Monday, August 29, 2016

Crop Top :: High Waisted Skirt

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I love the crop top and high waist combo look but could never pull that off. A cropped length top always looks like regular length on me. When I stumbled upon this top, I was ecstatic. The length is perfect. It is cropped enough just to show a sliver of stomach. I love the cross design as well. It adds a little bit of visual interest to a rather plain black top. Outfit details: Zaful top *size S* c/o | Chicwish skirt *sold out* (identical here and here) | similar leather mules | Tom Ford sunglasses

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Friday, August 26, 2016

Bags I've sold and why

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For this week's handbag chit chat, I wanted to talk about bags I've sold in the past and why. Living in a very small town of Ohio, I don't always have the opportunity to see certain bags in person. My local Saks does not carry Chanel, Prada or Celine. Sometimes, you just have to use the bag to know if it's right for you. Also, style evolves. I sold bag # 1 and # 2 for the same reason. I was no longer into obvious logos. I bought the Louis Vuitton bag in 2004 and absolutely loved it. However, the older I get, the less interested I am in carrying around a bag covered in logos. Bag # 3 was my very first Chanel bag. Even though I've done quite a bit of research, I was still a newbie. My very first Chanel bag was a small classic flap in lambskin with gold hardware. After using it for a year, I decided that the combination of lambskin and gold hardware isn't for me. I always tend to lean towards silver jewelry. I sold bag # 3 and got bag # 4 as a replacement. I thought I was happy with the caviar leather + silver hardware combo but the jumbo size was way too big on my short frame. I ended up selling it and got the medium classic flap in caviar leather with silver hardware. It's truly perfect (should have bought that in the first place)!

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1. Louis Vuitton Musette Tango in monogram (on me)
2. Burberry bowling bag (on me)
3. Chanel small classic flap (on me)
4. Chanel jumbo classic single flap (one me)
5. Prada Cuir double bag (on me)
6. Chanel timeless classic WOC (on me)
7. Chanel coco handle bag (on me)

Last year, I realized a tote bag was missing in my collection (and still is). At the time, the Prada Cuir bag was popular but I couldn't find any decent reviews. I made the purchase rather quickly. However, it didn't take me very long to realize the bag is just too big for me. I had a hard time filling it up. Even though, I don't own the bag anymore, it still has a special place in my heart. Maybe, one day I'll repurchase it in a smaller size. Up until then, all my bags were in neutral colors. When I saw the Chanel chevron wallet on chain in red, my heart skipped a beat. I knew I had to let go one of my bags in order to fund a new purchase. Naturally, bag # 6 had to go. I am super in love with my new WOC. The color is seriously to die for. Bag # 7 was an impulse buy. The Hermes Kelly is my ultimate dream bag. I had no idea when I will be able to obtain the bag. When I saw the Chanel coco handle, I though it would be perfect to hold me over until I get my dream bag. The opportunity came up sooner than expected. I was more than happy to find a new home for bag # 7 to fund my ultimate dream bag. I am still pretty much in love with the coco handle and would have kept it if I have the funds. If you're thinking about buying one of these bags, I hope you find this post helpful. Unused handbags are like having money sitting there on your shelves collecting dust. My handbag collection is super tiny but it's everything I dream for and love (and that's the way it should be). Have a great weekend, everyone!

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Summer 2016 Beautycon Box

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I received the summer box last week thanks to the BeautyCon team. I thought I'd quickly share what's inside just in case you're interested. A BeautyCon box is a year long subscription that includes 4 boxes. You have a choice between a payment plan of $29 per box or $99 annual subscription. Each box contains over $150 worth of top beauty and lifestyle products delivered to your door each season. The summer box will stop being sold at end of day of 08/31. BeautyCon has different YouTubers as the box curators each season. Kandee Johnson was the Summer 2016 Box Curator. BeautyCon boxes are currently only available to resident in the US. Without further ado, below are items available in the Summer 2016 BeautyCon Box.

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Too Faced Better Than Sex Waterproof Mascara - $23
Smashbox brow tech shaping powder $25
NYX ombre lip duo - $11.99
NYX jumbo eye pencil (in cashmere) - $4.49
Garnier SkinActive brightening & smoothing daily moisturizer - $12.74
Benzac acne solution blemish clearing hydrator - $7.49
Neutrogena Ultra Light Cleansing Oil - $8.99
Redken fashion waves 07 - $19.50
CoverFX makeup brush - $38
VersaSpa gradual tan face moisturizer - sample size
LA Fresh travel wipes
Total value: $150

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

White Denim :: Striped Linen Shirt

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I purchased these white skinny jeans last year and they have become an absolute closet staple (buy one get one $19.90). A blue striped shirt + white jeans combination seems like a no brainer. I really wanted this blue striped shirt from Banana Republic but couldn't locate my size. I am thrilled to find this alternative otpion. The shirt is surprisingly very well made. I am wearing a size small in this post and like the way it fits (it is meant to look oversized). I plan to turn this shirt into an office staple by tucking it into a pencil skirt. The color is neutral and will go with everything in my closet. Outfit details: Make me chic shirt | Express jeans (review here) | Quay sunglasses | Chanel wallet on chain | WHBM leather mules *identical option here*

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

White Summer Maxi Dress

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How sweet is this dress! I ordered it for my vacation but unfortunately, it didn't arrive on time. As expected, the dress is a bit sheer but would work fine as a beach cover-up. For everyday wear, I have this slip underneath. Other than that, I really like the way it flows and adore the flutter sleeves. Outfit details: Make me chic dress | Quay sunglasses | Tom Ford sunglasses | ColourPop lipstick

Monday, August 22, 2016

Striped Shorts :: Red Chanel WOC

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Trying to get some more use out of my summer clothes before putting them away. These shorts are my new addition and I can't get enough of them. For under $25, I really am impressed with the quality. I ordered a size small and they run a tad loose. I washed them twice already and they shrunk just a bit. These shorts are unlined but the material is completely opaque so no worries about seeing through. Paring the shorts with my beloved chambray shirt and my gorgeous WOC for a pop of color. Outfit details: Zaful shorts | Chanel wallet on chain | Tom Ford sunglasses | BCBG sandals

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Friday, August 19, 2016

Chanel Coco Handle :: Updated Details

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This blog got a lot of traffic this past few weeks from people who were searching for more information regarding the Chanel coco handle bag. Chanel released the same bag in June with a couple of updated details. I thought I'd do a quick post to point out those changes just in case you're interested.

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1. The shoulder strap is now removable: This is an excellent feature! Say if you won't want to use the shoulder strap, you can remove it entirely. The bag looks even more streamline, is versatile and chic like their original Kelly bag

2. I personally haven't seen the new version in person but heard the new caviar leather is more sturdy and durable. My SA said the leather is a bit shiner and less dull. The previous version is made out of soft caviar leather. Mine had a bit of slouch in places even though it was brand new (definitely one of its downsides).

Even though I only had it for a short period of time, I truly enjoyed the bag (full review here). With these updates, I personally think the coco handle is a phenomenal bag. I would highly recommend it if you're in the market for a Chanel bag.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Beach Maxi Dress

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Besides rompers, maxi dresses are also my go-to summer uniform. I picked up this dress from Forever 21 last month and am impressed with the quality. It's airy but well made, perfect for a beach vacation. This exact dress is no longer available but you can find a ton of options here. Looking at these photos makes me miss the beach so much. Can't believe my kids are going back to school today. Summer definitely flew by in the blink of an eye! Outfit details: Forever 21 contemporary maxi dress | Tom Ford sunglasses

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Mom-Friendly Yet Stylish One Piece Swimsuit

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As mentioned in this post, finding the perfect flattering swimsuit seems like a daunting task. I literally spent months searching for the perfect one before my trip to the Dominican Republic. Luckily, I found not one but two suits that I am so in love with. I talked about the first one here. This one piece from Becca is my second one. The price tag is a little more than I'd like to spend but I knew I had found the perfect suit when I put it on. Outfit details: Becca swimsuit *size XS* | Quay sunglasses | Forever 21 hat | Kenneth Jay Lane pearl earring

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A few things I love about this suit:
- It's very classy looking. Going on a vacation with my family, I want plenty of coverage while running around with my kids. The plunging neckline and lace detailing expose enough skin but still is modest.
- The bra coverage isn't very much but it has sewn-in pockets that you can insert extra swim pads. I use these and they're perfect. Those water pads provide a bit of support and volume but not too much.
- My favorite feature of this suit is the adjustable straps (not only the back straps but also the shoulder straps). It really is a nice feature. I was able to adjust all straps until the fit is right. I do think this suit runs small and works well with petite/small chested ladies.
- This suit is available in several gorgeous shades. If burgundy isn't your color, it also comes in black, white, red and a gorgeous sapphire blue

Monday, August 15, 2016

Striped Rompers

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There is no secret that I love rompers. I wear some variable of a romper every weekend. This striped version is the latest addition to my ever growing love for rompers. I like the button detail down the front. They make the rompers look more "grown-up". The 2 front pockets add a nice touch to the overall look. If you're in between sizes, I would size down. I am wearing a size small here but the XS would have been a better fit (wasn't available a few weeks ago). Have a great Monday, everyone! Outfit details: Shein rompers | Target wedges | Tom Ford sunglasses
 
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