Perhaps it’s time to acknowledge that I have a brunch addiction. It’s pretty evident and real. And no, I’m not ashamed. Truth is, it’s an actual expense I put aside for…for each and every weekend, if possible. It’s the joyful time I look forward to each weekend while vigorously going over geo-locations and foodie blogger Instagram’s for enticing food photos.
Had the great pleasure of kicking off my brunch adventures at Bar Reyna on Cumberland St. with Darlene of The New Girl. The space was nothing short when it came to interior and exterior decor and the food itself. Impeccable Greek fries with shaved feta, delicious oysters and tasty shakshuka. (If you’re looking for a good Shakshuka— I recommend the one served at the ONE Hazleton restaurant.) Oh, and a nice glass of mimosa of course. In a extremely odd way— it’s almost therapeutic for me when I’m sitting down and eating brunch…after a long period of shooting the untouched food. Maybe it’s just good food in general moves people like that.. Or maybe I developed this love for food through being raised by a chef as a father and stay-home mom that cooks phenonmenal Vietnamese food. Don’t be jealous! x
All in all— I love brunch. I have a shirt that says it. And no— an all day breakfast wouldn’t count!
I know I take a crazy load of time when it comes to preparing a blog post.. which is why I hold immense pride once I’ve curated and launched a post. Whether I’m told that I should stick to posting more frequently or to ‘just get a post out the door..’ I would much rather bite my tongue and hold back until I’ve produced an exquisite article filled with wonderful photos.
Photos that are not only simply taken against a wall and tweaked via post production but are well thought through with a direction.. a particular narrative. A narrative that my readers can follow along and immerse themselves in a different world. A world infuse with excitement and femininity. Creating an escapism for my viewers through my craft and lens is what I yearn to do and is the major…if not the sole reason why I blog. To share all this with you.
From the choice of clothing, to the colour palette, the location, the poses and expressions..along with the placement of each element.. on site or within the posting stage. I want to create that lush, warm presence in the curated landscape I’ve built up.. without being too far away from my own home. One day, I’ll have it down. The beautiful and editorial way of creating escapism. Just like Gary Pepper Girl, Tuula Vintage and Park and Cube.
Now you know why I take such a long, damn time to create a post like this…
Theory striped button-down shirt (Similar here)
Thrifted satin navy pants (Similar here and here)
Yves Saint Laurent nude wrap Strap block heels (Similar here)
Banana Republic mini zip crossbody
Le Chateau gold drop earring
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A thought that crossed my mind while looking through the window from within the TTC streetcar down King St. (how cinematic) was… where would my life be if I wasn’t in the creative field doing all the things I love and exercise on the daily? If I was in a cube doing accounting for the next 40 years of my life, could I do it? Not to say I’m bashing on them accountants— if anything I give them mad props for being able to focus in and pull that all off. But it’s just not what I’m capable of doing. But yes, let’s say I’m very fortunate to be a creative. To be in a super supportive industry where people leverage, provided and motivate one another. The growth of success is exponential and astronomical when you least expect it. You can also visually see the support from other fellow creatives.
On another note, I’m also very fortunate to be in a place where creative is in demand and is appreciated. The most powerful part about any creative output not only depends on creative input… but the most important contributor that leads to appreciation is stemmed from how we are wired and how we perceive things. The way we structure and understand these experiences. To make something new doesn’t necessarily have to be totally new but can be also familiar. Just like music, when you break it down to the bare backbones.. all those notes are found from repetition. Those catchy beats I tell you! What looks good is because we are informed what is good or trendy…or tasteful. Which leads me to my next question, what is luxury and why “luxury”? TBC.