About a year ago I was browsing in a boutique in Katonah, New York called Ruby Sue, and I was attracted to some delicate diamond jewelry that was trendy, yet classic. The designer was Adina Reyter and I now own two pieces from her collection. I find diamonds difficult to photograph because of the sparkle and glare, but I did the best I could to show you how pretty they are:
Adina Reyter diamond jewelry
I love how sparkly the diamonds are and that the necklace has two loops to adjust the length.
I'm including a link to Adina Reyter's website so you can check out her collection and see much better photos! Adina Reyter
I consider my hair one of my best assets. It's certainly an accessory when nicely blown out and styled. If only I could do it myself......I consider it worth the investment to have professionals color, cut and style it.
I love scented soap, not the overly perfumed kind, but the hand made all natural kind infused with essential oils. If it weren't so expensive I would literally bathe in it all day long! I used to buy a lot more of it then I do now. I have psoriasis, which is thankfully in remission at the moment, but I've been using glycerin soap on my face and mostly Cetaphil soap for my body. My skin does well with them and they are more affordable. As much as I love both the fragrance and the look of hand made natural soap, $6 or $7+ for one bar can get very expensive, especially since I love taking baths! But when I was at a farm market on Sunday and smelled this amazing bar of lavender soap I had to buy one. I even love the packaging, it reminds me of a pin stripped shirt! And, I like supporting local businesses.
I haven't used it yet, but I put it at the top of my soap line up, so soon! Here are some close ups for product information.
My last post was a year ago and I'm going to jump back in where I left off: with my Louis Vuitton drawstring bag. I decided that if I were going to start using it again it needed to be professionally refurbished so I took it to ArtBag in NYC to replace the vachetta leather trim and drawstring that were basically falling apart. They did a pretty good job.
Louis Vuitton bag after restoration
Close up on the replaced leather trim & drawstring
I also had Artbag replace the zipper on my Louis Vuitton wallet. Technically I think LV calls this style an "organizer," but it's a wallet. I've been carrying this wallet around for about ten years. It fits everything--and I definitely overstuffed it--which is probably why the zipper was malfunctioning.
I have been obsessed with Louis Vuitton lately. There are two styles I'm loving and want: the Neverfull tote and the Pallas bag. Everywhere I go I see women carrying LV bags which fuels my desire even more. I think there's a chance I may end up with a new bag before the year is over, but in the meantime I realized that I should dig my vintage LV bucket bag out of the closet and use it again. The vachetta leather is stained and the drawstring (easily replaceable) has seen better days, but there's nothing wrong with the coated canvas or interior and the shoulder strap is still in good condition.
Vintage LV bucket bag
I bought this bag to celebrate a new job in 2000 and carried it to work every day for at least a year, maybe more. I always think of it as a work bag, but that's silly, so this Louie and I are going to get reacquainted!
Back in the early to mid 2000's I bought three of the LV Murakami bags: Monogram Multicolore, Cherry Blossoms, and Cherry. My friend even brought the Cherry Blossom pouchette back from Paris for me because they were almost impossible to get here in NYC.
LV Multicolore pouchette
LV Cherry Blossoms pouchette
LV Cherry Bucket bag
I used the two pouchettes a few times each, but decided to sell them last year. They were in pristine condition and I didn't think I'd use them again so I sold them on Ebay. I never used the Cherry bucket bag and it is in brand new, pristine condition so I've decided to sell it as well. As much as I love all of them I feel like I would get more use out of an LV Neverfull, so I think a trip to my local LV may be in order soon.
Here's the link to my LV Cherry bag on Ebay in case anyone is interested:
I love bags and I have a lot of them, but for everyday use I usually keep two fully packed with all my essentials (ie mini umbrella, hand sanitizer, handcream, lip balm, mints, etc) so when I'm in a rush and just running for routine appointments or errands I can quickly grab a bag and go. I rotate my less expensive designer bags as "everyday bags" because they do tend to get more wear and tear.
This past Spring and Summer I've been using a light blue Michael Kors bag as one of my everyday bags frequently. I love the color and it fits a lot and has a shoulder strap as well as handles. I bought it at Marshall's (if I recall correctly) a number of years ago. I think it was retailing for $298 but it was about $100 at Marshall's. I'm going to put it away for winter because the color is very light, but I want to keep using it in early Fall.
Michael Kors bag
I have so many small scarves that are pefect for tying onto a bag to jazz it up and that's how I'm transitioning this bag into Fall. In the Spring I tied on a beautiful floral Liberty of London scarf my friend brought me back from London.
...with Liberty of London scarf
Today I put on a Roberto Cavalli leopard print scarf I got as a party favor (nice gift!). The scarf has gold stitching on the edges that perfectly complements the gold hardware on the bag. The warm gold tones are perfect for early Fall and the Indian Summer I think we're going to have this season in the Northeast.