A new luxury.

So a couple of unusual events took place this morning and it isn’t even 9am here.

1.  I actually waited till payday to make a purchase

2. I bought myself a handbag

You may say number 2 isn’t that unusual given the couple of Boden leather folded clutches I have recently bought, BUT it is VERY unusual for me to buy a bag over $100 for myself.  My everyday, tote-it-all bag since August 2011 has been my YSL Roady.  Now I adore this bag, even though at the time I thought it was a crazy amount to pay for a single item.  But MM’s logic was vindicated – investment pieces really can be just that, and it has bought me great joy, and continues to.

In the YSL store in NYC – can you tell I was excited?:


Now the only draw back of the Roady is it is black.  Being a seasonal gal and like to transition into the new seasons with new colors, fabrics and attire that is appropriate.  Hence, the black Roady just wasn’t going to cut it for SS 2013.  I had therefore promised myself an Alexander Wang bag.

Initially I had my eye on this beauty – the Rocco in tangerine.



Yes it’s $850, but compared to many ‘it’ bags it really could be considered ‘reasonably priced’ – MM just balked at that idea…I guess my threshold for ‘reasonably priced’ is changing!  I adore the color and with all the brights this Spring it would be perfect.  But the conundrum is shouldn’t I have the basic, neutral colors in my bag collection before adding accents?

Then the moment arose when I stumbled on TheOutnet.com – not a site I frequented – but I am now smitten.  Created by the folks at Net-a-porter.com it is a virtual designer outlet.  And what was there waiting for me with my name on it saying ‘buy me, buy me’?  This stunner:

The Alexander Wang Diego:



So not wanting to disappoint it I bought it at 45% off.  It’s the perfect color, shape and has two straps – it is now wending it’s way to me.

The tornadoes from last night are gone leaving awful damage in some parts of the State.  We just got lots of rain and wind, and this morning is the calm after the storm – gorgeous blue skies but cold.  Still I ventured outside for you this morning for a change of scenery.


This is the Boden Fairisle jumper from AW 2012 – so snuggly and quite a few sizes and colors left in the sale – I sized up 2 sizes for a less fitted look.  I’ve layered it over an H&M fitted tank/dress, the jeans are Hudson Collins, and the boots are the Sam Edelman Louies.

Don’t forget it’s another Catch of the Day for Boden – today it is 25% off selected tops.


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  1. I just discovered the Outnet this week, too! Had no idea they were owned by Net-A-Porter. There really are so many great deals for real fashion lovers online! I love the bag you bought.

    In regard to today’s outfit, I love the H&M over the denim and under the sweater. maybe I need to start searching for more tank dresses like that for the length and layering ability.

    • There are some gorgeous dresses! I have a wedding to go to in August so may look for one on The Outnet – but you have me obsessed with James Perse now so who knows!! On another note I went into Athleta today after getting the catalog yesterday – their stuff is surprisingly GORGEOUS! They may have taken over from my LLL obsession…I got some gorgeous trousers – Allegro – for traveling in! xx

    • I hope it is as lovely IRL! Glad you agree about the orange – though I still love it…may get a Rocco in black on my Xmas list:)

  2. I’m always browsing through the outnet. You never know when you might happen on a little bargain. Love your happy happy face in the YSL shop. You almost look like you’re giving a big thumbs up purely for being in there. And you look hugely tall in the full length pic. I am starting to feel smaller and smaller and smaller.

    • It’s fatal – their shoes and bags are amazing – there were some lovely bags to choose from but they sell out fast – there is a Rocco in calf hair but I thought I might have a nightmare keeping it clean! I am not tall at all – just average – 5’6″:)

  3. I love the outlet and I adore the bag you’ve ordered, I do think if you are spending that much on a bag it does have to be in a neutral colour and so agree that you were right to not get the neon one, although it is lovely you may not have thought that in a couple of years time.

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