Thursday, November 15, 2018

My Most Expensive Purchase - Was It Worth It?

What's the most money you would ever spend on a single item? $200? $500? $1,000+?

Everyone has their own comfort level, and I always thought I was solidly in the $300 max range. For the most part (as you can tell from my budget posts), my clothing items are typically in the under $50 to under $100 range, but I'm willing to spend more on shoes, bags, and coats. $300 is really where I hit my max, and I very, very rarely get that high.

Until I bought my Tory Burch bag.

I love, love, love this thing, and it's probably the item that gets the most comments and questions when I'm out and about. So I thought I'd answer some of the most common for you in case you're considering splurging on a bag this holiday season!

Is it worth the full price? 

I actually paid for the majority of the bag with a combo of gift cards, which is really how I could stomach spending so much. But, having carried it regularly for almost two years now, I can say resoundingly that yes, it's definitely worth the price. The bag is still in beautiful condition, the leather is so much higher quality than anything else I've owned, and thanks to the versatility of the style I picked I carry it all the time. It doesn't get as much use in summer, but I wear it with daily casual styles as well as to weddings and parties, and the convertible strap means I can wear it two different ways.

I've owned a lot of lower quality bags, and really they don't hold up nearly as well. They typically end up looking beat up quickly, or start to fall apart. I always thought there couldn't be that big of a difference in a more expensive bag, but there really is!

I also like to think about the cost-per-wear. Since the style is so versatile, I wear it almost daily during the fall and winter, as well as sporadically during the spring and summer. With how much use I've gotten out of it, we're definitely down to it being less than $1 per wear! Much better than the $50 bags I only use a couple of times!!

How is it holding up? 

Like I said, it still is in amazing shape. I was a little worried and babied it at first since some of the reviews online said that the soft leather scratched easily. But honestly, I haven't had any issues, and I'm pretty hard on my bags! The only wear and tear has been a little bit of wearing around the bottom corners, which really is only noticeable to me. The chain and strap have also held up amazingly well, especially considering that I have owned similar style convertible bags in the past, and the chain always ended up falling apart.

Something that helped this bag stay looking new and beautiful is the color. If you're considering an expensive bag, I would definitely recommend getting a dark color so that the color of your jeans doesn't stain it! Remember this beautiful bag I bought a couple years ago? Yep, literally the first day I wore it the back started turning blue, and I haven't been able to figure out how to get the stain to go away!

Is it big enough? 

I stuff this thing full, I carry it almost every day in the fall and winter and usually have my iPad mini and/or my big camera in there! It's deceptively large inside. Now, to be fair, a couple of years ago I did stop carrying my full-size wallet on the reg, which definitely helps. I just carry the cards I need in a little card holder like this, which takes up way less space. The bag also has a little magnetic pocket in the back where I usually keep both of my phones, which helps with interior space too.

How did you decide on the style? 

Like I said earlier, I've previously owned similar style bags that convert from shoulder to cross-body, and I loved the convenience of being able to switch styles without swapping out my bag. I also have always wanted a quilted Chanel bag, and I love that the quilting on this bag as well as the chain are reminiscent of Chanel. The style really is timeless and I know I'll have it forever. If you're going to spend so much on a bag, you don't want to get something super trendy that will go out of style quickly!

So now that I've dished, I'm curious to hear how much you're willing to spend on a single item! Are you in the designer camp? Or do you prefer to keep your pieces budget-friendly?

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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Nursery Design

One of the first things I started thinking about when we found out that we're having a girl (after I finished going down the Instagram ad rabbit hole of cute baby girl clothing!) was what we would do for the nursery. We live in a three bedroom condo, with a master and two smaller bedrooms on the lower level, one of which is Jeff's office and one of which is my office/craft room/the guest room. Even though on paper it sounds like Jeff would be the one to lose his space, basically as soon as we moved in we decided that my room would be the one that would be converted when we had kids. Mostly because Jeff is actually in his office working every day, and I use my space mainly for laying sweaters flat to dry and work from the living room couch instead ;)

We actually are going to try keeping the nursery as the guest space also. We very rarely host overnight guests since both of our families live nearby (I'm talking four people ever) and have a pullout couch which is going to stay in the room. I also already have a neutral rug (very similar to what's pictured below) that was incredibly cheap that we'll keep in there until it gets gross.

Call me crazy, but we aren't getting a glider or rocker. I know, I know. I guess we'll really see once the room is finally pulled together, but we just don't have the space in the baby's room for another piece. The couch (with a comfy ottoman/poof) will have to function in place of one in the baby's room, and we have a chair that rocks in our living room. What I've heard from other moms is that since the baby won't be sleeping in the nursery at first anyway, it's not as important to have a rocker/glider in the baby's room as long as we have one somewhere else. Worse comes to worse, if we realize OMG THIS ISN'T WORKING once the baby gets here, we'll order one then - I like that this one converts into a regular chair!

The crib and dresser you see below are what we already ordered, and some very nice delivery men came and assembled them last week! I was going to wait to order them, but they were both on an amazing sale so I thought I'd just snag them while I could. We also ordered the crib conversion kit.

So here you have it, all of the blush and neutrals!

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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Holiday Style Ideas

I know I've mentioned it before, but festive holiday clothes are my favorites to shop for. Everything is just so fun! When it comes to shopping for holiday clothes, I love anything plaid, but I also like to mix in anything red, leather or velvet, metallic, or fun holiday designs. Here's a few items on my wish list:

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Monday, November 12, 2018

Camel Stripes

Sweater - LOFT / Tee - J.Crew Factory / Maternity Leggings - Blanqi / Flats - Sam Edelman / Bag - Tory Burch / Necklace - Stella & Dot

I told you guys I was coming up with a "pregnancy uniform" right? Well this is mainly what I've been wearing lately - a tee, leggings, and a cardigan. It's easy yet still looks really pulled together, is comfortable, and will grow with me through the end of February, when I can only assume I will be the size of a small whale. Plus, this cute striped cardigan will fit post-pregnancy too. I'm all about the camel lately, paired with black and white it looks so sophisticated! It's really pretty for fall, but it's also one of those colors you can really wear year-round. 

As far as how the pregnancy is going, well, it's a little harder to hide the bump these days!! Apparently my baby is the size of a cantaloupe, which frankly sounds bigger to me than most newborns haha. I really have hit the sweet spot of pregnancy though, I'm feeling kicks now which is fun but they aren't so strong that they really bother me yet, and the only real issue I'm dealing with is waking up a lot in the middle of the night to get comfortable. Oh and I'm also weirdly hoping I get pregnancy cravings - not just so that I can send Jeff out at night to find me something random, but because it seems like one of those rites of passage. Fingers crossed that things stay this good and easy!

Sweater - LOFT / Tee - J.Crew Factory / Maternity Leggings - Blanqi / Flats - Sam Edelman / Bag - Tory Burch / Necklace - Stella & Dot

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Friday, November 9, 2018

Friday Finds

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Thursday, November 8, 2018

Hawaii Bound!

This morning we're flying off to Hawaii!! So excited for some R&R and drinking all of the (virgin) strawberry daiquiris and making Jeff dig a hole in the sand for me to put my pregnant belly in!!

I did manage to schedule some posts for while I'm out, so be sure to check back for new content. You can also follow along in real-time by following me on Instagram (@kristinadoes)!! See you soon!

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Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Two Thanksgiving Outfit Ideas

Do you dress up for Thanksgiving, or is it more of a casual holiday for your family? I would say that my family wavers between totally casual and a little festive. I can't quite imagine having to go to a Thanksgiving where you needed to really dress up, you really need some space for a little turkey baby belly!

Last year we managed to schedule just one, quiet Thanksgiving for ourselves, but that won't be the case for 2018! We're planning to drive out west for Jeff's dad's family Thanksgiving in the morning where there are usually at least 15 people present between all of Jeff's aunts, uncles and cousins, and where one uncle usually "carves" the steaming hot turkey with his hands instead of a knife! Then we'll head up north to my parents' house to hopefully catch a little football (for Jeff) and a nap (for me) before we go to my grandma's house, where it should already be completely decked out for Christmas and we're expecting at least 20 of my extended family. Phew, I'm tired just thinking about it, but also excited for two servings of mashed potatoes in one day ;)

I'll probably be sticking with my pregnancy uniform of a cardigan and leggings for all of the eating and travel, but here are two outfit ideas for Thanksgiving in case you're looking for some inspiration.

Festive Thanksgiving: Sweater / Scarf / Skirt / Heels / Bag 

Casual Thanksgiving: Sweatshirt / Necklace / Bag / Booties / Jeans

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