Thursday, 17 November 2011

Something I Came Across & Couldn't Help But Post

"For what it’s worth, it’s never too late or, too early to be whoever you want to be. There is no time limit, stop whenever you want. You can change or stay the same, there are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the best of it. And I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you never felt before. I hope you meet people with a different point of view. I hope you live a life you’re proud of. If you find that you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start all over again." - The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Monday, 7 November 2011

“The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page”

So I am sat here after a few busy weeks, finally having some time to just stop, and think. Reflect on everything I have achieved not only since I have been here but ever! I am discovering more and more that finding the time alone to do just this is becoming few and far between but I am equally realising that this is not necessarily a bad thing. Before I moved to Vancouver, I guess I hadn’t really ‘travelled’ and by this I mean taking the big step to go find what’s out there in this world alone,  I’m not including family holidays, they don’t count, as lucky as I am to have visited some places many people haven’t New York, tiny islands in the Indian Ocean and the unforgettable island of Ibiza amongst others, we all know this is a tiny speck on the map and the true meaning of travel is fully immersing yourself in the cultures of as many different places as possible, and the majority of the time ‘roughing it’. Well this is what I aim to do anyway. I knew that moving here would give me the travel bug, I was struggling to find it, I needed the push and it most definitely couldn’t have inspired me more to just get out there and go see it all. The most exciting thing about this is that my travels haven’t even really begun, this year will easily be one of my best years yet, and the memories I have made already are enough to satisfy me before I return but the knowingness that there is so much more to squeeze into this year is even better, let alone my life. The main reason I am writing this is to encourage those reading it, who don’t yet have the travel bug to search long and hard for something that will give them it. It’s worth the hunt, trust me. Planning your trip is nearly as fun as the journey itself and I can’t stress enough how much you learn about yourself whilst doing so. Don’t get comfortable, don’t think that you have everything you need right where you are, that may even be the case but step out your comfort zone, chances are you’ll realise you were just ‘settling’. There is always more out there and taking the first step is sometimes the hardest part but it will never not pay off. Even chose somewhere that doesn’t initially seem your thing, chances are it will become your favourite thing. Travel opens your eyes to an infinite number of things and I really believe if you don’t experience it you’re missing out on discovering a whole chunk of yourself! It’s taken me a while to learn, but the excitement of waking up each day not knowing what your day will entail really is just that, exciting. Not daunting or scary and should most certainly not deter you. The second you become comfortable, change your scenery; take a trip, visit somewhere new, even revisit somewhere that gave you the best memories. Travel has already become one of my favourite things in the space of just 2 months. Make it yours if its the only thing you do this year. Leave your mark. <3

New York New York

I just saw this photo and it really reminded me of how much I miss this place, one trip was all I needed, once I am finished with all my responsibilities, that being School etc (I really am becoming more and more Canadian as the days go on) I am upping and moving here. My favourite place on the planet, no words can do it justice. I just LOVE.

What a Week!

Finally managed to find a minute to myself after such a hectic week. Vancouver Fashion Week definitely opened my eyes to a lot of things I didn’t expect to see. It was an amazing amazing experience and I met some really talented people including designers, models and others in the fashion industry. I was left undecided as to whether that world would be for me or not, I’m leaning towards one side over the other, I’m not going to say which but it was definitely an unforgettable experience that I would enjoy being involved in again. Let’s just say however the ‘catty-ness’ and cut throat nature of the fashion world definitely is NOT me. I was lucky enough to meet some really talented designers, D.W. being my favourite, his creations, show and concept were incredible, fashion should be a heightened statement of yourself if not yourself alone and I feel this collection definitely proved that. Daryl White is a designer from Calgary who’s ‘my favourite colour is bleach’ & ‘closets are for clothes’ statement pieces are ‘brill’, he takes influences from Lady Gaga, as well as combining different fabrics and textures which help to make casual attire, glamorous all at the same time. I was lucky enough to close the show for him and thankfully Becky and Luke came to see me walk on Friday and recorded it for me so I shall upload when I get it. I shall let the pictures and clothes speak for themselves as I guess that’s what fashion is all about, and I definitely cannot do the pieces justice in one blog entry. (Make sure to check him out on facebook - like like like)
Here are some other photos from other shows, there are some more to come just waiting for them :)
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Thursday, 3 November 2011

Hallows Eve(s)

So its been over a week and I try keep up with this blog posting as I know there are people out there who want to know whats going on here over the pond, mainly my mum(!!!), but its been Halloween as you all know andCanadians really know how to celebrate it, and its wayyyy better than home. (sorry home)
Wednesday was the usual trip to the Pit, I eased myself into an original costume of a ‘I’m a Cat…duhhhhhhh’ it did the trick however and although I was sober, still was on my antibiotics, it was a reallllly good night and not one person in there wasn’t dressed up. I love it so much more here as Halloween isn’t just an excuse to dress like a scary, slutty version of an animal (for girls anyways) you don’t even need to dress scary, in fact its kind of frowned upon. I have never witnessed so many random, bizarre, hilarious outfits as I have in the past week. Car washes, m+m’s, teenage ninja turtles, Fred Flintstone…sooo many more. Thursday, Claudia and I were accompanied by the boys to Nero, who before his show I wasn’t hugely keen on. If anything I was going to make up for the fact that my #19 Katence had failed to make it into their set at WHP the previous week! (nothing changes back home :)) but he was amazingly good and I spent the entire night at the front, even in my heels. Commodore Ballroom is a fab venue for shows like that and it’s made me want to go so many more out here as its a really big part of the nightlife in Van. Friday, Becky and I went to a friends house party in Kits which was no different to the other ones we’ve been to, especially the last. I went as a bunny (not remotely sexy) and Becky an ‘Arabian’ dancer. Best outfits at the party by miles ha however pretty sure the bus journey home was the most amusing part. Saturday a bunch of us went on the boat party organised by HKin…It was so worth it even if a few of our team members didn’t make it out due to various reasons I won’t include on here. Luke obviously dragged me downtown to a gay bar after which as always was so much fun and the music is always the best… So overall my Halloween weekend was easily the best I have ever had. Everyone really goes all out and I love that. I opted out of Fright Night at the theme park on Sunday, the weeks antics had taken it out of me and my general wussy like behaviour told me to stay away, quiet drinks at Local and the most amazing yam fries ever kept me very happy instead.
Vancouver Fashion Week started yesterday and fittings were today. I don’t even really know whether to make comments on this until its over? Let’s just say its going to be an interesting experience. The designers I am walking for so far are really really talented with some gorgeous pieces so its all very exciting and I am lucky to be involved. Not going to lie I think I might be slightly more excited for the after parties but I guess those who know me probably already realised this.
Here’s a couple of photos for friends and fam back home to nosey at. (and yes mum and pops, my hair is now brown, it has been for the past 2 weeks however every day we have skyped you have somehow not noticed? – it was an accident so I am glad you didnt notice – but either way…SURPRISE)
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