Lamb 1887 Joanna Tote – Purse review

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Winter is really in gear in the Boston area. It’s been very cold these past few days. I would like to continue with my purse reviews that I started a while back. In this article I would like to talk about the Lamb 1887 Joanna Tote in grey. I love this bag. Ever since I got it, I carry it a lot. It fits my laptop, mini bag of random stuff, my huge wallet and other small accessories. It looks sharp and the grey is beautiful. The quality is very good and the price is reasonable. I think it’s a pass par tout bag and a great addition to hope from work to dinner and look chic. You can find the purse here here.

Lamb 1887 Joanna Tote in Grey Ostrich print

Mikimoto Akoya pearl set – how to pick your pearls

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On my journey to find the perfect set of pearls for me that I would in the far future pass on to someone to love them, I learned a lot about pearls. I wanted a good quality set so I decided to go for the saltwater pearls, specifically Akoya pearls. From all the readings I did, it seemed that saltwater pearls are better quality and since I was on somewhat of a budget, Akoya was the best match compared to Tahitian and South Sea. My next quest was to figure out the size of the pearls. I didn’t want anything less than 6 MM because I feel like they are too small. Apparently, the oysters that produce Akoya pearls are not big relatively speaking, so when the size of the pearls is greater than 7 MM they get very pricey so I opted for something between 6 and 7 MM. To find these pearls I started searching online and I found out that there are a lot of counterfeits. For that reason I decided to go with Mikimoto because they are the most reputable. This search brought me to saks where I found a set that includes the necklace, bracelet and earrings in one. That’s perfect because it’s usually very hard to match pieces to have the same color and size. By opting for 6 – 7 MM size range, I was able to find this set at a reasonable price. I absolutely love them and the cool thing about pearls, wearing them is the best way to maintain them because they won’t dry out. I included a picture of the set I got below. Let me know your thoughts!

Mikimoto Pearl Set

Céline Mini Luggage – purse review

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A while back I started a chain of posts in which I reviewed bags that I own and use. Today, I want to talk about the Céline Mini Luggage in Dune. I love this bag as much as I love my GIVENCHY Antigona bag. Size wise it’s perfect. I don’t know why it’s called “Mini” because it is definitely NOT small. It’s about the same size as the medium Antigona if not a bit bigger. If you are considering this bag but not sure about the size make sure you go and see it. In my humble opinion I think the Mini is a perfect size. It fits my 13″ laptop but it wouldn’t look right with a larger laptop. The design is beautiful and unique. I was just in NYC two days ago and as I was shopping around it really annoyed me how unoriginal some high end designers are becoming. Céline pops out among other bags for its originality in style and design. It fits all my things without a problem. I like the Dune color because it’s neutral and goes with everything. This bag is the pebbled leather. I like this leather better than the smooth leather. Durability wise, I think the smooth leather would show less scratches and/or wear. I just happen to like this leather better and I try to be very careful with my bags. I hope you find this review helpful. Let me know your thoughts!

Christmas in the fashion world

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Christmas is coming up soon and so it’s the perfect time to take a look at what decorations were found in the fashion world. Some photos are from present Christmas and some are from the past. I wanted to show the different approach some designers took and how it reflects what the brand stands for. I feel that Dior and Oscar de la Renta are similar. They took a very elegant approach that implies high end. Hermes as the usual went for the simple cute design matching their website theme. Check it out here. I hope you like the photos. Let me know which ones are your favorite!

Photos courtesy of Pinterest.

Givenchy Antigona – purse review

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Hi guys, today I wanted to review the Givenchy Antigona medium bag. I think this is my absolutely new favorite bag. I love the medium size. I can fit my 13″ laptop as well as my (big) wallet and a small makeup bag. Even when I don’t have a lot of stuff in it, it retains its shape and looks super elegant. The quality is great. I love it with the strap on. When I’m shopping I will use the strap so I can free up my hands. I receive a lot of compliments when I carry it. The leather is beautiful and doesn’t show scratches easily. If you are looking for a versatile bag, this is perfect! I got it in medium blue from Saks. I love that color. I carry it often even though I usually like to rotate my bags. This color was unique. I’m usually weary of buying expensive bags in colors other than neutrals. However, this blue can be worn year around and it’s really beautiful. Quality wise, I think Givenchy really stands behind its products and is doing an excellent job. The bag oozes elegance. I’m completely in love with it!

CHANEL classic flap bag – purse review

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Hi everyone. I was going through rearranging my closet and as I was looking at all my babies (aka my bags), I figured why not write reviews about them. So today, I’m going to start with the first CHANEL bag I bought when I was in NYC. Below you see the CHANEL Limited Edition Cruise 2011 Nautical Charms classic flap bag.

CHANEL Limited Edition Cruise 2011 Nautical Charms classic flap bag

CHANEL Limited Edition Cruise 2011 Nautical Charms classic flap bag

This bag is beautiful. It’s CHANEL’s classic bag with charms. I find it very elegant. I was a bit hesitant when I got it with charms, but it looked so unique and different compared to the usual classic bag. It can be warn to so many occasions, very versatile. This is the medium bag and the more I use it, the more I wished it was the bigger size; however, they did not have the bigger size with charms. The lambskin is very soft but very easy to scratch. I have to be very careful with it. If I ever get another CHANEL bag I would more likely consider the caviar one because the leather is more resistant to scratches. Overall, I love this bag. The quality is really good and it feels and looks elegant. The charms make it more unique. I wish less counterfeits were around because I see the CHANEL classic bag everywhere now and to me it makes a bit less appealing.

CHANEL – The making of the Métiers d’Art 2014/15 Paris-Salzburg collection.

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Excellent craftsmanship! CHANEL’s attention to detail shows the art and quality of their products. I love this video.

Beauty products that I use and love

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We all have products that we find and fall in love with them. Today I want to share with you some of the products that I love and use a lot. I will start with my morning routine. I found this new facial wash that is very refreshing and made from natural ingredients by Christina Moss Naturals. It leaves you with a very refreshing clean feeling. I use it with a face brush by Olay. Afterwards I apply Moisturizer also by Christina Moss Naturals. It has a licorice smell to it when you first apply it but I don’t find it to bother me and makes my face feel very refreshed. You can find the Facial wash and Moisturizer here, and the brush here. I bought all the products through amazon since Moss sells through amazon and the Olay product was cheaper there.

Love the facial wash and moisturizer by Christina Moss Naturals.

Love the facial wash and moisturizer by Christina Moss Naturals.

After applying the moisturizer, I don’t apply full make up on a daily bases. However, if I’m up reading a book or watching some TV last night, my eyes will look tired the next day (as expected). To help my eyes look refreshed, I use Eye bright by Benefit, which you can find here. I would apply it around the inner V of the eye, on the eye lid right over the eyelashes and right under the eyebrow. I blend it in so it doesn’t stick out. Also, I apply some under my eyes, making sure the coverage is a triangle pointing away from the eye. For final touch I use Chanel Rouge Coco Baume to hydrate my lips and make them smooth. This is my absolutely favorite product. It is a must have and worth every penny. You can find it here, as well as most department stores. I highly recommend it. Finaly, after the baume is absorbed I apply nude color lipstick from Clinic the Matte Suede number 44 also found in most department stores.

Must haves for quick touch up

Must haves for quick touch up

Before I go to bed, I tend to use a different product to wash my face it is both a cleanser and moisturizer. It’s the Eve Lom cleanser/make up remover. It’s perfect to remove makeup, clean and moisturize. I especially love it when I’m traveling because it replaces so many products and I gain more space. You can find it here as well as other beauty stores.

Eve lom cleanser.

Eve lom cleanser.

I have been using these products for a while and they have worked great. I hope you find them useful!

Cloth app… Amazing tool

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I recently stumbled on an app called Cloth. It is an amazing app to catalogue your clothes by outfits, weather and other categories. I just started using it so I only really have one outfit on there. However, once I get it into my routine I think this is going to be a life saver because if one thing is true, it’s we never have anything to wear. This app will help you pull quick outfit ideas from your archives, or remind you (because I forget) of what items you have to put together another outfit. I absolutely love it. It will take some effort at first to get into the habit of snapping a quick photo and adding it especially when I’m always running late to work. I think I should be able to do it :). Find more information at clothapp.com

My username is LaModeBlog and I hope to be adding more ideas on there soon. I hope you guys find it useful! Let me know your thoughts

Weekender outfit for Him

Casual chic outfit as weekend guest or trip
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The holidays are approaching fast. I can’t believe it’s thanksgiving next week. This only means that I need to start and wrap up my Christmas shopping early to avoid the huge crowds at the mall. As I was browsing online for ideas for my hubby, I came across the world’s largest online auction place Invaluable and specifically their men’s watches page which has a large collection of vintage watches. I’m usually obsessed with vintage items. I think they are beautiful and unique. While I was browsing, I put together a weekender outfit for Him, that hopefully will give you ideas about what to get him for the holidays.

Casual chic outfit as weekend guest or trip

Casual chic outfit as weekend guest or trip

I hope you guys like this. Let me know your thoughts :)

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