Friday, August 26, 2011

Leopard Mania

I have been OBSESSED with leopard print ever since I bought and returned the Steve Madden wedges in this post.  When I get obsessed over something, I look high and low just to satisfy my craving.  Since leopard is everywhere right now, it turns out that it's like an addiction and I am only fueling the addiction more by looking at it more.  These are the items made my lust-worthy list, from head-to-toe.


Alexander McQueen Leopard Skull cashmere and silk-blend scarf that will add a nice pop of color to any outfit.  I love how the leopard and skulls are well balanced by the magenta so that my mom won't cringe at me when she see the skulls.  Price tag is a bit hefty, but it IS cashmere and McQueen...available here for $725.

The Dolce & Gabana Stretch silk-charmeuse bustier top so hot paired with a blazer and slacks for the daytime, or with a mini or pencil skirt for a night out.  Available here for $1100.  

I NEED this Alexander McQueen Wrap Leopard-print hair wrap bracelet, everything from the leopord print, the calf hair, the double wrap, and the skull charm is calling my name.  It is a great addition to any outfit that doesn't have a lot of crazy prints.  Get it here for $260.

I am skipping the 'Bottom' category because I prefer my print pieces anywhere but my bottom. 

Every girl needs a leopard bag.  This Miu Miu leopard-print calf hair shoulder bag is lady-like and versitile with the long and short strap.  I am even more drawn to the fuzziness of this bag, don't you just want to go and touch it?  No, I'm not crazy...well, only a little.  Available here for $2,250.

I have talked about the Steve Madden leopard wedges that I was so sad to return because of the height in this post, but I found a new target!  These Annie-L Wedge bootie is so funky that I bet it would look awesome with any rocker chic outfit.  I would pair it with skinnies and a cropped leather jacket. At a price $149.90, what's not to love?  Available here.

What's your favorite leopard piece of clothing/accessory?

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

"New" Ring - Before and After

When I was a little girl, I always admired the sparkly ring on my mom's finger.  I was so excited when she gave me the ring 6 years ago because she stopped wearing rings.  It has five 0.19ct princess cut diamonds set in an 18kt yellow gold setting.  It was beautiful...but I realized that it's not for me because I never wear yellow gold.  It would also bother me that the diamonds didn't cover my finger (darn big fingers) and I would think, it would be perfect there were two more diamonds.  All these reasons caused the ring the sit in my jewelry box for a long time.

I started thinking about resetting the diamonds into something more wearable, but I haven't found a jeweler I like, so again, I left it on the back burner for a while.  Finally,  I stumbled into a store one day and talked to the owner a bit and he was the most friendly guy you will meet.  He made me feel really comfortable, so I took the plunge and gave him my ring to reset.

A few things I thought about when deciding on the design of the ring:
  • Diamonds should always be visible
  • Modern
  • I am on a budget
  • White gold
  • Stackable with other rings when I get more later *wishful thinking*
Since I was on a budget, an eternity band with diamonds all around was out of the question.  I was looking online for inspiration, but for some reason, princess cut is always just set in a channel band.  I didn't want to do just a 5 or 7 stone band because it drives me crazy when the ring turns.  I needed something uniform all the way around.  I finally saw a design with 1 princess diamond that I liked, so I modified it to have the 5 stones evenly distributed around. 

3 weeks later, here is the finished product that I am extremely happy with -

(Not sure why the lighting made the skin tones so weird, must be a tan I didn't know I had  :) )

I love recreating something to make it brand new again!  Did you ever do that and have something you are extremely happy with?

Monday, August 15, 2011

Build your own Cartier

Girls like bling.  *GASP*  I just revealed a secret that no man knows and will never understand.  It's okay though, he still won't understand even if I tell a man this secret 100 times.  I will just have to indulge myself.  :)

Once in a while I like to browse the jewelry websites to look at all the pretty pieces and daydream some.  Hehe, okay, maybe more than once in a while, but that's beside the point. Today, I found that Cartier has launched their "Set For You By Cartier" page where you can build your own ring.  Let's just say that I spent a LITTLE bit of time building rings.  It used to be that you don't know the prices of these beautiful pieces until you go into the store to look at it, but now the internet makes everything so much more attainable.  This is definitely not going to be as awesome as trying the ring on in the store, but you can play many possibilities here.  It's almost like a custom design!  *indulge*

Of course I am going to build one that big and blingy since I'm not buying it anytime soon.  *wink*

Go have fun, build your dream ring!  I gotta warn you though, it's pretty addicting.  Do it online at Cartier.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Want: Jimmy Choo Candy Glitter Clutch

Tell me the truth, who's tired of boring old leather clutches?  Me!  Me!  Me!  So when I was browsing at Nordstrom and came across this Jimmy Choo Candy Glitter acrylic clutch, I was mesmerized.

Shiny, glittery, a bit futuristic, and also playful.  It's such a cool design, I love it!  I have not been impressed with Jimmy Choo in a while, but I must say that this time, they are making me want to pull out my credit card.  

They have several variations like gold, silver, tortoiseshell pattern, baby blue, black, etc.  My favorite right now is the silver because all my clothes are more 'cool-colored' so the silver would go really well.  It helps that silver is super shiny, and I like shiny!  ;-)

Available at for $595.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Gucci Zoo Handbag

These bags are soooooo adorable.  I am going to ignore the fact that they are supposedly made for kids, because no kid will know how to care for a $500 handbag.  The fact is, these two bags are super cute!  I am a sucker for piggies, so the pig one is what got me.  The zipper even has a little knot like the pig's tail.

I love that the bird on the tote is a sleepy bird with its half closed eyelid.  You gotta hand it to Gucci for these little details.

I am probably too old to carry something like this, but that won't stop me from drooling over it! 

The pig zoo handbag is available here for $495.
The bird zoo tote is availble here for $495.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Me and UGG's - not a match

Giant looking feet!  I'm sticking with my converse.

Why won't I wear classic styles of UGGs?  I really envy those girls who can pull it off, but there is no way I will ever, EVER be caught in a pair of these shoes.  My cousin would not believe me when I told her that I can never pull UGG's off because they add about two sizes to my already 'not-so-small' feet.  I had to sacrifice my feet to convince her.  Two points here -  duck feet and quack quack.

 Don't wear things just because it's on trend, make sure it actually looks good on you.  :)

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Sephora's VIB Weekend Gift

Sephora is doing a promotion for V.I.B's this weekend where you get a gift with 8 samples with purchases of $35 and also double points.  I'm a sucker for any of these gifts so I went to Sephora to claim mine. 
The list is supposed to be:
Laura Mercier Full Blown Volume Lash Building Mascara (0.2 oz)
Stila Coconut Crush Lip & Cheek Stain (0.02 oz)
Benefit Cosmetics Stay Don't Stray (0.09 oz)
tokidoki Ciao Ciao Rollerball (0.07 oz)
Phyto Phytolisse Finishing Serum (0.16 oz)
NARS Pro-Prime Pore Refining Primer Oil-Free (0.27 oz)
Brazilian Peel Brazilian Peel (one application)
Philosophy Miracle Worker Miraculous Anti-Aging Moisturizer (0.4 oz)

The email did say *substitution may occur* so you never know what you get.  When I opened mine, it turns out they substituted 4 of them:
Buxom Mascara instead of Laura Mercier (really wanted to try to Laura Mercier)
Phyto phytopolleine purifying scalp elixir instead of Phytolisse
Stila tinted moisturizer instead of Lip and Cheek Stain (which I am okay with the sub here)
DDF acne treatment instead of Brazilian Peel

In conclusion, it isn't really worth it to run to the store unless there are at least 5 things on there you want.  For me, it turns out that I am only really going to use 3 things on here.  I was also disappointed because they pretty much substituted everything I wanted on there. I guess I can't complain since it's free.

For your reference, these gifts are about the size of their 100-point gifts.

I have to say I got pretty entertained when Tippy decided all these samples are her toys and she would get off them.  She pawed them as if saying, "Mine"  If anything, they'll make good cat toys.  :)

I hope you got better things in your box!

Friday, August 5, 2011

Came and Gone: Steve Madden Kloud-L Wedges

I am a sucker for leopard on pony hair.  I don't know what it is, but it is just absolutely mesmerizing to me.  When I see a pair of shoes made of pretty pony hair with leopard print, I really want to touch it.  So when I saw the these Steve Madden 'Kloudd-L' Sandals at Nordstrom, I could not put them down.  In this case, they were leopard on calf hair, but good enough for me!  I took them home and paired them with a pair of skinnies and they looked HOT.  Now comes the 'but'...I walked around the house a bit, and my feet were getting tired because of the high heels.  I usually wear pretty high heels, but this 5.25" heel with 1.5" platform just tired my arch out.  I was quite sad when I came to the realization that I have to part ways with it.  I caressed it one more time and took it back to the store.

For those of you who are not a wuss like me and can tolerate a higher heel, I say get this because it will transition your wardrobe into fall very nicely.  Get them here for $109.95.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Wearing Now: Business Casual

My work really has no dress code.  We have people who wear slacks and a jacket to work and we also have people who wear shorts and flip flops to work.  No flip-flops at work from Monday to Thursday please!  I am usually somewhere in the middle...jeans and t-shirt.  I have been getting a bit tired of jeans lately though, so I have been trying to switch it up.  Hence, the business casual trial.  I think I am pretty happy with my trial.  :)


Wearing flats in the morning for the comfort, but later changed to heels because heels are just cuter.  :)

This necklace is one of my favorites when I want to wear something dainty and cute.
Blazer: Hinge from Nordstrom
Tank: Frenchi from Nordstrom
Pants: J brand twill skinny
Flats: Tod's
Heels: Alaia
Purse: Chloe Edith
Necklace: Roberto Coin Tiny Treasures Dragonfly
Watch: Gucci Chronograph G


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