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What the YELP is going on here?

What the YELP is going on here?

So last month we took a road trip vacation to NYC. It’s not surprising that I had not been there before. After all, I’ve only been in the USA for a bit over 8 years. What is surprising is that my husband had never made it to the Big Apple yet. He has lived here his whole life. And not that he’s old but he has gotten some Senior discounts recently without even being asked his age! And no, he wasn’t happy about it. Anyway, we had started our trip out by crossing over into nearby Ontario, Canada. Our vacation started strong with a great concert, then a play and then a stay at Niagara Falls. And that was only the first weekend! That Monday morning we did some final sightseeing at the Falls and then got back into the car for what would be our longest travel day. We drove about an hour and then waited another hour in line to cross through the US Border checkpoint and into Buffalo, New York, USA. If your geography is about the same level as mine you have no idea how big the state of New York is but it’s actually quite large. And the city of Buffalo and NYC are several hundred miles and several more hours apart.

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cameo top+nordstrom lace shorts+dsw shoes+ Chloe funglass + valentino gold bag

We had eaten a pretty huge breakfast at our hotel before leaving that morning so we didn’t really need much at lunchtime. But as the afternoon was moving on we started to think about dinner. We’ve become used to turning to our iPhone when it’s time to find a nearby restaurant. We frequently open up the Yelp app and see what’s nearby and how it’s rated. If you’re not familiar with Yelp, this service relies on people like you and me to provide ratings, comments, pictures and feedback on restaurants, bars, stores and just about anything you can think of. We’ve had pretty good luck with it, especially when we’re someplace new and unfamiliar. The rating of 1 to 5 stars makes it easier to narrow down our choices. One difference about driving in the eastern part of the country is that there are a LOT of toll roads. In Michigan all the roads are free. They’re in TERRIBLE shape with huge potholes but it doesn’t cost you anything to ruin your tires and wheels on them. All the service centers on the toll roads only had fast food choices but this was our vacation darn it. And I wanted some good food! So as my husband was driving I opened up Yelp and started looking. The only places I saw that had at least my minimum 4 star rating were either the opposite direction or miles off the toll road. So we kept driving and it kept getting later.

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cameo top+nordstrom lace shorts+dsw shoes+ Chloe funglass + valentino gold bag

Now I was starting to get pretty hungry. Maybe a 3 star place wouldn’t be that bad. What do those reviewers know anyway? But now we were pretty much between any large cities and there was very little around. OK, 2 ½ stars would do but only this once. We found one at the next exit and got off to take a look. Not very many cars and it looked a bit scary. My husband looked at the ratings a bit closer and saw that there were only a few people who had anything good to say about it. We got back on the old highway this time to check out the next place that came up on the list. Hmmm, what’s that sign in the window? “CLOSED MONDAYS.” Huh. Stupid Yelp didn’t mention that. Oh well, looks like another place a couple more miles down the highway. Weeds. This place didn’t look like it had been open for a whole lot of Mondays or any other days. Alright, who’s in charge of this Yelp thing and why didn’t they know that? Back to the app. This time my husband got on his phone and called up the next place on the list. “Hello.” YAY, someone answered! And they were open and would be for a couple more hours. It was a cozy little diner in the center of a small town but they were open, clean and had a working kitchen. Good enough! By now we were so hungry it didn’t matter a lot what we were ordering so we asked about the chef’s recommendations. The menu was pretty much divided into three categories; deep fried, covered with gravy or deep fried AND covered with gravy. I went with the day’s special of fried chicken, potatoes with gravy and corn. I asked if they had any veggies and was told corn WAS a veggie! I guess I should have been more specific about the color of my veggies. But in fact the dinner was pretty tasty and the service friendly. I don’t think they got too many Chinese Fashion Bloggers dining in so the waitress was pretty attentive and curious. After dinner we got back in the car and headed on towards New York. We were going to be there tomorrow but still had a several hour drive to go. Anyway, we had full stomachs, and a full tank of gas, so what could go wrong? I’ve learned never to ask that question! Come back later and see how we did!

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cameo top+nordstrom lace shorts+dsw shoes+ Chloe funglass + valentino gold bag

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cameo top+nordstrom lace shorts+dsw shoes+ Chloe funglass + valentino gold bag
cameo top+nordstrom lace shorts+dsw shoes+ Chloe funglass + valentino gold bag
cameo top+nordstrom lace shorts+dsw shoes+ Chloe funglass + valentino gold bag
cameo top+nordstrom lace shorts+dsw shoes+ Chloe funglass + valentino gold bag
cameo top+nordstrom lace shorts+dsw shoes+ Chloe funglass + valentino gold bag
cameo top+nordstrom lace shorts+dsw shoes+ Chloe funglass + valentino gold bag
cameo top+nordstrom lace shorts+dsw shoes+ Chloe funglass + valentino gold bag
cameo top+nordstrom lace shorts+dsw shoes+ Chloe funglass + valentino gold bag
cameo top+nordstrom lace shorts+dsw shoes+ Chloe funglass + valentino gold bag
cameo top+nordstrom lace shorts+dsw shoes+ Chloe funglass + valentino gold bag
cameo top+nordstrom lace shorts+dsw shoes+ Chloe funglass + valentino gold bag
cameo top+nordstrom lace shorts+dsw shoes+ Chloe funglass + valentino gold bag
cameo top+nordstrom lace shorts+dsw shoes+ Chloe funglass + valentino gold bag
cameo top+nordstrom lace shorts+dsw shoes+ Chloe funglass + valentino gold bag
cameo top+nordstrom lace shorts+dsw shoes+ Chloe funglass + valentino gold bag
cameo top+nordstrom lace shorts+dsw shoes+ Chloe funglass + valentino gold bag

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Sunglasses :: Chloe [similar here. ]
Top :: Ifchic [same here. ]
Shorts::Nordstrom Rack [ similar here.]
Bag :: Valentino [Sold out. Love this.]
Shoes::DSW [Loving this. ]
Watch::Coach [Loving this. ]

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Scent Trunk Review Color and Grace Fashion Link Up

Scent Trunk Review Color and Grace Fashion Link Up

What is your first memory about perfume? Mine was not that pleasant. If you have been reading my blog you will know there was not much fashion in China before the 1980s. Perfume was very much a luxury thing for normal Chinese back then. When I was young, our family had pretty tough times but also some good years too. I remember one year my mom bought her first bottle of perfume and I hated it so much because it smelled awful! 😉

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petite fashion street style crop top with lace skirt

I found my first favorite perfume back in 2000. One day I was strolling down a street where there happened to be many fashionable stores in Shanghai. A young and beautiful girl walked by. That was a hot summer day and she smelled so good! She was wearing something that was very sweet and happy. I couldn’t help but stop her to ask what perfume she was using. That was how I fell in love with Flower from Kenzo.

petite fashion street style crop top with lace skirt
petite fashion street style crop top with lace skirt

“A woman who doesn’t wear perfume has no future.”
― Coco Chanel
I don’t totally agree but I do love perfume! It quietly speaks for you just like your outfit. When you’re putting together what to wear, you probably don’t want to pair the exact same things that you did before. We all want to be a little bit different and mix it up if we can. So I was on the hunt for a different perfume to complement my wardrobe. My husband often says I have very expensive eyes because most of the things I like are kinda pricey. He’s wrong of course but he’s gotten pretty used to that since we got married! Lol. But it is true that those full sized bottles are at least $50, and most of the scents I like are more than $100. The thing that does sort of bother me though is sometimes I buy the bottle but a few weeks later I don’t love it as much as I thought I did! So now I have a pretty large collection of perfume bottles that aren’t quite empty! In fact some are more than half full. What to do? Too expensive to throw away but not the smell I am looking for to wear. And why are the bottles so big to begin with? The perfume lasts long enough for me to get tired of it and the bottle is too large for me to bring with me when I travel.

petite fashion street style crop top with lace skirt
petite fashion street style crop top with lace skirt

Well as usually happens with my million dollar ideas, someone already had them! And that’s exactly what I discovered when I learned about Scent Trunk. It is a luxury, niche fragrance subscription service that sends you a box containing three unique fragrance samples each month. I just received my first one yesterday:

scent trunk review
scent trunk review

Below are the details:
Price: $18 US for monthly (3 scents/box), see Scent Trunk for details on seasonal, semi-annual and annual Samples: 2 mL each. Enough to use for the entire month!
Shipping: US & Canada
Shipping Cost: Always included

For $18 per month I (and you) have 3 different perfume scents to use based on the answers to my test I took on their website. This sounded more than reasonable to me. Below are the first 3 personalized samples I received. I love a sweet and flowery type of smell. So far, so good. I like all of them but I really love the one called Pavane No.2.

scent trunk review
scent trunk review

Honestly I don’t know much about perfume so I like the useful little card they include that tells you a little about each of the samples you receive. It is pretty neat for me that those cards show the longevity and sillage level.

scent trunk review
scent trunk review

Scent Trunk is a small start-up from Kingston, Ontario, Canada. I was pretty impressed by their story. The service started as a student summer project in 2014. They work with luxury niche, unique and up and coming brands and these are samples you can’t find in department stores.

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petite fashion street style crop top with lace skirt

Does this smell interesting? Well wait until you get a whiff of the fun part. I have two bits of info that I think you’ll be happy to hear if you would like to try some new perfume. The first is, if you use code 7297 when you check out you will get $7.20 of gift credit. The second is, they are running a giveaway now here and you could be the lucky one!

Now talking about giveaways (see how seamlessly I segued there?) the lucky winner from last week’s giveaway on my blog is Janneke from South Africa. Congratulations! Don’t forget to join the Color and Grace Fashion Link up before you leave and have a great day!

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petite fashion street style crop top with lace skirt
petite fashion street style crop top with lace skirt
petite fashion street style crop top with lace skirt
petite fashion street style crop top with lace skirt
petite fashion street style crop top with lace skirt
petite fashion street style crop top with lace skirt
petite fashion street style crop top with lace skirt
petite fashion street style crop top with lace skirt
petite fashion street style crop top with lace skirt
petite fashion street style crop top with lace skirt
petite fashion street style crop top with lace skirt
petite fashion street style crop top with lace skirt
petite fashion street style crop top with lace skirt
petite fashion street style crop top with lace skirt
petite fashion street style crop top with lace skirt
petite fashion street style crop top with lace skirt
petite fashion street style crop top with lace skirt
petite fashion street style crop top with lace skirt

| Outfit Details |   

Sunglasses :: Polette [same here. ]
Top :: HOT&DELICIOUS[Similar here. ]
Skirt ::Express [ Similar here.]
Bag :: Ifchic [Similar here.]
Heels ::Jessica Simpson [similar here. ]
Watch::Movado [Loving this. ]
Necklace::Express [ Similar here.]
Bracelet::My Arm Charms [ Same here. It is only $8.99 now!]

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