3:56 | May 1, 2018

THE FULL STORY

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Why I am in Costa Rica, and what it’s like to date across boarders.

Okayyyyyy so I was hella nervous to tell this story. Not entirely sure why since I am just explaining how I followed the rules like a good girl.

NONETHELESS.

It took a bit of courage to hit upload on this one for some reason haha. 🙈

So pretty please with cherries on top, head over to my Youtube Channel and leave a like + comment on this video!

This was a bit of a different style of video for me, and I really feel like it’s my best one yet. 💪🏻

First, I shared the FULL story behind my Costa Rica trip and the unique challenges associated with being in a cross-boarder relationship. (I’m Canadian, and my boyfriend is American.) I know other people have experienced similar things when dating between different countries, and it’s so rarely talked about! So I wanted to be the one to do it. Naturally. 😉

Second, this is also a vlog from our day spent in Montezuma, Costa Rica. I really liked Montezuma (even though it was small and super hippie lol) and wanted to share the experience with you.

So yeah!

Watch the video above to learn about what it’s like to be a Canadian dating an American. And how we have figured out how to spend more than 182 days together at a time.

Thanks for being here! Love you to the moon and back. ❤

 

xx,

 

6:40 | March 1, 2018

BEHING THE SCENES: BRIDAL SHOOT

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First time in a wedding dress waddup!

Want to come with me to a photoshoot?

Well my dear friends, this would be the vlog for you!!! (Oh god I sound so salesy… but whatever, if I ain’t gonna sell my DOPE ASS VIDEOS, who will?! #realtalk.)

Anywho, this was a photoshoot I did with my dear friends at And Forever More Photo in Joshua tree, where we wore some stunning Anthropologie dresses. (Didn’t even know they had a line!) It was my first time visiting Joshua Tree, and oh my god IS IT EVER BEAUTIFUL.

My eyes could not handle all the beauty in Joshua Tree. So so so real. I really want to go camping there… and just like, be at one with the nature with a nice espresso martini in hand. That’s how you camp, right? RIGHT?? 😅 I would be great at camping. I know it. 😉

MOVING ALONG.

Joshua Tree. Bridal shoot.

Just to clarify, this was not MY bridal shoot, this was a creative shoot I modeled for. Saying this because I shared a photo on my instagram story and got a few crazed DID U GET MARRIED?!?! messages.

Lol so no, not married…. yet. 😉 JK jkjkjk.

Funny fact about me? I am not superstitious about anything but wearing a ring on my wedding finger. For this shoot my friends were talking about whether or not I should wear a fake engagement ring and I was like guys we CAN’T.😱 I have this weird voodoo belief-thing that if I put a ring on that finger I will never get married. 😂

#Logic

I told you… I’m weird. Anyways, was low key thankful I didn’t have to wear a ring for this shoot because, #cursed!!!

hahah

Kidding.

Anyways, hope you enjoy the vlog! If you do, please click into youtube and give the video a big thumbs up. You can think of it like a virtual hug.

 

xoxoxo,

 

 

 

PS: My boyfriend literally picked cactus pricks out from between my toes in this vlog. I really want to show you ALL sides of my life. Not just the pretty and insta-worthy ones. ❤

11:56 | February 27, 2018

HOW TO HANDLE SETBACKS

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How to turn a setback/failure into an opportunity

Okay. Some real talk today you guys. I need to get this out of my head, and I feel like what I am experiencing right now is something we all go through at some point or other.

Skinny Belle is about keeping it real. THE REAL FOR REALZ. Sometimes that is messy, controversial, and just taboo. I will always share my favourite fashion, food, fitness routines, beauty tips, etc…  (because those things make my world go round 🙂 ) but I want to make sure we talk about the other stuff too.

The “things you aren’t supposed to talk about.”

You know?

I want to be honest with what’s going on with me rn and how I am dealing, in hopes that it could help you too

With that being said…. I can’t actually tell you what has happened. If I would, I could. Because I basically tell you everything. This one is out of my control tho.

Here’s what I CAN tell you: I’ve experienced a major setback as of yesterday. MAJOR.

What has happened is something I have wanted my whole life and have worked very hard for has been taken away from me.

I cried. A lot.

Anyways.

*Setbacks.*

This is today’s theme because I can’t really pretend to talk about anything else. And, I feel I am pretty good at handling these things despite my lack of ability to control my emotions at times.😝

Setbacks come in all shapes and sizes.

From tiny things that happen on a daily basis like missing a deadline and having your boss freak out on you, to big things like having something happen that alters your life plan.

Of the many shapes and sizes setbacks come in, they all have one thing in common. They hurt. Not like they actually hurt your life (I’m getting to that) but they hurt your feelings. It’s normal to not feel happy, or good when you experience a setback.

Believe me, I know.

If you have also experienced a “setback” or “failure” in your life, it’s okay to let yourself be sad about it for a minute. In my very unprofessional opinion. (For real tho, this is just what works for me. Always do what is best for you! I am not a pro by any means. This is just my two cents.)

That being said, allow only a SHORT AMOUNT OF TIME to wallow. Being sad about something is not productive, and does not bring forward a solution. And for every hour/day/minute you feel bad for yourself, is a lost hour getting creative and problem solving. Acknowledge how you feel, feel it, let it the fuck go, and decide your next move.

GIRLBOSS KIND OF STUFF. 👑👍🏻

You now need to look at your “setback” (in quotations on purpose), however small or large it may be, as an opportunity.

 

FAILURE = OPPORTUNITY

 

Let that one sink in for a second. And never forget it.

Failures and setbacks are really opportunities to do something bigger, greater, more exciting, and DIFFERENT than you had originally planned.

You are probably like yaaaaaa right. *Eyeroll*

But, it’s true. If I think about all my “failures” or “setbacks” in my life, they have pushed me to find new avenues to achieve what I originally wanted OR switch directions and do something better.

In the micro it might seem like everything is going to shit, but if you look at the big picture, usually things work out even better than you had planned. 👌🏻

There is a 100% chance you are going to have to work hard and get creative. But this is good news. Because nothing great in this life comes easy.

If you have experienced a setback lately, please please please don’t just give up. Look at it as a new opportunity to do things better than you ever imagined possible. And always live your best life.

*PAUSE FOR BREATH*

Wow guys. This post was so real. The realest of real. But it’s what I am feeling right now and it needed to get out. Bad.

One day when I can, I promise I will tell you specifically what I am talking about. It might be a ways away tho.

For now, let’s push through these pesky setbacks!!

If you can relate, please leave a comment and let me know we are in this thing together! Love to hear from you guys. I see you reading (on my analytics), and it makes me really happy when you leave a comment and talk with me. Skinny Belle is the place where we can talk about it all. And stop with the bs social media trend of pretending that life is a highlight reel.

YOU FEEL ME???

Lol anyways, I hope this post inspires at least one person. ❤

Off to finish editing my vlog from this weekend! Can’t wait to share. It’s funny lol.

 

xoxo,

 

1:13 | February 15, 2018

VALENTINE’S DAY 2018

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When you’re expecting a puppy…

LOL! Totally kidding, I am not actuallllly expecting a puppy for Valentine’s Day.

… or am I… 😂

hahah anyways,

Happy Valentine’s Day lovers!!! ❤

No matter what your relationship status is this year, I hope you are having a happy day. Treat yourself, buy yourself something sweet/salty/carby… whatever floats your boat and wash it down with some rose. Because, we deserve it.

All about just having a great day today, with or without a significant other! You can easily get drunk and judge the olympics from the comfort of your own  home, and have a  grand old time. I did it last year (minus the olympics part) and it was fab.

This year, I have a bae, and we are actually just chilling out tonight. We will be doing our very official ‘Valentine’s Day date’ this weekend when the restaurant craziness calms down.

So the plan to get drunk and be an at-home olympic figure skating judge still stands lol.

Anyone else doing this tonight?? Just me?

Message me your vday plans on instagram! Love to catch up with you guys and know whats happening in your lyyyfeeee.

Hugs and kisses! 😘

 

xoxox,

 

12:06 | January 20, 2018

CREATING A PERSONAL BRAND

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Dress: Zara // Glasses: Miu Miu

Podcasting IS SO MUCH FUN. It feels so……. intimate? Like we can get to know eachother that much easier?

For real though.

Also I love podcasting because you can listen to Skinny Belle – The Podcast while driving, working (if you bad AF), working out…. anything really. So much easier to multi-task with podcasts!

Anywho, if you are not on the podcast train yet… GET ON IT!🚂 And your first stop should be Skinny Belle – The Podcast. Obviously. 😉

Choo choo my friends. All aboard.

Below is my latest episode!

This one was all about how to create your own personal brand, instagram tips + that pesky new algorithm we all hate so much, and I did a big life update!

I’ve never really talked about branding or marketing on Skinny Belle before, even though it was what I studied in university and worked in for the last 4 years. What did you guys think? Let me know if you want to hear more about branding/marketing because I barely touched even the tippity top of the iceberg in this podcast episode.

In the “life update” portion of today’s podcast, I shared some exciting things that are going on in my world lately, such as: travel plans, almost dying in hot pilates, celebrity stalking…. you know. Normal things that a 26 year old lady like myself does. 😜

Anywho, this episode is really entertaining, and I highly recommend you give it a listen.

 

CLICK HERE for the iTunes link.

CLICK HERE for the Soundcloud link.

CLICK HERE for the iHeartRadio link.

CLICK HERE for the Google Play link.

 

Whichever platform floats your boat, go for it. Got em’ all. 😝

Anywho, I’m about to go decide what I am going to cook for din dins tonight. Feeling kind of ambitious but we will see. Follow on insta if you are interested in my foodie adventures!

 

xoxoxo,

 

4:26 | January 12, 2018

MOVING IN WITH MY BF

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Dress: Missguided / Shoes: Timberland

This podcast is one of my favourites.

Today, I talk what it was like to move in with my boyfriend after only knowing each other for 5 months. 😱 Nuts, I know. 🌰

It was a pretty crazy risk for both of us, because this involved cross-country relocation, and I shared the whole dang this on Skinny Belle – The Podcast.

Some topics covered?

– A detailed outline of Troy (bae) and I’s story

– How the first 3 months of living together is going

– Some major #GirlProblems I am having living with a boy (hehe)

– Advice if you too are thinking of moving in with your boyfriend!

This episode is really fun, and easy to listen to. I love to listen to podcasts while I am working out or putting my makeup on. Just a little suggestion for listening 😋

Here are some pull quotes from this episode of Skinny Belle – The Podcast:

 

😂 😂 😂

… yeah. You need to listen to this one. hahaha

Even if you are not thinking of moving in with your bf, or if you are single, this is a good laugh and I like to think it has some pretty useful info too. 😜

CLICK HERE for Soundcloud link.

 

CLICK HERE for iTunes link.

 

Hope you likey!! And if you do, pretty please with cherries on top rate Skinny Belle – The Podcast 5 stars on iTunes. ❤️ Would really appreciate it.

Do you guys have any funny stories about moving in with your boyfriend? Fears? Anxiiiettyyyy? DM me on instagram or leave a comment!! So fun to chat about this stuff hehe.

 

xoxoox,

 

6:19 | January 1, 2018

HELLO FROM THE OTHER SIDE

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Quick iPhone snaps after Dave Chapelle’s NYE show in LA

This post title is relevant on so many levels

First, hello from 2018!!!! Here’s to hoping 2018 is slightly less of a global shit show than 2017 was.

Second, I JUST WENT TO HELL AND BACK YOU GUYS. 😷 😵

If you didn’t read my last post (shame 😉) I’ve been very sick for a few days.

For real, this flu, was the worst. I was not able to leave my bed/couch/house for 3 days. Did not eat for 3 days (that’s how you KNOW it’s bad.) And at this point I am actually bored of sleeping. Because that is all I have done. For the last 3 days.

😭😭😭

Sweet baby jesus, never let this happen again.

I woke up this morning and was like “I AM BACK!!!” Then sat up a bit and was more like “k I’m slightly back!!!”, then I thought “omg, food might be nice!!”

Moral of the story: this flu sucked. It is nearing it’s end and I now feel like a semi-resemblence of myself again. Woop woop! 🎊

As you can imagine, based on my condition, I had a SUPER wild New Years eve. Got wasted, partied til 6 am.🍻🍻🍻

LOLOL. jk.

Here’s what really happened:

  1. Forced my bf to make soup for me, which I couldn’t eat because I was still so sick.
  2. Stayed in bed all day “conserving energy.”
  3. Took all the Neocitran (aka cold/flu medicine delivered straight from the gods) and dragged my tucus out to the Dave Chapelle show.
  4. Went straight home to bed.

Like I said, it was R-O-W-D-Y. 🎉

I actually had a really good New Years aside from the fact that I was dying. hahah

Real for realz.

Hung out watching cartoons like Bobs Burgers & Family Guy with my bf at home until it was time to go to Dave Chappelle. Drugged up, went to the show. Enjoyed the show. Kissed at midnight (bless u Troy for making out with my snotty face… you’re an everyday hero). Went home. Slept in. Not hungover. ✔️

Ok so let’s talk about the Dave Chapelle show. It was good. But it wasn’t one of his usual masterpieces. Basically what he told us at the beginning of the show was this was the day the show he normally does was released on Netflix, so he wasn’t going to use any of that material and wasn’t really prepared.

Uhmmmmm…. WHAT?

So he and John Mayer (who was co-hosting) each did about 20 mins of their craft. John sang, and girls’ panties dropped. Dave made sweet jokes, and we all laughed. Then….

THEN……

They totally ran out of content. 😂 And were just winging it. They actually did a pretty good job at it and DID stretch the show out until it was past midnight, which was appreciated, but still…

I guess I will just go watch the Netflix special today and see the show I was supposed to see last night lol. Everyone on Twitter says the Netflix special was LIT so I am defs watching it today. 👍🏻

Have to say, I was impressed that they managed to keep people entertained for so long with no plan at all. It was pretty cool. The back-and-forth banter between the two was hilarious. Dave would make a random joke and John would croon it along to the tune of “Your Body is a Wonderland.” At one point, he was legit singing about “salty tasting titties.” HAHAHAH. Can’t deal.

And John Mayer is actually very talented.🎸 Defs not his #1 fan, but last night made be respect him a lot. Man can rip on the guitar.

So all in all, I am happy to report NYE 2017 was a success despite some of the mishaps along the way.

Happy to be in 2018! Good luck with all those hangovers I’m sure the rest of the world has today ❤️ (yours truly not included, for once 😜)

 

xoxoo,

 

12:09 | December 30, 2017

NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS

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Dress: Zara // Boots: Small shop in London

Whatsup fam! 🙏🏻

Writing to you from the safety and comfort of my nice warm bed in LA. I legit have the WEAKEST IMMUNE SYSTEM EVER. Your girl is sick again. 😷 But this time I don’t feel so bad because it seems like everyone I know has a cold/flu right now. Runny nose, sore throat, headache nasty ass cough…. you know the drill.

Ok, enough with me disgusting you with my delightful plethora of symptoms. And on with the important stuff. 😁

**Oh one more thing… photo above is obviously not from today. If you want to see a video of me and my grossness head on over to my instagram story for that hot mess.

OK MOVING ON.

NEW YEARS IS IN TWO DAYS!!!!!! 🎉🍸

Must. Heal. Self. ASAP. 😓

The panic is real. Because we have tickets to Dave Chapelle and I do NOT plan on being sick for that. He is hilarious.

While I recover (hopefully) in time for the big night, I have a looooooooot of time to think. Like, way too much time. I hate being sick I get cabin crazy in like 0.00078 seconds.

Like I said, I’ve been doing a lot of thinking. About how 2017 went, and how I would like to see 2018 go.

Total honesty: I’m not a hugeee New Year’s resolutions person, I actually have a 6 month/weekly/daily goal system that I highly prefer. (Will do a full breakdown of that on my podcast soonsies!) It’s just what works for me, and I really think if you give it a try you can get it to work for you as well.

I digress.

New Year’s resolutions.

I do like to take some time and think about what I want for the new year. It IS a great opportunity to reflect, and set your mind to be in the right space for the upcoming year.

I tend to make slightly loftier goals as my New Year’s resolutions because I usually like to focus resolutions on being mindset changes or bigger picture changes.

So, here you have my two 2018 New Year’s Resolutions:

Lead my life with happiness

Oh my god that sounds fruity. Just writing it out is like uhg. Girl. Stop being such a fruity-tootie. It issss true though. For most of my life I have done the things that are expected of me, and what society deems “correct”. Those things are not necessarily what makes me happy. All I want for 2018 is to focus on the things that make me happy. End of story.

Stay the course & be relentless

2017 was a year of big-ass changes for me. For 2018, I really want to zone in and focus on achieving success in the areas I set out to be successful in this past year. No point in making all the changes you ever dreamed of if you don’t follow through.

And that’s pretty much it for me! I really do want both of those things for myself for 2018.

How about you guys? What are your resolutions for 2018? Would love to hear below! 💞

 

xoxoxo,

 

4:56 | December 27, 2017

SANTA MONICA VLOG

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New vlog on Skinny Belle Youtube! 💞

Bonjour!

Currently still in Chicago, but I filmed this Santa Monica vlog the day before my flight so figured miiiiiight as well share this meow. 😸

Anywho, the point of this vlog was to show you a bit more about what my life is like at home in Santa Monica. Given this is just a small snippet of my day, but it was part of my day nonetheless. 😄

Soooooo with that being said, if you want to hang out with me at home and see what some of my days are like, check out this vid! 🎥

If you are not already subscribed to Skinny Belle Youtube, make sure you SUBSCRIBE NOW!

Also if you are still in the festive mood, you should listen to the Holiday Special on Skinny Belle – The Podcast!

In my Holiday Special podast we talk about:

– WTF are you supposed to get your boyfriend who you’ve been only dating a few months?
– How to avoid gaining weight unnecessarily during the holidays
– Work party best practices

Hope everyone is enjoying their Christmas hangover! My body is about 40% cookie, 40% cheese, and 20% wine at this point. Not even mad. 😂 JK I actually wasn’t even that bad this year. Listen to the podcast and I explain how to not go overboard during the holidays. ❤️

xoxoxo,

 

 

10:58 | December 25, 2017

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

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Jeans: Parker Smith // Shoes: Michael Kors

Merry Christmas from snowy Chicago!!

I’m here visiting my boyfriend’s family for the holidays this year. Love coming to Chicago.  So nice to hang out in the snow. Thoroughly enjoying this white Christmas. My little Canadian self is thrilled. 😄❄️

The temperature?

 

😂😂😂

Anyways, hope you are spending today with family and/or friends 😊. To me, Christmas is a commercial holiday that is a great excuse to hang out with the famjam.

Anyways, off to drink some eggnog. ✨ If you want to come along for more of my holidays make sure you are following me on instagram. It goes down in the DM people.

Happy holidays! 🎅🏻

 

xoxoxo,