31 October 2012

A Few Things...

Hi there!

I'm going to start this post off by mentioning that I took a bit of a blogging hiatus this passed week because I was up to my ears in school work and really didn't have much time to take any pictures... not to mention, I was living at the library in sweats for a solid eight days! Luckily they're over now, so I'm back... and so happy to be! Before I begin on my rant about my latest obsessions, I want to congratulate Emily on winning a collectible tin of Red Velvet tea from DAVIDs TEA! Check your inbox!

Ok, so here goes...

THIS NAIL POLISH: I got this darling at Sephora during the Christmas holidays about a year ago. It's called 'Looks Like Rain, Dear' (available here) and is part of the Sephora by O.P.I. collection. When I got it, the world was going through a bit of a sparkle craze and I figured that there wasn't anything better than gold for the holiday season. I wore it about three times and then let it get lost in my sea of nail polishes...

Anyway, I rediscovered this gem last night. When I put it on, I instantly felt like decorating my house for Christmas (HALLOWEEN NEEDS TO END. NOW)! The consistency of this polish is awesome. It's loaded with TONS of sparkles and dries fairly quickly. I really only needed to put on one coat but I decided to put on two because I secretly love torturing myself (it's seriously going to be a b!+*# to get off!).

22 October 2012

Hangout of the Week - Nespresso

Since one of my favourite things to do in Montreal is to discover new coffee shops and restaurants, I'm thinking that this blog should have a segment called "Hangout of the Week"! 

Today I had the good fortune of stumbling upon Nespresso, which is definitely one of the better shops I've been to! Some wouldn't even call this place a coffee shop because it's actually a store where you can purchase Nespresso machines! In my books though, it's a good ol' fashioned coffee stop. 

20 October 2012

Fall Giveaway - 100 Likes!

Welcome to the first All Things K.M.A. giveaway! I can't tell you how excited I was to have reached 100 likes on my Facebook page in such a short amount of time. Thanks to all my wonderful readers out there who encouraged me by sharing my link with others! As you know, the blogging experience is very new to me as I only seriously began posting as of August 2012. Everything I am learning in my Business and Sociology courses somehow come together in this neat little package called 'All Things K.M.A.'

In the spirit of fall, one lucky reader will win a DAVIDsTEA collectable tin of their choice and a pack of tea filters!

Pumpkin Chai              Banana Nut Bread             Red Velvet Cake

19 October 2012

Thrifting for Dummies

Over a catch-up sesh with a friend from high school, she learned that never in my life had I been to a thrift shop. In an entirely desperate attempt at distracting ourselves from studying, we headed over to St. Laurent street to a store called 'Eva B'.

With my mind running a mile a minute, excited and scared about what I was about to get myself into, I asked my dear old friend and thrifting expert Cassandra for some pointers on finding perfect second hand items. Here's what she had to say...

17 October 2012

Never knew I needed it; can't live without it

Who would have believed that such an unusual & inexpensive piece of clothing could bring me such 'joy'!! A long skirt has never been on my radar of things I needed to own. There was something about them that reminded me of a 97-year-old woman, who lived in my father's hometown of Lamezia. She'd spend her days sweeping the front steps of St. Anne's church. I could see her in action from my grandparents' balcony. Who wears a long skirt in the middle of the day, except for an elderly woman in traditional folkloric clothing...

It never occurred to me that I, who happens to be quite petite, could be comfortable enough to go out in public wearing one.

Up until last Sunday, that is...

14 October 2012

Remember Me?

Hi there! Remember me?

I know I've been a terrible blogger this past week, but I've seriously been so swamped with homework and studying for midterms, I haven't had a moment to breathe, let alone blog! I did have a fantastic weekend, so I'm hoping you'll find this post a fun one!

07 October 2012

Thanksgiving: A Reflection

Today I spent some time hopping around the city with my older brother in search of the perfect gift. Before heading back to the burbs to help set the table for Thanksgiving dinner, I took a moment to reflect on what I have to be thankful for, and it turns out I can't even begin to explain how many wonderful things I have going for me in my life. 

05 October 2012

Still 16... Sometimes

Let's talk about this laptop bag:

When I was sixteen years old, I got my first job at a local bakery. Having a predisposed love for all things beautiful (I got it from my mama!), when I set eyes on this bold Juicy Couture laptop bag, I knew I had to have it. My parents would not submit to spending $200 on a case for me, so I saved up my very own money and bought it... for myself.

Well, let me tell you, I've had this darling for close to six years, and it's still in awesome shape. With time, I grew out of the designer labels stamped on all surfaces phase, and this bag is basically the only thing I have left from that crazy time. Still love it because it reminds me of my sweet teens, and 'cause it's cute... obviously. (I also sold a lot of baguettes for it!)

03 October 2012

My Closet Story

When I started this blog I was in the midst of a three month vacation, where I was essentially living out of a suitcase, and buying things as I needed them. My summer wardrobe was very complete, but it just kept on growing! I'm normally the type of gal who likes to plan in advance, and always purchase things way early for the following seasons. To my surprise, when I opened my closet for the first time in months, I realized I had nothing to wear for the fall. My wardrobe is lacking some basics, and I'm on a mission to fix this little problem! I feel like I'm talking about Pokemon or something, but seriously... GOTTA CATCH 'EM ALL!

Here are a few things I'm on the hunt for: