5 September 2018

The Mystery of Phillip Lim

What does it take to be effortlessly chic? Injecting the ultimate style accessory to make your life so much better. It may sound a bit strange, but what is the deal with Phillip Lim? He’s one of those brands that sort of just sits in the designer crowd and never really comes close to the spotlight. I know during Fashion Week season, we see so many designer bags on everyone’s arms. It is like arm candy for kicks and can inspire the handbag cognisor in all of us. What happens when he doesn’t get picked out? 
Photo: Phillip Lim Street Style 
Sure, we see stylish Gucci, classic Chanel, and so much more. But why does the fashion train have to not include Phillip? Have we really turned that corner where we only flock to certain “it brands” over others? Anyone who adores bags as much as I do, will love any brand no matter the price point. Truth be told, not every higher priced item is good quality. If you love to gravitate towards a good deal now and then, you’re in luck! Not only is this brand mysterious, but ultra-affordable. 
Photo: Phillip Lim 
Let’s delve into this forgotten brand, bring him out of the stormy weather and bring him into the spotlight! 

Designer’s Background

Phillip Lim is an American designer of Chinese decent whose parents immigrated to America from Thailand. Lim co-founded and worked at the LA based-fashion label Development from 2000-2004. In the fall of 2005, He co-founded 3.1 Phillip Lim with pal and business partner Wen Zhou, becoming the company’s creative director. Lim has garnered both critical and commercial success with his edgy line. 
Photo: FabFashionFix
Lim’s goal was to showcase street elegance into his designs and give off pretty but cool attitude, while not trying too hard. Phillip proved himself as being a well-established accomplished tailor, who paid close attention to detail for the ultimate polished appearance.

It isn’t just his countless collections that are versatile over the years. His handbags are the most gorgeous pieces fashionistas have laid their eyes on in a very long time. Who needs the usual Gucci Marmont bag crowding up our feed, or that boring LV neverful that resembles wall paper. When you can sink your teeth into this street style bag, filled with picture perfect royalty. 
Photo: Phillip Lim 
Not only does it come in a variety of colour and sizes, but you never miss a beat with trying something new. And even though he has been around for years. His bags are still droll worthy especially, when you get a good deal! 
Photo: Pinterest Phillip Lim


What do you think of the mysterious Phillip Lim?


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3 September 2018

How Angelina Inspired the little black dress

Here’s a little secret for lovers of hot chocolate. If you happen to be wondering around the Jardin de Tuileries or visiting the Louvre, make sure you plan on stopping by the charming Angelina whose legendary hot chocolate has made this place so famous with locals and visitors over the years. Hot chocolate experts say that it is truly hard to find a hot chocolate anywhere near as delectable as Angelina’s anywhere else. 
Although the place is known as a tea salon, it is more like a relaxing café as it serves breakfasts, lunches, and sweet desserts. As a customer, you will have the opportunity to enjoy delicious desserts, some excellent salads and mouth-watering dinners, but their signature hot chocolate is the real star attraction. 

History of the café 

 Antoine Rumpelmayer opened his tea room in 1903. He later named his tea salon Angelina, after his daughter-in-law. Rumplemayor’s chocolat l’Africain took its name from the origin of the beans. His hot chocolate was an intensely rich chocolate drink, barely sweet, and was served in a steaming pot with a bowel of whipped cream on the side. Famous and dedicated fans of his brew included Audrey Hepburn and Coco Chanel. 

Apart from the hot chocolate and amazing desserts, this Parisian café is full of charm and character. The interior décor with its marble topped tables, glided ironwork and stunning staircase makes this place an ideal extension of tranquillity and comfort.

Angelina is immensely popular, so expect to find quite a large crowd if you leave your visit too late in the morning. It is best to try and get here early so you have the opportunity to just enjoy what this cosy place has to offer. However, if you are not an early riser and you do get here not on time. You can always pick up a decadent dessert to enjoy later maybe outside by a glorious park and people watch. 


What I enjoyed most about my visit here, is how the crowd is so diverse. People from all over the world come here to enjoy what this beautiful café has to offer. And it is definitely frequented by commuters more often than one. 
The hot chocolate really melts in your mouth and feels like a warm dream. Getting a chance to taste a lovely fresh salad and sink my teeth into the creamiest sweet treats is a nice way to spend your day. You don’t even have to be a dessert person to enjoy this place. Lovely lunches like sandwiches of sorts can be your guilty pleasure also. 


When I was sitting in the café, I got inspired by its two most iconic guests Audrey and Chanel. These two ladies were the definition of chic. And with their legacy left to be admired by every woman on the planet comes an enticing notion. The little black dress is associated with them and a uniform they rocked with elegance and grace. 


There is no real dress code when it comes to Angelina but if you happen to desire to be like the famous guests that once sipped a hot chocolate here, then wear a little black dress to lunch, dinner, and even after. 


This kind of dress is so versatile because you can wear it with practically anything. Dress it up and down for the perfect polished look. And if you happen to be a romantic at heart, then you might just take someone’s breath away. 


Angelina Café 
226 rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, France

Have you ever been here before? 

Written by Heather Lisa Noire         
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