CF Rideau Centre Expansion

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Yesterday, I was cordially invited to the grand opening of the new wing of the CF Rideau Centre by my good friend Kristina from KoutureKitten. As you may know, Ottawa is where I live but I have to admit that I haven’t been very fond of this mall in the past. You know those high school days, where all of your time was spent at the mall afterschool? I have been there, done that, and between you and I, I would rather travel further to go to a different mall. However, they have gone through some major renovations in the last few years, making this mall nothing but spectacular. Stores such as Bath and Body Works, Zara, Forever21, Aritzia and Nordstrom slowly changed my attitude and now, the addition of this 4-level wing blew my mind.

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“Located in the heart of downtown, CF Rideau Centre is Ottawa’s leading shopping destination and home to the biggest names in fashion, beauty, dining, electronics and more…” And they are now even bigger. With this expansion, they now feature 21 new and exclusive stores such as H&M, NYX, Simons, Anthropologie just to name a few of my favourites. This is actually NYX 4th store in Canada, and I have never been this excited to give a mall all of my coins. Hey, I am a saver by default but don’t mind me if my bank account takes a beating in the next few months.

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As the party went on, I had the pleasure of meeting some amazing blogger/Vloggers. I am always ecstatic to meet others who are likeminded and in the same “niche” as I am. Kristina, thank you so much for making me your plus-one.

Over 20 million people visit this mall yearly, and yes, I will be one of them.

Well done CF Rideau, well done.

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..xo

-J

(Photo Credit: @CFRideauCentre)

 

Can We Start Over?

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Sigh, where do I even start?

At this point, I feel like I should re-introduce myself. This relationship doesn’t seem to be going very well now, is it? Apparently, I have commitment issues but I am willing to work on it. Dare to give me another chance? Last time I was around was well over 4 months ago and this is unacceptable. I hope that you can forgive, forget and allow us to start over with a clean slate.

With the new year upon us, I vow to become a lot more active on this platform. I have a lot of ideas cooking up in my head that I want to share with you all. This year, I want to stop over analyzing my every move and just LIVE. I want to take chances (and that is saying a lot in my case as I am so overly cautious).

I have thought about the direction I want to take with this blog. I enjoy blogging and vlogging because it connects with so many wonderful people. I blog to interact with other natural hair enthusiasts and it allows me to dip into a creative world that I wouldn’t have access to otherwise. As I get older however, I find myself becoming more and more attracted to all things beauty and that includes make-up! *gasp*. I have been down right obsessed lately, to the point that my own family doesn’t recognize me.

As a result, I want to make this blog a lifestyle blog, where I share all of my interests including hair, beauty, health and DIYs. I am challenging myself, and stepping our of my comfort zone. Expect a lot more content and let’s cheers to a successful year!

..xo

-J

More Doing

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                  With the New Year rolling in, what better time to start listing all the resolutions that I will not keep lol (kidding). If you are familiar with me, you already know that January is a tough month for me. However, I have decided this year to stop thinking/living in my mind and to start DOING. I am a planner. I plan and write everything down and that way it keeps my on track. If Post-it notes weren’t already invented, I am sure I would have invented them myself. However, what really get results is to actually get up and start doing the things that one put their minds to. And this is exactly what I plan on doing this year. I have been thinking about a lot of things in my life that I either want to change or accomplish. 2014 was a turning point for me, where I started to take the initiative to change my life. As you probably know, I quit my job and went back to school. As scary as this was, I am glad to say that I survived my first semester back. It was hard adjusting to the student like at first but I am more focus than ever for the upcoming semester.

                With that said, I have a lot of ideas that I need to get out of my head (or Post it notes) and accomplish. So without further ado, I hope that you will be stick around and be part of this journey called life with me!

No more excuses

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 All the best for 2015!

..xo

-J

“Happiness is a choice, not a result…”

 

“…Nothing will make you happy until you choose to be happy. No person will make you happy unless you decide to be happy. Your happiness will not come to you. It can only come from you.”

-Ralph Marston

 

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Hey all

Sometimes, things don’t go as planned. Who am I kidding? It seems like they rarely go according to schedule. Life often throws one thing or another at us but I find that our attitude can make a huge difference. I usually tell myself that “It will all work out, so don’t worry”. All that to say that the first few weeks of classes were a nightmare. Everything that could have gone wrong has. Prime example: The first day of class.

So here I am, super excited for school. I gave myself more than enough time to get ready that morning. On top of that, my outfit, lunch and book bag were already organized the night before which is very unlike me. Anyways, I got ready, made a green smoothie for my breakfast and left for school about an hour and 15mns prior to my first class. I live about 20mns away from school (including traffic) but I was just too excited that day.

Apparently, the rest of the population also decided to hit the road at at the same time! Traffic was horrendous to say the least. It was a parking lot! I kept telling myself that it was impossible for me to arrive late since I had so much time. I was late.  I even had to take an alternative route to school (or I would have never made it), and finding parking was of course another nightmare.

Finally, book bag in hand, I ran to class.  Turned out they changed the classroom at the last minute. Say what?

I leave you with this quote on this fine Friday morning! I thought it was pretty inspiring. I hope you had a great, productive week!

Ps. The pictures were randomly taken on a hiking trip this summer. There is an hilarious story behind these photographs so let me know if you would like a great laugh. I had to stare at them for a few minutes, reminiscing on the warm weather though. It’s been so cold lately.  Winter is coming. eek!

xx

-J

Winter Part Deux

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As most Canadians can agree, this has been such a hard winter. With more snow in the forecast, I am so close to packing my bags and moving down south. Oh, how I wish that was possible! One can dream right? In any case, I’ve had it with the snow! This has been the longest, harshest, coldest and most depressing winter of my life thus far. I can’t even remember what summer looks or feels like anymore.

Today is the first day of Spring supposedly, but it sure doesn’t feel like it.  It is currently snowing as I type this post. All I can do is hope for the weather to warm up. I cannot wait to actually see the flowers bloom, feel the warm sun on my skin and just enjoy life outdoors in general. I really wish that we get a super HOT summer this year. I promise to not complain about the heat. If you see Mother Nature, please pass on the message for me, will ya? 

..xo

-J

Another Year Wise

“As you embark upon another year of experiences and adventures, you will be better tomorrow then you were today.”  -Unknown

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Life takes the most unexpected turns at times. It sends interesting people and experiences our way. Nearly two years ago, I met a young lady at work and never thought that we would become such great friends. Over the weekend, I had the pleasure of celebrating her birthday with her. A group of us from work got together, went dancing, and truly enjoyed ourselves. Although the location wouldn’t have been one that I would personally choose, it allowed me to expand my horizon and enjoy different types of music.
By the way, she is kind of a big deal now; she has been on this earth for a quarter of a century! She also have a blog that you can check out here, if you fancy. 
 
Here is what I wore that night
– Top: Dynamite
– Tank top: Garage
– Pants: Dynamite
– Shoes: Aldo

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Before the clock strikes midnight, I wanted to put a post up today. I have been horrible at keeping this blog up to date. Quite frankly, I would understand if you had abandonment issues at this point and I apologize. However, since it is my birthday, will you forgive me?

Usually, around this time of the year, I like to reflect on my life. Although I am not exactly where I would want to be ideally, I do have a lot to be thankful for. No matter how rough things are, it is always productive to recognize the good. I am grateful for my health, my family & my friends.

2013 was a rough year and January isn’t necessarily my favourite month. If you are familiar with this blog, you may know why. However, when life throws challenges at you, you have to build a bridge and get over them. There is a lot that I want to accomplish this year, this blog being one of them. I hope to change a few things and post more often than I have in the past. Let’s hope for a great year!

Happy Birthday to me.

xx

 

Get Out Of My Head!

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Sometimes, it seems like I am my own worst enemy. I get stuck in an unhealthy state of mind and cannot seem to snap out of it. I just want to switch my thoughts off at times. I feel like I am not safe in my own mind. I let myself  get trapped behind my negative thoughts like I don’t have any control over it. I have been just so angry, anxious and stressed lately yet, I don’t even know exactly why. Maybe it’s because of a combination of things that I have been bottling up inside. Who knows.

I find myself focusing on every little negative thing and not keeping an optimistic view on life, which is really odd as I usually am one to have a positive state of mind. I keep trying to define what it means to be young, what youth should feel like and how it should be spent. I feel like I have not really lived yet so I keep waiting for this “something” amazing to happen. As the days pass, the more anxious I get that I am missing out on my youth.

It’s amazing how easy we can overlook our blessings. I keep chasing this idea of happiness, while I have it right here with me: I am healthy, young, have a loving boyfriend, a good job and I am fortunate enough to be able to share my thoughts with YOU.

From now one, I am going to control what I can: my mind. I only have one life to live, so I better  live it happily. In other words, I am going to get my happiness back and hold on to it. I don’t have time for frowns. I woke up this morning and literally told myself I was going to have a great day. Guess what? I did.

I send all my positive energy to you, where ever you are. Remember, control what you can. You can’t help certain situations from happening, but you can control how you handle them. Don’t be a Bitter Betty like I was lol.

I am leaving you with this uplifting song by Kirk Franfklin on this beautiful Sunday afternoon. I JUST found out about it this morning and it was just what I needed to hear.

..xo

-J

 

So, Today is my Birthday…

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I know I have been gone for a while now.  To be honest, I find it hard to keep up with the blog and my YouTube channel at the same time. Mind you, I still work two jobs, have a life and go to school! *Shrug*.  I need to prioritize my life, in order to keep the blog alive.

In any case, I really wanted to write a post.  I turn 23 today. However, I no longer “celebrate” my birthday. January, in general, is a really tough month for me.  My father passed away 3 years ago. I was really close to him, so it is still extremely hard for me to deal with it.  I usually refrain from doing ANYTHING that entire month. I know it might not be healthy, but it is how I express my grief. He passed away between January 12 and January 17, 2010. How can that be, you might wonder.

Remember that massive earthquake that took place in Haiti in 2010? Well, my dad was one of the unfortunate souls that passed away. He was at work when it happened. He worked downtown Port-Au-Prince and the building collapsed with him trapped inside. We, my family and I, were so hopeful until the very end. On January 17th, after 5 days of digging through the rumbles, my mom finally found his body. I never got to see it nor have I been to his funeral. My mom buried him the same day as the body was already in such bad shape. She didn’t want to wait for us to make travel arrangement as planes were barely flying in Haiti at that point. My mom was fortunate enough to even be able to bury him because there we no more spots to bury anyone in a cemetery. She was reserving this spot for my grandmother, who was sick at the time, so she was able to use it for my father.

Needless to say, I lost part of me that week. I was bitter for the longest time. Out of all the people that survived, why couldn’t he? Maybe God works in mysterious ways, but the pain that I felt then and still feels now is truly inexplicable. I remember being so angry then, yet devastated at the same time. I was angry at God, simply put. How can he allow something like this?  I just couldn’t stop thinking about all the families that were affected, all the people mourning, and an entire country in so much pain! I’ve learn to let my anger go, however, or it would have just taken over me. I learned to trust God, as he wouldn’t put us through anything that we wouldn’t be able to handle.

I don’t think I will ever be able to celebrate another birthday while dealing with something like this. To be honest, I just try to keep myself busy. I made my first YouTube video back in January 12, 2010 in order to take my mind off of things. I never really speak about my experience but today, I’ve decided to share it with you all.

Thank you for reading!

..xo

-J

 

Oh, Hello!

1. New apartment!

2. *Drools*

3. Afro Puffy Twists! My attempt at a Youtube come back

4. Look who’s mid-back length 🙂

5. Mojitos anyone?

6. Winter is upon us! *Shivers*

7. Driving around town

8. This upgrade has been so overdue/necessary!

9. One Direction: LOVE them!

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I honestly have been trying to come back for the longest time. I took a break from my cyber family unintentionally. I recently moved, so I did not have internet for a while. Now that I am more situated, I definitely will post way more. I even gave the site a new look! let me know what you think btw 🙂

Anyways, I really missed you guys. There recent Instagram pics will surely update you of what I have been up to. Expect to get sick of me as  I have a LOT to post!

..xo

-J