A Personal Update

Top: Shilla The Label; Skirt: Zara (similar here and here); Shoes: Aldo (similar here and here)

Okay, so I’ve been keeping some major news from you guys. I’ve been waiting for the right time to share but wanted to make sure everything was finalized first. So here it is: I’m relocating to Europe until the end of the year. I know you may be wondering why, so I wanted to take this opportunity to share the whole story with you.

For the past few months I feel like I’ve been trudging along in Toronto. This city will always be my home and I will always love it, but I’ve stopped feeling excited by it. Don’t get me wrong, I’m happy here, but do I jump out of bed everyday, propelled by my creative energy? No. I pin this down to the fact that I am someone who feels like adventure and creativity go hand in hand. I’ve lived in Toronto for so long that I feel like I’ve shot at every cafe, restaurant and alleyway. There is nothing new for me to explore, and it’s dampening my spirits.

After months of feeling like I was in desperate need for a change, I weighed out my options. I wasn’t ready to make a blind move to a new city, but at the same time, I wanted a challenge. So after thinking about it for a while and discussing it with my family, I decided to give Europe a shot for a few months. I’ll be splitting my time between Paris and London, two of my favourite cities.

I chose Paris because it’s always been a dream of mine to live there, even if it is for a short period of time. I go there every year, and never feel satiated after only spending a few days there. This will give me the opportunity to experience Paris like an insider while getting to know the brands there. And I chose London because it’s familiar, and I’m extremely fond of it. I went to fashion school there, some of my closest friends live there, and it feels like a second home.

The thing is, I don’t want to look back in life and regret something I didn’t pursue. I don’t ever want to wonder ‘what if?’ Right now, I’m in my 20s, and thankfully, have a job that allows me to be extremely mobile. In fact, traveling allows me to produce content that you guys seem to like more than if I were stationed in one city! Not to mention, I’m at an age where I don’t have any major commitments. I don’t have a family to worry about, I don’t really have anything tying me to one place. So I figured I would take advantage of my situation, and try something that, both, scares and excites me.

I can’t wait to share this adventure with you guys!

Photography by Erin Leydon

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26 Comments

  1. September 22, 2017 / 1:07 pm

    Oh how exciting Siffat. It’s great that you’re going for it and I hope you have an amazing time . Looking forward to reading about it all! xx
    Coco Bella Blog

  2. September 22, 2017 / 1:54 pm

    How exciting and congrats! Both cities are lovely to live in and both are too dreamy for fall too if you ask me. London with all the parks and Paris with all the old buildings. I’m sure you’ll have a lovely time! Xx

    http://www.thefashionfolks.com

  3. September 22, 2017 / 2:35 pm

    I think moving to Europe for a while is a great idea. Excited for you, Siffat!

  4. Mandy
    September 22, 2017 / 2:46 pm

    Oh wow! That is soo unreal and incredibly brave of you. You really are going for what you truly want, most people tend to settle. I’m moving to London this year for the first time ever too, hope to see you somewhere and catch BTS!

  5. Britta
    September 22, 2017 / 3:54 pm

    Omg! Sif!! This is such exciting news!!! Then we will finally be in the same time zone !!
    Hope I get to see you while you stay in Europe!

  6. September 22, 2017 / 9:05 pm

    First of all: THAT TOP THOUGH!

    Secondly: YAY I am so excited for us to do part of Paris and London together!

    -Didier

  7. September 23, 2017 / 5:33 am

    Congratulations!!! I’m beyond happy for you my friend!! I wish you all the best. You look amazing as ever!! Xx

  8. September 23, 2017 / 10:18 am

    Wow thats amazing news Siffat! I am sure you will have an incredible time, a change like this is always a good thing in my opinion.
    Can’t wait to see all of your Paris and London adventures!
    xx Rubi
    Pose & Repeat

  9. September 23, 2017 / 12:46 pm

    Wow! Awesome! I am so excited for you! I have always dreamed of living in both as well. That is so exciting!! Can not wait to follow along on your journey!
    xx Jenelle
    http://www.inspiringwit.com

  10. September 23, 2017 / 6:15 pm

    That’s super exciting! You just have to dream it and do it, right? Can’t wait to see your new Europe adventures.

    xx Yasmin
    http://banglesandbungalows.com

  11. September 25, 2017 / 5:42 am

    That is so exciting!! That is a bold move/ decision and I admire you for it – have always wanted to live in London (and you look very chic as always). 🙂

    Catherine X
    http://www.thestylesynapse.com

  12. September 26, 2017 / 6:11 am

    GIRL! THAT’S HUGE! How exciting! It’s so important to think about what your heart desires and this sounds like you’re following what it is telling you – so exciting. I’m jealous of all the fun you and Ash are going to have in London but I will just pretend I am there too, haha! Can’t wait to see you flourish in Europe babe! YAYYYYY. PS this outfit – you are the biggest babe ever!

    Ashleigh x
    http://www.ashleighdmello.com

  13. September 26, 2017 / 9:16 am

    Such a lovely chic and sophisticated look babe! Love the snake skin boots and that cold shoulder top is simply gorgeous!

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

  14. September 26, 2017 / 11:00 am

    Well done, Siffat! Excited for you! Totally feel you. Try living in hideous, boring Ottawa! I was born in London and go back frequently. I’m always so inspired by the energy and cool vibe of that city. And Paris? Well, can you get anymore beautiful (and tasty)?

    Thisvpost really hit home. I’m taking the plunge and finally taking a leave of absence from my sh*tyy job to fulfil my own passions. Can’t wait to follow your Europeans adventures! All the best!

  15. Julia R
    September 27, 2017 / 12:57 pm

    How exciting, Siffat! You will be splitting your time between two of my favorite cities too, and as I live almost halfway between them, maybe we’ll finally get to meet up!
    Love your outfit and your hair looks gorgeous like this!
    Julia x
    http://www.thevelvetrunway.com/

  16. September 27, 2017 / 7:03 pm

    Omg, Siff, what an amazing piece of news! I am so excited for you and I totally understand you and the need to feel motivated by your surroundings. I would love to meet you in London some time ❤️

    Hope you are having a great week, dear
    Saida | She talks Glam

  17. September 28, 2017 / 2:30 am

    Congrats on the move! OMG that’s is so exciting. Moving is always a wonderful way to refresh your mind and kick start creativity in a different direction.
    Love the sleeve detail by the way! Obsessed!
    xo
    S
    Grey Canvas

  18. miri
    October 3, 2017 / 10:00 am

    Hi Siffat,

    That is amazing. For how long are you coming? Let me know if you ever decide to visit Geneva, we are 3,5 hrs by train from Paris!
    X
    Miri

    http://currentlywearing.com