Workout Wear Essentials

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As you can tell I’m very much into fitness and working out…….. just kidding I hate it but I force myself to go anyways. My trick is that I like it to use clothes as motivation to actually get up and go to the gym. If I have cute workout clothes then I have an excuse to workout, sounds kind of pathetic now that I’m acknowledging it -_-
I’ve tried a lot of different brands and styles as a result, and I’ve realized it’s definitely quality over quantity. So I thought I’d share with guys my go to pieces and how to snag the best deals.

Leggings
This is the most important piece of clothing when you are exercising, as your legs are doing the most work. So if you’re not comfortable you’re not gonna have a good workout. I’ve tried a lot of different brands of leggings, in all price ranges, and by far without a doubt Lululemon makes the best/softest/most comfortable/breathable ones of all time. They’re a bit pricey, but they will last you forever AND they don’t lose their shape or stretch out, which is so important!!!  What I noticed about cheap leggings is the material is awful because 1. they’re not breathable so when you sweat your skin feels like its itchy and burning 2. the fabric feels very plastic-y and constricting 3. they lose their shape over time. So do yourself a favour and invest in a clean black Lululemon legging because it is a staple. You can look at them here. 

Running Shoes
For the longest time I always wore the traditional Nike or Adidas shoes for any type of physical activity, which are classics and a great option. Until I bought myself a pair of APL’s… which stands for Athletic Propulsion Labs, founded by twin brothers with a mission to create a sneaker combining technology, performance and fashion. I noticed a lot of celebs wearing them, as well as the Kardashians always raving about them, I decided to invest in a pair.
The shoes are made of a very soft stretchy cashmere material and they slide on like a sock. The fabric is quick-drying and breathable so you’re feet do not sweat at all. The cushion in the sole makes the ultra comfortable, so you can train or run in them for a long time without getting sore feet. My favourite part of the shoe is the style, they’re very sleek and come in so many different colours and styles. I started out with a neutral colour for my first one… but defintely got my eyes on the pink one next. They also have created a variety of models depending on the type of sport you want them for, whether it’s just training, running, or sports, the technology of the shoes vary.
These are the model I have.

Tops
Now this is the part where you can save some money and not splurge. Because you’re sweating and constantly re-wearing workout tops, it’s better to find inexpensive styles, that why you can recycle them once they’re worn out. In terms of brands, I like to check out the Nike or Adidas outlets cause they always have great deals, or their online sales tend to have great discounts as well. Also, Forever21 makes some really cute and cheap activewear (I would stay away from the leggings though). In terms of sports bras, I only have a couple I always use, and those are by Nike, although I do use ones without cups or padding, I find the the padded ones provide more comfort and durability.

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Best Restaurants in Toronto

If you’re from the 6 like me, then you know nobody here actually calls it the 6 lol, cause that would be kinda weird. You might also know that there is not much to do here. And by not much I mean literally nothing ever at all. Especially when it’s winter and going outside means potentially dying from hypothermia. But then there are the odd days, where you are so tired of only going to work and watching netflix (basically living like Bill Murray in Groundhog Day), that you are willing to suffer through the cold wind that burns your face just to get out the house. Sooo I thought I’d make a list of all my favourite spots to eat in the city, in case you are just as winter depressed as I am and need food to make life just a little easier.

  1. Cactus Club
    Probably my favourite restaurant in the city, as it excels in every aspect. Amazing food, great music, cool crowd, not to mention the BEST drinks (the Brazilian is my go to)!!
  2. King Taps
    A newer spot, located in the same building as Cactus with the same sort of vibe. The pizza is a must.
  3. Nervosa
    No doubt the best food in Yorkville. It’s one of the more quaint spots, and in the summer the rooftop patio + sangria is the perfect combination. Try the mushroom pasta or steak with salad.
  4. Sassafraz
    Another yorkville spot, this one has a really great brunch menu that includes a huge stack of blueberry pancakes and this to die for mushroom and brie toast.. can you tell I like mushrooms?
  5. Wish
    More of a daytime vibe, the interior of this place is so rustic and adorable, that the food being good is just a bonus. The french toast will leave you speechless.
  6. Chop
    An amazing steakhouse with locations in the GTA. This is good place for when you want a delicious steak without paying an arm and a leg for it. The burger is also delicious.

    Upscale Dining

  7. Buca
    The King St. location has a great menu, consisting of many things you’ve probably never heard before. If you aren’t a big foodie, the pizza is really good!
  8. Lee
    One of the better asian fusion restaurants. Really cool vibe inside with great music. You have to order the slaw salad and spring roll burgers!!
  9. Morocco Chocolat
    This is one of my favourites for sure. It has a really good variety in deserts as well as good, depending on what you’re in the mood for. I always go for the tea and macaroons… obviously

REVIEW: Amika Triple Rx Hair Mask

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Studies show that 9 out 10 women have damaged hair. I just made that statistic up but I feel like it’s probably true. Most of us have a harmful hair routine; whether you dye, highlight, straighten or curl your hair on a regular basis, it’s not healthy!!! I literally do all of those things all the time so you can just imagine how damaged my hair is. The obvious way to treat this is by getting hair cuts pretty often, but most hairstylists can’t be trusted. How do they translate “I want just a little trim” into “just shave my head Karen” LOL. If you don’t want to take that risk, I suggest trying hair masks! I’m surprised at how underrated they are, or maybe I’m just new to them. I’ve been using the Amika Triple Rx Mask for a few months now and I looove it for so many reasons.

First of all, it smells freakin’ amazing. If you’ve ever smelt the Viva La Juicy perfume, that’s basically what it smells like. That was my go-to scent in high school so using the mask makes me feel all nostalgic.
Secondly, it makes your feel like a softness you’ve never felt before. I’m trying to think of something to compare the softness to but I can’t. You’ll have to see for yourself.
Also, the shine THE SHINE!!!!! I’ve gotten so many compliments on the shininess of my hair since I started using it. And it’s not like a oily type of a shine, it’s like a Jennifer Aniston type of shine.

This one is a little pricey, but you only have to use once a week so it’ll last a few months at least. You can buy it here. If you know any other good hair masks comment down below!

OOTD: earth tones

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I never believed in love at first sight, until I laid my on eyes on this jacket. I was on the hunt for a wool coat that was classic but still unique, and I found it at Zadig and Voltaire. If you’re not big into fashion brands, you may not have heard of it before. Zadig is a french contemporary brand, with trendy and edgy designs inspired by a Parisian lifestyle. If you live in Toronto, pop by the new boutique at Yorkdale mall, major modern vibessss. Back to the coat, the sliver foiling and buttons are what really got me, and I love olive because it really is an all year round colour. I paired the jacket with a cozy Belstaff sweater, J Brand Jeans, brown Sam Edelman booties and a Goyard Bag. Links to everything below.

NJ x

Zadig and Voltaire Karne Coat  (it’s like half price nbd)
Belstaff Katriona Sweater
J Brand Alana Crop (similar)
Goyard – not available online

OOTD: sweater dress club

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Not sure if you guys know, but there is nothing I love more than a soft sweater dress. And this one right here feels like the best thing I’ve ever worn. It’s a cashmere turtleneck dress by Equipment, this one is nice cause it’s so simple and versatile. You can style it however you like, dress it up or dress it down. I threw on some fishnet tights, an Alexander McQueen scarf, and sock booties from Zara. Link to the products below. 🙂

Alexander McQueen Scarf
Zara Booties
Equipment Dress

The BEST everyday foundation

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Is anyone else stuck in this realm of not wanting to wear heavy foundation on a daily basis but also wanting your skin to look even and smooth? Well I found the solution to your problem 😀

I have to be honest, I never really believed in “tinted moisturizers” solely because they never have good coverage and usually disappear off your face in a couple of hours. And who wants a face product they can’t trust??? Ain’t nobody tryna look patchy…. So believe me when I say I have found the perfect tinted moisturizer, because I don’t take this lightly LOL.

Shoutout to NARS, for creating this product because it has now become my go-to for everyday makeup. Let me tell you why…

  1. The coverage is AMAZING, it feels more like a sheer coverage foundation in my opinion, just because of how well it evens out the skin tone while still managing to look like you’re not wearing any makeup. Apply it with a beauty blender for a more natural look, or with your fingers if you want more coverage.
  2. It comes in two variations, for dry and oily skin. If you have dry skin, go for the Pure Radiant version, if you’re more on the oily side go for the Velvet Matte.
  3. It will honestly last on your skin ALL DAY!!! On days when I’m working I wear it for a good 12 hours, and it has not oxidized or become patchy. But I do recommend setting it with a powder just to make sure it doesn’t move.

A few things I want to add. One, if you have acne or scarring to cover up then this might not work for you. This is more for the person with light blemishes and relatively clear skin. Two, the price tag is quite steep at $55CAD a pop, but if you’re willing to spend then it is worth it!

How to Make Your Designer Shoes Last Forever

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Designers never include care instructions for their shoes, which creates a problem for those of us that can’t afford to not take good care of our expensive shoes! These tips and tricks will ensure you’re able to pass those Valentinos down to your daughter.

  1. Expensive shoes tend to come with leather soles. Though it looks great, leather can be worn down very easily especially on surfaces that aren’t carpet. Find a good shoe repair shop and get them to resole your shoes with rubber. This will prevent major wear and tear, because leather soles can be damaged up to the point of no return.
    ps. in the case of Louboutins, you should 100% get them resoled as the red paint tend to chip with the first wear. Don’t worry, you can ask the shoemaker for a red rubber sole!
  2. If you’re planning on not wearing a certain pair for a while, make sure you store them with care! They should be cleaned and properly conditioned before storage. Also stuff the shoe and the box with tissue or newspaper, as it’ll maintain the shape of the shoe and iron out wrinkles or dents.
  3. This one sounds like common sense but you’d be surprised. If you have a dog, keep your shoes on a shelf they can’t reach, and preferably in a box. Somehow they also have expensive taste in shoes, and you probably don’t want a chewed pair of Loubs.
  4. Unfortunately, we don’t all have a Mr. Big to build us a shoe closet like Carrie Bradshaws. So it’s important to maintain the climate you store your shoes, as it makes a big difference. This might sound weird, but you shouldn’t keep them in a really dry atmosphere, or a moist one either, as over time they will build mold. The best place is to keep them is in your closet, because they will be kept in room temperature.
  5. You know those shoe products salespeople always try to throw at you while you’re at the cash register? And we always politely decline… well turns out they are right. Water and stain proof sprays are essential in the longevity of your shoes. Spending an extra $20 will help protect your shoes and keep them looking new for years!

    I view designer shoes as an investment, if you keep them in good condition they’ll not only last forever but you could always resell them for a great price.