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November 5, 2014

FYI: Nothing Good Happens After 2 AM

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Being a yung university student/working gal, staying up in to the wee hours of the mornin’ is just a part of the routine. Surviving late nights is a combination of exhaustion, adrenaline, and bad decisions. Avoid the mistakes of so many and remember: NOTHING GOOD HAPPENS AFTER 2 AM. You’ve been warned. read more…

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Beauty
October 14, 2014

The Emotional Stages of Applying a Blackhead Strip

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Your face is utter perfection until you see it: that one, ever-present blackhead. Once you find that first black dot of doom, it’s like you’ve uncovered EVERY SINGLE DEATHLY HOLLOW, and a million more appear out of nowhere – as if all at once! They are an army invading the perfectly porcelain battlefield that is your face, and they must be stopped. You are a warrior, and you will defeat these blackheads [and probably go through each of these emotional stages in the process]. read more…

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Beauty
September 2, 2014

FIT CHATZ: Barreworks with Aliya-Jasmine Sovani


FIT CHATZ: It’s kind of like chit chats except with fitness and a “z” for added visual interest. Get it? Anyway…

We constantly reiterate that there just aren’t enough hours in the day – and while we aren’t complaining (because we live each moment to the fullest and all that jazz lol), we wouldn’t reject a couple of extra hours if they happened to get tacked onto our day. Luckily for us, we’ve been reassured that we don’t need to sacrifice anything in our lives because “there isn’t enough time” (and we don’t have to sacrifice our necks a la Channing Tatum when we work out #relevant). So, without further ado, say hiiii to our good pal Aliya-Jasmine!

Much like we sat in on fitness routines with Phoebe + Lauren and Sharlene, we followed AJ to Barreworks on Queen Street West in Toronto – AKA the life-changing establishment that has managed to formulate a workout that uses mostly your own body weight to grow long and lean muscles using a ballerina’s barre. We know that school can be tolling, but any excuse to live out our dreams as a ballerina is a win in our (text)books! read more…

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Lifestyle
August 27, 2014

Stunning, Sensational, and also Scrumptious *LUNCHABLES*

Besides giving her to the opportunity to exercise her food-retouching skills, this post gave Jen an excuse to make me lunch (hehe).

While it’s no secret that ~school has been out for the summer~ for a handful of months (duh), classes and 12:00pm lunch breaks (recesses?) are on the horizon – and considering we’re on that /health tip/ (see here and here), it seemed only natural to ditch the Pizza Pizza pizza breaks (sometimes) and pack a lunch the good ol’ fashioned way – mason jar included.

This school year, we’re made a promise to ourselves and to our moms. We are going to save our dolla dolla billz and make our own lunch(ables). Not only are they stunning, but they are also sensational and scrumptious. This is real life, y’alls. These lips don’t lie and these hips don’t lie. I am #Shakira. Goodbye. read more…

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Beauty
August 25, 2014

FIT CHATZ: Nike Training Club with Sharlene Chiu

FIT CHATZ: It’s kind of like chit chats except with fitness and a “z” for added visual interest. Get it? Anyway…

Last week we may have “om”-ed with Phoebe and Lauren, but this week, we ditched our typical noms“, and bumped up the intensity by sitting in on a Nike Training Club session with Sharlene Chiu. read more…

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Beauty
August 18, 2014

FIT CHATZ: Yoga with Phoebe Dykstra + Lauren Toyota

FIT CHATZ: It’s kind of like chit chats except with fitness and a “z” for added visual interest. Get it? Anyway…

With September just around the corner, there’s no better way to get in ~the groove~ for both your body and your mind than with a few sessions with your inner yogi. After a summer of rest and relaxation (for the most part), we’re all seeking a piece of mind so we can tackle the upcoming school year and the forthcoming challenges that come with piles of essays and your weight in textbooks. Needless to say, we were able to join our very best friends Phoebe Dykstra and Lauren Toyota for a session at Yyoga. Besides observing their ~yoga skills~, we also got their insight as to how yoga truly enhanced their lives and their friendship – and were subsequently inspired to grab our best friend and exercise our bodies, minds, and spirits to prep for this school year.

NAMASTE, FRIENDS. read more…

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Lifestyle
July 3, 2014

GIRL GUIDE: Connie Wang

We’ve all been given the “follow your heart” or “pursue your passion” life-advice spiel many times from teachers, guidance counselors, and parents. But sometimes, that road is scary, uncertain, and seemingly out of your reach. However, before you curl up in bed and throw an online shopping fit, allow me to introduce Connie Wang: an individual who struggled…but thrived. While she is now the Senior Global Editor of Refinery29 – managing everything you see on their homepage while still writing articles on anything from styling tips to trend reports – she was once just a fashion-hungry girl attending post-secondary for architectural engineering. Like most of us fashion-savvy youth, Connie’s passion was fed by the likes of Vogue and Harpers Bazaar at a young age, and fuelled by the age of *the blogger*.

So why do we love Connie? Her “maximal minimalist” style is definitely one notch on a long list – but her on-point fashion advice and contagious smile come close after. And, after four years and over 3800 articles written, it is safe to say that her perseverance and strong work ethic. Though, Connie’s story is one to be inspired by and to remember in moments of self-doubt. And yes, as cliché as it sounds, she made her dream a reality, so you can add MTV FORA to the list of life lecturers now. FOLLOW YOUR DREAMS AND READ THIS INTERVIEW. read more…

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Lifestyle
March 12, 2014

MIXTAPE: Wanderlust Mix

Smack dab in the middle of spring break I find myself suffering some major wanderlust. If you’re in the same boat as me (unfortunately that boat being metaphorical rather than of the Caribbean cruise variety) I prescribe a healthy dose of tropical beats with songs about travel. Let our spring break playlist transport you to Treasure Island, or wander with no agenda in a foreign metropolis. Kishi Bashi, Washed Out, and Wild Beasts are calling on your inner gypsy. With these music makers present it’s obvious: this must be the place. read more…

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Beauty
March 11, 2014

In The Studio With Lucky: Spring Break ~Beachy~ Makeup Tutorial

After watching Spring Breakers, I’m unable to completely remove the image of James Franco repeatedly whispering “SPRANGGG BREAK” into my ear. Fortunately, Lucky is here to ~save the day~ and grace my retinas with a sweet and glowy makeup look (completely void of smudged eyeliner a la Ashley Benson) – perfect for the beach/frolicking around doing very wholesome and happy spring break activities (read: reenacting favourite moments from The O.C. etc).

If you, too, now struggle with spring break dreams tainted by the aforementioned/controversial spring break flick, you should probably watch this good and great tutorial – because 1) being a *glowing* *beach* *goddess* has never been so attainable and 2) why WOULDN’T you want to learn how to wear makeup to the beach in non-lame ways?!? read more…

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Lifestyle
March 7, 2014

7 Things Zoe Kravitz And I Could Do On Spring Break Together

If I could think of someone that I could potentially want to be, that someone would be Zoe Kravitz. Muse to my favourite designer (Alexander Wang in case ya didn’t know), daughter of Lenny Kravitz…those should be enough anecdotes in demonstration of why she is unimaginably cool and awesome. Since it is definite that I could never BE her, I do feel that there is a strong possibility that we could eventually become friends. I have so much belief in this potential connection that I’ve imaged what we do if we were to attend a Spring Break Vacation together. To further add ~dimension~ to this concept, I’ve created some relatable pictorial representations of activities that Zoe and I could do on spring break together. read more…

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