I left my apartment no less than five minutes before receiving the first of many compliments on my new Coach Legacy Perforated Penny bag. So, I just had to turn my new purchase into a pretty handbag illustration.
perforated leather penny shoulder purse Coach
Honestly – I never thought much of Coach. To me, the brand evoked images of over monogrammed jacquards or mean girls in high school.
This was challenged a year ago when my coworker boasted the condition of her five-year-old satchel. She said “old” Coach bags had heritage, quality, and classic design. The conversation stayed in the back of my mind…
As you know, I have spring on the brain. Long story short – I discovered that Amazon has an awesome shoe store (with great search features plus free returns on most items) aaaaand I ordered a bunch of sandals! Here are my impressions, final verdicts, and fashion illustrations (of course.)
Hazel platform sandal Lauren Ralph Lauren
I got these in a size 5 – they fit great and I love the snakeskin texture. But in my opinion the “sandstone” color was too dull and desaturated for spring/summer. I might get another pair in white and see how those look, but I’m still not sure. Returned.
Christa sandal Schutz
The smallest I could get was a 5.5 and the fit made walking around feel awkward. I loved the chunky wooden platform – and the Jute sole seemed comfortable for hot weather (aka if my feet got sweaty… ew) but I think it might take me a while to get used to the texture. (Am I crazy? Any “jute sole” fans out there??) The straps were a really pretty color but, unfortunately these were just too big to keep. Returned.
Hart platform sandal Lauren Ralph Lauren
Amazon only had these in a size 5.5 as well. As soon as I slipped my feet into these babies I knew they were keepers. The leather straps were buttery soft. The heel height is high (which I like) but didn’t feel uncomfortable after wearing around the house for a while. I also love the “Polo Tan” color – it’s exactly what I was looking for. And – bonus: V.Ng liked them too! Verdict: Exchanged (for a size 5 on Zappos.)
Did I make the right decisions or do you disagree? Let me know what you think; I’d love to read your opinions.
Thanks for viewing my fashion illustrations, everybody!
Today’s Illustration: two-tone wayfarer sunglasses ($$ Ray-Ban via My-Wardrobe) Last year V.Ng and I were preparing for a trip to Cali. (We visit often because my brother and his wife work in the wine industry in Napa. Score!) We went to Soho with the explicit goal of buying shades. It was a disaster; I ended up crying because so many sales people were really mean to me (Pretty Woman style – wth!) After five hours of sunglass shopping, an emotional episode and a raw oyster pit-stop we finally bought some. I got wayfarers and V.Ng bought clubmasters (which looked like they were made for him.) Fate must have been against us because about a month later neither of us had them. Continue reading
Le Bunny Bleu flats (or $$$ Tory Burch), Aldo bow ballet flats, Nine West dot flats (or $ asos and $$$ DVF), Topshop ballet flats (or $ Banana Republic and $$$ Net-a-Porter)
I am definitely a fan of any shoe that will add height. But, sometimes I know I’m going to be on my feet all day or other times V.Ng plans a night out that isn’t heel-friendly. (Um, Dave and Buster’s!!!)
Enter my favorite fun flats.
Burberry Brit Puffer (or Nordstrom)
After I moved back to the East Coast from Oakland, I never got a good winter coat. (All my coats are thin and short.) Last year wasn’t bad because it was unusually warm all winter. But this year I was determined to get something really legit! About a month ago, I begged V.Ng to drive me to Woodbury Commons – it was worth it!