Friday, February 3, 2012

Purchases - clutch

The Clare Vivier foldover clutch was on my list and technically this isn't a purchase because it was a very generous gift from D. But since I picked it out I think I should own up to it.

foldover clutch
{foldover clutch}

I couldn't make up my mind online, so we ventured across town to Vivier and Bentley where I spent way too much time obsessing over what color to pick. The idea is that I won't buy another clutch for several years, so part of me worries that the neon zipper might have been a silly choice, but I love it so much that I don't think that's the case.

neon zipper
{neon zipper}

I've been using it whenever I need to make a quick run out of the house and don't feel like carrying my beloved giant bag (trying to give my back a rest whenever possible)  - the clutch fits my enormous wallet, my cell phone, my kindle, a small notepad + pen and assorted lip balms. That's pretty much everything I need.

44 comments:

  1. Think I need a bag like this to give my poor achey back a rest from my rather large handbag--which is heavy despite me decluttering it.

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    1. Yes, if there is space, I will fill it! I can't seem to keep my bag light enough.

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  2. That colour combination is beautiful - good choice!

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  3. I have been wanting one of these for so long and now that I know what it can hold I'm getting dangerously tempted. Maybe the navy...

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  4. Ooh that leather looks so soft. I hear your concern about the neon zipper, but I think that teal/green-ish color combo's going to be around for a while. It's gorgeous!

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  5. I have the same clutch in cobalt blue and absolutely love it! And I love the neon zipper on yours.

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  6. Julia makes the most incredible bags. I adore your tote, almost as much as I love my stripped shoulder bag. (And I love the colour combo of your clutch!)

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    1. Doesn't she? I love my bag from Julia. I swore it was going to be a weekend tote and instead I've been carrying it around almost every day. Not so great for my back, sadly.

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  7. i love the neon zipper. can't believe how much it fits! very nice gift.

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  8. i asked for (and received) a clare v. clutch for x-mas. i got the orange which i love because it is summery but also works with a fall palatte. i agree on the size- fits quite a lot and i feel so light when i carry it.

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    1. The orange is gorgeous! Nice choice.

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  9. Well that is lovely. I think you chose the perfect color. I'm so impressed that you're documenting all of your purchases. I'm really starting to feel like I should do something similar. It would make everything I buy so much more intentional.

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  10. Both of your go to bags are gorgeous! Every time I'm at American Apparel I make up another reason as to why I don't need a fold over clutch, big enough to fit my life [organized, anyway] but small enough to be reasonable. love love love

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  11. That clutch is way cute. I've been trying to cut back on carrying huge purses too! I mean, how much stuff do we really need? I love your color choice!

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  12. Ugh, I LOVE Clare Vivier clutches! You made a great choice in the color of your clutch.

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  13. This is a gorgeous clutch!

    Kate {Something Fabulous}
    http://thesomethingfabulous.blogspot.com

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  14. ooh this has been on my list for a while, too. nice to see photos of it with stuff in it!

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  15. adorable! if / when you decide you're over the neons, have the zipper replaced. aqua is classic. ::grin::

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    1. This is what D suggested too! You guys are so clever.

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  16. YOU DID IT.

    YOU. DID. IT.

    1. How did you EVER choose which one (those color combos with the little neon zippers kill me).

    2. Can you fit Circle's head in it. Just askin.

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    1. 1. It took an embarrassingly long time, I'll admit.

      2. Only if she were feeling particularly cooperative, which NEVER happens. Or possibly if I put bacon inside it.

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  17. it is beautiful! the zipper color gives it such character

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  18. I love the color, but I hate to have my hands not free, so that is why clutches will never be for me. If it had a shoulder strap I'd be tempted.

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    1. This is definitely a little bit of an adjustment for me! I've been tucking it under my arm sometimes when I'm out. It would be nice if it had a small strap that was concealable inside the bag, but I like the simplicity of the design without it and I'm getting used to carrying it pretty quickly.

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  19. I have been eyeing the Vivier clutches for a while but haven't purchased one. I think you made a perfect color choice. It is gorgeous!

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  20. Love that color!

    http://www.designers-artists.com

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  21. How is the quality on the bag? I only ask because from your photos the sewing on the zipper pull seems really sub-par and I'm worried for as much money as the bags are they wont actually stand the test of time.

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    1. I've only had the clutch for a couple weeks, so I can't speak to it's longevity, but the quality seems excellent. I think the stitching on the zipper pull is a little less perfect than the rest of the bag, but it's definitely still sturdy.

      The clutches are super simple, and unlined, which I've heard a few people complain about. It doesn't bother me because the leather seems like it's very high quality.

      If you're considering buying one, I would highly recommend trying to get your hands on one first. I felt nervous committing to a purchase this expensive without seeing it in person first, and I'd hate for you to be disappointed in it!

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  22. What a great blog, I love the variety in posts about food, reading, fashion. I just stumbled upon you blog through the Bloglovin Awards and I am so happy I did. I am a new blogger and would really appreciate some feedback or a new follower so if you could stop my my blog I would love it! Thanks <3

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  23. such a pretty clutch! especially love the neon zipper lining, very fun :)

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  24. I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  25. Great color choice! I would have the same hard time picking out just one too! http://lindseyyoung.net

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  26. simple but super cute!

    xoxo - www.thefivetworebel.com

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  27. Love the color! I think you made the right choice :)


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    Have a great weekend!

    Best

    Lisa Marie
    http://www.inyourfinery.blogspot.com

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  28. oh dear when you first posted about this I spent a ridiculous amount of time on the site looking at color options. I have a feeling that's about to start again. But strong work, it looks perfect!

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  29. oh, great! now i want a clutch that i'd NEVER use.

    i am so confused as to how people can make multiple bags work in their life, when i can't even figure out how to even have ONE.
    WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME??

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  30. Thank you for the post! Love your blog, glad I discovered it and happy you like your clutch. xoclare

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