Sunday, September 14, 2014

Get It or Forget It: Real Techniques Brushes

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**Update** For those who shopped my closet the last few days, all your orders have been shipped. A few items are still available here if you're interested. Thank you for all your support!

RealTechniqueBrushes1

Ulta is running a "buy one get one 50% off" promotion on select items in-store and online. I thought I'd do a quick review on these Real Techniques brushes I picked up recently. I am definitely not a makeup junkie. I have a few cheap brushes that I use for years and they start to fall apart. I took advantage of this promotion and picked up this set and this set. Let me tell you - having the correct brushes can make a world of difference in your makeup application. The bristles on all of the brushes are soft but dense at the same time which make it easily to apply and blend out without much effort. I haven't tried everything I bought but I love what I have tried so far. I appreciate each brush has a brush name printed on the handle (make it easy to reference). I also like the travel case they come in. If you are just starting with make up, I highly recommend trying these starter sets before you purchase more expensive ones. Overall, I am super impressed with these brushes. They are such good quality, affordable and deliver great results. You can also grab a coupon for $3.50 off $10 purchase here. Verdict: Definitely get it =) Click here to read my other "Get It or Forget It" posts. Linking up with Manic Monday today.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

A closet clean out

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It’s been years since I've done a blog sale. For the last 2 years, I just donated unwanted items to a local Goodwill since setting up a blog sale can be very time consuming. A few weeks ago, a reader emailed and asked if I am willing to sell an item from my closet that is no longer available anywhere. It peaked my interest in doing a closet clean out. For the most part, I am doing a pretty good job of rotating my wardrobe but certainly there are some items that didn't get enough love. I am listing some of my brand-new and pre-owned items here just in case there is something that catches your eyes. I will be posting more items this weekend


A few things of note:

• I feel grateful to receive courtesy items from various companies through the years of blogging. I know people have different opinions about selling courtesy items. I personally think it’s not right to make money off of something you got for free. In the other hands, it takes years to build the audience. No one is going to send you free products if your blog doesn't get any traffic. You can argue either way and it’s just a personal preference. In my store, all items I got for free are marked $1.00. Some items have been featured on the blog, some have never seen the daylight. I got them for free so you can have them for free as well. You just have to pay the shipping cost.

• Not all c/o items are free. Some companies offer a certain amount of credit . If the item I am interested in is more than the credit amount, I would have to pay the difference. If that is the case, I will price the items accordingly.

• $7 flat-rate shipping on all orders (this includes shipping fee + PayPal fee + tracking fee). It is valid for U.S. shipping addresses only. If you’re outside of the US, please contact me before placing an order.

• Shipping is free if you spend more than $30.

• Please make sure to have the correct mailing address on file with your PayPal account. I will not email to confirm your address.

• If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Fall Fashion Series - Faux Leather Dress

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Fall is officially less than 2 weeks away. Even though I am not ready to let go of summer yet, I can't help but get excited about Fall fashion. I purchased this beautiful faux leather dress from the Limited years ago for $30. The smallest size was still too big for me so I got the entire dress altered. This drop-waist dress is a beautiful mixed design of faux leather and ponte in burgundy. Sadly, it’s been sitting in my closet ever since I picked it up from the tailor. This year, I am determined to bring it out. For the next 2 weeks, I am putting together a mini fashion series to show you various trends/looks for the upcoming Fall.

The Limited Leather Sheath Dress

What I am wearing:
Dress: The Limited *old* (buy similar, similar)
Shoes: Ann Taylor
Sunglasses: Dolce & Gabbana
Purse: J.Crew *old* (almost identical here and here)

Monday, September 8, 2014

Crochet shorts and chambray shirt

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I took full advantage of the last bit of summer and wore my crochet shorts last weekend. I love how effortlessly they look when paired with a chambray shirt. My shorts are more than a year old but you can find the exact version here. Linking up with Manic Monday today!


What I am wearing:
Shorts: *old* (identical version here)
Shirt: A&F *old* (buy similar, similar)
Sunglasses: Forever 21 aviator
Cuff: Express (also available in silver)
Bag: Zara *old* (buy similar)

Thursday, September 4, 2014

JOA Striped Tweed Skirt Set

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JOA Skirt Set 1

Along with this set, Please Don’t Tell Shop also sent over this set for me to try. Unfortunately, it didn’t work out. I quickly snapped a few pictures to show you guys how they look before sending both pieces back to the shop. This set is from the brand JOA as well. I am wearing a size XS here and for some reason, this particular set runs really big. I adore the set even though pink is my least favorite color =) Both pieces are well constructed and fully lined. If you’re interested in this set or any items from Please Don’t Tell Shop, use code SFDLOVE20 to get 20% off your entire purchase plus free shipping. Linking up with Tara's Summer Style today!

  JOA Skirt Set 2

What I am wearing: 

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Black/White/Red

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Printed Top 1

I recently realize that I do not own a black pencil skirt. It's funny how we always look for interesting details in clothing and sometimes forget about the basics. A black pencil skirt is for sure on my purchase list this Fall. Then I saw this dress hanging in my closet, it sparked my interested. My formal dresses definitely do not get enough wear. I really loved the dress when I first got it but only got to wear once to twice. The fit was amazing. Pairing it with a boxy top, this dress works like a charm as a skirt =)

Printed Top 2

What I am wearing:
Top: Weston Wear via Le Tote
Dress (wear as a skirt): WHBM instantly slimming dress
Sunglasses: Kate Spade Gayla
Shoes: *old* (buy similar, similar, similar)
Lipstick: MAC Creme Cup

Monday, September 1, 2014

Labor Day Edition: Amazing sales round up

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Happy Labor Day, everyone! I am finishing off the Labor Day sales edition with some of the best deals happening today. I'll be back with an outfit post tomorrow.

Part I: Fitting room review from Banana Republic, Express, GAP, Ann Taylor.
Part II: All sale items are under $15 at Old Navy

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LOFT: Extra 50% off all sale styles (no code needed).
My picks: Petite floral v-back dress, lace tank, animal spot modern pumps, striped sailor pencil skirt, petite eyelet pencil skirt, chambray rompers ($20)

Saks Off 5th: Extra 40% your entire order with code LABORDAY
My picks: 7FAM roll up shorts (62% off), DVF silk blouse (65% off), Milly sheath dress (62% off - love!), A&O tweed skirt (62% off), Nine West sandals (under $20), DV by Dolce Vita sandals (under $20), Steve Madden gladiator leather sandals (under $30 - love!)

American Eagle: Extra 25% your entire purchase with code 952367P1
My picks: Midi shorts (I own 3 pairs of this style and love them), striped fit-n-flare dress, chambray shirt (love this lighter shade!), denim vest, vegan leather jacket

Too Faced Cosmetics: 71% off on all sale items - I love their lipsticks
My picks: La Creme lipsticks (71% off), Bonjour beautiful palette, candy bar palette, sun on the run bronzer, rebel palette, tanning lotion (only $5)

J.Crew: 30% off your entire purchase of $125+ with code 24HOURS
A few items I own and love are now 30% off: J.Crew double-cloth lady day coat, printed espadrilles ($20), No. 2 pencil skirt in double-serge wool



Sunday, August 31, 2014

Labor Day edition: Everything is under $15 at Old Navy

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Continue to update you with all the fantastic sales going on this weekend, I am sharing the Old Navy Labor of Love today. Everything mentioned below is under $15. How cute are these graphic tees (under $10)? They're definitely right up my alley. Don't forget to check my last post for lots of fitting room pics. Happy shopping!


Saturday, August 30, 2014

Labor Day edition: Fitting Room Review

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There are so many great sales this weekend so I thought I'd quickly share some fitting room pics just in case you're interested. Labor Day weekend is a great opportunity to score some end-of-summer deals as well as new Fall arrivals. I went shopping specially looking for a lightweight jacket for Fall. Hope you'll find this post helpful and I will update the blog with steals and deals throughout the weekend.

BR Wool Jacket

***UPDATE**Banana Republic: Take$75 off $150, $40 off $100, $25 off $75 with code BRWEEKEND. First up is this boiled wool moto jacket - The jacket is beautifully constructed and the material has substantial weight. Loved the gold details. I tried on a 00P and couldn't have asked for a better fit. I personal think this jacket is even doable in mild winter with a sweater underneath. I am not a fan of boiled wool fabric. Lapels didn't lay flat when unzipped for some reason. 

BR Moto Jacket

Banana Republic textured moto jacket ***UPDATE: This jacket is now on sale in petite sizes. Regular sizes are still full-price. Can be combined with code "BRWEEKEND" - size 0 regular: This is my favorite item out of the bunch I tried on. Loved the soft material. My local store doesn't carry this jacket in petite sizes. I am wearing a size 0 regular here and it was a tad big thoughout. I am going to place an order online and will keep you posted. I can see myself wearing this jacket to work as well as out on the weekends.



Saw this adorable tee in-store but for some reason, it's not available online. Loved the fit but it's obviously too sheer. I would have brought it if the material was thicker. Banana Republic piped tweed sheath dress - size 00P: Again, this dress fits me really well. It's one of those classic dresses that can be worn year after year. The material feels nice in person and the dress is fully lined. I don't need anymore work dresses but wanted to share a quick pic.

GAP jacket

GAP: 20% off your purchase with code HAPPYQuilted knit bomber jacket - size XS regular: I tried on this bomber jacket 3 times in store and still couldn't make up my mind about it. It's super comfy (like wearing a sweatshirt). I really love the fit and think it's an awesome casual jacket for the weekend. I am just not 100% sure yet. If it's a moto-style jacket, it would be a complete different game =)

Ann Taylor shoes

Ann Taylor: 50% select full-price styles and all sale styles. Couldn't find any of these shoes online but they're on crazy sale in-store. The left pair is $9.99 (saw a size 5 in my local Ann Taylor store). The right pair is $7.49. Keep in mind they're final sales. 

I posted this picture on Instagram but wanted to mention it here just in case you don't have an IG account. This jacket runs small (I am wearing a size 0P here). I loved the sleeve length and the overall length. However, the sleeves get wrinkled easily (see pics). The regular version is 50% off this weekend but the petite version is still full price. What's up with that? 

Express leather jacket
Express Cropped Top| Pencil skirt | Zebra skirt | Knit moto jacket

Express: 40% off every single item in-store and online. I tried these pieces on last week just for fun. The patterns are definitely too much for me. The set is adorable in person and fits really well. I even liked the longer length. Wish they had it it a more suble pattern. Same with the midi skirt, loved the fit but did not care for the zebra print (I am wearing a size 00). The jacket was just OK. It looks a bit cheap in person.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Review: ASOS Textured Body-Conscious Dress

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ASOS Floral Dress 3


Since this dress didn't work out for me (reviewed here), I made another attempt by ordering this ASOS floral dress to try. The dress is beautiful in person. Even though it was almost perfect for what I was looking for, I ended up returning it as well. I loved the fit and everything but I feel like it's one of those dresses that you would wear once for a special occasion and will never wear it again. I quickly snapped a few pics for this review before sending it back just in case you're interested. 

ASOS Floral Dress 2

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