Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Who Do You Think You Are?

Have you ever wondered about who you really are?
Like I mean where your family has come from, who you could be related to and why you look like you do? Not questions most kids my age think about but me, I've always wondered.
(more on why I'm so curious down below!)
I'm sure it must be a question on other people's minds too since there is a whole entire show that features celebrities that are just as curious about where they come from. The program is called 'Who Do You Think You Are' and it follows a different celebrity tracing their ancestors and family trees each episode. I totally LOVE watching it, I think the episode with Jessica Biel has been my favourite so far this year. Check it out on Sunday nights on TLC.
Now onto why I am so curious? You see, I don't really look too much like either of my parents and no, I'm not adopted. Most people say that I look like my mom but I think that's because we both have kind of the same colouring. I mean we both have brown hair and eyes but if you look really closely, that's where it ends. None of our other features are similar. And my dad is light haired and blue eyed and again, we don't really have any of the same features.
I always have people telling me that I look like I'm Asian mixed with something else, I think because my eyes are very almond-shaped but as far as I know, my grandparents came from Italy and Greece and there is no Asian connection at all.
Anyways my parents probably grew tired of hearing me ask the same questions over and over again so last week when we were watching WDYTYA, they asked me if I would like to have my DNA tested with a kit from AncestryDNA and of course I said YES!!

A few days after we ordered it, the kit showed up and I couldn't wait to open it. The kit comes with an easy to follow pamphlet that explains the simple steps to collecting your DNA (it involves your spit so I won't get into it here). You secure the tube holding your sample and shake it up so it mixes with this blue liquid that sits in the tube. And that's pretty much it!
We placed the secure sample into a clear pouch and sealed it, dropped it into the addressed shipping container and then threw that into the mailbox. It takes about 6-8 weeks to get your results back which seems like awhile but I'm so excited that I'm hoping it will fly by.
I will be posting my results as soon as they come in so check back in with me here!

 The pamphlet is so easy even a kid could do it!

Off you go DNA! I will wait for you to come back and tell me my story!

(*This is not a sponsored post*)

Monday, 24 April 2017

Spring Layers

dress: Joe Fresh   sunglasses: Victoria Beckham   bag: Gap
sneakers: Converse   tights: HUE   jacket: Joe Fresh

It feels like winter has officially gone 'buh-bye' (which I love) but when the sun is shining right outside my classroom window and I'm stuck inside, it makes my whole week drag on like mad (which I hate). By Thursday afternoon, I can't wait to ditch my uniform and put on something, anything that doesn't say 'my life revolves around math'. 
Dresses have always been a favourite of mine, probably because they are so easy to just throw on and go. Add a mad good jacket (just in case it gets chilly) and a pair of high-tops and you're ready for anything, am I right? This drop-waist denim dress even has pockets which is always a bonus since I carry a lot of junk at all times. I paired it with this hella cute safari jacket and my signature shoe move, my trusty Chucks because everything, even a perfect LDD, needs a little edge!

Friday, 31 March 2017

What I'm Loving Lately 03/31

book: A Beautiful Mess // rollerballs: Flora Remedia // liquid lipstick/liner: Huda Beauty
candle: D. & L. Co. // bracelets: LOOPS Bracelets

It FINALLY feels like winter is saying 'bye bye' and I don't think anyone is happier than I am! I might not be in flip flops and shorts just yet (it's Canada, it could snow tomorrow and it did last night, no joke!) but I am getting all my warm weather vibes ready! The sun has come out a few times to brighten things up but when the skies are grey (like almost always), I've come up with my own ways to kick things up a bit! These bracelets from Loops Bracelets punch up all of my outfits but they are just the thing to add a smidge of 'Pidge' to my uniform without getting me into trouble with my school's dress code!

I have a hard enough time getting up in the morning when the sun is shining but when it's gloomy outside, forget about it! I bet not even a jug of coffee could get me going, that's if I could actually drink coffee but since I'm still not allowed, I rely on this smellalicious rollerball from Flora Remedia to perk me up when all I want to do is run back to my bed. And I swear that this is the only thing that chases away that sleepyhead feeling I get every day around 2:30 when I still have an hour left of school and all I can think about is laying my head on my desk and taking a snooze.
I have been in mad love with this particular pair of wedges that I see EVERYWHERE but my very own closet. They were a little bit more $$$ than a girl my 'age should be spending on a pair of shoes' (not my words) so I tried to find something kind of the same but that cost a little less cha-ching and I got super lucky with these ones by Kenneth Cole!
I have been a fan of Huda Kattan since I first started on Instagram and when I found out she was coming out with her own line of liquid matte lipsticks, I couldn't wait until I could get one. I'm not allowed to wear lipstick all the time but when I get lucky, this is the only lippie I reach for!
The one I ended up getting is called 'bombshell' and it's the perfect rosy nude shade. Get this, it DOESN'T COME OFF, even after I had BBQ ribs for dinner. It was well worth the wait and begging!

I get a lot of compliments on how shiny and healthy my hair looks but the struggle is real! It takes a little bit of hard work taking good care of my hair (more details on my hair routine next week!) but I've also been trying out this hair 'food' that's like a liquid vitamin. I mix a spoonful into my morning juice and it's totally drinkable. I really think my hair has been looking mad good lately so something must be working.
So tell me, how are you getting ready to say hello to summer?

Monday, 20 March 2017

Sweater Weather

Hat Gap  //  Sweater Talbots  //  Jeans Gap  //
Bracelets LOOPS  //  Sneakers Converse

I spent most of this past weekend trying to get used to the idea of having to go back to school today. March Break 2017 is officially over and it seems like it almost never happened. I mean it was REALLY COLD here in Toronto and a major drag to even be bothered to leave the house which of course made the whole week into a total snooze (the only exciting thing that happened was when the mailman knocked at my door with a package from LOOPS Bracelets for me! OMG aren't they the crazy cutest AND these bracelets are totally 'Pidge' approved. Not only are they like indestructible and very comfortable but they are waterproof too, which is a good thing because honestly, I never want to take them off!)
 Luckily the sun finally did come out and make it warm-ish on one day and that's when we all piled into the car and took off!
Living where I do, it's not very often that you can forget your jacket in the winter time. And the truth is, I only got away with it because I got out of the car before my mom could spot me without all my gear. My no-coat freedom lasted only a few minutes but while it did, it was mad good!

Thursday, 16 March 2017

DIY Flower Crown with PickOntario

March Break has been a little bit of a bust this year. It's freezing here in Toronto and doing anything outdoors has taken a punch to the gut so we've been looking for things to do inside while we stay warm. This seemed like the perfect activity (sent to me by the super nice peeps at PickOntario)  since I love flowers and LOVE anything I can make myself!
(didn't go over too well with my little bro but sometimes a girl's got to do what a girl's got to do, am I right?!)

Whether you are an avid coachella fan, a boho-chic bride to be, or simply looking for the perfect finish to that perfect outfit, you have definitely considered rocking a flower crown at one point or another.

Flower crowns are the hottest go-to accessory nowadays, because, quite frankly, they’re stunning. With the power to make anyone feel like a total goddess, and ability to bring Snapchat filters to real life, it is no wonder they go all the way back to ancient Greece. 

“A flower crown is what’s ‘in’ right now,” says Jesseline Gough, Marketing Coordinator at pickOntario. “Weddings, pride parades, maternity shoots, lunch with the gals, festivals— you can quite literally make a statement anywhere you go.”

Learn how to build your own beautiful flower crown by watching pickOntario’s 2-minute tutorial video, or following these easy steps:

What you’ll need: 
Ontario grown ivy
Florist wire
Ontario grown bouquet, potted plants, flowers, bedding plants

Step 1: Have about 2 feet of Ontario grown ivy ready
Step 2: Level 1 inch of stem
Step 3: Wrap the wire around the top of the branch to secure it
Step 4: Wrap the wire around the flower stem several times
Step 5: Repeat wrapping with the remaining flowers
Step 6: Wrap in the same direction working down the branch and continue adding until you see the look you want
Step 7: Bring the ends together and wrap firmly
Step 8: Now, wear your crown like the queen you are!
Step 9: Snap some selfies, and share with us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram using #pickOntario 

“The best thing about this flawless accessory is that it never goes out of style,” adds Jesseline. “Some may think it’s only a spring or summer trend, but why not add some seasonal beauty by hosting a flower crown party this winter as well.”

Ready to make your flower crown? Visit pickOntario for very reasonably-priced supplies. Be sure to check out their Floral Market and Flower Crown Bar at Canada Blooms, taking place March 10-19, 2017.

For more information, please visit Follow @pickOntario on Twitter and Instagram, and like them on Facebook.

About pickOntario
pickOntario is an initiative developed by Flowers Canada (Ontario) Inc. to raise awareness, interest and demand for Ontario-grown cut flowers and potted plants. When you pick Ontario, you are supporting the more than 200 greenhouse farmers who employ approximately 9,000 people in our province. The growers in Ontario work hard to produce quality flowers and use the latest trends in technology and growing techniques to ensure their products are delivered fresh to local retail establishments, daily.

Sunday, 12 March 2017

The Sweet Life with Sorelle and Co.

Coat  Talbots // Sunglasses  Ray-Ban // Bag  J. Crew
Jeans  American Eagle // Boots  Musse & Cloud

I started Lent last week which means that me and anything that had a mother or a face at one point will not be meeting at the dinner table for the next 40 days! I've never fasted for that long but considering I'm not much of a carnivore, I didn't realize that I would have to also give up so many of the things I normally eat, like anything that included dairy and eggs. Truth is I was a little nervous about what I was going to do for the next month and a half now that I've made my promise to go vegan but at least there is one place I know I can turn to!
On Family Day, I got the chance to go to Sorelle and Co., which happens to be the prettiest little bakery you will ever set visit!

Located at 1050 Rutherford Road in Vaughan, a smidge north of Toronto and just a quick drive away from my neighbourhood, I got the chance to devour the sweetest (and definitely the cutest) vegan and gluten-free desserts you could possibly imagine. Cupcakes, brownies, tarts, donuts and muffins all laid out in front of me, what more could a kid ask for!

Doesn't it all look delish?!
Check out their Instagram page for more sweet eye candy!!

And as if the delicious desserts weren't enough, the place looked like something out of my dreams! Crystal chandeliers and big cosy chairs, all touched with my fav colours of gold, cream, pink and aqua, it was the mad perfect spot for a sophistiCAT like me to enjoy a donut and latte!

Friday, 10 February 2017

What I'm Loving Lately 02/10

The weather has been sooo cold, in the GTA that I have been hiding away at home a lot. Not too many adventures outdoors this week (except when we took advantage of today's snowfall) but I have been busy at home getting to know some new favs like this book from one of my favourite bloggers that is full of fun ideas to busy yourself on a cold afternoon and this delicious smelling candle that makes it feel and smell like a magnolia tree in summer inside even it's a regular frozen tundra outside!
And for those of you like me whose skin turns crazy dry in the winter, you need to try this sheet mask that has not only erased the little weird dry patches on my face but scared my little brother to death the other night when he came into my room while I had it on (he said I looked like Mike Meyers).
I guess that will teach the little nerd not to come into my room uninvited!
How do you stay busy during the cold winter months?

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Pretty in Pink

SUNGLASSES Michael Kors   JACKET/SWEATER Gap    JEANS American Eagle    BOOTS Musse and Cloud 

Sometimes winter feels like it lasts forever in Canada!
It's cold and snowy and gray which can put me in a mood (my mom say that's just me being me but I'm going to blame it on the weather, okay!) so I try to find ways to get myself out of my 'blue mood' (another one of my mothers sayings).
I make sure that I get enough sleep, drink plenty of water and try my best to stay away from junky food. The sugary stuff makes me feel good while I'm eating it I guess but I always feel rotten afterwards so when my head is on straight, I remember to say 'no thank you' before I shove it in my mouth.
One of the best ways I have found to keep me in a good mood is surrounding myself with colours that make me happy. Bright greens, sky blues, sunshine yellows and of course any shade of pink you can imagine!
Sometimes I try going head to toe in colours that make me smile. I make my bed with the brightest blanket I can find and top it off with a loud pink pillowcase. I pull out all my colourful pens and pencils and doodle to my hand hurts.
Other times, a pop of colour that only I can notice can do the trick, just like these adorable pink sunnies I permanently 'borrowed' from my mom. It's funny that something so small can make such a big difference in how you feel but I promise it works.
What do you do to keep your spirits up when the weather is bringing you down?

Friday, 13 January 2017

What I'm Loving Lately

Note Cards Marie Mae // Body Cream Anderson Lilley // Rollerball Set Gap // Apricot Scrub St. Ives
 Nail Polish Essie // Book Capture Your Style // Necklace Gorjana // Lip Mask Sephora

Happy New Year!
This is my first post this year and after a long holiday break enjoying hanging with my family and friends, I'm ready to rock 2017!
Santa was very good to me this year (thank you Mr. Claus!) but there were a few things that really left their mark on me like in a major way! My family has a tradition of doing a secret Kris Kringle where we pick a name and get a book for that person that we really think they will love. I still don't know who had my name but whoever it was, they got me this book from one of my fav Instagramers, the one and only Aimee Song. It's full of super good tips on how to find your A game on Instagram. It has already become something that I can never put down and have re-read like a million times!
Santa must have been listening to me read a magazine article to my mom about this facial scrub all the supermodels love, namely Gigi Hadid and her sister Bella because I found it poking out of my stocking on Christmas morning. The Hadid sisters have really gorgeous skin so I figure they must know something about what you should be slopping on your face.
And even though, this lip mask wasn't specifically meant for me, I couldn't control myself so I stole it from my mother but with good reason. My lips looked like they were ready to crumble off my face and since we still have a little more winter to look forward to (at least another 2 month!) I'm sure the mask will become my new best friend!
What are you excited about for 2017?