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Luxy Theory How to buy your first birkin at the boutique

Tips on buying an Hermes birkin at the boutique

One of the most widely discussed topics in the Hermes-lover community would be ‘How did you get your Birkin?’ I for one once raised such a question when I first started hunting for a Birkin bag. Last month, I spent a few weeks in London and visited quite a few boutiques back and fourth, especially the one at New Bond Street. I made a few contacts with their sales and got their ‘hint’ to help you buying your first Birkin at the Hermes boutique.

The ‘Hint’

As a sale representative at Hermes, they are restricted from disclosing any information to customers. Especially topics on when they will get the delivery or which boutique has the most stock available. I was lucky enough to meet a very friendly sales this time in London who gave me a “hint” instead of disclosing anything specific. She said to me, “your best chance to get a birkin would be in early July and it would be almost hopeless to get one in June.” The best time would be Monday 11pm-3pm where they get delivery from Paris. My advise to you is that travel to Paris on the 1st July and they usually have more options there.

Tips on buying your first Birkin at the boutique:

  • Do not ask for a Birkin right away but do ask a lot of questions and slowly progress to bringing up the topic of you looking for a bag but not a birkin specifically.
  • Bring your partner and have him shop for menswear then progress onto shopping for a bag. Kindly ask him to tell the sales that he is looking for a bag as a gift, the sales will be more helpful especially when it comes to assisting a sweet man! This technique worked for two of my friends and they both got a Birkin!
  • Shop in July on a weekday early in the morning at 11pm.

However, as we all know Hermes plays hard to get! Even if you play their games right, you might still not get one unfortunately. Moreover, their available bags are really for collectors who are VIPs or are looking for special leather, sharp colors, bold color block etc. Their range is definitely not for women who loves a good classic bag with basic colors.

I lost patience when it comes to buying a bag from Hermes boutique. The price is certainly cheaper compare to a consignment store but Vestiaire Collectives has so many great deals, this online luxury platform has become my favorite shop to buy all my bags nowadays.

I just purchased a Birkin similar to this Etoupe Birkin in size 35. The color Etoupe is the most popular color among all, and if you were looking for an Etoupe birkin at the boutique, your chances are slim to none. I was not up for their waiting list either, waiting for years to get a bag is non sense to me. I got a beautiful Birkin for less than 10K USD on Vestiaire Collectives. I can’t wait to show you all in my next video on my channel @luxytheory!

Here are my list of best selling Birkins from Hermes on the site:

If you do have any tips on ‘How to buy a birkin at the Hermes boutique’ or did successfully got one from the boutique, do comment below and I would love to hear your stories!

 

luxy theory skin care routine for dehydrated skin

Skin Care Routine for Dehydrated Skin

Flying constantly has put my skin on a lot of stress, especially in London, the cold weather along with hard water irritations has worsen my skin. I was mistaken my skin type as being dry since it became flaky, dull and congested. Not knowing it was actually severely dehydrated after speaking with a skin care expert in London.

Dry Skin or Dehydrated?

I had trouble identifying whether my skin was dry or dehydrated. I only find out that my skin is not actually a dry skin type, but definitely dehydrated due to drinking lack of water and using the wrong products.

Accoridng to Anne Marie, dehydrated skin lacks water and dry skin lacks oil. So that’s one way to identify your skin if you see it being purely flaky or oily on the t-zone. Mine is congested with black heads and pimples. I knew my skin was dehydrated.

Before I switch to using Vichy, I was a huge fan of Neal’s Yard and I was using their dry skin range. I really love using organic skin care products as I really appreciate natural products. However, in terms of effectiveness, they really aren’t amazing. I would rate their Nourishing Orange Flower Daily Moisture a 3 out of 5 as I really like the lightweight and smooth finish. However, as far as nourishing goes, I can only feel it as a thin layer protecting my skin instead of constantly hydrating it.

My skin started going flaky after landed in London, I had to rush to Boots to try out a new skin care range. I really dislike using luxury brand skin care as I find them rich in texture most of the time causing me breakouts.

I switched to using Vichy Aqualia Range completely after flipping a Parisian Lifestyle book when I was book browsing in London.

Skin Care Routine for Dehydrated Skin

Vichy Purete Thermale Beautifying Cleansing Micellar Oil

I am a big fan of using cleansing oil as I love how it can one-off remove your entire face make up including water-proof ones. ( If they are a good product, otherwise it is prone to block your pores or dry out your skin ) A tip from a MAC make up artist I know is that don’t leave cleansing oil on your face for more than a minute as it strips away all the dirts but also the moisture in your skin, causing your skin feeling dry and congested over time. Fun thing I find with this Micellar Cleaning oil is that it melts off my make up instantly, extremely soothing and once you wash it off, it leaves your skin feeling really smooth.

Vichy Purete Thermale Fresh Cleansing Gel ( 200ml )

I think it has the same effect as the Cleansing oil as it gives you a smooth finish. If you worry it being a gel form will dry out your skin, need not worry!

Vichy Thermal Spa Water Spray ( 150ml )

After a certain age, it is rare that we need to use an astringent, what it does is that it usually constrict the skin. It includes alcohol in a water-based solution which gives the skin a tight feeling. This feeling is actually an indication of skin being dehydrated instead of ‘clean’ as many of us would have mistaken.

What we really need for our skin care products is a toner, an alcohol-free water based solution that keeps the moisture in the upper layers so that the skin surface is well prep for the following skin care products to sink right into our skin.

I love using this spa water spray as it is refreshing and easy to apply. You don’t need to pour anything on a cotton pad.

Vichy Qualia Thermal Dynamic Hydration Serum ( 30ml )

After using the water spray from Vichy, I will put on this watery serum. It instantly hydrates my skin. If you have oily skin, you are welcome to stop at this step. But personally, since I have dehydrated skin, I will need to put on the following cream for more moisture.

Vichy Aqualia Thermal Light Hydration Cream For Normal / Combination Skin ( 50ml )

This cream is by far the best I have ever tried, extremely hydrating for long hours. It absorbs really quickly and does not feel greasy at all. For days where my skin feels eek, I layer this cream and put on as a sleeping mask, the next day I always wake up with glowy and plump skin!

This is my most updated skin care routine using Vichy – drug store brand, they are much cheaper than high-end skin care products. Let me know if you have tried out any beauty or skin care products before that works on dehydrated skin! I love shopping for my skin! When you have beautiful skin, you don’t need much make up! Natural is the best!

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2016 Women Clothing Shoes Bags Watches Under $50 Luxy Theory

1. Topshop ‘Herb’ Lace Up Sandals // 2. BP. grosgrain band straw boater hat // 3. BCBG Point Toe Pumps // 4. BP. Gold Bracelet Watch ( Women ) // 5. Striped Tote // 6. Topshop Burgundy Crepe Tee // 7.  Topshop Kate Point Toe Flats // 8. Topshop Classic Pumps // 9. BP. Floral Square Scarf

Shop Nordstrom Sale

We are less than a month away from the BIG Anniversary SALE on Nordstrom! On July 22 – August 7 ( Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Dates for Public Access 2016 ) , it’s the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale! Get ready to first check out the Nordstrom Rack where all the big discount begins! For me, my first click is definitely the Nordstrom Petite Dresses! If you need more outfit inspirations before shopping for petite clothes, make sure to follow my Pinterest Boards where I share outfit ideas for petites!

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Catalog

Three weeks from now is too long! I couldn’t help but to shop at the clearance sale already! Nordstrom Sale always offer great deals on women’s clothing, accessories, shoes and bags. All the items I have picked for you is under $50! Pull out your white jeans for summer and pair it with this Topshop Burgundy Crepe Tee for $29.99 only!

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale ‘Gift Ideas for Her’ – Under $50

You all know how much I love silk scarves, especially square scarves! ( read my How to tie a square scarf post here ) I am in love with this BP. Floral Square Scarf  and it’s on 50% off! It also makes the perfect gift if you need a hand with picking the perfect gift for her!

Nordstrom Women’s Watches

I don’t own many watches apart from my one and only Cartier. However, I am always a big fan of gold bracelet watches, this BP. Gold Bracelet Watch is so chic and under $50! When the Nordstrom Anniversary begins, you should not miss the Women’s Watches section!

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navy blue sweater // Theory Ambrisia cropped crepe wide-leg pants // Chanel Boy New Medium // Dolce Vita Platform Sandals ( Similar Marina Slingback Platform Sandals by Michael Kors )

Luxy THeory London Wide Leg Pants For Petite

Wide Leg Pants For Petite Women

Hi friends! Landed in London safely and loving every bit of it! I quickly went back to hotel and freshen up. The weather has been absolutely amazing, 21 degrees with some sun up until 9pm! I decided to wear my favorite pair of wide leg pants from Theory which is a brand that works very well for petite women. I found another pair of similar white wide leg culottes from ASOS three times cheaper! These wide leg trousers are everywhere! It is so classy and perfect for petites! They will go with a any nice dark color blouses or simple tees. London is slightly cooler than expected, so I wore a nice thin navy blue sweater to go with the look.

Been walking around London all day, it was nice seeing different people getting off work wearing different wide leg culottes in Oxford Street. I guess these wide leg culottes are work appropriate after all.

 

luxy theory Pink Chanel Bag | Monthly Favorites sandals chanel pink vintage classic bag pom pom sandals summer outfit ideas fashion women's clothing review bag review1. Suze Strappy Sandals ( Also loving these Saskia Strappy Sandals! ) 2. Chanel Classic Small Bag in Pink ( Vestiaire Collective has so many great deals! It’s my favorite luxury bag website! ) ( Also comes in Chanel tan brown with gold hardware ( vintage )  3. 18K Diamond Pearl Stud Earrings 4. Barbie doll pink Chanel vintage bag 5. Enida Sandals 6. ‘Posh’ Embellished pom pom lace up sandals 7. Classic Victoria Sunglasses 8. Glam Skinny Jeans in white 9. Blank Denim Skinny Ankle Jeans 10. Pink off the shoulder dress 11. Blush pink tee by Vince 12. Dolman Top by Vince

Pink Chanel Bag | Monthly Favorites

I am obsessed with Pink Chanel bags lately, and found two super cute Chanel small bags online at such a great deal. After all, it really isn’t about the price when it comes to rare Chanel collectibles. I like mix and matching luxury pieces with laid-back clothing, not necessarily lounge-wear, but it has to be made of great quality for sure.

I love wearing casual basics especially when they are made of super soft material. The Vince Dolman Top comes in two basic colors that goes with almost any jeans in your closet. I am glad that these basic essentials has made to my Monthly Favorites.

 

 

Luxy Theory Dubai Park Hyatt Room View Review Travel Tips

You’re going to have to forgive me.

I still have one more adventure to share with you before heading to London. We decided to stay in Dubai for a day before hopping onto the continuous flight with Emirates.

Best Hotel in Dubai for Couples

We booked a room at the Park Hyatt Dubai from TripAdvisor which has the best rate as always.

luxy theory dubai park hyatt

 

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Here I am writing up my blog post by the pool.

As a luxury traveller, this is by far my favourite hotel. I can not recommend it enough for anyone willing to recharge after a busy day. It was everything you’d expect from a five star hotel.

We stayed one night to break up a flight to the UK from Hong Kong and opted for the Park Hyatt due to its proximity to the airport. We took the airport taxi ( a very nice lady and our taxi was in pink! ) and cost us around AED 35. The total journey from airport to Park Hyatt was less than 15 minutes even with traffic.

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We were offered the highest floor with a great river view upon arrival. The check-in was smooth and we were offered to have a drink while we wait for the room to be ready which took less than 5 minutes. The room was very luxurious, I spot the huge bathtub as soon as I entered the room.

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Apparently the best time to travel to Dubai is during March or November when the weather isn’t 50 degree! We are actually having a 35 degree “winter” right now.

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Clothes to Bring to Europe ( Up to 70% Off from Net-A-Porter! )

1. Splendid Voile Top  // 2. Vince Cashmere Sweater // 3. Protagonist Striped silk-twill Camisole  // 4. Maje Ruben Tie-front Linen Dress // 5. Vix Belina Printed Silk Crepe de Chine Dress // 6. Roland Mouret Mini Dress // 7. Stella McCartney Pink Wide Leg Pants // 8. Ward Whillas Swimsuit // 9. Chinti and Parker Cashmere Sweater // 10. Frame White Cashmere Sweater // 11. Marysia Striped Dress // 12. Stella McCartney Straight-leg pants // 13. NLST Striped Cotton-jersey Dress // 14. The Great Broderie Anglaise shorts

Vince and I are leaving on another trip to London tonight, so I thought I’d do a quick post on ‘Clothes to Bring to Europe‘. We haven’t planned any other destinations apart from going around London for now, we just love being spontaneous I guess.

As I was planning what clothes to bring to Europe, I came across to these great deals from Net-A-Porter. They are all basic essentials that you can wear all year round! The first piece that caught my eye was this Cashmere Sweater, one can never have too many sweaters! They would look good with white skinny jeans!

If you have planned for high end places that require a dress code, this Roland Mouret Mini Dress is the perfect dress to bring with you! After reading Rosie’s post on Sketch – Sketch for tea by the Londoner, I was nagging Vince to bring me the whole day! He made a reservation just now and now I just can’t wait! I am a sucker for afternoon tea or scones really!

A quick tip for packing

When planning what to pack for your trip, I usually try on different outfits before packing them away in my suitcase. I don’t trust laying all of my clothes on my bed as many people would suggest, they always end up ill-fitting.

I can’t wait to share my trip with you all! I am getting used to writing everyday now. Hope you all are doing well and I shall see you tomorrow with a new post once I’ve landed in Dubai!

Luxy Theory Work Outfit Wide Leg Pants Michael Kors Printed culottes Hermes Kelly Bag Petite

Luxy Theory Work Outfit Wide Leg Pants Michael Kors Printed culottes Hermes Kelly Bag Petite

Luxy Theory Work Outfit Wide Leg Pants Michael Kors Printed culottes Hermes Kelly Bag Petite

Luxy Theory Work Outfit Wide Leg Pants Michael Kors Printed culottes Hermes Kelly Bag Petite
Luxy Theory Work Outfit Wide Leg Pants Michael Kors Printed culottes Hermes Kelly Bag Petite
Luxy Theory Work Outfit Wide Leg Pants Michael Kors Printed culottes Hermes Kelly Bag Petite

Finding the right pair of Wide Leg Pants for Petite Women

Being an entrepreneur has really built up my confidence over the years, my height ( 5’1 ) is no longer an issue when it comes to styling. I used to feel like a kid compared to the tall “grown ups” and have always avoid wearing unflattering clothing. I never thought of being able to pull off Net-a-porter clothes given their standard sizing, nor wide leg pants. But somehow, wide leg pants have become one of my favorite piece of clothing to go for when I open my wardrobe.

If you are about my height, you will know how hard it can be to look for the right pants for petites when it comes to finding the right length without any alterations needed. This Michael Kors cropped printed stretch-crepe culottes are my current favorite, it hangs nicely around mid-waist and I always go for the smallest size they have, in this case, it’s a size 0.

Pairing with the Classic Point Toe Pumps

I could’ve paired this look with a platform sandals but I thought a pair of classic point toe pumps like these Godiva Pumps by Sergio Rossi would be more appropriate for work and did I mention how comfortable they are? If you are choosing Louboutin simply for that red noticeable stiletto heel and comfort level is not your main concern, then Louboutin Pigalle Follies is the way to go. However, if you opt for comfort, and a good 4 inches height heel, definitely give these classic point toe pumps a go, these velvety suede leather is so luxurious to touch!

Alternatively, instead of spending $600 on a pair of shoes, you can get a pair of the ‘Neevo’ Pointy Toe Pump for $184.95 on Nordstrom, they look very similar and also comes in a 4 inches heigh heel.

Shop a Hermes Kelly Bag

As for bags, I am wearing my Hermes Kelly 32 in brown, I found this super rare and cute black Vintage Kelly Mini 20 in such great condition for less than $10K. This is a deal you can’t miss!