Winter Survival Kit | The Necessities

December 8, 2014 § Leave a comment

I’ve compiled a list of must-haves for the winter season! While I’ll mention a few things about the specific brands that I’m using, I’m definitely advocating the item itself and any substitute brand that you prefer is definitely fine! Okay–let’s get started!image

Starting clockwise:

1. Hand cream // Right now, I’m alternating between H20’s Spa hand cream and my all time favorite True Blue “Look Ma, New Hands” hand cream from Bath & Body Works. I am actually so in love with Bath & Body Works’ hand cream, it smells AH-MAZING and leaves my hands feeling so incredibly soft. Hand cream is a definite must-have in Toronto’s cold climate and especially, when you’re shuffling your hands around in the cold (juggling your keys, coffee, papers, and what-nots), keeping your hands hydrated is key!

2. Plastic Hair Brush // Anyone else get crazy static hair in the dry season? It’s one of my major pet-peeves in the winter! By the time I get to work, all my hair goes poof. It’s slightly embarrassing so when I realized that a plastic comb would help with the situation, I promptly went out to get one! The one I ended up buying was from The Face Shop. They had crazy Black Friday sales, so extra bonus there!

3. Aveeno Clear Complexion Daily Moisturizer // I’m always so picky with my face creams. I generally like gel-like creams because they leave my face feeling light and fresh. This one, on the other hand, is cream-based so I was wary in the beginning. However, with the winter season in full-force, I had to get a heavier daily moisturizer. I decided to stick with Aveeno because I’ve heard great things about their ability to keep sensitive skin hydrated. I love the smell of this moisturizer and while it’s cream based, it’s fast absorbing and still feels light.

4. Lip Balm // eos Coconut Milk lip balm! Aside from the adorable shape, this lip balm is a must-have, basically for all seasons!

-Mich

True North Winter Style

November 24, 2014 § 5 Comments

Oh the weather outside is frightful /
But the fire is so delightful /
And since we’ve got no place to go /
Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!

Sigh, unfortunately, I do have places to go and this dreadful, chilly weather is making it difficult! Can all my west-coast friends please send over some sunshine?! This past Sunday, the weather was slightly better, and I got to wear a somewhat “light” outfit. I paired a thick sweater underneath my Uniqlo coat from their Ultra Light Down line. I typically hate the bulkiness of winter outfits, so this jacket is great for me in this this weather because it’s super light and thin, but great at insulating body warmth. It’s also waterproof, which is perfect when I’m walking outside in the snow. In this outfit, I’m also wearing my Madewell booties for the first time!! AH. I finally decided to buy these Madewell booties, after weeks of debate! My patience did pay off though, because Madewell had a great sale recently so they were marked down a lot. I haven’t regretted this purchase for a second. Unfortunately, I won’t be able to wear these babies for long, because the snow and salt filled Toronto streets always leave boots in horrible conditions. Sigh.

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 In this outfit:

Sweater // Ralph Lauren
Jeggings // American Eagle
Jacket // Uniqlo
Boots // Madewell

-Mich

DIY | Love Letters

November 15, 2014 § Leave a comment

Letters for your friends, family or special someone, here is DIY you have got to try! I got the idea originally from Cupcakes & Cashmere and was just dying to try it! Call me sentimental, but I love snail-mail and the excitement you get from receiving a card through the mail is simply irreplaceable.

With the holiday season quickly rolling in, I thought this DIY was especially perfect for those of you who prefer making gifts or anyone who just wants to add a special something to what they purchase. Here, I’ll be showing you what materials I worked with and just a few of the designs that I came up with!

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Blog Inc. – My Thoughts and Whatnots

November 4, 2014 § 1 Comment

I recently finished reading Blog Inc. and wanted to just share my top 5 things that I either learned from the book or drew inspiration from. The book is written by Joy Cho, the blogger of Oh Joy!, and it’s the perfect book for any blogger. And when I mean any blogger, I really do mean any blogger. Whether you’re a newbie blogger or a full-time professional, this book has something for you. If you’re new, it gives you great tips and advice that will help you navigate through this world of blogging and get you thinking of areas of blogging beyond what you have imagined. If you’ve been blogging for a while and have already gone through some of the topics discussed in the book, such as naming your blog or getting your first sponsorship, the book offers a really nice time for you to reminisce and take some time to reflect on just how far you’ve come! What I have also come to realize is that there are always ways for your blog to grow; the limits are truly endless.

So here goes:

1. Inspiration/mood boards – These sound like a really good idea. They’re basically boards of collages that you create either with a theme or simply as a collection of pictures that you really like. I think it’s a great way to really have some visual inspiration. Especially for me, pictures really stir up my creativity. I will most likely use my old corkboard lying around..somewhere here! But, you can also use Pinterest or Tumblr, I’m sure those will work really well (and probably what most people are also using at the moment).

2. Interviews – Joy Cho does a bunch of short 2-3 page interviews and scatters them across the book. I learned about so many bloggers and their journeys. It was really awesome that she chose bloggers within so many different parts of the creative field because I was learning something new from each interviewee.

3. Media Kits – I never knew how much work goes into getting a sponsorship and monetizing your blog (big kudos to all those bloggers who have made that step). Actually come to think of it…I didn’t even know the first step of this process. Blog Inc. does a really good job with laying out the financing landscape and giving you a breakdown of what you need to consider and do if this is the route you want to go with your blog. I also learned a lot about important statistics that bloggers need to keep in mind when building their media kit and approaching sponsors.

4. “Word of the Mouse” – I came across this phrase in the book, and I love it! So true in the blogging community!

5. Creating a Business Plan – Regardless of whether you plan to monetize your blog or not, I really think it’s always important to have an overarching plan for your blog. What do you hope to achieve with it? Who is your target audience? Where do you see the blog “x” number of years down the road? These are questions that should be answered when you first launch your blog (even if they’re only vague answers), and ones that you should revisit every few months depending on the growth of your blog. Once you lay this foundation out, it helps defines what kind of posts you will write about and from there you can name your blog, find your theme and most importantly, find your voice.

Overall, I definitely feel that this a good starting book for anyone interested in blogging, or even in the creative field. It’s such an easy read, and very visually appealing. I learned a tremendous amount and even took notes! Let me know what you all think for those of you who have read this book already!

-Mich

Free Spirit

November 1, 2014 § 4 Comments

This past weekend, I took a spontaneous trip to LA. Luck was on my side and on a Thursday night, I had booked tickets for a Saturday morning flight and off to LA I went. First of all, I’d like to say that I was seriously in a tee and jeans for one of the days there and it was just amazing soaking up that natural vitamin D and wearing light clothes. Mind you, my winter coat was packed in my carry-on bag for my return back to winter wonderland a.k.a. Toronto. You know how people go on and on about that Cali weather? Everything they say is absolutely true. Well…yes, there are days when it’s scorching there, but I’d take that over any chilly, winter day.image

Being back in Toronto, the temperature has dipped quite drastically. I don’t want to sound like a weatherman, but it’s just crazy spending one weekend in the summer heat and another in the rainy cold. Apparently, there’s also supposed to be slight flurries today, I’m just praying that winter is not as bad this year as it was last year.

Alas, here are the picture of my outfit for last Saturday! I’m sitting here reminiscing over that comfortable summer tee and bright, beautiful weather! For all you east-coasters, I feel ya!

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In this outfit:

T-shirt // American Eagle
Jeggings // American Eagle
Runners // Nike

Totally didn’t notice I was sporting an almost head-to-toe American Eagle outfit. Also!! Those are my newest Nikes that I bought (after drooling endless on the internet researching and spending weeks shoe-shopping). I’m in love with them. They’re so ridiculously flexible. They’re super light as well! I’m really into black runners now, they’re great for a street-style look and so easy to match with outfits.image

-Mich

That “Adult” Life – An Intro

October 22, 2014 § 1 Comment

This blog primarily began as a forum to share our interest in fashion and food, but as time passed I changed quite a bit, for better or for worse. My interests have evolved and I think it’s time that my posts reflect more than the 20% of my life that’s devoted to fashion and food.

Since graduating from college, my life consists of work, meeting new people, maintaining old friendships, finances, figuring out how to use my vacation days, and more. As much as we looked forward to becoming an adult, there are a lot of things we aren’t prepared for. Things we weren’t quite expecting. They say you’re an adult when you turn 18, but I think they failed to mention that when you actually graduate college at 21,  that’s when you start feeling the blow of what “adulthood” truly is. And it often leaves you puzzled and confused…image

Thankfully, I have several friends older than me that have been kind enough to share their wisdom and experiences. Having these people to go to for advice and perspective has been invaluable and I’m grateful for that every day. But as I go through my own experiences, good or bad, and continue to grow, I figure maybe someone out there will find an ounce of value from hearing my side of the story as well. And more importantly, maybe you have some advice to share, and this can truly be a collaborative forum to help guide us in this confusing “adult” world.

Keep in mind, this is coming from a naïve 22 year old that’s just learning to walk on her own two feet. Opinions are constantly evolving and 5 years from now, heck, even  5 months from now, I may completely change my view. Maybe your input will even be the one that gives me new perspective. This is a chance for me to grow even more. So take most of it, if not all of it, with a grain of salt…

Later this week I want to dissect the trials and tribulations of budgeting your life. For some unintuitive reason, it seems like I’m more broke than I was DURING school. Guess that comes as icing on the cake of all your responsibilities! But managing your spending can be a huge relief on your stress both currently and in the future. Look out for this post soon! And let me know your thoughts, comments, questions, and anything of the sort.

See ya soon!
Natsumi

Catastrophe Cosmetic | Lush Fresh Face Mask

October 18, 2014 § Leave a comment

Good morning beautifuls!

Here comes another Lush post where I’ll be reviewing one of their masks on this lovely Saturday. The mask that I bought about two weeks ago was the Catastrophe Cosmetic fresh face mask! This blueberry scented mask is meant to cool and calm troubled skin, as well as deep clean the skin. If you recall, the last time I bought the Cosmetic Warrior mask, I was actually deciding between that one and this Catastrophe Cosmetic mask. They both have soothing properties that are supposed to target troubled skin. At the time though, I leaned towards the Cosmetic Warrior because of the garlic ingredient that was used inside (which is supposed to be great for combating acne and blackheads).

Seeing that Catastrophe Cosmetic was supposed to have a similar effect on the skin, I decided to give it a try. I have to say, I was highly disappointed with this one :(. Normally, a huge Lush fan, I was quite surprised that I didn’t like this product so much. I guess this mask is just not for me.
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Some of the things that I noticed already from the first use was that the mask came on very dry. A couple minutes after the mask was settling it, pieces would already be crumbling off. This makes the ordeal quite messy, since I usually like to sit up and read while having a mask on! The other thing is that during the process, the cooling effect did not really last long. The other Lush masks that I used had a much longer-lasting cooling feel (especially the Magnaminty one!). This one…not so much. Finally, as for the skin, I didn’t quite feel a change after each use. Yes, it cleans it, but shouldn’t all masks do this as a basic step? It really did not leave my skin feel any better than before I applied the mask. With all their other masks, I felt an immediate effect.

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If you’re interested, I’ve also done reviews on Lush’s Cosmetic Warrior, Oatifix and Mask of Magnaminty!

The nice thing that I do have to say about the product is the Blueberry smell. Lush wins for consistency there! However, I’ve come to terms that the Catastrophe Cosmetic is just not for me. I’m really curious in hearing about your experience with this mask? Do you think I might have just picked up the wrong container? I’m almost tempted to give the product a try again, but will mostly like move on and stick with the old or try yet another new mask! Please share, I’d really love to hear!

-mich

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