Tuesday, August 4, 2015

sale @ holt renfrew- up to 80% off!

My Holts sale post last fall seemed to catch people's interest, so here I am again with yet another! Their summer sale has been going on for quite some time now, so the discount's been bumped up to 80% off with little left on the sale racks, so I thought I'd stop by and see what good steals are still available :)


There really isn't much selection here- and if you're not a size 8 or 9, then you're pretty much out of luck. There are, however, tons of Acne Studio heeled boots left for quite a good price, so I'd go check those out if you're looking for a pair of nice leather boots! Here are the two pairs of shoes I personally had my eye on:

Rebecca Minkoff Pointed Toe Cutout Fisherman Oxford Flats. On sale for $69 (originally $375) & Givenchy Striped Leather Pump. These are SO gorgeous- perfect for dressing up or down an outfit!! The best part? They're on sale for only $199!!!!!! (originally $1060, my gosh. if they were my size i'd definitely have snapped them up right away!)

Special mention to these floral Valentino boots from the pre-fall 2015 collection. They're not on sale as they're new in stock, but how cute are they?!

Valentino Floral-Print Paneled Boots: $1495


I wandered into the couture area just out of curiosity (which really just causes me more suffering as everything is so dreamy and obviously out of my price range), but for those that are looking to splurge on a dress anyway, there are amazing deals here!

This might also be the first time I've actually seen a Marchesa gown up close *swoons*:

Another exquisite Marchesa gown. Wedding dress goals, honestly!

On to the slightly more "practical" dresses.....

Oscar de la Renta Lace Dress: $2489
Jill Jill Stuart Collared Lace Dress: $289
Opening Ceremony Dimensional Frond Front Flare Dress: $89 (the flare & material of this remind of a slightly less glamorous version of what raf has been doing at dior hahaha)

Last but not least, my one outfit staple- skirts! Once again, really not much left on these racks....

Jacquemus: $129. I've been really really excited about the fact that they started stocking Jacquemus at Holts- I've been following Simon Porte's work for over a year now, and they're always so fun- so French (basically like something out of a Jacques Demy film!) This skirt is from his 'Les Parasols de Marseille' collection. 

Carven Checked Skirt: $89. As always, I'm forever a sucker for checked/tartan/plaid skirts- I've just been wearing a school uniform for far too long, haha. I really wanted this skirt!!! Alas...not my size. If you're not familiar with Carven, I'd definitely check out their Bang Bang Girls (FW14) collection here- such a unique concept.

Happy shopping, y'all!

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

happy national lipstick day!

(i know, i know, i'm horrible. trying to ease my way back into blogging...so hopefully i will be posting some time soon this week. otherwise, consider it as me being on a long summer vacation ;D)

Thursday, March 5, 2015

cream puffs at chewy junior

All my life, I've never been particularly lucky. As a result, I've learned to make the most of a bad situation. Not to be overdramatic, but here's the "bad situation" that lead to the topic of this blog post: the soft opening of Soft Peaks. For those who aren't in the know, a new organic soft serve shop has opened in Gastown, and the hype over it has been overwhelming. (As of now, it's officially opened already, but as always, I've procrastinated, and this post is rehashing an event that happened months ago.) You know how I am when it comes to ice cream...so of course, I wanted to be there on the first day of their soft opening to give it a try. Alas, when I arrived after class, this was the sight that greeted me....

Having purposely made the trip down to Gastown, I was extremely disappointed- as were the other people standing nearby, judging by their groans of disbelief. I was also craving something sweet by this point, and considered walking to Bella Gelateria for some gelato. However, I remembered walking past Chewy Junior, which my friend had mentioned to me before, so I decided to stop by. Chewy Junior is a hugely popular chain in Asia, but this location is their flagship store in Vancouver.

Upon entering, I was instantly greeted by Ash, the owner, who was extremely welcoming. He introduced me to all the items on the menu and explained the whole concept of their cream puffs- they're baked, not fried, and are definitely unique compared to your typical cream puff. I decided on a chocolate oreo crunch one, and also their matcha nippon. I can't for the life of me remember how much these cost, but it was something in between $3-4 each. 

Apologies for the bad phone pics. I have to heft my laptop around for school which makes it impossible to bring my camera too :(

So delicious! I'm honestly not a fan of the traditional choux pastry used in cream puffs- I find it to be dry and slightly tasteless, but these were such a treat in comparison. The cream puff itself is chewy and reminds me of a Mexican pineapple bun, if you've ever had those from a Chinese bakery. Inside, the smooth cream complements the pastry so wonderfully without being overpowering. I'm always in the mood for cookies & cream/Oreos, so that one was definitely a hit, though the crushed crumbs on top added with the oozy custard made for a very messy experience, haha. Grab a napkin or two! The matcha cream was full of flavour, but wasn't sweet whatsoever, so the white chocolate drizzle on top balanced it out well. Miss Piggy (me) polished off both quickly, embarrassingly enough.

As you can see, they definitely don't skimp on the custard. Mmmm....I'm craving one (or two) now....
As you can see on their website, they have tons of other flavours as well, so definitely go check them out if you're suddenly craving something sweet while on the go! It's also right across from Waterfront Station, which is super convenient.

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