Thursday, October 30, 2014

6.245 Curiosity

At times I feel like I let fear get the better of me; fear of failure, fear of what others think, fear of standing out, fear of what could happen... only to name a few. Overcoming my fears is my ultimate goal, but sometimes there is a reasonable explanation why we feel fear and why it's instilled in us. I know my mom meant well when she warned me and my sisters about how vulnerable and dangerous it is to be a girl. Now that I'm older, I strive to balance out that fear with self confidence whilst still taking extra care in order to stay safe.

Illogically, I think uncomfortable and unwanted experiences could never happen to those who project a lot of self confidence. But the reality is, it can happen to anyone. Recently Wendy shared a personal story that not only saddens, disturbs, and disgusts me about some people in this world, but also reassures me that I'm not paranoid for taking extra measures to keep myself safe. I don't often read or hear about uncomfortable encounters with strangers, but hearing her story makes me feel like I'm not being negative for thinking that bad things can and do happen. And it's not that I'm incapable of being tough or that I'm a scaredy-cat just because I don't choose to walk the streets at night alone. Rather, I avoid situations that I find dangerous or discomforting because I choose to be safe and content.

Never reason out of your fears as it's the utmost importance to recognize danger. Trust your gut instincts because 99% of the time it'll help you avoid bad situations. So remember ladies, please take the necessary precautions to stay safe!

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Half of my family and the Mister went to go see Cirque du Soleil's Kurios. My sister claimed that she heard it was hailed their best show yet. We were all super excited to go see it. Because this was the first time for any of us at a circus, we wanted a good view so we opted to buy Level 1 seating ($120).

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Before heading to the sight, we had some time to kill so we went to the T&T Supermarket located nearby.

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Sometimes when I sporadically go somewhere, like a supermarket, I forget all the things I usually want or need. I found myself wandering away from the food aisles and into the kitchenware. This particular location had a great selection of cute kitchen stuff.

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I ended up getting these cute ceramic tupperware containers to bring to work, and the best part was, they were on sale!

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Finally on the grounds. I have got to give them kudos for managing to set up this huge tent every time they go on tour to a new city.

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While waiting for the show to start, they had set up this bridge or something for kids/anyone or VIPs (not really sure to be honest) to walk across.

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Inside the tent was smaller than I had expected. You can see the people in the back row and it's not really that far from the stage. From this experience I have concluded the the best seats are more about location than proximity. The best view and seats are the ones located directly in front of the stage (I was sitting on the side) which go for about $180 for Premium and $120 for price Level 1 seats. If you're going to buy the Level 1 seats, go for the ones in front of the stage because even though it's in the back, it's not that far anyway, and you get a better view than the side seats even though they're closer to the stage. The best value seats are Level 2 seats which go for about $95 and view the stage on the side. I think these seats are better than paying $120 just to be closer to the stage because honestly like I said before, the distance is not drastic at all to justify the price difference. If you just want to be there or you're on a tight budget, go for Level 3 and 4 seating, but I can't guarantee you'll get a good view.

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On our way home after the show. The show was good, albeit I did find myself expecting more honestly speaking. There were some pretty good acts in it though. They left me in awe of the skills, talent, and effort the performers put into it. Perhaps I would have to see more shows to see if circuses are my thing, or maybe ground myself from having too high of expectation. For some reason I was expecting it to be life changing or something. Not really sure where that came from.

But what I am sure of though is my excitement for Wicked! I know that I truly love theatre productions.

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I did end up getting a souvenir, after all, it was my first time going. I was going to buy it myself but the Mister insisted on buying it for me. Thanks babe!

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You guys must know by now how much I love collecting mugs! I only wish the design was more on the front of the mug as opposed to the side. Oh well.

"There are people who have money and people who are rich." -Coco Chanel

Saturday, October 25, 2014

6.244 Making A Statement

Lately I've slowly been trying to branch out when it comes to my wardrobe. I'm fascinated with fashion but I can't quite put together outfits like how Wendy, Claire, or Shirley do (they also have blogs!). I admire them all, they are my inspiration. They make it seem so simple but there's this whole technical process behind it that I can't seem to grasp... yet.

Statement jewelry are one of those challenges I face. There are so many beautiful pieces out there and when paired correctly, they can make an outfit look effortless chic or bold and edgy. I can do smaller statement pieces but I can't do the larger ones as they are more intimidating. However, I am willing to try.

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This Forever 21 piece was one that I saw that day while shopping with my coworker. Because I didn't have someone who I'm more familiar with, I didn't have a second opinion. I passed up on it but ended up picking it up when I went back with the Mister. I think it's a good starter piece as it's more simple.

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Then I saw this gorgeous piece. I admit, this is a little intimidating, but I'll take on the challenge. I like Forever 21 statement necklaces because they're not that expensive costing around $10.

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The last necklace I found was this one. I like bar necklaces and this one is interesting because it's in the form of a twig/stick.

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And my favourite piece of all... J Crew. Yes, I bought a J Crew necklace finally. Their jewelry is amazing but have a hefty price tag to them which is why I didn't purchase any before.

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I saw this necklace, Crystal Feather Necklace, in-store and immediately fell in love with it. It's by far my most favourite statement necklace. It's a gorgeous piece but yet something about it is more simple than the typical rhinestone statement necklace. I am not intimidated by this necklace by any means, I even wore it out already! What's great was the the store was having a 25% off sale that I wasn't aware of until I got to cash (best feeling ever). The original price was $66 but it went down to $49.50 and in the end I paid $55.94 after taxes (it's on sale right now too!).

After a little bit of shopping the Mister and I ate at Swiss Chalet because I was craving their sweet potato fries that comes with their yummy dip.

And Sephora... I'm trying to hold off purchases until the they have their 20% off sale... but I couldn't help this one as they had a great promo code for VIBs where if you spend $35+ you got this generous eye sample bag kit.
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This is what I received in the mail. I got an Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in "Liar", because I'm obsessed with Kylie Jenner's 90's inspired look, and Fresh's Sugar Lip Balm in "Ruby", their latest addition (just got to have it, you know what I'm sayin'?). Top swatch is "Liar", bottom swatch is "Ruby".

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And this is what was in the VIB eye sample bag. What got me was the Lancome waterproof eye makeup remover, because I don't see why I should buy one if I can always get it for free, the Benefit They're Real Push Up Liner, which I've heard great things about, and lastly and best of all, Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base, something I've always wanted to try. The reason why I never purchased the Nars Primer was because years ago I bought the Too Face Shadow Insurance and didn't find it to make that big of a difference since I wear light makeup anyway. I've heard great things about the Nars though and seeing that I'm trying to get myself to use eyeshadows more, I hope that this will make them last longer, and I get to try it for free!

"Someday is not a day of the week." -Janet Dailey

Monday, October 20, 2014

6.243 Ready For The Cold

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This was taken back in September. Square One opened up their new wing and I was super happy that a full sized Shoppers Drug Mart was finally available again; this time with a new Beauty Boutique! I can't wait until Forever21 opens up too.

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I swear, one day I'm going to look back and be flabbergasted at just how much junk food we ate. The Mister is as obsessed with KFC as I am with McDonald's- although that's not to say we would or do eat there everyday nor every time we go out. We eat them often enough but not too much otherwise we'd get sick of it. I know, totally unhealthy but fast food is so easy..!! He got me to try a new drink, the Mojito, and it was pretty good!

At Square One I picked up this pleather biker jacket from Zara. I keep reading about how a leather jacket is a staple in a wardrobe and I'm currently trying to round out my closet with missing key pieces. I didn't want to buy a real leather jacket though because they cost around $300+ and I wanted to be sure if it'd be a piece worth investing in for me. This jacket was $99.90 which is a fraction of the cost of the real thing. Nonetheless it's gorgeous on. It hugs me all in the right places and gives me that edge I've always wanted.

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While browsing I also picked up this awesome denim shirt. It was $60 but worth every penny. I have nothing like it and the quality is impeccable as Zara goes. I love the feel of the fabric and the colour.

After some shopping we went to one of our favourites, Swiss Chalet! Same old thing but it's just the best. Decades from now this is what I'll remember and cherish =)

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From Zara's online store I ordered this beautiful trench coat. I saw it in stores but I didn't want to carry such a heavy item around so I decided to order it online. I have another Zara trench already but that one is thinner, this trench feels like better quality and is thicker which is better for chillier weather.

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And since we're on the topic of coats, I finally got myself a new winter coat! I've had the same winter coat for 7 years. I know, I can't believe it either. I just never found one that was like the one I had. I knew A&F and Hollister made them but I'm not fond of either of those brands... but I finally gave in. I saw this coat, Jack Creek Twill Parka, in stores when I went with my coworker and as soon as I saw it, I knew it was the one I was looking for years for. I also got an awesome deal on it online. It was originally $149 then it went on sale, got marked down further, then they had a discount code for $30 off $100 and free shipping! So the final price was $74 but around $80 with tax.

I was going to dedicate a post and write this whole ordeal about how bad Steve Madden's customer service is but I'm over it. Long story short, I ordered a pair of boots from their site, paid for them ($100), paid for shipping ($25), and then taxes and duties upon delivery ($50). I didn't know it would end up costing that much but because I loved the boots and wanted them so badly, I shrugged it off. After all that, to my demise, upon opening my package I find someone else's order; different name, different boots, different size. I had to contact customer service twice, got a refund and got to keep the boots that I can't do anything with. So what's wrong? I got a general apology for messing up my order but no statement about looking into it to make sure it won't happen again, no compensation (ie. discount code), oh and I never got my money back for the taxes and duties I paid of $50. Wonderful customer service, really. Whatever, I'm over it. But I vow to never buy anything from stevemadden.com again. Yet, I still found myself wanting the boots. I had been eyeing them for about a year. Then I got the bright idea of looking them up on ebay and to my surprise there was a seller in Toronto selling a few pairs and at least one of them was in my size! They were $100 with free shipping- no headaches with taxes and duties.

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May I introduce my Steve Madden Albany boots. They are as every bit beautiful as I remembered them to be. The leather is so soft and supple and I really love the gold detailing. They're comfortable but I ordered a size bigger because they do run small.

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This was one wonderful meal at work. Doesn't look like much, but boy, when you go to work, you make the best out of what you can manage to bring.

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This makes me happy. Whether it's me buying the Mister beer or being in his presence when he buys beer. I really like seeing a variety of beer; it's the same euphoria I get when I shop at Sephora or Zara or any of my favourite stores. Something about seeing different kinds of beer and being excited that the Mister can try different beers since he loves it so much.

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One of our favourite past times is to watch Big Bang Theory. We'll be doing this more often now that the weather is cold outside.

On another note, I've started on my Christmas shopping, yay! Need to start early else I'll be scrambling when December comes.

"If you go looking for a friend, you're going to find they're scarce. If you go out to be a friend, you'll find them everywhere." -Zig Ziglar

Friday, October 17, 2014

6.242 Blowing Off Some Steam

Of course, silly me, I should never forget where I come from and the fact that I still reside in that place. I'm honestly just frustrated with the fact that my mom is completely not understanding and how there is nothing her kids could ever do that could ever please her. I get it, I have an Asian mom, it's what Asian parents are like. Get over it, right? But when your parents think that you somehow owe them for being born, think that they somehow own you, and constantly remind you of that, it makes you go a little crazy- okay, let's be honest, it can make you go really crazy.

It also doesn't help that I get no recognition or appreciation for anything when I do help out. It's constant nagging, nagging, and more nagging. A continuous fire of ridicule and negative comments that puts me down.

The worst part? My mom has horrendous memory, which means she can't take any responsibility for how she treated me, for how she is treating me, and will never know why I am the way I am. If you can't even own up or be sorry for what you did, how could I ever forgive you? I'm just frustrated because she can't remember or recognize that her negative comments are unnecessary and not appreciated.

Let's be honest, I'm not proud that I'm working a minimum wage job, but at least I have one. And just because I worked my a** off one week and got a "big pay cheque" doesn't mean I'm a bad person if I don't give over more than what I already do, because hey, I am allowed to buy nice things for myself and I have a future and I'm trying to make a life too.

Trying to stay positive but sometimes... sometimes it's hard.

"The reason why people find it so hard to be happy is that they always see the past better than it was and the present worse than it is." -Unknown

Thursday, October 16, 2014

6.241 Nuit Blanche 2014 + Thankful

I wish I had more time to blog. Blogging is not only a hobby of mine, I find it therapeutic and I love sharing and documenting tid bits of my life. It's a more hands on than instagram or twitter and requires a lot more work and effort (which pays off when I'm able to look back and reflect back on previous years).

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The Mister and I did go to Nuit Blanche this year. I hadn't gone for a few years now, I think the last one I went to was back in 2011. It was as I remembered, cold as if we were in the middle of winter. It was also crowded, but way more than I remembered.

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We checked out the performance art at Nathan Philips Square which was most of our little Nuit Blanche outing. It was just way too crowded and I was not about to wait in what looked like a 30 minute line in the blistering cold to see something. It was worth going though because the scenery was beautiful at Nathan Philips Square and the atmosphere was quite energetic.

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This performance art, HalfLife had a neat concept of contagion. The artist marked people with invisible UV reactive ink and let the carriers disperse into the city. Later they were to return for a mass convergence on the Square.

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This installation was the one where you walked up the walkway at Nathan Philip Square (right where the green light is shining on the space saucer looking building). There were two women sitting around doing something (they looked kind of creepy like out of a horror film or something). Soon after they left and some guy starts taking black paint and pours it around him in a circle. I hear two women near me cracking jokes to each other, "Look you can walk in there and be a part of the art show too." "So if I get a mohawk and take some black paint and pour it on the ground, I could be an artist too."

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These guys were everywhere.

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We ended up walking down Queens Street. There were food vendors and we saw a couple installations (the ones big enough to see over the crowd). The installations this year were spaced way too far apart in my opinion. The Mister and I decided to head home because we didn't want to deal with going home too late with the weekend bus schedules and everything. Actually, we had to forego 2 streetcars until we could cram ourselves into the third one (and literally we were squishing ourselves in as with everybody else.

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Tee hee. Canadians. Good to know that some people still try to put waste where it belongs even if the bin is full.

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And this was the last thing we saw before we headed out. You can faintly see the "Global Rainbow" lit up in the sky (it was more visible in person). A powerful laser light beaming in parallel horizontal lines from Chinatown all the way to the CN Tower. It was pretty incredible to see.

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Thanksgiving dinner!

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This year my older sister did most of the cooking. She made the chicken (a little burnt but still yummy), mashed potato with bacon, collaborated with my youngest sister to make the caramelized onion with brie cheese, and cheesecake!

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My younger sister made the veggie sides and butternut squash soup (which I forgot to take a closeup of).

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I made sweet potato with scallion butter and cranberry sauce. It was an all round team effort this year!

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Just because. The Mister brought me flowers when he came over for Thanksgiving. I put it in an empty bottle of my favourite wine. I really love the rich fuchsia coloured ones.

"A bad attitude is like a flat tire. You can't go anywhere until you change it." -Unknown