2018 RECAP – My Top 30 Favorite IG OOTDS of 2018

Dear Readers,

You know what’s really interesting about me?

My life’s best memories are often shared in my Instagram account (@dezleighh). Each OOTD of mine tells a story. Each post is a personal story of certain moments in my life. Combined, my Instagram account is truly a memoir of my life.

Tonight, we’re going through a 2018 recap through my favorite Instagram OOTD pictures.




Posted: January 7, 2018

This look is actually completed by two dresses layered together. The bottom dress is a simple black camisole dress, while the top dress is a sheer dress with glitter floral prints!

Both dresses were from Forever21.

Story behind the look:

I wore this look for Jason’s company’s Christmas party which was held at the Westin hotel in downtown Calgary. At the time, Jason had a one year work term for Westin Calgary as their Revenue Manager. Now, Jason is back to being a full time student at the University of Calgary.

Fave memory from this look: Jason and I slipped away early from the party, to have our own private party in our hotel room… the night got even more sexier, I’ll tell you that.



Posted: January 15, 2018

This coat is actually not as thick as it should be for Calgary’s cold winters. But, the coat is so chic and cute!

Coat and hat are from Zara. Bag is by Kate Spade.

Story behind the look:

It was about -30 degrees Celsius that day when my good friend Franco (@francopoon) and I decided to go out for a photoshoot. This shoot is perhaps the beginning of my IG growth. One of Franco’s photos was even featured in Narcity Calgary!!

Check out the article here: NARCITY FEATURE

Regardless of the cold weather his photos turned out fantastic!!


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Posted: January 22, 2018

Pants were from Aritzia and bell sleeves were from H&M.

Story behind the look:

2018 was a great year for the increasing spread of rape awareness and women empowerment. The rise of the #MeToo movement inspired this photoshoot I had with Jason May (@jmayzle). NOTE: NOT MY JASON.

READ MY BLOG: Let’s Protect the Girls of Tomorrow #MeToo








Posted: February 22, 2018

Full tracksuit is from Adidas.

Story behind the look:

Photo by Hassan (@hzgunner).

Adidas just reached max levels of hip and trendy this year – I hopped on the tracksuit hype too.

My mom was the one who really got me into tracksuits, she has about 6 pairs in her closet. So now, each time I wear my tracksuit, I think of my mom. She even got me this one, and another pair of the exact same tracksuit in black (top and bottom)!!!







Posted: March 14, 2018

Pants are from Dynamite and top is an old one from H&M. Bag is by Gucci.

Story behind the look:

The weather was finally transitioning from winter cold to sunny spring!

Me and Jason were at Prince’s Island Park when this photo was taken. After, we went to Captain Boil’s Grand Opening as guests and I was officially invited as an “influencer”. That was my first blogger invite to a blogger/influencer/social event in Calgary.

It was the beginning of what was more to come…






Posted: April 26, 2018

Top is from Forever 21??? (I think, not sure anymore). Leggings are from Aritzia.

Story behind the look:

This day was super special for me, because this was the day I signed and purchased my first adult car!!!

The car I had prior to this, was very old, sketchy, beaten up and an unreliable piece of crap. My Honda Civic was a major upgrade, and I’m so happy to be the owner of this 2017 Honda Civic Touring Coupe.

Fun fact: This car was a little bit of a spontaneous splurge. This day was our first day car shopping and we only browsed at two car dealerships before making the choice… I didn’t even get to test drive this car… we just rushed ahead and bought it… I guess it was love at first sight! PLUS the deals were perfect for our budget, so it was a WIN/WIN situation!!!



Posted: May 14, 2018

Full outfit is from Forever 21, bag is by Louis Vuitton.

Story behind the look:

This was my Mother’s Day outfit wherein my mom and I celebrated it with brunch at the Calgary Tower’s Sky 360 Restaurant.

It’s always fun to get all dressed up and take photos from the top of the Calgary Tower.

When in Calgary, I definitely recommend checking out this tourist spot!

Fun fact: My mom is totally a fashionista herself. She loves dressing up, loves designer bags, and have a big closet full of shoes from heels to sneakers to boots. I totally got my love for fashion from her!



Posted: June 3, 2018

Top and shorts are from Zara.

Story behind the look:

As most of you already know, I graduated university this year – if you didn’t know, now you know.

After walking the stage, my parents hosted a big graduation party for me. It was a party in celebration of my 4 years of studying, hustling, hard work, dedication, and determination to achieve my degree.

This look was definitely on the preppy side. But, given the occasion, I think it was the perfect look for my grad party!






Posted: June 7, 2018

Top and skirt is from Zara.

Story behind the look:

This day, I attended another influencer event hosted by Q Condos Morrison Multi.

My partner in crime, AKA Jason Yang could not attend the event due to the fact that he was working. But, I was already signed up for an appearance… so in Jason’s absence, his best friend Arshian stepped in!

The funny part about it is that, my plus one in the guest list was under Jason’s name. So, throughout the afternoon and until the event was over, Arshian and I pretended that he was Jason.

Fun fact: For every influencer party or social event, most influencers are encouraged or allowed to have a “plus one” or a “guest”. Normally, big influencers and bloggers would bring their photographer or anyone who will take photos of them while at the event… in these type of scenarios, Jason is normally/always my plus one.



Posted: June 10, 2018

Top was from Forever 21

Story behind the look:

This was another influencer invite from Chamberlain Group. It was quite a lovely summer day to be out and wearing pink.

After this event, Jason and I found ourselves gambling and playing roulette at Deerfoot casino. During the summer of 2018, Jason and I, got a little hooked on playing Blackjack and roulette. We had so much free time, we decided to waste it at casinos.

Eventually, we got more and more into gambling, that it led towards us slowly planning a trip to Vegas by the end of summer 2018. We really wanted to experience gambling in a wider scope. DON’T WORRY – we are casual gamblers, not addicts.




Posted: June 16, 2018

Turtleneck is from Aritzia and overalls are from Forever 21.

Story behind the look:

This look was from the grand opening party of Miniso in Cross Iron Mills.

I really, wanted one of those plushies… but then, I have no more room on my bed to put it on. 

At this event, Jason was my date – and all I remember from this night is how much sushi my man ate. During the party, Miniso prepared food for all the guests, such as sushi, chips, and pop… and man oh man, Jason pretty much ate all the sushi they had.





Posted: June 28, 2018

Dress was from Zara.

Story behind the look:

This was my outfit for Father’s Day.

Most of you don’t know this, but I actually have a step-dad and my real dad is in the Philippines. My parents got divorced when I was younger and my mom re-married about 5 years ago. Ever since then, I was blessed to grow up and live life with two amazing fathers.

Father’s Day is always special for me, because I am blessed to have two men to call my “dad”.







Posted: July 6, 2018

Top was from Zara and the skirt is from Sirens.

Story behind the look:

Each year, Calgary holds Stampede which is a week long festival full of rides, food, parties, and rodeo inspired shows. Calgary is like the Texas of Canada… so think of Stampede in the lines of cowboys and cowgirls, horses, and chuck wagons and amusement rides.

This outfit was my first Stampede look of 2018 (I went 3 times and wore a different look each time). This look was my favorite of all 3.

My favorite memory from Stampede is playing this gambling game called, “over-under” – the game is essentially a betting game, wherein you place your monetary bets on whether the two balls will land and equal over 7 or under 7… there’s also an odd bet of the balls landing and equaling on 7. The minimum bet for this game was $3.00 and maximum was $100 per round.

Anyways, Jason and I played over-under all Stampede long and wasted quite a bit of money too… but on the bright side, we also won a few stuffed toys during Stampede (LOL).



Posted: July 20, 2018

Dress was an old purchase from Aritzia.

Story behind the look:

AND we are back to the Calgary Tower once more.

This time, we celebrated my Mom Nora’s birthday and had dinner at the Calgary Tower’s Sky 360 Restaurant.

I remember Jason and Jonas (Jason’s little brother) being there with my family as we ate dinner… and can you believe the fact that it was both their first time to go up the tower and eat there too???

I was so surprised because Jason has been living in Calgary for over 10 years now, and yet he has not been inside the Calgary Tower until that day.



Posted: July 26, 2018

Dress was from Forever 21.

Story behind the look:

This photo was taken at Mission Hill Winery in Kelowna, when my family, Jason, Jonas and I went to Kelowna for our week’s worth of summer vacation.

READ MY BLOG: 5 Ways to Fall in Love in Kelowna

I just loved how this dress made me feel like a princess, with how it draped over my body and the color too!

This family vacation is truly, one of my favorite memories this far.






Posted: July 30, 2018

Full outfit is from Forever 21

Story behind the look:

Still taken at Kelowna, and just wanted to add this on the recap because I loved those overalls way too much. Sadly, I was only able to wear them ONCE during the summer of 2018… (I have too many clothes).

I pretty much had a photoshoot everyday while at this vacation and I think I have about 1000 non-shared photos just from this trip alone.

Did you know: my photos in my Iphone 8+ gallery is currently at 16,567 photos and counting.

This is why I pay for Icloud storage LOL!!!




Posted: August 13, 2018

Outfit is from Forever 21 (I shop at Forever 21 way too much for summer/spring clothing)

Story behind the look:

This photo was taken on my way to dinner at Buffo Calgary, as invited by the Summer Feast Team. Summer Feast is an annual event in Calgary, wherein local restaurants create dishes just for a certain period. This foodie affair have participating restaurants create unique and fantastic dishes for a limited time only, and aims to satisfy all the foodies in YYC. This feast helps promote their business to the locals as well.

My favorite memory from this day, is how my friend and makeup artist Carmella (@bycarmstecson) did my makeup!

I normally do my own makeup, and I barely get my makeup done by a makeup artist, so this was totally a treat for me!



Posted: August 26, 2018

Dress was from Oak and Fort and denim jacket is from Levi’s.

Story behind the look:

Summer 2018, Jason and I really had a thing and a subtle addiction for bubble tea. Our favorite bubble tea places are Chatime, Gongcha and this hidden bubble tea shop inside Dragon City Mall in Chinatown, it’s called Pearl House.

In one of our bubble tea runs to Pearl House, we stopped to take this pic – simply because I was loving my outfit!

Mind you, it was little too hot to be wearing all black that day!






Posted: August 29, 2018

Top is from Sirens, and shorts are from Zara.

Story behind the look:


My birthday is actually on August 30, 1995 and the only reason why my family held my birthday on the 29th, is because we flew to Vegas on my actual birthday, the 30th.

Fun fact: This is the first year in the last 5 years wherein I didn’t throw a massive birthday party with my friends. Usually, in my previous birthdays, I would host a party and invite about 15-20 of my closest friends. But this year, I kept it strictly for family only.

As a matter of fact, I think I may be done with throwing birthday parties – I’m at the point and age in my life, wherein I’d rather travel somewhere for each of my birthdays to come.



Posted: September 4, 2018

Dress was from one of my PR Package, from One Stop Slay. (After conducting a quick Google search, it seems as if though the e-shop is now unavailable – sorry guys).

Story behind the look:

As I had mentioned before, Jason and I really got into casinos and casino games such as Blackjack and roulette. Thus, our little casual entertainment turned a little bigger when we went to Vegas for my birthday.

READ MY BLOG: Vegas with Dez & Jason – Our 3 Day Vacay

This was taken just in front of the Bellagio hotel on the Vegas strip. I wanted to hold that Jamba juice as a prop, since I was inspired by Travis Scott’s song Sicko Mode.

Astroworld is definitely one of my favorite albums from 2018!



Posted: September 18, 2018

Corduroy jacket is from Forever 21 and bag is by Michael Kors.

Story behind the look:

Fall has finally arrived in Calgary!

Fall is my favorite season, especially in terms of fashion and clothing. The best part about fall, would have to be the leaves turning from green to yellow or red or orange!

My favorite color is yellow and it must be why I love fall so much.

On this day, my parents and I decided to go for a walk at Glenmore park. After, we ate at an all you can eat sushi place called Oishi.





Posted: October 3, 2018

Teddy coat is from Zara and the denim joggers are from Aritzia.

Story behind the look:

This fall, my fashion obsession were teddy coats or sherpa coats.

As seen, this is me wearing my favorite teddy coat as Jason and I make our way to another influencer gig.

After the event, Jason and I went to Tokyo Street Market for the first time – which is definitely the trendiest Japanese restaurant in Calgary right now.

2018’s fall only lasted 2 days – I kid you not. I barely have any fall photos, and not as much as I would’ve wanted… hopefully, 2019 will be a different story!




Posted: October 15, 2018

Bomber jacket is from Zara, and the leggings are from Aritzia.

Story behind the look:

This photoshoot was taken to promote Boobyball, which is a fundraiser event organized in order to raise funds to support breast cancer awareness and initiatives.

Without a doubt, Boobyball’s fundraiser was the closest to my heart and I was truly passionate about being a part of it.

As you all may already know, I have two family members who had been impacted by breast cancer.


As an influencer, I would like to be known for the causes I stand and believe in – besides my style and my recipes and my lifestyle, I want my followers to know what causes I care and stand for. Breast cancer awareness is definitely among those causes that I hold dear.



Posted: October 22, 2018

Denim jacket is from Zara.

Story behind the look:

This photo was taken at the day of Boobyball!

That night was so much fun!

I was able to celebrate breast cancer in a different light and I am so proud to be part of an event that led to a greater cause.

I’m truly looking forward to next year’s party!







Posted: November 1, 2018

Tee is from Thread Tank (@threadtank)

Story behind the look:

One thing I never “blogged about”, was the fact that Jason and I had another shitty and depressing Halloween… (our 2017 Halloween was also shitty and we had not have a Halloween that wasn’t shitty yet).

shitty as in: we almost broke up.

I only told 3 of my closest friends what happened that Halloween night, and I will leave it at that.

Some chapters are not always meant to be revisited, just like how some stories doesn’t always need to be shared.

This tee and this photo meant so much to me at the time, because it made me feel empowered, strong, and independent… I was foreshadowing what could had been another relationship’s ending…

BUT – we made it. Jason and I settled our disagreements and decided to strengthen what made our relationship weak. Instead of abandoning ship, we decided to fix the ship and stay on board.

Maybe at some point, I’ll officially talk about this little chapter of our relationship… but for now, let’s continue on with our 2018 recap.



Posted: November 13, 2018

Loose coat is from Zara and the boots are UGGS.

Story behind the look:

After our near break up scare, Jason and I escaped the city and ventured out into Banff and Lake Louise.

In this trip, we spent the night in Banff with Jason’s family and drove to Lake Louise the following day.

My favorite memory from this trip, was how happy I was Jason and I got it together, and managed to stay together despite what had happened.

This photo will always be one of my winter faves too!




Posted: November 18, 2018

Blazer was from Forever 21, and the bag was by Michael Kors.

Story behind the look:

Pandas are my new favorite animals, it used to be elephants but you know…. people change!

The Calgary Zoo currently have baby pandas from China, and I had been begging and hinting and telling Jason just how badly I would love to see these pandas in real life. Finally, the time has come and I had never been so happy in my life!

Seeing the baby pandas was a dream a come true!

I’m so happy to share my first time seeing pandas in real life with the only panda in my life, Jason.




Posted: December 4, 2018

Dress is by Kate Spade.

Story behind the look:

This photo was taken on the night of my company’s Christmas party at the Big Four Building.

Jason, was obviously my date.

Jason and I spent the night at the Calgary Marriott Downtown Hotel. Since Jason was still on his work term with Marriott, his manager was able to hook us up with the biggest room in the hotel. We even had free breakfast, free snacks, free drinks and full access to the M Lounge (only Marriott’s platinum members have access to this lounge).

The night, was truly a dream – our hotel room was a fantasy on its own.

AND, we also went to Cowboys Casino, since the event was super close to it. We couldn’t resist playing Blackjack and roulette… and yes, we took a BIG L on that.



Posted: December 12, 2019

Vest is from Forever 21 and blouse is from Aritzia.

Story behind the look:

This photo was taken by one of my best friends, Chelsea.

Just after my photoshoot collaboration with Craves cupcakes (@cravecupcakes), Chelsea and I went for a lovely stroll along Prince Island Park and took some shots. Of all the 500+ photos we took, this is one of my favorites!

OHHH  – this vest is actually my mom’s… just don’t tell her that I took it.






Posted: December 25, 2018

Full outfit is from Zara.

Story behind the look:

This was my Christmas outfit, wherein I was blessed enough to spend it with all my family members, including Jason and Jonas.

This Christmas was perhaps my most blessed one of all.

The fact that I now have a job, I was finally able to afford to buy gifts for all my family members!!! I was fortunate enough to bless my cousins all the toys they wanted, and buy my mom the Hermès bangle of her dreams – back in the day, I was too poor (student life aint easy) to even afford any gifts… now, my job allowed me to live a little more comfortably and I worked hard to be able to share my blessings with my family too.

On top of that, it was Jonas’ first time spending Christmas Eve with my family and boy oh boy, was the kid ever spoiled this year!!!

Dear 2019,

I don’t know what you have in store for me… but I know 3 things for sure:

1.) I will be just fine

2.) I will own this year and make it mine

3.) I will continue growing

Compared to 2017, 2018 was truly a great year for me. All my goals that I had planned and established has been met. As I continue on towards another year, my new year goals are as follows:

  • Eat healthier by meal prepping more and eating less junk food
  • Save money by shopping less and spending money wisely
  • Be more open to growing and living within my OWN TERMS 

2019, I’m so excited to meet you and may your year be even better than 2018 was.

2018 recap 3


Mary Dezleigh Teodosio.

5 Ways to Fall in Love in Kelowna

Dear Readers

After many months of patiently waiting, Jason and I finally went on our first vacation as a couple!!!


If you follow my Instagram, you already know that Jason and I spent a week at Kelowna along with my family and Jason’s little brother, Jonas. Kelowna is perhaps my favorite Canadian city during the summer. WHY?


The mountains that surround the massive lakes are a sight to marvel on its own. Add wine to that mix, and you got yourself a romantic place… best part about this year’s Kelowna trip is the fact that the love of my life, mi amor, my langga, my bao bei, was with me the whole time.

You see, falling in love in Kelowna can happen in 5 ways.

1.) Wineries

Did you really go to Kelowna if you didn’t visit at least ONE winery???

If you said NO, then you definitely missed out!!! But if you said YES, then you would know how romantic wineries are. During this trip, Jason and I visited a few wineries, including Mission Hill, Summerhill Pyramid Winery, and Frequency Winery.

I’m not much of a “wine expert”, but I am a TOURIST expert. I didn’t go to these wineries for the wine, to be honest, I was there solely for the view and the ambiance of it all. As Jason and I strolled through each winery, hand in hand, I can feel the pure joy of being in love just swarming my veins and dashing through my soul. Nothing felt better than dragging your partner to corners of the winery just to see a different angle of the marvellous mountains… or perhaps, dragging your partner to the spots wherein the best views can be seen… that on its own is a feeling worth falling in love for. As we soaked up the summer heat, we also soaked up the mesmerizing view of each other being mesmerized of the view in front of us. Jason is quite a view himself, but the view from the wineries I mentioned, are truly one of a kind.


2.) Cherry Picking

Another popular tourist attraction or tourist to-do in Kelowna is to pick cherries or cherry picking!

My little cousin, Aurora, had the best time picking cherries! Look at these photos of her:

But cherry picking is not only fun for kids, it’s also fun for adults! Jason and I truly enjoyed following Aurora around the cherry trees. For each cherry we picked and ate, the sweetness of each cherry can’t compare to the sweetness level of my relationship with Jason. Nothing can compare to the sight of Jason picking up a cherry from the tallest branch, and then giving it to me… the sweetness of each cherry can’t compare to the sweetness of having Jason there to eat and experience these cherries with me. The whole experience wouldn’t had been the same if Jason wasn’t in the picture.

3.) Water Sports 

If you’re a couple who are always looking for some thrill, adventure, and fun, then Kelowna is still a perfect place to fall in love at!

This year’s Kelowna trip, Jason and I did some water sports such as tubing and rode like adrenaline junkies in rented sea doos! The adrenaline rush was so addicting!!! I would definitely come back and do all of it again! You should too!

Kelowna is a great place to make memories at. Not only does the place offer amazing views, it’s also a great place to experience new things for the first time. In our case, Jason’s first time tubing and riding/driving the sea doo happened in Kelowna. Since it was his first time trying these fun activities, the experience became a hundred times more memorable. In terms of falling in love, how can you ever forget your firsts???

The memories of trying something new along with the one you love, is better than your typical Friday night date, because you get to create a memory that will last longer than any regular date ever will. I mean, how can you forget that one time you two fell off a tube while being dragged by a boat that’s going 60 km/h… or that one time you saw your family members fall off a sea doo because they were driving too fast… or that one time you drove a sea doo for the first time… these are the type of stories a couple will share with their family, friends, and even strangers, over and over again.

4.) Date Night at Cactus Club Cafe

Jason and I LOVE food.

Food is an important part of our relationship, because we both love to eat!!! A vacation wouldn’t be complete without a private date night (just us two), and good food. So, on the last night of our trip, we left Jonas with my parents and decided to drive to Downtown Kelowna Boardwalk. Around this area, you will find some great restaurants. Of all the great places to eat near the boardwalk, we decided to hit up Cactus Club Cafe because it is located at waterfront. The ambiance of the place was perfect too!!! And the food, well, you can never go wrong with Cactus Club Cafe!

Alone time as a couple is so important during a big family vacation. Dinner dates such as these, can make any place feel a hundred times more surreal. The conversations seem to last a little longer, the food seem to taste a little better, and the person you’re with seem to be placed perfectly in your life… that dinner wouldn’t be the same if it was with someone else. The moments we had shared while we were on our date night at Cactus Club Cafe, was quite special.

5.) Stroll Around Kasugai Gardens 

While you’re in the Downtown Kelowna Boardwalk area, make sure to take a quick stroll around Kasugai Gardens.

Nature offers beauty beyond words can ever describe. Gardens offer serenity and a sense of wonder at how beautiful flowers blossom and how green the grasses and leaves can get. While strolling around Kasugai Gardens, the serenity of the place will make you feel even more at peace while you hold your special someone’s hand as tightly as you possibly can. As you stroll around, you will realize that the sense of serenity and ease doesn’t just come from the garden alone… it also comes with the fact that you have someone you love to hold beside you. The peacefulness of the garden was amplified because Jason was there with me. During our stroll at Kasugai Garden, I felt at peace and so relaxed. At that moment, I was not alone… I had someone who loved me and whom I loved back… Being able to share moments like this with each other, is worth falling in love for.

As summer 2018 draws near to an end, I look forward to my future Kelowna summer trips. WHY?

because I want to fall in love over, and over again. 

With love,

Mary Dezleigh Teodosio.


My First Podcast – Let’s talk Instagram, blogging, fashion, and music!

Dear Readers,

I’ve always wanted to do a podcast and I am so thankful for Andrew reaching out to me and making it all happen!!! Shoutout to him for editing all of this, and taking the time to talk to me about Instagram, fashion, blogging, and music!

Get to know me more and listen to our podcast now:

Ep. #27 Dezleigh – Podcast



With love,

Mary Dezleigh Teodosio