Sunday, March 26, 2017

My Tea Box- March 2017 Subscription Review

If you read my empties posts, you'll notice I usually have at least a few bags of loose leaf tea. I normally get them from David's Tea but since they started using artificial flavoring, I've been trying to branch out and find some alternatives.

Recently I discovered My Tea Box, which is a tea subscription box based from Canada! The monthly cost is $24.99 and includes shipping and taxes. I received the March 2017 box for review so let's take a look at what blends I received.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Five Essential Boots to Own on the West Coast!

Now that winter is over, this is the perfect timing to snag up a pair of boots on sale to prepare for next season! I used to buy shoes whenever things went on sale and ended up with a ton of random pairs of boots. I've since learned to be a bit more minimalist and enjoy having fewer pairs of boots that matches with everything. I've had this idea in mind for a while and can't wait to share with you guys the five pairs of boots you need in your closet!

1. Waterproof Boots

 It's Vancouver after all so a pair of water proof boots is a must have! I found this pair of North Face Ballard shoes last year at Sportchek and this has been a staple ever since. I really like that this doesn't look like waterproof boots (ex. Hunter/Sorel) but still functions like it. I usually wear this on my commute to work before switching into heels or flats indoors. I haven't had any issues with quality after lots of wear in one year.

North Face Ballard Boots
Available at Sportchek and North Face

2. Brown Long Boots

I have pretty thick calves in comparison to my feet size so finding a pair of long boots that fit was a struggle! I scored an amazing deal on these around April last year when Nine West was clearing out their boots. I still can't usually fit jeans into my long boots so I tend to wear these with leggings. That's why I opt for a pair of brown boots instead of black as I find it contrasts better with black leggings and also jeans if you can fit them under longer boots! I'm also excited to transition into spring with these boots and sweater/dress combos.

Nine West Velika Boots
Original $295, bought on sale for $83.99
Find other Nine West sale boots.

3. Heeled Mid Length Boots

Heeled boots are the easiest way to look dressed up but staying comfy too. These ones have a thick stacked heel so it's quite easy to walk in. I like to wear these for going out or even going to work as it looks fancy but is really easy on the feet. I found these in the Nine West outlets about 5 years ago and they are still going strong!

Find similar Nine West boots online.

4. Black Booties

This is the newest addition to my collection! I actually didn't have a pair of ankle boots until this as I just couldn't figure out how to wear them. The tip is just to roll up whatever pants you have to make sure your ankles show and that there is a break in between your pants and the boots! Since a bunch of my other boots are brown, I wanted to get a pair of black boots. This one is also really unique as it's perforated so would transition perfectly into spring!

Lucky Brand Basel Bootie
Original $200, on sale for $59.98 at Town Shoes (see below)
Available online at Lucky brand

5. Uggs

We really can't forget about the Uggs! No matter what people say about the lack of style, they are seriously so comfy and so warm. I don't think much need to be said other than they are the perfect pair to throw on for running errands on cold mornings.

Ugg Bailey Button
Available online at Ugg and Nordstrom

I also wanted to share where I do a lot of my online shopping and how I like to score deals on my boots! I used to scope out Call it Spring and Aldo exclusively as they have fantastic return policies in store and often would have good sales. But since I'm trying to upgrade my shoes a bit I've started looking at other retailers.

Town Shoes
I used to always just walk past Town Shoes stores as I thought they were out of my price range for footwear. Recently however, I was browsing their online section and couldn't believe how amazing their sale section was. I've always seen the 70% off posters in the malls, but online, I was actually able to find these deals!

They offer free shipping over $35 and I ended up getting the items delivered to the store so I can just try on and refund at the same time if it doesn't fit. I scored some pretty epic deals during their sale.

The ankle boots I bought were $59.98 down from $200! The sale is not super great right now but I still found a couple good finds:
-Dolce Vita Jones Almond Toe Bootie- Original $190, on sale for $56.98
-Steve Madden Nylie Bootie- Original $160, on sale for $47.98
-Franco Sarto Shandy Ankle Boot- Original $200, on sale for $99.98

Nine West
I found my pair of long boots at Nine West last year and my heeled boots from the Nine West outlet in Seattle Premium Outlet about 5 years ago. Both of them were over 50% off! I found recently that Nine West is always on sale so as a rule of thumb, I probably wouldn't purchase anything unless it was 50% off it's retail price.

I just took a look online and there is a flash sale on boots and booties! There's a lot of styles although many only have a few sizes left. But it starts at $29.99 and tons of things are under $50. It's perfect timing as they are having a sale and all boots are $89.99 and booties are $59.99.

How many pairs of boots do you have in your collection? What are your favorite places to shop for shoes?

Thursday, March 16, 2017

TWG Limited Edition Sakura Set Menu

Recently, I had the opportunity to have a delicious tasting menu at TWG. The store is where Urban Tea Merchant used to be but the space was recently renovated and opened as TWG last December (Georgia/Thurlow)! The store offers a huge selection of loose leaf tea and accessories but you can also sit down to enjoy high tea, full meals and also special set menus!

Currently they are offering the Sakura Tasting Menu which is inspired by the limited edition Always Sakura tea blend and will be available only until early April ($65 for 3 courses + 1 tea). I'll be sharing some photos of the beautiful food and giving you a bit insight into the menu.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Quo Spring 2017 Collection- Rose Quartz: Review and Demo

Did you remember to spring one hour ahead for day light savings today? I feel like this day always creeps up on me but I am pretty stoked to welcome warmer weather! Today's post will be an overview and review of the Quo Spring 2017 collection which is inspired by rose quartz. I'm not sure if I'm just having winter blues, but looking at spring packaging makes me so happy and I adore the design of this collection!

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Purple Gradient Eyeshadow Look ft. Mary Kay Spring 2017

The Mary Kay Spring 2017 collection is probably one of the best launches since I started working with the brand last fall. The packaging is beautiful and the products all perform really well! I reviewed their lip oils recently and have now added them to my purse for daily use! I was also really drawn to the eyeshadow palettes that are limited edition to this collection.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Pixi Mattelustre Lipstick in Rose Naturelle: Review & Swatches

Exciting news everyone, pixi is returning to Canada and you can now find their products at Shoppers Drug Mart! I attended a launch event a few weeks back and are testing out a bunch of their products. One item that I instantly gravitated towards is this rosy colored lipstick. Since I've been using this every day for a couple of weeks now, I thought I'd share this review

Name: Mattelustre Lipstick
Shades: Rose Naturelle, available in 11 shades
Price: $16
Size: 3.6g
Available at Shoppers Drug Mart