Saturday, February 16, 2019

Best of Presidents' Day Sales 2019

Compiling a list of the best sales are happening this holiday weekend

Sorel: End of season sale. The beloved snow boots are currently 40% (the exact color I have). I reviewed them in this post. The short version is on sale as wellAll sale styles here
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BaubleBar: Up to 80% off on select styles. It's time to stock up on pretty statement earrings for the upcoming Spring/Summer
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Flower stud earrings (65% off)
Blush pink hoop earrings (67% off)
Initial necklace (72% off!!!)
Tassel earrings (53% off)
Embellished hoop earrings (42% off)
Lavender fringe earrings (beautiful color - 53% off)

Express: 40% off everything
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V-neck jumpsuit (looks like a good length for petites)
Wrap dress (my favorite dress of life - see it on me)
Fit and flare dress (another favorite - see it on me)
White skinny jeans (I have these for almost 3 years and they're still going strong)
High-waisted ankle legging jeans
Express swimsuits

Nordstrom: 40% off on select styles
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Free People faux fur coat (40% off)
ASTR lace dress (available in 11 colors - 40% off)
Steve Madden OTK boots (very good ratings - 40% off)
Chloe Faye backpack (amazing sale - 40% off all colors!!!)
BlankNYC suede jacket (available in 4 colors - 40% off)
Pretty Little Thing: 50% off everything with code 3DE50CCB8Z3 (this is my personal code). You can get my beloved jumpsuit below for only $22 using that code (see it on me)

Monday, February 11, 2019

My favorite dress of all time

I rarely buy multiples of the same exact item but this dress is an exception. I love it so much that I now have 5 of the same dress in different colors/patterns. Opps! The dress is very flattering on a petite frame. It's easy to wear and washes well. This particular pattern is currently on sale for only $15. The solid colors are 30% off. This would make a great Valentine's Day outfit as well. Outfit details: Express dress *wearing a size XS* |  Cole Haan boots. Happy Monday, ladies!
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Sunday, February 10, 2019

The ab challenge's final week

Target High Waisted Swim Bottom
Using an old photo from last summer for motivation =)
It's the final week of the ab challenge, ladies! Hopefully you're seeing some positive effects if you're doing the challenge. Below are some easy yet effective moves for a strong, tight core.

Day 1 and 2: 4 minute burn
Complete one minute of Russian twists, side plank rotations, opposite arm/left lifts and banana rolls

Day 3 and 4: Do two sets of these abs moves
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Thursday, February 7, 2019

An affordable dress option for Valentine's Day

It's no secret that I do not spend a lot of money on clothes. I truly believe you can look expensive and put together without spending a fortune. The only clothing category that I am willing to spend my hard-earned money is outerwear. I love cheap and cheerful finds especially the ones that make me feel like a million bucks. I bought this dress last November and I love it so much! I wore it to church once, wore it again on a date night with my husband and I wore it last weekend for a night out with my girlfriends. For under $20, this dress has proven to be a great purchase. It's flirty for a night out yet classy for a church service. If you're still not sure what to wear this Valentine's Day, get this dress. You won't regret it. Outfit details: Forever 21 dress *size S* | Gucci bag | Christian Louboutin shoes

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Happy Lunar New Year!

Happy Lunar New Year to all those who celebrate it today! There isn't a very large Vietnamese community where I live so the kids won't get to experience all those fun traditions. However, I always try to get them involved in a few things that we do. We took the kids to church last weekend to celebrate the New Year with the community. They looked so adorable in the traditional Vietnamese áo dài (especially the little one). I wore this outfit to church and got lots of compliments. I am taking the kids to see my parents tonight. Unfortunately, hubby is out of town on a business trip this week. They're excited to get the lucky envelope from grandma & grandpa. Speaking of lucky envelopes, how gorgeous are these red envelopes from Cartier? Thanks to the amazing sales manager at the Cartier boutique in Chicago for sending over a fabulous care package. Here is wishing you health, wealth and happiness in this New Year!

Sunday, February 3, 2019

January Recap :: February Plans

Can't believe January has come and gone. It was a good month for us. My new job is going so well. I know a few of you have expressed your interest in a job update so I will share that soon. Below's my monthly recap:
Work out at least 4 times a week: I actually pushed myself to work out 5 times a week and I feel really good about it. It wasn't easy but I am glad I step out of my comfort zone and do more than I thought I could.
Drink 60 o.z. of water or more per day: This was a tough one for me. Why is it so hard to drink water? I definitely drink more than I used to but I know it's still not enough. Any tips for drinking more water everyday?
Read one book: I picked up My husband's secret earlier last month and I am obsessed (still reading it). The core of the story really revolves around a couple. There was a woman named Cecelia. One day she was up in the attic looking for a toy for her daughter. Unexpectedly she found a letter addressed to her from her husband "My darling Cecilia, if you're reading this, then I've died". Imagine your husband wrote you a letter to be opened after his death. What would you do? There were many plot twists and turns. The book is so so good and engaging. I can see why it was on the New York Times Bestseller list.

Week 2 of the ab challenge

It's week 2 of the ab challenge! As mentioned in the previous post, to get better results, it's best to incorporate cardio into your workout routine. Below are 4 exercises that will target the abdominal muscles
AbChallenge_ SydneysFashionDiary Day 1 and 2: Do 45 seconds each of dead bugs, leg drops, alternating toe touches and scissors for a three-minute lower ab blast
Day 3 and 4: Do two sets of these abs moves

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Join me for a 3-week ab challenge!

It's hard to stay motivated and keep moving through the cold months. I am doing a 3-week ab challenge with a few ladies in my fitness group. I thought I'd share it here as well and hope to inspire you a little. These exercises will tackle your abdominal muscle groups and your core's endurance too. Each week for the next 3 weeks, I will post an ab workout that you will do 4 days of the week. However, to attack belly fat, you also need cardio. If you can't do all of the workouts, do what you can. Focus on your form. Quality is better than quantity. If you ended up doing these exercises, please leave me a comment letting me know. Start of a new month is a great time to begin a new exercise. Let's do this!. A few words about Fabletics. This outfit was my first purchase from them and I am impressed. The quality is really nice. I am a sucker for matching workout sets. Fabletics has a ton of really cute sets. Prices are great if you enroll in the Fabletics membership program and they release new styles every month
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On day 1 and 2: Do 30 seconds of each exercise (lemon crushers, toe reaches, mountain climber holds and plank up/downs).
On day 3 and 4: You'll do two sets of those abs exercises. Again, it's best to add cardio to your exercise routine

Sunday, January 27, 2019

SOREL Joan of Arctic boots review

Last week, we got hit with the first snowstorm of the season. Living in a cold climate, I always appreciate a pair of well made snow boots. Last year, I wanted to invest in a pair of heavy-duty snow boots and these seemed like a fantastic option. I brought them on my trip to Banff and I can honestly say they're worth every penny. They are practical yet so stylish looking. They come in several different color combinations. I went with the grey/black colorway. We went hiking in Banff and sank deep in the snow but my toes stayed toasty the entire time. I wore a pair of wool socks underneath. The traction is amazing. I didn't have those ice cleats on the first day and I was fine. There were some icy areas on the trail and people skidded left and right. They were a bit stiff at first but took no time to break in. I felt like they run pretty true to size. I took my usual size 7 and there is a bit of room for thick socks and my toes aren't squished together. Overall, they're rugged yet so comfortable. I can't rave enough about these boots. If you're in the market for a pair of heavy duty snow boots, I totally recommend them. They are a good investment especially for those who live where it snows a lot. They are high quality and will last you for years to come.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Girls' Night Out

Last Friday, I went out with a few girlfriends to celebrate my sister in law's birthday. We had so much fun. Started the night at a new Vietnamese restaurant/bar in town. The food was absolutely delicious! After dinner, we headed to the casino to try our luck. It was my lucky night indeed =) I wore this dress that night with my beloved OTK boots. It was the perfect choice for a girls night out. I knew I wouldn't able to capture the beauty of this dress at night so I took a couple of pictures ahead of time to show you. This is one of my favorite dresses ever from Express. I own the same dress in 4 different colors (oops!). Outfit details: Express dress | Chanel wallet on chain | Cole Haan boots *similar versions here* | H&M wool coat