Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Girls' Night Out

Last Friday, I went out with a few girlfriends to celebrate my sister in law's birthday. We had so much fun. Started the night at a new Vietnamese restaurant/bar in town. The food was absolutely delicious! After dinner, we headed to the casino to try our luck. It was my lucky night indeed =) I wore this dress that night with my beloved OTK boots. It was the perfect choice for a girls night out. I knew I wouldn't able to capture the beauty of this dress at night so I took a couple of pictures ahead of time to show you. This is one of my favorite dresses ever from Express. I own the same dress in 4 different colors (oops!). Outfit details: Express dress | Chanel wallet on chain | Cole Haan boots *similar versions here* | H&M wool coat
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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. The snake version is a bit more expensive but she likes that fact that it's unique and different than the regular Marmont version. 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.

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.

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.

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 *similar long coat here* | Valentino shoes

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.