Friday, April 29, 2016

8.321 Winning at Winners

Oh geeze... where did I last leave off? I literally have no time on weekdays to do anything. Work, gym, eat, sleep. That's my life these days. Occasionally I give myself a day off from the gym but on those days I like to go thrift shopping. Yes, that's totally my thing these days. The only department I like to thrift from is the home and kitchen area. I go nuts in there. I've found some really great things but I'll have to share those some other time.

Today I wanted to catch up on well... everything. But the reality is, the best I can do is catch us up from March to the beginning of April. The rest I shall blog about later.

As you may know, I am very fond of Winners. I've found some amazing stuff from there.

Take for instance these items I've come across before:
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If I had a lot of money, I would have totally got this. The colour is gorgeous! I would love to buy a Fendi bag in this colour one day.

Hellooo Celine Phantom bag. Not necessarily a colour I would buy but hey, it's Celine. On the right is Valentino.

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Saw this nice Kate Spade wallet. It was a really nice colour and inside there were a lot of card holders that lined vertically.

The only thing I ended up purchasing that day was this Kate Spade card holder. It's blue on one side and aqua green on the other.

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I wish that these Fendi sunglasses fit my face. The shape was perfect for me but since the sides were too wide, it couldn't stay on my face. Too bad.

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And look at what I found! Daniel Wellington watches..!! I bought the one I gave to the Mister at online for a lot more.

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I wish I could've taken this home. It was gorgeous piece. But alas I have no space in my room for it.

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Don't know why but I liked this bird bath.

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I've also found some really great brands in the beauty department. Brands that include Estee Lauder, Paul and Joe, Shiseido, Lancome etc. The above is what I picked up while shopping one day.

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On another glorious shopping trip to Winners, I managed to find the best Calvin Klein bras, and some were even severely marked down in clearance!! I never was able to find Calvin Klein bras on sale before, but it was all thanks to my sister who notified me. The past few months I've been desperately trying to find nude CK bras and was even contemplating buying them full price from The Bay. These retail for $50+ each! I definitely got lucky.

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But before buying the Calvin Klein above, I went to Victoria Secret on a mission to finally buy some of their undergarments. I'm not sure if it was because of the particular location I went in, but I barely found any bras in my size- let alone basic bras. The one shown above was the only one that I liked in the entire store. It was $54.50 and the panties were around $11-12 each. Since I spent over $75, I got a free tote and sandals that I'll probably never use LOL. I wanted to try Victoria Secret because I wanted to see what the hype was about, but honestly, I'd rather buy the Calvin Klein ones. Not only do they carry the best basic ones, they have the same quality and most are even made better than the VS bras (at least the ones I saw). Plus, the best part is that I can totally score on sales.

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The majority of the bras I own are from Calvin Klein. I'm a bit of a bra hoarder, so here is a glimpse of the CK bras I own that still have the tags on. I'm telling you guys, Calvin Klein is the best! And they make really great panties as well.

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My nails some weeks ago. This is Essie's Pure Pearlfection over Bikini So Teeny. It's the prettiest combo. I haven't had the chance to paint my nails again for some time now :(

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Polo shirts that I'd like the Mister to have one day. Unfortunately Polo never goes on sale... so we're stuck with forking over $100 per shirt. In the end it's worth it though because they're really well made and last for a long time.

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I like the Marc Jacob brand but his style of bags aren't that great in my opinion. This bag is one of the few that I actually like (emphasis on like, not love).

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I liked the material and lavender colour of this MK bag. I was looking at these bags because I was shopping around for a bag as a reward for getting promoted at work. I got my bag already but have yet to reveal it to you :D

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Remember prom anyone? I feel so old when I see prom stuff...

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The Mister and I haven't been to Yorkdale mall in ages. Parking is a nightmare which is why we don't like going often. Hell, we even had to wait forever for our drinks at the Starbucks there. Yorkdale is too crowded!!

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All Saints store. This place is expensive but they have some nice pieces. One day when I'm nearer to my goal weight, perhaps I'll buy something from here.

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Club Monaco. Another store I'd love to buy from.

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These Marc Jacob bracelets are $100 each. I like the look but damn that's expensive for what it is!

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The Kate Spade store was having a 30% off everything sale at the time. I snatched this rose gold bracelet while I was there. I've been eyeing the silver version for a long time, but when I paired the silver with my white gold bracelet my mom gave me and my Pandora bracelet, there was too much silver going on. The rose gold added a nice interest to an otherwise too silver arm candy combo.

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Then we got hungry and decided to visit Pickle Barrel. It was the first restaurant we dined together and had declared our favourite- which is no more since we've realized it's average compared to other places. By the way, we got seated in the most farthest and forgotten place. We weren't even approached by a waiter 10 minutes after we got seated. They apologized but the service we got was just terrible. We totally felt neglected the whole time.

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We both got steak... and it wasn't great. I remember eating steak at Pickle Barrel before and I remember it being decent, but this time it was just ok. Not sure if my standards have increased or whether it was just this location or the chef who made it. The mashed potatoes and the caramelized onions weren't that great either. So I guess overall the dish was meh.

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For dessert we chose to get the sampler. This is the Tiramisu and Chocolate Mousse. Finally. Pickle Barrel does a dessert right. These were scrumptious!

And to end off the post, here are some clothes I've bought over the past few weeks:
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A lightweight Vero Moda jacket that I got on sale at The Bay. I've been meaning to buy one of these jackets since forever. All the jackets I own are a much heavier material than this easy breezy jacket. This has been great for a run to the grocery store or on warm but cool days that still require a jacket but is too warm for any jacket made with a heavier material.

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A Vero Moda dress. This dress was initially the dress I was planning to wear to my cousin's wedding in May. Yes, one of my cousins are getting married! Our generation has finally reached that age. Eep! I've actually found another dress though because this one doesn't make me feel comfortable with all the extra weight I'm carrying around. My new dress, which I'll share later is more form fitting and the material is thicker which helps hide any trouble spots I have.

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Some Top shop pieces I've picked up. To be honest, the way their clothes fit isn't that flattering (or maybe it's just on my body). The majority of shirts I've bought (with thicker cotton) have a lot of extra material around the waist, so that when I tuck it in my pants, there's a lot of extra shirt hanging around. It's probably made for more thinner girls, because even if they wear oversized, it doesn't make them look fat, it just makes them look almost effortless. On me, it just makes me look 10x bigger LOL.

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I've recently ventured into some stores that I've never bought from before. One store is Aritzia. I used to hate this store because back in the day everyone and their mom wore TNA yogo pants and carried around the bulky TNA bags. I once came in here trying to find a winter coat but I couldn't find one that I liked. I went in there again recently and tried on several pieces and only ended up purchasing a blazer. There was another chiffon-like top I liked but the price was ridiculous for what it was. Also, I hate their fitting room. There's no mirror inside so you're forced to go outside and let everyone see whether or not you look hideous or not. And the rooms are just curtains all round which make you feel like someone could accidentally open your "room" at any given time. Luckily I got smart and used the front camera on my phone to try to see if the clothes fit on me or not. It's not the best way to try on clothes but honestly half of those things looked dreadful on me and there was no way I was going to go parade myself outside for everyone to see. I swear this store was made for only people who are confident with their bodies.

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Anyway, this is the blazer I picked up. I like how it's more casual because the majority of blazer I own are all very formal and structured. This blazer I can wear up or down and can wear everyday without feeling too dressed up.

Lastly, I bought a pair of Logan pants from Banana Republic. This is another purchase from a store I've never shopped from. Their clothing is actually pretty nice. I've never bought before because there was no need since I had never worked in an office environment before. As you can see, the pants are a size 8; I used to be a size 6. I can't fit 90% of my pants :( Need to get back on track. I bought these because the cheap black pants I bought from Design Lab at The Bay wore down and got a hole in them. These Banana Republic pants are so comfortable and the material it's made from feels really high quality. Love them.

And that concludes this post for today! I really want to catch up some more and eventually do a post on the thrifts finds I've gathered. Some are really great things! Catch you next time.

"You are not required to set yourself on fire to keep other people warm." -Unknown

Friday, April 15, 2016

8.320 Auberge du Pommier

The Mister and I celebrated our 3 year anniversary back in March. Actually, it's probably confusing if a new reader comes along and reads "Mister" since it sounds like I'm implying that he's my husband lol. Make no mistake though, "Mister" was intentional since there is no other form you can call a man except Mr and Sir. With women at least you could use several forms: Miss, Ms, Mrs, Madame, Lady. One day when we get married, I'll be Mrs. and I'll refer to him as Mr.

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Anyway, this year the Mister planned it out. In the daytime we went to go watch Deadpool which we heard rave reviews on... it turned out be neither of our type of movie. We didn't really enjoy it. Actually, I thought it was okay and the Mister downright hated it. I gave it 2.5/5 and the Mister gave it a 0/5.

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Then came the surprise dinner that the Mister had planned for us. I knew nothing about where he was taking me to eat except that it was a French restaurant (since he knows how obsessed I am with Paris, plus we had a great time in Montreal).

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Auberge du Pommier
4150 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M2P 2C6

Taken from the site: "Auberge du Pommier, the original jewel in the Oliver & Bonacini crown, has been serving Toronto diners since 1987. Constructed around the rustic vestiges of two 1860's woodcutters' cottages, this exquisite French restaurant offers modern French cuisine, inspired service and a 500 label wine selection. Enjoyment of seasonal menus are enhanced by cozy wood burning fireplaces in winter and lush, floral terraces in the summer. Weddings at Auberge du Pommier are breathtakingly beautiful."

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The Mister read wonderful reviews on the restaurants, and it gets 4 star ratings! Auberge du Pommier is part of a group of restaurants that Oliver & Bonacini owns. They also own Bannock and Canoe- two restaurants that I have been really wanting to go eat at (I just found out now that they are all owned by the same mother company!). Beaumont Kitchen is also another restaurant we want to check out after seeing an ad in Sherway Gardens mall, I believe it's located in the Saks there.

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The restaurant looked so quaint and had quite the charm to it.

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We came early (about 10 minutes before they actually served dinner) so we had to wait a bit.

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I decided to be fancy and wear my Zara ankle high heel booties for the first time.

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I think we got the best seats in the house that evening. We got seated by the corner by a real working fireplace that had a gorgeous view of the terrace. We really loved the crackling of the fireplace. I've always enjoyed the crackling sound but I think this was the first time the Mister was able to enjoy a real one. Soon after he told me he wanted a real one for our future home and that he would do all the maintenance for a real one. I don't think he realizes how much work it is, but I reassured him that we could have the same type of thing but in the form of a backyard fire pit instead. Our server told us we were lucky because it's not everyday that they turn the fireplace on. It just so happened that a winter storm was going to hit soon and so they decided to light a fire to keep the place warm. It was so cozy, warm and romantic.

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It was so nice to be the only ones there and enjoy the place before other people arrived.

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For drinks, I got the Punch Mystique (Kraken Black Spiced rum, orange, pineapple, Peychaud’s bitters) while the Mister got the North York State of Mind (Forty Creek Copper Pot Reserve whisky, Taylor Fladgate LBV port, Dillon’s DSB bitters, salted caramel). We both really liked our drinks.

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Our bread and butter. They offered 3 different types of breads.

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I ordered the Foie Gras which had pear, parsnip puree and almond oat crumble. Absolutely exquisite. The Mister ordered the Tartare which I forgot to take a picture of.

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For our mains, I got the Agneau (lamb shank confit, spiced dates, glazed cauliflower and Moroccan jus). This meat was very tender and flavourful. Very good.

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The Mister got the Boeuf aux Escargots (braised beef cheek de Cahors, garlic and parsley escargot, pomme purée). He really liked the dish and thought it was delicious. What he didn't realize was that escargot was snail. I didn't notice the word when he ordered it. It wasn't until days later when I looked up the menu online I realized what he ate hahaha!

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When we came in, our hostess asked us if we were there celebrating anything. The Mister replied back with 3 year anniversary and I think she thought that we had meant 3 years wedding anniversary? Because when ordered the creme brulee for dessert, we saw that they had wrote "Joyeux Anniversaire de Mariage" LOL. Nevertheless, it was very sweet of the restaurant to do that. By the way, the creme brulee was very good. The creme brulee from Holder (in Montreal) and The Keg still are the best though, and of course most unique creme brulees are still from Canyon Creek. It's times like these that I really am grateful for the Mister because without him, I wouldn't even have a clue to even mention a comparison between these restaurants. We love comparing calamari, steaks, creme brulee, tiramisu and cocktails.

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After we finished dessert and paid, we were approached by one of the servers and given this little dessert dish with candied something or another. It was so darling. I can speak on the behalf of both of us that we thoroughly enjoyed our dinner and evening at Auberge du Pommier. I would love to revisit them because we had a delicious dinner in a cozy atmosphere with outstanding service. Well worth the visit and price in my opinion. I highly recommend.

Overall: Ambience A+, Food A+, Service A+, Price A-.

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As soon as we got outside, we saw this. So much snow! We were in the middle of a snow storm!

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My anniversary gift to him was this Daniel Wellington Dapper St. Mawes 38mm watch. Dapper is well suited to his style. For our 1st year Anni, I had bought him a Fossil watch. That one is more for a casual kind of look. But this Daniel Wellington watch really suits the dapper side of him.

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For my gift, he let me choose again hehe. He had actually planned on getting me something but it didn't work out because store didn't have stock of it or something. So, he let me pick.

For some time now, I've been wanting to get a Pandora bracelet. I like Pandora because of the idea that every bead has some sort of memory or life story tied to it.

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I chose to get the Iconic Bracelet Starter gift set which included two braided clips. To represent the 3 years we've been together, I chose the "Filled with Love" charm. I know it's a bit typical with the heart and everything but it's so pretty that I couldn't help but pick it. I love the design and how it dangles. By the way, the green/aqua colour you see on the charm is not due to discolouration, that's my phone case being reflected off the charm.

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He did get me a very cute card all by himself though. I cherish the cards he gives me.

Hope you enjoyed the post. I have a lot of things I want to share in terms of purchases. And of course I wish I could blog about other things like beauty as well but I just can't! I always seem to have so much to blog but no time to do so! Ahhh!

"When asked how they managed to stay together for 65 years the woman replied, 'we were born in a time, where if something was broke, you fixed it... not throw it away.'" -Unknown