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Friday, September 27, 2013

Window Shopping

To say the past few weeks have been busy would be a severe understatement. I don't think I realized how many things I signed myself up for this year until I had to pen in all the meetings and events into my weekly schedule. School is crazy and life is crazy, so I'm taking things one day at a time. It's times like this that I'm thankful for Jemaroons because blogging is such a wonderful, stress-relieving creative outlet for me. I'm very content and happy to be typing away right now, ignoring my adult responsibilities even if it's just for a little while.

So let's talk about being broke. Apparently another thing I failed to realize (even though it's my third year into this pattern) is how pocket-emptying Septembers are. Tuition, textbooks, course fees, some commuting fare, .... every dollar is precious. While my bank account recuperates from financial harassment, I'm forced to confine myself to window shopping. It's not as fun as actual shopping but I guess it helps.

At the moment my fashion taste is evolving quite a bit. Whereas before I used to gravitate towards things that are bright and fun and colourful, right now I'm really liking the simple, sophisticated look. And I'm loving black, white, and gray. It's definitely a more mature look. These are the pieces I've been eyeing up and hoping to add into my wardrobe:

Window Shopping

Kimono jackets/cardigans | I've been seeing so many of these in street style lately. I love how it can dress an outfit up or down depending on how it's embellished but overall it gives a cute and relaxed feel. They're so easy to thrown on over basic pieces and can really pull a look together.

Tortoiseshell eyeglasses | The first pair of glasses I got (which is also my current pair) was in a very plain Jane, standard style. It's also about 6 years old now (maybe more?). I think it's time for an upgrade and I'm thinking of something with a bit more character. The gorgeous pair pictured above from Cutler and Gross is just what I'm looking for but totally out of my budget so if anyone knows of a good replica, let me know!

Cutout boots | I've been seeing these absolutely everywhere and I can't wait to jump on the bandwagon. I've said countless times that I'm a summer gal and this is totally backed up by my overabundance of summer shoe wear and lack of winter shoe wear. But I think it's time to embrace the cold and start investing in gorgeous boots like these Jeffrey Campbell Everlys that will last me a while and are easy to wear.

Boyfriend jeans | I'm not sure if I'd be able to pull them off but I see them all the time on other girls and they look so cute and comfortable! They'd definitely be a wardrobe staple and I imagine so easy to pair.

Plain camisoles | I fell in love with camis after buying my printed daisy one from Brandy Melville. They're so comfortable to wear and the loose ones are very flattering on.

Zara Citybag with Zips | I have to admit that when I saw that the Zara Office City Bag had been discontinued, my heart dropped. I've been lusting after it for a few months now but have just been waiting until I'm more financially stable to splurge on it. It's a lovely bag that's perfect for school or work. Thankfully upon browsing, I noticed that Zara does another very similar looking bag: the Citybag with Zips. There are very subtle differences between the two but it still has tons of compartments (including a padded one for your laptop) and the Saffiano leather look, which are the two things I really loved most about it. They better not discontinue this one before I'm able to get my hands on it.....

Wilfred Coquette Scarf | I first saw this on my friend Steph and instantly fell in love with it. I just need more scarves in my wardrobe because they're such essentials for the fall and winter seasons. The Coquette scarves are beautiful and come in a few different prints and patterns.

What have you been window shopping for lately?

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Tangles No More!

Someone tell me how I went all my life without a hair detangler. A long long time ago my hair mastered the art of tangling itself up, leaving me with the frustrating and tedious job of sorting it out periodically throughout the day as well as combing it out post-shower. The latter is what pushed me to really look for a product that would help me out. It got to the point that even if I used conditioner in the shower, I would always have trouble get a comb through it! As a result I felt that I was shedding a lot more hair than I would if my locks weren't so unmanageable. Obviously the bigger problem here was that I desperately needed a trim - I just went for a haircut today and the mane is feeling so fresh - but if you need something to hold you over till then or if you just have insanely unruly, tangly hair (like me!) then hair detanglers are a must have in your beauty cabinet.

I currently own three, which I know is a little crazy, but overall I'm happy with all of them. They all get the job done well! As you have seen from my USA Haul post, the Dove and Healthy Sexy Hair ones were purchased in the States when I vacationed there a month ago. As for the one from Macadamia - that has been one my sister has owned for a while now. She purchased it in a set with a few other Macadamia products. Prices of these products vary depending on the retailer. Let me talk you through the pros and cons of each product now.

Dove Nourishing Oil Care Detangler | This product was in my last Current Loves post and for good reason. Out of the three, this one definitely gives you the most bang for your buck. It may be the cheapest in price, but Dove did not cheap out on quality! This detangler has that bi-phase quality to it which scares a lot of people because they think it will make their hair greasy (I thought this too!), but I can assure you this does not leave your hair greasy or oily at all. The packaging is great as the spray bottle distributes a nice, fine mist when you pump it. This means that the product is better distributed throughout your locks. To use, shake up the bottle to mix the two phases then generously spritz all over the hair. Comb immediately after.

Macadamia No Tangle | Despite being the priciest of the three I have to say that this is actually my least favourite of the bunch. There is a striking difference between this one and the other two, the difference being that this one actually has a thicker, creamier texture. If you screwed open the cap you would see that the product inside is not a liquid, rather it's this sort of cream or lotion-looking product. It's still a really good product, don't get me wrong, but I think this makes it more difficult to get all the strands of your hair with a few quick spritzes. When you press the top down to spritz, the product almost shoots out in a straight line as opposed to a mist.

Healthy Sexy Hair Soy Tri-Wheat Leave-in Conditioner | I've saved the best for last - this detangler from Healthy Sexy Hair is my favourite of all. To be honest it's not much different from the Dove one; it simply dispenses an even finer mist which I loooove. It also has that liquid consistency so it goes on evenly on your hair. No need to shake this one up before application, simple take the bottle to your hair and go crazy! Like I said, I like to be very generous with these products and I find that combing right after is when they are the most effective. This one is a bit more expensive than the Dove one but cheaper than the Macadamia, so it's a nice middle ground.

All three detanglers smell absolutely amazing, I don't think I could even pick a favourite in terms of smell!

Hair detanglers are like magic to me. You put this liquid in your hair and somehow your strands magically arrange themselves to lie straight. I mean, just think about it for a moment. These products have revolutionized my hair care routine, and I highly recommend any of them if you're having serious tangle issues.

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