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Thursday, August 3, 2017

My 85% off Altuzarra Birthday Bag



It's been a while since I've really treated myself, so for my 43rd birthday, I decided to take home something special from the Altuzarra sample sale. Most of you know how thrifty I am so it's rare I splurge on a single purchase. I walked into the Altuzarra sale a couple weeks ago and I made a beeline for this bag. I was hoping for something similar in brown but alas my search is still on for the perfect brown bag. It feels pretty similar to the Chloe I was lusting after but I'm happy to share that this bag is actually MUCH lighter - and it was cheaper than any similar designer bag I coveted. The funny thing is that I have a few inexpensive Rebecca Minkoff knockoffs that I didn't even realize were inspired by my Ghianda bullrope saddle bag. That said, I like this one waaaay more than any of those.

When deciding at the showroom I tried googling the bag but only ever found the studded version on the runway. I asked the employees and they told me the plain version was almost $3,000 - this one retailed for much more. And then I felt much better about taking it home with me.





It's a hard bag to style for summer but I needed to take it for a spin. I packed it up for the last day of the Bottega Veneta sample sale (they promised huge markdowns but failed to deliver) - and paired it with my white embroidered midi dress from last year and a pair of my $20 L.K. Bennett sample sale steals (you can read more about that epic sale here). Ideally I'd like a pair of black espadrilles to wear with it. I found a pair at the Zara sale but the sizes were mismatched. Ugh.





Head to toe:
  • Sunglasses: Posey bifocal sun reader, Readers.com, C/O (RV $17.95)
  • Dress: Zaful, c/o (previously seen here)
  • Bag: Altuzarra, sample sale, $500 (RV $3,000+)
  • Shoes: L.K. Bennett Summer Sandals, sample sale, $20 (RV $545!)




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Thank you Belle, @LittleFashionStylist for this round of pictures. I was so cranky from the heat and the disappointment at Bottega that I almost didn't shoot - but then I saw this little spot by the Union Square Café and needed to stop.

In addition to the Fivestory sale I mentioned in my previous post (don't miss it!) a couple other sales popped up on my radar. The Mahna Mahna showroom sale is back (lots of second-hand treasures) as well as Sachin & Babi - promising prices ranging between $40 to $75! On the Zara front, they had another markdown and now everything on sale is $29.99 or less. Keep checking for returns but I'm really waiting for the next markdown where everything is $19.99 or less!!

Sachin & Babi
August 14-16, 9-6
132 West 36th Street, 9th Fl

Mahna Mahna Showroom
August 22-25, 11-6
134 Spring St, #304

Lastly, anyone else watching A Handmaid's Tale? How did I never read the book? OMG I'm dying to binge it on Hulu but I'm trying to get other stuff done LOL. Is there anything on Amazon or Netflix that I need to watch right now? I feel like I've watched everything - which is why I was excited to discover A Handmaid's Tale.

Happy shopping (and binge watching)!

XO
Michelle








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  1. First of all, happy belated birthday babe! You look FAB!!
    Love this whole look, and you got such a good deal for this bag! You are seriously the best at finding deals!
    Also, love how you styled it for Summer, and I'm sure you'll have so much fun styling it for Fall and Winter!
    Have a great weekend babe!
    XO
    Aimara
    www.waysofstyle.com

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    1. Aww thank you! And yeah, I'm looking forward to wearing my bag this Fall for sure!

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  2. Happy birthday to you! What a fab bday gift to yourself in getting this studded bag! It's an amazing piece and even better price and perfect for the upcoming fall. I think it is also a great bag for summer during festival season because of the fringe tassels. This embroidered dress is so cute for summer too. It looks cool and flowy. Sorry that the Bottega sale wasn't all that, but at least you found this darling cafe! Xoxo, Christine
    http://dailykongfidence.com/

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    1. Thank you Christine! It is very festival...not that I go to any LOL :)

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  3. Happy belated birthday!!
    You don't look a day over 30!
    I am so happy that you decided to splurge on this gorgeous unique bag!
    I love the stud details and it's roughness!
    You styled it perfectly with this embroidered dress and cute shoes!
    Xo
    Britta

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  4. That bag is soooo gorgeous and so YOU! You definitely needed to splurge! SO worth it!

    http://asequinloveaffair.com

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    1. Thanks Shira! I was overdue for something special :)

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  5. 85% off? What a bargain!! Girl you are great at hunting good bargains. secondly, happy belated birthday. Hope you've had a great one with your family!!! love this outfit of soho touch!! Great summer vibes!

    xx, Jessie
    http://4evajessie.com/reviv-hk/

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    1. Yep! Typically I need 90% off to consider something but I really neeeeeeded this one LOL

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  6. Happy birthday, gorgeous! Such a coo, gift you've made for yourself! This bad is a great deal, 85% off, just wow.
    I like how you have styled this dress with the shoes, they really match each other.

    http://lanaluu.com

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  7. What a bargain! I can't believe you got that bag at such a discount!! Good work. And lets talk about those heels!!! OMG - they are stunning. I love a statement shoe. Thanks for sharing babe. J. x

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  8. Happy birthday to you dear! You look so fab and wow what a gift! You simply rock carrying that studded bag with huge tassels around and got it for less too ;) I've never heard of A Handmaid's Tale.. Is it a great movie though?

    xx Aldora
    https://AldoraMuses.com

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    1. It's a book and a Hulu series - it's soooo good!

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  9. Ok first of all I am absolutely jealous! That is a MAJOR steal. Remind me to hit you up whenever I head back east! Haha. Happy Birthday by the way. Loving how you styled your birthday bag. You can never go wrong with black! or Altuzarra for that matter :)

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  10. This is amazing! Such a cute style overall. I'm in love with that beautiful dress. I love the way if fits and the patter it has, makes the whole look stand out more. Also I can't believe that bag was 85% off, such a wonderful deal. You look really gorgeous, I loveee it. Also happy birthday!!

    Vanessa
    http:/:thefashionstatement.net

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    1. Thanks - I actually don't love the fit but with heels I can make it work. It's just too much material.

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  11. Oh wow $500 is ridiculous and such a bargain!! I wish Australia had sample sales like that! I absolutely hate it when brands advertise and cause such a hype around their sales but you get there and everything is only 20% off!!

    Helen xx
    http://helenchik.com

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    1. It's more than I would have liked to have spent but not every sale is gonna have $5000 bags for $100. And I needed it LOL

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  12. What??? 43? Seriously? I thought you're about 30+! Wow! You look really amazing! Happy birthday!!! Stay young and beautiful! I've always loved your style, it's so bright and eclectic. And this dress together with the shoes makes the perfect summer look. This wonderful back however adds even more boldness to the look and make it so damn good!

    Cheers, Eliza | www.fashion-confession.com

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  13. Happy Birthday Darling:)
    You look 30 lol:)
    The White Dress is just sooo Gorgeous and those Heels, I am in Love :) I think I saw already on you:)
    That Bag is A Gem:) So Classy:)

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    1. Thanks - and yeah, other than the bag I've shared it all before :)

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  14. Happy Birthday beautiful!! I can't believe you are 43, you look 3o! This Altuzarra bag is such a great find and you definitely struck gold with this one and don't even get me started on those shoes!!!

    xo Sheree
    PoshClassyMom.com

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    1. LOL I did get lucky! I would have like the bag to be a little less but sometimes you gotta just go for it!

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  15. Happy belated birthday! You seriously look 15 years younger than you actually are! This Altuzzara bag was a fantastic choice- I adore the fringes and the studs- its such a unique piece.

    Rachel xx
    http://www.thedailyluxe.net

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  16. Happy belated birthday darling! I hope you had an amazing celebration and even a better year ahead. You sure look amazing and that bag is a must have! I like how you've styled your whole look. And the price for this bag is such a bargain! thanks for sharing.

    xx, Maryam
    www.glamandposh.com

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  17. Happy late birthday! 43 never looked so good! I am obsessed with this Altuzarra bag! You always find the best steals! It is a great transition piece, and looks amazing with your embroidered dress.

    Thank you for sharing!

    XO
    Tandya
    www.simplytandya.com

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  18. Wow happy late Birthday to you! You look really awesome! This outfit is so stylish and I love these feminine vibes! Love how you paired this dress and shoes – so bright and chic!

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  19. Man, I wouldn't ever believe you that you are 43 years old. IU truly appreciate you that you feel so confident about your age. You look fantastic! Happy Birthday, beauty! I wish you all the best in blogging career and in your private life. I actually never treated myself for my birthday, but you inspired me to do it this year, since I am turning 30. I love all your latest outfits, very bright and youthful!

    http://www.queenhorsfall.com

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    1. I never did until I had kids. That's when you need to make an effort to take the time to do things for you - not just them. And thank you :)

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  20. Happy bday beautiful!!! Everyone deserves to treat themselves everyday but more specially on their b-days so good for you!! I have to say I love your Altuzarra bag and you make a great choice. Love the color and the fringe details and how you stylet with this boho look. I would love to go to a sample sale on day!! Have been in one for ages.

    xoxo
    Marcy

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