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Uggs are really common now but I still think they’re adorable! And so damn comfy. I used to have a cheap pair and let me tell you high quality expensive ones make all the difference. There is so much more lining and they are 10 times warmer.

I can’t wait for snow (:


End of term comfort food. Term 2 here we go.

"Would the world ever have been made if its maker had been afraid of making trouble? Making life means making trouble."
- George Bernard Shaw, Pygmalion

Fall into place

leavespencil caseiphonetextbooksThe current banes of my existence.

cdssalmon burgerWild Salmon Burger (Red Robbins) – total disappointment. Too much coleslaw, not enough sauce.  Cold, stiff bun as well. Overall it’s really dry and hard to bite,  not only because of it’s size but because the bun isn’t soft!


“Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book.”
John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

One of the best books I’ve ever read. Recommended 100%

Okay? Okay.

Aritzia Warehouse Sale 2012

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My Purchases


Talula Bustier Dress $24.99TNA tank $9.99Wilfred Bustier tank $14.99


I got there this morning around 9:20 am and there was no line-up! There was no line-up when I left either around 10:30am. The sale was disappointing to say the least.  I’m not sure if it was because it’s day two of the infamous sale but there were very, very few desirable items left. It’s a large venue, and there are racks and racks of clothes but sizes and styles have been thrown everywhere by shoppers. The sale prices weren’t much lower than “You Snooze You Loose” Aritzia Sales. Clothes were still expensive and probably now damaged because of the hectic environment (fall on the floor, stepped on, hangers caught in sweaters pulling threads lose, etc.).

Some Items I saw

TNA Ragan Sweaters – Wilfred Free Sweaters ($59.99)


1. few of these in Large (not sure of prices or name)        2. Sabine Dress $74.99               3. A lot of these dresses in Prints ($?)


Talula Fruit Bustiers (lots of them) – Talula Babaton Fielding Blazer ($99)

TNA hoodies – White olympics hoodie with Aboriginal Art design, Grey hoodie (a few), Neon pink hoodies (Two racks full!)

Long Trench Coats in a Camel colour ($149.99) - Wilfred Franca Dress ($74.99)

These are a few of the items but keep in mind there are hundreds of other items from previous seasons and years and most of them are just not worth buying at all. I’m really glad I didn’t have to line up for the sale because it would just have been the biggest disappointment.

the Sale is

1. Messy stuff is on racks everywhere and it is quite crowded.

2. Carries lots of certain items – such as Neon TNA hoodies and black TNA backpacks with different coloured neon TNA writing all over then

3. Crowded changing tent – you have to fight for a space infront of a mirror, it’s a lot easier to change outside with a friend to take a photo of you trying on each item and then looking through the photos to decided what you want. A plus for being inside the tend is that you get to search through other people’s rejects which are usually better items then are outside.

4. Lots of cashiers – almost no lineup to pay.

The Last Days of Summer


“The Moon circles the earth and the ocean and the ocean responds with the rhythm of the tides”

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Photos from going to Yaletown last week with my friend. It’s such a beautiful area. There were even people surfing! Well not really, more like traveling on surfboards because we don’t get any crazy waves in Vancouver. The girl in the last photo is my friend.

I can’t believe that classes are 8 days away. Two months passed quick! It’s been a great summer, one of the best.

Late night sushi


Went out to see Ted yesterday with some friends and we went to all you can eat sushi afterwards. Thought it’d be a good opportunity to test out more food pics with my new Canon.  These are what the photos look like after photoshoping them slightly. 




Guess who has a new toy? Specifically the Canon Rebel T3i 60D DSLR. I’m not a camera buff so I can’t tell if it’s better than other DSLR’s on the market but in the 48 hours that it’s now been mine, I’m satisfied so far. This is the same camera that Charlie McDonnell (aka Charlieissocoollike) uses. One of the main features that the sales associate pitched to me was it’s ability to record in 1080p HD. Potential youtube videos? Definitely…a maybe.    

Sample Photos (no photoshop) 


                             1. Sunset at Spanish Banks Beach – amazing view, hell to get to by public transit.                           
                      Two words – steep hills, very, very steep hills                         

2. Burger made on at a BBQ with some friends on Friday

3. Flower close-up – testing out nature shots

4. Revlon Lip Butter – Lots of product reviews to come!



“What I like about photographs is that they capture a moment that’s gone forever, impossible to reproduce.”
Karl Lagerfeld

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch


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The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is one of 5 major ocean regions devastated by enormous amounts of trash and is believed to be the world’s largest landfill estimated at 2 times the size of Texas. It consists of two vortexes of garbage collected by ocean currents. This gigantic accumulation of plastic was discovered by Charles Moore 13 years ago in 1997 when he was returning from a yacht race and decided to sale through the North Pacific Gyre.


“As I gazed from the deck at the surface of what ought to have been a pristine ocean. I was confronted, as far as the eye could see, with the sight of plastic. It seemed unbelievable, but I never found a clear spot. In the week it took to cross the subtropical high, no matter what time of day I looked, plastic debris was floating everywhere: bottles, bottle caps, wrappers, fragments.”
- Charles Moore


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The North Pacific Gyre is the largest ecosystem on earth and has been immensely effected by this garbage patch.

What's it made out of?


Disposable plastic is the culprit.

April 02, 2008 Long Beach, California   Marine researcher Charles Moore holds an ocean water sample with debris from the Single use, toss away, one-time plastic is fulfilling 5 minutes of purpose before becoming useless and incredibly harmful garbage for hundreds of years. Disposable plastic makes up 90% of the garbage in the oceans. This includes plastic bags, bottle caps, disposable water bottles, and styrofoam.   Plastic never biodegrades into another substance. Plastic will always, always be plastic. Instead it photodegrades, it breaks down to smaller fragments in the presence of sunlight. It takes about 500-1000 years for plastic to photodegrade.

The Great Pacific garbage patch isn't visible from satellites because it consists of tiny pieces of plastic that have photo degenerated. Most of this plastic has become so small that it is invisible to the human eye. A great deal of it has become a similar size as to phytoplankton, which is the foundation of the marine food chain. Filter feeders from small fish to whales are mistaking the plastic for plankton and eating it. Larger fish who eat many of the smaller fish are getting all of the plastic from the smaller fish because their bodies cannot process plastic out. This leads to bioaccumulation of plastic and increasingly toxic animals as you move up the food chain (this is called biomagnification). As a result of biomagnification some whales and dolphins are even labeled as toxic waste. biomagnification in the food chain

200959324180% off all garbage in the ocean has come from land.
Because sea level is lower then land elevation; wind, rain and other types of weather can easily take lightweight plastic into bodies of water that’ll carry them into the ocean. 


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Plastic is being consumed by animals who mistaken it for food


Bottle caps and lighters for birds and plastic bags and balloons for turtles (who eat jellyfish, which plastic bags and balloons look like in the water) are the most commonly ingested items. 


“A turtle found dead in Hawaii had over a thousand pieces of plastic in its stomach and intestines. It has been estimated that over a million sea birds and one hundred thousand marine mammals and sea turtles are killed each year by ingestion of plastics or entanglement."
- Greenpeace


Effect on Us


The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is just one of many examples of how we are abusing our resources and destroying our planet. Since plastic and toxic chemicals from plastic are finding their way into the ocean’s food chain, we’re finding them on our dinner plates and in our bodies. Our body processes these plastics the same way it processes fat. Plastic is stored on the body as energy and when we loose fat the concentration of plastic increases because the concentration of fat decreased. Scientist are constantly discovering how toxins from plastics are disrupting the natural functioning of our bodies and the heath risks that are a product of it. Mothers producing milk, which is essentially fat, are transferring the toxins from her body to her child’s through her milk. 

Plastic toxicity is also said to be linked with obesity, birth defects, cancers, immune system suppression and developmental problems in the young.

The ocean also has a huge effect on our weather, temperature and overall climate and these effects could turn violently negative if we continue to consume and discarded at the rate we are now. Cleaning up the ocean manually is out of financial reach and could cause unpredictable damage to wildlife.

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Together the 5 garbage patches cover 40% of our oceans

If you don’t think our lifestyle is having an impact on our planet, your denial won’t save you from the consequences. Think of all the inorganic waste you produce, every day, every week, every month, every year, All of that waste is still right here on earth. We need to stop the build up and start the clean up by changing our unsustainable practises in our everyday life. Small changes in our day-to-day routine build up, just as bioaccumulation and bio-magnification build up and make a massive difference.

sources: national geographic / wikipedia / greenpeace / / / / /