#NSale 2017 picks

Tomorrow is the beginning of #NSale for the public! If you have not seen the many blog posts/videos circulating around, it’s one of the best sales of the year where you can stock up on amazing beauty and fashion deals for the coming seasons. The sale opens to the public tomorrow and goes till August 6th, but better act fast on the things you know you’ll want because things will be selling out fast!

Below are some of my picks for this year’s sale, a variety of beauty products and lots of coats and boots for the fall and winter! Hope you find it helpful!


Beauty Picks

  1. Jouer Long Wear Lip Creme Liquid Lipstick Duo
    I’ve heard a lot of good thing about the brand and have always loved their packaging, but have never had the chance to try their products. When I saw this set I thought it would be a great opportunity to play around with the brand.
  2. Kiehl’s Jumbo Creme de Corps
    My first encounter with Creme de Corps wasn’t a very positive one. I was younger and thought the lotion was a little too thick and sticky. But now that I’m older, I think it would be good to give this another go as I find my skin is more dry now and need some extra hydration.
  3. Moroccanoil The Ultimate Hydration Collection
    My mom is a big fan of the Moroccanoil, so naturally I’m drawn to it because, of course, mom knows best. I love their hair oil and wonder if the shampoo and conditioner will perform the same.
  4. Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze and Blush Glow Set
    The famous Filmstar Bronze and Glow has a new little sister! The highly coveted palette is no stranger to the beauty community. Now Charlotte Tilbury has come out with a set with blush, if you’ve been interested in trying but didn’t want the highlighter, this would be a good set to get instead.
  5. Diptyque Scented Candle Set
    Every year when Nsale starts, I look for the Diptyque set. It’s a great deal for those who wants to try out different scent from the brand. They’re beautiful, smells amazing, and the mini candle holder can be used as little hair clip holder once you used up the candle.
  6. YSL Lip Set
    I don’t own many luxury lip products, but YSL’s packaging is always so attractive! This set has 3 different formula included (and 3 different packaging), in 2 different color variation, which will be a great way to try out the brand.
  7. Dior Addicted Lip Set
    Another luxury brand lip product, this set includes some cult favorite Dior lip products, comes with a cute pink case and 2 different color variation as well.
  8. Sisley Paris The Best Seller Set
    My mom’s favorite skin care brand! This is truly an amazing deal for the product you’re getting. I’ve used both before and find them to be one of the best for my skin. It is definitely worth a try if your budget allows!
  9. Guerlain Terracotta After Summer Chic Tropic Bronzing Powder
    I stumble upon this bronzer when I was browsing the sale page. It’s simply stunning! I’ve seen a lot of great review for the Terracotta bronzers, and imaging this one will perform the same as the others.
  10. Voluspa Vermeil Mini Tin Candle Set
    I love the packaging of Voluspa candles, but I didn’t love the scents that were included in last year’s sets. This year I saw these minimalist mini tin candle set and thought I’d give it a sniff, surprisingly I liked all 5! There are 2 other sets (in 3s, come in normal and mini) available, in a more feminine, patterned tin. I definitely recommend going to the store and give them a sniff.


Fashion Picks

  1. BLANKNYC Life Changer Moto Jacket
    Last year BLANKNYC came out with a similar style moto jacket, I was eyeing it for the longest time but never pulled the trigger. This year, they came out with a similar version but with gold hardware. I’m not as big of a fan of the gold but thought it’s a great find and will be a great staple piece for any closet!
  2. Trina Turk Dawn Genuine Shearling Collar Double Face Jacket
    A good classic coat is always a good investment piece. This gives the classic camel coat a little twist with the shearling collar. It’s so cute and gives it a more lux feel.
  3. Barbour Barrowdale Wax Cotton Coat
    These Barbour wax jackets are great for everyday activities, they’re great in quality and weather proofed. It will last you a longggggg time if you take good care of it
  4. Kenneth Cole New York Wool Blend Long Coat
    A long line design of the classic camel coat. Compare to the traditional black long coat, this color will lighten up your whole outfit, giving you an elevated look without being too dark in the winter.
  5. Stuart Weitzman Notazzie Bootie
    A pair of beautiful black booties is a must have for everyone. I’m a big fan of short boots because they’re easy to wear and is very versatile for all seasons. The plain, classic design will never go out of style, and the not to tall heel will give you a boost without slowing you down.
  6. BP. Lightweight Rib Stitch Cardigan
    Having a lightweight cardigan is so handy for the fall and winter (and even spring). There are many great reviews on this BP. cardigan and it’s a great price to invest in a piece that will carry you through 3 different seasons.
  7. Free People Electric City Pullover Sweater
    A textured pullover sweater helps breakup the boring, plain colors, it also makes the whole outfit a little more fun and relaxed and will be a great piece to throw over your outfit for many occasions.
  8. Stuart Weitzman Elevated Over The Knee Boots
    OTK boots are always very popular in the fall and winter. I love the look of them but I think the hassle of wearing tight enough jeans and make sure nothing creases when pulling the boots on might be a little much for me. They are however beautiful and made by a well respected brand that everyone loves, so if you’ve been thinking about investing in one, don’t miss out on these beaut.
  9. J Brand Maria High Waist Skinny Jeans
    There are many black skinny jeans out there, but the hard part is finding a pair that suits you and won’t fade after one wash. I’m hoping there will be more reviews on these soon so I can evaluate how they will perform overtime. I do love J Brand jeans and the one pair I have had previously was the most comfortable and good looking jeans I’ve owned.
  10. Steve Madden Hugh Embellished Mule
    As a Georgia Tech grad, everything with a bee has a special place in my heart. These mules are so so cute! Just not sure how practical they are…
  11. Lauren Ralph Lauren Hooded Quilted Coat
    This coat looks like it’ll be great for a lot of outdoor activities in the fall. The color is very versatile (also have it in black) and will match pretty much every outfit. I’m hoping it’s insulated enough that it’ll help me stay warm throughout the fall and early winter.
  12. Aquatalia Genna Weatherproof Tall Boot
    Riding boots style is my jam. The fact that this is weatherproof makes it even better! Black boots will match everything and they instantly sharpen your look.
  13. Treasure & Bond Slouchy Pullover
    A very relaxed feel, will be great for lounging around but you can also style it to make it a cute brunch outfit! The slight bell sleeve is very on trend and the variety of colors means there’s something for everyone.
#NSale 2017 picks

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2016

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Early Access 2016

One of the most talked about sale of the year is here! The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is usually the best time to shop and preview some of the new items for fall, and of course scoop up some great beauty deals that is good year round.

Here are some items that’s caught my eye from this year’s sale that I think would be great additions to everyone’s fall wardrobe/beauty routine.

  1. Sigma The Power Pair Set – I’ve been washing my brushes with my hands since I first started using brushes, which was sufficient enough when it was mainly just eyeshadow brushes. But recently I started using more and more foundation/tinted moisturizer and I realize how much product can get trapped in there, it takes a long time to get out washing by hand, and still sometimes I still don’t feel they’re 100% clean. When I saw this set in the “Beauty Exclusives” section, I was more than thrilled. Not only have I been eyeing this little mat for a long time, but I also get a flat top kabuki brush which will be great to add into my foundation brush rotation. Can’t believe I’m saying this but I cannot wait to clean my brushes!
  2. Glamglow Glamazing Gravity Mud Set – The very popular silver mask that took the internet by storm. I had a sample size of this a while back and loved the way it make my face feel after using (and on top of that, the silver mask looks super cool that I almost convinced Brian to use it too, almost). With my mom coming to visit in August, I thought this might be a fun mother daughter activity to do with her while dad is out busy at the conference.
  3. Diptyque Scented Candle Set – I love candles all year round, but especially in the fall and winter because it makes the space feel extra cozy. Diptyque candles are loved by many but also cost a pretty penny, this set has some of the most iconic scents from Diptyque and is a great way to test out the water. They also come in super adorable tiny packaging which is great to use as displays around the house.
  4. Voluspa Maison Blanc Mini Tin Candle Trio – Another candle selection but at a more affordable price point. Last year when they had these trios during the Anniversary Sale I almost purchased them, but at the time I had just purchased a couple Diptyque candles from Hautelook and couldn’t justify having 10 candles sitting around my tiny apartment so I passed. This year, with all the ones I have running low, I’ll finally be able to give these a try! There are 2 scent combinations so I would definitely recommend stopping by the store to give them a sniff!
  5. Hinge Wool Round Crown Hat – Hats always sound like a great idea, but whenever I get ready in the morning, I always prefer beanies over hats with brims. But this year, I would like to try and change things up a bit and add some hats to my wardrobe rotation. I think they can really add to an outfit, and I feel like if it’s a well fitted hat, it would withstand the wind outside and not ruin your hair after a day of wear. We’ll see if I end up sticking to my words tho…
  6. BLANKNYC Morning Suede Moto Jacket – Moto jackets are something I think are great additions to any wardrobe. Though I only own 2 currently (one thin one for spring and summer, one black leather for the fall and winter), I reach for them almost every time I want to up my outfit game. I’ve been wanting to get a suede one in a neutral color since last winter, but wasn’t able to find one that I like at a reasonable price point. When I saw this one on sale, I immediately added it to my wishlist. I’m a little worried that it might be a little too cropped, but I’m excited to try it on when it arrives in the mail. Keeping my fingers crossed that it fits the way I want.
  7. French Connection Hooded Parka With Faux Fur Trim – Parkas are a fun stable for fall and winter. I’m always most drawn to the olive colored ones. I love this one especially because the fur is black instead of the standard neutral/brown colors. It reminds me of one of the ones Zara came out with last year (that was sold out in my size before I could order one). The only thing that worries me is the fit, as I’m pretty short and it’s really hard to find a parka that doesn’t look like it’s swallowing me.
  8. BLANKNYC Skinny Dipper Distressed Skinny Jeans – Okay, I know ripped jeans are not really great for winter, but it’s perfect for fall weekend when it’s just cool enough out but you still want to show some skin. I’ve been eyeing this pair of jeans since last year, it’s been living in my wishlist and I’m happy to see it on sale! Though I’m worried about the practicality of them, they would definitely be fun to add to my weekend wardrobe.
  9. Aquatalia Olita Weatherproof Riding Boot – I have a pair of black riding boots that’s been with me since college. I’ve been so happy with them that I have not bother to look for another pair, until the beginning of this year when I realize it’s slowly falling apart. I’m definitely going to take it to a shoe parlor and try to see if they can put my baby back together, but in case they can’t, I think these will be a great replacement pair. I love the style of riding boots and the hardware/detail on these are very simple but cute. I also love the fact that it’s weatherproof (but what does that mean exactly?), so hopefully it’ll hold up in the snow better compare to my old ones.
  10. Frye Melissa Button Leather Riding Boot – Another riding boots option, but this pair comes in 2 different brown shades. I had a pair of brown boots but I have not worn them in years because in the winter I usually just grab everything black for a very easy put together outfit. But these will be great for fun fall outdoor activities, they’ll also look super cute with flannels.
  11. Dior So Real Sunglasses – This one is something you need to be ready to splurge on. They’re beautiful sunglasses and I’ve been wanting them for the longest time. I ended up getting a dupe from ASOS a couple weeks ago (not in the colors I want but that was the only option they have) and I think I’ll be able to move on without these. Though when I saw these as part of the Anniversary Sale, I was pretty excited! If you just can’t go without them for any longer, you do get a decent discount during the sale!
Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2016

Sephora love note haul 2016

I waited to write this post because I want to be able to give everything a try before writing my review. Though the Love Note sale is behind us, I hope this will still help you with your future purchases! Now lets go over the (long) list of things I got from the Love Note Sale!

  1. Kat Von D Shade + Light Contour Palette – I have been using this palette none stop ever since it arrived in the mail. Although I have only tried a handful of contour items, I really love the creaminess, blend-ability and the longevity of the formula. I never thought having a multiple shades in a contour palette is important, but after realizing how drastic my skin tone changes season to season, I find the variety of shades offer so many options and allows me to use the palette year round.
  2. Too Faced Sweet Peach Eye Shadow Collection Palette – This peachy beauty is one of a kind, when I saw this I thought it would be the perfect start to help me stray away from only using neutral palettes. The peachy scent is also something worth noting, I don’t own any of the chocolate palette, so I can’t speak to the comparison between the two scents, but I must say that I really enjoy the whiff of peach every time I open this palette. I have already done a review of the palette last week in time for the supposedly Sephora in store release date in case anyone is interested in getting one. Give it a read if you want to know more about it!
  3. Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Honeycomb – I haven’t purchased a true “nude” lipstick in the longest time, probably because of the traumatizing experience of using a lipstick way too nude for me and then thought maybe nude is not my thing… But after seeing a lot of tutorials on YouTube with people using beautiful nude colors, I thought maybe I should give it another shot. When I tried this color on in store I immediately fell in love! It’s a beautiful nude with a little brown and honey that is a true nude on me. My go to has been those “dusty mauve” when I want to achieve a MLBB neutral lip, but I’m really loving this color and think it’ll be a good change of pace for me.
  4. Urban Decay All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray – Setting makeup is definitely a very important step in your makeup routing, but I’m the worst offender when it comes to doing so because usually by that time I’m either so tired of putting powder on my face or am already running late to wherever I needed to go. I like the simple step of just spraying it on your face instead of powder, it feels very refreshing and helps wake my skin up. I’m not sure about the lasting power or if it really helped my makeup looking fresh because at the end of the day I feel like my face looks a little shiny… It might take a few tries for me to figure out if this works for me.
  5. Benefit Cheekathon Blush & Bronzer Palette – This was one of the last minute items I added to my basket. I originally had Hoola in there ready to go, as that’s one of the items I’ve been wanting to try since last year, but when I saw this palette with 5 full size product and only costs $28 more than the individual Hoola, I caved and got this instead. I really love Hoola as it’s a more neutral/cool tone bronzer which is very different from the very warm tone one in my Urban Decay Naked Flush Palette, and it’s also more pigmented and completely matte unlike my NARS Laguna (my current go to). I also like the range of blushes in this palette, covering a pale pink (Dandelion) that’s great for adding a little flush to your face, a coral (CORALista) that’s perfect for the summer days, a shimmer pink (Rockateur) that can also be used as a highlighter, and a mauve-ish tone that is almost brown enough to be bronzer (Dallas). I think this is a great deal especially if you don’t own any of the Benefit Box o’ Powder like me.
  6. Too Faced Melted Chocolate in Chocolate Honey and Chocolate Milkshake – As I mentioned previously, I’m on a nude kick lately! When I swatch these in store I love how creamy and pigmented it is. One of the problems I run into when applying nude color lip products is the pigmentation of my lips, as they’re naturally darker and if a formula is not pigmented enough, it will not be able to cover up my natural lip color and creating a not so pretty look, so I love how these feel like gloss but is super pigmented and doesn’t dry my lips out. It’s definitely not as long lasting as liquid lipsticks but I prefer to have a more comfortable formula over something that will make me uncomfortable.
  7. Too Faced Teddy Bear Hair 5 Piece Brush Set – Let me just say that, although I’m not a pink person I can’t resist saying “aww” when I saw this set. Of course the brush handle color is not the main reason I purchased this set, it’s definitely a nice plus. I’ve been looking to beef up my brush collection but have been on the fence about getting more individual brushes because they’re pretty pricey. This set comes with 4 eye brushes and 1 face brush and all are brushes I will use. There’s a powder brush that is perfect for bronzer application, a contour eye brush that is angled which is unlike anything I own and works wonders when applying shadow on the crease, an all over shadow brush to pack on colors on the lid, a blender brush to help with blending color on the crease, and a liner brush for creating detail lines around the under eye area and is the one thing I’m lacking in my collection. They are all super soft and also the fact that it’s cruelty free is a big plus in my opinion!
Sephora love note haul 2016

On my mind lately #14

tanks and tees

Although the weather makes it seem like spring is still far far away, my mind is ready for a change. With spring and summer right around the corner (or so we hope), I am eager to update my basics!

Everlane, known for their radical transparency is not only good for your soul but also good for your wallet. They are not shy when it comes to sharing the factories their products are made in, and they’re also happy to share how much it cost to make them. I love how they are also very active on social media, easy to reach and quick to response whenever you have any questions about anything and everything they’re working on. Other than their ethical practice, their products are also top notch in quality.

I only started wearing their tanks last summer, and they have soon become my most reached for items. I currently have 2 of the Ryan Tanks and one of the Cotton Tank, but I cannot wait to get my hands on more of their basics which I know I will be living in comes spring and summer.

  1. The Cotton Tank / The Ryan Tank
    I have both the Cotton Tank and the Ryan tank, I love them both butI have a prefer time and place for each of them. After a season of testing, I find that during the weekend I love the more rigid feel of the Cotton Tank over the soft, body hugging Ryan because it gives my body a little more breathing room. But when it comes to going out at night or wearing to work under a cardigan, I prefer the Ryan because it drapes beautifully and is more feminine.
  2. The Ryan Pocket Tee 
    Of all the tees I saw on everlane, this one stands out the most to me. I love the casual drape style and I think the fabric gives out a more fenimen vibe even though you’re pretty much wearing an oversized tee.
  3. The Cotton V 
    A staple in every closet is a nice v neck tee. I’ve purchased many from Target when I was in college and practically lived in them, but the fabric is a little too soft and body hugging and the shape does not wash well so you get lots of pilling and wrinkled neckline that makes the shirt look sloppy. I’m hoping to find a long lasting staple tee and this might just be the answer.
  4. The Slouchy Cotton Slub Tank 
    Tank tops are my go to when it comes to summer, I love putting a cardigan or jacket/blazer over it so I can have the flexibility of being more formal or very casual. I like how this piece is a little more over sized than their regular Cotton tank, the combination of a more casual shape and the pocket detail gives it a little more edge.
On my mind lately #14

Sephora VIB Holiday Shopping Event 2015 Wishlist

sephora vib holiday shopping event 15

The Sephora VIB Holiday Shopping Event is upon us! It’s definitely one of the most anticipated sales of the year, with all the holiday sets available and an amazing 20% off everything, it’s the perfect time to stock up on your daily needs and check off some items on your holiday gift list.

This year Sephora divided the event into 2 weekends, from 11/6-11/9 is reserved for those with VIB Rogue status, and from 11/13-11/16 for the VIBs. So while the VIB Rogues are shopping away, I researched and made a list of the new items I want to get next weekend. Instead of doing a general shopping guide, I thought it would be more fun and personal to share with you what’s on my wishlist and why, so lets get started!

  1. Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation
    This has been on my want list since September! Ever since I got some sample to try for my friend’s wedding, I have my heart set on getting the full size during the VIB sale. Of all the foundation I’ve tried, this one has my favorite consistency and weight, I love how it’s so easy to apply and blend, at the same time it looks very natural. Even though it’s at a higher price point compare to other foundation, since I don’t use it everyday I’m hoping it’ll be able to last me a while.
  2. Urban Decay Brow Beater Microfine Brow Pencil and Brush
    My girl crush Claire recently mentioned this in her favorites video, she has compare and said that this would be a good alternative/switch up for the Anastasia Brow Wiz (which I will also be restocking during the sale) and it definitely piqued my interest. I’m always open to trying new brow pencils since it’s the one thing I use every day, and I cannot wait to see how these compare.
  3. Laura Mercier Flawless Contouring Palette
    This one is definitely the least practical splurge item on my wishlist, but I just couldn’t help it because it looks so beautiful. I love to play around with contour, though I usually don’t do that during the week because the extra 10 minutes in bed always sounds like a good idea. However, I’ve been doing it more and more on the weekend, and really love how it gives a subtle lift to your features. I’ve been using the Becca Lowlight/Highlight Perfecting Palette Pressed and I seriously love it, but I’m very interested in the idea of cream contour as most people say it looks a lot more natural.
  4. Verb Hydrating Shampoo and Conditioner
    I saw this product in one of Sephora’s marketing email a while ago, I don’t really have a particular reason why I picked these over the other hair products, but I just thought they look very interesting, the packaging is cute, and the price is very reasonable. I love trying out new hair products because I still have yet to find the absolutely perfect one for me.
  5. NARS Kabuki Ita Brush
    Another product for contouring. I’ve been using my Real Technique brush when doing contouring which has been working fine for me and gives a really natural contouring, but I really want to try to achieve the more chiseled look and so far the Ita brush has the best review of its kind.
  6. Urban Decay Matt Revolution Lipstick in 1993
    Yes, yes, I have more than enough of these dark neutral/nude lip color, but they look the best on me, and I just can’t get enough. Though I have some similar colors in my collection, I want to try out different brand and formula just to see what else is out there.
  7. Too Faced Hangover Replenishing Face Primer
    I’ve tried a few primer samples but none really stick out to me, this is just one of the ones that looks interesting to me and I thought the name is pretty fun. Will report back how I feel about it if I end up getting it.
  8. WEN by Chaz Dean Cleansing Conditioner Sampler
    Another Claire influenced want item. She swears by the Wen cleansing conditioner and seeing how awesome her hair looks always, I’ve been considering trying it out. I don’t know how I feel about not actually shampooing my hair, so have been hesitant on buying the full size. But with this little sampler pack I think it’ll be a great way for me to try it out.
  9. Yves Saint Laurent Black Oplum
    I got a little sample size a while ago, and when I first smelled it, I didn’t think I would be very into this scent because it’s a little strong and sweet for me, but once I put it on and as the day goes by I find the scent more and more pleasant. I already have so many other perfumes, but am definitely tempted to get this one during the sale.
  10. Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick
    A very highly coveted item that’s got great reviews from multiple bloggers. I’ve tried something similar to a liquid lipstick a few years ago, but hated how it made my lips feel so I’ve not used one since. But after seeing everyone rave about it, I think I should be more open to the idea of it. Hopefully the formula will not dry out my lips.
  11. Viseart Eyeshadow Palette
    So… Let’s be honest, I don’t need another eyeshadow palette, but just look at this beauty! The one I’m most interested in is the Neutral Matte palette (of course), this will definitely be a splurge item and I’m still on the fence because of the super high price tag. I’m hoping to read more about it before next weekend, if you have one yourself please let me know what you think!

*images taken from Sephora.com*

Sephora VIB Holiday Shopping Event 2015 Wishlist

#NSale 2015

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2015

It’s that time of the year again, the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is officially upon us! Early Access started last week and today the sale is officially open to everyone! I already got the Jo Malone set during the Early Access Sale, but still have a long list of things on my wish list. Below are some of my picks that I’m currently lusting over. Happy shopping everyone!

  1. Jo Malone Nectarine Blossom & Honey Collection
    I’ve been wanting to get a Jo Malone Perfume but couldn’t for the life of me make up my mind. When I tried this set in store, I immediately fell in love with the scent, but I didn’t purchase it on the spot because I wanted to make sure I’ll still love it overtime. I took home the little paper I sprayed it on and left it on the end table by my bed, after a few days I can still smell the lovely scent when I lay in bed and I still love it just as much as when I first smelled it fresh out of the bottle, I knew then that it was the one.
  2. Voluspa Maison Jardin Two Wick Tin Candle Trio 
    This candle set was recommended to me by the Nordstrom lady that walked me through the Early Access Sale section. I’ve always found their packaging adorable, but never smelled them before. There are 2 sets available during this sale and each comes with their own scent family. My personal favorite is the floral scent set, as it’s not harsh on the nose and smells very comforting to me, but both are lovely and the tins would be a great addition to your home/apartment decor.
  3. Bobbi Brown Brush Set 
    As any makeup lovers would tell you, Bobbi Brown have amazing brushes. This set includes one of the most coveted brushes – Full Coverage Face Brush, along with 4 other brushes is truly a steal (all full size, amazing). For those of you who’s been wanting to try out her brushes but couldn’t justify the hefty price tag, this is definitely the best bang for your buck set.
  4. Tom Ford Lips & Boys Set 
    Feel like splurging on some lipsticks? This is a gorgeous set with 3 different beautiful shades. I’ve actually never owned a Tom Ford lipstick and personally would like to try them since I’ve heard so many good things about them. This set is a great value especially if you don’t have the colors included in the set already. Great for those who’re just beginning their Tom Ford journey.
  5. Vince Camuto Maves Bootie 
    Booties will forever be my favorite style shoes to wear. I love this light taupe color and also think the pull on style could be nice (although depending on the shoes). But like all shoes, I would say always try it on first before committing. Good thing that Nordstrom has amazing return policy, so if you can’t find your size in store, you can always order them and try them on at home.
  6. Louise et Cie Zalia Ankle Bootie 
    A pair of very polished, put together black booties is a must for all girls. I love how clean and simple the design is, making it the perfect pair of boots to go with every outfit from office to a night out.
  7. Franco Sarto Linden Leather Bootie 
    A more casual pair of black booties with wood tone heels. Unlike the all black booties which looks more serious and edgy, this pair would work best with more causal, everyday outfits. This style comes in 3 different colors, I also really like the brown pair which reminds me a lot of the Hudson Horrigan booties.
  8. Treasure & Bond Catalina Mid Engineer Boot 
    Remember a long time ago I mentioned that my go to pair of flat, pull on booties is on its way out? Well I still have yet to find another pair to replace it. Nothing I’ve seen or tried on makes me feel comfortable enough to replace them, and now the inner lining is seriously hanging on by a thread… This pair reminds me a lot of them, with a little extra bling added on. I think I’ll have to try them on in person before I can decide if they would be good enough to replace my old ones. But style wise they’re definitely close!
  9. Rebecca Minkoff Lexi Bucket Bag 
    I had a thing for bucket bags a few months ago, but never was able to justify buying one because, honestly it’s just not a style I think will work well for me. I like to have my things very organized (or as organized as possible) in my bag, compartments and a more structure style is definitely my favorite. But I do really love the look of bucket bags and think they’re so great for adding something different to an outfit, this Rebecca Minkoff one is so cute and comes in 3 different colors for girls with different style! Definitely a great deal and gorgeous bag to snag up if you’re in the market for a nice bucket bag. That being said, I still don’t think I would get one, as I’ve made a deal with myself that the next bag I get would be one I’ll use for years, and bucket bag is probably not the style I would want…

*images taken from Nordstrom.com*

#NSale 2015

Nordstrom Bonus Points Event – May 2015

Today is the start of the second bonus points event at Nordstrom this year!  It’s the perfect time for the Nordstrom card holders to get items that are never on sale (because you get extra points for rewards which is kind of like the item being on sale, right?), some of the things you’ve been eyeing, or restock on some of the items that are running low.  I plan on taking full advantage of this event as there are a few things I’ve been wanting to get and some everyday items I need to restock.  Below are some items that are on my wish list or shopping cart!  Need some serious self control to not go over budget now…

bonus point may 2015

  1. Jo Malone 
    Everything about Jo Malone!  The packaging is beautiful and the scents are delicious.  I’ve been wanting to get something from Jo Malone for a long time but just can’t make up my mind on which scent I want to purchase yet., since the price tag is slightly on the hefty side I’m definitely going to take my time and figure out which one is right for me before purchasing (though it’s been months now and I still can’t decide…).
  2. MAC Lip Pencil in Soar
    The famous lip pencil for Kylie Jenner’s lips.  I’m not sure if I’ll ever bother to do lip pencil on a daily basis, but every once in a while it is nice to add a little oomph to my pout.  I think it’s definitely worth a try to see what all the hype is about.
  3. TOMS Majorca Suede Bootie
    I’m in love with these booties!  They’re on trend and will be perfect for spring, summer and even fall.  And since they’re TOMS you know you’re helping a good cause while making your outfit look good, not to mention they’re famous for being comfortable!  Also apparently Nordstrom sales these socks for peep toes shoes which looks really interesting and might be worth investigating.  I’ve always wonder how to deal with wearing boots with no socks… Now problem solved!
  4. Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat in Iconic Nude
    Another lip pencil, this one got my attention because of heyclaire‘s video (shocking I know).  I’m obsessed with everything about her, so naturally I’m interested in the products she likes.  I don’t think I’ll need 2 new lip pencils, so if I do purchase one I’ll have to seriously think about which one to go with.
  5. Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow 
    This little gem has been on my mind for a realllllly long time, but I haven’t been able to justify buying it since I already have a few contouring products and I don’t do contour that often.  But all the reviews and rave about this product makes me want to try it so badly!
  6. Aveda Pure Abundance range
    I love the 2 Aveda products I have (damage remedy daily hair repair and the color conserve daily color protect) and use them religiously.  When I was running low on my shampoo and conditioner, I started considering buying a nicer replacement for my current drug store ones.  I’ve always wanted a fuller head of hair and have been looking at different brands like living proof or bumble and bumble for a solution, but nothing really strikes my fancy and most of the reviews are mixed.  So when I was reading about the good reviews on the Pure Abundance range by Aveda, I thought it would be a good one to start with since I love all the product I’ve used from them and trust the quality and consistency of the brand.

*images taken from Nordstrom.com*

Nordstrom Bonus Points Event – May 2015

A new way to shop

IMG_9540Rose & Fig // Barbour Beadnell jacket, Sam Edelman flats

I have a confession to make… I’m addicted to online thrifting!  Recently I’ve started shopping on eBay and apps like Poshmark and Tradesy to find bargains thanks to the influence of one of my dearest friend Jess from Rose & Fig.  She started this “Nothing New” challenge at the beginning of 2014, where she will not buy anything new or retail clothing wise for a whole year (you can read more about her journey on her blog).  I was very inspired by her way of shopping so I started exploring myself!

When I first started, it was very overwhelming as there are so many things you can find, you really need to pay attention and do a lot of research on what you want to buy before you do because most of the items you cannot return, but it gets easier as you go.  The bidding process is thrilling, it is also very satisfying when you find something that you’ve been wooing and ahing over that’s practically brand new for less than half the price!  It’s also a way to find limited edition items that’re sold out.  It’s a good approach for those who have a smaller budget and are willing to spend time digging, or for those who loves thrifting.

So far I’m having a great experience and have found some awesome items for a fraction of the retail price, from now on I will definitely be checking them first before I make another full price purchase.  How do you feel about shopping used?

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetPoshmark // Madewell sweaterProcessed with VSCOcam with f2 preseteBay // Madewell skinny jeans, Sam Edelman Petty boots

A new way to shop

Cyber Monday shopping guide 2014

cyber monday

Happy Cyber Monday!  For those of you who didn’t have time to shop during the holiday weekend, below is a list of Cyber Monday deals (beauty and fashion) that will help you get through your holiday shopping without breaking your bank.  Happy shopping!

  • Ann Taylor // 50% off entire order with code: CYBER50
  • ASOS // 30% off entire order with code: ILOVEMONDAYS
  • BeautyBar // $15 off $75, $35 off $150, $65 off $250 with code: BBCYBER14
  • Club Monaco // 20% off $200, 25% off $300, 30% off $500 and take an extra 30% off sales & clearance with code: CYBERSALE
  • GAP // 40% off entire purchase with code: CYBER
  • H&M // 30% off entire purchase plus free shipping on orders over $50 with code: 2896
  • J.Crew // 30% off full price items, extra 40% off sale items + free shipping with code: MONDAY
  • J.Crew Factory // 50% off entire order + free shipping on $50+ with code: THANKS
  • Kate Spade // 30% off entire site with code: CYBER30
  • Kate Spade Saturday // 30% off entire site with code: OHWOW
  • Kiehl’s // $20 Holiday Cash on purchases of $65+ with code: JOLLY
  • Last Call // Extra 40% off entire site + free shipping with code: CYBERME
  • Loehmann’s // Cyber Monday deals no code needed
  • LOFT // 50% off entire order with code: MONDAY
  • Nordstrom // Up to 40% off and earn up to 10 pts for Nordstrom Rewards members
  • Madewell // 25% off entire order with code: GIFTON
  • Old Navy // 40% off with code: CYBER
  • Piperlime // 30% off entire order or extra 40% off sale items with code: CYBERSALE
  • Saks Off 5th // Extra 40-50% off sitewide with code: CLICKTOIT
  • Shopbop // 15% off $250, 20% off $500, 25% off $1000 with code: GOBIG14
  • Tory Burch // 20% off $300, 25% off $500, 30% off $750 with code: LUCKY
  • Urban Outfitters // $15 off $75, $25 off $100, $50 off $150
Cyber Monday shopping guide 2014

50 shades of denim

50 shades of denim

I’ve been on a jeans craze lately, mainly because my 2 go to pair are from 2010 (read: olddddd), but also thanks to Loft‘s heavy promotion on jeans this month.  I was a little skeptical at first because their jeans did not fit me well at all 3 years ago when I worked there, but they claim that they’ve changed the sizing and fit of their jeans and the promo pictures for them just look so nice, so I got suckered into their marketing ploy and grabbed 2 pairs, the Boyfriend and the Relaxed Skinny in petite.

When they arrived they didn’t fit the way I was expecting them to, didn’t taper in enough or too snug/loose at the wrong places…  I was disappointed but at the same time I was also kind of expecting it.  A few days later I went to the store to return them, I saw the Relaxed Skinny Jeans in my size but regular length, I decided to give it one last try before I finally give up on Loft jeans.  Well what do you know, this pair fits like a glove!  A relaxed, boyfriend jeans look that tapers in on the bottom, just what I was looking for.

I am so glad I gave them a second try because they have so many different wash and cuts to choose from all within reasonable price range (and they always have good deals/promo).  The one down side with them is that most of the items I like and a lot of petite items are online exclusive so you can’t try them on before you order…  So you have to deal wit the ordering online, wait for them to arrive, try them on and see if they fit, and return the ones that didn’t work out.  Not the most efficient way to shop, but if they fit as nicely as the Relaxed Skinny Jeans, I think I can handle it.

images from Loft.com

50 shades of denim