Tuesday, September 15, 2015


I've been meaning to update this blog and kept forgetting. I started it as an offshoot of for a couple of reasons. One was to do a little bit of experimentation, which I was able to do.

Things continue to move and change. I will still blog about shoes, handbags & accessories. I'll just go back to doing it on the blog that started it all Gigi's Gone Shopping.

Thank you to those who read my posts here and chimed in.

I'll see you on GGS!

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Monday, July 6, 2015

Ann Taylor addtl 65% off

Holy flash sale at Ann Taylor!

It just kicked off and is good thru Tues nite, 7/7. The code is FLASH65 for 65% off sale items. The code will get an addtl 10% off if you have an Ann Taylor credit card.

I love Ann Taylor shoes because they are almost always 100% leather upper, have padding in the footbed and are true to size. This makes ordering on final sale a breeze. Things are moving fast. Here are 6 beauties that are still in stock. The stock pic is showing brown for the Margo leather sandals, but there is a color called wet stucco, with an interesting heel, that's still available. Nets $28.

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p.s. Check out the pearl cluster necklace sMaCkDoWn.

SmAckDOwN: pearl cluster necklace

J. Crew ($88, sold out)

I own the J. Crew version and it's hands down one of the best necklaces I own. I am attracted to button-down shirts, even though they don't necessarily do anything for my figure. This necklace elevates button-downs and so many more tops I've worn with it. I feel like buying the Accessory Concierge version was a backup. Both for the win.

pearl cluster necklace

More from Accessory Concierge

In other news, I'm on Periscope as gigiofca. Near the end of this week, I'll be talking a little about it on Gigi's Gone Shopping.


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Thursday, July 2, 2015

SmAcKdOwN: fringe clutch

J. Crew ($138, sold out)
Forever 21 ($29.90)

I haven't seen the F21 clutch. I do have a suede jacket from F21 that I purchased last year and the quality is good! I'll bet the same applies to the clutch. I liked the J. Crew leather clutch, however, the color didn't look good with my skintone (review). Also, the fringe was a little too structured and not as fun & flowy as I want a fringed item to be. Think upscale fringe. Which is fine. I wanted something that looked more festival, Telegraph St in Berkeley-ish. Forever 21 for the win.

More from F21. The coin purses are under $10. Christmas is only 6 mo away! I bought the bear one for my daughter about 1.5 mo ago and it's holding up well.

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Thursday, June 25, 2015

J Crew jewelry reviews (SP15)

There are lots of markdowns at J. Crew and a good number of things moving to final sale. We'll continue to see more of this trends as we head towards July. Can you believe that the first wave of fall merchandise will be out in a month?

I'm so glad I was able to try on some jewelry last nite so you can see it in-person. If it's not available online, perhaps the photos will help you decide if you want to hunt some of the pieces down in-store.

Painted flower bracelet (C9493, $78) - now $59.99. The color is white. Pretty design. The flowers are so interesting. They feel like they're going to be a little spongy, but they're not.

I cannot be bothered with the foolishness of the string closure. I wish they'd stuck to a traditional jump ring closure.

The Feeling
I hate the friendship bracelet closure. It makes it difficult to fasten. Sidethunmb because that's a personal preference. Other than that,the bracelet is pretty.

Floral wreath necklace (C9421, $158) - now $119.99. I've been wanting to try this on since it came out. The texture of the flowers is interesting. They feel like smooth, dry ceramic. Not in a bad way. The feeling isn't slick like shiny, ceramic bangles. I like the rhinestones in the center of the flowers. The off-center placement of the one in the right-hand side of the pic doesn't bother me. The asymmetry gives the necklace interest. I also like the cloudy, white rhinestones. I did not like the yarn balls. They're made of cloth and can attract dirt and stains.

The Feeling
Another unique design from J. Crew. It's a beautiful necklace. The dirt attracting yarn balls were a deal breaker for me. 

Beaded blossom necklace (C9432, $110) - now $84.99.

I liked the idea of this more online than when I saw it in-person. It's a mix of seed beads and yarn. It sits high on the neck. I found it to be a bit costume-y. However, I owned a similar necklace a few years ago. I think it was mostly black. It was a fun, summer piece. I didn't get the feeling on this one, though. If you also have textural issues, you might not like it. That yarn.

The Feeling
I can't get into the yarn design, but that's a personal preference. The number one thing I love is that the colors will go with J. Crew clothing; past, present and future. And the touch of rhinestones is nice.

These are the same yarn balls that are in the floral wreath necklace above. See how they can get dirty easily? I"m not sure what this necklace is doing. It looks very industrial. Not a bad thing. Just not my style.

The Feeling
Not a personal like for me. I like the bright orange, though, and love how it goes with my J. Crew blouse from a few years ago.

Garden party necklace (C9493, $150) - now $109.99.

This was released earlier in the year. It's my first time seeing it up-close. The design reminds me of a few necklaces released over the past couple years. Names escape me. Basically, you might already have something similar. That's how I felt when I tried it on. There are lot of rhinestones. Some in-between the flowers and some inside the flowers.

I liked it on. I did wish it sat a little lower, but that can be fixed with a necklace extender.

The Feeling
Thumbsup. It echoes a couple past designs, so check your collection before purchasing. 

Tortoise chandelier earrrings (C9510, $85) - now $64.99. I didn't try them on because weird. I held them up and they're beautiful. I agree w/online reviewers that they're heavy. However, I differ on why. The pieces that make up the design aren't too heavy for the materials. I think they kept it as physically light as they could. It's the hook that's weak. It's too dainty to support the design. They should've used a stud as the base and supported it with an earring backing that has the plastic circle around it. Beautiful earrings, though. Thumbsup.

Linked bangles bracelet (C9013, $88) - now $64.99. Color choices are gold and silver. Each bracelet has a hinge. I found it to just fit my wrists, which are medium. If you have small wrists, there will be more room. In that case, you might be able to position the bracelets higher up on your arm or further apart to show off the chain. I preferred the silver over the gold. It's very Fifty Shades. Plus -- I'll be honest -- with all the things going on the United States today, some people are going to see shackles.

DAYTWO gets 30% off select dress-up styles for all. 30% off sale items and 50% off final sale items on Thu, 6/25 only.
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