I know that I already posted about the books I want to read this summer but it’s barely July and I’ve already read all of those books! I’m so big on reading and it really is an amazing way to meet/connect with people! You can learn so much from someone from their taste in books. So, since my “summer reading list” barely made it to summer, I’ve decided to make this something I do on a monthly basis, my own AFA Reading List!
Sometimes it will be books that I need to read, sometimes I’ll include books I’ve read that I really suggest others read and why. I just think that reading for pleasure is something that is so easily overlooked and it really is a great way to bond with others. I mean, there are few better feelings than suggesting a book you love to someone who in turn loves that book and then you get to talk about why you both love it!
So, without any further babbling, here is my July reading list!
Well hello there,
I would like to officially introduce myself to everyone. My name is Krystal and I am the one behind the scenes at A Fashionable Approach. Since starting AFA, I’ve been a bit all over the place with my posts and really inconsistent. I’ve realized that just because fashion is in the title, doesn’t mean that it needs to be geared towards only fashion. Which is why I decided to relaunch myself as a lifestyle blog.
I have to believe that the sun came out in full force last Thursday just for the partygoers at Terrasses Bonsecours. It was the hottest day we have had yet, it was the sunniest day that we have had yet and it was was the perfect way to kick off terrace season.
Drinks were flowing, appetizers were being served and the sun was shining down HARD. Upon arrival I asked if I could be seated somewhere more in the shade and the look the hostesses gave me was hilarious. I am a pale ghost by nature and I believe in protecting my skin from the sun at all costs; I’m that pale girl who wears sunscreen daily, invests in hats and tries to stay out of the sun during peak hours. Guilty.
Now that I am finally on vacation and don’t have mandatory readings or papers due weekly, I can finally get bucket reading for the enjoyment of i rather than for a grade. I am an avid reader and love nothing more than starting a book only to realize that several hours have passed and that I have been lost in a fictional world.
I love biographies, memoirs, true crime stories, novels – I love them all! The beginning of summer is generally the time I use to catch up on all of the books that I have been adding to my “must read” list that I keep stored on my phone (it is never-ending and only gets bigger, despite the amount of books I keep crossing off of it).
This coming Tuesday, May 16th, I am lucky enough to be invited to celebrate Scarlet’s newest industry night. Starting this week it will be hosted every Tuesday and is surely not to be missed.
Last weekend I had the pleasure of trying out Biscuits and Confetti. For anyone who hasn’t visited yet, Biscuits and Confetti is a kid-friendly cafe/creative space located on Sherbrooke Street in NDG. Anyone who knows me knows that I am more likely to end up somewhere adult-only than kid-friendly, so I was a bit skeptical when trying this place.
I know that I’ve already talked about one of my favourite go to cheese places, Mlt Down, in a previous post – but I had to give them some more attention. They’ve recently started serving burgers and I promise you, they are not to be missed!
I’m not the biggest burger enthusiast, so I really wasn’t expecting to be that impressed. I rarely order burgers when out at restaurants and it’s even rarer that I actually enjoy them. When I received the invite to test their burgers, I was somewhat excited because I know that these guys only produce quality items but I was still a bit skeptical as to whether or not I’d really enjoy it.
By now, I’m sure many of you have read about the many issues that rose from the bankruptcy of NastyGal. Trouble for the company became apparent when founder Sophia Amoruso stepped down as CEO in the start of 2015. Many speculated that the “Cinderella of Tech” was abandoning an already sinking ship. In late 2016 NastyGal filed for bankruptcy, eventually being acquired by British online fashion retailer BooHoo at the end of February of this year. A company that was once valued at over $100 million was bought out for a mere $20 million.
I originally started my blog so I could have a creative outlet. Being a journalism student I am constantly writing and working on assignments, but it’s rare that I get to write about or focus on something that I am passionate about or that I choose completely on my own. I wanted to have a place where I could write about whatever I wanted, grow my passions and solidify my wiring skills in the process.
That was what A Fashionable Approach was supposed to be. But somewhere along the line I completely lost that. I started focusing more on what I thought other people would want to read. I started thinking solely abut what would grab the readers attention, what would impress brands, what would a publicist like to see. This was not my original goal and because I lost sight of that, my blog suffered.
I started looking at writing as a chore, as something I had to do rather than something I wanted to do. I would go weeks, sometimes months, without posting anything meaningful. I lost sight of why I started my blog and what I wanted it to be.
Don’t take my realizations as me being ungrateful. I am so blessed to have made the connections that I have and to have been able to use my blog to network and work with others, I’m not saying plan on stopping that entirely. I’m saying that I lost my goal along the way and that instead of using my blog as something to monetize and endlessly wondering what others would like to read, I’d rather focus on what I’m passionate about.
To say that I like cheese would be like saying that Carrie Bradshaw likes shoes. It’s an understatement and doesn’t quite explain the relationship.
Thankfully, MLT Down is the type of restaurant that understands the love of cheese. The restaurant is made up of various heavenly versions of the basic grilled cheese. When I visited last week, I sat with one of the owners, Aly Moloo (all locations are co-owned by himself and his brother Rahim) and he told me about their experience in the food industry and how MLT Down had originally started in Kingston Ontario. It was apparent that the pair are not only passionate about the food industry, but that they are responsible for all the unique dishes offered and that customer satisfaction is extremely important to them. After going over the menu and not knowing which of the dishes to try, Aly suggested that I get a real taste for what they offer and ordered me three of the most popular items on the menu.