No, these aren't beauty items stricto sensu, or maybe they are but they aren't cosmetics. I thought I would tell you about them anyway.
My first designer bag.
I've been planning on getting a designer bag for a while, actually that was a goal for this year. I had my eyes on a Louis Vuitton but I'm still unsure because 1/ they're expensive (duh!) and 2/there are so many fakes around that it makes the real ones almost look less valuable.
I did look at Delvaux bags - they've been around for over a century, actually one of my great-aunts was the proud owner of a few of them. Bummer, the model I like is over 3.000€. That's like the price of 3 mid-size LV's. Not a commitment I'm ready to make yet- maybe I'll get one of the smaller and 'cheaper' ones later.
I didn't find anything I really liked at Balenciaga or Miu-Miu, mostly because I want something that won't look dated in a couple of years, considering the price. Marc Jacobs is too expensive, Kenzo is too niche.
I found happiness in a more reasonably priced brand called Nathan-Baume :
It's still not cheap, since it's leather and a fancy brand, but it was an ok budget for a designer bag that looks classic and is practical enough for everyday use at work. It can also be worn on the shoulder.
So I'm quite excited about this purchase.
A few weeks ago I reached the point where I was tired of feeling like a big bag of potato chips. I'd love to lose 6 damn pounds but let's be honest, what I need the most is toning. So I have braced myself and have started exercising again.
Now exercise and me, we're not really friends. I knew that for me to stick with a routine, it would need to be fun (preferably with nice music) and doable at home (I know I'll NEVER go to the gym even if I pay a million bucks fees). That's how I got this Bollywood dance workout.
I haven't set unrealistic goals for myself. I do this (or part of this, since there are sections) once in the week-end and during week-days, I do Pilates workouts for either abs, core or legs (you can found tons of them on YouTube, I like the ones from Sparkpeople)
I still find it hard to kick myself and go do a workout, even a short one, when I'm tired from my day at work or when I'm having a million things to do on week-ends. But I am kind of getting addicted to the after feeling. I love how my spine and abs feel warm after the Bollywood workout, and I love how my abs feel tight the day after I've done Pilates.
I mostly love that I look different already: stengthening the abs does make a difference in the posture you hold!
Heaven must have frozen: I even did the Bollywood workout TWICE last week-end, I'm thinking of getting more DVD's from the same instructor! (available on Amazon)
A city-trip to come.
Visiting the makeup Mecca with 2 BFF's, that's going to be a blast!
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