A New Beginning

Hello everyone!

It’s been a long time since my last post (7 months ago to be exact . . . 🙈).

I’m returning to blogging because I’m creating a positive outlet that I haven’t been able to find in a long time. I originally started this blog with naive hopes of eventually posing on sidewalks in expensive dresses for tons of followers, eager to hear news of my extravagant life. A girl can dream!

But most importantly, I started Fiction and Fabrics to bridge my love of novels, inspiration and fashion altogether. In my early blogging years, it felt like work to write posts all the time, and I eventually left F&F to pursue other adventures.

Since my last post, I’ve begun a new job blogging for my university and started editing a local newspaper there as well. I also became a blogger for College Fashion! They have all been never-ending learning experiences. However, there are a lot of unpleasant, disappointing things that come along with university that have left me feeling quite cold.

I’m redesigning F&F and using it to blog everyday pleasures. After two years of trying to force my life to follow a specific narrative and being rejected/let down, I’ve decided that I’m going to use my time healing myself and finding my voice. Hopefully my insights will help heal you too.

First change: more original pictures! To start off, I captured a few moments of my birthday last week, spent with my family. I blogged more about it here! Thank you so much for reading, see you soon! 💞

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☀ Summer Reading List ☀

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After months of essays, reading and uncertainty, I can finally smell the roses of summer. From bare legs to flowy maxi skirts, I am more than ready to embrace spring. I am also ready to give my brain a break, but also a treat at the same time. After constantly being quizzed and tested on the books I’ve read, I’m excited to resume reading books simply for the pleasure of it. Here are my picks for the summer!

1) How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie (Currently Reading)

2) Absolute Beginners by Colin MacInnes (Book Review to Come)

3) An Introduction To Greek Mythology by David Bellingham

4) To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf

5) Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

6) Lair of Dreams: A Diviners Novel by Libba Bray

7) Robber Bride by Margaret Atwood

8) A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf

What’s on your summer reading list?

Daily Dose (1)

Daily Dose Monday is a weekly meme inspired by Michelle’s Bookshelf where I post hand-picked inspiring, cute, and cool pictures and quotes to help you get energized for the week ahead. Enjoy!

For just one second, look at your life and see how perfect it is. Stop looking for the next secret door that is going to lead you to your real life. Stop waiting. This is it: there’s nothing else. It’s here, and you’d better decide to enjoy it or you’re going to be miserable wherever you go, for the rest of your life, forever. – Lev Grossman

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Images Courtesy of:
1)  instagram.com/yogagirl

New York Fashion Week (Fall 2015): My Highlights

Another round of New York Fashion Week has ended, along with the glamorous parties and endless front rows filled with amply couture-clad celebrities (Hi Kim!). If you’re like me and experienced the amazing event through Polyvore sets and Instagram pictures from all the top fashion editors, all the new trends can be pretty overwhelming to take in. One of my favourite things to do is to find collections whose clothes we can easily transform into our wardrobes. After all, we could all use some luxe in this frigid February weather, right? Feel free to click the sets, which will take you to my Polyvore account where you can see where each individual item is from!

1) DVF Fall 2015
DVF’s collection for Fall 2015 is nothing short of effortless glam, with the right amount of femininity and innovation. Here’s my favorite look from the collection and how you can incorporate it in your everyday fashion.

DVF2) Milly Fall 2015
Milly had a really cool mix of hot colours in the collection, which I think is a refreshing take on fall fashion. Below is one of my standout look and how you can make it yours.

MillyImages Courtesy of style.com

How to Get Through Finals

Courtesy of Pinterest, via seventeen.com
Courtesy of Pinterest, via seventeen.com

While there is hot chocolate to be sipped and cookies to be baked, most university students right now are studying for finals. It can be a stressful time, full of anxiety and worry, especially for a first year like me. But after my first week of studying, I have locked down on a few helpful tips that have helped me, and ones that I’m sure will help you too.

1. Schedule

Scheduling study times is essential. Lay out in an agenda or piece of paper of when your exams are and how you will spend your days in-between. Essentially, it is not about cramming a bunch of stuff into one night, but absorbing chunks of material over a long period. It is also important to schedule free time. Make sure to include breaks! Sometimes I will take an hour off, or even practice the 50/10 method: Study for 50 minutes, and for the next 10, take a break but a kind of break that engages your mind. It can be anything from yoga, reading an excerpt from a book, taking a walk or dancing around your room. This helps because you’re still engaging your mind and senses while still taking a break, opposed to simply watching TV or going on the computer which will tempt you more to slack off.

2. Affirmations

This might not help everyone, but I think it is worth the try. Normally, it is recommended that we use positive affirmations every morning such as “You can do this!” to help you get in the right state of mind for the day, but I like to use it for stressful times as well. You can put positive quotes on sticky notes around your house, or just make a list of your most motivating lines and reiterate them before studying. Use bright markers to make it the process more fun and your notes more enticing. To jumpstart your writing, Seventeen has round up some of their favourite quotes here!

3. Treat YOself

Throughout the exam period, definitely indulge yourself in all of the holidays’ goodness. Specifically, also decide to treat yourself with one specific item, whether it is a new phone or a new lip gloss, after exams. For example, I treated myself to a new book, Virginia Woolf’s To the Lighthouse, and it has helped me put in perspective that it’s just a few exams and that after it’s over, I can get back to my usual self and enjoy the things I love. Super excited to read it after I’m finished with finals, and post a review up on the blog!

Feel free to comment or tweet at me (@_thewritegirl) about your favourite study tips, and good luck studying!

Holiday Gift Guide: 2014

Whether you’re shopping for others or yourself this season (I know I will!), there are a ton of goodies to choose from. From gifts packs to gift sets to gift paper, there’s a lot of stuff involved in the process! Below, I picked some of my favourite products for the holidays. Whether it’s a new book to curl up to, near a roaring fire (preferably with some hot chocolate and a thick blanket) or a new accessory to beat the drab of winter, there’s something for everyone. Enjoy, and happy shopping!

holidaygiftguide_fictionandfabricsHoliday Picks by stylebyrebecca

1. Ankle boots, forever21.ca.
2. Spiral journal, chapters.indigo.ca
3. Head wrap, aldoshoes.com
4. Statement necklace, asos.com
5. Chasers of the Light by Tyler Knott Gregson (author uses a typewriter to write poems!), chapters.indigo.ca
6. Cashmere candle, thewindowscene.com