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.

picture2Check out the 3D details:

picture1This Alexander McQueen clutch also fits the over-the-top bill:

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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.

 

 

 

Las Vegas Trip Report, Part 2

(If you missed Part 1, read it here).

So, to catch you up: last weekend I went to Las Vegas for a racecation with two of my fabulous girlfriends.

After our mild debauchery on Friday night (Sub-G Rated by Vegas standards), we were moving somewhat ssslllooooowwwly on Saturday morning.

We ended up heading for brunch at Mon Ami Gabi – a popular faux-French bistro in the Paris hotel – at 11 AM.

We were seated at a well-positioned terrace table and let the caffeine kick in. 

And in. And in.

We waited a long time, maybe 40 minutes, for our order to arrive. The server apologized for the kitchen being slow.

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Frankly, I didn’t mind. It was a beautiful day. I was laughing with my friends. The people watching was excellent.

When the meal arrived, it was mediocre. I was really hungry by then, so I ate anyway.

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We all agreed that the overall experience was disappointing. On a scale of 1-10, we gave it a two.

But then something unexpected happened that totally turned it around. The manager came over to our table and said this:

Ladies, I need this table for a large party. If you would be willing to leave now, I’ll pick up your check.

Who says nothing is free in Vegas?

We were out of there so fast that there were smoke streams.

Brunch experience now elevated to at least an 8.

We decided to do some shopping and walk off the calories. What really caught my eye were the Alexander McQueen “Obsession” print pieces that I saw in several stores.

Wow. These were stunning.

This collection was new to me and I was honestly a bit dizzy thinking about how much I wanted this bag:

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I resisted, but barely.

Here are some of the other McQueen styles that I was longing for:

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The above dress was long-sleeved, sleek and absolutely gorgeous. The charms were all individually sewn onto it. I think the retail was about $6000. This was at Neiman Marcus in the Fashion Show Mall.

This blouse ($1200) was also exquisite:

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I tried to buy a scarf with the print, but it was sold out in the Alexander McQueen boutique. Fortunately (Unfortunately?), I discovered it is available online.

Our final stop was Carlo’s Bakery, which is operated by “Cake Boss” star Buddy Valastro. 

We briefly contemplated bailing since there was a 20+ person queue, but in the end we decided to stay.

And we were so glad we did.

I bought a brownie, a cookie, a cupcake and a cannoli. They were all gone by the time I boarded the flight home.

We headed back to get ready for the 5k race and took the monorail to the SLS Hotel, which is at the far end of the Strip near the Stratosphere. It was slow going to the race. I glanced at my watch and noted that it was almost exactly an hour to get from Point A to Point B.

The Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas 5k started at 6 PM on Saturday night. There were 8200+ runners.

The course was dark, narrow and crowded. It was a boring out-and-back loop. Part of it was on a track. I felt like I was running in a high school track meet, albeit a really crowded one.

The first half mile was so crowded that I was boxed in, an experience I do not enjoy.

I started bobbing and weaving and was able to occasionally make some space to stretch out.

I wish I would have kept my mile splits but I didn’t. I would estimate that the first mile was around 10 minutes with the crowding.

Once I found some space, a competitive drive kicked in and I put the pedal down. My pre-race cupcake and cannoli fuel seemed to be working for me, so I went with it.

As I neared the finish line, I saw Meb Keflezighi for a second time that weekend. He was giving out high fives at the finish line and I was lucky enough to get one! I was so happy.

My finish time was 27:56, which placed me at 923/8249 overall and 307/5297 for women.

I was ok with that. I immediately forgot that I didn’t like the course and mentally registered for next year’s race.

The finish area was crowded, but I eventually met up with J. and B. We reversed our monorail trip back to the hotel, showered and headed to a sushi dinner at Yellowtail.

I wish I would have taken photos of the meal, but I was too busy eating. Everything.

It’s a bit fuzzy (we were also drinking wine), but we ordered:

  • Shishito peppers (a standing favorite among the three of us; these were excellent)
  • Edamame
  • Yellowtail sashimi with jalapeño (Unanimously voted best dish)
  • Popping spicy crab roll (This was nuts. I could have eaten two more on my own).
  • Mile High Roll
  • Uni Truffle pasta

And guess who we saw eating there? Yep, Meb Keflezighi.

Next up: Half-marathon and VIP post-race party.