Sunday, August 28, 2011

Target REDcard - You NEED one!

Hi everyone. Hope you are doing well. East coast people, hope Hurricane Irene have mercy on us all. I'm sitting here writing this post while the wind is gusting and the rain pouring outside my window. The irony is: Irene isn't even close to us yet. It's in New York coming up our way.

For those of you on twitter, you probably heard of the Boston blogger and reader meet up Friday night.  I had a blast! I was able to meet in person some of my favorite bloggers - Jean, Sydney, Ping, and Khatu. Because of human error (I forgot the memory card for my camera), I don't have any pictures I can share with you guys, but I'm sure you'll be able to see some in their blogs soon.

One topic that came up during our meet up was the Target REDcard. I was surprised to find out that many people didn't really know what the REDcard can do for them. So I'd like to share with you. The REDcard is like any store credit card and it can only be used in Target stores or Best part is that when you use your REDcard to pay for your purchases, the total is automatically reduced by 5%, on every purchase.  So it's not a rebate card, it's instant savings.  I got one as soon as the program started a few months ago and carried the card with me in my wallet everyday.  I get most of my household stuff and back to school items from Target, and occasionally I do get some clothes for the kids and shoes for myself. This instant no brainer, no effort savings is a must-have in my opinion. Who doesn't shop in Target right?
Talking about Target, I recently tried on and fell in love with this Mossimo Khadeja Suede Bootie in Taupe. It's true to size, real suede, very comfortable, and reasonable in price $29.99.  Target often runs a 20% off for over $75 online if you want to wait for even lower price.
The booties come in pink, blue, and black as well online.

A friend living in the same town just called and reported that they lost power. So I'm going to publish this post before our power is lost as well. Hope you all stay dry and safe.

Update: Some pictures my daughter took of me with the Target booties and Forever 21 Suede skirt.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Review: Ann Taylor Petite Crossing Paths Print Sleeveless Jersey Dress

I bought this dress in petite xxs and the platform perfect pump in size 6 during a 12 hour sale that I posted here. Both were keepers and I'm super happy about it. This dress ended up costing me $48 and it fits me like a glove. Because of the fabric contents - Rayon and Spandex, it hugs your body very nicely. It's comfortable, and easy to wear. I like it that it even comes with a decorative tie, so minimum accessorizing required. (no belts) I just put it on this morning and threw on a jacket for warmth. (Yes, it was actually chilly here today. :))
See Jean's review on the skirt version.

Happy Monday!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Family Reunion - Branson (Part II) - Tubing

It gives me such a great satisfaction to see these pictures and videos of the four kids having fun. Jasmine and Tristan enjoyed playing with cousin Sawyer and Dawson a lot. They also had a blast trying out water tubing for the first time in their life. 
I think this is Jasmine
Definitely Jasmine
Tristan claims he gets to the "challenge" zone A LOT.
Jasmine is having so much fun.
What a cute gang!
Water is super warm - 85 degrees.
A couple of shaky-cam videos.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Family Reunion - Branson MO (part I)

Happy Monday, everyone! While kids went back to the lake for a second round of tubing, I got a few spare moments to right up a quick post on my vacation.
We flew in to Branson airport yesterday via Atlanta.  First impression was very good. The airport lounge was quite different from the typical airport lounge you are familiar with. I felt like I entered a big theme mall.
We reserved a compact car for this trip from Enterprise, only to find out that they ran out of any small cars. So we ended up getting this one for the same price. 
Bryan was extremely excited to get it. I am not complaining except for getting in and out of the car. See how high it's raised? Imagine 5 foot tall little me trying to get into this monster without looking too ridiculous. Having a hard time imagine that? Well, my mother-in-law decided that it was so funny that she had to take some pictures. So we have images for you!
It is huge!
Trying to get into this thing is impossible without looking indecent.
From Branson

To make this more dramatic, Bryan added the parasol effect. (No he wouldn't do that for real.) 
From Branson
Bryan called out our nephew to help out. (The boy is such a good sports)
From Branson
Gotta go cook dinner. Tubing photos coming next! Kids had a blast.

Oh forgot to mention, the Sun umbrella is from Coolibar (my sun allergy savior) and the white SPF shirt is a Columbia outlet store steal from the girls clearance (size L, fits decent, only $9, SPF 30).

Friday, August 12, 2011

OOTD: Gingham and Cargo Pants

The vest styling outfit posts will have to be delayed for another week. *guilty face*. It was pouring last weekend so no photo session for me. Then next week we are going to Branson, MO for a family reunion. So sounds like I won't get to do it until next weekend. Sigh...  (For now, you get to see how Kelly styled it.)

Today's OOTD is on Gingham shirt and white cargo pants. For a very clean and crisp look, no need to add too many accessories. Notice my new nail color? Essie Lapis of Luxury. Love the color but not loving the polish itself, a bit running and streaky when I applied. Not as good as the Essie Tangerine polish I bought. I also got the Essie mint candy apple polish, and love the color as well. See it on Cute and Little.

Outfit Details:
Ralph Lauren Gingham Shirt (Petite size P)
Hollister white cargo pants (size 0)
Cole Haan Sandals (size 6)
Chanel m/l flap
Limited bracelet and ring

On a different note, eShakti offered my readers a $20 off promo code to get $20 off when shopping at eShakti. ($30 minimum purchase required.)  New customers now get a $20 coupon code when they register as well. I don't know if they are stackable. If you try it, please let me know.
Click here to shop. Click here to see my review of a LBD from
Expires: 9/15/2011

Note: Ann Taylor is having a 50% off already reduced price sale, online and in store. Lots of new styles added. If you are purchasing $100 or more online, this coupon code (10000002556) would give you an additional 20% off total purchase. (I have tried that and it worked for me.) No free shipping though. Update (8/14/2011) Free shipping on orders of $150 and up is back! More items on sale including this Perfect Covered Patent Perfect Pump ($96 after discount) (great size selections) and Crossing Paths Print Sleeveless Jersey Dress.($48 after discount). Expires: 8/15 - 8 AM. 

Saturday, August 6, 2011

REVIEW: Ann Taylor Petite Vintage Trench

Sold out in small sizes everywhere.
Material: 85% cotton, 11% Polyester, 4% Lastol (online says Elastane, not sure if it's the same thing)
Care: Machine Wash Cold, Tumble Dry Low (online says DRY CLEAN ONLY)
Color: Maple (IRL more camel and darker than online picture which has a pink tone) Very matte and pretty.
Weight: It's heavy. It almost feels like a winter coat to me. Maybe even warmer than some of my light weight wool coat. To me it's a bonus because I rarely wear outerwear until winter, due to my commute style. I walk from my house to the car in the garage which is shielded and then walk 50 feet from the parking lot to office. No nasty city commute for me. So I can use this trench throughout the winter.  For those of you looking for a lighter weight trench, this is not for you.
See how pretty the lining is! 
I'm absolutely in love with this trench! It's thick and warm, but not bulky. Beautiful color and style. (Not sure about the tab at the back slit, but it's easily removable.) The sleeve length is a bit too long for me, although in cold winter days when I have multiple layers underneath, the problem might not exist any more. Even now, it doesn't bother me especially when I scrunch them up.

Measurements for XXSP
Total center back length : 32"
Sleeve length: 23"
Chest width: 17"
Waist width: 17"
Bottom width (at the hem): 22"
Sleeve width: 6"

Measurements for XSP
Total center back length : 33"
Sleeve length: 23"
Chest width: 18"
Waist width: 18"
Bottom width (at the hem): 23"
Sleeve width: 6"

One thing I want to mention is that when you try winter coats on, make sure you wear clothes underneath that are more representative of what you will wear with the coat you try on. This will guarantee a better fit judgement. And yes, I have a thin cardigan underneath this trench for picture taking, and I was sweating bullets. Oh what I would do you, for my dear readers. :)

Also see Cee's review on this coat here.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

OOTD: Green and Gray and Stripes

Thank you everyone for being so supportive to my little blog feature experiment.  I got so many great ideas for the little vest, that I can't wait for the weekend to try them all on! I know it'll be awesome. :)  Here's a bit of an OOTD for you to enjoy. Green skirt from Zara - love the bell shape. Stripe top from Loft, and a gray shrug from Marshall's a few years ago. Simple, but I like the result.  Did I mention how much I love my MT? LOL.

Good night, and sweet dreams.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011


Hello everyone. Hope you are having a great week so far. I am experimenting with a new idea for my blog. The idea is every 3-4 weeks, I will post a HOW TO STYLE REQUEST along with the pictures of the item that needs to be styled. Please post in the comment how you envision the item to be styled. In a week or two, I will do a HOW TO STYLE RESPONSE post that will incorporate your ideas into outfits. What do you think? I think it's gonna be fun. 

Let's start with my first HOW TO STYLE REQUEST: Vest.

Let your creativity flow!

Monday, August 1, 2011

Thank You For the Birthday Wishes!

I have never ever received so many birthday wishes in my whole entire life! Thanks to social media (facebook, twitter), I got to experience total feeling of joy (or maybe more like spoiled). Thank you all for the best wishes. I had a fantastic day!
I want to share a funny card I got from a long time friend of mine. It really cracked me up.

Have a wonderful and happy week, everyone!


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