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One sunny Summer afternoon, my friends and I decided to visit Rawdon. Random idea for a spontaneous road trip to the country side. The weather was perfect even if it’s a little gloomy and rain is a highly anticipated guest for this one-day adventure. I felt summery so I grabbed an off-shoulder top paired with a tattered jean and because of the expected trail walks, I reached for a nice pair of white sneakers. Why white? Je ne sais pas! Sometimes, trend knows no boundaries. I know I break all comfort rules just to look trendy.

 

This is my first off shoulder top that I deny myself buying even if its popularity becomes undeniable. The idea of reduced mobility due to some shoulder strains and the constant pulling of the sleeves when it gets up is something that I would not sign up to in the first place. But of course, trend is trend. My determining factor in buying clothes is the print and the color. Is it floral, is it pastel? If yes, without a doubt it will be added to the cart. My love for floral prints started before it became the seasons style staple. Back in the days when monochrome and color blocking is the hottest trend, I am still wearing floral and now that the style took center stage, I am one happy fashionista.

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Outfit Details:

 

Top: Forever 21

Jeans: Save the Date

Shoes: Adidas Superstar

Bag: Diane Von Furstenberg

 

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The year 2016 is my first blogging hiatus since I started blogging on 2013. Half of the year I was in the Philippines and blogging constantly and at the same time attending events. Half of the year I am already here in Canada and that’s when blogging stopped. Trying to be familiar with different season outfit and changing my style from my usual girly feminine dresses to jeans and pull over is not a welcoming thought for me. I didn’t like the style, too boring and simple and too much clothes for my small framed body. I still feel the same way, so now that Fall is about to start, I am having separation anxiety to my dresses. But anyway, it’s gonna be fine, I survived last year so I probably will this year. I’ve got enough coats, parkas and jackets for me to use for the season. I will do my best to blog Fall and Winter season outfits, so stay tuned.

 

Every January, I do Fashion, Travel, Events and Book Recap but I did not do it this year because I was on hiatus from January to April. My style for 2016 are mostly corporate office wear and casual light dresses for travel. Ideal clothes for Asian countries which is what I love. I know this recap is already late but I will post it anyway, so check out my 2016 Fashion Recap.

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“Life should not only be lived, it should be celebrated”

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As I turned 28th I decided to make my dream birthday theme come true. I’ve never really had a themed birthday party before. I was contented in celebrating it with my loved ones with good food and good conversation, but for this year, I want to have both and more. High Tea is something that I want to try so, I promised myself that when I go to London one day, I will  try the Afternoon Tea at the Berkley. But going to London to experience it with probably just the person I will be going with, who I am not even sure would enjoy a high tea sounds challenging, so I decided to do it here in Montreal on my birthday with the closest friends I have.

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I also requested for my visitors to wear pastel or floral printed dress (no dark colored clothes allowed). I know there has been too much pressure with the dress code because not all girls are like me who likes cute, pretty, feminine stuff but I appreciate that they arrived looking gorgeous and fabulous. As for my own dress, it is not something that I just found in my closet and decided to wear. A month before my birthday, I’ve been looking for a nice pretty dress that would go well with the high tea themed party. I found the perfect dress from Light in the Box. The moment I saw it, I fell in love with it. The 3D design and floral embroidery made me look like a flower that just bloomed. Thank you Christine from Light in the Box for helping me get this dress which easily gets sold out due to high demand.

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The process in finding an Afternoon Tea place requires effort in research. I remembered listing 10 prospect tea houses then I narrowed it down to 5 before I decided to visit each place. My criteria in choosing the place are as follows. It must have:
1. A colorful, well lighted, instagrammable setting.
2. Tea wares must be ceramic, not stainless steel.
3. Spacious and private.
4. Good food choices but not pricey.
5. Location must be accessible to all attendees.

 

After much deliberation, Bar a Beurre won me over. It is the cute tea, cafe and pastry place in Old Port. When I went there to inquire about birthday party, they offered me their curated birthday package with a private room that I can rent for 4 hours. 2 weeks before my birthday, I was in constant communication with Vanessa of Bar a Beurre who helped me with my food choices and the person I’ve been bugging with so many questions. All because I want to have the best birthday ever.

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Table set up. I made the table tags myself that I am glad matches the tea set and table napkin.

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Everything went well as planned, I was over the moon, euphoric, elated when my birthday party ended. I’m so happy all my friends made it to my party. There were 11 of us and all of them are the closest friends I have here.

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Outfit Details:
Dress: Light in the Box
Shoes: Le Chateau
Earrings: Forever 21
Bracelet: Franck Herval Bijoux

 

Special thanks to Christine from Light in the Box for providing me my Birthday dress and Vanessa from Bar a Beurre for the beautiful Birthday set up.

 

Photo credits to Claire.

 

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