@Longchamp Behind the scenes of the creation of our new Amazone handbag. (4 of 4)

Happy National Handbag Day! (October 10, 2018)

It’s the 6th National Handbag Day!

I actually haven’t acquired any new handbags for some time, nor do I have any seriously on my wishlist. So, to mark the occasion on this blog, I’ll do a quick roundup of 10 bags in my collection that I need to wear more often.

Adrienne Vittadini

Lenox Drawstring Pouch in Silver

I bought this ages ago, and I’m not sure why I rarely use it, since it is actually extremely comfortable to wear and holds a good amount! The leather is soft and subtly metallic. Aaah, I need to dig it out now!
Adrienne Vittadini — Lenox Drawstring Pouch in Silver

Badgley Mischka

Jill Crossbody in Black

The main reason I don’t wear this as much is that the strap is a bit too long. I need to just go get an extra hole or two punched into the strap.
Badgley Mischka — Jill Crossbody in Black

Chloé

Marcie Medium Satchel in Tan

My second-favorite bag of all-time, and yet, I don’t wear it as often as I should. Honestly, it is heavy and that is why I use it infrequently. Note to self: work out more so you can take Marcie out! Chloé has actually recently released a slightly smaller version of the Marcie which is just perfect for me. Maybe next year…
Chloé — Marcie Medium Satchel in Tan

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Rebecca Minkoff, Je t'aime Medium Crossbody in Opal Iridescent

Holiday Haulage! Christmas & Boxing Day 2017

I still need to browse through other bloggers’ holiday hauls (I love haul posts!), but here’s my beauty-related Christmas and Boxing Day sale haulage for 2017.


CAKE BEAUTY
Deck the Haul Gift Set

  • The ‘Do Gooder Volumizing Dry Shampoo Spray (7 fl oz)
  • The Locks Smith Hydrating Dry Conditioner Spray (7 fl oz)
  • The Wave Maker Texturizing Beach Spray (2 fl oz)
  • The Brush Crush Dry Styling Dual Bristle Brush
  • 2 × The Grip Clip Dry Styling Hair Clip

The MSRP was C$73 (really?) but I got it after the holidays at Shoppers Drug Mart for $11!

Cake Beauty Deck the Haul Gift Set


CHANEL
Le Vernis Longwear in Fiction (582)

Chanel Le Vernis Longwear in Fiction

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Rebecca Minkoff, Small Soft Love Crossbody with Guitar Strap, in Beet

Happy National Handbag Day! Rebecca Minkoff — Small Soft Love Crossbody with Guitar Strap Review

Happy National Handbag, everybody!

Last month, I shopped a sale at Rebecca Minkoff (referral link—plus, code HANDBAG25 gets you 25% off selected styles, plus free duties and taxes to Canada, for today only!) and picked up two bags for my upcoming birthday (yes, yes, it was three months early, but sales this good don’t happen every month, y’know). The RM team had apparently been having customer service issues at the time—which I didn’t find out until after I placed the order, naturally—and I admittedly did have some issues with their website functionality. However, the order did go through properly, and my bags arrived promptly in Canada via BorderFree shipping. Maybe they’d gotten their act together by the time I ordered, but my order went smoothly.

I will mention one thing for Canadian customers: RM.com offers free international shipping with a US$300 order. But, when you switch over to the Canadian site with prices in Canadian dollars, they don’t tell you how much you need to spend. Now, it’s obviously my fault for submitting my order without checking to see if I was getting free shipping (d’oh!) but it turns out I had spent exactly US$299. I ended up paying CA$35 for shipping when I could easily have added a low-value item (not that there are loads of those at this store) to my shopping cart and gotten free shipping. Bleah! But, lesson learned. At least I did get CA$12 back via ebates.ca (referral link).

The sale was pretty awesome: I paid CA$197.06 for a Small Soft Love Crossbody with Guitar Strap in Beet, which had an original price of CA$295.04 (US$225), and CA$193.14 for a Geo Quilted Love Crossbody in Mushroom, which was originally CA$386.83 (US$295.)

Rebecca Minkoff Geo Quilted Love Crossbody in Mushroom, Small Soft Love Crossbody with Guitar Strap in Beet

I’ve not generally been a fan of many of Rebecca Minkoff’s newer styles, which are often a bit too inspired by popular luxury bags, and usually I just don’t think they look anywhere as nice as her more original designs (MAC, MAM, etc.).

The Love Crossbody is one exception. It’s clearly inspired by the immensely popular and immensely expensive Chanel Boy bag. But there’s something about RM’s take on it that really appeals to me, and much more so than the original bag does. Every time I see a Boy, I admire its luxe look, but gosh darn it, it looks ridiculously heavy! The Love Crossbody is a lot less expensive, and as such it doesn’t have that heavy, chunky hardware and thick leather. It has a more lightweight, playful vibe that I personally prefer. (It also doesn’t have the large in-your-face logo that the Chanel has.)

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Rebecca Minkoff Collection Alaina shoulder bag in Mango

Haulage! Rebecca Minkoff Collection — Alaina

I like to browse a couple of online consignment shops every now and then—specifically Yoogi’s Closet and The RealReal, which are the only ones I’ve actually purchased from—but I stepped it up this month since my birthday is coming up in a few months and I’m hoping to finally pick up a small Chloé Paraty. (Though my eye was also recently turned by a ten year-old black quilted Chloé Bay carried by Rachael Taylor’s character on The Defenders…)

Rachael Taylor and Krysten Ritter on Marvel's The Defenders (2017), Season 1
Rachael Taylor and Krysten Ritter (who, incidentally, often carried Rebecca Minkoff on another show) in Marvel’s The Defenders (2017), Season 1.
Image: Netflix.

Over the weekend, I browsed The RealReal’s Rebecca Minkoff section, as usual, hoping to spot an old school RM bag at a good price (this is my Holy Grail RM), and noticed a gorgeous Rebecca Minkoff Collection bag at a deep discount.

The Rebecca Minkoff Collection bags first came out around 2010, and represented a more luxe (and higher-priced) version of her usual line. Some of the bags used existing designs, like the MAB, MAC, and Nikki, adding luxe details like fancier leathers and real gold. Others were new designs exclusive to the line (I believe they may have been released 2012-ish), and I much preferred them to the blinged out classic styles.

RM Collection: Alaina

Mango

RM Collection: Allie

Black & Pink

RM Collection: Allie

Teal

RM Collection: Cali

Green

RM Collection: Elle

Colorblock

RM Collection: Elle with studs

Iridescent

RM Collection: Maria

Orange

RM Collection: Maria

Yellow

I remain on the hunt for the Allie in Black & Pink and the Studded Elle in Iridescent, but the one I just got is the Alaina in Mango, which retailed for US$850. I snagged it, gently used, off The RealReal for a total of $61. It was listed at US$130, on sale for 30% off, with a store coupon stacked on for $30 off. Shipping to Canada was $35—eek, I know, but they shipped it FedEx International Priority, so it arrived at my door in two days.

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Olympia Le-Tan x Lancôme LE Fall 2017 Collection, Olympia's Wonderland Icon Palette

New Release: Olympia Le-Tan × Lancôme – Olympia’s Wonderland Icon Palette (Fall 2017)

No nail polish in this collaboration between Lancôme and clutch book designer Olympia Le-Tan (though I do want to try some from the recent Lancôme collection), but this Icon Palette is so pretty that I wanted to post it!

Olympia’s Wonderland Icon Palette, Limited Edition for Fall 2017, contains 4 eyeshadows, blush, and four lip colors in the form of lipstick powder. Very old school, no?

Olympia Le Tan and Lancôme unveil a wildly desirable collector’s item: the first make-up palette to perfectly mirror the designer’s minaudière clutch-books. Just like the handbags that inspired it, this unprecedented palette is sheathed in cotton embroideries patterned like the cover of an antique book. An imaginary book, as it happens…

Inside, blusher, eyeshadow and lipsticks bring back the glamour of the Fifties with an ultra-contemporary twist. An important detail to note: each of these shades is a reworked version of a colour Olympia Le-Tan chose from Lancôme’s archives and updated.

Eyeshadows:

  • Nommé Désir 1971 (muted white)
  • Paradis 1956 (deep burgundy)
  • Brun Nacré 1965 (slightly iridescent taupe)
  • Gris Argent 1988 (glittery steel)

Lip Powders (to be used over La Base 1960):

  • Rouge de Rose 1955 (cold violet)
  • Olympia 1980 (flamboyant red)
  • Anémone 1959 (cherry)
  • Couture 1962 (vintage rose)

Other:

  • Pink blush, embossed with a ribbon motif taken from a 1950s Lancôme powder compact
  • La Base 1960 (universal colour-fixative base)
  • Double-ended makeup brush

The palette retails for CA$100.

The collection also includes lip-shaped lipstick bullets! I don’t see them on the Lancôme Canada website yet, however.

Happy Shopping!

Olympia Le-Tan x Lancôme, Olympia's Wonderland Icon Palette

Olympia Le-Tan x Lancôme, Olympia's Wonderland Icon Palette

Olympia Le-Tan x Lancôme, Olympia's Wonderland Icon Palette

[Images via lancome.ca]

Hayden-Harnett Tharpe Hobo in Anthracite

Throwback Thursday! Hayden-Harnett — Tharpe Hobo in Anthracite Review

I was quite a big fan of New York-based Hayden-Harnett back in the day, though mostly for their small leather goods. I still use my Clutch Wallet and Emile Indexer Wallet, and they have held up beautifully. One of these days, I’ll do a post on all my HH SLGs: wallets, leather cuffs, shoes, and more. They came in such a fun range of colors and patterns!

I only owned one HH handbag, though, the Newman Hobo, which is a lovely bag but not really to my taste. (That’s how sale goggles get you!)

Finally, a few months ago, I snagged a second HH bag after all these years of being a fan. And I’m in love.

The Tharpe was introduced in the mid-2000s—the oldest references to it on the Purseblog forums are from 2007. Sure, it’s a little dated-looking, particularly the side pockets, but I think it’s dated in a good, vintage sort of way. I see a little Chloé and Marc Jacobs influences in its design. The graphic pieces (just look at the zipper pull on the front flap!) and the pewter metallic of the Anthracite colorway both give it a bit of a sci-fi edge, and I love the contrast of the aged brass hardware against the warm grey.

Hayden-Harnett Tharpe Hobo in Anthracite, angle
Hayden-Harnett Tharpe Hobo in Anthracite, angle

I acquired this bag over the summer, so I didn’t get around to using it until now. It shouldn’t really matter, but this bag just strikes me as a winter bag! I’m sure I’ll get over it and start using it in spring and summer next year. Grey goes with everything, right?

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Happy Canadian Thanksgiving & National Handbag Day 2016! J.Crew — Signet Bag (Full Review)

Today is the second Monday in October, which means it is Thanksgiving Day in Canada! Happy Thanksgiving!

However, this year, today is also October 10, which means it is Handbag Day! I didn’t realize before now that the event was actually created by the PurseBlog (I do post very occasionally in their forum) in 2013.

I have posted a little bit about handbags on my blog, though it’s obviously not the main subject at hand. But my latest handbag has got me pretty happy and excited, so I’ll review it today.

I’m writing this on Thanksgiving morning and am hurriedly trying to get it written up before anybody comes over—so please forgive any typos. I’m pretty tired from staying up to witness last night’s big TV event:

I think my brain melted from some of the incoherent sludge I heard, but I think I should be OK to do a little write-up about a handbag!

I received my J.Crew Signet Bag last week and have been using it nonstop. It’s the perfect size and style for everyday shopping and errands.Read More »