#jersingShops July 2014
So I’ve been going overboard lately on the Add To Cart button. Hey, there’s nothing like the rush of clicking “COMPLETE ORDER” and coming to the confirmation page on an e-commerce site. Okay, that might be a tad hyperbolic, but seriously, I love the feeling of ordering something online, spending a day or two obsessing over when it will arrive, forgetting about it completely, and then receiving it in the mail. It’s like a surprise gift to myself, and it’s the only situation in which my horrible short-term memory actually serves me well.
As you probably don’t know, I am much more of a bag person than a shoe person, so I obviously had to get a couple new things that are more “summer” than my black leather Coach business tote. That, plus a new pair of dark wash jeans (essential) and an iPhone case round out an altogether sensible (albeit a little extraneous) shopping spree.
I love that I constantly (sarcastically, obviously) “make fun” of personal style bloggers, and then rant for x words on my most recent shopping spree. I think my self-awareness exempts me from my sweeping in-jest generalizations that usually take the form of “courtesy-of” jokes and pointing out when people have purchased Twitter followers (I really can NOT with that, guys, I can’t) and/or Photoshopped Instagram pictures of themselves (you KNOW what you did).
It’s probably also worth mentioning that I literally bought all of these things with my own money and none of them were gifted or whatever. All right, so this is what’s been burning a hole in my pocket lately:
1. Jack Spade Foundation Canvas Atlas Case
I think there’s something really simple and understated about a good messenger bag, and since I’ve had my current Jack Spade dipped-canvas coal bag for over two years and it’s still as strong as ever, I know from first-hand experience that they’re built to last. The straps of this one are cut diagonally, so the bag lays flat against the body. This is sort of crucial, as anyone who carried a clunky messenger bag in their adolescence can attest to the annoyance of having a heavy rectangle bump against your body with every step you take. Ouch. I’ve also never had a navy blue bag, which diversifies my bag collection and adds an intermediary outfit option for when I don’t want to wear one of my backpacks but it’s not quite an XL-tote or leather-crossbody moment. The contrasting red interior is a fun surprise, too. Bright colors make me happy sensorially and are perfect for summer, but wearing these optic-shockin’ shades on the exterior is a bit ostentatious for my personal style. I’ll stick to humble hues on the outside.
2. Marc Johns iPhone 5C Case via Society6
Society6 is a really cool resource for artists to market their wares. Basically, a vendor can take something (in this case, an illustration) and one can purchase it in a variety of mediums: on an iPhone case, a traditional print, on a rug, a mug, a poster, and even a throw pillow. Artist Marc Johns has always been one of my favorites. His whimsical motifs are silly without being in the hackneyed LIVE LAUGH LOVE vein. I’ve been meaning to order this phone case for a pretty long time so I’m glad it’s finally ordered and on its way to me. “I’m truly surprised that / we seem to get by / without pokla dot elephants, / serving us pie.” The cadence of the poem really gets me somehow.
3. Flight 001 Pouch
Pouch, document holder, man-clutch, whatever you want to call it: I’ve been looking for one of these babies for months. It’s summer and we no longer have the storage luxury that overcoats and jackets provide, and I’ve been needing something that I can carry out when I have too much stuff to carry in my pockets but not enough to necessitate a full-on bag. Is there seriously anything worse than carrying a big old bag with, like, just your phone, earbuds, and a book in it? Annoy. I also find GUY STUFF to be pretty cheeky and fun… something about a dude carrying a clutch, seen as a heteronormatively “feminine” accessory, with his “guy stuff” in it.
4. Hollister Skinny Clean Rinse Jeans
Hear me the fuck out for a second. I grew up in New Jersey, so I’m no stranger to Hollister. I’ve always been a fan of their cuts on jeans, button-ups and t-shirts. The problem? The generic graphics, bold elementary-school stripes, and the ever-present squawking bird on every article of clothing. Hollister, I beg you, your t-shirts fit me like a glove. I hate overly branded clothing with logos splashed all over like late-Nineties Tommy Hilfiger style. Hollister, PLEASE produce things without that stupid pigeon. Anyway, because Hollister denim fits me well, and the branding isn’t too in- your-face, I decided why not? Who cares where something came from as long as it looks cute, amirite? Brand stigmas are so over.
5. H .E. by Mango Convertible Backpack
Okay so this doesn’t really mesh well with the other items because I bought this in- store, and although I don’t doubt I could do a whole post about this one item, I don’t want to. I recently purchased this black nylon H.E. by Mango backpack that zips to convert into a fannypack (YES, you read that correctly). The nylon material is super lightweight; I can barely feel it on my shoulders even when I have stuff inside. The fannypack is, again, for when I have too much for pockets but not enough for a bag. And I wanted to try rocking the “hip bag” (it will always be a fannypack, fashion industry) trend. It took me a little to get used to how it converts (even the store associates couldn’t quite figure out the zippering-stuffing-rolling conversion method at first) but it’s fine now. EVen though I’m still bitter about the fact that I bought it just a couple days before it was marked down to 50% off. You win some, you lose some.
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