Desk Essentials

Since late April, I’ve been living out of suitcases (no joke). At the moment, I’m staying at my parent’s place; but I get the keys to my very own apartment on June 1! I’m super excited (and of course, a little nervous)– this is will be my first place where I live completely alone! Huge, huge change.

One thing I’m looking forward to is re-establishing some sort of routine. I’m still working out a few details here in Newfoundland, but I’m positive that things will work out soon. Until then, I’ve been setting up daily tasks (and to-do lists) and weekly goals for myself. And of course, thinking about my new apartment and routine, reminds me that I need to establish a new working/desk area. Here are a few of my favourite desk essentials:

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 What are your desk essentials?

J.Crew Factory Haul

One thing that I loved about Toronto was the shopping (of course!). I mean, shopping in Ottawa was decent (and will only get better with a new J.Crew store in the fall!); but pretty much everything is available in Toronto (J.Crew, Tory Burch, and Kate Spade being some of my favourites!).

And then I moved to St. John’s, Newfoundland.

But it’s okay. I really love my home province (clearly, for different reasons), so I’ll manage. As part of my “coping with this huge transition” (ahaha!), I made a few online purchases last week (from French Connection and J.Crew Factory). Here are the items I purchased at J.Crew;

photo 1Printed Draped Tank: $38.63 | Factory Cutaway Top: $43.88 | Factory Thorn and Crystal Necklace: $14.99

*Prices in USD

Believe it or not, I’m sort of new to online shopping. Well, for clothes anyway. Thankfully, I knew my sizing for J.Crew– so I wasn’t too worried about it (but then again, sometimes the fit is completely horrendous!). But luckily, the fit for both tops ended up being perfect. I especially love the second top (the yellow one). The cutout on the back is super adorable (and flirty!)– I’m really thinking about buying it in the other colours!

photo 1J.Crew Factory Thorn and Crystal Necklace – Now on clearance! $19.99

photo 1Necklace: J.Crew Factory | Flower/Vase: Target | Planner: Erin Condren (c/o)

I’m super pleased that my J.Crew Factory purchases ended up being great choices! I was a little bummed earlier, because UPS also delivered my Tory Burch Hugo Flats (which were being repaired)… and yeah, look at what they sent me! I was fuming (and immediately got in touch with TB in Toronto!). I’ll update you all on that later :/

What was your last online purchase? Were you pleased with it?

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

I still can’t get over the fact that it’s already May. It feels like only yesterday that I was sitting on my bed, writing up my goals for 2014. Craziness. Another thing that has really snuck up on me this year is Mother’s Day. Last year, I was pretty prepared and sent my mom a few goodies in the mail. This year, however, I’m scrambling. But it’s completely okay… that’s what gift guides are for! ;)

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Mom Said So Idiom Bangle | St. Tropez Pouchette | Mom Said So Idiom Pendant | The Invention of Wings Book | Spring Truffles | Pretty in Pink Necklace | Bath & Body Works Candle | Wail-tail Measuring Cups | Ceramic Travel Coffee Cup

What will you be doing for your mom this year? Any special plans or gifts?

A little Friday fashion…

Since moving back to Newfoundland, I’ve pretty much lost my sense of time– especially when it comes to the days of the week! Well, right now, I’m just trying to settle back into things– I’ve been applying for a couple of different jobs, but still living out of suitcases and whatnot. So naturally, the days of the week get kind of jumbled together.

Fridays, however, are a little different. Like everyone else, I look forward to them. It’s usually my day of choice to hang out with a small group of friends and just socialize. Sometimes we meet up over dinner, and other times it’s just a few drinks :) Here’s a little Friday fashion for you…

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The Details:
Jeans: Tommy Hilfiger | Blazer: Smart Set | Top: French Connection (on sale!)
Necklace: Envy Boutique | Bracelets: Kate Spade & J.Crew | Watch: Michael Kors | Flats: Tory Burch

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Hopefully, things will wind down soon and I’ll get back into a routine. I’ve actually put a deposit down on an apartment downtown St. John’s, and will be signing the lease on Sunday. It’s going to be a little challenging, but I look forward to having my own space :)

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Do you have any plans for this weekend? 

Weekend casual

I haven’t lived in Newfoundland since mid 2010, so I pretty much forgot what the weather was like here. I have to constantly remind myself to dress in layers, and always bring an umbrella (and wow… I totally forgot about how foggy it can get!). But that’s okay– I actually love rainy weather (which is probably why I enjoy London), and it gives me an excuse to pick up this adorable KSNY “Rain Check” umbrella ;)

Here’s a look that is perfect for laid-back, rainy weekends (I’m seriously thinking about buying the blouse– it’s from J.Crew factory and comes in three different colours! The link is below).

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Trench | Blouse | Necklace | Jeans | Wristlet | Sneakers | Umbrella

Other than getting caught in the rain downtown (see the second picture), my weekend ended up to be pretty fantastic. On Friday, I caught up with a friend over coffee; followed by more coffee, and a little Sun Sushi take-out. Saturday was a little more social with a group sushi date (I can never get enough!), and a few drinks at the Grapevine. And today? Well, we all know that Sundays are perfect for the gym and Netflix (and maybe an eyebrow wax… which, by the way, turned out horrible. Yikes!).

weekendcasual2Weekend snaps:
Coffee at Fixed Coffee & Baking with a friend | A (rainy) walk downtown, St. John’s
Group sushi date | Jack & Apple at The Grapevine

What was your weekend like? 

Review: Beats by Dr. Dre Solo HD

Although Fresh-Season.com is primarily a beauty and style blog, I do enjoy writing about completely different topics (like organization, product reviews, and various tips and tricks… for pretty much everything!). While I love sharing which mascara and J.Crew arrivals are my favourite, I like to switch things up a little. So when I was contacted by Staples Canada to review Beats by Dre. Dre a while ago, I just couldn’t resist!

drdrebeatsThere are three things that can instantly put me in a great mood: 1) a good hair day (obviously), 2) a good eyebrow day (yes, please!), and 3) a great playlist! I’m incredibly picky about the headphones I use– the quality of the sound has to be amazing… and drown out the noise of commuters ;)

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When I received my Beats Solo HD, I immediately took them out of the box and hooked them up to my iPhone. I played “The Alphabeat” by David Guetta (a great running song, btw!), and was instantly impressed! The sound was crystal clear, and the headphones were super comfortable! (Lack of comfort is definitely one of my complains with the regular Apple earbuds!)

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The next thing I used the Beats Solo HD for was to watch a few episodes of “Being Erica” (great show!) on Netflix. Whenever I want to watch tv on my laptop, I always use headphones/earbuds since things can get noisy in my apartment (especially with two very hyper boxers!). My Apple earbuds are unable to completely eliminate the noise, which is a little annoying. The Beats Solo HD, however, are excellent for drowning out any noise!

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Beats Solo HD also include a built-in mic, which you can use to switch between songs, increase or decrease the volume, and accept incoming calls!

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Dr. Dre Beats Solo HD are made to be a lighter, on-ear version of Studios.”

- Staples Canada

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I’ll admit, one thing I was a little worried about was the size of the headphones. I didn’t want them to be super bulky, heavy, or too big to fit into my handbag (#girlproblems right there, ha!). But fortunately, the Dr. Dre Beats Solo HD can fold up (like the photo above)!

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They even come with a little pouch. So you just fold them up, and put them in the pouch. It’s the perfect size, and fits really well in my handbag!

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See:

dredreabeats8* Beats by Dr. Dre Solo HD – c/o Staples Canada

Overall, I was pretty impressed with the quality of the Dre. Dre Beats Solo HD headphones. They’re the perfect purchase for every music lover! Not only are they ideal for listening to music on your commute to work or class, but they’re excellent for using in the gym, or just watching tv/movies on your computer!

What headphones/earbuds do you use?

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