review comme des garcons wallet

A few years ago I got tired of carrying around a large bulky wallet with receipts from purchases I made months before. So I decided the splurge on the iconic Comme Des Garçons pouch to do some serious downsizing. Nothing too fancy, just one compartment for everything. It worked wonderful for a while but I ended up missing a few sloths for my cards. So I upgraded to the zip around wallet with room for change and a few cards. I’ll keep it short and simple; if you are looking a classic and durable wallet for your basic nessesities, make sure to check these out.

There’s a CDG wallet for everyone. They come in many shapes and sizes and not to mention numerous colours. Obviously my favourites are the pouch and zip around wallet. I adore the sleek look of both designs. Mind you, I also like their embossed and glossy designs but you can never beat the classics. So simple black leather it was. Do you remember that small magic bag Hermione carried with her that held like a million things? Story of my life up until a few years ago. You can imagine that scratches were hard to avoid. I was a little disheartened upon the first scuffs and marks but let’s face it: it’s just a wallet. And it turns out all those scratches blend beautifully together and really soften the leather over time.

The stitching is amazing and very durable, as are the zippers. I bought the pouch in 2011 and the zip around wallet in 2013 and both still look like new apart from the scratches I mentioned above. The pouch doesn’t look as grey and washed out as it seems in the picture by the way. It’s just bad lighting and I didn’t want to photoshop it #keepingitreal. I have to admit though, I’ve been reaching for the pouch more than the wallet at the moment as I hardly use cash anymore. Just my bankcard, public transportation card, drivers licence and Museumcard and I’m good to go. But the zip around wallet is great for travelling so no money wasted there.

Both wallets fit easily into my Céline trio bag and A.P.C. half moon bag although obviously the pouch takes less space and is therefore my preferred option when I’m carrying these bags. The pricing is a bit steep. They’re not the cheapest wallets out there but the quality is outstanding. The pouch is €70 and the zip around wallet €150. If you don’t want to spend that amount on a simple wallet, I suggest looking into Everlane. They sell similar wallets such as the square zip wallet, for a more affordable price. Unfortunately I can’t comment on the quality but I’m sure there are some reviews floating around on the internet.

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Features of the pouch:
– All leather
– Zip fastening along the top
– Gold toned hardware
– Gold stamped logo on the outside
– Made in Spain
– 10 (h) x 14 (w) x 1 (d) cm

Features of the wallet:
– Alle leather
– Zip closure all around
– Four card sloths
– One bill compartment
– Separate coin pouch
– Gold toned hardware
– Gold stamped logo on the inside
– Made in Spain
– 10 (h) x 12 (w) x 2,5 (d) cm

Tell me, what kind of wallet do you own? And do you have any other recommendations for wallets?

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I have never had a professional manicure. I always walk past this one nail salon before and after work but spending €15 on a manicure that will undoubtedly last me only a few days (clumsy as I am), seems a bit outrageous. But practice makes perfect and it seems as though I do a pretty good job myself as of late. I only allow myself to wear two shades of nail polish; Mademoiselle and Wicked, both by Essie. Mademoiselle is a classic sheer pink suitable for all occassions while Wicked is a very chic deep and dark red. The latter is also a perfect dupe for Chanel’s Rouge Noir. And in case you’re wondering, I never wear my nails longer than this. While I do admire longer nails on others, the look isn’t for me. But I find as long as your hands look well cared for, it doesn’t really matter how long your nails are.


The idea of the signature scent has a long history. In Renaissance Italy, Catharine de Medici’s apartment was connected to the laboratory of her personal perfumer Réne de Florentin to prevent the formulas for her fragrances from being stolen. When she left for France to marry the duke who would later become King Henry II, she even brought De Florentin with her. Fast forward, in the late eighteenth century royal perfumer Jean-Louis Fargeon created a unique scent for Marie Antoinette as an ode to her beloved Trianon gardens at Versailles. It is said that she even kept it with her during her imprisonment in the Temple Tower of Paris.

While during the time of the aforementioned examples perfumes were considered an exclusive luxury product for the wealthy (to hide the odours of unwashed bodies to be exact), nowadays they are sold in almost every price category and accessible to anyone. Which doesn’t make it easy to choose as the number of options seems never-ending. That said, finding your signature scent is almost like the process of searching for a uniform; it may be a long journey but it will definitely be worth your while.

The whole idea of signature scents appealed to me for a variety of reasons. First off, it’s one less concern in the morning. I don’t have to consider my mood to be able to choose from different options. What I own, is just right. For all occassions. Another reason is that I like more exclusive perfumes and money doesn’t grow on trees. Without wanting to sound like a snob, I simply don’t like the fact that I may come across ten other women that are wearing same scent as was the case when I wore Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue, DKNY Be Delicious and so on (can you tell I was easily impressed with salespeople: “This is our most popular scent.”)?

To a lot of people around me Escentric Molecules’ Molecule 01 has become something they recognize me by. In fact, it’s a scent they associate me with even when I’m not around. To be honest, I indirectly stole it from Vogue Japan’s fashion editor and street style star Giovanna Battaglia after reading one of her interviews years ago. They way she described the perfume sounded very intriguing to me. I have been wearing it religiously ever since even though I did need a short break this summer and switched to Jo Malone’s Wood Sage & Seasalt which, like the name suggests, reminds you of the sea and long beachwalks. But I’m back to Molecule 01 once again. It’s definitely an ongoing love affair.

Enough about me, tell me something about your personal perfume history and if you own a signature scent.


Molecule 01 by Eccentric Molecules / Black Saffron by Byredo / Wood Sage & Seasalt by Jo Malone