1. The Chanel 2.55 Bag in Cream: I alluded to this purse in an earlier post here. While the classic staple, created by Coco Chanel herself, is consistently available for sale, you’d be hard-pressed, especially in this economy, to find it slung over the shoulder of your local soccer mom at the Kroger. The smallest size of this bag is $3400, and the largest size is an astronomical $6300! But she (yes, SHE) is sooooo worth it!
2. The Fendi “Spy” Bag: Now I’m about to switch it up and get ghetto fabulous on ya! The Fendi Spy was THEE bag of all pro athlete baby mamas, video “models”, and newly famous reality stars in 2007. It was also heavily knocked off. You can find Armenian men hawking garishly colored faux python version of this purse in your local mall kiosk, usually not far from the Dead Sea lotion people. But somehow, in the midst of all that flagrant name-dropping (Fat Joe actually said he wouldn’t sleep with a chick who didn’t own one, I feel as though I’ve dodged a bullet there), my love for this bag still endures. Its a bit flashier than what I usually go for, but I guess we all have a little hood in us, right?
3. The Hermes “Kelly” Bag: HA! You thought I was gonna say Birkin, didn’t ya?! Well, I wouldn’t kick Birkin out for eating crackers in bed, if you know what I mean (apologies if you don’t, its an old Rodney Dangerfield phrase), but the Kelly has always been nearer and dearer to my heart. For starters, I love Jane Birkin, especially her bangs, but she’s a little too “hippie” for my tastes (I’m am second only to Eric Cartman in my hatred of all things hippie). Now Grace Kelly on the other hand…Grace is my GIRL! So, because my personal style leans more towards Her Highness than Madam Birkin, and because I don’t “do” oversized bags that one could fit a toddler in, I’m on #teamKelly. I would buy this bag in any color if I could, but I really really like the camel colored crocodile skin!
4. The Jimmy Choo/Hunter Wellington Collection: Switching it up a bit to long-coveted, non-affordable shoes, these Wellies are positively drool-worthy, in my most humble opinion. First of all, I love Jimmy Choo. I love Tamara Mellon, I love that Jimmy Choo is HER company, and I love her style. Second, I love Kate Moss. And Kate Moss was once iconically photographed at the Glastonbury Festival (back in the Oasis days, before it got all “cool” to go) wearing a faded black tank top, slung in that oh so Kate Moss way, cut off jeans, and Hunter Wellington boots (it used to be quite the muddy affair, that Glastonbury. Not anymore, can you really see a Beyonce fan doing the Single Ladies dance on a blanket in the mud?) Wellingtons have always been the shoe of choice for avid English gardeners, so Kate gave it a level of cool previously unseen (I would also like to mention, my grandmother, ever the proper lady, bought me a pair of navy blue Wellies in kindergarten. Unless you actually looked at my mother’s paychecks, you wouldn’t have known by looking at me that we were far from rich.) In 2009, Jimmy Choo and Hunter collaborated to come up with sleek, crocodile skin versions of the English classic. These are way more affordable and accessible than the previous mentions, and when I went to the Jimmy Choo website (www.jimmychoo.com), I discovered that they’re on sale for $212.50! OMG! (SN: They’re only in limited sizes, hence the sale price, but you can give them your email address and they will notify you when your size is in stock again.)