Zara’s Answer to Chanel’s $1500 Slingback

Zara vs. Chanel Slingback Fall 2016
Fall is looking like a pretty good month for me. It’s only been less than 4 hours since I’ve been up and 2 of my highly coveted shoe prayers have been answered by Zara.
I’ve been admiring the two-toned Chanel Slingback  since last year. It’s a classic and timeless heel that has been reproduced by a number of shoe designers this past year. I’m excited about the Zara’s rendition because they added an ankle strap.
Zara’s anwer to the $1500 Chanel Slingback:
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49.90 USD

I can’t wait for my shoes to arrive!

Zara’s Answer to Miu Miu’s Lace-up Ballerina Flat

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OMG, I literally can’t even with these ballerina flat from Zara. I’ve been coveting the Miu Miu ballerina flat since the summer time but a $620 shoe is a hard pill to swallow so I’ve been loving them from the sideline–I’m such a responsible adult.
I was hoping someone would replicate these soon and it seems as though my prayers have been answered!
I went on to Zara today to help a coworker look for a fall leather jacket and came across these shoes! Even if it’s only a trend I can always resell them on Poshmark. I quickly purchased them as they will probably sell out by this weekend.

 

Book of The Month Subscription Review: September 2016

The Subscription Box: Book of the Month

The Cost: There are currently three membership plans to choose from, but you get the most bang for your buck when you select the 12-month plan. Shipping is always free. The cost of the plans are:

  • 1-month plan = $16.99 per month
    3-month plan = $14.99 per book, or $44.97
    12-month plan = $11.99 per book, or $143.88

The Product: A panel of BOTM judges selects about 5 books and subscribers get to pick from these specially curated hardcover books each month. Skip any month you aren’t interested in and you even have the option to add up to two additional books for $9.99.

Why I Finally Joined: I’ve always loved reading but nowadays I find that the things I read are journal articles from the American College of Cardiology or scientific research papers for work. And when I’m not reading that, I spend too much time on the internet. I have access to the city public library and even own an Amazon Kindle but I find it too distracting to read on a tablet. I like the feel of a real book. I want to be able to turn the page and let my fingers skim through the paragraphs. There’s no feeling like opening up a good book and getting lost in it.

So when I came across an email from Book of The Month with an offer to try their subscription book service for just $5, I couldn’t pass up the offer!

My first pick is Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue, this book is about an immigrant family and their struggles in obtaining the American dream which I feel I take for granted sometimes having been born and raised in America.

My second pick (I couldn’t just pick one great read!) is The Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles. They had me at Moscow. I’m a Bond fan. From Russia with Love was the first thing I thought of followed by a quick review on Goodreads. 

COUPON Expires 9/31/16: Use coupon code READ5 to get your first month for only $5!

Or use coupon code 30TOTE to save 30% off a 3-month subscription of Book of the Month plus get a free tote!

If you also chose the same books, let me know what you think so far.

Yankee Candle: Buy 2, Get 2 Free. Free Shipping!

Welcome your home into Fall with this great coupon from Yankee Candle. Hurry it ends today!

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Here are my picks:

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I paid $55.98 for FOUR large jar candles from YC when I used coupon code: FALL246! If you already know how great in quality Yankee Candle candle’s are then you know this is an incredible deal! As always, I found this coupon too good not to pass along so let me know what you picked!

 

The Pajama Top

 

Let’s talk about my latest obsession, the pajama top. When does the interest in Pajama Tops begin? I did a key word search on pajama top and pajama blouse and according to GoogleTrends, the pajama top started gaining some interest in 2004. The interest in pajama top peaks in November 2015– thats a slow and long running trend that has lasted almost 11 years.

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Interestingly enough, this trend only seem to exist in North America but I’ve seen some pretty convincing pictures of why this trend will continue to slay well into 2017 from @deborarosa, a Parisian fashion blogger:

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and @shhtephs:

@chloehollywood gives us two ways to wear the pajama top:

I don’t need anymore convincing. I live in Philadelphia and we’re always arriving fashionably late for everything, including this trend. It’s so laid back, literally.

I love to share my finds so I’ve curated some pajama tops that you can look at from these retailers:

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Choies White V-neck Contrast Trims Pajama Style Chiffon Shirt, $15! 
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Vintage Pajama Set, on sale at J.Crew for $68  (you can also get this monogrammed)

This full on Pajama Jumpsuit is ridiculous!!:

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Carla by Rozarancio Black & White Contrast Trim Jumpsuit, 3 colors to choose from

Are you a fan or nah?

 

 

Sweater Weather Goals AF

screen-shot-2016-09-22-at-9-38-36-pmHappy First Day of Fall! It was 62 degrees when I left the house this morning, fall is officially in full swing. Here are 5 sweaters that I have been seeing around lately. These are definitely on-trend and would carry you straight through winter. I found these gems on Cupshe.com, sweaters starting  at $19.99 and up. Click on the picture and it’ll take you straight to my affiliate link.

You can use coupon code: FALL5 for $5 off $35!

 

For the Bond Fan: Barbour on Zulily

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James Bond in Skyfall wearing a Barbour jacket

 

I’m an immortal Bond fan. Undying. Through the good and bad, Casino Royale and Spectre — my love for Bond is unwavering. In Skyfall, Bond is seen wearing this waxed Barbour jacket at his ancestral home in Scotland.

So when Zulily launched Barbour for the first time today my heart skipped a beat and I couldn’t wait to dive into the sale.

I’ve been eyeing this waxed jacket since 2012. It retails for $599 but today on Zulily I found it discounted at $349. Items in the sale start at $49.99 and up. I was able to buy the last jacket.

The only downside of shopping on Zulily is that this particular item it won’t ship until October 9th. Oh well, I waited since the premiere of Skyfall to get this jacket so what’s another 2 weeks?

😉

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Barbour Light Olive Waxed Staward Jacket, Zulily

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Prohibition is Over! I can FINALLY Buy Beer and Wine at a Supermarket Like The Rest of America! 

Woman stunned when greeted with beer at a supermarket in Philadelphia.

If you’re not familiar with Philadelphia then you won’t know the excitement that came over me when I walked into the Acme (it’s a supermarket here) and was greeted with BEER! 

Enjoying my first beer purchase from Acme at home.

It’s not a big deal in most major cities across America but having lived in Philadelphia us Philadelphians are not allowed to purchase wine and beer anywhere but at a state owned store. It was such a huge inconvenience. If I ran out of wine for a party I would have to make a run across the bridge to Jersey. 

I hated that our alcohol consumption was controlled by the government. It has been this way for over 80 years. If I ran out of wine on Sunday I was out of luck. State stores are closed on Sunday’s. 

Philadelphians can also get direct shipment of wine to their homes now. Four years ago I visited The Castello in Napa Valley and wanted to ship a case of some incredible Cabernet Sauvignon home but was unable to. So I smuggled 2 bottles in my check in while my New York friends felt sorry for me. 

While I try to stay out of the politics of it, I learned that it was the Republicans who wanted to change this antiquated law and the Democrates that wanted to keep us under tyranny.  

I can finally agree with Trump on something, “Let’s make America great again”, cheers to that! 🍻