Friday, 31 August 2012

Holly Boutique in Gastown

As you Facebook friends know I was defeated by the Aritzia warehouse lineup yesterday.

It went around and around!

Line up for Aritzia warehouse sale inside Canada Place Convention centre

I could have taken a better photo, but did not want to feel like a creeper. Good to see some dudes in the line up though.

Feeling dejected, there was little that could coax me out of hiding from the newest show I was watching and my egg white omelet.

But a phone call from my hunnie in need, I was off.

He needed a button for his gorgeous grey suit for today and he was not able to get to the store in time.

Grey Suede Jacket without buttons

Button on Grey suede jacket

The button mission was alas successful. Even though I wasn't able to find the exact match, I think the options I ended up with will do just fine.

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I think the different top button adds such an edge!! He may even start a trend!

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Since I'm out, might as well do a detour.

As luck would have to, down the street from Button Button is Holly.

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This gorgeous gem of a boutique in Gastown.

Owned by a lovely lady of the same name I have admired this store for some time now. From the Yelp reviews and testimonial from a friend, I just had to go in!

This would be a lovely addition to the list of stores I frequent.

Lucky for me today, Holly herself was at the store. With her permission, I was able to get some photos of the interior.

I love the colours she chose for her store and the fresh and fitting logo.

Inside the Store at Holly boutique, Holly

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These are some of the brands she carry.

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The racks are well organized.

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I was especially drawn to her jewelry collection.

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The trip was fruitful and I did return home with some goodies.

Even the shopping bag is adorable!

Holly Boutique shopping bag

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I got two items.

The first is this adorable Charlotte Ronson blush crop top with embellished reverse shoulder pad detail.

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As well as this amazing Plastic Island lace back little black dress.

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The top though, is really what I am super excited about.

I always loved clothing that blended two opposite elements together in one piece of clothing.

The material of this top is soft and girly and feminine. While the black shoulder pads adds a dash of edge! I knew exactly what to style this with.

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Since this post is long enough, I will share the style post on Tuesday.

Here is a sneak peak.

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Remember those Embellished fishnet leggings from GoJane I got? Well, they make an appearance, too.

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Enjoy your long Labour Day weekend everyone. See you all Tuesday. Style post is live!

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Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Show and Tell

Happy hump day! I have a little show and tell to do today.

The story begins in my second year of University. I signed up for a credit card. This one is a special student card that allowed me to earn Airmiles. Though I really don't know what else is special about it to make it a student card.

I am now finally sick of collecting Airmiles and my being able to redeem it for a decent trip even after this many years!! So I cashed them all out for this baby.

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When I redeemed it I was a little unsure about it, but now that I have her on my wrist, I'm in love!!

This Micharl Kors Chronograph Tortoise watch fits right in with the rest of my arm party.

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And I thought my arm was full after Portland!!!

I hope this doesn't kick start my watch obsession.

I love the colours and patterns on this watch. So fall-icious! Just intone to anchor all my Harvest colour clothing pieces.

Look how well she gets along with my RGGH Balenciaga city already.

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A black and a white watch would round off my collection nicely I think.

Monday, 27 August 2012

Havaianas the Perfect Summer to Fall Transition Piece

As the temperature outside begins to creep down and the stifling summer air slow transitions to breathable again, we are reminded that Fall is approaching.

For fashion, Fall is where it's at.

From sophisticated prints, to luxurious fabrics, to the endless possibility of layering, Fall is really the true fashion playground.

I have started prepping my fall wardrobe.

However, there is still the tail end of summer here reminding us that we will need a couple of good transition pieces to ease into Fall.

This year, why not stay opened toed a bit longer and transition using some flip-flop sandals?

Havaianas is a fun brand that can do just that.

These sandals are great! They are well constructed, last a long time and look great as well!

They have colours of the rainbow as well as various different designs.

My personal favourite are these Missoni Slim Rachels.

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Just imaging these with a brown or any harvest colour maxi-dress finished off with a denim jacket? Transition outfit is born!

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What about these cute Slim Lace sandals?

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Picture them with a pair of grey harem pants, a loose knit sweater and a big scarf that can also be used as a shawl. We have another transition outfit.

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As the thermometer drops even lower, you can check out their close toed shoe collection.

We all know how comfy Toms are for walking around town. These Ballerina Espadrilles are no exception.

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I would easily wear these with some cargo pants, a ribbed tank top and a over-sized military trench coat over it all. There, your fall transition is all set.

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Don't discount your flip-flops just because the weather is getting cooler. They can be worn for a lot longer and with a lot more than just your bikinis on the beach, or bunny like short shorts.

You can even get married in them with their Bridal Collection.

Havaianas bridal collage

Enjoy the last few days of August and have fun prepping your prefall/fall wardrobe with some Havaianas.

Friday, 24 August 2012

Goodies From Taxless County

Alright, time to share my spoils with you guys!

If you follow my instagram, username Poserseries, then you would have seen some of them already.

But here we go!

Honestly, I actually didn't buy all that much this trip. Since this is a trip just to shop. But sometimes it's all about quality.

What should I share first...

I will start with the clothes. Which, was a disappointing haul.

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I only went to Forever21 and BCBG for clothes this trip. That whole "pile" was from forever21. Nothing too exciting, more or less just basics really.

The second day of shopping I met up with my friend, the one that was in my last post and we went at it.

Our first stop was Ross and I ended up with these booties.

black booties with studs

Then went back to forever21 because she hasn't been yet, even Nordstrom rack, not nothing.

Until we reached MACY's!! They were having a huge sale and everything was 75% off!!

Delighted we grabbed arm full of shoes and proceeded to try them on.

I came home with these.

Metallic Flat sandals, Marc Fisher gold tone sandals, Vince Camuto silver sandals, BCBGeneration metallic silver gladiator sandals, Jessica Simpson Leopard criss cross red heel platform stilettos, MIA oxford nude platform chunky heels, Jessica Simpson blue suede platform Stilettos, fashion, style, shoe love

I love it when they are standing tall atop their temporary homes.

Now let's take a closer look.

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Come to think of it, I really don't have any fancy flat sandals. But now I have three pairs! From left to right, they are Marc Fisher, Vince Camuto and BCBGeneration, which I am proudly rocking today.

BCBGeneration Metallic Gladiator Sandals

Next up, heels!

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Aren't they gorgeous!! Jessica Simpson, Mia and then Jessica Simpson again. I must say, those Jessica Simpsons are very comfortable because the balance is perfect and they are well cushioned as well. Those MIAs though... I would keep to sitting and standing only.

My favourite is the leopard pair. Rawr!

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I love the red heel! Yes, the red sole is what most girls covet. But until I can afford that, I will drool over these heels instead.

Last but not least, I also bought some bling.

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It annoys me that price discrepancies still exist even though the CND and USD are pretty much par. Since Portland also has no sales tax, I was not able to resist.

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I love these new additions to my existing arm party. I now have six bracelets that act as armor and weaponry, oh yes, and decoration.

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I had a great time in Portland, perhaps I will explore the next time I go there again... or... nah, I will just stick with eating and shopping.

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Portland Fun

Hello posers!

I went traveling again. Although just a short trip, this time I did cross the border and headed south to Portland.

I have never been! Super excited about shopping with no sales tax!!! I am pretty sick and tired of paying 12% on everything when the money I make already gets taxed.

The trip turned out to be more than just shopping.

It started off with some sumptuous foods.

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From decent French food at the Little Bird Bistro to large portions of Mexican food from Azteca to even the famous Redlobster I must say for the most part I enjoyed my bites.

Oh great, now I have huge cravings for refried beans!

We even tried P.F. Chang's China Bistro.

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Let me tell you, it was not bad. You can believe me too, because I am Chinese.

Most of our night time traversing happened around the Chinatown block. It's ironic how the Chinese population was actually nonexistent in Chinatown, instead it's littered with clubs around every corner.

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We didn't really stay out for too long before hunger had us and we had to go to the famous Voodoo Donuts. Good thing the line wasn't too long, the best were the Oreo and Bacon donuts! hmmm I would love one right now actually.

There were other points of interests around China town during the night as well. We didn't really explore that much since I wanted to save my energy for shopping.

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Though I probably should have visited the Arcade.

Or maybe seen one of these "ladies" perform.

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On our last night, we spent some quality time with some unique brews.

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From left to right: Cucumber, Pomegranate, Beet, Cinnamon and Classic

I liked the Cucumber and Pomegranate the best.

During the day, the food carts come out and play and they are definitely worth a visit.

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My last and most favourite meal in Portland was from Pork Chop City. I had their Pork Bento, which is basically their most delicious and juicy pulled pork over a bed of white rice.

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After drizzling on some of their own Hot Ginger Sauce it was to die for!!!

I had to take some sauce home with me because it was so good.

Until next time Portland.

I will share my spending spoils with you guys in my next post.

Monday, 13 August 2012

Whistler Weekend Retreat

As you know from my last post that I went away to Whistler over the weekend.

It was such an amazing and relaxing experience.

Such a treat to spend a lot of time with Michael as well since we never have a day off together.

Now I roll the highlight reel.

It started off with awesome snacks, cute puppies, silly faces and outdoor concerts.

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Poutine at Zogs is a must for any Whistler visit. What can be better than cheese curds, gravy slathered over perfectly crispy French fries?! I even got mine with a meat sauce on top. Mmmm Mmmm Good.

We also saw these adorable puppies are huddled up in a napsack. so cute! Can you say doggie bag?

Since Crankwrox is going on we also caught Said the Whales at a free outdoor concert. :)

Then some amazing food.

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Udon and mixed Poke from Sushi Village and lots of delicious pasta from Quattro.

Don't forget fashion.

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Similar yellow shirt from here. Shorts from Romwe here.

My favourite dress. Get it here

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And finally the beautiful journey home.

Scenery along sea to sky highway, beautiful british columbia, whistler, squamish, moutain and water, britannia mines, old boats, breathtaking, views

We also went to Scandinave Spa which forbade electronics. But it was amazing to soak in the different bathes, sweat in the different steam rooms and fall asleep in hammocks without a care in the world.

Now I am back and ready to work again, until Wednesday that is, and I am Portland bound.

Happy Monday!