Friday, October 30, 2009

FREE SHIPPING! @ Forever 21

I've turned into a bit of a Forever 21 freak lately, thanks to Chloe, ABC and Anthroholic.

While I love quality, the reality is that, I can get 3 quantities for the price of 1 quantity. That's right, I can buy 3 F21 tops for the price of 1 J Crew top... as such, I've been stocking up on F21 instead.

So, when I got this email today telling me that they're offering Free Shipping with NO MINIMUM, well.... I just had to share it with everyone.

But please don't make the same mistake I did. I didn't read the fine print and tried to put an order through today and couldn't quite understand why the heck the system wouldn't remove my shipping. So I called F21's Customer Service line and was told that the Free Ship offer starts tomorrow... Oct 31, 2009. Silly me!!!

To get free shipping, please be sure to use this code: F21FRIENDS

Free Shipping with NO Minimum ends November 2, 2009 at 11:59pm PST. Good in the US and in Canada! Enjoy!!!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Olympic Gold Medal Plates - An Evening to Remember???

My wonderful readers had told me to go in a Cocktail dress... but for some reason, I decided that I was going to wear a long formal gown. That was, until 10pm on Thursday night - 2 minutes to bedtime, when Honey said the dreaded words...."you're not going to be wearing that, are you?"

Don't you just love those words? Words that make the hair on the back of my neck stand-up and go "What's wrong with what I'll be wearing???!!!"

Long story short, I decided to wear what all my wonderful readers suggested. A LBD - strapless that is, with an A-line skirt and tone on tone sequins and embroidery down one side of the dress and along the front and back of the hem.

It was understated and elegant. And seeing that the event took place right after work, most of the other women too were wearing their LBD. There were about a handful of women who wore long gowns... which made me turn to my husband and say, "I'm glad that I didn't wear my long dress." ... of which I immediately regretted because he turned and said, "And you think I know nothing about fashion!". Pfffffff!!!

We got to the Westin Bayshore at 5:15pm - just in time for the VIP Cocktail Reception. Unbeknownst (don't you just love that word???!!!) to me, not everyone was invited to the Reception, we were, because we were guests of one of the Sponsors. We had some wine and some appetizers before we headed to the hall where the Gold Medal Plates were held.

I was originally told that dinner was sit-down - but I was obviously misinformed for dinner was far from sit down. It was more like ... herding cattle - only with amazing food and drinks.

There were a total of 10 stations - one for each of the competing chefs. The chefs had to come up with a dish to complement a particular bottle of wine. No 2 chefs had the same wine.

We then moved from one station to another - getting a substantial wine taster and a plate of the chef's creation. I remember the first 3 stations vividly - unfortunately as the number of wine tasters increased, the faster my memory faded - so much so that I cannot remember what Rob Feenie created that evening. I remember his palette cleanser Sorbet but not the actual dish. Sad isn't it? It's even more sad seeing that Rob Feenie won the Gold Medal of the evening and despite reports of what he created, I simply cannot remember the dish.

How embarassing!

Some of the evening's highlights. I met Tracy Cameron - Women's Rowing Bronze Medalist in Beijing. I even got to hold her Olympic Bronze Medal in my hand. I was suprised at how heavy it was. I was also very suprised to see that it wasn't all bronze and that it was inlaid with jade. It was absolutely beautiful - and likely the only time I will ever hold an Olympic medal in my hands.

I also met Steve Podborski, downhill skier, Silver Olympic Medalist. Seeing that my glass was empty, he offered to get me another glass of wine. What a sweetheart! Honey thought he was flirting with me. He was just being nice, I'm sure.

All in all, it was a wonderful evening and what an experience to be had! (I just wish I that remembered it all)

Thursday, October 22, 2009

To whom it may concern....

With respect to the email you sent me today at the office, it of my opinion that you are:
  • Mean-spirited
  • Petty
  • Immature
  • Unprofessional
  • Unkind
  • Biased
  • Incompetent
  • Overly-Emotional
  • Unlevelheaded
  • A Big Bully

Before you start accusing me of any wrong-doing, you might want to do some research. Hearsay is NOT research. You need a reliable source. Your current source of information is suspect.

Instead of accusing me of any wrong doing, why don't you first begin by asking me for my side of the story. That's your downfall. Your immediate assumption that everyone is out to get you is so wrong. I am sadden for you.

I honestly was going to say, KISS MY ASS! But I won't stoop to your level. So I'm just going to ignore your email.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Should I or Should I Not?

I'm in love with this. Isn't it lovely? The Gumshoe Sweatercoat is calling my sweet name. Should I buy it or should I not? It's going to look just darling on me... I just know it!

What should I do?

Monday, October 19, 2009

Fashion Advise Needed Please

URGH! I need help.

I just found out that Honey and I will be attending the Gold Medal Plates Fund-Raiser on Friday, October 23, 2009. It all sounded awesome and amazing until I realized that ..... it's this Friday. 4 days from today! Eeeeek!

What is the Gold Medal Plate? click here for more info

Gold Medal Plates is the ultimate celebration of Canadian Excellence in cuisine, wine, entertainment and athletic achievement. Celebrating in six cities across Canada in 2009, Gold Medal Plates will feature superb wines and the premier chefs in each city, paired with Canadian Olympic and Paralympic athletes, in a competition to crown a gold, silver and bronze medal culinary team in each city, and subsequently nation-wide.

Founded in 2003, the goal of Gold Medal Plates is to raise substantial funds for Canada's high performance athletes, while celebrating Canadian excellence. Since 2004, this event has received tremendous support and accolades all across Canada, and generated a combined net total of $2.8 million for Canada's Olympic and Paralympic athletes!

The competing chefs include:

Angus An, Gastropod Catering & Maenam Restaurant
Andrea Carlson, Bishop's
Rob Feenie, Cactus Club
Don Letendre, Elixir
Dale MacKay, Lumiere
Tobias McDonald, La Belle Auberge
Pino Posteraro, Cioppino
Dino Renaerts, Diva at the Met
Vikram Vij, Vij's
James Walt, Araxi

I'm soooo psyched about this event. It'll be like Iron Chef on Steriods! All of these chefs are amazing! And.... Rob Feenie competed and won Iron Chef America! I can't wait to eat their creations, that's for sure!!!

So what's my issue?

My issue is this. Honey got the tickets today and it reads "Black Tie" or Cocktail attire. There is a VIP Cocktail Reception, formal sitdown dinner and Silent Auction, all to be had on this evening. The event starts at 5:15pm and I have to go directly from work.

So, my question is, should I go Black Tie - ie. long formal gown, or cocktail dress? The invite also reads to wear Red to show support of our Olympians. I don't own a red dress and I'm not about to run out an buy one ... just for this event.

We're also expecting Rain on Friday... so trudging around downtown from the office to my car is going to be a bitch in a long formal gown.

What should I wear? HELP!!!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

This is sooooo WRONG on sooooo many levels!

Giverny Day Coat

We chose an Italian mill renowned for its artistic forte to create this Impressionist-inspired wool just for us. The silhouette is clean and cropped with minimal seaming (a work of art in itself). Wool blend. Shawl collar. Removable and adjustable self-belt. Bracelet sleeves. Back vent. Fully lined. Hits just below hip. Part of the J.Crew Collection. Import. Dry clean.

A work of art. Okay... I'll give JCrew that. I guess Art is truly in the eye of the beholder. And since I can't appreciate it, I guess I must be uncultured. Oh well.....I can live with that.

This coat is soooooo wrong in soooo many levels. At first glance, I thought that it was a cropped jacket - which lead me to think "why would anyone want to buy a cropped Winter Jacket?". Then it dawned on me that, Nooooooooo, it's not a cropped jacket, it's actually a coat with a different colored lower half - which lead me to think, Oh My Gosh! How ugly is that???!!!

And that doesn't even take into account the sleeves. Here's a coat with cropped sleeves. Who in their right mind (okay, maybe if you live in a warm clime), would spend $695.00 on a coat that has cropped sleeves ... AND looks downright U.G.L.Y. (it ain't got no alibi), it's UGLY!

Call it art, Call it whatever. I'll call it, I won't be buying this for sure ... even at 99% off!

Care to pipe your thoughts about this item? I'd love to hear them.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Today's Outfit and the new F21 Silk Flower Necklace

Today's outfit:

J Crew Sharkskin Skirt in Deep Plum
J Crew Lea Merino Cardigan in Heather Grey
J Crew Perfect Fit Tank in Slate
F21 Silk Flower Necklace

F21 Silk Flower Necklace Review

I received this Necklace, along with all of my other F21 goodies, yesterday. I had been looking forward to getting this necklace since it first popped up on the US site. I then waited patiently for about 2 weeks for it to show up on the Canadian F21 site and when it did, I immediately snagged it.

I really like this necklace. The dark purple shade is the perfect match to my J Crew Sharkskin skirt. While I had not intended to wear it with my Sharkskin skirt, it truly is the perfect match.

The necklace is quite large, as you can see from the picture. The largest flower measures about 4 inches in diameter. There are about a eight silk flowers attached to a felt backing. The Felt backing gives the necklace weight and a good base so that it sits flat on the chest.

I've gotten many compliments on this necklace already. In fact, one of the ladies in my office acknowledged that the necklace looks very attractive in person whereas the online picture makes it look quite silly.

I like this necklace because it looks like the flowers are a part of my shirt as opposed to being a necklace. I like that it looks like a framed collar on my tank. Obviously a scooped-neck top helps the look of a framed collar; that said, a shirt collar would obviously not have the same effect.

I haven't had a chance to try it with a white crew neck tee and jeans. (That's how I had initially intended on wearing this necklace). Now that I think about it, I don't know if I'll like the crew neck with this necklace. I guess I won't know until I try, right? But I certainly like the look of the scoop neck top with this necklace. The look is reminiscent of the Silk Pleated Posy Top - in that it has a large framed collar.

I like it so much that I'm now comtemplating getting it in the black as well.

So, what do you think of the F21 Silk Flower Necklace? Do you like it? Would you consider getting it?

Monday, October 5, 2009

Outfit of the Day

It's been a while since I did a post on my Outfit of the day. So, here's one showing what I'm wearing today:
J Crew Graphic Crested Tee
J Crew Lea Merino Cardigan in Peony
Suzy Shier Pin Stripe Skirt
F21 Necklace and Ring
Nine West Sling Back Heels

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Awesome Birthday!

Birthday Wishes from the Teahouse Restaurant

Beautiful Sunset from the original Tea Room

My birthday outfit (I took this before I started drinking, really, I did! lol!)

Fresh from the Salon. Natural, only better.

It was a crazy but awesome day yesterday.

Was up at 7:30 to workout. Then the cleaners came over for their weekly visit - I love it when they come because Honey and I just suck when it comes to cleaning house and they honestly do such a fantastic job.

Then I drove Kitty to swimming, ran to Starbucks for a Latte, then picked Kitty up. Dropped her off at home with Honey, then ran out to see my parents for about an hour. Came home, picked Kitty up to drop her off at Gymnastics. Then went and saw Kari at the Salon in Dundarave.

I love Kari. As she says, she makes me look natural. lol! Love it!!!! I desperately needed to see her for a trim and a root touch-up. After 2 hours there, I once again look like my natural self, only better. LOL! Then it was off to Park Royal to pick up a birthday gift for Kitty's classmate who was having a Hip Hop Birthday party on Sunday.

I finally arrived home at 4:40 and basically had about an hour to get ready before heading out to dinner. It was go, go, go until I stepped into the limo. And then it was .... Aaaaaaaaah! Time to relax.

Dinner was wonderful. Crazy as it sounds, I've never been to the Teahouse Restaurant. I've always wanted to go but for some reason, never have. Thinking about it, I've wanted to go to the Teahouse since around the time I started dating.... back when I was 16. I've always thought that it was the most romatic restaurant in Vancouver. Situated right in Stanley Park, amid the beautiful trees and flowering shrubs, the restaurant is a Vancouver landmark. While it's beautiful in the day, it's even more stunning in the evenings. I've longed to dined at the Teahouse but for some reason, never did.

So when Honey suggested that we go to the Teahouse, I was thrilled. We decided to have Kitty join us for dinner. While it would have been so romatic with just Honey and I, I really wanted to celebrate my birthday with the family. Knowing that we would be drinking, Honey hired a limo to drive us there and back.

We started off with Cocktails. Honey had a beer, Kitty had a Virgin Margarita and I had a Golden Sun - Sparkling Wine with Alize Passion Fruit Liquere. For appetizers, we shared an Antipasto Plate, the Steamed BC Mussels in a Thai Red Curry and Beef Tenderloin Carpaccio. For dinner, Kitty had the New York Steak, Honey had the Beef Tenderloin and Lobster Tail while I had the Rack of Lamb. To wash it down, we had a nice bottle of Red.

Since I was absolutely stuffed by the end of our entree, we decided to skip dessert. However, the Teahouse Restaurant decided that we ought to have dessert anyway for they brought out a beautifully plated Double Belgian Chocolate Truffle Cake with a lit candle to celebrate my birthday. It was such a nice surprise.

Although it was a crazy day, it ended on such a relaxing note. I had a fantastic time on my birthday. Thank you to my darling husband and to our darling daughter for making my birthday so enjoyable and memorable. I love you both!!!

p.s. I also love your gifts. And just in case you were wondering, yes, Honey and I decided that I can start shopping around for a Time-share. :)

Friday, October 2, 2009

~ GIVEAWAY!!! ~ ONE OF A KIND Show & Sale Vancouver

I have a pair of tickets to the One-Of-A-Kind Show and Sale Vancouver taking place at the Vancouver Convention Center. Check here further details.

The show starts Thursday, Oct 8 and runs through Sunday October 11, 2009.

Contest Rules:

1.) Follow Me (if you're already a follower, please state that)
2.) Comment on the show

I am very excited to be attending this show. I just LOVE one of a kind items and can't wait to shop! shop! shop! So if you're like me, you will want to enter this contest and win these tickets!

Contest is open to Lower Mainland Residents and anyone who's going to be in Vancouver during the show.

Contest closes Monday, October 5, 2009 at 12 Noon. The winner will be announced on my blog that afternoon.

Good Luck!!!

Vancouver Home & Interior Design Show Winners

I have 3 pairs of tickets and exactly 3 winners. How perfect! The winners are:


Candy in Canada

Silly g

Congratulations to our Winners! I'd like to get these tickets out to you immediately for the show starts next Thursday. Please email me at with your addresses and I'll pop these tickets into the mail for you right away!

Congratulations once again. I hope you'll get lots of ideas, meet Ty Pennington and have a blast at the show!!!

New Purchases

I've been really curtailing my shopping of late. Don't get me wrong. I've still been shopping... just not as much, that's all.

However, I did make a nice online purchase today from F21 that I must share with you. I've been eyeing these items on the F21 site for a few weeks now... waiting oh, very patiently for them to show up on the Canadian site and suddenly, they all popped up on the Canadian site today.

I dropped everything and placed my order immediately. I can't wait for them to arrive. I'm loving F21 jewelry of late. I figure, why pay a ton on jewelry to only have it fall apart on me. If they're going to fall apart, I may as well just get cheap jewelry, right? And that's what I did.

Let's hope that they're just as cute in person as they are in the pictures. So, here's what I purchased today.

Silk Flower Necklace

Glamour Faceted Ring

Pearl Set Daisy Ring

Chiffon Flower Front Top

Aren't these items adorable? I'm particularly excited to receive the Silk Flower necklace. I realize that it's a little over-the-top but I can honestly see it with jeans and a white tee with a lavender or peony sweater over top. I think that it'll look just darling!

Do you like any of my purchases? Do you own any of them? Love to hear your thoughts.