march music favourites

After the Disco – Broken Bells

Crystallized – Young the Giant

Come a Little Closer – Cage the Elephant

Coming of Age – Foster the People

Are You What You Want to Be – Foster the People

Book of Revelation – The Drums

Middle of Nowhere – Hot Hot Heat

Carry Me – Bombay Bicycle Club

Arabella – Arctic Monkeys

Spring – Two Door Cinema Club

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random hauling

Here’s some of the things I’ve bought in the past month or so that don’t really have any relation!

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 Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Nail Color in 280 Marine Scene

I was browsing in the beauty section of Walmart and saw a shelf of this line of nail polishes for only $2.77. I couldn’t resist. It’s more of a  pretty teal colour in real life. Will be wearing it on my nails next week.

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Found this with a friend at a 50% off day at our local thrift store. It was in decent condition and was only $2.50!

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Where Things Come Back – John Corey Whaley

172 Hours on the Moon – Johan Harstad

I love reading and haven’t bought any new books in a long time, so I decided to treat myself. Read good reviews on both books on Goodreads and I am excited to start them soon (hopefully on a day where I have little homework, if that ever happens).

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I decided to include some music I have acquired recently as well. My friend bought the new Arctic Monkey’s album AM and shared it with me (thank you thank you) The album is amazing. I also bought The Killer’s new single “Shot At The Night” from their upcoming “best of collection” album. The song is produced by M83 and sounds great. Also been listening to the 1975’s debut album and loving it!

And that’s it for this short blog post. An outfit and styling post coming soon.

august favourites

In the summer I don’t really use any makeup, but here are a few beauty favourites I have this month.

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Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Special Shampoo

This isn’t really a beauty product, but I have been using this shampoo for about a month and a half and I am quite happy with it. They are only available at hair salons (possibly online too, not sure) After using it, my scalp and hair felt extra-clean. The tea tree leaves a tingling feeling and it great for people with dry scalps.

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Spectro AcneCare® Deep Pore Vanishing Lotion

EOS Smooth Sphere Lip Balm in Summer Fruit

Fresh Sugar Lip Polish

The Spectro lotion is great for acne. I don’t have a lot of acne, but now and again I would get bad breakouts on my forehead or around my nose. I had been continuously using some Neutrogena acne care products, but nothing was working. Eventually I tried the Spectro lotion and now I don’t use anything else! The lotion contains benzoyl peroxide which reduces the amount of acne-causing bacteria. I definitely recommend this product, but make sure to follow the instructions on the bottle. Also, it is better to apply at night as it leaves a white residue when it dries (can be easily washed off!)

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My lips get dry very easily, so I have been using these two products together frequently this month. I got the Fresh Sugar Lip Polish from my mom in a gift set and it works very well! I am also obsessed with the EOS lip balm…in my opinion the Summer Fruit flavour smells like the fuzzy peaches candy…yum! As you can see in the picture I have used quite a bit! I hope to get the Sweet Mint or Pomegranate-Raspberry flavour when I am done this one.

Now onto the entertainment favourites.

TV Show: Orphan Black

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My friend recommended that I watch this show and I’m glad I did. IT’S SO GOOD. It’s a BBC America production and is a sci-fi series set in Toronto, Ontario. The show is about a woman named Sara who witnesses a suicide of someone who looks like her. She assumes the life of the deceased woman and soon discovers she is one of many clones. Such a good series and Tatiana Maslany’s acting is phenomenal. Please start watching this show now!

Music:

Sleep Alone – Two Door Cinema Club

Changing of the Seasons – Two Door Cinema Club

Chartreuse – Capital Cities

My Number – Foals

Our Song – Matchbox Twenty

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Random favourites: Homeade blueberry muffins. I am addicted. There is a blueberry patch in a park near me and my sister and I go pick fresh blueberries for my mom to make desserts! :)

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I hope you enjoyed reading about my monthly favourites.

*New post in two days*

my summer 2013 playlist

here is just a short post about some songs I’ve had on repeat this summer.

  • changing of the seasons – two door cinema club
  • this is the life – two door cinema club
  • something good can work – two door cinema club
  • best song ever – one direction
  • teenage dirtbag wheatus
  • trying to be cool – phoenix
  • 1901 – phoenix
  • diet mountain dew – lana del rey
  • radio – lana del rey
  • you – the 1975
  • safe and sound – capital cities
  • chartreuse – capital cities
  • out of my league – fitz and the tantrums
  • hold on when you get love and let go when you give it – stars
  • beach – san cisco
  • unbelievers – vampire weekend
  • step – vampire weekend
  • do i wanna know – arctic monkeys
  • creep in a t-shirt – portugal. the man
  • sofie – the crookes

Now going a bit more into detail…

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Changing of the Seasons is Two Door Cinema Club’s new song off their upcoming EP (single released August 20!) It only aired two days ago, but I am already obsessed. I will definitely be listening to it for a loooong time. Especially when the new EP comes out. I am beyond excited. I also included two other TDCC’s songs (I had a hard time picking), which I will never, ever, tire of. Give them a listen.

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If you want teen pop rock, here it is. After hearing One Direction’s cover of Teenage Dirtbag at their concert, I had to give the original a listen again. I had it on repeat for days after the concert. Brendan B. Brown’s vocals take some getting used to though! It’s a song that’ll easily get stuck in my head.

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I mean, just look at the artwork. Safe and Sound was just so catchy, and after seeing them at Osheaga I began to enjoy Chartreuse A LOT. Although their songs sound very produced, they are amazing live.

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Again, this artwork is beautiful. Plus side – this band is Canadian. I’ve listen to Hold On When You Get Love and Let Go When You Give It (phew I’m out of breath) on repeat ever since The North album came out. Listened to it even more before Osheaga. Who could not like the indie-pop feel of this band?

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I love love love this band. Listen to Sofie, Afterglow, and Maybe in the Dark. You will understand.

Hope you enjoyed my summer playlist post! What have you been listening to this summer?

august (back to school) collective haul

I’ve already done quite a bit of shopping in Toronto and Ottawa, but I decided to pick up a few more things for back to school when I went away to Montreal. My mom also just came back from NYC a couple days ago and bought some clothing for me there as well! Thanks mom.

Here they are!

ImageCropped hooded denim vest from LiME (brand: Last Kiss) – $25

Osheaga tee – $35

Polka dot button up – $12.99

Stay Weird muscle tee – $18

I was especially happy when I found the Stay Weird top at Brandy Melville. I think it’s really cool and the store at Yorkdale Mall in Toronto didn’t have it. The Brandy store on St. Catherines had much more selection than Yorkdale – I was impressed. I debated on buying a skirt from there, but I couldn’t justify $30 for OK quality material. ImageImage

I love this shirt. I tend to have a preppy side to my style and I’ve been looking for some classic button ups (which I don’t have to spend a ton of money on, aka Abercrombie) I love wearing navy, which I have a habit of buying all my clothes in.

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And here is my beloved hooded denim vest I mentioned in a past post! I’ve been looking for one for the past couple months and finally found one I liked for the right price and quality.

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Probably my favourite shirt from this haul. :) It was $35 which was quite expensive, but it’s a festival. Things are going to be overpriced. I was pleasantly surprised when I found that the tshirt was American Apparel. At least the quality is there!

Now on to the stuff my mother picked up in New York. I only asked her to pick up a I Heart NY shirt (no pic…but it looks like all the others) and Celia Birtwell Shorts from UniqloThey are patterned, high waisted flowy shorts that look like a skirt when they are on. I bought a pair back in NYC during March Break and loved them. I had originally wanted them in the black and white floral pattern, but there were none left. I was happy with the one she did get me though.

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NHL Goalie mask tee – ?

Aritzia TNA leggings – around $20

Uniqlo Celia Birtwell shorts in Gray floral – $19.90

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I was only expecting the shorts and NY shirt, but she surprised me with a cool NHL tshirt and TNA leggings. Now I can say I own something from Aritzia…haha. Some of their stuff is really cute, but the prices, not so much.

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I think this shirt is an exclusive to the New York City NHL Store since the tag inside read “Reebok New York City” The tshirt is awesome. I’ll definitely be wearing it during the season. Anyone who knows me knows I am a Leafs fan. No shame!

Hope you enjoyed seeing this haul of my new clothing. I will definitely be taking a break on the shopping for a while! Look out for lots of OOTDs (or even OOTWs) with these pieces once school starts!

*New post tomorrow*

recap: osheaga day 3

And Sunday was the last and final day of the festival :( I wanted to visit the McGill University campus and check it out, so my mom and I went and took the Metro there (my friend and her mom stayed back and chilled in the hotel). Although everything was closed on the campus because it was a Sunday, I thought the campus was beautiful and I loved the architecture. 

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After a bit we walked back to St. Catherines, but not after I snapped this random pic…

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We walked more in the Underground City and decided to eat in one of the many food courts. Around 2:15 we left for Parc Jean-Drapeau once again and met up with my friend and her mom who had been there since the first act on the main stage. My friend and I decided to check into one of the many Osheaga kiosks as it did not have a big line (surprisingly) and was entered to win tickets to next year’s festival! As Jessie Ware came on it started to rain. Good thing we were prepared…we whipped out our raincoats and umbrellas! After it died down, my friend and I walked over to the Scène Verte Sennheiser stage to catch some of Little Green Cars’ set. I also really wanted to leave because I couldn’t stand to listen to Jessie Ware a minute longer. Although I didn’t know many of their songs, Little Green Cars were really good. I loved when they performed My Love Took Me Down to the River. Check out their song The John Wayne. Fay O’Rourke is talented! 

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After some songs we headed back, but not before signing a note and putting it up on the H&M board. It was fun to read all the other notes on it (sorry, I forgot to take a pic!) When we got back our moms decided to register their bracelets in the Chevrolet contest since they both had two pairs of matching ones! My friend and I sat waiting at a picnic table her mom and her had nabbed earlier on. We sat through 90% of Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires’ set. His music is soul/R&B (which I don’t usually listen to) and he is 65. It was an interesting performance, but he’s definitely still got it for his age! It seemed like we had been waiting forever for our moms to come back. We wanted to get into the Silversun Pickups crowd halfway through their set since The Lumineers would be playing there 45 minutes after, but we couldn’t leave with all the bags at the table. My mom hurried back shortly after I spammed texted her – thank god – and we headed into the crowd with about 15 minutes left of their set. I was surprised…there weren’t many people in the Silversun Pickups crowd so we got halfway to the front fairly quickly.  And then it started to rain. And I had forgotten my coat back at the picnic table. I convinced my friend to stay where she was and I rushed back and grabbed my coat. I was lucky…there was a woman in front of us who had been waving her hands like crazy…and she was still doing that as I entered the crowd. If it hadn’t been for her fangirl actions I would’ve never found my friend! 

As people filed out at the end of Silversun Pickups set, I followed my friend and we rushed to the front. We were both pleasantly surprised…even though we entered the crowd later than we hoped, our place was better than for Two Door Cinema Club! And a bonus – two tall guys (okay, everyone is taller than us) in front of us let us stand in front them. I THANK YOU! Downside: there was an even taller SHIRTLESS guy in front of me wet and sticky from the rain. Ugh.

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As they started playing the crowd shifted (thankfully) and I could see a bit better. One of the two guys that let us in front of them was hilarious – he was obviously very excited and screamed “I LOVE THIS SONG” as The Lumineers performed Flowers in Your Hair. The best part of the set? WHEN WESLEY AND STELTH WALKED INTO THE MIDDLE OF THE CROWD TO PLAY. Up on stage Wesley announced for everyone to make a path so he could come out and play some songs. My friend and I were smack dab in the middle so as the crowd separated, there were only 2 people in front of me who were on the inside of the path. When they returned to the stage only one guy was in front of me and I guess he could see that I was trying to lift my arm to film and he let me stand in FRONT of him. All these nice people who have let me stand in front of them makes me forget about all pot smokers and rude fans…haha. So the greatest thing occurred after that. I touched Wesley and Stelth. YES. You read that right. It sounds kind of creepy, but I mean thats what most fans (girls) do, right? And it was only on their shoulder. I couldn’t believe it happened though. I mean, I made physical contact. Ok, i’ll stop obsessing now.

Later we watched Kendrick Lamar from the picnic table. Weird story – we came back to find our mothers socializing with some 20 some-year old girls from Toronto. And they seemed to be having a good time! Part way through New Order we left to see some of The Neighbourhood’s set on the Scène des Arbres Galaxie stage. We only stayed for a couple of songs because they came on late and also the crowd was really annoying. A group of French girls behind us were obnoxious and had no respect for other people (one girl was turned around and kept backing into us with her backpack several times) We surprisingly got back in time for the beginning of Mumford & Sons set. What was more surprising was the fact that one of the girls that our moms had been talking to bought my mom a shot and was trying to get her to take it. And later she was pressured into taking a sip of beer. Weirdest thing ever! (my mom isn’t really a big drinker) The girls talked to us when our moms left for the bathroom saying that we had the “coolest moms ever” and that we “definitely look old enough to order a drink”. Ok. I look like I’m 12. My friend and I look at each other in disbelief. But I guess it was cool that they liked our moms (even enough to Instagram a picture of them together…still to this day I cannot find the picture)

We watched Mumford & Sons for a good hour or so, standing atop the picnic table overlooking the crowd. They were amazing. 

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We left Montreal around 10:45 and didn’t get home until 3 am! I was exhausted, but I would definitely do it again.

 

*watch for my august collective haul soon!*

 

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.