Saturday, June 29, 2013

5.147 It's My Life "And That Is YOUR Opinion."

I promise I will be back with a more interesting post but today is just another day where I feel the need to blow off some steam. I think sometimes you need to let it all out via somewhere you feel heard instead of to someone because there are times when you don't need feedback, you just want someone to listen.

As I am sitting and typing, I feel pretty relaxed because it's relatively calm and quiet where I am. The window is open allowing a light cool summer breeze to come through, the birds are chirping, and I can hear some wind chimes from my neighbour's backyard.

The issues I'm having is with my mom and her opinions. I remember talking to a coworker with mine about a related issue and she said something to me that I constantly try to remind myself of: It's my life. I've been raised to always respect my elders, but respect and having to listen and follow everything they say are two different things- which isn't at all apparent to her because they think it is one and the same thing. If I don't listen I'm a bad "kid" (quotations because I'm way past childhood but she doesn't seem to notice except when it's convenient to use in an argument). If I listen to what she says and it doesn't work out, that's just the cards I'm dealt with. But if I make my own mistakes, I will never hear the end of it.

I think my mom forgets that this is my life and the choices I make are ones I am happy to live with- even if they turn out to be mistakes. It's not about being wiser and trying to protect the younger generation from everything you've learned in life. It's about letting them learn from their own mistakes because that's how lessons stick. I would rather live with more of my own mistakes than to have to live with fewer mistakes that weren't a result of my own choosing. My life isn't a vessel for some do-over or needs to be questioned with every step I take. This isn't about her and her opinions or what she thinks is best. It's about ME and what I want for myself.

"You have to do what is right for you, no one walks in your shoes." -Unknown

5.146 Confessions Of A...

"A store can awaken a lust for things you never even knew you needed."

"A world where grown-up girls got what they wanted." I remember feeling that way a while back.

I quite enjoyed the movie because I could totally relate. "The point about this scarf is that it will become a part of a definition of you, of your psyche." Although some parts were a bit silly, the moral behind the movie and some of the lines that were said were quite inspiring. "At every point I will ask, do I need this?"

It explores the reasons behind why shopaholics shop. "Because when I shop, the world gets better; the world is better. And then it's not anymore, and I need to do it again." And it's true. If buying things in turn buys me even a little happiness, then I'll take it. Anything to bring to life the painting I have in my head of how I want my life to be. I'm not saying I'm not happy at all, it's just that I'm not happy as a whole, and I'm not afraid to admit that. I know shopping isn't a solution and it's completely unreasonable... but if you knew everything, you might understand.

"I like shopping. Is there anything so wrong with that? I mean, stores are put there to enjoy. The experience is enjoyable, well more than enjoyable, it's beautiful."

"Use things, not people. Love people, not things." -Spencer W. Kimball

Monday, June 24, 2013

5.145 Officially Summer

There's something about cold kitchen tiles that I really like. Coldness. Is it weird that I like a cold kitchen? I think for my future home kitchen I would want something stoned themed, cold and tranquil. Which is completely unlike today when it was so hot out. I guess mother nature took the cue of officially ringing in summer seriously this year.

This was taken about a month ago. I'll have to update you guys on how my garden looks now.

The Mister had helped me with the garden this year.

I attended my sister's graduation. I'm very proud of her!

As we were going home my sister spotted this odd bridge that connects these two buildings together.

And of course you know me, I haven't slowed down on the shopping bit- which surprisingly doesn't bother the Mister like I would think. We should just accept that I'm a total shopaholic which I kind of hate since it only makes me another statistic in the stereotype that "all girls love to shop". It's the whole thing of being classified into this idea or category of what it means to be a female. This is not all there is to me, which doesn't seem to always come across when someone happens to learn that I love shopping.

Aldo Elak Bone Flats.

Aldo Kugler Snowy Sandal.
I can't enough of Aldo shoes. I'm starting to accumulate quite a few pairs from them, from sandals to heels to boots. I'll have to remember to set aside some money for a new pair of boots for the fall/winter season. The Elak flats aren't as comfortable as my other one from Aldo, but I think that's because it's made of synthetic material instead of leather. The Kugler sandals are without a doubt comfortable. Both shoes are on sale right now and I'm contemplating on getting the white version of the Kugler sandals. Hm..

I bought the top on the left from Winners in the Juniors department (even though it looks like it shouldn't even be in that section). I thought it would look nice under a blazer or cardigan. The top to the right is from H&M. I really like the shoulder detail as it gives it a bit of edge and interest to an otherwise plain top.

Not too long ago I totally got into the whole faux fur kind of thing. I didn't get much out of it, except a fuzzy cross-body bag from H&M, but at the time I couldn't justify spending quite a bit of money on a faux fur rug from Ikea, or $80 for a furry pillow from Chapters, and I wouldn't even know how to go about wearing a furry vest without looking like I'm trying to be an animal. BUT recently I came across this very inexpensive faux fur pillow at Walmart for only $16.97! I have this picture in my head of how my room/house would look like if I had my own room/house, so when I come across things that fit into that picture I just get it without hesitation. Fur as an accent are the way to go with these kinds of things in my books.

Victor and Rolf Flowerbomb Eau De Parfum.
And lastly, but definitely not the last of what I still need to show you, a new perfume. I have been eyeing this perfume since last year. It's one of the more expensive ones which is why I didn't get it sooner. Luckily I found this one the day I visited the the newly opened Marshalls on Yonge St. with the Mister.

This perfume in this size retails for $125 but I got it for $99.99. Still hella expensive but it smells so good. If you like floral scents you would love it too.

The bottle is really simple yet elegant. At first I didn't see it, but after holding it in my hand, I started to think how much it resembled a hand grenade. Then it dawned on me that it totally makes sense given the name Flowerbomb, the shape, the size, the little logo sticking out like the pin on a real grenade. For a bottle that is inspired from something so lethal, it sure is pretty pleasant.

"If there ever comes a day when we can't be together keep me in your heart, I'll stay there forever." -Winnie the Pooh

Monday, June 17, 2013

5.144 Pickles and Cucumbers

As I was cleaning up my web bookmarks, I came across a bunch of blogs that have been abandoned. Most of the blogs now belong to some random guy who made it a hobby to scavenge and revive blogs that were popular back in the day. Funny enough, both of my previous blog links have been seized by people with the varied spelled name of "Mohammed" (just an observation). When I look at the long list of forgotten (mostly beauty) blogs, I can't help but feel a sense of sadness, but yet, I completely understand why. Who has the time anymore? We've moved onto another chapter of our lives that requires more responsibilities, time, and energy. I don't personally plan to quit any time soon, though I have drastically reduced the amount of time and frequency of blogging.

I do wish I had more time to blog about things as they happen. This way it keeps the topic relevant and makes sense timeline-wise.

I guess that's my cue to catch up!
Friday May 17th. I got bought a deal off of Wagjag to get $20 worth of food for $10 at The Golden Griddle. We went to the one on Carlton Street and as it turns out, we didn't like it very much. I personally did not like the server that served us, she was unenthusiastic and a bit rude to be honest. The food also wasn't anything spectacular although I did like my potatoes. I got sunnyside up eggs with a side of bacon which was overcooked, and I only got 3 strips instead of the 4 they're suppose to give me. The Mister did not like his omelette either, I tried a piece and it tasted bland. Overall, it was a bad experience and we thought the food was overpriced for what it was.

The Mister and I have been visiting Pickle Barrel quite a few times over the past little while.

Friday May 31st. We both got the 8oz Top Striploin. It was tender and pretty good. The Mister also got a martini and I got a Killer Shake in vanilla because I love my sweets too much. I was a bit shocked when it came in a huge cup though.

For dessert we got the Strawberry Cheesecake. It was really good. Aside from that, does anyone else find it weird when they use huge plates for small food items?

Friday June 7th. We hit up Pickle Barrel again as it's one of my favourite restaurants to eat at. I ordered the Crispy Fried Calamari and the Lobster Grilled Cheese. The Mister ordered the Red Thai Curry Chicken. This time the food was pretty disappointing for me. The calamari was a little too oily and the Lobster Grilled Cheese on the multigrain bread was not appetizing at all. I didn't even end up finishing any of the food. Thumbs down this time.

Friday June 14th. Yay onto something more relevant to the present. This time we went to Moxie's. I got the sparkling water and it tasted gross. I'll never get sparkling water again. It's tricks my brain into thinking that some sweetness will come soon after but it doesn't. Never again.

I ordered some Calamari for the both of us since I was so disappointed in the calamari I had at Pickle Barrel. Let me tell you, the calamari at Moxie's is so damn good. So good that I ordered a second round after I ate my main course, the Asian Chopped Salad. It wasn't oily, it was light, rich, and pure deliciousness. I also loved how it came with two dipping sauces (tzatziki and sweet chili sauce) so you don't get bored with one. Both sauces were really good, my favourite was the chili one. The Mister ordered the Red Thai Chicken Curry since he's watching what he eats because he's working out. He told me the Red Thai Chicken Curry at Moxie's is better than the one at Pickle Barrel. And lastly the server we had was spectacular. I even complimented her on how good she is. She recommended we try their new Tiramisu next time since we didn't order any dessert (I was too full). Apparently it's really good and I don't doubt that.

And that's all that I have for now. Hopefully I'll catch you again very soon! xx

"A relationship with no trust is like a car with no gasoline. You can stay in it all you want but it won't go anywhere." -Jasmine G