Friday, September 28, 2012

The Classics

With the official arrival of Fall, one of the things I always look forward to is changing out my handbag.

 I think it was a recent article I read about Coach re-introducing their tried and true classics that has left me lusting after a traditional leather handbag. 

 I must admit, over the years, I have been a bit impetuous and without much thought given away or donated some classic handbags that have left me now wishing I hadn't.

Fortunately, my treasure hunting skills have allowed me to re-discover some of those iconic "it" bags from my youth. 

Just yesterday in fact, I hit the mother lode finding not one...

 (Made In Italy for I. Magnin)

but two beautiful classics!


Here are some other recent lovlies I've been fortunate to find...

A Coach Classic in gorgeous camel colored leather.

I love the traditional style and  brass buckles that Coach is known for.

I have always loved the navy blue Gucci monogram bag.

 It doesn't get more classic than this.
I found this one with the matching wallet at a garage sale for $5!

This one is my fave!

The navy & red webbing and brass lock is to die for!

And yes, this came with a matching wallet too.

I scored this little Christian Dior envelope clutch at an estate sale this summer.

I especially love this one as I had the same one in a speedy style back in the 1970's.  I've always wondered what I did with it...

I found this great Coach Classic in a thrift store for $15 a few months ago...

 At first I didn't realize it was a Coach because I had the more updated version of the large one strap bucket style in red in the 1980's.

It wasn't until I started cleaning it that I saw the stamped Coach interior pocket and realized it was the predecessor to my bucket bag... hence the very distressed condition, which I love by the way!

Another Coach oldie but goodie.

Love the distressed condition and extra long strap that can be worn cross body. It is currently for sale in my etsy shop

I gave away my LV Speedy bag years ago but recaptured an oldie but goodie at The Alameda Point Antiques Fair several years ago.

I love the age on the handles!

 Just found this vintage 1980's LV last week

It is also for sale in my etsy shop.

I couldn't pass up this classic Celine signature tote bag at a recent charity luncheon. 

I plan on using it a lot this Fall.

I have had this amazing vintage alligator handbag for over 20 years now and consider it more a work of art than a useable handbag.

I don't remember where I found it but it was in pristine condition complete with the key to the lock, matching alligator compact, leather change purse and leather driving gloves.

I hate to admit it but this "Virgo girl" is too nervous to actually use it...

The double straps are finally starting to crack and deteriorate.

Maybe if I had them restored I would feel better about using it.

It's just so beautiful, it is almost too nice to use!

 Now I have no problem using this funky snakeskin or lizard vintage cutie.

 Although I prefer it as a clutch as the strap is trashed.

This is not a Chanel but it is a classic with it's long gold chain and quilted black leather.

And this cutie is not a Pucci, but it is a classic by Victor Costa.

And finally this vintage number screamed Kate Spade at me with its gorgeous shade of green.

I like to dress it up on occasion...

with a matching satin bow!

Fall fashion item just listed at

Monday, September 24, 2012

The devil is in the details

I ran across this image over at the blog, Pink Wallpaper this morning, and was completely inspired.

Now I can't stop thinking of  finishing off the top  edge of the raffia wallpaper in our master bath/dressing area with something similar. 

I think it might be too much around the doors and the baseboards but then again maybe not.

What do you think?


Friday, September 21, 2012

Ode to Autumn

It's official!

The cozy season is here...

There is so much to love about FALL!

I never think I'll be ready but somehow I always am.

College Football & Tailgate Parties

Pumpkin Spice Lattes

Brisk Air

Crunchy Leaves

Longer Evenings

Crisp Apples

Plaid Blankets & Warm Throws

Woolen Scarves

Comfort Food

Sweaters & Boots

Pennant Races,
 especially when your team is a contender!

I just love a change of seasons, don't you?

Welcome Fall!