As most of my friends and family know, I recently moved to Toronto to attend school this fall. This is the city that I had been dreaming of being a part of for years and finally being here honestly does feel like a dream come true. Although I do love my hometown and miss my beloved friends and family terribly, it was unfortunately not a place where a fashion lover like myself could strive and therefore I ultimately had to move to be able to pursue my passion. As I have already said, it has been a great experience so far and just as good as I had imagined it would be if not better. So I want to share with you guys a few of the things that I have learned/noticed about my new city thus far:
Number one and one of the greatest observations–the people here are much nicer than I was told to anticipate. Being from a small town, we are all used a place where everyone knows everyone and we are people known for our kindness. It makes sense that the bigger the city is, the more distant people are and that can result in a “colder” society. However, apart from the few exceptions, the majority of people that I have met here have been incredibly kind and extremely helpful to us trying to get around this foreign city. It has definitely been a great welcoming. I mean, we are all Canadians after all, therefore it’s in our blood to be nice and say “sorry” excessively. 😉
On the other had, in my second observation I have realized that this city is in fact just as fast-paced as I was told to expect. While you would usually get laughed at for running anywhere in public in my hometown (as I did once when a man yelled after me “Run, Forrest, Run!” when I was once late for work), it’s different to see that in fact many people will run straight by you when they are late for something. Being downtown on a weekday when everyone is either trying to get to work or get home from work will make you realize that–and learn to get out of the way, fast.
Thirdly, there are so many things going on at all times and it’s amazing. Especially in the downtown area, you will find all kinds of people and street acts from energetic hip-hop dancers, to inspiring drum soloists, to mesmerizing saxophone players, and even to protests of people standing up for what they believe in. There’s a new kind of person at every corner you turn and it’s honestly one of Toronto’s greatest charms.
The funniest fourth observation are the birds. They are everywhere and they are fearless; they’re city birds. It’s so interesting to see how unafraid and unbothered they are of humans.
My fifth observation has to be about the weather. Of course I knew to expect weather warmer than NB, but I was definitely not prepared for just how hot it really is here. There have been about five days of heat warnings already since we’ve been here and it’s no lie. What makes it so unbearable is the humidity–it suffocates you and turns you into a pool of sweat. (I know, disgusting) Being a person who looks forward to summer year-round and is usually horrified at the first sight of the changing leaves, I never thought I’d say this but–I can’t wait for the fall weather.
Finally, my sixth observation and the most exciting to me is, of course, the fashion. Coming from a small town where wearing a fancy dress would reward you with weird looks from the locals, it is such a relief to at last be able to dress as boldly as I desire and to still fit in. The people here dress in a way that looks so easy and effortless yet completely put together and it’s inspiring. This has definitely been one of my favourite things about my new city so far.
As this was both mine and my boyfriend’s first time ever in this city, our first couple weeks here we spent being tourists and explored some of the most popular areas of Toronto, so below I have added photos from our visits and some of the outfits I wore. (Though all of these places were fantastic and well-worth seeing, my absolute favourite was the CN tower. If you have never been
1. The CN Tower
2. The Discovery Center
3. The Royal Ontario Museum
4. The Casa Loma Castle
And lastly, a picture of our beautiful new home!
So all in all, I really am completely in love with my new city and am so ecstatic to finally be here.
School starts this week and I can’t wait; stay posted for my first day of school outfit post!!
Outfit #1 (CN Tower)–T-Shirt: H&M / Skirt: Dynamite / Necklace: Forever 21 / Hat: Aldo Accessories
Outfit #2 (Discovery Center)–Top: H&M / Skirt: H&M / Sandals: H&M / Sunglasses: Aldo Accessories
Outfit #3 (ROM)–Blouse: Forever 21 / Pants: Forever 21 / Sandals: H&M
Outfit #4 (Casa Loma)–Dress: Forever 21 / Shoes: Aldo / Sunglasses: Aldo Accessories
Outfit #5 (Home)–Romper: H&M / Sunglasses: Aldo Accessories / Shoes: Massimo Dutti