Friday, June 27, 2014

6.222 $0 Never Felt So Good

Today I'm backtracking a bit. These events happened back in May.

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Yes, it's true. In the month of May I made my final payment to OSAP, and ever since then, I've been a free woman. Yippee!!

And of course, you know me... a celebratory self-gifting was in order for this special achievement.
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Dun dun dun! Kate Spade!

Everything was packaged really nicely and thoroughly.

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And there she is, Kate Spade Cedar Street Maise in the colour "Ballet Slipper". It's made of saffiano leather and the logo is embossed with gold with a spade stud above it. I actually wish it wasn't embossed because I would have preferred it to have more of a presence. Plus I'm afraid that the gold embossing might rub off over time.

I haven't bought a bag in a long while and I've had my eye on this bag for some time. The first colour I had my eye on was the "Robin's Egg" but that sold out. Not long after this Ballet Slipper colour came out and I was in awe with it. The story is, I was watching Bubz's What's In My Handbag video and completely fell in love with her pink Prada bag. But obviously, because it's Prada, the bag is totally out of my price range (we're talking about $2000). In comes the new pink colour of the Cedar Street Maise bag that I've been eyeing. And perfect timing too because I was wondering what I should gift myself with!

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It comes with a shoulder strap and a dust bag.

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The bag is smaller to what I'm used to but still holds all the essentials I need. It has one zipper compartment on one side and two pockets on the other.

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The bag has feet so it helps protects the leather from scratches and dirt when you place it down somewhere.

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Overall, the bag is nice. Because it's a light coloured bag, I do have to take more precaution when using it though, especially when it comes to colour transfer from clothes. Also, when I first got it I noticed some slight wrinkling in the leather in the front which still has not gone away (if you look closely at the pictures above you can see it). And my only other issue is that the straps are now drooping a bit because of gravity. Other than that, I like it. It's not my favourite bag but I'm glad I have it. Still, I'm totally dying to get my hands on a Prada bag one day!!

And right around when I paid off my student loans, the Mister graduated from his post-grad program.

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We went with his friends and we had to drive 5 hours there and 5 hours back because his convocation ceremony was at his school's main campus. It was the third time in my life (excluding childhood) that I wore a dress. I know, I should wear casual dresses in summer but I don't own any lol.

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After a successful ceremony, we started to head home but got hungry since we pretty much didn't eat much of anything the whole day because we were on the road. The only food we ate was a couple hashbrowns at McDonalds and some snacks at Tim Hortons.

I'm not sure why but his friends were pretty adamant about eating pizza at Pizza Pizza. So while we were on the road on the way home, they kept searching for a Pizza Pizza location that we could stop by at. We made a couple exits but weren't able to locate it both times so back on the road it was. At one point there was a Pizza Hut (my favourite) but because they were so adamant on Pizza Pizza, we passed on it. Then, they gave up the idea of pizza all together and decided to eat KFC (the Mister's favourite). But when we finally located one we came to learn that they didn't have any drumsticks left (wth). So back on the road it was.

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Then finally we found a Pizza Pizza, but guess what? We couldn't find a parking spot! At this point I seriously felt like we were Harold and Kumar, but instead of White Castle, it was Pizza Pizza.

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Then finally... we found a location with parking space, food, and all that jazz. And that was my little story of that day. I was dead tired by the time we got back. The Mister, me, and a friend were squished in the back because the car we were in was a BMW. You know how the inside of those are... small. So I had to endure about 8-10 hours of discomfort, which was why I was so happy to be back home after the day was done.

"Over every mountain there is a path, although it may not be seen from the valley." -Theodore Roethke

Monday, June 23, 2014

6.221 As Long As The Skies Are Blue

It's officially Summer which means Summer plans have been put into motion! The Mister and I are planning to do a lot of things this Summer. Our weekends are jammed packed and we couldn't be more excited to do it all.

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We love the downtown core and still visit Eaton's from time to time to get something I need or want.

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I'm one of the few people who isn't into Fifa... I would be though if I lived with the Mister since he loves it (he's rooting for Argentina). I'm the kind of person who enjoys sitting in when people are watching whatever they like on tv.  I used to like watching sports (Olympics are an exception because I absolutely love it) and could get into it again if I really wanted to... but I don't haha.

We love exploring and discovering small places.

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Last weekend we went to the Yorkville Exotic Car Show.

There were a lot of beautiful cars there.
They closed off the street and had a red carpet rolled out for you to walk on. It was jam packed with people.

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Lamborghinis are total love.

Muscle cars are the Mister's favourite.


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Sea of red.

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It was a smaller event than I thought it was going to be but we enjoyed it nonetheless.

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No surprise we visited Taste of Thailand again. This time we ordered the Calamari too. It wasn't as tender as when I tried it with my family; it was a bit gummy this time around.

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Golden Curry (go figure). Are we the only ones who can't help but keep ordering the same food we love? We also had to order the rice separately as they don't come with the curry anymore. This curry makes me and the Mister go crazy. It's too good.

"Change your views and you will change your world, because only you can control that." -Unknown

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

6.220 Muji Drawers Lipstick Collection

My workplace has decided to gradually change the night shift's start time. Instead of working at 4pm we now work at 3pm and eventually they want to move it to 2pm then 12pm if all goes well. I work at 1pm currently because I do the labels which is needed before the line starts. It's nice because I get to go home earlier and I have the option of clocking in my full 8 hours.

Since I haven't updated in 2 weeks, you're in for a treat! I thought I'd do something different and share with you how I store my lip products. I have a fairly large lipstick collection now after going through a YSL lipstick craze (you might remember all those Sephora hauls- don't judge) so I figured getting Muji drawers to store them in would be a great investment. Not only will my lipsticks have a home, it allows me to see what I have and makes it easier for me to pick from them.

Shipping for Muji drawers is expensive for Canada $30+ depending on your order. I made two different orders during different times. The first order was specifically made for my lipstick collection (got one 5-drawer unit and a large 2-drawer unit). But after using it I realized that the 2-drawer wasn't very useful for storing lipsticks so I made a second order (got one 3-drawer unit and a large 2-drawer unit with lid). The end result? I used the two 2-drawer units together to store my jewelry and the 5-drawer and 3-drawer units together for my lipsticks. I hope that wasn't too confusing. Muji shipping is fairly fast, took only 4 days to get to me. Everything was packed really nicely and nothing was damaged.

And now, here is how my lipstick drawer unit looks like!
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It sits on the corner of my vanity in my closet. The lipstick holder on top of the units is from Winners. I've also found it at Marshalls and Bed Bath and Beyond.

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I really like it because it looks cohesive with the Muji drawers. It's also unique because it curves which make the lipsticks look more presentable and the whole unit more fancy. Here I have Dior Addicts, Too Faced La Cremes, Urban Decay Revolution, YSL Rouge Pur Couture, Chanel Coco Shines, Dior lip balms, and Dior Addict Extreme lipsticks.

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And now for a closer look at what's inside the drawers!

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The top drawer houses my high-end lip glosses. I don't wear lip gloss that often so I'm not obsessed as I am with lipsticks and lip balms. Here I have Paul & Joe, Fresh Sugar Shine, YSL Gloss Voluptes, Dior Lip Glow, Dior Lip Maximizers, Dior Lip Polishes, mini Buxom, and mini Nars. I love Dior glosses by the way, they're amazing.

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The second drawer has drugstore: Revlon Super Lustrous and Essence Stay With Me lip glosses. I had a little obsession with collecting the Revlon lip glosses at one point :x

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Then I have this miscellaneous drawer with lip glosses and liquid lipsticks. Mini Benefit Posietint, mini Lise Watier, Mark, Maybelline The Elixir, L'Oreal Colour Caresse Stain, L'Oreal Extraordinaires, and Rimmel Apocalips (which are totally underrated because they are amazing).

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Then we have my favourite drawer... YSL! I love love love YSL lipsticks. I use them the most out of my collection. Volupte Sheer Candies, Volupte Shines, and Voluptes. My all time favourite lipstick formulation are the Volupte Shines. It's the exact reason why I have so many. It's a cross between a lipstick and lip balm, it's total love.

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This is a sad drawer, only two lipsticks. Lancome L'Absolu Nu and Shiseido Shimmering lipstick.

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This drawer houses all of my drugstore lipsticks. I have Rimmel Moisture Renews, Wet 'n' Wilds, Revlon Lip Butters, L'Oreal Colour Riche Balm, and L'oreal Colour Riches.

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Then we skip a drawer because it's empty and come to this. Just some samples and gift with purchase lipsticks from Lancome, Shiseido, and Make Up Forever.

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In front of my lipstick drawer unit is this super cute bowl I got from Target that holds most of my lip balms- with the exception of the Nivea lip butters I keep by my bedside and my higher-end lip balms.

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Next to that is this adorable little tea cup I found at Marshalls (I got two and gave one to my sister) that holds lip products that I'm currently using or ones that need to be put back in its place.

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And last but not least, I can't forget about my Fresh Sugar lip balms which are also a favourite of mine. I love collecting these and I currently have all of them- I need to share the latest addition soon!

I realize this is a lot of lip products for one person to use, especially for someone who isn't a beauty guru. I was a bit hesitant to do this post but I wanted to share how I store my lipsticks and my love for lip products. I always carry at least 3 lip products in my bag at all times and I always switch them up. I never thought I would be a lippie person but I guess that's what I came to be =)

Now it's off to bed for me. It's 1:30am right now and I'm dead tired (see what I do for blogging?!). Good night everyone!

"Catty girls is a fact of life; they're of a minority, yet they stand out." -Wilkie_89