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Trial and Error

Posted By ERRS on Jul 24, 2011 at 1:16AM

It seems to be my pattern that I write a post whenever I am hunting for something - it could be sweater, bag, mascara or whatever.

So I am writing a post, this time, I am in search of the perfect wallet.

For many years, (11 years to be exact) I had only one wallet. As I mentioned before, I am a bag woman. Despite having a commitment issue when it comes to bags, I suppose I am more dedicated to one wallet.

That changed quickly when I decided to retire my beloved LV Vernis wallet.

My LV Vernis

After using it for so long, obviously, it was time for this beauty to retire, not to mention there were wears and tears and some discoloration. It was very difficult to let go!

So she retired about a year ago. Since then, I have not been lucky with wallet. Is this karma for letting her retire?

What I look for from wallet seems pretty simple:

1) Must be a long wallet - I hate my paper money having crease from a folded wallet

2) Have a lot of card slots - my beloved LV actually had only two slots

3) Big space for coins

4) Plenty of compartments for receipts and others

See, it shouldn't be too hard to find a good wallet, right?


I was utterly, completely, totally wrong.

Why? So my hunt begins.

First up, the Marc Jacobs wallet. When I first saw it at Nordstrom, I fell in love with the color. It had the pinkish beige, zip-around with signature Marc Jacob buckle. Plenty of card slots, six separate compartments with coin pocket.

Marc Jacobs


It seemed that I found the "one" already. It has everything that I wanted from a wallet. Plus I always fantasized about zip-around wallet.

For some reasons, I just did not like it. I don't know why, it never even grew on me. The design seemed little too casual and did not seem to match my personality or my bags I usually wear. And the zip-around. It always got stuck whenever I opened. I guess this was not meant to be.

Next up, the Chanel. Ah Chanel. My fave.


Weird thing about bags and wallets are, no matter how good they look, you will never know how much you end up liking it. I am a huge Chanel fan, I have several bags and shoes but  I was always hesitant of having Chanel wallets simply because it would look too matchy with my Chanel bag that I use everyday.

Then I suddenly realized, something beyond matchy matchy happened.

I found this wallet to be extremely unpractical to use. I was having such a hard time getting my money out whenever I went for my morning tea run, from the moment, I knew it was not going to work.

Already been devastated by retiring my beloved wallet, this was a huge disappointment.

By now, everyone must be thinking, why not just buy the same darn LV wallet since I loved it so much?

Since the time I had the wallet, it had been over a decade, I feel that I really grew up emotionally. The wallet signifies my old self and as much as I loved the wallet, I also want to grow out of it. I never thought I would think this deep with just a wallet!


I ended up getting this wallet since I loved the old one so much (even though this is Monogram) but more card slots.

I used it for about six, seven months and I always found it annoying when the wallet falls whenever I opened it and the whole world can see the entire content of the wallet.  But I must admit I used this wallet for the longest out of all so far.

Lastly, giving another shot:


I finally went to the unthinkable. Hermes. I never imagined myself with Hermes wallet. It seems so grown-up and sophisticated. But I guess I am grownup. So why not? Let's give a shot.

This wallet seems more relaxed than any other wallets Hermes has - others seem too stiff for my personality. Also the wallet itself is bigger than any other wallets that I owned. It has a good amount of card slots and because of the leather - so soft- it allows to store more than I expected. So far, so good!

I really hope that now the search is over and this is the wallet that I can use for many many years to come.

Please note that everything I wrote in this post about wallets are strictly my own opinion. Obviously, everyone has different needs and wants from wallets.


In Search of the Right Mascara

Posted By ERRS on Jan 14, 2011 at 6:15AM

I love makeups. I love to try new products.

Unfortunately, for the past few years, my skin suddenly decided to act out. I was able to wear anything I wanted, but now, those days are over. My skin became so sensitive and so honest, when she doesn't like it, she certainly lets me know....in her own way by breaking my face out!

Now the only thing I can really be adventurous is mascara. Usually, I am not a big spender when it comes to mascaras since I love my waterproof ones by Maybellines. They must be waterproof otherwise the regular mascaras don't hold my lashes even after I curl them. Plus I wear contact lenses and my eyes get super watery easily. Always wear waterproof especially when I go out with my friends because when I laugh too much, I cry. Literally. So choosing the right mascaras can be tough and the mascara must be tough on my lashes.

Maybelline Volum' Express Turbo Boost Waterproof - Very Black

$5.94 by Maybelline at Target


This Maybelline mascara is fabulous since this gives a lot of volumes and waterproof. Plus the price is super affordable.

Although I tend to spend more money on cosmetics like foundations and eyeshadows, I always went to drugstores for mascaras. But this time, I was different.

I was in Tokyo for the new year and those cool Japanese girls are totally into eyelashes. Lash extensions and fake lashes are so popular, you spot those who wear them everywhere.  I, on the other hand, am not too sure about wearing either of them and one day I found something I don't see much in the States.

It's eyelash perm. Yes, it's a perm like perm. They curl your lashes with this tiny little rods and ooh la la your lashes are nice and curled. And it's supposed to stay curled as long as a month or even longer. How fabulous is that!!!

The only thing that concerned me was, as I mentioned at the beginning of this post, I have become super allergic to basically anything. But I had to take my chance on this.

After consulting with the lady at the salon, she curled my lashes with those little rods and after 45 minutes or so, my lashes are curled and the curves look so fantastic I wanted to try on some new mascaras. And so far, no bad reactions!

This time, I wanted to try the regular, non-waterproof kind since my lashes are staying curled upward for at least for a while. So for the first time in a long time, I wanted to splurge on more expensive kind of mascaras.

So I went straight to Dior counter. My friend Alex used to rave this mascara from Dior so much one night she made me try it although I kept telling her I couldn't wear regular mascaras. As soon as I got to the counter, I was browsing the mascaras and there I even saw the few waterproof - but this time, I just wanted to get the non-waterproof.

Even though my lashes are nicely curled and are going to stay this way for a while, I still would laugh and cry when I hang out with my friends so I still need to get a mascara that stays on and not smudge or run on my face.

The SA recommended this mascara for my such requests.

Dior 'Diorshow - Black Out' Mascara

$24.00 by Christian Dior at Nordstrom


I must say I had a good feeling when I saw this mascara. But when I actually looked at the brush, I sort of got worried. I mean, the wand, looked huge.

As I tried on, my worry went away. Even the Maybelline mascara I used to use had a rather big wand. This Dior mascara has a wand that is as big as the Maybelline but longer. Then with just one application, my eye looked more prominent, with dark lashes. This also gives you the fake lashes effect.

And washing it off was so easy, I think I am getting addicted to this! Washing off those waterproof mascaras can be so difficult, even when I thought I completely washed off, next day I wake up looking like panda. Not pretty.

Having those permed eye lashes and using this fabulous mascaras are going to make me so addicted I am so happy to part with my Shu Uemura eyelash curler for a while. After all, he needs a break, too!



One Bag Woman

Posted By ERRS on Jun 15, 2010 at 1:59PM

Almost everyone knows Carrie Bradshaw is a shoe woman.  She owns Manolos, Louboutins, Dolces, Atwoods and oh they are all so pretty.  Just like Carrie, many women admit they are shoe women.  My friend Allie, is certainly one of them, she owns about 200 pairs of shoes and her collections are growing. 

I, on the other hand, am not a shoe woman.  Although I ah and woo at Louboutins whenever I see them and do have a decent amount of shoes for every occasion, (31 pairs to be exact...is that too much or too little?) I could still not say I am a shoe woman after all.

What I am is a bag woman.  I just love bags.  I have checked out all of the "IT" bags in the past, owned many.  Whenever I could afford something big, I always buy a bag.  Chanels, LVs, Pradas and Balenciagas are among my favorites. I started collecting Chanel bags ever since I bought my first Chanel.  My closet is filled with those beautiful bags and I just love them.

One day, something happened.  As I was doing my ususal daily reading over at the Purse Forum, I came accross the ultimate bag.   Hermes Birkin.  I knew the bag existed for a very long time, in fact, the bag has been my dream bag ever since I saw it in person at age of 15 because a lady who was getting her hair done next to me at a hair salon in Tokyo had the bag.  But the price and all the rage for the bag made me think it was ungettable. 

This time was different.  I knew I was going to have the bag.  May not be today or tomorrow, but in the near future.  So my adventure for the hunt for the Birkin started. 

As beautiful as the bag is, the price for the bag is equally, beautifully, pricey.  And I have to find my way of saving the money for the bag.  I came to the conclusion that I needed to give up on buying other bags while I save money for the Birkin.

One night I confessed my feelings for the Birkin to my boyfriend, as we talked about a trip to Europe came up in our conversation.  As much as he appreciates the quality and craftsmanship of Hermes, he said, "isn't that little steep for a bag?"   But it's a Birkin!! Even Samantha from Sex and the City once said, "it's not just a bag, it's a f***ing Birkin!"  Not only her comment is true, nobody disagrees with Samantha. Plus, many Birkins and Kellys are passed along and inherited by many generations.

As I am planning on a move oversea this fall, I have been cleaning out my closet and started giving some clothes and others away.  So one day over coffee with my friend, Paulina, she asked, "what are you going to do with all your purses? If you don't use them, why don't you sell them?"  That, was the most hurtful thing a bag woman like me could hear.  My bags are my babies, how could I let go of them? 

I knew many people sell their bags, whatever the reason may be, it could be because they want to buy a new bag or simply need money for emergency.  I understand that, but I never thought I would do that or even think about selling my beloved bags.

That very same night, I got thinking.  If I sell some of the bags, the money can go toward the Birkin fund.  Yet I still felt guilty of letting them go.

And this question arose.  "Is there the "ONE"  for a bag as many believe that there are the "ONE" for men and women?  Is a Birkin the "ONE"? If it was, can a bag obsessed woman like me commit to this "one bag woman" theory?" 

The next day, as I stood in front of my closet, I started accessing every bag I ever owned.  Here is the turqoise Gucci Hobo, color is nice, but too small.  My Prada messenger bag....have't used it in more than five years.  My Balenciaga First in white.  The color is too difficult to take care of.  Even my newest addition Chloe Paraty.  I was surprised to find out that my so-called beloved bags had more cons than pros.  Then realized maybe it is time to let them go.  And I wasn't really heartbroken.

In the end, only four bags made the cut.  The Chanels.  They are classy and practical, also very ladylike.  I don't think I could ever let go of them.  And my LV Speedy 30.  It's so durable and lightweight.  Plus the bag fits a lot of things. 

Unfortunately for the rest of the bags, I either sold them or in the process of selling them.  And surprisingly, I don't feel bad.  As a bag woman, I am still not sure if I can believe the "one bag woman theory" yet, I am certainly glad that I have a few bags to choose from, even though I started to think that quality always wins over quantity. 

Now all I can hope for is all my beloved bags will be loved and well taken care of by the new owners as much as I once loved them.



There is always first time for everything...online shopping. Yes or No?

Posted By ERRS on Nov 12, 2009 at 2:30PM

I always knew they existed - I have seen their chic dresses, sexy heels and cool tops.  I am talking about Topshop.  I got even excited when I found out that they opened a store in NYC, although I live in Denver, Colorado.  I must say things come around a lot slower around here and don't get me wrong, there are nice stores here, but it's not to the point where they satisfy my fashion cravings. 

This is when the beauty of online shopping comes in handy.   My friend Sophie loves to shop online.  She says that it's the best because she can buy things anytime,even in 2 in the morning,  not have to worry about driving to the mall ( and not finding anything at the mall!!) and in most cases there's no sales tax and a little shipping and usually the return and exchange are easy.

I must say I was never comfortable of buying clothes online. Shoes and bags, I'm OK with.  With clothes, things are different simply because every brand has slightly different sizing and all.  Topshop seemed no exceptions.  It's from UK, and I know sometimes the equivalent of those sizes can be confusing...( look at H&Ms!) 

One day, as I was looking through tons of pictures as always - new trends, jackets and coats for fall and winter.  And there it was.  I fell in love with this striped knit jacket from Topshop.  I looked at the price and fell in love with it even more - it's only $80!!

Knitted Stripe Jacket

$80.00 at Topshop

I had to go to the store - but wait, there is no Topshop here in Denver!  As I envied those folks in NYC, I went online.  I quickly navigated myself to look for the jacket and there it was!  I want, I want!  Pause.  What is my size? 

Suddenly, I was lost.  I usually wear 2 or 4, depending on the brand.  I have jackets and tops that run rather smaller and larger and what?????  While all those thoughts kept going around my head, I looked up on the sizing chart.  Hmmm....I think I am 4 but I don't want it to be too tight since it's a knit jacket....oh well, let's just order 6 in case and if it didn't fit, I'd just exchange it.

Before placing an order, it suddenly dawned on me that in case this size didn't work out, I better check on the return policy.  Just in case.  I'm not sure if that was a sign of something, but I looked.  And I discovered many things I did not know about. 

At first, I did not know the merchandise of Topshop all ship out from UK.  Thus $15 shipping charge makes sense.  Then I realized another thing.  What if I wanted to return or exchange something?  Sure, you can either return it in person at their stores but that is not my option.  According to their website, if you wanted to return or exchange an item, you have to ship it back to their UK warehouse at your own expense.  Hmmm....

Now I'm determined to make my purchase more "oops wrong size" free.  I certainly don't want to go through with shipping the item back and forth till I get it right.  It's not only time consuming but also could end up being costly.  I carefully studied the sizing chart, I realized, I needed some real people's opinions. Of course, the chart gives you the idea to narrow down which size you could possibly be, but just in case, to double check it, I did my own research. 

I googled the "Topshop sizing review" and voilà!! There were a few out there but one forum that was particularly helpful. Facebook.  People with same problems come together and discuss about the sizing.  Some argue Topshop's sizing runs smaller.  Others disagree. 

In the end, I ended up getting a 6 - I figured if it's bigger rather than smaller, I could live with it.  I haven't gotten the jacket just yet because I just ordered yesterday but I'll keep you posted on the sizing.  I must say that the forum like on Facebook did help me tremendously, sometimes just a chart won't do justice.  Real people's opinions really do count. 

So will I shop online again? Yeah, sure.  But do some research beforehand and read those fine prints in case you don't like it or it's too small or too big or it's not what I thought it would be or whatever the reasons may be.  As for me, for now, I'm waiting and hoping that all the research and readings will pay off. 

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