Sunday, August 22, 2010

Serious lemming.

A few years ago we were in the US (after the long European honeymoon). Our first stop was Las Vegas. I hadn't ever been to Las Vegas before and I have to admit I was really surprised about how much I liked it. I don't gamble, I'm not a massive fan of nightclubs but I do love eating out, shopping and going to shows so I had a fabulous time. The thing I like about Vegas is that there is something for everyone. We went back again this year and I loved it as much as I did the first time.

But I digress.

One of my great loves (shopping) is very well represented in Las Vegas, particularly at Fashion Show Mall. They have some of the best stores there including a Nordstroms, a Neiman Marcus and a Saks as well as lots of other High Street stores (Gap, Banana Republic, Zara etc.). It's new and connects easily with the shops at the Venetian and Palazzo and the Wyatt.

It was at Fashion Show that I first saw this bag.
It is so me - gorgeous, leopardy goodness. It was, however, a little expensive for me, especially after the excesses of Europe. I thought about it and decided I couldn't really afford it. I had already purchased an amazing leopard Furla Bag in Florence so couldn't really justify the price.

Fast forward about 2 weeks and I was still thinking about that clutch. By this stage we were in San Francisco after a great road trip through Yosemite and a few blissful days in the Napa Valley. We went for a wander through Union Square and there, in Nordstroms, was the bag. I reeeeeeeally wanted it. I dreamed about it. But the price was just too expensive. I bought a much cheaper Steve Madden leopard clutch at Macys instead. I like it, but I don't love it if you know what I mean.

And yesterday, my Net-a-Porter Fall/Winter catalogue arrived in the mail. There on the "Animal Insticts" page was the bag. Two years later. It's currently on the US Net-a-Porter site for $350 US dollars ($390 Australian) which is really out of my price range at the moment (particularly with the exxy $55 US shipping and the upcoming trip to the UK on the cards), so I think I might have to wait to see if it comes on the UK site at a bit more reasonable price... They have a gold version for 127 pounds which works out to be about $220 plus shipping which is a lot more reasonable... And that's almost affordable for me right now.

It's almost Serendipity. Like it was meant to be. I have emailed the UK site to find out whether they are going to get it in - fingers crossed.

And then I'll have to decide whether I should buy it.



CameronPoe2409 said...

It sounds like this bag is meant to be yours, good luck with the UK search for it. I got married in Vegas last year and loved it, its a fab place there is so much to do as well as the gambling. We followed Vegas with a return trip to San Francisco which is I place I would truly like to live. Glad you enjoyed them too!

Anonymous said...

Such a nice bag and definitely something you can use again and again. I think after waiting for so long and still loving this bag, it's definitely meant to be! If you can afford it, you should get it - treat yourself! Good luck!

Not Quite Nigella said...

Ooh I hope it makes it way into your hands one day Kitty! :D