The other day I found a cute classic mini tote from a brand I would rarely shop at and it gave me a huge shock that I could find something so trendy, chic and timeless at a store my mother would shop at. I guess I caught the shopaholic disease because once I saw the bag online, there was no turning back. The next day I dashed out for a “lunch” break that turned out into a shopping trip. (There’s no room for hunger, when you fall in LOVE with a bag!)
It’s truly a year-round bag that I could see myself walking around town and having coffee dates with. Even my mom loved it – despite yet again another purchase, as if I haven’t spent enough at Sephora last week – so much that she was pondering of getting the black or burgundy version so that she could trade colours with me every so often!
It has a perfect gold chain for if you wanted to sling it over your shoulder and definitely makes it more timeless and luxurious to look at. I could carry my wallet, sunglasses, umbrella and mini perfume and that only filled half the bag. It’s very lightweight and can expand to accommodate even an iPad/tablet/DSLR. It may look petite, but it’s a trendy Mary Poppins-like bag!
Taupe Mini Tote – Ann Taylor
Navy Peacoat – J. Crew
Striped Nautical Shorts – J. Crew
This Ann Taylor bag is currently $116.77 CDN online & $98 in store, but there is a 30% off Friends and Family sale that ends at 3AM EST, so get it soon, if you are a shopaholic like me! There is a 40% off event for US citizens as well. Since I’m a student I also found out there was a 15% off student discount for all sale and regular items as well! SUCH A STEAL! So it ended up being only $58.31 before tax and $65.89 CDN after tax for me, but truly price did not matter when I fell in love with the bag, I would probably even pay the regular price! (I don’t know why the in store price was different than the online price, but I’m not complaining.) I would say that even if you miss the sale, it’s definitely worth the $98 for such a Celine mini tote look-a-like.
The construction of the bag is PERFECTION, the handles are all one piece of leather with the body of the bag, so that the hinges/handles will never loosen and the seams will never burst.
IF you’re wondering where the mini perfume came from, it was actually a 250 points reward from Sephora I got last week. The Tory Burch scent is actually one of my favourite new scents, so having the mini version is not only SUPER CUTE but great on-the-go, just dab and you’ll smell FABULOUS.
It’s been a long weekend learning the ins and outs of blogging at a weekend-long conference, so it’s time for me to get some R&R before the work week starts again tomorrow. Hopefully no more shopping “lunch” breaks.