Wednesday, September 17, 2014


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Since high school, I've made sure that I dressed nicely and said things like "oh crackers" instead of swearing so I'd be fully prepared for the work world. But the place I work at now can best be described as anti-corporate. All sorts of language flows freely and I'm thinking about showing up in sweatpants (nicely styled, of course). Since I work somewhere that does't expect me to be in a pencil skirt with hair tied back everyday, I've been tempted to be rebellious since I never went through that stage during my teens. In keeping up with my previous post of subtle badassery, I've been contemplating wildly coloured hair. Except that my rebellious side takes a backseat to my laziness though because I can't be bothered to upkeep hair like this. Oh, and since I'm asian, I risk looking like an anime character. That's a big factor too.

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

College dropout

Short black blazer / White corduroy shorts from West49 / Studded bag / Chain necklace 

After being in school for nearly two decades of my life, it's a bit weird that I'm not going back to school this year. After finishing my undergrad, I decided to take another two years at college. I knew that I wanted a job in digital marketing, but I wanted a way to stand out in this competitive market. So I thought that learning how to code and design would give me an edge.

Only one term into college, I had the feeling that it wasn't for me. Sure, I was learning stuff, but it was at a slow pace and I had a feeling that I wouldn't learn enough in two years to make it in the real world. After talking to my profs about these concerns, I got the impression that school politics favoured low failure rates over exceptional success rates. That's not how people get a proper education, which is the point of higher education after all. For the record, my profs were awesome at honestly telling me about the curriculum and guiding me towards a better direction for my goals. That's something I definitely recommend: talking to the right people.

So I spent my second term applying for jobs and sending out resumes. For 4 months. Job hunting while still in college was probably my best move. I said that if I found a good job, I'd stop taking classes. But in the meantime, I would still be learning great skills. At the end of my first year, I ended up finding a great job, so I officially became a proud college dropout. Yes, being a college dropout has a negative connotation. That connotation almost made me feel like I was giving up on education. But I'm proud of dropping out at the right time where I grabbed a few skills and avoided wasting any more time and money.

Not that any of that matters because my workplace hired me because of this blog.

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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Belated summer

Blue top from American Apparel / Long vest from Joe Fresh / Brown shorts from Forever 21 / Wood sunglasses from Woodzee

All summer long, I've been complaining about the weather not being summery and hot enough. Now September has finally rolled in and summer temperatures have finally arrived. I spent a day over the long weekend at the beach, which does not actually deserve to be called a beach. Just because it has a patch of gravel and thin sand, doesn't mean it's a beach. I've been craving the outdoors all summer long but once it was out there, I remembered that I hate the humidity, I hate the beating sun, and I hate sweating. So I took a different approach the day after and enjoyed the outdoors during a short walk to a local 50's style restaurant for a strawberry milkshake. Enjoying the outdoors from the comforts of the shaded indoors? Now that's the kind of summer I want. 

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

How to: Wear a summer dress in the fall

Since this summer has been so chilly, I planned to do a nice little post today on what to wear for the early fall. But we finally had one of the hottest days of the season today, so now I'm a little conflicted. A summery day is wonderful, but I was already getting excited for layers and chunky pieces.

My point was that instead of packing up those pretty summer dresses already, you could squeeze a bit more life out of them by styling them for the fall weather. One of my favourite things to do lately is to throw on a dress and then lazily slap a sweater over it. I'm also a fan of contrasting a dainty dress with heavy combat boots, which is also great because combat boots are super functional for dreary rainy days. For colder days, I'd pair the look with a bold coat. Patterned and coloured outerwear make the season more vibrant in a sea of black leather jackets and green military jackets (yeah, you know the one I'm talking about!). I prefer this deep rich green, which is still subtle enough to be worn with anything. But for now, I guess I'll enjoy this freak heatwave. And remind me not to complain about melting and sweating because I just remembered that I absolutely hate the cold of Canadian weather. This cute layered look only lasts for about a month before I give up and bundle myself up like an abominable snowman. 

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Sheer madness

Navy blouse c/o Lovely Wholesale / Lace skirt from Shop Ruche / Studded black bag / Navy Keds sneakers 

I'd like to take this time to highlight the importance of having good lighting in your room. I got ready for work thinking I had a nice little outfit going on. It wasn't until after I got off work that I was informed that my shirt was fairly see-through. Oh, the shame! I work in an office with big bright windows and I'm pretty sure that lighting situation brought some unwanted highlights to my outfit. So thanks to dim lighting in my room (and maybe not enough caffeine), I didn't see that my bra was visible. Terrific. 

In other news, I won a gift card to Shop Ruche about a year ago from Lot 65. I've been waiting for my friends to get married so I could buy something accordingly, but I got tired of waiting and went for this skirt while it was on sale. It's so pretty, but I gotta say that I'm disappointed that it fits a bit too tight. On the site, the measurements fit my usual size. But with this skirt on, it constricts my ribs and leaves a purple ring around my torso from cutting the blood circulation. Ugh, I hate inconsistent sizing.

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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Accidentally on purpose

Chiffon floral shorts c/o Lovely Wholesale / Beige blouse from Necessary Clothing / Wedges from Pac Sun

This is one of my new favourite looks: the half-buttoned shirt. I'd like to tell you that it was my genius idea where I didn't button up the last few buttons on purpose to show off the colour of the top underneath, but I'm not that creative. I think I got distracted while I was getting ready, realized I was late, and ended up walking out the door like this. But the look works, so I have no issues. I was actually out for lunch with the boyfriend the other day and he noticed that I didn't line up the buttons with the holes properly. " this some kind of new fashion statement or did you just put on your shirt wrong today?" Yeah...I'm kinda glad that I can use fashion as an excuse for my absent-mindedness.

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Floral blazer

Floral blazer c/o Lovely Wholesale / Hot pink top from Jacob / White denim shorts from West49 / Brown wedges from Pacsun

Floral blazers are one of those things that I've been reluctant to buy. Once they go out of style, they become absolutely tacky and unprofessional. But I've been saying this for the past 3 years and florals are still in style. It might go out of fashion soon, but in the meantime, it's definitely a head-turning talk piece. 

In other news, let me brag about my shoes. They were 95% off or some ridiculous number like that. When I first tried them on, they had a tag that said that they were on sale for $13.99 so I thought...well hey, I might as well get them for that cheap. So I go to the cashier and she tells me that they're $3.99. Now, I have no idea what kind of insane sale this was, but I was very happy about it. I actually had to keep myself from bursting out loud laughing from joy. It was like one of those cheesy commercials about the shopper being stupidly excited about low prices. 

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Damage control

Spiked blouse from Forever 21 / Messenger bag from Asos / Denim shorts from Necessary Clothing / Lace shoes from H&M

A month ago, I got bitten by a mosquito and it ended up swelling up like mad into a disgusting blister after an allergic reaction. I ended up spending Canada Day in the most Canadian way possible -- in a walk-in clinic with my free healthcare. So here if you plan on being a doctor, here are some things that your patients don't want to see/hear: 
  • Please don't walk into my appointment wearing a Polo and Nike runners. I need the comfort from the authority of a lab coat. 
  • After I tell you what's wrong, don't ask me how I want to tackle it. You're supposed to tell me. That's why I'm here! 
  • Don't ask me whether I want oral antibiotics or a cream. Then when I ask what works better, don't go into another room "to check"...I assume you're on Google/Wikipedia. 
  • "Oh hey, maybe it is infected!" is not an effective form of diagnosis. 
So after wearing gauze for 2 weeks, I ran out of gauze and had to use a ghetto paper towel with tape over my blister so I wouldn't scare women and children. I'm down to a bandaid now, which is actually pretty exciting. I don't do sports and I essentially live in a bubble, so this is the first time I've been "injured" in 15 years. So, I have the injury mentality of a 7 year old and was freaked out the whole time. Thank goodness my booboo is better!

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Everything in transit

Floral dress c/o Lovely Wholesale / Scalloped bag from asos / Lace sneakers from H&M

Ever get so nostalgic that you forget where you are? It's my first summer away from Ottawa in three years. Toronto is nice and all, but there's nothing quite like living close to a river while still being within walking distance to downtown. Luckily, I've found Dundas (a western suburb of Hamilton). Downtown is lined with unique little shops and food places tucked into cute small town architecture. Strolling through the streets, it reminds me so much of Ottawa's Glebe. Sometimes, I'll have glimpses of "whoa wait, where am I again?" In a good way. It's the feeling of familiarity. Hopefully, getting a chance to visit familiar surroundings will help with distracting forms of nostalgia. Like when I'm at work and a song from an Ottawa-area band comes on. Then I find myself staring off into the distance reminiscing, which is probably not good for productivity. Hopefully to my coworkers, I just look like I'm deep in thought...

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014


Colorblock dress c/o Lovely Wholesale / Black and cream bag from Tacicco

What's the point of buying shorts and cute skirts anymore when I can only wear them 2 days out of the week? With a steady work schedule now, I've been trying to only buy dresses that are work-appropriate. This dress is my new favourite work dress, even though it's a bit too tight at the bust. Which is highly unusual since my dresses are usually drooping down at the chest because of my lack of...area there.

In other news, I was out with the boyfriend the other night and I had a rather interesting interaction with the waitress. She only looked at me to take my order. Every other time, whether it was greeting us, taking our drink order, checking to see how to meal is, and handing us the bill, she never addressed me. So was this some old school thing where she only assured that the guy would get a good experience because he's the one that would be paying? Or is my face seriously that mean and unwelcoming that even a waitress, who is paid to be pleasant, doesn't want to break the ice? Either way, I'm kind of amused by the situation, but it doesn't look good for me.

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