April 26, 2017

Coach Rogue 25 Bag Review

Bijuleni - Coach Rogue 25  Review - Black and White look

Bijuleni - Coach Rogue 25  Review - Black and White look

Bijuleni - Coach Rogue 25 satchel

Bijuleni - White duster coat, stripe bow shirt, boyfriend distressed jeans and Coach moccasins and satchel Rogue 25

Bijuleni - White duster coat, stripe bow shirt, boyfriend distressed jeans and Coach moccasins and satchel Rogue 25

Bijuleni - White duster coat, stripe bow shirt, boyfriend distressed jeans and Coach moccasins and satchel Rogue 25

Bijuleni - White duster coat, stripe bow shirt, boyfriend distressed jeans and Coach moccasins and satchel Rogue 25

Bijuleni - White duster coat, stripe bow shirt look

Bijuleni - Black and white outfit look

Bijuleni - White and Black outfit look

Bijuleni - Black and white look

Bijuleni - Black and White look

A couple of favourites in today's post. First up, loving this bow stripe top. Makes me feel as if I am heading to Paris. Next, I am loving this Coach Rogue 25 in the gold brass/ chalk colour.

Nevertheless, it is my absolute favourite everyday bag. I had actually chosen the Coach Rogue in black copper/olive colour as my top choice, but I was sent the Coach Rogue 25 in gold brass/white instead. I am actually pretty glad I got the Rogue 25 instead even though it is a smaller version and different colour. The Coach Rogue 25 is so easy to carry around while I am running errands or I am heading to work. It also fits all of my daily essentials in it; my little pouch filled with my go to makeup musts while on the go (concealer, mascara, powder, lipstick),  hand lotion, medium sized wallet, keys, phone and sunglasses. I could most likely squeeze some more things in there if I wanted to, but I like my bags to be light when they are on my shoulder all day.

Speaking of shoulders, this satchel also has a strap which gives you the option to go crossbody or even just over one shoulder if you feel like it. There is also the option to wear it on the crook of your elbow or just hold in your hands like a briefcase. I am also loving the glovetanned pebble leather of the Rogue 25, which so far seems resistant to wear and tear. Maybe too soon to tell, but I have using this satchel to death and no damage so far.

All in all, I am super happy with this purse and I would definitely recommend for anyone that is looking to up their bag game but are on a budget for a bag that does not require a mortage. The only thing which I love, but I can see getting damaged over time is the suede lining. It is beautiful, but I am pretty sure with time it will not look as pretty. Thankfully it is a blonde brown.


Disclosure: The Coach Rogue 25 was gifted to me by Coach, but all opinions are my own

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*Photos: Laura Clarke Photography  

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April 21, 2017

Why Instagram Comment Pods Are Hurting Bloggers


Last year a brand reached out to me to collaborate. They were interested in a blog collaboration, but not an Instagram collaboration. They said my engagement on Instagram was low. I was confused. I usually fluctuate between 400-550 likes and around 20 comments or so on each photo, but my reach is usually 3000+. How much more engagement are they looking for? Then I started noticing a trend on people’s feeds. Someone would post a picture of a vase with flowers and they would legit get 80 – 110 comments. Really? Flowers get that many comments? Then I had noticed that on certain accounts the same people would comment over and over again on each others' feed. I was impressed yet so confused. I was working super hard to engage with people, but I was still not able to get more than 40 comments per photo. Now a brand was telling me that my numbers are low?

Then I received a message from another blogger asking me if I wanted to join her Instagram Comment Pod. A what? A pod? No clue what that was. After some research it all made sense. Bloggers now have the ability to be part of groups whose sole purpose is to comment and like each others pictures on Instagram.Yes! That is sadly a thing. The idea left me uneasy, but I said to myself I will try it. Comment pods generally consist of somewhere between 15 to 25 people.You are all expected to comment on each others' pictures and once you have done so you can share your picture with the group and they will comment and like your photo on Instagram as well. Sounds great, right? Not so fast! After trying it for a month, I decided it wasn’t for me. Here is why:

Pro: Increase in Comments
My comments skyrocketed from 25 to 80. I was now receiving comments from both the pod group and my followers. There is no denying it. A couple of people comment on your photo and then the crowds are rushing in! It was nice to know that no matter what, the comment pod would come to the rescue if no one was commenting on my pictures. 

Con: Comments Did Not Feel Genuine
Apart from my followers who were genuinely commenting on my photos, the comments I received from the pod group seemed generic and really gave me no gratification that "Yes my followers are loving my posts so they are commenting more". I even felt like I was commenting on their photos just for the sake of commenting and keeping up with the comment pod. I had nothing interesting or genuine to say other than "Love your outfit!" Mind you sometimes I did love their outfit, but even that no longer seemed genuine.

Con: Engagement Increase Was Temporary
Even before I said yes to joining the comment pod, I couldn't help but ask myself the following question: How long do you think you can comment on the same people's feed over and over again? For how many days? How many months? What if the pod group seizes to exist? I also did not find any benefit in regards to gaining new followers. If anything I was noticing people would follow and unfollow more which is so annoying when you are trying to build your number and reach.

Con: Wasting My Time
I was spending so much time keeping up with the pod group I was neglecting my own followers or accounts that I loved. I had no time to reply to comments on my feed or comment on other people I followed outside from the comment pod. I was essentially using my time the wrong way. Instead of engaging with my community I was just engaging with the comment pod. 

Con: Exhausting 
Commenting on Instagram became a burden for me; another thing on my to do list. Before I used to look at photos and I was happy to comment.  During the time I was part of the comment pod I dreaded my entire Instagram existence. It was exhausting to keep up with all the photos people would share on the group chat. 

Why I left

Although I disliked the idea of comment pods, I thought it was important for me to give it a try. I think every blogger should give it a try at least once. The group I was a part of was lovely. Beautiful accounts, inspiring bloggers to follow, and everyone in the group was easy going. Here were my major reasons for leaving:

Better To Have 2 Genuine Comments Than 60 Non Genuine.
There is nothing wrong with wanting to get more comments on your photos, and yes only getting 2 comments on photos does suck. I wanted more comments too so I tried the comment pod. To me, it came down to being truthful to my sponsors and most importantly my brand. As a blogger, my aim is to create content that inspires my audience to leave a comment.I would rather have 2 comments that are genuine than to have 60 that are forced. 

The Comment Pod Did Not Help My Brand Grow 
During the month I was in the comment pod, I was unable to see what was working for my brand and what was hurting my brand. I was not able to see which pictures had a good reach with my audience and which did not. This was due to the fact that the people in the comment pod I was a part of were always there to save the day and comment on my photos. As a brand and an individual I want to be able to learn something from each photo I post on Instagram. 

Brands and PR Companies Need to Wake Up
Too harsh? Maybe. We are all in the same industry and yet we are like night and day when it comes to being informed about what is happening. Brands are looking for active and engaged following and when they see feeds of bloggers (of similar audience numbers to mine) with their 80 plus comments and their 1k likes they assume this the norm. To a certain extent, in my opinion, comment pods are hurting bloggers. Comment pods are hurting bloggers in more ways than we are able to know or understand. For all I know there were more brands that wanted to collaborate with me, but did not. When brands are looking at Instagram accounts and they see a picture with 80 plus comments they take this fact for face value. 80 comments are 80 comments. What they are failing to notice is that these comments may not be necessarily organic which makes all the rest of us with our 20 humble yet genuine comments look like the losers of  the Instagram game. Brands and PR companies seem to be oblivious. How do they not know this is going on? Mind you, yes some bloggers do get 80 comments that are genuine. Let's us assume everyone is part of comment pod. I do urge you though to look at trends though because you will be able to tell who is a comment pod and who is not. 

There is no right recipe to winning Instagram in an organic way, but comment pods are not the answer to growing our social media. Maybe as a short term solution, but in the long run this is no way to continue. These are just my humble thoughts on this whole comment pod trend. 

Are you or have been in a comment pod? How do you feel about them? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

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April 19, 2017

Louis Vuitton Monogram Lockit MM

Bijuleni - Louis Vuitton Mongram Lockit MM

Bijuleni - Louis Vuitton Mongram Lockit MM

Bijuleni - Louis Vuitton Mongram Lockit MM

Bijuleni - Louis Vuitton Mongram Lockit MM

Bijuleni - Louis Vuitton Mongram Lockit MM

Bijuleni - Louis Vuitton Mongram Lockit MM

Bijuleni - Louis Vuitton Mongram Lockit MM

Bijuleni - Louis Vuitton Mongram Lockit MM

Bijuleni - Louis Vuitton Mongram Lockit MM

Bijuleni - Louis Vuitton Mongram Lockit MM

Bijuleni - Louis Vuitton Mongram Lockit MM


Always looking for the next best bag.My friends over at Love That Bag, were very kind and they let me borrow this beautiful Louis Vuitton Monogram Lockit MM tote. There is always much thought that goes into purchasing a designer handbag, and I actually love this one. It is the perfect handbag for the young professional but also great if you are a casual urban girl. Whether you are wearing a corporate pant suit or just your everyday ripped jeans, this is such a versatile item. I used to actually dislike the LV monogram when I was in university, but over the past couple of years I have been slowly loving it. It is such a classic and iconic print, and most importantly I love the fact that it goes with everything. This Louis Vuitton Monogram Lockit MM is still available for purchase and I can vouch for it! If only I hadn't purchased my Gucci this month. I would have totally gotten this Louis Vuitton Monogram Lockit MM instead. 
Anyone else loving this handbag?

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April 13, 2017

Cottage Chic with LE CHÂTEAU














My favourite new look? Cottage chic, because I just decided that it is the next trend. I am all about being a country girl and dressing comfortably is my jam, but being chic and stylish comes hand in hand with my daily look. If you followed my Instagram account over this past weekend you may have saw all my cottage adventures in Prince Edward County for my birthday. We drove around the never ending wineries, walked from store to store in Picton, strolled on Sandbanks beach, and ate lots of delicious food at Drake Devonshire, let alone lounging on the cutest Airbnb The Ferg. The last thing I needed was an uncomfortable outfit that would make me feel uneasy during all these activities. I have been wanting to grab a pair of gingham pants for the longest time, and I finally found the perfect pair last week when I made a quick stop at one of my favourite Canadian retailers, LE CHÂTEAU.

I am absolutely in love with these gingham skinny pants for many reasons. A) They are wonderfully stretchy, but just the right amount of stretchy. Stretchy enough to eat as much as you want, but tight enough to feel like everything is in place. I actually got a size 2 so they do run a bit big because I am usually a size 4, so make sure to grab a smaller size than usual. At least if you have the same body type as me. B) The fact that these pants fall just above the knee add an instant fresh Spring feel to the look. To add a bit of a city chic vibe to the mix of my country chic look I wore a pair of shooties. Also, from LE CHÂTEAU is the cute blush floral light-weight sweater. My favourite thing about this sweater is the little bow at the edge of the top where you can tighten or loosen up your top depending on how tight you make your bow. 

Top and Pants: c/o Le Chateau | Hat: Winners | Shoes: Marshalls | Bag: c/o Coach

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April 6, 2017

Céline Nano Luggage Shoulder Bag

Bijuleni  Yellow Ruffle Sleeve Sweater, Distressed Boyfriend jeans, leopard flats and Celine nano Handbag


Bijuleni  Yellow Ruffle Sleeve Sweater, Distressed Boyfriend jeans, leopard flats and Celine nano Handbag

Bijuleni  Yellow Ruffle Sleeve Sweater, Distressed Boyfriend jeans, leopard flats and Celine nano Handbag


Bijuleni  Yellow Ruffle Sleeve Sweater, Distressed Boyfriend jeans, leopard flats and Celine nano Handbag

Bijuleni  Yellow Ruffle Sleeve Sweater, Distressed Boyfriend jeans, leopard flats and Celine nano Handbag

Bijuleni  Yellow Ruffle Sleeve Sweater, Distressed Boyfriend jeans, leopard flats and Celine nano Handbag

Bijuleni  Yellow Ruffle Sleeve Sweater, Distressed Boyfriend jeans, leopard flats and Celine nano Handbag

Bijuleni  Yellow Ruffle Sleeve Sweater, Distressed Boyfriend jeans, leopard flats and Celine nano Handbag

Bijuleni  Yellow Ruffle Sleeve Sweater, Distressed Boyfriend jeans, leopard flats and Celine nano Handbag



Why do designer handbags have to be so darn cute? The beautiful weather last week got me into spring vibes, so I thought I would merge myself right into it by wearing this beautiful yellow ruffle sleeve top that I picked up from Zara last week. You may have also seen me wearing this top on Instagram during my patio fiesta if you follow me. But let's talk about this Céline Nano Luggage Shoulder Bag in what may be my new favourite colour. This royal blue is to die for. The Céline Nano Luggage Shoulder Bag is definitely on my list of handbags to purchase. Not sure which colour I would go for but this is a possible contender. This bag is available for grabs at Love That Bag  which is my go to site for Pre-loved designer handbags. 

Céline has been around for decades but it was not until late 2008 that the brand got a major rebranding when Phoebe Philo joined the brand. Even though I do not own any Céline handbags what I do love about the brand is its simplicity and its focus to create a wardrobe of classy pieces rather than trends. Each collection is made up with timeless investment pieces. The brand's designs are simple, and not flashy at all. Although I thought the Nano Luggage Shoulder Bag may be too small, I actually think it is the perfect size. I can't imagine owning this bag in a big size. This iconic bag is by far my favourite crossbody... Will definitely be adding this to my list of handbags to buy. Also, sorry for the photo overload, but I love this outfit combo so much it was impossible to choose my fave photos. Eek.

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