Sunday, August 17, 2014

Scarves in Summer

Loft tee (similar) Banana Republic sweater blazer, H&M infinity scarf
William Rast jeans, Corso Como flats, Bulova watch

Believe it or not, I can wear a scarf during the summer and still be a bit chilly.
"The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco." - Mark Twain*
*there are rumors out there saying Twain never said this.

Well, summer is over for me. I had three weeks of summer break total, one week before summer school began and two weeks before school started. Thankfully I finished (online) summer school a week early so I could give myself a little break. In all honesty, I prefer going to summer school. It keeps me busy. Although it may suck from time to time, especially when all my friends get to go out and do fun activities whereas I have to factor in time for school work, it's not all that bad. I was still able to travel (NYC and Los Angeles twice). Besides, I am not sure what I'd do with all that free time if I'm not at work.
Los Angeles, August 2014

The fall semester begins on Tuesday. Hopefully this will give me more opportunities to actually get dressed in something other than yoga/sport wear.

I hope you're all enjoying your weekend!

Saturday, August 2, 2014

The Magic of Disneyland

There's something truly magical about going to Disneyland. I've been there multiple of times and even to Disney World. You would think someone who visits at least every three years would get bored of this place, but you're wrong!

The day before my departure, I triple checked my suitcase to make sure I brought my Minnie Mouse ears (last time I forgot). The car ride I was pretty excited and talked about all the "fun" rides and delicious food (corn dogs and churros) that we could go on. I was basically bouncing out of my seat.

For this trip, sweet boy and I took his 12 year old sister who has never been to Disneyland. She's been asking for the past two years and we finally found the right moment to go. (However, I much prefer going off season in attempt to avoid long lines and/or the heat). The day before the trip, her excitedment must have been contained in a box somewhere and she must have forgotten to bring it with her. There were no smiles, no willing photos, and minimal number of rides rode. Maybe it was the heat and the long lines that make people seem grumpier than they truly are. Or possibly, unfortunately, the magical place of Disneyland isn't for everyone.

Monday, July 28, 2014

July 2014 Budget

 July 2014
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I've noticed during the summer I spend less money on clothing and shoes. This may be a good thing, but this is the time where I do majority of my traveling since I am on summer break. However, this summer I am taking two online summer classes which allows me to travel and turn things in ahead of time.

Madewell skirt (on sale)
40% off with code ENDLESS until Monday 7/28/2014
$52.50 - 40% off + tax = $34.26
I just purchased this online yesterday. I have been looking for a simple black skirt that I can dress up or down. I haven't seen it in stores but other reviewers love it. I am hoping for this to be a keeper. If not, it'll go back.

Zella Reversible Leggings via Nordstrom (on sale)
Originally $52, on sale $33.90 + tax = $36.87
I love the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale since the items are from the Fall collection. Last year was my first year shopping the sale. This year I opted for Zella leggings. They're reversible! They have over 1,300 reviews with 99% of them positive. I originally wanted the Zella Barley Flare Booty Pants, but half of the logo on the back left leg would have been chopped off to hem to the perfect length. I contemplated keeping them, but I felt like it looked as though I forgot to rip off the sticker on my new pants and the long length is sold out system wide. Therefore I opted for the black leggings. Do I need them persay, no, but my friend convinced me. So far the leggings hold all of me in. They're not see through when you bend over or bend your knees. I machine wash and hang dry to extend the life of the elastic. So far they're holding up well, but hey, it's only been two weeks!

Navy Blue Ikat Dress via Ross
$10.99 + tax = $11.95
I really like maxi dresses, but I love unique maxi dresses in addition to plain ones. Stores like Ross is a great place to find unique maxi dresses that the rest of ladies in our city do not have for a very resonable price. The photo above is not the exact dress. Mine is navy blue, with a pink and white ikat design. I just need a little hemming and slimming and it would be ready to go.

Nike Elite Socks
$5.99 + tax = $6.51
I love a good pair of socks. I can't bring myself to spend $10+ on one pair of these cozy Nike Elite socks. When you think about it, you can get a bag of socks for under $10! Thankfully my friend filled me on the secret stash that are popping up in Ross stores. I picked up a pair and love the feel of it. I like to think my shoes are getting less of my feet sweat when I work out (TMI?). The only down side is that I prefer ankle length socks.

Zella Black Socks
Originally $22, on sale $13.90 + tax = $15.12
I purchased the white set last year and loved them so I thought I'd get a black set this year. The whites are a bit less white now, but still work as though they're new! To keep the life wear of the socks, I hang all my socks to dry. I think the dryer fries the elastic of the socks.

June Total $104.71
Left for the year: $549.92 - 104.71 = $445.22

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Sunday, July 27, 2014

My Picks from the Nordstrom Anniversay Sale 2014

Nordstrom 2014 Anniversary Picks
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Last year I was introduced to the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale that typically occurs around this time. This year I reserved my money for leggings and socks (more on this tomorrow). I am also saving up for a pair of nice fitting jeans, something I know that will gets its wear's worth. Unfortunately I didn't find anything at Nordstrom that complemented me that was within my price range.

Nordstrom lets their shopping buy online and do in-store pick up. I love this feature! This lets me get in and out without window shopping too much. The best part is that I can get my stuff instantly instead of waiting for it in the mail. Plus I still get my eBates cashback benefits! It's a win-win all around. If you haven't signed up for eBates, you can sign up here*. It's so simple to use. Just search your store you would like to shop at and then click "shop now" and you'll be on your way to receiving cashback. eBates pretty much make this cashback system effortless.

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Monday, July 14, 2014

A June Babe

This year I chose to celebrate my birthday a bit differently than the usual dinner with my family. One of my now very close nursing friend's birthday the day after mine. Instead of hosting two birthday celebrations, we had one big (mini) sha-bang. Birthday boy and I decided on a family style dinner + ice cream and party the rest of the night away. It was fun time celebrating and catching up six weeks into our (their) summer break.

The girls.

Last week, sweet-boy and I went to a bed and breakfast in Napa. I've told him about my desires for a bed and breakfast years ago when we were friends. I'm glad he had his listening ears on (a term I use with the kiddos I watch). The experience was amazing and the breakfast was delicious. I am still craving their yummy fresh baked lemon cookies. I cannot wait to go back!

 Freshly baked croissant and cranberry scones.
Huevos Rancheros

We also had the opportunity to stop by Boon Fly Cafe, one of my favorite bunch places in Napa.