August 12, 2013

3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli - Classic or Castoff?


The 3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli Satchel. The first time I ever saw this bag it caught my attention.  My love affair with it has grown stronger, especially over the past year. Let's be honest though - this is an investment. I'm not spending anywhere near this much on a bag I'm not going to like in.... forever. No seriously. The shape is classic, the design is great, I want it in black, but the question still remains - is it a classic? Is it going to look dated anytime soon? If I did get it, I'd hold out for the Shopbop Friends & Family sale in October and get it for 20% off. Still expensive, but certainly much better. 

What are your thoughts? And what bags do you have your eye on lately?

August 5, 2013

It's the little things...


We all have bad days. (Right? I surely hope so.)
I made a post a couple of months ago about some of my recent struggles. If you follow me on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc. (some links are over to the side, it's FashionsMaven for all of them), you see updates here and there on how things are going.
Honestly, it's pretty rough. There are a ton of side effects, there are complications, there are tough days... it can get a person down. 
I do have an appointment in 3 weeks where I plan to discuss either changing medications or moving on to whatever's next. It's time. 3 rounds of hell is enough for me. 
Anyway, so far the most important thing I've figured out is to appreciate the little things. Focus on them. Embrace them. Treasure them. 
It'll get you through. 
Last week on an especially rough day, I posted an Instagram picture alluding to what was going on and a couple of Tweets. The comments, responses, emails, texts, etc. - maybe it doesn't seem like a big deal, but it really turned my day around and helped me get through another difficult time. I don't overlook that, ever. It means the world to me. 
And I felt the need to share that, because I truly think it's important. 

"In the end, the most important thing to accept is that no matter how alone you feel, how painful it may be, with the help of those around you, you'll get through this too."