Friday, October 31, 2014

Halloween 2014: DIY Gumball machine costume

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DIY gumball machine costume

I am not a huge fan of Halloween. It’s mostly for the kids. This year, my girlfriends talked me into dressing up for Halloween. I scouted Pinterest for costume ideas and stumbled upon this one. I thought it was cute, easy enough to make and also age-appropriate =) I stopped by the mall 3 days in a row and couldn't find a basic knit red skirt for the life of me. I then settled for this one from H&M. I could do without the zippers but this skirt was my best (and only) option. The rest of the tutorial is pretty self-explanatory. You'll need: a white tee, a red skirt, a piece of gray felt and pom pomsHave fun and stay safe on Halloween! On an unrelated note, take an extra 60% off everything mentioned in this post at Ann Taylor this weekend!

DIY Gumball machine costume

{The final product!}

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Weekend outfit: Apple picking

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Puffer vest

A few photos from our trip to an apple orchard last weekend. The weather was absolutely beautiful. We're trying to squeeze in another Fall foliage trip this weekend before the leaves disappear for the winter. I hope you enjoy all the fun festivities so far this Fall and have your costume ready for Halloween. This year I decided to make my own costume. Check back Friday to see the final product! I'm keeping my fingers crossed that it’ll turn out OK =)

Apple picking outfit

What I am wearing:
Vest: A&F *old* (almost identical here and here)
Shirt: Target (buy one get one 50% off)
Denim: Mavi Serena - size 25
Watch: Daniel Wellington Canterbury
Boots: Hunter original high gloss
Glossy red Hunter boots Daniel Wellington watch

Monday, October 27, 2014

Fall Fashion Series: Leopard cardigan

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Ann Taylor leopard cardigan

Continuing with my Fall Fashion series, the next installment is all about the leopard print. My love for animal prints continue to grow as I get older. I believe animal print can be so chic and look very sophisticated if done right. I wouldn't wear head to toe leopard print but a small does is always welcome. This leopard cardigan is the perfect piece to pair with this rather plain shirt dress.  Happy Monday, everyone! Linking up with Manic Monday today.

Michael Kors shirt dress

What I am wearing:
Shirt dress: Michael Kors shirt dress *old*
Cardigan: Ann Taylor *old* (similar for under $20)
Shoes: Banana Republic *old* (this year's version)
Sunglasses: Dolce & Gabbana

Michael Kors shirt dress Ann Taylor leopard cardigan

Friday, October 24, 2014

Review: Tieks by Gavrieli in Cardinal Red

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Tieks flats in cardinal red

At 5’2”, I definitely love the extra height that heels give me. I own one pair of neutral flats and wear on the daily commute. I switch to heels when I get to work. After 2 years, there is literally a hole in the back of the right shoe. I was on the lookout for a replacement before winter approaches. I've heard so many great things about Tieks flats and decided to give them a try. First problem – so many color to choose from. I spent the longest time debating over what color to order. I ended up getting the classic version in cardinal red (also available in prints, patents and vegans). I figured, since I wear mostly neutrals, they will add a bit of interest to my outfits.

Tieks flats in cardinal red

Can we just take a moment to appreciate how gorgeous the packaging is? Inside the box, the flats were folded up all nice and neat. Each pair comes with its own pouch which is ideal for travel. Not only are they super practical, but they are stylish and versatile as well! Who doesn't love the signature Tieks turquoise soles, right? I received recently and haven’t had a chance to wear them for a long period of time. However, they are comfortable, don't give me blisters and feel broken in at first wearing. They really do mold to your individual feet and get more comfortable with each wear.

Tieks flats in cardinal red

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Weekend deals: LOFT and Ann Taylor

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LOFT is extending their sweet promotion in-stores and online. Through today only, take 50% off everything with code ALLMINE (sales included). This deal is no long valid but they are running a slightly better deal this weekend. For a limited time, enjoy an extra 60% off all sale styles (no code needed). Below are a few of my picks. I bought this coat last month and I absolutely adore it. Full review coming soon! Ann Taylor also has 50% off your entire purchase with code FASHION50. All items mentioned in this post are 50% off this weekend!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Get It or Forget It: A dupe for Anatasia brow wiz

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A dupe for Anatasia brow wiz

I am a huge fan of the Anatasia brow wiz. I love everything about it. However, at $21, I find it's hard to justify. The pencil only lasts me about a month. If you're in a search for an Anatasia brow wiz dupe, I highly recommend you give the Almay brow defining pencil a try. As you can tell from the picture, both colors are almost identical. The Almay pencil is just a tad softer and darker. The Almay brow defining pencil retails for $7.49 at Ulta. I typically buy 2 at the time and use this coupon to get an extra $3.50 off my purchase. That reduces the cost to $5.75 each vs. $21 for the Anatasia brow wiz. The Almay pencil comes with a spooly on the other side as well. It works just as good and costs 1/3 of the Anatasia brow wiz.

Almay brow defining pencil

Sunday, October 19, 2014

September purchase: Rue Gembon Tess earrings

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Rue Gembon Tess earrings

I decided to return the jacket I reviewed here. The jacket was nice but it wasn't special enough for me to keep. These earrings were the only purchase I made for the month of September. I adore them! They're very unique and different than my every day studs. I get compliments every time I wear them. This was my first time order from Rue Gembon and I am impressed. My order arrived within a week (they're located in Hong Kong). These earrings look very nice in person and definitely catch the attention. If you're looking for a pair of studs with a twist, I highly recommend you try them out. Shop their entire ear jackets here.

Rue Gembon Tess earrings

Wearing: Rue Gembon earrings | Dolce & Gabanna sunglasses | Cover Girl lipstick (delish - 255)

Disclaimer: Not a sponsored post. I purchased these earrings with my own money =)

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Saks F&F Sale 2014 - Burberry Brit Cornsdale puffer coat

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Burberry Cornsdale puffer

Saks Fifth Avenue started their F&F sale yesterday (online and in-stores through 10/19). Use code FRNFAM at check out for 25% off your entire purchase. I wanted to do a quick review on this Burberry puffer jacket just in case anyone is interested. Please note that Burberry is excluded from the promotion. It’s however eligible for Saks First Point. Despite all the jackets I've hoarded over the years, I didn't own a puffer coat previously. My father-in-law graciously gave me a Saks gift card for Christmas and I planned to use it towards a puffer jacket. I unexpectedly have found a trench coat that I've been wanting in March. Getting another pricey jacket in April was definitely out of the question. I put my gift card back in my wallet and waited for Saks second F&F in October. I went to my local Saks late August and tried on a few puffer jackets beforehand. This little number definitely stood out.

Burberry Cornsdale puffer

Come October 1st, I stopped by again and asked my SA if she could put the jacket on hold for me despite the fact that she didn't even know the exact sale date. My jacket is held in the stock room for almost 2 weeks. She finally called and informed me that Burberry is excluded from F&F sale this time. It was a major disappointment. Even though it’s excluded from the sale, I decided to pull the trigger and used my gift card towards the purchase. If you sign up for their mailing list, you’ll get a unique code for 10% off (takes about 2 to 3 days for the code to be arrived). It does work on Burberry and is stackable with FREESHIP. Not a huge savings but it does help.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Take an extra 75% off all sale styles at Ann Taylor

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So many little time =) I wasn't going to post twice today but this sale is just so amazing not to share. From now until Friday (10/17), take an extra 50% - 75% off all sale styles (this never happens!). I literally just tried on this sweater in store yesterday and it was only 40% off the original price. No pictures but it felt really nice on. An XXSP was doable for me but if you want to layer, I'd go up a size. You can get ALL items mentioned below for a mere $200 (was almost $800). Crazy, right? Shop the entire sale here.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

3-in-1 trench coat

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OASAP Trench Coat 1

I love trench coats and this particular one is super unique. You can actually wear it in 3 different ways. Even though the quality is nothing to write home about, the versatility kinda makes up for it. We took a drive to rustic countryside for some Fall activities yesterday and this jacket served me well - from the brisk morning to the warm afternoon.

  OASAP Cropped Trench

What I am wearing:
Trench: Double-breasted trench coat c/o OASAP
Dress: Express *old* (buy similar here or under $25 here)
Booties: Dolce Vita ankle booties (50% off)
Sunglasses: Dolce & Gabbana
Earrings: Rue Gembon (love!)
Cuff : Express bar cuff (30% off)
Lipstick: Covergirl lipstick in delish

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