My dream purchase, come true

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Banana Republic vest, “Feel More Better” campaign shirt, Ann Taylor curvy slim jeans, Steve Madden boots, Chanel Wallet On Chain purse

I don’t even know where to begin with regards to this purse. Anyone who knows me well knows that Chanel has been an obsession of mine for many, many years. I have dreamed of owning a 2.55 double flap bag for as long as I can remember and it was only until recently, in my current work position that I could even dream of owning Chanel at all. I realized very quickly that my budget would not allow for a double-flap purse even vintage and discounted. Plus, with my on-the-go lifestyle I wanted something that was cross body. And so, I settled on the Wallet on Chain (WOC) pictured here.

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As a side note, I plan on doing a few posts related to my experience in shopping Chanel but I just couldn’t hold back debuting my new beauty. I wear her everywhere (ask my boyfriend…) and miss her when i’m away on work trips. It’s a weird relationship, I know.

In short, I ended up buying this particular bag from a Chanel boutique at Nordstrom. After many many years of researching and patiently waiting for the right bag to come along on the pre-owned market, I realized that the “discount” I would see buying used didn’t justify the waiting or the secondhand nature. Nordstrom has always been my go-to for amazing customer service, so I put myself on a few wait lists and lo and behold, in just a few short weeks she was mine.

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A few follow-up posts to come including: pre-owned vs. new, shopping the vintage market (where to, how, etc), caring for Chanel, and ways to wear the WOC. Please let me know if there is anything else you’d like to see with regards to Chanel, and, link me your Chanel beauties below if applicable!

Review: A few Prabal Gurung for Target pieces

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Believe it or not, Prabal Gurung for Target is the only Target collaboration I have tried. I usually feel like the collaboration pieces are cheaply made, more so than standard Target clothing. As a fan of Prabal Gurung, I decided to order just two pieces from the collection to test out. However, upon receiving the goods I am less than impressed and ended up returning both. For reference, this is the top I ordered (in a size M), and this is the dress (in my usual size 10), and neither fit properly. See below for more fit details.

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For starters, the shirt fit very large everywhere but the arms. As you can see in the above photo, this top would do well if I was about 9 months pregnant but currently it is much too baggy. However in the arms, it was tight when I moved, and I don’t consider myself to have thick arms. Finally, the shirt was semi see-through and the lace did not sit properly on the front of the shirt but rather laid flat and created a sort of shelf look. At nearly $40, I have found much better work options elsewhere.

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Online this dress looked like it would have potential. I’m a fan of anything that has side panels as it inherently slims the body, but this dress was terrible in so many ways. First off, the material was itchy, stiff and had no stretch. The bottom had a “flutter” hem and looked childish. The band across the waist sat much too high for someone with my chest, and most importantly, the dress didn’t even come close to fitting. The above right photo shows how off the sizing is. I range between an 8-12 in dresses depending on brand and for this dress to fit I would have to order at least 2-3 sizes up. The arms were also incredibly tight much like the shirt also described above.

Have any of you tried out the Prabal Gurung for Target collection? I’d love to hear your thoughts on these pieces or any I haven’t tried.

Fashion bucket list item purchased: Ferragamo “vara” pump for work

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J.Crew silk top, Zara dress (similar), Ferragamo “vara” bow pump, Stitch fix + J.Crew bracelet, Gorjana rings

This week was one of classic purchases and scratching items off longtime wishlists. These Ferragamo Vara bow pumps were high on the list of loves for years. My dad, a longtime lover of Ferragamo shoes for men, always said that when I was old enough, I could wear the beautiful bow pumps I saw on mannequins in the women’s department. That was years ago, and more recently, after seeing them on Jean quite a few times, I decided to truly begin my hunt. These bow pumps retail for almost $500, very expensive for a work shoe in my humble opinion. I knew they would go on sale at some point and decided to be patient and price watch. It was a few weeks ago during one of Bloomingdale’s sales that the price of these shoes dropped to around $300 that I decided to pull the trigger, and i’m in love.

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I decided to go with the Vara 1″ heel pump versus the popular Varina flats simply for a bit of interest. My love for flats is well documented and I thought this low heel version would make for an interesting contrast to my growing flats collection. I have actually tried on the Varina before and have found that the Vara is actually more comfortable.

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The low heel provides extra support and I found they break in a bit easier. The patent leather is definitely more durable than standard leather, but fair warning that they do take some time to mold to your foot.

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In other news, I love the idea of mixing colors in the same family and reworked this dress worn during summer for a Winter look by pairing a silk top. I’ve been using my basic Blythe silk blouses as cardigans or layering pieces to get more life out of expensive work staples.

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Have you purchased any Ferragamo shoes? Which are your favorites?

Review: J.Crew silk pants

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Andrew Marc leather jacket, Nordstrom top, J.Crew pant, Cole Haan heels

Lately I have seen silk pants everywhere (namely Pinterest). They were all over the runways, and every brand seems to have their own version. Because I had a giftcard to J.Crew I decided to try their version and to say the least, the style doesn’t flatter my figure.

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For starters the front bunches. The thigh area wasn’t too tight but when I walked the fabric pulled in the crotch and made me appear like I had a substantial tummy. Furthermore, the rise was an odd length. Not quite low rise but also not high rise, I ended up folding over the band to force a low rise fit and make them a bit more flattering.

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From the back these pants are doing even less for me. My boyfriend described them as “unflattering workout pants” and said that from the back it looked like my rear was saggy. Those comments alone were enough to return.

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In short, while I love the idea of silk pants I realize that as a woman with thighs that slightly rub together, and a rear that needs support, this is a trend i’m going to just have to pass on.

Have any of you tried silk pants? If so, where from? Did you like the fit?

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