Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Leather Skirts (Who Knew?)

Leather skirts are something I have never felt the need to add to my wardrobe. When someone said, "leather skirt," I tended to imagine something...skin-tight, super short, and well...paired with other...very non-Carol-esque style choices.

And then, last fall, Anthro put out an A-line midi-length leather skirt, which was actually quite nice. But we all wondered, "How long well that length be trendy? Maybe this is too trendy." But that was the first time I really looked at a leather skirt as something I might want to introduce to my closet. 

And this fall? Well...suffice it to say, this fall, the options seem to have expanded beyond what I'd ever imagined. Look at how adorable this Vince skirt looks with a nubby sweater (I think I might need one, though I'd probably skip the leggings and go with tights...): 

They seem to be coming in every shape, length, and color you could possibly want. Here are some to look over:

1. Patterson Kincaid Polly Leather Skirt (I love the burgundy version. But the black might be slightly more versatile. Which, which, which?) 
2. DKNY Leather A-line Skirt (such a beautiful green!), 
3. Versace Electric Blue (Had to show you this, just because it's so beautiful, but yikes, it's a mortgage payment!), 
4. By Marlene Birger Leather Skirt (What a pretty, pretty color, but also super pricey)
5. Weekend Max Mara 'Affine' Leather Skirt (Another gorgeous blue and slightly less expensive, but...only slightly less)
6. Topshop Ruch Leather Skirt (great color, decent length, and it's closer to affordable...)
7. Long Leather Skirt (practically a maxi! Not sure if I'm digging the pieced-together look, though that probably explains the lower price...)
8. Catherine Malandrino Quilted Leather Skirt (love the tulip silhouette and the gorgeous purple. Also, not completely leather - it has knit side panels - in case you wanted to tone the whole leather-look down a bit.)
9. McQ Alexander McQueen Leather Midi Skirt (so beautiful and classic)
10. Banana Republic A-line Leather Skirt (Not quite as full-skirted as I'd like, but the color is great and the price is right - especially with an extra 30% off - promo ends 8/28).

And for the budget conscious and/or those-not-quite-ready-to-commit-to-the-real-thing:

11. Faux Leather Pencil Skirt, The Limited (great, versatile color and perfect for work!)
12. Hinge Faux Leather Skirt (This is a cute little number that was released during the Anniversary Sale. I hesitated on it - much to my current regret.)
13. 10 Crosby Derek Lam Faux Leather Skirt (I really love the look of this one - but wow, that price tag stings - especially since it's faux leather!)
14. Sparkle and Fade Vegan Leather Skate Skirt (very cute but maybe too short for me)
15. Faux Leather Kick-Pleat Skirt, The Limited (I love the '70s vibe of this skirt!)

So, what do you think? Are you a pro- or anti- leather skirt? Or are you on the fence? 

Monday, August 27, 2012

On Vacation (OOTD)

This is our last week of summer before Rowan goes back to school, so the DH and I are taking a few vacation days to have some fun family time. Here's a quick OOTD from a few weeks back:

Top: Painter Scoop Neck Tee, J. Crew (similar here, here, and here)
Skirt: Apothecary Skirt, Anthropologie (old; similar here, here, and here)
Shoes: Ankle Strap Sandal, Lanvin (similar here, here, and here)
Necklace: Caramelo Necklace, Anthropologie (similar here, here, and here)

It's not super creative or particularly interesting. But sometimes, that's all I've got to work with.

Here's to hoping your days are proving more fruitful!

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Reprieve (Fall Fantasies)

As of the time of writing, in San Diego, it's a lovely 72 degrees. It's cooler and overcast, and serving as a wonderful break amidst lots of very hot weather (sadly, it's supposed to climb back into the high 80s this coming week). It's enough to summon fantasies of fall and winter - were we're bundled in cozy sweaters and boots, tromping through the woods, breathing deeply of the smells of...

Oh, wait. Hm. Are there any real woods to speak of, here in San Diego? Does the Torrey Pines Reserve count? No, it really doesn't. Okay, well, anyway, you knew where I was going with that. Fall. Cozy. Woods. 

Personally, in that fantasy, I'm wearing something like this:

What about you? What are you wearing in your Fall weather fantasy?

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Two Dresses (Fitting Room Reviews)

I was driving through Orange County, coming from Los Angeles heading home to San Diego. And I was almost certain that I heard something calling my name. I felt this odd magnetic pull drawing me to South Coast Plaza. And I knew that it wasn't just the mall - I had a feeling that it was something specific. And as it so happened, it was two something specifics.

(From J. Crew!!!)

These two dresses have featured pretty heavily on some of my more recent wishlists and I couldn't quite believe it when I saw them both in the store, in my size. The Polka-Dot Tie Neck dress is already sold out online in my size, so I was doubly suprised and excited. I had my two little side-kicks with me, and they were game for a couple quick fitting room reviews (as well as some goofing around). In fact, Rowan even offered to rate each item on a scale from 1 to 10.

He's just helpful that way. ^_-

Polka Dot Tie-Neck Dress:

Please excuse my atrocious hair and tired skin. Anyway, I'm wearing the Polka Dot Tie-Neck Dress in a size 0, and I found that it fit very comfortably. The top was much more blousy on me than on the model in the product shot, but seeing as how I'm short-waisted and just plain short, this wasn't too much of a surprise. The skirt hit precisely at the knee, rather than above it as on the model, but that's totally fine as well. I tied the neck a lot higher than in the product shot,  but I think both looks can work. The dress has a side zip, is made of silk, has no pockets, is dry-clean only, and is lined. I love it. The kids did too. Rowan gave it a 9 out of 10. He particularly found the pleated skirt fascinating.


I'm a little shocked that this dress has already sold out completely online as it hasn't been out for that long. I'm wearing the A-line Ponte Dress in a size 0, and again, I found it to be a very comfortable fit. This dress is slightly shorter than the Polka Dot Tie-Neck Dress, but only just, hitting at the top of my knee, rather than at the middle of it. There's a panel of fabric that wraps around the waist that's difficult to see in these photos and totally invisible in the product shot, which is about 3" wide at the center (front of the dress) and tapers closer to 2.5" inches wide at the side seams. I almost wish it wasn't there, but as a detail, it isn't a deal-breaker. The dress felt well constructed, the fabric was very sturdy, and while it's very simple and basic, it is...well, a great simple and basic black dress. The dress has a back zipper, but no pockets, and is dry-clean (boo!). Rowan gave it a 4 out of 10. When I asked why, he said it was a nice dress, but kind of boring; not very colorful or interesting. Which is true. But I'll point out that while boring, dresses like this are fantastic canvases for accessories - necklaces, scarves, belts, shoes - all of those things will really change the feel of a dress like this, pretty substantially, making it very versatile. 

Rowan and Kate-shaped appendages sprouting from me. Strange, how that happens when there's a camera and a mirror around.

Both dresses came home with me, which was a little naughty of me, but look - when the Universe speaks, I listen. Especially when it speaks to me about pretty dresses. There are some things that one just shouldn't mess with.

Have a great day!

Monday, August 20, 2012

Wear Now/Wear Later (J. Crew Sale)

I'll admit it - with the extra 30% off (promo code LOVEIT) I have succumbed and added a few items to my J. Crew shopping cart. However, I'll also note that my J. Crew shopping cart has essentially zero summer-only items in it. There are definitely things in it that were released as part of J. Crew's summer offerings, but if you look, you'll see that these are all things that will transition nicely into a fall/winter wardrobe. Because even though it feels like endless summer right now (and in all honesty, Southern California tends to stay warm well into October) all these sales are fashion-summer's last hurrah. Meaning if you don't buy stuff that you can wear now and wear later, chances are, you'll really be annoyed with yourself for spending $$ on something you could only wear for a little while before all the cold-weather arrived.

Well, I'll be annoyed with myself. You may not actually care should this happen to you. And really, that's okay too. But you know...just in case.

(I love this yellow. Super cute with summer stuff and lovely with fall colors too. It'll be just the pop you were looking for.)

1. Boy Shirt in Barbados Plaid (In my shopping cart. I love the bright blue of this shirt -  with its sleeves rolled up, it'll be perfect paired with shorts for summer. Then, later on, it'll really brighten up overcast days in the fall and winter, layered underneath a sweater and paired with the cords in #4.)
2. Garment-dyed Drawstring Shirtdress (Also in my shopping cart. Wear with flip flops or sandals now for a perfect summer look. Then, in the fall, throw on some tights underneath, maybe some boots, and a sweater over the top - both a pullover or a cardigan would look great over this one. I tried this on a while back and dismissed it because the sleeve was so tight. But Pamela reassures me that the sleeve on hers is fine, so I'm going to guess that maybe if I unbutton the cuff on the sleeve before rolling, the tightness issue will disappear. Fingers crossed!)
3. Tippi Cardigan in Leopard (In my shopping cart. During the warmer months, I'll have this in my bag for cooler evenings that always seem to creep up on me. And later, in the fall/winter, this cardigan is going to look great with any of my black skirts + tights or black pants - Minnies come to mind. Trousers too, of course. Oh, and paired with a few other colors - jewel tones! - as well. Can't wait!)
4. Factory Skinny Cord in Garment Dye (I'm picking these up in the "pale mineral" color to replace the mint pair of *groan* full-priced Toothpick Denim that I stained with iced tea and rendered completely unwearable. I already know they'll go with quite a lot in my closet already, but I'm also looking forward to pairing them with that Barbados Plaid shirt above.)
5. Liquid Silk Skirt (Not yet in my shopping cart. I'm really tempted by this skirt. It's essentially a year-round sort of skirt, especially in that color! - and perfect for San Diego's climate though it might be a little light for actual winter months with snow and ice and slush and stuff. The real question being posed here is, do I really need another A-line midi skirt? Hmmm...the answer may very well be, "Yes.")
6. Basket-weave Shift Dress (I'm really rather sad this is sold out in my size. Both colors are just fantastic. Wear it as styled on the product shot now, and then with a long sleeved shirt and tights layered underneath along with boots and an outer layer later, when the weather turns cooler.)
7. Workwear Shirtdress (My friend has this dress and I see her often enough that it'd be problematic if I bought this. But if it weren't for that, I'd have bought this already. This dress is great. Paired with flat sandals and belted or unbelted, it's a super-cute and really easy to wear dress. In the fall and winter, I'd throw a long sleeve turtleneck layer underneath it with tights and boots, and a jacket or coat. SO cute. Sigh. I wish she hadn't bought it first.)

So are any of you still buying strictly-summer goods right now? Or are you also picking up some fun summer sale items with an eye to the coming seasons?

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Kate Spade Fun (Secret Promo Code!)

Are you dying over some of the Kate Spade new arrivals and in equal pain over the price points? Well, I have some good news!!! There's a "secret" (because it's not openly advertised on the website) promo going on that gives you 20% off all full price items excluding watches, plus free shipping!

Yes, you may squeal now. I won't tell. ^_-

So, here are the details: 20% off full price items (excluding watches); free shipping; final sale. Promo code: KSFALL12. Expires today (8/19/2012), so you'll have to move fast to take advantage.

Here's a tip - since these are final sale purchases, I suggest that you check and see if the items you want are available at Nordstrom. Nordstrom obviously has a terrific open return policy but what you might not know is that they will also match other stores' prices. So, if you print out a copy of the shopping cart, showing the discounted prices after the promo code has been entered, and take it to your store or call an SA by phone, Nordstrom will match the price. And give you free shipping and returns. And if the fit is off, you can exchange or return as necessary. One extra bonus for me, as a Nordstrom Card holder is that I get some free alterations, so even if something doesn't fit quite right, Nordy's talented staff will help me make it work. Win-win, right?

Not sure what you should pick? Me neither. There's always this:

SO adorable. It's like the vintage find you're always hoping you'll come across in a thrift shop somewhere. Some other ideas? Well, I have a few (all items available at Nordstrom as well...because erm...that's my plan and I'm stickin' to it):

1. Kate Spade New York 'Jane' Dress (In solid green. Oh, I love a green dress.)
3. Kate Spade New York 'Jane' Dress (In a graphic black and white print)
4. Kate Spade New York 'Rainey' Dress (in the adorable Garance Dore illustration-print)
5. Kate Spade New York 'Jessie' Top (so cute and an integral part of this outfit)
6. Kate Spade New York 'Mollie' Skirt (also super cute and again part of the outfit noted in #5)
7. Kate Spade New York 'Hilda' Cardigan (I probably wouldn't spring for this cardi due to cost, but it belongs with outfit #5 and I think we can all agree that embellished pockets are a great idea for a DIY sort-of project, right?)
8. Kate Spade New York Striped 'Celina' Dress (love this dress too! Might be great for a winter wedding I'm going to...)

Happy hunting and hope you're all having a great weekend!

Thursday, August 16, 2012


TGFN? Thank God for Nordstrom.

I was bored. SO BORED. These last couple weeks have elicited well...lukewarm responses to everything. I would flick through my favorite retail websites, blogs, and magazines in desultory fashion, waiting for something to remind me I have a pulse.

And you know what? Nothing. Zero. A big fat "meh." I went to the mall, sans children on the weekend, determined to find a fun summer dress and reboot my enthusiasm for pretty things. But after two hours, I came away, bored and empty-handed. It was awful. The best I could do was lament to Kathryn about my overwhelming ennui and then do other things. Things not having to do with clothes, shoes, and other accessories.

I know. It's like this giant chasm opened up in my life.

And then, today I picked up my mail as I came in from work. Hidden amidst the junk mail and random bits and pieces was the Nordstrom August 2012 catalog. And as I flipped through it, my eyes lit on these:

It's okay. They're real. Take a breath. See? Still there.

Aren't they gorgeous?

The catalog, despite it's unlikely cover is full of gorgeous things that have me exclaiming out loud. It's just fantastic stuff. For instance:

1. Sanctuary 'Claudia' Skirt (Soft pink tiered scalloped lace? *happy sigh*)
2. Maison Scotch Sequin Collar Dobby Shirt (I love the sequined collar - such a fun detail.)
3. 7 For All Mankind 'The Skinny' Print Jeans (In the catalog, these brocade-printed jeans are paired with the sequin collared top. Super cute.)
4. Rachel Roy 'Gardner' Pump (I don't need yet another pair of stiletto pumps. Except, maybe I do? Checkout these knockout colors here)
5. Trina Turk 'Femme Fatale' Blouse (I've been waiting for the perfect peplum top, and while I was really tempted by the J. Crew Collection version that came out last year, the price point was too high and by the time it went on sale, I wasn't entirely convinced I wanted it. This one, however, with it's gathered neckline and more neutral colors may be just the top I've been waiting for!)
6. Gibson Equestrian Blazer (Love that burgundy color and the price is great - oh, and the back of it? Terrific detail!)
7. Free People Floral Cardigan (There's something slightly "Coldwater Creek" about this cardigan, but I love it anyway, especially styled as it is in the catalog, with a chambray shirt and skinny jeans.)
8. Kate Spade 'Maria' Dress (Sorry. I keep getting distracted by polka dots.)

The following aren't in the catalog, but I came across them while I was *ahem* researching some of the catalog items on Nordstrom's website. So you know...bonus!

9. Ted Baker London Tiered Chiffon Top (Okay, there are a lot of cute peter pan collared tops out there this season. But I think this one is my favorite yet. It's a little pricey, but oh! I'm worried it'll sell out in my size before it hits sale. I hate it when I'm confronted with these very difficult decisions. #firstworldproblems)
10. Miu Miu T-Strap Pump (It's like Miu Miu took last year's Mary Jane and added a t-strap and another couple bows layered on top of the first one. I'm not complaining. ^_-)
11. Kate Spade 'Reanna' Sandal (Is it weird that I kinda love these? I mean, seriously, where would I wear a slightly glittery feathered t-strap pump? But um...they're fabulous and well, what woman can't use a little fabulous in her life?)
12. RED Valentino Peep-toe Sandal (I love the swiss-dotted leather! I love how these shoes straddle the line between whimsical and sleek. I can't decide which pair I want more. The glittery pink mary janes pictured above? Or swiss dotted leather? Glittery pink? Swiss dotted leather? Gah, how's a woman to choose? I'll just have to get them both. *innocent whistling*)

So, what about you? What's been making your heart pitter-pat lately?

Monday, August 13, 2012

Wilted (OOTD)

It is hot. So hot. I feel like a wilted spinach salad. Only, not as tasty. My hair is always up in a messy knot at the back of my head (even a ponytail feels too hot) and I swear there are days when I can't even bring myself to put on any accessories.

Today was one of those days. And these photos were snapped at the end of it, when I was thoroughly rumpled - so apologies for my lapsing standards. My poor skirt, it puts up with so much abuse (also known as "Kate").

I've been living in this skirt. It's so light and floaty (note how even the gentlest breeze can lift it), I can actually stand wearing it when it's "disgusting" out (as my Starbucks barrista lamented about the weather the other day). Kathryn had described a recent outfit worn by Rosa that she wanted to recreate, and while casting about in my closet for something to wear, I realized I also had similar components (gingham shirt, midi-length skirt) so decided to go with this.

Top: Gingham Shirt, Old Navy (similar here, here, and here)
Skirt: Jardin Skirt, J. Crew (similar here, here, and here)
Shoes: Phoenix Espadrilles, Jimmy Choo (similar here, here, and here)

As much as I've been whining in this post about the heat, I'm grateful I don't live an hour east of here - the forecast for Imperial Valley's overnight low: 87º F. And tomorrow, they're looking forward to 115º F. 

Unbelievable, right? Hope everyone is staying cool and comfortable. 

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, August 12, 2012

One of Ours (Some Thoughts)

We all know that no life is perfect. We all suffer from various challenges, difficulties, and heartaches. We all know fear. And despite my perpetual fixation on pretty frocks and designer shoes, I am well aware that the best accessory or garment for any woman is her loving, courageous, intelligent, and compassionate heart. I think Yves Saint Laurent put it really well when he said, "Over the years I have learned that what is important in a dress is the woman who is wearing it."

Very recently, one of our readers and a blogger in her own right - you may know her as "J'aime Shopping," - was diagnosed with breast cancer. She's lovely, smart, young, and hard-working; was getting ready to be married and now - well, now things have taken a turn in her life. She's been blogging with stark and moving honesty about her experience on what was formerly her style and shopping blog: J'aime Shopping's Battle With Cancer and I encourage you to go visit her there and offer her a few words of love and support.

Source: J'aime Shopping's Battle With Cancer; Photo by Pat.

A very wise friend of mine has lately been teaching me with his example, the power we all hold within us to love each other, even when we may not know each other well or have any certainty that the feeling will be reciprocated. It's been incredibly moving and eye-opening to watch what happens when someone approaches the world with powerful love for and trust in him/herself and love for others. I bring this up because I have always imagined that as bloggers and readers, we form a community here on the web. And as such we have - if not an obligation, then certainly permission - to offer each other opportunities for participation and collaboration. Fundamental to those activities are relationship-building, connectedness, and support.

And how much better - how much more meaningful are any of those things, when approached from the vantage point of love?

So, I may be going out on a limb here - I know that In Pursuit of Pretty Things is more than anything else, a place you probably come to indulge your desire for pretty material goods (and it's certainly where I come to scratch that spot too!), but we all know that there's more to us - all of us - than that. So, if you're in need of a little (or even a lot of) love and support, or can offer some, leave a comment below. I'll be thinking of you this week and even beyond with love and hope that things get better for you.

And meanwhile, don't forget J'aime Shopping. She's one of ours.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Dress Like a Lady

While I am a staunch feminist, I'm also totally in love with "ladylike" clothes. This has less to do with any proscribed expectations regarding behavior and modesty and more to do with a certain style aesthetic. And happily, it would seem it's a style aesthetic that seems to be on-trend right now.

What sort of friend would I be if I didn't share them with you?

Alice + Olivia 'Ophelia' Dress (styled with the YSL Tribute Sandal)

So, here's a few to consider, ranging across price range as well as occasion - everything from the party dress to the wear-around-the-house dress. I love them all!

1. Kate Spade 'Kimberly' Dress (Adorable! Possibly too twee for a woman in her mid-30s, but who's counting?
2. Kate Spade 'Melanie' Dress (Crazy? Really? Maybe just a little...quirky and creative? ^_-)
3. Kate Spade 'Rainey' Dress (These Garance Dore illustrations are so great - though...I do have just a general aesthetic objection to the woman smoking. I mean, I understand it's very "French" to smoke, but still...)
4. Alice + Olivia 'Reese' Pleated Frock (The print is fantastic and the dress - *swoon*)
5. Alice + Olivia 'Tracey' Peplum Dress (or the 'Adeline' for those who prefer a cap sleeve - last fall the fashion press was all excited about the peplum...and I don't know about you, but I didn't see many of them. There seem to be more this year - and these dresses are just lovely.)
6. Alice + Olivia Jacquard A-line Dress (It's like textured gold, isn't it? In pretty dress form? Anyone having a party to which they'd like me to wear this dress?)
7. J. Crew A-line Ponte Knit Dress (In my shopping cart as I type.)
8. J. Crew Polka Dot Tie-Neck Dress (Argh! Sold out in my size already or it would be in my shopping cart along with the A-line Ponte Knit dress. It may be time to get on the phone with customer service...)
9. J. Crew Collection Italian Wool Dress (Something I can imagine Grace Kelly wearing...just beautiful.)
10. River Island Chelsea Girl Midi Dress (very pretty midi-length version of the lace dress)
11. Modcloth On the Other Line Dress (really so cute)
12. Gap Cherry Print Blouson Dress (simple and pretty - what's not to like?)
13. Old Navy Cap Sleeve Jersey Dress (simple, pretty, and inexpensive - and that solid black makes it a really great basic.)
15. Old Navy Roll-Sleeve Chambray Shirtdress (chambray + shirtdress = classic)

*Sigh* So many dresses...so little closet (and budget) space...

So to balance out all the more "traditional" expressions of womanliness as shared above, I just thought I'd share this little Nike ad, showcasing a whole other kind of womanliness. You know, just as a reminder that anything a woman does, is by definition, womanly:

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day, being you.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Hey Look It's Me, I'm in Front of a Tree! (Anniversary Sale Purchase Turned OOTD)

Hyvää päivää!

(that's Finnish, for "Hello!"...at least, that's what the Internet says...)

Hi, I'm Kathryn. Nice to meet ya! I like to shop. Sometimes I even manage to blog about it.

I've been pretty swamped lately, though. Sorry I haven't been around.

Life. You know.

Anyway, I just wanted to take this quick opportunity to acknowledge that I did, in fact, hit up the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, like, I dunno, about 3+ weeks ago or whenever that first day was that presale began. I can't remember. I'm so tired I can barely remember who I am. But yeah. I went to Nordstrom. Things happened, business was taken care of, yadda yadda, and this is one of the things I happily walked away with:

In a world where I'm pulling my hair out because there aren't enough hours in the day to do all the things I need to do and I'm totally eating my feelings due to stress (potato chips and french fries are my Achilles heel), it's nice to find a dress that's like the Staples "Easy" button.

(side note: one of my co-workers actually has one of those "Easy" buttons on her desk and I totally want one. I also want it to actually make life easier.)

This dress is so easy. It's also incredibly short, but hang on - I wasn't trying to make it sound scandalous like that. It's just really easy to style. You can wear it by itself or you can drape it with accessories. You can wear it with heels or casualize (I know, that's not even a word) it with a pair of boots.

Apparently I'm so tired I feel like making up words.

I also apparently draped my "Easy" dress in so many accessories that you can barely see it.

Oh, and also? I'm in front of a tree. The composition of this pic reminds me of Marge Simpson's hairdo.

Fire Lace Minidress
(similar here, here, and MBMJ version here)
Gap denim jacket
(sooo old it should be called "vintage", today's version here)
Francesca's Rhinestone Cuff Bracelet
(similar version here and here, different version here)
Oh Hello Friend Rosette Ring
(fun version here)

On a side note, I think children born the year I purchased my Gap jacket are in 6th grade now! Yay Gap denim, you've stood the test of time. Five gold stars for you!

So, yeah. It's the last weekend of the Anniversary Sale. I think I'm going to make one last run today - I have my eye on this Hinge Faux Leather Pintuck Skirt. How fun would that be, for fall??

Do you have an "Easy" button dress? If so, please share!

And uh...if anyone sees one of these that actually works and makes life easier, please let me know!

Thanks for reading, and hope you all have a great weekend!


Friday, August 3, 2012

Arm Candy Fantasies

So, I'm well aware that the term "arm candy" generally refers to 1) an attractive companion on one's arm, or 2) bracelets. I'm applying it to neither - rather, I'm choosing to bring up a third type of arm candy entirely:

Yes, that's right. The handbag. The designer handbag, no less. Ever since attending the Nordstrom Fall 2012 Designer Preview event, I've had designer-handbag-fever. There were so many beautiful ones there - both for sale and carried by the guests. The chance that I'll actually be able to buy one of these beauties is slim to none - not only do most of these cost as much as or more than the average U.S. mortgage payment - but I'd quite literally have to save my "pin money" for several months to be able to afford one. And we all know that in the face of pretty clothes, sales, and other temptations, I have the willpower of a gnat. Quite frankly, delayed gratification is hard for me. 

The beauty of having a blog though, is that I can wax poetic about wanting things like this - sort of wallow in the enjoyment of imagining that I'm going to buy one - and well, try to get it out of my system. So, bear with me, because here I go.

Handbags I'm currently coveting:

1. Valentino Rockstud Small Leather Tote (I saw this at the Nordstrom Designer Preview - oh, it is so beautiful in person!)
2. Dolce & Gabbana 'Miss Sicily' Satchel (There was a woman at the Designer Preview - she looked fantastic. She was wearing this super simple but sophisticated outfit - oversized white button-down shirt, with fitted black pants, a pair of black Christian Louboutin pumps, and this handbag. I couldn't stop looking at her. Kathryn mustered up the courage to ask her about the bag for me - I was quietly dying over it - and she told us it was D&G. Oh, I love, love, love it. I might actually consider saving up my pin money for several months for this one. Milly's Isabella Shoulder Bag is a less expensive and smaller but not-quite-as-decadent version which could work in a pinch. Still, as pretty as the Isabella is, I think my heart belongs to the Miss Sicily...)
3. Marc Jacobs 'Safari - Large Single' (I love the pink and leopard print combo!) 
4. Yves Saint Laurent 'Muse' Dome Satchel (So, in case you hadn't noticed, I'm loving the burgundy handbags right now. This one is fantastically lady-like and sophisticated.)
5. Bottega Veneta Large Veneta Hobo (I have a friend who actually owns this bag - and oh, it's gorgeous.)
6. Valentino 'Girello Flap' Shoulder Bag (This is much smaller than the bags I normally carry - as the mother of young children, I need a bag that's...well, big. But once they're all grown up and I don't need to be toting around quite as many odds and ends, "just in case," etc, I want a bag like this. Feminine. Small. So pretty.)
7. Valentino Shopper Tote (I love the toughness of Valentino's studs against otherwise very feminine silhouettes. This tote is such a great size and shape - perfect for carrying every day. The color is also amazing.)
8. Balenciaga Classic Velo Bag (The color! I love the color of this bag. And it's so unfussy in every other way. Wonderful!)
9. Alexander McQueen 'Heroine' Satchel (This bag is just...there are really no words. Look at the design! With the overlapping handles. And that suede interior. And the expanding zippered sides. Just look at that incredible color. *sigh*)
10. Jason Wu Jourdan Crossbody Tote (Speaking of color, would you look at this blue? Oh, just so very blue. I know, I'm running out of words. But how many superlatives can I really have in one post?)

Okay, that might be enough wallowing for one night. But what about you? What sorts of pretty things are you currently fantasizing about?