weekends / saturday six (2016.02.19)

Six things I liked this week

(1) The new Hulu original show, 11.22.63. James Franco plays the protaganist and travels back in time to before the JFK assassination. Episodes drop once a week and it’s week 1. We’re learning patience.

Image: Hulu

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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 / weekend sales (petit bateau, skincarerx, zara, and shoes!)

Get 25% off sale items at Petit Bateau through Sunday, July 14 with code EXTRA25. I’m a die hard fan of their t-shirts. I’ve worn a variation since 2004. My current favorite are the boatneck tees I previously mentioned, but are no longer sold. Good thing I kind of stocked up? The extra 25% makes the prices pretty reasonable… of course you cannot compare with prices in France. The PB website also leaves much to be desired in terms of styling, product pictures, and basic website functionalities! If you’re looking for modeling pictures, check the French site where the images above are from. Their sizing chart is pretty accurate, but sizing may vary between style.

My picks: Floral rabbit, the Kitsune Mariniere Top, Classic Black V-Neck Top, Colorblock Cardigan (also comes in Tiffany blue…). See all sale items.

If you missed the SkinCareRX sale last month, they are still having some great deals:

I don’t think the two rebates can be combined, but it never hurts to ask.

Zara‘s semiannual sale continues on. Like Forever 21, Zara is a retailer where it’s easy to rack up a bunch of purchases that ultimately have no long term viability, which I really do not like. I’ve unknowingly gone on a Forever 21 and Zara fast, so let’s see if I cave. I was keeping tabs on this lightweight trench coat, since it reminded me of the Baukjen Jodie Trench, but my size ran out and I think it’s still a far stretch from Jodie. I adore Baukjen’s fit and quality. The basic thong sandals (above) look like a great, affordable ($19.99!) alternative to the K. Jacques Delta sandal. I wonder if it’s durable enough for a walk around the city!

Shoescribe is owned by Yoox (which I’ve been avoiding because it’s addicting and time consuming) and has an pretty good shoe sale going on. As someone who doesn’t wear heels often, here are my favorite brands:

to shop / summer sandals (and why i’m disappointed at calypso)

Calypso St. Barth is having an additional 50% off sale, so I wandered over for a browse. The good news is that the stock is decent and some of the AG jean prices are really good. Like the leopard leggings that I compared to Old Navy. While I was on the site, I came across these sandals. Yes, I like all types of nude footwear, so of course I’m looking at nude sandals!

I thought the Erika Metallic Sandal by Sol Sana was very chic.

At $150, it’s not something I would buy without research. So, I googled the sandals. And… I was extremely surprised to find that these sandals actually go for $86 on the “street”. Calypso marked them up almost 2x! Reference: Shopbop and Piperlime. Not cool, Calypso.


Though I try to keep track of what I buy online by pinning to a secret board, I often forget until I open the package. Later in the day, I reached down to open the latest Zara package and found… more nude sandals! I love browsing new arrivals and Zara is usually a weekend activity. As I mentioned a while back, Zara girls’ shoes are a great alternative for those who are sized US 8 or smaller. I’m typically between an 7.5/38 and 8/39 in their women’s shoes and between 5 and 6, converted to girls’ sizing. Most of their shoes go up to 5, but on rare occasions go up to 6.

Note that when you’re shopping the girls’ shoes, you have to scroll to the very bottom of the dropdown for the women’s 5 or 6.

I love the look of these glitter flat sandals and basic ankle strap sandals. And unlike the women’s sandals, the ankle closure is velcro! I’ve never LOVED Zara’s shoes, so I’ll have to think about these for a bit. I tried on the glitter sandals in a 6 and the basic sandlas in a 5. The 6 is slightly big, but let’s not forget how heat affects feet!