Categories: New stuff, Personal life, Shopping
Hi everyone! How have you been? Time really flies this year. I thought it’s just 2021 yesterday and now it’s September? Like whoaaa.
I still need to clear my trainings for this year and it’s September. I got the approval to do 2 trainings by the end of this year and I haven’t even start any of them yet. I will need to find time to start them this weekend.
I bought 2 comic books on Animal Crossing. I found them at Popular bookstores. When I first saw it, I’m like: Yes I want it! Luckily it’s not too expensive. 2 comic books and a sticker pack for S$19.90. I unbox it but haven’t start reading it. I haven’t bought any comic books before so this is the first. Animal Crossing is also my favourite game now so of course I want to get its comic books.
Otherwise, life is still the same. Singapore is having more COVID-19 cases and clusters in various bus interchanges. Life still goes on and we are still opening up for travel, etc. Guess we have learned to live with the virus.
It’s not even the August lunar month and mooncakes are selling out now. I guess the mooncake production is lesser this year, which explains why it is snapping out so fast when there are many people who are ordering it. Lesser companies are buying for their working partners too.
I haven’t meet some of my cliques and I just meet the closer ones these days. I know I will lose contact with some of my friends as we get older but I didn’t expect it to happen so fast, aided by COVID-19.
Categories: New stuff, Personal life, Shopping, Wants
I finally managed to get my Hermes Evelyne 16 (also known as mini evelyne)! It has been close to 12 months hunt for the bag and I finally got it.
Actually, I got it under my boyfriend’s profile and he scored it before me. I went to collect it on 1 Jun 2021 and it is Noir and Palladium hardware with Clemence leather. Unfortunately there is a slight peeling in the leather stitching and it turns out to be a quality control issue. We bought it back to the store on 15 Jun 2021 after discovered the issues on 14 Jun 2021. Well, it took some time for my bag insert to come and I didn’t want to start using it before my bag insert is here.
The SA at Hermes Takashimaya said it is a quality control issue hence they have to send the bag back to Paris for fixing. I didn’t want to wait for so long since it will be minimum 6 months wait for bags that go to Hermes Spa servicing – be it Singapore or Paris. So I requested to change to another bag but they don’t have any available for me to purchase. So I have to be added back to the waitlist for the same combination as other combination waitlist will be too long.
Fortunately, I got added to a Noir and Gold hardware with Clemence leather more than a month ago at Hermes MBS. Well, I had the other evelyne 16 bag in waitlist and the SA didn’t realised it before adding me for the Noir and Gold hardware with Clemence leather combination. When he realised, he was scolding me and said it is against the “rules”. Well, the system didn’t flag any issue though. Shrugs. I told him he can remove it then. I can just keep my existing evelyne 16 waitlist. What I didn’t realised he didn’t remove. Maybe he couldn’t remove it? Anyway, more than a month later, the bag came and he called me to inform me. He called me on 14 Jun 2021 after I discovered the issues on my Noir and Palladium hardware with Clemence leather bag. I was in a dilemma as I will have both bags in Noir – just different hardware options. Fortunately, I was able to return the Palladium hardware bag at Hermes Takashimaya and use the store credit at Hermes MBS store to buy the bag I was waitlisted for.
It turned out to be well and I am now a very happy owner of Hermes Evelyne 16 – Noir and Gold hardware with Clemence leather. Not my number 1 dream combination (Gold and Gold hardware) but it is my number 2 dream combination. Noir and Palladium hardware with Clemence leather was never one of my dream combinations but I convinced myself to accept it because I have been hunting endlessly for 12 months and still couldn’t get an evelyne 16. What I didn’t expect it is that the bag had issues and I didn’t check before I buy. Well, I trusted Hermes quality excellence at that time which now I certainly don’t trust as much now. It has been incredibly stressful to have a bag with quality control issues. I was thinking if I should sell it and I will make a slight profit for it. But nah, I don’t want to go through the stress of selling which I briefly went through. I will just buy what I truly love and never sell it. I’m fine to forgo the potential profits for lesser stress in life.
Now I have the exact same combination as my Hermes Evelyne 29. After I got the bag, I don’t feel tempted in any other Hermes bags anymore. Haha. I shall pray for my wallet safety.
I did buy an orange twilly when I picked up my bag at Hermes MBS though. Now both of my Hermes bags each have a twilly and a bag charm to go with. I think I can have many styles with it. Haha.
Categories: New stuff, Personal life, Rants, Shopping
I finally manage to find a way-below-retail Hermes rodeo bag charm in MM size. I got it from a consignment store (Luxlexicon). I previously got a horse shoe bag charm that is below retail too. Both were listed as New condition and it didn’t look used as well. Pretty good deals cause I doubt I will be paying retail price from Hermes. Anyway, both bag charms are almost impossible to get it from Hermes store anyway. I’m fine with getting them from consignment stores and at a discount.
I feel like I spent more during this pandemic. I thought I will spent less since I save on commute and eating out when I am working from home but I discovered luxury shopping and that didn’t helped my wallet.
Luxury shopping is really expensive and definitely need to be managed. I also cannot keep buying stuff and end up not using all of them.
Time to slow down in shopping and start saving more money. Gambatte, Sakura!
I bought a new pair of sneakers to replace my old and worn out sneakers from Keds. This time, I splurged on a pair of ECCO leather sneakers because I want a pair with good orthopaedic support for my feet. I walk a lot and I do like walking. It’s so important for me to wear comfortable sneakers that is good for my feet.
Sadly, the colour I wanted is not available and I opt for my second choice which is light pink. Oh well, it is probably going to be difficult to match but it’s okay. Hopefully it last for some time.
Categories: New stuff, Personal life, Rants, Shopping
What is The Starry Co? It is a jewellery shop using existing and classic designs inspired by fine jewellery brands such as Tiffany and Co, etc. Because it is a classic design that many big brands use, there aren’t any copyright issue from what I can see. It’s made using silver and diamond simulants (basically crystals that looks like diamonds from a distance but completely not like diamond on closer look).
In their introduction about the brand: The Starry Co. wants to put some sparkle into your everyday life! We genuinely believe that beauty and glamour should be accessible to everyone – and that’s exactly what you get when you purchase a beautiful diamond simulant piece from The Starry Co. Our affordable diamond simulant jewelry gives you the chance to shine with the same level of brilliance and luxury of real, natural diamonds – without the price tag.
The brand is started by Debbie Soon, the wife of Jianhao Tan – one of the top influencers and YouTuber in Singapore. I love his videos and videos from Trevmonki (also under his company – Titan Digital Media). So yes, there are many social media advertisements for each launch and they are very good at taking photos of their products. Sadly, the bracelet does not look like the photos in real life. They operate solely online so you cannot see the product until you buy it and received it.
Given the limited number of pieces launched for each collection, there is a huge FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) created among their audience. I am glad that I got the bracelet when I managed to place the order within 2nd minute of the launch. However, thinking back, I guess I would have saved S$118 if I missed out on the bracelet given how poor quality the bracelet turns out to be. Sigh.
I bought my new The Starry Co piece – Quinn bracelet on 27 March 2021. Like I said earlier, it costs S$118 and due to the social media marketing, I thought it was a good deal. It arrived on 1 April and it was damaged. 1 of the diamond simulants is badly damaged. It looks like something poked it and it got chipped off. It is very visible and I spotted it the moment unpacked it.
I have reported it to their support email, left them a message on their Instagram and now a comment on their latest post.
Luckily they saw my Instagram comment on their post and have since then sent me a replacement piece.
However, I will never buy anything from The Starry Co. The pieces are overpriced for the quality and it is only sparkly when you have a light shining on it. It doesn’t shine under normal room light or sunlight.
There is a reason why they don’t have a storefront. Probably because their pieces won’t look as nice as how the photos are taken. If it is 50% discount, I might reconsider it and buy it as a fashion jewellery. But at S$118 for a crystal tennis bracelet? No thanks. I rather save the money for better crystal ones or buy a cheaper one from Shopee where I can get faster support when I report on damaged goods, instead of posting on their Instagram posts to get their attention.
This is just my personal opinion. I value quality over quantity and I do not like to pay so much for costume jewellery which I know I can get it at a cheaper price.