my favorite accessory right now

// bracelets //

shirtdress, similar here and here
TB sandals
bracelet set, Loft, sold out ~ how pretty is this silver set?
earrings, gift


tops sunglasses and jewelry from the nordstrom sale

Here are more adorable picks from the nordstrom sale.

I have a love affair with high waist wide leg pants right now. When I saw this Topshop turtleneck, my styling wheels kicked into gear. This top is less than $20.
Flowy and oversize cardigans are still in style. Check out this boxy cardigan for less than $45. The light pink is calling my name.
I shared the cocoon cardigan on my instagram. Linking it here because it's a winner.
Accessories are ons sale. I like KSNY earrings and necklaces. I own an elephant pendant and necklace from KSNY. I saw that the matching earrings are available and on sale for less than $30.  I love elephants. They are beautiful and intelligent creatures!

1901 is a new brand  I just found a few months ago. I am pleased with the quality of their items. My choice above with the flutter  sleeves is 100% cotton!
Quay sunglasses are on sale. Madewell has layered necklaces available too!

Happy shopping!

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my jeans picks from the nordstrom sale

It's the second day of the Nordstrom early access sale. I used to be "blah" about this sale. Like: what is the big deal people??? 

After a few years, I am converted! The sale is the time to stock up on basics and update your autumn capsule wardrobe. 
If you are like me and have lots of basic tops already, then focus your efforts (and hard-earned money) on items that only get discounted during the sale.  I am a sucker for jeans. I cannot justify a $200 pair since I cannot even wear them to work. So after a couple of years looking/wishing I own a designer pair, I just waited for the sale.

Here are my top picks while browsing the sale. I will let you know which ones I ordered and on their way to the DisisD casa.  As usual, affiliate links are used.

1. Distressed ankle skinny for less than $50 - it is more distressed than the Sarah version I already own. If you are not afraid of white denim, this one is a nice choice for the price.
2. J Brand high waist - I own a pair of JBrand and they are so comfy and stretchy. These are a darker wash and look polished and perfect with heels for a date night.
3. Another high waist pair of denim for less than $45.  No buyer's remorse after clicking the place order tab.
4. Ripped and less than $40  - I was very tempted to get this pair. Just look at the price! But I already have this pair that i love, love, love. 
5. Stiletto skinnies - A couple of bloggers rave above this brand. It's definitely a splurge to get this item.
6. The distressed skinnies with raw hem are not going anywhere. This one is less than $45. 
7. Ankle jean skinnies - A designer pair that I ordered (!!!) I have been eyeing these for the past couple of years. But I did not want to pay the regular price. I went a size up per recommendations. I hope it's a keeper (will share the fit as soon as I receive the item).
8. High-rise with button-fly - another item that I ordered. I sized down because of reviews that it stretches after wear. If I can only keep one pair from my order, I really hope it's this one.  I am already imagining styling this with my fave central shirt from the same brand. 
9. Another splurge denim if you're on the look-out.  If the splurge I ordered did not work, I may bite the bullet and upgrade to this one instead.
10. Busted knees from free people - I own the dark wash version. I like it very much that when I saw the lighter pairs are on sale, I ordered them!
11. Same denim in medium wash. They are 33% off!
12. A pair named after me. Hahaha.. I own the white denim I featured here.  If you want something different, this one is in deep purple. It's a cute color for fall.
13. If they have the white and deep purple versions, of course, they have all-black as well! Since the style is named Sarah and I love how the white fits, I ordered this one!
14. Medium wash without rips - another choice that will not break the bank for less than $40.
15. Here's the distressed version of #14.  I own shorts from STS but not jeans. If you know how they fit, please share and comment below.  They are 33% off.

I will share my picks for tops and accessories. Stay tuned!

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word of the year update

// aviators //

Tie-shoulder cami, exact one, JCrewFactory
Linen-blend pants, feels like wearing pajamas! exact ones linked
Quay Desi Perkins Sunnies, exact ones
Ferragamo flats -- ones for less than $30
Celine luggage
KSNY bracelet
St. Lucy pendant c/o Axis Mundi

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don't talk dirty

// black peplum tops //

black peplum top, Jcrew 2 years old, similar here and here
skirt, Zara
TB Miller flats, available in lots of colors.
Burberry bowler
Le Specs sunnies
earrings, gift

Is that title click-bait or what???
The other title I have for this post is positive self-talk. But the title above won.


floral wrap dress + big reunion coming up

// pink sandals //

floral wrap dress, from last year, seen here, Macy's
earrings, gift from bff MR
Valentino sandals, similar for less but flats
Saint Laurent wallet on chain, similar for less
pendants, gift from my mom and my grandma


white skinnies + butterfly top + surprise guest

// yellow crossbody below //

madewell butterfly top, so cute and flowy
white skinnies, Articles of Society
le specs sunnies
Chanel WOC
Chanel suede sandals


4th of july sales wishlist

It's another holiday which means another huge sale going on!
Here are items that caught my eye.

Let's start with Jcrew.  Take 30% off with code ALLSTAR. valid until tomorrow! I love this flamingo shirt!!!

Next stop: Gap. Get 40% off everything with code GO4TH. Here are some of my picks. I have been eyeing a camo print top but unsure about the green or blue colors. Look at this pink one!

Urban Outfitters: FLASH SALE. no code needed. I am so fascinated how all the 90s style is coming back. Logo shirts, overalls... I wore these items back in the day. ;) How about these wooden clogs? Oh, I wore these in the Philippines!

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pink, blue and white in michigan

// more pink tie-front tops below //

madewell tiefront top in paris pink (i love this top!!!)
navy blue midi skirt, zara
white sandals, Steve Madden
le specs sunnies
Gucci crossbody


ten years as an M.D.

outfit details~
Crochet top, Dottie Couture boutique
pencil skirt, nordstrom rack, exact one
halogen flats, thrifted via eBay, similar
le Specs sunnies


happy third birthday, Lucy!

Dear Lucy,
I love taking your pictures. You are like wonderman. Hands-on-the-hips pose is a must for you! You are also the master of looking away from the camera. Could you please teach me how to do it naturally?

Funny how these pictures here have your hair up. Because 97.23489345% of the time you have your hair down and in front of your face. Not that your dada and I are not fixing your hair. But because you like taking off the hair ties. We lose a hair tie a day. Where do you put them? In the trash can? Underneath couch cushions? Those things are not free, sweetheart.

You still love carrying your pillow for comfort. It all started back in the Philippines last year. It has to be that Hello Kitty pillow as well!  This letter reminds me to throw it in the wash asap. It is quite... filthy and stinky.

The things I love about you~
You are so spunky! You make sure you are heard.
The way you call  me "mom". It gives me chills because it's like a teen-you is calling me.
You wait until everybody is asleep and then you hang out with me late in the night. It's just you and me in a quiet house.

Here are my requests this year:
Let's be a team and work on this potty-training thing. Are you on-board?
If you do shift your sleeping times and not wake up at 9a, then I will be able to sign you up for preschool. Won't that be fun? I see you playing with other children your age at church gatherings. You enjoy it. I am not rushing you at all though. You will be in school soon enough. I am just enjoying slow mornings with you when your older sibs are in school.
Just keep being you! I love your hugs, kisses and giggles!

Praying for a wonderful year for you. Happy third birthday!


Lucy's birth story
part I... II..., III...
your first birthday
your second birthday

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denim {June open to interpretaion}

outfit details ~
Levis, high rise, busted knees
madewell tunic
bracelet, from my aunts, from the Philippines
tank, Loft


week recap

top with ruffle sleeves, DCB
pencil skirt, nordstrom rack
Manolo pumps, similar
Chloe drew
necklace, jcrew factory


first day of summer

// sandals for less than $15 //

chambray madewell top, supposed to fit oversized. I love the pleating in front. Since my shorts are high-waisted, I tied a knot in front of the top.
shorts, nordstrom rack, exact ones
sandals, fave this summer. I have been wearing them more than my saltwaters
Jcrew factory bangle


what a pink birthday

// bracelets //

floral dress, RP collection
Chanel flap
bracelet, from French Lick, Indiana

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