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 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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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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Burberry Cashmere Scarves
Nov03

Burberry Cashmere Scarves

Now that the weather is getting colder we need to find some good-looking ways to protect ourselves from colds. My first choice is a scarf, ideally made from soft Cashmere in a loud color. But after years of wearing only mono colored scarves I wanted something more playful. So Burberry comes into the game. You will know Burberry for the classic beige checkered Cashmere scarves. But they do many other colors as well, in a great way actually. My first buy was this bright blue scarf made from a light Cashmere fabric. An adorable sales assistant at Burberry ordered it for me online into the store. This way you don’t have to pay any shipping costs (which are around 15€ I was told) and it arrived lightning fast… I love the other color accents in purple and black. Those are exactly my colors. But I almost didn’t buy this one as it looked at tick more turquoise online and when it arrived it had not turquoise at all. Glad I kept it as I would have missed it right away after returning. However, I still wanted to have a scarf in the thick, brushed Cashmere fabric, so I organized a spontaneous ride to the designer outlet in Parndorf and basically found the one color combination I was eyeing for many months online (shown on the left in the pic below). It was the last one of course and well hidden… I only got it because I called the store in advance to inquire about anything containing turquoise. Talk about determination. Here we have Burgundy, purple, blue and turquoise. I love it. And if this wasn’t good enough the scarf had a 40% discount. So I found the last brushed Cashmere scarf in my desired color harmony for 40% off at the nearest Burberry outlet. Lucky day, lucky scarf. Seriously! And yes, the picture above is overexposed. The real colors are a bit darker. Compare the first scarf on the first picture (very true to life) and on the right in the second picture… And guess what, I didn’t catch a cold yet despite everyone around me bombarding me with gazillions of bazillions in the last few weeks. Okay, it’s not really because of a scarf, or even Burberry, but my habit of popping vitamin pills once I suspect the slightest cold going around. But that is another...

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