@Longchamp Behind the scenes of the creation of our new Amazone handbag. (4 of 4)

Happy National Handbag Day! (October 10, 2018)

It’s the 6th National Handbag Day!

I actually haven’t acquired any new handbags for some time, nor do I have any seriously on my wishlist. So, to mark the occasion on this blog, I’ll do a quick roundup of 10 bags in my collection that I need to wear more often.

Adrienne Vittadini

Lenox Drawstring Pouch in Silver

I bought this ages ago, and I’m not sure why I rarely use it, since it is actually extremely comfortable to wear and holds a good amount! The leather is soft and subtly metallic. Aaah, I need to dig it out now!
Adrienne Vittadini — Lenox Drawstring Pouch in Silver

Badgley Mischka

Jill Crossbody in Black

The main reason I don’t wear this as much is that the strap is a bit too long. I need to just go get an extra hole or two punched into the strap.
Badgley Mischka — Jill Crossbody in Black

Chloé

Marcie Medium Satchel in Tan

My second-favorite bag of all-time, and yet, I don’t wear it as often as I should. Honestly, it is heavy and that is why I use it infrequently. Note to self: work out more so you can take Marcie out! Chloé has actually recently released a slightly smaller version of the Marcie which is just perfect for me. Maybe next year…
Chloé — Marcie Medium Satchel in Tan

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Rebecca Minkoff, Je t'aime Medium Crossbody in Opal Iridescent

Holiday Haulage! Christmas & Boxing Day 2017

I still need to browse through other bloggers’ holiday hauls (I love haul posts!), but here’s my beauty-related Christmas and Boxing Day sale haulage for 2017.


CAKE BEAUTY
Deck the Haul Gift Set

  • The ‘Do Gooder Volumizing Dry Shampoo Spray (7 fl oz)
  • The Locks Smith Hydrating Dry Conditioner Spray (7 fl oz)
  • The Wave Maker Texturizing Beach Spray (2 fl oz)
  • The Brush Crush Dry Styling Dual Bristle Brush
  • 2 × The Grip Clip Dry Styling Hair Clip

The MSRP was C$73 (really?) but I got it after the holidays at Shoppers Drug Mart for $11!

Cake Beauty Deck the Haul Gift Set


CHANEL
Le Vernis Longwear in Fiction (582)

Chanel Le Vernis Longwear in Fiction

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Monthly Watch Club (Female, November 2017)

Monthly Watch Club (Female, November 2017) — Review

I’ve worn a watch ever since I was eight or nine. My very first was a little kid’s mechanical Timex (I had to wind it every day!) with a black and grey fabric strap—probably unisex or intended for boys, and I clearly recall an annoying little boy at the playground mocking me for wearing a boy’s watch! I probably said something like, “So what?” and brushed it off (he didn’t bother me again after that).

But the fact that this interaction has stayed with me for thirty years indicates that it did indeed mean something to me. I only remember one other similar instance as a kid: I was a big fan of the Gobots cartoon, and I vastly preferred its comedic tone to the overly serious Transformers, which it was obviously ripping off, but I didn’t care one bit.

Now, anyone who grew up as a kid in North America in the 1980s and early 1990s knows that you would carry a plastic lunchbox + Thermos to school every day. These lunchboxes were sold in masses every September, and they were branded with all kinds of toys, cartoons, movies, TV shows, etc. I remember having one with Garfield, possibly one with Snoopymaybe one with My Little Pony (which I loved but I shied away from overly girly things in my childhood), and most definitely one with my beloved Gobots:

Gobots lunchbox

Anyway, the first day back at school, I merrily carried my lunch in my new Gobots-emblazoned lunchbox. A few boys said something like, “Why are you carrying a Gobots lunchbox?” I merely said, “I like them.” And that was that.

What was I talking about?

Right—I love watches! I used to have quite a little collection of quartz watches back in my twenties, with a different watch for every mood and outfit. I don’t care if smartphones can tell time. I like a watch and I’m damn well going to wear one.

In my thirties, however, I’ve pared down my watch collection because I’ve gotten tired of replacing watch batteries in ten different watches every couple of years. At the moment, I have an everyday digital beater (Casio Baby G), a Swarovski-bedazzled dress watch (Citizen Eco-Drive), and my favorite, an automatic Hamilton from my husband. Thus, only one watch runs through batteries quickly (the Casio) and it’s so cheap that I basically just replace it every few years.

And yet, I always look at watches and am sorely tempted to pick up the interesting designs I see.

When Alberta, Canada-based Monthly Watch Club recently contacted me to review their product, I thought it was such an interesting concept and wondered if it could wean me off my minimalist watch ways again. They are a newer subscription box that initially started with men’s watch styles—this summer, they expanded to include women’s watch styles, as well.

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L'Oréal x Balmain Colour Riche Matte Lipstick, Winter 2017

New Release: L’Oréal × Balmain (Colour Riche Matte Lipstick)

I don’t usually post new releases that are unrelated to nail polish, but I do make the occasional exception when my interest is piqued.

I first heard about this collaboration between L’Oréal and Balmain via Austria-based Dandygal back in October. She picked up quite a few of these in the more unique shades, so you can visit her blog for swatches and reviews!

At the time, I remarked that we rarely get the cool collections in Canada.

But lo and behold, they have arrived! Not only that, but you can order them online in Canada, directly from L’Oréal. They are C$18 each, and shipping is free on orders of $50+. (Personally, I think I’ll wait to see if these turn up in stores.)

L'Oréal × Balmain Colour Riche Matte Lipstick in Balmain Instinct

The new, limited edition collection consists of twelve high-fashion shades of matte lipstick. The casing is also slightly different, with colors and patterns reminiscent of semi-precious stones: to my mind, lapis lazuli, onyx, and malachite.

L'Oréal × Balmain Colour Riche Matte Lipsticks

From L’Oréal:

Introducing 12 new edgy, matte shades encased within an exclusive pack, designed by Olivier Rousteing. 12 lip colours designed to embody 3 femininities: Glamazone, Rock & Couture. Shades for every woman, no matter her origin, no matter her tribe. The formula is infused with pure pigments and camellia oil, to give our richest colour and most moisturizing matte finish.

“No matter your origin, no matter your tribe come together, be seen,
be heard, united, we are all invincible, because we are all worth it”
—Olivier Rousteing, Creative Director, Balmain

(That’s Olivier Rousteing in the middle of the banner at the top, by the way.)

The twelve shades are divided equally into four “femininities” or “tribes”: GlamazoneRock, and Couture:

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Rebecca Minkoff, Small Soft Love Crossbody with Guitar Strap, in Beet

Happy National Handbag Day! Rebecca Minkoff — Small Soft Love Crossbody with Guitar Strap Review

Happy National Handbag, everybody!

Last month, I shopped a sale at Rebecca Minkoff (referral link—plus, code HANDBAG25 gets you 25% off selected styles, plus free duties and taxes to Canada, for today only!) and picked up two bags for my upcoming birthday (yes, yes, it was three months early, but sales this good don’t happen every month, y’know). The RM team had apparently been having customer service issues at the time—which I didn’t find out until after I placed the order, naturally—and I admittedly did have some issues with their website functionality. However, the order did go through properly, and my bags arrived promptly in Canada via BorderFree shipping. Maybe they’d gotten their act together by the time I ordered, but my order went smoothly.

I will mention one thing for Canadian customers: RM.com offers free international shipping with a US$300 order. But, when you switch over to the Canadian site with prices in Canadian dollars, they don’t tell you how much you need to spend. Now, it’s obviously my fault for submitting my order without checking to see if I was getting free shipping (d’oh!) but it turns out I had spent exactly US$299. I ended up paying CA$35 for shipping when I could easily have added a low-value item (not that there are loads of those at this store) to my shopping cart and gotten free shipping. Bleah! But, lesson learned. At least I did get CA$12 back via ebates.ca (referral link).

The sale was pretty awesome: I paid CA$197.06 for a Small Soft Love Crossbody with Guitar Strap in Beet, which had an original price of CA$295.04 (US$225), and CA$193.14 for a Geo Quilted Love Crossbody in Mushroom, which was originally CA$386.83 (US$295.)

Rebecca Minkoff Geo Quilted Love Crossbody in Mushroom, Small Soft Love Crossbody with Guitar Strap in Beet

I’ve not generally been a fan of many of Rebecca Minkoff’s newer styles, which are often a bit too inspired by popular luxury bags, and usually I just don’t think they look anywhere as nice as her more original designs (MAC, MAM, etc.).

The Love Crossbody is one exception. It’s clearly inspired by the immensely popular and immensely expensive Chanel Boy bag. But there’s something about RM’s take on it that really appeals to me, and much more so than the original bag does. Every time I see a Boy, I admire its luxe look, but gosh darn it, it looks ridiculously heavy! The Love Crossbody is a lot less expensive, and as such it doesn’t have that heavy, chunky hardware and thick leather. It has a more lightweight, playful vibe that I personally prefer. (It also doesn’t have the large in-your-face logo that the Chanel has.)

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TIFF 2017: Red Carpet Roundup

It occurred to me that I had a red carpet roundup opportunity right in my own backyard last week with the Toronto International Film Festival!

I didn’t spot any stars around, but I don’t usually hang out at the trendy spots, either. I mean, Angelina Jolie’s not going to swing by my local grocery store to pick up a mesh bag of avocados.

As with yesterday’s Emmys roundup, I’m starting off with my favorites:

 

Top 7 TIFF 2017 Looks
(in alphabetical order)

Halle Berry at the Kings premiere

This is perfect on someone like Halle—is that a hint of nipslip, though?

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Jessica Chastain at the Molly’s Game premiere

Elegant, and the stardust sparkles are a pretty touch.

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Bella Heathcote at the Professor Marston & The Wonder Women premiere

I wish she’d done simpler shoes with this, but I’m still loving it.

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Emmy Awards 2017 Red Carpet roundup

Emmy Awards 2017: Red Carpet Roundup

I didn’t manage to catch the Emmys this year and, honestly, I rarely ever do. I think part of the reason is that they continuously ignore a lot of shows I think are fantastic. I can rattle off many recent examples: Hannibal, Justified, Black Sails, Community, Orphan Black, Legion, and until this year, The Americans…but the most egregious snub of all-time is probably The Wire!

Well, at least a few of my favorites got a lot of love this year (The Handmaid’s Tale, Stranger Things, Westworld), and even The Americans picked up a few nominations in what was possibly their least exciting season.

In any case, I did manage to check out the red carpet looks after the fact and here are my very inconsequential judgments.

We’ll start with my favorites!

Top 10 Emmy 2017 Looks

Ellie Kemper in Jenny Packham

1

I love this dress on its own, but it gets a boost with
a dazzling Ellie Kemper. This is a fabulous color on a redhead.

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Rashida Jones in J. Mendel

2

Lovely. There’s a little bit of the zig zag girl illusion going on in the middle.

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