And That's A Wrap!

Dec 31, 2013

As I'm typing this, my friends are over at my house waiting to countdown for the new year! My friends and I have never been ones to dress up for a new year's eve party so here's my simple outfit for today. You can't see me shivering in these photos but it was freeeeeeeezing (also thanks to my wonderful photographer for staking it out with me)!

How to Make a High-Low Top

Dec 26, 2013

I have a lot of spare time on my hands now that it's the holidays so I thought I would make another sewing tutorial! If you're interested in making a high-low tee from scratch, keep on reading :)

*I apologize in advance for my wrinkly fabric*

Blanket of Ice

Dec 22, 2013

Hi everyone! Sorry for being M.I.A. this month! Putting off all my work throughout the semester finally kicked me in the bum when I had to study cram for my finals...

Since last night, my area has been hit hard with freezing rain. It's rare for me to get rain conditions this extreme- usually it's excessive snow in the winter... or none at all :( . It started to get a little icy on Saturday and overnight, the weather conditions hit the hardest. As I woke up this morning, my windows were frosted with ice and the driveway was covered with a generous amount of ice. My neighbours were struggling to even scratch the ice off their cars and managing to get their car doors unlocked. I couldn't even make it to church today because of the conditions.

How to Make a Circle Skirt

Dec 5, 2013

This is one of the easiest skirts to make in my opinion because you barely need to sew! I love the shape that it gives you because of the fullness of the fabric. I know there are a lot of tutorials out there on how to make this but this is the way I do it. If you want to learn how to make a circle skirt, keep reading below :)

Painting The City White

Nov 28, 2013

I have never done outfit posts in the winter before and I didn't realize how hard it is to do it! My coats rarely make the outfit so staking it out in the cold was a challenge.

So as you can see, a nice blanket of snow has fallen! Goodbye green grass! Everything just seems so still now: less animals, less cars, and less sun during the day. I was (and still am) pretty excited for winter to start because that means it's almost Christmas time! LESS THAN ONE MONTH AWAY. The Christmas tree is already up at my house too!

Living Without a Closet

Nov 23, 2013

This is a little different from what I normally post but I think I might start getting into it more. Let me know what you think! :)

Since I moved into the house that I'm currently living in with my family 13 years ago, my room does not have a usable closet. "Joyce, I see that you appear to have a closet door in your room; why is it there?" I will get back to that question in a minute.

So where exactly did/do I store my clothes?
  1. I had a separate dresser with five drawers to store most of my clothes.
  2. When I grew older and my clothes accumulated, I used the three drawers built into my bed frame to store the rest.
  3. Things I needed to hang such as semi-formal or formal dresses, and coats were stored in my sister or parents' closets.

Two is Better Than One

Nov 14, 2013

Anyone remember that song by Boys Like Girls ft. Taylor Swift back in 2009? That was a pretty catchy song, except for that weird line in verse 2: the way you taste, you make it hard for breathing. Gross.

But yes, two is better than one. Like this week, my friend's mom was so nice to buy me a Toonie Tuesday dinner from KFC. Two chicken pieces and fries for cheap? YES! It's honestly so unhealthy for you but the seasoning is too good. When staying warm, two is definitely better too. Am I over using the word two, too, to? I don't have many thick knits in my closet so my solution is usually to wear multiple layers. Better yet, it saves a lot of decision-making time in the morning.

Operation Christmas Child

Nov 7, 2013

Christmas is about to roll in (less than 2 months?!) and I've been excitedly waiting to talk about this awesome charity project by Samaritan's Purse. Operation Christmas Child is a yearly project whose main purpose is to share God's great love. It started in the '90s and people participate worldwide to pack shoeboxes full of items to gift to children in developing countries. Everyone should experience the joy, hope, warmth, and love that Christmas is supposed to bring!

Grape Jelly Waffles

Nov 2, 2013

Sweater: Ebay (HERE) // Leggings: Garage // Boots: Aldo // Beanie: Spring

You're probably questioning the title of my post right now and thinking why this post isn't about grape jelly waffles. Well, the longer I stared at this outfit trying to think of a name, the hungrier I got and the more my outfit began to resemble waffles. Adding the purple in it made me think of grapes. A name was born.

Four Season Time Lapse

Oct 27, 2013

I have been wanting to compose a "time lapse" type of photo for quite sometime now and I finally got the chance to. This image took me almost a full year to compose. I know I couldn't line up everything perfectly because I wasn't in the exact same position everyday to take the picture. I tried my best! Here is the time to appreciate the beauty of nature and how amazing it is.

From the changing of colours to the heavy snowfalls; to the pouring rain and the scorching sun. Every season has something great to love. I for one can't wait for the snow to come. It has already begun snowing for some of my friends living more North! Bring on the tobogganing!

Hope you have a great week! :)


Oct 20, 2013

Floral Top: Wet Seal // Shirt: Garage // Jeans: Uniqlo // Boots: Spring // Scarf: An Outlet Store

After what seemed like forever, I finally bought a denim/chambray shirt that fit me well and within a price range that I thought was worth it for quality ($13 :D ). Generally, I invest in a lot more versatile and basic pieces because I know I'll wear them a lot. That explains the lack of prints I have in my closet because I find it so difficult to incorporate into outfits! On another note, guess how cold it was today where I live? It was around the 5°C area (41°F) in the morning. Time to pull out those thick knits! Where did autumn go?! Soon, I'll be putting on my winter jacket before November even comes.


Oct 13, 2013

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving in the land of maple syrup! Happy Thanksgiving to all my Canadian readers! :) It has been quite awhile since my last post (insert school-related excuse here). As I'm typing this post up, it's raining and the sky is gloomy. It kind of brings my mood down but the sound of the rain is super calming. Since it's raining, that means it's the perfect time to pull out my boots! Wearing loose tops also means I can stuff myself with lots of food :D

Graphic Tank & Scarf: AE // Cardigan: Stitches // Jeans: Aeropostale // Boots: Aldo

Like Watching Grass Grow

Oct 3, 2013

Today, this post might be different from most things I usually write about, but I just thought that I would share about my week in summary. It may not be the MOST exciting week of my life... it's like watching grass grow. Grass is kind of boring. But, let's just say that my life this week is like that one random patch of grass that has a mushroom growing in it (makes it somewhat interesting).

1. Midterms: midterm season has finally arrived which means it's time to study! This has just been one of those weeks where I honestly have been so lazy, tired, stressed, and who knows what else. When I'm in a mood like that, wearing some stylish, nice outfit is not in the picture. I'm at school for 9 to 11 hours a day on average and I have to be in the most comfortable thing I can wear. You know what I mean? For example, when you wear skirts, you almost take on a specific role of being very lady-like and sitting nicely- too much work. I've retreated back to my hoodies. That is my lame explanation for no outfit posts all week hehe.

I'm totally studying... there is too much for me to read in social psychology :( Even though it's a relatively thin textbook in comparison to my other ones, the information just never ends...

Taking The First Step

Sep 26, 2013

I'm not really one to take risks in life so fashion hasn't been one of those things. And here I am, wearing my first coloured pair of pants! Thanks to my sister for letting me borrow them (the perks of having a sister who is the same size as you).

Last year, I definitely was not involved in school. I'm a very shy person. I'm not quick to trying new things, especially when I'm on my own. When I look back, I feel like I wasted a whole year just studying and doing nothing else! This year, I'm slowly but surely trying to step out of my comfort zone to be a bit more "involved" at school.


Sep 17, 2013

I feel like I look so grown-up with a trench coat. It's going to take some getting used to! Wow, my style sense is changing before my eyes! Still, I can't stray away from my simplistic style. I think it fits pretty well with my personality :) I'm definitely not the type to go for bold prints.

Fall Outfit Inspiration

Sep 14, 2013

Here are some outfits that I came across while browsing online! There are so many ideas that I can't wait to try! This also means that I need to stop by the mall... it has been forever since I went shopping.

1. Layering
Piling on a bunch of layers is my go-to thing to do when it gets cold. It's an easy way to still wear some of your summer clothes when it gets chillier outside.

Photos: Aeropostale Outfit Guide

Little White Dress

Sep 10, 2013

I decided to go a little more simple today, pairing just my neutrals with my little white dress. Today was one of those days I didn't want to wear colours. In turn, the lace detail and ruffles made the outfit a little less "plain". Also, say hello to my blue backpack! I've been using it for around 9 years now and it's still holding up. I have to admit though that it isn't a very attractive backpack. I'm really picky about the things I get so I have yet to find a backpack that I really like. I need to look quick though because the hole at the bottom of my bag is getting bigger.

Canadian National Exhibition

Sep 5, 2013

This is one of the biggest (and expensive) events that happen in Toronto each year. The first exhibition started in 1879! I thought that was a pretty cool fact since Canada was officially named a country just a little over 10 years before then. The main attractions include carnival booth-type games, rides, shows, shopping, a petting zoo, and the outrageously weird foods. It was really good weather when I went even though the forecast said it would rain! Thanks to my friend, we got into the Ex for free :)

Eighteenth First Day of School

Sep 3, 2013

If I counted correctly, this would be my 18th first day of school. I went to preschool for 2 years, kindergarten for 2 years, elementary school for 8 years, high school for 4 years, and now I'm entering my 2nd year of university. That's a lot of schooling right there! Even after so many years, I still try to plan out my first day of school outfit.

Getting Ready for Fall

Aug 27, 2013

I can't believe that it's almost fall! That means it's time for changes- new clothes, new hair (rocking my new 'do), new teachers, new classes... you name it. Even though September is partially still considered summer, the weather no longer feels that way. I've started to get some cooler days where I live already. It's much more enjoyable because the air conditioning doesn't need to be blasted on high. I hate it when it gets extremely humid because I literally have to wear a sweater indoors and then tank top and shorts outdoors. I say the temperature around low to mid 20s feels the best.

Angel Hair for Kids

Aug 25, 2013

Hair donation is something I've been wanting to do for a few years now. I actually haven't heard about hair donations until my time in high school when a few of my classmates donated their hair and when my school hosted a few hair donating events. I was like, "wow, that is something I want to participate in!" So for the past year, I've been growing my hair to get it to the length it was.

Condensed Summer Bucket List

Aug 19, 2013

I'm finally free from school!!!!! Look at that smile across my face. You could say that it officially marks the start of my summer holiday though... sad, isn't it? Even worse, this freedom will last for just one week. And something EVEN worse is happening tomorrow but you'll just have to wait for my next post to find out what that might be. On another note, it's been over a week since I've done an outfit post- WOW. Time flies.


Recipe Box - Macarons

Aug 11, 2013

Over the past year or so, macarons seem to have become unbelievably popular in North America. At first, I was like, "what is a macarON? I've only heard of a macarOON." Yea, it bugs me when people pronounce this treat as macaroon. I never knew what it was made of so I did a little research. It is somewhat like a meringue-based treat mixed with almond flour, baked to look like delicate cookies.

I've heard a lot of say that macarons are extremely difficult to make so the hunt for a foolproof recipe was on. You can't go wrong with Martha Stewart! A baker made a video on how to make the macarons based on Martha's recipe which made it a lot easier to make. With the help of my church fellowship gals, the macarons turned out awesome! It was our first time making these and I believe they tasted and looked just like store bought ones. Maybe they were a little better than store-bought ones? Nah, now I'm just flattering ourselves.

Olive It

Aug 7, 2013

Do you understand the title of the post? Olive it... "I love it". Yes? No? I'm so punny. I tried to be creative so I hope it worked. Great, now the song I Love It by Icona Pop is in my head. I think I'm starting to go off on a tangent here. Tangent, tan, blog name... okay I'll stop.

Farmer's Market

Aug 4, 2013

It's a long weekend here in Canada! This time, my family and I ventured to the Farmer's Market in St. Jacobs. It's a really small village but it's full of delicious, fresh food! Just look at those peaches! People also sell their own products and clothing there but the main focus is no doubt the food. Because it was the long weekend, there were a lot of people. It wasn't exactly comfortable walking around. Luckily, the weather was amazing that day so it was really nice to spend the day outside.

My Music History

Aug 2, 2013

I've ALWAYS wanted to have some pictures with my guitar. Maybe it's due to the fact that I see all these amazing photos on the internet of musicians. On the other hand, it may be due to the fact that the pictures I have with my other instruments are not very good. Exhibit A and B:

Opposites On The Spectrum

Jul 30, 2013

I think my favourite colour combination to wear in clothes is pink and blue. Something about these two colours just work so well in an outfit. I find it difficult to mix different colours into outfits. When I'm in a rush in the morning, which is like everyday, I'll usually throw on my neutrals with one coloured item because you can never go wrong with that. I can honestly dress better if I had time in the morning but sleep always wins! 

Shirt & Shorts: XXI // Tee: H&M // Shoes: Keds

Time Machine

Jul 25, 2013

When I was little, I was quite fearless if I do say so myself. During recess, I would climb the trees in the park. I'd pick up as many ladybugs as I could, though I have since developed a fear of any flying insects. I'd swing on the swings until I was as high as possible so that I could jump off. I would hang upside down on the monkey bars with only my legs holding me up. If I hung off the bars like that now, I feel like I could potentially break them. Just maybe. That's probably why you see my forearm muscles so well in that photo because I'm trying to support my weight.

Wear It Cropped

Jul 23, 2013

Top: American Eagle // Pants: Aeropostale // Hat: Ardenes // Shoes: Keds

Did you think I meant crop tops? I've never been a fan of crop tops and I probably never will be. I prefer longer shirts that start below my hip. The longer the shirt is, the better it is for me! Haha, it's more worth your money too because there's more fabric.

Summer Heat Wave

Jul 18, 2013

Not too long ago, the Night Market came to my city. There were a lot of booths selling delicious street food; the only problem was that most of them were priced too high. I was planning to wear something nice there but I realized that it would be too crowded and hot, so I stuck to a solid colour t-shirt, shorts, and sneakers. With the numerous grills, woks, and stoves cooking away there, I came home with clothes and hair smelling like smoke and food.

The most prominent smell at a night market is the obvious stinky tofu (臭豆... my knowledge of Chinese characters is very limited... thank you Google Translate ^_^). There were also meat skewers, takoyaki, fishballs, seafood, noodles, tornado chips, and much more. My friend and I shared some delicious 雞蛋仔 (direct translation: little chicken eggs). It's kind of like an egg puff; they are made from batter cooked to look like what the name implies.

Other than that, we didn't get anything else to eat. There were performances, eating contests, charities, sport events, and several companies advertising their products. I'm glad I got out of the house. I stayed at home for almost 2 weeks studying my butt off for my summer midterms. Why did I take summer school? I don't even feel it will make my future university semester loads any lighter.

Mint Chocolate Chip

Jul 14, 2013

Top: DIY // Cami: Charlotte Russe // Shorts: H&M // Bag: XXI // Shoes: SODA via Costa Blanca

I channeled my inner child today. Mint chocolate chip ice-cream is one of my favourite ice-cream flavours. EVER. When there was a Laura Secord store close to my home, that was the only flavour I got. However, I don't exactly trust my memory so who knows, that could have been my mom who only got that and I was the kid who wanted all the flavours.

Sadly, the lighting and my camera couldn't capture my outfit colours well enough. Editing worked only on the clothes but then my skin turned into another colour. I'm really bad at editing by the way. Just trust me on this- the mint is really pretty!

The Beginning

Jul 12, 2013


Dress: Hollister // Belt: H&M // Flats: Costa Blanca // Bag: XXI

Hi and welcome to my blog, "A Splash of Tan"! After a long, tedious process of planning, designing, and actually trying to learn the html coding (thank you to all the people who post the help codes online!), I'm proud to announce the start of my blog. I've done a lot of trial and error to make it look nice and to format it in a way that is efficient to look through posts.

To start it off, here's a simple outfit, reflecting pretty well what my style is- simple and comfortable. Thank you to my friend who helped me take these photos! I can tell you that I am the absolute worst at posing and acting "natural" in front of the camera, but I try my hardest! I hope you'll continue to read my blog from here on out. If you want to be updated easily, follow me on Bloglovin' or GFC. Thanks for stopping by! :)