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?