Friday, August 22, 2014

JOA printed short set

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JOA Short Set 2

TGIF! I am ending the work week with a fun look featuring this adorable set from Please Don’t Tell Shop. You might recall that I put together 3 Spring looks for PDT Shop back in May and am excited to work with them again. I love everything about this set (the fit, the print, the details). Not to mention the fact that it's so fun to wear. I've been falling head over heels in love with the matching separates trend. Matching tops and bottoms are super versatile. You can wear them effortlessly together like I did here or create different looks by wearing them separately (stay tuned for more looks next week). If you’re interested in this set or any items from PDT Shop, please use code SFDLOVE20 to get 20% off your entire purchase plus free shipping. Have a wonderful weekend, everyone! 

A couple of items from PDT Shop I've featured previously are on sale now:
- Modern paisley pleated dress (see it on me)
- Bright floral skater skirt (see it on me)

JOA short set 1

What I am wearing:
Set: JOA printed short set c/o - size S
Sandals: Express (this year's version)
Sunglasses: Dolce & Gabbana c/o

JOA Short Set 3 JOA Short Set 4

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Look-alike designer handbags

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I walked by the Express handbag section the other day and had to do a double take. Some of their designs look similar if not identical to popular designer versions. I have always been curious about what’s people take on this subject. I am fine with designer-inspired versions as long as they’re not trying to pass them off as the real things. One of the reasons I bought my J.Crew bag because I was in love with the Givenchy Antigona. The shape was similar but the overall design wasn’t anywhere close to the designer version. Although, I can’t say the same for these Express handbags below. What are your thoughts on pieces that were inspired by designer items?

Express in Blush | Red | Black

Prada in Silver | Red | Black

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Review: MINKPINK Lace Dress

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I was looking for a dress to wear to an upcoming special occasion and ordered this pretty LBD to try. Unfortunately, it didn't work out for me but I thought I would do a quick review just in case anyone is interested.

Mink Pink lace dress
• This dress is from MinkPink (an Australian-based brand). I would say their sizes are pretty comparable to ASOS sizes. I am wearing an XS in this post and the fit was spot on.
• While I loved the fit, I wasn't too thrilled about the style. I think the dress just looks dated overall.
• For some odd reason, I thought the color was navy. It was one of those let-me-place-an-order-before-I-go-to-bed moments =)
• The lace is super delicate. I am a little too careless to take care of something this dainty.
• While the dress didn't work out for me, I thought it would be very pretty if you’re looking for something a little more dressy and formal.

  Mink Pink Lace Dress 2

Monday, August 18, 2014

July purchase: Banana Republic non-iron striped shirt

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If you follow me on Instagram, you know I went ombré last weekend. Staying true to my natural hair color for the past 10 years, this is kind of a big deal for me. While I fully enjoy my new hairdo at the moment, I am not sure how long I am going to keep up with it.

BR striped shirt

Now, onto my outfits - For the month of July, I bought this classic shirt and these adorable espadrilles. I know I failed the one item per month challenge but they both were on super sale =) The first item was this shirt from Banana Republic. This is my first non-iron shirt and I must say, I am impressed. You just can't go wrong with a classic striped shirt. The beauty of the blue and white combo is that it goes with almost anything. Below are a couple ways to style this shirt but the possibilities are endless. Hope you all had a wonderful weekend. Click here to read more about my purchases for previous months. Linking up with Manic Monday today!

What I am wearing:
Shirt: BR non-iron shirt - size 0P
Skirt: H&amp (similar, similar)
Shorts: AE midi shorts - size 00
Espadrilles: J.Crew (on super sale!)
Sunglasses: Kate Spade and Forever 21 aviator
Hat: Forever 21 straw hat

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Printed rompers

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I love a good romper and this one from Sugar Love Boutique is definitely my favorite at the moment. The print is so gorgeous in person. I don't know about where you live but the weather has cooled down quite a bit in the Midwest as of late. It's definitely starting to feel like Fall around here. I paired these adorable rompers with my trusty denim jacket and this is what I call my perfect weekend outfit. Click here to see different ways to style a denim jacket.

What I am wearing:
Rompers: Love Sugar Boutique c/o
Sandals: LOFT *old* (40% off everything)
Sunglasses: Dolce & Gabanna c/o
Lipstick: Too Faced razzle dazzle
Cuff: Express cuff bracelet

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

My sunglasses collection and a few tips

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I slowly develop an interest in sunglasses about a year ago. However, finding the right pair of sunglasses is never an easy task. I've tried on countless pairs of sunglasses over time and wanted to share some tips:


- Ray-ban sunglasses: I have never been able to find a pair that fit me. They keep sliding down my face even the smallest one (the 55mm). No matter what style I try, they just simply don't work for me. In the other hand, my husband is the biggest fan of Ray Ban sunglasses.
- Kate Spade sunglasses are on the small side. If you have a petite face, I highly recommend you check out the brand. Both of my Kate Spade sunglasses are wonderful. 
- Within the same brand, different styles fit differently. I fell in love with the fit of the Karen Walker Number One. I love them so much that I bought the Super Duper shortly after. However, the fit isn't as great as the first one.
- It's important to know your face shape and size. I have a heart-shaped face so cat-eye sunglasses seem to look best on me. With that in mind, when Smart Buy Sunglasses reached out to me, I chose the Dolce & Gabanna cat-eye for the feature.

D&G4207 sunglasses

Monday, August 11, 2014

Vacation recap: 2nd stop - Venice Beach

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First stop: San Francisco

Friday, August 8, 2014

Closet Essentials - Denim Jacket

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If you ask me what would be the most worn item in my closet, without a doubt, it’s this denim jacket I bought from H & M 2.5 years ago. I wear this jacket year round (a few times a week actually). It’s the best $34.99 I have ever spent. This jacket literary goes with everything from pencil skirt, to dresses, to shorts, to jeans. Below are my some of my favorite ways to wear a denim jacket. If you don’t own one, you definitely need to go get one =) The exact same one isn't available anymore but there are a few very similar ones here, here and here.

Top row:
1. Chicwish skirt | Old Navy sweater (similar)
2. Cake for breakfast tee | AE Shorts (similar)

Second row:
2. Anchor sweater *old* (similar) | Hunter boots
3. Floral skirt (20% off w/ code SFDLOVE20| Forever 21 white tee

Third row:
2. Striped dress *old* (similar) | J.Crew tote *old* (similar)
3. Muse Apparel dress | J.Crew tote *old* (similar)

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Black, White and Red

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The new section in our neighborhood has finally opened up. We’re happy to have a new route to walk every evening. Since the builder has not put in any drivable roads yet, this new section is perfectly safe for the kids. They can run wild in there while we quickly snap a few photos for the blog during our walk. I personally think piles of dirt in the background are somewhat edgy lol. Although, the husband thinks otherwise. Full disclosure: I wore this outfit during our walk minus the shoes. No way I am walking the unpaved roads in these heels. While I love finding the perfect spot for blog photos, it’s unrealistic for me. Sometimes, I just have to make the best of the situation even if it means posing in front of a field of dirt lol.

What I am wearing:
Skirt: J.Crew wool pencil skirt - altered
Shoes: Banana Republic *old* (This year's version)
Lipstick: Revlon Primrose

Disclaimer: I received a 3-month subscription c/o Le Tote. Everything featured from June - August is part of this collaboration. All opinions are my own.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

The weekend in black and white

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I hope you all had a great weekend. Our weekends typically consist of running errands and spending times with the kids. Since we're always running around trying to get stuff done, I like my weekend outfits to be simple, fuss-free and consisting of basic pieces that work effortlessly together. Most of time you will find me in shorts/jeans, tee/tank and a pair of sandals just like this outfit. Simple doesn't have to be boring. I can always count on black and white for adding an instant chic to a rather plain outfit. Linking up with Manic Monday today!

What I am wearing:
Top: Sanctuary flashback tank - size XS (via LeTote)
Shorts: AE *old* (buy similar, similar)
Sunglasses: Kate Spade Gayla
Sandals: LOFT *old*

Disclaimer: I received a 3-month subscription c/o Le Tote. Everything featured from June - August is part of this collaboration. All opinions are my own.
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