#NoFilter: Five Exam-Time Habits To Break For Better Skin

Hello, friends. We’re knee-deep in exam season right now, which means the sweats are on, hair is tied back, eyes are fashionably accessorised with dark circle eye-bags and the stress-induced breakouts have reared their heads. If you’re anything like me, you might not be too concerned about the state of your skin when your GPA is…

World Mental Health Day: Blowing Out The Gas Light

This post did not come easily. I’ve known for a while that I wanted to write something in honour of World Mental Health Day…but what? Would it be my experiences of living with depression? My more recent experiences of anxiety? Would I share my stories about being a support system for friends dealing with eating…

Lessons I’m Learning

Here’s the thing: I have always assumed that by certain milestones I’ll become a particular person, fully equipped to deal with her situation. By 23, I had figured I’d be a graduate, doing my Masters in London, England, working part time for some really cool company, with a cat and a nice boy living in…

On Womanhood and Healing

Hello friends, it’s been a minute. Things are looking up in Toronto, and as I write this it is currently a whopping 18 degrees outside! It’s also just a couple of days after International Women’s Day… which also makes this week two years since my journey with chronic illness began. What a week, eh? So…

#GLAmour: Love Letter To Myself

This Valentine’s Day, in honour of all things lovey-dovey, Team Octothorpe are writing a collection of love letters to ourselves under the tag #GLAmour.    Dear Jasmin, We cried yesterday. We heard some truths that we needed to hear, and we finally learned to listen. How strange it is to hear someone who knows you…

New Year, Same Me: #OneWord365

Happy new year, my lovelies! I rang in 2016 in Hamilton, of all places. An uber driver asked me if I had exciting plans for New Year’s Eve and when I told them I was going to the Hammer, he laughed and said “I guess not, eh”. I always find that such prejudice against very…