Friday, October 24, 2014

Review: Tieks by Gavrieli in Cardinal Red

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Tieks flats in cardinal red

At 5’2”, I definitely love the extra height that heels give me. I own one pair of neutral flats and wear on the daily commute. I switch to heels when I get to work. After 2 years, there is literally a hole in the back of the right shoe. I was on the lookout for a replacement before winter approaches. I've heard so many great things about Tieks flats and decided to give them a try. First problem – so many color to choose from. I spent the longest time debating over what color to order. I ended up getting the classic version in cardinal red (also available in prints, patents and vegans). I figured, since I wear mostly neutrals, they will add a bit of interest to my outfits.

Tieks flats in cardinal red

Can we just take a moment to appreciate how gorgeous the packaging is? Inside the box, the flats were folded up all nice and neat. Each pair comes with its own pouch which is ideal for travel. Not only are they super practical, but they are stylish and versatile as well! Who doesn't love the signature Tieks turquoise soles, right? I received recently and haven’t had a chance to wear them for a long period of time. However, they are comfortable, don't give me blisters and feel broken in at first wearing. They really do mold to your individual feet and get more comfortable with each wear.

Tieks flats in cardinal red

Shipping was free and incredibly fast. I placed the order at 9:00 a.m and got a shipping confirmation 4 hours later. They arrived at my door step within 2 days. As far as the size goes, they run true to size (only available in full sizes). I vary between size 6.5 and 7 and went with a size 7. They fit my feet beautifully and didn't require any break-in period. I am head over heels in love with these fun flats. I know they're somewhat expensive for a pair of flats. However, I truly believe they're worth the price tag (considering how well made they are). As I get older, there is nothing I appreciate more than a good pair of comfortable shoes. I know my feet will thank me later.

Tieks flats in cardinal red
See what I mean =) - Image via Pinterest

Disclaimer: I received these flats c/o Tieks. As always, my reviews are my own personal opinion.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Weekend deals: LOFT and Ann Taylor

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LOFT is extending their sweet promotion in-stores and online. Through today only, take 50% off everything with code ALLMINE (sales included). This deal is no long valid but they are running a slightly better deal this weekend. For a limited time, enjoy an extra 60% off all sale styles (no code needed). Below are a few of my picks. I bought this coat last month and I absolutely adore it. Full review coming soon! Ann Taylor also has 50% off your entire purchase with code FASHION50. All items mentioned in this post are 50% off this weekend!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Get It or Forget It: A dupe for Anatasia brow wiz

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A dupe for Anatasia brow wiz

I am a huge fan of the Anatasia brow wiz. I love everything about it. However, at $21, I find it's hard to justify. The pencil only lasts me about a month. If you're in a search for an Anatasia brow wiz dupe, I highly recommend you give the Almay brow defining pencil a try. As you can tell from the picture, both colors are almost identical. The Almay pencil is just a tad softer and darker. The Almay brow defining pencil retails for $7.49 at Ulta. I typically buy 2 at the time and use this coupon to get an extra $3.50 off my purchase. That reduces the cost to $5.75 each vs. $21 for the Anatasia brow wiz. The Almay pencil comes with a spooly on the other side as well. It works just as good and costs 1/3 of the Anatasia brow wiz.

Almay brow defining pencil

Sunday, October 19, 2014

September purchase: Rue Gembon Tess earrings

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Rue Gembon Tess earrings

I decided to return the jacket I reviewed here. The jacket was nice but it wasn't special enough for me to keep. These earrings were the only purchase I made for the month of September. I adore them! They're very unique and different than my every day studs. I get compliments every time I wear them. This was my first time order from Rue Gembon and I am impressed. My order arrived within a week (they're located in Hong Kong). These earrings look very nice in person and definitely catch the attention. If you're looking for a pair of studs with a twist, I highly recommend you try them out. Shop their entire ear jackets here.

Rue Gembon Tess earrings

Wearing: Rue Gembon earrings | Dolce & Gabanna sunglasses | Cover Girl lipstick (delish - 255)

Disclaimer: Not a sponsored post. I purchased these earrings with my own money =)

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Saks F&F Sale 2014 - Burberry Brit Cornsdale puffer coat

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Burberry Cornsdale puffer


Saks Fifth Avenue started their F&F sale yesterday (online and in-stores through 10/19). Use code FRNFAM at check out for 25% off your entire purchase. I wanted to do a quick review on this Burberry puffer jacket just in case anyone is interested. Please note that Burberry is excluded from the promotion. It’s however eligible for Saks First Point. Despite all the jackets I've hoarded over the years, I didn't own a puffer coat previously. My father-in-law graciously gave me a Saks gift card for Christmas and I planned to use it towards a puffer jacket. I unexpectedly have found a trench coat that I've been wanting in March. Getting another pricey jacket in April was definitely out of the question. I put my gift card back in my wallet and waited for Saks second F&F in October. I went to my local Saks late August and tried on a few puffer jackets beforehand. This little number definitely stood out.

Burberry Cornsdale puffer

Come October 1st, I stopped by again and asked my SA if she could put the jacket on hold for me despite the fact that she didn't even know the exact sale date. My jacket is held in the stock room for almost 2 weeks. She finally called and informed me that Burberry is excluded from F&F sale this time. It was a major disappointment. Even though it’s excluded from the sale, I decided to pull the trigger and used my gift card towards the purchase. If you sign up for their mailing list, you’ll get a unique code for 10% off (takes about 2 to 3 days for the code to be arrived). It does work on Burberry and is stackable with FREESHIP. Not a huge savings but it does help.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Take an extra 75% off all sale styles at Ann Taylor

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So many sales..so little time =) I wasn't going to post twice today but this sale is just so amazing not to share. From now until Friday (10/17), take an extra 50% - 75% off all sale styles (this never happens!). I literally just tried on this sweater in store yesterday and it was only 40% off the original price. No pictures but it felt really nice on. An XXSP was doable for me but if you want to layer, I'd go up a size. You can get ALL items mentioned below for a mere $200 (was almost $800). Crazy, right? Shop the entire sale here.


Sunday, October 12, 2014

3-in-1 trench coat

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OASAP Trench Coat 1

I love trench coats and this particular one is super unique. You can actually wear it in 3 different ways. Even though the quality is nothing to write home about, the versatility kinda makes up for it. We took a drive to rustic countryside for some Fall activities yesterday and this jacket served me well - from the brisk morning to the warm afternoon.

  OASAP Cropped Trench

What I am wearing:
Trench: Double-breasted trench coat c/o OASAP
Dress: Express *old* (buy similar here or under $25 here)
Booties: Dolce Vita ankle booties (50% off)
Sunglasses: Dolce & Gabbana
Earrings: Rue Gembon (love!)
Cuff : Express bar cuff (30% off)
Lipstick: Covergirl lipstick in delish

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

August purchase: Chanel caviar wallet on chain (WOC)

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Chanel caviar WOC

August purchase was actually a gift from the husband. We just celebrated our milestones anniversary last month. The plan was to take a trip somewhere but his travel schedule was just too crazy for the month of September. Since we decided to forgo the trip, he said I can cross something off my wishlist as a gift for our anniversary =) I ended up getting the Chanel wallet on chain in navy. I was looking for a non-black, caviar, silver-hardware WOC and this little beauty couldn't be more perfect. I can't even express how much I adore this bag. It's classic, timeless and functional at the same time. I am not going to review this bag. These days, you probably can find anything you want to know with a few Google searches. Pre-own Chanel WOCs are widely available on the market these days. Just a quick search I found the same one in black, a turquoise one in lambskin or a gorgeous little red one (perfect for the upcoming holiday season), 

Monday, October 6, 2014

Burgundy denim & striped sweater

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Burgundy denim

If I was to describe the perfect Fall outfit for me, this would be it. I love a pair of rich colored jeans paired with a chunky knit sweater. Of course, a bold lip really helps pulling the look together. Now that Fall is officially here, I look forward to taking a drive to see the foliage, Fall festivals, pumpkin carving, Halloween and let's not forget the football season is in full swing. What activities do you look forward to in the Fall? Happy Monday! Linking up with Manic Monday, today

Burgundy denim

What I am wearing:
Denim: Fidelity Belvedere - size 25 via TBJB
Sweater: Joe's Jeans striped sweater
Pumps: Charles  by charles david
Sunglasses: Dolce & Gabbana
Lips: NYX in Auburn

Friday, October 3, 2014

Boden City Padded Jacket

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Boden City Padded Jacket

I am a bit of a snob when it comes to outerwear. Every Fall, I look forward to adding a new jacket to my closet. Over the years, I have built up quite a collection of coats. However, most of them are neutral. This year, I am looking forward to add more fun elements to my outerwear collection such as prints, bright colors and textures. Since most of my clothes are in neutral colors, this adorable quilted jacket adds instant excitement to any outfit. It is the perfect transitional jacket for this time of year. A size 2 petite is nearly a perfect fit for me right off the rack. Not to mention the adorable lining! Measurements are as follows: shoulder-to-shoulder = 14.5", sleeve length = 25", body length = 24". Most of the online reviews said the jacket runs small and I tend to agree. One thing I didn't like about the jacket is that it flares too much toward the bottom. Please note that the color was definitely not red as seen online. It's more like a raspberry color in person. This jacket is great for both work and play. I wore it to go apple picking last weekend and have gotten many compliments. All in all, it's a light weight, well-constructed jacket and most likely would be a good option when it's 50 degrees or above outside. If you're interested in this jacket or any items from Boden, please use this link that include a special discount code for 15% off plus free shipping through 10/4/2014.

Boden City Padded Jacket

What I am wearing:
Dress: H&M sweater dress *old* (similar, similar)
Jacket: City padded jacket c/o Boden - size 2P
Booties: Banana Republic (this year's version)
Sunglasses: LOFT

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