to shop / {sale alert} 50% off urban outfitters sale

From now through 7am Tuesday morning, get an additional 50% off sale items at Urban Outfitters. No code needed and automatically shows up in your cart. I’m not a fan of their house brands, but like most of their third-party brands. My picks:


Image source: Urban Outfitters

Keds Pointer Leopard Sneaker ($30) / BAGGU Canvas Duffel ($35) / Bing Bang x UO ring ($10)
Hazel Embroidered Dress ($30) / Vegan Leather Jacket ($50) / BAGGU Canvas Duffel ($35)
INDISPENSABLE Sashiko Tote Bag ($35) / New Balance 574 ($35) / Cosabella soft bra ($25)

to shop / reviews!

(1) There was a frenzy a while back and this Love Sam lace blouse sold out. But, then Shopbop restocked and Anthropologie got it too. It’s a copy of Etoile Isabel Marant’s Garbo blouse from last summer. I don’t have the appetite for Etoile Isabel Marant prices, so this will suffice. It is on the shorter side and runs big. It’s super breezy for hot summer days. It comes in black as well on Shopbop, but it’s too dark for the summer!

(2) I’m not keeping this mesh dottie top by Sweet Pea from Anthropologie, but some people might like the style. It’s a bit too vintage for me.

(3) My favorite proper striped boatneck mariniere is from Uniqlo (second would be Petit Bateau!). Warning, it runs big and is a heavier cotton so it’s not for hot weather. I have two from a few years ago and they both have held up very well. Sidenote: If you get your hands on the Airism slip, it’s fabulous for hot weather. It’s hard to find though – sold out super fast in the US and I didn’t even see it in HK/Singapore.
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to shop / {sale alert} baukjen, j.crew, clare vivier, & keds

  • Clare Vivier pouch/clutch – 50% off in black perforated and purple basketweave (I’ve seen the basketweave in person and it’s very beautiful and durable). They are a great size and perfect for a big purse.
  • Baukjen Maryna Blazer and Jodie Trench – Take 10% off all sale items with code SALE10 through midnight tonight. I previously reviewed the blazer here. It is now 70% off for the black and 50% off for the cobalt blue. It runs true to size and the quality is impeccable. And I’ve been waiting for this drapey trench to go on sale for ages. Do not get expedited shipping unless you want to pay customs. (P.S. For my readers who are expecting, check out sister label, Isabella Oliver.)
  • J.Crew elbow-sleeve tee in stripe in neon azalea ivory – I love neon pink stripes and have to admit this is my third article of clothing with neon pink stripes. It’s currently on sale for 20 bones and the deal gets sweeter when a 30 or 40% off promotion is in effect. It runs slightly big and is one of the few striped items I have that could never be work appropriate.
  • Keds pointer canvas flats – You can find the {pretty much sold out} hot pink pointers (in collab with Kate Spade) here and in black jute here. Sizes are very limited. I find they run true to size unlike other Keds styles. There is also a snakeskin print available here and here.

to shop / leopard coats and accents

There is a ton of leopard on the market, but not all are tastefully done.

I like Gryphon, which was started by a former Vogue writer. After seeing this 2010 snow leopard print wool coat on Lucky’s Emily Hsieh (major girl crush) and another blogger, I stalked, stalked, and stalked until I was met with success earlier this season. It fits beautifully, much better than the Emerson Fry leopard linen wingtip coat which reminded me of a lab coat. I just need to get it to the dry cleaners first. (Update: I am selling this in size M, please leave a comment or email me at irenelikes at gmail if you are interested!)

I am still intrigued by the faux fur leopard coat. The Forever 21 was too big, the Mango one is pretty sold out, and the ASOS looks more appealing than the F21 one since there are numerical sizes.

Forever 21 Leopard Faux Fur Jacket (on sale for $22 with code HOLIDAY50) / Mango Animal Print Faux Fur Coat (on sale for $99.99 / newer style on sale here) / ASOS Coat in Leopard with Button Front (on sale for $61.57)

If you prefer a small amount of controlled leopard, check out the Keds Champion Laceless Animal (find here or here – note 6pm’s price sometimes fluctuates to $18). They run TTS to slightly big but not enough to size down.

For a subdued leopard, there are also these comfy Old Navy Rockstar Animal Print Jeans. Similar to my post on their chambray shirt, the pros are a classy print, various color/sizing options, and they are super affordable. The color on the left is super subtle in person.


Images from Vogue, Gryphon, Gilt, Mango, Forever 21, Old Navy, ASOS.

to shop / cheerful casual flats

I rarely wear heels. More often than not, I’m in ballet flats, but that doesn’t stop me from keeping tabs on other flats. I do blame my roommate’s Toms catalog for inciting this shoe lust. Here are some of my faves (and don’t they look so cheerful?).

(Left to right)

* = (Use code FRIENDS for 20% off. Expires 4/1.)

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Note on sizing based on my extensive research: Keds runs 1/2 size large to TTS. Toms runs TTS, but the lace ones run 1/2 to a full size larger. Charles Philip runs 1/2 size small. Let me know if you get/try any of these!

I also discovered Dr Scholl’s Palma metallic striped (or Eyelet) espadrille flats since I initially drafted this post. Check them out!