Sunday, July 20, 2014

Torn up.

I had been looking for the perfect pair of destructed denim in a medium wash for a few years now. I missed out last year because I was waiting for a good sale. Apparently I wasn't the only one who thought the jeans I had my eye on were perfect because they sold out before I could get my hands on them! Thankfully, Genetic denim came out with a similar pair and I'm thrilled. The blue is not too light, and the rips and tears are just the right size and in the right place. I didn't get a huge discount, and these are probably my most expensive pair of denim to date but I'm so happy with them. They do still need a bit of hemming, but I'm wearing them non-stop anyway.

Top: Club Monaco (Black/white stripe).
Denim: Genetic denim Shya Skinny (Destroy).
Shoes: Tieks (Black).
Bracelet: Forever21.
Rings: Aldo.

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Friday, July 18, 2014

Ann Taylor: For cardholders 50% + $50 off tops!


Great deal for AT cardholders! 50% off all tops including new arrivals this weekend PLUS, use the code THANKYOU44 and you get $50 off $100 purchase! Oh, and double points! Amazing deal. I certainly picked up a few things. How could I resist?? My picks below!

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Review: 3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli Satchel.

Finally, I have gotten around to writing a full review on my beloved 3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli Satchel per reader request. Truthfully, I never really considered writing a review on this because I didn't think anyone was all that interested, plus Elle does a pretty good job of it here. But I supposed, everyone loves to read as many opinions on something as they can, so here is my take. 

I fell in love with this bag quite a few years ago. I don't have a whole lot of disposable income (thank you, student loans!), so I am very selective when it comes to splurging on items. I generally allow myself one big purchase per year, usually, for my birthday. My birthday is in November, so I have had this bag long enough to write a good review on it.  



Size: I have the full-size satchel and it's big. And I like it that way even on my small 5'1 frame. I'm not a huge fan of small bags, I'm of the belief that I should "go big, or go home". Measured it is: 15" x 11.5" x 4.5".

The vertical zipper is functional giving a little more room at the top, if necessary. Personally, I don't need *that* much space.



There is a 5" drop from the top of the bag to the handstrap. The hand strap is not long enough to wear comfortably over the shoulder like a tote:




I have the ability to do it, because my arms are the size of toothpicks, butit isn't all that comfortable. Personally, when I'm carrying a lot of heavy stuff, I like to use a tote.  This bag on it's own is kind of on the heavy side. It's fine for me because I'm used to heavy bags, however, when I start tossing things in there like, an umbrella and a lunch (which for me is usually in a glass container), this thing gets crazy heavy for a daily commute that involves a bit of walking. For that reason, I generally only carry this bag when I'm not carrying a lunch. Actual weight empty is about 2 lbs according to several websites, although I did not weigh this myself.

It does come with an adjustable  cross-body strap but I'm kind of a wimp when it comes to cross body bags, as they they tend to hurt my shoulder. I didn't measure, but if you refer to retail websites, they say the strap measures 19" to 23".  It also has a little clasp around the handstraps, which is a nice detail. I rarely use it, but it's nice to have that option when you set the bag down.


   

Quality: This shark-embossed leather is extremely durable and resists scratches. At first, I thought I had wanted the smooth leather, but I realized it was too hard to keep scratch-free so I opted for the textured version, and I don't regret  it. The bottom, like most other bags will sink if too many things are carried, so I put in two pieces of cardboard in the bottom to hold its shape. Also, when storing, if you don't hang the bag, the sides will have a tendency to sink over time despite being a made of a very thick cowhide leather. It is also fully lined, with what appears to be a reasonably thick polyester-like material. Overall it's very sturdy, however, I will mention the closure is prone to scratches, which is probably not a surprise. Also the ability to close it can be a bit annoying for some. For me, I don't really care if I can't shut it in a snap. If you line up the clasp properly it close very easily, but sometimes you do have to fumble around with it, particularly if the bag is mostly empty. 



Look: As I mentioned, I love the look of this bag. It's a great size for me, and it's both work appropriate and has a bit of edge, as well. The inside is also black, so it's not always the easiest find things inside. It has one small zipper pocket inside where I can fit my train and work passes. Is it classic? It depends on your style, I suppose. I do not purchase handbags that often, and I do see myself using this for years to come. I've always loved a minimal and edgy look and I don't think that will ever change. It is still also sells out on many websites season after season, so its popularity doesn't seem to waning.

Overall: I'm very happy. I do wish I was able to carry it more often  but I am unable due to its weight with all my daily "junk", but I still love it. If you would like to buy one, check it out below. 3.1 Philip Lim comes out with awesome variations every season. Some more photos for good measure:


 


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