Fashion and Accessories


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Fall is now upon us and that means it’s time for me to layer on up on my favourite pieces and to stock up on my favourite drinks.

I’m a huge fan of simple dresses in neutral colours because they’re easy to work with year round, and no one can ever go wrong with a little black dress. Currently, I’m in the market for a black, long sleeved, knee length dress that’s flattering for a petite pear shape. This hunt has proven to be a bit of a challenge, as all the black dresses that I’ve come across are either too short or have no sleeves. This Topshop piece that I’ve found is the closest that I’ve come to finding a dress that meets my requirements and is fitting for my body. I can see myself pairing it with a blanket scarf and a simple coat to jazzing it up with some statement jewelry and heeled booties.

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And speaking of scarves, they are definitely one of my favourite fall/winter accessories to work with. You can call me obsessed; I have more than a couple on my wishlist as we speak. Scarves are incredibly versatile, acting as a scarf, shawl, or even blanket. I love thick knitted scarves on bone-chilling days and blanket scarves on days where the weather can be rather unpredictable – I’m looking at you, current weather situation.

This earthy herringbone-houndstooth piece works beautifully with dark solid colours to add a bit of life back into an outfit without grabbing too much attention. A subtle print is easy to match with solids and with other patterns, making my life easier as I find it difficult to pair prints with prints. I plan on pairing this piece with my all black ensembles, something in which I wear very often.

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And for my fellow dry skinned friends, finding a moisturizing, yet non-sticky body lotion can be difficult, as well as a soap that doesn’t leave you feeling like a dried prune. I received the two Lush products (shown above) as a gift from where I volunteer and I’m excited to see if these products deliver.

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Fall is not complete without a hot drink of choice and some comfort food. I’ve always been a fan of black teas, particularly earl grey tea, and I finally decided to give David’s Tea a try. This little box of 12 satchets was $10, so it’s not exactly your cheapest option for tea, but I believe that it’s good to give different things a try every now and then. And of course when I got to the till I simply could not resist the tea infused chocolate bar they had.

Those are my favourites for fall, let me know what yours are in the comments below!

Lifestyle, Observations

Food Stereotypes: Asian

Preface: This is only something I’ve observed. It is not meant to disrespect or offend anyone.

Chinese and Asian food has quite the bad rep, and I’m not entirely sure why. Yes we eat some “weird” and “disgusting” things, namely select parts of an animal, and I understand that to other cultures who don’t consume these things it usually is quite gross. That’s not really an issue because if you were never exposed to the wide variety of delicacies available from other cultures, it’s natural to be put off. However what I do find to be bothersome is the stereotype that it’s Asians, who eat gross things.

Walk into any Asian supermarket or restaurant and you’re bound to find: chicken feet, intestines, tongue, pork heads, etc. I could be here all day. What’s always neglected when it comes to categorizing certain foods as “something Asians eat”, is that other cultures eat these things too. Just in a different manner. For example, that fancy foie gras you hear about? That’s fattened duck liver. And this is a delicacy made popular by the French. Haggis, a chopped mixture of liver, heart, stomach, and lungs of a sheep, is a popular dish in Scotland. And these are just the normal “gross” dishes.

In the end the majority of the food we eat stems from what our ancestors could find and use. I just wish that people would stop tacking on this particular stereotype to Asian food, nothing more.

A penny for your thoughts? Tell me what you find gross!