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Peer Review 3.

This week I’ll be reviewing Mikeala’s website, http://mikaelatallaiac.ca/. My first impression of her website was how appealing it was because of the colour scheme. I am a huge fan of how the pink and brown work together. I found that it all worked well together, it was like BAM in my face. It was neat and tidy which I liked plus the photo of herself on the home page allowed me to know who she was. It really brought in more engagement for me to learn more about her and about her health blog.

I really like that she included a “recent post” column on the side to check out her posts that she has made. She has also included her twitter to check out which I found nice. She has been publishing things about health, but not the typical health and wellness things.

I would have really enjoyed more about the type of things she would do to help ease her physical, mental, and social health. It would be intriguing to gather more information on how other people regulate or help their own health.

Another thing I would really like is photos. I am a huge visually learner that is why having photos on her post would really connect me to click on a post.

I feel like Mikeala’s website could really cultivate a good audience if she were to market it up. Basu (2020) said “a growing movement of people are… creating sites that are more collage like and artsy”. I get that vibe from her website. She is bringing in that aspect into her blog which I find appealing.

Basu (2020) said “everyone does their own weird thing” I agree especially in your own digital life, we do. I feel like Mikeala is focusing on personal development and growth, I feel like she should talk more about her own growth and development. Many people nowadays like to listen to people’s stories, how they overcame struggles. Everyone has their own weird habits or struggles that they are trying to overcome.

I know many people grow a huge audience with gym Instagram’s. What they eat, calorie deficits, and workouts they do. But Mikeale’s view is to learn about the best practices in our 4 components of health which is different but appealing. I want to learn about healthy ways of achieving things whether it be physical, emotional, social, or intellectually. She really could grow a strong community of people that are also willing to learn about these things. She could start off with starting an Instagram or Tik Tok to really market what she is learning in those classes. Many people would be interested to learn how to heal things in their own health.

Mikeala’s website could really receive high engagement if she focuses on showing new techniques while also showing her own lessons she learns.

I really did find a lot of her posts to be very beneficial. She wrote a post about journaling. She continues to learn new ways of dealing with your own health, in successful ways. Mental health has been something I have struggled with over the past few years. Anxiety. That was a weird time for me, but I have journaled my life away to help ease my brain. I find that her adding ways to deal with mental health is amazing.

I am still learning new tricks and techniques that will help me grow as an individual. I will be coming back to check out her other advice. I am intrigued with some of her posts. Sometimes most things I find that really focus on health is a lot of physically. I hope to see some of the things she is advising for her to try out and document it.

Overall, I like her blog and will be coming back for sure.

Basu, T. (2020, September 3). Digital gardens let you cultivate your own little bit of the internet. Technology review. https://www.technologyreview.com/2020/09/03/1007716/digital-gardens-let-you-cultivate-your-own-little-bit-of-the-internet/ 

content & copyright.

I think everyone in their life has copied something off the internet and used it. I know a lot of my friends will use Pinterest for inspiration for specific things you are looking for. It can be hard to be creative and come out with your own ideas especially when you are trying to achieve something. I have been brainstorming ways to start my own clothing brand. It is difficult. The constant urge of coming out with ideas is hard when you are not that creative.

I have been trying to use my platforms right now to figure out my own niche. I am trying to come up with ideas that I believe will be worthy of attracting attention. Content is probably the hardest part of trying to create something. I have found taking photos and videos of everything has worked in my power. it’s the creative aspect that I struggle with that is why I use other content creators as inspiration to grow out of my comfort zone.

It can be hard but some of my tips would be look at Pinterest, follow people with the same niche, google specific topics to see if it helps you create ideas. The more you look around and add ideas to a vision board it can really help with making something good.

social media.

Social media has become super dominate in this generation for years. I remember when I first got Instagram, I was in grade 6, I posted whatever I wanted and followed only my friends on it. I did not use it to become an influencer which nowadays is the norm. I just wanted to document my life through photos. Ever since I can remember I have been a huge photo person. I document everything by either taking a video or photo so I can look back at it and be like “omg I remember this moment”. My friends literally always call me out because I just take photos of EVERYTHING.

Social media now has changed so dramatically since I began using it. Now you must worry about editing, getting rid of that pimple, or not posting because it does not match your aesthetics. I have always tried to gear away from that type of mindset, but it is hard. I need to constantly get reassurance from friends if I should post something because something looked odd. It is not the same environment that it used to be when I was in elementary. I still post everything that I love, adventures that I go on, places I check out to eat but I am a huge critique on myself. Social media has been filled with these high expectations which can be hard to maintain.

I have found myself in that vicious cycle of trying to lose weight or change the way I look to become more appealing. It can really affect your mental health. I remember trying to achieve this unrealistic goal but realized along the way that it was not me. I lost myself in the process of becoming someone I am not. That is the scary thing about social media is you start questioning yourself. You will bring yourself down, but you need to just focus on being true to yourself and posting whatever you want.

Social media will allow you to grow and find a safe community, where u can be your true self.

Designing yourself.

Over the years I have followed so many Instagram influencers and Youtubers that I have loved and hated. I personally like lifestyle bloggers in my opinion, I feel that it is rawer and more personal. My favorite lifestyle blogger is Tara Michelle. She is a digital creator; she is very active on Instagram and YouTube. I really like the way she is her true self.

I have watched her YouTube videos since I have been on social media and wow. Over the years I have found myself more connected with her than any other influencer. She has really changed herself to not be like a typical influencer and that is one of the main reasons I still watch her.

 I think everyone is so different in real life, but people can be very similar online. That is why I enjoy watching her because she is very raw and will not post crap on her site. Many people will try to promote things just for money but will not actually like the product. I have seen it before, and the black lash people get is ridiculous. But Tara, she promotes worthy products and will give honest reviews. This is how you will have a deeper engagement. Allowing yourself to be different and vulnerable to disagreeing to something will increase people to be more interested. I have found myself to try and be as honest when I am talking about food or drinks that I have tried. This is how you try to change that image social media gives you to be different.

Designing yourself up for success and allowing for more good quality reviews. I want people to come onto my website and see how organized and spontaneous my life is. I also want people to feel more connected with me, like I am texting them about this new thing or place I checked out. It really is all about how to connect better with your audience and what they want to see more of.

Everything.

New Westminster

  • Angelina Dutch Corners (Brunch)
  • Taqueria Playa Tropical
  • Donair Star
  • Waffle House Restaurant
  • Longtail Kitchen
  • Sushi Well
  • The Spud Shack Fry Co.
  • Nashville Hot Chicken
  • Zaaki Cuisine
  • Arvind’s Curry & Cocktail
  • Cockney Kings Fish & Chips
  • Patsara Thai
  • Match Eatery & Public House (Happy Hour)
  • Donuteria
  • Old Crow Coffee Co. (Cafe)
  • Hive Cafe
  • The Hide out Cafe
  • Yum Gourmet Donuts
  • Snowy Village

Burnaby

  • The One Restaurant
  • Baba Sweets & Restaurant
  • Sushi Garden
  • Bubble World
  • Anton’s Pasta Bar
  • Claudio’s Ristorante
  • Glenburn Soda Fountain and Confectionery
  • Icy Bar
  • Sugar Lab
  • OEB Breakfast
  • Zubu Ramen

Vancouver

  • Jam Cafe
  • Pur & Simple
  • Ballyhoo Public House
  • Burgoo Restaurant
  • Sal Y Limon
  • The Pawn Shop YVR
  • Off the Grid Waffle Cafe
  • The Parlour Restaurants
  • Yolks
  • Lucky’s Doughnuts
  • Von’s
  • Soft Peaks
  • Craft Beer
  • Warehouse
  • Breka Bakery & Cafe
  • Kevin & Kevin
  • TacoFino

Richmond

  • CocoRu
  • Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ

Coquitlim

  • Sushi California
  • Si Senior Taqueria Fiesta Mexicana
  • The Kebob House Restaurant

Langley

  • Olive Garden Italian Restaurant
  • Wendel’s Bookstore & Cafe

Delta

  • Stir Coffee House
  • Cravings Coffee

Surrey

  • Famoso Neapolitan Pizzeria
  • Krispy Kreme Donut
  • Afghan Kitchen
  • Afghan Copan

Stanley Park Brewing.

  • Park Sesh Lager (5.0% -12 IBU)
  • Amber Ale (5.1% – 20 IBU)
  • Noble Pilsner (5.1% -18 IBU)
  • Sun Setter; Peach Wheat Ale (4.8%- 18 IBU)

I went to this brewery at YVR Airport. I hate beer. I am a sweet girl all the way. I find beer very bitter and dark. I got a flight of beers from Stanley Brewery. I would rank my beers that I got as Peach Wheat Ale took first place because it tasted exactly like juice, but it did have that after taste of beer. Second would be the Park Sesh Lager, it was still very bitter but not bad. Third was Nobel Pilsner, I did not like it, I chugged it. And lastly, Amber Ale, the most bitter one out of them all. I hated it. After this brewery experience, I still don’t like beer. I did on the other hand get a nice buzz for my flight to allow me to sleep because it was a red eye.

Editing & Genres.

This week I have been thinking more about the design of my website. I have been questioning what I can do to attract more viewers, what is more appealing to what I am trying to promote. Tanya Basu article (2020) spoke about Sara Garner wanted to create a page to focus specifically on what is obsessed with. Garner (2020) explained how she imagines a page where she writes about her favourite things, what they made her feel, and invites others to share what they love and what they’ve learned. That is the same aim I have for my website.

I had some honest feedback about my website, where I should include a tagline on where I live and what exactly my page is going to consist of. I am trying to come up with a catchy tagline that would want people to stay. I am trying to envision my digital garden by making it more like Pinterest and Tumblr. I am more of a visual learner, I can read something, but I will try to envision pictures in my head. That is why majority of my website includes photos to help people who are visual people too.

I know my audience is to tackle young adults in there 20s. I am trying to take more photos that are aesthetically pleasing. Allowing for more close ups and simpleness to my photos. I am trying to keep my website design more organized and cleaner because when there is too much going on it can be difficult to attract viewers or readers.  

My editorial process will include more ideas that I find interesting and what people are searching for. I know when I try to go out for dinners or brunch it is so hard to find good food near me. I know a good chunk of people go on Google and search “Good food near me” or “Good bars near me” or “Things to do near me”.  It can be very frustrating when you do not know if it is worthy to go. I want to really focus on adding another page of places I have gone in specific cities. There is information that is needed when going to a restaurant or location. I want to add that to summarize my posts for people. An extra page where I have food locations, rating, pricing, and wait times. Even when I go places I want to add how far away it is, when you should go, and for what you should go for.

Revisiting Analytics.

I believe a lot of our ways to grow our audience is really from social media. There are millions of people on different types of apps at once. I know many people use social media to connect with people. I find that you can really grow your audience that way. I have made an Instagram account specifically for my website to allow more growth. I feel as though I could really bring in people who would be interested in this area. I think that is the hard part, growing a community of people that are willing to be invested in my blog. I have been trying to go through my photos and memorise to find things that would interest people to stick around. Analytics you get from Google are just numbers in my opinion. I feel like people would be interested in my things if I try to keep posting regularly about what I am up too. The more active you are, the more you receive. I remember this one saying, whatever you put into something, you will be receiving that amount of effort back. I know if I take it seriously, I could really grow it into something big. So, let’s see if I can do that.  

Marketing.

I believe in being able to grow your audience you need to get them from other apps. Instagram is a huge platform that can increase attention, but you need to add hashtags or other ways to attract. Another huge platform is Tik Tok that is growing a lot of attention right now. It has helped a lot of people grow into learning about new things and constantly growing with the space of so many people.

I feel like social media itself is a huge platform to market things that you want people to find. There are people using Tik Tok to grow an audience to bring in more customers for their online stores. I think it is important to market properly to be able to grow and make money. When there is very little dedication to building yourself, there won’t be a lot of support to grow money. I haven’t really tried to grow myself on social media because I never really saw an interest in growing into something. I want to see if I can grow with my blog that I have going on but I am open to be making money if I could.

Paris Outfit Guide

Some of you may know from my Instagram but I was just in Paris with some of my friends. I was super stressed out before I went because I wanted to make sure I had the perfect Paris outfits. I didn’t want to look like a slob while everyone else looked like they could walk in Paris Fashion Week if they needed to. I was there for 10 days but I didn’t get a picture in every outfit, so I will be showing you a few that I managed to capture!

Outfit 1: Versailles

Shirt: Aritzia

Blazer: Aritzia

Pants: Agolde

Belt: Gucci

Shoes: Dr Martens

Purse: Gucci

Outfit 2: Day at the gardens

Sweater: Autumn Cashmere

Coat: Aritzia

Pants: Aritzia

Purse: Gucci

Outfit 3: Shopping

Sweatshirt: Acne Studios

Pants: Aritzia

Shoes: Air Force 1

Purse: Givenchy

Outfit 4: Mirror pics

Top: Aritzia

Pants: Agolde

These were some of the outfits that I wore in Paris! Keep an eye out for a “What to do in Paris” post. I had so much fun on this trip and am so grateful to experience this with my friends!

xx

sofia

Christmas Gift Guide For Him

So Christmas is right around the corner and some people are probably really stressing out with gift ideas. Gifts are hard, but I got to admit…I’m a really good gift giver and gift thinker. I’m going to come up with some ideas for you to get your man if you’re having a hard time finding something.

Personally, my boyfriend is super hard to shop for. He doesn’t tell me what he wants and if he finds something he likes, he typically buys it for himself so it’s so difficult finding something.

I have a gift guide for valentines 2019 so you could also get anything from that post as well, but I’m going to try to change the items up!

A man always needs a good tie. There are many places to buy a tie and I have found it to be really easy to find nice ties for super cheap as well! If you look at The Bay, Simons, Holts and even Nordstroms

Men can always use more hair products (especially since sometimes they don’t know they need it). You can really get any hair gel at his barber. Ask any of the guys cutting hair because honestly idk which one’s are the best, the barbers know better!

An experience is always a safe bet! No matter what it is, a massage, a trip, a special dinner, an event that he wants to go to… he will love all of them.

Anything Lululemon is a safe bet. They could always use more comfortable clothing and workout gear. If you don’t know what to get him exactly, get a gift card because he will always be able to find something here.

If your boyfriend is anything like mine, then he would LOVE receiving video games as a gift. Honestly, I don’t know anything about video games so you would straight up have to just ask him which ones he wants. If you don’t want to ask, the only advice I can give you is to get the newest sports one (they seem to love those ones)!

Boys are very tricky to shop for, but if you get him any of these gifts I can assure you, you will be the best girlfriend ever!!

xx

sofia

Where have I been?

Hello, again beautiful people!

Its been a very long time since I’ve last posted and I honestly don’t have that good of an explanation as to why. Summer began and I just got super busy hanging out with my friends and family, travelling and just relaxing. School started up again and I also was working full time so I had a lot on my plate and I just couldn’t keep up with blogging as well.

I am back and I am going to try to get a blog post up once every week…if not more! I am excited to start writing again and sharing everything with you guys again!

xx

Sofia

Perfumes

I just realized I’ve never talked about what perfumes I love. I have only used a few perfumes in my life so I know which brand is my favourite. I have really only used Bonpoint perfume, Elizabeth & James, Chloe and Gucci Bloom.

I have NEVER finished a perfume in my life, but when I got the ‘Chloe’ perfume it was like my life was changed forever. This was my new scent and everyone complimented me on it. It had become my favourite scent I’ve ever used. I have used the ‘Chloe’ perfume since grade 7 and haven’t wanted to change it since.

I got a new perfume for Christmas and I never thought I would ever want to use another perfume. My backup for my ‘Chloe’ perfume is my rollerball version of the ‘Chloe’ so I’ve never ventured out. The new perfume I got was the ‘Gucci Bloom’ perfume and the second I smelt it, I was in love. This perfume is now my backup to the ‘Chloe’ perfume and I will use it if my other perfume runs out.

I would definitely suggest the ‘Chloe’ perfume and ‘Gucci Bloom’ because they both smell amazing on anyone and they last for such a long time.

Hope you guys enjoyed reading and try either of these perfumes!

xx

Product of the Month

The product of the month that I have chosen is fashion related instead of beauty related. If you guys haven’t read my other ‘Product of the Month’ posts then let me give you a short explanation. This is an area where I share my favourite product of the month that I have been wearing or trying out. All of the products I have chosen so far have been beauty related so now I’m going to show you guys a fashion favourite for March.

This months product is the ‘Levi Ribcage Straight Jeans’. These jeans are some of my favourites for many reasons. They are very comfortable and they fit very true to size. They haven’t stretched out on me yet and I’m not sure they will. The bow on them makes this jean super different because I’ve never seen a pair of jeans with a denim bow attached, but the good thing about these jeans is if you aren’t into the bow, it is also detachable. I love these jeans because they are long enough and aren’t cropped looking at me. I am tall enough for normal lengthed jeans to look cropped on me and it is one of the most annoying things.

Hope you guys like these jeans and find them comfortable. Definitely go and try them!

xx

Fashion favs for spring

FINALLY. SPRING IS HERE. We are finally able to dress for warm weather without being too cold. I have some fashion favourites when it comes to spring fashion and I’ve been waiting to talk about it.

A t-shirt dress is a must. It is super easy to just throw on and pair with any jacket and any type of shoe. You can pick up these type of dresses in many colours so it looks like you are wearing something different each time. They are also super comfortable to wear.

The next item I think is a must to have in your closet for the spring and summer time is a pair of white pants. White pants are a staple because they look fresh and bright! You can pair them with any coloured shirt and pretty much any type of shoe.

I believe that it is crucial to have a skirt in your collection. Plaid skirts have become very popular again (even if your not in private school) and they are super cute to dress up, or dress down.

The last item that I am going to share is a long silk dress. I think these types of dresses are so cute because you can make them super dressy or super casual. They are very pretty on anyone and they look perfect for an occasion.

Hope you guys like some of these items and check them out online! You will find many more items like them on the Aritzia website. Thanks for reading!

xx

Changing your makeup for Summer

Change your makeup like you change your style for every season. Sometimes people don’t remember to change how they do their makeup for each season. I’m not saying to change it for fall, winter, spring and summer. I’m saying that if you have a makeup routine for the winter climate, you’re going to need to change it for the summer climate. Here are some tips on how to make the change easy.

  1. Don’t use as much face makeup. This is important because people may load up on the foundation, concealer and powder during the winter time because they can and there is no chance it will sweat off. Now that we are moving into the warm weather, wearing that much face makeup can be dangerous because it is super easy for it to sweat off. My advice would be to either use a BB cream so it is a lighter product that you are putting on your face or to just use concealer on your face. I suggest using these products because it is less stuff on your face and if it is super-hot ,you don’t have a lot of product sinking into your pores.
  2. Also I would suggest on using a serum instead of a moisturizer. I would use serum because personally, I find it less thick then moisturizer and it makes you look dewier then what you would naturally look like.
  3. A lot of people probably think I would suggest changing your normal makeup to waterproof makeup. I WOULD NOT! I personally hate waterproof makeup and I would never suggest it just because I feel like it never comes off. Obviously if you feel like it is necessary to wear makeup if you are going swimming or just hanging out by the beach then you do you. I would honestly just say to go out without makeup if you are confident enough.
  4. Sunscreen before putting on makeup or make sure your face products have SPF in them.

I know I don’t have a lot tips but these are the main ones that I think are the most important. Hope you guys have learnt something and decide to change up your makeup routine for spring/summer.

Thank you for reading!

xx

Feel Good Playlist

Music is one of my favourite ways to past time. I feel like many people are in the same boat as me as well. I think people really connect with music because songs are very easy to relate to no matter what you are dealing with in life at the time. There is always a song to express the way you are feeling no matter what and that is why I love it. I have so many songs that I love so I have decided I am going to do a few posts that have to do with my favourite songs. Hence the title, this playlist is going to be my ‘feel good playlist.’

Here are all my feel-good songs that I love to jam out to in the car. All of these songs can be found on Apple music. There are so many more songs that I have on my playlist but I thought that my top 9 picks would be enough for now.

TOP 9 “FEEL GOOD” PICKS

Girls need love (Remix) (ft. Drake) – Summer Walker

Lil bebe – DaniLeigh

Westworld – Evan Giia

Never be like you – Flume

Pretending – The Boogie Wit Da Hoodie

Baby Blue – Rence

From Time (ft. Jhene Aiko) – Drake

Lost In The Fire – The Weeknd & Gesaffelstien

Say something – Lucas & Steve

Hope you guys enjoyed reading!

xx

Holy Grail Makeup Products

So I know I have posted my makeup routine on here but I want to change it up a bit and just show you guys my absolute fav products. I don’t necessarily wear all of these products every single day, but they are products I could never live without.

A good concealer is everything to me. This is in my daily makeup routine and I don’t think I could live without it. Even the days where I have the worst bags under my eyes, it still somehow covers all the darkness.

Mascara has been one of the toughest products for me to find. I have gone through so many whether it be drug store or high end. I could never find one that did my lashes any justice until I found this one. It makes my eyelashes so long and the effects of it last all day.

I don’t know if you would consider this a makeup product, but I use it in my makeup routine. I use this as a prime/moisturizer to make my skin look shimmery and dewy. It is not a primer but I just love the way it makes my skin look. I use it before I put anything else on my face just to make me look I have a natural glow. I think it’s important sometimes to have a little bit of a glow, it just makes you look a bit more sunkissed and fresh.

Last but not least, a beauty blender. This isn’t a product but it is a tool I could not live without. It makes me look airbrushed and natural, and I use it for almost everything. I use it for my foundation, concealer, blush, bronzer & highlight. I have never used any other tool except this one and it is by far the best thing ever.

I know I don’t have that many “holy grail” products but I find that less is more. These are the products I would take with me no matter what and I would be happy to just have these in my makeup bag.

Hope you guys enjoyed reading and check some of these products out!

xx

Best Shoes for Spring

Now that spring is around the corner we have to think about changing our shoes. Sounds weird, but it’s true. We will stop wearing snow shoes soon and go on to wearing shoes that are suitable for spring. I have a few favourites (some old and some new) but they all work for spring fashion.

Air force 1’s, sandals, Vans, Yeezys, Doc Martens, Mules

Air Force 1’s are a good staple shoe to own because they are a classic white sneaker. These are super cute to style with a loose dress and they can make a fancy outfit turn casual in a second.

Sandals are a super nice shoe to have in the spring/ summer because you are able to wear them with almost everything. They look good paired with a dress, shorts, jeans etc… and they can be dressed up or dressed down. I don’t have a specific pair of sandals to link for you guys but if you ever find yourself in Capri, Italy they specialize in creating custom sandals for anyone. They are some of the best sandals I have ever bought and they will last a very long time.

Vans are a classic. They work with almost every outfit and like the Airforce 1’s they can make any outfit look more casual then it might be. Vans have many different types of shoes with many different colours and patterns to choose from. They have a huge range of shoes and they are pretty cheap compared to other sneakers.

A pair of shoes that I own and think that I will get a lot of use out of them in the spring. These shoes are the Yeezy Boost 700 V2 “Static Wave” and I think I will wear them a lot because I don’t own a pair of the Airforce 1’s and these are my version of them. They are a classic white and grey shoe that will go with anything and again, make everything more casual.

My favourite shoe at the moment are my Dr Martens. It’s funny because these shoes used to be super popular in the ’90s and then they started to come back in 2008 and then people stopped wearing them until 2018 and now they are popular again. I have been wearing my Docs since December and I wear them with almost everything. I can’t wait to wear them in the spring with dresses and shorts. I think the creme colour would look super cute in the spring with outfits because when you think of spring you think of light colours instead of dark colours.

The last shoe is one that grew on me and it took a while for me to like them. This shoe is the mule shoe. There are a lot of knockoffs for this style of shoe, I have linked the Steve Madden version of the shoe. The original one is from Gucci but they are very expensive. These shoes also come as a fur version as well which are nice for spring because if it is still kinda cold then your feet are kept warm. These shoes are super cute because you can wear them with almost anything and they can make an outfit look dressier then it is. If you are thinking about getting any of these shoes, I would definitely recommend the mules.

Thank you for reading! I hope you guys find at least one of these shoes good for spring and hope you will go out and get a pair.

xx