Chinatown Mall (SPRING 2015)

N8NE at Chinatown Mall
Chinatown is a celebrated cultural hub of hybridized activity, and home to many Vancouverites. The locals have come to associate this historic neighbourhood with cheap eats, unique finds, strolls around Sun Yat-Sen Garden, the sweetly pungent smell of herb medicine shops, funky clothing stores, and of course weekend nights at Fortune Sound Club (followed by a subsequent stop at McDonald's).

And now Chinatown Mall comes home to Fortune for their spring season. Happy New Year, bae!

If you haven't heard about this pop-up marketplace yet, you've probably been living without WiFi for a very long time, and I feel sad for you.

Chinatown Mall curates rare selections from local streetwear brands, designers, artists, as well as individual collections of novelty goods, vintage and new apparel... bringing them all to you for $2 entry. I'll spot you a toonie if you'll buy something of mine. I'm not joking. For individuals (like me) who only have a small amount of clothing to sell, you can apply for Twenty Racks, which is completely free.

Did I mention there's a fashion show by Vancity Tribe, a video installation by ROOM, and coffee, too? All that for a toonie.

F as in Frank at Chinatown Mall
Chinatown Mall has been around the block and back (literally), and I can't wait to check out what Coco, the creative director, has got in store for us this season. Why not support your local emerging brands and individuals?

Sell your own goods. Shop at Chinatown Mall (they have four seasonal sales per year)!

All photos above from Chinatown Mall's Tumblr.
The corporate wheel of mainstream retail and homogenized "fast fashion" can be popped today -- or, rather on March 15 from 12-8 PM at Fortune Sound.

We've come a long way from Abercrombie & Fitch. Unless that's "in" again. Seriously though, Tommy Hilfiger's made a comeback, and I don't know what's going on anymore.

P.S. Have you entered my giveaway to win a free knit cardigan?




Creep Magazine published a feature on my closet last week. Check it out to see all my outfits and where I got them. Thanks Zarah (she was my photographer)!

Here are some photos from the University Fashion Club's executive team photoshoot from November:
SKULL LUANA TOP brandy melville / DENIM SKIRT and SHOES topshop / DENIM LEGGINGS tna / SOCKS h&m / HOODIE urban planet / JACKET thrifted
photos by Marissa Hooi, edited by me

Have you entered my giveaway yet for a free Oasap cardigan?




Recently received this knit cardigan courtesy of OASAP, but unfortunately I'm not the perfect height for it. It runs for $24.43 + shipping on the site. I'm giving my readers a chance to win it, for free, with no shipping charges, no purchase necessary, you know the deal!

Note: Colour is much more bluish in tone than grey, when viewed in natural lighting.
a Rafflecopter giveaway
Remember to comment below if Rafflecopter prompts you, in order to validate your entry. You'll be disqualified if you don't comment with the correct responses! The giveaway closes on March 5, three weeks from now (unless no winner is chosen, in which case, I shall extend the time period).




TOP romwe / ALIEN PATCH TOQUE brandy melville / JEANS urban planet / YIN-YANG NECKLACE eBay / PARKA costa blanca / COWBOY BOOTS thrifted (salvation army)

If you follow me on Instagram, you already know I wore these cowboy boots for an entire week. I bought them at Salvation Army for $14.99 in the summer, specifically to wear at Pemberton Music Fest (along with some other pieces that I ended up ditching, in favour of a bikini-and-shorts-combo that I wore every day during the festival).
I've been sleeping at my boyfriend's family's place for the past few weeks, with some intermittent nights at my apartment. Avry says nobody minds, but this is getting ridiculous.

My classes have begun, and I have a lot of reading to catch up on, mainly Sense & Sensibility by Jane Austen, and Paradise Lost by John Milton. I'm in three English courses this term, and two Creative Writing classes (Intro to Screenwriting and Intro to Fiction). I'm basically taking CrWr for the credits and as GPA boosters. (Woah, fancy abbreviations!)

I will hold a Bachelor of Arts degree in May of this year.
A lot has happened.

Do you think about that sometimes? The fact that a lot has happened before you were even able to process it all?

Every night, when I close my eyes (in Avry's arms I lay), I can't help but run through the entire day of social interactions between myself and others, actions made by myself and others, words said and unsaid, and even something as trivial as how I looked as I walked through a door, stepped on the bus, did I smile? did I stutter when I replied to my professor's question? should I raise my hand less? or more?

But in the end it's all futile, because as soon as I tire myself out and fall asleep, the new day begins and everything that has occurred yesterday will disintegrate into the past.
They say, "Never look back".

I say, "Look both ways before crossing."




CAT EAR BEANIE c/o oasap / SKULL LUANA TOP and CAROLINE CARDIGAN brandy melville / DISCO PANTS american apparel / LEOPARD SOCKS h&m / CHRISTMAS CARDIGAN and SHOES thrifted
Check out this cute cat ear toque from Oasap. It's on sale right now for $9.24 on the website, which is a steal. The fabric is thick and it keeps my real ears warm. A customer and a coworker asked me if I sewed the cat ears onto the toque myself and I was like lol no.

I paired the beanie up with some cardigans and fluffy leopard socks to continue the feline theme.

See you around!

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