STATEMENT SHORTS: YAY OR NAY?

Bonjour!

Before I jump into today’s article, I would just like to mention that I absolutely love splurging on statement pieces but when it comes to shorts or very seasonal pieces, I usually pass. So that being said, this article will be about statement shorts being a yay or nay, and where to essentially buy the affordable ones.

Topshop is one of my favorite places to shop when I need something that’s going to be unique and out of the ordinary. Topshop is great for pieces of clothing that’ll make not only yourself but others say ‘Wow where did you get those…’ Now in terms of shorts they have ah-mazing choices like these ones:

Although they’re not the most ‘summer appropriate’ pair of shorts, they are definitely the most versatile that I have to show you guys today. They would look so sick for a night out with a pair of nude platform sandals or wedges, with a white bodysuit – omg. And my favorite thing about these shorts is that they’re little round silver balls, instead of studs. For some reason I don’t like the look of studs, I find it looks over dated, but these little embellishments make it look cute and unique. Other than that they’re quite affordable for statement shorts.

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Now these are living proof that high-waisted shorts with a tie around the waist is a MUST for anyone’s closet. I’m not crazy about the colour, but I’m almost certain that I would get over it because they’re just so perfect. I also know for a fact that this design of short is flattering on any body type because of the cinched waist, and will give you the appearance of long legs with the vertical lines. Also very affordable.

Zara, aka my favorite clothing store for literally EVERYTHING. Overall their clothing is very affordable, whether it’s Winter or Spring, you can always find simple or really edgy pieces for a good price. As for statement shorts, they have a huge variety on sale right now but these really stood out to me the most:

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These shorts are perfect for the summer season, or any sunny destination. They have that tropical vibe that would look great with tanned skin and cute black slides. It seems to be a pattern with this post, but these shorts also have a cinched waist, that look great on everyone (as I already mentioned). Another thing I really enjoy with these shorts is the colour palette chosen for this pattern; the darker tones compliment each other and would be so much easier to style since you have a variety of colours.

H&M is another favorite of mine. It’s the middle ground between Forever 21 and Zara, in my opinion. Really good basics, and eye-catching pieces for a great price as well. You would probably see me just as often in H&M than you would in Zara to be honest. When it comes to statement shorts and just shorts in general, there was a huge selection but this pair stood out to me the most:

The first thing that caught my eye about this pair of shorts was the scalloped detailing; it’s so delicate yet the drawstring adds that casual look to it. Perfect for a day at the beach or running errands. I don’t normally gravitate towards purples but since it’s a pastel I would definitely grab it to style cute summer fits with it. Another plus is that they’re super affordable just like the rest of their collections.

To conclude this article, statement shorts are a solid YAY for me. As long as you find a good quality to good price ratio then it’s definitely worth it for the spring/summer seasons. I would love to know, in the comments below, which statement clothing do you purchase the most?

Until next time xxx

Caro

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What to Pack for a Weekend Getaway

Bonjour!

Who doesn’t love a weekend away from the City or from a hectic week? I know I do. Ever since I decided to take a break from the work field and enjoy my summer, I have so much more time for myself to enjoy things like weekend getaways. I’ll be going away for the weekend to Ottawa (from Sat-Mon) and figured what better way to start packing than also post an article about it. Two birds with one stone right? I always end up packing too much anyway, so this is the perfect opportunity for me to force myself and pack like a normal human being. With that being said, this is how I pack for any weekend trip.

Side note: these are in no specific order.

  • Camera/your phone

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This is a great thing to have wherever you go really, but especially on any trip that you take. It lets you preserve memories and then you’re able to look back at those pictures and reminisce.

  • Sunscreen

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Super important if you’re going anywhere during the summer, and spending your weekend outside and doing activities. For me personally, I don’t necessarily like putting sunscreen on for various reasons (even though I know it’s terrible for my skin). So I compromise with myself and put SPF 4.

  • Chargers + Speakers

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This is pretty self-explanatory; literally everywhere I go I bring my phone charger with me just in case, you never know of anything. Besides my phone and laptop charger, I’m also going to bring along a speaker to use in the hotel room (at a reasonable volume of course). Bluetooth speakers are always fun to bring along to any trip, so you can play music basically anywhere and have a quality sound.

  • Makeup

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I’d say this is one of the most important parts to any trip, if you’re a makeup fanatic like myself. Although I can leave the house frequently without makeup, I’m incapable of leaving for a trip without makeup. On a normal weekend getaway I would only bring the essentials, such as mascara, concealer, and bronzer. But for my particular weekend, as you can probably tell, I’m bringing along a lot of highlighter and glitter (guess where I’m going hehe).

  • The Inside of my Suitcase

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For any weekend trip, I would suggest that you bring two or three of everything, meaning pants/shorts, intimates, and shirts. I would also suggest adding a bathing suit because most hotels have a pool and if you go to a chalet, chances are there’s a jacuzzi or hot tub of some sort.

  • Snacks!!

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This part is essential to any trip, whether it be a long travel time or not, snacks solve boredom, fatigue, and hunger. I went with a Clif Bar which are so delicious and filling, and I also went with a bag of gluten-free chocolate chip cookies (no I’m not gluten intolerant but I just enjoy gluten-free products).

  • Toiletries

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This part is pretty self-explanatory as well; I tried to pack as many small-sized products as possible because that saves a lot of space when packing. But the only product I didn’t have a travel size of was my makeup remover, which fit in the back anyway so it ended up working out. Other than that I would solely say that travel size is definitely your friend when packing for a weekend away.

  • Accessories

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Hands down my favourite part of packing today was putting aside these amazing accessories for my trip. This may seem like a lot for just a weekend but in all honesty you can get away much easier with repeating an outfit, when you add different accessories to it. Sunglasses are a must for any trip, any destination, any temperature. I added a baseball cap for when I’m travelling, and a trendy fanny pack for the event I will be attending all weekend.

  • Miscellaneous Items

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Last but not least, I added this small cosmetics bag to my suitcase with the basic necessities such as: tide to go, band aids, tylenol, gum. You know, grown up stuff. Even if you think you might not spill anything on you, or you won’t get a headache during your trip…chances are that’s when you’ll get the very rare headache, or spill grape juice on your white shirt. So it’s always good to carry around with you.

Well that completes this blog post on what to pack when going away for the weekend. I hope you guys enjoyed and helped you, if you’re needing to pack for a trip recently. And don’t forget to follow me on Insta (@caro_marion) and Snapchat (@caromarionn) to keep up with my weekend shenanigans in Ottawa.

Until next time babes xxx

Caro

 

 

My thoughts on the book “You Are A Badass”

Bonjour!

Today I decided to change things up a bit. Seeing as I never would’ve thought that a book could change my life, now’s the time to say it. A book changed my life.

Here’s why…

As you may have noticed from the title, the book is called “You Are A Badass” written by Jen Sincero, who is a very intelligent and witty writer. She’s a life coach which makes her a pro at giving advice, and has a lot of tips and tricks that are easy to follow throughout the book, which definitely made it a more interesting and easy read. She goes through a series of chapters explaining different concepts and then relating her life to those chapters. Without giving away the entire book, she explains certain aspects in your life, a lot differently than we would think of them (for me personally anyway) and she just reminds us how short life is. Which may sound extremely cliché but it’s true, life is short, so if you want to do something or accomplish something DO IT, before it’s too late.

Side note: the quotes mentioned below are directly from Jennifer’s book.

Do what you can to make some upgrades to where you’re at now.

I live by this quote. As cliché as this may sound again, everyone deserves as much as life has to offer (which is a lot if I may add). So grab the bull by its horns and thrive for as much as you’re capable of and are willing to go for. For example, if you’re working a mediocre job that you’re getting bored with, go out and look for another job that WILL make you excited to be at work everyday. It’s the little things that we get used to, that could always use a little upgrade now and then.

GET OUT OF YOUR ROUTINE

I’m the perfect example of a person who loves routine; I have for the longest time but working extremely hard to get out of that. To elaborate, I was never the first one to try something new, like ever. But after reading this book I changed the way I viewed others and experiences, in terms of stepping outside of my comfort zone and changing the way I do things from a day to day basis. Example: people who travel for longer periods of time. You need to be comfortable with your everyday life to simply pick up and leave for a month, or even longer. I always find it refreshing to see people accomplish that.

Read Your Manifesto

When Jennifer wrote manifesto, she means your own personal declaration dedicated to yourself. Your declaration could be about anything really, on a piece of paper, as long as you can look back and understand what you meant and the feelings you felt in that moment. I did something similar, for long term though, I wrote what I wished to accomplish in 2017 (on little individual pieces of paper) and put them all in a mason jar. And when I looked at the filled mason jar, it actually put a smile on my face because I was excited to see the outcome at the end of this year. Another thing you could do for short term goals is simply write the things you wish to create, accomplish, complete, etc… on one big piece of paper and see what goals are realistic and which ones might take a bit longer.

All of that being said, if you’re in need of some life inspiration and motivation, You Are a Badass is a must read.

Feel free to let me know in the comments below if you guys have any suggestions for motivational or inspirational books! Would love to know.

Until next time xxx

Caro

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HOW TO STYLE: A BLAZER

Bonjour!

Today this article is going to be about my styling looks I love to achieve with blazers. This particular one is navy blue with cream pin stripes, which isn’t your usual classic black blazer but, I figured it would be good to change things up a bit (this probably isn’t going to be the last you see of blazers on this blog anyway). When I initially got this blazer I wasn’t exactly sure how I was going to style it, which resulted to me not gravitating towards it as much. But once I gave it a chance and tried it with different tops and accessories, I really fell in love with it. Its material isn’t too thick nor too thin, meaning I can wear it during any season, all depending on when and where. Here are the looks that I came up with for this HTS (how to style) :

LOOK #1: GREASE VIBES

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This look was quite fun to put together as you can tell from the title (I even did a little Sandy dance during the shoot). But all joking aside, I found that this beige handkerchief and white off-the-shoulder top really balanced out the rest of the pieces that were all super dark. And finally, I went for a classic black mule to give it a spring-y feel and of course to be as comfortable as possible.

LOOK  #2: CASUAL

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First things first, I’ve never had such a comfortable pair of pants like these ones. The material is to die for and the colour is a cool-toned beige which really lets me style them easily. I really liked the soft contrast of navy blue on beige, it made me think of a casual dinner during the spring look or even during a cooler summer night. I decided to go for for dainty and simple gold jewelry to not over power the simplicity of this outfit.

LOOK #3: OFFICE FIT 

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Loved putting this outfit together as well because, I’ve recently been trying to find more office suitable outfits so there’s that, and I also wanted to create more spring and summer appropriate outfits with this body con skirt from bcbg. I felt like the texture of the skirt tied in super well with the stripes of the blazer, as well as the touch of colour in the sandals. I didn’t want the outfit to get any dressier so I stuck with a plain black t-shirt, which I eventually tied into a knot in the front of the shirt to create a “girlier” effect.

What’s your favourite way of wearing a blazer? I would love to know in the comments below!!

Until next time xxx

Caro

How Food Can Effect your Physical and Mental Well-Being

Bonjour!

Today this article is going to be about how powerful food can be. This idea came into my mind when I used to constantly complain about how tired I would be in the morning, even after my coffee. So I decided to change my sleeping habits…but that wasn’t working either so I looked into my diet. For breakfast I was eating toast and peanut butter about 4 days a week, so I discovered that that was obviously the problem. I then changed my morning diet and came to find out that it was after all my eating habits that were causing me to be even sleepier in the morning. I decided to eat foods like fruits and hard-boiled eggs, and occasionally have a smoothie with a side of 2 bananas. Sometimes I don’t even need to have my coffee because the energy I get from the fruits are just enough to get me through the morning…then in the afternoon I need a coffee.

Here are some facts about how food can effect your Physical well-being:

  • there’s no aspect of your life that isn’t influenced by what you eat.
  • fuelling your body with processed foods, fast food, sugar, and calorie-densed food will affect who you are, what you do, and your ability to pursue your dreams and aspirations. Food is that powerful.
  • Eating healthy food enables your body to perform movements with ease.
  • A poor diet with unhealthy food choices can make each movement a major effort filled with stress, strain, and pain.
  • If you prefer sugar filled foods, you alternate between energy spikes and crashes.
  • Eating foods that are very greasy and fried, increase your risk for major diseases that impair your physical well being and could threaten your life. For example: diabetes and heart problems.

Here are some facts about how food can effect your Mental well-being:

  • Food supplies the source of power for your brain as well as your body, and has a direct relationship to your mental and emotional health, as well as stability.
  • The obvious fact about reducing the risk of obesity is the elimination of as many calorie-densed foods as possible.
  • As for relationships; when you eat good, you feel good and look good, which increases your social skills and confidence.
  • If you are struggling with obesity, it’s probable that you don’t socialize very much and it takes all of your energy away from you.
  • Limited research suggests that certain nutrients support your emotional well- being: omega-3 fatty acids, folic acid, vitamin D, and vitamin B-12. The Mediterranean diet offers these nutrients mentioned, and many others of course.
  • The nutrient omega-3 fatty acids becomes part  of the membrane of the brain cells and then controls many of the processes in the brain.

If any of these facts interest some of you, you guys should definitely check out the movies: Super Size Me and Food Inc. They are the best movies if you want to see the behind-the-scenes of food production, as well as the behaviours that come with eating unhealthy.

These are a few substitutes for unhealthy snacks, that would improve your day-to-day diet a bit more:

  • Instead of chips, opt for an apple or a banana.
  • Instead of a chocolate bar, try and find a protein bar or a granola bar that has healthy ingredients.
  • Instead of a bag of candy, opt for sliced vegetables and a non-fat dip or vinaigrette.
  • When you’re craving ice cream or a frozen treat, a frozen fruit bar or organic sorbet would do the trick.

Writing articles like this one really motivates me to practice what I preach (meaning actually taking my own healthy food advice, because sometimes it can be quite difficult not to indulge from time to time). I’ll definitely write more “food” articles soon; maybe a part two of this post, recipes, lunch ideas, etc…

Until next time! xxx

Caro

Simple Everyday Makeup Look

Bonjour!

For this article I wanted to incorporate the makeup look that I do pretty much everyday; whether it be for school or work. I find this super easy to do for days that I’m running late or days that I just want to be comfortable and easy breezy. The only time I’ll force myself and glam it up is if I’m going out for drinks or dinner, pretty much for occasions, but I will make sure to show you guys how I do my makeup for nights out. My essentials for any simple makeup is a few coats of mascara and a medium-full coverage concealer, because that’s like the foundation to any look (for me personally).

Here are the steps that I always take in order to achieve my everyday makeup look:

Step One:

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Firstly, I start by moisturizing my face with this Clinique lotion that I could literally not live without; it works great for my dry skin and doesn’t leave my face feeling tacky once I apply it. Right after I apply the lotion over my entire face, I continue with an under eye cream from Jouviance. Although I don’t have dark circles, I still find my under eyes a bit dull and flat (especially after an all nighter of studying), so that’s why I went with a cream that was a 3 in 1. When I apply this light cream, my under eyes suddenly become vibrant and alive. Plus, it helps my concealer blend a lot better with a creamy base.

I go on to complete step one by doing my brows (the most important part). I start by brushing my eyebrow hairs as per normal, making sure to have a “clean” surface to work on. I then outline where I want my eyebrows to start and finish with a liquid eyebrow pencil in the colour Light, by Stila. I can’t even remember the last time I didn’t use this for my brows and don’t want to, considering my life dependency on it (dramatic but true). To fill the outlined area of my brows, I then use the Benefit Brow Duo in Light as well, which I’ve also been re-purchasing for the longest time.

Step Two:

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This step is crucial for me, seeing as concealer is like my foundation and I usually cannot leave the house without it. I use the Covergirl Ready Set Gorgeous in the shade Fair, with my newest black beauty blender, which I definitely see myself re-purchasing very soon. I apply concealer under my eyes in little triangular shapes and gently apply the excess on my cupid’s bow, lower forehead, and chin. To set my entire face I take Rimmel’s Stay Matte powder in translucent, which is amazing for a drugstore powder.

Step Three:

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For my third step, I do my contour, blush, and highlight which is personally my favourite step because you could do the most minimal contour and highlight, or you could do them super dramatically, all with the same products and brushes. For my contour I use the L’Oréal Infallible Pro-Contour in Light, and I apply this with my contour brush from Real Techniques. Unfortunately the contour powder, of this duo, can be used up very quickly so I am currently looking for a single contour powder that would replace this one. I then apply light blush to my cheeks with this Personelle muted pink, almost a light brown shade that is very pigmented and really smooth. To finish off this step, I apply highlight to the highest points of my face, meaning my cupid’s bow, the tops of my cheek bones,  down the bridge of my nose and right under my brows, with the highlight shade in the same contour palette from L’Oréal.

Step Four:

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Last but not least, I will curl my lashes with this ancient eyelash curler from Revlon and apply one generous coat of mascara, with the L’Oréal Telescopic mascara in carbon black. I wait a good 5 minutes for that coat of mascara to dry, until I go back in and curl my lashes again to get them as long as possible. Then I usually take the Lash Sensational mascara from Maybelline and go in with another generous coat of mascara, and VOILA.

This is the finished look…

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What’s your go-to product that you can’t go a day without? Let me know in the comments below!

Until next time xxx

Caro

Thrift Shop Finds

There’s nothing better (in my opinion) than getting really nice pieces of clothing for such a little price. I was never too fawned of shopping at thrift stores because I was always so worried about what people would think if I was wearing a t-shirt or a pair of pants that only cost me 5.00$. But as I grow older and see how expensive some pieces of clothing can be, I take advantage of the fact that thrift shops even exist at all. And the important thing isn’t the amount you spend but rather how you style the piece(s) of clothing. I don’t go thrifting often seeing as we don’t have that many in Montreal, but when I do I make sure to grab as many valuable pieces as possible. Here are the items I got while thrifting a little while ago, and will most likely do a part 2 of more thrift shop finds in the near future:

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Although the material of this top is very uncomfortable, the gold shimmer it has makes this top super cute and easy to dress up. I love the fact that I have the choice of dressing up a t-shirt (which is usually a bit difficult). Tucked in to a pair of pants with a gold accented belt would be my choice of a dressier outfit, and I kept it casual in this picture by tying it in the front and throwing on a pair of comfy leggings.

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I was actually pretty lucky to have found this Naked & Famous light wash, denim button-down at Village des Valeurs because, as I researched the value of this particular top, it goes for 150$ US on their website. So I really scored with this one, and plus it fits oversized which is my favourite kind of fit. I have other denim button-downs but not like this one, it almost has the faintest shade of purple (which is impossible to tell on the picture but hey).

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This turtle neck is such a staple for any season, but especially for fall. I would love to know what brand it is but unfortunately it doesn’t have a single tag inside. Besides that, the colour is so beautiful because it’s a very dark burnt orange but also has the slightest  shade of brown so it appears darker in person, which contrasts my skin tone very well. Another thing I like about this turtleneck is that the neck portion is very long, which lets me play around with the way I want it to sit on my neck (all scrunched up or folded over like I did here).

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I am just over the moon about these pants; I’ve never seen any pant with stripes this thin so I find them quite unique and fun. If I had to change something about them, I would lengthen them just one more inch, but other than that, they’re really comfortable as well. I’m very obsessed with high-waisted anything, so the fact that these pants are high- waisted made me purchase them that much more. I would probably wear a white sleeveless button-down and tie the front into a knot, and chuck on a pair of white sneakers like I had on in this picture, for a cute spring/summer look.

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And lastly, I purchased these faux suede cropped pants, which are the coolest things ever. I can’t wait to style these when the weather warms up a bit because for right now it’s still a little too chilly for my ankles to be that exposed (mtl problems). They’re also high-waisted which just makes my life that much better and easier. As for styling them, I will probably wear a pointed-toe heel since they’re cropped and have a more chic material to them.

As I mentioned in the beginning I will most likely make a part two of my thrift shop finds, just to give myself an excuse to go thrifting again hehe.

Until next time xxx

Caro

HOW TO STYLE: A Plain Jane Blouse

When it comes to finding versatile clothing, I’m always the first one to suggest different options with only piece of clothing. Being able to rewear a piece of clothing a number of times without actually repeating an outfit, is a solid yes for me. It’s fascinating, in my opinion, to dress something down with a certain pair of pants or shoes, and dressing something up with fleeky makeup and/or nice jewelry. In my wardrobe you’ll mainly see comfortable loose clothing and a various assortment of pants, which is why I decided to find my favorite most versatile blouse and show you the different ways that I style it.

1. Dressed-Down

This look is one of favorites to run errands in because you look like you just rolled out of bed but still put together at the same time. As for accessories, I went for a baseball cap that would tie in well with my joggers, and also to give a sporty-er look to this outfit. When I’ll actually wear this outfit out, I will most likely throw on a pair of Uggs or for the warmer weather, a pair of cute slides.

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Joggers: H&M
White Button-Down: Zara Basic
Grey Baseball Cap: Aldo

2. Dressed-Up

This outfit isn’t usually what I would gravitate to, unless I had an important school meeting or presentation, but for the sake of this article I decided to integrate a classy outfit to the mix. And since I don’t dress up that often, I opted for a navy more casual dress pant, and silver jewelry to compliment the blue. The only thing I wasn’t sure about,  is that these pants are mid-rise and I’m a high-waisted type of jean person. But, turns out they’re just as comfortable and cute, they just sit lower on the body is all.

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Bracelets: Tiffany Co. and Lole
Silver earrings: Garage
Pants: Old Navy

 

3. Casual 

This look would be perfect to wear to a casual dinner or even school, seeing as it’s nice and simple. I tucked the front in because whenever I do so to any shirt, it accentuates my waist and gives my outfit a bit more dimension. The blue of the jeans is a perfect mix between dark wash and light wash, which is why I thought it gave a subtle contrast against the stark white blouse. I paired this outfit with my patent leather booties from Zara, because the frayed hem looks better with a pointed toe boot rather than a rounded toe boot (in my opinion). Finished it off with a vintage looking belt, that I literally cannot stop wearing.

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Handkerchief: Aldo
Belt: Simons
Jeans: H&M

Loved working on this article, and can’t wait to do many more like this one soon.
Until next time xxx

Caro

 

INTRO TO THE BLOGGER WORLD

Expressing myself has always been an issue for me ever since I was young; either I cared about what people would say about me or I just followed others in order not to get judged. That’s not what I’m about anymore. I’m about expressing what I want and when I want (respectfully of course) all while inspiring others to do so to break the stigma of discrimination and disrespect. Unfortunately, judgement will always be around to remind us that some people will never want to see happiness in themselves or others, but I’ll try my damn hardest to ignore it.

Although this blog is mainly going to consist of fashion and beauty related subjects, you’ll also see content that revolves around food, fitness, books, and other lifestyle related things. I was going to continue the blog that I had already started about 2 years back but, it doesn’t really match my personality anymore or the person that I am today, which is why I’m turning over a new leaf and starting fresh.

Until next time xxx

Caro