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Monday, December 16, 2013

❅ AFW Sweater Haul & Review ❅

Hi everyone. I'm really excited to say that my Asia Fashion Wholesale haul came in today so I wanted to share the items I got with you as well as do a little review on them! Please be aware that this is not a sponsored review and links will be provided for each item~
I noticed that many of my old sweaters have not been able to keep me warm this year so I put in a small haul on Asia Fashion Wholesale for some thicker ones.

The first sweater that I ordered was a fluffy white one with a rose print on the front. I thought this would be nice with some leggings and boots considering that it is such a large fit.
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Rating: ♥♥♥♡♡
This sweater was a lot thinner than I thought it was going to be. It's also not as fluffy as it is in the pictures which was kind of disappointing. But it is very soft and true to the color and size~
The next item I got was this grey fuzzy angora sweater. I've been obsessed with fuzzy sweaters like this one ever since I laid eyes on them. I thought I would get it in grey since I own a lot of black and white.
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Rating: ♥♥
This sweater was absolutely spot on, and my favorite of the bunch! It's very soft and cozy~
The next item was this cute black and white fuzzy cardigan. I thought I would pick this up because we actually sold one like this at Forever21 but it was crazy expensive.
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Rating: ♥♥♡♡
This sweater was such a let down for me. I thought the spots would be much darker and the cardigan itself would be much longer. As you can see from the picture it's super wide and short. This one also smelled like mold when I pulled it out of the bag. Although all the sweaters smelled of like "factory" or whatever, this one smelled the worst and even felt a bit wet when I took it out (Patrick thought it was just the way the fabric feels when it's cold so I'm not sure about this last point). I had to hang this up, spritz it with some fragrance and air dry it before I could wear it.
Finally, I've saved the best worst for last! I picked up this last sweater because I was really in love with the color.
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Rating: ♡♡
Okay, right off the bat you can tell that the sweaters are different colors. Actually if you saw my sweater in person, you would be able to see that it's got a whole lot of grey woven into it. 

***Upon closer inspection of the stock photos, I can tell that this is the same sweater (the slit on the sides and the edge of the sleeves) so technically this should be a 5/5. 

However when I placed my order, I anticipated this sweater to be a bright vivid light blue like in the pictures. I was so sad when this turned out to be a grey/blue mix. This was my least favorite sweater of the bunch. It was probably my fault for not looking carefully, but the pictures made me think the sweater was pure blue. I ended up giving this to my sister.
Just a few more things to note about my order. I know it's really close to Christmas so the post has been relatively slow lately. It took a month for the package to arrive this time. Overall I wasn't thrilled with this order but I think it was just poor item selection on my part.

I actually went and picked up a sweater from work after getting this package because I was so sad lol. I'm really happy with this one and I think it's my favorite sweater right now!
Ahh I love it so much! I'm going to wear it like crazy this next week haha. I'll be sure to share my outfits with you!
Anywho, thanks so much for reading! I'll see you later ~ 

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Luxor Hair Salon Review

Hey guys! In this post I wanted to share with you a magical experience I had at a local hair salon a few weeks ago last month. I never really know where to go to get my hair done since most salons I've looked into have mixed reviews/high price points. I usually go to whoever does my mom's hair but I don't really like her choice of hairdressers lol so I'm glad I took the plunge on this one! I thought I would write up a review so that anyone in the local area could enjoy this place too~ (also: this is not a sponsored post).
I don't know if anyone has noticed but I have horrible roots! I have a terrible habit of only coloring my hair every 6+ months and it's just awful. 1) my hair looks nasty and 2) it's really expensive to fix roots that long! While I was in Kerrisdale for my dentist appointment I stumbled upon a small Japanese salon called Luxor Hair Salon. It looked really pretty and clean on the inside. I looked it up and it had some pretty rave reviews, so I decided to head on in and ask for a price estimate.
Inside! (picture taken from their facebook page)
They were very kind and welcoming when I walked in. They estimated that it would cost around $80-90 to get my roots done because of how long they were and how thick my hair was. I thought that was alright as it would have costed me around the same amount at my mom's hairdresser but here, they would do what I asked without giving me a lecture on my hair styling choices.  
They walked me to the closet and hung up my coat. Then they opened up a little locker for me to place my bag (kind of like at the swimming pool so you get to keep the key for it~). After that they sat me down, gave me some hot green tea and my stylist for the day, Rie, came to give me a consultation.
My lovely stylist Rie! (photo taken from
the Luxor website)
She was very friendly and super sweet. She explained the entire process she wanted to do on my hair and actually asked me if I had any allergies or abnormal reactions to hair coloring (which is a first for me even though I was taught this in hair school D:)

After everything was settled she gave me a stack of magazines to read and began the coloring process. It was a little awkward at first but then I broke the ice with her and had a really nice chat about Japan. She said she really liked it here and prefers it over Japan, but she does miss home and would like to visit!
I think the best part of my entire visit was the rinse off. Rie gave me an incredible massage and I even got a hot towel treatment as well! It was all so relaxing, I almost fell asleep at the sink haha~
My freshly colored roots! (you can see Domo and my
StarCraft II poster in the corner >w<;;)
She wanted to style my hair as well but it started raining outside so I told her I was fine with her just drying it. When we were finished, she walked me over to get my things and then I paid my bill. She waited for me at the door with her business card and thanked me for visiting. She held the door open for me and that was the end of my magical salon experience!
I'm really excited to go back there again! Maybe next time I'll get a perm from her since that is her specialty~ If you are in the area, I highly recommend you give this place a try! Thanks for reading, I'll catch you all later.
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