Friday, October 20, 2017

First Impressions :: Louis Vuitton Palmsprings Backpack PM

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I had the chance to attend Store 5a's handbag event last week and let me tell you they have so much eye candy. There are a few bags that caught my attention and I am going to give you my first impressions in the next few weeks. I obviously do not own them so I can't give you a full review but hopefully, you'll get something out of it. Today's star of the show is this Louis Vuitton Palmsprings backpack in the PM size. Oh my goodness, how adorable right? I had my eye on the mini size a while back. I did have a chance to see it in person and ultimately decided it's not worth the $1900 price tag (it's super tiny). PM is the next size up from mini and if I have the $$ to spend, this is the size I would go for. This particular size retails for $1960. Store 5a listed for $1450 (that's a significant saving). This bag is practically brand new with no signs of wear. As stated many times on this blog that I don't mind pre-owned handbags. There are gems can be found on the secondhand market and this is definitely one of them. This bag is unfortunately just sold but you can check out what's still available here. Two absolute steals that I think you should check out are: #1: This Burberry scarf: My husband got the exact same scarf in a different colorway for my birthday. Otherwise, I would totally purchase this one. It's almost half off. I've seen it in person and the condition is impeccable # 2: This Gucci pouch: How gorgeous is this? It's so on trend and less than $400.

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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Up to 70% off @ Tory Burch

Tory Burch is having their private sale right now. Some items are marked down up to 70% off. Below are a few things I have my eye on:

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Brown tall riding boots (under $200 - that's a steal!)
Black tall riding boots (only $129 - limited sizesavailable)
Bucket bag (40% off - available in 4 colors)
Olive green suede tote (50% off - gorgeous!)
Wallet on chain (60% off - amazing color for Fall)
Pom-pom key chain (under $50)
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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Custom made trousers

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If you're a petite then you know finding trousers that fit right is incredibly difficult. I am excited to share another piece of clothing made by Sumissura. This is my 4th item from them and the experience was great. I won't go too much into detail regarding the process as I covered pretty everything you need to know in these three posts (my first coat, my second coat and my dress). In this post, I wanted to share the remake experience. With 3 previous items, I was lucky that everything turned out great. They fit so well without adjustments needed. However, the pants did not fit right the first time. It was too tight around my knees (pic below). I am not sure if it was my fault for not providing the correct measurements or what. I contacted their customer service and they said no problem, we'll remake the pants for you (no questions asked, no hassle). I re-entered my new measurements and 2 weeks later, a brand new pair of trousers showed up on my doorstep and they fit perfectly. How amazing is that? The fabric feels so nice against my skin. I wanted to point out that the pants have no lining (which caught me by surprise). I don't think there is an option to add a lining. If you live in a warmer climate, unlined pant is probably a better option for you. I am so used to lined dress pants. All in all, I am so excited to have a nice pair of dress pants for work. If you have a hard time finding a pair of great fitting trousers, please take a look at their site. Outfit details: Sumissura pants c/o | similar blouse | Banana Republic pumps | Saint Laurent bag

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Monday, October 16, 2017

Fall Haul 2017

Today, I have a haul for you. You know I don't shop for clothes on a regular basis. I usually make one big purchase before our annual summer vacation and one in the Fall. All items in this haul are pretty affordable. I did a quick video to show you how they look on me. Hope you enjoy!


Bottoms:
I purchased 3 pairs of jeans and 1 pair of trousers for the upcoming cold season. The jeans are basic without any bells or whistles. I wanted basic jeans that I can wear anywhere. They are high-waisted which is my favorite silhouette at the moment. high-waisted denim can give the illusion of an hourglass body shape. The striped pants fit amazingly and I am sure I will get a ton of wear out of them.
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1. A&F high rise ankle jeans *size 00*
2. High waisted raw hem cropped leggings *size 00 - full length on me*
3. Topshop Jamie jeans *size 26x30 - the perfect length*
4. Express high-waisted ankle pants *size 00 short*

Tops:
I picked up 2 sweaters and 1 cardigan from Shein and let me tell you, they're amazing. I said it before and I'll say it again, I feel like Shein has really stepped up their game. The styles are on point and prices are so affordable. I often find myself browsing their site. This ruffle sweater comes in 6 different colors and feels so nice in person. This orange sweater is absolutely perfect for Fall. I love the balloon sleeve trend and the funnel neck. This sweater would look amazing with a olive green suede mini skirt. Speaking of olive green, I also picked up this olive green cardigan. It's just a basic cardigan that everyone would need in their wardrobe. It's a lightweight cardigan that is perfect for this time of the year.
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4. Shein ruffle sweater *size S - available in 6 colors*
5. Shein high-neck sweater *size S*
6. Shein olive green cardigan *size S - also available in egg plant*

I also picked 2 heavier cardigans for the colder months. First up is this gorgeous one from Express. It's so cozy and the color again is perfect for Fall. The second one is this cocoon cardigan from the kids department. I love the style and the length is perfect on me. This neutral piece will pair well with absolutely everything in my closet. I needed a silky camisole to go with all these cardigan so I picked up this lace-trim cami from A&F. I love the lace trim and it's great for layering. Last but not least is this Adidas sweatshirt. It is the perfect comfy throw on and go sweatshirt. It's so comfy and soft on the inside.

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8. Old Navy cocoon cardigan *size L kids*
9. A&F lace trim cami *size XS*
10. Adidas sweatshirt *size XS*

Friday, October 13, 2017

Gucci price increase :: Marmont belt review

If you're a fan of Gucci then you're probably aware of their recent price increase (somewhere between 5%-15%). However, I notice department stores still have old prices on their sites. If you're been eyeing one of the bags below, act now before they update their prices.

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Gucci Mini Marmont: Old price ($1590) vs. new price ($1690)
Gucci Soho Disco: Old price ($980) vs. new price ($1190)

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

My microblading experience

It's been almost 3 months since I got my eyebrows microbladed so I thought now is a good time to share my experience.

History: I got my eyebrows tattooed roughly 10 years ago (the old technique). They were completely faded prior to the treatment (as seen below). I had to fill in my brows every single day. It can be a daunting task. I knew I wanted to give microbladding a try but couldn't find someone that I am comfortable enough near where I live. A few months prior to my trip to FL, I did some research and finally settled on South Florida Microblading by Trish. You can see her amazing work here. Our trip was jam packed with activities and the only time I can get my brows done was at 7:00 p.m on Sunday 07.16. We texted back and forth and she was very accommodating. I got to her place around 7:00 p.m and 2.5 hours later, I walked out with my new brows.
Before

What is microblading? Microblading is a form of semi-permanent makeup. A tiny blade is used to create hair-like feather strokes to mimic hairs.
How much did it cost? Microblading can run anywhere between $400 - $800 (for both the initial procedure and touch-up) depending on where you go. Trish charges $550. However since I knew I won't be able to go back to her for the touch up appointment, she only charged me $380 for the first appointment. I eventually found someone locally to do the touch-up and her price is $400 for both appointments.
Pre-care instructions:
- Do not pick/tweeze/wax one week before the procedure
- Do not tan or have any type of facial peel 2 weeks prior
- Do not have Botox 3 weeks prior
- To avoid bleeding, do not take Aspirin or Ibuprofen before the procedure (this thins the blood)
Does it hurt? No it doesn't but it stings really bad. I did not have any numbing cream (more info below). It feels like a paper cut but 100 times worse.
How long does it take? My initial appointment lasted 2.5 hours from start to finish. Trish took the first hour working on the drawing. The actual microblading procedure took about an hour as well.
The initial appointment: I had a few pictures on my phone but honestly, I just let her do her thing. After seeing her amazing work, I trust she knows what she's doing. The pigment: I believe we went with Phibrows "brown 2" mixed with one drop of Phibrows "brown 3". Trish is a certified Phibrows artist. Phibrows is probably one of the world's leading experts in the field of permanent makeup and microblading. They have training classes all over the world. I felt very confident that I made the right choice. She spent the 1st hour taking before pictures, drawing, perfecting every little detail and making sure we were happy 100% happy with the shape. Before starting the actual microblading process, she told me she prefers not to use numbing cream if I can tolerate the pain for the first 30 minutes. The reason is that numbing cream numbs your skin and it's harder to create natural-looking strokes. I agreed to go through with the process without numbing cream. After the first pass, she put a topical numbing cream on my brows and it helped tremendously.

Aftercare: After the procedure, she gave me some ointment along with aftercare instructions. The most difficult part of the healing process was avoid getting my brows wet for 10 days. I was sweating like a pig the next day at Disney (July is no joke in Florida). I brought a small towel with me to dap my brows throughout the day. Other than that, I did follow the instructions, applied ointment religiously and did not get my brows get for 10 days straight. After 5 days, the scabs started to peel off. This is when some of the "hair strokes" disappeared (see below)
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Touch-up appointment: After 5 weeks, luckily, 80% of the pigment has retained but I did have some patchy spots. I called a couple of places and ultimately, booked my touch up appointment with Kelly @ Enduring Enhancements. She used the same pigments to fill those patches. My touch up appointment took roughly 30 minutes and she only charged me $50. I filmed a short clip to show you a closer look at my brows after 5 weeks.


Is microblading worth it? It really depends on your expectations and what you're trying to accomplish. For me, I basically had no brows prior to the procedure and spent 10 minutes every single day doing my brows. Now, I don't have to do anything with them on a regular basis. However, when I go out and wear more make up, I use this powder to touch them up. Regardless, they take me less than 2 minutes. If you expect those fine, crisp hair strokes to stay then you're in for a disappointment. They will fade and blend together over time. Depends on your skin type, the average length that brows last ranges from 12 to 18 months. Microblading delivered what I was looking for and am happy with the results. I hope you find this post helpful. If you have any questions regarding microblading in general, feel free to leave them below. If I have enough questions, Kelly said she will do a Q&A post.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Columbus Day Sales

Rounding up some amazing sales happening today around the Web. For those of you who have today off, enjoy! I unfortunately have to show up at work =(

1. Express: 40% off everything. I recently picked up these items for Fall. I decided to keep 3 items below and will do a review soon: High waisted raw hem leggings (size 00R - they fit me as full length), shaker knit cardigan (size XS - so cozy and perfect for Fall), high-waisted ankle pants (size 00S - I needed a new pair of pants for work and these are great)   ExpressSale_SydneysFashionDiary

2. LOFT: Extra 60% off all sale styles: Lots of great pieces for under $50. Cold shoulder-dress ($30 - all sizes are still available), knotted belt ($12), strappy cami ($13.50 - a closet essential)
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3. Zaful: Buy 2 items get $8.00 off. I have these coming in the mail. They're great closet staples for Fall: Bow tied sweatercable knit cardiganballoon sleeve sweatercropped twist sweatshirt
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4. Sammy Dress. I have my eyes on these affordable yet so cute pieces. Will have to order soon: striped dress, mock neck sweater (how cozy is is?), cow neck poncho (I am obsessed)
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Thursday, October 5, 2017

STORE 5a Exclusive Handbag Event!

I had the wonderful opportunity to work with STORE 5a last month. Today, I am excited to share their exclusive handbag event happening next Thursday 10/12/2017. Please see the info below:
Date: October 12th
Time: 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m
Location: 765 N. High St
Columbus, OH 43215

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Monday, October 2, 2017

Cami Crochet Dress :: Take 4

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I know I blog about this dress to death but I can't help it. It's just simply amazing. The black version is my newest addition and I love it as much as the other 3. The cut of this one is slightly bigger but not enough to size down. Adjustable shoulder straps allow to make adjustment for perfect fit. While the blue and mint version are perfect for going out in the summer. The red and black version are great for the upcoming holiday season. Outfit details: Rosegal dress | Almost identical suede sandals | Tom Ford sunglasses | Chanel classic flap

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Friday, September 29, 2017

Teddy Blake Caty Review

TeddyBlakeCaty_SydneysFashionDiaryemailLadies, today I have a handbag review for you. A few weeks ago, I received a request from a reader asking my thoughts on Teddy Blake handbags. I always strive to produce content that interests you so of course I had to do some research. I was curious about Teddy Blake handbags myself. I reached out to the company to see if they would be able to provide their Eva bag for review purposes. As you might recall, I own the Hermes Kelly. I wanted to compare the Teddy Blake Eva with my Hermes Kelly. However, the color I chose is on back order so they sent me the Caty instead.

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