How to Let Yourself Be Happy

Summer inspires so much in us (especially us up North – i.e. Canada). I think our harsh winters probably have something to do with why we appreciate when summer finally arrives. The smiles on peoples’ faces, the patio buzz, and the overall ora that our humble home succumbs to is infectious. The result is a happier bunch of people (which is definitely refreshing since most of us city-folk are pretty miserable in the winter).

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Staying bright is a lot easier in the summer, no doubt – both in your wardrobe and in your daily life. It almost seems like a waste to ever feel sad or angry in the summer. It must be the Vitamin D emoji

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Of course, there are those bad days where all you want to do is stay at home with your Netflix (no matter how sunny it may or may not be). And I definitely think it’s natural to feel bad if it’s necessary to feel bad. No good comes from suppressing emotions, that’s for sure. The important part though, is realizing that there’s so much happiness to be had and to know when the right time to let go of the bad and welcome the good is.

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This post and look is all about doing just that – whole heartedly embracing the “happy” (I use it as a noun because I think of it as this tangible thing you just have to reach out and take). It’s inspired by staying bright during those dark times and staying bright when there’s no reason not to be. We all get so overwhelmed by our daily going-ons that we almost feel compelled to feel like crap. NO! DON’T DO IT shocked emoji!

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Why feel like crap when you can feel awesome instead? I know, I know, it’s a lot easier said than done and I should probably take my own advice but I’m here basically lecturing myself more than anything emoji

 

 

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NB*: I actually have owned these pants for a while now and I finally got the courage to slide them on for this look. I always hesitated because the slit was so high and I never felt comfortable in it. But, in light of this post and feeling happy and bright, I decided to take the leap. 

I think that the summer not only inspires staying bright, but also inspires us to be a bit more wild, fun-loving, and inhibited. So I finally took my own advice monkey emoji

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PANTS (Choies, $30). TOP (Club Monaco, $40). SHOES (Zara, $60).

I’m normally not one for pinks (although, I do love colour) – but this palette totally reminded me of strawberry lemonade (I know, #random) and felt well suited for “staying bright” during the summer time.

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NECKLACE (H&M, $15). CLUTCH (H&M, $20).

So I guess the point is to embrace happiness, never let anything (especially YOURSELF) bring you down. Nothing is worth your happiness. Let loose, give up the rules for a bit, and just do what you want!

p.s. the “ranting-ness” of this post is totally raw, unedited, and I feel like, in line with the whole point (or I just got too lazy to edit my thoughts, you choose emoji)

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How do you stay bright and happy? Any go-to “happy” outfits that keeping you smiling?

 

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