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 ? 


Brenda's Couch said...

that bag is all shades of beauty...


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.
Christina ♥ https://caliope-couture.com

That New Dress said...

Such a gorgeous broach! Looking fab hun xx


Algo Para Ponerme said...

I love the look!!



Black Dress Inspiration said...

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


101thingsilove/Johanna said...

Love the color palette!

Constance Murphy said...

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


Kirsten Wick said...

Your shades are absolutely gorgeous. Love, Kirsten


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!


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.

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

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


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!
Chic on the Cheap

Margot said...

I love the pastel color on this skirt.
such an adorable skirt.

E said...

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

District of Chic

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.