Sunday, September 16, 2012

Voyashop Take 2

I should have posted this a long time ago but I have been so busy it totally slipped out my mind.

The following post will contain mostly pictures and not much bla bla, since there isn't much to say! Everything I have to say has already been said in this post.

A while ago I ordered a Matt&Nat purse from Voyashop. They were having a sale on their new arrivals : 20-30% off most Matt&Nat products. I had been shopping for a purse for quite a while but couldn't find anything I liked at a decent price so I was quite happy when I saw their promotion.

I'm quite difficult when it comes to shopping. Since I can't afford having a dozen bags and purses (like my sisters do) I try to stick to a maximum of three to choose from that I can wear with almost everything. I didn't want one of those purses you have to stick under your armpit, or those that are too small, or those that are too big, or those that have weird colors, or look cheap, or have a glossy finish ...

But I found something I liked thanks to Voyashop. Actually, there were many I wanted but I had to make a choice. They don't have it anymore, but I chose Shane in white.

Still in the bag. Oh the smell of new!

Side view!

Front view, out of the bag. Just like on the website.

Usually 105$, it was reduced at 58$. I paid an extra 5 bucks for express shipping.

I really liked it (and still do). I like how rectangular purses go well with everything I wear (whether I fancy up or go casual).

Open up!

The inside! Two compartments, with a small pocket in the front one,
another pocket in the back one, and a third pocket in the middle! Amen.

Of course compartments are very important for me. I can't just throw everything in like that, all mixed up. I like to have my lady stuffs at a certain place, my bus pass in another, my wallet elsewhere, and so on.

Looong strap!

The long strap can be shortened (a bit) so the purse doesn't hang too low. Though it only has a flap and doesn't close with a zipper, well, at least it closes! I don't understand girls that buy those bags that don't close ... are they trying to attract thieves or something? In my case it's actually a good thing it doesn't close with a zipper. I realized my wallet was a little bit too big (the dimensions were given but I didn't think about comparing them to my wallet). Thanks to the flap it can fit in, but it wouldn't if it was a zipper.

So that's it for today! Please shop at Voyashop.com, I swear it's worth it. Plus, I can't stop recommending them to my friends :)

Thursday, September 6, 2012

I lost my camera in New York

The title says it all. Not only have I been to NYC lately, but I also lost my camera.

I left on Friday the 31st at 4:30am with seven other friends. Booked a deal with Sinorama (located in Chinatown) for 140$ per person. The hotel was in Parsipanny, NJ, but it was fine since transportation was offered. May I say we had a lot of fun for the little money we spent. We came back on Monday the 3rd around 8pm.

I won't name everything we did, for we mostly walked and wandered around, looking and fooling around. Of course we went to Times Square, passed by Rockefeller Plaza, window shopped on 5th Avenue, got lost in Central Park, walked through Wall Street, etc. As for the attractions (hear, the activities we paid for) we visited the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum, the American Museum of Natural History and the Guggenheim Museum. We also experienced taking the subway and the train (NJ Transit).

And that's how I lost my camera.

On Friday evening we parted from the group of travelers we were with and told the guy responsible for us we'd come back to the hotel on our own. We took the train at 10:51pm from New York to Morris Plains. Everyone was tired and some of us dozed off during the ride. When we got to our stop, we stood up fast to get off. No one realized I left my Nintendo Store bag that also contained a Hershey store bag ... and my camera. When I realized what happened, everyone felt bad for me. But honestly I think I felt less bad for myself than they did. First of all, I should have kept my camera in my backpack rather than in a paper souvenir bag. Second, we were eight kids traveling together. Someone HAD to lose something (valuable or not).

That loss made me realize I am a lot less materialistic than I was before. Two or three years ago I would have had the same incident and would have had a panic attack. Okay maybe not. I would have been really pissed and would have probably cried. But on the moment I thought "Well, I'll fill out a lost-and-found form and see what happens. Worst case scenario I lost a crappy 150$ camera. At least I still have my passport and my liver." And seeing how things are going, I don't expect to get my camera back. Seriously. It's been almost a week now.

But hey, my friends took a lot of pictures too. Too bad I'm the one who recorded a video of them badly singing Hedley's Kiss You Inside Out.

Before coming back to Montreal we stopped at the Woodbury outlets. We didn't spend as much money as expected (everyone had their list) and were a little bit disappointed ... maybe because we got there knowing what we wanted and not buying everything that was simply on sale.

I'm going to end this post abruptly (yeah, I still have to work on a way to end my posts properly) with pictures of my purchases (that I have taken with my cellphone).




Paper bag from the Nintento store. We came back the day after because some of us needed/wanted something from there. We were surprised to see how things were actually cheap compared to other places. You could get nice gifts for 10$ or less and t-shirts were 18$. I remember the nice things at the M&M store were at least 15$.


I got a cap (10$) and a keychain (4$) for my brother. I don't even think he's going to use them, but eh, at least I got him something from New York.


A Legend of Zelda mug (9$) for myself and a Super Nintendo controller belt buckle (10$) for my sister. I didn't feel like getting an I <3 NY mug as a souvenir and the Guggenheim mugs were really pricey (now I kinda regret not spending that extra money though).


A shirt from Aeropostale in Woodbury. I've been wanting to get a girly lumberjack shirt for a while and could have gotten it at Urban Planet for the same price ... but it would have been Urban Planet quality (which is quite meh). I paid 18$ instead of 45$, which is quite a good deal.


Got some running shoes from the Adidas store. Usually 65$, they were reduced at 50$ and since my friend and I bought for more than 100$ we had a 20$ discount. So basically they cost 40$. But I didn't buy them for running, more for walking long distances for a long time (aka when I travel or go on the field for schoolwork). They're light, comfortable and look quite cool on me.


Books from Urban Outfitters. I know they're available in Montreal but they're a few bucks cheaper in the US so why not buy there while I was there? I haven't started reading them yet, but they seem quite entertaining and will start them as soon as I am done with Tolstoi's Anna Karénine.

So that's it for today! May that be a lesson for everyone : keep your eyes open when you travel.
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