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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Winter Party and Skating!!!

Last weekend we had our annual department winter party which is oddly in the new year compared to most organizations which is often in late November or December. I was only expecting a hundred people or so to show up as the party is limited to first come first serve, but we were able to get 500+ people! Despite the huge turnout, the food was not the best… In a way, I’m glad because that’s less unnecessary calories devoured!

As with any event, I always plan a week ahead to try on various outfits and I decided to go with my Roland Mouret Martha dress with the perfect matching Louis Vuitton wallet, which I used as a clutch. I still remember purchasing this wallet from the limited edition Monogram Charms collection in 2006. The collection was fabulously made with a silk scarf wrapped in vinyl to give it a patent look. The calfskin then embedded a cute dangling LV locket. The wallet is still in pristine condition and this was only my second time using it! Lastly, the shoes were the most difficult to choose, but I settled with my Christian Louboutin Pigalle Plato 140 in rose gold glitter to go with the rest of my jewelry.

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I try to keep my makeup simple on most days with a bit of BB cream and eyeshadow+mascara. When it comes to more special events, I’ll do a cat eye or winged look. I do like to play around with all my lipsticks otherwise I’ll never have a chance to wear the bold colours. So here I was swatching some CL lipsticks for fun.FullSizeRender 3

Speaking of winter parties, I never mentioned my other holiday event where we had to do a cookie exchange with our colleagues! Wow… I made 8 dozen cranberry with white and dark chocolate cookies!!! I remember being so flustered because I totally forgot about it! People called me to remind me and I rushed out in the middle of the night to buy ingredients! lol In return I got a lot more cookies back which I tried to give away…CookieExchange2015Party_PCU5nps2
^Wearing my flapper dress with Céline Trio (large) in Vermillon red.

As for the rest of last weekend, we went skating!! It was so fun having hot chocolate on the ice! I got to pull out my trusty LV Trotteur bag and all my old figure skating gear, including tights to protect my skates! It was pretty cold though at -15 Celsius, so I kept warm in many layers: 2 pairs of tights, track pants, long sleeve shirt, sweatshirt, LV Monogram shawl, Mackage jacket, and my cute fur mufflers! Unfortunately, I think my face froze… The next few days, I had a real bad flare up of my eczema and was trying to use all sorts of moisturizers to condition my skin. I ended up going to Sephora to buy another one of those value packs where they give you deluxe sizes and a few full size products at a steal. I’ve only tried a few, but I’m already loving the Origins mask!

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^On our Sunday drive – it’s nice once in a while to be chauffeured around town!

Thanks for letting me share and I hope everyone had a great weekend as well! 😀

Xmas Reveals V – Clothing Haul

Drum roll please for the perfect all occasion dress…

1. Roland Mouret – FW14 “Timarcha” Dress in Viscose and Silk

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^Picture credit: Net-a-Porter Online

For every major event, I wear Roland Mouret. The man is a genius and his dresses are divine. However, sometimes I wish that I can wear his dresses for more casual days, or perhaps to work, and then transition into a night dress for a date or even for going out with friends? I hate having to go home and then change or pack along with me a separate outfit. So when I saw this dress on NAP, it was pure love! I can see it being worn for all occasions and because I’m quite boring and conservative, black and white are my favourite colour combo!

Acquiring this beautiful piece was not so easy though when I was only willing to pay at 50% discount or more… and even so it’s still my most expensive RM dress of the half dozen or so that I own. I had to locate a private shopper through PS Dept, that’s affiliated with NAP, to get access to the VIP shopping event which offers their clients pre-sales and basically first dibs on everything at 50% off. You gotta think and act fast cuz good things get scooped up in the blink of an eye. Then I had to figure out shipping since I no longer live close to the States. It was a nightmare, but everything worked out well in the end!

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Modeling Pix:
For reference, shoes by Gianvito Rossi.

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Celebrities:

Coleen Rooneys, with her beautifully swept up hair, steps out in Christian Louboutin‘s Lady Peep heels (and clutch?).

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Taylor Schillings has an interesting royal purple version without the colour-blocking effect. She also has the dress shortened by at least 3 inches, which is quite obvious from how low sitting the back zipper sits. I’m not sure how the bright colours in her attire -purple and red – work out though as they seem to compete with each other…?

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2. Rag & Bone – FW14 Skinny Leggings Coated Jeans
I actually bought the last pair on sale at Holt Renfrew recently. I typically wear 26 in R&B, but was gladly surprised that the 25 fit me as well since I lost a few pounds. No mod pix yet, but here are some from SSENSE which also offers this pair of jeans currently on sale at a great price.

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3. Helmut Lang – FW14 Villous Sweatshirt
Love this piece, it’s so soft, warm, and looks great with the asymmetric cut. Can be worn open, zipped up, or with the lapel flipped up (hooks onto the right neck area) for a “scarf” look.

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4. FW14’s Fashion Sports’ Bras
Given how recent seasons have incorporated so much mesh and see-through fabrics, it seems to be a trend to show off one’s undergarments. I’ve always liked Helmut Lang‘s bras but never really had the confidence to rock one like this:

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^Picture credit: Neiman Marcus Online

However, the one below actually has more coverage and I couldn’t resist buying another one from T by Alexander Wang at a steal – 70% off! I would have preferred if they had in-built cups for more support and discretion…

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A. Helmut Lang – FW14 Split-Strap Micro Modal Bra
Super soft and comfy. I love the asymmetric split strap!! It’ll be perfect with my see through Lululemon mesh T-shirt!!

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B. T by Alexander Wang – FW14 High Density Lux Sports Bra
I took the wrong advice and got Small which is slightly too big on me. Ugh… It was final sale so I can’t exchange or return it. I hope after a wash and spin in the dryer at super high heat can shrink it. Or else I’ll have no choice but to wear it as a fashion piece only, instead of a real sports bra, which I was originally planning to do.

Picture credit below: SSENSE.com

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Thanks for letting me share all my Christmas and sale goodies! I hope you all acquired some lovely gifts and don’t forget to always give back to your friends and family for their generosity. Take care everyone and see you all in the New Year!

The Highly Sought After Heels During CL’s Golden Years

Christian Louboutin SS08 Jaws in Red Crystal Python

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Many years ago when I was still a student, I remembered seeing the debut of CL’s Jaws originally worn by Victoria Beckham I believe in the fall of 2007 with the nude patent leather and black trim. It was a major hit on NAP and then came the white python version which pretty much sold out instantly in all boutiques. Shortly after, it was rumored that there was also a red python version available that was so rare that few people were able to get hold of them in the States. Of course, Canada was like eons behind and only had the most basic styles from CL. So I was only able to admire them from far away on some lucky ladies. Fast forward recently, I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw these heels in my size, brand new, and at such a great price on the bay! Just goes to say that when things are meant to be, they’ll always come back to you!

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Outfit Pix:

Ref.: Akoya pearl earrings and dress by Roland Mouret

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Lastly, another ode to the past, Jaws in white crystal python.

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Holiday Reveals VI: The Most Amazing Dress by RM

Roland Mouret FW13 Myrtha Wool and Silk Dress in Magenta

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YAY!!! My parcel finally arrived after a lot of issues… Anyhow the Myrtha dress is a classic in the house of RM. I could not believe my eyes when I saw this style going on sale in black, red, and this gorgeous magenta color! I remember a few years ago, it went on sale for a short period of time. Since then, it’s been sold out pretty fast. So I don’t know, maybe it has to do with the economy in the USA not being the greatest these days, but I’m still in awe that it went on sale, especially after falling in love with it when I laid eyes on Neiman Marcus‘ holiday catalogue featuring the dress!

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Modeling Pictures:

Shoe reference – Christian Louboutin Pigalle Plato 140

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More pictures from Neiman Marcus:

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