Go Rogue with Coach

Coach Go Rogue White Bag

Go Rogue. Well, I just might. Being so sick of establishments lately there is nothing more that I would love to do than just toss a few essentials into my new Coach Go Rogue satchel and disappear off into the sunset. With my boo of course, to regain our sanity. The only thing stopping me is the day job. But I’m working on that. Goals.

Speaking of goals, there isn’t a more humbling or rewarding experience than having the opportunity to collaborate with a brand you’ve adored and grown with over the years. I’ll never forget the first Coach bag I purchased, nor how my mother fell in love with it when I brought it home and wanted to borrow it. Needless to say I had to buy her her very own Coach bag on the next Mother’s Day that followed (which ended up being the ‘mini’ version to the same bag I had bought).

Coach Go Rogue White Bag

There’s just something that resonates with the Coach brand, that keeps us  coming back season after season, regardless of age. Coach bags are quality, their style always on point, and are at a more affordable level when it comes to luxury bying. Years ago I purchased a basic black Coach bag that I deemed my ‘every day’ handbag. It was slated for abuse. It’s been at least 5 years and I wear this bag everywhere. If you picked up my bag you’d ask me if I carry bricks in there, so how this bag has endured as much abuse as it has over the years and is still intact, I do not know. But it is reaching that stage where it’s starting to look like it needs an upgrade, and so timing could not have aligned more perfectly with this collaboration.

Coach Go Rogue White Bag

Coach Go Rogue White Bag

Coach Go Rogue White Bag

Coach Go Rogue White Bag
Coach Go Rogue White Bag

As I get ready to retire my Coach veteran, I couldn’t be happier to replace it with the Coach Go Rogue bag. The Go Rogue bag is exceptionally well crafted in glovetanned pebble leather with luxe suede lining. For the free-spirited girl who wants to run free like me, one can do so with this bag over your shoulder. But you also have the option to lose the removable straps and carry the stachel in hand for more classy and elegant outings.

Coach Go Rogue White Bag Bag c/o Coach

So whether you’re roadtripping or dining at a romantic restaurant downtown, this Coach Go Rogue bag has got ya covered. Go Rogue. See where you end up.

xo

The Chanel Classic Flap Bag – A Decade in the Making

Free People mini dress with vintage Chanel bag

Remember that episode of Sex and the City where Carrie needs to buy her apartment yet she has no money for a down payment because all her money went on shoes?  Having gotten into luxury buying in my late teens/early twenties, I was no stranger when it came to sacrificing lifestyle in lieu of fashion. I just wasn’t fixated on shoes so much – my weakness was more clothing and of course handbags, with the Chanel classic flap bag tormenting my daydreams far too long.

Free People mini dress with vintage Chanel bag

Free People mini dress with vintage Chanel bag

As a teenager I was fortunate enough to have some pretty decent retail jobs in downtown Toronto, with one of the last ones being for an upscale boutique. In retrospect, that experience was life changing. My personal style went from tomboy (pre-retail era) to ghetto fabulous (in high school) and became more sophisticated once I became exposed to high fashion. At the time, high fashion was only something I daydreamed about while flipping through fashion magazines. But it was never attainable for an inner-city girl that lived in the projects. Shortly after being entrenched in the fashion industry, almost immediately my new goal in life became an aspiration to become part of the fashion world that I so coveted.

Free People mini dress with vintage Chanel bag

I worked a lot while in school. I saved my money wherever I could, and ate a lot of mac and cheese for dinner. But sure enough the day came when I bought my first Coach bag – and it was wonderful! Eventually my Baby Phat and Parasuco jeans were replaced with Rock & Republic jeans, my Coach collection grew, and I even worked my way up the luxury bag ladder to Louis Vuitton and Gucci. The one bag I was never able to get my hands on, was a Chanel.

The Chanel classic flap bag was on my wish list and aside from eating less than nutritional food and even avoding cabs to my own detriment (walking and taking the subway everwhere) it wasn’t enough. Adulting happened. I even remember some of my friends telling me to enjoy it while I can, that as soon as I have a home and family all that luxury buying will cease to exist. As much as I didn’t want to believe it at the time – they were right! And I never got to buy that Chanel bag. But life went on and it remained on my fantastical wish list. Not to say that I wasn’t able to purchase the things I loved anymore – it just became extremely difficult to do so. I had to actually budget my money and prioritze spend, no more of the frivolous spending I became accustomed to as a young adult living at home.

Free People mini dress with vintage Chanel bag
Free People mini dress with vintage Chanel bag

Free People mini dress with vintage Chanel bag

But there’s good news. A decade long dream in the making was finally fulfilled. How did I do it? I had to become strict on saving again and make sacrifices that would make a difference in the adulting world. While I couldn’t forgo making mortgage or car insurance payments, I stopped going out for lunch every single day, and I’ve become better friends with pasta again. I know there must be people reading this and rolling their eyes, but the truth is that real vacations are almost non-existent for me and these are choices I do not regret making – I love fashion way more than what those ‘sacrifices’ were worth. I don’t even really see them as sacrifices, rather financial adjustments I took within my my own life to help me achieve those things that were financially out of my reach.

Having said all that, just because I made a few luxury purchases I didn’t shun the brands that I used to wear. To this day I enjoy mixing affordable fashion with luxury, especially when it comes to handbags. I try to stay away from designer bags that are very fashion forward and may not be in style in the coming seasons. For designer bags, I tend to go with classics that will remain forever in style, case in point the iconic Chanel classic flap bag.

This was my first time wearing my Chanel bag, and aside from the usual paranoya of scratching it or getting scuffed all went well. It truly is a classic staple and I’m loving the look paired with my uniform: dainty dress and biker jacket. Needless to say the Chanel classic flap bag is reserved for special occasions.

Free People mini dress with vintage Chanel bagJacket, Zara. Dress, Free People c/o Nordstrom. Boots, Nine West. Bag, Chanel. Sunnies, Celine. Belt, Lulus. Ring, Samantha Wills.

Now, the reason I went into this detailed story was to appeal to that dreamer within you that may think their desires are out of reach. Whether you aspire to own a Chanel bag or your own condo, the principles remain the same. Some people may have it easy in life, others have to struggle. I don’t regret any of the struggles that I’ve gone through in my life – they’ve made me a much stronger person today and showed me that hard work and determination do yield results. No matter where you come from, no matter what kind of financial obstacles you are facing – you can overcome them. Sometimes, the results may not be immediate, but if you stick to your vision, work really hard (and save your money) – the world can be yours!

But how about you? Have you ever sacrificed for that luxury purchase? Or anything else for that matter?

xo

Essie Gel Couture Bridal Nail Polish Review

essie ss17 nail polish

You may have noticed that my last few posts are focused on beauty. This is for two reasons, the first being I was fortunate to receive some samples of products that are coming out for spring, and secondly, it has been challenging to shoot outfit photos. Whether it be uncooperative weather or conflicts in availability with my photographer, outfit photos just weren’t happening. But in a way it gave me the perfect opportunity to play around with some great products and share the reviews with you.

I think there’s no greater joy in blogging than when bloggers get the opportunity to try new products from a line we already know and love. Case in point Essie nail polish. I’ve been using Essie nail polish throughout the years and probably should mention that just a few weeks before receiving these samples I had stocked up on a whole bunch of their bold colours. I especially love the durability of the top coat and the longevity in shine it gives my nails. I have never tried gels before so I was super excited to see what all the hype was about.

essie gc bridal ss17
Aside from the fun new twirly bottle design, the soft and subtle girly shades from the Essie Gel Couture Bridal collection caught my eye. The colours I received from the line are Lace to the Altar and Blush-worthy, both right up my alley and with the cutest names. I love the blush pink shade (so hot this season!) but what’s more exciting is that this nail polish is loaded with tiny translucent gold specks that create a pretty shimmering effect when on the nail.

Lace to the Altar is my fave because it has to be the prettiest shade of white I’ve seen, with a very subtle shimmer throughout. The effect is quite beautiful on and I found myself getting distracted staring at my nails throughout the day (bonus if you have a boring day job).

Using the gel polish was super easy, it is simply a 2-step process (no base coat or UV/LED lamp required) providing revolutionary long wear nail polish with just a few coats of the colour + top coat (white bottle pictured in the photos).

I was amazed, yes amazed, at the application of the gel couture polish. The brush is incredible – it is slightly larger than your typical polish brush, and it is tapered to provide full coverage in 1-2 strokes. Yes, you heard that right too; within 2 strokes I had perfectly applied polish on my nails. And that held up pretty well when painting my right hand too. This brush almost guarantees fool-proof application.

I must add that I have not used gel nail polishes before so I was a bit blown away when my nail polish was still intact 3 days later…4 days later… In fact, my nails looked pretty decent all week. From a durability standpoint, I was impressed. My nails take a daily beating and usually can’t last past 2 day wear without chipping, but Essie was able to hold me down for a week.

As for the other non-gel colours, same quality you’d expect to receive from Essie in some really fun shades for this season! Have any of you tried gel nail polish before? Or even specifically Essie gel couture bridal line? Drop me a line and let me know your experience with them!

xo