Prada or Proenza?

I’m officially on the hunt for a new bag and every time I go to Nordstrom I try on a bunch of bags but I always go back to the Prada Tote or PS1 Keep All and I seriously can not decide which one to get!  I’m definitely leaning towards a tote as the last few bags that I bought are less structured and I’m needing something with a bit of room in it so that I can travel with it too.
I love the shape of the Prada and Nordstrom actually has it in this really pretty nude/light camel color that goes with everything.  I’m leaning more towards the one in the middle that has the zipper pockets than the open tote, but how gorgeous are those pinks?  I really like this bag also because I know it will be a classic forever and I can’t imagine ever getting tired of it.

But then there is something about the PS1 Keep All that I just love!  I think it would be a great work bag too.

Read more for another bag choice and some Chanel spring arrivals….

And then I was looking around at Miu Miu bags and found this tote in
lots of pretty colors.  Unfortunately I don’t have a Miu Miu store near
me (or any store that carries Miu Miu) so I haven’t seen it in person
and don’t know how it looks on but I adore my Miu Miu bow bag and the leather they use is always super soft so I’m tempted to order it.

OK, so given my bag choices, which one do you think I should get?  I need your help!

And then just for fun, I saw that Proenza Schouler has these wallets in all these colors and for less than $200, I thought it was a good price considering most designer items, even their wallets are well into the hundreds.  It looks like the perfect pouch to keep my credit cards and keys when I don’t feel like bringing my entire wallet.  I often don’t travel with my entire wallet in case something happens, you don’t want to have to report all your cards lost/stolen so I just bring what I need.  Plus I can use it as a mini clutch when I go out at night and don’t want to carry a bag.  Double duty, love it!

Oh and I have to say that a new Chanel is also not out of the question but considering the prices of a Chanel bag, compared to these, I’m doubtful I’ll get one.  My Nordstrom Chanel SA sent over pics of their new Spring Arrivals so I wanted to share in case you guys were interested!  Here are my faves and I only got the prices of the two bags that I had my eye on so I’m not sure the prices of the others but you can always call your local Nordstrom or Chanel store to ask.
Extra Large Zip Wallet | Timeless Classic w/Rose Gold hardware ($4400) | Coral Patent WOC ($1775)
and some jewelry that I love…
Chanel pics via my Nordstrom Seattle Chanel SA, Lisa (She’s awesome!  If you need a great SA, I highly recommend her!) Email me if you want her info.

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  • Two Day Layover
    April 17, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    Wow, that's a hard call. I love both of them. Though, I tend to gravitate toward Proenza by just a bit. It's understated,edgy and overall unique. 🙂

  • Diane
    April 17, 2012 at 12:12 pm


  • elizabethashleyphoto
    April 17, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    I think you should go with the Prada in the nude! I personally love a zip top and the color is beautiful (the pinks are nice too but obviously the nude is more versatile/classic). For me, I can't stand flaps on a bag, especially when I travel, so I wouldn't go with the PS1, plus it seems more trendy to me than the others, so if you are looking for a more classic bag this would be my last choice. Only benefit for me would be the longer straps (are they longer?) if you are going to use it for travel.

    The Miu Miu is gorgeous and I love that it has a shoulder strap. I would put it in second place if doesnt come in a neutral though.

    Love the PS1 wallet!!

  • Ana
    April 17, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    I love the Prada bag in the middle as well! That's my vote. I also have the PS1 Wallet in Cardinal Red and I love that I can carry it as a small clutch which is how I usually use it. If that Chanel WOC wasn't almost $2000, I would run out and get it. That Coral color is gorgeous!

  • Nicole
    April 17, 2012 at 1:25 pm

    Go for the Prada bag on the left – it's perfect! The coral colour is amazing & makes me want one (too bad I'm a student!) – hahaha 🙂

  • emilia
    April 17, 2012 at 1:27 pm

    I'm a practical girl, so I would go for the Prada Saffiano Lux tote with the zipper. I hate bags that are "open" and the Saffiano has the most classic and timeless shape to it. Also, it looks like it can hold more than the others without looking overly stuffed. Even though camel is the most practical choice, I kind of like that light pink! That would also go with everything. I would only worry about getting marks on it since you mentioned you would like to use it for traveling.

    Also, that PS1 wallet is too cute! I love that Chanel coral WOC but damn, nearly $2K for that?

  • Natasha Fatah
    April 17, 2012 at 1:29 pm

    All beautiful choices. One of each. 😉

    ~Natasha Fatah~
    ~Natasha Fatah~

  • Chelsea
    April 17, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    I don't want to choose!!! But I am loving the PS1 keepall…..and the Chanel…..

  • Maree
    April 17, 2012 at 1:56 pm

    PS1 – as a east coast gal and New Yorker – I am a die hard PS1 fan!

  • SewPetiteGal
    April 17, 2012 at 2:12 pm

    Hard to choose! Prada will definitely stand the test of time as the classic choice, but the PS1 is sooo fun. Hmm, go Prada – better bang for your buck.

  • Youa
    April 17, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    Pick the Prada! I know that exact nude color bag you've been eying at Nordstrom. I've had my eyes on that one in Saffiano Top-Handle Tote for about a year now. It's so classic, chic and timeless it will never go out of style!
    Good luck! I can't wait to see which one you get. 🙂

  • Katya
    April 17, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    I love the miu miu one

  • JanM ♥
    April 17, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    Proenza wins this one for me!


  • K.Rae
    April 17, 2012 at 4:40 pm

    If you want structure, definitely the Prada. The PS1 has a younger feel. It's beautiful, but I could imagine tiring of it after a few years. The Miu Miu looks sloppy to me. Prada ftw!

  • kimmie
    April 17, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    I like the PS1 Keep All! But the Prada is lovely as well 🙂

  • LC
    April 17, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    i like the prada better! the ps is cute, but the straps are a little odd and less convenient because of the flap. the wallets are super cute though! and the chanels are tdf obviously!

  • Beautygirl24
    April 17, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    I like the Prada tote the best! It's just so classic and streamlined.

  • Lily
    April 17, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    Prada all the way ! That's definitely going to be my next bag…it's so classic and such a great shape! Love it.

    Xx Lily

  • Alicja
    April 17, 2012 at 7:02 pm

    I would go for Prada eighter the one in the middle or first from the left.

  • Andi of My Beautiful Adventures
    April 17, 2012 at 8:33 pm

    That Chanel with the rose gold hardware stole my heart! I also love the Chanel bracelet!!!

  • jo
    April 17, 2012 at 9:27 pm

    Hey Tiff, I really like the Prada, but in a navy blue. I'm not sure if they still carry it, if not definitely the one in the middle.

    xo Jo

  • Kay
    April 17, 2012 at 11:07 pm

    If I were you I'd go with the Prada. I love the simple clean lines. The Proenza bags seem a bit fussy to me. Love all the bright colours 🙂

  • Mimi
    April 17, 2012 at 11:17 pm

    aaahh, i really want to have a chanel bag! and i like the look of the prada tote! 🙂

    <3, Mimi
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  • Kat
    April 18, 2012 at 12:19 am

    I really like the Prada and the Miu Miu. As much as I like the Proenza, I think the Miu Miu and Prada are much more traditional and classic styles. Chanel is well, a no brainer 🙂

  • Lizzy
    April 18, 2012 at 1:06 am

    prada all the way.

  • cinzee
    April 18, 2012 at 3:05 am

    Oh my lord, i love both the Prada and PS1 tote bags!!! Hm….i have to say, i think you will look soo pretty in the Prada tote in nude/camel color. But the pink looks like so much fun, hehehe

    Hm…you really got me hooked on PS1 now……arghhh…lol defo love the neon yellow, such a cheerful color!!:)

    Do let us know what you end up buying!!!


  • Megan H.
    April 18, 2012 at 4:23 am

    Love the white PS1! So timeless…but one could never go wrong with that nude Prada.

  • MizzJ
    April 18, 2012 at 7:07 am

    Oh my, what a great dilemma! I'm voting for the Prada. It's such a clean, classic shape and the lack of any hardware on it leaves the viewer free to just appreciate it's gorgeous structure and leather.

  • House of Hemingway
    April 18, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    Ok, scary. We most likely spoke to the same SA. I was at Nordstrom in Seattle a few months ago and I spoke to someone about the Saffiano executive tote (red). She mentioned it was her "last one" (ah, the joys of sales) and I kept holding the bag against my jeans and loving the way it looked and felt. I wanted to justify the purchase by saying that it would be great to carry all my business work/papers/ipad. But at the end of it all, I used the money for another trip to San Francisco. Sigh**

    We have similar taste and choices. Scary. Let's get matching tattoos? (ha! j/k, I don't like ink on me)

    Hey, but I didn't see the hot pink color…toughie toughie… I say get the neutral pink. It will be a neutral color that you can wear with most color palettes.

    I also saw this Prada, (can't remember the name) but it was a cross-body bag that was bright pink and black stripes. It was on sale for some reason for about $600 and I was THIS close to getting it but I couldn't help but feel it would be too trendy and not suitable for years to come. c'est la vie!

    JUST DO IT! (comment not sponsored by Nike)


    • tiffanystylish
      April 19, 2012 at 5:37 pm

      haha, I was also told that it was their "last one". It always is 🙂

      I think I know which Prada you are talking about! Sooo cute, I never saw that one on sale but I know what you mean. Cute but who knows if 10 years down the line you'll still like it or not. I feel like the executive tote will definitely stay classic.

  • Bella
    April 19, 2012 at 3:40 am

    I like a cleaner look. I vote for Prada!

  • shimmering2light
    April 20, 2012 at 1:09 am

    prada prada prada prada =)

  • yan_ange
    April 20, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    Will you consider the Mulberry Bayswater bag, I have it. It's awesome in the oat colour!

    • tiffanystylish
      April 23, 2012 at 2:58 pm

      Actually the Bayswater was on my list too! I love it but had to cut down my final choices 🙂

  • Jackie
    April 21, 2012 at 1:09 am

    I can easily say that I dislike the look of the Keep All Tote. I do like the original PS1 satchel though. The Prada Saffiano Lux Tote and the Miu Miu Vitello Caribou are very nice too! The pinks are gorgeous but if you choose this I would go with the caramel/nude one with the zipper that your Nordstroms already has (I like to keep my things as concealed as possible – esp if traveling!). This bag will definitely go with everything without it being black! I think the Miu Miu might be my fav of the bunch because the Prada is just a tad too stiff for my liking and I absolutely love crossbody straps! I don't do much traveling so I'm not sure if the cross body straps would give you an advantage but if you do fill the bag and it is heavy enough, the crossbody straps would hurt your shoulder anyway (whether you just hang it down one shoulder or use it as a crossbody – happens to me sometimes). In conclusion, I think I might be leaning towards the Prada in the caramel/nude for you! Seems like you like you need the structure and I am a huge fan of tan/beige bags which would be very chic and suitable for work purposes!

  • 1smileygirl
    April 21, 2012 at 4:09 am

    I am really leaning towards the Prada Saffiano Lux Tote. I just love the simple yet classic look it has. Oh how I wish I was able to afford any of the options that you are considering. Remember me the next time you think about selling one of your handbags. Oh and I can't wait to see what you decide upon.

  • StilettoEsq
    April 23, 2012 at 1:06 am

    I have the Prada Saffiano in white and absolutely LOVE it. It's definitely roomy and can even hold my laptop – and as you said, it's classic as you can see here

  • StilettoEsq
    April 23, 2012 at 1:14 am

    I have the Prada Saffiano in white and absolutely LOVE it. It's definitely roomy and can even hold my laptop – and as you said, it's classic as you can see here