Saturday, July 28, 2012

A Trip Downtown & Kensington Market

Yesterday I went to meet my friend Reggie, and we decided to go to Kensington Market downtown after having mentioned it a few times in the past. We started off by visiting Cafe Crepe for lunch which was at Queens Street also. I got a Strawberry w/Sugar simple crepe, which cost me like $6-7, I think. And Reggie got a simple Caramel crepe (which she devoured in like 5 minutes while we walked towards the intersection, lol). Mine was quite packed with strawberries. I didn't finish mine since I was impatient to go into the stores on the road, but I had enough to satisfy my crepe craving for the day, haha.

Then we went into the shoe stores along the road (Get Outside, Doc Martens, etc.) -- and I tried on a burgundy pair of Dr Martens, which I absolutely liked on me - but then I didn't like the price and feel of the hard leather. But then I found a pair I liked which were made of softer leather and were less clown-looking called the Nappa style (I think it's 1640s?) in size 7. I thought I was a size 8, because usually I am, but apparently DocMarts run a size smaller since they are expected to stretch. So yeah, that was one of the highlights of my shopping parts of the day. I found a pair of military-styled boots that I liked, and I think I will invest in them soon after this busy weekend is over.

So then we walked to Kensington. It was my first time going there. I thought I would have liked the vintage-looking old-style atmosphere but I found that it was more similar to the feeling of India's markets than the Southern... rodeo-kind of image I was thinking of. We got off at Queens Street West & Spadina, and then walked north-east past Chinatown, into Kensington Street. At first everything was very rustic-looking, with lots of older styled clothing boutiques. We even went into a store owned by (I think) Nepali people who were selling ethnic clothes. It was all incense and fabric inside, intense.

It was hot. So of course seeing an ice cream store meant that you had to get one. Lol. (Or maybe walking in meant that we did).

We had been walking for a while so I was literally melting in my skin. Pretty sure Reggie was too. So we decided to go for some ice cream at "Mr Icecream", which was alright. It was $3 for a small cup, which was really small when I first looked at it but then it turned out to be quite enough, actually.

I got Ferrero Rocher flavor, and Reggie got Raspberry. :3

We saw this cool graffiti-planted car on the street after crossing Mr Icecream. The insides of the car was filled with soil and plants. o_o. As was the trunk... and the front area...

Then we visited a big store which had a LOT of miscellaneous items, ranging from cups and candy to clothing and toys. I think we spent a good half an hour there, lol. (The AC definitely helped keep us in!)

After that we went to Pizzeria Libretto on Queens & Ossington.
Reggie'd had her 19th birthday lunch here two years ago and we left with a good memory. So we came back :) This time we ordered one featured vegetarian pizza and a White anchovy something pizza. The bread was really nice and light, and the ingedients weren't overwhelming or anything.
In total we split $39 and were completely bloated.

Left side: Feature pizza of the day - zucchini, goat cheese, basil, olives, and something else that I forgot. Right side: White anchovy pizza - anchovies, tomato, another kind of cheese?, lol.

Lastly we went to Nadège Patisserie, located at Queens St, between Ossington and Bathurst.
Right from the entrance I was impressed. The store looked clean, white, simple, but yet pretty cute. To be honest I didn't even notice the decor, because right away my attention was taken away by the desserts and sandwiches! XD lol.

We each bought 6 in a pack for $12.

And finally, Reggie opened her present (from like, two months ago, LOL). She's been talking about how she wanted to try these miniature Japanese food kits that she saw on youtube for a while now. So when I happened to spot these in a food store in the north and south ends of Pmall, I was so excited! 


"Ramen set"
After that we went to Eatons, because I wanted to shop for a few loose tops at Forever 21 & H&M. Lately I've been wanting more looser fitting clothes since I gained weight again and didn't feel comfortable in fitted clothes =_=. But I found three tops that I liked :) 

Overall, we had a good productive day! We went from OCAD, Cafe Crepe, past Chinatown, to Kensington Market, to Pizzeria Libretto, to Nadège, to Eatons Centre, and then home. :)

Lastly, a picture of Reggie and I from our impromptu travels on the TTC.


Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Herschel Backpack

So I realized that lately my blog has become some what of a ..what-did-I-buy-today-sort of blog. It's because I'm just so lazy to take pictures of myself actually wearing the items. Plus, I'm usually running late. Lol.

Anyway, yesterday I bought a new backback! :D

I got the Black Herschel Backpack from Little Burgundy.

Only ONE year limited warranty :( but not like I use warranties anyway, lol.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Everyday Minerals, July 2012

This is my second order from Everyday Minerals, though the first one was technically a half order since it was mainly samples. I ordered:
  • One foundation base in Light Medium
  • One soft bronzer
  • A double ended brush
  • & two mini sample blushes - which were on promo

I thought Light Medium was my shade, but why I didn't try out Light Medium before ordering the big size, I don't know. =_=. Actually, the LM sample was a bit darker than my skin colour so I had to mix it with Multi-Tasking Neutral sample to make it look lighter. But the big version seems to fit me fine o_o. Weird. (Or... I just got darker o_o weird again.) lol.

I'd say the coverage for this mineral base is sheer to medium. It's buildable so it differs. The "Semi-Matte" criteria DOES make my face look very moist after a few hours of wear... but "moist" is actually borderlining "oily" if I don't put loose powder over it. Though, no oxidizing, so the coverage stands.

The soft bronzer wasn't really very dark, so I suppose for lighter skinner people it'd be good for a natural look. But otherwise, ...I'm pretty sure if I went about two shades darker I could wear this as my foundation shade, lol.

I'm a fan of orange-toned blushes and lip products, so I wanted to try the coral blush "All Smiles". I was going to get the bigger product, but then with the promo going on at that time I decided to go for a bronzer in stead. Plus, I got Nature's Sweet Side along with it, which isn't really my style yet, but I could gift it to a friend~ so it was a good deal.

All Smiles looks really pink in this picture but it goes on more orange than pink. It looks really nice when I put it on since it is more orange-based. Kind of like giving my face some POP! of color.

I think I just found the orange blush I was looking for!

All Smiles

The double ended brush is nice, quite sturdy, but I find that the bristles are really anything out of the ordinary. It's soft enough, but not like... "wow" type of soft. Bought these for blush.

A problem with the sample blushes is that the containers are quite small. The small end of the dual brush seems to fit almost completely, which is fine. But the bigger end just barely fits.

So I use the smaller end to apply the colour, and then the fluffier end to blend it.

The bigger end of the dual brush dipped in All Smiles blush
The sizes compared to the Revlon 613 lipstick

A card that came with the package

And a promo coupon, which I'm probably not gonna use, so ... I'm just gonna leave it out here for anyone to use~

Will post pictures wearing these later, I'm so lazy right now, lol.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

New Macbook Pro Cover

Today I went to Pmall again, but this time with Charlene.
Got a new laptop cover/case for my 13" Macbook Pro (early 2011)!

I'd been using the Speck Transparent clear case, but tbh, I didn't ever like it... I just didn't feel confident enough to use colored cases a year ago =_=. And I totally should have gone with black. But anyway, yeah, so I got a new cover, finally, after almost a year :D

My favorite color since high school has always been purple and sometimes, pink. It seems though that lately I've been very much into pastels and natural/rural-toned feminine colours. So I'd been wanting a light pink case for a while now, but always felt afraid of getting attention (which, I don't even know why I'm so careful about, really =_=). I almost ordered a pink cover on eBay, like... multiple times, but I always backed out. But today since I was going to Pmall, and since I actually WAS going to buy a pink & purple case on eBay, I decided I might as well get it from Pmall (if I found a good price).

Which, I did. Got it for $13+tax.

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