...and other NAS-purchase musings...

It's finally been cool enough for me to wear a few more of my NAS beauties (though not, alas, my Vince turtleneck or my gilet -- those, I'll be wearing in the next weeks to a few planned events.) (The collection is here: http://youlookfab.com/finds/co.....ction=3016)

So far, everything is working out brilliantly. I'm really happy with basics (undies and camis and socks and workout top and bras). You have already seen my love for the denim culottes. I wore my Halogen kick flares for a slightly casual dinner and they more than met my expectations. They're quite heavy-weight which will be welcome as temperatures dip. I've also had one chance to wear the Aquatalia booties, and they performed like a dream. My Dres came back from the seamstress and went into instant rotation -- these are a fabulous jean for me.

I LOVE my new Soho watch (not NAS but purchased at the same time)-- it is replacing my old cuff which was all scratched and sadly not reparable. I haven't worn a watch in years, so this is a bit of a wild card and has become an instant workhorse.

The biggest surprise? The Minkoff bag. You will remember that I was nervous about that one. It seemed to overwhelm my frame, I was used to and prefer structured bags, and so on. But this one reminded me of a much loved bag from my college days, so I thought it was worth the experiment.

Lo and behold, I have fallen in love!

Before YLF I saw bags as strictly utilitarian and only ever carried one black one in winter or one straw one in summer (the same ratty one, for years on end). Since joining YLF I had moved on from that approach and I do have a smallish bag capsule -- but honestly? I like them for the way they add colour or offer bookending options to an outfit, and like them for function, but apart from that I'm not too interested in them. They are useful but don't inspire joy. And frankly, when I would hear women swoon over bags I didn't quite understand what the fuss was about. (Footwear heart flutters, now that is a different matter. But bags? Nah. They left me cold.)

Now, I am tempted to donate all previous bags (except for evening clutches and my backpack and the useful Longchamp tote) in favour of this beauty!

Minkoff Hobo, how do I love thee? Your rich port colour goes with almost everything in my closet. Your silver hardware echoes my hair and watch. Your wide strap is comfortable on my shoulder and the drop is perfect for me, allowing me to get easy access to transit card, phone, etc. Although I worried that everything would get lost inside you, that has not proved to be the case at all since I use little pouches for makeup etc. And you accept a tiny load (keys, phone, wallet, lipstick) as happily as a large load (all of the above plus laptop, chargers, sweater or scarf, water bottle, book, notebook, Kindle.)

I literally do PET this bag throughout the day because the leather is so soft and the little fringes are nice to touch.

Who knew that a soft unstructured bag would turn out to be my gateway to bag nirvana?

Coming soon...a rather late K/R for another wild card item that you can see in my Collections if you are inclined....

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