With Thanksgiving just a days away I am getting excited to indulge in some yummy turkey (not too much hehe :p) + some delicious treats (within reason)…but one of my favorite parts of Thanksgiving other than the yummy food is the cozy vibes of being around family + friends. While I tend to dress up for the holidays I find myself wishing I simply dressed cozy as we are sitting on the couch watching football…so my solution for this year is a cozy mustard cardigan paired with jeans that will keep me from over eating haha :p
I have been crushing on mustard hues for fall + nothing beats a cozy cardigan to wrap yourself in…the combination…pure perfection! I love a good cardigan so I am linking to a few of my favorites below.
My go-to skinny jeans are always from Old Navy…I can’t help but love the fit, quality + price. I will be rocking these all season long because I love the denim color…the bluer the better! Thanksgiving Tip…wearing jeans will keep ya from over eating since you won’t want to sit in pain or have your button pop off haha!! :p
If you want to dress up your cozy look simply throw on some pumps. I love rocking white pumps year round because they are so chic + match with everything.
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?
Happy F R I Y A Y loves ♥ I am beyond happy that it is the weekend – I don’t know about you, but this week has been a long one and the weekend can’t come soon enough! What will I be up to? Shooting outfits at some new colorful walls in LA of course with my bestie 🙂
What can I say, when life gives you a colorful wall…shoot photos in front of it 😉 hehe This look was shot at one of my favorite colorful walls in DTLA! Polka dots in bright, bold colors? Count me IN! With a colorful backdrop comes a rather neutral look like this one featuring my new plunge style dress from Tobi!
This white dress is a bit sexy + sweet, with the plunge top + flowy bottom, it makes for the perfect date night dress (I will for sure be packing this for when I visit my boo in London next month)!
I layered it with this tan trench coat from AMI Clubwear. Now this coat is DEFINITELY coming with me to London since who knows what the weather will be like + it is such an easy to layer piece for day time trips, dinner + beyond 🙂
My heels are one of my favorite parts of this outfit…just look at the pearl detailing – honestly I can’t get over them!
Not only are they chic for a nighttime affair but they are comfortable too so they are the perfect shoe to wear to dress up any look (even jeans and a cute top during the day).
My bag is one of my signature go-to’s from Louis Vuitton. You can never go wrong with a little LV!
Happy Monday Ya’ll!! I decided to put on a slight southern accent this morning apparently haha I have been in a silly mood lately don’t ask haha :p Time to kick off another busy week with Pops Of Color, good vibes + hopefully some warmer weather. Although LA is usually warm, this past week it has been really chilly…making me not a happy camper ugh. Since spring is in full swing I decided to mix some of my spring into summer pieces with some of my winter essentials (being jeans instead of shorts of course).
Last spring pom pom sandals were the biggest hit + apparently they are here to stay…something I am VERY happy about! I love sandals period because any excuse I have to show off a good pedicure is fine by me, but to add some cute flair in the form of colorful pom poms and tassels makes them even better!
Clearly I am really happy about the week ahead haha Pictures can be deceiving…I am really so sleepy and must admit I slept in till 2 in the afternoon yesterday :p oops #SorryNotSorry
One of my favorite brands of sunnies is Le Specs. I love their edgy designs at an affordable price point, these Noir style ones have been a staple of mine ever since I got them. I am also linking below to some pom pom sandals I am crushing on + then my Louis Vuitton Speedy 30 Bag.
Score these and you will be ready for summer in no time!!