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Hello everyone!! I am excited to say that I am moving my blog to:

I will no longer be updating this site and all the old posts have migrated with me so you can go back to find any great tips!

Thanks so much for all your support and see you there!

xxoo, Chau


Style with a Budget-April

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Hello lovelies!! Last month obviously was a shoe festival, so of course I had to get back on the clothes train! As a lover of classic styles, I picked up a few items with a twist! Literally (insert laugh emoji)!!  I wanted a few breathable items for spring and summer and couldn’t resist a great sale on the tweed jacket. If you like blazers but feel weird in them as being too formal, lady jackets are your friends!!!

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Gingham Shirt | Destroyed Jeans | Speedy B 25 (preloved)

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How to Buy a Luxury Bag


It has been awhile since my first post on How to Afford a Louis Vuitton Bag and it was so popular that I decided to followup and update the post as my collection has definitely grown from my single and original 1994 Alma Bag I bought from Ebay for only $200.  I have certainly been bit by the luxury goods market and absolutely adore all of my purchases over the last few years! But, these babies costs ALOT of money and are no joke people! So, if you are considering a bag vs other necessary, definitely read my first post!  If you feel that you want to splurge on something you adore, value, and will last and become an heirloom piece that you can pass on to your daughter, then read on!



Vintage LV Alma PM Monogram

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Style with a Budget-July

Style updated

One: Neon Green Yellow Lace Skirt

Two: Black Suede Wedges

Three: Blue Floral Cutout Skirt

Four: Pale Gold D’Orsay Flats (these sold out –similar)

Five: Chiffon Blue Dress (or here)

Six: Blush Lace Sleeveless (similar, similar, similar)


As you can tell, I have been on a lace kick. I am loving feminine details lately especially with pops of color. It is clear that I am not ready for fall and haven’t purchased any fall items yet although the dress could work perfectly with some booties!

  1. I am in love with this cute skirt WITH pockets and only $15! Originally  bought the M but traded in for a small. It’s cotton and perfect alternative for dressy shorts.
  2. Last month I bought blush suede wedges and loved them so much that I ordered the same pair black from J. Crew. They were having megafinal sales so this ended up a steal at $28.
  3. The blue and floral had me at Hello! Only $28 too!
  4. This was my 2nd score for $28! The matte gold actually offers a subtle pop of bling to any outfit and especially with jeggings!
  5. Have I told you my new love for TJMaxx? They carry such cute and higher end items so I was browsing and stopped dead in my tracks when I saw this dress from Free People. Not sure where I am going to where it but this calls for an occasion! This was last seasons but it may still be in store! Gorgeous!!
  6. My lace fest love continues with this blush lace top. I picked this up at TJ Maxx as well and couldn’t find it online so put this one up.




OMG, look at that chiffon and taller neckline. Just beautiful! (Ignore the mess behind :)


This is the sleeveless shirt that I actually got more in a blush color than the tan shows. Really pretty.

Budget Summary

Previous YTD spent: $674

This month: $177 spent

Total Budget: $2400

Left for the year: $1549

How’d you do this month?

Linking up with Franish and the Budget Bloggers!!

Style with a Budget-June

Style updated

One: Orange Lace Pencil Skirt

Two: Black Gingham D’Orsay Flats

Three: Blue and Pink Cotton T’s

Four: Striped Cotton T

Five: 1″ Compact Flat Iron

Six: Black Eyeliner



Bonjour! This is super late in the month for June as DH and I went to Paris for our 10 year anniversary and got back a week ago! It was so amazing and dream come true and I’ll post pics later but here is what I bought for June!

  1. I’ve been on the lookout for a dressy skirt and loving the lace trend but haven’t quite found the right piece for me until I saw this gorgeous skirt with elastic waist (hello, yes please!) Comes in white too.
  2. These flats are just super adorable HOWEVER I bought on final sale and still breaking them in. I know they can work in my wardrobe but kind of bummed that it’s taken so long and got blister city with the first wear. Any tips to break them in as they are fabric would be excellent.
  3. Looks like the pink is sold out but I’ve been wanting to get more nice quality cotton tees and love this style as they are thick, not really see thru, and have a longer body length.
  4. So I also bought it in stripe. $9 on super SALE!
  5. I have an old flat iron and with traveling to Europe, I noticed that I needed one that takes 220 volt and found a compact 1″ at TJMaxx for only $17. I can’t find the model I got online but this is very similar but a little more in price!!
  6. LOVE this eyeliner. I walked into Sephora to buy the Urban Decay one based on good reviews and the sales lady told me this Marc Jacobs is the BEST one and she is totally right! No streaking, goes on smooth and stays on ALL day. Wow, I need to get another color!


I also picked up this gorgeous black lace dress with nude lining for our dinner cruise on the Seine at TJMaxx too for $20 (wow) and Calvin Klein racerback bra.  Here is a similar dress or love this one too.

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Also got these blush wedge sandals  which are incredible! Very comfortable while elevating my style. I am kicking myself as they have been reduced so much since I bought them that I picked up another pair in black in July for only $28!

Budget Summary

YTD spent: $674

This month: $290 spent

Total Budget: $2400

Returned: $213 earrings last month

Left for the year: $751

How’d you do this month?

Linking up with Franish and the Budget Bloggers!!



Style with a Budget-May

Style updated

One: Aquamarine and Diamond Earrings , (similar), (similar)

Two: Chambray Scarf

Three: Gingham Purple Washed Shirt

Four: Hot Coral Flip Flops

Five: White Thong Sandals

Six: Cream Foundation

Hello everyone!! This month I didn’t do too much shopping (although the earrings put me back a bit-heehee). Probably because I am preparing to go on a shopping spree at the end of next month when I am in Paris for my 10 year anniversary trip with my hubby-I am soooo excited! I’ve been once in college and I am not the sappy, romantic type but OMG Paris IS the most romantic place on earth!!!

  1. Earrings: For Mother’s Day, I decide to get myself a little gift ;) of these aquamarine and diamond halo earrings as I love stud earrings and lost a diamond earring from a set. I made the other into a pendant and thought these would be a perfect replacement pair! They are super cute with lots of sparkle and only $199 for 14K white gold and real pretty diamonds-yes please!!
  2. Scarf: I’ve been swooning over this LV Shawl and really I can’t justify spending the money for it as I read reviews that it snags easily. A girl can dream!  So I found something similar at the Gap and it’s super cute. I get tons of compliments from strangers all of the time!
  3. Gingham Shirt:I have several washed shirts from J. Crew and love the fit. When I saw this on super sale and free shipping-add to cart, checkout, done! You know you are a J.Crew addict when you have your cc number on file AND know the security code by heart :) I wear a 6 or 8P in J.Crew shirts BTW for size reference.
  4. Flip Flops:I bought 2 pairs of these last summer and when I saw them again, I “needed” the hot coral (is that even a color?) ones too! Super comfortable and they are B1G1 50% so I bought…
  5. White Sandals: these are cute too with the Birkin-style footbed without being clunky. Both were $25 total!!
  6. Foundation: I have super dry skin and not really a fan of liquid foundations and I ran across this one called e.l.f  Mattifying Cream (only $6) in a compact. I spread it with a foundation brush followed by a powder puff brush. This is exactly what I needed and it dries matte and no breakouts! Where have you been all of my life? Because I get really tan in the summer, I ordered the Caramel color (darker) to try on. I usually wear Buff but feel like I am looking ghostly these days. LOL.



Wearing: Jcrew Striped Shirt-old (similar), chambray scarf, chambray skirt (returned as I didn’t love it), Jcrew crossover flats-old (similar)


I also bought this custom Samorga from Korea for my LV SpeedyB Bag. It’s an organizer for your bag to keep things tidy in your purse and helps to keep the bag shaped.  I carry a wallet, pouch for chapsticks/lipstick, cell phone, keys, and wallet. Total was $50 including overseas shipping. Here is the website in case you are interested: It takes a good 3-4 weeks to get here so be patient as these are custom made! This color is like a robin’s egg blue. Love it!!

Budget Summary

YTD spent: $674

This month: $315 spent

Total Budget: $2400

Left for the year: $989

How’d you do this month?

Linking up with Franish and the Budget Bloggers!!