To sum up 2013's best moments, here's a list.
Tuesday, December 31, 2013
To sum up 2013's best moments, here's a list.
Monday, December 30, 2013
Sunday, December 29, 2013
Hi there! I don’t usually post these on Sundays, but sometimes, there are just too many things to do that there really is no room in one’s schedule to add “sneak off and take photos of self for blog.”
I’m sure I’ve mentioned/complained (depends on how you see it) about the cold where I am numerous times, so I promise you, today will be the last. For this year, at least.
Because it’s so cold, it’s not really possible for me to go outside in -25 temperatures without my protective outer layer, aka my winter jacket, on. I’d get sick almost instantly, which would not be good.
I thought about temporarily retiring the series for a while, but later thought better of it. Instead, as a compromise, I’ll still continue with theses posts, but I’ll just take the photos inside when there’s decent lighting. So let’s see how that worked out.
Hi there! After eating a ton and now that we’re nearing the end of 2013, I feel like I’m finally able to truly relax and just sleep. A lot. I feel like all I’ve done recently is sleep, eat, and blog. It’s weird, but I’m not complaining. It’s really nice to be able to wind down and spend some time with my family (and my laptop, hehe).
Saturday, December 28, 2013
Hi there! It’s crazy to me that 2013 is almost over, but one must ignore that to actually get over it and start the New Year off fresh and make it better than the last. Or at least that’s how I think.
It’s been tradition for me to write New Year’s resolutions for years now, so this year is no different. I’m sure that’s the same for many of you out there, but honestly and quite unfortunately, I forget about them by the end of January. Anyone else who’s like that? Yeah, that’s what I thought.
Because of my constant failures in keeping up with my resolutions, I decided to change that for 2014. Here are a few things that I kept in mind while making mine.
Thursday, December 26, 2013
Hi there! I hope that you've all had an amazing time with your family yesterday (and the day before!) being all festive and just spreading the love and spirit of this time of year. I might've (just maybe) mentioned this before, but I absolutely love Christmas. It's just awesome.
Since we don't celebrate Christmas religiously, our traditions are kind of... original. Most years, we usually cook a big Asian meal, but this year, my brother and I begged for a turkey and we got one! After a plate full of food, well, mostly gravy and cranberry sauce for me, I was stuffed to the brim. But it was freaking delicious.
We almost always celebrate Christmas with my aunt's family and my grandma. This year was no different and it was just amazing. The food was delicious and we just had a great time.
(Sorry for the blurry photo. The quality on my phone kind of sucks.)
As you could probably tell, our Christmas tree is all decked out with lots of pretty, pretty ornaments and pretty much anything you can imagine. My family likes to switch it up, so one year, we'll have these decorations up, and the next, we'll mix and match with ornaments collected over the years.
This year, we had TONS of gifts under the tree. It might have to do with the fact that I love buying gifts for people, wrapping them, and making the tree look all pretty by trying to stuff them all around it. If only I had a bigger budget, haha. Most of the gifts are for my cousins and little brother. Unfortunately, I couldn't snap a decent shot before the boys ripped all the presents apart.
I got some really amazing gifts this year, so thank you to the gift-givers who are watching this. My parents got me a jewellery organiser which I desperately needed because my jewellery has just been a tangled mess for the longest time. I actually filled most of it up, which was surprising. I didn't realise I had that much stuff. Well, now I know.
My mom's coworker asked me to paint her a few things for her son's room (photo below) and it was a gift, so I didn't want to accept any money. So instead, she got me this adorable perfume from Harajuku Lovers and aside from the lovely packaging, it smells so delicious. I've been told that it was a stressful trip trying to get this for me, so it really made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.
A friend of mine from school got me this hat from Firefly. She told me that she thought I looked cold waiting for the bus, so she got this for me. Such a sweet girl. Plus, her birthday's on Christmas. Isn't that crazy?
One of the first friends I made at my school gave me this eau de toilette from Elizabeth Arden that just blew me away. I didn't expect her to get me something so big and I just got really emotional. It means a lot to me when people think of me and get me something that they'll know I'll love and I do end up loving.
My best friend got me Rookie: Yearbook One which I don't have with me at the moment, but I was just so happy when I unwrapped the paper and saw it. She knows me so well and I love her for that (and a ton of other things, obviously). I know you're reading this right now, so thank you so much, B! Oh, I love Christmases with her.
Last but not least, my gift from Santa. Oh, even after the truth is revealed, it's fun to keep the tradition going, I'd say. I don't want to be too old for Santa. I probably won't say that a few years from now, but that's what I think right now.
I got Chloe: Attitudes and I was so excited. My brother and I didn't know who it was for, so I ripped the paper along the top and the back to savour the moment. Then, I saw the cover and I screamed. Sorry if I woke you up, Grandma. :P
I don't know Chloe as well as some other fashion houses/designers, so I can't wait to delve into the history of the brand and learn more about them.
The anticipation that builds up all of December is simply contagious and it sucks how it's pretty much all over now. Aw well, until next year! At least as a Canadian, I get to celebrate Boxing Day (the Canadian equivalent to Black Friday) today, so I won't slip into post-Christmas depression so quickly, hehe.
How did you celebrate Christmas? What'd you get from your loved ones? What are a few of your favourite traditions? Leave your comments below!
Thanks for reading!
Wednesday, December 25, 2013
Hi there! I just wanted to wish each and every one of you a Merry Christmas, or if you don't celebrate, a happy holiday season! I'm sure that we're all busy throughout the year and are always planning for the future, but take this time to relax and spend some quality time with your family and loved ones, enjoying yourself as much as you can. Soak it all in before it's all gone.
From me to you, have a safe and magical holiday season! You deserve the best and thank you so much for everything you, my readers, have done for me this past year! I love you and don't you ever forget it.
Thank you SO MUCH for reading!
Friday, December 20, 2013
Hi there! I know I haven't blogged in a while, but hopefully today's post will make up for it! I've put together a pretty big gift guide full of stocking stuffers/last minute gifts for your friends and family and whoever you need to get gifts for this holiday season. This would also be great for any of you looking for some inexpensive gifts for your loved ones.
There are a few things that aren't technically under $15, but they're big sets of things that you can break up and give one to each of your friends because NO ONE needs six mini nail polishes at once.
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Hi there! I made most of my gifts this year, so today's project would make a really fun gift for anyone fashion-obsessed girl in your life. It's probably one of the easiest DIYs I have ever posted.
I don't quite remember where I first saw this shirt, but it was sold at ASOS for a while, but it's been taken down for a really long time, now. I just thought it was absolutely perfect for me, so I decided to make it myself.
Sunday, December 15, 2013
Hi there! Honestly, I don’t have much to tell you about this week, but the few things that I do have to tell you about are pretty big and, you know, meaningful. Oh, and really Christmas-y, too.
The reason why there aren’t many things to talk about it because I’ve been so, so busy lately. You might think that because I’m so busy, there’d be lots to say, but I’ve been busy to the point of getting barely any sleep and not being able to just relax and blog or anything, really. It’s truly a crazy time of year.
Saturday, December 14, 2013
Hi there! A few weeks ago, Melody, who is absolutely awesome, by the way if you're reading this, commented and asked for an oatmeal recipe, so that's what you're going to get today! I'm so in love with the combination of almond butter (or any nut butter) and banana together, it's just so delicious. However, just so you guys know, this recipe might taste a bit better with peanut butter as opposed to almond butter, which was the only thing I had laying around.
We all lead busy lives and the weekend is often a time to just relax and recharge. But during my weekends, I'm always planning ahead to next week, like what fruits I need to add to the grocery list or what homework or blog posts I'll have to get done.
I wish I had time to make stove-top oatmeal everyday, but a lot of the times, it's just not possible, especially now that my parents won't let me make it on weekdays because it wastes lots of energy. That's why you can make today's oatmeal in the microwave!
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
The thing that comes with the whole student package is homework and it's right before my holiday break, so homework is pretty darn crazy at the moment. I'm going to be taking a tiny little break this week and will be back on Saturday at the very latest with a new post! I just thought it I'd let you guys know why I've been away and once again, I'm not ditching my little baby. :)
I'll double post a few days during the remainder of the month to make up for any missed posts because I had some really fun ones planned for this week.
Also, there are EIGHT hours left to enter my giveaway for a chance to win an H&M gift card, so if you're interested...
Thank you for your understanding!
Sunday, December 8, 2013
Saturday, December 7, 2013
Friday, December 6, 2013
Hi there! You're finally getting to see a little taste of Canada's snow from me, even though it's not very much. I was tempted to throw some on the wall so it would seem like there was more of it, but I think my parents wouldn't have been very pleased with me.
Now that there is snow on the ground, Christmas only seems to be an arm's reach away. Just two more weeks of school and I'm off for Winter Break. Isn't that a pleasant thought?
Thursday, December 5, 2013
However, here are a few ideas for every price point for what to get them instead. There are items under $!5, $40, and some more luxurious items that are more expensive. And no, all the items under $15 aren't $14.99 and the same goes for the other categories (I just hate it when gift guides are like that!) They're all items that I'd love to get myself because I am just a teensy bit obsessed with fashion. Just a bit.
I also put up a gift guide for DIY-ers this morning, so check that out if you need to get some crafty people some gifts.
Hi there! Today, I have for you a gift guide for all the DIY-ers in your life. Yep, you know the one who would rather make something as opposed to going out and buying one from a store. She'd love at least one thing from this list. I've divided this gift guide into two very general categories: one for the cardmakers/scrapbookers and one for the clothing DIY-ers/aspiring fashion designers.
I have a ton of gift ideas, so I think putting together a little mini basket of this stuff would make your loved one would just be awesome.
Also, I'm going to have a gift guide for fashion lovers coming up in just a few hours, so be on the lookout for that!
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Hi there! I'm usually one to tell you to go out there, be crazy, and be YOU with your style, but there are some times when going all out is just not the right thing to do. It can lead to really awkward situations, cringe-worthy embarrassment, or just display plain disrespect.
Here are a few situations that could potentially lead to emotional turmoil if you're not careful with what you wear.
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Hi there! It's been tradition for my family for several years now, so last Thursday night, we headed over to the States to do a bit of Black Friday shopping! We didn't go crazy, but I thought it'd be cool to show you the few things I got. I also did a bit of shopping back in Canada with my mom and best friend, so there are a few items from there as well.
Now, let's see what's in this bag...
Monday, December 2, 2013
Hi there! I was inspired by the Christmas spirit and the Rodarte star hair clips to create this lovely statement hair piece. You might have seen this hair bow before if you've checked out my giveaway (which is open until the 12:00 am EST on the 12th). If you don't live in the States or Canada but still wanted to make something like this, you're in luck! It's a bit time-consuming, but it's not hard at all. If you have an hour or two on your hands, this is an awesome project that would make a really pretty Christmas gift for any girly girls in your life.
Friday, November 29, 2013
Hi there! Happy Black Friday everyone! Or a belated Thanksgiving, rather. As you're reading this (if you read this in the morning), I'm probably going to be on my way back from my own little bargain shopping adventure in the States that has become an odd tradition in my family.
It officially feels like winter where I am due to the heavy snowfall, so I thought it’d be appropriate to put up these outfit pictures before December comes around when I’d like for there to be some snow in my photos.
These were taken quite a while back, actually. Maybe two, three weeks ago. I remember being so excited to wear this because it was one of those outfits that I had thought a lot about prior to actually wearing it. That feeling is just indescribable.
Thursday, November 28, 2013
It's gift-giving season and I'm someone who absolutely loves to go all out on gifts (within my budget, of course). Here are a few tips that I've found really helpful while holiday shopping for my friends and family and some suggestions in general that you might find of use.
I'm also giving away a $20 H&M gift card if anyone's interested!
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Hi there! Today, I'm bringing to you Style Generis's first ever... GIVEAWAY! I thought it'd be really fun to host a giveaway for this time of year and I'm beyond excited to finally announce it with the prizes and everything. After a great deal of research and grief (who knew sweepstakes laws were so complicated?!), here it is!
This holiday season, I will be giving away a $20 gift card to H&M and a gold star hair bow that I made myself. There'll be a DIY post up on this hair bow next Monday if you're interested, but since it is pretty time consuming, I thought I'd add it to the giveaway.
The gift card that I'm giving away isn't any regular gift card. For every $10 charged onto the card, you will be providing one family with clean water, which is absolutely amazing. You can read more about this gift card here. I wanted to give something away that was going to give back this holiday season, so this couldn't be more perfect. Besides, this might help with any Isabel Marant x H&M piece you've been eyeing. ;)
The rules for this giveaway are pretty simple. Or should I say sweepstakes, as that's the legal term. The giveaway will run from today, November 27th, until 12:00 am EST on December 12th. This giveaway is open to all legal residents of the United States of American and Canada (void where prohibited). The winner will be selected randomly by Random.org and will be announced within the following week. All you have to do to enter is fill out the Rafflecopter form below and you're good to go! You can find a full list of the terms and conditions on the form or at the end of this post. Good luck!
Are you excited about the giveaway? What would you buy with the $20? How would you style the hair bow? Leave your comments below! Good luck to those who enter!
Thank you so much for reading!
Terms and Conditions:
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Sweepstakes will run from November 27th, 2013 to December 12th, 2013 at 12:00 AM EST. Open to legal residents of the United States and Canada only. Void where prohibited by law. Prizes cannot be shipped to PO boxes. To enter, one must complete the Rafflecopter form above. Winner will be randomly selected by Random.org and will be notified by email. Winner will have 72 hours to respond before a new winner is selected. The prize will be shipped within one week of your confirmation. I am in no way responsible if the package is lost/delayed. If the winner is Canadian, s/he will have to answer a skill-testing math question correctly within the time allotted in order to win the prize. The products offered for the sweepstakes were purchased by myself alone. My opinions are my own. Facebook, Twitter, H&M, Google, Blogger, and Bloglovin’ are in no way associated with this sweepstakes. By providing your information in this form, you are providing your information to me alone. If you win, by completing this form, I am obtaining the right to announce the winner on the blog Style Generis using your first name only. I do not share or sell information and will use any information only for the purpose of contacting the winner.
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Sunday, November 24, 2013
Hi there! I can't seem to catch a break these days. I had such a crazy, crazy week, once again, but hopefully I'll be able to just relax soon. Like during Winter Break, aha. It looks like Christmas and winter where I live right now, so it isn't hard to dream about that stuff at this time of year. Also because Christmas Eve is exactly one month away. Is anyone else as excited as I am?
Saturday, November 23, 2013
Hi there! Today, I thought I’d bring back the Sketchbook series, except this time, not on Friday. Every once in a while, you’ll get a peek into my sketchbook. You know, if you fancy it.
I had to do make a clothing catalogue for Spanish class that included at least ten different clothing items. My teacher said that we could just cut out pictures from magazines, but I wanted to design each and every piece. Leave it up to me to overcomplicate a simple assignment…
Friday, November 22, 2013
Hi there! A good chunk of my pre-teen years were spent watching Gossip Girl, which probably wasn't such a good thing because of the mature content. But hey, can you blame a girl for fawning over the gorgeous wardrobe, aka the only reason why I stuck around for six seasons?
Yesterday morning, I was reminiscing the good old days, so I decided to channel my inner Blair Waldorf with a Little J twist to it. Here's what I came up with.
Thursday, November 21, 2013
Hi there! If you couldn't find anything for your loved one in last week's DIY gift guide, maybe you'll get some luck in this week's. Most of us are on a budget when we're Christmas shopping, so this gift guide is full of budget gifts for her under $100. There are a few gifts for each "type" of girl out there, but if you'd like me to do a full post on a specific one, there'll be a poll at the end that you can take to let me know!
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Because of the feasting that will most likely occur, you'll probably want to stay comfortable, but that certainly doesn't mean sloppy. I've put together one casual, one dressy outfit, and one in-between. Enjoy!
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Hi there! Since Black Friday is coming up as well as Christmas, you'll probably be doing quite a bit of shopping this time of year. Shopping can either be a really fun experience, or a really stressful one. Keep reading for a few tips to help you steer clear of those awful, stressful, and unproductive shopping trips.
Monday, November 18, 2013
Sunday, November 17, 2013
Hi there! You've probably noticed that there are a few changes with the design. Maybe? Anyway, I updated my header and a few bits and pieces here and there and I'm just so happy with it. I spent a really long time last night just trying to make it just perfect. You have no idea how annoying it is when it takes you like an hour to do the header and when you upload it to the blog, it's not the right size. Not cool.
My week was incredibly busy, but here are a few things that allowed me to relax and get excited about.
My week was incredibly busy, but here are a few things that allowed me to relax and get excited about.
Saturday, November 16, 2013
Hi there! This post was inspired by one that I saw on the Man Repeller the other day about the Sunday Terrors. For me, the Sunday Terrors is simply just feeling overwhelmed on a Sunday, procrastinating, and simply not being productive. Amelia Diamond's definition seems to have alcohol consumption mixed it with that, but we can just leave that part out.
Because I do get the Terrors myself about once every few weeks, I've learned my way around it and some tips here and there that have helped. Here are a few that I've found really helpful!
Friday, November 15, 2013
"And I go back to December all the time..."
Hi there! Another week has gone by and this outfit captures my week perfectly. I had to wear a lot of hats this week, hence the "authoritative" button-down, but still managed to have some fun. Ooh, and I twirled around a lot. I seem to like doing that.
There's something that's so intriguing to me about photos with lots of movement in them. I just adore them , which is why you'll probably find at least one photo of me in motion for most of my Style Diaries. It's just so much more fun to twirl or jump around as opposed to standing still, staring intently at a spot on the ground.
Wanna see me in action?
Thursday, November 14, 2013
Hi there! This is my first EVER Christmas gift guide and I couldn't possibly be more excited about it. There will be about six or so gift guides going up in total before Christmas, so that's one every week on Thursday. First off - DIYs. I think that receiving or giving a nice handmade gift has always been a gift feel just a bit more special, so keep reading for a few DIY ideas that you could make for your loved ones this holiday season.
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
If you're in need of a new winter jacket this year, here is a little guide to help you along the way.
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
First off, gift guides. There are going to be six gift guides going up, so one per week, until Christmas, ranging from DIY gifts (the very first one that your eyeballs will be able to see this Thursday) to gifts for fashion lovers to gifts for the men in your life. The gift guides are probably going to be the posts I'm most excited about, you have no idea.
Because Black Friday and Cyber Monday are coming up in a few short weeks, there will be a post on shopping tips and another one catered specifically to Christmas shopping going up shortly. It's going to very Christmas oriented, let me tell you. I'm obnoxiously obsessed with Christmas, so a more tame version of that will show just a smitch.
There will be outfit inspiration for holiday parties or dinners that you might be going to like Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's.
I will also have a Christmas giveaway coming up which I'm also really excited for you to learn about. Just so I don't raise anyone's hopes, I am a high school student, so I don't have the budget to spend a bunch of money on a really special prize PLUS ship it internationally, so it's not going to be a huge. But we should all still get excited about it, though.
What is getting you excited for these next few weeks leading up to the holidays? What posts do you want to see on the blog? What do you think of what's to come? Leave your comments below! There is always room for more posts to make y'all happy. :)
Thank you so very much for reading!
Monday, November 11, 2013
Hi there! First off, I'd just like to take this moment to remember all the brave men and women who served for our country, or whichever country you may live in even though it is a day typically reserved for Canada and a few other European countries. Many, too many, gave their lives so we could have the freedom and peace that we do today. So thank you. Thank you, thank you, thank you because we certainly don't appreciate them enough.
After that, my vintage shopping experience seems bit shallow, but whatever. I'm a fashion blogger, that's what I do. If you're not cool with that, then, don't keep reading. But if you are, please do.
Yesterday, I went to my first ever vintage clothing show. There was a little vintage boutique close to my middle school, but I could never afford anything there. I've always been fascinated by that vintage world, so I was so ridiculously excited when I found out that my boring little town, city, whatever was going to host Canada's biggest vintage clothing show.
I went with my mom yesterday and had a blast. As I was walking towards the show, I saw a bunch of people and all I had to do was simply look at what they were wearing and I knew immediately that they were going to the show. Even though it was my first time going to an event like this, I just felt like we had a connection and we all had the same passion and love for cool, quirky, and unique pieces. Essentially like little hidden treasures.
I took a bunch of pictures of some really stand out pieces that just made me swoon. I only got two items (one being that awesome pair of pink cowboy boots) and the last item in this reel of photos. Keep reading for a peek at what my experience was like!