Bless These Bags – Serious Bag Shopping, Alexander Wang/Kate Spade

Honestly, today was the FIRST TIME EVER Mom and I have gone serious bag shopping together, today was for my bag.  Mom got hers first yesterday at Homme et Femme, Shangrila Mall and out of the blue she wanted to treat me.  So let’s begin waxing bag poetic with Mom’s more-than-meets-the-eye Alexander Wang laser-cut Rocco duffel.  It comes in a shade called “parchment” which is a soft, almost white gray with a touch of beige warmth.

Alexander Wang Laser Cut Rocco

“Laser cut leather top zip duffel bag with rolled top handles, aged nickel-tone hardware and rivets at base. Adjustable notch closure along shoulder strap. Fabric lined interior with zipper pocket, two organizational pockets and outer hidden zip pockets. 9.25\” height x 13.5\” width x 9.25\” depth 4\” handle drop, 15\” strap drop Imported Available in Parchment (color) ” – info via Net-A-Porter

It looks plain enough when you first see it, but what is mind-blowing about the AW Rocco is the texture.  It’s an exceedingly roomy leather bag laser-cut with uniform micro shredding.  It’s a bit addictive running your fingertips back and forth across it.  What you get is a velvety texture almost like suede but with more body and the sudden ambush of studs underneath (like terracotta warriors) is like the most unexpected come-on ever, don’t you think?  It’s clear why Mom zeroed in on this one like a heat-seeking missile.  Now, for the Kate Spade procession and what I got.  Read more to see what I chose from the Kate Spade boutique in Greenbelt 3.

These were a few bags I narrowed down for selection, my mission, which I chose to accept, was to choose one…

Eeny, Meeny, Miny…MOE.

Kate Spade NY Goldcoast MaryAnne

” Natural pebbled cowhide, Dimensions: 15″(W) x 11″(h) x 5.5″(D) with chain-embellished handles with 8.5″ drop, tab snap closure and 14-karat light gold hardware, center zip divider pocket; inside zip, cellphone and multi-function pockets.  In the shade: Flo Coral.” – info via

Now, I ended up getting this beautiful fluro-coral one which is spacious and so easy and comfy to sling over the shoulder but I actually had a REALLY, REALLY difficult time choosing between this lovely bright bag in particular and another one that was equally adorable but very, very different and kinda too “boxy” in the end.  The Ruby Street Bow striped Kennedy Bag had me torn in two, which after a long look kind of leaned towards “baby bag” in terms of structure.  That other striped sweetheart was still easily my second best choice but in terms of comfort and size this Goldcoast MaryAnne in Flo-Coral won me over.  And hey, it was lovely to be treated to a special bag like this by Mom, unexpectedly sweet is what she is, she still surprises me before 30…oh and speaking of surprises…

…it was a nice surprise as well to have been given this freebie…a couple of polka-dotted Kate Spade nail wraps which YOU CAN’T purchase over the counter.  Sure, oh, yes, you know what’s up next…

Kate Spade Polka Dot Nail Appliques - Dotted Perfection without the Drying Time
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