Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Men's Holiday Gift Guide :: What I Got For My Husband

Sharing what I got for my husband this Christmas as well as some of his absolute favorites just in case you're still looking for that perfect gift for the men in your life. Just a little background, we don't actually buy clothes for each other. We buy what we need throughout the year. As far as clothing goes, my husband is a creature of habit. If he finds something that works for him, he buys multiples. Half of his closet fills with these non-iron shirts. He used to purchase work pants from Banana Republic as well but they changed the cut recently and they no longer work for him. However, he found a new favorite (I think he has all 4 colors). Christmas is the time we usually gift each other something special. Something we don't necessary buy for ourselves. He loves leather goods and cold weather gear. I also picked up this key holder as a stocking stuffer knowing how obsessed he is with keeping everything scratch-free =) I already got my Christmas gift this year so I am not expecting anything else lol but below are a few things I picked up for him this holiday season.
Prada Derby shoes - How gorgeous are they? I really love them. The saffiano leather is to die for. It's a classic style that will never go out of style
J.Crew cashmere scarf - Another classic item. You can never have enough scarves when you live in the Midwest
MVMT watch - I love buying watches for my husband. I personally think a good watch says a lot about what kind of man you are. His watch collection is slowly but surely growing. This watch was the very first gift I got him when we started dating (he was wearing it that day so I couldn't take a picture). I got this Movada one for him last year. This year, I went with something different (edgy yet affordable). I can't wait to see his reaction

A few tried and true items:
- Tumi T-Tech carry on - My husband travels more than the average person and this luggage has been through more than 100 trips for sure (he took 46 trips last year and about 30 trips this year). This luggage is 4 years old and it's still going strong.
- Tumi travel kit - I picked up this travel kit for him a couple of years ago and he's still enjoying it. It's compact yet can hold all his essentials.
- YETI stainless steel insulated tumbler - We discovered this recently and have quickly become a huge fan. This tumbler has over 15000 positive reviews for a reason. It's incredibly durable yet lightweight and keeps any beverage cold or warm all day.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Holiday Giveaway :: Drape Collar Grid Coat

As mentioned in this post, I am giving away this coat today. It's a beautiful coat but unfortunately, it swallows my petite frame (size XS). If you're interested in winning this coat, all you have to do is like this post and tag a friend (giveaway open to US addresses only). I will announce the winner on Friday.

Monday, December 11, 2017

10 top rated toys for kindergartens

Today, I am sharing 10 tried and true toys tested by my 5 year old toddler. She is a very busy little girl and these toys keep her engagaed for hours. Lakeshore Learning is hands down our favorite place for toys. They have many education, unique and fun toys. We go through toys often (see how my husband and I organize her toys here)

1. Fairy forest floor puzzle - I purchased this puzzle set a couple of years ago and it still remains one of her favorites. This exact version is no longer available but the latest ones are here.
2. Lakeshore Alpha-bots - This has a solid 5 star rating! Even I love to play along as well. Every letter has a different mechanism to transform into a robot. It's a great way to learn the alphabet.
3. Silly sentences game - She's in kindergarten now and it's been so fun putting sentences together. The silly ones are the best =)
4. Lakeshore slingshot math game - Another excellent educational game. It makes learning more fun and engaging.
GiftIdeasForKindergarteners2017_SydneysFashionDiary  5. Lakeshore what would you do game - This game will teach your kids that there are consequences for every choice. It's a great way to teach them how to make the right decisions based on different situations.
6. Kidz Delight alphabet tablet - This is Madelyn's favorite toy of all. She plays with it every single day on the way to school. I am getting one for my nephew this year too. At first she was just pressing the buttons for fun. Next thing I know, she can spell all the words correctly.
7. Mighty Mind game - Excellent puzzle sets to help children understand visual/spatial relationships and develop their creativity.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Off the shoulder pearl sweater

I always look for basics with added details and unique silhouettes and this sweater is everything. I ordered 3 items from Shein and this is the only thing I am keeping. I am giving away a holiday jumpsuit here if you're interested. I am going to give away another item next week so stay tuned. The material is so soft and comfortable to wear. This sweater is meant to be worn off the shoulders but can be easily worn over the shoulders as well. Of course, I love the pearls on the sleeves. They do not catch on anything and are not heavy. I can't get enough of this sweater and have already worn it a handful of times. Outfit details: Shein sweater *size S* | Express jeans | OTK boots *on major sale for only $30* | Cartier bracelet | Tom Ford sunglasses

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Holiday giveaway :: Sequin Jumpsuit

The winner of this giveaway is lilxwinter (was chosen by 

HolidayGiveaway_SydneysFashionDiary I ordered this jumpsuit for the holidays but sadly, it is a tad big on me. I am giving it away if anyone is interested. The jumpsuit is beautiful but is overwhelming my petite frame. If you're a true small, this would work for you. I should have ordered a size XS instead. To enter: Like this post and tag a friend (giveaway open to US addresses only). I will announce the winner on Friday. I also have another giveaway for you next week =)

Monday, December 4, 2017

How to Style Patterned Tights

FallOutfitIdeas_SydneysFashionDiary One of the easiest ways to spice up your winter style is to incorporate textured/patterned tights. I haven't been brave enough to try colored but have been loving patterned tights. They add a personal touch to an outfit. Not to mention they're inexpensive, yet have a powerful impact. Thanks to Berkshire for sending over some of their latest styles. You might recall I've talked about Berkshire tights in the past (here and here) and I love them even more more now. My tights from previous years are still in great condition (no tears, no rips). All Berkshire hosiery is made in the US and available in petite and plus sizes. If you're in the market for some fun patterned tights this winter, I highly recommend Berkshire tights. Outfit details: Express skirt | Shein sweater | Berkshire tights
Berkshire bold dots *size 1/2* | Berkshire ultra sheers *size 2* | Berkshire easy on *size 2*

Friday, December 1, 2017

Unboxing something very special to me

Happy Friday, ladies! Today, I have a quick unboxing for you. It's something very special to me - the Cartier Love bracelet that we purchased a few weeks ago. I am not a jewelry type of girl. Most of the time, I don't even wear my wedding/engagement rings. I rather have a few meaningful pieces than having a jewelry box full of stuff. I acquired the Love ring last year and knew one day, I'd love to have the matching bracelet. My husband and I started putting money aside every month towards the purchase. The plan was to purchase the bracelet as my 40th birthday present (yikes!). Our anniversary was in September and I told him not to get me anything. I know I blog about material things a lot but honestly, I am very happy and content with what I have. I seriously do not need anything. I told him instead of getting me something for our anniversary, why don't you just put the $$ towards the bracelet? He said OK. Fast forward to one month later, he said, why don't we go get your bracelet now? I didn't get you anything for our anniversary and I don't want you to wait another year. Let's just make the bracelet your anniversary/Christmas gift. Oh boy, he didn't have to tell me twice =) I tried the bracelet on before and pretty much knew my size. However, to make it extra special, we decided to take a day trip to Chicago to try it on again. We left the kids with my parents, drove 6 hours to Chicago, picked up the bracelet and drove another 6 hours back home. On the way back he said, I hope you know not many guys are willing to drive 12 hours in one day just to get you something (lol!!!) I am forever grateful for my husband who's always willing to go the extra mile to put a smile on my face. So, here it is!!!

We had an amazing experience shopping at Cartier. The store director - Danijela helped us that day. She was so sweet, helpful and professional. She went above and beyond to make us feel great about our purchase. I will do a separate blog post to share some of the things I've learned that day (the history, the sizing, the maintenance). Stay tuned! I am beyond grateful to have this beautiful bracelet on my wrist. It's very near and dear to my heart and I sure will treasure it for the rest of my life.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Luxury accessories I'd love to give and get

If you're a long time follower, you've probably noticed I am a fan on spending a little more on luxury accessories whether it's a handbag or a watch. I wear cheap clothes but I do love to mix my affordable clothing with high end accessories. Saks just added more items to their designer sale and there are some good ones. These items are things I love receiving and giving (and it doesn't hurt that they're on sale too).
Burberry scarf *amazing price* - I own this in a different colorway and have worn it quite a bit this season already. It's a classic piece that will never go out of style
Prada belt *on sale* - If you're looking to purchase a piece of luxury for the man in your life, I highly recommend this belt. My husband owns one and he's thoroughly enjoying it.
Carven coat *40% off* - I had seen this coat everywhere last year and am surprised it's still available and on sale. The style is very unique and I love it.
Prada wallet *on sale* - Another idea for the man in your life. My husband got a similar style a few years ago and the wallet is still going strong
Burberry leather & cashmere gloves *on sale* - Another classic item from Burberry. I love the fact that the print is subtle
Salvatore Ferragamo belt *on sale* - A great (and more affordable* alternative to the Hermes belt

Finding your perfect NYE dress

New Year Eve is right around the corner. If you're looking for the perfect NYE dress, Dresswe has a ton of options to choose from mini length to floor length. As a petite woman, I always have a hard time finding special occasion dresses that flatter my petite frame. Below are a few styles that I am loving. Luckily, Dresswe offers customization options on their evening dresses, prom dresses, cocktail dresses and homecoming dresses. I am sure you will find something amazing for your special occasion. Right now, you can get an extra 10% off your entire order with code CYBER10 (free shipping on orders over $149)

Black glittered dress
Short tulle dress
Nude lace dress
Green lace dress
Blue floor length dress

This post is sponsored by Dresswe

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Prada bags are 40% off

I know I post quite a bit of designer handbag sales lately but how could I not? They're so good. Today's sale is another good one. All Prada bags are below are 40% off and still available as of right now (this Fendi petite 2Jours shopper tote is also 40% off). Hurry!
Prada wallet on chain *40% off*
Prada red tote *40% off*
Prada wicker tote *40% off - can't believe this one is included*