Put me in, Coach

Every summer when we would go on vacation to Long Island, my mom would take me shopping for a day in the Hamptons, with their gorgeous, tree-lined streets and beautiful stores. Every time we had to stop in the Coach store. I’ll never forget the deep leather scent of that store, the soft touch of the bags, and how bored I would get because everything was either black, red, or tan.

I became reacquainted with Coach in college, my college roommate Sarah and subsequently half of my sorority worked at the Coach store, and thusly everyone was soon carrying around the signature Coach jacquard that came the brand’s staple in the mid-2000’s. Eventually, it became so ubiquitous that it lost all cache, and in perhaps the most disturbing turn of events, paved the way for one of the travesty of the mid-naughts, the Goach bag. Not quite Gucci, not quite Coach, completely nauseating.

Recently, I’ve been tracking the rebirth of the Coach brand, the return to their signature beautiful, simple designs in amazing leather, adding colors beyond my childhood self’s imagination. Don’t believe me? (It’s OK–neither did my Mom) I perused their site and picked out some of my favs.

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This is an iPad case but I would carry it as a clutch, the yellow is bright and unexpected.

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Totally retro, the dowel is an unexpected twist. I always love a good crossbody. Bonus: you can score vintage ones on eBay.

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Every woman needs animal print in their life. Classic and goes with everything. 

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I love a good thick heel and navy is so perfect for summer. Cute, and can be dressed up or down. 

So next time you are in the market for a new bag, consider Coach. Beautifully made and at an amazing price point.

Zang Thoroughly Enjoys: May

Welcome to another new fun feature on Zang Blogs: Zang Thoroughly Enjoys, a monthly feature of things I’m loving and lusting after.
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Essie nailpolish in Lilacism / Draped skirt / peasant blouse / MICHAEL Michael Kors printed skinny jeans / Crabbie’s Alcoholic Ginger Beer /Kate Spade jewelry / Lush Black Silk Stockings  / Loeffler Randall embellished flat sandals
1. Essie nailpolish in Lilacism: I got a mani a few weeks ago when it was still on the brink of being warm, and I thought it was the perfect color for a tardy Spring. All at once, it looks gray, blue, and lilac, perfect for the transitional weather.
2. Draped skirt: I recently bought a chiffon maxi skirt and fell in love. I think it looks a little dressier, and the slit is great for when it gets warmer, sort of like built in air conditioning!
3. Peasant Blouse: I’ve been drooling over this after seeing it at Anthropologie awhile ago. This is also perfect for a later onset Spring, it would look adorable with printed shorts or white jeans for a monochromatic look. Those pompoms just scream fun!
4. Printed Jeans: I’ve recently made the foray into printed jeans and I’m now an enthusiast. I also love the print on these, they remind me of the wallpaper at the Beverly Hills Hotel (not that I’ve ever been).
5. Crabbie’s Alcoholic Ginger Beer: Run, not walk, to the nearest liquor store and purchase this. I bought it a few weeks ago to bring to a porch drinking session and it’s just perfect. It’s new to the States, is very drinkable and not to sweet. My only problem I have with it is sharing.
6. Bangle watch: When the weather gets warmer, I always relegate my MK chunker to the back of the jewelry drawer in favor of my bangle bracelet/watch. It’s so lightweight and easy, the perfect compliment to any spring and summer wardrobe.
7. Lush Black Silk Stockings: I bought this a few weeks ago to put on my unsightly transparent legs, it is amazing. It goes on evenly and I love how it doesn’t have any of those nasty dyes and whatnot.
8. Loeffler Randal sandals: My birthday is at the end of July. You’re welcome.

Moms

MomsThree of my favorite and most stylish famous moms (and moms to be)

Today is mother’s day, and while unfortunately I can’t actually be with my mom today, I have been reflecting on everything she has given me over the years and how she has shaped me to be the person I am today. It was her hand I was holding the day I first set foot into Bergdorf’s, dressed to the nines. It was with her that every January we went to the Ferragamo store to their annual sale, a store that first gave me a real appreciation of fine–and classic–shoes. Saturdays growing up were spent shopping, sifting through the racks at Loehmans, Nordstrom Rack, and Filene’s Basement, a store closing that we both mourned. We never pay full price!She instilled in me the importance of looking nice, both as a sign of respect to myself and to others. She encouraged my at-times quirky fashion choices, shaping my unique style I have today.

Not only am I incredibly lucky to have a mother that’s as smart, kind, and beautiful as mine, I’m also lucky to have her as my best friend. Based on my Instagram I’m not the only one to think my mom is the best, so today, while you are having brunch and sharing a toast to your mom, thank her for everything she’s given you.

Glitter Shoes: A Love Story

Today I experienced a very sad day that occurs at least once in every woman’s life, I had to bid farewell to a pair of shoes. I wore said pair to work, and halfway through the day I realized that this would be our last time together. They weren’t supporting me like they once did, there were begins of a split, and pieces of them were elsewhere, namely a small pile of sequins under my desk.

I had known these shoes for a very, very long time, I met them in the Delia*s catalog (whEn thEir cOPy LoOkED LikE tHis) we’ve been through several years of retail together, but it just wasn’t working anymore. It was time to bid farewell.

In thinking about our relationship, I realized that this pair was the first of many in my adoration of glitter shoes. Going through my closet, I count six, on my wish list, two more. What continues to attract me to them? Is it their ability to add some glam to any boring outfit? Their surprising neutrality? When it comes down to it, I decided it’s because just looking at them makes me smile. Isn’t that what every woman wants?

ImageI gave myself the Coveteur treatment and photographed my collection of glitter shoes (L to R) Madewell, Nordstrom Rack, my former darling, Vince Camuto, TOMS

Punk’s Greatest Hits: Best of the Met Gala

Chaos to Couture–for this year’s Met Gala, it was clear who had actually read their invitation, I’m one of those people who gets disgruntled when people don’t dress up for Halloween, and I was disappointed about the amount of people who played with the theme with more than extra eyeliner and spikes last night. Thankfully, there were a few that did go all out, so without further ado here are my favorite 2013 Met Gala looks.

Miley definitely hits the mark in this Marc Jacobs mesh dress, and the hair is perfection.

Miley definitely hits the mark in this Marc Jacobs mesh dress, and the hair is perfection.

This was one of the first looks I saw from the red carpet, and I absolutely loved it. The red leather and metal dress is edgy and feels very current while still channeling the late 70's when the Punk movement was born.

This was one of the first looks I saw from the red carpet, and I absolutely loved it. The red leather and metal dress is edgy and feels very current while still channeling the late 70’s when the Punk movement was born.

Bergdorf's Linda Fargo may have been the most Punk, in a sea of platinum hair, Fargo took the extra step and styled her mane in a irreverence that would be wildly inappropriate anywhere else.

Bergdorf’s Linda Fargo may have been the most Punk, in a sea of platinum hair, Fargo took the extra step and styled her mane in a irreverence that would be wildly inappropriate anywhere else. The patent leather, chain embellished cross, and spiked Loubitons cement her as the Princess of Punk.

While Linda ran with the Punk theme, SJP took the Chaos to Couture theme literally, and I applaud her for that. Her mohawk fascinator (created by a Duchess fav) was totally unexpected yet flawless, and her pairing of the elegant ball gown with the punky-plaid thigh high boots was genius.
While Linda ran with the Punk theme, SJP took the Chaos to Couture theme literally, and I applaud her for that. Her mohawk fascinator (created by a Duchess fav) was totally unexpected yet flawless, and her pairing of the elegant ball gown with the punky-plaid thigh high boots was genius.

Studded Burberry, faux shaved head, and a recent nose-candy scandal. Nailed it.

Studded Burberry, faux shaved head, and a recent nose-candy scandal. Nailed it.

I love Nicole's style, its very boho chic which I love. The fact that Nicole died her hair gives her mad props in my book. Girl BROUGHT IT.

I love Nicole’s style, and the fact that she dyed her hair and subsequently made RiRi throw up deserves mad props in my book. Girl BROUGHT IT.

I will fully admit I am one of those for-no-reason-Hathaway haters but I loved how she took a risk. I will keep this in mind next awards season, Anne.

I will fully admit I am one of those for-no-reason-Hathaway haters but I loved how she took a risk. I will keep this in mind next awards season, Anne.

 

Images courtesy of Style.com and Ibtimes.com

 

Zang’s Book Club

I’ll be the first to admit I’m not wild about book clubs, I don’t like not choosing what I’m reading and it gets frustrating trying to discuss a book that not everyone has read. My new monthly feature will highlight books I’ve read and enjoyed, some things inspired by them, and if you want to discuss them I’m all for that as well. 

For my first book, I’m suggesting Bringing Home the Birkin by Michael Tonello. Bringing Home the Birkin chronicles Tonello’s rise as a top seller on eBay dealing solely in Hermes. I’ve long been under the Hermes spell, I appreciate the amazing quality and legacy of the brand, and I love the fact that it remains a family run company in this day and age where it seems like everything is a huge conglomerate. I also am a huge eBayer so I enjoyed that behind the scenes aspect. In addition, Tonello lives in Spain and travels the world for his Birkins, creating a formula (including outfit) to obtain the waitlist-only bags. This is a great, quick read that provides a glamorous getaway at a fraction of the price.

Bonus: the Hermes orange book cover looks great on a bookshelf–you can find the hardcover on Amazon for a great deal. Image