Casual Jimmys

Jimmy Choo FW15 Darylin Black Suede Flats

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Although Tamara Mellon left JC recently, I’m starting to like all the refreshing styles from the new creative director Sandra Choi! The brand finally feels right again returning to its roots and it’s so nice to see another Asian designer these days! Keep up the good work!!! I haven’t purchased any Jimmys in a long time, but I like their shoes for work and casual wear. The mid-heeled shoes are very conservative and comfy at the same time to be worn all day in a conservative office. As for their flats and wedges, I love to wear them in the summer. I’ve been looking for a pair of simple pair of pointed black flats that can be worn for both work and casual days. However I’m picky and simple flats that sound easy to purchase are actually hard to find in a cute style that I like. These d’Orsay cut flats are so chic and simple that I couldn’t resist purchasing them during the Net-a-Porter sale.

 

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^Mod shot with Céline Micro Luggage in python, lambskin, and suede.

 

I may seem like I’m an all heels girl, but I love to dress down too.
Some pix over the last few months that I haven’t posted yet:

Shopping in Moncler jacket, Céline bag, Hermès CDC bracelet, Rag & Bone jeans and Team Louboutin T-shirt. I may be dressed casual, but hopefully the cute T-shirt, which was a gift from a friend (she designed it herself!), makes up for some lost glam!

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Dressed comfy when traveling in J Crew sweater, J brand jeans, Prada high-tops, Céline bag, and LV luggage.

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Below I was super excited to take out my new Mansur Gavriel tote, and I’m in a pair of Vince jeans with Prabal Gurung for Target flats!

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We’re at this fabulous restaurant where I possibly had the best French toast ever in apple sauce, chantilly cream, candied walnuts, and toasted toffee crunch pieces! Hmmm… We couldn’t decide if we should do more of a breakfast or lunch for brunch, so we each ordered both! lol

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Lastly, a close up shot of my favourite loafers from Prada! I wear these everywhere and they’re so comfy! The bright blue gets me so many compliments every time I wear them out. Thanks for letting me share again folks. I have more posts and reveals coming, stay tuned 😀

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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! 😀

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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Happy New Year!

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I took this picture while driving home from work on New Year’s day. Yes, I was working and happily doing so just like how I go home every evening – so very appreciative of what I do for my work, for the people around me, and feeling grateful for my life and opportunities given to me. Another year has gone by and I couldn’t help but feel a wave of melancholy. I circled past these trees on so many days near my work place, but rarely took notice of them. Life is very intriguing in that we don’t take take notice of the things around ourselves in our daily routine, and it often takes a second or third glance to appreciate their existence. I reflected on the past decade of my life and wondered how ironic that I once circled past these same trees when I was younger without noticing them and only to have come back full circle many years later… From my career and personal life choices, they all brought me back to where I came from, whether I liked it or not, and in that moment while driving past these trees, it made me realize that sometimes embracing what I had let go gave me more freedom than the control of my own life that I once sought… Take a moment to appreciate everything in 2015 and may the past memories and experiences bring our future years to a better understanding of ourselves to make meaningful choices in our lives to do good for our family, friends, and loved ones. Let’s grow together in the happy New Year!

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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IRO fur jacket
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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^As seen on a model in the brand’s campaign last year.

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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