Category Archives: Shopping

Wishing Wednesday… Anthropologie Tropicalia Maxi Dress

Anthropologie Tropicalia Pleated Maxi Dress $228

Winter has just begun but I am longing for the warmer temperatures and counting down to my tropical vacation in 5 weeks. Here’s to hoping that the dress will be marked down before I depart for my vacation!

Currently Coveting… Jewelry!

I am working on paring down garments in my wardrobe and have put myself on a self-imposed ban. (Although, I did recently add a sweater to my wardrobe but I was replacing another sweater that is worn out.) As such, I have been shopping for jewelry to add to my collection instead. I have since added two bracelets, two rings, and a necklace to my collection!

In my opinion, jewelry is a great way to accessorize and complete an outfit. It is also a great way to add color or a delicate/edgy piece to reflect one’s style. As a person who considers herself to be fairly conservative style-wise, I find jewelry to be a great way to add some sparkle that isn’t screaming for attention. Here are some that I am currently coveting…

  1. Adia Kibur Multi-Stone Necklace $78
  2. Anthropologie Vespero Necklace $58
  3. Ann Taylor Pearlized & Jet Bead Statement Necklace $78 (use code THANKS for 40% off till Nov 26)
  4. Anthropologie Heirloom Cluster Posts $28
  5. Anthropologie Enamel Petal Posts $28
  6. Anthropologie Crystal Collision Posts $48

On a side note, I am selling the YSL ring I have here. I will also have more items up in the coming days as I purge my wardrobe. Do check it out! 🙂

Travel – Fall Vacation: Paris Shopping

I am still in the midst of editing and sorting out most of the pics for Paris, so I thought I’d start with the smallest batch first, which happens to be shopping-related! We arrived early on Friday morning and since we couldn’t check in to the AirBnB apartment that we rented till 2pm, we decided to hit the stores. The apartment owner was however kind enough to let us leave our luggage with him upon arrival and until the apartment was ready for us.

My parents and my sister had previously spent a day in Paris prior to flying into the U.S. so, I was to be brought up to speed by going to the places that they’d already went to. Printemps and Champs-Élysées was where for me to start my first day in Paris. We also went to Rue Saint-Honoré where we paid homage to Hermes, YSL, and Cartier but I didn’t take any pics as it was mostly rainy. In fact, throughout our vacation it was rainy and cold in both New York and Paris! (WARNING: Picture heavy post!)

Printemps Paris Louis Vuitton window

Louis Vuitton Window Display at Printemps

Printemps Chanel window

Chanel Window Display at Printemps

Louis Vuitton Yayoi Kusama Pop-up Store in Printemps

Yayoi Kusama Louis Vuitton Pop-up Store in Printemps Paris

Yayoi Kusama Louis Vuitton Pop-up Store Printemps Paris

Yayoi Kusama Louis Vuitton Pop-up Store Printemps Paris

Yayoi Kusama Louis Vuitton Pop-up Store Printemps Paris

Yayoi Kusama Louis Vuitton collaboration Pop-up Store in Printemps

101 Champs de Elysee Louis Vuitton Flagship Store

Louis Vuitton Paris Flagship Store Avenue de Champs Elysees

Louis Vuitton Paris Flagship Store Avenue de Champs Elysees

Yayoi Kusama Louis Vuitton Window Display Paris Flagship Store

Yayoi Kusama’s model looked eerily real!

It was a day of window-shopping for me while my sister walked out of YSL with the bag that she’d been coveting for almost two years, the Muse II. Also, looking back at these pics, it’s somewhat ironic that I have whole bunch of pics of LV when I do not covet any of their items with the exception of a few items from the Sofia Coppola collection!

In any case, I will post more on Paris as soon as I have more pics sorted and edited. Have a great week ahead! 🙂

J Crew Giraffe Charm Necklace

While I’m on a self-imposed clothing ban, I have been shopping for accessories instead and I bought the J Crew Giraffe charm necklace during the Columbus Day sale at Leesburg Corner Premium Outlets while my family was here visiting. I had previously spotted the necklace when I was there with a friend back in June as I helped her shop for work outfits. I didn’t buy it then as I didn’t think it was worth shelling more than $20 for the necklace (retail price $24.50). My friend however bought the Elephant charm necklace!

Fast forward to Columbus Day weekend, all the stores were having sale and it was 25% off all jewelry at the store. That meant it was less than $20 and I gladly bought the necklace! (Yes, I’m a little weird as I set caps on categories of items and for the most part refuse to pay more than my cap budget.)

Without further ado, here’s the adorable giraffe…

J Crew Factory Enamel Giraffe Charm Necklace

Close-up details of the J Crew Factory Giraffe Charm Necklace

J Crew Factory Giraffe Charm Necklace

J Crew Factory Giraffe Charm Necklace $14.50

The adorable necklace comes with a small dust bag. Although the necklace is cheaper online, there is a shipping charge of $4.95. However if you don’t have a factory outlet near you, your best bet would be to order online unless you reside outside of North America whereby eBay would be your best bet instead.

I have worn this necklace numerous times and have received many compliments on it. By far the necklace looks brand new and I guess time will tell if  the gold plating will tarnish or fade. For now, I’m happy with my purchase!

Also, to give a back story as to why I adore this necklace (or more accurately why I adore giraffes), I was nicknamed as one since primary school (elementary school). I was always one of the tallest in class, if not the tallest, thus my friends promptly nicknamed me giraffe. I’ve since have an affinity for it! Heh.

Do you have a particular animal/creature that you have an affinity for? Kindly share!

Kate Spade Bow Rings

As mentioned in my previous post, I may or may not have bought one or more of the accessories that I posted about!

Well, I purchased both the Kate Spade bow rings, the Love Notes and the Skinny Mini during their recent Friends & Family sale for 30% off retail. (I didn’t get a chance to post about it sooner.) I had been eyeing the Love Notes Bow Ring for a while but couldn’t quite justify the retail price, thus I was pleased to received an email from Kate Spade notifying me of their F&F sale! I promptly added the item to my cart and decided to add the Skinny Mini Bow Ring as well for comparison and here’s how nicely it was packaged when it arrived.

Kate Spade packaging

Colorful packaging accompanied by a card

Thank You card from the President & CEO of Kate Spade, Deborah Llyod

Kate Spade boxes

Kate Spade boxes

The pretty boxes for the rings

Here are the rings worn…

Kate Spade Love Notes Bow Ring

Kate Spade Love Notes Bow Ring $48

Kate Spade Skinny Mini Bow Ring

Kate Spade Skinny Mini Bow Ring $48

So, which did I end up with? Although I was leaning towards the Love Notes Bow Ring, I ended up keeping the Skinny Mini Bow Ring instead. It was a difficult decision for me on which to keep as both were pretty in their own right but in the end, the Skinny Mini won! While the the Love Notes Bow Ring was matchy-matchy with my gold bow earrings, G pointed out that it would more likely get caught in things as it had a higher setting than the Skinny Mini Bow Ring. Also the few people that I asked pointed out that they like the Skinny Mini Bow Ring better as the bow was more pronounced; all of which were good points that I ended up keeping the Skinny Mini Bow Ring!

I have to add that returning the Love Notes Bow Ring in the store was a breeze. The sales associate gave me a strip of receipt from the online order receipt and attached a slip that stated the item was received in the store. Apparently they ship orders back to the online warehouse (wherever that is) and returns are processed through them. I was told that it would take 3 to 5 days for the return to be processed. It’s the fifth day today but I have yet to see a credit on my statement but I’ll give it a week since Frackenstorm Sandy created delays in shipping.

In short, I’m pleased with my online purchase from Kate Spade and wouldn’t hesitate to purchase from them again!

**Update: I received a credit back for the ring on my credit card statement today. So, just an extra day**