Final Touch top via Heart Clothing Boutique - 2011 - $32 (similar) / The Limited tulip skirt - 2009 - $20 (similar) / Mossimo gladiator heels via Target - 2010 - $25 (similar) / Premier Designs faux pearl necklace - 2010 - free with purchase (similar) / Coach outlet bag - 2010 - Christmas gift from mom (similar) / BR Factory sunnies - 2011 - $8 (similar) / Sephora lip pencil No. 411 (discontinued)
Outfit analysis: I'm loving this silhouette right now--a blousy top with a fitted skirt. And comfy as all hell. This top is so soft and silky that my skirt kept twisting around the whole day. I realized after I got dressed that I was wearing all black, so I went with a bold red lip. I need to wear lipstick more often...I really like it.___
Mondays are date nights for K and I. It's a little unconventional. K teaches a class in Sacramento on Monday nights, so he takes the train in (reimbursable by the university), and I pick him up after work and we have dinner in Sacramento. It's helped us finally keep regular date nights, and is really precious time for us. And it's given us an opportunity to try more restaurants in--there are sooo many good ones. Tonight we went to Petra for Greek food. Have you ever had saganaki? If you haven't tried it, you need to. Especially if you like cheese. Yummmm.
There's a funny story behind this bag. Lately, my mom has taken to hitting up outlets with her friends, and when she sees them buying things for their daughters, she decides she wants to buy me one, too. So she was at the Coach outlet with a friend, who was buying a bag for her daughter, and she buys one for me. Our family is not good at keeping secrets, so she tells me over Thanksgiving that my Christmas present is a Coach bag. Do I want to see it? (see, not good at secrets.) I decline...Christmas is less than a month away.
But before I leave, I get curious, and I sneak over to where my mom has always kept presents before she gives them. I poke around and see a Coach shopping bag almost right away. I look inside and it's a small-ish brown (or black?) shoulder bag. Nice, but not spectacular. I think about how much I appreciate my mom for buying me something I wouldn't buy myself.
Come Christmas, K and I are on dinner #3 and finally make it to my parents house Christmas evening. Good food and good times are had, and after all the other guests leave, we bring out the presents we brought for my family. My mom remembers her present for me and runs to get it. She emerges with a huge Coach shopping bag. I wonder why she's repackaged the small bag into such a giant bag. And then I pull out the tissue paper to find this beauty. I don't use it too often because it's pretty big, rather heavy, and a obnoxiously labeled, but lately I've found myself needing a large bag, so this one it is. Usually it's my travel bag, because it's huge inside, it zips closed, and it has a long strap so I can wear it across my body.
Right now it's only about half full, but I'll fix that.
Do you prefer big purses or little purses? Marked or anonymous bags?