Luxury Christmas Gift ideas

Hi lovelies,

So Christmas is all arround let’s just into the gift ideas. If you have miss my wishlist read it first here.

Now I will list the most expensive ones, which I would say they all worst the money and investment in this season or they are timeless classics. There are only the things, which I would also invest in and keep or gift it to my family.

Céline sunglasses: my absolute favourite is Audrey, which is discontinued, but you can still buy them second hand, but also the new bit more sqaured models are amazing.

YSL Cardholder: normally I would not say to buy small luxury goods but if you are on a lower budget these look one of the best of any cardholders because of their pretty logo.

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Lady Dior Bag: comes in 4 sizes, one of the most iconic bag, so I do not think I have to explain… of course you can buy it in vintage too.

Gucci Dionysus: there are many variation, probabaly the canvas is the most common but look it in green! Is not that stunning? (bit of  Versace style)

Burberry: The classis Check Cashmere scarf in Archive beige- very soft and unisex.

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Burberry trench coat

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Chanel Boy bag

Chanel pump or balerinas

Alexander McQueen Leather Show Sneaker: all upper class teenager’s dream shoe:

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Omega Seamaster 1948 or Driver 300m watches were always a big dream to any gentlemen, of course you can choose from other Swiss Brands…

Acne Studios: Jensen Leather ankle boots- this Chelsea similar bootie is a must have

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Tailoring and Handmade shoes: always a real luxury to be fitted. If you live in Russia than furs too.

Dyson hairdyer

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JBL Sound bar

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Apple devices

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Niche parfumes and beauty

Black Friday haul

Hi lovelies,

It is Cyber Monday, so now it is time to share an other haul with you:

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Black Friday is all about great coupons and sales, I was planning ahead to shop only the items which are on my wishlist or on my Christmas gift list, who do not want to buy things for on a fraction of the price…. and finally you can buy all luxury goods you have just wanted.

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Yes, that is might be thue in the US, but here  in Europe usually only 15-20 % or might be more if you spend more, but why to spend on more thing just to get a 30% or a 40% and usually over 200 EUR. So after an exhauted working day I was decided to skip going to any of the shopping malls and looking something online as I was really fed up with people.

Only deals was the same: on certain items, only 20% off ect. okay I have nearly bought this beautiful Furla Mimi for 50% in mid-size, but then I have realized even 220 EUR is so much to spend on myself, otherwise I do not want to force anyone to buy me a that expensive bag for Christmas (if they do in their own that their decision) and I think I will have the case in January too.  I was thinking of a lot of smaller deals like: Undersea bikinis, Cultbeauty, H&M or Mango…

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So finally I was ended up purchasing a train tickets and goung to the countryside to my parents’ house and I think I was never been that thankful for a late night walk with my dogs.

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So 29th November in 2019 was a really great BUY NOTHING DAY.

Xoxo,

November haul

Hi lovelies,

So it is the next haul which I have promised in October. November is always a month to declutter for me, so let’s begin with it: I have take a hole sac of holey, hardly worn clothes to H&M this month too in their recyle system, it is ca. 15 items. Also took some underwear to Intimissimi recycling program.

I have wrote about the Lush stuffs in my previous post: 7 to 3 face cleaners, the naked argan sampoo and shower and bathing things.

I have found a COS Cashmere knit in a camel color in the beginning of the month at Dorothy & Aby outlet (they do sell the previous years’ fashion collected from Budapest’s stores) for half price.

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During the coupon days I did some general shopping at the drogstores again and yes no make up bought, I am so proud just these:

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So at H&M I have bought this beautiful brown dotted dress, it is reminds me the 1990s so much and of course a the velvet hair brand, which reminds me to my childhood, so lovely. Unfortunately, their premium collection is not available in stores, so will keep more online shopping.

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From Zara a classic brown trouser:

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I have a smaller accident when I have distroyed my jeans so I have to purchase a new Mile High Skinny in the demin blue shade.

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I have bought a gift for my husband, but let’s keep it in secret:). Christmas is coming…

At The Body Shop I have repurchased my beloved melting balm, the tree tea oil and as I finished my UD setting spray I have choose their ones. And yes, I have not bought any make up beside than this.

Xoxo,

Christmas wishlist

Hi lovelies,

Christmas in the air… let’s talk about my wishlist(sarcasm pls). Okay I know they say that items do not makes people happy… but sometimes yes, if they are have the joy and enjoyment of them. -they must not be expensive, but rather useful. I have to admit that I am anytime happy for something handmade, experince vouchers, travel, books or IKEA giftcards ect… of course luxury goods are highly welcomed (if I do not like them at least be able to sell them).

Dear Santa,

Yeah I am having a list of Autumn must haves and yes everything on that list would be also great to get, but here is my specification to go for this Christmas (useful for Black Friday as well):

Brown leather belt: I have to repeat myself, because I have not finding a great one so far, I really need a good classy brown belt (not with a big logo nor a Gucci Marmont belt) just a simple one, even a vintage would be great.

Coccinelle Olivia small wallett in black: I am using my husband’s spear wallett, but it is not so classy to have a men wallett, but that small size I just adore, so that would be the ideal one for it.

Levis 501 in grey- my size W26 L30 (L28 if only that exists), just to say so;)

Hourglass: Ghost Palette– it is a so nice palette, but a bit more expensive than to buy it for myself now.

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Under eye brightening concealers: Becca or Pixi, which I really want to try, I have so dark undereye ereas so anything else are also welcomed.

Lisa Eldridge Velvet Ribbon Lipstick– it is the perfect dupe for MAC Ruby Woo in cruelty free version, but of course I can not say no to the Ultimate Velvet Kit with Velvet Muse, Decade and Ribbon if you wish to have the free shipping:).

Intimissimi Emma Silk bra, but even their new knit silk blend tops are so nice:

Remington: Straight and Curl– I had to declutter my previous one, so I ought to replace it anytime soon and this hybrid seems like a great idea.

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+1 if you have broken the bank or won the lottery I would say to apreciate your time and effort and kind agree a nice Furla Diva Bag or just leave some cash to collect and buy it on the sales in January. Here are my favourite colors:

Xoxo,

P.S.: If you decide to buy a parfume please consult my daddy:). For Jewels please visit The Mamakin store or Pandora.

Getting sustainable 2

Hi lovelies,

So I have wrote that I am on the way to use and buy less and being a bit more sustainable so here we go what I have done recently.

I sew a few cotton bags, three of them are made of an old white sheet, one more from the sheet, which lest after the pillow, which I made like 2 years ago and I have recycled a shirt from my Husband, which had a hole on one of the arm.

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Package (less) free shopping

I have try to use a bit more packing free products, so I have purchased some lentil, peppers, bread, pasta and rice that was the easiest to do so far and I think I will just visit that store regually for the dry products for cooking.

 

 

Lush: I have tried their 7 to 3 pads during our holiday and I was missing it from my life so I went to repurchase it. In the mean while I have picked a naked sampoo with argan and two of the bath bombs: pumpkin and a black one.

 

Second hand

I have been to so many second hand stores recently and I just did not find anything: most of them are from the UK, which is not sustainable at all (2000 km away)… I am just  on the way to try some more vintage or  a thrift store, luxury reseller store or site like Vestiare Collective abd maybe the Depop. Honestly, I am so unlucky with selling on Depop yet … haha. So I was not lucky as I used to be back in my college years:).

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I think that is so far, I am going to make some reusble cotton pads soon in this week.

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I did only one shopping day which will be in the haul of the month…

Keep me inspired in the comment section.

Xoxo,

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October haul

Hi lovelies,

So after a month without spending, I have promised a bigger haul like and there is it. Coupon days were between the 9th to 13th October like every half year, so here what I have purchased:

Drugstore is not that interesting, so I am just going to attach the photo here and write so thoughts below.

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In a kind of way I have failed to do my zero waste journey. I still bought shower gels, which I wanted to skip and also regarding the cruelty free journey I have purchased some maybe file, like the Nature Box which is owned by Henkel so I was not enough careful. In terms of my period I just can not have the reusable pads or diva cups in use, maybe later I am going to change my mind. My tooth care is the same: I don’t know how the natural toothpastes can guarantee my tooth health and also if there is a Curaprox dupe in a super soft bamboo brush or not.  All the others are CF stuffs exept the blench.

clothes:

I have a wishlist which I am strictly keeping: so this month my leather biker jacket is the piece to invest in. I have ordered it only from Mango- I know it is fast fashion, but the material is great and decent and it is still a lot for me. Also I was so happy to see that they shipped it on bike from their Budapest warehouse and packed in paper instead of plastics.

 

Other basic is a leggings from H&M which I have purchased upon returning a lot of clothes which I can not use, neither sell nor giveaway or recycle. Please note that it is my one and only leggings now. I also wanted to by some socks but finally I just choose this one with the cute sausage dogs on it.

And the followings: the basic turtle neck black, the hair buckle (was the half as at Zara), the cashmere hair strap and the loose fitting dress- it is so cute, but a way too big so rather will wear it later- hope soon.

From Cultbeauty I have ordered two Charlotte Tilbury products: her new foundation and a limited edition Hot lips 2 lipstick.

From the Airbrush Flawless Foundation I have choosen shade 3 cool, which is my perfect skin shade. After 2 use, I would say it is a really great middle coverage foundation, for events and go outs just perfect for me. ( I know a lot of you would use it on daily basis, but I rather stay sheer normally) Hot lips 2 I have ordered Carina’s star which is a peachy pink in this beautiful refillable packaging.

Calzedonia:

I wanted to purchase two stockings from them, but ended up 3 of them due to the shop assistant fail, no worries I am in them nearly all the time. So they are the shaping type ones because much more better qualit and  long lasting, which I am diffenetely go for.

Others: 2 books and a pair of Levi’s Jeans to my Hubby.

The flat

In October we are having a bit bigger investment: our Glass wall in the flat, which will be ready hopefully next month and finally creating our real living room and a separate bedroom. Despite of that I have purchased a letter board, which my husband has already hate, but we do not have anything of our walls, and that one I just want to instal some photo shelf or ledge, which I might need to do DIY for the perfect fit.

I hope you have enjoyed this haul and keep waiting for the November one – it is also going to be a bigger one for sure;).

 

Xoxo,

 

 

 

 

 

Textile materials

Hi lovelies,

If you have read my previous post, you might known that I am constanly doing decluttering, trying to waste less, recycle and buy quality instead ofquantity, so any way it is just my journey to become more sustainable.

So in term of cosmetics I try to use everything eco friendly and cruelty free, but now let’s jump into my closet. Recently decluttered a few things that are not my taste or size or in a bad condition, but now I just wanted to know what are the materials which my clothes made of. So Quality is all about the fabric and construction: when a nicer fabric meets with a good construction it is tend to be a higher quality garments, which last longer. Is price tag show the quality? Not all the time, because you sometimes pay for the marketing behind,but I would not say that if you buy a cashmere sweater on a 130 EUR or a 1000 EUR price tag they will be the smae, because might be the materials are the same, but the time and care of production is totally different. I do not think that luxury items are worst the price tag, also in vintage or pre-owned items can be a great deal.

So I just feel, so start buying things which contains at least for 80 % of natural fabric is a good start. Might be the list will not be complete one.

Cotton: might be one of the most common material for clothes and it is natural, there are many different quality of it like organic cotton and it is widely recycleable. Here is a picture of its actual look as a plant.

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Linen: an other natural, plant based textile, made from the fibers of the flax plant.

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Leather:  I think it is clear for everyone, the skin of the animals, most common is cow. So many different prducts can be made of leather, it last long and alright it is not so cruel, but you can choose what is better if you kill an animal (of course not the wild ones) use their meat to eat, skin to create leather goods or produce a lot of faux leather, which cause a lot of gas during production and kill all the natural eco system… Vegan leather is a great option but highly luxurious.

Cashmere and Wool: are fibers obtained form goats. Cashmere is a special type of wool form cashmere and pashmina goats. All of them are ideal for sweater and warm clothes, quality can be different.wool

Viscose:

Viscose is a term often used to represent the viscose fiber that is made from natural sources such as wood and agricultural products that are regenerated as cellulose fiber. The molecular structure of natural cellulose is preserved in the process. The many types and grades of viscose fibers can imitate the feel and texture of natural fibers such as silkwoolcotton, and linen. The types that resemble silk are often called artificial silk. The fibre is used to make textiles for clothing and other purposes.[1]

Rayon is manufactured from naturally occurring Cellulose hence, it is not considered to be synthetic. Technically, the term synthetic fiber is reserved for fully synthetic fibers made from synthetic polymers. In manufacturing terms, rayon is classified as “a fiber formed by regenerating natural materials into a usable form”. Specific types of rayon include viscosemodal and lyocell, each of which differs in the manufacturing process and the properties of the finished product.

Viscose can mean:

  • A viscous solution of cellulose
  • A synonym of rayon
  • A specific term for viscose rayon—rayon made using the viscose (cellulose xanthate) process

The viscose fiber is made from dissolving wood pulp and regenerating it in the form of fibers. Pulp made from wood or bamboo is the most common raw material for making viscose. Viscose process dissolves cellulose pulp with aqueous sodium hydroxide in the presence of carbon disulfide. This viscous solution bears the name viscose. The cellulose solution is used to spin the viscose or the rayon fiber. Viscose rayon fiber is a soft fiber commonly used in dresses, linings, shirts, shorts, coats, jackets, and other outerwear. It is also used in industrial yarns, tyre cord, upholstery and carpets, to make disposable wipes, cleaning cloths and in the casting of cellophane.

Honestly I had totally no clue what is viscose so it is from Wikipedia…

Silk: can be natural like mulberry silk or syntetic from polyester or lyocell. So try to go for the natural scarfs, tops and shirts, they are real luxury.

Lets turn to the plastic side: Acrylic, Nylon and Polyester all made in the middle of a hude chemical process, there are more cheaper then the natural ones. Here is their main trait from dailymail.co.uk:

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Elastane or spandex (in the USA): is a fiber which has elasticity and recovery in it. Usually they use it to give fexibility of natural or synthetic fibers, not on its own. It is gives the comfort to wear any of the clothes. Usually it is lower in jeans but highher (40%) in sportwear.

Lyocell: is the faux silk, shinny fabric made of cellulose. Tencel also made of cellulose (eucalyptus tree) and it widely recycled and as strong as polyester.

I hope it was a bit useful for the future, I am going to continue soon with the Fash fashion recycle movements.

Xoxo,

 

Upcoming shopping days wishlist

Hi lovelies,

You might know October, November and December all about upcoming shopping days, where you can spend a thousand while saving a bit.

I think I have write like hundreds of times how to shop “wisely“. So in culumn:

  • check what you have
  • declutter what you do not need any more: sell-giveaway and then the trash
  • list what you need
  • cut those coupons which meets with your list
  • check the rest of the coupon and cut, which need in your mind
  • set your budget and plan your route
  • sleep
  • check you list and coupons again
  • go to shopping

I know it is takes much more time, but your purse will be greatful and if you do with a list and only the coupons which you have cut that’s make it easier.

I think I am so mad, but working in a Hotel and meeting a way to many people, I try to mimimaze to go any of the shopping malls, so will try to make only orders instead. Secondly I do not really have clothes or shoes, which I need to buy, of course one or two items from my wishlist would be great.

We would rather need some home decoration and furnitures: shelves, mirror, baskets ect.

Drugstore: the most biggest deals are in this categories, but unfortunately there is quite a few cruelty free brands in this section. Okay I know Always and Tampax are not so eco friendly, but I am not into reuseable mestuation things.

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I have to do some research before:

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Of course I will have a look in other organic shops, like Madara, Apita  ect.

Stay turned for the haul!

xoxo,

 

 

Pieces to invest in this Autumn

Hi lovelies,

If you have read my last blog post, you might know that I made no shopping month. I have listed some products, which I will invest in druing the autumn/winter season.

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Natural fabric sweaters:

I love to wear cotton, wools, silk and really want to own a cashmere one. I am just stictly owning 5 pieces for years so I think just time to lever up.

CASHMERE SWEATER – arround a 100 EUR

Everlane (balck on the right), Naadam (browns on the top right)offers relatively cheap alternatives, I have to figure out if they ship to Hungary or stay to Massimo Dutti (on the left) or cheack at COS.

WOOL SWEATER– more warmer alternative

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Leather biker jacket

I think everyone needs one in their life a classic real leather black biker jacket. Sorry for vegans but natural fabric is much more long-wearing and sustainable than faux leather from plastic…

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Just adore that look on Barbara Palvin. But find a great one at Mango.

Silk bouse

It is an old time classic, which I would in off-white or beige, it is probably the wardest to find one- maybe a vintage one? Might be my granny has one?

Mom or relaxed jeans

I just really one to have an authentic 501 – preferebly in dark wash (on the right), but my mom do had one in the ’90s so tend to check in first (hers one is like the lighter).

Leather belt

I do not own any real lether belt, I only have one, which was with a dress, but now near to 30 I think it is time to invest a few classic: black, brown in a classic shape and a tiny waist belt.

Yeah these are my full outfit inspirations sorry. After writting that post I just convinced myself to check some second hand and vintage stores in the town (treasure hunting).

I guess I will do an October Haul soon, stay turned.

Xoxo,

 

 

Being SUSTAINABLE 1

Hi lovelies,

This is a continue of my previous post regarding the zero waste, so our goal is rather to reach a sustainable lifestyle. Firstly let me list you what we have already doing:

  • Transportation: In the city I use my bike when I can, so it is mostly form April to November and in all the other months I do use the public transportation, while my husband goes by car as we is working so far from home, but we usually takes his 2 fellow colleagues to work too. Going to the countryside I do use train, if we go by car we do use the car share. Note: also on holiday to Italy or Coatia we did and will share our car with 2 more people. Also about the car we do have an Opel Astra with 1.4 gasoline engine, as it is 12 years old now we want to change it into a plug-in hybrid with gasoline in ca. the same, mid-size maybe next year.
  • Recycle: since ever my parents rot and recycle at home, so it was so hard to find no recycle bin upon moving to Budapest, but thankfully we do have them now in the house, so we do have seperate bins for platic/metal and paper up in our flat too. So often I just leave the magazines, which I have bought to the neighbors. Yes this is one part, which we do want to improve! Also we do giveaway our clothes to a charity shop or take them to recycle.
  • Useless: If you have read my blog we try to shop only what we need that is why we constantly declutter and check our items at home. There are items, which are already on a regret to buy list. And trying to be a bit more minimal in terms of my clothes.
  • Drinking tap water: why should we drink mineral waters in a platic bottle if we have one of the best quality water in the world? I am always stare our guests how stupid is to take all the bottled waters up to their room or demand for complimentary bottles of water while drinking the free lemonade at the welcome desk, which made of tap water:). Yes we do buy syrup, which brand’s glass bottle is returnable.
  • More vegetables: as I can not be totally vegan nor vegetarian, so I decided to have one day in each week: so Tuesdays are my veggie days. It is mostly comes from my parents garden or the vegetable grocery next door.
  • Textile bag: I always carry one textile bag with me, however we have to update it more in the future.
  • Dairy: as I am having skincare issue due to milk, we try to reduce to consume these as low as possible, sometimes I do eat some cheese or a yoghurt, but a way much less then before.
  • Thermos: At work I already have a bottle for water and a tiny thermos mug for my coffee, so I am not wasting paper or pastic mugs everytime, like most of my colleagues do.

I think that is all what we do at the moment, but might missed out something, so coment your suggestions and I am going to continue with our steps to be sustainable.