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30 March 2009
The Yves Saint Laurent Muse (, $1,395). A classic without a doubt, its soft, bowler tophandle silhouette holding the ability to appeal to nearly every woman who comes across its loveliness. Such skill must have been bestowed upon it by some sort of holy deity; it is an ability that makes every man quite jealous that a woman would choose the Muse over himself. Poor men.

The patent version, in all it's pristine, pre-packaged, untouched condition. I love it slightly frumpled and worn.

But what defines a classic bag? Surely a main characteristic of any such bag must possess the ability to last a few decades, at least. And appealing to women universally goes without saying, of course. Yet even bags that own these attributes are subject to scrutinization and controversy as to whether or not the label of “classic” is legitimate; the opposition tends to point out a fairly reasonable argument: are the fashion editors who are well linked to designers given the voice to generalize the opinion of all women on handbag choices?

Which is why we, as individual women, should define classic for ourselves.

clas⋅sic (adj.): Pertaining to women’s handbags… (a) A handbag large enough to hold essentials. Oversized is always preferable. (b) A bag of impeccable quality in regards to material (leather is preferred), stitching, hardware, etc. A classic bag must be able to hold through the years; if it cannot last, it is not classic. (c) Practicality is considered; will it match a majority of my outfits? Check. Can I (on the off chance I have gone on vacation and only brought ONE bag) and will I be more than happy to use this bag consecutively for a week without complaint? Check. (d) A bag that can be seen on myself ten years later.

And the YSL Muse seems to have fit the definition quite perfectly. The patent Muse, that is. And edgier, fresh-er take on the original leather version. The perfect amount of detail that adds dimension to not just the bag, but to any outfit paired with it – it is quite amazing how a change in material alters the presentation of something. 

I am determined to buy the patent Muse. I never thought I would meet the day in which I would find a bag more covetable than teh Miu Miu Vitello Lux I dedicated my first official post to. But today is indeed that day.

must-have-ysl-tribute-sandalThe YSL Tribute Sandals. The patent Muse’s soul mate, or sole mate, shall I say. Five inches of complete perfection, platform and all. The shoes of my dream. The heel, the height, the structure somehow have made this sandal utterly impeccable. I would die to own these.

I’ve dreamt of owning them since I saw the neon yellow version on Jak & Jil. And since then, I’ve had multiple dream sequences of me dashing to some show, in Paris, during fashion week.


My love for them (and YSL as a whole) is irrevocable.


La C.

58 Comments leave one →
  1. 30 March 2009 2:55 am

    The Muse bag is truly beautiful, but it hasn´t won me over, my dreambag is a Chloé Edith…sigh!
    But the Tribute heels, OMG! I agree with you, I would die to own these!

  2. 30 March 2009 3:06 am

    Ooh, the Muse is gorgeous, but I actually prefer the Miu Miu (would be more than happy with either though, they’re both 2D4 🙂 The Muse is ‘classier’, whereas the Miu Miu is more ‘relaxed’).

    My current ‘wish-list’ bag is the Chanel 2.55 reissue, although that most likely will never be mine…If only I knew how to save…and if only the prices wouldn’t keep increasing every few months, it’s becoming unattainable 😦

  3. 30 March 2009 3:25 am

    YSL I do adore! The yellow are killer, I totally am on the same wave length with you on this one. xx PS I can’t believe i missed TILT after asking you about it lol heading back to read it now 🙂

  4. 30 March 2009 3:29 am

    Those shoes are GORGEOUS, the way the straps just curve around your feet, the sexy stiletto heel, and that perfectly prim ankle strap *drools*. I’m not loving the Muse as much though, I’m not a huge fan of those slightly bowler bag styles.

  5. 30 March 2009 3:41 am

    Wow those shoes are just to die for!

  6. 30 March 2009 3:54 am

    I’m with you. I’d do anything for some YSL Tributes.

  7. rossovelvet permalink
    30 March 2009 6:30 am

    You’re so right, that bag is absolutely a classy and I think it’s worthed…. Waiting to see on your arm ;D

  8. 30 March 2009 7:14 am

    Bag or not, I love YSL and I want YSL pieces! LOL!

    xoxo: Janet

  9. 30 March 2009 8:48 am

    oh yes YSL has and always will be a solid fav and leader of the fashion world without a doubt! that shiny bag and those yellow heels shall hold a place in my dreams tonight! haha

    thanks for your comment doll 🙂

    love M xxx

  10. 30 March 2009 9:30 am

    Hello La C. The Muse bag is beautiful. I like it a lot. YSL has always done a wonderful job with anything. I hope you had a fantastic weekend. Take care. Cheers!

  11. 30 March 2009 11:18 am

    These are divine! Timeless, chic and fabulous. Investment pieces for sure!


  12. 30 March 2009 11:31 am

    Hi there-It would be great for you to own these shoes and bag, they are stylish classics which will last a lifetime if cared for properly!!

  13. 30 March 2009 12:41 pm

    beautiful darl! love it! xx

  14. 30 March 2009 12:47 pm

    Hahaha, the clothing/shoe dream. I used to have those. These perfect items would make anybody dream about owning them. xo

  15. 30 March 2009 2:38 pm

    I’ve never been a “bag lady” but I can agree that the YSL Muse is a classic and I would love that to be my handbag, even if it was my only one. The shoes on the other hand…I have admitted to a shoe fetish, and the Tributes are no exception. I love the Tribute Too as well, with the bright blue sole. I’d gladly take them in any color.

    I guess for now I’m just stuck with wishful thinking 😉

  16. 30 March 2009 3:39 pm

    awh, thankyou so much for the post below 🙂
    really helped!
    i do love you, your blog, and of course the YSL tribute heels of my dreams!

  17. 30 March 2009 3:51 pm

    I’m just so in love with those yellow shoes – even though I’d kill myself just attempting to walk in them. 🙂

  18. 30 March 2009 4:58 pm

    OMG I L.O.V.E x 3 those yellow heels!!!!!
    I’m dieing…


  19. 30 March 2009 6:35 pm

    Thank you, LaC!

    What a lovely Christina header and YSL will always be my designer crush! =]


  20. 30 March 2009 6:38 pm

    I love the neon pumps and the bag! so classy and amazing!

  21. 30 March 2009 6:39 pm

    That yellow shoes are incredible!


  22. abdcforever permalink
    30 March 2009 6:40 pm

    id luv to own those shoes just to look at em. theyre so gorg. id break my legs if i ever tried walkin in them!! i bet uk how to walk real well. maybe u shud do a post on how to walk well in heels, lol!

  23. 30 March 2009 7:02 pm

    Brigadeiro: I’m saving up for a Chanel 2.55 too! I’m saving up for a lot actually =] I’ll get them all…eventually! I do agree with the Vitello Lux. That’s one of the reasons why I love it so!

    abdcforever: Lol! Maybe I should. My first v-log ever! ;]

  24. thebaglady permalink
    30 March 2009 7:06 pm

    Fabulous picks again. I can never afford those beauties =[

  25. 30 March 2009 9:10 pm

    They should definitely make an affordable line and sell it in Target like other major designers have… They’d make so much more money!! Especially in this recession.. And then we could all probably own a little piece of YSL 🙂

  26. kristine permalink
    30 March 2009 9:25 pm




    those shoes are the closest thing to heaven i will ever see. they are absolutely perfect. how much do they cost?!!

    i neeeeed it.

    and with that extra cash i’d buy you the muse ;P 😉

  27. 30 March 2009 9:59 pm

    I tell you, when I first put a Muse on my arm and looked at myself in the mirror, I realised then the power of a well-shaped, well-made bag. There was something about it that sprung out of its very simple shape. Rachel and I are die-hard lovers of the Muse: in almost all leathers, colours and sizes. It’s even the name of our favourite band! (Muse rocks!)

    And I love that Jak&Jil photo of the yellow tributes. I personally love the blue ones. So yummy and I remember trying the black ones on in a store and suddenly feeling like Victoria Beckham for that split second. I don’t know why. 🙂

    Long live the Muse (and may we all somehow be blessed with one at some point in the future!)

    ❤ from the blogtwin,

    (And yes, a video of you dancing, with hair swishing and all, would be SENSATIONAL :D)

    • 30 March 2009 10:11 pm

      SEAH!ui: I have nothing more to say than we are truly BLOGTWINS. Why must we be stuck on opposite ends of the Earth? Imagine our shopping trips & and our senseless talks of hair swishing, bags, and other such things no one else would understand. xoxo

  28. 30 March 2009 10:44 pm

    I love that bag and shoes… I so wish I had the money!!

  29. 30 March 2009 11:04 pm

    J’adore Yves Saint Laurent! The Muse and Tribute’s are such iconic pieces, much like the Downtown and the Trib too’s. If you happen to be in the same town as the YSL exhibit I highly recommend going!

    Cheers from Seattle,
    Emerald Dandy

  30. kristine permalink
    30 March 2009 11:18 pm

    i love your new header! 🙂 it seems very you. well, “la couturier”-ish, i should say, since we don’t really know know you!

    gah i keep drooling over those shoes.

  31. 31 March 2009 12:51 am

    i love them in the yellow!! omg so hot.

  32. 31 March 2009 1:10 am

    ahhhhh i’ve been obsessing over the yellow tributes too. they’re the perfect accessory for my neutral-heavy wardrobe. darling blog, and i love your descriptions!

  33. Alize Morand permalink
    31 March 2009 3:59 am

    Oh mon Dieu!!! I love you for this post! I felt like I could have written it myself! YSL… strong memories to me.

  34. 31 March 2009 5:39 am

    and i need the yellow ones!!!

  35. 31 March 2009 6:41 am

    Hey darl! thanks for your comment, I get those pictures from & you just type in “illustrations” . Yeah I love those pictures they’re so beautiful. Have a lovely day dear. xx

  36. 31 March 2009 7:38 am

    Om my god that bag is so gorgeous!! x

  37. 31 March 2009 8:57 am

    I like Yves Saint Laurent but it’s too expansive for my pocketmoney !

  38. 31 March 2009 10:20 am

    that bag is a class in itself. I just adore the simplicity, the shine– the shape! Its a totally snobby bag, methinks.. but that just makes me love it even more!


  39. Burnko permalink
    31 March 2009 1:21 pm

    man how i want those shoes…


  40. 31 March 2009 3:33 pm

    YSL is always on top, the Tribute heels (and all the others of the Tribute series) are timeless!

  41. 31 March 2009 3:51 pm

    Just lovely. I would love to have them in red

  42. lifeonmyside permalink
    31 March 2009 3:53 pm

    i want those heels… BADLY.

  43. 31 March 2009 4:07 pm

    *sigh* oh, how I just love YSL. Lately, I haven’t been able to get enough of their bags…seeing the tributes though remind me how well they do shoes as well…ahh, so many choices (so little money) 🙂

  44. 31 March 2009 4:23 pm

    the yellow heels are simply perfect. I love how they brighten up their entire setting. They are definitely smile-making…

  45. 31 March 2009 4:47 pm

    I like them shoes!=D

  46. 31 March 2009 5:11 pm

    I’ve never been a fan of the Muse. but the Tributes?? that’s a whole other story.


    • 31 March 2009 5:53 pm

      The Minx: I totally agree! They’re such a delicious shade of yellow. And paired with dove gray? Utter perfection.

      Tanya: I agree. So much that I want, but I only have so much moo-lah.

      Valentine: You and I seem one of the few who love the Muse! =]

      Alize: Great minds think alike, of course =]

      Emerald Dandy: I wish I was near the exhibit… =[

  47. 1 April 2009 1:23 am

    those shoes are GORGEOUS.

  48. 1 April 2009 2:59 am

    Omg. Shopping trips? Oggling at beautiful shop windows? Planning our trip to Paris? How about clubbing in Tokyo? The fun we would have together is pretty much immeasurable. One day, La C, we might meet. We’ll never know 🙂

    And you know, I just noticed what a subtle beauty there is in the little “twist” or mini-braid almost of the Tribute’s strap which you can see at the side of the shoe. It’s things like that which keep a shoe like the Tribute one up above the ordinary strappy heeled sandal.

    So much love I have for this post 🙂

  49. 1 April 2009 6:29 am

    OH! the last heels are absolutely FabOloUs. i love them

  50. 3 April 2009 2:31 am

    Love the bag & shoes! Although 5″ Heels puts me at about 6’2…

  51. 5 April 2009 5:48 am

    oh i always dream of shoes and clothes. i dream of jimmy choo, a pair of gold dancing shoes from louis vuitton and then i end up losing one of them to a chinese man who was a big-time designer duplicator. heh. and when i scream at him on how on earth can he sell just one shoes, i woke up. ahha

    but yes i dream of designers more often now. ahhh i jsut love it!

    and oh i love the length of the pants. just perfect!

    gros bisous


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