Friday, January 29, 2010

AE Spring Picks

I got a little package in the mail yesterday with coupons from American Eagle Outfitters. Right then and there, I checked out their website to check out their new spring collection. I was seriously impressed. I love casual clothes, and I used to love the Gap, but AE is quickly becoming my favourite for casual clothes. Here are some of my favourite looks from the spring line:

AE looks

While I was browsing, I found these great individual pieces and I just love their little tank tops with the floral and mesh detailing. So pretty!

AE picks
From left to right

And finally, they have a cute selection of Valentines Day picks. I love Aerie nighties and bras. And if you're not really into pinks and reds, they have gorgeous black and blues to choose from as well.

AE valentines

I wont lie, I headed to my nearest AE today to check out their spring collection in person and I was really happy. Unfortunately my wallet stopped me from purchasing anything, but I have my wish list (which are all these pictures here, plus this great western style button down).

What do you guys think? Great casual wear, or just so-so?

Ps, Don't forget to enter my giveaway if you're a US or Canadian resident!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

First Ever GIVEAWAY!!

I'm so happy to announce that Insights will be hosting it's first ever give away! I'll be giving away this awesome Jansport Elefunk messenger bag!
Jansport giveaway

Here are some cool things about it:
  • 600 Denier Polyester / 420 Denier Velocity Nylon
  • Also available in Black
  • Adjustable shoulder strap with removable pad
  • One large main compartment
  • Front utility pocket with organizer under flap keeps essentials handy
  • Fully padded back panel for cushioning comfort
  • Side mesh water bottle pocket
  • Dual side stash pockets
  • Front zippered stash pocket
This give away is sponsored by CSN stores; they have over 200 stores and carry some really cool things, so go and check them out!

How this give away will work:
  • This give away is only open to Canadian and US residents 
  • Leave a comment on this post with your name and a way for me to contact you if you don't have a blog (1 entry)
  • Follow this blog (that's an additional one entry). If you already follow me and are residing in Canada or the US, then you already have one entry! 
  • For an additional entry, post on your blog about this give away (make sure you tell me in the comments section of  this post so I know!)
I will be drawing for a winner on February 3, so good luck to everyone :) 

    Saturday, January 23, 2010

    Three Simple Steps to Quick Happiness

    1) Find something irresistible to order online. There is something so thrilling about not being able to touch or smell something that you’re about to receive. Find anything that makes you happy, big or small and just go ahead, add it to your cart!
    shopping cart
    2) Wait for your items to arrive in your mailbox every day. By now, the thrill of your new item arriving in that mailbox of yours should be overwhelming. It’s ok to get sad every time you see the mailman leave without your perfect item in his hands.

    All Images from ;DeviantArt; or myself

    3) It’s finally arrived! Tear into your package and behold your little measure of happiness for the day. Materialistic? Maybe. But maybe you could share your little gift with someone you love too.


    Here are some of the things that I just ordered that made me really happy: Books and Super Mario Bros for the Wii! Such a great game, especially to play together with the people you love.


    What are some of the little things that make you really happy?

    Monday, January 18, 2010

    Room Renovation

    So this post is coming *extremely* late. I’ve been finding lately that my motivation to be on the computer has been lessening, especially since school has started. I’ve been neglecting my blogging duties, and for that my lovely readers, I am really sorry.

    Well, this post is about my newly renovated room. I share my room with my sister, so in order to accommodate two people into a bedroom there has to be a lot of organization. Someone please tell that to the old me, whose room I am embarrassed to show. I seriously am embarrassed to post the before pictures of the room, but upon my sister’s insistence, I have put them here! But you can seriously see the difference afterward.

    before shelves

    First off is this terrible mess. This used to be our “entertainment centre”. When we first moved in, we had a simple TV here and some DVDs and the satellite plugged in. Eventually, we got rid of the TV and just started piling in our books and random things (like candles, DVDs, papers...). So we got rid of this entire mess and put in three tall bookshelves to put all our novels, random papers and DVDs in. I love the glass doors on these shelves.

    after shelves

    Second is this mess. The mess near the door and the mess near the old dresser. We have a lot of stuff, and because there are two people in this room, we decided to get two matching dressers. A tall skinny one for our jewellery, purses and toiletries, and a big tall one for our lingerie and pyjamas.

    before dresser

    after dresser

    The tall skinny one has a really nice feature; the top opens up as a jewellery compartment. I love the way our frequently used costume jewellery is set out in the top of this dresser.

    after dresser jewllery

    The big dresser has all of our perfumes and daily use toiletries on it. I love the detail in the glass tray that we use to keep our perfumes on.

    after dresser detail

    Our new bed sheets are my favourite; a deep dark purple with a comforter that has lavender embroidery. It’s from Kenar Home series, and 650 thread count! Ohhh, I love sleeping on these sheets in the night. I call them the sex-you-up purple sheets.

    after bedsheets

    These are all the changes that we have made so far. All we have left to do is change our blinds and our ceiling fan to a new light fixture sans fan. Our room feels more airy and open then I ever remember it to be. I am so happy with the outcome.

    Tuesday, January 5, 2010

    A very late boxing day post...

    First of all, I would like to say Happy New Years to everyone! I hope everyone enjoyed New Years eve and had a relaxing New Years day.

    My boxing day finds post is long overdue mainly because of my room redo. I am happy to say that it is almost done and I cannot wait to post before and after pictures very soon. Until then, here are some of the amazing Boxing Day deals I got in Toronto.

    This Boxing Day was about stocking up on essentials; underwear, pyjamas, and warm pieces.

    I bought three things from the Gap; this cream tank top for $12.99, this 100% silk blouse for $19.99 and another one of those merino wool cardigans, on sale for $25! I was really happy with these purchases.


    Then there is The Bay. I have had a long love affair with The Bay; it is my favourite department store and I can usually find really nice pieces from there. I was in desperate need for some lingerie, and The Bay had an additional 25% off clearance items and pajamas were 60 percent off. I got these Esprit Luxury collection pajamas for $30 each, original price $80 each. I also got some pretty underwear from Blush, which were all on clearance.


    I had to get some Ugg-style boots. I know this is a no-no for the fashion conscious, but they are seriously comfortable. I got these Firefly Betty boots from Sportcheck, and they are comfortable and warm; just what I want when I’m taking a quick walk to my coffee shop or grocery shopping.


    Lastly, I got two pairs of jeans and two sweaters from Hollister. I don’t shop there regularly, as the nearest Hollister is an hour away from my house, but I had a gift card, so it was worth it. Their jeans were 50% off, so they were $35 each and these sweaters were more than 50% off, at $25 each from $78. I didn’t show the other pair of jeans since I’m wearing them right now!


    I have to admit; this Boxing Day was kind of disappointing. I didn’t find anything that truly wowed me, just essentials that I thought I needed. I’m going to go to the malls in January now and see if I can find some crazy good sales for things that I might like to splurge on.

    What are your favourite Boxing Day finds? I hope you all has luck finding what you needed / wanted this past Boxing Day!