Friday, November 29, 2013

What I learned on Thanksgiving...

Turkeys on a  tree
What I learned on Thanksgiving....

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

New on my cozy winter wishlist [M.M. Lafleur]

The Morandi by MM Lafleur

New on my cozy winter wishlist is this 100% wool cardigan by M.M. LafleurThe Morandi. I'm a bit allergic to wool but I usually layer underneath my wool pieces and this piece seems so nicely threaded and non-fuzzy that I think my skin would be able to tolerate it. What I like about it is that it not only looks so practical and comfy, it is totally machine washable! I love a thick knitwear but they are so annoying to wash. You usually have to dry clean or risk deteriorating them but I have been hand washing my knits to save some dineros. I handwash most of my cashmere and wool garbs but it's annoying since they can get really heavy, wet and you have to dedicate an entire hanging rack for the sweater to lie flat on. The Morandi seems like the perfect wardrobe is everything from M.M. Lafleur actually!

Because this piece is priced at $230, I need to put it on my wishlist for now...

Photos from M.M. LAFLEUR

Monday, November 25, 2013

Thank You cards

Thank you card

I had already begun writing and giving out some Thank You cards mostly to friends who live in the city. On Saturday, I acquired this craft box full of stuff to make jewelry with at the Fred Flare closeout sale for only $2! Maybe $1, everything was estimated. So, I decided to put it to good use and added some cute touches to our thank you cards. I tied baker's twine which I also got at the sale for $1-2 and attached a gold plated ring with a brass seashell charm. I think it's super cute. I feel bad for to those who already received our plain cards but I gave them Ferrero Rocher along with the card so that makes me feel less bad :)

Our goal now is to mail them out by Thanksgiving. Sending the cards out on Thanksgiving would be excellent timing!

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Friday, November 22, 2013

My feet's best friend [Aveda Foot Relief]

Aveda foot relief

The Aveda Foot Relief cream. This is my best friend for the winter time. Actually, almost at all times since my heels are dry and cracked all year long. I've tried many creams but love this one best and often recommend it. I gave it a try when the sales lady told me I can return the bottle, even down to half full, if I was not satisfied with it. As long as I kept the receipt. So, it was like no risk purchase and got the larger bottle (more economical) in case I did like it. I'm half way through the bottle and I've decided that it is a keeper. It smells minty nice too and easy to apply.

Bonus: Helps deodorize stinky feet too!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Elie Tahari sample sale 2013 [November 2013 NYC sample sale]

Elie Tahari winter coat

I spotted this coat at the Elie Tahari sample sale the other day. Here's my review on Racked NY.

I'd like to wear a lady-like coat with a fur collar while shopping on Madison Avenue looking like I can afford everything I touch. Oh the power of clothing.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Mackage sample sale [November NYC Sample Sale 2013] made in Cambodia?

Today, I went to the Mackage sample sale here in NY (My review on RackedNY). Mackage is a Canadian lux outerwear brand. There was a ton of stock compared to past sales I have attended. A LOT more. One thing I immediately noticed was that all their coats were now made in China (Shanghai) and some were even made in Cambodia. Cambodia was new. Last year, when I visited the Mackage flagship store in Soho, almost every piece was made in Shanghai, China. None were made in Canada like I remembered. The quality seemed good but something bugged me about this.

When I first shopped Mackage back in Montreal what seems ages ago, Mackage was still a small growing brand with a strong cult following. At that time, all their coats were still made in Canada. I still have two wool/leather coats from them which are both made in Canada and a leather jacket and a wool coat that are made in China. I also remember the last Braderie de Mode I attended in Montreal a couple of years ago, the stock filled up a large room. Things have def changed and the little Canadian company has expanded quickly. They are now mass-produced in China to cater to high demands. That's most likely why there's so much overstocks as well. I'm happy for the brand's expansion but now I'm going to cherish their old pieces which, it may or may not be true, were probably made with a bit more pride and with a bit more Canadian love. From what I saw at the sale today, it seemed the make and quality of my old pieces are also a bit better. Maybe it's all in my head.

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Sunday, November 17, 2013

nykeiko wears: One Piece, One Thought...Tom Ford

Tom Ford

These Tom Ford Whitney are my very first designer sunglasses I purchased on my own (cuz my momma once bought me a pair of Gucci sunglasses back in high school. They made me look like Ozzy Osborne and I barely wore them. Sad thing was, I picked them) back in college. I did a lot of research before settling on these ones and finally purchased them brand new on eBay since I couldn't really afford $400 sunglasses. They were significantly cheaper on eBay and I remember messaging the seller, who sold hundreds of sunglasses, to swear to me that they were 100% authentic. I think I paid less than half for them but I cannot remember. Over the years, I've acquired 3-4 more pairs of sunglasses and kind of neglected these ones. I had worn them for many years and loved them except they always sat on my cheeks and left an imprint every time but since they were my only pair, I kept wearing them. I recently decided to let them go and it was easier to do so by selling them on eBay so I could make a little bit of money off them. I am glad I did since I was holding on to them for the wrong reasons. They were one of my first designer purchases almost ten years ago, and that's me getting emotionally attached to my clothes. I can't believe I sold them for $80.

Me wearing my beloved Tom Ford Whitney in SF

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Thursday, November 14, 2013

Wedding snapshots #7: The rings

Oops, this post is a bit late. I forgot to post this one from my post-wedding days...

Remember when I was all like blablabla it is so hard to choose my wedding band ? Here it is! It's in rose gold and sitting pretty alongside my engagement ring wrapped within Dave's wedding band.

Dave's wedding band is worth chatting about. It is a custom-made brushed white gold band with a rose gold line. My birthstone, a sapphire stone, is embedded in the inner side of the ring...

I like the side of my wedding band..the pretty grooves.

Photos by Tony Yang 

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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Lauren Merkin sample sale [November 2013 NYC sample sale]

Need a purse or clutch to match with your holiday outfits? The Lauren Merkin sample sale could be a good place for you to pick up a shimmery clutch or a wardrobe staple. Here's my review on Racked.

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Demain: My picks from Isabel Marant pour H&M

I have not been excited about a collaboration for quite some time now. The last one, Phillip Lim x Target was lust-worthy but I wasn't ready to log onto the internet or exit my apartment to jump in line to shop. I had a feeling I would be disappointed with the pieces if I saw them in person. In the past, I returned all my Jason Wu x Target collab pieces except for the lace clutch and I sold my Prabal Gurung x Target heels after I received them. I also looked at the remaining pieces left from the Lanvin and Margiela & H&M collabs and didn't like what I saw and felt. The quality is so poor (I should not be surprised neither). However, something is different about Isabel Marant's collab with H&M. Perhaps because of the promotion tactics via bloggers (because I'm addicted, Fashion toast's instagram, Song of Style) ? The Coveteur? Preview launch parties with lots of pictures? It tingled my interest but I'll just have to see in person.

I'm a fan of Isabel Marant's chic, urban, hip, cool, easy and maybe Parisian look (She got it all?). Some pieces from the collab are too funky for me but some can be really good for mixing and matching. I liked a couple of things from the Isabel Marant X H&M lookbook so if you care about my top picks (pieces I see myself wearing vs pieces that look good on the models), here they are! Stuff ain't cheap...

Update: I got the black lace dress and white lace top!

Because it is getting cold... ($299)

It's wool and classy ($149)

Looks so cozy

I love lace ...($129)

This lace top will pair well with...($99)
this jacquard skirt... ($79.95)
and tie up the look with these shoes. ($199)
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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Packing light? Me? Maybe!

Everlane snap backpack
If you ask my loved ones, packing light has never been my forté. Two months ago, on our honeymoon, I overpacked and our luggage was already overweight before we even left the door...which we only found out when we checked in.

I was at a conference for 5 days and 4 nights in DC. With the recent acquisition of a large backpack from Everlane, I wanted to test out how much it could hold. My goal was to pack as light as possible with exception of my laptop.

I had my outfits planned out which helped since I usually just stuff everything and hoped for the best. To pack light, I opted for two silk shirts and one black pant suit (I'm glad there was an ironing board in my hotel room or else stuffing silk shirts into a bag would not have been a good idea). I wore my jeans and tee for the traveling days. No extra pair of shoes and only one extra tank top.

This is everything I brought minus umbrella, a light waterproof windproof jacket and shoes I wore and a bunch of documents which were stuffed in my purse.

Taking a closer to at some of my stuff I packed.
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Monday, November 11, 2013

In pictures: When the sun sets, the hipsters come out to play...Brooklyn Night Bazaar

Brooklyn Bazaar

Two bazaars in a day? Yup. That's what I did on Saturday where I attended the pop-up Daily Candy Bazaar during the day and the now-permanent Brooklyn Night Bazaar at night. I'm suppose to recover from a cold but curiosity of what goes around me always gets the best of me. Plus, we had Dave's parents' car this weekend so going to BK Bazaar was a breeze. Only a 5-minute drive from our place.

BK Bazaar is a little bit of Smorgasburg and a little bit of Brooklyn Flea and a little bit of 'je ne sais quoi'. Like a hipster underground amusement park or something. Some of the vendors were new to us and we liked that since we have been to so many types of flea markets, crafts fair, food fests etc. and think we have seen them all. There was also rooms dedicated for mini-golf ($5/ball) and ping pong playing area as well as an outdoor beer garden that serves beer and pizza. New vendors may pop up throughout the year so it might be worth it to check it out many times. This is Brooklyn's way of catering to the indie business-hungry community and supporting the local community. With Smorgasburg and Brooklyn Flea wrapping up for the winter, this will now be the place to hang out and grab a local draft beer.

We didn't get to see the bands play since we were there early and the "party" ends at midnight. For food, we had a Briskettown short rib sandwich and Sigmund's pretzels (whose warehouse is where BK Bazaar has settled) which were both excellent. We also had a bowl of cold noodles with spicy peanut sauce from Hong Kong street cart that was not so yummy (the sauce was good but why use pasta noodles?!). There was no wait when we got there just a little before 7 p.m. They carded and put a bracelet on anyone that wanted to drink so when we got out almost an hour later, there was a pretty long wait. I guess my advice is to go early, go hungry and bring some cash to find your perfect holiday gift for a special someone or yourself!

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Sunday, November 10, 2013

nykeiko wears: Sunday in Soho

Oh yes it was definitely chilly today and I have a cold so I bundled up. 

I'm wearing:
Louis Vuitton shawl, Men's sweater from Opening Ceremony, my fading black Citizens of Humanity Avedon skinny jeans and new Matt Bernson boots! 

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In pictures: Daily Candy Bazaar [Soho, NY]

Welcome to Daily Candy's first-ever bazaar featuring 30 handpicked designers, craftsmen, bakers, boutiques and designers. I passed by hoping to see a performance by the Wicked Cast but classic me, I got the days mixed up. Glad I dropped by anyway to see the happenings. 

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Donate $5 to Free Arts NYC and pick a balloon with a surprise prize
Sugarfina shop where I picked up my candy cube prize

Lady M!
Party skirts

Soko Charms
Lulu Frost 
Charms and Chain
Basil Racuk bespoke bags

Fancy dog treats from Bocce's Bakery

Cute potted plants from The Sill 

Impressive home decor items by Jung Lee 

Tutu du Monde
Hey Gorgeous...selfie in the bathroom

Daily Candy Bazaar this weekend only! 

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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

In Washington DC for work and fun..but mostly work

It was a good balanced work/getaway weekend down in Washington DC. Dave came with me for the weekend and so we got to enjoy the National Mall for a couple of hours before immersing myself with work at the convention center. Other than that, I wish I did more and ate more but I really did go down for work.

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Saturday, November 2, 2013

Underwater shot series 3...How long can you hold your breath?

Underwater shot series in Hawaii

I certainly cannot hold it for very long especially when I'm struggling to look like I am not holding my breath. 
Where's my sexy face?

See more: My favorite one here
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