Wishlist: Tassel Accessories

It is no secret that I love accessories. Any fashion-conscious woman will tell you that accessories are a must-have as they give that oomp to your outfit, making casual outfits look more dressed up or simply add spice to your look. And one of my recent favorite accessory trend is tassel. I love everything tassel - from necklaces to earrings to bracelets! Aren't they fun? 

Today, I am working with Baublebar to introduce to you some of the top beaded fringe tassel accessories from their website. Get ready to start lusting on these favorite pieces of mine: 

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What are your thoughts on the tassel trend?

Links à la Mode, August 6
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Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links; however, the items featured are my own picks and opinion expressed is completely my own. 

Bag Envy with Banggood

When it comes to shopping for bags, I prefer traditional, minimalist styles. I love handbags that can be versatile enough to be worn with different outfits. Hence, I invest in basic colors like whites, blacks, tans and browns. A little pop of color might not hurt, though. I spotted a few favorites from a local Charles & Keith store and they're definitely in my wishlist. And while I wait for my budget to free up a little bit so I can get those, I found some more budget-friendly alternatives from Banggood

PU Leather Tote Messenger Bag / Leather Satchel Handbag
Crocodile Veins Handbag / Multifunctional Diagonal Handbag
Matte Leather Shell Handbag / Retro Navy Canvas Bag

What kind of bag shopper are you?


Sizers & My Shoe Dilemma

I love shoes just as much as the next girl. It truly is the most important part in your outfit. You want shoes to not only look good but also keep your feet comfortable. However, I've had this dilemma for a long time now - finding the right fit on my shoes is difficult. Even though I am petite, I do have large feet. I wear shoe size 7 while most of my girl friends wear size 5 or 6! 

And then there's Sizers! I was very excited to have discovered Sizers on Twitter and was invited to try out their line of revolutionary shoe sizing inserts. Since I am size 7, I always have trouble finding comfortable fitting pumps (like the one I am wearing here). I had to buy size 8 shoes because when I tried on size 7 it was too painful on my toes. I had to consider the fact that I would be walking around in them for hours. Suffering from blisters was not an option for me!

Multi Pack - All 3 Sizers
Dress: Little Pleasures (worn as top) / Skirt: Invogue Collections / Shoes: Mendrez (similar) / Watch: La Mer Collections

The shoe insert was the perfect solution. I don't have to deal with wearing half sizes or a shoe size bigger than mine to feel comfortable. I can get the right fit on my shoes as I can choose from three different shoe insert sizes: 1/4-, 1/2- & 1-inch shoe sizing cushions. The cushions also fit snugly inside my shoe so I don't have to worry about constantly re-adjusting. And most importantly, no more calf pain issues as I fight off heel slippage. 

If you want to get the right fit on your shoes, I suggest you get the Multi Pack (as pictured above - consists of three sizes of shoe cushions). I guarantee, they're worth it so you can wear your shoes with more confidence! You can learn more about Sizers here

Meanwhile, this outfit was pure fun. I loved the sequined peter pan collar on this dress and I loved this cobalt midi skirt. Hence, I had fun joining these two favorite pieces into one outfit!

Have you heard about Sizers before? Do you have the same issue with shoes?


Disclaimer: I was provided the sample for review. As always, the opinion expressed are my own.

July Wishlist: Wedges & Chunky Sandals

"Give a girl the right shoes and she can conquer the world.'" Marilyn Monroe hit the nail in the head when she said these famous words. And I couldn't agree more. My perspective on shoes used to be a lot different. A few years back, I was intent on choosing footwear that offered maximum comfort and support. Nowadays, I have gone on a 1880-degree turn and is more daring about my shoe choices. I like to try out new trends like wearing ankle boots (even though that rarely ever happens with the hot tropical weather where I live) or wearing pointed toe pumps (hey, there blisters!). Oh, the sacrifices we make for fashion! But when it looks cute, it can't be that bad right?

This month, my search for the perfect bridal shoes has also opened up the urge to buy new types of shoes to add to my shoe wardrobe. I am looking at wedges and chunky heels in particular. Check out my online finds from Shein and The Shopping Bag below and shop what you like (I've included the links below): 

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Wedges are a classic choice but I realized that I don't own too many of them. Moreover, the tan one from Shein is something that I've had my eye on for a while now. What do you think? Anyone tried buying shoes from them before? I'd love to hear your thoughts about their sizing. 


Blogger 101: When To Say NO to Sponsorship or PR Offers

As a small-time blogger, most of us earn from our blogs through sponsored posts or PR campaigns. Hence, it can be tempting to say "yes" to every offer that comes your way, especially on those times wherein there seems to be little to no PR activity on your blog. But I advise you: DON'T. That is if you care about the long term goals for your blog. 

This is not to say that you have to be snobbish either. Instead, this is a simple reminder that you have to take good care of the credibility of your blog that you have worked so hard to build. Thankfully, I haven't had weird or ridiculous emails from brands or PR companies. But in case you do, use these guidelines I follow to be able to assess if a particular offer is good for your blog or not:

Check Their Website

Most companies that reach out to you via e-mail will leave their URL for you to check out. This is great because you not only get a chance to know what products and/or services they have, but also use this opportunity to assess the quality and credibility of the company itself. As bloggers, we like to put our best foot forward by enhancing the look and theme of our blog. After all, it is a visual representation of you, as a blogger! The same goes with online companies or brands. You can assess their quality and credibility based on their website.

This is not to say that companies with less than impressive looking websites are not credible or honest. However, if you find that the website is shady, has spammy content or do not provide contact information, you need to be wary. The least you want to do is promote a fraud company on your blog. You would not want to be associated with them.

Keep it Niche-Related

This is a very simple guideline to remember: you have to stick to your blog's niche when working with companies or brands. Ask yourself these questions:

Will I consider writing about this topic even without this company contacting me?
Is this product or company something my readers will be really interested in?
Will I be using these products myself? 

The whole idea is it should reflect your personal interests, as well as that of your readers. If not, then there is no point in writing that sponsored post in the first place. It will no doubt stick out as a sore thumb.

Staying Control of Your Blog

There are instances wherein a PR opportunity is too good to resist. A company with products or services that you think will be in line with your blog's niche offers you a really good price. However, the company wants to bombard your post with links and keywords. It's no good for your SEO. Even if they pay you a good amount of money in exchange for the post, the long term drawbacks on your blog's SEO performance can be worth more. 

Do not fall for the bait. Set your own rules when working with companies on sponsored posts. Remind them that it is your blog and you make the rules. You are doing them a favor, not vice versa.

How do you evaluate offers from online brands or PR companies?