Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Kate Spade Surprise Sale! (And it included a Serious Surprise!)

Hi everyone!

I'm here to break my long silence (so sorry about that - things have been moving merrily along in Carol-the-activist-and-public-servant-world, and I'm still trying to find about 6 more hours hidden in the day to get everything in, that I'd like) because a shopping miracle of sorts occurred today.

I know, I know - it's a little silly. But you know how we all have those things "that got away?" Because we couldn't afford it at the time, or because we hesitated, or because we had other priorities - whatever.

So, one of those things for me is the Kate Spade All Typed Up Clyde. Back when I first saw it, I felt like I couldn't justify the full price purchase for such a quirky bag. And then, later, when it went on sale, I hesitated because I was on a shopping ban at the time. And shortly after that, it disappeared from view completely, and despite sporadic checks on eBay for it over the years, I never saw it again.


That's right!!! This morning, my inbox greeted me with the notification that Kate Spade is having a 48-hour Surprise Sale. And what did my eyes behold in the "handbags" section but this?

Two and a half years after I first laid eyes on it, I found (and purchased - as a belated birthday/Mother's Day gift for myself) the handbag that got away. There's a part of me that knows it's still not the most practical purchase and there's a part of me that also thinks that I should be updating my professional wardrobe (more on that later) and that a candy-apple red handbag emblazoned with an old-school typewriter keyboard isn't contributing to that. But I also know that this fun, playful bag has indelibly wormed its way into my life somehow and well, there you have it. When something as unique as this comes around over and over again, I imagine we're allowed.

And speaking of Kate Spade, here are some of the latest offerings that have piqued my interest:

1. 'Elaina' Jacket (Love the retro-silhouette, geometric pattern, and how it'll go equally well layered over a dress, slacks, or jeans.)
2. Natural Trompe L'oeil 'Mariella' Dress (There's nothing like the combination of a bateau neckline, cap sleeves, fitted waist, and flared skirt, is there? And the neutral colors make this dress understated while the print makes it memorable.)
3. 'Fresia' Sandal (I love the black-and-cream combo - so classic - and the flash of gold in the heel? Perfection.)

What about you? Are you checking out the Kate Spade Surprise Sale?

Hoping you're having a great day. Thanks for stopping by!