O.k. update time…. Finally back and all settled in from the last few months of travelling and excited to start a new chapter of content and collaborations… But first, can I address something? Is it me.. Or has the last bit of time… and today specifically just FLOWN BY.. I swear I feel like it was the morning just a couple hours ago, and now it’s 7:00PM here in Toronto and here I am writing this… It scares me a little bit.. Time, just flying before my own eyes.. I don’t want to let time fly.. I want to live in the time!! Another thing is HOW majora is this photo taken by my guy Brett Clarke, one of my favorite photogs in the city!! Another thing I love about this pic is that it completely showcases where I am right now with my current state of gender/beauty/style/etc.. This is literally me in a nutshell! One thing I really am going to focus on, which really has been a part of me since I’ve started, is the entire androgynous/unisex/genderless approach to fashion, style, beauty & everything else I can get my paws on… I think it’s important to give this sector a voice, especially in social media and along sides with brands because when you really think about it.. There isn’t a real set place for someone like me.. I mean when I first started blogging it really was about personality, charisma, energy and who you were.. Now I feel like everyone is the same.. Everyone is doing the same thing, dressing the same, being one single isotope, they might have a couple different neutrons but all there protons are the same.. And it’s becoming a problem because brands are getting comfortable working with comfortable instead of working with outside of the box and out there… I have been very blessed and fortunate to be able to have worked with and continue to work with the brands that I do and I hope that I can continue to push the boundaries for myself, and of course, those to come!!! Anyways.. Stay tuned for more posts coming up, gonna share some of my favourite moments from the Chanel show I attended in Paris a couple weeks ago (which I haven’t shared on my instagram) as well as whatever comes next, I guess :):) <3 Love you all so much!!! XOJAY
Can’t believe this was already a few weeks ago! Seems like yesterday I was just in New York for Fashion Week and now already only a few more days away until Paris Fashion Week! If you follow me on insta I have NOT yet announced it but YASSSSS your girl is going to Paris for Fashion Week again this weekend for the Chanel show! So excited!! Can’t wait to share all the exciting moments with you guys while down there! Stay tuned! XX
2017 is in full swing and it’s so crazy that we are already in February… Where the hell did January already go!? Am I at the point in my life where days fly by, time moves faster? If so, which I think I am because #WELLDAMN.. I am training myself to look outside the window more, smell the air more, smile at people more because all these moments we get that we overlook are, before you know it, going to be gone, and truthfully so, so will we.. So one of my big goals for 2017 is to quite literally in every way possible “Stop and smell the roses” just that much more… Anyways.. Here is a quick little snap from behind the scenes during the cute little photo-shoot I did the other day with NYX Cosmetics here in Toronto WHICH EVEN IN BLACK AND WHITE you can LITERALLY still SEE MA HIGHLIGHTER POPPIN ON MY CHEECK BONES LIKE YASSSSSSS GAWD!!!!! Now.. time to pack my bags and off to the next!! Stay tuned for where 🙂 XOJAY
IF you know me then you know I love a good pairing of visuals and music so before we carry on with any reading PLEASE press play on the music video below to set the ambiance!!!! O.k. Now that that is taken care of.. I am SO happy because after all these years of going to Paris I NEVER got to do this.. Such a simple little stop on the way to an event that made me literally the happiest.. I have always wanted to snap some photos at the Palais Royale, in Paris and just see it in real life, feel it with my own eyes and spirit and I finally got to!! Another thing that I am super excited about is the full acknowledgement of really finding my sense of style and look for the new year.. My style has really changed over the years, from frumpy and layery to confused and street chic to now what I call…. a…. very androgynous, sexy leather biker, casual but always cool vibe!!! This trip has been like a dream for me because I’ve been able to do it as the new and current me.. AS the me that is this dark and sleek creature, who loves to wear make up and get glam and who is just a lot more young, wild and free!!!… It’s crazy because the older I’ve got the younger and more liberated I feel.. That I must say is truly a blessing of age, aside from of course knowledge, wisdom and experience but it’s crazy because when I think about it I probably wouldn’t of let those attributes reach me without this new liberation so it all comes down to that!! UGH!! PARIS JUST GOT ME FEELIN MAGICAL!!!!!!!! Stay tuned for more!! Xo Jay
When I saw this J.CREW coat I just new that I had to give it some sort of me in some way! It just screams BIG PAPA TO ME lol!!!! So I paired it with a casual and cool, relaxed and kinda urban vibes look and voila.. It felt right at home on my shoulders! With the streets of Paris as the back-drop, this was definitely a moment!!!!
This trip has been like a dream… Being back in my favorite cities and doing what I love to do!! The city been so exciting between getting to see all my favourite places again and also seeing some shows, designers, familiar faces I haven’t seen in years! It’s so good to be back.. Another plus about this trip is the sense of ease that I’ve been able to have courtesy of my CIBC Air Canada AC Conversion Prepaid Visa Card! Whether it’s been on the go, in between shows, before a night on the town or whatever! I have been able to manage my funds and currencies all on one card from wherever I’ve gone.. I am not just saying this but the CIBC Air Canada AC Conversion Prepaid Visa Card has seriously changed my whole travel game.. In the past, I’ve had to bring a certain amount of cash with me and in some cases under-budgeted for the night or the other way around, I over budgeted and literally LOST my money! Can you imagine the nauseating feeling of literally loosing hundreds of dollars with so many more days to go! #UGH.. Yikes right!?.. With the CIBC Air Canada AC Conversion Prepaid Visa Card you are able to reload your funds from an app right on your smartphone or tablet and exchange your Canadian dollars to 10 different currencies (AUD, CHF, EUR, GBP, HKD, JPY, MXN, USD, TRY & CAD)!!! The way it works is, it locks in foreign exchange rates when you load a currency so you don’t have to worry about fluctuating rates when you travel and you aren’t charged any additional fees when you use the card (excluding ATM fees) – so you’ll know EXACTLY how much you’re spending on every single transaction! Plus, if you ever do need to make an ATM withdrawal, the card will allow one free withdrawal per month, per country. You can use it in 45 countries around the world wherever Visa is accepted, including online!! This card & technology (which comes with chip and pin security, tap-and-pay, and isn’t linked to my personal bank accounts) has really helped manage and budget my funds on the daily and feel secure while here in Paris which has made the trip that much better!! If anything ever happens to the card, or if I lost it for example, it comes with an emergency card replacement service, emergency cash service and protection from unauthorized use, so I know I’m covered and will still have access to cash when I need it. Oh, and did I mention? It’s free! Or $15 if you want it couriered to you. That all said… I have so much more to share from this beautiful trip so STAY tuned as there is much much more to come!!! XOXO BISOUS JAY
crop sweater – fenty x puma / boots – balenciaga / jacket – canada goose / bag – hermes
Went to Montreal a couple weeks back with friends for a little pre-holiday semi-stay-cation and might I say.. My city didn’t let up! I always say it after this trip will continue to do so now.. I love Montreal, and even a bit more then Toronto sometimes.. I love the thought that Montreal puts into it’s venues and the dark and deep twists you seem to have to keep taking to get to where you need to go.. Down flights of stairs, down back alleys, through cavernous tunnels.. It’s so sexy, chic and of course exciting.. Another thing I love to do in Montreal is visit the Old Port (Old Montreal)… This day was almost perfect, the lightly lit grey skies played the perfect accent to the cobble stone streets and grey compact buildings that line the images.. I wore my Fenty x Puma, long sleeve crop top, new Balenciaga Snow Boots, my Hermes Kelly bag & Canada Goose Expedition jacket through the straps over the shoulder because… #FASHION LOL!!!!!
If you follow me on social media you know that I have been M.I.A. from the blog the last couple of weeks because I’ve been in M.I.A….M.I!! MIAMI – for my annual holiday vacations with my family!!.. It was such a great time, really, honestly, truly had such a blast and am happy to be coming back home with many new memories, and more importantly new friends that I get to journey into 2017 with… I chose the picture above because it basically sums up my state of reality that I have been living in the last couple of weeks.. Almost like a dream world.. But can I say.. I haven’t been this ready to take on a new chapter, being a new year, in a very long time.. I feel a sense of new found hunger to achieve even more goals this year… Although I may have more burdens in 2017 I know that with the right amount of hard work, passion and strategy those burdens become blessings that help propel me to new heights this year!! I am so excited to see what this year has in store for me, for you and for everyone else in between… LET’S GO 2017!!!! xoxoxo
Oh the holidays!!!! Not only the time of joy, Christmas lights, (a new favourite) mulled wine and whatever else may cometh as the days draw closer to jolly old Christmas…. BUT.. Also… That time of the year when it becomes so unbearably cold here in Canada that the sudden urge to book last minute and random flights to.. I don’t know.. Let’s say.. Miami!? It seems to happen much more frequently and aggressively than normal!! AND… It’s those days, like today where I look outside my window to a grey, cold sky knowing that only a couple hours and something minutes away is a beach, a margarita and an entire city waiting for me to just frolic it up lol!!! But it’s also SUPER annoying because I have a curse where I always book things like this last minute and end up paying wrecked premiums on flights that were half the price only some weeks before!!
This year, I feel slightly more inclined than ever to pursue my travel urges and just literally go with it.. Care to know why!?!?.. Well… I guess if you’ve read this far you clearly are going to find out haha!! This year, hesitation finds itself dissolving into thin air as I learn more and more about all the perks of being an American Express Cardmember!!! First and foremost definitely has to be the new Fixed Points Travel Program – This new program literally has FIXED point redemption rates so I do not have to worry about flying at peak times – WHICH basically means, I won’t have to worry about when I book!! I JUST GOTTA BOOK!!! AND if I am feeling fancy, I can even book Business class with this program which really means there are no borders to how free I can feel when I fly!!
Then the tricky part!!! Finding the perfect place to rest my head come nightfall and planning SO LAST MINUTE!! I am so picky when it comes to hotels when I travel. They need to be chic, clean, pose an opportunity for a good instagram backdrop for a big ol’ chunk of my content and be somewhat economical!! AND THEN the annoying thing is trying to book reso’s at my favorite hot spots in Miami especially during a busy time like Art Basel!!
That all being said, I definitely think it’s time for me to stop the yammering and look into booking considering I only actually got a couple weeks left!! Thankfully with this new program I can even book flights with a fixed point redemption rate over the holidays, so no worrying about fare hikes! Luckily for me, I get to do this with reliability, consistency and ease of use this time around and you can too!! Visit [this link] to learn more about the Fixed Points Travel program for yourself!! Happy and safe travelling this holiday season!!! Xo
This post was sponsored by Amex Bank of Canada. The views and opinions expressed in this blog, however, are purely my own.
SO if you’ve been following me on insta and snapchat the last few months you will maybe have noticed that I have been realllllly, seriously, getting more and more into make-up!! I mean, it’s always been around and something that I have enjoyed but today I can confidently say that I am now #OBSESSSSSEEEDDDDDD!!!!!.. The last couple of months I’ve been really learning how to not only just wear make-up for a quick fix but how to seriously utilize it and really make things pop, flawless and beautyousssssssss!!!! TO BE HONEST… To this day, when I do my make-up I don’t really know what I am doing, outside applying the basics like foundation and concealer!! I really just have been going with the flow and trying out whatever I got however I think works and this look is no exception!! I used blush as eyeshadow on the eye-lid and under the lower lash-line!!.. I layer my lipsticks… I use bronzer as contour with a kabuki brush!! I just literally… GO with it!!! That being said, I am excited to continue to learn more and more about how to use different products, brushes and what brands really excel for what!! Continue reading for the products I used in this look…. Concealer – MAC Pro Longwar in NW 25 Foundation – MAC Pro Longwear in NW 40 Conealer Layer 2 – NARS Creamy Concealer in Biscuit Contour – MAC Dark Deep Bronzer Bronze & Blend Out Contour – Guerlian Terracotta Bronzer Setting Powder – MAC Prep + Prime Colour Correcting Compact Baking Powder – NARS Loose Powder in Mountain Eyeshadow Layer 1 – Urban Decay Naked Palette 3 Eyeshadow Layer 2 – NYX Cosmetics Sweet Cheeks Palette Blush – NYX Cosmetics Sweet Cheeks Palette Highlighter – Haley Bogaert Face + NYX Cosmetics Strobe Of Genius Eyeliner – Guerlian Black Out Felt Tip Liner Lips – MAC Matte Lipstick in Velvet Teddy + BareMinerals Matte Lipstick in Weekend