I leave for my study abroad trip to Tours, France in less than two weeks (!!!) and this past Friday I went shopping in Massachusetts with my mom for a few new goodies to pack with me for my month abroad. One thing that I have been wanting is a new crossbody bag, and preferably in a bright color for summertime! My favorite purses to carry are large (and heavy haha), but that won't be as practical for living and exploring abroad, so it was time for something new.
The first store that my mom and I visited was Nordstrom, which was currently having their Half-Yearly Sale (not to be confused of course with summer's Holy Grail #NSale, but still a good sale nonetheless!). I immediately was drawn to some of the cute Rebecca Minkoff Mini Macs and Mini 5 Zips that were marked down for the Half-Yearly Sale. All of those bags were bright in color, small in size, and seemed to be just what I was looking for. Everything I was looking for except in price that is. While they were all on sale, they are still pricey purses, and it would have taken just about my whole paycheck from my first week back at my summer job to get one!
Luckily I took a few minutes to think about it, and happened to walk in Forever 21 in the meantime. Imagine my shock when I found almost the identical bag!! It was almost the same color, had the same amount of zippers, and the same gold colored chain. The only difference? It was over $170 cheaper!!
I am all for splurging on designer handbags from time to time. My "everyday bag" which has been in many a blog post is Michael Kors, and I pair it always with my favorite Kate Spade wallet. I also have a vintage Chanel crossbody from my mom (a gift from my grandma to her several years ago which is now mine!!), and someday once I am in the working world I hope to treat myself to my own Chanel purse! But currently, I am about to be headed to study abroad for a few weeks, and most of my paychecks need to be directed towards saving for that! So in this case, the Save won over the Splurge. :-) I am so excited about my new crossbody from Forever 21! (Yet sadly I guess it still didn't save my wallet that much money because I practically ended up buying out all of Forever 21... #oops. But that's another story!)
Which of the two bags is your favorite?
xoxo Miss ALK