SCENT REACTION

‘A woman’s perfume tells more about her than her handwriting’ – Christian Dior When I was a child, I would hover around my mother’s vanity table and wait for her patiently to spray on her perfume. I would hug her when she was about to spray her perfumes so it would land on me instead of her. After that spray I would run to my room and close my eyes and inhale the scent. I remember vividly seeing flashes of images and feeling different. Years later, I still get those vivid images of the various notes my nose picked up…

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GIRLS WILL BE BOYS

When I first started working in the tech industry, menswear trend was my casual Friday style. I would swap the skirt and heels for a suit and tie. Heck I have photos of me presenting at a Startup Weekend event in slim fitted shirt with a skinny tie. Back then, I would complete look with a pair of chucks. Fast forward a few years later, we see a trend of menswear inspired looks that allow girls to be boys. I found this perfect matchy matchy trouser and blazer combo that’s just right for anyone who wants to explore or add…

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KNOWLEDGE IS THE NEW PRETTY

When I was a kid, I had this board filled with pinned articles of people that would play a large role in my life. They inspired and influenced me daily in my goal to achieve success. These individuals ranged from entrepreneurs, philanthropists, geniuses, and even educators. All of these individuals had two things in common…grit, which I covered in a previous blog post, and a deep affirmation for knowledge. Anyone who knows me, personally or professionally, has realized that I don’t like to end my day unless I have learned something new. To me, knowledge is powerful and the new pretty.…

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TWO TO FOUR

Being a mom of twins and having a career is a balancing act. Everyday is a learning process with its own set of challenges. Almost every week, I feel like my babies take turns going through some major milestone or learn a new skill. At times, it can be slightly overwhelming because I am going through it times two. In the end, I constantly tell myself to take a deep breath and take it one step at a time. Lucky for me, I have two moms in my life that have extensive experience in child care so they provide me…

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BYE BYE CARBS

Okay, maybe not so much of a bye bye carbs, but more like bye bye to items that are high in carbs. During my pregnancy, I packed on more than 60-lbs in weight. 60-lbs to create two beautiful human beings that are the center of my world. Two angels that my doctor and the nurses in the operating room were shocked to see because they were big for twins. I am going to admit, I knew my body wasn’t going to shed all 60-lbs when I gave birth to them, but I was expecting to loose a large chunk of…

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UPGRADE

If you follow me on Instagram, you know one of the most important quality I look for in a person is grit. Grit is the ability to have a clear and unwavering focus on a goal and not being afraid to work hard at achieving it. Grit is never loosing that passion, drive and determination. Grit is seeing every step you take as a learning opportunity and edging closer to your goal. Grit is the major secret in what makes a candidate stand out during a job interview. About a few months back, I found myself loosing my grit. Not because I…

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INDULGE

In Toronto, we have two seasons – winter and construction. But for foodies like myself, my two seasons consists of dinning indoor or on the patio. My favorite of course is patio season, so when the hubs took a week off for vacation we took full advantage of one restaurant I have been longing to visit since I delivered my twins. Even better, we made our reservation on the first day they opened up their patio. When it comes to dinning on patios, the one at Kasa Moto is actually amazing and one you really need to visit. I was…

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NOSTALGIA

Before my husband and I had our twins, we would travel every three to four months. In the short time we have been married, we have visited various cities in Africa, Europe, Middle East, United States and a small island in South Polynesia. Every time we came back home, we would find ourselves inspired and cultured and would immediately start planning for our next trip. All our trips were focused around visiting a city because of their food, history or architecture. And we rarely went back because many times, we would find hidden gems within my new hometown that reminded me…

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SWEAT

Coming from Seattle, it’s amazing how much I took their outdoor shopping malls for granted. I remember spending hours at various outdoor malls because you could get everything you needed without feeling like you went to a physical mall. So when I stumbled upon CF Shops at Don Mills two years ago, it was a complete joy to find a little slice of the west-coast in Toronto. I love that I can enjoy the outdoors while shopping at my favorite retailers, take some time out and indulge in fine-dinning at one of their restaurants, stop by on a weekend and participate in…

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PRIME DAY

Ever since I moved to Toronto, I noticed a significant difference from the city I used to call home. For starters, Toronto has two seasons – winter and construction. I’m not kidding. The city may experience your basic four seasons, but as a Torontonian all you notice is winter and construction. Another two key factors you will notice living in Toronto is traffic and lack of parking. In the day time, you will often find me behind a screen shopping versus heading out to a mall. The traffic and driving down one lane at at a time hunting for parking…

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HOSTING

I love summer as much as anyone else, but I what I love more than summer is having my friends over for a BBQ party. With Canada Day around the corner, I will be hosting my very first Canada Day BBQ with some of my close friends and family. Plus, I plan on hosting two more BBQ parties this summer – one with an amazing set of ladies who all became mom’s between December 2016-April 2017, and the second for a friend who will be coming over for a visit from Congo. To my friend who I know reads my blog, yes…

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