What I wore Sunday… night out in Amsterdam

I had a pleasure of spending last weekend in Amsterdam and I will be more than happy to share details of our trip in the coming posts. I loved every single minute of our adventure and I cannot imagine more picturesque city to travel to…

The photos for today’s post were taken in Room Mate Aitana Hotel which I would highly recommend for its design, location and service. I also loved the big windows, very modern and clean deco as well as the view. It is a well-priced option if you want to stay central in comparison to other hotels.

As for the outfit itself, I went for a very minimalistic and slightly masculine look. Checked blazer, white t-shirt and skinny pair of jeans. I added my beloved bag and a statement pair of heels that in my opinion add a feminine touch to the look.

I am surprised myself how much I like what I wore. It is mainly due to the fact that I am not a blazer person. I had few in the past but always felt that they were too structured and not flattering on my body… Somehow this one is different. Much more loose-fitting, without shoulder pads, cut properly.  The minute I have tried it on, I knew I would wear it non-stop !

So without further delay that is what I wore in Amsterdam !

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Blazer H&M

T-shirt Topshop

Jeans Topshop

Bag Chanel

Heels Valentino

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Thank you so much for stopping by and for checking out what I have been up to !

Love,

Aggie x

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What I wore Sunday… back to university days

Few weeks ago I had a pleasure of doing a presentation that took place in the local university. As I have not been to campus since I finished my education quite a few years ago, the visit brought back all the memories. Some of them were good some not so good but it made me reflect of how far I have come since my graduation.

The outfit of the day is not the most glamorous but it is fairly practical. As the day was very cold and damp, I needed a hat and this one is my favourite. I  wore my newest purchase which is also the warmest of knits I have. It is by French brand Sezane, my discovery of the year. I love the typical French vibe of their pieces and the quality is to die for.

I like fairly low-key make up. Smokey eyes and contouring is not something I will ever attempt… From time to time I like to spice thing up and add a pop of colour, hence my red lip. I am looking for a new red lipstick so if you have any recommendations, please let me know.

My what I wore Sunday outfit !

Jacket Paul Smith (sold out)

Knit Sezane

Jeans AllSaints

Sneakers Isabel Marant

Pag Prada (similar)

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Thank you very much for stopping by and following my journey !

For more fashion and travel updates, make sure you check out my Instagram

Love,

Aggie xx

Shopping Christmas sales

With festive season fast approaching I thought it will be a good idea to write something about sales… They will traditionally start on the Boxing Day but nowadays more and more retailers offer them mid-December. I am all about buying quality without overpaying but shopping Christmas sales requires some preparations and forward thinking…

I have touched on this subject already (previous post available here) but as December sales are a little bit different that any other sale, I decided to list all the items worth hunting for as well as all the preparation stages I take in order to buy only things I really need and save myself some money…

My usual starting point would be to make a list. Planning ahead of what is missing in your closet, homeware, accessories etc. is crucial. The more specific the list the better. If you are interested in particular brands, list the retailers that stock them and add the appropriate links to your favourites. Regardless, if you prefer online shopping or traditional approach it would be my starting point.

The second step is to make the list smaller… Ask yourself three magic questions:

  • Do I want it ?
  • Do I need it ?
  • Can I effort it ?

Lately, I have added the fourth one that is more a rule that a question.

  • Can I buy it twice ?

It will be hard initial but the more I practice this approach the more conscious all of purchases are.

Step three is the most difficult in my opinion and consist of shopping but with ability to restrain myself from buying anything that is not on the list or not perfect. Sometimes I will see something that ‘will do’ but I know that I will end up going to my original item over and over again. So not settling for any thing than perfect is the key !

To prove that shopping sales can be a good idea I am going to include my five top purchases made during sales. All of the examples featured here are in my opinion good options to buy on sale as their initial price point will be higher but they hopefully deliver on quality of the finish and durability…

  • Outerwear (coats, jackets, parkas etc. made out of quality fabrics)

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Amazing Joseph coat bought in 2016 during Christmas sales (with nearly 70 % discount)

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AllSaints leather jacket bought in Bicester village (60 % off)

  • Shoes (especially designer heels and boots that will be used for many years to come)

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Most wanted pair of Gianvito Rossi plexi pumps (over 50 % off original price)

  • Occasional pieces (dresses and jumpsuits with limited amount of re-wear)

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Maje dress bought in Bicester village (30% off)

  • Swimwear (may be an odd choice but I only ever buy higher price point swimwear on sale as the initial price is far too high to justify the spending)

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Swimsuit from Solid and Striped (bought during summer sale for 40 % off)

  • Handbags (this one can be tricky as classic designer models sporadically if ever go on sale, but worth exploring)

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One of my most loved bags by Bottega Veneta bought in Bicester village (with 50 % off the full retail price)

Let me know if I missed anything and what are you planning on buying if anything this time ?

I hope that you find this guide useful and I would love to know you thoughts.

As always many thanks for stopping by…

Love,

Aggie xx

Christmas gift ideas for him

As promised last week after posting a gift guide for her (available here), this time is all about men in your life. Shopping for men can be tricky so I have tried to be consistent and incorporate many ideas form very different price points.

Regardless of how difficult it is to choose the right gift the happiness of giving is always enormous and as a result I love this time of the year very much.

As with previous post all the gift ideas are only my suggestions and I am more than happy to take on board any of your ideas and comments. If you are interested in any of the products featured here, just click on the bottom of the image and the link to the item should come automatically.

So without further delay, let’s begin…

  • Fragrance

This one is pretty obvious choice as most men like a nice bottle of perfume (or two…). Both my husband and my dad are huge on fragrance and I try to give them a bottle each at least once a year.

Buying a specific scent can be tricky as we need to think about the preference the person we are giving to has, not our own. My personal number one for the most loved perfume would have to be Giorgio Armani Code. I do not know the men that do not love it !

 

 

  • Grooming accessories 

This one is slightly unusual but in my opinion may make a beautiful and practical gift. As grooming accessories I mean anything from scissors, brushes, clippers, wash bags and many more.

I had this shaving set on my radar for quite some time now and I know that my husband would love it. It is on a pricy side, but it will last for very long time !

 

 

  • Scarves

The simplest and most useful gifts of all… The beautifully finished and classic scarf can make a very stylish present without breaking the bank. You can spend as much and as little as you like.

I love cashmere so my top pick would be on a more expensive front. This one here is such an investment piece that would take the very special man in you life through a lot of winters.

 

 

  • Leather accessories

I think that every men should have a good wallet or card holder. It is a practical item that he will use every single day and the quality really matters.

My personal favourite would have to be this one from Aspinal of London. It is a statement piece that can also be personalised and I know it will stand the test of time !

 

 

  • Practical gifts (ties and socks)

There is nothing wrong with a trusty pair of socks under the tree… I love to give quality pairs that will last. Black, navy, grey pairs are always well received in my family but I may try more adventurous approach this year and add a little bit of colour.

This set from Happy Socks is awesome and I am very tempted to buy it for my husband…

 

 

  • Jewellery and watches

Jewellery and watches are such statement gifts for a very special man in your life. A good watch will last a lifetime and will always remind the receiver about you…

I love to give watches and personalized or collectible cufflinks. The budget and the choices are endless, both on high street or in designer boutiques.

I love this watch as it reminds me of my grandfather’s watch that I was lucky enough to receive as his last gift to me…

 

 

  • Technology

Gadgets like new smartphone, drone, speakers are in general very good yet pricy gifts. With so many options available and new releases every season it is difficult to keep up…

I know that my dad would be very happy with new phone and my husband would love this home speaker !

 

 

Let me know if you find my selection useful and what are you planning on buying this year for the men in your life ?

As usual thank you very much for stopping by and I hope to see you all very soon !

Love,

Aggie xx

Christmas gift ideas for her

With Christmas period fast approaching I decided to put together a gift guide and maybe give you some suggestion on what is worth spending on that little extra in my eyes.

I checked out quite a few gift guides in the past and they all seemed very similar to one another. They all have specific price brackets that show different gifts in each of the brackets. Being me, I decided to take an alternative approach and maybe show you a wider variety of options.

Let me know if you like this format as I have a similar thing in mind specifically for him… All the gift suggestions are only my ideas and I am more than happy to take your feedback on board and change one or two categories !

If you are interested in any of the products featured here, just click on the bottom of the image and the link to the item should come automatically.

So without further delay, let’s begin…

  • Candles

Candles in general would be my number one gift especially for less personal occassions. A nice candle is such a homely gift and can add a little bit of luxury. I like more price candles as they have quite unusual scents and last a very long time.

All of the candles shown here are priced up to ÂŁ50 and I would recommend each and every single one. Choosing a favourite one would be a difficult one but if I was forced to make that decision it would have to be Jo Malone’s Blackberry & Bay.

 

 

  • Fragrance

Fragrance is my second most favourite gift to give and probably number one if I am on the receiving end. There is so many good fragrances on the market that will suit most tastes and personal preferences.

I like niche and unusual scents, maybe on a more spicy yet floral side. My current number one would be without the shadow of the doubt Diptique L’Ombre dans l’Eau. It reminds me of my childhood yearsand the smell of blackcurrant leaves is to die for !

 

 

  • Beauty accessories

Every women needs a good make up brush set, nice hair brush, wash bag or a compact mirror. Options are endless and some of the practical gift are the best ones.

I would love to get a quality brush set and although I do not need any more, I would be more happy to test some new ones… My number one choice would be this set from Zoeva (just in case mu husband is reading this !).

 

 

  • SLGs (Small Leather Goods)

Card holder or card case is an ideal little gift and I strongly believe that most ladies would love one. It can be as luxurious as you want it to be with options available both on high street and in designer boutiques.

I would love to find this one by Dior under my tree although I know I am pushing my luck with this price tag attached but it is worth trying !

 

 

  • Jewellery

Nice piece of jewellery is a statement and something that will stay with a person for a very long time. It can be anything from a pair of earings to a luxurious bracelet. The choices are endless and so is the budget.

I like my jewellery very simple and understated. I do not wear much gold but I have been eyeing this necklaces for quite some time now and I really, really like it !

 

  • Cashmere

There is nothing more special to give than cashmere regardless whether it is a scarf, hat, jumper or even pyjamas. The feel and the quality of the fabric is very cosy and it is an ultimate luxury gift in my opinion.

Nobody does cashmere better than Acne Studios. The scarf show here would have stay on my wish list for now but it is a dream…

 

 

  • Books

For somebody who likes to read, good book or two will always be a good idea. Knowing their favourite author or hobby may come handy but in general travel books as well as cook books would be good choice.

If you follow my blog for a while, you may know that discovering undiscovered is something I am obsessed with so this travel book would be the one on my wish list !

 

 

That is it for the gift guide for her…

I have already started working on the gift guide for him (available here) so if you have any suggestions, please let me know !

As usual thank you very much for stopping by…

Love,

Aggie xx

Few words about guilty pleasures…

I have to start with the confession that I have self-discipline build in me. From the very early years, I knew how to divide my time and when to play and when to learn and do my homework. During my university years when I was exposed to constant tests and exams that self-discipline became even more obvious. As a result, I may have occasional difficulty to switch off and just relax. I feel the more I have on my plate, the better I can perform but I also know that there is limit to what I should handle.

That is where the guilty pleasures are coming and saving my sanity and help me to relax.  Having work-life balance is very important to me to be able to keep distance and enjoy my life. Everything listed below is very personal to me and as everybody is different your needs and necessities will vary.

Theses are mine (but keep it secret !):

  • Eighties music (the cheesier the better) especially when I am driving on my own and when I can sing along…
  • Shopping for holidays when I am not going on one… I will start the minute I come back home after a longer trip. It is difficult to explain but I love it !
  • Binging on YouTube… My favourite channels will include Fleur DeForce, Tanya Burr or Chase Amie !
  • Shopping in Space NK… It is a boutique beauty chain with the best selection of brands you can imagine. I love spending my money there but I am not sure if my husband can say the same…
  • Anything to do with yoga ! I try to do yoga most days, especially in the morning to wake me up. I have been practising it for over 10 years and nothing works better for mind and body.
  • Online shopping is something I love… Sometimes browsing is enough but every now and again I feel like I need to pull the trigger and treat myself !
  • Coffee !! I love going out for a cup or two… I like my coffee strong with a touch of milk so coffee of choice would be flat white.
  • Pancakes and waffles… I like mine with fruits and maple syrup all every day not only on Sundays !

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I would love to hear about your guilty pleasures… Care enough share ?

Thank you very much for stopping by and I hope to see you back very soon !

Love,

Aggie xx

 

Designer handbags- are they really worth it and where to start ?

I love quality products. Anything from beautifully designed pair of heels to handmade bag or clutch. As a result, when I started working professionally I got my first designer handbag and that is how my collection started. I used to buy more, constantly adding new styles and brands. Over time I became much more selective, not allowing my heart to rule over my brain… Buying process became much more structured and detailed.

I have a mixture of designers in my collection anything from Mulberry to Chanel. What all handbags have in common is the quality of the finish, their practicality as well as the resistance to constant wear. I have one or two bags in my possession that I had from the very beginning and they are as good as new !

With all my experience and mistakes that I have made I though it will be useful to write dos and don’ts post guiding you through the buying process and helping to make the right choice. Whatever you budget is, I hope everyone interested in the luxury market would be able to find something useful !

Starting with dos: 

  • Do some soul-searching… Before you starting investing in the luxury handbags think about what is important to you and what do you need the bag for ? There is no point in buying ÂŁ700 Charlotte Olympia clutch (I love this one !) if you do not get out very much !
  • You budget is key… Be realistic and whatever the top limit is, there are some options. Sometimes it may mean that you will need to wait a little bit longer for you dream bag but it will happen eventually if you work hard and truly want it.
  • Buying expensive handbag is considered an investment and as with variety of investments it can be more or less profitable… There are brands which in general keep their value better the others. My top three to invest in would be French ones like Louis Vuitton, Chanel or Hermes.
  • Seasonal bags or bright coloured ones are always less desired when it comes to resale market so going as classic as you can is probably the best choice. My criteria when buying a new bag would be: how well it would date and how much use would  I get out of it.
  • It is worth setting up an additional saving account and naming it after a bag you want to buy. Transfer the money regularly and even small contributions every month will add up eventually. Giving the account a name will help to keep you on track and motivate to keep saving.
  • With all that written in mind, you need to love you purchase. It is very unlikely that you are going to make a fortune selling your possessions so be honest with yourself. Your handbag is a material thing that should spark the joy within you and it is there to serve a purpose.

And now don’ts:

  • Never settled… Do not compromise on the bag that you do not want or need just because it is cheaper or more accessible. You will still end up wanting the one you had originally in mind.
  • I would not recommend to buy of eBay or less reliable sources. If you want to buy second-hand (nothing wrong with that and you can pick a bargain from time to time) try websites with a team of experts that will verify the authenticity of your handbag. The ones I would recommend are Vestiaire Collective and HEWI London. The commission is high if you are selling with them, but you are guaranteed hassle-free process.
  • Do not buy into trends that will last a season or two… Classic models constantly in production are the best way to go. One of the best examples of that would be Louis Vuitton bags like Speedy or Neverfull. Their prices got doubled in the last five years or so with very little change to the actual bag itself.
  • Do not allow to get influenced by media, celebrities or YouTube channels. Listen to your heart, assess the needs and go for something that you truly want and need.
  • And finally… Do not go beyond you means ! I did that quite some time ago when I bought the most expensive bag in my collection hoping that I will get a bonus at work… I did not and although I cannot regret that I bought the bag, I have learnt my lesson. Never spend the money you do not have !

And few of my favourite ‘investments’…

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It will be controversial but it is probably my favourite ever bag by Bottega Veneta… light and understated, beautifully made and the colour is to die for !

I really hope you liked this post !

I am more than happy to answer any questions and help if you need my guidance on the subject…

Love,

Aggie xx