Tuesday, July 28, 2015

What's in My Mind - Europe Travel links, $99 flight to Paris

Burberry Brit Dalesbury Quilted Down Jacket 50% off in Bright Military Red.
Burberry Brit Cornsdale Channel Quilt Qown Jacket with Hood in black. $596.25

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Hello my lovely readers! I decided to do an experimental random thoughts update post to talk about ... stuff.  Not just fashion, clothes, sales, but things that I have experienced in my life, things that have helped me in any way, things that I care about, things that I learned, etc.  The reason I was contemplating this was because when I learned something cool I always thought, wow, wish I knew this earlier. So I thought, why not share it on the blog so others can benefit too.  So here we go, in no particular order.

1. This video cracked me up! How to be instagram famous.  I stumbled across it earlier today.  How many of you can relate? :)

2. Due to the low euro this year, lots of people from the US decided to take vacations to Europe. I have since read so many blog posts that are just phenomenal.  Dogeared here for reference. 
-- EuroTrip: London, Paris, Venice, Rome.  Great coverage of her impression of the 4 cities by my friend Cee.  Very clever and useful overview.
-- Packing for an European Spring Vacation. Again by Cee. I'll sure be referencing it when I need to pack for my Paris trip in October. Well, probably quite different weather wise,
-- European VAT refund + US Customs - great capture of the experience. I felt had lived through it. Thanks, Cee. Global BlueVAT refund calculator.
-- Another set of packing posts by Sydney: part I, Part II, Part III. Her shopping and VAT refund experience in Paris/Rome.
-- When In Paris and When In Rome - travel posts by Sydney.  Beautiful pictures!
-- I love this article about Parisians and sneakers and this post that gives you a seasonal run down for Paris. Other countries are linked too.

3. Recently I have been addicted to a new blog I found that posts ways to save money on travel. I have this post to thank for for booking an unreal priced trip to Paris in October. ~$350 per person for round trip fare from Boston to Paris via Iceland. Bryan and I decided to treat ourselves an anniversary gift - 17 years.

4. Japanese coffee house chain Ogawa opened its first international store in Boston. I've heard so many good things about it. Next time I'm in town, I will sure give it a try. Just look at the latte art ... 

5. I am done with my Nordstrom Anniversary shopping. Here's a list of items I purchased and kept. Some items are already sold out, but I'm linking in case it pops back up again. Prices go back up Monday, August 3. 
-- Tory Burch 54mm Polarized Cat Eye Sunglasses. Got both black and spotty tortoise, and keeping the black. Even though they are the same style, the black and the tortoise fit differently. For me, the black is a clear winner for both look and fit.
-- Onyx Half d'Orsay Pointy Toe Pump in Leopard.  I sized down half a size for this one. on me here.
-- Onyx Half d'Orsay Pointy Toe Pump in Moss green Suede. I took my usual size (size 6). Need heel grip. 
-- Olson Pointy Toe Studded T-Strap Flat in pale pink leather. I got a size 5.5 (sized down half size) and decided to wait for the waitlisted size 6 to come before deciding which size to keep.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Sale Alert: 18 Hour Sale @Ann Taylor - 40% off New Arrivals and Almost Everything Else

Mary Sol 'Collins' Woven Tote on sale for 40% off. Now only $69.  Great beach tote.  See it on Jean here. On Annie here. On Katie here.
Caslon Stripe Side Zip Top (4 colors) on sale for 40% off. Now only $28.8.


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Note that this sale only last till tomorrow Friday at noon. Use code SALE40.

I love the "Dark Ruby" collection by Ann Taylor.I just adore this saturated color. Looks great for all skin tones, but extremely flattering against pale skin. 

Lace Shift Dress $139 (on sale $55.6) and Suede Crossbody Saddle Bag $118 (on sale $70.8)
Lace Full Skirt $98 (on sale $58.8)
Full Skirt $89 (on sale $53.4)
Crepe Zip Back Tank $59.5 (on sale $35.7)
Kim Cutout Suede Heels in Aurora Red $128 (on sale $76.8)
Lacy Ponte Sheath Dress $139 (on sale $83.4)
Essex Drawstring Suede Crossbody Bag $118 (on sale $70.8)
Are you shopping this sale?

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Last Day : Bloomingdale's Buy More Save More Event

Bloomingdale's is running a 2-day summer break event. Buy more save more. Up to 30% off with some exceptions.  Code HEATWAVE.
The Tory Burch bags includes in the sale event. I love the Robinson micro double zip tote and the Perry tote.

To my surprise, the Stuart Weitzman shoes are also included in this sale. My picks include:
-- SW Ankle Strap Sandals - Nudistsong
-- SW OTK boots - 5050 stretch suede in 5 colors - Olivia Palermo's love. Size down half a size.
-- SW OTK boots - 5050 in black - size down half size
-- SW OTK boots - Reserve
-- SW Platform Wedge Pumps - Corkswoon (Kate's love) - size down half a size


Sale Alert: Madewell 40% off Sale Items and Free Shipping

This is one of the best sales I've seen on Madewell online.  Free shipping with no minimum purchase and 40% extra off on sale items with EXTRA40.

I've recently picked up this setlist pullover top in stripe in store and love it. The fabric is heavy so you can wear it into fall. Very nice looking neckline. The color is amazing too.  I picked up the xs in store and felt that it was the right amount of slouchiness on me.  It shrank a bit after wash.  The shirt length in the back is longer than front, which makes it easier to wear leggings. Highly recommend.
I also picked up the les îles de la société tee in xs. Nice soft cotton tee with nautical vibe.

My other picks:
Birkenstock Madrid Eva Sandals - runs big
Kimono romper - only $30 after discount. So cute.
Legging jeans in arctic blue - $24 after discount. Was $98.5. Highly rated. 
the mccarren tote in desert camel - $60 for a real leather tote. adjustable strap. 

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Ann Taylor New Arrivals - Dark Ruby

30% off Full price tops with code TOPS30 (expires 7/20)

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Ann Taylor updated its website today with some exciting new arrivals that screams "fall".  Lots of deep wine color pieces that are code named "Dark Ruby".  I just adore this saturated color. Looks great for all skin tones, but extremely flattering against pale skin. 

Lace Shift Dress $139 and Suede Crossbody Saddle Bag $118
Lace Full Skirt $98
Full Skirt $89
Crepe Zip Back Tank $59.5 (30% off with TOPS30)
Kim Cutout Suede Heels in Aurora Red $128
Lacy Ponte Sheath Dress $139
Essex Drawstring Suede Crossbody Bag $118
Don't you love this collection?


Sale Alert: Ends today - Neiman Marcus GC promotion

Today is the last day of Neiman Marcus's short Gift Card promotion. So if you have something in mind that never goes on sale, here's a chance to head over and check it out.

Spend $200, get $50 in GC, spend $500, get $125 GC, spend $1000, get $250 GC, spend $2000, get $500 GC.

A friend of mine has been eyeing the Dior So Real Brow Bar Sunglasses for a while. It was made famous by Rihanna. The sunglasses sells very well, and is often excluded from any promotion. Not this time.
You can get it in many different colors - black, silver, and dark blue (currently in pre-order).

Another item to consider is the Hunter Boots in the color and style you want. For example the original tour (packable) in Military Red

If you are looking for a classic Burberry Trench in the colors and styles that never goes on sale - think Sandringham or Kensington, then do consider your investment now.  Here are some Honey colored versions here, here, and here.

Monday, July 13, 2015

J.Crew 30% off purchase and 40% off all clearance items

Tuesday update:
Burberry Brit Hawkesdale Belted Quilted Jacket 50% off (was $750, now $375) If you a size small in Burberry, don't hesitate to pick it up!

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Found this petite 00 Majesty Peacoat in dark bone this morning on sale for $78. use code GOSHOPPING.  I love this coat. Own the gray color and wear it constantly. This is a great price. See on Annie here.
The Refined Silk-Cashmere Wrap is 30% off in 5 colors. Very good reviews, and the picturesque pink is almost sold out.
Japanese Poplin Swing Trench Coat - All sizes are restocked. I can't believe how versatile a swing short trench is. I picked up the Banana Republic version a month ago (now on sale for $139.99 and 30% off with BRCARD) and was wearing it a lot during the weird cold spell during our early summer days. For reference I took an xxsp.
Also @J.Crew Factory today, extra 40% off and Free shipping with code FUNTIMES. I picked up the wedges for my daughter. We have a 3 year old pair (same exact design) and she would not wear anything else in the summer but these wedges. I have to say they are pretty comfy and add an inch and a half to your height if you need it. :)



Sunday, July 12, 2015

Last Day: Bloomingdale's 25% Off Regular and Sale Price Items for Loyallist

Don't miss this opportunity for 25% off (if you use Bloomingdale's card) or 20% off (if you don't). You need to be a Loyallist to enjoy the savings. Becoming one is easy. And it's free. Click here to join.
Here are some nice picks for you to consider:

If you haven't pulled the trigger to own a Rebecca Minkoff Love crossbody yet, here's an opportunity for you. Comes in 8 different colors! I own 2. Yes, I love it that much! I like to use it for travel, since it has an outer pocket for cell phone and other misc items (like boarding pass and driver's license) that you just want to stick somewhere quick without having to fumble through your turnlock or zipper. See petro color on my here.

Here's a cute tote for the summer by Kate Spade. Already on sale for $138.6. extra 25% off at check out.
Bric's Bellagio 27" Spinner Trunk and matching Bojola 18" Duffel in cream. See it on Jean here.



Saturday, July 11, 2015

2015 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Presale - My picks

Nordstrom's Anniversary sale never fails to excite me, every year. This year is no different. It's an opportunity to browse this falls new design, AND pick up some new things at a discount. It's not a seasonal clearance, rather a look-forward sale. Prices go back after the sale. 
Presale started on Thursday (7/9-7/16) while I was out in California for a work trip. I was too busy to do any browsing, so I couldn't wait this morning to look through some of their selections.  You can only purchase presale items if you are a nordstrom card holder, but you are able to see the sale price now. Put them in the shopping card now and pull the trigger on the 17th if you are not a card holder and would rather not apply for a card. You do run the risk of the items selling out if it happens to be a hot one. I'm already starting to see sizes selling out and backordered.

So here are some of the picks this year. Happy shopping.

Movado 'Bold' Round Patent Leather strap Watch, 25mm - simple and elegant, that's the Movado style.
Halogen Cashmere Travel Wrap in 5 color ways. Resembles White + Warren travel wrap that costs 3x.
Halogen Tencel Denim shirt (3 colors, in petites)
Halogen Lace Pencil skirt (2 colors, in petites)

Thread & Supply Double Breasted Peacoat (Only $37.9) in Charcoal and 4 other colors


This is not part of the anniversary sale, but it's 40% off, and I love it. runs big, so size down.
Halogen 'Olson' Pointy Toe Studded T-strap Flat (for me it's tts, but if you have narrow feet, size half size down)

Sam Edelman Onyx Half d'Orsay Pointy Toe Pump in leopard and 6 other colors


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