Campus Fashion Trends – Spring/Summer ’09

The sun’s out. The exams are behind us. The beaches are calling! I hope to give you here a brief overview of some of the loveliest/fugliest fashion trends at UBC right now, with a heavy leaning towards the ladies (sorry fellas!) Warning: image-heavy and slightly materialistic =D For previous clothing styles, see 10 Campus Fashion Trends – Fall/Winter ’08.


In all seriousness – DARK COLOURS

It could be that UBCers are a bit solemn during exam time, but dark choices in clothings seem to be pretty prevalent. We’ve got the staple black and grey, but offshades of navy and brown are also everywhere. Cheer up folks, it’s summer!

Suzy Shier Wrap $30 Urban Behaviour Emily Dress $26 Garage Short Sleeved Dress $24 Suzy Shier Cami $30

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Enfin, La Fin!

Can you believe we’re coming to the end of the term?! Shocking, I know. I have so many stories to tell of the past few weeks and so little time to blog about it. I promise, I will actually sit down this week and write my heart out to make up for the sparse updates.

Allow me to get a little ahead of myself right now. So far I have my summer planned out

  • 12 credits of intermediate heritage Chinese: about 16 hours a week, fun stuff! I really want to communicate with style with my grandparents and shilling out $1500 for summer courses may just be worth it (did I say $1500? Crap, that’s a lot of money)
  • A parttime job that’s technology/finance oriented
  • Event planning for the year for International Business Club <3
  • Travel somewhere, anywhere
  • Finish the novel I’m working on blog lol, it’s easier

QOTW: As we approach la fin de l’année, what wonderful, exciting, exotic plans do YOU have for the summer?

This is What I Do When I Get Bored in Irving

What happens when Phoebe spends a plethora of time in a dreary study room before midterms, with only markers and a whiteboard for company?

She draws (and talks in third person).


I think I should make it my personal mission to add a little pizzazz to the whiteboards on campus, many of whom are simply begging for the kind of nurture and attention only a colourful marker can give them.

Year-End Fiscal Report

2008 was a good year in the sense that I entered the workforce full time and managed to hold on to jobs during the school year. 2008 was a bad year in the sense that I spent money frivolously on non-essentials such as clothing and food. Textbooks are also huge drains from my savings.

Note: Always wanted to use the word “fiscal”… it makes everything sound so official! Oh and this entry is all about money, so stay away if financial talk isn’t your thing.  I pay for all of my own stuff except groceries and around one meal a day (lovingly supplied by my parents, fyi i still live at home).


I tried to keep as an accurate account as possible (…have the habit of spending cash/debit instead of credit… ah well). As you can see, UBC textbooks took a ridiculously huge chunk out of my wallet. I’m quite happy that my university tuition was only a few hundred bucks.


The above graph takes out all the “major expenses”. Ever since univ started I’ve been lavishly spending money on fastfood at lunch, a habit I hope to drop this year. Clothings expenses were up there as well – averages to about $30 a month which isn’t too bad.


It’s skyrocketing towards the end of the year haha… blame Boxing Day.


Green bar = income, red = expenses. Got a job in July. Pulled in a deficit for September, but otherwise I’m in the green!


This doesn’t represent the actual balance (give or take a few grand), but I love having visual representation!

Now isn’t dealing with finances fun?! Coming up next: where are Phoebe’s incomes coming from? AKA Making money at UBC =D On a sidenote, for those of you looking for cheap textbooks, refer to my buying textbooks at UBC post back in September. Hope it helps!

QOTW: What do you spend the most money on? What about non-essential items?

10 Campus Fashion Trends – Fall/Winter ’08

One of the fun part of being on the UBC campus is to be surrounded by some of the best-dressed young people in the city. I would argue that Sauder kids are the snappiest dressers around (*holds up shield*), but we do have a rather unfair advantage over other faculties in our regular mandatory prancing-around-in-suits days. I hope to give you here a brief overview of some of the loveliest fashion trends at UBC right now, with a heavy leaning towards the ladies (sorry fellas!) As you can tell this post is long overdue. Oh and warning: image-heavy and slightly materialistic =D

#1 Classical chic – CARDIGANS

The weather’s getting cold – wasn’t yesterday minus 19 or something?! – and we really need something more than UBC hoodies to keep us warm. Cardigans keep out the chills without bulking you up. They come in a variety of lengths and colours so there are a lot of rooms to mix and match.

#2 Warm and fluffy – COLOURFUL SCARVES

Scarves can really add a splash of colour to an otherwise dark and dreary winter outfit. And with stalls in the SUB selling so many styles at cheap prices ($8-$15), it’s very tempting to snatch a few!

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