Monday, October 22, 2012

4.108 Adoring The Fall Season

I know last year I said Spring was my favourite season... but there's something about Fall that I can't help but love. Although it's sad to see all the plants die, there's something about Autumn that gets me really excited. It could be fall fashion, I do love layering and wearing boots and scarves. Or maybe the chilly cool weather gets me excited for the Christmas Holiday that follow in Winter- my most favourite time of the year! Twinkling Christmas lights adorn the streets and fill the window storefronts. Sales, sales, and more sales splashed across every store you walk by. Why, I can hear the limited edition Holiday collections calling me now... And let's not forget when comfort food takes on a whole new meaning when cold weather hits. Creamy delectable desserts, all sorts of soups to warm the soul, the smell of home made baked goods, and the turkey slowly roasting in the oven. Whatever it is, no other season gets me more excited than Fall.

I've even gone through debates in my head of whether Spring or Autumn was better. I eventually came to the conclusion that there were more pros than cons when it comes to Autumn. It was pretty much a done deal.

And speaking of Fall, I still have to share the $200 boots I tweeted about getting a while back... I recently also got another pair of boots too, eep! It may sound like I buy a lot of boots... but last year I didn't even buy a single pair. For some reason I wasn't really digging boots last Fall, not really sure why. But this year I am! I will definitely share when I get a chance to take pictures.

The holidays will be here before you know it! I spotted this at Shoppers. I actually remember this cosmetic/clutch bag from last year I think.

And speaking of holidays... I saw these Christmas stuff at The Bay already. Talk about jumping the gun lol.

I love visiting Indigo Chapters during the Fall/Holiday/Christmas season. Everything is so cozy and rustic. I love it. Just looking at their merchandise makes me want to cook and entertain or cozy up in a blanket with a book while sipping some hot cocoa.

I love wearing accessories during Fall. The weather is cool enough that it doesn't make you feel like you're carrying unnecessary weight to bog you down in hot weather. I saw this Vince Camuto earring display at The Bay and immediately thought of Lisa. If it wasn't for her, I would have never heard of Vince Camuto before.

This was at Home Sense. I love browsing through decor and home things. I know I keep saying this, but if I had a home...

I'm happy to have caught wind that Epik High is making a comeback! One of my favourite singers, yay! To be honest I'm not really digging their latest two new songs... but I'm hopeful they'll come out with something I'll love <3

"In retrospect, the people I treasured the most turned out to be most hurting to me. But I wondered, did they really hurt me? Or did I hurt myself with some delusion that they are not bad at all?" -Tablo

Saturday, October 20, 2012

4.107 Coach Sunglasses + Viva La Juicy Eau de Parfum

More luxury items are coming your way. These are the last two items I bought during and for the summer. My apologies for being so behind with my posts.

I own several pairs of sunglasses, but have never splurged on an expensive pair before. The most I have ever paid for a pair of sunglasses was $20. I thought it was about time I splurged on a fancy new pair.

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I love love love the beautiful case it comes in and I absolutely love the frames. If you think I spent a fortune on these... think again.

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Now the most I've spent on sunglasses is $50! Ha! Isn't that such a bargain on Coach sunglasses? I found them at Winners while browsing and fell immediately in love with them.

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They have this vintage/retro feel to them. I love them so much because they are so classy. So glad I found these at Winners. Love that place!

And since I hadn't bought a fragrance in so long... a couple years actually, I figured I was also about due for a new fragrance to wear during the summer.

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I have been eyeing Juicy Couture's Viva La Juicy perfume for a while now. At first I wasn't very fond of the scent, I was actually more in love with the bottle. But after a few sprays from the test bottles in-store, I eventually came around to liking the scent and got it.

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I am absolutely in love with the bottle. It's so incredibly gorgeous.

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I love the bow, the gold, and I especially love the little "j" and "couture" charm. It's so luxurious.

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Other than not being too fond of the scent at first, the other reason I was hesitant to get this perfume is because it's such a common scent used among women and girls. Perfume is a very personal thing. I don't want to smell like every other woman. I like having my own unique signature scent. In this case, I made an exception. I mean, how could anyone possibly turn down such a beautiful perfume bottle? The answer? You just can't.



I have been watching itsJudysLife vlogs since the beginning and I still am now. She and Benji recently just had their baby! How exciting! Isn't she just precious? So adorable.

"Don't worry about knowing people. Make yourself worth knowing." -Unknown

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

4.106 This Is Luxury

Sometimes the most simplest things can feel the most luxurious. In this case, it was the purchase of a Hudson's Bay fleece throw that did it for me.

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After rummaging around in The Bay and feeling disappointed with the lack of sales, I wandered into the home section and came upon their Hudson's Bay Company Collection. I've walked past this small section several times before but never took the time to look at their things. What caught my eye this time was a beautiful fleece blanket with the iconic stripes that stopped me in my tracks.

On The Bay's Facebook page, they frequently share "stripes spotting" which are photos of sightings of their iconic stripes usually in by fans. Although their striped merchandise have never been on my wish list, I have found myself admiring the pictures of their merchandise.

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Something about how soft it feels and an association of the iconic coloured stripes to luxury that screams richness to me. I love it. It's been so nice to to cozy up in during a cold night. To me, owning a piece of merchandise from the HBC Collection is as much of a must-have for Canadians as Tim Hortons is.

I got another bottle of Lancome Eau Fraiche Douceur (cleansing water) at Sears when they had their gift with purchase event. The bottle shown is the one I bought actually. I go through this stuff pretty quick. I think I'll also purchase a bottle of Bioderma since I like having choice when it comes to skincare and because it's cheaper. The lipstick I got is called "Natural Beauty" a really beautiful nude. I'll share a swatch of it later on. And of course I chose the sample of Visionnaire because I want to try it out before buying the full version.

This is the Lancome gift with purchase that is happening right now at The Bay. You get to pick some of the products you want and this is what I ended up getting. I've heard really great reviews of the Lancome Tonique Confort (hydrating toner) so I wanted to add that to my skincare regimen. I'll probably use it in November/December when the weather gets even colder. The lipstick I got is also in "Natural Beauty". So glad I have another one to use. And this time I got the Genefique instead of Visionnaire based on the SA's recommendation. They keep telling me Genefique is better for me since Visionnaire is meant for older skin. For some reason I don't buy it... but this time I listened. Next time though, I'll be getting the Visionnaire sample no matter what the SA's say. Don't you dislike it when they think you no nothing? They probably think I'm 16 or 17 years old or something... I know what I want, why not just listen to what the customer wants?

"It’s hard to wait around for something you know might never happen but it’s even harder to give up when you think it’s everything you want." -Unknown

Sunday, October 14, 2012

4.105 Thanksgiving 2012

Even though I don't have many readers on this little blog of mine, I am so thankful to have the support of you girls (it's an assumption that there's no guys here, but I think it's a pretty good guess). Thank you for your kind words and encouragement in my last post. It's a nice reminder that the world isn't all that bad because there will always be good to bring back the light.

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And speaking of being thankful, I wanted to share with you my thanksgiving dinner I had with the family. Although there are a lot of things I am thankful for, this year I am especially thankful for my blog and the people who read it. Thank you, I really appreciate it. Thank you for making me feel as if this blog is worth something, and thank you for picking me up when I'm down. This blog is more than just sharing my thoughts on beauty or sharing bits of my life, it's a place I know I can go to unload if I need to. Expressing my thoughts takes a ton off my shoulders, but with added encouragement from you girls, it's like all my troubles go away. So, again, thank you. You have no idea how much your words mean to me. And I shall leave it there because I could probably go endlessly on with more thank you's haha.

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This Thanksgiving we opted for ham instead of having the usual bird. To be honest ham just doesn't taste as good as chicken or turkey. I'm not a fan of it.

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Deep fried mozzarella balls with a tomato dip.

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Pita with asiago and artichoke dip.

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Crackers with Boursin cheese.

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I got the garlic and fine herbs flavour. It tastes so rich and creamy. It sort of reminds me of garlic spread but a more subtle version. You only need the tiniest amount.

I've been wanting to try this cheese spread ever since I saw the commercials for it. It costed $4.99.

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And lastly we had sparkling apple cider to wash down our food. I love drinking sparkling juices.

And I just wanted to let you know that everything has settled down. I guess I can't expect life to be up high all the time. Life has its lows but eventually it moves on. And so will I =)

"You can't avoid pain, but you can choose to overcome it." -Paulo Coelho

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

4.104 When The World Crumbles, Stand Strong.

Ever had one of those moments when you realize that everything you thought you knew turned out to be the opposite? It turns your world upside down and makes you mentally rewind in attempt to figure out how you missed it all. Weren't there clues along the way? And if so, why were they not more obvious to you? My world is crashing down at the moment and it's something I wouldn't even wish on my worst enemies. I thought I had done my fair share of tears but apparently my world won't stop breaking. I'm weak from all the ups and downs I've had to struggle through. And although I know that in the end this journey will only make me stronger, it's hard to stay focused when the finish line is nowhere in sight. It's also painful to know that the hurt comes from somewhere you thought you should finish. But these are the cards I'm dealt with... and if I remind myself that everything happens for a reason, it'll only gets easier to work through it.

"When the road ahead seems too long, look back to see how far you’ve come. For, even if the hill before you is steep, the view gives you hope to finish the journey." -Daniella Kessler

Monday, October 8, 2012

4.103 Anne Klein Lion Lady Satchel

Happy Thanksgiving weekend! I hope you all spent some time with the family or enjoyed some extra time to yourselves to relax. I know I did. My life has been up and down full of drama these past couple weeks. I don't even want to get into it... but all I have to say is, I should not feel bad for doing what needed to be done.

Anyway I thought I would share with you something I enjoyed using over the summer.

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Say hello to the Anne Klein Lion Lady Satchel, the lastest addition to my bag collection. Surprisingly for a bag fiend, I have not bought a bag in a very long time.

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I fell in love with how classy and sophisticated it is. The bag also has a safari touch that I actually don't care for at all.

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I was browsing around in Winners when I spotted this bag sitting on one of their displays.

Can you believe I got it for only $39.99?? It retails for $110 and I can actually confirm this since I saw the same bag selling at The Bay for that price. What a total steal!

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Again, I don't care for the safari touch. I'm actually not a fan of animal prints, but since it's only on the lining, I was okay with getting the bag.

The chain is Chanel-inspired. It can be worn short or long.

The only thing about this bag though is that because it's a slim structured bag with no give, I can hardly fit anything in it. My wallet fits a bit snug and does not leave room for much else. The magnetic closure is also not very strong so the flap does not stay closed well. I mainly use this bag when I'm casually shopping or when I don't need to carry much with me. This bag is definitely something different compared to the other bags I own. I do still really like it despite these two minor points I just listed.

"Be careful who you share your secrets with, only a few care, the rest are just curious." -Unknown