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Monday, July 21, 2014


Today is cause for celebration on Jemaroons because today's post is an outfit post, which, if you've been paying attention, hasn't been done in about a year. Outrageous. Since last summer, my personal style has definitely evolved and matured in a lot of ways, so let this serve as its public debut.

July 20th was a special day for two reasons: 1) It was my big brother's birthday (Happy 23rd, you oldie), and 2) It was the last day of Summerlicious Toronto; so naturally I suggested that the clan have a nice, semi-fancy lunch somewhere downtown for a change to celebrate. After browsing all the restaurant options, I decided to go with Ciao Wine Bar in Yorkville because the menu and place looked great! And it didn't hurt that it was only $15 for 3 courses. I'll say a few words about my experience later, but for now let's talk about what I wore.

Although Ciao is a really nice restaurant, it's not super formal at all, so I wanted to go for something smart casual. The H&M top I'm wearing is a recent addition to my wardrobe, and a piece I am currently obsessed with. To me, it resembles a casual baseball tee because of the striped pattern on the neckline and sleeves, as well as the boxy silhouette and long short-sleeves. But it's in this light, flowy material that feels like chiffon, which dresses it up. I love that it's longer in the back than front, and I think that the length and fit is just perfect for my shorter torso.Keeping it really simple and basic, I paired the top with my favourite boyfriend jeans cuffed at the bottom.

To complete the baseball chic look, I wore my sleek (but uncomfortable as hell) ASOS Hoxton sandals. I think it really pulls everything together. However, for the actual lunch I traded them in for my much more comfortable white Birkenstocks which are definitely more casual, but necessary when your family insists on walking around Yorkville for 1.5 hours prior to said lunch. Oh! Slapped on some red lipstick (Revlon Matte Balm in Striking) just to finish it off.

I really enjoy this outfit for its basic and chic look. Edit: Shoutout to my sister for the amazing pictures!

H&M top | Old Navy boyfriend jeans | ASOS sandals | Fossil bracelets | Bayo necklace | Kate Spade bag

Okay, now onto lunch. The clan had such an amazing experience at this restaurant; I'm so glad I ended up picking Ciao! Our server was incredibly nice, down-to-earth, and friendly. The dishes were cooked to perfection and the portions were just right. I opted for the polenta fries with gorgonzola dip as an appetizer, salmone fresco atlantico as my main, and tiramisu for dessert. We all agreed the salmon could have used a sauce, but otherwise this meal was perfect! It was just such a comfortable and nice lunch out. Overall I highly recommend Ciao and will be back if I'm ever in the area.

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Saturday, July 12, 2014

Current Loves No. 5

I think it's about time I did another one of these favourites posts, don't ya think? I've wanted to blog this fifth instalment for about two months now, I'd say, but here's my issue with Current Loves posts: I put a list together, I then proceed to procrastinate on taking blog photos, I finally convince myself that I have to take said photos, and then realize my favourites have changed. It's a sad, sad cycle. I promise I'll try my best to do these posts more frequently, so let's get on with it!

  1. Shu Uemura eyelash curlers | Because most of my days now are spent in my local Starbucks solving physics problems, there's really no need for a full face of makeup. I have been loving just giving my lashes a good curl with my Shu Uemura lash curlers and altogether skipping mascara. It still gives the eyes that much needed lift without putting any product on.
  2. Real Techniques domed shadow brush | I am obsessed with this brush for blending out my concealer. I don't know what it is, but this paired with my favourite NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer is a match made in makeup heaven. This brush buffs concealer so beautifully and seamlessly, thinning out the product across the skin but still retaining the coverage with absolutely no caking. 
  3. Elizabeth & James Nirvana White | I'm going to tread lightly here because I do have commitment issues when it comes to beauty products, but I think I may have found my signature scent. I have this tendency to associate certain scents with certain seasons, but when I smelled this one I couldn't pin it down to just one. The floral peony and muguet make it wonderfully light, fresh, and feminine, and therefore perfect for the warmer months; but the musk makes it earthy and woody, and hence very fall-winter. It's a scent that really encapsulates my personality as being a balance, which I love. I got this teensy rollerball as a 100-point perk from Sephora which is great for my handbag, but I am definitely grabbing the full size!
  4. Bayo diamante necklace | I received this necklace ages ago from my friend Inna, but it wasn't until recently that I started to wear it a lot. I just find that it goes with everything from a plain tee to nice silk top to a standard button-up. I love the vintage feel it adds to a look, and how it can instantly complete an outfit. It was purchased from a local shop in the Philippines, but it actually doesn't look too difficult to DIY. Some gold chain, and a whole bunch of jump rings and diamantes and you'll be well on your way.
  5. Zara black sandals | Like I said my days lately have been pretty laid back, but back when I was working four to five days a week I would wear my Zara sandals constantly. Classic black suede, simple single strap with a thin ankle strap, and nice comfortable block heel. Granted, they won't feel like Nikes, but I can speed walk in them for a solid four hours - impressive in my book! They make any outfit look instantly chic and put together!
  6. Scandal | Oh my lawd. I have no words. I binge watched all three seasons of this the past week and let me tell you, it swallowed me whole. Is that even a thing? I'm making it a thing. This TV show is so fast-paced, unique, and exciting - you won't be able stop. It's a political drama about a woman named Olivia Pope, whose job as a crisis manager is to "fix" scandals for the nation's elite. She's brave, independent, and bloody brilliant at her job. And her wardrobe...... I drool. Someone get me that Ferragamo coat and I'll love you forever. Shonda Rhimes has done it again.
That is all I have for now, but I want to know: what have you been loving lately

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Monday, June 30, 2014

USA 2014 | New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, New York

Another year, another USA trip. Since receiving Canadian citizenship a couple of years ago, annual visits to our family in New Jersey seem to have become a thing for my family, so here is this year's rendition. I have to say, this year's trip has been the most amazing and enriching so far! From the well-spent family time in New Jersey, to shopping mania in Delaware, topnotch educational experience in Maryland, and sights & sounds (& eats) of New York. This trip truly had a bit of everything.

The Highlights

Last Friday the clan made the trek over primarily for my great aunt Lola Betty's birthday, who I was super excited to see. A lovely Saturday at-home dinner celebration finished off with ice cream cake was just what the occasion called for!

Two days later I'm in an OR living the dream at Johns Hopkins Hospital, all thanks to Aunt Micah and Uncle Dominic, family friends from Maryland. (If you're slightly confused at this point, it might help to know that I'm an aspiring physician.) I still feel so blessed to have had the opportunity to shadow doctors and observe surgeries at one of the most prestigious medical institutions, and I will always always be grateful to Aunt Micah for giving me that experience. The whole experience was completely above and beyond anything I could have ever imagined; it was so surreal and so captivating and overall reassured me of my passion. I met some of the nicest people during my short stay there and wish I could have stayed longer!

The next two days were spent traipsing the Concrete Jungle, seeing as much of Manhattan as we possibly could (we being myself, my sister, and our cousin Mark). We made it to the American Museum of Natural History, the Museum of Modern Art, and the High Line; and made sure to stop for some NY eats, which included the cute, quaint Le Pain Quotidien, good old food trucks, and Chelsea Market. My favourite part of Manhattan sightseeing has to be the High Line, an old railway that was converted into a gorgeous and modern 2-kilometer above-ground park. This relatively short stretch provides the perfect balance between natural and urban life, and is a vantage point for some of the most beautiful views of the city. You can tell how much I loved it by how many photos I have of it in this photo diary!

Enjoy this diary of Instagram photos collated from my week-long trip! 

Le Pain Quotidien

Saturday, June 14, 2014

The Annual Cut

I get my hair cut every year around this time of year to freshen it up. In a way, it is kind of symbolic of letting go of the year that has just passed and starting new. (How deep.) But mostly it's because my layers go berserk and no longer wish to cooperate with me. It becomes incredibly high maintenance and impossible to style.

For the past two years I've published my annual cut on the internet - two years ago on this blog and last year on Instagram, and I was very happy with the turnout thanks to two amazing stylists from my salon. Unfortunately, when I tried to book an appointment this year I learned that they both had moved on from that salon, and I reluctantly settled on someone else. Huge mistake. I asked for about 4 inches off, long layers, and a long fringe at the front to frame my face (which is what I got the last time; showed her pictures too) ... and got nothing close to that. The layers are so choppy and uneven, and there is no fringe whatsoever. To make things worse, she took almost two hours to achieve this look and I ended up late for my other errands that day. I don't want to go into it too much, but did want to ask, have you ever come out of a haircut upset? If so, what did you do?

On the bright side, the first day really was the worst of it. I warmed up to it slightly once I'd gotten to wash and style it myself. This is currently the only way I like how it looks because the curls conceal the choppiness. I will go in with a large barrel curling iron and curl all my hair, then take a dollop of Bumble & Bumble Brilliantine to add texture and piecyness, and finish off with a generous amount of hairspray.

Any thoughts?

Saturday, June 7, 2014

DIOR Dior Addict Lip Glow

I'm not sure where to start with this one, but it's definitely unique. For those of you who haven't heard of it, the much talked about Lip Glow is one of those products that is different on everyone as it claims to respond to your own body chemistry to produce a beautiful, unique pink lip. I'm not sure the science is on point, but bottom line: the colour in the bullet is not the colour that appears when you swipe it on your lips. The lipstick bullet is a pale baby pink, but applied on my lips, the Dior Lip Glow translates into a medium-dark just bitten pink. (See photo below for reference).

The formula is really quite divine and feels much like a gloss-balm hybrid. It's intensely smooth and hydrating, and leaves a sheer but noticeable wash of colour on the lips. It's a challenge, describing the effect this lip product has because there's definitely colour but your lips almost look bare from the finish of it. What I can say is that it's definitely pink, so if you don't like pink lips I would avoid this. Because of the balmy texture, staying power is sacrificed, but I do notice that again, because of the lightweight, barely there feel and look of it, it fades so incredibly naturally.

So the question remains, 'should I splurge on the DIOR Dior Addict Lip Glow'? This is a little bit trickier to recommend because it'll appear differently on each person's lips, but if you generally enjoy a sheer, pink, natural looking lip it's worth checking out. I tend to go for this on days when I'm trying to achieve a natural look but want something a bit more interesting. It's a welcome change from the nude and my lips but better lipsticks, and certainly a well-loved member of my lipstick collection.

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