Sunday, May 24, 2020

Best sales this weekend

Happy long weekend, everyone! I hope you're enjoying quality time with your loved ones. I am so needing an extra day off. Both of us have been feeling burned out at work. At first, the weather wasn't looking very promising but thank goodness, it's turned out to be a gorgeous weekend. We went boating for the first time this season and had so much fun! Sharing some of the best sales happening this weekend, take a look below if you're interested.
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Ann Taylor: Extra 70% off all sale styles - There are some amazing pieces at great discounts.
Express: Take 50% off all sale styles - Everything pictured here are less than $30.
Revolve: Up to 65% off - I love some of the pretty dresses below
H&M - 20% off everything
Bloomingdale's designer sale - Up to 40% off
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Friday, May 22, 2020

Instant Pot Recipe :: Vietnamese Yogurt

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Sharing another yummy and easy recipe using my beloved instant pot - Vietnamese yogurt. See other instant pot recipes here. If you haven't tried Vietnamese yogurt, you are missing out. The texture is smooth and creamy. The taste is slightly sweet with a touch of delicate tartness. It's so good for those hot summer days. This is the only kind of yogurt I will eat.

Ingredients:
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Directions:
  • Whisk the condensed milk and hot water together in a bowl
  • Whisk the Greek yogurt and whole milk in a separate bowl
  • Combine 2 bowls together
  • Strain the mixture though a mesh strainer to ensure that it's smooth
  • Pour the yogurt into glass jars - I love these 4 oz jars
  • Select Yogurt option on your instant pot. Change time to 9 hours. If you like a tarter yogurt, extend the incubation time to 10 hours. If you like a sweeter yogurt, reduce the incubation time to 8 hours. Do this overnight so that you'll have these yummy yogurt containers for breakfast =)
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Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Levi's Wedgie Fit Jeans are 50% off

Ladies, just wanted to quickly share an amazing deal today. My beloved Wedgie Fit jeans are 50% off right now. They are my go-to pair of jeans. The 721 high rise skinny jeans I wore here is 60% off! This is an incredible deal so grab a pair now if you're interested. I promise you won't regret it. I wear a size 25 in all Levi's jeans. Shop all sale styles here
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Monday, May 18, 2020

What can you get at Walmart for $100?

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If you're on social media, you probably have seen countless of Walmart fashion hauls. I actually have never bought any clothes from Walmart. While I spend quite a bit on luxury handbags, I love affordable clothing. Target is one of my go-to places to shop. I feel intrigued by all the Walmart hauls so I gave myself $100 to see what I can find. I ended up with 7 items. Shipping was pretty decent. I got the entire order within a week. Sharing my thoughts with you today. I am going to rank them from my most favorite to my least favorite.
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1. Time and Tru Flutter Sleeve Button Dress ($24.99): My favorite item from this haul. This dress is amazing! It's really well made. It looks way expensive than it's actually is. I would believe if you tell me this dress is from Banana Republic or Ann Taylor. I purchased a size XS and could not have asked for a better fit. This linen-blend midi dress is perfect for those sunny summer days. It's also available in white (which I might grab as well) and blue stripe.
2. Time and Tru Animal Print Feather Flat ($14): Next up is this adorable flat! Since I work downtown, flats are my go-to. I walk quite a bit throughout the day so a pair of comfy flats is a must have. These are so great. They have memory foam insole! Very comfortable without a breaking-in period. They run true to size. I took my usual size 7. Also available in cheetah and leopard print.
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3. Athletic Works Soft Jogger Pants ($9.96): If you are working from home for an extended period of time then you need these joggers. They are so soft and comfortable. They fit amazing! Available in 7 colors. I am going to grab a couple more pairs. They are great for lounging around and walking my dog as well.
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4. No Boundaries Fleece Sweatshirt ($5.50): If you are in need of a basic sweatshirt for those working from home days, this is it. For $5, this is a wonderful basic to have in your closet. They run small. I got a size XS but could have went up to a small. Comes in black and grey as well.
5. Time and Tru Tiered Knit Dress ($13.88): This dress was #5 on my list because it runs really big. I got a size XS and it was very boxy on me. However, it can be easily fixed by wearing a belt like I did here. Despite the issue with the sizing, the quality is really nice. If you're a true size small, this dress would look amazing on you. For $14, this would be a great summer addition to anyone's wardrobe.
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6. Eye Candy Tie Dye Hoodie and Joggers Set ($20): This set is sold out so I will briefly go though it. The material is really nice. It's cool to the touch. The fit is great as well. However, the word LOVE printed on both top and bottom is a little too much for my liking. This set is going back.
7. Time and Tru Tiered Peasant Dress ($13.50): This dress was a miss for me. It runs extremely large and boxy. It's see though as well. I don't recommend this. I look like a 5 year old child wearing this dress =) I paid $13.50 for it. It's marked down to $5 now.

There you all it. I spent $101 for the entire order. All in all, I would say it was a successful purchase. I would be open to try new pieces from Walmart in the future. Have you purchased clothes from Walmart? If so, what are your thoughts?


Thursday, May 14, 2020

Instant Pot Recipe :: Lemon Cheesecake

LemonCheeseCakeInstantPot_SydneysFashionDiary One of the things that the girls and I are constantly doing during quarantine is baking. We love to bake. Today, I am sharing a quick but delicious receipt - Lemon cheesecake using your instant pot. There is no secret that I am obsessed with my Breville multi-cooker. It's a life saver. I use it multiple times a week and I am always looking for new recipes to try. This lemon cheesecake tastes amazing and so easy to make.
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  • 2 blocks (16 oz) of cream cheese (room temperature)
  • 1/4 cup of lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons of lemon zest
  • 1 can of sweetened condensed milk
  • 3 table spoons of heavy cream
  • 3 table spoons of cornstarch
  • 2 large eggs (room temperature)
  • 1 store-bought graham cracker crust
  • 1 7" spring-form pan
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  • Combine cream cheese, lemon juice, corn starch, condensed milk, heavy cream
  • Hand stir with a whisk until it's smooth
  • Add 2 large eggs and stir until the eggs are completely incorporated
  • Take the crust out of the aluminum form and crush it
  • Pour the crushed graham cracker into your spring-form pan and press firmly onto the bottom
  • Pour the batter mixture into your spring-form pan, place a piece of foil on top (this helps prevent steam getting on your cheesecake)
  • Place 1.5 cups of water into the instant pot and place the trivet into it
  • Place the spring-form pan on top of the trivet and seal the lid
  • Set the instant pot for high pressure/manual for 40 minutes (natural release)
  • Wait until the cheesecake completely cooled before removing it from the pan
  • Top the cake with cool whip and you're done!

Monday, May 11, 2020

Happy Mother's Day

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Happy Mother's Day to all the amazing mothers out there! I had a wonderful weekend celebrating with my family. They definitely spoiled me. My family came over yesterday to celebrate Mother's Day early since the weather was nicer on Saturday. There was so much food as always. My Mom is one of the best cooks on the planet. Today, the girls got me my Mother's Day gift, gave me a massage, painted my nails and we ended the weekend watching "Trolls 2". I couldn't have asked for a better weekend. This is what I wore. This outfit was from a small boutique so I couldn't link it for you but I found similar options here. As mentioned in this post, I would like this mixer for Mother's Day but couldn't bring myself to pay over $500 for a mixer that I don't know much about. I have to do some more research to see if it's actually worth the price tag. My husband and the girls picked up this watch for me instead and I love it. Just like all Michele watches, it's understated and elegant. Since all my watches are in silver tones, I am so thrilled to add this rose-gold version to my watch collection. It's currently on sale if you're interested. Words cannot express how grateful I am for my family (especially during times like these). Tomorrow, I am going to share an amazing promotion on designer pieces. I've been looking forward to this sale every year. It's going live tomorrow. Check back if you're interested. Outfit details: Similar options here | Michele Deco sport watch | Le Specs sunglasses | Ana Luisa necklace.
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Up to 50% off designer pieces

As mentioned in yesterday's post, I am sharing an amazing designer sale that just went live. This is the sale I am looking forward to every year. If you're in the US, SSense offers free express shipping (which is wonderful). Have a great Monday!
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Gucci bags on sale
Saint Laurent bags on sale
Givenchy bags on sale
Chloe bags on sale
Valentino shoes on sale
Gianvito Rossi shoes on sale
Gucci sunglasses on sale
Bottega Veneta bags on sale
Canada Goose on sale

Friday, May 8, 2020

A huge selection of Michele watches on sale

You might or might not know, I am a huge fan of Michele watches. Even though I own a beautiful Rolex, my Michele Deco is what I wear most days. A huge selection of Michele watches is on sale right now. Take advantage if you've been eyeing one of those beautiful watches. They are extremely well make, elegant and most importantly, they are understated. Most people don't know what they are (at least from where I live). I have this watch for years now and never had any issue with it (just a standard battery replacement). If you don't see the style(s) you like, Bloomingdale's is also offering the same promotion. This particular watch is almost 50% off and it's beautiful!
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Top row: 
Left: Available in silver and 2-tone
Middle: Available in silver, gold and 2-tone
Right: Available in silver, gold and 2-tone. This is the diamond version of my watch.
Bottom row:
Left: Under $400
Middle: Available in 7 colors and under $300
Right: Available in 3 colors and under $400

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Affordable comfy sets for working from home

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I've been working from home for 2 months now. To be honest, I got ready less than a handful of times during the past 2 months. I don't show my face on WebEx/Skype meetings (lol). Most days, I am barefaced and live in comfy sets like these. I will probably going to work from home until mid June so these wonderful matching sets will get a lot of use. I love them because they're obviously comfy and somewhat acceptable when I need to walk my dog during lunch. Femme Luxe has so many great sets at affordable prices. Check them out if you are interested. Outfit details: Olive green set *available in 5 colors* | Grey set | Le Specs sunglasses | Dr. Scholl's slip-on shoes *so comfy*
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Monday, May 4, 2020

Mother's day gift ideas

Happy Monday, ladies! Mother's Day is this weekend. If you're still looking for some last-minute gift ideas, I have a few recommendations below:

Jo Malone body cream: This amazing body cream packs a punch even though it's only $30. I picked up a couple of scents for my Mom. They smell amazing, last all day and do not break the bank. I promise whoever receives this will blow away.
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Simple & dainty jewelry: I've been on the hunt for a good coin necklace. I searched quite a bit on Etsy but couldn't settled on anything. I've heard about Ana Luisa from watching YouTube videos and decided to give it a shot. I am so glad I did because I am so impressed with the quality. This is my first piece and it won't be the last (not sponsored). I purchased this necklace with my own money. It's extremely well made. I have it for 2 weeks now and haven't taken it off. I wear it in the shower and I wear it while working out. So far, it's been a dream. If this isn't your style, they have so many styles to choose from. You can get $15 off by following this link. I am going to order a few additional pieces for myself.
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Fancy cookware: Who doesn't love fancy cookware? I can't recommend these Breville multi-cooker enough. My husband got this cooker as a Mother's Day gift years ago and I've been enjoying so much. If your Mom already has an instant pot, this SMEG tea kettle is another wonderful option. I love mine to death. It heats up extremely fast and I enjoy see it sitting pretty on my counter top. MothersDayGiftIdeas_SydneysFashionDiary Dyson hair dryer: If you want to score major points with Mom, splurge on this fancy, high-tech hair dryer from Dyson. I have mine for over 5 months now and been very happy with it. Dyson just released this special-edition Mother's Day gift set (order before 1:00 EST for next day delivery). You can't beat that! I'll do a throughout review soon.
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Gift card: If all else failed, gift card is always a good option. Give Mom a $150 e-gift card and earn a $25 card for you. It's a win-win situation =)

If you're wondering what I am hoping for this Mother's Day. I would love to have this SMEG mixer. I love baking and this one is my dream mixer. However, the price scares me. Does anyone own a SMEG mixer? If so, is it worth it? It's on sale right now, I might have to hint hubby =) Happy Mother's day to all the amazing mothers out there. Can't wait to celebrate this weekend with my family!