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Aritzia S/S 2013 Haul

Aritzia had a private sale just recently so I grabbed some stuff. I wasn’t really supposed to spend, but a sale is hard to pass up sometimes LOL. I mostly grabbed tank tops because I felt like I was really lacking in that department. I have a lot of basics for layering, but I don’t really have much that I like wearing by itself.


La Notte // Vitti Tank (Biker Design) [White & Black]
An Aritzia exclusive. Made from soft cotton jersey, this relaxed, low-armhole graphic tank is screen-printed with a custom, hand-drawn biker design

I actually bought these two before the sale started. I couldn’t pick which colour so I ended up just getting both LOL! I’ve really been into skulls on tanks, scarves, etc. Plus I’m really lacking in graphic tees and tanks so I decided to grab this one. The length is quite long, but I prefer them to be a bit long. If you wear short shorts it might cover your shorts. I usually wear mine with the front tucked in which leaves the back at the original length. I liked that it had a dropped armhole because I’ve really been liking my bandeau showing underneath. Or you can show off your nice, lacy bra, but I prefer to wear a bandeau underneath haha!


Wilfred Free / Aramis Tank [Heather White/Heather Ash & Heather Ash/Black]
Designed with a racerback silhouette, this tank is made with textured cotton-blend jersey and finished with twisted flat-lock side seams and a curved hem.

Yes.. I couldn’t pick which color I wanted again LOL! Don’t judge. I liked how airy they looked coupled with the draped bottom. Perfect for summer. The thinner straps for the racerback was also nice. I feel like it’s more flattering than really thick straps. They kind of just flow on the body instead of bringing attention to broad shoulders. Again the length is pretty long which I prefer, but it might hide your shorts depending on the length. This one also has dropped armholes to show off your bandeau. I think if you’re going on vacation or just going to the beach if you live near one, it’d look pretty cute over your bikini as a coverup. You can have your bikini peaking through. The contrasting outline is what made me really like this tank top though. Brings life to an otherwise plain tank top.


La Notte // Vitti Tank (Victorian-inspired Skull) [White]
An Aritzia exclusive. Made from soft cotton jersey, this relaxed, low-armhole graphic tank is screenprinted with a custom-designed, Victorian-inspired skull graphic.

Same as the two Vitti Tanks above, but with a different graphic design printed. Actually, I’m quite in love with the graphic on this tank and I couldn’t decide which color I wanted. But I was like, “No, I can’t buy both again. I need to exercise a little bit of self-control.” I was going to ask my friend for her opinion, but she’s such a fast shopper. She was already out of the fitting room by the time I put on the first top probably LOL. What do you guys think? Should I have bought the black one instead?

TNA // Waco Shorts [Dark Indigo]
Made from a premium rope-dyed denim fabric that is custom distressed, these super-short shorts are designed with five-pocket denim detailing and finished with a rolled, raw-cut cuff.

I actually don’t have any dark shorts for the summer, save for one pair. As I was heading to the fitting room I saw this, so I decided why not try it? I tried it on and it seemed good. I was looking at the mirror from far away because there were so many ladies sitting in the waiting area. Does anybody else hate that there’s no mirror inside the room? I really hate how they have a huge mirror and you have to come out and share with everyone else. It wouldn’t be so bad if the changing area isn’t in plain view for everyone in the store. I know it’s to prevent theft, but seriously? What if I wasn’t wearing something right because I can’t see without a mirror and my boobs are showing or something and I step out?

Anyway, because of that, I was looking at myself from far away. I didn’t notice how short it actually was LOL. I bought it and I came home and noticed it actually said micro-shorts. Whoa LOL! I never buy shorts that can be considered micro-shorts (at least I hope not?). It’s not too bad because I have an Asian ass (read: no butt) so I’m not really flashing the world or anything. If you do have an ass though, try it out before you buy this. I can probably guarantee that your cheeks will be showing. I know some girls don’t mind that, but if you were thinking of wearing it around casually everywhere, I think you should go for their other shorts instead. Other than that though, they’re very comfortable.


Talula // Noho Bustier [Oak/Limelight]
This bustier tank is made with a super stretchy cotton fabric to ensure it fits in all the right places and printed with a vintage-inspired floral print.

The thing about bustiers like these is the fact that they show everything. I bought one in a nice periwinkle colour back in February and since it’s a semi-light solid colour, if I eat a lot, you would be able to see my belly LOL. Since this one has a floral pattern I think it helps camouflage that LOL. It does a great job at giving a nice cleavage especially if you wear a push-up bra underneath. Not exactly the most comfortable top to wear for long periods of time, but hey! If you want to look pretty for someone or want something to wear for a night out, maybe try this one out. Looks cute with shorts, skirts, jeans, anything!

Talula // Trooper Jacket [Black]
This hooded army jacket was treated to a special wash and dye process to break it in and give it the washed-down feel of a vintage piece. The jacket can be cinched at the waist and the sleeves have adjustable tabs to tighten the arm openings.

Originally I was going to get one of the green ones for a more military-inspired look. I tried them on and they look a bit weird on me. I didn’t really want to get a black jacket since I already have one in black, but it ended up looking the best so I just got a black one anyway. When I was looking at the sizes I was thinking, “Holy crap, XXXS?! Who is going to wear an XXXS?!” Me, that’s who LOL! These jackets are really oversized! Usually I buy XS for clothes. If it’s boyfriend fit or oversized, I would get XXS at Aritzia even if they’re meant to be oversized. For petite girls, getting things that are too oversized makes it look like we’re wearing a potato sack.

It comes with a hood which comes in handy when it gets really windy or it starts raining. As mentioned in their description, the waist can be cinched. This helps show off your figure instead of making us look like a box. You can also adjust the bottom of the jacket too. Sleeves are adjustable. There are plenty of pockets too. I really dislike when things don’t have pockets. At least jackets usually have pockets -whew-.

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I bought 3 pairs of leggings too, but I didn’t take pictures of them. Don’t think I really need to show you pictures of leggings, right? LOL. I bought two pairs from TNA and one from Talula to see if there’s much of a difference. The TNA ones I think had 3 snipping guides so that you can pick which length you wanted. You can cut it at the length you want without hem unraveling.

Tarte, Urban Decay, butter LONDON, Sephora Haul

I don’t know how beauty bloggers do it sometimes. The ones that can constantly push themselves to write reviews for beauty products ::swirl::. I applaud them, really LOL! It’s not like I’m lacking in things to review, but they just take so long to do! I don’t think people realize that even short, little reviews can take a really long time to do.

From the moment I receive an item in the mail or from the moment I arrive home with it from the store, I’ll take pictures of it first for the blog before even using it. After that when I use the item I have to keep in mind how the item performs. Do I like it or hate it? Why? Of course, you don’t just use an item once and base a whole review off of it either. I think it’s only fair if I use products multiple times, even longer if it’s a product for the face. When I’m ready I have to go edit those pictures and retake any photos that couldn’t be used or if I think I’m missing something. With the pictures done, I’ll have to sit there and actually write down all my thoughts on it.

Although a lot of my posts are about beauty products, I don’t consider myself a beauty blogger. I’m kind of glad that I’m not a full-time beauty blogger ::^^:: LOL! That’s why I really appreciate people who take the time out to do all those reviews. Anyway, I’m going off-course with this post. I thought I’d post up my beauty hauls from the last fourish months from high-end brands.

Tarte

Back in December Tarte had a 30% off Friends and Family Sale. Sadly, they don’t ship to Canada. We have it at our Sephoras, but I wouldn’t be able to take advantage of the 30% off. I asked my friend to help me order it and send it to me haha. I received the items some time in January. My first item from Tarte was actually their Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Waterproof Concealer. After that I was hooked. I liked that they used natural ingredients (and are eco-friendly) since my skin as of late has not been itself. I really needed products that wouldn’t irritate it further. Tarte’s quite pricey, but I think most of their products are worth the price.

Items:
Maracuja Creaseless Concealer
Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Waterproof Concealer
Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush (Tipsy)
The Buffer Airbrush Finish Bamboo Foundation Brush
Amazonian Clay Illuminating Serum (Sample)

I think with the 30% off, California sales tax, and shipping to me, the total was around $80-$90 CAD. Whereas if I just purchased it at my local Sephora at full price with our sales tax included, it would cost me $136.50 CAD. Pretty crazy, right? That’s a whole other product that I could buy LOL!


Urban Decay

Urban Decay has always been known for its popular items like their Primer Potion and 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils. They really sky rocketed in popularity, in my opinion, when they came out with the Naked Palette. Anyone who has even an inkling of knowledge on make up knows about that palette. All the Youtube makeup gurus praised it endlessly and was featured in many of their videos. How many palettes has it inspired from other brands since the Naked Palette’s debut? Countless! Everyone wants to cash in on it.

Although I wanted to get the palette to try out so many of the looks that was inspired by this palette I held myself back because.. well, I don’t really wear eyeshadow LOL! Until recently that is. And with the 20% off they had for their Friends & Family Sale I thought I’d order some of the items I wanted to try.

Items:
De-Slick Oil-Control Makeup Setting Spray
Naked Palette (x2)
Naked Basics
Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup
(NOTE: The second Naked Palette and the Naked Basics palette belongs to my friend. I just helped her order it.)

I actually wanted the All Nighter setting spray but the were out the next day that I checked. The day I asked my friend to help me order it, it goes out of stock ::tear::. Total for everything might’ve been around $200 CAD? I don’t quite remember how much shipping was. Full price total here would’ve been $243.60. But two of the palettes aren’t mine so it costs a bit less for me than that.


butter LONDON

butter LONDON is supposed to be known for their non-toxic nail polishes (3-free). They come in the prettiest colours and supposedly have awesome formulas. I got a 25% off coupon code during boxing week and got them in January, I believe.

Items:
Lillibet’s Jubilee
West End Wonderland
Rosie Lee
Lovely Jubbly
Lady Muck
Pink Ribbon

I’ve actually already tried Lillibet’s Jubilee, Rosie Lee, and Pink Ribbon too. I haven’t typed out a review for them though. It is so hard to capture nail polish swatches on camera! I feel like it somehow doesn’t look as awesome as it does in real life. I have no idea how other bloggers even do it -sigh-.

Sephora

There’s actually items in here that were presents from my friends. Some of them I haven’t tried out yet and some I have, but I haven’t made a post about them yet.

Items:
Ole Henriksen African Red Tea Foaming Cleanser
NARS Blush (Torrid)
Benefit Cha Cha Tint
Laura Mercier Foundation Primer (Mineral)
Origins Checks and Balances Frothy Face Wash
Tarte Pure Maracuja Oil
Origins Zero Oil Oil-Free Moisture Lotion
Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm SPF 25

I forgot to include Origins Super Spot Remover Acne Treatment Gel, and Clinique Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector in the picture ::nervous::. I forgot the Origin’s moisturizer so I retook the picture and then I realized I forgot these two items too.. too lazy to retake picture for the third time though HAHA.

So, any items that you guys might be the most interested in a reading a revew on?

Mini Aritzia Haul

There were a lot of sales going on in January so I decided to stop by Aritzia to check out what there was before the sale ended. I ended up picking up only two things on sale LOL! Saved only around $30.. ::X3::


Talula // Noho Bustier (Ametrine)
Softly structured and stretchy— our easy-wear bustier. This bustier tank is made with a super stretchy cotton fabric to ensure it fits in all the right places. Adjustable straps.
Talula // Bedford Shirt (White)
A classic Oxford with a sweet-spot button opening. We took a classic—the cotton Oxford shirt—and gave it a purposely rumpled look. This classic-fit style was designed with a sweet-spot button that opens at exactly the right point on the chest.

I’ve been having trouble finding a shirt that fits me nicely so I decided to grab the Bedford Shirt since it’s a classit-fit. I think it’s important to find button up shirts that fit well since they can be worn in both a casual setting and a business setting. I already tried them with my shorts LOL ::^^:: ! The length is also good because it’s long enough for me to tuck it into pants, but also a nice length to just leave hanging to peek out under sweaters.


TNA // Marshall Shirt (Medium Blue)
A classic button-up in denim that was washed and sanded by hand. This denim shirt is made with a soft cotton fabric that was washed and sanded by hand so that no two are exactly alike. This classic-fit blouse is available in light, medium and darker washes, and are all finished with pearl snap buttons.
TNA/ Sea-to-Sky Sweater
Inspired by the Northwest Coast, knit with cozy lambswool. Inspired by authentic Northwest Coast knits, this cozy lambswool cardigan sweater features a custom-designed intarsia pattern. The slim-fit sweater is finished with a genuine leather zipper pull and metal Spiro charm.

I’ve actually went to many stores to try and find a denim shirt. There was always some detail I didn’t like whether it was too long or the bottom of the shirts were purposely frayed. The biggest problem I had was trying to find a size that would complement my body shape – just like the dress shirt! I find with my size, when I wear boyfriend-fit clothes.. as much as I love the look in general, it looks frumpy on me sometimes. I like the way Aritzia’s XS’s are cut. It doesn’t look gigantic ::sparkle::.

These Shoes Are Made For More Than Walking

I bought some stuff not too long ago. Wanted to get some new shoes which I posted on instagram (@wrappedinlace) already. I was actually eyeing them after clicking through Aldo. On the quest for some black flats (since I only have light coloured ones) I saw a pair of sneakers that I really like too. Can you tell I’m really into studded stuff?








Bought a new cardigan and some belts too. My favorite belt is dying on me so I wanted to get a new one before it totally breaks. I just got a normal one since I’m lacking in the brown belt department ::^^:: .. Got a mint one too… For my shorts… For spring/summer LOL