I'm gonna need more hangers.

vintage coach, vintage ferragamo [ebay]

being in europe has stirred the bag girl in me and the visit to celine earlier today ignited something awful. i’ve been looking at vintage box bag/crossboy bags for hours now. its not use; nothing can replace that beautiful thing for now. i’m just a sucker for well made products.

developing a taste for bags is something that’s been ongoing for me chronologically, but the results are more like thoughtless trail and error. i like bags with distinctive forms and structure, thinking more constructively (hehe), and often the less frills, the better, though not necessarily minimalist. a classic bag, if you will, but that’s probably a transposition of my mother’s tastes.

i did realize that i am far more comfortable buying a used or vintage bag than i am about purchasing a brand new one. it is because buying a new one requires a certain kind of trust in one’s taste level for everyday attire, a factor which is often unpredictable for me and in terms of purses, often fairs better on impulses or gifts. my two most used bags (the panda and the red bag, which i’m sure everyone’s still in love with seeing as much as me XD) were two such acquisitions. it is probably because my friends knew me better than i did or fool’s luck that they became classic “me” pieces. buying a used bag then yields a certain kind of comfort in that i don’t have to worry about the classic factor: it’s a guarantee, as long as i choose the right brands with the right history.

even with this rationale, choosing my next bag is still a leap. choosing in general is quite a challenge. there are so many colors i like that i can’t find, shapes i’m still exploring and many in my memory bank that i can’t forget (a perfect hot pink canteen bag from furla, an impeccablely undecorated doctor bag from louis vuitton). all i can do is keep a list and learn new names. but while it’s very fun to open zippers and adjust straps, i’m still a shoe girl in the great debate. with shoes, i simply transfer my feet. with bags, i have to transfer the contents of my lifestyle.

elle uk [jan2011]

i haven’t really felt like blogging lately, to be honest. there were over 1000+ posts on my reader that i hadn’t caught up on and i pressed mark all as read. and it felt good. sometimes it’s good to not give a shit; you need your space or else you end up sweeping trash.

i miss dressing playfully classic. to me, classic demands structured jacket of some kind, and it’s just too hot for that. i could use a good short suit now.

today is also the last day of my style class. i’m not sure what i’m feeling right now, but i’ll know what it is later.

vogue paris apr2004 :: jak&jil :: vogue spain oct2010 :: vogue germany mar2011 :: muse #23 s2011

i don’t really know what to do with my obsession with leopard print. i really don’t. i have one long dress that was a risk that could’ve easily turned into another closet duster, but as it turns out, the conservative shape suits my usual affinity for long silhouettes so well that it’s become a staple of sorts. i go to it when i’m in need. i just don’t know what i else i need from this trend. maybe something with surprising amounts of structure or definition. leopard seems to work really well for me when it substitutes as a classic alternative or is used in a punk setting.

trench [alexander wang x gap] :: shirt [jcrew] :: pants [j+] :: belt [zara] :: socks, bracelet [unkown] :: shoes [lea foscati]

i was thinking how perfect it would’ve been to have a men’s watch for that masculine tough, but the bracelet turned out fine.

i felt really comfortable in this; it’s nice to have a uniform, but maybe i was too comfortable. i kinda like it when i feel a little bit scared going out, in a sick silly way. so maybe i don’t wanna dress like this anymore for awhile.

Olivia Wilde [GQ] :: Grey [Fall 2010] :: Vogue Russia [Dec 2010]

geeky sexpot secretary. hmmm need more non-platitude pop cultureĀ  references. its a hard look to describe. but its definitely part classic, part costume.

also, when i don’t have any clever title ideas, i use other people’s words.