My First Givenchy’s for a STEAL!!!

Givenchy SS12 Runway “Guerra” 105mm Shark Tooth Sandals in Salmon Patent Leather and Gold Hardware

Photo credit: Style.com

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Ooooooh these are my FIRST GIVENCHY’S!!! I finally got these babies that I’ve missed out on last year!!!  They were sighted on nearly every celebrity (my fav is Beyoncé – that woman is fab in everything though), so I wasn’t so sure of them at first cuz I don’t want to just follow a trend, but when I really wanted them later, of course they were all gone! I just noticed these recently on a random internet search and they were on sale too – I had a coupon code for 15% off, got free shipping cuz they messed up my overnight shipping, and lastly got another extra 15% in deductions for the metal being tarnished on delivery. So in the end I got them for 65% off!!! The box isn’t the original though and there are a few minor scratches on the soles, but I still love them! They’re just gorgeous, love the style, the heels, the shark tooth, the silver sole – I can’t stop starring at them! 

Comfortable? Hmm… the ankle strap is a little stubborn. It fits me well, but the main problem is that it’s kinda thick and restricts any ankle movement. I seriously only have 5-10 degrees of range of motion. So there’s no dorsiflexion at all lol. Otherwise, the heel height is perfect for me, there’s really good padding at the ball of the foot, and they fit my feet (length+width wise) really well.

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Modeling Pictures:

Dress – Helmut by Helmut Lang
Bracelets (left arm) – All from Hermès
Cuff (right arm) – Raven Kauffman Couture
Leather obi belt – Bought on the streets in Asia!

***Leg toning tip***

Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate! Then add your favorite bronzer, concentrate on the sides of your legs. My favorite is Lancôme’s Flash Bronzer which is an oil-based gel specifically made for legs and contains gleaming particles of glitter. Then add MORE shine and oil just on your shins to give the illusion of thinner legs! I used to use Nuxe’s Huile Prodigieuse Or, but now I’ve converted to MAC’s To the Beach Body Glow which is a cheaper alternative that works just as well!

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^Style.com gives us detailed pix of another version of the Guerra shoes on the left. The exact style that I have shown in my pix are also seen on several of the models including this particular model who wears it in the picture above on the right.

 

Celebrities in Givenchy Guerra:

Beyoncé is dazzling (as always) at the BET awards last year. Dress by Stéphane Rolland Haute Couture. I feel like I have touched a bit of heaven now that I own exactly the same shoes as Beyoncé!!! haha

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Gisele Bündchen at the Met Gala 2012. She chose Givenchy Guerra in Black to show off those famous legs…

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Julianne Moore was recently awarded her Star at Hollywood’s Walk of Fame October 3, 2013 and she chose to wear her Guerras in White!

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Others:
Gweneth Paltrow (top left)
Rooney Mara (top right) – love that dress of hers, a custom make from Givenchy!
Anne Hathaway (bottom left)
Kim Kardashian (bottom right)

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More celebs…
and yes that’s KK again with the same style shoes but in white! No, it does not surprise me that she owns everything…

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Magazines Sitings:

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Bergdorf Goodman:

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Marie Claire Malaysia:

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Vogue Spain:

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I Dreamt of Cranberries and Cashews – Gourmet Salad!!!

I haven’t posted much on food lately, mainly because my diet has not been the greatest. Lots of late night carb-loaded comfort food that’s not good for my thighs. The last week has been better and I’m being more health conscious. I think I had a dream about cashews and cranberries – a combination that I’ve never thought about before. I know I’ve never eaten a salad like this in my life, so I wanted to experiment with a “sweet and sour” taste. I present to you a successful and delicious gourmet salad:

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Ingredients:

– Baby spinach
– Baby red and yellow bell peppers
– Baby cucumbers
– Mini portobello mushrooms
– Sweet grape tomatoes
– Kroger’s Pepper Jack montery cheese with jalapeno peppers
– Honey toasted cashews
– Dried cranberries
– Balsamic vinaigrette dressing

Start with a pile of fresh spinach, then chop up all the other ingredients and sprinkle on top. I chose baby bell peppers because they’re sweeter than regular ones and you really want the grape tomatoes to be extra sweet and ripe to balance the balsamic vinegar. Same thing for the cashews and cranberries, you want them to be more on the sweet side. I broke off pieces of Pepper Jack cheese to add a slight kick of spiciness as well to the taste. And lastly, I really like this dressing from Private Selection’s Four Leaf Balsamic vinaigrette with herbs and spices. The peppery taste in here is amazing! Just don’t overdo it as these dressings tend to be high in calories! Bon appétit mes amis!

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Btw today is the last day for Barney’s Beauty Event!!! You get this GWP including FULL SIZE products with purchase of $250 or more. I won’t be buying anything as I’ve already restocked my year’s worth of beauty stuff, but don’t miss out on this great opportunity. In addition there are other beauty offers from YSL, Molton Brown, Cle de Peau…etc. Do check the details so that you get more goodies in your bag!

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Beauty Product of the Year Award (For Me) – La Prairie’s Skin Caviar Luxe Sleep Mask!!!

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YAY!!! Usually with a 400$ purchase, you only get 1 GWP, but I was able to get 2 of La Prairie‘s most coveted collections: The True Radiance and The Extravagant Caviar bags of goodies!

True Radiance: Total Value $185
– Cellular Cleansing Water 60mL
– Cellular Radiance Cream 7mL
– Cellular Radiance Eye Cream 3mL

The pouch is gorgeous! Resembles the White Caviar collection’s silver rim of caviar beads. I think it can work really well as an evening bag too. There are no logos on the outside so it’s really great for a special event. The pictures don’t show it that well, but the top flap is pebbly and very sparkly!

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Extravagant Caviar: Total Value $156
– Skin Caviar Luxe Cream 5mL
– Skin Caviar Luxe Eye Lift Cream 3mL
– Skin Caviar Crystalline Concentrate 5mL

Fabulous deal as well. Very pretty and functional pouch.

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Well everything’s not for free right? So what did I buy?
La Prairie’s Cellular Emulsion Matte Pore Minimizer – I’ve been wanting to try this for a while now. I haven’t opened this yet, but will update everyone with how well it works later.
La Prairie’s Skin Caviar Luxe Sleep Mask – NEW! Just came out and I’m intrigued by this mask that also works as an overnight moisturizer? It seems like you put on a thick layer with the brush and sleep with it on without rinsing. Not to be used more than 3X per week. Will try it tonight and see, but I LOVE the packaging as with all La Prairie’s products. Exquisite attention to detail and just screams luxury!

Instant update: WOW!!! This cream is definitely not what I was expecting (in a good way of course)! The usual Skin Caviar collection has always been a gleaming yellow or white cream. I was certainly not expecting a beautiful LILAC PURPLE color! It’s a thick, but not gloopy-hard-to-spread thick, cream that glides on effortlessly. I assume that you should put on a good amount since it’s a mask, so I did just this, and the cream just melted into my skin. Ooooh and then you get a wonderful refreshing feeling which I cannot describe. It’s a bit tingly, a bit warm, a bit soothing, and just pure comfort! I looked at the ingredients and there’s no menthol which usually gives that tingly feeling. So I’m not sure which of the ingredients in this jam packed mask of some dozen extracts of various botanicals and caviar is doing this, but whatever it is, I LOVE IT! Will let everyone know how things go tomorrow morning – I’m really excited 😀

Further update the next day: I woke up this morning with baby soft skin! All that good stuff was completely absorbed into my skin and how do I know? Well I have terribly oily skin and if something just sits on top, I just get even more oily several hours later after washing my face. However, my skin was dewy soft without that layer of heavy oiliness which I often get when I stray from my usual products. My skin felt calm and the redness of my rosacea has also subsided. AMAZING product! I am going to use this forever!!! I am sold – hands down La Prairie, you never fail to disappoint me!

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On the side, I also purchased some MAC cosmetics:
To The Beach Body Oil in Man Rays – Remember the famous Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Or? I love this stuff, but it’s quite expensive at $60. So as an alternative, I’ve heard many good reviews of MAC’s Body Oil which I got at only $18 from retail $22 at Saks’ Off Fifth. And the verdict? LOVE IT!!! This is fabulous to help shape and give the illusion of thinner legs while giving the right amount of glimmer when the light shines. I’ve read others saying that their glittery particles disappeared within an hour, however after a whole day, all the particles are still there on me. Btw, I add this on top of my usual Lancome Flash Bronzer Gel to enhance the tan and sparkles 😀
Paint Pot in Bare Study – Replenished this for only $13 from retail $20! I’ve been using this for years and it’s a great base for eyeshadow. No creasing or fading at all. Really wonderful stuff.

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Amazing Find at NM Last Call!

Prada SS13 Classic “Basic” Black Patent Leather Pumps

I’ve wanted these shoes for a while now as they’re such a classic and never go on sale, but I’ve always had other priorities… Well on another one of my trips to the States, I was able to snag this beauty per chance when a good SA at my local NM Last Call had called me and brought me over to see their new shipment of goodies. I spotted these right away and I knew I had to have them. The size was also exactly mine too, so it was just meant to be! Usually the nice stuff are all not in my size as there are many tiny Asians out there… lol Retail – $650; LC price – $325!!! YAY! They’re so comfortable and perfect for fancier work days when I want to dress up a bit. Thanks for letting me share!

 

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