Wednesday, July 27, 2011

My New Melie Bianco!

melie bianco madison purse banana republic long taupe cardigan loft field spots shell the limited eyelet skirt olive pumps forever 21 braided belt michael kors small runway mk5430

melie bianco madison purse banana republic long taupe cardigan loft field spots shell the limited eyelet skirt olive pumps forever 21 braided belt michael kors small runway mk5430

melie bianco madison purse banana republic long taupe cardigan loft field spots shell the limited eyelet skirt olive pumps forever 21 braided belt michael kors small runway mk5430

melie bianco madison purse banana republic long taupe cardigan loft field spots shell the limited eyelet skirt olive pumps forever 21 braided belt michael kors small runway mk5430
Cardigan: Banana Republic (2010) - XS / $30 (similar - another BR one!) (similar)
Top: LOFT Fields Spots Print - XSP / $21 (similar)
Belt: Forever 21 (borrowed from twill pants) - S (similar)
Skirt: The Limited Eyelet Skirt - 0 / $38 (similar) (similar - love it in black!) (similar - scallops!)
Shoes: Forever 21 Chic Leatherette Stilettos (Dec 2010) - 5 / $15.50 (similar - w/ heel bling)
Watch: Michael Kors "Small Runway" (MK5430) - $127 (buy)
Bracelet: Forever 21
Purse: Melie Bianco Madison - $50 (used $15 coupon) (buy)

A new purse is like a new baby.  When you see it for the first time, you're awe-struck.  From feeling the soft pliable leather to holding its rounded edges in your hands, a new purse is a work of wonder.  For my birthday, I caved in and bought myself a new purse.

I blame it on the $15 email coupon sent by Piperlime for my birthday.  Before I knew it, I had started browsing the website and my my eyes landed on this super cute Melie Bianco Madison Satchel.  In my defense, it was already on sale {snag for $65 and free ship!} and I had been looking for a good top-loading cross-body bag for awhile now.  I've been loving purses that have a strap long enough to be worn cross-body but all of mine currently have a flap closure and are too small for comfort.  I love a roomy purse where I can throw things in and not worry about having to keep everything super organized just so that I can close the flap {maybe I'm lazy.  or sloppy...}.  But this purse fits the bill in every way -- it is truly my new precious.

Ok, I might be a little over-dramatic, but can you blame me?  :)

melie bianco madison purse banana republic long taupe cardigan loft field spots shell the limited eyelet skirt olive pumps forever 21 braided belt michael kors small runway mk5430

melie bianco madison purse banana republic long taupe cardigan loft field spots shell the limited eyelet skirt olive pumps forever 21 braided belt michael kors small runway mk5430

And just to prove how versatile it is...
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...it even looks cute carried like a satchel!

[UPDATE]:  The winners of my Sproos Shop giveaway are...  Kim Vinh and Live Life in Style!  The winners have been contacted via email.  Thank you everyone who entered! 

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47 comments:

  1. So cute! I think it's a really proportionate bag for you. :]

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  2. I agree!! It's really the perfect size for someone with a smaller frame!

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  3. ooh i like that you can wear the straps different ways. it's a great colour too! like your skirt even more :) i'm crazy about skirts. oh skirts.

    www.pandaphilia.com
    2 giveaways going on right now!

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  4. haha, thank you!! i'm in love with anything lace at the moment, especially skirts! :)

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  5. Great choice!!  I really want something like this for work!! It goes so nicely with your top!

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  6. This bag is beautiful! I love the color of it as well.  It's a brown that gives off some hues of orange and yellow. This is such a classy piece! Btw, am hosting a giveaway with a neck piece inspired from the House of Harlow at stake. Please join if you can! -Mar
    http://notyourordinarybeautyqueen.blogspot.com/

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  7. Such a cute bag! And you scored such a good deal on it, too! :)

    Is it really cardigan weather down in Texas? I thought it was still super hot!

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  8. Ooh lovely color and perfect size for petites! The hardware details set off the leather color so well. Good score

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  9. it's actually in the mid-80s in the mornings around 8am when i took these photos. and my office is also really well air-conditioned in the summertime (so much so that i'd be shivering without a cardi!). if i were outside anytime after 9am though, trust me i would have taken off this cardi in an instant!

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  10. 8am?!! Lady, you are the definition of dedication. I'm usually still sleeping at 8am :)

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  11. I know... My team at work is a bunch of early risers. One person gets in at 6:30am and the latest person gets in at 9. I straggle in around 8:30. Nowadays I can't even sleep in much later than 8am on weekends anymore. Sigh...getting old. :)
    Kileen

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  12. Totally opposite from us! Our team gets in between 9am-10:30am. I usually get in around 10am, but I'm always running so late that I don't have time in the mornings to take pictures. :(

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  13. That's how my old team was like when I worked in Austin. It was weird cause I felt like as soon as everyone showed up it was lunchtime already, lol!
    Kileen

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  14. cactusandcucumberJuly 28, 2011 at 2:30 AM

    love it. it looks perfect for us petites.
    cactusandcucumber.blogspot.com

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  15. I love your new purse, Kileen. It def. will go with everything. You can certainly carry it all year round. The size is just perfect for a petite frame. Oh, and the price is super afforable. OK, I sound like a salesman now ..LOL =) Congrats on your new purse. It's truly precious.

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  16. great look, so nice blouse and bag 

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  17. wow, after seeing your beautiful photos and reading your thoughts on this bag, you've practically talked me into buying one!  it's really a great bag, and it looks lovely with your outfit!

    -renee
    www.bettycrockettrocknroll.blogspot.com

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  18. Love your new bag, I swear the color goes with everything!

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  19. what a great bag
    i have been obsessed with crossbody bags for awhile now
    i might have to pop over and check that one out for myself
    brett

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  20. ooo your purse is amazing!! and so is your whole outfit girl!!

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  21. haha, i'm so in love with it. it's really a great buy and even better that it's on sale! you should definitely get it. :)

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  22. Nice! Yay for things being on sale plus having a coupon. I really need to invest in some more purses, I've been carrying around the same boho bag for ages and it is getting tired.

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  23. Now's the perfect time to invest! This bag is a great deal!

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  24. Beautiful! I like the darker edge trims around the cognac leather. Enjoy your new bag!

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  25. Beautiful bag! I love the skirt and wish we had a Limited nearby. Ours closed down a long time ago.

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  26. Your new baby is so pretty! Really goes with everything ;)

    Cess O. <3 The Outfit Diaries

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  27. aww that's too bad! but honestly i don't have very much luck finding things that fit at The Limited, so you're not missing out on much. and you can always order online, right? :)

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  28. I love the bag. I saw it on shopstyle before but glad to see that it looks good on you. I am very petite like you too. You look very cute! ;)

    Love, Fashionandnumber
     

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  29. It is a keeper isn't it? Versatile and very affordable! The bag looks great on you, goes well with your entire ensemble and your beautiful aura!

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  30. thanks so much!! we need to get more petites styling this super cute bag. it's perfect!

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  31. today's outfit gets a thumbs up from me!  i like the bf cardi over it.

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  32. Oh, congrats are in order! It is gorgeous! so profesh too.

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  33. ahhh I'm so tempted to purchase this!

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  34. pilar eunice frausto vasquezJuly 28, 2011 at 1:11 PM

    i love your style! =)

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  35. if you have a Gap or BR credit card, you can also get another 10% off if you order on Tuesday. oh, and there's a 3% rebate for Gap with Mr. Rebates too! (my referral link if you aren't signed up: http://www.mrrebates.com?refid=89512). it's a great deal for such a great bag!

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  36. "A new purse is like a new baby"- I couldn't agree more! And I can't blame you for lovin' this bag so much. It is fabulous!!! Show it off like a proud new mama! ;)
    You look amazing! The skirt, the bag and the top- this outfit is perfect! And I really like how the cardi matches the shoes.

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  37. I love the style of your new bag!! It reminds me of my new Michael Kors bag!  You look too cute!

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  38. Hi Kileen,

    I like the brown bag. I dont have satchel..but I have been thinking to get one. I have been looking around with the price around $50--that's my budget range. Thank you for linking the website :) It looks really pretty on you!! I look forward to meeting you in person.

    Your loyal reader,
    Gria

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  39. your birthday always deserves a little something special! that bag is super cute & versatile! great find!

    xoxo, steph
    hoisinivy.com

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  40. just so you know, i won't be able to make it to the meetup on Aug 21 unfortunately. i'll be out of town for another wedding. :( hopefully we can meet up for Fashion Night Out though!

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  41. lol, that's how i justified it too. :)

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  42. I definitely agree with the idea that a new purse is like a new baby -- haha. I just picked up a new (well, new to me at least) vintage Coach bag and I've been using every excuse possible to pick it up and admire it. I love the way you styled your outfit -- the purse looks amazing next to that skirt!

    Have you ever considered submitting an outfit to The Wear to Go Girls FB page for their "Look of the Week"? You definitely should! Check it out here -- http://www.facebook.com/pages/...xo Emily
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  43. Kileen, the bag is certainly beyond cute! The color is different from the website, but I like it better in your. Great size too. :) 

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  44. super cute bag... and outfit... and shoes! love the look.


    not sure if you know, but Melie Bianco is a vegan line of handbags and can be found in different places online. www.dalyse.com has them in stock (and puts them on sale) frequently. they also have Urban Expressions which is another vegan friendly line.


    would love to work with you on a Dalyse inspired look for one of your blogs, if you are interested! till then, thank you for the great fashion inspiration!

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