Undoubtedly, I do love color in my wardrobe and on my face. Yet one thing that is a staple in my wardrobe is a black leather satchel bag. I currently have the Treesje Brixton, which I didn’t use that much after I first purchased it a few years ago, but have been using every day since November.
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With an eye towards the changes that I’m working on (and if you haven’t seen my layout design poll…here it is), I was also looking for feedback on the content. I’d like to know what you like, what you think is working, and what isn’t.
I sometimes worry that something like Music Monday isn’t a big hit, since it’s not about beauty or fashion. Although I know many people like music as well. And maybe having 2 days a week where there’s an assigned feature gets boring.
So here’s your chance to let me know what you’d like to see on the blog!
Changes are going on behind the scenes at shedreamsinperfectfrench. This is going to include a change to my blog theme. Which, of course, makes me wonder about blog layouts.
I know that I definitely prefer reading some blogs over others, and so much has to do with design and layout. I want my blog to be pleasing to my readers, so I would love your input as to which blog layout style you prefer to read.
I’m kind of layout illiterate, so let me explain what I mean by the choices below with examples:
Choice 1: Continuous reading on one page
This is the style I currently have. You come to my blog, you find the latest entry, you scroll down to read (sometimes with a “read more” tag).
Choice 2: Large most recent post with thumbnail magazine layout
The most recent entry is in large at the top, and the archives appear as a grid of images below. Zoé Macaron is an example of this style.
Choice 3: Dynamic large posts with thumbnail magazine layout
A couple of most recent entries appear in a large carousel at the top, and the archives appear as a grid of images below. Gemsmaquillage is an example of this style.
Choice 4: Large main image for each post, click to read
Each post is represented by a large image, running vertically down the page. To read the entry, you click on the image. Vivianna Does Makeup is an example of this style.
I know I’m ages behind on the NARS Guy Bourdin Collection products, but things happen. 😉 The colors really spoke to me, but I was going to be good and skip it, until I watched this tutorial.
And, this is super dumb, but I added in an extra NARS item I wanted (again, thanks to Lisa Eldridge,) because there as a gift with a certain purchase amount, only it turns out after I ordered the offer had changed overnight and I didn’t need to buy it. But I’m not sorry. 🙂
1. NARS Satin Lip Pencil in Palais Royal 2. NARS Guy Bourdin blush in Coeur Battant 3. NARS Guy Bourdin Cinematic Eyeshadow in Bad Behaviour
Not so much a New Year’s resolution, but since the being-unemployed-and-having-no-money-and-then-getting-a-job-and-making-a-lot-less-money-than-before thing, I’m trying to spend my money more wisely (to varying degrees of success).
I know they say to make your investment pieces your shoes and handbags. My tendency, however, is to buy a lot of clothing rather than pay for quality and have fewer items. (I can’t help it! I see cute things and my fingers order them without my brain engaging! I could never even pretend to be French.)
The thing is that, like with the Chloé Susanna boots, I just can’t reconcile paying the price of a trip to Europe on a pair of shoes. That’s not to say I haven’t ever paid what I consider too much money on a pair of shoes or have only cheap handbags. But I do prefer buying lesser known or, preferably, indie designers. I don’t like advertising for a brand. The one bag I have that has a well-known name on it (thought it’s a canvas bag), I wear that side on the inside.
(I do confess the desire to one day own at least one pair of Manolos or Jimmy Choos or Louboutins.)
So, given my usual aversion to status bags, I am surprised by my recent fascination with them.
Two bloggers that I read have both been posting looks with their Chanel quilted flap bags. There is no way to hide that this is a Chanel bag. If I wore it backwards, there would be no point. (Not that I could afford any of them even used.) But look, there is something so undeniably special and fashionable about them.
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Merry Christmas to all my readers who celebrate! I hope Santa has fulfilled all your wishes! Me, I’m left still curating my endless wishlist. (I feel like an endless wishlist is a metaphor for life. :p ) And this week’s is a doozy!
I was lucky enough to get to meet up with the lovely Olivia of Cleopatra’s Bling (of which I waxed poetic last week) on her visit to NY. (And I got to pick up some gems in person! 😀 ) But her rings were almost eclipsed by her amazing Lack of Color hat (made in Australia, her native country, from 100% Australian wool).
You know someone is wearing a good hat when you literally want to steal it off of their head. Or, in Olivia’s case, when New Yorkers on the street stop her to tell her how much they love it and ask where she got it.
Seriously one of the most adorable human beings I have ever met
And the people have spoken!
Here are how the Serge Lutens Pourpre Maure with MAC Rebel poll results stacked up:
And the winner, by a price point difference of $5 per gram vs $32.30 per gram is…
You rebel, you
Color B! MAC Rebel!
My bank account and I thank you for your guidance. 😉 (Although I would be lying if I said there wasn’t a big part of me that still wants it. :p )
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Okay, it’s put up or shut up time, guys. I finally got around to comparing Serge Lutens Pourpre Maure with MAC Rebel. Just to
try and talk myself out of it make sure before investing $75.
If I left it up to me, I know I would buy it no matter what. So I’m leaving it up to you.
I put one color on half my mouth and one color on the other half. I’m not telling you which is which, to prevent bias. Just let me know which color you like better, in general AND on me.
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You win some, you lose some. I’ve finally just started to get the hang of photographing myself with a tripod. I’d seen some gorgeous photos taken with a 50mm lens, so I decided to try mine. Did you know that I didn’t know until yesterday, despite the fact that I purchased the damn thing myself, that my lens wasn’t autofocus? Or maybe it used to work with my old camera?
Anyhoo. The photos I took are slightly out of focus. But you can still see.
I wanted to show you what color number 2, Roman Rouge, in the Serge Lutens sampler looks like. You know, the one I abandoned on the day in photos halfway through for Pourpre Maure.
And yet somehow the door is in focus…