Monday, May 14, 2018

What I got for Mother's Day

Sorry for being M.I.A last week. A family member has passed away. We were out of town a few days to attend the memorial service. My older daughter is taking college classes this summer (it still sounds surreal to say that - she's not even 13 yet) so I had a ton of paperwork to do. Same with the little one as she's getting ready for first grade. The hubs is as busy as ever with work. Life has gotten the best of us lately. Thank goodness things are starting to slow down a bit and we were able to enjoy Mother's Day weekend. I spent Sunday morning with my family and we went out for dinner with with my parents and my brother's family. It was a lovely weekend. Now, onto what's inside this box, I went back and forth so many times with this bag. I put my name on the waiting list thinking it would take some time (it's always sold out online). Much to my surprise, it came a lot sooner than I expected. I will do a separate post taking about my thought process, first impression review and what fits in the upcoming weeks.

Friday, May 4, 2018

Current Favorites

Sharing 5 things I am currently loving:
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1. Native deodorant: I am interested in making a switch to natural deodorant. However, it's been a challenge to find something that works. I tried Tom's naturally dry deodorant and Jason natural deodorant but they just simply did not work. I sweat so easily. It doesn't matter if I run 1 mile or 10 miles, I look like a sweaty pig at the end of my run. As you might already know, most over the counter deodorants contain some form of aluminum. What aluminum does it basically act as a plug to sweat ducts to prevent sweating. Native deodorant is made without aluminum, parabens, phthalates, and talc. I don't know for a fact that there is a link between aluminum-based deodorants and breast cancer but if I can reduce my risks then why not? I purchased the travel sample pack to try (my favorite scent is the coconut & vanilla - smells absolutely amazing!). The best part? It works! It really does keep me dry all day. Read over 6000 positive reviews here
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2. Floral phone case: How pretty is this phone case? It's so perfect for Spring. The best part is that you can personalize it any way you like (up to 20 characters). Mine is for the iPhone X but it's available for all versions. It won't provide much protection from drop damage but it's sure so pretty to look at.
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3. Gucci Marmont bag: I talked about this little beauty here and I still can't get enough of it. I've been carrying it non stop and it practically goes with anything and everything. It's so versatile that I can easily dress it up or dress it down. You can wear this bag 5 different ways (I demonstrated here). If you've been thinking about this particular bag. I say just go for it. It's available in super mini, mini, small and medium
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4. White mules: On the other side of the spectrum, I love affordable shoes from Target. I purchased these mules last Spring and have been wearing them to death. When I saw the white version, I had to have it. Just like the black ones, these mules are so comfortable to wear. They do not require a break-in period. White shoes are so chic for spring/summer. If you don't want to spend a fortune on a pair of designer mules, get these and I promise you won't regret it.
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5. Uniqlo wireless bra: I ordered a bunch of stuff for our trip to Canada last month. I added this bra to my order just to get free shipping and now, I am obsessed. This is the most comfortable bra ever. It's extremely light weight and the material feels good on the skin. Even though it's wireless, the molded cups provide good support. If you're looking for the perfect everyday bra, give this one a try. It's available in 3 colors and currently on sale for under $15 (can't beat that!)

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Restyling :: Floral pencil skirt for Spring

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Restyling a couple of old pieces with my newly purchased denim jacket. I would call this "my perfect spring outfit". This floral skirt is super old but it remains one of my favorite pieces in my closet. This white tee is my must-have staple. I probably own 10 of them in various colors *available in 16 colors*. They are comfortable, easy to wear and hold up really well to lots of washes. Last but not least is my new denim jacket. If you're a long time follower, you know I wear my H&M denim jacket to death. It was probably the only jacket I grab during spring. After being washed so many times, it shrunk quite a bit. I finally gave it to my teen daughter and purchased this one. I really love the wash and the fit is amazing. I highly recommend this denim jacket if you're in the market for one. On a different note, I am giving away this adorable jumpsuit on Instagram. Take a look if you're interested. Outfit details: ASOS pencil skirt | H&M denim jacket *I sized up to a 6*| GAP tee | Steve Madden suede wedges
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Monday, April 30, 2018

Tie-Front Paperbag Pants

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I love the look of paperbag pants but it's so difficult to find a pair that is flattering on me. I saw this pair on the Shein website and decided to give it a shot. These pants are not perfect but they're doable. Vertical stripes create long lines, thus making me look taller (I am only 5'2"). These pants are so comfortable and look great with flats as well as heels (they get bonus points for having functional pockets). If you work in a casual office, paperbag pant is a great and chic alternative to the dressy trouser. Outfit details: Shein pants *size XS* | Forever 21 bodysuit | H&M denim jacket | similar nude mules
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Friday, April 27, 2018

Gucci Marmont Super Mini Bag

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Happy Friday, ladies! Today, I am super excited to reveal my latest purchase - the Gucci Marmont super mini bag. To be completely honest with you, I didn't think I would own a Gucci bag. I know Gucci bags have been all the rage and their popularity continues to rise. I didn't jump on the bandwagon for several reasons: 1. I tend to splurge on classic handbags. Even though Gucci is so big right now, their bags are still very trendy. I have a hard time spending large amounts of $$ on a trendy handbag. 2. Everyone and their mother owns a Gucci bag. I understand you like that you like but seeing it everywhere kind of killed my interest. 3. I just don't need another flap bag in my closet. I am trying to build a diverse handbag collection

With that being said, I didn't think I would own a Gucci bag until this little beauty came into the picture. I thought about it for a month and decided to pull the trigger. I have this bag for 3 weeks now and I can't get enough of it. Like I mentioned above, I don't want to spend a lot on a trendy bag and this little bag is very well priced. This bag surprisingly fits all my essentials. Last but not least, it's super versatile. Watch the video to see how to wear this bag five different ways. Even though I always lean toward silver hardware, I love the antiqued gold hardware on this bag. This "dusty pink" is the prettiest shade of nude and it goes with practically everything. All in all, I am very pleased with this purchase. Even though it's a trendy bag, it still has that classic look that won't go out of style for awhile. This exact color is currently available at Gucci, Neiman Marcus and Saks and a pre-owned option available here
GucciMarmontSuperMini_WhatFits {What fits: iPhone X | a compact wallet | a medium-sized key fob | a mini lipstick}

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Take an extra 10% off these luxury handbags

FashionPhile offers an additional 10% off all their discounted items (ONE DAY ONLY - use code SPRING10). This is a super rare opportunity that's worth checking out. They have the best selection of pre-owned luxury handbags in my opinion. I sold and bought from them many times in the past and my experience has always been positive. Shop the rest of the items here (things are selling out fast!!!)
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Gucci Marmont in nude *save $485*
Louis Vuitton palmspring backpack *I am drooling!!*
Prada double tote in black *save over $1200*
Prada double tote in camel *amazing price - save over $1800!!!*
Hermes Evelyn *I love this - so perfect for spring/summer*
Dior wallet on chain *gorgeous color*
Cartier love bracelet *save over $1200*
Chanel necklace *love*
Chanel brooch

The classics
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- Chanel wallet on chain *The red WOC is just sold but this black one is gorgeous and available for $500 less than retail*
- Louis Vuitton speedy 25B *I own this*
- Chanel classic jumbo flap *this black one is sold as well - The same one in beige clair is still available for $1200 less than retail*
- Chanel boy in black *gorgeous light gold hardware*
- David Yurman classic cable bracelet
- Louis Vuitton wallet *my everyday wallet*
- Hermes Kelly *I own this*
- Hermes belt
- Gucci wallet on chain

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Floral Culotte Jumpsuit

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Let's address the obvious =) I cut my hair! Lots of people think this hairstyle suits me well. What do you think? I am still getting used to my new look but loving it so far. Now, let's address the not-so-obvious..I love jumpsuits/rompers. My latest obsession is the culotte jumpsuit. If you're a petite woman, you know how hard it is to find the perfect pair of culottes. I scoured the web and stumped upon this little beauty from Cotton On. I've heard about the brand before but have never purchased anything from them. I love the fact that they carry a huge selection of extended sizes. I decided to order this jumpsuit in a size XXS and couldn't have asked for a better fit. The print is so beautiful in person. The bottom part is unlined but you can get away with light undergarment. However, the top part is fully lined. The culotte length hits my calves at the perfect spot (which is amazing). Overall, this purchase was a hit. Cotton On is running 30% sitewide right now and this print is calling my name =) Outfit details: Cotton On jumpsuit *size XXS* | similar suede sandals | H&M denim jacket
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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Travel Bucket List :: Banff, Canada

Born and raised in a tropical country, I used to dislike cold weather. Then I've learned to just roll with it. After being married to a cold weather loving person, I started to appreciate the beauty of winter. Banff has been on our travel bucket list for quite some time but it kept getting pushed back. I am so glad that we can finally check this charming town off our bucket list. Pictures don't do this town justice. Beautiful and stunning mountain views everywhere you turn. It was an amazing trip from all aspects. Here is a recap of our winter trip to Banff.
Where to stay: We stayed at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. While our deluxe lake view room was amazing, what we essentially paid for was that drop dead gorgeous view. It's one of those things that you just have to do it once and wouldn't necessarily need to do it again. The room is pretty average in my opinion but the view is incredible (you'll get a glimpse of the room in the video above). If it's your first time in Banff, I would 100% recommend you stay here purely for the experience.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Floral blouse for Spring :: Sunday random thoughts

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I had a really fun evening catching up with friends and family. We usually get together every 2 or 3 weeks. It's actually something I look forward to. I've been thinking a lot about life lately. There isn't a day that goes by that I'm not thankful for the people I love and surround myself with. My life isn't always sunshine and rainbows. I've been through some tough times and it took me almost a decade to learn how to live the life I want. I had some really great conversations with close friends and family tonight so I guess they kind of inspired me to share with you 4 life lessons I've learned throughout the years. Outfit details: Shein floral blouse *the quality is super nice and it's perfect for spring* | Levi's 721 jeans | similar suede sandals | Chanel boy bag

1. Life is too short to not live it the way you want to - I know it's easier said than done but it's so true. I still remember vividly my 18th birthday. In the blink of an eye, I am now reaching 40 =( You only have one chance on this earth, don't waste it. Spend your time doing the things that make you happy. Get out of a toxic friendship, an unhappy marriage, a stressful job or just simply distance yourself from negativity. Don't waste your time and energy on people who don't respect, appreciate and value you. You can't change people, either you accept how they are or start living life without them.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Sephora VIB Sale :: Recommendations

As you might already know, the Sephora Spring Bonus Event starts tomorrow for all Rouge members. Everything you need to know about this highly anticipated event is here. I am not a makeup junkie but I can definitely recommend a few things if you're interested in trying them out. Some of them are my tried and true products that I've been using for year. Some of them are really great products that I discovered recently.
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- IT Cosmetics confidence in a cream - This is a new moisturizer that I picked up last December. I've been using it for over 4 months now and am really impressed with it. This moisturizer makes my skin feel so soft and hydrated. It's a thick cream but absorbs quickly and does not leave my skin greasy. I can't recommend it enough.
Olaplex Hair Perfector No. 3 - This is another new product that I've been trying. If you're not familiar with Olaplex, it's a 3-step system to treat damaged hair. The first 2 steps can only be done in-salon. The No. 3 Hair Perfector is the last step that you can do at home. It simply serves as a deep moisturizing treatment to helps rebuild damaged hair. I use it once a week and have seen great improvement to my hair.
Jo Malone fragrance - Sephora now carries Jo Malone fragrance and I couldn't be happier. Their fragrances never go on sale. 2 of my favorite scents are peony & blush suede and orange blossom
- Becca highlighter in champagne pop - This is the only highlighter I keep in my makeup drawers. A little bit goes a long way. It has a really smooth consistency with excellent color pay off. Champagne pop gives my skin a stubble nature glow.
- Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum - This is one of my tried and true items. I've been using this serum every night for the past 3 years. I will keep repurchasing this product
- Tatcha Perfecting Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 35 - Another beauty must have product for me. This serves as my everyday SPF and primer
- Tatcha cleansing oil: Another product that I use every night to take off my makeup. It removes everything including waterproof mascara. It's a staple product in my beauty regiment.