Monday, December 31, 2012

Happy New Year

With deep red and jewel toned blue (Ann Taylor accurately named this color "deep harbor"), I'm welcoming 2013 with open arms.
My grandmother passed away 3 days ago at age 94. She lived a full life and didn't have to deal with any pain when she left. She is survived with 6 children, 7 grand children, and 4 great grand children. We will all miss her. Rest in peace, grandma!
Loft floral top (old, buy this pretty Kate Spade version for only $47.25 orig. $225)
Loft merino wool cardigan (buy from Ann Taylor at 50% off now)
Gap pants
Kate Spade bow accented pearls (buy here, single strand here, I got it from the outlet for $48, check that option if you can)
Nine West suede wedges (this year's version here)

Sale Alert: JCrew Extra 30% off Final Sale

with code STYLE2013.

Some of my picks:
Double-cloth slim trench.

See it on me here and on Amber here, comprehensive review by Amber here.

Cambridge Cable Turtleneck Sweater
See it on Wendy here.

Hacking Jacket in Herringbone

Colorblock Check mini
See it on me here.

Polk-dot sequin top
I love this sequins top and I found that the way the Jcrew model wore it was the really the best way to style it. I first bought an xxs and found that my big arms feel too constrained in the tight sleeves, so I sized up to xs.
White shirt from The Limited (this season's version here)
Carolee earrings c/o Carolee

I noticed that some of the items in some sizes don't show final sale, including the hacking jacket in petite 00 and the cambridge cable turtleneck in xxs in heather nightfall. weird, but good.

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Sale Alert: Ann Taylor Handbags & Belts 50% off + additional 15% off

Update: Online only now through Monday night, all sale items are 50% off, no code needed. Extra 15% off with code below.

Looking for an affordable clutch that's super cute? Look no further. Ann Taylor is running a 50% off handbags & belts including sale styles with no code needed. Enter code 10000008771 for an additional 10% off, or 1000008782 for an additional 15% off with Ann Taylor card. (exp. Jan. 17th 2013)

This foldover nappa leather clutch in both Scarlet Maple and Blue Waltz are only $29.74 after discount.
See it on beautiful Jean here.

For all the handbags and belt selections, click here.

PS. thanks to jcrewaficionada, here's how to win a $2013 Madewell Gift Card.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Loft polka dot top and slim fit cords

Trying out blogger app on iPhone. Maybe this means I can post more often.

Curvy Super Skinny Corduroys (wearing black and beet. love the deep clementine color too, wrinkles a lot though. Kept the black and returned the colored ones, since black doesn't show wrinkles as much. Very very comfortable.)

OOTD via Instagram

Jcrew hand knit cable sweater, Ann Taylor pants, Balenciaga city bag, Gap scarf, LLBean coat, AGL flats

Trying out iPhone posting!

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

This is a belated Merry Christmas, and a very happy New Year to your family from mine!

This year we stayed at home. Not having to travel during the holidays is in itself a present. I feel very relaxed and enjoying my stress-free vacation. Kids were not short of presents from their parents, aunts and uncles, grandmas and grandpa, and friends. They are enjoying all the love without them being physically here.  They are also enjoying playing with David - a neighbor's boy Tristan's age who is currently living with his parents most of the time in Beijing and occasionally come here to visit.  We had our Christmas brunch at Boston Harbor Hotel - what a treat, and Chinese style dinner at their home - another big feast. Now I can fit into J.Crew's No. 2 pencil skirt without any waist gap.

Jasmine and Tristan finally got their first pets - two guinea pigs - Sheepster (right) and Meepster (left). They are beside themselves when they saw the little ones. (We kept it a very tight secret until the very last minute.)
Jasmine made us a bunny family from playdoh.
I gave Jasmine a mani inspired by my favorite beauty blogger Jen, using some nail colors from Santa :).
And finally, my Christmas presents from Bryan - double strand pearl necklace (8.5-9.5 mm) and bracelet set (bracelet not shown) and a Balenciaga City in Cumin. (If you are looking for a double strand pearl necklace, I highly recommend this one from BJ's. The price is right - originally only $129.99, and now at $40 discount through end of December, the set is only $89.99. These pearls are cultured freshwater pearls, and the shapes are pretty consistent.  Great length 17"-18" too. The bracelet is big for my wrist (7.5"), but I think you can consider it a bonus and it works great as a gift itself.
And you all should know how much I adore this bag! :) 
 Banana Republic factory shirt (old)
Banana Republic Factory merino wool sweater (current, in store now, $25.5, love the mustard color)
Loft Julie Ankle Pants in Tile Print Doubleweave Cotton (I love the fit of these pants, hope they stay this way after wash, in store purchase $25)
Michael Kors watch

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Sale Alert: Ann Taylor Static Print Cropped Pants $14.91 in store

A quick note if you are out shopping today - Ann Taylor is having an in store 50% off all full-price style sale and an additional 25% off all sale styles. I picked up these Petite Static Print Cropped Pants on final sale for $19.88 and with an additional 25% off, the pants were under $15. A steal and super cute and flattering in person. Pictures don't do its justice. I found out that online it's still at $59.99 (orig. $78). 
This is how a size 0P fit on me.
I also found a size 00P green tweed skirt posted by jean here on sale for $49.99 (with extra 25% off it came to about $37.5).

Stay tuned for an update on Banana Republic Factory Store super deal.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

J.Crew Colorblock Check Mini & Phillip Lim Pashli Mini Satchel

HELLO! Sorry for being MIA for soooo long. I have been so "trapped" at work that I felt like I got sucked into a time warp and lost track of what happened in real world.  I never thought I'd enjoy my work this much  before since the reason I went to engineering was because my parents threw me into this field. Both of them were engineers, my mother a satellite engineer to boot. Last couple of weeks, I went through a period of sorrow (the chip I built wouldn't work - it's like having a kid of yours sick in the hospital) to a mere joy (finding the root cause of the problem and worked around it). This is by no means the first chip I help build, but I have never felt so attached before.. I have also for the first time felt so lucky to be working with so many of these talented people.  My coworkers made me proud. I am proud of my work.

Sorry about the babbling. I have so much emotion right now and I felt I needed to put it out somewhere so I can remember later. Working on post silicon power on have opened my eyes and introduced me to a whole new world.

On to the outfit. The skirt was a store purchase for less than $45. Online price is still $89.99 down from the original $138. Size 00 fit me perfectly. It's a great quality wool mini and it's super cute in person. I acquired this Phillip Lim Pashli mini satchel more than a month ago and never got a chance to use it until recently.  I love the design of this satchel and the color is a great neutral that goes with pretty much everything. The golden double zippered front is my absolute favorite.

You can wear it crossbody like this:
Or hold it in your hands like this:
 Or you can wear it like a shoulder bag casually like this:
 The possibility is endless.
Outfit Details
Ann Taylor factory v-neck sweater (old)
J.Crew colorblock check mini (buy here)
Loft jacket with faux fur (old, love it still)
Ralph Lauren dark brown leather gloves with tan bow (love it. bought it recently from TJMaxx for $25)
Chanel earrings
pearl necklace from auction
STEVEN by Steve Madden Bolerro boots (review here)
3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli Mini Satchel in Taupe (pre-order here, buy black version now here)

Update: See a blog post on regular sized satchel on Vegesoup, and a review of the regular pashli satchel by Elle.


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