Shopbop started carrying my favorite Clare Vivier not too long ago. I’ve been shopping at Shopbop since 2005. They have since been acquired by Amazon, but now have free shipping/returns. They usually lead the pack on markdowns (in comparison with Saks, Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdale’s, etc.) They currently have Clare Vivier’s leopard clutches on sale! I love the darker one with the stripe of neon. It is a classy interpretation of the animal print trend and works perfectly with my usual palette of blacks and grays.
I’ve never been a fan of J.Crew’s Madewell (or Club Monaco) because it was sold in-store or on Shopbop only. Their online launch was plagued with delays, and frankly, there are plenty of other places to spend my hard-earned dollars. But, the latest Alexa Chung collection and the new store on lower Fifth Avenue (nestled amongst many of my other favorite retail chains) piqued my curiosity enough to shop on their website.
I ordered a bunch of items during the recent 25% off promotion. Specifically, there were two versions of the telegram clutch: the calf hair telegram clutch and the embossed telegram clutch. Unlike J.Crew, there are barely any reviews to be found of Madewell items online, so it was a blind purchase like many of my other online purchases. It also does not help that Madewell images leave much to be desired. In case you are thinking of purchasing, here are some visuals and my two cents.
I bought a pair of Bing Bang Vivienne tiny stud earrings in rose gold almost two years ago. I love them because they are slightly offbeat and I can wear them to work. Sadly, I misplaced them during my European tour of Spring 2010. They were hard to replace because they were sold out or overpriced.
A gift from my grandfather to the women in his life, this is the most worn piece of jewelry in my collection. It’s on my neck more often than not. Diamonds are a great, but not best, friend.
The luxury market has been exploding in recent years. Despite raising prices 1-2x an year, Louis Vuitton and Chanel has no trouble selling out of certain styles.
The timing was right when I got my Chanel classic medium flap bag in caviar black last summer. I was lucky because I didn’t have to pay retail :) (don’t ask how) and it was strategically planned before the hefty August price increase. I keep an eye on the Chanel price increases – not that I plan to purchase another Chanel bag in the near future – but I’m a numbers person.