Thursday, December 29, 2011

Pink gingham and wool

I’ve been making several trips back and forth to Old Navy lately. I don’t shop there very often because of their generous sizing. Although, I do think Old Navy has stepped it up as of late. I picked up a few items last week on super sale including this gingham shirt. I wasn’t looking for one because I already purchased the J.Crew perfect gingham shirt not too long ago. While I was there, I spotted a tiny-looking gingham shirt and had to give it a try.



Wednesday, December 28, 2011

2011 Petite Gift Exchange

I've had a blast exchanging gifts with other petite ladies last year. Of course, I wasn’t hesitant in joining them again this year. Thanks, Jessy for organizing the gift exchange! Without further ado, my secret Santa was..... Lorraine of Petite In The City.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Fall Wish-list Item # 3: Something leopard

Hope everyone had a great holiday break. I didn’t step foot in the mall nor do any shopping online this year. My sister told me I wasn’t missing out on any great deals. Today, back to work I go. At least, things are quiet at work.



Saturday, December 24, 2011

Vacation Recap & Merry Christmas to all!

Hi everyone,

It's Christmas Eve! As mentioned here, my family and I opted for a family vacation instead of a gift exchange at Christmas. I put together a recap video of the vacation we took 2 weeks ago. Everyone had a great time especially my parents, my husband's family and my siblings (it was their first time being on a cruise). The little one was able to do most of the activities that she wanted to do this time including rock climbing and para-sailing. I hope you enjoy the video. May the magic of this holiday season bring you all that you have been wishing for.


Happy Holidays to you and your family!
Sydney

Friday, December 23, 2011

Holiday Gift Ideas for Kids

I know Christmas is technically tomorrow but if you're still struggling to find the perfect gift for the little ones, I hope you find this post helpful. A month before Christmas, we asked the little one to write a list to Santa. May I present to you little C's Christmas wishlist =)


Let me first start out by saying she is a very good girl. Never once in her life cried in a toy store (or any other places) for something that she wanted. However, we still want her to know that Christmas is not all about gifts.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Old Navy sweaters for $10.00 each (with Groupon deal)

Groupon is having a $20 Old Navy voucher for $10.00. I bought one late last night and was able to use it immediately. I stopped by my local Old Navy on the way to work this morning and it was wonderful. The store was nice and neat and sales associates were very helpful. It will be a different story after work for sure. Here are some fitting room pics:

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{Showing: Double V-neck pullover in XS regular - $10 in stores}

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Holiday Recipe: Gingerbread cookies

I hope you're all done with your Christmas shopping. I am glad that we don't have to do gift giving this year. We still have to pick up a few things for the little one though cuz she's special =) On another note, I am catching a cold but hopefully, it won't be too bad. Today, I wanted to share a holiday recipe with you guys.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Sale alert: Amazing deal on J.Crew Outerwear

**Update: All small sizes are gone!**

As you already know, J.Crew is having an amazing deal on their popular double-cloth lady day coat. Thanks to Sew Petite Gal for tweeting the sale alert. Almost all my jackets are in neutral/classic colors. I am dying to have an attention-grabbing jacket to cheer me up. I ordered the lady day coat in vibrant flame (size 0P) this morning. It was $80.00 plus an additional 30% off with code "SNOWMAN" (no longer available). I ended up paying $56.00 for this gorgeous coat. Let’s hope it works out. This is the lowest price I have ever seen for this particular coat.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Altering a size 12P skirt to a 00P

Hi everyone,

We just came back from our vacation late last night. After all, nothing feels like home. Today is laundry/catch-up day. My husband and the little one are going shopping right now so I have a bit of "me" time. I want to do a quick post to show you a DIY project that I did last week.

I felt in love with the Ann Taylor Modern A-line Zip skirt when it first came out but the $98 price tag was too pricey for me. By the time it goes on sale, small sizes are gone. It went on final sale last week for $9.95 plus an additional 25% off. The only size left that I found in store that day was a 12P. I decided to bring it home and do my own alterations. For $7.50, if I don't succeed, there is nothing to cry about. Here is how it looks on me pre-alterations.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Be right back!

I am a huge fan of Christmas. In our family, it's a tradition that we open our Christmas gifts on Christmas Eve. For Christmas this year, instead of doing gifts, we decided to take both of our parents on a vacation for the holiday. At this point in life, my parents would rather spend time with their kids and grand-kid than having a new sweater or a new pair of shoes.

We had everything set 6 months ago since a vacation for 9 people takes a bit of planning ahead. I am so looking forward to spending time with my loved ones and enjoying the warm weather. I love packing summer clothes when it's freezing outside =) Here is a snapshot of "what's in my bag" when I travel:




Saturday, December 10, 2011

Weekend Fun: My first macaron experience!

Hope you all are enjoying your weekend! This morning, my husband and I took a little trip downtown to check out a French bakery. I've heard so much about macarons (French cookies) but never had a chance to try them just yet. At one time, I was considered ordering them online but shipping was ridiculous. Thanks to Olyvia  for letting me know about Pistacia Vera. I had no idea there is a local bakery that has macarons.



OOTD: Jeans: Married to the mob - size 25 (buy similar) | Jacket: Banana Republic (this year's version) | Booties: Banana Republic (this year's version) | Satchel: Burberry smoked check | Sunnies: Ann Taylor

Thursday, December 8, 2011

CLOSED - Holiday giveaway: Win a glitter bangle from Ann Taylor (3 winners)

With Christmas and New Year just around the corner, every girl can use a little extra sparkle and shine during the holiday season. I am thrilled to giveaway three beautiful glitter bangles provided by Ann Taylor. Item details can be found here. Bangle diameter is 2.5 inches.

{Stacked with my Michael Kors 5128 }

How to enter:
1. Follow my blog via GFC
2. Leave me a comment letting me know which color you’re entering for (gunmetal or white or gold).
3. For an additional entry, click here to tweet

Winners will be announced on Sunday - 12.18. Bangles will be sent out immediately after that. This giveaway is open to U.S. & Canada readers only.

Good luck!
Sydney

Disclaimer: Ann Taylor has generously provided these bangles for the giveaway. I am not associated with them in any way. I will not be compensated for posting this giveaway on my blog.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

t+j Designs Style Challenge!

Statement jewelry is something that I haven't ventured into. As a petite women, I try to avoid bulky jewelry. Regardless of which type of statement jewelry that you choose, there is only one rule – wear one statement piece at a time. You do not want to over accessorize with jewelry.



t+j Designs is currently hosting a statement jewelry styling challenge, I thought it would be fun to enter. For this challenge, I am wearing the Flo necklace c/o Poshlocket. As you can see, this necklace is very dramatic. I wanted this necklace to be the center of the attention so I kept everything else minimal. I chose this simple black and white dress as a backdrop to show off this beautiful necklace.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Meeting up with Angie & UO Fitting Room Pics

Yesterday, I had an opportunity to meet up with the sweetest Angie of Pandaphilia. I’ve been a long-time follower of her blog. I was expecting to see a young college student with a cheerful personality. Angie, in real life, is very calm, sweet and down to earth.

{Wearing: J.Crew gingham shirt - 00R, Ann Taylor cardigan - XXSP, GAP legging jeans - 24/00R}

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Holiday Gift Ideas for Her

With Christmas is only 22 days away, I am sure some of you are checking your lists for your favorite gifts to give this holiday season. According to some research, jewelry pieces are the all time most wanted as Christmas gifts for ladies. I am not surprised. Nothing is better than opening a sparkly gift on your Christmas day, right? Last month, an online jewelry store called Anjolee reached out for a mention. I'll admit at first I was a bit skeptical about getting a piece of jewelry online. However, the process turned out to be pretty painless.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Fall Wish-list Item # 5: A new pair of black boots

Believe it or not, today, I wore tights for the first time this season. I cleaned out my closet last weekend and rediscovered this skirt. I haven’t worn it since my 30x30 challenge. This morning, I wanted to pair this skirt with a black sweater. Unfortunately, I don’t have one =(

Sunday, November 27, 2011

DIY Project: Slimming and shortening a skirt

I've been on the look out for a wool pencil skirt in burnt orange but haven’t run into anything that caught my attention. Then I decided to look on eBay. I was so excited to find 2 vintage wool skirts for a total of $14.00 (shipping included). The waist measures 24 inches which is perfect for me. Unfortunately, they were a smidgen long and wide for my frame. I decided to bite the bullet and attempt a DIY alteration. I did a video with the intention of showing you how to do this step by step. However, it didn’t turn out very well. It was extremely hard to cut/sew/film at the same time. So no video this time, but I definitely will put more time into it for my next DIY project.


Saturday, November 26, 2011

A Casual Friday Outfit

I hope everyone is enjoying your holiday weekend. For the first time in years, I didn’t go shopping on Black Friday. After the crazy experience we had last year, we decided it just wasn't worth it. Also, my sister just got a part-time job while finishing up college so she had to work on BF. I hope you scored some great deals.

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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Review: Talbots Shoe Haul

My Talbots shoe order has finally arrived. I was going to review them yesterday (before the promotion ended) but there was an issue with my order. I didn't get them until today. However, Talbots is having a "Friends and Family" event (30% off everything with code FRIENDS plus free shipping). I hope I can give you some useful information just in case you are eyeing some shoes. I ordered 3 pairs of shoes to try. I'm normally a 6.5 (sometimes a 7) in shoes.

First up is the Corrine Platform Penny Loafers in 6.5 (small sizes are still available)

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Get 40% off + an additional $5.00 discount at GAP

I did mange to stop by the mall this weekend to use my coupon. I picked up the GAP lightweight corduroy leggings in both justice blue and aubergine. Yesterday, they were 60% off. I got an additional $5.00 off my purchase with this coupon. After both discounts, the price dropped to around $21.00 per pair (was $59.95). Not too bad, right?


Today, you can take 40% off your entire purchase plus an additional $5.00. The price is still pretty decent. I am almost positive that you don't have to have this coupon with you. As long as you're going to use your Gap/BR/ON card to pay, the SA will honor the discount. The measurements are as follow if you're interested (for a 24/00 regular): waist = 13", length = 37". For some reasons, they fit much better than the last ones I tried.

I hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend. I can't believe Thanksgiving is just a few days away. Any plans for Black Friday shopping =)?
-Sydney-

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Holiday Sales Season Begins (50% off or more)!

If you've been following my blog, you know I am truly a bargain hunter. Holiday sales have already started online and at brick-and-mortar stores. I am happy to share a few great sales that are happening right now.

LOFT - $35 and under event. Click here for a complete list of items that are $35.00 and under. Nothing to get too excited about. If you're looking for some basic pieces, it is worth checking out. I have these 2 items on hold for me to try on in store.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Fall Wish-list Item # 8: Leopard flats

I own one pair of flats and have been wearing them for almost 3 years. I always have a pair of flats in my car just in case I go shopping after work =). Other than that, I wear high heels most of the time. A month ago, I found a hole in the sole of my flats and knew it’s time for a new pair. I've been obsessed with leopard print lately. What better way to find a new pair of leopard flats, right?



Sunday, November 13, 2011

Review: J.Crew Perry Peep-toe Booties

Another item on my Fall wishlist is a pair of oxford/lace-up booties. While browsing J.Crew's site last week, these peep-toe booties caught my attention. I've heard that J.Crew shoes tend to run small so I ordered these a half size bigger. I am glad I did because they fit perfectly. This is going to be a short review since I decided to return them.

Love:
- The tweed on tweed concept is beautiful. I've always been a fan of constrasting tones.
- The combo is so perfect for Fall and goes nicely with most of everything in my closet


{Wearing: J.Crew Perry Peep-toe Booties - size 7}

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Shop For A Good Cause!

Today, I have the privilege of interviewing Katie B. She is the founder/creative director of Elegantees. Elegantees is not just an online t-shirt store, it’s Katie’s passion to stop sex trafficking in Nepal. If you're interested in learning more about Elegantees and their mission, please keep reading.

- Tell me a bit about Elegantees
Elegantees are very elegant designs made out of tee shirt fabric.

- Where did you get the inspiration from?
I'm an everyday type of girl, with a budget, and don’t want to spend a ton of money on fashion, but love beautiful design. I started designing them for myself, but so many women love them too!

- Does your work reflect your personal fashion taste?
For sure! I wear them almost every day. I love how modest they are (long lengths, I feel safe bending over, etc), and I have a bunch of colors and styles.

- What's your design philosophy?
I believe a woman should dress in a way that shows she doesn't need to show much skin to feel beautiful. I design for her.

- What's your mission with your brand?
Ultimately, I want to end sex trafficking in Nepal. Right now, I'm working with a group called K.I. Nepal that has been rescuing women for 20 years. The goal is to teach them how to sew, so they can make Elegantees for an income.

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{Wearing: Tee (c/o): Elegantees Victoria - size XS | Denim: GAP always skinny - size 24 | Necklace (c/o): Gold tassel necklace}

- What’s the most challenging part?
For a while, it was finances. But, I'm working full time again, so I'm able to bring in more money faster to get toward the goal of getting to Nepal. I think the most challenging part now is getting the word out.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Altering a trench

I ordered the Ann Taylor Boulevard Trench about a month ago because I fell in love with it at first sight. Not that I need another jacket but you can never have enough coats and jackets (especially when live in a colder state). When the jacket first arrived, I wasn’t sure about it. Even though, the sleeve length and the body length fit me quite well, it was just boxy all around. I asked my husband “what do you think about this jacket?”. His response was “ I love it”.


Sunday, November 6, 2011

Fall Wish-list Item # 7: Rust colored blazer

I have always loved blazers and always will. Blazers are a classic staple in any women's wardrobe. They can instantly define your look and add sophistication to any ensemble. A year ago, I could count my blazers on one hand and they only existed in the color black and gray. I have been loving colored blazers and itching to wear this Gap blazer that I purchased last month. The weather is getting a bit warmer this week. It’s the perfect time to take it out for a spin. For this outfit, I wanted to highlight the blazer so I kept the rest of the look in neutral shades. I hope you enjoy this outfit. Don't forget to turn your clocks back an hour and enjoy the extra sleep!



What I am wearing:
Blazer: Gap point-lapel blazer - size 0
Lace tee: A&F girl - size L (buy similar)
Short: Club Monaco - size 0 (buy similar - available in 00)
Booties: Steve Madden (buy similar)
Necklace: c/o Stella & Dot
Ring: Forever21 (buy similar)

Friday, November 4, 2011

Fall Wish-list Item # 11: A Cobalt Blue Skirt

I am delighted to cross another item off my wishlist – a cobalt blue skirt. Thanks to the sweetest Jean for picking up an extra one for me while ordering hers during the Ann Taylor’s sale a few weeks ago. Despite the fact that it was just a tad big on her, it fits me perfectly throughout. I am so in love with this color. Even the husband said so. I don’t have anything like this in my closet so I am super excited for this addition. Even though this was a mini skirt, I still think the length is totally appropriate for work when paired with black tights. Since the mini-skirt is short and shows off your legs, you would want to keep your top half pretty covered. I paired this skirt with a sweater vest for a much casual look. A pair of booties completes this mini-casual look. This skirt is also a good candidate for achieving a chic color-block look. I can see myself pairing this skirt with a tank top and a black blazer for a dressier look. The possibilities are endless!



What I am wearing:
Skirt: Ann Taylor Ponte Mini Skirt in Cobalt - size 00P
Vest: Forever21 Fair Isle Vest - size Small
Shirt: Ann Taylor Twill Shirt - size 0P
Booties: Banana Republic (buy similar)

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Jewelry for Everyday Wear

** The winner of this giveaway is Larissa**

I’ve mentioned many businesses in the past on my blog. Some I do care about and some I don’t. Recently, the owner of an Etsy shop contacted me regarding their shop and I felt really special. They are two girls, Kate and Soo and they’re also my followers!

{Wearing: Triple cute bracelet - Diameter = 2 ¾ inches}

Kate and Soo just opened a jewelry shop on Etsy – a website that sells anything handmade. Their design ranges from fun and colorful to classic and feminine. The pieces are so easy to wear with everyday outfits. They also go fantastically with any work outfits. Each piece is designed and handmade by Kate & Soo with love, care and reasonably priced for girls on a budget. If you have small wrists, you already know it's hard to find bracelets that fit properly.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Today's deal: $25 for $40 and free shipping at BeautyBar.com

Daily Candy is having a sale today – For $25.00, you’ll get $40.00 credit toward any purchases at BeautyBar.com. You will also get free shipping on your first order of $25.00 or more. Below are products that I own/use every day and love!


1. Boscia oil-free nightly hydration - I apply a thin layer before I go to bed.
2. Clarisonic Mia in lavendar – I use this brush every night to clean my face.
3. Lorac front of the line eye liner in black - This is hands down the best eye-liner I have ever used.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

My favorite ways to wear a scarf

I admit, I wasn’t a scarf fan before but now, I love them. Today, I decided to make a little video to show you guys 3 of my favorite ways to wear a scarf. There are certainly countless ways to wear them. Scarves not only keep you warm, but also make your plain and simple attire look more fashionable and put together. That’s the reason why I chose to wear a pair of denim with a plain tee. This is my first ever attempt at making a video, please bear with me. Also, please excuse my awkward moments =) It took me 3 hours to edit this 3-minute video. It’s not anything extraordinary but I hope you’ll enjoy it. Thank you, Happy Scarf for sending over these beautiful scarves.



Products mentioned:
Checkered in camel (buy here)
100% wool scarf in floral print (buy here)
Skull scarf in black and gray (buy here)

Have a great week!
Sydney

Disclaimer: I received these scarves courtesy of HappyScarf.com. I will not be compensated for posting this review on my blog.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Fall Wish-list Item # 6: A clutch/cross-body bag

These pictures were taken a while back for the IT girl feature but I haven’t had a chance to post them yet. This military pencil skirt was one of the items that I picked out for the feature. Unfortunately, the size 0 was too big for me.



Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Petite Fashion Challenge # 11: Vacation Vogue

I am personally excited for this month’s PFC. My family and I are going on vacation soon and this challenge couldn't have come at a better time. This month, Ski Petite asked us to:

Put together an outfit made for sightseeing. It should be one that will be comfortable for walking around in and can last you from the early morning until dinner and drinks in the evening. Plus, you're on vacation, so you'd better make sure you look good in photos, which you'll have for years to come. You can choose just one outfit but vary it by adding or taking off layers or accessories to take you from the a.m. to the p.m. and make one outfit easier to last through the day
…so for this challenge, I am making this simple pleated dress work for both day and night. The easiest way create a day-to-night look is by playing with your accessories

Monday, October 24, 2011

Ann Taylor: Free shipping on any order (today only)!

Ann Taylor is having free shipping on any order promotion (today only - no code needed). I can't help but drool over everything from their holiday collection. Below are some of my picks:

{The cobalt blue color is just simply beautiful}

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Weekend Fun: Circleville Pumpkin Show

This weekend, my family and I headed down to Circleville for the annual Pumpkin Show. The Circleville Pumpkin Show attracts over 400,000 visitors (100,000 per day) to this small community of 12,000 people. They come to see the giant pumpkins, the world's largest Pumpkin Pie, parades, entertainment, attractions, and try various pumpkin-flavored goodies. For us, it's becoming a tradition that we look forward to each year. Here are a few snapshots from the show:


{The biggest pumpkins of the show: 1st place: 1436 lbs, 2nd place: 1198 lbs}

Friday, October 21, 2011

My Fall/Winter wish-list

Although I enjoyed the warm weather in the Summer, Fall is still my absolute favorite season of the year. I enjoy my pumpkin spice latte on the way to work every morning, Fall activities with my family and of course I love Fall layering. It’s so easy to buy more clothes when I see amazing outfits put together by fashion/style bloggers. Thus, I feel it’s necessary to have list of things that I somewhat need and stick with it. Other than a few inexpensive items that I’ve bought here and there, I am staying true to my wish list. It is half way completed so I thought I'd share my Fall wish list with you guys

A few snapshots of Summer (clockwise): (1) & (3): Cruising and spending time at the lake, (2): Lots of ice cream from the ice cream truck (4): Summer vacation.

My Fall wish-list:
1. A pleated skirt (purchased - see my post here)
2. Colored denim (purchased - see my post here)
3. Something leopard (purchased - see my post here)
4. A classic camel coat (purchased - see my post here)
5. A pair of black tall boots (purchased - see my post here)
6. A clutch/cross body bag (purchased - see my post here)
7. A colored blazer (purchased - see my post here)
8. A pair of new flats (purchased - see my post here)
9. A gingham shirt (purchased - see my post here)
10. A pair of high-heel oxfords (purchased - see my post here)
11. A bold colored pencil skirt - (purchased - see my post here)

Readers, what's on your Fall wish-list?

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Classic with a pop of color

I am definitely a classic type of girl when it comes to fashion. Even though I love incorporating bold colors to my outfits lately, I still feel comfortable wearing my neutrals. For me, adding bold accessories is the best way to dress up my plain outfits. With that in mind, I picked out this Patty Shoulder Bag when Aftershock London reached out for a mention.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Fall Wish-list Item # 4: A classic camel coat

My search for a new winter coat continues after a failed attempt with the Zara coat. Although, my original plan was to search for a mustard yellow coat, I do think camel would be much more practical and wearable than mustard. Also, camel seems to be hugely ubiquitous this Fall. I wasn’t sure about this H&M coat at first but now, I am loving it more each day.


Thursday, October 13, 2011

Colorblock dress

A few of you have expressed interest in the Geri blouse that I wore in this post so I want to give a shout out to my new favorite online boutique called Velvet. The store based in Indonesia. Their clothes are chic and very affordable. Is it just me or their collections remind me so much of Zara? Velvet wanted me to introduce their July/August collection to you guys a few months ago. Unfortunately, there were a few issues with shipping and the package didn’t make it to my door until 2 months later. The dress that I am wearing in this post is already sold out. However they just launched the September collection a couple of weeks ago, be sure to check it out.



What I am wearing:
Dress: Albertine dress c/o Velvet (buy similar here - comes in petite sizes)
Blazer: Banana Republic - size 00P (buy similar here or here)
Shoes: Banana Republic Jacky Pump (buy similar here)
Necklace: Lia Sophia (buy similar here - comes in 3 colors)
Watch: Michael Kors 5128 in rose gold (buy here)
Nail color: Zoya Jinx (buy here)

Monday, October 10, 2011

CLOSED - Giveaway: Win a $50.00 gift certificate to La Posh Style!

**The winner of this giveaway is txx**

La Posh Style is giving away a $50 gift certificate to one lucky winner of PetiteLittleGirl! You must be a public follower to enter. Click here to follow if you haven't. To enter, all you have to do is:


La Posh Style on Facebook. 

Check back next Monday (10.17) to see if you are the lucky winner. Giveaway open to U.S readers only!

Good luck!
Sydney

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Weekend Fun: A Day in the Country

The weather is insanely gorgeous this weekend. We decided to take a ride to see the leaves changing and spend a day in the country. Even though the leaves had barely started to change color, the view was still breathtakingly stunning. After snapping a few photos, we went to a cheese and wine tasting, spent some time at the flea market and had some delicious home-make food. It was such a lovely day to be able to breathe fresh air and enjoy a peaceful day in the country.



Friday, October 7, 2011

Columbus Day Sales!

Even though I live in Columbus, I won’t get a day off from work for Columbus Day. How unfair is that! However, you bet I will be happy to take advantage of Columbus Day sales this weekend!

Ann Taylor (take 40% off your entire purchase)
Several blogger have already posted this sale yesterday so I won't go over it again. I’ve been eyeing the Petite Vintage Trench for quite somet time now. Sadly, petite sizes are gone by the time the sale starts. I ended up ordering the Petite Boulevard Trench (online exclusive) and the Crew Neck Cardigan (to get free shipping). I was able to snatch both of them up for 40% off plus another 30% off (use code 51100001016). The code worked for me yesterday on my entire order. I am not sure if it still does. After both discounts, the price is truly unbeatable. Let’s hope the trench will work out.


Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Something Burgundy

There is no secret that pencil skirts are a year-round staple in my wardrobe. When Sweet Velvet asked me to pick out an item to introduce to you guys, I was immediately drawn to this Grace pencil skirt. While it was big on Extra Petite, it fits me perfectly with no waist gap. This skirt not only fits me perfectly but the color is also very appropriate for Fall!

Sweet Velvet is currently having a really “sweet” promotion. For a limited time, take 60% off your entire purchase with code “SECRETSALE”. The regular price of the skirt is $65.00 but right now, you can snatch it up for only $26.00. The waist measures 24 inches and the length measures 17 inches (laying flat) for an XS. Material consists of 92% polyester and 8% rayon

Important note: If you're planning to get this skirt, please wash once before wearing in order to prevent any possible color residue.



What I am wearing:
Skirt: SV Grace pencil skirt - size XS (buy here - 60% off)
Blouse: Love 21 Silk Blouse - size XS (buy similar here or here)
Pump: Naturalizer - c/o Vicky (buy similar here - available in size 5)
Clutch: BR exotic leather clutch (buy similar here or here)
Pearl: J.Crew glass pearl necklace (buy longer length here - on sale!)

Monday, October 3, 2011

Review: HANA Titanium 1.5 " Flat Iron

I’ve got a couple of questions from readers asking about how to style my hair. To be honest with you, I usually don't spend a whole lot of time on it. I lost quite a bit of hair after my daughter was born. Using a flat iron everyday to straight my hair doesn’t help either. I am really trying to stay away from heating tools but it’s tough. My hair is naturally wavy and I do not like it. I love straight and sleek hair. The only way to accomplish that is to use a flat iron. Because I straight my hair every day, it’s very crucial for me to invest in a good flat iron.


I was given the opportunity to try out the HANA Titanium 1.5 “ Flat Iron  sold by Misikko a few months ago. I really wanted to test it out for a longer period of time before writing a review. Before having this flat iron, I’ve been using the Her Styler hair straightener for almost 10 years. It was about time for me to get a new one.


- My iron was shipped the same day and arrived 2 days later. Everything was very well packaged. The flat iron came with a travel pouch, a heat pouch and a small bottle of Hana Shine Shield.
- The flat iron has several heat settings to choose from and heats up much faster than my old one. It is ready to go in about 30 seconds. It saves me a lot of time getting ready in the morning. It is extremely light weight and easy to use.
- I can curl my hair, flip my hair or just go totally straight using this flat iron. I don’t really have any concerns about this product.
- If I have to criticize, it would be the long cord. The cord get twisted easily for some reasons.

{Various hair styles created with the HANA Titanium 1.5 “ Flat Iron}

The retail price for this flat iron is a bit steep at $179.99. However, it is still in the price range compare to some of the other professional flat irons on the market today. Overall, I am quite happy with this product and would recommend it to someone who is looking into purchase a professional flat iron.

Disclaimer: The flat iron was provided to me free of charge. As always, my reviews are my personal opinion. I will not be compensated for posting this review on my blog. 

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Weekend Fun: Anniversary Dinner

One of the most important things my husband told me when we were dating that I've always held onto was " We're not perfect but we're perfect for each other. Nothing will break us as long as we always try for one another". So throughout the good times and bad we've always stuck together and laughed/cried our way through it.

To celebrate our anniversay, we went to one of my favorite restaurants called The Elevator Brewery. Every time we go there, I always order their signature dish called "The Rock Filet". It is basically a steak on a stone concept. It is served on a stone heated to 500 degrees. The idea is that you are able to slice the steak off then cook it to your desired doneness. Nice and sizzling right there in front of you! We had a wonderful relaxing evening with great conversation and great food. What did you do this weekend =)?

**Update**: What I am wearing: Dress: Express - very old (buy similar here) | Blazer: gifted from a friend (buy similar here) | Booties: Banana Republic (buy similar here) | Clutch: Banana Republic (buy similar here - Free shipping both ways) | Watch: MK 5128 in rose gold (buy here) | Necklace: Lia Sophia (buy similar here)

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Little White Summer Dress

When Apart Style asked me to pick out several items for the IT girl feature, I was immediately drawn to this dress. It is a classic sheath style with pretty eyelet detail. I’ve always loved wearing white in the summer. This dress is also perfect for work when paired with a blazer/cardigan. It is 100% lined and very well-made. Unfortunately, the smallest size was still too big for my frame. This dress has gone through a major alteration. I knew my alterations would be expensive because of how complicated the dress was, but I still shocked when I saw the bill. However, I love the fit post alterations. Personally, I think it’s worth it for something timeless that can be worn year after year. I feel more confident when wearing clothes that fit properly.



What I am wearing:
Dress: Eyelet dress c/o ApartStyle.com - size 0 (buy here)
Boots: Steve Madden (buy similar here or here)
Blazer: Banana Republic (buy similar here - available in 00)
Bag: Burberry smoked check bowling bag (buy here - free shipping)
Belt: H&M *still available in stores*