Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Bags growing on trees...

In a previous post, I asked you all what you would like to see on this blog. The lovely H of PretaPorterP asked for a group shot of my bags...and here it is:

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From left to right: Paco Rabanna off-white suede bag, Carlos Falchi multicoloured (multileathered) bag, Chloe bracelet bag (my all-time favourite bag), Burberry Manor in red, Balenciaga City in Indigo, Chloe Ava bag in Mocha, Chloe black large Silverado, Balenciaga Classique in Sky Blue
I use both these bags a lot on a daily basis (including to work), the Balenciaga is getting so trashed, love the hardware on the Burberry, it's more gold than in the pictures, but not too gold...It is quite smooshed from having sat on a chair for the past few weeks covered in a pile of coats, oops!

Carlos Falchi is a Brazilian bag designer, I only discovered him after I left Brazil (he is more popular outside Brazil anyway), and this is one of his most classic shapes. I love all the different textures from all the leathers in this bag (barramundi, snakeskin and so forth) and the gorgeous happy colours (so Brazilian, even though most of his bags are not as colourful as this), the long strap means I can wear this across my body, which I especially like for when I travel.

Chloe Silverado bag in original stitching (later models sported the leather laces, I quite like the fine look of this one), this is my current bag 'on rotation', love the side pockets to put my keys and mobile phone for easy access. I have hardly used the Balenciaga classique next to it as I find it a little small, so considered it my 'evening bag'.

The amazing thing about this Balenciaga is that the pale blue colour looks different every time I look at it (the picture shows it to be quite vibrant, although it often is a pale sky blue. I find the goat skin so delicate (the bigger Indigo Balenciaga I have is so worn), and so I have not used this a lot. Also, the last time I used this, one of the studs fell in the club I was in, and (being dark), I couldn't find it, which means I can't use the long strap, not happy!!!

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From left to right (top):

Louis Vuitton Epi Jasmin in yellow
(it has a purple interior, which I fell in love with, I actually bought the matching wallet first,
then went for the bag...it reminds me of 'Felix the Cat' for some reason, even though Felix's yellow bag was rectangular, and mine sadly does not turn into a helicopter).

Burberry mini Manor in beige - due to its small size I classify this as another 'evening' bag, and do not use it as often as say, its bigger version

Fendi Forever Mini Boston Bag - this was a generous gift from my mother-in-law, it has tiny gold studs, but unfortunately, and in danger of sounding ungrateful (I am not)-
early in this blog I wrote about my fashion dislikes, and one is obvious branding: for some reason I feel uncomfortable using such items, so I have only used this less than a handful of times, and only to 'family' occasions

From left to right (bottom):

Mulberry Joni in Bottle Green - this is the softest leather ever (this and my Chloe bracelet bag)

Dries Van Noten beaded & sequinned silk & leather clutch

Burberry patent Hyde clutch in gunmetal


This is another bag I trash around a lot, I like big bags so I can fit a lot of things in them...


Zac Posen Aurora bag: I only used this a handful of times, and then the top part of the lock (engraved 'Zac Posen' which is sort of what the clasp links to) fell off, which I sadly did not notice, I was very upset as I never found the missing piece. I emailed the people at Zac Posen twice and never received a reply...very sad.



These bags in this post are most of my bags...

44 comments:

  1. I loved the way you displayed your collection on the grass and trees! I would love to do the same, but I am such a clean freak that I would spend ages afterwards cleaning the bottoms and the handles, or be too afraid of bugs and mud that I wouldn't put them all outside in the first place. LOL, ridiculous, I know!

    I used to hate obvious branding, too, but I've gotten used to it now. If bags are going to have their name/logo written all over, I prefer it if they do it in a more subtle way - for example, the LV damier print is easily recognisable as being part of that brand, but doesn't say LV LV LV in prominent letters.

    I need to do a post on all my bags, too, but my collections live in two different countries so it would be quite difficult! Hah!

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  2. This post is the best! I love how creatively you displayed the bags, they seem to have come to life. I admire your light blue Balenciaga & that divine yellow LV!

    <3 Christine
    What Was I Thinking?

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  3. I want to find one of those bag-trees :D
    hahah. All of the bags are really beautiful. I love so much some of those :D.
    have a nice day!

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  4. the chloe bracelet is such a beauty hanging on the tree. And the Falchi is a beauty too.
    the dries clutch is so beautiful. i thought the fendi looked oddly out of place in comparison to the other bags. LOL that you only use it on family occassions, but i know what you mean ;)

    WOW! there are MORE bags!! also i love the way you showcased all the bags in the trees. so beautiful! Thank you for sharing! :D

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  5. I love your bag collection. I especially love the Balenciaga in pale blue.

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  6. I just had a bag spasm of delight! :) I loved the way you arranged this shot, too!

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  7. OMG I am way jealous- fabulous collection! I desire a Balenciaga sooo much!!!

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  8. An interesting way to show your bag :'D I love the tree it's so pweeeeeeeeeeeety and of course your bag collection!

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  9. WOW! I am coming to your house when I need a kickass bag. I thought I had bags. Amazing collection!

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  10. Ah, I love how you arranged them in a tree. So lovely. my Balenciaga black city is probably my most worn bag ever.

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  11. Malas! Tenho demasiadas e uma certa tara por elas! xD são todas lindas! tambem gosto de malas grandes porque trago sempre muita coisa atrás. a escova, o espelho, o batom, a agenda... xD *

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  12. Lovely bags! That was quite a collection.;)

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  13. Beautiful Bags and cherry blossom how lovely

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  14. Can we please see a shoe garden

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  15. What delightful blooms you have sprouting in your garden!! Great post-imaginative and lovely photos.

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  16. Haha, thank you all for your lovely comments!

    Anonymous: I'm trying to figure out how I will take pics of my shoes, hehe :)

    Ana Catarina: Tambem trago tudo na minha bolsa/mala, as vezes um par de Havaianas, haha, um litro e meio d'agua...

    H: The rest of my bags are 'non-designers', some that I've managed to keep from years & years ago, but admittedly, don't use (except for a big denim tote I take to the beach, my 'faux' Balenciaga in travel size for travel/gym - the only way I'd buy a 'faux' bag *blush*, was overseas and needed more bag space, haha). My future sis-in-law got a Gucci bag from mother-in-law, and I would've much preferred that over this, something about the Fendi logo & the little gold studs makes it more 'blingy' and attention-seeking, which makes me uncomfortable...

    Leia: obvious 'subtle' branding I don't mind either! I like the Damier (especially in the Azure), and also love the Vernis patent (the monogramme is not as obvious, and the red, or 'pomme d'amour' are SO gorgeous!). How sad for your bag 'family' to be split in two countries! Wow, must be a big one ;)

    xx to you all!
    CC

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  17. um, omg, amazzzzzzing. my absolute favourite is the zac posen bag. its like an ultra stylish doctors bag. i know what you mean about obvious branding, because the way bags are copied these days, i tend to always think twice when i see 'obvious bags' and wonder if they are real or not.

    what a collection though, better than my TWO BAGS, one of them being just a vintage black bag that i bought from melbourne that is in need of retirement but i just find it so difficult finding bags of interest.

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  18. Oh my! Bag envious, I love the Zac Posen Aurora bag. I love the way you displayed them. I believe that we should all display our bags this way:)

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  19. What a gorgeous collection! Bags are where I fall down...I have one Givenchy bag that I use everywhere. Your post makes me want to invest in a few more, at least a Balenciaga, right? I especially adore the Zac Posen one, but I've heard that his bags are usually very heavy due to the hardware?

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  20. You have a great bag collection and the way you displayed them looks lovely! I wish bags did grow on trees.

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  21. so loving this post...how amazing are you to hang your bags on a tree?! so whimsical and fun...like a dream...i want to fall asleep and dream about a blue balenciaga growing from my tree in my backyard.

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  22. I love how creative you are with taking pictures! and well I, too wish bags grew on tress... so I can juz grow them, nurture them and pluck them off! LoL ...

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  23. wonderful way to display your bag collection!

    question: what camera are you using?

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  24. Thank y'all!

    fashionaddict: recently I've been using my new Nikon D90...a lot of my previous pics were taken with my little Panasonic Lumix...

    WJ: yep, the Zac Posen Aurora is quite heavy! As is the Burberry Manor, they're my heaviest bags...

    xx
    CC

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  25. Very cool. You have an amazing collection!

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  26. Those purses seem to be ripe. Time to call in the picking crew.

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  27. first off- i love your zac posen bag and second- this is such a cute way to show off your bags. loved it!

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  28. What a stunning collection, darling! Especially loving the Balenciaga Le Dix!

    xoxox,
    CC

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  29. i love this creative display! they are all gorgeous especially that multi colored one!
    x


    www.tittees.blogspot.com

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  30. I LOVE how you styled this shoot.
    @WendyB: You made me laugh. :D

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  31. OMG! You have one amazing bag collection. I LOVE LOVE all of your bags.
    xoxo
    Nini

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  32. OMG, Brigadeiro.

    You have such an AWESOME bag collection!
    Love especially the way you arrange the pictures.
    Will ask the garcen center here where I can order this tree ;)
    Had to smile as I have the same Chloe bracelet bag. I have arranged it at the side of on an old cheval mirror.
    The pale blue color of your Balenciaga is swoon ..

    Have a beautiful weekend!!!

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  33. Wooow, you have an amazing bag collection!! I love the way you've styled the group photo...perfect. And I adore all of your bags...lucky you! xxx

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  34. Loved this oh so much....featured on my Friday Faves :)

    http://laviejaime.blogspot.com/2009/09/friday-faves_18.html

    Jaime

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  35. Hahah! That is such a nice idea :) Your bags look lovely - but well as you already know you have got a lovely style anyway!

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  36. I love the bags, but even more so I love the way you photographed them =]

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  37. You're so lucky!...I've been looking for a Mulberry Joni forever. Too bad they're not produced anymore.

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  38. My heavens! Totally awe-struck right now...what an enviable bag collection...I have a big crush on your red Burberry...super beautiful!

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  39. Ooh, I love that first picture so much! And I'm sort of dying of envy that you have so many fantastic bags.

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  40. Wendyb - LOL! You are a hoot!!! :)

    xx to you all!
    CC

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  41. i wish i had a tree that made growing such beautiful bags. i especially love the balenciaga bags !

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  42. i died twice seeing your bag collection!

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  43. i'll be happpier to see your collection of shoes, ;-)

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  44. I'm in love with Carlo Falchi's bag, especially the butterfly/ buffalo ones, I think it's one of the most beautiful design bag.
    This bag has a wonderful innovative structure that makes it classic.
    The shape is already beautiful itself, great design.
    Yours is special.
    I wish I had it.

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