One Year Anniversary and My New Bag Obsession

I know you have been wondering where I’ve gone, but I warned you that I wouldn’t be blogging much this year.  Since this is my one year anniversary of starting my blog, I decided it was time for a new post.  I started this blog showing one of the bags from my collection and I celebrate my anniversary with a new bag that I recently purchased.

I don’t purchase many purses now that I’m surrounded by them on a daily basis.  I also almost never pay full retail price for anything.  So when I do buy a bag at full retail price, you know it is something special.  I purchased this bag last week when I was in Las Vegas for some trade shows.  Walking into Barneys is always dangerous for me, but this time I found love.

Golden Lane is a brand from Britain.  They have created quality leather goods for sometime, but only recently entered the world of women’s handbags.  And they hit it out of the ballpark with their first design.  The Duo Satchel is unique in that the bag is separated into two compartments that has its own zippered opening.  This creates a bag that organizes well and allows the user to find items easily.  The satchel has a top handle as well as a longer adjustable shoulder strap that can be used cross body as well.  This style is offered in leather, suede, patent leather, and leather with metal corners.  It also is available in two sizes.

Golden Lane Duo

I purchased the smaller sized satchel in nude gray nubuck suede.  I loved the two toned composition of the bag in neutral colors.  I also like how the black leather adds punch to the soft suede.

Small Duo

Gray side

Side view

Zipper Detail

What drew me instantly to this bag was the versatile shape and construction.  A satchel that converts to a crossbody happens to be my favorite kind of bag since I can use it as a handheld or hands free.  I was also impressed with the quality details like the zipper pulls that lay flush against the zipper when closed and then creates a loop when the zipper is open.

Right now you can only get these bags through Shopbop or Barneys, but I loved these bags so much that Purse Dreams will soon be carrying Golden Lane.  I know that when you see how well thought out these bags are, you will love them too.  Happy shopping!


Designer Sale Season Starts NOW!

I online shop like I have millions to spend on my wardrobe, but the reality is that I just drool over all the lovely things I wish I could buy.  But now is the time to open your wallet and get some great deals.  Most major high-end retailers start their seasonal discounts on designer items the first week of June, but this year everyone is jumping on the bandwagon early.  Here are the sites that I would recommend you checking out.

Net-A-Porter is a favorite shopping site of mine, if only to see how well they put everything together and the detailed pictures of every item.  I’ve been dreaming of these Alaia sandals for a few months now, but even at the sale price it is not going to show up at my house any time soon.

Barneys New York has started their designer sale too.  I’m seeing tons of great deals, but these JBrand coated jeans are a steal right now and you will wear them a ton this fall.  I’m seriously contemplating taking the plunge on these.  Ooops, in the time I was writing this post, they are now gone in my size.  See, you guys have got to be quick to take advantage of these sales.

Nordstrom also has their Half Yearly sale going on right now.  They don’t announce their designer sale, but it is going on as we speak.  Here is an amazingly versatile black silk dress from Balmain that I would scoop up if it were in my size.

Last, but not least, Neiman Marcus has an amazing selection in their designer sale.  I’m drooling over this red Valentino Rockstud tote.  I don’t have a red bag yet, and I have such a weakness for studs.  Sigh.

These sales tempt me to spend like a Kardashian, but my budget is more in line with Thrift Town and their color tag sales.  Purse Dreams has marked down all of its Rebecca Minkoff in addition to all the other sale items.  Now is a great time to get that summer bag you have been dreaming of.  Happy Shopping!