Love Me Some Accessories

I’ve never been a handbag gal. I have fewer than a handful, but for some reason the older I get the more I like them. I put aside my designer bags recently and am schlepping an olive green messenger bag from my local Army Navy Surplus store. It can be worn cross body and is decidely nonchalant.
From the stamp on the inside, it is from 1962 and was issued to a soldier in Vietnam. That soldier’s initials — VA are marked with ink on the top handle of the bag. Needless to say I adore it. And can pretty much guarantee nobody else is walking around with one just like it. The woman at the Army Navy Surplus store told me “Don’t let this out of your sight — they don’t make these anymore.”
The funny thing is, I see all sorts of women around me who are wearing expensive bags that look like military bags. I just love the history of owing a vintage bag that belonged to a soldier before I was born.
That doesn’t stop me from looking. Bluefly has been a staple site for me to browse for years.
I really like the designer handbags like the CC Skye bag.
I worry that it won’t fit over my shoulder, though. I love how the grommets add a bit of masculine toughness to the bag. Anyone famliiar with this designer?
I seem to gravitate toward handbags that don’t have any discernible label. How about you?

Like my love of bags, my love of shoes is only recently emerging. I think I wore my Doc Marten lace up boots for 10 years straight. I am shying away from heels unless they are sandals or designed for going out. I used to swear by hihg-heeled ankle boots in the winter, but really like more masculine shoes to balance out my outfit. I adore my new Frye boots. They add a certain tough edge to anything I wear.
I like the Calvin Klein black Ryann flat booties, a good example of some Designer Shoes that would probably last awhile. They remind me of something Clemence Poesy would wear.

I love the designer dresses, such as this Qui black cashmere scoopneck dress. I recently bought this (above) Eli Tahari dress and envision wearing it for years to come. I’ve bought lesser known brands but really believe if you are buying an investment piece a designer dress is the way to go. It is in the quality. It is in the way it drapes and falls on my body. I really love it. It is the quintessential LBD that I have owned in one form or the other for the past few years. I’ve had problems with them being too tight or too short and this one seems to conquer all those issues.

6 thoughts on “Love Me Some Accessories”

  1. I like the army surplus bag! It’s so unique and fits in with your style perfectly. And a cashmere dress??? I’m sorry but that just sounds divine. It must feel great on you. I’m a huge fan of cashmere anything. What a great investment piece.

    1. Stephanie!
      Whoops that might have been a bit confusing — sorry. I bought the Eli Tahari dress in the picture — the sleeveless one as my LBD but am lusting after the cashmere dress … although really in my climate I should just buy it because I would definitely get use out of it for ages.
      And I really like my bag. Thanks!

  2. Great bag. I’d love to see how it looks with your clothes. I love the cashmere dress. I have one of my wish list.

    1. It’s funny because I was trying to find the exact military bag I carried in college. I didn’t but this is close, so it evokes memories of those carefree days. In addition, my super chic friend from Copenhagen had the same bag so I thought it was extra cool.

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