Jun 26 2014
Growing up, I’ve always been wary of girl vs girl competition–I mean, who hasn’t lived through their own version of Mean Girls, one way or another? Back then it was about who was the most popular, had the best hair, the trendiest outfit, the best grades, whatever. Unfortunately this unnecessary competition between girls isn’t just a phase you go through in high school–it follows you into your careers and adult relationships where you just might find yourself making snark remarks about a more successful friend or perhaps overhear co-workers whispering about you.
Oddly enough I see less of this behaviour in daily life than I do online, where people feel free to hide behind the safety blanket of internet anonymity. Don’t know about you, but I’m pretty sick of seeing women hating on other women on social media, bashing exceptionally fit models who are paid to be in top physical shape for being “too thin” or deeming certain celebrities too fat, slutty, outspoken or whatever. Same deal when top fashion bloggers and YouTube vloggers get flack for their jet-setting lifestyles and perfectly curated instagram feeds. Sure, their world travels and luxe closets are envy-inducing, but most of these internet professionals you love (or love to hate) have turned blogging into a full time career. Most of these women have worked hard to get where they are now, yet instead of acknowledging that fact, they are put down for their accomplishments. What gives?
It’s bad enough that we live in a patriarchal society where women are taught to value their physical appearance instead of their intelligence or strength…Worse still, when women break free of the mould and go on to achieve amazing things, they are treated with less respect than their male co-workers. Why then, in a world that already favours men, do women continue to make it harder for each other?
Quite frankly, I see this animosity as a dirty habit that needs to be broken. It’s far too easy to be jealous instead of happy for the success of others, but that doesn’t mean you ought to give into it. Why harbour hostility towards someone who has worked hard to get where they are in life? Yes, they are competition, but that doesn’t mean you can’t admire the fact that they’ve got guts. Personally, I strive to surround myself with driven, ambitious and hard working women–Alpha females if you will–because their unwavering dedication towards pursuing their dreams inspire me to work towards my achieving own.
And so, to end this rather passionate entry, I’d like to give a shout-out to all the women out there who work multiple jobs, who’ve made sacrifices to get where they want to be, who hustle harder when people tell them they can’t–I salute you! Go ahead and flaunt who you are–dress like a boss and don’t ever give a fuck–because you really are your own #GirlBoss.
Photographed by Dora A.
Wearing a thrifted vest, Community bra, vintage leather pants, F21 and gifted bangles, gifted body chain, and Zara heels.
Jun 18 2014
Hey lovelies, hope everyone is off to a great week. Thought I’d add a little perk to the usual hump day grind with a fun little give away! I’ve partnered up with California-based jewelry line LUMO (whose gorgeous handmade silver rings I featured in my previous post) to give you guys a chance to win a $100 gift card towards their online shop.
This contest is open to international readers and to enter, all you have to do is:
1. Follow LUMO on Facebook
2. Fill out the rafflecopter form
3. Leave a comment with your fave LUMO piece
4. BONUS: For an additional entry, just follow me on instagram! (Don’t forget to leave me a comment with your instagram handle!)
And that’s it! The contest will run for two weeks, so don’t forget to check back on July 2 to see if you’ve won!
Jun 10 2014
Hello lovelies! It’s been about a week since I’ve been back in Toronto after my little Winnipeg vacay, and man do I ever feel so refreshed! Somewhere amongst the easy pace of spending my days lunching with old pals and quality time with my man (and a giant bag of cutesy asian junk food) in the evenings, I found the kind of clarity that only comes with switching one’s perspective.
Although I very much enjoyed lazing about in my hometown for a change, the slower pace eventually made me restless! Towards the end of my trip, I had so much energy and inspiration from meeting up with old friends and that I actually couldn’t sleep. I came to several realizations that have not only changed my way of thinking, but has also motivated me to the max. Long story short– this newfound drive is the reason why I’ve been getting up earlier every morning, embracing exercise and the momentary pain before the gain that comes with it, and hustling extra hard at work / my summer internship (details to come).
As a nod to my new state of mind, I’ve taken to wearing my favourite quartz jewelry–which not-so-coincidentally, is a crystal known to promote power, energy and clarity. Gabriela of LUMO Jewelry was kind enough to send me a couple of my favourite pieces, and of course I had to choose their Herkimer diamond ring and circle ring to compliment my favourite pendant.
Next up on my jewelry wish list is a little something with Citrine–the crystal that promotes success, prosperity and money. ‘Cuz you know, a little money in the bank never hurt anyone.
Wearing a Wilfred T-shirt, vintage motorcycle vest, American Apparel shorts, Jeffrey Campbell shoes, DIY quartz necklace and rings from Lumo and Aldo.
May 23 2014
Current mood: frozen cheeks with a hint of hunger. Oh, and longing for sunnier days and warmer weather.
After having all four wisdom teeth removed today, I can now honestly admit to having resorted to strapping bags of frozen peas to my face as a preventative measure towards post-dental surgery swelling. If I had another bag of peas, perhaps I’d strap it to that poor vein that had to take one for the team so that I could go through said surgery asleep, pain-free and without a care in the world. Alas, this bowl of Golden Nut Sundae will have to suffice as a brief, yet satisfactory distraction from various bodily aches (which will worsen tomorrow, ugh).
Luckily, my family and I are headed up to a secluded, rustic–and I use that term generously–cabin three hours away from the city so that
I may recover from chipmunk cheeks in peace we can spend some quality family time together this weekend.
Oh, technology/wifi/boyfriend, how I will miss thee!
In my absence, please enjoy my current favourite things laid out neatly–my first pair of white shoes since the pointy-toed high heel boots I wore in the 6th grade as a part of my “fashion police” Halloween costume, the adorable Instax Mini 8 that my boo-thang gifted me for my (early) birthday, my sexy new silver Kensington, aaand the moleskine that I will soon fill with the woes of coerced family time in the wilderness, along with pictures of fun times to remind myself that it’s only one weekend, after all.
May 12 2014
Here’s to lazy dressing, blasting Metallica all morning and wishing I didn’t have to go into work today…I mean, is anyone ever really excited that it’s Monday? On the bright side, it’s one more day that I get to cross off my Winnipeg countdown! I’m flying home this Thursday and will be there until the end of the month to celebrate my birthday with loved ones, but rest assured I’ll keep Cheap Thrills updated with various shenanigans and thrifting adventures. There’s always instagram, too.
Signing off for now. See you in WPG!
Wearing a vintage tee, vintage Levi’s cut-offs, Franco Sarto boots, vintage leather vest, assorted thrifted / gifted / DIY jewelry.