Life According to my iPhone

It’s been forever since I’ve done one of these. Well, actually, it’s been forever since I’ve actually worked on the blog. I don’t really have an excuse, so I won’t even try. But in case you were wondering what I’ve been up to lately, well my iPhone will inform you (it’s really not that thrilling lol)

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1. I got hired on this day (after a lot of disappointments). And I’m actually really enjoying my job, so this was a good day.

2. Got to go home for the weekend and had a lovely time. I could sit on my patio and have yummy drinks all day. I just love summer.

3. Ok yogurt, chia, raspberries, dark chocolate, coconut and agave. Does that not sound delicious? Let me tell you, it was!

4. I got addicted to Game of Thrones recently. And if you’re one of those people who thinks you won’t like it, I highly suggest giving it a try. It’s soooo good! (side-note: that sweet potato was massive and delicious!)

5. A shameless selfie, of course. (and I actually mean shameless, because who honestly cares if you’re taking a selfie every once in a while. Unless you’re pulling a Kylie Jenner, I think you’re ok)

6. A saturday night of cheap wine, mac and cheese (from a box) and studying. Cliche, right?

7. More mac and cheese, but with ice cream (it was not a good week for my eating habits)

8. For my one class I had to create a store. I named my Whimsy. It was actually one of the few things I could say I was proud of this term.

9. Art in the Park! (It’s a Windsor thing)

Product Review: {The Clarisonic}

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So recently, about two weeks ago, I made an investment in a skin care product (big surprise. I feel like I’m constantly making investments in skin care products). I’m basically an amateur dermatologist. The amount of different products that I’ve tried and the amount of research that I’ve done on skin is actually a little nuts. I don’t have the worst skin in the world, but I do have the kind of skin where if my hormones are being all crazy then it’s going to show on my face. It’s really not ideal and it makes me extremely self conscious. One of these days I’d just like to sit down with my skin and be like, “what is wrong with you? why do I make you so mad?” Because really, I am SO nice to my skin.

My point: my skin is a bitch and I had to buy the Clarisonic because I just had to know if it would work for me.

If you don’t know what the Clarisonic is, it’s basically a little skin care brush that you put your cleanser on and you use this tool to wash your face instead of using your hands. It vibrates and pulses, and is said to cleanse 6x better than if you were just using your hands…

So far, I’m not 100% sold, but I have seen some improvements. I started using the product exactly 2 weeks ago (I’m going onto my third week). I’ve noticed that my skin is definitely a lot softer and around the sides of my face definitely looks a lot brighter, but it’s that awful T-szone that I just can’t seem to get under control.

I read a lot of reviews before making my purchase, and there were many people who talked about when you first start using it you might go through a “purging” phase. The Clarisonic helps to deep cleanse, so all the dirt/makeup/bacteria that is going on beneath the surface of your skin gets brought to the top which may cause you to break out.

I definitely am going through the purging phase, but it’s not as bad as I thought it would be. In fact, most of the hormonal acne that I had on the jawline and chin (which is where most girls break out) seems to actually be under control. It’s mostly my one cheek and suddenly my forehead that are unhappy. I’m hoping now that I have 2 weeks off school I can start making healthy choices and stop stressing, which should help.

Also, I do have very sensitive skin, but I’m not noticing that the Clarisonic is drying me out or making my skin raw like some other people mentioned in reviews. I think as long as you only press it very gently to your skin you should be fine. I actually noticed I was getting a little more oily than usual because of it.

Also, some people mentioned that using the Clarisonic irritated their acne which caused them to break out even more. When I first started breaking out after using the Clarisonic I got a little nervous that I was irritating my skin and just making things worse, but I don’t think this is the case for me. After using the product my skin never feels irritated. It actually feels very clean, like it can breathe better. I truly believe that the Clarisonic is cleaning my skin, not irritating. I think the acne that it is causing has more to do with bringing up all the bad stuff that has been hiding out beneath the surface for a while now.

Having said all that, I am not 100% convinced that this product has been worth the investment. It’s not a cheap product and I’ve been through so many skin care rituals (topical creams/pills from the dermatologist, Proactive, drugstore cleansers, home remedies, vitamin A, etc.) that I really just need something that is going to take care of it once and for all. I’m giving the Clarisonic another 2 weeks, but if my face isn’t 90% clear by that time, I’m taking it back. I can’t afford to have a product that only works to a satisfactory level. I need a product that’s just going to get the job done.

Anyone have any good experiences with the Clarisonic? Or bad ones? How long did it take for your skin to clear up when using this product?

p.s. if you’re really looking for a product that is going to work check out the regimen on Acne.org . I used this product for a couple years, and that’s when my skin was at its best. The only reason that I decided to stop using it is because shipping to Canada is a pain (I pay more for shipping than I do the product), and at 23 I was really hoping to stop applying chemicals like benzyl peroxide to my face. If worst comes to worst, I will be going back to Acne.org, though!

The Ultimate Grilled Cheese

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I already know that writing this post is going to make me hungry, but today I want to talk about a lovely little meal I made ages ago and just never got around to posting about it (picture above- like how good does that look?).

I made the ultimate grilled cheese! When I think of grilled cheese I automatically only imagine two pieces of bread with some cheese stuck in the middle, but there is so much more you can do with a grilled cheese when you actually get creative. All it really takes is looking into your fridge and seeing what you have and you can probably come up with something pretty fun (unless you’re like me right now where your food supplies are getting pretty low…lol).

I tried this a couple months ago, and came up with a grilled cheese that had garlic butter, chicken, spinach, and marble cheese (of course). Avocado would be delicious, or you can add spices (maybe some cayenne pepper or paprika). I found this pretty cool link to some really yummy ideas if you need some more inspiration. Check it out here.

Happy grilled cheese making!

Flower Child: {Bohemian Style}

Hi all,

So I know it’s been super quiet in the WearItBetter world lately. I’ve been dealing with some personal stuff, and unfortunately my blog has kind of been a source of pain lately (hence the quietness). It’s difficult to explain and doesn’t really require an explanation, but I’ve realized ignoring my blog isn’t going to help me with anything.

So I’m back.

Or at least I’m going to try to be.

So anyway, lately I’ve been really obsessed with bohemian looks. Maybe not full on Coachella style, but the whole relaxed vibe of the bohemian style just really appeals to me. Even as I’m writing this I’m wearing a maxi skirt with a peasant blouse and a bunch of bangles (how cliche). I think as the weather warms up my desire to skip through a field of flowers increases to an unnatural level (I’m such a flower child at heart). So I put together some images from Urban Outfitters that incorporate some some of my favourite bohemian looks.

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I really tried to find things I liked that didn’t have floral prints, but apparently that is impossible. I am very predictable it seems. And now it seems I’ve successfully managed to make myself want to go shopping. I guess I always have that desire, though…

So what do you think? Do you enjoy this aesthetic? I think it’s perfect as the days get warmer.

Life According to my iPhone + IFB Links

Happy Monday, all!

Or if you’re like me it’s more like “happy-don’t-fall-asleep-get-work-done” day.

Either way, I hope it’s happy.

Thought I’d share some of my life photos since my phone is littered with all the random pictures I like to take.

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1. Awesome vintage photograph I found of my Grandma from when I was home a couple weeks ago (she’s the one on the right)

2. I can’t resist taking pictures of beautiful spring flowers. It’s a problem

3. Been feeling kinda off the past week or so. The solution? Take a day off school, drink tea and watch House of Cards (omg, anyone else watch it? Soooo good)

4. Since I’ve now finished House of Cards, I can’t stop watching Gossip Girl (clearly my taste in TV is very random and wide ranging)

5. More pathetic “I’m sick. I’m tired” pics. Seriously, though, I have the energy levels of my 15 year old dog…

6. Most delicious (vegan!) cupcake from a little cafe by my house. Plus it looks like a flower so you know I like it

7. Easter cookies! So bad but so good

8. After all that sugar, I came back to Toronto realizing I needed to go on a serious health kick. (Like I promised, I’ll be sharing some of these healthy recipes in the near future. Stay tuned!)

9. Then my blender broke and now my healthy hopes are slightly dampened (very ironic the blender broke right after I wrote my post on smoothie making tips)

My Post on Blogging Detox was featured on IFB last week. Here are some other lovely articles that you should check out!

Links à la Mode: April 17th

Smoothie Making Tips!

So these past couple weeks I’ve been on a serious smoothie kick. It’s been my breakfast pretty much every morning. Well except this morning when eating Ben and Jerry’s ice cream seemed like a great idea…Good choices, Andrea.

So in honour of my smoothie craze, I thought I’d share some smoothie making tips. It’s always the really simple things that will take your smoothie from average to a delicious (healthy!) treat.

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  • Using frozen fruit is going to make your smoothie much smoother and creamier. You can either freeze fresh fruit or buy frozen (I just buy frozen fruits because it’s easier for me). I do freeze my bananas though because there is nothing better than blended up frozen bananas (It has the consistency of ice cream! yum). For a sweeter taste, don’t freeze your bananas until they are starting to turn brown. I peel and cut them first, then freeze for convenience (cutting and peeling a frozen bananas is not easy)
  • Low glycemic fruit is best so you can avoid spikes in blood sugar that lead to crashes (I am infamous for these). Some low GI fruit include pears, grapefruit, kiwi, oranges, strawberries and plums. Medium GI fruit include bananas, mango, papaya, and pineapple.
  • Smoothies tend to blend easier when you put items in this way: (1) liquids go in first, (2) solids in the middle, (3) frozen items on top
  • Adding chia, flax and hemp give SO much extra nutrition to your already healthy smoothie! I always feel so great after having any of these superfoods. You can’t even really taste them, but the health benefits are enough for it to be the perfect addition . I also always notice my skin looks brighter when I add chia
  • If you want a green smoothie my favourite addition is kale. You can barely taste it, but it adds extra nutrients, especially if you’re having difficulty getting in all your greens in your diet (like me). Oh! Please don’t be like me and add arugula to your smoothie (gross! way too bitter), but spinach is a great choice for extra greens if you’re not into kale!
  • If you find your smoothie is watery, add ice!
  • I also love to add coconut water to my smoothie instead of juice. There’s a lot less sugar that way
  • I like using vanilla greek yogurt because greek yogurt is thicker than regular, plus I just like vanilla. But really, you can use any yogurt!
  • And to end, if you follow me on twitter or instagram you will recognize my new fav way to get rid of a dessert craving. Blend together frozen bananas, almond butter, chocolate almond milk, and add seeds if you want. It is SO good. Basically just like chocolate ice cream. You will thank me.

These are my favourites for smoothies. What are yours?

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And because I always like to keep things fashionable, here’s some cute pieces so you can make your delicious fruit smoothies in style!

tropical inspiration

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After all that I think it’s time for me to make a smoothie. I’m thinking yogurt, kiwi, pineapple, strawberry, mango, coconut water, chia and hemp. Yum!

What are your favourite additions to smoothies? I’d love to hear some new ones!

My Experience with Oil Pulling

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Oil Pulling.

Ever heard of it?

Me neither, until I came across the concept during  my perusal of random things on the internet.

Oil puling is an old folk remedy that requires you to put a tablespoon of oil in your mouth for 20 minutes and swish it around. Random, right? But apparently some people have a really great experience with it and report health benefits!

Some Reported Benefits of Oil Pulling:

  • Good for Oral Health/ Teeth Whitening
  • Reduces Headaches/Migraines
  • Helps Clear Acne
  • Removes harmful bacteria from your teeth, gums, and throat
  • Corrects Hormone Imbalance
  • Reduces Pain/Inflammation
  • Reduces the Affects of a Hangover
  • Reduces Insomnia
  • And much more (supposed) benefits!

So how does this work? Well, supposedly, keeping the oil in your mouth for those 20 minutes allows the lipids in the oil to absorb and draw out different toxins from your body. (there’s probably more to it but I’m not scientific enough to try and explain it)

To oil pull, simply select an oil of your choice. I’ve read different articles on what oils work best, but the consensus seems to be in support of coconut oil because of its antibacterial properties. Sesame oil was also highly recommended. If you don’t have either and would like to try oil pulling, you can use sunflower, olive, or really any vegetable-based oil! I used sunflower. Once you have your oil, simply pop a tablespoon into your mouth and swish it around for 20 minutes. Trust me, those 20 minutes are probably going to seem like forever, but if you do it while you’re occupied by something else, it should go by fairly fast (I showered and got ready for my day while oil pulling). Make sure not to swallow any of the oil, because then you’re basically swallowing a big lump of toxins (gross!).  When you’re done, spit the oil into the garbage can (excessive oil can clog up the pipes in your home).

Okay, so what did I think of the experience? To be honest, I was underwhelmed. The main reason I wanted to oil pull was for teeth whitening. I have a weird enamel to my teeth and strips don’t work for me. I can’t afford fancy whitening so I thought oil pulling would be a good alternative. Also, I’m down for anything that’s going to naturally remove toxins from my body!

The results? Well, there might have been some improvement in my teeth, but I also might have been seeing results only because I wanted it to work. The only thing I did notice was my mouth felt cleaner after the process, but the sensation didn’t last overly long.

Despite this, I’d still recommend oil pulling for anybody who is interested. I believe that those 20 minutes each day probably did remove some toxins from my body, and I’m not going to complain about that! It didn’t turn out to be a miracle solution for a multitude of problems (the day somebody finds something that clears acne, whitens teeth and cures a headache will be a a beautiful day), but I think there are definitely some merits to it that are worth exploring for yourself. Everybody’s body is different and reacts differently to new experiences.

Has anybody tried oil pulling? What was your experiences? I’m dying to know! I think I’m going to give it another try (note: I only did oil pulling for one week).

Do You Ever Get Tired of Fashion Blogging?

 

blogging detoxThat’s a pretty bold question to ask, coming from a fashion blog, written by a girl going to fashion school.

But it’s true, I do.

Sometimes, I do get tired of fashion blogging. Not because I’m not passionate about it. I am. Obviously. But, on occasion, I find it can be discouraging and somewhat limiting to be a “fashion blogger.” (note: I don’t mean any disrespect by saying all this; it’s just a personal experience based off my own feelings. I have tremendous respect for bloggers of all kinds, and as somebody who studies fashion and writes about fashion, I am not trying to insult something I truly love).

I’ve decided for the next week or so I’m going to try and remove myself from the blogging world as best as I can.

Why?

Because I feel like I often get caught up in the fashion blogging world and forget about the “real” world. I forget that what goes on a blog is usually a “glammed up” version of real life. This doesn’t mean that blogs are inauthentic. It just means that many fashion bloggers work hard to provide the highest quality content. As they should! And their hard work should be appreciated for all the beauty that it inspires, but I think we can all agree that this can be exhausting to keep up with at times.

I don’t say this because I think blogging should be easy, or that hard work shouldn’t be rewarded. But there are times where I just want to write for the sake of writing. As somebody who loves both the written word and fashion, I often struggle with knowing how to provide content that people want to read just because I’ve shared something that truly interests them.

As bloggers, I’m sure we all feel like this sometimes: that we put ourselves out there to get “followers,” but question whether people are only following us because we follow them. Are people only commenting because we’re commenting on their blog? Are people even reading the words we’re writing?

Maybe they are.

But maybe they’re not.

That’s why I’ve made the choice to go on a blogging detox, as I like to call it. I want to fully and authentically focus on my blog, without outside influence. I of course love the fashion blogging community, and I think everyone in it is wonderful and lovely. I appreciate every single comment and page view that I get, but just for a week or so I want to create content in the most authentic way that I can. I want to share, write, and make my images look pretty just because it’s what I like and not because I saw another blog that made me think “that’s so cool! I want to do that.”

I’ll keep you updated on how this little blogging detox goes, but even just the idea seems really refreshing for me right now. Maybe try it out for yourself? Even if it’s just for a couple days. See how it feels.

Does anyone else understand what I mean by all this? Or ever feel that they’d like to try something like a blogging detox? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Finding Your Personal Style: {Interior Decor}

Lately, I’ve been obsessed with home decor.

Well, actually, I’ve always been a little obsessed. As a kid my favourite show was Trading Spaces, and even now, whenever I can watch TV it’s most likely on some type of home decorating show (The Property Brothers, Love It Or List, Leave it to Bryan, House Hunters…I love them all!). I also tried to convince my parents to let me redesign certain rooms in our house (it never happened but I still liked to plan it) and went through a phase where I seriously thought  I was going to make curtains for a living. Even just a couple days ago I was saying I should have went into interior design.

For me, the appeal comes from seeing how things are brought together visually to create something that is specific to someone’s personal style. So I thought I’d share some gorgeous images I found that really reflect my style.

purple and pink interior design

blue interior designI might go for a different colour palette here (I think beige and that eggshell blue is kind of overdone, but that’s obviously a personal style thing.  I love how clean and elegant it looks, though!)

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interior deisgn 2I think the above image (and the one previous to it) really show what I’m liking lately: white with unexpected accents and patterns. I’m not sure I like the kitchen in the above image, but I’m in love with all the wall art and pillows. It’s just so interesting and different from what I’m used to seeing, but still clean and visually appealing. I don’t like when things are too simple. I like to keep it unique and fresh.

interior deisgn 3Adding flowers to any room automatically makes it look better, in my opinion.

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Loving the rustic feel with all the pretty items here. I’m definitely more of a rustic girl when it comes to interior decor. I like character and personality in design. When things are too modern it just doesn’t catch my eye. Again, totally a personal style thing!

(all images via Pinterest. You can follow me on pinterest here, if you’d like)

What’s your personal taste when it comes to interior decor? Simple, rustic, bold? I’d love to know!

Hope everyone’s week is off to a good start. I’ll be back with more soon (hint: I”m on a super health kick right now, so I’ll be sharing some of my favourite healthy recipes. Can’t wait!)

oh p.s. still looking for guest bloggers if anyone is interested! For more info, read this post

Has blogging become a public journal?

bye bloggingDid you have a journal/diary while growing up? I did. I had at least four that I can remember. There’s one that really sticks out in my mind, though.

It was blue and green, with three flowers on the front. I wrote in that thing a lot, and a lot of what I wrote, well, it’s kind of embarrassing.

I was 13 and the biggest goodie-goodie you ever met. My priorities were with school and grades, and there are probably a lot of people who could attest to that. Even though 10 years have passed since then, I still often cringe when I think of that 13 year old girl. I’m just not sure I particularly liked her, and I have a hard time recognizing her. She’s so different from the person I am today.

But doesn’t that seem really flawed? To not like yourself because you’re different from the person you are today?

If I think back to six months ago, I’m probably different today then I was then. How could I not be? I’ve grown, learned more about myself, and definitely gained independence that I didn’t have then. Do I look back at myself six months ago and dislike that person? I guess there are certain aspects I would like to change, but if I changed that person wouldn’t it change the present me?

My 13 year old self might have thoughts that make me cringe and think “who are you,” but who I was then lead me to who I am today. And I’m sure I’ll look at myself in six months and think “why did you think that way.” But that’s the awesome thing about life, we can change and we will change (my journals have taught me that).

So why is having a blog such a scary thing? Because the change we all go through is documented for everyone to see. Even scarier, that change is documented for me to see and I know it’s public. I can look at posts  that I wrote a year ago and it makes my stomach twist because I don’t recognize my voice (or even scarier, a picture of myself that just doesn’t look like me).

Having our thoughts be public is incredibly nerve racking, and yet we do it all the time with seemingly little thought (some people more than others). Even just a facebook status is a written reflection of our thoughts at the time that we document publically. I look at my facebook from 2011 and I literally squint at it because my eyes don’t even want to acknowledge the person I was then.

 Who are you?

Well, I’m a person. A person composed of a lot of different life stages. Some stages that I look at fondly and some that I just don’t recognize. But going through those unrecognizable stages are what help shape us into the people we actually want to be. We take those awkward/uncomfortable/unrecognizable stages and realize what we want to change in order to be a better version of ourselves.

So while having a blog essentially means my “journal” has become public, and that often terrifies me, it’s also nice to know people might actually read this and relate to it. And if nobody reads it, then oh well, it’s just like all my other journals: just for my eyes so that in a year I can read this and ask myself, who are you?

Any other bloggers ever feel slightly anxious having such public thoughts? How do you deal?

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