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

The Best Way to Stay Cool in Hot Weather

One of the things I love about summer is the blooming flowers and bustling streets. So many people are out and about enjoying the weather and each other. I especially love going to a beach and having fresh coconut water and taking a nap under the shade of a huge, beautiful tree.

Moving to the Middle East, aka the desert, has brought a whole new meaning to summertime. It is absolutely scorching hot here in the summer (and springtime)! I can not stand the feeling of being sticky and hot, especially when my clothes stick to my body. Since moving to the Middle East, I’ve had to make some major adjustments to how I approach my outfits for the day. It gets extremely hot here (i.e. 50 C or 122 F) and I need to keep my body nice and cool at all times. Some of the ways I do this is by wearing loose fitting or oversized clothing that covers more of my skin. I think most of us think that the less clothes we wear, the cooler we’ll be. But I’ve found that to not always be true. In fact, the opposite is much more beneficial. With the more clothes you wear, you’re not only protecting your skin from the harmful rays of the sun, you’re also creating a cooling system around your body with the fabric you’re wearing. Your body is cooler because the sweat on your body is not being boiled by the sun, and it’s covered by the shade your clothes are giving your body. Also the light, airy fabrics allow for air to flow throw in a better way than not wearing clothes.

Some of my favorite current options are culottes, linen tops and pants, and very thin cotton trousers. What are your favorite items to wear in the summer to keep cool? Leave a comment below telling me all about it!

Oh, and drink LOTS OF WATER! That is a major key to keeping your body cool!

Love,
Marcella

5 Ways to Wear White Jeans

Hey y’all, I wanted to share a few different ways I like to style white jeans. One of my favorite items in my wardrobe are my white jeans. They are so comfortable and the options are endless! Above, I provided a video I put together with some easy variations you can try. Please like the video and subscribe to my YouTube Channel here -> Love Marcella. It would be a major help to have your subscription to my channel in helping me to unlock some special features I can use on my channel once I hit 100 subscribers! Your support is greatly appreciated! 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

4 Ways to Wear an Oversized Shirt

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Since moving to the Middle East, it’s been interesting trying to figure out what to wear here. It is a bit more conservative than I’m used to, not that I was dressing like a hooch before, but I didn’t really give the way I dressed any thought. I’m used to throwing on a t-shirt, some shorts and a pair of sandals or sneakers for most of the year since Texas is hot for most of the year. But moving here, nope. Can’t wear that. If you wear shorts out here, be ready for someone to come up to you and literally tell you that you are dressed inappropriately. It hasn’t happened to me personally, but I know people that this has happened to. I am so nervous that someone might come up to me and say something of a similar nature, that I find myself always second guessing or checking my outfits to make sure I am dressed respectably. I don’t want to not only disrespect the culture, but I definitely don’t want to offend any of my friends by dressing in a way that they might think is unacceptable.

It’s been quite interesting really. I’ve noticed a change in myself. A sort of transformation process. At first, I was afraid that I’d be shunned for accidentally not “thinking” before I left the house and wearing something “wrong”. Then as I got used to it, I found myself almost judging others who proudly wore spaghetti strap tops and daisy dukes or dresses that show their legs. Then I caught myself. Like , really? I’m really sitting here judging someone else? Isn’t that exactly what I was afraid of, and I’m literally doing exactly what I didn’t want. I felt bad that I was judging those people. Then I realized, in essence, I was judging the ‘old me’. The old me who didn’t know any better or wasn’t as informed as I thought I was. So why would I do that to others? Maybe because I felt ashamed that I didn’t know in the first place. That I was living in such a bubble of my own world before, thinking it’s the same everywhere.

What if those people I judged didn’t know anything about the culture and they’re just visiting so that they could learn about the culture? What if they felt a certain way about the customs here and decided, ‘F it, I’m going to wear what I want anyway’? Or what if they were just simply freakin’ hot and couldn’t deal? So I forgave myself for judging and decided to try my best to lead by example. I try to portray what I know to be appropriate, and hopefully this will encourage someone to embrace part of the culture that surrounds them also. It’s not that hard. And It’s not so bad, honestly. In general, it’s best to keep your shoulders covered and to wear loose-fitting clothing. If you are wearing something tight, like your bottoms, then it’s good to have a top long enough to cover your butt. If your top is fitted, then you should definitely wear a shawl to cover. There are an infinite amount of variations you can do that are stylish and still remain within the customs and expectations of the culture out here. I hope that this inspires you to embrace an aspect of whatever culture you’re in.

For now, enjoy this quick look book on how I styled this oversized button up from Topshop. It’s not a men’s shirt, however you very well could just buy a men’s shirt. I would think they’re a bit more boxy, so you’d want to get it taken it. I like my shirts to be new-looking and crisp, but your own choice on fabric is up to you. This top is super versatile too. You can wear it to work, to run errands, to the airport and even as a bathing suit cover up. And it’s super airy, so It’s perfect for the upcoming summer months here in the Middle East.

Let me know what you guys think about the difference in dress codes around the world. How do you style your oversized shirts?

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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