4:04 | October 31, 2018

HALLOWEEN 2018

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i’m seriously bad at Halloween…

BECAUSE EVERY YEAR I HAVE BIG PLANS, AND I END UP BEING A FRICKIN BUNNY.

But you know what, I’m not even mad about it at this point. It is my fate. I also love bunnies. I bunny-sat my cousin’s bunny for 8 months and love him the most. So, i’m a proud bunny this Halloween!!

Hope you liked my “official Halloween vlog” lol. Key word: “official.” I wasn’t kidding about not having plans so if anyone has any fun parties going on… holla at cha girl. 😉

xx,

 

9:45 | September 28, 2018

HIGH WAISTED EVERYTHING

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This appreciation post is long overdue…

Today’s post is dedicated to my love of high-waisted jeans/skirts/shorts/everything.

Here’s why.

I was thinking back to the high-school days (clearly, this was my first mistake🤦‍♀️) and how I used to wear those “1-inch zipper” low-rise/skin tight jeans. Let’s formally blame Paris Hilton for this.

There is nothing quite as horrendous as having your love handles/belly be uncomfortably poking out over the top of your skin tight low-rise jeans. How are you supposed to eat? Breather? Live?

I CAN’T. 😫

Since high-waisted jeans came back into style, I’ve pretty much rid my life of anything low-rise. Like, goodbye forever! 🙅‍♀️ New number who dis.

Back to my point…

High-waisted jeans. 👖

It’s been a minute since I’ve publicly acknowledged how significantly my life has been improved by their existence. It’s at least 5% better.

At least.

You can eat in them. They conveniently tuck away all of your unwanted….. layers(?) shall we say? Everything just looks right. And most importantly, the comfort is REAL.

In honour of us no longer stuffing ourselves into 1-inch zipper jeans, here are some high-waisted options that I’m really vibing right now.

First off, Khloe Kardashian knows what’s up when it comes to this trend. Good American has so many great options, and I love how you can view the same pant on different sized models on the website. Honestly how is every other company not doing this? It’s genius.

Also really into Parker Smith these days, they have both high-rise and ULTRA high-rise options. Now, I don’t totally love the price point on Citizens but the brand fits me like a glove and I use their jeans for 5 years plus, always. And finally, if you want a pair of high-waisted jeans/pants a classic is Levis. Not the most stretchy or comfy but ohhhh so on trend rn.

So…yeah! Those are my current fave brands for high-waisted pants. Do you have any faves I need to know about? If so, please leave a comment and let me know what brands you like best!

That’s all for today! Hope your Friday is going well, and you have lots of fun planned for the weekend ahead.

Love you!

xx,

 

 

4:07 | February 2, 2018

FRIDAY VIBES

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Top/Bottoms Vintage

Happy Friday friends!! 🎉

*Can we take a minute to lol at these photos?? Like yes everyone, I am literally going to go surfing in my all-jean outfit in full glam. VERY REAL. But I thought the look was very “California” and “cute” so it would only be appropriate to shoot it with a surf board lol. I want to try and post more photos that more accurately represent my day-to-day life. Kind of like I do on my instagram stories. What do you guys think? Do you like the photo shoots? Or do you want to see more “in real life” photos? COMMENT BELOW PLS! Would love love love your opinion. 

This week I was ESPECIALLY excited for the week to be over because tomorrow we are going to Yosemite and then Tahoe! VACATIONNNNNNNNN TIME! 🍸

My body is ready for all the food and wine I am about to abuse it with. 😆🍕

Real for realz tho, I can’t wait for this trip. We are driving from LA to both spots so it will be a fun fun fun road trip! So much opportunity for me to annoy Troy the wholeeeee way there. As one does when they have their bf captive for a 5 hour drive. 😈

You know how it is. 😉

Anyways, the reason I am so excited is I’ve never been to either Lake Tahoe or Yosemite! Both I hear are unreal, especially the skiing at Tahoe! 🎿 And ya girl lovesssss to ski.

I feel like today is going to be one of those days where focusing on life is hardddddd. Like in elementary school when you were so excited about Christmas or Halloween or whatever that focusing on ANYTHING at school was a total write-off? Yeah, that’s me today. 😂

But since I am adulting I am going to get going here and go do my work, and get to my workout. Hot pilates booked for today so that will be good right before I go into vacation mode and eat ALL THE THINGS. 😂

TALK SOONSIES. ❤️

 

xoxo,

 

 

9:50 | January 5, 2018

FEELS LIKE SUMMER

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Current summer inspo: Blue & Cream‘s dress collection

Last night, kind of felt like summer. KIND OF. A bit. Enough so that I pulled out a summer dress I bought for my yacht trip in Croatia last July. And, my favourite vintage Miu Miu sunnies. 😎 (Are they not to-die-for???)

A summer dress was kind of a stretch. Girl got a bit nippity tbh.

Regardless, the warmer weather these last few days in Santa Monica has made me very excited for spring/summer.

*Cue all my Canadian/European friends rolling their eyes in tandem.*

**Side note: I’ve become a massive baby  and acclimated to the California “winters”. In the mornings I shiver and huddle up in a dramatically large wool poncho. At night, I bitch about how cooooooooold it is. ***EYEROLL*** 😒 Oh how quickly one forgets what a Canadian winter is like. Guess that’s what moving to California does to a girl. 😜 💁🏼 #extra

In yesterday’s excitement of pulling out my summer dresses, girl got thinking about what my vibe is going to be this spring/summer. I knowww it’s a ways away…. but damn it I will be READY! 👍🏻

Later in the evening last night I was doing my usual routine of internet creeping everything imaginable (*ahem*), and found my way to Blue and Cream. Those guys know what is UP when it comes to fashion. I got so deep in the rabbit hole that is their online shop, that my cart was FILLED (when I say filled…. I mean FULL TO THE TOP. I don’t mess around.) with spring/summer pieces. Once I start shopping, kiiiind of hard to stop me. It’s like one purchase is a gateway drug to a series of other purchases with little to no regard for my bank balance. 👜

#ADULTING.

Anyways, here are a few of the Blue & Cream things I was peepin’ last night. (I’ve included some potential scenarios of me wearing these things. Something I do when I shop hahaha. Helps visualize. Visualize with me, people.)

Scenario 1) Me wearing this on a vacation I have yet to book. Hawaiiiii???

 

Scenario 2) OMG me just being casual going to the Sunday farmers market! So. Casual.

 

Scenario 3) The dress I’ll force my boyfriend to take my on a date so I can wear it.

JK this isn’t a potential scenario this is a regular occurrence in my life 😂

 

UHHHHHhhhhhGGGGGggggggggHHHHHHHHHHH!

Give it all to me, now. ALL OF IT! So much to choose from. Dying over here. I need  help!! Which should I get?? Comment, pls. <3

Also, anyone else already excited for summer? hehe… too soon?

 

xoxoxo,

 

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,

 

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,

 

7:14 | December 10, 2017

HOLIDAY SHOPPING

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There’s nothing quite like buying presents for yourself 😉

Ah yes, tis the season of giving. 🎁 Giving to all the people you love in your life. And guess what. Want to know who I love most? ME! 😂

*Think: that Sex in the City Episode where two guys were fighting over Samantha and she had to choose which one she wanted to be with. In the end she chose herself because she loved her the most 😆 What a woman. I aspire. 👑

So why not treat yo-self and buy yourself something nice for the holidays. A la Samantha Jones. 💅🏻You’ve earned it. Like for real… let’s just call this appreciating yo-self. You worked so hard all year long, and it’s about time to thank YOU for the hustle. The holidays can get so crazy with gift buying and sometimes we (lol jk I’m not included in that “we”) forget to get a little something for ourselves.

I am so-pro self-gifting it’s ridiculous. Before you go ahead and accuse me of being selfish, consider this: after you have lovingly picked out your gifts for your family and friends, items you have carefully selected to let them know you care…. What about you?? Why can’t you care about yourself? Everyone should love themselves. So yolo and get that thing at Sephora that you’ve had your eye on. 💄

I’m an enabler when it comes to shopping. It’s a problem, I know. But I feel it is justified in this situation because I’m encouraging self love. 😉

You know?

Anyways, I’m major into online shopping lately. 👜 So much so that sometimes the idea of driving to a mall, and wandering around for hours, actually is offensive to me. It’s 2017. Anything I want should be delivered to my door. 💁🏼

K sounding like a brat, but point is: online shopping is the best. So convenient, and you can do it from home with a nice cup of coffee in your jammies. ☕️

Some of the sites that I am totally vibing right now for holiday self-gifting (more people do it than will admit, I am just the first to admit!!) are: Blue & Cream (specifically IRO, some major sales happening atm), Rebellious Fashion (I got the sweater I am wearing in the pics above from them. But beware of UK sizing, messed that up on my first order), Missguided (have suchhh cute winter coats, 50% off rn too!), and of course… naturally Revolve. Duh.

With that, I must be off to do some holiday shopping. For the people I love, AND for me. Cuz I also love me. 👑

Do you guys have any other great sites I can check out?? LMK in the comments pls!

 

xoxoxo,

 

4:29 | November 28, 2017

FEELS LIKE FALL

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Watch: Daniel Wellington (use code “ROBYNKIMB” for 15% off!)

Finalllyyyyy I am in some colder weather! Never thought I’d say those words… lol.

It has been super weird experiencing “fall” in LA. There really is no drop in the temperature and it’s still just straight up hot. Maybe in the morning it gets a bit cool, but other than that… full on summer in my opinion. 😂

This past week I went to Wisconsin for the first time to my boyfriend’s parents lakehouse. (Eeeep!)

So pretty there I couldn’t believe it! Totally reminded me of Canada with all the falling leaves and the gorgeous nature. About. That. Life.

So naturally I had to take advantage of the leaves like the basic b I am and take a bunch of pics. Because, I can’t EVEN. 😉

After we spent a few days in Wisconsin we are back in Chicago now. Spent the day downtown yesterday and filmed a little vlog! Will share later this week.

Anywho, just wanted to say hi. 👋🏻

 

xoxoxo,

 

10:03 | October 13, 2017

GIRL POWER

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Watch: Daniel Wellington (code ‘ROBYNKIMB’ for 15% off) // Coat: I.AM.GIA

This morning I was out surfing in Santa Monica, and there was a group of kids who were in what I assume was a surf club. They put me to SHAME. They were so good, and looked soooo cool. 🏄🏻 I was V jealous. I also noticed that amongst the group, there was not a single girl! 😧

Got me thinking about girl power, and how many girls are not raised to be aggressive towards things, like sports, as a boy would be. There was a time in my life when I thought gender discrimination was not a thing, and ohhhh lordy was I ever wrong.

In my experience women are seen through a different lens than men, and have different societal expectations of what is “right” for a woman to be doing. Same goes for men, men are expected to be a certain way and if they are anything but, it is seen as weird or deviant. I have always been a very sporty girl, who has a diverse set of interests. I love fashion and glamming, but at the same time, I LOVE to absolutely crush it at my sports of choice. Crush. It. 💪🏻🎿

I will never forget the first time I realized that the world didn’t see me the way I saw myself. I thought it was totally normal to love doing sports sometimes, and other-times dressing up in my favourite outfits. In my mind (same stands today) there was nothing weird about this. Anyways, I used to be super into downhill mountain biking, like the kind with dual-suspension bikes at Whistler where you throw yourself off cliffs and jumps. It is SO MUCH FUN. 🚵 Now I am older and have had far too many concussions to keep doing that particular sport, but, at the time, it was my jam. 👍🏻 So I walk into a bike store with my dad one day, I’m about 13 years old, and am wearing the DOPEST little pink skirt and white top. I remember my outfit, cuz it was that fly. 😉 The guy who owned the bike shop looks at me, and goes “are you sure you are in the right store?” then proceeds to laugh like a giant piece of shit. 😒 This was the first of many times I experienced gender discrimination.

FUCK. THAT. SHIT!

I also had a past boyfriend tell me that he found my interests very confusing. He told me that he couldn’t understand that I was: motivated in business, liked to glam and dress up, AND liked athletics. That just blew his pea-sized mind.  1) How. 2) I can’t EVEN. *EYEROLLS x 1 MILLION*

Let’s make a world where boys and girls are raised the same. 💕 Daughters would be in the most competitive surf camp there was (killing it, obviously), and signed up for beauty pageants at the same damn time. How about everyone just does what they love, and society stops trying to pigeon hole people into the gender roles we created 6 million years ago. 6 million actual years. 😤

Anyways, back to my point. It made me sad to see that there were no girls in the advanced surf camp this morning. The lack of female representation also made me want to shout from the rooftops how AWESOME it is to be a woman and how we can crush it just as good (if not better) as anyone else. 💪🏻

 

👑 Elle Woods was, and forever will be, my queen. 👑

So to all my ladies out there, stay NASTY and never let anyone tell you what you should or shouldn’t be. If I could go back to that moment at age 13 in the bike shop, I would have kindly told the owner that he could go fuck himself. I was exactly where I was supposed to be, wearing exactly what I should have been wearing. 😊 Moral of the story, let’s keep the girl power going, and be the #nastywomen we all are.

Throwing nothing but love into the universe, let’s all go and have a fabulous weekend! 🍸

 

xoxo,

 

10:13 | October 4, 2017

WHAT HAPPENED

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Ya girl is back 🍸

OMG. You guys. I’M BACK!!! 🎉

And holy shit we have a lot to talk about. I am 110% sure I just had my quarter life crisis. Is that a thing? Well… based on how the last few months have played out for me I am very positive the “quarter life crisis” is a real thing.

WTF do I mean? Okay, let me back up for a second here. My blog has been down for about 3 months now, I took a major social media break (not counting a few insta-stories here and there 😉), quit my corporate job (a really fantastic job at that), moved counties, AND now live with my boyfriend of 5 months. If all those things do not qualify as having a quarter-life crisis, I am not sure what does. On paper it might sound like I’ve lost my mind, but in reality, I’ve never been better. I needed these last few months to make the changes necessary to be living my best and fullest life. To refocus on making my personal health and happiness a priority. I’ve been struggling with some personal stuff over the last few months (ahem, more like this entire year..), but can now confidently say I am en-route to being my best self. Gettin’ my sparkle back, if you know what I mean. ✨

Where to start…

The blog.

Let’s start here. Skinny Belle launched 3 years ago, as a way for me to share my outfits, recipes, and lifestyle tips. It is my absolute FAVE thing on the fucking planet. I promise you that. But, family pressures were building to get a “real job.” *eyeroll*  For the last few years I have been doing the branding and marketing for some very cool tech companies, and really loved both what I was doing and the companies I was doing it for. As a result, Skinny Belle became more of a weekend hobby, and started to drift further and further away from what I really wanted it to be. Skinny Belle was supposed to be the platform to share myself and everything I have learned with the world, and it was literally killing me that it was not being given the attention it deserved. KILLING ME. 😭 So, I decided to take Skinny Belle down, completely revamp the site (which was a battle in itself… don’t even get me started on web development. Fuck.) and start fresh. Obviously keeping all the old content, because it will be fun to lol at myself in a few years time. So here we are, new blog design, and entirely new mission. Skinny Belle is going to be like my own personal diary. I will be here every day — sharing, asking, and sharing some more. I hope you’re excited, because I sure as hell am. 😁

Social media.

Yup, me, the girl who LOVES the gram just stopped posting for the last few months. I literally just needed to stop. There were so many big changes happening in my life, and I was experiencing major anxiety. It was definitely a problem. It felt insincere for me to be posting happy highlight reel shots, when the reality of my day-to-day life was the complete polar opposite. Instagram is definitely not a reflection of reality, we all know that, but I was so far away from being in a happy place that I couldn’t even fake it. The whole, “fake it til you make it” thing doesn’t really work for me. So unfortunately for you (or fortunately, depending on how you look at it), you’re gonna get alllll the real stuff here.😅 Anywho, more on this later.

Relationships + moving countries.

Well, here’s a topic I have NEVER discussed on my blog before. Relationships. Truth be told, this year was a whirlwind for me. Had a very rough breakup right at the beginning of the year, while on my family vacation in Hawaii (fabulous…right??😒), and then just planned on being single for eternity and adopting like 14 dogs to keep me company. I wish that was a joke lol. 😂 Well, not the case. I met someone V special only a few months after my breakup, and lets just say I am fully head over heels for him. What are you supposed to do? Just ignore an amazing person who happens to come into your life because of past negative experiences? Lol screw thattt. So anyways, we kind of just jumped all in. And so far, it’s fabulous. We will talk more about this later. There is sooooo much to talk about and I cannot wait to get into dating here. It’s gonna be fun fun fun.😉

In conclusion, over the last few months I needed to take a step back, look at my life, and address how I can move forward and achieve my macro life-goals. Personally, that required going in full-on hermit mode, hiding from the world, and setting my plans in action. 6 months ago I wrote this blog post on how to accomplish your 10 year goals in 6 months, and go-figure, I actually achieved almost all of mine.💪🏻 It was time for me to make a new set of goals for the next 6 months. I’ll share my 10 years –> 6 month specific goals soon. There is really no reason we can’t all accomplish 10 year goals in the next 6 months.

Looking Ahead

I am BEYOND EXCITED (LIKE THE MOST EXCITED ANYONE HAS EVER BEEN😀😅😂🤣☺️🙃😜🤓😎🤠😏 😱 ) to be back blogging, and even more excited to give you a full-on no-details-spared coverage of my life. Let’s get personal people, it’s been a long time coming. 🙏🏻

Thanks for reading, and thank you for your patience over these last few months. But baby, I’m back and I’m here to stay. So CHEERS to the next Skinny Belle chapter! 🥂🍾🍸

 

XOXO,