August 19, 2014

Wallet Reveal!

Remember when I posted here about wallet hunting? True to my impatient nature, I dragged Mr. Dubs to Louis Vuitton to pick up a new one this weekend! Surprise surprise- I went with one that's not only not on the list, but in a completely different style.

Ta-dah! I wasn't kidding when I said that I went for something that was completely off the list!


Monogram Empreinte





I completely fell in love with the soft leather and the imprinted monogram. It's so different from the other LV wallets that I own. My only gripe with this wallet is the bill compartment. I've always disliked compartments that run all the way down to the bottom of the wallet. It makes it hard to look for bills. I guess this makes it more versatile as far as what could fit in that compartment.

Another thing that I love about this wallet is it's compact size. I was initially looking for an envelope style wallet, but found that they were all gigantic. The Compact Curieuse is big enough to hold everything I need, but small enough to go into my smallest bags like the my Favorite PM and RM Mini Mac.The color is a bold choice for me, but it makes it so easy to find in a bigger bag.

Happy Tuesday!

August 12, 2014

OTR: Bey + Jay

When I heard that Queen Bey and Jay Z will be coming to SF, I knew I had to go see them. I saw Beyonce earlier this year and she was amazing. She put on such a great show and she looked and sounded #flawless.

Even though Beyonce was perfection, I couldn't help but feel that they lacked chemistry during the show. It was almost as if I was watching two concerts. I really hope that this is no indication to the divorce/cheating rumors. :(

Either way, the show was so awesome that I almost went back for a second night!

*I apologize for not taking too many pictures, I was honestly so caught up with the concert that I didn't think to capture more photos.




Here's my FOTD for the concert. I took this opportunity to wear a dark plum lipstick, something that I very rarely will do. In case you're wondering, this color is called Cyber from MAC.


Unfortunately, San Francisco was the last stop for North America for the On the Run tour. However, if you're in Europe, Queen Bey and her mister will be heading there in September!

August 10, 2014

Hairy Situation

I've always been known for my thick, wild and unruly hair. Don't believe me? Ask my middle school friends to describe me and I bet you that 9/10 would say my puffy hair!

Last August, I woke up with hair so bad that I decided to chop it all off. The results were mediocre and a year later, my hair grew right back to where it was. (On the plus side, my hair grows like wild weeds. I seriously need a hair cut every 2-3 months!)

Before I get into my latest hair venture, I just wanted to share a few hair products that helps with taming my hair.

1. The Wet Brush - I got this in my monthly PopSugar Must Have box. I'm not sure what's the deal, but somehow this brush can magically brush through my wet hair like no other brushes!

2. Organix Light Penetrating Moroccan Argan Oil -  Before finding this oil, I've tried a plethora of oils including MoroccanOil. I've always found that the other oils tend to weight my hair down and flatten it out. This oil is amazing. A little goes a long way and I've never hair issues with it making my hair flat.

3. Tangle Teezer - I gave this bug-like brush a try because it's been all over the blogosphere. If you don't have one, I suggest you to go buy one ASAP. This little sucker can get all the tangles out, no matter how horrifying!

4. It's a 10 Miracle Leave in Conditioner - I've actually started using the It's a 10 line of hair products and though it is on the ultra pricey side, it works wonders. If the rest of the line is too pricey for you, I'd suggest giving the leave in conditioner a try.
Hair Products I Love
I had this post in my drafts for the past week and before I could even finish it, I've already done it again and chopped off 10inches of hair! Shoulder length hair seems to be the trend right now and I've been dying to give it another try.

Here's what my hair looked like before I went in for the kill.
The end results! So far, I'm loving it. My head feels like it's 10lbs lighter and it seems to be much more manageable. This will probably the last time I chop off my hair like this in a while. I have a few wedding obligations going on next year and long hair just looks so much better in weddings. 


So there you have it, my hair story. What are some of your favorite hair products?


August 04, 2014

A Girly Girl's Guide to Car Shopping


*Disclaimer: I am in no way an expert on cars or shopping for cars. I just thought I'd share my experience!

 

Four years ago, I bought my very first grown up car. By grown up car, I meant a car that I selected and paid for on my own. Now, Foxy, my trusty '08 Civic was extremely reliable even when I constantly leave her headlights on. However, after a string of small unfortunate events, my side mirror getting hit twice and car battery dying, I decided it was time for a new ride. 


Four years ago, my only requirements were a moon roof and navigation (lol), but perhaps I've gotten wiser in my days.

Here are my requirements this time around:
  • A car compact enough to fit in the residential spots in San Francisco
  • Something eco-friendly. I wanted to do my part to save Mother Earth
  • A hatchback trunk 
  • Safety
  • Awesome interior with functional compartments and technology 
Here are my top choices. Thanks to the rule of deduction, I was able to narrow down to my perfect car. Here's how I was able to eliminate the other three.


Mini Cooper 
Ever since I can remember, I've wanted a Mini so badly. In fact, for brief period in time, I had driven a "Mini"-- minivan that is!

Reasons for elimination:
  1.  Not eco-friendly. Though it's not exactly a gas guzzler, it takes premium gas. So maybe the better term is that it wouldn't be pocket friendly either!
  2. Two-door body style. Since my Civic was a coupe, I was hoping to change things up with a 4-door car.
  3. Reliability. I've heard way too many horror stories about minis breaking down after a few years.

Fiat 500
In my mind, the Fiat 500 is the less attractive version of the Mini, but an ideal city car. Not only because it's gas efficient, but finding a parking spot would be a breeze.

Reasons for elimination:
  1.  Since the car is so teeny and light, it'll likely be blown back and forth during rain storms in SF. Since rainy season for us lasts for a few months a year, not sure if this is the right pick.
Toyota Prius
I absolutely loved the Prius when I had taken it for a test drive years ago. It gets great gas mileage and the cabin is comfortable and roomy.

Reasons for elimination:
  1. I took it's sexier sister, the CT 200h, for a drive and fell in love.
  2. Power. I'm not a speed car racer, but I wasn't exactly a fan of how slowly the Prius accelerated.
Lexus CT200h
Last but not least, the Lexus CT200h. If you haven't already guessed, this is the ultimate car that I went home with. The reason why I call this the sister car to the Prius is because they share the same motor. I'm still not a fan of how slowly it accelerates, but I've come to terms with it. I guess that's just one of things about owning a Hybrid. Guess that's the downside of getting 41 miles/gallon!

After my test drive, I was in love. I mean, it's a Lexus and feels like a Lexus, what's not to love? I had originally doubted that the CT would be in my price range, but luckily, I did my homework and got myself a pretty sweet deal.

Here's what I love about the CT.
  1.  I get 41 miles/gallon and it runs on regular gas
  2. The cabin is spacious and luxurious
  3. The back up camera is God's gift for those who cannot parallel park
If you're considering the CT, here are a few things to look out for.
  1. The visibility. There are two pretty big blind spots on the back that takes some getting used to.
  2. Navigation. Although it's definitely a high tech car, the navigation isn't touch screen and uses a joy stick. While it's design is ergonomic, I still prefer a touch screen system. 
  3. Trunk space. Yes, it's a hatch back, but I was disappointed to find that the trunk space is still limited.
Meet Fiona, Fifi for short!


If you're in the market for a new car, here are some tips from my experience!
  1. Do your research! It helps to get an idea of the out-the-door price that other people were able to get. Also, keep an eye out for certain special events happening at dealerships.
  2. Give yourself options. I was so sure that I was going to go with a Mini for so long, but the idea of filling up a tank of premium gas was too much for me. So I widened up my options. 
  3. Don't walk in to a dealership with a stubborn mind of walking out with a car the same day. If it's not in your budget, it's better to walk away!
What are some tips you've learned from car shopping?

July 28, 2014

Wallet Hunting

I know there are some of us out there who doesn't believe in spending on a luxury brand when it comes to wallets, but I'm actually quite the opposite. I feel that a good wallet is the key to keeping an organized purse.

I've been using my little Tory Burch Robinson Coin Case for the past couple of years, but since I'm gearing up for some traveling in the next couple months, I think it's time to switch things up to a long wallet. I've always preferred envelope style wallets over zippy ones because they tend to be a bit on the slimmer end. Lucky for me, envelope style seems to be in right now, and there are quite a few good ones to choose from.

Here are my top picks for envelope wallets. I'll update with a review once I find my perfect one!

What's your go to travel wallet?

Wallet Hunting


Canvas wallet
louisvuitton.com


Burberry wallet
saksfifthavenue.com


Prada wallet
prada.com


Rebecca Minkoff snap bag
bloomingdales.com


Coach red wallet
coach.com

July 23, 2014

Dirty Bass: Frends Headphones & Earbuds Review

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One of my many guilty pleasures in life is turning up my music, specifically the bass, and just jamming out. In fact, I've suffered many embarrassing encounters with making eye contact with neighboring cars while rocking out in my own.

I've been on a hunt for some headphones for quite some time now, but I couldn't get myself to buy a pair of giant retro looking headphones. (No offense to everyone out there who has them) I wanted something that could give me comfort, quality sound and still look fashionable.

Here are my reviews on Frend's over-the-ear headphones and earbuds!

Frends: Taylor

It was love at first sight with these gorgeous rose gold Taylor headphones by Frends. It's such a show stopper! I wear these religiously in the office and I still get compliments daily.

These headphones are not only gorgeous, but they can hold their own with the sound quality as well. On top of that, it folds up neatly into a little protective pouch. 

I was initially reluctant to take these babies to the gym because I was intimidated by the white leather. Since then, I've learned that I could prevent staining by wiping them down after each use. 





PROS
+ Gorgeous
+ Gorgeous
+ Gorgeous
+ Quality sound and noise cancelling
+ Comfortable 
+ Compact and super portable

CONS
- Steep pricing ($199.99)
- Tight headband, but this was fixed after a few wear
- WHITE leather on the headband and the over-the-ear padding

Personally, I think they're totally worth it. It helps keep me laser focused at work and in the gym. Just make sure you remember to wipe them down if you wear them to the gym! 

They're no longer selling these rose gold ones at Nordies, but this pretty patterned one is on sale right now!

Frends: Ella

Coincidentally, a couple of weeks after I bought my new over-the-ear headphones, Mr. Dubs' rotten kitten decides to chew up my earbuds! While running short distance isn't so bad with the Taylors, I can't imagine going more than 5 miles with them. Lucky for me, I found the Ella in-ear earbuds on sale at HauteLook. 

True to Frends' style, these earbuds are a beauty with a delicate rose gold cage design. It comes with two different styles of interchangeable tips-- regular or ambient.  The ambient tip is designed to leave a little room for you to hear what's going on around you. On paper, the ambient tip would be ideal for the office. However, I found that my music would leak out. I'm not sure that I want my co-workers to listen in while I jam to some A$AP Rocky. 


PROS
+ Gorgeous cage design
+ Lightweight
+ Great sound
+ Fits in a little pouch
+ Tangle free cords

CONS
- Not the most comfortable
- Ambiant tips will leak sound
- Pricey ($99 full price, $49 through HauteLook)

It seems like Frends may have discontinued the interchangeable tips for the Ella, but they still make them in this style here.


What are some of your favorite earbuds or headphones?

July 15, 2014

Nordie's Anniversary Sale Picks

Hello lovely readers, it's been a while! Can you believe that it's time for the Nordies Anniversay Sale again? I felt like it was just last year that I was caught fighting for my beloved RM purse!

To cut to the chase, here are my picks for the Anniversary Sale this year. Per usual, there are a plethora of steals. Here's what I snatched up at the pre-sale! If you have a Nordie's credit card, then you're probably well aware that the pre-sale happens until July 17th. If you don't, fear not. The sale is a free for all starting on July 18th!

I've already worn those leopard calf hair slip ons and they're super comfy! What are some of the items on your wish list?

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Picks


February 05, 2014

Almond Nails

I know I fell off that #100happydays wagon quickly here on Blogger but rest assured that I've kept it upon my IG and Tumblr!

I'm going to be honest, I've waited a bit to try almond shape nails because I was unsure if I'd like it but a few lovely photos on Pinterest changed my mind. See for yourself!







Of course, I had to try it out for myself. Here's my take!


Have you jumped onto the almond nail trend yet?