Buying a Hermes bag.

I got a call the other day from a husband wanting to surprise his wife for their anniversary with a Hermes bag. It’s obviously an iconic bag and has great resale value but definitely not something you just get. First of all, there’s the price. Hermes bags retail anywhere from $12,000 to upwards of $300,000. Price depends on style, leather, color, hardware etc.   Often times the second hand market is a great resource, I know Portero and TheRealReal carefully authenticate bags before selling them. I’ve also seen a variety of fakes, good ones can sell for $4-6,000. The replicas of Hermes belts are all over Ebay. I would definitely advise not to purchase from Ebay but use an online store that hires experts and guarantees the authenticity.

Purse Blog has a great article on how to buy Hermes bags overseas.


Photo:, Hermes Etoupe

Now, I talked that husband out of it. I had never heard his wife even mentioning  wanting an Hermes and however beautiful the bag, I feel like it is less about the bag and more about showing that you can spend this much $ on a bag. But if you have the money and love the design, go for it. If you can, shop around and go to the stores, research the leather and hardware options. Clemence and Togo leathers are textured and hold their shape much better than Swift. Since I carry everything but the kitchen sink with me, weight is important as well. Chevre is the lightest I think and all the exotic leathers are very light but consequently, most expensive as well. Here’s a good comprehensive guide into types of leather used by Hermes.

And much to my surprise, Saks Off Fifth is selling vintage Hermes bags, both Birkins and Kellys, (discounted by 3 cents, seriously) but it’s not the price here that matters, it’s the ability to buy one online and get it delivered without dealing with stores and sales people. Make sure you know what size and color and leather you are into before buying as these are final sale and not returnable. Great selection of colors, IMHO.


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Manolo Blahnik sample sale here in CT

Morning, lovelies. I am breaking my sabbatical to tell you that if you feel your shoe collection needs some sprucing up, you might want to plan a day trip to the beautiful Litchfield county this Saturday. I’ve actually never been but awful lot of bold and beautiful people have homes there, restaurants are supposed to be fantastic, gorgeous scenery, art galleries and thus forth. The owners of Manolo Blahnik have a farm there called Arethusa Farm Dairy where they will host MB sample sale this Saturday. Their ice-cream is supposed to be fantastic so if you spend too much, you can console yourself with some delicious treats afterwards! Prices for shoes start at $150.

Manolo Blahnik Sample Sale
Saturday, August 19
9am to 3pm
Bantam Fire House
92 Doyle Road
Bantam, CT 06750
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Surprising source for cute summer dresses.

If you have kids, you probably order half your life off of Amazon (Prime) and get all shoes from Zappos. 2 day delivery, super easy returns, whats not to like. Did you know that they also carry a large selection of clothing? Loved these finds, all under a $100!


Love off the shoulder for going out at night. This dress def needs some heels (wedges, espadrilles smth like that).


This dress is less than $50, it’s a steal. The length keeps it from being overly sweet and cute. Very flattering.


Some maxi dresses are so tight and fitted, this has a fitted bottom with slightly looser top. It also comes in white which would be gorgeous for night.


Easy, breezy. Order size down.

I might have to buy this dress and drag hubs out to a date night somewhere like X20 on the Hudson. Loved the tuna tartare and the views were amazing! As would anyone be in this dress. All you need is a tan. Tan and done. 🙂

4th of July outfit ideas

Hi all! What is everyone up to tomorrow? Are you hosting, visiting friends, doing a clambake on the beach or sailing off to sunset? Give me your gingham and eyelet, your white, red and blue, your white cotton dresses yearning to be free….

Perfect for beach/boat



summer outfit


Wear shorts and flats, you are not going to be comfortable with heels.

Going to a cookout




Credit: zimbio

Again, make sure you are comfortable! Flip flops, cut offs and cute tank or top BUT do add some color, red/white/blue is a great combo. If you wear a dress (and you should) wear something that isnt overly precious, no silk etc. And wear color!

To the country club

shopstyle gingham dress


What not to wear: I am totally fine with Americana-style top, I have a flag tee myself but do not do this look head to toe. Also, even if its a catered event, its still casual. Sequins, high heels, anything super sexy are a NO! (saw several women wearing sequins at a catered event last night). It’s not a cocktail party! Also, stay away from high heels (if you need some height, espadrilles and wedges are perfect) and do wear some color. It is fun occasion so black dresses or black/white/grey combos were little drabby, especially since most women wore colors.


Happy 4th of July!!!!

Veronica Beard – a designer I am currently loving

Hi all! Sorry for the hiatus, lots of things going on and not all of it good. I have officially concluded (at 39) that I am indeed middle aged. Officially. Go ahead and laugh. Do you now find that at a certain stage you are dealing more and more with things that you ever even thought of in your late 20s and 30s? And I mean more that a few grey hairs and wrinkles. See, those are fixable. The rest of it is tougher….

VB brand popped up oh I think 6 or so years ago, 2 sisters collaborating. I thought they were rather boring and pricey at first with lots of flowy balloon sleeves and other oddities. Then I saw this jacket on Instagram and fell in love. Still really pricey though tear…. LOVE the fit and lace detail. How good would this be even with my black leggings at pick up? 🙂


Intermix $695

I also liked this embellished Levi utility jacket, which is a lot more budget friendly at $178 in Bloomingdales but not sure I can pull this look off….


I saw this dress at Veronica Beard’s Instagram feed. Swoon.


Neiman Marcus $495

This dress covers up your oysters and lobster roll dinner with the rouching and the tie in the middle and trust me this color is so flattering, especially if you manage to get some tan as well.

So, tell me, which designers have caught your eye lately? Any could sources for casual summer dresses?