Thursday, August 8, 2013

{Fashion} Anchors & A Grown Up Bag

Details | Shirt: J.Crew (sale!), Jeans: c/o Apricot Lane (James Jeans brand), Shoes: Seychelles, Bag: Tory Burch, Bracelets: gift

I don't feel a need to have lots of designer things. Occasionally I'll buy myself a pair of nice jeans found on the sale rack at Anthro or Nordstrom, but never have I splurged on a bag like I did on the one above.    I had a Coach bag found at the outlets for as long as I can remember, and it suited me just fine all the way through college, but when I graduated I knew what I wanted to get myself as a treat. Yep, a pretty new Tory Burch bag. You can bet I saved my pennies for this little lady {I'm talking months, people!}, and she's kept high up on my dresser out of Hope's eye sight. This is my grown up bag and my attempt to make myself look like a real, true designer {and not like I just graduated high school, which I get asked often!} I'm so thankful my parents chipped in a bit as part of my graduation present.  I'm so smitten, I think I'll preserve this thing until the day I die.

Enough about the cute bag! I also can't get enough of my anchor tee, which mind you, was a STEAL! This baby is on sale, and I got an additional 40% off the day I bought it. See, I love me a good deal. And anything coastal :)

What's your favorite handbag {in your closet, or on your wish list}, and have you found any great shopping deals recently?! 

Enjoy your Thursday! It's my brother's birthday and my parent's wedding anniversary today...so we're off to celebrate!
xoxo
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24 comments:

  1. How cute are you with your new bag? :) so cute!

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  2. Love the bag. I purchased my first Tory bag with a Nordstrom gift card I received this past Christmas. I had owned a few Coach and an MK bag...but I have to say the Tory bag is my favorite by far. I have the same color bag as you, and it goes with EVERYTHING. I have gotten so many compliments on it (it is the Amanda Hobo). And, it has held up like a charm. I am not one to switch my bag with my outfits and it has seen the airport many times in the past 6 months. It looks like I bought it yesterday. Enjoy it...you earned it girlfriend.

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  3. I love the bag so much! I think light brown bags are so stylish. And what a great reward for all the hard work you put in to graduate and save money too!

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  4. This bag is going on my Christmas wish list. I will be telling Chris to save his pennies. I have been looking for a 'grown up' bag and this one looks perfect!

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  5. LOVE that bag!! Super cute and yes, adult-y. I feel like I find myself with lots of not adult-y bags as well, I need to take a tip from you and start saving! Cute shirt as well!

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  6. love that new bag! i work near a tory burch and have been wanting to pop in! i am trying to save for a new handbag too - i have a coach one that's also served me well and is very pretty, but i need something larger that can fit an iPad, laptop, business meeting items. i have my eye on some kate spade purses!
    kw, ladies in navy

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  7. I have had Coach bags that I have bought at the outlets for years. Recently I splurged and bought my beloved MK bag. I love your Tory bag! That light brown color is perfect to use year round!

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  8. Congrats! She is a beaut! My mom and I actually spent a good 20 minutes just admiring her at Nordstrom a few weeks ago! My first college graduate present/purchase was a designer bag as well! It definitely makes you feel like a "grown up", and you'll have such an appreciation for it for years to come!

    Champagne Lifestyle on a Beer Budget

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  9. Love the bag! I have used a coach bag for what seems like forever... I need a new one :)

    And I love the ring you are wearing on your right hand. Really pretty.

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  10. Stunning bag! I love the whole look! As you know, I just had a baby, so I am looking to revamp my wardrobe for more "grown up" looks because so many of my clothes are still from college!! Thanks for the outfit inspiration :)

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  11. I love this sweet anchor tee and am right there with you on the Tory bag. It's gorgeous Michaela!

    xoxo,
    Chelsea & The City

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  12. Gorgeous!!! I don't love designer handbags, but have noticed I collect canvas totes. My two faves are a monogrammed one from a bridesmaid's gift and

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  13. love that bag! it's a great investment! you deserve it! a tory bag is next on my splurge list. happy birthday to your brother and happy anniversary to your parents!

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  14. I love your bag! Worth every penny I would say :)
    My friends always tease me because I always find good deals!! My last deal was a JCrew toothpick jeans, originally $130, I paid $23, ha!!
    xo,
    Marcela

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  15. Love everything about the outfit including that beautiful bag! I was considering a new, fancy camera as a graduation gift next year, but a nice new bag just might be a better idea :)

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  16. Enjoy the celebration, you look adorabe here. I used to have a similar shirt and loved it, its a great staple:)

    Aesthetic Lounge

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  17. that bag is so luxurious! i remember buying my first "grown up" bag a few years ago. it was such fun. i now have two - one brown & one black, and i'm happy to report they both still look almost brand new. i know they will be staples in my wardrobe for many years to come. i guess buying quality really pays off!

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  18. So sweet, as always, but I think your shoes are my favorite!

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  19. i am the same way about not feeling the designer/brand pressure, but that bag, ooooh i would spend some pennies on that bag, too!! gorgeous, i love it! that's my fav shape of bag, too :) you look fabulous, girly!!

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  20. What a beautiful bag! Isn't a wonderful feeling when you've saved up for something for ages and then finally get your hands on it! I am dreaming of a pink Miu Miu madras bag right now but I'm not sure that I can afford to spend that much on it!

    xoxo
    Stacey

    Five Minute Style 

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  21. M,
    You carry that bag so well! It's the perfect size and color. It's true.....a good bag can last a life time. I wish you much success in your career, as this is just the beginning.
    ;)

    Sharon
    @novaraway

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  23. Your bags looks good with your sandals.

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