Back to School Summer Sale T shirts transition to Fall Looks

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So I know we are still in mid-August, (it is September now -.-) and I don’t want to dampen the moods, but we all got to admit. We are all feeling the hot, sticky, air slowly turning into slightly cooler air at least where I live which is Vancouver, Canada which is located on the west coast of North America.  I swear, I can “smell” the fall air, the back-to-school air.

 

I still remember when it was back to school time, especially if you are transitioning into a new school year such as elementary student becoming a middle schooler or a middle schooler becoming a high schooler, and so on.

 

When it was back to school, we will always go shopping to purchase new school supplies, whether we had them from previous years, it didn’t matter. I was specifically excited about getting new clothes for back to school especially figuring out what to wear on the first day! That was when you wear your best-est clothing, to exude and to show off your worthiness (?) and coolness factor to others. The first impression always counts, especially if you are entering into a new school grade system.

 

From my recent haul from Forever21 Canada online [not sponsored], I realized all the items I got were T shirts that were on sale. I am trying to be mindful of what I purchase nowadays so I thought why not do a fashion haul post and back to school post altogether incorporating with what I already have in my closet?

I also visited the Vancouver Mural Festival to check out the art and it was amazing! I did not attend on an actual day which was June 24th, but about a week after. It was great because it wasn’t busy and I did not have to bump into crowds, and I had the time to take pictures leisurely without having to line up.

 

Here is how I transition my summer sale T shirts into Fall looks.

1. World Tour 1991 Graphic Tee $8 CAD (everything is in CAD)

20170901_113030_HDRF21 Description: A knit tee featuring short sleeves, round neckline, and a “World Tour 1991 USA Europe Asia Australia Canada” graphic on the front. 

 

First of all, this T shirt is wayyyy too short for me so I will wear a tank top underneath so my midriff is not bare. I will pair this t shirt with any pair of jeans and sneakers and I will be good to go!

For those of you who want to wear this shirt solo, it will look good with high rise jeans to offset the midriff t shirt. If not, go wiiiild!

Style Point: Handkerchief instead of a regular scarf for those of you who want to have extra oomph.

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  1. Camo Print Tee $12

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F21 Description: A knit tee featuring an allover camo print, short sleeves, and a crew neck. 

I always like a good camo print but I try to be mindful of not going overboard. For example, I don’t want to be mistaken to be in an actual army because I did not go through hard training that soldiers go through.
I want to have a casual with a bit of tough look to my style. This is a no brainer where I will wear any colored  jeans with this look but it will especially go well with anything black. Black jeans, black jacket, black moto jacket,  black anything.
Style Point: T shirt tucked in front of jeans

This is not anything new, but I’ve recently noticed people tucking their T shirts into their jeans for a more polished look.  It makes them look slimmer and look neater when tucked.

If you tuck them half side, it sort of looks fashiony (?) as well.

  1. Turn Up The Music Graphic Tee $8.45

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F21 Description: A knit tee with a crew neck, short sleeves, and a “Turn Up The Music Turn Down The Drama” graphic on the front.


I like T shirts that have catchphrases on them especially when I agree with what it says. I am still loving my music loud (at certain times) so this message does pertain to me.


Style point: I have been seeing sock heeled boots that are gaining popularity and apparently it will be one of the “it” boots! Especially the red color.


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I feel like 80’s punk style is coming in strong for upcoming seasons. I will personally not wear them because of my feet issues, and cannot really wear heels for a long period of time.
I will probably go with my all time favorite beat up clunky boots ❤

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  1. Peachy Face Graphic Tee $11.45

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F21 Description: A cotton tee featuring a “Peachy” and a happy face with heart eyes graphic on front, distressed design, short cuff sleeves, and a round neckline.


I like distressed t-shirts to a point. When they are distressed, I think to myself, what look am I trying to portray here? Is it because it’s trendy? Is this really hipster? Is this too shabby? Do I want mosquitos coming through the holes and suck my blood?

I think this t-shirt has just enough distressed look without going overboard.

Style Point: I hear men’s’ style inspired blazer is going to be huge for Fall season, especially the plaid design. 

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Photo by Mariya Georgieva on Unsplash

Okay, this picture clearly look trendy and modern but I just liked this picture 😉

The plaid style of blazer which you will probably see a lot of them in Fall fashion blogs or magazines and they might look like it would be worn by old men wearing their blazers that are from their hay days and smoking cigars and playing their favorite games which is kind of awesome in its own way 😉
I don’t have many places to wear those kinds of plaid blazers, so I will probably stick to my leather jackets or flannel shirts! Fall is the perfect weather to wear this outerwear because of the mild weather.  Well, at least it is like that in Vancouver, Canada.

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What are your summer transition pieces to fall fashion? Please comment down below!

 

Thanks for reading!

Minimalist Minnie

 

 

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Bye Bye Summer, Hello Sunscreen (?)

Hello everyone! It has been sooooo long since I last posted. I am currently enrolled in a course called English for Journalism from Coursera  and it goes on for 5 weeks so I have been pretty occupied with that.
It is not a excuse…(maybe a bit) but I finally have a new post!
First of all I am sooo into Korean drama called The Moon Embracing the Sun!! It is pretty old (2012) but it is soooo good!! Soo sad…but so good! I am currently listening to the OST on You Tube right now…sigh
Anyways…
I have been using sunscreen (or suncream, both the same thing) since I was 16 years old and it has been more than 10+ years! I read in magazine articles saying we should always wear sunscreen to prevent premature aging, and wrinkles, so I have been using them for a long time.
I still did not truly believe in putting sunscreen until I went tanning while I was on a Vegas trip. Before then, people commented how great my skin was and I only half believed them (self doubt…uggh).
I went tanning for the FIRST TIME in Vegas under a hot hot sun, and afterwards, I noticed my skin looked quite leathery! I was horrified and tried to find a remedy but to no avail. Afterwards, my skin never returned to normal. It could be also due to aging but it was a pretty drastic change from before. It has been 8 years since the Vegas trip, and I am still living with the consequences. So in retrospect, NO TANNING! 😔 (well at least for me)
*Quick note: My skin type is sensitive, and combination/dry. I am always interested in anti-ageing, and hydrating skincare.
So I have been using few sunscreens (for face only) and would like to give some pros/cons and wanted to share with you guys. Also while I was writing this post, I learned more about health factors and harmful chemicals that are in sunscreen so that changed my thoughts on some of these sunscreen.
I have read several blog posts and a lot of them referred to EWG (Environmental Working Group), which is a non profit organization that promotes to protect human health and the environment, as their main source, so check them out for safe and healthy eco- friendly products! When I was reading blog posts from sources such as Expatdoctormom and thegreenmama  two toxic ingredients stood out to me and that is oxybenzone and retinyl palmitate.
Just to sum it up a bit before this post gets too long, oxybenzone gets absorbed into the skin and interrupts with your hormones so if you are putting them on a baby, that is definitely not good for the baby!
Retinyl palmitate is photocarcinogenic which means it is a substance that causes cancer after illumination.
I don’t mean to scare you guys off but just by reading these articles and posts, it scared me off, so I am just sharing my concern.
When I did the reviews of these sunscreen, I did not consider the ingredients, but I feel like I will do another post with these harmful chemicals in mind for another post.
My first sunscreen was called Aveeno Baby Sunscreen Lotion SPF 55
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Claims to:
“Provides broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection combined with skin soothing colloidal oatmeal sourced from nature, to protect baby’s skin from the sun’s harmful rays while gently caring for baby’s delicate skin. This non-greasy, skin-moisturizing oatmeal formula is waterproof, helps prevent moisture loss and is as mild as water to the skin. #1 Pediatrician recommended brand. Broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection. Mild as water. Helps prevent moisture loss. Fragrance free, waterproof, non-greasy”.
                                                                                                                                           -Walmart website
Pros:
– It is a pretty decent size (110ml) for the price (approx. 14 dollars cad)
– It felt gentle on my skin (the first time I tried it)
– Easily accessible for purchase at a local drugstore
Cons:
 – My skin felt irritated when I purchased  the second time and mind you, I tried other sunscreen between these two bottles
– Left a white cast on my face
– It felt heavy (most sunscreen feel heavy on my face but this one especially)
 
Will not repurchase: I would not purchase this again as it felt irritable on my face
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Claims to:
“Get daily protection against sunburn with NEUTROGENA® ULTRA SHEER® WATER-LIGHT® Daily Face Sunscreen SPF 60. This sunscreen has a water-light texture that spreads easily over skin, absorbing instantly to an invisible weightless feel. It features HELIOPLEX®, an advanced sunscreen technology with broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection, which shields skin from the sun’s damaging rays. The dermatologist-recommended sunscreen is waterproof, oil-free and non-comedogenic.. Use it alone or under makeup and moisturizers. This lotion comes in a 40-millilitre tube”
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Pros:
– My skin did not feel sticky and absorbed quickly as the sunscreen was in a liquid form
– It felt gentle on my skin
– Did not leave a white residue
– Easily accessible for purchase at a local drugstore
– It is not a complete dupe but it had a similar consistency to Shiseido Ultra Sun Protection Lotion
Cons:
– It is a small size (40ml) for the price (approx. $15 cad) so it was used up really quickly. I did purchase few more bottles but I just could not justify the price 😔
Will not repurchase: There are still so many sunscreens I would like to try so I probably will not purchase again. It just got used up too quick.
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Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Face Sunscreen SPF 60 
Claims to:
“Ultra Sheer® Dry-Touch Sunscreen SPF 100+ is proven to protect skin from over 99% sunburn damage. Plus, with an unbeatable PFA, nothing provides better UVA protection. Infused with a light, fresh scent, this elegant formulation is fast-absorbing, non-whitening, water resistant and lightweight. Neutrogena’s Dry-Touch technology provides an ultra-light, non-shiny finish and leaves skin soft and smooth”
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Pros:
– Easily accessible for purchase at local drugstore
– Price point perhaps (88ml for approx. $14 cad)
Cons:
– It felt sticky (not dry touch as it stated on the tube)
– My skin felt irritated
– Left white film residue on my face so I had to blend it hard to blend it away
Will not repurchase: I actually stopped using after few pumps and I rarely do that..but I did. I will not repurchase and it actually made me question the brand.
Nuganic Customize Sun Block SPF 50 PA+++ (It was part of the deluxe sample from Memebox , a Korean beauty website)
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Nuganic Customize Sun Block SPF 50 PA+++

 

Pros:

– Felt gentle for my skin
– Glided smoothly
– Did not leave white cast on skin
– Whitened face naturally (if you like that sort of thing)
Cons:
– Small size (40ml)
– Price was a bit hefty (I believe it was approx. 50 USD)
– Not easily accessible (It used to be available online but I cannot seem to find it anymore)
Recommend: I would still recommend it and I might revisit it later but I still want to try other products. I searched it on memebox website but I could not find the product. Does anyone know where to get it? Please leave a comment down below!
So these are some of the products I have used so far.
What I am currently using:
Claims to:
“formula

The photostable formula with Mexoryl XL®, a patented broad spectrum filter, along with other powerful filters, protects the skin from UVA and UVB rays. Photostable, the formula doesn’t lose its efficiency during sun exposure. Enriched with Vitamin E, it protects the skin against dehydration caused by the sun. This highly water-resistant cream texture hydrates the skin well. Ideal Soleil, the most pleasant textures with Mexoryl, no.1 recommended filter by dermatologists*.

efficacy

The photostable formula with Mexoryl XL®, a patented broad spectrum filter, along with other powerful filters, protects the skin from UVA and UVB rays. Photostable, the formula doesn’t lose its efficiency during sun exposure. Efficacy tested under dermatological control.”
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Pros:
– Good size for the price (I would wait to go on sale. I purchased mine for approx. 25 cad and original price is approx. 30 cad)
– Whitens face naturally. If you put it on high points of your face, it brightens the face like a highlighter but not like an actual highlighter)
– It does leave a bit of white cast but most of then disappears and it is easily blend able (I tap on areas, too)
Cons:
– The price can be seen as a bit pricey if it is original price but if it is on sale, it is pretty good! (5 bucks difference XD) I still feel it is a good price for the product compared to other pricey items.
– It still left a bit of white cast but still blend able!
Recommend: I would recommend. This is something I would seriously consider except I want to try this sunscreen which I will mention later down below.
I use eye sunscreen because skin under the eye is very gentle and sensitive so I thought eye area needs a special attention.
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Claims to:
“This eye cream improves the look of delicate skin around the eye area while moisturizing, preventing the appearance of wrinkles and protecting against UVA and UVB rays.”
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Pros:
– I do not get major problems under area my eye area (other than wrinkles) but no sun spots so I guess it is working(?)
– Easily accessible online or offline
– It is small so it is convenient for travels
Cons:
– It is pricey (approx. 32 cad) for eye sunscreen but I have not seen eye sunscreen that was widely known as this product. Does anybody know any good eye sunscreen?
– It is small (15ml) so I do have to purchase it quite often
I bought TheSaem Light Sun Cream SPF 50+ PA+++ sunscreen from Korea when I visited there in April 2016. It was on sale 1+1 which is buy one get one free and total cost was approx. 10 cad.
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TheSaem Light Sun Cream SPF 50+ PA+++

 

Pros:
– It was creamy like I was putting on a skin care lotion
– It was like skin care lotion so it blended easily and it did not leave any white cast
Cons:
– This may sound weird but because it did not feel like a “sunscreen” as in thick and creamy, I did not feel protected by wearing this sunscreen
– Smell is quite perfumy so that turned me off a bit
Would not recommend: I want my sunscreen to act as a sunscreen. This may sound like a hypocrite, but I am  looking for a sunscreen that is “sunscreen like” if that makes sense. I am looking for a product that is easily blendable and does not leave a white cast on my face. I don’t like the perfume smell as well.
Sunscreen that I would like to try in the future:
My Vichy sunscreen was running out so I wanted to try the Avene sunscreen which was referred by my favorite Korean make up artist PONY; however, the saleslady said the brand La Roche-Posay ranks higher in quality so I got La Roche-Posay SPF 50 Sunscreen for children instead.

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I am excited to try this out and the saleslady also said La Roche-Posay and Vichy are from the same mother brand but La Roche-Posay is higher quality brand as it contains less chemicals.
I also wanted to try out Innisfree Oat Mild Moisture Sun Cream as one of my favorite You Tuber SSINIM said it felt like a Kiehl’s sunscreen so I wanted to try that out.
This was a loooooooooooooooooooooooooooooong post so I will end it here.
What is your favorite sunscreen recommendation?  Please leave a comment down below!
Thanks for reading! Until then,
❤️

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