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Sunday, 23 July 2017

Comfy Over-sized Top/Dresses

You ever get the feeling that one piece of clothing looks so cute and good on you when you looked in the mirror in the fitting room? Then, you head home and realize that it just doesn't look as good as it did in the fitting room?
*Sigh* This exact scenario unfolded just recently. This over-sized white tee from H&M caught my attention, and it was around $15 only! Sometimes I wonder if the mirrors were designed in a sort of way just so you look good in the outfit, so you'd make the purchase?! 

It's too late to refund though, since I already ripped off the tags, but hey, I guess I can still tie and wear it as a cute top? :") 

Those socks might've been a bad idea with the outfit but it's okay 'cos clothing is all about trying something new!



/ / Outfit Details / /
Dress/Oversized top: H&M
Bag: Michael Kors
Shoes: Stan Smith
Sunnies: Mary Kay
(Mary Kay, yup- the brand that sells beauty and cosmetics.. I was surprised they had accessories for sale as well!)

What was one of your most regretful purchases if you had any? :P 
Did a similar shopping situation ever occur to you? What are some of your shopping habits?
How would you style this oversized top? 
Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Sun's Out, Boho's Out

Since coming home from college, I've been amazed at my second sister's collection of clothing... she pretty much buys all the hipster and trendy clothing that I boycott (okay, maybe boycott is a little too strong of a word because damn, of course I'd spend the money if I had it... but you get the idea ;)) buying because of the jacked up prices. Sheesh. But hurrah for I have a larger range of clothing to try on, hehe. 

Take this boho top, for example. I believe it was from last year or the year before?

She's also all about that "just buy it" mentality. Because of that, I spent a little more this summer than expected... *guilty laugh* I'm resisting the urge to buy this summer as I'm excited for Japan shopping next month!! Woohoo! 








Trends come and go, but I still like wearing past-trendy pieces. They'll likely make comebacks (but in a slightly different form), but it's all about how you style it as well ;) 

Do you have any friends or family members who is able to convince you to buy anything? 
What are you guys up to this summer? Any shopping plans or travelling plans?
Has anyone been to Japan before and could provide some tips with shopping? ^^ I'll be in Tokyo mid-August!

xx,



Monday, 17 July 2017

/ / Week in Review / /


//week in review//

I thought it'd be a little fun to do these "week in review" posts just to update a little of my personal life (for all of you who are nosy... oh, wait.. nobody's nosy and curious about my life?). I think most of them would be reposts of some of my instagram photos haha :') by the way, follow me on instagram if you have one and let me know you did so I can follow you back! I love connecting with my blogger friends :") 

Not sure if I told you guys this, but I'm working as a Business Development Intern for an assisted living facility. They're a special type of senior's home as they specialize in dementia care and nursing care. I'm currently working on their business proposal and it feels great being able to put my business skills I've learned through school into real life! 


My "anime/manga/kpop" squad haha. We spent the day dancing to kpop dances as two of my friends will be performing some dances (TT and Mr. Chu by Twice) for the upcoming anime convention, Animethon, and shopping around the mall. Since my friends are going to be selling artwork at Artists' Alley (mainly anime posters they drew through tablet or applications), we all headed to a print store and they received their test prints for their posters! It looked amazing and I'm so proud to have such artistic friends. ^^ I'll probably post a few posters they drew if they let me hehe. Anyway, ended off the day by watching vlogs, vlogging with a new Sony camera I bought, and munching off take-out pizza. Call us boring but I love these ordinary, simple days. ;) 

//Oomomo Store// 
a $3 Japanese store (similar concept to Daiso)
Photo courtesy of Oomomo
One friend who always splurges on cute things spent around $30 here? This is her probably on her best day. Hahah. Anyway, a lot of cute small things, but personally I'd probably buy many of these household items through Dollarama for $1 as these are quite expensive. The cute colors and designs are definitely a plus though. I bought some cute fabrics for an upcoming DIY project (will be revealed soon!) I'm working on and I cannot wait to reveal it to you guys :) 


//Outfit Photos//
I'll try to remember the stores I bought these pieces from (I know where I buy my clothing, but I stole a couple of my sisters' pieces ^^)

top: express // tights: yesstyle
jeans: calvin klein 
top: express // bag: michael kors

top: yesstyle // shorts: ebay


I realized my instagram posts looked a lot more appealing without my head in it (I can already hear my sister snickering)... thus, these new types of outfit photography emerged! I'm really digging it though because it's fun to make and I don't need to beg anyone to help me take outfit photo :P I use my Sony camera and the self-timer, and voila, life is good when you get things done yourself. #girlboss

How did your week go? 
What do you think of these outfit photos as opposed to my regular "head-showing" photos (I'll still be uploading those, but less frequently than my daily ig ootds!) :P 

Remember to follow me on ig and let me know if you did so I can connect with my fellow blogger friends ^^!


xx,


Thursday, 13 July 2017

Thunderstorms & Tornado Warnings = sUmMEr... & I'm Too Expressive? [Personality Trait]

So, it's summer. 

Don't expect much from Edmonton (north of Alberta within Canada). I mean, we do have our extremely hot and warm dry days, but it's also tornado season and we recently had a couple of severe thunderstorms. My Snapchat was flooding with floods (get it?) and crazy hails knocking off houses and cars. With this in mind, I present to you this fall/spring-looking outfit during the summer!!



I am a big fan of summer since we only have 4 months of it, but I loove layering pieces sometimes, so excuse this fall-looking outfit. :") My Mom got this pair of white jeans for me (finally got myself some white jeans) from Calvin Klein and it fits really well (thank you, Mummy!!) and I betcha I can pair any top I have with these pants and it'll look put together, alright! I bought the coat for my Mom during a trip to summer around 5 years ago and seeing she never wore it, I decided it was time I took care of this wrinkly coat but still cute-looking coat. 

Before we jump into more photos, I was starting to question myself and my "expressive" personality. Back in my Communications class, my classmates and I all took a quiz to discover our communication style (the true you, aka when you get stressed- the true you that reveals itself). There was no doubt that this was not necessarily 100% accurate, but provides a basic guideline for us to understand ourselves and our classmates/others, especially when the need of communicating rises for school projects, jobs, etc.. 

There were 4 main communication styles/personality traits: Analytical, Driver, Expressive, and Amiable. I'll describe each of them with a couple of points (both pros and cons):
  1. Analytical: Thinks deeply or often, prefers numbers and logic over emotions and feelings, perfectionist
  2. Driver: Gets things done, are determined to set and achieve goals, dominating or "my way" type of person
  3. Expressive: Expresses selves through hand gestures/talking, enthusiastic, dreamer/unrealistic
  4. Amiable: Very supportive of others, considers others, not assertive, diplomatic

My primary communication style was expressive (with a secondary trait of analytical) and I couldn't agree more. I'm the type to send excessive amounts of emojis and exclamation marks to friends (I have to fight back my urge of doing this when sending out networking emails to professionals and professors). I'm the type to give all the little details when talking about a given situation... 

I didn't realize how annoying this could be for other communicators. My brother and sister recently complained how I give too much details when I could easily get straight to the point and made fun of my hand gestures. Heh.. heh. They make me feel so guilty. 

Anyway, that was just a little food for thought, and I strongly recommend you to take the quiz to understand what type of communicator are you, and how you could possibly tailor yourself to others once you start picking up hints of what type of communicators others are. If you could master this, you'd be amazing at communicating with different people for different purposes- i.e., your co-workers or boss, family/friends, SO, etc. 

Here is a test or a guide I found pretty similar to the quiz I took in class that you can take to determine your communication style! :) 

Some negatives of these types of quizzes or determining one main communication style could lead to the self-fulfilling theory, where you believe you're this type of trait and then purposely tailor your thoughts and actions to fulfill the trait characteristics when it may not necessarily be true. It could also be harmful when communicating to others, if you make assumptions about someone else's trait. Either way, I still think it'd be helpful to realize what communication style you fit and learn to communicate to others. Just be mindful that it's a guide to improving communication among people! :) 

So, I was wondering, for all of you Expressives out there, how do you adapt to better tailor communication for others? And if you're the analytical type, how would you prefer expressives to communicate to you?   
hair and wind... a fun duo












My expression for Edmonton's summer 
Oh, hello there. Didn't see you. :") 
Anyway, personalities are interesting and they can change overtime as well. I believe I used to be more of an analytical type of person, but high school (especially my travels abroad for scholarship trips or family travels) and university life has really changed my perspectives and I think the more reserved side of me has opened up a lot more. Either that, or i was always hindering my crazy side (I guess I only revealed it to people I was close to, like my siblings haha). 

Well, the weather up is going... just being the typical summer it is. I hope the weather is going really well for everyone else~ we're just experiencing a mix of hot temperatures (high 20s) and cooler temperatures from the rain and thunderstorms. 

By the way, I've been wondering, do you prefer my photos really large or a bit smaller? ^ The photos above are a mix of both the original size (larger photos that require more scrolling to see the entire photo) or the large photos? I've always wondered if people minded scrolling down to capture the details of the outfits, or if they'd rather easily see the entire photo. :) Let me know in the comments below! ^^ 

That's it for today and I hope you have an amazing day!


xx,





Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Low-Key Sportsy // gym memberships

It's probably meant to be...

I should probably be blogging about how often I go to the gym, the type of workouts I do... just like the typical positive and enthusiastic blogger, eh? Nah, let's keep it real. Here's a post about what happened yesterday. 

Flashback
I headed to Spa Lady (an all-ladies fitness gym) yesterday with the goal of cancelling my monthly membership since I've realized I haven't been going to the gym as often as I wished, there isn't as many gym equipment as I'd like to use, and I've been exercising at home when I can. Lady tells me there is a 30 day notice required for cancellation! Ugh, this is why you read contracts before you sign them. And don't ever let them rush you when you're reading it! 

I remember I was trying to carefully read the terms back when I signed up, and she told me it was nothing- it was merely everything she'd just explained. Under time pressure, I agreed and didn't bother skimming. 
TLDR; I have until August the 30th (still have to pay until then) before my gym membership officially cancels! Just 3 days before my Japan trip. 

I guess it's meant to be... that I should be going to the gym then. Hahahah.  

In memory of this beautiful moment, here's my "sportsy" outfit, starring my cropped strappy black top, striped pants, and Adidas sneakers. Man, those pants take the credit for making the outfit look a little more athletic! :") 




Now that summer is here... everyone's probably aiming for that summer body hey? I can't believe how significant my body has changed since university began. Especially after this year. Truth be told, I never had a huge issue with Freshman15 whilst in first year, despite the oily and slightly unhealthy cafeteria food. I suppose it did however contribute to deteriorating my metabolism. 

I've actually been the person who headed to the gym very irregularly (i.e., maybe a couple times after exams) until recently.

This past year was full of busy case studies (homework everyday and preparing for marked class contributions/participation), networking events/summer job recruiting, extra-curriculars, AND so many social events. My section (there are 8 sections within the first year of the Honors Business Administration program and we literally re-live elementary school all over again as we all took mandatory courses/classes with the same people in the same seats) held weekly pre-bar parties and social gatherings. Believe me, I'm afraid I have been called out numerous times for having a pretty disappointing attendance... my 11pm bedtime rule I established only held for two years of university. P.S. Our business card also granted us free line bypass to a bar/club every Thursday. Of course.

I tried balancing all these activities, but I ended up compromising my sleep and physical well-being. It wasn't until the end of classes and exams in April when I started to realize my metabolism has dropped significantly and that did it- I headed for the gym everyday.   


Anyway, Spa Lady's gym honestly isn't too bad. It's an all-ladies gym where you can work out without the distraction of men (wouldn't some ladies lose motivation though? :P), and since it's a bit pricier (I pay roughly $40/month, plus a one-time membership fee), there are less people. There are also some nice fitness classes you could partake in. Some cons would definitely be the lack in gym equipment and the price. #notsponsored  




A night view of Edmonton. Lol, this looks like 1/100000 of Toronto! If I did a 360 view, you'd be asking if I lived in the countryside.

Do you have any physical health or fitness goals this summer? 
And any recommendations for some cute athletic gear (reasonably priced)?

Let me know in the comments below :) 

Monday, 10 July 2017

Please Don't Give me those Cold Shoulders (College Relationships and my Keyboard!!)

Good evening beauties!

I'm so excited to be introducing to you my other photographer's shoot with me-  Trevor, my brother! It took some effort to actually drag him away from his computer to the green outdoors. 

The theme for today's outfit: cold shoulders. I remember eyeing these cold shoulder clothing back in 2014, thinking they looked really cute (back when the white lace and chiffon ones were trending on Instagram), and helloo summer 2017- thank you Zara for bringing the cold shoulder trend into reality, making H&M, Forever 21, etc., all follow suit (no sarcasm intended)! I'm usually not the type to jump on trends immediately because of that business scheme (reminder: I'm a business student ;)) where the trend and demand jacks up the prices. Sigh. #collegestudentsonabudget However, over the past few weeks I caved in for some really cute trending pieces and I cannot wait to show you all! Please bear with me and wait for that outfit post ;) I'm really excited about how the photos will turn out! 

Anyway, I have a striped cold shoulder top here, pairing it with my jeans from Forever 21 (only around $10 on sale, online), with my go-to Michael Kors bag and go-to Adidas sneakers. These Adidas shoes are so comfortable and cute, you'll be seeing my with it throughout the summer! Also because I don't have too many other options as most of my shoes are back in London, Ontario (university town). 

Cold shoulders.. we all know what that means, right? When we talk fashion, it's literally cold shoulders with our shoulders bare and exposed. Another definition of cold shoulders: when given the cold shoulder treatment, you are ignored of- hence, the name "cold" and shoulders as if to shrug you off. Since I recently completed my third year of university (moving on to being a senior of college), I thought I could provide some tips about relationships (how to avoid getting that cold shoulder treatment as well (: ).

COLLEGE RELATIONSHIPS... 




It's funny how lots of people say you will find "the one" in college/university. Clearly, this has not been the case for me. BUT, I have seen a number of friends ending up finding a significant other. It's hard, you know. However, it might be because of my high standards? Honestly, I don't think I have high standards since I'm more of a "gut feelings" type of person too. If you asked me, I think it might be a combination of me not being more involved in the places where I may find the ideal type (such as certain student clubs) and not being pro-active enough (I'm quite a passive person, I guess).


However, this year things have changed so much since entering business school. I've learned so much about myself and a thing or two that I could suggest to my fellow readers and friends who may be experiencing this. :) hope they help! Read on for more. 

*P.S. although it might seem silly to be thinking how "logical" my suggestions are, honestly, I've had so many friends around me rant and become stressed out with relationships. This is simply a quick-and-dirty guide that I've built for beginners like me. I honestly wish I knew these tips before college, but life is an experience.

Tip #1: Have Fun but Know Yourself
What are your goals? Are you just trying to have fun and casual relationships? Or are you actually trying to find a serious relationship? If you're aiming for the latter, don't bother hitting the clubs with the slightest hope one of those guys are actually trying to find true love. Make sure that both you and your SO have similar goals out of the relationship, otherwise one of you will end up being hurt.  

 
#2: If You like someone, Don't be Afraid to express it!
University/college goes by so quickly. Especially since we have so much more freedom than in high school, there is so much to do, so many people to meet, and so little time. That cute guy or girl sitting beside you today might never be seen ever again. Do everything. Fear nothing. Grab their phone number and start off as friends. :) What's the worse that could happen? Gaining a study partner? Something else I found helpful is to directly express your feelings toward a person- or imply it. Take my word for it. I used to be the shy type who'd avoid eye contact with my crushes and acted as if I didn't even realize their existence. Wrong. Girl, I'm not telling you to propose and get all in his face. Give them a smile, and show them you're friendly and you're interested in them. Say hi or strike up a friendly conversation. Start off as friends. Don't set high expectations out of relationships so you'll be more carefree and your true personality will show! If they like you, congratulations. Otherwise, move on, and you've gained yourself a friend. :)

#3: Apps could work?! 
Okay, let's say you're an anti-social person, or you just can't seem to find someone interesting. Consider downloading Tinder or going on a dating website! I have two friends who have actually found their SO and they're still going strong after 2 years! :) It's also a great way to meet other people and make friends. Maybe good for some practice dates too. :'P Make sure to take care of yourself when going on dates (meet during the daytime in public places, etc.). 

#4: Remember, you're young. Live in the moment.
Lastly, I just want to say... if you're nervous or uncertain about relationships, go with your gut feel! Sometimes, I feel that people have too much pressure or expectations trying to find someone who fits their "perfect guy" standards. Maybe that person is just non-existent. We're all not perfect, and that's what makes relationships and people interesting and fun. Don't be afraid to try something- if you never try, you'll never experience anything different. College is definitely a time to learn more about yourself and others. There's such a big world out there, and I'm sure we'll all end up experiencing new and amazing things. Take your time to see what type of people will best fit you, and a realistic SO type for yourself. 




Hm, I really should not have taken these photos after dinner, hey? Anyway, I really hope you take these tips into consideration, and remember to take care of yourself above all. Love yourself, because if you don't, who will love you? Self-care is key and I'm excited to share with you my self-care tips and suggestions over the next few posts. :") Don't give others a cold shoulder, and love yourself to avoid cold shoulders from others.

Anyway.. unfortunately, my laptop recently gave me a cold shoulder. My keyboard is not working after spilling some soup over a couple of keys and I'm currently just scraping by right now with a plain keyboard bought from Walmart for $10.

I am wishing the best for all of you and I hope you're enjoying your summer so far (no cold shoulders except on your clothing I hope)!

xx,



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