For the Love of Shanghai

Date: September 04,  2015
Categories: Lifestyle, Travel

Last year, I was able to travel to China to meet le BF’s family. I would have never thought I would ever get to visit China. I fell in love with Shanghai. The big flashing lights, high towers, awe-inspiring structures – it puts Vancouver to shame. I understood why it is a world class landmark and a global behemoth. I do hope that in my lifetime, I get to visit other parts of China, because from what I gather, Shanghai is only the beginning of it all.

Ummm.. awkward frontal wedgie LOL – it was windy and yah….

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That smog is no joke.

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At the bottom of the Orient Pearl Tower – Oooo lights.

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Louis, Louis, Louis… this is a snapshot of how the Chinese can really dish out.

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Happy Friday!!

On Being “One of the Guys”

Date: September 03,  2015
Categories: Life Lesson Chronicles, Lifestyle

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Ever since the beginning, I have always had more guy friends than girls. On multiple occasions, I have gotten my fair share of heartbreaks from girl friends. Some time ago I read a scathing article about what it means to be friends with guys. It lambasted the fact that the someone that is considered “one of the guys” has issues which explains why they aren’t found in a group of women and that they shouldn’t be trusted. Check it out here “Why You Should Never Trust A Girl with No Girlfriends”

I beg to differ.

Before I get into the thick of it, let’s point out a few factors:

– I am as girly as it can be, I love pretty dresses, wearing makeup and high heels
– I have a small yet wonderful number of female friends (who are neither part of a group or clique)
– The type of girlfriends I have are strong, independent, positive influencers who have great attributes such as kindness, empathy and compassion.
– I have a boyfriend. LOL

Not that I’ve never been in a friendship with a group of girls, I just discovered as I got older, that I didn’t need to keep myself with a group, or even a group of girls for that matter if I was looking for a more substantial friendship. By any means, I am not knocking being friends with a group of girls. Simply countering the ridiculous article that pigeon-holes women that aren’t in one. In my opinion, it is a classic case of playground bullying where you count a someone out because they don’t try to be like you and your friends. It does bring the idea of women empowerment a notch down when you have an idea alienating others through negative influence. As women, we should support each other, be empathetic to each of our individual differences and cheer each other on for every victory.

But of course, I cannot fail to mention the benefits of being the chick friend in a guy group:

  • You’re the homie they can crack jokes with, no filters
  • When they’re down and out, you’re one of the few they can talk to where they can be “soft”
  • You learn a lot about the opposite gender just simply talking to each other
  • You know they have your back no matter what (that’s why bromances are solid)
  • NO BS and will call you out straight.  Rare to find, but even more valuable when they’re your bros.

There you have it, we homegirls aren’t so bad.

Guest Post: 2015 Summer OOTD by BerryPrettyJoy!

Date: June 18,  2015
Categories: Spotlight

Summer is right around the corner and Vancouver’s is starting off right!

I invited my dear friend Joy to do a guest post on my blog featuring summer ootd’s.
We have been friends since college and she has gone on to do a beauty/style blog called BerryPrettyJoy.

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Don’t forget to check out her Youtube for beauty product reviews and outfit posts!

Summer OOTD’s don’t have to break the bank, in fact you can out pieces together to make a fabulous outfit! Here are some great summer outfits for Vancouver’s heatwave:

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Sunglasses: Urban Outfitters / Bracelets: Forever XXI / Top: H&M / Shorts: Aritzia /  Shoes: Forever XXI

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Sunglasses: Urban Outfitters /  Crop Halter Top: H&M / Hi-Low Skirt, Shoes, & Accessories: Forever XXI

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Vest: Papaya Clothing / Maxi Dress: Forever XXI /  Shoes: Aldo or similar here

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Fedora: Bought in a market in Hawaii or similar here /  Necklace: Forever XXI /  Dress: Sirens /  Shoes: Ardene  Ankle Bracelet: Bought in Hawaii or similar here

I hope you enjoyed my summer outfit picks!  Don’t forget to check out my Youtube channel (BerryPrettyJoy) if you would like to see the detailed shots of each item that I was wearing in the photos above.

Much Love,

BerryPrettyJoy