On Souvenirs..

Peach and gold brocade skirt Merona - Off white sweater Tommy Hilfiger -
Harriet tote bag See by Chloe - Isola flat burgundy bow shoes
There is one thing I have never understood and its when someone goes on a trip, let's say Paris and they bring you a souvenir its made in China. 
Yes, I know you may think I am ungrateful and that it is the thought that counts, however in my head the idea of a souvenir is that it is uniquely from that place you just came back from. Hopefully its something made in the region and that its not easy to obtain anywhere else. I know that with the internet and online shopping this might be a difficult task.. 
Whenever I bring something back from a trip either for a friend or myself I make an effort for it to be unique. As it turns out its usually food, an artisan hand craft, hand made jewellery, a garment locally made or from a local brand and made in the country or even something vintage.
Today, for example I'm wearing a vintage hand painted Tsuji porcelain pin made in Argentina. I bought it at the San Telmo sunday market in Buenos Aires sometime in 2011.  I could have picked up a tshirt or a tote bag but I bought this home as a memento of the trip. Its local, its vintage and was quite affordable and now it's got a story ;) 
How about you, what's your stand on souvenirs ? 

21 comments

Brenda's Couch said...

that bag is all shades of beauty...


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Raysa Garcia said...

You look lovely! I really love your bag and shoes.
Happy weekend. Xx, Raysa

Beauty Unearthly said...

I love the details. Very beautiful.

Mica T said...

Oh it's a beautiful brooch! Reminds me of those fancy plates people display sometimes, the shape of it.

I tend to do food as a souvenir gift if it will comply with our customs laws (can't even take things across state lines in some cases). For myself though I don't always look out for locally made things, just something I will use and enjoy and that will remind me of my trip :)


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Caliope Couture said...

Great outfit and that brooch is really gorgeous! I love special souvenirs like this but don't really go in for the generic things that are usually sold.
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That New Dress said...

Such a gorgeous broach! Looking fab hun xx

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Algo Para Ponerme said...

I love the look!!

kisses:))

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Black Dress Inspiration said...

Un look perfecto para un día de oficina, estás muy guapa
Bss

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101thingsilove/Johanna said...

Love the color palette!

Constance Murphy said...

Love this outfit, those colours suit you perfectly. You look gorgeous Lorena!

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Kirsten Wick said...

Your shades are absolutely gorgeous. Love, Kirsten

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T. Mam said...

I feel you my darling Lovera regarding the souvenirs! I usually buy food and never magnets. Your porcelain pins looks very beautiful, never seen anything like it.
Have a great week darling!
Cheers,
T.

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Lisa - respect the shoes said...

Great sunglasses!

My sis is a pro souvenir shopper - wherever she goes, she knows just the right thing to buy that is evocative of the place but not too cheesy. I on the other hand, usually end up empty-handed.

Kim Alston said...

Lorena, you are so funny! They probably don't take the time to look at the back to see if it's locally made. They just assume.
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Dressed With Soul said...

Dear Lorena, I really love your wonderful skirt and this amazing souvenir you are wearing! Souvenirs are a complexe theme in my case ... honestly I buy very seldom such things as I'm not sure if I still will like what I bought at home :)
xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena
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Oh to Be a Muse said...

I never bring back souvenirs for people -- but I have my reasons for that. But if I did, I would definitely get something made in the actual country for sure. This pin you got from Buenos Aires is super unique.

FashionJazz said...

I agree with you, love your bag :) xx

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LyddieGal said...

I am 100% with you! I don't see the point in buying something that was made in China, unless I was visiting china, or something I could easily buy on line or even in a store in my home town. When my sister and I were in california it was quite the struggle to find unique things and the only real souvenir I bought was a starfish ornament that was handmade in San Diego.

I think your vintage broach is quite lovely and in infinitely better than a tee or a tote!
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Margot said...

I love the pastel color on this skirt.
such an adorable skirt.
xx,
Margot
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E said...

What a pretty pastel look! And that pin is so cool!

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Magdalena Ścierska Minimalissmo said...

I do not like buying little stupid souvenirs, not exactly china's, all kind :) For me it rubbish the world. I prefer to buy sth to eat or sit and admire city, mountains, sea etc. This is the only value (remember it), not material things.