Thursday, July 30, 2015

My First Louis Vuitton

In my seemingly neverending quest to find the perfect new purse I fell for one that was to be my first item from Louis Vuitton: The LV Zippy Wallet in Vernis Amarante. I actually probably fell in love with the colour first: it's a deep, multitonal burgundy, almost like a metallic paint on a car. 


As I am trying to organise my life a bit more, I have now intriduced a Filofax (yes, paper, pen, all that) and thus have more stuff in my bag. The Zippy is therefore now a bit big for me, partially because I don't have the space in my bag anymore, partially because I have moved out many of the cards my Prada continental purse used to have to hold for me.  


Regardless, I still love this one and thought I'd give you a quick overview:



By the way: I have now had a look and I know that 'amarante" is a plant/flower and has absolutely nothing to do with cherry. *holds up foreigner card*

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Outfit Roundup - Still Waiting for Summer

I am desperately holding on to the idea of summer - even if that means throwing a cashmere cardigan over my summer dress or wearing a scarf all day...


 Dress & Cardigan: Boden
Trainers: Converse


Jumper: Boden
Skirt: Zara
Shoes: Clarks
Scarf: C&A (Germany)

Top: Mango
Jean & Scarf: H&M
Trainers: Converse

Monday, July 27, 2015

Covet Monday - Puddles of Oooooh

Sometimes I fancy chocolate and just want to scoff a whole bar of Kinderschokolade. Or Milka. Or Galaxy. Never Cadbury though.

But sometimes I fancy something a bit more special and indulgent. I prefer the classic flavours and don't usually go for massively adventurous combination and probably never would have tried this one, had I not been given a free sample: 


image: Hotel Chocolat


The texture is creamy without being cloying. The caramel sweet but not sickeningly so. The salt adds another dimension and actually brings out the caramel and milk chocolate flavour even more. 

Sometimes I sit there and just have them melt on my tongue very slowly. Sometimes I chew my way through half a bag within a few minutes. Seriously yummy.

What's your favourite chocolate?

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Buying Pre-Loved Mulberry on Facebook

Facebook Groups/Pages

You might have come across local selling pages and Facebook groups that are focusing on one particular brand, are really the next level of this. In this case her they are a home for Mulberry-obsessedloving members who look to buy, sell or swap their bags and accessories.

As with all pre-loved purchases, it is up to you to make sure you buy the genuine article, i.e. ask for additional photos and get the bag authenticated if you feel unsure. However, the sites I am listing below are moderated by some lovely admins who keep an eye out for anything that shouldn't be there and members purposely listing fakes are banned. They also tend to stipulate that you pay via PayPal, which gives you you buyer's protection, should you receive an item that's not genuine. Lastly, these pages offer space to ask questions, lust over other members' collections and reveal your latest purchase. 

Mulberry Buy and Sell (formerly Love Mulberry? Buy, Sell and pass it on)

Mulberry - New & Preloved - Buy, Swap & Sell 

Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Celine, Hermes etc., Buy and Sell

Mulberry Swap and Sell


There are also some Facebook pages from individual sellers, the following just being some examples that I am aware of. Check the individual's Ts & Cs in re. to returns etc and double check authenticity for your own piece of mind. 

Papillonkia Ltd 
Aqila's Facebook shop. A great place to find her lovely bags and accessories for 11% less than on her eBay shop (avoiding the eBay fees) and to have a chat with the lady herself. Just pop her a message if you're looking for that elusive bag or have any questions. Don't forget that she now also has her stand-alone online shop Papillonkia.

The Handbag Corner
Run by the lovely Esme, who is also one of the admins on the Love Mulberry? page, you'll find some lovely pre-loved Mulberry pieces here. Esme also offers a sourcing service and will happily try and hunt down that coveted item.

Addicted To Handbags
Run by Jade, you will find great pre-loved Mulberry at very reasonably prices. Fab if you're on a budget. 

Thursday, July 23, 2015

No Angel Either - Prada Continental Purse

Not a Mulberry?! 

Yep, one of my longest serving leather items is my Prada Continental Purse. This is a really quick run through of what I could fit in it before I moved out and into my newly acquired Mulberry French Purse. Sorry, I am becoming rather predictable...




Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Last of the Summer Sales - Boden


The summer sales have been going on for so long that by now you'd expect to be scraping the fashion barrel for any remaining items that are not only bargains but also actually wearable. I am trying to be really good as I think I keep creating a "need" where there truly is only a faint want but I still allowed myself a browse on one of my favourite online shops: Boden.

I generally buy knitwear, dresses and skirts at Boden and what I love is that they keep re-including certain favourite styles from season to season. Over the years I have now bought a few of those in different colours or prints. Boden's florals and other patterns were absolutely  gorgeous this spring/summer season but I couldn't justify buying lots of dresses and skirts - so now might be the time, especially with our summer feeling more like spring.

Earlier in the year, I already purchased the Eliza Tunic Dress in this Navy Leafy Trellis and have worn it lots. 










 
I also loved it in Lavender Grey Botanical but stuck to getting just the one. It's now down from £99 to £59.40, so I might just take the plunge.







Shortly after buying the dress, I got the Modern Pencil Skirt in the same pattern and as it fitted me so well I also bought it in Red Graphic Geo and am now tempted by the Green version of that colourway. That one is now down from £59 to £41.30 (or if you'd like the Red version, that's down to £29.50!).









The item I have been coming back for every season is the Cropped Cashmere Cardigan. Being petite, the cut is ideal for me as it ends above the hips and won't interfere with the waistline of a dress or a jutting out/voluminous skirt. The fact that it comes in lots of different colours, usually updated every season, just means you can pick one each season. They do machine wash, though I found they tend to shrink a fair bit after a while (even if you stretch them carfefully after washing), so after 2 years I bought another black one as my "older" one (left) black one is now *very* cropped and only fits over sleeveless topss. Normally selling for £89, the sale price dropped (depending on colour) to £44.50 - £71.20.
   
Are you still shopping the sales? And if so, what have you bought?

Monday, July 20, 2015

Covet Monday - Cara on Location

Ok, so I really hadn't planned on doing *another* covet post on handbags after last Monday's. Certainly not on Mulberry.

But being on holiday - and having a babysitter available (thanks mum & dad) - meant not only the possibility of having a play with  the newly landed Roxette (and to decide on size and leather) but also to check out the not before visited Mulberry store in Frankfurt.


Upon entering, I was immediately welcomed and offered help but then happily left to browse. A few minutes later the lovely sales assistant, who had greeted me initially, came back and cooed over my cabbage green Mini Aexa, which kicked off a long conversation about classic pieces and other bags in my collection. Both happy to chat, we talked about old and new bags and she was either a very good actress or clearly excited to talk to somebody who is slightly Mulberry-obsessed.


Meanwhile, I had a look at all Roxettes on offer: a blue printed small one and black and oak regular-sized. I dismissed the regular one straight away: just too big. I liked the shape and the cross-body-ness of the small one but wasn't as impressed with the leather as I thought I'd be

 The print on the blue wasn't as deep/pronounced as I would have hoped and the oak (Calfskin) was much more similar to the pebbled oak of Effie rather than the classic oak (Natural Leather) I have seen on Bayswater or Cara. I also slightly struggled with the buckle opening. All together a bit of a "Meh"-moment after all the build-up.







I totally surprised myself though by falling head over heels with a bag I had previously dismissed: the Cara. Specifically the Mini Cara ticked a lot of boxes:


  • Dinky enough for my small frame yet probably just as roomy as my Ledbury as she is quite high. 
  • Flexible carry options and with a bit of tinkering suitable for cross-body wearing.
  • Perfect in finish: I would love to buy a NVT Oak bag from new and see her age. :)
  
So with a price tag of £795 she is also much more affordable than the Roxette (£995 for small oak) and would make perfect use of the voucher I have left to spend.







In re. to the store:

Setup:  

Like all Mulberry stores, it was light and airy, and even though it is quite "deep" and could have easily ended up being dark at the far end, it never felt that way. Fashion is placed at the end of the shop with a comfortable lounge-type area, creating a nice flow & resting point. Plenty of space to wander around and lots of class-topped cabinets afford space to have a play with the goods on show.

Stock: 


Good choice overall with core styles available in core and seasonal colours. 


Noteworthy for myself was also the small Jamie: I was surprisingly impressed by the conversion between short (shoulder) and long (cross body) strap and thought the size and was great. Closure with a non-fuss zip was a bonus.


A couple of exclusives, such as the Aligator printed Lily. (Beautiful and shiny, though a smidge out of my budget at over €12k)




 



Sales Assistants: I really can't praise them enough. They were welcoming and attentive and found just the right balance of giving you attention but leaving you to browse. I was offered a drink after a few minutes and encouraged to have a play with whichever bag I wanted. I also saw them take a couple of items outside for customers trying to decide on colour, to see the finish in daylight/sunshine. (Stark contrast: at Louis Vuitton I was stared down and followed around by security. I reckon, they'd have body checked me, had I asked to see an item right outside the store door. Did I look that dodgy?!)


Location:
The location is, predictably, on Frankfurt's high-end street Goethestrasse, with Louis Vuitton, CHANEL, Burberry and the likes nearby. Parking is available either right outside (if you are lucky) or in the Goetheplatz underground carpark.

 


I really should have taken lots more pictures of the store but feel I can now justify another visit soon. :)

So after all that spiel just to summarise - this week's covetable item is the Mulberry Mini Cara in Oak Natural Leather. And she might actually be mine soon. Watch this space!


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