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Taking Stock: Summer 2017 Edition

Sipping cocktails on patios. Driving up to the cottage. Rocking out at music festivals…

Summer is underway in Ottawa – although we are hard pressed to tell because the weather has been so frenetic. Sigh. That isn’t stopping us from enjoying it as best as we can! Read on to see how I’m taking stock during the summer season.

See how I'm taking stock of my life this summer 2017

Enjoying: some music  I discovered at RBC Bluesfest
Listening: to Migos’ Bad & Boujee
Wearing: an off-the-shoulder top and high-waisted Levi’s that I forgot I had, but was reminded when one of my BFFs wore a similar pair to Bluesfest
Making: a plan to hit up the Zara summer sale after work

Cooking: well, marinating some steaks for tonight
Drinking: water
Feeling: happy!
Reading: www.Jezebel.com

Booking: hotel reservations for our getaway to Montreal!
Wishing: the Double G Gucci belt wasn’t backordered *eye roll*
Liking: this awesome Clear Proof charcoal face mask by Mary Kay. Really incredible!
Waiting: for consistently hot, sunny weather. Damn you, Mother Nature!

Snacking: on a pretty good pear
Coveting: a Gucci leather belt, dammit!
Hearing: a pin drop. It’s so quiet
Learning: a few graphic design hacks

Loving: this Bobbi Brown Beach perfume I’m wearing!
Watching: Golden Girls Season 5
Admiring: my new turquoise bracelet
Getting: a new iPhone to replace my beloved yet shattered 6+

See how I'm taking stock of my life this summer 2017

Wondering:  how I busted up my iPhone so badly. Oh yeahhh…wine.
Playing: with my ear cuff
Noticing: that I’ve gained a little weight since music festival season started. Sigh.
Giggling: at a hilarious picture I took at Bluesfest

Bookmarking: an IG stories hacks page I found on the internet
Deciding: on what to pack for Spain
Hoping: that someone will show up with chocolate for me right now
Contemplating: some futures plans I should make stat

Wanting: this bag NOW
Thinking: about which restaurants to hit up in Montreal!
Knowing: to bring my own umbrella or my friend will freak out when I ask to use hers
Opening: up a tub of hummus. Fascinating, right?

Feeling: freezing in this ridiculous air conditioning
Marveling: at how great the last few months have been!

Dominique Baker
Dominique Baker

Dominique is a Canadian-based fashion and beauty influencer with a strong voice in Ottawa’s black community. Since launching her blog Style Domination in 2015, she has amassed a global fanbase. Dominique shares her life through beautiful imagery and compelling story-telling that speaks to her fans on a personal level. She’s been featured in The Guardian, Flare, The Kit and Cityline. She also hosts events for Dress for Success, the Gem Conference, and has been named a United Way Person 2 Know for the past three years.

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  1. July 27, 2017 / 12:44 pm

    i love Watching: Golden Girls Season 5! I’m actually doing all the SATC and it makes me wanna buy more shoes than my wardrobe can keep! channeling my inner Carrie Bradshaw!

    • Dominique
      July 27, 2017 / 1:26 pm

      Patricia! That’s amazing! And I own all of the seasons of SATC on DVD. You’ve inspired me to start watching them again. Hopefully I won’t go shoe crazy!

  2. July 27, 2017 / 12:57 pm

    Ooooh I love this type of blog post! It’s like a simplistic version of a life update. Might try this out on my own blog some time, if that’s alright! 🙂

    xo, Kimberly

    • Dominique
      July 27, 2017 / 1:25 pm

      Kimberly – I would love it if you did! I actually got the idea from another blogger, @mushroomstew on instagram! Have fun taking stock!

  3. July 27, 2017 / 1:26 pm

    Awesome post/list. Super fun and informative too!

    • Dominique
      July 27, 2017 / 2:37 pm

      Thanks, Debra!

  4. July 28, 2017 / 10:10 am

    This is the BEST list girl. I always love reading your posts. I love getting an update on your life and keeping up with you. I also love Bobbi Brown perfume!!

    • Dominique
      August 3, 2017 / 11:05 pm

      Thank you SO MUCH, Taylor! I love your blog too. Keep up the awesome work! Love the little posts you do with your hubby too. Too funny! Loved the video where he did your makeup!

  5. July 30, 2017 / 2:05 pm

    I think these are my fave posts to read!! Love that you discovered a pair of old jeans in your closet and that you are always finding IG hacks and learning about how to be a better blogger. I need to be more like you. Sigh. XOX

    • Dominique
      July 31, 2017 / 10:05 am

      Ahhh Staaaahhhpppp. You’re pretty darn perfect. Unless you want to switch lives so I can travel the world and you can experience life in a cubicle. HAHA! #notfunny. Thanks for your kind words, babe!

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