Louis Vuitton Reveal!

I was fortunate to receive a Louis Vuitton Noé over the holiday break from my aunt. It was hers in the 80’s when she went to college. The date code indicates it was made in April 1987. Also, I’m very pleased that it was actually made in France (unlike my pochette accesoires made in the U.S.A.). It has aged beautifully and the monogram canvas looks as fresh as my more recent Louis Vuitton bags. The leather has patinated beautifully (Patina is a phenomenon that occurs in the vachetta or untreated cowhide leather on your bag. When the leather is new, the color is very pale beige. Over years of use, it darkens to its full patina in various stages, to deep honey brown. which is it’s final dark patinated color. Patination is caused by oxidation, sunlight, weather, oil in your hands and dirt.) Also, a patinated bag is proof that a Louis Vuitton is genuine and honestly, I kinda love the vintage look it gives the bag. Plus, the honey colored leather complements the monogram canvas.

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It’s like a fine wine, it gets better with age.
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date code from the 80s
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made in France!

Here is a little history of the bag (in case, you’re interested):

The Noe was first introduced in the early 1930’s when a champagne house contacted the Louis Vuitton company to make a bag that would hold 5 bottles of champagne. The bag still serves this function: 4 bottles with the bottom down and the 5th inverted and nestled between the others. However, its bottle carrying capacity notwithstanding, the bag is primarily used as a practical city bag for everyday use. This drawstring bag comes in two sizes: the Noe itself (10″ x 13″ or 26cm x 34cm, pictured) and the smaller Petite Noe (9″ x 11″ or 24cm x 27cm). By the way, the name Noe is French for Noah, who was not only famous for loading animals on the Arc two by two, but for his ability to consume wine. (http://kunkun.tripod.com/LV.htm)

Obviously, I don’t use the bag for carrying around bottles of champagne (usually ;)) but I use it as a everyday casual tote. It’s extremely roomy and I can fit my large kate spade wallet, my planner, a book, a scarf, a water bottle, my pochette, a full-size hair brush, with room to spare (I can even fit my 13in. macbook air!).

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All of this…
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…fits here!

This bag is not in mint condition, but I still love it and I’m not afraid to ruin a “new” bag.

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water marks
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wear and tear from over the years

Please like this post to see what’s in my makeup pouch (the pochette!).

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Material Detox

Mysterious Eyes and Polka Dot Tights

Now that I’m finally done with the fall semester (yes, I survived!) I’ve been doing a bit of shopping (shame on me, I know, I know).  Since I’ll be going to Boston in January for about a week and a half before my spring semester starts, I thought I should grab a few extra sweaters and other cold weather gear (bonus for dressing cute for the end of the world!).

This is my first sweater.  It’s the forever 21 “Mysterious Eyes” Sweater in cream.  It’s $27.80 (pretty pricy in my opinion), 75% nylon, and 25% rabbit hair which is great for keeping me warm (not so great if you don’t like rabbit hair clinging to everything else you wear/come in contact with). This also matches wonderfully with a vintage Louis Vuitton “Noé” that I have procured recently. http://www.forever21.com/Product/Product.aspx?BR=f21&Category=sweater&ProductID=2021841145&VariantID=

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My 2nd sweater is something I could not resist!  I’m a huge nintendo fan in case you couldn’t tell.  Although it’s no longer sold online, I still think you can find it in stores.  I bought it for $19.80 and I’m loving it to bits!  I think it may become my favorite sweater for lounging around my apartment.

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I also purchased two pairs of tights.  One with white polka dots and one with pink hearts.  I love wearing tights under my shorts, skits, and dresses.  The little extra decoration adds a little flair to my outfits as an alternative to my plain black tights.

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Like this post if you’d like to see an in-depth review of the Louis Vuitton Noé!

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Material Detox

You’ve got to ask yourself one question: ‘Do I feel lucky?’ Well, do ya, punk?

So I’ve been a member of Jewelmint for a while now and although I’m not an avid fan I decided to purchase their “Winter Mystery Box” which contained 4 Jewelmint pieces for $29.99.  I recently got it in the mail and decided to write a review and show what goodies I received.  For those of you who are not familiar with Jewelmint here’s how it works:

After first browsing to JewelMint, you’ll be asked to complete a quiz that establishes your ‘style profile’. Then you’ll be asked to enter your credit card information (you aren’t actually charged until your first purchase) and are shown a handful of pieces of jewelry. Purchase one, and you’ll be signed up for the program — once a month you’ll be charged $29.99, and you’ll receive a ‘Credit’ that can be used to buy one piece of jewelry on the site. The catch is that you’ll only be able to see a handful of pieces that are suggested based on your tastes — you can’t go browsing the entire catalog as you would on Amazon. If you don’t see anything you like one month, you can skip it and wait til the next month (you aren’t charged the $29.99 fee if you decide to skip a month).” http://techcrunch.com/2010/10/04/beachmint-teams-with-kate-bosworth-to-launch-first-vertical-jewelmint/

So before this purchase, I had only owned two pieces and skipped basically every month til this December.  I got an email from Jewelmint advertising their “Winter Mystery Box” and purchased it right away, hoping to gift most pieces as presents for others.  So without further adieu here are the four pieces I received:

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My favorite piece from my box. Really stunning up close.
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Very bohemian. (Not my style, but I do have a friend that will love this)
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Surprisingly cute and charming.
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The most disappointing piece. It’s cute but it feels cheap and childish.

Overall I am quite happy with the pieces I received.  I don’t know if I would buy it again as I feel as though Jewelmint’s quality has gone down, however; that being said, all these pieces make excellent Christmas gifts.

Have you ever tried Jewelmint, if so what are your favorite pieces?

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Material Detox

Very Inspiring Blog Award

Jessica over at http://producthoochie.wordpress.com nominated me for the Very Inspiring Blog Award.  Definitely go check her out for her fun, informative beauty related posts!  Needless to say, I’m honored and genuninely surprised.

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Here are the rules:

1. Link back to the blogger who nominated you.  Check!  Done in the first sentence!

2. Post the award image to your page. Double Check! (Look above)

3. Share 7 facts about yourself.

  1. My favorite author is Neil Gaiman (Sandman series, Coraline, Neverwhere, American Gods…and so on…If its published, I’ve probably read it…at least 3 times)neil
  2. I am pretty self-confident or rather I’m not extremely self-conscious anymore.  For example, I’m a horrible singer but I’m not afraid of singing in front of others!
  3. I’m really not sure where I’m going to be after I graduate college and that doesn’t frighten me at all (in fact, I kinda love it)
  4. My first job was at Mcdonalds. This was 2 years ago and they were really the only place willing to hire a 16 year old.  Surprisingly, it only made me want to eat Mcdonalds more!
  5. I’m a horrible texter.  If and when I do happen to respond to a text, its usually one word (ok, yeah, yes, mmhmm, nope, no..)
  6. I prefer sitting down with a cup of coffee than long walks in the park.coffee_cuphires
  7. Death from the Sandman series and Taylor Momsen are my style icons (don’t judge),
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    That ankh!

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    Taylor Momsen

4. Nominate 15 other blogs and inform them about it. 

  1. http://thebeautyblogmd.wordpress.com/
  2. http://twentysomethinggirls.wordpress.com/
  3. http://akirahbabe.wordpress.com/
  4. http://shoeloveistruelove.wordpress.com/
  5. http://5kidswdisabilities.com/
  6. http://lifeisshorteathard.wordpress.com/
  7. http://beautywhizz.wordpress.com/
  8. http://canadianbudgetbinder.com/
  9. http://allthingsgirlrelated.wordpress.com/
  10. http://organizedjrnl.wordpress.com/
  11. http://girlintheglasses.com/
  12. http://lipstickandstilletos.wordpress.com/
  13. http://unicornstylings.com/
  14. http://fabulouspoorgirl.wordpress.com/
  15. http://mylifeismystyle.wordpress.com/

I Need A Doctor: Dr. Jart+ Black Label Detox Review

So, I have been using Dr. Jart+ Black Label Detox BB beauty balm for a couple of weeks now and I must say that I’m pretty impressed.  First off, let me just say that I have dry skin with a bit of acne (the joys of being 18) and this works perfectly to cover my blemishes without being cakey.  Although the coverage isn’t as great as my MUFE HD foundation, its still pretty incredible for something that feels light.  It has a pretty watery consistency, but it spreads out evenly.  Also, I’m not a big fan of the scent, it smells like a mild herbal scent and just a bit like rubber.  The worst part is that there is only one shade and although it fades out to my skin tone, I’m not so sure if this will work for all skin-tones. Also, its pretty pricy.  Its $36 at Sephora for 1.5 oz. of product.  Here is a before and after:

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before (yes, that is a HUGE zit on my nose)
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ta-dah!! (still visible, but a great improvement)

I live in the bay area now and I choose to believe that the fog has been doing wonders for my dry skin.  When I used to live in L.A. I would often get red patchy rashes on my skin that would last for weeks!  In fact, they didn’t really go away til I moved to the bay.  However, that being said, I have gotten more acne since I started college.  This could be due to many things such as hormones and most likely stress.

Dr. Jart’s Black Label claims to cover “blemishes and uneven skin tone” and acts to “purify and calm blemish-prone and irritated skin.”  I’m not so sure if it has actually helped clear up my acne, but it has definitely evened out my skin tone.  It leaves my skin looking and feeling dewy and radiant.  In short, this is a perfect everyday bb cream for those with dry, sensitive skin with minor acne. Dr.-Jart-Black-Label-Detox-BB-Beauty-Balm-Dr.-Jart-Renewalist-BB-Beauty-Balm-1

Pros:

  • Great for dry skin with slight acne
  • SPF 25
  • Feels light and leaves your skin feeling and looking dewy, radiant, and natural

Cons:

  • Only one shade
  • Smells like herbs
  • EXPENSIVE!! ($36 @Sephora)

Overall, I would recommend this if your skin is similar to mine and within your budget.  The price itself may keep me from repurchasing.

My finals are on Monday and Tuesday but I decided to take a little study break and blog (tsk tsk).  What is your everyday foundation/bb cream/tinted moisturizer and why does it work for you?

-Material Detox