to shop / butter scoop flats at

One of my favorite shoe buys of the year: Butter Scoop Flats in camel patent. I love nude-toned shoes and the perfect patent bow. It also helps that I get compliments from strangers, left and right, whenever I wear them.

Image source: and Petit Bateau x Tsumori Chisato.

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general / wishlist

People who know me well, know that I love to give gifts when I feel like it, and not for an occasion. I’m not sure if it’s a part of my Chinese/Taiwanese upbringing, but I especially love sharing food or other small things. It is further encouraged when it is reciprocated. My roommate is a regular recipient of many red bean, hot pink, and/or funky things that I encounter, but for the occasions where I have to gift, I often save things that I get from shopping trips and vacations. I then add it to a stockpile for that person. E.g. P’s birthday present was years in the making.

As much as I like to gift, I am not a big fan of presents because I am particular. Luckily, with age, dinners often replace presents and those who gift has been hitting the mark without prompt. If I had to make a wishlist, what would be on my list, or what would I gift if I didn’t have a stockpile?

Image source: respective manufacturers and major retailers.

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general / recent finds

It’s a tough time for NYC-based shopaholics due to the revolving door of Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Friends and Families, crazy year-end sales, and sample sales. I should be glad that work takes up so much time that I can’t take advantage of some of the sales. What can you do?

Anyways, here are some recent finds that I have been recommending to friends: Crabtree & Evelyn Hand Therapy Cream, more Uniqlo, and Ann Taylor, as well as some old finds that I’ve been raving about for ages: American Express Return Protection and Talika.

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to shop / repetto sales (as of 2010.12.22)

Update: See the Repetto shopping directory post and other recent posts for updated information.

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One of my obsessions is finding Repetto ballet flats on sale. Repettos are beautifully crafted, handmade, quality, French, and chic. They are as delicate as the NYC streets are rough. Stop by a cobbler and get a protective sole affixed. It’s worth the money! I don’t recommend them if you like to run your shoes into the ground.

My favorite is the classic BB style (named after Brigitte Bardot) which has the perfect ballet flat shape. Be warned that they run about a full size small. US 8 M = EU 39.

The end of the season sales have started. Listed in order of best to meh, find Repettos on sale at:

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to travel / european flight bargains

In 2009, I went to Europe 3 times for vacation, thanks to great flight deals!
– May, United Airlines, LGA-IAD-Rome. $300. Booked through CheapTickets.
– September, Delta Airlines, JFK-Zurich. $240. Booked through Delta.
– October, Delta Airlines, JFK-Barcelona. $300. Booked through Delta.

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