fashion · lifestyle · Style

SPRING STYLE // New Purchases Haul

Hey everyone, I’m back with a new post and this time I’m showcasing some items I bought in my recent Forever 21 purchase and how I like to style them. A lot of these pieces are pretty mainstream and can be found at most stores. I was inspired by the warm weather and the end of Winter (finally!). Let’s get started!

Realness Patch Overall Dress

I absolutely love this purchase! It gives me street style racer vibes and can be worn many different ways. In this outfit, I decided to opt for a chic look by pairing the dress with a white turtleneck underneath. Since it’s still a little cold, I wore knee high striped socks from Ardene – which also complement the patches on the overalls. This casual yet chic look is completed with a pair of faux leather sock boots. (And it has pockets – score!)

Outfit made with my new purchases with racer overalls,

Patent Faux Leather Sock BootsΒ 

I was dying to get myself a pair of sock boots since that trend is totally killing it right now. Sad to say that this purchase did not satisfy my expectations. 😦 Although they look killer, the height of the heel is slightly taller than I had anticipated and there’s very little padding to support your ankles, making it very difficult to wear for an entire day. I’d only wear these for nights out.

Canvas Cabby Hat

This cabby hat has been one of my favourite go-to accessories, especially on those second day hair days. It fits perfectly snug without worry of it falling off or being too tight that it gives me headaches. It’s also at an affordable price ranging from $10 – $15 depending on the sale that day.

Hooded Faux Fur Jacket

Forever 21 is the best place to purchase high end dupes. Doesn’t this furry jacket look like it could be worth over $80? For $24, I bought this super soft and luxurious jacket that will up your boujee points. You just have to make sure you keep an eye out for sales and epic deals!

psa: white clothes are so hard to maintain πŸ˜“ #ootd . . πŸ“·: @zoopew

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V-Cutout Laced Grommet Top

Not a good purchase. Firstly, the shirt is way too big on me even though I got size small. Secondly, this shirt is not flattering on any part of the body!

Floral Satin Dress

The same one seems to be sold out, but I linked the closest one that I could find on their site. Since it’s still a little cold for cami dresses, I wore the dress with a pair of loose culottes. This dress feels super soft and I can imagine myself wearing it in the summer because of how light and flowy it is. At the same time, a simple cami dress can be used in a casual or a dressy occasion – a closet secret weapon.

If you’re looking for other budget alternative stores, check out my YesStyle vs. RomWe post where I review some items I’ve purchased and compare the two!

Rock on,

Em

lifestyle · Travel

SUMMER 2017 // Top 5 From My Taiwan Exchange + Common Concerns

It’s crunch time for finding a job, registering for summer school, or booking flights for your next big vacation. For those of you who know me, you’d know I went on an AIESEC exchange in the summer of 2017 to Hsinchu, Taiwan to teach English in an elementary school. I want to share with you my experience for those of you who are considering doing any international exchange! Here are the Top 5 Things that I enjoyed from my exchange. Keep reading if you’re unsure whether or not to go abroad this summer as I address some common concerns!

1. Creating Relationships Halfway Across the World

I got to meet amazing people halfway across the world who I still keep in contact with to this day.

2. Eating Different Food

I LOVE FOOD! Widen your culinary palette and taste all the food you can! If you go to Taiwan, you HAVE to try the stinky tofu, shaved iced, and street side Taiwanese popcorn chicken!

3. Getting to Live Beyond a Normal Tourist

Especially with an internship/volunteering, you are going to be fully immersed into the culture. You’ll be surprised by how much you will learn about the place, the people, the culture, and yourself in just a few months.

4. Upping Your Insta Game

Nuff said.

when u tryna get litty but decide to do some hiking instead πŸ“·: @jed.rik

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5. Learning About Yourself

When you have so much time on your own and away from your regular day to day life, you tend to reflect a lot about yourself. I came back from my trip in a much stronger headspace. Travel on!


Common Concerns

Now a lot of people know how fun it is to go abroad. But let’s be real – there are so many things that hold you back. I want to address some common concerns of going abroad for a summer that will hopefully help you make your decision!

Money is an issue.

This is probably one of the biggest concerns with going abroad. Luckily, many internships abroad offer paid positions. AIESEC offers paid positions that will just perfectly cover your expenses during your time there. You’ve just got to do your research! Plus, many of these internships only last two months, which gives you another two months to find a regular summer job.

Will I be at a disadvantage for finding a job next year?

NO! You will most definitely not. Travelling and working/volunteering abroad is a huge accomplishment. Don’t sell yourself short. It is something that you can talk about in great lengths in any of your future endeavours.

I don’t want to be living in a sketchy place.

The beauty of going on a trip and volunteering is getting to see what it’s really like – and not just the sugar-coated tourist experience. Don’t go expecting to be living in hotel standard places because odds are, you won’t. This is an opportunity to jump far out of your comfort zone and you should embrace it. It’s all part of the experience! Although I had the opportunity to live with host families, I know Exchange Participants that stayed at dinky buildings – but found that to be one of the best aspects of their trip because of how close they bonded with everyone.

If you have any other questions, feel free to leave a comment or send me a message! Check out my travel vlogs from my trip to Taiwan on YouTube. Otherwise, safe travels + dream on! For those of you at Western University, AIESEC is hosting an Exchange Info Session on April 5th. Go check it out to learn more!

Dream on,

Em

 

 

 

 

happy news · lifestyle

Happy News // March 20th, 2018

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For those of you who know me personally, know that I am an avid article sharer on my social media accounts. I decided to consolidate some of the neat things that I find over the week to a Happy News blog post to make your week a little better.

Disclaimer: I am by no means any kind of reporter and I don’t claim that all of the articles I share are 100% factually correct. However, I will bring you NON-fake news to the best of my abilities!

Today’s the International Day of HappinessΒ and it’s the First Day of Spring!

Pretty fitting right?

There’s a new BuzzfeedΒ Worth It video πŸ™ŒπŸ»πŸ₯“

Love Army raised over $2 million to build houses for Rohingya Refugees

Brandon Stanton, founder of Humans of New York, has started a Go Fund Me page to raise money to build houses for Rohingya Refugees. This time he’s doing it on behalf of #LoveArmy, a group of our favourite social media gurus and Viners who are making a difference. This fundraiser comes after Love Army has raised over $2 million themselves for this cause. The world is awesome.

If you love musicals, the Lin-Manuel Miranda & Ben Platt collab will make your week

Called “Found Tonight”, the Hamilton and Dear Evan Hansen stars mashed up “The Story of Tonight” and “You Will Be Found”. They’re doing it to donate proceeds to the March For Our Lives InstituteΒ which is a campaign started to end gun violence. On March 24, there will be a march in Washington DC and 829 around the world. Jennifer Hudson, Ariana Grande, Demi Lovato, Common, and Vic Mensa are among the artists that are performing and joining the march.

Is “Infinity War” REALLY the most ambitious crossover ever?

Twitter is exploding with memes arguing that there have been way bigger crossovers than Infinity War. That’s So Suite Life of Hannah Montana takes the cake for me. Which one is the most iconic to you?

The CN Tower Phase 1 Renovations are complete and the views are even better than before

The new LookOut Level looks pretty cool with the floor to ceiling panoramic views and it’s open to the public! They’re still working on renovations, which are expected to be completed in mid-June of this summer.

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Look at this puppy taking a bath  🐢

Quote of the Week:Β 

“We may encounter many defeats, but we must not be defeated.” – Maya Angelou

That’s it for this week’s Happy News. I hope your week goes a little happier!

Cheers,

Em

lifestyle

A Little Piece of Em

WELCOME

Welcome to my blog! My name isΒ Emily and I come from the dazzling Toronto Canada (I’m actually from the suburbs, but who’s keeping track). I’m Chinese-Canadian, a university student, and in my free time I love to create. I express myself through my style and my Instagram, but I wanted to do more. And that was the birth of A Little Piece of Em.

The Name?Β 

Through my blog, I want to share with you a little piece ofΒ meΒ (get it?). I will be talking about my style inspiration, tips and tricks, my travel log, and so much more. Thank you for visiting here and reading my content. It means the absolute world to me!