Tuesday, December 31, 2013

December Faves

It's that time again! Here are some of my most used products for the month of December ...

- The Greatest Scrub of All by Soap & Glory: I was gifted this by one of my good friends Spencer. He got me as his secret santa draw and he gave me a themed present. I was so excited to try this facial scrub out. It has a minty feel and you can automatically feel that your face is clean (9/10)
- Some kinda gorgeous in medium by Benefit: I am currently using this as my under eye concealer and it is working miracles. I never have to touch up and I kid you not, it goes on as liquid but finishes as a powder. I am in love! (10/10)
- Full Exposure Mascara by Smashbox: Doesn't clump and No touch up needed! I have added this on to my mascara layering process. It's currently step 2 (right after a coat of define-a-lash by mabelline) (9/10)
- CoverAll Foundation by Wet n' Wild: I take it in a medium and this foundation is easily build-able and quick to blend. It has medium coverage and has a matte finish! For $4.99 it does the trick (8/10)
- Lip stick by Boxum in Amsterdam: I have been looking for a "better than my lip" colour for the longest time and my lips have a pink/mauve undertone so regular nude lipsticks either look dull or unflattering on me. I found this great colour by Buxom and for a plus, it has a minty feel and semi-plumps your lips! (10/10)
- Brow and eye liner by Wet n' Wild in Taupe: This has been a staple since my friend Mal introduced me to this. I used to use a powder and wax duo for my brows from E.L.F but shipping costs are so expensive. This has been a life saver specially because I haven't gotten my brows done for 3 weeks. It has a wax feel but natural finish and retails for less than $2 (10/10)
- Vanilla Bean Noel 3-wick Candle: I cannot stop burning this candle! It smells like warm vanilla cake out of the oven! (10/10)
- iPad mini in White: I gifted myself an iPad mini when I went to New Jersey in November. It has been such a great tool. I use it to watch my YouTube videos, jot down notes, e-reader and obviously for all my Social Media needs! It fits in most of my purses as well, PLUS! (10/10)
- The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin: This book has been keeping me positive about life! Sometimes I over think about life and the plans I have that I get consumed in the negative that could happened. This book is helping me realize that "Less stress and more laughter" is the cure to a better life! (10/10)

What were some of your December favourites? Comment down below, talk soon!

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Gear up this winter with Raindrops!

I’m all about Canadian brands and when I came across Raindrops, I immediately took interest. Established in 2001, Raindrops has been providing Torontonians (and Canadians as a whole) with top quality umbrellas and rain-wear. It is also family owned by a mother and daughter duo, I mean how cute and awesome is that?

 I’m currently lusting over their Ladies Aigle Blodwen Military Parka, it’s definitely my style and who doesn’t love a fashionable winter coat in Toronto? I’m also eyeing a pair of Sperry Top-Sider Pelican Too Quilt Rain Boots (also available at Raindrops) – with a pair of over the knee wool socks, I’ll stay warm in style!

If you’re still on the hunt for that perfect winter outerwear or you want to give someone the gift of warmth (and fashion) this Holiday season, check out the Raindrops at their new location in Yorkville at 50 Bloor Street West (Concourse level of the Holt Renfrew Centre). All my blog readers can also receive 40% off from December 14 to 21 when you mention #WWRaindrops at check-out!

Talk soon,

Sunday, December 8, 2013

November Faves

I didn't mean to neglect the blog for the month of November, but working retail and going to a family vacation definitely took up my entire month. This is coming in a few days after December but here's a few favourites from the month of November, enjoy!

- Essence lash & brow gel: For $2.99 this clear brow gel does the trick! I usually buy the maybeline one but this one is giving me more bang for my buck. Keeps my brows tamed when they start to grow out. (10/10)
- Essence fine tip eyeliner marker: I have never tried a fine tip marker type of eyeliner and this one is fool proof! I love that I can do a wing tip effortlessly and it's really easy to use. The lasting power is alright, I've bought better. (8/10)
- Roots Cabin Socks: For 18.50 for a two pack, you can't go wrong with these winter staple. I must own it in a few different styles and colours! I packed 6 pairs during my trip to New Jersey at the end of November. They're a Canadian staple and not to mention, a perfect stocking stuffer. (10/10)
- Warm Vanilla Sugar candle from Bath and Body Works: In early November BBW had a candle sale 5 small candles for $25. I took the opportunity to buy myself some candles and some gifts. I have been obsessing over this candle for the entire months and beyond that I`ve burned through my candle already, thank God it`s a BBW original scent. (10/10)
- Soap & Glory 'Hand Food': This hand cream had great reviews and some of my favourite youtubers own it so I decided to give it a go. It had changed my hands and life! It doesn't leave a thick sticky residue and hydrates your hand for hours! Not to mention, it has a great clean scent. If you're ever at Sephora or Shoppers Drugmart, it's worth the $ (10/10)
- Nabob classic Cappuccino for Tassimo: I've been using my Tassimo since November and it's changed my coffee routine for the better. I've been obsessing over different refills & I particularly love this brand. I sprinkle a half a teaspoon of brown sugar and it's magical! (8/10)
- Evil eye bracelet from Target: A few months ago I grabbed a few sale jewellery pieces from Target during the Phillip Lim collaboration release. I stumbled across a few 'evil eye' pieces and grabbed 2 different pairs. I'm particularly obsessing over a piece that looks like the picture but in black. It's been part of my daily arm candy! (10/10)

What were some of your November favourites? Share them below!

Talk soon,

Monday, November 11, 2013

October Faves

This is coming in a bit late but here are my favourites for the month of October. I've just been terribly busy with work and life in general but wanted to share some of the things that have been staples during the first full month of Fall.

- Batiste Dry Shampoo: I was in the market for a new dry shampoo and my friend Malerie pointed this one out when we were at Winners. I`ve heard of Batiste before and a lot of YouTube bloggers have raved about it. I was using it every other day in October & it`s definitely lived up to its hype! My hair is extremely oily and this is the only thing that tames it when i had second day hair (9/10)
- Herbal Essence Volumizing Hair Spray: I'm never satisfied with any hair spray so when I saw this at my local Wal-mart and it said 'volumizing' it won me over. So far it's been helping my hair get some depth and the holding power is pretty good (8/10)
- Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte: Who doesn't love a great PSL? My personal order, grande pumpkin spice latte no whip! Nothing screams fall more than a little pumpkin in your latte (10/10)
- Cadbury Fruit & Nut Chocolate: My Aunt in New Jersey loves this stuff and as far as I could remember, they're discontinued in the states. My sister came home with a ton of these one day from work and I forgot how good they were. Great treat to keep in your purse ladies! (10/10)
- Essence 'Get Big Lashes' Waterproof Mascara: I found Essence at Shoppers Drug mart and the prices were what caught my eye. They were really cheap and the packaging was quiet quirky! I bought this Mascara in August and have been wearing it every since. For $3 this mascara is waterproof and is surprisingly build-able. If you're like me and enjoy buying drug store cosmetics, definitely check out 'essence' (7/10)
- Nivea Mint & Minerals lip balm: This balm contains shea butter and really keeps my lips moisturised for the entire day. I also love the minty and fresh smell it has! (8/10)
- Ravenswood new TV series: If you like Pretty Little Liars and can't wait until January for the next season to start, I suggest watching the new spin-off which is Ravenswood. It's a bit scary but it's keeping me interested, check out the first few episodes on the abc family website (7/10)
- Yeezus CD: I was supposed to go to the Kanye West concert on November 13th at the ACC but it's been postponed due to unforeseen events. I am now attending the December 23rd show! I am a huge Yeezy fan and had the CD on repeat to pre-amp for the concert. Regardless, still a great album. (9/10)
- Roots Canada Western Riding Boots Tribe Africa: I live by these boots and have been wearing them almost every day in October. They are such a great colour and pairs with everything in my closet. I know I work for Roots and I'm not trying to be bias but I have other high boots and they just don't compare! If you're looking for new boots to invest in, I recommend these ones! (10/10)

What were some of your October favourites? Share them with me and leave a comment below!

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Round Table: Social Media x Our Generation: Branding

There’s always been something about social media that gets people going- whether it’s a status update or a 140 character message about a sale at Holt Renfrew- it captures peoples attention. Everything we do, share and own are easily accessed by every digital touch point we have because they are all connected. Take my blog posts for example; when I publish a post I create a message for Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and post an image on Instagram to really increase the exposure of what I wrote about. Here’s where people struggle, we often forget that everything we post (whether you delete it later or not) has been published and aired out into the world wide web – no matter what you do, you can’t truly erase it.

I was aware of the power of social media the very first time I created my Twitter account (not so much Facebook) and I was fortunate enough to work at a Marketing firm for a few months and really get my hands and mind dirty on how social media works for other companies as a marketing tool. It’s all about being the brands voice and reaching out to your primary target market. Social media is also about building connections and relationships through each platform. It’s about telling a story the way you want to without hurting your brand voice, which we as young adults always forget about.

Once you create a social media profile on any platform, you are beginning to create your brand and how you want to be seen.  When you are creating a message for a Facebook status update, it will automatically become your brand voice. You are your own brand and you are your own marketer when it comes to your online/social media presence and this is the way people are going to remember you and think about you, so before you post anything, THINK ABOUT IT!

Your social media brand begins and ends with you and with information so easily available to future investors and employers, be sure to really think about your image, brand and brand voice. Use these touch points to leverage your talents and interests, but be cautious and smart about what you are sharing.

It's all connected .....

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Until next time,

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Roots Holiday/Winter 2013 Trunk show

I've worked for Roots Canada for 6 years and this year they invited the management team from each of their GTA stores to a trunk show on Thursday, October 17th at the Roots Head Office. The atmosphere was great as each manager mingled with designers, buyers and each other. Definitely a breath of fresh air from just knowing each other through the phone. There was food, refreshment and a fashion show!

An exclusive look at products that are about to hit our shelves got my brain rolling on product placement and overall that rush of excitement for this new season to commence. Roots truly does excel during Fall/Winter! 

Having the chance to share feedback on products currently at our stores with  the designers and buyers was great! They really wanted to know how things were moving, more conversations like this could really help them understand the customer base that have been buying our products.

It was a great night filled with product knowledge and great company that I definitely shared with my staff!

Talk soon,

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

What's in my purse? MBMJ Classic Q Natasha

If there's one thing I love reading and watching, it's all the "what's in my purse" blog posts and YouTube videos that I've come across recently. I'm really intrigued about what girls/women bring with them on the daily basis because it differs, a lot!

I've decided to do my own featuring my Marc by Marc Jacobs Classic Q Natasha. I love this classic cross body bag because it's roomy and the shape is (as per its name) classic. I've used it travelling since I bought it almost two years ago in NYC.

So, what's in my purse? Let's get started ...

1. Wallet: This one is new and I just picked it up at my local Winner's. It's a Rebecca Minkoff Passport Wallet. It's really slim but the only downside is that it's wide. I'll do a review when I have owned it for more than a month.
2. Cigarette Case: Yeah, I smoke and yes, I'm trying to quit every day. This is just a simple cigarette case in black pleather I got at the Dollarama. If I remember correctly it's about $1.25 plus tax. It's a great way to keep my cigarettes on the down-low, it is a bad habit!
3. A Lighter: A smokers best friend! I usually have two but it's no surprise that I've lost the other one. This one is sleek and electronic, again from the Dollarama for $1.00 plus tax. You can find them near the cash registers, I got this one in maroon.
4. Emergency Wristlet: This wristlet is from Roots Canada and it's packed with emergency items. It keeps my contacts eye-drops, a tube of Advil for surprise head-aches and migraines, a tampon (just in case), a eau de toilette spray that's a size of a pen and some hair-ties and bobby pins.
5. Sunglasses: These ones are the regular gold rimmed Ray Ban Aviators. No matter the season, I keep these close by because there's nothing worse than driving and the sun blinding you! Might as well drive with my eyes closed.
6. Card Holder: This one is the Umbra Bungee Cord Card Case and it holds my reward cards and my gift cards. I don't like mixing it in my wallet because it get too bulky so this is great to have. You could also use this as a wallet alternative if all you carry are cards.
7. Gum: I carry gum around once in awhile because sometimes, let's face it, you JUST NEED IT. This one's the Dentyne Ice in Peppermint. I have 5 pieces left.
8. Make-up Bag: This one is a miniature make-up bag and holds the following items: A press powder for oily skin, two kinds of lip balm, a nude lipstick and the lipstick I am wearing that day. I think every girl o-d's on lip products when it comes to being on-the-go. This pouch is from Kate Spade
9. Hand Lotion: This one is my ultimate favorite hand cream! It's the 250 ml Glysomed hand cream and it's fragrance free. I got this for Christmas two years ago, it came with the two big tubes (like the one in my purse) and a compact one (which I finished in like a week and a half). I love the lasting power and it keeps my hands hydrated specially because the weather is getting colder.
10. Phone: My phone isn't in the picture because I used it as a camera but I own an iPhone 5 in white with a "Hello Sunshine" floral case. It too belongs in my bag.

What's in your purse? or What should I add in mine? Leave a comment and let me know below!

Until next time,

Monday, October 7, 2013

September Faves

This is coming in a few days late, seeing as it's already October but better late than never. This is the first time I'm doing a 'monthly favourites' post but thought it'd be a good idea to get to know what I've been using, reading and buying the past month.

- Olay Fresh Effects: Contouring Face Cleansing System: I actually bought this during late July but wanted to give it a fair chance. I've been using it for more than 2 months now and love how clean it leaves my face. I bought it for $14.99 and it does the job (7/10)
- Simple Vital Vitamin Day Cream (SPF 15): I bought this in August and I've never really used any facial creams before. I chose this because it's for sensitive skin and it the smell is light. I put it on after cleansing my face with a toner, just right before I apply my foundation and it has left my face really moisturized. It was also $9.99 at my local Walmart (6/10)
- Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy Perfume: I've owned this perfume since December of last year and I absolutely love the lasting power. Probably my only perfume that I don't have to continuously apply throughout the day. The smell is a bit powerful for some but I love the fruity smell (9/10)
- CSI Miami: I've totally been indulging in old seasons and episodes of this TV show, no matter how corny. When I work in the afternoon, I'd watch a few episodes while getting ready
- Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream: It has sheer coverage and provides 8 skin benefits. It also minimizes the visibility of my pores. I've been using this BB cream for about a year now and during the year I've tried different ones but continue to go back to this one. It has 30 SPF which is great to use during the Summer season (9/10)
- Make-up Sponge: I got my "Beauty Blender" dupe from Winners for $6.99 and I've been using it to apply my foundation for two months now. I love the fact that it evenly distributes my foundation in one shot, it's small but powerful! (8/10)
- O.P.I James Bond Collection in Skyfall: Throughout the entire month of September (up until now) I've been going back and painting my nails this colour. It's just such a great wine red and love it to pieces! (10/10)
- Hamilton Beach Single Serve Blender: I've been really into making smoothies for breakfast and this is perfect to take to work. It has a traveler's lid which is perfect to just blend & go! I've been trying out new recipes and it's been a great alternative to my regular peanut butter and banana sandwich combination. It was also $10 at Walmart (10/10)

What were some of your September favourites? Leave a comment below!

Talk soon,

Monday, September 30, 2013

My Birthday Haul

My birthday was on September 17th, which was about two weeks ago. If you follow my blog, you've probably read 'Birthday wishes, champagne kisses' which consisted of my birthday 'wish list'. I didn't really do much for my birthday, I went to dinner with my family the day of at a local Japanese restaurant and some of my friends surprised me with cake and presents during my birthday week.
So what did I get?
- Marc Jacobs enamel and the Sally Hansen Fuzzy Coat in Tweed from my friend Ashley
- Gift card from Aritzia from my friend Amanda
- Money from my grandmother and my God-mother
- Pandora bracelet with two charms from my parents, sister & my sisters boyfriend
- Nelson Mandela: Long walk to freedom & necklace from my sister & her boyfriend
- Cards with amazing notes & letters in them from all my family & friends.
Putting material things aside, I would just like to thank everyone who took time out of their day to greet me before, during and after my birthday. It means a lot to me & I wouldn't have wanted to ring in my birthday any other way.
Until next time,

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

The Pickering Flea Market

When I was younger (around 10 to 12), my family would always go to the Pickering Flea Market on week-ends just to eat after church or walk on a rainy Saturday afternoon. It's been such a staple in my life, but I haven't gone back for years now. So on a random Saturday afternoon, I took a trip to the old flea market.
I was excited to just walk down the aisles and check out the week-end market. You can find the coolest things there, whether if it's a one of a kind bracelet or just a cute little shop where everything is hand-made.
My favourite part of the flea market is the Roadshow Antiques South. You get to see a lot of vintage items, some as old at the early 1600's. I remember walking through each section and looking at the tags, the pink typewriter I took a picture of was from the 1970's. I was starring at this vintage gold Cartier lighter and I showed my dad (I forgot to take a picture), it was locked up in a case & it sparked a story about my Grandfather (my dad's father), whom I never met.
I always wondered how each item was used during which era and the story behind them. The craftsmanship put into the item`s during those days were ten times over how things are made now. It really is amazing how much work it took to make things back then.
I wore my Roots heritage kanga hoody in black pepper, my oxblood Roots purse, cut-off shorts from Garage and a pair of all black Nike RosheRun`s. I opted for comfort and relaxed, especially because the weather that day was a mixture between cold and hot (I live in Toronto, what did I really expect).
After walking through the flea market, I headed down to the mini food court and tried out this local spot called Taco Fusion. Basically you got to choose what you wanted on your tacos, burritos and nachos. I got the Nachos Supreme and it was SO GOOD!
Before I left, I also grabbed a dozen of my favourite Cannoli's. The same Italian lady has been serving and making them at the Flea market pre and post construction. She's this sweet lady with the raspiest voice (She might have smoked) and she bakes her goods gluten free and sugar free. You can tell all the desserts were made from love and scratch. If you're ever in the Pickering Flea Market, visit her - she's located at the food court, closest to the Fresh Produce market with a huge sign that says "NO GLUTEN, NO SUGAR!"
What are some of your favourite places? Tweet me at @karcapili with the hashtag #KARsaidWHAT or leave a comment below! 
Until next time!

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Shopping Haul: 3.1 Phillip Lim x Target

Today was the day a lot of people were waiting for, the arrival of the 3.1 Phillip Lim for Target collaboration in stores and online! Now, I've never really stood in line during the wee hours of the morning to purchase anything but today, I made an exception for Phillip Lim.
I remember when Target announced the collaboration in early May of this year and many people couldn't believe their eyes or ears! Was it true, Phillip Lim was going to design a line just as chic, trendy and versatile as his beloved Phillip Lim 3.1 for the fraction of the cost? Today, that became a reality!
My friend D and I woke up around 4 am this morning to go to our local Target store (in the GTA) and as we arrived in line, there were already a few people there. I expected a bigger line but we did get there at 5:15 am and the store opened at 8 am. The line continued to grow and my friend Mal later met us. Being third in line was amazing and to our surprise we had conversations with (in girl terms) our shopping 'rivals' (we were all obviously just as committed).
The line progressed from 10 people for an hour to 150-200 people before store opening, luckily they had a crowd control plan in order! They let the first 25 people in once those doors opened at 8 am and I swear to you I ran to the accessories section & the rest was a blur. The next thing I knew, we had a cart full of purses and clothes and needed an aisle as far away as possible from the crowd.
After spending $422 at Target, I came out with 4 purses, 1 scarf and 5 pieces of clothing - Now, I don`t know if I`m  going to keep them all but they were all great pieces and honestly, the wait for the collection, the early wake-up call, the line-up & the small mishaps along the way were all WORTH IT!

I've never really experienced this type of shopping, but it definitely has prepared me for Isabel Marant x H&M and my future trip to New Jersey during American Thanksgiving.

 BTW: To the woman (and her daughter) who used her 2 bag limit to help me by my mothers bag, I want to say a huge thank you! There are truly nice people left in the world! I offered her coffee and she didn`t even want that, she was just so happy and thankful that we gave her a bag for her daughter.
What did you get during your haul? Comment down below, I'd like to hear!

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Birthday wishes, champagne kisses!

My 24th birthday is in 12 days and for some reason (I don't know why), I'm not as excited as I usually am. Maybe it's because I'm just constantly getting closer to that tender age of 30?

Anyways, to make me feel better, I decided to make a "birthday wish list" of things I like at the moment. I never really expect presents (only from my parents and sister) but hey, it got me a bit excited for my birthday!
  • Black classic low cut Converse Chuck Taylor's: All the chucks I own are hi-tops & I've owned them for years, so it's time for a new pair for the fall.
  • Mid length black cotton/jersey pencil skirt: I've been looking for a pair for months now, even before summer! Plus it can transfer into an early fall staple.
  • Pandora silver charm bracelet starter: I've never been a 'charm bracelet' type of person but I think I'd like to start building a story, on my wrist.
  • Medium Moleskine agenda (18 months): I'm a pen and paper type of gal so I always walk around with an agenda!
  • Nelson Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom: One of my friends recently read it and said it was amazing. I'm always up for a good read.
  • Crystal pendant necklace: I just love the shape and simplicity of this. I found a few at Brandy Melville but I'd like a bigger pendant.
  • Pandora faith and love charm: I want this to be my first charm, it represents my family, friends and faith.
  • Sally Hansen Fuzzy Coat in Tweedy: I love doing my nails and this seems interesting. I always look at it when I go to Walmart but now that it's fall maybe it can match with my knits :)
  • French Macarons: In all honesty, I think if I receive a box full of these small delights I'd be happy. I'm salivating just typing about it.
Talk soon!

Monday, September 2, 2013

Good-bye Summer!

For the last 2 weeks, I've actually tried to have a summer of some sort. During the summer holiday's in Toronto, I usually go on a week vacation with my family or friends (this year my family went to Florida without me), but this year I stayed in the city. Mainly because I started a new job almost 4 months ago and I didn't feel right just asking for a week long vacation.

I didn't abandon my blog whatsoever, I was just trying to squeeze everything in a short period of time. For the last two weeks-along with working full time- I went to the CNE (twice), Canada's Wonderland, Scotiabank's Buskerfest, and Niagara Falls

These pictures are just a recap of my last two weekends of Summer! It was great and I had lots of fun just enjoying the weather with some of my good friends. Despite the fact that I have been out of school for 2 years, it's still so bittersweet to say good-bye to the 4 months of sunshine (that we didn't get this year by the way) we have in Toronto.

So here's to summer, I'll see you again next year! Hello September also known as my birth and favorite month of all time (no, I'm not bias).

What did you do this summer that you'll miss the most? 

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Foodie Friday at Nomé

On Friday I hung out with two of my good friends, Mal and Ash. We went to a Japanese sashimi and tapas place on Yonge and Sheppard called Nomé Izakaya. The menu wasn't confusing (which is a plus for me) and it was easy to choose what we wanted, especially because Mal has been there before.

Their Friday special was $5 frozen cocktails which was a mix of a slushy with sake and rum. I tried their Mango Chili, which tasted like alcoholic bubble tea, yum!
What I forgot to mention- before I list the things we ordered, was that they serve complimentary oysters to everyone at the joint! That's a touch of customer service right there, I mean how many places do you know serve complimentary anything now a days? It was Ash and I's first time trying oysters and I enjoyed it, they served it with different vinegar's and it was just so fresh.
We ordered a few things (shown in the pictures), but I'll name all of them; spicy short ribs, yam fries, deep fried pork belly, slammin' salmon sashimi (seared), tuna tango sashimi (seared), calamari, unagi rissoto, japa-burger sliders, and 1/2 dozen of the fanny bay oysters. If you want to check out their menu, just click here.
Between the three of us, we were full and my taste buds were happy. It was different from just going to a regular Japanese A.Y.C.E restaurant and I really enjoyed the food! If you're looking to try Japanese food with a twist, I definitely recommend Nomé. By the way, they have daily special so check out their website!

P.S. all photo's (minus 2) were all taken by my friend Ash, thanks girl!

Talk soon!