To Opal Or Not

November 29th, 2012

Last year during allergy season, I noticed puffiness under my eyes.  This is definitely orange alert for me!!  In a frenzy I went on Sephora and Amazon, bought all the top-rated eye products that claimed to reduce puffiness.  However, after applying at least 10 of these creams, gels, imitation cucumber pads on my eyes, I saw no improvement in my situation.  Not only that, my eyes started hurting or feeling itchy all the time.  In fact, on my flight to Floria last winter, I had so much pain in my eyes that I couldn’t even read a book or look at the TV screen in front of me.  I looked around me – all these other people seem to have no problems whatsoever with their eyes.  Just when I was ready to cry over how unfair life is, a thought miraculously popped into my head.  Maybe it’s the random eye products I’m using that’re giving me all this grief.  What if I DON’T use anything?!

During that whole vacation, I applied nothing to my eye area.  Only a face moisturizer on my cheeks, that’s it!  Not sure exactly at which moment my eyes stopped bothering me,  I just seemed to remember less and less about the itchiness or the tearing up problem as if they never occurred.  In the pictures that I took for myself, the puffiness was gone.

Lesson learned.  This year I’m not spending money on anything.  Well, not until I saw Clarisonic Opal Sonic Infusion System.  If I ever have the under eye puffiness again, this could come handy, right?  All the reviews are raving about it.  And it looks super cute!  I bought it over Thanksgiving and tried it on my face.  During the first two days I pressed the device against my face so hard that I almost crushed my orbital bone.  Now I just let it dance lightly under my eye area.  Actually once you turn it on, it seems to have a life of its own.  It’s been a week and a half, I’m still not sure if it’s actually doing anything to my delicate under eye skin.  There’re days that I looked better than my baseline and I marveled, ” This thing really works!”  And there’re other days I see no difference.  If anyone of you has used this device, please tell me your experience!  I still have 80 days to go before the money back guarantee runs out :)

If you want to try it, this little device comes in white, black, red and blue.


MaxMara Double Breasted Coat


Balenciaga Classic City Bag


Stella McCartney Days of the Week Knicker Box Set


Belstaff Ocelot Blouson Lady


Giorgio Armani Shearling Jacket


Dior 3 D Medium Flap Shoulder Bag


Lanvin Satin Ruffle Dress


Manolo Blahnik Jeweled Satin Pump


Alexander McQueen Ruched Hip Cap-Sleeve Dress


Bottega Veneta “The Knot” Leather Box Clutch is a new site that offers affordable styles with the latest trends in mind. I browsed through the online shop and found everything well within my purchase power. A lanvin-looklike two tone flowy dress for $42? I can buy a dozen of these if they had them in different colors! I admit that I haven’t heard of brands like Degaine or Dex, but that also makes things fresh and interesting to look at. The handpicked collection has some serious key pieces of the season, and they come with a nice twist – a Motorcycle jacket made in soft jersey, a plaid shirt that’s body hugging …….I only wish that the site had more products for me to admire, but I guess good things take time to build :) currently is offering 15% off on everything with promotion code “SHOPPINGNOTES”, watch out for other promotions throughout the next two weeks!

Degaine biker jacket $192

Dex plaid button up $85

Black two-tone belted dress $42

For this holiday season, is giving 30% off on a different item each day. What a fun way to count down to Christmas!

In case you’re getting tired of the winter coats and UGG boots, there’re lots of new arrivals to look at as well.   Resort and Spring styles have arrived from Lanvin , Christan Louboutin, Miu Miu, all the designers you desire!

My favorite is still the Dolce & Gabbana Rose Garden Silk Dress from last season, waiting for its price to come a little more from (the already-on-sale price) 895 Euro!!!



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yellow cashmere turtleneck sweater

cashmere bolero knit jacket 


berry cashmere turtleneck sweater


berry elbow length cashmere gloves


green elbow length cashmere gloves


grey elbow length cashmere gloves


The much anticipated Fall Dylan has arrived early!! Both new and classic silhouettes come in gorgeous dark fall colors! Don’t forget to use these coupon codes when you shop at Linea Pelle.

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I’ve been getting a lot of request for invitations to these private designer sale clubs, so here you are gals!  There’re a few more besides these, I’ll add them to the list when I’m in :)

Invitation for

Invitation for

Invitation for Editor’s Closet

Invitation for Billion Dollar Babe


Mommy-turned-Designer Allison Krongard founded WallCandy® Arts after being asked by friends and family many times for stylish ideas to decorate babies’ rooms.  Her solutions include peel-and-stick chalkboards, wall stickers and wall art, all of which can be removed and used again without leaving any marks on the wall. 

Personally I think the chalk-boards are a great idea, each kit contains 4 panels for you to use separately or combine to create a large writing surface. I haven’t seen those anywhere else, finally there comes a designer who truly understands the joys and pains of having a toddler.

Currently they’re offering a 25% discount on Landscape wall stickers. Just use code Land25 at checkout.  After June 30th there’ll be a new sale on a different item, watch out for that!