Music Festival Packing Tips!

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Festival season is upon us! Summertime in Ontario means patios, cottages, beaches, and music festivals. I’m a little jealous of the big deal Coachella is in the U-S of A, but we Canadians make the most of what we have! So get ready to light up your festival weekend whether you are going to WayHome, Veld, or Osheaga. This post is mostly about what the heck to pack! If you are roughing it out for the weekend at Wayhome (see you there!) or Osheaga, I have some packing tips for you.

1. Figure out your outfits ahead of time
Ladies. Do NOT pack your whole wardrobe for the weekend. Have 2-3 staple outfits,1 sleeping outfit, pack comfy slides/flip flops, and some comfortable underwear. Pack a sweater and sweatpants just in case it gets chilly at night.

2. Pack essential toiletries
The basics like a toothbrush, and deodorant are a no brainer, but remember to do your research and pack accordingly. Example: make-up wipes, baby wipes, toilet paper, dry shampoo, hand sanitizer, lip balm etc.

3. Camping Gear
In addition to your tent, pack a tarp, lawn chairs, and an umbrella (for possible rain, or the sun).

4. Portable Charger/Extra phone battery
Your Phone and Camera WILL die. It is best to pack an extra battery or invest in a portable charger. We live for your snapchat stories girl!

5. Food and Drink
Music festivals usually have food vendors but packing a few light snacks will satisfy those late night cravings and in-between-meal hunger pangs. Focus on snacks like chips, jerky, fruit, protein/granola bars, veggies, and basic condiments. For drinks: instant coffee, energy drinks, liquor (if you are drinking), and WATER. It is very important to stay hydrated during this time of the year. Pack a water bottle.

Do your research, pack accordingly, and have a blast!

What not wearing makeup for a month has taught me

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I love makeup. I started wearing eyeliner at 14, and upgraded to eyeliner, foundation and mascara by 19. I then went full blown-full coverage by 21, so my skin hasn’t had a proper break in YEARS. No exaggerations here; makeup was worn to school, work, social outings. etc. I was never seen without it, and eventually it became kind of a shield. This isn’t a sappy post about feeling ugly without it, but I felt like I was living a double life, it became sort of a mask; at times I felt broken and severely depressed and insecure on the inside, but looked “fleeky” and put together on the outside. Don’t get me wrong, I also love how good I became at applying it. I love expressing myself and experimenting with new things, so makeup serves as an outlet in that regard as well. The anxious perfectionist in me however, believed that looks mattered in every situation. It also believed that my dark circles, pimples, blackheads, and hyper-pigmentation were best left for my humble abode.

GIRL. that is no way to live. I wanted to feel unapologetically comfortable with myself, and that started with my weight loss journey and taking fitness a little more seriously.

NOTE: being comfortable with yourself to me means taking good care of yourself physically and mentally, it doesn’t equate to letting yourself go.

Weight loss gave me a boost in confidence, and a few more stretch-marks! dang it. Hey, it just goes to show that stretch marks are not exclusive to weight gain, so I started to appreciate them more. I also started to love my natural hair a little more ( I have been relaxer free for a year now!), and now it is onto my skincare. I stopped wearing makeup to school completely but I will wear it on the weekend when going out or working.

This is what going makeup free has taught me:

  1.  that my pores are thanking me
  2.  I have more time in the morning to prepare for the day
  3. I feel cleaner and more refreshed without it
  4. My skin doesn’t break out as often
  5. Friends and Family thought I looked very tired initially, but then got used to it and eventually praised me for my skin’s overall improvement in appearance
  6. saved some $$$ by not going through my foundation in 3 weeks
  7. water is truly God’s gift to skin
  8. huge confidence booster: stopped feeling anxious about my appearance and what people think.
  9. still got hit on makeup free (not very important but yeah, men are men.)
  10. I don’t look THAT much different without it ( I never wear eyeshadow so my eyelids are usually empty).

In the end, I totally recommend it! Try it out for week. If you feel weird about going completely makeup free, try leaving out the foundation, and just use concealer and some mascara as a starter. I’m no skincare expert, but I’m excited to learn about what works for my skin.

any product recommendations? I’m a combination of oily and dry. My goal is to fade or eliminate my dark spots and acne scars.

 

 

Pressure to be perfect: Instagram Models

 

The women pictured above are beautiful, fit, financially stable, successful, and Instagram famous. I religiously scroll through their pages to admire their style, Instagram aesthetics, and bodies of steel. At first it was a way for me to hit the gym,  however the visual motivation worked…for about a month. The scrolling slowly became obsessive; not of the celebrity-stalker-creep variety, but the “I want to look like her, I wish I had her boobs, butt, thighs, hair, lifestyle, financial freedom…” variety. For most women, this is typical behaviour; society has flooded us with messages to improve this! lose this! eat this! It takes A LOT of work to feel genuinely happy with what we are born with. The advent of social media has amplified this notion to the point where I feel impatient to reach certain goals and milestones. It has amplified the need to look a certain way, and to market and present my social media pages a certain way as well.

I’m 24 and still in school, I work 2 part-time jobs, and I have started to model on the side. These women are in their early to mid twenties and thriving. I obviously don’t have a microscopic view into their personal lives, but by the looks of it, they are living their dreams and passions (and looking damn good while doing so). A close friend had a similar issue; she would follow and almost idolize these social media giants only to feel even more insecure and de-motivated. She ended up unfollowing them and following pages that inspired her personal goals. I still follow these lovely ladies, but have toned down heavily on the comparing and whining. Everyone has their time, mine will come and like the old saying goes-enjoy and learn from your journey.

What are your thoughts on social media insecurities? Do you have any?

 

-E

Outfit of the Night…

 If you know me, you know that I NEVER wear pink or go for anything deemed too glam or girly. I however loved this dress and choker combo! I felt sexy and ultra feminine.

Get out of that comfort zone girl!

Dress: Search for “Valotte Dress” on Fashionnova.com

Choker: Search for “Kim Choker” on Fashionnova.com

Shoes: Asos.com