Archive for January 2013


striped stems

Busted out my vertical striped Motel Rocks jeans. It's been so long since I've worn them. What I would've preferred wearing them with however are a cool pair of silver heels such as these or maybe these. And an awesome perfectly worn in leather jacket which I have yet to find the ideal one.
You make do with what you have. In the words of Oprah, "You can have it all. You just can't have it all at once."

jacket: Sheinside (sold out) - but for sale on my blog shop here
t-shirt: Zara (old) - find similar here
jeans: c/o Motel Rocks
shoes: Aldo (old) - find similar here 





sneaker freaks

This week's chosen trend is SNEAKERS. Seen everywhere in any way, shape or form. Worn in a multitude of ways.
Send me your outfit pictures that incorporate this trend to by Thursday. Your photos will be featured in this week's "Friday Fashion Feature".



Relais de Venise

Have any of you ever been to Paris and dined at the ever so popular Relais de Venise "l'entrecote"? Well lucky you because I HAVE NOT :( They actually 3 other locations in London, which I unfortunately have not been to either and another in dice with that one too. Man I really need to dust off my passport.
But, there is a but, luckily for me I have been to New York recently and they do have a location there. Situated in the heart of Midtown Manhattan, they try to duplicate every aspect of the original Paris location. So that's good news for all other travel deprived people such as myself.
The reason that I know about this restaurant is that Andrew has been a numerous amount of times to the London locations and would eat there once a day if he could. So during a recent trip to New York, he treated me to a night out at Relais de Venise. Their menu, steak frites, and that's it for the main dish. Now I'm not a big meat eater but I ate their steak like nobody's business. Double portions I may add. The secret, a sauce topping the meat which is a closely guarded family secret of the daughter to the founder of the original Paris location.
However...SECRET NO MORE!!! After intense googling, I came across the recipe below found on this website. I made it for my husband a few days ago and after a few minutes of him savouring the sauce, he muttered with a full mouth, "This is so damn close to the real thing and the best meal you've cooked for me in the entire 8 years we've been together." WOW...SCORE!!!
I was delighted and will definitely be making this again in the future...near future!!

Le Relais Sauce

1 tbsp olive oil
2 large shallots, sliced
3 cloves garlic, chopped
2 cups chicken stock
1 tsp pepper
2 tbsp Dijon mustard
1 bunch tarragon, leaves removed and chopped
1/4 cup white wine
4 tbsp unsalted butter
1 1/2 tbsp red wine vinegar
1 tsp anchovy paste (if you can't find this at your grocery store like me, follow this recipe)
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp salt

Heat olive oil in a small pot over medium heat. Saute the garlic and shallots until soft. Add the stock and simmer for a few minutes. Add the remaining ingredient, except for the butter and transfer to a food processor or blender. Puree until smooth, return to the pot on low heat and reduce for several minutes if the sauce is too thin. Stir in butter to finish.

Makes enough sauce for six to eight servings of steak.



Friday Fashion Feature

Every Monday I will ask my readers to send me in their outfit pics containing a specific trend. I will feature these pictures on the Friday in my new "Friday Fashion Feature" post. You will all be linked back to your blog. This will show fellow readers different ways on how to wear the trend and it also exposes different bloggers out there. It's a win win situation!!
So, without further ado, here's the first edition of my new blog feature called "Friday Fashion Feature"!

This print has been prominent in today's street style. There is currently camouflage print on everything from accessories to clothing so even if you're not the daring type to wear it boldly, you can always wear it through a clutch or maybe even a scarf. You can pair down your print by wearing it with sneakers or boots and a simple tee for a more casual look or even glam it up a bit with a dress and heels. Anything goes! Just have fun with it!!

From left to right: Shana from Ain't No Mom Jeans , Sharon from elisharon

From left to right: Sheree from It's not that deep...., Sharon from elisharon, Sarah from Haus of Sarah Rachel


MsDressy GIVEAWAY !!

Ah yes, another giveaway here at Quality Rivets!
Today I'm thrilled to announce this giveaway organized in collaboration with MsDressy, an online shop that specializes in dresses for every occasion.

You can see me wearing two of their dresses here and here.

The $80 gift voucher to spend on their site.

Giveaway is open internationally and will end on February 8th.
Just follow below. The more you enter, the greater your chances are of winning :)


a Rafflecopter giveaway


single strap

A style of shoe that I'd love to be part of my closet this Spring is a single strap heel. I think it's so sexy.
Wouldn't mind all the ones below! Somehow my wish list keeps getting longer and nothing is getting crossed out :(
single strap

Top row from left to right:
ASOS Hollywood
ASOS Hometown
ASOS Hong Kong (which also come in a stunning neon yellow)

Middle row from left to right:
Forever 21 Neon Ankle Strap
Nasty Gal Soiree Platform
Topshop Newbie

Bottom row from left to right:
Zara Combination High Heel Sandal
Steve Madden Fawn
Sam Edelman Allie

back in the 80's

I can't remember the last time I wore a bodysuit. Bodysuits can be worn with pretty much everything and I love the fact that you'll never accidentally flash your butt crack to the world when bending down. But make sure you buy one with snap buttons or else you've got yourself some major toilet drama :(

bodysuit: ASOS
jeans: Zara
shoes: Steve Madden (old) - find similar here



9 pieces - 18 looks

If you haven't gone shopping at Sheinside yet, what are you waiting for? Prices are cheap, styles are trendy, quality is great, shipping is FREE!!
I've compiled some of my favourite items, a few from many many, to show you 9 pieces that can create 18 outfits for only $213. Also, if you sign up to Sheinside for the first time, you'll receive a 15% coupon code for your very first purchase. Therefore, your 18 outfits now come out to $181!!!

9 pieces - 18 outfits

      Top row from left to right:

batter up

Baseball caps, a huge trend this past season but I'm totally still diggin' it. I actually think I really just love the sporty athleticism chic look and the cap simply adds to it.
Are you guys hat people? If so, what's your favourite hat style?

P.S. Don't forget to send me your outfit pics that include a "camouflage" print item. E-mail them to You will be featured in my new Friday theme post....Friday Fashion Feature! All bloggers will be linked back to their blog.



The camouflage trend has been seen on everyone, everywhere. Surprisingly enough, it is very versatile and can be worn dressed down paired with sneakers, a cool tee and a blazer. Or slightly more fancy as I try to demonstrate, with heels and pearls. 
Do you own any camouflage print in your closet? I'd love to see how you wear yours. I will do a new feature on my blog (and will try to keep it consistent, I promise). Every Friday, I will feature different


Amelia 6 months

This past Tuesday, Amelia turned 6 months. You are a complete joy to be around! Mommy loves you so very much.
Kisses munchkin!!

MANGO January Lookbook

New MANGO Spring 13 collection, which is now on sale in stores.
Renewed basics with leather details, such as the tweed skirt, and perfect outfits for everyday wear. In the new colour palette, the main protagonists are aqua, classic black and white stripes, and denim.


after dark the pandas stalk

I never thought that at 35 years of age, I'd be wearing a sweater with a big panda face on it. But I am and it's friggin awesome! If it was pink, then it would be a tad awkward and you'd think I'm stealing clothes from my daughter. But the classic black and white colours give it a coolness that make it


black on black

It's ridiculous the extent of time it takes me to get ready in the mornings. And I'm not talking about make-up, I barely wear any and that's not because I think I'm beautiful without, far from. It's because I honestly don't know the first thing about how to apply make-up. I'm talking about getting an outfit together. I catch myself standing in my closet with a blank stare, looking at the same clothes day in and


UrbanWalls GIVEAWAY!!!

My home is my haven. Therefore I will do everything possible to make it pretty, to make it cozy, to make it me!
That's where UrbanWalls comes in to help. They provide individual expression and decorative embellishments for your home. Wall decals are the most stylish home decorative products on the market right now. A modern and creative way to decorate your wall and give a new look to your room without


feathers & lace

HAPPY NEW YEAR everyone!! Hope you all enjoyed the Holidays with loved ones.
First outfit post of 2013, one of my Holiday looks. This stunning dress from Edressy. An ivory sheath/column high neck dress with lace, gold embroidery, and tulle feathers. So different!
Edressy is an online shop that specializes in gowns for every occasion. They have high quality dresses


For Sale

Dont' be mad :(
I've been MIA during the Holidays for the simple fact that, well, it was the Holidays. I took a break from blogging to spend time with my family and to take care of pending chores in our household. One of them being, cleaning out my closet.
With that being said, check out my new items for sale at my blog shop. I only managed to tackle my shoe department. Clothing coming soon!

I'll be back soon with new outfit posts because some shopping has also been done during the Holidays :)

Love you all!!