Monday, June 19, 2017

Look at My Leather Handbag Samples!






















This week I saw my handbag samples for the first time. I was so excited! I also saw that we need to focus on a few finishing touches.

Have a look!


Ode To My Linden Tree & Beautiful Buenos Aires





















I'm working on my handbag business quite a lot lately so I'm vlogging my journey. I hope you are enjoying following along!

One thing is for sure though. In this short video you will see a lot of autumnal trees in Buenos Aires, listen to great music, and the witness the evolution of my very own Linden tree during the course of one fall week.

Thank you for watching!


Sunday, June 4, 2017

When Podcasts Bring Joy


If you are looking for a new podcast I have one recommendation for you: At Home With... And if you are going to download one episode, please try the one with Terry De Gunzburg, founder of By Terry. However, the last episode of At Home With... Lisa Eldridge was equally exciting.

I've been listening to these episodes in the car coming back from the school-run and I can attest they can transform a lousy day into a blissful one, and all in the comfort of your own home, or car in this case.

My favorite so far was the one with the founder of By Terry (but then again it's neck to neck with the one with Lisa Eldrige!) just because Anna Gardner (The Anna Edit) and Lily Pebbles were so genuinely interested in learning about Terry De Gunzburg's life and career that it shined through the whole interview/home visit. 

I grinned and laughed so much that I wished my 15 minute car ride lasted longer so I could keep listening to the podcast. Don't worry I listened to the entire podcast at home (twice!). 

It was especially interesting to learn how Terry De Gunzburg developed her iconic products Touche Éclat and Baume de Rose.

You'll find all this and more in this video. That, and my favorite lip combo. Oh! and I have a proper living room again, with a couch, chairs and all!

Enjoy!

Alina


Tuesday, May 30, 2017

May Favorites / Caudalie Premier Cru Update


I've been using Premier Cru by Caudalie for over a month. I understand now why people love this brand so much. It's made out of natural and good quality ingredients, and that translates into a better looking and feeling skin. 

It's all in my May's Favorites video. Have look! 




Sunday, May 28, 2017

We Need Back Up

Hello! In today's video you'll find some nail polish action, along with 2 outfits of the day, and some deep thoughts on parenting.

























Let me know what you think!

Alina




Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Nailpolish Preference and Seasons

























I'm going through a rebellious phase. I'm currently NOT into the so called "season appropriate" nail polish. And I am proud of it. Haha!

If you like fall trees and nail polish this might be a good video for you.

I hope you enjoy it! 


Sunday, May 14, 2017

Benefits of Ginger Tea

 



Near the end of  my weekly vlog I lost my voice! I woke up Friday morning with "that" voice and continued with my day as usual. However, little did I know that the woman that sells my kids school uniforms would be the one who'd help me with the cure! She told me that ginger tea was considered a natural remedy to get your voice back. Did you know? I didn't!

So, off I went to get my ginger tea. 












































As I type this post, I'm happy to report that my voice is almost fully here! So I guess it worked.  

That's the scoop for today's post. If you are curious about how "that" voice sounded (not good) it's all at the end of today's vlog... Have a great week!

Do you know of any teas that help with other ailments? 











Friday, May 12, 2017

Eye Candy: Leather Handbags






















After debating for some time, I decided to show you the bags I currently have for sale and explain how I ended up with these beauties. Thankfully, I did film this video that specific day because the day after, I lost my voice! Yup! Still sound like an out of tune flute...not cool at all.

Anyways, I'd had a hard time parting with one of the Birkin like handbags when I sold it a while back, so the one you see in the picture above stays with me, I'm keeping it, yay!

I hope you enjoy this haul!


Alina


P.S. My eBay corner of the internet where you can find the black bag and the blue one for sale!

Sunday, May 7, 2017

The Ritual of Making a Good Cup of Coffee



In today's vlog I show bits of Buenos Aires, talk about inflation, yoga, and my handbag business. However my favorite part can be found at minute 6:28 which is when I show you how I make my coffee. Ahh there's nothing like a good cup of Joe! Although tea comes close!

I hope you like this video and enjoy witnessing the process of creating a business from scratch with me while being a mom!

How do you drink your coffee?






Friday, May 5, 2017

What's in my Makeup Bag






































I saw there was a tag on YouTube that I actually wanted to film so here it is!

I emptied the never ending contents of my makeup bag just like a magician would with his hat. That little Caudalie makeup bag can fit a tonne inside!

There's also one drugstore eyeliner that I urge you not to buy. It's one of those eye hurting eyeliners that have no pigment at all. And, it broke while I was filming, what a great excuse to throw it away.

I hope you enjoy the video!

Alina






P.S. Do you have any of these makeup products in your makeup bag?


Sunday, April 30, 2017

Weekly Handbags Update




This week was very important in defining measurements and also deciding on the leather that I will be using for the handbags.

I'm very happy with the leather colors I picked because all I want for this collection is to be elegant and with excellent quality materials, but also to be functional, comfortable, and chic! Wow, very high standards, ha ha! I really want these bags to be the ones you reach for every time. The ones that save the day or the night. I want them to be practical as well as beautiful. 

I also show you some beautiful fall trees, my weekly manicure and chat a bit during the school run.






I hope you enjoy and consider subscribing to my channel for weekly videos.

Thank you for watching!

Alu





P.S. What was your favorite leather sample color?

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Optimism Protects our Brain






















As you may already know, I'm a Professional Counselor and this blog is not always about makeup, fashion and handbags. Although I really like those lovely topics, I also enjoy a psychological update from time to time.

Today I talk about optimism and how it ends up being a self fulfilling prophecy. It's a scientific fact that optimism is linked to less health problems and a longer life. If optimism is our ally why not introduce it into our daily lives. 

Here's how to do so.





P.S. Mindfulness


Sunday, April 23, 2017

Fall is Here & Handbags Are Finally in The Making
























Just a quick business update to let you know that everything is starting to shape up. Excitement levels are rising! We'll see what next week brings.

Thank you for watching!

P.S. I'm also excited about fall fashion, yay! 


Thursday, April 20, 2017

How To Apply Face and Eye Cream























In this video you will find a demonstration on how to apply face cream and eye cream. It also comes with a sleeping dog (Flopy) and a face mask review! :)

I hope you have fun watching and that you consider subscribing to my channel

Thank you for watching!



Sunday, April 16, 2017

Caudalie Haul & First Impressions


Hello my beautiful friends!

I was a bit too excited when filming this video, and then when it came to editing all I could think was: "Really? Calm down a little woman!" Ha!

But the truth is I'm still over the moon with these Caudalíe products. It's one of my favorite french skin care brands. Natural products, not tested on animals, and they all smell like fresh fruit! It's as if you are slapping on grape and citrus and then in the morning you find your face miraculously plump and dewy. 




Here's a list of the products mentioned in this video with links, in case you want to give it a try. Enjoy!

Caudalie Premier Cru, The Cream-1.7 oz http://amzn.to/2oeDzI9
Caudalie Premier Cru, Eye Cream http://amzn.to/2oeDILH
Caudalie Glow Activating Serum http://amzn.to/2oLAsdS
Caudalie Instant Foaming Cleanser http://amzn.to/2oCQNB9 
Caudalie Radiant Serum Complexion Correcting 
http://amzn.to/2oLFcQZ
Lancome La Base Perfecting Makeup Primer http://amzn.to/2oiGQ8P
Real Techniques Blush Brush http://amzn.to/2pEoMqA
Lancome Energie de Vie http://amzn.to/2nQ10LM
Caudalie Instant Detox Mask http://amzn.to/2oz0b7p
Sephora Eye Mask Pearl http://amzn.to/2oLEAe4








































Happy Easter and Happy week!


Alina

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Zara Haul & Try On























Hello! Today I'm very excited to share some fun pieces I added to my closet recently. 

Some of them you've already seen in previous videos. A warning though...these are stills taken from the actual videos, hence the weird faces! Ha!


Exhibit A.






















And exhibit B.


























There are also new clothes that I'm very excited to start wearing.

So, have a watch and please let me know which pieces are your favorite.





Thank you for watching!

Alina






Sunday, April 9, 2017

Starting a Handbag Business While Being a Mom






















When you have other things going on in your life, starting a business is a process that takes time. I'm exactly there now. Expecting it to grow in the upcoming months. There are also mom stuff that needs to be taken care of, banana breads, headaches and of course, the necessary shopping at Zara. 

I hope you like this video and enjoy watching it !

Alu

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Thursday, April 6, 2017

The Simple Things of Life



Did you know that including appreciation of what we have, and what we do, as part of a daily habit, has been proven to improve our mood and well being?

As I was sipping my coffee the other day, and waiting for my Therapy session to start, I decided to list 7 ways that help me feel better, cozy, and fuzzy inside.

I also remembered what I'd read in a book by Pilar Sordo, the renowned Chilean Psychologist,  and I had to include it (because it's that good!)...more on that in this video.

What are things that you enjoy everyday? 



Sunday, April 2, 2017

Another Sunday Vlog



In this video you will find that I did some shopping, Mac included, cleaned the kitchen while our dog rested, and had a lot of coffee! Such riveting content, this time, ha!

I also worked on my handbag business but everything within a #momlife kind of framework.

I hope you enjoy it! 


Thursday, March 30, 2017

Nailpolish Trends for Spring & a Mini Mac Haul



There's a new video up with my first ever MAC haul and the latest trends on nailpolish.

You'll also find my favorite polishes for spring. 

Enjoy!











Sunday, March 26, 2017

Beautiful Leather Samples & Tango Neighborhood Sightseeing














In today's 8 minute video you will find an outfit of the day, bits of two typical neighborhoods of Buenos Aires - Belgrano and Boedo -, and lots of leather samples.

I even sang a little part of a tango.  I know, I'm officially shameless!

Have you ever visited Buenos Aires?


Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Outfits I Love & 100 Subscribers on YouTube!



I filmed a video celebrating my 100 subscribers on YouTube and ended up showing my outfit of the day, my mom's handbag, and what is in my everyday handbag. 

Since this blog is a safe place to share, here are a few ootds from my Instagram that I've been wearing these past couple of weeks. 



 

You can find this last outfit completely described in the video below. 

I hope you like it and subscribe to my channel and become number 101! 

Thank you for reading!

Alina

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Unexpected Turn of Events






















This past week I sold my first EVER eBay bag - or bag for that matter - and on top of that, later that day, I learned that the person that bought it was a very special person.



































Everything unfolds in this video, I hope you enjoy watching it!

Thank you! 

Alina




P.S. Isn't this bag beautiful? It was very hard to part with!

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Chic Leather Handbag Factory Spotted
























Last week I went to yet another place where they make leather handbags which may be the one I pick for my own brand!

This journey of starting my own business has proven to be challenging but still a lot of fun. 

Thank you for following me along as I dive into this process!

Alina 


Thursday, March 9, 2017

February Favorites/ US Favorites Haul






































For this past month's favorites I have great finds!

This CC cream is the best thing I've ever tried so far. What I like the most is the multiple benefits you get from this product. It's an anti-aging hydrating serum combined with SPF 50+, and it's full coverage. It feels so good on the skin! And the fact that the nice lady at Ulta sold it to me along with this beautiful brush makes me look forward to taking care of my skin. 



I'm also showing other products in this video that are worth remembering. You may want to grab a a cup of joe and take notes!

My bag is also featured, and I could send it to you if you wish to get a new one in black here! (I have only one left, Thank you!) 

I hope you like this video and subscribe to the channel for regular updates.

Have you ever tried any of these products? Let me know!










Sunday, March 5, 2017

Things Are Getting Interesting

























I feel like I'm finally starting to make progress with this business adventure as I get into the nitty-gritty of it all. 

It takes lots of time and energy but it's so worth it. Having the opportunity to develop a very well thought out product, and taking the time to select prime quality leathers is a blessing to me. 

In today's video you'll find another Argentine Leather Factory visit, a sneak peek into my Snapchat, my breakfast, bits of Buenos Aires and little old me.

By the way, let's be friends on Snapchat. Isn't that a fun platform? Anyway, do find me over there, my handle is non other than... eclecticalu. Apparently I enjoy making a fool of myself with filters and things of that sort...we just laugh a lot basically. Come on! It's good for the soul, I say!

I hope you like today's video!
























P.S. THE dress and 15 days of dresses 









Sunday, February 26, 2017

The Search For Good Craftsmanship in Buenos Aires Continues


Catch a glimpse of Buenos Aires as I continue looking for the best of the best leather handbags manufacturers.





My dog, this crazy pants, and yours truly are in the video as well. Come say hi!


Alu




Thursday, February 23, 2017

On Beautiful Bike Rides & The Making of Argentine Leather Handbags



I went for a short bike ride and loved it so much that I decided to update you on my leather bags.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! You'll find birds chirping, and a beautiful scenery. Have a look!





Let me know how you call these types of hats, please? Thank you! 

Alina