Sorry things have been a bit quiet around here – but if you follow me on twitter or instagram you may already know my husband and I have been busy getting ready to move next weekend! We spent a lot of the weekend cleaning out our closets to get ready for our scheduled Goodwill pickup on Tuesday, and it feels so good to have purged all of the unloved shoes/bags/clothes that have cluttered our space. Maybe it’s just that I’m getting older (and wiser?) but I really hated seeing how many cheap/trendy pieces I have accumulated and am now giving away. While each of the items was relatively inexpensive, I didn’t really need any of them and in retrospect it seems like a bit of a waste of money – though hopefully others will get to enjoy them now!
[a few instagram shots taken while packing (click photos for detail): Kate Spade Nell flats and Charm heels (my wedding shoes!) / Hermes Birkin, Louis Vuitton Palermo GM, Celine Mini Luggage / Miu Miu shoe collection: jeweled ballet flats, spectator pumps, pleated back platform pumps, platform sandals]
It did make me really think about committing to really invest in classic, quality pieces that I will keep for years. I’ve tried to do this more over the past couple of years, but I’ve definitely been guilty of making impulse purchases on a bad day, pulling the trigger on an item because the deal was “too good” to pass up and buying something from H&M/Forever21/etc. because “if it’s less than $25 it doesn’t count” – tell me I’m not alone here… anyway, I’m going to really try harder to only buy things I need or at least really really really love.
With that said, I’ll hopefully be buying less on a regular basis and saving more towards investment items – in taking inventory of my bags I realized that I need to be more strategic in my purchases – because I don’t need a 6th medium sized hobo style bag when I lack a great clutch! I’m taking notes from Bag Snob’s 5 Essentials and trying to build a well-balanced “bag wardrobe” – so here are my picks for the 5 styles right now:
tote: I recently added the long-coveted Celine Mini Luggage tote to my collection (it is everything I hoped it would be!) so I’ve got that covered for now.
travel: For as much as I’ve blogged about Proenza Schouler bags here, I still don’t own one. The PS1 Large Travel bag is my ideal travel bag – at 12″ x 19″ x 9.5″ its roomy enough to carry all I need for at least an overnight trip and the optional shoulder strap makes it that much more convenient.
treasure (exotic): The Chloe Paraty Medium Python has been on my wishlist for so long, but I’ve never been able to pull the trigger. I’d love to add an exotic leather piece to my collection some day though (so in case anyone wants to buy me a present…)
trendy: I don’t really believe in spending a lot of super trendy items, so when I think of this trendy category of bags I really want to stay away from anything that I won’t love years from now. My current pick is the Chanel Boy Tote which is a bit different than your classic Chanel but still timeless. I also love the smaller Boy Flap but it might be just a bit small for my preference.
clutch: I hate having to hold a clutch bag, so a chain strap option is ideal. My mother turned me on to Chanel’s Wallet on Chain bags which are perfect for when you only need to take the essentials for a night out. Now I just need one of my own :)
What would your 5 essentials be?