What’s in my handbag? | the Celine trio edition

by jamie-lee on November 16, 2014, 4 comments

celine trio lavender whats in my bag

We’re more than halfway through the 30×30 wardrobe challenge, and while I’m questioning my decision to only include suede closed toe shoes on a day that is pouring down with rain, I’ve found the bags that I selected (the Celine trio and cabas) to both align pretty closely with my lifestyle, and the weather. So on that note, I thought I would give you all an idea of what I carry around in my handbag on a daily basis – notwithstanding the days I take my Celine cabas to work, as in addition to the items below, you’ll usually find a small gym bag, water bottle, book, mentos etc hidden away in there.

The ‘essentials’ – Probably the most essential items in my handbag are my card wallet, coin purse and house keys. Without them, I’d be a) a little bit lost, b) unable to pay for anything and c) unable to get back into my apartment; not exactly a winning combination. While I might be able to survive – albeit a little less cheerfully – without my iPhone for the day, these are an absolute must.

Moleskine diary (& pen) – I’m the type of person who tends to overcommit. Coffee this Saturday? Sure! Until I realise a day later that actually I’ve got brunch with another friend at the same time. Which is where my diary comes in handy. I don’t use it anywhere as much as I should, but it serves as a written and visual reminder of what I’ve got coming up. My moleskine is the A6 size, with 7 days over two pages, making it compact enough to fit into even my smallest bags.

iPhone 5 – in all its cracked screen glory, my iPhone comes with me almost everywhere. I use it to read and reply to emails, to take quick snaps of things that are inspiring or that I want to remember late, to take down notes and reminders, to read blogs and the news, and the list goes on. It’s a little unnerving how much I’ve come to rely on this device in my day-to-day life, and I know I’m not the only one.

Headphones – I leave these in my bag as a force of habit, mostly as I like listening to my own music when I’m at the gym. Occasionally on my way to work I’ll listen to music or watch videos on Youtube if I’ve finished reading my most current book.

Snacks – I’m a big fan of snacks; if I could eat snacks every day for dinner, I probably would. So, you’ll usually find a little something in my handbag, whether it’s some raw almonds, dried fruit, a health bar or a little bit of dark chocolate.

Emergency supplies (ie. Panadol and bandaids) – These are the types of things that I forget I even have tucked away in my handbag, although are indispensable on the odd occasion that I actually get a headache, or more frequently, a blister from not yet worn in shoes.

Lipsticks – I tend to have a few different lipsticks haphazardly strewn amongst my different hanbags. In my trio, I’ve got the Revlon Coloursensational lipstick in ‘wild rose’, the Dior Addict Lip Glow and a small pottle of Blistex lip conditioner.

Moisturiser - Last but not least, I tend to keep a tube of Aesop’s resurrection hand balm tucked away in my handbag. Mostly, because I just love the scent, but also because I find the weather in Sydney can be quite drying, so tend to slather this rather liberally on my hands throughout the day.

Now I said last week that I would be making a bit more content for my Youtube channel; a promise that I’m hoping to keep up. So, I’ve also done a quick video post on ‘what’s in my bag’ which you can view here. If there are any videos in particular that you would like to see, please feel free to let me know in the comments below! x

Damsun floral

by jamie-lee on November 14, 2014, 10 comments

equipment fr sleeveless blouse ellery floral skirt celine cabas tote gusset
equipment fr sleeveless blouse ellery floral skirt celine cabas tote gusset
equipment fr sleeveless blouse ellery floral skirt celine cabas tote gusset

Equipment silk blouse, Helmut Lang blazer, Ellery floral skirt (similar), Isabel Marant poppy heels, Celine cabas tote with gusset (more affordable option), Le Specs sunglasses

I’ve been trying really hard to stay away from the sample sales. And I mean really hard. It’s a little disarming to live in a city where a sample sale seems to be on every week (or every other week), touting discounts of up to 70% off (and sometimes more) and one-off pieces which never made the full collection. Sounds tempting, right? And when it’s Ellery.. well, there really was no question about whether or not I’d be going.

A little tip for the unitiated – sample sales can be a treasure trove of hidden gems; dresses you never knew you needed, or a slick trouser suit which would just be perfect for that event you have this weekend. As tempting as it is, don’t get too carried away. I generally like to go with a piece that I’m after in mind, just to help me stay on track.

My one thing? A piece in this pretty damsun plum toned floral, which was really reason enough.

For those of you keen on a nabbing a bargain this weekend, you’re a little spoilt for choice, as Manning Cartell and Josh Goot are both holding warehouse sales. It’s probably a good thing for my bank account (and complete lack of restraint) that I’m busy all weekend…

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Tassled Loafers

by jamie-lee on November 12, 2014, 3 comments

stuart weitzman black suede razmataz tasseled loafers

Stuart Weitzman ‘razmataz’ tasseled loafers in black suede

Not too long after my love letter to Porselli, did they finally reach their limit – a small nail became exposed on the inner sole at the heel, which started to cut into my foot with every step. I could only tough it out for a few days before I resigned to the fact that I’d have to toss them. Rather than wait for a replacement (My Chameleon had sold out in my size!), I decided to seek out an alternative. Something low heeled. Something suede. And something which was smart enough for the office, yet could do double duty on weekends too.

Truthfully, I didn’t really give it too much thought. I had other things to worry about; like my recent trip to New Zealand, the looming university assignment and final exam, and a new job to look forward to. So I suppose it was sort of inevitable that I would end up with these tassled loafers from Stuart Weitzman. Especially given the fact that I’d kept returning to their spot on the shelf at David Jones for a little longer than I’d like to admit.

They carefully tip-toe the line of graceful femininity and sartorial masculinity, that has kept me reaching for them most mornings. But my favourite way to wear them? A la garconne; a skinny cigarette pant, a billowing blouse, and a crisp black blazer. Watch this space.

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Smoked Salmon Chowder

by jamie-lee on November 10, 2014, 5 comments

smoked salmon seafood chowder food blog photography
smoked salmon seafood chowder food blog photography

I’m a little bit of a lazy cook. Anything that takes longer than 30-45 minutes to cook, or requires my sole attention, often gets put into the ‘too hard basket’. Which is why I think I caught Luke a little off-guard when I suggested that I might make a salmon chowder the other weekend. Notwithstanding the fact that I had never attempted a seafood chowder before, the entire process is quite labourious. Preparation involves a lot of fine chopping, not to mention that this isn’t exactly the type of soup that you want to leave bubbling away on top of the stove. Seafood chowder may not be synonymous with summer, but it served as the perfect warming meal on a stormy Sydney evening.

Given that Luke declared the chowder the ‘best thing I had made ever’, I couldn’t help but share the recipe with you all. I used a recipe from Pinch of Yum, which is a great starting point if like me, you’ve never cooked a seafood chowder before. It calls for smoked salmon, which you can pick up from your local deli or supermarket, making it a super easy twist on the classic chowder. I didn’t have any dried thyme lying around so I chose to use a generous bunch of fresh thyme instead. If you choose to go for fresh thyme over dried, I’d recommend tying this so that the sprigs are easy to remove once you’re ready to serve. While not every recipe you find online turns out quite the way you would expect, this one is definitely getting tucked away for winter next year.

My shoe collection

by jamie-lee on November 8, 2014, 7 comments

I’m sure I’m not alone when it comes to being just a little bit curious about the contents in other people’s wardrobe. So, I thought I’d let you all into a small part of my own; my burgeoning shoe collection.

It is quite a long video (clocking in at just under 15 minutes), so if you’re short on time, you’ll find an itemised list in the description over on Youtube. My hope is that I’ll have time to start uploading a new video each week, just to supplement the content here on Mademoiselle; so to make sure you don’t miss an update, do be sure to click on the ‘subscribe’ button.


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