Sunday, April 3, 2022

Gucci Women's Square Sunglasses (Black, Grey, Green) Review

Welcome back to my review!

Springtime is here and days are sunnier. I wanted to upgrade my everyday-sunglasses and ran into these beautiful pair of GUCCI SUNGLASSES. After wearing them for a few weeks, I have fallen in love. I am happy to give then a full review.
If you're looking for a pair of sunglasses that have the classic square shape, then you might find today's review helpful.

Talking Points

Today's review consists of the following points:
1. The reasons why I purchased these sunglasses.
2. My overall feel including likes and dislikes.
3. Who they're best for and which occasions they are best for?

Why these GUCCI sunglasses?

Well, I can't lie. The brand is attractive. I'm not big on name brands but I do enjoy quality designer accessories. When it comes to things that wear daily, like sunglasses, I feel that quality trumps everything else. And GUCCI is a quality brand.

Two, the oversized, square style fits my round and wide face shape the best.

Three, the retro style is unique.

Likes and Dislikes

Here are the specs:
  • The colors are black rim and gray and green shades
  • The lens are non-polarized but there is UV protective coating.
  • The lens are 56 millimeters wide and 55.5 millimeters tall.
  • The bridge is about 19 millimeters and the arms are about 145 millimeters long
  • Overall Feel

    They feel so comfortable! The width worked perfectly for me. In fact, if I move my head, the sunglasses stay put. I can wear them with confidence during outside activities. They are also beautifully made. The entire package is attractive with the big and bold style, the gradient lenss and the subtle gucci logo. Everything comes together to create a luxurious but also very functional accessory.

    The sunglasses are also easy to style. They're not sports sunglasses but I can wear them with various types of outfits.

    Who they are for?

    If you have a round face shape like mine, then the style will suit you well. If you like being outside, you should also certainly consider them. They are high quality sunglasses, and you will use them for a while. I certainly plan to make a life-time use out of these. Some occasions that I see them being useful at include graduation ceremonies, weddings and any outside activities.

    Thanks again for your time

    I hope you that found today's review helpful. See you next time.

    Find the sunglasses below.

    Thursday, March 31, 2022

    Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizer Review

    As a busy working mom, I am constantly running around during the weekdays and the weekends. It feels like I barely have any time too myself. However, one thing that I have to prioritize is self-care, and especially skincare. That is why today's review is all about a new moisturizer that I have been using. It is the CLINIQUE DRAMATICALLY DIFFERENT MOISTURIZER.

    Hello. Welcome back to the Girlie Blog!

    In today's review, you will find the follow talking points:
    1. Why I purchased the Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizer?
    2. My likes and dislikes
    3. Why or why not I would recommend it to you?

    Let's get started!

    I purchased this moisturizing lotion because I've heard great things about clinique products. My own experiences with the brand have been positive as well. Second, this lotion is made for dry to very dry skin. Though my skin is on the oily side, during the past winter, it experienced dryness. After seeing small lines here and there, I began to look for a moisturizer that is supercharged with hydration. For those reasons, I purchased this moisturizer.

    Likes and Dislikes

    The formula really is hydrating; and that's exactly what I was looking for. It's liquidy and if you smooth, and absorbed well. After application, my skin felt smooth and soft. The moisturizer has a faint smell. It's sweet and pleasant and I like it. The quick absorbtion and smooth application works well under makeup.

    One dislike is that the lotion is in a plastic bottle. Glass would be better. Another dislike is that it is a pump; and it can become wasteful towards the end. Last dislike is that even though this is a daily moisturizer, it does not have UV protection. It's not a deal-breaker, because I can always apply a foundation with SPF or a separate SPF.


    Overall, this is a fantastic moisturizer for daily use. It absorbs well, smells nice and does not cause any irritations.

    Thank you again. See you at the next review.

    Marc Jacobs Large Quilted Nylon Travel Bag UNBOXING

    Welcome back the Girlie Blog!

    Spring break is around the corner, and our family is excited to finally able to travel. To celebrate, I purchased a travel bag that I have been eyeballing, and it is the MARC JACOBS QUILTED NYLON BAG.  It just arrived; and I cannot wait to start the unboxing! 

    Before we start, I will explain the reasons why I wanted this bag. Then I will unbox and show you what the bag looks like right out of the package. Finally, I will share my first impressions.

    Why I purchased the bag?

    What I looked for was a well-sized travel bag as carry-on for the airplane; simply because non-carry-ons cost so much! I also wanted a bag that is sleek and not bulky, but also made of stretchy material so I could "create" room if I have to. Lastly, I wanted a stylish and multi-functional bag.

    Because of Marc Jacob's modern style and known quality, it was a top choice for me. I was also attracted by its nylon material (sounded sturdy) and the quilted pattern that reminded me of the traditional Chanel design. The measurements were right-on as well, in that it is indeed quite a large bag.

    Now let's unbox!

    The box that stored the bag is well-packaged ... wow there is a lot of room inside! What I notice first is all the space inside. It's also expansive. 
    The bag measures 13.62 x 12.68 x 4.02 inches.
    It weighs 1.94 pounds and is easy to handle.
    The handles easily slide onto my shoulders.

    On the exterior, there is a roomy side pocket for larger items such as a layering jacket or cardigan. That would be great for layering during the plane ride. There are two small pockets on each side of the bag. I can use them for storing snacks and water bottles. I can also roll up magazines to read to put inside. On the other side of the exterior, there is a zipper pocket with less room and a beautiful Marc Jacobs logo. It is great for storing items like my wallet, passport and other essentials that I'd like to protect.

    Now, on to the inside of the bag. It is spacious! Inside, there is another beautiful Marc Jacobs logo sewn onto a smaller zip top pocket. Inside the pocket, I found a certificate of authenticity, which is important for designer bags.

    There is also a strap inside. The strap is adjustable and has stylish striped design. The straps are detachable and can turn the bag into a crossbody so my hands can be completely free.

    Overall Impressions

    The bag is great.  It came exactly as described on the website. I especially like that it is roomy, stretchable but also stylish. The overall look and feel fit my personal style; and the quilted exterior adds maturity and a feel fo luxury. I also like that it is a functional bag; and with the convertible straps, it certainly brings a convenient factor. Finally, I find the bag comfortable to wear. 

    I can see myself using the bag for more than just our spring break trip. It can become a weekend bag, a gym bag, and a "mom bag" for when I am out with the kids. 

    So far, I am happy with the purchase and cannot wait to use it.

    Thanks for your time!

    If you have this bag, feel free to drop a line and let me know what you think.

    See you next time.

    Sunday, February 28, 2016


    Blog post contains affiliate links.


    Egyptian Magic All Purpose Skin Cream

    With few and natural ingredients including olive oil, bees wax, honey and royal jelly, the EGYPTIAN MAGIC CREAM (affiliate) achieved what it promised--to hydrate skin.

    Please beware that it looks and behaves dissimilar to other skin cream: a waxy consistency, as opposed to a succulent, white paste, that dissolved into oil after gentle rubbing. 

    Though oil promptly absorbed into skin, there was slight residue; but such annoyance can be overlooked considering that the cream, after a week of consistent use, accomplished healthier appearance.

    The cream is all-purpose and suits all skin types, and that is allllll-right with us. 

    Appearance at first.

    After gentle rubbing.

    Almost fully absorbed after a few minutes.


    Neutrogena Healthy Skin Anti-Wrinkle Cream

    Solid product, trusted brand, and affordable price too (around $12 - 15), this NEUTROGENA ANTI-WRINKLE NIGHT CREAM (affiliate) combats the appearance of wrinkles while protecting skin at night, when you cannot hydrate and therefore lose moisture the most.


    Physicians Formula Multi-Colored Custom Blush

    The product's natural shade and pleasing presentation give it that "everyday-wear" factor. Its ingeniously-designed compact, with a pop-up layer that encases brush and mirror, adds more reason to love PHYSICANS FORMULA (affiliate).


    Fun Classic Reads

    Entertaining books. But of course, you already know that; as well as how, instead of helping you asleep, they might keep you up. :O)


    Inspirational Speeches

    Seattleites suffer not the Monday-Blues but the Monday-Grays--thanks to the Upper-Left's moody weather--and therefore need extra fuel to rev our engines for the week.

    After coffee, inspirational words please! And please consider's Inauguration Speeches. Reason being: as recommended by TEDx TALKS Donauinsel (How to be confident -- and lay down on the street for 30 sec by Till H. Groß), "if you want to be really good at have to learn from the best."

    And it would be nice to have a good, productive week. :O)

    Thank you for your time!

    Monday, January 25, 2016


    Rainy Seattle winters have benefits.

    Temperature, for example, remains mildly chilly, but never frigid. After adapting to the gloominess, you realize that, with one extra cup of coffee each day, "that Seattle-Winter" is not-so-bad.

    Seattle is surrounded by mountains.

    And sits in the way of the Pacific's "moisture system" that evaporates ocean water into clouds that can't get over the mountains, and amass a density that turns into constant rain.

    The clouds, however, also insulate the city. :O)

    The closer to the water, the warmer the temperature.  

    For example, the Northeastern outskirts, where our family lives now, can be 10 degrees colder than Downtown, which sits against the Pudget Sound.

    "That Seattle-Winter" permits layering for style.

    Not that other parts of the world can't layer, but our winters last from September to June, offering extensive time to master this layering-thing.

    And because Seattle girls are known for being fast-paced and outdoorsy...

    we layer in easy steps and practical pieces that anyone can do.


    Step 1

    Start with the basics.

    We recommend a monotone dress-shirt in black-and-white stripes.

    Step 2

    Add color. 

    A pair of maroon tights should suffice.

    Step 3

    Bulk it up.

    Dimension and texture are always nice. Today, we used a knitted scarf.

    Step 4

    Add layer.

    When in doubt, wear denim. It sharpens almost everything.

    Step 5


    And try flats and a bag in seductive, neutral tones. 


    Thank you for visiting!

    Hope you enjoyed today's simple layering.

    See you next time. 

    Sunday, January 10, 2016


    1. Pistachios and Raspberries

    2. Whole Wheat Crackers with Natural Gouda Cheese and Homemade Cranberry Sauce

    3. Organic Blue Corn Tortilla with Trader Joe's Reduced Guilt Guacamole

    4. Rain City Crunch Clusters

    Made local by Sisters Baking Company in Edmonds, WA

    5. Apple and Cheese Slices

    Using BEECHER'S FLAGSHIP (affiliate)

    6. Whole Wheat Toast with Nonfat Honey Ricotta, Strawberries and Organic Chia Seeds (affiliate)

    7. Nonfat Plain Greek Yogurt with Granola, Strawberries and Honey

    8. Veggie Sticks with Hummus Dip

    9. Artisan Bread Pieces with All Natural Peanut Butter and Hard Boiled Eggs

    10. SENECA Crispy Apple Chips

    Find them at SENECA APPLE CHIPS. (affiliate)


    Friday, January 8, 2016

    Friday's Fab Five

    * This post contains affiliate and sponsored links.

    Happy Friday to you!

    Hope the New Year has been fabulous so far. And if you want more fun and fab treats, please enjoy today's recommendations.

    Friday's Fab Five

    1. Stretch Cuff with Purple Stones

    Cuffs make a bold statement--and one in gold and purple is even more loud and proud. 

    Find it at B.young clothing.

    2. Avena Hand and Body Moisturizing Cream

    Protect winter skin with an all natural moisturizing cream that brings elasticity, softness and nutrition. The formula is rich, creamy and non-greasy; and it smells amazing!

    Find it at Avena Cream.

    3. Nutri Ninja Juice Extractor

    900 watts of professional power, plus extractor blades that break down fruits and vegetables to their finest to extract the most nutrients. Then, all you have to do is turn the cup upside down, and enjoy.

    Sold at Nutri Ninja.

    4. Fruit Topped Salads

    Add healthy fruits to luscious greens; drizzle your favorite organic dressing, like today's poppy seed, on top; and a super food salad is done.

    5. Date Nights In

    Flowers and wine are always fabulous, especially when you share them with your sweetheart on date nights in.

    Thank you for your time!

    Happy Friday, and have a FABULOUS weekend!

    Tuesday, January 5, 2016

    Rainy Day Fun: 10 Things To Do During Seattle's Rainy Season

    * This post includes affiliate and sponsored links.

    Seattle has rainy winters, and Seattleites have rainy day fun.

    Below are 10 fun things to do during the rainy season. Of course you know more, but perhaps our recommendations offer a good start.

    1. Spend a day in the market.

    One of the busiest farmer's market in the US, Pike Place offers fresh produce, local crafts, restaurants, burlesque, tea tasting and more. You can easily spend a day there, especially because almost everything resides indoors.

    2. Sip. Read. Relax.

    Seattle is famous for local roasters and coffee shops. Grab a book, or device, and enjoy a steamy latte.

    3. Brunch with friends.

    Brunch is especially popular in the Pacific Northwest. Who doesn't like comfort food in rain?

    We recommend Portage Bay Cafe, 13 Coins and Serious Pie & Biscuit.

    A sensational creation from the Breakfast Bar at Portage Bay Cafe.

    4. Take Bill Speidel's Underground Tour.

    The original city of Seattle, built in Pioneer Square, was destroyed in the Great Fire of 1889. After rebuilding the new city on top of the old, the neighborhood suffered neglect, until publicist Bill Speidel revived the neighborhood with an Underground Tour that attracted thousands of visitors who petitioned to ordain Pioneer Square again.

    And that's how Bill Speidel and his genius production saved Seattle's most historic neighborhood. (Go Bill!)

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    5. International District

    Good dim sum. Good bubble tea. What else do you need?

    6. Spin around.

    Every great city needs a big wheel. Well, at least we think so.

    Visit Seattle Great Wheel for ticket info. We've "spun-the-wheel" three times, and enjoyed each experience.

    7. Go high.

    For an amazing view of Seattle, go up the Space Needle or the Sky View Observatory (Columbia Tower). The view is better on sunny days, of course, but still incredible in rain.

    8. Get artsy.

    And stroll around Chihuly Garden and Glass or the Seattle Art Museum.

    9. Or get nerdy.

    And visit the Museum of Flight, Pacific Science Center and the Boeing Factory Tour.

    10. Stay in.

    There is nothing wrong with curling up on the couch, turning on the fire place, and satisfying every guilty pleasure with shows like Amazon Original's Mozart in the Jungle (staring current crush Craig Revel Horwood) and The Man in the High Castle.

    You do have Prime, don't you?


    Kind of a Seattle-thing. :)