Friday, November 24, 2017

2017 Black Friday Deals

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Glossier, Nordstrom, Walmart and Clarisonic are all offering nice discounts.

If you hate saving cash and scoring killer deals, stop reading this. Now. This post is all about saving you money for the holidays as you shop for loved ones and, let's be honest, yourself.

Black Friday really does start on Thanksgiving. Last year, I bravely ventured to an outlet mall in San Marcos, TX at midnight with my daughter. The line to get into the Gucci store was longer than any nightclub I ever tried to crash. There were wristbands. Seriously. I was waiting for the bouncer to charge me a cover charge.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Louis Vuitton Twist Bag Review

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Louis Vuitton's Epi Twist Leather bag is a multi-functional marvel. Thanks to its versatile chain, it can serve as three purses in one: a crossbody, shoulder bag and clutch.

Louis Vuitton offers the Epi Twist bag in three sizes: PM, MM and GM. It also comes in a crossbody wallet version. For the sake of this review, we're focusing solely on the purse.

Louis Vuitton Twist Bag PM
The PM is the smallest size.: 7.1 x 5.1 x 3.5 inches (length, height & width).
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Louis Vuitton Twist Epi Leather PM | Buy THIS Bag
The basic design comes in eight different colors and three different materials: epi leather, crocodile and lizard. Louis Vuitton's retail price for the "basic" model $3250 for an epi leather version. The crocodile version starts at $18,000 while the lizard version starts at $15,600.  

Louis Vuitton Twist Bag MM 
The MM is the medium size: 9.1 x 7.1 x 3.1 inches (length, height & width).
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Louis Vuitton Twist Epi Leather MM | Buy THIS Bag
Similar to the PM size it currently comes in eight colors and three different finishes: epi leather and python. The retail price for this base model is $3550 while the python version retails for $7350.

Louis Vuitton Twist bag GM
The newest and largest size is GM: 11.8 x 9.4 x 4.3 inches (length, height & width). Louis Vuitton offers this only in the epi leather and in the colors beige and black.

Other Varieties
These are just the basic options. Louis Vuitton is constantly updating these bags with a variety of designs and finishes.

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As I said in the video, I think it's a timeless, versatile bag that will be a closet staple for years to come. What do you think? Love it? Hate? it? Please let me know in the comments below.

How to Score Louis Vuitton Bags for Less
The retail price of these bags is truly eye-popping. 😳 I rarely pay full retail for my bags, thanks to my love affair with designer consignment stores and websites that offer guaranteed authentic merchandise. Among my favorites are Fashionphile, The Real Real, Bag Borrow or Steal, Luxury Garage Sale, Trendlee and Vestiare Collective.

I am an obsessive online browser. The items for sale on these sites, many times, are more interesting than what it is in the stores because you can find vintage classics or interesting one-off items. It's like being a luxury fashion hunter. 

Buy Authentic Louis Vuitton Twist Bags For Less


Monday, September 4, 2017

Lune & Aster CC Cream Review

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Need to Know:

Lune + Aster's CC Cream is the ideal double duty beauty product. It provides wonderful, lightweight coverage while also delivering a strong sun protection factor: SPF 50, babes!

It contains vitamin E, hyaluronic acid (a skin plumper) and sea buckthorn, which is said to promote skin elasticity. 

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Purse & Bag Policy 101: Everything You Need to Know

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From top to bottom: Ruby Faux Leather Bag | Dooney & Burke Texas Foldover Crossbody | Dooney & Burke Dallas Cowboys Daphne Crossbody Wallet | Gucci Supermini GG Marmont Matelasse Bag | Kate Spade Cameron Street Mini Bag | Tory Burch Parker Chain Wallet
Finding stylish and functional small purses and bags that you can carry into NCAA and NFL football games is a challenge. The purses usually don't hold anything and are cheaply made.

Here's what I know: purse and bag policies are here to stay. The NFL instituted a purse and bag policy in 2013. More and more college football stadiums are implementing them as well.

Simply put, it makes the admission process easier. It takes stadium security too much time to search through a big, dark bag, which creates a bottleneck at entry. A small bag is easier and faster to check.

Labor Day Sales You Can't Afford To Miss

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Louis Vuitton satchel (yes, it's authentic!) | Bell sleeve top Tory Burch layered necklace Tory Burch crossbody (perfect for gameday!) | Lola stone earrings | Block heel sandal (great transitional shoe) | Lola stone bracelet | Burberry sunglasses | Michele Watch |
I'm a rarely pay retail kind of gal. Who's with me? 🙋 Having worked in television for so long, I've had to buy lots of makeup and clothing to wear on-camera that don't cost a fortune. Fortunately, there's always a great sale or consignment shop that has helped me solve those problems in a budget-friendly fashion.

TIP: consignment shops are your friend! I buy almost all of my work clothes at consignment shops. I also love online consignment stores to purchase handbags, scarves and designer accessories. One of my faves, Bag Borrow or Steal is offering 15% off everything with code EVENT15.

Whether you're on a tight budget or just looking to save when you can, Labor Day is full of sales that can help you save some cash.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

W Hotel Punta Mita Review

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The W Punta Mita is a hotel with an identity crisis. It wants to evoke everything that's cool about the hip, happening W Hotel brand. In short, it aspires to be your hot 20-year old sister. But given its location and layout, it's a family-friendly spot that's more like your fun aunt who will give you a sip of her wine when no one's looking.

I came across a great deal on Travelzoo that offered three nights at the W Punta Mita for $599. After splitting it with a friend the deal came out to less than $100 per night for each of us. Done. (TIP: keep an eye out for Travelzoo deals. They offer some outstanding luxe-for-less experiences, ranging from spa days to luxury hotel stays).

Thursday, July 13, 2017

58 Tour Eiffel Review

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There are certain restaurants in which you need to manage your expectations. Meaning, don't walk in hoping to be wowed, overwhelmed or stunned. The result, I have found, is a better dining experience overall. Paris's 58 Tour Eiffel, the brasserie-style restaurant, on the first floor of the Eiffel Tower is one of those restaurants.

Why We Decided To Eat At 58 Tour Eiffel

We have never climbed any of the platforms at the Eiffel Tower while in Paris because, candidly, we didn't want to fight the tourists or wait in line. On our most recent trip, spanning November and December 2014, we decided to go for it but still didn't want to do the lines so we opted to eat at one of the restaurants, which also grants you access to the Eiffel Tower. We didn't want to do the over-the-top foodie destination that is Jules Verne (especially with a three-year old) nor did we want to do the buffet. Instead we tried 58 Tour Eiffel, knowing full well it would probably be mediocre food and poor service.

We were right about the food. The service? Not that bad.
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