Matt and Nat

Wishlist #8

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Another edition of a written rant and rave with a deep underlying desire for things I really don’t need. Like I’m serious here – I’ve spent more money than I care to think about over the past few months. But with no more events, and no more weekend getaways on the near horizons (I lie, I’m planning a shopping weekend…) it’s time to hunker down and save. I may say this about once a month, but I really have nothing at all that I need. So besides the necessaries, and maybe a dinner or two out on date nights, I’ll be as frugal as I can be! But here is what I’m drooling over.

I’ve been a big fan of Matt and Nat leather bags for a long time. One of my first ‘Big Girl’ purchases (probably when I was 12) was a purple zippered Matt and Nat wallet and I absolutely loved it! Even today, although I dont use that wallet anymore, I still love the quality and the leather. It had been quite awhile since I’d purchased one, although I drooled over my friends collection, but after purchasing the Mitsuko Tote I’m hooked again. I’ve been loving the Brave Backpack in Black and think it looks absolutely amazing every time I see it on the streets. I love Matt and Nat, I see my next bag purchase coming from them for sure.

Other than pricey leather purchases I’ve, of course, been lusting over a few beauty products of course. These for sure are not necessary purchases and are more on the lines of products I’d love to try in the future. The first is the Ole Henriksen On the Go Cleanser which is supposed to be a supper aromatic cleanser jam packed with lots of vitamin C for a great pick-me-up. My skin could use it. I’ve been loving more orange-y eyeshadow tones recently so I’d love the Becca Ombre Rouge Eye Palette for the fall. Of course, on every shopping list and wish list I’ve created recently is the Elizabeth and James Nirvana White eau de parfum. I’m so in love with this scent but have so many others and never think to buy myself a perfume.

It’s only a few things, but of course the prices add up. Now there are millions of others that I’d love to add to the list, but c’mon, I’ll always want more!

What things have you been lusting over lately?

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What’s In My Bag – A Commuter’s Guide

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The commuting times are in full force and, as one who has never commuted by train on a daily basis before, I’ve discovered a bit of a learning curve with regards to the correct balance of needs and wants in my bag. I started my commuting days with  my  Longchamp Le Pliage bag, but I’ve lately found this iconic bag to represent young, more unprofessional, types (sorry if you disagree). It is certainly a lovely weekend or shopping bag, but entering the higher end of the business world in the intimidating realm of downtown Toronto, I thought I should upgrade to a good-sized leather bag for my daily business needs.

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Last weekend, on a shopping spree to the Niagara Outlets, I found this amazing Matt and Nat Mitsuko Tote in a  beautiful distressed camel leather. It’s the prefect size: big enough for a laptop and some documents, as well as small enough for an easy-to-carry over-sized purse.

These are the items I’ve settled on as ‘must-haves’ for my daily commuting bag. I’m sure this is subject to change, and quite soon. First, and most important, is my Kobo Touch for the long commute along with a pair of glasses (I’m re-reading all Harry Potter’s right now – yes, I know I’m cool). Of course the bag is perfect size for an over-sized purse, so no need to carry a purse as well. So I’ve got my Marc by Marc Jacobs Wallet in there as well. I’ve had this wallet longer than any purse I’ve ever owned. Shocked I’ve stuck with the same one for so long. Then the important lip products for the day nicely tucked into a little H&M Pouch. I’ve narrowed it down to three important ones. A moisturizing lip balm (Nuxe Reve de Miel), a light coloured gloss (Revlon Ultra HD Lip Lacquer in Petalite) and my favourite daily lip stain (Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Patina). And of course….the trip can get a little sweaty. Have to make sure I smell good with the Viktor and Rolf Flowerbomb Rollerball perfume.

These have been getting me through the day (as well as a constant attachment to my iPhone), and, as I said, it’s sure to change constantly. I shove a few important work things in there as well, sometimes my laptop but usually just papers, papers, papers. What do you carry with you to work? Anything important you think I’m missing?

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