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Chloe Marcie review

pictured: stripe tee / fall nail polish / Chloe Marcie size small / black joggers /

The iconic Chloe Marcie. You might be wondering why I am reviewing a bag that has been on the market for well over a decade. Well, let me tell you, it has become an iconic handbag which remains a top seller at major department stores. So, if you are looking for an IT bag with staying power, read on!

I originally purchased my Chloe Marcie over a decade ago. I loved how it had a casual, everyday vibe while feeling luxurious. The leather was thick and strong; and the craftsmanship was flawless. I found I was able to carry heavy items inside the bag, and the stitching remained secure and strong. This is when I knew, I had a workhorse bag!

The Chloe Marcie has two top handles, and a detachable strap. I have found throughout the years I switch between carrying it on my forearm, and over my shoulder. When my kids were younger, I found myself throwing it on cross-body so I could pick up my smaller kids and/or chase them. My middle child loves to run! Haha

The bag offers a convenient opera ticket pocket on the front of the bag, hidden by the front flap. Normally this type of pocket is found on the backside of a bag, but in this case, Chloe hid it under the front flap of the bag. This is actually a very nice location for the pocket since it is easier to reach for what is inside on the front of the bag, instead of the back.

The interior offers one zipper pocket, and one open pocket. These pockets are good sized, and very convenient for storing smaller items inside the bag. The top zipper unlatches at the end in case you need to put something wide or large inside the bag. This is a nice feature which keeps the zipper from the getting misaligned.

If you like to travel, you will like this feature! The Chloe Marcie flattens out like a pancake. No joke! This is a really easy bag to travel with since it can go inside of a suitcase and lay flat. I don’t know how many times I have been packing for a trip and wanted to bring an extra handbag, only to find the one I wanted to pack didn’t fit inside my suitcase. This one is perfect! It has become my go-to bag to throw in a suitcase as an extra handbag. I love traveling with it since it can fit a lot of items inside, and I can wear it cross-body. Those are good features for a bag to wear while sight-seeing and exploring a new town.

I feel like my Chloe Marcie was one of the best handbag purchases I have ever made. It is an everyday bag which is strong and versatile. I can travel with it; and since it is strong, I don’t have to worry about it around my kids. Of course, I love a good IT bag. The Chloe Marcie turned from a trendy IT bag when it was first introduced, to a classic IT bag you can still purchase and wear now. Plus, it is priced under $2000. That’s rare for an IT bag!

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I have the small size Chloe Marcie in black, and it is over ten years old. I also love the grey version, which is a pretty alternative to black. The small size is quite roomy, but if you carry a lot of things, you might want to size up to the medium. If you prefer smaller bags, the Chloe Marcie comes in a cute cross body bag without top handles. It too, is a classic IT bag!

Do you have a Chloe Marcie? Have you been eyeing it over the years? If so, I hope you decide to invest in one! It is a great bag and a longtime favorite of mine. Love!!

Thanks for stopping by!

XOXO
Cathy

My Chloe Marcie, photographed for a blog post back in 2012.

Designer shoe capsule wardrobe

designer shoe capsule wardrobe

If you are looking for the ultimate designer shoe capsule wardrobe, look no further! If you enjoyed my handbag capsule wardrobe post earlier this year, I hope you will enjoy this one too!

There are a lot of fabulous designer shoes on the market, but very few survive season after season. While these shoes haven’t been around for decades, they have survived IT status and settled nicely into possible classic status.

While these shoes are mostly designer, I had to include two pairs of non-designer shoes due to their popularity season after season. In fact, one pair is priced under $100! Love that!

designer shoe capsule wardrobe

from top left: classic loafer mules / scalloped ballet flats / Rockstud pumps / espadrille lace up wedges  (under $100!!) / espadrille wedges (under $200) / sky high pointy toe pumps /

Seasonless loafer mules: These classic loafer mules launched into IT status two years ago and have proven to be able to withstand the test of time. Countless brands have designed similar styles, and their popularity is high. These mules can be worn during all four seasons, depending on the weather in your geographic location. They are extremely comfortable, and can be worn with skirts, pants, jeans, and dresses! These mules are extremely versatile, and a closet staple!

Little black flats: Like the LBD or “little black dress,” we all need a pair of little black flats. These have been around for years and are extremely comfortable, soft, and super cute! Aren’t the scallops adorable!? These flats are timeless, seasonless, and a closet staple.

Edgy high heels: Sometimes you just don’t want to wear classic black high heels. Thankfully the iconic Valentino Rockstuds have become a classic, and a closet staple. They have withstood IT status, and the test of time. Plus, they are really comfortable! We all need one pair in black.

Lace-up espadrille wedges: These fabulous wedges have been featured season after season for many years. They are comfortable, and priced under $100. Love that! You can wear them with pants, jumpsuits, skirts, dresses, and shorts! So, they are the perfect go-to shoe in the spring and summer months.

Platform wedges: These function the same as the lace-up wedges mentioned above, but lace-up shoes aren’t everyone’s jam. So, if you prefer a buckle, these are the espadrille wedges for your shoe capsule wardrobe! They have been shown season after season, and match everything in your spring and summer wardrobes!

*If you are creating a shoe capsule wardrobe, just pick one pair of espadrille wedges, that’s all you really need; unless you want both! Then I won’t stop you-because I own both already! Ooops!

Classic high heels: These sky high heels are classic. They match everything from office attire to cocktail ensembles. We all need one pair in our closet. They are the only classic pumps we need.

There you have it! A designer shoe capsule wardrobe. Of course, this list does not include utility shoes such as rain boots, or sneakers. This is for a more fashion-focused wardrobe. If you are looking for rain boots, check out this classic pair.

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Thanks for stopping by!

XOXO

Cathy


Affordable investment pieces that won’t break the bank

affordable investment pieces from top left:  Kendra Scott “Elle” earrings / San Diego Hat Company sun hat / Rebecca Minkoff mini MAC handbag / Soludo’s espadrille wedges / Levi’s 501 original fit / San Diego Hat Company sun hat /

People are always talking about investment dressing, and how certain items priced well over $1000, and even $10,000, are worth every penny because they never go out of style, and are always considered IT items. While some people have the means to purchase these investment items, or save up for them, not everyone has a money tree in their backyard. Thankfully, there are some items out there in the fashion world, which are considered investment items, that won’t break the bank.

Let’s talk about five affordable investment pieces you can buy now, and continue to wear, year after year! First off, I would like to express my love for Kendra Scott’s “Elle” earrings. These are her medium sized, signature earring style. They helped to put her on the map, and she continues to show the classic earring style season after season, year after year. They are always offered in a wide variety of colors, and you can wear them all year long. Pick a color and metal you love, and voila! You will own a pair of investment earrings you will never stop wearing, and will always look like they are new. Who knows, you might love them so much, you may find yourself buying them in more then one color! It’s entirely possible I own a green pair, turquoise pair, and blue pair. Shhh. . .

San Diego Hat Company is a fabulous hat brand which makes these amazing, sturdy, light-blocking sun hats! They have been making the two styles featured above for well over a decade. I own a black one which has been splashed with chlorinated pool water, salt water, and has been to the beach so many times, I have lost count! I bought it roughly fifteen years ago, and it still looks like it’s new! Best part? They are priced well under $50. These hats can be folded into a beach bag or suitcase; so they are travel friendly. Love that!

If you don’t already own a Rebecca Minkoff mini MAC, what are you waiting for? This is a classic cross body or over-the-shoulder standby. They are incredible quality, and priced under $200. If a leather one gets caught in the rain, just wipe it off! It will live, and it will still look great! I have a purple one my teenager stole from me-someday I will try to get it back! This bag is always in style, always in stock, and always available in several colors. Pick a neutral one, or have some fun with a seasonal color. You will love it!

Espadrille wedges are always on trend in the spring and summer months. Soludos makes a classic espadrille wedge which they offer every spring and summer season. These wedges have been around for years. So you can buy a pair now, and wear them next year, and the year after that, and so on! They are comfortable, and very good quality. My black pair is three years old and still going strong. I can walk for miles in them and my feet are very happy 🙂 The rubber coating on the soles is strong, and doesn’t wear down. I love these wedges, and they are under $100! Love that!

Lastly, there is one pair of jeans on the market which has withstood the test of time. The Levi’s 501 original fit jeans. They are offered in different washes every year, but the silhouette is tried and true. You can buy a size up for a relaxed boyfriend jean look, or squish into a smaller size for a girlfriend jean silhouette. You can cut them into shorts, or cut them into cropped jeans. They are priced way under $100 and are always on trend. I have a light wash pair from roughly five years ago which still look great! While most jean styles come and go, Levi’s 501’s are always around. They are a closet staple!

Five affordable investment pieces which won’t break the bank:

So there you have it! My five favorite affordable investment pieces you can buy now, wear now, and wear forever! What are some of your favorite investment pieces which won’t break the bank?

Thanks for stopping by!

XOXO
Cathy

cute espadrilles