If you follow me on Twitter (do so here), you know that when these clunky ugly things came out I probably said something along the lines of “I feel sorry for people who wear these and think they’re cute”. Really. But after I came across Isabel Marant‘s nude version on Net-a-Porter, I gave them a second thought. Obv I’m not gonna drop $640 on a terribly trendy item. So I asked for the $60 Madden Girl version (available here) for Christmas! And I actually dig them much more than the lumpy look of Isabel’s. Gasp! It’s true! See me struttin’ below.
What I Wore: H&M Yellow Blazer (no longer available – check ebay!) | Helmut Lang Black Sheer Panel Leggings purchased from The Outnet | Chanel Metal Cap Toe Flats from Consign of the Times | Macy’s Karl Lagerfeld Tank | Reed Krakoff Nappa Leather RK Tote | Tory Burch Lucite Logo Cuff available here
My Reed Krakoff tote & Chanel metal cap toe flats weren’t exactly affordable finds , but pairing them with an HM bright yellow blazer, a $20 tank and $10 necklace brings down the pretentious nature of that iconic CC logo, plus cushioning your conscience and your bank account from a major blow. Minus the bag & flats, this look was only $130 (yes, including the Helmut Lang leggings purchased in The Outnet sale). Fun but chic, edgy and easy.
When momma dukes showed up at my crib with this que fab North-South tote by Neiman Marcus’ private label a few months back I was all like what the what, can I get that? Being the all-altruistic parent she is, she gave it up to a good home. Since then, it has done me good carrying all the essentials and not-so-necessary items I need/think I need on a daily basis. She bought it at Neiman Marcus Last Call for a solid $80.
Little did I know (cut me some slack here… I don’t know it ALL) Celine has an exact match to my carry all that’s actually quite coveted – the Bi-Cabas tote. As a matter of fact, the color combo I own came out in 2011. Celine continues to remake the coveted arm candy in shades and hues for each season retailing for a whopping $1200!
Now forgive me if this came too late, but as far as I can see the Neiman Marcus tote is no longer available. But if you love the look of Celine’s Bi-Cabas Tote but cringe at it’s price point, my suggestion is to keep an eye out on ebay or discount re/e-tailers for the Neiman Marcus piece!