to shop / recent sales and musings (aug 2019)

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I’d been looking for a minimal baseball cap and found the answer at Everlane (referral link)! It is unisex, lightweight, and I like how it is not shallow. They are not a staple item and the colors get updated whenever they come back in stock. Of course I got it in black. It also comes in white, light grey, and light olive green.

I tried the day glove in leather and reknit. They felt the most comfortable sizing up, however, I did not like the style on my feet. I also noticed the reknit had a very slippery and thin bottom sole. Those aren’t anywhere near the Rothy’s, in case you were wondering.

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I’m really loving this season’s Uniqlo extra fine cotton shirtdresses (mentioned in my last post). It makes a perfect weekend outfit; I’ve found it a little too casual for work. It also has drawn random compliments from strangers. I got it in both stripe colorways (one is a brighter blue and the other is a darker navy blue) and light blue. I hang dry once I take it out of the washing machine and it dries mostly unwrinkled. It fits true to size for an oversized fit — I would recommend not sizing down. The pockets are also deep enough for water bottles, mini umbrellas, sunglasses, etc.

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If you’re interested in something by J.Crew, check Net-a-Porter (US, Europe, Australia), Nordstrom, Nordstrom Rack, and 6pm . (I was surprised by the 6pm! They are owned by Amazon via Zappos.) Prices are not uniform across the board, which can work to your benefit.

My interest with J.Crew goes up and down so it is inevitable that something from a past season catches my eye and sold out, and monitoring popbacks is tiring. I was happy to find this Liberty chamomile red floral shirtdress (Nordstrom Rack, J.Crew, NAP US, NAP FR, NAP AU) and the buffalo gingham shirtdress (Nordstrom Rack, J.Crew) at other shops at reasonable prices. (I’m really into shirtdresses at the moment.)

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Ferragamos are my work and dress shoe of choice. My recent discovery is that all the European boutiques seem to default to the wide width of C for whereas the US retailers default to B. I prefer C only for patent styles. When the sales kicked off last month, I found deals thanks to the European sale prices + favorable exchange rate + free express international shipping. The wide width threw off my plans. Thank goodness for free returns! On a similar note, Bloomingdales is having a pretty good sale and some items get an extra 50% off. Ferragamo sale shoe selections update throughout the day. Gilt also has a pile of Ferragamo shoes but it’s disorganized. I avoid final sale when it comes to Ferragamos because I go between two sizes, even if it’s the same style.

There are still a lot of Repetto deals to be found, especially if you have tiny feet — Farfetch, 24S, Gilt, Shopbop. And Webster has one pink gingham pair for a huge discount (code on top of page). Watch out for final sale as well.

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I really like the APC Meryl quilted bag. They’ve brought it back this season in black, navy, burgundy, and a tan brown, but you can snag it in brick (red? orange?) on sale. There are also some sale bags at Shopbop and APC, but slim pickings.

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If you like Muji and Ikea home goods, you may or may not have discovered Yamazaki Home. As someone who loves white everything, I love their minimalist, thoughtful style. Their products are also carried at Bloomingdales, Amazon, Container Store, Urban Outfitters, West Elm, etc. Prices can vary. I admire more than I’ve actually purchased. If you like to hang clothes temporarily, I have a few of these over the door valet hooks at home. You do have to see if your door would scratch when you close it though.

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Hermes had a popup sale at Short Hills, NJ recently. A friend graciously gave me a ride. It made me think of the Paris soldes from years past (previous). I don’t remember the prices for the Paris sale, but this sale was 50% off US retail. I am the owner of a few more silks (as is my father). I need to research scarf rings. I was about to purchase Hermes scarf cards on eBay, when I found them in PDF on the internet.

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My favorite Drunk Elephant product is the C Firma vitamin C serum. It comes in a very mini 0.27 oz as well as the full 1 oz size. Late last year they released a limited edition midi size (0.5 oz) and included it in the Get Even value set. I’d never used such fresh C Firma before that. I went to look for more but Sephora and Drunk Elephant are sold out of the set. However, it’s still available in Sephora stores in JCPenney stores in the US (locate store and order) and at Space NK UK (they won’t ship to the US).

to shop / irresistible paris and hong kong

I’ve been super lazy about consolidating my pictures. I don’t think I’ve touched Lightroom since a month ago? So, for my non-Instagramming friends, here is a snapshot of recent purchases.

Shu Uemura closed their US counters a few years ago. As much as I love shopping online, it just isn’t the same! I had a few hours to kill in HK and went a little crazy at the IFC mall. Enough to qualify for their VIP club, which comes with a facial and eyebrow shaping that expires in August. Grr. I love Shu’s concealers and am glad I got two point concealers — they aren’t sold in the US (yet?). Their packaging is cute but I think it’s smaller than the old old concealer that I got the last time I was in HK. I’m also in LOVE with the ultimate natural mascara (which was a push by the SA after she gasped at my eyelashes) because it holds a curl better than any other mascara I’ve tried. I used the basic mascara a long time ago and this is its successor. Reviews on MUA are very mixed.
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to shop / some pretty things

I’ve been eBaying like mad these days since I have extra time and my credit card is hemorrhaging from recent shopping. It’s also so rewarding to get rid of “piles” or to find that something new that has been lying around for x years has appreciated in value! I’m not big on making resolutions, but one is to downsize significantly and to make smarter financial decisions.

Here are a few pretty things I’ve picked up lately.

Hermès thin enamel bracelet in blush/gold. I realized after I took the picture that there is still a plastic cover on the lefthand side. It wasn’t even apparent to the naked eye! Now, it looks ghetto but I don’t feel like reshooting. I’m tempted to leave it on since it’s extra protection. I will talk more about the bracelet in my Hermès post.

Comme des Garçons polka dot embossed leather wallet. I love my Baggus so much that I use a pouch as my wallet. People around me cringe all the time, but I often downsize from a normal wallet after moving between purses. It’s time to get back into one and this is a good motivation. It’s absolutely gorgeous and all the reviews I’ve read have said that CdG wallets stand the test of time. It’s also made in Spain! I picked this up for 50% off during a Black Friday sale and it only took me one month to decide whether or not to keep it. 50% off a classic sized CdG wallet is rare!

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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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