Chuck Season

There may still be snow on the ground but that's not stopping me from wearing my most worn shoe of the spring and summer seasons - Converse. 

I never wore Converse that much until about early last year when I purchased my first pair. I wore those 'till they were worn out and this year, I purchased another. I think the main reason I like to wear them so much, besides the fact that they are comfortable, is because they are the perfect shoe to work with any outfit and are thin enough to stand in the summer heat.

My friend Tamar and I had a fun little photo shoot at one of our favourite places to go and hang out in the greater Toronto area. This post would not have been possible without her help so shout out to her! 

Janine Maral

Try // Read // Listen

On the daily, I read several articles, scroll through my Bloglovin' feed endlessly, listen to music, and often listen to podcasts. I'm a journalism student and social media addict so this is normal, I think. So, I want to try something new out where I share my favourite articles, DIY projects, YouTube videos, and random tunes and podcasts. I enjoy sharing the things I find fascinating online with my friends, so why not share it on my blog? Let me know if you liked this post! 

~ TRY ~

DIY Emoji Easter Eggs - Studio DIY

~ READ ~

A Designer's Guide to living in L.A. - Conde Nast Traveler


Janine Maral

Birthday Wishes

March is my birthday month and my favourite month. It's also the final full month of school before exam season and summer. One thing I would love to receive for my birthday is a higher GPA but that is highly unlikely this semester. Besides that, there are three items I have had my eye on and am wishing for on my birthday.

Olympus Pen E-PL7
THIS CAMERA. Chances are unlikely that I will actually get this camera because 1. It is pretty pricey and 2. I don't know if it is entirely worth it. The main reason why I enjoy this camera is it's small, pretty, and takes the perfect selfie (so I hear).

Nike Air Force 1
I don't do well with keeping shoes clean so if I get a pair of all white sneakers, which is what seems to be all the hype these days, it will be a struggle to keep clean. I will either never wear them to keep the pure white colour or just have to wash them after every wear, or just be careful with where I step. But, I just love the way these sneakers look with any outfit, especially for the Spring time.

Classic Rayban Aviators
Alright, these sunnies have been on my mind for over a year now and I figure now is the perfect time to purchase them since Spring and Summer are right around the corner. I'm also loving the tinted and mirrored versions of these with the green or blue tint.

The one thing I don't want for my birthday that I know I will definitely get is going to be growing up and getting older. Too bad life doesn't work that way!

Janine Maral

Less Is More

A few snapshots from a recent explorations around Toronto. I've really enjoyed taking photos of minimalistic aspects with character. Also, I aim to create all my photos bright and with life. Enjoy. 

Janine Maral

Fresh Reads Vol. 3

It's been ages since I've done one of these and recently, I've discovered and really loving these new reads so, I had to share.

Youtube: Refinery29
How is Refinery29 so perfect? Their Youtube channel deserves everything. You can tell how much effort they put into it. My favourite series right now is their Trend Takeout series where they show you how to style one piece three ways. It's pretty impressive.

Magazine: Conde Nast Traveler

So, when I went away on my trip, I randomly picked up this magazine from the shelf to give it a read on my flight. I've never read the magazine except just followed them on twitter. I think it is now my new favourite magazine ever and the reason being is it has quality content with great writing and articles. Seriously, give it a read, I dig it.

Book: Berlin Street Style
The reason I originally purchased this book was for decor and some style inspiration. But I've actually read some of it and they give great fashion tips that will up your street-style-game. Berlin is also one of my favourite cities so it was fitting that I bought this book.

Website: H&M Life
If you don't know already, H&M is one of my favourite go-to stores to shop at and I never even knew they had their own "lifestyle" blog/website. They put up lovely posts and now, I always keep that tab open.

Blog: Paris In Four Months
If you are looking for a blog with fantastic photography, something that is inspiring and motivational, with quality content, this is it. I can never and will never get over how perfect Paris In Four Months is. Such a wonderful blog!

What have been your favourite new reads?
Janine Maral


I get a lot of inspiration from instagram. (haha, INSpiration / INStagram).
Right now I've been completely obsessed with bright photos with life. Each photo in this collage tells a story and somehow they all work together through the colour scheme, through what each photo has to offer. 
What have you been inspired by lately?

Janine Maral

My Carry-On Bag & Everything In It

This next week is going to be pretty exciting because I'll be off to La La Land AKA Los Angeles. I'm pretty pumped because LA is one of my favourite cities in the world. I have a list of places I want to visit that I've never been to before and a bunch of places to try different foods. 

When I travel, the items in my carry on bag always change. This time, I am sharing literally everything in my bag giving you an in depth look at what is in my carry on bag!

For starters, I bought a new carry on bag and it is everything I could ever ask for. I purchased the Herschel Harvest Tote in all black and the reason why I love this tote so much is because it has a fur lined slot for my laptop, other mini compartments and is big enough and slim enough to carry around with me everywhere I go. The quality of the bag is durable and something I know I'll be using for years. Now, let's get into the actually items.

Here I have the basic necessities: my passport, my wallet and my boarding pass.

Beauty & Skin Care
My trio is my holy grail. To keep it short and sweet, my trio right now consists of my Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer in Vanilla, Benefit's They're Real Mascara, and the Too Faced Shadow Insurance Primer in Champagne. I keep these in my carry on as a touch up for when I get off the plane (so I don't look like a train wreck).

I also bring a hand disinfectant, a mini vaseline tube, a travel Sugar lip balm lip therapy, and my travalo which carries my favourite perfume of the moment.

My technology gear is way more important than anything else in my bag (except for my basic necessities). I also have a trio for my technology.

  • Canon T4i: First, my DSLR camera along with my 50mm f1.8 lens, the 18-55mm kit lens, its charger, the cases and the cord connecting it to my laptop.
  • Macbook Pro: My second tech necessity while flying is my laptop. I often use this on my flight to write blog posts since most of the time, there isn't that great of a wifi connection. I will also bring the charger and its cases.
  • iPhone 6: Although my phone will mostly be on airplane mode, I still bring it in case of emergency. I also like to use the camera that comes with the iPhone to take photos for Instagram (obviously). Along with my iPhone, I bring its charger and earbuds.

Now, the last part of the technology section are my Frends headphones. I'll often wear these on the airplane to cancel out any noises and listen to music but if its just a quick trip and I don't have much room in my bag, I won't bring these at all and I'll just use my earbuds.

Other Random Goodies
This category is everything and anything that is not included in any other category. Items in this section are an extra pair of socks, the book I am currently reading which is The Happiness Project, a notebook to jot down thoughts and keep a schedule of each day, a scarf that can double up as a mini blanket if it gets chilly and a watch to keep track of time. 

So there it is! That is what is in my carry on bag. Nothing quirky, just the usual. What do you carry in your bag when you travel?
Janine Maral
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