Summer 2013 Sales Are Here!!!

Today is the first official day of Spring Summer 2013 Designer Sales!!! Get ready to shop everyone!

I have a special offer from Matches Fashion London for 30% off of all summer collections (excluding fine jewelry). First person to contact me will receive the unique code. Offer expires June 12, 2013.

 

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Summer is Here!!!

Céline SS13 “Pouch” in Orange/Vermillon (27VM) Lambskin

I’ve been eyeing the Pouch for quite some time now, but I probably would not have bought it had I not had a really bad day. I went to pick up my David Yurman ring which was resized smaller. The ring was a disaster and I was so upset that they ruined it. However, this SA at Neiman Marcus literally told me to go and “live with it” because she has suffered from chronic back pain for decades and she had to just “live with it.” I wasn’t even that upset at first thinking that maybe we can just send it back to DY’s official factory for them to look at it because the resizing was done locally by a third party affiliated with NM. It was really this SA’s attitude, shaking her head, pointing at me, putting her hand in front of my face…etc. that had really disturbed me. Anyhow after the fiasco, I went straight over to the Céline counter. At first I really liked the pink/rust combo, but changed my mind in the end because I felt like the orange/red combo had more of a *POP* in color! Especially from a distance, the colors are just so rich and saturated. I was able to use my NM gift card with it too, which made the price very  affordable.

 

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Comparison pix with Céline’s Large Trio:

The Pouch has the same dimensions as each of the compartments of my Large Trio. The differences are in the lining and zipper: The Pouch is lined in lambskin, whereas the Trio uses wool and cotton blend; and the Pouch has a golden brass zipper that runs down the side, whereas the Trio has leather zipper tabs. Lastly, even though both are Vermillon red, the Pouch has more blue undertones.

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Modeling Pix:

H&M floral blouse
Rag & Bone Capri jeans in Blush
Tiffany Sparkler necklace in Citrine
Hermès CDC belt and Clic Clac bracelet
Valentino Rockstud kitten heels in Gardenia

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My favorite celebrity pic is Taylor Tomasi Hill, looking fierce in a Burberry leather jacket and Céline’s Cobalt Blue Clutch!

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Bargain Hunting!

Recently, I’ve been really into bargain shopping lol. My friend introduced me to a whole new world that I didn’t know about before. I used to wait for the biannual sales, stock up items in my shopping cart way ahead of time, calculate Eastern/Central/Pacific time zones, set my alarm to crazy hours like 3AM, and as soon as the online sales started, I’d check out all my stuff!!! Yeah, you know you’re a serious shopper when you wake up that early for the sales! haha Anyhow, I discovered that there were outlet shops like Nordstrom Rack, Last Call, Off 5th, TJ Maxx… etc. just to name a few. I really enjoy the hunt for items and it makes me so happy to find something that I knew cost so much more! Here are a few goodies:

Red by Valentino: Glitter Swirl Flats – 65$ (Retail 350$)

These are super cute and comfy. I’m happy with it even though there’s no box or dustbag…

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Helmut Lang: Gray Oxide Print Dress – 75$ (Retail 398$)

Often HL’s dresses don’t fit me right due to the asymmetric cut. I was glad this one fits me one and is very comfy. This is a medium size. HL’s sizing tends to be erratic… I can go from XS to occasionally a large…

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David Yurman: Wheaton Ring 16X12mm in Prasiolite and 0.16CT Diamonds Set in Sterling Silver – 375$ (Retail 875$)

I know… this is like better than DY’s factory sales! I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw this in the counter at Last Call for a fraction of the retail price since this is a very classic style… Little did I know how much problems this later gave me…

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Rag and Bone: Capri Jeans in Blush – 60$ (Retail 165$)

Really cute pants, great for spring and summer now. Since I’m petite, the Capri style fits me perfectly as jeggings.

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^Photo credit: http://www.rag-bone.com/

 

Salvatore Ferragamo: SS12 Runway Heels – 289$ (Retail 800$)

I was so tempted to buy these gorgeous heels as seen on all the SS12 ad campaigns and worn by Gisele Bundchen! Not only was the price amazing at 65% off retail, I managed to find 3 pairs all in my size! In the end, I passed cuz I felt like the shoes really weren’t practical and I’m trying to re-focus my purchases on bags! I have enough shoes for now. Here’s a teaser pic:

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^Photo credit: www.Ferragamo.com

That’s it for now! Will update you all with new purchases, keep living and shopping everyone! Have a wonderful weekend 😀

My First Red Bag – The Chameleon!

Céline SS13 “Large Trio” in Vermillon (27VL) Lambskin:

YAY!!! My second Céline bag in the color that I wanted – RED! I’ve been waiting to buy a red bag for a very long time, but I’ve always felt like such a bright color is best suited for smaller bags. I’ve finally found the perfect “small” bag that can still hold a ton of stuff, that’s why I call it the Chameleon! It was sort of an impulsive purchase, but the color and larger size are difficult to come by. The color is really gorgeous with a slight coral/orange shade under different lighting. I love how versatile it is:
1. Wear it as is with the shoulder strap
2. Separate the compartments and wear as a clutch
3. Use the pouch for other belongings inside bigger bags
4. Or wear it as a “flap” clutch or “Rolled Trio” look that I invented after seeing the SS13 runway bags. I’ve outlined some step-by-step instructions as to how we can achieve the inspired “Rolled Trio” look below.

 

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HOW TO WEAR THE “CLASSIC TRIO” LIKE THE RUNWAY “SOFT ROLLED TRIO”:

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At one point I was really interested in the Soft Rolled Trio from SS13 runway, but for 2100$ retail and you do not have the option for detaching the compartments? No thanks, plus I like the shoulder strap option of the regular Trios. So my ever inquisitive mind started clicking and here’s what I have come up with to get the same look in a few simple steps! In fact you can get TWO different ways to wear it!

Step 1:
Detach the 3rd compartment (the one on the back without the Céline logo).

Step 2:
Invert the 3rd compartment and reattach onto the body of the bag.

Step 3:
Tuck in straps into middle compartment. Given the anatomy of the straps, you cannot fully tuck them in without some of it peaking through, but fear not…

Okay, so here is what we have so far to give everyone a visual:

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How much stuff can the Large Trio carry?

Quite a lot! These are all my regular items that I usually throw into my Balenciaga bags or Prada totes. I was very surprised to see that it can carry almost the same amount of stuff and yet still look small, neat, and compact. Given its discrete logo, I’ve actually been using this bag at work and it’s just fabulous for all the things that I can hoard. So yeah, the Chameleon at work: small, yet hoards a ton; bold red color, but discrete branding; great at work in the day, then out for play! lol

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Celebrities with Regular Trio:

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^Olivia Palermo with Orange Trio

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^Dakota Fanning with Glacier Trio

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^Kim Kardashian… what does she NOT own? This girl has everything…

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^Kourtney Kardashian (the lesser known sister, but I like her very much!)