Refined Link: FashionPhile

Ok so I have just discovered the most amazing site ever, FashionPhile! Simply put this site is handbag heaven. Not only do they stock the most amazing handbags from the best luxury designers, but they also buy bags from customers and allow you to put bags on layaway.

Having the layaway option is just brilliant. There are times I find a bag I love and by the time I am prepared to make the purchase, the bag has been grabbed by someone else.  Here are a few of my favorite pieces on the site.

Celine Trapeze Bag

Balenciaga Fleur Bag

Chanel Bag Moscow Collection

Bottega Veneta

Alexander Wang

I was very impressed with their selection. They also carry accessories, shoes and miscellaneous items like this Louis Vuitton globe.

They also have two store locations: one in Beverly Hills and another in San Francisco.  With something for everyone, at every price point it is no wonder bag addicts like me will rejoice when they discover this site.

Check out FashionPhile and let me know if you are as obsessed as I am.

Ps. this isn’t a sponsored post – I just simply love it.

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Refined Find: Mini Noe Bag

How cute is this? I must say this is my first time finding a mini Louis Vuitton Noe bag. I found this bag during my visit to Consigned Couture. This is just too precious to part with. Don’t be mad at me, but I convinced the owner of the store, Liz to keep it and add it to her personal collection.

Obviously, I had to share this super cute bag with you. Isn’t this just the cutest thing ever?

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Refined Find: Chanel Cuff

This find is a no-brainer. I dropped what I was looking at when I laid eyes on this Chanel cuff. Simply divine.

This cuff is black and turquoise with silver hardware. Perfect accessory for the summer and beyond. This Chanel piece is currently available at Dina C’s.

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Refined Find: Vintage MCM Bag

I have a soft spot for MCM. I am not going to reveal how old I am, but let’s just say it totally reminds me of the 80′s. I also have a soft spot for vintage bags – if you have been reading this blog – then you know “soft spot” is an understatement.

Wearing vintage really adds a touch of individuality to any look. A handbag is a perfect way to add a vintage touch without overdoing it.

This bag in particular caught my eye right away. I love the size, perfect for my iPad and other shatskis. It was priced for less than $100 – so I had to have it. Can you blame me?

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Refined Find: Yves Saint Laurent Sandals

Hey everyone, I am happy to be back blogging about my favorite past-time – consignment shopping.  I am also happy to report that the local consignment shops did not take break from curating great merchandise while I was gone. So let’s dive in, shall we?

How adorable are these Yves Saint Laurent rubber sandals? They completely caught my eye right away. Perfect for these hot summer days. Best part – they are priced at $75. I didn’t pick them up for myself because I ended up finding another item I will share with you later in the week.

These YSL sandals are currently available at Dina C’s Fab & Funky Consignment Boutique.

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Refined Announcement

I have returned from vacation to a new job that I absolutely love. However, it has affected the amount of time I can spend visiting stores on a weekly basis. I will be taking some time off from blogging to get accustomed to my new routine and will return to posting soon.

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Refined Event: Vacation

Hey everyone! I’m excited to report that I will be on vacation this week. Headed to a beautiful island abroad and will be going off the grid. That means I will not be posting on the blog.

Au revoir!

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Refined Find: Chanel Denim Bag

While working on a special project in Miami, I stopped by Miami Twice. Recommended by a friend of mine, Miami Twice was quite the treat during my visit. I found a wide selection of Chanel bags I normally don’t see at other consignment shops. Like this one, a Chanel small denim tote with gold hardware.

For more information about this bag, please contact Miami Twice.

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7 Reasons To Shop Consignment

1. Consignment shops today are a lot different. Most stores are no longer filled with old merchandise no one would be caught wearing or using. Some of the stores I visit are so beautiful, you’d never guess the merchandise was previously owned. Most stores carry a wide selection of quality pieces in great condition. Some items have never been used and still have tags on them.

2. You will find amazing designer pieces at the fraction of their retail value. This was  what started it all for me. It’s all about owning a quality item, in great condition for less.

3. You’ll find unique pieces no one else has. I never know what I will find in a consignment shop or where an item may originate from. Whether it’s a statement necklace or a vintage handbag, you just never know.

4. Vintage, vintage, vintage! Most stores have a vintage section. Some of these pieces are consigned by vintage collectors, older consignors or family members of someone who no longer has use for the item.

5. Perfect for special events. Black tie events and weddings often put us in a tizzy. Most women just don’t have gowns or dresses that are appropriate for a special occasion  laying around. Who wants to spend a ton of money on something we will probably just wear once? Not me.

6. It’s the green thing to do. Shopping consignment it’s one of the most efficient ways to recycle clothing, accessories and even furniture. As a consignor, you earn money and as a shopper, you save money.

7. Everybody’s doing it. Consignment has gotten a big boost lately and it no longer holds the stigma it used to. With the popularity of TV show like House of Consignment and Fashion Hunters, consignment shopping has actually become pretty chic.

If you never have shopped consignment here are some helpful tips. If you have, then I am sure you know what I’m talking about.

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Refined Finds: Bottega Veneta, Celine, Versace and Chanel Bags

Without further ado, here are the rest of the bags I found at Consignment Bar in Miami last week. Above is a rare turquoise leather Bottega Veneta satchel. Scroll for more handbag porn.

Chanel caviar leather toiletries bag. (Could double as a purse, just saying).

Vintage Versace black satin and crystals bag.

Last but certainly not least – Celine knitted hobo bag.

These unique handbags can be found at Consignment Bar. Please contact them directly for additional information.

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