A “Feel Good” Haul

Every once in a while, I like to treat myself to some lovely things. Now I know materialism isn’t the key to happiness, but sometimes, it’s okay to indulge. We all work hard, so we definitely deserve something nice. Personally, luxurious hauls are amongst my favorite types of blog posts to read, as well as Youtube videos to watch. Perhaps it is just me being a typical Taurus (lol), but I simply love high-end and beautiful things. Read on to find out more about my buys.

Alexander Wang Diego Bag

I purchased this bag second-hand NWT (new with tags) from Poshmark. Funny story is that I thought it was fake when I received it because it only has 69 studs on the bottom, whereas the one listed on Bergdorf Goodman has 77. So I contacted Poshmark customer service to have it authenticated. In the meantime, I did my own research on purse forums. By the end of the day, I knew so much about fake vs. real Alexander Wang bags that I debated going into a new line of work (just kidding). I even found a genuine bag with the same number of studs as mine, so my worries were assuaged at least a bit. Eventually the Poshmark team reached out to me, confirming my own findings that this bag was indeed… real! Thus, a happy ending for me and this stunning bag.

As to the reason why I purchased it, I’ve wanted this bag ever since I saw Vanessa Hudgens carrying it in a paparazzi photo way back when. I was a fan of hers during her High School Musical days, okay? Haha! In any case, I had thought this particular bag was edgy, but also effortless, so I’d be able to style it with many types of outfits. When I saw this bag on Poshmark while on my late-night internet window shopping sessions, I just knew I had to snatch it up.

Overall, the Diego is beautiful, durable, and I can stuff it with everything but the kitchen sink. However, as a word of caution, it is heavy. Very heavy. Probably due to all the studs on the bottom. I don’t think I’d be able to wear it on days I’m on my feet a lot or have much walking to do, for fear of injuring my shoulder. Despite that, I still love it and can’t wait to wear it out once we can actually go outside.

Bag Specifications:

  • Washed Italian lambskin with aged gold hardware.
  • Top handle gathers top; 5″ drop.
  • Buckle details adjust crossbody strap, 16″ drop.
  • Studded belt loops accentuate full-length pockets on front and back.
  • Interior, one zip pocket; nylon lining.
  • 14″H x 12″W x 9″D; weighs 3lb. 12oz.

Diptyque Do Son Eau de Toilette

Diptyque creates the most heady scents. I own a few of their candles and a room spray, therefore I can attest to how exquisite and incredible the aromas are. The candles need not even need to be lit to make my entire living room small wonderful. One of the things I appreciate about Diptyque fragrances – besides their obviously stunning packaging – is that the products don’t give me massive headaches or allergies. This is unfortunately a recurring issue I have with many other perfumes, so I’m very selective about what scent I wear. I also find the scents to be quite robust and rich, without the artificial undertones of alcohol.

Anyway, let’s move onto this perfume – Do Son. I purchased this on Rue La La, since it’s cheaper there and I also had some store credits to use up. The scent description really drew me in, “tuberose, orange blossom, and jasmine”. Though I never smelled this in person, I took a gamble and ordered it since Diptyque never disappointed me thus far. When it arrived, I was blown away by the fragrance. It smells very much like jasmine with a hint of musk, and the aroma lasts the whole day! All in all I am very impressed and I recommend this for anyone who likes rich floral perfumes.

Where to Purchase

Self-Portrait Ruffled Broderie Anglaise Mini Dress

Self-Portrait was established in September 2013 by Han Chong. The brand showcases feminine silhouettes and high-quality fabrics. I’ve seen this brand being worn by many Western celebrities, as well as Korean pop idols. They cost a pretty penny, however, so I couldn’t justify spending so much on a single dress. Then I discovered the brand on TheRealReal. Suddenly the dream became attainable (lol)!

Isn’t the lace stunning?

So I bought this white ruffled broderie anglaise mini dress NWT for an absolute bargain. I remember seeing one of my favorite bloggers/Youtubers – Lily-like – wearing this dress in a photoshoot, and I had loved how she styled it. Unfortunately, I had no idea where to purchase it since it was completely sold out at the time. Lo and behold! I found it on TheRealReal (once again during my late-night internet window shopping sessions).

This dress is absolutely beautiful, and the quality of the fabric is amazing. It’s quite heavy and well-made. Plus it has pockets!(!) The cut-out details are tasteful but sultry simultaneously. It is the quintessential summer dress. I feel like cost-per-wear is completely justified as I can see myself wearing this out quite a bit. Since it is an eye-catcher all by itself, I think minimal accessories and shoes would suffice.

A note about Self-Portrait dresses – they tend to run small since they follow a more Asian standard of sizing, especially in the bust and waist. I recommend sizing up from your usual size (perhaps even two sizes if desired). This particular dress has zero-stretch and is form-fitting to the torso. I am normally a size 6 US for dresses, and I bought this in a size 8 US. It fits like a glove.

I am sure you would be able to find this dress and others like it on TheRealReal, and even Poshmark. Ever since social-distancing started, I’ve been learning a great deal about consignment shopping. It is a more sustainable way to shop – that’s for sure!

Well, now I conclude this post. I hope you enjoyed reading about my little shopping episodes. What have you indulged in lately? Let me know in the comments down below.

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