I spent a little time doing some shopping this morning. With my work hours, I haven’t been able to get to a store and really shop. Most of the time when I go, I’m there to pick up necessities and then as I’m walking to the cashier I’m thinking about hurrying home to sip on pomegranate wine (read: nectar of the GAWDS). Considering how much I spent, I see that it was all for the best.

But regardless of how much I spent today, I deserve it. I deserve to have some me time and I deserve to have everything I want after I’ve satisfied the needs and wants of my family. I’m guilty of putting myself last because as a mother, you always think of your children first and completely forgetting about the things that I want. I’ve conditioned myself to think that way and though the habit is hard to break, I’m getting better at treating myself and giving myself some of my time.

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I wanted to dress as comfy as I could being as though I was going to do a lot of walking and that it’s still 90+ degrees here in Louisiana. I did manage to make it to Target to get the new Philip Lin bag. I had fallen in love with Ralph Lauren’s Dorian Spazzolato Shopper tote and decided that it would be my next purchase until I saw and Instagram buddy of mine talking about Phillip Lim’s debut at Target this weekend. And while a $60 alternative to a $400 bag isn’t too bad, I still have my heart set for the Dorian bag simply because I know my work laptop is going to kill the straps on my Phillip Lim tote.

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While I did not find most of the clothing appealing, I am in love with my bag. I was a bit wary of the size and if it’d accommodate my laptop but the zippers on the side aid in providing more space for expansion. I also LOVE magnetic closures which is what this bag has. It’ll definitely do until I get my Ralph Lauren bag or until the straps give out, although the material does seem quite sturdy for everyday wear. We shall see.

I also managed to grab a few items to add to my meager cometics collection. I must admit that the only “make-up” I know how to apply and that I actually apply to my face is lip gloss/lip stick and eye shadow.

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I am trying to tap more into my feminine side with wearing color on my lips. Most of my collection is more on the nude-colored lip wear but I did purchase this red lip stick a while back that I’m unfortunately not brace enough to try just yet.

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  1. Valla

    September 15, 2013 at 8:06 pm

    I really hate that I missed the release because I want that bag sooooooo badly lol and you got it. Man i’m going to be searching high and low after class tomorrow for that bag lol

    1. Rae

      September 15, 2013 at 8:57 pm

      It is really a beautiful bag. Go and get it. You’ll love it! I think I want to get the purple bag too.

    2. Teems

      September 15, 2013 at 9:19 pm

      My friend amberaler123 on Instagram is selling it. Hopefully it’s not gone.

      1. Teems

        September 15, 2013 at 9:20 pm

        Correction amberalert123***

  2. Teems

    September 15, 2013 at 9:17 pm

    Hmm must look into this wine you speak of. That was one of my favorite bags as well. I like the travel bag too. I didn’t make it…I never seem to. Smh

    1. Rae

      September 15, 2013 at 9:26 pm

      When I went this morning, they didn’t have many but I’m assuming that they just didn’t have many in stock in the first place. Down here, the fashion is a little bit different. And since most people tend to dress like Lil Wayne and Nicki Minaj, I knew I didn’t have anything to worry about. LOL!

      1. Teems

        September 15, 2013 at 11:09 pm

        HAHA! You know, I never even tried. Not even for H&M. I was always afraid of the line and lazy. I am sure its crazy in DC but I don’t think No. Virginia would have been that bad.

  3. Alicia @MommyDelicious

    September 15, 2013 at 9:48 pm

    You got the bag?! Jealous! I didn’t find time to go today, but maybe I’ll check out Target this week. Or shop online. Le sigh….

  4. Yetti-Writes

    September 15, 2013 at 10:36 pm

    Must . buy . this . bag .

    But I will wait till you let me know how the handles hold up on it, I too lug my laptop around :-\.

    Yes, though you are super mommy, and an incredible one at that, super mommy’s deserve that me-time too! I’m glad you’re trying to grasp that balance. and I glad that you share these types of things with us. I love getting your perspective of balancing everything you do!

    1. Rae

      September 30, 2013 at 9:20 am

      So far, they are still holding on, but I decided not to carry my laptop around as much. Carrying around an 8″ tablet is sure to not do any harm. (:

  5. Stefany

    September 15, 2013 at 11:27 pm

    LOVE that bag. I am going to check it out tomorrow lol.

  6. Sheriden

    September 16, 2013 at 7:30 am

    That bag is frickin gorgeous! I love that you’re taking a lot of you time. I’ve seen women shed their womanness in lieu of motherhood so they trade in one role for the other instead of creating balance so that’s definitely something inspiring to see. I love that, seriously.

    1. Rae

      September 30, 2013 at 9:21 am

      It is a wonderful feeling. I wish I would have done this sooner.

  7. Mimi

    September 16, 2013 at 8:16 am

    I need a new wine. By the end of the day I really need a sip.

    I didn’t make it to Target to see the line but I will get by there when I go for my normal things. We do indeed as mothers make it a priority to put ourselves last but taking those moments really do make a difference.

  8. CeCe @Pink Sunshine

    September 16, 2013 at 10:33 am

    I saw all the Philip Lim madness on Twitter. Glad you got a piece of it. Such a cute bag. You DO deserve it.

  9. Chanel Jibal

    September 16, 2013 at 11:04 am

    I feel like broken record of all your other commenters… but DAMN THAT BAG is gorg!

  10. Evani

    September 16, 2013 at 11:55 am

    Oh I LOVE the bag you got!!! :) I got one of the crossbody’s and I’m so excited for it!

  11. Nellie @ Brooklyn Active Mama

    September 16, 2013 at 1:21 pm

    AH, that bag is every single thing! I love the detail of it! My local target is kinda hood so I doubt they would have it. Wah. I am ALWAYS so late to the party :)

  12. Jennifer

    September 17, 2013 at 10:16 am

    that bag is the cutest and so work appropriate (which is important if you’re like i was at one point and never went anywhere besides work ) lol

    love it


    1. Rae

      September 30, 2013 at 9:22 am

      I’m pretty much still that way. WOMP! I’m trying to break out of that though.

  13. Kay

    September 18, 2013 at 9:26 am

    I know a thing or two about putting the little ones first. Thats all I know. Every now and then I treat myself to something. I try not to go over board because there is always a need when it comes to my daughter. Its great to know that you find that time. Alot of us don’t get that pleasure. I love your bag. Its cute, and trendy in my eyes. When they come out with those kind of collections of bags they don’t stock many. I was lucky to get the last Jason Wu last year.

    Your curves are killing honey! You’re a prize.

    My collection of makeup is shameful. I have so many that I don’t even have the proper storage to keep them all. I’m a lipstick girl.

    Got to love Target.

    1. Rae

      September 30, 2013 at 9:23 am

      I’m getting in to the lipsticks. Nowadays, I’m always leaving out the store with a new color. Like today.. LOL!

  14. Chinye

    September 20, 2013 at 2:49 pm

    I completely missed out on the opening. I check all the stores around Chicago, and that bag is nowhere to be found :-(.

    I would so pay you to ship me one if there were any in your area lol.

  15. Jessica L

    September 22, 2013 at 9:16 am

    Love the color of that lipstick! I always wanted that black bag. It sold out pretty quickly. Oh, but I didn’t need it anyways. And you definitely should reward yourself and take care of yourself. -Jess L

  16. Ashley

    September 24, 2013 at 8:24 am

    Love his new line at Target! That bag is fab!

  17. LaPorcha

    September 24, 2013 at 8:25 am

    I love Love LOVE that bag! And I’m feeling the owl bracelet. Where was this flea market in New Orleans? I may have to take that 40 minute drive to scope it out. :)

    1. Rae

      September 30, 2013 at 9:24 am

      The big flea market is in the French Quarter. I don’t think there was a name for the table for the guys that sell them, but when you walk through, you’re bound to see it.

  18. Ashley

    September 24, 2013 at 8:25 am

    I love his new line at Target! That bag is fab!!

  19. Shakemia

    September 24, 2013 at 9:34 pm

    I absolutely love Target however, the clothing is not appealing in the least but other then that I can spend endless hours
    in there. I believe you in a red lip would be absolutely gorgeous, you should try it and do a “daring” post about it. The bag is absolutely gorgeous as well but I agree your laptop will kill the straps compared to the Ralph Lauren bag.

    1. Rae

      September 30, 2013 at 9:26 am

      I’m going to get the courage soon. I put it on in the bathroom and just stare at myself for a while and I love how it looks. But them I wipe it off.. LOL!

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