Sunday, March 31, 2013

5.136 The One King of Hotels

Don't you hate it when your clothes go missing? I mean it's bad enough if my clothes vanishes into thin air, but it's also annoying when it gets mixed up in one of my sister's closets. I either, a) have to go digging for it or, b) end up forgetting it to only get it back months after. I know some of you might find it strange or even pathetic that I don't do my own laundry, but it's only because I have no space to store a laundry hamper in the room I share with my sister. But now I'm seriously considering getting one anyway even if it does make my place even more crammed. It'd be worth it though because I could be reassured of knowing where all my clothes are and I wouldn't have to worry about my clothes being destroyed (because my mom doesn't separate whites, colour, and dark garments). And the best part, which might be TMI, is that I would be able to buy any undergarment from those sales they have without having to create confusion on which one belongs to who. Usually I buy multiple of the same kind just so no one gets confused, but if I had my own hamper, it wouldn't be a problem.

Today was a stay-in-at-home kind of day. Most places aren't even open and it's not warm enough to feel reassured that the temperature won't suddenly drop later on. On Thursday I got a taste of outside though. I started to prepare my garden bed by weeding and upturning the soil. It felt so great to feel the sun on my skin and dig in the soil again. My hands still smelled like soil even after I washed them with soap and water. It was great.
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On the long weekend I headed downtown with the Mister since Eaton's was one of the few places opened on Good Friday.

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Waiting for the Mister whom arrived very late after having to go back home because he forgot something. I was pretty mad =\ He made up for it though =)

Some of the lines in some of the stores were dreadfully long so I didn't end up buying anything. Just a look here and there sufficed enough for me. So we ended up walking south down Yonge after fetching some food from Burger King.

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It was then we came upon the One King West hotel. I've mentioned before how I've always wanted to stay a night there just to experience how a place like this might be. I came to know about this place through Tiffany, a  fellow Torontonian blogger who resides there (it's a hotel and residence). One day I'll book a room but as for now, all we did was just go inside the lobby just to take a glimpse of what it's like.

Taken from the site: "The prestigious address of One King West was first home to the original Michie & Co. Grocers & Wine Merchants, established in Toronto in the mid-1800s. In 1879, the much sought-after Yonge and King location changed owners to become home to the head office of The Dominion Bank, a residency that would last an impressive 126 years.

In 1914, the bank’s rise to national prominence led to the construction of an early 12-story skyscraper. Ownership once again changed hands in 1999 and the Dominion Bank Building, now deemed a Heritage Building, was carefully redesigned for residential use by Stanford Downey Architect. This redesign saw the creation of the second tower adjacent to the building, aptly nicknamed 'The Sliver', due to its dramatically slender profile.

Today, guests of the hotel are treated to the historical splendour of the Dominion Bank Building along with the modern sophistication of luxurious hotel amenities and services."

And now I know why the building looks the way it does. I would have never known that the 12 storey building was built afterwards on top of what was originally there. No wonder there is a colour difference. Man I love learning about history!

The inside was as beautiful as it was on the outside. Very fancy and elegant.

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I mean just look at how gorgeous the chandeliers and ceiling are! I wish I was more daring to explore the rest of the place.

I've totally missed blogging about my life. I know it's more important to just live your life, but it takes it to another level to document it. My Spring Forward post kick-started it again. To be honest, although I like blogging about beauty and the things I get, it does get dull after a while. What I really enjoy is reflecting back on my day and what I've been up to. It not only makes it more memorable for me but it's also nice to know that my thoughts and memories are only a click away if I wanted to go "back in time". It's like a journal with pictures- which is so much better in my opinion.

"Knowing how to be solitary is central to the art of loving. When we can be alone, we can be with others without using them as a means to escape." -Bell Hooks

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

5.135 Pretty Little Things

Aside from traveling, dining etc etc., nothing gets me more excited than getting pretty little things- except maybe a new pair of shoes... or a purse... or high-end makeup... okay, let's just say they're one of many things that gets me excited. Here are some pretty little things I've acquired over the past couple of months.

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Remember how I got the $50 thank you gift card from that super nice sales associate at Coach when I bought my bag? I played on the the thought of getting myself a nice tote... but then I realized it's probably best that I don't go and splurge again too soon. So I decided to go safe with jewelry.

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Coach Thin Op Art Rhinestone Bangle.
There wasn't much to choose from at the store I was in but I did end up finding something I liked. I'm sure my purchase of this bangle doesn't come as a surprise. This was $78 so I did have to pay around $30 for it after the gift card was applied. I forgot to show that it has a few little rhinestones embedded on the sides. It's slightly smaller than my Kate Spade bangle (which is by far the largest bangle I own), but it's still not as small as I would like for my wrist. It's do-able though.

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Fossil Keyhole Bangle.
I ended up loving the rose gold Fossil bangle my sister gifted me for Christmas so much that I wanted to get another to pair it with. After seeing how well rose gold and silver pair together on their website, I immediately fell in love with the colour mix and wanted it for my own. This was $78- pricey but their bangles fit so nicely on my small wrists. It's oval shaped as opposed to being round.

I haven't bought Juicy Couture jewelry since forever. I've said this before but I'll say it again, Juicy Couture comes out with the strangest things, but once in a blue moon, they come out with a few really nice gems.
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Juicy Couture Heart Crown Hoop Earrings "Silver" and "Gold".
I bought the silver pair first and liked it so much that I bought the gold pair too. I admit the crowns got the attention of the little girl inside me. I like how dainty they are and how the little hearts hang. I'm a studs kind of girl so I'm trying to ease my way into wearing dangle earrings. This is a good medium or half-way point.

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I give points for the small fine detail that went into this.

I like pairing the gold pair with my Kate Spade earrings (I have two piercings on each ear if you were wondering what the heck I was talking about). I still have yet to find something to pair with the silver ones.

The next pair of earrings were something I actually had to hunt down. I was in the market for a good pair of really shiny diamond-like studs. Not real diamonds yet (because I can't afford that right now) but a pair that would shine brightly unlike any other earring I own. I've heard and seen with my own eyes how really shiny earrings could bring out your eyes and brighten your face. After thinking for some time and surfing the web, I found myself mesmerized with a pair of stud earrings from Swarovski.
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I've walked by the Swarovski store many times before but never once set foot in there. It always looked so fancy yet intimidating, and with little money I had back then, I thought there was no point in checking it out. This time it was a different story. I was on a mission. A mission to see if those earrings I saw on their site was exactly what I was looking for. Obviously they met my criteria because I walked out with them!

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What is it about boxes that I like so much anyway? The box is very sturdy- I like.

Swarovski Solitaire Pierced Earrings.
Ladies, my first Swarovski piece. They are crystal solitaire. They're slightly bigger (maybe by 1mm) than I would have liked (because I have small ear lobes) but they do exactly what I had hoped for, which is to shine brightly- and boy do they ever. I recommend these if you want really shiny earrings. They're pricey at $70 but they are worth every penny in my opinion.

And to end the post with a few more affordable pieces, some necklaces I found at Forever21!

Surprisingly with all Forever21 has to offer, I don't often come across that many jewelry pieces that I would be willing to buy. But this time when I went with my boyfriend, it was a total success. Maybe he's a good luck charm? ;)
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And from the pieces I pick up, there are only a couple that I would say are real gems. The necklace on the left is one of those pieces. It's dainty, it's soft gold, it has cute luck charms, and a hint of colour- totally Spring worthy. I really really like it. It would pair so well with blouses and anything that needs that simple touch. The best part, it's under $5. [I'll have to come back and update you guys on prices here as I don't have it on hand].
The center piece is a necklace similar to other ones I have but it has an edge to it. I like pairing these chunkier necklaces with oversized sweaters- but now it's Spring so I'll be saving it for next Fall/Winter.
The necklace to the right was something I thought would be nice worn with all the blouses and sheer tops I got.
But anyway, if there is one necklace I recommend checking out, it's the gold luck charms one! I'm serious! Check it out!

"The law is the wisdom of the ages wrapped in the opinion of the moment." -Drop Dead Diva (tv show)

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

5.134 Home Goods - Chapters & Anthropologie

I'm constantly poking around in the home decor section. I can literally spend hours browsing around in the home section of places like Chapters, Anthropologie, Winners, Urban Outfitters etc. As a result, I've picked up a few unnecessary but ooh-too-good-to-pass-up-on things to add to my already crowded room.

When I visited Yorkdale, which is probably a month ago now, I was pleasantly surprised (and thrilled) to stumble upon the Anthropologie store. I've heard a great deal about this place and had been super anxious to visit one.
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I really liked how rustic and organic the place felt.

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I didn't buy anything during my first visit but during my second visit I walked out with two things.

The first item was this Curvy Chrysanthemum Vase. Isn't it so beautiful? After seeing this vase while browsing their website, I knew I had to have it. There are other vases available but this one was my favourite. Initially I thought it was going to be smaller but upon seeing it in stores it was a lot bigger than I had anticipated. Nevertheless, this is great a statement piece and would make a great focal point in a room. I just love the pop of colour. It totally reminds me of Spring... (c'mon Spring...). This was $28.

I saw this Boulangerie Coconut Macaroon candle during my first visit and immediately fell in love with the scent, it smells so good! I decided to get it during my second visit before I ended up regretting not getting it. It's $16 which is quite pricey but I love the smell too much!

And not surprisingly, I've been making numerous trips to Chapters Indigo- partly because it's easily accessible to me and, as you know, I love the store.
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I saw this White Crackle Vase in the clearance for $10 and thought it looked interesting enough to get. I think it would look lovely with a fresh set of flowers in it.

This Rose Tealight Holder caught my attention the moment I laid my eyes on it. It looks so pretty and I only wish I had a big enough vanity to place it on. Currently it sits on my bookshelf but hopefully one day I can display it out in the open. I bought it for $16.50 but it's currently on sale.

If you get the chance, you must give this Santiago Huckleberry Glass Jar candle a sniff. It smells divine. So good that I couldn't take the chance of waiting for it to go on sale just in case it sold out. I even got the biggest size it comes in because I love it that much. I haven't had the chance to burn the candles I've shown in this post yet, but when I do, I bet they'll smell heavenly. This was $28 but it's for a huge candle so I feel better about it.

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Every time I open mail it's a constant reminder that I need to get myself a letter opener. I wasn't in the market for anything expensive but I also wanted one that was at least decent. So when I saw this Silver Feather Letter Opener at Chapters, I thought it was perfect. It was only $12! And it's actually on sale now so you can grab one for yourself for even cheaper!

Yes, you guessed it. I got another tray, White Blossom Tray. I can't seem to have enough of these and I think you can see why. However this time, I had a purpose for it in mind. Because it's a smaller sized tray, I thought it'd be perfect to store and display my rings. I'll show you next time of how it looks like since I forgot to take a picture. I got this $13.65 on sale.

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And last, but definitely not least, I came across this simple Tall Tea Mug that I simply adore. It's $12 which isn't too bad in my opinion. It's quite lightweight for such a big mug. Ironically, I've drank several beverages out of this mug already none of them tea. The Mister offered to pay for it (thanks babe!). We even got a back-up just in case the one I'm using now breaks (that's how much I like it). It's an unusual feeling to have someone offer to pay for everything- hey don't think I'm that cheap! I rarely take him up on his offers =P They're nice gestures though and I really appreciate them even though I feel odd at times.

And knowing me, that won't be the end of it. I'm sure it won't be too long before I make another post about more home goods =S

Whenever there are people who are determined to take you down, determined to one-up you and get everything that you have... you're onto something. -Crystalis007 (Youtube) [quote rephrased]

Monday, March 18, 2013

5.133 Date Night, Meet The Mister.

Friday has turned from blogging time to shopping day to date night. From a Friday night spent at home to a day being alone turned into a day I spend with that special someone. I couldn't be more happy about the change. I've always loved to dine out but I've never had much opportunities to do so before- not that it's complicated to do so but I didn't really have anyone to dine with me (it's just nicer that way).

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Meet the Mister. I know in the past I've shared more personal details of my life, but this time around I've decided not to do that. I hope you guys understand.

On Friday we went to go eat at Pickle Barrel after going around the mall for a bit.
My side of mixed greens came first, it was pretty good. The Mister suggested we get a couple of drinks with our dinner (keep in mind I don't drink) but obliged anyway because I want to get myself to a point where I can drink if I wanted to. We decided on martinis- he got pomegranate and I got chocolate. Bad idea. I got tipsy with just one martini (fyi it felt so weird). Who knew I was such a lightweight? I was rocking the Asian glow for a couple hours before it even went away haha. The Mister took care of me very well though and was very apologetic about suggesting the alcoholic beverage. For the main meal I had the Lobster Ravioli, it was heaven in my mouth.

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We also had dessert. Mine was the Oreo one, I wasn't too crazy about it though.

Then today we went out again which I never do because my shows Once Upon A Time and Walking Dead air on Sundays. This time I made an exception because I figured I shouldn't let shows hold me back from enjoying my days off. I got to watch Walking Dead anyway since they do a rerun of it at 11pm hehe. Does anyone else watch the show? Last night's episode was intense!!

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This time we went to Eggspectation. I've eaten at this place before for breakfast but that was back when I was in Montreal. Their eggs are so delicious.

Today I didn't feel like eating eggs for lunch though. I wanted a burger, so I got the BBQ Burger.

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The Mister got one of their omelettes that I can't remember the name of right now. He loved it.

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We also made a visit to my old school. Le sigh. I feel so old... and I totally miss this place.

On another note, I've been really into lippies lately.
And it all started with my love for collecting Nivea lip balms. I still have yet to come across those lip butters they recently came out with.

I have so much to show you guys... but I'm finding it hard to find the time these days!! Gah!

"If you don't tell the world who you are, the world will tell you." -Unknown