Category: Reviews
Review: Marc by Marc Jacobs Mouse Ballerina Flats
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Review on Marc by Marc Jacobs Silver Soft Mouse Ballerina Flat as seen on Hyoyeon.

The playful design of cute and futuristic designed by no other than Marc Jacobs.  I think it really has sleek design that is both wearable and cute at the same time. The mouse design is very subtle; it is not too childish that it cannot be worn in a smart casual outfit or a corporate outfit.

The flats is very versatile to any outfit, you can either dress it up or dress is down depending on your needs and it can still be chic and sophisticated enough to pair with pencil skirts and slacks. The flats are very versatile to any outfit and they are a great go to flats when your feet is tired from high heels. Because of its soft material, I can fold it (ever so carefully) and bring them with me in a small pouch. Whenever I feel tired from wearing heels, I just bring them out and wear them!

It is very light weight and comfortable, though it does not have any added insoles or padding, the shoes are still comfortable enough to wear everyday to school or to work.

It took me a while to find the soft type of flats since Marc Jacobs change their design every season. I’ve wanted these flats for so long and I can’t seem to find them anywhere. Luckily a friend of mine got rid of these shoes because it did not fit her too well (sometimes Asian sizes may not be the exact fit of European and US sizes) and they fit me fine! Not too tight but loose enough that it does not slip when I walk in them.

Drawbacks:

I would like to have a good pair of flats with me but I think since the leather used here is quite soft I feel like I have to take the extra precaution of caring for these a little more; but they do last longer otherwise. Also, do not let the soft leather deceive you, because like any other new pairs of shoes, they need to be broken in. These flats take longer than expected to break in despite having the soft material, it can still cause some scratching and blisters especially when you walk a lot like me, so get ready for some bandaids!

Another is the price, of course, these are designer flats and it would feel absurd to spend so much on a pair of flats. Nevertheless, I find it tedious to have to buy cheap ones and having to throw them out a few months later because I have literally worn them out that the sole would fall out. So I think investing in sturdy and long-lasting flats can help me save money and time. Its better to buy items that can last for a long time rather than buying ones that are wear and tear.

Rating: 4/5

Consensus: I advice not too keep the flats folded all the time, because it ruins the interior sole of the shoe. When you keep it in your bag make sure than you remove it from its folded position as often as you can. These flats are not intended to be folded but kept in its original form.

This product is currently unavailable. But here is the link to view the item.

Review: Hermès Clic H Bracelet
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Review on Hermès’s Clic H Bracelet as seen on Tiffany, Sooyoung, and Jessica.

One of Hermès’ most iconic bracelets, the Clic H bracelet is a piece Hermes collectors should have. Featuring a ‘H’ clasp to represent the brand, Clic H bracelets are one of the easiest Hermes items one can find.

Coming in an array of vibrant enamel colours, the Clic H bracelet comes in 3 different ‘wideness,’ – narrow, wide, and extra wide. You can also choose which hardware you would like for the bracelet (either gold plated hardware or silver palladium hardware.) Tiffany, Sooyoung, and Jessica all have the narrow versions of the bracelet.

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The bracelet is made in France and the quality of it is superb. The design of the bracelet is a classic and it would never go out of style. It is also very simple and casual which will attract the attention of different ages, particularly consumers in the range of 10s – 30s. 

When I first bought this bracelet, I was confused as to how I would wear the bracelet because the diameter looks pretty small. Hermès uses a rather discreet and interesting way for people to wear the bracelet. The ‘H’ clasp can be slightly turned and opened, allowing the customer to fit their hand inside. If a pick pocketer were to steal your bracelet, it’d be difficult for him / her to actually get it out of your hand.

Drawbacks:

One of the drawbacks I find is that although I bought the smallest size of the bracelet, it is still quite loose and would occasionally drape down my arm which I find to be slightly annoying. The bracelet is also rather heavy for a bracelet due to the material it is made out of which might be a turn off for some people.

Another drawback is wearing the bracelet itself. After opening the bracelet through the ‘H’ clasp, you need to close the bracelet and return the ‘H’ clasp back to it’s original position for it to secure. When you first buy the bracelet, it is difficult to connect the two parts of the bracelet together because it is not as flexible and as a result, part of your skin near the wrist area might be accidentally ‘clasped’ along the way as you try to return the bracelet into the original position. Once the bracelet has been worn many times though, it will start to get more ‘flexible.’

The biggest drawback for consumers would definitely be the price. For the narrow version of the bracelet, it costs $610 but to some people, the price may be no surprise as Hermes usually has a high price range for everything they produce due to the fact that they want to be exclusive as a brand.

All in all, it is a great bracelet to have. It is classy and simple and would definitely appeal to many people and would give your outfit more ‘pop!’ If the price was toned down a bit more, it would surely attract even more consumers!

Rating: 3.5/5 

You can purchase the bracelet here.

 Image credit: withsosi 

Review: Yves Saint Laurent Cabas Chyc Tote Bag
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Review on Yves Saint Laurent Cabas Chyc Tote Bag as seen on Sooyoung.

The YSL Chyc Tote is beautifully crafted from sturdy black leather and the famous “Y” gold hardware for an added polish. As some may know YSL is now changed to Saint Laurent Paris and this is the last bag in their collection that engraves the name “Yves Saint Laurent”. What comes with the change of branding is that Chyc Totebag has the detailed “Y” stitching on the bag itself and the “Y” hardware is shinier and smooth surfaced as opposed to the old one that has a blunt shine. Also the new Cabas Chyc bag comes with a long strap where you can convert the bag into sling. I still prefer the old design that the new one because it gives off a more vintage vibe that it does not really look dated but still modern because of its details.

I had to privilege to try this bag out for sampling along with the mini Cabas Chyc version. I really wanted to have more but designer bags are a bit of a splurge but I still prefer bags out of bovine leather, for the reason that it is lighter and is practical for everyday use. But I think one needs to invest in at least one designer bag in their closet. I like this bag because it really gives a vintage yet sophisticated look. It does not over power an outfit and I really love the intricate “Y” detailing across the bag that gives is an edge and it can put a touch of elegance to every outfit. That really draws me to the bag is the details and the stitching that is really worth its price. I think I good designer bag is worth the investment because it lasts for a long time with proper care.

Sooyoung here has the Cabas Chyc Bag in the medium size. The bag is made in Italy out of calfskin leather and it’s height is 11″, it is 15″ wide and 6 1/2″ in dimension. The leather has a pebble-like finish that is really chic and vintage. The sophisticated “Y” for Yves tab displayed in the front is a magnetic closure. The bag has a structured body in a sense that it’s not as flimsy as and it can still hold its shape. Though its leather is quite soft, the sturdy base contribute to the re-shaping of the bag and it prevents the bag from having bulges on the bottom of bag from things that are heavy such as a laptop or a tablet.  The drop of the handles is  5 1/2″ that can be worn over the shoulders or at the crook of your elbow. The interior of the bag has a zipper and a small cellphone pocket. Above the zipper is the label “Yves Saint Laurent” in the new one it is labeled “Saint Laurent Paris”.

To open the bag you lift the tab and it shows you 2 zippers that open in opposite directions, which is super convenient to those who like the zipper on one side of the bag. So the placement of the opening of the bag is to your taste and it opens until either ends of the bag that can be detached so you can lift it to close the zipper easier.

What comes with buying the bag is a swatch of the leather they used, (this could be handy if you are going to repair the bag) and instructions on how to care for the bag. I think it is important to read the care instructions that comes with the bag because there are certain surfaces the calfskin leather is not compatible with that can destroy the exterior of the bag. Actually I know some places around my country, the Philippines, that is like a cleaning service specially for handbags that gives it a unique coating and shine so that if ever you scratch the bag or someone accidentally passes a ball pen across it, it only touches the coating and not the actual surface of the bag.

Drawbacks:

What comes with designer bags like this is the weight, even without your belongings inside, it already weighs like you have a bottle of water inside. Thus, the  bag gets too heavy is you put too much stuff that can lead you to carrying it like a plastic grocery bag. Even wearing it over the shoulders can be bothersome because it can feel heavy after a while. I don’t really like heavy bags and I walk a lot so the weight of my bag really matters because I don’t want to feel like I’m bringing a luggage.

Rating 3.5/5

Tote bag can be brought here.

Review: Diptyque Baies Noire (300g Candle) / Berries
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A review on Diptyque Baies Noire (300g Candle) / Berries as depicted on Yuri’s Instagram.

There is nothing better than a good scented candle to bring some fragrance into a room without being to overwhelming. In my personal opinion scented candles work better than house air fresheners as they do not engulf the room with an artificial scent and are much preferred to reed diffusers which are too subtle and loose their scent after a week. With a lot of testing to find the perfect scented candle that I discovered French brand, Diptyque.

Well-known French perfumer, Diptyque are infamous for their high quality scented candles which are made from natural high quality ingredients. The wax in each candle is evenly distributed which allows the candle to burn evenly and are inspected to enure that wicks which are straightened by hand are 3-4mm long1. Diptyque scented candles are presented in a mouth-blown glass2 and packaged with care with accompanying instructions on how to care for candles.

It is perhaps with this attention to detail and quality of product that this 300g candle comes to a pricey $90USD and if you are like me and residing in Australia, the RRP for this magnificent candle is approximated $135AUD at David Jones! But is the price worth it?

Yes, it is. The Baies scent is my second favourite (first being Gardenia) from the perfumer’s candle range. The bouquet of roses and black currant leaves has a fruity scent that is not too overpowering. Though the dominant scent in the concoction is the black currant leaves, you can still smell the delicate scent of roses if you take the moment to inhale to identify the scents lingering in your room. I find this scent unique as it is not a typical fruity or floral scent that one would come across often, and have been complimented a few times by visitors who all have asked what scent I have used in my room.

I would advise following  care instructions that come with the package, such as trimming the candle wick after use to ensure a cleaner burn for future use. The smokey black glass also shouldn’t be left to waste after finishing the candle and after using the Baies candle, I cleaned out my jar and reused it as a small vase for flowers from my garden. Other great things I have seen some people do with their recycled Diptyque jars were: create a terrarium 3, make-up holder 4, and hair-pin holder 5.

Specs:

  • Approx. burn time: 90 hours.
  • 10.2 oz.
  • Approx. dimensions: 3 1/2″W x 4 1/4″H6

Rating: 4.5/5

You can purchase the Diptyque Baies Noire candle here

  1. http://www.candelabra.com.au/Diptyque-Baies-Candle.html
  2. http://www.diptyqueparis.com/our-story
  3. http://instagram.com/p/bPfSE9BK0N/
  4. http://instagram.com/p/a_jlp4Pb50/
  5. http://instagram.com/p/Zttmx8x6l1/
  6. http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/diptyque-baies-scented-black-candle/3228189
Review: Louis Vuitton Neverfull GM
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A review on the Louis Vuitton Neverfull GM as seen with Yuri.

Louis Vuitton creates the best quality and best looking handbags, due to it’s high fashion status it also has the best celebrity approval for go-to bags. The girls have been seen using LV bags for many occasions, amongst them is Yuri who used this LV tote bag with the likes of fashion model Cara Delevigne, Hollywood actress Amanda Seyfried, and fellow K-Pop star Park Bom.

This bag may look simple, but it has many unique features/designs that make it worth it’s price!

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The classic and elegant design has a very vintage appeal (reminiscent of 1940′s fashion). Although it has a vintage style, it can be styled in different ways to make it look more modern. The bag features a damier (checkered) pattern with the ‘Louis Vuitton Paris’ name printed in a small typography fitting the size of one check block.

The size of the tote is quite large, it’s 12.6 inches tall and 15.4 inches in depth, so it’s a perfect day bag and versatile enough for people who need to carry multiple items. This bag can even pack an extra pair of clothes and still have your necessities (such as wallet, cellphone, etc.) inside, this makes it fully explain the bag’s name: “Neverfull”.

The canvas has very small ridges to match the damier pattern. It’s actually thin compared to other LV bags so it might be more prone to scratches (although I never got the bag damaged in any way). Take note that the white canvas version (like Yuri’s) might attract dirt and mess easily, so take the safe way out and use a leather protector/cleaner once you choose to get that canvas color. I opted for the brown canvas version due to that reason and because it had a more vintage feel compared to the white canvas, which I personally liked. Even if Louis Vuitton is known for providing one of the finest leatherwear, it’s best to take precautionary measures when it comes to the care of luxury items.

The bag’s inside pattern has gorgeous striped monogram pattern with a cursive typography of the brand name. The brown canvas has a red interior, while the white canvas has an off-white interior. It also has an inside zip pocket perfect for keeping personal belongings in style.

The bag is also notably light and flexible. It adjusts itself to whatever you plan on keeping inside. As a drawback, it can look burdened once it’s been overpacked. The thin leather trimmings have gold accents, some are on decorative form such as buttons, and some for more practical purposes such as an interior D-ring to slightly close the bag and placement for car keys and accessories.

A big inconvenience that I experienced from this bag would be the fact that it doesn’t have a zip closure. The tote bag is meant to be left open, leaving other people to see your belongings easily and worse, a higher chance for pick-pockets. Therefore it’s not the best bag for those who also look for security.

As I said earlier, the bag is flexible and this is also due to it’s leather drawstrings. Once the drawstrings are pulled, it can change the bag’s shape into something more of a pyramid or square depending on how it’s adjusted.
Here’s a look at what it looks like once the leather drawstrings are pulled:

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It takes the bag some getting used to. The sides of the bag have to be folded first before the leather drawstring can be adjusted. The bag’s large size is one of it’s main features, but it’s great to have the fact that the look and size can be changed entirely with the simple pull of a drawstring.

Essentially, this is a magnificent bag! It definitely lives up to Louis Vuitton’s standards and it is a perfect blend of multi-functional features with a timeless design. However, it does lose a very important feature which is the full zip closure, but it’s many outstanding benefits still makes this make a win!

Rating: 4.5/5

You can purchase the Louis Vuitton Neverfull GM here.

Yuri image credit: cookieandcream.net

Review: Casio Baby-G Digital Watch
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Review on Casio Baby-G Standard Digital watch as seen on SNSD.

Ever since I knew Girls’ Generation would be modeling them, I am very excited to buy their Casio Baby-G watch. I’m a big fan of watches and I’m very careful on choosing which watch should I buy as I make it an accessory. While my parents and I are choosing which watch should I buy from Baby-G, I decided to get the digital one for a change. I’ve been wearing standard-analog watches, so I wanted to try the digital.

What are the specs for the digital Casio Baby-G watch?
Digital clock
Timer
Daylight Saving Time setter
Alarm clock
Built-in light
Hexagon-shaped container

So I’m going to review the standard-digital one only since that’s the item that I bought from the watch store.

For the advantages of this watch, first of all, it can be worn by both men and women. I’ve seen a lot guys wearing the digital watch especially the watch that Sooyoung’s model. Of course, the guys chose a boyish type color like black and blue. So guys can actually wear something that our girls endorsed. It’s also very easy to read the time because it’s digital. You can also see how many seconds have passed already. There’s also a built-in timer that you can use for Physics laboratory activities and Gym classes. The timer also has this program that you can split-time. It is also water-proof, so you don’t have to worry if it gets wet. One advantage for those who live in the US or Canada can use the daylight saving time setter for summer and winter time. Well, I haven’t tried using that since I live in Asia. There’s a built-in light that you can use at night or when it’s dark. Just press the letter G and the light will turn on. The watch also comes in a cute hexagon tin container.

Drawbacks:

- Don’t choose a white one because the back really gets dirty after you use it and if you have a pretty dusty place, don’t buy a white one. Try buying the black watch or a dark colored watch. You should always place the watch inside the tin case so it won’t be dirty and make sure to clean it with wipes weekly.

- Don’t choose a watch that has a neon background. The digital clock is very hard to see during daylight.

- Don’t use the alarm clock for waking you up in the morning. One time I used it, I actually didn’t hear the alarm. Use the alarm for reminding purposes only when your at work or in school like if you’re going to drink medicine. That would help! And this is my first time using a digital watch that has an alarm on it, I don’t really know how to use it. So better read the manual before using the watch.

All in all, the watch comes in handy all the time especially when you’re a student. Casio Baby-G watches comes in a variety of designs and colors, so make sure to choose a watch that’s comfortable for you and that suits your taste.

Rating: 4/5

You can purchase it here and for the limited edition, click here. The watches that the girls wear are still available in all leading watch stores nationwide.

Review: Forever 21 Faux Suede Platform Mary Janes
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Review on the Forever 21 Faux Suede Platform Mary Janes as seen Taeyeon and Tiffany.

Forever 21 also offer the same shoe in different colors and fabrics such as a Patent Platform Mary Jane seen on Tiffany in the Bean Pole Event.

Specs:

  • Round toe.
  • Heels are approximately 4.73” (12 cm).
  • Adjustable buckle strap.
  • Softly padded insole lined in textured outsole.

First of all, I have had my eye on these shoes since the day I tried them on in the store and hesitated on buying them. However, upon seeing it on Taeyeon backstage in Music Core and on Tiffany during Hong Rok-ki’s Wedding, I called every Forever 21 branch in our country to see if they had them. In almost all the stores, they were sold out until luckily I found a branch nearby where they had a few stocks left with my size. Now that I have bought them I now know why they sold like hotcakes:

It’s sleek and simple Mary Jane style is wearable in jeans, leggings, shorts or skirts. The Mary Janes give off a very feminine yet sophisticated look even if you want to dress up or dress down. They elongate the legs without adding too much height and add poise to every stance.

Unlike a stiletto, these chunky heels give support in terms of balance so every step is sturdy because of its wide base. Forever 21′s Mary Janes are perfect for the girls who what the extra height without baring the pain of tiptoeing all night. Because of the platform, the angle of the feet is just right that it supports the arch of the foot thus you can last in these shoes for hours.

Drawbacks:

-       Its suede fabric can easily show if you’ve stepped into something dusty (regardless of color) but can easily be brushed off and be good as new.

-       The weight of the shoe is quite heavy so it may cause you to stomp a bit if wearing the shoes for the first time. It is not advisable for too much walking and it may make you unsteady the first time you walk in them.

Consensus: Like every other pair of heels it needs some time of getting used to, so expect some wobbling and some pain in the balls of your foot.

 Rating: 4/5

This product is currently sold out at forever21.com, but still available at Forever 21 Korea and Forever 21 China.