Thursday, May 26, 2016

The other way around

I don't know why, but I've been wearing a lot more dark colours now that it's starting to warm up over here. What can I say? I'm like a salmon... going against the flow. :D

Old dress I sewed with Vans slip ons
Wore it with the coat I also sewed (which I just wore in the last blog post)
As a side note, I was just at Eaton Centre the other day and discovered that a stand-alone NYX store just opened there! I was so excited I forgot to take pics, but here's the small haul:
NYX Tinted Brow Mascara in Espresso and Ombre Lip Duo in Cinnamon and Spice
Dropped by Urban Outfitters, and got a small haul there was well:
Tony Moly sheet mask to try and a Calvin Klein sports bra on sale...woot!
Do you guys wear dark colours too in the warmer weather? And any hauls lately?

Monday, May 23, 2016

Down the rabbit hole

The latest thing I sewed...a coat, you guys. Made so many mistakes while making this, but I ended up really liking the finished garment.
Coat I sewed using Lotta Jansdotter's Pilvi Coat pattern from her book Everyday Style, Wilfred top, no-name leggings, Birkenstocks

 And guys, since I've been really into Korean dramas and the Asian skin care routine, Pacific Mall trips have been frequent and really quite dangerous for the wallet.  The greatest thing about my new Kdrama obsession is that it's tiding me over while waiting for the new Walking Dead season and Game of Thrones episodes...heh!

Anyhoo, here's the latest haul from there...

From Broadcast Entertainment and Fantasia store
1) Descendants of the Sun pouch and postcard set
2) My Love From The Star OST
I may have squeed a little when the lady at the store showed me this. Guys, this show has 21 episodes (with an epilogue) and I finished it in less than week! (It came out in 2013 so all the episodes are accessible on Viki.)
Just a wonderful love story. You can see the trailer here. It's like Twilight and The Time Traveler's Wife combined into one. Love the cast, both the main and the supporting.

Look what's inside!
The special set  has 2 CDs, a DVD, postcards, a small book with movie stills and lyrics sheet.
3) Of course, I had to get some beauty stuff, right? Hehe
Etude House Zero Sebum powder (from Multi Brand) and Biore Watery Essence sunscreen (from Floy Beauty) 
How was your weekend, guys? And have you seen My Love From The Star? I'm now a fan of its main lead, Kim Soo Hyun:D And if you have any suggestions on what Korean drama to watch, let me know!
(Currently watching Oh Hae Young Again and Vampire Detective:D)
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PS Happy Victoria Day to my fellow Canucks!

Thursday, May 19, 2016


"Haku: Where's Sen? What happened? Please, tell me. 
Kamajii: Don't you remember anything? 
Haku: Just little pieces. Chihiro kept calling my name in the darkness. I followed her voice and woke up lying here. 
Kamajii: Chihiro, huh? Her real name's Chihiro? Can't beat the power of love."
-from the film Spirited Away
BDG shirt from Urban Outfitters, Spirited Away tank from Hot Topic, Zara jeans, Vans slip ons

Monday, May 16, 2016

From start to finish

I thought I'd chronicle how a simple sewing project goes for me, from beginning to end. For those of you who don't sew, I'd like you to know that if I can do it, anyone can...seriously. And for those of you who do, I thought you might get a kick anyway of how a newish sewer does it:D
(As a reference, I've been sewing since the end of August 2015.)

1) The pattern (instructions and pattern pieces): Simplicity 8101

2) I trace the pattern pieces into this paper, so that I can re-use the pattern again. (A pattern envelope contains pieces for different sizes, and especially for kids' patterns, you can keep re-using them until the child gets too big:D)

3) I then put the pattern pieces on top of the fabric, usually folded with right sides together (for the bigger front and back pieces) and cut on the straight grain. I didn't bother ironing the fabric after pre-washing it with this project, but this is a no-no. I just got lazy.
 I then transfer the markings into the fabric.
I use the gesso plastic container to hold the piece on top.
 4) Once you cut the pieces, the fun part comes...the actual sewing!

5) The one thing I don't get lazy on: pressing the seams.

 6) And after the sewing and pressing...voila! A finished garment:)

I guess this is really simplified, you guys, as this is a garment for my little one. For adults, it can get a bit more complicated with sizing adjustments and such, but that's another story. These steps also were not done in one day, as I usually do my crafting in spurts...hehe....
Simplicity 8101 is a great pattern. A dress with pockets is always a win!

What kind of crafting do you do?

Thursday, May 12, 2016

#KBeauty Shopping and Haul (Picture-Heavy)

As I've mentioned in this post, we live pretty close to Pacific Mall, which makes it easy to go shopping for AB (Asian Beauty) stuff. Admittedly, now that I'm into the whole K-beauty thing, going there is not good for my wallet (or my husband's...heehee).

I thought I'd give you a peek of what's in there. These pics are not of the whole mall though, coz I was with my husband and I guess there's only so much a guy can take before he has had enough of skin care shopping. Guys don't like beauty shopping?!?! Wut?!?! (He insisted I mention "long-suffering husband"...anyways....)

If you're in the Greater Toronto Area and haven't been to this mall, I highly recommend it. Visit the Market Village beside it as well, where there are some beauty stores like the Beauty Garden and Amore. (I will admit that I never go there on weekends though, coz it does get crazy!)

Let's begin, shall we?

Every time we go there, first thing we do is (of course) eat.  I always eat this at Japanese Express (Heritage Town on second floor). Love this place, and everyone there is super nice.:D
We were there around 12 on a weekday, so some shops were still closed. (Excuse the photo quality. These were taken with my phone.)

Many of these shops carry various brands.

He refuses to "pose" normally, and yet complain that all my pics of him make him look cray cray...sigh....
Where is Jin Goo? Teehee!

The girl here at Myeongdong was super nice. Will definitely come back here!

mostly brands from AmorePacific line like IOPE and Sulwhasoo

There are many other beauty stores that I wasn't able to take a picture of, like Multi Brand, The Face Shop and It's Skin, but you get the drift...:D I think it's cool they're all in one place.

 Here's what I got:
The First Treatment Essence from the Missha store (with some samples)
Nature Republic Magic Remover from Myeongdong Beauty
I also ordered some stuff from Sokoglam (I highly recommend this site. They shipped out quickly! I ordered these April 29th and got the package May 9th. Not bad.)

What I got:
Son & Park Beauty Water and SkinFood Black Sugar Mask
On that note, I just recently bought and read Korean Beauty Secrets by Kerry Thompson and Coco Park, which alongside Charlotte Cho's The Little Book Of Skin Care (see previously linked post on top), has really fuelled my interest with the whole thing. This book is more of a scientific look at the  multi-step Korean beauty routine. Highly recommend this book. Whereas Charlotte's book has a very chatty style, this book has a more serious tone, but still very readable. I like the part where several bloggers talk about their own routine and their fave products.

Needless to say, I'm excited to try all these new stuff. In a few months, I'll be doing a review of these products (including The Face Shop items I've bought previously) and let you know how it's all been working for me. Unfortunately, I have sensitive skin so I have to wait before introducing any new products to my face.

PS Since Rowena got me hooked into KDramas, I've now been watching My Love From The Star. Have you seen it? Am loving it so far:D

PS Here are a few recent Korean ads featuring Song Joong Ki and Jin Goo (from Descendants of the Sun)...enjoy:D

Monday, May 9, 2016

Mother's Day 2016

Belated Happy Mother's Day to all the moms out there, including the the moms-to-be, moms-to-our-four-legged-friends, your own moms....:D

Of course, we had to wear me-made outfits...hehe....

Did you do anything for MD?
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