Monday, 26 March 2012

Oh Jewelled Tree

We first met in the summer of 2010.

I wanted to take you home, but I couldn't bear to part with $32 just yet... and so I waited for the day when you'd be discounted. But that day never came. Sure, I gazed at your online photograph from time to time, but life eventually got in the way and you become a distant memory.

Fast forward to 2012; I was surprised that you had been waiting all this time, quietly insisting that you were worth every penny. I couldn't resist you anymore. It was time to take you home.

Little birch jewelry stand from Urban Outfitters

Saturday, 3 March 2012

Cathay Pacific x Agnès B travel kit

Last Christmas, I was upgraded to business class for my flight to Hong Kong and back. It just goes to show how much easier it is to be upgraded on flights to and from the US, as I've been flying to and from London for 7 years and never got upgraded! I've never been so well-fed and well-rested... feel so spoilt now.

Business class passengers were given in-flight travel kits designed by agnès b. My flights were only 2 weeks apart but the bag's design had changed already.

The skincare products by Murad were actually really useful and foam earplugs were also included, the same ones that I use in noisy places to protect from worsening of my tinnitus. The headphones in business class now have a noise-canceling function, which makes a massive difference.

The cute bags can be also used afterwards... Love them!!

Thursday, 1 March 2012

Love Vintage

Once upon a time, there was a girl who was cursed with the inability to prepare for an exam unless it was in less than 24 hours. Late one night, during one of her last minute revision sessions, tired, cranky and exasperated with her misfortune, she decided to cheer herself up by buying all the beautiful things she had favourited from Etsy's vintage section, and all was well in the world. For a few minutes at least.

It was good timing, because I had a little accident last week and ended up with stitches in my toe, stuck at home and bored to death - these deliveries perked me up a bit.

First I received this red travel wallet by St Thomas (sold by pollygolightly). I'm just crazy about wallets with different compartments and the descriptions stamped on - I've wanted a travel wallet from Aspinal of London for absolutely ages. Maybe it's because I'm an organisation-freak... can't resist red leather either. BTW, Zara is selling a red clutch bag with different compartments too. Might have purchased it by now, if it wasn't for the fact that I'd just bought something similar... (see below)

I also fell in love with this vintage toiletry set, made in West Germany (sold by cammoo). Beautiful split cowhide, neat little boxes, and a mirror too... not sure what to do with the brush but who cares when it looks this awesome?!

Been looking for a nice big leather bag that I can put my DSLR in along with everything else... was hoping to eventually buy one from THEIT but couldn't resist this boxy camera bag (sold by msmichiganroux). The front panel can be opened and pulled outwards. So rad!

Even with the specs listed it was roomier that I'd imagined...

Enough with the leather goods already!!

Okay, just one more...

This vintage clutch from Coach was designed by Bonnie Cashin and made in NY in the 70's, which is pretty awesome seeing as all Coach bags are now made in China. I mean, I'm Chinese and even I'm sick of it. Okay, so this one isn't from Etsy - I scored it on Ebay and paid a little more than I'd hoped, but it was still cheaper than the version Coach is currently reissuing as part of their Coach classics collection.

Lastly, I got these awesome teaspoons (obviously I think everything I bought is awesome, sorry for this abuse of the word) from englishrosevintage. Love the packaging!

The spoons are topped with a 3D crown and ship.

Buying vintage really makes you think about how the things you own can last you a long, long time, if you appreciate and purchase good quality items. It's easy to forget this when we live in a consumerist society where many companies try to sell things for as shit quality as possible - Jason Wu for Target, I'm looking at you!