Thursday, August 6, 2020

Summer Uniform

This is one of my go-to outfits that I've been wearing a lot lately - A pair of ripped jeans (or shorts) pairing with a bodysuit. I am sorry for photographing the same background for months. I haven't been really ventured out that much. If I need to be somewhere, it's usually just a quick run. I don't go out these days just to take outfit photos =) Hope you all are staying safe and staying healthy. Outfit details: Wild Fable jeans | Amazon bodysuit | Gucci belt bag | Steven NY sandals

Sunday, August 2, 2020

Everything is $15 - Sale extended

**Update: The site crashed last night and I know some of you weren't able to shop. It's backup and running now. They have extended the sale so you can give it another try. Items are selling out really fast. The quickest way to get what you want is to click see the entire sale then filter by your size. Happy Monday, ladies!**

Sharing another incredible promotion tonight. You have less than 2 hours left to shop. They might or might not extend the sale. Until midnight, everything pictured below is $15. There are over 1000 pieces for only $15 here
Pink jumpsuit  - $15 (was $88)
Pink sheath dress - $15 (was $69)
Belted cardigan - $15 (was $79)
White lace dress -$15 (was $108)
Sherpa sweatshirt - $15 ($79)
Lace belted shorts - $15 (was $60)
Skinny jeans - $15 (was $80)
White culottes - $15 (was $80)
Nude heels - $15 (was $60)

Thursday, July 30, 2020

Review :: Gucci GG Marmont Sandals

I am slowly but surely growing my designer shoe collection. Unlike designer handbags, I am always  hesitant to spend money on designer shoes. I make sure they fit my lifestyle before pulling the trigger. I purchased these adorable Gucci sandals last month and I am very pleased with my purchase. Sharing a quick review today if you're interested in these sandals as well.
Sizing: They run a tad small. I am a true size 7 and went up half a size to 37.5 and they were a perfect fit with room to spare. Looking at the footbed, I believe these sandals can accommodate wider feet as well. I decided to get these in navy but they are available in 9 different colors! There come in some beautiful pastel colors.

Quality: The quality is superb. The iconic Gucci logo is very distinct if you're into the logomania trend. The upper and sole are made of 100% leather. With the right care, leather shoes can last much longer. They are mold to your feet for a better fit and more comfort. Leather shoes on the other hand, tend to be heavier than synthetic materials. 

Comfort: Even though there is no cushioning underfoot, they are pretty comfortable right out of the box. I wore them out for 4 hours straight with no problems whatsoever. They didn't require any breaking in and didn't give me any blisters. These sandals are versatile and go with pretty much anything! 

Overall, a great wardrobe Summer staple to wear again and again. The design is classic yet sleek and sophisticated. Are they worth the price tag? Luxury goods aren't worth the high price tags in my opinion. It's a want, not a need. However, if you have the ability to spend within your means, then why not? These sandals are available at Bloomingdales, Saks, Gucci, Nordstrom and Farfetch.

Amazing shoes for under $20

Sorry for double posting today. I just have to share this incredible deal with you. I don't shop at DSW often but I do check their site from time to time since I have a few friends who work at DSW. DSW is headquartered in Columbus, OH. They are offering an additional 60% off selected sale styles. There are some beautiful shoes at  amazing discounts. I ended up with 5 pairs of shoes for under $60!! Everything pictured below is under $20 (use code EXTRA60 at checkout)! Shop the entire sale here. Sizes are selling out fast so act quickly if you're interested.

Enzo Angiolini red suede mules - $13.99 (was $89)
Steve Madden suede flats - $19.99 (was $69.99)
Plaid loafers *perfect for Fall* - $13.99 (was $60)
Basic suede pumps for work - $13.99 (was $80)
Black snake print sandals *$17.99 (was $100)

Monday, July 27, 2020

Affordable high-neck dress

Happy Monday, everyone! Being home for months, I don't mind making cheap and cheerful purchases to keep me sane and of course, cheerful =). This adorable dress was one of them. For under $20, I have no complaints. I love the halter neck and the print is so on trend. I wore this to my nephew's birthday yesterday and it kept me cool. It comes with a matching tie belt but I decided to pair it with one of my old belts to break up the pattern. Our little guy turned 6 yesterday. The cake was so delicious. You can buy the exact cake here. How are you holding up? The past few weeks have been tough. My husband and I are trying to figure out what makes the most sense for the kids when it comes to school. We want to make this year a positive one for them but it's not easy. There are too many unknowns right now. All we can do is navigating your way through the COVID-19 pandemic with a positive outlook and mindset. Outfit details: Dress *size XS* | Sandals *buy one get one free with code B1G1*| Sunglasses
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Wednesday, July 15, 2020

A road trip to the Great Lakes

Being cooped up at home for months, we were itching to travel again. Flying isn't an option right now. We were looking for places within driving distance of 6 hours or less and decided on a road trip to Michigan (ended up being 6.5 hours from where we live). Lake Michigan has some of the most beautiful beaches in the country. To be completely honest, I didn't have high expectations. Blue water and white sand are my kind of vacation. We went with a friend's family. They have kids around Madelyn's age so they play so great together. We also took Courtney's best friend so she has someone to hang out with. At this age, they have more fun with their friends than with us. We rented a 3 bedroom condo for 8 of us and it worked out perfectly. As mentioned early, I didn't have high expectations but I was blown away by its beauty. Here's a recap of our weekend getaway.
1. Mackinac Island: Starting off with my favorite place to visit. Located between the upper and lower peninsulas of Michigan. Mackinac Island is a charming vacation spot and offers a simpler way of life. The entire island has no cars in 1898 (only horses and bicycles are allowed) giving the place a laid-back vibe. There are endless things to do on the island: hiking, biking, horseback riding. There are tours, festivals and endless dining options and shops. We spent the day exploring this beautiful island and I completely fell in love. I even consider purchasing a vacation home there but after doing some research, I realized everything is out of my budget. Go figure =) I definitely plan to go back and stay on the island sometimes in the near future.
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{Outfit details: Pink dress | Sandals | White sunglasses}
2. Sleeping Bear Dunes: If you're visiting Michigan, this is a must-see. It's so beautiful in person. My camera couldn't quite capture the beauty. The sand dunes are a bit of a hike (and farther than it appears) but after making it to the lake shore, the views of the islands are exceptional.
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3. Torch Lake: There are so many beautiful lakes in Michigan but Torch Lake takes the cake. It's famous for its sandbars and turquoise blue waters. Its color is often compared to the Caribbean. The famous sandbar is currently closed due to Coronavirus outbreak. The water is crystal clear and the lake in general is just stunning. The girls went tubing, the husband water-skied then we docked the boat and spent the entire day relaxing on the lake. Watch a short clip below to see how beautiful the water is. Everyone had the best time.
All in all, it was a wonderful and much needed getaway. I know people aren't comfortable about traveling yet. I am not either but at the same time, we have to safely learn to live with the virus. We are cautious but not overly panicking. Mental health is just as important as physical health. Every time we do something that is normal, the kids are so happy. This weekend getaway is exactly what we needed. We are in fact planning another trip to the mountains next month. Stay tuned if you're interested to know where we are heading

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Staying healthy at home

Being cooped up at home during the pandemic may make you anxious, stressed, stir-crazy or lethargic. But maintaining a healthy routine can help you stay emotionally and physically fit. Today, I am sharing a few tips which may help you find ways to make your home time more healthy. These pictures have nothing to do with the post. They were taken a month ago before I chopped off my hair =) Outfit details: Dress | Sandals | Sunglasses.
Stress Management: Managing stress is crucial to health, and although it may feel impossible when stuck at home for days on end, you can create space and new habits to help manage stress. Tip: Create a space in your home where you can relax. For me, it's my closet. When I need some alone time, I can just shut the closet door. It's big enough that I can spend time in there reading, connecting with my friends on the phone or just simply relaxing.
Stay connected socially: Use virtual chats, email, the phone, and text to keep in touch with friends and family. If you know me in real time, you probably know I prefer texts over calls. However, I am starting to enjoy talking on the phone with people. I talk to my family members and friends during my daily walk and it's actually really nice to connect and catch up. I also meet up with friends twice a month for social distancing happy hours and we all looking forward to it every time.
Nutrition: Focus on eating healthy and staying hydrated. Although you may be tempted to stock up on nonperishable, it’s wise to have plenty of fruits and vegetables available. Consider fresh-frozen foods that are packed with nutrition: berries, broccoli, spinach, peas, potatoes, carrots, etc. Beans, legumes, nuts and seeds are a good source of fiber and protein, and they store well if need be. Avoid stress-eating. Be aware that you may find that boredom and stress have you reaching for snacks full of sugar and salt. Instead of stress-eating, do some exercise or have a glass of water to see if the cravings pass. I am not a healthy eater by no means but I am cautious of what I put in my body.
Exercise: Just because you are stuck at home doesn’t mean you can’t exercise. There are plenty of home workouts that require nothing more than your own body weight: push-ups, squats, burpees, sit-ups, planks, jumping jacks, stair climbing, etc. Even dancing to your favorite music will get your heart pumping. You can also watch exercise videos, or yoga workouts for free on YouTube. My favorite channel is Chloe Ting. Getting outside for a walk is a great way to get both fresh air and exercise. Go for a run, or just walk the dog a few extra times each day and you can maintain your fitness level. I either run or walk every single day for the past 4 months and it does make a huge difference.
Sleep: Getting quality sleep helps your immune system which keeps you healthy. Tips: Try to turn off your screens well before bed (I am guilty of this), listen to soothing music before falling asleep and enjoy the silence (I am a huge fan of this). My kids go to their rooms between 9:00 p.m - 9:30 p.m so that I can have an hour of quiet time to myself. These healthy habits are beneficial whether you’re working from home or not. But in times of stress, paying attention to your health is especially important.

Thursday, July 9, 2020

Life lately

Hope you're having a great week so far. Today is my last working day of the week. My family and I are taking a road trip with a friend's family this weekend. Everyone is excited and looking forward to some downtime. Just wanted to share what's happening in our life lately. First of all, I chopped my hair off and I love it. Change is always a good thing. I am ready for Summer.
Speaking of the road trip, I picked up a few affordable pieces for the trip and I love them so much. I thought I'd share them just in case you're interested.
High-rise shorts *size 00* - Only $15
Oversized t-shirt *size XS* - Looks very cute tuck in high-waisted shorts
Paradise muscle tank *size S* - Another cute basic
Hot pink one-piece swimsuit *size XS* - The color is super neon in person which I love
Lisa Marie Fernandez for Target dress *size XS* - The latest designer collaboration is now 30% off including these pretty Love Shack Fancy dresses
One piece swimsuit *size S8 - Only $12
Leopard halter dress *size XS* - Only $18
Button front dress *size XS*
Puff sleeve rompers *on major sale*
Last but not least, our sweet puppy turns 1 today. Time does sure fly. I still remember the day we brought him home. We went to a dog park yesterday. He had a blast swimming in the lake. Then we went home, cleaned up and I baked him a cake. He's such a sweet boy and we love him dearly. Hope you're all having a safe and fun summer so far despite the pandemic.

Monday, July 6, 2020

The tie-dye trend

Just in case you're interested, my beloved Coach Cassie is 50% off today. I love this bag so much and this is an absolute steal!!!
Hope you all had a wonderful and relaxing long weekend with your loved ones. I had an amazing 3-day weekend celebrating Fourth of July with my family. We got together with a couple of friends for a cookout and a lot of boating. With the current situation, we certainly appreciate and enjoy the little things in life more. If you haven't noticed, tie-dye is making a major comeback since lockdown kicked in. It becomes the hottest quarantine fashion trend. A month ago, tie-dye kits were sold out everywhere. They are still hard to find. I got a few Rit primary colors from Amazon and mixed them together to create the colors that I wanted. This is a great activity to do with young kids. I purchased a bunch of solid colored t-shirts, sweatpants, sweatshirts and we had so much fund tie-dying together. If you love the tie-dye trend but don't want to deal with the mess, there are so many cute pieces available for purchase here.

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Another way to wear the Gucci belt bag

I styled this Gucci belt bag a few different ways here. However, when worn cross-body, the belt doesn't lay flat on my body. To combat the issue, I purchased this strap from Amazon and it works out perfectly for what I wanted to do. The color of the strap matches the color of the bag pretty well. It's adjustable and more importantly, it's so comfortable to wear. Looking forward to enjoy this bag more this summer. Outfit details: Gucci belt bag | Femme Luxe jeans | Le Specs sunglasses | Cami bodysuit