It's absolutely no secret that recently I've been a little bit naughty and have invested in some rather wonderful luxury pieces. Pieces that I feel really amplify my predominantly high street wardrobe and pieces that I have thought long and hard about investing in for some time.
I've always been infatuated by designer pieces.
As a fashion graduate I've regularly swotted up on all the catwalk has to offer, I know the designers I love, the designers I don't like so much and the designers that 15 year old Megan would be ever so proud to own now. Each piece I add to my collection is carefully considered down to the finer details of the item, I ask myself several questions before I head down to the store or hit purchase online.
Questions such as "Would it work with my wardrobe" The answer to this is almost always yes, thats the beauty of not being restricted to a certain kind of style or colour palette, my wardrobe acts as a somewhat Aladdin's Cave so the likelihood of an item not working with at-least a handful of pieces in my wardrobe is highly doubtful indeed.
I also ask myself whether I'd get my wear out of it for both day time and for night time, this is something that is vital for me. I'm not yet, and doubt I ever really will be at the stage where I can have zillions of designer clutch bags suitable for the evening so if a cross body can double up in such a way then I am sold.
I then ask questions about the fabrication, is it durable, will it scratch, fade, scuff or tear, if the answer to the majority, ideally all of those questions is a big fat NO then I'll make a purchase. I'll then instantly regret it and feel completely and utterly guilty, before unveiling the purchase from it's carrier bag or delivery box and weeping with joy, it's what I love to spend my hard earned money on, luxury items and food of course... Always food.
Although you've seen these pieces countless times before whether that be over here, on my Instagram or featured in a YouTube video (subscribe if you haven't already hehe) I thought I'd do a little breakdown of my thoughts on each piece now I've well and truly worn them all in. Let me know what you think to a little roundup post like this and I'll be sure to continue them if I decide to do a cheeky splurge in the near future... Likely.
So first up we have my much loved and much, much worn Gucci Princetown Loafers.
These were a purchase I was desperate to make for over a year. I toyed with them for months upon months, debating on whether to go for black in a full shoe, printed gingham from last spring's collection or to go for a slip on or sling-back... The array of options available really wasn't doing any favours for an indecisive madam like me.
However, when I spied the slip on's in a beautiful pillar-box red shade I knew that they were The One!
Red is always a colour I've loved to wear and a colour I feel very powerful when wearing so it really was a no brainer. I'd heard review after review about how well they lasted and most importantly how oh-so comfortable they were and my goodness they did not disappoint.
I've worn them relentlessly since I purchased them back in late January and still get my fix atleast two times a week, they're by far my most favourite of shoes. The red is a really great pop of colour against denim and black and works seamlessly with my wardrobe. As shoes do, they do have a few scuffs to the toe area but nothing oh-to obvious at all. I would highly recommend these as a leap into luxury footwear as they're totally comfortable and work with a whole host of outfits, they also come in a variety of shapes and styles of which I've listed a few of my favourites down below.
And now for the purchase that I'm sure you lot are sick to the back teeth of seeing... One more time can't hurt right?
Well it's the turn of the Loewe Puzzle Bag, a purchase that once again, I'd been toying with for around about a year. To me, it's a bag that is a little bit frumpy in style. It's not the most gorgeous of bags in all the land, it's somewhat simple and somewhat basic but it's something timeless and oh-so classic at the same time. I'm not overly keen on the bag in shades such as black, brown and tan, I think this bag needs a special colour to it and that's exactly why I went for red.
What sold this bag to me was the five different ways in which the bag can be carried. It has an adjustable strap which you can taper to create the perfect strap length whether that be short over the shoulder or long enough to be worn cross bodied, which is how I tend to wear it. It also has a top handle which is another carry fave of mine, with another possibility of turning into a backpack and finally into a clutch bag... Yeah, the mind boggles! But tis true, I've seen it demonstrated in store.
The amount of wear I've got out of this little baby has quite literally blown me away. I cannot put it down and it has fast become my favourite bag in my collection. The red works with literally everything and I'm really enjoying clashing it with unlikely shades of green, orange and pink to create something totally unique. It's a bag that fits a shed load in it too, which is perfect for someone who idolises Mary Poppins such as me.
Once again, this is a purchase that I would totally recommend. If you're looking for a bag that will stand the test of time. A bag that won't ever date and a bag that is totally practical due to being the perfect size for every day use.
I've also listed some of my other fave Loewe bags as it's a brand I have a lot, a lot of time for right now, their designs are on point.
Now this next purchase, I have to say was not a thoughtful purchase, and in turn I haven't got the wear out of them that they deserve.
It was January, the weather was miserable and I wanted some retail therapy, hence logging on to every single luxury website and perusing their Boxing Day Sales.
I spied these gorgeous Saint Laurent Rock 40 Chelsea Boots in a gorgeous charcoal glitter and with flock stars... HELLO DREAM BOOTS! I instantly snapped them up for a fraction of the price and eagerly awaited their arrival.
They arrived and I truly, truly loved them and vowed to look after them and wear them with everything, all the time, for the rest of my life. That lasted all of a week before I realised that with certain pieces such as skinny jeans, those pieces that should be a little match made in heaven for such a boot, the boots looked absolutely enormous sticking out from under my small frame,
Such a bummer.
They're gorgeous, they fit well and are very comfortable indeed whilst also being an absolute statement, however I wish I'd have thought about it a little longer when I initially tried them on. A lesson was learnt and now whenever I purchase something of a high price point I try them on with at-least three outfits to ensure they work with all the good stuff.
This time I've shared some other luxury boots that I'm eyeing up, 'cause these ones didn't quite take the biscuit.
Now we have the turn of the mini bag.
I adore mini bags, always have and always will. Theres something just totally adorable about them; that little bit of sass, sitting on your hip, an injection of personality, colour or print and I truly, truly adore it.
The power of the mini bag is a big one, despite it's size, and I would urge everyone to have one in their collection... The bolder the better. They're the perfect piece to go all out on, especially with more muted and subdued looks, they're my failsafe styling trick and I'm keen to add more to my collection.
The first is my newest and is again by my all time favourite design house, Gucci. The Gucci Marmont is rife on many a bloggers Instagram right now, and rightly so, it's a truly beautiful bag and it comes in the most sensational of colour-ways. I opted for the yellow shade and I am SO glad I did because since then have learnt that it's a colour that really rather suits me... Who'd have thought it? This is my most beautiful of bags which means I find myself reaching for it as often as possible. It's absolutely teeny weeny so is for those days when all I need is my phone, a lipstick, keys and card holder, making it the perfect bag for an evening out. Although it doesn't get used as much as my other pieces it's truly, truly beautiful and I have no regrets... In fact, I hear the pink one is calling my name 😇
Below is a mini bag by MCM, and whilst the MCM Mitte bag looks bigger than my Marmont, I kid you not it's probably smaller. It's a box shape which means it's super structured and therefore only allows a fraction of my belongings in it. However, I really do love it. It's a gorgeous, unique shape and now, surprisingly, one of the only bags with silver hardware, what can I say I'm a gold hardware convert.
Since my beloved Stella McCartney mini Elysse bag went walkabouts(*ahem* left on a train, thanks George) I've been turning to this MCM baby more and more for that subtle yet totally beautiful black and silver colour-way.
Below is a selection of my absolute fave bold, beautiful and much smaller handbags, I'm sure you'll agree they're all truly incredible!
I really hope you enjoyed reading this post and having a little insight into the first few luxury purchases I've been lucky enough to have made. I never in a million years thought I'd ever be able to afford a designer handbag, and definitely not at twenty four so this is all rather new to me. However, if I can make it so it's useful for you guys too then that's all the more exciting for me. Please let me know what you think of this post, if you enjoyed it, loathed it or if there is anything you would change?
I'd like to continue writing this kind of thing so would love to know if you're actually enjoying it.
Lots of love and happy lusting and shopping.