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Brunch places in Vancouver.

Brunch is a very popular weekend tradition and there are plenty of options in Vancouver. Many Vancouverites love having brunch right before they go hiking and enjoying outdoors.

1.Cafe Medina

This place is famous for its Belgian waffles. They also have many savory Mediterranean dishes. It’s always very lively and busy there. Anyone can find something they like!

2. Boulevard

A fancy, fine-dining style brunch that tastes as good as it looks. Stuffed Nutella French toast is a must-try!

3. Jam Cafe

Jam Cafe is famous for its pancakes. They also offer various bowls and gravy coops, that taste amazing. The lineup to get in might be crazy, but it’s worth it!

4. Earls Ambleside Beach

Earls Ambleside Beach, located in West Vancouver at Ambleside Beach. Designed in a ‘West Coast meets California Beach’ style-a perfect location to enjoy the brunch while enjoying an ocean view. They also offer a brunch happy hour!

5. Catch 122

It’s designed with brick interiors and located in Gastown. Has so many great brunch options. If you need a filling brunch but still want it to be classy, then this is a great place to brunch with your friends.

Spring/ Summer’19 accessory

In the warm season, accessories are the key part of any outfit. There are no girls who would not like accessories. They easily complement any look and make it more catchy and stylish. An accessory can be minimalistic and modest, and sometimes you can choose something that is bright and emphasizes attention. When selecting accessories, you need to rely only on your own taste and style.

Large and expressive earrings are the most practical accessory for the warm season. The most popular are earrings in geometric shapes and earrings with pearls, large beads, and other details.

Beads, chains, and necklaces are other essentials for summer and spring. They fit perfectly into any style- classic, office, ethnic, as well as everyday. Bright, contrasting beads in bold colors, of various sizes and materials, are most popular. Also, the warm range of colors such as red, coral or orange, and pastel colors are great for the warm season. And of course black and white colors remain in fashion.

Headbands and straw hats are also the perfect accessory for the warm season. There are so many different options of hats in a market that anyone can find the one the one that perfectly fits them. Headbands are the most elegant and sophisticated accessories. They can be richly decorated with stones and glass beads or more practical options for every day will be voluminous printed nylon rims.

My Top 3 Influencers For Style Inspo

Do you ever wake up feeling some type of way, wanting to look good but have no clue where to start?

Well, if that’s ever the case, I’ve got you covered! These are my top 3 influencers to turn to whenever I’m feeling fashionably uninspired.


#1. Kicki Yang Zhang

 

 

This Berlin-based Chinese girl is changing the game of fashion and style. She is fearless, fun, colourful, and doesn’t take herself too seriously. On top of that, her Instagram feed is so on point. Everything is so visually pleasing, and colour coordinated. So if you ever feel like you don’t have enough colour or art in your life, just check out Kicki’s Insta!

 

 

 

 

 

#2. Yourgirlneens

Yourgirlneens’ full name is Nina Huynh. She was raised in San Francisco, and now li
ves in Vancouver, BC. The first unforgettable thing about her is her beautiful pink hair. On top of that, her style is ON POINT! Puffy jacket, bucket hat, thrift items, she could pull of anything! Nina’s instagram includes mostly her styles and things that she is working on. But if you want to really get to know Nina, you got to check out her youtube channel. It has lots of different content, from lookbooks, to Q&As, to Vl
ogs, to challenges, and more! Her video editing skills is amazing, and so is her boyfriend!

 

#3. Song of Style

 

Aimee Song is one of the most elegant ladies out there. She is classy, flawless, and living her best life. Whether you are going on a date, or attending a gala, or even packing for Europe, whatever it is that you are planing on doing for the day, you could find some inspirations from scrolling through her Insta feed. Aimee was actually one of the first fashion influencers that I’ve ever followed. I remember how proud I was about her Asian heritage, and how I felt i finally had someone more relatable to myself to be inspired from. She also has a fashion lifestyle blog if you are looking for more of her and her style!

 

 

 


Who are your favourite fashion influencers? Comment below and share with me!!

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Dr Martens.

They say fashion comes full circle and it’s entirely correct about Dr. Martens boots. Dr. Martens shoes allow perfectly to adopt to every individual’s style. Their outstanding durability and comfort make them ideal for street fashion.

Dr. Martens began life in the 1960s originally as a modest work-wear boot that was even sold as a gardening shoe at one stage. Going from a workwear item to a fashion staple, the practical shoes have become a regular sight during fashion week. These iconic boots have been a wardrobe staple for decades, and I don’t think it will change anytime soon.

They are perfect for any weather- you can wear them when it’s snowing, raining, or sunny. They perfectly complete any outfit. There are so many different styles of Dr. Martens you can get- platforms, chelsea, oxfords, ankle boots, and many others. You can wear them with jeans, leather pants, skirts, dresses- they complete every outfit and make everything look so much more interesting and unique. I am sure that the popularity of Dr. Martens will never fade.

15 Things that I am grateful for

  1. I am grateful that I am breathing.
  2. I am grateful that I have a healthy and functional body that allows me to do whatever I’d like.
  3. I am grateful that I have a roof over my head.
  4. I am grateful for dance and everything that it has helped bring into my life.
  5. I am grateful for my mother and everything that she has done for me.
  6. I am grateful that I have enough money in my bank account to never starve.
  7. I am grateful that I have friends in my life that support and understand me no matter what. They make me feel belonged and loved. (If you know you know)
  8. I am grateful that I am living my dance dream at the moment. Being a part of the 247 fam has brought me nothing but joy.
  9. I am grateful for all the resources that I have access to for my learning in life.
  10. I am grateful for the city I live in, a place full of opportunities. I am exactly where I need to be at this moment.
  11. I am grateful for the sunshinewalking into the sunshine
  12. I am grateful for all the ‘mistakes’ ‘failures’ that I’ve ever encountered, and how they have led me to where and who I am today.
  13. I am grateful for every connection that I’ve made living this life, even the ones that I no longer hold onto. Every single person has contributed to my growth in some sharp or form.
  14. I am grateful that I am overwhelmed at the moment. That means I am being challenged, and I am powerful enough to push through. Because the universe only hands me what I can handle.
  15. I am grateful for this moment, right now.

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Peer Review 3 – The Honest Skincare Guide

If you’re interested in skincare or new to skincare and wish to get honest product reviews and recommendations, tobi’s routine is the place for you.

Design and content

Tobi uses the Savona Theme which has a minimalistic and chic design. I like that she uses a simple design where there aren’t many distractions, my focus goes directly to her content when I clicked onto her website. There are plenty of white spaces to balance out the heavier focus. It’s comfortable to browse through her website, not only because her content is interesting, but there’s also a unity of design present on her website. The colours she used on her website is mainly black and white, even for the photos she picked, they are all in white backgrounds. This makes the whole blog looks harmonic and clean due to the consistency of colour. The only colours that appeared on the website are the photos of the beauty products. This allows the content to stand out and it’s the first thing that catches my attention when I read through her blog.

Tobi’s blog is user-friendly. She clearly listed out the categories in her main menu, which is very accessible for users. There are search, recent posts, recent comments, archives and categories on the sidebar. I could easily navigate and search for a particular post.

Content

Tobi always includes an excerpt, so readers will know what the post is mainly about before clicking into it. Reading through her posts, she always includes some skincare tips and her experiences, it makes readers feel relatable. I like that there are three related posts on the bottom of each post which I think can make the website more engaging and attract readers to stay longer on the website.

Audience

Tobi’s blog is a place for people who are interested in skin care and are looking for honest reviews. She shares good recommendations for products that are suitable for young girls and don’t have specific skin concerns. There are plenty of beauty bloggers out there but I think what Tobi did to stand out from the crowd is that she includes her first-hand experiences and reviews for her audiences.

Many of the beauty reviews on YouTube are usually sponsored content, viewers thus don’t know whether the products are really that worthy or are that just for the sake of earning money, as many influences nowadays rely on ad revenue to keep their blogs/channels going. In one of the weekly readings – The Toast Is Toast: Literary Humor Site Shuts Down Over Ad Revenue Woes by Shelby Carpenter, she mentioned that online revenues have a huge impact on both big and small sites. Using ads is one of the common ways for websites to reach their target audiences. Reading the ad-free tobi’s routine, I know that all her content are truthful and reliable. When influencers nowadays rely on ad revenue for a living, they do not enjoy the autonomy that Tobi enjoys, where she can write about anything she likes.

Last week, we had Monique Sherrett from Boxcar Media TBC sharing about marketing, monetisation, audience and analytics. She talks about the SMART objectives and the customer journey.  I will share about my customer journey as a visitor to Tobi’s blog.

  1. Awareness – I know about this site because of PUB101. I think it would be great if Tobi can include her social links on the blog as well, such as Instagram and Facebook. I think it will increase the site traffic if she includes her website in any of her social networks. I’m sure people are interested in beauty product reviews!
  2. Engagement – There aren’t many comments on her blog posts but I can feel that Tobi is working hard to connect with her audiences. She uses “I” and “you” quite often in her blog post, like in the What’s exfoliating, she reminds audiences about the cautions of using scrubs. The way she writes make readers feel like we’re close to her, even if we don’t really know her in person. I think this is a good way to interact and bring her readers closer to her life and style.
  3. Retention – I definitely had a great first experience and I will definitely return to this website in the future. Keep it up! 🙂

Overall, it is a website worth visiting and I look forward to seeing more beauty tips from Tobi!

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Best app for editing photos.

VSCO is one of the best editing apps which also allows photo sharing like Instagram. There is no public criticism, you are still able to follow and be followed other users to see can’t see that. You can also share other people’s photos.

You can use so many different presets and standard editing tools to create perfect images. It has a huge range of editing tools which are very easy to use. Exposure, color, sharpening adjustments, and adjustable filter strength. It’s a free app but with an annual subscription, you can get more than 100 filters. VSCO also provides a built-in camera app with advanced manual controls. I recommend this app to everyone who doesn’t want to spend a long time editing photos but wants to achieve a perfect outcome!

How to Get Things Done on Time When You’re A Procrastinator

Procrastinating is something I’m sure many people have a HUGE problem with. Me included as I’m typing these blog posts a few days before they’re due. Although it’s fun and all to look at the person next to you when you were both procrastinating on that assignment, it’s a seriously unhealthy habit that can hinder your life if you don’t cut it. So with this post, I’m hoping to share a few tips to help cut procrastination out of your life! Hopefully, they help.

Step one: keep track of what you have to do and more importantly when it’s due.

Realizing how many (or few) days you have left will give you a sense of urgency. Put the due dates in your planner if you have one, or a calendar (which is even better because you can visually see all the due dates placed in front of you that way). Don’t have a planner or calendar? Use your phone calendar instead!

Step two: plan things ahead of time.

You have two weeks until that projects due right? Don’t wait until those last two days to start it… it might feel like you have all the time in the world but two weeks pass quickly, and when the due date rolls around it won’t feel like you have all the time in the world when you’re pulling an all-nighter two nights in a row. A lot of assignments tend to be due around the same time period so try to set days in advance for each of them instead of sprinting to do four things in the span of two days.

Step three: prioritize, prioritize, prioritize!

Do your important assignments/tasks first! Especially if there’s a huge workload that comes with it. Don’t put it off because it seems like too much work – you’re setting yourself up for failure in the long run. At least start things with the biggest workload first.

Step four: just do it!

This is probably the most helpful thing to do. A lot of people are totally aware of their due dates and how much time they have left and so on – it’s just getting started that they have difficulty with. Procrastination isn’t always not knowing when something is due and putting it off, sometimes it is putting it off when you fully know when things are supposed to be due. So this is this most important step. Just get up and start doing whatever it is you needed to do. Don’t feel like doing it? Don’t wait until you ‘get in the right mood to do it’ because let’s be honest – you’ll never feel like doing it if you wait for that.

Failed all these steps? That’s ok! Me too, we can both try again next week.

Procrastination is a seriously hard habit to cut. If you can cut all these habits out of your life in less than a week, I’m not sure you’re human. Just keep practicing the last step and hopefully, it’ll stick and you can start to build healthy task-doing habits!

Love, Joy.

 

Innovative Budget University Meals

Being a broke university student with not a lot of money, eating out all the time is not an option. But if you’re at school and you didn’t bring food and you’re stranded – you’re inevitably going to be spending money on food. But spending a ton of money even if it’s only on a 10$ sandwich a day – that can add up.

But if you’re going to be spending 10$ on a sad sandwich, might as well spend it on something more substantial.

If you go to a school close to a supermarket, here’s what else you can do besides eating out at a restaurant or buying expensive fast food. The other day I saw my friend eating a complete meal with stuff she bought from T&T and I thought it was the smartest idea ever!

The campus I go to is right next to a T&T, Walmart and Maxim’s. When I saw my friend, she bought a cup of instant noodles from T&T and a bottle of tea, as well as three pastries from Maxim’s – all for under 10$! Like if you’re going to be eating a barely substantial unhealthy fast food meal for over 10$, might as well be eating a cheap, pretty substantial unhealthy meal for less than 10$, you know what I’m saying?

If you’re not into instant noodles and there’s a Walmart near you or a grocery store with a frozen meals section you can buy a cheap frozen meal there instead. Most schools will have a microwave somewhere you can use to heat up your meals.

A quote from the aforementioned genius friend: “Always eat your salty foods with sweet foods but not a super cold sweet food, not that there’s anything wrong with cold foods but if it’s a solid it’s nicer like a cake or a bun.”

– My 200 IQ friend.

Here is my genius friend with her genius meal! I love her!!!!

So yeah! Next time, if you want to save money on food at school and you didn’t bring food, you can just head over to the nearest supermarket and get something!

Thank you for reading. Love, Joy.

Lorde Melodrama 2018 – Vancouver

Last week, I went to one of my favourite concerts by far. What made it good was the fact that I really like Lorde/Ella and I got pretty good floor seats (never too late to call and change, even if you bought them more than 6 months ago!).

I know some may disagree, but I enjoy photographing and recording memories on my phone. I like to re-watch concert videos once in a while to remember my experience, and managing to capture a good pic during a concert is pretty satisfying. Buuuuuut, I also like dancing and jamming in the moment, so it’s a constant struggle.

She noted that the mountains here reminded her of the ones back in her homeland, New Zealand. Her comment reminded me of how lucky and beautiful it is to be surrounded my mountains. I never realize how fortunate it is until I am reminded that some places do not have such magnificent views.  Take Ohio for instance; the 3 times I’ve visited, it was all flatland! No mountains in the distance and that made me a bit homesick. I grew up surrounded by mountains and nature, and it’s something that will always remind me of home.

I totally forgot about the concert (I got tickets back in June/July 2017!) and only realized 4 days prior. I had a big paper due 2 days after the concert, and I had volunteering the day after, and that leaves me with a really tight schedule. However, I had to play catch up and work extra hard a few days prior to ensure that I won’t feel guilty going out.

Looking back, I’m glad I grinded those few days because I was able to fully enjoy the concert without worrying about anything (as I usually do if I ever go out and I have assignments to do), just for a night.

Overall, I think what sets this concert apart from pervious ones is that I really enjoy and resonate with her music, and I actually know most of the lyrics to her songs. To be honest, I enjoyed all the performances so it’s really hard to pick my favourite. But, if I had to choose, it was definitely between Tennis Court, MagnetsPerfect Places, and Green Light! I was also pleasantly surprised by her cover of Frank Ocean’s Solo.

Overall, I had an ethereal experience and would go again!

Dare to Dream Again

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“Suddenly you’re 21 and you’re screaming along in the car to all the songs you listened to when you were sad in middle school and everything is different but everything is good.”

I’ve always thought there was something about the 2000s music, music you grow up to listening. Tonight was one of those nights that I wanted something familiar. Plugging in my earphones, I played the High School Musical playlist on Spotify (admit it, you were once crazy about it too), my head in the clouds, while on my one hour bus ride home. And all these sentimental feelings suddenly washed over me in an overwhelming but nostalgic sensation, as memories scurried across my mind. Do you remember that song you used to listen to over and over again in your teenage years? Or the one that you promised yourself would be one of your wedding songs one day? How about the one you made your personal anthem? It wasn’t just the songs themselves that I loved, but the moments attached to them. Hilary Duff was the girl-next-door I wanted to be like. Crazily jumping and dancing on the bed for hours with my girlfriends until we were exhausted from screaming to her Wanted CD when it first came out was the highlight of my weekends. Then it was Gabriella Montez. I wanted to dress like her and have cheekbones like her. My sister and I would rehearse High School Musical songs during our long road trips with our parents as the audience, blasting the tunes and attempting to harmonize when we didn’t know how to. How faithful my sister and I were in always trying to find the most up-to-date Disneymania CD that we could in local libraries, memorizing the names of the hottest Disneychannel stars, and I would spend days perfecting my “And you’re watching Disneychannel” line in between commercials because I promised I would make it on there someday. When the lights dimmed and couples began to slow dance to Mariah Carey’s Bye Bye during my middle school grad, I listened to the lyrics and felt the reality of eighth grade coming to an end. I crazily sang Avril’s Girlfriend and The Backstreet Boys’ I Want It That Way for years with childhood friends, Jay Sean’s Down in the parking lot when my friends and I were too cool for Chinese school, Hillsong’s ‘Til I See You when I cried myself to sleep, Regina Spektor’s The Call when I couldn’t swallow my emotions after the Narnia movies, David Archuleta’s first CD when I couldn’t stop daydreaming, and all of Against the Current’s songs when I partied in the kitchen by myself with my personal anthem (still) being Outsiders because “outside, we’re lonely but we are free.” I could continue on and on… Somehow, I remember all these details.

There’s something about songs that spark inspiration, memories, and feelings that relate to the present or are brought back from long ago. This depth of history and connection I felt as my HSM playlist kept playing was reminding me of who I was in the past – someone who dared to dream. Whether it was daydreaming about the guy I would marry, the person I would grow up to be, or the things I would do, I have always been a dreamer. But somehow along the way, I gave up on those dreams. They seemed too good to be true and took too long to get to… So wanting to catch up with everyone else, I set lower standards for myself to achieve so I can at least say I’ve checked it off the list. But what about those big dreams I once had? Why have I agreed to settle for less? Why is graduating within four years more important than gaining experiences if I have to graduate later? Or why is being in a relationship sooner more important than saving it for the right one? What is with the hurry in life that I give up my dreams and trade them in for complacency. I want to be daring in my dreams because I trust not in my own ability, but God’s ability to accomplish them. I limit God when I dream small. He has grand plans for me and His timing is made perfect according to His purpose. I need more faith.

And now suddenly I’m 22 and miss singing to those 2000s songs while dreaming bold dreams, and everything is so different but I’m learning to dream big again like my younger version would have told myself to not give up doing – this time, with Him.

Aliexpress Minnie Mouse S7 Phone Case ✧ {Review}

 

Back in January, I finally said good-bye ? to my precious Samsung 5 phone. It had served me well since 2015. I did however, had the option of choosing between the iPhone SE in Rose Gold ♥ or Samsung S7, since my old phone contract had ended. 

To be honest, the materialistic and girly side of me wanted to select the iPhone since…well, it was in a nice pink-color ( ु•⌄• ). The sales associate, however, encouraged me to play with the iPhone first to see how I liked it, as I had previously owned Samsung products for the past 5 years. 

Despite the pretty color of the iPhone, I stayed true to Samsung, as I’m use to the functions and I like how I don’t need to go through iTunes to add music. Plus, I do have a Samsung camera that primarily works and connects with my phone. 

Because I bought a new phone, the first thing I had to research on was finding a case that was cute enough for me to buy and use. For me, there are a few sites that I like to look up cute phone cases to get, they are primarily, Amazon, Ebay or Aliexpress.

Depending on the price and shipping fee, the most reliable source from the 3 sites listed above is Amazon. The price is decent for phone cases and there is either no shipping fee or it’s a small amount. However, in this case ? I bought my Minnie Mouse case from Aliexpress from this seller.

There are pros and cons for this site. I have been a customer for about a year now, and the average wait time to receive your product is approximately 1 month. However, the upside to that, is that there are no shipping fees and the prices are very low. Though, be cautious because sometimes you won’t even receive your items ?

The case is so cute on my phone.

That being said, I was pleasantly surprised that I received my case in about 2 weeks. This made me extremely happy, seeing how I only spent $2.40 on it, with no shipping fees ໒( )७ The case itself, is clear color and made of a flexible and bendable plastic, making it hard to break should you drop your phone.

Bad lighting ?, but matching cases!!!

Of course, if you want to be a sap, like me (ง ´͈౪`͈)ว…there’s the option of buying matching cases, so you can get both Minnie and Mickey Mouse for your significant other. Overall, I’m glad I bought this phone case, since it’s cute, inexpensive and there was no shipping fees.

A New Lifestyle Choice

Lately, I’ve been thinking about bringing a new change to my life. Something that I have never yet succeeded, but is willing to try again. That is, cutting out meat. Yes, as crazy as it sounds, I want to cut every type of meat there is, out of my diet. For all my life, I have been consuming meat, I would say that I am (well, was) an extreme meat-lover. I love Korean BBQs, steak, and… much much more. But, for some reason, lately I’ve been really considering this type of lifestyle! I’m not saying that I want to become a vegetarian, but someone who consumes seafood, and eggs. A Pescetarian, or ‘Ovo-lacto vegetarianism‘, whatever you call it.

Basically, a ‘pescetarian‘, is someone who follows a diet that includes fish or other seafood,, but not the flesh of other animals. And, most pescetarians maintain a ‘lacto-ovo vegetarian‘ diet which is further explained as a vegetarian who doesn’t eat meat, but do consume some animal products such as eggs and dairy.

Since I decided to become dedicated, I gave myself a starting line. I decided that on Monday, March 20th, 2017, I will become a pescetarian. But I’ve been thinking, just how hard is it for me to cut out the meat portion in my life? I began to do some digging, because I come from a meat-consuming family, critics mentioned that it is important to have a deep conversation with your family members. To tell them that this is a lifestyle choice you have come to adapt, and wish for their blessings. And, so that was the first step I took to my journey. I first told my dad, and then my sister. My dad wasn’t against me for pursuing that lifestyle, but he said that I was too young to go for this sort of lifestyle, saying that there are plenty of nutrients in meat, and it was ‘something young people needed’. I disagree. But anyhow, he still supported this. Moving onto my sister, my sister was the complication. I did not like her attitude at all. The issue between my sister and I was that whenever we had something to say to each other, we would always text, instead of speaking face-to-face. And so I texted her. In return, I received a ‘sure, whatever’ message. She had zero hopes for me, but this made me mad and more determined to prove her wrong. Even today, she sent me a GroupOn link to a Japanese shabu shabu restaurant. Like, come on! What part of wanting to pursue this kind of lifestyle do you not understand?!

Another problem I realized was difficult to change was, coming from an Asian family, we have the tradition to drink soup every night, it’s part of our dinner. And, my parents always use a meat-based broth… Even though I told my dad about my new lifestyle change, it’d be super hard for him because he’d make me drink it anyway. My dad would immediately forget that his soup was made from chicken broth or beef broth… That is something I need to work on.

Moving on, it has been officially three days since I began this lifestyle, and I feel like I made a little progress, I decided to opt for seafood and vegetables which I liked! And, I realized, my food doesn’t taste… less tastier. It tastes the same! But, I could just be blabbering on something since it’s only been three days.