Handbag Collection

I love bags. Then again I love planners. I also LOVE the Steelers. I have of love to go around. I  shared my Declutter 101: Handbags & Accessories and I wanted to share a closer look at my handbag collection. A lot of the bags that I decided to keep are not only staples that will last me for, but a few are designer as well. Take a look at my beauties below:

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All the bags that I decided to keep are bags that I interchange frequently. Usually when I use a bag I’ll use it for a few months before switching to another. The Victoria Secret’s bags each have a different purpose. The larger black one I love to throw everything into. You need days like those. The Pink one is for the beach (Nicki Minaj voice), and the black and pink one I use for a variety of things.

I could never have enough black bags. Each one has a different purpose. There’s my quilted one which is my go to for a night out. Then there’s my drawstring bucket bag that I love, but I don’t wear as much simply because it doesn’t fit my planner. It’s become more of a weekend bag for running errands.

Lastly, my designer bags. The Louis Vuitton and Coach bags were my moms and I could never give those away. I wear the Coach one more frequently opposed to the Louis Vuitton one. When it comes to designer bags that I would like to add to my collection I would like the Michael Kors ‘Selma’ in black and yellow and the Louis Vuitton Neverfull GM in the Monogram print. Other than that I’m pretty happy with my bags. You do not have to spend a lot of money on a purse and yes, I wear all of my bags. No sense in keeping everything pretty. Use what you have.

Links to bags featured/similar styles are below:

Fashion Forward Friday [V.22]: Accessories Haul

I kept telling myself that I wasn’t going to shop before I went on vacation, yet I walked into H&M and they were having a sale. I didn’t pick up much and all items that I will show were under $100, but seriously, no more shopping until vacation.

From H&M I picked up 2 necklaces, 2 sets of midi rings, a purse, and the best buy of all, a scarf. The two necklaces I purchased were a total of $10, if purchased full price I would have spent $24.95. Awesome savings. As for the midi rings one set was $3.95 which I purchased of $1 and the other was $5.95 which I purchased for $3. The scarf was my favorite purchase of all as it was only $1. Yes, $1. It was originally $12.95, marked down to $7, then $3, and then $1. I couldn’t leave it behind and I can’t wait to style it in the fall. The only item I purchased full price was a purse that was $40. There was a similar style on sale for $20, but the olive green color I could not pass up. Hey, it’s okay to treat yourself every now and then and I’d rather purchase a bag I love then to settle for one I like. Check out the items below:

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From Forever 21 I purchased a shirt, in one of my favorite colors, and I like to call it business in the front, party in the back. The shirt is so chic and although it has a huge slit in the back, it’s not much and it’s kind of a high-low, very slightly. Love, love, love this and it was only $12.95.

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Lastly I picked up a pair of earrings from Aldo (pictured above). I went in to purchase my sister some things for her 8th Grade Dinner Dance and they were having a sale, buy 3 get 25% off. I picked up a pair of gold aztec type earring for $8.50, with the 25% off. In total I spent a little over $50 which was great considering one of the items I purchased was $40.

I can’t wait to style the pieces that I purchased and be on the lookout for future posts featuring these items. Check out my YouTube, LakiaBTV, and follow me on Instagram @ChaoticCritic.

Fashion Forward Friday [V.17]: National Handbag Day

Happy Friday! It’s crazy that there’s only about two and half months left in 2014. While scrolling through Instagram, I came across a post that said today, October 10th, is National Handbag Day. What better way to celebrate the day than with showing off my three of my most used handbags.

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In my handbag collection I have downsized a lot and some are high end and a lot are low end. In purchasing bags now I like to add pops of color, but I also focus on the structure to see just how durable it will be. Despite all the handbags I have the three above are the ones I interchange the most. During college I had no interest in smaller bags, but being on the go on a daily basis I use them constantly. If I ever need anything more, I’ll just toss it into one of my bigger purses.

 

 

 

Statement Necklace Collection

I have gone through phases of what I have liked to collect/accumulate and now I’m on the hunt for more statement necklaces. I have statement rings that I have given away because it’s just not my style. I have necklaces with different pendants that will be in a future post, plus there’s my statement earrings, and then a collection I love the most my necklaces. The collection includes Juicy Couture, Jewel Mint, Aldo, Forever 21, H&M, Charlotte Russe, Charming Charlie, Wet Seal, and the thrift store.

Check out my collection below, labeled with where they were purchased.

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Fashion Forward Friday [V.15] — |Mini| Haul

It’s been a while since I’ve accumulated enough items to post a haul, but I did want to share these pieces with you that are great for the Summer and will be transitional pieces throughout the year. Enough rambling, let’s get right into it. BE sure to click the links to get to the exact/similar item.

Cropped Leggings - Victoria's Secret High-Waisted Jeans - Forever 21+ Crochet Tops (Black & White) - Forever 21+
Cropped Leggings – Victoria’s Secret
High-Waisted Jeans – Forever 21+
Crochet Tops (Black & White) – Forever 21

 

Shoes (Birkenstock Inspired) - LuLu's Purse - Aldo Earrings - Forever 21
Shoes (Birkenstock Inspired) – LuLu’s
Purse – Aldo
Earrings – Forever 21

OOTD #2: Easter [4.20.14]

HAPPY EASTER EVERYONE!

I decided I’d share my Easter outfit of the day. I hope that you all enjoy your Sunday and are ready for the new week! Be sure to check out my Casual OOTD from yesterday here. Also be sure to click the links within the pictures.

I had initially planned on wearing this:

Dress: JCPenny Shoes: Charlotte Russe
Dress: JCPenny
Shoes: Charlotte Russe

BUT since the weather would below 50 degrees I decided on a pants & blazer ensemble instead and keep the accessories/makeup I had originally planned.

Blazer: JCPenny Shirt: Forever 21 Pants: Unknown Shoes: JustFab, Lorient Nail Polish: Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear, 'Lacey Lilac' Watch: New York & Company
Blazer: JCPenny
Shirt: Forever 21
Pants: Unknown
Shoes: JustFab, ‘Lorient’
Nail Polish: Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear, ‘Lacey Lilac’
Watch: New York & Company

MAKEUP DETAILS:

Brushes - E.L.F., Sonia Kashuk, MAC Mac Studio Fix NW45 E.L.F. Translucent Matifying Powder Revlon Lip Butter 'Fig Jam' Revlon Colorburst 'Peach' Benefit Bad Gal Lash Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear 'Lacey Lilac'
Brushes – E.L.F., Sonia Kashuk, MAC 187
Mac Studio Fix NC45 ($27)
E.L.F. Translucent Matifying Powder ($3)
Revlon Lip Butter ‘Fig Jam’ ($7.49)
Revlon Colorburst ‘Peach’ ($5.07)
Benefit Bad Gal Lash ($10-$19)
Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear ‘Lacey Lilac‘ (2.99)

 

My Top 5 Accessories: Spring Edition

I love incorporating YouTube tags here on my blog and I discovered this one while watching one of my fav YouTubers, BeautyCrush. Here are my 5 key accessories for Spring.

1. Duffle Handbag

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This is by far the most used handbag in my collection. It was also featured in my first Fashion Forward Friday series, “What’s In My Bag.” I absolutely love this bag and I can throw anything and everything in it. I love the slouchy look of it, the long strap and shorter shoulder straps and I love using the front zipper to store my keys, phone, and  mini vaseline. The inside of the bag is endless and I will say that without smaller bags it can become a complete mess. The color goes great with any outfit I pair it with.  I purchased this bag from Old Navy over a year ago and the material/style is similar to the Women’s Zip-Pocket Tote & the Women’s Zip-Flap Crossbodies currently available online.

2. Clutch/Evening Bag

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I talked about this bag in my “V-Day Outfits (Day & Night)” post in another installment of Fashion Forward Friday. I cannot afford a Chanel so this is the next best thing. I love that this bag can be worn there ways: clutch, shoulder, and cross-body. The chain strap is what really sold me on this bag.I purchased it from Aldo for under $40 which was a great buy for this bag. The bag is called the “Pilloud-98”. When I’m not carrying my everyday bag this is the bag that I go to for a night out.

3. Jean Jacket

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It took me forever to hunt down a jean jacket in my size and I was lucky enough to score one in Forever 21 for under $30. I now have 5 jean jackets in my wardrobe, but this one I wear more than the others. I love my jean jackets whether they are cropped, synched at the waist, or basic such as this. I would love a light wash denim vest for summer. Still on the hunt for that. I love to pair this jacket with leggings/ printed jeggings and it would be great to style with a pair of joggers.

4. Chunky Necklace

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I have so many statement pieces in my collection. Stay tuned for an accessory collection/storage post within the next week. My best friend gifted me this Juicy Couture necklace and I love to pair it with any and everything I can. The pop of pink works with a lot of outfits more than I thought it would. I love to pair this with a basic tea, a printed skirt/pant and a pair of flats.

5. Hoop Earrings

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This is the easiest thing that I throw on. A lot of people may go for studs, but I love my hoops. These are new from Wet Seal and so glad to have 3 new pairs since I’ve misplaced mine other 2 pairs of silver ones form H&M & Forever 21. It’s so effortless to throw these on and majority of the time it’s the only jewelry I wear.

What are YOUR must have accessories for Spring?