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LoveMaryLu Xmas Wishlist 2013

 

Happy Monday everyone! I was supposed to have posted this on Friday but the breaking news of our former president Nelson Mandela passing left the Nation somber and I thought that it was vastly inappropriate for me to post anything as a sign of respect for the Father of Democracy and our Nation (South Africa).

As much as X’mas is about family and food it’s almost about presents!! 😀 I thought about doing a X’mas wishlist for some time now but I wasn’t quite sure what I would put on the list, things I would want for Xmas or just gift ideas in general. I decided on BOTH and also just some luxury items to lust over. If you’re looking for ideas to buy for a loved one, I’m not saying you have to buy the brands I post about but the actual item itself is what counts 😉 These are in no particular order of preference… and a chance to get to know and enjoy the finer things in life because a little luxury never hurt anyone 😉

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1. Tiffany & Co. – The Atlas Collection

I’ve always remembered as a little girl that I would obsess over the Tiffany & Co. Return to Tiffany Collection with the heart shaped tag that has the famous engraving. I would spend literally hours browsing the internet drawing up a mental list and hoping that one day I will be able to purchase them all (greedy bugger wasn’t I?). I’ve always lived that dream where my engagement ring would be held in that Tiffany blue box because real engagement rings come in a blue box 😉 My first Tiffany & Co. item was an anniversary gift from E. 🙂 I figured I’d share with you my love for The Atlas Collection, which involves the timeless class of Roman Numerals in the designs of each and every piece. The collection is for the classy and fabulous, a real treasure to have.

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2. Christian Louboutin – Decollete 554 100mm

The shoes with the red soles. Can we just have a moment of silence to admire the incredible craftsmanship of a pair of Christian Louboutins. I’ve always said to myself that I refuse to wear any other red soles beside the original Louboutins. Unfortunately, the red colour does wear out the more you wear them but the feeling of having a pair of Loubis on your feet is totally worth every single penny. My favourite, call me boring, is the Decollete 554 100mm heel in black patent, which is pretty much the “original” Loubis everyone see on pictures etc. A girl can never have too many pairs of shoes… truly.

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3. Cartier – Tank Solo Timepiece

I’m sure you can pick up by now that I’m not fashion fad and I don’t try catch onto the latest trends, I’m a classic and timeless kinda girl. I like pieces that I can wear on a daily basis and that will match everything and anything. I can’t think of one outfit that you won’t be able to match with this beautiful classic piece, whether you’re rocking the little black dress or shorts and t-shirt, this baby will keep you company in anything. 😉 Watches have been a real weakness of mine, unique and classic watches and especially ones that not every other person owns. I think a watch can really tell a lot about a person and especially because I’m not particularly girlie all the time, this timepiece is definitely an all-round must have for me.

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4. Pandora – Charm bracelet

At least, something rather common! 🙂 If you have been following my blog for some time, you’ll know that I started a Pandora bracelet and the reason why I say “started” is because the charms require collecting, so you have to start from somewhere. I don’t have many charms although the more I browse Tiffany & Co. and Cartier online, the more I’m over my Pandora bracelet 🙁 . I’ve noticed that the Pandora items here in SA are relatively more expensive than overseas so I think I’ll just wait for my upcoming trip to Hong Kong and Taiwan before I decide on more charms. I think these make great Xmas presents though because you can customise them and they have all sorts of cute little charms. If your loved one isn’t particularly into silver, there are also leather bracelets.

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5. Apple – iPhone 5S in Rose gold

I’m not going to lie, I am obsessed with Apple products, laptop, iMac, iPods, iPhone, iPad , I pretty much have it all! I just think they’re so convenient to use plus it just makes sense to have them all Apple because they sync so well with each other. I also love the simple, sleek design. What’s there not to love?

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6. Louis Vuitton – Speedy Bandouliere 25 in Damier Ebene canvas

Nothing shouts “timeless” louder than a speedy. It’s the classic Louis Vuitton that many girls received as the first LV bag, the Speedy 30 is definitely my first LV bag and I still love it. In a previous post I mentioned that I wanted the “new” speedy, I meant the Speedy Bandouliere as it has a different zip and a long shoulder strap that’s removable. I’ve realised that all my LV items are in the Monogram canvas and I think it’s time to change things up a little with the Damier. The Speedy 30 is a little too big to be worn as a sling bag so I think the 25 would be best for my needs! I’m in love…

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7. Mac cosmetics – Riri heart Mac Holiday Collection 2013

A Xmas wish list is just not complete without a little indulgence from the Mac holiday collection. Another reason I love Xmas is because Mac always comes up with the most original and beautiful limited edition items. Not just singular items but often in a set with a variety of products and colours and often extremely affordable. For those MAC lovers out there, this collection will be available online on 10 December 2013 and available only at free standing stores on 9 January 2014. If you haven’t checked out the Mac online store, you are definitely in for a treat because shopping for Mac products has never been easier. No more queues and having to drag yourself to a busy shopping mall just to top up on your favourite products! Check out www.maccosmetics.co.za Brace yourselves and be ready to “fight” for this collection because not only this collection marks the return of the famous RiRi Woo lipstick but it also introduces 2 new colours, namely the Pleasure Bomb and Bad Girl RiRi.

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8. Cartier – LOVE Bracelet

I know I’ve mentioned Cartier already but it is the concept of this special piece that is most romantic. This bracelet is apparently the “universal symbol of love and commitment” and the concept and delicate design is definitely something for us to oooohhh and aaaahhh over. The idea is that you receive it as a gift from your beloved (obviously!) and the only way to remove the bracelet is with the special screwdriver, which is for your partner to keep. This bracelet comes in yellow gold, rose gold and white gold. Back in the 1970’s when the bracelet was first introduced by Cartier, it was gold plated and as the years passed, the whole bracelet is now solid gold and they have even introduced the collection with diamond studs, although I think that’s a bit excessive. So, how far would you go for love? 🙂

Hope you enjoyed this post and thank you so much for reading!

With love…xxx

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OPI Gel Polish at Body Sense Boutique

Hi Everyone! Hope you all had a great week so far! This past weekend I went to get my nails done at Body Sense Boutique in Nicolway in Bryanston. This is in fact my second time there for my nails, they offer many treatments and have a huge variety of OPI gel colour to choose from. As I’m sure many of you are familiar with the other gel polishes such as Gellish or Pro-polish, this isn’t any different except it’s launched by a reputable nail brand – OPI. I have noticed remarkable differences between OPI gel polish and other gel polishes, I’ve tried both Gellish as well as Pro-Polish. The biggest difference is that OPI gel polish remains super shiny till the day you remove it and I’ve absolutely had no trouble with chipping or lifting for 3 weeks.

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As for Body Sense Boutique, they offer superb services, well in respect of nails. You can tell that the nail technicians are very well trained, they are precise and pay attention to detail. They even do nail art and experiment with a mixture of colours at absolutely no extra cost. The cannot for the life of my remember my nail colour but it’s actually the plain pink bel polish with a glitter gel polish on top with a more decorated ring finger. I think this look is super cute, in fact, I saw it on the nail technician who was doing my nails and I loved it. For those who love the pinks, purples and different shades of blues… they have many many colours to choose from. A express gel polish mani which includes shaping, filing, scrubbing, application of gel polish as well as a quick massage comes to R230. I personally think it’s very reasonable and also very worth it.

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I didn’t take any photos of the actual salon because I wasn’t sure if I should do a post or review but since I was so happy with my colour, I decided to do a quick review anyways. The salon has stunning victorian finishes and you get to sit on a very comfy couch while your hands are being pampered. Please note that I was not paid to do this review, I paid like every normal person for my mani and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

Thank you so much for reading! 🙂

With love…xxx

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