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

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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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Xmas Reveals IV – More Shoes!!!

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1. Valentino FW14 Rockstud Booties in Pebbled Calfskin
I actually purchased the smooth calfskin version initially, but then these went on sale in Europe and I was able to snatch them up in my size. I’m a real boots gal and I can just live in them cuz they’re so comfy! Do be careful and check some studs that aren’t secured on tight, which was another reason why I returned the previous pair. Fit: Runs large to size.

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Quick shot of me going out in them the first time, wearing Helmut Lang sweatshirt, Hudson jeans, and Céline Phantom.

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Other versions of these Rockstud booties from the FW14 collection. For SS15, they will also be offered in an olive green colour (last pic) and be part of the “Noir” collection with black outsoles and studs.Valentino_FW14Booties

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^Picture credit: Neiman Marcus Online

Pictures below from Valentino‘s FW14 and SS15 campaigns:

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2. Manolo Blahnik FW14 BB 105mm in Patent Tortoise Leather
I’ve always wanted to try the round toe BBs, and loved this classic pair from a few years ago. Finally they went on sale at Saks and I purchased them immediately. They can be worn for many seasons and is a great pair for work. They run big though for my usual size, so I’ll have to pad them a little…

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3. Salvatore Ferragamo FW14 Varina in Black Suede and Gold Metallic Cap Toe
These are so cute and I got them during the sales too. My only fear is that they’re quite delicate with the suede which will show wear and tear quickly, and I hope I won’t scratch up the shiny metal too fast cuz I tend to wear my shoes pretty hard. Or I can be really clumsy too and kick into things lol…

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4. Salvatore Ferragamo FW14 Varina in Plume Crackled Lambskin
I like this pair cuz of the cool crackled finish and how soft the lambskin is, which is a different material than most SF’s standard calfskin used in their Varina flats. However what threw me off was the mix of silver and gold on the buckle… I guess the reason SF did not go with silver buckles is because it might blend in too much with the rest of the body? Gold does add more contrast I suppose? Oh well, I’m still keeping them 😀

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Bargain Hunting!

Recently, I’ve been really into bargain shopping lol. My friend introduced me to a whole new world that I didn’t know about before. I used to wait for the biannual sales, stock up items in my shopping cart way ahead of time, calculate Eastern/Central/Pacific time zones, set my alarm to crazy hours like 3AM, and as soon as the online sales started, I’d check out all my stuff!!! Yeah, you know you’re a serious shopper when you wake up that early for the sales! haha Anyhow, I discovered that there were outlet shops like Nordstrom Rack, Last Call, Off 5th, TJ Maxx… etc. just to name a few. I really enjoy the hunt for items and it makes me so happy to find something that I knew cost so much more! Here are a few goodies:

Red by Valentino: Glitter Swirl Flats – 65$ (Retail 350$)

These are super cute and comfy. I’m happy with it even though there’s no box or dustbag…

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Helmut Lang: Gray Oxide Print Dress – 75$ (Retail 398$)

Often HL’s dresses don’t fit me right due to the asymmetric cut. I was glad this one fits me one and is very comfy. This is a medium size. HL’s sizing tends to be erratic… I can go from XS to occasionally a large…

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David Yurman: Wheaton Ring 16X12mm in Prasiolite and 0.16CT Diamonds Set in Sterling Silver – 375$ (Retail 875$)

I know… this is like better than DY’s factory sales! I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw this in the counter at Last Call for a fraction of the retail price since this is a very classic style… Little did I know how much problems this later gave me…

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Rag and Bone: Capri Jeans in Blush – 60$ (Retail 165$)

Really cute pants, great for spring and summer now. Since I’m petite, the Capri style fits me perfectly as jeggings.

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^Photo credit: http://www.rag-bone.com/

 

Salvatore Ferragamo: SS12 Runway Heels – 289$ (Retail 800$)

I was so tempted to buy these gorgeous heels as seen on all the SS12 ad campaigns and worn by Gisele Bundchen! Not only was the price amazing at 65% off retail, I managed to find 3 pairs all in my size! In the end, I passed cuz I felt like the shoes really weren’t practical and I’m trying to re-focus my purchases on bags! I have enough shoes for now. Here’s a teaser pic:

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^Photo credit: www.Ferragamo.com

That’s it for now! Will update you all with new purchases, keep living and shopping everyone! Have a wonderful weekend 😀

What Is More Expensive Than Gold?

Not diamonds…

Not cars…

Not Mastercard (cuz it’s priceless)… lol

RUBBER!!!

Salvatore Ferragamo SS13 “Bali” Flips Flops in Loto Gellato

That’s right – I just bought really expensive rubber/PVC/petroleum based substance that is more expensive than buying gold right now on the market lol. When these flip flops first came out, I loved the look. They were so cute and I could see myself roaming around in them around town or by the pool side. Nonetheless, I thought one must be INSANE to buy anything more than 50$ for all rubber shoes… So I forced myself to ignore them. Later when they were nearly all sold out I regretted not getting them. Finally when Neiman’s had its recent gift card promotion, they suddenly restocked another batch of inventory and I snatched the last pair in my size in this amazing creamy nude color! I am absolutely in love with them now! Hey, I never said I was SANE with my shopping 😛

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Modeling Pix:

I recently also discovered gel polish that gets “cured” under UV light in a matter of seconds. I decided to try them out with both a manicure and pedicure since there are so many different brands (Shellac, Bio Seaweed, Gelish…etc). On my toes in the pix below, I have the Bio Seaweed gel polish in Coral Reef (193). It’s harder to see on my nails, but I have a mix of Shellac’s 02 + 17 colors. I’m loving the long lasting, chip free, fast drying, and easy maintenance!!!

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Ferragamo does Flats Best!!!

Salvatore Ferragamo FW12 Tinkerbell in Patent Giglio Calfskin

Another belated reveal. I got these prior to the sales for 30% off which is a pretty good deal. These flats have a built-in mini wedge of 10mm and there’s the same style but with a higher 30mm wedge called Tilda that is really comfortable as well. My only thing against these flats is that they’re a bit too high cut and after a few times of wearing them, I feel like they cut into my extensor tendons… They’re still very comfy and great for shopping all day though.

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