Dior Saddle Bag Returns

Hi guys,

I’m addressing the controversy surrounding the re-release of the Dior Saddle bag that  happened last week.

If you are a fashion follower on Instagram you would have seen sometime late last week all the fashion bloggers/ influencers & celebrities suddenly posted about their new Dior Saddle bag with the #diorsaddle (examples below). Now there is actually nothing wrong with this as the job of this advertising or marketing strategy was to get visibility. Also, bloggers and influencers have been getting “free stuff” in return for their posts and modelling shots since the beginning.

 

 

But what bothered me about this was the way it was done as my whole instagram was suddenly full of pics of everyone wearing this bag or unboxing it. To me it kind of cheapened the name of Dior. Dior to me is high end luxury and often doesn’t need typical advertising as the name in itself is enough. The House of Dior was established in 1946 and has led the way in tailoring with the famous Dior Bar jacket and of course the Lady Dior bag named after Princess Diana.

There is tons of history with this brand and I don’t think they in fact needed to do this as the bag itself is a re-invention of a classic style from the early 2000s. People were already interested in Maria Grazia Chiuri’s take on this when it appeared on the runaway as part of their 2018 Autumn/Winter collection and this peaked when we all were frantically searching Ebay and other bag re-sellers for vintage saddle bags. This then caused the price of these to skyrocket but for those of you that kept your saddle bags, good for you as you can now hashtag without forking out for the 2018 release. 😀

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Personally I knew I had to have this bag as soon as I saw it on the runway. Big PLUS; I appreciate what an important bag this is in Dior’s catalogue and want to be a part of its resurgence under Maria Grazia Chiuri as I personally adore what she has done with the brand!

In order to obtain this bag or attempt to get it I have sacrificed the Fendi Mon Tresor mini bucket in the Fendi Zucca print for this one. I have also put on the market two bags that are no longer getting the wear they used to. One is the Givenchy Antigona in black so if interested let me know at theexpatbali@gmail.com. The other is my Prada tote which to be honest is not in the greatest condition so who knows if it will even sell. I am in fact so smitten that I have pre-ordered for a September drop in Australia. I of course will be wanting it in the classic Oblique print and will use my lady Dior bag strap to make it cross body. Can you tell I’m excited and know exactly how to style it…haha.

I hope that you find this post helpful in unpacking the marketing blitz that happened with Dior and some of the reasons why I disliked it, as I said it has nothing to do with the freebie part and clearly know I still want this gorgeous bag!!!

If you have any thoughts on the Dior saddle bag let me know in the comments would love to hear it.

xx – the expat

 

Top 5 Current Favourite Foundations

Hi Guys,

Back at you with another post, today I’m going to talk favourite foundations EVER! As a blogger I tend to try out lots of products including foundations and can say that some don’t live up to the hype and some do. Some I try because its a new release from a brand I love and I end up either falling in love or trying to give it away to a friend that can use my shade.

Foundations are tricky and often very personal as I have friends that say they hate ones I love. This has a lot to do with the fact that not everyone has the same skin tone, texture or colour. We all are different and the way foundations are marketed means that certain ones are targeted towards oily skin, dry etc….and for the finish itself such as dewy or matte. A foundation marked for oily skin that is matte may not work for my skin but for my friends it’s the best thing since sliced bread.

So here it goes my Top 5 as of NOW (these are in no particular order)! Also, worth noting this will probably change as new foundations get released this year…

Dior – Diorskin Forever Foundation

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This is pretty much my go to foundation on a daily basis. The great thing about this is that it sits on the skin so nicely and you don’t need a lot of product to get the coverage you need. It is lightweight and has a matte finish but if you add some of those Cover FX Enhancer drops, the highlighter ones you will get a dewy look. It is versatile and the first foundation I fell in love with. There is something about this that makes the skin look better each time you use it.

Side note: I’m a Dior girl in relation to makeup so I’ve had to be super critical of all the Dior foundations and only include ones that are truly great. 

IT Cosmetics – Your Skin But Better CC + Illumination Cream

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Technically this product is a CC cream but it certainly does not feel that way when you apply it. To me this a full fledged foundation. This is the illumination version and personally I prefer it to the original but they are both fantastic so you will not lose out either way. What I love about this is that it makes your skin look like skin without feeling like you have foundation packed on. I love that a little goes a long way and it offers radiance and a little glowiness to your face without looking like you are covered in glitter. I find this is a great travel foundation as I pack the mini version in my hand carry on. I just apply a little to the areas I need to and add a bit of a concealer and voila I’m ready to hop of the plane without looking like a dehydrated mess!

Dior Airflash Spray Foundation

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This product is insane!!!! It’s a spray can with foundation in it. I hear you are thinking how does this possibly work as aerosol sprays tend to not give you control of the product. I agreed with this argument initially until I got the lady at the Dior counter to actually try it on me. After that I was sold! Yes, you can spray the foundation directly onto the face and it gives a very fine mist of product that goes on lightly to the skin then you would go in with your brush to blend. However, my preferred method is spraying onto my brush from a reasonable distance and then use the brush to buff in the product. It goes on a dream and gives a flawless finish that evens out complexion and makes the skin smooth. It really does give you an airbrushed look. Every time I wear this people compliment me on my makeup and how good my skin looks.

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation

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This is a holy grail foundation amongst many people including makeup artists. It’s just too good. It is what it says it is luminous and gives a glowy finish. It is buildable so if you need full coverage you can have it and doesn’t dry out the skin if wearing for a full 8 hour day. This was my go to foundation when I worked in an office as it just looked effortless and natural whilst not drying my skin out.

If you don’t like a dewy finish I would not suggest this and would recommend the Giorgio Armani Power Fabric foundation which is the luminous silk counterpart but has a matte finish and long wearing if need to go beyond 6 – 8 hours.

Estée Lauder Double Wear Nude Water Fresh Makeup 

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This foundation sits alongside the super popular Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-In-Place Makeup but this is much lighter and water based compared to the original. The Double Wear Stay-In-Place can be quite heavy and matte. This version is great for those that need a foundation that is light weight and living or going on holiday where the climate is warm or hot. This is perfect as it doesn’t melt off your face after being in the sun and by just walking about. For me I tend to use a little bit of this and work with my concealers to give me the perfect coverage without wearing too much makeup. It is hard for us girls who want to wear makeup but the climate doesn’t really suit it so you have to be inventive on how you use your products. The finish is beautiful and allows your skin to breathe whilst covering imperfections as well. This is a winner!!!

That’s it! My current 5 favourite foundations….that was harder than I thought to narrow it down. I have many that I do love so it was a tight call in many cases but I have to say I’m pretty happy with the ones I have here now.

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See you next time – the expat xxx

NGV The House of Dior: Seventy Years of Haute Couture

Hi Guys,

Welcome back. So many things happening at the moment. I want to share so badly what I have been working on but trying to keep things quiet for now. Something I can share is Bare Cactus, please check out Bare Cactus on Instagram. Obviously not fully operational yet but there is so much more to come in that space.

Aside from that since I have been back in Melbourne I was lucky enough to get myself the the NGV for the Dior exhibition. I have been waiting for this for months and unfortunately I had left when it stared but I have managed to get to this stunning exhibition! I of course accessorised with a stunning Dior piece which you may hear more about later.

I felt truly overwhelmed by the whole experience and being in the room with couture pieces. I’m just so in awe of Mr. Dior’s work particularly around those tailored pieces. I love the suiting and the “Bar Jacket”. There is something magical about those full skirts with the matching jacket. Also, looking at the transition from one creative director to another such as Galliano > Simons > Chiuri. Its fascinating to see the change in direction.

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Apologies you can see me in the mirror but you can catch a glimpse of my limited edition Lady Dior bag…😉

I think my favourite part was understanding a bit more about the Atelier. I am so fascinated about how these beautiful pieces are hand sewn and the craftsmanship involved. I have watched the Dior doco “Dior and I” and fell in love with their personality and ability to bring the design to life.

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Galliano, oh my!!! Galliano left the House of Dior under controversy but you cannot deny the talent involved for some of his work. It is outrageous in many ways but one has to appreciate the creativity and art involved. I just think of the effort to get a design like that on a runway.

The era of Raf Simons is my favourite personally and thats only because I am fairly minimalist and love tailoring. So to be able to see pieces off the runway of past seasons was just 😱 for me. The red coat below is something I could see in my wardrobe now so thats why I think Simons make clothes for women now and in this time.

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Looking forward I’m in awe of the way in which Maria Grazia Chiuri has made Dior her own. Having a female at the head has encouraged a different perspective on what I see as classic Dior. There are not so many tailored jackets and full skirts but soft pieces with the use of intricate beading. I am in love with the new design of the Lady Dior that I had to get one myself. The use of sheer materials and berets, plus the reinvention of the classic t-shirt has just brought more people to Dior. I didn’t think I would fall hard after Raf left but I have. She will bring a whole new generation to the House of Dior.

Look at this stunning custom Dior wedding dress for Miranda Kerr. The detail up close is unbelievable and a photo doesn’t do it justice.

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Here are some other pics I managed to grab…I was so gobsmacked that some of the photography might be a little dodgy…hahaha!!!

Its been a week since I’ve been and I am still thinking about it. I managed to purchase the coffee table book. It is $59 AUD which is not bad and was able to get a print which I am going to frame for my house. I knew I would be sucked in.

Also, I went to see this alone which was so much easier for me to take everything in at my pace. It is great to have friends/family going with you but I found it to be a nice stroll around the gallery. I didn’t get distracted and I actually spent the time in parts of the exhibition where I wanted to be.

I can’t recommend this exhibition enough so if you can get yourself along to it. It ends early November .

See you next time xoxox

 

 

New video is up and its a COLLECTIVE HAUL!!

Hi Guys

My latest video is up and its a collective haul on items I have picked up over the last few months. Since I have been back in Melbourne I have been able to open some packages awaiting me and test them out.

I hope you enjoy this video as much as I had making it.

The other thing worth mentioning is that I am looking to sell my Givenchy Antigona. For the reasons why you need to check the video out as I ramble on about that. 😅 If any of you are interested please email me directly at theexpatbali@gmail.com. Only serious enquiries please.

I’m going to be doing so more cool content here so please keep visiting and if you have any questions or suggestions on posts please comment or drop me an email.

xoxo – the expat Bali

 

My allegiance is to Dior

I told you I would bring a fashion focus to this blog.

I have to say these days I’m coveting everything and anything from the house of Dior.

I am lucky enough to own two Dior bags, a large Lady Dior in patent black and a gorgeous Diorever in cracked lambskin. These are the two bags that I adore with all my heart. If I had to pick two pieces to keep forever these would be it and they both are Dior. Yes, I admit I think the direction it is going is far more impressive than that of Chanel or Hermes both heavyweights in their own right. I just think there is something new and fresh for the brand over the last 10 years with Raf Simons and now Maria Grazia Chiuri. All this being said if you were to give me a classic Chanel jacket or a Kelly bag I would not say no to these pieces, in fact anything from Chanel or Hermes I would be pretty happy with.

Dior to me is at the top of their game and they have done what I didn’t think could be done; reinvention of the Lady Dior in a way that hasn’t taken away from its original but made it more practical and user friendly. Take the original zip opening of the bag which is a pain. I can attest to this as mine even though large is hard to get items out of as its narrow and feels like a bottomless pit when trying to reach in. The new soft Lady Dior has taken this into consideration and instead of a zip has a solid flap that allows you to make wider when searching around for your phone etc…

The below studded one is beautiful in real life and comes with the new DIOR hardware. It comes in both calfskin and lambskin leather.

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Of course it wouldn’t be a chat about Dior without mentioning their famous tribal earrings. I’m not much of a designer jewellery person but these are stunning in person. I have yet to bite the bullet on these but who knows maybe I will. The only other jewellery piece I want to mention is the Dior and J’Adior chokers. I am fully on the bandwagon of these. I love 90s fashion and this just makes it especially bad ass considering its Dior. More so than the tribal earrings one of these chokers will hopefully be in my collection soon as I’m going to explore the second hand market for these.

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Aside from these my new love is the My Lady Dior bag in a size between the original small and medium lady Dior. It is the perfect in between size and I think can be more casually worn because of the size. The other great thing is the thicker shoulder strap and the customisable badges that you get with the bag. My understanding is that you get three badges with the bag and you can pay for extra. Personally I think three is enough but I guess the option is there for more. I am eyeing off the light blue version which for the life of me I can’t find a picture of but I did see it on someone’s instagram. It is the most stunning blue and in some light it can even look grey without being grey like below. In the Brisbane store I tried on the silver and it was just the right size and felt good crossbody as I think the medium looks a little strange when worn that way.

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Anyways I have rambled on enough about my ❤️ of all things Dior.

I am off to Jakarta tomorrow for the weekend so I might not be as regular with posts but I am doing some filming there so hopefully you will see some cool footage from that.

xoxo – the expat