BufferFestival 2o16

Buffer Festival is an annual showcase of YouTube video premieres, bringing the most acclaimed digital creators and their audiences together. — BufferFestival.com

This past weekend I went to the 4th annual Buffer Festival here in Toronto. It was my second BufferFest (last year being my first), and I am yet again left inspired by the YouTube world. For those of you who have been following my blog up until now, this post is a bit of a different one. Don’t worry, I’ll share a few outfits from the weekend! But this time around it’s about more than just the fashion.

Essentially, Buffer Festival is a film festival for YouTubers; attendees go to premieres and panels and red carpet events for some of their favourite YouTube personalities . While I did not attend the entire event, there were a few of the events I made sure I didn’t miss!

Friday Night: The Gala Award Show was a perfect night out! YouTubers walked the red carpet to kick off the weekend and the show was full of some of the favourite premiere videos submitted to the festival. What I loved most was the diversity of videos shown. Without giving a play by play, there were a few that stood out to me, but they are yet to be live on YouTube yet. I’ll be sure to include links to some of my faves as soon as they are uploaded by their creators.

Saturday: I attended the Vlogumentary premiere. I’ve been looking forward to it’s release since my friend Corey Vidal started talking about this new project he was part of (along with Shay Carl, Morgan Spurlock, and many others), a documentary on YouTubers. Yesterday was the day and I must say, I loved it. It was great insight on some of YouTube’s first vloggers and the phenomenon as a whole. I made my first YouTube video in 2007 (no it’s not currently public lol.. perhaps one day it’ll come out of the vault), and though I didn’t post or vlog consistently, I avidly followed the lives of many that did. You feel a sense of connection to complete strangers who share some aspect of their lives on the internet, and it feels more personal than just a tweet or instagram post. It’s more than just posting a video to the internet. It’s a lifestyle and a community, which this film portrayed very well.

Most of what I currently post on YouTube (quite sporadically), and what I used to post all the time (60+ videos from 2007-2012), are music related, covers and less than a handful of originals. So I was especially excited for the Saturday night concert presented by MUCH, and to see a few of my favourite YouTube musicians take the stage. The show was hosted by Tyrone and Alayna Fender and opened with an unreal a capella performance by Mike Tompkins. The whole show was so rad, but a huge shoutout to a few of my faves Meghan Tonjes, and Andrew Huang.

I wasn’t able to enjoy any of the festival yesterday, but I heard only great things from those that did. My only regret from the entire weekend though, was not getting the chance to talk to Jenna Marbles. Maybe next time!

Both years I’ve gone, I’ve felt like I should get back into my YouTube groove so perhaps sometime soon I’ll work on putting out more material. I’d like to incorporate a little bit of everything into my channel so we’ll see where it goes! I should find some tall YouTubers though! If anyone knows of any, send them my way. I’d love to be friends (always) haha.

xoxo

CURATD x Long Tall Sally

I always look forward to newness from Long Tall Sally, but I was SO excited when I learned that they were releasing a new capsule collection. Today, they release CURATD x Long Tall Sally. Judging from some of the feedback I’ve seen when they first announced this upcoming collection, I’m not the only one anxiously anticipating its release!

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I have only good things to say about this collection. It’s full of pieces that are beautiful, current and everything you thought you were looking for this season. The colour palette is definitely right on trend, and though I’m not typically in love with wearing pink, I’ve found myself leaning towards the pink pieces. It was difficult for me to choose which item to add to my wardrobe but ultimately I just couldn’t say no to the (yes, PINK) single button maxi coat.

Needless to say, I definitely am not finished shopping this collection and hope to see more collabs of this kind in the future!

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Coat:Single Button Maxi Coat, CURATD x Long Tall Sally
Dress: Top Shop (I’m wearing a size up from what I normally wear so it was a more casual fit)
Bag: Steve Madden (found at Marshalls)
Shoes: Aldo
Hat: The Store On Queen

 

Photos by Justin Robinson

Thanksgiving 2o16

photo-2016-10-08-6-35-35-pmIt’s Turkey Day here in Canada! It’s still a work day for me, but I was fortunate enough to celebrate Thanksgiving with some of my family on Saturday. I don’t always get back home to see family at this time of year but when I can it’s one of my favourite visits. Not only are there incredible amounts of food to indulge in, but it’s a chance to reconnect with family that I don’t often get to visit with. I come from an extremely large extended family, for which I am forever grateful, and I’m also thankful that there has never been a moment I’ve felt a lack of love from them.

I kept my outfit simple and cozy with this sweater dress from Long Tall Sally. It’s a chic and classy look, but casual and perfect for lounging around, playing catch up with my cousins. Not gonna lie, a few of my aunts were eyeing up this dress, each offering to “take it off my hands” if my closet was getting too full. Let’s be honest, a closet can never REALLY be too full!

I was really excited when my mom told me that my baby sister had been taking a photography course. I jumped on the opportunity and asked if she’d mind being this week’s blog photographer. I think she did a pretty great job. Before you know it, she’ll be shooting fully styled creatives and editorials for me 🙂 (now if only she were closer).

Also, did you  notice the tiny bracelet I’m wearing? Made in support of Jordana’s Rainbows, a fund made to support DIPG research at Sick Kids Hospital. They come in every colour of the rainbow, each colour representing different chakras. The green thread represents the Heart Chakra (love, compassion and empathy). To learn more about their story, be sure to check out their Facebook and Instagram, or even make a donation HERE if the cause resonates with you. ❤

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Dress: Stripe Knitted Dress, LTS
(ps.. as a Thanksgiving special, they’re offering free shipping on orders over $75.. AND I believe they’ve still got a midseason sale going. Treat yourself!!)
Boots: Aldo
Bracelet: they’ll soon be available at The Store On Queen, downtown Toronto

 

Dress photos by Lauren Driedger