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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Pandora's Box and Givenchy :D


It's been a month again since my last update!  Sorry I've been busy during the xmas & new year holidays, and then I became sick afterwards, then followed by my son, then me again and my maids, and now my son again.  The cycle is endless, and it seems that the virus is really strong these days!  Have you all taken the flu shots yet?  I still haven't got mine, so I guess it's time for all of us to take the shot!

Anyway, back to fashion........:D

Why "Pandora's Box"?  Well, I've always been very fascinated by the stories of the Greek gods since I was in Primary school, and one of the stories is about Pandora's Box.  In Greek mythology, Pandora was the first woman created by the gods.  The name itself means "all-gifted" or "all-endowed", as each god helped create her by giving her unique gifts.  The "box" was actually a large jar given to Pandora which contained all the evils of the world and Pandora was told not to open it.  However, Pandora didn't listen and opened the jar out of curiosity.  When she opened the jar, the entire contents of the jar were released, except for one, which is HOPE.  Today, opening Pandora's box means to create evil that cannot be undone. (Doesn't it sound like evil related to crazy shopping?  Hahahahaha!)

I first encountered the Givenchy Pandora at our local shopping place named Lane Crawford.  I saw a very mysterious box-like bag sitting on the shelf, and when the SA told me the name of the bag was "Pandora", I was even more intrigued about the form of the bag, how it can be carried and also amazed by the special wrinkled-effect brushed leather which made the bag so vintage-looking.  I remember seeing a color beige (small size) and a color olive green (larger size).  Literally, they really look like a box made of leather.

I finally took the bag from the shelf, and started to take out all the papers inside the bag to see how it looks.  Amazingly, they look so cool and "avant guarde" when you carry them!  It's not like any other bags and not many people carry this style which made it extra special!!  The box-like bag became so body-hugging when I carried it messenger cross-body, and also put on my shoulder with the single handle.  Totally different from what you see when it's stuffed with papers like a box!  Needless to say, I was instantly sold!!!  And guess what?  Eventually, I got 2 different colors in 2 sizes.....hehehehe!

This is the larger size Pandora (they call it medium size) in olive/military green wrinkled leather  with gold hw.....

And this is the small size Pandora in purple (with blue undertone) wrinkled leather with gold hw.....
Bought this purple from Luisaviaroma a few months after I bought the olive green one from Lane Crowford...hehe!
Comes with a separate longer strap for carrying it messenger style, and also the original single short handle to carry it as a shoulder bag...
My Pandora twin!

You can see the size difference between the small and medium here...

And...of course.....some of my ODJs which I've worn with the Givenchy Pandora's.....together with some new shoes I got a couple of months ago.......:D  Hope you like them!

My 1st ODJ

 Kookai moss green/gray/white striped chunky pull over with cowl neckline

H&M SPORT dark gray with white spots sweat pants (worn folded)

Givenchy "Pandora" olive green medium size shoulder/messenger bag in wrinkled leather

Derek Lam F/W2010 Runway "Daphnee" brown+taupe wedge booties

H&M oversized black jersey tassel necklace
Chanel 09C black/pewter dangling CC heart earrings w/ wings from "Sweet Heart" collection
b+ab black knitted fingerless gloves
Tom Ford "Jaquelin" black sunglasses w/ orange rim and brown gradient lens

On the wrist
Cross-Body Messenger style

Shoulder Bag

I especially love to carry my Pandora cross-body.....the bag hugs my body amazingly...LOL!

Some detailed shots...

Close-up of my H&M necklace....

And my new Derek Lam FW2010 Runway wedge booties named "Daphnee"

Love the different materials and colors on this pair of booties...

Matched the shoes with patterned socks of the same color tone...

Guess what??? Got these on sale from Barney's! :D

My 2nd ODJ

Bottom Layer: Taupe color turtle neck (no brand)
 Middle Layer: Kookai black/cream "Nordic" design oversized V-neck pullover
Top Layer: Plastic Island black wool chunky cardigan with loop shoulder details

Marks & Spencer light gray washed jeans (worn folded)

Givenchy "Pandora" bluish purple small size shoulder/messenger bag in wrinkled leather

Balenciaga F/W2010 black+beige wedge booties

Chanel 11C pewter CC dangling earrings with fresh water pearls from the "Maharajah" collection  
Missoni multicolor glitter striped socks in black/beige/olive/silver
Tom Ford "Jaquelin" black sunglasses w/ orange rim and brown gradient lens

Using long strap as shoulder bag

 Cross-Body Messenger

This Missoni long socks I bought from Paris are perfect match for this pair of Balenciaga wedge booties...

Loving the special design of this pair of's quirky but it's totally for moi! :D

My favourite part is the wooden effect of the wedge itself....see the patterns!!  (BTW, I got these on sale too at Nordstrom! :D)

My new Chanel "Maharajah" earrings from Cruise 2011 collection..

I'm in love with any clothes with details on the shoulders.....:D  This looks a bit like "big bird" from Sesame Street.....LOL!  But I love it!

The purple color in this outdoor picture looks a bit exposed due to the strong sunlight.  The purple is more intense in real life...

Speaking of Givenchy, I also have another bag style named "Tinhan" V-shaped tote.  I bought 2 of them in total - one for my mom and one for myself.

Here's mine which is in "Petrole" colour with silver hardware (wrinkled leather) happy that I got it on sale at Barney's! :D
 Side in silver hardware
 This is a really special color because it looks kind of teal but not entirely teal color...sometimes it has some hints of gray too.  A chameleon!

 Back of the bag..

This is the Gray Tinhan tote which I bought in Paris in June 2010 for my mom.  The leather is vintage gray and not wrinkled.

Side in gold hardware

I haven't got time to take pix yet with my ODJs carrying the Givenchy Petrole color Tinhan let's leave that for my next posts....

Finally, Mason wants to say "hi" to you all! :D


P.S.  For those of you who have asked me about my 2 Hermes birkin special orders, I have actually received  them already a couple of weeks ago directly from Paris.  However, I'm not going to reveal them yet because I'm still waiting for a big package from US Hermes store. :D  I want to do the reveal of my Birkins together with my US package.  Hehe!  Meanwhile, let's keep the suspense going.....:P

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