My Spanish Acquisitions – Hermès, LaDurée, and Cosmetics

Hi everyone, I’m so sorry for not updating my blog. It’s been very busy this summer with all my travels, car issues, and then catching up with work. Yes, I am still alive and finally got a chance today to respond back to comments and post some new conquests since Spring! I know, it feels like forever since I last posted and I have so many things to catch up on. So I apologize for all the binge posts, but I hope you’ll enjoy at least some new goodies. Aside, I recently joined Instagram – you can also follow me @ceciliascloset888

Here’s a group pic of my mini haul from a recent trip to Spain.Travels1

 

1. Hermès SS15 Collier de Chien (CDC) Bracelet in Gold Plating, Epsom Leather and Jaipur Rose Color

I was at the airport terminal waiting for my next connecting flight to Portugal and had only 45 minutes. Of course we landed late and instead I only had 15 minutes to shop. The first SA was completely not helpful, I actually left the boutique. However, the next plane that I was to board was running late as well, so I returned back to the boutique to try my luck. Another elderly SA was so kind and brought out all the things that I wanted to see right in front of the previous SA. I think she felt very awkward standing there when she could have made the sale. I was happily surprised that they just received the new CDC bracelet in Jaipur Rose which is highly sought after. The colour is gorgeous and in the gold colour that I prefer. It’s a little heavy to wear, but very comfortable otherwise.

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2. Hermès SS15 Clic H Bracelet in White Enamel and Rose Gold Plating

At the same boutique in Spain, I also purchased this Clic H enamel bracelet which was what I originally wanted to purchase because the Rose Gold was just launched this Spring and I was dying to get one because it’s been sold out everywhere. The first SA as I mentioned before told me that all the RG bracelets were immediately sold out, but then as I walked back into the store later, there was this display piece in the window which I had asked another SA to bring out for me to see. I know some boutiques can be picky about selling their demos, but the second SA had no problem with this. The only issue is that this was the Large model… It can be a little big when worn alone, but when I stack it with my other bracelets, it’s not bad at all as you can see from the pix below showing the difference between the Large and Small model (Clic Clac H black enamel bracelet). You can also compare the Rose Gold versus the usual Gold plating colour.

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3. LaDurée Macaron Key Ring (Pink)

I used to hate macarons as a child because my cousin gave me a foul tasting one that she didn’t want and must’ve scarred my taste buds for a decade! I don’t even remember the flavour – liquorice??? Yeah I used to hate this as well haha! Only over the last few years, I began to rediscover their delicacy. I have to be careful cuz each of these tiny little nuggets are 100 -150 calories! Rather than indulging in their sweetness and working out at the gym after, keeping them close to my side as a keychain would be much more practical, right? I also saw a friend with this on her bag and I thought it was the cutest thing! The price is pretty steep though for something around 50 Euros at the airport??? Sorry I can’t remember. Available in Pink, Red, Green, Purple, and Blue.

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Thanks for letting me share! Here are some other pix from my trip, enjoy!

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Christmas Presents – Reveals II

Tiffany’s Paloma Picasso Bracelets

Okay these are not exactly gifts, but I just took pix of them at the same time along with other presents. I recently lost my blue chalcedony bracelet and Tiffany was gracious enough to offer me a replacement bracelet because I believe their “C-ring” clasp is not the most secure. Then, I brought the bracelets to my local Tiffany’s and had them replace the C-ring clasp into a lobster clasp and also removed a stone cuz the bracelet’s too big. When I got the bracelets back, the lobster clasp is SOOOOO TIGHT! It was painful to open! I can’t believe Tiffany has such a problem with their clasps – they’re either too small and you can’t open them, or not secure enough that you lose the entire bracelet, or now wayyy too tight. I will just hope that with use, the clasp will loosen.

My Birthstone – Citrine

I really disliked citrine (aka yellow topaz) when I was young. I thought it was the ugliest mucky yellow color. Yet, somewhere along my teen years, I’ve grown to love my birthstone, probably because my first real gift from a boy was a citrine necklace – not your typical weed flowers from a snotty kid… I like the warmth in the color of citrine and how it’s particularly beautiful to be worn in the evening when the sun starts to set and you get this golden glow from the gemstone. Not only so, it also brings out my Asian yellowness! 😀

 

Tiffany Sparklers 3.0TCW Cushion-Cut Citrine Earrings in Sterling Silver Setting

These studs are gorgeous with such brilliant shine! I am impressed by the craftsmanship. I’ve heard that David Yurman’s gemstones tend to lose their luster after some wear and it seems to be true. In comparison, even when my DY citrine ring was brand new, I don’t recall it having such faceting brilliance!

 

Shown on silver background now to better see the faceting shades of citrine 😀

 

 

Tiffany Sparklers 1.5TCW Cushion-Cut Citrine Necklace with 16 Inch Sterling Silver Chain

I usually like my neck bare and don’t wear any necklaces, turtlenecks, or even high collared clothing. Some may think I’m bizarre (hey, I’m nerdy!), but we all have a favorite muscle. My anatomy prof’s was the brachioradialis which quote, “this is the SEXIEST muscle on the body, look at it pronate and supinate!!!” as she held out both arms and started flapping them around. She was a bit nuts, but we all loved her personality haha! So I’ve found mine to be the sternocleidomastoid, which I think is really attractive on any women’s slender neck which should not be hindered by any kind of obstructing object. However, I highly recommend this necklace because it’s the perfect size for just enough bling. Tiffany’s is not cheap and I really do not understand how some simple silver designs fetch easily $500+++, but this piece is gorgeous and very affordable.

 

Lastly, a look at my mini citrine collection with David Yurman’s Petit Albion 7mm citrine ring with 0.2tcw diamonds.

To Keep or Not to Keep?

I was cleaning out my jewelry stash today and incidentally found a Tiffany‘s necklace that I wore once back in 2010. I had completely forgotten about it and actually thought that I gave it back to the person who originally gave it to me as a gift. Then in retrospect, I remembered that I did keep it because I wanted to sell it on Ebay lol but later could not find it after I moved.

Now that I’ve rediscovered it, I don’t know if I should keep it or not? I browsed Ebay for comparative prices and saw a bunch of Tiffany’s hearts by Elsa Peretti. What amused me was that the hearts were practically worthless with some going as low as $30! (Authenticity unknown) Not only so, you wouldn’t believe how many people are selling them as well as similar styles… Judging by these two factors of good price and selection on Ebay, I guess I’d better keep the necklace. If these hearts were not being bid on for 30$, I’d rather not hassle with listing it up, writing a whole bunch of stuff to praise its beauty (cuz truthfully it’s not that amazing), deal with people’s questions, shipping it out, and then all the complications if things go wrong! A waste of my time. I will put it up for sale on my blog here if anyone wants it, but my asking price is a lot higher. This will probably be the only time that I’d suggest buyers to go onto Ebay instead for better prices lol!  beatdeadhorse.gif

In the end, I’m forced to keep the necklace for now. At first when I took it out of the protective pouch today, I was surprised that it had been completely stained with BLACK TARNISH after 2 years of not wearing it. Maybe one day I’ll bring it back to Tiffany’s to ask them to professionally polish the silver and then re-gift it to my cousin lol (she wouldn’t mind, we share stuff all the time). I should’ve taken a pic pre-polishing, but I’d tried my best to polish the silver myself, so here it is now:

 

Tiffany’s Elsa Peretti Sterling Silver Open Heart (Small) on 16 Inch Chain:

Tiffany & Co Bead Bracelets

Recently I’ve been really obsessed with David Yurman‘s jewelry… I’ll just say that my interested peeked when I saw a drug representative decked out in DY’s classic cable earrings, necklace, bracelet, and black onyx Albion ring. I do own 2 Albion rings in Blue Topaz and Citrine with diamonds, but now I need MORE!!! lol I’m just waiting for a major GC event next time so that I can get a couple of things…

 

Anyhow, things turned to me browsing Tiffany and Co‘s bead bracelets which I adore and sort of regret ever since I gave up a chance to purchase them in person. As you may recall, I bought the Sterling Silver bead bracelet a year ago, so I’ve been eyeing Paloma Picasso’s Blue Chalcedony, Multicolored Precious Stones, and Pearl bracelets. David Yurman also has something similar with their new Spiritual Beads collection, but after countless days of comparison, I went for Tiffany’s cuz they’re cheaper lol (which is rare)…

Unfortunately, the blue chalcedony and multicolored bracelets are on back-order. The SA I spoke to said they’d arrive late September to early October, but I’m guaranteed to get them. I’ve also asked to have the pearl bracelet to be engraved. I can’t wait to stack them all up (and combine them with my upcoming DY jewelry too! I know, DY and T&Co don’t really mix, but I’ll make them work out haha)
Here’s a preview: