Friday Finds

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Today I’ve found some of 2017’s hottest handbags below retail price. How you ask? Well, there is a site called The Real Real which sells amazing consignment pieces from vintage to new with tags.

The bags I chose have been lightly used, maybe carried only a handful of times. You can tell they were taken care of by the photos shown on the website.

Gucci GG Marmont Matelassé Shoulder Bag

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This bag retails around $1700, and you can get it for $1595. I love the stitching of this bag, and the color can be carried all seasons. Don’t be afraid to wear white after Labor Day!

Fendi Kan Whipstitch Shoulder Bag

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This bag retails for $2200, but The Real Real is selling it for $1495. Fendi is all the rage right now, and I can’t stay away from the bold colors they are using.

Stella McCartney Falabella Box Bird Shoulder Bag

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The bird bag is selling for $1465 in store but $995 on The Real Real. Don’t you love the embroidery?

Chloe Appliqué Drew Crossbody Bag

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This Chloe bag has been around for the last couple of seasons, but I love the addition of the flowers. It will pair nicely with winter whites or a chunky burgundy sweater. It retails for $2625 but you can get it for $1276.

Gucci Medium Nymphaea Bamboo Top Handle Bag

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This classic Gucci bamboo sells for $2390, but you can get it for $1895. This bag may be a favorite of this season, but it will never go out of style. A great investment piece.

Louis Vuitton Epi Twist MM

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You may think of the original LV monogram when you think of Louis Vuitton, but darling little crossbody is a great addition to your wardrobe. It is selling for $2600 verse $3550 retail.

Gucci GG Supreme Blooms Small Dionysus Bag

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This bag has definitely been the golden ticket of 2017. You really can’t go wrong with Gucci though. Get this bag $355 off retail at $1995.

Chanel Small Carry Chic Flap Bag

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Chanel might not be realistic for most of us, but I thought I would include this beauty anyway. It’s $200 off on The Real Real.

Valentino Tricolor Leather Shoulder Bag

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I love the color blocking on this bag! Get it for $717, almost $1000 off.

Fendi Embellished Double Micro Baguette

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This bag is all yours for $1125. The multicolor medallions keep the bag whimsical while the black backside keeps it transitional.

As you can tell, I love crossbodies. They make a statement while keeping your hands free. I hope you all enjoyed the 2017 handbag roundup!

 

The Gingham Trend

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| dress | c/o Akola necklace | shoes 1 and 2 |

Hop on the gingham trend! You won’t be disappointed. After a little self reflection, I’ve realized that some of my favorite pieces are gingham. You can find anything in this pattern from shoes, to bags, to bathing suits. I’ll show you the way I’ve styled it and other pieces you may enjoy!

Also, make sure you check out the Akola Project. They gave me this beautiful necklace. Not only does this organization sell beautiful jewelry, it also helps empower women all over the world.

| tank | blouse | jumpsuit | one piece | button down | dress | clutch | slides | sandal | skirt |

Previous gingham pieces I’ve worn: 1, 2, 3

photos by: Eileen Barrett and Mae Amanda Murrell

Recalling the Friendship Bracelet

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| Jacket (other) | Blouse (other) | Jeans | Espadrilles (other) |

Since we’ve been in London, we have explored many of the diverse markets, each having its own personality and crowd. This weekend at the Camden Market, Margaret and I decided to purchase handmade “friendship bracelets” – something I haven’t worn in a long time. Margaret, as a lyrical genius, devoted meaning to each charm. My personal favorite, the star charm, represents the Shakespeare quote from Julius Caesar, “The Fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves.”

Regent’s Park

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| parker dress (similar) (similar) | sweater | shoes | watch (similar) | bracelet | sunglasses |

Today’s stops included Wesley’s Chapel, Speakers’ Corner, and brunch at Sixty One. Running through the underground tube may not be a gift of mine, but I’m learning. The cool temps required a little something extra – not your typical summer sweater – for our church service this morning. We also learned that heels might not be your best bet on the underground.

A Popsicle Kind of Day

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 | Dress (other) | Vest | Chanel Espadrilles (in store) | Louis Vuitton Bag |

First, let me start off by saying that everyone MUST try the new cookie popsicles at Steel City Pops – my life is now changed after the brownie and chocolate combo. Moving on to more important things, I am obsessed with these espadrilles. After receiving them as a gift, I’ve walked through Fall, Winter, Spring, and will carry them into Summer. I love this casual look and will definitely be sporting this while studying in London.