Boots found!

So after all my uneventful boot-shopping stories (here, here, here, here, and here), I FINALLY found a pair in late November! Sorry, all the holidays, travel, and craziness meant blogging fell by the wayside…

I got this pair of sleek dark brown boots by Ralph Lauren for $80 at the outlets, woooooot!

They are really quite perfect, being dressy, sleek, plain, and the heels aren’t too high nor narrow. Very pleased.


I… shall post a better photo soon, and maybe even with me in it, once it stops being 84 degrees in Los Angeles!


Boot-y hunter

It’s a sadly familiar ritual: I show up at DSW, gawk at the aisles upon aisles of boots, and find myself leaving empty handed. I did not think it would be so challenging to replace my current boots, which are slightly worse for wear.

I tried on these Calvin Klein “Hanabelle” boots, priced at a mere $85, AND I had $15 in coupons:
They are a russet brown, but the reddish hue would make them less versatile. (Although I did love this pair of red DvF boots!) So despite the great deal, I did not buy them.

Next, I tried on this beautiful Michael Kors pair with a stacked heel + platform front. Very comfortable, stylish, but I was not willing to spend $295 on them.

I’m headed to the outlet shops in a couple of weeks here, so hopefully I have some luck then!

Fall for Clinique

I’ve raved about how Clinique’s BB Cream was my best beauty buy of 2012, and today when I needed more, I found myself rewarded with Clinique goodies galore again, thanks to a gift-with-purchase special at Macy’s.

I purchased 1 x BB Cream, and received a whole bunch of stuff:


Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion: Got this last year as a freebie and love it! Great for travel.
Moisture Surge Intense Skin Fortifying Hydrator: I’m excited to try this, and again, great travel size!
– All About Shadow quad: (Pictured, top right) I had the option for purples or nudes, and I chose nudes.
– Lash Doubling Mascara: I don’t use mascaras much, but will eventually try it.
– Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Color Balm: (Pictured, bottom left) I got ‘Mega Melon’ as part of the nudes collection, instead of a deep purple-hued color.
2 x make-up baggies + travel-sized Clinique ‘Happy’ fragrance: I’m giving these away because I’m not a fan of the pattern nor the scent.

I love gifts with purchases! YAY!

Vested Optimism


It’s still sweltering hot in Los Angeles, but I picked up this puffy vest at Costco for $29 in view of the (hopefully) cooler weather in the months ahead.

It packs down surprisingly small with its own stuff sack – reminiscent of the well-known Uniqlo series – and thankfully has a nice fitted shape instead of looking too boxy.

Now the only question is… When will I get to wear it?

Boot reboot

Sigh. I’ve been trying to find a replacement pair of boots, and my second attempt was unsuccessful again.


I got these Adrienne Vittadini boots for $99 during a Labor Day sale, but… they look too clunky in person. It’s a pity because they are comfortable, the stacked heel looks good, although I’m not sure they’re any better than my last attempt.

These will get returned, and the search continues…

Skinny & Pointy in NYC

Hello from New York City, this time, thankfully, sans hurricane.

It’s been an awesome trip with great weather, so skinny jeans and pointy pumps have been my standard “evening in NYC” outfit. (My daytime outfits are really dull: black capris + Cole Haan Nike Air wedge pumps + sleeveless tops.)

Here’s what I wore today for our last night in the city, as we headed uptown for dinner.

Unfortunately I blinked in BOTH pictures, thus the odd crops:

photo 1

  • Black turtleneck: H&M, $24.95. Worn on my last trip to NYC as well!
  • Blue scarf: Nordstrom rack, $11
  • Levi’s Curves ‘leggings’: $39. Last shown paired with a red trenchcoat in the snow.
  • Black pointy pumps: Nine West. These shoes are at least 8 years old, if not older!
    I plan to toss them in the trash tomorrow instead of flying them back to LA with me, as they are really cracking, peeling, and falling apart 😦 So since, since they’re FINALLY well broken-in and actually comfortable!
  • Calvin Klein purse (as usual)
  • Kenneth Cole watch (as usual)

photo 2

I realized one thing: my closet seems generally more appropriate for New York than Los Angeles, that’s for sure!

Bye bye boots

Amazon offers free shipping and returns on most clothing items, so when I chanced upon a pair of Enzo Angiolini boots in my size for $69, I quickly snapped them up.



– Very comfy with a heavily padded foot bed
– Great price!
– Easy to tuck jeans into

– Looks more gray than black, which make the new boots look worn/old
– Calf section is too baggy: makes my legs look thicker than they already are
– Quality is questionable

So…. back they went. And the quest for new boots continues!

New Finds At A Fashion Emporium

I popped into this year’s Blueprint, an emporium for new local and foreign designers, at the F1 Pit Building in Singapore.

Had gone to the emporium last year and find myself a lot of new bands and designs. Also bought a lot last year.

This time, I decided to set myself a strict budget. If there’s anything that I’m undecided about, I shall leave it for the next day. I figured that if I really like something, I’ll be thinking about all day and night… and then I shld get it.

So, with a tight budget of S$200, I took my time to slowly browsed through the emporium and chatted with people about their designs – from shoes to bags to jewelry to clothes.

After 3 hours, I came away with 2 items from OwnMuse Singapore. I had bought from the brand before and really liked their simple designs. Simple yet unique. (Ahead of the trip, I had emailed the dynamic duo behind OwnMuse, Shu Juang and Johanna, and they gave me their booth location.)


I bought a silk short sleeve blouse (looks like a tee shirt that I can wear dress up our down) and a uber cool drape dress in black and orange.

Here’s what the drape dress look like on a tall lanky model:


(Picture taken off OwnMuse’s fb page)

These were past season’s clothes but I figured I could still get a lot of mileage from these. At a hefty discount for this event, I certainly didn’t go above my budget. Yay!

Man Shopping

I recently purchased a discounted red jacket for an upcoming photoshoot, and this time round, The Husband suddenly wanted to fret about his outfit too!

We decided that he needed a winter jacket + some layers. While out shopping today, I spotted a Givenchy leather jacket for $800, marked down from $3000!

The Husband of course insisted on trying out “the fancy French jacket” just for kicks, nevermind that it was two sizes too small for him:

It’s too trendy for his laidback style, but the leather was certainly very supple, and the jacket evidently well-made. But… wow, $3000 full price?!

We purchased the 100% cashmere sweater ($43, pictured) that was soft & plush, not scratchy; and a textured/metallic dark grey Ben Sherman tie for $20 (pictured). The Ben Sherman jacket above looks really good, but we decided he didn’t need a $229 jacket that he wouldn’t wear very often.

Incidentally, he had earlier tried on a Hugo Boss suit that fit him really well. It was on clearance for $350 and I offered to buy it for him, but he declined, since he had just purchased an iPad Mini last week for the same price. Oh well. Fiscal discipline is key!

Yesterday we also picked up a Kenneth Cole Reaction wool peacoat for him at $50. It was quite the adventure, as the coat had no tags at all on it, and we had to bug the manager to figure out a price, rather than just say they can’t sell it to us. She initially said 10% off $99.90 – the price of a similar Calvin Klein coat – but The Husband gave her his offer of 50% off. “Ok, sure,” she said, preferring to be rid of this random article of clothing, and thus the deal was sealed.

Here’s his complete outfit:
Peacoat: Kenneth Cole Reaction, $50
Shirt: Existing. From our wedding.
Tie: Ben Sherman, $20
Sweater: ‘John Nordstrom’, $43
Jeans: Existing. Levi’s.
Belt: Existing.
Total: $113

I have to say, he looks pretty darn good!

Back in Black

(Sorry it’s out of focus: snapped this real quick in passing)

After spending a good amount of time fretting over what to wear, this was essentially what I looked like every day in New York:
– Trenchcoat: DKNY ($59)
– Leather boots: Ralph Lauren ($129)
– Leather gloves: Fownes
– Chunky knit scarf: Etsy
– Satchel: Calvin Klein ($120)

Save for the first 2 days when I wore my new leather jacket, Hurricane Sandy meant the above outfit was de rigeur for the rest of this unintentionally-extended trip.

Crazy for Cloches

A few posts back, I wrote about trying on a fancy (pricey) grey cloche at Anthropologie. Yesterday I was at Target and saw that they have a whole range of cloche hats, priced at just $16.99:

Of course, I couldn’t resist trying them on. First up, this one in mustard yellow – probably my favorite of the lot:


I really liked this too! Hunter green is a great jewel tone for fall/winter, and so easy to mix & match with the muted tones of this season while adding a subtle dash of color.

Grey with felt appliques. A little too much embellishment for me.

Well, after all the hat modeling, I walked away empty-handed: I didn’t think that I would get very much wear out of a cloche hat here in LA.

What color would you choose?