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Monday
Oct212013

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery...unless you are the original

I hope this post doesn't come of as snobbish or what not, it is just to blow off some steam. 

So I love Zara, they make trendy clothing, shoes and accessories at an affordable price. Often their items are pretty well-crafted. I shop there, enjoy their wares and if a stain doesn't come off a dress, I can just toss it without stress.

However, because I have been getting in Christian Louboutins recently, I have noticed that many of their shoes are nealy exact copies of the original designer version. No big deal you might say? Well, you may be right. But it does strike a nerve when the shoes you paid $800 a few months ago for is available for $80 at Zara. I'll post some examples as well. I know I shouldn't complain as I am very lucky to have what I have and if you compared the two shoes side-by-side, the craftmanship and yadda yadda would stand out. But aesthetically to the untrained eye, they will look very, very similar. I have no problem with people purchasing the said Zara shoes at all, not judging. This is more on Zara for blatantly copying a style. That's what is difficult about fashion, you can't really own your ideas bar a few instances. 

Honestly, I don't know exactly why I am annoyed. I hope it isn't haughtiness or snobbery, because my mom didn't raise my that way. Can someone explain?

Louboutin Corneille Slingback vs. Zara Pointy Toe Slingback

Monday
Oct212013

Rent the Runway: Realtime Review (Part 1)

Hello readers!

Have any of you tried Rent the Runway or RTR? I have once in the past and vaguely remember a good experience. Well I am heading to Vegas for my birthday and decided why not swank it up with some fancy dresses.

One of the best deals on RTR is their selection of Herve Leger dresses. They have about 30 dresses of varying colors, designs and lengths, but all have that signature banded style. They range from $100-$200 for 4 days, which is perfect for a weekend trip. With each dress order, you get to select 2 sizes. Best of all, if you rent one dress, the second (lower priced) one is $25! 

So here is a real-time review in multiple stages. Right now I am submitting my order for 2 Herve Leger dresses, both in shades of pink. 

Here are my choices:

"Guys Kind of Girl" Dress $160 + $5 insurance 


"Heartbreaker" Dress $125 (but effectively $25!) + $5 insurance

Sounds like a great deal right? And I think it is. One worry I have though is that these dresses have been rented and used maybe 20-30 times! How does it hold up with all that stretching and dry cleaning? I'm worried that they might be overstretch or not have that "sucking in" effect that Herve is known for. Oh well, only time will tell!

 

So for both dresses (and an extra bracelet I rented, yes you can rent jewelry too!) The total came out to $235.77! I will post Part 2 in the beginning of November when my dresses arrive!

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Saturday
Oct192013

J Crew 30% Off! A few more days...

Just a couple more days until this promo ends! Get 30% off all sale items. Unfortunately this is Final Sale. Is it just me or has the J. Crew sales not been as great as before? Prices are generally marked down $10-$30 from original price. Meh. Are you going to indulge? Or save for Black Friday which is coming up in less than 2 months! 

Thursday
Oct172013

Outfit of the Day: Pastel Sparkles

Hello everyone!

Long time no post! Sorry about that. I'm in my 3rd year of medical school and rotations in the hospital are intense. I work ~15 hours a day and get one dat off every 1 or 2 weeks!!! 

But I found some time to squeeze in a post. 

It was the BF's birthday recently and we went to this fantastic restaurant Sushi Zo. Pricey, but pretty worth it if you like sushi. There are about 30 servings of different sushi/sashimi/seafood, which come out piece by piece. They specify how you have to eat it. Kind of rigid, but the food was good! Although I wasn't full after 30 small pieces. :( For $160 per person, I'd expect to be stuffed!

Anywhoo here is my outfit of the night:

Outfit specs:

Dress: French Connection (on sale here)

Shoes: Christian Louboutin "Sex" Pigalle 120mm pumps

Bag: Chanel medium flap in gold


So...remember how I said I would never spend too much money on shoes, because they just touch the ground anyway and are difficult to maintain?

Erm, I would like to retract that statement. I have fallen head over heels (pun intended) over Christian Louboutins! More on that to come soon!

Wednesday
Jan022013

Ladurée Love: Parisian Macarons

 

Im on my way back from a quick trip to New York and I just HAD to share with you the amazing macarons from Ladurée. I have heard of this pâtisserie before and have tried the macarons at Vanilla Bakeshop and lette's in Beverly Hills before. I thought macarons were similar with some tasting a tad better than others. Boy was I wrong.

Ladurée was a gorgeous shop. Very fancy french neoclassical. It is filled with thousands of sweet confections arranged in conical displays. The manager confirmed my wonderings that the tiny macarons were in fact mixed, baked and assembled in France and shipped by boat stateside. Imagine that! What you hold in your hand is a little piece of Paris! That made the experience even more grand.

Rows and rows of colorful macarons were on display. If i were mega-wealthy, I would lie in a bath of these sugary confections and not get out until I have eaten them all.

I purchased 2 boxes of 24. They had 18 flavors in total, so I picked a few extras in each box.

If you are ever in New York, I implore you to try these babies. The line may be long, but do not be discouraged, as it moves pretty fast.

Monday
Dec312012

Outfit of the Day: Sweaters and Sparkles

A house party can be a little tricky to dress for. Is it super casual? Would a simple shift be too much or too little? I decided to dress up a sweater with sequins or conversely, to dress down sequins with a sweater. My favorite sweater right now would have to be the French Hen Sweater by J. Crew. It has elements of sophistication and whimsy and is perfect for the Christmas season. Unfortunately, my dad stuck my sweater in the hot dryer and now it's shrunken! :( any tips on how to resurrect my favorite garment?

My outfit:

Top: J Crew French Hen Sweater

Skirt: JC Penney Decree Sequin Bodycon Skirt (here)

Stockings: Express Metallic Back Seam Tights

Jacket: Express Minus-The-Leather Asymmetrical Jacket

Boots: Stuart Weitzman 50/50 Knee High Boot

And an advanced Happy New Year!

Love,

Kim

Friday
Dec282012

Animal Sweaters at Every Price! Sweaters are Better with Critters

This winter season, every store is popping up with sweaters printed with representatives of the Kingdom Animalia. The trend is cute and adds a little bit of adorable intrigue and whimsy to an outfit. If you like the look and are unsure of how much you want to spend, I've gathered a collection of great animal sweaters at multiple price points so you and your wallet can feel comfortable wearing the cute topper!

$10 - $24.99

Old Navy Sheep Sweater (On sale for $15! Here)



Forever 21 Mirrored Seahorse Sweater ($19.80, here)


Forever 21 Panda Sweater ($22.80, here)


$25 - $74.99

A Wear Exclusive Swallow Sweater ($43.98, here)


Brat & Suzie Polar Bear Sweatshirt (On sale for $51.01! Here)


Just the Fox, Ma'am Sweater ($72.99, here)


$75+

J. Crew Frenchie Sweater ($98, here)


Wildfox Sequin Lion Friend Sweater ($178, here)


Shae NY V-Neck Horse Intarsia ($300, here)


I'll be on the lookout for more!

Love, Kim

Monday
Dec242012

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays Blogosphere + A Little Bit of J Crew

As the fires warm us on this cold winter eve, I would like to wish everyone the merriest of Christmases and the happiest of Holidays. Thank you for visiting my blog and I hope my posts continue to be useful and entertaining. Your visits and comments bring me great joy!

I went to a nearby J Crew on the 24th to see what was new in store. Nothing much really. But I did try on a few things.

J Crew Minnie Pant in Boulevard Green (here)

This is the 2nd time I tried the Minnie pant and my verdict remains the same. While it may be flattering on some ladies, I don't like the fit on the thighs and calves. The material kind of bunches out in the calf area and narrows at the ankle making my calves look more muscular than they are. I think the Cafe Capri is a better fit for me. I am wearing a size 2.

J Crew Classic Mini Felted Wool in Brilliant Fuschia (here)

I liked this skirt a lot. Since it flares out a little at the end, it looks better with a tucked shirt rather than with the top draped over it. The color is a little more purple and less magenta than in this pic. I am wearing a size 00 here. It was also on sale for $69.99.

J Crew Liberty Toothpick Jean in Emma and Georgina (here)

I have been eyeing these jeans for a bit now. I was excited about the printed look and how the pair might be similar in material to polka dot and graphic print denim, both of which have a lovely firm fabric that is oh so flattering. Unfortunately the material of these is similar to the soft garment dyed denim twill. I know it looks pretty good in pictures, but it wasn't as well fitting and slimming in real life. Must be the pose. It runs a size smaller too in my opinion. I am wearing a 27 and am normally a 26. The print is pretty though. I like how the flowers are small and not overbearing.

J Crew Scattered Sequin Sweater (here)

A cute festive sweater that is perfect for the holidays. I don't know if I would wear it outside of Christmas season time though. It is a little shorter than their normal sweaters. Not too itchy at all, but not as soft as the merino or cashmere sweaters. I am wearing a size XS.

J Crew Pear Sweater (here)

Here we have another novelty sweater that I have been a fan of lately. It is a pear, nothing more so I passed. It didn't have the adorable feel of the French Hen or Frenchie Dog sweaters. The length is nice and elongated. I am wearing a size XS

Again, Happy Holidays to you and your loved ones. Keep safe, warm and happy!

Love, 

Kim