Friday, November 27, 2015

What I Got From Black Friday Sales!

Maybe the title of this post is a little misleading, since I bought A LOT of stuff yesterday from the Black Friday deals online!  I didn't even plan to shop at all, but then I started drinking and the wine made me buy more and more... lol!  But of course I haven't gotten anything I bought online yesterday yet.  However, I did send my bf to the Tory Burch store for me today to look for a couple items that are sold out online (he works really close to the store).  If you haven't seen it already, Tory Burch is having a pretty good sale right now both online and in stores.  It's 30% off of everything, including sales price!  There are 2 items I've been drooling over for the past month or so which is basically this whole outfit:

I first fell in love with the Sarava Boots when I walked by their store front.  The color on the picture the model is wearing is "red gate" and it is sold out on the US site already.  But you can still check them out at the EU site here.  I think it's gorgeous and unique!  I also love the braid detail around the ankles.

I really considered getting them at the original price of $750.  But now they have gone on sale for $525 and with the 30% off, they are only $367 which is a looooot more reasonable than $750!  I didn't have high hopes that they would still be available in the stores in my size, so yesterday I bought them online in the "glabra brown" color at Bloomingdales on sale for $525 as well.  Bloomingdales had additional 25% off, so they were like $400ish.  Brown was not my first choice though, since I already have brown boots and the red gate color is just so striking!

I was very pleasantly surprised when my bf was able to get the red gate ones for me today.  So I guess when the brown ones get delivered, I'll just return them.  I do love these boots so much that I'd consider keeping both colors though... lol!  Here are the red gate ones on me:

I really like boot shapes like this where the ankle area is not fitted.  I know that a lot of people don't like that though.  I'm always surprised when I read reviews about different boots online and see people complaining about loose fitting ankles.  I actually dislike fitted ankle style on boots.  So I guess it's a matter of personal preference.

These are in size 7.  I typically wear size 6 in pumps, sneakers, sandals, etc. but I always size up to 7 in boots.  So I'd say these are true to size.  The leg opening on top is a bit tight though, despite the loose ankles.  And there is only a half zip on the inside of the boot, so it is not the easiest thing to pull them on, especially over jeans.  If you have proportionally larger calves, then these most likely will not fit.  But if you can get them on, they are so gorgeous!  The 4 inch heel height doesn't feel bad either, since the heel is chunky.

The leather is stiff enough that it will stand up on its own and not loose shape or slide down as you walk.

Here's the inner side where you see the half zip:

The boots came in the biggest box and bag ever!  My bf was mad that he had to walk around while carrying this to the car lol:

Now, the dress I wanted was the Crepe Tie Neck Bias Cut dress in vertical lyon.  It is now on sale from $550 to $330.  With additional 30% off, it is $231.  It's sold out online as well, but Nordstrom has it for $385.  You don't get the additional 30% off at Nordstrom though, so if you like it, I'd recommend going to a store to see if they have it.

So I never tried this dress on before, I just thought it would be cute.  I got size 2, which seems to be the right size.  However, the fit is just off on me and I can't make it work.  I think I'm too short for it or something.  The proportion is just not right.

It's too long or something.  The waist is also too long.  I think I'd need to be a good 2-3 inches taller (I'm 5'5) to wear this right.  So sad!!!  But it has to go back.  

The tie is completely removable, by the way.  So you don't have to wear it at all.

Zipper on the side:


This is the "bias cut" hem of the skirt:

I think if you are tall and lean like the model, it will probably look great on you.  I tried wearing it with the boots like the model has, and it looked even worse.  Oh well!

So other than these 2 items from Tory Burch, I bought a bunch of other things.  I actually got a 3rd pair of boots from Tory Burch online yesterday - the Devon tall boot.  They will probably get returned now that I got the Sarava boots though, unless they are super amazing or something.

Vince is having a great sale too, which is extra 25% off sale (code BFEXTRA25).  Here are the items I got: 
Dempsey Boot in ceramic (yes another pair of boots... lol.  I can't help myself)
Stamped Croc crossbody in forest (though I love the red and purple colors too)
Ribbed Sleeve jacket in white, also available here in more sizes
Wool and Cashmere Striped Vest, also available here in more sizes

From Gilt (combine codes BLACKOUT40 for extra 40% off, and FREESHIP for free shipping):
DvF Jumpsuit
Burberry Belt in black

Vince Camuto Faran Cork Platform Wedge in rosewood (use BLACK40 for 40% off)
2 pairs of Louboutin shoes on Tradesy lol.  They are having $200 off $1000 with code GET200.  Also have $50 off $300 (GET50) and $500 off $2500(GET500)).  Obviously $200 off $1000 and $500 off $2500 are the same discount % wise (20%), whereas $50 off $300 is lower (~16.6%).  So in my buzzed state, I figured that it was the best deal to spend $1000 lol.

Anywayyyy.... I think I'm done shopping now.  Haha.  Will probably return some of this stuff too.  But what can I say... I felt like treating myself a little, since I did just receive my sign on bonus from my new job and cashed out on an investment account so I might as well blow it on stuff!  =)

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Splits59 Black Friday Sale!

Is it just me or are retailers having Black Friday sales earlier and earlier now?  Splits59 started theirs starting last weekend and I made and received my order already!  They are having a 30% off for Black Friday deal (code BF30) which is probably the biggest discount I've ever seen from them on regular priced merchandise.  So I knew it was my chance to get those couple items I've been wanting!  

So, I got the Sabrina Matrix tank in white/glory/black because I love Sabrina tanks and this one has a very striking color combo:

Ok, I am keeping this tank, but I have to say I was a bit disappointed after I took it out of the box.  Once again... what is up with Splits59 sizing???  It seems every few months I don't order from them, they change up their sizing completely.  I have many versions of the Sabrina tank, and the older version in size XS is huge.  Then they started making the cut smaller so I started getting size S and loved the fit.  Now with this tank I just ordered, it seems they are making them even smaller?!  I got it in size S and it is at least an inch shorter than my other ones.  The front is also cut a little bit too high from what I like.  I would have sized up to M if I had known, because I always prefer longer tanks.  Though this tank as it is, is not so short that I cannot wear it.  It's like barely ok length in my opinion lol.  So I can't be bothered to go through the trouble of making an exchange.  I just really wish they would be consistent with sizing.

Here it is on me:

Aside from the length, or lack thereof, it is pretty though.  I love the mesh details and colorblocking.  I'm such a sucker.

The back is more sheer than the pic above shows.  Here's what it looks like when not worn:

Secondly, I got the Olivia Matrix Run Tee in white/black.  Of course this is the beautiful top I already own in crystal/heather grey.  At the time I got the gray one, I also liked the black.  So I knew the black one was going to be mine some day.  And apparently that someday is today lol.

This one has consistent sizing as compared to the gray one.  So it is also in size S and fits the same.  I love it.

Again, love the mesh and colorblocking!

So, the Black Friday deal is pretty decent and shipping is free if you order over $100!  The 2 items I got barely made it over $100 so I got the free shipping as well.  Not bad price at all for the two!  If the tank was a smidge longer, I'd be a super happy camper. 

Monday, November 23, 2015

Belated Sunday Funday!

Sorry I'm late with the Sunday Funday post!  I went to San Francisco for a short weekend trip and everything became super hectic.  I'm actually writing this from the airport right now lol.  Just waiting to board so might as well use the time wisely!

So this week was my second week at my new job and I somewhat got into a routine with my gym/work balance.  Though as I mentioned last week, I was on my old company's corporate gym membership plan which was canceled.  So I wasn't able to renew my membership till Tuesday last week which was annoying.  Plus the fact that I was going to be out of town this weekend, I wasn't able to complete my workouts again.  This week is not looking too great either since it is Thanksgiving week and my gym doesn't even open until the time I'm supposed to be at work lol.  Anyway, I'm already planning on lengthening my month 13 of the Get Glutes program from 4 weeks to 5 weeks.

Monday 11/16 - No gym membership yet

Tuesday 11/17
What I did:  Started with strength #4 since I was only able to complete 1-3 last week.

What I wore:
Top:  Splits59 Serena Embroidered tank
Bra:  Lorna Jane Lustre bra
Bottom:  Lorna Jane Mosaic Tight
Shoes:  Nike Free 5.0 TR Fit 4 in ash

To and From:  Lululemon Snug Sprinter Jacket in heathered slate dream rose

Wednesday 11/18
What I did:  Strength #1

What I wore:
Bottom:  Lululemon Wunder Under Pant in giant houndstooth dip dye

Thursday 11/19 - no workout, but here's what I wore to work:
Jacket:  Vince Crepe Vest
Bottom:  Express Columnist Pant in navy gingham check

Friday 11/20
What I did:  Strength #2

What I wore:
Bottom:  Lululemon Inspire Crop in deep zinfandel
Shoes:  Nike Free 5.0 TR Fit 4 in purple venom

Saturday 11/21 - Since it is quite a bit cooler in San Francisco, I got to wear for the very first time my Vince leather legging that I got from their sample sale!  If there was such a thing as the perfect leather legging weather, this was it lol.  This picture was as good as it gets from the hotel room mirror.

Top:  Vince Scuba Leather Jacket in off white

Sunday 11/22 - I actually brought gym clothes to workout in in the hotel gym.  However, after I got up, I decided to just take a hike up to the Coit tower!  The walk from my hotel wasn't very far, but there were A LOT of stairs to get up to it!  So that counts as a workout.  =)

Here's a portion of the stairs... definitely makes you feel like you are outside of a big city:

Then finally the tower itself!

So I actually grew up in San Francisco, and the Coit Tower was one of the places I'd take all visitors to.  You can catch a really nice view of the city from up there and it is relatively cheap to get up there ($8 per adult).  I decided to go up there since it was a pretty nice and clear day.  I got really good 360 degree visibility!

Bay Bridge and the piers

Downtown view

Golden Gate Bridge

So that was fun to play tourist in a city you grew up in!  But I actually do feel more like a tourist than anything else when I am in San Francisco.  I just haven't lived in the city for so many years and there are many new developments that have taken place.  It was still a nice and relaxing weekend though, since I didn't feel the need to do ALL the touristy things.  

Anyway, here's what I wore to the hike up to the tower:
Shoes:  Onitsuka Tiger Serrano Sneakers from the tokidoki collection

Don't mind the bf in the back haha

And that's my week!  Hope you all had a great one as well!

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