Aussie Curves – Handbag

I love a good handbag and I have searched far and wide for one that could end all handbags. But I’ve since realised that I can’t just stop at one. There are always going to be more that I want.

So instead, I’ve stopped looking at the cheap ones that I can easily buy on a whim. I’ve never had much luck with them anyway. I usually use them for a few weeks and then begin to hate them. Inevitably, I stop using them and they then sit around never to see the outside world again.

When we left Sydney, I donated a lot of clothes to the Salvation Army in Darlinghurst. My donation also included five handbags, which had already had their heyday with me. I’d moved on.

I’ve already talked about my beloved Coach bag – my first designer one which I had lusted after for months before finally buying it on sale. I still have it. I currently don’t use it as it desperately needs some leather conditioner put on it, which I just haven’t gotten around to. So it’s just sitting there, waiting.

I’m currently using a bag I picked up from Farmers, a Nica bag, which is the perfect size for something I use everyday. It fits my wallet, iPad, phone, and a few other bits and pieces. Occasionally a water bottle too.

I like that it has a long shoulder strap as well as the two handles. Bags that have both of these are usually a win for me.

It also has two front pockets which are great for my Snapper card, work ID, house keys and a few lip balms, so they don’t get lost in the big pocket.

But the thing that sold it for me, was this cute little pattern on the side. It turns a black bag into something a little different.

I also have my Kate Spade bag I picked up on my last trip to Australia. It’s big enough to fit my laptop in, which is exactly what I wanted from it.

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What’s in a handbag?

Throughout my life many bags have come and gone. Totes, shoulder bags, cross body bags, backpacks… all sorts. You name it and I have probably had one and subsequently gotten rid of them (mostly).

I have searched tirelessly for the bag to end the search. The one which would keep me happy, would carry everything I desired and most of all would not break. Especially the not breaking part.

I thought I had found that one bag. I lusted after it for months. I had almost given up all hope of owning it. But then, one magical day, it was mine. I see it lasting many years and being with me through tough times. Only when the last stitch finally gives way and the pieces fall to the ground while I weep over it as my lipstick rolls into the gutter will be the day I stop using it. Even after a year of service it is still going strong and I love it just as much as the day I bought it, which is quite unusual for me and handbags. I tire of them quickly and discard them while already having moved on to the next.

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Aussie Curves – Leather

I’ve missed a couple of weeks for Aussie Curves because I’ve been quite busy.

I started work again a few weeks ago, which has been making me feel exhausted while also robbing me of time. You get used to time being such a luxury while unemployed and then when you do start work again, your spare time is precious and you don’t necessarily use it well. Additionally, Man Piece and I have just bought a house (even though settlement isn’t until September), we’ve been preoccupied with sorting all that out.

But I thought it was high time that I dusted off this here blog again and contributed to the AC challenge once more.

This week’s theme is Leather – one which I am not short of options, albeit most of them pleather or wet-look. I decided to go for accessorising with leather items and keeping everything else subtle.

Items made of leather tend to be a lot more durable, so this week I decided to showcase my precious handbag as well as my boots which are fast becoming one of my best investments.

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My precious.

For the last six months I have been coveting one of Coach’s legacy leather duffle bags in tourmaline.

In fact, it is this one right here:

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I even blogged about how much I wanted it back in January.

And now I have it:

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To be quite honest, half of the allure was actually getting the dust cover and massive carry bag as well.

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Having been using the bag for the last couple of days, I’m more in love with it than when I was just staring at pretty pictures. I can definitely see this bag being with me for, well, the rest of my life. It is made of leather, after all, ensuring some level of quality.

So, yay for my first designer, and leather, handbag!

Side note: I’ve also got my eye on a couple of other things at Coach in the same colour – a wallet and a legacy leather swingpack. Although it will possible take me another six months to get one of them, if at all. Cause, goddamn, I have expensive tastes.

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Designer fashion – a dangerous liaison.

Since moving to Sydney I have begun noticing a bit more of designer fashion. It’s kind of hard not to when it is so prominent in the city.

Also when just around the corner from my apartment there is Burberry, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Chanel…. you get the picture.

I’m not really in it for the clothes, but I’m totally falling in love with sunglasses, handbags, scarves, jewelry, make-up – the accessories of designer fashion.

Now I haven’t indulged very much. Obviously because of the price tag that usually comes with designer fashion (cue Jessie J Price Tag getting stuck in your head).

But obviously, I have indulged a little.

I bought these totally awesome Coach sunglasses with the help of my dear friend OZSale. (You can get some amazing stuff for more than 50% off retail prices.)

You might also notice the super sparkly clutch that I have them perched on. No, this is not designer, however I have been coveting many a sparkly clutch by various designer brands for awhile. At least this one was an extremely cheap price and you can’t tell what brand it is!

I have namely been coveting this Kardashian Kollection clutch. Yes, everyone groan at Kardashian, but I find it awesome.

Now I don’t need to spend the $60 odd dollars I was going to pay for it, because I found a similar cheaper version. Win!

Speaking of Kardasian Kollection, I actually really like some of their stuff currently.

I did in fact buy this Kardasian bag, but in black:

Unfortunately one day the body strap broke. I was gutted! So I had to go and return it. Sad panda 😦 I still really love this bag and I wish I could find it again to buy another. I stupidly exchanged it instead of getting one that wasn’t broken. Then the replacement bag has ended up putting holes in my clothes because of buckles on both sides that do nothing. *sigh*

I also like this bag:

I have also been looking at Hermes scarves. I don’t think I would ever spend that much on a scarf, but they’re nice to look at.

I might be developing a slight obsession with Coach. I think I will have to save up and buy one of the awesome coloured bags they have currently. Look at ALL THE COLOURS.

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And last, but not least, Tiffany’s. I just want to buy a necklace so I can have the blue box.

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Now if only I could manage to get Man Piece to buy me something…