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Ending my extra long weekend with a lot of shopping today. Visited the #plentywarehousesale by myself at the Vancouver Convention Centre and spent $60 for four items. There wasn’t a lot of variety since it was the last day, but everything was super organized and clean. Prices were good too! Knit shirt $8.99 Poncho blanket scarf $14.99 Long tank top $4.99 Lace skirt $24.90 And then I went to Metrotown and spent another $55 on more tank tops and cardigans… oops haha.


20% off code below Recently, MoonCats.com reached out to me to see if I wanted to check out their scarves for review. I immediately fell in love with the colours and I’ve never owned anything cashmere, so I told them yes! I had the opportunity to choose from two different types of their scarves: $115 Pure Cashmere Spring Scarves, which are casual, lightweight and come in gorgeous, soft colours $95 Pure Cashmere Shawls, which are thicker, warmer, and more elegant Since I already own a lot of lightweight scarves (although they are not made of cashmere), I decided to go for the thicker, more luxurious shawls – perfect for a chilly night. Plus, huge blanket scarves are so popular now! I ordered the Dark Grey and Burgundy and I am absolutely in love with them! The grey can match any kind of outfit,…


I love looking and editing resumes because they can be so good, or so bad. And I love making things clear and concise, which is the biggest challenge of resumes. And I believe they are always a work-in-progress. Every time I look at my own resume, there’s a new word I want to replace, or phrase I want to re-write, and I think, why did I not notice this before?! I’m actually job hunting right now, so I’ve been working on my resume and applications a lot for the past few weeks. So, fair warning, you’re taking resume advice from someone unemployed right now! But I’ve had the opportunity to look at a lot of resumes before. The major positions I’ve interviewed for includes: AIESEC SFU as VP Communications in 2011/12 Hiring my replacement as Digital Marketing Intern at SAP Finding a Marketing…


I had the pleasure of attending the Angie Quaale’s “Pork Perfection” Cooking Class at Well Seasoned on Sunday, Novemeber 30, 2014. We learned how to cook pork in four different ways, provided by Johnston’s Pork meaning it all came from happy hogs from 17 local family-owned farms in the Fraser Valley. Everything was delicious and Angie even shared the recipes so click to download here!


Christmas is just around the corner and I decided to make some gifts for my friends! I designed this graphic myself, got it printed at Zazzle, and further personalized it by cutting and weaving the neckline. Zazzle is a marketplace where you can custom design nearly anything including photo bracelets, scarves, clutches, iPhone cases, and more. I chose the message: “Today is the perfect day to start living your dreams” because I love positive thoughts and motivational words, whether it’s a post-it on your mirror, wallpaper on your computer, or on the front of your t-shirt! You’re the only person responsible for your happiness, so why wait? Go for whatever it is you want to do! Set lofty goals and have an entrepreneurial spirit. Create your own opportunities. Who says you can’t be living your dreams today? Go for it! Step 1: Design + Print…


Halloween is coming up so soon and I needed a quick costume! So I printed this sweatshirt at DesignAShirt.com with the Bayside Tigers logo that I found through Google Image search. Can you tell who I’m going as? Kelly Kapowski from Saved by the Bell!! One of my favourite shows growing up! Step 1: Get the sweatshirt printed Click to download the Bayside Tigers logo Use the promo code “SALINABEAR” for $5 off your order on DesignAShirt.com. I got it printed on a Hanes ComfortBlend EcoSmart sweatshirt (50% cotton, 50% polyester) in size small, which is super comfy. Step 2: Cut the neckline This tutorial is an easy one, all you need to do is cut a wider neckline so it hangs off your should in a sexy way. Don’t cut it too deep, just wide. If you’re not sure how wide you want it,…


So Dresslink reached out to me and offered $20 for me to try out the clothes on their website. Surprisingly, $20 went a long way because everything is so cheap. Check out my other blog post with tips on how to shop on these online shopping websites. Here’s what I go from DressLink.com: Women’s Knit Neck Cowl Wrap Warmers Scarf Corn Shawl – Light Gray $2.45   10 Pair Thick Long False Eyelashes Eyelash Eye Lashes Voluminous Makeup $1.43   Women’s Chiffon Backless Sling Strap Back Clubwear Evening Mini Party Dress – Black in Small $5.90   Women Front Closure Lace Racer Back Racerback Push Up Bra – Black in 34B $4.80   Women’s Low Round Deep V Backless Sling Strap Clubwear Evening Mini Dress – Medium $7.05   Stylish Personalized Black Geometric Shape Choker Disposition Bib Necklace $1.67 Have you guys tried shopping on DressLink.com before?

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I just received a huge haul from Jiffy Shirts. They sell blank t-shirts, tanks, hoodies, etc. on their website for wholesale for printing. Lucky me, they let me order some of their best sellers to review and I’ll be using these tops for future t-shirt cutting tutorials. Even though the website is made for wholesale and large quantities, you can still order 1 item if you want. I found that these tops are so thin and soft – unlike normal t-shirts that you print on – they’re great for everyday wear without printing too. Here’s a list of all the items in the video: Women’s Cotton 1×1 Baby Rib Wide Straptank Top – Bella Canvas Deep Heather, Size Small $5.92 100% combed, ringspun heavyweight cotton tank Wide straps and fitted body Super soft 1×1 baby rib knit Self binding on neck and…


Rose Gal gave me $30 USD and SammyDress gave me $15 USD to go shopping and review their products. Watch my video to see how the items ended up looking in real life. Use discount code: FEB0310FAFF for 10% off all Sammydress items on their website until June 30, 2014. Check out my previous blog post on tips for online shopping on these websites: How to Shop on SammyDress, Rose Wholesale, RoseGal, and Vintage Buying Rose Gal Graceful Rhinestone Embellished Pleated Chiffon Women’s Summer Blouse – $13.09 (Sold Out) – Size: M – Color: White As you can see in the featured image, there are major differences in the shirt. Fabric quality No rhinestones Colour is different No pleats in the front The shirt I received is wearable – it’s just a cheaper knockoff from the professional model photo. [No picture available] Sleeveless Scoop Neck Bow Tie…


Errr, what, me? Moving to New York City, all by myself? I don’t know if I can handle it… I think most people would jump at the chance to move to New York, but for me it came with a lot of hesitation and anxiety. I’ve never been an adventure seeker and never considered moving anywhere outside of Vancouver for most of my life so the idea of leaving my friends, family, possessions, and everything I’m accustomed to was scary. I was scared to accept the job offer, but equally scared to miss out on this opportunity. But with the support and encouragement from the people I loved, of course I said yes!


If you’ve fallen in love with the prices on websites like SammyDress, RoseWholesale, and RoseGal, you’re not the only one! Both of these websites feature super cute and trendy clothes for dirt cheap prices. But with a quick Google on any of these companies, you’ll see that there are a lot of strong opinions and reviews online, warning you to stay away. There are risks in shopping on these websites, so I thought I’d make a list of tips to help you guys out if you do decide to buy from them. See my fashion hauls reviews from: SammyDress and RoseGal Rose Wholesale DressLink 1. You have to be patient with shipping times Personally, I don’t think about items too much after I buy them. I’m in no hurry and you can’t be in a hurry when shopping on SammyDress and RoseWholesale. It…

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I mistakenly said I got my Forever 21 on Boxing Day but it was actually from Black Friday. Boxing Day is the Canadian version of Black Friday and it happens a day after Christmas on December 26. But this year,  a lot more Canadian stores started doing Black Friday sales too, which means more shopping for me! Forever 21 Haul Southwestern Scarf (no link because it’s sold out) Product Code #: 1020957522 Original price: $12.80 Sale price: $4.99 Sleek Faux Leather Camera Bag (no link because it’s sold out) Product Code #: 1061805216 Regular price: $29.90 Sale price: $9.99 Rose Wholesale Haul Women’s Bag Candy Color PU Agraffe and Zipper Design Product Code: YG0080203 Color: Orange Regular Price: $7.71 Sweet Scoop Neck Embroidered Sleeveless Voile Vest For Women Product Code: YM4769903 Color: White Sale Price: $6.75 New Arrival Mix-Matched and Leisure Knit…


I’ve never been very attached to my hair, so when I was in the hands of an award-winning professional, I told him to chop it all off and I love how it turned out! Salon Haze opened in May 2013 in the heart of Kitsilano at 2996 West Broadway. They’re a full service hair salon incorporating the latest trends in hair with cutting edge techniques  – that I can attest to!


I got a haircut!! What do you guys think of my short(er) hair?! I love it even though I’m still getting used to the shorter length. I got it done at Salon Haze on West Broadway in Vancouver. Thanks to all the feedback and support on my last video to request for more DIY t-shirt scarf tutorials! This week, I’ll show you guys how to do a few versions of a braided scarf! A similar scarf to this was actually being sold for $46 online until someone figured out how to DIY it. I saw the imitation tutorial on Put Up Your Dukes’ blog but it requires sewing – that doesn’t work for me since all my videos are 100% no sewing required! I thought of an alternative way to secure the ends by cutting tabs and tying knots. So let…