I am back… I hope
May02

I am back… I hope

It’s been a while since my last blog post. I’m usually too busy during the week for blogging, but I can never let go of Instagram where a post is only one picture and a couple of filters away. Follow me for daily food and style adventures @crackberrycream You will also get a peek behind-the-scenes at Boulesse every now and then. Other than that I’ll try to blog more often…...

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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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Chanel Classic Wallet on Chain
Nov20

Chanel Classic Wallet on Chain

One of my most practical bags is the Wallet on Chain by Chanel. It is mostly a clutch, or an oversized wallet, with a chain long enough to carry it effortlessly. It’s small enough to not bump into people at events, but big enough to carry your essentials like money and cards (it’s a wallet after all…), cellphone and keys. Maybe some chewing gum, tissues and lipstick. That’s it. The Wallet on Chain is perfect for a quick lunch or just a walk outside as well. I planned to buy this thing since the beginning of 2013, but this particular combination of black caviar leather with gold hardware was always sold out. Be it Berlin, Paris or Vienna, all the same… and when Vienna had one I was lying in bed with a 39° flu, couldn’t care less about bags back then. But one fateful day in the summer I called the Vienna Chanel boutique again and they actually had one… needless to say that one became the one, finally. What do you use for nights out or going to...

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How I got my Birkin….
Nov17

How I got my Birkin….

Even the most anti-fashion people will have heard about a bag where you have to get on a waiting list for years to receive it. It is the Hermès Birkin bag that became widely known thanks to Victoria Beckham, who probably owns hundreds of Hermès bags to begin with. Nevermind that it was Jane Birkin, whose requirements made the Birkin bag come to life. Now the mere mortals won’t have easy access to the bag, since having the cash to pay for it is not enough to get on a waiting list. Most of the time the lists are “closed” (euphemism for “closed for you VUP, very unimportant person”). But after getting my hands on my first “B”, as the Hermès afficionados call it, I can assure you that waiting lists aren’t the only way to get it. No, it wasn’t from a reseller nor did I sleep with the store manager or anyone else for it, I didn’t bribe anyone into selling it to me, don’t have VIP friends and didn’t even spend money on anything else to get it. I simply went to the store thrice, and was very polite and just being myself. I’m talking about an Hermès store, which is rumoured to just laugh at walk-ins (people who are not regular customers), let alone tourists asking for a B or K (Kelly, that is). I read on a very popular bag forum that they would never ever sell a B to a walk-in. So I guess I did the impossible, and had loads of luck. Above is the bag from pretty much one year ago. Below is how it looks today. The leather got softer and the sides sink in. The handles and padlock’s strap became straightened from the weight. The first time I got there I asked about the possibility of ordering my then dream color Bleu Aztec. The sales assistant (SA) made me understand that for ordering I would first have to spend some money there… since I live in Europe and refuse to pay premiums (apart from the premium on a B) I didn’t pursue this option and went to a different product department. There I got to know a sincerely nice SA with whom I chatted a little about my favorite Hermès colors. She referred me to one of her colleagues and I gave her my business card in case something comes in (but my hopes weren’t high at all). Then I proceeded to the actual bag department and met another SA, who was super lovely as well. She told me there were no Birkins today, but to come in on...

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Balenciaga Part Time in Ultraviolet…
Oct29

Balenciaga Part Time in Ultraviolet…

… or a very early Christmas present. I’ve been collecting bags for almost a decade now and consider my collection well rounded. So recently I didn’t have any major bag cravings until I saw a thead on the Purseforum… it showed the beautiful Balenciaga City bag in a color I didn’t notice until then. Ultraviolet. It was a bold and bright purple, just the way I love it. I quickly went to Balenciaga online to see if they had a model I had in mind… While I like the City style I was always eyeing a Balenciaga Part Time over the years since I like east west styles in general. I actually wanted to buy it in a local store, but of course it offered only a small selection and not the model I wanted. At least I was able to check whether Ultraviolet was bright enough for me. A first peek of the handles that fit over my shoulders, which is a rare incident. Now what pairs better with purple than gold? Of course I had to get the (not so) Giant (anymore) gold hardware. Sorry for the watermarks, but in this day and age it would be irresponsible not to mark such images of designer items as they can be easily misused on Feebay and the likes. It was love at first sight. Everything about this bag is perfect. Well, except for the fact that it should not be carried in pouring rain… Anyway, the Part Time can be carried in your hand, on the shoulders and cross body as well. Talk about versatile. In addition it is lightweight for a leather bag. And very soft. And roomy. And friggin beautiful. Okay, enough about my newest bag crush. Oh did I say it’s the perfect color for fall? Love...

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