Saturday, June 22, 2013

Collective Non-Cosmetic Haul!

Well, almost everything… I have a couple more things I’ve bought since taking these original pictures… so I’ll stick those down at the end.
Bleach Keychain:
I believe I mentioned in my Anime post a little while ago that I had started reading Bleach. I’m maybe one-third to one-half of the way through it now, and I’m kinda getting into it. This keychain happens to be one of the coolest things ever, basically because I really really love how this hollow mask looks! It was a but pricy, I think almost $8, for a keychain, but I really liked it, so now I have it!
Cafe Au Lait Candle (Bath and Body Works):
Some of the three wick candles were 75% off at B&BW during their sale, and I’ve loved this scent for a while (coffee, duh!) so I had to pick one up. For less than $, as opposed to almost $23, this was a great deal!
Cotton Blossom body splash (Bath and Body Works):
During the B&BW sale, this body spray was $4, and at first, it smelled like the Clean Cotton perfume that Sephora sells, which literally smells like a fresh load of laundry. This one does have a fairly nice scent, but its much stronger and a little harsh if you use more than a single spritz. The orange flower might be what does it, but it’s hard to say. I’ll still use it up, but it might take a bit longer.
An Abundance of Katherines by John Green:
I almost got a book by Elle and Blair Fowler, two YouTubers that I follow, but I know I love John Green, and I don’t i know how well they can write! Books were on 4-for-3 at Chapters a couple weeks ago, so my BFF, BF, and I all got a book (or two mangas, in my BF’s case) for a bit of a discount. I’ve already read The Fault in Our Stars, and Looking for Alaska, but I haven’t got around to this one yet, so now I have it whenever I want to start!
Targaryen House Touque:
Some of the Game of Thrones stuff was on a pretty hardcore sale at Chapters, with this hat being 75% off… so less than $4! I love the Targaryen’s and Game of Thrones in general. I hope I will wear the hat, but for $4, it really won’t be the end of the world if I never do!
Bandalettes (two pairs):
Alright, these are pretty brilliant. I’ve worn them once on Father’s Day, when my family took a walk instead of driving to the restaurant for dinner. These stop chaffing, or when your thighs rub together. Not everyone gets this, but I do, and the internet has lead me to believe that lots of other girls do too. Instead of trying to smear yourself with deodorant or baby powder, or where a pair of shorts under your skirts, these thin, cute bands of lace sit around your upper thigh and protect them without adding bulk. Plus, if they show, its just a cute bit of lace.  I spent just over $30 for two pairs including shipping to Canada. If you suffer from the same issues, I would strongly suggest trying these out:
Lots of tea:
As you can see from the picture, I did indeed buy a lot of different teas.
I got the Matcha from DavidsTea, because I have been obsessed with matcha flavoured candies lately, and I thought I should try the actual sourse. This was pretty expensive, but since matcha is a powdered tea, not a steeped tea, its super versatile. You can make it hot, cold, straight in milk. The next thing I want to try is matcha in chocolate milk, though I’m guessing the colour would be horrible!
I bought the Stash Chamomile tea because a) I love chamomile tea, b) there wasn’t any in my house, and c) sometimes I just can’t sleep, and this has worked for me in the past, whereas warm milk never really has. Tis very tasty!
Four O’Cloc Peppermint tea: basically, I just love peppermint tea, and it’s fantastic for hotter weather, since it’s cooling whether you brew it normally and drink it hot or make it strong and drink it over ice.
Yama Moto Yama Genmai-cha: there are some Japanese and Chinese restaurants that serve this really weird green tea for free in their restaurants, and I’ve become so accustomed to it that I actually really like it and even get cravings for it sometimes. I finally asked what it was one day, and it was basically this, which is a green tea which is mixed with roasted brown rice.  (Interesting fact: thjs tea came about because some Japanese people were too poor for pure tea, so they mixed it with rice to make it last longer. Later, this became very popular for it’s odd and yummy flavour!)
The Book of Me: A Do-It-Yourself Memoir:
I’ve pretty much always loved stuff like surveys and tags where you fill in information about yourself, and so this book is such a cool idea to me. Basically, it tries to cover your whole life and gets your to write about everything from facts like when and where you were born, to random information you can find about your earliest childhood, through to your adult life, love, and marriage, and stuff I haven’t got anywhere near yet. It should be fun to fill out for a long time. Because I’m kinda a dork like that.
Bright Pink and Black platform Sandals:
You might recognize these as the platforms from my last post. Obviously, I chose these ones! I went back a couple days later to try them on, and they seemed comfy and cute, and my boyfriend offered to pay about 2/3 of the price, so I was pretty sold… And they’re so cute!! I’ve word them once since just to the library and around the mall for an hour or so. In the first 15 min, I almost fell off the platform twice, but after that, I was perfectly fine. My feet slide forward a little too much, but the heel is practically not there, and the chunky platform wasn’t noticeably heavy. One of the straps bit into my big toes a bit, but beyond that I’m still pretty happy with them!
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Sunday, June 16, 2013

Wishlist // Non-Cosmetic Edition

· Flat Sandals:

I really dislike the Gladiator sandal style, and I also hate those sandals that have a strap down the middle of the foot, but none across to keep your foot on the sole of the shoe... and those are also, coincidentally, the only types of sandals that are available in most stores, with the exception of regular flip-flops. However, what I want is something flat, strappy (but not too strappy), cute, and comfortable. Ugh!

I have found a few options, though. Including these simple brown ones from Asos:

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As well as these crazy cool ones from Forever 21:

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I’m leaning towards the Forever 21 ones. And yes, I count those as flat, even though they’re 4 inches off the ground at their highest point, because they have almost no difference between heel and toe height, and should be nice and comfy.

· New Shorts:

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I have a couple good pairs of shorts, but only 2 that I really like on, both, of course, from American Eagle. I was really sad lately, because they were (are?) having a sale where all their shorts are $25, as opposed to the usual $40. However, most of the midi shorts, which is the length I need for my legs, either look exactly like what I already have, or only went up to a size 12 (I, unfortunately, am s size 14). There were two pairs I really liked. One was like my other pairs, but had a leather braiding detail up the side seams, and the other had studs down the fronts (pictured), but alas, these didn’t fit, so I’m still on the hunt for another pair or two.

· New Jeans:

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For the same reason that I need to wear midi-length shorts, I also go through jeans faster than the average girl, and so I’m in need of a new pair or two, despite the fact that the temperature is currently rising. This isn’t hard to find, I just need to get over it and spend the money on a couple of good pairs, since my favourite jeans are all American Eagle. I have a hard time finding other brands, especially cheaper brands, that look good, fit, and aren’t exorbitantly expensive!

· Great Gatsby (the book):

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Pictured is my favourite cover, but I’m much more likely to get a cheap cover, since I have a hard time spending $11 on a book I can get in a different cover for less than $3. I really loved this book when I read it, and I can’t wait to see the movie, and I would very much like to have a copy of the book for myself.

· The Beautiful and the Damned:

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The book in the picture is the one I’m most likely to buy, since it has two different Fitzgerald stories in it for less than $5. Because I loved Gatsby so much, and Fitzgerald’s writing style, I would love to get this to try out some more of his stuff.

· A new tea ball and/or a takeout cup with a tea strainer right inside:

I have no idea why I’m having such a hard time finding a tea ball that is larger than the one I have at home. I even went to David’s Tea, and all the ones they had in stock didn’t close properly, so tea would have leaked out everywhere, especially a rooibos tea! Ugh…

Anyways, I would also love a travel mug with a tea infuser inside of some sort, since at the moment, I’m pretty much limited to using my loose leaf teas when I’m at home, and stuck to store bought or bagged teas when I’m out. However, I haven’t found one yet at a good price and size. Maybe soon.

· Great Gatsby tickets:

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· Star Trek: Into Darkness tickets:

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Ok, not sure if the last two here count, but I really would love to see both of these movies in theatres. The only problem is that it’s hard to find a time when everyone who wants to see the movie is available... we might have to just suck it up and go at different times...

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