What I Wanted in March

It might be the changing of the season, some extra down time I had in the beginning of the month, or maybe it’s just that time of the year when New Year’s Resolutions tend to weaken and dissolve but I wanted a lot of things this month. I even purchased a couple things to try (like the Veja sneakers I talked about here) but returned them so it didn’t have to count towards my one item for March.

In general, I’ve been really into shoes lately. Probably because I’m still waiting to slowly fit back into my pre-maternity clothes so I’m not into clothes shopping and I already purchased a purse last month so that’s satisfied by bag cravings. So my eye has been wandering to shoes, which I haven’t purchased (and kept) in quite awhile (I think my last pair was the Everlane boss mules 6 months ago).

Jenni Kayne mules left, Martiniano shoes right

Jenni Kayne mules left, Martiniano shoes right

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Speaking of those Everlane Boss Mules, when I wrote that review back in September, I had mentioned wanting these mules from Jenni Kayne. Well even though I still love my Everlane mules I’m curious to try the Jenni Kayne ones and have been looking at them more frequently in March. I’m not quite ready to pull the trigger yet (because $395!!). Plus the Everlane ones still satisfy me as a dupe so I held off. Also even though I purchased and returned the Martiniano Glove Shoes (which I reviewed and compared with Everlane’s Day Glove flat), I can’t stop thinking about them. I want them back into my life!

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Another shoe I’ve been eyeing in March is Everlane’s square toe flat. Something about the grandma chicness feels so now.

I also really want the 90’s cheeky from Everlane (in vintage light blue in the ankle length), but I held off on purchasing it because I’m still waiting for my body to normalize after pregnancy. There’s no point in buying jeans that I may not be able to fit into. If they’re still available when I’m back to my normal size then I’ll revisit the option.

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I guess I wasn’t completely bag-craving-free this month since I did want to add a couple bum bags (or fanny packs) to my closet. When I first saw this baggu one over at Grechen’s blog, I almost purchased it right then and there. But held off because I didn’t want to add a bag to my closet two months in a row. I also already have a really old black bum bag from Lululemon and if I haven’t used that one in awhile, I’m not sure adding another black bum bag is the right choice. I figured if I end up using the Lululemon one a lot, then I can justify upgrading to the baggu one. That’s the same thing I told myself when this Clare V belt bag also caught my eye.

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The one item of clothing that I want, mostly because I’ve been craving springtime weather, is this linen jumpsuit from Linenfox. I reviewed their kimono top here, which I loved, and their linen quality is superb. So I can just imagine how awesome this dreamy jumpsuit would be for the warmer months. I also love the cute button detail in the back. If I do decide to get this, I’m going to wait until next month so that I can at least wear it right away by the time I get it (with about a month lead time, I’d expect to get it around May).

So what did I buy in March?

I re-bought the Martiniano Glove Shoes off the RealReal. I found them for $180 in one size bigger and decided to try them out. And well, since my feet swelled up after the c-section, they were the perfect shoes to wear for the multiple doctors appointments in the weeks following. They may be too big when my feet get back to a normal size but I was planning to add some orthotic insoles for my arches anyway and that would make them fit (I think). Also this way, my toes won’t be as visible through the thin leather. We’ll see after my feet go down in April if purchasing these shoes was a good or bad idea.

I also couldn’t pass up a pair of Martiniano Glove Heels that I found on ebay for $95… and a pair of pearl drop earrings I purchased on credit from the RealReal…and a pair of Chanel ballet flats also from the RealReal (but not on credit this time).

So as you can see my resolution was a total fail this month. I think it was a mix of surgery anxiety distraction and a “treat yo self” attitude because it was my birthday month (and I would be spending my birthday in the hospital so why not come home to presents I bought myself), and even a little bit of a “once I have a kid, I won’t be able to spend money on myself again” feeling. Anyway, all of this was purchased in the short 2 weeks before my c-section. But even though I failed my resolution, I refuse to give up. April is a new month and I’m going back to purchasing only one item again. Wish me luck!

Acne Studios Musubi Mini Bag Review

So as I mentioned before, this Acne Studios Musubi Mini bag was my one purchase for the month back in February and I purchased it secondhand (and for 20% off) at TheRealReal. I’ve been eyeing this bag for over 6 months and I still loved the look, so I decided to go for it. And I have to say, I have zero regrets!

I first was influenced to wanting this bag via Eva Chen’s Instagram (darn you Instagram) but when I polled y’all on stories only half of you guys liked it (which also truthfully sways my opinion). I myself was intrigued but wasn’t sure if it was cute or just too much. And I’m so glad I did hold off on impulsively purchasing right then and there because it gave me time to ruminate on it and now I know I really do love it. Also, during those 6 months, I got my favorite Celine soft cube bag (which I still really love but am currently letting it “rest” so I don’t wear it out too soon) and realized I love leather bags that look soft and pillowy. So I was pretty sure when I bought this in February that I would love it.

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If I had a choice, I might have gone with the tan colored one, but since the black one was what’s available on TheRealReal, black it is! As for the quality of the calf leather of the Acne Studios bag, it’s really gorgeous. Comparing it to the calf leather of my Celine soft cube bag, I would say the grain of the Celine bag is slightly finer but not by much (but the Celine bag also retails for $700 more). And while the Celine bag is lined with calf leather, the Acne bag is lined with lambskin making the inside buttery soft but also helps keep the bag light (lambskin is lighter than calfskin).

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Since I’ve been using this bag during the rainy California winters, I first protected it with some Chamberlains Leather Milk No. 3 (reviewed here). It gave the leather a slight sheen, due to the slightly waxy formula that’s meant to repel water, but the bag has held up in downpours with no issues so far. Also the durable calfskin has held up great with zero scratches or nicks.

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The interior of the bag is divided into 2 sections with a zippered pocket divider. It’s perfect for keeping my things organized with my wallet and phone in one section, my keys in the zippered pocket, and everything else in the other section. The bag closes easily with snap buttons at the top, but I’m also not too worried about the security of the bag when wearing it over my shoulder or crossbody because the thick top handle tends to hide or cover the opening of the bag.

Currently all my bags have pretty thin crossbody or shoulder straps so I love the thickness of the Acne Studios strap and top handle. It makes carrying the bag super comfortable. Also the long crossbody strap is adjustable via some pegs on the sides of the bag that’s hidden by the mini knots.

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Having never tried Acne Studios clothing before, I wasn’t sure what to expect about the quality of these bags. But I have to say I’m quite impressed (and this is coming from a long time bag lover). These made in Italy leather bags are really beautiful and durable. Also the design is different enough so even though it’s a pretty minimal black bag, it’s not plain or boring.

Also the word musubi refers to my favorite rice ball snack (and in Hawaii, my favorite spam rice snack) which maybe makes me love the bag even more. But the word also works for the tying of the Obi sash on Japanese kimonos, which is what Acne Studios was referring to. Either way, I love this snack of a bag and can’t wait to get over 100 good wears with it!