Finding Andresias

My reason for visiting Spain was not very practical.

Its amazing that after I made the decision (with no money saved), it took me 3 months, and I was in Spain.

This definite decision was made in December 2014 when I found out that my parents were going to London for my dad's 60th birthday. I wanted to be a part of his birthday, so when my brother jokingly suggested we go to London to surprise him, I thought... why not?

 

I realize now that the only thing that was holding me back from going to Spain ( for 8 years) was myself, and my excuses. 

Thoughts like.. I have no money, I have no time, I have no one to go with, had stopped me from pursuing my dream to visit Spain.

I overcame these excuses by realizing that I'm will never have enough money until I plan to save my money and not spend it on ridiculous things like shots, and an 89th pair of shoes.  

My decision to actively save money changed everything.  Every other decision I made after deciding to go to Spain was done with my end goal in mind. Money problem solved!

The second excuse was that I had no time, which ultimately came down to money. I did not have enough vacation time, and would need to take some unpaid days off.

What did I do? I saved more money!

Lastly I was worried that I had no one to go with. I cant possibly go halfway across the world alone now can I?

I got over this by remembering my lonely nights when I lived alone for 3 years. It would be too cold to go outside, so I will curl up in bed to watch some lame movie...which left me hating life, and thinking that I was going to die alone in the cold, and no one will find me for days.

Glad I got past that one!

During my time of solitude, I learnt how to be content with myself, and how to enjoy my own company. So now I figured if I could get away with living alone for that long, I could go to Spain alone.

So I went!

I was still very scared, but did it anyway.

Now I can brag about my awesome experience. The great wine I drank, the peace of mind I felt while sitting in Santa María la Real de La Almudena ( a beautiful Cathedral in Madrid), and my awesome new friends I made!

This trip taught me that I can do anything, if I stop making excuses.

Below are a few pictures from my awesome trip!

 

 

 

 

“I have nothing to wear” - Men

It is a well known gender stereotype that women have wardrobes full of clothing, but always complain of nothing to wear.

Well it turns out that men also share the same issue. It seems to be a well kept secret in the “man world”, but once I was in on it, I started to realize that most of my male friends and family had indirectly complained of the same issue at some point.

One of these friends is David White! 

David would describe his personal style as modern and clean cut, but with a little bit of Ziggy Stardust hidden in the cracks.

As David works as a financial analyst, he finds it difficult to express his inner rock star through his wardrobe. He is attracted to statement pieces, but struggles with toning them down for everyday wear. 

I have assembled 3 outfits for David. The main objective was to show David how he could have fun with his wardrobe, while keeping it wearable, put together, and of course just looking damn good!

Look 1:All in the Details The male wardrobe has more limitations than women’s. There aren’t that many options, therefore, my number one suggestion would be to focus on the details. This will be a prevalent theme in all three outfits. The little details are what enhances every outfit! Tip: Seek out garments with an extra detail. As you can see, the camouflage panels give this simple outfit an added edge.

Look 1:All in the Details The male wardrobe has more limitations than women’s. There aren’t that many options, therefore, my number one suggestion would be to focus on the details. This will be a prevalent theme in all three outfits. The little details are what enhances every outfit!

Tip: Seek out garments with an extra detail. As you can see, the camouflage panels give this simple outfit an added edge.

Look 2: Pattern Party Mixing patterns is an easy way to add some character to your wardrobe.

Look 2: Pattern Party Mixing patterns is an easy way to add some character to your wardrobe.

Tip: There should be base colour prevalent in both patterns. In this case, that colour is blue. I suggest starting with two similar patterns, and expanding to accommodate your comfort zone. The patterns can be balanced with a strong solid colour.

Tip: There should be base colour prevalent in both patterns. In this case, that colour is blue. I suggest starting with two similar patterns, and expanding to accommodate your comfort zone. The patterns can be balanced with a strong solid colour.

Look 3: Accessorize For a weekend relaxed look, I have paired a preppy grandfather sweater with edgy ripped jeans. Tip: Pair with a bright colored bracelet to create some interest.

Look 3: Accessorize For a weekend relaxed look, I have paired a preppy grandfather sweater with edgy ripped jeans.

Tip: Pair with a bright colored bracelet to create some interest.

Unisex tips for creating a slick wardrobe

Less is more. At the end of every season, donate clothing that you have not worn in 3 months. A de-cluttered wardrobe gives you room to appreciate the pieces you do have and clarity to know what you need to add.

Try new things. Don'tbe scared to try bold patterns or prints. Ensure they are paired with similar prints/hues.

Accessories are your friends. A brightly coloured bracelet, socks, or even funky undies can enhance your outfit. Yes no one will know you have it on, but if you feel good in it, you will have a confidence boost that will make you look good.

So now that the secret is out, you really don’t have to be shy guys. We are in this together!

Express yourselves.

"Look Good Feel Good"

Photographed by: Selena PB. www.lifebyselena.ca/blog

International Day of a Girl Child - Archive October 2014

Dear Girls

You are natures greatest miracle.

Since the beginning of time, never has there been another with your mind, your heart, your ears, your nose, your smile.

None that came before, none that live today, and none that come tomorrow can walk and talk and move and think exactly like you.

You are a unique creature. You are natures greatest miracle.

None can duplicate your brush strokes, none can duplicate your handwriting, none can produce your child, none can do what you do, and how you do it. Your are a unique creature.

You are rare. There is value in all rarity, therefore you are valuable. You are the end product of thousands of years of evolution, therefore you are better equipped in both mind and body, than all that preceded you.

You are not on this earth by chance. You were conceived in love, and brought forth with a purpose.

You have been given eyes to see and a mind to think. All your problems, discouragements and heartaches, are great opportunities in disguise.

You have unlimited potential.

You are natures greatest miracle.

Happy International Day of the Girl!!!

- Words by Og Mandino

- Edited by Georginne Worley

WHO says you can't wear white on Labour Day! - Archive November 2014

It’s a well-known fashion rule that white..especially pants cannot be worn after Labour Day! I have asked a couple of people, and no one seems to know where this fashion rule originated from, yet it is followed diligently by the masses. I did some research and found a couple of explanations. The most popular being that in urban cities in the 30’s, only the wealthy wore white; as they were the only ones that could afford escaping the city during the summer months. When the well-off returned from bathing in the sun, they would stow away their white garments till the next season. In summary we do not wear white after Labour Day because a socialite in the 30’s said so! Seeing how that is not solid reasoning that is relevant today, I decided to style a couple of fall outfits with… yes you guessed it… WHITE! 

Pair bright whites with bold colours…cobalt blue, black, charcoal grey, magenta. These colours will enhance the brightness of the white.

Pair bright whites with bold colours…cobalt blue, black, charcoal grey, magenta. These colours will enhance the brightness of the white.

Ivory or off white should be paired with warm golden tones, such as burnt orange, mustard, beige, and browns.

Ivory or off white should be paired with warm golden tones, such as burnt orange, mustard, beige, and browns.

White pants can also be worn with denim shirts and jackets, chunky knit sweaters, almost any shoe of choice. I also find white to be a refreshing addition to the dreary colour palette of our fall and winter wardrobes. So go ahead, break the rules, and have fun with it

 

Thanks for reading. 

"Look Good, Feel Good"