Friday, November 21, 2014

Bag lady

I've always said that I'm into shoes more than I am into handbags, but after compiling all of the photos for this post, I think I may have to re-think that statement. Grab some coffee, and let's take a tour of Carylee's handbag collection, shall we? Except, first.

Dear Husband: If you're reading this, just close out this little browser and pretend none of this happened. Oh hey, look over there! It's a supercharged Camaro!...

I've been wanting to do a "what's in your handbag" type of post for quite some time, and this handbag style guide by Rue La La finally pushed me over the edge to just do it already! It was interesting to read through the different types of handbags Rue La La highlighted. I wanted to take a closer look at my collection to see where I may have some holes. Where Rue La La distinguishes handbags in the following categories -- clutch, tote, baguette, hobo, satchel, luxury; I am separating my handbags into the following groups: evening, crossbody, medium sized, convertible, large, and statement.

Clockwise from top left: Christian Louboutin, Kate Spade, Vince Camuto, Kate Spade, Ralph Lauren, Michael Kors

The purpose of this group goes without saying. Something big enough to fit my bare necessities for the evening, but small enough where it's not a total inconvenience to hold. I do have a handful of other small wristlets that aren't pictured, but the black bow Vince Camuto clutch/wristlet is probably my most used. The Ralph Lauren leopard handbag is the most ideal because it comes with a shoulder strap that I can whip out if I need both hands free.

Top (L to R): Kate Spade, Rebecca Minkoff, Kate Spade | Middle (L to R): Rebecca Minkoff, Gucci, Kate Spade | Bottom (L to R): Marc by Marc Jacobs, Tory Burch, Kate Spade

Up until about 2-3 years ago, I never ever owned crossbody bags. I always felt like there was something matronly and dated about them. The very first crossbody I purchased was the green patent bag above, and it was all downhill from there. The perfect sized handbag to carry essentials with the ease of simply throwing it across my body -- not having to worry about it slipping off my shoulders, but still having my personal belongings at my fingertips.

Top (L to R): Chanel, Kooba, Marc by Marc Jacobs | Middle (L to R): Kate Spade, Kate Spade, Marc by Marc Jacobs | Bottom (L to R): Kate Spade, Kate Spade, Kate Spade

OK, so maybe I don't have a handbag problem, I just have a *Kate Spade* problem. Ooops. But their flash sales get me every time! But anyway - these medium sized bags are the crossover vehicle of the handbag world. They're big enough to carry my daytime essentials for running errands, but they're still small enough for me to take to dinner if I felt so inclined. Clearly I favor the tote style. I like to be able to just throw everything in my bag, and quickly see the contents all at once.

Top (L to R): Kate Spade Saturday, Chicastic Middle (L to R): Foley + Corinna, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Chicastic | Bottom (L to R): Foley + Corinna, Marc by Marc Jacobs

I am a sucker for anything that has a dual purpose because then I feel like I am getting two handbags for the price of one. These are also my favorite types of handbags to pack on a trip because they can expand to however much you need them to carry. And, the slouchier the better. I love the easy, laid back look of a slouchy handbag.

Clockwise from top left: Michael Kors, Kate Spade, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Stella & Dot, Kate Spade, Kate Spade, Kate Spade, Rebecca Minkoff

The two handbag styles I use the most are the crossbody and these large totes/satchels. While I do have a separate laptop bag I use for work, these are the perfect carry-all  of anything and everything. I love the way a good structured handbag finishes off an outfit. I was actually surprised I didn't already have a black structured tote, which is why I recently purchased the one above from Stella & Dot.

Chanel Medium Classic Flap

This is why I don't consider myself a handbag lady - I really don't have many luxury or statement handbags. OK, so I do have one other Chanel and a small Gucci, but I don't own a Louis Vuitton, which I feel is the proverbial blogger bag. I don't have a Celine. I don't have a Chloe. That's not to say I never will, but it's not on my immediate wish list. For now, this bag is the mother of all my handbags. I talk more about her in this post here, and I'm not kidding when I say that she takes my breath away every time.  

Sunnies: Tom Ford | Wallet: Kate Spade | Pouch: Rebecca Minkoff

With all those handbags, it definitely becomes a task having to transfer contents over and over again. I found the easiest way for me to manage this was to simply throw my essentials into a simple pouch - iPhone, keys, wallet, gloss (in a JCrew jewelry bag so the inside of my purse never gets gooey), powder, and pill case (for Excedrin, Sudafed, Advil, etc.) The only thing "loose" I have left to grab are my sunglasses of the day.

Other things I may end up lugging around with me are: small toiletries bag, notebook, shoe aids (see post here), camera, iPad. However, my absolute must-have-can't function-without items are pictured above.

Whew. I'm glad I was finally able to document my handbag addiction collection for you. I hope you don't like me less now that you know I'm a hoarder. Perhaps a few of you can at least relate to the fact that certain outfits require certain accessories? I would love to hear what your favorite styles are and how your everyday essentials compare to mine!

And if this post has left you inspired to build your collection, I've selected some splurge and save options below! I may have accidentally ordered this clutch while I was pulling this shopping inspiration for you. But, it was less than $20, so that's ok right???


Thursday, November 20, 2014

Third Thursday Threads: Fall Footwear

I was so excited (and honored) when Bri asked if I would co-host Third Thursday Threads with her this month. This month's theme is "Fall Footwear." Well, if there's any theme that I can dress to - it's footwear related! I decided to pick these BCBG leopard pumps. I had originally seen them on Sabrina, and wouldn't you know, Cha Cha and Sheila are also now proud owners.

Sunnies: Vince Camuto | Scarf: JCrew Factory | Bag: MICHAEL Michael Kors (option) | Top: JCrew Factory | Jacket: ExpressBottoms: American Eagle (option) | Heels: BCBG

Leopard pumps are certainly not limited to Fall, they're pretty seasonless to me. However, because I love oxblood so much, which is inherently fall to me, I wanted to pick a shoe that I always turn to as a pairing with oxblood. Cue all things leopard!

I really love the simple pieces in this outfit - the silhouette is classic, there are no real big statement pieces, but everything about it makes me feel put together and complete. The scarf is also my new favorite purchase, as I've worn it about 3 times in the last week. How has this stripe addict never owned a striped scarf before?!

Be sure to hop on over to Bri's blog to check out her favorite fall footwear! And link up with us, too, while you're at it!


Linking up for: Thursday FavoritesWhat I Wore to Work, Spotlight Weekly Linkup with Elle and Jacqueline, Look What I Got with Sharon and TaraThird Thursday Threads

In case you're new here, here's how this works:
2. Link to a specific post, not your general blog URL, and please be wearing or talking about fall footwear.
3. Visit the other bloggers who have linked up!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

His birthday!

I decided to take the plunge and get this jacket after seeing it on Rachelle here. I figured it would be nice to have a jacket that isn't a moto jacket, since I seem to have accumulated a handful of that style! I'm so happy with the fit! It's probably a little lightweight for the winter, but that's nothing a few layers can't fix! It even has buttons in the back so you can adjust the waist! I loved this option since I can cinch my waist when I'm just wearing a light top, but when I'm wearing a sweater like this, I can loosen the fit.

Sunnies: Oakley | Jacket: JCrewNecklace: Express (option) | Bag: Tory Burch (budget option) | Sweater: Express (option, option)  | Tunic: ExpressLeggings: Express | Booties: Report (option)

Can we all say, "Happy Birthday" to Mr. Carylee, aka my photographer? After all, if it weren't for his time and energy, this blog would not be what it currently is. This is what I wore during the day before my hair appointment on Saturday. You can see my after haircut pic here! I ended up just switching into my black destroyed skinnies when we went out later that evening to celebrate with dinner and a movie. It was hard to follow in his footsteps after what he did for me for my birthday this year, but I still think I did well!

I bought him a driving experience at the New Orleans motorsports track. He gets to drive a Lamborghini, and I get to eat some authentic beignets. Don't you love the way I think? I have never been to New Orleans before, so I figured it would be a nice long weekend. He seemed pretty stoked about his present, so I shall call this year a success!


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