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Tips for White Bags and My New Chanel

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By now you may have noticed I have a little obsession with bags. Big handbags, small clutches, name brands and vintage… the list goes on and on. Every once in a while a bag speaks to me and I just have to have it! The best way to describe it is like in Harry Potter when the wand-maker says “The wand chooses the wizard, Mr. Potter.” It’s the same feeling for me!

 

Over the holidays I treated myself to my Proenza Schouler, and I made it halfway through 2018 before spotting the latest addition to my collection.

 

For quite some time, I’ve been teasing Jason about my need to find the perfect white Chanel bag. I mean… I have a black one, so I was just missing the ying to my yang! I’ve always loved white bags (despite the obvious care needed to keep them pristine), and my move down south has just intensified this love. Well I spotted this bag while out shopping in my neighborhood, and it instantly spoke to me. The Kelly shape is iconic, classic, yet unexpected for a Chanel. Because of its shape I felt it was too unique to pass up – and the size is just perfection! I can throw in sunglasses, my wallet, and a little bit more than my usual small bag. Sold!

So what do I do to care for my new beauty and keep it looking it’s best?  Here are a couple of tips:

 

1) Be Mindful of weather. I never wear my bag on days I feel there will be rain or any sort of element touching and potentially damaging my bag.

 

2) No Blue Jeans. I keep the easily affected white leather away from dyes that can be transferred from jeans or other dyed fabrics.

 

3) Be cautious of my surroundings and my plans! I never wear really expensive bags to places or situations that could be problematic. Ie – you won’t see me at a concert, crowded place where the leather could be inadvertently scratched, or overall messy locale. I save my nice bags for calm occasions where I can set it down safe and sound. Ie – dinner, brunch plans, shopping, etc. While I’m not overly cautious and afraid to wear my bag out (I bought it, so I want to enjoy it), there’s definitely something to be said about making smart decisions and improving the longevity of your purchase!

 

Hope you like my new love and the tips I shared. With the proper care, a white bag can be a chic new addition to your closet! xo

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J.Crew Playa

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It’s no secret I’m a major fan of J.Crew. Their classic style and preppy aesthetic is something that’s always resonated with me. Even as my style has changed, I can always count on staples such as luxe cashmere sweaters, playful shoes, and quality swimwear that won’t break the bank.

 

Speaking of swimwear, with the departure of Victoria Secret – don’t you feel like there is a lack of mid-range swim options? Ie – not an H&M or Target, but also not a suit from Saks that’s a huge chunk of a paycheck. I’m guilty of looking at price tags and thinking “that’s not that bad” before realizing that’s only the cost of the top…not the bottom!

 

Well J.Crew has consistently provided great silhouettes for swim that work for a range of body types and come in the cutest colors and patterns. Like I said, I’m a fan! Recently, they also launched another swim line called J.Crew Playa! What’s the difference between this and their normal swim? It’s a little more playful and a little skimpier. Think lower necklines, drastic scoop backs, and an even more affordable price-point. Aka perfect for the millennials out there who want the quality of a heritage brand, but with a fresh perspective. If you like my swimsuit pictured above, I highly recommend checking out the collection. You can find my other favorites HERE, HERE, and HERE.

 

My suit: J.Crew.

Thank you J.Crew for partnering on this post!

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Top 3 Nail Art Trends

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If you follow me on Instagram, then you know that I’m all about my nails…especially nail art! While the trends have come along way from the painted flower on our big toes (I totally got this in middle school), the love and artistry is still there! I tend to lean towards more conservative nail art, but so many followers have reached out about my colors and styles of choice. Here’s what’s hot on my radar on the nail front:
 
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Negative space: this trend seems ultra minimal and gives a geometric twist to any design. Plus, the negative space makes it less apparent when your actual nail starts to grow out. Gel manicures rejoice!
 
A stunning stud: An easy gateway into nail art is a gold or rhinestone stud on your color of choice. I love a gold stud on white or a candy colored shade. It’s simple, but adds a touch of personality and glam to an otherwise ordinary manicure.
 
Foil: When I was in New York, a foil manicure was all the rage. Cover your entire nail, incorporate negative space, or do a combo with your fav color. This futuristic and shiny look is a modern cool girl’s must- have!