Sunday, January 20, 2019

Tips for purchasing a Gucci belt

As mentioned in this postthe Gucci belt is one of my top 5 most used luxury pieces. I purchased 4 Gucci belts last year so I thought I'd share a few tips just in case you're interested in getting one for yourself.

Choosing the right width: The Gucci Marmont belt is available in 3 widths: 0.5", 1" and 1.5" (the most popular version). It all depends on your personal preference but the 1" version works best for me. I purchased the 1.5" version with a silver buckle last year and decided to send it back. The buckle was way too big on me. I understand it's a statement belt but the buckle was just way too big for my liking. My sister in law in the other hand, loves the wider-width version. She purchased this Gucci Marmont snake belt a few weeks ago. I snapped a few pictures to show you the differences between the two. I also purchased the thin version last year but ended up sending it back as well. If you're looking for a thin belt to define your waist, this is a great option. However, it doesn't work well as a hip belt. Since I use my Hermes belt as a waist belt, there is no need for another thin belt.

Choosing the right size: I am typically a size 24/25 in jeans and the size 75 works perfectly for me. There is just enough amount of "extra belt". My SIL likes to wear mid/low rise jeans and she got hers in the size 80. An easy way to determine belt size is to simply add 2" to your normal pant size. For example, I wear a size 24/25 in jeans, a 27" belt would be a good fit for me. To measure a belt, start at the middle hole and measure to the end of the belt. Mine measures exactly 27". This belt features 5 holes so you can easily adjust to fit your needs.
GucciBeltReview_SydneysFashionDiary Choosing the right hardware: If you've been following my blog for awhile, then you know I usually tend towards silver hardware. However, I must say the silver-tone buckle on the Gucci belt looks very cheap. Most people go with the gold buckle which is a much better choice.

Where to buy it: The Gucci belt is still pretty much on trend. It's hard sometimes to get your hands on one (especially in smaller sizes). You can purchase these belts from the following sites: Gucci, Net-A-Porter, Saks, Nordtrom, Farfetch, Matches Fashion
A few tips:
- If you don't find the style you like under the women's section, try the men's section. I found mine from there
- If you can't find your size online, use the "find in store" feature. It's actually very accurate and helpful. You can locate your size quickly.
- Keep in mind that if you make a purchase through, they will include a shopping bag, box and dust bag with your purchase. I got this belt via Matches Fashion and it didn't come with the Gucci belt box

Thursday, January 17, 2019

MCM Patricia Visetos Satchel

Sharing one of the things I got for Christmas today. Some of you might still remember, I talked about the Louis Vuitton Pochette Metis in the monogram canvas here. Unfortunately, it didn't work out for me. However, I still love the silhouette of the bag and am open to finding something similar. While searching, I stumped upon the MCM Patricia bag. Even though this bag is made from a mixture of heavy coated canvas and leather, the shoulder strap is 100% leather. The strap of the Pochette Metis is made of canvas. It's so stiff and does not stay on my shoulder. It was a deal breaker for me. Besides the shoulder strap, the MCM Patricia has everything that the Pochette Metis has to offer (interior compartments for easy organization, the back pocket, the top handle along with a removable and adjustable shoulder strap). If you're not into logos, this bag is also available in full leather and in the gold-tone hardware. The size is perfect for my 5'2" frame. I also love the fact that this bag isn't popular. Sometimes, it's nice to own something a bit different and unique. The logo is subtle and the silhouette is classic and well-suited for everyday use.

Monday, January 14, 2019

Plan with me :: January

Happy Monday, ladies! Today, I am starting a new series called "Plan with me". As mentioned in this post, we're welcoming 2019 with open arms. The first step towards making 2019 our best year yet is planning and setting goals. Long-term goals are great but specific and measurable goals are equally important. To hold myself accountable, I will be sharing my monthly goals here. I also hope to inspire some of you to share your monthly goals as well. It's always best to set a goal with numbers. Notice my goals are quantitative goals. When you put a specific value to something, it becomes measurable and more achievable. If you do join me, please share your monthly goals below. Here is what I want to accomplish and what I am looking forward to for the month of January.
2019Planner_SydneysFashionDiary {I purchased this planner and am excited to fill it with goals/plans/activities}

Monthly goals:
- Work out at least 4 times a week: Getting back in the fitness game after a long break is hard. My goal is to work out at least 4 times a week (preferably 5 times a week)
- Drink 60 o.z. of water or more per day: I drink so little water a day. It's kind of scary! My goal this month is to drink at least 60 o.z. of water per day. I have this 20 o.z YETI tumbler. I keep reminding myself that I need to drink at least 3 cups per day
- Read one book: I rarely read. This year I want to challenge myself to actually sit down and read instead of browsing my phone. Starting out with one book per month.
- No buy January: We had a really big Christmas so we're doing a no buy January. I made some purchases in Dec and also got a few things for Christmas. Will share them throughout the month. 2 weeks in and I haven't purchased anything.
- Cut down on sugar: This goal is more for the kids. We went a bit overboard during the holidays with sweet treats. I will be cutting down on sweet snacks when grocery shopping
- Watch one movie with the kids: Life has been busy lately but this month, I want to make an effort to watch at least one movie with the kids.

Looking forward to:
- Getting back into daily routines and schedules: After an extended break, I am looking forward to getting back to the grind.
- The new season of the Bachelor: So excited for the new season of the Bachelor. I really like Colton and am looking forward to see how this season unfolds.
- Celebrate my sister in law's birthday: Looking forward to a night out to celebrate my sister in law's birthday
- Teach the girls how to ski: We're planning to teach the kids how to ski this year. They might like it or they might not. Regardless, I want them to develop an appreciation of nature and enjoy doing outdoor activities.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Top 5 most used luxury items of 2018

Today, I am sharing my top 5 most used luxury items of 2018. A few of these items come as no surprise.
- Cartier Love bracelet: This is an obvious choice. This bracelet has been on my wrist for over a year now and I can't imagine not having it. Read my thoughts about the bracelet here.
- Louis Vuitton backpack: I didn't think I'd love this little bag as much as I do. Someone requested a full review of this bag. Please stay tuned if you're interested. I adore this bag. It's the perfect size for me (not too big not too small). It goes with everything and can hold a ton of stuff. It's my weekend go-to bag.
- Gucci Marmont belt: I wasn't sure about this belt at first but now I am happy to report that I love it. It adds extra oomph to my outfits. You know my outfits are pretty basic. One of the easiest ways to transform an outfit is by adding a statement belt.
- Rolex watch: Even though this watch was purchased later in the year, I've been wearing it a ton. I wear it to work most days. I am a firm believer that things are meant to be used. There is no need to wait for a special occasion to wear the things you love. Also, if I wear it everyday, I don't have to manually wind it often (winding a Rolex watch can be a pain).
- Louis Vuitton zippy wallet: This is my everyday wallet. As the matter of fact, this is my only wallet. I used it 365 times last year and definitely got my money's worth. There is normal wear and tear but nothing major.

There you have it. Those are my top 5 most used luxury items in 2018. Would love to hear what are your most used items in the past year

Saturday, January 5, 2019

First post of 2019

I hope everyone had a great winter break. My kids are going back to school on Monday. It's been a wonderful break for us. We got to spend a lot of quality time together. Today, I am sharing an outfit I wore on New Year's Day. My husband and I did go out early on NYE for a few drinks (just the two of us). We took this opportunity to talk about our goals/plans for 2019. If you have kids, you know it's hard to have an uninterrupted conversation with your spouse sometimes. After a few drinks, we came home and watched the ball drop with the kids. Dressing up for a fancy dinner on New Year's Eve is getting old so this year we decided to go out for a casual lunch with some of our close friends instead. We had so much fun catching up. After lunch, we went home to watch the Rose Bowl while our friends headed to the casino to try their luck. Around 7:00 pm, I changed to my workout clothes and was going to make the first run of 2019. A friend called and told us "we won big, let's go out for dinner, it's on us" lol. We went out to grab dinner again (in my work out clothes). We had such a fun and heartwarming dinner. It's a wonderful start to the New Year. I feel good about our goals, our decisions and overall, where we are in life. I don't know what it is but for some reason, I have a feeling that 2019 is going to be amazing and I am excited for what is to come. I found this dress on clearance for $10 and I love it. It's so comfortable and perfect for the occasion aka stuff my face with large amounts of food (as seen below). Outfit details: Express dress | Louis Vuitton backpack | Le Specs sunglasses | Cole Haan boots | Cartier bracelet

Monday, December 31, 2018

2018 :: 2019

Another year has come and gone. If I have to describe 2018 in one word, it would be "spendy". Started with our new bedroom in Jan, then crossed Banff off our travel bucket list in March, broke ground on the patio in July, got my dream watch in September and became boat owners in October. I am not bragging. I am proud of what we have accomplished this year. We set measurable goals at the beginning of each year and work really hard to achieve those goals. Born and raised in the traditional Asian family, achievements were expected. My parents seldom praised me and they taught me to be humble. However, I think it's very important to recognize your accomplishments in general. Recording your achievements will boost your self confidence. On the flip side, identify your weaknesses is equally important. 2018 was also the year of sharing more personal matters. I was skeptical at first but your support has made it easy for me. This space is no longer just for fashion-related content, it's my online diary. Here's a look at back 2018. Outfit details: Forever 21 sequin dress | J.Crew jacket | Valentino shoes
NYEOutfitIdeas_SydneysFashionDiary Positives:
- As mentioned above, we reached our goals in 2018. The boat was a spur of the moment decision but we couldn't be happier with the purchase.
- I switched job, not once but twice. My income increases allow us to achieve a few goals on our list quicker
- I ran not one but two half marathons. Running makes me feel accomplished. Running is also a way for me to train my brain. I can do anything if I put my mind to it.
- Madelyn started 1st grade. No more daycare. If you have your child in daycare, you know child care these days costs as much as the rent.
- Courtney is doing amazingly in school. I know I mentioned this in the past but I know this kid will make me proud.
- Even though we didn’t go on a big summer vacation, we did take 3 small trips to Michigan, New York and Las Vegas this year.
- Mom and Dad are in good health and that’s a blessing.
- Met some amazing people this year and continue to build our friendships based on mutual respect and trust.
- Celebrated my 40th birthday with those I love the most.

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Merry Christmas 2018!

Hope your Christmas is filled with joy, laughter and wonderful moments with your loved ones. I had an amazing time celebrating Christmas with both sets of our parents. We spent the day catching up with my in-laws, eating amazing food and being surrounded by people I love most. Christmas is always big in our household and this year was no exception. I made prime rib for the first time and it was the bomb =) Grandparents definitely spoiled the kids. I've said this many times in the past but I feel a need to reiterate – My life may not be perfect but I know I am very blessed.

Saturday, December 22, 2018

Last-minute stocking stuffers

I am official done with Christmas shopping. All presents are wrapped and under the tree. Grocery shopping is done as well. The only thing left is to clean the house and getting it ready. My in-laws are coming to town tomorrow to celebrate Christmas with us. I can't wait to have everyone over on Christmas Day. I can't believe tomorrow is Christmas Eve. If you are still looking for some last-minute stocking stuffers for the little ones, I hope you find this post helpful. You can order these items online and pick them up at your local Target. My Target opens until mid-night. Their stockings are from Pottery Barn

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Gift ideas for 6 year old girls

GiftIdeasForKids_SydneysFashionDiary Sharing what I got for my 6 year old daughter. This girl loves toys!!! You give her a new toy, she'll be a happy camper. She doesn't care about clothes and has no problems wearing hand me downs from the big sister. As mentioned in this post, I asked her to come up with a holiday wish list and this is what she asked for this year. My aunt used to be a teacher so I let her pick out educational toys, science kits and books for the girls (this is one of the best educational toys). I didn't have time to take pictures of everything but I will include some stock photos below. I know we're getting so close but you still can get these things in time if you're a prime member. I will share their stocking stuffers this weekend.

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Save hundreds on Burberry pieces

If you're a Burberry fan, this sale is for you. The discounts are insane. Take advantage now before they're gone (especially this jacket). Shop the entire sale section herePlease note: Make sure you change your country to "United States" to see the discounts
BurberrySale_SydneysFashionDiary Burberry small Banner bag (black) - Save $1065
Burberry medium Banner bag (navy) - Save $1065
Burberry small Banner bag (pink) - Save $1065
Burberry jacket - Save $416
Burberry wool cashmere coat (would be an amazing gift for your significant other) - Save $1070
Burberry green trench coat - Save $1285)