Splurge or Save: Bucket Bag / Carmen Varner // Travel Influencer, Blogging Coach, Social Media Consultant


Splurge or Save: Bucket Bag

It's been 1,000 years (approximately 5 months) since my last round of Splurge or Save, so why not start up again in 2016? I've been keeping an eye on one of the coolest trends at the moment: the ever so coveted bucket bag. They're cool. They're shaped weird. They're versatile. Did I mention that they're cool?

Take a look at these two bags & use your fashion sleuth skills to determine which is the $335 Rachael Ruddick Beach Bucket Bag & which is the considerably more affordable $65 version from Neiman Marcus? Look at the choices. Make your guess now. Absolutely no peeking! Okay, begin your guessing...

Rachael Ruddick Beach Bucket Bag or Neiman Marcus
Did you choose?  Something terrible will happen if you look at the answer without making a guess first. You'll spill coffee all over your dress two minutes after stepping into the office or something equally as life-altering & horrifying. Okay well here's the answer: the $335 bucket bag is on the left, the $65 one on the right. How did you do?

Made of leather (blech), the Rachael Ruddick Beach Bucket Bag comes with pretty features like a drawstring closure & adjustable cross body strap.  The dainty blush pink hue reminds me of a big batch of sweet, sweet cotton candy. The bag retails for 335 bones.

Then we have the Neiman Marcus Metallic-Trim Faux-Leather Bucket Bag made from faux-leather (polyurethane). The cute golden hardware adds a funky feminine touch. Details include a removable flat top handle, adjustable shoulder strap, drop drawstring top closure, & metallic lining.

Although I prefer the overall sheen & texture of the Rachael Ruddick bucket bag, I enjoy the charming gold bits & adaptable nature of the Neiman Marcus one. Of course, as a vegetarian, I would never purchase the Rachael Ruddick bag due too its being made with leather. The struggle. For this round of Splurge or Save, my vote would definitely be for the Neiman Marcus blush bucket bag. How about you?

Which blush bucket bag do you prefer? Which did you think was the splurge choice? :]

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  1. while I love the look of a bucket bag, I can't carry one. They can never fit all that I carry. haha clearly I carry way too much stuff with me.

  2. Yes! I got it right lol. I'm not really into either of these bags... I need a bag with a zipper and pastel really isn't me haha. Obviously if I had to choose between the two, the cheaper bag is the obvious option! and it's good for spring :)


  3. Love posts like this! I'm all about both bucket bags. Cute post!

  4. I guessed right, but actually think I prefer the look of the Neiman Marcus one! I completely agree that the gold hardware adds a little extra to the style. Both are great picks for spring though, I really like the style of bucket bags for something a little different!


  5. They are both so pretty! I would definitely go for the save since it's just as nice to me <3
    Green Fashionista

  6. I love that you had us guess which one we thought was the splurge and save!!

    Justine @ Charm City Ciemny's

  7. Dang, I chose the expensive one. #Typical Haha.

  8. I always choose the one with the higher price tag 🙈
    Good post


  9. Wow - I thought it was the other way round lol! Interesting to see, that x


  10. Christina SotherdenMarch 9, 2016 at 4:13 PM

    Both so pretty!!!

  11. I definitely guessed wrong! But both are really cute so I would def go for the cheaper option!
    Xo, Evelina @ Fortunate House

  12. sometimes you can go on a bit of splurge, and that bag is SO worth it. gorgeous!
    Pam xo/ Pam Scalfi♥

  13. I guessed right, yay! Also I´m with you on save side. I just love the gold details. I think they make the bag look a bit more special which is something I look for in my accessories.
    xx Lisa | Following Lisa

  14. I felt the one on the left was the splurge choice, but I still like the one on the right better! Great find!

    x Sarah

  15. I could barely see a difference, haha, and I preferred the cheaper one! If there were two bags this equal for a fraction of the price, I'd go for the cheaper option, if we're not talking Chanel, because Chanel is the one to rule them all, haha! xx


  16. I personally prefer a leather bag, but I totally get where you're coming from! Materials aside, I like the look of the less expensive bag better. And I did guess right ;)


  17. I definitely prefer to save especially on bags!! They're just so crazy expensive and I would rather have options than putting all my money into one! Love this post idea!

    xo Lauren

  18. I like the look of the leather one just a litttttle more but the material and color of the faux-leather better. What a steal!

  19. Living BeautifullyMarch 10, 2016 at 3:11 PM

    I guessed correctly, probably because I thought the lovely pink colour looked more exclusive :D However, I would also choose the Neiman Marcus faux leather bag because the colour seems more versatile and would go easily with more outfits! xo

  20. Gorgeous bags! I love the bucket silhouette! I actually prefer the details of the less expensive one - go figure! Great picks lady!

  21. wow that bag is so cute!

  22. Love these bags! Looks so cute!

    Love from www.trangscorner.com {a lifestyle, fashion, beauty, and food blog}

  23. Wow, I definitely thought the one on the right was the more expensive one. I'm sure they look different in person but it still says something that between the two I'd prefer the one that's cheaper.

    jessica - littlehenrylee.com

  24. i think both are pretty! although the more expensive one does look more edgy as it has minimal lining which highlights the beautiful texture of a bucket bag.

  25. Whilst I did spot the pricier version and perhaps even prefer it, the cheaper bucket bag certainly makes for a great dupe! x
    Louise | helloteddy.co.uk

  26. Yes, the gold hardware brings a new dimension to the bag. :]


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