Thursday, April 24, 2014

Bags & Scarves from Bloomingdale's Private Sale!

If you live near a Bloomingdale's, you need to run there right now!  Their private sale started today, and there are some amazing deals!  I actually bought a couple scarves and a passport holder (because I travel a lot?  lol) a couple weekends ago during the pre-sale.  So it basically means you buy the items for the discounted price, but you can't actually leave the store with them.  You have to go back on or after the day the sale starts to pick them up (they don't charge your credit card until the day the sale starts).  I went to pick up my scarves today because I am going to San Francisco tomorrow for a few days and it is super cold there and I need them!  But of course when I got there, I had to browse through the purse section and found the large bin where everything was 40% off on top of sales price, PLUS the private sale discount!  It's like $25 off $100 or something, and goes up in increments the more you spend.  So I ended up taking 2 purses home with me!  I was going to give one to my mom and one to my grandma for Mother's Day, but I think I'll keep one and find them something else... lol!

This Kate Spade New York Cobble Hill Canvas Dot Carson shoulder bag/clutch is the one I think I will keep!

This cross body/clutch bag is fun!  Most of it is canvas but the flap cover is cowhide.  I was kind of unsure about it, but one of the sales girls was wearing a black dress and she modeled for me using this bag as a clutch, and I was sold right away!  I need a clutch anyway.  The best part... it was only $70 after all the discounts are taken into account!  It retailed for $228, and Kate Spade has it on sale now for $159.  So Bloomingdale's is half of that.  It is totally totally worth it.

As you can see, the flap cover has a big zipper on it, and it is a huge pocket once you unzip it.  The bag is about a foot long, so it actually will hold a lot even though it's not very wide.

The inside has a zipper pocket on one side and smaller cell phone/misc items pockets on the other side:

I have started liking more and more designs from Kate Spade lately.  I used to think it was just for housewives from the South.  I have no idea why lol.  Actually, it's probably because my best friend from high school moved to Alabama and told me how this brand was the "it" brand for the ladies there.  That was a long time ago though, obviously!

I also got this Coach Madison Small Phoebe leather shoulder bag in chestnut for my mom!  I think she'll love it.  I wouldn't mind keeping it either, since it is such a good deal and it's rather cute!  It was only $110!  I think that's a great price for a pretty big leather bag.  The leather is really nice and soft, and it has soooo much room inside!  Perfect for my mom actually.  She is rather disorganized and having 3 compartments might force her to be more organized?  I don't know, maybe it would do the opposite and she'd never be able to find anything!  Whatever, I still think it's a nice Mother's Day present!  This is how big it is on me:

This chestnut brown color is a nice neutral, but there are also tons of other colors on Coach's website.  It's $358 on there though.  I don't see this color either.  Maybe it's an older color.  

I really like how this bag is a cross between a structured bag and a drapey one:

So there's 2 larger side compartments and one zippered one in the middle:

The zipper compartment is really quite big on its own too.  This bag will hold a lot:


Anyway, so what I really went there to pick up today was this Aqua Skull & Studs scarf!  It sells out super quick apparently, and they get a lot of requests to restock this print.  I happened to snatch it up when someone returned it last time I was there.  I don't know why I like this one since I'm not normally a fan of skulls!  It's also on sale, from $88 to like $40 something.  It is 100% wool.

The colors are tan and navy.  There are studs on some of the skull eyes at the ends of the scarf:

I actually had to pick up another scarf in order to qualify for the discount, so I got the Aqua elephant print circle scarf.  This one is cheaper, but it doesn't feel as nice.  I think I'll return it. 

It's pretty long, and can wrap around my head 3 times!

Lastly, I got this super cute izak passport case!  The print is "New York Mood".  I also saw a Tokyo one, and a few other designs.  I love New York and I like that the front cover has a shopping girl!  So I went for it.  It's not on sale, but it's only $30.

I think I might go back to Bloomingdale's while I'm in San Francisco this weekend!  There were a lot of other cute bags that I could have bought.  But sometimes I exercise self-restraint.  I want to look for another one for my grandma though!  There's still 2 weeks till Mother's Day.  Normally I scramble at the last minute trying to find something.  But thanks to this private sale, I am so on top of it this year!

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Nike Dri-Fit Knit Epic Crew - Super Cute!

I bought the Nike Dri-Fit Knit Epic crew shirt from Nordstrom on a whim last week.  It looked like a cute fit and has some interesting design elements.  It's kind of weird because only some colors are on sale for $64, and the other colors are regular price of $85.  But you cannot tell which ones are on sale until you add each in your cart.  So I added all colors to my cart lol.  Turns out, only the gray one and the dark blue one are on sale.  That works for me, because I actually love the dark blue color.  The color name is Deep Night / White / Cool Grey.  The same shirt on is not on sale in any color.  But, they do have way more colors than Nordstrom carries.

This is the picture from Nordstrom:

This is the one from Nike's website, they have more angles:

I like that the back is totally different!

I like the fit of this shirt better on the Nordstrom model because it is slightly looser.  In my experience with Nike stuff, I usually wear size S.  So I ordered S in this top.  When I first received it, I held it up and thought it looked very big.  But once I put it on, I loved the fit!  It's fits looser just like on the Nordstrom model!  The material is a quite thick knit, and it is really comfortable to wear.  The bottom band is rather tight though.  I'm not sure if it would work very well for someone with wide hips.  

Here it is on me:

So the details on the sleeves are interesting, here are some close ups of it:

Here's the inner side of the sleeve:

Close up of the front:

Side view where you can see the difference in the pattern:

This is actually what the back looks like up close:

The only thing about the fit of this top that is a little imperfect is the boat neck.  If you can see from the below photo, the seam is sewn in such a way that it kind of sticks out on top of the shoulder on both sides instead of laying flat against it:

Oh well.  It's not the biggest deal.  I do really love everything about this top otherwise, so I can live with that.

Another great thing is that even though the Nike logo is on the upper left arm, it is very subtle and blends in well with the shirt.  So I can get away with wearing it as casual wear without it being so obviously a workout top.

I think the regular price of $85 is definitely on the high side, but Nike is kind of overpriced in general.  I'm much happier with it for the sale price.  So I'll have to watch out for it and see if other colors get marked down in the future!  I wouldn't mind grabbing a couple more of these!  The magenta color looks nice, and a black one would be nice too!  =P

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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Sunday Funday!

I just got back from spending the long weekend in Yosemite National Park!  I actually hadn't been there since I was a teenager despite it being only a few hours drive from LA.  So I forgot how breathtakingly beautiful it was there!  It truly deserves to be a World Heritage site.  It also helped that the weather was absolutely perfect this weekend.  It was sunny and in the mid 70s.  We didn't even know, but apparently park entrance is free on holiday weekends!  It's normally $20/car for 7 days which is pretty cheap already.  But being free on the Easter weekend, it was quite crowded there.  I went with my mom, bf and grandma!  We stayed in a cabin at Bass Lake, which is about 20 minutes outside of the Yosemite south gate.  So we were able to go into the park two days in a row instead of feeling rushed to do it all in one day.

One great thing we figured out with the iPhone is that you can take panoramic photos vertically instead of horizontally!  Not sure why I never thought about this, but just hold the phone in landscape and go up instead of to the side.  If this photo of the Grizzly Giant sequoia tree was regular view, you'd only be able to see about 1/3 of it!  But panoramic mode captures the whole thing!

Here's a horizontal panoramic of the Yosemite valley... so pretty!  Panoramic photos are funny though.  Sometimes it makes a "ghost", like a piece of this car appears out of nowhere in the middle of my pic!  Hehe.

I took this photo from the best view point on the way to the valley... it's a point where you can see the two main attractions of Yosemite - El Capitan and Half Dome.  You can also see a waterfall from this view as well, which is called Bridalveil fall.  It is really quite gorgeous!

This is a picture of me walking hand in hand with my grandma towards the Yosemite Fall in the valley!  How cute is she!  =D

So obviously the main reason for going there was to show my grandma the beautiful sites of Yosemite.  But I'm really glad I went back after so many years.  I would like to go back again soon and go on some hikes though.  My 83 year old grandmother is not really in the condition to walk a whole lot.  So we took it really easy this time.

Ok moving onto my workouts!  This week wasn't so good for me!  I skipped two weight sessions.  The first one I skipped because my right arm got really sore from playing tennis last Sunday lol.  My racket is really top heavy, so when I don't play for a while, this always happens.  I skipped the last workout of the week too since I was going to Yosemite for the weekend.  Oh well.  I'm not too concerned about it since I normally get all my workouts in.

Monday 4/14
What I did:  Lower body weights, followed by 30 minutes of the gauntlet.

What I wore:  Lorna Jane Demi tank/bra combo with Lululemon Empower crop in coal/passion and Nike Free 3.0.

Tuesday 4/15
What I did:  This was the day I skipped weights in the morning due to extremely sore arm.  It was supposed to be upper body day so I couldn't really fathom how I would even grab onto any weight.  I went to boxing class in the evening though despite my arm condition!  Different muscles... hehe.

Splits59 Cameron jacket as to and from:

So the past couple times I went to boxing, I had my hair up in a pony tail like I usually do for the gym.  But all the moving and ducking made my hair whip around so much and stick to my sweaty face!  I had boxing gloves on, so it was somewhat awkward to move them.  So this time I decided to put my hair in a pony first, then make a fishtail braid!  It worked really well, and stayed put the whole time!  Little things like this can be such a nuisance.  I hate having my clothes or accessories be a hindrance to my workouts (hence why I buy so much expensive workout clothes lol).

Here's the before and after:

Became a bit messier after an hour long of vigorously moving around... not bad at all!  Happy about my new find.  =D  

Wednesday 4/16
What I did:  Upper body superset weights.  Usually this is my last weight workout of the week.  But since I missed tri/shoulder the day before, I didn't want to only do back/bi and end up being uneven lol.  So I just did the whole body one.  Then I did the 30 minute gauntlet cardio workout.

What I wore:  White Under Armour Achieve tank!  I seriously love this tank and wish I had gotten every color.  Lululemon Free To Be bra in spry blue under it.  Ivivva Rhythmic Crop in spry blue/faded zap/silver spoon.  Nike Frees 3.0s again.

Old school Lululemon Flashback Jacket in dark classic sport gray/angel blue as to and from:

Thursday 4/17
What I did:  Lower body weights and then gauntlet again.  Ugh hate this one and it always makes me look super sweaty like I've been at the gym for 3 hours.

Lululemon Forme Jacket in fatigue camo as to and from - SO glad I got this one!  I love it!

Friday 4/18 - Outfit from Yosemite!  I blew up the Grizzly Giant photo above - I wore the Splits59 Olivia Run tee in barberry, with Lululemon Run Ultra short (very old, like 2009) in black/fruity tootie, and my new Express Camouflage Trucker hat that I got on sale for $16!  It's a men's hat.  But who cares!  Lol.

Saturday 4/19 - Outfit 2 from Yosemite!  You saw this from the back on the photo above as well, where I'm walking with my grandma towards the waterfall.  I wore the Lululemon Swiftly LS in laceoflage, with Lorna Jane Danni vest over, and Lululemon camo Speeds again!  New Balance Minimus Road shoes.

My bf took this pic which I thought was terrible because you couldn't see any of the gorgeous view behind me!  Lol.  He was really tired of taking pics at this point, so it was probably on purpose!  But at least now it's serving a purpose since it does show my whole outfit up close.  Hehe.

I gotta detox from this weekend!  Being out always means not eating as healthy of course.  Especially with my mom who seems to think I'm always hungry 24/7 and wants to stuff my face!  Argh!  Now I feel all bloaty and like I need to drink 5 gallons of water lol.  Ohhhh well!  That's what week days are for!  =P  Back to the grind tomorrow before heading to San Francisco for a few days next week!  Hope you all had a great weekend and a yummy brunch today!

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