Wednesday, December 31, 2008

On the eve of 09

335/365 Knitting: not just for nerds anymore
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I'm passing my time this New Year's Eve doing the most grandma thing ever: Knitting a cowl neckwarmer. Because I was inspired by the folks @

I'm ringing in 2009 with
Popiah & lotsa booze & champagne with the family. What about you?

Friday, December 26, 2008

Must Watch:

The cousins, my brother & his girlfriend & I braved the opening night crowds at Famous Players and it was well worth it. Brad Pitt despite his drooling good looks is really a good actor and Cate Blanchett is devastating beautiful in this movie. Their chemistry is sizzling and the story is a truly wonderful one about the process of aging. A must-watch this holiday season & make sure you bring tissues.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays!

Here's wishing everyone a blessed Christmas and a wonderful time with family & friends. Lots of turkey, ham & pressies to one & all!

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Oh the weather outside is frightful..

so at the mall today with my brother & his girlfriend, I snapped up a fabulous furry vest! I've been toying with the idea and then spotted my Columbian classmate of mine sporting a fabulous one in class. And that was when I decided I'd get one for myself, BUT only at the right price, right look & faux fur please. And today at the mall, I found it at Le Chateau, amidst the crazy last minute shoppers, for a VERY good price that didn't put another dent in my already depleted bank account.

Along with that, I picked up some other great pieces:
  • a fab Foley + Corinna inspired black tote
  • a black & emerald houndstooth cardi
  • turquoise reflective aviators inspired by Top Gun which was on tv last night!
Bonus - nothing I bought was at regular price. Whoopeee!!!

Need a chick flick to rent?

I just watched an entertaining movie with the women in my family and thought I'd put it out to all of you. The Women is a modern remake of the 1939 version has a star-studded cast: Annette Benning, Debra Messing, Candice Bergen, Meg Ryan, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Bette Midler & Eva Mendes. It's kind of a knock-off Sex in the City & Lipstick Jungle & Cashmere Mafia all tied into one which makes the whole women-independence theme a little overplayed but it was pretty funny and entertaining. Narciso's collection in the movie was very chic!

Friday, December 19, 2008

Home for the Holidays

Touchdown in YVR amidst the holiday rush. JFK was a nightmare at 5am - a snowstorm was bound for NY this morning and everyone was scrambling to get onto earlier flights to leave the city. Thankfully, I made it on-time with luggage in tow and arrived in Vancouver safe and sound.

I'm greeted by a whole lotta snow, 3 of my favourite uncles, much of my extended family, the 2 doggies and hot, piping bowl of homemade laksa for lunch. Ah, what a treat! It was followed by my annual trip to the dentist and then tea time @ Timmy's. It looks like this holiday season is going to be full of eating since I've got a houseful of great cooks. Yum!

Now I have a mountain of presents to wrap and Christmas cards to write.

Happy Holidays Everyone!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Rockin' Rocks!

Shopping update amidst finals week: Scored 2 Rocks & Republic's for less than $200! Sa-Weet! No more jeans shopping for 2009. Hahaha!

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Marked down Madness

Tis the season to be shopping! This weekend was fruitfully spent in retail therapy. And much to our delight, the sales in stores are simply too good to be true! Here are some awesome deals that J, his sister, Eloise & I took advantage while they visited NY this weekend:
  • One of J's favourite stores in SoHo is having a closing down sale because they lost their lease, so all Energie stuff is 70% off. I scored Diesel jeans for $99 and an awesome leather jacket for $40. Tons of designer jeans were marked down more than 50%, designer sunglasses were 50% off too. Licia Atelier jewelry is available there too & if you pay cash, you might get an extra discount. J also got a pair of Blackstones for 85% off and I got Chooka rainboots for $20. We walked out happy campers, so for all you Manhattanites, go check out Lounge in Soho on 593 Broadway before all the good stuff is gone.
  • Prada is having a sale too - select men's and ladies' product is 50% off. I nearly died when I saw the bag & clutch I drooled over earlier this year on sale for 50% off. ARGHHH!!! My empty pocket said no.
  • Over in the West Village, the Marc Jacobs store had a crazy line-up, clearly there was some awesome deal we were missing but the long line in the cold made us give it a pass. Perhaps on a weekday morning?
  • Olive & Bette's store is 50% off - Autumn Cashmere included! Gorgeous cardigans...Sigh.
  • Club Monaco - take an additional 30% off
  • Bloomingdales - J scored a great Zegna item on sale for 30% off.
  • Ben Sherman - 50% off all suits
  • If you're looking to experiment with makeup or cosmetics, now's the time because Sephora has awesome deals on gift sets where you get everything packaged beautifully & for a fraction of the original cost.
  • Kenneth Cole - there was an awesome 1 day event which was 40-50% the entire store.
  • J & I scored shoes in the West Village for a steal - another poor store was having a closing down sale. I got Vans for $20 and he got Onizuka Tiger shoes for $40. Clearly the boy & I share a mutual love for footwear :D
Ahhh, so many sales, so little money...Happy Shopping everyone, just 10 more days till Christmas!

Friday, December 12, 2008

Get ready for mushy couple photos

2 years seemed to have flown right by and every day that goes by, I'm always grateful that you have never once let me feel alone. Can't wait till next fall babe. Love you.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Burning the midnight oil with Kettlecorn

OMG. Its the last 2 weeks of school and we're all working hard for the final push of the semester and for many of my friends & myself, the final push of our post graduate program. Projects are due, presentations need to be prepped & final exams need to be studied for. And to keep me company on my lonely long nights? The best kettlecorn I've bought from a store! Ike & Sam's Kettlecorn is AMAZING.
I'm no popcorn fan mind you. I don't usually purchase popcorn at the movies but this yummy, crunchy bag of goodness was first introduced to me by a girlfriend who shares my love for munchie snacks. While perusing Whole Foods one night after class, she pulled out this bag of kettlecorn goodness! Both salty & sweet, Ike & Sam's has the cutest mascots and yummy flavour variations. My faves being: The Original and most recently, a bag I picked up tonight in Kickin' Cayenne! Mmm..Nyum Yummmmy. So friggin good. Did I mention they are all natural with no preservatives, no trans fats and no cholesterol! And its manufactured right here in Brooklyn, NY. Go find a bag in a grocery store near you. Happy healthy munching!

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Christmas in a Cup

I'm no paid advocate for Starbucks but a classmate of mine recommended I'd try the Peppermint Mocha offered during the Christmas season in their signature red cups. And boy was it yummy!! Like After Eight in a cup, it's the holiday season embodied in a chocolatety minty cuppa joe. Mmm...perfect for rainy Vancouver and blistery New York winters! The holiday season has also gotten me into the mood of shopping & picking up gifts to check off my Christmas list.Other great holiday items I picked up as Christmas edges closer include:
  • MAC Cosmetics Holiday 2008 Passions of Red Fascinating Eyes Palette
  • A festive burgundy winter puffer coat
  • Red suede knee high boots from Chinese Laundry
  • A fab red lipstick which I've test driven at school & got awesome responses! :D
Christmas is less than 3 weeks away...Better get cracking on those Christmas lists & send out those Christmas cards! Happy shopping!