Buying a Chanel bag in Paris

I have always bought fashion magazines as a little girl and teenager and I remember being mesmerized by the different styles the designers made every season and how different stylists put their own spin on the collection. I remember being able to see people on the street or on tv and in movies and knowing exactly what designer they were wearing and the season it came out in and their inspirations behind that collection. I was a true student of fashion and it brought me so much joy. It was a lovely obsession. It was my escape.

Now, years passed by and I still love designer items. Especially designer accessories. I have always been fascinated not only by the craftsmanship but also the story behind the brand and the person who created it. What was their motivation to start their fashion house? Who were they as a person? What obstacles did they overcome to get to the point that they are at now? I feel connected to them because I myself feel like I’ve had a lot of obstacles to overcome to get to where I am today and I know there’s a lot more I’ll need to overcome to get to where I want to be.

As far as craftsmanship goes, I know what it takes to create something. It takes people who “get it” to understand the value of  what has been created. I truly appreciate the hands that work to make an item, the hours it takes to make it, the attention to detail, sourcing the materials, etc. I think about the whole process and economics behind it and I appreciate what the team behind a brand created, the process they went through to create it, their inspiration and how it was able to get into stores.

There are certain brands and items that I would consider investment pieces. In my opinion I believe the top ones are Chanel, Louis Vuitton and Hermes. I’ve seen those brands have certain items that are produced over many seasons and have either held their value or increased in value. On this list of top investment pieces are the Chanel classic flap bags, Louis Vuitton classic prints and the Hermes Birkin bags.

My first luxury/investment piece is going to be the Chanel Classic Flap medium size in black with calfskin leather and gold hardware from the Paris boutique. I went to the Chanel store in Dubai mall and I tried it on to be sure it’s exactly what I wanted. It is e-ver-y-thing and MORE! It is so elegant, classic and I can literally wear it with anything, every day. I prefer the calfskin leather because it’s more durable. The lambskin looks and feels more smooth and even more elegant, but it’s not suitable for everyday wear because it can get damaged very easily due to the delicate nature of the lambskin leather. I don’t plan on beating up my bag, lol, but I want the extra assurance that it won’t scuff so easily with daily use. So I’m choosing the calfskin so I can wear it to work, out on the town, with ath-leisure wear, casual days or on date nights.  I am so in love with the Chanel Classic Flap and I cannot wait to own it soon!

I hope that you take this post not only for information/educational purposes, but also as inspiration if you want to own a luxury item/s. I am using it as a way to put my desires out there in the universe. I’m using this post as a source of accountability for what I want to achieve. It won’t happen without a lot of hard work and discipline. This has been a goal of mine for a long time and I will achieve it. I’ll write an update post when I buy the Chanel Classic Flap medium in black with gold hardware in Paris!

In the meantime, do you own or want to own a luxury bag? What are your favorite investment pieces and why?

xo, Love Marcella

Benefits of Carrot Juice

I recently bought a juicer and let me tell you I have been in love with it! For a few years now, I’ve loved fresh juice, especially green juice. I was always hesitant to actually buy a juicer because they’re kind of pricey and I was nervous that I wouldn’t “commit” to the juicing life. I finally bit the bullet and bought a juicer because when I added up all the juices I bought from the little juice store up the street, I could have had a juicing machine of my own within a few months! So here I am packing my juice machine home, with no idea what I’m doing. I didn’t know any recipes or what fruits and veggies go well together. I went to the grocery store and just stocked up on tons of fruits and veggies and began experimenting with combinations. I quickly learned that I loved using lots of carrots in my juice recipes. And they have a natural sweetness to them, so you don’t need to add any fruits to sweeten your juice. The curious person I am, I began to wonder what are the health benefits of carrot juice? I mean I’m ingesting this drink every single day and I didn’t even think to look into what it could do to my body. I guess I figures, ‘hey, it’s a veggie, so I should be good’. But I still wanted to find out. Here are a few benefits I found in my research.

I also want to point out that I am in no way a 100% healthy eater. I do treat myself to junk food every now and then. But I really try my best to eat as healthy as possible, especially since I’ve noticed a change in my body feeling a lot better in general while on a healthier diet. I encourage you to join me on this healthy lifestyle and get to eatin’ some carrots little rabbit!

Benefit #1: Improves your vision

Since about elementary school, I’ve always had to wear glasses. I have to get my yearly eye exams, and on this year’s eye exam, my prescription did not change much at all, whereas the previous year there was a massive spike in how bad my eyes had gotten in just one year. So I can actually say that I have noticed a difference in my drinking carrot juice.

Benefit #2: Full of Antioxidants

The antioxidants contained in carrots help protect against cancer, improve brain function, and decreases the risk of heart disease and stroke

Benefit #3: Helps increase skin healing.

This is especially important for me because I have acne-prone skin. So when I have a flare up in my acne, I can be left with bad spots on my face. Carrot juice helps with skin healing quicker and better.

Benefit #4: Regularizes menstruation

I honestly had no idea that carrot juice helps with improving or regularizing menstruation, but I noticed the past couple months that my cramp pains have significantly reduced. I usually have such debilitating cramps that I have to stay home and basically be in bed all day. I literally had to call off work or leave work to go home and deal with the pain. No amount of Advil would relieve the pain. Then unknowingly, I started on my health kick and started drinking at least a few carrot juices per week. I noticed my cramps were barely noticeable. This benefit of carrot juice has been life changing for me.

Benefit #5: Excellent source of Calcium

I grew up believing that you can only get Calcium from milk. As I grew up, I started to dislike milk more and more. I guess my tastebuds changed over time. I really do not drink milk, except for a small splash in my coffee. Once I started making my own carrot juice at home and did research on what I was putting into my body, I was so happy to discover that carrots are an incredible source of calcium which is essential to bone health and bone growth.

I hope this information was helpful for you and it inspires you to try something new, like carrot juice. Please subscribe on the right hand side. All you need is your email and it’ll be a huge help for me as I’m still working on growing my blog. Thank you in advance for your support! xo

Love,
Marcella

Spring 2017 Favorites

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Hey y’all! I want to share with you my current favorites for fashion, beauty and lifestyle. I won’t be doing a monthly favorites, but rather a periodic compilation of my favorite items. Watch the video and don’t forget to subscribe to my YouTube Channel! For more blog posts to come straight to you, subscribe to my blog on the right hand side! It’s easy, all you need is your email! xo

Love,

Marcella

The First of Many

 

Hi, I’m Marcella and I’m a New York City Financial Analyst turned Beauty and Lifestyle Blogger living in the Middle East. I decided to embark on this journey because I absolutely love all things beauty and style from curly haircare, skincare, makeup, and challenging myself to try out a new fashion trend. I love it all.

I want to start by giving you a little perspective on why I’m so passionate about this blog. When I was in about 4th grade, I remember after much convincing, my mom finally allowed me to wear my hair down to school. With my curls all out in their glory. This was a big deal because I always wore my hair in a braid every-single-day to school. I remember feeling so incredibly excited because all the other girls wore their hair down, and I was finally going to do the same. I walked into class with my head held high in pride, a pep in my step, and full of pure excitement in anticipation for everyone’s “oo’s and aahh’s” of my awesome hair. Then (no joke), about 30 seconds of being in the classroom, I was immediately made fun of in front of the entire class for my big hair with comments of how crazy it looked, and “she has a huge fro, haha!”, and “dude what did you to to your hair?!” with major emphasis on “fro” or “hair”. You know how kids do. The whole class was laughing and some of them were even pointing at me as if I was some sort of a freak-show. I immediately burst into tears and I remember feeling so small and completely crushed.

Ever since then, for the longest time, all I wanted was to be and look like the other girls so I could feel accepted. I didn’t think I was pretty because I didn’t have straight hair. Or I didn’t think I was pretty because I didn’t have the right body-type. Or because my features were so different than everyone else. I wanted to be like everyone else so badly so that I could feel like I was pretty too, for just one day. And if I felt pretty, I knew I would feel confident, and I knew for sure that once I had the confidence, then I would have the courage to pursue anything I wanted and be the best at it.

Fast forward to now, and I’ve come a long way from that super shy girl who didn’t want to share her true light for fear of being ridiculed. I’ve journeyed into embracing and appreciating my naturally big curly hair, the shape of my body and just plain loving life. I want to be able to share with you, your daughter, your mom or sister or niece what I’ve discovered that helped me get to a better self-image. And honestly, it’s still a work-in-progress and that’s ok.

My goal is to be a representation for the under-represented (the smart-nerd types, the brown person, the person with the pronounced features, those with the big and frizzy hair, the forever weirdos). I am pursuing this as a means to bring awareness to a different type of beauty, a different type of person, a different way of thinking and a different way of life. I want to do this so that more of us who are different, will have the courage and inspiration to stand in our purpose, whatever that may be. On this blog, you will be embarking down this road with me. We will do this together. Let’s show the world that we are beautiful, that we are strong, that we are intelligent, that we are enough!

I encourage you to share my posts, leave comments, and provide feedback (positive or constructive). Thank you for taking the time to read my first post. I put my heart into this, and I promise to continue to put my heart into every post, and be my true, most-genuine self, no matter how scary it may be.

I look forward to sharing these times with you. I love you already. xoxo

Love,

Marcella