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November 2011

Colour Me Monochromatic

Saturday, November 26, 2011 Category : , , , , , , , , 1

Went to Gastown last week with my friend Nick Liao for another photoshoot, so photo credits go to him!

Walking down the streets of Gastown, London fog in hand :)

One of our favourite shots of the day. Gastown is actually pretty nice during the daytime--it has a nice rustic feel to it with the old lamp posts and cobblestone streets. I would totally love to spend more time here in the future. Sitting in a coffee shop while looking out the window on a day like this would be amazing <3

This was probably the last sunny day before all the snow and torrential rain came!

Goodbye autumn... you'll be sorely missed :(

  Miss Sixty black military coat with a skirted back

Jacob gray blazer,sheer black chiffon blouse with ruffles, Fovever 21 woolly gray skirt with belt, knee-high black socks, black boots, Roxy pewter bag, and red scarf <3

I love blazers because you can wear them with just about anything and it spruces up the outfit. Jacob and Zara are among my favourite places to go for blazers because they fit so well! Their blazers are tapered at the waist so it doesn't make you look so boxy (as a lot of blazers tend to do). Prices are vary around the $100 mark, so they can get a little pricey, but they're worth it imo. The quality and fit are awesome! Plus the pockets are REAL, so that's always a bonus ;D

If $100 is a bit too steep for you, H&M is a good place to go. Blazers are approximately $60 there. RW & Co. usually has a nice selection of blazers as well and you can save about $20 or so I believe? But I personally find that I run into the box-factor with these blazers, and the material isn't as great... you pay for what you get I suppose!

Close-up on the ruffle blouse and gray blazer :)

As much as I like colours in my wardrobe, sometimes it's just easier to forge a black, white, and gray outfit. It requires a lot less thinking in the morning while getting dressed. This is especially so when you have a job in a professional environment and have to dress up~

Scarves are good for blocking the chill too! :D

Red scarf, red brick wall... red is a good colour for contrast, I think~

On days like this, I like adding a splash of colour. In this case, a red scarf to add some oomph and pizazz to an otherwise monochromatic outfit :)

I feel that red is the best colour to contrast against blacks and whites. It makes plain business attire more more exciting, imo.

Another way of dressing up a plain outfit is to accessorize it with a brightly coloured bag (I'm thinking of my yellow envelope clutch from this post), some bold statement jewelry (mayhaps gold in colour?), or some patented accessories like shoes, a belt, and/or a purse.

The sky's the limit~

Amicably yours,
♥ Emi

Review: MISSHA Facial Black Sugar Scrub and 40% Off SALE!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011 Category : , , , , , 3

 

So I've been using MISSHA's Facial Black Sugar Scrub recently and I love it! According to MISSHA's website:
"This scrub contains organic black sugar to remove dead skin cells and blackheads. Use at least twice per week for optimal results."
This product is 85 grams and retails on MISSHA's site for $19.99.

The directions say to apply the product to a wet, cleansed face and to massage for 2-3 minutes. The sugar granules dissolve during that time. 

 Ehehe, you can see my reflection on the lid xD

What the product looks like in the jar

The consistency of the product makes it a little tough to scoop the scrub out of the jar

The scrub spread out on the skin of my hand

The verdict:

The organic black sugar contains lots of vitamins and minerals that nourish the skin while removing dead skin cells and blackheads. The scrub also contains vegetable oil that keeps the skin moist with a moisture barrier. Lastly, the scrub smells pretty nice as well; it's sweet... yum~

While the exfoliation isn't exactly gentle due to the abrasive sugar granules, it definitely seems to do its job. My skin felt smooth and moisturized after using this product. Furthermore, perhaps it's because I scrubbed a little harder around my nose area where it tends to be dry, but I feel that my blackheads have been noticeably reduced.

I'd have to use it a bit more before telling all of you to go out and buy it for $20, but so far so good, I think. It's actually selling for $11.99 'cause of the sale MISSHA is having--for $11.99, I'd say it's worth a try~

If you're interested in trying some MISSHA products, now's a good time! MISSHA is currently having a Black Friday sale from November 23 to 28 for 40% off all items! Be quick though, 'cause items become out of stock fairly quickly on MISSHA.


There's also free gift promos wherein you buy $60, $100, or $200 worth of merchandise and receive a free gift, depending on how much you spend.
Plus, if you're a new member, you can get a BB Deluxe Sampler with your purchase! If you're signing up for the first time, my email is emicablyyours@gmail.com if you'd like to help me earn a 5% referral coupon ;)

  
The catch? MISSHA only ships in the US. 
 
How do you get around this? Send it to a US address. You can send your parcel to TSB Shipping or The Letter Carrier and pick it up in Point Roberts (it's fairly close by) for $3~ A GPS is recommended when making this trip ahaha.

I love MISSHA products, particularly their skincare and BB creams. VonnieSheila, and I went on a little MISSHA shopping spree, so there's a lot more MISSHA products to review in the future~ Look forward to it! ;)

Amicably yours,
Emi

Vancouver a Boring City? Not So!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011 Category : , 4

Ever sit around trying to decide what to do, and then realize that there's absolutely nothing to do in Vancouver? I'm sure we've all had those days--I certainly have. I think it's because we live in Vancouver, and that we've done everything already, hence, the perception that there's nothing to do~

My routine activities usually consist of going for bubble tea, going to play pool, going for a movie, and/or going to sing karaoke. All of which I immensely enjoy, don't get me wrong, but it gets a bit monotonous once in a while.

Here's a list of things to do that won't break the bank (too much):

  • All-you-can-eat fondue. Ever tried Capstone Tea? It's $9.95 per person with the purchase of a drink--so about $15 after tax and tip? Pretty good place to go if you have a late night sweet tooth.
  • Speaking of food, have you ever tried the matcha green tea ice cream at Konbiniya on Robson St? It's super delicious--they have a generous amount of matcha in the ice cream so the bitterness offsets the sweetness!
  • Swimming is always a good exercise without said exercise being too intense. It's about $6.50 to drop in at Killarney Community Centre.
  • With the colder weather, it means the ice rinks at your local community centre is open for skating! At Killarney Community Centre it's $5.95 per person for an hour and a half of skating--or you could always opt for the free skating at Robson Square once's it's open.
  • Snowboarding! Okay, not the cheapest, but Cypress Mountain is finally open! You're looking at $59 for the whole day (hopefully you have your own gear)... unless you can pass for a youth, LOL.
  • Stay at home--maybe invite some of the girlies over for a movie; have lots of junkfood and games as well. That's always fun--and free :)

This is just a short list off the top of my head--I say off the top of my head 'cause I've been wanting to do most of them! LOL. Other things I've never done but have wanted to go are: visit the Vancouver Art Gallery, visit the planetarium, go white water rafting, go play laser tag, go to the gun range, go paintballing... wow, I really don't get out much, ahaha.

Aside from the normal stuff, you can always try something new. Thank goodness for Groupons! Check Groupon, Living Social, SocialShopper, TeamBuy, Indulge Living, etc. daily for great things to do! Or even better yet, check CakeDeals for updates--this site compiles all the deals onto one page so you don't get a million emails flooding your inbox :)

You can find great deals for the spa, indoor cart racing, paintballing, wine tasting, and so much more~

For myself, I actually bought a deal from SocialShopper--$19 for one month of unlimited kickboxing, muay thai, jiu jitsu, etc. Pretty cheap I think. I actually just attended my first lesson with some friends yesterday night... and GOSH I am ridiculously sore. I suppose I brought it upon myself for not really exercising since high school, but ouch :(

It was definitely an interesting experience. I would've included some photos, but it'd be impossible to take any, unfortunately. But here, you can take a look at my membership card:

You can find me at Dynamic MMA Mondays and Wednesdays from 630-730 ;)

The instructor was pretty good; nice and patient :) I now know how to jab with both my left and right hands, throw a left hook, and perform a roundhouse kick... well, the mechanics of it anyways; I'm still a beginner after all!

The one-hour sessions don't seem very long, but boy are they ever! I was sweating about 20 minutes in and exhausted at the 45 minute mark. The last 15 minutes seemed to last forever!

I wonder how fit I'll be by the end of the month...? Ahaha~

Till next time~

Amicably yours,
Emi
PS. Sorry this post was so texty. I'll do better next time :) 

Spa Date: a Vancouver Blogger Get Together

Sunday, November 13, 2011 Category : , , , 6

So yesterday I was out all day with Vonnie for a Vancouver blogger meet-up and then a birthday dinner for a mutual friend. I knew I wanted to wear my new J Brands out, but it was my first time with such brightly coloured pants so it took me forever to coordinate?! Seriously, I had no idea how to match these pants.

I initially started out with the st. tropez colourd J Brands coupled with a cream coloured lace tank and a taupe coloured cardigan, but it didn't seem to work for me. Several mix and match outfit attempts later, this is what I ended up with:


 Beige oversize sweater, bright red J Brands, brown ankle boots, leopard scarf, and brown H&M shoulder bag

With a multi-chain necklace to offset the chunky sweater :)

We got asked twice if we were sisters LOL. What do you guys think?

After a bit of cam whoring, off to Richmond we went~ The meet-up, as previously mentioned, was a hangout for Vancouver-based bloggers and was held at a chic little spa called Shi Nail; organized by our awesome hostess Sheila, who I had the pleasure of meeting for the first time :)


A majority of the Shi Nail photos are credited to Sheila :)

Shi Nail offers a small range of services--most of which, obviously, were nail services. I personally enjoy doing my own nails and I'm a bit cheap to shell out some $50 for someone to do it for me--plus my index finger nail broke and was crazy short so it didn't seem worth it to me. Thus, I opted for a paraffin foot treatment.

It was cool--they wrap your feet in hot wax and the treatment is supposed to smooth your skin out. I definitely felt smoothing effects on the first day but I'm not so sure now--maybe it's because I was out for work today and was on my feet all day?

The treatment definitely felt nice regardless. My feet were cold from the rainy/chilly weather prior to getting to the spa, so the hot wax felt SO nice <3 Plus it's $15 for the treatment; well worth it, imo.


We got to sit in future-esque pod-like seats while we enjoyed our spa service(s).

Each seat came equipped with a netbook so you could surf the net while receiving your treatment... cool! o:

 The chairs were also equipped with heated back massagers!

"We be giants!" -Vonnie... LOOL!

 For the love of leopard scarves... mreowww! <3


With regards to what I said earlier, don't let my frugality deter you from getting a manicure. The ladies here really know what they're doing--their nail art is adorable!

 Cuuute! I wish I was ambidextrous so I could do nail art like this on myself!

All of us at the end of the spa session :)Yes, that is a wall of OPI nail polishes in the background *-*

I had a great time :) A big shout out to Sheila for organizing the event! Nyaarigatouu~ >w<

Till next time~

Amicably yours,
Emi

J Brands and Super Clearance Sale

Friday, November 11, 2011 Category : , 3

So I got invited to head down to the Super Clearance Sale after work yesterday by Fred, the guy in charge of the sample sale. Score! Headed down to 1062 Granville St and had an exclusive shopping session with Vonnie and Elle, my coworker. It was suh-weeet!

The brands to be found--if you haven't already seen the flyer from the I Love Sample Sales mailing list--were J Brand, Mexx, Milly, Graham and Spencer, Sky, Roberto Cavalli, Classic Girl, YFB, William Rast, Charlotte Trantola, PJ Salvage... and the list goes on~ To be honest, I'm not familiar with most of the names LOL.

Oh my goshhh so much clothing!! ><"

It was good. Walked away with three pairs of J Brands for $60 each due to connections ;) I think the J Brands are selling for around $75-80 each if you do decide to check out the sale~

I got three pairs of J Brands! It totaled $200 after taxes! >w<

 J Brand, Houlihan skinny cargo pants, size 24, MSRP $231 USD

J Brand, twill skinny, bright red, size 25, MSRP $176 USD

 J Brand, twill skinny, size 25, st tropez (not yet released), MSRP $176 USD

All in all, good purchases I think :) These are my first J Brands and I'm loving them! They fit so nicely and it makes it look like I actually have a butt! It's like a push-up for the behind, ahaha :D


If you're interested, the sale runs until Sunday :) Just a heads up though, if you do end up going, most of the pants/denim are size 25. There are a few size 25, 26, and 27s, but it's near impossible to find size 24s </3

On another note, if you're not on the I Love Sample Sales mailing list, you can sign up here! They let you know where, when, and what brands are being sold at the sale. From time to time, there are some really good ones!

Happy shopping! 

Till next time~

Emi

Experiencing Vancouver Fashion Week - Part 2

Sunday, November 6, 2011 Category : , , , , , 4

A forewarning to all--this is an uber long post!

Back again with more updates on what's happening at Vancouver Fashion Week :) Unfortuntely Saturday began at 3:00 I had work until 4:15, so I missed a little bit in the beginning, but that's alright because Vonnie of oh so... vonnie told me the show was about an hour late to start anyways... ufufu, win!

Saturday's show consisted of the following designers:

Lauran Elaine

By The Beach
Jardin by Bharbara Renault
Misu A Barbe by Misu Kim
Belinda Liu ♥
Hachung Lee ♥
Jose Jhan
Maria Peligro
Claire O'Connor ♥
Sadaf
Jung Eun Lee
Rimi Nayak

The pink denotes what collections I was there for and the hearts mean that I really loved the collection/parts of the collection.

But before I get started talking about the show, here's the usual outfit post :)

White ruffled tank, 3/4 sleeve cardigan, leopard print scarf, black skinny pants, brown lace-up ankle boots

Posing next to a cool-looking birdcage that was on display at the gallery. Looks are deceiving though, 'cause up close the "bird" is really creepy and looks like a brain/mutilated bird carcass. This was my first time wearing the boots out and I won't deny it--my feet were uber tired after the end of the day... but in my defense, I was out for 13 hours!

I was scrambling in the morning before work and had no idea what to wear! Good thing I grabbed the scarf as a last-minute afterthought because I realized on my way to work that the shade of my cardigan didn't match my boots ==" I had to keep the scarf on throughout the evening to tie the outfit together ><

 I scored two more passes--this time they're VIP passes and gold! They totally match my nails 8-D


I quite enjoyed the above four looks from Bharbara Renault's Jardin collection. The colours are subdued but the pieces are enhanced by a number of small details such as the gold zipper detail in the first photo, or the near-patent feel of the skirt in the last photo.


Then there were pieces that I couldn't enjoy to the fullest. While I like pieces that play with shapes like these hard edged prints, the fit was rather unflattering and didn't show off the models' figures in the slightest. But hey, don't get me wrong, this is my personal opinion; I'm not claiming to be a fashion expert or anything... far from it in fact, ahaha.

My camera died temporarily shortly after this collection, so a lot of the photos are stolen from Vonnie ><


Two of my favourite pieces from Belinda Liu's collection. For the first dress, I adore the giant bow on the bust of the dress. That, coupled with how you can see the model's silhouette in certain lighting makes it gorgeous in my books. As for the second dress, omgaaa the slit that runs up mid-though is so sexy, while the white colour tones down the sexiness for a more innocent tone.

I loved how flowy Belinda Liu's designs were--they were so elegant! There were, however, a lot of paisley (ehe, I learned that word from Vonnie) print designs that totally ruined the outfit :( For those of you who don't know what paisley looks like, it's this:


Next up? Hachung Lee. You can totally tell that these were Korean-inpired designs, what with the long tunics and all. 


As Vonnie pointed out, Big Bang would totally wear this kind of clothes... especially G-Dragon, ehe <3

After Hachung Lee, we cam-whored and took some more runway pictures--OH! Did I mention I met Kerri from There's Something About Kerri? n____________n She has the classic flap bag by Chanel, which I adore but am way too poor to afford o:


On another note, more of me on the runway :)

So after that, we decided to skip over Jose Jhan and Maria Peligro and headed over to McDonald's to grab some noms. Mmmm~ Fillet-o-fish meal <3

Vonnie and I were ditched before McDonalds, so it was just the two of us. We were reeeally debating whether to go back or not (due to the long and cold journey back), but I'm so glad we did, 'cause the shows afterward were AMAZING


I really like the detailing on the neckline for the above looks. Especially for the dress on the bottom. It's very origami-esque. 


Super cute dress from the front and back. I love the print Claire O'Connor used in her designs. The navy paneling along the sides is also very flattering and slimming for the figure~ Also, the red straps on the back of the dress adds a nice contrasting splash of colour :)



The collar of this dress is very nicely structured--the stiff material covering the model's neck definitely elongates it. On the other hand, I question the wearability just 'cause it looks rather uncomfortable.


 More pretty-print dresses with ruffle and origami-fold detailing...


I love the hem of this dress. The flow of the chiffon was gorgeous when the model was strutting down the runway. I just would've liked to see a cleaner transition from the end of the dress to the chiffon hem (the dress actually has a spotted print under a layer of navy chiffon).


I think this was my absolute favourite piece from Clair O'Connor's collection. This piece was so breathtaking as the model glided along the catwalk! I definitely wish I could try wearing something like this!

 Look at the white dress from the back! >w<

 

This designer--Sadaf--and I have something in common: we both love a flowy chiffon look! There were so many pieces like this! And even though they had the flowing hems in common, each piece was refreshingly different from each other. 


This was the finale for Sadaf's collection. There's so much detailing in this that it screams couture <3 It actually drew cheers from the audience as the model was walking to and fro~

The next show was featuring a designer named Jung Eun Lee... it was incredible! Very risqué and akin to a raunchy sex show, ahaha... just the way I like it ;D

 
 

It was extremely unorthodox, ahaha. The models were instructed to walk as though they were drunk or something. As well, they were encouraged to be rude?! You can see in the the model in the third picture giving the media the "jerk off" motion and the model in the fourth picture flipping them a birdie... too great xD

Many of the models stumbled on stage due to the enormity of their heels--it'd be impossible not too--but they had great recovery and many seemed almost intentional! The model in the sixth picture was exceptionally good at it LOL.


The designer Jung Eun Lee (the one with her arms raised) came out to party with her models afterward. Look to the right--her shoes are awesome, but can you believe anyone can walk in shoes like this?!

After the show was over, Jamal, the producer of VFW brought Vonnie and I to the back to take pictures! There were probably about 7-10 people from the media taking pictures of Jung Eun Lee, her models, Jamal, and several other important people... keep an eye out! You make be able to see Vonnie and I in some photos somewhere out there! :D It was crazy though, there were so many flashes I didn't know where to look! T____T I'm hoping at least one of the pictures will turn out okay and that's the one I'll stumble across (if I do happen to chance across it).


Me, backstage!

And ehehe, I dunno what more to say about this xD 

 One of the awesome models and I--she's got such great attitude!

 Vonnie, Jake, and I--he was wearing heels, but even without them he'd be damn TALL! o___o


Jung Eun Lee and I. It took a lot of effort to get this picture! ><

Vonnie, Jamal, and I :)

I'm sure he'll never stumble across my meager blog, but I'd like to give a shout out to Jamal Abdourahman for being so awesome and making our time at Vancouver Fashion Week an incredible and unforgettable experience!

Hope you guys enjoyed reading this blog post as much as I did writing it!

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