Handbag: Chanel (via Gilt, you need to sign up first to view) || Jacket: BCBG, old (similar from Halogen— color: Pink Hush) and Club Monaco || Leather Pants: Helmut Lang, similar || Shoes: Studded flats (options at multiple price points): Charlotte Russe, Torrid, Yosi Samra, Jeffrey Campbell, & Valentino.
Yay! Can you believe Friday is finally here?! I wanted to share this outfit with you quickly before the weekend is here!
Warning: sorry for the overshare…
For my birthday this year, one of Beckett’s gifts to me was that I could pick out a new purse (because heaven knows I need more handbags) 😉 He thought I wanted a Burberry purse so he came up with an adorable poem about a knight on a handsome steed. It was a great poem, but I was a little slow to catch on! BUT it was very romantic and wonderful and once I understood what the poem meant I was SO excited!
It took me a good two months to pick out my new purse. I am a really slow decision maker because I like to be sure of what I want. For real, picking outfits takes awhile usually unless I have something on repeat… I take forever to pick my food unless I just go with my tried and true selection process… scan the seafood for shrimp, I know I like shrimp. I also hate spending a lot of $$$ on one thing (believe it or not). I am such a sale shopper– I RARELY buy anything less than 60% off…. call me cheap, I guess..? Exhibit A: My pants in the pictures were barely over $100.
For awhile I had my eye on a bag from Rebecca Minkoff, but I eventually realized that it would be ok to bite the bullet and splurge on a really nice bag– just this once. So I talked it over with the hubs and we ended up with the Chanel beauty above. I didn’t pay the [super high] price of the bag that is linked though because I found a better deal on www.GILT.com. Plus, I really wanted to find one from the time period when the hardware was still actual gold. I can’t believe they don’t use real gold anymore!
If you are thinking of buying designer handbags second hand, consider these five things:
- Just because a designer consignment site claims to sell authentic handbags doesn’t mean it does.
- Buy from a known, trusted, and carefully curated site.
- Know for sure what you want before you buy and if you can’t afford it… save up.
- Do your research.
- Make sure the bag still has the authentication card and a matching serial number on the sticker.
Hint: I learned that if you can sign up on a site to become a “seller” that’s a bad sign because no one is checking on the product.
I know all of this because I spent [way too much] time looking online before I got this one. I actually even ordered one off of a site (Tradesy) that I think has a lot of authentic things on it, but I also figured out that it has a lot of fakes too. So I decided that paying less for a handbag that might not be authentic is not worth it and so I just cancelled my order and opted for one I could be more sure about.
So anyway, hope you have a great night!