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Welcome To The Purse Family: Leopard Kenneth Cole + Review

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Leopard Calf Hair Leopard Handbag from Kenneth Cole

The newest member of the purse family has finally arrived! She is squishy, fat, and absolutely hairy but I love her all the same. I have been on the hunt for the perfect leopard handbag forever. I didn’t want to spend a fortune upfront as I wasn’t entirely sure how much I would wear such a loud print. With a small-ish budget and very specific taste, it took me nearly a year of searching to find the perfect one.

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This Kenneth Cole satchel retails for nearly $500 but I purchased it at half price for $255 with free shipping (score!). It is a convertible shoulder bag with a 10 inch drop, or a cross body when the leather chain cap is removed (as shown below). It is made of 100% calf hair with leather and brass details.

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The leather chain strap can be easily snapped on or off to change the look of the bag from a shoulder to a crossbody, or for a more “biker” vibe sans leather. The closure is a turn-lock closure with a metal chained pin that can be looped within for added security.

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There are two large pockets on the inside, and smaller cell phone and zipper pockets within. The bag is nearly as roomy as my LV speedy 30, and has flexible sides for extra stuffing. The sides are fastened with brass rivets and the interior is lined with cotton.

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My only negative about this handbag is the calf hair, though I imagine this would be an issue with any genuine calf hair bad: it’s itchy! The hair rubs against the body and can be itchy on bare skin. I plan to use the bag mostly in the Winter so it doesn’t bother me too much, but thought it was worth mentioning.

Here are a few other leopard bags I was coveting, at various price points, just incase your budget can stretch a bit further than mine:

Have a happy Labor Day Weekend!

Welcome to the purse family: Louis Vuitton Speedy 30 via Bib & Tuck

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Gap jean jacket, J.Crew top, Ann Taylor pants (similar), Superga sneakers, Louis Vuitton bag via Bib & Tuck, Tory Burch sunglasses

I have been researching Louis Vuitton Speedy bags for months. With its classic design, go-with-everything color, and fold-ability (perfect for my constant travel), I knew it was the best choice as one of my first designer handbag purchases. After trying on all of the Speedy sizes and colors, I settled on the 30 in the brown versus white iconic print. I knew I wanted to buy gently used vintage as the in-store prices are just ridiculous. After many months of searching, I settled on a new-to-me shopping website: Bib and Tuck to make my purchase.

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Bib and Tuck is a members only online community, founded on the basis of women “trading” fashion items. Essentially, someone chooses to sell an item on this website (bib it), and if you want to purchase it, you tuck it. Purchases can be made with their own currency known as “bucks” or standard dollars (the route I went with).

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I spotted this LV Speedy 30 on sale on the site by one of the members, and after sending her multiple emails asking for more specific photos of the bag, I decided to pull the trigger and tuck it. Bib and Tuck guarantees the authenticity of their merchandise which made me even more comfortable purchasing this bag on their site for an amazing price. Customer service through the whole process was spectacular and I couldn’t be happier with my bag and the experience.

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If you would like an invitation to Bib and Tuck I have some to give! Simply leave your email in the comments section and I will send along the information to join! (UPDATE: Invites have run out! I was only issued a certain amount to give out and they have gone already. Stay posted for more invitations as they come)

Alexander McQueen Zip Around Tote

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Alexander McQueen Tote Bag

Well, i’ve added another member to the Purse Family. He’s a gorgeous McQueen zip around tote and i’m in love. I made this impulse purchase to celebrate quite a few things in life: a new apartment, new job, a┬ábirthday. Generally just to welcome this new chapter in my life. I’ve never done something like this for myself before, honestly. Purchased something spur of the moment. Every major purchase has been coldly calculated, saved for, and thought through. But to be completely transparent, it felt amazing to be able to do this for myself. And I couldn’t be happier.

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Also newly added to the wardrobe: these Nike tennis shoes!

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How To: Mix Three Patterns

Pattern MixingJ.Crew gingham + skirt (old, but loving this floral), Ferragamo shoes, Kenneth Cole bag (reviewed here)

I like to go bold with mixing patterns and prints, but when I do I still like the look to remain streamlined and intentional, rather than appearing like a mismatched mess. To accomplish this pattern mixing, even with three distinct pieces, there are a few simple steps I follow:

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1) Pick a color palette. In this instance, navy blue was the neutral and the base.

2) Two of the three patterns should easily pair. Here it is the gingham and the paisley. They are the closest to each other and therefore should be, and are, the most complimentary.

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Leopard Handbag

3) Pick one standout piece. Here it is the leopard bag. A showstopper piece and definitely unexpected.

4) Keep the rest simple. Basic navy pumps, no jewelry, and pulled pack hair keep me looking put together and appropriate.

Leopard Plaid and PaisleyDo you dare to mix three patterns? I’d love to see links to your examples!

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