Handbags

When I win the lottery…

I would love to have this purse! Yes! It is priced as much as a pre-owned car at $5595 but oh how it called out to the photographer me.  The shutter button opens the purse – how cool!  My real Canon camera gave me the side eye so I only took pictures of it and with it.  But when I win the lottery it is on!

Until next time ♥

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Judith Leiber Camera Cluth Bag only at Neiman Marcus here

 

Shirt Dress and Wedges

Shirt dresses are something you either love or hate and in the case of this linen one from Anthropologie it is love.  It’s great for this hot weather plus it has pockets! I paired it with a pair of old Steve Madden wedges which have and continue to serve me well and my Louis Vuitton bag.  But I will add these caveats about the dress: It’s linen so it wrinkles.  The cut is a little wonky around the bust and arms and by that I mean if it fits your bust then it becomes a bit gappy around the arms and if it looks good around the arms then you get the dreaded button gap in the front right across the girls.  We all know how to handle that, right 😉

The dress color is called raspberry which is one of those colors that depending on the lighting can be either a hot pink or reddish looking as you can see from the photos.  It’s true color is closest to the hot pink(ish).

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Well since I’m here at the mall I might as well go in and see what they’ve got on sale, right?

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Until next time ♥

Dress – Anthropologie here comes in blue and a great white print

Shoes – Steve Madden old mine try here, here and here

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Tunic Dress and Floppy Hat

Went out shopping today at my favorite local mall – Easton  Town Center – and hit up the place where I just happened to buy this chambray dress a couple of years ago.  This pullover tunic dress has camp shirt sleeves but I prefer wearing it unbuttoned and 3/4 length.  This is a versatile dress because besides having pockets, and you know how I am about pockets, it can be worn as a dress or as a tunic over leggings or pants.  And it is floppy hat season.  This one protects my face and back of neck from the hot sun and packs well.

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Until next time ♥

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Dress – Old mine by Cloth and Stone from Anthropologie   You can find similar at Marshals or here

Hat – J Crew similar here and here

Tote – Old mine from Cole Haan similar here and here

Shoes – Old mine Stuart Weitzman similar here and here

Lipstick is Huggable Lipcolor Glamorized from MAC

Nail polish is The I’s Have It Alice in Wonderland Collection OPI

 

 

Fendi Handbags and What I Wore

After a slight detour with the sunglasses, I turned my attention to something I can use – handbags!  Fendi’s designs can go from the wild and whimsical to so classic.  I looked at two that could fall into both of those categories.  The first one was the brown leather large Peekaboo with whip stitch detail (similar here) that can be worn with the shoulder strap or as a hand bag.  It is a great handbag and can hold whatever you need but it was entirely too big for me.

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Now this bag, the Demi Jour with color block Fendi (you can see the similar bag behind me and here)?  I love the colors, the style and the size.  This handbag is going on the list of potential anniversary presents.

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But what was I wearing?  The sweater I got a couple of years ago at BCBG.  It is so comfy and warm and I can dress it up or down plus the message works.  The shoes are Tory Burch ballet flats.  When you find something that works get them in several colors, I have four pairs of these.  The pants are the Minnie from JCrew also purchased a few years ago.  I believe in getting some trending things but I think it is better to purchase more items that are timeless that you can change up with an occasional trendy item.

Tory Burch Ballet Flats  here and here

Similar JCrew Pants here

Until next time ♥

 

(Like Fendi or anything else from Saks?  Could you use a personal shopper who will hook you up?  Then get in contact with and follow my girl, Lindsey Drahos.  She is the Saks, Columbus, Ohio Fendi Brand Ambassador but she can find, order and ship anything the store carries to you no matter where you live.  Follow her on Instagram –  @lookin_so_saksy   or   give her a call – 614-678-4616)

Spring Sizzlers @Saks

I took a stroll through Saks in Columbus, Ohio the other day curious to see what new things they had in for spring; to check up on what was trending.  They didn’t fail me for they had some fantastic new items in three of my favorite departments: shoes (of course!), perfume and handbags.  Oh there were new things to wear as well but they will be featured later.  Shoes and handbags are my weakness and lately perfume has been gaining ground.  So let’s take a look at some of these beauties shall we and envision just what we would wear with them…I already have.

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I love this shoe! And that netting isn’t built into the shoe, it’s on the shoe.

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Studs are still with us.

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The spring palette of this shoe is so pretty.  The pattern reminds me of something pixelated.

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Bond No.9 Central Park South.  In perfume and body cream.

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Edgy as ever but check out the pink one; too cute!

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Stella’s handbags come in really wonderful colors.  I have no idea who made the scarf but I would so rock that bad boy!

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And Tory Burch kills it with the combo of yellow and dove grey.

Until next time……….Byeeee

(Note: I have not been reimbursed by Saks in any manner for this review.  I just love the store and their goodies. All images were photographed by Images by TDashfield)

The Speedy Retrospective party at Louis Vuitton

The doors were closed early to the public as the staff inside began preparations for the evenings event.  The Speedy handbag displays were set up while the catering staff from Cameron Mitchell restaurant put the final touches on the evenings offerings.  With everything and everyone ready,  invitees names were checked off at the door and the event began at the recently opened Louis Vuitton store at Easton Town Center in Columbus, Ohio.  And what a night it was!

This was a combination event;  to welcome customers to the new store and to honor a Louis Vuitton icon – the Speedy – in its many incarnations.  And does it ever have multiple incarnations!  There were two display walls of different Speedies; some still available, some rare classics, and some were just incredible.   LV has collaborated with artists in the past and this year is no exception with the stunning Yayoi Kusama bags and accessories that were in the store, but we will talk about that in a later post.   There was a Speedy made of ostrich skin,  that fantastic denim bag that they no longer make (darn), and the one $20,000.00 mink Speedy pictured below.  Well, fur is a fall trend after all.

LV staff members gave the guests a tour of the store and a history of each Speedy bag that was on display.  Such a wealth of information was provided…who knew!  Impressive.  There was even a lady there who showed you how they make the bag handles.  Now I assumed that the handles were entirely machine made.  Guess who was wrong?  The handles – filled with a material called toron –  are machine stitched up to a certain part; the very end of the handles.  It is at that point that they are hand sewn, afterwards a certain dye is rubbed over the raw edges which gives them that iconic burnt umber color and then those edges are rubbed down to complete the look.  It was amazing to watch the demonstration and for the rest of the evening I looked at the handles on the bags differently; as works of hand craftsmanship.

    

The guests were served champagne, a very refreshing mint water, and a cocktail called the “Sweet Speedy” – get it – a Louis Vuitton custom made drink.  Ahi tuna and polenta triangle appetizers,  just two of the many yummies served, were accompanied by charming smiles and real napkins.  No paper napkins for this soiree!  The attentive servers were constantly moving about making sure everyone had what they wanted and if you didn’t they made sure that you received it quickly.  Even though I did not have any, white chocolate truffles were served as dessert.  Truffles and champagne? How elegant is that!

Guests busily perused what new purchases they wanted to make from the vast assortment of bags, scarves, jewelry, belts, and accessories while the people from Columbus Photo Booth began to take souvenir photos of the guests .  At first people were a bit hesitant to have their pictures taken but when the word got out that there were staff people available to assist you in creating the ensemble you wanted  – holding or wearing anything in the store for your souvenir photo – the fun quotient was kicked up a few notches!  It was adult play dress up time with some very nice items.  Your photo was printed in color or black and white upon request, available on the spot,  and given to you in a LV monogrammed paper folder.  All in attendance had a grand time and quite a few left with some new treasures.

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Thank you, Louis Vuitton, for a marvelous time.  The new store is just gorgeous.  Would you consider doing this again for the holiday season?

Oh Tory!!

I have a few things by Tory Burch – especially her Reva flats – but I don’t have a single Tory handbag.  The Robinson line may just change that.  The other day when strolling through the handbag department at Saks with a friend,  we nearly gave ourselves whiplash when we walked past this beauty.  Putting it in reverse, much cooing over the bag was done before returning to what we needed to do.  But the memory of the bag was safely filed away in my memory.  When I returned for FNO I walked through the handbag department to say hello to the bag and lust after it again only to find it gone.  Unhappy sigh……..

But happiness returned when the bag showed up on the arm of one of the models during the fashion show that night.  I could’ve sworn it waved at me.  This baby is on my Christmas list – my new crave!    It must be working it’s magic across the land because I recently got a message from a friend saying that someone she knew had just sent her a text about being on the hunt for the bag.

The Robinson line is named after her parents and in her words “epitomizes classic style.”  I believe it.  The line comes in a variety of colors and styles.  This one is the dome satchel in Alpine Snow; listing for $595.

Available at toryburch.com and all other fine department stores.

Photo taken at Saks during FNO