Friday, 21 November 2014

les rouges cultes : laque rouge

As some of you may be aware, Chanel has released a limited edition of 3 red nail polishes, featuring their most cult and classic reds from the 1980s. All three reds are absolutely gorgeous but my favourite one - and pick - went to his gorgeous cherry red: Rouge Laque 71 from 1981. These red shades will never be out of date and can be worn, everyday, all day, all night and all year round. It's probably the most gorgeous red from Chanel and amongst all the nail polish I own so far. I really fell in love with this colour and like it more than I thought I would. It suits my skin really well and obviously my closet as well. How nice is it with this grey classic linen Zara t-shirt? Anyways, it's summer here and I love it. When I'll be back in Paris it will be winter and I will love it too. I just can't stop staring at my nails!
Which one is your favourite cult red?

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

céline trio : what's in my bag?

Recently, I''ve been tagged on instagram (follow me @miy_u) by @asianalyssa / (go follow her she's amazing!) to do a what's in my bag photo and I thought I should share it with you so you have an idea of what you can fit in this tiny but very handy little bag. 

What I will always carry on a daily basis are up in the photo but let me get into more details. First of all, I always have my lovely Chanel card holder that I bought in London last year. I keep my train tickets, my student ID and my home electronic key plus all the loyalty card in the middle compartment. This item is essential and fits the bag perfectly. Then, I always have my coin purse. My Trio is the small size so I can't really carry a full size wallet. In my coin purse, I mainly have coins (obviously) and my credit cards plus other useless cards. I don't really need anything else to be honest. I also always carry with me my passport holder from Louis Vuitton. Classic, it is also my life. I have in it my passport and French ID (not the size of a credit card so this holder is a gem), voting card, blood type card, etc. If I go without this thing, I'm basically IDless. What other thing should also always be in a woman's bag? Lipstick. My daily lipstick is Rouge Coco Orchidée 17, a beautiful raspberry red. My favourite of all times. But recently I'm wearing one of the new ones, Rouge Allure Volage 227, a discreet nude. After all this, because I currently live in Sydney, the weather is getting HOT and sunny so I'm carrying my Céline sunnies at all times. Almost finally, I always have my gorgeous Rolex, Lady Date Just. This timeless classic watch will follow me arounds for years. I love it so much it's hard to removed it from my wrist but on the go, it ends up in my bag (in its pouch of course!). Last but not least... iPhone 6! It may be sad to say this but I could never go out without my phone. From taking photos to keeping in touch with my friends, this beauty never quits me.  

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

céline trio

So a few weeks ago, I made the decision to get my hand on this gorgeous bag. Being down under in Australia is always a challenge to find French designers' bags and at a reasonable prices. As a French citizen, I thought I should wait until I go home so I can have a larger choice and cheapest price. However, although this might be the case for Chanel, Louis Vuitton and Céline itself, this bag was reasonable: $1,149, which is close to its euro price. Plus, take 10% off detax! Anyways, the whole point is I can't believe they had the black which is always sold out... 

Because I'm a short and quite tiny person (1,62cm only), I decided that I should get the small size. Although really simple, this bag has everything for itself. The lambskin is gorgeous and subtle and the three pouches helps you organising your stuff. It holds SO MUCH. Even in the small model, you can just fit anything. I don't like overloading my bags however, and especially this one because the leather is quite fragile. I have seen a lot of Trios having their straps dying and honestly, I don't want mines to be ripped off the bag. This is my only worry at the moment so I take the strict minimum I need, which is great because when I carry bigger bags (ie. Neverfull, Speedy or Saffiano Lux Tote) I tend to overfill them and they are so heavy. The only big bag I never overfill is my Jumbo for similar reasons - I care about it so much, I treat it like crystal!

Back to Céline, the delicateness of the lambskin often worries people but so far I've been carrying my bag everyday and it has no scratches yet. Regarding the inner material, it is made of wool. A bit disappointed that it is not leather or suede but I guess for it fairly low price we couldn't ask for more! I also highly appreciate the gold hardware. Black and gold is an all time classic and will never be out of date. So chic. 

Overall, I would say it's a gorgeous bag reflecting modernity and simplicity of women nowadays. It will still catch your eyes no matter how simple and straightforward it is. It fits and goes well with everything. Also, since mine is black I think you can never go wrong with it. On a personal note, I find this bag perfect for everyday life and maybe too casual for nights out, despite its small size. So for me, it's what I need for daytime, which I think the bag was designed for: practical and go around everyday shoulder bag (I don't really like wearing it cross body). 

PS: I'm thinking about getting a Chanel Boy WOC or YSL Cabas Y; any preferences? 

Sunday, 16 November 2014

uluru road trip photo diary

A couple of weeks ago I went on a crazy road trip in the Northern Territory's outback. We flew to Ayers Rock and drove everywhere we could for three days. It was one of the driest and really cool desert experience I've had so far (after the West Coast desert road in the US). 

Day 1: After nearly 4 hours flight, we picked up the car at the (very tiny and lost) airport. We drove around 50km one way to Kata Tjuta National Park (photo 1). For $25 each, you get a park road entry for three days, which was really convenient. It was too warm to do the walk and the Valley of the Winds was closed. Mostly, people do walks in the morning as the temperature is below 30 degrees celsius. If over 36C, no tracks will be opened. At the end of the day, we went to our hotel and bought food before everything closed. Around 6:30PM we drove 30km one way to Uluru National Park to see the sunset. Unfortunately for our first day, the sky was too cloudy so we decided to go back the following day. 

Day 2: Probably the most tiring day so far. We drove 300km one way to the King's Canyon. Although stunning, my mind wasn't as blown as it was when I first saw the Grand Canyon, AZ. Nothing compared to the Grand Canyon for sure, but we fancied a little walk since we arrived a little bit before 10AM and the weather was cool yet humid. We chose the longest track, nearly 3 hours of walk return (photo 2). It was a great exercise and the environment was awesome. We drove back to our hotel and tried to be early for the sunset this time. We were lucky for a few minutes only (photo 3) before the clouds darkened the rock again. 

Day 3: Last day and we pretty much saw everything. What we did is that we woke up at 4:30AM to be ready for the sunrise at Uluru. Different spot this time, the lighting on the rock was fairly different. Fairly cloudy at first, it became really sunny and gorgeous. We then headed back to the airport and gave the car back. Everything was great, and I'm really glad I've been traveling around this wonderful country again. Little disappointment: flight delayed and car more expensive than expected (it was such a great though i.e. Nissan Pulsar).

PS: believe it or not, the above photos were taken with my iPhone, and not my Canon EOS 550D. 

Friday, 14 November 2014

the past two weeks...

Since I've had my new iPhone, I haven't had the chance to post phone snaps yet so you can now finally have a little taste. Although the photos have a filter, iPhone 6 camera is absolutely stunning. 

1. Road trip to Uluru National Park (diary coming soon)
2. Sunset at Uluru
3. In the middle of nowhere in Australia's Northern Territory
4. Flying back to Sydney: the city from above

1. First Céline leather purchase: the Trio bag - review to come soon
2. Chilly morning outfit wearing my Acne Canada scarf and Céline Trio
3. Australian summer oblige: tangerine Chanel WOC and new Atlas bracelet from Tiffany & Co.
4. Smart casual outfit  

1. Beautiful tweed jacket from Zara, so in love with it!
2. My new morning routine: having a pomegranate juice. The benefits of this fruit gem are amazing. I've been on pomegranate diet for the past week and I can already feel the change in my body. 
3. One of the best ice creams in Sydney: Messina Gelato 
4. Wandering around Darling Harbour with those gorgeous purple trees 

Thursday, 13 November 2014

chanel "plumes précieuses" : the nudes

As you probably have all noticed, Chanel's Holiday 2014 has been out for a couple of weeks! Everyone was so keen about this exciting collection and especially the highlighter, "Camélia de Plumes". I have to say that although I tried to be quick, the products sold out really fast. I couldn't get my hands on the highlighter or the eyeshadow palette "Oiseaux de Nuit" but I've had the opportunity to try most of the collection. 

First of all, the eyeshadow palette has nothing "wow" or really extraordinary. I personally prefer last year's. This year's palette looks nice in terms of shade but once tried on, I was fairly disappointed. Personally, the colours didn't look that nice on my skin and I found them rather too metallic as well. However, if you blend it well you can build a nice smokey eye. This is the reason why I'm planning to get it once I'm back in France because I don't own any great smokey eye palette. In terms of originality though, that palette isn't so great and it's a shame that they didn't add the quilting pattern as well. 

As for my picks, I chose the favourite items that first caught my eye. I had to run from one store to another since they were sold out everywhere as well. But luckily, got my hands on the last lipstick "Volage" and last blush "Caresse". I don't own anything really nude. To begin with, I love red or dark red lips. If not strong, I like them to be at least raspberry colour. I was looking for something wearable everyday, just like a lip balm but with a little more pigment so I can wear it at work. Despite me being a huge collector, this colour was perfect. It has beautiful shimmers in it and highlights your lips just as it should. It is however very nude but that's exactly what I wanted. 

For the blush, I first owned "Rose Pétale" and never wore it because it was too pinky for me. Then I realised that brown and coral tones suit my skin better. I gave it a try with "Jersey" and literally fell in love. Yet discreet, it reveals my cheekbones and gives my complexion a great boost. When I saw "Caresse" I thought, this is what I need in conjunction with "Jersey" and I was right. Way more discreet, "Caresse" is more about adding light and shimmers to your skin. Perfect for everyday or summer wear. It makes you skin look so much better in such a flawless way. What I like mostly about the nudes item in this collection is the flawlessness that it gives to your look.  

Friday, 7 November 2014

iPhone 6

Hi everyone! I couldn't be more excited than find a free time to blog a little bit again. My work is keeping really busy but I enjoy it a lot so I try to commit as much as I can, and then I get rewarded with a pretty good salary that enables keep my "high end" posts up to date :)

So to start the day with I couldn't be more excited than presenting all of you the new iPhone 6! It was sold out for ages here in Australia and it was really hard for me to get my hands on the 128GB gold model since everyone seemed to want the gold... But here it is, finally! The first great thing about it is that I have so much space now, I can take as many photos as I want without worrying or videos and even add more music. 

The model is way thinner than 5s, I still adore the touch ID and basically the feeling is awesome. I will soon post a few iPhone snaps as I really like to do lately because it accurately reflects my everyday life and you'll that the quality is pretty good. I'm a huge Apple fan running with iPhone since the 3GS (I've had and tested all the models ever released since), MacBook and now I plan to get my first iPad which would probably be the Air 2, in gold of course! 

If you have tested the new iPhone/iPad let me know your thoughts about it.