fall/winter collective haul

Finally, here is my haul I promised a couple weeks ago! The skirt, tshirt and dress are from my Toronto trip.
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Mustard T – H&M $12

Ruffled Socks – Forever 21 $1.99 on sale

Burgundy Skirt – Brandy Melville $32
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Always wanted a pair of socks like these – glad I got them on a deal instead of originally $5.80!

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I was looking for a skirt in this colour and I like the sueded feel of this one.

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Got this dress for my winter formal dance! From Dynamite, for $39.90. Got a discount though because I’m a Virgin Mobile member – gotta love deals.

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Red Infinity Scarf – Giant Tiger $9

Definitely going to wear these two together.

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Burgundy cardigan – Dynamite $17 on sale

Possibly obsessed with burgundy for fall/winter. Got this a while back, but never put it  in a post.

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My new winter toque! Got it before seeing the game – thanks Dad.

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In my dress

Hope you enjoyed my long overdue haul!

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Recap: osheaga day 2

We lucked out again on Saturday – no rain (except for a bit during Imagine Dragons) We weren’t really interested in seeing any of the earlier acts that day, so we decided to hit up St. Catherines again since we didn’t walk much of it the day before. We went into a few different shoe stores and I made sure we made it to Brandy Melville (where I was determined to buy something!) My friend had never been there before and was very impressed with the store, so naturally she walked out with quite a bit. I ended up getting the Stay Weird top which I had been looking for originally in Toronto. I was satisfied! I was contemplating on a floral skirt as well, but it was $30 and I felt like I didn’t want to spend that much on it. After a couple more stores, we went our separate ways to get lunch. I ended up getting a meal from Kojax (yum, Greek!) and while my mom and I walked back on St. Catherines to the hotel…guess who we spotted? Maxime! We were both surprised and said a quick hello. I couldn’t get over how I met the guy who had the same Chevrolet bracelet as me outside of Osheaga. What are the odds? It definitely made my day!

After finishing up lunch, my mom and I looked for the subway in the Underground City (interconnected complexes in downtown Montreal) We passed by a clothing store called Lime and when I looked in I saw a bunch of denim vests. I had been looking for one for a while, but I hadn’t found the right one for the right price (yet) I saw one with a grey hood attached which was cute and for $25. Not the best price, but the others I had seen had been more so I settled for that one. 

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Later we headed to Parc Jean-Drapeau in time to hear some of the last songs performed in Jimmy Eat World’s set. We all walked around to the other side of the island to explore and entered the Chevy contest again (my friend found a guy with the same bracelet, but he wasn’t bothered and gave it to me!) After my friend and I walked over to the Air Miles tent and showed them my mom’s card so we could get a free Polaroid taken! :) Our moms were back at the Chevy tent entering since they’d also found a match, so my friend and I headed back to the main stages to catch the last bits of Stars’ set. I loved when they played Hold on When You Get Love and Let Go When You Give It at the end (Yes, long song name) We stood in the crowd of the opposite stage since Tegan and Sara were playing next! We also wanted to stay on that side because Imagine Dragons were playing an hour after T and S. 

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Tegan and Sara were awesome and I especially loved How Come You Don’t Want Me Now and Alligator. I was annoyed partly during the set since the guy in front of me smoked at least 4 cigarettes in that hour…and the smoke drafted into my direction of course. After they finished, my friend and I pushed as much as we could near the front (which was very difficult!) We don’t really like to be rude. Thankfully two taller guys in front of us let us stand in front of them. I was thankful until everyone around us (including the two guys) starting smoking pot. The smell was intoxicating and it was a big turn-off for my friend and I. I was also very squished as we waited and I could barely move in the hour waiting for K-os to end (I was very unimpressed with his set, I have to say). After what seemed like a long, long time, Imagine Dragons were finally on! I was so excited. 

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They were phenomenal. Throughout the whole performance their energy was amazing, especially Dan’s. He had a huge bass drum which he used quite frequently through the show and it was awesome. The number of crowd surfers during On Top of the World was crazy though – my friend and I were so paranoid that we’d get crushed or hit on the head (crowd surfers in my opinion were a big downside in the standing area) Besides that, their set was probably my favourite from the entire weekend. I was a bit bummed they didn’t get to play Bleeding Out, but Amsterdam and Tiptoe were my favourites. They were great performers and interacted with the crowd. At the end they threw their drumsticks into the crowd and a girl behind us caught the one that Dan threw (after it hit her friend on the head) If only we had been a bit farther back!

After Macklemore & Ryan Lewis were playing, but I wasn’t all that interested in going into the crowd, so my friend went with her mom. I’m not really a big fan of rap, but I don’t mind it. I admit, after seeing Macklemore, I like him a little bit better. He was an amazing performer and interacted with the crowd the most from what I had seen the whole weekend. My favourite performance was Same Love, where he invited Tegan and Sara onstage to sing with him. It’s a really catchy song too. 

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Overall, Macklemore surprised me and I was more impressed with his set that I had thought I would be! 

After he left, we also did. My feet were on fire from the pain of standing in the crowds for 3+ hours (and we weren’t all that interested in seeing Beck’s whole set), so we took the Metro back to the hotel and grabbed a late dinner. 

 

 

 

Recap: Osheaga day 1

Sorry I have been so MIA the past week…my friend and I attended the Osheaga music festival in Montreal from August 2-4. It was such a fun experience.

Although I listen to One Direction, my music taste is mainly alternative/indie. Back in March Osheaga released their lineup and I was very impressed. I was already going to One Direction, so I didn’t think much of going, but when tickets when on sale I decided to needed to go! My mom gave in and since I am only 16, she and my friend’s mom came with us. Good thing they didn’t hover the entire time, thanks mom! We purchased the three day pass and I added another countdown to my phone. :)

Unfortunately, many of the ticketholders (including me) received our bracelets quite late. This was due to fraud issues. My mom had called Osheaga worried we wouldn’t get them in time, but they assured us we would get replacement ones in case we didn’t receive them in time. Although the bracelets came only 4 days (4 days!) before the festival, I was glad we finally had them!

We left on August 1 on a 3 1/2 hour drive. We stopped a bit to shop at the Fairview Point Claire mall and then ate at an allergen free restaurant (I have a peanut/nut/shellfish allergy) in the Latin Quarter called Zero8.

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I ordered the steak and fries (+ salad) and managed to save enough room for a chocolate cake dessert. I go to Zero8 every time I’m in Montreal, and I have to say they have gone downhill a bit compared to previous years. I was satisfied with the cake though!

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The Latin Quarter!

Ok, on to what this blog post was supposed to be about – Osheaga day 1! The festival didn’t officially start until 1 (which was when the first act was playing), so we decided to take a walk down to rue St. Catherines for a little browsing/shopping. I only ended up getting a shirt from Simon’s (a French clothing dept. store), but that was good enough for me!

We were lucky – the Metro was literally steps away from our hotel. We hopped on and after 2 stops we were at Parc Jean-Drapeau! I was beyond excited. We entered with a swarm of people and checked through the security quite smoothly. Osheaga time!

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Me and my friend!

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The first act of the day were Capital Cities. I had heard of them before from their popular song “Safe and Sound” and I knew a few others so we decided to stay and watch. I was pleasantly surprised. They were really good live and they covered “Stayin’ Alive”. Their performance was very entertaining and I will be purchasing more of their music!

My mom and my friend’s mom sat on the hill while they waited for us and watched the other acts. After Capital Cities we left and decided to look for the water stations where we could fill out bottles (for free!). Unfortunately, parts of the map were inaccurate so we ended up at a farther water station since the one that showed closest to where we were didn’t exist! My friend and I stood in the semi-long line waiting for our turn. Now before I write about the next story, I forgot to mention. Chevrolet was holding a contest at Osheaga. Two Chev Sparks were up for grabs and once you entered the venue you were given a bracelet of a colour and specific number (see here) 200 people are given the same bracelet each day, and if you find your match you can be entered to win one of the cars. My thoughts were…what are the odds? How could you find your matching person in a sea of 40,000 people a day?

Well, I was wrong. Bored in line, I glanced over to the guy next to me and on his wrist is a black bracelet with the number 914. THE SAME AS MINE! I honestly didn’t know how to react, so I motioned to my friend and she was nodding and telling me to confront him. So I did. I said something like “Is your bracelet 914?” or “Excuse me, I think our bracelets are the same..?” And then the first words out of his mouth was in a French accent, “Do you speak French?” I was all freaked out and using my .1% of French I answered “Un peu…” Haha. Good thing he spoke some English, because I was worried we wouldn’t be able to communicate. I had to explain to him about the contest, so after we got our water we walked to one of the many Chevrolet stands set up. Too bad there was a huge lineup! I wasn’t willing to wait a long time just to enter a contest – especially since we’d be missing some acts. Before I could suggest it, he asked if  we could exchange numbers so we would be able to meet later and enter. I agreed and he left to watch Oberhofer (I’m glad we didn’t stand in line, or else he would’ve missed this band!) My friend and I met our moms back on the hill and relayed my story. We sat on the hill for a while watching Oberhofer, which I liked a lot (yay new music to listen to!)

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View from the hill (photo courtesy: my mom (+ dad’s fisheye lens)

After my mom and I went to fill our waters again, but I decided I wanted to line up at the merch tent. Waiting there for a while, I finally got a shirt while Daughter played in the background. I made it back in time to watch half of Ben Howard’s set in the standing area. My friend and I were determined to stay at the Scène de la Rivière Virgin Mobile stage as Alt-J was playing on the stage next to it (Scène de la Montagne Molson Canadian). Also, after Alt-J, Two Door Cinema Club was playing at the stage where we were already standing. We needed to get close to the front!

As people filed out after Ben Howard was off, my friend and I raced to the front. Though we weren’t against the gate, we were fairly close and I was satisfied! Thank you to the tall guy who moved over to let us in beside him. We waited 45 minutes as Alt-J played their set (which was very good) and finally Two Door Cinema Club was on! You don’t know how happy I was.

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TDCC was perfection. Alex’s vocals were amazing and spot-on. And of course he brought a drink out with him. I loved it when they played the opening guitar part to “Something Good Can Work” and everyone started cheering. It was pretty cool when Alex announced that it was Kevin’s 24th and everyone tried to sing “Happy Birthday”. My favourite performance was probably “Next Year” or “What You Know”. I would definitely see them again!

After TDCC, we left for a much needed food/bathroom break. My mom and walked around to the other side of the island to meet up with Maxime (the guy with the same bracelet) I was glad the line was fairly short and the Chevrolet worker took our picture which was put on to Instagram (yeeikes!) The picture was a bit awkward, but oh well! We entered the contest on 1 of 4 iPads at the tent and then said goodbye. He was very nice and I’m glad that we met!

We headed back after meeting Maxime.  As Ellie Goulding finished, my friend and I entered the standing area again where she had just performed her set. Vampire Weekend was on the stage beside and after them would be Phoenix! I was pumped. Vampire Weekend were awesome, but I wished I knew more of their songs. When Phoenix finally came on I was excited. They played “Entertainment” first and I really enjoyed “Litsztomania” and “1901”. It was cool how the lead, Thomas Mars, went to the front crowd and also crowd-surfed in the end! I wished we had been closer. Phoenix really impressed me and they turned out to be great performers.

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Ezra from Vampire Weekend

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After Phoenix performed, we were done for the night. The Cure was playing next, but we weren’t very familiar with their music (Except for “Friday I’m in Love” & “Just Like Heaven”), so we decided to call it a night. The weather was forecasted to rain that day (along with the next two days), but we lucked out!

*stayed tuned for tomorrow’s post of day 2!*

my southern ontario trip: st. catharines & niagara falls

The day after the concert, my family and I left to see more of Southern Ontario. Before heading to St. Catharines, my dad took us to the University of Guelph and McMaster University so I could tour some of the campuses to help me decide where I wanted to apply when grade 12 came around. U of Guelph’s track was beautiful and it’s a big running school (yay!), but I really enjoyed McMaster’s campus and Hamilton seems like a nice city.

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U of Guelph Track

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Hamilton

After, we headed down to St. Catharines to check into our hotel. 

The next day we drove to Niagara Falls (which was only 20 minutes away, yay). I hadn’t been there since I was 4 or 5. The weather was nice and it was a great day to see the Falls. My dad, my sister, and I took a ride to the top of the Skylon Tower.

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 Skylon Tower

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The view was awesome!

We were all hungry after that and I was craving Italian, so we walked until we came across Romano’s Macaroni Grill. I ordered the Meat Lover’s Pizza. Yum! The food was really good, but I can’t say the same about the service. There were only three other tables filled and our server took forever. Disappointing. Later we decided to take a look in the Niagara Falls outlets. My mom and I went to the Coach outlet to just browse at what we couldn’t have…and then we both left with a purse. The store had a 50% off special, so my purse ended up being $150. Still pricey, but I was in need of a new bag that would last. I don’t regret buying it. It can convert into a cross-body which I like and the colour is beautiful. 

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“Coach Legacy Leather Mini Willis” in Bright Coral

After some dinner at the hotel, we decided to a bit of shopping at the Pen Centre in St. Catharines. The mall was quite nice and I was especially happy because they had Campus Crew (I live near very few) I loved the NHL hoodies they had there, but I was not willing to pay full price. Everything else was on sale and I ended up buying a pair of white cutoffs for $12.99! Our last stop was Winners and I wasn’t expecting anything great. I was surprised when I found a knock-off Brandy Melville “I Love You to the Moon and Back” crop top for $12.99. I was happy! 

*stay tuned for my collective haul post on monday!*