life

Best of 2017…

It’s New Years Eve!

Even though I was a little lost this year that doesn’t mean there wasn’t any good times… I had many AMAZING times!

Here are some of my favourites…

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Vegas: March
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Sisters at the Pawn Shop
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Montreal with Mel!
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Christmas Day
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December! Dinner with my ladies
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Vegas Dec
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Lake Days with the SIS
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Work friends
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Red Truck Concert Series

 

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Red Truck Concert Series
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Patio drinks with my faves
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Whitecaps game.. Wearing my nonno’s hat

 

Hope you enjoyed and that you all have an awesome time tonight!

PS. Be Safe tonight and SAY NO to DRUGS!

xo- josiphine

life

It’s that time of year…

WOAH, what a year! As I sit here, sipping my coffee, I cant help but smile and laugh to myself at the same time. 2017 has been a pretty interesting year for me..  I like to think of it as a transition year..

I started the year off with the intent of doing my very own Happiness Project. Each month I would set a goal/resolution/intention and then “tackle” that goal or whatever you want to call it. After 2 or 3 months I quit! It wasn’t making me feel happy at all, if anything I was kind of miserable and felt like I was putting all this pressure on myself to be happy.

So, I quit my happiness project and then shit went a little sideways… Because I failed at being happy I started to think about my life, how I wasn’t where I “should” be and then started to question every aspect of my life.. Just to give you an example (1 out of about 1000 lol).. I decided that I should buy a condo in the burbs.. I started looking at condos, then just as quikly I talked myself out of it because it was like what if I hate the burbs.. So then I found a place to rent but the second I signed the lease I started to second guess if it was the right decision.. this is literally how I spent the next 4 months!

If I had to choose 1 word to describe those 4 months it would be LOST.. I was totally lost and didn’t know what I wanted.

I am the first one to admit that my mind is my biggest enemy and I knew that I had to do something because I was on a path of self-destruction.. So in September I made the decision to smarten the FUCK up and take control of my mind. I read “The Universe has your back” and started to have all of these “ahhh” moments. Everything in the book is common sense.. however for me it was not common practise.. Reading the book made me aware of my actions and now because I am aware I can stop myself before I act or react to certain situations. It doesn’t always work but hey at least I am trying!

So, for the past four months that is what it has been all about.. Learning to control my thoughts and actions.  At the end of the day the only thing we can control is ourselves..

Going into 2018 I don’t have a BIG list of resolutions or goals.. my one intention for the year and for the rest of my years is to get out of my comfort zone..  and for me that means to let go of all that pressure I put on myself, to LET IT BE and to Trust that the Universe has my back…

May your 2018 be filled with everything your heart desires..

xo – josiphine image1-6

 

 

 

 

Fashion

’tis the season to sparkle…

Good Day y’all!

I’ve been trying to write this post for the last half hour but due to a lil holiday hangover I am having quite the time trying to get my shit together!  If there is one thing I love more than anything it is dressing up for holiday parties and this year I am absolutely loving everything from sequins and fur to a classic, high-waisted party skirt… Thought I would share a few of my holidays looks so far this season.. plus a few others that may get you inspired! enjoy

ps. don’t forget to follow me on Instagram fresa.living for all things fashion, life, fitness, photography and more.. xo ~ jos

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Sequins Skirt @Zara, Blouse @Top Shop, Faux Fur @H&M, Heels @Nine West
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Backless Blouse @H&M, Party skirt @the latest scoop, Pumps @aldo shoes

 

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Basic T @H&M, Sequins Skirt @zara, Booties @aldoshoes
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Open back mini dress @asos
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Sequin Crochet dress @asos
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Red Party Skirt @asos

 

Fashion · life

Holiday wish list for her….

Happy Saturday!

I should be going to the gym right now but instead I am trying to get some Christmas shopping done online but instead of finding gifts for the loves in my life I keep finding shit I want! hahaha.. So I figured I’d create a lil holiday wish list for all the dudes out there that don’t know what to buy that special lil lady in their lives… Not gonna lie hoping the dude in my life reads this 😉

Happy Holidays & Happy Shopping!!

xo ~ jos

Check out my top 10 picks…. I can pretty much guarantee she will love something on this list!

 

 

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Lyra Watch $145USD from MMVT
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LBD $40 from Zara
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Faux Fur Coat $129 from H&M
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Blanket Scarf $85 from Aritzia
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Blonde Tank $55 from Brunette the Label
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Faux Leather pants $135 from Aritzia
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Booties $90 on sale from Aldo
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Necklace $69 from Saje

 

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Sweatshirt $79 from Brunette the Label
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Ankle Booties $59 from H&M
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give presence….

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Hey guys! Happy Friday!

I’m not sure about any of you but this is one of my most fave times of the year. I actually put my Christmas tree up and decorated the apartment on November 13th! D walked in the door and his actual words were “are you fucking kidding me? its November!” haha.. oopsie! Not even sorry!

Anyways, I love everything about this season; holiday parties, holiday outfits, holiday hangovers.. ok, well, maybe I don’t love the hangovers but they are so worth it during this time of the year! There really is nothing better than spending time with family and friends, drinking, laughing and just having the most amazing time!

So with that being said… this holiday season I have decided to do something that is going to be a little difficult for me.. I have decided that I am going to just put down my phone and actually fully engage in conversations and actually take everything in that I love about the holidays.. Now don’t get me wrong.. I’m still going to take photos and post on social media.. but I really want to make a solid effort to not spend all my time looking down at my phone, half ass listening to conversations.. I’m pretty sure you can all admit that you have been guilty of that once or twice before..

So, starting today.. I’m going to make a solid effort to give my presence… and I fully encourage all of you to do the same..

Peace & Love ~ Jos

ps. stay tuned for some of my favourite looks this season

 

 

 

fitness · life

Love yourself…

Workout because you LOVE yourself, not because you HATE your body.

image1-3I have been in a love-hate relationship with my body for as long as I can possibly remember.

I have always been petite/small but not naturally “thin”. Now don’t get me wrong.. I’m not calling myself overweight but I am super curvy and lets just say this was not a trend in the 90s….  In high school and in my early 20s “THIN was in”.. and it really fucked with my head because I was always comparing myself to other girls..

Fast forward 20 years later.. I am a pretty confident 38-year-old woman but I still have these moments where I “hate” my body..  BUT I have FINALLY come to the realization that… “It’s not about being thin or overweight.. it’s about being healthy, both mentally and physically; its about self-love” .. and I try to remind myself of this every time I go to the gym, or I’m out for a run or I’m on a yoga mat… Yes, I want to look good.. but in order to look good, I have to feel good… and in order to feel good.. I have to LOVE MYSELF!

Self Love ~ Self Growth ~ Self Care

Hope you enjoyed today’s post!

xoxo ~ Jos

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

life

It’s beginning to look a lot like…..

Happy Saturday!

I have been MIA for almost a month now! I know I totally suck at this whole blogging thing  but I promised myself that I would never write or post just because I felt like I “had” to.. if you know what I mean..

Anyways, today I thought I’d share a few items that just arrived from H&M Home! If you have never shopped H&M home I highly suggest you do! They have the most amazing home collection at H&M’s affordable pricing! None of the H&M locations in Vancouver have a home department but that is what the good ol’ internet is for!

As you can see I am getting ready for the holidays! stay tuned for the finished look!

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Tea Towels from Holiday Collection ($6.99 – sold out)

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Bake someone happy apron ($17.99)

 

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Deep Red Canvas Cushion Cover ($6.99)- sold out/ All is Calm,All is bright Cushion Cover ($6.99)- sold out

 

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4 pack Wooden Coasters ($14.99)

 

life

stuck in a rut….

IMG_0693Happy Saturday!

Its been 10 days since my last post. I have been so busy with work that by the time I get home the last thing I want to do is pick up my laptop and write. Since I’m having a very lazy Saturday morning I decided that I would take a few minutes to write…

I have always been really good about having a pretty balanced personal/work lifestyle but the last few weeks my job has literally consumed me. To the point where the other day I told Darryl that maybe I should just quit my job and go work somewhere with no responsibilities!

Now don’t get me wrong, I love what I do for a living but every so often I have these moments where I cant help but think.. “Is this it?, Is this the life for me? Living in the suburbs, taking the train downtown every day, working 8 hrs, taking the train back home, going to the gym, making dinner, watching a bit of TV, going to sleep and then repeat’… I am exhausted just thinking about it..

In one of my first posts I mentioned how I used to live in Mexico but what I didn’t say was that I was pretty much a glorified beach bum. My “job” was as an Activities Coordinator in a resort. I was paid to socialize, play tequila volleyball, lead water aerobics and then take our guests out to the clubs at night.. On days days like today I would love to be that same carefree 25-year-old living off of $600 a month and where my biggest problem was being tired because I “had” to take the guests to the bar the night before…..

So, as I wrote that last sentence, I would love to be that same carefree 25-year-old.. I started to laugh to myself.. because I know I am that same person just an older, wiser, more responsible version..

And this, my friends, is why I write..

Some times you just need to write it, read it out loud and then let the reality of it all set in.. “This life is what you make it”.. I have allowed the stress of life to consume me..  I have allowed myself to get super caught up and stressed with work.. no one else just ME! So, now that Im done having my little pity party and have come to this realization I am going to let go of all that stress and enjoy this day..

I encourage all of you to do the same! Namaste!

xo jos

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Fashion

The girl in the red blazer

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Denim, Sweater and blouse all from H&M. 

Two weeks ago I purchased this amazing red blazer from H&M and I am absolutely loving it! Over the past few years I have learned that I have to try to be somewhat responsible when shopping so whenever I purchase an item I always try to go for something that I can wear to work or out with friends.. which can be a bit hard considering I work in a corporate office…

This blazer is one of those items that works in both environments and it is definitely going to be a power piece regardless of where I wear it! Today I wore it to the office with ripped denim, a sweater and lil black vintage booties. Pulled my hair up in a messy bun and accessorize  with gold hoop earrings..

Check out my pics below to see the different ways to style for this Fall & Winter!

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Denim and Blazer: H&M, Tank top: Target, Heels: Nine West, Toque: Aritzia
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Denim: Free People, Cami: Top Shop, Blazer: H&M, Pumps: Nine West
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Skirt, Blazer, Tshirt: H&M, Pumps: Nine West

 

 

 

 

 

life · Photography

Relax Refresh Recharge

image1-5So, I just got back from an awesome 3 days away in Whistler. I always forget how lucky I am to live so close to a place that is filled with so much beauty!

D and I had plans to go out and let loose on Sunday night but instead we found ourselves back in our hotel room by 9! We decided to have a quick night-cap but in the time it took for me to pour a glass of wine he was fast asleep. So, I enjoyed my wine & off to sleep I went.

On Monday, we decided to make the most of our day. We walked around the village, patio hopped, and ended the day in the hot tub. It was perfect! I’ve been super stressed with work, so a few days of doing nothing was exactly what I needed.. It was so great to relax and recharge before this crazy month of October kicks in.

I took a few photos throughout the day yesterday and thought I would share them with you! Hope you enjoy!

xo jos

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Whistler Village 

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