Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Birkins, Speedys, and Caviar leathers fear no more!

I was quite excited to receive this pursehook made by My Tagalongs.

I don't usually keep my bags on the icky floor anyways, but it is always uncomfortable to place your bag on the back of your chair and be forced to sit on only half of the seat. When space is limited, your baby is not always able to have its own chair, especially at tables for two.

You don't have to own a designer bag to justify the use of a purse hook...we all want to protect our precious bags! I cherish my Damier Speedy 30 as much as my purple lambskin satchel by Danier (a Canadian leather company), even though it is a fraction of the price. Actually, I am more afraid of damaging the delicate lambskin of the Danier than getting the coated canvas of the Speedy dirty, as it can easily be wiped off. Anyone living in a climate of snow, rain and ice will probably need this even more. Can you imagine placing your bag on a bed of wet, melting snow and salt and getting waterstains on your leather? *shudders*

Visit MyTagalong's website for more details. They also offer a variety of funky stuff made for ladies, such as the Emergency Valet, Little Black Dis-tress kit, and the Contented Purse.

Canadians, you can purchase the pursehook in the handbag section of The Bay for $15.

Thanks to Ashworth & Associates for sending me the pursehook!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

HK Shopping: Leather Jackets

These were some of the ones I had in mind when I planned to purchase my first leather jacket...

Moschino Cheap and Chic Double Breasted jacket-nice bright colour, and I LUUURRVE the buttons and the belted detail on the sleeves. Not too fond of the cropped sleeves though.

Juicy Couture shrunken leather hoodie, minus the shrunken part. If I'm going to get ONE leather jacket, it better be practical and keep you (slightly) warm. This is more plain, but simple means that it will go with everything. Plus, I've always had a thing for hoodies, they are just too comfy!

Jenni Kayne Asymmetrical Motorcycle Jacket-this look is hot! It adds an instant 'coolness' to your outfits whether you pair it with simple tee/tank and skinny jeans, or with a flowery chiffon dress + military boots. I would pair it with outfit one, as it is more my style....

I saw these all over stores in HK...yet didn't want to shell out $3000+ HKD ($500 CAD, $400+ USD) for a jacket that I would only be able to wear during the non-rainy days late days or spring or early autumn. With the amount of rain we got in Toronto last year....it just wasn't really worth it. I saw plenty of pleather jackets in this style too...but they still cost $600
+HKD, and I really go for quality > trends.

In the end...I got:

A deep eggplant coloured lambskin motorcycle jacket. It's really more of a deep purple than it appears with the flash in this picture. I love purple, and it is dark enough of a shade to appear as a neutral, so goes with most of my outfits easily. I like the snap collar. The cut is slimming, and the details are simple making this, what I would call a staple in my wardrobe. I wore this EVERYWHERE during the chillier days in HK with a lavender pashmina scarf...cos I'm really into monochromatic dressing :P
AND, unexpectedly, I got a second leather jacket! The big angular collars satisfy my obsession with motorcycle jackets like the Jenni Kayne one above. White leather is tricky...but it looks really good. The grey elastic lining runs along the sides of the jacket and the sleeves, so that I don't have to worry about gaining or losing a few pounds and not be able to wear it again. This was only a little over half the price of the purple jacket!!! It was a super deal that I found at the most obscure of all places to shop in HK..........Stanley!!!!!

I was crazy over buying coats/jackets on my HK trip...2 down, and more to come!