Brunch at Planta

As someone who was raised vegetarian, I can appreciate a good plant-based meal. Growing up in a small town, never mind the idea of a vegan restaurant - I was lucky to find something to eat off of a chain restaurant menu. When I first moved to Toronto, it was as though I was dropped into a vegetarian's paradise. There were so many vegetarian options, that I even ate vegan for around a year. Though I no longer follow a vegan/vegetarian diet, because I ate that way for so long, a large amount of what I consume is free of animal products.

Angelic Dresses

White. Lace. Dresses. These are a few of my favourite things. Imagine how excited I was when I discovered a dress that incorporated all three at Free People. I'm one of the girliest girls I know, and when I find a cute, flirty dress, my wallet simply can't resist the temptation. I knew when I made the purchase that I would be able to wear this dress year round, and to me that is a sign of a good find.

My Winter Reading List

One of the greatest romances in my life has been my love of books. There is nothing quite like the feeling of completely immersing yourself in a novel and taking a leap into an imaginary world. Growing up, I was that kid that kept my night light on past bedtime because I was just dying to find out how my current read was going to end.

Nowadays, my love affair with reading hasn't strayed far from my childhood all nighters. Once I find a book that I love, there is no use in trying to make me put it down. This winter I lost an exceptional amount of sleep because so many good books kept coming my way.

Love Is In the Air

When asked about Valentine's Day, many people I know would call it cheesy and commercialized. Some would even go so far as to say that people in a relationship don't need a holiday to celebrate their love. I can't say that I completely disagree with those comments, but I'm such a romantic that my heart won't let me ignore this holiday.

How I Landed a Job I Love

Up until this past year, I was afraid I was never going to find a job I enjoyed that was beneficial to my future, while also paying the bills. My academic background in journalism and make-up artistry was no longer something I wanted to pursue professionally. I didn't want to intern at a magazine, and I had already worked at MAC for long enough to know that a career as a make-up artist was not for me.

At the time, I was working as a bartender in an environment where I was really unhappy. I was never motivated to get up in the morning, and the second I woke up I contemplated not showing up altogether. Ultimately, I always powered through and went to work with a forced smile and positive attitude, but on the inside I wanted to scream.

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