Club Monaco and J. Crew Haul & Review

I just received both of my black friday hauls! They were shipped extremely fast. The Club Monaco order took one day to process and only one day to ship (via UPS) ! One is from the sale at Club Monaco and the other is from J. Crew’s black friday event (25% off everything and free ship over $150). I wish I could take an outfit photo outdoors…but the weather lately in Kingston has been pretty crappy. On Friday we had mild temperatures but there was heavy rain…and today is was super cold and windy! So unfortunately I had to take these photos indoors :(.

Here is the first two items (both from Club Monaco):

Hunter Tee (XS):
I really liked the design of this T-shirt…but the material was a bit strange. It’s not composed of cotton but has a knit feel since it’s made from a blend of lyocell and wool. This makes it semi see-through and very stretchy. Although it’s comfortable I don’t know how I feel about having my belly button exposed. And although the leather trims are cute they are hard to clean… I will be returning this item.
Sonia Jeans (26):
I really, really like this pair of pants and I am definitely keeping them. It is everything I want a skinny jean to be. Comfortable, slimming, and there is minimal bunching at the knee! It is a bit long though…but that is an easy fix (I’m 5′ 6 for reference). This is in a size 26 since I knew CM has non-vanity sizing and 25 would be too small around the waist area. I will compare the sizing discrepancies between CM and J. Crew later in the post…

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Black Friday Begins: Club Monaco Sale

If you know me…you’ll know that I adore Club Monaco. The only thing that prevents me from hoarding there are the prices. I’ve been waiting for sales for a while and I was so happy when I saw this sale a couple of hours ago. They are offering free shipping as well as an extra 30% off sale items (taken during checkout). If you are a student at any US or Canadian university, you can get an additional 20% off by getting a coupon code here (CAN) or here (USA) with your university mailing address.

Here are some of my sale picks!

The shirts:

From left to right: Kate Silk Shirt – $62 from $129.50 / Agnes Block V-neck Sweater – $41.30 from $89.90/ Whitehrbee Stripe Sweater – $48.30 from $89.50 / Hunter Tee $41 from $89.50

The pants:

From Left to right: Sonia Skinny Jeans – $62.30 from $129/ Elsa Pant – $69.30 from $149.50 / Stephanie Textured Skirt – $69.30 from $159.50/

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November Topbox Review

Hey everyone! This is my first time subscribing to a monthly make-up subscription service. Topbox shipped on Tuesday from Mississauga and I received it on Wednesday, so it was pretty fast shipping to Kingston. The most fun part of receiving these boxes is definitely opening the box since you don’t know what you will receive beforehand. I know there are many other subscription boxes in Canada such as Glossybox and LuxeBox. However, I find Glossybox items to be lackluster in most months and Luxebox is too expensive at $20-something per season, so I settled with Topbox.

Here are the items I received for November (I had Box #5):

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Fall Skincare Routine

Hi everyone! Today I am sharing my fall/winter skin care routine. It’s been working really well for me, and I am pretty happy with all of the products. When I receive a compliment it’s usually on my skin, so I figured I must be doing something right.

I began mass researching on skin care products around a year ago. I picked most of these products based on online reviews from Makeupalley as well as beauty gurus and close friends. All of these products are mid-range, and not super expensive :)!

Here is my daytime routine:

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Fall Grunge

Hi everyone! It’s been awhile, but I’m happy to say that the wave of midterms, presentations and assignments has finally ended :)! I went home last weekend and had the chance to take some photos with my mom at a ravine in Oak Ridges (in Richmond Hill). I’ve been waiting to take some fall photos for a long time, but the time was never right, so I’m super excited to have the opportunity to take these photos.

Jacket: GAP/Faux Fur Wrap: GAP/ 7 for Mankind Jeans: Gwenevere Grey/Shoes: Stuart Weitzman 50/50 in Grey Suede

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Academic Affair & Modcloth Haul

Hey everyone! I placed a order on Modcloth a few weeks ago, and it arrived recently. Modcloth is currently doing a promotion: get $20 off a $50+ purchase if you have a referral link (here’s mine) until Oct 31. When I received the promotion, I promptly placed an order for two items because Modcloth rarely has any coupons or discounts! I ordered an over-sized sweater and a bow-tie blouse. The blouse is featured in this outfit!

Pine Green Wool Beret
(Ebay)/Academic Tweed Blazer (All Saints)/Bow-tie bouse (Modcloth)/Wool Navy Skirt (American Eagle)/ Ferragamo Vara Heels in Navy (Ebay) / Leather Tote (from China)

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How to Shop on eBay

Hi everyone! I haven’t been updating as often as I would like because October is a super crazy time due to midterms and assignments. Many readers have recently requested a tutorial for shopping on eBay. As you may know, I purchase a lot of my stuff, particularly designer goods, from eBay. Some examples of my very recent purchases are (all prices include shipping cost):

Salvatore Ferragamo Vara – $80

Tory Burch Reva in Dark Brown and Royal Tan – $120, $90 respectively

Elie Tahari Maddie Sandal – $40

Longchamp Pilage in White – $40

As you can probably tell, the prices for these items are outrageously cheap compared to their retail value. eBay has many great finds, but there are definitely some things to avoid and useful tricks to keep in mind.

Part I. The Basic Principles:

  1. Know specifically what you are looking for. This way, you won’t be buying items you may like just because it is cheap.
  2. Make sure you have seen the item in person or on another blogger before you purchase the item. For shoes in particular, if you cannot find a retail store nearby, you must google for reviews for the fit of the shoe (just in case it runs big or small). Many retail sites such as Zappos has a wealth of public reviews on shoes.
  3. If you have not seen the shoes in person or can’t find a review, make sure it is from it is from a brand that you know, or from reputable brand in terms of quality. Brands have shoes that tend to run in the same sizes, but this may change depending on the style of the shoe. I highly suggest avoiding the purchase of shoes from an unknown brand even if they look pretty online.
  4. When buying clothes on eBay, make sure to compare the item’s measurements to your own measurements. Also check the material of the item. I would avoid buying clothing in viscose or polyester because there is a lot of variation between the feel of the material even if their root material is the same. Again, I recommend buying from familiar or reputable brands to avoid unwelcome surprises.
  5. If you are hunting for vintage clothing, look for items that are 100% cotton, silk, wool or cashmere to ensure quality. A lot of vintage clothing also has variation in sizing, so make sure to double check the measurements!
  6. Bids (Auctions) are generally cheaper than “Buy it Now”s. However Bids usually require more commitment and it is not always certain that you will get the item (particularly if it is a popular bid).
  7. Carefully assess the condition of the items from the pictures provided. Look for stains, scratches, tears, etc. If you feel that there isn’t enough information, don’t hesitate to request the seller to privately message you with more pictures (most sellers are happy to do so).
  8. eBay favours the rights of the buyer compared to the seller. If you do not receive your item in a reasonable amount of time (30 days) and there is no tracking provided, you can open a dispute, and the seller will refund you cost of the item. (This has happened to me before with some iphone cases I ordered).
  9. Sellers from USA, UK, Australia have much faster and more reliable shipping times than Hong Kong, China, Singapore, Korea. Keep this in mind if you need the item within two weeks time. Additionally, you can always request for faster shipping with extra cost.

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