Fall/Winter 2013 Jeans

Hudson FW13 Stark Moto Super Skinny Jeans in Jet Black

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As some of you may remember from last year, I bought a pair of 7 For All Mankind black waxed jeans that were fabulous. I worn them so much that some of the seams are now breaking down. The waxed look and leather pants are still pretty trendy now, so on my hunt for a new pair, I came across these jeans by Hudson that look amazing on the models. They remind me of one of my Rick Owens jackets that has these leather cords across the sleeves. These jeans are also super comfy and silky feeling just like my 7’s. I think they’ll definitely be my new favorite pair! Remember to wash your waxed jeans inside out in cold water to maintain the look!

Here are some more of my own pix:

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Bye Bye T3, Welcome Sedu!!!

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In my last post, I had expressed my disappointment with T3’s hair straightening iron that has completely deteriorated in quality compared to my original T3 from 5 years ago. I am happy to introduce my new Sedu Revolution Nano Tourmaline Ionic Pink hair iron that has the same quality as my old T3 from every aspect that I’ve inspected. I believe the black plates are also a newer generation with better performance. Otherwise, both are about the same size, weight, ease of use, start up time, made in Korea, and North American voltage. I’m really happy that I switched over and didn’t settle with T3, although I do think that esthetically, T3 makes prettier products in general (I love those blingy crystals!!! LOL).

Details:
– Heats upto 450F within 25 seconds
– 1 inch floating plates
– 9 inch swivel cord
– 120V ac, 60Hz, 40W
– Made in Korea (but I think the power cord is made in China? cuz it says “Shenzhen” which is the South East part of China…)
– Model SR-500
– 2 year manufacturer’s warranty (no need for product registration online)

Negatives:
– No auto-power off
– No heat resistant cloth
– No world-wide voltage
– DO NOT USE WITH POWER ADAPTER as per instruction manual!!!
Hmmm… maybe in retrospect, that’s how I broke my old T3…?

 

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I got a bunch of samples again with Neiman’s September beauty event. The samples were not the greatest, but that’s okay cuz I usually don’t care much for them. Nonetheless, I made this order now rather than later because I was swayed by this gift with purchase – a Sedu brush worth $30! Apparently it’s anti-bacterial and has ceramic with ionic technology to dry hair faster and shinier! The quality is great, I absolutely love it! However it’s not the only thing that convinced me to make the purchase, Neiman’s also had their Bet2Get event with upto 30% reward back as gift card if your order includes both an apparel and shoes or handbag!  I always like to calculate how much I’ve made so if you break it down for a $1000 total purchase, you get $300 back, minus 30$ for the brush, and about $100 worth in samples, that’s really like $570 that you’ve spent – 43% in savings!!! See shopping can be really fun when you time things right, you get really good deals even when you’re not in sale season 😀

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A Disappointing Rant And An Unexpected Rave…

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Well I was not planning for another beauty haul, I promise, but recently my beloved T3 hair styling iron died… I was devastated. I brought it to Europe forgetting to bring my adapter (good quality), but I saw that my mom had brought hers (poor quality from $ store) which my dad was using for his computer. His computer seemed to work fine, so I thought it was safe to use it on my T3 – WRONG! At first I thought it was just that one plug, so I tried all the power outlets at the hotel and none seemed to have worked. Whatever… bad hair days don’t kill me for a couple of days. It was when I returned back home that I realized my T3 was forever permanently dead! Lesson here = Do not use cheap adapters!!!

 

Review of T3 Single Pass (White and Black) Compared to My Original T3 Medium Duality Iron (Navy):

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So I started investigating various irons thinking that perhaps it is time to purchase a new one since I had been using my old T3 Medium Duality Tourmaline iron for almost 6 years now. It may not be worth getting it repaired. So amongst various irons, I decided to go back to the same brand with their updated Single Pass Tourmaline iron (with world-wide voltage so that I won’t bust another one). Sephora had a great bundle package with Bumble Bumble hair products – great, perfect right? Well, I thought the same until I opened the box and held the new iron in my hands… It felt so different, light weight but in a cheap way? The plastic felt thin, and the silver temperature knob with pink button looked so cheap! I took out my old T3 to compare and even the tourmaline plates were thinner on the new one! Then I dug into the box to read the manuals to see if anything can change my mind, and I saw “do not purchase this item if the silver T3 Serial Number Decal is missing or damaged” as this would void the 2-year warranty. You can see that my old T3 still has the silver tag at the end of the power plug. The new one does NOT have it!!! Ughhh…

As much as I was not liking the new T3 Single Pass iron, I decided to still give it a try because maybe it works fabulous and that I shouldn’t judge a product by its appearance? I plugged it into the power outlet and turned it on… I waited and waited… It took almost 2 minutes to heat up! That’s very long compared to the advertised “less than 25 seconds” and my old T3 took seriously only  10-15 seconds. Fine, at least it was working. I let it pass through my hair and it STUCK ON to my hair!!! It did not glide “snag free” it felt more like I was dragging a wagon across quicksand – it felt STICKY! And don’t even mention doing curls, it was so choppy, I ended up making crimps and squares in my hair. Also I couldn’t even put my fingers over plastic covering the plates when I was doing my curls which is needed for stabilization. The plastic has absolutely no heat filter protection!!! I nearly burned off my fingers, which I should mention had never happened with my old T3! I analyzed the product again, great T3 changed production to “made in China” from Korea. This is horrible! I just don’t understand why a company gets famous based on its original products, then do all these changes to cheapen it. I am definitely returning this and never going to buy T3 again unless they return back to their original quality standards.

 

Guerlain Lingerie de Peau BB – Beauty Booster – in Light:

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I know the BB and CC products have been out for a while now in the Asian market that started this beauty trend a decade ago. So when these products were introduced to the West, I was like meh, whatever no big deal. It’s been about 2 years now, but I think the major French cosmetic companies have finally perfected the BB/CC concept with Guerlain’s Lingerie de Peau! I was just with a friend recently at Sephora and we were playing around with some cosmetics. Guerlain’s new product caught my eye and as soon as I tried it on, my friend then strongly recommended it to me. As I spread the product onto the back of my hand, the smooth silky texture felt amazing and the complexion on my skin looked so much improved. I couldn’t forget the product afterward.

Other perks and benefits:
– Biofusion of silk fibers and micro-linen molecules create 2nd skin-like finish
– 97% of subjects felt refreshed all day long!
– SPF 30 protection
– Great packaging with pump dispenser

 

YSL for Sephora 500 Points Perk for Beauty Insiders:

A really nice eye set including Babydoll Faux Cils mascara, kohl, makeup remover, and a cute charm bracelet with YSL’s famous perfume Opium and other well known products.

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Makeup For Ever’s Pro Finish Powder – It’s alright, I still prefer Chanel’s powders.
Hourglass foundations – didn’t get to try all of them yet, but the Immaculate foundation has got AMAZING oil-absorbing capability. I’m very impressed! Lasts twice as long on me (6 hours) before I need to make any touch ups!
Givenchy Mister Light – pretty good, much better than YSL’s Touch Eclat. Spreads nicely and not drying.
Benefit Flawless Oxygen Wow foundation – haven’t tried it yet.

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Another Addition to My Growing Céline Collection

Céline FW13 Trapèze in Ink, Navy, and Indigo Smooth Calfskin and Lambskin

YAY! New and just in boutiques! I’ve sort of liked the Trapèze model but always hesitated because I think it might be a little too big for me? and I never found a color combo that I liked. I mean most were nice, but nothing really suited my wardrobe with the colorblocking effect, there was always one color that didn’t work with me. However, when I saw this color combo, I knew it was perfect! Not exactly colorblocking because they’re all in the same blue color family, which really works for me as I wear a lot of blue and cool tones. FYI: It’s 100% calfskin on the outside, and 100% lambskin on the inside!

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Modeling Pix Reference:

T shirt – American Apparel
Pants – Club Monaco Sarah Trousers
Shoes – Manolo Blahnik BB heels

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As beautiful as this bag is, I’m afraid that I’m developing some aversion to the clasp. This is quite distressing because it’s very difficult to get into and out of the bag! Everytime I need to access the bag, there are multiple steps: (1) stabilize bag either on surface or rest it on my body/leg, (2) push down top clasp, (3) unscrew interior lock from vertical to horizontal position, (4) lift flap, (5) unzip interior zipper, and then do all steps backwards now to close the bag. This is a total of 10 STEPS!!! If I leave the interior unzipped, then I still have 8 steps to go through!!! How very irritating for a person like me who gets impatient so easily lol! Ughhh… I think I’ll need some time to adjust to the clasp… Another thing is that I’m surprised that for brand new hardware, there are already scratches? Maybe it’s just the way it is, but I prefer all metal parts to be very polished and shiny…

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Lastly a group shot of my Céline family:

Thank you for letting me share!

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More Clothes from Helmut Lang, Vince, and Club Monaco!

1. Helmut Lang FW13 Sonar Wool Cardigan

Love this cardigan that works as a light weight jacket as well. Very chic, comfy, and so fun to wear with multiple ways of styling. Comes with a soft goatskin leather belt too.

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Haul of more stuff…

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2. Club Monaco Jocelyn Sweater in Cantaloup:

Very cute sweater with two “flaps” in the back as seen in the group pic above. I like how the color is like a mellow pastel with variations in the thread color on closer inspection.

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3. Club Monaco Sarah Tuxedo Pants

Super comfortable and fits me perfectly! This is actually a cropped style, but I’m short at 5’2 so it’s great that I don’t need to get them hemmed as with most of my pants.

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4. Vince Wool/Yak Cardigan

I’ve been looking for a big thick cardigan/sweater for a long time and this is perfect! So cozy and soft!

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5. Club Monaco Cotton and Silk Tank

Very cute tank!

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6. Vince Black Skirt

This skirt is really comfortable and great for work too!

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7. Helmut by Helmut Lang SS13 Gala Jersey Dress

This is a nice all in one dress that can be dressed up or down depending on your style.Very comfortable too and well made.

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^Picture credit: Neiman Marcus