ShopBop Winner + Random Photolog

Saturday, October 30, 2010
Hi everyone,

I just got home... and as promised, I'm announcing the winner of the ShopBop give-away:
Michelle Elaine (#11) from

*Here's the picture; it's out of 91 because 4 entries were past the deadline and 1 was a accidental comment repeat. 

And here are random photos from my iPhoto library:
 My bedroom wall... yes, I'm the bebe on the left.

Vintage chairs at a street festival in '09.

St. Lawrence Market in the evening.

Mango chicken @ Matahari Bar & Grill (It was so delicious! I only have two favourite meals, and both can be found on Baldwin St.) Thanks H!

NYC skyline from the Empire State Building in Sept '09.

ShopBop Giveaway $100

Monday, October 18, 2010

Hey everyone,

I FINALLY have a give-away for international entries! *raise the roof, raise the roof* ShopBop has sponsored $100 gift card giveaway for one of my readers this month- you can purchase whatever you would like! I'm pretty excited, to be honest. I've been scanning through their website for a few examples of great fall/winter bags, but keep in mind they sell every fashion essential as well. [Mohair oversized sweater and thigh high boots? Check.]

Lauren Merkin $195 - Rebecca Minkoff $395 - Linea Pelle $225 - Temperley London $695 - Tory Burch $365

(don't deny it, they match your whole wardrobe)

Pour La Victoire $565 - Juicy Couture $178 - Felix Rey $495 - Marc by Marc Jacobs $498

oversized handbags
(aka. what to carry your textbooks in)
J.W. Hulme Co. $506 - Rebecca Minkoff $395 - Alexander Wang $775 - Marc by Marc Jacobs $198

ShopBop also has a blog... I love blogs: shopbop blog.

So here are the rules:
 1. Comment to place an entry. One per person.
 2. International readers welcome - BUT there's a restriction on Pennsylvania bloggers. (Sorry guys!)
 3. It's running for 10 days only: October 18- October 28 11:59 pm EST.
 4. I'll be using a random # generator after removing the entries that do not comply with the rules above. It makes it       
 more fair.



One who understands much displays a greater simplicity of character than one who understands little. - Alexander Chase

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Hey everyone,

Here's a quick outfit post from the Thanksgiving day long weekend. I rediscovered my black leather bag (which is back on rotation for Saturday and Sunday outings), and I took my black wedge sandals for their last run. *tear*
Onto more exciting news, I'm hoping to do another give-away soon! I've let a couple slip through my hands, because I can't focus on too many things at once. I get anxiety -_- like a bad sunburn. Anyway, fingers-crossed that I'll pull through. Toodles!


Life is like a game of cards. The hand that is dealt you represents determinism; the way you play it is free will. - Jawaharal Nehru

Thursday, October 07, 2010

images: bridget d

Just some more pictures from my trip to Europe. I'm thinking of doing a 'favourites of the month' post soon, just an idea I've been throwing around. Nothing special to write today. I'm hoping the next post will be infinitely more exciting! Toodles ^-^


P.S. I totally need to go to the gym and bulk up. Me..bulk up. Hahaha.... *dies
P.P.S. I want to learn Japanese!

And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair. -Khalil Gibran

Friday, October 01, 2010

Hey everyone,

I've been getting a lot of comments and e-mails lately regarding my hair, so I've decided to dedicate this post to the products I use the most. First off, I must tell you about mes cheveux: it's long, it's wavy, ~60% is quite dry and damaged (from colour and plain callousness on my part), and it's thin. I'm also prone to dry scalp, and sometimes oiliness. With this in mind, here are a few products that have worked the best for me:

A: L'ORÉAL Professionnel Vitamino Color [Expert série]- color protecting shampoo.
     It smells fantastic, and it has a double-protection system for coloured hair with incell hydro-resist (a UV filter for hair, including derivatives of Vitamin E and Magnesium). I wash my hair twice with this product before proceeding to B.

B: L'ORÉAL Professionnel Absolut Repair [Expert série]- repairing masque for very damaged hair
     I use this hair masque as my conditioner. It's meant to stay in for 2-3 minutes, which is the amount of time it takes to comb my hair. It does not smell as floral as the vitamino shampoo; it's got a 'this means business' chemical smell, so you know it's going to work. The masque contains neofibrine- according to the tub that's "a unique combination of Bio-Mimetic Ceramide, natural wax, shine perfecting agents, and a UV filter". Basically, it's responsible for making my hair manageable, shiny, and quite soft. It's my favourite product from the five shown above.

C: L'ORÉAL Professionnel Tecni Art Liss Control - smooth control gel cream
     I won't swear by this product, but rather any styling product that's a mixture of gel & cream. It's the secret to defining my waves sans frizz. Frizz is the enemy, and I hate it. I just used the tecni art one a couple times while I was at the salon, and it's pretty awesome. The one I'm currently using (actually, it finished this morning) was from a drugstore brand. I'll most likely be purchasing the L'ORÉAL one this week. Gel creams not only eliminate frizz, but they do it without hardening your hair (only chips should be crunchy, ladies), and sans white residue. They're genius.

D: L'ORÉAL Professionnel Tecni Art Digit Gloss - styling gloss for added shine
     I only use this after straightening my hair. It removes my tiny fly-aways whilst boosting my 'shiny hair' factor by 20. Great styling product, and it smells very lovely. This product is a b**** to find online, so I substituted the photo for the wax gloss... they're not the same product, but I'm sure they do the same job.

E: Mon Platin's Dead Sea Minerals (DSM) Black Mud Hair Mask - dual purpose treatment for hair & scalp
     Alright, let me tell you about Mon Platin: it's organic, it does not damage your hair or cause product build-up, and it's from Isreal. I used the DSM Obliphica line all winter because I was a) in love with the smell, and b) having trouble with dry scalp. With regards to the Black Mud Mask, here's some information that perfectly summarizes what it does, "Based on natural Dead Sea mud acclaimed for its revitalizing powers, the carefully balanced ingredients help stimulate hair growth. An ideal anti-dandruff treatment that helps combat sensitive scalp and hair loss. Contains aloe vera, jojoba oil, pro-vitamin B5 and Vitamin E." It smells like mint, and I use it whenever I take a bath; it's suppose to stay in for 10+ minutes. Quick tip: wash it ALL OFF, especially it you're using it as a scalp treatment. If not, your hair will get oily!

  *Mon Platin is also responsible for my infatuation with Caviar hair masks. I get them done at the salon whenever I go in for a colour, and my hair smells like baby powder & puppy love for 7 days. Not to mention it feels like silk, and people around me tend to impulsively stroke my hair. It's awesome. I recommend getting the treatment done at the salon (although you can buy a tub and do it at home), because you're put under the hair dryer for 20-25 mins. The heat really helps the product penetrate better. Just my two cents. =)

** Another aside, because Mon Platin is slightly harder to find in North America, high-end salons that do sell the products tend to jack up the prices 70%. Do your research, then purchase. These are REALLY AFFORDABLE good quality products (which is quite unheard of, anywhere), so don't get ripped off.


images: from associated links
* I blurred out the background spectators just to protect their privacy. I have no idea who they are.