Things I've Been Loving - Part I

It's been too long since I've done a round-up of my favourites. Here are my favourites part I. The next favourites will be a little less traditional so stay tuned!

+ First one, hands down, is Taylor Swift's new album, 1989. I couldn't even describe how amazing this album is. She always seems to up her A-game. Remarkable.
The three songs I've been listening to non-stop is Blank Space, obviously, I Know Places which is a little different, and Wonderland from the deluxe album. Her tour announcement is also one of my favourites. I can't wait!

+ Let's talk beauty. I've talked about this before but I have been wearing this 'look' to another level ever since uni started. It's just bronzer all over the lid and crease of your eye. It gives such a cool and smoky effect, and is quick and easy. I'm in love! I'm on the hunt for a new bronzer, any requests? Comment below!

+ Blanket scarves have been my everything. Now that the weather is not cold enough for a coat but too cold for just a light jacket, blanket scarves have been a huge help. Just drape it over your shoulders, or around your neck and you're good to go! They are so versatile which it's great and because most are a little pricey, so you'll get your moneys worth out of them. The one in my photo is literally like a blanket and specifically the one I've been wearing the most from RW&Co. What's great about it is on the other side, it's a black and white checkered print too.

+ H&M during this Fall/Winter season is amazing. I love everything they have to offer especially their thick and affordable sweaters! On Nov. 6, they also released their collaboration with Alexander Wang. Even though I couldn't get a hold of any of the items, from what I saw online, the line looked simple and clean cut. I am also totally digging the monochrome theme.

+ Lastly, those statement earrings from RW&Co. I don't know what it is about them but they instantly make any outfit look chic. I also wore them to the Buffer Festival gala in Toronto so they remind me of that amazing night. Love.

Get ready for Part II and tell me what have been your favourites!

Janine Maral

My Favourite People on Twitter

Macchina Mobile Cafe

A taste of Europe is traveling around the streets of Toronto selling coffee, hot chocolates and so far, they are having a great success.

Macchina Mobile Cafe is a little orange truck adapted from a European feel of selling coffee on the streets.

“The person that came up with the idea was my husband. Traveling in Europe, he’s seen a lot of mobile cafes.” says Ana Diez, co-owner of Macchina Mobile. 

Coming from Columbia, Diez had also seen mobile cafes in different vehicles, which is how she decided to use the Vespa Ape as her shop, a small motor cycle with a pick-up van.

“We found a person here who has some of these vehicles and restores them and helped us with the design and we just did it!” said Diez.

The vehicle opens up to a coffee machine with storage spaces to store a small table, two chairs as well as different types of hot chocolate and coffee. One of their most popular type of coffee is the Cortado. 

Diana Benea, a customer of the Macchina Mobile Cafe said, “I’ve had [the Cortado] in Spain about five or six different versions and so far this is the best one.”

As successful as their business was going, the owners have to continuously face obstacles.

“The problem with the city is finding a location. It’s pretty restricted right now,” said Jeff Douglas, co-owner of Macchina Mobile. “You pay $5000 for a vending permit as a display so any place there is a pay and display, you can vend. But then on top of that you can’t be within 50 metres of any place that sells food.”

Along with their obstacles, a typical day is not as simple as it seems. 

“We have to be up and under way by 7a.m. So it takes probably two hours to really get it done and at the end of the day, there will be the clean up,” says Douglas. “It is an older vehicle so there will be some spark issues. There is also the day-to-day stuff too like making sure the battery is charged and nothing breaks down.”

One of their regulars, Donna Nancekivell, has been ordering their coffee since they started with Farmer’s Market at Ryerson University back in mid-June. 

“I’ve had Americanos before and sometimes they taste a little bland. This one just has flavour. You can taste the beans, the roasting,” said Nancekivell. “In general, this market is a fabulous idea. There is everything you could want here and it’s all fresh. It is so different than going to a grocery store.”

Find Macchina Mobile Cafe around the city in popular places around the city of Toronto like Yonge and Eglinton Streets and Yonge and Davisville Streets.

Janine Maral

Top 5 Autumn Fashion Picks

A little black bootie is a staple in any Fall season wardrobe. It can easily be dressed up or down.
Find this shoe here!

Comfort is key in the cooler months. Try these fancy sweatpants - chic and cozy.
Maroon screams Autumn. This bag will fit all your needs both in terms of size and within your outfits.
Find this bag here!

This moto-jacket is a must. A versatile piece that will look good with nearly everything in your wardrobe while also giving an edgy vibe. 

Finally, it's all about those chunky and warm blanket scarves during this time of year. A definite must-have.
Find this blanket scarf here!

What are some of your Autumn must-haves?

Janine Maral

Craving the Black Ankle Boot

Black Booties

Gosh i'm so in love with these booties! Ever since it got a little chillier in Toronto, i've been craving autumn fashion pieces. This season is perfect for layering, staying warm, rocking your favourite boots and coats. I just love all aspects to it!

The ankle boot was very much in trend last year but for some reason, I was not feeling it. This year, it is completely different. I am all for the black bootie. It is such a versatile and honestly, a staple and basic piece to complete any wardrobe. You can dress it up when going out in the city or wear it professionally with a blazer and some skinny jeans. There are so many options with the classic black ankle boot. 

It also comes in a number of different styles. There's the boot with the cut outs, the zippers, the buckles, and some silver or gold detailing. The options are endless with such a simple piece. 

Janine Maral.

The Sunday Edit iii

Life has been crazy (in a good way). Where do I even begin?

I started uni, as many of you may know. So far, the work load is not too bad, but it's just the beginning. I'm also blogging for other websites and also have a job. This equals to basically no time to blog here. And it sucks.

When I first started this blog, I was in high school and basically had nothing else to do in my day-to-day life. Blogging was my full-time hobby. Now, I feel like my blog is just somewhere I type something, up post pictures I find on Pinterest and throw it up here. I honestly have not taken a photo and spent time editing it for my blog in what feels like ages. 

I am genuinely going to try my best to create the best content that I am proud of from now on even if it is not as frequent as I want it to be. Let's see where things go from there.

Janine Maral

Zara TRF Autumn Lookbook

Every year around the time of New York Fashion Week, autumn fashion begins to come into play. This is my favourite season for dressing because you can layer to keep yourself warm while also looking chic. I am also a fan of maroon, mustard yellow and forest green colours and the autumn season is the prime time to wear those three colours. 

I was on the Zara website and noticed they had a new September TRF lookbook out for the autumn season. I scrolled through and fell in love with every piece. I chose my favourites and decided to put it in a blog posts. 

To check out more of their lookbook, you can click here.
Which look is your favourite?

Janine Maral.
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