Category Archives: Handbags

I Want You to Vote!

I can be very indecisivie at times.  Right now its one of those times. Before I go off investing in a handbag, I usually try to ensure its exactly what I want. Since 1. they are expensive and I’ll be hanging onto them for hopefully a few seasons, and 2. I’ll be using it on quite a regular basis so I don’t want that constant guilty feeling lingering of, “should I have bought that?”

I’m in desperate, and I mean desperate, need of a new black handbag.  And after some serious hours dedicated to Internet research, I’ve come to two possible candidates.  What are your thoughts? I need something classic that I can wear both to work and on the weekends.

I liked the fact that the Rebecca Minkoff Morning After bag has an optional hook for a  shoulder strap.  If you haven’t noticed, shoulder straps are quite in this seasons, and not to mention they are one of a the few trends that are actually functional! To think they consider making our everyday lives a little easier! Thanks Rebecca.  The downside, the bag doesn’t come with the strap so I have to buy it on her site. That is a little cheap!

I came across the Botkier bag today and immediately loved it! I love bags with a little fringe, but no too much like the flower child bag Serena sported during season 1 of Gossip Girl.  The fringe is somewhat reminescent of a Balenciaga city bag, which is my ALL TIME FAVORITE handbag.  If I won the lottery tomorrow, it would be my first purchase. Which I thought used to be called the motorcycle? What’s up with that? I’ve been following this bag for years and I know they’ve changed their name!

Please vote!

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Recovering From Buyer’s Remose

This bag had a roundtrip back to Barney's

This bag had a roundtrip back to Barney's

Unless you’ve been living under a rock then you should be aware that a) we’re in a recession, b) retailers are getting hit hard, and c) there are SALES, SALES, and more SALES.  Marc Jacobs winter coat 75%, yes please! Prada jodpurs that would have Ralph Lauren begging please – I’ll take one at 70% off.    Tahari riding boots half off – why thank you, so glad I picked up the last size 8.

Finding these 75% off deals at retailers like Barney’s, Neiman’s and Saks can throw any fashion lover into an absolute tizzy. Sale shopping can unveil some of man’s most inherent and primitive hunting instincts.  Pumping adrenaline, heighten senses, and a pounding heart are the typical symptoms of sale shopping.

Getting worked up about finding a great price can often blur judgment.  Even though the price is right, doesn’t mean the item is right for you.  I recently feel victim to sale frenzy and purchased myself a Marc Jacobs bag at $350 – down from $1400.  Honestly, how could someone walk out of Barney’s with leaving an MJ bag at 75%?

Not long after, I experienced a gulity wave that could only be described as Buyer’s Remose.  I liked the bag, just not on me.  It didn’t fit my wardrobe or my look.  Thank goodness Barney’s doesn’t live and die by final sale.  Getting that $350 off my credit card felt pretty damn good.

Lesson learned: Don’t buy something just because its a good deal. Normally I wouldn’t purchase a $350 handbag without thoroughly thinking through my decision.  Make sure it works for you and your wardrobe.  All and all, if you don’t love it, leave it.