Want, Lust, Must Have: YSL Small Sac Du Jour

YSL Small Sac Du JourYves Saint Laurent by Hedi Slimane Small Sac du Jour, $2,750, originally from F/W 2014 collection

Saving up for this bad boy has forced me to modify how I shop. Putting away the same portion of my paycheck week after week makes the final purchase a treat that I know I’m expecting — a planned-for surprise, if you will. Watching that monetary amount grow and grow demonstrates my perseverance to myself, showing my inner shopaholic that if you hold out for something that’s timeless and you covet so dearly, the trendy pieces that catch your eye for a minute or two become less and less appealing as you start to notice your triggers. Mine are plaid, exceptional fabrics, interesting silhouettes, and uniqueness…but the deal breaker? Knowing that other people will have it. I crave pieces with a rebel-rock aesthetic, but classic enough to outlast a one-season wear.

While in LA earlier this month, my coworker and I popped into the Chanel store on Rodeo Drive to satisfy our eyecandy temptations. I’ve been in love with the Chanel Boy Bag since it came out in their F/W 2013 collection, but seeing it on nearly 8 out of every 10 women in LA was an extreme turnoff (aside from the $4,000+ price tag). Sure, I saw my YSL on a few shoulders, but a minuscule number by comparison. Same goes for most other designer pieces I crave — uniquely classic designs that a few people have, but not so blown up as a fad would merit.

This will be my first luxury designer bag I pay full ticket for out of my own pocket — others have been gifts from friends in the industry (Burberry Crush from last Christmas) or just amazing steals at discount stores (hello, Furla croc tote a la Nordstrom Rack in 2013). The hefty price tag has forced me to rethink how i shop so i could actually put aside a consistent amount to grow a “Shopping Fund,” if you will. Instead of blowing $50 on rather disposable pieces from H&M or Urban Outfitters, I’ve been keeping my spending to an absolute minimum — no new clothing purchases since AUGUST. That may be normal for many of you, but it took a LOT of self control and spending restraint to get me this far in the “fund”. I had made a few “key-pieces” purchases in August to refresh my Fall wardrobe, but I’ve been a good girl ever since 0:)

What about you ladies? Has there been a designer piece that you’ve wanted so badly you changed your shopping/spending habits to make it a reality purchase?
I’d love to hear about it in the comments section!

Transitioning Your Wardrobe—Undergrad to Working Gal

One year ago today. I can’t believe I graduated from college one year ago today. Since then A LOT has changed, but my biggest concern back then was how my wardrobe was going to change from going-to-class outfits to interview-ready get-ups that would land me a job. My bit of advice to this year’s graduating class:

Invest in 5 Multi-Use Basics

5 basics to invest in postgrad

 

1. Perfect-fitting white blouse
Opt for one in silk or cotton. Elie Tahari, BOSS by Hugo Boss, even Banana Republic and J.Crew have good options. Have a larger bust, and struggle with gaping? Try The Shirt — this brand was featured on Oprah and I got to meet the founder + try on a blouse or two while interning in DC. It has a patented hidden button placket that ensures no gaping (check it out here).

2. Ankle grazing black skinny pants
These transition well from work to weekend, and you can pair them with a blazer for a more tailored/fashion forward suit at the office. You can never go wrong with black ankle grazing tapered pants.

3. Black shift dress
This one is amazing for interviews and for on-the-job. Can be paired with flats or pumps, jazzed up with a cardigan (embellishment optional), or can be worn out after work with the proper accessory additions. The one I scored was high neck, sleeveless and hit just below the knee, but there are so many varieties, pick one that suits you! Above I chose one with a crew neck and short sleeves or a mock-neck one with a slightly more fitted shape.

4. 1-Button Blazer
The perfect topper for those black pants (item 2) or can be worn over a simple tee to jazz up jeans. The purpose of a 1-button is for it to cinch in at your waist (smallest part), but if you have a fuller figure or not as defined waist as an hourglass shape, I would recommend trying a two-button variety as this will graze your curves more and not compete with a fuller bust. Want more personality than just plain black? Seek out blazers with fun linings—you’ll still look professional, but it will have a bit more personality that only you will get joy out of 🙂

5. Classic, non-trendy tote
I can’t even tell you how much use you will get out of an understated tote. Knowing your wardrobe, choose a color that will pair easily for many outfits. I nabbed two totes before graduation: one minimalist all-white tote with no metallic hardware and one all black tote with minimal silver hardware—one for S/S and one for F/W. There is no need to drop bills on this item; both of mine were purchased at discount retailers! I scored my Spring/Summer all-white tote at TJ Maxx for under $200 and I scored my black croc Furla at Nordstrom Rack for under $300. Chic, minimalist, and timeless. Choosing a non-trendy tote will allow this investment to last through your 20s.


Though those above mentioned additions to your wardrobe will serve you well, it will be peace of mind to do a closet audit—especially if you’ll be downsizing into a shoebox-size apartment in NYC like I did. Buh-bye walk in closet! What I’ve listed below were things that I deemed as “never wearing again past undergrad” and was happy to give away/sell/donate. Everybody’s tastes are different—audit your closet and see what you can part with 🙂

Subtracted: boho mini dresses, excessively boho blouses, Minnetonka fringe boots (Halloween stash), anything I thought “I’ll wear this if I ever ______”, excessive amount of jeans and any pairs that were too trend oriented (colored denim, paint splattered, ultra ripped, etc.), 2/3 of my t-shirt drawer (namely graphic tees), shoes that I knew wouldn’t withstand a typical NYC night (aka walking 5+ city blocks), sheer blouses, anything that was very trend focused

Added: tops that could transition from day-to-night, more practical shoes (lower heels, flats that are cute and breezy), multi-use dresses, starting to save up for designer pieces (more European thinking)

Ideal Space Saver Must: Card Case

Designer Card Cases
Upon first reading the title I’m sure you thought,
“Card case? Why the f%*^ does this chick care so much about a card case?”
Well, b*@$# I’ll tell you why.

1. Super space-saver – Summer’s right around the corner, I will be carrying MUCH smaller handbags, won’t you? To avoid the bulk, I plan to trim down what I carry with me and minimalize my wallet down to one of these bad boys
2. Amazingly gorgeous (well, these are at least) – from exotic skins to funky irridescence, designer card cases add jusstttt enough pizzazz to be “my little secret”. Imagining some of these fabrics in an all-over handbag gives me a headache, but this small of an accessory is unique and an adorably petite way to show personality
3. At less than $250, yes, you can totally go for it…because the handbag versions of these are all $600+

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As you can see (above) I’ve already scored the metallic 3.1 Phillip Lim version for my summer accessory arsenal, and in case you’re interested, these are the ones listed above starting from upper left corner:
– Brown Croc, Aspinal of London, $59
– Grey / White tonal, Giorgio Armani, $248
– Naked Lady pin-up, Paul Smith, $200
– Blue lizard, Coach, $298
– Metallic Fuschia, Saint Laurent, $275
– Grey + Blue Ostrich, Maison Takuya, $240
– Orange, Valextra, $240
– B&W, Alexander McQueen, $325
– Blue/Green, 3.1 Phillip Lim, $150
– Tiffany blue ostrich, Tiffany, $185
– Embossed Ribcage, Alexander McQueen, $165
– Blue Stars, Jimmy Choo, $245