Paris Purchase II: The Long Awaited Croc Phantom!

Céline FW13 Small Square Phantom in Black Crocodile-Embossed Calfskin

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I recently came back from my trip to Europe and I only had one free day in Paris to do all my shopping. I went to nearly all the Céline boutiques, except for one, and they were pretty much packed with people. I was on the verge of despair because all the new Fall items that I was interested in had still not arrived yet. I think the SAs were fed up with all my questions, but I persisted and kept nagging them.
Per chance with my last question, I inquired about any Phantoms available. I think the SA pitied me seeing that I was so desperate and finally revealed that they had something *good* in stock: the one and only, highly sought after, CROC EMBOSSED PHANTOM that just arrived the same morning and it has been months since they last received stock!
Long story short, I hauled her home in a gigantic Céline shopping bag along with another little accessory 

 

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^Not shown, but I can wear the Phantom pretty comfortably on my shoulder for those who are wondering if it’s doable as a shoulder bag. The bag is VERY heavy and I had to carry it almost the entire day while I was visiting the Louvre. So I had no problems with it over my shoulder. Although, I don’t think it’s possible with a thicker jacket…

Some “In Action” Pix:

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^Phantom at the Louvre

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^Phantom at the Eiffel Tower
Reference: Marciano top, 7 For All Mankind jeans, Prada slippers, Louis Vuitton sunnies, and Hermès bracelet

Paris Purchase I: Cute Little Céline Wallet

Céline SS13 Multifunction Compact Wallet in Pink/Rust Lambskin

I saw a similar wallet on the Purseforum from a member who bought the same style wallet but in blue and red. It was a really cute wallet I thought at the time and I’ve never seen it before in the States. It’s got just enough CC slots, bill folder, and a coin pouch – all neatly put together in a compact wallet. So while I was in Paris, on my trip to the last Céline boutique on Grenelle, I spotted this cute little thing and then it was a done deal 😀

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Clothing Haul: VB, HL, AW, and Others +++

Well I have not bought any clothes in the last half year. Most of my clothing purchases are made during the Summer and Winter sales. A lot of good quality clothes are significantly reduced in price, so why buy full price right? Here are some of my recent purchases:

1. Victoria by Victoria Beckham SS13 Mikado Silk Dress:

I have great admiration for VB and adore her clothing collection. Ever since it came out a few years ago, I’ve been dying to try them on. Finally Bergdorf Goodman started carrying her clothing and I was able to snatch up this gorgeous cut-out silk organza dress.

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^Reference: Lanvin Patent Leather Flats

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2. Helmut Lang FW12 Flipfront Jersey Dress:

It’s hard for me to determine if this dress looks nice on me or a mess of fabric. Helmut Lang’s fit for many things tend to be either awesome or chaotic, especially when they try to be “innovative” or do weird asymmetric tailoring lol

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^Reference: Dries Van Noten Embroidered Sandals

 

3. Helmut by Helmut Lang SS13 Stretch Moleskin Coat:

Love this coat! The fabric is soft like suede and is thick enough for fall. I plan to wear this as my everyday coat that’s both practical and a little edgy with the asymmetric cut. Only downside is that it attracts a lot of dust and cat hair…

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4. T by Alexander Wang SS13 Jersey Dress:

I absolutely LOVE this dress! It’s gorgeous on and you can wear it with the draping side on the front or back. I prefer the back version as pictured here and the silver metal neckline detail adds the perfect touch! Not to mention I got this for 75% off with the last XS size from NM’s warehouse!

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^Reference: Manolo Blahnik BB Patent Leather Heels

 

4. BCBG Maxazria FW12 Elouise Dress:

I loved this dress back from fall last year, but could not find my size on sale. Then recently while I was at my local BCBG, I found it again and it was also at 60% off! I know some people may think the print and hot pink stripes are too much, but I love the catchy combo. The fit is perfect on me too.

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5. BCBG Maxazria SS13 Talulah Silk Dress:

Cute dress from far away, but I’m not so fond of the skirt… Seems puffier on me than what was depicted in the pictures.

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5. Theory Jeshas Silk Pants:

I’ve been wanting a pair of silk pants for a long time, but nothing ever really worked for my shortness until now. It’s super comfy and perfect for those chilly summer days. I should mention that these were a steal at 42$ (an additional 50% off) compared to its original retail price.

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6. HIP Jersey Pants:

Since I bought those Theory silk pants above, I’ve been pretty addicted to slinky loose pants. I found these at Nordstrom Rack for a great deal as well. Pair with a sweatshirt or simple T for that effortless look!

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7. Topshop Polyester Long Skirt:

Another casual clothing purchase. I know there’s a lot of similar see-through skirts out there right now, but I’m not fond of the asymmetric ones for some reason. I like how these have 4 panels instead which I have not seen before.

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8. H&M and R&W Casual Summer Tops:

Got a bunch of cute tops. I love the bright colors for summer. The H&M blue print tunic is my favorite!

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