Categories: New stuff, Personal life, Shopping, Wants
I got myself a new bag from Hermes. It is my first luxury bag (if you exclude Long Champ and Marc Jacobs) that I own. After working more than 7 years, I finally got myself a luxury bag and it is from Hermes.
I got myself the Evelyne 29 in Noir and gold hardware. I originally wanted to get Evelyne 16 but after more than a month of camping at the online website and visiting all the boutiques in Singapore, I decided to just get the bigger version.
I actually went to Liat Tower boutique twice and Takashimaya boutique (the worst customer service I ever had in my life) once and the MBS boutique twice. The second time I went to MBS boutique is when I got myself the Evelyne 29.
I went in to ask about Evelyne 16, Mini Lindy, Evelyne 29 and Lindy 26. My SA, Ricky, came out with Evelyne 29 in Noir and gold hardware (clemence leather) and Lindy 26 in dark blue and orange inside (I forgot the name of it) with palladium hardware (swift leather). I didn’t dare to risk owning a bag with swift leather because it is not scratch resistant and I know I won’t be able to baby my bags. So I gave it a miss even though it is a very rare bag to get at the boutique. In the end, I went for the Evelyne 29 bag since it is in clemence leather which is scratch resistant and in gold hardware. Gold hardware bags are very hard to get in Hermes boutiques and often cost more if you buy it preloved.
I’m loving my bag so far and have been using it a few times. I’m still waiting for my bag insert which I ordered from JennyKrafts as recommended by one of my favourite YouTubers, I am GPS. Even though it is not the first leather bag I own, I still find it rather heavy because of the thick leather. The craftsmanship is indeed superb, just like what Hermes is famous for. I see myself using the bag more often once I get my bag insert and I want to get more colours of bag inserts so that I can match it with my clothing colours. That’s the beauty of Evelyne bags as there are holes on it to reveal a bit of the bag insert colours.
The leather of the bag is the thickest I have ever seen. That probably why it is so heavy too. It doesn’t have the leather smell which I sometimes use as an indicator to check if it is real leather.
Will I buy another luxury bag? Not for this year. I have to watch my budget very closely for the rest of the year since I burst my targeted monthly average for this year. Even though I am not going overseas this year and I hardly eat out as I have been working from home since March, I still have to watch my budget because the Hermes bag does not come cheap. It costs me S$4900 which is definitely not cheap. For the quality and craftsmanship of the bag, I think it is worth it. Will I buy the Lindy series bag? Nope, given how heavy the leather for my Evelyne 29 bag. Lindy uses more leather and hardware than Evelyne 29 so I think it will be even heavier. I might buy another one in future but I doubt it is anytime soon. The Evelyne 29 bag is something that I can use for wedding lunch/dinner or any formal occasion. I can also use it for casual days which is what I have been using it for.
Will I buy another Hermes bag? Maybe or maybe not. It is stressful to carry the Hermes shopping bag on public transport as there are so many people looking at your orange bag. I have not seen many people carrying a Hermes bag on public transport too. I think people thinks that I am carrying a fake bag given how casual I dressed when I carried the bag. Having said that, I will still buy it if I ever visit the Hermes Paris boutiques. No Birkin or Kelly for me because I will be too stressed to carry it around. I am still hoping to get the Evelyne 16 bag though. Hopefully my SA will contact me when he gets the bag for me.
How long did I take to save for the bag? I didn’t actually save for the bag. I save for my holidays and since I don’t think I will be flying anytime soon or for the next 2 years, I used the budget for vacation on the bag. It is a very versatile bag in a colour that is easy to maintain. I think I can use it for many years to come. Hermes is well known for their bag quality where people used their bags for over 20 years without much issues. I think I can use it for that long too. I will just send it for Hermes spa every few years to maintain the quality of the bag to keep it looking fresh. I know the style will not change since it has been here since 1978. If it can last for 42 years so far, I think it should last for at least 20 years more.
Will I get more stuff from Hermes? Definitely yes! I am looking at getting their scarfs or twilly to decorate my Evelyne 29. Their towels are nice too but I just cannot bring myself to pay S$78 for a face towel.
What are my thoughts of owning a luxury bag? I think it is okay to buy if you can afford it. Like not taking loan to fund the purchase. It is okay to buy if you actually always use it. I am trying to commit to using the bag at least once a week but I think I might end up using it more because it can fit all my daily essentials and many more. I really love the classic design as well.
What are your thoughts of owning a luxury item? What do you own so far?
Categories: New stuff, Personal life, Shopping, Technology
I got Bose QuietComfort 35 II during Shopee Super Brands Day – Bose edition. Hehe. I wanted a bluetooth and noise cancellation headset for a while but didn’t get one so far. I actually wanted to get the new NC700 but it wasn’t on huge discount – it’s still selling at S$549 so I didn’t go for it. QC35 II, on the other hand, was selling at S$349 for their rose/pink limited edition version. It was a pretty good deal so I bought that instead. Hehe. I can live without not-so-crystal clear voice calls with QC35 II for a S$200 savings.
I got the S$20 Bose voucher that was released in the event so the total damage for the headset is S$329. Whee!
My QC25 is still working fine though which I will continue to use it for flights and stuff. QC35 II works well for my phone which do not have the audio jack.
Speaking of which, I’m so glad that my phone, iPhone 8 Plus, is still going strong. I don’t want to curse it but I am loving the longevity of iPhones. What’s going to be my next phone if my current phone dies? The latest iPhone for sure. Haha. A new wallpaper and phone case and my phone feels as good as new.
Categories: Birthdays, Food, Korean related, Makeup, New stuff, Personal life, Pictures, Shopping, Skin care, With my LX10, Work
Happy Birthday to myself. Hehe. This is an overdue post since my birthday was over for a few days. The older I get, the more I don’t want to share my age now so I am just going to use the same blog entry title for all my birthday posts from now on.
This year’s birthday is quite different. I basically don’t feel that it is birthday since I have been really busy at work. It don’t feel like December since work is quite hectic this month. I remembered how work slows down from November till December when I was at Autodesk. Well, I had Week of Rest back in Autodesk. It basically means that we don’t have to work on the last week of December. Many of my colleagues (back in Autodesk days) also clear their annual leave in December so the office is kind of empty in the last month of the year.
I didn’t stayed long enough at Uber (due to merger) to know what is it like in December but I spent my last December at Grab. Oh boy, December is a busy month. It’s the same in last December and even busier this December. Oh well… Luckily I started clearing my leave in November, otherwise, I may not be able to clear them this month.
So what did I do during my birthday (13 December)? Well, I didn’t schedule a Sulwhasoo facial treatment (like last year). I didn’t get myself another electric violin like back in 2017. I also didn’t get a new ukulele like back in 2016. I spent my day resting at home since it was raining for the past few days and it was still raining for the entire day on my birthday.
I did, however, got out of the house to have dinner with my boyfriend at Beauty in the Pot. Hehe, it is one of my favourite restaurants and I love hot pot. Chin Hau got me Hello Kitty balloon bouquet for my birthday too which was a great surprise. I have always envied the kids who got Hello Kitty helium balloons when I was outside and this time, he got me not just 1 but 5 helium balloons. 1 of it is a huge Hello Kitty figurine too! I was quite shocked at first but I kept looking at it and smiling to myself when I am seeing it at home. Sakura is a happy girl with her helium balloons.
I also went shopping by myself then Chin Hau joined me after some time on 14 December. I got myself a mirror with lights which is useful for applying makeup. I got Chin Hau a simple yet pretty photo frame for Christmas and he got me a really pretty rings/accessories holder. Then we had dinner and went to admire the Christmas lighting at Orchard Road. Sadly, it was raining so a bit hard to really go out and take photos.
We passed by Kiehls at ION Orchard and realised they have a storewide 20% sale. Not sure why that was the only branch with the sale though since I passed by the Plaza Singapura and TANGS branch today and there were no sale. I got my Kiehls skincare products which is going to last me for the next 6 months. Together with my other products, I think whatever I got so far is going to last for the entire year 2020. Oh, maybe except eye cream which I need to get from Sulwhasoo soon.
I got my Innisfree stuff today and VIP members get 20% as a birthday gift for their birthday month. I guess that is better for me since I am struggling to finish their samples from their birthday gifts or other purchases. I wanted the jewellery case which is their December month promotion and managed to spend exactly $100 for my essentials. Okay, fine, not really essentials as I splurged on diffuser (which is totally not an essential) and 1 lipstick and mascara – oh gosh, I don’t use mascara that often. Shopping is really bad for my wallet, indeed. I’m feeling really poor this month. Fortunately, I don’t usually buy skincare/makeup stuff for the rest of the year so that’s not too bad. Okay, minus June because sometimes my products ran out and needs to be topped up before December. :shy:
Anyway, I will post a photo of my birthday cake later since it is like my tradition now for all birthday posts, haha.
Categories: Love, New stuff, Personal life, Shopping, Technology
I got myself a iPad Pro 11inch in 64GB yesterday. Well, I needed to recontract my phone plan at Singtel and I want to downgrade it. I can either go for a SIM-only plan or one of their new data intensive plans – XO series. I went for XO48 plan in the end and paid S$632 (including discounts) for the iPad Pro. I wanted to get the 256GB version in Space Grey but the last unit is reserved so I can’t get it. I have to go other stores in order to try to get it. I went to the third store (Singtel Bugis Junction) and the sales guy is much better than the first sales guy (at Singtel Comcentre). He actually helped me check if there are stocks for 256GB version in Singapore and apparently there aren’t any stocks for 256GB and 512GB in the whole of Singapore. Luckily there are still 64GB version at the store so I got that instead. The first guy lied to me and said it is no stocks even for 64GB for the entire Singapore. What a liar. He just want to do quick business and wants me to get something else instead. Boooo.
I’m happy that I managed to get it in the end even though it is not the preferred storage option or the colour that I wanted (I got it in Silver).
I’m even happier that my iPhone 8 Plus lasted for close to 2 years now and I don’t have to get another phone when I recontract.
Also, cheaper mobile plans for the win!
I’m thankful and lucky to have Chin Hau as my boyfriend. He encouraged me to go Bugis outlet to ask. We basically go from Singtel Comcentre at Somerset MRT to ION Orchard at Orchard MRT then to Bugis Junction at Bugis MRT. All for that iPad Pro.
Our original plan of studying got foiled because of iPad Pro shopping. I didn’t expect Comcentre not to have any stocks and being so unhelpful.
He is so patient with me and didn’t complained about not able to study. Lots of other things happened on the same day too – like not getting cash when I withdraw cash from ATM machine.