Tuesday, November 15, 2016

8.339 HRH & Liel

I am on a roll with blogging! Actually it's because I'm extremely behind, which I'm sure, was evident from my last post. I need to pump out these posts so that I can move on and share more present-day relevant stuff instead of old news.

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You might have seen me snap these HRH Collection bracelets on Snapchat some time back. It was the first time I ordered from Alex and I will say, I'm quite impressed with the quality of her pieces. The bracelets were actually a bit too big for my wrist so I attempted to remove 2 links so that the stones wouldn't flop around when I wore them. Let me just say, #thestrugglewasreal. The metal links are so strong and durable that I had trouble trying to bend them open. I even asked my sister and the Mister to try it and even they had a hard time with it. In the process, I unfortunately made some minor damages to the connecting links still on the bracelet... but at least they fit better now. I got one HRH Dauphine in "Aquamarine" and two Micro Dauphines in "Magenta Peacock" and "Acid Zelda". All the stones I got are rare and vintage (as per Alex). All three that ordered are pictured in her Instagram post. The stones shine even more beautifully in person. Price tag is pretty high though... but she's got to make money somehow.

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I discovered Liel and Lentz when the followed me on Instagram on day (one of those follows purely for advertising... but I guess it worked haha). What caught my attention was that they are based in Toronto. Oh wow, I looked back in my emails and realized that I bought the above bracelets in October of last year but I forgot to share it until now (yikes!). The things you can find on your camera roll LOL.

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I got both of these, Howlite Bar and Chain Tassel, on sale for 30% off (originally they were $85 each but I got them for $59.50 each) I loved the quality and look of the bracelets so much that I decided to make another order back in March of this year.

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I decided to get their iconic Snake bracelet in silver. I've received compliments when I wore this bracelet. It's pricey at $105 but I got 25% off making it $78.75. I love the design but the quality does not match the other two above bracelets I got. Although this bracelet is more expensive, it feels too lightweight and cheap. I thought it would be made of of some sort of metal like the Chain Tassel bracelet, but it's only rhodium plated and feels like plastic. The rhodium plating on the bracelet near the clasp has already started to wear off exposing a bit of a copper colour underneath. I'm a bit disappointed with this one. I wish it was made better because the design is beautiful.

And, as if my love for Toronto isn't strong enough, I ventured into Brika and got myself some coasters with the Toronto map on them.

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They're made of wood and they're so cool, aren't they?! When I saw them I immediately had to have them. I haven't started using them yet though, as I'm saving them for when I get my own place.

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A little random, but have you guys tried the Hotel Collection Elite Bath Towels? I couldn't resist how incredibly soft it is. I got it on sale at The Hudson Bay for $42 (retails $70). It's on sale now actually. I would totally grab some more plus get a matching hand towel but I'll be good and continue to wait patiently until I move out one day.

"If you've never lost your mind, then you've never followed your heart." -Unknown

Sunday, November 13, 2016

8.338 Mind-Blown + Autumn Haul

As we go through life, we come across experiences, people and revelations that bring light and meaning to situations we've faced or thought about before. For the most part, I try to keep my blog's content light and fun. But once in a while, I do share some posts with deeper thoughts and messages.

I was having a conversation with a coworker in which she asked me about how to find a "good" guy. In her experience, supposedly only the "pretty" girls get the guys. It made a little more sense when she put into context the cultural difference between Canadian guys and guys who either come from or ascribe to her ethnicity. Apparently, there is only one standard of beauty according to her culture, and if you don't fit into that, you have a slim chance of finding a guy. As we were talking, she mentioned how a guy friend explained to her why they go after the pretty girls regardless if their personality is less than favourable. It is only after they get her when they decide if she's worth keeping or not (worth the trouble). O-M-G. Mind-blown.

Obviously not all guys are like this and you also have to take age group etc into account).. . but for the most part, now it makes more sense why guys go after the mindless-moneygrubbing-pretty ones. Thought I'd share that since I thought it was interesting.

Anyway, since I'm here, I thought I'd post a bunch of random clothes I got during the Fall season since I never got around to sharing them.

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Army style top from Zara. I like wearing these tops made with thicker fabric for the colder weather.

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Zara skinny jeans. I got these on sale when Zara had their massive storewide sale. They're comfortable to wear and they look great on!

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Forever21 cardigan (for work). Nothing too special about this cardigan, just something I can easily throw on while I run out the door in the morning.

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H&M makes some really nice blazers at an affordable price. You can't tell from the picture but this blazer is made with a thicker fabric and it has a little bit of texture to it.

They also sometimes make great tops too- for both weekend and work attire. I got these for work. The fit was so well that I decided to grab the white one too after I tried the striped one.

Sorry for the bad lighting guys. Cold weather just does not want to cooperate when it comes to taking pics for the blog!

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MO&Co. top that I got on sale from the Hudson Bay. I really love this red colour and I think it'd be great for the Holidays. The cut of it is also unique to my closet. Just need to lose a little more weight for it to look right haha.

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My very first piece from Scotch & Soda. This was also on sale at The Hudson Bay. I've noticed I've become very attracted to stripes.

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This Free People sweater was heavily discounted. I believe I got it for around $50-60 after a few markdowns (originally around $200). I really like how care-free it is.

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This is a throwback way back! I got these Zara heels ages ago but I didn't realize I never shared them. Zara makes beautiful shoes that give you the look you want without having to fork over your wallet.

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Simple ballerina flats from Aldo for work. I always try to buy Aldo shoes on sale since they always go on sale. Unless it's a shoe that's really popular and will sell out, it's better to wait for a sale.

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I was really attracted to this style of flats. The small heel and almond toe gives this pair a more sophisticated look than your typical flats. I also like how it has the suede in front and leather on the side. It gives it even more interest.

"Once you have accepted your flaws, no one can use them against you." -Unknown

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

8.337 Back with Beauty Goodies

Last year I did not qualify for VIB Rouge for this year which is why I have to wait until the 11th to get my VIB 20% off. I already have my online cart ready, and once I place my order, I will actually qualify for VIB rouge until the end of next year- which is odd because I don't feel like I spent much this year. But I guess makeup at Sephora is fairly expensive so buying one or two items at a time can end up costing $100 already.

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Today I wanted to share a few makeup items I picked up over the past couple of months or so. I picked this blush/highlighter from Burberry. I believe I came across a blog post or youtube video of someone raving about this so I couldn't resist. The packaging is super adorable but I only like it okay. I don't find it that great nor the easiest to use. The highlighter is a bit chalky and the blush is very pigmented which makes it more difficult to blend for a natural look. To be fair, I have not used it much so perhaps I haven't found the right technique to fully appreciate it.

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In September Shoppers Drug Mart had their first ever online Super Spend Your Points Event. I haven't seen them host one of these spend your points events in a very long time so I was pleasantly surprised and super happy to partake.

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I have a lot of points saved up just for events like these. They ran out of some Dior items I was eyeing so I opted for a couple of Guerlain items I've been wanting instead. Along with Guerlain, I also picked up a Philosophy Purity face wash and a backup of my holy grail Lise Watier cream concealer wheel.

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First up, Guerlain Lingerie de Peau Nude Powder Foundation. I haven't tried this yet because I wanted to focus on finishing up a couple other powders (I've already finished one of them- Dior Nude Air Pressed Powder). I really like the Lingerie de Peau liquid foundation so I figured the powder foundation should be just as good.

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Then I got the Guerlain Rose Aux Joues Tender Blush. I got it in the "Morning Rose". It's a beautiful blush that blends easily and looks very natural on the skin. This blush gives off a totally matte finish so if you want some glow, you'll want to add some highlighter.

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I found this T3 straightener at a bargain price at Winners. I threw away the box already but I distinctly remember paying around $79.99 for it (retail price $200+). I only use a straightener when my hair suddenly decides to be wonky on some days, so it's not my go-to tool. The one item I highly recommend would be the T3 hairdryer. Best beauty tool I own thus far. I've had the same one for 7 years now (and still going).

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Lastly, can we take a moment to appreciate Essie's Fall Collection for 2016? I got three shades from the collection (that's how much I love the collection). From left to right: "Kimono-over", "Maki Me Happy" and "Playing Koi".

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This is "Maki Me Happy". It's such a beautiful deep red colour. It not only works for Fall, but it'll be gorgeous to wear during the Holidays and will take you through the winter season.

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"Playing Koi" seemed to be the most popular shade among the 6 shades available. I'm not surprised as the colour screams fall and is truly a unique colour. I'd describe it as a burnt orange. Very beautiful a must for any collection.

p.s. Did not see Trump coming. I'm still quite shocked.

"You can't turn back the clock. But you can wind it up again." -Bonnie Prudden

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

8.336 Dreaming of Meh-hi-co

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I can't believe I forgot to blog about our evening at Cirque du Soleil - Luzia! They were in town in October and we thought we'd check them out. Luckily I found some discounted tickets on Living Social so we didn't have to pay full price.

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We got back row seats because I learned from experience (see Kurios) that the far back seats aren't really that far from the stage. You can see everything very clearly since the tent isn't all that big (not as large as a stadium). We sat in the second last row and it was well worth not spending as much as people in the front. I think any seats in the centre are much better than any of the front side seats. This time I was able to see the whole show at a better angle and was able to thoroughly enjoy it a lot better.

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The one click above that was worth the trouble. I actually got in "trouble" because the people saw my phone. Darn auto-light for the screen was on haha. I swear I just wanted a couple good pics for my blog! The opening scene with the huge horse and butterfly wings was truly incredible to watch.

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Intermission.

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We got some popcorn and churros before the show started, but we were only able to eat the popcorn during the show since it was too difficult to eat the churros in the dark. The churros with nutella dip was alright. Perhaps it'd taste better if it was still warm and freshly made.

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You guys... the show was amaz-ing! I loved everything about it. Every single act was incredible and there was no moment in the show that left me feeling bored. To be honest, we didn't expect much from the show since we thought the theme and funky marketing was a bit out there (odd). Turns out, it was the best one we've seen so far!!

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Be sure to follow me on snapchat because I do snap about a lot of random things you might not see on my blog. It's also a great way to get real-time updates from me. As you can see from above, I snapped about my time at Cirque du Soleil - Luzia.

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I loved the show so much that I wanted more than just a mug to remind me of my time there (keeping the tradition alive of getting a souvenir cup). I got a tote (which I use to bring to work now), a key chain (which I've attached onto my locker key), and two mugs- one for Luzia keepsake and the other Cirque du Soleil mug for the Mister. We've never come acroos that mug before and thought it was too nice of a design to pass up.

"The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time." -Thomas A. Edison

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

8.335 Into the Caves

You know, after I "publicly" rant, whether it be to people or here on my blog, somehow I always feel a little guilty inside. I don't know if it's the feelings of vulnerability for putting myself out there or thinking if the matter was even worth ranting about. In any case, I need to shake these feelings and learn to express myself unapologetically. I need to be more tough and have tougher skin!! It's a dog-eat-dog world out there and I need to fend for myself!!

Anyway, these days I'm on a roll with these blog posts. Perhaps it's because I still have a lot to share, and since Winter is coming, I need to clear out these posts.

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Back in October, I thought it'd be fun to head out to Scenic Caves since the Mister has never been there. I went there with my family years ago so I knew that it'd be a place that he would enjoy.

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We stopped for some Tim Hortons. Nothing says a road trip more than Tim Hortons- okay maybe that's just a Canadian thing LOL.

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Wind turbine central. I don't know what it is, but I seriously enjoy going on long drives with the Mister. Scenic Caves is about a 2 hour drive from where I live, but honestly it flew by with him.

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Scenic Caves is a great place for families and kids. You feel like you're in the wilderness and it's fun to climb, but you'll always know help is nearby if you need it. They build the stairs and pathways with safety as the number one priority.

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Walking in the forest was so peaceful.

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Into the caves we go!

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There was one part where I never went with my family. We bypassed this small cave because there was a huge lineup when we were there years ago. This time there was only a few people so the Mister and I decided to check it out.

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It's called "The Fat Man's Misery". Apparently at the end of the cave, there is a small opening that you have to squeeze into. When the sign said 14" wide, I didn't expect it to be that tiny when we got up there. It was so crazy..!! I got nervous because I didn't want to do the walk of shame and disrupt the line to go back. It was then or nothing. Luckily, I managed to squeeze myself through. It was sure a tight one, but we both really enjoyed it! We wished there were more.

Here you can see the chief's face in the rock formation (left picture).

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After we were done the rock climbing and seeing the caves, we went out by the pond and fed some fish. As you can see from the above picture, the darn seagulls kept getting in the way and ate most of the fish food I threw in the water.

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I moved to a different spot and was successful in feeding just the fishes!

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Then it was off to the suspension bridge. We did some more hiking in the woods before we finally arrived at the bridge.

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The view was pretty nice.

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I wasn't planning on getting anything from the giftshop, but I remembered this glass mug I saw when we first entered the grounds. I didn't know what it meant by "Fat Man's Misery" so I wasn't even interested, but after how much fun we had squeezing our way through that cave, I knew that I definitely wanted that mug! The other side just says Scenic Caves.

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Then it was home time. We feel very fortunate that we have a car to go on these little adventures. Although we have fond memories of taking the transit all those years, a car allows us to go places we can't easily reach via transit.

p.s. So I've been reading about how Toronto will soon be engulfed by snow in the next 2 weeks. Don't know if this is actually true but I'm going to prepare myself before the snow hits. Yesterday I cleaned the car to prep it for the long winter of no cleaning. Today I went to Dollarama to get some clear plastic sheets to line the bottom of my car with. I'll probably line the car on Friday when it says it'll stop raining. As for myself, I recently bought a new winter coat (that I've yet to share) and yesterday the Hunter boots I've been eyeing for some time now just went on sale! So that will be coming to me shortly. How about you? How are you preparing for the long (I heard it's going to be harsh) winter ahead?

"Sitting has become the smoking of our generation." -Nilofer Merchant