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Friday, April 22, 2016

Karen Millen Floral Maxi

I guess in Paris I wear pink? As someone who is constantly in neutrals, Paris was the perfect place to get a little playful with my looks. This beautiful pink pleated maxi skirt is from the latest collection by Karen Millen. It's the kind of piece you just want to twirl around in, and trust me, I did. To give it a little bit of an edge, I paired this feminine skirt with my moto jacket and a black crop top before I made my way to dinner that evening. I am definitely missing Paris even more as I go through all these photos. Shop other KM pieces on their website here.

Aritzia Top | Mackage Leather Jacket | Karen Millen Skirt
Captured by: Marco P.




Friday, April 15, 2016 Paris, France

Sweaterdressing

Picture the cobblestone streets, colorful doorways, terraces lined with flowers and mini cars parked along the roads. Cafe's are on every corner, with Parisian's people watching with their glasses of wine and charcuterie. I could wander through this city for hours, but only if I was in a pair of sneakers or some other comfortable shoes of course. When given some cloudy and grey days here, a sweater dress and leather combo is a good match for it.

I'm a big fan of this look when going from winter to spring. Try and pair your favorite casual dress with sneakers and a leather jacket for that perfect balance of cute but edgy.

ASOS Sweater Dress | Mackage Jacket | Adidas Sneakers | Céline Bag and Sunglasses
Captured by: Marco P.





Monday, April 11, 2016 Paris, France

Karen Millen Suede Biker Jacket

Of course, the day I rode through Paris on a bike was also the same morning my curling iron decided it did not want to work at all. And this is why I'm working with a lot of volume here. But, let's get to the good stuff. Something that is an absolute must in your wardrobe is a good suede jacket. This Karen Millen piece was perfect for getting lost around the Eiffel Tower. It's made of tan Italian suede and this biker cut will definitely add a little bit of edge to the simplest outfit. For more amazing pieces, check out Karen Millen.

Karen Millen Jacket | Aritzia Top | Topshop Jeans | Stuart Weitzman Boots | Céline Sunglasses | Céline Bag
Photography by: Marco Panlilio






Friday, April 8, 2016 Paris, France

Chanel Le Boy

The Chanel Le Boy has been on my wish-list for the longest time, and what better way to celebrate my very first time in Paris by bringing home something from the Chanel boutique on Rue Cambon, located right below Coco Chanel's apartment. For the past three years, I've looked at a variety of Le Boy's, but no boutique ever had the exact one that I wanted. Upon entering Chanel on my second day in Paris, there "he" was and it was just as perfect as I imagined, with a brand new one in stock, stickers on the hardware and all. I took this as a sign that it was meant to be since there's a very long waitlist for this combination in the US. I'll be sharing a review of this bag for those still hesitating and debating and hopefully you'll find this to be helpful when it comes to the Le Boy.

When purchasing from Chanel, you'll get your typical black box and bag with white writing. After my purchase, I was handed the white bag and box with black writing. Another clear incentive to purchasing in Paris would be the more affordable cost. Because of the exchange rate and the tax refund, there's a significant amount of savings between purchasing here in New York and purchasing in Europe. You can check out the current Chanel bag prices in the US here and the prices in Europe here. Now let's get to the good stuff: Black Chevron Quilted Lambskin and Ruthenium Hardware Chanel Le Boy, in the new medium size.

While the Le Boy comes in a variety of combinations and patterns, I really fell in love with the Chevron print. I initially saw it in the thinner stitching, however the wider chevron print is a much better choice for this new medium size. The bag is a full front flap with the Le Boy CC push lock closure. The Ruthenium (Aged Silver) hardware gives this bag an edgier style, perfect against the lambskin leather. The interior is lined with a black fabric with a zip pocket on the rear wall and two open pockets on the front wall. It comes with a padded shoulder and crossbody strap that is not adjustable. The two notches on the shoulder strap have the CC logo embossed into it and the hardware on the top flap also have CHANEL written on the sides.
Dimensions:
Height: 7.0 in.
Width: 11.0 in.
Depth: 3.5 in.

In the box, you should find a white Chanel card folder that has the proper care information as well as a white cleaning cloth that can be used to polish the hardware on your bag. Before my bag's first use, I also sprayed a water and stain protector spray on it, as I do with all of my bags when I first get them. This helps protect the bag from water stains just in case something happens. You can purchase the spray here.

At the boutique, I went back and forth between the old and new medium sizes, however with a larger wallet, keys, and my phone, I'd rather have extra room in my bag than not enough. One of the biggest concerns with this bag is the care for the lambskin and making sure it doesn't get scratched up. While I find myself to be more on the cautious side with all of my bags, I'm still fairly nervous with this bag when I do wear it out. I make sure that my outfits don't have something on it that can scratch against the bag and try to hold it closer when walking in a crowded street. 

I am about 5'7" and so the size of the new medium, larger than the old medium, was perfect for my frame. However due to the strap length, it is better for me to just wear it on one shoulder than across. If you have a smaller frame, I feel that the crossbody is more of an option when it comes to styling this bag. Other sizes for the Le Boy are the clutch, small, old medium, and a satchel tote style. When going in and out of the bag, it's fairly easy to get my belongings. Since the bag is only about two weeks old, the flap is still pretty stiff, but in time, it should relax. I'm hoping that no wrinkles in the leather will be too visible on the top of the bag, so I am cautious about opening the front flap all the way up.


Overall, I'm extremely happy with my purchase and the selection I made with the Le Boy. Continuing to be cautious with the bag is a habit I develop with all my handbags as well as proper storage and care when the bag is not in use. I'm planning on doing a video on my bag collection so stay tuned and I can't wait to share outfit posts with this bag very soon!

For any questions regarding purchasing abroad or my experience, comment below or feel free to e-mail me! In the meantime, check out these pre-loved Chanel finds below.



Monday, April 4, 2016

Saint-Germain-des-Prés

Our second day in Paris started off with breakfast at Café de Flore, something that was a definite must on my itinerary. After a stroll around Saint-Germain, the alleyways and quaint corners led us to the Institut de France, which is right in front of Pont des Arts, where the lock bridge used to be. You can find locks throughout the city but most are on Pont Neuf now, just a few meters away. I already miss all the cobblestone streets, though my shoes will probably say otherwise.

For a chillier morning in Paris, I opted for something that would help with the grey days. I must admit, I love the way the color of my Céline Classic Box looks against all black and even this light beige coat from Zara, a last minute find that I knew I had to bring along on this trip. For my body type, longer coats help slim my silhouette, and it's perfect for layering throughout the year. I'll be switching up my longer coats for lighter duster jackets once the sun comes out a little bit more.

Before my trip, I also decided to go a little lighter with my hair along with a shorter lob. Can't thank my girl, Bianca, enough for always making my hair goals come true! You can check out her work here and her salon Bianchi.


Aritzia Top | Zara Coat | Topshop Jeans | Céline Bag | Zara Boots
Photography by: Marco Panlilio