Tuesday, November 15, 2016

8.339 HRH & Liel

I am on a roll with blogging! Actually it's because I'm extremely behind, which I'm sure, was evident from my last post. I need to pump out these posts so that I can move on and share more present-day relevant stuff instead of old news.

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You might have seen me snap these HRH Collection bracelets on Snapchat some time back. It was the first time I ordered from Alex and I will say, I'm quite impressed with the quality of her pieces. The bracelets were actually a bit too big for my wrist so I attempted to remove 2 links so that the stones wouldn't flop around when I wore them. Let me just say, #thestrugglewasreal. The metal links are so strong and durable that I had trouble trying to bend them open. I even asked my sister and the Mister to try it and even they had a hard time with it. In the process, I unfortunately made some minor damages to the connecting links still on the bracelet... but at least they fit better now. I got one HRH Dauphine in "Aquamarine" and two Micro Dauphines in "Magenta Peacock" and "Acid Zelda". All the stones I got are rare and vintage (as per Alex). All three that ordered are pictured in her Instagram post. The stones shine even more beautifully in person. Price tag is pretty high though... but she's got to make money somehow.

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I discovered Liel and Lentz when the followed me on Instagram on day (one of those follows purely for advertising... but I guess it worked haha). What caught my attention was that they are based in Toronto. Oh wow, I looked back in my emails and realized that I bought the above bracelets in October of last year but I forgot to share it until now (yikes!). The things you can find on your camera roll LOL.

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I got both of these, Howlite Bar and Chain Tassel, on sale for 30% off (originally they were $85 each but I got them for $59.50 each) I loved the quality and look of the bracelets so much that I decided to make another order back in March of this year.

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I decided to get their iconic Snake bracelet in silver. I've received compliments when I wore this bracelet. It's pricey at $105 but I got 25% off making it $78.75. I love the design but the quality does not match the other two above bracelets I got. Although this bracelet is more expensive, it feels too lightweight and cheap. I thought it would be made of of some sort of metal like the Chain Tassel bracelet, but it's only rhodium plated and feels like plastic. The rhodium plating on the bracelet near the clasp has already started to wear off exposing a bit of a copper colour underneath. I'm a bit disappointed with this one. I wish it was made better because the design is beautiful.

And, as if my love for Toronto isn't strong enough, I ventured into Brika and got myself some coasters with the Toronto map on them.

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They're made of wood and they're so cool, aren't they?! When I saw them I immediately had to have them. I haven't started using them yet though, as I'm saving them for when I get my own place.

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A little random, but have you guys tried the Hotel Collection Elite Bath Towels? I couldn't resist how incredibly soft it is. I got it on sale at The Hudson Bay for $42 (retails $70). It's on sale now actually. I would totally grab some more plus get a matching hand towel but I'll be good and continue to wait patiently until I move out one day.

"If you've never lost your mind, then you've never followed your heart." -Unknown

Sunday, November 13, 2016

8.338 Mind-Blown + Autumn Haul

As we go through life, we come across experiences, people and revelations that bring light and meaning to situations we've faced or thought about before. For the most part, I try to keep my blog's content light and fun. But once in a while, I do share some posts with deeper thoughts and messages.

I was having a conversation with a coworker in which she asked me about how to find a "good" guy. In her experience, supposedly only the "pretty" girls get the guys. It made a little more sense when she put into context the cultural difference between Canadian guys and guys who either come from or ascribe to her ethnicity. Apparently, there is only one standard of beauty according to her culture, and if you don't fit into that, you have a slim chance of finding a guy. As we were talking, she mentioned how a guy friend explained to her why they go after the pretty girls regardless if their personality is less than favourable. It is only after they get her when they decide if she's worth keeping or not (worth the trouble). O-M-G. Mind-blown.

Obviously not all guys are like this and you also have to take age group etc into account).. . but for the most part, now it makes more sense why guys go after the mindless-moneygrubbing-pretty ones. Thought I'd share that since I thought it was interesting.

Anyway, since I'm here, I thought I'd post a bunch of random clothes I got during the Fall season since I never got around to sharing them.

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Casual Aritzia blazer from their Talula line. I really like this one because it's comfortable to wear in the office. It's not too formal but you still look put together.

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Army style top from Zara. I like wearing these tops made with thicker fabric for the colder weather.

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Zara skinny jeans. I got these on sale when Zara had their massive storewide sale. They're comfortable to wear and they look great on!

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Forever21 cardigan (for work). Nothing too special about this cardigan, just something I can easily throw on while I run out the door in the morning.

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H&M makes some really nice blazers at an affordable price. You can't tell from the picture but this blazer is made with a thicker fabric and it has a little bit of texture to it.

They also sometimes make great tops too- for both weekend and work attire. I got these for work. The fit was so well that I decided to grab the white one too after I tried the striped one.

Sorry for the bad lighting guys. Cold weather just does not want to cooperate when it comes to taking pics for the blog!

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MO&Co. top that I got on sale from the Hudson Bay. I really love this red colour and I think it'd be great for the Holidays. The cut of it is also unique to my closet. Just need to lose a little more weight for it to look right haha.

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My very first piece from Scotch & Soda. This was also on sale at The Hudson Bay. I've noticed I've become very attracted to stripes.

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This Free People sweater was heavily discounted. I believe I got it for around $50-60 after a few markdowns (originally around $200). I really like how care-free it is.

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This is a throwback way back! I got these Zara heels ages ago but I didn't realize I never shared them. Zara makes beautiful shoes that give you the look you want without having to fork over your wallet.

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Simple ballerina flats from Aldo for work. I always try to buy Aldo shoes on sale since they always go on sale. Unless it's a shoe that's really popular and will sell out, it's better to wait for a sale.

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I was really attracted to this style of flats. The small heel and almond toe gives this pair a more sophisticated look than your typical flats. I also like how it has the suede in front and leather on the side. It gives it even more interest.

"Once you have accepted your flaws, no one can use them against you." -Unknown

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

8.337 Back with Beauty Goodies

Last year I did not qualify for VIB Rouge for this year which is why I have to wait until the 11th to get my VIB 20% off. I already have my online cart ready, and once I place my order, I will actually qualify for VIB rouge until the end of next year- which is odd because I don't feel like I spent much this year. But I guess makeup at Sephora is fairly expensive so buying one or two items at a time can end up costing $100 already.

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Today I wanted to share a few makeup items I picked up over the past couple of months or so. I picked this blush/highlighter from Burberry. I believe I came across a blog post or youtube video of someone raving about this so I couldn't resist. The packaging is super adorable but I only like it okay. I don't find it that great nor the easiest to use. The highlighter is a bit chalky and the blush is very pigmented which makes it more difficult to blend for a natural look. To be fair, I have not used it much so perhaps I haven't found the right technique to fully appreciate it.

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In September Shoppers Drug Mart had their first ever online Super Spend Your Points Event. I haven't seen them host one of these spend your points events in a very long time so I was pleasantly surprised and super happy to partake.

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I have a lot of points saved up just for events like these. They ran out of some Dior items I was eyeing so I opted for a couple of Guerlain items I've been wanting instead. Along with Guerlain, I also picked up a Philosophy Purity face wash and a backup of my holy grail Lise Watier cream concealer wheel.

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First up, Guerlain Lingerie de Peau Nude Powder Foundation. I haven't tried this yet because I wanted to focus on finishing up a couple other powders (I've already finished one of them- Dior Nude Air Pressed Powder). I really like the Lingerie de Peau liquid foundation so I figured the powder foundation should be just as good.

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Then I got the Guerlain Rose Aux Joues Tender Blush. I got it in the "Morning Rose". It's a beautiful blush that blends easily and looks very natural on the skin. This blush gives off a totally matte finish so if you want some glow, you'll want to add some highlighter.

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I found this T3 straightener at a bargain price at Winners. I threw away the box already but I distinctly remember paying around $79.99 for it (retail price $200+). I only use a straightener when my hair suddenly decides to be wonky on some days, so it's not my go-to tool. The one item I highly recommend would be the T3 hairdryer. Best beauty tool I own thus far. I've had the same one for 7 years now (and still going).

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Lastly, can we take a moment to appreciate Essie's Fall Collection for 2016? I got three shades from the collection (that's how much I love the collection). From left to right: "Kimono-over", "Maki Me Happy" and "Playing Koi".

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This is "Maki Me Happy". It's such a beautiful deep red colour. It not only works for Fall, but it'll be gorgeous to wear during the Holidays and will take you through the winter season.

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"Playing Koi" seemed to be the most popular shade among the 6 shades available. I'm not surprised as the colour screams fall and is truly a unique colour. I'd describe it as a burnt orange. Very beautiful a must for any collection.

p.s. Did not see Trump coming. I'm still quite shocked.

"You can't turn back the clock. But you can wind it up again." -Bonnie Prudden