Sunday, August 31, 2008

Men are sooo Observant!

Ever noticed how (not)observant men are?

Last Sunday, taking advantage of the long weekend, I went to Cielo Salon for my scheduled haircut and color with Louis Kee. I have been going to him for the past year and I've been really happy with the results.

Anyways, when my session was done, Louis told me that I couldn't wash my hair for the next three days to let the color absorb and prevent premature fading. Alrighty. Good thing Monday is a holiday.

Tuesday comes and the daily grind begins anew. My entire office was in full busy mode. We were also one lawyer short as one of the lawyers underwent Lasik surgery. It won't be a problem in bigger law firms but it sure is felt in our 7-man team.

Wednesday. I'm getting antsy. Three days of not washing your hair causes oil to build up. I know it's weird but I really felt like the oil from my hair was literally travelling down my face making me feel blah the entire day.

Thursday. After two washings, the oil is gone. The color is starting to come out and I can see the reddish-brown tones in my hair. The layered bob with side-swept bangs works nicely with my hair texture (I have a slight wave in my hair.)Happy, happy. Louis is really a god!

The entire time, I am carrying on intensive conversations with the other female lawyers in my office about the state of my hair. Hehehe. Shallow, I know. But it keeps us from going insane come crunch time.

Friday, I walked into work and into a minor crisis. Conferring the entire time with my boss, I settled the slight problem. Thereafter, I was asked to attend a meeting for my boss. Slightly before lunch, I walk back to the office.

My male officemate stares at me and remarks if I had something done to my hair. It looked different, he said. The girls in my office roll their eyes and inform him that I've been sporting my new hairdo since Tuesday. He responds that he hadn't notice. Sigh.

Later, my boss walks up to me. This time, it was his turn to remark that my hair looked nice and if I had gotten a haircut LAST NIGHT. He then proceeds to say that I was probably fixing my hair because I have a crush in the office. Yes, I am a 17-year old giggly teenager. Sigh. Sigh.

So, ladies, unfortunately, unless you paint your hair orange, men really couldn't tell the difference.

If you do want to try out Louis, contact Cielo Salon at 9013066. They are located at the Columns along Ayala Avenue. Louis will be opening his own salon at the Fort in September. Come for an appointment until September 3 and receive a privilege card.

Saturday, August 30, 2008

More Prezemek Sobocki Illustrations

Alice in Wonderland and Louis Vuitton

I just love this illustrator! Here's his work featuring Spring Summer 2008 bags and shoes for Commons&Sense Magazine. My favorites are below...

Pocahontas and Bottega Veneta

Juliet and Hermes

Snow Queen and Longchamp

Venus and Christian Dior

Dorothy and Prada

The rest of the pictures are here.

Friday, August 29, 2008

Team Angelina or Team Jennifer? Let the Bags Decide.

Yes, I know this issue has been dissected to high heavens. However, as these two fashionable women have been carrying seriously gorgeous bags, I felt compelled to do a face off and ask you guys who rocked their bags better.

See pictures after the jump...

Jennifer at the Heathrow Airport with a Hermes Massai. Casual and classic.

Angelina with Maddox brings along her Botkier Sasha. Love the way the white pops against her all black outfit.

Jennifer with a Bottega Veneta bag while Angelina uses her Anya Hindmarch to hide her then pregnant belly.

In several pictures I've seen, Jennifer really loves this bag and has been seen carrying it around everywhere. Angelina favors big white bags with elegant details and this Anya is no exception.

Jennifer with a Dries Von Noten and Angelina with a Valentino (Zahara too!)

These girls really know how to take their casual outfits one notch higher with gorgeous bags.

So? Who do you think did it better?

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Prezemek Sobocki - LV Colouring Book

I first read about the works of Prezemek Sobocki, a Polish illustrator, in StyleBubble's blog. From the moment I gazed upon these illustrations, I was hooked. Absolutely stunning. Sobocki has done work for Commons& Sense, Numero Tokyo, and Hint magazines, to name a few. I'm loving his LV Colouring Book illustrations featuring LV bags from the Spring Summer 2008 collection. Check them out after the jump...

Many of his other works are also featured on his website so do check them out!

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Multicolored Handbags

While I didn't love it at first, the YSL Muse Two is starting to grow on me. I don't have any YSL bag yet. But the Muse Two is looking to be a great choice to add to my growing wish list. Love came upon seeing this colorful version.

I love how the bag's colors make it pop. Instantly creating the perfect accent piece to a somber outfit.

Then, I spied the Balenciaga Lune bag with a similar structure and color scheme.

Now, I'm confused! I also don't have a Balenciaga yet.

I'm usually very conservative about my bag choices. I'm blaming the Prada Nappa Trembled Blossoms tote for my current obsession with colorful bags.
Decisions, decisions.

As if. I'm really, really on a purse ban until the end of the year. Anyways, I can't afford any of the bags here! When does sale season start again? It's sooo far away...

Photos courtesy of Bagaddicted.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Manday Monday - Dos and Donts in Wearing a Manbag

It's Monday. Time for another Manbag post. For the man about town, here are some dos and donts in wearing a manbag.


1. Do use your manbag when trying to promote hot Brazilian girlfriend's bag line, Muxo.

Matthew McConaughey

2. Do use a man bag when trying to save the world.
Jack Bauer in 24
Indiana Jones

3. Do distract people from your clutch bag with broad shoulders and brooding eyes.

Cristiano Ronaldo


1. Do not wear a manbag that looks suspiciously like your grandmother's bag.

Joey in Friends.

2. Do not use a purple bag. Ever. Even if you are a rap star. Even if it's Hermes and croc.


3. Do not leave home with your wife's purse.

Terence Howard

I hope this little post helps the men out there in deciding how and where to use their man bags. Next week's feature will be on how to choose the right man bag for you.

Friday, August 22, 2008

Thursday, August 21, 2008

First Lady Bags - Dior

Carla Bruni-Sarkozy during the Bastille Day celebrations. See? Even first ladies repeat handbags.

The purple suit and the black dress were from the Dior Cruise collection so hazarding a guess that the handbag is from Dior too. Very dainty. What do you think?

P.S. Mrs. G., I bet you're dying to get Carla's flats.

Photos from Daylife

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Intergalactic Manbag Feature

My apologies to reader Monk for not posting my regular Manday Monday feature this week. I was kinda busy wandering the malls during the long weekend. Hehehe.

To compensate, let me tide you over with a feature on the first intergalactic metrosexual and his ultimate man bag.

Find out who he is after the jump.

It's none other than Chewbacca from Star Wars.

Photo from Sparrow Salvage

You have to admit the bag is a classic. It goes with his ah... hair color?

Men, let this be a lesson. A good shaving cream is essential.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Where to get your Janylin sale fix

An anonymous reader sent this comment: totally off topic. I'm sorry sa kakulitan ko. I saw your comment in stylemanila last aug 1 about your janilyn fix??? I am a janilyn fanatic but lately they've become pricey..uggghhh. Where in cubao is janilyn heaven? without the hefty price tag? Thanks a lot. Looking forward to hearing from you.

Answer after the jump...

Hi there! Thanks for your comment!

For Janylin fanatics who can't afford their steep price tag, go to Cubao X (formerly Marikina Shoe Expo) to their outlet stores. Janylin has, not one, but two, stores in Cubao X. The stores also carry their other brand, Juan. Pumps in various colors are available for cheap, with prices going below PhP1000.00. Stock and size availability can be seasonal so do pass by regularly to check out what's available.

Also, the Janylin stores can do repairs and other shoe services. Love your shoes but finding the color blah? Janylin in Cubao X can change the color for you. They even stretch the shoes for you if you are between sizes.

A good tip I recommend is to get to know the salesladies as they are very accomodating.

There are also other shoe stores in Cubao X and I hear some of them offer custom-made shoes but have yet to try this out for myself.

Tired after your shopping frenzy? The restaurants inside Cubao X offer great food for their reasonable prices. I always have a good time at Cubao X and I am sure you will too.

Here's a map to help you get to Cubao X:

Map from Kitongzki

Monday, August 18, 2008

Long Weekend - Off to the Mall

It's the long weekend and I am off to the mall for "research". Might try to catch the last day of the Rockwell Urban Bazaar and get some much needed rest before the work grind starts anew. In the meantime, can anyone help me identify the bag PGMA is wearing in China?

Hmm... upon further research, it's seems to be a Hermes Kelly but can't really say unless I can find a clearer picture or one where the bag is facing front. So what do you guys think?

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Stop Reading this Blog and Watch the Olympics

... ok, don't stop reading this blog. However, do watch the Olympics! Sorry, bag lovers, I was forced to interrupt my one track musings about bags to give you six(!) good reasons to watch the Olympics.

Reasons after the jump!

Reasons 1 to 3:

Reasons 4 to 6:

What did I tell you? What are you waiting for?! Go watch the Olympics and the re-runs ASAP!

Images courtesy of New York Magazine

Friday, August 15, 2008

Cathy and the Giant Bag

Hehehe. I laughed so much after seeing this cartoon. I am also a guilty user of the gigantic handbags! They weigh a ton and I can never figure out why. My stuff just keeps getting dumped inside until I can no longer find anything at all but can see everything else (did I really need to bring 2 brushes?).

Lately, I've being using a smaller work bag and have been amazed at how much easier it is to carry my bag around. Plus, my right shoulder doesn't hurt as much anymore. How about you? Are you a victim of the gigantic handbag?

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

LV Damier Neverfull - Now or Later?

Tears are swimming in my eyes as I type this post. During my eternal bargain hunting search on Ebay Philippines, I chanced upon a seller selling the LV Damier Neverfull MM at the rather "reasonable" price of Php38,000.

Continue reading post after the jump...

I say rather reasonable because that is still above the SRP in the US and probably way more the Paris prices... if they had this bag. You see, the LV Damier Neverfull is on limited release in Guam, Japan and Hawaii only! News on the forums say that this bag will only be released to the rest of the world next year. Believe me, some of the other sellers were selling this bag for way more because of its elusive nature.

What to do? What to do? Do I get the bag now? Or wait a few more months for its worldwide release? Having the bag before anyone else is a major draw. And I do prefer Damier to the Monogram canvas. On the other hand, I believe this will part of the permanent collection so you can get it anytime. Ouch, this is giving me a headache.

In the meantime, while I wallow in my uncertainty, here is the link to the bag. Nope, I won't mind if you get the bag.

However, I am compelled to declare that I am not related or affiliated to the seller in any way and disclaim any liability for any transaction you may enter with the same. Hehehe.

Photo courtesy of Louis Vuitton Lover.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Manday Monday

Monday is Manday here at BagLove and we again feature bags for the males out there. Up next for consideration are bags ftom Salvatore Ferragamo.

Full details after the jump!

We present for consideration Salvatore Ferragamo 'Toronto Cafe' Crossbody Messenger Bag:

I like the fact that the bag is not too big and bulky. Here are the details from Nordstrom -
Sleek leather messenger bag is designed to wear across the body with a woven adjustable strap detailed with the Ferragamo logo. Top zip closure.
Logo-stamped hardware.
Front pocket.
Interior zip pocket.
Brown canvas lining.
Dimensions: 13.5"W x 14.5"H x 1.5"D. Strap drop adjusts from 12" to 25".

The bigger cousin is the Salvatore Ferragamo 'Toronto Cafe' Messenger Bag :

Again, here are the details from Nordstrom _

Traditional messenger bag in fine, rich leather features an exterior zip pocket at the front flap. A bright canvas lining finishes the look. Woven adjustable strap.
Logo-stamped hardware.
Small stamped logo at side.
Document pocket and large main compartment with interior zip pocket.
Dimensions: 13.5"W x 10.5"H x 3.5"D. Strap drop adjusts from 13" to 25".

BP, for your consideration. Comments are welcome always. I'm trying to find out if the said bags are available at the local Ferragamo stores. Will update you readers. In the meantime, the bags can be ordered online at Nordstrom.

All photos from Nordstrom.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

MDB's Gucci Purse

My officemate MDB brought her lovely little Gucci bag to work last week. Here it is!

More pictures after the jump!

I love taking bag pictures! Will try to post some more pictures I've personally taken.

Friday, August 8, 2008

How a Hermes Kelly is made

Saw this interesting article from the Daily Chronicle Show on how the Hermes Kelly is made. Check it out! It makes me lust for one even more.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Round 2: Botkier v. The Sak

Round 2. Who did it better? Who did it first? The two bags are eerily familiar...
The first bag above is The Sak Silverlake Convertible Satchel in Dark Amber popularized by Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus. The second bag below is the Botkier Sasha Duffel in Brown. A little too alike in my opinion.

This is how the Sak Silverlake Satchel is described:

Get two handbags in one! This amazing Satchel converts to a stylish Hobo. Just slide the shoulder strap out of the bottom loops and connect it again over the top. Presto - a whole new bag! With it's super soft leathers, simple Brushed Gold hardware and innovative design the Silverlake Convertible Satchel is a real stunner. The lining is a gorgeous colorful print created exclusively for The SAK by Paris born graffiti artist Gilles Jourdan. Main compartment zippered closure and a front flap pocket. Shoulder strap has a 13" drop. Lining features 2 open pockets and a back wall zippered pocket.

So when you convert it, it looks like this:

Sorry, couldn't find a picture in Amber.

This is how the Botkier Sasha looks when converted:

Aah... see what I mean? Now for the BIG difference. The Sak is only about USD199. On the other hand, the Botkier costs USD695. Now which one will you get?