Well…almost that is hehe Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching + whether you will be celebrating with your boo, hanging with friends or simply giving yourself some much needed self love, a great way to get in a romantic state-of-mind is with a new look featuring the signature colors of Valentine’s Day…RED + PINK ♥
While I love all of the flowers + chocolate, I definitely don’t love the crowds at all the restaurants and bars on Valentine’s Day, so this year Mike + I are celebrating Valentine’s Day early while we are on vacation in Florida BUT I will for sure be treating myself to some of the pieces below to wear for the romantic evening. Even if you don’t have a date for Valentine’s Day, one of the funnest things to do is plan a girls night with your crew – anyone heading to happy hour followed by the new Fifty Shades? I kinda am excited to do that as well haha :p
Happy Tuesday Loves…and most importantly Happy National Handbag Day! ♥
If I got to come up with all of the national holidays, they would pretty much always center around handbags haha Honestly what holiday is better than one where we get to celebrate handbags in all their glory? Some may think my love for designer bags is a bit crazy (just ask my boyfriend haha when I spent over an hour in Chanel during our recent trip to Paris he was not enthused to say the least haha #oops – I mean come on…it was CHANEL in Paris – how did he expect me not to have a major OMGmoment? hehe :p)
In honor of this special day haha I am sharing some of my favorite bags I have invested in over the years + I am sharing my tips to purchasing the designer bag you have been lusting after (it can happen – trust me!)
The highlight of today’s post is my most recent purchase from my European excursion – my FIRST ever Chanel bag. I have literally dreamed of this moment for years + the fact that it finally happened in Paris of all places was like a fairytale moment for me haha (ok now I really do sound like a handbag addict #sorrynotsorry)
On the subject of dreaming of a certain bag, this brings me to my first designer bag tip…
1.Research + Save!
There are a ton of bags out there by a ton of designers with a ton of different functions. What I find most helpful when contemplating a big handbag purchase is to evaluate when I would wear the bag, what occasion, how often etc. When spending a pretty penny on a bag you want to make sure you get good use out of it. That’s why I typically wait a couple of months before purchasing + if my lust for the bag is still there, then it is meant to be.
I have dreamed of purchasing a classic style Chanel for years (I even set a goal for myself that I would be able to purchase one – without living out of a cardboard box hehe by the time I was 30). Why Chanel? Easy…it never goes on sale, it will always retain it’s value + other than Hermes (which is my next goal haha), it is pretty much the best of the best when it comes to an investment designer bag to purchase ♥
That brings me to this beauty…the Louis Vuitton Pouchette Metis. I have been lusting after this bag for a YEAR, yes no joke a year! When my boyfriend first got to London, I asked him to visit Louis Vuitton to see if it was available anywhere in the UK since I had been on waitlist status at LV in the US for months. Lucky enough…I got lucky in the good ole’ UK + the rest is…well history hehe and a good story!
Why was I lusting after this bag? Easy – it is a classic style that is perfect for everyday wear + because it is such a commodity to get your hands on now-a-days, it retains it’s value (yes ladies + gents, handbags are an investment :p)
This brings me to investing in a designer bag Tip #2…
2.Carefully choose your style!
This may sound silly, but this ties back to tip one…it is quite important to think carefully before picking you color, pattern or print of bag. For example, Gucci has been very eclectic lately…meaning the bags are brightly colored with funky patterns etc. Those styles are a trend, they will not be in style 5 years from now (let alone a year from now) however, a simple black Chanel bag or signature monogram Louis Vuitton will rarely got out of style since they are classic styles that aren’t ‘trendy‘ per say :p
3.Bigger is ALWAYS Better!
Hey now, get your mind out of the gutter hehe I am referring to the size of the…bag! Do you ever go to the movie theater + the person at the concession stand tells asks you ‘Would you like to upgrade your combo to a large for just $.50 more?‘ 9 times out of 10 you say yes don’t ya? Why? Because it’s a no brainer, for a little amount more you get double the serving. Funny enough, that same logic applies to purchasing a designer bag.
I didn’t start buying ‘smaller’ designer bags till this last year – after I already invested in larger bags that have tons of room + functionality. Usually the next size up when it comes to designer bags varies between a few hundred dollars, so if you are iffy on whether you need the extra space or not, I always say GO FOR IT! I have never heard anyone regret going a little bit bigger + having the extra room.
Funny enough – my first job when I was 14 was scooping popcorn at my local movie theater (so I used to have to up sell everyone to a large combo haha) Anyways, with all of those up sells, I would get a $.25 commission added to my paycheck…I saved up all of those checks to purchase my first Dior bag the summer before I started high school! And that brings me to my next ‘tip’ or rather fun fact…
4.Every Bag Has A Story!
My bags always have a story behind them. I can tell you where I purchased it, why, when, etc. I usually buy one new designer bag a year + each bag is a milestone for me. For example, the Dior above was the first designer bag I purchased for myself ever.
Below is the Gucci bag I bought on Rodeo Drive when I first moved to LA…every bag tells a story, which makes them so meaningful to me as corny as that sounds…
Below are some of my current favorite bags I have purchased over the years…What is your favorite bag story?
It’s HERE! Every fashionista’s every time of year! The Nordstrom Anniversary S A L E ♥ It’s the perfect opportunity when you can actually save money on what will be trending for fall + stock up to be prepped for the season change!
Summer, Summer, Summer Time! My favorite season is summer (hence moving to LA with endless summer year round :p) so of course I get excited when June, July + August roll around because I get to start wearing some of my favorite summer trends! My go-to summer piece? A cute dress! I love a great dress for weekend adventures, the office, a night out etc. so I am rounding up some of my favorite styles from Revolve Clothing + Nordstrom below ♥
And just like that…it’s summer time! Ok, well summer may officially start on June 20th, but the second Memorial Day Weekend passes, I am in a summer state-of-mind…which means N E W accessories to brighten up your wardrobe + really make a statement all summer long 😉 Although I am all about shopping on a budget, one item I was taught to never ever skimp out on is a quality handbag!
I got my first designer handbag when I was in the 3rd grade…a Louis Vuitton (my mama raised me with good taste…what can I say haha :p). Ever since then, I have had a long standing love affair with great quality designer bags, so when Farbod Barsum arrived in Beverly Hills, I knew I had to check him out, and a new obsession quickly began…brightly colored handbags + accessories made in the U.S. with the most exotic skins to make truly one of a kind pieces ♥ Maybe that is why the designer has so many loyal celebrity fans (Louis Roe, SJP + more)…If SJP approves of something, then you know it’s a ‘must have’ :p
The chic store located in Beverly Hills is filled with brightly colored bags, travel accessories + more that are perfect for any fashionista who wants to truly make a statement. Since moving to LA, I learned that you need to stand out. Every gal has a Chanel, a YSL etc. But I love to not follow the crowd when it comes to my handbags…go big or go home. If you are ready to invest in a stunning designer bag, why not pick a unique one that not everyone around town has…a bag speaks volumes. The right bag in a way is more than just a bag, it is an ice breaker, a conversation piece, an extension of your own personal style…Farbod Barsum understands how important great quality + design are when it comes to handbags + accessories, that’s why I am currently pinching my pennies + saving up to snag one of these beauties…I mean can you blame me? 😉
Check out more from Farbod Barsum here AND be sure to visit the gorgeous Beverly Hills store located at 9456 Dayton Way!
With Festival Season upon us and Coachella being just weeks away, I am getting kinda addicted to the ‘boho chic babe‘ look :p So since I am currently coming up with outfits to shoot this weekend for festival posts, I decided I’d get some inspo with online shopping (ahem…online ‘window’ shopping hehe — trying to stay on a budget) but luckily these clothing, shoe + accessory picks are all affordable! Woohoo!
And the weekend is over…time to embark on a new week and hopefully that involves (plenty) of green tea, some exciting packages (I may or may not have done a little online shopping this weekend — #oops…only way to see is on SnapChat – MissyOnMadison) + getting some work done (that’s kinda required I guess huh :p). If you weren’t already aware, I am slightlyaddicted to green tea and my addiction got even worse over the weekend, when I headed to Costco and I spotted their citrus green tea which if you haven’t tried it, you are missing out because it is literally the most AMAZING green tea I have ever had (thanks mom :p)! My mom is always trying to get me to save money and be on a budget but in my mind…if it’s on sale I saved money duh hehe Well, in her never ending battle to get me to save money she suggested I try the Costco brand green tea to cut out my daily Starbucks expenditure (after doubting her, I gave in and got the tea)…best purchase I made this weekend…actually it was the best thing that happened to me this weekend…let’s just say I had the most awkward date ever and pretty much contemplated walking out on it (this was an absolute first)…but onto a lighter subject haha…my outfit 😉