Came this little bracelet. It’s very simple and basic, but I couldn’t take it out of my mind since I saw it in a shop a couple of months ago.
Look what came in the post today…
A silk dress sent by my parents-in-law Franca e Giulio. Grazie! ;)
The plan: I left home this afternoon with the intention of going to my office to work for a couple of hours (yes, too many years in university do this to you: you feel a little bit of guilt every time you don’t go to work, even when it happens to be a Sunday. as if you’re wasting time in a journey that will lead you to a major scientific discovery… completely stupid), but instead I ended up at Liberty.
The excuse: I received a small gift voucher from Liberty and wanted to see if there was anything interesting I could afford with it.
The result: I ended up getting this body balm from Aesop
The major digression: This is my first Aesop product. Yes, I know I’m very late jumping in the bandwagon. I’ve been reading great reviews on Aesop products for quite some time, but I’ve been a bit suspicious about all the hype around the brand… I’m afraid it is just another relatively pricey, relatively difficult to find (at least until it opened its first stores and outlets in the UK), too cool for school type of thing. That put me off. Plus, I’m quite happy with my beauty regimen at the moment and I think I should remain faithful to my favourites (which took me so many years to find!).
The end: Anyway, I gave in and bought an Aesop orange scented body moisturiser. I felt in love with the smell. Now the funny thing is that I only very rarely wear perfume / eau de toilette (and if so only this little treasure I brought from Paris), but I LOVE scented products for the body (current favourites being this, this and this). And I think as far as scent goes we’ve got a winner with this Aesop balm (that is, if you’re fond of fruity scents). Its moisturising properties still need further inspection, though. I’ll need a couple of weeks to report back :)
PS: other things I liked in Liberty (but that I could not afford with my gift voucher): literally everything from Dries Van Noten, all shoes/boots from Martin Margiela (why is it so difficult to find simple, beautiful shoes like this at a more affordable price? Why do cheaper brands have to complicate so much?), almost everything from Phillip Lim, almost all shoes from Acne, lots of stuff from Helmut Lang, a few very cute items from Sessun, APC and Whyred.
PPS: and things I surprisingly(?) didn’t like: I didn’t really like almost anything in Isabel Marant’s racks. hmmm…
I LOVE the French high street. Every time I’ve the chance to travel to Paris, I know I will be swooning over all those lovely boutiques and wanting to bring home way more stuff than my suitcase and my budget allow me to. And although we can nowadays find most of the good French brands here in the UK, there’s still a special pleasure in visiting the “original” stores and peut-être finding that fantastic item that won’t be available to buy this side of the Channel.
My latest French discovery was the brand Claudie Pierlot, which I got to know last time I went to Paris, in August. Since then, I have been waiting for their Autumn-Winter catalogue to go online in order to make this post. And, finally, here it is (even though I think the catalogue photos don’t do justice to the actual clothes/accessories in the stores).
Well, and since I was gonna show you some Claudie Pierlot, I didn’t resist taking the opportunity to add a few other of my French crushes…
PS: ah! I should stress that these mini-sample of French crushes excludes my biggest French loves, i.e. the so-called holy trinity™ Vanessa Bruno + Isabel Marta + A.P.C…. But these are worthy of an entirely new and separate post.
PPS: While doing my research on Claudie Pierlot I learned that this brand is owned by the same group that also owns Maje and Sandro. A bit of a bummer. I always hope that these cute brands are all independently owned, very unique, small-scale and so on. I am dreamer, I know.
For reasons unknown I’ve always liked to display the gifts I receive for my birthday or for Christmas so that people (i.e. me) could appreciate the year’s harvest in full. When I was younger I remember I’d leave all my Christmas presents on display on my bed for days in a row (typically until my mother would get fed up and order me to put everything in the right drawers/cabinets) just to have the pleasure to look at all my new toys. I thought this habit would fade away with time, as I get older and more serious and mature, but it hasn’t been the case. It still gives me a lot of pleasure to go through this little ritual of preparing my own gift display for the only purpose of looking at it and feeling happy. The only difference is that I’ve now replaced the dolls by clothes and books.
This is the latest gift display:
First row: red jacquard wool dress (very Christmassy, I think) ♥ super-cozy pyjama set
Second row: Vanessa Bruno Athe shoulder applique sweater ♥ A.P.C. wool sweater
Third row: the Anthropologie corner! De-li-ci-ous Peyton and Byrne baking book (beautiful! Can’t wait to try one of its recipes) ♥ S mug ♥ Ladies-in-waiting dinner plate (for the Princess in the house :) ♥ Baking notepad (very useful for writing down my recipes) ♥ Colourful placemats ♥ Colourful oven mitt (to match my Anthropologie apron)
Bracelets have been my favourite item of jewellery for the last few years. I like rings a lot but always find it difficult to get the right size/shape (I’ve got skinny fingers with big knuckles and finding a ring that suits is really a challenge). I don’t wear necklaces that often, and I don’t remember the last time I put some earrings on (actually I do remember, it was on my wedding day… 4 months ago!). There’s no particular reason for that. It just happens that I like to use accessories with moderation and I find bracelets the easiest to mix & match regardless of the clothes I’m wearing.
So I’d like to introduce you to my most-loved bracelets :)First row (left to right): New Look metal cuff ♥ Ivory bracelet from Nepal (that’s what the seller said… it’s bought in Portugal by my parents) ♥ Marni wood and resin bracelet ♥ wooden bracelet from Brazil
Second row: NW3 ladybug ♥ Silver bracelet from Myanmar ♥ Oasis green and gold bacelet ♥ Silver cuff (made by my uncle! This is probably my most used item of jewellery ever) ♥ Raffia bangle from Brazil
Third row: Philippe Audibert silver bracelet ♥ Lily and Lionel leather wrap bracelet ♥ Philippe Audibert silver cuff ♥ Whistles wrap bracelet