My Trip to Harrods

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Harrods is an upscale department store where you can find everything and anything ranging from expensive to outrageously overpriced. Of course I don’t really do any actual shopping there. To me, Harrods is like a recreational venue where you can experience a glimpse of that lifestyle which top 1% with 40% of all the world’s money have. And also a chance to see the coveted designer stuff up close..

McQueen knucklebox clutches Harrods

So I got to see some McQueen knucklebox clutches and they weren’t behind glass. Still a note on the table saying you can look but better not touch..
My fav is the one sitting in fishtank with the chestnuts. Looked it up later:
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It also comes in black with gold hardware and in white with silver hardware
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I’m pretty sure I’ll never have it, but still, adorable!

Chanel boy flap bags:
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Well, tbh I never really understood that whole Chanel flap bag cult.. afterall it’s just a black leather bag.. Sure, someone could argue it’s more than a bag it’s an iconic status symbol, or whatever. But the truth is, anyone could save up for a chanel if they were persistent enough. If you save $3 per day for 4.5 years, the medium bag could be yours and if you were going for a mini, it would be even sooner than that. But the bag won’t buy you the lifestyle it is associated with, so what’s the point of having that symbol without the status really. They’re pretty to look at, but I’m so glad I can easily imagine my life without one.

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(apologies for the crappy cell phone pix)

Celine:
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And Balenciaga:
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Didn’t care for it at first, but now I’m actually liking that metal edges look, especially on the black one.
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Zaha Hadid Nova shoes (tho should’ve been called ‘suicide in a box’), Available from UnitedNude, priced $2000

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And on the 5th flooor, there is a place they call ‘Shoe Heaven’
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The autumn/winter McQueen collection was the highlight for me, loved pretty much everything

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The favs:
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Also loved these Giuseppe Zanotti wedge boots:
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but all I got was irony..well, money in a bag:)
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Golden Hour

Armani Exchange Jacket, Rebecca Minkoff Elle HotRed
So this is a very casual, bordering on boring look. It’s actually so close to what I normally wear everyday, it’s almost disturbing.

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(btw the weird red lens flare is real, not something I intentionally was going for)

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My second Rebecca Minkoff ‘Elle’ bag, this one is a keeper:) I posted a more detailed overview here

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My new Ash shoes, the old ones literally worn out, so I got these as a replacement. This model (Gin) is a bit different from the classic ‘Genial’ as it comes with 3 bigger buckles and a zipper on the opposite side of the shoe. Seems like it is only available in US, couldn’t find it in european stores anywhere. I kinda like the refreshed and slightly different look to it.
In this pic they’re actually all wet and covered with pieces of grass n stuff, all because I just had to get this shot which involved walking into dew covered field:
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It made me wish I’d worn something more ‘romantic’ that day, as it would’ve been a perfect setting for it, the park looks magical at sunrise.

Wearing: jacket: Armani Exchange, top: Religion, jeans: Rock&Republic, bag: ‘Elle’ in Hot Red Rebecca Minkoff, shoes: Ash ‘Gin’, rings: River Island, Sunglasses: TopShop

Rebecca Minkoff Hot Red ‘Elle’ Mini Bag Review

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I already had a Scarlet Elle bag with gold hardware once, but I wasn’t bonding with it.. Mostly because of my expectations vs the actual bag coloring. So when Rebecca Minkoff came out with a silver hardware version, I decided to try for it again. And I have to say I do like the ‘Hot Red’ version of Elle much better.

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The main color is as intense, but the hue is cooler toned comparing to the first bag which was warmer, more orangish red. It is not the neon type of color that literally hurts your eyes when you look at it, but it’s still striking enough.

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The closure is something I preferred in the first bag though.. It’s finished with a piece of leather glued to the buckle.. I guess it’s only a matter of time until the leather begins to peel / gets damaged. Should’ve been finished with something more durable.

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It is lined with dull black fabric, inside there is just one zipperless compartment.

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And there is a zippered pocket in the back:
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On the sides there are working zippers which extend the purse
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Detachable tag with Rebecca Minkoff logo:
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The strap length is adjustable:
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Metal feet at the bottom:
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I can’t seem to shake off the feeling that it’s more bulky and oversized than it should be, but again I’m a fan of smaller sized purses. Obviously, if you zip up the zippers on the sides it will appear smaller, but that would make the purse look kinda squished, so I have a feeling the zippers are mostly decorative rather than practical.

Another thing I don’t really like is how heavy it is.. It weighs almost 0.8kg (1.76pounds) when it’s empty. But guess it’s only logical if you want all that cool extra stuff like studs, chunky hardware and zipper tassels, you have to carry it around as well.

The construction of the bag feels very sturdy, I like bags which look the same when they are full and when they are empty.. the front side might get bent a bit if you store it empty for a while..but it’s still not the soft leather type bag which loses its shape way too easily

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The bag retails for $395, which I think is a bit on the overpriced side.. its sale/secondary market price anywhere between $100-250 feels just about right when it comes to quality and just overall feel to it.

The color options from the same collection with identical style and hardware:
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Hot Red, Black, White, Acid Yellow, Nude and Pale Pink

Not Another Floral Dress

Miss Selfridge Floral Dress, Karen Millen white signature jacket

This Miss Selfridge dress will probably be my last floral printed clothing item.. if not ever, then at least this year. I keep seeing too much floral print everywhere and that is uninspiring:p
And yep, I am aware I’m wearing it wrong, it’s supposed to be a bardot fit that goes around the shoulders, but that thing is just too tight despite being a size up, so I just treat it as an oddly shaped collar.

Karen Millen white biker jacket

And so I did find the perfect white leather jacket. It’s an identical one to my burgundy Karen Millen jacket from this post.. even though I wasn’t too happy about having two of exact same jackets just in different colors, I knew I wouldn’t find anything better than this anyways.
This one is also a limited edition, but with a slightly bigger run (463 pieces). It got a bit washed out on most of the pictures, so you can’t really see much of its detail, but in person it looks really stunning. The color is true white which matches my JC Scully shoes perfectly.

Floral dress, scully platforms

And what can I say about Scullys.. I kinda hate walking in these.. wish they’d come with some padding, same platform but less of a heel..although on the other hand, they are real attention grabbers and they look amazing and they make me look so tall, so yeah, love hate relationship here.

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The jewelry: Pilgrim triangle bracelet (asos) and New Look ring + matching, but wrecked babyblue nailpolish:
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View from the Primrose hill that day:
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Acquired Taste

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Today’s outfit is not about the look, but more about the feel:p
I had a plan to go outside, but since it was rainy this weekend, I decided to try something at home instead.
And I was in mood for some heroin chic.. So I found a tube top that I’ve had for years, and yet it still had the tags on because I have a habit of not tying things on before buying them..So basically this is how I discovered that tube tops are just not right for me on so many levels, but at least it was perfect to pull off that messed up anorexic look I was going for.

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Wearing: top: fishbone, jeans: Rock & Republic, spiky necklace: River Island, bracelets: Juicy Couture, H&M, ring: River Island