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Taking Stock: Summer 2019

Well, we are halfway through Summer 2019 and I thought this would be a perfect time to take stock of how my summer has been going. Hopefully, this will inspire you too to look back at your own favourite memories of the past two months!

Dominique Baker at Ottawa Bluesfest 2019

Enjoying: taking some “me” time
Listening: Best of Jimi Hendrix
Wearing: a tangerine-coloured knit dress with lace-up front
Making: a database for some work-related info

Cooking: nothing at the moment
Drinking: water
Feeling: half-stressed, half-pretty good
Reading: www.goop.com

Booking: fun things to do during our visit to Prince Edward County
Wishing: this fabulous summer would last forever
Liking: that Reese is a real waterdog/pro-swimmer!
Waiting: for NYFW – woooo hooooo!

Double the fun at Ottawa Bluesfest – some of the treats in the VIP section
Dominique Baker sitting in the sun on a patio in Saratoga Springs, NY
Patio lounging in Saratoga Springs, NY

Snacking: on some delicious olives from Nicastro’s
Coveting: nothing really…maybe a BMW M3?? Lol
Hearing: Reese snoring quietly
Learning: my worth!!

Loving: my Céline Mini Belt Bag! A dream bag I finally took the plunge at bought
Watching: Penny Dreadful
Admiring: the work ethic of the Dress For Success Ottawa Staff
Getting: a new perspective for www.styledomination.com

Wondering:  what’s in store for 2020
Playing: email tag with a PR firm
Noticing: how great my skin has been thanks to dermatological advice from Concept Medial
Giggling: at an action shot of Reese that Ryan sent me

Date night look in Chicago

Bookmarking: a website that teaches you how to change the aspect ratio of videos so that they display properly in IGTV. Real exciting stuff.
Deciding: on what to pack for an upcoming trip to Toronto
Hoping: that my awesome bikinis from Trendsavvy.com arrive for my trip to Toronto (use code “DOM10” to get 10% off any purchase at Trend Savvy)
Contemplating: some fresh blog post ideas centering around prepping for New York Fashion Week

Dominique Baker cheering at the 2019 Ottawa Jazz Festival
Very, very happy to be taking in some great jazz at Ottawa Jazz Festival!

Wanting: nothing really – except for this designer handbag, of course!
Thinking: about fun things I’ll be doing when I visit my pal Emma and my sis Erika in Toronto. Thinking about relaxing poolside with Emma at her fabulous condo and maybe a good shopping session
Knowing: that sleep is the key to great health
Opening: up the box of Latisse generously gifted to me by Concept Medical Super long lashes, here I come…

Feeling: remarkably calm
Marveling: at how blessed I’ve been this year thanks to my blog. Thanks to all of you for supporting me always.

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. Dorcas
    July 29, 2019 / 4:52 pm

    Wow 😄😄😄😄 you sound like Alice in Wonderland!! Why am I not surprised? You earned.
    Happy holidays in Toronto, and please take TONNES of pictures at the NYFWashington.

    • Dominique
      July 30, 2019 / 10:22 am

      Hi Dorcas! Thanks for reading…will do!

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