WIW 7/12-13 Introducing Hamlet: Obsession (aka skullduggery)

Wanna know what mischief I've been up to? Here is my birthday present (DH told me I could get a fancy purse). It involves a bit of "skull"-duggery...(and I hinted that it could double as a weapon, LOL).

First we have to set the soundtrack for this post: Obsession by Animotion:

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Side note: could this woman be any more eighties? Neon blue peplum dress with matching blue fan, permed hair in a side pony with scrunchie, blue eyeliner, lace gloves, and those shutter shade glasses! Totally awesome to the max!

I'm in this Facebook doctor fashion group and a couple months ago someone posted that they bought this Alexander McQueen knuckle box clutch with skulls on it. I was instantly obsessed and I've been thinking about it ever since. Just gorgeous. I started looking into the brand more and it really appeals to my shadow persona--I love goth, punk, skulls, black and gunmetal, Victoriana, insects, pretty with an edge. Why have I not gotten into this line before?!

My shopping outfit was in 1-2. Stopped by Chanel to get a bottle of nail polish (Ballerina), because my manicure that DH got me for my birthday is already chipped (with a full time job and three kids, there is no way that was going to last long). It is funny how wearing a Chanel bag gets you lots of attention from the SAs. I even saw the SA who sold me the bag and she said, "I didn't recognize you at first but then I saw your bag and remembered who you were." Hahaha.

Then I went to the Alexander McQueen store. I went specifically to see this knuckle clutch. But then I realized my phone (iPhone 6 Plus) is too big to fit! Darn it! So I looked at some alternatives (6-7) which could fit my phone, but I just didn't love them as much. They were cheaper and larger but I wasn't feeling it. The wallet on chain in 6 had really sharp studs so it wasn't nice to hold. And I already have a large black studded satchel (though not with a skull padlock like that one) and I liked the Obsession print bag but not the giant logo on the front. In the end though I decided to go with the one that really spoke to me, practicality be damned. It's pretty much a fancy lipstick case (fits a mini card case, key and lipstick), but I don't care. It'll be a great evening bag, or I can just toss it in my other bag and take it out to pet during the day, LOL. It's so fun to put my fingers through the rings and run my fingers over the smooth little nubs--it's like sensory stress relief therapy! I'm going to call him Hamlet (I like that better than Yorick). And you can call me Queen Impractical Clutch. Hamlet can join my polar bear on ice, ice cream truck, camera, and hedgehog. I swore I wouldn't buy any more clutches, yet here we are. Someone stage an intervention if I ever want another whimsical clutch!

I loved the Obsession print as well. Hummingbirds, butterflies, flowers, skulls, jewels, lipstick--it's got everything a girl could want! I looked at the shirt or dress but they were super expensive. The scarf was much more affordable, and I never have to worry about my body changing--it will always fit!

So here's the purse and scarf with my leather moto, ripped jeans and tee (8-9) and with a skirt outfit that I wore to work (13-20). I wondered briefly if it was appropriate for a doctor to wear skulls to work, but I figured if it's appropriate enough for Princess Kate to wear to Wimbledon (21), it's good enough for me!

1-2. BR leather moto, Suburban Riot Happy Camper tee (I bought because DD's upcoming birthday party will be a backyard campout sleepover), Vigoss distressed jeans, Ugg moto boots, Spring bracelet, Alexis Bittar necklace, Chanel Boy.

13-20. BR leather moto, Target zip shirt, Vince Camuto tube skirt, Tildon dragonfly cuff, Topshop booties, Alexander McQueen Obsession scarf and knuckle duster clutch.

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  • Scarlet replied 4 years ago

    These are amazing on you, and you have styled them so well too. I would love to be your coworker just so I could see what you wear every day :) Happy Birthday!

  • Sterling replied 4 years ago

    I love it.  I don't want to enable you, but really, it is so cool.  I know I would be green with envy if I knew you in real life.  Happy belated Birthday.  

  • RobinF replied 4 years ago

    You dress so cool! I love your posts, not sure I could carry off the coolness but I sure want to try!

  • chouette22 replied 4 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your 'obsessions' with us - so much fun! And I would never even know such a clutch existed, haha, and now I am informed. Two beyond fabulous outfits! I love that you throw your hesitations into the wind and just go with it. 

  • Column replied 4 years ago

    Happy Birthday! I sooo love on you narrow bottoms and loose tops, including scarves; your styling of these items is impeccable! The clutch is way cool (and how clever is the marketing by calling it "Hamlet")?

  • Column replied 4 years ago

    Oops--I see Hamlet is your name. YOU'RE the clever one!

  • retailgirl replied 4 years ago

    Ooh, I love it. I love that print. I loved the Duchess of Cambridge in a dress in that print at Wimbeldon the other day. I know she has a clutch similar to yours but she had it customized so there are no skulls. ( I was surprised she wore the print with the skulls....although they are subtle) a great addition to your handbag collection, and I love to see you in scarves.

  • Ledonna N. replied 4 years ago

    This is so totally cool I'm about to loose it.  Loves that husband supports your looks.  Happy Birthday.

  • AviaMariah replied 4 years ago

    That clutch is amazing.  

  • Beth Ann replied 4 years ago

    Ah!  I wondered who had collected those items in the finds!  What fun pieces.  Thanks for sharing your goodies with us!

  • replied 4 years ago

    Wow! Just wow. That clutch and scarf are amazeballs. I love both versions of your outfits. It's cool to see how you keep building on your shadow persona Natalie. You are rocking it.

  • replied 4 years ago

    I'm dying over here.  I would buy a burner phone just for the night to fit into that bag- that is how beyond anything it is.  I cannot even imagine owning something like this, but I sure wish I did.  And that scarf. Sigh.  I'll just crawl over into my corner and weep over the sheer beauty here . I own one McQueen scarf and plan to be dragged off by the feet in it when my time comes. I've toyed with getting another one, but haven't found the right one yet....love yours.

    You look great in these outfits too  - love your style :) 

  • deb replied 4 years ago

    Oh, the mad doctor and her skulls. You are the best, Natalie.

  • Sara L. replied 4 years ago

    Ooh, that clutch and scarf are fabulous! I love how it looks like you're wearing a brace of rings when holding it.

  • dashielle (Ann) replied 4 years ago

    Love! You rock this look, girl after my own heart... except not my shadow personality ;-) I have a BCBG knuckle duster that pales in comparison and I like to wear it with my AllSaints flowers and bones scarf and a moto. You have quite the style dynamic range because of your femininity juxtaposition (lol, autocorrect wanted me to say 'felinity').

  • Bijou replied 4 years ago

    Both purchases are amazing and timeless classics, great investment pieces that you can own and love forever. You bag looks so good in your hands - a perfect fit. When something speaks to you like this, you have to follow your heart...being practical most of the time allows us to enjoy those fun purchases every so often with no regrets. I have always loved Alexander McQueen's style and love that Sarah Burton has continued his fashion legacy. Princess Kate is a great brand ambassador.

  • rachylou replied 4 years ago

    Dang. I didn't know I loved McQueen that much. The clutch is bad a$$.

  • rachylou replied 4 years ago

    Also: There's a store? Lol. Do I need to get out more?

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