to shop / areaware little puzzles

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One day, I noticed a round cereal bowl puzzle. When it went on sale, I bought it. We had so much fun that I went back and bought more. There are multiple series and my favorite is Series 5: Van Leeuwen Ice Cream! A few from this collection are on super sale.

I rounded out my collection with the ramen, affogato, and honeycomb cone at a small business: Little Obsessed.

Let me know if you get any or if you have other puzzle recommendations!

to pamper / summer refresh beauty kit

I’m surprised this beauty kit hasn’t sold out yet… it’s a steal if you like nicer products. I got it for the Tata Harper and Susanne Kaufmann, and I don’t mind trying the other products. It’s also available in the EU, APAC, and GB sites.

Image: NAP

Price: $90

Value: $505 (based on NAP prices)

  • $125 Full size (smaller size) Tata Harper Concentrated Brightening Serum: 9.8 ml/0.33 fl.oz. (Previously reviewed the original formulation, the only drawback was the cost.)
  • $98 Full size U Beauty The Sculpt Arm Compound: 120 ml/4.0 fl.oz.
  • $72 Full size One Ocean Ultra Hydrating Algae Oil: 30 ml/1.0 fl.oz.
  • $45 Full size Susanne Kaufmann Cleansing Gel: 100 ml/ 3.4 fl.oz (The second item I was most excited about.)
  • $37 Full size (smaller size) Sunday Riley C.E.O. Glow Vitamin C + Turmeric Face Oil: 15 ml/0.5 fl.oz
  • $30 Full size Phillip Kingsley Swimcap Mask: 75 ml/2.5 fl.oz.
  • $25 Full size Wander Beauty Unlashed Volume and Curl Mascara: 9 g/0.31 oz
  • $20 Full size (smaller size) Oribe Mystify Restyling Spray: 50 ml/1.7 fl.oz.
  • $20 40 Full size Pursoma Après Savasana Soak: 113 g/4.0 oz. (They included two bags of this so it’s a $40 value, not sure if it was a mistake.)
  • $13 Full size two Silke hair ties
  • The clear pouch with zipper is also very sturdy.

There is another beauty kit if you are interested in any of the products.

Also worth mentioning that I got a few of these and each beauty set comes in its own cardboard box (that is great for shipping), leading to a very large overall box.

to shop / uniqlo +j 2021 spring summer collection

The Uniqlo +j 2021 Spring/Summer collection dropped on March 25. I was able to get everything I wanted in a few orders (they limit 1 style per order).

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WOMEN +J DRY SWEAT LONG-SLEEVE FULL-ZIP HOODIE

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Maybe my favorite piece of the collection. It is intentionally oversized so you can go TTS or size down if you want a slimmer fit. Reminds me of the Nike hooded cape I used to like and have long since misplaced. I obviously got black, and blue. It also comes in white and gray, but I’m not much of a gray person.

WOMEN +J COTTON-LINEN SAFARI JACKET

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Perfect for spring. I love the weight, the pockets, ability to cinch the waist slightly, the muted olive green shade. This is heavier weight and more sleek than the Uniqlo x Tomas Maier flight jacket. It comes in olive (pictured), black, and blue.

WOMEN +J SILK-BLEND OVERSIZED PARKA

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A great shape. It is meant to be oversized. You can size down for a tighter fit or go TTS and be able to layer. The polyester/silk material is a bit high maintenance and I think black is better for the long run.

WOMEN +J SHEER WIDE-RIBBED LONG SWEATER

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A nice ribbed knit. Surprisingly runs large.

What I didn’t like: The crew neck sweatshirt, sweatpants (a bit long), the linen-cotton wrap skirt (too prone to wrinkles). I wish they had tees like the old collection.

Tip: Don’t be bothered by having to return via mail. Pay with PayPal and use the PayPal return shipping refund program. The annual limit is quite generous since many places I shop from have free returns.

to shop / shopping directory: where to buy apc handbags

Last updated Feb 28 2021

Here’s a full directory of where you can find A.P.C. bags on the internet.

  • (*) denotes non-US stores.
  • (**) denotes sale items (as of press time)
  • (***) denotes future sale potential (either markdown or store-wide discount)

A.P.C. is French. It is cheaper in France (as of the current exchange rate) especially if you can obtain a VAT tax refund, however:

  1. Do not underestimate the ease of finding what you want in the store. I’ve stopped by the Rue Royale boutique and Le Bon Marche shop in Paris and they barely had any bags out. But I also didn’t ask if they had anything in the back (I was just browsing).
  2. The French price post-VAT refund is similar to Black Friday sales in the U.S.

I currently have two half-moon (demi lune) bags. They are both textured, embossed like saffiano leather, as reviewed here. I love them and have no plans to expand the APC family as of this time. The colors/texture for this style may be seasonal, so if you love something, don’t wait!
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to shop / recent purchases

1 / ZOJIRUSHI FLIP TOP STAINLESS STEEL MUG

Image: Zojirushi

This was a last minute purchase at Bic Camera in Haneda Airport. Ever since I got this, I rarely use my S’well bottles. I like the flip-open lid (single hand to open or close) and the security of the safety lock if I’m putting it in a bag. It did experience some minor scratches in my bag the very first time I brought it to work but hasn’t had any other casualties since. I only use it to drink water and it is hand-wash only. It comes in 12, 16, or 20 oz. I have the largest size in the beige gold (SM-SE60-NZ).

Available at Amazon or Target (similar).

2 / FOREO UFO 2

Image: Foreo

My new toy and my first FOREO device — the FOREO UFO 2. If you like masking but don’t have a lot of time or want optimal results, the FOREO UFO device line provides results in a few minutes using ultrasonic vibrations, LED light therapy (don’t purchase it for this), thermotherapy, and depending on the model, cryotherapy. You can currently choose between the UFO mini, UFO mini 2, UFO, and UFO 2 (pricing low to high). It’s much easier to find deals on the older UFO mini and UFO models.

I chose the UFO 2 because it has cryotherapy and compatibility with all of their masks. Their masks have enough liquid for you to run it more than once at a time and the settings are all controlled by the app. I have yet to diy masks or cutting down sheet masks since I got a bunch of their masks on sale. The Farm to Face collection is also all natural. I plan on making the mister try it.

Where to find:

  • BeautifiedYou. The UFO 2 is a bit hard to find right now. They also have the other models, have a sitewide discount, and they give two boxes of masks with a device purchase. I got mine from here.
  • SkinStore. New models only, sitewide discount, and a box of masks with device purchase.
  • Foreo. Has bundles.
  • Nordstrom. Best return policy.
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