Tuesday, October 21, 2014

handbag essentials: in my purse

i am inherently a pack rat/hoarder, and my friends can attest that i carry everything but the kitchen sink. there is a slow reform on the way though, i swear! i have been travelling a fair bit lately, so my packing tendencies had to be more streamlined. it also gets really heavy carrying my entire life in a bag, so i'm trying to pare down to just the essentials. i have gathered through time that i favour crossbody and hand held purses. totes have a place in my life too and certainly i know shoulder bags have their place, but i tend to reach for them less.

i always have a mini make-up bag. in a bind, this mini trousseau has all of the elements i need for a full face. in my makeup bag: shu uemura drawing pencil, bobbi brown face touch up stick, bobbi brown pot rouge for lips and cheeks, chanel double perfection lumiere long wearing powder foundation (whew, what a mouthful. has SPF 15), bobbi brown lip gloss in petal, marc jacobs lovemarc lip gel in roleplay, tom ford lipstick in negligee (amazing MLBB colours). the little bag i carry all of these neatly in was found at michael's. i should have bought backups!  i'd love to know what you carry in your bag!

my iPhone charger and headphones along with meds and eyedrops (a necessity when i travel and at work where it is dry) are nestled in a handy dandy ziploc bag. it isn't glamorous, but it keeps the cords organized and the inside of the bag dry (and protected). i wrote some time ago about what i think about when i buy a purse. it is a checklist (i swear there is a process there) of sorts of styles and types. rue la la has a really cool handbag guide that outlines different styles of bags too, and i found that to be a really interesting read. this set of my little essentials will fit into a bag small or big. my rebecca minkoff crossbody bag will also accommodate all of these items. (N.B. this is not a sponsored post)

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Thursday, October 16, 2014


my sisters and i are planning a girls' night out but because my sister-in-law is expecting, we won't be going out for a wild evening of mayhem and mischief (also, i don't know if i have that in me anymore) one of my sisters suggested doing a christmas wreath/craft night. i have sparkles that will fit just the occasion. joining tara's what i wore to work link-up and alice's TBT fashion link up.

outfit - beaded sweatshirt: H&M; similar here, here. skirt: zara, old. similar here, here. shoes: christian louboutin ron ron, similar here, here. bracelet: hermes clic H in rose corail. 

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

the classic trench coat

when i got this trench coat last year, the deliberations that went through my brain were epic. did i mention that i ruminated a lot? fast forward a year and what are my thoughts, having invested in this burberry trench? when i got it, i believed that after many years of buying "disposable" coats (aka. those that last about 2 seasons before spontaneously combusting), it was time to get a grown up and professional-looking coat. i also felt that i'd have to wear it really often to justify the price and after the babying phase went away (truthfully, a good month), it is on regular rotation. it also depends on whether my kids will be around in full gusto (picking them up from school = okay. taking them around for the whole day with dirty fingers = not okay). so while one doesn't need to buy burberry, a trench is definitely a classic coat that i'm glad i purchased. joining liz and her style link up!

outfit - coat: burberry, here. similar styles here, here, and here. jeans: H&M. similar here, here. shoes: christian louboutin ron ron. similar herehere.
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