shopping-haul

A Sugar Baby’s Guide to a Luxury Wardrobe and Brands

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Disclaimer: This is my own opinion, and you are free to disagree! I am not being sponsored or gifted items by any of these brands (I wish!). I am simply just trying to share some of my style tips based off of my own wardrobe :) xo

Will continue to update as I think of more things! This was just off the top of my head. Feel free to send in suggestions, if I use it I will give you credit when I edit the post! Questions also welcome. 

Although I am relatively new to the sugar bowl, dressing stylishly and well is something I have done all of my life. I hope my advice can help others! A top, big fish SD is going to dress well, and he’s going to want his SB to do the same. You must exude confidence and style for him to want to pursue you. 

If you are a sugar baby looking to build an ultimate, timeless luxury wardrobe look no further - check out my guide below!

Basics:
T-shirts & Tank Tops - ATM (wonderfully flattering, especially for bigger busts), T by Alexander Wang, Helmut Lang, James Perse
Jeans - rag&bone/JEAN, J Brand, Citizens of Humanity, 7 for all Mankind, J Brand, Current/Elliott, AG Adriano Goldschmidt. Yes I love my denim :)
Anything with a blatant logo on it like True Religion is a NONO.
Shirts - Equipment
Sweatpants - I used to absolutely detest sweatpants but after seeing photos of Rihanna and Gigi rock them, I’m kind of into it. Have my eye on a pair from Fenty X Puma now!

Lingerie:
Agent Provocateur (DUH) has the most sexy pieces, they make you feel wonderful about yourself, however I would only wear their stuff to show off for my man. Their bras, corsets, bustiers etc. don’t give much support so if you’re just wearing them trying to run errands your boob may pop out of its cup lol! Very annoying to constantly keep having to tuck it back in under your shirt.

I have quite a large bust, so I shop at Journelle, Stella McCartney, Elle Macpherson, Nancymeyer.com and Chantelle because a lot of other nice brands don’t make my size as much (32DD/E) - these are for sexier but still functional pieces.

Calvin Klein and Victoria’s Secret for the most functional underwear.
Hanky Panky has great one size fits most thongs, and Commando for underwear for a tight dress or something that gives NO VPL (visible panty lines!)

Shoes:
Sneakers (for fashion, not the gym) - Golden Goose, Common Projects
Sneakers (for the gym) - Nike
Gianvito Rossi - The new Manolo in my opinion. Not as overdone and not flashy like Louboutins. Wonderfully classic. Something I’d wear to a dream job interview or meeting a boyfriend’s parents.
Louboutins - even though they’re a bit trashy now I still love the sex appeal of a red bottom.. who can resist?
Rochas does beautifully embellished flats that you can wear with a cocktail dress if you aren’t feeling heels!
K. Jacques for flat sandals. Made in St. Tropez but they sell it on Shopbop etc.
Chanel and Lanvin for ballet flats
Love Stuart Weitzman’s highland and lowland boots, even though it seems like everyone and their mother owns a pair. They’re just so flattering and I love that they have them in so many neutral colors.
I like Saint Laurent’s basic flat Chelsea ankle boots. Go with everything in the fall.

Dresses:
Dolce & Gabbana - I LOVE Dolce & Gabbana!! As I said I am quite curvy, and their dresses are absolutely made for my body type.
Cushnie et Ochs - Also sexy AF
Giambattista Valli - When you want to look like an elegant, high fashion flower child
Saint Laurent - SO expensive, more for the extremely thin Kate Moss types, but I just like to look anyways :)
Less expensive but still great: Zimmermann (love Aussie clothing brands), Wheels&Dollbaby, Nicholas, L’Agent, Reformation, For Love & Lemons, Maje

Sweaters:
Ralph Lauren, Loro Piana, Brunello Cucinelli
J Crew, Joie, Vince and Everlane (cheaper)

Coats/Jackets:
Maxmara for the elegant, most classic pieces EDIT 10/9/2016: Maxmara carries very well-cut and stylishly professional coats. Think Olivia Pope-esque. This is also where Kim K got her iconic camel wrap coat and yes, they still carry it. I have one!
AllSaints for a great rocker chic leather biker jacket - try a mens one to increase the cool factor
Rick Owens - Also great for leather jackets, but more elegant and definitely more expensive 
Chanel: Their tweed jackets and coats are ultimate and so timeless- wear one with a simple white t shirt, jeans and booties to achieve that Parisian je ne sais quoi.
Yves Salomon does a great fur coat, EDIT 10/9/2016: that isn’t AS expensive as other top fur designers… think $5000-$10,000 which is still mega expensive but still far cheaper than J Mendel whose furs can fetch up to 60k (or even more)! and the quality is still great. I used to get Elizabeth and James furs for like a $1000 but tbh they looked cheap. I think if you can’t afford good fur, it’s best to spend on other areas, because cheap fur just makes you look, well, cheap!

Bags:
Chanel. Duh.
Never used to like Gucci but their new horsebit Dionysus bags (in plain suede without the Gucci logo) are to die for
Valentino Rockstud (a little bit passé but I still like mine)
Mansur Gavriel for something timeless and not too flashy
Saint Laurent for a tote bag. If you’re young, in my opinion this is a much better alternative than an Hermes Birkin or Kelly. I think for a young girl to be carrying a Birkin is a little bit… much. Although if you have found an SD who will buy you a Birkin then I say the more power to you, you’re clearly doing much better than me and feel free to ignore my advice - if fact can I have your advice?? lol

EDIT OCT. 9, 2016:

Where do I shop?
Great question - so. many. places.

Online (just google the names, I’m too lazy to hyperlink haha. Maybe another day):

Net-a-porter: love, and they do same-day courier delivery in NYC, London and Hong Kong
Moda Operandi: swoon-worthy site. You can pre-order next season’s clothes custom made for you straight off the runway, and they show up at your door just in time for the season! You put a 50% deposit down when you place the order at first, and pay the rest a few months later when the clothing piece is completed. I trick myself into believing that it’s budgeting, lol.
Farfetch
Shopbop
Revolve Clothing
TheRealReal (You can get some GREAT designer pre-owned and vintage on the cheap here, AND sell your old designer stuff you don’t want anymore! Note they only accept from a preselected list of designers, check that your item’s brand is on the list before sending anything in to sell)
Vestiaire Collective (same as theRealReal)
Forward by Elyse Walker
SSENSE
TheOutNet (Net-a-porter’s sale site. I’ve found some fantastic deals here. But be sure to check everyday because they definitely sell out fast)
Barneys, Saks, Selfridges, Bergdorfs etc. - I know these are department stores, but their websites are surprisingly well-maintained and carry a really good stock of stuff from top designers.

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04.21.16 - [Target - A Blessing and a Curse]

I found the cutest notebooks today (pack of 3 for $12) during a quick run to Target for cat food. Of course, you always leave Target spending more than you intended -_-” So I couldn’t help but notice this little gem hidden behind a few others notebooks that I wanted. Honestly, I was going to put this back and save it for another time, until I googled them and found out that not even the Mead website nor Amazon sells these. Apparently, they’re limited/rare to find, so I couldn’t miss getting my hands on these beauties!

By the way, I recommend checking out the budget spot! I found cute washi tape, notepads, pencils, and a notebook holder — all for $1 each (notebook holder was $3, but definitely worth it). There are so many great deals you can find at Target. I’m truly in love.

don’t get me wrong, i love seeing those court of dreams + instagram edits, they’re GORGEOUS and often really clever, but like, i want to draw attention to the fact that there is 0 percent chance, realistically, that each and every one of them would have a perfectly balanced Aesthetic grid going on

The Court of Dreams + Instagram, For Realsies:

Rhys: assorted things he finds pretty (tending towards the abstract; probably thinks he’s A Photographer but isn’t) with needlessly overdramatic, sweeping, vague statements about feelings or love or life’s journey attached to each one. lots of pictures of Feyre with GUSHING PARAGRAPHS about how much he adores her.

Az: his profile just says “mor made me do this.” has posted exactly one picture and it’s of a cool cloud or something.

Cassian: WORKOUT SELFIES. hashtags about illyrianLYFE and The Grind. candids of Nesta looking annoyed captioned with 80 thirsty emojis. occasional low-tier memes well past their expiration date poached from some third-hand site like ifunny. comments on everything everyone else posts.

Mor: actually pretty aesthetic. posts The Most out of everyone. the OOTD, ~brunch and mimosas with the girls!~, killer selfies, Sephora Shopping Haul, etc kind of trendy poster. Also in this AU she has a cat and posts a shitton of pictures of the cat, and also Azriel with the cat.

Elain: Lots of flowers, some selfies, mushy quotes about positivity and friendship, but also that friend who cannot shut the fuck up about her relationship. “Nesta, I have to unfollow Elain,” Cassian says blearily over breakfast while scrolling through his phone. “My entire feed right now is pictures of her and Lucien kissing. She’s got song quotes under each one. I can’t do this.”

Lucien: Doesn’t have instagram, but spends all his time getting into fights about politics and his opinions about movies on twitter.

Nesta: Infrequent poster. mostly pics of places she travels to. takes some selfies of dramatic makeup looks she’s trying, and never smiles in any of them. there are occasional videos of Cassian being goofy, though, and MAYBE that’s her giggling in the background but she’d deny it.

Feyre: Actually a normal internet human. Posts her art, ~aesthetic~ photos of her studio, occasional pictures of her out with friends. There is the rare cute picture of rhys, captioned with something like “i guess I love this idiot” in hilarious contrast to his ramblings about her. (There are no selfies. Feyre’s not good at selfies. Mor has tried to teach her how to Work The Angles but Feyre feels too weird taking pictures of herself.)

Amren: I can’t believe people think Amren would have any social media at all. She’s like a combination of Rosa from B99 and Ron Swanson: “You people already know too much about me.”

Hey Shopping Haul Youtubers

I don’t typically watch shopping hauls beyond vegan groceries just because other hauls aren’t really my thing, but I totally appreciate what you do!  Letting people know where to find good deals is a commendable thing, as is providing suggestions for repurposing items into other, more useful things.  That’s all really cool!

However, today I went on a random binge of various shopping haul videos and there are a few things I have to get off my chest:

  • Ask permission before filming in a store!
  • There are plenty of stores, particularly chain stores, that do not allow filming inside.  There are any number of reasons for this: corporate policy, complaints from other shoppers who don’t feel comfortable in an aisle with someone filming for reasons they aren’t sure of, issues with shoplifters casing out a place before they steal, etc.
  • Stores are not public property.  They are private businesses and have every right to stop you from filming inside them.
  • Yes, lots of stores have security cameras, but that doesn’t mean they have to allow patrons the ability to film as well.  Again, it’s a private business and the rules are up to them.
  • Don’t be rude to employees who tell you not to film!
  • Retail workers deal with more than enough already, and some random cashier telling you to stop filming probably doesn’t actually care at all personally if you film or not, but they don’t want to be in trouble with their manager.  Don’t be mean to them.
  • Don’t berate the employee with demands to see the policy or complaints that the door has no sign against filming.  Don’t snap at them about all the free advertisement you’re giving the store.
  • Listen, Dollar Tree and Wal-Mart are gonna stay in business just fine with or without haul videos.
  • “But such-and-such Youtuber makes videos at HER Dollar General and the managers there are fine with it!”  Well, maybe the managers there don’t know about it.  Or maybe this particular branch of the chain had to change their rules after some sort of incident.
  • “It’s not against the law to film in public!”  Well, you’re in a private business, and also, the other people in the aisles you’re walking up and down probably didn’t consent to being filmed.  And filming people without their consent is a crime in certain states.
  • Really, you could save a lot of trouble and annoyance and just lay your stuff out on a table after you’re home from the store and just film that.
  • If you are filming in a store, and you pick something up off the shelf to talk about it, put it back!
  • Put it back neatly!  Don’t just throw it onto the shelf and walk off.
  • Don’t make the store employees’ lives harder.  No amount of “free advertising” entitles you to be a jerk.
  • Someone: I stole a gum pack once last month
  • Me: Ok, no big deal really
  • Someone: I shoplifted some food because I'm hungry and can't pay for it
  • Me: That is completely understandable
  • Someone: I shoplift 4 pounds of mascara and a 5,000$ coat last week and today I'm gonna shoplift more
  • Me: Go pay for it you poor excuse for a human being. I hope you get caught
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Some essentials (cheap and expensive) that I’ve finally decided to splurge and settle on, so I could pamper and be at peace with myself.  What the hell?  Hahahaha!

PRIMER.  My first ever primer.  I used to just put on foundation straight to my face with a blender without using any primer or base.  For a first time user, I think I actually made a good decision with wet n wild. 

BRUSH SET.  My first brush set.  What I first thought will never make a difference on my make up game, was actually the biggest that did:  THE BRUSHES THAT I USE.  For someone as stupid as me when it comes to make up, Sigma’s brushes are very easy and idiot-friendly.  Their brushes are durable (a lot of reviews in YouTube will say that) and comes properly labeled on how to use them - I never got lost.  And they’re beautiful!  I could just leave a Sigma brush lying on top of my table and it’s instantly a room decor lol

FACE MASK.  This one’s from The Face Shop and is very, very cheap.  I know I have thousand other masks to try in my life so as I type this, I’m still clueless of what to use for my skin including the how’s, why’s and when’s of facemasklife.  

LIQUID LIPSTICKS.  While everyone’s falling in love with the beautiful Kylie lipkits (which I have to admit, are actually really beautiful) - I’m sitting here swatching my OFRA lipsticks.  I don’t know about you guys but Ofra actually worked better for me.  I’m mostly in meetings, I talk a lot with my clients while at work, and I interact with a big team at the office.  In my experience, my Ofra lipsticks are long lasting and doesn’t smudge or crack even when I accidentally lick or smack my lips. 

For first time users, I absolutely recommended all these.  The brush set is my fave!  Yieee!

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Remember when I said that so spent an ungodly amount of money yesterday?

Whelp, here’s what I wasted it all on.

“Hello beautiful” is kind of like an old-lady smell, but not in a bad way, y'know? I like it. It’s classy and has a hint of rose to it.

Also, I spent like $97 just at Ulta. I really needed to completely reboot my makeup collection, which wasn’t so much of a collection as it was just powder, concealer, blush, three empty tubes of mascara, and two of my mom’s hand-me-down brushes that were kinda broken. I’m happy with my new stuff.

Since I’m weeb trash, I also got three anime posters and a Homura Akemi soul gem necklace. And Pocky, of course. That’s a staple of the weeb diet.

I got this fancy sun hat, which is TOTALLY useless for Pacific Northwest rain, but I like it anyway and I got a cute bag that matches it even though it’s equally useless for dealing with rain.

I’ve been wearing the hat indoors a lot. Is it kind of pointless? Absolutely, but I love making faces with it.

The Thrill Of  The Hunt

LOL NO.  I just couldn’t think of a better title.    This is simply about how I hunted for these specific things that I needed in my life and how I found them:

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Price: ₱ 1200 

What’s possibly the cheapest, and space saving computer table ever.  I found this computer table / console table / desk whatever you call it smack in the middle of Pedro Gil, in a shop called Bonny Furniture.  If you need to go furniture tripping, Pedro Gil is the place to go.  

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Price: ₱ 250

I’ve been into so much white and gold ever since I started my renovation project.  So that meant white textured walls, white couch and white frames for me.  I never seem to find the perfect white frame for my pressed roses until I went and checked True Value and saw this.

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Prices:

Vanity Mirror (double sided):  ₱ 50

Pastry stand (three-tier):  ₱ 300

Ring lights (Rechargeable):  ₱ 1198 (2 lights)

  1. I originally planned to bring the mini vanity mirror to the office and keep it there but when I saw how cute it looked on top of the stand, I changed my mind lol
  2. The pastry stand isn’t really for the cellphone and powerbank -  It’s actually for my perfumes so I could see them all at once instead of hiding them in my closet. 
  3. Okay, I wouldn’t make up any excuses:  THE RING LIGHTS ARE FOR SELFIES.  HAHAHAHA

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Price:  ₱ 60

I thank my one and only baby brother for being my kargador in this hunting mission.  Note:  He actually asked for two quarter pound burgers and french fries prior to this chocolate smoothie. -_-

Then Vs. Now

Things I didn’t know back then, but I do now:

  1. To draw hair is not to draw all the different strands of hair. Hair is ONE entity, to be drawn as one shape.
  2. If you don’t get the proportions in your basic drawing right, no matter what you do, your final output is going to be awful (see left.)
  3. Smudge sticks are your best friend, USE THEM MORE THAN YOU USE PENCILS!
  4. Cheeks have shapes too.
  5. Draw shadows, not objects.
  6. Use the darkest, softest pencil you can get your hands on.
  7. 70 GSM printer paper DOES NOT last.
  8. Use a camera which doesn’t add a red coloured time stamp to the picture.

Hopefully, I’ll keep learning more :)

youtube

MY FIRST EVER VLOG!!!

Decided to spend my savings on some new accessories for the spring! Bought it from lolitabutiken.se. Feels good to both support a local Swedish entrepreneur and look cute :3