I’m washing my Longchamp le pliage tote in the washer today. I’ve had it for 3 or 4 years and haven’t cleaned it at all. It’s looking a little worse for wear so I thought it would be a good guinea pig for anyone who was wondering what would happen if you popped it in the washing machine. Check out the video to find out!
This is the final step of my attempt to patina my birkin in vache naturelle leather. In my first video of this series I thought that I had finished stripping the outer coating of the leather that was preventing the patina from developing, but as you’ll see in this video, I barely scratched the surface. After this video I’ve continued to oil the leather and the patina is very deep, follow my instagram for recent pictures!
This is the second step of my attempt to patina my birkin in vache naturelle leather. This time I’ve finished stripping the outer coating of the leather and I’m using a combination of Fiebing’s Mink Oil, Blackrock’s Leather N’ Rich, and Leather Honey. Watch below for my progress:
I’m showing you all my process for darkening my birkin in the vache naturelle leather. This is the first video in a series where you can follow me step by step as I attempt to speed up the patina process by striping the leather and then moisturizing with different oils and leather preservers. I’m not entirely sure how the bag will turn out since I’m an amateur at this, but it should be interesting to watch anyway.
In this video I start by striping the leather of it’s mysterious coating which has been preventing my previous oil applications from penetrating the leather. I’m using 100% pure acetone to strip the leather. Watch below:
It’s been a while since I wrote about books I’ve read so I thought I would share with you what I’ve been into this August and September.
1. Elements of Etiquette by Craig Claiborne
This concise book on etiquette was written by famed restaurant critic, Craig Claiborne. What I liked about this book versus others that I have read is that it is relevant to today’s modern social situations. While it can be interesting to read about more obsolete social expectations from long ago, this practical and contemporary approach will give you the information you need to make the best decisions in today’s world.
2. The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch
Don’t read this book with makeup on! It’s rare for a book to make me cry, but this one definitely did. Written by the late Randy Pausch, it encapsulates a lifetime of wisdom and lessons in a humorous tone despite the author’s knowledge that he will soon die due to cancer. This book is not emotional because of the author’s impending death — he has had way too much fun in his life to allow that too happen — but because of his acceptance and resiliency in spite of that. It’s a tear-jerker that teaches us to never forget our childish innocence and do whatever it takes to live out our own fun and beautiful life.
3. Paris in Love by Eloisa James
If you’ve ever wanted to know what it’s like to live in Paris then all you have to do is read this book! This beautiful memoir captures the author’s Paris experience in a way that is both dream-like yet accurate. After living in France for two years myself, I can certainly say that I left my heart there and this novel brings back all of my own memories. It’s amazing how this book is so personal to the author and yet I find myself remembering my own experiences in her words.
4. What Islam Did For Us by Tim Wallace-Murphy
This book was not what I expected it to be. I was expecting to learn more about the inventions and discoveries in the field of medicine, mathematics and astronomy by Muslim scientists that I’ve heard so much about, but instead this book focuses heavily on the historical ties between Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. This is not necessarily a negative point, but based on the title it definitely wasn’t the subject matter I was expecting to read about. This is a great book for those who want to understand how each of the three religions have affected each other since ancient times until now.
That’s what I’ve read so far in the last two months. I’m open to recommendations for new books to read so feel free to comment. Watch my video to see what I’m currently reading and what I’m planning on reading soon!
Fall is my favorite time of the year, although winter is a close second. Spring and summer seem to be received with much anticipation from nearly everybody, but personally, I can’t wait for fall – a time for contemplation, comfort and détente.
Take a look at what I like that puts me in that warm and cozy mood:
1. CHANEL Rouge Double Intensité Ultra Wear Lip Color in Daring Red
Colder weather calls for deeper colors that warm up our color palette. What I love about this lip gloss is how long wearing it is. I can put it on at 7AM and it will keep lasting through meetings and lunches until around 4PM. My preferred way to wear it is as a stain by dabbing the color and spreading a thin layer all over my lips. That way I get the statement lip that I want but it is still appropriate for the workplace
2. ZARA Faux Suede Coat in Beige
The clean and minimalist look of this collarless coat is amplified by the soft ivory hue and gold button detail on the front and the sleeves. The material is ultra soft and provides just the right amount of warmth for the fall months without weighing you down.
3. ORIGINS Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask
Moisturizing the skin is important year around, but most definitely when temperatures start to drop. This mask has become part of my nightly routine due to its effectiveness at making my skin supple, soft and radiant.
4. Kabocha Squash
I purchase these at my local Korean market but I’ve been able to find them in any Asian market. Fall is the season for this squash and it’s my go-to breakfast and snack. It is a well-known Korean diet food due to its nutrient dense, low-calorie and low carbohydrate qualities. What I love is the taste of it – it is sweet and similar to a chestnut. I cut it in quarters, clean out the seeds and steam it over a colander for about 30 minutes until the entire squash is soft.
5. CHARLES by Charles David Shirley Herringbone Knit Booties
I purchased these during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale and have been storing them until I could wear them in the appropriate weather. These are so comfortable and unique! They look so chic with any sort of cut of pant: skinny, straight leg, wide leg. The thick heel makes it easy for me to wear them on a daily basis too!
6. INGLOT O2M Breathable Nail Polish in 653
I always get compliments whenever I wear this color. While I’m not convinced that it’s “halal”, it’s still a great quality polish for that time of the month. I love how it brightens my skin up and makes my hands look a bit more finished.
7. Sweet Potatoes
Along the same lines as the kabocha squash, sweet potatoes are in! I actually steam them at the same time to treat myself to a medley of fall flavors. I eat both of them without any accoutrements but popular toppings include butter with cinnamon and sugar, maple syrup, or even a bit of sea salt.
8. INAYAH High-Neck Jumpers
I have missed these warm and easy staples! I own five of them (black, mustard, charcoal, beige and navy blue) because they are so incredibly easy to wear and I can add layers such as a sleeveless trench to change up the look.
What fall staples do you look forward to using? Let me know!
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