After traveling for 30+ hours from Thailand to Toronto this year, I can do any plane ride. But jet lag and it's not so pleasant effects on my appearance always gets the best of me. With that said, here are some things I like to do to beat the jet lag terror. 

When you are on the plane, you are surrounded by recycled air and low humidity. This gives your skin all kinds of dryness and dullness, which makes your skin over-produce oil that lead to most of us dealing with post-flight acne.

So to fight against it, I like to use the Jetlag Mask by Summer Fridays on my face. I also use my L'Occtaine cream on my hands and elbows, and Glossier's balm for my lips. These three products are a must!

When you are on a flight you need to keep yourself hydrated, not only because it is a necessity for thirst but to keep your skin healthy as well. If you can, purchase a large water bottle before getting onto the flight and drink it often. You should also never be afraid to ask the flight team for water as well. 

The best thing I did on my flight to and from Thailand was sleeping based on the time of my destination. For example, going to Thailand I had to pull an all-nighter on Toronto time to get my mind used to the Thailand time before I got there. And on my way home, I only slept on the plane when it was night hours in Toronto versus Thailand. This is not an easy task before you are fighting your body's schedule, but it will help you when you get back. It will help you dodge the jet lag or make it easier to adjust when you are in your new destination. 


It is offical, Canada is making animal testing illegal! For years I have been signing petitions in stores like LUSH and The Body Shop, hoping to see a time that animal testing is not welcomed. Bill S-14, which is the Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act, was passed by the Senate and is now a law. I am so proud!

In honour of this moment, I would like to share a list of cruelty-free brands that you can shop from:

Anastasia Beverly Hills
By Terry
Herbivore Botanicals
Kate Somerville
Kat Von D Beauty
Kopari Beauty
Kylie Cosmetics
Marc Jacobs Beauty
Mario Badescu
Milk Makeup
Rocky Mountain Soap Co.
Soap and Glory
Summer Fridays
Sunday Riley
The Body Shop
Too Faced

These are a few brands I did some research on, but there are definitely more on the market. Stay educated because there are so many ethical options to choose from—so why choose the one that hurts? 

Good luck shopping. 

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Flipping a coin to decide where I should travel earlier this summer was the best thing I have ever done. I never thought I would go to Thailand and love it as much as I now do. If you are someone who is still debating on taking the trip, I am here to tell you that you have to do it. 

But before making the trek, here are a few tips I want to share to make your trip to Thailand run smoothly. 

Before my trip to Thailand, I was the girl who brought my largest suitcase on a weekend trip. This time I packed super light—yes I was nervous that I under packed— but the funny thing is, I still didn't use everything I brought with me. I learned to use my products wisely and that wearing the same t-shirt more than once is actually not a crime. Getting around in Thailand is a lot easier with a smaller bag. You will fnd yourself getting onto smaller flights that have baggage restrictions and hopping on boat rides. You want to be able to act fast with your bag and not worry about where you will leave it.  

I highly recommend staying in a hostel when in Thailand. It will most likely cost you no more that $20 a night! I was a little hesitant before my trip, but I promise they are clean and safe—but that is only if you pick the right one. Make sure to always read reviews and book with the highest rating possible. I recommend staying here in Bangkok and here in Chiang Mai. 

 Photo by Serena Lalani

Photo by Serena Lalani

The vendors at the market will try to get as much from you as they can—it is their job after all—but always start low and compromise with them in the end. You can get some really good deals on items you will actually use, not just keychains! I spent $9 on three personalized passport holders...that's a good deal if you ask me.

The best ride I took in Thailand was on the back of a motorbike. It was so much fun (sorry mom)! I highly recommend downloading the GRAB app on your phone before going to Thailand, it is their version of Uber. You will find the cheapest transportation rates on the app and you won't have to go back and forth with a tuk-tuk driver on the street.

Everything in Thailand is cheap, but if you are saving most of your money for excursions and experiences, I suggest buying your water and beer from 7/11. I was buying 2L water bottles for less than $1 my entire trip! You will find a 7/11 everywhere you go, so that won't be an issue at all. 


Hopefully some of this helps you while planning your trip to Thailand, or inspires you to jet set as soon as possible. If you have any questions don't hesitate to send me a message. Safe travels!

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If you are like me you are hooked on scrolling through Instagram. And today, I am not going to make it any easier for you—sorry not sorry—because I will be adding some more great people to add to your following list.

~And before you check out these people, make sure to be following me on Instagram if you aren't already!~

FOR FASHION INSPO: @tesschristinexo
I am obsessed with Tess Christine's style. Her style is very laid back and relatable, but she always finds a way to look put together. I have been following her life and style over the years on her YouTube channel also, so she is for sure someone to look out for!

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FOR ALL THE COOL KID VIBES: @devonleecarlson
Devon embodies the person I would be in another universe because in this one I do not make it this high on the cool kid scale. If you don't think she is cool yet, she is also dating the lead singer from the Neighbourhood and is the co-founder and designer of Instagram's favourite phone case company, Wildflower Cases.

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Ellen focuses a ton on spreading the vegan message—but even if you just focus on the photographs—you smile from ear to ear. The major bonus to following Ellen is that her three children are the most delicious Hawaiian kids I have ever seen!

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FITNESS INSPO: @sarahs_day
For most of my fitness inspo, I go to Sarahs Day. She is not like most fitness influencers on the internet because she is relatable! Her message is to listen to your body, act confident and no one will question you, and being a grub some days is okay. 

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These four are not some you want to pass up on. Give them a quick stalk or follow, you will get inspired somehow. Happy scrolling!  

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Everyone loves a good sandwich. Growing up I remember having BLT sandwiches for a hot lunch at school or something simple to throw together at home. It was always a crunchy and fresh meal. Today, I will show you my version of a BLT sandwich using similar (but different) ingredients. Here is what you will need: 

Two slices of your favourite toast
Vegan bacon/tempeh maple bacon
Salt and pepper


1. Toast your bread and mash the avocado on top of it. 
2. Heat your tempeh maple bacon on the stove until it is golden.
3. Assemble the arugula and tomatoes on the avocado and season it with salt and pepper. Add the "bacon" on top. 

Super simple. Super delicious. I enjoy this BLT open-faced, but you do you. Buon appetite. 

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The natural deodorant debate is quite interesting to me, and if you are reading this you must be curious as well. You might be wondering: should you or should you not make the switch over? Well, with the warmer weather creeping on us, I wanted to share some of my thoughts on natural deodorant. 

Regular deodorant has a lot of ingredients—some you can not pronounce and some that are just not the best for you in the long run. Ingredients and chemicals found in all products, including deodarant, seep into your bloodstream. So, it is smart to know what you are using on your body and how it can effect your health. 

Antiperspirants work by closing up the pores to prevent perspiration, but this means that sweat builds up beneath the skin. We are naturally supposed to cleanse our body from any toxins (and that means sweating is in fact important). But over time, antiperspirants will hold too much sweat in your body and can cause irritation, illness, and it can make your sweat smell worse than it should. It is also common that the aluminum compounds from your deodorant can cause an acidic reaction to fabric, which is what makes the sweat stains on your white t-shirts.

Also, for the ladies—because antiperspirants are applied frequently on the skin near your breasts, it may be absorbed and cause estrogen-like hormonal effects and contribute to the development of breast cancer. Natural deodorants is essentially a safer option and will allow your armpits to breath and sweat if it needs to. 

As I said, natural deodorants will allow your body to sweat, but it works just as well as other products to hide the smell of odors. You can purchase natural deodorants with different scents as you normally would with any other deodorant.

Keep in mind everyone is different and no matter what deodorant you use, natural or not, you will need to play around with what works best with your body's chemistry. 


Personally, I do not smell when I use my natural deodorant on a day to day basis. The only time I find a minor stink is after a hard workout, but I would say that is normal for anyone.

The first week or so will feel different. You will want to give up on your natural deodorant right away and think it isn't working, but it is actually just your body detoxifying itself. After using normal deodorant for years you build up sweat underneath your skin that wants to (and should) come out. So, in the beginning expect to sweat more than you normally would.

After a week you should be good to start using your natural deodorant truthfully and test how it really works with your body.

Natural deodorant does not mean it has to be more expensive. There is a variety of choices out there, but you can still find most at your trusty drugstore. There are different natural deodorants on the market and formulas that you can use. You can choose to use powder, cream, crystal, gel, and the classic stick. I prefer the stick because it is easy to use and does not make a mess. 


My favourite natural deodorant to use is by Tom's, but I will also leave a short list of natural deodorants I have heard good reviews on. 

- Rocky Mountain Soap Co.
- Schmidt's

Good luck finding the right natural deodarant for you. Let's be real—chemicals stink! Switch over to natural deodorant for this summer.

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If you landed on this post, you must be intrigued by the idea of jade rolling—so was I when I first discovered it in December 2017. 


Jade rollers have been around for centuries. There is actually evidence of them being around as early as the seventh-century in China. The jade stone was believed to have healing and protective properties. A jade roller is actually very simple: it is an oblong stone of pure jade that is attached to a handle with a metal frame...kind of like a paint roller (lol!). 

I try to jade roll every day, whenever I get the chance to because it is super easy to do! I usually jade roll in bed as soon as I wake up, or while I am watching TV. It does not take long, but it does do wonders for the skin. Using a jade roller will calm the skin, depuff, and improve the skin's elasticity. Who doesn't want that? 

The benefits of jade rolling are amazing and you will see them instantly, especially if you wake up super tired. Ready?
-  brighten complexion
- diminish the appearance of fine lines
- increase blood circulation
- assist lymphatic drainage

There is no specific time for jade rolling; however, results will show up better when and if your skin is puffy and needs some extra love. So, whenever that time is for you, go for it. 

I like to jade roll when I wake up (especially under my eyes), before I go to bed (to lock in my serums and oils), before doing my makeup (to make my skin extra plump), and whenever I am bored...because why not? 

 Photo by Celina Parente

Photo by Celina Parente

Jade rolling is super easy! Apply your favourite moisturizers, serum, or oils and glide the jade roller on your face, but make sure you are going in an upward motion to lift the skin. Work from your neck/jawline to the forehead. And that is it!

Jade stone is naturally cooling, but you can also put it in the fridge overnight or 30 minutes before you use it to really get a cooling effect on the skin. 

Jade rollers are very inexpensive—YAY! I got my jade roller from Herbivore Botanicals, but you can also find a few others on Amazon. When buying a jade roller, make sure to read the details and reviews to ensure that you are getting a real jade stone. 

Are you a daily jade roller? If not, I hope I just guided you in the right direction to get your jade roll on! 

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Growing up I really enjoyed taking sandwiches to school for lunch. One of my favourites was a tuna salad sandwich. It was always a simple but delicious meal, so I wanted to recreate it. This recipe is super easy to make and can purpose as a sandwich filling, a side dish, or eaten on its own. 


This recipe can make up to four servings and can be stored in the fridge for the week. It is perfect for a busy school or work week when you just need to grab something quickly or are too tired to think of what food to bring the next day. 

1 can of chickpeas (540 ml)
2 tbsp veganaise
1 tbsp Dijon mustard
1/2 tsp onion powder
2 celery sticks
Desired amount of salt, pepper, and nutritional yeast 


1. Remove the chickpeas from the can and rinse them under cool water. 
2. Gather all the ingredients into a bowl (minus the celery).
3. Mash the ingredients with a fork or potato masher until you get your desired texture. I like it when there are still some full chickpeas in the mix. 
4. Chop your celery and add it to the mixture. 
5. Toast your bread and fill it up with your chickpea "tuna" salad. 


I told you. Easy! This recipe will take you no time, which means you can enjoy eating it sooner. I hope you all have an amazing meatless Monday and enjoy the rest of your week. 

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To me: 

There is something about the month of February. I notice more people holding hands, more girls posting bouquet of flowers on Instagram, and a connection I don't always feel. It is the cliche of love being in the air that I feel when I breathe against the cold frost. 

You and I go way back, but I have never felt this way before about us. I wake up in the morning and don't mind your breath, I look in the mirror and notice you aren't as toned as you should be but still treat you to what you are craving, and I just simply think I love you. 

 All photos by Claudia Miele

All photos by Claudia Miele

There are so many things I have done wrong that I wish I can go back and change, but because I can't, I hope you can forgive me. I should have picked you up when you were down and depressed, I should have told the boy that changed his mind that you are so much better than him, and I should have never held you back from doing the things you have always dreamt of doing. I know this now, and I am sorry.

I promise to love you for every wrong you do, and every great thing you conquer. I promise to never give up on you again and wink at you when I look in the mirror.


This is my love letter to myself. I have never fully loved who I am and there are days that make it tough to fully commit to that saying too. But, no matter who I am with and where I am in this world, there will be no one as connected to me, than myself.



This love season, I want you all to challenge yourself to not only give love to those who mean most to you but to truly and wholeheartedly love yourself.   

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The Super Bowl is back and I am super excited. I have no idea what is going on in the football world but I know it is an excuse to eat! 

This year I decided to try making cauliflower wings...and they are delicious. If you are hungry for guilt-free wings, enjoy making—and eating—these finger licking, saucy, cauliflower wings.

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All photos by Adriana Parente 

Follow my recipe and feast with me. 
1 head of cauliflower
1/2 cup non-dairy milk
1/2 cup water
3/4 cup all-purpose flour (substitue for gluten-free if needed)
2 tsp garlic powder
1 Tbsp of paprika
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/4 tsp ground pepper
1 Tbsp Earth Balance spread
1 cup organic BBQ sauce


1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and preheat your oven to 425°F. Wash and cut cauliflower head into small bite-sized pieces.
2. Mix all the ingredients (minus the Earth Balance and organic BBQ sauce) into a mixing bowl to make a batter.
3. Dip each floret into the mixture and coat evenly. 
4. Lay florets on the parchment lined baking sheet.
5. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.
6. While the cauliflower is baking, get your wing sauce ready. In a small saucepan on low heat, melt Earth Balance and mix in BBQ sauce, bringing to a low simmer before removing from the heat.
7. Remove the cauliflower from the oven and put all the baked florets into a mixing bowl with the wing sauce and toss to coat evenly.  Spread all the sauced florets onto the same baking sheet. Bake in the oven for another 10-15 minutes.


Baking times can vary based on your oven so keep an eye on your wings while they are baking. Do enjoy this with a side of veggies and dipping sauce. I made mine last minute with vegan mayo, apple cidar vingar, cracked pepper, and chives. 

Make sure to share this with your friends and family at your Super Bowl party...or just keep them to yourself. Cheers!

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Ever find yourself daydreaming about how adorable your outfit would look like with your dream designer bag? I know I do...

I have been drooling over this Stella McCartney bag for a few years now—so with a lot of thinking and saving—I made it mine.

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All photos by Celina Parente

Bag purchased on Ssense

Here are my three tips for purchasing your dream bag: 

It is important to get rid of any bags that you no longer use or love. For example, I eliminated all my real leather bags from my wardrobe.* Based your process of elimination, I suggest sorting your bags into piles: trash, sell, or give away.

Unless you have a killer job or a hefty allowance, purchasing a designer bag is no rush. You need to make sure you are confident about the bag you are about to invest it. So take your time and think about it. 

 Style: Black Falabella Shaggy Deer Mini Tote

Style: Black Falabella Shaggy Deer Mini Tote

If it is your first designer bag, you want to shop for something that will suit your day-to-night wardrobe. I recommend sticking with basic colours and a deciant amount of space.

It is important to save your money wisely when it comes to a designer bag. I only used the money I made from selling my old bags (and some clothing). This made sure I wasn't blowing money I needed for essentials in the moment—plus it made the offical purchase more exciting! It is also important to keep track of in-store and online sales, or use discount websites such as Ebates. 

So what are you waiting for? Get saving and bring that dream bag you have always wanted into your life. 

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I celebrated my 22nd birthday this week and I sure am feeling it (cue Taylor Swift's "22"). I have done some stupid things, had many cries, and learned a whole lot about life so far. With a belly full of cake, I want to share with you 22 things I have learned in 22 years. 

 Cake from  Bunner's .

Cake from Bunner's.

1. Stress will bring you down. 
Learn to control your stress and allow yourself to breathe. Everything will happen how it is supposed to happen, just step back and enjoy the journey. 

2. Tough it out. 
No matter what the challenge is push through because there will always be something to learn, or to laugh about in the end. 

3. Cheese is not your friend. 
Dear cheese, you are so delicious but so evil. You are the cause of *many* belly aches. 

4. Make sure to set your alarm to A.M., not P.M. 
I have done this before and it doesn't end well. 

5. There is nothing like your own bed. 
Enough said. 

6. Those who mean most to you, may not feel the same. 
Sometimes people will never see the best of you no matter how hard you try. 

7. Resting is necessary. 
Missing out on a party or an event is okay. Make sure to always take time for yourself to recharge. 

8. A clear space is a clear mind. 
Deep cleaning is a must!! If there is clutter around you, your mind will be cluttered too. 

 Photo by Celina Parente

Photo by Celina Parente

9. Do not obsess over food. 
Counting calories and being too cautious about the food you eat will drive you insane. Just listen to your body and eat clean. Food is fuel. Food is your friend.

10. Alcohol *actually* does not taste good. 
I no longer want to pretend that I enjoy a shot of vodka at the bar, or try to look classy with a glass of wine. There is no winning, it all tastes awful.

11. Always choose cruelty-free.
We live in a world that has the greatest technology, why harm an innocent animal for a product?!

12. Kombucha is everything.
You don't know it yet, but I just saved your life. Heal your gut!

13. Failure is okay. 
Failure is okay, as long as you learn from your mistakes. 

14. Crying is okay.
Sometimes you just have to do it to refresh your sanity. 

15. The right pair of jeans will change your life. 
Until you find the fit for you, you will know what I mean. Nothing makes you feel more confident than a pair of skinnies that fit like a glove and lift your booty. 

16. Sticking with the crowd won't get you ahead. 
Just because the people your age are always partying, it does not mean you have to do the same. Do things that fulfill you and inspire you to grow. 

17. Avoid tanning beds.
You will come out like a tomato. It will hurt. Just don't do it. 

18. Eating plant-based is the best thing you can do.
Having a plant-based lifestyle is the greatest thing to do for your mind and body. You will not only learn about healthier food choices but how to be more compassionate about where your food comes from. Stop eating animals. 

19. You do not have to explain yourself to anyone.
Those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind. 

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Photo by Celina Parente

20. People will have a lot to say.
No matter what you do, people will have nasty things to say. So do whatever you want!

21. No matter how old you get, sing in your car even when people are watching.
Life is too short for silent car rides. 

22. There is still so much to learn.  
No matter my age or position in life there will always be somehing new and exciting to discover. Never stop learning. Never stop growing. 

Happy birthday to all my Capricorns. Cheers!

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Photo by Celina Parente

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It is officially fall and the best way to do it is with a warm drink in hand. I am here to share my favourite drink for the season: turmeric latte/golden milk. 


You will need: 
1 cup of non-dairy milk
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
1/4 teaspoon ginger
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon

I recommend cracking fresh black pepper into your drink because that is what activates the turmeric and allows it to work its magic for you. You can also sweeten your drink with honey or agave syrup if needed. 


Pour your non-dairy milk of choice into a pan, and heat it up on low. You want to slowly heat your milk to avoid any burning. 


As your non-dairy milk is heating, mix all ingredients into the pan and whisk them together. When the milk turns a golden colour you know it is ready.

Turmeric has anti-inflammatory properties and is high in antioxidants, you can really count on it to help with mild to severe inflammation, bloating or an upset stomach, helps calm the nervous system, avoids illness, and more.


Strain your golden milk to avoid any access spices that did not mix thoroughly while cooking.


I like to enjoy my turmeric latte a few times a week, preferably before bed. It is perfect for late night cravings, and can easily be replaced as your new bedtime treat.

Enjoy this recipe with a book and fuzzy socks for the ultimate experience. Stay golden. 

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If you know me, you know my hair. 

I love the look of long hair, but what is the point if it isn't healthy. I am here to share my all-time secret to how I continue to keep my hair long, strong, and healthy. 

 All photos by Celina Parente

All photos by Celina Parente

One of my holy grail products for healthy hair is Nature's Bounty Hair, Skin & Nails vitamins. I started using these in high school and they do me wonders!  


The gummy formula makes it fun and easy to consume your vitamins. Think of it as an everyday treat! They have ingredients that your hair will drink up, such as Vitamin C, Vitamin E, and Biotin. Your hair will thank you, and in return give you shiny, strong locks. 


Take two vitamins daily with food, sit back, and let your hair do the talking. You will be amazed by the results. 


To enhance the vitamin's benefits you must also treat your hair as good on the outside as you do within. For your hair to grow out strong, you need to avoid anything that can lead to damage. This includes over washing your hair and styling with heat. 

If you want to try it for yourself, you can find these vitamins at your local drug store.


I hope you try out my hair secret and begin to love your new healthy hair. Beauty has never been more simple. 

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* This post is in paid sponsorship with Nature's Bounty. All opinions are honest and my own. 


Plant your seeds and grow. That's what I did this summer. 

 All photos by  Serena Lalani

All photos by Serena Lalani

As students—people figuring life out in their early 20-somethings—there is not a lot of space for us to grow. We get a lot of rejection and at times are often not taken seriously. 


I think it is important to keep trying for something you want to be a part of until that person gives you a chance. Or, take what they didn't see in you and prove them elsewhere what you really are capable of. 

 Skirt from  Aritzia

Skirt from Aritzia

Every September I recognize how I have changed and how much more happy it makes. Change is important. It means you are growing. 

 Jacket from  Zara

Jacket from Zara

Plan your change and share it with the world. You might just sprinkle enough of your goodness on someone who can compliment the change you are making in you. 

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If you are looking for something to feed that sweet tooth, make sure to check out Sweet Hart Kitchen in Toronto!

Serving you desserts, food, and drinks—with no animal products, gluten, and refined sugars—you can expect nothing less than a decadent and delicious treat. Whether you are plant-based or not, this is something you need to try. 

Sweet Hart Kitchen was founded in 2016 but just opened a storefront shop this year. In a short amount of time, the founders and bakers, have won over the harts of over 6,000 people (at least that's what Instagram is telling me). 

Out of the four treats I tried, I narrowed it down to my favourite two. Photographed below is the no-bake chocolate hazelnut cake donut and raw lemon raspberry cake slice. MMMMMM!

If you are a fan of cheesecake desserts, these dairy-free options are a delight!

The no-bake chocolate hazelnut cake donut had the perfect balance between the chocolate and nutty flavours. I would recommend to eat this right after you purchase, while it is cool and fresh. 

I could eat the entire raw lemon raspberry cake, never mind having only one slice! It had the perfect balance between tart and sweet.

If you are skeptical about plant-based treats, allow Sweet Hart Kitchen to prove you wrong. Sweet Hart Kitchen is located in Toronto's Kensington Market, so you should really stop by. Also, make sure to follow Sweet Hart Kitchen on social media and check their website menu if you are looking for desserts for any special occasion.  


The golden hour is my favourite part of the day. 

 All photos by Andreya Klobucar

All photos by Andreya Klobucar

Culottes: Babaton at Aritzia
Shirt: Adidas
Shoes: Converse
Clutch: Chelsea28 at Nordstrom

Life is so much like the golden hour. It is the cross between holding on and letting go, the present and the past, light and dark. But it is so beautiful and we find pleasure in it.  

We play games with each other, pulling in and out of love just to keep the excitement flowing. We do things in our present based on the past. We hold onto the past, allowing it to make present decisions. It is all fun and games, smiles and giggles, until we reach the dark end. 

Just like the end of the golden hour the wind will blow and we will need warmth to our skin. The pleasure of the games leave you cold, but you still wait for the next day so the golden hour can shine again.

Do not wait for the sun to shine on you. Be golden always.