Q&A: Fashion

JGeb asks: You are the queen of shoes and style! Hmm, my first question would’ve been what do you do, but that seems to be covered. So I guess I would like to know when it was you first became so interested in fashion and shoes?

aww thanks JGeb! so sweet of you to say! 🙂 I will get to my job in a later post. To answer your second question, I was practically born into it. My mother is the original “queen of shoes and style”. She truly is the most stylish person that I know. I don’t think I’ve ever not been interested in fashion and shoes. In Middle School I was voted “Most Fashionable” and in High School I was voted “Best Wardrobe”. It’s always just been a part of who I am. (Did any other schools do this voting thing or was it just the schools I went to? Kind of weird now that I think about it.)

Lo asks: My question is what was your first expensive clothing/shoe purchase that changed the way you shopped for clothes/shoes? And do you still have that piece?

My “turning point” purchase was my very first Louis Vuitton bag. I was in Paris and I hadn’t planned it but knew that I would regret it if I didn’t buy my first LV in Paris. Since then, I’ve bought an LV bag every time I visit France. Three in Paris, one in Cannes.

Here is the gorgeous store on the Champs-Elysees. If you are a LV fan, it is a must see!

And yes, I still have it! I retired this bag about a year ago (too small now) but will never part with it. My Jimmy Choo obsession soon followed (after a trip to London).

ka1t_lyn asks: what is the best deal you think you have gotten while out shopping – be it your home or shoes or a thrift store find – the possibilites are endless!

I first have to mention that I’ve never been to a thrift store. I have nothing against them and I see a ton of bloggers that have the most beautiful things that they’ve found thrifting but I do not have the patience for digging through things to find a good deal. When I shop, I like to have everything laid out in front of me. No digging necessary. My best deals clothing and shoe wise are always found at Nordstrom Rack, which I have very little patience for most of the time. But I have gotten lucky without doing too much digging. I seem to have a short term memory when it comes to what I buy, so I can only talk about my best deal of this year which were the Nina Riccis that I had previously blogged about. You can’t beat $1,050 shoes marked down to $199!

Tam Pham asks: what’s the one fashion item that you WANT but can’t bear to splurge on???

This LV bag. I’ve been in love with it since it came out but I could never spend $3,000 on a handbag. In fact, any purse or shoe over $1,000 is terribly hard for me to spend money on. Even when I have the money and know that I can afford it, it still seems so excessive to spend that much money on something like a handbag.

Love this last question, will you all share with me what is the one item that you would love to splurge on but just can’t?

Louis Vuitton Paris here
Louis Vuitton bag here and here

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  • Nina (femme rationale)
    November 4, 2008 at 7:20 pm

    i have the black mahina and i can tell u that this bag is worth every penny. i’m not a big fan of LV bags but i liked this one because you can’t really see the monogram and it doesn’t scream LV at you.

    and i always buy a longchamp bag when i’m in france. 😉

  • tam pham
    November 4, 2008 at 7:52 pm

    a lipstick red chanel 2.55. i’m waiting until the right time…

  • Ashley
    November 4, 2008 at 7:52 pm

    Um, as a very, very poor person – feel free to unload any retired bags in my direction.

    Lord knows how long it’d be until I’d actually be able to afford one. 😉

  • JGeb
    November 4, 2008 at 7:56 pm

    Yay, thanks for answering my question! I guess the one item I would love to splurge on but just can’t bring myself to do it is any pair of jeans over $160. I really want a pair of William Rast jeans … but not for $200+ I’ll spend that and more on shoes and bags and cashmere and dresses, but not jeans. Weird?

  • ...love Maegan
    November 4, 2008 at 9:59 pm

    that LV is to die for …but I feel ya …even $1000 is a bit much for me. I get too afraid I’m going to ruin it and won’t use it. However, I do accept handbags as gifts from my father in law …at any price 🙂

  • Carlene
    November 4, 2008 at 10:24 pm

    Your blog entries make me drool! 😀

  • ka1t_lyn
    November 5, 2008 at 12:11 am

    Being a broke college student, right now a splurge for me would be a few more thermals to layer for the winter 🙂 Awesome post, that black LV bag is beautiful!

  • angel
    November 5, 2008 at 12:34 am

    the splurge i can’t stomach: a chloe bag. i *almost* scored an incredible deal on one during the gilt sale a month or two ago, but i didn’t finish the purchase in time and it was snapped up! i was devastated!! xoxo

  • j@modishchick
    November 5, 2008 at 2:40 am

    love your blog! my first “designer” purchase was an lv bag too!

  • Songy
    November 5, 2008 at 1:07 pm

    Interesting questions and stylish answers!

  • Savvy Mode SG
    November 5, 2008 at 4:45 pm

    i am thinking about a silver louis vuitton mahina too. very savvy.

  • phuongs.vu
    September 18, 2009 at 3:19 pm

    a beautiful, one of a kind designer/couture piece, or a nice classic pairs of boots or shoes from Christian Louboutins. I am more likey to splurge on a nice beautiful designer dress than I would on bag eventhough I know I get more use out of the bag then the dress..