Friday, January 20, 2017

Saint Laurent Monogram Leather Clutch Review

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Happy Friday! It's been a hot minute since I did a handbag-related post. Today, I am reviewing the latest addition to my handbag collection - the Saint Laurent Monogram clutch. This was one of my Christmas presents. BTW, are you interested in a "what I got for Christmas" post? I got some really great ideas from watching "what I got for Christmas" videos on YouTube. However, I don't want to come off as bragging. I know I am blessed to have so many great things in my life. If you're interested, let me know. Otherwise, I'll just review them as I use them.

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The truth is I ordered this exact clutch in gold hardware from Saks in October. Within the same week, I found the bag that I've been stalking for months. I couldn't justify spending the money on both so I returned the clutch. Then I kept thinking about it (it's a blessing and a curse at the same time). When Christmas rolled around, I am thankful that hubby let me pull the trigger on this clutch =) I've used it a few times during the holidays and can't recommend it enough

Pros:
- I love the simplicity of this clutch. The design is simple, chic and elegant.
- The leather quality is absolutely amazing. You know I am the biggest fan of pebbled leather (see the photo below)
- The color was not my first choice but since I plan to purchase only one clutch, I wanted something neutral. Nude is a color which goes with practically everything.
- The silver hardware is right up my alley
- Fits everything I need for a night out (see a short clip below). The inside pocket does not fit much (maybe a valet ticket?). I can fit my phone (regular 6), a card case (2 cards and some cash), a medium sized sunglasses pouch (or can be substituted for a pack of tissues/gum, my bulky key fob and a lipstick. That's everything I need to carry for a night out
- The price is actually not bad for a luxury leather piece

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Cons:
I couldn't find any cons. However, the fact that it doesn't come with a removable shoulder strap could be a con for someone. For me, it's actually a pro. I know I can always use my Chanel wallet on chain as a clutch but sometimes, I just don't want to mess with the chain. When you tuck the chain inside, the available space is very limited.


Someone asked on Instagram where the serial number is located. It can be found inside the interior pocket. Since the pocket is small and really tight, it's very challenging to see but it's there for sure. You can tell by rubbing your finger against the leather. The clutch comes with an authenticity card that should match up with the heat-stamped serial number. I am loving Saint Laurent as a brand. This is my second piece and I can't recommend them enough. The quality is definitely up there and their prices are much friendlier than Chanel. This exact clutch can be found at Nordstrom, Barney's New York and FarFetchHope you find this post helpful. Have a wonderful weekend!


Monday, January 16, 2017

Winter Lookbook 2016

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With a goal of producing more quality content in mind, I am excited to publish my 2017 winter lookbook - sorry for a typo in the title. I know this 4-minute video may not seem like much but it took my husband and I days to film and edit. Please bear with us as we're still trying to figure things out (lighting, editing and where to film). I hope to do more styling videos this year. Any feedback is greatly appreciated. In this video, I put together 4 different outfits that I'd personally wear (work-appropriate, any occasion, going out and running errands). I want to emphasize how to layer without the bulk. There are essentially 3 layers in each outfit. Hope you enjoy the video and happy Monday!


{Filmed with Canon 6D camera & 50mm lens}

Outfit # 1: Work-appropriate
- J.Crew Skirt
- Layer # 1: GAP vintage tee
- Layer # 2: Similar denim jacket (available in XXS)
- Layer # 3: Similar camel coats
- Berkshire tights
- Banana Republic pumps

Outfit # 2:Any occasion
- Jeans: Similar skinny jeans
- Layer # 1: Old Navy chambray shirt
- Layer # 2: Similar fur vests
- Layer # 3: Shein wrap coat
- Similar OTK boots
- Michele Deco watch
- Saint Laurent bag

Outfit # 3: Going out
- Layer # 1: WHBM dress
- Layer # 2: WHBM sleeveless trench *almost identical here*
- Layer # 3: J.Crew coat
- OTK boots

Outfit # 4: Running errands
- ASOS jeans *1/2 off*
- Layer # 1: GAP vintage tee
- Layer # 2: BlankNYC suede jacket
- Layer # 3: H&M scarf
- Adidas Superstar sneakers

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Up to 70% off J.Crew sale

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J.Crew is having 40% - 50% off all sale items today. Some of them are up to 70% off. A few of my closet favorites are on major sale right now. Definitely worth taking a look

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1. Icon trench in plaid (almost 50% off): I received this jacket for Christmas and am in love. I plan to do a proper review but sizes are selling out fast. It fits really nicely in my normal size (00 regular). One thing I want to point out, the material is not the same as their regular icon trench. It's lighter and perfect for mild weather. However, if you live in a cold climate like I do, you would need extra layers. Regardless, it's still a great addition to my wardrobe.

2. Sperry snow boots: I purchased the same pair last year and got so much use out of them. This year's version is currently 40% off (read my full review here)

3. Lady day coat in wool: If you're a regular reader of this blog, you know how much I love this coat. I mentioned it countless time on here. It's currently on sale for more than half off. Definitely worth every penny (read my full review here)

4. Signet bag in Italian leather: I don't own this bag but I did try it on a few months ago (see the bag on me). It's on sale right now for more than 1/2 off and the color is to die for. For $56, I am very contemplating on picking one up for myself.

Monday, January 9, 2017

The perfect leather pants :: Camel coat

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I've been on the hunt for the perfect pair of leather pants for what seems like forever. There are many options out there for faux leather leggings but for faux leather pants, not so much. I ordered a couple of pairs to try and none of them worked out for me. This pair from BlankNYC has amazing reviews but the inseam is too long for my liking. I also tried on this pair. The length is great but the waistband and bum areas are just too big. Then I stumbled upon this pair from Zara and decided to give it a try. These pants turned out perfect for what I was looking for and I couldn't be happier. Unfortunately, they're sold out online but might still be available in-stores. I just ordered them last week. Outfit details: Zara leather pants | similar camel wool coat | Chanel boy bag | Tom Ford sunglasses | GAP tee

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Thursday, January 5, 2017

Best purchases of 2016

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I hope you've all had a wonderful holiday season and are ready to tackle the new year. I took a much needed break and am looking forward to what 2017 has in store. Today, I wanted to share 6 best purchases I've made in 2016. They bring me joy and I can't recommend them enough. Would love to hear your best purchases of 2016 in the comment section.

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1. Best handbag purchase - Chanel wallet on chain: Starting with my favorite category! 2016 was definitely a year of handbags. I acquired 4 new handbags in 2016 (I did let go a couple of bags that did not work out for me). Even though the Hermes Kelly is my most expensive handbag, the Chanel WOC definitely takes the cake in terms of my favorite bag. It's stylish, functional and can we talk about how gorgeous this shade of red is?
2. Best jewelry purchase -  Cartier love ring: I purchased this ring as a replacement of my wedding band (more on that in a later post) and have been wearing it every single day. Inside the ring, I had engraved both of our names and the date of our wedding. Makes me smile every time I look at it.
3. Best fragrance - Jo Malone peony and blush suede: I started collecting Jo Malone colognes earlier this year and so far, the peony and blush suede is my # 1 choice of scent. It's light, elegant and lasts all day. I can't get enough of that scent.

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4. Best shoe purchase - Banana Republic loafers *on major sale now*: This was a random purchase but it turned out to be one of the best ones. These loafers are so comfortable. I wore them for a full day of walking and got no blisters. I wore them to death during Fall and early winter. They run true to size and I can't recommend them enough
5. Best clothing purchase - Blank NYC suede moto jacket: I only purchased a handful of clothing items in 2016 and this suede jacket is definitely one of my favorites. The quality is incredible. Fits so well and you can't beat the price. Mine was a Bloomingdale's exclusion but there are more colors available here.
6. Best beauty purchaseTatcha skincare: I am not a makeup junkie so I don't have anything to share. However, I'd recommend Tatcha skincare products. I have used their products for about 6 months and am seeing major improvements with my skin. They are well worth the price. The starter kit is a great way to try a full skincare routine without the huge commitment.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Goodbye 2016 :: Hello 2017

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As 2016 is coming to an end, I'd like to take this opportunity to thank each and everyone of you for still following me. I know I haven't put a lot of effort into this blog. I started this blog in 2009 while going though a difficult time in my life. Never thought I'd still be running it 7 years later. I've seen the good, the bad and the ugly of blogging. I am still here because I still love fashion and photography but the passion just isn't there anymore. Earlier this year, I started writing handbag reviews and got many positive feedback from you. Some of you said you enjoy my handbag chit chat posts because they're informative and helpful. I put a lot of effort into those posts and the number of views definitely reflect that. With that being said, I won't be blogging regularly anymore. I have a couple of personal goals that I want to put my time and energy towards. I have so many ideas for this blog but they require a tremendous amount of time. Between working full time, taking care of my 2 girls and family, I just don't have that kind of time. To keep up with the schedule (3 times per week), I put out posts that require little to no effort and I wasn't happy doing so. By slowing down, I am hoping to find joy in blogging again. I haven't figured out what I want to do yet but hopefully I will soon.

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{Outfit details: Bebe dress *very flattering, runs big, wearing a XXS* | Banana Republic shoes *no longer available, similar here* | Michele watch | Anatasia lipstick in pure Hollywood}

Friday, December 30, 2016

40% off Valentino Rockstud Shoes

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All Valentino Rockstud shoes below are 40% off! If you're been eyeing a pair, this is the perfect opportunity to snatch them up. Most sizes are still available. Shop the entire sale here

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Wednesday, December 28, 2016

NYE Outfit Ideas :: Sequin Skirt

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Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas. It was nice taking a few days off from work to relax and enjoy time at home. I am back today to share a NYE outfit option. This outfit would be perfect for a casual NYE get together. I got this sequin skirt probably 5 years ago and it's still one of my to-go pieces for a quick and easy holiday look. Outfit details: Very old Banana Republic skirt *similar here* | Target sweater | Nine West boots | Tom Ford sunglasses | Chanel bag | Michele watch

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Saturday, December 24, 2016

Merry Christmas Eve

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Today is the last day of my blogmas posts. It's been fun blogging everyday for the past 24 days. We're back in town from visiting relatives and I can't wait to celebrate Christmas with my own family. The hustle and bustle of the holidays coming to an end. I am forever graceful for my family and everything I have in my life. May your holidays be filled with lots of happiness and love. I will be taking a short break from blogging to spend time with my loved ones. Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Outfit details: Make me chic dress c/o | Michele watch | Colourpop lipstick in trap

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Friday, December 23, 2016

Design your own custom jacket

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I received this coat last week and am so excited to share it with you. You might or might not remember, I did a review for Sumissura last year. Since then, they have improved their logistics process as well as their tailoring facilities. Sumissura reached out to see if I am interested in trying out another coat and of course, I couldn't pass up the opportunity. I won't go into too much details because they are the same as what I mentioned in last year's review. However, I will go over details of my order.

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This time I wanted a menswear-inspired coat. I had the vision in my head and when I put the coat on for the first time, it is exactly how I envision. Before placing my order, I took inspiration from Pinterest and noted down all the details. I basically design my own coat. I wanted a single-breasted coat with wide lapel, flap pockets and no belt in navy (surprisingly I don't own any navy coats)

 
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