Want, Lust, Must Have: YSL Small Sac Du Jour

YSL Small Sac Du JourYves Saint Laurent by Hedi Slimane Small Sac du Jour, $2,750, originally from F/W 2014 collection

Saving up for this bad boy has forced me to modify how I shop. Putting away the same portion of my paycheck week after week makes the final purchase a treat that I know I’m expecting — a planned-for surprise, if you will. Watching that monetary amount grow and grow demonstrates my perseverance to myself, showing my inner shopaholic that if you hold out for something that’s timeless and you covet so dearly, the trendy pieces that catch your eye for a minute or two become less and less appealing as you start to notice your triggers. Mine are plaid, exceptional fabrics, interesting silhouettes, and uniqueness…but the deal breaker? Knowing that other people will have it. I crave pieces with a rebel-rock aesthetic, but classic enough to outstand a one-season wear.

While in LA earlier this month, my coworker and I popped into the Chanel store on Rodeo Drive to satisfy our eyecandy temptations. I’ve been in love with the Chanel Boy Bag since it came out in their F/W 2013 collection, but seeing it on nearly 8 out of every 10 women in LA was an extreme turnoff (aside from the $4,000+ price tag). Sure, I saw my YSL on a few shoulders, but a minuscule number by comparison. Same goes for most other designer pieces I crave — uniquely classic designs that a few people have, but not so blown up as a fad would merit.

This will be my first luxury designer bag I pay full ticket for out of my own pocket — others have been gifts from friends in the industry (Burberry Crush from last Christmas) or just amazing steals at discount stores (hello, Furla croc tote a la Nordstrom Rack in 2013). The hefty price tag has forced me to rethink how i shop so i could actually put aside a consistent amount to grow a “Shopping Fund,” if you will. Instead of blowing $50 on rather disposable pieces from H&M or Urban Outfitters, I’ve been keeping my spending to an absolute minimum — no new clothing purchases since AUGUST. That may be normal for many of you, but it took a LOT of self control and spending restraint to get me this far in the “fund”. I had made a few “key-pieces” purchases in August to refresh my Fall wardrobe, but I’ve been a good girl ever since 0:)

What about you ladies? Has there been a designer piece that you’ve wanted so badly you changed your shopping/spending habits to make it a reality purchase?
I’d love to hear about it in the comments section!

Fall Flavors: Cider Spiced Wheatberry Waldorf Salad

If you’ve been following me for the past few years, you’ve noticed that I get super excited for everything Fall: sights, sounds, flavors, fashion, EVERYTHING. It’s my favorite season of the year, and that’s putting it lightly.

Since my *Fall Fever* is hitting me a bit early this year, I thought I’d ease you into the spirit with a deliciously healthy and light recipe for Wheatberry Waldorf Salad. I originally found this bad boy on the Whole Foods Recipe App when I was in college, and with my own little tweaks I’ve been making it seasonally ever since! Yes, it’s that good. *NOTE* plan to make this  recipe for the next day – requires overnight soaking.

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•  2 cups uncooked wheat berries
•  1 cup chopped walnuts
•  2 medium apples, cored and chopped — Use a crunchy, firm, sweet-tart apple (like Granny Smith or Gala)
•  1 cup seedless raisins
•  1 cup finely chopped parsley (optional)
•  1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
•  1/2 cup spiced apple cider
•  1/2 tsp salt
•  1/2 tsp pepper
•  1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
•  1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
•  3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
•  2 tbsp lemon juice

Method

1. Put wheat berries into a large bowl, cover with at least 2 inches of water and set aside to let soak overnight. Drain well.

2. Put 7 cups water into a medium pot and bring to a boil. Add wheat berries, reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for about 50 minutes, or until cooked through. (Wheat berries retain a firm, chewy texture when cooked.) Drain and set aside to let cool.

3. Transfer wheat berries to a large bowl. Add walnuts, apples, raisins, parsley, vinegar, apple cider, salt, pepper, nutmeg, cinnamon, olive oil and lemon juice and mix everything together thoroughly. Voila! Enjoy as-is, or refrigerate for a cold salad.

Photo via my Instagram account

Coming Up For Air…Post-Vegas

Due to a much-needed digital detox and a recent job promotion, I took my last’s post’s last point to heart — “Unplug, log off, sign out, and ENJOY LIFE this summer.” I stopped checking my Instagram account, stopped drafting blog posts, stopped planning ahead, and just enjoyed my time in NYC as I maneuvered through the first few weeks of my new position. I wandered more, I spent more time with my boo, and I had enough free time that I no longer minded staying later in the office because I didn’t have a self-imposed deadline. I just was. I went with the flow, and I enjoyed life so much more.

Going into my 6th week in my sales position, it’s been an interesting road so far. Having faced age discrimination, cattiness, and egos beyond my wildest dreams…fashion sales are interesting to say the least! The most recent thrill was my first travel experience earlier this week to Las Vegas for the ENK Vegas trade show. I tried to snap pics as much as I could, but when you’re the new AE there’s not much down time! See the IG pics below — hover for captions/context.

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As the new Account Executive for Andrew Marc’s RTW collection, I have a few trade show plans coming up before the holidays even hit: Coterie in NYC next month, Brand Assembly in LA + the F.I.G. in Dallas back-to-back in October — I’ll try n snap a few pics along the way ‘cuz there’s nothing better than remembering your first trade shows years from now when you don’t have to go any more :D

5 Things Worth Investing in This Summer

5 things worth investing in this summer

1. Healthy Sunscreen

With brands ranging from John Masters Organics (shown) to Lavanilla and beyond, there is no reasonable excuse for not making this switch. Not only will you be foregoing chemically smells, but these lotions will make your skin feel glorious, not greasy.

2. Makeup Setting Mist

We are already experiencing makeup-melting-temps and it’s only June! I am a firm believer in the one by Make Up For Ever (shown) but Urban Decay makes a decent one as well. Just apply your makeup (I advise waiting to apply mascara until after you mist), spray 3-4 pumps around your face, let dry, apply mascara and your makeup won’t budge for hours!

3. Pasties that will LAST

Go beyond the flower-shaped disposables for a pair that will last you eons longer (I’ve owned mine for over 2 years!). Let me introduce you to Nippies — the different kind of pasty. Crafted in an ultra-thin silicone to ensure no show-through, these are money well spent: simply peel off at the end of the night, gently wash with soap and water, and they’re ready for their next use!

4. Good Flat Sandals

Because those cute ones from Target will only last you one season. Trendy sandals are just that: sandals that cater to the trends of the season. To ensure that you’ll get more use out of sandals than just one season, opt for a fashionably simple pair to pair with more outfits. The more use you can get out of them, the more reasonable a higher price tag becomes. Better materials used, better craftsmanship in production, the longer you’ll have them in your closet.

5. Time Well Spent

Unplug, log off, sign out, and ENJOY LIFE this summer.