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If I were not paying of my CC, I would buy this and this & this..

I have been a big fan of this brand for many years, and have seen it grow into a well recognised brand.  Who are you talking about, you ask?

Well, the brand that I totally love is gorjana. For my regular post, I was looking for something to share with you, but gorjana’s pieces are so fab, I could not just pick one.  So, with the help of Polyvore, I have created a little set of all my fav pieces – they are all just delicious!!

My favourite Gorjana pieces

Handbag / Jewelry / Necklace / Bracelet / Necklace / Necklace

Now, a little bit about the brand.  Born in 2004, by husband and wife duo Gorjana and Jason Griffin Reidel.  Now named gorjana & griffin,  its creators describe their brand as a “socially conscious lifestyle company that makes cool, fashionable, current, high quality products at reasonable price points for men and women.” – totally love this description.  And you can tell from all their pieces that they are true to their company branding.

I have personally seen the brand grow over the years, as they have added new lines to their collections.  Initially, launching with jewellery.  gorjana has grown their range to include handbags, shoes, accessories as well as launching in 2012 a Men’s line.

They have a huge following, from celeb’s like Kristin Cavallari, Jessica Alba, Cindy Crawford and Olivia Wilde.  They are regularly seen in fashion magazines in the US – Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Lucky& Instyle

You can visit their website directly here, and enjoy $15.00 postage costs, which is fab.  You can purchase all their collection, plus they have some exclusives that you can only get on their site.  I know that my favourite on-line website ShopBop also carries these wonderful pieces.

So, I would strongly suggest, if you are looking for some wonderful pieces at a fantastic price, with good shipping rates, I would get your little fingers down to gorjana now.

Til next time, be good…

 

 

Images care of gorjana & griffin

 

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Who will win the gold medal? – Red or Yellow?

Welcome to Tuesday! 😉

I have this passion for painting my nails, which stems back to watching my older sister masterfully applying polish to her lovely nails when I was a girl.  I always admired how fabulous her nails were, and of course she was my older sister, who I always wanted to be like!

So, over the years I have tried hundreds of different brands of nail polish from non-brands to Chanel.. Not sure Coco was meant to do the dishes, as Chanel Nail polish never seemed to last that long before it started cracking!

Over the last year, I have fallen in love with the Sally Hanson Hard as Nails Extreme Wear, because their colours are fab and they seem to be the bench market for longivity!  I can usually get a week out of my nail colour.  Here is my latest purchase from their range!

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Sally Hanson Extreme Wear Nail Polish

Yesterday, I was at my local chemist picking up some tweezers, when I came upon this wall of colour – it was like Nail Polish Heaven.  It was a range from Designer Brand label TBN – The Beauty Network.  This range of products, which there are loads of including nail colours is built on the premise that their products are similar to the high end cosmetic brands but at a fraction of the price.

So, the nail polish cost me $2.50 – I could not believe it.  You can pay up to $35 for a nail polish.. and these were $2.50.  The sales lady trying trying to get me to buy 5 for $10 – CRAZY!!!  I had to try one, to see what it was like  – I chose yellow.

Colour by TBN – Yellow

So, today, I  decided that I would nail test this polish up against my current favourite Sally Hanson – which will be the control ( do you remember science – funny).  The Sally Hanson Extreme Nails can be purchased most places nail polish is bought.  I got this red on from Coles!

So, to ensure that we are comparing apples with apples – as the saying goes,  I applied 2 coats of each colour, and a Sally Hanson Top coat.  I did not apply a base coat.  Here is my artistic photo of the 2 colours.. Very Mcdonalds like! – ha ha

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Nails by TBN and Sally Hanson

Over the coming days, I will see how they both fair, and let you know the results.  So, far they are doing pretty well!  I must say that the Sally Hanson with 2 coats does look a little better.  The Colour by TBN would be better if I applied another coat.   Wish these colours good luck!!

So, my question for you all today, is what is your favoured brand of nail polish??  What is your favourite colour.. Are you into the trend of nail art??

Looking forward to the results as the end of the week!!

Til then – be Good!

Do I really need to give you a reason to see Magic Mike?

Welcome to Monday!  I have been thinking all day for a title for this post, and it centred around the reasons why you should go and see the movie Magic Mike.

Well, a few weeks ago, if you asked me what Magic Mike was I would have told you I did not know.  I was invited by a friend to go and see it a couple of weeks ago and accepted thinking it would be nice to go out with some friends to the movies on a Friday night.  So, after I accepted the invite I checked out the clips on the internet, and was intrigued to see what a ll the commotion was about.

I had no idea who Channing Tatum was before this movie, but I know a little more about him now.  This movie Magic Mike is loosely based on his year stripping yes, that rights stripping before he made it in Hollywood.

Well, we sat down to our movie, and I was not surprised to see that there were only 3 men in the cinema.   There were women of all ages in the almost packed cinema.  The movie started and then it started.  I mean when you get to see what Magic Mike does, I mean he is some mean dancer. I have never seen anyone move the way he moved on that stage where he worked Xquisite.  All the men’s moves were pretty impressive.  I remember a long time ago, seeing a stripper perform, and I thought this man is more interested in dancing than stripping but I ate my words in this movie, as I was more interested in their amazing moves.. OMG- OK – they had nice physiques as well!

Channing Tatum (image c/- http://www.reelmovienation.com)

The movie had a pretty good storyline.  It gives you some insight into the world of strippers, and of Mike’s desires to doing what he dreams of – making unique furniture.  It makes you think are you really doing what you want to be doing.  You know the things that you think make you happy, are not really making you happy anymore.  Well, that is what I think the movie was trying to convey!  It was as though Mike was no longer Magic Mike.  He was looking for something else!

The movie had me laughing as well.  I can remember the scene back stage where the men are preparing for their performance. You know the typical strippers scene, men pumping some iron, having a few shots of alcohol, and you know pumping their private parts – totally hilarious – of course that is what strippers do right?  Its as if director Steven Soderbergh, is making a mockery of it all.

Now, I thought I would be much more interested in seeing Matthew McConaughey in this movie, but boy was I suprised!  Channing and the other younger characters, yes Matt Bomer, seemed to get much more air time, and they were much more appealing.

Matthew’s character Dallas, was like the retired stripper, with too much fake tan on.  Trying a little too hard, for my liking.  And you know there is always that token really old old stripper, that is unappealing and there was one of these in this movie as well.

 I was looking for some clips from the movie, when I stumbled upon this on Your Tube.  Watch it!  This was totally totally hilarious.

“CAUTION: Not recommended for anyone under 16.  At Magic Mike opening night. 6/29/12 – Fashion Valley AMC Theater, San Diego CA. The theater was at full capacity with women. INSANE. We had a BLAST! “

These were the comments, and you would understand when you watch the clip.  Thanks to socalgal619 on You Tube.

I will leave the ending for you to see.   One minute, you were watching the last scene, waiting for the next, but then it was over… A little short I thought!

Reel Movie Nation also has a great easy to read review on this movie, which you should read!  thanks Reel Movie Nation!

So, if you want to have a fun night out with your GF’s, have a laugh, and enjoy some man candy,  (How can you say no to that!) I suggest you go out an see this movie!  No Reason necessary…

So, have you gone to see this movie??  Did you take your BG/husband/partner??  What did you think?

Til next time…

Gold, Gold Gold

Gold, Gold Gold

Gold dress
$7.76 – fashionunion.com

Twist jewelry
endless.com

Cc skye jewelry
stefanibags.com

Coach – The Most Searched Luxury Handbag Brands Globally?? Can it be true??

Well,  the answer is yes, according Luxury Society & Digital Luxury Group.  Both firms are well versed in this area of luxury, just check out their respective websites.   So I am more likely to believe them.

“Digital Luxury Group and Luxury Society are the.. wonderful groups ..who launched the World Luxury Index™ Handbags. Unveiling for the first time, a ranking and analysis of the most searched-for handbag brands within the luxury industry, based on the unbiased search inputs coming from global luxury consumers in major search engines.

Their research examined over 130 brands, through 130 million+ searches,  in eight countries.  In a bid to better understand the search behaviours of consumers seeking both premium brands – such as Coach, Hugo Boss, Calvin Klein, Michael Kors, Kate Spade, Furla and Longchamp – and major luxury brands – such as Armani, Bottega Veneta, Burberry, Chanel, Dior, Fendi, Gucci, Hermès, Louis Vuitton, Ferragamo and Prada.

This is some worthwhile research that is actually interesting… I think they should do more of this sort of stuff!  who’s with me?

Below are the Top 10 results, and it may surprise you a little!  It surprised me!

The Top 10 Most Searched Luxury Handbag Brands Globally

The biggest surprise has to be Coach.  I would have thought that both LV or Chanel would take out the honors of this research.  Coach has been around for a long time but I would have never considered them as a luxurious brand.  I would compare the brand to the likes of Oroton in Australia, but maybe bigger.

In saying that I totally love the Spring 2012 campaign that Gwynneth Patrow stars!  And since purchasing my first bangle in NYC in 2010, I really like their style aesthetic.

Gwyneth-Paltrow & Coach’s Spring 2012 Ad Campaign (Image C/- http://www.fashionista.com)

Below is a little something that I put together care of my friends @ Polyvore.  Here are my picks from their current collection.  You can check them all out and the rest of their current collection at Coach

My Favourite coach bags

Below are some other wonderful statistics from the research performed.

The picture below gives you an idea of where in the world people are doing their searches for Luxury Handbags.  It seems that per 1000 handbag searches that the UK has the largest number of searches!  Interesting.. And even more interesting,  Australia does not even get a mention.  Hmm, I wonder if that means Australians were not part of the group surveyed, or whether we do not even rank per 1000 hand bag searches – ooohhh..

Number of Handbag Searches per 1000 Internet Users

Here are some other results that may interest you:

“Japanese consumers are beginning to move beyond their famed affection for Louis Vuitton handbags, in a market where 85% of Japanese women already own a Louis Vuitton product (The Economist). The brand ranks 9th in Japan, and makes it the only country where Louis Vuitton does not rank in the top 5.

In the European market, Coach is much less popular than its global #1 ranking would suggest. The American brand ranks only 29th in Italy, 19th in France, 11th in Germany and 7th in the UK.

In France, Lonchamp is the most desired brand online, with almost twice the searches for handbags than Louis Vuitton, which comes in 2nd.”

(Information taken from Luxury Society )

So, how many of you agree with this??  Should we conduct our own survey?  I think so.  So, if you were searching for a luxury hand bag, which would be your favored brand?

Is there a choice of all of them.. :).  Think mine would be Chanel or Hermes!

Enjoy your weekend!

 

 

 

If I weren’t paying off my CC, I would buy this…

Squared enamel-link bracelet

J Crew - Squared enamel-link bracelet

WOW – how beautiful is this bracelet!  When I saw it I just had to post it.  I am very tempted to purchase it, especially because til the end of April J Crew will ship to you for free.. That is right, they will.  But because I am committed to not using my CC, I will refrain, and hopefully one of you out there will make the purchase.

As you would be aware, I am slightly obsessed with bracelets, I think I have always been.  I can remember buying my first gold bangle, and today I still have it.  This piece would be a perfect compliment to my collection, and at $82.80, it is a little on the expensive side, but I am sure that I would get the wear out of it, and it is made in Russia, now that says something, doesnt it… lol

I was very excited this morning to receive my email from J Crew, because it was telling me that they now ship internationally and in April they will ship to you for free.  J Crew has been a favourite of mine for a long time, but it was always a no go because they do not ship to Australia.  So, now as soon as I pay off my Credit card, I will be visiting J Crew to make a few purchases.

I have pinned this on my Pinterest as well.  For all you people out there, you must join Pinterest.  It is totally fabulous and I have found my latest obsessio, and believe you me it is going to be bigger than facebook… Get on to band wagon now….

Anyway,

Be Good…

Lucia

No Cash, My Mum & still trying to plez? Maybe not after this…

So, we (my husband and I) have been faced with a temporary cash flow blimp over the past few weeks.  My husband is building a new business, and while he is doing this, I am working to support the growth of the business and our family.

We hit a point the other week where we were literally left cashless, and at that point I spoke to my parents and asked if they would kindly provide some support to help us get through, until we finalised the sale of an investment property.   My parents agreed, as I was a little upset (crying on the phone to my Mum) of the prospect of having no money.

My awesome parents @ my Wedding 2006.

My Mum then went into Mother mode, and started to tell me that my husband needed to get a job, and he needed to support the family, you know all that usual motherly advice.  Now, I am a little slow off the mark with responding to people’s comments, even my Mum’s.  You know she is my Mum, you listen to them, and what they say.  I did listen to what she said, and went back to my husband and we set a stop dead date of when he needed to start looking for a income paying job or something.

I had 2 sets of conversations with 2 of the people that I love most in my life.  In classic Luchi style, I was caught up in my idea of “keeping people happy” and it was initially a big challenge to have 2 of the people you love most, telling you what is best to do…  OMG – I was torn, I had no idea what to do.  I was not really stressed about the money, more about which way to go

I instantly thought to myself, do I keep my mother happy, and keep in line her ideal’s of life, and that the best thing is to have a job, pay off you mortgage and just be a regular every day person.

Now, my mother’s ideal of life is to have a job.  All because she was not able to work full time, as she had 5 children to look after, and she also had other things happening which meant she could not work.  I know from past conversations with her, it was her dream to hold down a job, but it just was not possible.  So, her dream for me and my husband is just to have a job.  So, my husband not having a regular job, well, it does not fit into her ideal’s of a life, and you know she is older than me, and knows about life, so she likes to tell me  :).  “Lucia, that is all there is in life, you get a job, work and pay off your mortgage”

On the other my  husband is working to build a future for us and our 2 beautiful girls.  He is working his butt off, so that we can have a future with financial freedom.  As much as he has agreed with our drop dead date of getting a regular job, he is determined to create a business that provides an income for his family.   He is against getting a job again, because one he does not envisage working for someone else and could not bear to think about it, after working for a large corporate for many years.

We have been working for 2.5 years at building this business, and we do not want to give up and give in, when we have come so far.  We are building our dream, a dream that inspires us to be bigger people. Live life, you know that stuff that makes you get all nervous…

So, here I am, feeling torn between 2 lovers… is that a song?.. hmm, not sure.  But, the point I am getting to it has been a real challenge for me, as I have this MASSIVE story of keeping my Mum happy.  Even talking to my husband today, about “what if” we get to the end of the time when he said he would commit, and something does not happen and I have to tell my Mum… Yeshhh… just thinking about it gives me a head ache, I get all hot and sweatty… it is not a feeling that I like.

Then my memory brought back this situation, when I was way younger, well not too young, lets so 20.   It was my first serious boyfriend, and I told my Mum, that I was staying the night at his place.  Man, did she go mental, calling me some not so nice words.. she got rather upset with me.  I stood my ground and told her I was staying there.  What she said rather upset me, big time and I suppose I am putting the past in my future even today.  Thinking that if I upset my Mum, she will be really upset with me, maybe even nasty, and may hurt me again by what she may say.  It funny is it that your mind can recall situations for long ago.   I suppose thinking about it now, I was brought up in a “Italian culture: in good old Kingsgrove, Sydney, and led a pretty sheltered life.   Mum obviously was trying to protect me from the big bad world of boyfriends, maybe she did not know what to do, I am not sure, maybe that is a conversation to have next with her.

Anyway, now that I have cleared that up in my head.  I feel a lot better.  I have to have some balls, and be the best “Lucia” there is.  I may not please everyone, esp my Mum, at times, but this is the life that I want to live.   I want to dream big, do things that I never thought I could possibly achieve, like having an awesome husband, and 2 beautiful girls – well, I have achieved that!.  Dreaming of living in NYC, being creative, writing for a living, having my own fashion lifestlye brand, that is internationally recognized – now that is big!  Learning to play the piano, taking photos of dead trees (Shane always laughs at that). Teaching my daughters about life, and seeing them experience life.  They are just some of the things that inspire me.  Did I forget to mention working as a team to build my husbands business, sorry babe…:)

I always remember this saying from a girl at high school.  She died of a rare lung condition when we were in Year 12.  The front of her booklet at her funeral read “Reach for your Dreams”, and that is what I want to do, and nothing is going to stop me…

Anyway, on another note, I spoke to my Mum the following day, and let her know that I did not appreciate that she was so negative, and that Shane and I are building our dream, and we are going to get it.  I stood up for myself, to my Mum.. Wow – I do surprise myself sometimes… She accepted what I had to say, and then went on with some issues she was facing.  We said goodbye and that was the end of the conversation, so I thought.

The next day, she called me and said, Lucia I just want to apologize for being a “wet blanket yesterday”.  She went onto to explain that she was facing her own things yesterday, and that was giving her stress, and that was why she was a little negative with me.  I accepted her apology and listened to what was causing her stress the day before.  We spoke about it, and a few days later, her stress was gone as the situation was all sorted.

So, my lesson from this is you really have to be comfortable with who you are in life, there has to be a deep comfort.  A deepness to who you are and where you are going on your life journey.   You must express yourself for who you are.  You know, be a “portal” for the awesomeness of “you” to  shine through.  thanks Eckhart for your lovely word.

This is my second lesson of not taking things personally, even by your Mum.  Things happen in peoples lives, that make them see things in their way, in what they think is the right way.  I saw this saying, “there is no right way, only what is right for you.”.  I really love this.

I have learnt that you have to have balls and be strong for what you believe in, and not to let anyone let you waiver from that.  I have to accept that I may not always keep people happy, and that is ok.  I have to make sure that I am happy.  This is a BIG  lesson for me, as I have spent a lot of my life believing that if you keep people happy you will be happy, and I truely believe this is SO wrong..  let me tell you, that I know this one thing for sure.

So, my questions for you today is, do you try to keep your family happy, whether it is going to Uni, having the job, they expect you to have, marry the person you think you should marry?  Why is it that we put other people’s happiness before ours??

Anyway, til next time… Be Good!!!