Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Love, Kate Spade

Does anyone else have a mild obsession for purse shopping? Because, *raises hand frantically* I do...
Before I get to that topic though, I have to be honest: I've never been much of a huge shopper, especially for designer brands. Shopping requires me to get my butt out of bed, drive to a store and try on multiple sizes. (Online shopping is a whole different story.) All in all, I sort of hate shopping. That is, until moving to New York City.

With my dorm situated about 2 minutes from a massive Forever 21, I've probably broken every single one of my shopping rules last semester. Forever 21 is cheap, close and cute! What more could a girl ask for? However, the one shopping rule I haven't forgotten is something I told myself a long time ago: "You wear the clothes. The clothes don't wear you." It's a phrase that I came up with ever since my 5th grade classmates began wearing Juicy sweatsuits to school and my parents couldn't afford the $110 jacket and sweatpant package. Instead, I wore clothes from Walmart and Target with an expensive outfit here and there. I started having my own style in middle school, when I bought my first pair of army boots and tight jeans. From there, I developed a style that is now labeled as "hipster". Soon after, all Juicy sweatsuits went out of style and thrift finds and vintage pieces became the new fashion statements. 

Anyway, after moving to New York City and witnessing "street-style" in person, I realized that "hipster" is only one of the hundreds of directions one could travel in the fashion world. There are now outfits such as "business-casual", "snappy-casual", "cocktail attire", "formal", "retro", "edgy", "street-urchin" and more. Thank you sorority recruitment for teaching me the first two.  

Over winter break, my mom and I were doing some shopping in Orlando. (We both needed sweaters because we weren't expecting the rain and 50 degree, windy weather.) She's always been a Coach purse lover, but I told her that Kate Spade and Longchamp were more popular among girls my age in the city. When I stepped into Kate Spade  I instantly lost myself in the piles of pale pink, light blues and bright reds. It was like I was stepping into a fairytale, except replace pink ballgowns and blue castles with purses and wallets. There was even a quote on the wall, "She's quick and curious and playful and strong. She is a voracious reader..." You could say it was love at first sight. I ended up coming home with a brand new, red Kate Spade bag. (The teal one was a Christmas gift.)

(Photos taken in my house)

Jewelry: Eenspirations