For the past few days, I’ve spent a lot of time on CSS. Coughing, Sneezing and Sniffling, that is… (at least I’m still funny, right? RIGHT?) The only remotely fashion-related thought in my mind is to make sure I carry around a purse big enough to fit my tissue box. Good thing germs don’t spread through the internet otherwise you would be in big trouble.
This is my default look, aka what to wear when I feel like a giant ball of hell:
a comfortable top: preferably long sleeve and loose around the body
a pair of pants: they must fit snuggly otherwise I’d feel oddly uncomfortable (don’t ask why, because I don’t know)
a scarf: I always feel better when there’s something around my neck
(Please bear with me while I am still trying to figure out how to mimimize the distractions of my bedroom )
Top: Hugo Boss – I always fall back on great quality and simple detail Pants: H&M – Besides my Theory pants, these H&Ms are my favourite Silk Scarf: Vintage Pierre Cardin – You can still be classy when you’re sick!
Remember this ear cuff I’ve been wanting for a while? I finally bought it and received it in the mail a few days ago. Here’s a quick snap of it. Thanks Jessy of dearbearcat for this customized beauty. She is very creative and customer-oriented. Thanks, darling! So so excited to have this piece join my collection.
Do you have a default look for days when you are too tired and/or ill to go through your closet for options?
Blouse: Mary-Kate and Ashley for Wal-Mart (2006); Pencil Skirt with Suspenders: H&M; Leggings: H&M; Shoes: Spring
For those of you who don’t already follow my personal blog on Tumblr: Love Like Latte, I met 10 Olympic figure skaters in 1 day, yesterday! It was a glorious day. All of them were at Sears for an autograph session, with the exception of Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir and David Pelletier who were at Roots for a press conference (I got to the store just before they were about to leave!). I met:
That day was phenomenal. Most of my friends and acquaintances don’t follow figure skating as closely as I do, so it was difficult to share my excitement with anyone. I told some people, but most of them politely said, “Oh, that’s wonderful!” but I couldn’t really turn to anyone and jump around in joy and scream in glee with it’s a lonely feeling! LOL but that’s alright. I had my wonderful day and it will stay with me forever.
I still long to meet Mirai Nagasu. I would love to have sushi with her and chat about Jpop. That would be MY DREAM.
Well, we all know what my ultimate figure skating fan encounter would be…..lol.
Decided to take a break from studying and posting about figure skating like a mad woman on my Tumblr.
This red dress is once again, a treasure found in my mom’s trunks of vintage goodies. There are clasps at the wrist cuffs but they need to be repaired, hence them fluttering unnecessarily in the pictures.
I’m so happy to see the weather warming up. Rightfully so, it’s almost May!
When I was still in high school, I would write up a list of things I wanted to do every summer. I never really accomplished half of those things, or if I did, they weren’t as exciting as I thought they’d be. For example, “exploring downtown” would be a given on that list in high school. Downtown was such a “mystical land” that was thought to be conquered in one day. But after working and going to university downtown every day for the past 2 years, I still feel like there is so much more to conquer!
You cannot truly know Toronto by just living in a small suburban region of Toronto, even if you have lived there your whole life. Some people have lived in Toronto for 30 years, but can’t even tell you how to get to the CN Tower or the major tourist spots in Toronto. Heck, some people have immigrated to Toronto and lived in Toronto for decades but cannot speak English! It’s uncanny, but very possible. It’s just like how I went to Prince Edward Island and a local girl said she had never visited the Anne of Green Gables exhibit. My friend from Nova Scotia has never eaten Scotian crabs. Like them, I have never visited areas of Toronto that most tourists have been to (and multiple times!).
Still, I’m happy and fortunate that 90% of my daily activities are downtown, for different reasons. It forces me to become more familiar with the major intersections of Toronto, to memorize the order of the TTC subway stops, and even know which side the doors of the subway car will open at a particular subway station. It has helped me be aware of all sorts of people, and the unspoken rules of etiquette on public transit. All of these things might seem minute and insignificant, but I believe they’ve helped me grow as a person in very big ways.
Perhaps this summer I will make each weekend an “explore a new neighbourhood in Toronto” project and see how many I can “catch” like Pokemon. LOL
For an everyday girl:
If you wear make up at all, I know you’ve heard of MAC’s gel liners. Blacktrack Fluidline is a definite staple for every girl in the world. In the realm of makeup, we call this an HG – Holy Grail! I’ve used many brands of gel liners including Clinique, Bobby Brown, Stila, etc. and MAC no doubt comes out on top. Blacktrack is a waterproof true black liner that is easy to work with, glides on smoothly and lasts all day. If you’ve never tried a gel liner, pick up an angled brush and start experimenting! Don’t fuss with the liquid liners anymore.
For a makeup artist:
Brides can cry and this liner will stay put. It does not come off in little ugly flecks like a liquid would. To keep the product in the jar clean, I use a spatula to scoop a little out and dip my brush into that.
Cost: $18 CAD / $15 USD
Colour: Matte true black
1) As a liner – top and bottom line: Here’s a winged line that I do often.
2) As a base: The gel makes a great base for eyeshadows to adhere to. Use a synthetic brush or your finger to apply a very thin coat before packing eyeshadow on top. Check out how different these three duochrome eyeshadows look with Blacktrack as a base. We describe an eyeshadow as a duochrome when it is two colours at once. Talk about identity crisis, right.. From left to right, Club is a red-brown which flashes green, Vellum is a white which flashes light-blue violet and Stars ‘n Rockets is a purple-pink which flashes blue. Blacktrack brings out all the undertones beautifully.
If you are very picky, I should warn you that the finish of Blacktrack Fluidline is actually slightly different from a liquid – it is silkier and softer. The difference is not huge and you can easily build intensity by layering.
The product is prone to drying out. There are two things you can do to prevent this:
1) Store the jar upside down (label facing up) at all times
2) When the gel looks dry, use a bobby pin and give it a swirl. Add a drop of Visine if you need to, but just stirring it as is will revive the product.
Show me a look:
I did a classic winged liner paired with a matte red lip.
I generally like brighter colours better, but the old people folks who are wise in their years at work really love neutrals. Maybe flashy blues and fluorescent pinks give their eyes a hard time? I’m just trying to be understanding…
Such a wonderful skirt can only come from Mom’s closet. Nothing I ever see at the mall comes close to her collection. Mom told me that she used to wear this skirt a lot on dates with Dad before they were married. It was one of her favourites and she wanted me to have it. I am so honoured to inherit such a gem.
This outfit was actually from last month, but I waited until now to post it because yesterday was Mom and Dad’s 25th anniversary and I wanted to tell their story on their day. Happy 25th anniversary, dear mother and father. You won’t ever see this blog, but I love you.
Top: Boutique in Hong Kong Skirt: Mom’s Bow necklace: Nine West Ring: Aldo
I find that applying lipstick requires a lot more attention that the usual lip balm or lip gloss.
I liken lipstick application to painting a piece of wood furniture. It must be properly “sanded down”, or exfoliated, and primed, before any colour hits the surface.
The shape of the lips also influences how a shade of lipstick compliments the rest of the face. For me, a bright or dark red lip colour is overwhelming; it’s all that people see when they look at my face! Bright/dark red is definitely more suitable for those with thin lips, and it makes sense. Thin lips need emphasis and full lips need less attention, to balance out the face.
Here I am with dark red lipstick (Lancome in “Edgy”):
Here I am with nude lipstick (Rimmel in “Nude Delight”):
Personally, I find the nude lipstick to be more suitable for my full lips than the darker colour. There’s something kind of 80′s about nude lips too, haha.
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Vintage pants fit me so well. They’re my mom’s from the 1970′s. Her stuff is always a better quality; tailored stitching, strategically placed darts, and fabrics built to last. I’m so grateful she kept all her stuff.
Also, I’m bare feet because I had no idea what footwear to match with these pants… usually it’s those cagey sandals that girls like to wear with these type of pants but I couldn’t find my somewhat-cagey sandals….
Yesterday I had a grueling exam and today I’m going out to catch lunch and tea with some friends, and soak in the sun ahhhhh
Oh, and I’ve started a Tumblr for my non-fashion, stream-of-consciousness type of posts. You know, the random thoughts that don’t belong on a blog like this, but stuff that’s too long for Twitter LOL.
I should stop talking about the weather, but fashion has everything to do with what the temperatures are like outside. Last week we got some weird snowfall. I panicked and threw on a billion things for good measure.
Jeans tucked into socks. Duh. You think I’m a n00b?
Oh no!! Snow? Must put on earmuffs to avoid frostbites…!
One vest is clearly not enough! Make it two please.
Beige vest: Arnold Palmer (Grandpa clothes! Check it out for inspiration) Grey vest: Club Monaco Jeans: Zara Socks: Garage Earmuffs: From Noise on Queen St.