Monday, June 11, 2018

Kate Spade

When I heard the news of Kate Spade's death, to say 
I was shocked would be an understatement.  
It knocked the wind out of me. 

The first designer bag I ever purchased for myself was a Kate Spade 
Brown Diaper bag. I had fallen in love with it and didn't care that it was 
a  diaper bag. It was a great tote bag for school and I just loved it.
 It even traveled to Italy with me, where sadly, someone, not 
mentioning any names (Hi, Jenn!!) vomited in her but she managed
 to make it out ok. In fact, the next year she went to Spain. Anyways,
 I loved that bag and carried it for a very long time before she moved
 to another loving home. 

 That bag started my love affair with Kate. I think at one point,
 I had like ten of her bags. Ugh, yes I know, I'm a bag addict!!
 While most, have moved onto new homes,
 I do still have one and will now forever cherish it. 

To the outsider looking in, it appeared that Mrs. Spade had it ALL.
  You really never know what someone is going through, 
the pain they have or the burdens they are carrying. To be in so much pain,
 pain that most cannot fathom nor understand, that you take your own life
 because you think that is a better choice is utterly heartbreaking.  And my 
heart literally breaks for her daughter, only thirteen. Much too young to 
understand and I pray for her because well her life will 
never be the same. 

It's been a year since my dear friend, Teddy, took his own life and the 
pain of that is still very fresh. Pain is a funny thing, some days it's 
manageable and some days it is not. Whenever I hear about one taking
 their own life, a profound sadness over comes me.  And if I'm being honest,
 that sadness stays with me for a bit.  However, I'm forever grateful for the 
time I had with Teddy. I find myself, being more kinder, more patient, 
thinking before I speak, being less judgmental
and smiling more. Thank you Teddy!!

The thing with depression is that is doesn't discriminate.  All the money in the
 world, cannot stop it's destruction. It's still stigmatized and misunderstood. I 
had to stop reading the internet because some of the comments were 
so gross and insensitive.  I wish the world was less judgmental. 
We need more love not more hate.  

A smile as well as kindness go a long way.

If you are having thoughts of suicide,
please contact:

National Suicide Prevention 


The Samaritan's


To Kate Spade, thank you for making 
some of the best purses. You
were  effervescent and will be missed.
May you be at peace.


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  1. Very very true about depression -it doesn't discriminate and unfortunately those suffering most have the hardest time asking for help. Wishing that people knew they were / are loved!

  2. Such a tragic loss, broke my heart as well. Thanks for doing this very important post. Love ya girl!

  3. This was sooo heartbreaking to me. I couldn't believe it. I LOVE her stuff and now want to buy a new one just remember her by. I have lost many people from suicide and it is sooooo heartbreaking.

  4. It is hard to believe that someone who has such a fun/free-spirit brand was in such a dark place. But we can all pretend you know? It is so tragic and heartbreaking. I am a huge KS fan and have several pieces from her and I will forever cherish them.

  5. so very, very tragic. Mental illness is so important to recognise and seek help for.

  6. the news was so tragic...and to be followed up by Anthony Bourdain!
    depression is no joke; it does not discriminate and I truly hope that those who are suffering dont suffer in silence.

  7. It's a hard realization that some of the most famous/loved/admired people in this world would feel the need to leave this earth way too early. Such tragic news x2 in one week! Emily @ Martinis & Bikinis

  8. My first designer bag was also a Kate Spade back in college, such sweet memories. My heart aches for her daughter, and how much hurt she must have been going through. I still haven't upgraded to the bigger designers because daycare costs (eek!), but hope to someday soon. And I need to hear more about this Italy vomit story. Those stories are always more fun when you didn't witness it first hand <3
    Green Fashionista

  9. Beautiful post. It was very sad to hear about Kate and then Anthony Bourdain. Depression and mental illness can affect anyone, regardless of status or money or anything else. You just never know sometimes. I wish mental illness didn't have such a stigma, but we're getting better in that regard.


  10. So many people have mentioned that a Kate Spade bag was their first designer bag.

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