11.17.2009

Tightwad Tuesday: Chloe Paraty for Pennies

One should always be in the company of a handbag that makes you dazzle – a shoulder accoutrement, or tantalizing tote which hangs elegantly from the crook of your arm; enticing passersby to cast quick, envious glances in your direction, only to look the other way when you catch their eye, too haughty to admit that they covet the pretty in your possession.

Let’s get things straight right off the bat, darlings…to dazzle, it is not a prerequisite for a handbag to be decked out in glittering rhinestones or sparkles; nor is it necessary for it to be dipped in gold, or covered in studs. An accessory that truly dazzles is one with character that shines from within; quite like that found via Chloe’s Paraty Medium Tote.

There are no outrageous embellishments adorning her smooth surface, or stop-them-dead-in-their-tracks shades that will make it nearly impossible for you not to stick out like a sore thumb. In place of those unnecessary attributes is timeless charm, classic refinement, and a desire to get down and party with the posh Paraty!

Soft, supple black leather receives a gilded makeover with subtle goldtone hardware lacing the top handle; while a shoulder strap makes it easy for one to sling the bag around their body criss-cross applesauce style, or simply allow it to dangle haphazardly to and fro in the chicest of ways as they lug this luxurious bit of luggage here, there, and everywhere.

But no, I won’t be partying ‘til the break of dawn with the Paraty anytime soon, courtesy of the four-digit number - $1,895.00 – which, sadly, comes attached to it. At $46.00, however, Emmie is every bit as enticing to both me and my current budget.

Like the Paraty, Emmie is luscious and luxurious, and can be donned in a multitude of fashions; making her a worthy contender of my affections.

Which road are you traveling today, dolls? Tightwad or spendthrift?


Fashionably yours!


Thanks to Saks Fifth Avenue and Mimi Boutique for the pictures.


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43 comments

Inspiration in Italy said...

Your 1st paragraph is genius, and the 2nd even better! I agree with you...Emmie looks luxurious and very flexible for styling!

Ciao Bella! ♥
Rachel

Leah said...

When it comes to bags, my priority is the quality. So that said, you know what road I'm traveling.

Although the Chloe Paraty is not in my wish list right now. I find it a bit small for my huge bag taste.

Federica said...

Oh I love this!!

Style, via TIa said...

"courtesy of the four-digit number" so funny but very true I am a straight tightwad today.

Closet Cravings said...

I so heart the Chloe Paraty Medium Tote. Oh bag - how I love you.

Jaime said...

Such a gorgeous bag... I like the camel colored one... I must see if the Mimi Boutique carries it in that color! :)

Jamie Jenson said...

I think I actually like the cheaper one better! I love it! I can't believe anyone has enough money to buy the real deal.

Princess Liberty said...

These bags are lovely. If only I could buy them !

gleenn said...

This post actually made me evaluate my collection of bags and i realized that i go more for quality despite price. i love the design of the second bag though ;)

Couture Carrie said...

Fabulous affordable find, darling!

xoxox,
CC

P.S. You will love Cerave!

Niks La Mode. said...

just stumbled across your blog. Love the bag its haute!!! I live for oversized handbags!!! :)

http:la-mode-at.blogspot.com

Nikki

Jennifer Fabulous said...

I love that bag!! I'm all for the cheap version. And I'm not even sure if I can afford that these days. Sigh. :(

janettaylor said...

LUV!

X♥X♥

Rachel said...

Both of these look great! They're so similar and they're definitely the perfect size for all my stuff I have to carry! :)

Diane said...

they are both great! but i actually like the look of the cheaper one better.

Taylor Sterling said...

Great bag. I agree with some readers about buying quality and most of the time I do, but there are a few bags that I will never spend the amount they cost and so a nice cheaper version is better for me and my future retirement! :)

KIRAFASHION said...

This is beautiful and expensive!!!

Jacqueline said...

I have to say I like the quality of the more expensive bag better, but I have my eye on a little colored clutch right now. xoxo

www.FashionSnag.com

kpeach said...

they are very close-but since I buy a bag and wear it daily for an entire season/6 or so months at a time I'd rather buy 2 exceptional ones (more like Bulga than Chanel for now though) xo

Tights Lover said...

Love Emmie. ...especially when it saves me $1800!! What a great bag!

B a la Moda said...

OMG! They are so similar. I even like the second one better. Good eye catch! You are right that a simple bag can be as dazzling as a more decorated one.

xoxo
B* a la Moda

Charmaine D'Silva said...

OMG...just discovered your blog and absolutely adore it!

xoxo Charmaine
http://reincharnated.blogspot.com

ana said...

Hi!!! this bag is so cool... I need one like this to go to the office... Girl I've been so lost because I was sick... I'm better now and I need to catch up on all your posts! thanks for the comments in my HiFashion interview :)

English Rose said...

love the bag - so cute!

http://iamanenglishrose.blogspot.com

Kristin said...

For a bargain version, that little beauty looks awfully soft!

Bella said...

This time I go with the Chloe one, love love love it!!! But the cheap one is a really good option too!

jeannie said...

love the chloe one, but the cheap version looks pretty great too.

The Blonde Duck said...

I am a cheap handbag queen.

Elizabeth Marie said...

I love the Emmie! I'm sure the Chloe is amazing but umm...I'd rather have loubies!

S.Elisabeth said...

Ooh I absolutely adore the Emmie version!

Sherin said...

OMG, The Chloe bag is to DIE for. I'm going to have to pick that one over the cheaper version. *Sigh* about the price. Guess I'm going to have to start saving from now one.

Kimberly said...

I think I love the cheaper version much better!

The Lil Bee said...

Hot dayum, that is one hell of a knockoff!!

Tawney--A Chichi Life said...

Chic and classic bags. Style with a spendthrift pricetag.
-Tawney

Emily said...

the second one is basically the same thing! I'm gonna be a tightwad on this one.

Porcelain Blonde said...

I have to admit I have a deep love for beautiful designer bags *blushes*, so yes I'm on the high road!

Ohh, and I have been lusting after a Cartier panther ring forever too! ;)

<3 xxx

alexkeller said...

i can't spend that much or that little on a bag. has to be somewhere in between. i gave up on imitation leather - has to be the real thing or it just won't hold up.
i also can't justify a mortgage payment on a bag. just not right.

MizzJ said...

Ugh I have to go with Chloe. The quality just looks better to me and is more likely to cause the envious stares you desire! Handbags are for long-term so I say splurge!

zupu said...

That Chloé is gorgeous!!! I would spend if I could but I don't think I dare.. If only someone could give me it as a present! Maybe Santa? :)

miriam said...

so many lovely blog posts today on stunning handbags! i'll have to go for the emmie as well. tres chic!

Couture Cookie said...

I would say tightwad is the way to go here! It is amazing how you can sometimes find more budget friendly versions of designer items, that actually compare well in terms of looks as well as quality. And an amazing handbag really does wonders for almost any outfit... I love both of these, but would spend my money on the Emmie! :)

All Women Stalker said...

$1000+? If I convert that to my currency, I'd be able to buy 2 iphone handsets. Haha

-meream

D. Marie said...

Wow only $46 for the look a like...what a great find Cafe. I dont see why anyone would want to pay almost $2,000 for any bag!

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