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Review: MCM Stark Backpack
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A review on MCM’s Stark Backpack as seen with Yoona.

A favorite among Korean celebrities (Rain, EXO, BEAST, etc), MCM has been making huge splashes into the Asian mainstream market as it has been seen more often with Easterners as compared to Westerners. One of the most sought after pieces from MCM would without a doubt be the MCM ‘Stark’ backpack and to no one’s surprise, one of our girls was spotted with one!

The Stark backpack comes in four sizes; mini, small, medium, and large. The size dimensions will vary depending on the type of backpack you buy. In addition to its various sizes, the Stark backpack comes in a diverse set of styles. This can include the amount of studs on the backpack, the arrangement of the studs, the arrangement of the zippers, and so on. Although the studs may intimidate some people, it does add some bling to one’s outfit. The backpack also comes in a range of colours, white, pink, black, cognac, blue, you name it!

Before buying a Stark backpack, I would recommend searching online for the style that catches your attention the most. Occasionally, there are some limited edition pieces popping up here and there. My backpack is a limited edition piece which is only available in the United Arab Emirates. Also before buying the backpack, think about what you might be using it for. I bought the medium size, hoping it would be able to fit most of my school books but that wasn’t the case. Most of the time, it was too small and I had to carry my books in my arms just because it did not fit into the bag. I simply did not like the large size because I am a petite, and the large size looked oversized on me and it was quite overwhelming. I would recommend trying on all the sizes to see which one would fit you best before buying it.

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The bag features a single top handle and has adjustable shoulder straps to suit your preferences. It also contains two zips for the main compartment. The medium sized backpack comes with two pockets inside the bag, a narrow pocket and a wider pocket next to it. This can be used to put your phone, keys, etc. The back part inside the bag also has a discreet zipper which can be used for more personal items. It contains a laptop compartment at the back as well, but my 15″ Macbook Pro would never fit in there. However, if you have a small laptop, it might just fit! The bag also has a bigger outside pocket which does come in handy. The bag features two side pockets as well which can fit water bottles or anything else, you decide. One pet peeve I have with the side pockets is that it doesn’t fit my SIGG bottle. For those of you who have SIGG bottles, you would know that these bottles are solid hard and they don’t “crush” like plastic bottles. I literally have to squeeze and push to get my water bottle into the side pockets and it still doesn’t budge an inch. It is due to the fact that the canvas doesn’t stretch as much which makes it quite reluctant to fit any wide items in there.

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One of the best things about this backpack would be it’s versatility. I have seen men and women both carry it and it looks great on both genders. Anything unisex is simply fantastic! I’ve seen plenty of couples have matching MCM backpacks which is a great sight. I’ve seen girls opt for the mini, small, and medium sizes and I’ve also seen men rock the mini size, believe it or not.

The biggest pet peeve I have with this bag would be it’s weight. The bag is made of coated canvas but before you even put anything in it, it weighs a ton which is quite surprising as it weighs almost as much as leather backpacks. Compare it to a normal backpack and feel the difference. If I do manage to stuff my textbooks in, the weight is simply unbearable and astonishing.  I feel that if I stuff too much things in the backpack, the shoulder straps would not be able to support the weight of it as most of the time, it looks like it’s going to break apart. If you find that your bag has signs of wear and tear, don’t hesitate to take it back to the shop if it’s still under warranty. They’ll fix it for you or replace it with a new one!

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A negative point of this backpack which I think most of you will agree with me on would be the price. I spent approximately $1750 for my limited edition piece which is double the price of the regular medium sized backpack. The regular medium sized backpack is priced at $620. For the craftsmanship and the quality of the bag, it really isxan’t worth it to throw this amount of money for it, in my opinion.

When you’re not using the bag, keep it in an upright position with all the stuffings inside to keep the bag from slouching. You can also keep it in the dust bag which is provided with the backpack when you buy it.

Overall, the bag is great as a fashion statement but not that fantastic for everyday school use. If you’re one for practicality, this bag would definitely not be the one for you.

Rating: 2.9/5

Look through the range of Stark backpacks here and choose your favourite!

Review: Karen Walker Number One Sunglasses
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A review on Karen Walker’s ‘Number One’ sunglasses as seen on Hyoyeon and Yuri.

I love cat-eye sunglasses. The problem? I can’t tell you how hard it is to find one that suits my face. Pushing aside all those rules that cat-eye sunglasses suit heart-shaped faces, oval faces, etc. one of the key elements I found with wearing cat-eye sunglasses 101 is that: your eyebrows must be showing just above the sunglasses. Not all of it, just a bit of it. Really strange prerequisite but trust me it’s one to go by.

Now about these amazing sunglasses. Not too big and not too small, Karen Walker‘s ‘Number One’ sunglasses ended the search for the perfect cat-eye sunglasses and I’ll explain why. It is not your conventional cat-eye sunglasses due to its quirky designed frame but still as stylish and trendy as those glasses that follow along the more traditional route.

The frames are sturdy and you know from holding these sunglasses that they will last you (lest you not step on them) a long time. The frames do not pinch the bridge of the nose, they do not slip and most importantly they are not tight around the temples. However, the first time I wore them I found them slightly heavy on the bridge of my nose, this was probably because I’m used to the more lighter Ray-Ban frames.

All Karen Walker sunglasses have an impressive UV grade (according to the KW site 100%) and let us remember the purpose of a sunglasses. Many of us see sunglasses as the perfect finishing touch to an outfit that somewhat protects our eyes (nod to sunglasses that have low-none UV protection). But we often forget the primary purpose of a sunglasses. They were created to prevent bright sunlight from damaging and discomforting our eyes (thanks Wikipedia). When putting these sunglasses on, you immediately can “see” and feel that your eyes are protected. The glasses were darker than I was used to however, I knew against the sun glares I often come across when driving they would stand up to the daily annoyance.

The sunglasses come with a box case embellished with the Karen Walker arrow and cleaning cloth. My case was baby blue however I’ve heard that others have received their glasses in a black case. If you have a preference, note this to the retailer.

Now let’s talk about the price. I found that the price for these designer sunglasses were reasonably priced (online) in comparison to other designer sunglasses. If you live in Australia, I highly recommend you save your money and purchase it online (and maybe try the sunglasses in store to see if they suit you). Stepping into David Jones, I was flabbergasted when told that the sunglasses cost $350AUD ($317USD), when they were $240AUD ($217USD) on most online retailers. Talk about highway robbery!

I know I throw this word around a lot in my reviews but these sunglasses are truly an investment, as you really are paying for what you get. Not to mention the fact that the timeless quality of the tortoise detail also makes it really easy to pair with any outfit and event. But of course, before considering to purchase always try the sunglasses on first or ensure that they can be exchanged or refunded in case they do not suit your face.

Rating: 5/5

The Karen Walker ‘Number One’ sunglasses can be purchased from these online retailers here.

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Review: Rimowa Salsa Air Luggage
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Rimowa has been an increasingly popular luggage brand among travelers due to it’s classiness and practicality. It has been dubbed as the “new era of luggage” with more and more people being aware of the brand and carrying it’s luggage. It is no doubt that one of our girls, Sunny have been spotted carrying it in the airport as well!

Rimowa offers a variety of luggages, ranging from the ever so light and popular Salsa Air to the classy and retro, Classic Flight. Sunny has been spotted with the Salsa Air, in which this review will be on.

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The main advantage and the primary selling point of the Salsa Air would be it’s weight. The luggage is incredibly light, you can mark my words! If you are a person who tends to stuff a lot in your luggage and it is always over weight, the Salsa Air would be a great choice of luggage for you! The cabin luggage weighs in at a mere 1.9kg whereas the largest luggage of the Salsa Air collection weighs 3.6kg. The luggages also come in a variety of colours, besides its sizes. Sunny has been seen with the luggage in Pearl Rose. I have quite a number of the Salsa Air luggages and in different colours as well; 3 in ice blue, 1 in white, and 2 in navy blue.

The luggage is made of polycarbonate which, makes the luggage durable and strong, being nearly indestructible and at the same time, being light. One might worry about the outer shell of the luggage but it is actually quite sturdy and tough. You won’t have to worry about the shell being dented after being thrown around in the cargo. I have never had a problem with the shell of my luggage being dented or any of that sort.The luggage comes with two handles, one on top and one on the side, to make it easier to lift. The luggage is accompanied with eight wheels, two on each edge of the luggage. This makes it very easy to maneuver the luggage as it is on ‘all fours.’

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The insides of the luggage are accompanied with nets, one on each side of the luggage, to ensure that all your belongings do not fall out when you open it up. The inside of the luggage is rather spacious, allowing consumers to put whatever they need to in the luggage.

Drawbacks:

As one uses the luggage more and more often, one might find that the rubber edges outlining the zips of the luggage might be worn out. However, this doesn’t hinder anything and can be fixed if the luggage is still under warranty. About half my Salsa Airs have this problem and I’ve gotten it all replaced or fixed. I have also experienced a situation where the the zippers inside the luggage for the nets came off, but it was only one zip and it only happened once. The zip can be easily placed back or if it does pose as a threat, you can send it back to the shop to get it fixed, if it’s still under warranty.

Like all other luggages, it will get dirty easily as it is constantly being thrown in the cargo here and there. To avoid the dirtiness from being seen, avoid buying light colours like white.

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Lastly, the price would be a definite major setback for some. For a luggage with a basic design, it is quite expensive. However, in my opinion, the luggage is worth the investment. I have bought 6 Salsa Airs already to this date and have had no major problems with the luggage.

All in all, I believe it is worth the investment to get a Salsa Air for travelling!

 Rating: 4/5

Look through the various Salsa Airs here and choose one you like!

Review: EQUIPMENT Signature Blouse
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A review on EQUIPMENT’s Signature Blouse as seen on Jessica

A simple button-down blouse is an essential item for everyone’s waldrobe. Whether you are a 4-5 piece French waldrobe person like me, or someone who has a closet bursting full of clothes, one must have this timeless staple item. Get a classic silk, chic and dress shirt and you will wonder how you lived without one. My first silk blouse came from EQUIPMENT and thanks to its androgynous style, 2 years later later on it is still one of my go-to pieces.

I have gone through many blouses in my life, whether it be from the likes of Zara and TOPSHOP or something a little bit more high end like 3.1 Phillip Lim and Stella McCartney and I can say that I liked these blouses a lot. But there is only one that holds a special spot in my heart and has me going back to wear occasionally.

Let’s begin with the details of this blouse. The silk fabric of the blouse simply put is gorgeous. The feel of the blouse is incredibly soft, and if looking at the tailoring was not an indication, the feel of it screams high quality. With that being said, this blouse needs special care, I would advise washing the blouse by hand as putting it through the washing machine will destroy it.

Featuring long sleeves with button cuffs, the blouse has a loose relaxed fit due to its box pleat. This makes it not only comfortable to wear but also trans-seasonal allowing you to wear it during the warm and cold seasons. The blouse also features flap breast pockets, which I would say is only for display. From my experience, the blouse is lightweight and so putting say a phone or anything of the equivalent weight or heavier weighs the blouse down, leaving unflattering sagging from the pocket.

The size and fit of the top is relaxed as commented above, and the tops run large. If you like your blouses just a bit more tighter then I would advise dropping down a size from your usual OR opting for the Slim Signature Silk Blouse that has been worn by Tiffany for a more slimmer fit. I own the same peach coloured version as Jessica’s along with white version and the sheerness of the top is only slight.

The price is steep for many and some may argue that you can get a perfectly fine blouse for half the price. But if you are going to have a staple item in your wardrobe that will be worn more than twice, then I say consider it an investment.

Rating: 5/5

Browse through the different varieties of EQUIPMENT Signature Blouses here.

Review: MICHAEL Michael Kors Selma Satchel
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A review on MICHAEL Michael Kors’ Selma Satchel as seen with Seohyun.

If you’re a very practical bag addict just like me, you know you’ll appreciate a quality handbag that’s one-tenth the price of a Chanel. Fortunately, MICHAEL Michael Kors makes our pursuit for the perfect affordable bag easier. Described by Purseblog.com as “the best thing going under $400″, MICHAEL Michael Kors’ Selma Satchel made the biggest impression.

The Selma satchel is a medium to large bag that measures 10 inches high, 13 inches wide, and 6 inches deep. The bag consists of top handles, a slim shoulder strap that’s removable, and four feet below to support the bottom of the bag. The interior is lined with MK monogram fabric and pockets for a phone and other stuff. The bag comes in both gold and silver hardware and a wide selection of colors. The Selma also sports the winged sides which are a trend among bags nowadays.

Seohyun was seen carrying this handbag at the airport last April. Hers is in the white with gold hardware while mine is in a vibrant red orange with gold hardware. Up until now, this bag is still one of my go-to bags to carry to school and nights out. I listed a few reasons why I’m still in love with this bag.

First and foremost, the quality is beyond amazing for a bag that’s priced $358. Even though the saffiano leather is not yet comparable to Prada’s saffiano, the texture is still beautiful and you can tell it can withstand mistreatments. My Selma braved through a lot being with me but it’s still standing up like it’s brand new. And something I just want to point out is that the zipper runs very smoothly, which is always a plus.

It can also fit a lot of stuff; and if you’re someone who basically brings your whole room in your bag, you’ll definitely love the Selma. Because the bag is structured, you can organize your things better and be able to look through it without difficulty. The bag is also filled with pockets that are easy to reach into, a latch for your keys, and a zipped compartment to keep valuables like I do.

Lastly, the option to carry it on the crook of your arm or on your shoulders is a thumbs’ up for me! I’m a huge fan of the arm-crook hook but it can be tiring, especially if your bag weighs a ton. With the removable strap, your problem is solved! The bag can go from corporate to casual with just how you carry it.

However, what really sold me is the design of the bag – hands down. Clean and simple, the bag doesn’t even try hard but it stands out. A simple logo on the front speaks so much of the bag’s elegance and its color and shape full of confidence, just what I like my bags to be.

Though I’d love it if this article is all good points about the bag but it won’t be a review without a few setbacks, but trust me, they’re not deal-breakers.

A minor issue I have with the bag is the squeaking of the top handles when in use. I’m not sure if it’s just my bag or the friction between the leathers but it’s not something to worry about. Another is that the wings leave small openings on the sides since the zipper doesn’t cover the whole top of the bag. Just saying, if you’re paranoid with the security of your belongings; though the gap is small enough that people won’t be able to reach into your bag.

My verdict: this bag is a must-have for both bag collectors and people who are in the market for a practical and trendy bag. Winged bags are still flying high and above and it won’t go anywhere anytime soon. So if you’re looking for a winged bag that could bring you to seventh heaven, consider buying the Selma satchel!

Rating: 4.8/5

MICHAEL Michael Kors now sells the Selma in different sizes and styles. Check out Michaelkors.com and bring home a Selma you fancy!

Review: Chanel Boy Bag
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Review on the Chanel Boy Bag as seen on Jessica, Yuri, and Taeyeon

Chanel has been an increasingly popular bag choice for the girls as seen during airport appearances. The French label has many known classic designs such as the ‘Classic Flip Bag’ and the ‘Boy Bag.’ and as such, I will be reviewing the latter. If you haven’t purchased a luxury bag yet, this might be the one for you!

The Boy Bag comes in a variety of sizes, small, medium and large. I suggest to you that you should try on the bag first and make sure the size suits your body type so it’s not too big or not too small. I had the chance to try out the bag in medium python skin (there was only two in the whole of UK) but I passed the bag after seeing how big it was on me after I tried it on. The bag also comes in diverse styles and colours. You can have the bag in the original classic leather, or you can have the middle of the bag be in a ‘weaved’ style, you can also have it in different skins like python or stingray. I got mine in beige leather and I highly regretted it because I didn’t do enough research and there were way better and more unique Boy bags out there so as my warning to you, make sure it’s the right colour and right skin you want!

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The Boy bag is either made in France or Italy (mine is made in Italy). The bag is made out of lambskin however depending on which Boy you buy, the leather and the skin you chose may be different. A major contributing factor as to why I bought this bag is it’s weight. Compared to my Hermes Birkins and Kellys, the Chanel Boy is literally a feather partly because the interior of the bag is not leather.

The bag itself is very versatile and can be worn in many different ways. For example, you can sling it across your body, or you can just casually sling it around your shoulder. In addition to it’s versatility, this bag can be used for almost any occasion. It can be worn casually to the mall or it can be used to go for formal events (if it’s in size small). To open the bag, you press the two ‘buttons’ on each side of the silver clasp. This can prevent pick pockets who may not realize the discreet way of opening the bag. Another way to prevent pick pockets is to turn the bag the other way round (so that the logo is facing your body).

When you aren’t using the bag, make sure to keep it at an upright position in the dust bag which will come with it. There is a booklet that comes with the bag to show you how to care for the bag correctly.

Drawbacks: 

One of the biggest drawbacks about this bag is the interior of it as mentioned previously. For the price I’m paying, I would expect the bag to be fully leather but it is partly my fault as well as I didn’t bother checking beforehand. However this might be a highlight for others as it doesn’t make the bag too heavy.

Another major drawback is that you can’t fit many things inside. i bought the bag in the smallest size and you can only fit so little things inside. A phone, a tiny wallet, and a few small makeup products would fill the bag up completely. I usually don’t even use a wallet whenever I carry this bag. However, this does make the bag very useful for formal and black tie events. Furthermore, I can’t carry this particular bag when I’m wearing jeans. If you bought the bag in a light colour, like mine, try to avoid wearing it with clothes which colour will fade. It will eventually rub onto the bag and the bag will not be in it’s original colour anymore.

In addition to all of that, the price would definitely  be a major turnoff. I bought mine for around £2300, but even so, Chanel’s bags are definitely worth investing so if you’re still undecided, I suggest you to grab one quickly before Chanel marks up their price in the next year!

All in all, the boy bag is a very versatile bag and if you’re looking for a luxury bag to invest in, I would recommend this piece just make sure not to cringe at the price!

 Rating: 3/5

 You can purchase the bag at your local Chanel store.

Review: Current/Elliott Leopard Skinny Jeans
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Review on Current/Elliott’s Leopard Skinny Jeans as seen on Seohyun.

When I first saw one of the girls wearing this particular jeans, I immediately knew I had to get one. The leopard print of the jeans make it a statement piece and can be paired with almost anything! The jeans are 90% cotton and 6% polyester and 4% elastin and is made in the United States.

The jeans are made in a skinny fit so for those who want to show off those legs, this jeans is a must have. For different seasons, the jeans come in different washes (colours) I got mine in Indigo leopard (which is just a fancy name for medium washed coloured jeans) at my local Harvey Nichols. One of the huge factors as to why I bought this jeans was its comfiness. As a person who travels a lot and lives in a conservative country, I found these jeans just right! They are so comfortable and if you’re always stuck in a long flight, this jeans is definitely worth spending your money on. They stretch very well and provide the utmost comfort.

Drawbacks:

One of my pet peeves of this jeans is the length of it. The jeans are supposed to be worn with the ends of it rolled up to your ankle. If I don’t roll the folds up, it is way too long for me, (it appears too long for Seohyun as well). Sometimes, I like to wear my jeans exactly cropped at the ankle but this jeans does not allow me to that. If you do like your jeans rolled up though, this pair of jeans would be fantastic for you! Do be careful when you wash these jeans though because the colour does leak and come out so try not to mix it with light colored clothing when you wash it.

Otherwise, I do not have any other complaints about these jeans. They’re stylish and comfortable, a must have in a girl’s wardrobe, I dare say.

Rating: 4/5 

You can purchase the jeans here.