Grace Finds Style

February 5, 2011

Huge Amazon sale; 40% off clearance, FORTYOFF

Filed under: Sales — Grace @ 4:59 am
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Here are some designer stores that Amazon sells that may prove to be useful for people who love designer labels. Of course, the rest of their brands are also on sale. Amazon has free return shipping for clothing, which means it is easy to purchase a few items that may or may not fit. It’s hard however, to find small sizes. Here are a few brands:

I would have loved to get the True Religion in Becky Petite, but none of my size were left. There are just too many items, but didn’t find anything that really popped out at me. Plus, the small sizes are not really left. But maybe it will help someone else find an item!

Note, it seems people may have trouble applying the code, so it works on some items and not on others.

~Grace

At the Fitting Room: H&M Redux

Filed under: At the Store — Grace @ 4:18 am
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I visited H&M earlier this week during a quick break from work, but after being inspired by PAG’s post, I was determined to visit again, confident I would find something I liked (plus, I loved those coral shoes!). I ended up snagging the SZ6 (I have wide shoulders) knit blazer in pinkish-beige because of how comfy it is; see on PetiteLG here. I already had a navy blue jacket, so I opted to go with the pink.

I’m still struggling on figuring out how to take photos in a very small confined space – everyone is so talented out there! I forgot my camera at home, so I made do with my camera phone. And I didn’t have time to retake photos since I was on a lunch break.
H&M Ruffle Shirt
H&M Ruffle Shirt, size 4.
I agree with PetiteLG’s assessment that it was just too rufflish. It looks better in the photo than in person. I wasn’t wearing a tank top and it requires one, otherwise it would reveal to much. My bra was already peeking out. The sustainable material that H&M calls it is also not very comfortable – with a slight paperish feel (though fairly good quality in terms of make). Also, it’s slightly too short on me, ending up making it look kind of strange.

I tried on a few more ruffly-type tops (yes, I love those kind of tops – as it adds a little something to “that area”!)
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H&M beige pink ruffle V neck top, size 2

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H&M striped pink ruffly baby top, sz 2
I think the tops look nice with skinny jeans, and I was going to go with the pink striped ruffly top, since it was comfy and I liked how the collar wasn’t too open and not too low. Also, I loved the bright pink color.

The only thing I don’t like about these kind of shirts is the elastic above the waist sometimes digs in, causing it to be fairly uncomfortable, and I definitely found that to be the case with the ruffly royal blue top. I also really liked the light pink V-ruffly shirt, and thought it was comfortable, but not worthy of the $34.95 price tag. (I think I need to find a new pose :))

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H&M T-shirt bow, SZ 4
If I gain any weight, it goes directly to my belly, which makes it difficult to wear anything too tight. Here, you can see that the shirt fits fine, but you can see the formation of my belly. (Need to exercise more) The shirt was fairly plain, and though it could be dressed up, I didn’t like it very much. Plus, my neck felt naked.

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H&M sparkly beaded T-shirt, XS

I don’t have too many long and flowy tops to match my skinny jeans, and I really liked how the bottom has an elastic you can adjust how “flowy” it is, that I grabbed this in both the white and the peachy color. My neck is still a bit naked, but for some reason, it feels less so.

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H&M sandals, sz 6
And, since I’m a bit of a converted shoe addict in the past year, I couldn’t resist the sandals that PetiteAsianGirl posted, that I had to grab a pair. I wanted to test out the coral colors too, but I thought I was lucky enough to even find any pair in any color at all in size 6! The nude one that I’m wearing here was the only one that had a size 6, let alone a size smaller. Then again, they might have had them in the back, but I was in a rush to get back to work that I didn’t have any time to ask. I’ll probably try another H&M this weekend to see if I can hunt down a size 6 in coral. They actually have a bit of space, especially where my foot is and the zipper. I sort of have wide feet so they’re acceptable, but I might see if I can find a size 5 to compare.

Excuse my ramblings – one of my weaknesses is my writing, so I’m hoping to improve!
~Grace

February 1, 2011

LASIK, two weeks later

Filed under: Life — Grace @ 5:12 am
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I haven’t written much in any of my blogs, mainly due to the fact that two weeks ago, I went in for LASIK. My prescription was pretty high, with a -7.5 in my right eye, and a -5.5 in my left eye. I tend to freak out when anything comes close to my eye, including contacts, so I have been wearing glasses since I was 7 years old.

Lately, I’ve just been wanting a change, and I was getting annoyed how greasy my face seemed to get with my glasses, the constant needing to clean my glasses, and the fact that my nose ridge barely existed causing my glasses to slide down that I decided to go for the change.

Feeling pretty confident about going with Global Laser Vision, with my ex and many of his coworkers going to the same place and having a successful surgery, I decided to go with Global Laser Vision as well. In addition, the surgeon had a very impressive resume, and all the reviews online for Global Laser Vision were extremely positive.

I opted for the Custom Wavefront Lasik procedure, which is essentially performed all with laser. There are two steps, the cutting of the flap, and then the cornea being modified to the shape it needs to see clearly. The cutting of the flap can be done manually with a blade, or a laser (which is more precise). Since my eyes are so sensitive I had a difficult time not tearing up during the surgery. Before going into the surgery they put five or six different kinds of eye drops into your eye – many to prevent from getting an infection or inflammation which could cause complications, in addition the one drop to numb your eye.

The whole procedure was done within five minutes for each eye. But as I said, I kept on tearing up throughout, so when the flap was actually cut, I wasn’t aware of what many described as going blind for about 15 seconds since I was already all teared up. After they’re done, they send you home with a pair of eye shields to help the healing of the cornea and to prevent you from rubbing your eyes.

How are my eyes? My left eye is 20/20. My right eye however, even after two weeks is blurry.
(For some reason, it’s taking me forever to write up this post!) I’m contemplating wearing an eye patch over my left eye to possibly improve my right eye. I’m not sure if that would work or just strain my eye even more so. Night time, due to my blurriness and the fact that my astigmatism still remains (seeing double), my depth perception is thrown off quite a bit. The first week, I had completely lost my confidence driving because I couldn’t judge how far I was from vehicles when making lane changes or merging.

I’ll check in later with more updates on my eye progress. I haven’t gone to the mall or bought anything new as of late, so nothing to report there so far =)

December 29, 2010

The Body Shop is having a SALE today and tomorrow (12/29 & 12/30)!

Filed under: Bath and Body,Sales — Grace @ 5:05 pm
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If you buy their Bag “Green is NOT A COLOUR, it’s a state of mind” for $5, 50% is taken off your ENTIRE ORDER, all inclusive (except for gift sets and gift cards). If you use the code NEWYEAR25, you will get free shipping anything after $25.

  1. Add this to your cart.
  2. The Body Shop already has some great sales
  3. All the prices will be adjusted to 50% off automatically as you add products to the cart
  4. Checkout.

I picked up a couple of their body butters (Shea and Satsuma). I am SO bad at moisturizing my skin in the winter – and I get itchy and even dry bumps once in a while. I love the smells that The Body Shop offers, and had been meaning to purchase them for a long time, but this is the first time I decide to make the plunge! I was also curious and picked up the Banana Shampoo, on sale for $3, making it only $1.50! I like their products, because they’re made in the UK. It used to be so popular when I lived in Canada, and it wasn’t only when I moved to the US I was surprised to find out they weren’t as popular as Bath and Body Works.

What do you like from the Body Shop, are you planning to shop the sale?

November 4, 2010

Checking out LOFT

Filed under: At the Store — Grace @ 4:22 pm
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After seeing PetiteAsianGirl’s post trying on the military sweater jacket and also about the LOFT coat special, I decided to go Ann Taylor Loft during lunch break the next day. This is also my first post, so bear with me while I find some sort of consistency (and confidence) in my method of posting and of taking pictures.


1. Military Sweater Jacket, $128, XSP

I’m 10lbs heavier than PAG, and slightly taller, so I decided to try out an XS in the store. San Diego was a balmy 96 degrees this weekend (35-36 Celsius), so trying on this jacket made me immediately HOT as it was quite snug. (more…)

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