Thursday, November 27, 2014

Thanksgiving Day 2014 deals

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The biggest shopping day of the year is almost here! I don't know about you guys but I love Black Friday shopping. Whether we have something in mind or not, my husband and I fully enjoy the experience and even the crowds. It's one of our Thanksgiving traditions. If you rather stay at home in your PJ's and shop online, I complied a list of some amazing deals below. Please be aware that prices may vary depending on the time you shop. I hope you all have an enjoyable Thanksgiving with your loved ones. I'll be back on Friday to share my Thanksgiving.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Baked Cinnamon Apple Chips Recipe

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We went apple picking a few weeks ago and got so many apples. After a few days, everyone was kinda tired of them eating them. I decided to turn those apples into apple chips. These apple chips totally satisfy a craving for the munchies. I basically cut those apples into thin slices, sprinkle a little bit of the cinnamon/sugar mixture over the top and bake them for 2 hours at 200 degrees Fahrenheit. These apple chips are tasty, crunchy and not to mention, they'll make your home smell delicious. Happy Monday, everyone!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Unisa Gilles - A dupe for the Stuart Weitzman OTK quilted boots

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Stuart Weitzman boots dup

I had to do a double take when I stumbled upon these Unisa Gilles boots at DSW. They’re almost a perfect dupe of the Stuart Weitzman quilted boots. See them on me here. Just like the ones I reviewed last week, these boots are a wonderful budget option. The fit on me is as expected. There is a little bunching in the ankle area but I have the same problem with the Stuart Weitzman as well. I prefer leather when it comes to footwear. However, I don’t dislike faux leather as long as it doesn't look like plastic. The material is quite nice for the price and the quilted pattern sure adds interest to the boots. I don’t expect them to look and feel luxurious as the designer version. You’re talking about a major difference in cost here. I still have a couple options that I’d like to try on in person but this pair is definitely high on my purchase list.

Unisa quilted boots

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Fall Fashion Series Recap: Leopard Print & Leather

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The 1st wintry storm has arrived to slam the Midwest. Schools were closed and temperatures are expected to drop into the teens this weekend. In my mind, Fall is officially over. Today, I am doing a Fall fashion recap as I am saying goodbye to my favorite season. It's time to start bundling up and embracing the chilly weather!

Leopard Coat
{Outfit details: leopard parka | AT sweater (this year's version) | denim | lipstick | sunglasses}

Old Navy leopard blouse
{Outfit details: skirt | similar blouse | purse  *sold out* | sunglasses}

Leopard skirt and chambray shirt
{Outfit details: similar skirt | similar shirt | sunglasses | purse *sold out*}

Ways to wear leopard print

Leopard pieces: 
2. Similar leopard cardigan here and here
5. Similar leopard skirt here and here
6. Similar leopard blouse here and here

Ways to wear leather

Leather pieces:
3. Similar leather dress here and here
4. Similar leather skirt here and here

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Stuart Weitzman quilted OTK boots

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Stuart Weitzman quilted OTK boots
Piperlime is offering 30% on all purchase of $200 or more (use code HOLIDAY30). Also, use code CHEER to get free 2-day shipping. I wanted to do a quick review on these Stuart Weitzman quilted OTK boots just in case anyone is interested. While I am not 100% impressed with the 5050, I am head over heels in love with the quilted version. They look stunning in person and feel amazing on. They run very true to size. I am trying on a size 7 here and they fit really well (I am between a 6.5 and 7). The leather is soft, luxurious yet durable at the same time. They are now $200 off at Bloomingdales 

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Kyodan clothing and a new fitness routine

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Winter can be a challenging time of the year to stay in shape. As a full-time working parent, wife and mother to two children, exercise was the last thing on my mind at the end of the day. I *try* to work out 6 days a week. Sounds like a lot but once I have established a fitness routine that fits my schedule, it's not so tough. My fitness routine consists of core strengthening and running.

Kyodan active wear
{Wearing: c/o all Kyodan clothing - size XS and Nike Flex running shoes}

Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday night, I do ab exercises. I follow this 10-minute intense lower ab workout. I know 10 minutes doesn't sound like a lot but believe me, your abdominal will hurt the next day. The reason I chose M, W, F because Monday night is usually the busiest night for us (the little one's homework assignments due every Tuesday). On Friday night, I want to take it easy since it’s the end of the week. 10 minutes is all it takes to complete my workout routine. This schedule just works for me.

Kyodan yoga pants

Friday, November 14, 2014

Fall Trend: Black and White Plaid Coat

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Over the years of blogging, I have featured many clothing items from Asia-based retailers. My expectations for those items are relatively low. It's really hit or miss from these companies. If I receive an item that looks awful straight out of the package, I won’t be posting on my blog . However, if the item surpasses my expectations, in all fairness, I am going to give it props. This jacket is definitely a hit for me.

Plaid coat

What I am wearing: 
Coat: OASAP plaid coat c/o (size M)
Sweater: J.Crew honeycomb cable sweater *sold out*
Leggings: Lysse - I took the sequin stripes out
Plaid coat

Plaid is always on trend for Fall and this year is no exception. I’ve always wanted a plaid coat but didn’t want to spend a lot on a trendy item. This coat fits the bill. Honestly, I am impressed. The jacket has a substantial weight and feels great on. OASAP’s sizes are all over the place. You just have to check the size chart and compare it to your own measurements. The smallest size available was a medium but measurements sound like a great fit for me. I did notice the plaid stripes do not line up nicely. It doesn’t bother me but I thought I would point it out.

  Plaid coat

The coat is 100% lined and measures 15” (shoulder-to-shoulder), 23” (sleeve length) and 31” (body length). Having a pretty basic wardrobe, sometimes, I enjoy incorporating trendy pieces to change it up even though it’s not something that going to last me for years. Today only, OASAP offers free shipping on any order. Don’t forget to use code OASAP1st for an additional 12% discount.


Thursday, November 13, 2014

Fall Trend: The plaid scarf (under $50)

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Plaid scarves are a huge hit this Fall. Every fashion blogger I follow owns a variation of a plaid scarf. While I haven't jumped on the bandwagon (yet), I found a few options below if you're looking for one. Everything pictured below is less than $50. Happy Thursday!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Fall Fashion Series: LOFT Snow Leopard coat

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Update: This coat is now sold out but there is a very similar version here.

LOFT snow leopard coat

Since some of my pre-owned items have found their new homes, I allowed myself one more purchase for the month of October. Read about my 1st purchase here. Of course, the 2nd purchase was another coat =)  I've been eyeing this little number forever. Petite sizes are gone months ago online. I kept checking back for weeks but no luck. I caved in and ordered an XS regular to try. As expected, it was too big all around. Out of the blue, I was able to locate a size XXSP by using the "find in store" feature. The store which had the jacket located 20 minutes away from where I live. At first I thought the inventory wasn't updated correctly but when I called, the jacket was indeed available.

LOFT snow leopard coat

What I am wearing:
Jacket: LOFT snow leopard coat - size XXSP (40% off today with code SHAREIT)
Leggings: Express scuba leggings
Pumps: Ann Taylor *old* (this year's version)
Sunglasses: Dolce & Gabbana

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Nordstrom Clearance Sale (last day)

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Today is the last day to take advantage of the Nordstrom clearance sale (everything is up to 40% off including brands like Tory Burch, Burberry and Kate Spade New York. See the Burberry puffer coat on me here and the lace dress on me here. Below are some of my picks (including these Stuart Weitzman boots are now 50% off). You can shop the entire sale here:

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