A Hollywood Icon: Elizabeth Taylor

“It is strange that the years teach us patience; that the shorter our time, the greater our capacity for waiting.” -Elizabeth Taylor

A great beauty who possessed all the glamour that Old Hollywood was, Elizabeth Taylor passed away at the age of 79 last night from congestive heart failure. One of the greatest actresses of her time, Elizabeth Taylor was named seventh on its Female Legends list by the American Film Institute.

In a society where not many mutations are glamorized, Taylor was born with a mutation that caused double rows of eyelashes, which enhanced her appearance on camera. She was encouraged to act because of this mutation.

Perhaps known to later generations as one of the first celebrities to endorse a fragrance, Taylor was the face and voice of White Diamonds perfume. Taylor will be forever known for her obsession with diamonds and other jewelry saying, as well as her multiple marriages (eight of them!), “My mother says I didn’t open my eyes for eight days after I was born, but when I did, the first thing I saw was an engagement ring. I was hooked.”

“In November 2004, Taylor announced that she had been diagnosed with congestive heart failure, a progressive condition in which the heart is too weak to pump sufficient blood throughout the body, particularly to the lower extremities: the ankles and feet. She broke her back five times, had both her hips replaced, survived a benign brain tumor operation and skin cancer, and faced life-threatening bouts with pneumonia twice. Towards the end of her life she was reclusive and sometimes failed to make scheduled appearances due to illness or other personal reasons. She used a wheelchair and when asked about it stated that she had osteoporosis and was born with scoliosis.” (Source: Wikipedia)

Of all the the greatness that she was, Taylor still had a bit of excitement for other celebrities. Her last tweet from her verified Twitter account on February 9th (@DameElizabeth) read, “My interview in Bazaar with Kim Kardashian came out!!! http://j.mp/eqQsGa“. And if you’re looking for any unaccounted Taylor quotes, her Twitter account is definitely the place to find them in her last months alive, “Every breath you take today should be with someone else in mind. I love you.” and “You are who you are. All you can do in this world is help others to be who they are and better themselves and those around them.”

And on July 22, 2010 she wrote in 2 tweets, “No one is going to play Elizabeth Taylor, but Elizabeth Taylor herself. Not at least until I’m dead, and at the moment I’m having too much fun being alive…and I plan on staying that way. Happiness to all.”

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Spring Tie-Dyed Cupcakes

I’m not going to lie to you: on the outside, these are undoubtedly the ugliest cupcakes I’ve ever made…but on the inside, they’re really pretty…and most importantly: they’re delicious!

Inspired by BLDG 25, Free People’s blog, I created these superfab tie-dyed cupcakes, just in time for spring today (and we’ll try to pretend there isn’t snow in the forecast for NYC).

Tie-Dyed Treats

Except, that I was a little overzealous. Their recipe says to use a yellow cake mix from a box and of course, I am an expert cupcake baker, why would I ever use a box?! Instead I used this recipe and I tried to halve it, because I’m going to visit my parents in a few days, and I have no use for 24 cupcakes.

I created the recipe to a “T” and then divided the batter up to color it. I filled each color on top of an another until the cupcake tins were about 3/4 full.

Here’s the hitch: I only had the tin cupcake cups to bake in, and no actually muffin tin, because apparently it’s at my roommate’s boyfriend’s apartment.

So this new recipe, spread width-wise in the oven as much as it could, and then upwards…rising much higher than expected and overflowing the edges of the cups, therefore, making these the ugliest-on-the-outside cupcakes!

I used a homemade tie-dyed buttercream to match…which also ugly-ifed as I frosted. I just used one stick of butter to 16 ounces of confectioner’s sugar and blended them with an electric mixer. I added a few drops of each color of food dye and only mixed them in a little, since I didn’t want the frosting to turn brown…but once I put it in a bag to pipe it on, it all mixed together.

But the insides of the cupcakes are BEAUTIFUL! And perfect for spring…

Happy Spring!

xox,

E

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A Few of My Favorite Things

What a weekend it’s been! From standing in line with over a thousand people to audition for Rent off-Broadway on Friday (and it was 70 degrees!), to my trip to the Short Hills Mall in New Jersey being foiled by some power outages on the NJ transit trains yesterday, to not leaving my apartment today until 4pm. When I finally did leave my apartment, I needed a coffee and some groceries. I never anticipated how difficult it would be to find baking liners (you know, for cupcakes?) in New York City. They’ve always been something I’ve just kept on hand when I lived with my parents, lived in Pennsylvania and even in my old apartment in Harlem, because it’s no secret that I love cupcakes!

Well, two grocery stores and one drugstore later (I can’t travel much further on foot with my still-a-mystery-how injured foot), I am cupcake baking liner-less. I just ordered them online and hopefully they’ll arrive in the next hour or so, because I want to bake some spring goodies!

Speaking of spring goodies, there are a couple of spring-ish things currently making me happy this weekend…

 

This daffodil plant I picked up at Trader Joe's seems to have quite a sunny disposition. It's been sunny and warmer in NYC this week ever since I brought it ho

I picked up these fun, vintage rainbow-colored, drop earrings from my friends at Estate Jewels at the Brooklyn Flea. When they didn't sell last weekend, I knew it was meant to be! I can't wait to work them into my spring wardrobe.

 

My dark-colored glittery nails may seem like the opposite of "spring" but they've dazzled compliments left and right! A gifted bottle of Milani #522 Silver Dazzle (you can get it for $4.99 at CVS!)

 

 

 

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Designer Spotlight: Jac Vanek (+ a giveaway!)

That's Jac, starring in her own lookbook!

A few months ago I had the great pleasure of meeting up and coming designer Jac Vanek. When I walked into a room full of tongue-in-cheek t-shirts, I had no idea how bubbly Jac would be!

Jac's latest design, never behind the trend curve! $24.00

 

After learning a little more about her, I learned that she until she attended her first concert solo, Sugarcult, Finch, and Something Corporate playing at her local mall in Orange County, CA, Jac was a pink-loving, popular cheerleader, who no one would’ve normally pictured in that music scene. After convincing her parents to let her attend without supervision, Jac decided that her one true love was in the music business and after working a variety of music-industry jobs that included writing, freelance graphic design and photography, she found her inspiration to create.

Jac's designs (literally) speak for themselves

Jac made her first bracelet and made a few copies for friends that just said one word, “Ruthless”. As the buzz began to grow, so did the demand on the music scene for her bracelets. With the great success of this one bracelet, Jac has now created over 50 different designs on bracelets, t-shirts and jewelry. She’s worked with tons of celebs–everyone from Miley Cyrus to the guys of Cobra Starship–and was a huge influence in the NOH8 campaign. She’s worked with PETA2, Open Our Eyes and Invisible Children. Plus, check out everyone wearing her!

From walking into her room at the Ace Hotel, I instantly knew I wanted to be part of Jac’s success because her designs say things that most graphic tees and bracelets don’t say. They actually said things I wanted to wear, not corny things or clichés like most of the stuff on the market. So…here I am, telling you all about her, because I think you’ll want to wear them too!

Jac’s designs are available online in her store, were recently picked up by Bloomingdales and are available in boutiques across the country…find one near you!

She’s also got a pretty cool Twitter account with over 65,000 followers. (I’m still trying to figure out how she managed that!) When I asked her how she had that many followers she giggled and said, “Honestly? I just don’t know. But it’s cool!”

Jac’s tees, bracelets and jewelry are totally affordable, which is awesome, but free is always better. Which is why….you’re in luck:

I’ve got not one, but TWO prizes to giveaway!

The 1st: a “Believe In Something” t-shirt with a “Believe” bracelet

The 2nd: a “Sorry for Partying” tank top with a “Glamorous” bracelet

How to win? Leave a comment and tell me which one you want to win! It’s that simple. I’ll pick two winners (from a hat) on March 31, 2010.

Really want to win? Promote the contest on your Twitter and/or Facebook! If you post on Twitter make sure you copy me @erikasaprincess and if you promote on Facebook tag @Shoes Shirts & Other Sh!t (you have to be a fan) so I get your extra entries!

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NYC Milestones

I still can’t believe I live in New York City.

Some of us transplants still have our moments. Mine was on the 4 train today when the standard message came over the intercom, “This is a message from the New York City Police Department,” I hear it every day, it’s not unusual in any way. But today it I heard it around 7pm on my way back from downtown (my first-ever trip to Century 21, embarrassing, I know) and it struck me, “I live in New York City!” I wanted to squeal it out as I sat on the quiet train, but kept my mouth shut so they wouldn’t have officers waiting to escort me to Bellevue when I stepped off.

It’s been over a year and for the ten years or so I dreamed of living here, I never thought I’d actually move here. I live here. Sometimes I forget that I live in NYC because I get lost in the places I only go to every day–my apartment, my school, my office building, “my” Starbucks, “my” bagel place…you get the point… occasionally you lose how massive and amazing this city actually is and I remembered it today, for some reason.

A year ago today, to the date, I was attending my first beauty event for The Makeup Girl. I remember it because I was so excited–I got dressed up and I showered and primped–and was totally, totally late–but I met some amazing gals that night!

So that’s #1: the 1-year anniversary of my first beauty blogger event.

#2 I spit out subway directions as if I’ve lived here my whole life. Today, a woman attempted to stop me during rush hour in the middle of Grand Central…I only half listened to her–she wanted to know how to get the NQR trains… “Take the 7 or the Shuttle to Times Square transfer there,” I yelled as I ran down the stairs to catch my train. I didn’t even have to think about it or consult a map. Not rocket science, but I do it for people who are clueless all the time. I was that person once.

#3 I drove here for the first time a few weeks ago. No, like, I drove in the city. I brought my car in one day when I had to leave and go back to MA the next day and I drove in midtown. 51 blocks into midtown, to be exact. All the way across 14th street to 10th avenue and then up to 59th. (I say 51 blocks, because I actually drove up to 65th to find a parking lot). And it wasn’t scary. I thought I’d be petrified and get into an accident and freak out. But it was totally fine and it felt a hell-of-a lot safer than a cab ride.

#4 I’ve discovered this: When all else fails: Walk. Sure, it’s a big city, but sometimes the subway and the bus are just too damn crowded. So I walk…leisurely to where ever I need to go…even when my feet hurt. I used to do it all the time before I lived here–just wander around– because I had no idea where I was going. But now I wander with the purpose of eventually getting to my destination, while discovering things I wouldn’t have seen on the bus or train. It’s amazing what you can find–things you’ve passed a million times and never noticed before.

#5 I’ve found “my” spots. The gay Starbucks barista on 1st avenue calls me “babe” and asks if I’m getting my “usual”. I can walk from my apartment to there in 4 minutes flat. All six different baristas that work the 3 days I’m at the office at the one in my office building know my order. My bagel spot (Bagel Boss on 1st avenue) greets me with “How are you?” Instead of “what can I get you?” now. I even see the same police officers at the train stations, and the same drivers on the bus who greet me differently than when I was just a face in a crowd. I love feeling like I’m part of the “in” crowd in NYC.

Just the other day, a classmate said to me, “it’s so cool that you live in the city,” and I said, “but you live in Brooklyn don’t you?” and she said, “yeah, but it’s not the same thing. I’ve lived in Brooklyn my whole life. It’s not Manhattan.”

And today, just like it occasionally does– it hit me: it is really freakin’ cool that I live here.

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A Few of My Favorite Things

I had such a relaxing weekend, just doing things that I wanted to do and nothing else. Yesterday, I hit the Brooklyn Flea for the first time in almost a year (and if you go back in my posts about a year, you should find me gushing about how great it is! I used to go more often when I lived in Harlem than I go now, living in the East Village, which is pathetic) and last night I stayed up late watching musicals on film in bed. I watched the 1950’s cast of 7 Brides for 7 Brothers. I totally want to play Millie someday! Besides my irrational break-out into full-body hives (I have remnants on my face, of all places) I’d call the weekend a success and there are a few things currently keeping me happy (but 1 in particular that’s probably annoying my neighbors. Guess which one!)

The 1987 Cast Recording of Anything Goes after seeing the 2011 Broadway revival Last Thursday

My gorgeous new mixed chain and pearl necklace that I scored from my new friends at Estate Jewels at the Brooklyn Flea! (Clicking on this will take you to their Facebook page)

Gorgeous vintage 1950's-era marquis cut studs I scored at the Antiques Garage in Chelsea

The manicure I keep touching up. It's super sparkly and keeps winning compliments from random NYers: OPI Katy Perry Collection "Teenage Dream" and OPI Black Shatter. Get your hands on a bottle of the Black Shatter...it really is all it's cracked up to be!

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I'm Not Myself

I’m definitely not myself lately. I’ve been having tons of personal and professional issues the last few weeks that are totally getting me down. I feel like I wrote this post just a few weeks ago to apologize for not writing, and now I’m writing it again, because I’m feeling uninspired to write anything else fashionable or beautiful, and I’ve been too busy to even cook anything yummy worth posting. (My diet has consisted of several cups of coffee per day, takeout for breakfast and lunch and frozen dinners at home).

Lame. I know. You don’t have to tell me, but even with the swirl of fashion week past me, I feel like I still don’t have much to say about it, or anything else (and I owe other people I write for articles…). I think in addition to the things getting me down, I’ve been making a lot of decisions lately, with only 6-ish months of college left, that could be life-changing. I’ve made the decision to start pursuing my career in acting and singing again, which I’m beyond excited about, but it’s a hard business to crack.

I attended the opening night of previews of Anything Goes on Broadway last night with its brand new cast featuring Joel Grey and Sutton Foster. I haven’t been to a show in ages because I simply don’t have time with school and work and everything else, but I needed to see a show and write a critique for my chorus class at school. It’s really pathetic that school forced me to make time to see something I love so much. I’ve wanted to see Anything Goes since I sang its title song in a voice lesson recital in middle school and it was everything I hoped it would be and more. I sat in the audience, mouthing the words to every song and all I could think was, “I want to be on that stage.” Being at a show that I had wanted to see for so long made me so insanely happy that I almost cried.

See a video of their rehearsal without costumes:

I’ve known for a long time that the stage is where I belong, it’s just the path of getting there that’s hindered me. Freshman year, I ended up in Smalltown, Pennsylvania, USA…nowhere near a city to see performances, or go on auditions and every college I chose managed to have a non-existent drama club, no musical groups to sing with and I was too penniless to continue taking voice lessons (and I “borrowed” enough money from my parents to ask for anymore).

I think at this point, I’ve told just about everyone I know, whether they know I sing or not that to be on Glee is “my life’s goal”. I love Glee like nobody’s business and I would kill to be part of that cast, but I’ll take any reputable stage.

So if I’m quiet the next few weeks, I’m sorry. I’m auditioning, I’m doing schoolwork, apartment-hunting and much more. I’m trying to ease back into writing daily or at least, more frequently…and very shortly, a beautiful, new Shoes, Shirts & Other Sh!t should be live (just a couple more kinks to work out)!

Today, even though I feel like I could contribute something fashion-related, I don’t feel right about it with the tragedy in Japan, and the tsunami nearing the West Coast. Please know you’re all in my thoughts and please, please be safe.

Lots of love,

Erika

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I’m Not Myself

I’m definitely not myself lately. I’ve been having tons of personal and professional issues the last few weeks that are totally getting me down. I feel like I wrote this post just a few weeks ago to apologize for not writing, and now I’m writing it again, because I’m feeling uninspired to write anything else fashionable or beautiful, and I’ve been too busy to even cook anything yummy worth posting. (My diet has consisted of several cups of coffee per day, takeout for breakfast and lunch and frozen dinners at home).

Lame. I know. You don’t have to tell me, but even with the swirl of fashion week past me, I feel like I still don’t have much to say about it, or anything else (and I owe other people I write for articles…). I think in addition to the things getting me down, I’ve been making a lot of decisions lately, with only 6-ish months of college left, that could be life-changing. I’ve made the decision to start pursuing my career in acting and singing again, which I’m beyond excited about, but it’s a hard business to crack.

I attended the opening night of previews of Anything Goes on Broadway last night with its brand new cast featuring Joel Grey and Sutton Foster. I haven’t been to a show in ages because I simply don’t have time with school and work and everything else, but I needed to see a show and write a critique for my chorus class at school. It’s really pathetic that school forced me to make time to see something I love so much. I’ve wanted to see Anything Goes since I sang its title song in a voice lesson recital in middle school and it was everything I hoped it would be and more. I sat in the audience, mouthing the words to every song and all I could think was, “I want to be on that stage.” Being at a show that I had wanted to see for so long made me so insanely happy that I almost cried.

See a video of their rehearsal without costumes:

I’ve known for a long time that the stage is where I belong, it’s just the path of getting there that’s hindered me. Freshman year, I ended up in Smalltown, Pennsylvania, USA…nowhere near a city to see performances, or go on auditions and every college I chose managed to have a non-existent drama club, no musical groups to sing with and I was too penniless to continue taking voice lessons (and I “borrowed” enough money from my parents to ask for anymore).

I think at this point, I’ve told just about everyone I know, whether they know I sing or not that to be on Glee is “my life’s goal”. I love Glee like nobody’s business and I would kill to be part of that cast, but I’ll take any reputable stage.

So if I’m quiet the next few weeks, I’m sorry. I’m auditioning, I’m doing schoolwork, apartment-hunting and much more. I’m trying to ease back into writing daily or at least, more frequently…and very shortly, a beautiful, new Shoes, Shirts & Other Sh!t should be live (just a couple more kinks to work out)!

Today, even though I feel like I could contribute something fashion-related, I don’t feel right about it with the tragedy in Japan, and the tsunami nearing the West Coast. Please know you’re all in my thoughts and please, please be safe.

Lots of love,

Erika

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The Infamous W Bag Has Arrived!…But I Don't Love It.

Yesterday morning when I got to my office, I saw a large brown handle bag sitting inconspicuously by our Administrative Assistant’s desk. I wandered over closer to see a Salvatore Ferragamo label with my name on it and instantly freaked! My W bag had finally arrived!

I scooped up the bag and took it over to my desk where I called my mom and put her on speaker for the momentous occasion of opening the box. As I tore away piles of air-paks and tissue paper…

There it was.

Hmm. Not quite what I expected, you? My mom heard the instant sound of disappointment in my voice and when I sent her that picture, she understood why: It’s kind of hideous. I thought about the ways that I could work it into my spring and summer wardrobe, but I’m really just not feeling it. Lara from Pretty Connected feels the same way, and we’re waiting for Rachel of Suitcase Secrets to get home from a vacation to see if she gets the same one, since she was the winner chosen by Ferragamo.

As I’m sure you remember, I entered the contest for The W List back in November…I was one of several bloggers who was introduced to the list before the contest even was released to the public and I bugged everyone I knew for 2 months to help me win. And I did…the last day I managed to get voted into 5th place, just in time to win.

What a letdown…for everyone. As I sent the picture of the bag around yesterday, I got positive words of encouragement, “straw is so in for this season”, “really cute!” and “can’t wait for my picture with it,” but as the day progressed, I got the most honest email of the day from my coworker Tania, “You’re going to hate me, but I don’t like it. I was really hoping for an all-leather one for you.  I’m sure you’re going to accessorize the heck out of it, but that’s just not me.”

I thought I’d be the talk of the town when this bag arrived–the NYC college student/fashion blogger with a priceless Ferragamo bag…but it’s really something I should give to my 80-year-old aunt. This bag is totally age-appropriate for her. For a contest that was supposed to be about being a trendsetter and jetsetter, you would think that a more classic version of the bag, such as the navy or white croc, or the beige perforated leather…or even the red leather would’ve been the bag that we’d won. (And I’m fairly certain those are actually cheaper than this bag.) I can’t see any of the trendsetters that started the W List carrying this bag. I feel duped, and I know everyone who helped me win feels pretty duped too (whether they said so or not)!

I probably sound ungrateful…after all, it is a Ferragamo bag… and unless I stopped buying Starbucks every day, gave up takeout, and stopped shopping on flash sale sites, I probably wouldn’t be able to save enough money to ever buy myself one…and I think we all know I’m not giving up shopping, lattes or takeout anytime in the near future. I’m definitely not ungrateful though–of the many I have entered, that contest was one of the hardest to win and I appreciate all of you who helped me by voting or encouraging your friends to vote–whatever you did…thank you, again!

(Shameless plug now…I’m auditioning for The X Factor in April and if I make it past preliminary rounds and I get to Simon Cowell, I expect all of you to use your excellent voting skills again to call in and vote for me!) 😉

I’ve gotten some very interesting suggestions and comments on the bag: sell it on eBay and buy a better one (the bag retails at Neiman Marcus for $2,750); sell it and use the money to take a vacation; “when you’re done with it, we can use it to play checkers!!”; try it out for a few weeks and see if I like it, write a letter to Ferragamo and demand a different bag; or take it to Neiman’s and be completely honest about winning it and hating and see if they’ll let me trade it for a different W bag…I’ve also gotten, “so you annoyed us for that? I could’ve made it,” and “It looks like a briefcase with granny squares lol we should’ve voted you higher on the list.”

All interesting suggestions…but what do you think I should do with the bag? What do you think of it?

And while I’m at it…I’ll mention that I received two GORGEOUS leather handbags from new brand Cassidy Randall (I can’t wait to tell you about them soon!) yesterday that they’re letting me borrow. I’d prefer to keep them and have my Ferragamo bag on loan…and they’re only worth a fraction of the cost of the Ferragamo.

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The Infamous W Bag Has Arrived!…But I Don’t Love It.

Yesterday morning when I got to my office, I saw a large brown handle bag sitting inconspicuously by our Administrative Assistant’s desk. I wandered over closer to see a Salvatore Ferragamo label with my name on it and instantly freaked! My W bag had finally arrived!

I scooped up the bag and took it over to my desk where I called my mom and put her on speaker for the momentous occasion of opening the box. As I tore away piles of air-paks and tissue paper…

There it was.

Hmm. Not quite what I expected, you? My mom heard the instant sound of disappointment in my voice and when I sent her that picture, she understood why: It’s kind of hideous. I thought about the ways that I could work it into my spring and summer wardrobe, but I’m really just not feeling it. Lara from Pretty Connected feels the same way, and we’re waiting for Rachel of Suitcase Secrets to get home from a vacation to see if she gets the same one, since she was the winner chosen by Ferragamo.

As I’m sure you remember, I entered the contest for The W List back in November…I was one of several bloggers who was introduced to the list before the contest even was released to the public and I bugged everyone I knew for 2 months to help me win. And I did…the last day I managed to get voted into 5th place, just in time to win.

What a letdown…for everyone. As I sent the picture of the bag around yesterday, I got positive words of encouragement, “straw is so in for this season”, “really cute!” and “can’t wait for my picture with it,” but as the day progressed, I got the most honest email of the day from my coworker Tania, “You’re going to hate me, but I don’t like it. I was really hoping for an all-leather one for you.  I’m sure you’re going to accessorize the heck out of it, but that’s just not me.”

I thought I’d be the talk of the town when this bag arrived–the NYC college student/fashion blogger with a priceless Ferragamo bag…but it’s really something I should give to my 80-year-old aunt. This bag is totally age-appropriate for her. For a contest that was supposed to be about being a trendsetter and jetsetter, you would think that a more classic version of the bag, such as the navy or white croc, or the beige perforated leather…or even the red leather would’ve been the bag that we’d won. (And I’m fairly certain those are actually cheaper than this bag.) I can’t see any of the trendsetters that started the W List carrying this bag. I feel duped, and I know everyone who helped me win feels pretty duped too (whether they said so or not)!

I probably sound ungrateful…after all, it is a Ferragamo bag… and unless I stopped buying Starbucks every day, gave up takeout, and stopped shopping on flash sale sites, I probably wouldn’t be able to save enough money to ever buy myself one…and I think we all know I’m not giving up shopping, lattes or takeout anytime in the near future. I’m definitely not ungrateful though–of the many I have entered, that contest was one of the hardest to win and I appreciate all of you who helped me by voting or encouraging your friends to vote–whatever you did…thank you, again!

(Shameless plug now…I’m auditioning for The X Factor in April and if I make it past preliminary rounds and I get to Simon Cowell, I expect all of you to use your excellent voting skills again to call in and vote for me!) 😉

I’ve gotten some very interesting suggestions and comments on the bag: sell it on eBay and buy a better one (the bag retails at Neiman Marcus for $2,750); sell it and use the money to take a vacation; “when you’re done with it, we can use it to play checkers!!”; try it out for a few weeks and see if I like it, write a letter to Ferragamo and demand a different bag; or take it to Neiman’s and be completely honest about winning it and hating and see if they’ll let me trade it for a different W bag…I’ve also gotten, “so you annoyed us for that? I could’ve made it,” and “It looks like a briefcase with granny squares lol we should’ve voted you higher on the list.”

All interesting suggestions…but what do you think I should do with the bag? What do you think of it?

And while I’m at it…I’ll mention that I received two GORGEOUS leather handbags from new brand Cassidy Randall (I can’t wait to tell you about them soon!) yesterday that they’re letting me borrow. I’d prefer to keep them and have my Ferragamo bag on loan…and they’re only worth a fraction of the cost of the Ferragamo.

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