It's officially August 1st which means, it's time for the back-to-school season! Aside from all the new notebooks, pencils, and agendas that everyone will be getting, another thing to consider for back to school ( especially for all of us university and college students moving into dorms or off-campus) are room essentials and decor items. Now that I am moving out of my university house, I thought that now would be a better time than any to show you my college room tour. Hopefully it will give you some inspiration when it comes to designing your room). 


College Room Tour | Le Northern Belle

As a college/university student, between sleeping, studying and chillaxing, you'll most likely be spending a great amount of time in your room. Taking the time to style up your room, for me at least, made staying in my room (sometimes for hours on end of studying), a little more pleasant.
I surprised myself this year with how many things that I could or at least that I thought I could, this summer. If you're new to my blog or haven't been following me on social media (which you should definitely be doing!), let me catch you up to speed.

This summer, I knew that I would not be taking summer classes at the university because frankly, I had no reason to. I'm currently four classes away from graduating and have strategically placed those courses in my fall and winter terms. In not taking any classes over the summer months, I had no excuse to not have a summer job (that and I have many things to pay off and an exchange that I'm saving for).  

Le Northern Belle - The Most Hectic Summer Ever - Life Update


Between balancing two jobs and two internships, I thought I was prepared to pay off all my debts, save up for my exchange, maintain a decent social life and more importantly my health. Boy, was I seriously naïve!
Series Starter of The Intern's Diary | welcome to the intern's diary
Chapter One of The Intern's Diary | how to find the internship

Chapter Two

You've found the internship and you've handed in your application package. Within a few days, you get a phone call from a number that you don't really recognize (am I the only one who screens their calls for unrecognizable numbers?). You answer it and realize that it's the internship director you had sent your application to, a couple of days ago. Being the organized and proactive person you are, you already have your pen and paper ready to jot down important notes. Your interview is scheduled for next week... now what?

Interviews can seem like a very intimidating process of the whole application process but until a better method of determining one's qualification can be discovered, interviews will be something we'll (sadly) have to do. 

Le Northern Belle | The Intern's Diary | how to ace that interview

I like to think that I have been through my fair share of interviews, especially after this year, and each one has taught me something about how to interview. There may be some different/additional elements when interviewing for positions in other industries, but at its core, most interview elements stay consistent.

Chapter One

Before this guide can be of any use to yourself, you need to actually have an internship. Duh! This step, however, is a lot easier said than done. Many companies and organizations offer internship positions but for some reason, they're often difficult to find out about. There's nothing more rattling than knowing you have the skills and qualifications for your dream internship, but for some reason, cannot find any openings to apply for. 

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When I got my internship back in May, I had no idea as to what an intern actually does. What do I wear? What do I  bring? Am I expected to go to lunch with my co-workers every day? I had zero clues. 

Now that I about to finish my first month as a marketing and public programs assistant, I have finally gotten into the swing of things. Plus in the process of it all, I picked up on a few things that would have been amazing to know from day one! Starting Saturday, June 11th, I will be starting a new blogging series called "The Intern's Diary." 


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The purpose of this series would be a sort of guide for incoming and current interns; whether it's your first time interning or 20th time interning. No matter how long (or how short) you've been in the intern game, there is always something new or different to learn. This is why I want this blog series to be a conversation.
The past few weeks have been a little bit on the hectic side. As of mid-may, I have started two of my summer jobs. One of them is a marketing assistant position with the city and the other is a production muse for kate spade new york. This summer is gonna be hectic but it will definitely be a summer to remember, especially since this will be my first summer (in a long time) that I will be working full-time. Chances are when I add up all the hours between the two jobs, I would technically be working overtime. 

Besides being finally employed this summer (hallelujah!) I have such a great opportunity with College Fashionista as one of their summer Style Guru Intern. I sometimes can't even hold in how excited I am about this! 

Le Northern Belle College Fashionista Style Guru Intern
I'm hoping that everyone had a great Victoria Day long weekend! This year, I took advantage of the great weather that we were having in Toronto. I spent the Victoria Day Monday with my family at High Park, which was super fun and relaxing. We walked around and explored some of the trails, got lost, and then took some pictures. We went out for brunch before hand so, though my outfit wasn't really practical for a day of trails and park adventures, it didn't impede my ability to have fun on the long weekend.

Le Northern Belle - Victoria Day Outfit of the Day
|| Hat: Dynamite || Sunglasses: Aldo || Navy Stripe Dress: Forever 21 ||
|| Braided Belt: Forever 21 || Skater Skirt: Aeropostale || Purse: kate spade new york ||
 || Shoes: Sperry Top Sider ||

Le Northern Belle - Victoria Day Outfit of the Day
The May Two-Four weekend is just around the corner! For many Canadians, this weekend, which commemorates Queen Victoria’s Birthday, gives us the chance to throw a party, light some fireworks and have ourselves a three-day weekend (since the Monday is a national holiday). As the official (well, not really official) marker of summer for Canada, you’ll definitely be seeing many families heading up to the cottage, going out on their boats or barbecuing in their backyards. I really look forward to this weekend every year because to me, it means I can now start wearing my bright and fun colours (with just as colourful accessories to match).

Now like I said, May Two-Four is just a week away, and if you’re like me, you’ve most likely have yet to plan how you are are going to be spending  the holiday or the holi-weekend. I, kind of, am going with the flow for this season, so whatever path is laid for me, I will take do that. According to the Weather Network, they predict that it will be a high of 19 degrees, which is pretty warm (Hopefully it stays like this or gets better).

A few ideas have been running through my head over the past couple of weeks and in all honesty, they all seem like wonderful (and plausible ideas) for this long weekend. Whatever it is that you decide to do with this long weekend, make sure to celebrate with those people in life that you love. Nothing is more important than friends and families, so long weekends like these need to be taken advantage. There are only a few days a year where everyone in the country is off. 


Brunch

When is brunch ever a bad idea? With everyone in my family on such hectic and opposite schedules, we rarely have days where we can all come together to sit down and have a meal together. Spending this upcoming Monday morning with a nice brunch is not only an amazing way to start off the day and week, but it’s also a great way to catch up with both friends and/or family. Plus, it’s an activity (loosely used) that includes food! That, and it being a holiday, you can almost guarantee that you’ll get a great turnout of family and friends! Just a heads up, you’ll probably notice a common trend in this post. Comment down below what you think it is!


Watch the Fireworks

Regardless of what holiday it is, you can be sure that there will be a firework show taking place in Toronto. Every year, Ashbridge’s Bay has a firework show for Victoria’s Day. In my 21 years, I have never attended the Victoria’s Day Firework show. Most of those 21 years, the reason was that I had school the next day. This year, I’m hoping to finally get to see the show. Fingers crossed!

Ready for May Two-Four Weekend | Happy Birthday Queen Victoria!

Hiking

Something that I, and many other citizens, tend to forget about Toronto is that is graced with many large and beautiful parks and trails throughout the city. With this year’s Victoria Day Weekend weather prediction being in the low 20s, it is a great day to choose and explore a new park in Toronto. My favourite parks are Riverdale Park, High Park and Colonel Sam Smith Park. One of my summer plans is to see more of Toronto’s parks. I’m hoping to get myself a bike to be able to see as much of these parks as possible. On my new summer parks, the list is:

// Scarborough Bluffs //
// Hanlan’s Point //
// Ward’s Island //
// Trinity-Bellwoods Park //

Ready for May Two-Four Weekend | Happy Birthday Queen Victoria!
High Park

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Scarborough Bluffs

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Trinity-Bellwoods Park


Canoeing at the Lake

Along with the city’s great (yet hidden) parks, there are a lot of the activities that one can do at the Toronto Harbourfront. Surprisingly, you can rent a kayak, canoe or paddleboard to use on Lake Ontario! If Monday does, in fact, end up being a nice day, this would be an amazing and unique activity to take part in. I used to kayak and canoe at summer camp ever year when I was younger and I always loved it. Along with kayaks and canoes, you can also rent motorboats, however, they do require a boating license and depending on the size of the boat, they may require that you have experience driving.


Cottage

If you're fortunate enough to have your own family cottage or lucky enough to get a cottage rental/Airbnb this close to the long weekend, I would definitely capitalize on this. Heading up to the cottage for the weekend to take some time to relax and forget about life’s responsibilities, even if for a little while, is always a good idea. There is something about removing yourself from the hustle and bustle of city life and putting yourself in a location with no service and greenery for miles, that really calms the soul and the mind (for me at least). 

Ready for May Two-Four Weekend | Happy Birthday Queen Victoria!

Barbecue

It's time to celebrate and the perfect time to through a party! Nothing says par-tay, more than a good barbecue. If there is ever an excuse, no matter how small, to barbecue, then you should use it. Bring out the grill. Invite some people. Have some drinks and kickback! Everyone loves food, and a barbecue definitely takes the cake!

Ready for May Two-Four Weekend | Happy Birthday Queen Victoria!

Baking 

Speaking of cake, why not spend the day baking. For the select few, myself included, who find baking relaxing, this the activity for you. Besides, what’s a Queen’s birthday without a few cupcakes and treats?

Ready for May Two-Four Weekend | Happy Birthday Queen Victoria!



Again, whatever it is you decide to do, make sure your surrounded with the people you love in life. Oh and don’t forget to take pictures to commemorate this long weekend event. 


Have a great Victoria’s Day Weekend, Everyone!

What are you doing for Victoria's Day Weekend? Let me know in the comments!


Hey Everyone! I'm hoping everyone's summers are going great! Looking over my social media platforms, I've been seeing and hearing about many of my friends getting full-time summer jobs/coops/internships and to simply put it, summer hasn't been so great for me so far. I have yet to nail an interview well enough to be offered the job. Job application rejection is probably in the top five things that I sincerely dislike (Obviously no one likes rejection!)

I've definitely been in some kind of funk the past couple of days because, at that point, I had at least applied to 200 jobs. Perhaps I was looking in the wrong places for positions. I'll never know, however, I refuse to feel sad solely on the fact that other people aren't willing to accept me into their company for a summer internship or position. You can't control what the others do, you can only control what you do. 

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So if any of you are currently in a similar position to me, even though it seems like the end of the world to not be offered a summer position at the beginning of the summer, here are some things to do and consider while you're in your funk. Welcome to the club!

It may be hard to see it now, because if you're anything like me, you're so driven and focused on applying to jobs that you lose sight of everything else that is going on. You start to think of all the things you would do if you had a job, and seem to forget all the things that you can do now that you have time. Now I'm not saying forgo the whole job searching mission, but remember that it is still summer break. Summer break should not be spent applying to and searching for jobs from the moment you wake up to the second you fall asleep (cough cough -- me). Take into the things that are going right for you and seize the time you have now, because in all honesty, once you get a job (and you will), free time won't come as easily. 

Along with applying to jobs, I have also tried to improve other parts of my life, just so I have other things to do in a day besides just job applications. 

So, what have I been up to?

I met up with a sorority sister that I hadn't seen in a while, and who was about to leave for a coop position in a couple of days.

I went for hikes with my sister (mostly to end up grabbing Starbucks) on her days off of work. We also had a mini photo shoot 


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I started learning more vegan recipes and continued researching topics surrounding veganism.

I've been walking around parts of Toronto that I hadn't been to before, with my cousin. Like last week Thursday, I finally walked around Kensington market, which was my first time (or perhaps I have been there before and can't remember for the life of me). The week before that, we went to the AGO (Art Gallery of Ontario)

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I've been finding new ways to improve my blog (better quality picture, making the occasional video, topic brainstorming sessions, etc.)

Trying to network and connect more with bloggers with a similar brand/niche to my blog (Blogging Conference, Social Media Interactions, etc)


Though I don't currently have any paid summer positions, I'm a little bit put at ease that I haven't been completely wasting my summer time just sitting on the couch watching Netflix and tv. I have been somewhat productive during my time off.

Some word of advice

One tip that I want to give to those still on that job search grind is to remember that quality beats quantity. Anyday! Like I said earlier, I had applied to at least 200 jobs, which is alright except for the fact that I literally just submitted my resume for and that was it. I had thought at the time, the more applications, the better my chances. Take the time to tailor your resume and application specifically to the position you are applying to, because chances are, you're more likely to see a positive response from a company if they can tell you put effort into your application. Especially if you're looking for a position or experience in your future career field. No matter how stressed you are and how badly you need a job, quality over quantity! 

Good luck with your job search! I actually have a job interview tonight and tomorrow afternoon, so fingers crossed I land one! 

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I've been blogging for a little less than a year and from all the fangirling I do over the bigger and more established blog, I have come to understand that product reviews are an aspect blogging.

This month, I had the amazing opportunity to work with John Frieda (through Influenster Canada) in order to review one of their hair product lines. I was sent a box (VoxBox) of products to try out and review for the company. 

John Frieda Frizz Ease Review | Le Northern Belle

The line that was sent to me came from the John Frieda Frizz Ease Miraculous Recovery and included a repairing shampoo, conditioner and creme serum.

I was super excited to be getting the chance to try out these products. I am always on the hunt for a great hair product, however, often times, drug store hair brands don't work well with my hair. Therefore to get multiple perspectives of the product, I recruited my roommate and friend, Emily, to also help test out the product. Thanks Girl!

Alright, time get started on the review.

John Frieda Frizz Ease Review | Le Northern Belle

My hair is super dry, like all the time, plus I do put, what I think, is a little bit of heat on it. I straighten my hair about once every week, or two, and touch up with a straightener every now and then throughout the week. I can only imagine that putting heat on already super dry hair is the perfect combo for split ends (and I even use a heat protectant). So let's just say when I read the claims that the line was making, I had very high expectations. 

I used this product for a month, washing my hair once a week. After the month was over, I did realize my hair felt softer after each wash, however, in between washes my hair felt dryer than usual (which I obviously didn't like). 

John Frieda Frizz Ease Review | Le Northern Belle
I french braided Emily's hair so that it would be less tangled in the morning
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Definitely not my best braiding work, but it got the job done!

Emily had a different experience than I did. Even though she used the product for less time than I did, she found that the products did make her hair feel smoother and softer. Emily naturally has wavy/curly hair, so I decided to straighten her hair to test the frizz control capabilities of the products. I'm pretty sure I may have a little bit too much of the serum on her hair before straightening because it did look a little bit greasy at certain angles. A little dry shampoo helped that out. (It takes a lot of products to make me hair look even remotely greasy, so I tend to forget that sometimes when doing other people's hair!) If you are using the serum, remember that a little bit goes a long way! 

John Frieda Frizz Ease Review | Le Northern Belle

John Frieda Frizz Ease Review | Le Northern Belle

John Frieda Frizz Ease Review | Le Northern Belle

John Frieda Frizz Ease Review | Le Northern Belle


John Frieda Frizz Ease Review | Le Northern Belle


After straightening her hair, we had a birthday party at our house and throughout the night, surprisingly her hair stayed pretty much frizz-free. After asking Emily her thoughts on the products, she liked them and how smooth her hair felt. She would most likely recommend this line of products to another friend.

Special Thanks to Emily for allowing me to doll her up for this mini-photoshoot! To be honest, I don't think one would really complain. Now if only someone would do my hair and make-up for me!




Also, thank you to John Frieda Influenster Canada for sending me these products! All the products mentioned in this post were received complimentary for testing purposes.
Going vegan was probably one of the hardest yet rewarding choices I have made in my life thus far. It's definitely up there with choosing a university, picking a career path, and deciding to add a second degree. They're rewarding in the sense that they are things that I believe is the best choice for me and my future self. I haven't been vegan for very long. I started on April 15, 2016. 

When I first decided to go vegan, after watching a bunch of documentaries on animal agriculture, you could say I knew what I was getting into. No Dairy. No Meat. No Animal Byproducts. I guess I didn't completely realize what that specifically entailed. Coming back home from university and hanging out with friends and family, I began to realize how many things contained non-vegan things. Most meals at fast food restaurants are either made around a dairy or a meat product. The majority of the food in my house was too. I slowly began to realize the extent to which our society is dependent on  the animal agriculture business. Though it seemed like a difficult lifestyle to pursue, I was confident in my ability to see it through. 
Going Vegan | Le Northern Belle
Growing up, my family was the typical meat eating kind. I even remember me and my sister Evelyn literally craving meat if we went a day without it. We loved meat! Bacon, Salmon. Chicken, Steak, Elk, Bison, you name it, I probably ate it! Thinking about it now, it's slightly disturbing, but that was the environment I grew up in. Don't even get me started on dairy. 

The first time I learned about veganism was from my sorority big, Jenn. She had been vegan for some time, and I had wanted to know why she decided to cut out animals and their byproducts. I took in the information but didn't change anything. It was back to the same old lifestyle for me. The next time veganism came up to my attention was after watching Caitlin Bea's video. She had suggested that everyone watch a Netflix documentary called Cowspiracy. The day I watched her video, I had taken a sick day from school. (I was actually hoping that the snowstorm that was planned for that week came in, however, it ended up coming in the next day. Thanks, Mother Nature!) Anyways, with the whole day to myself, I decide to watch the documentary, which goes into what really happens in animal agriculture and how that field is actually the leading cause for not only greenhouse gasses but for many of North America's biggest diseases as well. 

I honestly couldn't believe what the documentary was telling me but after watching a few more on the topic, it was hard to not believe what was being said. I knew that for me, and my new guilty conscience, I had to make a change. A lifestyle change.

Going vegan wasn't something that was easy to do, but I knew I had to do it, especially for my future health. The great thing about it was that I didn't have anyone forcing or lecturing or guilting me into the lifestyle. It was a choice that I came up to myself, but I definitely had a lot of help.

If  you have or are thinking of going vegan, here are some of the tips that helped me the most.


Get Educated

Watch Documentaries, read scholarly articles, and do research on animal agriculture and veganism. Even if you don't want to be vegan, having a better understanding of the animal agriculture business is definitely good to know! You blindly support it by purchasing the products that come from that business. The documentaries that I have seen and highly recommend are:

Cowspiracy
Forks over Knives
Vegucated
Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead

Get Some Inspo

If you're not inspired or have no one or nothing to serve as an inspiration, it can be very easy to fall back into your old ways. I like to follow vegan YouTubers and Bloggers, this way I can get new ideas for food and drinks, or learn more about veganism. My favourite YouTubers and Bloggers are:

YouTube Channels
Zhouer of Vegan Recipes
Kalyn Nicholson
Kalel
itsMandarin

Bloggers
oh she glows (she also has a cookbook that is amazing and full of great recipes)
Minimalist Baker 
VeguKate

Going Vegan | Le Northern Belle


Start Now

Whether you go straight into the Vegan lifestyle or slowly assimilate into it, I highly suggest making some kind of a change (even if that change is just incorporating more plant-based meals into your diet) It truly is the small steps that make the biggest differences. 

If you do decide to become vegan, make sure you talk to your doctor and/or dietician before changing your lifestyle completely. Also, make sure you're going vegan for the right reasons. Most people go vegan for health benefits, the environmental benefits and/or the rights of animals. Identify which reasons you side with the most. Knowing this will make it easier to stick with this lifestyle (especially when you're first starting out). The one advice I have for anyone trying veganism is:

It's not as difficult as you may think! Get yourself a vegan cookbook and get creative!

Going Vegan | Le Northern Belle


Keep Healthy Everyone!

I'm normally not a big concert goer. Besides the free concerts that my university holds during Welcome Week, the only paid concert that I have been to was Down With Webster in Toronto, back in 2011. It was a fun time, don't get me wrong, but unless I can get a group of friends together who are super pumped to go (with none-to-minimal persuasive efforts needed), I'd rather spend my money on other things (i.e. food, clothes, shoes, trips).

However when my amazing sorority big, Jenn, suggested I come to Beyoncé's Formation tour with a group of friends (again, minimal effort needed), I jumped at the opportunity!

Having been to only a small handful of concerts (therefore no inspiration to spring off of), I am now stumped on what on earth to wear for this pretty much once-in-my-lifetime opportunity.
I came up with a few collages of potential outfits to wear, that all channel different kinds of style. If you could help me out by picking your favourite combinations, that would be amazing! Keep in mind that I will be wearing this outfit to the concert and then out to the clubs afterwards.

Concert Outfits | Help Me Get Ready For Beyoncé


Concert Outfits | Help Me Get Ready For Beyoncé


These are pretty much all the options for shoes that I was planning to wear for the concert. I do have other options that could also work with a few of the outfits which are a pair of white converse and a pair timberland boots. The only thing with those shoes is that I'm pretty sure that the group of us going are either wearing some kind of heel or are already tall (I want to be seen in photos!)

Now, it's time for what everyone has most likely been waiting for, let's see some outfits!
Concert Outfits | Help Me Get Ready For Beyoncé

The idea behind this posh-like outfit was that I would wear this with a long sleeved low plunging bodysuit underneath and then wear this jacket on top, either buttoned up or opened. Underneath the bodysuit, I would be wearing either skin coloured or fishnet tights (like Beyonceé wears her bodysuits). For shoes, I was thinking the over the knee boots. What do you think?

Concert Outfits | Help Me Get Ready For Beyoncé

Of course, there has to be an all-black outfit! I think any of the shoes would work well with this outfit but my top choices would be the heeled booties or the Nike Sky Hi Dunks.

Concert Outfits | Help Me Get Ready For Beyoncé
This is my take on a super edgy outfit. I'd also wear either the skin coloured or fishnet tights under the shorts and most likely pair it with the Nike Shoes.

Concert Outfits | Help Me Get Ready For Beyoncé
This my glitzy glam outfit, which I would likely pair with the heeled booties!

Concert Outfits | Help Me Get Ready For Beyoncé
Last but not least, this is my more casual outfit idea. Gotta have at least one! I'd also pair this with the Nikes. 


If you've been to a concert before I would love to hear your input and suggestions on my outfit options. If you have a different outfit or a different arrangement of the outfits I made, I want to know all about it in the comment section! Also, let me know what concerts/music festivals you'll be going to this year!

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