Thursday, December 14, 2017

Comfy Cozy Sweater Dress


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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Men's Holiday Gift Guide :: What I Got For My Husband

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Sharing what I got for my husband this Christmas as well as some of his absolute favorites just in case you're still looking for that perfect gift for the men in your life. Just a little background, we don't actually buy clothes for each other. We buy what we need throughout the year. As far as clothing goes, my husband is a creature of habit. If he finds something that works for him, he buys multiples. Half of his closet fills with these non-iron shirts. He used to purchase work pants from Banana Republic as well but they changed the cut recently and they no longer work for him. However, he found a new favorite (I think he has all 4 colors). Christmas is the time we usually gift each other something special. Something we don't necessary buy for ourselves. He loves leather goods and cold weather gear. I also picked up this key holder as a stocking stuffer knowing how obsessed he is with keeping everything scratch-free =) I already got my Christmas gift this year so I am not expecting anything else lol but below are a few things I picked up for him this holiday season.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Holiday Giveaway :: Drape Collar Grid Coat

As mentioned in this post, I am giving away this coat today. It's a beautiful coat but unfortunately, it swallows my petite frame (size XS). If you're interested in winning this coat, all you have to do is like this post and tag a friend (giveaway open to US addresses only). I will announce the winner on Friday.
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Monday, December 11, 2017

10 top rated toys for kindergartens

Today, I am sharing 10 tried and true toys tested by my 5 year old toddler. She is a very busy little girl and these toys keep her engagaed for hours. Lakeshore Learning is hands down our favorite place for toys. They have many education, unique and fun toys. We go through toys often (see how my husband and I organize her toys here)

1. Fairy forest floor puzzle - I purchased this puzzle set a couple of years ago and it still remains one of her favorites. This exact version is no longer available but the latest ones are here.
2. Lakeshore Alpha-bots - This has a solid 5 star rating! Even I love to play along as well. Every letter has a different mechanism to transform into a robot. It's a great way to learn the alphabet.
3. Silly sentences game - She's in kindergarten now and it's been so fun putting sentences together. The silly ones are the best =)
4. Lakeshore slingshot math game - Another excellent educational game. It makes learning more fun and engaging.
GiftIdeasForKindergarteners2017_SydneysFashionDiary  5. Lakeshore what would you do game - This game will teach your kids that there are consequences for every choice. It's a great way to teach them how to make the right decisions based on different situations.
6. Kidz Delight alphabet tablet - This is Madelyn's favorite toy of all. She plays with it every single day on the way to school. I am getting one for my nephew this year too. At first she was just pressing the buttons for fun. Next thing I know, she can spell all the words correctly.
7. Mighty Mind game - Excellent puzzle sets to help children understand visual/spatial relationships and develop their creativity.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Off the shoulder pearl sweater

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I always look for basics with added details and unique silhouettes and this sweater is everything. I ordered 3 items from Shein and this is the only thing I am keeping. I am giving away a holiday jumpsuit here if you're interested. I am going to give away another item next week so stay tuned. The material is so soft and comfortable to wear. This sweater is meant to be worn off the shoulders but can be easily worn over the shoulders as well. Of course, I love the pearls on the sleeves. They do not catch on anything and are not heavy. I can't get enough of this sweater and have already worn it a handful of times. Outfit details: Shein sweater *size S* | Express jeans | OTK boots *on major sale for only $30* | Cartier bracelet | Tom Ford sunglasses

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Holiday giveaway :: Sequin Jumpsuit

The winner of this giveaway is lilxwinter (was chosen by random.org) 

HolidayGiveaway_SydneysFashionDiary I ordered this jumpsuit for the holidays but sadly, it is a tad big on me. I am giving it away if anyone is interested. The jumpsuit is beautiful but is overwhelming my petite frame. If you're a true small, this would work for you. I should have ordered a size XS instead. To enter: Like this post and tag a friend (giveaway open to US addresses only). I will announce the winner on Friday. I also have another giveaway for you next week =)

Monday, December 4, 2017

How to Style Patterned Tights

FallOutfitIdeas_SydneysFashionDiary One of the easiest ways to spice up your winter style is to incorporate textured/patterned tights. I haven't been brave enough to try colored but have been loving patterned tights. They add a personal touch to an outfit. Not to mention they're inexpensive, yet have a powerful impact. Thanks to Berkshire for sending over some of their latest styles. You might recall I've talked about Berkshire tights in the past (here and here) and I love them even more more now. My tights from previous years are still in great condition (no tears, no rips). All Berkshire hosiery is made in the US and available in petite and plus sizes. If you're in the market for some fun patterned tights this winter, I highly recommend Berkshire tights. Outfit details: Express skirt | Shein sweater | Berkshire tights
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Berkshire bold dots *size 1/2* | Berkshire ultra sheers *size 2* | Berkshire easy on *size 2*

Friday, December 1, 2017

Unboxing something very special to me

Happy Friday, ladies! Today, I have a quick unboxing for you. It's something very special to me - the Cartier Love bracelet that we purchased a few weeks ago. I am not a jewelry type of girl. Most of the time, I don't even wear my wedding/engagement rings. I rather have a few meaningful pieces than having a jewelry box full of stuff. I acquired the Love ring last year and knew one day, I'd love to have the matching bracelet. My husband and I started putting money aside every month towards the purchase. The plan was to purchase the bracelet as my 40th birthday present (yikes!). Our anniversary was in September and I told him not to get me anything. I know I blog about material things a lot but honestly, I am very happy and content with what I have. I seriously do not need anything. I told him instead of getting me something for our anniversary, why don't you just put the $$ towards the bracelet? He said OK. Fast forward to one month later, he said, why don't we go get your bracelet now? I didn't get you anything for our anniversary and I don't want you to wait another year. Let's just make the bracelet your anniversary/Christmas gift. Oh boy, he didn't have to tell me twice =) I tried the bracelet on before and pretty much knew my size. However, to make it extra special, we decided to take a day trip to Chicago to try it on again. We left the kids with my parents, drove 6 hours to Chicago, picked up the bracelet and drove another 6 hours back home. On the way back he said, I hope you know not many guys are willing to drive 12 hours in one day just to get you something (lol!!!) I am forever grateful for my husband who's always willing to go the extra mile to put a smile on my face. So, here it is!!!


We had an amazing experience shopping at Cartier. The store director - Danijela helped us that day. She was so sweet, helpful and professional. She went above and beyond to make us feel great about our purchase. I will do a separate blog post to share some of the things I've learned that day (the history, the sizing, the maintenance). Stay tuned! I am beyond grateful to have this beautiful bracelet on my wrist. It's very near and dear to my heart and I sure will treasure it for the rest of my life.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Luxury accessories I'd love to give and get

If you're a long time follower, you've probably noticed I am a fan on spending a little more on luxury accessories whether it's a handbag or a watch. I wear cheap clothes but I do love to mix my affordable clothing with high end accessories. Saks just added more items to their designer sale and there are some good ones. These items are things I love receiving and giving (and it doesn't hurt that they're on sale too).
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Burberry scarf *amazing price* - I own this in a different colorway and have worn it quite a bit this season already. It's a classic piece that will never go out of style
Prada belt *on sale* - If you're looking to purchase a piece of luxury for the man in your life, I highly recommend this belt. My husband owns one and he's thoroughly enjoying it.
Carven coat *40% off* - I had seen this coat everywhere last year and am surprised it's still available and on sale. The style is very unique and I love it.
Prada wallet *on sale* - Another idea for the man in your life. My husband got a similar style a few years ago and the wallet is still going strong
Burberry leather & cashmere gloves *on sale* - Another classic item from Burberry. I love the fact that the print is subtle
Salvatore Ferragamo belt *on sale* - A great (and more affordable* alternative to the Hermes belt

Finding your perfect NYE dress

New Year Eve is right around the corner. If you're looking for the perfect NYE dress, Dresswe has a ton of options to choose from mini length to floor length. As a petite woman, I always have a hard time finding special occasion dresses that flatter my petite frame. Below are a few styles that I am loving. Luckily, Dresswe offers customization options on their evening dresses, prom dresses, cocktail dresses and homecoming dresses. I am sure you will find something amazing for your special occasion. Right now, you can get an extra 10% off your entire order with code CYBER10 (free shipping on orders over $149)

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Black glittered dress
Short tulle dress
Nude lace dress
Green lace dress
Blue floor length dress

This post is sponsored by Dresswe

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Prada bags are 40% off

I know I post quite a bit of designer handbag sales lately but how could I not? They're so good. Today's sale is another good one. All Prada bags are below are 40% off and still available as of right now (this Fendi petite 2Jours shopper tote is also 40% off). Hurry!
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Prada wallet on chain *40% off*
Prada red tote *40% off*
Prada wicker tote *40% off - can't believe this one is included*

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Cyber Monday sales extended

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Plenty of retailers extend their Cyber Monday sales and Express is one of them. You can still get this dress for under $30. I bought the floral version a couple of months ago. I love it so much that I went back and got the mustard version. The cut is very flattering on a petite frame. If yellow isn't your color, this dress is also available in pink, burgundy, hunter green and black. Let's talk about these OTK boots. I purchased these last year to try out because I wasn't sure how OTK boots would work for me. I end up wearing them so much. I paid full price (which was $60) and they're certainly worth the price. I just checked and couldn't believe the exact same pair is now on sale for only $20 (read my review). Now that's a crazy deal. *Update: If this promotion isn't good enough, I just got an email saying that you can get 2 pairs of selected boots for $30 and this pair is included. So they're only $15 each. Crazy! I know* If you don't want to spend $800 on a pair of OTK boots, there are so many good options out there and I highly recommend this one. Check out my Cyber Monday post here. There are still some really great deals. Outfit details: Express dress *size XS* | OTK boots *on sale for $20* | Sunglasses | Chanel classic flap

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Sunday, November 26, 2017

Best of Cyber Monday sales 2017

I am combing the web to find the best Cyber Monday deals for you. This is not a complete list but I wanted to post it anyway since things are selling out really fast right now. I will continue to update this roundup as new sales become available. Please check back often if you're interested (best of Black Friday sales are here)

SSense: I blogged about the SSense sale a few days ago and they just added more items to the sale. Amazing handbags at incredible prices. All items below are still available as of right now
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1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10

Trendlee: They have an amazing selection of pre-owned luxury bags
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Diorever bag *$1200 less than retail - my review*
Prada bag *$1100 less than retail - on me*
Chanel classic flap *under $3000*
Louis Vuitton backpack *so adorable*
Chanel boy in pink *$2100 less than retail!!!*
Louis Vuitton tote *latest style*

Saks: Earn a gift card up to $750. All items below are eligible for the promotion
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Farfetch: Up to 50% designer items
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1. Stuart Weitzman OTK boots *40% off*
2. Self-portrait lace dress *35% off*
3. Salvatore Ferragamo pumps *40% off*
4. Prada clutch *hottest style right now*
5. Saint Laurent bag *30% off*
6. Salvatore Ferragamo wallet on chain

Net-a-porter: Up to 50% off designer items
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1. Valentino bag *40% off*
2. Prada card holder *great gift*
3. Self-portrait dress *amazing!*
4. Jimmy Choo shoes
5. Prada wallet
6. FRENDS headphones *50% off - under $100*

LOFT: 50% off everything + free shipping on all orders
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1 *only $20* | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6

J.Crew: 40% off + an extra 10% off your purchase until noon Monday
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1 | 2 | 3 | 4 *less than $50* | 5 | 6

Bauble Bar: 35% off everything with code CYBER35
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1 | 2 | 3 | 4 *3 pairs of earrings for only $37 - was $108* | 5 | 6

Friday, November 24, 2017

Best of Black Friday sales 2017

I hope you all had a wonderful time celebrating Thanksgiving with your loved ones. I certainly did. Black Friday is finally here! Below are some of the best Black Friday deals you can shop online right now. The Black Friday sale is indeed the biggest sale of the year so take advantage of these deals while you can. Previous sale posts: SSense designer sale (lots of designer handbags are on major sale), Saks designer sale

1. Trendlee: 15% off everything with code "BF17" (it only happens a few times a year)
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1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6

2. Express: 50% off everything + free shipping on all orders. I picked up a few things last month including this dress (love the color) and this puffer (it's the warmest jacket ever)
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1 (on me) | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 (on me)6 (on me)

3. Nordstrom: Designer sale is here. Take an additional 20% off all sales items

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1 (52% off) | 2 (perfect for the holidays) | 3 (the softest cardigan) | 4 (on me) | 5 (my go-to jeans) | 6

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5. Abercrombie & Fitch: 50% the entire site plus free shipping
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6. Bloomingdale's: Buy more save more. 
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1 (58% off!!!) | 2 (purchased) | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

50% off my entire outfit

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Express is killing it lately. I haven't bought anything from them for years then all of a sudden, I find myself checking their site daily. I purchased a handful of items a few weeks ago and am so happy with everything. This entire outfit is currently 50% off.  I love the femininity of the blouse. The little details on it are amazing. They add some interest to a rather plain top. This skirt is another great buy. I am wearing a size 00 here and the waist fits perfectly without any gaps. The material is thick which is perfect for Fall and Winter. This skirt is also great for work when pair with black leggings. If you're in need of a few new pieces for the holidays, this is the time to buy. FYI, if you missed yesterday's post, check out this amazing saleOutfit details: Express skirt | Express blouse | OTK boots | Sunglasses | H&M coat
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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Amazing designer sale :: Saint Laurent, Gucci, Prada

Sales have already started and you don't want to miss this incredible sale. Some of my favorite designer brands are included. If these items are on your wishlist, act fast! There will be another amazing sale starting tomorrow (one of my absolute favorite sales). Stop by tomorrow if you're interested.

Saint Laurent bag (save $600 - see the size on me)
Stuart Weizman boots (less than $400)
Gucci bag (save $700!)
Saint Laurent blogger bag (half off)
Chloe Drew (save $600)
Prada Cuir bag ($700 less than retail - see the medium size on me)
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Givenchy Antigona bag (save over $1000)
Balenciaga bag ($600 less than retail)
Chloe Faye
Gucci pumps (gorgeous!)
Chloe Marcie (50% off)
Manolo Blahnik BB90 (less than $250)
Manolo Blahnik satin pumps (almost half off)
Burberry girl's quilted jacket
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Monday, November 20, 2017

The Perfect Holiday Sweater

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I picked up this sweater last month and I am so in love with it. The fabric is 100% polyester but it's a chenille so it's incredibly soft to the touch. The cropped length is perfect on me and the color is just simply to die for. Balloon sleeved and red are must have trends this season. This sweater looks and feels much more expensive than it actually is. I am genuinely surprised that it's only $19.99. Get one for yourself and I promise you won't be disappointed. Outfit details: H&M sweater | Shein jeans *sold out - similar here* | Guess boots *sold out - in taupe here* | Cartier love bracelet *so obsessed* 
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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Chanel price increase 2017

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As you may be aware, there will be a price increase on Chanel classic and re-issue bags tomorrow (11/15/2017). *Update: New price on classics and re-issues are officially increased on the Chanel website*. This price increase only affects the US market. The boy bag and the WOC seem to be safe this time. New prices are below:
  • Square mini ($2900 vs. $3100)
  • Square rectangular ($3100 vs. $3300)
  • M/L classic flap ($4900 vs. $5300)
  • Jumbo classic flap ($5500 vs. $5900)
  • Maxi classic flap ($6000 vs. $6400)
  • Small re-issue ($4900 vs. $5300)
  • Medium re-issue ($5500 vs. $5900)
  • Large re-issue ($6000 vs. $6400)
Besides the crazy price increases, there are other reasons that I am no longer in the market for another Chanel bag. Prices keep going up but the quality keeps going down. I've seen loose stitches, scratches, misaligned flap on a brand new Chanel bag. There are even more quality issues with their seasonal bags. As much as I'd love to own a square mini, I can't justify paying $3100 for something that can barely fit an iPhone. I own 3 classic styles from the brand (the M/L classic flap, the boy bag and the wallet on chain) and am pretty content with the variety of my collection. At the end of the day, no one really needs more than 3 Chanel bags.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Affordable Eyeglasses

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You might or might not know, I had Lasik done in 2009. In the past couple of years, my vision has started to get blurry. I am perfectly fine during the day but I am not comfortable driving at night without some sort of corrective lenses. My OD suggested a Lasik correction surgery but with history of macular degeneration, I refused to put my eyes through another surgery. I always have a pair of daily disposable contacts in my purse just in case I have difficulties driving at night as a temporary solution. However, contact lenses are inconvenient for a short drive. For example, I take my little one to daycare around 7:00 a.m when it's still pretty dark outside. I want a clear vision but at the same time, I don't necessarily want to putting in/taking out a pair of contact lenses just for a 20-minute commute. I am so excited when GlassesShop.com reached out to offer a pair of prescription glasses for me to try. A pair of glasses is the perfect solution in my case. I just put them on during my commute and leave them in the car when I get to work. GlassesShop.com offers a huge selection of affordable prescription glasses, sunglasses and glasses frames online. It was hard to narrow down a favorite but I decided to go with this pair. They are super sturdy, look great and exceeded my expectations considering how affordable they are. Each pair comes with a wipe clean cloth and a sleek protective hard case. You can use code GSHOT50 to get 50% a pair of  eyeglasses or sunglasses with free lenses (sale frames excluded). If you're the market for a new pair of prescription glasses, I highly recommend you check them out.
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