Monday, May 30, 2016

Best Of Memorial Day Sales

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1. ASOS: 20% off with code "HiSummer": They have tons of cute options for off the shoulder dresses, tops and cute swimsuits
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- One piece swimsuit
- Floral dress
- Off the shoulder top

2. Anthropologie: Take an extra 30% off sale items (a rare promotion): No code needed
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- Embroidered Waters Shirtdress
- Lace-front chambray top
- Petite lace dress

3. Banana Republic: Take 40% off your entire purchase
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- White eyelet dress
- Fringe sandals
- Floral dress

4. LOFT: Take an extra 60% off sale styles
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- Halter dress ($24)
- Lace shorts ($16)
- White denim ($24)

5. Macys: Take an extra 20% off with code MEMDAY
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- Striped dress (available in XXS)
- One piece swimsuit (I bought this suit in an XS - The fit is amazing)
- Gladiator sandals (see them on me)

Friday, May 27, 2016

Chanel Pre-Fall 2016

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For this week's handbag chit chat, I wanted to share some information regarding Chanel's Pre-Fall 2016 collection. Please note that I haven't seen any of these bags in person. This is just what I gathered from my wonderful sales associates as well as from people I know who have purchased the items. I am not in the market for a Chanel bag anytime soon but 3 bags below have caught my attention.

1. Chanel caviar boys: When I purchased my boy bag, I really wanted a caviar one. However, it wasn't available at the time so I ended purchasing a calfskin boy. Even though it's been wonderful, the thought of having a caviar boy is always in the back of my mind. Knowing Chanel will be bringing back caviar boys this year, I was so anxious to learn more about it. Caviar boys were released a month ago in 4 color (only available in ruthenium hardware). However, the caviar boy bags for pre-fall are made out of soft caviar leather (similar to the coco handle). I haven't seen one in person but based on feedback from those who bought the bag, it doesn't hold its shape like the classic caviar bags.

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2. Chanel Rock in Rome: This is a new release this season. Available in black, burgundy and deep blue (the blue ones are not available at Chanel boutiques). It's however available at upscale department stores like Saks and Bloomingdale's. If you're a fan of the jumbo classic flap but don't like the $5500 price tag, this is a great option at $3100. It's super roomy (11"L x 8"H x 4"D) and the organization of the bag is excellent as seen below. I wanted to point out that this bag is a shoulder bag. At 12.5" strap drop, it is not long enough to be worn as a cross-body (only available in one size with ruthenium hardware).

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3. Chanel Trapezio: This is a new release as well (I could be wrong). This bag is definitely my most favorite out of the 3 (especially the burgundy one). This particular bag is made out of grained sheepskin. It sounds so luxurious, doesn't it? Starting from $2700 for the small ones and $3400 for the large ones. Again, if you like the look of the classic flap but don't want to pay the price tag, this is another fantastic option.

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I hope you find this post helpful. Let me know if you have any questions. On a related note, I will have a medium Chanel boy in red up for sale next week. Please keep an eye out if you're interested. Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

White denim :: Striped peplum top

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White jeans are always a must have for Spring. I bought this pair last year and still love them to pieces. White denim adds an element of crisp freshness to any outfit. To help balance out the look, I paired the skinny jeans with my new peplum top. The look of peplum gives the outfit that feminine flair. I then finished off the look with my nude mules (another spring must have). For this top, sizes starting at M (which is what I am wearing here). As expected, it's a tad big on me. I wish the small had been available. Outfit details: Express white skinny jeans *size 00S* | Make me chic top *c/o* | WHBM leather mules | Quay sunglasses | Kate Spade clutch | Michael Kors runway watch | Banana Republic earrings | Anastasia Pure Hollywood lipstick. On an unrelated note, Nordstrom's half yearly sale is here. A couple of my closet favorites are on major sale: Hunter original rain boot (on me), Nike Pegasus sneakers (on me). Grab them now before they're gone!

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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

The Designer Sale: Valentino, Prada, Saint Laurent

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Saks is running a really great promotion on some of the most popular designer items. This is the perfect chance to scoop them up as they rarely go on sale. Shop the entire sale of women's apparel, shoes and handbags here. Happy shopping!


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1. Prada small double bag (was $2600 - now $1560) - More than $1000 off - Read my review here
2. Saint Laurent Tassel Clutch (was $1550 - now $1085)
3. Fendi 2Jours Petite Shopper Tote (was $1900 - now $1330)

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1. Valentino flats (was $975 - now $682) - Most sizes are still available
2. Valentino rockstud pumps (was $1075 - now $430) - These shoes rarely go on sale
3. Stuart Weitzman gladiator sandals (was $445 - now $311) - All sizes are still available

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1. Burberry duffle coat (was$1195 - now $717)
2. Burberry wool cape (was $1495 - now $897)
3. Burberry wool coat (was $2195 - now $1317)

Barneys is also having their own designer sale. Below are some killer deals on designer handbags:
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1. Saint Laurent Sac De Jour (was $2750 - now $1649)
2. Fendi mini peekaboo (was $3450 - now $2069)
3. Givenchy medium Antigona (was $2435 - now $1459)

Monday, May 23, 2016

What to wear on Memorial Day weekend

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Memorial Day weekend is almost here. Today, I am showing you 2 easy outfit ideas that are perfect for the occasion, whether you’re planning an outdoor picnic, hitting up the beach or just simply spending time with your family. Gingham is always a classic for spring and summer. I love a good playful print. These dresses are adorable and trendy but the quality is nothing to write home about (both are unlined). In case you haven't noticed, off the shoulder dresses are everywhere this season. I will probably wear this more as a cover up than a dress when the weather heats up. If you're looking for something that will last more than a season, I would not recommend either one. Outfit # 1: c/o Romwe dress | Almost identical beltTarget sandals | Quay sunglasses | H&M denim jacket. Outfit # 2: c/o Romwe dress | Michael Kors runway watch

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Splurge vs Steal :: Summer Edition

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It's been awhile since I've done a splurge vs. steal post. I found some amazing dupes below if you're interested. My favorite is definitely the white 2-piece suit.
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Printed one piece swimsuit: Splurge ($253) vs. Steal ($88)
Reflected sunglasses: Splurge ($560) vs Steal ($20)
Suede bag: Splurge ($1390) vs. Steal ($178)
High neck swimsuit: Splurge top ($98) & bottom ($94) vs. Steal top ($15) & bottom ($16)
Suede wedges: Splurge ($625) vs Steal ($160)

Monday, May 16, 2016

Kids Playroom Storage Ideas

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It's been awhile since I've done a home update so I thought today I'd share the kids' playroom as well as our storage solution (see the rest of our home here). When we built our home, we designed the kids play room to be central to the kitchen and the great room. While wonderful for the family to stay connected through day to day activities (i.e., cooking, home work and lots of play time) – the toys, dolls, books and games are not out-of-sight, out-of-mind. The challenge we faced was to make the room a multi-purpose room – though mainly dedicated to the kids, but quickly made presentable to those over 10 years old. Items pictured: Sharp 70" TV | KidKraft Kitchen Playset | Ikea activity table

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The idea is to clean up the kids mess quickly. This means having storage for everything. Their play room floor goes from child disaster to tip-top-shape in under five minutes – with or without the help of the little ones. When we built our home, we added four sets of 36” wide base cabinets in the play room with this in mind. The cabinets are topped with granite – making it easy to transition from play room to adult space depending on the occasion. Each cabinet is deep and has two large hinged doors and a single shelf. This allows for each cabinet to hold 4 plastic storage containers measuring 24” wide x 16” deep x 13” high. These clear plastic bins are light weight, stackable and the kids can easily identify what's inside.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Chanel Coco Handle :: What fits & my general thoughts

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Happy Friday! Today, I have a full review of this Chanel coco handle bag for you. I'll go over what fits inside and my general thoughts. I know this bag is relatively new to the market and hope you'll find this review somewhat helpful. I wanted to mention that I no longer own this bag :( Yes, I cried a little while packing but I'll save the reason why in a later post. I took a few photos to show you how much you can fit in it before sending it out. This is a size small (style code: A92991, currently retails for $3300, measurements: 9.8″ x 6.7″ x 4.7″). It's also available in mini ($3000), medium ($3600) and large ($3700) sizes. If you're my height, a small is the perfect size in my opinion (especially when carry as a shoulder bag). The bag hits me exactly where I wanted. The leather portion of the strap makes it very comfortable to wear.

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Even though it's a small, you can fit a ton. As you can see below: I have a mini iPad, a full size cosmetic pouch, a full size wallet, my iPhone 6 plus and a full size pack of baby wipes. I don't ever carry a mini iPad with me but if you want, you certainly can. It fits perfectly in one of the 2 big compartments. This bag provides great storage and organization capabilities. Love the divider in between. It provides great separation and not on big hole. There is a middle zipper compartment for added security. If I was going to travel with this bag, this is where I probably will keep my passport or important documents. The back pocket is too small for my phone but it's great for some sort of tickets. Below is how I pack this bag. As you can see, everything fits comfortably and there's no problem closing the bag. This is the most I will ever carry with me on any given day even with my kids.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Baroque Crop Top Matching Set

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I love matching sets. They are so easy to wear and require pretty much no effort styling wise. You can wear them separately or together like I did here. I plan to pair the bottom with a plain tee and the top with a pair of denim cutoffs in future posts =) Outfit details: Make me chic matching set c/o | Marc Fisher gladiator sandals *love* | Quay sunglasses | Anastasia liquid lipstick in Pure Hollywood

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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Rebecca Minkoff Online Sample Sale (up to 70% off)

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Rebecca Minkoff is having their online sample sale (up to 70% off handbags, clothes and shoes). Everything pictured below is at least half off. Happy shopping!

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1. Rock pearl earrings
2. Suede platform
3. Bucket bag (love!)
4. Beige saddle bag
5. Leather tote
6. Saddle bag
7. Hudson mini crossbody
8. Neoprene moto jacket
9. Love crossbody
 
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