Spoils of Spring Break

I am sorry to say that I have to postpone the post on "Norwegian Wood" because of lack of good movie stills, which I am still in the process of collecting and editing. Please just wait a little more!
That being said, I feel that the professors here are stepping up their game. With little over a month left of schooling to do, I guess this is the final leg of the race where the grades are finally being collected before we are sent off for a really long summer holiday of four months. Hence, the writing over the next few weeks may seem slightly erratic and frenetic as I try to avoid the mention of schoolwork (because who really wants to read about that?!).
And speaking of le collège d'arts libéraux, now that I am back I really wanted a new backpack for school. For the first time in my life I am having great difficulty finding "the perfect backpack" or at least one that is as close to it as possible. I have narrowed it down to two options--well only one actually but you'll see why--: ABO Gear Digger Aussie Bag Classic Canvas Backpack and Maine Guide Rucksack, Waxed Canvas. It's too bad I could only pull the image of the ABO backpack as the L. L. Bean website refuses to cooperate with me--look at it here instead.
Look at how wonderful this is! It is my no. 1 choice due to price, size and suitability but sadly it is OUT OF STOCK. I tried emailing Leatherpaks about it but all they said was that they didn't know the "ETA on the Digger yet". Does anyone know what ETA stands for? Estimated Time of Arrival? Acronyms will be the death of me. Anyhow, the L. L. Bean bag is hardly a lesser choice except that it is almost double the price. It's nice of dad to offer to pay for it since it's close to my birthday and well it is out of necessity and not pure vanity (current backpack is fall apart). Should I wait and see when Aussie bag is back in stock or should I buy American?
Anyway I didn't post much during Spring Break which is such a huge surprise since I had, pretty much, all the time in the world to do so. Maybe I was really burnt out from second semester? I keep thinking though that I have spent a lot of time on site when really, it's not so much? I think the real reason however is because there is simply so much to see/do/eat in Vancouver than say, the little town I am in in New England. Maybe it was because I was on holiday mode, I failed to bring the camera to take photos of things that are bloggable : great food and scenery. But I am most likely to go again soon so it's not like all is lost. What I do have pictures of are some of the things I bought that I thought were truly wonderful.

These oxfords were found at Aldo of all places and were reasonable at $50. Nothing fancy but I do like them very much. I can't wait to go gallivanting around campus with these babies on. Not to be too overtly greedy but I am also on the fence on whether to buy either a pair of original Hunter boots in Olive or a pair of L. L. Bean Duck boots.

Also I went on a coffee break and went back to my Chinese roots of drinking tea. I have been quite the caffeine addict lately, though I find it strange that tea is more soothing for me while coffee has it's kick. Usually I stick to the Pu Er tea that I call "Family Tea" just because every single person drinks this type on a daily basis. I love it a lot but as always, everything gets monotonous after a while so when I was out for high tea they had the Sakura Tea Set Special because it is cherry blossom season over there. This is the Hanami Impérial that is a Japanese green tea infused with the fragrance of cherry blossom petals (and the petals themselves which is so very pretty). It's too bad I couldn't find the opportunity to drink it here just yet as the housekeeper locked the kitchenette of the house (!!!). Excuse me while I try to find and borrow a water kettle. Apparently the green tea base is from Japan while the tea sommelier mixes it with other things (like the cherry blossom petals) in Paris, France. I'll remember to show some pretty pictures when I do drink it. I really wish it was some kind of applicable scent because it smells good enough to be a subtle, classy and sweet perfume. I have a soft spot for floral scents. 
That's all I really have to say for now and I'll keep everyone posted ;) 
Have a great weekend since the sun is out and finally here to stay! 


lauren carney said...

Hello sugar,
I find your blog to be a bit sweet and rather special.
Well, thanks for letting me have a sneaky peak,
happy blogging, and have fun being wonderful x x

Anonymous said...

Very astute, young lady! That's exactly what ETA means. :)

soph (owl vs. dove) said...

Finding a school bag was always such a hassle. Hope yours gets sorted soon. Pretty sure ETA stands for Estimated Time of Arrival, but I've also seen it used for Edited To Add. Confusing! haha.

Sarah said...

oh no! I hope you manage to get one, this bag is really cute for school! Finding the perfect school bag was always a nightmare for me too :-)

Thanks for your lovely comment. My vintage dress was from eBay! You can find some amazing things there, it just takes a long time to hunt them down. Searching key words is the easiest way, i always try 'vintage', 'pleats' and 'sheer'- my favourite things! :-)


rachel! said...

ohhh! i love those shoes! $50? i'll have to go to aldo soon.

Trou, .bleuebird said...

What a cute canvas bag to lug around all those textbooks and papers. And the oxfords are lovely as well! I have been meaning to get some oxfords, but I don't think they would look good on my rather long feet.

ChiccaStyle said...

Lovely post, and the oxford shoes are amazing!!!

Amber said...

love everything you have here!


hannah-rose said...

those brogues look so good for spring/. i always associate tan brogues and bare legs with spring for some reason.. I've never had a pair and seeing these pictures makes me want one really badly!