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Hashtag Worthy


Generally, you might see special birthday posts about stylish presents and desires that have been generously fulfilled on one’s special day. And, even though I did receive wonderful gifts and tasteful pieces (which I’ll be wearing later) on my own special day, I thought I would do a different post. Here's a fun little gift that I received from my sister, the Lines For All Occasions: Tweets & Status Updates book.

Initially, it was supposed to be one of my entertaining introductory gifts—you know, those items that are in a type of grab bag that’s not to be taken too seriously. Upon opening the most important bag of festive goodies, I just couldn’t help but love this pocket-sized book!

If you’re on Twitter or Facebook, then you will understand. The book caters to the art enthusiast, gastronome, techie, bookworm, and many others! It has lines and Tweets that are both, full of vigour and amusement. There’s even cheeky lines from celebrities’ status updates to comical Tweets from the deceased (think, Jane Austen or Salvador Dali living in the twenty-first century and being on Twitter). 
The book is a sheer hilarious and clever introduction to understanding how powerful social media is, namely Twitter. Brief tweeted installments in the book feature topics about, oversharing (ahem, #TMI), ghost Tweets, gossip and rebuttals, and Twitter etiquette, amongst many others. However, there’s also excerpts with a bit more substance—some offering ways to promote yourself properly online, or rather what to avoid. 

Other famous communiqués provided are examples to learn from … and then there’s the little fact tokens of enlightenment. Be it your “how-to” guide to crafting your next Tweet or witticisms to make a note of for the next time you see a friend’s status update, the book indeed is one to remember for stocking filling season!

I’ve assembled numerous quotes and status updates that were some of my favourites, of course there were far more to enjoy with a quiet chuckle here, or a shaking of the head there. But, listen, if you have time to spare this would definitely be an alternative way to rest your head from the crosswords or Sudoku puzzles. 
@ClaudeMonet What a terrible waste of time! #firstimpression

Which one is your favourite?

All tweets in the images above are from the book, edited by Fashion Tales.
*Buy it here on Amazon or AmazonUK here.

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Floral and Fantastic Flavouring


I must admit, it was slightly difficult to get back in the swing of things, but I am happily back to blogging after a small holiday and extended birthday weekend. There’s far too much to share, but overall it has been an incredibly wonderful summer so far.

If you’ve been following the blog for even a smidgen of time, then you've likely noticed by now that I am a foodie devotee. In the past few months, I have been challenging myself to cook, bake, and even use my kitchen tools a lot more … that is, when I actually set aside a designated time. Fortunately, even though I may not be near my own appliances at all times, I am thankful to have close friends that also host fun foodie nights just as I do, but in a different way.

Therefore, I recently took over one of their food processors and made homemade (all natural) frozen yoghurt for a delicious dessert. Their foodie nights are usually, a sort of potluck—each one of us does something: one-person helps with the main menu, one sets up and chooses the games, another may even be in charge of making all of the drinks, etc. My contribution was fruity dessert. I am not really a dessert person, so I thought a healthy and refreshing option was perfect. I made lemon-blueberry frozen yoghurt, and then raspberry-basil was the second option! Homemade dinner was a four-course seafood and veggie feast, I will share more pics later. 
Double Dipped Style:
I had forgotten about this outfit, so here it is … enter, sheer floral goodness! This printed jacket was a lot less delicate than I had expected, which was a good thing. I had seen a similar 3D print somewhere else in another colour, but much preferred the flatter version and shade here. It’s part sporty and casual, however I think the golden hardware and translucence made it a lot more modern and versatile. So, I just wore it out for a late lunch date, and then again on a weekend window shopping trip.

This time, matching the lavender colours (from the pastel eyeglasses and jacket print) was the unforeseen style element that just happened to work well together. Yes, even on a slightly balmy, partially sunny, and rainy type of day this floral had its moment to blossom!

How has your summer been so far? Can you believe that August is just around the corner!
The goods: Printed organza jacket, and Leopard faux stone earrings-c/o Oasap, Denim-Levis, shopper bag-Goorin Bros., Geo nude sandals-Local boutique-Canada, Skirt-Express, Necklace, and Tank-H&M.

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The Jersey Dress


There has been a variety of colours that really speak to me this summer, including coral, teal, and chartreuse. Whether off-trend or on-trend, none of that matters because I’ve loved wearing them more than ever this year. But, to be fair, there’s not any colour forsaken in my wardrobe.

This cotton dress is a vivid coloured jersey that’s incredibly easy to wear. The easy to wear dress was a great alternative to my summer maxi—it's an ideal and breathable choice for daytime.

Isn't it funny how our tastes change over time: our personal style and even food flavours can undergo a slight makeover. If I remember far back enough I do recall a period when I might not have worn large-scale prints or ultra feminine florals.    
Creative Nostalgia
I thought there was no better reason to break out the 3D floral creation that I made around this time last year. The revamped cardigan was one of three style options that I had in mind for this look—opting toward a simpler colour palette, I decided to pair my chartreuse dress with the black and white combination.

Although, recently experiencing a great deal of busy times, I am hoping to get back to a few art projects that I’ve had to put on hold. The juices are flowing and there’s an abundance of creativity in the works. Not every angle of it may be blogged about, yet charily documented elsewhere. Perhaps, it’s a special save for a “rainy day” future posting.

*I am taking a short holiday to celebrate my birthday (officially, this Friday), and I will see you back on the blog next week. Enjoy your weekend!*

In the meantime, you may catch up with other stylish and inspiring happenings via my Twitter and Instagram.
The goods: Metallic sandals-Peperosa, Green jersey dress in eco-cotton (colour=Sharon)-Courtesy of Gudrun Sjödén, Geo-wooden black necklace-African art market, Floral cardigan-DIYHandbag-Nine West.
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Random Bits and Pieces


Here are a few random things that made my week special.

Fantastic Fruit:
For me, moments of indulging isn’t really a box of chocolates per se, being that I have a very low to no raw sugar diet. However, this week my life did get a bit sweeter by taking a break to delight in fresh cherries. 

With so much of the weather being up and down (mostly a heaping of warmth), it was nice to refuel my palate with refreshing bites from a fine bowl of sweet cherries. Plus the benefits of eating cherries aren't too shabby either: high in potassium, fortified with vitamins, great dose of antioxidants, low calories, etc. Read more here.

The Product:

Nothing says opulence like these stylish and sleekly designed Marc Jacobs beauty items. Appearance may not be everything in our daily lives, but for anyone who appreciates chic product and package design, they know better. Have you ever been captivated by a bottle of wine or a perfume bottle based on aesthetics alone?

Pristine packaging with a quality product is everything! Designed by the creatives of Established, the highly anticipated Marc Jacob’s 2014 fall beauty collection will launch next month in August, firstly available in NYC at Sephora stores, but actually now online for Sephora beauty insiders. The fall line includes the Twinkle Eyeshadow Stick, Kiss Pop Colour Stick, and the Smart Wand Tinted Face Stick. Stay tuned for more items from Marc Jacobs cosmetics coming soon.

The Winning Pool:

Unless you aren’t into sport at all, if you have some form of internet or have been watching the World Cup, then you’ve likely heard about the win by Germany. Although, bittersweet for a few cousins, I think between my co-workers and immediate family, festivities might still be happening. Since my predictions were correct, I ended up winning a prize bundle from our little FIFA2014 pool at work. There were only two of us in total that won. Perhaps, I will treat myself to a pair of shoes or something soon. Did you watch the game?

The Details:
With wedding season being present, I have been helping a friend with a few different concepts for her reception. As seen below: Inspiration from decorating books, and charming miniature boxes of wedding tokens, I finally found my necklace that I thought I had misplaced, and my mini travelling trunk filled with sewing notions for those "on-the-go" crafting and alteration moments.
What was good for you this week? Were there any special moments that happened to you?

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