Hermes Ghillies Kelly – Blue Paradise

You may have noticed a decrease in my posting lately…I’ve been trying to do 1-2 posts a week since the baby, but it’s quite difficult! Sometimes I’m too groggy to think of topics, so if you have any requests please do let me know, I’m in dire need of some inspiration.

Today I thought I’d share a fun bag that I recently added to my closet…in a new color for me, vibrant blue! This was a sweet present from Mr. Feather  for my birthday this month, which he picked out earlier this summer, brought back home in a big wrapped box, and summarily banned me from touching. Can you imagine the torture I went through of knowing there was a something tantalizing nearby which I couldn’t open? I nearly lunged for it several times during particularly grouchy times in the last month of my pregnancy, but I’m glad I waited.

Here is the bag – a 32cm Kelly Ghillies bag in Bleu Paradis! Blue Paradise…what a perfect name for the color, right?

32 Ghillies Kelly

This color blue is really fun though quite difficult to photograph – I’d describe the color in real life as a bit darker and more vibrant than the classic Hermes “Blue Jean” color. Some regular readers can probably tell that I’m generally not a “brights” person when it comes to my accessories – the most adventurous I usually get is a nice burgundy. But when I saw this blue, I loved it! I think it’ll go well with all the other boring colors in my wardrobe, like blacks and grays and whites.

And of course, the color also reminds me of our new baby boy!

Ghillies Detail Bleu Paradis

I’ve always loved the “Ghillies” style that Hermes does, and have had it on my wish list for a while. It’s one of the best twists they’ve done on their classic bag styles, in my opinion. The detailing is really nice and interesting, without being too “out there”. A great example of why I love Hermes bags even though sometimes getting exactly what you want involves quite a lot of patience (and luck).

Owl Family Closeup

My apologies for the overly cutesy photo, but I had to share a little group shot – we love owls, and I had purchased Mr. Feather this little owl tie, also in baby blue, a few months ago. Then, while we were shopping the other day (at Gumps for local Bay Area residents), we saw this little stuffed owl and had to get it for our baby Feather. I’ve been in a very precious mood lately (my friends are beginning to be disgusted by my excessive cooing at everything), probably because I spend all my time with our newborn, so I put the items all together in a little blue/owl theme.

When I’m out and about more, I hope to get to use this baby blue guy more – looking forward to hopefully sharing some more wardrobe/outfit pictures once my life is back to some kind of regular schedule!

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  • Sarah
    August 26, 2015 at 10:54 am

    Beautiful in every way! We so need to see some modelling shots. X

  • corinna
    August 26, 2015 at 12:40 pm

    What an awesome bag and awesome husband. Is this your push present as well?
    Maybe you can post how to “train” husbands/boyfriends to buy awesome bags for their wife/girlfriend. hahaha. i kid, not kid.

    • Amy C.
      August 27, 2015 at 10:05 am

      Agreed! It seems this is some men’s “love language”, and as wonderful as my husband is, he doesn’t express himself this way. 🙁

    • Katherine
      August 27, 2015 at 4:18 pm

      Thanks Corinna though I’m not sure if I know…I’ll have to ponder this, haha!

      • julia
        August 27, 2015 at 10:31 pm

        hi all anyone know the difference between the tyger tyger scarf vs shall? price?
        also how much is this beautiful blue bag and can you get at the las vegas stores?

  • Iris
    August 26, 2015 at 6:42 pm

    I read your blogs religiously. I am a big fan of your book recommendations and cost per wear series. I read the Japanese cleaning book you recommended and really enjoyed it. You seem a very driven person and I would like to hear some career advice from you – how to succeed in a male-dominant industry as a woman. Other topics I’m interested in knowing is about your alteration experience, what clothes you would recommend getting altered, what clothes are not worth it. I always love it when you talk about how to care for items you own and extend their life as much as possible.

    • Katherine
      August 27, 2015 at 4:18 pm

      Thank you Iris for the suggestions!

      • Sita, London
        August 28, 2015 at 5:18 am

        Katherine & Iris – what a great suggestion!
        I would LOVE to see a post covering this subject. I also work in a male dominated sector (Tech Ecommerce) in London, so all career advice would be greatly appreciated.

        Katherine, I simply LOVE your blog. Your taste is just exquisite 🙂

        • Katherine
          August 29, 2015 at 11:19 am

          I need to think about this…I don’t feel nearly qualified enough to dole out career advice, ha! Thank you for your kind words 🙂

  • Iris
    August 26, 2015 at 6:44 pm

    Gorgeous bag! I’m also curious to know whether your taste has changed since dating/marrying Mr. Feather.

  • Diane
    August 26, 2015 at 6:45 pm

    Great post as usual Kat and congrats on the new bag!!!! Maybe you could do a size comparison post of your birkins and Kelly’s? hope you and baby feather are doing well. x

  • Em
    August 26, 2015 at 7:10 pm

    I always enjoy reading your blog. You seem to be adjusting to life with a baby seamlessly, what is your secret? I was a zombie for months! Also, could you discuss what it’s like being an only child and if you plan on having another one so that your little boy wouldn’t feel lonely?

    • Katherine
      August 27, 2015 at 4:17 pm

      Oh I’m definitely a zombie!! Thanks for the suggestion…though I don’t know the answers to your questions yet, I need to give them some thought 🙂

  • Lili
    August 27, 2015 at 7:20 am


  • crystal
    August 27, 2015 at 1:27 pm

    What a gorgeous piece! I check your blog religiously every week to see if there’s any updates. I really enjoyed your travel series, thoughts about recent purchases, and book/article recommendations. I can sense great intelligence and sincerity from your blogs. Hope you will be able to find time among your busy schedule to keep blogging.

  • Anonymous
    August 27, 2015 at 2:41 pm

    I love reading your blog and read every new posting. I would love to hear about how you manage your personnel finance and investing and your career.

    Thank you

  • Anonymous
    August 27, 2015 at 3:58 pm

    How about your favourite or staple jewellery or watch?

  • Frances
    August 28, 2015 at 7:46 am

    Hi! I love reading your posts. I’ve been a fan for about 4 years now. You have shown some beautiful clothes, but I never see things for mature women who wear larger sizes. I’d love to see some quietly elegant dresses, pants, and jackets discussed. I love your posts on Hermes. Anything Hermes is a favorite of mine. Congratulations on your new baby boy. He’s so sweet!



    • Katherine
      August 29, 2015 at 11:20 am

      Hi Frances, thank you for the suggestion! I rarely if ever feel “Elegant” but I will try my best…though I am always happy to talk about Hermes, ha!

  • Diana
    August 28, 2015 at 12:50 pm

    First all, congratulations on your new arrival.

    I love your blog Katherine. I know it’s challenging right now with lack of sleep, but thanks for continuing to post!

    I recently had a baby boy as well and would love to hear your recommendations regarding your favorite baby gear, diaper bag, parenting books, etc.

    • Katherine
      August 29, 2015 at 11:22 am

      Congratulations on your baby boy! I do have a few favorite items so far though I’m sure I’ll be discovering more! Would love to hear what you are enjoying as well.

  • Whitney Farris
    August 28, 2015 at 7:26 pm

    JEWELRY! You can always talk Jewels!

    • Katherine
      August 29, 2015 at 11:22 am

      Ha! I wish I always had new jewels to talk about!

      • Whitney Farris
        August 30, 2015 at 5:16 pm

        You have many years! It took my husband a bit to understand the IMPORTANCE of jewels.
        When I first met him, he asked how I bought all of my jewelry. I told him with my debit card, of course! That was until I let him buy it with his card! 😉

  • Ava
    August 29, 2015 at 7:38 am

    Dear Katherine,
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I don’t know if I am too early or too late – hopefully next August I will be able to wish you on the correct day 🙂 I know this birthday year will be just magical and wondrous with Baby Feather!

    As for Mr. Feather and his birthday present: Wow and WOW! Just speechless! Not only is it a nice departure from your staple wardrobe of colors (lol) while still be both classic and symbolic of Baby Feather’s birth (and what a name, “Bleu Paradis” – does it get any better?) — that is a hard feat to conquer and it appears he has succeeded with aplomb – bravo Mr. Feather! 🙂

    That bag is elegant and such a lovely hue to add to your wardrobe! I think you should do a family photo with all the little owlet toys, you with your beautiful Blue Ghillies, Mr. Feather with his Blue Owl Tie and Baby Feather with whichever outfit you both adore that is Blue – and send it out to your family – it would be so adorable and so cute.

    I am so happy for you and your family – I think owls are also super adorable! Have a lovely weekend and BEST WISHES for your BDAY!


    ps-I’ll try to think of some post ideas and let you know about them later 😉

    • Katherine
      August 29, 2015 at 11:19 am

      Thanks my friend!! 🙂 I hope you are having a great summmer!

  • guest
    August 29, 2015 at 11:48 am

    I love this post! The blue hermes bag is gorgeous and I love the cute owl theme! For future posts- if you like to decorate your home, if you can do a home decorating post or a home tour, your fans would love it- as we love your cute, but sophisticated style!

  • Vivian
    August 29, 2015 at 5:39 pm

    Mr. feather simply got impeccable taste!!

  • Chica727
    August 31, 2015 at 9:07 am

    What a beauty! Would you consider doing a post on a chic diaper bag? I’ve been trying different bags to haul with a toddler and baby no.2. I can’t settle on one for the life of me. I would be interested in your take on the subject.

    • Katherine
      September 1, 2015 at 10:42 am

      Hi Chica, I’m still trying to find the perfect diaper bag but I’m planning on sharing my thoughts so far!

  • Lisa
    September 11, 2015 at 10:11 am

    Lovely Kelly bag, I love Ghillies style too! I’m amazed that you are able to continue blogging. And it is absolutely wonderful to see you add some color into your collection, I am always struggling to do this…! Wishing you, Mr. Feather, and Baby Feather the best, hope you are all getting enough rest!

    • Katherine
      September 12, 2015 at 8:27 am

      Hi Lisa, thank you!