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Current Fall Favorites 2019

This is my absolute favorite season because I am able to wear chunky knits and wool coats while, walking around freely without sweating like crazy. Here is a list of my current favorite items for Fall of 2019!

Charlotte Tilbury Exagger-Eyes Palette & Superstar Lips in Pillow Talk

I first saw this brown-toned eyeshadow quad when I visited Hawaii during the summer. The shimmer shades immediately caught my attention, as I am a huge fan of glitter eyeshadows. They are extremely pigmented and not flakey. My heart was set on this palette and I tried to purchase it at the time in Nordstrom but it was sold out. Fast forward a few months, it was still difficult to get my hands on this palette in stores, even in New York. I finally decided to purchase it on the  Charlotte Tilbury  website, along with this popular shade of lipstick: Pillow Talk. The Superstar Lips version of Pillow Talk has a beautiful glossy application and moisturizes the lips! All items come with complimentary free shipping (2-3 business days) and if you are a new customer, you are able to get 10% off your purchase when you get on the landing page.

I first saw this brown-toned eyeshadow quad when I visited Hawaii during the summer. The shimmer shades immediately caught my attention, as I am a huge fan of glitter eyeshadows. They are extremely pigmented and not flakey. My heart was set on this palette and I tried to purchase it at the time in Nordstrom but it was sold out. Fast forward a few months, it was still difficult to get my hands on this palette in stores, even in New York. I finally decided to purchase it on the Charlotte Tilbury website, along with this popular shade of lipstick: Pillow Talk. The Superstar Lips version of Pillow Talk has a beautiful glossy application and moisturizes the lips! All items come with complimentary free shipping (2-3 business days) and if you are a new customer, you are able to get 10% off your purchase when you get on the landing page.

I purchased this wool coat from Aritzia last fall and it is still my #1 favorite coat. I am petite (5’2), and this coat is the perfect length for me. It hits slightly below my knees and I believe that the length is very flattering. The fabric of the wool is of very high quality and it is very soft. It is not itchy whatsoever, like some other wool coats. This style layers beautifully on top of blouses like I have styled it and also sweaters. I can see myself reaching for this specific coat when it gets a bit colder.

I purchased this wool coat from Aritzia last fall and it is still my #1 favorite coat. I am petite (5’2), and this coat is the perfect length for me. It hits slightly below my knees and I believe that the length is very flattering. The fabric of the wool is of very high quality and it is very soft. It is not itchy whatsoever, like some other wool coats. This style layers beautifully on top of blouses like I have styled it and also sweaters. I can see myself reaching for this specific coat when it gets a bit colder.

I recently purchased this coat from  Mango  when I was searching for a nice blazer. Instead, I saw this light cream wool coat and completely disregarded the blazer search. This is somewhat a more affordable version of the Aritzia Stedman coat - the price is halved. It is also slightly shorter, as it hits the knee area. The fabric might even be softer than the other coat. I am excited to wear this coat in the upcoming months! There is a 30% off sale going on right now - use the code COLUMBUS19 at checkout!

I recently purchased this coat from Mango when I was searching for a nice blazer. Instead, I saw this light cream wool coat and completely disregarded the blazer search. This is somewhat a more affordable version of the Aritzia Stedman coat - the price is halved. It is also slightly shorter, as it hits the knee area. The fabric might even be softer than the other coat. I am excited to wear this coat in the upcoming months! There is a 30% off sale going on right now - use the code COLUMBUS19 at checkout!

These leather loafers from  Madewell  look stunning and professional, while being very comfortable. I noticed that these best-sellers had many highly-rated reviews. I typically walk around 2-4 miles and I can confirm that these are comfortable enough for everyday wear. They also require little to no break-in time, as many reviewers have said. A perk is that students and teachers are eligible for a 15% discount at Madewell!

These leather loafers from Madewell look stunning and professional, while being very comfortable. I noticed that these best-sellers had many highly-rated reviews. I typically walk around 2-4 miles and I can confirm that these are comfortable enough for everyday wear. They also require little to no break-in time, as many reviewers have said. A perk is that students and teachers are eligible for a 15% discount at Madewell!

These flats from  Birdies  are an even more comfortable pair of shoes, which is probably why it is Meghan Markle approved. Once you feel the cushioning that is lining the interior of the shoe, your feet will probably thank you. They have 7 layers of support for your feet! The velvet styles have recently decreased in price, possibly because they released leather styles, which are more expensive. These look great with any outfit and keep your feet comfortable as well.

These flats from Birdies are an even more comfortable pair of shoes, which is probably why it is Meghan Markle approved. Once you feel the cushioning that is lining the interior of the shoe, your feet will probably thank you. They have 7 layers of support for your feet! The velvet styles have recently decreased in price, possibly because they released leather styles, which are more expensive. These look great with any outfit and keep your feet comfortable as well.

What are your fall favorites? Feel free to share them with me in the comments!


Love,

Emily

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Chanel 19B Caviar Quilted Zip Coin Purse in Red

This specific small leather good from Chanel has been calling my name for quite a while now. I prefer smaller-sized wallets rather than full-sized ones because they fit in the pocket of my trousers and do not make my purses heavier. It is also convenient when I want to quickly run to the market, cafe, and etc. Although it is small in size, it can pack a lot of cards, with enough space for cash. Of course, I am a huge fan of the Caviar leather from Chanel since it is less susceptible to scratches. Meanwhile, gold is the metal that I prefer. I knew that I wanted to purchase this slg in a vibrant color since I usually opt for black. So why not a vibrant red?!

The packaging is beautiful, as always

The packaging is beautiful, as always

I saw this Red Zip Coin Purse in Caviar leather and Gold metal and I instantly fell in love. It is the most perfect shade of red - a true red. The leather also has a beautiful shine to it. This is priced at $600 usd, before sales tax.

I saw this Red Zip Coin Purse in Caviar leather and Gold metal and I instantly fell in love. It is the most perfect shade of red - a true red. The leather also has a beautiful shine to it. This is priced at $600 usd, before sales tax.

On the back, there is a small slot where you can fit a card or two, which is very convenient for quick access

On the back, there is a small slot where you can fit a card or two, which is very convenient for quick access

Inside the Boutique - beautiful necklace decoration in the background

Inside the Boutique - beautiful necklace decoration in the background

Outside the 15 E 57th St Chanel Boutique in New York City

Outside the 15 E 57th St Chanel Boutique in New York City

I am very excited to use this coin purse and I will write an updated review after some time. If you have been eyeing this adorable small leather good from Chanel, I highly recommend purchasing it! It fits a lot despite being compact in size and there are various colors to choose from. I hope this post was helpful to those interested in this small wallet!

Love,

Emily

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YSL Purchase Experience in Honolulu, Hawaii

If you have not already been informed, Hawaii is one of the best places to purchase luxury goods in the United States. Official Yves Saint Laurent boutiques sell all items for prices that are 20% lower than the online listed prices for the U.S. website.

Other luxury brands such as Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Prada, Valentino, Dior, Jimmy Choo, and etc also offer cheaper prices. Not all brands offer a discount on all of their products. For example, Gucci's small leather goods are 20% off and their bags are 25% off. There is no discount for shoes and belts. The tax in Honolulu is around 4.5% meanwhile, it is around 8.9% in New York City. With this in mind, I wanted to purchase a luxury purse during my Hawaii trip.

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I visited both the Luxury Row and Ala Moana Center locations for Yves Saint Laurent. Out of the two locations, I found my experience at Luxury Row to be better. Ala Moana Center has complimentary parking at their massive lot, which will be a more favorable location if you plan to drive. Luxury Row during the evening to nighttime has a much better atmosphere, that sparkles with lights. If you love walking through scenic and calm places, you will prefer Luxury Row more. Keep in mind that there is no street parking available. There are a few valet lots.

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First, I will be talking about my Loulou purchase. I originally wanted the Pale Blush color, which was very limited in stock. There was one available at the Luxury Row location but it was a displayed piece. I checked it out and noticed that the leather was damaged, the shape was worn out, and the hardware had scratches. Even though I absolutely loved the color of the bag, I could not fathom paying a very high price for a purse that had already been worn out before purchase. Definitely try to be a smart shopper, especially when shopping for luxury goods.


Instead, I decided on the black Loulou bag in small with gold hardware because it will match many of my outfits and there were brand new pieces available in store. I love the versatility - it can be worn three different ways: 1) on the shoulder 2) crossbody 3) double-chained on the shoulder. Here is an unboxing video, which includes some modshots.

As expected, the packaging for YSL is beautiful. The chains were carefully wrapped. A dust bag and box provided is also provided. The retail price for this Loulou bag in Small is $1,950.00 in the United States boutiques. With tax it would come out to $2,123.00 if I had purchased it in New York City.

In Hawaii with the 20% off it came out to $1,560.00 before tax. After tax, it came out to approximately $1,630.00 usd.

By purchasing this purse in Hawaii, the bag is almost $500.00 cheaper than in New York City.

Immediately when I walked into the boutique, many of the employees kindly greeted me. There were no other customers inside the store. Many beautiful pieces were carefully displayed. The sales associates were very kind and helpful. They brought out multiple styles out for me and playfully said, "I am giving you even more options to choose from, sorry!"

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Outside of the Luxury Row location

Outside of the Luxury Row location

At the Modern Honolulu Hotel

At the Modern Honolulu Hotel

The hardware looks silver in this photo due to the lighting. I purchased the gold hardware.

The hardware looks silver in this photo due to the lighting. I purchased the gold hardware.

After a week of looking around at Ala Moana Center's YSL boutique and reading numerous reviews on this other YSL bag, I decided to stop by the Luxury Row boutique again. This time, I was assisted by a different sales associate who was very sweet and helpful. She even joked around saying, "Welcome back! You were here a few days ago, no?"

This time, I wanted to check out the Envelope Bag in Mix Matelassé in the size medium. I was particularly interested in the Dark Beige color with gold hardware, which I saw when purchasing the Loulou bag. I checked out the bag at the Ala Moana Center boutique but noticed that there was a slight difference in color. The color at the Ala Moana Center seemed duller and less saturated. Meanwhile, the dark beige color at the Luxury Row location was a beautiful nude/pink. This color is not available for purchase online. It is available at certain boutiques.

The retail price for this Envelope Bag in Mix Matelassé is $2,190.00 in the United States boutiques. With tax it would come out to $2,385.00 if I had purchased it in New York City.

In Hawaii with the 20% off it came out to $1,752.00 before tax. After tax, it came out to approximately $1,831.00 usd.

By purchasing this purse in Hawaii, the bag is around $554.00 cheaper than in New York City.

Here is a photo of the bag unboxed. You can see that the chains are carefully wrapped in this photo. The exterior size of the bag is quite similar to the Chanel Classic Flap Bag in Medium. The interior of this bag is larger than the Chanel and can fit more items. Similar to the Loulou bag, this bag can be worn three ways: 1) on the shoulder 2) crossbody 3) double-chained on the shoulder. As of the moment, I look for this versatility in a bag. There is also a flap in the back, like the Chanel bag.

Here is a photo of the bag unboxed. You can see that the chains are carefully wrapped in this photo. The exterior size of the bag is quite similar to the Chanel Classic Flap Bag in Medium. The interior of this bag is larger than the Chanel and can fit more items. Similar to the Loulou bag, this bag can be worn three ways: 1) on the shoulder 2) crossbody 3) double-chained on the shoulder. As of the moment, I look for this versatility in a bag. There is also a flap in the back, like the Chanel bag.

This color is the most accurate of how the bag looks like in real life.

This color is the most accurate of how the bag looks like in real life.

I hope you enjoyed reading about my YSL purchase experience in Honolulu, Hawaii. If you are travelling to Hawaii and you are a fan of luxury goods, please do check out the price differences. Many tourists purchase luxury items that are on their wish list when they are in Hawaii because of the great savings. Please feel free to ask me any questions!


Love,

Emily


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Louis Vuitton Lockme II BB

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This is the older version of the Louis Vuitton Lockme II, which can only be worn crossbody style or on the shoulder.

I purchased this bag on May 31, 2017.

It has been almost two years since I've had this purse and it is still in excellent condition. This was my first ever luxury handbag purchase and I will always remember the day I walked into the Louis Vuitton boutique in Waikiki.

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The purse itself is quite structured and stands upright. I love the silver chain and the LV logo with the twist closure.

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The leather strap is very durable and comfortable when you wear it crossbody or on the shoulder. The strap does not slide off the shoulder, which is usually an issue with some other bags. Since the strap is not a metal chain, it is also light.

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On the side of the bag, there are buttons that can shrink or expand the bag.

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The leather of the interior flap is still in great condition but I do notice that the leather is more flimsy for this part of the bag.

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There is an extra compartment in the front part of the bag where you can store your phone, card holder, credit cards, cash, and etc. I thought that this was a functional addition to the purse.

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Overall, this purse is extremely low-maintenance and the leather is very durable and sturdy. I personally adore this purse which can be worn crossbody and on the shoulder. I recommend the new version since it is more versatile: can be worn crossbody, on the shoulder, and chain-doubled.

I hope this wear and tear update/review was helpful for those who are interested in this purse.

Love,

Emily

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Wear and Tear Update - Gucci GG Marmont Velvet Mini Bag

The packaging

The packaging

I purchased this purse on November 12th, 2017. It has been 1 year and 3 months since I have had this purse and it is still in great condition.

Gucci GG Marmont Velvet Mini Bag

Retails for USD $1,590.

For storage, I always keep my purses in their dust bag. I do not store them in their boxes because that is too much of a hassle. I do keep the boxes though.

For storage, I always keep my purses in their dust bag. I do not store them in their boxes because that is too much of a hassle. I do keep the boxes though.

On the back of the purse, there is an adorable heart shape.

On the back of the purse, there is an adorable heart shape.

The chains have not rusted and the gold color is still as beautiful.

The chains have not rusted and the gold color is still as beautiful.

On the inside of the flap, there is denting in the leather due to the opening and closing of the purse. The wear and tear is normal and this is not too bad. This is the condition being that I am gentle with my items.

On the inside of the flap, there is denting in the leather due to the opening and closing of the purse. The wear and tear is normal and this is not too bad. This is the condition being that I am gentle with my items.

This part of the purse is where the most noticeable wear is. There is an indent on the velvet material due to the weight of the chain. This does not bother me because it is bound to happen with a velvet bag and when I wear my purse, it cannot be seen.

This part of the purse is where the most noticeable wear is. There is an indent on the velvet material due to the weight of the chain. This does not bother me because it is bound to happen with a velvet bag and when I wear my purse, it cannot be seen.

The sides of the bag are still in great condition. Many people who have this purse complain that after some time of usage, there tends to be discoloration of the velvet on the sides of the bag. I did not experience that issue.

The sides of the bag are still in great condition. Many people who have this purse complain that after some time of usage, there tends to be discoloration of the velvet on the sides of the bag. I did not experience that issue.

The inside lining is a gorgeous pink. I do not throw coins or pens into my purse, therefore I have not stained the interior.

The inside lining is a gorgeous pink. I do not throw coins or pens into my purse, therefore I have not stained the interior.

Overall, this purse is quite low-maintenance and I highly recommend purchasing this bag if you have been eyeing it for a while. I was quite hesitant because I thought that I would have to use a lint roller frequently to manage the look of the velvet but this was not the case. I rarely ever use a lint roller for this purse. For these photos provided, I did not use a lint roller on purpose to show how my bag usually looks. Lint is always noticeable in close up photos but in person, it cannot be seen. Also, the shape of my purse still looks great.

Many people also say that this is a "trendy" purse rather than a "classic" one - meaning that it could potentially go out of style one day. I do not believe this since the style of the Gucci GG Marmont Velvet Mini Bag is so chic and versatile. It can be worn 3 different ways: long chain on the shoulder, double chain on the shoulder, and crossbody. For a luxury purse, the price point is quite fair. I have gotten great usage out of this purse since it looks great with all outfits and suits all occasions.

I hope that this wear and tear update was helpful for those who have been wanting this purse.

Love,

Emily

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Chanel Purchase Experience in Paris

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When I visited Paris for the first time in late May, my goals were to visit all of the tourist attraction spots that my boyfriend and I were interested in, try out Pierre Herme macarons, eat other French foods, and hopefully purchase Chanel Classic Stud Earrings in size small since I was not able to find them in New York boutiques.

After landing in Charles de Gaulle Airport, we got sim cards for our cell phones and ate breakfast. It was around 8:00 AM in the morning and not many places were open at the time. We decided to go to Trocadero to take photos with the Eiffel Tower in the background and by 9:00 AM, the area was already flooded with tourists. We both had our carry-on luggage with us and we were jetlagged but we still managed to take beautiful photos.

Our check-in time was scheduled for the afternoon so we still had time to stroll around the Trocadero area. We ate at an Italian place for lunch and shortly afterwards, we headed to Pont Alexandre III. By this time, we still had an hour or two to spare before we could check-in. While we were standing on the Pont Alexandre III bridge, I realized that the 51 Avenue Montaigne Chanel boutique was only three minutes away by car.

We entered the boutique with our luggage and the location was not too crowded, compared the 31 Rue Cambon location. I was assisted by a sales associate shortly after entering the boutique; the queue was not too long, which was great. My sales associate presented a lot of earrings for me to choose from and the pair that I was searching for was available at this boutique! After looking at the pair of earrings and deciding which size suited me better, I decided to purchase the small size. I did not want to take too long or browse around too much because I did not want to keep my boyfriend waiting for a long time.

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I walked out with the earrings that I have been looking for! The small bag is so adorable!



I asked my sales associate for the detaxe form so that I would be able to get a tax refund from my purchase at the airport. The sales associate will ask for your passport so that they can write your information down. To qualify for a tax refund, the purchase must be over €160 in one store - on the same day. The price on the tag includes tax already. I got around 11.6% back at the airport because I qualified for the detaxe form (purchase exceeded €160 in one store - on the same day).







In June, I booked tickets to go to Paris for the second time with my parents. We left for Paris in mid-July and arrived at Charles de Gaulle airport at 8 AM... again! I followed my airport routine which was to get our bags, get sim cards, and eat breakfast. As usual, the check-in time was scheduled for the afternoon so we had a lot of spare time. My mom and I wanted to stop by the 51 Avenue Montaigne Chanel boutique since I had such a great experience there. Once again, I walked into the Chanel boutique with my luggage and jetlagged appearance!


We had the Classic Flap Bag in medium with the gold hardware in mind because boutiques including New York, raised the price for the medium flap bag the previous winter. I also wanted to take a look at the Lambskin Espadrilles because my size sells out quickly at the boutiques located near me. Upon arrival, we were quickly assisted by a lovely sales associate. She said that I knew exactly what I wanted and she appreciated that.


After looking at the Classic Flap Bag, we finally decided to purchase it. After making the purchase, I asked if I could take a look at the available Lambskin Espadrilles and my sales associate showed me a variety of different colors and materials. On display, there were only the classic black Lambskin and the nude with the black cap. My sales associate took out nude-pink Lambskin Espadrilles and my jaw instantly dropped. I have heard that this color sold out everywhere and that it is no longer listed on the official website; it shocked me that it was available in my size as well!

I tried on the highly coveted size six nude-pink Lambskin Espadrilles and I instantly fell in love with them! The material was much softer than I had imagined and I knew that the quality is well worth the price tag. Although I was looking downwards at my feet to thoroughly decide if I wanted to purchase the shoes, I felt intense stares from at least ten people around me. Girls and guys were bombarding my sales associate with questions about the color of these espadrilles and the availability. She responded that this was the last pair in Paris. I decided on spot to purchase them because I knew that I would not even be able to purchase any color in New York because of my small shoe size, which sells out very quickly.


Once again, I asked my sales associate for the detaxe form, showed her my passport, and paid for the items. Since the purchases exceeded €800, a customs fee would be collected upon arrival in New York. Considering that the prices are a bit lower in Paris than in New York and refunds are given, it was still cheaper to pay for the items and the customs fee rather than to purchase them in New York since the tax is so high.

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Outside of the 51 Avenue Montaigne Chanel Boutique

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Classic Parisian photo featuring the balcony and the exquisite Chanel packaging!

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The Caviar Classic Flap Bag in Medium with Gold Hardware and Classic Stud Earrings in size small

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Caviar Classic Flap Bag in Medium with Gold Hardware

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Nude-pink Lambskin Espadrilles




Love,

Emily




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