say hello to the bag that’s been living on my arm these days

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It’s about time I posted a picture of this beauty on the blog.  There’s something about every single item Chloé produces that just radiates perfection, both in design and construction.  Every pocket has a purpose, every stitch has a style.  My favorite part?  The hardware is minimal and classic, showcasing that signature “marcie” leather detailing.  Swoon!

duck walk

One of the tell-tale signs of a ballet dancer is that unmistakable “duck walk”.  Do you know what I’m talking about? That toes-to-the-sides, awkwardly-outturned-hips strut that can only be acquired through years of pliés and ponchés?  Well, now the duck walk (or at least the bunhead behind it) is entering into the world of high fashion.  It’s mode of transportation?  Why, these pointe shoe poser Chloé ballet flats, of course.

The soft leather shoes feature a square tip and a ribbon-mimicking ankle-crossing strap, both very reminiscent of the shoes that keep ballerinas like myself on our toes every day.  With an assortment of ballet themed color options, Chloé’s expert design has finally made it possible for everyone to feel like the sugar plum fairy, tiara and 32 fouettés optional.

summer to fall

summer to fall
One thing that I have unsuccessfully tried to find all summer long is a versatile, comfortable, chic maxi skirt.  This is one of those items that has been on my shopping list for far too many months.  You know the story, every year June rolls around and I find myself lusting after all of those gorgeous maxi skirts out there on the interwebs, but more often than not I end up reaching for the miniskirts, then all of the sudden it’s August and I force myself to exchange my maxi skirt dreams for a pair of new jeans or a nice chunky knit.  However, this year I think these ankle-dusting beauties are sticking around to watch the leaves change!  I can already see so many outfit possibilities incorporating maxi skirts into fall layers (read: leather jackets and maxi skirts play well together).  So that’s that!  I shall continue the hunt, but for now, I’ll just have some fun mixing and matching on Polyvore.
Top, $160 / Scoop neck top, $52 / Black lace shirt, $4.74 / mae scoop neck t shirt / LnA yellow maxi skirt / Grey maxi skirt / Dorothy Perkins ankle length skirt / River Island floor length skirt, $35 / Steve Madden heel sandals / Oasis ballet flat shoes, $55 / Bamboo sandals / H&M shoes, $13 / Chloé genuine leather handbag, $1,810 / Chanel shoulder handbag / Handbag / Chanel vintage bag / Kate Spade earrings / Dolce&Gabbana pearl hair accessory, $575 / Ray-Ban acetate sunglasses / House of Harlow 1960 round frame sunglasses / NARS Cosmetics lip makeup / OPI nailpolish, $17

bag lady

Sometimes all it takes is a simple, unassuming photo to spur a 24-hour online shopping marathon.  As proven by the overflowing “wish lists” I’ve created on an embarrassing number of websites in the past day, the above picture had just that effect.  Although I remain obsessed with the See by Chloé tote I gushed about here, quite a few other leathery-beauts have made their way onto my radar since.  Here’s a little sneaky peeky:

These bags are all structured, slightly boxy totes with some form of top handles.  All are equipped with certain assets that I’ve deemed timless: classic, neutral colors, high quality leather and subtle metal detailing.  Decisions decisions.  Which one is your favorite?

(1. marc jacobs 2. prada 3. marc jacobs “too hot too handle” 4. chloe 5. marc jacobs two-toned satchel 6. classic celine two-toned 7. miu miu 8. prada with long strap 9. marc jacobs bowler 10. classic mulberry)