Saturday, December 15, 2018

Holiday Gift Guide 2018 For All Budgets ($10 - $5000)

We're in the holiday home stretch! I have a few more things to wrap but as far as Christmas shopping goes, I am done =). Today, I thought I'd put together a huge holiday gift guide just in case you're still looking for ideas. Whether you want to stick to a $10 budget or you have $5K to blow, I hope you find something catches your eye. I have to admit, I am really hard to shop for. I don't spend money just for the sake of it. Items mentioned in this post are the things that I truly love. My life has been a blessing and I am forever grateful for everything. Our family wishes you and your loved ones a joyous holiday season.
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Under $25 category: - Barefoot dream socks: I own 2 pairs and these are the softest socks ever!
- Mario Badescu facial spray: I've been using this stuff for year. This trio set is only $15
- Tarte contour palette: Only $10 (what?)
- Yeti 20 oz. tumbler: I can't tell you how much I love these tumbler. Try it for yourself and I promise you'll love them too
- Voluspa Maison candle set: I love candles and these smell amazing! Great as gifts or to keep in your home
- BP leopard scarf: You can't go wrong with this leopard scarf. It's practical and so chic at the same time. Not to mention it's less than $20
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Between $25 - $50 category:
Chanel lipstick: My favorite shade is #99 pirate. It's the perfect classic red
Nordstrom earrings: These are my everyday earrings. They sparkle like crazy!
- Caudalie skincare set: I am a huge fan of Caudalie skincare products and this is an amazing gift set. You get 3 full-size products for only $35
Jo Malone ornament: A great way to introduce someone to the brand
- J.Crew pajamas: Who doesn't like a classic pajama set? It is currently 50% off
- Oribe styling sprays: If you haven't tried Oribe hair products, you need to. Their sprays are seriously amazing. This is the perfect starter kit
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Between $50 - $100 category:
Barefoot Dreams robe: This is on my holiday wish list
FOREO cleansing device: Purchased this for my daughter last year. The texture of her skin has changed dramatically.
Longchamp tote: My everyday work bag
Chanel Chance perfume: Still one of my favorite scents
Travel jewelry case: This would be perfect for someone who loves to travel
Tory Burch logo earrings: How cute!
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Between $100 - $200 category:
Barefoot Dreams cardigan: Bought this cardigan for my aunt this Christmas. You need this in your life =)
Jo Malone peony & blush suede perfume: I am obsessed with this scent. I've been using it for over a year now and I don't think I will ever tired of it.
Apple airpods: Got these for my husband this year. I've heard the sound is amazing!
Longchamp travel bag: My favorite travel bag (read my review here)
SMEG electric kettle: I want this for my kitchen
Hunter boots: A winter must have
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Between $200 - $500 category:
Dyson hair dryer: On my wish list this year =)
Breville pro pressure cooker: I can't even tell you how much I love this cooker. Funny story - My husband got this for me 3 years ago. I killed it while cooking (it was my fault). I was so devastated that he had to go out and get me another one the next day lol. If you have a busy lifestyle, this multi cooker is a life saver. I briefly talked about it here
Burberry scarf: The classic Burberry check scarf is an iconic symbol of luxury and you can't go wrong. I talked about 10 classic items that will never go out of style here.
Tory Burch shoulder bag: I purchased a very similar style for my Mom this year. Tory Burch has some amazing handbags in this price range.
Gucci belt: If you have a fashionista in your life, this is the ultimate gift!
Saint Laurent card case: I love this card case. It comes in a bunch of colors. Such a great way to add a little luxury to someone's wardrobe
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Between $500 - $1000 category:
If you have a budget of $500 and up, there are endless options. These items are just things that I really love for myself (lol!)
Gucci super mini Marmont bag: I love this little bag so much. Showing 6 different way to wear it here
Christian Louboutin simple pumps: Can't go wrong with a pair of classic nude heels
Michele Deco watch: My everyday watch (see it on me)
- David Yurman classic cable bracelet: Another classic piece of jewelry
- Chanel gold earrings: These earrings will take your holiday outfit to the next level
Sentaler wrap coat: I am so in love with this coat and it's definitely on my wish list
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Between $1000 - $2000 category:
Apple Macbook in rose gold: How amazing is this Macbook in rose gold???
Chanel wallet on chain: A super versatile piece from Chanel
- Breville Oracle espresso machine: The ultimate at home coffee maker
- Cartier Love ring: My wedding band! Pre-owned versions here
- NordicTrack treadmill: As a runner, I would love to upgrade my treadmill to this
- Burberry trench: I love this classic Burberry trench coat
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Canon 6D camera: I'd love to upgrade my camera this. I"ve heard the quality is impressive.
Louis Vuitton luggage: I'd love to own this luggage one day (only interest in the monogram eclipse print tho)
Chanel J12 watch: I talked about this watch previously on this blog. I did get a chance to try it on. Still thinking about it
Cartier Ballon Bleu watch: Another classic watch that will stand the test of time
- Louis Vuitton backpack: One of my most used bags!
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Over $5000 category:
If you have $5K to blow, there are the ultimate gifts =)
Cartier Love bracelet: Read my thoughts about the bracelet here. Preowned versions here
Rolex Datejust watch: Read my thoughts about the watch here. I seriously still can't believe I own this amazing watch! Preowned versions here
- Hermes Kelly bag: Read my thoughts here. See the size on me
- Hermes Constance bag: Another Hermes classic bag
- Chanel Boy So Black: Absolutely gorgeous Chanel bag. I really love the so black version
- Travel voucher: As much as I love all things luxury, I would love to get away from the cold and jet-set off to the Maldives with my husband

There you have it! It took me hours to put this list together. Hope you find something for everyone on your list.

Thursday, December 13, 2018

What I got for my teenage daughter

A reader asked if I could share what I got for my daughters this year and the answer is yes. I love spoiling them once in awhile. Every year, I ask them to come up with a holiday wish list. By doing so, I can ensure they'll get things that they really want and I don't have to rack my brain. It's a win-win situation. We also added a few surprises along the way. Today, I am sharing what I got for my teenage daughter. Just a heads up, this girl is the biggest BTS fan. Lots of BTS items on her wish list. If your daughter isn't a BTS fan, this gift guide may not be helpful =)
BTSAlbumCollection_SydneysFashionDiary 1. BTS albums: Their songs promote self love and self confidence which I am all for. Teaching my children how to be confident is by far the most important thing I can do for them. There are 12 albums in the collection and each album has a letter. She's been collecting them (currently owns 8). The missing letters have been difficult to find. They're available at Target and Amazon
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Onto non-BTS items =)
4. Pink leather wallet: I finally upgraded her wallet. She's been using a Hello Kittle one for years. I love how compact it is and the textured leather is very hard wearing
5. Erin Condren planner: I love planning/organizing and am so happy that she asked for a planner. I've heard so many great things about Erin Condren planners. I know it's a bit expensive for what it is but I hope she'll get the most use out of it.
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A few things that I ordered but they haven't arrived yet
7. She asked for a few Glossier products (jelly cleanser, lip balm and mascara) . I personally haven't tried anything but a few friends have raved about the brand. GlossierProducts_SydneysFashionDiary
8. Clothes: She asked for few pairs of jeans and socks for Christmas =). I always get her jeans at Hollister and America Eagle. The size 00 short typically fit her pretty well (and she only wears high-waisted jeans)
9. Gift cards: My in-laws usually get her a few gift cards for Christmas because let's be honest, they have no idea how to shop for a teenager. This year, she asked for Amazon, iTunes and Target gift cards
10. Money =) When all else fails, cash is the way to go
JeansForTeenageGirls_SydneysFashionDiary There you have it. These things will be under the tree for Courtey this year. I will share what I got for Madelyn this weekend.

Monday, December 10, 2018

How I Spent 48 Hours In Vegas

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Since I am taking a break from work, I thought it'd be the perfect opportunity for a quick getaway. I talked to one of my close friends (who lives in the Bay Area) and we decided to meet up in Vegas. Even though the trip was short, we had a blast. Thank you to my husband for taking care of the kids so that I could getaway for a couple of days. I thought I'd put together my itinerary just in case you're looking for ideas. I landed late on Thursday, checked in and went straight to bed =) Outfit details: Express sweater dress | Stuart Weitzman boots | Le Specs sunglasses | Leopard sweater *the quality is amazing* | Gucci bag 
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Wednesday, December 5, 2018

I Changed Job Again :: Pros and Cons Of Changing Jobs

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Some of you might still remember, I accepted a new job offer this past July. It was a huge change for me as I was with the previous company for 9 years. I had every intention of staying with the company long-term. However, after a month, I knew this job wasn't for me. I put in my 2 weeks notice, said goodbye to my coworkers last Friday and will be starting a new position very soon. I am taking a break between jobs to enjoy the holidays. I won't go into details as why because it's not important. I always strive to create happiness in every aspect of life. Being a full time working parent, my career plays an important part of my life. You don't have to love what you do but you have to at least enjoy going to work everyday. We typically spend 8-10 hours a day in the office and if you're not happy, you're doing something wrong. Today I am sharing a few pros and cons of switching jobs (solely based on my experience). On a different note, these photos have nothing to do with this post (lol). I have no new photos so these will have to do. If you like the dress, it's on major sale here

Monday, December 3, 2018

A Proud Mom Moment

If you're been following my blog for awhile, you know I rarely talk about my children on social media. Simply because I value their privacy more than likes and clicks. As we head into the last few weeks of the year, it's important to reflect on all that we're thankful for and I wanted to share a proud mom moment with you. People always say the teenager years are tough. While it's a true statement, it's been an easy ride for us. My first daughter is 13 and she's the most well-rounded teenager if I have to say so myself. She's a straight-A student as long as I can remember, incredibility mature for her age and has a good head on her shoulders. Raising this kid has been a dream. A month ago, she wanted to submit an essay to a writing contest for a chance to win the full scholarship for her upcoming trip to Washington DC. First, can we take a moment to acknowledge how amazing her hand writing is? Out of 100 essays, hers was selected as the winner of the writing contest! When she called and told me the news, I teared up a little. It was one of those moments that you realized you must do something right to raise such a remarkable young lady. I know this is just a beginning. This girl has so much potential and I know she'll do amazing things in life.

Friday, November 30, 2018

The most flattering leggings ever

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If you're looking for a pair of faux leather leggings that will fit and flatter your body, look no further. These Spanx leggings are the answer. I've heard so many great things about these leggings and I am glad I gave them a try. I was hesitant because of the price tag but they are well worth the splurge. These faux leather leggings are incredibly comfortable. Because they're Spanx, they just smooth out everything and hug in all the right places. Even though they're faux leather, the material does not look cheap at all. They run a bit small. I got a size small and it was perfect. If you're in between sizes, I recommend you size up. These leggings come in a variety of shades but best of all, they're also available in short/petite sizes. How amazing, right? Outfit details: Spanx leggings | similar camo sweater | Treasure & Bond hat | Louis Vuitton Speedy 25B | Sumissura custom coat | Le Specs sunglasses

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Designer Bags On Sale :: New Styles Added

You're probably tired of hearing about sales this week but this one is just too good to pass up. New styles are added to the sales and they're worth mentioning. Some of them are low in stock so act quickly if you're interested (get free shipping on all orders). As always, I appreciate your support if you choose to use my affiliate links.
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- Valentino bag (love the color, only one left - 40% off)
- Chloe backpack (40% off)
- Saint Laurent burgundy clutch (30% off)
- Saint Laurent Kate clutch (30% off)
- Saint Laurent Kate tassel bag (beautiful color, 30% off)
- Chloe Nile burgundy bag (40% off)
- Saint Laurent velvet bag (I love this, 30% off)
- Saint Laurent embossed navy bag (30% off)
- Saint Laurent college bag (30% off)
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- Saint Laurent Loulou bag (40% off)
Givenchy Antigona small (30% off)
- Prada shoulder bag (30% off)
- Chloe Day bag (such a classic, 40% off)
- Givenchy Antigona mini bag (30% off)
- Valentino rockstud bag (30% off)
- Fendi Kan I bag (40% off)
- Valentino nude pumps (most sizes are still available, 30% off)
- Valentino red pumps (most sizes are still available, 30% off)

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Personalized Jewelry For Her

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Can you believe Christmas is less than 4 weeks away? Another year is almost over and I know I have so much to be thankful for. What I am thankful for the most is the people my life especially these special women. I truly believe in the value and importance of friendship. Even though I have a very small circle of friends, I know I can always trust them and count on them. They're more like my sisters and they mean the world to me. For that reason, I wanted to get us matching necklaces to celebrate another year of being together. Every time we see each other, we laugh until our jaws hurt. I feel myself being around them. There is no judgment, no competition and definitely no jealousy. You might not know this about me but I love spending time figuring out meaningful gifts for friends and family. It's a joy to see their faces light up when they open their presents. It's not hard to come up with a unique and thoughtful gift. I tend to pay full attention to what the other person is saying, then I make a mental note. When a special occasion comes around, I already got the idea. Meaningful gifts do not have to be expensive. It's the thought that counts. Personalized jewelry is the perfect gift to give that special someone this holiday season. The quality of these necklaces is amazing. Each piece comes in a drawstring leather pouch, ready for gifting. They have so many styles available on the site that I am sure there's certainly something for everyone.

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Cyber Monday Sales 2018

Cyber Monday sales are rolling in and they're incredible! If you're been eyeing some of the items below, this is the time to pull the trigger. Prices are so great this year.
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Designer handbags: The selection is getting slimmer but the ones above are still available. If you're shopping the sales, make sure you change the country to United States. Otherwise, prices may be not accurate. Act quickly if you're interested in these beauties =)
Chloe Nile bag (50% off)
Chloe Day bag (50% off)
Prada bag (50% off)
Valentino black bag (so edgy - 50% off)
Saint Laurent hunter green bag (50% off)
Saint Laurent velvet bag (gorgeous - 40% off)
Givenchy Antigona bag (size small)
Valentino red bag (stunning - 50% off)
Burberry banner tote (60% off!!!)

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J.Crew: 50% off your entire purchase. I love their coats and own multiples. They're seriously amazing!
- Leopard coat: This coat is amazing. I tried it on in store a few weeks ago and I love it. I already have a leopard coat. Otherwise, I would totally get this. Runs true to size. I wore a size 00R
- Lady day coat: Read my review - I own 3 colors and they last for years
- Double breasted topcoat
- Fleece half zip pulloverI purchased this last year and it's seriously so warm
- Signet bag: Their bestseller
- Nordic boots: Love them - under $100

Friday, November 23, 2018

Take 10% off every single bag in my collection

Today only, FashionPhile offers a rare promotion. You can take an additional 10% off all sale items (use code 10BF at check out). Generally speaking, you can save a bit (or a lot) buying pre-owned items. Who doesn't want to save money right? FashionPhile is one of my favorite places to shop for pre-onwed luxury pieces. I always have a great experience buying/selling with them. This is one of those rare promotions that only happens twice a year. Act now if you're looking to add a luxury piece to your wardrobe. You can get every single bag in my collection for a discount (today only). So many amazing discounted items here HandbagCollection2018_SydneysFashionDiary

- Louis Vuitton mini Palm Spings backpack *this bag is always sold out online*
- Chanel classic medium double flap
- Chanel boy new medium bag
Louis Vuitton Neverfull in Damier Azur
Chanel chevron wallet on chain
- Louis Vuitton Speedy 25B
- Hermes Kelly 32cm
- Christian Dior Diorever bag
- Saint Laurent Sunset bag