Saturday, August 31, 2013

Labor Day Sales

Every store on earth is having a sale. Some better than others. Here's a laundry list of all the sales I have visited online.

Ann Taylor - Regular priced items are 30% off (no code needed), extra 40% off on all sale items. In store and online. I have noticed that Ann Taylor's online system has been modified so that the 10-15% off coupon I get in the mail for regular priced items cannot stack with the promotions like this any more. Pretty lame. Good for Ann Taylor, or not? I picked up this Maven Leopard Jacquard Pencil Skirt at my local store in 00P. Love it! Review online says it runs small, but 00P fits me pretty well with room for dinner. So I'd say it runs true to size for AT.

Banana Republic - 40% off your purchase with code BRWEEKEND. (Issa collections are excluded) I'm eyeing this Sloan Pencil Skirt in Royal Azure.

Bloomingdale's - Big Brown Bag Sale. Save 20-65%. Extra 20% off with code EXTRA20. Free shipping on $150+ & free returns. All handbag sales here. Coach Legacy Archival Rambler in Camel/Brass on sale for $208. ($166.4 after extra 20% off. See the Cognac color on me here.) I love this bag. I think it's functional and stylish, not to mention the price is right.

Coach - 25% off with one time use code from an email invitation. I am sharing mine here, since I won't be using it myself. LB893095. If you have used it, please let me know, so I can remove it from the post. May I suggest this Court Bag? ($193.5 after discount. comes in 3 colors: black, british tan, mahogany) I recently got a black one and love it! See vintage Navy on Jean here.

J.Crew - Extra 30% off sale items with code HELLO30. Free shipping on all orders of $100+.  I have a $50 rewards card burning a hole in my pocket and expiring in 2 weeks, but I haven't found anything that I want yet. That is so rare!

Loft Extra 50% off Sales, and 50% off select full price style (SHOP50). Earn $25 savings card with every $50 full price purchase.

Macy's - Extra 20% off + Free shipping with $99 purchase. Code DEALS. (This includes regular priced items, but watch out of exclusions. Even though MICHAEL Michael Kors handbags is not listed on exclusion list (only Michael Kors Collections handbags are) the code still doesn't work for the Selma Satchel I've been eyeing.

Madewell - Extra 30% off all sale styles with code BYESUMMER. Free shipping on all orders.

Neiman Marcus - Real Deal Sale. Save up to 50% off regular prices on Women's contemporary/CUSP, Dresses & Sportswear. Shoes here. Handbags here.

Old Navy - 30% off (or 35% off with ON, Gap, or BR card) online and in store. Use code SPREE online. No coupon necessary in store. This owl sweater is adorable!

Rebecca Minkoff online sale - Extra 20% off sale items with code SUNNY20. I love the deep saturated red color of this M.A.B Mini. (Was $495, after discount around $240). The Cupid satchel in purple is on final sale for $220. (was $495)

Shopbop sale (new style added) - I love this House of Harlow 1960 Trikona Necklace.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Ready for Fall - Brown, Cognac, and Chartreuse (+ Forward Sale)

Thursday update: BBOS Private Sale 7 hours only, extra 30% off (9am - 4pm) with code 30AUG13. Things go fast, so act quickly. For invite, here.

Update Sale Alert: Shopbop new markdowns added!
- Joie Rori Lace dress (beautiful lace!)

Sale Alert: Forward by elyse walker is having a major sale right now. Some of the most sought after brands are putting their fall items on sale. This includes: 
- 3.1 Phillip Lim: Pashli mini satchels and Medium Satchels on sale. I love their mini satchels (see it on me here)
- Equipment: Some fall colors (Cabernet and Peacoat) are on the list
- Alexander McQueen: Signature skull scarf in multiple colors. I picked up the Taupe & Sky.
- Rag & Bone: Classic Newbury booties in suede and leather are 40% off.
All sales enter here. Get 15% off on your first transaction on smartphone with code iForward15.

You can tell from this color scheme that I'm ready for fall, right? :)
Outfit Details
Loft top
J.Crew factory cardi
F21 linen skirt
Talbots pumps
Coach Legacy Archival Rambler in Cognac (here, totally in love with it!) 
Michael Kors watch
Ann Taylor belt

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Seahorses and Pale Pinks

Update (8/25): 
Bloomingdale's Sunday surprise sale is here. Today only, take an extra 15% off already sale items with code SURPRISE. Click here to enter all sale. 6% rebate via Ebates. Invite here.

Ann Taylor Surprise Sale (ends Monday night) - Extra 60% off All Sale Styles. No code needed. Shop all sales.

Update: I can't believe my eyes. Just spotted the Prada Saffiano Lux Double-Zip tote on BBOS in Pristine condition for $1470. Extra 20% off with code 20AUG13. That's $1176 for a Prada classic bag. I can't believe it! For invite to join BBOS, click here
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Happy weekend! We had a week of warm weather here in Boston and finally cooled down this weekend. Going to be beautiful in the next few days! Jess's instagram reminded me that I should take advantage of the nice weather before it gets cold and dreary again. So my goal for next week is to be able to have lunch outside of the building at least once. I know it sounds easy, but if you know what my schedule looks like these days you won't be so surprised that I it's harder than it sounds. I work with people in 3 different time zones in the US. Lunch time meetings are a norm nowadays. To me it still beats 7 am meetings if I lived in the west coast and had to accommodate east coasters. 

There were some decent deals last week. However I didn't have any time to post. I did manage to grab the Michael Kors Selma Satchel in Navy during Bloomingdale's 2 day 20% off sale. I have wanted this bag for a long time, but it was so popular that it was back ordered for a while. I plan to use this bag as my cheaper alternative to the Prada tote for work. See it on beautiful Elle here. It's out of stock now at Bloommies, but still available at Nordstrom and Macy's.

I wore this outfit last weekend when it was hot and humid. These seahorses made me really happy. The shorts version of this print from J.Crew this year is my favorite.  I bought the dress version and thought it was way too thin and clingy for any of my practical usage model. But I love love the print, so I searched for other formats. The shorts (in size 00) didn't disappoint. It's made of heavy weight cotton and the fit is heavenly for me. I love the fact that it's medium rise, so it hugs better.  The girls' Frankie short in Sea horse is another option but the fit and make are just not the same.


Outfit Details
Gap top (old)
J.Crew 3" Chino Short in Sea Horse (buy here, 25% off + Free shipping with code FALLSTYLE)
J.Crew skinny patent belt in Riviera Sand (here, 25% off + Free shipping with code FALLSTYLE)
J.Crew Martina Patent Wedges (here25% off + Free shipping with code FALLSTYLE)
Louis Vuitton Mini Lin Trapeze PM in Pale Pink (hereinvite here)
Chanel Sunnies (from BBOS, invite here, extra 20% off private sale with code 20AUG13 till Monday)
Loft earrings (giveaway by StylishPetite)

Monday, August 19, 2013

A Colorful Monday

Sale Alert: Ann Taylor select full price styles 50% off. No Code needed. Ends 10 am EST tomorrow.  Free shipping on $175 or more. Extra 10% off entire purchase with $125 or more with code 10000011356, or 15% off on $125 or more with Ann Taylor card using code 10000011367. Extra off code doesn't seem to work on the 50% sale items for me.
My picks:
All full styles on sale are here.

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A quick Monday hello to everyone! Work is in super busy hamster mode again. Every time that happens, I really appreciate this little bit of sanity working on my post here.  After more than 3 years on this blog, I am surprised that I'm still posting. Maybe not as regular as other bloggers, but I give myself a pat on the shoulder for keeping it up.  A big thanks to my readers who visit this little blog and especially those who took the time to comment. Thank you! Hope your week is filled with adventures and fun!


Outfit Details
J.Crew Liberty Perfect Shirt in Tresco Floral (out of stock online)
J.Crew wool mini (old)
Cole Haan sandals (old)
Swarovski necklace (old)
Carolee earrings (c/o)
Chanel m/l flap
Chanel sunnies (from BBOS, invite here)

Friday, August 16, 2013

Take 2: Prada Saffiano Lux Tote and Ivanka Trump Galyns pumps

Loft Friends and Family Sale going on now. 40% off entire purchase with code FRIENDS.
J.Crew in store and online: Extra 30% off Final Sale items with code SHOP30.
Gap.com additional 50% off sale style with code GAPSALE. expires 8/17

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Here's to show that same bag and shoes can be worn with a completely different outfit. Instead of shirt, blazer and jeans, I'm pairing them with hardcore formal attire - lace pencil skirt and tweed jacket. I chose a blush colored top to tie in with the color in the shoes.  That's all from me. Hope you all have a great weekend!

Outfit Details
Ann Taylor factory top (old, cute heart ruffle top here)
Banana Republic factory jacket (old, Alice+Olivia Alanna Tweed jacket 55% off here)
H&M lace skirt (old, similar here)
J.Crew factory bracelet (buy here)
Michael Kors watch (similar here)
Prada Saffiano Lux Tote (here)
Ivanka Trump Galyns pumps (buy here and here)
Chanel Sunnies (from BBOS, invite here)
Double strand Pearl necklace  (Under $100, buy from BJ's here)

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Prada Saffiano Lux Tote and Ivanka Trump Galyns pumps

Can't believe the weather is cold enough to wear blazers in the morning now. It was a beautiful morning, and the sun was out. The air was chilly but felt so nice. It was a preview of my favorite season - fall.

If you follow me on Instagram, you would know that I went purse shopping during the MA no tax weekend. I set my eyes on a Prada double zip tote, but my purchase (last one on the shelf) from Neiman Marcus was a failure. Upon close examination at home, I found out that the logo on the front panel was crooked (see picture here) and there was a broken seam (loose thread) on the side of the bag. For a high end purse that retails $1995, it was quite a big of a shock to me to find its quality control so problematic. I ended up returning the purse the next day and bought a much better quality one at Sak's Fifth Avenue in Boston. I have made a base shaper from a file holder the same day and have been wearing it to work since Monday. Despite the first bag's quality issue, I am utterly in love with the one I have right now.  Some readers have shared their experience and their friends' experience with Prada bags, so it sounds like the quality issue is wide spread and not just a fluke on me. So I suggest that if you are looking to buy Prada, do examine it closely at the time of purchase.

Here are 3 ways to wear the Prada Saffiano Lux Tote:

1. Wear it on the arm

2. Carry it on the hand

3. Wear it on the shoulder with the attached strap.
I think the bag is classy no matter how you wear it and it's very functional. The open tote area can fit my laptop. The two zipper pockets (full width) can be used for wallet, cosmetic bag, sunglasses, etc. The slip in open pockets in the middle tote area is great for slipping my smartphone in it - easy in and out. Did I mention it looks great on? See Jean's review on Prada bags here and Elle's review here.

Outfit Details
J.Crew Factory polka dot popover (buy here)
J.Crew cropped matchstick jean in marquette wash (my new favorite jeans, buy here)
J.Crew linen schoolboy blazer in honey brown (buy here)
Ivanka Trump Galyns Pumps (buy here and here)
Prada Saffiano lux tote (here)

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Sale Alert: Neiman Marcus Extra Sale Event (and a Sak's discount code)

No code needed. Online only. Selected merchandise only. Offer ends 8/15/13 at 6 am CT.
My picks:
The red Reed Krakoff Boxer Tote ... again... (Orig. $1090, Now $730)
Kate Spade Terrace Justine Bow Crossbody Bag in white (Orig. $328, Now $219)
Alice + Olivia Jordan Cowl-Neck Silk Top (such a pretty cranberry color) (Orig. $198, Now $118)
Salvatore Ferragamo Elephant Election Tie (I love the design) (Orig. $180, Now $81)
Theory Sellida Pintucked Silk Top (Orig. $215, Now $128)
Theory Printed Silk Dress (Orig. $365, Now $127)
Now here's a splurge to end this post - Proenza Schouler PS1 Python Pochette in Neon Red. (Was $1735, Now $1162) - Interesting note: Python cannot be sold or shipped to the state of California. I didn't know that!

PS. I have a Sak's 10% off code that I won't be able to use. It's a one time use only code, so whoever claims it first gets to use it. Just leave a comment if you use it. There are some designer exclusions, but I don't see Ferragamo in the list. May I suggest the reversible belt. I have it and love it. If you don't find your size, no worries. You can bring the belt to any Ferragamo store and they'll resize it for you. (Code: GIFT77XX8Z8X).

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Looking For: A Summer White Bag

Update - Found the Rebecca Minkoff Mab Mini at half off (was $495, now $249). Seriously debating if to get it. Not a member of Myhabit yet? Click here for invite.

I don't quite recall when it started, but I now think a white bag is a summer must-have. I do own a Coach shoulder bag in off-white but I rarely wear it since I think the style is outdated. So I've been passively "looking" for a new and more attractive version. I haven't found "the one" yet, but I did see some options out there in different price ranges that are pretty decent looking AND on sale.

Rebecca Minkoff Ghost White Leather 'Swing' Chain Strap and Tassel Shoulder Bag (Was $330, Now $165)

Calvin Klein Rio Glazed Leather Satchel in Cherub White/Nude (Orig. $248, Now $185.99)


Kate Spade Terrace Justine Bow Crossbody Bag in white (Was $328, Now $219)

MICHAEL Michael Kors Selma Stud Large North South Tote in Vanilla (Orig. $428, Now $320.99)

Givenchy 'Nightingale' Tote (Orig. $1946, Now $1362.31)

Now that I took the time to list out the ones I found, the Rebecca Minkoff Swing bag looks like a really attractive option. What are your thoughts on white bags?

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Ann Taylor New Arrivals 40% off

Preview for members only today - with code PREVIEW40. Now thru Sunday TRENDS40

These are what I ordered:
Marla Quilted leather pump (So Chanel like and price isn't bad, so I have to get it to see.)
 
Tiered Lace Top (after trying out the dress version in store, I decided to order the top to see. The dress fits terrible on me. The petite version fits like a regular fit version and it was consuming. I like the pattern though, so I decided to give the top a try)
Polka Dot skirt (Just too cute to pass)
 And last but not least, the perfect button down white shirt that got thumbs up by many reviewers.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Sale Alert: Bluefly F&F Sale 20% off

Enter here, save 20% with Code BFF

Salvatore Ferragamo belts and shoes here.

Proenza Schouler PS1 Continental wallets here.


Sale Alert: Kate Spade Surprise Sale

Enter here. Price as marked. All sales final. Ends Wednesday at 11:59PM PT. Use ebates to get 3.5% cash back today.

Gold Coast Evangeline (Was $398, now $169)
Gold Coast Lily (Was $298, now $119, Vegesoup recommend)
Picnic Stripe Barry Skirt (Was $298, now $89, yellow/white striped version on Annie here)

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Amazon Shoes and Handbag Sale - Up to 50% off

Monday Update - Macy's is having 20% off sale on select brand merchandise. Code: BRANDS
The sale items are marked EXTRA 20% OFF on the webpage. I happen to see this Ivanka Trump Galyns High Heel Pumps on the list. The sizes range from 6 to 11. It comes in black/Rose and Dark Pink/Rose. I'm wearing the black/rose one in this picture. See it on Vegesoup here. See the pink version on Tara here. I absolutely adore these shoes.
Cole Haan shoes and Frye shoes are also in the 20% off sale list.

Update - hijacking this post for an update on a super tempting Vince Shawl Collar Leather Jacket on sale for $597 at 40% off.
And I couldn't resist to pick up this Ivanka Trump 'Janie'  Pump from Nordstrom's anniversary sale (ending tonight) in wine patent hoping to match the Chanel m/l flap I have in similar color.
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Original Post:
I have recently found out about Amazon's handbag and shoe collections. The collections are wide ranged and the prices when on sale are unbeatable. Top it with free shipping and free returns, you really don't have much to lose. While browsing through their recent sales, I have found some pretty amazing deals.

Rebecca Minkoff Cupid Tote in Cerulean (Was $495 now $268.23, almost half off, still full price at Nordstrom.)
Rebecca Minkoff Mab Mini Shoulder Bag in Almond (Was $495, now $250.35, again half off almost)
Rebecca Minkoff Mab Shoulder Bag (Was $550, now $217.27, that's 60% off! I love the Baby Blue)
If you are looking for a red bag, I recommend this Rebecca Minkoff Cupid Tote in Persimmon (only 2 in stock, was $495, now $316, almost 40% off) or this Mab Mini Tote for $268.23, was $495.
A white summer clutch? This Rebecca Minkoff MAC Clutch is 31% off (was $295, now $204.65)

Save 25% on wear now summer sandals for women and men. Enter promo code SANDALS2 at checkout for a discount on eligible items sold and shipped by Amazon.com. Selection here.





Today Only: Bloomingdale's Sunday Surprise Sale

Click here for all sales, use code SUNNYSALE. Free shipping on orders of $150 and free returns.

If you missed the sak's sale last time, this is another chance to get the Tory Burch Robinson Double Zip tote. (Sale $402.50 before the extra percentage off). See it on Sydney here.
I love this MICHAEL Michael Kors Wallet - Saffiano Interior Stripe Large in Navy. I bought a smaller version of this since I don't usually carry big wallets with me and love it.
Still looking for a mint colored purse? Look no further. This Rebecca Minkoff Satchel - Jayden is gorgeous.
This beautiful Salvatore Ferragamo Varina Flats in Lava Red (only size 5 left) is on sale for $297.50 before additional discount.
Ivanka Trump Buckled Ankle Booties - Taryn (Orig. $225, now $101.25 before discount). I love the rich Cognac color. Only selective sizes left.
Alex Woo Little Arrow Pendant Necklace (Sale $126). I love Alex Woo series. I got my Leo Pendant a while back and still love it. See it on me here. For all Alex Woo sale jewelry, click here.


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