The majority of this was purchased on Black Friday but I did buy a purse in early November. I’ve been wanting a larger purse for Fall but I have a very specific list of features that I want in a purse:
• Zipper closure
• No magnets at all
• Convertible / adjustable strap
• Flat, not rolled, strap
• Large enough to hold a notebook
• Leather (does not need to be black)
• Work appropriate
I had my work cut out for me! After consulting friends, visiting stores, and online research, I landed on a satchel style from Fossil, called Sydney Satchel:
Fossil offer many different satchel styles (I debated between Rachel, Fiona, Kendall, Emma as well) but the Sydney Satchel checked all the boxes for me. And of course, wouldn’t you know it: this style was only available online (but on sale! And according to online sources, it’s discontinued) so I took a chance and ordered from the US site – this added to the cost with shipping and import duties, and I ended up paying C$215 in total.
After receiving the purse, the only feature I didn’t love was the adjustable strap – it’s notched / buckle rather than a sliding mechanism, which means 1) the notches never adjust short enough for me 2) I’m left with a long tail at the shortest setting. Plus, I wanted the sliding buckle so that I can make the strap shoulder length or crossbody – so the hunt was on for an “after market” replacement strap. Most of the straps I could find were either synthetic, very rustic handmade looking, or overpriced ($50+ for a strap, are you kidding me?) – I finally landed on one from this seller on eBay and it’s fantastic! I chose the 1″ width strap, here’s what it looks like compared to the original one:
My budget for the purse was $500 so I was happy to come well below it! The rest of my haul are clothes…
Here’s a bit of a throw back Thursday post. It’s been nearly 2 months since I returned from Japan! Here are some non-beauty bits I picked up from Japan.
I didn’t do much clothing shopping in Japan. There wasn’t a ton there that I couldn’t get here at home. Although, I was a big fan of their style: the standard outfit consisted of elastic waist a-line skirt and a loose boxy top, worn with platform wedge sandals or Birkenstocks. It was all about comfort! 🙂
Taking a pause from a Japan post today. 😛 I haven’t shopped at LOFT in ages. After the closure of my previous wardrobe staple store, JACOB, I turned to LOFT for my a lot of my clothes. Last week, while killing time at the mall waiting for a friend, I decided to stop into LOFT and I walked out with 4 pieces. 🙂
I had mentioned before that I would treat myself after my No-Buy was over. And I wanted to make sure the rewards weren’t makeup. So here’s what I’ve bought as rewards for successfully completing my No-Buy:
I resisted the Longchamp tote for years. Everyone and their grandmas have one! I toyed with buying a limited edition design a few years back but just couldn’t justify the purchase. Then my friend’s niece visited Paris recently and my friend asked if I was interested in this bag (she owns it and I gushed over it) since it’s cheaper there. I like that it’s not a common style since it’s all black. I LOVE this bag – it’s so sturdy and holds everything I need for work. ❤
I’m sure you won’t be surprised to hear that I don’t attend a lot of holiday parties. BUT I love the idea of dressing up and looking at party dresses. 😛 And who is a better inspiration for party dresses than BARBIE?!
Look at how glam she is! No sure if this is what my Babes in Blogland had in mind when they suggested this topic for collaboration, but today, I’ll showcase Barbie’s holiday party looks. 🙂
Blush or Bronzer: Blush, I just love blush and apply it 99% of the time, whereas I wear bronzer maybe once a month. Lipgloss or Lipstick: More lipstick nowadays but still more of a balm gal Eyeliner or Mascara: Mascara, I can survive without liner Foundation or Concealer: Concealer is just a more concentrated form of foundation so I can use concealer to cover just the areas that need it Neutral or Colour Eyeshadow: Give me neutral or give me death! Pressed or Loose eye shadows: Pressed, nobody’s got time for loose Brushes or Sponges: Brushes although sponges are good for patting on colour for a more intense application
Currently I carry the Coach Parker Leather Zip Shoulder Bag in Mushroom – it’s from the 2009 Parker Resort collection. This was one of few purse purchases I made on complete impulse – I bought it because it wasn’t covered in logos, it’s all leather, has a zipper closure, and has a comfy strap. I also love the colour – it’s pretty seasonless and goes with almost everything without being black. And 6 years later, I’m still using it!