Monday, December 11, 2017

The Tech Gift Guide

While anyone can appreciate new technology, few actually buy the latest gadgets for themselves. This makes for the perfect gifting opportunity! These new products embrace sleek designs, thoughtful updates, and are just enough of a departure from their predecessors to justify the new investment. With a new year approaching, these gifts are a warm way to welcome your loved ones into the future! 

1. Snap Spectacles. SPECTACLES.COM
Make sure your friends protect their eyes from the sun while oversharing their weekend festivities on Snapchat. 

2. AirPods, $159. APPLE.COM
The airpods are compatible with all devices, perfect for workouts and will never tangle!

3. Apple Watch Hermès, $1,299. APPLE.COM
The Apple Series 3 watch is water resistant and it's cellular connectivity allows you to stay connected with just your watch. But the most revolutionary aspect about this Apple watch is that an Hermès timepiece is within an accessible price range.

4. iPhone X, starting from $999. APPLE.COM
The iPhone X has a new size, facial recognition technology, and an impressive camera that will definitely boost the Instagram game.

5. Kindle Oasis E-reader, $250. AMAZON
The new waterproof Kindle is perfect for those who love to read at the beach.

6. Smart Herb Garden, $60. HOME DEPOT
Click and Grow lets you grow farm to table ingredients from your very own kitchen table! 

7. Instant Pot, starting from $79. AMAZON
The instant pot is an all-in-one pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, sauté, steamer, and warmer. On top of that the pressure technology cooks everything faster than traditional technology and there are thousands of recipes online.

8. Philips Somneo Sunrise Wake-up and Sleep Therapy Light with Alarm Clock, $190. AMAZON
This alarm clock wakes you up with a light that emulates a sunrise and has been clinically proven to boost your energy, quality of sleep, and well being. 

9. Sonos Smart Speaker, $149-$199. SONOS
Sonos One is the best speaker technology to be connected with Amazon's Alexa. The Sonos Play:1 is available without Alexa for $50 less. They both stream the same high-quality sound over wifi.

10. Leica C Compact Camera, $629. LEICA STORES or AMAZON.
The Leica C has a large sensor that will translate into photos that are iconic as the camera brand itself.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

The Essential Holiday Movie List

Bridget Jone's Diary/ Photo via Miramax

Long nights and cold weather make this the opportune time for Netflix sessions. When you wait all year to watch the holiday themed movies, you best be making sure you don't miss out on the (modern) classics. Here are the can't-miss-flicks of the Christmas season:

For Nostalgia:
  • The Nightmare Before Christmas - The perfect movie for that time in-between Halloween and Christmas.
  • Home Alone 2 - The way Kevin Mcallister navigates the drama, adventure, glamour, and food scene (cheese pizza anyone?) of New York during the Christmas season is goals! 
  • The Grinch Who Stole Christmas - Let's face it, the Grinch's grumpiness is relatable af when the Holiday grind gets tough. Available on Netflix. 
  • Elf - This is a great movie to watch when you can't find someone who can match your level of excitement and Christmas spirit. Alternatively, it serves as a good a palette cleanser if you're starting to relate a little too much with the Grinch. Available on Freeform.
  • Harry Potter (all of them) -  Perfect for those nights when you need to be reminded about the magic of the season.
For Romance:
  • Bridget Jones's Diary - They don't make movies like this anymore, people! Hilarious, relatable, cringeworthy and accurately depicts romance, friends, family, love, and failed recipes. Available on Netflix.
  • The Holiday - The romance is great but Kate Winslet and Cameron Diaz also make a strong case for why cozy nights in for the season are better than anything else. Available on Amazon Video.
  • Love Actually - Charming. Check! British. Check! Star studded ensemble cast with a million adorable love stories at Christmas. Check! What more do you need in a holiday film?
  • When Harry Met Sally - We're forcing this classic rom-com into the list because of that amazing New Year's Eve scene. 
For Laughs:
  • The Night Before - A modern and relevant depiction of the millennial Christmas experience, especially in the day and age of Santacon.
  • Why Him - The Silicon Valley setting is a refreshing departure from traditional movies and James Franco and Keegan Michael Key are downright hilarious in this one! Available on HBO Go.
  • Office Christmas Party - Simultaneously inspiring and frightening inspiration for what could happen at your office's very own holiday party.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Gift Guide: Sweet Stocking Stuffers for the Holidays

These treats are the perfect gift for the candy connoisseur on your shopping list. From rich hot chocolate to juicy green gummies, these sweets are a special indulgence you won’t want to miss out on. The prices (or calories) can be hard to justify at any other time of the year, but hey, it’s the holidays! 

1. Charbonne et Walker Milk Chocolate Sea Salt Caramel Thins, $35. NORDSTROM.COM
2. The Original Peppermint Bark, $29. WILLIAMSSONOMA.COM
3. Compartes Chocolate Dipped Fruit, $50. COMPARTES.COM
4. 12oz MILK drinking chocolate, $22. BURDICKCHOCOLATE.COM
5. MAST Horchata Chocolate Bar, $8. MASTBROTHERS.COM
6. Green Juice Bears, $14. SUGARFINA.COM
7. Ladurée Paris Macarons. LADUREE.FR
8. Le Vain Cookies - Assorted Gift Box of 4 Cookies, $27. LEVAIN.COM
9. Garret Mix Popcorn, $33 for 1 Gallon. GARRETTPOPCORN.COM

Monday, June 2, 2014

Summer Essentials

Here are a few of my favourite summer essentials:
Sandro Paris Sneakers in a light colour
Ylang 49 from Le Labo Frangrances in a custom engraved travel tube

- K

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014


However ridiculous the nail art in Asia may be, there are still a few enticing things that make us want our nails done with CRAY crystals and insane colours. Over the past weekend in Shanghai I became a victim to this nail art with DIAMOND ENCRUSTED NAILS. Thankfully, I did not do this to ALL of my fingers. I decided doing both of my ring fingers would suffice. My cousin and I sat at a nail salon for approximately 2 hours getting a light grey/purple-ish shellac colour as our base (something very neutral and muted) to go along with our RIDICULOUS ring fingers. I must say after it was done we couldn't stop taking photos of dinner, the bar, brunch... UP NEXT: Heading to TOKYO FASHION WEEK!!! Stay tuned for more... 
- K

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Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Cappuccinos and Caviar

Ever heard of Caviar Nails? I recently picked up this awesome kit from Lane Crawford the other day in rose gold. I wasn't sure how it would play out or if it would look too much if I did all my nails so I tested the waters and decided just to caviar my ring fingers (such it seems the trend to change up the ring finger nail). In the end I thought it looked pretty blingy and matched my morning cappuccino from The Petit Cafe just perfectly. The texture is also very interesting! I kept touching my nails consistently! Definitely an easy DIY manicure. 
- K

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Japan Photo Diary

Just got back from an amazing Christmas trip to Japan! Definitely one of my favourite countries - it is just so clean, everyone is extremely polite, friendly, and the FOOD! Simply phenomenal. It is quite impossible to have a bad meal in Japan. We spent our time mainly in Osaka and a few days in Kyoto. Kyoto is a beautifully historic city with a lot to see and do. Osaka is FOOD CITY! I probably spent most of my time eating and then navigating to my next restaurant to try other delicious delights. Japan also has some of the best bread and no matter where you go, everything is packaged PERFECTLY. I mean perfectly - from little candies, pickled vegetables to bento boxes sold at 7-11. It was also quite fun getting a chance to use my terrible Japanese - being half Japanese I wish I knew a little more. I am also glad I kept up my reading skills as I found it very helpful to be able to read as there wasn't too much English around. Here are some of my favourite snapshots from my trip all from my iPhone (if you don't have the photo editing app called 'Snapseed' I highly recommend it)! Enjoy!
- K
Downtown Dotonbori in Osaka
Matcha soft serve in Gion, Kyoto
CRAY vending machines - You can literally get anything in a vending machine
Interesting vending machine finds - SAKE!
Another shot of Dotonbori
Fresh UNI from a hole-in-the-wall sushi bar in Tenjinbashi, Osaka
The said sushi bar from above
The best tekka maki also from the hole-in-the-wall sushi bar
BACON Okonomiyaki (pan-fried cabbage pancake covered with bonito flakes and savory sauce)
A rustic street near the Fushimi Inari Shrine with a fresh senbei store on the right-hand side
Fushimi Inari
PACHINKO machines! 
Chocolate cream-filled bird pastries
Street food fave...TAKOYAKI!
Side street in Temma, Osaka
Killer ramen in Kyoto from Honke Dai-Ichi Asahi Ramen
Fresh and warm senbei (rice crackers) from Mochiyaki Senbei!
Our traditional machiya townhouse in Kyoto
My new Nike Roshe sneaks in the subway 

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