Sunday, 31 August 2014

last few days before leaving

1. On the rooftops of Paris 
2. Sushi at Benkay 
3. Ladurée lunch with my love 
4. Being tourists: Arc de Triomphe climb 

 Louvre in the morning, so quiet and peaceful

1. Bagelstein: best bagels in town 
2. New sandals for summer in Oz
3. Japan Expo
4. Our favourite Japanese food: unagi indulgence 

 My favourite cocktail at the George V: Go Green

1. Louis Vuitton private showroom - F/W14 Collection by Nicolas Ghesquière 
2. Club sandwich at the George V
3. Flowers at the Four Seasons lobby 
4. New coin purse by LV S/S14 Collection

 Alexandre III Bridge, on a promenade a very hot day

 Our first Disney date. It was rainy most of the day but definitely worth it for our 41st month. 

 French sweetness indulgence before leaving it behind.. I miss macarons so badly!

1. Last of our Paris date
2. Parc Astérix - Grand Splash ride (my favourite theme park over Disneyland)
3. Ladurée ice cream in Orange Blossom
4. Jardin des Plantes: an escapade in nature 

 Last day with my love on the date I flew away

Off to Oz until Christmas...!

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

february 1955: an icon is born

For my 20th birthday, as you might know if you follow me on instagram (@miy_u) I had the gratitude to get my forever dreamt bag: the classic jumbo double flap bag or the 2.55 in jumbo size. I would never have thought I would own this bag so early but prices go up so quickly this was a real opportunity to celebrate an entry into a new decade. Although I couldn't afford the full leather version, I found the perfect alternative that suits me better and goes pretty well with most my outfit: the jersey version. In addition, as the majority of people have the caviar or lambskin version I thought the jersey would definitely be original as it is not a permanent material in which this bag comes in. Besides, the inside is EXACTLY like the leather jumbo and is actually layered in leather so all of the inside has the beauty of a leather bag as you can see on the last picture, just above. 

Why do I love this bag so much? Well, even if most people might just buy because it's trendy or because all upper class people own it, for me it's a completely different story. I've been wanting this bag for ages because it is the icon of my favourite designer. But above all, it is my favourite bag as of its design. I'm a total fan of the CC lock to begin with. Then, what I love the most about this bag is what's inside the double flap: the embossed authentic CC, the stamp and above all the pockets. I think that the two pockets and especially the lipstick holder in the middle is such a genius and feminine idea reflecting the woman personality of Coco Chanel herself. I don't know any other brands which have thought of this concept. Then, I love the quilting and the multi pockets. The big flap at the front is so useful and very practical. The Mona Lisa pocket at the back is hidden but yet useful and has its feminine side - add to it the name that is so romantic and arty. Last but not least, I love the classic iconic quilting - the symbol of the house and the chain, another signature of Chanel. Although I only wear the jumbo on my shoulder, I like the principle that for smaller sizes, you can adjust the chain. And finally, the history of the bag fascinates me. It is such a beautiful story I feel that my bag has a long life history whilst being new and ready to start my story. 

I was really lucky as it was the last one in stock. I really hesitated between the M/L and the jumbo but ended up with the jumbo as I want to use it as day bag rather than evening so I need to put more stuff in it, although I think the smaller size is somehow more delicate. As of the price it is 2500€ for a jersey/leather bag. Definitely pricey but still 1000€ less than the leather jumbo. It's a good alternative in which it is worth investing as price rise up to twice a year. 

Any thoughts on the model? I have also uploaded a video on my YT Channel (MiyuVideo)

PS: the bag comes with a history booklet and the magnetic box as well as the beautiful dust bag is to die for! 

Sunday, 24 August 2014

classic quilted flats

First of, I have to apologise to you all for my absence lately. A lot has been going on, especially my departure to Australia for a whole year, which I will catch up on this very blog. Things to pack, settlement, start of class, new job.. All of these made me put the blog aside for a little while but no worries because I'm finally back! I'd like to catch up on those gorgeous flat that I got couple of months ago but still haven't got the chance to write about yet...

As you might all know, I'm a huge fan of Chanel. But mostly, I am a huge fan of their ballet flats. My first pair was the beige one (see above) and I totally fell in love not only with the design but mostly with the comfort they provide my feet. Thus I decide to treat myself with the quilted ones. They are THE classic pair and of course, no woman could go along with a pair of genuine black flats, right? Besides, the inside reminds me so much of the classic bag it's just so pretty! The beige ones are lambskin and thus more fragile and the colour lighter so obviously easier to scratch or getting dirty. However, if you take care of your shoes they'll stay in good shape. I've had mine for a whole year and this is how they look like... The only thing is the lambskin size would be smaller than the calfskin like the black pair. I'm 37 in lambskin (and most of the time) but 37.5 in calfskin. So the black are calfskin, hence more resistant but yet fragile as the quilt can squish at the back. But again, if you take care of your shoes and store them thoughtfully they will last for a lifetime! These are the kind of shoes you want to be wearing in ten years time. Classic and versatile, the price and its quality doesn't give me the pleasure to throw them after 2 years. It's because I can rely on the lasting time of the quality that I'm willing to pay as much for shoes. 

Indicating price: 450€ for the beige (2013) and 485€ for the black (2014)