How to Spot a Fake Polene Bag

Polene’s popularity has been increasing steadily over the past few years, but especially more recently with its fame on TikTok. Unfortunately, with that popularity, comes the trickiness of navigating secondhand marketplaces for a great deal on the brand. Even with the recent price increases, pre-loved Polene bags often…

An Honest Review: Quince Cashmere & Alpaca Sweaters

At this point, I feel like Quince’s $50 cashmere crew is synonymous with the brand itself. After seeing positive reviews from Elaine, subsequently followed by some very relevant Tiktok ads, I decided to finally give their sweaters a try. Cashmere Crew Sweater & Short Sleeve Sweater I was…

2022 Year in Review

Similar to 2021 and 2020, it’s time for my end of year review post featuring highlights and lowlights of my purchases this past year. This will include purchases from last November through October of this year; it’s a little too early to tell with this year’s November &…

What I Bought: Black Friday 2022

My shopping was rather minimal during the proper Black Friday timeframe – which is a good sign! While I certainly took advantage of sales for gifting, I ultimately didn’t buy too much for myself. So for this list, I also included items from early-November sales, which I felt…

2022 Holiday Sales Guide

Above: Photo from Heidi Fin via Unsplash. Tis the season! If your inbox is like mine, you’ll notice that Black Friday sales are already in full swing. It’s always tough to keep track of the flurry of sales, so I hope you find this curated list helpful. I’ll…

Taylor Stitch Review: Bomber Jacket, All Day Pant & Tees

Above: Photo taken inside the San Francisco store. A decade ago (!), my first teeny tiny studio apartment was on the same block as Taylor Stitch in San Francisco’s Mission District. Back then, they were solely focused on custom-made shirts; but in the years since, have expanded to…

Ultimate Polene Review: Ranking Every Bag I’ve Owned

Over the past four years, I have owned and reviewed several Polene bags on this blog. I am a big fan of the brand, and find that they have great quality and unique designs at a more accessible price point compared to other contemporary brands. And especially when compared…

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