Tuesday, December 30, 2014

NYE with White House Black Market (Part II)


Here is another inspiration look I put together for White House Black Market. While the first look was more on the conservative side, this little sequin dress is so fun and absolutely perfect for NYE. To prevent this dress from looking shapeless, I added a belt to create the illusion of a waist. This is what I will be wearing tomorrow night to dinner. I wish you a Happy New Year, full of love, health, wealth and joy. If you're out celebrating NYE, please be safe =)


What I am wearing:
Dress: WHMB sequin dress - size 00 (50% off now)
Shoes: Express (this year's version)
Sunglasses: Dolce & Gabbana
Coat: J.Crew (this year's version)

Sunday, December 28, 2014

NYE with White House Black Market (Part I)


2014 is almost over! Time sure flies, doesn't it? I teamed up with White House Black Market last year to show you a NYE look. This year, I am excited to partner with them again to bring you some holiday style and cheer. The first look features this gorgeous lace dress. As you probably know, I am an avid fan of lace. The dress fit like a glove but not too tight. The cut is extremely flattering to petite frames. I own the burgundy color in a size 00P and love it. When I saw this dress available in black, I had to get it. There is no big difference between petites and regular sizes except the length. The regular length is about 2 inches longer than the petite size. This dress comes with a matching belt but I decided to wear a different one to break up an all black outfit. This is a great classic look for just about any occasion. Psssst - It is now on sale for over 50% off =) The site indicates this dress is an online exclusive but I did get it in-store. Linking up with PMT's Style Challenge and Happiness at Mid-life.


What I am wearing:
Dress: WHBM lace dress in black (size 00R) or burgundy (size 00P)
Shoes: Banana Republic leopard pumps
Jacket: H&M *old* (similar here - 50% off)
Bracelet: David Yurman classic cable
Earrings: Chanel (buy preowned here)
Wallet: Chanel (buy preowned here and here)
Sunglasses: Dolce & Gabbana

Friday, December 26, 2014

After-Christmas sales

I hope you all had a wonderful celebration with your loved ones. Now Christmas is officially over, after-Christmas deals start rolling in and they're amazing! My husband and I will be heading out today for some casual shopping. If you rather stay home, below are some incredible deals from around the web:

Nordstrom: Clearance sale (up to 50% off)
Piperlime: Take an extra 60% off all sale styles with code CHIC60
Ann Taylor: Take an extra 60% off all sale styles with code ANN60
LOFT: 50% off everything
SAKS: The designer sale (up to 70% off)

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Blogmas Day 25: Merry Christmas!


MERRY CHRISTMAS, EVERYONE! This year, my younger brother hosted Christmas dinner at his new home. I am incredibly proud of him for his accomplishments. Between being a first time homeowner and a first time parent to the most adorable boy, there is so much to be thankful for this Christmas. We wish you the merriest Christmas. May the true meaning of the holiday season fill your heart and home with many blessings.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Blogmas Day 24: Merry Christmas Eve and Gift Guide For Kids Under 3

KidKraft Uptown Espresso Kitchen_SydneysFashionDiary
{Pictured: KidKraft Uptown Espresso Kitchen}

Merry Christmas Eve, everyone! I hope you all have your Christmas shopping done by now. Today, I wanted to quickly share a few things I got for my 27-month old toddler just in case you need to do one last run. Most stores do open today from 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM. We got this kitchen for Madelyn's 2nd birthday and it's been a hit. It looks like a "real" kitchen and makes her feel grown up playing with it. One down side is that, it doesn't come with any play food sets. We had to order the 27-piece cookware playset & KidKraft food play set so that she has something to play with. This kitchen is sold at Bloomingdales, Target and Walmart. It might or might not be available in stores.


We also picked up these little gifts for Madelyn at Target yesterday. Both of my kids are a fan of Lego. I think this set will be a great "problem-solving" toy for a toddler. Melissa and Doug is hands down my favorite toy maker. Last but not least, the Maleficent movie! I've seen it months ago when it first released and loved it so much. Naturally, I had to get the DVD to re-watch with my girls at home. I wish you and your loved ones a very Merry Christmas. We will be cooking away shortly to prepare for our Christmas dinner with both of families tonight.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Blogmas Day 22: I got a (Chanel) boy for Christmas

{Pictured: New medium Chanel Boy - many options available here}

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen what I got for Christmas already. As I am typing this post, it feels so surreal to be the proud owner of the most coveted Chanel bag. It's by far the biggest fashion purchase I've ever made. 3 weeks ago, a new handbag wasn't even discussed (forget about a new Chanel bag). I have to give credit to my husband - the one who made it possible. I will share our shopping experience in a later post. I will also gather my thoughts and do a comparison post between a classic jumbo flap vs. the new medium (wearing below) vs. the old medium. Stay tuned for that =)


Sunday, December 21, 2014

Blogmas Day 21: Holiday Travels with Vera Bradley

{Pictured: Burberry jacket | Ugg boots | Mavi jeans| Tumi Presidio | Vera Bradley tote, Stroller}

Now that the girls have gotten order, we've been doing more weekend trips. We took an 8-hour road trip last month and two 4-hour trips this month to visit family members for the holidays. For the most part, my kids travel well. When doing a road trip, it's best to use soft-sided bags like travel totes or duffer bags to maximize your trunk space. This Vera Bradley traveler tote is perfect for a weekend getaway.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Blogmas Day 20: Victorinox Swiss Army Watch for him

Victorinox Officer Watch_SydneysFashionDiary

For Christmas, I usually get each member of my family one "small" gift and one "big" gift. Since my husband doesn't read this blog, I can go ahead and show you what I got him for Christmas. I purchased this sweater as a small gift for him. It looks great in person and can be dressed up or down. As for his "big" gift, I looked into a few options and decided to get him this Victorinox Swiss Army watch. He's a fan of the brand and has been collecting a few watches from them. He has this sporty one and wears it every weekend. I though it would be fun to get him something a bit dressier. His very 1st Victorinox watch is 8 years old and never had any issues. If you're looking for a watch for your guy, I highly recommend you check out the brand. FYI, today is the last day to order for 12/24 delivery.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Blogmas Day 19: Casual Friday

Tweed coat_SydneysFashionDiary

I can't believe Christmas is next week. I am super proud of myself for getting our Christmas shopping done early this year and excited to take the rest of the year off from work to be with our girls. If you're still trying to squeeze in some last minute gifts, below are some noteworthy sales:

- Forever 21: Free shipping with no minimum and get it by 12/24 (use code FREESHIPDAY)
- Ann Taylor: 50% off your entire purchase with code WINTER50
- Banana Republic: 50% off 100s of items (order by 12/20 for 12/24 delivery)
- Nordstrom: Designer clearance up to 60% off (free shipping)
- LOFT: 50% off all sweaters
- Old Navy: Cozy sleep/lounge styles from $8
- Saks: The designer sale up to 60% off

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Blogmas Day 18: Toshiba Touchscreen Laptop for kids

The gray area between a kid and a teenager makes gift shopping a tough venture. It's tricky and challenging to find something that matches the child's maturity. At the beginning of this school year, we found out that the little one made it to the advanced academic programs. While I am super proud of her, the amount of homework that needs to be done every night is insane. She's been using my laptop to type and submit her papers to the school's website. However, the keyboard is just simply too big for her little fingers. For Christmas, we decided it's time to get her own little laptop. We've done extensive research and decided to go with the Toshiba 2-in-1 touchscreen laptop.

Toshiba - Satellite Radius 11.6

I was looking for a middle-level laptop that suitable for a 4th grader. She uses it mainly for school and light surfing. This little 2-in-1 laptop fits all the needs. The design not only feels sturdy but it's also easy to change from the laptop mode to the tablet mode. Tablet mode automatically disables the keyboard. I was originally looking at this HP laptop but it was just too cheap even for a kid. The husband was a fan of the Surface but I wasn't. At the end, both of us are happy with our choice. This device doesn't come with a full suite of Microsoft Office but you can purchase a single-license copy of Office 365 for $120.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Blogmas Day 17: Jacquard Sweater Dress

Burgundy bodycon dress_SydneysFashionDiary

Today's post is another holiday look. I was looking for a casual holiday dress for an occasion and bought this dress on a whim. I am not familiar with the brand but glad that the dress turned out perfect in every way. It hugs in all the right place, nicely fitted yet very comfortable. The only thing I didn't like was the exposed zipper. You can shop the entire line here. Have you tried this brand before? Also, Nordstrom has new markdowns up to 40% off on their site and Piperlime offers 25% off everything with code SHOP25 (both retailers offer free delivery by Christmas Eve)

 Dolce & Gabbana sunglasses_SydneysFashionDiary

What I am wearing: 
Dress: Felicity & Coco dress - size XS
Sunglasses: Dolce & Gabbana

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Blogmas Day 16: Monogram it


I bought this card case last month for my Chanel WOC and thought it would make a very cute gift. You can make it even more personal with a monogram. It has two credit card slots in back and a small pouch in front for coins (which I don’t use). Love the look of a Chanel WOC but not the price? Check out some affordable (and adorable) versions here

Chanel WOC_SydneysFashionDiary

Monday, December 15, 2014

Blogmas Day 15: Black and White Oversized Cardigan

Black and White Oversized Cardigan_SydneysFashionDiary

I am loving the warmer weather we have lately. This oversized cardigan is perfect for those warmer days. It provides just the right amount of warmth and a plaid piece is always welcome in my closet =) Catch up on all my Blogmas posts here. Don't forget to enter my giveaway to win this beautiful dress. I will announce the winner on Friday.

  Black and White Oversized Cardigan_SydneysFashionDiary

What I am wearing:
Cardigan: c/o Sheinside
Sunglasses: Dolce & Gabbana
Shirt: GAP *old*

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Blogmas Day 14: 10 retailers offer free shipping (no minimum)

I enjoy online shopping. Although, I rarely make a purchase unless free shipping is offered. Below is a list of 10 shopping sites that offer free shipping on all orders on an ongoing basis. In order to have your packages arrive by Christmas, tomorrow is the last day to have your orders shipped via standard mail. I am officially done with my Christmas shopping. How about you? Don't forget to check out my last post for a chance to win a gorgeous holiday dress!

1. 6pm

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Blogmas Day 13: Win a dress from the Kewl Shop


Happy Saturday, everyone! 

Today, I've teamed up with the Kewl Shop to giveaway this fabulous dress. You can pick either the all black version or the gold/black version in the size of your choice (M or L). FYI, I am 5’2”, 100 lbs and wearing a size M in this post. This is an Instagram giveaway. If you’re interested in entering, please do the following:

1. Follow me on Instagram @SydneysDiary 
2. Tag 2 friends then copy/paste this line “I just entered #SFDGiveaway c/o @thekewlshopofficial”. 

I will announce the winner next Friday 12/19. Good luck =)

Friday, December 12, 2014

Blogmas Day 12: Take an extra 60% off all sale styles at Ann Taylor

It's Blogmas Day 12 which means we're already halfway through! Ann Taylor is having an extra 60% off all sale styles (ends tomorrow). This is a great opportunity to pick up some last minute gifts. Most items mentioned below are under $50 after discounts. Shop the entire sale hereHappy Friday, everyone!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Blogmas Day 11: Gold & Black Lace Dress

JCrew lady day coat_SydneysFashionDiary

Today, I have another holiday look for you featuring this gorgeous dress from the Kewl Shop. I first mentioned about them here. While the first dress is on the playful side, this dress is more on the conservative side. Please note it's only available in medium & large sizes. I am wearing a size M here and could not have asked for a better fit. It is super flattering and comfortable. If gold isn't your color, this dress comes in solid black as well. Don't forget to check back this weekend for an exiting giveaway c/o the Kewl Shop! You can also use code "SYDNEY15" to get 15% off your entire purchase (no expiration). All Blogmas posts here.

Black and gold dress_SydneysFashionDiary

What I am wearing:
Dress: c/o the Kewl Shop - size M
Shoes: *old* (buy similar, similar)
Sunglasses: Dolce & Gabanna
Coat: J.Crew (30% off w/ code GIVETHIS)
Lipstick: NYX in pale pink

Bodycon dress_SydneysFashionDiary TheKewlShop_SydneysFashionDiary

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Blogmas Day 10: Urban Decay Naked On The Run


I picked up this brand-new palette from Urban Decay last weekend and wanted to quickly share it with you guys. I will be on the road quite a bit this holiday season and this set is perfect when I want to travel light. Since I am not a makeup junkie, this palette is pretty much ALL I need. The packaging is a little bulky but adorable. The large mirror is definitely a bonus. I haven't had time to play with it yet but everything did swatch beautifully in-store. If you're looking for a great travel companion, I highly recommend you give this palette a try. Since it's a limited edition, you better act quick =) More details about this set here.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Blogmas Day 9: A little black dress

LookBookStore_Holiday black dress

Black is always a safe option when it comes to holiday dressing. However, black is far from boring. Sheer mesh panel and crochet pattern definitely add interesting elements to this little black dress. I wore a black tube top underneath for more coverage but you can totally skip it if you're more daring than I am =)

SydneysFashionDiary_JCrew Burgundy Coat

What I am wearing:
Dress: c/o Lookbook Store - size US 2
Jacket: J.Crew
Shoes: Banana Republic leopard pumps
Sunglasses: Dolce & Gabbana
Wallet: Chanel wallet on chain
Lipstick: Stila Beso

Monday, December 8, 2014

Blogmas Day 8: Family gathering outfit idea

Lysse Leggings_SydneysFashionDiary

I survived the first week of Blogmas =) You can catch up on all my Blogmas posts here. Today's outfit is perfect for a family holiday gathering. I love sporting plaid flannel shirts during the holidays and this one from Target fits the bill. Since the outfit is rather plain, I added a fur vest for dimension and visual interest. This vest was my solely purchase for the month of November. I will do a purchase recap for 2014 soon. Happy Monday, everyone!

Banana Republic fur vest_SydneysFashionDiary

What I am wearing:
Shirt: Target (30% off) - size S
Leggings: Lysse leggings *I live in these*
Sunglasses: Dolce & Gabbana

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Blogmas Day 7: 50% off 250 items at ASOS (12.7 only)

Happy Sunday, everyone! Today only, ASOS offers 50% off on 250 items. This would be a great opportunity to check some gifts off your Christmas shopping list. They always have free shipping and free returns on all orders. You can check out my picks below (all under $75) or shop the rest of the sale here.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Blogmas Day 6: 30% off jewelry and handbags at Piperlime (12.6 only)

Welcome to Blogmas Day 6! Today only, Piperlime offers 30% off jewelry and handbags with code JOYFUL30. This is the prefect time to pick up some great brands like Kate Spade, Rebecca Minkoff and Clare V. Shop the entire handbags collection here and jewelry here.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Blogmas Day 5: 6-piece China Glaze Holiday Hoopla (64% off)

Welcome to Blogmas Day 5! Today, I am sharing a sweet deal from Groupon. For a limited time, you can get this 6-piece China Glaze Holiday Hoopla collection for only $15.99 (that is a 64% savings). This is the perfect stocking stuffer for beauty lovers or for yourself. Yes, I did snatch one up for myself =)


The set contains: Chillin with My Snow-mies, Out Like a Light, Pine-ing for Glitter, Feeling Twinkly, De-light, Tip Your Hat Festive colors ideal for the holiday (.5oz. per bottle)

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Blogmas Day 4: Oversized sweater

Lookbook store oversized sweater

If I have to describe my perfect weekend uniform, this would be it. A comfy sweater, a pair of leggings and my trusty flat boots. This sweater is extremely comfortable and cozy. It's like I'm wrapping myself in a blanket. I went up 2 sizes for a super oversized look. This particular sweater unfortunately is no longer available but they have many other versions available here. On an unrelated note, Banana Republic is having 50% all full-priced sweaters today! I got this one for my husband and this one for my Mom =)

Oversized Sweater_ SydneysFashionDiary

What I am wearing:
Sweater: c/o Lookbook Store *no longer available* 
Denim: J.Brand 910 leggings - size 25
Sunglasses: Forever 21

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Blogmas Day 3: Stocking stuffer ideas

I picked up 2 new CDs last weekend and thought they would make great stocking stuffers. The first one was Taylor Swift's newest CD "1989". There is a reason she sold over 1.3 million copies in its opening week. I am not a huge Taylor Swift fan per say but her latest creation was beautiful. The 2nd one was Ellen's "The Only Holiday Album You'll Ever Need". If you enjoy classic Christmas music, I highly recommend this one. It has a good selection of classic Christmas songs.

Taylor Swift 1989

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Blogmas Day 2: A Little Red Lace Dress

SydneysFashionDiary_Red Lace Dress

I am putting together a few outfits for the upcoming holiday parties and this dress is definitely one of my favorites. I am a huge fan of lace and what screams Christmas more than a little lace red dress? I love the fact this dress has long lace sleeves for a feminine effect and features a midi length. Best of all, this festive yet classy red dress is only $25 =)

SydneysFashionDiary_Red Lace Dress

What I am wearing:
Dress: c/o OASAP (available here for only $25)
Jacket: H&M *old* (buy similar here or here)
Lipstick: Just Peachy (under $3.00)
Sunglasses: Dolce & Gabbana (on sale!)

Sale Alert: Stuart Weitzman Quiltboot (40% off)

Stuart Weiztman Quiltboot - 40% off

Sorry for double posting today! I just wanted to quickly share an amazing deal on these Stuart Weitzman Quiltboot. I tried them on a few weeks ago and fell in love. Mine should arrive tomorrow! It's still not cheap by any means but at 40% off, I truly think they are worth it. They are still full price ($650) on Zappos, Neiman Marcus and Saks. All sizes are available as we speak (plus free shipping and free returns). A few sizes left here as well.

Stuart Weitzman Quiltboot - 40% off

Monday, December 1, 2014

Blogmas Day 1: Cyber Monday 2014 Roundup

What better way to start off my Blogmas 2014 with some amazing deals! Many retailers kicked off their Cyber Monday deals early. While I fully enjoy the Black Friday experience, Cyber Monday is when I do all my Christmas shopping. I own every single item mentioned below and the best part? You can snatch them up at lower prices today. If you have any questions about a specific item, please feel free to leave me a comment below. Happy Cyber Monday!