Category Archives: Shopping

Jewelmint Rave


Soleil Bracelet


Poseidon Necklace


Midnight Ring


Message in A Bottle Necklace


Lovers Lock & Key Necklace


Starburst Ring

I did not want to join Jewelmint out of fear that I would be sucked into a membership that I could not leave. Not because I didn’t like it, because all the pieces are too enticing! Over New Year’s holiday, I debated over how a membership with Jewelmint is beneficial or not. Its collection is beautiful! The pieces are dazzling and each with a unique quality to it.

When I received the pieces, I was really pleased to see a significant weight and rather larger than pictured. I purchased a Wondermint deal which was 2 Mystery Bestselling jewelry. I received the Soleil Bracelet and the Poseidon Necklace. At first look, the Poseidon looked chunky. I was surprised that it was the piece I kept grabbing day in and day out. It has a gem like surface that reflects different colors and seems to go with everything I own.

The next piece I gravitated towards was the Message in a Bottle. It is so cute and actually opens. You can close the lid and latch it tight. It is hollow so if you want to write a little note, it will probably fit.

I love the rings I got: Midnight and Starburst. However, the ring I got is a 6 for both – smallest that Jewelmint has. Both were too large for me. I don’t want to return because both are so me. I might have to resize or put some cushion so the rings won’t slide off my finger.

I also received a $30 off coupon to Shoemint, which I promptly used.

Overall. I love the pieces and I just checked out February’s showroom. There are some to die for jewelry.

My picks for February are:

Empress Necklace


Cameo Ring


Carnaby Bracelet

Any pieces from Jewelmint have become your best friend?

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Bitten By Chanel

I am officially a Chanel owner! I had been looking for a Chanel bag since November 2011 when I heard of Chanel’s price increase in early 2012. Considering that Chanel increase almost 20% twice in 2011, I find it heart stoppingly frightening of another 15-20% increase. Unfortunately, what I was looking for, Chanel Classic Flap Medium in Black Caviar, was sold out! I did not want my first Chanel purchase to be used and of questionable authenticated.

I found out Bloomingdales was offering 15% off any items purchased within 48 hours with a credit approval. However, no one had what I was looking for. Until a SA from Chanel at South Coast Plaza Bloomingdales mentioned that she only had 1 Classic Flap left in Jumbo and it was in a turquoise color. A picture she sent to me took my breath away. It was lovely and colorful. Blue has always been my favorite color and I was happy to the point that I was dreaming about it day and night.

I made my purchase.

Until Christmas came around, and my husband surprised me with my Chanel Classic Flap in Medium Caviar – my first choice. How he gotten it when everywhere was sold out. He went to the boutique and purchased the display.

We will be paying these two purses off for the next couple of years! But it’s well worth it.

Back At Target: Missoni for Less

Tops: Missoni Crepe Blouse @ Target, J. Crew Honeycomb in Acorn
Bottom: Citizen of Humanity Flare Ingrid Jeans
Shoes: Naturalizer Bates Bootie

The weather became drastically cold, bearing down to mid 40s. It has been raining and outside has been cloudy, dreary, and moody. That’s what is so different about my outfit. I love the pop of color the Missoni blouse brings to the outfit. I am wearing a XS in the blouse. It fits great however after moving around, its length is a bit short and also the arm length is a tad short. I prefer longer sleeves and a longer length for my shirts. Not a big deal and it’s hardly noticeable.

Target’s Missoni line has been MIA for a quite a while. I was surprised to see it come back after New Years. I assume it was long gone. On this Target.com shopping spree, I managed to pick up the line’s floppy hat, scarf, the zig zag dress (XL in girls sizing – cheapers by $20 compared to Women’s sizing!), and 2 blouses.

While shopping, many Missoni items were still MIA however 4 nights ago, many items popped back up.

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Review: Hot Pink Scala Pumps from ASOS

ASOS SCALA Court Shoe

I noticed these pumps a while back when I was trying to find a cheaper version of J.Crew’s Mona Suede Pumps in a similar Berry color. At $45.45 and free shipping, these ASOS Scala Pumps were a steal! I was pretty excited to get them.

My excitement waned when I looked at the shoes. Very poorly made. As you see in the inset picture above, one of the heels are not aligned with the base. Upon further examination, the shoes looked like they were made out of cardboard. It felt like cardboard too. At a heel height of 4″, I was afraid these shoes might not support my weight.

This shoe will be returned.

Banana Republic Factory Fitting Room Outfits – Part 2


My armful of clothing to the fitting also included this beautiful Faux Wrapped Dress. The material is stretchy and drapes like a wrapped dress but it really doesn’t. The wrapped dress look is great for hiding tummies and it also accentuates the waistline.

What I did not like about the dress was the deep V neck. Also the drape does not align with the hem of the dress. So you can see the inch or two of fabric dips below the hemline. That is one of my pet peeves.

I picked up this white creamy skirt. Straight cut with side pockets that I thought would not look good with my body. But I think the cut proved that it fits very well.

Another thumbs up is the striped sweater with metallic ribbons. The thin stripes totally makes my chest look ample and highlighted my waist along with the contrasting white skirt.


This Aline pleated skirt caught my eye because it looked like the Tibi Normandy skirt I had really wanted but couldn’t afford. The Banana Republic version featured a shorter length skirt opposed to the midi style of the Tibi skirt. The BR skirt had a brown floral against black while Tibi skirt was light brown against navy.

This skirt also went well with the stripes sweater. I was very pleased with my shopping success. What surprised me was the abundance selection in the petites section. I am 5’6″ not considered Petite but somehow the petite sizing works with my body. I was always frustrated that Regular Banana Republic sizing was so frumpy on me. I believe now I would shop more in the petites section.

I did not purchase anything from this shopping excursion, due to a crying baby. My little Emma decided to get cranky so I had to put off my purchase. I will be going to Biloxi, MS soon and I know the BR outlet there is a really good one. Hopefully there will be better pricing.

Banana Republic Factory Fitting Room Outfits Part 1

Banana Republic Factory was having 40% off (aren’t they always saying that?). I stopped by with my husband. He wanted to see if there was anything he liked. While he was perusing, I did a mad dash with an armful of clothing. It looked like I hit the jackpot.

While in the petite section, I noticed this straight cut sheath dress with a stretchy fabric. Unfortunately though my mind liked, my body did not like. It was very dull with no shape front or back. It resembled my maternity wear for some reason.

Wow! I love this sheath dress in tweed. Classic shape with a fitted belt at my waist to define it. This was a size 6 petite. Love the length and the arm holes fit with no gaps.

The backside looks fabulous too. I can wear to work, lunch meeting, PTA meetings, kids’ recitals, etc. I think this would be a great addition to my wardrobe.

My my my. I’m on a roll. This is a great fitting trench. The length of the sleeves are great. It has deep pockets which I like. And the belt sits right on my waist.

This is another one I would like to have on my wish list. Back view looks really good. Overall I’m happy with the tweed dress and the black trench.

Stay tune for Part 2 of the Banana Republic outfits.

Review: Ann Taylor Kamela Lizard Stamped Leather Wedges

Shoes: Ann Taylor Kamela Lizard Stamped Leather Wedges

First of all, sorry for the awful picture quality. I don’t know why the first one was good but subsequent pictures did not turn out as well.

The wedges were bought during Ann Taylor’s insane 50% off everything on Cyber Monday. I also bought a pair of the Perfect Pumps. So happy to get them at 50% off retail with Free Shipping. Originally the wedges are $178.00 – 50% off = $89.00. It features a rounded toe, leather padded inner sole, and a 3 inch heel. I wanted a new pair of wedges to replace my Banana Republic ones that I have for over 5 years now. My Banana Republic Wedges are starting to wear at the heel. I found that the wedge is chipping at the sole. I had also been eying the Christian Louboutin Ron Ron Zeppa 85mm Wedges but it’s priced at $695.00.

I was super estactic when I received it. That sentiment changed when I opened the box. I have been an Ann Taylor shopper for 3 years. I have never received an item in such a bad display. The shoe box looked new, but when I opened it, everything was in disarray. The shoes had no stuffing inside but was sitting on a pile of shoe stuffing that was torn and it was a mess. I knew I received someone’s return. That was confirmed when I checked the bottom of the shoes. It had granules of dirt. Not much but they were there.

Still hopefull, I tried on the shoe. The size 7 1/2 fit perfectly on me. The leather sole felt amazing. Unfortunately the sole was loose in one shoe. It was already peeling off the footbed! I was saddened to see that I did not receive a product in pristine condition.

Regarding comfort, I was somewhat please. There is enough cushioning for my picky feet. However, there was no arch support. After a couple of minutes, I began to feel my arch being strained. I guess everyone knows my verdict: It’s going back. I will probably wait for the next sale or save enough to get the Christian Louboutins. Hopefully I get lucky and find something more affordable.

Would you keep this shoe if you received it in this condition?

J. Crew Factory Fitting Room Outfits

I have been obsessed with finding something at J. Crew. I think because the last time I shopped at J. Crew I found a coral button down shirt that is now a basic necessity in my wardrobe. You can see how I styled it during Thanksgiving here.

After walking around for 20 minutes, I decided to try on a couple of items.

This coat is a size 2 Regular. It fits very nicely. Not too snug, not too loose. But looking at the color, it was very gloomy. I was wanting a more vibrant colored coat. Electric blue, royal purple or even a coral red. None were available. It was a very bare J. Crew Factory store. Most items were repeatedly displayed. There were many sale racks however, more mediums – xx large sizes. I find it odd how I fit a size 4-6 in majority of brands, but I’m a 2 in J. Crew. I don’t like how J. Crew plays with my mind like that.

Next, I took a page from Wendy’s Lookbook. Her Layering Video was amazing (View here), so I decided to layer beyond my comfort zone. I layered using a blue camp shirt, a black/white checkered shirt with a field jacket layered over. A very different look eh?

I was hoping for a more pulled together edgy look with all the layers, but that didn’t happen. I look more rough and bikerly. I put the field jacket back but decided to purchase the camp shirt and the checkered shirt. I think I can work with these two pieces in various ways.

Anyone pick up something interesting?

On The Hunt: The Leather Jacket

I always wanted a leather jacket. I think leather jackets are sexy, but also useful. I have only owned peacoats and other ladylike coats. I want something different now.

Mackage Rib Trimmed Leather Jacket

I have my eye on a Mackage Ribbed Leather Jacket. It is in the right price range I was searching for. However, my main concern with leather jackets is how I would look with it on. I am afraid that a leather jacket will overwhelm my body.

I am also thinking of purchasing just to try out the fit:

MICHAEL Michael Kors Hooded Leather Jacket

Mackage Zelda Leather Jacket

MICHAEL Michael Kors Asymmetric-Zip Scuba Jacket

What do you look for in a coat?

Research Your Retailers and Have A Plan of Action- Survive the Shopping Madness

IFB Project #23 asked one need to do to survive the most anticipated shopping season. Everyone has their go to tips, guides and even deals. Mine – research and plan.

1. Keep a log.
I utilize an Excel spreadsheet to keep track of the sales and specials throughout the year. This helps me keep track of ongoing promotions from my favorite retailers. Every retailers rehash their game plan of promos, sales, and codes during the same time of the year.

For example: Ann Taylor Loft
When a new collection comes out, Loft tends to promote by offering 20% off everything, 25% off if you use your Loft Card. About 1 month into it, Loft will have a special of 30%, then later in the season, 40% off. During the early season collection, Loft usually offers $25 Loft Promo Cards for redemption off your next purchase. * Loft amped up this Black Friday with 50% off in Store, and 50% off for Cyber Monday. It was expected because just a couple of days before Thanksgiving, Loft was already having a 40% off sale.

2. Research Online.
This Black Friday, for the first time, I shopped at Talbots.com. Oh, I visited the site on and off throughout the years, but never found anything I wanted. I rather shop at Loft which is a bit more younger, and trendier. Well I didn’t know much of Talbots.com sales outline, so I went online typed in a search engine “Talbots Black Friday 2010.” I wanted to see what Talbots.com specials for last year and I could keep going back further and further. What I noticed is that Talbots usually have a 30% off during Thanksgiving, online and in store. Every year, on Black Friday, Talbots would have a 50% off One Full Priced Item in store only. Then on Cyber Monday, have that same deal online only.

It made figure out my strategy to either split up my order or to wait. I ended up using the 30% off because I got free shipping for $100 or more. The 50% off 1 item didn’t appeal to me because it’s only on 1 item. I saved more on my overall purchase.

3. Scope Out the Merchandise.
I went online to Jcrew.com and already added the clothes I wanted to my shopping cart. Many retailers store your cart so you don’t have to readd items and forget something you should have bought. I also kept notes on Excel regarding what I expected to buy and where. This helped me budget.

4. Sometimes it’s best to wait.
And I waited for the Cyber Monday sale. I knew from previous years J. Crew only has the 25% off and get free shipping on $150 or more. Well Ebates.com (referal) had a great Cyber Monday special. Instead of earning 4% back at J. Crew, they upped it to 10% cash back. Amazing deal.

Any other tips you would like to share?