Alexander McQueen Chestnut Knucklebox Clutch

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I couldn’t just not take any closeups of this clutch, it’s so damn beautiful:

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Its metal parts come somewhat distressed, many McQueen clutches feature this finish.. but it doesn’t really make the clutch look preowned, because the leather is pristine. For some reason I thought it would be hardshelled, but actually the case is padded. The snakeskin leather is also more delicate than it seems. The clutch doesn’t have any inside pockets. As mentioned in previous post, the biggest letdown was that it weighs about 800g which is comparable to the weight of an older generaion ipad. Just too heavy for a clutch of this size.. it also seemed like the knuckleduster part is heavier than the clutch itself..which felt rather off to me.
The clutch is made in Italy, they usually come with a dustbag, some paperwork and a leather sample.

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(Window)Shop McQueen Clutches:

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Karen Millen purple dress, Alexander McQueen chestnut clutch Karen Millen Lilac Dress, Mcqueen knuckle duster clutch

I’m kinda obsessed with McQueen knuckle box clutches. If I were rich, I’d have a huge collection of those, but as for now they are way out of my price range..
I don’t usually practice this type of thing, but I ordered it just to to be able to hold it in my hands and look at it, maybe take a picture..(or 500 lol) But to be honest, once I got it, I wasn’t too tempted to keep it because it was just way too heavy. It wasn’t even the clutch itself, but the knuckleduster and chestnuts part which was so weighty that it made the clutch pretty difficult/uncomfortable to handle. Sure thing, I could be admiring it forever, but I just knew I wouldn’t really enjoy actually walking around with it.

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(Also wearing a silk Karen Millen dress that I found on ebay for a couple of pounds:p)

 

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5 Things I Wish I Never Bought in 2014

This is not a bashing post, just strictly subjective reflections on the products that did not work for me personally. The obvious duds usually get returned, these are just the products that seemed like a good idea at first, but turned out to be disappointing in one way or the other later.

1. Lace corsets from NastyGal

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These crop bustier corsets seemed to be very popular last summer, so I jumped on the bandwagon as well. Since they were on sale, I got greedy and got them in two colors.
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So I totally hate how they fit me. They are really narrow in the back, which makes them extremely tight in the waist area..and that makes the belly fat stick out which is not a pretty picture. And the top part is way too loose.. so it looks like hell and is really uncomfortable.

2. Scott Cornwall ‘Decolour’ Color Remover

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So I did use it and it did what it promised to do: the dyed parts of my hair went 1-2 shades lighter, so my roots were no longer as noticeable, BUT! It was THE stinkiest hair product I ever used in my whole life! And the worst part was that the stink was pretty much permanent. For around two months my hair smelled of rotten eggs and once that finally ‘aired out’, for a long while I could still sense it when my hair was wet. And I wash my hair every other day. Now it’s been over 6 months since I used it and the stench is completely gone, but omg never again.

3. GlamGlow Supermud Clearing Treatment Mask

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well this is a very interesting product. What lured me in were the pictures of the mask ‘in action’.
At a first glance it seems like the mask is truly capable of extracting blackheads, which is something I never had much success with. The mask retails for £45 / $70 which pretty damn expensive for a tiny 34g jar, but it also makes you think ‘theen it must really work right..?’
It also had alot of raving reviews from beauty bloggers, so out of desperation I decided to try it myself.
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Well it’s hard to figure out what it really really does, so I can only guess..
When it’s wet/still in the jar it has this dark grey color.. but as it dries out, it turns light grey.. so imo those black dots you see it’s just patches of mask that haven’t changed color. Perhaps it’s the oil in the skin that keeps it dark or sth.. i’m pretty sure it doesnt extract all that much because then you’d be able to see at least something on top or under the mask, but if you really look at it, the surface above the pores remains mostly just flat.
After I wash it off, the skin does have a very cleared up appearance, the blackheads are much less visible but I can tell everything is still there. And the skin also feels extremely dried out, which is never a good thing, as dryness will cause the skin to get oily again in no time. So that ‘wow’ clear skin effect doesn’t last very long. After a day or less it comes back to how it was before..
So it didn’t do what I thought it would. Just left a terrible dry skin feeling and questionable on the surface purifying effect..
I will have to use it up so that the money wouldn’t be completely wasted, but not buying again, as i don’t really think it’s worth it for me.

4. Maybelline ColorShow Nailpolishes

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I do like Maybelline products but.. these nailpolishes kinda suck.. They both have a pretty thin consistency. The ‘Ocean Blue’ one has this beautiful rich electric blue shade in bottle but when painted on it’s just plain boring medium blue and ‘Electric Yellow’ one is almost transparent and I didn’t care for the shade as well.. Never buying anything from this range again.

And speaking of nailpolishes, here’s another one that came with a ‘surprise’
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Revlon ‘Moonlit Woods’
I do love the color alot, but I didn’t pay attention to the label when I bought it (because why on earth would I do that?)
As it turned out this ‘Parfumerie’ line comes scented.. (as if nailpolishes didn’t stink enough on their own)
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Though I could see why some might actually fancy the idea of scented polishes, since i’m allergic to 99.9% of chemical smells, I’m extremely irritated by it..I couldn’t go to bed with it, so i don’t know how long it really lasts, but since it hasnt aired out in 8-10 hours, the scent seems to be pretty persistent.

5. Jeffrey Campbell ‘Shoop’ platforms

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I hate to admit this, but since I haven’t worn them even once to this day, I probably should never gotten these shoes either.
I still like them actually, just these shoes are not the type that ‘will go well with everything’..
And I also made a mistake by not ordering a half size up. I got them in US7 ( which is the size I get for flats) and they are tighter than they should be.
So seeing how stiff they feel, I’m sure they could turn into torture heels in no time.
And another let down is that the platform is made of this porous rubber material which is a dust/dirt magnet, so they are likely to lose their luster rather fast.
So I don’t know now. I don’t want to part with them, because they are so unique looking, but I’m not very enthusiastic about wearing them either:/

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All Dressed Up Nowhere To Go

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First post in a loong while.. one upside of having a blog that no one reads is that there is no pressure to update it regularly:p
Well I’ve been pretty busy with trying to improve my money situation, so actually I couldn’t afford to do much shopping lately. The only things I got in last couple months was this crappy h&m top, couple more h&m things and heavily marked down bebe shorts. Not that I don’t have enough stuff in the back of the closet, but I guess I feel more ‘inspired’ or whatever, whenever I’m wearing ‘something new’ in my outfit posts.
But another reason I couldn’t get any pictures done was my new hair color. Which lead to a pretty big dilemma, since I had no extensions set to match it..
My first solution was to dye the set I was currently using with the same dye. But that went awfully wrong. As it turned out, my 100% human hair extensions had synthetic fillers, so half of the mix turned out auburn just like my hair, but the other half remained light brown which looked pretty awful.. so I ordered two new extension sets in auburn. But both turned out to be a pretty crappy match to my color, so I sent them back. Then I got another pretty expensive set from a different retailer which claimed to be a no mix real hair.. but after a close inspection I got an impression that the set had fillers as well, and I didnt want to risk ruining another set with dye experiments.. So then I bought another set and finally I got actual 100% real hair which dyed beautifully and now matched my hair color perfectly. Obviously, this whole trial and error process took forever.. but I do like the change alot, can’t stand my boring natural color.

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And yeah, the nails on my left hand have been getting ridiculously long..I probably should cut them because it’s getting harder to get stuff done, but i’m just curious to see how much longer can they get?

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So yeah, the outfit. Wearing the aforementioned black top along with a sequin skirt/top from ebay. I like the way sequins look paired up with the high top sneakers. And guess you can never go wrong with those mock over the knee tights. They always look better than the real over the knee socks for some reason. (Tried on both versions, this one won)

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Wearing: top: H&M, skirt/top: ebay, shoes: Janet&Janet, ring: River Island, Gipsy tights

Halloween Chic

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So this would be my first fall look of the year, yay.
My main idea here was to put together something halloween themed.. but not straightforward macabre, just a look which is slightly halloween inspired.

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I’m wearing snakeskin print bebe jacket, a loosely knit black sweater(possibly backwards, but since it came without a label i figured it could go both ways:p), forever 21 lace dress, Batilda boots and my Brenda bag

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Guess I could say I learned to walk in these without being paranoid about falling all the time (except when I walk down the stairs), so glad they didn’t turn out to be those shoes that just stay in the box forever because walking in them is just torture

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Fall in Regents park:
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Wearing: jacket: bebe, dress: Forever 21, sweater: ebay, floppy hat: Catarzi, boots: Miista ‘Batilda’, bag: Alexander Wang ‘Brenda’, ring: Asos