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.
I am ALL about female empowerment. I love women who support other women, who raise each other up and who are motivated by the success of other women around them. There’s enough success in the world for all of us and the women who realize that are the ones I want to be around.
I am an organizational freak. I swear, if I don’t have everything written down in my planner, iPhone calendar and iPad calendar, it will not get done. My friends always laugh at how picky I am with planners, I’ve been through four so far this semester!
People always comment on how organized I am and ask how I’m able to stay on top of all the things I have going on without it being a disaster. My answer is always a few liters of coffee a day (exaggerated I know, but not too far off!) and keeping track of everything I have to do in multiple ways!
I had the pleasure of attending a media event for the opening of Le Fix Bar, the first blow-dry and beauty bar to open in the West Island. Anyone who knows me knows that I rarely venture out of the downtown area often. I can’t even remember the last time I went out to the West Island for anything other than visiting family. This event had me leaving the comfort of my downtown solitude, in style of course, and heading out west.
The night started out at Juicyyy Lab in St Henri where we were served delicious watermelon juice and gin creations. After some mingling, all the guests were then chauffeured to DDO to Le Fix Bar by limo; just a casual Thursday!
Walking in to Le Fix is like waking in to a glamorous girls only club. It’s filled with stations where you can get your hair blown out and styled by one of the many talented hair stylists and then head over to the nail stations where you can get your nails done with gel, shellac, or regular nail polish. They were offering pedicures, manicures and some delicious snacks from L’Gros Luxe. Also featured in Le Fix Bar was the new, second location of Juicyyy Lab, serving more delicious, signature drinks. They definitely get 5 stars for both taste and presentation!
This night was a fashion girls playground. Everywhere you looked there was someone getting their hair done, nails done, a massage or just enjoying the delicious, and instagram worthy, treats. I myself got my hair blown out and it looked fabulous! I am so lazy when it comes to my hair so it felt so nice to have someone wash and style it and it felt even better once I saw the outcome! I am SO picky when it comes to my hair and the stylist I had styled it exactly as I asked.
I recently took a break from gel manicures, my nails were in terrible need of a breather, so I was a little afraid that they wouldn’t have many options available for regular nail polish. Luckily for me they had a variety of different colours, including a pretty light pink colour that I chose to go with!
After everyone was sufficiently glammed up, the limos arrived whisking everyone back downtown. The party continued at Somwhr Liquor Lounge in the Old Port. The bottles flowed and the music blared and the night ended on the same party note that it started on.