Lately, I'd rather just have a bubble bath

It's been over 2 months since I've made a blog post.. my bad. But since the new year has rolled in, I've been feeling more inclined to make a post and write about whats been going on. As usual 2015 started off great, but the longer it dragged on the bumpier of a ride it became. For that reason, my last couple of posts kind of had some pretty sad themes, again, my bad. However, I’m going to try my best to change that all around. After all, the New Year has left me feeling some sort of fresh and brand new, almost as if I’ve ripped of a Band-Aid and began some sort of healing process.

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Although I’ve been totally MIA here on my blog, I’ve been pretty active on twitter, (which is unusual). My friends and I believe that my newfound love for twitter is most likely because it feels more genuine and raw than Instagram and Youtube lately. I feel like my generation is very interested in creating amazing and visually appealing content but we don’t know how to keep it completely genuine. Were so used to adding billions of filters and displaying the best of ourselves on the Internet, that we end up not really sharing or documenting who we really are.

So in short, I guess my true resolution or goal for 2016 is to create content that is stimulating and appealing, but also genuine and true to myself.

Speaking of content that is true to myself yet visually appealing, I couldn't really think of what imagery I should post with this entry, so I hope you enjoyed my cherry blossom shower curtains and my bathtub.

with Peace and Light,

Shanice Romelus

Tis' the Season?

This time of year is usually my favorite, and honestly how could it not be. The weather has been pretty decent, everything is decorated in beautiful white lights, and not only is Christmas just right around the corner, but so is MY BIRTHDAY!! However I can’t help but feel like a Grinch. I am semi excited because of all the things I listed above, however I’m not as excited as I was last year or the year before that.

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I’m assuming the reason I’m feeling so down is because I won’t be able to visit my family back in Alberta this Christmas. Spending the entire summer with them really made me realize how different things are not having my parents around all the time. I live with family here in Toronto so I’m not extremely alone or anything, but I really do miss all the time I’ve spent with my parents and my little brother. This is the first Christmas that I won’t be spending with them and it kinda hurts, mostly because it makes my brain wander to thoughts like “How many other Christmas’ will I miss?” or “will my little brother feel neglected because I didn’t come home for the holidays?” Of course the answers to these questions are a lot worse in my head than they are in real life, but nevertheless they do weigh very heavy on my conscious.

Varsity Jacket/  Stolen From Dad :)        White Sweater / H&M  (Similar)         Lightweight Jacket / Forever 21 (No longer Available)       Jeggings / Garage Clothing

Varsity Jacket/  Stolen From Dad :)        White Sweater / H&M  (Similar)         Lightweight Jacket / Forever 21 (No longer Available)       Jeggings / Garage Clothing

Although I’m a total Scrooge, I must say the Christmas market was very beautiful. Being around so many people with Christmas cheer kinda puts you in the mood to sing a carol or two.  They were serving these things called Chimney Sticks (which is basically a circular sugary stick of dough), shortbread, and giant turkey legs haha. Cute little couples wandered around with their dogs, giving each other little kisses every now and then, (which was super cute btw, like cringe worthy cute). There was even a merry-go-round and a Ferris wheel! It’s was a very magaical setting and if I wasn’t such a bitter little lady, I would’ve enjoyed it Sooooo much more haha.

Good ol’ life has hit me with a couple of curveballs and I couldn’t quite keep up. Some of them have been great and others have not been so great. I’m starting to question my time management skills and I’m wondering if I’m really capable of “doing it all”. When you have a lot of things on your plate, it’s kinda hard trying to keep them all in perfect order. At the moment, I’m really trying to focus on school, I only have 2 weeks left and I gotta put in some serious hours in the library. So if I end up missing in action for another month it’s because I’m trying to balance my plates, I swear; I'm not quitting on you guys. 

I'll still be extremely active on Instagram (considering it's my second home), so don't be a stranger! && try to send some of your holiday cheer my way! Haha I need it. I hope you guys are enjoying the holiday season, and I hope you're all feeling lovely. Thank you for listening/ reading this very long holiday sap story of mine.

with Peace and Light,

Shanice Romelus

Body Positivity

It's taken me a long time to truly understand what body appreciation or body positivity means to me. I've never been overly insecure about they way I look, however I've never thought I had the perfect body. Just like any other person, I gawk over the super fit girls on Tumblr & Instagram and think "WOW as soon as I hit the gym I'm gonna look like that" or "I'm gonna take on the squat challenge so that I can have an awesome butt." 

While I was growing up I always thought that as a black woman I'm supposed to have an extremely round behind, or that I should have a very curvy figure. I've never really had much of an hourglass figure and I'm starting to come to terms with it. However every now and then I do catch myself wondering if a waist trainer would solve all my problems.

Lace Bodysuit / Aerie          Daisy Kimono / Brandy Melville ( No longer Available)      

Lace Bodysuit / Aerie          Daisy Kimono / Brandy Melville ( No longer Available)      

As I grow older I can't help but feel that black women ( and other women of colour) are only celebrated if their bottoms are large and round. I feel like only a certain type of Black girl is celebrated and if you don't fit that category you're pushed to the back burner and forgotten.

At this moment I realized that body positivity, and body appreciation is understanding what society recognizes as beautiful, but learning to celebrate yourself regardless. It's not about wanting to change into something that other people will find sexually appealing it's about looking into the mirror and saying "HEY! I'm pretty hot". 

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I encourage everyone to lounge around in their room wearing something that makes them feel extremely beautiful, and to remember that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. 

with Peace and Light,

Shanice Romelus

p.s. don't be afraid to love you're itty bitty booty!

It's the only one you got!

Running through the Six

The past week has been absolutely insane! Not only did I have fashion shows to attend everyday, but I also had 3 midterms to study for and write! It was extremely hectic and I’m so glad it’s finally over.

After all of my exams, I finally got a chance to relax and go to “Glory Hole Doughnuts” which is a little donut bakery in Downtown Toronto. I’ve wanted to visit this place for such a long time, so it was nice to give myself a little treat after my exams were finished. But of course, the relaxation didn’t end there; I also decided to spend a couple of dollars in Brandy Melville on some new pieces for winter. The last photo is a snapshot of my suede fringe shirt in action! I wore this to the Hayley Elasaesser fashion show that I attended on the Tuesday. I actually recognized some of the Toronto Models from Instagram lol.

The last set of photos looks over a very relaxed day of studying and wandering through the city (on the only day I didn't have a fashion show to attend). I went to Little Nicky's coffee for the first time and I got my self a latte and some donuts :) theres a popular picture on Tumblr of this cafe that I see all the time, so I was happy I actually got a chance to  go see this cafe in person.

I'm excited for everything to die down and get back to normal. It's fun when things are hectic for a little while but the longer things are out of control the less exciting it becomes and the more stressful it gets. Although it was a crazy week, it was also a very awesome and exciting week, filled with a lot of fashion envy and amazing fashion shows. I hope you guys liked my little update (via Instagram), I have a couple of pretty exciting things coming up so be sure to follow me on my social media sites & stay tuned for more blog posts.

with Peace and Light,

Shanice Romelus

Toronto Fashion Week: Day 1

GUYS! World Master Card Fashion Week has kicked off in Toronto and I am MORE than excited! This is my first time attending and I don’t think my excitement will wear off until the week is over! I have a feeling this week is gonna be pretty hectic, but I’m gonna try my best to have a post up for each show I attend this week.

Sunnies / Ardene     Vintage Levi's Jacket / Thrifted     T-shirt / Brandy Melville     Shorts / Aritzia (SOLD OUT)    Thigh High Boots / H&M

Sunnies / Ardene     Vintage Levi's Jacket / Thrifted     T-shirt / Brandy Melville     Shorts / Aritzia (SOLD OUT)    Thigh High Boots / H&M

While getting ready this morning I was extremely worried about what I should wear to the show, but then I remembered something I read in a Zoe Kravitz interview for Nylon Magazine. 

Everyone is looking at everyone else to find out what’s cool. No one knows what’s cool. Just do it with confidence – no one can take that away from you
— Zoe Kravitz

In my opinion this quote speaks in volumes, mostly because it’s extremely true. We’re always looking at other people, or celebrities to figure out what’s cool enough. When in reality, the people who are doing their own thing are the ones who are being praised. So in honour of doing my own thing, I wore one of my favourite pieces to the show, my oversized vintage denim jacket. 

Mikhael Kale’s spring and summer collection for 2016 was absolutely stunning! His work was so detailed and beautiful. It’s really got me excited for Spring! The collection included bright floral patterns, ruffles, and beading! 

My picture definitely didn’t do Kale’s work any justice, but I’m very glad I was able to see his work in person, especially after I received the Elle Canada Magazine for the month of October. Gigi Hadid was on the cover wearing a custom made Mikhael Kale design just for the shoot. They were also giving the magazine away at the show. It was such an amazing time and I'm so excited for Day 2! I hope you guys enjoyed the post and I hope you have a great day! :)

with Peace and Love,

Shanice Romelus