Monday, November 23, 2015

7.308 Luxuriously Unpleasant

My coworker will be traveling abroad to get married soon. I joked around with him and asked if he was ready to take on being a husband. I explained to him that women tend to wear the pants in the relationship- especially after marriage. True, no? I mean, how many times have you heard men saying that his wife is the boss or using that common phrase: "happy wife, happy life." More often than not, wives have the last say. My manager refused to believe that this was the case with him. He said that his wife doesn't tell him what to do because he does it before she gets the chance to. But doesn't that just prove my point? She just trained him better than the rest LOL. Obviously it's better to treat each other equally... but sometimes, it just takes one look from the wife to remind the husband who's boss.

My manager then went on to tell me that he always puts his kids first, before his wife. At that point my other coworker, who's also married, chimes in and disagrees with my manager's method of always putting his kids before his wife. He said that you shouldn't just neglect your wife just because you have kids... and I couldn't agree more. The parents are the foundation of the family, the stronger your relationship with your spouse, the stronger your family will be. Without happy parents, how can you create a positive and happy home? It's always disheartening to hear about couples neglecting each other after they get married or after they have a family. It really shouldn't be that way, and it needn't be! Never forget the person you chose to share your life with. It's as simple as that!

So the night that I helped out with the Christmas party my workplace was hosting for their clients, I ended up working a 14 hour shift. It was my first time serving food and it was kind of interesting being on the other side (since I'm always the patron at restaurants). Along with serving appetizers, I cleared people's plates and I helped out with wiping and drying cutlery and plates.
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The party wasn't a huge success because a lot of people didn't show (about 100 showed, 300 had rsvp'd). So there was a TON of food left over. I have never seen that much leftover party food in my life. I wish I had thought of taking a picture of the food spread at the end but I was so tired by that time. We each got to take a truckload of food home and even then they still had so much food left over. The above picture is some of the leftovers the next day.

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Tim Horton's French Vanilla. I haven't had this in so long. One of my managers recently had a baby boy so he bought all of us something from Tim Hortons to celebrate.

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Our two "outting" meals in October. We hadn't eaten at the A&W restaurant on Richmond St in so long. Their root beer is life. I also took the Mister to eat empanadas for the first time. He loved it! We each got a Braised Beef Short Rib and Curry Coconut Chicken empanada. This time I got churros and omgg, the churros tasted even better than the ones I ate at CNE (Poncho's Bakery). Only thing was that the caramel was solid from being cold. Still, it was nom nom nom!

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This was eaten this month. The McDonald's by my house. The Mister suggested I try the new Mighty Angus burger, so I did. Oh man, best decision ever. I was going to get my usual McChicken burger but I'm so glad I tried the Angus. It honestly didn't even taste like a McDonald's burger. The beef was so tender and juicy and the caramelized onion reminded me of the burgers I would make at home.

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We tried to watch a movie one time but the show times didn't align with our schedule. It's harder now to go out because our day off is on a Sunday. Everything closes earlier on Sundays and bus and subway service is shortened and slower.

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So, we finally popped into Lavish & Squalor, a store that I was very intrigued by and have been wanting to check out. Their name is very interesting because it's like an oxymoron of luxury/rich and unpleasant/dirty.

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The place kind of reminds me of that store in Montreal called Magasin General. But whereas that store was more whimsical, Lavish and Squalor is more edgier. I loved the atmosphere of the place. It felt very rustic and raw.

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They had the plaid blanket scarves everyone and their mother has. I thought these were originally by Zara? But I see these scarves literally everywhere- especially the beige with green and red plaid stripes. I have the Zara Red Tartan Plaid scarf that I bought overpriced on ebay. No regrets though because I love how warm it keeps me.

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Looking for gifts for your man related to grooming his beard? Look no further.

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I really liked the gold rock pendant in the middle.

Surprisingly I didn't pick anything up, but maybe some other time. They had a few things I would love to look at again. This would be a great place to visit if you want to get a unique gift for someone.

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I saw these cute bee plates at HomeSense. I didn't get one because I have enough plates as it is.

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These were taken back in October when the nights were still warm. Now it's getting a lot colder these nights. Winter has definitely made it clear that she's finally here.

p.s. The Mister and I are in the midst of buying a car (dun dun dun!!). We've been searching and searching for a couple of weeks and I think we've finally found one we really like. Tomorrow we'll know for sure after the Mister has a chance to talk to the guy about our options. I'll update you guys on it later (by then I might even have the car already!). Let's hope for the best.

"A snob is anybody who takes a small part of you and uses that to come to a complete vision of who you are." -Alain de Botton

Friday, November 13, 2015

7.307 Sephora VIB Rouge 20% Off Sale + Black Galaxy

You guys know the drill by now. Every year Sephora has two major sales, one in Spring and one in Fall. I've been pretty good this year with not buying so much cosmetics as compared to last year. Last year I achieved VIB Rouge status because I dropped a ton of money on YSL lipsticks among other beauty treasures. Fellow beauty addicts, do you feel me? But this year I managed to keep away from Sephora since I focused on using up the products I already had.

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Above is my "empty" Dior powder foundation compact. I was determined to use the last bits that came off the pan, but after a couple of tries, it got all over the place so I gave up on that. Still, I was so pleased that I finally finished it! Using up products will be easier for me now since I can apply makeup everyday to work.

I will be losing my VIB Rouge status at the end of this year, but I have achieved VIB status until the end of next year. I checked my online order history and discovered that the last Sephora order I placed was back in June (when I had a promotional code for reaching VIB status), and the order I made before that was for the VIB sale back in April. I must say, I'm pretty darn proud of myself. I continue to look forward to digging into my collection and rediscovering lost treasures. But with that being said, as a beauty enthusiast, I still enjoy discovering new treasures which is why I took advantage of the 20% discount Sephora offers only once a year.

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This time it was all about Burberry (with the exception of a blush from Marc Jacobs). I was so excited the day I found out Sephora started to carry Burberry. Burberry cosmetics is so hard to reach at times that I never had many opportunities to look at their products and buy them. My first Burberry product were two eyeshadows that were gifted to me by my sisters for my 21st birthday (my gosh that sounds so long ago *cries*). I still have them and they still work like new.

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I knew for sure that I was going to get "Earthy Blush" #7,  which will be great for contour as well as a natural blush, and "Cameo" #2, a beautiful natural muted pink- something right up my alley. I also ordered the "Tangerine" #6 but they sent me "Blossom" #5 which I already have so I sent it back. It sucks because I really wanted to try the "Tangerine" blush. Funny enough, the day I bought "Blossom" at the Burberry store, I was debating between "Blossom" and "Tangerine". I finally settled on "Tangerine" but for some reason when the sales lady came I said that I wanted "Blossom". I didn't realize the mix up until after I left the store hahaha. I swear it's like "Tangerine" isn't meant to be for me.

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For eyeshadows, I got "Pale Barley" #102 and "Mulberry" #204. These shadows are pretty popular, especially "Pale Barley". I haven't tried them yet, but swatched they look beautiful!

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From left to right: "Pale Barley" #102, "Mulberry" #204, "Earthy" #7 and "Cameo" #2.

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Then I got a Burberry Kisses Lipstick in "Rose Blush" #89 and Burberry Lip Velvet in "Nude Rose" #405. I tried these in store before the sale and both feel great on the lips.

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Swatch of "Nude Rose" Lip Velvet on the left, and "Rose Blush" Kisses Lipstick on the right. I love love love "Nude Rose". It's from the lip velvet line and is the most perfect matte lipstick formulation. I love the look of matte lipsticks but hate how dry they make my lips, but this lipstick has a velvety feel which makes it very comfortable to wear! The colour is gorgeous, it's right on the mark of my-lips-but-better colour. "Rose Blush" is a pinkish brown lipstick from Burberry's Kisses line of lipsticks. These lipsticks have a satin finish to them and they feel great on the lips too.

I am officially in love with Burberry lipsticks. I was tempted to pick up "Oxblood" from the Lip Velvet but perhaps some other time. I wish I delved into these Burberry lipsticks sooner because I've been missing out!! I haven't been this excited about a lippie since I discovered YSL lipsticks! (This discovery might kick-start a bad thing... my wallet, eek!).

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The last item I got is this Marc Jacob Shameless Bold Blush in "Obsessed" #204. It's described as a warm pink but it looks a little more peach in the pan to me.

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These were my nails in October. I was Halloween-nail ready. This was Essie's Luxe Effects "As Gold As It Gets" over a Rimmel "Black Satin". I call this combo Black Galaxy because it looks almost like granite.

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The less of "As Gold As It Gets" you apply, the more your nails look like real granite.

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Orange-Glazed Chicken Drumsticks. This is the recipe that Judy and Benji praised from Blue Apron. I actually thought it tasted a bit bland. It's a good base recipe but I would definitely tweak it the next time I make it again.

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And Benji's chocolate chip cookies! I also tweaked his recipe because his version was way too sweet for me (and that's saying something because I have a major sweet tooth).

Oh and wish me good luck tomorrow. I have to work a 13 hour shift because my workplace needs us employees to work after hours because they're throwing a party for their clients. I'm going to be so tired by the end... I hope I can survive lol.

"I may not be there yet, but I'm closer than I was yesterday." -Unknown

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

7.306 Marc Jacobs Shameless Bold Blush "Reckless" #206

I had planned to do a post about some of my favourite makeup products before the Sephora 20% off sale, but the sale is coming this weekend, so I'm too late! This year they're only extending the sale to VIB and VIB Rouge members, so beauty insiders don't get included unfortunately =(

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The only makeup item I can rave about, because I have pictures of it on my computer, is this Marc Jacob's Shameless Bold Blush. I got this blush back in June and I've enjoyed it quite a bit since then.

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The blush comes with this pouch and small brush.

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The compact is very compact, so it's great for traveling.

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I got "Reckless" #206. It's described as a cool rosy pink colour. I loved my NARs blush in "Doucer" so much that I wanted more blushes in that kind of muted pink or pinkish brown colour. I cannot thank Chloe enough for introducing "Doucer" to me in one of her videos! I got just in time before they discontinued it and pulled it from the shelves.

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It's gorgeous on the cheeks. It's not matte but not shimmery; it gives off a beautiful sheen. It's similar to my old beloved Dior blush in "Passion Fruit" in that they're both very easy to work with. You don't have to be afraid of swirling your brush in because they're not overly pigmented. The powder is very smooth and it blends beautifully. There are few blushes that rival my beloved Dior one, and "Doucer" and "Reckless" go right up there with it.

I'll be getting a couple more Marc Jacobs blushes during the VIB/VIB Rouge 20% off sale. If you're in the market for a new blush, I'd definitely recommend trying the Marc Jacobs Shameless Bold Blushes.

"Don't dig in doubt what you planted in faith." -Elisabeth Elliot

Sunday, November 1, 2015

7.305 So Much Clothes

Ever since I started my new job I've been able to wear normal clothing everyday again. No more bulky sweater, thermal clothing, hat, boots or gloves. It wasn't until I dug into my closet everyday that I was fully aware of how much clothing I had. I can literally go on for weeks without doing any laundry. I have a lot of tops and shirts in my closet but there were certain key pieces of clothing that I didn't have much of.

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So I went shopping during one of my days off and I ended up finding a lot of clothes. It was the most clothing I've ever bought in one shopping trip, but thankfully I had no buyer's remorse because I was on a mission to buy a lot of clothes. Above are pictures of the newly renovated The Bay at Square One. The place looks great and still has the essence of The Bay which I like. There's already plenty of upscale departments like Holt Renfrew, plus Nordstrom and Saks is set to open in Canada soon too. I'm glad The Bay upgraded but not to the extent where customers feel like everything is out of their budget.

Finally! A large enough full length mirror for me to take a picture of my outfit of the day. I'm wearing a navy sweater from Vero Moda, Zara pleather jacket, Zara jeans and Steve Madden riding boots. My necklace is from Target and I'm wearing Dior Addict Extreme Lipstick in "Bonne Aventure."

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These pieces are what I ended up bringing to the change room.

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I kept debating back and forth on this Lord and Taylor seed knit sweater. I love the colour, the stitching and the texture of the sweater, but the 30% off of Lord and Taylor items that day didn't seem high enough to justify this particular purchase. Now it's currently 40% off thanks to Bay Days. I might end up purchasing it, but I'm not exactly sure yet.

I LOVE this top from Lord and Taylor. The brand itself is new to me but I really ended up liking their selection of clothing. I like this top because it slims me down and I could also wear it tucked in because there are two pieces of fabric that overlap each other.

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Okay... I confess, I picked up a few clothing pieces that aren't for work. I couldn't help myself! One of those pieces is this faux suede blazer from Lord and Taylor. This was a bit on the expensive side but at least I got 30% off. I think it'd be great for layering, especially under my pleather jacket. I don't have anything like it so I think it's a great addition to my closet.

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I also picked up this orange red top and this checkered sweater from Vero Moda. I like both because they're very different to what I normally wear. The orange-red top was only $20 in clearance and the cashier even commented on how nice the colour was.

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I already bought this cardigan by Vero Moda in the black speckled colour earlier this season, but because I loved it so much, I also got it in the oatmeal colour (not shown). It wasn't included in the sales but I bought it anyway because it's great to wear to work.

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And lastly from The Bay, I got these pair of pants in the colours black, grey and khaki (khaki is the only one shown) by Design Lab- a subsidiary company of Lord and Taylor. These are only originally $30 but they're on sale for $20! What a steal! Keep in mind that the cheaper price point does reflect in the quality of the pants. I sized up for the black and grey colour because I'm wearing those to work. The khaki is in my true size because that's reserved for everyday wear.

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From H&M I got this chiffon-like sleeveless top and this off-white cream coloured sweater. The sleeveless top is very long on me but it looks superb when it's tucked in.

The boxy sweater is from Forever21. It looks a bit funny on me in the picture but in person I think it looks great. I could never find a boxy sweater that looked right on me, and so when I tried this on, I was a bit shocked that it actually looked decent!

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This off-black shirt is also from Forever 21 and it looks so good tucked and untucked! It was this very shirt that I finally got the hang of the "tucked-in look". Before I could never get it to look right on me.

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And now, from my favourite store of all time... Zara. As I was browsing I came upon this top with frills and completely fell in love with it. It looks so good under a blazer. I wanted it in the navy and the curry colour as well but it's sold out in-stores and online =( I plan to wear this when I have to help out with my workplace's Christmas party that we're hosting for our clients.

The other Zara piece I got was this long vest. I've seen Wendy from Wendyslookbook wear a lot of these kind of pieces and I've always admired them. I still need to look at more inspirational outfits before I wear it out myself. Still, it's a great unique piece to add to my closet. The last vest I've ever worn was from Esprit years ago, but those were short and more structured.

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After all that shopping, I got hungry and grabbed a quick bite from A&W in the food court. It's not the same as when you eat at the restaurant versus the food stand.

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Then, no shopping trip is complete without a visit to Sephora. I came here to specifically look at the Burberry cosmetics. Burberry is more of a prestige brand so I didn't see anyone looking at their products as another brand like Nars or Urban Outfitters edit: I meant Urban Decay... obviously haha.

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I looked at their lipsticks and their blushes. I plan to get some when they have their 20% off sale- coming soon hopefully!

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Going home on the bus by my lonely self.

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I know Summer is over, but I thought I'd share with you the sunglasses I bought from Quay. Quay is an upcoming Australian brand that has become quite popular among youtubers and fashion bloggers. I didn't find out about the brand through the fashion world though, I discovered the brand earlier this year while browsing Urban Outfitters' website. Each pair were about $50 each- which isn't bad at all.

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I fell in love with Quay's My Girl sunglasses in blue but unfortunately they were completely sold out. After Summer was almost over, the My Girl sunglasses came back in stock and I was finally able to get my hands on them. They look a bit big on my face but I rock them anyway.

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I saw these pair of sunglasses, Envy sunglasses from the Quay x Amanda collection on Urban Outfitter's website about a month ago. They remind me of Rayban's classic wayfarer which is why I was so drawn to them. I think they look really good on me. They fit my face perfectly!

Hope you guys had a great Halloween. Now that Halloween is over, it's onto Christmas! My favourite holiday! :D

"Learning and experience is only valuable to you if you apply it." -Unknown