All photos are by Teresa Dalbera PhotographyHi there,
I make no secret of the fact that I LOVE handbags. It's nothing new - I've ALWAYS loved handbags. I got my first Coach bag at 14 and never looked back! I used to buy bags everywhere I went - didn't matter where it was from, didn't matter the brand. I've bought bags everywhere from Walmart to Claires to Chanel. But in the last few years, I STOPPED buying non-designer bags and now I only carry high-end bags from certain designers.
My reason? I just like them better. Yes they are expensive. But, I choose classic designs from classic brands and they will be in style for a long time. And I'm sure I'll be able to pass them down to my daughter when she's older. I take really good care of them.
I have a deal with my husband - every year I get one new handbag. I don't get gifts for my birthday, Christmas, Mother's Day - I get one fancy handbag as my gift for the year. And there's no certain date I'll get it. I get it when I find what I'm looking for.
And how do I manage to only carry high-end designer bags, you ask??? I do it ON THE CHEAP.
And how do I do it on the cheap, you ask??? I'm patient and I'm not picky and I always look out for a deal. But - I never buy used. Not that there's anything wrong with that! I just prefer my bags be new.
My latest acquisition is this GORGEOUS Celine Python Micro Luggage bag. Isn't she GORGEOUS!!! The scales are devine - they're starting to bend and it's aaaaamazing!!! And you'll never guess where I got this handbag...
Yes, Zulily - the sample sale site that all mom's have been on one time or another. Don't sleep on Sample Sale Sites ladies!!! You can find some amazing bags on these sites for great discount prices if you're not too picky about them being from the current season/collection.
I'm not. Like I said, I choose fairly classic bags and colors so they won't go out of style.
These are the sites I shop for my handbags:
Beyond The Rack
I'll be honest - Zulily is new to this list. I do regularly buy discounted clothes for my kids and myself from there, but seeing Celine and Prada for sale on their site a few weeks ago was a SHOCK. But I took FULL ADVANTAGE. I paid less than half the retail cost for my Python! It was a deal even my husband could agree was worth taking advantage of.
Just FYI - you will never see Chanel or Louis Vuitton discounted. Don't trust it if you do. But Gilt and Hautelook occasionally sell Pre-Owned Chanel, Louis Vuitton and Hermes. If you're in the market for those types of bags, check those sites! All other brands will be new brand spanking new.
Let me know if you have any questions! I'm not an expert. I just really like talking about purses LOL!
I'll be doing a separate post on this outfit and about these gorgeous photos. Because I'm kind of obsessed with it all!
Until next time!