I love random handbags! My first Timmy Woods was a find from a consignor at one of my sales! It as a horse & as a huge KY Derby fan (& I may or may not like to bet on the ponies on occasion) it was perfect. I have 2 other bags of hers in the Spring 2017 Sale & I may have to keep these too!
Other examples of her bags:
This grouping shows the first horse I brought into my handbag collection. "Champion" the one with roses around its neck, is in the Spring 2017 sale! And I LOVE the slot machine one as a HUGE Vegas fan. :)
Her most famous pieces - thanks to Sara Jessica Parker!
I know I'm a dork but I really enjoy learning & carrying different styles & versions of Louis Vuittons over the years. Some of my favorite bags are ones that have been discontinued! As we prepare for our Spring 2017 Sale, it's a good chance for me to see bags I don't have in hand as much & many of you haven't seen every single day like you have the Speedy or the Neverfull. So I hope you'll enjoy my "Handbag History" series!
The first bag I highlight is the Cabas Mezzo - usually the leather on these bags are in bad shape but this was not, plus it's the medium/larger size so I thought I'd share!
Coco Chanel has some of the best quotes!
"I only drink champagne on two occasions: When I'm in love & when I am not." - Coco Chanel
Ways to Introduce Your Favorite Designer into Your Home Design
Hermes scarves come in three classic sizes (there are some 70" x70"):
- Full carrè size: 36" x 36" Retail: $395
- GM or XL shawl: 55" x 55" Retail: $1,100
- Pochette: 16" x 16" (also referred to as a pocket square) Retail: $175
Here are the names of a few of their best selling designs: Ex Libris, Brides de Gala, Les Cles, Eperon d' Or, Springs, Feux d' artifice, Flacons, Brise de charme, Daimyo, Joies d' hiver, Grand fonds, Luna Park and Plaza de toros
The one I posted I'd like to have framed is jacquard silk which is kind of like a watermark design within the silk. It appears as a slightly raised, repeating pattern on which the scarf design is printed.
Hermes scarves on jacquard silk are more valued by collectors & usually priced higher than the normal twill versions of the scarf.
Look closely below & you may see the design of a peacock throughout the scarf. It's easier to see on the white area of the scarf.
There are numerous color options in each design of a Hermes scarf which should make it easy to find a color that matches your color scheme!
This is a less expensive option for showcasing your love of fashion! And you can never go wrong with books OR Chanel! Here is a great set of Chanel books from Saks that would look great on any coffee table!
If you have made any purchases lately, save your bags! These can also be framed & would look great in a large walk-in closet. Some even use them to organize!
One thing I haven't tried yet but plan on doing is using the monogram canvas from some of my Louis Vuitton items as fabric. I have bought two garment bags I was able to find relatively inexpensive (if you are using Louis Vuitton as fabric, it's not going to ever be really cheap). But if you find a garment bag that has been damaged or another larger piece, think about if you could re-salvage the bag & make it into something else! I would love to do throw pillows myself!
Even our handbags need to be pampered every once in a while. So I thought I'd share with you a few tips on how to make your Louis look 10 years younger!
Here are a few of my go to items:
The first thing I do is wipe my bag down with a baby wipe...even the leather areas. I then take something like a Clorox wipe and lightly go over the outside & inside of my bags. If there is a lot of "purse crud" in the bottom or interior pockets, etc..., take a hair dryer & blow it out!
The next thing I do is mix up some clear soap with water & dampen my magic eraser. Lightly go over the leather areas. Don't be surprised to see a lot color come off the vachetta. Once I have gone over all the leather areas, it needs to dry.
Once the leather areas are dry, it's time to apply the Cadillac leather conditioner. Vachetta can not be treated with all leather conditioners & this brand by far has been my favorite to use with Louis Vuittons.
Here's one bag of mine that I spilled something on while traveling. You can see how much better the stain looks going through this process. And the more it dries, the better it will look. I also included a Speedy that had dull metal fittings & dingy leather until being "pampered" a bit!
B.O. (Bag Odor)
I hope these tips will help you keep your bag in tip top shape. Don't forget we need to take the time to pamper ourselves AND our bags!
I was intimidated about the work involved with consigning at first. For one, I didn't want to tackle the closet & make myself make those tough decisions like is it FINALLY time for me to admit those size 24 jeans will never move much further past my calfs ever again.
Then, I just wasn't really sure HOW to consign or where to go. Once I finally gave it a try, it wasn't bad at all. Here are a few tips I think make it easy:
Gathering & Entering the Items
If you decide you want to get REALLY advanced, here are some other really helpful items! A clothes rack to hang your items on (these can be broken down easily when not in use), zip ties, fasteners, tagging gun & a good ol' fashioned hole puncher! Other items I didn't include a picture of is tape: both the clear packing tape & masking tape & ziplock bags!
So there are a few of my favorite tips! Now go forth & tag!