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November 4, 2010

Pretty little charms

 

 

This post is a little late, but here it is as promised. I really didn’t do any shopping aside from the Burberry makeup while in Chicago, so I was a little disappointed since I had been saving up for awhile for a little splurge. I was considering purchasing a new handbag since I had my current one for awhile now and an over the shoulder bag would be a nice change. So when I went into my local Louis Vuitton to try out a few styles I have had my eyes on for a few months now, I found out that everything was sold out. Needless to say I didn’t walk away with the bag I wanted, but I did happen to stumble upon this special little something. I have to admit that this wasn’t planned, but I have never been more happy with a purchase. Just looking at it right now while I am writing this post puts a very big smile on my face. Well I have been keeping you in suspense for long enough. Here it is!

 

 

 

 

Louis Vuitton Pretty Charms Key holder

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gorgeous right? These bag charms are meant to be used a key chain or  hooked onto the handles of your bag, but they also look really cute on just like a charm bracelet. I just adore each little charm. They are so delicate and adorable. It’s not the most practical of purchases, but it makes me love my bag even more then I already did before. I also think they will look great with whichever bag I decide to get in the future.

Here is what they look like on my bag.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I think they look amazing against the Damier Ebene print and adds a fun pop of color to my bag. LV also has a few other styles of bag charms too that are very adorable, but I fell in love with this particular one. I also think that the size of the charms goes perfect with the size of my bag. I really like this bag charm too, but I found the charms way to big.

 

 

Looping Chain Key Ring


Last photo I promise!

 

 

 

 

 

How about you? Any recent splurges or fun purchases?

 

 

Love,

K

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October 14, 2010

I heart MULBERRY + Alexa Chung for Madewell

 

 

I have to admit that up until this Spring I have never heard of Mulberry.  But during this Summer and Fall I couldn’t go on any fashion website or open up any magazine without hearing about Mulberry and Target’s collaboration with Mulberry which I wrote about in my Mulberry for Target post. Since then I’ve been lusting after the “Alexa” bag like everyone else (this bag has been on backorder since this Summer), designed for Mulberry by the British model Alexa Chung.

 

ALEXA CHUNG WITH “ALEXA”

 

 

Love the patent leather Alexa too!

 

 

 

Speaking of Alexa Chung. Have you seen the new Alexa Chung for Madewell line? There are some pretty cute pieces.

 

Alexa Chung for Madewell Sketchbook Tee “Happy Skull”

 

 

Alexa Chung for Madewell “Betty Tea Dress”

 

 

 

I did a little browsing through the Mulberry online shop and found so many great items that deserve a spot in your home.  Here is my Mulberry Must Have List!

1. Mulberry “Alexa” – Oak Soft Buffalo

No list would be complete with the “Alexa”. Need I say more?

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Mulberry “Alexa Small Shoulder Clutch” – Black Soft Buffalo

Such a classic and cute mini version of the “Alexa”. Perfect for daytime or nighttime.

 

 

 

3. Mulberry “Bayswater” – Drizzle Ostrich

Now I don’t think I would ever purchase an Ostrich product, but I just thought this grey bag is very beautiful. I just love the texture and structure of the bag.

 

 

 

 

 

4. Mulberry For Apple “Bayswater Sleeve For 13″ Macbook” – Black Drummed Patent Leather

I think my Macbook Pro would love me for this.

 

 

 

5. Mulberry “A6 Notebook Cover” – Oak Natural Leather

Perfect for students or professionals to keep your notebooks looking oh so chic.

 

 

 

6. Mulberry “Bayswater Pouch” – Steel Metallic Leopard

A fun pouch to carry and organize all your essentials. Perfect if you’re like me and carry a large bag where everything gets lost all the time!

 

 

 

 

7. Mulberry “Charm Bracelet” – Silver Metal

Would this not look so lovely around your wrist?

 

 

 

 

 

8. Mulberry “London Bus Keyring” – Pale Gold Metal-Enamel

Cutest Keyring right? Makes me want to take a trip to London.

 

 

 

 

9. Mulberry “Postman’s Lock Ankle Boot” – Drizzle Soft Spongy

Most beautiful boots EVER! I think they are perfect for Fall and Winter. See it on Emma Hill, creative director of Mulberry here.

 

 

 

 

 

10. Mulberry Jacquard Logo Scarf – Plum Merino Cashmere

Keep yourself wear during those cold snowy days with this beautiful scarf wrapped around your neck. I love the Mulberry tree logo!

 

 

 

 

 

 

The list could go on and on, but I can’t add every single item from their online shop! That is how much I love Mulberry. I like their elegant and classic style. These are things I imagined I would use for many years. Pieces that are timeless and you will love forever. What is on your Mulberry Must Have List? I would love to know!

 

I almost forgot. Since this is a Mulberry Themed post. I should show you what I ended up getting from the Mulberry for Target line.

 

 

Mulberry for Target ” Pebble Crossbody” – Black

 

I didn’t expect the best material from this line so, I am not at all surprise at the quality of the bag like most people keep talking about. It is what I expect from Target and especially at this price point. It’s not the best quality, but I think it’s pretty nice for what it is. It is not something I plan on having year and years from now, so I am happy with it. And if it turns out to be something I really love then I could always save up and invest in the real thing. I mainly like it for the design. I simply love the lock hardware on the Mulberry bags. Of course I could do without the “Mulberry for Target” etched in the lock, but what can you do. I don’t have any small crossbody bag like this and thought it would be nice to have when I need to go somewhere that is best to carry as little things on my body as possible, aside from a wallet, phone, and lipgloss and this definitely fits the description. Plus its adorable. I was not able to find a large version of the Patent leather satchel that I saw in the ads that I originally wanted. it is not available online either. I wouldn’t mind getting my hands on that one too. I heard somewhere that there might be more bags released next month. Keeping my fingers crossed!

 

 

My photos (sorry it’s not so great). I just took some quick photos with my iphone.

 

 

 

The charms are not my favorite details, but you can always take them off.

 

 

I plan on wearing it like so. I’m small and short so it is a good size for me.

 

What is your favorite item from the Mulberry for Target line? Are you planning on or did you pick anything up from Target?

 

Love,
K

 

 

October 2, 2010

MULBERRY FOR TARGET

Many of you already know and are waiting for the highly coveted Mulberry for Target line to hit Target stores any day now (October 10th to be exact). But I wanted to tell you that your wait is over! I heard from Couture and Crayon that the line has arrived in stores. I don’t know about you, but I am definitely checking it out tomorrow. I know that many people are disappointed in the quality of the bags (faux leather, patent leather and denim), but I think that you get what you pay for. If you want the real thing then you should save up and shell out the money for it. Of course I’m very disappointed, along with others that there will not be a replica of my favorite bag, Alexa available, but a girl can dream.

Emma Hill, the creative director of Mulberry with the Oversized Alexa looking very fashionably chic.

ALEXA

OVERSIZED ALEXA

Here are some photos from when GILTGROUP.COM had a flash sale of Mulberry for Target back in August, so you can get a better idea of what they look like.

Here is a picture from Couture & Crayon’s blog of the black tote.

I don’t care much for the denim or leopard print bags, but I wouldn’t find picking up the cute black leather (faux leather) cross body bag or the black “Bayswater” satchel or the tote from Couture & Crayon. The tote would be a great work bag I think, but I would definitely take off all the charms.

Here is an interview that Target did with Emma Hill (the brains behind the operations) that I thought you might enjoy. She talks about the brand and their collaboration with Target.

Q: How would you describe the personality of the Mulberry luxury brand?

A: Mulberry may be a luxury brand but we are not uptight or self-conscious. We are laid back, nostalgic and eclectic, with a healthy dose of quirkiness and English spirit! We are friendly and fun, responsible and authentic, and we love tea and cake!

Q: What was the inspiration behind the Mulberry for Target collection?

A: At Mulberry we believe in fashion that feels good, and our inspiration for Target was to create affordable bags that represent our Mulberry style and character that channeled our funky, English cool! We were inspired by fabulous prints and texture. Pink leopard print is a funky update for everyday totes, and there are also bags in black patent or velvet: luxurious feeling and amazingly affordable. We kept the general spirit of Mulberry

in all the bags by utilizing our own existing iconic shapes and always using our classic postman’s lock, which we altered to read “Mulberry for Target.”

Q: Help give us a preview of what’s to come. Describe one of the handbags in the collection and where you take it.

A: For complete “wow” factor, the Large Satchel in pink leopard print is fabulous: roomy enough for all your everyday essentials (and more!) and a secure style to tote around from day to day. For total Mulberry cuteness, the Cross-Body bag in denim is adorable—perfect for chucking on wherever you go, and a great option for taking you from day to evening. The denim version is exclusive to Target.com, so keep an eye out for its arrival!

Q: How would you define the Mulberry girl?

A: The Mulberry girl is playful and creative. She is quietly confident and will make you smile. She enjoys fashion but hates pretentiousness. She is intelligent and generous but a little bit cheeky, with bucketloads of English charm! She loves beautiful things and is generous, friendly and warm. She knows who she is without being arrogant.

Q: We adore the tiny pups that were onsite for the Mulberry for Target photo shoot. What’s the connection between Mulberry and K9s?

A: At Mulberry we love our furry friends! The pooches on the Target shoot were French bulldogs, but we love pups in all shapes and sizes and have been producing clothes for them for a couple of seasons now. This winter we have a fantastic coat and snuggly jumper for cold days, so your pets can look as stylish as you do! People are really embracing our pet wear, and if you visit our Mulberry Facebook page you can coo over customers’ Mulberry-clad pooches in our photo gallery!

I don’t know about you, but I wouldn’t find having Emma’s job! It was really fun to read about the Mulberry brand and it makes me like them even more. Everything that they say about the “Mulberry girl” is how I feel about fashion and life. They are definitely becoming a favorite brand for me. I can’t wait to see what they have in stall next this season as well as the pet ware. I bet it will be adorable. I hope you enjoyed reading this. Hope you have a great weekend!

Love,

K

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September 24, 2010

Lusting after: The New Coach Madison Gathered Leather Collection

All I can say is wow. I am very impressed with the new Coach Madison gathered leather Sophia Satchel and accordion zip wallet. I got to see both of them this past week before it goes on sale this Friday and all I have to say is that they are GORGEOUS! The leather is so beautiful and soft. The gathered leather is such a fun detail that I am really loving right now. I don’t really like any of the Coach signature handbags or accessories, but I do have to say that their leather handbags are always very nicely made. I thought that I’ve grown out of Coach, but this bag reminds me that I can always rely on Coach for a nice beautifully designed handbag. Even though I’ve been eyeing other handbags with a much bigger price tag, I think I might have to make an exception for this one.

This is the Madison gathered leather Sophia Satchel. Isn’t it so beautiful? My favorite is the black leather. But it also comes in a rich purple color and beautiful light grey. I wouldn’t mind having this particular handbag in every color.  It comes in two sizes: the smaller size retails for $498 and the larger is $598. Please note that there is a very big size difference between the two. I thought that the large size might be too big, but it is not at all. But then again I am a big handbag type of girl. Don’t you love the styling of model’s outfit too? Very MadMen and Blair Waldorf. Love. Love.

 

 

Here is the matching accordian zip. I love the size and feel of this zip wallet so much. And take a look at all the compartments and credit card slots! So beautiful! It would be great as a going out clutch on its own too. Retails for $248.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I am really loving the deep lush purple color also. It would be perfect for Fall.  Those leather studded gloves are pretty awesome too.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Are you coveting any new handbags this season? Thanks for reading!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Love,

K

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September 2, 2010

Something fun and sparkly!

We all love something sparkly every now and then. Here are a few of my favorite sparkly pieces that caught my eye. I think any of them would be a great addition to your Fall wardrobe. Why not indulge with this wonderful creation? This is the Marc Jacobs Tweed Sequins Stam Stachel. It is both sophisticated and fun. I especially love the top handles along with the chain shoulder strap. Wear it on your arms or on your shoulders, either way it would definitely glam up any outfit! Don’t you just LOVE the beautiful sequins? The mix of black, blue, gold, and iridescent sequins are so stunning together.

This is another gorgeous Marc Jacobs creation. The Large Single Sequinned bag. A completely different look then the Tweed Sequins Stam Stachel. This is a more subtle neutral style that can be worn to work, but also glam enough to wear for an evening out. I really love the juxtaposition of the business like look of the beige leather on the top portion of the bag, along with the fun multicolored sequins on the bottom portion. You can also wear it on your shoulders or as a cute clutch. So beautiful! Are you drooling yet?

And lastly I will end with this beauty.

This is the J.Crew Metallic Sequined Bell Skirt. I think it is so beautiful and so gorgeous in person!! I think it would be such a fun skirt to wear out for dinner or on a night out. Just make sure you keep everything else somewhat subtle. I definitely don’t like the way that it is styled on the J.Crew website.

This top would be much better in my opinion.

Along with these awesome heels! These are suede too, so it would be such a texturally fun outfit. perfect for cooler Fall weather.

Well that’s it for now. I hope you are as inspired as I am to add some fun and sparkly pieces to your wardrobe!

Love,

K