I love sharing my new purchases with you all, and I’m super excited to share the most recent addition to my bag collection – a fold-over Dior clutch. This is my first Christian Dior bag, so I feel like this is extra special!
Unlike my usual bag purchases, I hadn’t been coveting this one. I just saw it one day, and it spoke to me as something different and fashion-forward. I love the oversized nature of the clutch, the iconic Dior oblique print, and the navy color palette. But what’s amazing about this bag is that it can also be converted into a tote bag – so it’s like two bags in one!
And if this bag seems familiar to you, it might be because it’s a re-release of a vintage style. You may have seen Carrie toting this around (in signature brown) on Sex & The City! Well, while I’m certainly not on Carrie’s level, my bag collection is starting to rival hers. You’ll see my wearing this around all summer, as a tote AND as a clutch!
A while ago I wrote a post about the infamous question “what am I going to wear today?” I shared my life hack for never asking myself that question and guaranteeing a quick morning routine during the week. If you haven’t yet, you should read the details of the post, but the long story short is that I pick out all of the week’s outfits on Sunday. Once I’ve got my looks, I hang them in reverse order, so Monday is at the very front of the batch and ready for me to quickly grab in the morning.
While I still stand by that life-hack, I understand that level of planning leaves can seem a little extreme or leave little room for spontaneity. Well to those who think that, I’ve got another method that works for me when I don’t have the time or energy to pull looks on Sunday…the running outfit list!
I put my favorite outfits to wear in a running list that I keep on my phone. So if I’m ever in a bind, I can refer to my list and see what strikes my fancy. Unlike my other method, you don’t have to have your outfit planned, but you have something easy to jog your memory of your favorite looks. An example of items on my list include:
– Black tuxedo pants. Black turtleneck. Leather Jacket. Manolos (black or colorful)
– Reformation Black Midi Dress. Bandana. Blazer or White Vince Jacket. Golden Goose Sneakers.
You’ll see I just use brief identifiers (whether descriptor or brand) to easily delineate each piece. Another way I organize my list is to group the outfits together by sub-category. Since I work in advertising, my work-wear is not overly professional and is my “Every-day” clothing. The other categories I have are “Casual”, “Summer-wear”, and “Evening”. But you can use whatever works for you! What do you dolls think? Would you use this list to have go-to outfits handy?
Well, I finally did it. I pulled the trigger on a bag that I’ve been lusting over for years. The Céline classic box bag is just that…classic. And it’s finally mine! With minimal branding (a logo only on the inside), and simple gold hardware, it’s a subtle showstopper. I originally wanted the bag in Camel (the color I purchased), then wanted grey, then taupe…needless to say I was being undecided. Well, this year fate stepped in. In 2018, Hedi Slimane took over for Phoebe Philo as the creative director of Céline. In my opinion, Phoebe Philo brought a feminine and minimalist aesthetic that defined the brand. On the other hand, Slimane has re-branded Céline to CELINE and once again, emulated his signature rock and roll style that he most recently brought to Saint Laurent (also rebranded from YSL).
Long story short…with the re-brand, bags with the old logo (and accent on the e) were being phased out as the new brand was being rolled out. Fans of the brand were flocking to purchase Phoebe Philo’s designs before they became obsolete. Suddenly there was a time restraint on my impulse to get a bag! I really wanted a Phoebe bag as a snapshot in time. To me she epitomizes the modern woman, combining luxury, simplicity and a sense of practicality. In this respect, the accent on the e is more than an old logo – it’s symbolic.
As 2019 rolled around and I started a new job, I decided to treat myself before all the old Céline items were gone. In a little bit of a poetic coincidence, Atlanta had one of the country’s last remaining camel bags, the most coveted color and the one I originally wanted years ago. It was meant to be! Thanks Phoebe!