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Gotcha!

I was a little bit late logging on this time around, but luckily I was able to snag this beauty when the Philip Lim for Target line went live…

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Yay for me!

My cousin who works for Target told me that most of the bags sold out after just a couple of hours!  A ruckus even erupted between 2 lady customers who were fighting over one of the purses!  Egad!

So I may not have gotten everything I wanted, but I still ended up with a wonderful buy–and all from the comforts of my home.  Online shopping is totally the bomb! :)

I am Loving…

…Bottega Veneta totes!

There are 2 types of bags on my lust list–the ones I want to buy, and the ones I can only dream of buying.  Hahaha!  Hey, dreams are free so why not, right? ;)

One of the brands that has eluded me thus far (and has remained a dream for now) is Bottega Veneta.  I’ve been eyeing an Intrecciato Nappa tote for a while, but because of the steep price point, I’ve opted for other more affordable bags on my list.

This morning, however, I received some “bad” news on my FB news feed (read: credit card beware! Hahaha!) .  Just recently, Bottega Veneta launched two new bag lines and not only are they beautiful, but they are certainly very affordable!  This news just made my European trip in October mighty interesting!  Hahaha!

Named Intrecciomirage and Intrecciolusion, the two lines belong to Bottega Veneta’s 2012 Fall Collection.

The Intrecciolusion line features items made of twill that undergo an artisanal process that prints the signature intrecciato pattern onto the bag.  On the other hand, the Intrecciomirage features thin Nappa leather, embossed with the same intrecciato design.

In keeping with Bottega Veneta’s style aesthetic, the bags are breathtakingly simple and streamlined.  I love the pop of colors in their fall collection, too, and wouldn’t mind taking home a tote in Canyon or Teal :).

Even this gold one looks really pretty…

*Sigh*

Too many bags, too little moolah!  Hahaha!

One thing’s for sure though–a girl can never have too many totes, right? :p  I am obviously already justifying this future purchase!  Hahaha!

Photos via bottegaveneta.com

I am Loving…

the Celine Canvas Phantom Luggage Tote!!!

Phoebe Philo, you are messing with me BIG TIME!

I’m already a fan of your Celine Phantom Luggage tote, but now that you’ve come out with a canvas version (read: more affordable than leather counterpart), you’ve made it almost impossible for me to resist buying one!

Decisions, decisions! *Sigh*

Will you be THE bag purchase for 2012?

Stay tuned, chicas! :)

Image from PurseBlog.com

The Making of a Classic

There is no doubt about it–I’m a bag lady :).  If asked to choose between a designer bag or designer shoes, I would definitely choose the former hands down, and in a heartbeat!

There’s something about a beautifully crafted handbag that makes my heart race and go pitter patter. The feel of supple, luscious leather, and its luxurious smell also always makes me heady with excitement! :)

At the risk of sounding a tad shallow, can I just say that I also love how handbags make such a statement!  Every time I am carrying one of my designer bags, I always feel confident and powerful.  Funny how bags can do that to you, huh? :)

Of all the bags that I have, my favorites are the iconic ones.  Because of their clean and classic lines, these styles are timeless and will probably last until my daughter is old enough to inherit them.  I love the idea of passing these treasures on to her some day :).  My mom did the same thing with me, and those bags are amongst the ones I truly cherish!

But I also love that precisely because these bags are so classic, I will never tire of using them.  They go with all my outfits, no matter what style or color.  In fact, I’ve given away almost all my non-branded bags (save for a few sentimental favorites) and have streamlined my closet into choice classic pieces.  These I use everyday, and for every occasion.  So I guess you can say I’ve already gotten my money’s worth out of them!  Hahaha!

Yes, unfortunately, the downside to being a “bag lady” is the amount of monetary investment it involves.  In the beginning, when I first started buying my own bags, I’d really have to save up for it with several of my paychecks.  While I am lucky to be able to afford one now without having to resort to “gives” or installment-paying, I am reassured by the fact that the steep price tag is a reflection of the quality of the materials, as well as the craftsmanship that goes into each piece.

Speaking of quality and craftsmanship, I recently came across an article that revealed images of how the classic Chanel flap bag is made!  I was very excited to   see these photos for two reasons: first, the Chanel 2.55 was, for the longest time, my ultimate classic bag must-have.  To be able to see the work that goes into making one is not just interesting, but extremely thrilling for me :).  Second, I’m sure it is a very rare opportunity for one to catch a glimpse of what goes on in the work rooms of prestigious fashion houses.   Thanks, however, to the people behind Style Republic who were able to capture images of this previously well-kept trade secret.  For a bag lover like myself, these pictures are magical!!!

Images via stylerepublicmagazine.com