Saturday, June 9, 2012

Slouchy Oak

When the Mulberry Alexa first came to my attention at the beginning of 2010, it was instant obsession. I knew that I couldn't justify the hefty price tag, as much as I loved the satchel design, beautiful tan colour and effortless charm it exuded. I'd just splurged on a Balenciaga bag a few months prior, and was still dealing with having spent so much money for a bag. The Alexa remained on my mind as an object I admired and wished I owned, but always thought beyond my reach. Last week, an opportunity came my way to purchase the bag on sale, and I caved. I'm a little bit wary of "It bags", but I feel that the Alexa has a timeless quality. It's not super trendy, it doesn't scream designer, it's relatively unassuming. I'm telling myself it's an investment piece. I'm happy to have the real thing, and I'm looking forward to using it for years to come.




My two favourite images of the Alexa:

 (via hanneli)

55 comments:

  1. This bag is so beautiful it almost breaks my heart. Love it.

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  2. I actually swooned when I saw this picture on my newsfeed!
    It is a gorgeous bad, and I can see it definitely being used forever!
    Very jealous reader here right now haha!
    Please tell me it has a place in your room where you can just stare at it's gorgeousness haha!

    xoxo

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  3. Can I ask where you purchased yours? I've been trying to get a hold of one for what seems like ever!

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    1. Myer! But you can get it from Net-A-Porter as well :) http://www.net-a-porter.com/product/179316

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  4. Ahhh! So pretty! You're so lucky! xo

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  5. This is such an amazing bag and it has always been a bag that i have lusted for but haven't invested in yet. Maybe when i finally get a job and make an earning seeing that i am still a student. These designer bags are usually worth the money because of the great quality compared with fake ones. I'm so jealous of you right now and i enjoy using this beautiful bag :)

    www.beautypicknmix.blogspot.com

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  6. :D i love understated messenger bags. i prefer bags like these because they're not only functional (i love bag with a lot of rooms/compartments hehe!) and you can match it with a lot of outfits
    (i like some prints on some bags but i don't like purses with crazy designer logos that make me look like a billboard for the brand lol).

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  7. such a beautiful bag,I love it!

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  8. Oh my goodness, lucky you! It's lovely!
    S xx

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  9. oh i love these bags! so lovely :)

    xx

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  10. Ahhh I've always wanted a Mulberry satchel too! But I always defer and just get a cheapee look-a-like from H&M hahaha

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  11. That's a lovely bag! I think it'll definitely survive the test of time :)

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  12. It's so pretty. This is a classic color, and I bet you will use it for a long, long time. =D

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  13. This is my dream bag! Ah i love everything about it! The hardware, the color, the shape... love it! ^__^

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  14. I always go for the cheaper alternative but it's always nice to know that you have a good quality and also an original timeless piece of a bag.

    Right now i'm using a some sort of replica but not so quite of the Givenchy Nightingale, I'm loving it so much! The quality is amazing and I got it for $20 on ebay. Despite almost having my aunty purchase the real thing for me, but i opted not to but instead got the money for something else useful :)

    I settled for a cheaper alternative of the Balenciaga late last year, it had a good run cause I used it for Uni then now it's dead :( the zipper broke.

    I also have cheap replicas of the Chanel 2.55 & and a good quality replica LV Clutch/Satchel Denier Ebene.

    I know many people aren't fans of replicas and knockoffs and all but I like to constantly switch bags without the hefty price tag :3

    One day I hope to save up the money for a timeless bag! Hehehe

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  15. You definitely picked a beautiful, timeless hand bag. The price tag may shock some - but this bag will last you for years to come and is an effortless way to pull together an outfit. I think you made a fantastic purchase! And while replicas can easily be found...I'm not a fan of buying fake. You never know what or who you're supporting when you buy fake products.

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  16. I wish I can afford stuff like this. Haha! Most of my bags don't really stand a chance against my law school beatings. I really like the braided handle and the close-up of the stitching really shows its quality. (:

    http://jbperez4.blogspot.com/

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  17. I've had my eye on that bag as well! :)

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  18. Such a beautiful bag. Definitely has that timeless quality that you mentioned and I love that shade of brown! x

    http://wewereraisedbywolves.blogspot.co.uk/

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  19. This bag is gorgeous! It has such a classic style and goes with everything. Good purchase, girl:]

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  20. I NEED this bag! It's so beautiful and I can definitely tell you have an eye for classics! What Balenciaga bag do you own??

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    1. Just the City bag in black :) That one was a mega-splurge, still feel a bit guilty about it LOL

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  21. I've been smitten with this bag also! But unfortunately, I can't afford the steep price tag. You're so lucky you saw it on sale! This bag is timeless, the design is gorgeous, and I don't see it around often.


    -Lisa
    The Lovely Memoir

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  22. OMG OMG OMG!! So beautiful! Alexa has been my obsession for so long but I decided to spend my money on prada saffiano first over this one, just last month.
    I am still saving some money now, been eyeing the hamilton from michael kors.
    Why oh why women have to love soooooo many things from make up, bags, shoes, clothes... T.T

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    1. Oooh, I'm sure your Prada is super gorgeous :) I've not heard of the Saffiano but I just Googled it and it's beautiful. What colour did you buy?

      I know what you mean, the shopping temptations are endless, it's quite ridiculous :p Buying this Mulberry has reignited a time when I used to be much more obsessed with bags - I have quite the wishlist :)

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  23. so gorgeous! (bag envious!) what kind of balenciaga bag did you get? i've been wanting a mulberry bag lately too. how much did you get it on sale if you don't mind me asking?

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  24. oh I wish I had this bag in black:)

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  25. Lucky you! I'm SO jealous! :D

    http://www.sandra-thepuzzleofmylife.blogspot.com/

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  26. The bag is gorgeous. I am so jealous. Love it.

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  27. This bag is gorgeous, I love it. However I have become obsessed with Mulberry purses at the moment, so may have a little splurge ;)

    Charlee
    http://charmedcharlee.blogspot.com/
    xx

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  28. Ughh I've been lusting over this bag for the longest time as well! It's simple but chic and timeless - I feel like these pricey bags are well worth the money for the quality. I bought a black one last year that's really similar to the style but obviously only like 1/8 of the price and the side is starting to rip apart. I guess it's partially my fault for putting heavy books in it, but still...I didn't expect it to be like that so soon lol. Oh well. :P

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  29. It's gorgeous! Good investment piece. I like that you're having these non-makeup-related posts! It shakes things up a little. :p

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  30. Oooooh great splurge! It's a classic and you can pair it with anything!

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  31. This bag is absolutely gorgeous. It is on my wish list too, one day I might be able to afford it! xx

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  32. the bag and shoes are so nice.. :)

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  33. You lucky girl! The bag is beautiful. I would love to be able to own an Alexa but I can't justify spending so much on any handbag. Maybe in the future when I'm more well off haha :P

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  34. Ahh, such a beautiful bag. I like that the Mulberry bags have such a classic look and sometimes vintage feel, not too trendy...I nominated you for The Versatile Blogger Award, come check it out:)

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  35. It is such a gorgeous bag! And it's great that you got it at a sale too =) x

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  36. Timeless indeed! A gorgeous bag, for sure. <3

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  37. oh my gosh, I love it! Such a beautiful colour, and so classic!

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  38. i am such a fan of the alexia. i have one myself. i love your whats-in-my-bag photo as well!

    xx rae

    http://www.loveforschoolgirl.net/ <3

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  39. AGGGHHHH SO GORGEOUS <3 I want want want want this baby. Bad. x

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  40. you are so lucky to have nabbed this on sale! it's just gorgeous and I agree, definitely one of my more liked designer bags. It's classic and not decked out in some obnoxious print.

    metallicpaws.blogspot.com

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  41. BEAUTIFUL bag! Definitely understated and definitely won't go out of style anytime soon! :)

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  42. Congratulations! Its such a beautiful bag. It will last you forever, I know how much I have used my mothers old mulberry and its still in good shape! xx

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  43. You're right, it's such a timeless piece! I think I have a bag with a similar design from Miss Shop but in a much lighter brown/tan colour. :)

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  44. Congrats on getting your bag! It's gorgeous! <3

    ~ Yun

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  45. Cute pocketbook!
    xo,
    http://missmelissafashionandbeautyblog.blogspot.com/

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  46. Ahh soo beautiful! The material looks so comfy and pretty! Definitely an investment piece

    xo

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  47. Definitely timeless, agreed. I've seen satchels being the 'in' thing for so long now it's become a quick buy type of product. I too would like to invest in a really great versatile piece to be used for years to come. Great buy! :)

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  48. oh my gosh ! you've got THE bag ! i want it !

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