Thursday, 27 June 2013

Napa Cafe






On our way to some vineyards, we stopped by Yountville for some coffee and treats. If you are ever in the area, I highly recommend Bouchon Bakery, it's a must stop every time we are in Napa Valley.

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Skirt: Jason Wu for Target - $20, Top: Jacob - $20, Sunglasses: H&M - $2, Loafers: Cole Haan - $48.

Photo Credit: Dream
Location: Napa Valley

Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Puppy Love










During our photo shoot, this little girl, Olivia, approached us to say hello. I fell in love with her almost immediately. Look at that little face!

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Jacket: Japan, Shorts: Forever 21 - $22, Blouse: Winners - $17, Necklace: Zara - $25, H&M - $16, Shoes: Mootsies Tootsies - $35, Sunglasses: H&M - $2, Ring: Swatch - Gift. 

Photo credit: Dream
Location: San Francisco

Saturday, 22 June 2013

Deal of the Week: Up to 50% off Banana Republic

It is officially summer ladies and gents! Let's celebrate with some summer sales. Banana Republic is currently having an up to 50% sale. Have an awesome weekend!


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Photo Credit: Banana Republic

Monday, 17 June 2013

Hotel California









On our last weekend in San Francisco we stopped by the Fairmont to take a stroll around. I absolultey love the interior of this building and its old school charm. If you happen to be in the area they have a great tiki bar downstairs that would make you believe you are in Hawaii.

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Dress: H&M - $20, Heels: Steve Madden - $25, Necklace: United People - $35, Hat: Saks Fifth Outlet - $30, Clutch: Mom's - Vintage.

Photo Credit: Dream
Location: San Francisco

Friday, 14 June 2013

Chirp Chirp


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Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Deal of the Week: $10 off $50 at Joe Fresh

The next time you are at your local Superstore or Loblaws, consider checking out the Joe Fresh section because at the moment, when you spend $50 you can receive $10 off your purchase, but hurry this one ends on Friday.


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Photo Credit: Joe Fresh

Monday, 10 June 2013

Hawaiian Warrior









Last week I went to Thornbury for a little impromptu reunion with some friends that I've known since I was three years old. Over the last twenty five years we have managed to keep in touch which is an accomplishment in itself, but by sheer serendipity, we were able to find a weekend where we were all available at the very last minute. We spent our days cooking, reminscining, playing board games, hiking, watching home videos and enjoing the sunny weather on the patio. We also managed to squeeze in a photo shoot directed and taken by Jennifer Barr who has a talent for capturing the perfect shot. I am so happy with the outcome! Don't you think she did an amazing job? We will be travelling together soon so hopefully this won't be the last work you will see from her.

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Headband: Marni by H&M - $50, Dress: Zara - $70, Sandals: Steve Madden - $25.

Photo Credit: Jennifer Barr
Location: Thornbury

Friday, 7 June 2013

Deal of the Week: Up to 50% off at French Connection!

French Connection is having a sale!

This doesn't happen often so when it does, I jump right on it because I simply love the attention to detail that they apply to their clothing. You can shop online or pop into your local store and browse if that's more your fancy. 


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Photo Credit: French Connection

Thursday, 6 June 2013

Five Summer Resolutions

Since we are now at the beginning of June, I decided to do another set of mid-year declarations (a repeat of last year’s post which you can read here), which are essentially summer resolutions that I commit to on this blog because well…let’s face it, when it’s on paper, it’s more official...right?


Recently, I decided to switch from full-time to part-time studies. Therefore, I’m making a conscious effort to NOT fill up all of my extra time watching reality t.v. and youtube videos but instead to spend more time away from my computer, outside and with friends.  I decided to organize my resolutions into five categories, as I generally do. So, here we go...starting with number one:


1. Play

There are a couple of hobbies that I love to do just as much as I love blogging but that I haven’t picked up in a while. Cooking is pretty up there, as is gardening (herbs), arts and crafts (beading) and yoga (my only cardio in months and let's be honest, there isn't a lot of cardio in yoga). One thing I may not have mentioned before is that I used to dance quite a bit while I was growing up and stepping into a studio would be something that I would love to pick up again.


2. Travel

This one is kind of a cheat. Finding time to travel has never been a hard task of mine considering my manfriend lives in the U.S. and I tend to visit him quite often. So in terms of travelling, my goal is to visit new places with other people besides said manfriend. I have a couple of places and people in mind so you will definitely hear about those as they occur.



3. Work

This one may seem counterintuitive but I do have my reasons. Have you ever had one of those days where all you do is watch t.v./youtube videos (see above), nap, eat and creep your facebook friends and justify that you were somewhat productive because you had the will to change out of your pj's and into sweats? Ya, that tends to happen too often in my world and I always feel disgusting afterwards. So in order to limit this sort of behaviour, I've decided to focus my efforts on getting good grades and looking into what type of industry I want to get into after I graduate. I feel like working hard has always made the playing bit a lot more fun.


4. Socialize 

As a hermit I tend to avoid going out because, well…I don’t want to. Which is really a shame because I feel like most of the time, when I’m forced to socialize I end up having a really good time. During my first semester at school, I was so busy that I almost only saw people that I went to school with. So I’m trying to schedule more outings with friends and in particular, ones I haven’t seen since I started my MBA months ago. 


5. Read

When I say read, I mean read for my enjoyment and not because I have to for class. The kindle is a beautiful thing for two reasons: 1) I can download all of my textbooks without lugging them around campus or collect paper copies that inevitably take up so much space and 2) Books are so much cheaper online! It’s a win win folks. So in terms of summer reading, I have a couple of non school ones in mind, but I would love to hear some of your suggestions if you have some favourites.



So those are my plans for the summer. I really think that it's important to make these declarations from time to time and think about whether you are spending your time the way you want to. Your job/studies are just one aspect of your life and a good friend once told me that assessing one's health involves three aspects; physical, mental and social well-being. Each part is equally important and, therefore, making sure that you are incorporating little pleasures from each category into your life should be just as much of a priority as anything else. I hope you have a great summer and take some time out to enjoy it from wherever you are. 

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Dedicated to Vivian Pan.

Photo Credit: These pictures are not my own and were taken off the internet.

Tuesday, 4 June 2013

Dog Days Are Over













I decided to challenge myself and come up with a look for a night out with this sweater that, let's face it, should belong to someone in elementary school. So, how did I do?

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Sweater: ASOS - $37, Skirt: Zara - $30, Blouse: Joe Fresh - $15, Sunglasses: H&M - $2, Ring: BCBG - $8, Mom's - Vintage, Aldo - $10, Shoes: Nine West - $35.

Photo Credit: Dream
Location: San Francisco