Monday, October 14, 2013

my Minkoff story

Well, I guess I should just come out & say it. I've drank the kool-aid. That whole "other half" that loves designer bags... I totally get it now!
For my 26th birthday (this past August) I used some birthday cash & bought my first "designer bag". 
No it isn't a LV that I dropped $5k on, but being that it was a couple of Benjamins, I spent LOTS of time deliberating over which bag would be my "first" (Ty, not that I am going to buy many more or anything...)
I have had a girl crush on Rebecca Minkoff & her fabulous bags for some time. So I popped into my Nordstrom & totally annoyed the sales girl checked out the RM bags (& by that I mean I meticulously touched, turned over, tried on, stuffed my phone into all the pockets, etc... you know what normal people do)
{ What I Wore: Old Navy utility vest + flannel shirt // Madewell jeggings // J.Crew belt + socks // Frye "Campus" boots (we have the factory in my town & they only cost $80 there!) // Rebecca Minkoff purse }
In the end I fell in love with this style (the "5 zip mini") & particular color because it makes a statement but is still so versatile. Those little nubs on the bottom & the long tassel-like zipper pulls are SO luxe to me!
The bag can be worn 4 ways (long shoulder, crossbody, short shoulder bag or clutch), with all the pockets I was looking for. I went with gray not only because it is my favorite neutral, going from brown to black with ease, but because I didn't have a gray purse in my closet yet.
So that is my Minkoff story.
Have you drank the designer purse kool-aid?
Do you manage to turn something as fun as purse shopping into a neurotic pro & con column like me? (haha, j/k... but seriously)

34 comments:

  1. I don't own a designer purse but it doesn't mean I'm not lusting over them! I'm just waiting for the right time/right one and I'll take the splurge ;)

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  2. Love this whole outfit, the bag just adds this perfect touch too!
    www.theadoredlife.com

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  3. I love RM bags! They're definitely worth the investment, and the one you chose is so cute. Plus, the colors will go with anything!

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  4. It is a gorgeous bag! How exciting :) I totally want to own a designer bag someday, but I don't know when that will be ;)

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  5. What an adorable outfit! And I LOVE the bag, great choice!

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

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  6. Cute! And if I had a Frye factory in my town... Oh man. Frye is my shoe kryptonite.

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  7. Congrats on your RM purse - I have a couple and have been really pleased how well they are made. And I just adore this outfit - I have the same vest and will need to copy this. And I am totally jealous on your awesome Frye purchase!


    Alice
    www.happinessatmidlife.com

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  8. I have the mini mac RM bag in nude (actually wearing it on le blog today) and I literally take out out with me whenever I go to a bar. People hate when I say this, but its like a chic version of a fanny pack. I can't loose it bc of the way it sits on my body and its so light and easily accessible! Great purchase ;)


    xx
    E

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  9. Congrats on your new RM purse. I have a couple of them and have been really pleased with how well they are made. Great outfit! I have similar pieces in my closet and this will be copied :)


    Alice
    www.happinessatmidlife.com

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  10. Love your outfit, Its just perfect for fall


    Yamileth,

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  11. Jessica! I LOVE this outfit!! I will definitely need to recreate this ASAP :)

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  12. ooooh great choice! i've been eyeing up this rm for forever too. maybe i'll take the plunge soon too!
    -- jackie @ jade and oak

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  13. I 'drank the koolade' a few years ago with the designer bags :) They just feel and look nicer I think! Great choice for your bag, the 5-tip is so versatile. Love the color!


    <3 Vicki
    wildeinthecity.blogspot.com

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  14. I absolutely love that bag and I think you definitely made the right choice! I would never think to go with grey, but that was actually a great idea!


    Shannon
    www.clothesandquotes.com

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  15. It is pretty dangerous! My only saving grace is that I'm usually only home on holidays when they are closed... but when I'm home & they are open, it's ON!

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  16. Good choice!!



    Love this outfit too...I bought that flannel recently and love it! I really like the look paired with vest!

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  17. I love the bag that you went with Jessica and you look SO pretty in all of these photos!

    xoxo,
    Chelsea & The City

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  18. This post is so cute. I love the camper chic of your outfit and the luxury of your little bag. That thing is adorable. I have a couple designer bags; I purchased a few from eBay and my MK from Marshall's lessening the cost by at least half. They do make you feel a little more important.. :)

    xo, Nina

    afterthe40barfinish

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  19. Buying your first designer bag is always exciting! I remember purchasing mine with trepidation, spending over a year trying to find a cheaper alternative. But all I can say is you'll never look back, the quality is always so much better.

    Love your Minkoff piece!

    http://mademois-elle.com

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  20. I am SUPER jealous that you can buy Frye boots for $80! I just spend over $200 on a USED pair!! I'd buy many more if they were that price!

    Lauren
    Exploring My Style

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  21. This is seriously the cutest! Good choice on the handbag- I own 4 or 5 RM's- I pick up one per sample sale- I'm soooo baddddddd!


    http://asequinloveaffair.com

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  22. Love this outfit! And I love my RM bag. My fav part is the ability to wear it all different ways. So genius what they did with the chain handle! Glad you drank the kool-aid!


    --Krista
    www.junkindiggingettinlost.com

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  23. Love your new bag!! And Frye's for $80? I'm coming to visit!


    www.glitterarygirl.blogspot.com

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  24. Cute purse; I love grey! I don't think I could imagine spending hundreds of dollars on anything unless I was head over heels obsessed with it. But it's always nice to splurge now and then. :)

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  25. Ooh you smartie, taking advantage of the higher end deal sites is a great idea!

    And yes, I have been practicing with my curling wand. This particular day was rainy, so my hair was already embracing a natural wave. Made it easier to coax the locks to curls just a bit more :)
    xx

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  26. wicked cute! I'm thinking for my bday in Dec I'm going to hop on the train. Can't wait to try them all out like Goldilocks! =)

    Meg

    PolkaDots & Lace

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