Review – Stella McCartney Falabella Small Flap Wallet

Today I am going to write up on a new wallet that I have purchased. I have been eyeing at Stella McCartney for a loooong time because its vegan and I’m against leather products (as much as I can!!)

It is difficult to find really good brands that are not leather.
1) Love Moschino – As far as I know, their bags are not leather but made in Italy. I have a couple of them but I painfully let go of them in my minimalism effects. They are NOT very sustainable. My bags peel after 2-3 years. Maybe because I have too much bags and they are not being take care of.
2) Kipling – Their bags are nylon but the trimming should be leather. I purchased one for traveling. The bag is also very light weight and comes with compartment (I love compartments!!)
3) Tom Bihn – My favourite brand but… most of the bags are not work-friendly.
4) Longchamp – Nylon + leather trim. I purchased them because I need a tote to throw around while going to work.
5) Matt & Nat – They are actually very high quality. My M&N from 2015 do not have any wear & tear at all. But I didn’t have a good experiences with the company and I read bad things about them.

I decided to purchase a wallet as it was on sale (at 40%!!!) and I received some extra cash for bonus. Hence it was within my budget. I have used Kate Spade (Gift from my sister) and Jujube (Gift from my sister again) so far. But never use them much as they were too big for my liking. And I wasn’t into these brands.. I purchase a Kipling wallet last year and it was too small! And I also ended up not using much. I just switch around between the 2 + a pouch. I threw away the KS one as part of my minimalism effects.

So I went with pink and a short one. I have never use a short flap wallet. I was thinking of getting long wallet but I would ended up finding it too large. So I decided to get a small one. And Pink… I know. I was thinking of black or navy but then I saw that the pink one is slightly cheaper and left with one last piece. So I couldn’t resist! I didn’t know if I would like a flap wallet. But I think I am getting a bit sick of having to fold my notes when using my Kipling wallet.

I was quite surprised by the outer material. It was very smooth and soft – kinda like velvet… but not exact! The inner material is very similar to the usual leather-ish.

I am happy with the real products. It look fabulous and high quality. I cannot wait to start using.

And… I am aiming for a crossbody next because it will be so useful as compare to a tote.


Review on Hobonichi Techo + new pencil case from aliexpress

So I realise that I have not post anything for a long time!

It’s time for a quick review on my 2018 planner 🙂 As mentioned last year, I snapped up a Hobonichi Techo when it was first released online. I was very excited because I came across Hobonichi Techo only 2 years ago and really wanted one. So I was really looking forward to 2018 so that I can start using it lol

I purchased A6/English version and love the size of it! Some might find it too small but it was enough for my daily use. I am not exactly creative or colourful. Some people really do decorate their planner to the max! The only page I really spend time on was the page on my NYR. I just write down whatever I wanted to do/spend on/wishlist etc.

I love the daily page. The problem I have with my previous planner was that it didn’t have the space. I can only write like 3 lines max and there is a weekly page beside it. But I seldom fill it up. I still couldn’t get used to the format after 1 year of usage lol

So far it has been quite good. Even though I didn’t write anything some days, but I can always go back and fill it up. Its easier to record things, memories, future events etc. Overall, I feel so organised and well-planned!

I uses a pouch from Kikki K to store my planner. A6 is such a good size as it is small enough to fit into most bags 🙂 I uses the online exclusive hobonichi pen while at work and do not bring any extra pens to work as I rarely have the time to write in my planner. But I need to bring it to work just in case. That’s another reason why I love this planner. It is bulky but it is so light!

The only negative point I could think of is of course the price HAHAHA My friend nearly fainted when I told her how much I spend on this!
Well, I have experienced with different planners for a few years now. I could only say a good planner doesn’t comes cheap. 🙂 and this planner has proven to be well worth the money.

Pencil case!
I gave myself an excuse to buy a new pencil case to match my planner. I don’t bring it out but I would keep it on my desk to store some pens… I looked around and the one that I really like was Kokuyo.
But I didn’t want to spend so much on a pencil case. So I went to aliexpress and found one that I really like. It cost only USD2.60! As for the quality, well, it costs only USD2.60! The zip is quite fragile as compared to an old adidas pencil case that I have. But it would be good enough for a few months use!

Review of Longchamp Neo (With strap)

I had a Longchamp Le Pliage bag. I like it because it’s so easy to tote around and I can put really a lot of stuffs in it.

I know the trim is kinda leathery but there is so many plus points!
– Easy to match with my office clothes. Canvas and office clothes sometimes don’t go together.
– Sometimes I really need a big bag to fit in everything and likes to be hands free. With a huge tote, it’s much easier.
– I won’t feel like I need to be really careful with the bag in fear of spoiling it which is exactly the problem I have with my other vegan leather bags. Ya, I know they are not Chanel or LV. But I do feel painful if I ever ruin them.
– They are light weight! so its good for travelling etc. (Although I have never bring one on travling but I might…)
So I find it hard to give up on it lol.

Anyway a couple of weeks ago, I was reading a forum and I realize there are a lot of fakes LC in the market! What?! The ones I saw on carousell and qoo10 are fakes?! They do not have one in maroon color (not in this season anyway!)! Okay it was surprised to me.. because the market is flooded with it. The seller insisted that they are from Paris etc.. so I never suspect it to be fake. This also made me doubt the authenticity of my (old) bag and realize that It could be fake?! But I wasn’t too sure because they do have that design (cage aux oiseaux) in that color (Lagoon) sigh some sellers… they don’t even know what they are doing. It’s like if you want to fake it, then make it look real! It does not come with any dust bag or fake looking receipt. It was shipped from Korea. Hmm. But the bag do give a wierd smell. There is some kind of leathery (?) smell which I can’t get rid of despite washing it and airing it! I smell my mum’s LC (from Taipei airport!)… it doesn’t have this weird smell so I don’t know. This weird smell is making me having second thoughts and it could be due to some substandard material being used in manufacturing that bag so it results in this after an extended uses!
Anyway, so they only have like 3-4 colours in the current season and any other colours available in mass is very likely to be fake! They do have the maroon (opera is the actual name) but it’s no longer available! Some colours like green was never available and there is a shade of pink (hydrangea) is only available on Bloomingdales! Go to the boutique to check for the current season colours.

Qoo10 have alot of fakes ones. Never buy from Qoo10! Only a couple of sellers are selling the real ones. $100 or more off retail is not cost saving but rather its a scam to make you believe that you are getting the real thing. There was never overrun of factory stocks or any rejects. It is just a stupid excuse to cheat you into buying a replica product. BTW, Qoo10 do contribute to this rubbish by helping the sellers advertising the bags as authentic. Qoo10 is such a joke!
If past seasons colours are easily available everywhere, then something is very wrong isn’t it.

So I decided to replace it with a real one!! With so many fakes flooding the online market, I decided to get one from the boutique. Ya, they are slightly more expensive because price is, uh, fixed. But it’s better be safe than sorry! I do not want spend my money at a risk of getting a fake one again! I purchased it at the airport today on the way back home. A boutique!! Super exciting because it was my first time purchasing a luxury item from an boutique!! It wasn’t duty free like I wanted. I don’t know how it works lol maybe I have to get it before I go or something. But anyway, I was on a flight back from Malaysia. I think I cannot get it duty free anyway. I decided to go for Raspberry because Navy or Black is common and seems to be available always. And I was never a fan of Grey. I read online on the next season colours (Gold? Silver? Red?) and was really happy that I went for Raspberry because there is no way I am getting the new season colours and I would ended up with Navy or Black. I’m tempted to get the Yellow (or official colour name is Sunshine) next. Ha it’s on my wishlist next.


I finally bought it out after airing it for 2 days. There was a leather smell lol
I really love the colour… it looks bright but it isn’t! It is not so bright yet it add a pop of colour to my dull clothing 🙂 I think I would love this more than opera which I would get if I can.

At first, I felt the strap is too long…. I thought of returning it or finding an alternate strap. But after 2 days of wearing it, I realise that it isn’t that bad. It is long but I am still okay with it. Maybe I would get an alternate strap from Taobao.. Please make a adjustable strap, Longchamp! The size is just right for my daily work use + lunch! There is no structure making it very difficult to adjust things. When comes to bags, I am into organisation properly. So it wasn’t something I would like.
Overall I must admit that it is not love at first sight but I feel that It would be put into a good use.

LL Bean (International Shipping) Review

Last year, I realise that LL Bean have opened their global site which provide direct shipping to customers outside US.

I was so happy to know that as they have become my favourite brand. They send me catalogue every season ❤  Shipping is free if you spend S$150 and above.

The only issue is that they do not allow monogram on their items . So I can’t get the boat totes monogrammed! But I would shop from their US sites if I ever need a LL Bean tote again.  LL Bean always have 25% off. So I always wait for it first before getting anything.

I finally decided to pull the plug when 3 of my wishlist are on sales. Note: Unlike other online retailer, the 25% code is STILL applicable to sales items!


Here’s what I have gotten:
1) French Sailors Shirt Three-Quarter-Sleeve Boatneck – this is in my wishlist like forever! I have been looking for something like this like forever. The real thing looks abit different from what I have thought.  I thought its more T-shirty but its more like a knit top. The only thing is the strong smell of the clothes. After a couple of days, the smell is still there. I guess it would be fine after washing… This top is thicker than usual because it is not T-shirty so I can wear it to work too!
2) Signature Poplin Skirt Sailcloth Print – I jumped into getting this when I saw it was on sale. And only one size is left. MY SIZE! I really love the print of the skirt as it is very unique. It is still very expensive after the 25% but the quality is really good! I didn’t any really good quality skirt as I am not a skirt person. But this skirt would be perfect as it is suitable for all occasions.
3) French Sailors Hoodie Long-Sleeve – Again, somehow it is different from what I have thought lol and again, the strong smell argh! but I wanted to take this with me to a cruise next month. It is sooo perfect!!
4) West End Fitted Tee Three-Quarter-Sleeve Scoopneck Dot – I bought this because I am revamping my wardrobe to have more basic clothes that suits work too. (I am getting rid of Tshirts) 3/4 sleeve seems more appropriate for work as well.



Okay, so after placing order, I didn’t get any email confirmation which was very strange. However, the next day, I received an confirmation from BorderFree. So BorderFree is recommended by many US sites for shipping order outside US. But I have never use them as I have my own agent  if I ever need to ship something from US.

My order was shipped very quickly – the next working day. They uses Aramex for delivery. It takes about a week (minus weekend) to receive it. Overall, I am happy with everything. However, since their clothes aren’t that cheap, I wouldn’t be shopping that often.



Book Beau Review

After a long hiatus on Kickstarter, I started backing another project again.
The reason why I stopped using Kickstarter is that I met a scammer (Yeah they have like a second company or something. So I don’t know why they can’t deliver) and a few products that I don’t really used. So I became very selective. But I decided to back only products that I would use. I can’t remember how I came across Book Beau – could be some bookish post. Then when I went to their Etsy, I was so disappointed that their store is closed.

Then I saw that they have a Kickstarter! I backed because it is a bookish product – something I would use! I couldn’t decided on the size so I backed all 3 sizes.

So BB is like a pouch thingy with pad to protect your book. If you read alot and own alot of books, you would know the feeling of having a book with folded edge. Horrible feeling!

The idea of BB isn’t exactly something very unique. Well, if you are talented, you can easily DIY. But I can’t sew so I have to spend money to get one!


I love the Carousel fabric. It is so pretty ❤ But I regretted on the Carina Nebula. The photo look so much nicer. The real thing just look different. 😦

Oh, the smaller one fit in my new Hobonichi Techo 😀

Okay now for rants…

The first issue that I have is the choice of fabric. One main reason why I backed this project is they have the Harry Potter Quirky Wizards fabric that I am fond of! But it was later out of stock due to supply issue. It was a major disappointment but things do happen in Kickstarter project! They have used Always (shown above) as the replacement. Okay, I do love the “Always” but it has become a bit overrated for me. I get too much of the “Always” stuffs in the previous subbox. And B&W fabric is too plain for my liking. So I choose other 2 fabrics instead of having all the same like I wanted.

The second issue is the additional shipping issue which I did not get any satisfactory answer. So I added on another BB as I wanted to give it to a friend for Christmas. The post in Kickstarter didn’t mention anything about additional shipping that I have to pay for. When I emailed them, they ignored me as they were busy with shipping and upgrading. So after they ship (that’s would be my third issue), I decided to email them. At first someone who just joined their team told me it was quite clearly stated. Then when I replied back with the link. She told me that she will pass it to her superior as she wasn’t here during the Kickstarter period. So her superior came back and say that backerkit will auto adjust for shipping blah blah. I did use a backerkit a couple of times before and is quite familiar with the system. But I never have an issue as it was always highlighted to me. Actually the amount is not a lot. But my point is that if there is additional shipping, backers should be notified as I would have get more to save on shipping.

The third issue is on the shipping. When they said they shipped everything out, but I didn’t get anything so I decided to email to them. Again, there was a issue with backerkit and it was marked shipped. So they have to adjust the system so that they can ship again.

Despite the issues, I am still quite happy with the items except for one fabric which didn’t look as nice as photos. I may not buy from them again since I have 3! That’s quite enough to last a lifetime. But their store would be opening soon. So purchasing from them would be much easier.

Planner for 2018

It’s time of the year again to think about my planner next year. This year, I uses a Moleskine as I recieved an voucher to use in a local bookstore. Being a local bookstore, there isn’t much choice. So I choose the reliable moleskine as I always like their notebooks and they have the print of The Little Prince which is one of my favourite!

Although overall the quality is good, but then its not something I would use again as I wanted to try others…

Kikki K
I always like Kikki K’s stuffs. They are so colourful and cute… but they are also pricey.
One of my criteria for a planner is it needed to be colourful so as I can be productive. (Motivation factor!!) Kikki K met the criteria.

Filofax or similiar (organisers)
I have not used a filofax but I have 3-4 similiar organisers from Taobao. An organiser is good because you can just remove the pages easily. Taobao and Etsy have lots of inserts which can be so fun to use.

There is so much good reviews on this planner. It would be release in the next week or so.. so I planning to research abit more on this planner over the weekends as I might be getting this!

I used a Frankie in 2016 and I love it. The only problem is the space is too small. But nowadays I don’t do extreme planning so space is no longer a problem for me. I find Frankie planner are super good quality as they use really good quality paper. But the planner is quite thick? So its not easy to carry if I uses a smaller bag.

Personal Planner
I still loves customisation ❤ Personal planner have the function and yet its not as bulky as others (Plum, EC etc).

Divination Planner (ETSY)
This is an harry potter inspired planner. I know!! It’s soooo perfect!!

Planners that I have used and not like it:
Passion Planner – Beside the fact that the kickstarter project was delayed, the space in the planner was too small to write. I would never consider them again due to bad experiences with the company itself. But personally I find the planner is too plain
Plum Planner (Etsy) – Originally I thought BIG planner would be so fun. But I ended up not using majority of the pages so I never look at big planner anymore. I have not try Erin Condren or Day Designer but I doubt they would be much use to me.

Review – ShopandBox

A couple of weeks ago, I realise the LL Bean totes has an collobration with Peanuts. It’s the limited edition tote which can only be purchased from the Snoopy Museum in Tokyo. Yes, it’s manufactured by LL Bean (!!!!).

It is extra exciting because I am a huge fan of both LL Bean and snoopy.  I have 3 of their totes (!!!) and I love them. Because 1) They are high quality  2) They are light weight 3) They are so sturdy and doesn’t seem to get spoiled ever. So being a fan of both Snoopy & LL Bean (!!!), I have to get this since it’s limited edition!

I had a slight mind block from this exciting news that I misunderstood that it has been released.

Anyway there wasn’t much news about it online so I didn’t have much information. But I realise that they have 3 sizes – Technically, they are Mini, Small & Medium. I originally thought they refers to the same as the ones from US (Small, Medium & Large). But after googling a bit, I finally realise that mini is a different size! It is somehow an “special” size selling only in the Japanese market. I love the small size as they still can carry umbrella (I don’t go anywhere without my umbrella). But I am not too sure about the mini size. So I decided not to purchase the mini size. I went for Small & Medium as they are my favourite size!

I posted up an request in Airfrov.   But there wasn’t any response. Excuse my anxiousness. But I really thought it was released and wanted someone to just promise he/she will buy for me. Anyway, I got impatient and went online to google about personal shopper etc. That’s how I found BoxandShop!

So you just create your order and they will allocate a boxer (shopper) for you. My boxer responded very quickly – he send me an message the very next day! 🙂 After we agreed on the price (He included things like taxes, transport and the entrance fees). I think it is pretty much reasonable as it is an limited edition item. Even though it was higher than I thought, but I decided to go ahead and pay invoice 1. After you paid, the boxer (shopper) will then go ahead and do the purchase for you.

Again, my mind is still blocked at that time, so I wanted to settle everything quickly. I was also distracted as I was outside. So I went ahead to pay for the invoice even though I thought it was pricey! After that, I realise we misunderstood each other. He thought that I wanted 2 of each size. So I send him an message to explain the error. Again, he responded so quickly and say he will process the refund for Invoice 2.

After purchasing the items, an invoice (Invoice 2) was send with the shipping quote and service fees. I recieved via DHL within 2 days!

IMG_4665Ahh well. It was most expensive than what I would have pay for if I uses Airfrov instead. Aifrov saves on international shipping as the traveller brings back the items for you. But overall, I still feel it is well-worth it. The service provided by the boxer are more dedicated. I did had an bad experience in Airfrov. The shopper didn’t purchase the items for me and didn’t bother to update. I send an complain to Airfrov and all they could do is to send a warning to the shopper. I felt that it is much more reliable when getting  limited edition items.


I have been using my totes for a few times and absolutely love it. I felt so lucky because I have no idea where else to get this if there wasn’t for service like ShopandBox.