Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Shopbop code for extra 20% off sale items! And 25% off all at Urban Outfitters!

Two exciting emails in my inbox today!

Shopbop is giving an extra 20% off sale items with code: EXTRASALE for 3 days only (as the image below quite clearly shows, haha).  I have such a wishlist happening, I'll see what's left in my size (I see the leather pants I wanted is completely sold out...but that's ok, I found them somewhere else).


 The other is the 25% off EVERYTHING at Urban Outfitters! That includes the Instax camera I've had on my wishlist for some time (and I'll be stocking up on the Instax film too), as well as the Instax printer I recently bought! No code required, you can start shopping here or by clicking on the Instax Neo 90 mini camera below (does anyone have one and would like to share your thoughts on it)?


Happy shopping everyone!

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Monday, December 15, 2014

Valentino Noir Rockstud Cage flats

It has been over a year since I bought my Valentino Rockstud kitten heels (remember this post?).  Ever since then I have been patiently waiting to find them in all black patent in the caged flat version.  Saved my pennies, and at last I found them!

Words to those who are after these: they run small (I think by half a size).  

I bought the kitten heels in my usual size (and did not require a minute of breaking in and were uber comfy from day 1), but the flats ran MUCH smaller!  I bought mine from Selfridges, and I immediately wrote to them asking for an exchange for half a size bigger. Turns out they don't do exchanges, and somehow within a few hours of receiving that email, the size I wanted sold out (there were 2 pairs left!).  Because it took me so long to find these, I was reluctant to send them back, and spent a few days using my 'hairdryer trick', and patiently and painstakingly stretched them half a size.  Although they're not as comfy as my mid-heels (because they are fully closed as opposed to a slingback, and somehow the kitten heels make it comfier, not sure why...), they are now as comfy as they would be if half a size larger, whew!

 Shirt: Everlane Cotton Lawn shirt (available from Everlane), Jeans: Current Elliott Boyfriend in Loved (bought mine from Forward, it's now available at Nordstrom - also love the distressed version at Asos and The Dreslyn), Watch: Larsson Jennings Chain Metal in black(available here at Net-a-Porter).
 Bag: Proenza Schouler PS11 (available from Net-a-Porter and Net-a-Porter US, and directly from Proenza Schouler HERE), Wallet: Nomadic, Hand Cream: Lumira Paradisium, Watch: Larsson Jennings Chain Metal in black(available here at Net-a-Porter).

You can find Valentino black caged flats at:

Farfetch (in all black patent! Or leather version here)
Bergdorf Goodman
Neiman Marcus

n.b. Bought mine from Selfridges, but they've sold out completely in all sizes.

I'm not usually one for 'No pain no gain' when it comes to shoes, but "all's well that ends well".

Has anyone bought anything from the Net-a-Porter sale? I am so happy with the Isabel Marant bow pumps I bought! Will post about those soon.

Happy Monday everyone!

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Thursday, December 4, 2014

Brigadeiro's Gift Guide Pt 2: Secret Santa or Kris Kringle present ideas (or gifts under $40)

Hope this makes it in time for those of you who are stumped as to what to get for your  'secret santa', or just for those who are after a gift under $50 (although the gifts here are mostly $30 and under).  There were also some other options I included in my Pt 1 Gift guide (and some that I will post soon).

Clockwise from left:

1. Instagram prints (or photo prints in general) - since the 'digital camera' era I barely print my photos, but it's always nice to actually see and hold a photo in your hands.  These are my Instagram pictures printed by Picture Postie.

2. Bucket List notebook by Mi Goals - Not just a cute 'notebook', there is a suggested list for your Bucket List, and several other options (Goals book or 2015 diary, all in different colours too) from $17.

3. Scented candle - this one by Atelier Lumira is from the Paradisium range and has a beautiful fig scent.  I love candles because they are something I don't often treat myself to, and I know others also don't.  This beautiful black porcelain cup can also be used later, and only clocks in at $40.
4. The 'Little Black Book' notebook by Nomadic - I get asked about this book a lot, and it only costs $19! (they also make gorgeous supersoft lambskin pouches, some on sale which also clock under $50).

5. Necklace by Misabelle Sparkle - lots of options around $30 from classic to funky colours.

6. Urban Cartel porcelain milk bottle - I bought these for myself in 3 colours ($25 each), and they are so cute and multipurpose! I use mine as flower vases or containers in the kitchen to house my straws or bamboo skewers.  There is also a larger for $39 that I want to buy next.

7. Acrylic (reusable) straws by Kate Spade - these are so cute!  They retail for $45 or so here in Australia,where I first saw them (and fell in love), so I searched online and you can find them for US$14 at Nordstrom's, Bloomingdale's and Kate Spade's own store.

8. Cloud trinket dish also by Urban Cartel - such a cute gift too, and only $25, great to hold rings, jewellery, or anything (or just sitting pretty on a stand).

9. Live Lokai bracelets - love the positive message behind these bracelets,
Injected in the black bead is mud from the Dead Sea, and injected into the white bead is water from Mount Everest. The lowest and highest points on Earth. These beads represent life's highs and lows, reminding you to stay humble when you're on top of the world, and hopeful when you've hit rock bottom.  At $18 each.

10. Mirror by Cool Enough Studio - sleek, small, incredibly lightweight, I love its simple design.  I never remember to carry makeup with me (and also feel a little self conscious if I were to open up a compact/blush with a mirror out in public), this way I have a very compact and understated mirror I can check my teeth/contacts on for just €12.00.

What are you getting your Secret Santa? Or what were your favourite Secret Santa (or Kris Kringle to some) presents?

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