March Madness

I'd like to take this time, and this post, to reflect on my life throughout the month of March. You might have been able to tell how busy I was due to the lack of posts. March is usually one of my most favourite months, partly because it's my birthday month and because it's the start of the spring season. Here are some of my highlights.

In the beginning of the month, my good friend came back from Montreal where she studies and we had a lovely time together. We went out for thai food and crepes in downtown Toronto. Later on in the beginning of the month, I went to an inspiring panel all about the creativity, entrepreneurship, and breaking into the media industry. My favourite bloggers, Kastor & Pollux, were at this panel and I actually got the chance to talk to them afterwards.

Mid-March, my friend Tamar and I went out and had a successful photo shoot and eventful day all together. At this point, I learned how to be comfortable in front of the camera because I never really was before hand. March 20th was macaron day! Because I am a basic blogger, I bought macarons, obviously. I went out for brunch later that day with my friends Chloe and Natasha. Deliciousness. During this time, I was emailing blogger Nikki AKA The Stylish Foodie, asking to do a profile on her for a class. I got to interview her, and later on in March, we did a shoot together! It was seriously the best, I learned so much from her, and I'm so grateful I got to meet such a wonderful person!

The last full week of March was Toronto Fashion Week and a few days before, I found out I was going to four shows. The level of excitement I felt was unreal. You'll definitely hear more about that in my fashion week post!

Friday, March 27th was my birthday. I spent it with brunch, two fashion shows, then a Journalism gala! The day was filled with lots of food, fashion and friends. The night after was spent with my good high school friends and a cute dinner and sparkling wine (because we are just so fancy). The sunday of that weekend was spent with my family and lots of card games and cake!

Because March was my last full mont of school somewhere between all these events within this crazy month, I had to write 4 mid-terms, a research paper, a group project, and other pieces of journalism while also making it to all my classes.

I'm so grateful for everything that went on this month and in my life in general! All the people i've met and the knowledge and experience i've gained. Although i've been lacking on my blog, I have big plans come up within the next few months.

P.S. Thank YOU.


Janine Maral

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
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