Break Up With Your Birkin, I’m Bored

No shade, Hermes. The Birkin bag needs to be put away inside the closet once and for all. Even though I wanted to wear one, I feel that it’s never felt right for me to wear it as I’m a little too young for the design. Also, Birkins are for aspiring Hilton-Kardashian acolytes who wish they can have the luxury to do sacrilegious things to the “Holy Grail” of handbags. Either they can go HAM by bedazzling it or worse, covering it with a heinous painting. I know it ain’t right to tell you to put your Birkin away, but it’s time to say, “thank you, next!”.

You could call me crazy, but the one long forgotten “It” bag you must rock this season is the Fendi Baguette. Compact, yet spacious, the Baguette’s rectangular silhouette made it a hit in 1997. Rather than having a plain surface, the Baguette came in every design imaginable: beaded, mirrored, fur trimmed, bedazzled, embroidered, etc.

Due to its party-friendly design, it’s got a long waiting list and a big celebrity clientele from Madonna, Jennifer Lopez and Paris Hilton. However, the one thing that made Fendi’s Baguette the “It” bag of the ’90s and early ’00s was the fact that it appeared on Sex and the City.

Spotted in a giraffe print dress with Manolo Blahnik strappy sandals and a purple sequined Fendi Baguette, Carrie Bradshaw (played by Sarah Jessica Parker) got lost on the way to go shoe shopping and asked a stranger for directions. However, her plans to get around NYC didn’t go as expected:

Also, Samantha Jones (Kim Cattrall) wore a fake Baguette to shake hands with Hugh Hefner:

…and she fought with a Playboy Bunny over a FENDI BAG!

Even though I was too young to watch SATC at that time, I never forgot the fact that I saw my mom wear different iterations of the Baguette as she watched the show. Heck, she even tore out a Fendi ad featuring a model wearing a Baguette!

It’s now hanging on my wall!

Although my mom doesn’t wear her Baguettes anymore, she’s waited patiently for nearly 20 years for me to wear them again. Even long before the #BaguetteFriendsForever campaign was released this week, I’ve been sporting my mom’s vintage Baguette since last fall:

Now that it’s officially relaunched, I’m not here to tell you to get a Baguette because of a hashtagged post. Instead, I am here to tell you that Baguettes are worth a treasure to keep for a lifetime as its campy statement-making design will amplify any outfit no matter what the trend or aesthetic is at the moment. While another “It bag” has yet to be revived anytime soon, I am never breaking up with my Baguette even if I get bored.

#HERSSENTIALS: The Prada Bag

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What exactly is a closet without a Prada? Nada! A month ago when I went to Milan, my dad and I were looking for cute bags. Upon stumbling Prada’s window display, my eyes were crushing hard for that black and white crossover bag. While I also had my sights on a straw bag, I concluded that the first bag I saw looked like a better investment since it was something that I could see myself wear more frequently. The day after, it was sealed: I got the bag I wanted!

From there on, I’ve been wearing it non-stop whether it be for brunch, shopping or dinner. Let’s say that the obsession got wayyyyy too real. While crossbody bags are mainly seen as a weekend thing, you can actually squeeze it in on the weekdays!

A) The Coffee Date

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Liana t-shirt | Reworked Emporio Armani skirt | Vintage necklace | Prada bag | Forever 21 choker (as bracelet)

This situation usually calls for a super chill outfit regardless of who you’re seeing. If you’re seeing that cutie from Tinder or your boss, a little professionalism in the looks department goes a long way. In place of the denim mini, wear a structured bag with a statement miniskirt. It’s cute AND polished as fuck. For that little glam girl in you, toss on a rhinestone/faux Swarovski crystal necklace and you’re good to go! Shoe-wise, pick a flat if you’re gonna walk around later or go for a daring heel with some socks if you’re gonna hail a Lyft.

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Iro moto jacket | Liana t-shirt | Vintage dress

Whoever thought of planning concerts on a Thursday night is a genius. The day before Friday is the new Saturday. A couple of weeks ago, I went to an R5 concert at Gramercy Theatre, where they premiered their new EP New Addictions. It was my first time seeing them and by chance, I was just strutting around in a glitter tee and pink wig. I honestly never thought that I’d plan my outfit to match their new cover, where Rydel wears a pink wig. But if you’re going to a concert that isn’t R5, always throw on a leather jacket! It carries the Prada purse into something that’s casual enough to wear at sundown. Since most concert venues I go involve a LOTTA walking, I always wanna make sure that I remain hands-free if I’m taping the show on my Insta Stories. Thank Miuccia Prada for making my life easier.

 

Similar products: Vintage 1940s Rhinestone Necklace |  X by NBD Kendra Dress |  Muuba Mustang Patent Biker Jacket 


All photos by Hallie Geller

#HERSSENTIALS: The Reversible Bomber Jacket

Winter is ready to be on its last legs, but the transition between the cold chill and the spring breeze isn’t the easiest task to master. Transitional weather fashion is still kinda tricky for me as I grew up in Singapore; however, you can absolutely cop a new closet staple: the reversible bomber jacket.

Based on my obsession for outerwear, my #1 go-to piece is a neb-vintage ’00s Ed Hardy army green nylon bomber jacket.

Vintage velvet hat | Uniqlo turtleneck and bomber | Vintage ’90s camisole | RE/DONE jeans | Pop & Suki bag | Karen Walker sunglasses | Miista shoes

Last year, I bought this ‘lil beauty at The Corner Store, an L.A.-based vintage store. It had a studio space where customers could try on the clothes. While the shop had a huge Instagram presence, this jacket was never on the ‘gram. It was in a rack, ready to be taken home by a new owner. At that time, I was looking for a nice transitional jacket as L.A. had nice warm weather and the East Coast (FYI: I was visiting a family friend in Boston and we were also going to NYC on a fun day trip that weekend) was beyond frigidly cold. Not only was it chic, it kept me crazy warm!

Now, I proudly wear this treasure with pride. While bombers out in today’s market are only meant to show the outer shell, let’s not overlook the inner shell.

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Vintage beret | Uniqlo turtleneck | Vintage Motley Crue shirt | Pop & Suki bag | Vivenne Westwood ring | Vintage tattoo and peace rings | Custom made Bombe Clothing pants | Miista shoes

Normally, I won’t rock my bomber by showing the inner shell; however, it surprisingly works well! If your bomber jacket has a unique design on the inside, you might as well show it off.

See? Look at what the late Christian Audigier did here. Although Mr. Audigier may no longer be on this Earth, his design genius kinda proved that everyone needed to/at least needs to get a fun bomber jacket.

Trust me, your Mondays ain’t gonna be mundane after all!

All photos by Hallie Geller