Monday, March 18, 2019

Teddy Blake Eliza Bucket Bag

TeddyBlakeElizaBag_SydneysFashionDiary We got a few inches of snow last night out of no where but I am looking forward to spring-like weather starting next week. Speaking of Spring, I have the perfect bag for Spring to talk about today. I worked with Teddy Blake several times in the past and am always been a fan of their bags. As the matter of fact, I carry the Vanessa as my everyday work bag. I have it for almost than a year now and it's holding up so well. The bucket bag trend is still going strong for Spring and I am thrilled to add this beauty to my Spring wardrobe. Outfits details: Teddy Blake Eliza bag | Express white jeans | Old Navy chambray shirt | Rolex watch | Steve Madden wedges | Gucci belt
OldNavyChambrayShirt_SydneysFashionDiary The Eliza Vitello is made from 100% Italian smooth calf leather and a contrasting colored leather interior. The leather is gorgeous. It's soft and flexible but stiff enough to keep the bag in shape. Size-wise, the bag is available in 2 sizes (9" and 12"). I have the small one and the size is perfect for me. There is plenty of space for my daily essentials without being too big and bulky. I was pleasantly surprised to find out that this bag comes with a detachable interior zip pouch. It's great for organizing and can also be used as a wristlet when you don't want to take the whole bag. Being petite, I appreciate the completely adjustable shoulder strap. This bucket bag is available in 6 different color combinations. The rose color is so pretty for Spring. However, pink is not my first choice of color so I opted for the light grey version with the rose interior. Light grey and blush pink compliment each other so well. All in all, it's a great everyday bag and I am looking forward to style it with my spring outfits. TeddyBlakeBucketBag_SydneysFashionDiary TeddyBlakeBucketBag_SydneysFashionDiary SpringOutfitIdeas_SydneysFashionDiary

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Save on new designer pieces for Spring 2019

If you're looking to save a little on the new season collections, this sale is for you. From now - Sunday, take $100 off purchases of $700 or more (use code FORYOU7) or $200 off purchases of $1300 or more. Below are brand new arrivals for Spring 2019
Saint Laurent college bag (new colors)
Valentino Rockstud pumps
Prada bamboo basket bag (so chic!)
Prada blush pink bag (new style this season)
Jimmy Choo Romy pumps
Saint Laurent brooch (also available in gold)
Burberry classic scarf
Saint Laurent wallet on chain (you'll get maximum discount)
Gianvito Rossi Plexi pumps

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

5 of my biggest pet peeves when it comes to luxury goods

Today's post is a bit different. I wanted to share 5 of my biggest pet peeves when it comes to designer goods. Keep in mind that these are my own opinions. Please don't take it personal. This post is for entertainment purposes only. You do you =)
1. Logo mania: There is no secret that I love luxury goods. However, I  will never wear head-to-toe designer logos. A piece of jewelry, a belt or a bag will take your outfit to the next level but not all at once. You don't want to be a walking billboard. There is nothing classy about covering in designer logos.
2. Logo handbags at work: I love my handbags and wish I could use them daily. However, carrying a recognizable logo bag to work is not something I'd do. If you work in the fashion industry or creative field then it might not be a big deal at all. As for my work bag, I switch back and forth between this bag and this bag
3. "Casually" mention how much something costs without being asked: Please do not mention the price tag without being asked. In this day and age, if someone wants to know how much something costs, they can find it out in 0.2 seconds. Throwing some numbers around without being asked makes you a try-hard. I know someone like this IRL and she drives me nuts (especially when I know for a fact that the price wasn't even accurate)

4. Designer goods do not define you: Wearing head-to-toe designer does not make you better than anyone else. Be humble and learn to appreciate what you have. We buy luxury goods to enhance  our lives so don't let them take away the meaning of your life.

5. Don't be judgmental: I rarely share my luxury purchases with people outside of my family. Sometimes, people are quick to judge others. They automatically assume that I am materialistic. I am not. I just appreciate the finer things in life.

There you have it! What are you biggest fashion pet peeves? I'd love to hear

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Review :: Canada Goose Rideau Slim Fit Parka

A Canada Goose parka has been on my wishlist for a couple of years now. I wanted to get one last Fall but decided to hold off for a little while longer since we spent quite a bit last year. I mentioned in this post that I spent next to nothing in Jan and Feb and as I wanted to treat myself after landing a new job, I decided to pull the trigger on the purchase. What I was looking for: 
- A non-fur parka: I know Canada Goose is known for their fur hood but it's not my cup of tea. It never has been and it never will be.
- A hip-length parka: I tried on the Kensington and it's so overwhelming on my petite frame. I am only interested in hip-length styles.
- A slim fit cut: Canada Goose jackets are bulky in general. There are several slim cuts and those are the ones that I was looking to purchase.
- A pop of color: Canada Goose parkas are available in all classic colors such as black, navy, grey and olive green. However, I only wanted the red one to add a pop of color.

Thursday, March 7, 2019

February Recap :: March Plans

February goals: 
- Learn something new: I went ice skating for the first time last month. I thought I'd have no problem transitioning from skiing to ice-skating. Boy, was I wrong. I had a difficult time balancing myself. It was fun regardless. Hopefully, I'll do better next time.
- Finalize our summer vacation: Our trip to Aruba is booked! The kids can't wait to see the flamingos in person. We will be staying at the Renaissance hotel. I am thrilled to find out that there is a Starbucks on site and the Renaissance mall next to the hotel (what??)
- Re-paint Madelyn's bedroom: Unfortunately, we didn't have time to get this done. My husband traveled quite a bit for work in February. I am not sure whether or not we have time to get it done this month
- Achieve a financial goal: We achieved a financial goal that we set out and I am very proud of it. I shared a few financial tips here if you're interested.
- February purchases: I spent $30 on a few cheap and cheerful pieces last month (the bodysuit in this post and 2 pairs of earrings). I wear stud earrings everyday so I picked up 2 fun pairs to spice up my outfits. Basically, I spent $30 so far in 2019 =)

Monthly goals:
- File income tax: I always do our own taxes. My goal is to get it done this weekend
- Purge and organize my closet: My closet is an absolute mess at the moment =( I need to spend a few hours purging and organizing it.
- Finalize our Peru trip: My goal is to finish booking our trip to Peru by the end of this month. We already figured out all the details but I still need to make hotel reservations and purchase train tickets. I can't wait to share the details with you.

Looking forward to:
- Celebrate my Mom's birthday: We're celebrating my Mom's birthday this weekend. She'll be 64!
- Celebrate my husband's birthday: Hubby is also celebrating his birthday at the end of the month. I am still looking for fun ideas to celebrate his birthday.
- Spend time with the kids during spring break: Looking forward to warmer weather and spending times with my kids during spring break. Since we already have 3 trips planned this year, we're staying home for spring break

Sunday, March 3, 2019

Moms can have fun too

Last weekend, I went out with my girls to celebrate another birthday. There were 3 birthdays in February so basically, we went out every weekend. I don't think I have a friend who has a birthday in March. I need a break (lol!) We had dinner, we danced  and we hung out together until 1:00 a.m. It had been a long time since I stayed up that late. One of the biggest misconceptions about moms is that they can't have fun. That's totally not true. All my friends are parents. 2 of them from the group pic below have 4 kids. Can you guess which ones? In the hustle and bustle of everyday life, it can be hard to take a moment to breath. However, when we're together, we can let loose and be silly. It's important to have and maintain our relationships beyond our families. Don't get me wrong, as a true introvert, I value my alone time. As the matter of fact, I enjoy my alone time. However, I am a firm believer that quality friends enrich our lives. Life is hard enough before you throw in parenthood, career and marriage. Sometimes you just want to take time for yourself and do what make you happy. We had a blast that night. There was no judgment, no jealously, no gossip..just lots of laughs and lots of fun. Outfit details: Express leopard skirt | Forever 21 bodysuit | Valentino pumps

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Tory Burch Private Sale :: Up to 70% off

I bought this bag for my Mom for Christmas and she loves it so much. Tory Burch is currently running their private sale. This exact bag is no longer available but this piece is from the same line. Shop the entire sale here
1. Fleming tote (the color is so perfect for Spring/Summer)
2. Fleming tote (available in 4 color - more than half off!!)
3. Robinson double-zip tote (50% off)
4. Robinson top handle satchel (available in 8 colors)
5. Robin convertible bag (available in 8 colors)
6. Miller sandals
7. Liana ballet flats
8. Bima wedges
9. Brooke riding boots (all sizes are still available - 55% off)

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Let's talk personal finances

I mentioned in this post if you're interested in our financial planning process and some of you said yes. We just finished reviewing our financial plan for 2019 so I thought I'd share a few things while they're still fresh in my mind. A couple of disclaimers: I am neither a financial planner nor I have a background in finance. We've learned quite a bit from our personal financial planner in terms of what works best for us. # 2: Please keep in mind that what works for us may not work for you. Every individual/family has a different financial situation. At the end of the day, do what makes sense for you and your family. Note: These photos have nothing to do with this post. Just a few random ones that bring back good times and good memories =)
{Taken during our trip to Paris}
Step 1: The first step is to pay off all your credit card debts: Those debts are evil! The goal is to have only mortgage payment and maybe a car payment. Everything else should be paid in full at the end of each month.

Step 2: Create a budget plan: Once your debts are paid off, it's time to create a budget plan. In most cases, you can figure out how much you'll bring home per month. However, not everyone has a clear idea of their monthly expenses. To be completely honest with you, we were very surprised to find out that we spent so much money in a month (water bill, gas bill, electric bill, cable bill, phone bill, sewer bill, auto insurance, home insurance, child care expenses, the list goes on...). Having a budget plan makes you aware of what's going on with your money. You don't need any fancy tools. An Excel spreadsheet would do. Create a section for your take-home income and another section for your expenses. A simple calculation will tell you exactly how much money you have left per month. Don't be surprised if the amount is way less than what you expected

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Weekend Sale :: Designer Bags & Shoes

Sharing a few bags and shoes that went on sale recently just in case you're interested.
Chloe Nile bag in burgundy (love the color)
Jimmy Choo Romy 100 (40% - so sad my size isn't available. Otherwise, I would totally get them)
Jimmy Choo Romy 85 (40% off)

Friday, February 22, 2019

Current Favorites

TGIF! It's been a tough week for us. My Mom had a surgery on Valentine's Day. Thank goodness it went well and she's on the road to recovery. My husband is out of town this week on a business trip. I had to be at a work conference. On top of that, there were school delays and closings. I am so looking forward to doing nothing this weekend. Today, I am sharing a few of my recent favorites BerkshireNewArrivals_SydneysFashionDiary
If you ladies have been with me for awhile, you know I am a huge fan of Berkshire hosiery. I've done a few reviews here, here, here and here. Their tights are incredibly well made. I am still wearing the ones that I got almost 2 years ago. Thanks to the Berkshire team for sending over a few styles from their latest collection - The Easy On. These tights feature gentle shaping for a natural, sleek appearance, build-in ventilation with cooling fibers and a comfort waistband for easy on. They feel so nice against the skin. If you're looking for a new favorite pantyhose, give this collection a try. I promise you won't be disappointed.