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    Tips To Investing In A Designer Bag…

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     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 OMG moment? 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!)

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    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 ♥

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    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

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    Tip #3…

    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.

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    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…

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    Below are some of my current favorite bags I have purchased over the years…What is your favorite bag story?

    Also, check out my roundup of designer ‘going out bags’ under $1,000 HERE

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    July 4th S A L E S…

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    1. Old Navy Swing Dress | 2. Charming Charlie Star Crossbody | 3. Nordstrom Runaway Sunglasses | 4. Tory Burch Sinclair Seashell Sandals | 5. Cotton Off The Shoulder Dress | 6. High Neck Keyhole One Piece Swimsuit | 7. Elizabeth + James Pom Pom Earrings | 8. Rebecca Minkoff Mini Mac Bag | 9. Tory Burch Espadrilles | 10. Floppy Hat | 11. Inflatable Swan Float

    Happy 4th Of July Everyone!! Time to light up the BBQ, head for the beach + enjoy the sunshine while sipping on cocktails. While I will for sure be doing that, I may be doing a little bit of something else…online shopping!! 4th Of July weekend always has some of the best sales. From end of season summer favs like swimsuits + pool toys to trendy footwear + accessories, every major retailer does big business this weekend and honestly I am not surprised as to why, this is one of my favorite weekends to shop (in between laying out by the pool of course :p).

    While this weekend is traditionally known for summer time fun, I want to just remind everyone this is a holiday to celebrate America, to celebrate what makes this country truly great + to think about what it is to be an American. I for one am beyond proud to live here + be an American. It saddens me that as of late with this political climate, less + less Americans are ‘proud‘ of being an American. How can you not proud to be a citizen of this great country where everyone else desperately wants to move to? We have the best of everything, no matter what your political beliefs are, to be an American is an amazing thing + this weekend is a time to feel proud + show your allegiance to this country.

    Now that I got out of the way 😉 I am rounding up some of the Top 4th Of July SALES for 2017 below!

    Bloomingdales 

    Save an Extra 25-50% off of SALE items online

    Target

    Take 30% off Home + Furniture / 20% off Clothing, Shoes + Accessories

    Old Navy

    Up to 60% off Everything

    Nordstrom

    Sale picks starting at 20% off

    Tory Burch

    30% off Select Styles – Semi Annual Sale

    Lord & Taylor

    Up to 60% off Swimwear + Coverups

    GiGi New York

    20% off ALL Full Priced Items + Up to 50% off SALE Items

    Forever 21

    Buy 1, Get 1 FREE on SALE Items

    Charming Charlie

    Semi Annual SALE – 80% off Sale Items

    Shop More SALE Picks Below ♥

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    Mother’s Day Gift Guide…

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     Happy Monday! I hope you all had a great weekend – I sure did (lots of lounging and much needed rest after a busy week and I have a full week ahead…including a charity gala, dinner with one of my favorite PR gals + a trip to the…you guessed it ‘Museum Of Ice Cream‘)! Safe to say there’s lots happening…one thing coming up I am taking time to prep for is Mother’s Day! Mother’s Day is just TWO weeks away – Sunday May 14th.

    Whether you are planning on treating your mom to a lovely brunch, dinner or getaway, a card + a little gift is something that is always guaranteed to put a smile on any moms face! My mom has always been a fan of perfume and lotion sets (probably since everything else she likes is wayyy out of my budget haha) but my grandma loves candles and jewelry…So I rounded up some of my favorite gifts I have seen currently available at Nordstrom, Saks Off Fifth, Bloomingdales, Lord & Taylor + more!

    It is hard to find the perfect gift for someone that has given you life + so much more, but these little gifts may just do the trick 😉

    Are your ready for Mother’s Day? ♥

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    GILT Free Shopping…

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    Happy Tuesday! You all know I LOVE a good sale and nothing beats GILT.com however…what happens when GILT has a surprise sample sale in NYC filled with designer goodies up to 80% off?! Well you know I am ready to shop 😉

    This weekend you can snag the best designer bags, shoes, clothes + my personal favorite sunnies at prices so low they won’t break the bank! Now this is what I like to call a #GiltShoppingParty! The Gilt Sample Sale will have some brands like Prada, Valentino, Paul Smith, Balenciaga + more. The best part is that the sample sale will have a revamped layout making it even easier to shop and you can browse based on price point, trend, designer + more!

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    If you are in the NYC area this weekend I HIGHLY suggest you pop by the sample sale + get your shopping on!

    In addition to getting to shop some great designers at up to 80% off, there are on site alterations, a DJ, some goodies from sponsors like Dove + even monogramming! Sounds like one hell of a #GiltShoppingParty if you ask me!!

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    Since I won’t be in NYC this weekend to shop the sale, I did some shopping myself online at GILT.com (I snagged these Karen Walker sunnies for 50% off)! I linked to some of my favorite sunnies from GILT below ♥

    Snag your tickets to the Gilt Sample Sale HERE

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    Gift IT for the Holidays…

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     Happy Weekend! Nothing makes me happier than a weekend filled with some much needed rest + relaxation, but leading up to the holidays one thing I love to do is round up some of my favorite products that double as great holiday gifts ♥ I have loved IT Cosmetics for years now. Their foundation, contour palettes + mascara are part of my everyday beauty routine AND their brushes I love even more. With countless designs they have the perfect brush sets for every occasion + every beauty guru but currently I am obsessing over this ‘All That Glitters Set‘! Seriously, who wouldn’t want to sparkle this holiday season while applying your makeup 😉

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    Luckily IT Cosmetics is making it easy to gift this year with their specially designed travel sized products that come in ornament packaging! How cool is that? They make great stocking stuffers for the beauty lovers in your life 😉

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    Shop My IT Cosmetics Favorites♥

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    Orchard Mile Holiday Gift Guide…

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    1.GiGi NY Planner | 2.Rag and Bone Winter Hat | 3.Chloe Perfume Set | 4.Rebecca Minkoff Puff Keychain | 5.Alice In Wonderland Adult Coloring Book | 6.Rebecca Minkoff Moto Bag | 7.GiGi NY Luggage Tag | 8.Cynthia Rowley Embroidered Pillow | 9.The Big Book Of Chic | 10.NEST Winter Candle | 11.Joie Cashmere Scarf | 12.NEST Diffuser Set | 13.Dolce and Gabbana ‘Passionate Eye Set’ | 14.Cynthia Rowley iPhone Case | 15.Rebecca Minkoff iPhone Charger

     Happy Weekend! With the holidays quickly approaching, it’s time for a gift guide that rounds up great picks for your gal pals, family or colleagues! I discovered Orchard Mile that sells all of your favorite designer goodies…from candles to coffee books to tech accessories to clothing + jewelry…no matter what gift you are searching to give this holiday season, Orchard Mile has got you covered!

     One of my favorite parts of the holiday season is being able to give the perfect gifts to the ones you love. Sometimes it can be a challenge to find the right gift and heading to a department store can be a bit overwhelming with the all of the various options. What is a gal to do? Head to a site that has a curated collection of designers + pieces that are ideal for gifting of course!

    Orchard Mile has all of my favorite designers + great products that are trendy as well as great quality and are just what your loved ones will adore. One of my favorite sections of gifts they sell are books. I have been on the hunt for great coffee table books (for my own place) for a while now + I know all of my girlfriends and even family love a great book as well! Also, candles + diffusers with great scents always make for a great gift + Orchard Mile has you fully stocked on the best fragrances of the season ♥

    *Thank you Orchard Mile for sponsoring this post*

    Shop Orchard Mile Below

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    Black Friday Shopping Guide…

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    Happy Thanksgiving Everyone! ♥ I am about to head out to have some turkey (ahh I can’t wait) but first I wanted to round up some of my favorite Black Friday finds + steals! From Nordstrom to Target to Tory Burch + more, holiday shopping can be done from the comfort of your home…no need for long lines or traffic – I prefer PJs + a great cocktail 😉

    Whether you are doing some winter style shopping for yourself (I definitely got in on a bunch of these deals hehe :p) Or you are looking for great gifts for family + friends, these sales will have you giving the gift of style to everyone in your life (and at a fraction of the normal retail cost).

    Nordstrom

    Extra 20% Off Sale Items + FREE SHIPPING Everyday!

    Nordstrom Rack

    Up To 75% Off Your Favorite Picks!

    Old Navy

    50% Off Sitewide Taken At Checkout

    Target

    Door Buster Black Friday Deals Starting TODAY!

    Tory Burch

    Spend $250, Receive 30% Off + FREE SHIPPING With Code :: THANKS

    Macy’s

    Extra 20% Off Sale Items With Code :: THANKS

    Lord & Taylor

    20% Off Regular Price + Sale Items + 25% Off Clearance Items With Code :: THANKS

    Shop Some Of My Favorites Below

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