Sunday, January 29, 2012

Hem Gems - Temporary Tailor

Hem Gems, an easy and fast way to temporarily shorten your jeans!!

Most jeans are 1-2 inches too long for me. I only can wear them with high heels or platformed shoes.
There are times when I want to wear flats, but I hate folding the bottom hems up, look tacky.

Then, I found this product online, from You can buy them on too.
With these "gems", I can shorten the jeans temporarily so that I can wear them with flats.
I could have done it cheaper way with safety pins, but they were kinda hard to put on. I don't have the patience. 

Before vs After

There are 5 kinds of "gems" to choose from. One box costs $19.99, you'll get 8 "gems".
I bought the silver star one. I was split between the black classic rivet and the star. The black ones are more versatile, they can blend in with the jeans better, but I have a thing with stars.  

They stay put until you take them off yourself. They don't damage the jeans at all. I love them! :)

Update (Mar 23, 2012):

I bought another set from! I bought it there instead of straight from the HemGems site because the total after shipping fee is 5 cents cheaper. LOL :-P
Shipping is fast, just 3-4 days, via First Class Mail.

If you want a more discreet style, definitely get the "Classic Rivets", the button size is slightly smaller than the star one.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Sam Edelman Pierce Boots

My first (possibly last), over-the-knee boots! I purchased these babies on Amazon site last month. They are on sale for around $177.xx. My limit is $150, so I had been stalking the page for a couple of weeks before I purchased them, waiting for the price to go down.
Luckily, there's a time Amazon offered 25% off shoes PLUS $10 off of $50 discount if used a Master Card. So I was able to get them for pretty good price. 

Sam Edelman Women's Pierce Boot - $134.xx shipped 

I was split between Whiskey (chestnut brown) and olive. I ended up with olive since I like green olive color. So far I have worn them 3 times. The weather here is pretty bad, always raining. I don't want to wear them in the rain, afraid the rain water will damage them. 

The quality of the boots is very nice. The material doesn't feel cheap at all (eg: plastic and shiny). The shaft is pretty narrow. These boots are design for skinny/straight calves. Luckily my calves are skinny enough for these boots. My calves circumference is 14.5 inches.

Monday, December 19, 2011

December'11 - Week 2

I bought this polo around the end of November, and received it last week. It took me a long time to receive it because Tommy held my order for A WEEK because my shipping and billing addresses weren't the same. Instead of calling me to verify, I had to call them to find it out myself. I didn't call right away because I thought they were swamped with after-Thanksgiving sale. If I didn't call, I bet they wouldn't bother calling me and solving the issue at all. Bah. I don't think I will buy from them again.

TOMMY HILFIGER Classic Tommy Knit Polo (Orig. $49) - $23.40 shipped

Despite of the dissapointing customer service, the polo quality is pretty nice. I bought this for hubby because he has one white polo from Old Navy. It's not exactly white anymore, it's dingy white, like old socks. Yuck.
Yes, I tried bleaching the polo, I left it in bleach water for a long time, but didn't work, still couldn't get that 
clean white color, just like in the commercial.

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 I purchased this from,with the 30% off coupon and $5 Reward.

I ordered 2 weeks ago, and received last week. It got delayed for a week because it's out of stock. Unlike Tommy Hilfiger, they emailed me right away to tell me about it.

CLARISONIC Plus Sonic Skin Cleansing System (Orig. $225) - $152.50

I already own the Clarisonic Classic that I owned since late 2009. I cannot live without it!! But, I cannot use the body brush with that one.  So with hubby's permission, I bought this one and give the other one for hubby to use. I was going to give it to my sister-in-law, but my hubby said he wanted to use it. 

The Clarisonic Classic comes in 2 speed (low and normal). 
The Clarisonic Plus comes in 3 speed (low, normal, high, plus Body Mode). 
For the face mode, I just use the default (normal) speed. The low is too slow, the high is too fast.
For the body mode, it exfoliates skin gently and it massages your skin. It feels really good. I love it!!

My Clarisonic Plus purchase also came with a free travel bag and one sensitive brush head (MSRP $25)  Pretty good deal! Luckily it's the type of brush head I always use too.

The also included a candy cane, an instant hot cocoa mix and an Xmas greeting card. How nice of them!

CLARISONIC Travel Bag + Sensitive Brush Head - FREE

Monday, December 12, 2011

December'11 - Week 1

Received the rest of the Cyber Monday purchases this week. 

GILLY HICKS Latham Park (Orig. $19.50) - $11.70 shipped

 Pretty comfy pair of lounge shorts.

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 ESPRIT Chunky Cardigan (Orig. $99.99) - $41.99

I almost didn't buy this because of the price, but I love the length, chunkiness and  style! After I'd submitted my order, it's out of stock. So it was only 1 left! Glad I ended up getting it.

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Oregon State University bookstore had 50-75% off sale.  They always do it every end of the term, twice a year.  Nothing good this year, but I was able to snatched a pretty good deal on a hooded long sleeves top and a pair of skinny jeans for $16 total.

I also grabbed some baby clothes, for around $5 each. :-)

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I came across this bag on Neiman Marcus website early morning 2 weeks ago and bought it right away.   It costs about 30% off the MSRP. ❤
I'd been wanting one for a long time, but it didn't want to spend almost $1K on a canvas bag, and the resale value is not as good as Louis Vuitton.

Gucci Sukey Large Top Handle

The bag is pretty huge. I'm still not used to the size of it.
Last weekend, hubby took me to a Gucci store because I'd been wondering about the size of the medium Sukey. The medium Sukey was pretty cute, a bit smaller than the large version but roomy, with short drop handles. With my jacket on, I couldn't get them pass my elbow. The Gucci employee (who looked a lot like Sylar from Heroes tv show!)  said the medium size was more of a carry-on.  I want a shoulder bag, so the medium size is too small for me. It's perfect for a shorter or more petite girl though.
At the store, I tried out the Sukey with chocolate trim, the original color I wanted to get. The chocolate color was quite dark. Hubby didn't like it that much. He said the gold trim I got from NM was better. So that settled then, I'm keeping the gold trim Sukey! :)

Friday, December 2, 2011

November'11 - Week 3

Some of my black friday and cyber monday orders arrived in the mail yesterday! Yay!
AE Military Hooded Parka ($129.50) - $2.70 shipped

I was a bit hesitated to buy this jacket, it's pretty pricey... but it's worth it! Itis surprisingly good quality for an AE brand. It's well made, it's thick and warm, it has a huge detachable hood, the faux-fur is fluffy, and the length is long enough to cover my butt. AE outerwear usually are pretty short. It'd have been nicer if it's mid-thigh length, but I'm satisfied with the length of this one.
Thanks to 40% off sale and my supply of my AE gift cards from doing online surveys, I've got a VERY good deal for it. :-P
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I also purchased a few things from Express, because of their 40% off sale  and I have a $50 gift card.  

Not really a fan of Express, their stuff is sort of overpriced. The last time I purchased from them was late last year I think.
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EXPRESS Cuffed Sleeve V-neck Tunic (Orig. $59.90) - $26.37

I'm surprised this tunic sweater is very long! It's more of a dress on me (I'm 5'5" tall). I was split between buying the dark navy or the red one. Hubby said the red would suit me more. Well, the red is very vibrant, but I like it. It's a keeper. I will wear it with a pair of black or denim leggings and boots or flats. NOT bootcut jeans like in the picture! LOL

The original price of this tunic is $60.... eigh, this is what I meant by "sort of overpriced". I think it's worth more like $35 or $40.

EXPRESS Snowflake Pattern Sweater Coat (Orig. $98) - $43.15

My first winter-theme cardigan! This sweater cardigan is very nice, comfy and warm! The quality is nice. The snowflake pattern is pretty! Happy it's on sale for 40% off.

I was planning to use the $30/$100 coupon, so I bought a cowlneck top to reach the minimum requirement. This cowlneck is pretty comfy and well made. I fits me fine, but kinda too form-fitting for my liking. I think one size larger would have fit better for me.  Well, it will stretch overtime! LOL

EXPRESS Solid Cowl Neck Top (Orig. $29.90) - $13.16

 After 40% off + $50 gift card, total $40.68!!

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Then, AT Loft had the 40% off sale too. Luckily (for my wallet), most of the good stuff was not available in my size. I purchased a top, it's pretty comfy, great for summer.

ANN TAYLOR LOFT Pleated Neck Knit Top (Orig. $34.50) - $8.44

OK! I hope I won't be tempted to buy anymore clothes.
Why? Because I'm currently 3 months pregnant (^_^). My body will expand like a balloon.  LOL

If you want to check out my pregnancy blog:
It's not much, I don't know what to write.
BEWARE, some posts are kinda TMI. 

Saturday, November 26, 2011

November'11 - Week 2 (b)

I forgot to post a couple of things I received in the mail when I was still in Florida.
Sephora currently is giving away iPhone 3 and 4 covers/sleeves and iPad sleeves, with any purchase.

I bought a $1 nail buffer just to get the iPad sleeve for my iPad 2. Hubby and I didn't really want to spend $$$ on a sleeve/cover, since I rarely take the iPad out of our home. So, I got the Sephora one, technically it only costs me $6.95 shipped.

SEPHORA Nail Buffer - $1
SEPHORA iPad Sleeve - FREE
+ 3 perfume samples

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I purchased a Soia & Kyo wool coat from Hautelook, for a pretty good deal, because of the "$50 for $25" coupon that I bought from Plum District a few days prior. 

SOIA & KYO "Lyta" - $112.95 (Orig. $155)

The quality is VERY nice! The coat is very thick too, perfect for winter. I love the colar and the hood.

Unfortunately, it's too small for me. Boo! :(
I was split between the medium and the large. I had to decide really quick because the coat was selling out really fast. After a quick googling, people said they were true to size. So I got the medium. 
After I purchased it, I emailed S& customer service. The following day, she replied, she said I should have ordered a size up, and she's right :(
The sleeves fit fine, but the rest of the coat fit too tight/small. I barely could zip it up. 
So, I returned the coat. Good thing Hautelook offers $5.95 return fee, UPS with tracking#. USPS would have charged me at least $10-13.

O well, I learned my lesson, better luck next time!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

November'11 - Week 2

Hubby and I, and a couple of friends, went to Orlando FL and stayed there for a week! It's really nice and refreshing for being able to get away from work and the gloomy Oregon!!

We visited Universal Studios and Disneyworld (Magic Kingdom, Hollywood, and Epcot).

My favorite theme park was the Harry Potter theme park!! We spent whole day over there, and we drank lots of butterbeer!! It tasted like a mixed of root beer and butterscotch. I wish they sold one in a bottle or a can so that we could bring some home.

Coincidentally, our trip was on the same day as Q&A session with the HP casts! I was so happy that I could see the Weasley twins in person!! ^o^  This was the 2nd day of the Q&A session. 
I heard on the first day, Emma Watson (Hermoine) and Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley) were there. So sad that I missed that one!

Hubby and I splurged on Gryffindor clothes! I bought the Gryffindor hoodie. It costs $60, before tax. I hesitated to purchase it because it's pricey, but hubby said to just buy it if I wanted it. Yay!

Hubby purchased a Gryffindor knit beanie.
He also bought the Hogwarts robes, 3 of them!! For him, me and his sister.
It costs $100 for one! Crazy. I was like, "Are you sure you want to get those robes?! It's 100 bucks each!!" Then, he bought the scarves too. LOL. We didn't buy the ties, 'cuz it's $30 for one, too much for a tie.

The robe is pretty cool, it has a hood, I didn't know it had one. It also has a hidden pocket inside designed for the wand. It looks like we are going to dress up as Hogwarts students for Halloween every year from now on. LOL. We only bought one wand, the Harry Potter's. We were going to get the Dumbledore's too, but we changed our mind.

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We flied back home last Saturday (Sad!), and stayed at our friend's house for one night. On Sunday, we went to Nordstrom Rack. I bought a lace-trimmed open cardigan.

 Lace-Trimmed Open Cardigan - $20

The lace is so delicate and pretty !!

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I also bought a sweaterdress from Ann Taylor Loft. I was originally there only to return a sweaterdress that I bought online 2 months ago (They have 60 days return policy). They were having a sale, select styles were on sale for $35. 

I bought a sweaterdress for $35! Pretty cheap!
At first, I didn't believe the dress only cost $35, because it's not on sale online (I checked it on my iPhone when I was in the dressing room). I'd had to ask the cashier before I bought it.
Online, this dress  currently still costs $89.50, and even with the current 40% off promo, it still costs $53+, not including the $8 shipping cost! That's a huge price difference!

Sweaterdress - $35 (Orig. $89.50)