Playing hard to get and creating a hype – Mansur Gavriel
Jul05

Playing hard to get and creating a hype – Mansur Gavriel

I’m the biggest victim of hypes. If things are hard to come by I need to know why, first hand, even if it’s only to satisfy my curiosity. Okay, not all things, but food and bags get my attention pretty fast. I queue two hours for a cronut, I checked net-a-porter frequently just to see if any Mansur Gavriel bucket bag popped up by chance, but no… If you like bags you will have seen them pretty much everywhere on the internet, especially on bloggers. The clean design and leather stand out against other designer bags nowadays and I have a faible for leather that is capable of darkening with time and developing a patina, which means character to me and lots of scratches to other people… I didn’t think I would come across one of these babies this year as they are simply sold out everywhere. But alas, one night while I was browsing Facebook randomly the FB page of Mansur Gavriel announced the launch of their own e-Shop… as a pessimist I didn’t think they would ship to Austria. Buy boy I was wrong… for a mere 100$ (which is almost a fourth of the bag) they will ship with DHL Express! So I ordered, and waited and waited… later orders were shipped out first, which was quite irritating as I feared the bag that I ordered and paid for might have disappeared or what not (again, I’m a pessimist). But finally, after 4 days of waiting the bag was shipped and from then on it went really quick… picked up on Wednesday night it arrived at noon on Friday in Vienna. Nevermind me running around like a frantic in our Boulesse office as the DHL guy didn’t have change for the whopping import duties (another 108 Euros and 64 cents, but as a seasoned international eCommerce shopper I knew I had to pay a fourth of customs duties to the Republic of Austria to begin with *sigh*). Basically it took 3 additional people, my boss, Jen and my bf to get the exact 8 Euros and 64 cents (I briefly played with the thought of just giving the DHL guy 10 Euros for the heck of it, but then again there was no point giving him a “tip” just because he inconvenienced me, the customer by not having change…). Enough talk, here it is, my Cammello bucket bag with raw interior: Standing next to a Louis Vuitton Epi Petit Noe in Toledo Blue. Actually the base of the Petit Noe is a bit bigger than the one of the Mansur Gavriel. If you ever wondered: a...

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First BOULESSE commercial on Austrian Airlines
May16

First BOULESSE commercial on Austrian Airlines

I proudly present our first BOULESSE commercial that has been screening on all Austrian Airlines long haul flights since May 1rst! Well, our videos are one of the reasons I blog so little lately… we are planning a lot that you will discover soon. And I need to get a blog post done about Boulesse real soon… Stay curious!...

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Chanel Mirabella – high quality images
Apr20

Chanel Mirabella – high quality images

Happy Easter everyone! As promised here are the better pics of Chanel Mirabella, which a friend gave me to take pics. I finally had time to take care of my blog again… The first one is next to an Hermes box so the H fans among you will see the difference. Mirabella is a bit more coral than a real orange. And here are more images, all taken in cloudy daylight, some nearer, some farther away from the window. The color is quite bright, but not a neon yet. I think it would suit tanned skin very well. My hands are a pale MAC NC20 I would guess lol. I did use color correction etc with Lightroom, but the color really is a chameleon. In case you were wondering about the camera: the pics were taken with my Canon EOS 5D MarkIII. And no, my skin isn’t really that smooth, but reducing the noise of the original RAW files did that… Do you plan to get it? I think the color is supposed to come out in the next weeks. Stay curious for my next, long-planned post on Boulesse.com, a start-up like no...

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Chanel Le Vernis Mirabella
Apr01

Chanel Le Vernis Mirabella

I usually don’t post beauty items on here, and nowadays it seems I don’t post at all… sorry for that, but I have to show you an upcoming Chanel nail polish from the summer edition. A friend was at Paris fashionweek and borrowed me this very bright nail polish. Chanel Mirabella is orange with a slight coral touch. I’ll post better DSLR images soon, for now iPhone pics have to suffice. Together with some Hermes loot. You can clearly see that Mirabella is more coral than the classic H orange, even from an iPhone pic. Wearing Mirabella with my new Behapi in Bamboo green and white and a Michael Kors Lexington watch. And finally a close up. Please excuse the application, was in a hurry to do swatches… This were two coats. The opacity was okay, but not as good as my faves from Chanel, Malice and Taboo. I’m not a fan of orange make up in general, so I’m not gonna get it for myself, but I’m sure this summery color will be popular. You will soon be able to buy it in your local stores. Next up are Chanel goodies of a different kind… stay...

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Flying Frühstück at Labstelle
Feb18

Flying Frühstück at Labstelle

When I saw a couple of pics of Labstelle on various blogs I got interested in trying something there. That way I also got to know their “Flying Frühstück”, where they serve you various breakfast dishes as well as lunch. It is recommended to reserve 2 and a half hours for it, but at the end we were there for 3.5 hours… The first thing you get is three sorts of bread, butter, apricot jam and a red beet spread. The butter is a wee bit hard for the soft brioche, so you shouldn’t start with that… but once you managed to get it on the bread with jam it is pretty good. The red beet spread is quite interesting as it reminds me a bit of berry yogurt, but with red beet. 5min later a small selection of cheese and meats arrived. The meat variation is solid, tasting good, but not too special. I think there could have been a bit more cheese than one sort, but there were a lot more courses to follow. So here comes some kind of ham on goat cheese topped with Sauerkraut. I actually liked it for its freshness. The size of a few bites was just right for this one. Then came a piece of meat in aspic with a few pickled veggies. I liked that one as well, but still nothing to blow me off my feet. Then followed a goose liver mousse with elderberry jam. Not bad, especially with some bread. But from the looks of it you could have thought this is dessert… so one of the servers actually messed up the sequence of the dishes from us and the neighbouring table. My lucky bf got a second serving of this as a result. Next up was a dried ham with potato mash mousse and spinach. I think I have a thing for potato mash. This airy mousse version of a mash was heavenly! Could have gobbled up a lot more of this and was sad once I reached the ham and spinach… anyway, classic scrambled eggs followed. Cooked just right, no frills. Then a wild garlic risotto with cream cheese followed. Not bad either, but by that time I was so full I wished the portion was smaller. But that was just the beginning of the lunch courses. A small portion of Sauerkraut and sausages followed. Again, good classic, but not spectacular. Another meaty dish followed: Some pork with classic potato mash and mushrooms. Liked the mushrooms the most! And finally came the dessert. Chocolate cake with pears and a small granola yogurt. All in all the...

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