Interview

Interview with R

R has one of the most well rounded collections of bags, jewelry, and clothes that I have ever seen. What I really like about R is that her style I feel is very relatable – these are items that I’d love to own and wear myself – they are comfortable, can be used every day, and are timeless. Plus as you’ll read, R is a super smart doctor – a career I’ll always be in awe of (I memorize Excel shortcuts while they….save lives). Read on, and enjoy meeting R!

First things first. Who are you? What do you do, and where do you live?

My name “R”.  I’m a physician currently living and working in California.

What was the first designer item you ever purchased? How long ago was that?

Although I’ve always been obsessed with fashion, my first real designer item (not counting Coach!) was probably my Prada Antik Cervo Gauffre satchel that I purchased about four years ago.

You have an amazing collection a sweet husband who gets you lots of these gifts! How have you been able to train him thus so I have preparation to do the same? (As my readers probably know…I ask this question a lot. I am highly interested in this topic….ha).

It has taken many years of training LOL!  My DH and I have been together for almost 15 years, and trust me, he’s come a long way!  He comes from a mother who really appreciates the finer things in life, but it was obvious he didn’t may much attention to the details.  To him, a diamond was a diamond, and who cared where it came from?  He bought me my first earrings at K-Mart of all places.  My family on the other hand…detail is everything.  I watched my dad buy my mother the best that he could afford.  Whatever his budget, he’d always go for quality over quantity.

After a long enough time had passed, and I wore those K-mart earrings to death, I gently started teasing him about them.  He was surprised since I’d worn the assortment of six earrings ever since he gave them to me.  I told him I loved them because he gave them to me…which was totally true.  He started asking questions and I was more than happy to teach him.  Over the years, he’s enjoyed finding unique presents for me.  He designed my engagement ring and handpicked every diamond that went into it.  He loved doing it so much that he designed several other pieces for me since.  Every time we go someplace new, he makes sure to buy me a piece of jewelry special to that area.  Best souvenirs ever!

And to be honest, he usually just sees me looking through Vogue and other magazines and sometimes looks over my shoulder to get an idea of what I want.  In fact, one of his biggest complaints about me is that I never tell him what I want!  I really do operate on the idea that I’ll love whatever he gives me because he’s the one giving it.  I’m the girl who wants the card more than the present.  I’m really sentimental that way.  I really don’t care if he ever forgets to buy me a birthday present, but if he forgets my card?  I’m furious!

What are some of your most treasured, holy grail possessions?

My truly most treasured are my most sentimental:  my engagement ring (because of what I said above), a necklace my grandfather had made for my first birthday, and my family photographs.  Out of my designer items, I’d say my Birkins, my Cartier Tank Francaise, and my Chanel handbags (hey, I did start off as a bag whore!)

What do you find yourself wearing most – what are your most versatile items?

I wear my Cartier Tank and my wedding rings practically every day.  Clothes wise, I love my Louis Vuitton SS Marron stole, my black Rick Owens jacket, my Ann Taylor jackets, and my Lucky jeans.  I love to mix high and low designer items.

What are your most recent “obsessions”? What are you buying and collecting?

I’m currently obsessed with jewelry.  In the past year, I’ve gotten two Rolexes, my Cartier Tank, two Cartier Love bracelets, and an Anita Ko pyramid bracelet.  I’ve also “rediscovered” Christian Louboutin shoes!  And my Hermes obsession in always ongoing.

What did you collect for a while/buy that you now wish you hadn’t?

Jimmy Choo bags.  I’ve whittled down my collection to those I still truly love, but I can’t believe I spent so much on them, especially after watching them go on sale!  I’ll stick with Chanel and Hermes from now on…brands that hold their value.

Who are your favorite designers, and who in your mind, are the most overrated and/or overpriced?

Love Hermes and Chanel, although Chanel’s insane price increases and decrease in quality recently have been driving me crazy!  Makes me very happy that I have acquired pretty much all the bags I want from them.  I’d love some of their tweed jackets.  I’m getting more into classic things that will still look good when my granddaughter wants to borrow them!  I’m loving Chloe too, although every designer seems to be jumping on the “crazy price increase” bandwagon.  I’m not a huge Louis Vuitton fan.  I don’t like things with logos all over them, and I have a hard time paying that much for canvas!  🙂

What are lessons that you have learned about fashion/style/budgeting over the years that you’d like to share with readers?

Stick with what looks good on you, no matter what the number on the label says!  A great tailor can be your best friend.  You can never go wrong with classic items…that is money well spent.  If you like trendy items (and I’ll admit to a secret Alexander McQueen skull obsession!  For those who know me, that would come as a complete shock!) Try to get those things on sale.

Don’t be a label snob.  Sometimes I get the most compliments on my cheapest outfits.  If you’re wearing something simple, a great bag and shoes will make you look like a million bucks.  For those like me, who find themselves struggling with their weight a bit after having kids, you can never go wrong investing in handbags and shoes.  They’ll always fit!  Invest in great jewelry.  Accessories can make or break an outfit.  And try to buy things that do go on sale, on sale.  Usually the only things I buy at retail at those that either 1) will never go on sale, eg Hermes Birkins or Hermes jewelry or 2) are so rare in my size that they’ll probably never see a sale.

What are some of your other hobbies? Would love to hear more about you 🙂

My husband and I LOVE to travel.  We work hard so we like to play hard.  I also love sports.  I’m not the greatest athlete by the furthest stretch of the imagination, but I love going to sporting events…tennis tournaments, the World Series, March madness, you name it.  My most favorite of course are my 9 year old son’s hockey and soccer games!  🙂 I love curling up with a good book and DH and I love our movies.

And of course, I love shopping!

Finally, tell us something surprising about yourself!

I can speak four languages (enough to get by anyway!), I have a black belt in taekwondo, and I am awesome at bowling!I loved R’s last answer! Four languages and a black belt? She sounds like Sydney Bristow from Alias (okay sorry for the random weirdo reference but I loved that show). Thank you to R so much for sharing her gorgeous collection of jewelry, accessories and clothes with us all – the eye candy was amazing and I loved reading all of her answers 🙂 Happy Wednesday everybody!

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  • janettaylor
    September 14, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    She has a great collection, especially love those leather jacket!

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  • Samantha
    September 14, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    All I can say is WOW! She's super smart and uber fabulous!! LOVED this interview Kat!

    xo, sam

  • makeawish
    September 14, 2011 at 1:29 pm

    wow so jealous of her birkin collection? does R have a blog?

  • Lindsay
    September 14, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    Wow! What an aspirational post! She has amazing taste and great advice. And best yet, she's intelligent and well-versed!

  • India
    September 14, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    She has a great collection!!!

  • Aesthetic Alterations
    September 14, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    R, Your rainbow of B leather jackets is sending me over the moon. I never thought something would trump seeing a whole lot of Hermès, but this collection is certainly it.

  • lauraloo
    September 14, 2011 at 2:16 pm

    ****faints****
    Gorgeous collection – I'd like to have just one of those jackets!

  • amy b.s.
    September 14, 2011 at 2:17 pm

    um, that collection of bags? amazing! does one of those want to come my way?

  • Tangled In Texas
    September 14, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    I love these interviews!

    Her Prada bag is fabulous! I love the picture of her perched on the edge of her tub in heels. Too funny!

  • Baby Shopaholic
    September 14, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    WHOA! This women must live in heaven! Let us know if she wants to get rid of any of her bags!!!

  • Anonymous
    September 14, 2011 at 3:20 pm

    Loved this interview and the pics! Does she have a blog too?

  • Mai
    September 14, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    OH EM GEE! what an amazing collection. I DIE!!!

  • Helen
    September 14, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    Wow, as random as my comment may sound…. she has a collection so similar to my mom's! (maybe its because both of them are doctors ^^)

  • xJOLE
    September 14, 2011 at 3:38 pm

    I think.. I'm going to faint!

  • lucydphoto
    September 14, 2011 at 3:57 pm

    HI Katherine, I discovered your blog when I was doing a search on Hermes. Of all the fashion blogs I've come across, I like yours best. Despite all the fabulous bags, bling, food, etc. you are down to earth and sweet. Good luck with your blog and I look forward to reading more.

  • Katherine
    September 14, 2011 at 4:26 pm

    Ladies right now R does not have a blog – though I think she should have one! I'm going to let her know all the feedback 🙂

    @lucydphoto Thank you so much! That is so sweet of you to say and totally made my day 🙂

  • Plami
    September 14, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    This is absolutely amazing!!! I wish I will have such a collection someday!

    XoXo
    Plami

    http://www.fashionthrill.com/

  • Anonymous
    September 14, 2011 at 5:01 pm

    Omg! After seeing her collections,I wanna know more about this lady!

  • Alexandria
    September 14, 2011 at 5:03 pm

    My newest obsession is Rolex GMT 2 in black. Not for me, but for my husband. He has the Submariner and is looking for a new watch. So I'm thinking this would be the perfect 40th birthday gift!
    Alex from http://therolexrelease.blogspot.com

  • makeupandpearls
    September 14, 2011 at 5:13 pm

    oh my word. fab interview and i am SO envious of the rainbow of birkins!

  • homestilo
    September 14, 2011 at 5:58 pm

    What a fun collection of things. I like how she finds something she loves and goes for it in all the colors.

  • Minnie and Daisy
    September 14, 2011 at 6:02 pm

    Does R have a blog? Her closet is heaven!!

    xoxo

    Minnie&Daisy

  • Polka Princess
    September 14, 2011 at 6:07 pm

    Oh. My. God. She has ALL THOSE Hermes Birkins????????????? Sigh!

  • Elaine A (TOBeautyReviews)
    September 14, 2011 at 6:30 pm

    Wow what a great interview – I'm trying to pick my jaw up off the floor at R's collection! and OMG I squealed at your Syndey Bristow reference…I LOVE ALIAS!! and guess what….I came ONE PERSON away from Jennifer Garner last night!!!! I'm still so excited!!!

  • Michelle
    September 14, 2011 at 6:44 pm

    as always, fantastic interview, katherine. r has an amazing collection and seems to be genuinely well rounded. i esp. love the photo of her on the tub – so cute!

  • C'est La Viii
    September 14, 2011 at 8:11 pm

    Danggg baller!! I want a Birkin bad!!

    http://www.cestlaviii.blogspot.com

  • mai
    September 14, 2011 at 10:06 pm

    Wow. . that's quite a collection.

  • Kat
    September 15, 2011 at 1:02 am

    Thank you for doing these amazing interviews. I really enjoy reading them. I'm a really big fan of your amazing blog. Keep it up!

    Kat

  • Anna
    September 15, 2011 at 2:47 am

    I loveee this!!! Well done Kat!

  • Eve
    September 15, 2011 at 4:32 am

    speechless over her birkins collection. LOL. i wonder how u meet all these anonymous collector.hehe
    Looking forward for the next interview.:)

  • Leslie Ann
    September 15, 2011 at 10:38 am

    Great interview. Love how she sticks with what she loves. No trends it seems.

  • breakingrumours
    September 15, 2011 at 10:48 am

    omg her Birkins collection is amazing! and t he leather jacketssss,are to die for. thanks Katherine for another great interview!

  • asha
    September 15, 2011 at 11:20 am

    Amazing collection- but they all look like they just live on shelves wrapped in paper!

  • audrinajulia
    September 15, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    OMG! My eyes drool over her collections! Love all her answer and tips as well.Thanks again for this amazing interview katherine!

  • Chocolate, Cookies & Candies
    September 15, 2011 at 2:05 pm

    I love R! R, if you're reading this, I hope you're still wearing that crown I gifted you (Queen of Shopping!) over at TPF!

  • Chocolate, Cookies & Candies
    September 15, 2011 at 2:05 pm

    I love R! R, if you're reading this, I hope you're still wearing that crown I gifted you (Queen of Shopping!) over at TPF!

  • Chocolate, Cookies & Candies
    September 15, 2011 at 2:05 pm

    I love R! R, if you're reading this, I hope you're still wearing that crown I gifted you (Queen of Shopping!) over at TPF!

  • The Blonde @ Stylish3
    September 16, 2011 at 3:29 pm

    Wow – she has some serious collections! She's definitley one of those people who buys something in every color if she really likes it. Let us know if she starts blogging!

    You keep finding the most amazing people to interview!

  • couturecoco
    September 18, 2011 at 6:07 pm

    It's taken a few days for all the sheer gorgeousness to sink in lol! What an amazing collection, no question about her style and likes. Wish I could be so focused. Great interview as always!

  • urbanjunglefashion
    September 23, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    I LOVE her attitude, and those Balenciaga jackets are to DIE for! I just LOVE LOVE LOVE them!

  • latifalshamsi
    September 25, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    OMG I'm so in love with Orange lately she has an amazing Birkin collection, wear it in health 🙂

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