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Jacket: Babaton jacket

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Top:

Wilfred silk camisole in 'petale'

Bottom: Forever 21 pleated skirt

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Shoes: Zara ballerina flats

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Bag:

Anya Hindmarch 'Ebury' bag

Necklace: c/o

Maya Brenner asymmetrical mini letter "A" necklace

Sunglasses: H&M cat-eye sunnies

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Lipstick:

MAC lipstick in "Ruby Woo"

This is a story about my name. What sparked me to share the story behind my name was my iced chai tea latte order from earlier this afternoon at Dineen Coffee Co. Those of you who do not know me personally may not know that my name is actually pronounced Ann-ie. My mom barely spoke English when I was first born, but knew that she wanted to name me 'Annie'. The only problem was that she did not know how to spell it out correctly. The humour in this is that my brother is two years older than me, but somehow she was able to get 'Brian' right (turns out it was because my Uncle from Ottawa was there to help name my brother). When I was young, it never bothered me only because I was the only 'Annie' in my family and in my class. It never bothered me until I reached grade 3 and met another Annie in my class. I never quite understood why my name was spelt different or why people were pronouncing it incorrectly. All I knew was that "Aney" was nowhere to be found on mugs or souvenirs in any gift shops I visited. You can just imagine the disappointment in my eyes each time after surveying through the rows of names only to find nothing. From that moment onwards, I wanted to legally change the spelling of my name. However, the process is likely daunting and I knew that my parents would never allow it.

Within the last couple of years, I have learned to fully embrace my name and accept that it is what makes me unique. There isn't much that I can disclose about myself during an introduction, but the story behind the spelling of my name has been one of the very few interesting things I've been able to share with others. What is comforting is that I'm always pleasantly surprised by the positive comments. If you have a story similar to mine, just know that it's not wrong to be different and be thankful to have something all your own :)

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