Spring 2011 Wishlist & Trends

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Monday, February 28, 2011
I figured I should start March with a few spring trends that I'm hoping to invest in (bonus if they transition to summer). And a quick FYI, I've been loving camel/caramel/kahlua shades.

Marc by Marc Jacobs Bianca Satchel // Viktor & Rolf Trench Cape // Gucci shades - Retrosun // Bec & Bridge Scouts Honor Dress // Dolce Vita Edda Embroidered Sandals // Luv Aj Fool's Gold Barette // Alexis Bittar Liquid Gold Hinged Cuff // Kain T-Shirts // Cosabella Printed Soft Bras

Some wündermuffins for the day:
+ These two songs are my new crack: Give Me Everything (thanks Kim) & On the Floor (Lambada, FTW)
+ This Swedish girl's blog: Maja Tanna [I don't know why I use winter as an excuse to look frumpy. These Swedes put me to shame; them and their mountains of snow.]
+ Forever21 did pretty knock-offs of the Miu Miu shoes from 2 seasons ago. Downside: I can't find them online in Canada. Merde. [via DulceCandy]
+ Pet peeve: When clothing lines don't all stick to the same size guides. I manage to fit in size 0-4, and 5.5 -7 (shoes). Hence why I'm always weary of online shopping.
+ Rebecca Minkoff Passport Wallet: the name is so deceiving- this is actually my ideal clutch. Hoping it'll be my March purchase. I haven't been keeping on schedule with the buying hiatus this month.
+ YSL's Parisienne: want. It's similar to my Jeanne Lanvin which is my all-time favourite.
+ How to plan effectively: great post on organizing your time. Considering I've squandered most of my reading week on NYC, and reading blogs... I needed this wake-up call.

It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare; It is because we do not dare that they are difficult. -Seneca

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Sunday, February 27, 2011
traSometimes I wonder if I've repeated my blog title quotes... hmmm. Anyway, I just finished re-tweeking the layout; mostly adjustments that only I notice and no one else does. But I DID IT! Go productivity! Moving along... here are a few more NYC photos. I'm trying to avoid the typical touristy shots of places you've seen before, hence the pizza and lizards (whattt? Yes.. keep scrolling.)

Regardez! I spotted the Waterford Crystal Times Square New Year's Eve Ball. [Holy mother of adjectives!]

Who doesn't like shiny red bikes?
The second reason (after Topshop) why I agreed to freeze my bum off in NYC: broccoli, mushroom, zucchini pizza in Greenwich Village.
Chandeliers in tourist information centres.. no big deal.

The Guggenheim- I know, typical tourist locale. However, that dreamy aura before you was created by a fogged up lens. Boom. Nature >Photoshop.

A Mexican restaurant with wicked doorhandles.

That is all. I bid thee adieu.

The heights by great men reached and kept were not obtained by sudden flight. But they, while their companions slept, were toiling upward in the night. - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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Thursday, February 24, 2011
Hey everyone,

I'm back from NYC! I've linked my mini-haul with tag.loudly, so tell me if you like it or not. I'm debating whether to continue using it [UPDATE: TAG.LOUDLY WAS FREEZING AND SLOWING DOWN MY BLOG; I'VE REMOVED ALL TAGGED PHOTOS]. Over the next week I'll be posting some NYC pics, along with my regular photos. I hope everyone is doing well! Nothing exciting on my end- there is just a whole lot of studying happening.

{If any of your are near a Bergdorf Goodman, there is a 40-60% off sale occurring. I picked up those sandals for $200, compared to $400. }
{My pet fish, Baudouin. It took 15 mins just to a semi-decent shot of him. Restless little bugger.} 
Here are a few wündermuffins for Thursday:
* One of my favourite dubstep songs + routine: Optimus Prime.
* This article: Abandon Resolutions. Stop looking for a soulmate. Reject positive thinking. - Oliver Burkeman
* Ballet Exercise: Natalie Portman's Black Swan Workout
* Eyelet Keds for the spring/ summer. 
* A cute café I would like to sit in: Crema Coffee Co. (which I found via  fellow Torontonian Katie - beautiful, clean-cut, vintage-feeling blog.)
That's it for now. Have a great weekend!

There is something in the New York air that makes sleep useless. -Simone De Beauvoir

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Saturday, February 19, 2011
Hope you're all fine and dandy! Forgive the blog layout for the next couple weeks- I'm in the process of reinventing my virtual abode. And I just got mini-business cards (will post about them once they arrive). Anyway, I'm heading to NYC Sunday morning, so I'm leaving you all with a list of wündermuffins [tips & info I find useful, or learned through trail& error]:

- YogaRat: Creators of eco-friendly yoga mats that are compact, comfortable, affordable, and well-designed. One of the reasons I've remained faithful to my strength-training is that I've bought fun exercise gear.
- "If you suffer the heinous habit of constantly saying “I’m sorry” (a real career killer, right up there with downing a flask of vodka before important meetings), take your pathetic “I’m sorry” and start adding three words: “I’m sorry…I’m so brilliant.” “I’m sorry…I’m so stunning.” “I’m sorry…I’m so miraculous.” E. Jean's 25 Things Every Woman Should Know
- Drink green tea everyday. Check out the health benefits here.
- Nadège: I already tweeted about their delicious tufts of heaven (read: macaroons), but I just recently ate their croissant sandwiches and I almost died... of taste-bud happiness. -_- 
- Lucubration: laborious study, work, thought, etc. especially at night. (This is a word every college student should know. Example: During midterm season, all I do is lucubrate.)
- The Globe & Mail's "Tips for taking great travel pictures" - thanks H!
- I'll repeat this again: get a face brush. It has been the cheapest, yet most useful skincare tool I've ever purchased. What a difference. I haven't even broken out during my hormonal fluctuations. AMAZING!
- Another interesting response by E. Jean (she's great, you should check out all of her posts) on How to deal with reverse weight-discrimination
- Madewell: they have the best wardrobe essentials I've seen in one location. Just last month I purchased this striped shear blouse, and I'm hoping to pick up a few other pieces in Soho.

And finally, the winner of the Lub Lub contest is #27.
Lindsay, you didn't leave an e-mail and I'm not linked to a profile; 
please message me back. I'll re-do the random.org on Wednesday if I'm winner-less!
Congrats!

50 Classics for your Closet

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Thursday, February 10, 2011
     Obviously, I should be studying for next week's midterms, but the internet has provided me with more entertaining, albeit menial activities. Today, I present to you the 50 Classics for your Closet, courtesy of Matchbook Magazine. I've continuously referred to this guide over the past 2 weeks, because I am composing a list of items to purchase in NYC. [I've got 0 on the list so far; maybe I can buy cheap air from the street vendors.]
     Nevertheless, I think these may be handy for the few of you who are always bogged down by selection, and guilty of impulse buying. Remember, if not all of these pieces fit your style, remove them and add a timeless piece that fits your body type.. (I removed the khaki trousers, the tunic, and the shirt dress, and replaced all 3 with one item: high waisted, paper bag style shorts in khaki or taupe. Oh and those frumpy striped PJs...ladies, you deserve a silk teddy instead.) Enjoy!

And...this pasta looked delicious. I couldn't NOT share. 
Don't forget to enter the jewelry giveaway! You've got until Feb 17. =D


Chantelle

$50 Giveaway: Lub Lub Jewelry

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Saturday, February 05, 2011
Hola tout le monde!
Omg, deux foreign languages in one sentence. Que loco! I hope everyone has been doing well, if not.. send me a message. I love hearing people's problems; I'll be your virtual shrink. Anywho, today I am posting about my most used jewelry. The items included below are't the extent of it, but the lighting changed between shots, and I didn't want to break the pink-y aura of cool these had. ^-^

{Traditional Portuguese necklace and earrings. These designs are the continuation of hundreds of years of folkloric jewelry. They're the most unique pieces I have, because not many North Americans even know such beautiful things exist!}

{The Bimba& Lola leather wrap bracelet with gold hardware is a fun piece to wear. I usually sport it with a monochrome outfit. The necklace is a vintage Nina Ricci piece my mother had lying around. I unfortunately snapped the lock a while back, so it has been hibernating in my treasure chest. Hopefully I'll get it repaired soon.. when my laziness leaves me for good.}
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The following two beaded bracelets have been on my wrist since I received them 3 weeks ago. They're known as LubLub Stackers, and I chose 2 warm shades with a bohème feel to them. Chantelle is getting ready for the 70's style revival for S/S 2011! (If anyone spots low-rise flared jeans, shoot me an e-mail/tweet/comment. I'm interested =D). Fellow Torontonian Laura S is the owner & creator of Lub Lub, and she was kind enough to offer a $50 give-away to my readers.

{The beads of the bracelet on the left sparkle gold in the light. Sorry I couldn't capture that with my camera. I need goddamn DSLR classes. I'm actually thinking of adding one more bracelet sans a charm to pop between these two. Three seems like a lucky number.}

Giveaway details
- worldwide 
- leave a comment with 'enter me'
- leave your e-mail address too! =D
Additional information:
If you subscribe to Lub Lub's newsletter you will receive $5 off your future order, 
and if you invite additional friends, you will receive $2 off per friend.
This means you can add even more to your giveaway prize of $50.

DEADLINE: February 17, 2011