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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Discovering the Toronto Subway - What I Wear

If you would have told me when I first moved to Toronto 20 plus years ago that one day I would be taking the subway by choice, I would have laughed and probably suggested that you cut back on the bubbly. 

After living in the country for the past 7 years, I'm ready to give city life another chance and have been spending more time at my home in the city. When I was speaking with Mr. G. about this "adventure" of returning to the city- I said - I was going to embrace city living like I had never done before - and that included learning to take the subway!  My how life changes, here I am today taking the subway by choice. 

And since I don't usually do things the easy way ...
 I picked a snowstorm day to venture out and "explore" the subway.

As drivers slipped and slid on the snow covered streets ...

I made my way warm and comfortably beneath the city.  And what's even more amazing about taking the subway is all the underground paths. Once you learn the stops - you can move around the city without venturing out into the cold. If you are lucky to live steps from the subway and work within the subway paths you can literally avoid the winter weather.

I'm learning comfort dressing is key when it comes to taking the subway. My Cole Haan boots, cross body bag from a Paris market, Gucci sunglasses (for when I venture outside), Coach gloves and Michael Kors ear muffs have become my go to winter accessories on my subway days.

My Kenneth Cole winter coat has proven to have been a great investment. It keeps me warm and has a hood that can be easily pulled up when the temps drop, the wind blows and the snow begins to fall. My Ralph Lauren scarf keeps my neck warm.

My pink tones Burberry scarf and black leather Soho shoulder bag - Gucci and Chanel eyeglasses (for indoors).

And what's a subway outing without stopping to enjoy a hot chocolate and treat.

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

10 Tips - Tips to Living A High Heeled Life

A High Heeled Life is yours to define. It may have nothing to do with designer heels, fancy restaurants, and may be more about scoring a deal at Winners and attending a scrapbook class. However you define it, its about  creating and living your best life at this very moment.

1. Believe You are Deserving of the Life You Want
One of the main reasons you are not living the life you want is that your thoughts focus on all that you don't want. Everything is energy so the energy you put out there is what you will get back. Focus on the things you want to come into your life. Believe that you are deserving of the life you want to live.

2. Declutter
Take a good look around your home and remove things that you no longer have use for or no longer serve a purpose. Your closet may be full of clothes and shoes - but if they don't fit, are in need of repair or you just don't wear them then it's time to repair, donate or trash them. Even people in your life can be holding you back from living your HHL. You know the ones that say "Oh, you will never be able to afford that" or "Who do you think you are" or they are always complaining about  not having enough. Their negative energy is draining you and you need all your energy to focus on positive things. By decluttering you are making room for new and wonderful things and positive people to come into your life. 

3. Quality over Quantity
Invest only in the best that you can afford. It is better to save and buy one pair of great fitting jeans that make you feel like a million dollars than to have multiple pairs that make you feel mediocre. This applies to not just your wardrobe but to things for your home and friendships/relationships.  

4. Look the Part
Being well groomed is a must. Get a great hair cut or let it grow. What's important is that your hair is healthy, shiny and looks good (this means no roots showing if you colour). Always keep your nails (hands and toes) looking clean and neat. Look your best at all times ~ leave the yoga pants for yoga class. Always strive to look polished when you walk out the door. Instead of just a T-shirt and jeans for running errands add a jacket and up the look. 

5. Give Back
Time is the most precious gift you can give another. Volunteer at a shelter, hospital, pet centre or other organization that is close to your heart. 

6. Ask for Help
Sorry to break it to you ladies - HHL women are human too! and there are only 24 hours in a day. Asking for help with housework, laundry, childcare, doggie care or with whatever else you may need is more courageous and classy than falling apart.

7. Body Mind & Spirit
Taking care of your inner and outer self is key to living a HHL. Your body is a reflection of what you put into. Eat real food and drink plenty of water. And remember champagne is only 100 calories per glass. Exercise - if the gym is not your thing going for a walk, taking the stairs or doing an activity that gets you moving is what it's important. Get proper and sufficient sleep - it not only allows the mind to recharge it's the best no cost beauty treatment. Connect with your inner self - yoga,  meditation and a walk in nature (hug a tree, walk barefoot on the grass) are great ways to de-stress and connect inwards.

8. Be Social
Get out and discover new things, be around people (positive ones), create memories and have adventures. Make connections with people. Smile.

9. Time for Yourself
Taking time for yourself is not selfish, it's a necessity. It allows you to dream, spark your creativity and connect with the person that is with you always, YOU! 

10. Have a Signature Trademark

When you think of Jackie Onasis - large sunglasses or the classic shift dress; Audrey Hepburn the classic LBD. Whether it's shoes, clothing, accessories or a hair style have a signature  trademark people will remember you by. 

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Saturday, January 3, 2015

Look Who Turned 49 in 2014

Wow ... how time flies! It feels like only yesterday I was in my 30s living a great life in Toronto! I was living the dream ... great friends, amazing corporate career, and a lifestyle that I enjoyed and loved! I was on track for the fabulous 40s ... then in a blink of an eye - as long time readers of this blog already know - life as I knew it and planned, changed without warning (you can read about it here if you are new to the blog). One thing I have learned, life is not made up of just one event or decade in life. It's an accumulation of events, experiences and time - some good and some not so good. As I look back over the years I am amazed at all that has been packed into the past 49 years. 

Though my forties did not turn out as planned - my forties saw this city gal: survive when doctors held little to no hope she would; move to the countryside; experience the longest relationship with a significant other (7 years and counting); become mama to 3 adorable furbabies; fall apart physically and emotionally and bounce back again, and again. 

As I begin the journey of stepping into 50, December 2015, I am stronger physically and emotionally; I'm more confident than I could have ever imagined in my 30s; I am finding balance in life; I am ready to take over the pen and be the author of my life! 

"They" say - 50 is the new 30 - so I'm looking forward to the journey and writing the most exciting chapters of my life yet!!! I hope you will continue to come along on my journey as I continue to share about healthy living, fashion, beauty, travel and everything that helps me live a High Heeled Life luxuriously balanced!

Let the count down to 50 begin!

Live Your High Heeled Life, - Luxuriously Balanced, 

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