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Thursday, May 21, 2015

kate spade perri lane bubbles lynn review

I wanted to get this review up much earlier before the kate spade surprise sale ends tonite, but the day went a different way. It was available during the last surprise sale, which is when I bought it. So you might see it again in a future sale. Or if you found this review because you're contemplating a purchase on Ebay or a resale site, here you go:

perri lane bubbles lynn ($428, wkru3106) - currently $149

  • perforated smooth cowhide leather with matching trim
  • capital kate jacquard lining
  • gold emboss with tiny cutout spade

One thing I adore about Kate Spade handbags and Kate Spade, in general, are the clean lines. I love the leather on this. It has some texture to it, so I don't have to worry about adding random lines to smooth leather.

There are two sizes of perforations or "bubbles." I wasn't sure how I felt about the mix of sizes, but I really liked the way the creamy white looked online. Plus, I loooove totes, so both of those qualities won me over enough to purchase it.

Almost all Kate Spade handbags have an interior, side pocket with no zips or closures. And across from that is a zippered pocket. Even the small handbags and clutches have at least a zippered pocket. It's great to tuck away ID, money and credit cards without fear of them falling out. I also love that many items come with a dust bag.

Yes, I store my handbags in the dust bags! It does prevent me from rotating as much as I'd like to. I only see the chocolate brown dust bags and not the style of purse. I've been carrying around my sidney stripe tote for months now. It's time to swap it out for this, on occasion.

Here's the reverse. No problem. Not a problem. Just pointing it out.

The Feeling

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Kate Spade Surprise Sale - last day!

Today is the last day for the Kate Spade Surprise Sale. You have to enter an email address & zip code to gain access to the site.

I have no need for the following, but I ordered the Stevie baby bag ($139) anyway. I'm picky about the colors and pattern of my leopard print. This one is perfect. In the past, I've 'tried on' the Stevie in black/white stripe, black/white polka dots and solid black. I like the style and I feel fairly confident that I'll like the one I chose. There's nothing like final sale to plant the seeds of doubt.

Here are a few more items that are still available.

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Kate Spade Surprise Sale May 2015

Shop the Kate Spade surprise sale. No code necessary and savings are up to 75% off.

My personal favorites are the grain street vinyl tote (leather handles). I stared really closely and noticed it's a lemon print. Well played, Kate Spade.

Yes to the $49 southport gia clutch. I like the pebbled leather and tassel. This is an outlet bag.

I like the bone colored color called magnolia in the sawyer street tote ($99). Also made for the outlet. Note that it's smooth leather, not pebbled. So you'll want to be sure to use a protective creme.

The product descriptions state whether an item was made for the outlet or not.  There are new style numbers at Kate Spade as of last year. If you see wkru in the surprise sale, it's a factory bag. If the style# starts with pxru or pwru, it's a retail bag.

I'm thinking about a couple of small thing. I'm going to wait to see if my offer got accepted on an Ebay item first, though.

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Sunday, May 17, 2015

Mule hunting

I wore mules when they were popular in the late 90s. I had at least two pair, one of which was black patent. I really liked J Crew's Marlow mules (review), but the in-step didn't work 100% for me.

I'm not sure how practical mules are for my current lifestyle. I have a little one that I need to spontaneously need to chase after her, time spent at the park and when I'm out for the day I sometimes do a lot of walking. Mules remind me of high-heeled flip-flops, which aren't very practical unless walking is minimal, but I'm still looking at them.

My favorite heel height is about 2" - 3". I love all of the varying heights of these. Even the taller ones. The price range is from $39.99 for the Nine West mules to $150.

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Thursday, May 14, 2015

J Crew Factory new shoes & accessories

New arrivals were released yesterday at J Crew Factory.

I noticed the stripe Isabelle pumps yesterday, late afternoon. They were sold out and I was not pleased about that. I called customer service and the takeaway was that I was going to have to stalk the pumps. I checked the site at least 8x before I went to bed and checked right away when I woke up. They were back in stock, half sizes from 6-10. I ordered right away.

I wear 7.5 and take 8 in J Crew pumps and wedges. I have the red/navy stripe Isabelles and reviewed them in this post.

These caught my eye. I like how clean this rollout is presented. It's easy to imagine a number of combinations, mixing and matching items.

STOCKUP gets 20% off when you buy 4 or more items. Also good in-store. Ends Sun, May 17.

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