Green Mad with Plaid

 

Plaid Wool Coat + H&M Sweater and Pants

1. Chicwish Plaid Coat | 2. H&M Sweater | 3. Forever21 Buttown Down Shirt | 4. H&M Pants | 5. Deb Shops Pumps (Similar in Red) | 6. Earrings (Honestly forgot where these were from!) | 7.  Kendra Scott Necklace | 8. Margaret Elizabeth Bangle (White Stones Available), Lotus Designs Bracelet | 9. AMI Clubwear Clutch (All c/o)

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Today's outfit is a mixture of trends galore, not to mention layering to the max! I don't think I have ever done as much layering last year as I'm doing this year. For some reason, straight trench coats didn't use to appeal to me as much before as they do now. I believe to many women too because it tends to take away from your figure. One trick to solve the issue though is to put a belt to cinch your waist. Other than that, there are several ways to style a straight coat. One of them as shown here. Although I've seen some style coats like this with a pair of boyfriend jeans, I think it's actually best to wear with a pair of skinnies or at least boot cut jeans just because they do give you shape. Besides the fact that the whole look is just more sleek.

Have you tried layering with button down and sweater yet? It's really one of the best ways to layer and my favorite one. It's boyish style but still chic and it's great for a work style. How do you like the mixing of patterns here? Did you notice my H&M pants have patterns? The winter pastel green is also very much appealing to me these days. I'm actually about to get me a pink sweater, also from H&M, similar to this one.

Oh, and who doesn't love Kendra Scott?! I got a chance to check out their store at the Woodlands last weekend, together with some other bloggers and they were so generous to gift each blogger with this signature necklace they have! It's actually pearly white but it's opaque so the color of my mint sweater goes through it, making it look like ombre mint. Isn't it wonderful? You ladies ought to have at least some Kendra Scott pieces! Make it a gift for yourself this Christmas. *Wink*

 

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My Microdermabrasion Experience at Adara Medical Spa


Last week, I went for my very first microdermabrasion at Adara Medical Spa. It's a medical spa located here in Houston, TX. I really love the look and feel of the place. It's very sleek and contemporary – unique from other medical spas. It's almost as if you've walked into a space ship when you walk in the place. All the interior is white and the decor is very minimal.

Anyway, I originally came for chemical peel but upon consultation with Randee, the nurse staff, she decided that what's best for me is the microdermabrasion since it has no down time. With the chemical peel, I will have a few days down time with my face chapping and all. Since it's the holidays and I have photoshoots that need to be done, I agreed that chemical peel isn't the right solution for me at this time.

My skin, thankfully, isn't acne prone. I've never had acne problems in my youth. However, recently I've noticed some slight discoloration. It's hardly noticeable, especially with make-up but I just feel the need to address it. That's why I came to Adara.

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If you're not familiar with microdermabrasion, basically, it's a professional facial exfoliation which is achieved with a mechanical device called Diamond Tome®. This mechanical device which is operated by Adara's professional aesthetician, is rubbed against your face and it gently suctions the topmost layer of the skin to remove the dead skin cells. Once accomplished, you can see improvement in the overall condition of your skin, reduced fine lines and wrinkles as well as irregular skin tone. They do recommend a series of treatments in order to get the most out of it and I believe it is $80 per session.

The first step they did was basically clean my face to prepare it for the procedure. When it was done, Izzy started the microdermabrasion with the Diamond Tome®. The process was really quick! It probably only took about 10-15 minutes from cleansing to the actual suction. Once the suction was done, the pores are open so she infused it with some treatments: SkinCeuticals-Phloretin CF Serum which is a (Anti-Oxidant/ Anti-Aging Serum) These are both vital to the skin in order to see topical improvement; SkinCeuticals-B5 Gel (which has an ingredient called Hyaluronic Acid that hydrates, also its enriched with Vitamin B5) to hydrate the skin giving it that supple look, and Elta MD SPF 40, which is a cosmetically elegant sunscreen that not only protects all the products from the sun that they just applied it also hydrates the skin. The procedure was painless and I really did notice a difference in my skin. I was starting to have a line in between my eyes, I guess from squinting while driving or just being in front of the computer a lot – after the treatment, I don't see it anymore! My skin also looks more fresh!

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Here's the wonderful staff of Adara Medical Spa: Randee, Izzy, and Chelsey. I must mention that Adara Medical Spa is affiliated with a dermatology clinic which is not very common amongst medical spas.

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Disclaimer: I was given a complimentary service to facilitate this experience write-up. The opinions expressed herein are mine and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Adara Medical Spa.

How to Survive the Black Friday Craziness

 

The other day, I mentioned on my blog post about this iPhone app called Shopular. They have 2 million users so far! Whether you're going to camp out for deals or just head early to the mall on Black Friday, you are really going to need this app! If you're determined to have the most bang out of your buck, you can't afford not to have this app while shopping during the holidays.

You will get all the scoop on your favorite stores while bargain hunting – coupons, discounts, and other promotions. And with the craziness going on during Black Friday, you need another perfect companion to survive it! Shopular has put together a Black Friday Survival Kit to help you do exactly just that…SURVIVE that day!

Shopular Black Friday Kit

 

What's in the Black Friday Survival Kit?

Vermints

Eeeew for bad breath! Sometimes holiday stress, especially during bargain hunting, can lead to bad breath. With the help of Vermints, you can eliminate that! These mints are organic, gluten-free, non-GMO, nut-free, and kosher mints! Use A07MGX0M1D6B code for 25% off until December 31, 2014

Quest Nutrion Energy Bars

If you're determined to get the most out of your time in finding the most deals out of your time during Black Friday, chances are you wouldn't wanna sit down to eat. This is where these Quest bars come in! You'd definitely need the extra protein for a quick "pick me up" to keep you going. They are healthy and yummy! Healthier than mall food.

Simbihaiti

For those of you with long hair like I do, these hair ties will come in handy! Get the loose hairs out of the way so you can have the clearest view to grab the items you want before somebody else does! Additionally, the good thing about this Simbihati ties is that they support a good cause – they keep Haitians employed and raise money to install walter filtration systems throughout the country. 

Crazy Rumors Lip Balm

Chapped lips are un-fashionable! Not to mention they are painful and annoying. With the crazy cold weather though, you definitely need lips protection. With Crazy Rumors Lip Balm, you can eliminate that problem and have a moisturized lips ready to always smile during shopping! It's all natural and vegan, made with certified organic ingredients. Use Shopular app for 20% OFF.

Foot Petals Foot Insoles

Ahhh! The most crucial part – keeping your feet as pain-free and as comfortable as possible! You don't wanna slow down or definitely cut down your shopping time because of painful blisters! These foot petals, which are made of PORON performance cushioning, will help repel moisture, bacteria, and odor, and the most important part – absorb shock. Foot Petals cushions have the American Podiatric Medical Association’s Seal of Acceptance.

Cosmetic Boulevard Coffee Scrub

After a long exhausting day, your body deserves some relaxing. A nice hot shower will help you do just that to ease the tensed muscles…but first, a nice body scrub with this ground coffee beans from Cosmetic Boulevard. These arespecifically formulated to actively target cellulite, stretch marks, acne & eczema with caffeine from only the best Robusta beans. Blended together with highly moisturizing, regenerating & exfoliating oils & salts.

Dear Foams Slippers

And finally, more than anything, your feet deserve some lovin'! Treat your beloved feet in some Dearfoams slippers. These adorable bow slippers are everything for your feet while lounging around the house, especially post Black Friday shopping. Not only are they super cute but they are extremly comfortable. It's like you're walking on clouds! Plus they never really age like normal slippers.

Oh by the way, Shopular has included a reusable shopping bag and a stress ball. After all, we all could use a little stress release, even during retail therapy! *Wink*

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My Dodge Charger Style

 

Venus Faux Fur Vest and Tweed Skirt

1. Venus Faux Fur Vest | 2. Venus Vintage Sweatshirt | 3. Venus Tweed Mini Skirt | 4. Galian Handbag | 5. Venus Thigh High Stretch Boots | 6. Oh So Fancy Earrings | 7. Deb Shops Necklace | 8. Lovely Wholesale Studded Bangle, Archetrend LOVE Leather Bracelet, Deb Shops Two Tone Bangle (All c/o)

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Houston is the 4th largest city in the United States and we have at least 5 main highways and two toll ways – some highways have about 5 lanes, if I'm not mistaken, and our tollway has 4.

And when I think of a car that fits Houston's culture and lifestyle, I think of Dodge Charger! Why, you ask? I'dd say it's because of its macho, sleek, and still chic design! It fits a masculine lifestyle but it can also be feminine enough that allows a woman like me to drive it and put an edgy vibe out there. We Houstonians like some power!

So imagine me stepping out of a Dodge Charger in Downtown Houston for a night out with friends. First you see the over-the-knee boots, then you see my full outfit…a vintage sweater and a mini tweed skirt topped off with a faux fur vest and popped off with a yellow handbag. Yeahhh…you see a powerful, handsome car and out comes a little Asian woman in a city chic outfit. I'm sure you'd think, "that Dodge Charger car is so cool!" Yup, I knew it!

Well, don't be surprised if you see me in that outfit one of these days and driving a Dodge Charger at the same time. *Wink*

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Disclaimer: Compensation for this post was provided by THE NEW 2015 DODGE CHARGER via AOL Media. The opinions expressed herein are mine and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of THE NEW 2015 DODGE CHARGER or AOL.

Arctic Blast

 

Deb Shops Sweater and Leopard Print Leggings
1. Deb Shops Sweater | 2. Deb Shops Leopard Print Leggings | 3. Deb Shops Bag (Sold out but check this) | 4. Deb Shops Lace-Accented Boots (Sold out but check this and this) | 5. Deb Shops Earrings | 6. Lexington Company Beanie | 7. Lexington Company Scarf (All c/o)

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Hello North Pole! Ha! Yes, we Houstonians tend to over react with the cold. I remember last year when they said we're going to have a freezing temperature with some chance of ice – the schools were cancelled and the city was shut down! I kid you not. Did we actually get ice? Hmmm. We did, on the plants. It's quite funny.

Anyway, so here's a fun and playful outfit. I like dressing up but honestly, I also love wearing casual and comfortable outfits like this. Especially when it's cold! I mean who wants to feel sexy when it's 30 degrees outside? I don't know about you but all I'd care about is to get myself warm the best I could. This whole outfit is a mix of two ends – budget and luxury. Deb Shops on the budget fashion side while the beanie and the scarf were from Lexington Company which is a luxury fashion and home goods brand. I really love these winter accessories from them – they are not the flimsy type. They are thick and cozy, will definitely serve its purpose of keeping you warm.

It's totally okay to mix budget and luxury fashion. I'm sure many of us ladies are already doing that. Speaking of which, have you guys already heard of this iPhone app called Shopular? This app is legitimately off the chain! It's the perfect companion while doing your holiday shopping. Basically, it's an app that tells you which of your favorite stores has promotions going on and it gives you or shows you any coupons if there are any.

So for example, since we're talking about Deb Shops here – if you happen to pass by a physical Deb Store, Shopular will alert you what Deb has going on currently. Deb Shops already have the most affordable prices on their junior and plus size apparel, shoes, and accessories. So imagine getting the scoop on any on-going promotions plus scoring some coupons if they have any!

Shopular App

The app picks up the stores nearby so it really gives you all the deals that are happening – not only in your favorite stores but also the other stores nearby. For example, I was driving by the Town Center near my house the other day. I wasn't even really shopping. All of a sudden, I get a notification from my Shopular app that there are certain deals/promotions going on. I mean, who doesn't want that? With all the heavy expenses involved during the holidays, you want every bang you can get for your buck so you might want to download Shopular so you don't miss out on any…like an extra cup of Starbucks maybe? Perhaps getting alerted of some giveaways for a $500 shopping spree is something that you'd like or just an extra 20% OFF at Macy's. You're welcome, says Shopular! You can download the app from the App store…and best of all, it's FREE!!!

Oh by the way, since sharing is caring…the app has features that allow you to share the deals to your friends and social networks. How neat is that? You can thank me later. *Wink*

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Sorry, I got a little excited sharing with you about the app. Back to the rest of the outfits below!

Deb Shops Winter Outfit

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Disclaimer: A portion of this post is sponsored by Shopular. The opinions expressed herein are mine and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Shopular. Thank you for supporting LynneGabriel.com sponsors. They make my blog possible.

Metaphor-ically Stylish

 

Sears Metaphor Collection

1. D.Brand US Coat | 2. Sears Metaphor Collection Top | 3. Sears Metaphor Collection Skirt (Similar but in colorblock) | 4. Nicole Lee USA Flower Studded Boston Bag | 5. JustFab Burgundy Booties | 6. Pretty in Pynk Earrings | 7. Dainty and Bold Necklace | 8. Benevolent Jewels Bracelet, Urban Peach Boutique Bracelet | In Addition: Deb Shops Fleece Lined Tights (All c/o)

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Here's a weather report from Houston…it's cold! It's been freezing cold for about a week now. I didn't expect that we're going to have freezing weather as early as mid-November. I can't imagine those of you folks who are in snowing areas. How do you even manage?

Anyway, so today, I want to introduce you to the newly-relaunched women's brand Metaphor Collection which are sold exclusively at Sears. Are you guys familiar with the brand? The prices are very affordable and I think that the styles are fit for the working, the modern, and the stylish woman. It's also for those of you who love the classic styles, prints, and cuts. The styles aren't so seasonal but they're something that you can wear all year round…except of course for the winter items.

In this outfit, the items that were from Metaphor were the blouse with floral graphic print as well as the skirt. As you can see, the skirt still has a modest length which is fit for the workplace environment but at the same time, you can wear it for a night out. The floral top is also something that you can wear underneath a jacket or blazer. For a day look, you can pair it with your favorite denims. I really like that the pieces are sleek and versatile – you can easily transform them from work to play to night look and incorporate them with what you already have in your closet. If you're not familiar with the brand, I suggest checking them out. Other than clothing, they also offer shoes and accessories to complete your look. And if you're already in the market for some holiday dresses, I have seen some from their collection that are just fit for the upcoming parties this season!

By the way…you're welcome! I'm glad I was able to introduce this brand to you. *Wink*

Sears Metaphor Collection

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Stylish Outfits at the Fun Fun Fun Festival

 

Fun Fun Fun Festival - Austin, Texas

As some of you may know, yours truly went to Austin, TX last weekend for the Fun Fun Fun Festival to be with the Luden's crew. Luden's is a sore throat lozenge brand and was one of the major sponsors of the festival. They just came out with two new flavors – watermelon and blue raspberry, which are both available only at Target. My fave is the watermelon! I'm popping it in my mouth like it's peanuts, ha!

Anyway, so the Fun Fun Fun Festival is a 3-day festival similar to Coachella and SXSW. Honestly, I have never been to this one (or any of the festivals for that matter) so I really didn't know what to expect. I was really excited to have a small road trip to Austin to check what it's about and of course, be some sort of a paparazzi – spotting, stalking, and snapping some photos.

Although I must say that the type of music there was definitely not for me and there's waaaaay too many people to overwhelm an introvert like me, I did have a great time. It's quite an experience to be in such environment. I had fun taking photos of stylish and interesting outfits, and hanging with the Luden's crew for a bit.

Here is Luden's sign at the festival. It's almost like a photo booth area because people frequent the spot to have their photos taken.

Luden's Fun Fun Fun Festival Sign

Fun Fun Fun Festival isn't really all about fun and music in my opinion. FFF should stand for Fun, Food, and Fashion. The event was a haven of different kinds of people and let's just say that some of them were quite creative in expressing their personal style. Below are just some that caught my attention. Check it out and let me know which one is your favorite or which one is similar to your style!

Although I had spotted some bizaare ones, I only captured and shared with you here the ones which are actually wearable to stay true to the aesthetics and theme of my blog.

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TOMS For Target Collaboration

Whoa! Target and TOMS have given us another reason to love them both…as if we don't already! The two giant brands have teamed up for a wonderful holiday collection which will be available in stores beginning November 16. The #TOMSforTarget is a limited edition holiday collection which includes anything from kids', men's and women's clothing and shoes to home goods and accessories. Each under $50! But the best part is that, when you purchase from the collection, you are also supporting the cause of these companies – "One for One, for All." While you are buying a gift for someone you love, Target and TOMS are donating to someone in need! Surely a great way to bring back the true spirit of the holidays, don't you think?

So here's what's going to happen when you purchase from the TOMS for Target collection of clothing, accessory, and homegoods: Target will donate a blanket via American Red Cross or one week meals through Feeding America. When you purchase a TOMS for Target pair of shoes, TOMS will donate a pair to a child in need. This is a wonderful way to give back during this season!

I am excited to see the collection in person. Be sure to save the date. Again, the collection comes out in November 16. For the meantime, here's a sneak peek…
 

TOMS for Target Collaboration

TOMSFor Target: One-for-One. For All. Starting November 16th, for every Target+TOMS limited edition gift you buy, we're (Target) giving shoes, a blanket or meals to those in need. #TOMSForTarget

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Work or Play? Or Work and Play?

 

Fall Work Outfit

1. Venus Blazer 2. Venus Turtle Neck Sweater | 3. Venus Corduroy Jeans (Also comes in blue and black)| 4. Hayden Reis Monogrammed Tote Bag | 5. JustFab Pumps | 6. Statement Junkie Earrings | 7. Statement Junkie Necklace Set | 8. LaMer Collections Watch (All c/o)

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Is it Friday yet?! Hang in there ladies and gents…just one more day. One more day. So here's an outfit which I really couldn't make of whether if it's appropriate for work or it's more for play. I doubted on the work part a bit because I'm not sure if the deep red (more like fuchsia in person) corduroy jeans are appropriate for work. Perhaps in some type of work environment. Like I know that if I'm working in a corporate environment, I will always wear bright colors to shock the life out of my boss and co-workers! *Grin*

I do know though that the top portion of this ensemble is appropriate for work but it can also be definitely worn for play. My favorite part in this outfit is the textured tailored blazer from Venus. They have a great selection of outerwear this season – from blazers to cardigans to coats. I suggest that you guys check them out. The quality of their clothes are amazing and the prices are even more amazing.

Did you notice my new monogrammed tote bag from Hayden Reis? I love the black and metallic combo! And guess what you still gotta love about it? The size. Yes for women like me who carry a ton of stuff in their purse, this is just perfect! I'm going on another overnight staycation at the Woodlands this weekend and this will definitely be my weekender tote!

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Black Friday Bargain Hunting

 

We're almost halfway in November and the weather is getting colder. It only means one thing – the holidays are getting closer and closer! In two weeks, literally thousands of people, including some of you maybe, will camp out, or wake up early, brave the freezing weather, and storm in the department stores and shopping malls to find the best deals on Black Friday. If you have done any Black Friday shopping before, you know it gets really crazy out there but once you find the best deals, it's rewarding, isn't it?

What's your favorite Black Friday bargain hunt? I must say that I've never really gone crazy over Black Friday shopping but I am definitely always excited about finding bargains on electronics! Let's face it – with fashion, you can find sales anytime, all year-round. But you get the most amazing deals on electronics during Black Friday. I am thinking of hunting for the best deal on a new DSLR camera – something that I can take with me to events or travel without the bulk of my current DSLR but still takes pro photos. What about you? What are you looking forward to getting the best deals on this time around?

Speaking of Black Friday, I want to tell you about Coupons.com Black Friday Sweepstakes which actually starts today! You can have a chance to win $10,000 cash and other prizes instantly!

Black Friday Giveaway

Also, I'd like for you to check out Black Friday articles on The Good Stuff for some tips on finding the best deals and surviving the craziness on this day. The Good Stuff is a wonderful resource for anything and everything DIY, food, style, and money-saving tips!

Black Friday Shopping Infographic

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