Saturday, July 1, 2017

Summa Time and the Search for THE Beach Bag

One of the things that excited me when I was on a buying trip earlier this year was discovering what's hot and new for next season by brands that are not carried by the retailer I work for, simply for my personal pleasure. I came across this perfect summer bag by Ancient Greek. The bag is made out of colorful woven textile with canvas lining and cute antique multi charm accents. It was everything that I want for a beach bag, it was light, charming, colorful, roomy, and simply easy to pair with everything! Six months later and the search is still on for this simple bag. I found other versions of it but in blue and pink. They just didn't do it for me. So I settled for Kayu's St Tropez mini pompom-embellished woven straw tote, and more which I plan to share in future posts. 

What's your favorite go-to summer/beach bag? 

Friday, May 26, 2017

Miu Miu Pays Tribute to the Middle East

Everyone who knows me, knows that I have a soft spot for bag charms. They're fun, cute, and add a dose of irresistible character to your plain handbag. So when I got the news about Miu Miu paying tribute to the Middle Eastern culture by presenting an exclusive playful yet multifunctional accessories in luxurious precious skin, I got excited intrigued. The round-shaped charms has the Arabic alphabet, each piece presenting a letter design with metallic hues and vibrant colors. They're cute, nothing groundbreaking. I'm not sure if these bags charms would step up my bag charms game, but I guess it depends on their price tag and how "exclusively" exclusive they are. Maybe they'll grow on me? I don't know... What do you think?

The charms should be available exclusively in Miu Miu Boutiques throughout our region.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

A Visit to Ralph and Russo's Showroom in Paris

Miss me? No? Well I do and I miss my blog! So how about i kick start the posts with some over-the-top couture creations?? Back in January, I had the pleasure of meeting one of my most admired designers in the couture business, Ralph and Russo. After attending their breathtaking  fashion show (posted about it on my instagram and snapchat), I am still lost for words to describe this amazing experience where you get an up close and personal look at the incredible craftsmanship of couture by one of the biggest names in fashion. It's moments like these that I wish I had my high-res camera with me to capture these exquisite moments. Unfortunately I had to settle for my iPhone.

The world of couture is very private and one must be invited to receive an appointment in the designers' Paris showrooms. I have had the privilege of visiting Ralph and Russo's showroom in Paris (what can I say? the perks of working in fashion retail), set in a beyond beautiful Parisian apartment. The smell of the candle.. how can I describe it? It is not always easy to describe the smell of a candle, it felt like a rainstorm on a summer night with a mix of spicy notes of saffron and cinnamon, and maybe some fig? Basically it was a heavenly smell. Of course I had to check out the candle's brand, it was by ROJA and the candle was called Amber Aoud. On my "must buy" list for my home.

Anyhow, back to the couture presentation, according to the brand "the Spring/Summer 2017 couture collection explores the coexistence of urban and natural spheres, interpreting contemporary femininity through its opposites". The pieces on display felt like they were inspired by a botanical garden with an urban twist. Think petal embellished patterns, floral-like details, and a hint of soft geometric shapes. The collection was simply what couture dreams are made of. Scroll down to view the selection I have fallen in love with. 

The kind of jewelry you would want to wear with your couture pieces of course... hearts!

And last but not least, compliment the entire look with the brand's shoes and bags selection...


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