BALENCIAGA TOOL SHOULDER BAG

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A fresh and unique shoulder bag from Balenciaga, this one definitely caught our attention thanks to its boxy silhouette that it is inspired by a plumber’s tool box. And oh, the name was already a giveaway. Introducing the Balenciaga Tool Shoulder Bag.

Sporting a grainy calf leather and parading its boxy silhouette as if telling the world that it’s that one Balenciaga bag worth waiting for, this bag is all the more modern and stylish thanks to its detachable chain strap that further bolsters its tough, industrial vibe.

Knowing the needs of a cosmopolitan woman, this bag has a top handle making it a perfect shoulder fixture. On the other hand, you can carry it cross body thanks to its chain shoulder strap. It also features a push-lock fastening thus making it easier to access your belongings.

Measuring 7” x 11” x 6” (H x W x D) inches and is priced $2180 USD, €1955 euro, $3775 AUD, $19600 HKD, £296000 JPY via MyTheresa.

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Crafted of grey grained leather, Balenciaga’s Tool shoulder bag is designed with a dogclip closure over topline.
Logo-etched mirror at front.
Slip side pockets.
Polished silvertone hardware.
Lined with tonal suede. Large slip pocket and two small slip pockets at interior.
Rolled leather handle. Detachable, adjustable flat leather strap.
Dogclip closure over topline.
10.5” height x 11.5” width x 7.0” depth (approximately).
7” handle drop, 17” to 28” strap drop (approximately).
Available in Anthracite (grey).

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CHANEL DENIM TWEED CLASSIC FLAP BAG

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Chanel's handbag lookbooks are always fun; they usually contain 35 to 45 bags, ranging from casual looks like denim or canvas to eye-popping exotics and pieces that feature heavy beading or embroidery, all of which give Chanel fans a very good idea of the full lines they'll find in stores. For Pre-Collection Fall 2016, Chanel has been even more generous: its just-launched lookbook features 64 brand new bags.

In this collection, there aren't any heavy pop cultural influences, as has been common in seasonal Chanel collections of the recent past. Instead, Karl Lagerfeld and his accessories team went back to basics, with rich tweeds, quilted leather and embellished python. Every couple of years, it's nice to have a Chanel collection whose only theme is Chanel.

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Overwhelming when Chanel introduced the Fall Winter 2016 Collection act 2? Well, they are not done with you…yet. Here’s another bag to choose from. Introducing the Chanel Denim Tweed Flap Bag.

When we spot a ‘Denim-made’ luxury handbag, we will go like: ‘hmm, is it worth the investment?’. Or should we rather choose a ‘leather bag’. But this bag will really make your life difficult. It’s irresistible!

Crafted in denim around the edges, the center features the CC signature in golden hardware. The color combination is just right. And now for the desert, the center is beautifully made with ‘Tweed’ in mix colors but majority in pink – it’s dazzling.

This bag can be worn in all season, just put the right outfit on. So if you’re looking to extend your Chanel collection, here is your chance. Oh yes, but some jewelry on this bag like in the picture; it will only enhance its charm.

Style code A01112, measuring 6.3′ x 10.2′ x 2.8′ inches, estimated price $3500 USD, €3290 euro, £2790 GBP, $5250 SGD, $27600 HKD, $5320 AUD, ¥434160 JPY, available via Chanel boutiques.

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RARE and amazing Chanel jumbo flap classic in excellent condition. Gorgeous exterior featuring blue jean denim, multicolored leather patches, tweed, and canvas in a unique patchwork design with beautiful topstitching throughout. Signature woven leather and chain shoulder strap can be worn long (single strap) or short (doubled strap). Front silver CC twist logo closure opens to a navy blue soft silk lining that holds 1 slit and 1 zippered side pockets. Excellent condition. No stains, smells or fabric pulls. Clean corners, edges, and interior. Perfect for any fashion lover as it is a limited edition Chanel classic flap design. Purchase includes a dust cover. Measurements: 11.5"x8"x3" 11-20" strap drop less

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Blogger Julie Sariñana From Sincerely Jules Dreams Big With Nordstrom

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Being a fashion blogger is not just about blogging and trying out new trends anymore, and blogger Julie Sariñana from Sincerely Jules knows that. The LA-based blogger and founder of personal style website Sincerely Jules has literally dreamed so big with her brand new fashion line that is now available at Nordstrom too (both online and in 80 Nordstrom bricks-and-mortar stores).

Julie Sariñana From Sincerely Jules Dream Big Collection for Nordstrom

Having the chance to sell one’s products at Nordstrom is a huge accomplishment for anyone who has spent days and nights working so hard at a fashion line, and Julie Sariñana is so happy about the launch of her ‘Dream Big’ collection at Nordstrom that she’s organized two shopping events for those who live in California. The first one is to be held at Nordstrom Topanga at Canoga Park on Friday July 22th (oh, it’s tomorrow!), and the second one at Nordstrom the Grove in Los Angeles on Saturday, July 23d. Both the events will take place from 3 pm to 5 pm, and will feature a lot of treats and shopping.

As for those who live far from California and would like to have a look at the collection, the pieces arrive at Nordstrom’s online shop already this Monday, on July 25th. The collection, which is very eclectic and versatile, yet with a strong influence from Julie Sariñana’s personal signature style, already features a few must-haves that are quickly flying off the shelves.

Overall neutral yet with a few pops of red and vivid rose, the Dream Big by Sincerely Jules collection is all about looking and feeling fresh during the long and shiny summer days, with both cute dresses and boyfriend jeans and tees dominating the array. With prices that range from circa $50 to $200, the line-up’s overall style is ‘less is more’, as only a few bold prints and shredded effects have been used to revamp either some of the clean-cut T-shirts or most of the denim shorts.

Having been working in the industry for a while now, Julie Sariñana has developed a ‘fashionist sixth sense’ that hinted her this summer is all about unisex fashion, which led her and her team to design both mannish and uber-feminine pieces that could be easily mix-and-matched with each other. Although the cute off-shoulder tops, ribbed midi dresses and denim camisoles will undeniably look perfectly fine by themselves, those who like to dare with quirkier looks will surely have fun pairing them with the collection’s bomber jackets and boyfriend cropped denims.

All developed from the finest materials, the Dream Big by Sincerely Jules fashion line features pieces in various sizes, with the shipping being free on domestic orders.

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ALEXANDER MCQUEEN X GLOBE-TROTTER BAG COLLECTION

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If you think you can’t have the best of both worlds think again for this recent collaboration between high-fashion brand Alexander McQueen and Globe Trotter which is a high street brand making luggage and carry-ons are giving you only the best and a cut above the rest when it comes to a utility case and a trolley.

We are definitely talking about the 13” inch mini utility case and 21” inch trolley brought about by this awesome collaboration. Both of the Alexander McQueen X Globe-Trotter 13” Mini Utility Case and the Alexander McQueen X Globe-Trotter 21” Trolley Case are products of great British craftsmanship.

Both creations were created with the use of vulcanized fiberboard with leather corners, making them durable and heavy-duty yet amazingly lightweight and functional at the same time. Alexander McQueen on the other hand has added its magic by introducing silver studs and riveting as an over-all decoration. And oh, the skull padlock definitely caught our attention as well as the case lining in skull print!

The Alexander McQueen X Globe-Trotter 13” Mini Utility Case is measured 32 x 24 x 12 cm (W x H x D), priced €1165 euro or $1415 USD while the Alexander McQueen X Globe-Trotter 21” Trolley Case is measured 54 x 38 x 18 (W x H x D) cm, priced €2730 euro or $3295 USD, available via Alexander McQueen e-store.

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Microblading/ 3D Eyebrow Embroidery: Tips, Pros & Cons

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Whether it’s called “microblading”, “eyebrow embroidery”, “microstroking”, “semi-permanent makeup”, “cosmetic tattooing”, “pigment embroidery” or “3D eyebrow embroidery”, it’s undeniable that this new technique is the new big thing in salon treatments and permanent makeup. When I first started seeing microblading before & after pictures popping up on the Internet, I didn’t really believe them. They were the definition of too good to be true! The before pictures looked a lot like the eyebrows I had seen in my day to day life as a makeup artist and eyebrow technician: sparse, uneven, short, or spaced too far apart. The afters? Perfect, natural looking, lush, symmetrical brows!

Microblading/ 3D Eyebrow Embroidery: Tips, Pros & Cons

So What Is This 3D Eyebrow Embroidery Magic, Exactly?

3D eyebrow embroidery or microblading is a “permanent” makeup technique done with a tiny, angled blade made of a row of even tinier needles. The microblading blade is dipped in ink, and then lightly scraped across the skin in delicate strokes, mimicking hair. I put the word permanent in quotation marks because, while it is the technical term, it’s not apt.

Unlike eyebrow tattoos that often look unnatural and unappealing, eyebrow microblading lasts for 3 years at most, providing you with your dream naturally looking bushy eyebrows or any other shape your prefer. For women in their 30s or younger the microstroking will likely not last for more than a year.

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Where Did It Come From?

At first the only person who seemed to be doing eyebrow microblading was a permanent makeup artist out of Vancouver, but soon the technique spread like wildfire throughout salons all over Canada and the US. It’s not surprising, not only because of realistic results, but also because of the semi-permanence.

As Marion Godwin, the owner of Pin Ups & Pompadours Salon in Whitby, Ontario, says “microblading is excellent for women with commitment issues!”

A few years ago an eyebrow embroidery session at one of the few salons offering microblading would have cost anywhere between $700 to $1200, but now that the treatment is more common you are much likelier to find it offered at a salon near your house for under $500. 3D eyebrow embroidering, from start to finish, takes about two hours, which includes the time it takes to design the eyebrow shape with a pencil, the time it takes to numb the skin, and the microstroking itself.

I was interested in microblading, both on a professional level and as a candidate. For many years I worked at a salon as an eyebrow stylist, which also meant allowing new hires to occasionally practice and learn on my own face. The mistakes of inexperienced waxers combined with a genetic lack of symmetry in my face lead to thin brows that were too far apart, with my right brow distinctly higher than my left. I had become very adept at filling in my brows, but the idea of being able to cut 5-10 minutes out of my makeup routine appealed.

Things to Keep in Mind: The Pros

If you are also interested in microblading, it’s important to be well informed! There are a lot of wonderful things about eyebrow embroidery. For example, short of eyebrow extensions (similar to lash extensions), eyebrow embroidery is the most natural-looking way of correcting sparse or uneven eyebrows, without the fear of losing hairs.

The semi-permanent makeup results last for up to 3 years, and very few touch-ups are needed. Because the results are not totally permanent, there is no need to worry about the changing eyebrow trends. One year you can have your brows microbladed to look fuller and thicker, and two years later you can have them microbladed to look thinner and sleeker.

Cons of Going for Eyebrow Microblading

However, there are also some risks associated with microblading. 3D eyebrow embroidery is done with a blade that cuts into the skin, and one session can require over 100 tiny cuts. If the person doing the microblading is not properly trained they could cut too deep or skip important sterilization steps, potentially causing an infection. That is the worst-case scenario with microblading, of course.

Slightly less dangerous, but still scary, is the possibility of the 3D eyebrow embroidery technician just not doing a good job, and giving you a wonky eyebrow shape.

There is also some pain and discomfort involved in the process, although most microblading technicians will use a lidocaine-based numbing cream like Zensa before doing the procedure. However, the numbing cream may not be completely effective for everyone, and some discomfort may still be felt.

You Have Your Work Cut Out For You, Too

Semi-permanent makeup must be taken care of as much as one would take care of a regular tattoo. The aftercare of cosmetic tattooing is intensive; for the first few days the microblading recipient cannot wear any makeup near or above the eyebrows, lest makeup get in and infect the microblading cuts. They must keep the brow area clean, and well moisturized.

Some cosmetic tattoo artists swear by Vaseline, since it creates a total barrier and prevents bacteria from getting in the cuts. Other microblading technicians prefer natural oils like grape seed oil or coconut oil, since they still allow the skin to breathe and will not pull ink away from the microbladed eyebrow the way Vaseline might. Either way, you must remember to re-apply your chosen microblading moisturizer/protector multiple times a day.

For 7 days after the pigment embroidery it is important to avoid swimming or sweating heavily, since exposure to too much water can cause the microbladed eyebrows to scab over, which will cause the cuts to heal unevenly resulting in patchy eyebrows.

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How to Choose Your Microblading Technician?

The key to having an amazing 3D eyebrow embroidery experience is to do your research before choosing a technician, and making sure you are ready for the involved aftercare process. When you search for your permanent makeup technician, make sure to look at their Instagram or website gallery for microblading before and after pictures.

Make sure you like their personal style. Some cosmetic tattoo artists have a preference towards longer, bolder strokes, while another might prefer softer, shorter strokes. You might see one microblading gallery filled with precise, artificial looking eyebrows, while another will be filled with more natural looking eyebrows that will be a little messier. The beautiful thing about microblading is that there is no right or wrong style – it’s all up to personal preference.

However, if it seems like the microstroking was done very tightly that’s actually a concern. Some technicians know that very tight microblading strokes look better in the before & after pictures, and might attract more customers, but the truth is that they don’t heal well, and after 2-3 months the semi-permanent makeup will likely look blurry and muddy.

Important Questions to Ask Your Eyebrow Embroidery Technician

Once you have selected your eyebrow embroidery technician, either give her a call first or do an in-person consultation. During an in-person consultation, or even right before the microblading session itself, the microblading technician should fill in your eyebrows with a pencil, giving you an idea of the kind of shape you will end up with.

During the microblading consultation make sure to find out what kind of pigments she uses, and how often she replaces them. Some great permanent makeup pigment brands include the Nano, PCD, and Biotouch. These cosmetic tattoo pigments must be replaced on a yearly basis, lest they expire.

Next ask her how she sanitizes her blades and blade pens. The best answer would be that she doesn’t. A good microblading technician will use a brand new, disposable, sterile tool on every client.

The last question to ask is whether a touch-up is included, and after how long. While some cosmetic tattooing salons like to have their microblading clients come back after 3 weeks, waiting for 6 weeks is preferred.

Why is a Microblading Touch-up Necessary, Anyway?

After 6 weeks, the skin will have fully healed from the microblading. This means that a new layer of skin has grown over the eyebrow embroidery pigment, so it will become anywhere from 30% to 70% lighter.

Many people leave their first microblading appointment worried that their eyebrows are too dark, however by the time their skin has healed the color should be perfect, or maybe even too light.

In some cases the body totally absorbs the ink, and the semi-permanent tattoo totally disappears. In other cases, because of a variety of factors, including body chemistry, medication, or sun exposure, the pigment embroidery might even change color.

The touch-up is an opportunity for the microblading technician to fix any of the changes that may have occurred. And before you ask, yes, even changed ink color can be corrected! It’s also an opportunity for your permanent makeup artist to make any small corrections or changes to the shape.

A lot of the time, during the first appointment microblading clients will be nervous about their brows becoming too dark or heavy, only to completely change their mind 6 weeks later and request stronger looking-brows.

And As For Me?

So as you may have guessed, I went through with the process. I’m thrilled with my new eyebrows right now! They’re even and natural looking. Now let’s just hope I don’t get lazy with my aftercare, and lose all the hard work of my microblading technician.

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