Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Look of the Week: Las Vegas

This pasts winter/spring it seems everyone in my Facebook newsfeed headed off to Las Vegas for their reading week/spring break (or whatever you want to call it). My school likes to call it intersession week (lame if you ask me). I felt slightly jealous because I have never been to Vegas and I have only heard how much fun it is. Hopefully sometime soon I'll get the chance to walk on the strip, play poker, and party all night ( I might be too old for that now). Maybe I'd even get lucky while I play poker and actually win something (ya, right). I should probably learn how to play before I decide to head to Vegas. 

Look of the Week: Las Vegas

In the meantime here is what I would wear while exploring all that Las Vegas has to offer during the day. Obviously night time would require an entirely different outfit.

What do you think?

Monday, July 30, 2012

The Korea Years: Malaysia

In May of 2009 I booked a week off of work and headed to Malaysia with two friends. Travelling around Asia was one of the greatest benefits of living in South Korea and I took every opportunity I had to travel. 
Our first stop was Kuala Lumpur where I was very excited to see the famous Petronas Towers. I was equally as excited to do some shopping. North American style malls don't really exist in Korea (they prefer department stores and street shopping) so I was VERY excited to find a mall that had Zara, Topshop, Mango and Forever21 (although most of these stores can be found in Seoul). My girlfriend and I ditched the boy and excitedly tried on clothes in Topshop where I made a few foolish purchases.
The next morning we had an early flight to Kota Bharu so we decided to stay up all night to make the most of our time in the city before our flight to the coast. Somewhere around 1 am we decided to watch a movie to kill time (I can't remember what movie it was :s) and had a very relaxing foot massage. We left for the airport at around 5 am and I've never wanted to sleep so badly (but falling asleep in a taxi in a strange city is NOT a safe thing to do) and I'm pretty sure I've never slept so well on an airplane before (I'm afraid of flying and apparently flying tired is the only way). Once we arrived in Kota Bhaur we were driven to a dock where we boarded a boat and headed for Pulau Perhentian...
...where this was our view for 6 lovely days. We spent our days laying on the beach and playing in the water and when it got too hot or we'd had enough sun we headed to our room for some cool air and shade with an amazing view. 
This is basically what I did for 6 days straight. 
Evenings were spent getting dressed up and going for dinner and making up games to pass the time (Pulau Perhentian is very small. No town, no roads etc.).
Our last evening on the island was spent enjoying the sunset.
As we waited for our boat ride back to the mainland my friend and I decided to take some jumping photos (which I really such at). We headed back to Kuala Lumpur where we slept (or didn't sleep) in the airport. I've never counted down the minutes to McDonalds opening for breakfast so desperately before (what's better than a greasy breakfast after staying up all night?). 

And then we were on our way back to Korea. 

Friday, July 27, 2012

Tulips + School

I snapped these photos in the spring before school had finished for the year. I had gone on a saturday morning walk with my friend Vanessa and ended up treating myself to some flowers. I'm pretty sure there is nothing better than fresh flowers on a spring day. 
They made studying for my textiles exam a little bit more pleasant (only a little). Speaking of exams, I registered for all my fall classes this morning and lucky for me I have FOUR 8am classes this semester.  Subjects like apparel marketing, economics, buying, adobe illustrator and apparel manufacturing are in my future and  I'm sure that I will be a bucket of fun during the school week. The good news is that I only have 2 semesters left and then I'll be finished with school forever (I hope).
I guess I had better go enjoy what's left of the summer because pretty soon this is going to be my view again (minus twitter, because you can't study and tweet at the same time).

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Boscia Luminizing Black Mask

Over the last few years I have become very interested in skin care and quite regimented when it comes to removing makeup, cleansing and moisturizing my skin before bed. I have also started using face masks on a regular basis. My friend Lauren recommended I try the Boscia Luminizing Black Mask and after a little research I decided to give it a go. 
It dries fairly quickly and peels off which I love. For some reason my brain thinks that peel off masks do a better job of cleaning and exfoliating but I'm pretty sure I just made that up. What I do know is that this mask is a great deep cleansing mask and my skin always seems clearer and smoother after I've used it. 
(don't i look cute?)

Have you ever tried it?

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Joe Fresh Silk Blouse

As you know I have a love for all things blue (especially nail polish). In the spring my sister instagramed a photo of a rack of blouses at Joe Fresh and I knew I had to have one and it had to be the pretty pastel blue. I headed over to try it on and fell in love. If you live in Canada you will know that Joe Fresh does a very good job of making decent 100% silk shirts for a reasonable price. 
Add a blazer and some black pants and it makes the perfect work outfit. I had to layer a white tank under it in this photos because I didn't own a nude bra at the time (who doesn't own a nude bra?!). Unfortunately it is now too hot to wear it but I'm sure I'll bring it out again in the fall. 

What do you think?

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Rimmel Lasting Finish Pro in Sunset Orange

I picked up this nail polish while randomly walking through a drugstore last fall. I was aware that it wasn't  exactly a fall colour but I bought it anyway because I was sure my collection was lacking a colour like this. In real life it is a bit more orange than it appears here and it is an excellent summer colour. I have in fact been wearing it over and over which is something I NEVER do with my 100+ collection of nail polish (which is no longer growing by the way).
What do you think?

Monday, July 23, 2012

The Korea Years: Two

In January of 2009 I headed back to Korea after Christmas vacation at home and started my second year of teaching in Daegu. I moved to a new neighbourhood and started teaching at a new school and I didn't think year two could top year one but it turned out to be just as much fun!
Isabel Teacher! (as my students called me) I also earned the nickname Scarf Teacher by frequently wearing scarves (oh, children).

Deagu is surrounded by mountains and I took advantage of the beautiful scenery and hiked often. This is Daegu from Apsan mountain. 

My coworkers and I headed out to country side for a day of wandering around a temple and BBQing. 

 My street in Sangin-Dong and one of my favourite dishes, duk bokki.

 A trip to the seafood market proved to be very interesting. There are a lot of things you can eat that I had never seen before. One of my friends will eat pretty much anything and was offered a "sample" straight out of the bucket (yum!). After a trip to the seafood market a clam BBQ seemed like a good idea. And it was delicious. 

On a trip to Seoul I decided I should visit The DMZ (Demilitarized Zone) on the border with North Korea. I'm technically standing on North Korean soil in the first photo (I've been in North Korea!) and the other two are shots of the border and a North Korean soldier checking out all the foreigners. 
 The summers are extremely hot and humid in Daegu so leaving the city for one of the many islands to the south makes for a perfect weekend. This trip was to an island called Bijindo. We failed to research properly and did not realize that there was literally not ONE restaurant on the island and only one small convenience store. We managed to stuff ramyeon and chips into our bags at the ferry terminal and most definitely ate ramyeon for breakfast the next morning (mmm kimchi ramyeon at 9am). Thankfully the owner of the minbak ( hotel with no beds. you sleep on mats laid out on the floor.  once i stayed in a minbak with 25 other girls which was really NOT fun) we were staying in had his sister cook us dinner so we managed not to starve. 

Another summer trip to see the Boseong tea fields and the beautiful Korean countryside. 
A friend came to visit from Busan for the weekend and we spent the evening duck boating on Suseong Lake. The perfect way for two twenty-something year olds to spend a few hours. 

My coworkers and I decided to head to Woobong Tower Land for a day of fun on some rides. I also seem to have perfected my posing. 

Just as I was planning my departure H1N1 (pig flu) hit the news. Everyone was afraid of catching it and we were all forced to wear totally awesome masks while teaching.  

Check out Year OneBeijingShanghaiThailand,  Indonesia and Malaysia

Friday, July 20, 2012

Blue + Glitter

I love a great glitter polish and Nails Inc 3D glitter polishes are some of the best in my opinion. I love the fine glitter a lot more than large chunks but what I love even more is I don't need 100 coats to get opaque glitter. I decided to have a little fun and layer this Nails Inc's Fitzroy Square over  Orly's Frisky. The result is a super fun and glittery manicure. 
What do you think?

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Rimmel London Lash Accelorator Serum

I was not blessed with long and full bottom lashes. I never even bother wearing mascara on my bottom lashes because I tend to look like I'm missing half of them and I figure I'd rather look like I have none than like I have 3. That was until I saw the Rimmel London Lash Accelerator on sale for $4.99 at Rexall. After a quick google search (thank you, iPhone) I decided it might be worth the $4.99. I've been using it every night on my bottom lashes for the last three or four weeks and I really think it's working. Not in a miraculous way but my lashes seem fuller and longer.
With a little help from Rimmel's Volume Max Mascara on my top lashes and Clinique's Bottom Lash Mascara (a must for people like me with bottom lash problems) on my bottom lashes you can actually see my lashes (and I have more than 3)!
Compared to most people they are still a bit pathetic looking but so far I am liking the results.

What do you think? Do you have any secrets for great bottom lashes?

You can buy Rimmel London's Lash Accelorator Serum from Well.ca

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Weekend Fun

My parents came into the city over the weekend to celebrate my dad's retirement. We started off by taking part in Summerlicious and eating dinner at Toula which is on the 38th floor of the Westin Harbour Castle. The view was pretty amazing and the food was delicious. 
We then did lots of walking and enjoyed Sunday morning brunch 
Some dark clouds rolled in over the city on Sunday afternoon and we managed to get totally soaked. Prior to getting soaked we did some shopping and I spotted this toile dress in the window of Meg on Queen West and popped in to try it on. It was my lucky day because it was 50% off and my sister and my parents bought it for me as a birthday gift. I got it in red so there is another post to come about the dress. 

How was your weekend?

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

The Green Pants

If you've been reading my blog for a while then you will know that I have been after a pair of green pants for AGES and I finally got my wish this spring when I found these babies at H&M. I have been wearing them nonstop all summer even thought the 30 degree temperatures make wearing pants torture. I'm glad I didn't buy them in mint because I think I'll be able to wear these into the fall. 
What do you think?

Monday, July 16, 2012

The Korea Years: Indonesia

In July of 2008 I booked another week off of work and headed to Indonesia. Or to be more specific the islands of Bali and Lombok. One of my university girlfriends is from Indonesia and I was once again travelling to a place I never thought I would get to see. 
The first stop of the trip was the island of Lombok where I fed some very curious monkey's and took in the beautiful view. 
Then some local boys spotted me and decided they wanted their photo taken with me. This happened a few times throughout the trip. I'm not sure if I looked like someone famous or if it was just the fact that I was a foreigner. Then I hopped onto a boat and headed to Gili Trawangan and the beautiful Beach House...
where I spent time snorkelling...
and relaxing on the beach.
 Then it was time to say goodbye to Gili for a few days in Bali where I apparently had sucker written on my face. For the record a pedicure on the beach is a really, really bad idea. One word: sand. 
 and I did a little surfing (jokes. I'm just trying to look cool)

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