Happy 4th July sale!

Now that summer’s here, it’s out with the old and in with the new in all the stores! Everywhere you look, the sales signs and posters are proudly displayed in shop display windows, enticing you to spend and buy things at reduced prices! The Purse Blog is one of those online resources that you can’t live without if you want to know about discounted designer bags! Not that I’m allowed to spend any money anytime soon, but there’s no harm in a little window shopping, right? Especially since the July 4th holiday is a big thing in America, might as well go with a bang!
Here are some of my favourite picks from The Purse Blog:

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Tory Birch Priscilla Small Frame Satchel, now US$435 (approx. £302.50) from Nordstrom

I’m normally not a big fan of Tory Birch, you see quite a lot of celebrities carrying her bags, but to me on the commonly seen flats and some of her bags, the signature logo for the brand overwhelms the design itself. This one however gives it a bit of character with the all over floral pattern, and the logo itself is simplistic itself without screaming to be noticed on the luggage tag. The pattern itself is dressy enough to spruce up a block colour dress, jeans with a neutral (or bright) coloured top and can be used for smart casual events, like fashion shows or for work.

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Salvatore Ferragamo Verve Zipper Tote, now US$1333 (approx. £926) from Neiman Marcus

Remember my post about the raffia and python tote? This is a similar bag, less exotic and on sale, but definitely not any less worthy of attention! I’ve not always been a big fan of exotic skins, so for those who would prefer to carry a (somewhat) more animal friendly bag, the Verve zipper tote would be one worthy of consideration.

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MICHAEL by Michael Kors Large Top Zip Selma Satchel, now US$279 (approx. £232.24) from Bloomingdales

Yes, I freely admit I’m a sucker for exotic prints and silver coloured bags, only because you don’t see it often enough and even ones that look good! I honestly think small silver Panarea from Dior has me hooked. For something a little less expensive, the MICHAEL by Michael Kors satchel is a cheaper (no less quality) alternative. With the print embossed on the leather, you wouldn’t have to worry about the scales lifting (which is a natural occurrence in genuine python skin) over time.

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Reed Krakoff Micro Boxer in Orange, now US$529 (approx. £367.48) from Neiman Marcus

Did Neiman Marcus really have the Reed Krakoff Micro Boxer on sale?? Apparently so, since the Orange one above is already sold out! I’ve already sang the praises for this bag and if I was allowed to buy any more bags, this would definitely have been one of my first choices of a sale bag!

While the following choices from The Purse Blog might not be on sale, it’s something worth considering for the summer (and autumn) to spice up any outfit:

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Valentino Rockstud Cavallino Tote, US$4145 (approx. £2879.37) from Neiman Marcus

I absolutely LOVED the Rockstud collection when I first found out about it from The Purse Blog. I do like a splash of colour to brighten up any outfit, but this tote brings some spice to your outfit with the animal print while keeping subtle with the classic black colour. It’s also a roomy bag without dwarfing anyone who’s slightly average/petite in height.

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Reed Krakoff Tiger Boxer Tote, US$1980 (approx. £1312.91) from Neiman Marcus

While the Reed Krakoff Boxer in tiger print calf hair isn’t in the micro size, I still like the fact that it’s different from the usual leopard print you see on most bags. The white tiger print means it’s versatile enough to wear with any colour in your outfit and it’s a more elegant look. The leopard print has been seen time and time again, but there’s something about white tiger print that gives a fresh perspective to the world of animal print. The gold hardware and white leather luggage tag also contrasts nicely with the pattern and gives it some oomph.

I have been so busy lately at work and with social niceties that I haven’t really had a chance to do any more dressmaking projects, but I am sure for a fact that once things start to settle down a bit, I’m going to start working on the silver grey snakeskin voile that my OH gave me and while it’s still a tentative plan, I still intend to turn it into a dress, but whether a skater dress or maxi dress, I haven’t yet decided. The flow of voile would mean it would make a nice maxi dress, comfy yet soft, but the repetition of the snakeskin fabric might be overwhelming on a maxi dress and would be best suited to a skater dress, almost like the one I made with the watercolour floral fabric. I’ll need to take the fabric out for another gander before I make a decision.

What do you think I should do with the silver grey snakeskin voile, turn it into a maxi dress or another knee-length skater dress? Any designer bags you’re eager to buy with the sales?

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