Sunday, March 2, 2014

Designer bags that will never be "démodé"

I like to think of bags as investment pieces. Of course, that doesn't mean that I'm planning on getting the money back! But if I ever decide to buy a bag is because I know it will become part of my everyday life. When I was younger, I couldn't afford to buy designer bags, so I would settle with a nice leather bag, vintage or from a medium quality brand like Massimo Dutti. I still wear them occasionally and even if they still look quite well, I must say that if you're planning on buying a designer piece to boost your wardrobe, a designer bag is something you certainly need.

Of course, the prices may vary a lot from one fashion brand to another, or even between different models from the same brand. The "it" bag phenomenon has become quite big, and each season new bags become "essential"; but sticking to the everlasting, classical ones, is my advice if your budget is a limited one –as is the case for most of us. Here is a list of my favorite bags.

Louis Vuitton:

Speedy: This is one of the most classic and versatile bags you'll ever find. It's also quite affordable. It comes in 4 different sizes and a huge variety of colors and textures. You can even personalize it with your initials. These one is the Speedy Monogram Bandoulière (with strap).

Alma: I absolutely adore this bag shape, and the Epi is definitely my favorite. I would buy it in the medium size in a very pop color. This one is called the "Amande Electric".

Sofia Coppola bag: It's my favorite bag from LV. It's a very expensive investment, but it is a completely timeless piece. It comes in different colors and leather types. My favorite are the black and the navy ones.


Peekaboo: It is my favorite Fendi. I love the classic cut that reminds me of the Hermès Birkin.

2 jours: It's a more affordable Fendi and I would definitely buy it in the tri-color version. This one is owned by Sarah Jessica Parker and has her initials.

Chloé is one of my favorite fashion brands. The Paraty bag is one I personally own and can say that I don't regret the investment! I bought it in grey, and I'm planning on getting it in another color. My favorite is the black python version, but unfortunately it is also almost twice the price of the normal ones!

Céline: I love all Céline bags, but if I had to choose, I would buy these four:

Luggage: The tricolor Céline Luggage (this in particular) is a bag you'll never get tired of.

Luggage Phantom: It's another version of the Luggage, a bit more "décontracté". It's perfect for a weekend more laid-back look.

Mini Luggage: This one is a personal fancy, the size is not very practical, but I adore it!

Trapèze: This a very practical shape and size, and the tricolor one is to die for.

Alexander Wang: He is one of the most talented designers of our time, and his bags are still quite affordable. I love the contemporary feeling his designs inspire. He reminds me a bit of Yves Saint Laurent in the 60's in the way he manages to capture "l'esprit du temps".

Rocco: It's become one of his best known creations, I love the studded details and the leather treatment.

Diego: It's quite similar to the Rocco and at the same time completely different! The shape but also the way to wear it gives it a 90's allure...

Devere: It's one of his most recent creations. I absolutely love this bag, the shape, the finishing touches, everything.

Tory Burch: It's one of my favorite brands, the quality is amazing and the prices are quite affordable. I bought the 797 on sale in two versions, the black and the nude, both in large size.

Priscilla: It's a very classic shape, similar to a Kelly, and at a very reasonable price. My sister bought it in orange (same as in the picture) and I borrow it all the time!

Chanel 2.55: I think I will never get rid of this bag. It works with jeans and a parka or the chicest outfit for a night in town.

Prada Twin Bag: It's very similar to the Fendi 2 jours and comes it a very large range of colors. It's bag that looks great at any age.


Soho Disco bag: I love the size and the fact that it works for day and night.

Vintage Web Leather Boston Bag: This model is very similar to the LV Speedy, I love the classic shape. The black is my favorite color.

Vintage Web original GG canvas Boston Bag: The same bag but in canvas instead of leather. I love this color and the navy one.

10) Longchamp: Le Pliage/ Le Pliage Cuir: This is the perfect bag for traveling since is really light and you can fold it (that's why it's called Le Pliage). You can buy it in a classic color or in one of its many special editions. There's also the new version in leather that is a bit more expensive but lovely. I love it in neon yellow.

11) Hermès: I don't know if I will ever afford one, but if I had to choose, I would go for the black Birkin in large size and the Kelly in red croco, they are my favorite and I'm sure they'll never go out of style.

I'm not a personal fan of the Coach bags with the logo, with I love the leather ones. I have a very classic black one and I recently fell in love with the Legacy Leather Mini Tanner. Here are some of the colors I love the most (mine is pink and nude). The mint one is gorgeous as well...

Marc by Marc Jacobs Hillier Hobo Bag: This one has become a classic from Marc Jacobs. Each season brings new colors and sizes. I would buy it in a very special color, or in a basic one (black, grey nude) to use daily.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

90 songs you'll never get sick of listening

To dance awkwardly in front of the mirror (or set the dancefloor on fire):
1) Dancing on my own - Robyn
2) Dancing with myself - Billy Idol
3) I don't feel like dancin' - Scissor Sisters
4) Baby I'm yours - Breakbot
5) You Wanted a Hit - LCD Soundsystem
6) This Charming Man - The Smiths
7) I Follow Rivers - Lykke Li
8) Close to me - The Cure
9) Ceremony - New Order
10) Get Lucky - Daft Punk ft. Pharrell
11) Listztomania - Phoenix
12) 1901 - Phoenix

To be happily in love:
13) Just like heaven - The Cure
14) Just like honey - The Jesus & Mary Chain
15) You are the girl - The Cars
16) Heres comes your man - Pixies
17) Le temps de l'amour - Françoise Hardy
18) Strangers - The Kinks
19) Mushaboom - Feist
20) True Love Leaves No Traces - Dead Famous People

To be unhappily in love:
21) Hey, That's no way to say goodbye - Leonard Cohen
22) Drive - The Cars
23) Love will tear us apart - Joy Division
24) Slave to Love - Bryan Ferry
25) The Last Of the Famous International Playboys - Morrissey
26) Unrequited Love - Lykke Li
27) Bang Bang - Dalida
28) Suedehead - Morrissey
29) Last night I dreamt that somebody loved me - The Smiths
30) Stop me - Mark Ronson ft. Daniel Merriweather

To feel as alive as ever:
31) More than this - Roxy Music
32) Just what I needed - The Cars
33) Head On - The Jesus & Mary Chain
34) There is a light that never goes out - The Smiths
35) Bruises - Chairlift
36) Atmosphere - Joy Division
37) What's so funny ('bout peace, love and understanding) - Elvis Costello
38) New York - Cat Power
39) Youth Knows No Pain - Lykke Li
40) The Bay - Metronomy

To feel as romantic as ever:
41) Sea of Love - Cat Power
42) Blue Jeans - Lana del Rey
43) Video Games - Lana del Rey
44) Sadness is a blessing - Lykke Li
45) The Look - Metronomy
46) Heart of Gold - Neil Young
47) There ain't no cure for love- Leonard Cohen
48) Be for real - Leonard Cohen
49) Please, please, please, let me get what I want - The Smiths
50) I'm your man - Leonard Cohen

To wait for the end of the world:
51) Waiting for the miracle - Leonard Cohen
52) The Future - Leonard Cohen
53) I'll love you 'til the end of the world - Nick Cave
54) High Hopes - Pink Floyd
55) Born to die - Lana del Rey
56) Closing Time - Leonard Cohen
57) Superstar - Sonic Youth
58) The Greatest - Cat Power
59) Iron (Gucci Vump Remix) - Woodkid
60) Everyday is Like Sunday - Morrissey

To feel the 80's nostalgia (whether you actually lived through the 80's or not):
61) Sara perche ti amo - Ricchi e poveri
62) Tarzan loves the summer nights - Italo Disco
63) Nightcall - Kavinsky
64) Into the Groove - Madonna
65) Shake it Up - The Cars
66) If you leave - OMD
67) Kiss - Prince
68) Tainted Love - Soft Cell
69) Jump - Van Halen
70) Pretty in Pink - Psychedelic Furs

To feel the parisian nostalgia (whether you actually lived in Paris or not):
71) Tous les garçons et les filles - Françoise Hardy
72) Que c'est triste Venise - Charles Aznavour
73) Les feuilles mortes - Yves Montand
74) Si tu n'existais pas - Joe Dassin
75) Les Champs Elysées - Joe Dassin
76) Poupée de Cire, Poupée de Son - France Gall
77) Sophisticated Lady - Billie Holiday
78) Je suis venu te dire que je m'en vais - Serge Gainsbourg
79) Take this longing - Leonard Cohen
80) Laisse tomber les filles - France Gall

To feel infinite
81) But Not Tonight - Depeche Mode
82) Don't Forget To Dance - The Kinks
83) This Time Tomorrow - The Kinks
84) Hallelujah - Leonard Cohen
85) First we take Manhattan - Leonard Cohen
86) Heroes - David Bowie
87) Modern Love - David Bowie
88) Atomic - Blondie
89) This must be the place - Talking Heads
90) Bizarre Love Triangle - New Order