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My Wish List #6: The Work Bag

It’s been a while since I’ve last done a wishlist. Probably because I’m on a spending ban after splurging on my Chanel. As some of you know, I’m on maternity leave and that is fast approaching the end. Scary to think I’ll be back at work in 2.5 months. So I thought it’s appropriate that I get a new work bag to ‘celebrate’ me going back to work – hahaha pathetic I know but any excuse will do to buy a new bag!

I don’t have many black work bags and that’s mainly because I wear a lot of black clothes so I like to have a bit of colour in my bags. Having said that, nothing I love more than a smart black work bag with gold hardware. Also, my work bags have to be big – I have a tall frame and petite bags look silly and plus, I need to take work home sometimes and carry my iPad so need a decent size one that will fit everything. So, with great pleasure, here’s a few on my wishlist!

1. Phillip Lim Pashli bag

No. 1 on my list as this was the bag I had to forgo to purchase my Chanel. Of course 100% worth it when we’re talking about a Chanel but I think the Pashli is the perfect work bag for me – size, style and even price. It’s a bit Celine luggage tote like but luckily it’s not an obvious copy and for USD$895, it’s  bargain compared to the $2,000+ you would be paying for the Celine. The black doesn’t go on sale but you can get it from the US department stores when they have giftcard events.

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2. Balenciaga Work Bag with giant gold hardware

Who doesn’t love the Balenciaga motorcycle bags. Such a classic and I love it because it’s a bit different and definitely far from the boring black bag you carry to work. I would definitely go for the giant hardware so it stands out a bit more and I prefer gold rather than silver or even rose gold.

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So ignoring the picture of a pregnant Hillary Duff, I love the modelling pic of the Work bag because look how soft and supple that leather looks! I love it and I want it! You’re looking at USD$2,220 for the bag.

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3. Saint Laurent Cabas Classique Y 

I love everything from Saint Laurent recently – ever since their rebranding, it’s been chic, sophisticated and I love it all. If I was to go for a bit more structure to my bag, then I would definitely be looking at this one. Love the gold hardware, logo is subtle and it’s a good size. It’s USD$2,695 so NOT CHEAP!

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And a modelling shot.. it’s not black but still, looks good huh? Probably helps because its on Miranda Kerr’s arms…

Yves-Saint-Laurent-Medium-YSL-Cabas-Chyc-2790794. Sophie Hulme Leather tote

Sophie Hulme is a young UK designer who is still under radar but has a beautiful collection of bags, accessories and clothes. I’m drawn to her because her bags are sleek and SIMPLE and I love simple. And I love large totes and a bigger sucker for large north/south totes and Sophie Hulme is known for her big north/south tote. I would personally go for the large one but the medium is good for the smaller framed people. Comes with a strap and comes in other colours as well. AUD price is $780 from Matches Fashion.

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5. Givenchy Antigona bag

Much prefer Antigona to the Nightingale and it is a much more structured bag. It comes in different sizes to suit your needs and your frame – I obviously prefer the bigger size and love the black. The ivory colour also looks good to as does the deep blue. You’re looking at AUD$2,000+ for the medium size – prices fluctuate depending on the exchange rate as well as where you look – when it comes this bag, you are spoilt for choice in terms of stockists but be careful with customs duty. Cult Status also has it locally so you can avoid this but just do the maths and make sure it’s worth buying it in Australia.

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When you say ‘work bag’, there’s just too many to pick from and even I had trouble narrowing it down to just 5. I’ve avoided the Pradas, the Guccis, the LVs – they just don’t do it for me anymore and I’d like to think I’m still young enough to pull off some of these other bags. Now I gotta figure out a way to buy one of these bags without the hubby finding out! Wish me luck!  🙂

My Wish List #5: Jewellery

My last wishlist was for Mother’s Day so it’s been a while since I’ve posted about what I want. And trust me, it’s not because there isn’t anything I want… ..

As you know, I’m currently on maternity leave and my little one is at an age which causes me not to wear jewellery – I don’t want to scratch my little one or it be a choking hazard and I don’t go out anywhere by myself that’s fancy enough to warrant some bling. But this actually makes me want some new jewellery even more! Now, I’m not into the typical diamond or precious stone jewellery or the plain gold/silver stuff or even the charm bracelets and every time an Angus & Cootes or Prouds catalogue comes in the mail, I shudder.  I like my jewellery a little different and a little edgy… and judging by the instagram and facebook pics I’m getting bombarded with, there’s no shortage of it out there. So here’ are some of my favourite designers and pieces…

1. Spiked bracelet

They’re popping up everywhere and I’m loving it! I want! The one I want is the Eddie Borgo (I love his stuff) cone bracelet.

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Eddie Borgo cone bracelet - US$375 or AUD$

You can them locally from Cult Status for $749 or buy them overseas from Matches Fashion for AUD$549 plus delivery. If you email the Eddie Borgo sales team in NY, they can arrange overseas purchases for you. There’s many different variations in size as well as metal so check out the Eddie Borgo website. The above pic is paired with a Balenciaga leather wrap around bracelet. 

2. Earring Cuffs

Oh boy there are some really elaborate and terrible looking ear cuffs out there. Ear cuffs itself isn’t something that is THAT common so I would prefer something simple.

Maria Black Mono Ear Cuff in Gold - $110 from Cultstatus

Maria Black Mono Ear Cuff in Gold – $110 from Cultstatus

Jackie Aiche ball chain ear cuff - USD$165 from Shopbop

Jackie Aiche ball chain ear cuff – USD$165 from Shopbop

3. Cuff bracelet

I love chunky cuff style bracelets – whether it’s leather or metal. There’s so many great ones out there, narrowing it down is the problem but these are the ones definitely on my wishlist:

Saint Laurent studded leather cuff bracelet - AUD$555 from Matches Fashion

Saint Laurent studded leather cuff bracelet – AUD$555 from Matches Fashion

Eddie Borgo pave bullet cuff - USD$815

Eddie Borgo pave bullet cuff – USD$815

Joomi Lim modern tribal cuff - AUD$175

Joomi Lim modern tribal cuff – AUD$175

Lastly, my favourite one on my wish list. Droolworthy..

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Hermes Collier de Chien – AUD$1,430

4. Statement necklace

I wear a lot of simple black or white clothes and don’t usually go for bright colour or prints. Instead, I’d rather jazz up my outfit with accessories and this includes a great chunky statement necklace.

Amber Sceats cleopatra necklace - AUD$489

Amber Sceats cleopatra necklace – AUD$489

Eddie Borgo flat spike necklace - AUD$350

Eddie Borgo flat spike necklace – AUD$350

Alexander McQueen Bee Crystal choker necklace - AUD$2,565

Alexander McQueen Bee Crystal choker necklace – AUD$2,565

Ok that last necklace is definitely staying on my wishlist and never in my shopping cart!

5. Chain necklaces

For everyday wear, I love long chain necklaces with a pendant that’s a bit different. You can get different length chains and layer them up. So many I want!

Givenchy shark tooth necklace - AUD$550

Givenchy shark tooth necklace – AUD$550

Saint Laurent Opium Tassel necklace - AUD$765

Saint Laurent Opium Tassel necklace – AUD$765

Mathias Chaize Amethyst bird charm necklace - AUD$85

Mathias Chaize Amethyst bird charm necklace – AUD$85

 

Eddie Borgo Tee pendant - USD$375

Eddie Borgo Tee pendant – USD$375

 

Monserat De Lucca skull and brain necklace - USD$137

Monserat De Lucca skull and brain necklace – USD$137

How cool is the last one with the brains?! Hahaha… Would love to wear that with combat boots and go for the grunge look.

So you’re probably wondering whether the rings are? Well after all this, I actually like plain simple bands for rings – nothing too chunky or heavy. Given at work, I’m in front of a computer typing and at home I have kids to look after, I like plain rings so my hands are comfortable.

I know this type of jewellery is not for everyone but at least you got to see something different! Now, I gotta go and narrow the list down and make a few purchases!

 

 

My Wish List #4: Ultimate Mother’s Day presents

With Mother’s Day a few weeks away and the shops already heavily marketing Mother’s Day, I thought I would indulge myself by compiling a ‘list’ of all the things I would LOVE for Mother’s Day. There’s no price restrictions or practical boundaries – this is the ultimate luxury wish list. And why not? Let’s have a bit of fun! 🙂

Starting from the small…

1. Diptyque candles

Love this French personal and home fragrance brand. Luscious divine smelling candles. Would love to have a whole range of their candles. Retails for USD$60 for standard candles, USD$90 for coloured ones. They are sold through Mecca Cosmetics in Australia for $99.

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2. Mason Pearson hairbrush

The rolls royce of hairbrushes, the famous rubber cushioned hairbrush from Mason Pearson has been around for over 100 years. Now given this is my ultimate Mother’s Day gift wishlist, I can put down a $200 hairbrush right?? Having a quick look around, I think Peters of Kensington is the cheapest.

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3. Burberry check scarf and trench

I’m a sucker for classics so I can’t go past a classic Burberry checked cashmere scarf. Love the classic check print and while you’re at it, might as well ask for a Burberry trench coat as well. USD$395 for the scarf and USD$1495 for the trench.

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4. Chanel No. 5

Classic. Need I say more? Except that horrible Brad Pitt advert just ruined it for me! Oh and Eau du Parfum please, none of this toilette stuff. Anywhere between $160 to $205 depending on where you look. Better still, buy it duty free or overseas.

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5. La Mer skincare 

How about some good quality skincare products to help fight the signs of ageing (more like premature ageing for me with the constant fighting with the kids). I would never buy these myself but  it would make great Mother’s Day presents! The La Mer skincare regime starting from the cleanser, then toner, moisturizer and finally the serum will no doubt leave mum’s skin glowing and youthful! Just don’t look at the price tags!

La Mer Cleansing Lotion - USD$65

La Mer Cleansing Lotion – USD$65

La Mer Tonic - USD$65

La Mer Tonic – USD$65

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La Mer Moisturising Lotion Limited Edition – USD$425

La Mer The Regenerating Serum - USD$550

La Mer The Regenerating Serum – USD$550

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 Now we get to the bigger items… with the slightly bigger price tags..

6. A fancy dress..

Every girl needs a fancy dress for a fancy occasion. We as mums don’t get to dress up often enough so when you do, you want to be wearing a fabulous dress, the one that is the jaw dropper, the show stopper. So many to choose from I had such a hard time narrowing it down!

Monique Lhullier Ruched Lace Trumpet Gown - USD$8990

Monique Lhullier Ruched Lace Trumpet Gown – USD$8990

Lanvin one-shoulder duchess satin dress USD$2995

Lanvin one-shoulder duchess satin dress – USD$2995

J.Mendel one shoulder gown - USD$3680

J.Mendel one shoulder gown – USD$3680

Osca de la Renta Collage print satin dress - USD$2290
Osca de la Renta Collage print satin dress – USD$2290

7. Hermes Birkin 

You all know Hermes is the pinnacle of handbags. Well, if you’re going to get one, might as well get one in exotic leather – more than the price of a lot of cars (think between $40,000 – $60,000), it will last you a lifetime and no doubt be the envy of everyone.

Hermes-Crocodile-BirkinOr maybe the ostrich leather tickles your fancy?

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8. Statement jewellery

Just because you’re a mum tending to screaming children and some days you can barely make it out of your PJs, it doesn’t mean you don’t deserve fancy jewellery. There will be an occasion to wear it and it sure will be a great investment!

Hello blue box with white ribbons  🙂

Tiffany & Co yellow diamond pendant

Tiffany & Co yellow diamond pendant

Tiffany & Co earrings of pear shaped diamonds with cushion-cut and round diamonds in platinum

Tiffany & Co earrings of pear shaped diamonds with cushion-cut and round diamonds in platinum

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Tiffany & Co diamond encrusted rings with blue-green tourmaline

Price? Don’t ask. All I’ll say is there’s 6 figures for most of the items. Check out the Tiffany & Co facebook page for picture after picture of drool-worthy jewellery.

9. Escape to paradise..

Wouldn’t a week away to some of these places just be the perfect Mother’s Day present? No kids of course! I can stare at these pictures and daydream the day away….

Sheraton Nha Trang, Vietnam

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Fregate Island Hotel, Seychelles

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Bedarra Island Resort

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Hotel le Toiny, St Barts

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Hotel LeSirenuse, Amalfi Coast

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Hotel Wakaya, Fiji

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Ok so if you can’t get to any of those places, then the next best thing might be this..

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The book is call ‘Where Are You?’ by travel magazine Conde Nast Traveler. Every month, the magazine includes a “Where Are You?” contest wherein readers have to guess the pictured location based on cryptic clues and each monthly winner wins $1,000 and is entered into the annual grand prize drawing for a $10,000 holiday. This book features 100 of these stunning, mysterious locations so you can not only test out your knowledge but also give you some great idea for your next travel adventures! USD$65 from Assouline, which by the way, is a great store full of luxury books that will make great presents or sophisticated coffee table ‘decoration’.

It’s good  for the soul to take a break and let your mind wander without thinking too much and this post allowed me to do that and I had loads of fun writing this post! Happy Mother’s Day to all you fabulous mums out there!