Italy Roundup and FOTD

Hello everyone!
Ever since I returned from my trip to Italy, I've been swamped with school work (midterms, lab reports, and all that good stuff). Now that things are finally settling down, I found some time for this post :)
I am bummed that we had pretty chilly weather in Italy, half of the clothes I packed were unusable and I stuck with a Jeans/long shirt/cardigan combination pretty much throughout the journey. I had to buy a winter coat (black, puffy and boring, from Zara) because it was so cold in the evening.
I did a lot of window shopping - meaning I walked through stores drooling at the displays but did not leave with a single thing. I was pretty proud of myself - until I arrived in Rome - on the street perpendicular to the Spanish Steps, to be exact. It was loaded with beautiful boutiques and even more beautiful people shopping in them. Everyone around me looked so nice and polished, I got inspired by a few outfits, bit the bullet and walked into Louis Vuitton:

I am wearing pretty much the same clothes from my Florence outfit post - sadly these were the warmest clothes I brought with me, complete with coat stolen from my boyfriend :)

Done and done. I purchased the Damier Speedy 30!
Some say it's too masculine, some say brown & black is a fashion faux pas - but I really like it. What scored major points for me (as opposed to the Monogram version) is that the leather of the handles is treated. The Monogram and Damier Azure versions leave the leather untreated so with time and the oils of your hands it gradually (and unevenly) darkens. I don't trust the oils in my hands to do a nice job, so I'm sticking to the dark brown leather handle.
I also like the fact that it's less "in your face" Vuitton. Mind you, a Monogram pochette accessories would be cute to get in the future, but on a larger handbag I prefer it to be more subdued.

I feel strange owning it now, considering it's my first handbag splurge and I'm not even that big a fan of Louis Vuitton. The Speedy is the only handbag from their classic line that I love.
I haven't taken it out much, but when I do, I will love to show it to you in all its glory.
One downer is that, as you can see from the picture, they gave it to me all folded up in the bag. It had these fold marks for a few days afterwards which was pretty annoying.

Enough Louis Vuitton blabber, on to today's FACE:


Face: Chanel Mat Lumiere Foundation(#30), Bobbi Brown Colour Corrector in Light Peach (used under the eyes), Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Powder, NARS Laguna Bronzer, NARS Mounia Blush

Eyes: MAC Paint Pot in Bare Study, Estee Lauder Spiced Peach Quad (the light gold shade), MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack, GOSH Eyeliner in Bananas on the waterline, Helena Rubinstein eyeshadow in Night Flicker on the bottom lash line, Chanel Inimitable mascara in Noir Obscur (1 coat)

Lips: YSL Rouge Volupte #7 "Lingerie Pink", MAC Dazzleglass in Baby Sparks

I really love Mat Lumiere foundation. As you can see, it's not really that matte. It's a natural finish and it contains powders that keep oils at bay throughout the day. It oxidizes on me a little, but with a minor touch up of Laura Mercier translucent powder, it's all good again.

Have a great week and I'll catch you later... hopefully this weekend I will do a fun Halloween post if my costume turns out internet-worthy haha :)