2017 | Footnotes and Finds

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

2017 Black Friday & Cyber Monday Sale Picks!

It's that time of the year again - black friday is here my friends! We have curated some amazing deals for you from popular retailers and brands.  please note the dates the sale is valid through and also make sure you use all the applicable codes we have mentioned to get deals! Enjoy!


URBAN OUTFITTERS: BUY ONE, GET ONE 50% OFF  Valid 11/22 - 11/24
























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Thursday, 12 October 2017

geox nebula - perfect for comfort and style!

Considering our feet have to take so much, they are often neglected.  I do not compromise when it comes to my feet.  The one thing that I invest in is shoes.  I will cheap out on clothes, but when it comes to my feet, I research and am willing to spend a good amount of money.

Over the years, I have had my lot of feet pain.  I have had a few injuries, back pain, and not wearing the right shoes exacerbated that pain. So a day out walking around, exploring the city, or shopping and more importantly doing immense amount of walking while traveling, was torture!

About 10 years ago I decided that I couldn't let my pain get in the way of enjoying my everyday life. So from then on, I have taken serious interest in what shoes I wear. And let me tell you, it's life changing! as in I can walk around all day and still have no pain. It means me walking the streets of Rome or the seawall in Vancouver, and actually enjoying it!


geox nebula womens comfortable and casual shoes with denim jacket and baseball hat

shoes are care of GEOX



Geox is a brand that I had heard of here and there and knew that COMFORT was synonymous with the brand.

But let me tell you partnering up with Geox was eye opening - as in, what was life before the NEBULA by Geox? I don't know where I have been living!

I was in need of new trainers, my old ones were done. My struggle was that I wanted my trainers to be both stylish and comfortable.
geox nebula womens comfortable and casual shoes

I was so glad to have discovered the NEBULA by Geox and I cannot describe this shoe better than they do themselves:

"Resulting from the fusion of a modern design with maximum comfort, Nebula represents the peak of GEOX technology.

Designed for travelling the world, perfect for any season, they naturally adapt to every movement of the foot. This is the perfect shoe for those who love to travel with style and personality, without compromising on comfort. Wearing them is like walking on a cloud."


geox nebula womens comfortable and casual shoes


here is the thing, yes the NEBULA shoes by GEOX are stylish, and go great with my mostly casual look, but the thing that sold me was how passionate they are about the technology that goes into the shoe to make it Comfortable, Breathable, and Adaptable to different Feet.

When you wear the shoes the efficacy of the technology becomes evident - no exaggeration here but it feels like you are walking on a cloud. The shoe itself is so lightweight.  and the best part about the ones I have - the top of the shoe is water resistant and the sole is waterproof - which makes it perfect for the rainy Vancouver weather!

geox nebula womens comfortable and casual shoes

 I am amazed by the technology of this shoe,  the net breathing system and  the inner breathing system allows for 360 breathability along with temperature regulation, but what  blows me away is the comfort! I have worn them out on a day of running errands and long walks, and my feet love them! In fact I have worn them out for an outing with  friends, well because they go so well with my casual look - like this denim jacket and baseball cap!

geox nebula womens comfortable and casual shoes with denim jacket and baseball hat

shoes are care of GEOX

 honestly, if you are looking for comfort and style, hands down GEOX takes the win! I cannot tell you how many friends and family members I have recommended this pair of shoes to!



*note: We teamed up with Geox for this blog post.  We received these pair of shoes care of Geox. .  We were not paid for this blog post and all opinions expressed are our own. This post does contain some affiliate links. We thank you for supporting footnotes and finds by supporting the brands we affiliate with or partner with. 
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Wednesday, 20 September 2017

My lovely day in kew gardens








In all of my time being a resident and visitor of London, I have never been to Kew gardens. So because it was one of my good friends Sonum's favourite places and because I love flowers, trees and gardens we blocked off a whole day for it. And let me tell you, it did not disappoint. In fact, we found ourselves comfortably lost in the gardens with something awe-inspiring at every wrong turn and off the track path we chose.

My favourite part in particular was the good half an hour we spent trying to climb a tree ( perhaps illegally...not really sure about the rules on this...oops..?) and miserably failed at. Climbing a tree used to be so much easier as a kid but I swear I'm more fit now, so I don't know how that works? We also spent a long time trying to make our way to the tree top section of the gardens but kept getting sidetracked by something else and before we knew it the park was closing...so I guess I've left that for next time!

My friend Sonum also painted me a floral painting that I asked her to make of my personality and it is definitely spot on. We ended the day in Shoreditch eating at Dishoom--a must try Indian restaurant. I had heard a lot about this place and the amazing food that they serve up and when we actually got around to having it I'm not going to lie it lived up to the hype and the design concept is also excellent.

Top: Forever 21
Jeans: H&M
Shoes: Topshop | similar | similar
Backpack: Fjålraven





Checkout Sonum's work here

**Some pictures taken by Sonum





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Sunday, 3 September 2017

My day trip to oxford was like nothing had changed (except my stress levels)










The last time I was in Oxford, I was writing the hardest final exam of my life, wearing silly harry potter clothes called subfusc, graduating with a Masters in a ceremony conducted in basically all latin, and emotionally saying goodbye to some of the best friends I have made and some of the best times I have had, all associated with the lovely buildings and natural surroundings of this beautiful city campus that has been around since the 1100s.

This time around, my friend (and old Oxford flatmate, O the many nights of despair have we shared) Nila and I, went back for a day trip and visited our friend from my program Richard. I thought that in my memory I had embellished just how beautiful and wonderful Oxford actually is but I was wrong and it was so much better than I remember it...with just as many tourists! I think the reason for this was that this time I was there and I wasn't stressed, underslept, overworked, exhausted and anxious--you know, all the things that go along with trying to survive an intense Masters program. It was a little bitter sweet though, as it was weird to be a visitor in a place you once called home. And while the Alumni card gives your perks and still gets you into your old college and other places and gems other people can't go, it was sad walking past my old home and not being able to go in.

All in all it was a great day which started at the Pitt Rivers, moved onto our old college Lincoln, Christ Church meadows and ended with a must have penne arrabiata from Gino's (a family run pasta place tucked away from the touristy area that we ate at far too many times that the family knew us all very well).

Top: H&M | similar | similar
Dress: Forever 21 | similar
Shoes: Topshop | similar | similar | similar
Backpack: Fjålraven




**Some of these pictures are taken by Nila and Richard


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Wednesday, 23 August 2017

The first few days in London

As many of you know I am actually a Classical Archaeology/ Art History PhD student starting this fall and a part of that life choice comes the fun and hands-on part of the job which include field-schools, excavations and internships. This summer I decided to join a Conservation field School in Stobi, Macedonia working on conserving mosaics and wall paintings from the Roman-Christian times. On my way to Macedonia, I stopped over in London to visit some friends I had made from my time there, as well as from Oxford, as a student. The best part of having friends living and working in London is that they keep me well informed about the new and exciting places that pop-up in this ever metropolitan city. London is a city that never ceases to surprise or give--believe me this blog post does no justice to my experience of London this time around. I also made an effort to put my phone away and enjoy myself--this means that I didn't pack my fancy camera (or any camera of a sort which is huge for me!).

Day 1: 
The day arrived in London it was bloody hot...like...I got my best tan of my whole trip on this first day. As soon as I arrived in Heathrow I changed into a pair of shorts and a light-airy top and messaged my friend Sonum and we decided to meet at Acton town from where we went straight to Comptoir Libanais in South Kensington. Sonum is one of my oldest and dearest friends that I lived with when I went to Central Saint Martins almost 10 years ago. [Yes, I was lugging my suitcase around the whole time] The food was absolutely delicious and the outdoor on the street seated area of the restaurant is one of my favourite features of this part of London. We sat, we ate and we chatted for hours and then decided to grab an ice cream from Venchi Cioccolata. Afterwards my friends swapped me out and I was handed over to Nila, with whom I stayed with for the duration of my trip. 









Top: H&M | similar | similar | similar
Shorts: Topshop | similar
Sunglasses: Topshop | similar
lipstick: Diva by MAC



Day 2:


Day 2 was a slower day where I slept in, had a home cooked breakfast made my Nila and then went shopping on Kensington high street. I did manage to spot the guy that plays Prince Robert in the Royals, so my token celebrity spotting box was ticked! After exhausting ourselves by shopping Nila and I stopped over at Candella for high tea. It is one of the most adorable tea houses that I have ever been to!

We went home and relaxed for a bit after which we unknowingly entered into one of best nights of my life thus far on this earth--spent in Brixton. We first went to Neverland, a roof-style type popup with streetfood eats and byob type stuff. They had transformed the space into an eating area that opened up into a sandy beach with beach huts overlooking the Thames. After the yummiest haloumi make-shift burger (they had run out of the veggie options so the chef made something special up for us) we decided to hop on a bus to Brixton to dance under a church. Yup...you read that right...under a church--called Gremio de Brixton. We then moved on from there and we decided to follow the music which ended up being the best decision we made because it led to a street dance party enlivened by a street busker whose name escapes me. After he performed his last song, the crowd dispersed and we decided to once again follow the music. We were so thankful we did because we turned the corner to an even bigger drum & base/reggae street party. We left Brixton that night completely in disbelief of the wonderful and unexpected night we had had, one for the books--the stuff of legends. 











Jacket: Zara | similar | similar
Top: Brandi Melville | similar | similar
Jeans: H&M
Lipstick: Vixen by Huda



Day 3: 

It was a little rain-y on the third day so we cancelled our plans for Richmond park and decided to spend the day in Soho. We went to My Place Cafe where we ate a delicious sandwich that I paired with Camomile tea. Nila & I then met our friend Henry from Oxford and proceeded to Sketch, where we had tea. Sketch is definitely worth the visit but it is expensive, so consider yourself warned!






Duster coat: H&M | similar   | similar | similar
Top: Forever 21 | similar
Trousers: H&M | similar




Be sure to follow along on the blog for the rest of my London, Maceodonia and Greece trip

**some of these pictures were taken by Nila, Sonum and Henry


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Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Our favourite Pixi by Petra Products now available in Canada!

Pixi by Petra is a godsend beauty company. I have always had sensitive skin and always look for beauty products that are soft and gentle on the skin and use natural ingredients. After using Pixi products since their launch in Canada earlier this year on a consistent basis, I have found considerable change in my skin and wanted to share some of my favourite Pixi products:

pixi by petra products now available in canada


1. Glow Tonic:


I am always looking for products that leave my skin naturally glowing with that dewy finish and the glow-tonic does just that. It also deeply cleanses pores and sweeps away excess oil and impurities, evening out your skin tone. Its no wonder why this product is a best seller!



2. Nourishing Sleep Mask and Peel & Polish


While the Peel & Polish leaves your skin exfoliated with its enzyme peel and soft the Nourishing Sleep Mask leaves your face glowing and rejuvenated. I usually leave the sleep mask on overnight and wake up with a nice shine and happy and hydrated skin--since we know that your skin requires a lot of moisture overnight this is the product to quench that thirst!


pixi by petra products now available in canada

3. Rose Oil Blend and 24k Eye Elixir


The rose Oil Blend is my absolute favourite product--I swear by it. Never have I used an oil that has left my skin feeling so restored and renewed. The 24k eye elixir is perfect to use under my concealer to reduce the puffiness around my eyes.



4. Endless Silky Eye Pen, Large Lash Mascara and Sheer Cheek Gel


The sheer cheek gel is a perfect stainer that works in great combo with the other products that make your skin glow to give your skin that dew-y finish and it feels light on the skin. The Large lash mascara is perfect for creating a full lash line and to compliment the endless silky eye pen which is a really rich black and doesn't move once you've put it on (believe me this is a problem I have because of my oily eyelids).



*note this blog post is not sponsored by pixi by petra. however, we did receive these pixi by beauty products c/o pixi by petra. there are some affiliate links in this post. and all opinions expressed are our own*
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Sunday, 30 July 2017

easy to bake sour cream blueberry cake







Growing up Indian there would always be a network of communication between my mom and my aunts and so on and so forth where one of the many topics of interest included recipes and cooking. One of the recipes that my aunt came up with and became famous for was this blueberry cake. My aunt, was our favourite for a number of reasons but she always took the cake (pun intended) due to her amazing baking abilities and the amount of baked goods she would prepare when we would stay over and send home with us. I have many fond moments associated with this blueberry cake. The day that my uncle got married, the day my youngest cousin was born, the day I was leaving to move across the pond to begin my Masters at Oxford and many others, are all associated with this cake. But there are other, more intimate memories associated with this cake that aren't necessarily large life markers but give me a sense of home and family of all of us being together.

My aunt is always trying to find ways to incorporate health into the food that she makes and bakes. So she is always excited to serve up this cake as blueberries are full of antioxidants, low in calories, and high in vitamins C, A and E, and dietary fibre. And after my father had his major heart surgery, blueberries have become a staple summer fruit in our parent's home as well. Not to mention, blueberries remind me of my grandparents who picked berried when they first immigrated to Canada and used to bring buckets of blueberries back home for the extended family to split.

So, that is why I take pride in visiting a local u-pick farm or buying BC blueberries at my local grocery store. Blueberries are always easy to work with as in you can make a pancake sauce, jam, oatmeal cake, scones, muffins or even this cake out of them--or--if you're anything like me, you love to munch on blueberries throughout the day as a healthy alternative to *ahem* chips *ahem* If you want more blueberry inspiration, checkout the BC Blueberry Instagram.

This easy to bake sour cream blueberry cake is the perfect quick dessert or a side for your cup of tea. give it a try!

Ingredients:


Crust
1 1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup butter
1 tsp vanilla
1 egg


Filling
3 cups BC Blueberries
1 egg
2 cups sour cream
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla 


Instructions
1. Mix all the crust ingredients together and press the ingredients into a springform pan
2. In a separate container mix all the filling ingredients and then pour evenly on top of crust in          
    springform pan
3. Bake for 45 mins to 1 hour at 350F (take out when brown)
4. Let it sit for about 20 minutes and refrigerate when you're not eating

You also have the chance to win a BC Blueberry Council gift basket valued at $250 by entering the contest here:
a Rafflecopter giveaway


** we have teamed up with BC Blueberry and South Asian Bloggers network for this post**
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Tuesday, 25 July 2017

NORDSTROM Anniversary Sale 2017 - Bags & Shoes

This Nordstrom Anniversary sale ends on Aug 6 2017! So you still have time to save big time and if you don't have time to go through the entire sale yourself - no worries, we have you covered! Check out our previous post on our Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2017 Women's fashion picks and Home Decor Picks.

Here we have curated some of our favourite bags and shoes on sale!

NORDSTROM Anniversary Sale: BAGS


NORDSTROM Anniversary Sale: SHOES

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Friday, 21 July 2017

nordstrom anniversary sale is here! JULY 21 - AUG 6!

it's here! the much anticipated shopping event - the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale! From July 21 - Aug 6th! We have scoured through the sale items and find you some awesome deals! Keep checking back on the blog - we will be updating sold out items, but we will also bring you more blog posts with other categories!

NORDSTROM Anniversary Sale: HOME



NORDSTROM Anniversary Sale: WOMEN'S FASHION

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Wednesday, 14 June 2017

5 Ways I Like to Relax




Over the last few years I have taken a conscious decision to listen to my body and take out time to self care.  We all have different ways to relax, for some it's going for a run, other's like watching some Netflix. Here are some of my ways to relax:




1. Bath



taking a nice long bath is a great way to unwind. I have tried to incorporate more and more baths into my self care routine, I went from never having time to take a bath to working it in at least a couple times a month.  I love the toxin free bath bombs from Rocky Mountain . They are filled with organic ingredients, essential oils and natural extracts! and my All Time favourite bath product is this Lavender Bubble Bath - it is amazing! On my super tired days, this is a perfect way for me to end my day, sinking into a bubble bath of toxin free lavender with an amazing calming effect after which I feel my body less tense and ready for a nice sleep.




2. read


Ever since I can remember reading has been my favourite pass time. I love delving into the world of novels and escaping into the stories of the characters.  It is the best way to give my brain a break from the overthinking and worrying it does on a normal basis and just relax!

this is not even a quarter of my book collection:





3. draw


I usually have a small sketchbook with ink pens with me in my bag or purse. I find that whenever i am feeling really overwhelmed or over stimulated drawing makes me feel so calm.  My brain is able to focus right into the drawing.



I find the stippling technique to be really calming:


4. sit by the water


I am so lucky to live in Vancouver, we have beautiful beaches and are right on the WestCoast, with the Pacific Ocean right there, I enjoy just sitting by the water, listening to the ocean or even just watching it. One of my favourite things to do is to drive to Iona Beach and watch the sunset in silence, it is such a beautiful sight!

Iona beach:



5. massage 


and lastly, there is nothing more relaxing for your body then a nice massage. Again this is something I have recently started to actually invest in and take time for.  We don't realize how much our body has to go through and how a massage once in a while can do wonders.


What are some ways you like to relax?



*note: this blog post is not sponsored by rocky mountain soap but we are their brand ambassador and all the opinions expressed are our own.  We first fell in love with their products and then partnered up with them - enjoy & check out all the other amazing Rocky Mountain Products we love

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