Luxury Shopping Haul and Tips

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Do you ever feel like you always over spend at your favorite store? Well today I want to shared with you my luxury shopping tips:

Tip 1: Know your budget
At the beginning of my search, I give myself a budget for beauty products, luxury items and fashion accessory. Know how much you can spend and be very disciplined to not spend over the set budget. This will allow you to have another budget for the next season!

Tip 2: Pre Shop
What is pre shop? Use the internet and help you find what you are looking for and how much you can save. i,e, Ebates offer third party online shopping and gives you 2% – 10 % cash rebate or current sales and coupons. I usually use this site for Sephora and Nordstrom online shopping. Remember, every little bit counts!

Tip 3: How will this item impact your total look
Do I really need these shoes? Do I realty need another handbag? I am sure you ask yourself this a lot haha. For me, I always do a mental inventory check and make sure the luxury item will improve or add versatility to my current wardrobe.

I hope these tips help you make a more budget conscious decision while you’re shopping.

Now, I want to show you what I purchased from Hawaii!

Louis Vuitton Pocket Organiser

3.1 x 4.3 inches
(Length x Height)- Matte cowhide leather trim
– Mix of cowhide leather & cotton lining
– 1 external pocket
– 3 credit card slots
– 5 interior pockets
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– Dimensions: 1.13 cm / 0.4 inches
– Gold- and Palladium-plated brass and SWAROVSKI®ELEMENTS
– Design incorporating LV initials; engraved damier pattern on LV motif
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Hermes leather bracelet
Black box calfskin
Palladium plated hardware, 15.5″ long, 2.5″ diameter, 0.5″ wide, 6.7″ circumference.
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Spring Look Book –

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“For me, tailoring is the backbone of menswear.
This linen blazer is perfect, because it’s lightweight for warmer weather, and still has a sharp line and cut.”  DAVID BECKHAM

It’s spring time and it’s time to get a new look. I’d like to show you how pick the best look for less and use what you already have in your closet to create the perfect look for spring.

There are many affordable men’s fashion brands available now. Here is my philosophy on fashion:

1. Always know your budget for spending
2. Know what looks the best on you
3. Study and see what’s new and hot
4. Do research before you shop
5. Invest on the key pieces i.e. jacket, Pants..etc

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Melange Blazer $79.95   Patterned Cotton Shirt $29.95  Chino Slim Fit light pink $29.95
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Fine Knit Sweater $34.95 Suit Pants Skinny Fit $29.95

After some research, I decided to purchase from H&M for 2 major reasons:
1. The price is within my budget

2.  David Beckham is the face and he also designed the look.

 

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Look One – Casual Friday 
Melange Blazer $79.95
Fine Knit Sweater $34.95
Chino Slim Fit light pink $29.95
Donald J Pliner Shoes $$

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Look Two – 
Patterned Cotton Shirt $29.95
Chino Slim Fit light pink $29.95
Gucci Hang Bag $535
Karlito $$$$
Donald J Pliner Shoes $$
Louis Vuitton Sunglass $$$

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Look Three – 
Patterned Cotton Shirt $29.95
Suit Pants Skinny Fit $29.95
Donald J Pliner Shoes $$
Louis Vuitton Sunglass $$$

 

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Look Four – 
Suit Pants Skinny Fit $29.95
Ted Baker Coat $$
Louis Vuitton Scarf $$$
Fendi Bird Mini Shoulder Bag $$$
Donald J Pliner Shoes $$

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Look Five – Sport Chic 
Suit Pants Skinny Fit $29.95
Melange Blazer $79.95
Louis Vuitton Shoes $$
Cashmere Hoodie $$

 

Fendi Karlito Review

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Key charms have been very popular in the past few years and Fendi’s monster was the leader of this trend. Last February, super model Cara Delevingne opened the Fendi show with Karlito, which was a personal gift from creative director, Sylvia Venturini Fendi, to designer Karl Lagerfeld.
Ever since the show, Karlito became a huge demand. This super cute Karlito was sold out within a few days. I was lucky enough to get one of the famous Karlito in December and here is my review.

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First impression:  The Fendi Box. This was my second purchase from Fendi and I was not impressed with their box. It sounds silly but when you purchase these luxury items every detail counts from the tissues, box, ribbon to the handle of the bag. However, this box does have Karl’s autograph.

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Second impression: After I opened the box, the Karlito was wrapped in plain tissue paper. It looked very sad. Honestly,  I feel disappointed with the presentation. I was hoping Fendi will offer a stand to house Karlito. The box also included a dust bag too.
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The Karlito key charm looks super cute! I love how Fendi used three (3) different types of fur to create this; the black mink is used for the sunglasses, sliver fox fur for the body and white goat fur for the hair. The Karlito looks just like mini Karl Lagerfeld. His signature black sunglasses, high collar with a black tie and, of course, the ponytail. I think I will only bring Karlito to special events. He will stay in my walk-in closet inside a museum case. The Karlito took the fashion industry by storm! I hear Fendi is planning to make a super mini Karlito in spring 2015. I will definitely keep my fingers crossed!

Let me know your thoughts. Thanks for reading this!

 

 

 

Tom Ford Lips & Boys Review and Color Swatches

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On December 26, 2014, one of the biggest launches was Tom Ford Lips & Boys. 50 mini size Tom Ford lipsticks became available to the public. So what’s the big deal? Well it’s the most smart marketing ever, if I may say. These lip sticks were name after 50 men who influenced Tom Ford… Thats right! They named the colors after male names. Who won’t want to wear Adriano or Luca.
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These are mini size 0.07 oz, cost $32. Everything looks just the same as the regular size lipstick 1.0 oz for $50. Both lipsticks have the same ingredients: soda see extract , Brazilian murmur butter and chamomila flower oil. I think it’s the size of this luxury lipstick that got everyone talking about it. It’s so easy to carry around! When you’re going to the club with a smaller purse, lipstick is by far the most important make up you need to bring so a smaller size is in demand!

Tip: There are 50 colors available but you do not need to buy all 50. Purchase one shade in each color family group. For example, purchase just one orange shade then use a different colored lipliner to create multiple colors from that one (orange) color! Create many different colors with all your favorite shades!

I ordered Adriano, Luca, Alexander and Didier. The Tom Ford makeup artist picked out these colors for me because he thinks these are going to be the hottest colors for Spring. I like how these lipsticks just glide smoothly onto my skin. It’s also good for dry lips too!

Here are the swatches for these colors.
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Luca 31
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Didie 48
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Alexander 21
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Also here are the size comparisons between 1 0z – 0.7 oz to the super mini 0.3 oz
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Fendi Demi Jours Mini Bird Crossbody Bag

My new philosophy on purchasing designer items is really based on limited editions either by season or quantity. Why? So it’s less likely I’ll walk into someone who has the same bag. I am sure you all have the same experience. I am sure it’s most awkward especially if they wear it better.  Another reason is that limited pieces retain value much better and they most likely won’t go on sale.

Speaking of limited edition bags, I recently purchased a Fendi Demi Jour Mini Bird Crossbody Bag from the spring 2015 bird themes resort collection. Just look at the bag! How can anyone say NO?! But what really sold me is when I found out there are only 80 pieces of this available in USA. Guess what I said? ” I’ll take it!” And of course, the sales person at Fendi was so nice and not pushy at all.

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Let’s take a closer look of this super adorable bag!

A sleek structured bag in saffiano leather printed in a multicolor bird motif for boldness and charm.
Top handle, 1″ drop

  • Removable, adjustable crossbody strap, 20″-24″ drop
  • Magnetic flap closure
  • One inside zip pocket
  • One inside open pocket
  • Fully lined
  • 9″W X 6″H X 5″D
  • Calfskin
  • Made in Italy
  • Retail at $2050

After one month of purchase, the Fendi sales person sent me a Christmas gift of the bird collection. They are so cute! I will purchased my next Fendi bag from her again .

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Currently, this bag is already sold out in the USA. You can actually find them on Ebay at a higher price . Let me say this… when you see your bag on eBay selling at a higher price, you did good!

Louise Vuitton Mask Cruise Collection 2015

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Who said purchasing a limited edition bag will break your bank?
I have been on a mission to find a limited edition designer item at a reasonable price! And I came across this Louise Vuitton 2015 Cruise Tribal Mask Collection!

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TRIBAL MASK KEY POUCH $ 660 
This collection is inspired by Gaston Vuitton’s Africa Tribal Mask back in 1931. For $660 you can own a limited edition piece from LV that is both cute and useful! This Key Pouch 5.5 x 3.1 is small but big enough to carry ID and cash. I would say this is prefect gift for your love one this holiday season.

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Designer Men Shoes – Donald J Pliner

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Pascow Men’s Snake-Beaded Velvet Loafer, Burgundy

For a very long time, I never felt a need for designer shoes. The reason ? Well men shoes usually look alike so why spend so much money on it?!

This all changed when I purchased my first full price Jimmy Choo at Neiman Marcus. I have been collecting designer shoes ever since then. However, I have to say shoes are not a very good investment. But they will look very good in my closet… and for what I do! Dress to kill! Hehehe

While I was in Tampa, Florida, I purchased my first pair of Donald J Pliner at Neiman Marcus.
What caught my eyes were the beautiful details of the stone Snake. This is all hand-made, one stone at the time, craftsmanship from India. The bead embroidery is called “Karigar” Beaded embroidery. It’s like painting with beads. And the ruby red is the perfect match for the company I work for! So, I’ll look amazing on stage!
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You will be surprised at how many people look at you from head to toe. That’s right! They all start with the shoes.  Well, I do that to other people. I believe that when some one has clean shoes, it shows that this person takes good care of himself.

This Donald J Pliner is the Donald Signature. Signature reflects the bold and eclectic Donald J Pliner brand heritage. European craftsmanship, exceptional style and Donald’s unique talents combined to create a world class design featuring exquisite materials and exclusive detailing.  As you can see from the images.

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Foot Friendly : About Donald J Pliner: from the very beginning (he launched his line in 1989)
Donald J Pliner has been devoted to designs that are both comfortable and chic. He calls it “high -fashion comfort and refuses to believe that shoes can’t be both stylish and wearable.

 

Louis Vuitton Fall 2013 Modul Collection Review

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Louis Vuitton Modul Bag, Strap and Clasp

I have been collecting Louis Vuitton for the past 20 years. If you were to ask “why” I have been drawn to Louis Vuitton, it would be very difficult for me to articulate one specific reason. Louis Vuitton quality and useability certainly rank very high on my list, not to belittle the overall design and travel friendly features which I love so much. Nevertheless, I have never been disappointed with a LV purchase.

If you are like me, we are always looking to get the most for our money. Therefore, when considering a Louis Vuitton purchase, I would highly recommend that you consider buying your designer bag in a department store such as Saks Fifth Avenue or Neiman Marcus. Service at these high end department stores is excellent, and you can enjoy their points system when you make your purchase using a store credit card. I commonly get a nice gift card which I use toward the purchase of cosmetics etc.

Last year I began purchasing as many Louis Vuitton limited edition items as I could afford. Secretly, I convinced myself that I needed an upgrade … but don’t tell anyone LOL … not to mention how much we hate to stumble across another LV enthusiast with the same bag! One great thing about Louis Vuitton is that they protect their limited editions by truly limiting the number of those items they produce.

  1. Show pieces
  2. Limited quantity
  3. Limited base on event or location

Not all limited bags are over $3000, it depends on the styles, and sometime you can get an amazing LV limited edition for under $1500. So don’t be shy asking for the limited edition bag next time your in the market, you may be happily surprised.

I was in Saks Fifth Avenue Beverly Hills, CA and saw this bright yellow clutch and immediately fell in love. The bag is called MODUL, it features the famous Damier Couleur canvas, in last fall’s design. It comes in five colors: Pistache (light mustard color); Cyan (blue color); Minosa (yellow color); Carmine (red color); Quetsche (purple color); and Piment (orange color). I loved the Minosa (yellow color) so much, I just had to get it!

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The actual bag size is 11″ x 7.1″ x 2″ inches, and is big enough to carry I Pad (without case) cell phone and a flat wallet. This clutch is not designed to carry your whole life in it, just a “grab and go” kind of bag. The shoulder strap is too short for me, so I also purchased the gold Ring Key Chain. The gold Ring Key Chain matches perfectly with the hardware on the bag and extends the shoulder strap another 10-12 inches.

I really enjoy sharing my Louis Vuitton shopping experience with everyone, feel free to send me a comment and and any feedback. I created a very special video for the Louis Vuitton Modul Bag, check it out!