Saturday, October 22, 2011

3.20 Rexall + Forever 21 Earrings

Ever go into a store intending to buy an item and instead end up walking out of the store with a bunch of other items? That's what happened to me yesterday. I dropped by Rexall with the intentions of picking up a nail buffer but since it wasn't on sale I'm just going to have to come back another day to get it when it is.

What did catch my attention immediately however were these signs all over the store.
Now tell me how I could have resisted not picking something up.

The first mascara that immediately came to mind was the New L'oreal Voluminous False Fiber Lashes mascara. One of the youtubers I watch mentioned how great this mascara was after being able to try it before it was released to the public (she went to a L'oreal event). I'm very curious to know how it will compare to Fiberwig (my favourite mascara). With 50% off this mascara came out to be $6.99.

I also picked up a Covergirl mascara to make use of my $2 coupon off any Covergirl product. I'm very curious to know what the hype is about the Lash Blast line. With the sale and coupon this came out to be $4.99.

Even though I couldn't resist the amazing sale on these mascaras (at least Canadian prices- Americans are probably laughing) I can't help but think, "Nat what the hell, you have so many other mascaras yet to be opened. Did you really need any more?!" I digress.

The other item I got was this Garnier Fructis Dryness Reversal Treatment. I've been keeping an eye on this since I didn't pick it up during the last sale. I was super excited when it went on sale again for $2.99 (retail price is $6.99). 

After Rexall I dropped by Forever21 to see if there was anything good in store. Even though I have two Forever21 stores right by my school, I rarely visit. Maybe it's because I know I'll end up walking out with something if I do- which is exactly what happened when I dropped in!

I picked up this earring set mainly for the peach pearl pair but I also love the other earrings it came with as well. I've been on the hunt for a warmer toned pearl earrings to match with my Juicy Couture crown earrings since I lost my other pair of pearl earrings. I'm glad to have come across this set for only $3.80.

These pair were also $3.80 and were the last ones in the store. I normally only wear studs even though I own several dangly ones. I think I'm ready to venture out a little though and I'm looking forward to a little change from time to time. I really like how elegant these are.

"The beautiful thing about learning is nobody can take it away from you." -B. B. King

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

3.19 Exam Woes + Scary Manga

I hate when I have exams back to back. Monday I had an exam and then today I had another one. I don't know how people go without sleep because I seriously can't. For normal functioning I need at least 6 hours of sleep minimum or else I go delusional. I wish I was biologically capable of functioning normally on less sleep. I've only done two all-nighters in my life which was back in high school. Both times I was delusional, experienced delayed cognitive processing where I ccouldn't think straight or quick, and both times I felt like I'm going to pass out any second.

Actually as I write this, I am struggling to utilize every neuron in my brain to help me collect and express my thoughts.

**Please read at your own discretion** With Halloween coming up, I'd say this post is quite fitting.

"Some of us think holding on makes us strong, but sometimes it is letting go." -Herman Hesse

Thursday, October 13, 2011

3.18 Twitter Dashboard + Mail Call

So you probably know by now that I tweet about deals, coupons, and freebies. Being a late-comer to Twitter myself I know that not everyone has an account and would even care to have one (I know I didn't until I found a use for it). For those who find the sidebar limiting because it only show my latest 5 tweets, I have great news for you. I recently discovered a  new Twitter app/widget to add to my wibiya toolbar down below. It's basically a dashboard that's linked to my Twitter account. The great thing about it is that you can view all my tweets (even without an account) and never get redirected to the Twitter website. The only pages that pop up in a new window is the links you choose to click on. Just note that from time to time I tend to clean up my tweets and delete older ones to prevent clutter on my page. Be sure to check often or whenever you visit my page to get in on all deals before they run out or expire.

Mail Call~

Here are some of the things I got in the mail since the last time.

Free Ontario map that retails for $2.95. I know that in this day in age we use GPS but during times when the battey dies or technology fails this could really come in handy.

I'm wondering if my mom will be able to find this in stores.

I'm always more thrilled when I get some sort of beauty-related product freebie.

Small sample but hopefully it'll do. I wonder how it'll compare to my Chi Silk Infusion.

A water testing kit.

Two free trial Canadian Family magazines.

Find someone who not only has the ability to catch you... but the capability of keeping you. -Sincerely, Nat

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

3.17 Toronto Eaton Centre's Urban Eatery

If you haven't already, I suggest you visit the Urban Eatery in Eaton's if you're in Toronto. For months the lower level food court was being renovated to make way for an all new dining experience.

Taken from the site: "As part of the $120 million revitalization of Toronto Eaton Centre, the 980-seat Urban Eatery is being created by top Canadian designers to provide a modern contemporary alternative to downtown dining, while also putting the best sustainable practices in place.

With cutting-edge design, diverse meal options to please every palette, reusable glasses, plate settings and cutlery, this will be the city’s freshest new dining experience. On September 1st we’ll be celebrating Urban Eatery and treating guests to musical performances, along with exciting promotions. Don’t miss it!"

These pictures were taken early in the morning (somewhere around 8am-9am) so the place is pretty empty.

It loosk so fresh and clean and they have a lot of new food concessions I've never heard.

Lots of space and plenty of seating arrangements to choose from.

These seats seem Asian inspired.

What's neat about this food court is how eco-friendly they are. You can eat with real plates and utensils that you return to the cleaning stations after you've finished.

Just look at how more professional and updated these food concessions look.

So spacious.

This is where I sat to study before my exam. The chair was really comfy.

I really like the modern look. Big applause to the architecture and interior designer.

Pictures of the place from above.

Definitely go check out this new innovative food court if you can. They are also currently renovating the other food court on the other side of the mall as well. I'm sure it will be great and similar to this one too. Perhaps Eaton's Urban Eatery will be the first step for malls to start thinking about renovating their food courts as well. Eating at a food court just grew to a whole new level. Be sure to check out the numerous new food concession stands that opened up.

"There are things that we never want to let go of, people we never want to leave behind. But keep in mind that letting go isn’t the end of the world, it’s the beginning of a new life." -Unknown

3.16 Scotiabank Nuit Blanche 2011

Going to Nuit Blanche this year with my sister and cousin was a lot more fun and productive than it was last year. This time around we actually looked at the map and planned out where we wanted to go. If you don't refer to the map you'll end up walking in circles and won't see much art. We ended the night off around 12 as I had homework to do the next day. We still had a blast though!

Taken from the site: "For one sleepless night experience Toronto transformed by hundreds of artists. One night only. All night long. All free.

Nuit Blanche was originally conceived in Paris, France in 2002, in an attempt to bring contemporary art to the masses in public spaces. Now universally translated as 'Sleepless Night', Nuit Blanche brings more than a million people to the streets of Paris every year. In 2005, Paris organizers contacted the City of Toronto's Special Events office with an invitation to join the ranks of approximately six other European cities producing similar all-night events. The international success of Nuit Blanche continues to build each year and has expanded its reach beyond Paris to more than 25 cities across the globe - each offering its own version of the all-night art extravaganza. Toronto was the first North American city to fully replicate the Paris model, and has inspired similar celebrations throughout North America, including San Francisco, New York, Miami and Chicago.

At its core, Nuit Blanche is a 12-hour event with a mandate to make contemporary art accessible to large audiences, while inspiring dialogue and engaging the public to examine its significance and impact on public space. Nuit Blanche is both a 'high art' event and a free populous event that encourages celebration and community engagement. From sunset to sunrise city spaces and neighbourhoods are transformed into temporary exhibitions. Unusual or forbidden spaces become sites of contemporary art open for all-night discovery and rediscovery. Cultural institutions, from museums to galleries to artist run centres, open their doors and offer free access to contemporary art. The everyday is suspended as the city's landscape is changed to welcome a variety of artistic experiences."

There were a lot of places that handed out the Nuit Blanche pamphlets. This was at Yonge-Dundas Square.

I only took pictures of a few art installations that I thought were interesting. Since I have the pamphlet and relevant information in front of me, I can also give you a brief description of what each art installation was about.

Zone B~

First stop, Ryerson's Lake Devo. They played a narration along with it.

#32 Egerton Falls Using interactive video projection technology and lighting effects, existing rock and water formations in Lake Devo are transformed into Egerton Falls.

The lights moved when you pulled on one of the strings that hung down.

#28 Cirrus Manipulate the angle and formation of an interactive representation of atmospheric clouds suspended in a downtown campus alleyway.

We had a hard time locating this one because it was so faint (the grid wasn't visible in person).

#29 Reeds Animated reeds of light move on a series of windows as if blown by invisible wind. Come watch their movements turn into a whimsical choreography.

Those things you see hanging are robots.

#1 Face Music A companion work to Paparazzi Bots. The group of robotic sculptures compose their own music with input from participants. Micro-video cameras mounted on the robots move toward people's bodies and faces while capturing human snapshots. The facial images will be digitally processed, pixelated and transformed into a constantly evolving generative soundscape, where facial features are turning into sound melody and rhythm.

This was my favourite art installation although it was hard to make it out. More people should seriously stop ignoring the elephant in the room.

#15 Elephant in the Room Playing on the notion of "unseen" and "unspeakable" taboo of the "elephant in the room", the artists will present a celestial body in the form of an elephant composed of LED "stars" that emerge in a darkened room.

This installation was in the windows of this building coupled with music.

#4 Intra Muros This project delivers a personal and voyeuristic glimpse into an artist's struggle with creative malaise. This animated installation will loop continuously in 12 windows.

I saw these not lit up in Eatons a week ago and wondered what they were for. Now I know.

Slipstream A sculpture suspended delicately in tension along the axis of the galleria. Reflecting the sun's movements during the day, the work comes to life at night as light animates from within.

Although this wasn't an installation for Nuit Blanche, it was still part of the event. There was basically a guy playing the drums that's built into the car. I believe it was there because Chevrolet was a sponsor of that zone.

There was loads of activity at City Hall.

There were these towers surrounding City Hall where spectators had the opportunity to go on the zip line.

There were a lot of flashing lights going on.

This was the art installation at City Hall.

#6 Through the Gorilla Glass Inspired by Gorilla glass, a scratch resistant glass sits atop City Hall's  green roof. As visitors approach the project they discover a device constructed of many simple mechanical arms waving in sequence. Waves of movement are triggered as individuals engage the sculptural interface by setting the arms in motion at different points along the length of the sculpture. As the machine moves and reacts, a series of sensors and lights is triggered responding to specific waves forms creating illuminating dancing patterns.

We got hungry so we headed back to Yonge-Dundas Square to eat at Johnny Rockets.
To our surprise, just outside the restaurant was Spock.

@Johnny's! It was mad packed that we had to wait in line for a bit.

I really like their 60's theme.

I always order the half and half.

Love me some Johnny Rockets.

It was so packed at Yonge-Dundas square. I've never ever seen it like this before.

While going through the crowd, who do we spot this time?
Oh nobody really... just freakin' Batman.

Zone A~

I can't imagine being one of those people.

#10 Erratic A low-key performance using human energy to modestly re-enact not only geographical processes that have shaped the region's lands, but also machine-assisted ones that continue to do so. The artist, with assistance, will take a glacial boulder from Northern Ontario and, over the days of culminating at the event, roll it southward to add it to Toronto's already-engineered waterfront land. Using unassisted human power to do a job easily performed on a larger scale with machinery is a reminder of a monumental yet unremarked movements by which a place is formed.

Next we headed to see the Japan exhibit.
Blue indicates areas people like, red indicates places people do not like. It was interesting to see what people put.

This exhibit shows urban planning ideas for Tokyo in the 1960's.

Absolutely incredible. What an ambitious idea for a city. Although, it would be disastrous if an earthquake occurred.

#29 Struggling Cities: from Japanese Urban Projects in the 1960's Explore the experimental ideas on the city that flourished in Japan in the 1960's, through architectural models, photograph and video installations.

I wish we had more time in this exhibit as there was a lot more to see but it was getting late and we had to go.

One day we plan to stay out the entire night and see everything. We actually want to do that next year but we'll have to see how our schedules will be like. It's a lot of great fun when you go with your family and friends. A city transformed for one night into a big art galleria. It was nothing short of amazing.

"No matter how different you are, always wear yourself proud." -Unknown