Lauren Bagcall

Episode 4:'s Associate Editor ponders the places she could go with new LV and Chanel bags.


The ladies' trip to the Podiatrist to the stars palace was pretty amazing. It's interesting to think about each profession having the best of fashions of their field. Do ophthalmologists have legions of incredible eye glasses? Do pulmonary specialists have loads of incredible vests and jackets? Who knows, who cares -- this woman has shoes an f'n plenty.

Particularly of interest to me was this pair of stunners. You might recognize these beauts from Sex and the City as the pair of shoes Carrie is mugged for, and I can totally understand why. If I was going to take to a life of crime, taking these would be near the top of my list. Though for $195 at STA, I guess I don't have to.


I'm not sure who's pricing strategy was correct, but what's more disconcerting to me is why would Lauren Bacall ever part with this luggage? It's monogrammed LV! Why!?! It's the ultimate in traveling chic. It must have had some Humphrey Bogart baggage. 

I don't know what to say except that every garage sale I've ever been to was wrong. Why have I not been to a garage sale where real life Chanel bags were stacked amongst the tchotkes. I'm going to start really hitting these Brooklyn stoop sales hard. 

As amazing as it was to fathom picking things like this up from a sale, it was even more mind-blowing to hear Nylon editor Dani Stahl (I have adored her since she started her "Factory Girl" column) discuss how to spot a fake. I wouldn't have known that the interior is stamped, or that Chanel hardware is gold. Some things to keep in mind when i'm elbowing old ladies next Sunday morning.

Next week the STA crew hits the road to find deals in the Hamptons (if they are to be had). Let me know which item you coveted most in the comments.

We Are Family

Karina explains her escape from the store and how the STA staff has bonded.

The final episodes are upon us. . .and I had so much fun this entire season. There are several things I wanted to mention so I'll just start from the top. . .

The accordion purse -- when that came in the door I got extremely excited, having studied art history and the artist Eric De Kolb. Funny that Tara's voice was in my head when I was pricing the item. Haha! It's really a unique item and was so great that we found a happy buyer, who will be the talk of her next dinner party or event.

Going to Kelly's home was a real treat. She has a really good way about her, very warm and welcoming. Her taste is great, especially the Hermes pillows she had made. And I thought Ambria was going to pass out in the closet. Thankfully she donated some items for the auction, which was all for a great cause Generosity Water. . .And thanks to Peter Som and Alexa Ray Joel for their items. It was really very nice of everyone participate.

I have to note that Colin, with the Coco Chanel cuff, walks around NYC barefoot. He told me the Hopi Indians used to walk barefoot so they felt closer to earth and nature. Not sure how concrete and asphalt are the same as dirt and grass, but hey, to each his own. . .

Lastly, I just wanted to touch on Ambria and I's little escape from the store. When you work together for awhile, you sometimes do act like schoolkids and that was pretty much what happened when we "snuck" out of the store. But Tara is great, and I'm glad she was so forgiving. . .and also that she feels comfortable enough with me to discuss any personal issues. We have bcome somewhat of a family and Tara , Wilson, Ambria, and myself. We all look out for one another at this point. . .

My PS: That Elle magazine accessories vault was amazing.

My PSS: I'll be posting some personal pictures from the season on Twitter @KarinaLepiner and