Facing Reality

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I have been on the hunt for a little, black patent doctor's bag (preferably vintage) for ages. Recently, I spied this little number at a super reduced price and snatched it up...I'm not gonna lie, it doesn't meet the ideal I have concocted in my mind. It's a little large, a little too modern, and surprisingly heavy as well. So, the hunt will go on...I would actually be happy to trade this bag if someone has my perfect vintage doctor bag hiding in their closet!

That's the problem with expectations and mental images. You build up this ideal in your head that is next to impossible (or at least difficult!) to meet and then you're inevitably disappointed. I'm working on having lower expectations, but part of me is still a dreamer who will conjure up visions in her head.
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Outfit details:
UO jacket
vintage dress
Target tights
maroon booties
Juicy Couture purse via Gilt
self-mixed nail polish

One favorite dresses lately is this little white, vintage number. It's the perfect shape for me and definitely a malleable color.
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CONVERSATION

65 comments:

  1. that dress is so flowy.. :)
    Nice bag x


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  2. Though the bag didn't meet your expectations, it's still lovely!~ Good luck on your hunt. :3

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  3. the most gorgeous dress ever! i'm on the hunt for a good white dress. so difficult! hope you find the perfect doctors bag soon! the one you have now is still really nice though :D

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  4. Aww. Well I'm sure you'll get some good use out of this one until your dream bag comes along!

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  5. I adore white on you! It goes so well with your red hair and gorgeous skin tone :D! It really is quite aggravating to not be able to find the perfect item of our dreams. I have gotten that way about the perfect pair of shoes and head scarf (ugh) :).

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  6. I love those shoes! Where did you get them?

    I just wanted to stop by and say that although I commented on Delightfully Tacky's blog that sponsorship and c/o items can sometimes change a blog for the worse, yours is not one of them! You are always very creative and I am in awe of your ability to make the same dress look completely different every time you wear it. It is a unique skill. Not only that, but the presentation of your clothes is always spot-on, and your photography is stellar. Yours is a blog that I consider to be especially vibrant and inspiring, regardless of whether you receive gifts or not.

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  7. Great outfit! I really like those tights and the boots together :)

    xo

    -Izzy

    http://laviecestyeye.blogspot.com/

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  8. Those boots are awesome! Love how you paired them with the white dress. Perfect mix of grunge/girly!

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  9. i like this outfit! and i loooove your big black bag!!!


    http://evasblog.illustrateur.org/

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  10. I follow your blog for so long now and I almost love all your outfits and your sense of great locations!
    I started my own blog a while ago. Maybe you can take a little look at my: style-philosophy.blogspot.com

    Lovely Greetings from Germany!

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  11. hope you find that perfect bag! i think the one you currently have is still pretty great.
    . . . as well as that last photo--it's intriguing

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  12. Beautiful outfit and photos, I love your shoes!!
    From Carys of La Ville Inconnue

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  13. I've been on the hunt for what seems FOREVER for the perfect little yellow sundress that has an A-line shape. But woe is me, my findings don't meet my expectations... so I know what you mean!

    I'm in love with those types of booties, but I dare not wear them, for I have a cautionary relationship with heels.

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  14. Ha, I do that with bags all the time. It happens very often that I settle for something similar and then soon after that find exactly what I was looking for, of course.

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  15. How lovely! :)
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  16. That dress is gorgeous and looks nothing but great on you. :)
    As for the bag, I have to agree, its a bit too modern? If I had own of my own, I would definitely forgo a trade with you to fulfill your need for one! Ah, but I don't.
    This inability to find something I want that isn't 35834757 dollars is why I don't have much of a purse at all. I just can't seem to find the right one!

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  17. It's still a lovely bag ;D

    I did that recently with a new coat: I saw it in a store, and loved it. But I didn't buy it right away, so when I cam back a week or two later, it looked so different to what I had remembered it to be - my mind had created a perfect coat based on the one I had seen. I bought it all the same, even though it wasn't ideal.

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  18. That's a great bag! In fact, when I was peeping your post, it was the first thing that struck me. I've been on the hunt for the perfect bag, and it appears only Marc Jacobs, Rebecca Minkhoff and Jenny Yuen come anywhere close to what I want.

    Sadly, a heavy bag isn't what I'm looking for, so I understand what you're saying about the purchase.

    It's too bad that sometimes dreams and expectations of those physical manifestations just don't measure up. But I suppose that just means we have standards, and we should never compromise those, right!

    XX.
    Maeko, thereafterish.

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  19. i love this creamy beige color on you, That is a very perfect bag!

    you look beautiful rebecca!

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  20. You look wonderful! I am sorry the bag didn't workout, but you will find one more suited for you, you always find great things :)

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  21. Your boots are fantastic! I'm also enjoying seeing how you have reworked pieces at the end of the post, very inspiring

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  22. ooh I love the mix of colors!

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  23. Oh man you should come to Edinburgh! I know of a vintage store that has a whole shelf of vintage leather doctor's bags and some really neat briefcases. I'll check them out for you next time I get a chance, if you'd like. Lemme know.

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  24. can i have that dress please?

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  25. Love the colour of the shoes and tights! Your hair is so long now, wow!

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  26. I feel the same way! I always get an idea of what I want and then I can never find it!
    I love your outfit. It's amazing.

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  27. My problem is that I make a specific mental image for nearly everything I plan to add to my closet...not the more realistic way of shopping.

    I LOVE my patent doctor bag (from Target a couple years back); it can carry everything. I'm sure you'll find the perfect bag soon. There's always one out there!

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  28. dreamy dress!

    RE the bag: internet shopping does have its downsides. still it's a cute bag.

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  29. I totally understand that feeling! Have you looked at vintage Coach purses? There's a great Coach doctor bag in the depths of eBay! It's still a gorgeous bag, though!

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  30. the colours here are gorgeous, and those boots are to die for.

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  31. Love the flowy-ness and those tights with the booties. Really like the nail polish. Which colors did you mix?

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  32. I know what you mean. It's so hard to find things that live up to your mental images.

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  33. you;'re back with your colored tights! you look absolutely lovely! :D

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  34. Even if it hasn't completely fulfilled your ideal, I still think it's a cute bag!

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  35. Love this entire outfit, great work. That Juicy bag is simply stunning--great with any outfit. And of course, I'm admiring your maroon booties :)
    xoxo,
    www.hollyinheels.com

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  36. i seriously wish i had the funds to buy that bag from you or a bag to trade. that's the bag i've been looking for, for ages -- both color and size suit me. oh me oh my, it's gorgeous!

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  37. Lovely jacket and tights! Haha I've been looking for the exact same thing, the little black patent leather doctor's bag I mean. My mom and I actually found one at Macy's and we both really wanted it but finally I had to give it up and let her have it. I guess the upside is I get to borrow it once in awhile!

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  38. I feel like your hair is a part of your outfit! It is adorable to see! :)

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  39. I know what you mean, sometimes I wish I was magic and could whip my perfect 50s dress out of thin air! I do like the look of the bag though! Hope you find your perfect one someday though =)

    Sarah
    theantiquepearl.blogspot.com

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  40. I know exactly what you mean. I create some new piece of clothing in my head every day and it takes me years to find it if I ever do.

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  41. The cardigan's shape and the bag are so so great ! Also love hoe versatile this dress can be...

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  42. where are your boots from? theyre fantastic! im sorry the bag wasnt what you had hoped for, it does look a bit modern but im sure you'll find the perfect one!

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  43. That bag is great! I'm really surprised that it's Juicy Couture. Your dress is really pretty and so versatile! I hope you find your dream bag soon!

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  44. i love everything about this, especially that awesome uo jacket. i die for your shoes and tights. hope you find your ideal vintage doctor's bag. hope you're enjoying this darling one in the meantime.

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  45. I love these pictures! You're gorgeous!

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  46. so cute rebecca, LOVE your tights!

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  47. I have this idealized perfect canvas backpack in my head that I think is achievable? But then when I think of what I want it to do for me (have perfect ergonomic back support, look adorable and stylish and not like a backpack, exist in a color that can go with every single outfit I have in my closet, fit my laptop and camera and four books and a notebook and still not be heavy and still have room for oranges and drinks and maybe a sandwich) then I get kind of discouraged!

    Good luck finding your doctor's bag! I think your hair has been really gorgeous lately : )

    xo Jenny

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  48. Try Aldo or Aldo Accessories! They had several styles of really nice doctor's bags last time I was in there. They're not vintage, obviously, but light weight, and really pretty! Just a thought.

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  49. I love that dress and booties!

    I was just searching for a little black bag for myself and came across this one from asos, maybe you'll like it? it's real leather and vintage style.

    http://www.asos.com/Asos/Asos-Leather-Tuck-Lock-Satchel/Prod/pgeproduct.aspx?iid=803844&cid=8730&Rf36=271&Rf-200=4&sh=0&pge=0&pgesize=20&sort=-1&clr=Black

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  50. you always have the greatest tights!
    love the white dress. so fresh looking.

    if tagged you in an interview post,
    you can view it here: http://afewsillylittlethings.blogspot.com/2010/06/8-bloggers-8-questions.html

    hope you get the chance to answer them!

    L

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  51. too bad about the bag...well, it looks good, anyway! and the booties are fabulous with your outfit. good luck finding your dream bag!

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  52. I love white dresses and that is a beautiful specimen, and, obviously, a lovely outfit. Not to mention the most beautiful forest I've ever seen in my life.

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  53. That last picture is gorgeous. Self-mixed nail polish you say? Do tell...

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  54. Love this outfit. Love how you paired the dress with the maroon tights instead of the more obvious black! So great with the booties.

    And I know EXACTLY what you mean. I had my sights set on a brown suede fringe purse but ended up getting an orange one:

    http://purplestinkindogtoy.blogspot.com/2010/03/fringealicious-kimalicious-and-just.html

    And though I love my orange purse, I still have a hankering for a brown one! It is hard to let that mental image go! I still just KNOW one day I will find the brown suede purse of my dreams! (as certainly as you will find your dream drs bag!)

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  55. You look great as always! Can't wait to see the perfect doctor bag if you find it!

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  56. wow i rily like your dress!and I adore your blog! I hope we could be friends Rebecca! :)

    I hope you'll drop by my humble blog
    http://www.simonesfashioncloset.blogspot.com

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  57. Bags happen to be the most difficult things for me to find for this very reason. I had the perfect bag for years - it was the right shape, color, size, weight and went with everything. It felt like it was made to fit my body! Then it completely fell apart and I've been trying to find one like it for months, but unsuccessfully.

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  58. nice shoes :) check my blog please.
    I've linked u

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  59. @Jasmine, I mixed OPI white and Sephora Myrtille (bright deep blue). :)

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  60. @Anonymous, thanks for the tip! I'll keep an eye on Aldo.

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  61. I have that same problem when I get a particular piece stuck in my head! Nice to know I'm not the only one...I do like the bag you bought tho!

    xoxo, Ashley @ freehoney.blogspot.com

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  62. Rebecca, I am totally a bag girl so I definitely understand about the imaginary ideal bag you make up in your head! I feel like my favorites are still not quite perfect.

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