Bittersweet

03 February 2009

A quick post on my day so far! I left the house early for work to allow enough time for the inevitable slow moving traffic today. The snow that had fallen yesterday was still powdery underfoot and I made sure to leave footprints in areas of untouched snow. Even if it meant going slightly out of my way to make my mark. I don't think any of us really ever grow out of playing in the snow.

Today as the title of the post suggests was somewhat bittersweet. I have been working part time in a High street fashion store until I begin my masters in September. We were told two weeks ago that the 13 staff that had started since September would be halved and only 7 of us would be keeping our positions. The UK high street sure isn't coping well at all in the recession. So basically, there were three of us going for the two of the positions...and I was told I was successful. Which is great but now I know that one of the girls has to go and I feel a bit guilty about it. It's just horrible having to compete with friends...but I guess it's just life.

When my shift was over a little retail therapy took my mind off the whole work situation.
I bought some heart shaped pearl earrings from Miss Selfridge and the Vendetta nail polish from Chanel. Chanel is quite pricy for nail polish but it is the best I have ever tried, it stays chip resistant for days. The colour is purple-black on my nails and it's awesome.

When I arrived home, the snow was mostly slushy and wet and not at all good for snow angels or snowmen. My mom cheered me and my youngest sister up by steaming some Chinese buns and pan fried dumplings for a late lunch. There are all sorts of fillings in the buns from Char Siu (Chinese bbq pork), Pork and Vegtable, coconut and the little pink ones are lotus buns.
My mom was unable to buy the normal ones (usually uncoloured) and got these pink ones instead. These are usually bought for birthdays, especially for the elderly. These pink lotus buns are 'peach buns' and are coloured pink to resemble peaches which in the Chinese tradition, are the fruit of immortality. Therefore it is no surprise that the idea is that once eaten you are meant to have a longer life. I've had several for lunch seeing as they are so small so I must be able to live to a ripe old age then huh?

So I now have freshly painted nails, newly adorned ears and a belly full of yummy goodies and most definitely, a job to last me until I decide when to leave...and the day isn't even over yet!

P.S. I promise I don't just spend my days just shopping and eating...haha, it does seem like it though judging by all my food related posts!

32 comments:

  1. Oooo yummy yummy!!! I love the photos dear, it's a weird thing that the whole country seems to halt over a few inches of snow...I always imagine it snows quite a bit in Scotland and they seem to cope ok. I'm loving the pearl hearts, and glad to hear you got to keep your job, it has been pretty ruthless time these past few months!

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  2. yumm..dim summ...
    lovely buys:)

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  3. Oh my. Bittersweet indeed. And definitely an experience that merits some recovery-related shopping and snacking.

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  4. what a fab day! congrats on the job- no better reason to treat yourself

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  5. i love chanel nail polish, it last so long

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  6. where are you going to grad school? and in what subject?

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  7. Ahh I get so happy when I see other bloggers that live in places with snow. You get all these California girls who think that 70 degrees is cold, but I love it :]

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  8. I adore that nail color and those earrings are lovely.

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  9. Awh I wish it snowed here! D:
    We get snow maybe once a year and it's true, the entire state shuts down because of it haha

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  10. Hi there-oh well done Winnie on the job situation, I'm very relieved for you. The retail therapy pressies are lovely, as is the food, yum yum!

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  11. omg that nail color is beauuutiful. and i LOVE lotus buns. LOVE THEM. haha. now i'm craving one! love your blog!


    XOXO
    kaitlyn


    http://drrtylaundry.blogspot.com

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  12. omg that nail color is beauuutiful. and i LOVE lotus buns. LOVE THEM. haha. now i'm craving one! love your blog!


    XOXO
    kaitlyn


    http://drrtylaundry.blogspot.com

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  13. i thought it was just me that likes to step on untouched snow! exactly as you described, going out of the way etc. :)

    i know what you mean about the retail situation, i used to work for Bodyshop but the pressure was too much on hitting targets plus lots of work to do in my final year so i left last weekend!

    that colour of nail polish is gorgeous, i've been looking for a deep purple one for a while now, thanks for the suggestion! ;)

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  14. I love to eat! So yummy! love ove love!
    Ilove too the know pics! I hope i can see some snow in NY in march...lets see :)

    About Chanels...for sure it is the best one...Even if I buy, I don´t have the hability to do my own nails....I always go to the manicure :)

    a kiss for you!

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  15. Snow snow I miss it already. Work situation sounds bad, I understand how you feel...but you're still allowed to be happy that you stay. don't feel guilty!

    PS - are you coming to the IFB party at Fashion Week?

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  16. that color nail polish looks so pretty! i want!

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  17. that nail polish and those dim sum look so yummy ....

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  18. I've never had any but those peach buns always look so adorable. Love that nailpolish color too :)

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  19. aww it's said that people had to be laid off
    the color of the nail polish is divine :)
    how much is chanel polish anyways?

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  20. Goldfrap is amazing and the Postal Service? If they were young i'd totally be their groupie lol.

    I'm a bit anxious hearing about your work drama but happy to hear you've still got your job. :)

    Those buns look delish! Can you believe that i still don't know the difference between the different types are? Sheesh and i'm supposed to be a 'traditional' asian ;)

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  21. I want chanel nail polish too! Ahh I am a huge fan of food too

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  22. Hello's...Freshly painted nails and snow, I fucking love your blog posts!:0) You know what every time I paint my nails, I go and chip them like 2 minutes later...it seems I've failed to find my soul mate of an nail varnish, damn it.
    Peace and Ribbons...
    Prettyneons X

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  23. Hi, just stopping by to say hi.
    Really cute pics.
    kisses Iole

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  24. I want pink lotus buns, yummmm!!
    Also, walking on fresh snow is the best thing ever! And its really cute that you felt guilty over keeping your job =]

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  25. the lotus buns look DELISH!!

    xx-LJ from SOS!

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  26. Oh wow, Chanel!! Love love it!! :)

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  27. Congrats on your job! It's really hard to be competing with friends! I'm in the same situation as you; but I'm the one being given the boot:S

    OWELL; I shall bounce back soon enough! HAHA!

    I LOVE THAT POLISH!! OMG~ I've been looking for something like that for ages!! AND! GEEZ; I have a very strong (and bad) feeling that I will be getting it later! HAHA!

    I love Chinese Dumplings too! ESP with a little dab of vinegar=p

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  28. Those dumplings look super yummy! And I can understand why it's such a bittersweet today, but I'd still like to say congratulations on the job! =)

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  29. I just love Chanel Vendetta, I'm glad it cheered you up a bit!

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