Denim Day x GUESS

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Today is Denim Day: an international movement that began in LA in 1999 to raise awareness and end sexual violence. The campaign was originally started after a ruling by the Italian Supreme Court, where a rape conviction was overturned because the court felt that since the victim was wearing tight jeans, she must have helped her rapist remove her jeans, thereby implying consent.

Peace Over Violence started the Denim Day campaign to acknowledge and stand up to the sexual violence that happen globally each day – and to support survivors worldwide. In 2014, GUESS made Denim Day its first social cause marketing campaign, spreading the word about this issue to a worldwide audience. The tagline of the Denim Day campaign is powerful: “there is no excuse and never an invitation to rape”.

I’ve partnered with GUESS to contribute to this campaign by making a social statement with my fashion statement. Wearing denim has become a symbol of protest against destructive attitudes attached to sexual violence and its cause. Today I wear denim with a purpose – to stand in solidarity with those who have been affected by sexual violence.

Discussing sexual violence, domestic violence, and child abuse is often taboo, particularly with mine, and the younger generation. I think it’s important to open up a conversation to help those who may be suffering in silence or may not feel like they can come forward (anyone watching 13 Reasons Why?). I’m happy to be using my voice to shed light on this tough and important issue.

When I shot this outfit, I felt the beautiful blooms on the cherry blossom trees were the perfect fit to represent hope for a future. Spring signifies a fresh start, and also serves as a beautiful metaphor for the recovery and rebirth of those who survive sexual violence with the love and support of others.

See my Denim Day look below:

Denim Jacket – Guess / T-shirt – Wilfred Free, Aritzia / Jeans – J Brand / Shoes – Shellys

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2016 Year in Review

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2016 was a big year for me – I wasn’t feeling my best at the start of the year, which led to a few changes that I think really helped me with my personal growth. When the beginning of a new year draws closer and I start to think about my goals for the coming year, I always find myself hoping for the same results: to be more confident in myself and to take more risks. I think I made some major strides this year on that front, which I’m proud of! I was also able to travel to a few awesome places, started a new adventure (hello angelachauxo.com!), all while working my full time job.

Here’s a recap of the major highlights of my 2016:

I focused on getting in shape (somewhat)

I’m probably the least athletic person I know – I’ve never been into sports, never cared for exercise, and have an unhealthy obsession with food to boot. My low point at the beginning of the year is actually what motivated me to take little steps towards a healthier lifestyle. I needed something to strive towards and to keep me preoccupied, so I started being conscious of what I ate and exercising regularly, and was able to lose 10lbs over the course of a few months!

Visited the most magical place on Earth

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I visited my favourite place on the planet in March – Disney World in Orlando, FL. My family visited Disney World almost every summer of my childhood, but I will never get tired of eating Mickey ice cream bars and watching the “Wishes” fireworks at night from Main Street USA.

Chopped my hair off!

My long hair had always been my security blanket – I never trusted anyone to touch it and would only get it cut every 1-2 years. But when spring rolled around, I had a sudden urge to make a drastic change and decided to cut 12 inches off in favour of a lob. I don’t regret my decision and I’ve probably saved hundreds of hours in hair washing, drying and styling time.

Went camping for the first time

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In addition to being the least athletic person I know, I’ve also had a lack of certain life experiences including going to the cottage and camping. I was able to check the latter of my list in 2016 with a two day trip to Sandbanks, ON. I survived sleeping in a tent and totally recommend visiting this beautiful part of Ontario – the beaches are stunning and the water is crystal clear!

Had a year full of weddings

It was a year for weddings! I took a quick trip to San Fran in June for my cousin’s wedding, and also attended another cousin’s wedding in Toronto earlier in May. In the fall one of my coworkers was married, and the year rounded out with my eldest sister tying the knot in an intimate ceremony at City Hall!

Visited beautiful Barcelona, Spain

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This may have been my favourite trip of the year – my boyfriend and I ended the summer with a trip to Barcelona. This was such a beautiful city and the perfect mix of historic European culture and picturesque beaches. You can read my Barcelona travel guide here.

Started my blog!

This is one of my favourite accomplishments of 2016 – finally taking the plunge and starting my blog. I was also able to work with some awesome brands (hi Tim Hortons!) on my Instagram channel throughout the year, which really gave me the push I needed to start this site and share more of my life with you.

Finished the year with a trip to London, UK

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My boyfriend and I have been officially long distance since September, as he’s finishing a year of school in the UK. I took the opportunity to visit him in December and got an insider’s look at the bustling city! The holidays are such a beautiful time to visit London, with beautiful twinkling lights lining every street you pass. I’ll be posting my guide to visiting London soon!

Overall, 2016 was a great year and I’m so excited to see what 2017 brings.

 

 

 

Last Minute Holiday Gifts for Her

The holidays are here, which means crowded malls and a last minute rush to pick up the perfect gift! To make your life a bit easier, I’ve rounded up my picks for the perfect gifts for her this season:

Under $50:

Diptyque Candle ($45)

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A Diptyque candle is an essential for any girl who loves to pamper herself! They not only fill the room with a beautiful scent, but also add an extra classy touch as a home décor piece. Baies (rose & black current) is a popular scent that’s sure to please.

S’well Water Bottle (17 oz. $50)

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This brand of stylish stainless steel water bottles has become popular over the past couple of years, and for good reason. It promises to keep drinks cold for 24 hours, and hot for 12 hours, while eliminating the need for environmentally harmful plastic water bottles. I love the cute palm leaf pattern on this design!

Alex & Ani Bracelet ($34)

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Alex & Ani makes affordable, simple jewelry with a wide variety of designs to suit any girl’s personal style. Known best for their adjustable charm bracelets (featuring different symbols, each with their own meaning), you can select a design that will hold relevance to your loved one’s own life and style.

2017 Agenda ($20)

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What better way to start the New Year than with an adorable agenda? Help your loved one stay organized and plan their goals for 2017 with this stylish yet functional gift. I love the agendas from ban.do because of their fun designs (stickers included!), plus the coil bound format lays flat when open for easy writing.

Striped Scarf ($30)

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Keep your girl warm for the winter with a cozy blanket scarf! Zara offers affordable options for a wide variety of scarves available in different styles, patterns and colours. This striped design is classic and chic, and the neutral colours will go with everything.

Cute Cacti or Succulents ($30)

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Plants are a great gift, as they can last for years if properly cared for. Cacti or succulents are extremely low maintenance and look so cute placed on a desk or bookshelf. Wild North Flowers in Toronto offers variations in concrete planters made by Your Pal, Al and are accented with gold!

Under $100

Fujifilm Instax Mini ($100, currently on sale for $80)

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The perfect gift for someone who loves to take photos, the Instax Mini is a modern take on the polaroid camera, creating wallet sized instant prints! The camera is available in a number of different pastel hues, which you can pair with different film designs.

Aromatherapy Diffuser ($75)

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A diffuser is another gift for the girl who loves to treat herself, but can also have added health benefits! Diffusing essential oils can keep you feeling great, while also making the house smell like a spa. Saje Wellness offers several different diffuser designs, as well as essential oils. This gold version doubles as a cool, decorative accent.

Victoria Secret Flannel PJ Set ($75, currently on sale for $55)

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A classic for the winter time, a Victoria Secret pyjama set is all a girl needs to have the perfect day relaxing in bed. Flannel is warm and cozy for colder weather, and the matching eye mash is an adorable bonus.

 

Wine Tour in Niagara-on-the-Lake

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Anyone who knows me knows I love a good Groupon – I think it’s a fun way to try new things, especially with a group of friends. So when I saw an offer a few weeks ago for a summer/fall wine tour in Niagara-on-the-Lake, I had to snap it up! Having lived just an hour outside Niagara all my life, I’ve never actually had a chance to visit a local winery and was excited to see what was in store.

Advertised as a 6-hour guided tour, including visits to four award-winning wineries in Niagara, the trip included transportation (basically a wine tour party bus) and complimentary samples at each winery. Our tour guide was extremely passionate about his job and I definitely picked up some fun facts throughout the day:

  • Match the weight of your food to the weight of your wine (e.g. a light salad would pair well with a lighter wine)
  • Roses are often planted near the edge of the vineyard to help the growers know when the vines are prone to insect attacks
  • As white wine ages, it’s colour will become darker, while red wine will become lighter in colour with age
  • After sampling all the wines, there’s no doubt about it – I’m a white wine kind of gal!

While I’m no connoisseur (and the day got fuzzier with each winery we visited), this tour helped introduce me to a lot of different kinds of wine I hadn’t previously tried. Here’s a list of the wineries we visited:

Marynissen Estates Winery

This was our first stop and was fairly quick. Each winery offered a white, a red, and an ice wine sampling. I learned early on that I’m never going to be a huge fan of red wine!

Caroline Cellars

This was my favourite stop on the tour, and also where our group stopped for lunch. A family owned winery with a cute café in their main building, they had a great menu to choose from. I ordered the cheese plate, which came with a yummy red wine jelly.

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Lailey Winery

Lailey was a smaller winery and also included a guided tour from one of their staff. This was definitely one of the “snootier” wineries – we spent a lot of our tasting sniffing, swirling and slurping our wine.

Diamond Estates Winery

This was our last stop and the largest winery we visited. It didn’t have the same charm as some of the other smaller wineries, but had a large selection of wines to choose from, including a red ice wine.

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If you live in the area and want to try your own wine tour, the company my friends and I used was Niagara Fun Tours. Whether you choose to do a tour or not, I totally recommend visiting Niagara-on-the-Lake if you have the chance – it’s beautiful!

Welcome to angelachauxo.com

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Hi there! My name’s Angela and welcome to my brand new blog.

After toying with the idea for the past few years, I’ve decided to take the plunge into the world of blogging! My Instagram account (@angelachauxo) has become a great creative outlet for me to share everything I love about life, from delicious food to an outfit that makes me feel great! However, I don’t get to tell the entire story behind each of these moments.

One of my favourite things about my Instagram is that it’s a visual collection of everything that makes me happy. What exactly are these things? Fashion, beauty, crafting, travel, FOOD! This blog will be a mix of everything I’m passionate about – and I hope to be able to share some inspiration and knowledge with you.

For anyone out there reading this, I hope you enjoy what I put up on here! I’m super excited to see what this blog brings in the future and can’t wait to start sharing some of my favourite things with you.

xo,

Angela

P.S. Want to learn a bit more about me? Hop over to my About Me page.