My First Pair of Stuart Weitzman’s Shoes

Stuart Weitzman Highland 85 in Black Suede Leather

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I finally got my SW over the knee boots!!! I’ve been yearning for these boots for months since I saw them on many Instagrammers last fall. They’re not terribly expensive in comparison to some of my other shoes, but it’s just mentally hard for me to justify spending full price on a pair of non-Louboutins! I was initially waiting for them to go on sale during the Winter, but I was told by the sales people at SW’s official boutiques that they never reduce the prices for these classics. I was disappointed but determined to purchase a pair on sale. So I roamed the internet, called all these boutiques around the world, and in the end I gave up. They were indeed full price everywhere, except for some odd coloured ones, like red, blue, beige…etc.

Then I thought about purchasing alternatives that are more affordable. I found these Karen Millen OTK boots that are very feminine and cute. However, they only had the 110mm heels, whereas I preferred the lower 85 heel which was not available in my size. Although they were very good quality, $650 was still very expensive. I was hoping they’d go on sale too, but I guess last sales season really was not meant for me.

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In the end, I went back to Holt Renfrew and made an order for the original SW boots that I had in mind. The selection is very good: available in a variety of colours, suede or smooth leather. All the different versions of OTK boots made by SW can be confusing. After analyzing all of them, the three most sought after boots are:
– Highland: Average shaft length 24 inches, round toe
– Hightstreet: Average shaft length 24 inches, almond toe
– All Legs: Tall shaft length 27 inches, almond toe (great for those who are tall!)

I was pretty sure I wanted Highlands in black suede, but almost got swayed by these taupe “Praline” boots… I kinda like them, but I don’t have a lot of grey, beige, brown, or tan colours in my wardrobe which I think would suit this colour best. Here I tried them on in a changing closet. I dunno, my pale skin looks even more washed out and I kinda felt like having elephant legs!

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So why are they so popular? I think these OTK boots are perfect because they don’t scream “OTK stripper boots” at all, they’re demure, practical, and casually chic for everyday wear. You can dress them up with a midi skirt, mini skirt, or tuck a pair of jeggings inside to keep you extra warm during the cooler seasons. Not only so, they’re very comfortable at 85mm that you gain some height without compromising practicality. I love all the suede colours, but not the smooth kid leather version… I know it’s easier to maintain, but the smooth leather is very shiny and can be more difficult to wear in my opinion. Anyhow, without further ado, my reveal!

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^Details of the boots: Leather back tie to help prevent the boots from slipping when worn with bare legs, because the inside is lined in slippery satin.
Tip: When putting on OTK boots, it’s much easier to fold the boots mid-way first, especially if you plan on wearing jeggings. Then step into the footbed, and pull them up all the way!

Outfit reference:
Louis Vuitton Monogram shawl
Guess black top
BCBG mini skirt

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Other than the official SW boutiques, these boots are available through a variety of retailers: NM, BG, Saks, Nordies, Bloomies, Browns, Holt Renfrew, David’s, The September, Lane Crawford, Luisa Via Roma…etc. However, the fact that I was able to redeem some points for HR’s gift card helped to dampen my shopping damage! In addition, another justification was that I was driving back home with a storm soon to come the next day. Obviously, I would need some new designer boots to conquer through the snow! Alright, I’m joking – I would never wear suede out in any wet weather condition! This was a great advice given to me by my dear cobbler many years ago. It’s impossible to revive the fluffiness of suede once it gets wet. It can also alter the shape and lining of the leather during the drying process. However, my S6 with all its quattro beastliness would gladly run through any storm!

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Here are a few other goodies that I picked up. Since I’m on the road often, I like to pack just my essentials for skincare and makeup, which means that I often leave out my nice masks and other face creams. So my skin becomes dry easily in the Winter. I bought this value pack from Sephora to quench my skin’s thirst and another Guerlain eyeshadow palette.

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^Group pic with my recent duty free purchases.

Thanks for letting me share another great shopping day and it’s so nice to come home to find a box of chocolates waiting for me to devour! 🙂

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Ready to Go Out and About

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Whenever I have a chance to go out, I always try to think of an outfit a few days ahead and play with different accessories. It also provides me with a chance to post on my Instagram account ceciliascloset888. The above picture was taken when I was preparing to go out to one of last year’s Christmas parties. My bedroom is kind of a mess on most days, so I generally don’t take pictures here! I had a few dresses in mind, but settled with my Roland Mouret Herbert wool dress which is more warm compared to some of my other dresses. It’s absolutely one of my favourites and can be worn with the sleeve on or off the shoulder. I was playing around with my shoes and wondering which pair to go with the dress and finally decided on these Christian Louboutin Lady Peep python heels, which I’ve never worn before.

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Another outfit prep from late last fall is shown below of my Christian Louboutin So Kate heels with this gorgeous silk scarf which I wore to a really beautiful Indian restaurant. I had a lot of difficulty finding an accessory with these heels, but this scarf just compliments the watercolour theme so well that it’s become my go to accessory whenever I wear these heels. I paired it with a simple white dress to really emphasize the shoes and scarf.

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I must have been very into the watercolour theme last fall! Here’s another outfit below of a very pretty dress that I purchased from H&M. I was told in the past that Asian skin tones generally should avoid yellow and green tones as it would make our skin more sallow, but I really loved this dress that I had to purchase it. I think it was also on sale too for $20 which was too good of a deal to pass! I love finding a good steal 😀 It’s also super comfy in a very stretchy neoprene kind of material, which will allow me to actually eat when I’m out for dinner. I paired it with a J Crew costume necklace and Christian Louboutin Altadama heels in Perche Soleil.

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On another day, I missed my Christian Louboutin Filter pumps so I took them out from my shrine of shoes. These shoes are quite comfy and I thought I’d get a lot of wear from them, but somehow I haven’t been reaching for this pair all that often. I tried a couple of outfits, but they just don’t work for me. Unfortunately, I may have to let these go… *sigh* On the other hand, the colour is a perfect pairing with my Essie nail polish in Sole Mate and CL’s Miss Clichy lipstick, which I love for going out on a date. It’s rich and saturated in colour, but feels perfectly smooth and hydrating.

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I often wear my Loubies for going out because they’re not that appropriate or professional for the work place. However, once in a while I’ll also pull out my Manolo Blahnik BB heels like when we went to this restaurant below. The “Titanium” colour is so versatile, I can wear it to work with a formal attire, or with a casual chic outfit, or make it more dressy like with this Mexx silk dress and glittering tights! These tights used to be my favourite because they’re super fun and keep me warm in the Winter months.

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Here I was just playing around for fun when I got this new Guerlain lipstick. It has more of an orange hue, or deep coral, or vermillion shade? I’m going to call it “Chinese red” lol! Initially I found it hard to wear, but I imagined it being paired with my Céline Trio and Christian Louboutin Jaws, both of which are not a true red. At least in the picture below, I think they look great together and could be worn with a simple LBD.

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I think I was feeling feisty and needed to show my cougar side below! Raaaawwwrrr! No I’m just kidding! To this day, Christian Louboutin still makes the best leopard print. These So Kate heels and Sweet Charity mini-bag are the perfect example. I get so many compliments when I wear this duo together that they really call for a lot of attention – sometimes to a point where I feel uncomfortable… So a tip that I’d recommend is be sure to keep the rest of the outfit simple if you’re wearing something similar, especially in a leopard print! Unless of course you want the attention, then hold your head up high and strut your stuff girl!

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Lastly to end the night, here’s a different kind of outfit in Agent Provocateur, which can only be paired with a pair of black patent Christian Louboutin heels! 😉 Even for this, I had to choose between So Kate or Pigalle 120? I can be so indecisive, but whichever you choose, make sure they’re sky-high and walk with confidence! Have a great night and weekend everyone!

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The Nutcracker 2015

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Sorry I’m trying to catch up to some old pix, but I’ve always loved the Nutcracker ballet that it’s become a tradition over the past few years. Despite seeing the same performance every year around Christmas, each time it’s still such a delight to rejoice around your family and loved ones. It really brings back childhood memories of adventure, love, and dreams of fantasy. It’s a real Winter Wonderland told in its most artistic form that I have to share with everyone about this awesome day!

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I started the day early in the morning to get my hair done. I’ve been going to Aveda Institute for more than 5 years now because I really love their service where I can get everything done in one place: hair, makeup, and spa. The Academy is also a learning school so they have junior stylists which I prefer more than senior stylists. I’ve been to all sorts of salons and consistently the attentive service and end result of my haircut are better here. Not only so, I really enjoy their herbal tea. I think I was pretty sick one time with a cold, and this tea was just felt amazing against my sore throat.

Outfit of the day reference:
H&M top
Elie Tahari jacket
7 For All Mankind jeans
Rolex watch
Hermès CDC belt
Céline Trapèze bag
Manolo Blahnik BB heels

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Then I headed to another salon to get a manicure, pedicure, and eyelash extensions. I could’ve stayed at Aveda for the mani and pedi, but I got a promotion to try their lash extensions which was something new that I had discovered last year. I’ve always wondered how some Asian girls had beautiful long lashes that did not look fake. I actually have pretty long lashes, but they’re very sparse as with my eyebrows. One day a friend revealed to me that she recently discovered them as well and I was really impressed! “Naturally,” I had to try them as well 🙂 Here’s a pic of my eyes looking in all directions right after the aesthetician applied them. If you’re interested in trying them, here’s the scoop of the nitty gritty details:

How long does it take for application? 1.5 – 2 hours depending on the aesthetician
How long do they last? 1 month or so if you only want them for a one time deal, and not long term
Longterm maintenance? Every 2-3 weeks for fill-ins, brushings, detangling…etc.
Downsides? Cost, cannot touch water for the first 24 hours, no oil-based eye makeup or skincare products, I had to change my skincare regimen and be careful when washing my face.
Can you see the glue? No, the glue is clear.
What kind of glue is used? Various types, but I prefer the medical grade.
What kind of lashes are used? I tried a few and Faux Mynx is the best and most natural for me. You can also specify the length and curvature of lashes. I use a variety for a more custom look – speak to your aesthetician for what works best with your eye shape.
Cost: Initial application is $100-150, and maintenance is about $60-80 for me.

So after 2-3 months I kinda get fed up with the high maintenance. It’s also recommended to give your lashes a break every 3 months. I personally have not found any damages done to my own natural lashes, but while I had the fake ones on, I did have to pull out a few that became twisted with the extensions. It’s hard to explain, but sometimes the extensions will criss-cross, become tangled, or turn upside down, that no matter how I brushed them, they’d still be a mess. So that’s when I’ll go see my aesthetician, or if I can’t make it in time, then I’ll have to resort to pulling them out >___<

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Finally, I’m all made up and ready to go see the Nutcracker in Roland Mouret’s Angel dress, Iro fur jacket, Christian Louboutin Altadama water snake heels and lipstick in Miss Clichy. Accessories in Chanel, Rolex, and Cartier.

Of course after the show, I had to check out our city’s famous holiday display for 2015. Another childhood tradition that I’ve always loved to watch all the little puppets and dolls dance in preparation for the season. There’s always a cute theme that children adore and bring families together.

Thanks for letting me share my belated post!

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January Sale Haul

January is a great time post holidays to get some fantastic deals on everything. Whether you’re looking for new clothing, shoes, accessories, or anything else like home appliances and furniture, you can score a great bargain! This year I got some new jewelry pieces from Nadri, Marchesa, Kate Spade.

Nadri makes really cute and trendy pieces that are relatively affordable and most items are pretty good in quality with gold or rhodium plating. The pearl earrings that I got from them are actually full price for the new season, but still too cute to pass. The bar necklace is amazing though and I have to admit that I was so distraught after I returned it in the past, then I began looking for it everywhere until my luck brought them back to me even better the second time around on sale! Marchesa usually makes designer dresses but recently branched out into the costume jewelry market to compliment their gowns. I also like Kate Spade for their whimsical pieces, but would not purchase them full price. I personally don’t think that imported items should cost more than $50, and it’s not like I’m impressed by their materials which are mainly made with glass, plastic, and brass.

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I have a black tie event coming up so I hope to wear these trendy earrings soon!

Next I went to MAC for their Back to MAC program which is a fabulous idea to encourage consumers to recycle primary packaging materials. Rather than just throwing out used or unwanted lipsticks, containers, or other supplies, you can compile them and with every 6 products brought back to the program, MAC offers any lipstick of your choosing (except their Viva Glam collection) as exchange for your loyalty and contribution to helping the environment. What a great incentive! So I gathered all my stuff and got two lipsticks in Capricious (lustre) and Please Me (matte).

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And of course I bought everything from Aritzia, which is a Canadian company that offers chic and comfortable clothing. I used to boycott against this company as they have very poor customer service, and still do from my personal experience. So now I just buy online. There’s a lot of allegations in the news and I won’t go into the details, but their staff are mostly made up of very young sales employees. Proper training should be made in place to not appear so eager… I don’t know if these girls get commission or not, but they appear like hawks and whenever you say I’m just looking, they turn around so fast and make a “Hmmmmmrrrrph” noise, scrunch up their face, or roll their eyes…etc. Not very professional or courteous. On the other hand if you say you are looking for item X, they bring out 20 unrelated items for you to try… and it’s like, no just let me try on this one thing please… The store items and online pricing are also completely different, usually with the online products cheaper and having better selection of sizes/colours. I also don’t like their exchange/return policy. Despite all the cons (and I can continue listing more), I do like the cut and fit of their clothing as they’re generally made smaller and the quality is decent for everyday clothing. They only offer twice a year sales, so it’s a good time right now to take advantage of the discounts!

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3 Wilfred Free Klum long sleeve jersey dresses
1 Wilfred Free Bitter long sleeve shirt
1 Wilfred Free Alanna slit skirt
1 Paradise Mine skinny jeans
1 Babaton Oswald trouser pants
1 Wilfred Free Anouck dress
1 Citizens of Humanity skinny jeans
1 Wilfred Bisset blazer jacket

Outfit reference below:
Aritzia Wilfred wool jacket
H&M lace top
J Crew pants
Kate Spade necklace
Christian Louboutin Simple pumps
Mansur Gavriel tote bag

Happy shopping and thanks for letting me share my January haul! 😀

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Xmas’15 Reveal III – Haul of Everything Else!

Besides the two pairs of shoes from Valentino and Louboutin, I also got a bunch of other things for Christmas this year from family, colleagues, and friends including lots of cosmetics, clothing, and food which I can’t manage to list them all. So here are a few highlights:

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My mom got me this beautiful display piece with hand embroidered silk pandas! I love pandas they’re so cute and a really memorable childhood moment was when my family and I went to the only specialized panda zoo in China back in the days after a disastrous ride up the rocky mountains. I was able to play with a mother panda and see real baby pandas! It was such an amazing trip! Unfortunately the more modern day panda zoo of the same facility no longer allows visitors to hold pandas anymore for liability issues. Anyhow, my mom recently brought my niece to the zoo and purchased this souvenir piece for me! Thanks mommy!!!

Now I don’t really know what to do with this piece… It’s a Chanel brooch which I doubt its authenticity… I appreciate the gesture, but I’m not a person who just goes for the name or brand of a product… A simple gift would be more than welcome, like a mug or candles which I always love. Sometimes it’s so hard to refuse gifts from some people close to you who don’t get it…

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I also got three sets of lingerie from L’Agent by Agent Provocateur and another set from the main collection Agent Provocateur (AP). I will not be sharing these pieces for obvious personal reasons, but they’re super gorgeous! Between the two lines, I really don’t see too much of a difference in quality. L’Agent is obvious more affordable usually between $100-200 per set whereas AP is probably double the price. However the materials used are often the same, and both are imported (eg. Morocco and China). I believe only the Soirée luxury collection from AP is made in the UK or other European nations. So to be honest for a few pieces of skimpy clothing, I like L’Agent which helps save me some money, but when I really want to spoil myself then I’ll purchase from the main AP collection 😀

Another fabulous piece of clothing that I bought from the sales was IRO’s “Karare” lamb fur jacket. It is absolutely stunning, so warm and comfy! It’s available in black, beige, and also in a faux fur version as featured below from IRO’s campaign this season. This shaggy fur look seems to be really popular this fall/winter and I used to think that fur is only suitable for special events. However, this piece can be dressed both up or down. It can glam up a casual look, or enhance an evening night out look as well!

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Equipment silk blouse
Joe’s skinny jeans
Valentino Rockstud booties
Celine Belt bag

I recently took notice of T by Alexander Wang’s criss cross top which I was waiting forever to go on sale. I initially fell in love with the grey colour, but purchased the navy which I think is more wearable. It’s also available in black. This style has been around for 2 years now, and has been worn by a few celebs including Nicki Minaj who owns several versions. I usually have a lot of difficulty wearing clothing from his brand because I don’t really have the sporty, androgynous physique but it’s such a cool and fun piece to have in any girl’s collection. Time is too short to pass up thinking if I’m too old for crop tops! haha I didn’t wear them when I was a teenager, I guess I’m a late bloomer and will wear them in my later years of life!!! 😛

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And because I need to catch up to those potential teenage years, I purchased another crop top from Jonathon Simkhai in Sahara Rose. I like the criss cross action again and the cut-out details in the back. This style is a bit harder to wear than the one above because you definitely need a beige bra for it to not show through the cut-outs. It’s actually a very sweet and romantic style that doesn’t look skimpy at all in my opinion. The neutral colour definitely helps as there is less contrast showing your skin. I personally don’t like the skirt because I find the horizontal thing between the slits awkward. If it was just a tube skirt, I would have definitely purchased the whole set. The only picture that I could find of a celeb or model wearing the skirt nicely was Kendall Jenner with Drake in the last pic.

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Lastly, my baby love is slowly recovering from his illness and he adores his Christmas snowman toy!! Thanks for letting me share everything and Happy New Year!!!

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