Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Longchamp bags on sale

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There is no secret that I am a huge fan of Longchamp. I own 4 Longchamp bags and I love them to pieces. These nylon bags are great on days when the weather is not suitable to carry a leather bag. This is my work bag when it's snowing/raining outside. I always take this duffel bag with me when I travel along with this cosmetic case. Also, this backpack is my number choice whenever I go to the park or go hiking with the family. There are many more styles on sale here. Check them out if you're interested.

Saturday, October 13, 2018

What I wore in NYC

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Sharing an outfit I wore last weekend while we were in NYC. It was a super quick trip. Originally, my husband and I planned a weekend trip for my 40th birthday. A few weeks prior to the trip, my daughter expressed an interest in going to a BTS concert. If you don't know who they are, you can read about them here. I know the band is popular right now but I had no idea how huge they're. I did a bit of research before saying yes and seems like they make a great impact on the young generation. Their concert tickets sold out in a matter of minutes. We couldn't get our hands on the tickets. Ended up paying triple price for 2 tickets from a reseller. It was supposed a weekend getaway for us. We ended up taking both kids. My husband stayed at the hotel with the little one while Courtney and I finding our way to Citi Field in Queens, NY for the concert. As luck would have it, the 7 train from Times Square to Citi Field is closed that day for maintenance. I wasn't comfortable taking alternative routes (especially at 10:30 pm) so we decided to take Uber both ways. Quite an effort to be at the concert. However, I am a big believer in work hard, play hard. This girl is doing wonderfully in school and we couldn't ask for a better teenager. We were more than happy to fulfill her wish. There were 40000 fans at the concert. They put on quite a show. Since the band is from Korea, I am glad we were able to catch their last concert in North America. Not sure when the next one will be. I pieced together some video clips from the concert below if you're interested in watching. This outfit is what I called the perfect fall outfit. Wearing my trusted black denim. I talked about these jeans several times on here and they're seriously the best. The length is perfect on my short frame. To add some sort of interest to the outfit, I paired the jeans with a leopard blouse. I knew we were going to walk a lot in NYC so I got these black slip on and I love them so much. These sneakers are like walking on clouds. With 2 kids in tow, this trip wasn't exactly what I had in mind but Courtney is very grateful for the experience and that's all that matters. Outfit details: Topshop jeans *size 26x30* | Gucci beltJ.Crew leopard shirt | Dr. Scholl's slip-on sneakers *insanely comfortable* | Le Specs sunglasses | Louis Vuitton Speedy 25B

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

My outfit costs less than $10

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It's no secret that I love splurging on big ticket items. However, I love finding a good deal just as much. I went thrifting a few weeks ago and found these Express shorts for $2.99. My beloved t-shirt was on sale for $4.95. The total cost for this outfit was well under $10. I don't go thrifting often but where I work now is very close to a huge thrift store. I visited a few times during my lunch break and have been enjoying it. Thrifting is great for several reasons. # 1 - Everything is so affordable. You can find quality pieces for a steep discount. # 2 - Thrifting is like going on a treasure hunt. You don't know what you're going to find. # 3 - You can find unique items. You're less than likely to find yourself wearing the same thing as someone else you know. Speaking of  unique items, I wanted to share a few thoughts on personal style. With the rise of fashion "influencers", everyone seems to follow the same latest and popular Instagram trend(s). There are a handful of fashion bloggers that I follow who literally dress the same. I know 99% of my outfits are not even remotely fashionable or blog-worthy. However, these are my real everyday outfits. I am not going to put on something just for the blog. Having a pretty casual lifestyle, I have no reason to dress differently than the way I do now. At the end of the day, how fun is it to look like everyone else? Just because social media has made it easy to find inspiration, doesn't mean you should dress the same as everyone else. There is a fine line between being inspired by someone vs. flat out copying someone's idea. Define your personal style, know your body type and wear clothes that make you feel good. When you steal someone's idea, you also unintentionally (or intentionally) take away their enjoyment. It's called "personal style" for a reason. If you love someone's idea, then give credit where it's due. It's the right thing to do. It's not necessarily to spend a fortune to be stylish. What looks good on other people does not mean it'll look good on you. Self-confidence is the best outfit you can wear. My outfit is less than $10 and I feel great wearing it. Outfit details: similar sailor shorts | GAP tee | Louis Vuitton Neverfull | Le Specs sunglasses
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Monday, October 8, 2018

Adorable LOL Surprise Birthday Party

Adorable LOL Surprise Birthday Party Sharing a few pictures from my daughter's birthday last month. It was just too cute not to share. I had so much fun planning and she had a blast celebrating her special day with a group of friends (sorry, no pictures of the kids for safety purposes). I linked everything below just in case you're looking for ideas.
- Cake: custom made from a local bakery
- LOL surprise birthday balloons
- LOL surprise party supplies
- LOL surprise personalized t-shirt

Thursday, October 4, 2018

The biggest deal I scored on eBay

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A year ago, I fell in love with this bikini set. I briefly mentioned them in this post. As much as I love them, there is no way I would pay $200 for a swim suit. Even at full price, my size sold out so quickly. I kept checking back but they never restocked the set (I think this particular collection exclusively sold at Everything But Water).  At one point, I planned to purchase the affordable version at Forever 21 but didn't end up doing so. I eventually forgot about the suit. At the beginning of summer, I was looking to purchase a couple of new swimsuits and decided to try my luck on eBay. Lo and behold, there was a listing for the set (top and bottom) in my size!!! They're brand new with tags, have never been worn for $15. I purchased the whole set for $15 (fifteen dollars!!!). They are amazing! I am a huge fan of Robin Piccone swimsuits. Not everything on eBay is worth buying but once in a blue moon, I found an amazing deal like this one. Have you found any good deals on eBay? If so, I'd love to hear
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Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Almost 50% off Barefoot Dreams cardigans

If you're been eyeing one of those Barefoot Dreams cardigans, you're in luck. Hautelook is having a few styles on sale at almost 50% off. They're the softest cardigans ever and definitely a closet must have.

Open knit cardigan (available in 3 colors)
Cozy chic short robe (available in 4 colors)
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Sunday, September 30, 2018

Wardrobe Essential :: A Silk Cami

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I personally think every woman should have a silk camisole in her closet. It's perfect for dressing up or down and can easily transition from season to season. I am excited that Lilysilk reached out to introduce their silk products. Lilysilk carries everything from dresses to tops to pillow cases. Every piece is made from luxurious, 22MM silk. I ordered a 2 pack camisole in blush pink and gold to feature in this post and I am very pleased with the quality. This pack is also available in black and white. It's hard to find a good quality silk camisole at a reasonable price. They usually run around $100 each. You get two Charmeuse silk camisoles for only $79.99 (single camisoles here). Now, that's an amazing price. I also have a special discount code for you. Just use "SFDiary" at check out to get an additional 15% off your purchase. These camisoles are beautiful, well made and feel so good on the skin. I love both colors. They go with everything. You can dress a silk camisole up for a night out with statement earrings and a pair of high heels. You can also dress it down with a pair of cut off shorts when it's warm outside. Overall, I am really impressed with the quality and would highly recommend you check them out. Outfit details: Topshop jeans *my favorite jeans of all time* | Lilysilk camisole *size XS* | Gucci belt | Gucci bag | Free People sunglasses | Cartier bracelet | Rolex watch | Forever 21 earrings | similar cardigan
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Thursday, September 27, 2018

Celebrating another year of love

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After sharing a personal story, I got several private messages from you sharing your own personal stories as well. Some of you have gone through the same process, some are currently dealing with tough times. In today's world, sharing personal matters publicly is terrifying. I didn't know what to expect but after reading your messages, I felt relieved. Someone said she found hope and confidence in my story. She hopes to have the courage to move on and find happiness later in life. You don't even know how much those words mean to me. My husband and I are celebrating 9 years of marriage today. Sadly, he's out of town on another business trip but we'll celebrate this weekend. I thought I'd share 9 things I've learned after my divorce. Outfit details: Target floral rompers *love - size XS* | Le Specs sunglasses | Cartier bracelet | Michele watch | Hermes belt

1. Do not settle - Growing up, I had a pretty good idea of what I wanted in a partner. I got married when I was 23. I met someone who has a stable career, seemed to look out for my best interested, I settled. I wished I had waited a bit longer before making a life-long commitment.
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Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Amazing designer sale :: Gucci, Saint Laurent, Stuart Weitzman and more

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There is an amazing sale going on right now that I think you should take advantage of. I wanted to blog about this sale this morning but I didn't get a chance to do so. I just got home from work and I am tired. However, I wanted to get on here real quick to share this sale with you. It's just too good to pass up. We're talking about Gucci bags, Saint Laurent bags, Stuart Weitzman boots, Burberry scarves, Gucci sunglasses and much more. Not to mention free express shipping and free returns. Use code ND2018 at check out to get up to 15% off all these amazing items. If you're into designer goods, you know they never go on sale. I'd greatly appreciate if you decide to make a purchase using my links below.

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Boating Day

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The temperature has dropped quite a bit yesterday but the sun eventually came out. We decided to take advantage of it and took the kids out for a boat ride today. We bought this boat a little over a month ago and have been enjoying it so much. We took family and friends out every weekend since we got it. As someone who doesn't know how to swim, I don't care too much for a boat. The husband, however, grew up doing all kinds of water sports. Owning a boat was on our list but it wasn't a high priority. An opportunity came up and we were happy to pull the trigger a bit sooner. Plus, we live 5 minutes away from a beautiful lake, it's silly not to take advantage of it. From our house to the dock is literally a 5 minute drive. It warms my heart to see him in his element. Can't wait to take a boat ride next month to see the Fall foliage along the lake. Outfit details: Star sweater *super oversized* | Target sandals | AE shorts | Rolex watch | Cartier bracelet | Le Specs sunglasses
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