Name: Helaina

Social Media Handle/Username: @_helaina

Introduce Yourself/Tell About Yourself: I’m Helaina, I am an influencer and social media manager from Toronto. I work full time at a corporate job, so my Instagram page started as a hobby. My following grew quite quickly, and it was flattering to know people were enjoying my content. I am now the mind behind several viral Instagrams such as meme pages, celebrities, and businesses, but due to confidentiality and NDAs I am not able to reveal myself!

What Inspires You Every day? : Everything I see inspires me. Old movies (especially from the 70s), anything Parisian, Renaissance art. I have deemed anything that is my aesthetic or style “the vibe”, which is something my followers know I say all the time. All of those things are the vibe. One of my favourite pastimes is researching obscure furniture pieces for my home. I am obsessed with furniture, like to the point where it makes my heart race, haha. My current obsession is the Sottsass Ultrafragola mirror, and if you’ve never seen it, I highly recommend you google it immediately. That mirror is the vibe.

What is some words of wisdom you live by?: Life is not a dress rehearsal, it is the main event. I try to romanticize every aspect of my life. I think everyone should do that. If you take the time to make every moment special, even the mundane things, you will always be happy. For Christ’s sake, I romanticize my trip to the grocery store. Put on some Lana Del Rey, buy a French baguette in a vintage outfit and tell me you don’t feel like the main character. 10/10 would definitely recommend.

What is your ultimate goal in life? : My dream would be to own my own sustainable farm. I have been vegan for several years now, and I am passionate about natural health and wellness. I think a lot of illnesses people experience are a result of the food they are consuming and the toxic products they put onto their skin. Since going vegan my skin has never been clearer and I feel the best I have ever felt in my life. Everyone should go vegan!

How have you been during the pandemic and how has it affected you? : I have taken the time to slow down and appreciate stillness. Although I miss many of life’s pleasures such as traveling or eating in restaurants with friends, I have been trying to remain positive and enjoy the extra time at home with my partner. I also have started an awesome workout routine each morning to start my day off right. I generally go for a run and then follow it up with a yoga class. Shout out to Briohny Smyth from alo moves, she is my favourite!

What is a message you would like to give others? : Remove anything from your life that does not serve you. That includes people. (I don’t mean murder, just like stop answering their calls or whatever).

What else would you like to tell others about you or your life?: I’m a Scorpio, so I think I have disclosed more than enough personal information for today, haha! Thanks.

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