Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Packing for Europe (Part III): Camera gear and electronic devices

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Today, I am sharing my camera gear and electronic devices as the final installment of my "Packing for Europe" series (part I and part II). It might seem a little overkill when it comes to my camera gear but each lens can serve different purposes. My husband and I both enjoy photography and don't mind packing an extra lens or two for this trip. I bought the Sony point-and-shoot camera recently and am really loving it. Obviously, I can't live without my DSLR but sometimes, it's nice to have something in between a DSLR camera and the convenient smartphone. Pictures are amazing! I highly recommend this little guy if you're in the market for one. I also borrowed this Sony camcorder from my Dad. I haven't used it prior to the trip so I don't know much about it.

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We decided to bring the little one's portable laptop to watch movies on long plane flights. It can also be used as storage when the memory cards are full. Of course, I can't function without my phone. I recently upgraded to an iPhone 6 plus because my old phone kept dying. Although, I can't make up my mind whether I like the 6 plus or not. It's great for surfing but a pain to carry around. Since I know I will be using my phone a lot to get around the cities, this power bank will come in handy. I hope you enjoy the series regardless. I can't wait to show you more about our trip once we're back.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Packing for Europe (Part II): How I pack my carry-on

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Today, I am showing you guys how I pack my carry on. Everything should be self-explanatory. I am a huge fan of packing cubes. They make packing and unpacking so much quicker (especially if you will be moving from one city to the next in a short period of time). This set from the Sharper Image comes with 3 cubes (large, medium and small). I use the large size for all my clothes, the medium one for shoes and the small one for my make up and everything else. Everything fit neatly inside my carry on. I am not sure if you can tell but there's still quite a bit of room left. Thank you for all of the suggestions on my last post, I decided to pack my beloved denim jacket as well as a couple sweaters. The last thing I want to do is walking around the city all day freezing.

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Products pictured:
- Covergirl foundation (the best drugstore foundation!)

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I did a ton of research and ended up purchasing the Bric's 21" Pininfarina carry-on. I am seriously in love with it. It's super lightweight, the capacity is much greater than it looks and the exterior design is beautiful. I haven't used it yet so I can't comment on the quality.

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Can we take a moment to acknowledge how adorable is this carry on? I had a hard time finding an "age-appropriate" luggage for my daughter. She wanted something fun but not kiddie-looking. We saw this one online and knew right away it was the one. Everything is so perfect from the dollhouse theme to the polka dot lining.

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Friday, March 27, 2015

Packing for Europe (Part I): 7 days - 7 pieces - 7 outfits

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I am super stoked to be traveling to Europe with my family for Spring break. It's my absolute dream vacation. We talked about this trip years ago and I can't believe it's finally happening. For a week long trip, we decided that we will be traveling with carry-ons only. By doing so, not only will we be saving a ton of time but also able to avoid checked bags fees and lost luggage incidents. In order to fit everything in a carry on, you must plan ahead. Below is how I use 7 pieces to put together 7 different outfits.
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1. Chambray shirt *old* (many options available here)
2. Black distressed denim (another identical version here)
3. Neon skirt (I picked this skirt up last week and I L.O.V.E it! It's available in 4 colors and I am wearing a size 00 here)
4. Boyfriend jeans (non-distressed version)
5. Burberry trench coat (updated version here and here)
6. Graphic tee - This tee is another item that I picked up last week and love! I got it in a size small and it has the perfect "oversize" fit.
7. c/o ASOS green skater dress - Since most of my outfits are more on the casual side , I decided to bring something a little dressier to wear to dinner. We booked a dinner cruise for one of the nights in Paris and I am planning to wear this dress.

Planned outfits:
Outfit # 1: 1 + 4
Outfit # 2: 4 + 6
Outfit # 3: 1 + 3
Outfit # 4: 3 + 6
Outfit # 5: 1 + 2 - Travel day outfit
Outfit # 6: 2 + 6 - Travel day outfit
Outfit #7: 5 + 7
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Footwear:
I am bringing with me one pair of boots (to wear on travel days), one pair of slip-on sneakers and one pair of high heels (to wear on a riverboat dinner cruise only). I originally planned to bring my Tieks flats but am afraid they don't provide enough support for walking around the city all day. The boots I plan to wear with outfit #5 and #6 on travel days are with the cobbler at the moment (hence why I am barefoot in both photos). I also picked up these slip-on sneakers from Target and they're like heaven for my feet (currently buy one get one 50% off).

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I hope you find this post helpful. Next, I will talk about how I fit everything pictured here plus the rest of my stuff into one carry on. Stay tuned!


Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Review: Sperry for J.Crew Leather Shearwater Boots

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The weather is so unpredictable in March. What else is new, right? It was beautiful one minute and there was snow on the ground the next. On a positive note, I feel like it's the right time to do this review and not feel so out of place. Going into March, I was not planning to buy anymore winter apparel until next season. As a matter of fact, I haven't purchased anything since Christmas but I'll save my thoughts for another post. After weeks of non-stop snowing, I caved in and bought these snow boots. I went snow tubing in these a few weekends ago and am in love
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These boots were clearly made for cold situations featuring waterproof rubber soles and 100% wool shearling lining. They are built for snow and provide outstanding comfort. After reading the reviews online, I decided to go up one whole size. I am typically between an 6.5 and 7 and and ended up taking these in a 8 to accommodate thicker socks. The side zipper is a great bonus. That way, I don't have to mess with the laces


A pair of snow boots was missing in my closet and I am glad to have purchased these. If you live in a cold climate, I highly recommend these boots (currently on sale). My Hunter rain boots are excellent for rain and slushy conditions but definitely do not keep my feet warm. These boots are stylish, functional and a must have for a Midwest winter. You can also purchase the original Sperry version here and here

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Monday, March 23, 2015

The Kewl Shop Spring 2015 Lookbook

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This post is brought to you by The Kewl Shop

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As you might know, I've worked with The Kewl Shop a few times in the past (here and here). Today, I am excited to collaborate with them again to create the Spring 2015 look book featuring some of their dresses. While their collection is not exactly practical for everyday wear, I did find a few things that fit my personal style. From casual to dressy outfit, I hope you find some inspiration. As a special gift to SFD's readers, you can use the discount code SYDNEY15 at check out to get 15% off of your order. This was my first attempt at digital lookbook. Let me know your thoughts and I hope you enjoy something a little different.


Click here if you're unable to view the lookbook

Outfit # 1:
Rompers: Floral print jumpsuits - size S
Wedges: Target *old* (similar in 7 colors)
Denim jacket: H&M *old* (other options here)

Outfit # 2:
Skirt (from a set): High neck bandage dress set
Top: J.Crew factory chambray shirt
Pumps: Banana Republic

Outfit # 3:
Dress: Butterfly printed dress - size S
Blazer: Banana Republic sateen blazer
Shoes: Express *old* (this year's version)

*Linking up with Manic Monday and Style to Inspire today!

Friday, March 20, 2015

15K Training - Week 5

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**All photos were taken with the Canon 6D camera and the Canon 85mm F1.8 lens**


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{Outfit provided by Kyodan Clothing | Nike Flex | F21 aviator}

My 15K race is getting closer - that means I have to keep up with my training. Not going to lie - it's tough (especially those weekend long runs). However, things begin to warm up and it does help quite a bit. Running outside and getting fresh air instantly puts me in a better mood. Although the dreaded treadmill did get me through our brutal winter here in the Midwest. Below is the recap of my training (week #5). I ran a total of 16 miles that week. I have 3 weeks left to work up to 9 miles. Yikes! As mentioned regularly, cute workout clothes are definitely a huge inspiration for me. I seriously love all the fun prints and bright colors Kyodan activewear offers this season. You can check out other workout outfits from Kyodan activewear that I have featured here and here.

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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Camel Cape & Floral Wrap Dress

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The cape coat trend is something I've been admiring a lot on other people. Being on 5'2, it's tough to pull off the trend without looking like a superwoman. When saw this cape online, I knew I had to give it a try. It looks like a classic camel pea coat without sleeves =)  For those who are interested, the coat runs really narrow. Measurements are as follows: shoulder-to-shoulder = 13"  and overall length = 27". This type of outerwear is perfect during this time of the year when you need extra layer of warmth but don't necessarily need a heavy jacket. I wore the cape over my spring dress and am really loving the color palette. 

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What I am wearing:
Dress: Muse watercolor dress *old*
Cape: Camel cape coat c/o - size S
Sunglasses: Dolce & Gabbana

Monday, March 16, 2015

B&W Striped Dress & Denim Jacket

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**All photos were taken with the Canon 6D camera and the Canon 85mm F1.8 lens**

The weather was insanely gorgeous last weekend. I was super excited to bring out my denim jacket for the first time this season. This H&M jacket is almost 3 years old and still one of my absolute favorite things to wear. Every girl needs a little striped dress. I got a similar one from Express years ago and have been wearing it to death. After many washes, it shrunk quite a bit. I was on the lookout for a replacement. This particular one is exactly what I was looking for (not to mention it's super affordable too). The dress made out of thick Ponte material. I sized up to a medium for a relaxed look.

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What I am wearing:
Dress: B&W striped dress c/o - size M
Jacket: H&M *old* (many options available here)
Sunglasses: Dolce & Gabbana

Friday, March 13, 2015

Spring is calling: Floral Blouse & Cobalt Blue Skirt

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The temperature is not exactly "warm" yet but it's getting there. When it reaches 50 degrees, I am itching for bare legs. One of my must have Spring pieces is a floral blouse. It instantly adds happiness to an outfit. I don't know if Asia-based retailers have stepped up their game or if it was just my luck but I am impressed with all the items I have received as of late. Besides this dress and this jacket, this blouse is another yay for me. It made out of thick polyester material (hence, winkle-free) and the print is very pretty and vibrant in person. I am very cautious in recommending items from Asia based e-commerce sites but I strongly do recommend this blouse if you're looking in the market for one. Happy Friday! - for real =)

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Take 50% off everything at Saturday + free shipping/returns

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This card case was my very first purchase from Saturday.com. If you love Kate Spade's style/character but do not love the price points then definitely check out their Saturday line. For a limited time only, take 40% off everything with code EXTRA40  Take 50% off everything with code HALFOFF Take 60% off everything with code FINAL60 (including sales and new arrivals). As always, they offer free shipping and free returns to all 50 states. Kate Spade is also having their surprise sale (up to 65% off select sale styles). Below are a few items I am in love with.



1. Trench coat
2. Choker
3. Colorblock satchel
4. Crossbody bag
5. Crewneck tee (reversible!)
6. Printed dress (so fun for Spring)
7. Bright sneakers (I seriously love them)
8. Card card
9. Bucket bag
 
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