What - No Glitter, No Gold?

February 27, 2007 at 6:42 pm by Designer Ella

When I signed up for my very own Neiman Marcus credit card, my friends and I joked that what I’d be receiving in the mail would be gold metal encrusted with diamonds.

But it wasn’t even gold tone. And even my debit card has glitter - what gives?

Neiman Marcus card

Chloe PaddingtonAlso sad is my apparent credit limit. I can’t even find the figure in my account, but it’s really low. Seems this baby’s only good for one on sale re-sell bag at a time. I need to work on my credit!

Recent bag: Chloé Zippy Paddington - "Cobbler"

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My Recently Carried Handbags (Photos)

February 22, 2007 at 7:16 pm by Designer Ella

I’ve carried so many handbags this week, that as I thought to writing my next post, I didn’t want to leave some out. I even switched handbags Monday afternoon. So I’m making a post with all of their photos in it.

Sunday: Dooney & Bourke “Bone” Domed Satchel named “Milly”.

Dooney & Bourke Bag

Monday morning (to a funeral): Express Clutch - free Black Friday gift.

Express free clutch

Monday afternoon: Coach Black Signature Striped Book Tote named “Isabelle”.

Coach Bag

School week: Chloé Edith Bag named “Sugar Plum”.

Chloe Bag

Yes, this post was 100% shameless eye candy. :-P Enjoy!


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Beware: Chloé is Addictive like Crack!

February 15, 2007 at 4:11 pm by Designer Ella

Or the designer is like Lay’s Potato Chips: you can never have just one. Or on to Pringles’ jingles, now: once you pop, you can’t stop buying more until practically all in one month, you have 7 items!!! Not my fault, people, it’s like a disease! Couldn’t help it! But please … don’t help me!

Enjoy the photos of my Chloé family.


Top middle, clockwise to bottom right: Large Edith Chamois Satchel, Small Sable Silverado, Aubergine Betty.

Chloe Paddingtons

Top around clockwise: Rouge Zippy Bouler Paddington, Mousse Paddington, Chocolate Paddington.

Yes, I’m sick people, but at least I got good deals on all of them. And I’m not too, too poor after all that.

Chloe Silverado Small Sable Recently carried bag: Chloé Silverado, “Custard”


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My Paddington, Locked in to Love

January 15, 2007 at 3:00 am by Designer Ella

So my Paddington was set to arrive the Monday after I returned home from my holiday trip, and it did, but I had to stay later to help out with my BFF’s family problem (I sat with his grandmother that day, and left Tuesday night).

And there she was, in a small box (it’s okay, Paddingtons were meant to squish), with otherwise good packaging and a baby’s sock on the padlock (apparently, that’s how Chloé-ites store their Paddy-babies).

And the leather … the leather … softest I’ve ever touched! I believe my Paddy was from the original year - 2005 - in chocolate leather. Some say the hide quality is superior from that time frame. It also means my lock is heavier than the new versions, but I can handle it.

While I was away, I took a trip to Boca Raton’s Neiman Marcus, to inspect which Marc Jacobs bag was right for me, and I checked out practically every other bag I’m into. I looked at a tan Paddington. The leather was stiffer, and the bag sat upright (which the 2005s don’t) in a perfect triangle, actually. But the lock wasn’t bad at all.

I’m happy I got such a well-treated, great condition bag. I know it will last, because it has through two previous owners! Still, I wouldn’t mind getting a newer one with the changed locks. At some point (and knowing me, it will be within the year! :-x) I would like the color Mousse (a blueish grey).

So yes, I love the bag. It makes me extremely happy just to look at. I carry it everywhere around the house, but I haven’t had a chance to go out with it yet. It’s my dream bag realized, perfect color and all … but you should all check out the Mousse too, it makes me weak in the stomach in an oh-so good way!

I’m hooked, but don’t let me go overboard, okay? Besides, the Mousse must wait for a 50% off sale or another eBay fate-find, so Chloé collecting will be slow. Unfortunately, I might be more into MJ collecting, that’s a danger - oh those Stams! More on my MJ dream bag realized later.

For now, here’s my love-love-love, Paddy:

Chloé Paddington

Latest bag: Marc Jacobs Amanda, named “Oscar”: Marc Jacobs Amanda


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The Shopaholic Rule of Pricing

January 8, 2007 at 11:49 am by Designer Ella

PricetagWe shopaholics have to casually undercut the appearance of prices on our purchases. Always round down - is the first rule. Round down to the nearest hundred, or say “400-something” etc. Forget it like it’s casual. Also, cut off everything but the first or second numbers. $1,500 could be, “1, 5.” “High 4″ or “high 4s” isn’t bad either. Never say a full price like $1,200 in public!

And remember, it never has to be another soul’s business what you paid for your IT Bag or how much those Manolo Blahniks go for.

Latest bag: Marc Jacobs Amanda, named “Oscar”: Marc Jacobs Amanda


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Purchased a Paddington! Finally!

December 29, 2006 at 9:08 am by Designer Ella

I’ve been desiring a Chloé Paddington before I even knew it. Pursed Lips readers may remember I searched and searched for a bag with side belts/straps for months. (Somehow, I needed it, and it’s also an aspect I wish to focus on in one of my dreamed for handbag lines.) I finally settled on a few styles of large Coach satchels, and although I loved them, they didn’t satisfy my need.

Now I know Paddingtons are more about the huge padlock at the top, but they’re also the most known bag with side belts, and the satchels have just the right shape. Plus, they’re IT bags, and basically my first main IT bag I ever owned!

So first I searched and bought all the wrong bags, I bought Paddington copies by BCBG Max Azria, even. I liked the Paddington, I wanted the Paddington, but not enough to want to pay the price.

Then I was on some handbag blog and saw there was a sale on Paddingtons - 50% off. Oh, at that $800 price, I suddenly needed one. Needed one like a replacement liver! But it turned out to be a private sale for special customers, and I missed out. And some months ago, I joined the eBay bag message board, read guides, and learned a lot more about differentiating fakes from the real thing. And I knew the real thing when I found one in my perfect color, Chocolate, lovingly used at just the right 50% off price! (Plus at these forums, one gets feedback on authenticity opinions.)

And I’ve read that Paddingtons are over, but a gorgeous bag is a gorgeous bag, and I’m obviously not just following a trend. This is one of my ultimate IT bags, personally, even though I usually prefer more classic bags to hip. So yeah, bag lovers love bags even after their season!

A deal made to pay when I had the money, (it being Christmas-time and all) and that binding agreement later (it was mine! I just needed to do the little thing of “buying”), and I am the proud waiting-for-shipment owner of my very own Paddington. (Yes, I locked in the deal days ago and paid today. I got paid thanks to the 1st being a holiday and my Glam Media payment coming early as a pseudo Christmas bonus!)

Chloé Paddington

Now when the bag arrives, and I’m back from my holiday trip to get ahold of it (don’t worry, my mums will sign or pick up at the postie asap - as I will inform her) I will show and tell all about its buttery leather, too-heavy-for-sure lock, etc. etc. You may even learn if a Paddington is right for you, and whether you should buy one! 

Omgosh, I’m so excited! I can’t believe it! In just over a week, I can carry my very own Paddington to the malls! I’m gonna step out with my new baby! (Another long overdue baby. :-P)


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Ella Flashback: Brand Name Shoes

December 20, 2006 at 4:17 pm by Designer Ella

Pet Flats - ShoesWhen I first started blogging, I didn’t know much about designer shoes. I liked affordable brand shoes (hey, still do, thanks). I cared about look vs. luxury and craftsmanship. A cute shoe could be found almost anywhere, and if it were cute, it was cute enough! I figured most of the regular fashionable gals felt this way.

Now I blog more about designer shoes—hey they’re interesting. I know about designer shoes. I understand Blahniks, and I respect Louboutin more than copies, of course. Yet I still buy brand shoes when I need ‘em. My luxury is handbags and that’s it. :-)

But the difference is the view when blogging is the goal. I was so naive with it, perhaps. But in many ways, that was good. Was it better? I think I have a sensible view toward shoes now, but my handbag addiction is dangerous. Oy!

Ah, I miss the good ol’ days. I love blogging, and actually soon you’ll find some more brand shoes on Kiss Me, Stace.


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Ella Flashback: The Non-Name Dropper

December 19, 2006 at 3:54 pm by Designer Ella

This post is apart of my blogging anniversary series on the Unraveling of Ella over these 2 years.

It seems difficult to imagine that I once didn’t know the collections of Louis Vuitton bags. I’m sure I always at least vaguely knew the name. I didn’t know the style shapes, but before two years ago, did I even recognize the logo??? (I hope so to the dear Lord.)

This thought is scary to me. Quite. Yes, this thought.

Being a fashion blogger now, I need to know these things and more. But am I better off? Now I see a bag and a designer or style name immediately comes to mind (well not always). Is this good, or am I using my brain power for evil?

There was one day early into bag blogging at Pursed Lips, when I didn’t think too far into things, to flesh out the pieces. For instance, when I wrote a designer name, I didn’t think about who was behind the label. I, along with everyone in the modern world, knew that Gianni Versace was killed, and that his odd sister, Donatella, took over his design world. I knew this (and the Saturday Night Live skit about her), but when I wrote about bags I didn’t think of it. Not the they, he, she, it, no they were just bags.

I liked bags, but I definitely started out not knowing much. Pursed Lips began just as a journey into becoming a bag lady. I really, really liked bags, enough so to have a separate blog, but I was no expert. Who cares as long as you’re passionate? (Well many do.) But the blog’s grown, I’ve become quite knowledgeable, I love the blog dearly now and am so glad I have it.

Versace Snap Out of It BagBut still there was one early day when I ragged on an ugly, overdone Versace bag and pretty much asked, “What was Mr. Versace thinking?” (Actually, I said “he” must have been high making the bag.) Because hey, all corporate heads are big floating “The Man” right? I think this is where I came from.

But I was corrected, that Versace’s head designer was a woman. Ms. Versace, indeed. And then my knowledge came to me, Donatella Versace = Versace = click! Thus I started a new thought process while blogging. And sometimes I needed to do more research.

It’s embarrassing to remember such things, but none of it really matters. I have fun, I enjoy playing the name game now, and also have some success through this learning process. Not bad.

Anyway, now I can tell you all the variations of Louis Vuitton monogram, call out style names, and tell if they’re fake. Quite a way indeed.


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2nd Anniversary as a Fashion Blogger

December 19, 2006 at 2:22 am by Designer Ella

Tonight I sit and write on the wee hours after my 2nd anniversary of when I started blogging sill-il-y about shoes on Kiss Me, Stace.

I’ve come (er, gone) soo far in these 2 years. Bought so much, raised my budgets so many times, and grown my income to something I’m excited about. I’ve had a lot of fun, some tought times (the sandbox) and even gotten some good freebies.

Kiss Me, Stace first real postBut I started out as a different person. I was fashionable, artistic and a writer. I cared about animals and spent more time on intellectual pursuits than hunting down IT bags with buttery leather. And believe it or not, I didn’t know a $200 purse existed! (Until one fateful day. At a Macy*s. The object was COACH.) I thought $60 was expensive for a purse!

Then my budgets rose, my money shrank (and grew and shrank and grew), my hobbies changed, my morals declined, and maybe even my IQ has been ill-effected just a little bit.

Anyway, this week on Designer-Ella.com, I’m doing a special look back to what’s changed for Ella. I may even show pictures of bags blogging bought me.

Oh and I still need to show you my birthday present bags and tell you the COACH stores!! Don’t let me forget - and thank you for reading!


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The Large Carryall

December 8, 2006 at 5:07 pm by Designer Ella

Coach Large CarryallAnd I would love the Large Carryall, however the straps are too long for me. It’s going back. Les sighs. I do not regret selling the medium, though.

I do love the black striped Book Tote I also purchased with selling money, though, but it doesn’t give me tingly high feelings. I’m waiting on shipments. Come come come!

Photos and more stories are also coming.


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