When Life Hands You Some Lemons, Make Some Optimistic Lemonade!

The one thing that is wonderful about the summer is that there seems to be more time for self-reflection. Whether you are taking a minute to sit back and reflect on those busy months from September to June or coming up with your next grand plan for your life, this season is beaming with creativity and deep thought. This summer, I am forever grateful for it, as I have experienced more changes in my life than ever before… some positive and some negative.

New Picture (5)Throughout all of these changes and experiences, I have come to realize a few important things that I wanted to share as I feel they may help others:

1) Learn from everything you experience. From the good, the bad, and the ugly, there is always a lesson to be learned. From your successes, remember how you got there and how to build on that success. From your least proudest moments or times you wish you could take back in your life, learn from them, aim to not repeat them and work to move on from them.

2) Surround yourself with good people. As the classic phrase goes, sometimes you are the company that you keep. Keep those close to you who are positive, supportive, loving, and have the powerful ability to help make you a better person. Trim out the negative influences. You will find that the older you get, the less you wish to put up with toxic types.

3) Create your next list of life goals or wishes. Take out a piece of paper, grab a pen, and start writing out goals or wishes for yourself and your life. Sometimes when things happened that throw you off course, it is great to re-evaluate your goals, wishes, and even missions in life. Whether you keep this goal list above your desk or put it away to read in a year, it is there to help you get back on track.

4) Keep karma in mind. Believe it or not, the energy you put out has an effect on the universe. Create a positive, kind, and respectful approach to things and you will start to see it in return from others.

5) Optimism. Even in the darkest hours, keep your chin up and be optimistic. Think about all of the wonderful things in your life and use your optimistic outlook to light up your world and create plans to turn a negative into a positive.

Got any other optimistic tips? Ideas on how to keep up a positive attitude? Please share in the comments section below!

Tatyana: Adding the Vintage Flare to Fashion

During a recent downtown jaunt to Toronto’s Queen West neighbourhood, I came across a store called Tatyana. An instant wave of excitement came over me, as I remembered this vintage-inspired brand during a trip I took to Las Vegas a few years back. As someone who enjoys embracing the clothing trends of the great decades gone by, I love that this wonderful brand has landed in Toronto’s fashion district.

Founded by Tatyana Khomyakova, Tatyana produces fashions that are inspired by the eras of the 1940s and 1950s. Each design is carefully crafted, instilling nostalgia from these two decades while keeping up incredible quality and cut to the wearer. Aside from the brand’s beautiful clothes, Tatyana also incorporates shoes, purses, and accessories into mix, which helps any shopper complete their desired look.

Here are some of my favourite things that I discovered in the store in Toronto (that is also online on the brand’s website):

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Currently, Tatyana has self-titled boutiques in Nevada (Las Vegas and Henderson), California (Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Diego), Florida (Fort Lauderdale), Nashville, Salt Lake City, Bloomington, New York City, and Toronto.

For exact store locations and to access Tatyana’s online store, visit www.tatyana.com

Slipping into this Summer’s Swimwear

Like every other summer, I have spent the last few weeks looking at the current swimsuit trends and seeing what my new bathing suit addition to my wardrobe should be this year. This season, I have noticed a few key things: the return of the fringe, more one-piece bathing suit selections, and a huge fashion expression of flirty ruffles. Combining these styles with gorgeous colours, this summer is certainly hosting cute swimwear that truly fits different body types, heights, and moods.

Here are some of the great swimsuits that I discovered so far this season:

Victoria’s Secret Fringe Long Line Top, paired with the brand’s signature teeny bikini bottom. This bathing suit embraces the fringe trend beautifully on top, with a basic bottom to match – ideal for a woman who enjoys being fashion-forward or wants to rock the festival look at the beach or pool. This suit comes in a stunning seascape blue or a light pink, reflection floral pattern.

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Beacha Swimwear’s one-piece VELA swimsuit. Originated in Tel Aviv – one of the world’s most vibrant beachfront cities, Beacha is on a mission to create one-piece swimsuits that make all women feel beautiful and confident in their own skin. Their VELA design is flattering, with the two-tone colour block design hitting the body’s smallest point, with great coverage and comfortable straps to complete the look.

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Aerie Scoop Bikini with Aerie’s classic mid-rise convertible bikini bottomAmerican Eagle’s sister company has become one of my favourite stops for swimsuits! The designs are adorable and the pricing is just right. This scoop bikini is great for women who are looking for more coverage along the bust line and more coverage for their behind. The combination of solid colours with a small print is done well and helps to accentuate the body in a positive way.

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PINK by Victoria’s Secret push-up Flounce bikiniFor the girls who love ruffles, this design is great! The fabulous flounce top is a modern take on the traditional ruffle and is paired with a basic bottom to emphasize the flirty top. This design by PINK comes in vibrant solid colours or bright patterns which will go perfectly on the beach or pool side during the summer.

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Got great swimsuit suggestions of your own? Please share them below or drop me an email!