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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Fun sole with Soludos

One of the best things about warmer weather is shorter sleeved top. This is also the time I like to bust out my colourful bracelets and just pile them on with my watch. I recently scored this beautiful Jay King turquoise convertible necklace from HSN. The end turquoise part is magnetic and it is detachable to be worn as a bracelet. To go with my natural theme, I added a fun starfish maxi skirt and this adorable pair of Soludos pineapple espadrilles.

My feet also feel so happy to be liberated from those winter socks. I do need a pedicure before these toes can be shown publicly but in the meantime can we all just only focus and appreciate how adorable these shoes are? I scored them during the Friends and Family sale on Shopbop. One thing to mention though, they are made out of straw material so they are not the most durable shoes out there. In fact, the right sole already has a small piece of straw poking out on the side (not a big issue since they don't bother me). I do want to invest in another pair just so I don't destroy them so quickly in one season.

I am thoroughly enjoying the warmer weather. Sandals and maxi all season! Hope you won't get tired of seeing them :)

Pineapple Soludos Espadrilles (order one size up, here)

Coach Classic 1941 Flap bag (in the smaller size oxblood, no longer available but many other colours are here). You can get yours monogrammed and my turned out beautifully!

Jay King Turquoise convertible necklace/bracelet (sold out in turquoise but amber option is here). Cartier Roadster watch and Tacori engagement ring.

Lindberg sunglassess.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Spring into denim

I wish I had taken blog pictures today instead because we are currently experiencing some awesome heatwaves. Mind you, my winter toes are still not ready to show themselves yet but everyone else here are all enjoying this nice little warm break (as we will be back to cooler and cloud next week). Regardless, I am still happy to ditch those heavy winter coats.
Last week we took a stroll to Portland State University and found this alternative entrance into the campus. It was on a Sunday morning so the place was quite deserted. There is this calming serene quietness around, a little unusual but nonetheless very quaint. PSU is located in the center of downtown Portland so it is rare to see the campus being this empty.
I am wearing my most favourite denim skirt. It is also very comfortable and figure flattering. Today is the last day of Shopbop's Friends and Family sale (code INTHEFAM gives you 25% off). I may have made a sneaky purchase that is inspired by this very denim skirt I am wearing. Not to worry, I will definitely show you once it arrives
I am hoping for my next blog post, I will be in full spring outfit, but in the meantime I hope you are all doing well tackling this transition in weather. Thanks so much for reading :)

Porenza Schouler PS1 purple bag in medium (I got my here), Vince Blair slip on (Shopbop here, YogaStudio55 pom pom charm (her Etsy shop here) and Lindberg sunglasses.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Meet my new bag: the Chloe Faye

If you follow my Instagram (kiwifashionblog follow me here) you would have already seen the newest addition to my bag collection, The medium Chloe Faye bag in navy. Rewind to approximately a year ago when I decided to declutter my bag collection. Gradually over a span of 10-12 months I got rid of eight handbags (consigned, sold online or donated). I rarely buy bags on impulse. And over the years of collecting, I learnt what works and what does not work for me. I keep most of my bags in my collection for at least 4+ years. Long story short, I was getting a bit tired of alot of my handbags hence the decluttering process was initiated.
Towards the end of last year, I started seeing this beautiful Chloe Faye bag popping up on social media. I have always loved the craftsmanship of Chloe handbags. The only reason I never really got one was the weight issue. Their bags are often made so well with nice substantial leather it adds so much weight to the bag even being empty. If I am going to spend that much on a brand new bag, it better be practical for me, I told myself. So the research continued. I normally give myself time to test out my love for a new handbag. If the affection dissipates within a month or two, then I know the bag isn't for me. However with the Faye, I knew it will be a timeless classic piece.
About a month ago, we made a spontaneous day trip up north to Seattle. I thought I'd just stop by at Neiman Marcus in Bellevue WA to see if they even have the Faye in stock (as my local department store told me a few times they are so popular they couldn't keep them on the shelve for too long). A friendly and helpful Sales Associate named Iris assisted and gave me great advice to decide on the medium size instead of the small. I had to wait a week before a new bag could be send to me. But, Chloe did not disappoint. After impatiently waiting for a week, this beautiful gem appeared in front of my eyes and it was love at first sight :)
I hope you like the Faye as much as I do. The slim silhouette of the bag keeps it close to the body while carrying it. The suede on the flap is done beautifully and who can ignore that beautiful o-ring clasp with the chain (it is magnetic). You can still get the Faye off Neiman Marcus' website here. They even have it in several leather and colour combinations. A handbag lover will understand sometimes it is the shallow materialistic thing (I am ashamed to admit that) that makes your heart sing or skip a beat.

Uniqlo legging pants (here, the next best thing than maxi skirt for curvy girls), Sam Edelman Petty booties (here) and Lindberg sunglasses.
Pray for Brussels, my heart goes out to all the affected victims #peace