Sunday, February 28, 2010

Burberry Exploded Check Rainboots

I actually first saw these Burberry rainboots last spring, but they sold out so quickly that I had no time to contemplate whether I should make the splurge or not. I guess they sold so well that to my delight, Burberry decided to re-release them again this spring! In the year since though, Hunters exploded onto the scene (at least to me :P), so now I had a dilemma... Hunters or Burberrys?! Hunters were cheaper, taller in height, and according to a lot of people, the true rainboots maker. Burberry had the pattern that I love -- it doesn't scream Burberry like their famous plaid pattern, but subtle enough for my liking.

I figured I will go to the stores and try them both on, walk around, and see which one looks better on me. Just as when I made up my mind though, I saw Bloomingdale's online shoe promotion for these Burberrys at $50 off! So I ended up buying both the Burberrys and Hunters because I knew no matter how much I love the Burberrys, I needed to give Hunters a shot or I will always wonder about the what if.

Kudos to Bloomingdale's fast shipping because both boots came within a week, even in the midst of the east coast snowstorm :) To my surprise, both boots fit my calves just fine. I had read that the circumference at the opening is ~15" which was a bit tight for people with larger calves. I always thought I had large calves according to one of my roomates in college -_- so I was a little worried about this. The Hunters were taller in height, so they were actually quite a bit harder to pull on and off. I literally had to sit down and tug them off, whereas the Burberrys slipped right in and out (of course I was wearing skinny jeans). I did, and still do, like the height of the Hunters, but the Burberrys were just so easy to wear and so light that they were the ones I decided to keep :)

One thing I have to mention after wearing these around for practically all of last week, the boots are more sheer than I thought. I like to wear funky patterend knee-high (wellie) socks from J.Crew underneath my jeans, and for the ones that are bright (ie: hot pink toes), they show through the boots! It's not a deal breaker, I suppose, but enough that I'd want to warn people about. I will just be more conscious of selecting my darker socks to wear with these boots :P Ok, enough rambling and onto pictures!
the truest depiction of the color, in my opinion:
Buy them right now at Burberry.com!

*Stock image courtesy of bloomingdale's

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Rebecca Minkoff Black Basketweave MAM bag

Rebecca Minkoff's Black Basketweave Morning After Mini (MAM) bag was my true first "designer" bag. Up until then, I had been carrying around a brown nylon agnes b tote and decided I want a black bag because brown just doesn't go that well with everything ;)

I saw so many leather all black bags but always felt they were on the plain side. That is, until I stumbled across a picture of Lindsay Lohan with her Rebecca Minkoff BBW Morning After bag :O The basketweave detailing just adds that extra sumthin' that had been missing in my search. The bright blue zipper track sure does add a pop of color as well. As with most cases, by the time I find something I truly liked, they are no longer in production :(

But no worries, my scouring finally paid off when I finally found one on eBay a couple weeks later in the MAM size. I'm pretty petite and based on the dimensions, felt the MA was bigger than what I'd like, so I was glad I got my hands on the smaller version. I believe this is a recut of the original (as Rebecca Minkoff often does special orders) because the blue zipper track isn't as bright as the original. I was a bit disappointed, but it's something I can live with :) Just look at the gorgeous pebbled leather and the tassels! (I heart tassles if you couldn't tell already :P)
The leather is so wonderfully smooshy and thick --- one of the reasons why I'm never afraid of carrying it out in inclement weather. I find the drop to be long enough where I can swing it over my shoulder pretty easily, with or without bulky clothing. As much as my Bal city is my current love, I still feel immense joy when I take this bag out. Afterall, you never forget your first love :)
cardigan: Old Navy
top: bebe
skirt: Ann Taylor

*Lindsay Lohan image courtesy of The Purse Forum

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Balenciaga City bag

My Balenciaga City bag in galet, from the 2009 F/W main collection is my current love :P (This season's sold here) The city is probably the most recognizable style from Balenciaga and hardly ever goes on sale. It's the perfect size for everyday and for work. The best part about Bal's motorcycle line is the wide range of colors released every season. The timing of galet couldn't have been more perfect as I'm finally realizing that grey is the perfect neutral. I will admit that the previous season's argent caught my eye, but it was a tad too light and I was afraid of denim transfers.

It's hard to judge the size of bags based on online measurements, so I took a trip down to my local Neiman Marcus and was surprised at how small the city was. Now that I think about it though, they definitely stuffed their bags to the max, so that probably contributed to the diminishing size. Nevertheless, when the galet color popped up in the city, I snatched it up so quickly and didn't have time to second guess myself on the size. I figured I don't carry that much normally anyway and so many people deem it the perfect size, it should work for me, right? Yeah yeah, that's a huge leap of faith I took for so much money :D

When it arrived though, I instantly fell in love with the leather -- how soft and silky it felt to the touch, the color -- a true medium grey, and best of all, the size -- perfect just like everyone said :P Some pictures right out of the box:
I've had the bag for a little over 6 months now and try to carry it everyday if I could (but only when there's good weather!). I've noticed a softening in the leather (which is to be expected, as Bal leather only gets better over time) which means the bag just slouches even better :) I certainly don't baby my bags but also don't put them on the ground either, and I haven't noticed much wear and tear. It's holding up beautifully <3
top: Abercrombie & Fitch
shorts: American Eagle
belt: Old Navy

*Stock image courtesy of Luxe Voute
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