Brights Rule, Girls Drool: Bold Spring Shoes, Bags and Dresses

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marc jacobs bag violet

TGIF, gals! Sorry I’m a little hella behind with blogging today, but it was one of those days where every little thing took longer than usual. Don’t you hate it when that happens?


So, about last night! — thanks for helping me figure out my lipstick for the Saks Fifth Avenue event! I ended up wearing a mix (yup, a mix) of Chanel’s Porto Rotondo and Lipari Aqualumiere.

I gotta give it up to the 30-something girls who can still party like rocks stars on school nights because I sure can’t. One of my BFF’s, C-Money, was my plus one for the evening, and after the show we went out for a late dinner. By the time I got home it was almost midnight, and I was totally wiped out (I’m usually asleep by then!).

That’s one of my BFF’s, C-Money. We’ve been friends for over 20 years!

Needless to say, I can’t come-on-shake-shake-it like I did in my 20s. To all Thursday night partiers everywhere — PROPS!

Anyhoo, last night’s Saks fashion event was pretty fun. It was a mini-spring show hosted by the bodacious blogging babes over at Fab Sugar.


They had the models stand on little blocks instead of a runway, and then the spectators walked around checking out the clothes, drinking (free cocktails) and not-so-quietly rocking out to a killer ’80s music mix.

I liked that you could get so close to the clothes. I love big, glitzy runway shows, but sometimes when you really want to see the clothes there’s someone with big hair sitting in front of you.

I was hoping to win a Marc Jacobs purse they gave away in a raffle, but no such luck. I pray it went to a good home…

Saks puts on mini-fashion events like this one every so often. You can find out about upcoming local events on the Saks Fifth Avenue website.

The whole time I was at the show I was surrounded by expensive spring purses and shoes. Dude, it was totally like teasing a dog with bacon. Even though everything was out of my price range, it was still a lot of fun to window shop.

The purses were all about color, like the violet Marc by Marc Jacobs purse ($500) shown up top.

rebecca minkoff mustard yellow

And yellow was in the house. I couldn’t stop drooling over the Morning After Mini purse by Rebecca Minkoff ($550). Toting it around would be like having a little slice of sunshine on your arm.

rebecca minkoff yellow detail

Check out the gold hardware detailing on the side. Ohmigosh, SO CUTE!

christian louboutin shoes teal

There were plenty of rich blues and teals, too, like this patent leather Picador slingback heel by Christian Louboutin ($625).

diane von furstenberg lightning cobalt dress

I saw this cobalt blue and white Lightning dress by Diane Von Furstenberg on one of the models and wanted to take it home…

diane von furstenberg lightning cobalt dress sad face

…but the $365 price tag scared me away.

bright hats

What do you think about these bright hats? Is it just me, or is the hot pink one in the middle kinda Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s?

karen wearing hat

I tried it on but couldn’t see a damn thing in it, LOL! Not super practical.

chanel shoes back

chanel shoes side

While Brights totally ruled, there were some great black pieces, too, like these black patent sandals by Chanel ($1,300) with zipper detailing on the back. They’re anything but basic. Love ’em!

prada shoes

And can you imagine how tall you’d look in these platform cork sandals by Prada ($700)?

rebecca minkoff  studded bag

My friend C-Money isn’t really a bag person. She kept giving me crap for liking this black and gold Rebecca Minkin Stud Devotee bag ($700). I guess it’s borderline over-the-top (code word for tacky), but I thought it was kinda cute.

kooba bag

She did, however, approve of this very sweet black bag by Kooba ($480). πŸ™‚

Striking a pose with Emily!

Besides getting the chance to hang with my pal and drool over accessories I can’t afford, I got the random chance to meet a few MBB readers, like Emily from Pleasanton. What’s up, Em?!

Spending a weeknight out reminded me that it’s fun to change my regular routine every once in a while. I think I’m going to try harder over the next few months to do new things like this more often.

So tell me about your day. What was the highlight of your Friday?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Ashley Jean says:

    Ha ha I think that purse is cool too Karen!
    If I ever spent $500+ on shoes I’d be pretty sure I’d totally lost my mind, but I cannot help but worship at the altar of Christian Louboutin. Maybe in a couple years we’ll meet on ebay…

    • Karen says:

      Hi Ashley,

      Ha! Me too. I would want to wrap up those shoes in plastic so they wouldn’t get scuffed. Imagine how heartbreaking it would be to get gum stuck to the bottom… the horror!

  2. Citrine says:

    I love that teal heel from Louboutin…(The price is scaring me away…)

    Citrine´s last blog post..Stila Allover Shimmer Brush Number 19

  3. Shiny says:

    Wow, looks like your night was super fun – also the outfit is soo cute.

    I spent Friday mildly hungover from my drinking all of Thursday (and I mean all, I started around 3:30 in the afternoon – so 7 hours) to celebrate the last day of classes. I also give props to the Thursday night party-ers, I just can’t do it anymore!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Shiny,

      Congrats on finishing classes, WOOT!

      What’s your poison, girlfriend? I like most drinks but stay far, far away from anything with vodka, blech!

  4. Miss QQ says:

    Hi Karen. It looked like you had lots of fun. I love the Chanel sandles! I have a weakness for black patent leather.

  5. Catherine says:

    Aww, looks like you guys had a lot of fun! Wish I had a Saks near me. And LOL. Karen, you make me feel so old. I’m only 20 (21 on Sunday!) and I can’t even keep up with the Thursday night partiers anymore. So props to you!! In fact, the only thing that really excites me about my upcoming birthday is being able to buy wine for cooking at Trader Joe’s. LOL.

    Catherine´s last blog post..Review & Comparison: L’Occitane Grape Beauty Body Oil & Almond Supple Skin Oil

    • Karen says:

      Hi Catherine,

      It’s all about the two buck Chuck. πŸ˜‰

      Happy early birthday! Are you going to do it up or are you gonna keep it a mellow celebration?

  6. VampyVarnish says:

    That looks like so much fun!

    I totally hear you about partying on a “school” night. I am the world’s biggest baby now. I have 1 drink and it’s lights out. Of course I do get up at 5:10 am for work every day so I am usually in bed by 9-9:30 pm! I remember the days when I would get HOME at 5:10 from partying! πŸ™‚

    VampyVarnish´s last blog post..BB Couture New Colors!

    • Karen says:

      Hi VampyVarnish,

      LOL, I hear that! I remember *leaving* the house to go clubbing at 10. Now I’m in bed at that time. πŸ™‚

      And if I do go out I feel like I need to be home by midnight. Maybe I secretly fear my ride will turn into a pumpkin!

      I can’t believe you get up at 5:10. Are you a morning person by nature?

  7. Apple Diva says:

    Hey Karen,

    You know my birthday is coming up in the late summer, so you will have enough time to get me the yellow bag…. ;-D

    Your lil nephew says hi.

    Apple Diva´s last blog post..Beauty Bubble : 14 Products That WonÒ€ℒt Keep Your Skin Young

    • Karen says:

      Hi Apple Diva,

      πŸ™‚ It’s a sweet bag, isn’t it? Think of all the baby stuff you could throw in there!

      Big hugs to you and kisses to the lil’ one!

  8. Briana says:

    OMG! I love those teal Louboutin’s!
    Looks like you had a good time! I’m only 22 and I can’t keep up with the partiers anymore lol. I’m old for my time I guess.
    The highlight of my Friday was getting emailed back to arrange an interview for a job I applied for, and also getting an interview at Ikea this afternoon πŸ™‚
    Hope you have a great weekend Karen!

    Briana´s last blog post..7 Things I love

    • Karen says:

      Hi Briana,

      That’s great news to hear about the interviews. How did the Ikea one go? Do you think you might get the job?

      You have a good weekend, too. πŸ™‚

  9. Latia says:

    Us makeup junkies will spend ooooodles on product but will freeze at the sight of a $200 plus price tag on clothes/shoes/accessories. I’m TOTALLY guilty…I have seriously considered purchasing Creme de la Mer products but will be offended at the price tag of a loverly pair of CLs.

    Anyone need a kidney b/c I’d be glad to sell it for those blue CLs, Yellow Marc by Marc Jacobs bag, and other gooooodes…

    (kidding authorities, only kidding about the kidney sell.)

    • Karen says:

      Hi Latia,

      You and me both, girl! Why is it so easy to justify purchasing a MAC collection, but oh so hard to part with the bucks when it comes to one pair of shoes or a purse? It’s kinda baffling, now that I think about it.

  10. No I am definitely NOT a morning person in fact I am way more of a night owl. But I decided I would rather get to work early and leave early (3:30) than sleep in a bit and get home late. My commute is 1 1/2 hours each way so if I left at 5:00 I wouldn’t even get home until 6:30, OW!

    Vampy Varnish´s last blog post..BB Couture New Colors!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Vampy Varnish,

      Holy wow! That’s a long way to go. It’s kinda par for the course for Bay Area commutes, though. Do you have to drive or do you take public transpo?

      My best commute ever was to my last job. It was ten minutes away by car! Other than that I always had monstrous commutes.

      I’m a night person, too. I guess we really do end up being like our pets. πŸ™‚

  11. Jean C says:

    hi Karen! you’re so pretty! and you seem so friendly (you actually reply every comment!)

    just wanna say I LOVE YOUR MAKE UP TIPS. i try them and they always work. haha.

    P.S. Love that you started doing videos!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Jean C.,

      Thank you. πŸ™‚ It is very nice to meet you! I’m happy to hear that the tips have been helping you!

      Do you have a favorite makeup brand?

  12. Diva Style says:

    Love the dress! Stylin’!:-)

    Diva Style´s last blog post..I’m Baaaack!!~

  13. dimpy says:

    hi karen, i think you look really beautiful……..stylish n wow…….

  14. Mahreez says:

    hey i really like the skirt that you’re wearing, do you mind telling where you bought it from? thanks.

    Mahreez´s last blog post..# 3 Shanghai Neighborhood

  15. Marta says:

    I love the Louboutin

  16. Shiny says:

    I didn’t drink beer in my undergrad at all… but now it’s beer and cider… I’m still paying for Thursday night πŸ™

    • Karen says:

      Hi Shiny,

      Beer was an acquired taste for me, too. I really like it now, though. Sometimes I even crave it. Beer + pizza = heaven.

      Oh — I’ve noticed it takes longer to recover now, too! SUCKS!

  17. Glosslizard says:

    I pondered going to that event, but I have no money and was scared off by the grim spectre of waking up Friday morning! LOL!

    Love love love that violet M by MJ bag!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Glosslizard,

      Yeah, even with the 15% shopping discount card I got at the door I still would have to save some serious pennies to shop there.

      Every time I think of that violet bag I get a little misty eyed…

  18. Mishel says:

    Karen, this post is such a tease, haha! I love the warm and neutral MAC palettes…and I can’t even begin on those blue heels!!!

    Anyways, I wanted to tell you this event sounded awesome, and you looked super gorgeous in ur lil high waisted skirt and flat ironed hair. =D

    • Karen says:

      Hi Mishel,

      I know! I hope I dream about those shoes every night for the next month. πŸ™‚

      LOL, the best thing about high waisted outfits is that they hold the tummy in!

      Are you having a good weekend so far?

  19. lesley says:

    Um, those Chanel shoes are to die for! I wonder if the model found them painful… hmm. You look really cute in your outfit Karen! πŸ™‚

  20. Christina says:

    Thanks for letting us know about the lip color!

    And those purses are GORGEOUS…

    Christina´s last blog post..New Dead ManÒ€ℒs Bones Video!

  21. Fabienne says:

    omG Karen! Thank you for the Bag porn <33 I’m glad to see you had a good time at Saks!

  22. Stacie says:

    Oh, look at all the pretties! Loving all the shoes! Of course, all of that is way outside my price range. Sigh.

  23. VampyVarnish says:

    I take BART and then my company has a shuttle. So it’s all good because that’s when I get my reading in! It actually goes by a lot faster than you would think, especially after 7 years of doing it! πŸ™‚

    VampyVarnish´s last blog post..Color Club Electro Candy Collection Summer 2009

  24. Marisol says:

    How fun! I am so bummed that I didn’t run into you there. i was there for about an hour or so. Basically, long enough to oogle some killer fashion & drink plenty of champagne. The party continued over at the Cheesecake factory where my plus one and I decided to continue drinking. Friday morning I woke up with a sugar/champagne induced headache. Girl, I can’t hang anymore!

    Did you check out the Matt & Nat bags? They are the vegan bags that were across from the DJ. Expensive but cute!

    Marisol´s last blog post..Back to Counting…

  25. Adina says:

    I know that outfit, gotta love bebe πŸ˜‰ I have that skirt too!

    <3 your blog K, hope you will give mine a look-see πŸ™‚

  26. Emily says:

    I was internetless for the weekend, but I’m back! And famous! πŸ™‚ It was great to meet you, Karen!

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