Black and White


black and white outfit 2

olive and piper liberty necklace

club monaco top

black and white outfit

Club Monaco top, jacket | Taipei Market skirt | Aldo Shoes | olive + piper Liberty necklace

I’m a late bloomer when it comes to wearing black and white. You may find it odd, but I’ve never been a fan of how black looked on me. I always opted for color, white and nudes…. but I think I’m starting to love black and I think it’s a reflection of me slowly getting older and obviously maturing. Plus, sometimes, I feel pretty fabulous in it. I’m also really excited that it’s warm and sunny out – I get to wear my black over-sized sunnies. Cue the paparrazzi.

On another note, this is my patio. I obviously haven’t set it up yet because as soon as I do, it’s going to rain for a week. But I’m looking for some ideas to spruce up the space… like pink flamingos and potted plants. But keep it frugal because I’ll only be able to use it for like, 2 months.

And by the way, between the first photo of me trying to model pop my collar and the last with the rolled up rug and pee stain on the floor, I couldn’t decide which was worse. So I just posted both.




Photos: Bubby

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The olive + piper Wedding Shop

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olive and piper - wedding boutique dropped the bomb on Tuesday that olive + piper has launched their new wedding boutique… and o-totally-live it! (Did you get that? Because it was awesome.)

I’m not married, but I’ve seen the jewelry they have in bridal stores – from browsing online and shopping for a prom dress way back when. Not from secretly trying on dresses and pre-planning my wedding. I’m not crazy. And all I can say is…. ew? Here comes the bride, all dressed in tacky. I admit I wore jewelry of that low calibre for my prom (which was like about a decade ago) but things change and that classless jewelry should burn in hell. Did I mention, it’s also over-priced? A tacky crystal choker necklace for $75? Please.

Now that I’ve given you an idea of what you can expect to find in a bridal store, take a peek at olive + piper’s wedding boutique. The collection features on-trend fashion jewelry with breath-taking prices – all under $60 which is totally affordable.

So you can deck yourself out in jewels – and your MOH, bridesmaids and mother of the bride – at guilt-free prices. With all the expenses of throwing an awesome wedding, this is just one less wrinkle on your face.

Check out Lucky Magazine’s favorite picks from the collection along with these stunning photos from the wedding lookbook.

olive and piper wedding - statement necklaces

olive and piper wedding - ever after symphony bib

olive and piper wedding - elise necklace

olive and piper wedding - layered statement necklaces

olive and piper wedding - statement earrings

olive and piper wedding - the confetti and co

olive and piper wedding - truvelle

olive and piper wedding - vancouver

Yes, yes… this is a wedding collection, but I mean, who’s to stop you from indulging in these pieces if you’re not to be wed soon? I would totally wear the Ever After Symphony Bib or Elizabeth Crystal Necklace on a regular day with my uniform: jeans with a relaxed tee. I guess they’d dress up a cocktail dress pretty nicely too.



Credits: Pinball Photography | Ma-luxe  | Truvelle  | Confetti & Co.

Posted in Accessories, Fashion File, Vancouver

fresh like a Baby Dinosaur


Growing older does a lot of things to you.

Like making you “lame” – which I am totally not. So what if I have a blast staying in on Friday? I think you’re lame for having to strut around outside and spend hundreds of dollars drinking your face off and feeling like shit the next day.

Making everything that you easily spent money on before suddenly seem expensive. Leaking out accidental farts more frequently. (I’m not there yet, but I know from personal experience that it happens.) And a whole lot of other things that you’ll probably agree with if you’re like me: Best Things About Being in Your Late 20s.

As you get older, I feel like you also start realizing more than you need to take care of yourself. You can’t just eat all the junk you want – you will gain weight, and you will feel like shit. I’ve already started looking after my health, and my next thing is taking care of my skin.

We all know that as you age, your skin changes. I’m determined to learn how to take proper care of it so that I can look fresh like a pre-pubescent child. What do you mean I don’t look pre-pubescent?? Baby dinosaur? Yeah, I thought so.

So I’m trying to decide if I should get the Clarisonic skin cleansing system. It’s supposed to do an amazing job cleansing your skin and removing dirt and impurities much better so that your lotions, serums and creams are more effective.

clarisonic mia 2

The only thing is that it’s just a litttttttle bit pricy. And like I said, the older I get the more frugal I am! But I can also appreciate investing in it if it’s truly a great product. Plus, if it makes my skin smooth like a baby’s bottom, why not!

So, does anyone have this? Which one do you have? What do you think about it? How long do the brushes last? Do you use it with a cleanser? Does it feel nice? Is your skin soft? Do you look 5 years younger?





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the workout diet



A few people were asking if I dieted while I was doing the Focus T25 program. Thanks for caring, few people! And the answer is: yes and no. I definitely didn’t go on a crazy, strict diet. I didn’t deprive myself of deliciousness when I wanted it.  I’m just not that kind of person. I like to eat like I need to breathe. And I have little self control.

I graduated in Cell Biology and Genetics (not that I’m using it) but before that, I was in Food, Nutrition and Health – so I have a good idea of what’s healthy and what’s not. I now try to make more conscious decisions about what I’m eating, but again, I won’t make myself suffer for the sake of eating overly healthy. After all, what’s the point of making yourself resent getting fit?

bunnie bar - fruit and kale shake

Back in fall 2013, I bought a Nutribullet – my first real attempt at getting healthier.  I’ve been having a veggie and fruit shake almost every morning. And it feels pretty good. Except the occasional diarrhea that may or may not be explosive. (Oh please, don’t ew me. Coffee does the same to you. Admit it.)

So during the T25 program, I continued to have a shake every morning.

BTW, for (almost) one week, I tried a shake diet – shakes for every meal, and nothing else. And @#$% was it HARD. I was so hungry. I couldn’t do it. And I couldn’t afford all the fruits and veggies I was supposed to eat. It’s A LOT. But the reason for it was a documentary on Netflix I watched called Sick, Fat and Nearly Dead.  A little health inspiration and the power of drinking fruits and veggies. If you’re insanely unhealthy, or need a little motivation, I would suggest watching!

bunnie bar - kale shake

  • Kale
  • Strawberries
  • 1/2 an orange
  • 1/2 a pear
  • Flax seeds
  • Water

I don’t have a recipe book for shakes. I just go to the grocery store and buy a bunch of stuff and throw in whatever I’m in the mood for. Some must haves: kale, lemons, apples, oranges, pears, soy or almond milk. And strawberries if they’re in season. If not, frozen berries work. BTW, none of these shakes here have any type of milk in them, but majority of the time, I put about 1:3 ratio of soy milk to water in. Makes it creamier and just so much better. Oh and a few cubes of ice makes a difference. Who wants to drink a warm shake?

Personally, I prefer more fruit in my shakes. The first time I made a veggie shake, I put in a ton of kale, cucumber, celery… and whatever else is green. It was disgusting and equivalent to drinking someone’s vomit. Tip? Add lemon and more water or coconut juice. Practice makes perfect.

bunnie bar - quinoa salad

I work from home so it’s much easier for me to have a healthy lunch (but harder to say no to snacking on chocolate, chips, cookies, ice cream…). A quinoa salad accompanied by another shake is perfect. Super easy to make and also light and fresh.

  • Quinoa
  • Can of corn
  • Mango 
  • Avocado
  • Tofu
  • Tomato
  • Basil
  • Salt and pepper
  • Dressing: lemon juice, honey, dijon mustard


This works for dinner too - just toss in some protein – chicken, fish or sliced medium rare steak….. Mmmm.

bunnie bar - quinoa salad and shake

  • Banana
  • Kiwi
  • Half apple
  • Lemon Juice
  • Cucumber
  • Water

For dinner and on the weekends, I eat whatever I want. If eating healthy’s not your thing, it may be because:

  1. You’re not eating the right kind of healthy food (trust me, it’s not all gross)
  2. You’re putting yourself on an unreasonable diet that’s made you resentful
  3. You’re just starting out and you haven’t gotten the hang of it yet

Once you start exercising regularly – you start to enjoy it a bit more. Probably not because exercise is fun – T25 is torturous, even after 14 weeks – but because you feel better about yourself and you start to see results. It’s the same with your diet. When you start eating healthier, you have more energy. You don’t get food comas and you feel better overall. When you’re at the point where feeling great > eating a cheeseburger which feels great for 2 mins but then you feel like shit for the rest of the day, it becomes easier to choose. 

And plus, when you’re exercising regularly and eating well, you can afford some guilty indulgences. Like this breakfast I had on Friday:

bunnie bar - breakfast at bons

3 eggs, lots of bacon, more potatoes, and a grill cheese sandwich with tomato. YES.

They say that diet is an important part of being healthy and fit – and it’s true. But it doesn’t mean you have to kill yourself over it. Eating is enjoyable, and we should keep it that way.



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