Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Orange is the New Black

Now before you get on ahead with that title.. no.. I didn't watch the TV series yet although I heard many compliments about it~ heheh... but that's sort of where I'm deriving the title of this outfit from!

I don't have much orange clothes now that I think of it.. NEW SHOPPING MOTIVE!! (Just kidding, haha- I need to start saving for school too!!) Anyway.. the weather is so so hot today (and a bit humid)- it felt nearly like the warm, humid weather in Hawaii when I took a stroll down here in the evening! Loved the feeling.. gosh, how I miss Hawai!! 










Oh my gosh.. I love this setting so much!! Perfect shooting location for more outfits! Con is that my photographer (aka my sister(s)) didn't have a fun trip here walking! Oh, look.. I'm wearing my "walking shoes"! 






What I'm wearing: Top from China | Shorts from China | Hat from China | Roots Bag | Clarks Shoes

This light thin cardigan was absolutely perfect for the cooling evening! I honestly don't remember where it's from! :P but today was too hot to wear the cardigan! It's probably above 38 degrees Celsius including humidity!! Well, I love hot more than cold, so I'm going to embrace this weather while I can (crazy me, huh)?! ^^ *flips sticky hair in air* (I'm debating what sorts of short hairstyles should I go for as I have extremely thick hair!) 

Until next time!! Have a great day!

-Nicole 

Fun Links for Free Stuff!

Helloo there my sweets!! This post shall be a tad bit different than what I normally post (although I'm pretty sure there were a lot of different posts over the last few months)... but check out these two links below that I recently became interested in or found:


1. Free Class notes online! 
If you are attending college or university in the fall or soon, do visit this website: http://oneclass.com/a/288278 for free class notes online! (By the way, it's a referral link from me! :D) The notes may either be class notes, or some practice test questions, or anything- all uploaded by students! I'm so in love with this website and I think it's great for students!  

The Features:
  • Get free notes to study! You need to earn coins to study. Earn coins by either uploading notes (and more coins with more downloads of your notes) or by inviting friends to join you! Otherwise you can simply pay money to access the notes.
  • Get Paypal, H&M, Starbucks, or any other kind of giftcards! The more valuable information you upload, the more people download it for themselves; in return for more downloads, you get more "coins" and using those coins, you can get Paypal, H&M, Starbucks.. or any other sort of giftcard! :D Awesome, hey? Otherwise, you can use those coins to also download other people's notes! :) 


2. Free rice!
Are you not bored of summer yet? (Unless you are travelling or having all sorts of fun events.. then, I'm jealous of you..) I actually learned of this website a long time ago! You can increase your vocabulary while helping others: www.freerice.com

The Features:
  • Increase your vocabulary! Although now there are waay more different subjects such as Math, I still go for English most of the time as I need to improve on English!! Most of them are basically asking for synonyms/meanings.
  • Help end hunger! For each question you get correct, 10 grains of rice will be donated to help end hunger! Sounds a bit sketchy but after researching a bit more on it, I'm proud to say it's not a scam! Plus, what's the worse that can happen? You increase your vocabulary!

A screenshot from me, proving that this game can get a bit addicting, hehe...



Let me know if you checked out any of these links or if you have any other interesting, fun links! :) Until next time, have a great day loves! 

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Crop it with a Skirt

Eek, I can't believe I found a crop top from my Mom's old collection!! Haha, I actually remember seeing some pictures of my Mom rocking it when she was younger... she's still stylish! :P Anyway, I'm wearing this black crop top with a lace skirt, plus a denim jacket for the extra structured denim touch- quite a basic, easy outfit to put together if I do say so myself.. it should be great for school. 














And, I did quite a bit of shopping the other day, and I thought I'd like to share my haul! 

There was a sale in La Senza- these bras were only roughly $9 each- down from around $30-$35 each! 

1/3 of the shoes I bought- it was on sale for $29.99! 
A look from the front/side :) 

2/3 of the shoes I bought: the brand of this is Clarke, and I bought it in sears for $69, down from $109! I know it might not look really in style, but this I'm calling this my "walking shoes"- I know I can walk in this for a whole day without my feet hurting from it! It's so comfortable.;) 
 The third pair of shoes is not yet in my hands- I actually spotted it in Aldo, but my size was not in stock. I'm usually a size 7 to 8, but since I decided that pair of shoes would be great for winter, I sized up just in case I wore thick socks for the shoes; so, I ordered a size 8 and it should arrive within 3-6 business days! Can't wait to see and wear them!! Anyway, I can say that this shopping haul from yesterday was pretty successful, though still quite a bit pricy! 

Did you do any recent shopping hauls? Share them with me so I won't feel bad splurging so much, haha!!
Until next time~ have an amazing day!

Monday, 21 July 2014

What to NOT Wear to a Wedding (The Bride will never Forgive You)

Recently, I've been watching quite a lot of dramas, and believe me, most of them had at least one wedding scene! These days I pay more attention to wedding scenes to observe what the actors wear. Since high school ended, me and my friends keep signing each others' yearbooks, jokingly promising we'll become each others' bridesmaids or that we'll race to see who'll be the first to send out those wedding invitations. I'm not in a hurry, but I thought it'd be a nice and helpful post to give out some hints for attire on a wedding day of a friend's or closed one's!

Bridesmaids usually have matching dresses (or similar dresses) while guests usually have their own option of how they wish to dress. So, assuming you will be attending as a gust, here's a small tip from watching some wedding scenes: don't wear black- it may be interpreted as a bad omen; don't wear white either- too bright; dark coloured; or any bold dress that will outshine the bride on her big day!Light coloured dresses such as tan and beige are great choices for attending a wedding! Of course, these aren't actually laws fixed by the government, but it's a good head's up for future reference! 


And with that, I'd like to introduce www.victoriasdress.co.uk, a company that specializes in selling dresses of all sorts- prom dresses, evening dresses, formal dresses, cocktail dresses, bridesmaid dresses, wedding dresses... you name it. Here are my top 4 picks for dresses to wear to a wedding from their wide variety of dresses:

                                      
                                         
I'd more likely prefer to wear a short dress to a wedding. I have never been a big fan of long dresses until I started searching for them for my graduation banquet. For some reason, I used to think short dresses were "short and sweet" while long ones just drag all the way down to the floor and didn't look as attractive. Now, I can easily start gawking over the beauty of long dresses. However, wearing short dresses helps me be certain I won't be tripping over my own dress, learning from my experience of my banquet dinner that happened during the end of May (you won't be able to guess the number of times I had stepped on my dress). But otherwise, long dresses most certainly have their own beauty!  I'd definitely wear one of these two long dresses to a wedding:
                    
                                    

I tend to lean towards dresses that are simple with some small details; don't forget to accessorize if you feel your dress doesn't have some blingy shine to it! 

Any thoughts about my above suggested dresses? & any ideas about what to wear or what not to wear to a wedding?



Thanks for reading and enjoy your day! 



*FTC Disclaimer: Although this is a sponsored post, all opinions and thoughts expressed are my own.

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Plaid and Edgy with a Touch of Moon

Hi everyone! Today I opted in for an edgier, cool look with the tie-waist flannel. I can remember back in elementary when we'd have our spring jackets around our waist just so life would be easier during recess when we start getting warm. What a coincidence that Olivia of HerNameWasCelebration blogged about this recently, too- do check out her post on the That Jacket Tying Thing for a more feminine look on this trend and for our share of elementary days! ;) 

This moon phases tank top was bought a few months ago for five dollars from Winners! I remember buying this bag from Aritzia around four years ago- everyone was wearing it and I don't know what part of it I fell in love. So, when it went on sale for roughly 50% off, I bought it for almost $25 and so far, I've only used it as a "travel bag", aka a personal carry-on when riding the plane. It's really spacious but a downside might just be that it's heavy and you might easily (though not intentionally) bonk people's heads with it! Nonetheless, I think owning at least one of these sorts of large bags are also an advantage to a closet, too, right? 














Outfit Details:
Moon Tank Top: Winners
Plaid Shirt: Abercrombie & Fitch / Hollister (forgot- will update!) 
Denim Shorts: Urban Planet
Bag: Aritzia
Watch: vintage
Shoes: vintage

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Grainy Day | Aztec and Denim

Hi everyone! 

These past few weeks have been as hot and warm as ever, and considering the fact that we have eight months of snow here, we should cherish it; however, the hot weather has been harming mother nature- there were six wild fires ignited across our province so far during the past week! Perfect timing for the wind to come and blow those dust particles and the smell of smoke into our city... I was holding my breathe as I got these photos taken by my lovely sister! Tip #1: try to avoid the outside world as much as possible; tip #2: close windows and doors to avoid the odour and dust. Don't get me wrong- it's not deadly or anything- it's similar to that day when those trucks come and dust the roads! So these grainy days should be over soon! 




Anyway, here I am, sporting this used to feel quite baggy on me, but not so much anymore (Thank you, Grandma and Momma for the food and care!) aztec sweater with this denim skort, here in my backyard (do excuse the soil and debris by my apple tree). This sweater was bought around a year ago, when I went crazy online shopping, haha. I can control myself quite well nowadays, I'd say. I added my old watch I've been wearing since probably seventh or eighth grade and a pair of black flats with some studs on! I honestly can't believe I'm wearing a sweater in the summer... but today was quite a windy, cool day! 










Outfit Details:
Sweater: www.dresslink.com
Skorts, flats, watch, bag: forgot/old

Is the weather doing you any good wherever you are? No sweater for summer, I'm guessing? :P

Thursday, 10 July 2014

"An Experimental Beauty Haul"

Hey everyone! As I'll be leaving Edmonton for London, Ontario (nope, not the one in England), I started buying lots of beauty products in preparation. This haul was from last week's, featuring Sephora and The Face Shop.

Entire haul! 
The Face Shop: 3D Ampule Mask, Model Gel Patch, Rasberry Roots Collagen Eye Patch, black gel liner, Design My Eyebrow Dark Grey, Avocado Body lotion, 
I've bought most of these to try since I've never used them before in my whole seventeen years so far, haha. I'm actually really excited to try the Model Gel Patch for the smile and the Rasberry Roots Collagen Eye Patch (though I wanted the Bright Eyes Modelling Gel Patch, but it sold out). I also love the smell of the Avocado body lotion- love smoothing it over my skin right after I shower! I'm also still experimenting with the eyebrow pencil- it's really soft and it gives a nice colour to my eyebrows, though I'll probably opt in for a brown one next time instead of dark grey. 
Sephora: silver pencil eyeliner, black waterproof liquid eyeliner, daily makeup brush cleaner
 I seriously didn't even know there were brush cleaners out there! And I decided to get a silver pencil eyeliner for a tint of sparkle and colour for the eye.  


Claire's: ear cuff 
My friend got me a small little present for our meet up that day. I have never worn an ear cuff before and it looks so fun- I can't wait to try wearing it!  



 Hopefully I'll find a few products useful so I can then splurge on them in the next few weeks before I leave for university! 

Thanks for reading! 


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