AJ Wears :: A Gold Bag

I have this thing with metallic bags. They're like big, shiny jewelry you can carry your snacks around in. It all started with a shimmery Pashli from 3.1 Phillip Lim, which never fails to snag a compliment when I carry it. Next, a sparkly pink souvenir from Japan that manages to be both the most practical and least practical bag at once. Now, this gold bag from Coach that I snagged on sale as a Merry Christmas to Me from Me. I've been admiring the Swagger for a while now; Coach has taken on a sleeker, cool-girl vibe under the direction of Stuart Vevers and I'm digging it!

PS. Sorry I didn't put my arms in my sleeves. I did take some photos like that, but these looked better. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Jacket, Banana Republic (exact - I'm wearing petite).
Blouse, Vince Camuto.
Jeans, Hudson Barbara (exact).
Shoes, Zara (exact).
Bag, Coach (exact, on sale!).

Speaking of people who have a bag problem, I've got a few gift ideas for bag-loving ladies. It's probably too late to get anything shipped in time for Friday, but if you've got some wiggle room these ideas are golden (hint, hint anyone still looking for me)!

The Handbag Raincoat is something I'm pretty sure I invented a few years ago, but that they executed WAY better. If you know a girl who would rather sacrifice a fresh blowout than get her bag wet, this is the perfect solution! Trust me. I've carried my bag inside of a grocery sack before to avoid ruining it on my walk to work.

Idea #2: Bag Charms. Cute, funky and furry charms are having a MOMENT right now! Both men and women in Tokyo were carrying all sorts of charms on their bags when I was there, and I came home with a few charms of my own to dress up my bags. It's a great way to add some personality, whether you add a little color from a leather tassel or express your love of monkeys with a cartoon charm.

NOT THAT YOU ALREADY KNOW or anything but...what's everyone getting for Christmas? Or rather, did anyone else find it difficult to not buy themselves Christmas presents like me?

Friday Favorites Remix :: Black Tights

OKAY, okay, I hear you. Passing on the black tights is like, a total cop out. Here's what happened. I wanted to pass on the red vest! I did! But that didn't work with my plans and so here we go. I passed on tights. Consider it a reset for the week! 


Also, this getting dark at 5 is a total bummer. These photos were taken around 5:15 and man, I almost didn't make it. Daylight savings, suck it.  Here's how I wore these tights yesterday - big stretch - also! We're still linking up Friday Favorites below, but if you also did Take One, Pass it on, make sure you link up with Sarah too!

Skirt, XXI (exact, similar). Top, The Limited (similar). Sweater, XXI (similar). Boots, JustFab