May 29, 2017

Afternoon Tea At The Fairmont Royal York Toronto

Bijuleni | Girls Afternoon Tea at Fairmont Royal York Toronto

Bijuleni | Girls Afternoon Tea at Fairmont Royal York Toronto

What is the best way to spent your Sunday afternoon with girlfriends? Afternoon Tea! If you remember last week I shared my Girls Staycation at Grand Hotel. After we checked out from Grand Hotel on Sunday, we headed to the Fairmont Royal York for Afternoon Tea. Fairmont Royal York has been serving Afternoon Tea since it opened in 1929. Afternoon tea is offered at the Library Bar just past the main lobby. Dimly-lit with dark bookcases along the walls; a beautiful contrast with the floral fine china the tea is served in. Afternoon Tea is served on Saturdays and Sundays, and Mother's Day is the busiest time of the year, so definitely book ahead if you are planning on treating your mom. I have actually had Afternoon Tea at the Fairmont before during summer. What is amazing about having Afternoon Tea in the summer is that it includes a visit to the hotel’s rooftop herb garden and bee apiary. A must see if you ask me, and a beautiful city view. 

Bijuleni | Girls Afternoon Tea at Fairmont Royal York Toronto

Bijuleni | Girls Afternoon Tea at Fairmont Royal York Toronto

Bijuleni | Girls Afternoon Tea at Fairmont Royal York Toronto

There are ample of tea choices to choose from depending on your taste buds. Fairmont Earl Grey, Egyptian Chamomile, Kea Lani Orange Pineapple to name a few. I opted for the Oolong Sweet Watermelon, but I have also had the Berry Berry and Jasmine Butterfly which are equally just as flavourful. 

Bijuleni | Girls Afternoon Tea at Fairmont Royal York Toronto

Bijuleni | Girls Afternoon Tea at Fairmont Royal York Toronto

Bijuleni | Girls Afternoon Tea at Fairmont Royal York Toronto

Bijuleni | Girls Afternoon Tea at Fairmont Royal York Toronto

First we were served an assortment of tea sandwiches. All equally delicious, but my favourite is by far the St. Mary’s Smoked Salmon on Dark Rye Bread with Fairmont Royal York Lemon Aioli & Cucumber. Also, I know many people consider the Organic Cucumber with Watercress and Cream Cheese sandwich basic, but I actually find it extremely refreshing and light.

Bijuleni | Girls Afternoon Tea at Fairmont Royal York Toronto

Bijuleni | Girls Afternoon Tea at Fairmont Royal York Toronto

After we were done with our traditional finger tea sandwiches, we were served our pastry tower.  The bottom of the three tiers was filled with the most delicious fresh off the oven traditional scones served with Devonshire clotted cream and fresh strawberries and berry preserve. My favourite thing about the scones was how buttery and tender they were. The middle tier consisted of an assortment of pastries like Pastry Swans with Chantilly Cream, French Macaron and many more. The top tier had some delicious Pâté de Fruit. Zeba actually required a special menu and they were happy to accommodate her dietary needs which is always an amazing option to have. 

Bijuleni | Girls Afternoon Tea at Fairmont Royal York Toronto

Bijuleni | Girls Afternoon Tea at Fairmont Royal York Toronto

Bijuleni | Girls Afternoon Tea at Fairmont Royal York Toronto

We had a wonderful experience with the girls, drinking tea, eating delicious finger sandwiches and enjoying the beautiful space. If you are looking to indulge in a little afternoon treat, I definitely recommend having Afternoon Tea at the Fairmont Royal York.You can also read the girls' experiences on their website:  JenneleMandyZeba,


Photography by: Krenare Ali

*This was a complimentary meal. However, all opinions in the post, are my own.

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May 25, 2017

How To Overcome Failure in Your Life

Bijuleni - How to overcome failure + #ootd. Polka dot shift mini dress, black tights, and turquoise flats


Bijuleni - How to overcome failure + #ootd. Polka dot shift mini dress, black tights, and turquoise flats

Bijuleni - How to overcome failure + #ootd. Polka dot shift mini dress, black tights, and turquoise flats


Bijuleni - How to overcome failure + #ootd. Polka dot shift mini dress, black tights, and turquoise flats

Bijuleni - How to overcome failure + #ootd. Polka dot shift mini dress, black tights, and turquoise flats

Bijuleni - How to overcome failure + #ootd. Polka dot shift mini dress, black tights, and turquoise flats

Bijuleni - How to overcome failure + #ootd. Polka dot shift mini dress, black tights, and turquoise flats

Bijuleni - How to overcome failure + #ootd. Polka dot shift mini dress, black tights, and turquoise flats
Scarf: Holt Renfrew | Dress: Zara | Purse: DKNY | Flats: Nine West | Sunnies: DIFF

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There is truth that success doesn’t come without failure, but it is hard to acknowledge that failure may ever come our way. As much as failures hurt when they happen, you should never let me them overwhelm you. Since overcoming failure is easier said than done, I thought I would share my process or a couple of things I keep in mind when faced with a failure.

Understanding Failure

I felt a bit uneasy naming this post How To Overcome Failure in Your Life  because I think there is no such thing. For me, failure as a definition on its own is incorrect. In the dictionary the term is defined as “lack of success”, “omission of occurrence or performance; specifically: a failing to perform a duty or expected action”. But is it really? It is important to understand what the term failure is if you want to move past it. For me, there are many different types of failure. Failure by intention, failure due to lack of expertise, failure due to lack of resources, failure due to unforeseen circumstances, failure due to stubbornness...I could keep going. That is why you can still gain many things from a failure if you are  able to understand the process of failure. From a failure you gain persistence, perseverance, expertise. Hence defining failure as a no gain term seems inaccurate. 

Be Honest With Yourself

The hardest part of getting over a failure or a setback is to admit to yourself what you did wrong. No one likes this process and that is why many of us fail to go through with this step. I consider this step the most important part of getting over a failure. Self-criticism and acknowledgement of what you did wrong and how this failure came about, is the only way you can avoid any similar failures in the future. Self-evaluation, for me, is the most critical part of anyone’s life. Confront and be honest with yourself about your mistakes regardless of how painful it is. 

Don’t Obsess Over Your Failures

This is the number one mistake everyone makes, and I have made as well. Obsessing over your failures will get you no where. Give yourself a sufficient amount of time to get over your failure. Give yourself a week to grieve about the failure but after that move on. It is healthy to dwell on this for a little bit, but give yourself a time frame. Get it out of your system and then focus on your accomplishments and how you can overcome the new challenges you are now facing.  

Don’t Let a Failure Dictate Your Life 

Maybe that failure could have been avoided, but sometimes it is what it is. The failure has happened, and you should not hold yourself hostage in a net of failures for the rest of your life. It is easy to fall into the habit of holding yourself back from taking on new challenges, because you do not want to be faced with another failure or you think you are protecting yourself. But there is more to your identity than just failures, so why let a failure define who you are? Don’t make the grave mistake of letting a previous failure hold you back from attaining new opportunities. See your failures as a positive or even a motivation to accomplish all that you want. 

Take Care of Your Emotional Well-being and Your Physical Health

Failure can be very damaging to your emotional and physical well-being. When you are faced with a setback, taking care of yourself should be your top priority even if you feel like you don’t deserve it. Your behavior after a failure may also affect the relationship you have with others. You may not feel like being social, but be patient with yourself, and show empathy to others around you. 


If there is one thing I want you to take away from this post is to embrace your failures and to not let them define you, a mistake which I made multiple times. 


*Photography: Laura Clark Photography
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May 20, 2017

Bootlegger Jeans x Silver Jeans Giveaway

Bijuleni - Casual everyday look. Silver Jeans Macy skinny ankle jeans with coral top and suede beige shooties


Bijuleni - Casual everyday look. Silver Jeans Macy skinny ankle jeans with coral top and suede beige shooties

Bijuleni - Casual everyday look. Silver Jeans Macy skinny ankle jeans with coral top and suede beige shooties

Bijuleni - Casual everyday look. Silver Jeans Macy skinny ankle jeans with coral top and suede beige shooties

Bijuleni - Casual everyday look. Silver Jeans Macy skinny ankle jeans with coral top and suede beige shooties


Bijuleni - Casual everyday look. Silver Jeans Macy skinny ankle jeans with coral top and suede beige shooties

Bijuleni - Casual everyday look. Silver Jeans Macy skinny ankle jeans with coral top and suede beige shooties

What I am Wearing: Silver Jeans - Mazy High Rise c/o Bootlegger | Flynn Top - Kismet c/o Bootlegger | Shooties: Winners | Wicker Basket: Winners

Remember the days everyone was wearing flare jeans or what we used to call them back then bell bottom jeans? Circa 1999 I bought my first pair of Silver Jeans and they were bell bottoms. I felt so cool. Fast forward almost two decades later and I am still wearing Silver Jeans except a different style. It is common knowledge now that boyfriend jeans are my go to #ootd, but I actually love skinny jeans as well. They are usually my go to type of jeans when I am at the office, since they are a bit more business casual and formal if you will. I adore this pair of Silver Jeans I recently picked up at Pickering Town Centre. They are the Mazy High Rise Ankle Skinny Dark Wash and they fit perfectly on me. What I love the most about this pair is how stretchy and soft the material is. Honestly, I wore them today ALL DAY and I felt like I was wearing a pair of leggings. They are so comfy and that is rare to find for skinny jeans. If you follow me on Instagram you probably saw my stories of my visit at Bootlegger earlier this week. Some of the Silver Jeans pairs I tried on and loved were:

What's amazing is that you now have the chance to make one of these pairs you own or any pair of Silver Jeans you love. Bootlegger Jeans and Silver Jeans have teamed up together for an amazing Summer Campaign to give back to its customers and to you! You can enter for your chance to win 1 of 5 Grand Prize Packages. Each lucky winner will get:

$250 worth of Silver Jeans products
 Free Bootlegger Boot Card
Jeanologist session to help you find the perfect pair of jeans for your body type. 

And if that isn't amazing enough you also have the chance to enter to win 1 of 25 Prize Packages which a free pair of Silver Jeans ($120 maximum) and a Bootlegger Boot Card.

All you have to do is follow both @silverjeansco and @bootleggerjeans on Instagram and like the contest image found on both accounts or you can also fill out a ballot at any Bootlegger Jeans store. 

Good luck! I hope you win a pair of jeans because every girly and guy too deserves to feel amazing in their jeans.

*This post is sponsored, but we all know I take my jeans very seriously.


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May 15, 2017

How to Style a Leather Jacket for Every Occasion


Bijuleni | How to style your leather jacket for all occasions

If there is an outfit that goes for every occasion, this would be it! There are so many different ways you can style your leather jacket, but I wanted to share with you the ultimate way to wear your leather jacket for spring. An outfit that is so versatile you can wear for any occasion with some minor changes depending on the occasion. Read below all of my tips as to how you can wear your leather jacket for every occasion.

Bijuleni | How to style your leather jacket for all occasions

Bijuleni | How to style your leather jacket for all occasions

Business Casual at the Office

I work in a business casual environment, so wearing a leather jacket for me to work is no problem.If anything this outfit may be considered a bit too fancy for my work, so I would switch over to flats and a tote instead.  If you work in a corporate environment this look may be a bit tricky to pull off. I have never worked in a strict corporate environment think Financial District, so I am not sure what the dress code is there. Maybe go for a leather jacket that is a slim cut and also a bit longer than the style I am wearing. You may also want to switch the colour palette of your leather jacket and go for something less pink.

Bijuleni | How to style your leather jacket for all occasions

Bijuleni | How to style your leather jacket for all occasions

Brunch

For brunch, swap the heels to either flats or a pretty pair of sandals. Although that depends where you are going for brunch. If it is more of a casual vibe do the switch, if not, keep the outfit as is. If your brunch is more casual but you still want to style your leather jacket with heels I would go for a pair of nude wedges or even ones that have a nautical stripe that would add some extra colour to your outfit.

Bijuleni | How to style your leather jacket for all occasions

Bijuleni | How to style your leather jacket for all occasions

Coffee Date

I love how feminine and sweet this outfit is, but without going overboard on the romantic elements. For a coffee date, add a patterned scarf to give the outfit a bit more dimension and also switch the crossbody mini purse for a medium sized beige tote to add that everyday, casual vibe. You can also drape the leather jacket over your shoulders instead of wearing it.

Bijuleni | How to style your leather jacket for all occasions

Bijuleni | How to style your leather jacket for all occasions

Date Night or Girl's Night Out

I would most likely go out for a date night or a girl's night out in this outfit as is, but if you do not want your outfit to be too girly, I would add some black tones to the outfit. Either black heels, black handbag. I personally love the contrast in fabrics; the white lacy dress with the solid pink leather. The fact that this leather jacket is cropped makes it even more fun for a girls' night out. I usually go for longer jackets but this leather jacket is perfect if you want to layer over a more formal looking dress.

Bijuleni | How to style your leather jacket for all occasions

Family Reunion or Baptism

I honestly wouldn't change anything about this outfit for a family reunion of a baptism. Having a blush leather jacket makes the whole outfit a bit more dressy than your typical black leather jacket. I also added the studded drop earrings which add the extra glam element you need for an event like a baptism or even a family reunion.

Bijuleni | How to style your leather jacket for all occasions

There you have it. My tips of how you can style this outfit and your leather jacket to fit every occasion. Do you have any tips I missed?

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