Friday, November 29, 2013

5.182 Friday Frenzy

Have any of my fellow Canadian noticed how local retailers are amping up the craze for the Black Friday sale frenzy? I've noticed over the years the sales are getting better but obviously nothing compared to the States as of yet. The only things I've bought so far (which was online last night) was a couple $12 deals at Sephora.com. The great thing about being VIB Rouge is that I get free shipping on every order regardless of my order total so that's why I was able to get on those deals. A little later today (around noon) I'll be heading out to the mall with my cousin and possibly my grandmother if she decides to tag along. I'm not planning on shopping the Black Friday sales (because I'm in saving mode) but if I find something nice and inexpensive, I might purchase. The main plan is for me to finish the Mister's gift since today he's busy with work and this is probably the only opportunity I'll get to do it.

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I kept forgetting to show you the Rachel Roy necklace I got back in this post in a better light. Here you can see how colourful the crystals are and just how beautiful the feather pendant is.

Lately I've been obsessed with young coconut.
Here's a coconut dessert that I love eating. I shared this with the Mister and he loved it too! It's sweet and so delicious. I get it at Ocean's or T&T Supermarket.

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And with that coconut craze is coconut water. I've found the Chaokoh brand to be less sweet than the other two brands. My taste preference pretty much goes from left to right, least to best. The first one is all natural though with no sugar added and no pulp. The Foco is nice and sweet and the Grace one tastes best because it has more of an authentic coconut taste. None of these beat the coconut dessert above though, probably because it's so sweet because it's a dessert. So good.

Now I'm off to get ready! At least I'm going by bus so I don't have parking to worry about.

"Fake people are the worst people. They always appear to be happy, when inside they're so jealous and hurting over someone else's life." -TheLoveStories (Twitter)

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

5.181 First Snowfall

It has happened. It is here. Snow. I hear this winter will be typical or brutal with lots of winter storms and snow for us Canadians (I'm generalizing because obviously there's a East, West and North side). I'm trying to prepare the Mister and I for the bitter cold (I'm talking minus 2-digit numbers) that will hit us pretty soon- albeit it's quite cold these days as it is. With the snow, it has set the Holiday mood for me. I'm getting excited. We have yet to put up the Christmas tree, I think after we do that, it'll really sink in for me :D

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The Mister and I visited Yorkdale again last week. I wanted to go down there to see if I could find any good Christmas gifts. I shopped early this year (back in Sept/Oct) so I'm almost done with my Christmas shopping.

We had also decided that day to watch The Hunger Games. The great things about Yorkdale is that they have other food vendors there like Pizza Pizza and Burger King that you can bring into the theatres to eat. The funny thing was I didn't realize that it was opening day for Catching Fire until the next day when I told my sister I went to go see it. I didn't bother finding out when it was released, all I knew was that it was out and I wanted to go see it. We went around 2:45, so the theatre wasn't even that packed. It was a normal crowd for us- which was good. It wasn't until after the show that I saw a huge line for the evening showing.

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I liked the movie. I haven't read the books so I can't compare the two though. It was more of a transition kind of movie for me though, I like the first movie more but after seeing Catching Fire I can't wait to watch the third part (which will be split into two films). Now the next movie the Mister and I want to see is Thor: The Dark World!

On a side note, I just want to touch bases about how terrible my workplace is. I have no idea how some people have worked here for a number of years because right now I'm quite fed up with this place. Upper management doesn't care about their employees at all, they pretty much make you feel like you shouldn't exist when the "big bosses" are around. And when they are present, they make you feel like shouldn't be seen nor heard, but if you are, you have to work vigorously as if your life depends on it. They don't provide all the necessary tools and equipment to make work more efficient but yet expect results. They're cheap and try to cut corners wherever they can- whether that be putting pressure on the workers to work even faster or trying to expand the workforce in a workplace that has no room for that capacity. If you're a good worker, you get worked even harder; but if you're lazy and incompetent, you get to do the easy jobs. At least I'm in the good books when it comes to my supervisor. I don't get treated this way because I am a good efficient worker who knows my responsibilities and what I need to do to get things done.

I've also observed and encountered a few creepy men at work. The only silver lining from this is that I've learned that I don't need to be understanding towards everybody (probably because of my psych degree). Everyone needs a friend but I don't necessarily have to be that person. I've also learned to ignore and avoid these types of people so that they don't bother me and not feel bad for being cold and unfriendly. I can't control their actions and what they choose to do, but I can choose mine. Plus, I have so many other bigger things to worry about than to be concerned with someone as trivial as him. Working at this place has made me grow up and face the reality that not everybody is nice or as nice as they may seem. I know more about judging a person's character and how to handle creepers to get them off my trail. This experience has set in stone for me to trust my gut instincts because it was right about everything and everyone, there's no question about it! I am left disappointed with mankind for the most part; although there are plenty of good hearted people, there are the same or more number of lazy self-centred people. I can't wait to leave this awful place behind one day but that won't be until after I finish paying off my student debt (I'm so close to the finish line!!).

"Thinking too well of people often allows them to be better than they otherwise would." -Nelson Mandela

Thursday, November 21, 2013

5.180 The Test of Time + VIB 20% Off

Sometimes when I'm bored I look up older photos of celebrities when they were young and compare it to how they look now. The only reason why it's celebrities is because I know their name and their photos are all over the internet so that's why. But recently on my facebook feed Dana, who used to blog, shared a link to a series of photos that illustrates the test of time and how much we change as we age. They're beautifully crafted photos by Tom Hussey and you can see them here. When I look at old photos of people when they were younger I can't help but feel a sense of sadness because it reminds me how fast life can go by. Most of the time older people are disregarded because people only see them as they are currently (older, wrinkly, slower) and forget that they used to be young and full of life too. Occasionally when I'm on the bus and an elderly person gets on, I often wonder how their life used to be and how their former selves looked like. I have this fascination with how people lives were and how they came to be. Everyone has a story to tell and I'm sure many is jam packed full of adventures. Seeing these photos only reminds me that we have only a limited amount of time on this earth to see, do, and experience things.

To this day, I still cannot believe that the millennium happened almost 14 years ago. When someone says a decade ago I still think they mean the 90's. Take a look at this link and just try to tell me you don't feel old: 48 Things That Will Make You Feel Old. I'm not scared of aging, I'm just scared I won't spend my time well. When I'm old, I want to look back on my life and feel happy and content with how my life went. It's the same thing that Rose from Titanic had done. After she lost Jack, she was more than determined to live out her life well, and that's what she did, and that exactly what I want to do. The only thing that takes the fear out of aging is how well you spend your time.

So appreciate every second because it'll pass you by sooner than you think!

The weekend of the Sephora VIB sale, I was free Friday to head downtown to go to the Sephora store at Eaton's since they had a few brands available there that aren't available at other locations (the one I was interested in was Giorgio Armani). While I was in the subway system I happened to bump into my cousin who I haven't seen in over a year! It was quite a coincidence because my cousin was going to go shopping the day before but got lazy so postponed it. That day I also walked up a different flight of stairs than the one I normally do, and had she not needed to go the washroom, we wouldn't have bumped into each other. It was quite a pleasant surprise as we both were going solo but then had each other to go shopping together.

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It wouldn't be a complete shopping trip for me if I didn't visit Chapters. Oh and even though I've been to countless Chapters stores, I never knew that they had a washroom! My cousin was the one who showed me.

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I had a 25% off coupon that day and bought 3 things. One of them is a print that I will show you when I do my room reveal, the second is a candle, and the third is this cute long tassel keychain that I now use as a bag charm.

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We got hungry and got some New York fries poutine. We like to sprinkle the Cajun seasoning on it as well. Oh and of course we both got a drink from Freshly Squeezed to go with our meal. Yummers.

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So this is what I got in-store and online from the Sephora VIB 20% off sale. It doesn't look like much but dang... it costed me an arm and leg! But these sales only happen once or twice a year so it's okay; at least I got a lot of free samples though. Yes I got five YSL lipsticks because I love them so much, they're so worth it in my opinion. I also got the Philosophy Purity cleanser that I love using with my Clarisonic and my favourite eye makeup remover for non-waterproof makeup by Clinique. Also got backups of my favourite Giorgio Armani Master Corrector that I still have to rave to you guys about. Fresh got a new colour in "Cherry" for their Sugar lip balms that I only discovered while browsing in-stores with my cousin. And last but not least, I picked up the Guerlain L'Or Radiance Concentrate with Pure Gold face primer.

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A closeup of the Guerlain L'Or face primer, YSL Volupte Sheer Candy lip balms and Volupte Shine lipsticks, and Fresh Sugar lip balm. As you can probably tell, I got a lot more deeper richer colours this time around. Great for Fall and Winter, love! No swatches because I didn't have good lighting. I'll do more detailed reviews of these at a later time after I used them some more.

It's so much more cozy taking pictures in my own room isn't it? There are so many backdrops I can use now, I feel limitless!

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After shopping around the mall I got thirsty again and dropped into a convenient store to find this! Vanilla coke! I love this stuff!

And our last visit was to Winners and the Bed Bath and Beyond store.
Winners is really raising the bar as I found some D&G, Gucci and YSL shoes. And not only that, I found other hella expensive things that were also going into the thousands.

I found these cute little bath things at Bed Bath and Beyond. Just look at that soap dish with the little heels. The only thing I ended up buying was a humidifier for my room which I will share in another post.

And that is all for now my friends.

"Change the things that can be changed, accept those that cannot, and have the wisdom to know the difference." -Serenity Prayer

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

5.179 The Same Old Stuff

I've said it before and I'll say it again, my life isn't that interesting... not by a long shot. It's the same old stuff that you read again and again in my blog posts. Gardening, shopping, decor, food, beauty, browsing, Chapters, jewelry... do they all sound familiar to you? I wonder what else is in store for me. I can see traveling as something being in my future for sure.

My love for beauty is still alive and well, even though it might not seem like it because I don't have the time to blog about it like I used to. Youtube would make it zip by faster... but that would only be lightning fast if I were to wing it without having to edit it at all. It's a wonder to me how Judy manages to vlog and edit videos everyday- with a baby and two more on the way! And yes, I'm still watching Judy's vlogs but I'm slowly catching up because my old internet plan had prevented me from using too much bandwidth and I also stopped watching for a period of time. I've mentioned Lisa a couple times recently so you know I still love watching her Friday hauls. More recently I've been watching on Saturday evenings after work with the Mister when he comes over. Lisa and Judy remain my favourite youtubers to watch, and that's saying something since I'm subscribed to quite a few youtubers. I still watch other videos, but I never miss Lisa's videos and Judy's vlogs (still catching up though).

And you caught me. I'm still a night owl. It's 2am right now and I'm sitting here on my bed typing away like a crazy lady. I guess I'll stop here and call it a night. I actually wanted to work on my Sephora post but I got too lazy to take pictures haha. Next time. Good night!

"Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering." -Yoda

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

5.178 Shopping Heaven

The weather has been crazy gloomy, windy, and rainy these past couple of days. Sunday night when I was driving the Mister to the bus station the leaves were blowing around like crazy and there was garbage and all sorts of things on the road. It's times like those that make me feel so thankful to have a roof over my head. It's scary to think of being stranded out there on the streets at night during a storm. But I believe the storm has now passed and tomorrow will have better weather. I heard that us Canadians will have a pretty brutal winter this year- which scares me into wanting to be prepared for the crazy winter storms and possible power outages.

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Anyway, today I wanted to share with you a trip I made to Yorkdale Mall with my family. It was the last weekend of Bay Days at The Bay which only occurs twice a year. We wanted to specifically go to Yorkdale because they had a better selection of pretty much everything since Square One and Sherway Gardens' The Bay stores is undergoing construction which affects the shopping experience. With all the updates, Yorkdale has now become my favourite mall- shopping heaven!! But I'm sure after Sherway Gardens finishes renovating, it'll take top spot once again.

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I was only interested in the jewelry section since I made myself choose between clothing and jewelry to spend my money on. Need to save money somewhere right?

BCBGeneration.

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The Mister ended up getting these two BCBGeneration bracelets for me. He didn't come that day with me and my family. It was the week before when I went with him alone here. I fell in love with the black one the moment I saw it. The band is made of some sort of rubber material whereas the other one is just a faux leather material. It feels really nice and these were originally only $12! Of course we got them for 20% off which made them even cheaper. BCBGeneration jewelry, however nice, do have their faults though. They're cheap for a reason because they don't really last. But I can't help myself anyway LOL.

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Rachel Roy.

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I was eager to come back to Yorkdale to get my hands on this Rachel Roy necklace after passing it the first time when I was with the Mister. I've always wanted to own something Rachel Roy for some reason, and so thought this necklace would be a nice start. Unfortunately the lighting and angle here doesn't show how beautiful and colourful the crystals are. I'll have to take another picture and show you next time.

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Then I wandered into the Vince Camuto section since I've always wanted to own something Vince Camuto as well.

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Walked away with this cute pair of studs. I don't own anything like it. I love how the crystals stand out against the black.

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And lastly, I debated during the whole shopping trip whether or not to get this Fossil bracelet. On the one hand, it's hella expensive, on the other, when does Fossil jewelry ever go on sale?! Rarely. In the end, I caved.

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I know. I'm obsessed.

People going crazy in the shoe department... then again this area is always overrun.

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Sister wanted to go to Holt Renfrew to get her Jo Malone colognes. This was the first time I walked into the newly renovated Holt Renfrew. It was pretty amazing from the outside (and inside too of course).

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Jo Malone costs an arm and a leg... but they smell so good. The sales lady was nice enough to give each of us a complimentary water bottle but luckily I got the coconut water, yum!

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While walking around in the mall, we came upon Zara Home. I've visited their online store before but I didn't know they had a store here in Canada. I was super excited.

They had some pretty neat stuff that I wasn't able to take a picture of because I didn't want to look more crazy than I already did lol.

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And of course, a trip to Yorkdale wouldn't be complete without dropping by Anthropologie!

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I was good and resisted temptation to get another candle. I only walked out with this super adorable umbrella ring holder. It was $10 and worth every penny. So cute!

Phew! That was a long post with lots of pictures. Glad to get this post out of the way. Next will probably be my Sephora haul from the VIB 20% off sale. I got my package just a few days ago so hopefully I can take pictures soon and share. Oh, and I'm not sure when I can do the room reveal. I still have some things I want to do but I'm almost "done" for what I can do for now. Hope you're not sick of me yet!

"Before you ask someone why they hate you, ask yourself why you even care." -Unknown