10 Things You Don’t Know About Me Tag

March 23, 2017

Style Fashion Blog mikialamodeSome of the best bonds occur when you least expect them to. When I was vacationing in Italy last summer, I connected with a blogger/instagrammer. We happened to both be in Italy on vacation at the same time, but in different cities, so we didn’t have a chance to meet – until recently when I happened to be vacationing in Paris during the weekend she moved there. Fate has a funny way of bringing people together. We had macarons and hot cocoa at Laduree in Champs Elysee and hit it off. She’s become such a dear friend of mine. If there’s anything to be grateful for in blogging, it’s the opportunities to connect with wonderful people. Recently, Stella Asteria nominated me to list 10 Things You All Don’t Know About Me, and seeing how I often provide my travel, lifestyle and styling tips, I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to be more personal.

Fashion Blog mikialamodeStreet Style mikialamodeStreetStyle Fashion Blog ValentinoValentino B Rockstudfringe denim frayed mikialamodeStreet Style Zara Fashion BlogValentino Garavani Rockstud mikialamodeBefore we jump right in, I wanted to take a moment to provide you with the details on this outfit. I actually wore this an entire month ago, but since I fell behind with New York Fashion Week, I didn’t get a chance to share a bunch of outfits with you. Unfortunately, thiis is the first of many that haven’t been posted yet, but I promise I’m catching up over the next 2 weeks with lots of great content! And, if you have anything you’d like me to write about, let me know!

Top available here. Ruffle shorts with skirt available at ZARA in-store, but I can’t find them online. Other frill options here and here. Blush shoes by Armani, but put a similar link in the options below. Fringe jeans available here. Valentino B Rockstud available on sale here. More options below:

10 Things You Don’t Know About Me

Playing Instruments
When I was in music class in grade 4 of elementary school, our teacher asked the class if anyone wanted to learn to play any of the string instruments. To be quite frank, I had never shown much interest in it before, but I volunteered and signed up for the Strings Orchestra. When I learned to play music, it’s never as natural as those who are talented enough to sight-read and play a piece masterfully immediately. I actually sound like I’m killing cats before I fully learn a piece (such a shame, isn’t it??), but when I finally get it, I end up playing pretty well – at least good enough to be in the first chair of the second violists of a school that has competed and won first place in our age brackets across the city.

When I Grow Up
When I was a child, I wanted to be a singer or pro volleyball player. Obviously, I never got the height, so the whole volleyball thing never panned out, but I was a starter on our school team, which always made it to city finals and almost always won. Later as I got older, I entered small local tournaments. I stopped playing the last 3 years due to chronic elbow pain. With singing, I never took vocal lessons, but I did win a few small contests, and tried out for the concert choir in University and got in. I never sing in public unless it’s for karaoke or class, so I never talk about it. Afterall, don’t most of us enjoy singing, even if it means we’re belting out tunes in the shower or alone at home? While I love music, I don’t keep up with it, and what I did not pursue profesionally, I still continued to do out of my love for it, and that’s something.

I have 2 sisters and one brother, and we’re all very close. I am the a middle child – the second oldest to be exact. I never felt like I was a good sister to my siblings and as I got older, I tried much harder to be better. Years later, we’re all very close. We keep in touch very regularly. Some people think it’s a little strange that we all get along really well and like being around each other, but I think it’s because we’ve had so many differences as kids and it’s made us really appreciate each other much more as adults.

Extroverted Scale
I am extroverted and maybe a little extreme on the extroverted scale. I am very social – to the point that I will talk to strangers, whether that be the person next to me on the plane, the individual at the nearby table at Starbucks. I don’t get nervous with public speaking. Sometimes, I think people might mistaken my happy-go-lucky attitude as being fake or not being genuine, but I really just love meeting new people and and feel there’s always something interesting to learn about/from others.

Where I Met My Husband
Prior to my amazing husband, I left an emotionally toxic relationship. An unfortunate event brought me to visit an online dating site, and I had this really strange feeling deep inside that down the road I’d meet my husband-to-be online. Even though I was going to store launches, entertainment/fashion events a few times a week back in Toronto, I never once felt attracted to anyone I met because I always had this attitude that everyone I met would be a new friend.  This leads me this: timing is almost everything. You can meet the right person at the wrong time and it doesn’t work, and vise versa.  When you are ready to meet someone though, it really can just happen. By the 3rd year of enjoying my singlehood, focusing on building my career and working out, I revisted the idea of online dating. I finally felt I was ready to meet the right one and my colleagues and friends encouraged me when I resisted. This is when I met Tom. Life has never been quite the same since. It didn’t take me long to see that life without him would be dull. To me, a world without him, is a world without colour or taste.

Number of Relationships
I was never one to have casual relationships, and dating seemed really foreign to me. If there’s an IQ for early dating stages, I would fail. Prior to my wonderful husband, I had one long term relationship. When I tried online dating, I could never do more than 2 dates with someone unless I truly thought it was going anywhere (often it had to do with lifestyle and values), so no one made it past 2 dates until I met my amazing partner in crime, Tom, who at that time said I had made fun of me and said I had a 3 date hex!

No, I haven’t gone to Church or fellowship since I was a child. Honestly, I never vocalize that I am Christian. In fact, I am the last person you should ask about the bible because I have the worst memory and can’t remember most of what I learned, but obviously as a child it instilled really strong values in me. Everyone has their own opinion and I respect everyone’s choices. I believe in God and He guides me every time I feel lost. Where I am today, I attribute to hard work for Him. I personally believe everyone should have faith in something. It gives us all hope for something better or special.

Beliefs, Thought & Wishes
For a long time, I’ve believed that I have to be careful what I wish for. Thoughts have a way of coming to fruition almost all of the time. When I was a teen, I always said that I’d go have my honeymoon in Italy and Greece. When I met Tom, I never once really thought of this promise I made to myself. In fact, I actually forgot because I had been single for 3 years and wasn’t in the mindset of marriage for quite some time. About a month after Tom and I married, we booked a trip to Spain for a wedding and added on a few weeks to tour around Italy and Greece. Since it was for a wedding, we didn’t consider this our honeymoon, but it was the first trip major just weeks after our wedding. When we finished booking the flights, I immediately remembered and told Tom about that story of me from when I was a teen. This is one of many examples how long term thoughts can often lead to wishes coming into fruition. I believe positive individuals who dream and work hard often have some way of making positive happen in their lives, even when it’s completely unexpected.

Music & Dance
My preferred taste in music is often Latino. I love listening to music in Spanish – usually meringue, bacchata or meringue style because I used to go to salsa clubs once in awhile to take lessons and dance. While living in LA, most of the time I have my radio on the Spanish radio station, but I don’t understand the language. Isn’t that funny?

I got my first job when I was 12 years old. I worked at a bakery in the market. If you’re wondering, it’s absolutely legal to work as long as you have a social insurance number (also known as Social Security Number in the US). I don’t come fome a wealthy family. Having a good work ethic and having an honest living is what was instilled in me at a young age. I worked once a week at this job for over 6 years and officially juggled other jobs after the age of 16 as an assistant administrator, receptionist (which I’m really bad at… I don’t manage multiple phone lines well), bought and sold clothing online for extra cash, and so on. I learned the value of hard earned money at a young age.

Now for the extra fun part. I would like to nominate 3 amazing bloggers for this tag to share 10 things We Don’t Know About Them: Sharon of Style Lullaby, Len of Len Parent and Julia Pepper of Your Style Mood.

If there’s something you’d like me to share or write about on this blog, let me know in the comments below! At the end of the day, I’m writing for you. I’d also love to learn more about you. I’d love to know where you’re all from, or what your favourite destination is.

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  • Настя March 23, 2017 at 6:20 am

    Wonderful and perfect! I follow you blog, please follow me too. http://alamodenatine.blogspot.com

    • miki April 5, 2017 at 3:16 pm


  • Tatjana March 23, 2017 at 6:38 am

    Oh Miki how nice to get to know more about you my darling!
    Thanks so much for sharing and being such a great inspiration.
    Love from https://tbymallano.com/

    • miki April 11, 2017 at 1:16 pm

      Thanks Tatjana! 🙂 I hope you’re having a lovely week!

  • Laura - Furiously Chic March 23, 2017 at 8:48 am

    Interesting to read!
    I’d love to be as extroverted as you are! I love talking to stranger, but I’m always afraid I’m bugging them. So I don’t talk. Hum.

    Anyway, it’s a pretty look! I love it! That bag is amazing!

    • miki April 11, 2017 at 1:17 pm

      I try not to talk to anyone who looks busy or wants their alone time. lol Thanks Laura!

  • Jalisa March 23, 2017 at 8:49 am

    I love this outfit, girlie! I love how you’ve layered the sorts with the shirt and jeans, I had no idea they were shorts until I read your outfit details! I also adore the fringed hem on the jeans and that gorgeous bag! It was great getting to know more about you with these facts. That’s awesome that you and your siblings are now very close, family is everything and I treasure mine as much I can. I couldn’t agree more with you about dating and timing; I met my husband at bus stop 11 years ago, haha. So, you just never know when and how it will happen, but it always will at the RIGHT time! Thanks for sharing, beauty, and I hope you’re having a great week so far!



    • miki April 11, 2017 at 1:19 pm

      Thanks Jalisa! I love that they’re shorts so I won’t feel awkward wearing it on its own. I don’t wear mini skirts very often because I don’t want to have to worry about bending down. lol That’s so cool that you met your hubby at a bus stop! You really never know, right?

  • Kumari March 23, 2017 at 10:37 am

    What a lovely read! Thanks for sharing a little more into your world.
    Gorgeous pics x

  • Amy Arnold March 24, 2017 at 5:59 am

    Fun to learn more about you! I like how you grouped things. I played volleyball in high school and loved it too. Cool outfit!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  • Amy March 24, 2017 at 9:16 am

    I always love reading these posts and learning more about the person behind the images. Thanks for sharing babe, and have an amazing weekend!

    xx, Amy

    • miki April 5, 2017 at 5:31 pm

      Thanks girl! Have a great week! 🙂


  • Julia Pepper March 24, 2017 at 12:27 pm

    Hello my dear !!! What a fantastic idea white more about you !!! You mentioned a lot of interesting things and now I fell I know you a bit better ))) thank you to tag me and promise I will write soon 10 things about me xo xo
    Much love

    • miki April 5, 2017 at 5:32 pm

      Thanks Julia! 🙂 Can’t wait to read yours!


  • Christine Kong March 24, 2017 at 3:53 pm

    I love getting to know you better. I could already tell before this post that you have a strong work ethic and that you love and enjoy life. I like that you are open minded and go wherever the path takes you. I always enjoy your travels and love hearing stories about how people have grown into who they are today. Thanks for sharing a more personal side. xoxo, Christine

  • Atsuna Matsui March 24, 2017 at 10:27 pm

    Aww it was nice to learn a little more about you. I definitely find that the networking aspect of blogging is fun! Although conventionally, post-grad life people have a harder time connecting with new people, that has not been the case for me due to blogging. It’s really great building new friendship with other creatives with similar interests.


  • The Sunday Mode March 25, 2017 at 3:27 am

    I found reading your thoughts on faith really interesting because I feel the same way, I think no matter who or what you believe, everyone should have faith in something and have something to give them strength.

    Julia // The Sunday Mode

    • miki April 11, 2017 at 1:46 pm

      Thanks! I feel that even if you don’t believe in the same things, there are so many stories and teachings that really offer knowledge and understanding from each different culture and life.

  • Sharka March 26, 2017 at 4:56 am

    Loved this post! I really enjoyed to learn all these personal facts about you, we kind of crossed as my recent blogpost was similar:) I wish we have met when you were in Paris and Versailles because you seem exactly like the person I would hit it off with:) Next time then! I will take you up on the offer you would answer more if we’d like – I was wondering if you have any kids and if blogging is now your main job?
    kisses beauty!

    • miki April 11, 2017 at 1:47 pm

      That would’ve been awesome. Blogging is my main job right now, but i used to be in brand management. It’s also just me and my husband. 🙂 Thanks Sharka!

  • Paulina March 26, 2017 at 7:10 pm

    Love how personally you approached this post! You could have shared some small details of your life, yet you went deep and it made me feel so special that you shared these facts with us. I can tell just from reading this how beautiful inside and out you are!

    xoxo from California!


    • miki April 11, 2017 at 1:55 pm

      That is so incredibly sweet and means a lot. Thanks Paulina!


  • Sharon Wu March 26, 2017 at 11:07 pm

    Miki, I really enjoyed getting to know you better! It’s so great that you are close to your siblings. My brother and I get along really well but aren’t as close as I want to be but hopefully that will change in a couple years. He’s just about to turn 21 and I think at this age he just wants his own space lol! I totally couldn’t agree more with you on timing when it comes to relationships too. It really is everything, for me and my bf too! What a fun tag, and thanks for nominating me. I hope that I can find some time to do this tag once I’m back from vacay and settled in my new home! 🙂 xoxoxo, sharon


    • miki April 11, 2017 at 1:57 pm

      Thanks Sharon. I hope you have an amazing time in Cabo. Timing is almost everything, right?!
      Happy moving!

  • emma corrie hill March 27, 2017 at 1:57 am

    LOVE these 10 points, plus the bag is amazing!!!!!


    • miki April 11, 2017 at 1:57 pm

      Thanks Emma!

  • Karen March 27, 2017 at 3:55 am

    What fun things to share! I wish I could meet you in person, love extroverted people (since I’m so introverted haha). Such a cute outfit, love the corset styling.
    Have a Stylin’ Day!
    Much Love, Karen
    [Style Smorgasbord] [bloglovin’]

    • miki April 11, 2017 at 1:57 pm

      Haha, well if you’re around someone like me you just have to wait for us to approach you. Thank Karen!

  • Lola March 28, 2017 at 1:05 pm

    I love these tags, knowing the blogger on a more personal level feels really good. Makes everything more…real,even tohugh I do realize you are a real human person :)) Sorry if this sounds weird to you.

    Anyway, thanks for sharing and by the way, your outfit is amazing!


    • miki April 11, 2017 at 1:59 pm

      Haha No, that’s not weird at all. Honestly these things are fun for me, and it’s good to also hear what you guys have to say as well. I write for me, but I also write for all of you, so I totally get it! 🙂 Thanks so much Lola!

  • Stella Asteria April 14, 2017 at 9:05 am

    What an amazing post darling! I am so happy you accepted my nomination and wrote it! But most of all I am very glad to know more about you and to have met you in person! It felt like a welcome gift to me getting you, the next day that I moved to Paris! So glad you will be living closer now, maybe we will get the chance to meet more in the future! Maybe we can do a duet of piano and violin hehe! Thanks so much for sharing all this information!