Net-a-porter International Sale now LIVE!

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This is really just a PSA more than anything else, but I just wanted to let you guys know that both the Net-a-porter International Sale and the Net-a-porter Asia/Pacific Sales are now LIVE! After waiting weeks since the US sale (which recently took its second markdowns!), everyone else can now CLICK HERE to shop!

Some helpful tips: I recommend shopping around both sites, as the exact same items may cost different depending on which site you’re viewing. General rule of thumb: European brands are cheaper on the UK site, and US brands are cheaper on the Asia/US sites. Shipping to Singapore from the UK site is 20 pounds, or 15USD from the Asia site. Don’t bother trying to split your order to avoid GST on the Asia site, NAP already factors in the 7% even on orders below $300SGD and you pay tax on checkout. And lastly, shop quickly as stock tends to move fast!

Don’t forget to come back and tell me what you scored from the sale! I’ve already picked up a pair of rose gold MBMJ mouse flats, and a cute mint mini Mulberry crossbody. I’m also eyeing several Saint Laurent Arty rings, and I spotted the McQueen Dragonfly De Manta clutch going for an absolute steal! Happy shopping everyone 🙂

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Balenciaga GWP: Free Tiny First/Tiny City bag Charms!

 

 

Balenciaga is currently offering free Tiny Firsts and Tiny City bag charms for everyone who buys a Classic/Giant 12/Giant 21 Arena bag from their online site! I must say that this is one of the most generous GWPs (Gift With Purchase) I’ve seen a designer do, since these tiny babies cost a couple hundred dollars a pop at retail, plus they’re seasonal. What’s better than a Balenciaga bag? A Balenciaga with a tiny Balenciaga bag hanging off of it, of course!

Balenciaga Giant City Gold in Old Rose

 

I bought this bag two weeks ago from the Balenciaga US Online Store (SO HAPPY), but no pictures of it yet because I literally took it out of its dust bag to admire and then put it right back in for my mother to help me carry back to Singapore! I’ve been eyeing this bag since the Spring 2011 colors first launched on the US site, naturally because of its lovely pink color – light enough to be girly but not scream bimbo! I wasn’t sure if it was just non-buyers’ regret that I didn’t get the Giant City Rose Gold in Bois de Rose from the Fall 2010 season, which I fell in love with the first time I saw, but a friend bought it so according to some Girls’ Law out there (like the female equivalent of the Bro Code, only this says you can’t buy a scarf in the same color as your friend or a bag they own already) I couldn’t buy it after I’d seen her carrying it. Especially since Balenciaga produces the same styles of bags, just in different colors each season! I was quite crushed, but it’s okay because apparently my friend’s bag (a very light white-pink) has since faded to gray, and you can’t really tell that it used to be pink. That’s what you get with Balenciaga I suppose, as the brand’s leather isn’t known to be the best and the color tends to fade! I think this color will still look gorgeous slightly faded though, and I like gold hardware better than the rose gold.

 

I went down to Barney’s in Boston too see the bag in person, but they were out of stock and placed one on hold in New York for me. But when I went to NYC that weekend the store had none, even though their computer said that there should still be 4 somewhere! I managed to take a look at the other styles in this color though and knew that I definitely wanted the City in Old Rose, so I placed my order online and had it shipped to Boston. No sales tax 😀 I had it shipped via Complimentary Ground, and although the Balenciaga site has options for Next-Day and 2-Day delivery it still made it to me in 2 days, with the white Balenciaga box inside a nondescript regular brown cardboard box, and with signature confirmation in case anyone else tries to make off with my bag in the mail!

 

Overall I’m very pleased with the Balenciaga online store and my new bag, and I’ll definitely be getting as much wear out of this bag before next season’s colors come out! This does match most things in my wardrobe (pink) after all..

Christian Louboutin Brandaplato Satin Mesh Heels

These shoes are my latest obsession. I’ve been staring at them for the last two days wishing my feet were a US Size 9.5 or 10, and that I had a spare $1,125 just lying around. Here, see another picture:

Aren’t they gorgeous? If you’d mentioned “satin mesh peeptoes” to me I never would have imagined the perfection that is this shoe, but of course that’s why Mr. Louboutin is the Master and I just show you his shoes! I love how the mesh really ends up looking like delicate lace and not say, fishnet stockings, and the swirl straps give off a very elegant feel. Here’s a side-view:

I love the cursive ‘L’ you can make out along the side, and is it just me or do the straps almost look like wings here? I imagine if Hermes were female and stylish he would have worn these to deliver his messages to the Greeks, instead of the winged sandals he wore!

Now take a look at the black version:


No less droolworthy, mm?

And from the back:

So vampy! I’m quite glad they’re both sold out in my size, lest I be tempted to buy them. If they’re still available in your size though, you can buy these from Barney’s here for the Gold and here for the black. I’ll just have to be content with making their picture my desktop wallpaper…

MAC Flighty Collection up on MAC Online!

Just a headsup to everyone that MAC’s Flighty Collection is now available online here! Use code FLIGHTY for free standard shipping.

There’s been a bit of a controversy over Temptalia’s review of the collection (you can read her review here) – she originally gave these a B- , and after MAC Senior Artist Romero said in an interview that these were supposed to be “long-wearing”, she dropped the grade down to a D. From her pictures, they really don’t look like they last very well at all, and if a product doesn’t do what it claims to then I get that it should be graded lower. I can’t help but wonder what MAC thinks about the downgrade after taking the time to do an interview. Christine has been nothing but completely honest as a beauty blogger, something I find refreshing when it seems like most people now just write good reviews so they’ll get free products! All this being said I’m not much of a fan of cream products myself, preferring pigments and pressed eyeshadows, so I wasn’t exactly going to run to a MAC store to pick these up anyway (the MAC Mega Metal eyeshadows though was another story!) My advice is, if you’re thinking of purchasing these please try them at a store first, and don’t just buy them online because you like the color!

MAC Quite Cute up online!

Just a heads-up that MAC’s Quite Cute Collection is up online on maccosmetics.com! You can click here to get straight to the collection, or you can head down to your nearest MAC store tomorrow for the in-store launch 🙂 Use code SOCUTE for free shipping!

Forever 21 Sateen Stiletto Heels

 

Well now, aren’t these shoes quite nice? Forever 21 call this a “nude” shoe, though it looks like more of a light nude pink to me. But I love pink, so if F21 think pink is the new nude then hurray! I think the curved upper adds a nice touch to what’s really just a typical platform court, and the sateen finish has a nice slight sheen that manages to not look cheap, though you might want to check these out in a F21 store if you’re worried about that just in case these photograph better than they are! These also have a showstopping 5.8″ heel height, and while the 1″ platform will help, it’ll still be like walking in a platformless 5″ heel. Definitely a house door-to-car kind of shoe!

These are $24.80 and you can purchase them from the Forever 21 online store here. Also available in black.

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