#toteswang

When I got the Shopbop email, informing me that there was 35% off practically everything on site I started breathing quickly and moved faster than a tramp on chips.

I contemplated one of their vintage Chanel bags but ultimately decided to be "sensible" and buy a small bag that would be good for casual days and nights.

Meet the the Alexander Wang Rockie in Oyster.

This is what I would define as "cute". I love mini versions of larger bags and have major crushes on both the Celine Nano Luggage and 3.1 Philip Lim Pashli mini satchel.

The Rockie is of course the Rocco made smaller and, thankfully, lighter. Even packed with my DSLR, wallet and the obligatory lip products, it's still easy on the shoulder. The Oyster shade is a murky grey and a great neutral - particularly when off-set with some delicious pale gold hardware.

I am going to justify this as a both fun and practical purchase! Yes, that is what I am telling myself :)






Blazer: Topshop
Top: ASOS - Link!
Jeans: Topshop (still my favourites :) - Link!
Bag: Alexander Wang - Link!

Sorry I have been absent from the blog.

I am going to be completely honest here...I had a scab/burn on my face and felt Rough, with a capital R. Am I vain? Hell yes!

This burn, I think, was caused by me being naughty, picking a juicy spot and then using a Zelens Bio Peel pad on my face - no doubt rubbing it into spotty area with great zest.

Big mistake. Big. Huge.

I have been down this road before - a certain over-zealous use of Mario Badescu's glycolic acid cleanser in the early 2000's - and it looked exactly the same.

The past week has been a compelling reminder that concealer, no matter how opaque,  doesn't work well to hide scabby textures. I have just had to cope (#firstworldproblems) and simply hope that nobody thought I had herpes.

On that note, happy Tuesday :) 

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    1. Thanks Meggan! It's so cute - i love it :)

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  2. Love it, Good to hear it's lighter mine is so heavy I am not using as much I as would...I should exchnage it for this one because it is sooooo cute !!!!!!

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    1. Oh I think you would really love it. It still has some weight to it but only in that "reassuring quality" sense. It's not going to cause shoulder damage. Definitely recommend :)

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  3. This is beautiful, such a perfect size too! x

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    1. Thanks Carly - it really fits a lot of stuff...i guess it's kind of a midi bag...not too big and not too small.

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  4. I bought the same bag this weekend (bigger version)! Love the color and style. Good taste =)

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    1. Yay! OMG I would love to see the bigger version - do you have a pic?

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  5. Weeps with envy! Such a beautiful shade! I love the outfit pairing! On the scab front, been there, it happened to be on the week I was meeting new friends, they later said they thought I was odd, not from having a burn scar across my forehead but purely because of the way I was acting, talking to them with my head facing away.

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    1. ah i can relate. I have definitely tilted my head a particular way during conversation so that people cannot see the burn but i probably only ended up looking like a weirdo with a contorted neck. i am fooling nobody. Thank god it is flaking away and leaving a scar - a scar I can deal with!

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  6. That bag is to die for Laura! I think I prefer it over the rocco, although not sure why. I just love that color - greige at it's finest!

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    1. Its definitely cuter - and lighter - so I think if you like this style its a good choice :)

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  7. Love how cute Rockie is! I recently bought a Focco and can't believe I hadn't bought it sooner! :)

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    1. Ah the Focco! I used my black one until it fell apart :) now THAT was a good purchase!

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  8. This bag is so cute! Love it x

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  9. I saw the title to this and I immediately thought "She didn't!". It's so cute I can't cope. Well jel to the highest degree.

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    1. Oh yes I did! haha it's seriously cute....i am enjoying flashing it around :)

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  10. I also love the Celine nano luggage, and the mini Rocco is soo cute xx

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    1. The Celine is soooo cute. I tried it on and fell in love but the price tag was a major no-no :) haha

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  11. yes, that bag is really cute! and the colour is amazing!! it looks like the perfect camera bag :)

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    1. Ha! It really is! :) It fits my Canon and big chunky lens no problem. I think it's a must for a professional photographer like you Mila! :)

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  12. Gorgeous bag and outfit! Love! xx

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  13. Sooo in love with the bag...may just have to get one!
    Would love you to check out my latest outfit post :)
    Have a fab Tuesday Hun xoxo
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    1. Love you bag...swoon! Gorgeous rich, berry colour. PS. Now following :) Should have officially done this a long time ago as I always see you comment :) Thanks Adele!

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  14. sorry to hear about the scab! I've gotten hideous skin scabs on my face before and the only thing that works is eczema cream :S
    On a better note tho! that bag is gorgeous! I love the oyster shade :)

    xox
    Jen
    www.jennyscribbles.com

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    1. Yeah I needed to slap on some heavy duty E45 but have had to just wait it out as it flakes off. Learned my lesson not to pick spot and then use acid based product though!

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  15. bag is gorgeous! i know how you feel about that 'burnt' on the face! believe it or not (oh god please believe) it is 'nazar', you have been looking absolutely gorgeous nowadays, it is like an invitation to evil eye :) it really helps to keep an evil eye something (jewellery, sticker whatever) with you in all times! :)

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    1. Ah thank you - i really don't feel that gorgeous ever but I always go somewhere with my evil eye...I am semi-obsessed with them :)

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  16. Cute bag! Love the neutral colour! Lol I stopped doing OOTD on my blog because I'm
    Pregnant and therefore chubby lol so I'm with you on the vain front !

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    1. No do the OOTD's! I want to see :) And congratulations - hope you have you push present all planned out haha

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  17. I definitely NEED this bag. It's just too irrestible!

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    1. I agree. It's a great size too - not too big or too small :)

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  18. the bag is sooo cute, the color is great
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    1. I love it :) Am hoping it will go with lots of different things :)

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  19. glad your back and sorry to hear about the 'burn/scab' on your face! absolutely gorgeous bag and i'm so freaking jealous! i would obviously kill to have a rockie (and a rocco too please?) but i think i'll have to wait for a while before that ever happens... X

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    1. Highly recommend the Wang bags. They are such nice quality and although the style has been copied they still definitely feel special :) Thanks Beth!

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  20. I wish I owned your handbag collection.
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    1. :) I have a major, major problem with handbags...I think I mainly work so that I can buy them :)

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  21. that bag is gorgeous! Do you like this one, or your black one better? ;D

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  22. I absolutely love your style! Just ahh...

    Was this sale for Cyber Monday only? I just went to the site and it doesn't seem like they are having a site-wide sale. :'(

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  23. Oh, yes I have a lovely red spot on my nose and I'm not touching it. Concealer is working, just fine.

    Absolutely, love the hand bag. The size is perfect!

    Monica
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  24. I am in love with the Rockie! It's so diddy, I may have been actually sad enough to have sighed at the sight of it!

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  25. I love your bag!!! So perfect! Great outfit!

    xx

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  26. The bag is so beautiful :) It goes so well with your outfit! xx

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  27. Oh my god that bag is beautiful, serious bag envy!

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  28. Gorgeous bag and I definitely prefer it to the Rocco! x

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  29. Gorgeous bag! I actually bought my first Alexander Wang purchase this weekend in the Black Friday sale. I purchased the Darcy hobo in Birchwood, which somehow feels a little lighter. The leather feels buttery soft! They just feel so substantial!

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  30. Great look, once again!! Love the bag!! :) ♥
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  31. Love it! Your bag posts are a danger to my bank account... just got the MIU MIU Vitello in pink for my college graduation... purchase inspired by you! :)

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    1. Ha ha! I did exactly same a couple of months ago! Love it :-)

      Jo x amomentwithjo

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  32. I absolutely LOVE that bag, so perfect! :)

    -Signe
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  33. The more I see that top, the more I want it. I need to get on it while they still have my size in stock and as for the Rockie, so cute. I *nearly* brought the Rocco when you facebooked the discount code. Obviously now I've seen the Rockie, I'm going to be spoilt for choice next time there is a Wang sale on somewhere.

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  34. OMG can that bag just appear in our closet already? It's fabulous!!!
    plus your white blouse is gorgeous! we're suckers for a unique white blouse . . . .

    xo. c & v
    cake & valley

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  35. At least you are all back to normal now! Gorgeous bag :)

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  36. Such a gorgeous bag.

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  37. This bag is adorable!

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  38. Aww look at that tiny Wang!

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  39. Beautiful bag! Great choice - what a dangerous email to be sent by Shopbop!
    Hope your skin is healing up ok :-)

    Jo x amomentwithjo

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  40. I was prepared for cute but that is a really really cute bag. Loving the jeans but I've experienced really bad fading of colour from Topshop jeans before.

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  41. Ouch! I just did something very similar with my own face, and it is KILLING me, because I have so many things lined up for this week. I thought that if I picked the blemish and then put a ton of acne-fighting medication on it my skin would clear up in time. No. No, my skin has not cleared up and in fact looks 10,000 times worse because it is not only a red lump, but dry and irritated as well.

    Best of luck as far as healing goes!

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  42. Oh, that bag is gorgeous! I think I even prefer it to the Rocco. Scandalous. ;)

    Keep calm and carry lipstick.

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  43. Your top is so cute and I adore your bag! Everyone loves a bit of Alexander Wang! I have his Emile tote and can't get enough of it! That's horrible to hear about your skin reaction :( I'm glad it's getting better though!

    Gem x
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  44. Really love your cute bag. I hope you feel better now. A great purchase always cheers me up!
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  46. i feel your pain with the scabby face. my face reacts like that with bezoyl peroxide. i recently discovered sisley express flower gel. i slather it on over night, and use it on my scabby bits during the day under makeup. works wonders. this time i only had scabby face for 2 days instead of over a week.
    Yvonne

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  47. Love this bag and your style is always impeccable!

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  48. I love this bag, it's so cute! I love the detailing on the bottom.

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  49. I've tried on the Rockie in Cayenne before, but the Oyster colour has such smooth leather!

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  50. Ah welcome to my world. Bad skin for 18 months now with no cure. The circumstances have to be right for a photo of me to make it onto the World Wide Web! :(

    You look amazing as always. Love the bag!

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  51. I literally 'aww'd when I saw this bag, it's so cute!

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  52. "I have to go shopping now" :)
    Loving the bag!

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  53. Great bag :) I just picked up the Rocco in Oyster last week as a birthday treat. Its a fab colour/stud combo! Looks even cutie in the Rockie :) x

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  54. Uhh I love your top!
    The whole outfit is super cute!

    >> milna89.blogspot.com <<

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  55. I love the top and the color of the bag is amazing!

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  56. Love that Alexander Wang bag- gorgeous!! I am your newest follower :D

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  57. Every word of this post has paled into insignificance when you quoted pretty woman...this made me smile! Not a mistake :)

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  58. where did you get that bracelet? It looks like a rose gold cuff with something engraved on it?

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  60. I feel your pain on the facial burn. Once I left some Nair on my upper lip a tad too long and another time I accidentally dunked my chin in a bowl of scalding water while steaming my face :| #facepalm #lifelessons

    But on another note, that bag if freaking gorgeous! I also love mini versions of cult classics. I just find that they're a bit more practical (and the smaller price tag doesn't hurt either!)

    <3

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