When in Austin, Texas: Shop at the Domain

The Domain is definitely an upscale shopping haven and enclave of restaurants that most fashionistas and college to young professionals frequent in Austin, Texas. Oh yes this is a long over-due post and I know I’ve probably mentioned it back in April – when I was there. But anyway, I still have a ton of albums of photos to share with you here – in different topics such as restaurants, food, bargain hunts and some outfit posts. So pardon if I do some backlog. Going back, if you are ever traveling to Austin, I suggest to drop by and take a look around. Besides, it’s in between Dallas and San Antonio. You’ll pass by it if you’re traveling from Dallas to Austin or San Marcos and vice versa. It’s not too big of a place but definitely bigger than Highland Park Village in Dallas. So stopping by for lunch, dinner or some snacks here with your family or friends would be a good stop over. Plus, you get to take photos and look around the shops.

Anyway, going to the Domain was really a treat for me. Hahaha. We were supposed to have our 4th Wedding Anniversary dinner there after spending the day in Austin city center as part of the celebration. But since it was kind of a spur-of-the-moment thing as to where we were dining in the evening, we ended up looking somewhere else. Why? It was packed… on a Saturday night! The place… the bars and restaurants were packed with college and young professionals out there. It’s definitely a place I suggest for the single people out there who want to mingle or just to ogle…. LOL! Well, let me share with you some photos I took that night.

When there’s a Neiman Marcus, you know it’s an upscale shopping area… their building is separate from the rest… showing exclusivity and class.

Across is a Louis Vuitton boutique and behind it is McCormick & Schmick’s resto. Gotta try it one of these days. Anyone out there have tried the resto?

Of course there’s Tiffany & Co.


View of Neiman’s from theΒ  inner part of the Domain

Ton of shops with exclusive apartments/condos as well… much like West Village here in Dallas, West 7th in Fort Worth and Southlake Town Center in Southlake, TX.

Ralph Lauren

And MFJ at the center garden area surrounded by a bars and restos…

See the store behind me? It’s a HUGE Forever 21… and mind you, it’s like an upscale version of it… if you look at it from the outside, it’s like a designer boutique but the prices are of course… what you’d expect from Forever 21 – cheap and affordable! I love it!

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AUSTIN, Texas: 6th Annual YWA Fashion Show

Ooh, the 6th Annual YWA Fashion Show is here. Too bad I couldn’t go because I have an important doctor’s appointment tomorrow. But I’m hoping to be there at the Austin Fashion Week this August to cover some shows. πŸ™‚ Anyway, if you are free tomorrow and are interested, perhaps you’d like to hear more about this exciting event. Below are the details!

The Young Women’s Alliance is pleased to present the 6th Annual YWA Fashion Show, and the launch of Fashion Evolution at the Historic Driksill Hotel Friday, July 30th. Collections from highly acclaimed Austin-based designer Linda Asaf, Rachelle Briton, and men’s fashion by Margarito Alonzo will be featured as Wilhelmina…a models walk the runway.

Dine and drink with decadent appetizers and cash bar featuring couture cocktails. Enjoy music all night with a special performance by Austin’s
own Larissa Ness. Exclusive shopping from local establishments Beyond Tradition, Limbo Jewelry Design, Solettos, Stella & Dot, Theory and more will be available for all attendees.

VIP ticket holders will sip on a complimentary cocktail from Deep Eddy Sweet Tea Vodka in the VIP Room, while enjoying a Glamour Swag Bag with surprises from Dress Shop, Shimmer & Bliss and more. Special thanks to our participating sponsors for their active and generous roll in making Fashion Evolution possible: Evie Evan Make-up, Kevin Murphy Hair, By-Design Online, Landon Arnold Photography, Lustre Maravilloso Photography, Designer Clearance House, DJ Mighty Mike and the Austin Fashion Association.

After Party

The night continues at Speakeasy’s Kabaret Room for the After Party with drink specials from Deep Eddy Sweet Tea Vodka and food from Imperia. There will be a $5 cover fee for those without a Fashion Evolution wristband.

Fashion Evolution benefits the YWA Foundation, which gives girls and young women in Central Texas the opportunity to continue their education, and enrich their careers through scholarships and grant programs.

Schedule of Events


2010 YWA Fashion Evolution


Driskill Hotel
604 Brazos Street
Austin, TX 78701


Friday, July 30th 7:30pm-11:30pm

  • 7:30-8:30 p.m. Cocktail Reception
  • 8:30-10 p.m. Intro and Fashion Show
  • 10-11:30 p.m. Music and Shopping
  • 11:30 p.m.-2 a.m. After Party at Speakeasy’s Kabaret Room


  • VIP Tickets; $100 (Seated, Glamour Swag Bag, and More)
  • General Admission; $40 Get yours HERE now!

For more information, visit the Fashion Evolution website www.ywafashionevolution.org today!

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Weekly Wear 71: Borrowing From the Guys

From time to time, I borrow clothes from Hubby. Not as often as I can but you know… sometimes. When I feel like it… When I feel like I want to wear something big and loose. Well last weekend… I decided to borrow from dear Hubby and I wore the shirt that I love to borrow from him – a gray Calvin Klein undershirt!

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MFJ Home Goodies

On a non-fashion related post, I wanted to share some of MFJ’s home goodies the past couple of weeks. Some of the photos have been in my computer for weeks while some for days. Last week, I finally got my Cuisinart Smooth Operator blender.

I purchased a G.E. blender way way back but immediately returned it anyway. It was not defective or anything but I was reminded that the sample sale sites always include Cuisinart and other kitchen appliances brand in their daily sales. So I told myself, since I haven’t used the blender, might as well return it and wait for the next Cuisinart sale online. Well after a couple of weeks, I was finally able to order my Cuisinart blender, and yes you guessed right – for free, thanks to shopping credits I earn from those sites. This one I got from Ideeli.

So after weeks of delay (in shipment), I finally received my Cuisinart blender. What I like about Ideeli is that each time a package has been delayed, they give you a $10 credit which you can use towards future purchases/shipping fees. So, I don’t actually mind. πŸ™‚ I think it has happened to my thrice already and most of the time, it will be delayed only by a day. So, $10 credit? Worth the 1 day delay. Thanks Ideeli!

I didn’t tell Hubby about this order because it was a surprise… I’m sure he’s going to love it because he loves all electronic gadgets. Haha. Yup – be it for computers, games, car, entertainment or for the kitchen! So when it arrived and I told him to open it up, he was quick to test it out. I of course was prepared because I bought a really really huge watermelon – probably the size of two basketballs. Hehe. It’s just the perfect time to make a smoothie because it’s burning hot in Texas! The only thing is, our excitement and delight was cut short when he turned it on.

Too bad the motor seems to be stuck and hardly rotates. And when Hubby turned it off and carried it, there’s like a lose piece inside. ARGH. So, back it went to its box and shipped out the next day. Hopefully, I get the replacement soon. Hay… was so looking forward to that watermelon smoothie!

In other news, I got my Lacoste towels a few weeks ago. His and hers that match our guest bathroom. I truly love Lacoste towels. They are one of the softest yet absorbent towels on earth (another one would be Ralph Lauren). What’s even better? They are huge! They can actually be used as beach towels. Although of course, Lacoste also has beach towels that are as good but more beach-appropriate when it comes to colors!

I got solid colors so they will go with any print/design that I use for our bathroom. I haven’t taken them out of their package just yet coz I’m thinking of giving them away for this certain something. We’ll see. πŸ™‚ For now, I’m saving it for our home but if I ever need something for a unisex giveaway, I might have to resort to these. LOL.

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MFJ Top Contributor at Chictopia

I just want to share the good news that MFJ is now one of the top contributors at Chictopia. πŸ™‚ Yehey! That’s me in the middle bottom row at the bottom right side of the image below. And on the bottom left side is my latest contribution to Chictopia.com. πŸ™‚ I will post those photos here soon. So watch out.

By the way, you may have noticed that I have incorporated a Facebook LIKE button in my posts. You will find it at the bottom of each and every post. So if you like something that you’ve read here. Go ahead and click on LIKE. It will be much appreciated. πŸ™‚

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MFJ Facebook Giveaway Reminder

Readers, don’t forget the MFJ Facebook Giveaway. You have until August 31, 2010 to enter. I’m giving away an eco-friendly fabric tote from Areaware, 2 Lucky Brand undies, Ralph Lauren cosmetic case, Bare Escentuals lip liner and lip color. Click on the photo to find out the details of this contest. Goodluck!

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Why Dolce Vita for Target Shoes Aren’t As Hot as its Predecessor

Weeks ago, rumors were spreading that the Dolce Vita for Target shoes were only going to be sold at the Harlem location. But today, they’re already available for purchase at Target online. But why am I not surprised that they aren’t as hot as its predecessor? Let’s take a look before we analyze. Below are the shoes from the Dolce Vita x Target Collaboration.

UPDATE: I’ve seen the shoes and they are all a big disappointment. Poorly made. They look so cheap – even the one that I thought was nice. πŸ™

Aside from the shoes shown above, there’s still one more style from the Dolce Vita x Target Collaboration which is the black lace up boot. Sadly, it is the only style that I’d like to have. The three-buckle ankle boot above is also cute but this length suits me better. Here it is:

I’m not surprised that unlike the Cynthia Vincent for Target shoes, they didn’t sell out that fast. The minute the clock strikes midnight the day the Cynthia Vincent for Target shoes were available for purchase online, the beloved wedges started to sell out quickly. In fact, by early morning, there were no more available yellow, brown (camel) or black strappy wedges in my size. I had to hurry to the local Super Target in our area just to find the one last pair of the brown/camel wedges which was actually a half size smaller than mine. But of course, I knew I had to get it. Good thing it fits. But going back to the Dolce Vita for Target collection, what has gone wrong? Or let me rephrase that – why isn’t it as hot?

Lack of Advertisement

I personally think it lacked the advertising that it needed. Dolce Vita may not be on the expensive side of shoes, but they’re not exactly cheap either. Their shoes can run well above $100s… perhaps up to the $300s. If only this collaboration was given enough exposure and advertised well in advance, then the consumers, so much so the shoe lovers, would have known and looked forward to its release.


But then again, there’s the issue of misinformation. It was announced that this collection would be out in August 22. However, for some reason, Target suddenly offered it online (and in select stores) today – almost a month in advance. Another misinformation – they said it will only be sold at their Harlem location – then again, it’s already online. Don’t get me wrong. This is actually a good thing for people in other parts of the country like me. However, for people like me who are nowhere near NY, I have already scrapped the idea of getting one – since there’s no way I’m flying over just to get one nor will I call distant friends for a favor… for a Dolce Vita x Target pair of shoes.


The styles are rather simple or perhaps the best way to describe it – very common and… sorry to say, but in a cheap kind of way. Furthermore these shoes are more ideal for Fall/Winter seasons. We’re still in the Summer season – and we’re definitely experiencing all that heat! When the Cynthia Vincent x Target Collaboration came out, it was already the perfect time to wear those sandals right away. But as for these flats, boots and oxfords being released on the hottest days of the year? I personally think it’s bad timing. While there are those who shop ahead of time, there will be more people who would wait. These consumers are those are on a budget or those who usually buy stuff only as the need arises. And since the season hasn’t left them feeling like they already need boots or other closed shoes, they’ll probably skip on these for now.


I personally like Dolce Vita shoes. Heck I have two shoes from the label that I truly adore. Most of my loyal readers know my Dolce Vita black lace up booties and most of them love it as much as I do. The only thing is, not a lot of people know the brand. What’s even hurting this Dolce Vita x Target collaboration is the fact that Dolce Vita shoes usually go on sale and most of them can be found at Nordstrom Rack for less than $50. That’s why not a lot of people are thrilled to see the Dolce Vita x Target collection.

Well, that’s just my two cents. Besides, it has only been released. Who knows in a few days or weeks, it will sell out eventually. Well, despite all these, as a fashion lover, I am still interested in getting the Dolce Vita for Target lace up boots. I have a lot of outfit ideas going on in my mind right now. So we’ll see. What do you ladies think?

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41st Comic-Con International in San Diego, CA

Comic-Con International is a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to creating awareness of, and appreciation for, comics and related popular art forms, primarily through the presentation of conventions and events that celebrate the historic and ongoing contribution of comics to art and culture.

This year’s 41st Comic-Con was held in San Diego last July 21st to 24th. It was joined by a lot of celebrities, heroes, babes and fans. So those who have had fantasies of styling themselves as superheroes, it’s the perfect event to do so! Take a look at some of the photos at the event… and these are just a few of them.

Dressed for battle!

Who ya gonna call? Ghostbusters!

Angelina Jolie promoting her movie Salt

The Walking Dead

Batman and sidekick Robin… errr… or the other way around. LOL!

So okay, Bruce Wayne now has a beer fund eh?

Genius Stan Lee!!!

Star Wars

Darth Vader

Hot ladies wearing Iron Man-themed costumes

J.J. Abrams and Joss Whedon at the Visionairies conference

Bruce Willis

Funny guy Will Ferrell

Seth Rogen and Eva Mendes

Stan Lee impersonator with model


Inspired by the latest Alice in Wonderland movie

Inspired by the Expendables


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