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Thursday, January 8, 2015

Staycation

It's so strange how you can live in one place for so long yet never really see and experience it. This past weekend, an old friend flew in from Calgary to see my side of Canada, and I took it as the perfect opportunity to see it myself! Last weekend I was a tourist in my own city; here are some snippets of my weekend staycation.

Niagara: Booze, Brit Brunch, & Bodies of Water

Inniskillin Winery
Angel Inn, Niagara-on-the-Lake
Niagara-on-the-Lake
Cow's, Niagara-on-the-Lake
Niagara-on-the-Lake Park
Niagara Falls

I recommend: Inniskillin Vidal ice wine, Angel Inn's Bangers and Mash, Cow's Wowie Cowie and Strawberry, getting your photos taken on the rocks with Lake Ontario in the background, seeing Niagara Falls

Toronto: Heights & Hogwarts

The CN Tower
Archeo, Distillery District
Distillery District
University of Toronto
Hart House, University of Toronto
Robarts Library, University of Toronto
Nathan Phillips Square

I recommend: Seeing Toronto from an elevation of 553 metres at the CN Tower, Archeo's Lobster and Cauliflower risotto, walking through the Distillery District, visiting the University of Toronto's Hogwarts-esque buildings, skating at Nathan Phillips Square

To Jed & Jem, if you guys see this today: safe travels back to Calgary! See you again soon!

Monday, October 27, 2014

In City Style

Is it okay to post an outfit four months late? Well, today we're rewinding to summer. While I love autumn and the chunky knits and scarves the chilly seasons bring, there will always be a piece of me that yearns for exposed toes and sandal weather. (Tropical goddess 5ever).

My cousins, along with our good friend Jonah, had just graduated at the time; and Jonah's family had flown over from the Philippines for the occasion, so we decided to spend a rather gloomy summer Sunday in Toronto to celebrate. We started with brunch at Toca (thanks to the Huangs!), a cozy but ultra luxe spot at the Ritz-Carlton donwtown, then walked over to the Ripleys Aquarium of Canada for some fishy fun. This is what I wore!

I wasn't sure where we were going to eat or what we were going to do that day, but I thought it would be safe to dress in city style since we were going to be in downtown Toronto. The tie-print Forever21 shorts make enough of a statement on their own, so I paired very plain pieces on top to balance them out. I wore my Zara flats which were perfect for all the walking we did downtown, and threw in some accessories to finish the look off!

H&M blazer | Wilfred blouse | Forever21 shorts | Zara flats | Michael Kors bag | Bayo necklace | Aldo sunglasses

Bun in-the-making

I'd like to thank Joche, who you can find over at Silver Potpourri, for taking all of these amazing outfit photos. Let me tell you, this girl is a born director when it comes to photographing. It was so nice to have you and your family in Toronto for a visit! Read about her Toronto experience here & here.

Expertly photobombed by my cousin Mark

Thursday, October 2, 2014

About Me | 30 Random Facts

Sometimes when you're in a blogging rut, it's nice to do something light and easy to get back into the swing of things. I was tagged by a couple of people to do some variation of this post as well, so when I saw one of my favourite bloggers Chels do it a month ago as a back-to-blogging debut, I thought it'd be a neat idea for a post. If you fancy getting to know me a little bit better, keep reading!

Savouring the last of warm weather in the Aritzia Bossut Dress

  1. I can't ride a bicycle
  2. I've never been to a concert
  3. When I was younger, I was involved in two pretty major, life-threatening incidents, and now I have two wicked (and strategically hidden) scars to show for it. Bonus points if you can guess where they are!
  4. I have an irrational fear of birds (....but of course spiders or other bugs don't phase me)
  5. I was born in the Philippines, and I lived there for 15 years
  6. I fit the Asian stereotype to a TEE - aka I wear glasses, play the piano and violin, am good at math, love dim sum, eat rice daily, etc.
  7. Currently a fourth year undergraduate student in Kinesiology and loving it. I'm in the best program!
  8. I love breakfast
  9. October baby
  10. I've got a stomach that is always at the tipping point between starvation and indigestion
  11. I watch a helluva lot of television - my current favourites are Scandal and Arrow
  12. My hair has never been dyed
  13. My favourite treat is a toss up between bubble tea and frozen yogurt (the kind where they mix fresh fruit with the yogurt)
  14. I started dancing ballet as soon as I could walk, but stopped when I was 13. This remains to be one of my biggest regrets.
  15. I have plenty of hobbies and interests, but science is and always will be my greatest passion.
  16. Me under the covers with Netflix and a bowl of strawberries is my idea of a live Friday night.
  17. I'm always trying to keep my shopaholic tendencies in check (I think I've been doing pretty well lately)
  18. I am *itching* to travel and discover the world
  19. I'm an awkward human
  20. I like to say 'thank you' to people a lot. I think people should know when they've done something great!
  21. I'm the middle child of three, and I wouldn't have had it any other way. We sort of complete each other in a weird love-hate way.
  22. Human anatomy and physiology fascinates me, especially the heart. It is absolutely mind-blowing how intricately made we are.
  23. My favourite alcoholic drink is an amaretto sour.
  24. I have very malleable penmanship, and I like to change it up when I'm bored! It was also probably what I was most well known for in high school (I'm sure you're all convinced of how cool I am now).
  25. Controversial opinion: I don't like pumpkin spice lattes. (Pumpkin soup, on the other hand.....)
  26. My parents shaved my head when I was a baby, so I was bald for a solid year and a half... Thanks Mom & Dad.
  27. I used to hate cake. (WHO HATES CAKE?!)
  28. My outfit inspiration is either prom queen or homeless person, there is no in between.
  29. Studying kinesiology basically peer pressured me into eating clean and being physically active, and it's been life changing!
  30. I have the wildest and most vivid, out-of-this-world dreams
It was a lot more challenging than I thought to think of 30 different somewhat interesting facts. I'm really not the most exciting person, haha. But I hope you enjoyed it anyways! Comment below if you've done one of these before, and let me know what else you'd like to see on the blog. Be back soon!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Basic

Today is cause for celebration on Jemaroons because today's post is an outfit post, which, if you've been paying attention, hasn't been done in about a year. Outrageous. Since last summer, my personal style has definitely evolved and matured in a lot of ways, so let this serve as its public debut.

July 20th was a special day for two reasons: 1) It was my big brother's birthday (Happy 23rd, you oldie), and 2) It was the last day of Summerlicious Toronto; so naturally I suggested that the clan have a nice, semi-fancy lunch somewhere downtown for a change to celebrate. After browsing all the restaurant options, I decided to go with Ciao Wine Bar in Yorkville because the menu and place looked great! And it didn't hurt that it was only $15 for 3 courses. I'll say a few words about my experience later, but for now let's talk about what I wore.

Although Ciao is a really nice restaurant, it's not super formal at all, so I wanted to go for something smart casual. The H&M top I'm wearing is a recent addition to my wardrobe, and a piece I am currently obsessed with. To me, it resembles a casual baseball tee because of the striped pattern on the neckline and sleeves, as well as the boxy silhouette and long short-sleeves. But it's in this light, flowy material that feels like chiffon, which dresses it up. I love that it's longer in the back than front, and I think that the length and fit is just perfect for my shorter torso.Keeping it really simple and basic, I paired the top with my favourite boyfriend jeans cuffed at the bottom.

To complete the baseball chic look, I wore my sleek (but uncomfortable as hell) ASOS Hoxton sandals. I think it really pulls everything together. However, for the actual lunch I traded them in for my much more comfortable white Birkenstocks which are definitely more casual, but necessary when your family insists on walking around Yorkville for 1.5 hours prior to said lunch. Oh! Slapped on some red lipstick (Revlon Matte Balm in Striking) just to finish it off.

I really enjoy this outfit for its basic and chic look. Edit: Shoutout to my sister for the amazing pictures!

H&M top | Old Navy boyfriend jeans | ASOS sandals | Fossil bracelets | Bayo necklace | Kate Spade bag

Okay, now onto lunch. The clan had such an amazing experience at this restaurant; I'm so glad I ended up picking Ciao! Our server was incredibly nice, down-to-earth, and friendly. The dishes were cooked to perfection and the portions were just right. I opted for the polenta fries with gorgonzola dip as an appetizer, salmone fresco atlantico as my main, and tiramisu for dessert. We all agreed the salmon could have used a sauce, but otherwise this meal was perfect! It was just such a comfortable and nice lunch out. Overall I highly recommend Ciao and will be back if I'm ever in the area.


If you liked this post and want to see more, I would appreciate it oh so much if you followed me on my social media - all links to the right! And if you're interested in seeing more of my outfits, they are all collated under Personal Style under the Style tab.

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