Nordstrom Anniversary Sale – Review

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Le Labo Santal 33 & Rose 31 Travel Spray Duo

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale – Review

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Happy Monday, friends! I’ve received my Nordstrom Anniversary package today and wanted to review a few things in case you’re interested in buying during their awesome sale (especially since it opens up to the public soon!).

Also, customer service is SPOT ON! And I’ll tell you why later. But anyway, on to the stuff!

Le Labo

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Le Labo Santal 33 & Rose 31 Travel Travel Spray Duo $95

I’m a huge fan of Le Labo and of course, I knew I had to purchase this Travel Spray Duo. Santal 33 is one of Le Labo’s most popular scent and it smells so good on Charles. I sometimes wear it (it’s a unisex scent) but I feel that it’s best on Charles. I’ve never used Rose 31 before and it’s a lot different that diptyque’s Eau Rose scent which I do use. I’m actually surprised by the scent as it doesn’t remind me of roses but that could be due to my skin chemistry.

The size is a good size so I would recommend this if you want to try out Le Labo for the first time or if you need it for traveling!

diptyque and Nike

Wander Hour - diptyque and Nike

Wander Hour - diptyque and Nike

diptyque Floral Candle & Eau de Toilette Set $72, Nike Classic Cortez Sneakers $51.90, and diptyque Candle Set $55

Let’s start with Nike sneakers. This I’m keeping! I’ve been wanting a pair of Cortez sneakers for awhile now and thought it would be appropriate to wear in Japan. It’s comfortable and I have so many outfits I could wear it with! These shoes in the Pure Platinum/White color way are currently sold out but they still got the Particle Rose version in a variety of sizes.

There are two different diptyque sets you can get during the sale: the Floral Candle & Eau de Toilette or the diptyque Candle Set. I’m keeping both because I love diptyque candles and they’re such a great price but if I were to choose between the two, I would get the Floral Candle & Eau de Toilette Set. This set comes with three candles and three sprays. Like I said in my previous post, the candles are smaller than the small size candles you normally buy but I love that it comes with the sprays (and I love all three scents by the way: Eau Rose, L’Ombre dans L’Eau, and Do Son). Highly recommend this candle and eau de toilette set if you’re into floral scents!

Jo Malone

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Jo Malone Discovery Collection $45 and Jo Malone Travel Candle Collection $95

Lastly in this review are two Jo Malone sets from the sale. I ordered the Discovery Collection and the Travel Candle Collection. I was a little taken aback by how small the cologne and body creme was. I knew they were small but didn’t they were REALLY small. I’m deciding to keep it anyway.

The Candle Collection arrived melted (note the photos). There was melted wax all over the box. I tried to reason myself that it was okay to return it (I try not to be THAT person that buys and returns everything). After contacting Nordstrom via their chat, they accommodated my return and was completely understanding about the situation!

You have me FOR LIFE, Nordstrom!

CONCLUSION

Things I love and highly recommend:

  1. Le Labo Santal 33 & Rose 31 Travel Spray Duo – I love everything Le Labo so I might be a tad bit bias but this is such a great set!
  2. diptyque Floral Candle & Eau de Toilette Set – If I have to pick one diptyque set, make it this one!
  3. Nike Classic Cortez Sneakers – Because getting sneakers during the sale is the best thing you can do for your wallet! Hehe! This is a sold out pair so if it goes back in stock (for the Pure Platinum/White) you better not sleep on it!

I have a few other things I might review but I just got to test it first. Namely a diffuser so I’ll get back hopefully before the sale ends! Hope you enjoyed my review! Let know if you decide to get any of the above.

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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale – Early Access

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale – Early Access

This post contains affiliate links. All opinions are of my own. 

Today is the day! The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale – Early Access starts today! Typically, sales occur post season but not the Anniversary Sale; you get sale prices for pieces from the upcoming season! Also, it’s a great time to stock up on beauty products and fragrances! If you have a Nordstrom card, Early Access starts today so you can start shopping! For those who aren’t cardmembers, it opens to the public July 20 and the sale ends August 6th. Here are my picks for the sale:

diptyque Candle and Fragrance Set $72.00 – diptyque, one of my favorite brands for candles. This set includes three candles as well as three sprays: Tubereuse, Roses, and Baies candles (1.2 oz each) as well as L’Ombre dans L’Eau, Do Son, and Eau Rose (1.2 oz. each) pen sprays! Such a great deal if you’re diptyque fan or wanting to try it out. These candles are pretty small compared to the “small” size candles so keep that in mind!

 

diptyque Anniversary Five-Candle Set $55 – if you just want to try out diptyque candles or want to venture out and try a new scent, this is a great set! It comes with five small candles (1.2 oz. each). Three of the candles are in the Candle & Fragrance set but instead of pen sprays, it includes: Feu de Bois and Figuier candles.

 

Le Labo Fragrance Duo $95 – Le Labo, my favorite brand for fragrance. If you’re familiar with Le Labo, you know it’s a bit pricey so this travel spray set in Rose 31 and Santal 33 is great for travel or if you wanted to see what Le Labo is all about! I wear diptyque’s Eau Rose so I’m looking forward to trying Le Labo’s rose perfume. Charles uses Santal 33 so that will be for him.

 

Jo Malone London Travel Candle Collection $95 – this candle set includes Lime, Basil, & Mandarin, English Pear & Freesia, and Peony & Blush Suede candles. Can not wait to light these up in our new apartment!

 

La Mer The Mini Miracles Collection $85 – I have been so intrigued about La Mer lately but I haven’t bit the bullet since it’s a bit pricey. People swear by it and I’m afraid I’m going to be one of those people. BUT, during the sale, you get La Mer for a good price so this is a great time to try it out! I’m hoping it’ll last me until next year’s Anniversary sale!

 

Nike ‘Classic Cortez’ Sneakers $51.90 – I have been wanting a pair of Cortez sneakers for awhile now and when I found out Nordstrom was selling this pair for the sale, I knew I had to add it to my shopping cart! This is actually selling out pretty fast in the ‘Pure Platinum/White’ color way (which is the one I ordered) so act fast!

 

Jo Malone London Discovery Collection $45 – travel size English Pear & Freesia cologne (0.3 oz.), Blackberry & Bay cologne (0.3 oz.), and Peony & Blush Suede body creme (0.5 oz.). I love buying travel sized products since Charles and I travel often and we’re not a fan of bringing our full size skincare and fragrances while we travel. This also makes a great gift!

Bonus: for Early Access, if you spend $130 in Jo Malone products online, you receive a deluxe sample of Blackberry & Bay cologne (0.3), Basil & Neroli Body & Hand Wash (0.5o oz.), and Mimosa & Cardamom Body creme (0.5 oz.) so it’s pretty much like a free Discovery Collection! More info HERE.

I hope you guys enjoyed my picks! Let me know if you scored at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale!

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Recent Buys

Recent Buys

This post contains affiliate links. Also, the Levi’s sale has now ended. 

Sale season is in full effect (and the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is just days away!). Here are a few things I’ve bought both sale and non-sale pieces.

Reformation Hattie Off the Shoulder Linen Dress – Linen is my go-to this summer and possibly all year thanks to living on a tropical island. This looks so good on and I’ve gotten so many compliments on it already. Can’t wait to show you an outfit post!

 

Intentionally Blank / Perf-Lo in Nude – Intentionally Blank is one of my favorite shoe brands at the moment. These nude mules are perfect and at such a great price! I see myself wearing it all year with pretty much everything!

 

Intentionally Blank / Cyrus in Black – Another pair of Intentionally Blank shoes at a great price!

 

Farrow Rio Asymmetrical Mini Skirt – Another linen addition to my closet. This is a linen-blend skirt that I see myself wearing not just in the summer but transitioning to fall. Love the asymmetrical hem! I see myself wearing it with the Nude Intentionally Blank mules and a simple blouse.

 

Levi’s 721 High Rise Skinny Jeans – Got these jeans for $22.49 with one of their sales “take an extra 50% off sale items” that ends on 7/10.

 

Levi’s Wedgie Fit Skinny Jeans – I’ve always wanted a pair of Wedgie Fit jeans and I’m excited to find this pair for $22.49 the sale.

 

Levi’s 711 Skinny Jeans – Another pair of Levi’s at such a great price! I don’t own too many jeans so it’s great having to stock up on pairs at such a good price! This came out to $19.99!

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The Laylow, Autograph Collection

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The Laylow, Autograph Collection

The Laylow, Autograph Collection

Our stay was comped but as always, opinions are of my own.

If there’s one hotel that has been popping up here and there on my feed, it would be The Laylow in Waikiki and rightfully so. It’s midcentury modern with a touch of Hawaii appeal is Instagram-worthy which is sure enough to flood your own feed because, how could you not? Monstera adorned wallpaper, rattan, polka dots, wood panels, submerged lounge chairs, everything at The Laylow is waiting to be photographed by you.

Before The Laylow was THE Laylow, it used to be a hotel that doesn’t deserve to be mentioned as it was pretty outdated and not nearly as good as it is now. Old furniture, dingy carpet, just plain outdated. How do I know this? Because I’ve stayed at the same exact property more than a decade ago. Fast forward a decade later, the property is completely renovated and redeveloped under what is now famously known as The Laylow, Autograph Collection and let me tell you, it is a complete upgrade both in design and customer service!

When The Laylow reached out to me about experiencing this new oasis in Waikiki, I could not say no. After visiting their restaurant, Hideout, for my 30th birthday and seeing all of the little details throughout the lobby and Hideout, I couldn’t wait to finally experience it myself and now that I have, I have everything you need to know about this new up and coming property that recently opened in 2017.

The Lobby

Wander Hour - The Laylow

Wander Hour - The Laylow

Wander Hour - The Laylow

Wander Hour - The Laylow

To reach the lobby, you head up the escalators after you valet your car (there is a fee of course). You will be greeted with plants and mid-century style furniture; a complete retreat in the middle of Waikiki on Kuhio. Make a right after the escalators and you’ll get a glimpse of their pool area on the left; a place that I knew I had to experience during my stay. On the right, you will see the entrance of Hideout: the restaurant on the property. Keep walking straight and you’ll run into the concierge desk with the loveliest wall decked out with dashboard hula dolls. But even lovelier were those behind the desk. They welcomed me and Charles with open arms!

I already knew I have fallen in love with The Laylow.

The Room

Wander Hour - The Laylow

Wander Hour - The Laylow

Wander Hour - The Laylow

Wander Hour - The Laylow

Wander Hour - The Laylow

Wander Hour - The Laylow

Wander Hour - The Laylow

Wander Hour - The Laylow

Wander Hour - The Laylow

There are 16 floors and Charles and I stayed on the 15th floor which is part of the Ho’okipa Level. At the Ho’okipa Level, there are complimentary snacks and beverages throughout the day. We took full advantage of it! As with the entire property, you will notice midcentury touches as well as how beautifully styled the room is from the platform bed, the red accent chair, the rattan chair, the rattan ottoman, and the wood tiles in the shower. The accent wall in their rooms: light pink wallpaper with leaves was a hit. I’ve noticed that other rooms have a different color way (navy with pink leaves) but I may be biased and prefer our cute pink wallpaper!

Included with the destination fee when you stay at The Laylow is a wonderful welcome basket full of local goodies. In our basket, we received: taro and sweet potato chips, Hi Chew, chocolate, water, and slippahs (flip flops are slippahs in Hawaii). Also included in the fee is shave ice which we missed! Definitely next time!

Toiletries

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Toiletries by Maak Lab made exclusively for The Laylow, Autograph Collection

One thing that is often overlooked while staying in a hotel are the toiletries. The Laylow nailed it with their toiletries from Maak Lab. These toiletries are made exclusively for the hotel and let me tell you, it evokes the essence of midcentury. With notes of sandalwood, hinoki, and bergamot, they nailed down the midcentury scent to a tee.

I have spent time all over the world and have been exposed to many kinds of toiletries. Most of the time, it’s an after thought as they’re usually not the best toiletries in the market. The attention to detail (as in this case, the woodsy scents for their toiletries which matches the entire midcentury concept) is impeccable and completed the entire experience. I don’t think I’ll ever look at toiletries the same way again after The Laylow.

The Pool

Wander Hour - The Laylow

Wander Hour - The Laylow

Wander Hour - The Laylow

One of the many things I was looking forward to at The Laylow was their saltwater pool and the cutest partially submerged lounge chairs. The pool area is small and quaint but not too far away is the beach if you’d rather relax there. But if you’d like to stay poolside at The Laylow, their beach towels are super cute so feel free to sign out some beach towels at their gift shop. Just don’t forget to return them!

Hideout

Wander Hour - The Laylow

Wander Hour - The Laylow

Wander Hour - The Laylow

Wander Hour - The Laylow

Wander Hour - The Laylow

Wander Hour - The Laylow

Right on the lobby floor, Hideout is the perfect place to grab coffee, lunch, dinner, and even some drinks! Charles and I decided to eat here for breakfast and we both enjoyed it! I ordered the buckwheat pancakes with macadamia nut butter topped with Kona coffee syrup. I was afraid of the pancakes being too dry but they weren’t and they were absolutely delicious. Charles ordered the loco moco with wagyu, ginger soy, chili oil, fried egg, and mushroom gravy. I could not rave enough of how delicious the rice was and kept stealing bites off Charles’ plates. The portions were very fulfilling and enough to keep you full for awhile!

You can dine either outside or inside. I usually opt for outside (it’s the California girl in me) but decided to eat inside. Best decision as I fell in love with their floors and the “walls” that separate Hideout from the lobby. It was eye candy for someone who is in love with interior design. Also, take note of the Hideout’s wall at the entrace: upon closer inspection, they’re umbrellas painted white! How amazing is that?

If you’re looking to going to Hawaii and staying in a hotel with ocean front views, this is not your hotel BUT if you’re looking for a hotel that’s chic, modern, and with exceptional hospitality, I highly encourage you to look into The Laylow. It’s not too far from the fame Waikiki Beach, there’s lots of shops around the area, and many delicious restaurants (but I highly recommend Hideout)!

Thank you so much, The Laylow, for hosting our stay!

The Laylow, Autograph Collection

2299 Kuhio Ave

Honolulu, Hawaii 96815

 

 

 

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Home Edition

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Earthenware vase in medium and bread cushion

Home Edition

This post contains affiliate links. All opinions are of my own. 

With an upcoming move in the near future, I’ve been scheming on how to decorate our room to make it less stressful and to tell you the truth, it’s been helping – A LOT. I have always loved home decor since I was a kid and to have lived on my own for the past 4 and a half years is a blessing in itself.

I haven’t been able to furnish our apartment in a way that I would like to in the past 4 years but now that we’re in a financially good spot, we’ve been furnishing our place here and there. With a new move soon, I decided that it’s finally time to buy a bed and other home decor things to make it complete! Also, Charles has been into home renovation shows lately and although we don’t have a home to renovate, we do have a home to redecorate! Here are the few things that I have in mind for our new place:

  1. Colby Upholstered Platform Bed – Finding a modern, contemporary bed in Hawaii is a dime a dozen and having to ship a bed is a pain in the arse. I’ve asked my followers on their input on their Wayfair purchases and although it was a mix bag, I kept my options open. The bed I wanted on their website was $219.99 BUT the kicker is, shipping cost the same: $219 so I’m paying about $440 for a bed to be shipped to Hawaii. Charles and I spent some time looking at Inspiration in Honolulu for a bed and we saw something similar but the price would be more than the price to ship a bed from Wayfair and that’s how we ended up choosing this! We put our purchase on hold until we seal a place down.
  2. H&M Washed Linen Duvet Cover Set – Initially, I wanted a white linen but opted for gray. I’ll probably buy the white one eventually. As stated in my Recent Buys, it’s just a pillow and duvet cover set but I have found a duvet and fitted sheet to go along with it.
  3. Warm Down Alternative Comforter – found this on Target’s website! I’ll probably buy it over the weekend since I should be receiving the duvet cover set next week!
  4. Fitted Cotton Sheet – I don’t want to spend too much on a fitted sheet so this seems like a good purchase!
  5. Delavan Tripod Floor Lamp – I’ve been obsessed with tripod lamps for awhile! I wanted a wood one but the ones at Target has some kind of brass details on it that I’m not in love with. I think this is more subtle and matches our decor.
  6. Norloti 2 Drawer Night Stand – We currently have a night stand right now but without drawers, I love the drawers so I could hide whatever is on top in the drawers. This also matches our dresser we bought not too long ago which is a plus since I’m trying to make our home more cohesive.
  7. 4-Cube Organizer Shelf – Charles and I have a vinyl player and both the vinyl player and our vinyls are on the bookcase but it’s out of place with my books and storage baskets. I want this 4-Cube organizer and put the vinyl player on top and the records in the cubes. I want to add hairpin legs to the bottom to make it more mid-century! I’ll be ordering the weathered gray shelf.
  8. 60″ Loring 4 Shelf Trestle Bookcase – This is the bookcase that we currently have! Currently, books are on the top shelf (as well as little toys I acquired in Japan), the second shelf is the vinyl player and records, and the last two are storage baskets and more books.
  9. Esters Wood Arm Chair – I’ve been looking for an accent chair. I may have to pass on this depending if I have room in our newer place or not. I would love to add it though!
  10. Terracotta Vase Medium – I recently bought this vase at Target. I imagine putting a single white anthurium on it and placing it on our dresser.
  11. Earthenware Vase Medium – Another vase that I’ve acquired recently! I love that it’s white but also has these scalloped details that make it not so boring!
  12. Bread Cushion (featured in the photo with Curry) – Probably one of my favorite quirky buys. Although it was intentionally bought to be used as a pet bed, I leave it on the couch and Curry and Lilikoi lay on it whenever they’re on the couch!

I’ll be moving either in July (I know, so soon) or October so until I find out, I’ll be making my purchases then. Can’t wait to furnish it and show it to you all!

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