Wednesday, 9 September 2015

Mansur gavriel review: Gripes and all

I've been using my black/flamma mini bucket for a month and a half now, and there's something I have to say about it... It needs to be babied!!! Well that is if you're not keen on having scratches on them. If you're fine with the scratches then there would be absolutely no problem!

I did try to baby it, but with my lifestyle no way! I travel by bus around 450km every weekend. It's bound to get scratched. Mansur Gavriel knows very well this shortcoming, hence in one of the tags that comes with the bag, they tell you every scratch is a 'memory'. That's a nice way of saying it. I'm just not used to buying a RM ( ringgit Malaysia) 2.4k bag just to get it scratched the minute I use it.

Oh well it's only about 500 USD to many. It's not that precious. I'm getting used to letting it be scratched.

Another major gripe though is how parched the bag is. Once I tie it up the folds of the leather show really dried crackled leather. I really need to go out there and buy a good leather conditioner to moisturise this leather.

And don't get me started about how cumbersome it is to close this bag. And I also have to make sure I put something at the top to cover my valuables. In my case this 'something' is my baby's diaper change mat.

Despite the shortcomings though, there are a few things I like about this bag. It's totally chic! Looks gorgeous form near and afar. It smells of lovely leather. I feel like I'm carrying expensive leather everytime I carry it. Hmm in a way it is expensive leather, to me anyway.

The leather is really stiff! I love a bag that holds it's shape. None of that slouchy leather stuff for me.

But most of all, it's difficult to get. It's a game of fastest finger's first and my husband managed to get it for me as a belated birthday gift! And for that I will treasure it dearly and will definitely give my girl my then vintage Mansur Gavriel when she's older. I just hope she doesn't ask me for a vintage Chanel instead, for I have none!

Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Maison Clement Daiso craze

I've alway been a fan of Daiso. Though I know there are many daiso fans out there, I was hard pressed to find any friends around me who were as passionate about daiso as I am. Even if I had been to a Daiso in another shopping centre the day before, Daiso is my must stop centre. Every Daiso is different ya? And there may be slight variations in it's stock.

I thought I was alone till I find some Daiso closed groups on FB. Omg there were people who are definitely more into Daiso than I am!

It is there that I discovered how crazy the Maison Clement craze is in Singapore. Stocks sell out half an hour after they restock. People buy in bulk. There are some who queue outside the store before they open! What is this madness!!!

This is the view at Daiso Bukit Indah JB over the weekend.

In Malaysia there is no such craze. But I can't help but get caught up in the hype. I went to the Sunway Pyramid branch and found after rather detailed searching, two of the Maison designs. One in pale pink and another in a pearly white.

Gosh i was hooked. I bought 3 of each, attracting stares from passerbys.

In mid valley I found another 3 designs. You can't imagine how difficult it is to search for them. I blame it on the huge array of products in Daiso. Not all the Maisons are placed in the same place either. They may be scattered throughout the store.

My loot thus far 

The range consists of a pale pink and white series. I personally prefer the pink. But some industrious people have started colouring in the wordings of their maisons and these show up better in the white.

There are items in the series. I haven't seen all of them but it seems there's a mail holder, magazine holder, cylindrical tin can, a box in two sizes, some pen holders, a B5 sized tray and a round plastic container.

I don't even know how I'm gonna use them. What I'm sure of though, is that I have something to look forward to when I go shopping! Redefining purpose in life! Lol! Not really, but it does make life just much sweeter.


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