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

Dash of Gold

October 15, 2014 § 2 Comments

A quick post of a nifty heather grey sweater I bought from J. Crew a few weeks ago. I actually had a really difficult time deciding whether I should purchase this or not because in general I’m not the biggest fan of the heather grey color. I feel like the color suits more of a sleepwear look. But, ultimately what got me was the exclamation point! It’s silly, but I love it! It’s so expressive and I just couldn’t stop thinking about this sweater after I left the J. Crew store. It actually wasn’t until I came back home and found it at a store in Canada, that I figured this was probably a sign and made the purchase!image

Admittedly, I wear this on a Friday sometimes because…TGIF :) At my firm, we get to have denim Fridays, so pairing this with jeans along with a blazer makes for a very comfortable last day of the workweek. What drew me to this sweater, aside from the exclamation point (!), was definitely  the gold stitching they used. I’m definitely loving that little bit of gold color.

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-Mich

DIY: Jewelry Board

October 5, 2014 § 2 Comments

One of the things I love doing at home is cleaning and organizing! I’m not kidding, but spending a lazy afternoon sorting through old books, cabinets and de-cluttering gives me such satisfaction. One thing that I’ve come to appreciate from travelling back and forth during college is “the art of” simplicity and a minimalist lifestyle. I used to be a huge hoarder, keeping literally everything from old class notes (from elementary school) to old ticket stubs. Now, I’m not saying I’ve completely become the opposite, throwing everything out, but let’s just say I’ve become a little more selective with what I keep and what I toss. In case you’re wondering, ticket stubs = still keep, lol.

So this past week, I was going through the apartment to see what was still left to unpack (yes, I’m a little behind that, even though I’ve moved back to Canada for a couple months now). And alas, I came across an old bulletin board that I used to have up in my old room. I was thinking of hanging it up, but actually found another one that I had bought in addition to this small one a few years back. So, I thought, instead of donating one of the boards, why not use it for a DIY project that I’ve wanted to try for a long time: a jewelry board, perfect for necklaces in particular. Side note: I have a huge pet peeve for necklaces getting tangled. I get so frustrated trying to deknot them or detangle them, urgh!!

Another things about this project is that I was absolute set on using whatever I could find at home to work with, so I didn’t have to go out and buy more to make use of something old. Remember, the point of this was to re-use and de-clutter! Not…buy more to de-clutter. Anyway, I ended up finding a stack of old scrapbook paper with interesting designs, which I used to make this jewelry board look fancier.

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