Photos of the Week – Brands
Happy Friday, everyone! Every week, I (and the world) share with you some photos, inspired by #FriFotos. This week, you are in for a treat. Why? Because the organisers (@epsteintravels @traveldesigned @charlesyap) have kindly invited me to co-host today’s edition and help choose the topic. If you read the title, it will become pretty clear.
Brands are part of our lives, whether we like it or not. I am not label-crazy, but like a thing or three, here and there. For me, it is all about the quality. As I had a bit of warning, I took some time to look at my photo archives (and Google!) and reflect on my favourite brands which, are indeed, part of my life.
Luggage – Tumi
Our set of Tumi suitcases (current count: 6 and hoping we stop here) are very special to us. Goes without saying that they were bought on trips to the US. I really don’t understand why there is such a big price difference (almost half?) between both sides of the pond. I have a brown set and Mr. O has a black set – they look lovely and also quite discrete. I think luggage is important for obvious reasons – we like helping other countries’ economies and these are of the highest quality and don’t get dirty. And I can get inside the big ones (I have tried, no comment).
Bath stuff – Molton Brown
I love bath products, and more often than not, take them with me when I travel. Some hotels are getting this right, others not so much. I love Molton Brown’s shower gels and handwashes – the smell is lovely and also reminds me of home, where I have these products in every bathroom.
Sun products – Clarins
I love love love Clarins and its sun-protection range. I have been a fan for years and besides being very effective and doing what they are supposed to do, they smell so so so good. The smell of Clarins Sun reminds me of holidays – I love opening a bottle for the first time and having that first “wuuufff”. In case Clarins are reading, can you please do SPF 30 in milk spray?! This way, I don’t have to buy the odd Lancaster – SPF 20 sometimes isn’t enough and 50 is too much.
My watch – Baume et Mercier
I bought my Linea Baume et Mercier when I turned 25 and was working between Lisbon, Madrid and Barcelona. It was a special moment for me, and I clearly remember buying it, after falling in love with it at El Corte Ingles department store. Every year I send it for a “clean and polish” and it comes back looking brand new. I need to really work on an excuse to buy a different one.
Clothes and handbags – Carolina Herrera
I love Carolina Herrera and its shops (thankfully one has opened in London recently). They smell divine and look incredible. I like the dark wood contrast of the shop fittings and the colourful handbags. I have a few But I also love their clothes, especially work dresses, and coats. Mr. O is also partial to the suits, and he especially loves the red lining and stitching. I also really like how they use photographs in the shop of both Carolinas – mother and daughter.
And, you guessed it.. shoes!
This isn’t my shoe closet. There may be one, but I haven’t taken any photographs. I found this online and loved it. Credit where it is due I am quite a classic girl when it comes to shoes and I have developed a love for flats in the last 5 years (comes with age, apparently). My favourite brands are LK Bennett (way before the Kate craze), Tod’s (could shoes become any more comfortable?), the odd Jimmy Choo (strappy sandals in every colour, except they kill me slowly!) and, of course, Repetto (flats, flats, flats). I am currently on a shoe ban and not allowed to endulge until I get rid of some – one pair in, one pair out..
Writing this post made want to go shopping, but I will wait, promise!
Wishing everyone a great weekend, wherever you may be!