Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Hiking in the Fall

Last weekend we went hiking with a couple of friends and I enjoyed it so much. Hiking is probably one of my favorite things to do in the Fall. There is something magical about taking a peaceful stroll through the woods. We stopped frequently to admire the beautiful scenery. This jacket is an oldie but a goodie. It kept me nice and warm. It's no longer available but there are many similar options here. I purchased these boots for our trip to Banff earlier this year and I haven't gotten a chance to wear them again since then. I was happy to pull them out again. They're perfect for outdoor activities. I can't say enough good things about these boots. Highly recommend them if you're in the market for a pair of serious winter boots =) Outfit details: ASOS parka coat | Sorel boots *love them* | H&M beanies | Le Specs sunglasses
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Friday, November 2, 2018

Chanel Price Increase 2018 :: Save thoudsands on luxury pieces

Just in case you didn't know, Chanel had another price increase yesterday on their bags. Below are the new prices:
Classic flaps:
- Small classic - was $4700, now $5000
- M/L classic - was $5300, now $5600
- Jumbo classic - was $5900, now $6200
- Maxi classic - was $6400, now $6700
- Square mini - was $2900, now $3200
- Rectangular mini - was $3300, now $3500
- Small boy - was $4300, now $4500
- Medium boy - $4700, now $4900
- Large boy - $5200, now $5400

With this rate, looking into the pre-loved market is the way to go. I am a huge fan of pre-owned bags. I truly believe there are gems to be found. Not to mention you can save hundreds (and sometimes, thousands) of dollars on pre-owned handbags.
Chanel J12 watch - This watch was (and still is?) on my wishlist. Not sure if I still want to get it considering I just purchased my Rolex watch not too long ago. One thing I know for sure that I will never pay retail for it. Chanel J12 watches do not hold their value. This watch is in excellent condition for $3300 less than retail!
- Prada Double Cuir bag: Once upon a time, I owned this bag. It's a gorgeous bag but the size medium did not work for me. This bag (in a size small) is selling for $1100 less than retail. How amazing is the color?
- Chanel small boy (was $4500, save $1350). This is an amazing price for a classic Chanel boy bag in a size small.
- Celine nano luggage tote (was $2700, save over $1000). Amazing selection of Celine luggage totes here. I love this off white color.
- Christian Dior Lady Dior bag. This bag is very expensive brand new but for some reason, they don't hold their value at all. Save almost $2000 on this particular bag (how crazy, right?)
- Valentino Rockstud bag - This is another popular designer bag but for some reason, does not hold the value either. This bag brand new retails for $2300, get it here is less than $900! This bag is perfect for the upcoming holiday seasons.

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Building a luxury collection :: What to buy and not to buy

Before making a luxury purchase, I always ask myself "Should I splurge on this item or should I save?" I've been collecting luxury pieces for almost a decade now so I thought I'd share some of my tips when it comes to building a luxury collection. What you should buy first and what you should save your coins.

What you should get: A mini handbag
What you should not get: A full-size wallet
Gucci Marmont bag ($890) vs. Chanel wallet  ($850)
Typically, when people started collecting luxury pieces, they usually go for a designer wallet. A designer wallet not only satisfies their craving for a designer piece but also in most cases, cheaper than an actual designer bag. I am here to tell you, don't do that =) A wallet will always stay inside your bag. A wallet can only act as a wallet. However, if you purchase a versatile handbag, it will take you from day to night seamlessly. Take this Gucci mini Marmont bag as an example. In this video, I demonstrated how you can wear it 5 different ways. It's for sure a better bang for your buck
What you should get: A designer belt
What you should not get: A pair of designer sunglasses
Gucci belt ($450) vs. Gucci sunglasses ($350)
I know everyone and their mother is wearing the Gucci Marmont belt but I am here to tell you it really does kick your simple outfit up a notch. I own this belt for about 2 months now and I can't get enough of it. It instantly elevates an outfit. On the flip side, if you're thinking about getting a pair of Gucci sunglasses, don't. There are so many great dupes just as good as the real thing. I have these $20 sunglasses and they're great. Also, this is an amazing dupe ($85) and they looks identical to these $350 sunglasses.

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Designer bags, shoes, accessories on sale

Ladies, I am so excited to share today's post. For a very limited time, take 10% or 15% off your luxury purchase. I am talking about Gucci, Saint Laurent, Fendi, Canada Goose, Chloe. While 10% or 15% might not seem a lot, it can be a significant amount of savings when it comes to big ticket items. These promotions rarely happen so if you're been eyeing one of the items below, act now =) To make it worthwhile, I highly recommend you purchase something that would never go on sale. As always, I really appreciate if you decide to make a purchase via my links.

Matches Fashion: I've ordered from Matches Fashion before and it was a great experience. From now - Sunday 10/28, take 10% off your entire purchase with code MF10 (valid on full price and sale items).
Gucci Marmont velvet bag
Gucci pink Marmont bag
Gucci black top handle bag *I am eyeing this one*
Gucci backpack
Saint Laurent college bag *the color is to die for*
Saint Laurent Bellechasse bag
Valentino Rockstud shoes
Burberry scarf
Fendi Kan-I bag *The hottest bag this season*

Farfetch: To celebrate their 10th birthday, Farfetch is offering 15% off on your entire purchase. Use code 15off at check out. Below are qualifying items.
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Chloe Faye shoulder bag
Chloe Tess bag *the latest Chloe bag*
Chloe Nile bag
Givenchy Antigona bag
Canada Goose parka
Saint Laurent bag
Senreve bag
Manolo Blahnik shoes
Valentino shoes

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

A Fall Tradition :: The Circleville Pumpkin Show

Last Friday, we headed to the Circleville Pumpkin Show for a fun-filled day with the girls and friends. It's one of our annual Fall traditions. Even though we've been here many times before, it's something we look forward to when October rolls around. My husband lived in Circleville for a few years while attending the Ohio University. This little town has a special place in his heart. The event attracts over 400,000 visitors every year. The kids enjoyed the rides, we enjoyed catching up with friends and of course, everyone enjoyed pumpkin-flavored everything =). There are still many Fall activities that I want to do with the girls. Work has been so busy lately that I feel like we're running out of time. Hoping for great weather this weekend so we can visit a pumpkin patch and our favorite apple orchard at the same time. Outfit details: J.Crew plaid trench | Topshop jeans | Louis Vuitton backpack | Free People sunglasses

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Another half marathon in the books

This morning, I joined 18000 runners to run the Nationwide Children's Hospital Columbus Half Marathon. It probably is the biggest race in Ohio. It has helped raise millions of dollars for charity. My little girl recently admitted to Nationwide Children's Hospital for a surgery and the staff was absolutely amazing. I was very excited to be a part of it. Seeing these children at each mile marker just put things in perspective. They're fighting everyday just to have what we called a normal life. They are true champions. Sometimes we tend to forget that having healthy child(ren) is the biggest blessing. I am very proud that I got a PR by 10 minutes (that's huge!). To be honest, I was kind of miserable the entire time. It was so cold and windy. I dressed pretty warm at first, then I threw away my sweatshirt and gloves at mile # 3. The wind picked up later and I was freezing the rest of the race. As soon as I crossed the finish line, I grabbed my medal, headed to see my family and went straight home. I didn't care about taking photos or getting the goodie bag because my face and fingers were basically numb. Despite the awful weather, seeing my girls at the finish line made the experience more special and memorable. The question I get asked a lot is that will I ever run a full marathon? The answer is no. It's not because I don't believe in myself, it's because I know I can't commit to the training. Marathon training is intense and a huge time commitment. There is a fine line between enjoying your run and beating yourself up for it. While it would be amazing to run a full marathon, it's just not for me. Will I run another half marathon? Yes, absolutely! If you're interested in knowing more about my training, running gear or anything running-related, let me know. I am more than happy to share the info. Outfit details: 90 degree by reflex *the best leggings* | Reebok half-zip pullover | Mizuno Wave 14 running shoes

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Current Favorites

Sharing some of my current favorites today with you all.
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#1 - I am a huge fan of candles in general and would burn them year round. October is when I look forward to getting my favorite candles from Bath & Body Works. You can't go wrong with their scented candles. Three of my absolute favorites are leaves, sweater weather and marshmallow fireside. They make my home smell amazing! What are your favorite scents from B&BW?
#2 - Thanks to the Berkshire team for sending over these fun tights. I've done several reviews on their hosiery in the past (here, here and here). Their products are wonderful. I am still wearing the ones I got from Berkshire years ago. This year I got some fun patterned tights. They'll come in handy for the upcoming holiday seasons. Products pictured: Berkshire sheer diamonds 8013, Berkshire sheer chevron 8025, Berkshire fishnet 8010, Berkshire bold fishnet 8032
#3 - Kiara Sky Dip Powder D429 - A sweet friend of mine is always taking care of my nails whenever she comes over. I am very lucky that I never have to pay anything to get my nails done lol. She's done a few dip powder shades for me but this one is my favorite. The shade is perfect for Fall (deep burgundy with gold fleck). My nails are a week old now and they're still looking great! If you're interested in dip powder nails, you can ask for color D429 the next time you're at a nail salon

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Halloween costume ideas

{Dressed up as Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse}
Since Halloween is less than 2 weeks ago, I thought I'd share a few costume ideas I have done over the years. We're not making our own costumes this year (just the kids). I barely have time to sleep (lol!). Thinking about purchasing this set to dress up as rock, paper, scissors with my sister and a friend of ours but we'll see. Looking forward to a fun night with friends and the girls. Are you dressing up this year?

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

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