Sunday, January 27, 2013

4.121 Queen Of Spades

If you're friends with me on Facebook, you would have already seen what I gifted myself for Christmas. The time I visited Yorkdale mall with my family, I was astounded at how much has changed and how many new stores opened since the last time I visited (roughly more than a year ago). One of the stores I was particularly surprised to stumble upon was Kate Spade. Although I've heard of Kate Spade and have browsed through her beautiful collections online, I've never seen or been in a Kate Spade store before. During my initial visit, I managed to walk away with nothing because I like to take some time to think about an item before buying it. But while walking around the mall, I couldn't stop thinking about it. It was one of those things that I had a feeling I would regret not buying. After some more browsing and not finding anything else of interest, I decided that I must go back and purchase.

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The whole store was very colourful- which corresponds with her brand's philosophy to "live colorfully". Accordingly, her packaging is also very colourful. I love the logo- the font, the gold... it's a careful balance between simplistic and luxe.

Initially, I was planning to buy the one item that I couldn't stop thinking about. Of course I couldn't resist looking around some more, and it was then I found my second beloved piece.

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The box is gorgeously colourful. Both of the pieces came in their own little pouches.

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The first item was this beautiful bangle. This was the piece I couldn't stop thinking about. There were also other bangles available, but this one caught my attention. The inside has her motto, "live colorfully" engraved inside. Opposite to it, "Kate Spade New York is engraved as well (I forgot to take a picture).

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The bangle is pretty big for my wrist. It's bigger than the Indigo bangles I bought. It doesn't fall off when I wear it but I do sometimes fear that I'll lose it. I got this for $58.

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The other piece I got were these pair of earrings. Because they are so small, I thought they were perfect for my second earlobe piercings. I don't have much space on my earlobe to work with, so these earrings were a great find. These were $32.

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Aren't they absolutely gorgeous? I'm happy to have them in my jewelry collection. These were definitely worth the money- unlike the Gorjana jewelry.

You probably also noticed that I got pieces with the spade logo incorporated somehow. That's just the way I am, I usually like to go very traditional or in-line with what the brand is about. As the case with my first Juicy Couture bag, I got it in the pink colour- which is very Juicy Couture like. So as you can see, for Kate Spade, I went with items with the spade design.

"Don't be pushed by your problems, be led by your dreams." -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Saturday, January 19, 2013

4.120 Why I'll Never Buy Gorjana Jewelry Again

You might recall me saying that I would share what I got from Gorjana's Cyber Monday sale once I found the time to do so. I came to know about Gorjana through one of their web advertisements. I was immediately mesmerized with their jewelry, everything looked so beautiful and well made. After browsing through their collections, one particular piece stood out to me, and that was the Taner Bar Small Necklace. For months I eyed the necklace but didn't take the plunge due to the high shipping rate of $15.00 to Canada. I think $15 is a bit much for something that is so light. So when their Cyber Monday deal of free worldwide shipping and 40% off your order came around, you bet I jumped on the band wagon. Not only did I buy the Taner Bar necklace, I impulsively bought a bracelet too. I couldn't resist the "good deal".

sometextAnd yet, with all that said, it all goes downhill from here... When my order came in the mail, I wasn't home to accept it so I had to go to the postal office to pick it up. The big unpleasant surprise was finding that I was being charged COD- which stands for Cash on Delivery. Taken from Canada Post's site: "Collect on Delivery is a domestic service option purchased by senders that allows them to collect an amount from receivers upon delivery. We collect the payment before handing over the parcel, and send it securely to the sender on the receiver’s behalf." Although the site does state that as a buyer I am responsible for any custom charges my country may have... being charged $27 didn't seem to be a custom charge... at least, that's not what I'm getting from the above definition of COD. Nowhere on the site nor anywhere in my invoice/confirmation did it state that I would be charged this. Despite being super pissed that I was being charged $27 on top of the $97 (already 40% off discounted price) for two pieces of jewelry, I paid anyway because I had been waiting for so long to get my hands on some Gorjana pieces.

It came in a box wrapped in paper tissue. This was the actual box the jewelry is stored in. Very nice and sturdy-well made.

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Inside the box were little pouches that the jewelry is kept in. The little pouches felt really soft- again, this gave me hope that my money was well spent.

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The first item was my beloved Taner Bar Necklace (small) that I've been eyeing for months. I wanted it because I thought that a piece like this laying across my decollete would be so beautiful. It would give a touch of elegance, plus it looked beautiful on the celebrities I saw wearing it.

However... don't be fooled. I was fooled by the photo on Gorjana's website. I am completely disappointed with the necklace. The gold is an awful cheap yellow gold colour- something reminiscent of those cheap jewelry you get out of those coin toy dispensers for $1. And although I do enjoy jewelry when it's lightweight, this necklace is too lightweight- it doesn't even feel like it was made with quality at all. I expect more for something that retails for $60- hell, I wouldn't even pay a cent if I knew it was this bad.

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The other item (the impulse buy) was this Cassia bracelet. This retails for $95 (yes, nine-five). It looks beautiful though right? I thought so too, especially the picture they had of it on their website; but in person it looks awful, complete garbage.

In pictures the bracelet looks like it would have some good weight to it, but in reality, it's too light and feels so cheap (even if you don't factor in the $95 cost). I just couldn't believe my eyes when I saw it in person. I was astounded at how cheap the bracelet looked. And guess what?! I LOST THE BRACELET after ONE wear! The bracelet hook/toggle was so poorly constructed that it kept getting undone when I wore it. I should have took it off and put it in my bag until I could figure out a way to wear it without it coming undone... but I was determined to wear it because I spent a good chunk of money on it (with 40% off I spent about $57 on it). What a waste!

Before losing the bracelet, I contacted Gorjana and got my money back for the $27 COD that they charged me with. This is what they had to say about the COD charge: "It seems that Canada Post has suddenly been charging packages that have a declared value over $20. If you can provide a receipt from the COD charge, we will reimburse you that fee." I don't know how true that is, but honestly, through the hassle of contacting them to get reimbursed and the poor quality of their jewelry, it's safe to say, I'm left extremely disappointed with Gorjana. Update: I wore the necklace once and have kept it in the dust bag since then, yet it still ended up tarnishing on me.

Their jewelry "looks" beautiful but looks can be deceiving, and in case, they are. I can only speak on behalf of the two pieces I got, but even if two pieces like this couldn't meet my standards, then I doubt their other pieces could be any better. Given the high price point, poor quality and terrible customer service, I'm completely unimpressed. I don't plan to ever buy from them again and wouldn't recommend you do either.

"If you really want to do something, you will find a way. If you don't, you will find an excuse." -Jim Rohn

Thursday, January 10, 2013

4.119 We Survived The End Of The World!

It's my first blog post for 2013 and so much has happened since the last time I was on here. Here are a few highlights of what I've been up to...

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Visited the Distillery District.

And walked away with a Christmas present for my brother and this adorable media holder that I thought was perfect for my hand-held camera.

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Watched The Hobbit. It was a pretty good movie, albeit it could have been better if Peter Jackson had just made it into one movie instead of stretching it out into 3 parts (there were many unnecessary long scenes).

Got some good Christmas cheer. This year we decided to go with a "dainty" theme for the tree. Does anyone else like dressing up their tree differently to freshen things up?

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Was able to paint my nails for the Holiday break. My favourite combo ever!

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Ate lots of chocolate.

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Had Christmas dinner with the family and made tiramisu for dessert (recipe can be found here).

And of course, opened presents...
From one of my sisters and her boyfriend: Teavana Tumblr and Davids Tea's Chocolate Orange tea. The tumblr is beautiful and the tea sounds delicious!

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Fossil Signature Bangle "Rose".
My other sister got me Season 1 of Once Upon A Time (yes!), and this beautiful rose gold Fossil bracelet.

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She also got this free Fossil ornament with purchase.

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And lastly for presents, my brother got me these cute slippers. They'll definitely come in handy during these cold winter months.

Went to Yorkdale mall; haven't been there in ages and was surprised at how much has changed! The Bay is also currently undergoing some major renovations.

The jewelry department looks amazing. The whole place looks so fancy now.

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Also visited Pacific Mall and was thrilled to find The FaceShop! Surprisingly I didn't walk away with anything though. I wasn't able to participate in the boxing day shopping mania because I was working, but I did manage to pick up a few good things during the boxing week sales.

Forever 21 Sweater Cardigan in "Cream".This cute sweater would fit a lot better if it was a size small, medium fits okay too. I like the elbow detail and how cozy comfy it looks. With 30% off, this sweater came to only $20. Found these two awesome BCBGeneration bracelets at The Bay for 30% off.

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BCBGeneration Dream Affirmation Bracelet.

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BCBGeneration Inspire Affirmation bracelet.

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Expression Earrings.
I got these earrings by Expression because it reminded me of one the rings I own (shown right).

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Fossil Turnlock Wrist Wrap "Tan".
I was so happy when I saw this Fossil bracelet in the clearance section. I had been eyeing it for weeks but I wasn't willing to pay full price for it.

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Went to one of my favourite places, Chapters Indigo, to partake in their 30% off hardcovers books sale. I ended up picking up this Fashion book. I've always loved history and I've recently taken an interest in fashion so I figured the two would go well together.

For New Years, I stayed at home with my sister. Had hot chocolate with a little bit of Bailey's and nibbled on some yummy cheese pinwheels. It was so much better than last year when we went downtown where it was crazy and chaotic.

"Life is too short to wake up with regrets. So love the people who treat you right. Forget about the one's who don't. Believe things happen for a reason. If you get a second chance, grab it with both hands. If it changes your life, let it. Nobody said life would be easy, they just promised it would be worth it." -Unknown