Raw Granola Bars

I love to eat and it’s not a rare sight to see me in our kitchen, scavenging for food. Though for when I only want a small bite to feed boredom, that is something our house lacks. So, I like to make this raw, no-bake granola bars.

a) Ingredients:

1) Oats | 2) Agave Syrup | 3) Almond Butter (Peanut butter could be used too) | 4) Any addition of your preference
DSC03838 b) Mix the dry & wet ingredients separately. The mixture of agave and almond butter needs to reach a certain consistency: balance between sticky, but still malleable. Then, mix everything together.DSC03842 DSC03844 c) Place on a baking sheet & baking pan, cover with plastic and put in the refrigerator. It usually takes a day or two until it’s no longer brittle.

DSC03845 d) Cut into pieces and wrap individually. Keep refrigerated.DSC03849Enjoy~

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(Mad-Eye) Moody is Set Free

The cloudy day is too bright for me, as if I was trapped away by an impostor for a long time and finally released… like (Mad-Eye) Moody. 


I am still obsessed with wearing a ‘unitard’ that I wouldn’t be surprised if I actually bought one in the future. I tried my best to dress ‘normal’ today by initially putting on a pea coat and scarf, but I found that I don’t feel comfortable dressing in bright colours anymore. The bright pink details should be sufficient, right? Because whoever saw an aspiring, part-time poet in colour? I think my style is currently in sync with my poems: dark and sarcastic.

On a more technical note, my advocacy for the unitard effect, in all its simplicity & chicness, is a great way to showcase interesting pieces. A colour blocked coat like mine, or one that has pattern, are good examples.
DSC04234 DSC04253 DSC04248 DSC04254DSC042391) V-neck tee: GAP | 2) Leggings: H&M | 3) Coat: Thrifted (similar here) | 4) Socks: UNIQLO| 5) Leather Oxfords: Arnold Churgin | 6) Quilted HK Backpack: Disneyland (Sanrio)

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Ghosts Live Here

Apparently there lives a half genie & half witch among us. If you’ve seen one as such, please inform me. If I’m not mistaken, they’re also part ghost.

No, but I’m honestly very entertained at how a mixture of movement + flash in the dark results in a ghost-like effect. This is what happens when I’m left alone at home, with time in my hands, and an exhausted mind to even realize that I’ve almost jeopardized my perfectly, good ankles.
DSC04136 dsc04131DSC04155 DSC041371) Knit Sweater: Anthropologie | 2) Trousers:  Nümph | 3) Creepers: Consigned Stuart Weitzman (similar here) | 4) Toque: Club Monaco (similar here)

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Le Mur is Now Less Hideous

My industrial mur needed a little help so I brought back 1st year university’s polaroid wall. I also miss so many beautiful faces and good memories thus, this is a perfect reminder. Maybe I’ll become less of a grumpier person. Maybe.
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1) Polaroids | 2) String | 3) Mini clothespins | 4) Thumb tacks | 5) Tags (optional)

DSC04010 DSC04021 And the mess begins…DSC04057 DSC04012 DSC04071 I am so happy to have this new addition in my room! It feels more like home.DSC041121) Tank Top: AE (similar here) | 2) Cardigan: ZARA (similar here) | 3) Trousers:  Nümph | 4) Socks: UNIQLO | 5) Lipstick: Marc Jacobs in Crush

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Toughing Up ‘Tacky’

There are certain things that I have other people will hate… like this t-shirt. I was convinced it wasn’t my style but oddly, I gravitated towards it. Perhaps its because I can appreciate the uniqueness of its pop art print: colourful zebras, ribbons and reindeers. In my defence, Christmas is around the corner.

However, I am not one to flaunt such tackiness. Instead, I juxtaposed it with darker and tougher pieces. A biker jacket, black thigh highs, corduroy shorts and oxfords did the trick.DSC03967 DSC03988 DSC039761) Graphic T-shirt: Silla (Local Store) | 2) Biker Jacket: Ralph Lauren (similar here) | 3) Corduroy Shorts: American Apparel | 4) Thigh Highs: Gifted (similar here) | 5) White & Purple Oxfords: Arnold Churgin (similar here)

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Jamming & Nomming

Winter season is best season for spicy cravings and what’s better than tteokbokki, which is Korean rice cake with sweet, red chili sauce, and kimchi pancakes? But no Korean meal is complete without traditional beverage: makgeolli for a first.

My friend suggested we go to Don Day, a quaint Korean restaurant on 7th Ave in downtown Calgary. The setting struck me a little because it was if I was immediately transported to Korea, that is judging based on what I’ve seen from K-dramas. Need I mention that K-pop music was playing and oppas were our cooks? In short summary, this has been the most authentic and best tasting Korean food I’ve had in Calgary! I will definitely find myself coming back for more.
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Perhaps I couldn’t wait for another Friday to come that I’ve resorted to casual attire. I am absolutely in love with GAP’s supersoft tees. I went a little crazy two weeks ago when I bought a couple pieces. They are so comfy and easy to wear. Highly recommended!

DSC03913 DSC039231) Shirt: GAP | 2) Jeans: William Rast | 3) Socks: UNIQLO | 4) Sneakers: Ralph Lauren (similar here)

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Morning Grind & Poetry Rhymes

It has been a while since I worked a morning shift, but it feels nice to have a trek in peace and quiet, despite the frosty chill and slippery slopes.DSC03862 DSC03864 What better way to start the morning than to listen to Daughter and have myself a bite and coffee?DSC03866 DSC03879 DSC03882

I am currently obsessing over thick, long socks, scrunched to peek out of booties. I went to Roots yesterday and am in the state of regret for not getting myself a couple of cabin socks. They’re so comfy, warm and Canadian!

For an hour, the café was terribly quiet so I went ahead and recited my poems… not that there is reason to practise.
DSC03872 DSC038851) Plaid Coat: ZARA (similar here) | 2) Sweater: Garage (similar here) | 3) Jeans: Makers of True Originals (similar here) | 4) Socks: Walmart (similar here) | 5) Rain Boots: Mel | 6) Toque: Club Monaco (similar here)

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Plaid is Rad

Ok, so that title is for the purpose of rhyming because to be honest, I have a love and hate relationship with plaid. And the explanation as to why is for another time.


It has been ~a year when I last wore this jacket, which is probably a good estimation as I found my long, ‘lost’ debit card inside one of the pockets. This also means that winter has come. Sadly. The temperature dropping to -21°C (minus the windchill) explains how everyone, including myself, are waddling like penguins. Perhaps skates would have been a better choice over rain boots.

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Since plaid is usually colourful and is a busy pattern, it can be tricky to work with. The easiest solution would be to pair it with basics. If you require more colour outside black, incorporate accessories that are of the same colour from the plaid.

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And mischievous Raiza strikes….
DSC037621) Plaid Coat: ZARA (similar here) | 2) Pants: Makers Of True Originals (similar here) | 3) Rain Boots: Mel | 4) Bowler Hat: Minimum

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Wake up for Alexander Wang x H&M!

I’m not the most affectionate but if I ever wake up unbelievably early for you, that’s my way of saying ‘I care about you.’ That is exactly what waking up at 5:30 this morning was for: to get in line for the Alexander Wang x H&M collaboration. Since Wang is my sister’s favourite designer and she unfortunately had a work meeting to attend to, I was her go-to girl. Perhaps I don’t mind acting as if I was Andy from The Devil Wears Prada.DSC03694.1It was still very dark when I arrived at The Core; the only H&M branch in Calgary that hosted the event. Upon arrival, there was already a line-up. Although not until a few more minutes later, I realized that wristbands were to be picked up instead to indicate a time of return. At the sight of 10:15 (as the event begins at 8:00), I had an immediate, mini heart attack. So what better way to kill time and make good use of it too by having an Americano? Caffè Artigiano down 4th Avenue was a perfect place to calm down and study. Even better, they played French jazz and classical music!

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DSC03685Post AW x H&M shopping was a breath of fresh air. Even though I didn’t manage to obtain her most wanted items, I was at the very least relieved that I even had anything to purchase by the end of it.

The event made me feel inclined to channel my inner Wang: monochromatic and tight. I have been loving the illusion of wearing a unitard; best achieved with a black, tucked in top and black bottoms. And why not black shoes too? To add a little more personality, throw in unique pieces, keeping the colour palette in mind.

DSC03708 DSC03702 DSC03698DSC03697 DSC037041) Graphic Sweater: Thrifted | 2) Button Down: FCUK (similar here) | 3) Leggings: H&M | 4) Boots: Dolce Vita (similar here) | 5) Quilted HK Backpack: Disneyland (Sanrio) | 6) Bullet Necklace: DIY

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60s Knit

Inspired by Free People and stuck in 60s mod, voilà! But who can forget iconic Twiggy and her spider lashes? Sure, I’ll never be as pretty as her, but she is such an inspiration that the least I can do is imitation. So a couple layers of mascara later….
DSC03657 DSC03651 For those non-Canadians or simply do not know, Remembrance Day is soon. It is when we commemorate soldiers that fought and died for our country. As a sign of appreciation and respect, we wear these red poppies. Canada wouldn’t be as it is today if it wasn’t for their brave hearts.DSC03660DSC03673Back to a lighter note, I thrifted this ‘made in Italy‘ sweater for $24! How crazy of a steal is that? It is a size too big, but the oversize fit just adds to the ‘cozy factor’. And if that’s not enough knit, why not throw in these thigh-high socks.

Though the softness of all these knits make me appear friendly and in all honesty, I’m not the friendliest. So as to keep my guard up, perhaps a spiked, statement necklace and stack of geometric earrings will help.DSC03669 DSC036791) Sweater: Thrifted (similar here) | 2) Corduroy Shorts: American Apparel | 3) Tights: Claire’s (similar here) | 4) Thigh-Highs: Free People (Gifted) | 5) Oxfords: Arnold Churgin (similar here) | 6) Necklace: Local Store in Granville St. Vancouver (similar here) | 7) Earrings: F21 & DIY

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