Friday, 31 August 2012

Off the Beaten Track

I'm wearing:
Dynamite tank // H&M pants // Wild Diva wedges // Aldo sunglasses

Hello everyone, enjoying the long weekend yet?
I just finished my last week as a summer intern running kids programs at a local church and as a result I have gained countless, valuable experiences and amazing new friends. I don't regret a second of the time that I spent on this job and I can only say that God blessed me incredibly when He placed me into that position. 

Although I am dreading my imminent return to academia and am excited to start off a new work position this upcoming week, I am highly anticipating all of the fun activities that I have planned for this weekend. Since I don't start school until Wednesday and a certain someone has a five day weekend, I will be enjoying this Labor Day holiday weekend to its maximum extent.

If you were glancing at the photos above of that lovely girl in the hat, you would have been looking at one of my best friends AK. Although her birthday was more than a month ago, we couldn't properly celebrate it due to excessive loads of work and school on her part. Fortunately, we were finally able to plan a date to shop at Front & Company and go for some drinks, which turned out to be a very exciting and long adventure. ;) Since we were newcomers to Main Street, it took two girls using their wits and iphones to avoiding losing our way. I know that many of my trendy friends are natives to that particular hipster-ish area; however, AK and I were mere pretenders trying to blend into the scenery. 

Before we made our way to Joey and Cheesecake Etc. for drinks, appies, and cheesecake, we managed to find ourselves walking through some gorgeous neighborhoods with amazing heritage houses.  I would have taken a billion pictures if it weren't for the fact that a) AK thought I was creepy and b) I felt very creepy. 

Us posing with a particular piece of street art that has become very popular lately. Oh yeah, we also cheated and changed into flats and sandals; us Asians (or at least half Asians) are always prepared for all occasions.  All in all, I had an amazing day with my AK and hope to have many more girl dates in the near future with her.

Have an amazing long weekend and soak in that sun!

Wednesday, 29 August 2012


I'm wearing:
Club Monaco chiffon shirt // Thrifted skirt // Sam Edelman heels // vintage bracelets & studs // "Shy" NYX nail polish 

Hello everyone, how is your Wednesday going?
If you're anything like me, you're wishing that it was already Friday and that you could be starting off this long Labour Day Weekend. I can hardly believe that I'll be back in a classroom in exactly a week from now; this summer has gone by so fast that I would believe you if you told me that it was still July.

This week I've been directing a VBS (vacation Bible school) program for kids ages 4-11 years at a local church. The past three days have been chaotic, hectic, and unpredictable; however, the one constant is that it has always been fun! Nothing ever goes exactly as planned during these kind of programs; you just have to learn how to improvise and to be extremely flexible. Also, you have to be able to wake up at 7am and be bright, cheerful, and alert by the time the kids come running into the building. Since zombies aren't the best kind of people to lead a week-long VBS, sleeping early and a good cup of coffee have been absolute musts.

Today after VBS, I was supposed to go run a number of very tiring errands that would have required lots of time and energy. However, since I was short of both, I instead decided to relax at home and to put a Lana Del Rey music playlist on repeat. I have a huge girl crush on her at the moment; her style, music, voice, and looks have got me mesmerized. She embodies this perfect mix of modern and vintage, pop and je-ne-sais-quoi, soft girlie-girl and femme fatale. This post's title, "Yayo," is named after a song that I am now in love with, go check it out if you haven't already! Needless to say, she is my favorite new music artist and style icon at the moment. 

Do you have a celebrity muse of the moment?

Sunday, 26 August 2012

Pastel Saturday

Hello everyone, how are you all doing?
I woke up to a beautiful Saturday morning today and decided that I would use this opportunity to wear some  summery pastels that I've been wanting to wear together for a while. Although no one wants to admit it, fall is just around the corner and clothing staples like blazers and boots will soon be commonplace once again. 

Even though most of my day was spent at the Cultus Lake Waterpark, I actually had dressed this way for a house warming party that we ended up not attending because we were too lazy. Luckily, my efforts were not in vain as there was a birthday party dinner that we dragged ourselves to after a hot, long and sunny day in Chilliwack. The waterpark was super fun as I had not been there in years and couldn't even remember most of the rides. My favorites were The Colossal Canyon and the Radical Rapids as those rides allowed for you to travel with your friends. They were also more fun if you had heavier companions to make your tube raft go faster! After hanging around there for about five hours (the place cost $27 to enter and had additional costs for a locker and parking), we left Chilliwack and managed to drive back home without crashing from exhaustion. All in all, it was the perfect way to end off one of the last weekends of summer. 

Anyway, I'm now struggling to finish writing this post as I am about to crash from such a tiring and eventful day. Before I start typing out gibberish and thinking that I'm writing a literary masterpiece, I better quit while I'm still ahead and say goodnight. 

I'm wearing:
Dynamite boyfriend blazer // H&M shorts // H&M chiffon shirt // Old Navy headband // Boots from states outlet // NYX polish

Hope you had a wonderful Saturday as well! 

Thursday, 23 August 2012

The Vintage Trend

The Vintage Trend

Vero Moda peplum top
$22 -

Balmain super skinny jeans

Full Circle long skirt
$125 -

Satin clutch

Betty Jackson Black pearl jewelry
$19 -

Stud earrings

Kate spade eyewear

While I usually try not to buy into trends unless I really like them or I'm sure that they will last more than one season, I've fallen in love with the vintage-themed trends that have been circulating around town lately.
Maybe it's childhood nolstagia resurfacing because I used to love watching those romantic and atmospheric 1940s, 50s, & 60s movies back when I was young and my parents didn't let me watch many mainstream movies. I'm now thankful for how strict my parents were with what I watched because I ended up gaining a deep and lasting appreciation for actors like Audrey Hepburn, Katherine Hepburn, Grace Kelly, and other amazing style icons.

Anyways, back to the vintage trends, looking at all of the beautiful braided hairstyles matched with retro-style earrings and outfits has got me sighing in happiness. Midi-length pencil skirts paired with burgundy heels and bow-tie chiffon shirts and topped off wth a vintage brooch? Perfection!

In the above collage, I chose just a few of the trends that I've had my eye on for the last summer season. Peplum, pleated maxis, cat eye sunnies- I love them all!

What trends have you fallen for this season?

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Shopaholicism: A Seriously Bad Habit (that feels so good)


Hello to one and all, how's your week going?
A few days ago I went to the local mall to buy some supplies for a VBS (Vacation Bible School) program that I am running next week. However, as soon as I saw the "10-40% Final Sales: Store Closing" signs at Zellers, I knew it was both answering my prayers and damning my wallet to poverty. It was good because I could use those sales to my advantage and buy some cheap snacks and supplies for the kids and programs. However, after picking up what seemed like countless bags of candy and crepe paper, I naughtily made my way over to the makeup/accessory section. While I usually avoid Zellers like the plague due to its rep as being, well, Zellers, I couldn't help but be curious about the bargains I could find there. True to my suspicions, I found several cute and very cheap bracelets that were all 50% or more off!

I also ended up walking into Sephora and dropping a casual $153 something on perfume and skin serum. Nbd. I think I saved the receipt in my drawer just to remind myself of the shameful expense. Luckily for consumerism, I actually read those online beauty and fashion articles that are posted up on Twitter (especially when I am bored waiting for an appointment or a meeting, which is often). Unfortunately for my bank account, I ended up buying a $60 skin serum that better work extreme wonders on my skin and protect it from aging and all kinds of heck. Under the recommendation of a Sephora employee, I bought the Ole Henriksen Truth Serum Collagen Booster that, according to the website, is "like a daily vitamin for your face." Supposedly, "this high powered vitamin C complex helps smooth out lines and wrinkles and prevents further damage." Also, it is "loaded with antioxidants to fight off environmental aggressors and moisture-binding ingredients to keep your skin nourished and protected." Better not be B.S.

I also ended up getting new LaVanilla Laboratories perfume, which I needed. Kind of. And buying bronzer from London Drugs, which I definitely did not need but most certainly wanted!

I'm trying to shop less and start spending my time on more productive things, like writing or reading more. Do any of you have any unsavory habits you want to change?

Monday, 20 August 2012

Sunday Grinding

I took this picture more for the scenic mountain view than the tourists watching the lumberjack show
Hello everyone, how are you doing? 
Mondays are usually known as being a weekly grind but I decided to be extra hardcore yesterday and make my Sunday, the biblical day of rest, into a literal grind. While I consider myself to be a fitness aficionado, the Grouse Grind Trail has never been my favorite way to sweat it out. I know exercising with an incline is good for you but I usually like to keep it at maximum grade 4 while running at speed 10-ish on a treadmill. Not walk up extremely steep steps hewn out of rock and tree roots for almost an hour. I never take photos of the way up because I'm much too occupied with putting one foot above the other to make the next step. Also, I try to avoid stopping or I will want to stop forever.

For those who don't know much about the Grouse Grind Trail, it is located in North Vancouver, B.C., at the base of the Grouse Mountain Resort ski area. It is begins at the 300-metre-elevation and climbs to 1,100 metres over a distance of approximately 2.9 kilometres. I can tell you that those mere 2.9 km feel more like 10+ km!! It opens at 6:15am and closes 7pm. I have heard of crazies who have climbed it multiple times in one day, including a dude who climbed it 10 times in one day for a charity. I also know many people who have season passes and go at least once a week. Insanity, I say.

The few positive things I can really say about my hike yesterday was than I blasted my old time of 53 minutes from last year and made it into a decent 48 minutes and 40 seconds. Also, I beat my 15 year old competitor E.T. who beat me by 2 or 3 minutes last summer! Muahahaha. This might have been because there were less people on the trail and the weather was overcast and cool, which made heat exhaustion much less imminent. Last summer, I nearly died of heat stroke but luckily was saved by my boyfriend, who miraculously managed to catch up with me and hand me his Gatorade right before I passed out! 

Since I saw that my fit friends have made times of 46 minutes up the grind, my next goal is to make it up 45 minutes next year. Since your Sun Run 10km time is supposed to match your grind time, I think if I had stayed in that kind of shape I could have made it!

My stretching companions

The red flag was a makeshift fly-swatter; flies are crazy up there! :(

FLIES in my face!!

Kung Fu Grizzly
 Is it me or are 85% of outdoorsy jobs in the Vancouver/Whistler occupied by Aussies? Two of the lumberjack show performers were Australian and I remember that there are a ton of Aussies at Whistler! Interesting.

Lumberjack show

Guy dancing nutso stunts on top of there
Cute owl cutout.

Flies again. And a double chin.

Well hope you all had a great weekend, mine was pretty sweaty but satisfying nevertheless!