Cameras, Smiles,  Millions of Selfies… that basically describes when girls are together. Of course, it’s me with my girls. No surprises, we took over 1,000 pictures in the past few days including digital, film & polaroid. Once you got so many choices, it’s absolutely hard to make decisions (please forgive us for delaying on updating our posts) on which to choose.

Regardless of the high cost of polaroid films, I personally like the way it looks. Especially the concept of “instant”, which allows me to get an actual photo in less than 3 mins. The size is pretty much the same as credit cards, so it can be easily kept in the wallet, and always brings back memories, isn’t it fun?

We used Fuji mini 7s & Instax wide 210, and you can purchase them from my favorite store: Urban Outfitters! (Or BestBuy, Amazon etc…) However, I have to mention at UO, you won’t take your eyes off the tech accessories. Let’s see what I bought were: 1) A filter lens set that comes in 6 different colors, and are easy to switch out so I can take custom photos that fit your own style:  You can see some of my pictures are “yellowish or blueish”, which gives the 90s/vintage feeling.  So, it’s a must have for those of you who wants to add a touch of creativity to your very own Instax photos. 2) Rainbow Film, 10 colorful sheets that definitely make your photos unique! 3) Instax Patterned photo album, it’s like a book for all your tiny memories! This little guy can hold up to 64 Instax photos and can also display one as the front cover. 4) Fold-up album & frames, are the best tools to show off your fave Instax photos. Complete with a stand so you can place them on any flat surface, makes a perfect gift to your loved ones.


Besides, we would like to share with you 2 tips to shoot a perfect Instax picture. First of all, come closer! Due to the limitation of the photo size, if the shooting distance is short, your picture will be more clear; which means it’s a good idea to shoot half body than a full body picture.  Last but not least, be creative and always give a try.  Only if you’ve tried, you would understand yourself better and gradually start your style 😉

xxx

Rhapsody Monday

Welcome back lovelies, and happy 2017!!! I just got back to work from  Chinese lunar new year holiday. Honestly it’s really tough since I need more rest (I believe everyone agrees with me here).  Hmmm, anyways, we need to cheer up and enjoy ourselves. So, why not start your Sunday morining with a fancy brunch?

The store my friend and I visited was called Gracing Story. The name reminds me of “Saving Grace” in Toronto. Both of them are my favourites brunch & coffee places. It’s interesting to notice that they have 3 things in common.  First, long- waiting time for food (imagine waiting over more than 1 hour), so please don’t go if you are hungry hungry! Second, cozy and comfy; Saving Grace is smaller, but it has upstairs and long table. Gracing story has 4 floors and a rooftop! Defiantly pretty chill in the summer time. And last but not least, I love their food, super duper yummy! Especially french toast & avocado sandwich.

Look at the lightenings and how amazing the decorations are. Best for a photo-shooting, and guess what, all pictures were taken by my iPhone.  Can’t wait to share you guys an exicting news: I will return to Canada on Feb 16th, and fly to NYC on Feb 20-23! Which means more stuff coming up, Yu and I will start doing videos about Lookbook and Vlog. Stay Tuned everyone <3

FINALLY, My hair is much longer, gonna try a new colour soon! Happy reading and see you next time:)

xxx

Yico

Even during the times, when you think you know all about your city that you live in, there’s always tiny little spots that you may have missed over the years. It could be that one street you always walk by, but never thought of taking an afternoon to fully explore, or a store that you were too busy to stop by.

Peace Collective was definitely one of mine. If my friend from Vancouver didn’t ask to make a visit, I would probably never have gone to. It is located near the (far) west end of Queen Street, just one block away. Not too much traffic during the weekday, but the street was filled with interesting small stores that offer one-of-a-kind, unique clothing, accessories, small gifts, furniture and so on.

Surprisingly enough, the store does not only offer colorful treats but also clothing that resembles the City of Toronto. If you’re a proud Toronto/Canadian citizen and wanting to express the love you have for the city, this is the place to get your gears at. Another interesting fact about this place, is that with every purchase of their collection, $4 will be donated to Breakfast for Learning and feed a hungry child two meals and a healthy snack. Be sure to check out their website for more details about what they do, and their line of collections. You will not be disappointed.

Don’t worry. They are not those tacky sweaters you get from souvenir shops, but rather made simple, minimalistic look that can be worn on any occasion types, from a lazy Mondays to the-king-of-Toronto, Drake’s concerts.

Last but not least, don’t be shy to take a photo in front of this awesome “Home is Toronto” wall, even if you’re not originally from Toronto (like me!). If you’ve lived in Toronto long enough, you will know

Have a nice week, everyone!

xxx

Yu

Traveling is always one of the best ways to relax. Luckily, I’ve got 9 days off on Chinese National day this year (and it’s a paid holiday $$). I am the type of person that will book tickets and hotels ahead, but leave the rest on the departure day to decide. Xiamen (Amoy) was the top 1 place on my list, which is surround by the beach and warmer breeze. Who doesn’t like taking a nap, while basking in the sunshine!

Ten-Thousand Rocks Botanical Garden is a must- go in Xiamen, where you should spend at least 3 hours since it covers a wild range of plants/flowers(over 7,000). It was built on the mountain since 1960, and unlike the other botanical gardens, this one offers over 15 specified planets gardens. I highly recommend psammophyte and rainforest areas. As they are interesting, and perfect for photo shooting!!! Pasammophyte was full of cactus, in different sizes and shapes. Most of the cactus were in flower so that the desert was a riot of color.

I like how my blue dress & red straw hat created a contrast with the green background! Oh, need to mention, the temperature inside the facility was pretty high. Can you image that I was sweating, and half of my back turned wet just after few minutes! Tips: 1) better not come in the hot summer to avoid sunstroke, but if you have to, please make sure you wear sunscreen and under protection,  2) it is free of charge if you decide to come before 7 am, which is perfect for those morning birds (definitely not me)!

“Even if you were a cactus, I’d endure all the pain just to hug you”

Definitely gonna come back to this fabulous city! Can’t take my eyes off in the night market: a huge collection of seafood, fresh fruits juice, and fancy local shops. The street is bustling with noise and excitement, yet everything is at a fair price. 

Happy Reading & Let me know where is your next destination!

xxx

Yico

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Aga Khan Musem has always been on our list of ‘must go to’ place for the past couple months. The simple, minimalist and peaceful atmosphere attracts many tourists every now and then but still manages to keep itself off from the busy roads, to provide an immersive experience for every visitors.

We weren’t able to actually have a tour of the museum at the time of the event, but if you look up online about this place, there are tons of good reviews and people who just loved their visit. And if you’re interested in learning and seeing Islamic art, Iranian art and Muslim Culture around the world, then you should also note this as one of your ‘must-go’ places.

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Yico: If you read our blog from last winter you gonna know turtleneck is our favourite! I actually have a fun story to share with you all, particularly this piece. I first bought an exact same one in grey at Aritzia’s boxing day sale, but totally forgot it’s wool, so I just used my washing machine, and espcially put it under hot water … No doubt, it’s shrunk, and became a cropped sweater… How silly I was, so please make sure you either dry-clean any wool clothing, or hand wash it under cold water!!! Since the design is on point, I decided to buy another one, in a new colour though 🙂

Camel is just one of those colors that just refuses to go out of style. No matter what season or occasions you wear it for, it still manages to look relevant, not to mention, supersophisticated. Pairing with a pair of loose fitted wide pants certainly adds a character to the overall outfit, but the bright white color keeps it subtle and minimalistic. 

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Yu: As fall settles in, it’s time we sing the praises of the long, chunky turtlenecks. This high-neck staple will not only keep you warm but will also elegantly elongate your neck. A thick sweater just like the one I wore, practically goes with anything! Another two thrifted items in this week’s outfit: leather boots and suede cross-shoulder bag. Don’t underestimate the capacity this little bag can carry. I’ve fitted one disposable camera, one instant-camera, wallet, phone and a hand cream while traveling in the Czech Republic (click for the blog post!), in this tiny-looking thing.

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Special thanks to our good friends who helped us with this time’s photo-shoot.

Thank you for reading, and have a wonderful week.

xxx

Rhapsody Monday


♦ What we are wearing ♦

→ Yico ←

Turtleneck Sweater: Aritzia Wilfred

White Wide Pants: Missguided (Similar)

Hand Bag: 3.1 Phillip Lim

→ Yu ←

Turtleneck sweater: Aritzia Wilfred

Knitted Skirt: Forever 21

Bag and Boots: Thrifted

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