Monday, July 20, 2015

Accidentally in love

 Eyelash lace skirt c/o Rosegal / Knit tank top from Mendocino / Silver collar necklace c/o Rosegal / White envelope clutch / Slingback wedge sandals from Winners

"You get what you pay for". Usually, people say this when they cheap out and regret buying something of ridiculously low quality. But I prefer to use this saying as a cautionary grain of salt. 

First off, I unintentionally chopped off my hair. I've complained about my barber before, and yes, I go to a barber to get my hair cut. But he's really nice and does a decent job for the price, so I went back. This time, I showed him a picture of the style I wanted and told him "2 inches off", which would leave my hair up well below my shoulders. The good news is that he did exactly the style that I showed him. The bad news is that he took 6 inches off my hair. I wanted so much to be mad, but all things considered, he did a really good job on a short hairdo.

And now we have Rosegal. I've bought from cheap online stores before, and with prices averaging between $5-$20, my expectations were super low. I was telling myself that for that price point, I should have low expectations. But I was absolutely pleasantly surprised. The lace skirt is opaque, the eyelash lash skirt is beautifully detailed and not frayed, and the silver necklace hasn't tarnished or broken. No, the material isn't super soft or anything, but for the price, it's no worse than anything you would get from Forever 21. 

I could pay premium prices for things like haircuts and clothes, but there's something oddly addictive about being uncertain on whether or not things are going to turn out as an expected shame or as a great surprise. I know online shopping can be a gamble sometimes, but I definitely recommend taking a change on Rosegal and all their items here!

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Monday, July 6, 2015

Sidewalks

Ribbed crop top from Forever 21 / Skirt from Suzy Shier / Triangle necklace c/o Lovely Wholesale

You know in those old movies that depict the future with hover cars and people running around in the same monotone outfits? I think we're getting close to that point. 

Here we are exclaiming about how modern and sleek the black, white, and grey trend is. But decades from now, people will be studying the 2010's and describing us as a culture that got sucked into the colourless life of conformity. 

I exaggerate, but I can't help but to think how I'll feel about the monochrome palette in a few years. Right now, I'm loving how versatile my closet is full of shades of black and white. But all this is probably going to seem really boring in a few years. It's summer, why aren't I decked out in vibrant colours? 

Also, please note that I didn't name this post "50 shades of grey". That's a pet peeve of mine. Hey bloggers, titling your post that really isn't that clever when 50 other bloggers (and an author) have done it. 

...Maybe a lack of colour makes me cranky.

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Camera phone shy

Embellished collar blouse c/o Lovely Wholesale / Polka dot skirt from Forever 21

I think I missed the memo on how to be a girl on technology. In the past 3 years, I think I've taken 10 selfies and 5 pictures of food. I absolutely hate using my phone to take pictures, so I'm not a fan of instagram, and I have very few photos of my day-to-day life.

My reasoning is that I spent good money on a DSLR, so all of my pictures should be taken with it to ensure top quality. But when I do take my camera to restaurants, I feel odd because it's so out of place using an actual camera to take food pics. And have you ever tried taking a selfie with a DSLR? It's a bit of an arm workout. So I'm too awkward to use an actual camera, but too much of misplaced rebel to use a camera phone.

Anyway, here are some non-selfies of me, and pictures of my food that I quickly snapped in an empty restaurant before the waitress approached my table. Anyone have any tips on getting over this camera fear?

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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Timekeeper

Dark wood watch c/o JORD / Blush blazer from Forever 21 / Denim boyfriend jeans from Target / Wooden sunglasses from Woodzee

I used to wear a watch all the time before the cell phones were a thing. Yes, remember that time? When you would actually have to wear a watch to tell the time, when you had to bring a camera if you wanted to take pictures, when you had to borrow a friend's phone (yeah, I'm not quite the payphone generation), etc.

I see people with their typical Michael Kors watches, but that hasn't even phased me to want a watch. We all have phones so we know you're not using it for function. It's not even that trendy because everyone has one of the same oversized gold style. But this wooden watch from JORD has definitely caught my attention.

I've already raved about my love for my wood sunglasses and now I have a new accessory to match. What I really love about this watch is that it mixes a classic wooden texture with a modern finish. The dark wood makes this watch a little dressier, but still a very eye-catching piece. The silver touches on the face finish off the watch's contemporary appeal.

JORD also offers men's watches, which I think are especially awesome. Wood and exposed gears? Now that's a statement watch. As my boyfriend described it, it's like "a Batman watch" - dark and intricate. Like I said, these are watches to really get excited about!

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Load me up

Split front top c/o Lovely Wholesale / White blazer c/o Lovely Wholesale / Denim shorts from Target / Quilted mint bag from LuLu's / Gold chain necklace & Stacked rings c/o Lovely Wholesale

Do I like this look? Yes. Am I likely to wear it again? Not unless I'm at the beach. 50% of the time, I dress up to go to work. Can't wear this top at work. 45% of the time, I dress up because I'm going for amazing food. Can't wear this top when I'm overindulging

I have a bone to pick with food. What cheap pretentious chef decided that "less is more"? I don't care how good your stupid slice of salmon on a cracker with some fancy sauce drizzled on is if it doesn't fill me up. I just can't justify paying $50 for tiny portions. For me, the best food tastes great and fills me up beyond a point of comfort. If my pants aren't fitting as well as they did when I walked in, it's been a good meal. And for that to happen, I'm gonna need a shirt that covers the extra 5 lbs in food I'm carrying with me.

Also, yay, floating nav bar! Let me know what you think or if it looks weird on your screen. My coding skills are a little rusty, but I'm pretty proud of it. 

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Review: Tangle Teezer vs Wet Brush


Full disclosure, I don't think I've brushed my hair in 3 years. Half of that is just a fear of having half my hair fall out while I try to comb through it. There's something unsettling about trying to get through a tangle, then seeing a clump of your hair in the brush after. I'd rather live with tangles than see that. I have thin hair so I don't get huge tangles, but my hair does break very easily when brushed or combed.

Thanks to Nail Polish Canada, I had the chance to review two of the top brushes that everyone has been buzzing about: The Wet Brush and the Tangle Teezer.


First up, the Tangle Teezer.

Pros:

  • Bristles are thin and goes through hair easily. When there's a knot, the bristles are flexible and braise through the hair easily, which prevents harsh tugging on tangles. This does mean that it takes a bit longer to brush out tangles, but it's definitely less painful. 
  • Portability. Fits in the palm of your hand, so it's a good size to throw into your bag on the go.
Cons:

  • There's no handle, which isn't for everyone. I can see the benefit where it feels like holding the brush gives you more control, but I find it a bit awkward when I like to brush under or upwards onto my hair. 
  • Makes my thin hair super staticky. The plastic bristles on my dry hair creates instant frizz. My hair doesn't look dry or damaged from brushing, but frizz is frizz. 


And the Wet Brush.

Pros:

  • Combs through smoothly. The bristles grip hair firmly enough, but without tugging too hard. 
  • Classic brush style with the handle makes it easy to use. 
  • Since the brush is made for wet hair, you get really smooth hair right after you wash it that will last for a good amount of time.
  • Keeps hair looking healthy. I find that there's less breakage here than with a typical brush that pulls knots straight out of the follicle. 

Cons:

  • The only real con is that since it works nicely, I'm skeptical about whether or not it's the brush or whether it's the fact that my hair is fresh and conditioned, which could make it easier to brush through anyway.



Conclusion: I'd go with the Wet Brush. If you have thin hair, brushing your hair while wet is definitely best. No matter how good the bristles of the Tangle Teezer are, I just can't get over how frizzy it makes my hair.

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Sunday, May 10, 2015

Ramblings of a bridesmaid


Maybe I'm not mature enough to understand the idea of willingly spending a ton of time and money on a friend's wedding, but I've got a bone to pick about being a bridesmaid. What's the deal with the custom where a bride chooses the dress, hair, and makeup for the bridesmaids, but doesn't pay for it? I get that the bride has her plate full with buying dinner for 200 guests and such, but the bridesmaids are supposed to adhere to appearance standards, help out with wedding tasks, throw a bridal shower, and they have to cover all those costs? 

Weddings can be a serious strain on the wallet if you're a bridesmaid. Hey brides, please do everyone a favour and pick dresses that can actually be worn again. That being said, just because it's a short dress, doesn't mean it can be worn again. Satin dresses that are bedazzled with jewels are probably too eye-catching to reuse as a guest at another wedding. And that bright lime green colour? It may look good for your wedding, but once lime green is out of season/style, it's just not functional. 


Brides, your bridesmaids want some flexibility! Instead of forcing your girls to buy the same dress at a high-end store for an upwards of $150, let them explore other options like finding a bridesmaid dress online.

If you're worried about sizing from an online store, I figured that even if I needed a few alterations, it would still be cheaper than paying regular retail price. Anyway, I think I've ranted enough. I've included some snaps from the bridal shower I co-hosted. And a few dresses that I'd be happy to wear as a bridesmaid. Simplicity? Timeless colours? Ability to dress down the dress? Yes please.

*Also, last few days to enter my giveaway for a custom teeth whitening kit, so get your entries in now!

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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Giveaway: Win a brighter smile with a teeth whitening kit valued at $140


I tend to scoff whenever I hear the term "pearly whites". I don't know about you, but I don't think I would actually describe my teeth as white. When I cut out coffee and use whitening toothpaste, they can become "whiter", but never actual white. They say that a smile is contagious, but I think that part of that has to do with the dazzle of the smile itself.

I tried whitening strips before, but they tasted awful, were kind of slimy and gross, my teeth were really sensitive after, and the bleach burned my gums. With this in mind, I was instantly impressed about how easy and personalized Smile Brilliant's process was. With custom teeth trays that are crafted by dental technicians, you don't need to visit a professional with a hefty $500+ price tag. You get convenience, comfort, and great results right from home!
Step 1: With your pre-paid postage envelope, send your teeth impressions back to Smile Brilliant with their molding kit. A few days after, you'll receive your custom-fit teeth trays that are tailored to your mouth only.
Step 2: With the syringes provided, add teeth whitening gel to your tray.

Step 3: Wear your tray for at least 45 minutes. Smile Brilliant says that wearing the tray for 3 hours provides maximum results. Your teeth don't get any brighter from wearing it for longer than 3 hours, so don't worry, you can't accidentally end up with a freakishly bright smile that glows under a blacklight (à la Ross).

Bonus: When you put the whitening gels in the fridge, they have a shelf life of 2 years, so you could even save your gel to make sure that you have white teeth for special occasions.


Want whiter teeth and a more stunning smile? Now's your chance! 

I'm giving you the chance to win a $139.95 store credit to Smile Brilliant! With that amount, you can get yourself their full teeth whitening package, which includes:
  • A teeth whitening tray 
  • Impressions mold
  • 3 whitening gel syringes + 3 desensitizing gel syringes (great for sensitive teeth!);
  • Or 6 whitening gel syringes 
Just leave your name and email in this form and follow me @sincerelysab or on bloglovin'.

Contest closes on May 14. It's open internationally, but prepaid postage for custom impressions is only available to US residents. 
Good luck!



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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

In combat

 Midi accordion skirt from M for Mendocino / Black boyfriend blazer from H&M / Black combat boots

I don't always wage war against a company, but when I do, it's over a pair of shoes. You know that feeling when you ho and hum over something you kinda want, then come back to it and it's gone? I experienced that last weekend. Except that it wasn't my fault. I swear.

So here's my story. I've been hunting for a pair of comfortable low heels for months now to wear to a wedding I'll be attending in May. Long, long story short, The Bay's website was having technical issues in 3 different places. I'm less irate when people own up to an issue. But when two customer service reps don't believe me, that's when the gloves come off.

I swear I'm usually not this insane, but when a company keeps saying "we'll call you" and never does, I have no choice but to call them. Every other day. What, I wanted to make sure that I got my cheap comfortable shoes on time! After today, I kind of felt like I was in one of those stereotypical relationship situations. They say they'll call, they don't, and I'm left wondering if it seems too needy and desperate if I'm the one to call. Oh good grief, is this what awkward dating is like?

Anyway, after a week-long battle and over 60 collective minutes of being on hold, my heels are being shipped to me. I win.

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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Shopping at home

Brown Twill Pencil Skirt / Plum faux leather jacket / White sweater from H&M / Black combat boots

I was bored the other day and went shopping in the spare closet. You know the one -- it's rarely opened, used to store the stuff that you don't really need/use but hold on to because you might need it someday. In my house, this closet holds clothes. And I found skirts! Specifically, this twill skirt that I've finally taken a liking to now that I value work clothes. The skirt (and every other skirt on the hanger) was my mom's from the 90's. 

Gotta say, it makes me feel kind of old sometimes that we're at a point in time where a decade that I grew up in has actually cycled back to become trendy again. But the benefit of being a mild packrat is that I don't have to buy anything to be on trend this season. Hello, long jackets with shoulder pads! Yes to midi skirts! 

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