Sunday, July 31, 2011

feelin' blue...

it's the middle of summer and it's been so foggy here the last few days it's driving me crazy....not much of a summer outfit, but here's my petrol stam in action with a lil free people jacket...vintage top, theory pants...somehow this jacket matches petrol EXACTLY!!

i found it on sale at macys, but it's also on sale here:
http://www.freepeople.com/herringbone-puff-sleeve-jacket/





Saturday, July 30, 2011

Petrol stam: the dream come true

...so yes, I love the stam...and one of my days on dear old ebay, I found this random listing with pretty crappy pictures. I actually thought this puppy was a black icy stam, so I immediately emailed two close purse addict pals the listing....I then started looking a bit closer and a bit longer....the black looked awfuly inky....almost greeny. I thought 'nah...couldn't be' and then I got to one picture where it most definitely had that lucid gasoline color to it: PETROL!

So as the adrenaline kicked in, I hit that wonderful BIN button that never fails to excite those cursed with the shopping gene, and then emailed the seller all calm like for those lil key pictures. I authenticate bags on PurseForum.com in the MJ section. I used to do LV too, but it's been years and my skills have grown a bit rusty. I knew for this particular stam, there were 2 money shots. and also it would reveal the true color of the bag...

thank goodness for the few sane sellers left on there, the seller obliged and I felt like I had just discovered some long lost ancient relic and just sat there in front of my computer screen and uttered the word "GODDAMN"

and so that was the story that basically made me birthday and the whole month....that was last month and this is THE elusive PETROL stam bag from fall 2005: eat your heart out baby!

oh, and ebay also graced me with a matching ZC just a few weeks prior...could it get any better?


Friday, July 8, 2011

The elusive Petrol stam....a novel: chapter 1

If you know anything about the fall 2005 collection, or Stam bags in general, then I am sure you've seen the picture of Linsay Lohan carrying a nice pretty blue toned bag....



Way back in 2005, I was under some incredible lucky circumstances and managed to be able to order a taupe stam from Bergdorf Goodman. Here's a lovely shot of the nappa taupe version from Neiman Marcus's look-book....I'm pretty sure it was an exclusive.




I don't know if I have ever shared with you, my dear readers, how my MJ fascination took off in flight or how I discovered my love of the brand. I know I have shared tidbits on The Purse Forum....where I frequently post. It all happened one fine day while browsing the latest issue of vogue....august or september....and I stumbled across a lovely editorial with the flame haired vixen Karen Elson. The last picture in the shoot was this gorgeous red knit dress, a fluffy cat and an amazing bag. At that time, I did not know who or what MARC JACOBS was.....



After seeing this I frantically began searching boards and forums for ID's and maker....I totally thought it was a Chanel or Versace or something. My thread got combined with another and I found out about the man MARC JACOBS....

Soon after that, stores began selling out. Barneys was out. Celebs were being spotted with the bags as fast as the paparazzi's flash bulbs were going off. In the decade of the "It-bag" a new one was born in the early months of fall 2005.



I was so lucky to have gotten one back then. It came in a huge silver gift box with a purple ribbon I still have. I couldn't believe the weight of it when I got it. And honest to god I was terrified and in amazement of something so beautiful, something so expensive...

years have gone by. My taupe stam has been so many places with me....job interviews, conventions, shopping trips, parties, college and honeymoons...concerts and dinners....

Since my initial infatuation with MJ....I must have owned almost every goddamn style he has ever put out. A lot of styles just did not work...whether it be the weight or the style or the colors....there always seemed to be something. Last year I started to realize that I fell in love with the stam, and perhaps it wasn't complete insanity after buying and selling countless bags, to perhaps have multiples of one I adores, one that worked for me..

And so this year I have tried to make it a point in buying things I know will last me years, and style-wise I know will work for me day to day. It's one of the reasons I adore the stam bag: it's chic simplicity, it's easy access, it's classic quilting and myriad of colors...I swear it's a dream bag. It's ingenious. It's practical, it's perfection.

to be continued....



Tuesday, July 5, 2011

what? new bag update!

so it's been months right since i updated this bloggy. In that time....actually within the last month... I managed to get pretty darn lucky on ebay and find some bags from Fall 2005 that I had never thought I would be lucky enough to own.

First came a rare lil gem. I would say bordeaux, violet and petrol are the hardest "icy" leather color combos to find these days. black and taupe probably more common...
I found it funny the seller thought the hardware (being that nice brushed antique brass that i drool over) had 'tarnish'....no no dear....'twas made that way!

so here was my first score of june....a small baby bordeaux icy stam from fall 2005. as seen in my last post here....



The color is really interesting....like a purpley merlot wine. Not really burgundy, not really red....really gorgeous though...

I really cant wait until fall, so then this puppy can get mixed in with warm shades of browns and chestnuts....sweater knits and woolens...it's made for fall dressing!

but for right now, here's my best summer look

Monday, July 4, 2011

a warm summer wedding....


the colors were child-like....yellow, orange and red. but what better way to put an icey bordeaux baby stam to use? dress from H&M. i have to say I NEVER wear polyester, but I was terribly desperate for a dress. The colors worked....