Christmas Edition: Christmas Wonderland at SAKS Fifth Avenue – NYC 2016

Christmas is just around the corner (literally only 3 days away) and seems like i am not the only one whose not so eager with Christmas shopping this year. Aside from financial issue, i also have another problem that i have to deal with. (Cough)

Anyhoo, if you just stumbled on my blog: welcome! I hope you enjoy this virtual home of TFD (the foodie duos) and make sure to follow this blog for more updates. Christmas giveaway is still going on and in case you would like to participate:ย https://christilautomo.com/2016/12/16/the-2016-giveaway-tis-the-season-to-be-jolly/.

Speaking of Christmas, NYC is home to some of the oldest fashion stores in the world. And it is also home to some of the most magnificent Christmas window displays. Like this one from SAKS Fifth Avenue. It’s a combination of everything you’d wish for!

I’m a sucker for Christmas window displays. What about you?

Yours Truly ๐Ÿ™‚

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Goodbye FAO Schwarz: and updates!

This could be categorized as a late post becauseย the beloved FAO Schwarz is no longer there in the heart of New York City – Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue and 58th street. This unique and oldest toy store in the world has closed its’ door for good although we are still hoping for reopening soon. That is if its’ parent company, Toys R Us, actually sign the lease for that building around Times Square.

Updated: just browsed through the news and found this information from TheRealDeal.com regarding the lease:

“No deal for FAO Schwarz. The now homeless toy store was just a week away from closing on a new space at Paramount Groupโ€™s 2.5-million-square-foot office tower at 1633 Broadway, before it all fell apart.

A source close to the negotiations told the New York Observer that the 40,000-square-foot space at 1633 Broadway has returned to the market with an asking price of $4 million.

Last month, FAO Schwarz left its longtime home in the General Motors Building at 767 Fifth Avenue. It isnโ€™t yet clear why the lease deal fell apart. [NYO] โ€“Christopher Cameron [NYO] โ€“”

If FAO can’tย find any permanent home sometime soon, less likely we are going to experience again the famous BIG PIANO, the humungous stuffed animals that are only unique to FAO, and no more selfies or wefies or laughing with the toy soldiers. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

Last month I had the chance to visit FAO for two days (including the night they closed on 7/15/15) and took tons of pictures and also mingled with the employees and the customers. It’s been a month since the closing and every time I pass by the now-closed store, I feel sad literally because the iconic toy store is no longer there and it kinda proves prediction that more kids are going to be ignoring ‘real toy’ and devote themselves to tablets and digital toys.

Even though there are already plenty of posts or news about FAO’s closing, I’d like to share what I have captured with you!

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I love Giraffe in general and only at FAO I could find this huge almost life sized giraffe.

 

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This beautiful Tiger costs a fortune but the craftsmanship is undoubtedly the best!

 

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This orangutan probably saying: “I am so tired already I feel like going somewhere.”

 

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For Lego fans out there… (yea you can still find these at their Lego’s store)

 

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So surreal! ๐Ÿ™‚ can’t afford them tho ๐Ÿ˜›

 

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Barbie seems so yesterday if you can afford these dolls!

 

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With such detail and design, this Isaac Mizrahi doll is more than a doll — it’s a work of art!

 

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Another Isaac Mizrahi doll that costs pretty much a new Louis Vuitton speedy bag! ๐Ÿ˜‰

 

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Anybody want to take a ride?!

 

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And who could even forget this piano from Tom Hanks’ BIG movie?!

 

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Taken on 7/14/15. Kinda crowded that day consider every body was trying to get the receipt from FAO or at least a FAO shopping bag.

 

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Selfie (or wefie) with one of the Toy Soldier. ๐Ÿ™‚

 

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The announcement that left every toy fans sad and crushed. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

 

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Goodbye Toy Soldiers! ๐Ÿ˜ฆ dunno when we’re gonna be able to see you guys around again ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

 

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And… officially closed ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

 

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GOODBYE ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

 

Yes, there is still www.fao.com to shop but…

It is an online shop.

I can’t touch or feel or experience the same thing.

I feel lost. Like sometimes the website or connection may experience crash or tech difficulties.

I can no longer wander around and just enjoy being a young at heart without even purchasing anything.

No more goofing around with the Toy Soldiers.

And so on, and so on…

P.S.: I bought something special for my boo and I the day it closed. boo loved it, i loved it. I will try to share them with you.

Goodbye FAO Schwarz. Hopefully you will find a new home soon!

Yours Truly ๐Ÿ™‚

Mijn Mode Keuze: Kate Spade blue Leslie

Since i am the sole owner of this blog/web then i can post anything i want.

Including fashion ๐Ÿ˜‰

If you read my “about me” section, you’ll notice that i added some paragraph about my degree that is somewhat related to fashion industry. Yes, i have a bachelor degree that is concentrated in business and fashion marketing management. As now, i am a graduate student with a concentration in another field that is nowhere near fashion industry yet needed also sometimes by fashion peeps. Ha, i will let you guess and wondering ๐Ÿ˜‰

Anyho, i am a Leo and a July baby and my birthday is coming real soon. If anybody else have their own wish list for their birthday then me personally, i rarely create or even write wish list for birthday let alone Christmas presents. What i would do is i save money then will most likely forget what i’m going to buy later on. Funny thing tho, God always give me hints sometimes whenever i am at a store or browsing something online on certain things. Like for example, i went to Zara and tried some of their pants. They were running out of my size but i lovedddd those pants. I was murmuring “yea maybe not my day” on my way home. Then all of a sudden, i was walking around Herald square when my gut told me: “you’re here already. Now drag the lazy butt to that Zara right now!”

So i went inside and lo and behold, those pants were there — the exact type and design i wanted, in my size! And then another blouse, another t shirt, another top, another skirt! And they were on sale, ladies and gentlemen! Even tho the sale still gonna costs you at least more than $50 but heck i already have the money! I bought them and couldn’t be happier!

That’s the weird side of me, lol :p

Ok what am i rambling?! Oh yea about my birthday well about a week ago or so i saw the announcement from Kate Spade about their 4th of July weekend sale that has been extended until 7/7/15. I browsed around and found a nice blue handbag that kinda reminds me of Saint Laurent’s handbag. I was contemplating of getting it but at the same time i also loved another handbag that can be easily modified as a clutch. And then i began procrastinating. A day went by, weekend went by, and next thing you know : 2 days before the sale end came. That dreaded email notification that came like crap early in the morning yet i thanked for reminding me. So i looked, there it was, the blue handbag is still there and on sale and great thing was, i could apply more discount! Meaning more saving! Can i hear Amen?!? ๐Ÿ˜‰

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The collage of my Kate Spade bag

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Beautiful um Bellissimo!!! Love the color, love the design, even more so : loveddd the discounts baby!

So here is my fashion choice post: Kate Spade Blue Leslie handbag.

My early birthday present ๐Ÿ™‚

PS: i own two other handbags that are also from Kate Spade and everybody complimented them. My mom is also a fan of Kate Spade and she is always pleased with the bag’s quality and material.

And yes, i don’t mind higher end designer handbag too; still saving for that cute Louis Vuitton Alma or Chanel lamb skin flap. Everybody seems into Chanel boy flap — seriously i don’t like the Chanel boy collection kinda too masculine for me :p

Yours Truly ๐Ÿ™‚