While I'm always on the hunt for a good bargain, there are two items I'm typically willing to invest a little more $$$ in--shoes and bags. In NYC, both are particularly clutch. I learned early on (after one blister too many!) that a good pair of shoes are especially important when walking is one of your primary modes of transportation, and a solid leather bag, which can withstand getting squished on the subway AND carry the million things you might need throughout the day, is equally key. But as a savvy shopper, it can be tough to find a stylish, quality bag at a reasonable price, so I was super thrilled to get introduced to Jentou, a new retail site promising ultra-luxe leather bags minus the mark-up.
Jentou was kind enough to send over this genuine leather python print bag ($185), and it was love at first sight. The leather is super soft and gorgeous with a light sheen, and I even spotted similar python bags online for $500+. Plus, it's the perfect size for toting around all my necessities--I was able to fit my Nikon DLSR, an umbrella, makeup and a bunch of random stuff in it with ease!
I styled the bag with an overall dress (similar one for $30 found here), a thrifted turtleneck and a pair of black booties from Dorothy Perkins, and topped it off with a boucle blue coat from Forever 21. (This particular coat is sold out, but the site has a ton of adorable boucle options--all under $40!!--on sale here!)
If you're on the hunt for that perfect leather bag at a not-outrageous price, Jentou has a ton of great styles, with prices starting at $58 and topping out under $200. AND, to make it an even better buy, use code "TALESFROMTHETHRIFT" at checkout for 10% off your purchase + free shipping. Happy hunting!! xo