Summer is in the air and so is the need to hit the gym as I prepare for that summer ready body. Here are some of my favourite day to day items that not only feel great to wear but are equally as functional from home to the gym of your hot yoga class!
This past weekend, I had the chance to go to the MarcCain True Bag launch at the Toronto Eaton Centre with their celebrity guest ambassador Sarah Rafferty. If you’re a Suits fan like me, you must love the red headed character Sarah plays in Suits. Sarah Rafferty is just as fun and sassy in person as she is playing the role of Donna.
I got a chance to chat with the starlet about being the face of the brand, the classic chic True Bag and all things acting where she gave me some industry advice as well! How sweet! The collaboration between Sarah Rafferty and the brand will result in a donation being made by Marc Cain to Plan International, a charity close to Sarah’s heart and will also be on sale during the Fashion Week Berlin.
The true bag super sleek and made with calf leather and Made in Italy aimed towards the strong independent women! It comes in three colours aubergine, almond and black. My favourite is the almond, it has this super nude look and feels super smooth with embossed leather and a short handle with a cross body strap.
The flowers are blooming, the days are getting warmer and the sun is peaking through the window. It’s April and spring is in the air!
I have been taking a much needed break away from my blog to really rebrand and focus on my vision for 2019 and everything that it has to offer. I have a new look for my website and have been doing my fair share of spring cleaning and I hope you will take some time to check it out :)
My usual yearly routine consists of spending the months of Jan - March to re-centre myself emotionally and spiritually. Spring cleaning for me is eliminating excess in all parts of my life. Spiritual, emotional and physical baggage that takes up room or energy. Clearing old negative energies and spaces makes room for positive energies, clean spaces and personal clarity.
The last year has taught me so much about self love and creating spaces, mindsets and relationships that help me vibrate higher in all aspects of my life. It is so important to be conscious about the kind of energies we let in our environment. Energy cannot be eliminated, only displaced. This is just basic physics and the universal law. The goal is to always displace negative spaces and energies with clear space and positive vibrations.
Here are some ways you can spring clean your physical and mental spaces to bring in the fresh harvest for spring
Clear your closet, vanity and room of any items that you are no longer using. Either store them away for safe keeping or throw them out entirely. Hoarding items or staying emotionally attached to objects we do not use only causes unnecessary clutter. Clear your closet of any clothes that you no longer wear and donate them to your closest shelter. Keep only the essentials and items that truly “spark joy” and help you feel great.
Detox your body by fasting or eating a plant based or pescatarian diet. This can help rid your body of toxins. Warm water, honey and lemon can flush your body of impurities and help balance your ph levels. Commit to a physical exercise routine that helps you jump start your day even if it is just 5 minutes every morning!
Clear your phone, laptop, hard drives and social media of excess files, content or messages. Take the time to organize the files and photos you want to keep and create space for new memories and projects.
2. Mental / Spiritual
Cleanse your aura and spiritual space by burning sage or incense around your home. This not only helps clear out negative energies but also helps make space for positive vibrations. Practice mediations to help manage your thoughts and be present in the now. I use the Headspace and Brainwave apps to help me switch gears every-time I feel like I’m in a slump. Yoga and dance for me is also a part of my spiritual weekly practice that helps me vibrate higher.
Address grievances, negative emotions and trauma in a journal to help you clear your mind. Write in a daily gratitude journal to help you keep stock of the positives in your life no matter where you are currently in your journey. Write in a gratitude journal as soon as you wake up and before you go to bed to set you on the right frequency for the day. I use the 5 Minute journal daily, it helps me stay positive and focus on my blessings rather than my problems. Always remember “like attracts like” and staying positive will attract more positives into your life
Share the load and reach out to friends who you trust and share any thoughts you’ve been having. Reassess your current relationships and ask questions like: Am I Happy? Am I overwhelmed? What can I improve? Clear any one sided relationships so you can focus that energy on creating more fruitful bonds that promote mutual love and care.
Take stock of activities, bonds and passions that bring you inner joy and make space for more of these in your life ~ Happy Spring!
Armani Beauty invited my friends and I to a night out to sample some of their makeup and the Giorgio Armani Si Passione fragrance just in time for the holiday season! The event featured fun makeovers and beauty installations to get us excited about all things Armani - It was a night of champagne, caviar, frosted black crystal strawberries and tons of makeup. Here are some of my favourite moments and installations ~
The Si Passione fragrance combines intense vanilla with blooms of rose, heliotrope and jasmine creating a sensual and fruity fragrance
I tried the new Giorgio Armani Si Passione fragrance and I just love the red and black design. Red and Black are actually my favourite colours and Armani is totally getting my vibe. Indulging in a night of fun film theme photo shoots was everything I could imagine. The shopping event was a place for Armani lovers to get exclusive deals and discounts on some of their favourite Armani products for their friends and loved ones this holiday season.
The Si Passione Must Have 3-Piece Gift Set is my current favourite. The gift set comes with a 50 ml Eau da Parfum for your vanity, a 15 ml Eau da Parfum for your handbag and a beautiful bonus key holder. I love how it is packaged in a beautiful gold and red casing.
If your looking to gift that special someone in your life , the Giorgio Armani Si Passione fragrance is the perfect choice for that empowered, feminine and free women in your life!
The Beauty Suite at the Toronto International Film Festival takes us behind all the red carpet action! Stars and influencers get the L’Oréal hair and beauty treatment before taking on the film premieres. My experience at the L’Oréal Beauty Suite got our team an exclusive front row seat to all the red carpet TIFF action. The amazing makeup artists and hairdressers got me all ready for a big night with tickets to the Toronto International Film Festival premiere of Steady Habits.
The industry is making great strides for women in media and this year L’O’réal decided to focus on this messaging for their campaign. The message is all about women empowering one another to take strides in the industry through collaboration and camaraderie.
I stopped by the L’Oréal Beauty to participate in this wonderful initiative and to share my ideas on why supporting females in the media is so important.
Before getting in the booth with L’Oreal, I got a hair and makeup upgrade from L’Oreal’s beauty professionals. Some of my favourite L’Oréal products got used to create this glowing red carpet ready look. Featuring a brown lip, voluminous lashes, sharp eyebrows and the chiseled lumee glow.
We decided to keep the look really light and fun. Soft waves was the way to really help accentuate the contoured lumee glow.
First comes the deep nourishing cream conditioner treatment. Followed up with some soft curls on a heated wand. Finishing the look off with a voluminous hairspray.
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2. CONTOUR & A POP OF COLOUR
Going with the theme of the night, we wanted to make sure that we had a natural look with the right hint of colour to bring out the soft pink tones of my Topshop dress.
The makeup artist opted for a bold brown lip and eyelids dusted in gold topped off with the blackest black voluminous eye mascara. We finished off the look with highlights to the cheek bone, brow bone, and temple using the Lumee glow nude powders.
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Thanks for hanging out and reading all about my adventures with L’Oréal Pro! You can also get this look at home by entering the contest below to win your very own L’Oréal Beauty Glam Box!
Until next time
- xo Nai
Ahh yes! It’s that time of year again when all the stars are back in Toronto for the annual Toronto International Film Festival festivities! It’s my favourite time of the year! King street is buzzing over the weekend with festival street all set up and all the major magazines and brands are doing pop up shops and gifting lounges across the city. 2018 for me has all been about breaking into the world of acting and with the film festival in town, networking and vibing with like minded industry professionals has been key! Here’s my crazy TIFF itinerary and all events I stopped by to take in the star studded festival experience.
Hollywood Entertainment Party
NKPR IT Lounge
The NKPR IT lounge hosted its industry panel to celebrate the merging of fashion, music and film. With different panels each day of the festival to shed light on how all these industries comes together to celebrate the mega media world.
With digital media merging with the mainstream industry it’s interesting to learn about how the worlds really collide.
Vanity Fair x David Yurman Party
I love summers in Toronto, the city is buzzing with tourists and locals on patios and coffee shops. Since we get so many months of cold winters one has to make the most of the heat! One of my favorite places to explore during the summer months is China Town and Kensington market. I went on a photo journey with my friend Jazan we took in the sights and sounds. Mixing some heart to heart conversations with coffee, goodies, and some hammock naps. My summer style consists of a mix of monochrome basics with comfy heels and shoes. Check out my full summer style diary below and all the places we stopped by ~
It’s that time of year again! As the music festivals roll in Bud Light Dreams Festival unveils it’s new collaboration with Vitaly.
Every year the apparel and accessories company unveils a custom items for Bud Light Dreams Festival and this year is no different. The logo for this year's Bud Light Dreams Festival is the all seeing eye! In tandem Vitaly unveiled an exclusive look at the Oracle x Gold Vitaly all-seeing eye pendant with a rotating inner circle.
Vitaly also unveiled its other items like hats and tees with the new eye shaped logo for this year’s festival! My personal favourite is the Tarot Tee x Black which features a small DREAMS emblem of the custom tarot card design celebrating the 2018 edition of the festival.
To finish off a custom Dreams Festival Vitaly look, one must add in the Retina Baseball Hat x Black Suede which also features the all seeing eye accompanied by a Vitaly logo.
Bud Light Dreams Festival is going to be amazing this year, be sure to check out the lineup of artists that will be hitting the main stage!
The festival takes place June 23rd and 24th at RBC Echo Beach! I am so stoked to be attending this year. Be sure to keep an eye on my YouTube channel for all the coverage.
My favorite event of the year has to be the Powerball! It’s artistically brilliant and brings art to life in at the Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery
Artistically themed rooms with everything from food to drinks and eye-catching art installations. A night of festivities and glamour.
Check out my moving photo gallery below ~
I just love March! It's the month of my best friend's birthday and just like last year, Chanel held its annual pop-up at Holt Renfrew
The Chanel section of Holt Renfrew was once again transformed, however this time in all its arcade glory. Featuring fun games, installations and one of a kind gaming inspired beauty kiosks. The Game center also featured Chanel’s Rouge Coco, Hydra Beauty, and Chance fragrances. The Chanel Game Centre made its way to North America after stops around the world via Tokyo and Japan.
I always told myself that I wouldn’t travel to New York or California if it wasn’t for work. This was my way of keeping myself accountable that one day I would get to jet set to one of these cities to fulfill my dream of working there. After much deliberation, a whole lot of planning, a few late nights infused with coffees and multiple mental breakdowns later, it finally happened! I decided to take my first ever trip to New York City for the spring-summer Fashion Week festivities and take part in all the fashion action.
Arlo Soho City View Room
New York is nothing like I’ve ever seen, it’s the fast life and full of energy and people on the go. Nobody stops for anyone. Just like the sweet gentleman I met working at the pizza shop said “Us New Yorkers are just trying to get from point A to B without wasting time” Something us Torontonians know a little bit about but in the process we say thanks, hello, please and sorry.
I guess its just the energy, its full of hustlers and dream chasers who don’t have the time to stop for pleasantries. ”It’s all about getting the job done” he said, “we aren’t rude, we are just busy making shit happen ” Fair point. Let's just say that I feel in love with this hustle lifestyle and will be returning to the city every chance I get!
During our three day stay we decided to take up residence at the Soho Arlo, a boutique hotel situated within walking distance of the fashion week shows. We checked in on a Thursday and took off for our first show of the spring / summer season within an hour of our arrival.
I decided that heading there with my brother for fashion week would be a great way to inspire him and also have a helping hand to take on my first fashion week in the big apple. Fashion Week are already so crazy and busy and doing it all on new turf while trying to level up was daunting enough. Having a familiar helping hand seemed like just the right idea, not to mention my brother and I have been discussing for some time now to start our own clothing brand so this was just what we needed to get our head back in the game and the creative juices flowing.
Our city view room included a spending credit towards breakfast which means we started off our mornings just right! Some coffee, eggs, avocado, sweet potatoes and cucumber salad to fuel our day before hitting the shows.
Getting ready in the Arlo Soho was easy because we hung up all out outfits the day before so we knew what we were going to wear on which day.
My favourite part about staying at the Arlo Soho during the Fashion Week was being able to go downstairs to the lobby where the hotel was hosting many of the models from NYFW in for the Into App party. This meant having access to social groups in the industry every day. We made quite a few friends and shared drinks and laughs while we learned about New York and all that the fashion scene has to offer.
Travelling to New York was beyond exciting!! Not only did I get to attend my first ever Fashion week experience, I was also able to get a taste of the fashion and entertainment industry in New York. I went with my brother to stay in the Arlo Soho for 3 days as we attended 3 distinct shows for New York Fashion Week.
FASHION HONG KONG
RUTH ZABETTA COUTURE
As the seasons are getting cooler the colours must get darker to keep the heat in! My love for black on black pairing has yet to fade away as I continue to explore mixing textures and patterns. I brought my love for the all black ensemble to life in my latest look book shoot in collaboration with Asos.
A gloomy date on Yorkville streets as we venture the city streets in Toronto to take in the sights and sounds of the bustling downtown core.
I’m so excited to share with you all my recent work with Daniel Wellington watches as their newest ambassador. I've always been in awe of the brand specifically the Daniel Wellington classic petite models. The simplistic yet modern watch designs are ideal for ringing in 2018 right.
The watch comes in many different straps and designs which are all interchangeable. My personal favorite pick is the classic petite sterling with a black dial described on their website as representing style and attitude, how fitting!
"A Must-have Statement for every modern icon"
I can easily match the silver hardware with all my other jewelry, making it the ideal choice for everyday wear. I recently gifted my mother the classic silver watch that comes with an accompanying band. Having an everyday watch can be such an important investment in your own success.
I've noticed that after getting my hands on the classic petite sterling I’ve been spending less time on my phone and focusing on my wrist to stay on track and on top of my schedule. 2018 is all about making small changes that can benefit you in large ways across the year. Get yourself a Daniel Wellington watch to keep things productive and glam and get 15% off with my code NAIRISHA15.
Photos by @EricMoniz
French brands Sandro & Maje opened their newest flagship location at the Toronto Eaton Centre this weekend! Just in time for the crazy holiday season. The Sandro and Maje brand is the newest addition to the third floor of the Toronto Eaton Centre, known for its sleek chic and effortless wear!
It's the perfect place to stop by if you're looking for a dress this holiday season or even some gifts for loved ones. The Toronto location was quite busy on its grand opening day with some of Toronto' budding fashion influencers and personalities coming together to celebrate the opening!
I headed out for a night of fashion and fun to see what the brand was all about.
2017's Toronto Men's Fashion Week saw it's latest streetwear collaboration as Get Fresh Company and Puma joined forces in anticipation of releasing its latest line of kicks and streetwear. Puma has been killing it with all its Canadian collabs collaborating with one of Toronto's high-end streetwear shops Get Fresh Company.
Both the companies worked together to reimagine the Tsugi Kori, Puma's latest addition to its Tsugi line. The shoe features comfy knitted sock-like collar and overlays with a rugged outsole. All while being water repellant which is constructed perfectly for the Canadian weather.
The owner of Get Fresh Co Jebril Jalloh started the company from selling clothes from the trunk of his car which later leads to setting up shop in Toronto's fashion district. The launch of the show was pulled together by spacesbyjackflash, Toronto’s budding interior designer, Infusing the colors red, white and black in the set design.
You can purchase The Puma Tsugi Kori X Get Fresh Company sneakers Get Fresh Company at 498 Queen Street West in Toronto, online at getfreshcompany.com and select Foot Locker locations.
After a long day of work, heading out for events and a night out means adding some glam touch ups to update my look. From office drab to evening glam Elizabth Arden’s Gelato crush collection is just what I need!
The Elizabeth Arden push up lip Gelato lip-stick in the shade Peach Bliss is my fav! Paired with the Cool Glow Cheek Tint in Colar Daze, its the ultimate combination! Adding just the right amount of extra highlight to make my cheeks rosy! The luxurious Gelato cherish collection is truly irresistible with its sheer colors and buttery textures!
You can get the collection in multiple shades and the three items are just what you need in your purse to update your look for a night out. The Gelato crush collection adds the perfect kiss of colour to any look.
Juicy Couture recently launched their newest cool fragrance, Viva La Juicy Glacé - the iconic brand invited Viva Girls everywhere to try out their new fragrance.
Ever since I started wearing the fragrance, everywhere I went I started getting compliments about the scent. The fragrance has hints of cool frozen mandarin, frosted cassis leaves and pear sorbet. It’s super sweet and refreshing with hints of Jasmine, lush fruits mixed with Vanilla and my absolute favourite scent, Sandalwood.
I just love how balanced the fragrance is as it really sticks by Juicy Couture's reputation of sweet sultry sensations. I've always been a huge fan of Juicy fragrances ever since I got my first sample bottle during Fashion Week. The Viva La Juicy Glacé bottle is definitely a steal for gifts for your girlfriends for the upcoming holidays or if you're looking for an everyday fragrance.
I always feel like a million bucks wearing Juicy fragrances and the Glacé is no exception! I'm in love with how beautiful the bottle is! Like most of Juicy's fragrances the bottle is a mix of pink tones with hints of gold. The bottle looks like a ice block, true to it's Glacé branding.
Fashion Week for me is notorious for falling during a time that's busy as ever! With back to back events in the city, a girls got to do the run around to keep up!! Luckily, my personal shopping fittings with TopShop saved the day! This year I got to rock some of these TopShop fab pieces to the Fashion Week celebration while also being able to mix and match with items in my wardrobe.
This year black was a staple colour for me, mostly because I feel like I'm just in a bit of a shift in figuring out how I want to continue to build my wardrobe. Black for me is safe, form flattering and the most sophisticated option!