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Thursday
Jan122012

A Makeup Organizer For Under $10!

Phase 1: I used to dump all my makeup in the drawer and spend 15 minutes each morning trying to find my eyeliner.

Phase 2: Then I bought little drawer trays to sort of organize my make up drawer. After a few weeks of grabbing stuff and throwing them back. I was back to Phase 1.

Phase 3: I decked my makeup counter with clear glasses to put my brushes and lipglosses in. Sure, they looked pretty sitting on the countertop, but I soon had waaay to many glasses (I love lipsticks and lipgloss) and I was spending more time sweeping shards of glass off the floor than I wanted to. Yes, I am quite klutzy.

Phase 4: I have discovered the Holy Grail of makeup organizers. It wasn't designed to hold makeup, acutally it is place to put your blow dryer, but I had different things in mind. Oh and by the way, it's made of plastic. Good bye glass shards!

Here's how it looks: (Buy it at Target)

My plans were to put my brushes in the cylindrical compartment, lipsticks in the left smaller compartment and eyeshadows in the larger space. I bought two and in the second, I would put lipgloss tubes in place of the brushes.

Here are my results:

I put the brushes in the cylindrical space, my lipsticks in the large compartment (forgot I had so many lipsticks!) and some of my mascara in the smaller compartment. I am kind of a mascara junkie too. My other one will hold my lipglosses, eyeshadows and concealers. 

What do think of this makeup organizer? 

Love,

Kim

Thursday
Jan122012

J Crew Hacking Jacket Review + Other Sale Loot!

J Crew had a 25% off Final Sale a week ago (now upped to 30% with the code: WINTER. I purchased a Hacking Jacket, Elodie Blouse and a double serge bistro mini. Here are some fit pictures and reviews:

The Hacking Jacket Double-Serge Wool in Heather Acorn

I love this jacket! The fabric is substantial and the wool is soft and not at all scratchy (my neck is extremely ticklish to itchy fabrics) I would describe the color as a "not-quite-caramel" It is a cooler tone, more like an almond color, very yummy. I wanted a neutral jacket to tone down more colorful or glitzy outfits and for general daytime use. The lining is silky and my favorite detail is the inner pocket! The cream and gold buttons add a little shine to the jacket. Much like touted on the J. Crew website, the hacking features a slimmer and longer cut. This is especially true compared to the Schoolboy Blazer which tends to be a little boxier and looser at the waist. See review here. If you know your size for the Schoolboy and are wondering what sizing you are for the hacking, definitely size up for this one. The fit on the waist is more snug than I expected, but still comfortable enough to move around in. The shoulders, sleeve length and torso width and length fit me perfectly. For reference I am 5'5" to 5'6" and usually wear a 0 or XS in J Crew tops and jackets. I sized up to 2 for the Hacking and I'm glad I did. Now enough talking and lets see some fit pictures!

Stock Photo:

J Crew Hacking Jacket

Front Buttoned:

J Crew Hacking Jacket

Front Unbuttoned:

J Crew Hacking Jacket

Side:

J Crew Hacking Jacket

Front Hanging:

J Crew Hacking Jacket Heather Acorn

Back Hanging:

J Crew Hacking Jacket Heather Acorn

Front Button Detail:

J Crew Hacking Jacket Heather Acorn

Sleeve Button Detail:

J Crew Hacking Jacket Heather Acorn

Lining:

J Crew Hacking Jacket Heather Acorn

Inner Pocket (yay!)

J Crew Hacking Jacket Heather Acorn

 

Next up is the Elodie Blouse in Paradise Blue. I am obsessed with silk blouses now for their soft feel and the gentle way they fall. I really loved the Elodie Blouse, but only had XS in Tall. I bought it anyway since it was on sale for only $30. Note to self (and to you): Please size down when buying Tall sizes. This shirt looked more like a tunic to me, and was quite loose. No worries though, I plan to tuck them in or wear them with leggings. The color is lovely.

Stock Photo:

J Crew Elodie Blouse

Front:

J Crew Elodie Blouse

Back:It covers my butt! Perfect for leggings!

J Crew Elodie Blouse

 

Finally, the Double Serge Bistro Mini in Bright Beet. I have been wearing this skirt in the previous photos. Here's a full view of the skirt. I like the fit of the skirt. It is short, but not inappropriately short. Though the color is a bit more chromatic, it seems easy to pair. I think I can wear this skirt with shades of blue, ivory, beige, black and purple. The color is brighter than the pictures suggest. Boo sucky camera.  

J Crew Double Serge Bistro Mini

J Crew Double Serge Bistro Mini

J Crew Double Serge Bistro Mini

 

Overall, great purchases! J. Crew what would I do without you? Thanks for reading and if you have any comments or questions, feel free to post!

Love, 

Kim



Wednesday
Jan112012

CHANEL Flap Intel

I know most of not all of you have heard of the classic CHANEL flap. Even wanted to know a little bit more about the flap? Well then, read on!

Specifics 

Sizes:  Small (9” x 5.5” x 2.5”), Medium/Large (10” x 6” x 3”), Jumbo (12” x 8” x 3.5”) Mini and Maxi sizes are available as well.

Strap: Single (17” drop) or Double (9.5” drop)

Leather: Comes in Caviar, Lambskin and Patent leathers. Variations within these categories are available (e.g. washed lambskin leather)

Boutique Price in USD: (as of January 2012 and before tax)

Small: $3200

Medium/Large: $3900

Jumbo: $4300 

Colors: White, Black and Light Beige are always available while other colors are seasonal.

Here are examples of each type of leather:

Lambskin: Notice the smooth and puffy leather? This leather is extremely soft, but oh-so delicate.

Chanel Lambskin Leather

Caviar: This leather has pebbled bumps and while it is more rigid than lambskin, it is also much more durable

Chanel Caviar Leather

I'd also life to clarify some semantics. The Chanel 2.55 flap is not the flap with the double CC clasp. It has a rectangular madamoiselle clasp and a chain strap with no intertwined leather. It is called the 2.55 because Coco Chanel was said to have released the bag in February, 1955. The style has been rereleased and is now termed "Reissue".

The Chanel 2.55 Reissue: Notice the full chains without the intertwined leather and the madamoiselle clasp. The leather of this purse is called "Distressed Calfskin" and gives the bag a vintagey feel.

Chanel 2.55 Reissue

This is the modern Chanel flap, which may be more familiar to you. The double CC clasp was designed by the current artistic head of Chanel, Karl Lagerfield.

Chanel Flap

I hope this information on Chanel Flaps was useful to you! Thanks for reading! I will do an review and size comparison on Chanel flaps soon.

Love,

Kim

Sunday
Jan082012

Cheap Thrills: Colored Denim

Colored denim is a hot trend right now with colors ranging from greens to reds to yellows. Personally, I love the color trend and almost everyone has heard of the 55 colors that Joe's Jeans provides. For those interested in dabbling in the trend, brighter shades of blue are a good way to start. At $158 per pair however, Joe's is definitely pricey, so here is a great cheaper alternative, which fits well and doesn't have a supermodelesque 35" inseam (no need to hem yay!)

Here are some photos of Joe's jeans and the Charlotte Russe alternatives:

Joe's Jeans in Blueberry $158 (Joe's)

Charlotte Russe Jeans in Royal $29.99 (Charlotte Russe)

Joe's Jeans in Tile Blue $158 (Joe's)

Charlotte Russe Jeans in Turqouise $29.99 (Charlotte Russe)

I love the 29"-30" inseams of the jeans. I am 5'5" for reference. As for sizing, the turqouise runs small to size. I am wearing a size 6 in the picture. The one in royal is true to size. I am wearing a size 4. 

The fit of the jeans is great! Especially for a $30 option! It is tight on the thighs and has a narrow leg opening. It is slightly stretchy, probably in between rigid jeans and gummy jeans. 

I hope you enjoyed this post! Do you have any cheap thrill denim buys you'd like to share?

Love,

Kim

 

Saturday
Jan072012

J Crew Toothpick Jean Review

I saw the J Crew Toothpick Jean in cobalt online and it looked great on the model. Jeans are tricky however, and finding one with a great fit is quite difficult. I am interested in colored denim so I decided to give these a go. I tried the same style in a different color in store. Here are the results: 

Just for reference here is a picture of my legs in tights. My thighs have a little pooch on the inner side. My greatest requirement for good pants would probably be thigh slimming. 

 

 

The jeans were average for me. The material is not very stretchy and more rigid than other jeans. They don't really flatter my thighs and were not as slim as I had hoped. A pass for me.

Thanks for reading!

Love,

Kim

Friday
Jan062012

Mail's Here! Bloomingdales Shoe Haul

Here's the mail It never fails! It makes my wanna wag my tail...

My bloomingdales shoe purchase finally arrived! Here's a reveal and review of the three heels.

DV by Dolce Vita Blore Pump

Dolce Vita Blore Pump

Dolce Vita Blore Pump

That 5" heel! 

Dolce Vita Blore Pump

Dolce Vita Blore Pump

Dolce Vita Blore Pump

This is my Barbie heel! The color is a bright pink, a little more red than the purplish tinge that the pictures suggest, but just a tiny bit. These shoes a HIGH! As a perinnial flat wearer, I will probably teeter on these a bit, but they are deliciously feminine with and edged up spike heel and almond toe! It is made out of a suede upper and a manmade sole. As for comfort, no 5" heel is comfortable, so I would probably not wear these babies out to dancing, but to dinners, movies or parties, my tootsies should be fine. The fit is a little tight, but not enough to size up from your regular size. Available at Endless.

Badgley Mischka Decadence Sandal

Badgley Mischka Decadence Sandal

Badgley Mischka Decadence Sandal

Badgley Mischka Decadence Sandal

Badgley Mischka Decadence Sandal

Badgley Mischka Decadence Sandal

Badgley Mischka Decadence Sandal

Please, please, please excuse my ugly toes. I just got out of my flats that I had been wearing for 8 hours and my toenails are hardly presentable, but I wanted to post this entry tonight. 

I love this sandal. It is acutally a bridal shoe (comes in white) but I think it would look great with dresses, skirts and even cropped pants. The jeweled ankle strap is divine. It is pretty comfortable and I like how it doesn't have a platform. The ankle strap is a tad tight though and it is quite difficult to put on because the strap does not detach, there is just a back zip as can be seen on the last image. Just gotta cram your heel in there. I think this is the perfect formal shoe for me! The fit is true to size. Available at 6pm for half the price!

Caparros Viziano Sandal

  

Caparros Viziano Sandal

Caparros Viziano Sandal

Caparros Viziano Sandal

Caparros Viziano Sandal

Caparros Viziano Sandal

I couldn't decide between this pair and the Badgley Mischka Decadence pair and these were only $40 so I thought why not? You can't have too many black shoes right? I really like the simplicity of the shoe and the jeweled clasp! So shiny! As for comfort, eh it is average, but beauty is pain right? Right? Maybe in moderation. The fit is true to size You can get these shoes at Endless.

If you have any questions please leave a comment or email me! Thanks for reading and I hope this post was entertaining and helpful!

Love, 

Kim



Friday
Jan062012

Breaking News! Ann Taylor LOFT Extra 60% Off Sale!

Today only! Head over now to get some classy favorites or sequined specials! Enter SALE at checkout to receive 60% off!

Hurry, things are selling out fast!

Wednesday
Jan042012

Wednesday Wishes: Tory Burch Reva Flats in Metallic Lurex

This Wednesday I am currently craving...

Tory Burch Revas in Lurex! Not in any old plain color mind you. I saw these beautiful puppies on my friend's feet today and wanted nothing more than to grab them and run. Fortunately I am a better friend than I am a crazy kleptomaniac. Haha!

Anyhoo, I am currently crazing the Tory Burch Lurex Revas in Pyrite! The images I have to show you are stock pictures for shopping websites. Be forewarned, these pictures give the flats ABSOLUTELY NO JUSTICE. They are so much better looking in real life. In the images the flats look like a matted bronze with obvious black cross hatches. In real life, the color is a marveous gold-champagne color with a shine as bright as the sun! It is multiple shades lighter in real life and while the cross hatching is visible, it is not quite as obvious as in the photos. They were simply...stunning! 

Here are some images! Remember, these are unfortunately poor representations of the actual gorgeous shoe! 

Tory Burch Reva Lurex

Tory Burch Reva Pyrite

Tory Burch Reva Metallic Lurex

 

These flats are available online at Tory Burch, ShopBop and Bloomingdales. They are also available in a Silver/Anthracite color. Price: $235.00

Hope you enjoyed this post!

Love, 

Kim