught about not knowing what my calling is. Am I just going to work in retail forever? I know I can accomplish more. I know that I am capable of doing more, but it’s okay to not know what “more” is right now. This move to Free People has been what I needed to clear my head. I love customer service (as crazy as that sounds) and I love styling and shopping. I know that one day it will all click. There’s a higher calling and I know it will come to me when I’m ready!

It’s actually insane how I got this sort of epiphany from reading a YA novel like this. However, if you’re going through something similar, I strongly believe that you shouldn’t give up on yourself. Also, don’t expect anything to just happen right away! If it’s meant to be, it will be. And sometimes bad things happen, and you fail, and it hurts, but that’s life! Everything will get better, you just can’t give up on yourself. You. Are. Awesome.

Please check out this book if you’re looking for something new to read! Like I said, you can learn something! Why not YA? Don’t judge a book by it’s cover! ;))

Until next time,

– Tiny ❤

What I Wore Last Week

Alright, folks. This is a big deal. This is the last of the looks taken while working at TOPSHOP TOPMAN. My last week as a Personal Shopper for their brand. My last week with easy access to a full-length mirror. I mean, there are plenty of mirrors at Free People that I can use for outfit pictures but like, I’m not comfortable or sure of my boundaries yet. Am I allowed to take photos? Am I allowed to post them on Instagram and on my blog? Anyways *sniff*, here’s what I wore during my last week at TOPSHOP. Let’s all try not to cry (by “all”, I mean me).

Outfit #1: I was called a gangster librarian. I’ve been seeing these pullover sweater vests styled on Instagram lately so I thought I would try it out! Obviously I didn’t want to pay a lot so I decided to go looking for one at a thrift store! This sweater vest was $5 and I got it at Talize. To be honest, I think these sweater vests give me more of a grandpa vibe than a librarian vibe. I dig it, do you dig it?! To pair with my grandpa sweater, I wore a plain white t-shirt underneath and my washed black Editor jeans. The gangster part to this outfit is definitely the gold chains. I wore an initial necklace that I bought off of Amazon and my latest curbed chain necklace from Durumi on Queen St. West (@thedurumi). To finish the look, I added my “snakeskin” booties and my Gucci baby.

Outfit #2: I brought out my first beret of the season! If you’re new to my blog, you’ll soon find out that I love wearing berets during the Fall/Winter. I love hats in general but I love wearing berets. Maybe it’s because I’m DYING to go to Paris? It’s on my bucket list and I would LOVE to go sometime within the next couple of years. In an ideal world, hopefully next year? For the rest of the outfit, I wore a new favourite graphic t-shirt that says “Copenhagen” (I got it because I love Copenhagen Fashion Week lol), my gingham trousers, and my SSense/Adidas sneakers that I freaking love. I added some more accessories to complete this outfit. I added my beaded necklace that I made myself and the same initial necklace that I wore in the last outfit! For a bag, I wore my MJ snapshot camera bag.

Outfit #3: My favourite of the week! Would you believe me if I told you that I got this vest from TOPSHOP’s clearance section for $10?!! Well you better believe it! This is a real studded leather vest that was originally priced at $320, and I got it for $10. Is your mind blown or what?! As soon as I got it, I knew I had to wear it the next time I worked. I paired it this black pleated skirt that I was obsessed over from Aritzia. I spent more than I would normally spend on a skirt but I think this skirt will last me a lonnnng time. Underneath my new vest, I wore a fitted brown long-sleeved and acid washed shirt. And finally, I also wore the same curbed chain necklace from Durumi that I wore in “Outfit #1”, my thrifted cowboy boots, and my fluffy yellow bucket bag. WAIT – not “finally”! This is the day I debuted my new earrings from En Route!!! How could I forget these beautiful earrings?! These are these cute safety pin earrings designed by Ashley from @best.dressed on Instagram. She also has an amazing YouTube channel. I am a big fan of hers and when I found out that she collaborated with En Route, there was no question that I had to place an order.

Outfit #4: I’m looking a little like Frida here, don’t you think? I kinda love it. This is a headband from Zara that I think I wore during the previous week. I really like what it adds to any outfit. I feel so much more “fashion-forward” lol. I wore this pleated midi skirt that I almost forgot I had. I think I got it last year. I love the print of it and I think it’s going to be a timeless piece in my wardrobe. To wear with this skirt, I wore a simple black turtle neck and a recently purchased fluffy sweater/jacket. I love it so much. I love the colour of it. I think it’s so chic. I also love the texture it adds to my outfits. To finish this look, I added my black patent combat boots and some gold dangly earrings. The purse I wore was this small crossbody in a snake print. I took off the chain crossbody strap and carried it from it’s top handle. I think I have to say that this outfit is another one of my favourites.

Outfit #5: My “farewell” outfit. I think this is probably the best outfit I could have worn on such a day. Simple but professional. It also shows my style and how I’ve matured since the day I started at TOPSHOP TOPMAN five years ago. I wore my white Mom jeans from the Petite section, a black tank top and a check blazer. I added my curbed chain necklace and my initial necklace again, and I also wore the other pair of earrings that I got from En Route’s (@enroutejewelry_) latest collection! These are vintage-inspired earrings with a green stone/gem. I’ve been wanting earrings with a hint of emerald green for a really long time now and this pair does the job perfectly! Now all that’s left is the bag. For this look I chose my brown Rachel Green-inspired purse that I thrifted for $10.

That’s it! That’s the last week of outfits that I have to share from my Personal Shopping suite at TOPSHOP TOPMAN. This is an end to an era. I will miss that mirror almost as much as I’ll miss my co-workers and my clients. Like I said at the beginning of this post, I’m still trying to figure out how I can do the same thing while working at Free People. It’s been really stressing me out because I feel like I’ve been lacking content! I want to share my outfits and I’ve become so used to documenting them every single day that I feel like something big is missing. I’m going to figure it out, don’t worry!

Also: Before I go, I wanted to let you guys know that I paid attention to the poll and according to your votes, from now on I’ll be calling these posts “Outfits of the Week”! Thank you to anyone that voted and helped me decide. I appreciate it a lot 🙂

Until next time!

– Tiny ❤