OOTD: Luxe Details & Pajama Dressing

Hello friends,

The weather in Toronto has honestly been so unpredictable the past few weeks.  It would get super cold and rainy/snowy and then right after the temperature jumps back up to positive digits.  Anyway,  I finally decided to get a Mackage to keep me really warm this winter – so look out for that review soon!

This outfit is featuring items I got from the Zara Black Friday Sale.  I cannot believe this satin shirt I am wearing was only $13.95, and the material was substantial and not see-through at all! I’m so impressed.   I paired this with a pair of Blue velvet loafers also from the Black Friday Sale – although these babies are hardly as comfy.  Going to have to spend the next month breaking them in.

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The Satin top and velvet loafers have a very soft and feminine vibe, kind of like wearing pajamas, so I broke it off in the middle by wearing my Banana Republic ripped jeans with zipper detailing to add a hard edge, if that makes any sense.

 

Hope you enjoyed this post and I’ll see you next time! 🙂  Leave me a comment and show me some love in the likes!

x

Boki

The Holiday 2016′ Gift Guide to Spoil Your Girl

Dear Friends,

December is definitely my favourite time of the year because there are just the most amazing good vibes all around – Christmas jingles, people hanging up lights and putting up their trees, and of course, gifts!  Here is a list of ideas I put together for you at every price range for your best friend, sister, mother, aunt, girlfriend, or whomever in your life you want to treat this holiday season.

I hope you will enjoy this guide, as I really enjoyed making it for you!  Everything I chose is meant to be useful but also cute – and the things this special girl in your life may not want to splurge on for herself but would love to have.  🙂

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For the Fashionista:
3,4,6,7, 13,21,22,23

For that Cute Quirky friend:
9, 11, 14,20,23

For the Pampered Princess:
1,2,10,12,14,19,20,26,28

For the Tea and Coffee Lover:
1,2,3,4,10,12,16,17,18

For the Easy but Stylish Gal:
8,13,15,16,21,25,26,27

For the Makeup & Beauty lover:
19,20,25,26,29,30

Works for Everyone:
3,4,5,6,7,19,20,21,25,29

 

Full List of Products with Links:

1. Voluspa Candle in Mokara  , $25

2. Voluspa Candle in Prosecco Rose, $38

3. S’well Gem Pink Diamond Water bottle, $58

4. S’well Palm Beach Water bottle, $45

5. Crabtree & Evelyn Hand Therapy Sampler, $44

6. Rosefield The Bowery watch in Pink/Rose Gold, $149

7. Rosefield The Mercer watch in Rosegold, $149

8. Topshop Faux Fur Pom Pom Beanie, $30

9. Cara Winking Knit Beanie, $39.21

10. Bed Bath and Beyond Dream Silk Cozy Socks, $14.99

11. Cat Colouring Book, $11.95

12. Berkshire Blanket in Dusty Pink, $54.99

13. Wilfred Abstract Blanket, $98

14. Sole Society Faux Fur Stole, $55.94

15. Free People Kolby Brushed Scarf, $67.21

16. Williams-Sonoma Hammered Copper Mug, $23.96

17. Bodum Chambord Copper French Press, $59.95

18. Davidstea Confetti Element Tea for one, $30

19. Tony Moly Eyebrow Razor, $5.61

20. Tangle Teezer, $20

21. Matt and Nat Mumbai backpack in Mist, $67.50

22. Zara Mini Chain City Bag, $49.90

23. Puma Women’s Platform Suede Sneaker, $120

24. Wilfred Croquis Sweater, $125

25. Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream, $34

26. The Body Shop Japanese Camellia Cream, $36

27.Wilfred Lisieux Bralette, $48

28. Victoria’s Secret Very Sexy Satin Kimono, $49.50

29. Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics, $68

30. Benefit Rockateur Powder Blush, $36

Enjoy! Let me know in the comments what you liked and what you thought I should have included!

Love,

Boki

MAKE IT YOURSELF: 3 Ingredient Almond Butter Fudge Cups

Dear Lovely Readers,

I have a delicious and healthy recipe for all of you out there with a sweet tooth!  This is an Almond Butter fudge that you can make with just a microwave, a spoon, and a bowl. Super easy! The hardest part is waiting for them to freeze up, honestly.

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Makes 8-10 AB cups

What you need
1/2 cup almond butter
1/3 cup coconut oil, melted
1/3 cup raw honey
3/4 cup rice krispies (optional)

What to do
mix first three ingredients together until combined
stir in rice krispies if you’d like (it adds a REALLY NICE crunch! do it!)
pour into a lined cupcake tin
freeze for a couple hours

Take them out and let them thaw for a minute or two before you bite into them.
They will melt in your mouth and your day will be instantly made!

I hope you give this simple but delicious recipe a try and LET ME KNOW what you thought of them in the comments! I want to know.

 

Love, Boki

Recap: All About my Cuba Trip!

Dear Friends,

It has been a super long time since I last posted, and this one is way overdue as well, but here is my Cuba trip with my boyfriend, Jessy! We went in mid-August, after he finished his exams, for a short 4 days.  I had been working in my summer internship so it wasn’t possible to leave work for too long.  I wish the trip was longer but we had a great time.  Keep reading to find out what I thought about Holguin, Cuba!

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I planned this trip for Jessy and I as a 4 year anniversary thing.  I am actually a very anxious person who secretly revels in curating every detail and having things play out to my plans, so I sorted through like a hundred other resorts before settling on one called Paradisus Rio de Oro in Holguin, Cuba. We were not disappointed by the way!  Also, I went and bought many products from the drugstore including immodium, insect repellent, sunscreen, afterbite… you name it, I was prepared to die.  To my surprise, we did not get bitten by mosquitoes once nor did we get food poisoning!

It was a 3.5 hour flight with Sunwing airlines to Holguin and then another 1 hour bus ride to the resort.  It went mostly smooth and the humid weather was not difficult to adjust to as Toronto in mid-August felt exactly the same.  Checking into the hotel was easy as well, and the employees were so kind.  A tip- if you want to book this hotel in the future or any other Caribbean hotel/resort is to look up Trip Advisor reviews for the best rooms (Corner, large windows, upsize bed etc) and email them ahead to request an upgrade and they will usually do it for you for free if available.  The resort also had an assortment of A la Carte restaurants as well as the buffet, and I emailed ahead as well to make bookings for a different a la carte restaurant for us to try every evening, as if you try to book once you are there, you are most likely too late and the restaurants are full.

So speaking to our resort experience, I think I can say we both really enjoyed it!  Jessy had his complaints about the lack of wifi and the heat sometimes, but overall, Paradisus Rio de Oro was a very relaxing experience for both of us.  The resort was not packed with people; we actually met many couples from England and some from Canada on vacation and the swim up Pool bar was the place to be.

We made a huge mistake by going too hard on tanning the first day and got sunburnt… so for the rest of our trip we mostly chilled at the pool by the shade.

I almost forgot to mention the beach!.  It was a beautiful white sand beach connected to the resort, but the length of the beach was shared with other adjacent resorts- so on the first day we walked too far out and noticed the patrons had different coloured towels!   We didn’t really use the beach as much as the pool, as it was very windy and sand would get everywhere.  An awesome thing about this resort, though, was it offered free snorkeling,  paddle boating and an activity called Catamaran.  It’s a must try! The Catamaran is a small sailboat with two prong shaped things sticking out of the back.  The driver took Jessy and I in the ocean, and the boat goes FAST!  We got a great view of the islands and the ocean in between wiping splashes of seawater off our eyes.  It was also a huge thrill as we constantly feared for our lives; the boat went so fast it felt like we were going to fall off the whole time.  But it was so worth it.

I’ll talk about one more thing as this post is getting too long … the FOOD!  First of all, like I mentioned,  I was so scared that Jessy and I would get food poisoning and/or hate the food as USA has an embargo against Cuba, but the food was both SAFE and YUMMY!

We had breakfast at the buffet every day and my favourite was definitely the Spanish omelette, which is more like a quiche without cheese.  We avoided anything that could rot in the heat like cheese and dairy.  Another great thing was All you can eat Mangoes, which I helped myself to in huge portions every day.  They’re Mexican mangoes, which are not as great as the yellow ones back home, but I really had no complaints.  We also tried 3 a la carte restaurants:  the Japanese, the Cuban, and the Mediterranean.  The Japanese was shit, as we should have known, but the Cuban and Mediterranean were amazing.  I had lobster on both days and thinking about it now makes my mouth water.  I would say the Cuban restaurant was my favourite though, as it was an open air restaurant so we got a beautiful view of the Palm trees and the setting sun as we ate dinner.  (I also booked our dinner times based on the sunset times in Holguin for those days; I am that detailed.)   Jessy’s favourite order was the Club Sandwich.  It sounds weird that a seemingly vanilla item would be that great, in Cuba especially, but it was SO GOOD.  We ordered it through room service the first night and Jessy was hooked.  It was toasted white bread with grilled chicken, ham, egg, melted cheese, tomato, and lettuce.  Literally it had 4 kinds of protein in there, which explains why he loved it.  So every day he would order it, either through room service, or he had the chefs at the poolside restaurant custom prepare it for him.

So that was our trip!  I am so happy we went, and it was a great bonding experience for us.  It was the first time in a long time we were away from our phones and away from our problems back home.  Aside from a bit of bickering at the airport, we did not argue during this entire trip, which is a record!   It has been a bit over 4 years with him now, and although we still have our ups and downs, we are definitely much happier than ever before.

PS. My pink bikini as well as the bronze/ black bikini in the photos were both from Aliexpress. (BEST website for cheap bikinis and cheap anything!)

Please leave me a comment or a question if you have one!

Much Love,

Boki

My Fitness Journey: The Girl who Sucked at Sports but Found Herself in Weightlifting

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(If you’re wondering) Bikini: Top – Aerie, Bottom – Victoria’s Secret

Hi friends,

I’ve missed you all 5 of you who read my blog. (just kidding)  It’s honestly been over a year since I’ve had the time to write a new blog post, but I felt inspired today to write about my fitness journey so far, and to be as authentic as possible in the Sea of Staged Perfection on instagram.

I’ve always been aware of my body even as a young girl, and wondered why I had fatter arms and bigger thighs than all the other girls.  I was never overweight or obese, but never skinny.

On top of that, I am a clumsy wreck most of the time, have no hand-eye coordination, and can’t even run properly.  (I have come to terms with the clumsiness part because my bf think’s I’m cute)

As I steadily gained weight throughout puberty into middle school and high school, I had the mindset that I am doomed to be really fat one day, because I have no talent for exercise, running, and sports.  I had uniforms in my high school, and my pants began to become too tight to breathe, and my skinny jeans too tight to button up.  Out of fear, I decided to make a change.

In grade 12, I discovered Blogilates and the Instagram world of people’s oatmeal photos and fitness progress pics.  I finally became convinced that I have the power to change myself.  At a max weight of 132 pounds at 5’5 after a well-fed cruise the previous summer, I started running on the treadmill and doing Youtube workout videos, as well as adopting a super-healthy diet.

As much as I love eating healthy and have a passion for vegetables (and I still do now), it took a toll on my family, friends and my boyfriend, because I became scared to not “eat clean”.  I did not want to eat the same home-cooked Chinese dinners my mom made because I couldn’t input that into MyFitnessPal, felt contempt towards my boyfriend who always wanted to eat out, and brought lunch while my friends ate out on the weekends.  These things threatened my weight loss, but also it alienated me.  I checked the scale every day, and finally I was at 122 pounds, and my jeans fit once more.  I really felt like I was in control, but I was not truly happy.  In retrospect, my friends, it is indeed VERY difficult to maintain a positive mindset rather than a self-deprecating mindset in a weight loss journey.

In the summer after 2nd year in Uni, my family moved quite North of the city, physically alienating me from my friends.  I did not find an internship either, so to make myself feel accomplished and productive, I started going to the local gym.  This was an intimidating experience at first as until that point I have only really done Blogilates and have used the gym at school periodically, never daring to try heavy weights.

That summer, I finally had the courage to ask someone to set up the bar for me to squat, something I’ve always wanted to do.  The first week, I managed with much difficulty, squatting with the bar.  The second week, I tried adding 5 pound plates.  Then it increased to 10 pounds, and 25 pounds.  My max was maybe 30 but I couldn’t quite get it right.  On top of that, I enjoyed working out my shoulders and triceps (not really any reasoning behind that).  I felt strong and happy because of the progress I made.

Fast forward to 3rd year uni, school was even more stressful than the year before and due to lack of sleep and eating crappy outside food often, I had no motivation and energy to go to the gym.  I lost weight – and a lot of my muscle, and went down to around 115 pounds.  I knew I was losing muscle and looked more ‘fat’, but at the same time I didn’t feel horrible as I am light for my height I suppose.  Inside, though, I felt guilty every week I did not go to the gym.

In May of this year, I finally have an internship near my university, and what more reason to pick up a gym routine after work?  It was disappointing at first that I could not even squat 25 without failing.  I did not beat myself up, and next week I tried again.  Then I tried to squat 30. 35. Maybe 40?  I had a routine at first of Lower body (aka BOOTY day), a day for all upper body, cardio, and a day of whatever as long as I go to the gym.  I’ve gotten lazier now and sometimes more occupied with meeting up with friends after work so I try to maintain twice a week – at least completing an Upper and Lower body work out.

Writing this post to you in July, I am still in my fitness journey.  But I am no longer as guilty as the girl in grade 12 who feared Chinese food and white carbs.   I don’t blame myself for not going to the gym every day that I can; some days I don’t feel like it, but then next week I just go harder.   I don’t blame myself that I didn’t increase by the same amount of weight that I lifted the week before, and aim for small victories.  I still hate doing abs, but my love for growing my booty and doing leg workouts seems to help with maintaining a somewhat flat stomach.

If you get anything out of what I wrote in this blog post (which got pretty long, my apologies!), then it is that you have the power to inspire your own changes.  It is never too late to take care of your body, eat better, and lift weights for the body you’ve always wanted.  My friends, it is so satisfying to see your muscles grow, because that is evidence of your hard work!  Nobody can give or take it away, which is what makes it beautiful.

Comment below and share with me about your personal fitness/health journey! I would love to read about it ❤

 

Love,

Boki