By the Way

March 30, 2012

Outfit of the day snap: Club Monaco scarf, bag c/o Mary Nichols, H&M booties, skinnies c/o Raven Denim

So I’m sure some of you might be wondering why I’m going to Toronto since I keep bringing up apartment hunting, which is evidently my new obsession.

I wanted to give myself some time to feel like it was all really happening before I announced it on the blog, but now that I’ve absorbed it fully, I’m very excited to announce that the reason I’m headed to T-Dot over the summer is for an online editorial internship at FASHION Magazine!  

Bailey…so photogenic.

If you’ve been following my blog for awhile, you’d know that initially, I started To Vogue or Bust with the express purpose of documenting my path to fashion journalism (which explains the title). I started the blog on April 13, 2010 because I’d been grappling with determining which was most important: following the career I’d dreamt of doing since I was a kid or taking the more financially secure route and heading into law.

To make a long story short, I came to the conclusion that in order to be happy and complete I had to follow my passions. I made a commitment to myself to try, try, try, and see where it took me. And of course, having received my BA in Psych I knew that if I announced this goal publicly, I’d feel more motivated to keep it – and that’s how the blog was born!

Enjoying a Moscow Mule at Hawksworth Restaurant with Cee and Alicia.

The morning of my interview!

I’m generally quite hard on myself, but as I’m coming up on my two year blogiversary, I’ve got to give myself a little pat on the back. Since beginning To Vogue or Bust, I have worked hard on making my dreams materialize and I feel like all the work that I’ve done thus far has culminated in this amazing opportunity. I’m still obviously in the very early stages of my career, but I feel like I’m headed in the right direction.

Anyway, I really hope you all come along with me for my adventure out east this summer! I really want to also express how thankful I am for all your support and lovely words – I never expected to make such amazing connections both online and in real life thanks to the blog, which was really initially intended to just be a bit of a career diary. I’m grateful for all these incredible connections every day – how blessed am I that I get to share a bit of myself and learn about others in such a unique and dynamic way!

Picking up my bfrend bracelet and a beautiful black lace dress (which I will feature soon) from Violet Hill!

One of the most amazing coffees I’ve had from Rocanini in Steveston Village – love the sci-fi-esque coffee syphons!

At the Converse S/S 2012 press review last night – loved this men’s style for both Matt and myself!

Okay so on a much, much less happy note, I have to take my road test today for my full licence (dun dun DUUUN…seriously, stay off the roads). I am pretty much the laughing stock of my family/friends/everyone who knows me for my subpar driving skills so this should be fun. If I actually pass, I am officially declaring today as “Miracles Do Happen Day” from here on out.

Hope all of you have an amazing weekend! xx

***UPDATE: I did pass my road test! Shocking. So go out and do the unthinkable, apparently it will pan out today since it is in fact Miracles Do Happen Day. To Vogue or Bust

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  • Reply Erin at March 30, 2012 at 7:39 pm

    so happy for you, alex! you deserve a pat on the back for SURE… many ppl take the path of least resistance, but you've carved it out differently! CONGRATS xoxox

  • Reply Asher March 30, 2012 at 7:41 pm

    Congratulations!!!!! That's so exciting!

  • Reply Michelle March 30, 2012 at 7:52 pm

    Congratulations, Alex! All the best on your adventures out East, and can't wait to read all about it 🙂 I've only discovered your blog recently, but you are by far my favourite out of all the local bloggers I follow!

  • Reply Bonnie March 30, 2012 at 7:57 pm

    Congrats on the big move AND the internship. That is so exciting! I hope that you will continue documenting your awesome adventures.
    Twitter: @GlamKitten88

  • Reply Andie Willows March 30, 2012 at 7:58 pm

    congrats! happy for you!

    xoxo, andie

  • Reply Heather March 30, 2012 at 8:18 pm

    congrats Alex that is so so so amazing! You can never go wrong when following your passion and dreams – you are so meant for this!


  • Reply Wren March 30, 2012 at 8:30 pm

    I'm so excited for you! Congratulations. It's such an inspiration to know that you followed your dreams and amazing things are happening.


  • Reply Marisa March 30, 2012 at 8:45 pm

    Congratulations Alexandra!!! I was waiting for you to announce your reason for going to Toronto. It's going to be such an amazing opportunity and I'm sure they'll love you so much they'll want to keep you! Good luck with your driving test too 🙂 Happy Weekend!


  • Reply Small Town Gal March 30, 2012 at 9:07 pm

    Congrats Alex! Very happy and excited for you to start your internship. You're going to love the summer in Toronto. Oh well, minus the heat waves! Best of luck with your driving test!

  • Reply alison*elle March 30, 2012 at 9:11 pm

    I'm so excited for you, Alex!! You'll love Toronto (it's where I'm originally from) and summertime there is so nice.

    xo, alison*elle

  • Reply Suzi Maynard March 30, 2012 at 9:22 pm

    That's just so fabulous Alexandra! Congratulations! I wish you all the very best of success for your internship.
    Suzi x
    For the Love of Audrey

  • Reply Sanam March 30, 2012 at 10:13 pm

    that sounds really exciting! what will you be doing over at the magazine? 🙂

    Sanam x
    My Fashion/Photography blog: DayByDiva

  • Reply universeandyou March 30, 2012 at 11:06 pm

    Congratulations on your intership ! really happy for you ! If you believe it your half way there!!

    Enjoy it as much as you can and good luck on your test !

    xoxo from Ellen

  • Reply Célèste Brott of Fashion is Evolution March 30, 2012 at 11:06 pm


  • Reply JennaStevie March 30, 2012 at 11:08 pm

    This is SUCH exciting news lady!! I am so proud that you're following your dreams, that's such a ballsy move and I think you'll be amazing and you'll have an AWESOME experience. My brother is actually moving there at the end of the summer too, he's getting his masters in Opera there, so maybe we'll run into each other there too!!
    Have a great weekend lady! Happy apartment hunting

  • Reply March 30, 2012 at 11:47 pm

    A HUGE Congrats is in order – WOW! Really awesome to hear you've achieved your goals personally and professionally and you've also enjoyed the process too. It's so great to see young, talented people work hard and go after their dreams – that's definitely inspiring to everyone who reads your blog. Way to go!

    Thanks for the tip too on the Steveston coffee; looks like a great joint.

    Have a lovely weekend.

  • Reply hattitude March 30, 2012 at 11:53 pm

    Hattitude Style Blog

    congratulations on your internship! ossington and queen is the best area, right around trinity bellwoods. it's so boho. But king and spadina is very ritzy if you have a little extra cash to burn. SUCH a stellar area! bloor village is pretty rad too! you'll have SO much fun in Toronto. It's different then out here in Van city. Much more night life! We'll have to meet up in Toronto in the summer for a beer on the patio 🙂

    talk soon wild child
    Hattitude Style Blog

  • Reply Cee March 31, 2012 at 12:41 am

    A internship at Fashion magazine and a full adult driver's license? Goodness, pally, you really are shooting for the moon 🙂 Seriously, though, even though I know I've already said it a million times – congratulations! You definitely deserve it. I have to admit that I am going to miss all of the Alex-time I've been getting lately, you're just leaving so soon! A fiesta is definitely in order. But until then, have a fabulous weekend girl!

  • Reply Petite Adventures March 31, 2012 at 12:45 am

    Congratulations Alex!! You're going to be such an amazing fashion journalist – I can't wait to read all about your adventures in Toronto!

  • Reply Jackie March 31, 2012 at 2:02 am

    Congrats girl! I am so happy for you! You're going to be amazing at your internship!

  • Reply Katie March 31, 2012 at 2:58 am

    Alexandra! What a happy and exciting post! Congrats on passing the driving test! I know it can be nerve-wracking 🙂

    And YAY YAY YAY HELL YEAH on the internship news. That is so incredibly awesome for you. I know you are going to kick ass. I couldn't be prouder of you than if you were my own beautiful, little journalism sister! Congrats!

    Katie- Hems For Her

  • Reply gillybeancandyjar March 31, 2012 at 3:19 am

    congrats congrats congrats on everything!! so happy for you 😀

  • Reply Leila March 31, 2012 at 3:26 am

    Congratulations!!! That is wonderful! You will have so much fun. 😀 I similarly created my blog as a way of publicly holding myself to my goals and aspirations; hopefully in a few years I'll be on my way to my field as well! 🙂

    Also–I am a horrendous driver. It's my biggest fear, so, though I have my license, I avoid driving at all costs. Congrats on passing your test!

  • Reply Hannah March 31, 2012 at 3:28 am

    Congrats doll!

    xo, H

  • Reply amuseume March 31, 2012 at 3:28 am

    Congratulations!!! What big and exciting news; well deserved!!! It's a big decision to leave the city but you're pursuing what you love and what you're passionate about — the key to happiness. I'm sure you'll be successful and you'd better still keep up with the blog! Hope you've finally found an apartment that suits all your needs.

    Congrats again!!

    — Laina

  • Reply gillybeancandyjar March 31, 2012 at 3:36 am

    PS- your dog looks like there's not a care in the world. I'm jealous haha

  • Reply MizzJ March 31, 2012 at 4:21 am

    Oh wow that is CRAZY news Alex!! I'm so happy for you. You're such a lovely person, and you always leave such genuine comments. It's gratifying when good things happen to good people!

  • Reply Akiko March 31, 2012 at 6:40 am

    Congratulations! That's a great news. I'm happy for you and the photos are so beautiful too! xo akikoStyle Imported

  • Reply Josie March 31, 2012 at 6:42 am

    Congratulations on passing!!! How exciting!

    Lots of really nice photos 🙂
    I like your angled outfit shot! Looks cute from what I can see!

    – Josie ::

  • Reply Leonie March 31, 2012 at 7:09 am

    Yaaay congrats on passing the test! Now you can finally check that off 🙂

    It is so lovely to see a mix of pictures from your experiences/events lately. Especially like the picture of Bailey, such a pretty dog!

    Hope you'll have a good weekend and will celebrate your recent successes! 😉

    xo Leonie

    Currently Coveting…

  • Reply Sam March 31, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    Wow Alexandra, Congratulations! This is such wonderful news, I am so thrilled for you and only wish many more great things in your future. I hope you will keep us informed about your exciting new career. Well Done on the driving license too!

  • Reply GlamorousGirl March 31, 2012 at 1:38 pm


  • Reply Elisabeth March 31, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    Amazing news, congratulations! I hope this won't mean that we'll have less blog posts to read though…remember us readers even though your career is speeding up! <3
    Thank you for leaving a comment on my blog, you should definately think about making a blogger trip to the country of Santa Claus!

    E from Helsinki

  • Reply Ceciliette March 31, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    Congrats!!! for the road test and the internship!!! So cool that you´re having the chance of following your dream!!! We´ll be her so keep us updated!


  • Reply Shes Dressing Up March 31, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    Lovely photos & congratulations on the iternship (& passing your road test)! I'm very excited to keep upto date with Toronto life once you're there 🙂

  • Reply GIRL AND CLOSET March 31, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    Yay! Yay!!! I'm so proud of you Alex and I can't wait to follow your adventure via your fabulous blog. Aw, this is such great news. I know you'll have an amazing time! xo

  • Reply Noressa Henness March 31, 2012 at 8:59 pm

    Love this article and those kind of photos. And great blog girl.

    Why don't we follow each others?

  • Reply jess April 1, 2012 at 2:05 am

    Congrats on your internship and liscense. Have a great time in Toronto.

  • Reply Anna (South Molton St Style) April 1, 2012 at 8:26 am

    Awww congrats lovely! You'll be over here working at Conde Nast in London in no time! xx

    South Molton St Style

  • Reply Jackie April 1, 2012 at 9:17 am

    Yayyy! Congrats girl 🙂 that's soo awesome. I'm a new follower of your blog and I like reading your post. Enjoy your weekend!


  • Reply E L L E S A P P E L L E April 1, 2012 at 10:06 am



    X ELLE

  • Reply Katie's Bliss April 1, 2012 at 9:41 pm

    Omg congrats Alex I'm so happy for you! I'm sure you will do wonderful and have a fabulous experience! Good luck 🙂

  • Reply Michelle Lee April 1, 2012 at 11:07 pm

    lovely photos 🙂
    happy week!

  • Reply Daria April 2, 2012 at 11:23 am

    nice pictures!~ and congrats on that internship 🙂

    Daria, the Fashionsurfer

  • Reply Cara April 2, 2012 at 3:44 pm

    Congrats Alex, how exciting!!
    Looking forward to following your summer adventure
    xo Cara

  • Reply Marie a la Mode April 2, 2012 at 8:55 pm

    Oh my God, congratulations!!! That's so awesome! I'm so happy for you! What an amazing magazine to intern at! Soooo exciting!

  • Reply Kate April 2, 2012 at 9:28 pm

    Oh my gosh, lady! That is SO exciting!! Congratulations! You must just be bursting with excitement! Very well deserved! xoxo!

  • Reply Rachel April 3, 2012 at 4:29 am

    Congratulations! Very exciting news. I am moving to Toronto myself at the end of the summer 🙂

    – Rachel

  • Reply nicola lynde. April 3, 2012 at 9:37 pm

    Congrats! I'm sure it will be an absolute blast. What a great way to spend a summer!

  • Reply lisawoodenshoes April 4, 2012 at 5:38 am

    Congratulations!! That sounds so amazing! 🙂

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