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Closet Confessions: David Vallance & Fiona Hunter of Artizia

This month’s Closet Confessions is very different from the other past features. Instead of showcasing one of Vancouver’s talents, I’m sharing two! I would like to introduce to you, D ...

It’s Not You, It’s Me

Melissa Araujo dress | Adidas shoes | Zara bag | Topshop sunglasses Currently listening to: Pierce Fulton – Runaway I’m so thrilled to be sharing these images with you all! Last week I was ...

Beauty Essentials

Over the last few weeks I’ve been sharing my must have beauty products from the London Drugs Beauty Event that I attended. You can see the last two posts HERE & HERE. For years, I’ve a ...

Inspiration

The other day Leonie said to me “You’re such a colorful dresser.” I stared at her for a moment in confusion. All of my outfits on the blog and in reals have (for the last year or so) ...

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Last week I shared with you my must have beauty products from Lise Watier and Almay and today we’ll take a look at more from Annabelle, NYX & Prestige. Like I had mentioned in last week̵ ...

Plot Twist

J.Crew top | Shorts from Thailand | Payless heels | Lia Sophia bracelet | Topshop sunglasses Currently Listening To: Marco Demark feat Casey Barnes – Tiny Dancer (Deadmau5 Vocal Mix) It seems as ...

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One of the many great parts about being a fashion, beauty and lifestyle blogger is that I’m given the opportunities to be introduced to new products before they hit the shelves. In return, after ...



Category Archives: Outfits

It’s Not You, It’s Me

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Melissa Araujo dress | Adidas shoes | Zara bag | Topshop sunglasses

Currently listening to: Pierce Fulton – Runaway

I’m so thrilled to be sharing these images with you all! Last week I was shot by the incredible Sabrina Fenster and Jeremy Levy of Street Scout – a Vancouver based street style site showcasing some of Canada’s most fashionable. Street Scout has just launched a new series showcasing Bloggers and to kick it off check out their first feature on myself! I had such a blast shooting with them and will be showing you our second outfit in the next couple of weeks. To see more shots from this outfit click HERE.

If you’ve been following me on social media then you know I’ve become a big fan of Melissa Araujo – a local, Brazilian born fashion designer. I’ll be talking more about her in the outfit post mentioned above. In the meantime, check out her pieces HERE.

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Last week I didn’t post an outfit and in turn didn’t post about what’s been going on with my dates. The last we spoke I had shared that I was no longer seeing three hunks but was spending my time focused on one. It was going great. We saw each other just about every second day and things were on track. He had introduced me to his friends during a weekend birthday barbeque and I gotta say – I totally hit it off with them! Best friend seal of approval – successful.

As each day came and gone that we spent together I grew to have stronger feelings for him and always looked forward to our dates. It was all going perfect and according to plan. Last weekend he decided to throw a wrench into the gears that were moving forward and tell me he no longer wanted to see me. Say whaaaaaaat?!

Shocked. In Awe. Speechless. It hit me like a ton of bricks and I didn’t see it coming from a mile away. The way he started it too “I’m glad you asked if I was seeing anyone else because I’ve given it some thought and…” That sentence could literally go either way and it went the route of him wanting to be single for longer. I was so stunned when it happened – in person may I add – he came over to tell me – he felt awful and told me he really likes me and this makes it hard for him but he doesn’t want to regret jumping into a relationship if he wasn’t ready. I didn’t have enough time to gather my thoughts before I walked him out the door. The minute the door closed I cried. I gathered my thoughts and texted him what I wish I had said in person. Our conversation was smooth and he answered all of my questions with genuine responses.

After being in only one, ten year relationship in his 27 years and being single for a year he wants and needs more time to be single and be selfish. Convenient timing seeing as how hes going on a guys trip this week for a few weeks. I completely understood where he was coming from but it totally sucked. It was such a shitty feeling but I’m glad we can stay friends.

The last thing I wanted to let myself do was sulk and go through the “is it me?” waves so not even 24 hours later I picked up my phone and made a date with another guy who I had cancelled on because funny enough – I met the guy above. We have a date on Wednesday.

I bounce back quick.

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Photos by Jeremy Levy.

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Plot Twist

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J.Crew top | Shorts from Thailand | Payless heels | Lia Sophia bracelet | Topshop sunglasses

Currently Listening To: Marco Demark feat Casey Barnes – Tiny Dancer (Deadmau5 Vocal Mix)

It seems as though plot twists are happening left, right and center for me lately. Once I think I have a handle on a situation a big sign plops down (much like in Mario Kart when you’re going the wrong way) and it illuminates “PLOT TWIST!”. Well, fuck. It’s not like they’re bad – it’s just not what I had expected. You know how that goes. The last we spoke I was about to film an episode for a dating show.. plot twist.. completely misinformed by the producers and what was being filmed wasn’t even a real episode but just a demo to shop to networks. It wasn’t a total loss – I met a really cool guy and got a free lunch out of it. A girl’s gotta eat!

I showed up wearing the one top I did not want to wear – and it was the only top I was allowed to wear. They emailed out very strict guidelines on what I could choose for an outfit which included only jewel tones. The girl that has a closet full of grey, white and black (one or two pieces of color) had to wear a jewel tone. I ran to my closet after reading the email and bulls-eyed the only jewel tone in my closet. A peplum blue tank from Topshop. I threw together an outfit that I felt was okay – definitely not feeling my best in it but it will do.

I walked to the Earls in Yaletown and was quickly scurried to the side by the producers to fill out my paperwork. Surrounded by all of the other romantic hopefuls that will be on dates I was picking them apart one by one – not my type, nice shoes, bad hair, he’s kinda cute. Turns out there was only 3 actual dates and everyone else were actors to fill the spaces.

“We’ll get you started shortly” said one of the producers and I immediately started to feel sick. “Almost ready for ya, Randa” – Oh, Jesus. “2 minutes”… okay I don’t think I wanna do this anymore. “Randa, come inside!” .. I’m gonna throw up! “Please don’t throw up” said one of the producers. Okay, I wasn’t REALLY going to throw up but my stomach was in major knots. They told me to walk up the stairs and stand on a white X and someone will tell me where to go from there. Alright, cool, I got this. What they didn’t tell me was the moment I start walking up the stairs the filming has begun and the person at the top who tells me where to go was actually a fake host of the restaurant who asked me “Are you on the list?” “What the fuck do you mean am I on the list?? You guys asked me to do this!!” … is what I said in my head. I muttered out “Yes, Randa.” – cue smile. I was sent into the restaurant practically blindfolded since I didn’t know who my date was – until – there he was. Already sitting at the table was the “not my type” from outside. He stood up to greet me with a hug and although he didn’t physically look like my type – the minute we hugged I knew we would click and have a wonderful time. Almost 3 hours passed by and we were having a blast with each other – totally hit it off!

He may not have been my type, looks wise, but he was my type once he spoke. Incredibly funny, kind hearted and intelligent. We spoke about quite a few things and learned a lot about each other. He’s a 34 year old Financial Adviser living in Yaletown on the water and a member of The Vancouver Club. No big deal, right? He was dressed to impress from an outfit the producers had approved and you could tell what he was wearing was expensive – not really the look I go for but he was well put together.

We asked for the cheque at the end of the meal and he was kind enough of pay. Nobody told us what to do when the “date” was “over” so we sat there confused until deciding to just leave and see what happens. We walked down the stairs and we were free to go… that was it. We exchanged numbers and spoke a little that day but then stopped responding. I think we both knew we’re not the right match.

Even if we did match I didn’t think I could fit time in for a 4th guy in my dating rotation. Since then I’ve had a second date with Tall, Dark, Handsome & Recently Single” andThe Fashion Designer Who Wears His Heart On His Sleeve“. I’ve also realized that they’re not the right ones for me. I could go into a long list of reasons why but it’s taken a lengthy thought process and several pick me up conversations with Bria to realize that I actually have a great thing going with “The Best Friend Of My Friend’s BoyfriendWe have had four dates so far and I’m thinking this may actually go somewhere. I’m a little numb after so many downfalls that I’m looking at it with an objective eye so if it doesn’t work out then that’s life but I’m hoping for the best!

On another note, Happy Canada Day to all of my fellow Canadians!

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Photos by Leonie.

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Smoke & Mirrors

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American Eagle shirt | H&M shorts & sandals | Topshop sunglasses

Currently listening to: Flight Facilities – Crave You (Adventure Club Remix)


Today is the day people! Keep an eye out for me because I’m going to become a household name after today’s television adventure. Okay… not so much, but a girl can dream! This afternoon I’m going to be heading to the Earls in Yaletown to meet my date set up by First Dates Canada and will be filming until the late afternoon. I’m a little nervous as to whom my date is with and now also a little hesitant to even go. I know it will be a fun experience if anything but I also feel a little weird about it.

The reason being… I’ve made a connection with three different guys. I’ve had first dates, second dates and soon to be third dates. I’ve cancelled other first dates because as I mentioned last week it would be too much to continue meeting other men. BUT, my dear bestie once gave me the best scenario that honestly, future Randa can worry about.

Lemme break it down for you. Going on first, second and third dates is like going into a business meeting. Even by the third date – you have no idea what the other person can bring to the table, what their intentions are or what the outcome will be. Much like a business meeting, you build up what the proposal is, what their feedback is and before your meeting has already begun you’ve mentally mapped out your next 5 years business plan and spent your earnings. All based on something that hasn’t even happened, in the date scenario that “something” would be a deep one on one connection or relationship. Know what I’m sayin’?

Speaking of connections and second dates – I had such a lovely time with Tall, Dark, Handsome & Recently Single.” After an impromptu change of location for our date – weather dependent – we met at Romers in Yaletown for dinner followed by an impulsive decision to go watch a movie.

I didn’t know what to expect on this date because he is the one of the three that doesn’t make me the least nervous. In fact, he makes me super calm and I’m able to be silent with him. Throughout the evening we had bumped into a few friends of mine at multiple locations (including watching the movie with friends of mine) and this was a great way to see more of his character. I watched to see how he reacted with each person. Did he stay seated? Did he speak? Did he feel out of place? I like to consider myself a social butterfly and am always with or talking to someone… so how did he handle it? I was impressed. I could have left him alone with these (to him) strangers and he completely held is own. Stood up, introductions, conversation, jokes, the works. Beautiful! It spoke volumes on the type of person he is and definitely one that is fitting for myself.

At the end of the date he walked me home and he didn’t even try to kiss me! This is the second guy who hasn’t tried to give me a goodnight kiss or come upstairs. I don’t know whether to feel dismissed or respected, haha! Obviously, I feel respected but from coming from a place of the wrong guy over and over again – these no smoke and mirrors dates are helping me see a little more clear.

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Photos by Leonie.

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