Thursday, September 21, 2017

Cars that compliment my style

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Today, I am thrilled to partner with Autotrader to talk about how cars compliment my style. Hubby and I undeniably have a thing for cars. We're very fortunate to be able to afford 2 brand new vehicles this year. When it comes to car buying, I definitely look for something that suits my style. In honor of NYFW, Autotrader selected 5 vehicles (2018 Lincoln Navigator, 2017 Nissan Maxima, 2017 Porsche Cayman, 2017 Mazda CX-5 and 2017 Volvo XC90 T8) for this campaign and the Volvo XC90 T8 reflects my style the most. An SUV has always been my preferred vehicle as long as I can remember. I drove the Audi Q7 for the past 5 years. I traded it in early this year for a Mercedes GLE350. Watch this video to see how your car can be your favorite accessory

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Let's talk about my style for a second. I embrace trends but classic pieces will forever have my heart. I especially love classic pieces with a modern twist. Take this outfit as an example. Every girl needs a classic LBD in their wardrobe. This fit and flare silhouette dress is a closet staple. However, the lace and geometric detailing add a modern touch to this timeless look. For accessory, I added a pair of rhinestone earrings to jazz up an all-black outfit. Did you know that Volvo partnered with Swedish crystal manufacture Orrefors for the crystal gearshift knob that comes standard on the XC90 T8? How gorgeous, right?

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Another interior feature that I love is the chevron pattern on the sliding cup holder cover. It reminds me so much of my beloved Chanel wallet on chain. It's no doubt one of my favorite accessories. The vehicle you drive says a lot about your fashion sense and personality. Take a good look at your car and see if you can identify the similarities between the vehicle you drive and your style =) You can read the Autotrader fashion week article to learn more about the other 4 cars here.
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Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Everywhere Agency on behalf of Autotrader. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Red flared trousers for Fall

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I mentioned in this post that I was on the lookout for a pair of red trousers and guess what? I found them! They're amazing. I love skinny jeans but am also a fan of flared bottoms. These flared trousers are also high-waisted which help elongate my legs. They are great all around and the slim fit is spot on. The pants are unlined but the ponte-like material has great stretch and comfort. Red is a powerful color and I feel like a total girl boss wearing this outfit. If a leopard-print top is too much for you, you can tone it down with a simple white tee and throw on a denim jacket for a super cute Fall outfit. They unfortunately sold out so quickly but you can find a ton of other options available here. Outfit details: Shein pants | WHBM blouse | ZeroUV sunglasses

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Monday, September 18, 2017

The best cami crochet dress for under $50

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I hope you're not sick seeing this dress. I can't remember the last time I bought duplicates of anything. This dress is an exception. I love it so much that I now own it in all 3 colors. Read my initial review here if you'd like to know more about this dress. See the mint version on me hereOutfit details: Zaful dress *size S* | Almost identical suede sandals | Tom Ford sunglasses

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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Sumissura :: Design your perfect dress

As you might remember, I talked about Sumissura a couple of times in the past (here and here). I still love both coats and am looking forward to pull them out again in a few months. Imagine my excitement when Sumissura reached out to let me know the company now offers a board range of fully customizable dresses. I jumped at the chance and ordered a dress to try. I won't go into details about the process and how it works (you can read my initial reviews here and here). As expected, the entire process is pretty seamless and pleasant. After submitting my order, I got a shipping confirmation within a week. 3 days later, the package arrived at my doorstep (they ship via DHL).

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Onto the dress, I have several sheath dresses that I rotate for work but all of them are sleeveless. I love the J.Crew cap-sleeve dress but it's either sold out in my size or not on sale. I decided to let Sumissura's seamstress do the magic and create a similar dress for me. As far as fit goes, no complaints from me. It fits just the way it's supposed to (form fitting but not too tight). The craftsmanship is impeccable. Stitches are finished without loose threads hanging at the end. The dress is fully lined. Overall, I feel great walking into the office in this dress.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Pre-Fall :: Olive green suede skirt

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It's starting to feel like Fall in the Midwest. I am looking forward to all fun Fall traditions with my family. I got this olive green (faux) suede skirt last week and am in love. The feel of this skirt is incredible. The fabric is so soft and feels like real suede. Olive green is one of the best colors for Fall. It's also available in camel. I can't wait to pair it later in the season with a turtleneck sweater and a pair of OTK boots. Outfit details: Zaful skirt *size S* | Express bell sleeve blouse | Steve Madden wedges | ZeroUV sunglasses
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Monday, September 11, 2017

5 non-clothing essentials for Fall

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The first day of Fall is less than 2 weeks away so I though I'd share 5 non-clothing essentials for Fall with you. There is nothing new about these items. They have been talked about to death but I can't stress enough the importance of having these essentials in my closet. I am looking forward to bring them out again in a few weeks.

Fall essential # 1: A blanket scarf - No brainer, right? It can be worn so many ways and is a great way to add color and pattern to a basic outfit. There are tons of options out there and for the most part, they're pretty inexpensive as well.

Fall essential # 2: A wool hat - I was on the hunt for a wool hat this Fall and picked up this one last week. I am in love. It's gorgeous in person and the price is right. This hat is available in 4 colors. It's a little big on me but I use this trick and it works like a charm. I might have to pick up the grey version as well
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Fall essential # 3: Fashion tights - Fall is the perfect time to rock sheer tights. Patterned tights are the easiest way to elevate your Fall outfits. I did a review for Berkshire tights last year and am thrilled for the opportunity to try a few pairs from their Fall collection. The sheer dots tights are perfect for this time of the year when temperatures in the 50s and 60s. They add a fun element to any outfit. What I love about Berkshire tights is that they have so many options to choose from. The easy on version is great for everyday wear. The moisture wicking material keeps you cool and dry. When the temperature drops into the 30s, the cozy hose is the perfect option. As its name suggest, these are opaque tights with fleece-lined legs. They feel so soft against the skin and are so comfortable to wear. As mentioned in the review, Berkshire tights are available in petite, regular and tall sizes.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Birthday Girl :: 5 random facts about me

  
..So I turned a year older today. We already celebrated with my family and a few close friends this past weekend. I am going out for lunch with some of my coworkers today and just simply enjoying the day. If you've been following my blog for awhile, then you know I am a private person. I don't share my personal life too much on social media. We live in a judgmental society (sad but true). In this day and age, people are oversharing on SM. Sometimes, it's good to take a step back and realize it's OK not to share. At the end of the day, no one really cares about your personal life. However, in honor of my birthday (lol!), I am going to share 5 random facts about me. Before I start, I wanted to quickly talk about this dress. It's the same dress I wore in this post in a different color. I have 2 other colors coming in the mail =) Is it excessive? Probably so but I love it so much. For under $35, I highly recommend this dress.

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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Current Favorites

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Today, I wanted to share a few of my current favorites. These are things I use and enjoy daily.

1. Dove dry spray antiperspirant: I've been using this products for almost 2 months now and I love it. It's so easy to use and dries super fast (no waiting time to get dressed). The scent smells wonderful and is not overpowering. This product keeps me dry all day. Dove spray does not contain alcohol which I like. Hubby is using the men version and he's a fan as well.

2. Knot earrings from Layered and Simple: If you've been following my blog for awhile then you know I love stud earrings. That's all I wear. Thanks to Lisa from Layered and Simple for sending over this gorgeous pair of knot earrings. They're amazing in person and I can't stop wearing them. Another favorite is the Bon Bon earringsLayered and Simple carries a large selection of trendy jewelry pieces if you are interested in checking her shop out.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Floral dress :: Labor Day sales

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This floral dress is the last dress I received from VIPShop (see the first one here and the second one here). It's my least favorite piece so I won't go into detail too much. The style is cute and would be a great piece for work. However, the bottom part is see-through. I don't mind wearing a slip underneath but sometimes, it's good just not too worry about it. If you're interested in other dresses or anything from VIPshop, please use code SYDNEY675 to get $5 off on orders over $50. On a different note, I am so happy to have an extra day off from work. We have a fun day full of activities planned with friends and family. I wanted to quickly share a few notable sales just in case you're interested. Wishing everyone a happy Labor Day!

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Thursday, August 31, 2017

STORE 5a :: Authentic . Preowned . Luxury

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{Hubby is wearing this Rolex Oyster Perpetual watch}

As you might remember I wrote a post sharing my tips and tricks for buying pre-loved luxury handbags here. Today, I am thrilled for the opportunity to work with STORE 5a to share my thoughts when it comes to buying luxury accessories. STORE 5a is the first (that I know of) trusted source in the secondary market for luxury accessories located in Columbus, OH. My husband and I had the pleasure to spend the afternoon with the team and we enjoyed every minute of it. Owning classic luxury pieces like a Rolex watch or a Cartier Love bracelet has always been a dream of mine. As beautiful and timeless as they are, they do come with a hefty price tag. I certainly don't mind pre-owned pieces. My handbag collection is a mixture of both. Even though not everything worth buying pre-owned, I truly believe you can get exactly what you want for less if you have the patience and are willing to do extensive research. Below are a few things I'd consider before buying my next luxury piece:

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Buy from a trusted source: As mentioned previously, I can't stress enough the importance of buying your luxury items from a trusted source. With Diamond Cellar’s expert watch and jewelry shop, appraisal team and buying staff, STORE 5a had everything they needed to help customers buy and sell jewelry in a safe and trustworthy environment. Each pre-owned jewelry item comes with an appraisal. Appraisals are performed by a Graduate Gemologist from the Gemological Institute of America.