Monday, January 23, 2012

My Beige Quilted Chanel WOC !

Happy Birthday, Happy Anniversary - Happy Everything...

A Chanel WOC (Wallet on a Chain) has been on my wishlist for a long time. Hubby promised me one as a combined birthday/anniversary present and we were just waiting to find the right bag. I knew I wanted a classic style and color to use as an evening clutch - tan was my top choice, but I would have settled for black.

The Toronto boutique mainly carried black WOCs and were always out of stock when I called. As we're on holiday, I called the local Chanel boutique - and they said they had a wide selection of colors (yellow, lavender, turquoise) but no beige or black. I decided to drop by the boutique anyway, just to try a WOC on in person. The SA was super helpful and was looking through the cabinets to see if they had any classic colors in stock. Just then, another SA came by with my ultimate dream WOC - it wasn't listed in stock - but it was just magically waiting for me :-)

I'm SO in love with this bag - this color is the prettiest beige I've seen because it has blush pink undertones (so me!!!). I also love the gorgeous quilting and the delicate logo - I'm so happy and feel so blessed to receive something that I'd been dreaming about. I never thought that I'd own a Chanel bag - I still can't believe that it's mine!

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Saturday, January 21, 2012

Shopping My Closet: a Week of Vacation Outfits

We've booked a spur-of-the-moment holiday - last Saturday we purchased our tickets and we'll be off tomorrow! I've been super-busy, which is why I haven't had time to write a blog post until now. I've decided not to purchase any new outfits for this holiday because:
1) I'd rather shop at my destination
2) There are *some* items in my closet with the tags still on! I should wear them before purchasing anything new.

Here are some of the outfits I've put together (I heard this great tip that you should photograph your outfits before you go on holiday so you remember what goes together - and only pack what is necessary). I'm taking several necklaces and shoes, but keeping it simple with my earrings and wristwear. (Items with  ** still had their tags on)
Old Navy top, H&M necklace, Old Navy skirt**, Payless sandal
H&M shirt, Forever21 necklace, Old Navy skirt**, Payless sandals
Forever21 top, Garage shorts, Old Navy flip flops
Old Navy top, H&M necklace, Garage Shorts, Payless Shoes

Amrita Singh Nello Necklace, Forever21 top, Old Navy jeans, Payless sandals)
Express top**, H&M necklace, Old Navy jeans, Old Navy leopard flats**
Old Navy top**, H&M necklace, Old Navy jeans, Old Navy flats**
Old Navy Dress & Sweater, Payless sandals
H&M top, H&M necklace, Garage leggings, Payless sandals
My most shamefully neglected item was the black skirt - I purchased it from Old Navy in 2008 when we were living in New York! I'm not sure about the brown leggings and sandals in my last outfit - I may switch it out with black leggings and sandals (one less pair of shoes to pack!).

I better finish up my packing much to do before tomorrow! I'm taking my laptop with me, so hopefully I'll be able to blog again next week.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Playing Catch Up

It seems like I haven't blogged in forever! These past two weeks we were struck down with the flu, and mine still hasn't gone away..I was finally prescribed some antibiotics today.

I thought I'd do a quick post sharing some of the shopping I did over the holidays (mostly in December). I took advantage of the online discounts at Old Navy and Garage. I wish I had modelling pics for everything - but I'm just not feeling up to it at the moment.

Old Navy Blue Stripe Cardigan -  loose-weave cardigan - very easy to wear. I got mine on sale for $17 (originally $39).
Old Navy Double V-Neck Pullover in Camel. (Originally $34, I paid $13.99) A camel v-neck is a classic piece. I nearly chose a cashmere one from another store, but decided against it because it was dry-clean only. This will be much easier to take care of, even if it's not as luxurious as the other one!
Old Navy Skinny-Mini Flare Jeans - (Originally $36.94, I paid $20). I love the fit of these jeans - and the length is just right too. I picked up two pairs in the dark rinse - one for everyday wear and one for when I dress I the only one who worries about their dark jeans fading too fast?
Old Navy Black Booties (Originally $34.94, I paid 24.50). I'd been waiting for these to go on sale - I think they'd look great paired with opaque black tights and a cute dress. And - even though these are heels - they are RIDICULOUSLY comfy - as are most other Old Navy shoes I've purchased. I'm so excited to have found comfy heels - I mostly live in flats! The picture is of the grey version, as they've sold out of the black one online.
I also received my chanel-inspired flats that Lilly recommended on her blog.  I love the delicate studding and they are WAY more comfy than my Aldo pair (I've learned my lesson - no more Aldo shoes for me, they ALWAYS hurt!). These are currently out of stock online, but I purchased mine for $20 plus shipping.
One of my favorite purchases was this blue and red gingham shirt from Garage ($32.90, I paid $20) - I ADORE aqua and red, but it's so hard to find pieces with the right shade and balance. I also love Garage's super skinny jeans - they're flattering and don't stretch out over time (unlike their jeggings!). They usually cost $34.90 but I got a dark rinse for $20 and a regular wash for $15.
I still have a lot of stuff to share (Kiehls, H&M, eBay, Boots No. 7) but I think I've posted enough for today! I've got to take my medicine and get some rest - hope all my readers are feeling healthy & happy :-)

I'll end with a picture of my first order from ASOS - currently in transit. I'm a sucker for quilted bags, and Veronika recently posted about a lovely pink cross-body bag she found. Since I already own a pink quilted bag, I chose the brown version - isn't it lovely?


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