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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Meet my new bag: the Chloe Faye

If you follow my Instagram (kiwifashionblog follow me here) you would have already seen the newest addition to my bag collection, The medium Chloe Faye bag in navy. Rewind to approximately a year ago when I decided to declutter my bag collection. Gradually over a span of 10-12 months I got rid of eight handbags (consigned, sold online or donated). I rarely buy bags on impulse. And over the years of collecting, I learnt what works and what does not work for me. I keep most of my bags in my collection for at least 4+ years. Long story short, I was getting a bit tired of alot of my handbags hence the decluttering process was initiated.
Towards the end of last year, I started seeing this beautiful Chloe Faye bag popping up on social media. I have always loved the craftsmanship of Chloe handbags. The only reason I never really got one was the weight issue. Their bags are often made so well with nice substantial leather it adds so much weight to the bag even being empty. If I am going to spend that much on a brand new bag, it better be practical for me, I told myself. So the research continued. I normally give myself time to test out my love for a new handbag. If the affection dissipates within a month or two, then I know the bag isn't for me. However with the Faye, I knew it will be a timeless classic piece.
About a month ago, we made a spontaneous day trip up north to Seattle. I thought I'd just stop by at Neiman Marcus in Bellevue WA to see if they even have the Faye in stock (as my local department store told me a few times they are so popular they couldn't keep them on the shelve for too long). A friendly and helpful Sales Associate named Iris assisted and gave me great advice to decide on the medium size instead of the small. I had to wait a week before a new bag could be send to me. But, Chloe did not disappoint. After impatiently waiting for a week, this beautiful gem appeared in front of my eyes and it was love at first sight :)
I hope you like the Faye as much as I do. The slim silhouette of the bag keeps it close to the body while carrying it. The suede on the flap is done beautifully and who can ignore that beautiful o-ring clasp with the chain (it is magnetic). You can still get the Faye off Neiman Marcus' website here. They even have it in several leather and colour combinations. A handbag lover will understand sometimes it is the shallow materialistic thing (I am ashamed to admit that) that makes your heart sing or skip a beat.

Uniqlo legging pants (here, the next best thing than maxi skirt for curvy girls), Sam Edelman Petty booties (here) and Lindberg sunglasses.
Pray for Brussels, my heart goes out to all the affected victims #peace

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Midi skirt obsession

Being a curvy and petite girl, skirts have always been my best fashion friend. My favourite kind of skirt is an A-line style. It makes my waist smaller and hide my fuller bottom perfectly. I  wear skirt in almost all occasions. Last year when I went to Japan and practically walked 8-10 hours a day, I was mostly in skirts. I pair skirts with high boots, Maryjane, slip-ons, booties and even Birkenstocks. I don't limit on only wearing tights either. I s have alot of high socks that I wear them with skirts during spring.
Last week when we had a day trip to Seattle, I found this pretty plaid one in Zara. It does not have any lining and I love the faux wrap design. I immediately knew it is coming home with me. Unless my body shape miraculously changed, I think I will live in skirts for the rest of my life.
I also want to recommend (and I am certainly not sponsored) Milkyway phone cases. I bought three during their sale last year and I must say for someone who is fairly rough with her phone, this case has proven to be able to take some beatings. They have a variety of selection in both clear and wood finish. I personally love the clear ones. They do beautiful artwork as well as funny catch phrases. Get more than one together with a friend to save on shipping. I am sure you will find something that makes you smile :)

Balenciaga motocycle jacket in Havanna (2012 model), Rebecca Minkoff Love bag in Moon (similar one in Cobalt here), Zara Wrap skirt (get it here), YogaStudio pom pom and Sam Edelman booties.

"Hello, it's me"

Milkyway Humming Bird Iphone 6 clear case (choose from many selections here)
Yay for upcoming warmer weather :) Thanks so much for reading.