The Getaway

March 26, 2015 § 2 Comments

One of the best feelings in the world is waking up early to begin a long weekend roadtrip. Coffee in one hand and camera in the other, I find these journeys my absolute favorite. This past weekend, I traveled to Montreal from Toronto (around a six hour drive). I’m sure most people hope to get away from the cold during vacation, but this was definitely not the case. I was traveling from one cold place to an even colder place! However, there are no complaints aside from the weather. Montreal was absolutely beautiful. With it’s cobblestone streets, old French-inspired buildings and tucked away cafes, I felt like I was in a completely new place, yet it still felt oddly like home; we are neighbors after all (province-wise).

We visited various famous streets, such as Rue St. Catherine and Rue St. Denis, both of which had popular stores weaved with cafes and boutiques. Other tourist spots included: the Museum of Fine Arts, the Biodôme, Notre-Dame Basilica of Montreal (absolutely stunning–after going inside, you won’t question why they have an admission fee of $5), Montreal City Hall and Underground City (RESO). In terms food, we definitely had poutine, smoked meat at Schwartz’s and rotisserie chicken at Rotisserie Romados.

Starting top-left and clockwise: Poutine at Hippi Poutine, outside of Notre-Dame Basilica, my favorite–adorable houses near St. Denis, inside of Biodôme.

While, I do wish the temperature allowed for a more spring/summer themed outfit, here is one of outfits that I put together for our last snowy day!  cllage New Image

In this outfit:
Coat // Zara
Hair Accessory // JCrew
Scarf // Aritzia
Jeans // Anthropologie
Shoes // Nike

Until next time, Montreal! I’m definitely coming back for ya in the summer!


In First Lace

March 2, 2015 § Leave a comment

I love how prevalent and accessible lace has become in the recent months. From two piece sets to tiny details on a sweater, it adds a delicate touch to any look. A few months ago, I went to a For Love & Lemons sample sale and picked up a few pieces at incredible prices! I would credit them as one of the designers to really bring lace back to the forefront of fashion. Their iconic dresses are especially ethereal and exude grace and elegance!

Back to the point…. One of the pieces I picked up was a white lace skirt that I can incorporate from day to night. On a visit to the Andy Warhol: Shadows exhibit at MOCA, I paired the skirt with a cream sweater for a neutral, easy going look. The addition of the tan booties gives a bit of a casual touch that was perfect for this outing. imageThe mix of a oversized and slouchy sweater with a lace skirt is right up my alley of fusing the casual and feminine. imageCan’t wait to style my other pieces from For Love & Lemons in future posts, so keep an eye out for them!

– Natsumi

The Face Shop: Charcoal Sponge

February 28, 2015 § 1 Comment

My friend first piqued my curiosity over konjac sponges and I was excited to see what this craze was about. I definitely wanted to try the charcoal sponge in particular because of its cool color and I heard that it’s great for deep pore cleansing! I found the one I was looking for at The Face Shop in LA and with it’s $6 price tag, this option was affordable and a perfect starter alternative to other more expensive konjac sponges.I know the Boscia has a few popular konjac sponges, but I wasn’t entirely sure if I wanted to adopt a cleansing sponge into my face cleansing routine just yet. sponge 2

I’ve been using this one for two months now and after a few weeks of trying various routines, I opted that a once a day scrub was good enough for me. While I do admit my skin hasn’t changed dramatically since using, I really do like using a sponge for gentle exfoliation as well as adding some fun into using a charcoal sponge. I noticed a slight tear recently in the sponge, but other than that, the firmness and shaped has remained the same.

My end verdict is that the konjac sponge is fun, but I am not in a major rush to go and replace this one after.What are your thoughts? Yay or nay? Have you used any other brands?


OOTD: Mix & Match

February 16, 2015 § Leave a comment

Happy long weekend! I decided to pull together a mix and match outfit consisting of stripes and faux fur! I guess this was a surprisingly good combination. I particularly liked the change in green and navy stripes form the typically white and navy palette, making the top bolder and darker to match the winter season. Paired with my pair of black pants and boots, I was ready for a fun weekend out!

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In this outfit:
Vest // Aritzia
Top // Anne Klein
Pants // Anthropologie
Boots // Madewell


Black Signature Turtleneck

February 9, 2015 § 2 Comments

I finally found a plain black turtleneck from Banana Republic that is warm enough for this winter weather! The snow has not stopped and seems to be even getting heavier each week. I’m definitely not a fan and desperately waiting for spring time weather.Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset

And yes, I immediately ran back inside after the below picture was taken!

image-Mich, writing from a snowy winter wonderland 

Nail Polish Pick: Oxblood

January 26, 2015 § 2 Comments

The so-called “oxblood” nail polish shade is very much in season. I am spotting it frequently and have been looking around this weekend to get the perfect one for myself. It’s especially hard to get a specific shade in mind when the variations these days are endless! Some can be too fluorescent, others can be too red. By the time you leave whichever store you purchase nail polish from, your hands are covered in all different tones and none seems to be the one. I’ll be sharing with you a tried and true shade that I’m very content with–hopefully it will help you if you’re on the lookout for the oxblood shade. I went to Sephora, which I admit is my usual go-to place to get nail polish. I checked out Formula X for Sephora (Obsessed) and Nails Inc. (I think the shade was called Victoria). Both lines carried the shade I wanted and surprisingly actually the two looked like the same color to me when I tested the colors on my nails. I did find however that Nails Inc. went on smoother than Formula X and I asked the lady at Sephora and she did mention that Formula X dries out easier, though she reassured me that if I stored and sealed the bottle after each use, it should be fine. There was a price difference between the two–Nails Inc. was $16 CAD while Formula X was $13 CAD. In the end, I opted for the Formula X one. My reasoning: I already think it’s a bit ridiculous to spend more than $10 on a bottle, but hey, that’s just me.

Formula X: Obsessed (pictured below):

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Eau de Parfum

January 17, 2015 § Leave a comment

Saturdays mean waking up to a fresh cup of coffee and pastries, as well as having a good book in hand. I’m currently reading “How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are“; it’s such a cheeky book filled with short chapters made of lists and ramblings from four ladies, along with pictures that simply embody that vintage/chic vibe. It’s a fun read, nothing more or less really. And whether you’re lounging around at home, running errands or going out for a date, having that perfect perfume on the weekends adds to perfection. My current perfume is Chloé’s Eau de Parfum. If you’re into experimenting with different scents or err on the side of caution when it comes to new scents, I would definitely recommend its rollerball form. It’s small and convenient, perfect for the on-the-go individual. I’m a big fan of the scent–it leans on the flowery side, and it’s very light and feminine!

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Happy Saturday, Mich


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