Part I: A.P.C. Half Moon (Demi Lune) Bag Review
Part II: A.P.C. Greenwich Bag Review and Comparison with Half Moon

Note: these are not all mine!

The half moon doesn’t look that big, but when you lay out the measurements or compare it with other bags, it’s quite large. I recently checked out the Greenwich. The Greenwich is a classic turnlock crossbody bag that comes in Brick red or Navy blue (almost black) in a calf leather with a glazed finish. It’s pricier than the half moon.

The half moon bag is 0.75 inches deeper than the Greenwich. The Greenwich is slighter taller, but felt too small and slippery with the glazed finish and flap.

Both styles can accommodate a small S’well water bottle. It is definitely easier to access with the Greenwich as it has a top flap versus a sometimes dangerous zipper on a new Half Moon. Overall, the size of this style felt too small and inferior to the Half Moon.

The leather of the Greenwich had subtle veining which was noticeable in brick red. Both colors had some “marks”. I can handle it with the Mansur Gavriel vegetable tanned bag, but not with this style/type of leather. Saffiano leather, I am still a bigger fan of. Lastly, the crossbody strap of the Greenwich is 18.5″ which is almost 3″ shorter than the Half Moon.

The A.P.C. Half Moon in Saffiano wins out due to the quality of the leather, size, and length of the crossbody strap.

Where to Buy

Through today, July 30 11:59PT (unless they extend it), Tata Harper has 20% off $100+ with code BDAYBEAUTY in celebration of Tata’s birthday. While many of her products are carried at other outlets, not all of them are, notably the Beautifying Face Oil. I also love the Resurfacing Mask (reviewed here) and the Regenerating Cleanser (mentioned here). I accidentally got the larger bottle of the cleanser – no regrets since I’m almost half way through. I use this cleanser 2-3x a week as a first cleanser.

There are also a bunch of exclusions, which appears to be the sets and t-shirts. Or you can use my referral for $25 off $100 with no exclusions or expiration.

 

Peach and Lily slashed the prices on most of their Mizon products. The prices are amazing considering they are shipping from within the U.S., although I’m curious to see what the expiration dates are on these. For first time customers, get $10 off $50 with my referral link. For existing customers, try HAPPYSHOPPING for 15% off. The sale goes through next Friday, but I expect stuff to sell out at these prices. All sales are final. If you’ve seen their products at Target, Anthropologie, or Urban Outfitters, Peach and Lily is their distributor.

I had Peach & Lily credit from Rue La La and already had some Be the Skin items in my cart. I dumped a ton of snail items in to use up the rest of my credit. I love snail – it does great things for the skin and I’ll definitely be slathering some of this on the significant other’s dry skin. I also picked up some items I already have in a travel-friendly size.

Update: Sold out!

  • Ampoules ($10 from $38-48). These are super concentrated serums. I’ve used Mizon’s hyaluronic acid, peptide, and collagen one. I’ve been waiting for a good price for the snail repair ampoule. These ampoules are a great deal at $10 and they are on average more than 75% off. I layer these post toner. Don’t skimp on the ampoules or serums!
  • Snail Recovery Gel Cream ($4 from $18). Another one I haven’t tried yet. It’s only $4 for a TSA friendly tube. I plan to use this on summer skin and bug bites.
  • Good Night White Sleeping Mask ($3 from $10). I have the jar version of this one as well. This is not a whitening product, but brightening. I love most things with niacinamide and more hyaluronic acid.
  • Snail Repair Eye Cream ($5 from $10). I have the jar version but appreciate the travel/tube packaging for hygiene. 

Check out the full sale here.

Part I: A.P.C. Half Moon (Demi Lune) Bag Review
Part II: A.P.C. Greenwich Bag Review and Comparison with Half Moon

The half moon is A.P.C.’s signature style and returns every season in different colors and leathers. Both of mine are in embossed/textured saffiano leather — I like longevity. The caramel brown one was from late 2014 and the bordeaux wine red one was from early 2016.
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Gilt has a decent amount of Repetto. Many of the styles and colors are classic. While they aren’t a big discount, you can save another 30% with code STYLE30. The code is good through August 20 and can be used on the rest of Gilt (excluding city) for a max discount of $75. Note: final sale.

Images: Gilt

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  • Cendrillon – formally called the BB after Brigitte Bardot. Classic round toe ballet flat. Size one size up (e.g. if you’re a US 8, wear 39 in Repetto). I’ve found patent styles to run tighter and sometimes size up 1.5 sizes. Patent is the most durable.
  • Flora – similar to Cendrillon, except there’s a patent cap toe. Since the rest of the upper isn’t patent, they can run a little looser than the patent Cendrillon. I recommend sizing one size up as well.
  • Brigitte – relatively new style, this is a pointy toed ballet flat. I don’t recommend sizing more than one size up. I have a pair in black leather and didn’t like the style in patent as much.

View my prior posts on Repetto (including stockists and sales) here.

There are always a few things you can expect every year from this Nordstrom sale — tons of beauty exclusives, activewear that is attractive and in normal colors, Nike, and an exclusive Longchamp le Pliage expandable bag. This sale is a blogger favorite. I’m a bit boring and am not into the trendy Fall items. Nor do I need more skincare for my face or makeup. Items do sell out during the early access/preview for Nordstrom cardholders, which is now through Thursday. I’ve had a Nordstrom card for over 10 years and have nothing bad to say about it. If you need alterations, you also get up to $100 in alterations.

My shopping list is short:

(1) Zella high waisted Live In leggings. I got a pair last year and love them. There is also a cropped version. The normal Live In ones are slim cut and don’t fit my derriere well.

 

(2) Gehwol hand cream and foot kit (not pictured). Gehwol is a serious German brand. The hand cream is moisturizing, not greasy, dries quickly, and is scent-free. The duo lasts forever. I’m not a big fan of scented hand cream, especially in confined spaces. I recently had a spa foot treatment that used a few Gehwol products and am going to try out the foot kit.


Images: Nordstrom

This post is a review of the Anthropologie store in Portland, Oregon and a few Future Glory Rockwell styles that I found there.

I visited Portland, Oregon a few weeks ago for vacation (after visiting numerous times for work). Portland is known for great food and the day trip radius has wine country and scenic views. It just happened that there are two stores that I really wanted to check out. This new Anthropologie store was one of them.

This store reopened in March 2016 as the first of their supersized destination stores. The Newport Beach store has since opened, King of Prussia, Palo Alto, and Walnut Creek are on schedule for later this year. These new stores are great news if you want to check out their home goods (which is so much harder to shop for online and at Anthropologie’s price points). This store is over 25,000 square feet and has two floors. The first floor has most of the ‘showrooms’, design center, beauty area, and sale sections (at least when I visited during the tag sale). The second floor has the fitting rooms, shoe/accessories area, lingerie, activewear, more clothes, more furniture, and a small sale section. The shoe/accessories area has a dedicated salesperson similar to department stores and inventory is kept in the back.

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Note, for Amazon Prime members only (and you can get a free trial…).

The 7-in-1 Instant Pot is now $69.99. It’s an electronic pressure cooker, steamer, and crockpot. You can make yogurt and Chinese fermented sweet rice. The liner’s stainless steel and easy to clean. It’s convenient to sauté and then pressure cook in one pot.

nomnompaleo has a ton of recipes… bone broth, roasts, etc.! I also like Flo Lum‘s videos. Needless to say, it makes a great gift – there are manuals in Chinese, French, Spanish, and English and it’s easy to Google for recipes. This is an Amazon Prime Day Spotlight deal and you only have 14 more hours to claim it!

Other deals worth mentioning? You can get a $10 credit when you purchase a $50 Amazon.com gift card with code GCPRIME16. Cheap Sandisk SD memory cards. Also the cheapest I’ve seen the Kindle Paperwhite.


Image source: Amazon

Prime Day is coming up and Amazon got tons of flack last year for a lackluster inaugural Prime Day. I’m not sure what the final list of promotions will have but it looks like they have started festivities early. Prime members can get $25 off $50 from their Luxury Beauty department with code PRIMEDAY25. The credit applies after your next Amazon Luxury Beauty order and has to be for one of these brands and sold by Amazon.com. My recs? I might finally try the La Roche Posay Anthelios serum. I recently tried the Oribe dry texturizing spray and apres beach wave and shine spray. The jury is still out on the apres beach spray, but I really like the dry texturizing spray and already got it in the Iarger size. I also like the Mio dry brush. Somme Institute Transport pads are great for icky skin (previously mentioned). I’m not sure when this deal expires but I assume it will be over after July 12 (Prime Day).

If you don’t have Prime, you can pay monthly instead of an annual subscription for a slightly higher rate. What do I use Prime for?

  • Free 2 day shipping, some same day shipping. This is a lifesaver, especially when I have a trip or presents to shop for. Also if you’re into beauty products, anything shipped by Amazon.com/Prime has gone through some due diligence so you can rest assured that it’s most likely not a fake. Asian beauty products can be much more economical when buying on Amazon.com versus a proper US distributor.
  • Prime Video (you can download tv shows/movies to your phone/tablet and watch it offline),
  • Prime music (similarly, you can download playlists, etc. and play it offline – great for road trips)
  • Share with family members. My mom loves her Prime!

And if you have a Discover card, this quarter’s 5% cashback bonus includes Amazon.com.

 

I’m a huge fan of deluxe samples/travel sized products for testing and travel. This Sephora Soko to Tokyo customizable set sold out so fast when it was initially posted.

Pick 5 items for $25. All are Korean or Japanese products. It comes with a case that I don’t care for. Best yet, based on how this item is coded, you’ll get free shipping.
Of course some items are more valuable than others, but do check the product size and pick what you would really use. For example, the SK-II cream is a ridiculous size. I’m a fan of Caolion masks, never can have too many travel sized moisturizing items like Belif or AmorePacific, and have never tried the highly rated Egg mask. Don’t go by the price of what Sephora assigned to each item. (And if you want duplicates of anything amongst the five, you can adjust it in your cart…)

Image: Sephora

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