Alexander McQueen Bag Review

This is a bit overdue, but I promised a while ago to comment more on my new Alexander McQueen bag.

Last November I went with my friends J. and B. to Las Vegas and we wandered into the Alexander McQueen store, where I became hopelessly obsessed with this bag:

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The “Obsession” print was from the Fall 2016 collection. I loved it.

What I didn’t love, however, was the price: $2295, which was way too splurge-y for the moment.

We left Las Vegas, bag-less.

Fast forward two weeks: B. called me and said that Alexander McQueen was having a fire sale on many items and I should check the site from the Las Vegas store.

She sent me a link to a Flickr stream and I had to scroll, scroll, scroll through until I hit the jackpot: My bag was there for a song.

I called the store immediately and it was mine.

A few things about the bag:

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The printed calfskin is beautiful. For reference, this feels and looks almost exactly like one of the patterned Vuittons.

The bag itself is about 8 inches wide, and I can easily fit in my old Marc Jacobs continental style wallet.

The chain strap is heavy, and the monogram hardware is also high quality.

It won’t photograph well, so I’ll have to describe the interior, which is where the bag isn’t quite as nice. The interior is black and suede-like. There’s a slim pocket that would fit credit cards but not much else. The rest of the inside is open space. While this is larger than a lot of clutches, I’d rate the capacity as being able to hold a wallet, phone, lip gloss and keys, but probably not much else.

Since I got the bag in late November, I’ve used it a few times.

I took it with me to Kauai in early December and used it exactly once. Even though we were staying at a nice resort, the dress code was still pretty casual and I felt slightly silly carrying such a wild bag while wearing a maxi dress from Old Navy.

 

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(Here’s a back shot of the dress; Spouse was kind enough to hold the bag while I opened this champagne).

Ironically, I saw another woman carrying a similar McQueen bag that night at the hotel, except it was a plain black one, essentially the same style hardware but without the pattern. It looked more classic and made me re-think whether I should have bought something so trendy, but for the price I got a great deal and I still love the pattern, even though it will always scream “Fall 2016” to those in the know.

Since then I’ve worn it twice when going out to dinner. I could have used it more but in general, I am quite lazy when it comes to switching out my bags and it always seems easier to lug around my giant everyday tote rather than make the effort.

Final thoughts: I like the bag, but it’s not my favorite. The pattern is unique, and I was thrilled to score my first Alexander McQueen bag for such a great price. This is not an everyday bag, though, so I’m going to need to make a concerted effort to go to places that require bags like this.

Cocktail party, anyone?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Over-The-Top Treat Yourself! Holiday Accessories

Granted, all of these items were from the “Treat Yourself!” section of Neiman Marcus’ website, but their combined over-the-top-ness is almost too much.

And what if they were combined into one outrageously awesome outfit?

Let’s start with eyewear.

These Anna-Karin Karlsson butterfly glasses retail for $865.

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It’s $3695 and completely fabulous, in case you are wondering.

And finally, footwear. These Gucci mules feel almost tame in comparison. They come in silver or gold, retailing for a mere $795.

picture4 picture5Seriously, I could totally channel a Christmas tree if I put these all together. I think I can pull it off.

 

 

 

Suitable Alternatives

Remember when I said that my wedding ring was recently on the losing end of a battle with the garbage disposal? 

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Yeah, that was a bummer. An uninsured bummer.

So, while I currently remain ringless, I am dreaming about some suitable alternatives.

First up, this stacked David Yurman ring. It’s one piece but creates the illusion of multiples.

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I also like the idea of having these three delicate rings, each in a different metal (gold, platinum, rose gold), that could be worn separately or together. I think I like this better than the stacked ring above because of the styling versatility.

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A slightly different version of the above, but with a more random placement of the diamonds. This Elsa Peretti Etoile band has been available for at least 15 years but I still think it looks modern and fun:

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My friend P. has an anniversary band like the one below and I love the way it looks. Pro tip from her: make sure the diamonds circle the whole ring so that you can see it sparkle if she’s waving to you, princess-style.

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A substantial gold and diamond number:

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This is more of a cocktail ring, but I still love it, especially in rose gold:

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And finally, this Roberto Coin panda ring is a big no but it made me laugh:

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It’s $18,500 (!!!)

 

 

 

 

Eat Your Lipstick

Have you ever read those claims in beauty magazines that women eat an extraordinary amount – we’re talking pounds – of lipstick over the course of their lifetimes?

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Image via Stylehaus

Snopes has thoroughly debunked this myth, but still, it recently got me thinking.

This month a journal I regularly read (Fertility and Sterility, which has a slightly lower circulation than US Weekly, let’s be honest) had a special issue about environmental toxicants and their impact on reproductive health.

One article focused solely on cosmetics. While there wasn’t conclusive evidence that specific chemicals in products we routinely apply to our skin/face/lips cause problems like infertility or early menopause, there were questions about their safety.

Since I started using Invisalign braces about six months ago, I saw firsthand how much lipstick I get on my teeth. The Invisaligns show off every speck.

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Slightly exaggerated. And blurry. But you get the idea…

A few months ago I was introduced to Beautycounter, a brand that is all about safer beauty, free of toxic chemicals. Check out their list Never List of ingredients to avoid.

I haven’t made a full commitment to green beauty yet, but I purchased a Lip Sheer in Coral and a Gloss in Peony. Both of these are terrifically creamy formulas with good staying power and a nice feel.

And it’s making me feel better about all that gloss on my teeth.

P.S. Right now, Beautycounter has a special collection available at Target. Check it out!

 

 

 

J. Crew Signet Bag

Have you seen these J.Crew signet bags?

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Starting at $128, they’re cute and well-priced.

 

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Image from J.Crew

The best part is that you can customize the bag to make it your own with tassels, monograms, coin purses and customizable tags  (I would definitely get a gold one that says “Fancy”).

Here are some ideas:

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I love the contrast of the red bag with the blue key fob:

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This one might become mine. I’d add the gold “Fancy” tag and a leopard coin purse.