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I debated whether or not to post this one, because I still haven't decided if I'm going to keep it yet. Maybe you guys can give me your opinion if you're so inclined. Keep it or return it?

Chloé "Marcie" large python shoulder bag in Wood



This bag retailed for $3,995. Which is... um, insane. I mean, I realize there are even more expensive handbags out there (Hermès Birkin bag, anyone?), but for a handbag sold at regular retail stores like Saks, Barneys and Nordstrom, it's pretty high end.

I found it at Nordstrom Rack, the only discounted Chloé around for miles, and couldn't resist. So. At least I didn't pay retail price for it! >.>

As usual, you get a better sense for what the bag looks like when you see it carried, so here are the obligatory celebrity sightings with the Marcie: Clicky! )

If I choose to keep it, I'll have to do some research on how to care for python skin...

another LV

May. 11th, 2014 04:43 pm
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I'm really excited about this handbag. I don't even know if I consider it a handbag proper; it's really more like a messenger bag. I love that it's so versatile! Part of the reason I returned those two Marc by Marc Jacobs bags the other day is because I ended up getting this one; I plan to use it for the same purpose, as a weekend travel bag. I'm not really sure if it's roomy enough for that purpose, but at the very least it serves as a nice laptop bag for when I need a little more space. Maybe this and my little Samsonite for when [personal profile] adelagia, [personal profile] slitherhither and I go to Portland next month. :D

It's the Louis Vuitton "Saumur 35," which LV doesn't make anymore. "Saumur MM," which compares to the older, smaller "Saumur 30," is the most modern version. I purchased this one, previously owned, off eBay:



Quick note of caution... As you might expect, you have to be very, VERY careful about buying previously owned LV, because it's probably the most counterfeited luxury handbag brand in the world. There are some obvious giveaways identifying fakes that even I can spot, but some counterfeits have gotten scarily good. That's when you'll want to pay for professional authentication, or get help from the good ladies at The Purse Forum. Their services are free, but not guaranteed since it's just enthusiasts who do this in their spare time, and they generally like for you to participate in other threads at the forum that's not just authentication.

A few more photos of the bag. )

The wood utility cart I talked about earlier arrived, and I put it together today! I'm really happy with it. Very sturdy and roomy. I'm 5'3" and it comes up to my waist, so if I wanted to use it as a surface to roll dough, I totally could. However, I decided instead to clear my countertop and use the cart as storage instead. It's fantastic!
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The Kate Spade brand was my first foray into designer handbags (with the iconic boxy "Sam," of course, which was all the rage back in the day), and to this day, I love its shapes and styles. Name unseen, my eye is almost always drawn first to a Kate Spade handbag, both while browsing online or in a store. There's just something super cute and fun about them.

Anyway, this one caught my eye recently at Nordstrom Rack:

Kate Spade "Quinn Villabella" in Black/Natural



Isn't it totes adorable?! So much of their stuff is, really. And for me at this point, it's not nearly so guilt-inducing as some of the other stuff I've been buying, because it's at a fraction of the cost of those high-end luxury brands.

(As an aside, I managed to put some money back on my credit card today -- v. proud of myself. I returned FIVE other handbags that I got: 2 other Kate Spades, another Marc Jacobs, and 2 Marc by Marc Jacobs.

As another aside, if you're wondering what the difference is, "Marc Jacobs" is his high-end brand, while "Marc by Marc Jacobs" is the mid-brand that competes with the likes of Kate Spade, Coach, etc.

Anyway. Point is, I am proud-ish of myself.)
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Now I have to confess to another handbag.

This time it's the Marc Jacobs "Wellington" goatskin satchel, in Ivory





I'm actually not generally a big fan of Marc Jacobs, but I really liked how classy this handbag looked.

The problem? I don't wear ANYTHING that would remotely be appropriate for it. This bag really needs the right "professional woman" outfit to go with it, and I just never wear anything like that. I could probably pull it off even wearing jeans, if I had a nice top and wore high heels. Maybe.

Also, the goatskin feels surprisingly nice. It doesn't seem to be common material, and doesn't sound sexy, but it's supple and I actually prefer it to my calfskin Chloé Paraty.
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Because these are all relatively small things, for this next edition of the shopping confessional I'm just going to combine a bunch of things into a mishmash of "stuff."

Enter if ye dare. )
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Next up on the shopping confessional is a beanie. Not what you expected, right?

This is probably the last purchase I made under a "normal" mindset. At least, it's the last time I can remember really hemming and hawing over buying something. At that time, [profile] jade_okelani said: "If you really want it, then get it. It's worth the cost to you, and you can afford it right now."

She probably didn't realize the floodgates of shopping bingeing were going to be opened right around the corner. I'm not blaming her, exactly? But maybe it's totally her fault? LOL. Just kidding.

Here's the beanie: )
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In this edition of the shopping confessional, I have another handbag to share (and there will be more. Oh yes, there will be more). I purchased my first Chloé! I liked the Paddington when it first came out, but I never got one and now it's passé. But you know what I love even more than the Paddington? Chloé's next megahit, the "Paraty."

Now I have 2 of them, and I'm really trying to resist the urge to get another. :/ [personal profile] slitherhither and I were at Nordstrom this weekend and I fell in love with the color Rock, which is a gray-brown, and a much more neutral color, so I could use it with greater flexibility.

The first one I got was the "Medium Paraty" made with calfskin leather in Indian Summer:



More talk/photos of this amazing bag. )
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In this next installment of "As the Credit Card Swipes" we have my biggest ticket purchase of not just this recent insane shopping tear, but probably ever, in terms of something that wasn't a practical item, but was just something I wanted rather than needed:

Nikon D800 with 36.3 Megapixel, FX Format, Full HD 1080p Video



AND

Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G AF-S VR II Nikkor ED-IF Lens



At the time, I'd been talking with a new coworker of mine who has a great passion for photography and video. He has many side projects, including making his own documentaries, which he is really good at. He's self taught in video editing, and seems to have boundless energy. His other projects include certain popular podcasts, interviews/videos with Hollywood directors and actors, film reviews, etc., and all this has made him quasi-famous.

Anyway. All this is not to say that I have ambitions toward even a fraction of that. But it did inspire me to want to take my own high-quality photos and maybe make an amateur vid or two of my eating adventures, or whatever.

What was shocking (at least to me, in retrospect) was that I barely gave any thought to the purchases. Usually when I buy things, I spend a lot of time hemming and hawing over whether I should get it, whether it's for a good price, etc. I don't remember going through that thought process with this purchase at all. That right there should have given me a hint that perhaps all was not right in Sarea Brain Land.

Now that I've had a few months to cool off, I rather regret getting the D800. I'm totally unused to its controls, so I haven't even used it much, and besides, I had gotten a D5100 not that long ago, which for my purposes probably would have sufficed. All I really "needed" was the lens, but oh well, what's done is done.

By the way? Both items are incredibly heavy. The two together weigh over 5.5lbs!
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I was reading an article in a magazine about how to perfectly butterfly a trout, and I immediately thought, "Yes. That is something I need to do."

So I ran right out (okay, haha, I totally just ordered it on Amazon in my pajamas) and got this:

Global G-21 Flexible Boning Knife



I don't think I've made any secret of the fact that I love good knives, and Global is one of my favorite brands.

I haven't had a chance to try this knife out yet, but I'm excited to!
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The shopping confessional continues!

Next is a very practical item and I haven't even gotten it yet, but I am realllllly excited about it. It's this wood utility cart:



When I bought my house nearly nine years ago, I wasn't much of a cook. Then I got really into food and food blogging, but unfortunately my kitchen didn't match my interests, because when I was looking for a house, I didn't care about the kitchen. Conclusion: I have a ton of kitchen equipment, and very little counter space.

One of the things I don't have room for, that I wish I did, is the ability to roll out dough. Originally I was thinking this cart would be good as some rolling counter space where I can use the top to do my dough stuff, but now I'm thinking, depending on its size in real life, that maybe I should use it to store some of the things that are currently taking up space on my actual counter, like my KitchenAid mixer, Keurig, espresso maker, etc. Hmmm.
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Next up in my shopping confessional is a hairbrush. Not just any hairbrush, though -- a Mason Pearson hairbrush, "the Rolls Royce of hairbrushes."



You must be wondering if a $180 hairbrush is made of unicorn bristles, is capable of making julienne fries, or at the very least is 10x better than any brush I've ever used before. Honestly I can tell you it's none of the above.

Wow, I can't believe how much I have to say about a hairbrush. )
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Well, I've once again lapsed in my LJing. :/ I don't even know if people are still here. I miss the days when LJ was the place to go to catch up with friends, before all this damn social media crap started happening.

LJ has always been good for one thing throughout the years... as a record for all the goings on in my life, big and small, that's sometimes really helpful down the line when I want to recall when something happened. I can't do that if I don't write, so here I am, trying to get back into the groove.

I even have a theme! Which hopefully will make it easier to blog daily. It is about my recent shopaholism. You see, over the past few months, I have spent a mind-boggling amount of money. Some of it on necessary things, like replacing my garage door (which, when the spring broke, trapped me inside my house for a few days) and fixing the roof. But most of it has been just me going on a shopping... "spree" seems overused and not strong enough a word to describe what I've been doing. A shopping tear. A binge. I don't think I have ever in my life spent as much money on things I want as I have in this short time period.

I'm actually reminding myself of that super annoying protagonist from the Shopaholic series, except that unlike her I'm not driving myself into deep debt or risking the roof over my head. However, I know, intellectually, that there are about 1,000 better ways to manage/spend my money, including paying down my mortgage or paying off my car. But none of those practical options satisfies me the way purchasing something outlandish and unnecessary does. :/

The reasons for this, if I examine myself psychologically, come down to deep unhappiness in my current job. But I don't want to talk about that, because I hate it so much that spending even this much of my free time talking about it makes me feel like I'm being stolen from. So. Basically, to counteract my suckass job, I buy things that make me happy.

My plan is that once per day, I will share with you some guilty pleasure purchase that I've made over the last few months. LJ will serve as my online shopping confessional.

Forgive me, LJ, for I have sinned... )

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