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Easy Come, Easy Go: A Story of Bag Lust and Indecision

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Easy Come, Easy Go: A Story of Bag Lust and Indecision

First off, I'm incredibly privileged to even have this "problem", and I'm sure many of you accessories collectors are just as fortunate, too. Have you ever found a bag that was extremely amazing, and you had to get it? But when you got home, there was something that just made you a little unsure about keeping it?

Do you ever navigate to a website that either sells or blogs about bags to just drool at the pictures? About six months ago, I did just that as I scoured the web for my next handbag purchase. Usually I know when it is "The Bag" when over two months pass by and I'm still opening the bookmarked bag page whenever I have free time. In the past, I've made too many mistakes with impulse purchases, and I vowed never to put myself in that place again. Though, I will admit some of them were fabulous...

After saving for a good while and then purchasing the Balenciaga Papier A4 bag, I was ecstatic but also incredibly skeptical. I was yearning for a piece that would satiate all the bag-wants that I've had for a while.

A nude or creme color? Check. Soft, buttery leather? Check. Minimalistic? Check. And it didn't hurt at all that it smelled like the inside of a new car. Just amazing. In fact, I would walk around my apartment carrying the bag to see if I really liked it. Back and forth, back and forth from mirror to mirror. And I did a lot of bag-smelling. It was clear that Balenciaga uses the finest quality leathers. I can still think of the smell if I close my eyes and recall hard enough.

But carrying it around didn't help the fact that there wasn't something right about it. I didn't have totally good vibes about the purchase. The bag handles were a little too short for my muscly arms, fostered by a little too much tennis. And one of the handles kept slipping off, even when I had the bag filled with my laptop and other heavy accouterments.

In addition, I was very hesitant about purchasing a soft, light leather bag. The leather was so smooth that it could easily get scratched. I'm very careful with my bags, but I know that even the slightest mark (whether it be from pen or from some other source) would bother me. I tend to purchase darker bags because of possibilities like this.

Though I have those reservations, I do enjoy the experience of an aging bag. For instance, I look forward to the patina that will appear on my Vuitton bags (Speedy, Neverfull, etc.). After all, it is all about the journey of the piece itself.

I look forward to purchasing an all-leather Celine Mini Luggage in the future, and as much as I know I will baby it, the bag will get scratches. As Céline Creative Director Phoebe Philo stresses, it is all part of your bag's story.

I promised myself to not let light hues deter me anymore, but I will need to purchase some sort of hardened or pebbled leather in order to minimize potential damages.

For one week, I went back and forth between keeping and returning it. I still had that feeling in my gut that something wasn't right, so it was clear what decision I needed to make.

The most important thing is that you are in love with your bag, and that you have no buyer's remorse. That, by far, is the worst feeling. No one should be spending that much money on a bag with which they are only half in love. And that was my case with this beautiful Papier tote.

On a positive note, one thing I don't have now is returner's remorse.

Do you have a bag lust-and-loss story? For anyone that owns lighter bags, what advice would you give to others that are hesitant to buy because of the maintenance? If you've ever gotten anything on a light bag that you own, how did you clean it?

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Bombshell Bags from VOGUE Ads, March 2013

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Bombshell Bags from VOGUE Ads, March 2013

Beyonce Vogue

In the March 2013 of American VOGUE (where Beyonce graces the cover), there are some seriously hot handbags being advertised. I thought I'd share some of my favorites with you!

Prada bag

Let's start off with this gorgeous Prada. Reminiscent of the Vuitton S/S 2012 Suship Speedy North/South, this handbag is super hot for the spring and summer. Its shape is similar to its sister bags, the Prada Saffiano Lux Tote.

Marc Jacobs

Marc knows how to create a stunner! With a simple white ensemble, this Marc Jacobs"Hairy Prisoners" tote in Domino will look drop-dead gorgeous. Inspired by 60s Op-Artist Briget Riley, the striped tote is lined in leather and has antique silver hardware. Available at MarcJacobs.com for $2,295US.

Michael Kors

Michael Kors is ushering in spring with this absolutely stunning Large Miranda Crackled Leather Tote. The structured shape and the  hanging leather accents make this bag a definite conversation piece. It's additionally available in yellow and brown. Available for sale at MichaelKors.com for $1,195US.

Belstaff

Such a beautiful nude hue! Belstaff is promoting this exotic Nottingham tote for spring/summer 2013. It's very understated and chic. I can picture this bag used for a beautiful day out on the town or out for cocktails at a cafe by the water. Just a beautiful piece!

BOSS

Hugo Boss impresses with this (on right) beautiful brown leather tote for spring/summer 2013. It looks to be a comfortable yet sleek keep-all tote. This bag will definitely work the whole way through summer into the fall.

Ferragamo

Salvatore Ferragamo makes a statement with this Sofia bag in Ash for spring/summer 2013. The studs make it so much more fun and undeniably a statement piece. The neutral color makes the bag essentially season-less. I can picture this bag as a cross-body when it's snowing for a winter white stunner or as a white-hot summer piece. You can really go any way with this handbag.

Tod's

Last but not least is this jaw-droppingingly beautiful green python bag from Tod's. This bag is meant to be a statement piece as it exudes elegance and exclusivity. Its pop of color is certain to complete a subtle, effortless look.

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Who Styles It Best: Tory Burch or Louis Vuitton?

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Who Styles It Best: Tory Burch or Louis Vuitton?

Following Spring's lilac trend, there are some striking S/S 2012 looks for fashion labels such as Tory Burch and Louis Vuitton.

Both of these heels (the Tory Burch Printed Beverly High Heel Pump and the Louis Vuitton Tuileries Wedge Sandal in Violet/Rose) have purple and blue colors, accenting cute geometric shapes. Obviously, they differ as the LV is a wedge heel and the Tory Burch is a more traditional heel. Yet they are incredibly similar, aesthetically.

Personally, I tend to lean more towards the Louis Vuitton sandals. Not just because they seem to be my current go-to label, but I'm absolutely in love with wedge heels and the sandal itself is so lovely. The Tuileries make me long for summer like nothing else.  Not that the Printed Beverlys aren't great--the bow is simply amazing (i.e. I wish I could be speeding away on a Vespa wearing those beauties), but there's something special about the Louis Vuitton that just pulls my heartstrings.

Which heel is your favorite?

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From Gizmodo: Glossy Gadgets -- Yea or Nay?

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From Gizmodo: Glossy Gadgets -- Yea or Nay?

Gloss is a visual trap, either coming at the cost of quality or meant to disguise the lack thereof. - from Gizmodo's 12/30/11 article, "I Hate Glossy Gadgets"

 

Personally, I'd have to agree. Sure, it's eye-catching and shiny but think of all of the fingerprints left on your device. You will be a'polishin' at the least everyday--or every ten minutes. Gadgets and fashion alike are turning more metallic and more modern. Exciting but altogether harrowing--especially if it's at the cost of the device's quality.

The last word: As long as the functionality of the device isn't hindered, make it as pretty as you like.

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Read Giz's article above and weigh in on your opinion. What do you think?

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