Tuesday, October 15, 2019

The slip skirt trend

The 90s slip/satin skirts are coming back big time. They're this season's biggest trend. I picked up this skirt from Zara a few months ago and have been enjoying it. Last month, since it was so hot outside, I paired the skirt with my beloved tank. As the temperatures get cooler, I paired the skirt with a thick sweater to keep me warm and cozy. Since the fabric tends to look formal, I like to pair the skirt with a pair of flat sandals or sneakers to balance out the look. This exact skirt is no longer available but I linked a few similar options below. I am actually on the hunt for an animal print version. Outfit details: Zara skirt *similar options below* | Express sweater *on major sale!* | VCA necklaceLe Specs sunglasses | Saint Laurent bag | Adidas superstar sneakers
SaintLaurentSacDeJourNano_SydneysFashionDiary SlipSkirtForFall_SydneysFashionDiary HowToStyleASlipSkirt_SydneysFashionDiary {Summer to Fall}
Under $25: Option 1 | Option 2 | Option 3
Between $25 - $50: Option 1 | Option 2 | Option 3
Between $50 - $75: Option 1 | Option 2 | Option 3

Sunday, October 13, 2019

How to save hundreds on designer items every time

Today, I am sharing with you a way to save hundreds on brand new designer items. This method works every time! The amount of savings varies depending on the item but you're guaranteed to save at least a few hundreds.
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Step 1: Go to Net-A-Porter.com and change the currency from USD (United States) to GBP (United Kingdom) as seen above
Step 2: Search for the item(s) that you'd like to purchase and add to cart. I am using the Saint Laurent College medium bag as an example. I do really love this bag
Step 3: As you can see, the cost of this bag is £1540 ~ $1947. This exact bag is selling for $2450 in the US. You are saving over $500 right off the bat!
Step 4: But wait!..the magic happens when you click on "Proceed to purchase". The price goes down further to £1411. When all is said and done, you'll save $662 on this particular bag. Since the exchange rate varies, the average amount of savings depends on the exchange rate for the day the item was purchased.
There you have it, I've played with a few items and prices are always lower in £. I hope you find this post helpful. If you ended up saving, let me know in the comment section.
Gucci Marmont mini top handle bag (which I own and love): £1301 ~ $1643 (save $337). This bag is selling for $1980 in the US
Christian Louboutin pumps (I am eyeing these): £368 ~ $464 (save $231). They're selling for $695 in the US
Saint Laurent envelope shoulder bag: £1274 ~ $1609 (save almost $600). This bag is selling for $2190 in the US

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Van Cleef & Arpels Vintage Alhambra Necklace

Sharing what my husband got me for our 10-year anniversary. I am so excited! I've been eyeing this Van Cleef & Arpels vintage Alhambra necklace for the longest time. I first tried it on when I was in Vegas. Then I tried it on again when I was in Chicago with my husband. I briefly talked about this necklace here. What I love about about the brand is that VCA pieces are very understated. If you know, you know. The Alhambra collection has launched over 50 years ago in 1968 but not many people know about it (at least in my circle of friends). I wanted a minimalist necklace for everyday wear and this beauty is absolutely perfect. If you're unfamiliar with VCA pieces, there are 3 sizes: the sweet Alhambra is the smallest size, vintage Alhambra is the midsize and the magic Alhambra which is the largest size. I wanted it in white gold. White gold comes with only 2 stone options: mother of pearl and turquoise (which is fine - I love pearls regardless). If you like yellow gold, this necklace is available in malachite (green), carnelian (red) and onyx (black). They're all precious stones. Eventually, I'd like to have the matching pair of earrings but that's going to be a future purchase. The necklace is understated and classy. I've been wearing it everyday to work and I love it.

Saturday, October 5, 2019

10 years!

Last weekend, we celebrated our 10-year anniversary! We rented a private room and shared our special day with family and close friends (some were camera shy). I wanted to share what I wore that night as well as some of my personal thoughts. Going into my second marriage, I'd be lying if I said I wasn't scared. Going back 10 years ago, I still remember clear as day. We were at the airport waiting to board (we had a destination wedding). My husband told me "please promise me that no matter what happens, you'll always try". I promised to never give up on us. There were a lot of unknowns going into the second marriage. We came from different experiences and backgrounds, different cultures, different mindsets. However, our mutual attraction is undeniable and we share a deep connection since day one. Fast forward 10 years later, lots of things have changed but our strong bonds remain the same. It's been 10 years since we've chosen to walk this life together. Love isn't a fairy tale. Our journey hasn't been easy but the challenges we have overcome have made our bond stronger and our connection grow deeper. To my wonderful husband, thank you for being my rock. Thank you for being kind and patient. Thank you for accepting me for who I was. Most of all, thank you for loving me like no one else ever has or ever will. You know I don't share my personal life on social media but I do want to share a toast that my husband made that night. It warmed my heart. I feel incredibly lucky to have this man by my side for the rest of my life. Sorry for the video's quality. A friend recorded on his phone.

Thursday, October 3, 2019

One-shoulder jumpsuit

If you're a long time follower, you know my love for jumpsuits and rompers. When I spotted this one-shoulder jumpsuit, I couldn't pass up. Even though this is just a basic black jumpsuit, the one shoulder neckline adds a visual interest. The one-shoulder trend is suddenly everywhere and I am here for it. I love the fact that the top part of the jumpsuit is very fitted. The wide-legged pants help balance out the look. This is one of those simply outfits that make you feel put together yet most comfortable in. If black is too boring for you, this jumpsuit is available in 9 different colors/patternsOutfit details: Femme Luxe jumpsuit | Hermes belt | Saint Laurent Sac De Jour bag | Le Specs sunglasses

Monday, September 30, 2019

I love this dress so much that I bought it in another color

I own this dress in white and I love it so much. When I spotted the same dress in this gingham print, brand new with tags on eBay for next to nothing, I couldn't pass up. I love it just as much. I wore it to the office the other day and have received a lot of compliments from my co-workers. This dress is no longer available but there are a few listings on eBay if you're interested. Outfit details: Express dressMichele watch | H&M jean jacket

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Madelyn is seven!!!

September is a busy month for us. I celebrated my birthday on the 7th then Madelyn's birthday was on the 15th. Our little girl turned seven last week!  I can't believe how fast she has grown up. It seems like it was just yesterday when she was a baby. For her birthday this year, she wanted to have a slumber party with some of her closest friends. While slumber parties can be lots of fun, they're also a lot of work. I did some research and have found Perfect Events OH. Just as the name suggests, the slumber party was a complete success. We chose the Sleepy Unicorn package. There are many themes/packages available here. The girls played outside, designed their very own custom headbands, had their nails and hair done, had dinner/ice cream, watched a movie then ended the night in their own tents. The owner of Perfect Events took care of everything. She is very professional and the communication was great. She made sure we had everything we need for the girls. The little tents and fairy lights were so magical. The girls said they all slept well too. It was a great experience. If you're in central Ohio, I would definitely recommend Perfect Events OH to anyone looking to have a super fun sleepover!

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Introducing the newest member of our family

I am beyond excited to introduce to you the newest member of our family - Finn! He's an 8 week old Samoyed. As mentioned in this post, my husband had to drive 14 hours in one day to bring him home. I never thought this day would come. You probably don't know but my husband is severely allergic to both cats and dogs. The kids have been begging for a puppy for years but we always said no. Plus, I am not really a pet person. It's true that as you get older, you become more mellow (lol!). We caved in and said yes. As soon as we saw his pictures, it's over! We're madly in love with him. The kids promised to help out with the puppy and they have been doing a wonderful job. Our family has grown by one and we're beyond thrilled.

Monday, September 16, 2019

What I wore to my birthday dinner # 2

Sharing what I wore to my actual birthday dinner. On my actual birthday, friends and family took me out for a birthday dinner at Jeff Ruby's Steakhouse. I've been wanting to try this place for quite some time and finally had a chance to do so. The restaurant is very classy and beautiful. The service was top notch and the entire dinner was cooked to perfection. It was expensive but so worth it (our dinner bill was almost $700 for 6 people). If you are looking for a fancy restaurant to celebrate a special occasion, I would 100% recommend Jeff Ruby's. I purchased this dress last month for the occasion and it was perfect. It's classy yet playful. This was my very first purchase from NBD and I am impressed. The quality is so nice! The dress was on super sale and I couldn't be happier. Check out other NBD sale styles here. A special occasion like this is a great reminder of how thankful I am for all the people I have in my life. I can't thank them enough for making me feel special on my birthday and for being a part of my life. Outfit details: NBD dress *size XS* | Christian Louboutin shoes | Gucci bag | Le Specs sunglasses | Michele watch

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

What I wore to my birthday dinner # 1

I had an amazing weekend celebrating my birthday with friends and family. I feel very spoiled but at the same time, grateful for all the birthday love. On Friday, my girl friends and I got together for a night out. We decided on the Whitney House. None of us have been there before (which makes it fun). We had the best time. We sat outside, had dinner/drinks and just simply enjoyed each other's company. They even sang Happy Birthday to me =) I wore this hot pink rompers that night and I love it. This is one of the rare pink pieces I have in my closet. The color is vibrant and the fit is amazing. Perfect for a night out! I paired the rompers with my new birthday shoes. I had a super-fun night and felt so blessed to be surrounded by these ladies who are beautiful inside and out. I came home around mid-night. My husband drove 14 hours the very next day to bring home something very special (stay tuned!). He left the house at 2:00 a.m so he could be back on time for dinner on my actual birthday. Bless his heart! Outfit details: Hot pink rompers | Jimmy Choo shoes | Chanel bag