If I have learned one thing in the past months that I’ve been involved in this handbag craze, then it’s that women love studded bags. To me personally, I prefer my leather plain and smooth, and not penetrated by metal studs that give bags the badass look.
I’ve fiddled around with our Babette a little, who happened to be covered by our bags at lower screen resolutions and didn’t get to expose herself properly in all her glamorous beauty! Hence, I’ve moved her to the top – she won’t mind I think. Another improvement to our Purse Blog is that from now on, we will feature smaller crafter shops who do fancy bags and custom works, especially emphasizing on goodies that our readers submit to us. I think it is time for the smaller companies to step up and make an appearance, and we will be more than willing to help them with it.
On of the fine submits included Lia Hood’s contributions on Good Morning, Morning. Granted, the store’s name is indeed an insider joke that nobody will ever get, but the offered handbags, bookbags, pouches and organizers are very unique and worthy mentioning. Every cute piece is handmade of recycled vintage household textiles, which does Mother Nature good, and your wallet as well. Head on over to Good Morning, Morning and see what Lia has to offer.
Although I can’t always pull off the Anthropology/Urban Outfitter look, I love that earthy flowery feel. The skirts are gorgeous and the outfits are so simply put together yet so gorgeous and flowing. So why not have a cute bag to go with that feel, especially for spring and summer. I’ve discovered the Marine Shell Embroidered Canvas Tote and fallen in love with it. The tote bag is a cream color showing off multi-colored shell, sequin and beaded embroidery on the front and single shell detail on back. The embroidery is divine and screams out fun-in-the-sun. Bag has double handles and is lined in burgundy with a self-tie fastening at top. Interior of bag has a zip fastening pocket. The bag measures approximately 16″ x 10″ x 8″ and can be bought at Net-A-Porter for $106.
I’ve always been the little girl who loved army print. My brother had an entire Army outfit, from boots to hat, and would run around the house chasing me and ultimately putting me in prison. That sucked. But especially now, while we are at war, sporting Army print shows your support and love for our country. No matter what you think about the war, you have to know that these men and women there now need all the support we can give them. So I figured, for this Memorial Day, why not show-off some love for our country and the men and women that have and still are serving.
Today is also a dedication to my friend Phil. Phil is a good friend of mine who served our country and fought in Iraq. He was lucky enough to not only do well while there, but come home safe to his friends and family. Since I have been promising him a shout out on my site, I figured today would be a dedication to him and his fellow friends in the service. Phil has told me many stories, showed me many pictures, and deserves much respect and accolades for what he and all the others serving have done for us. I am sure many of you reader’s know someone who has or is still serving our country, so feel free to thank them and wish them luck in our comment section.
For starters, why not show off your red, white and blue via a Rolfs American Flag Novelty Coin Purse. This purse is made of leather with a star shaped zipper puller, back pocket and a keychain. For $15 at Rolfs, this purse to show your support to our country is the perfect little accessory.
Now I am getting to the fun part, because camouflage is really my thing. Let’s face it girls, a man in camouflage just makes you smile. Uniform is always nice (especially when it’s not your Catholic school uniform from grade school- ugh). Like I said before I have always been a fan of the army camo and I have fallen in more than love with these MZ Wallace bags. These bags are not just any bags; they are posh designer bags that sport love for our country on a beautifully designed bag. In their spring 2005 chain collection, MZ Wallace features three camo patterned bags: the Carlyle, the Roma, and the New York Tote. I want to focus on the Roma because I believe for any girl it is the perfect bag to show support and love of our country without being too over the top for many women. This bag is a classic handbag shape made with a pale desert camouflage quilted nylon canvas. The bag features a chain handle and is trimmed in Italian pebble grain leather. Other perks to the bag are the flap with swivel clip closure, large inside zipper pocket, cell phone pocket plus two additional multi-purpose pockets. And the coolest part is that this bag is water and stain resistant, which is good for any woman, because face it girls, we aren’t perfect. This MZ Wallace Roma costs $240, but is well worth each and every dollar of the price.
Aleya Handbags has given us the Rich Girls collection, camouflage satchels with metallic bronze trims. This kind of made me laugh a bit to have it be called the Rich Girls collection, but then again upon further inspection the bags were named the Nicole, Jessica, and Paris respectively. Actually really cool when you think about it; these well known girls have been given names on a line of camo bags. My favorite is the The Nicole Hobo in Camouflage. The Nicole Hobo is made of nylon canvas camouflage trimmed in bronze metallic leather and featuring luxurious gold hardware. This bag is able to sit comfortably on your shoulder and measures 18″ wide at the base and 10 1/2″ at center with bag closed and a depth of 5″. You can buy any of the Rich Girls collection online at Aleya, the Nicole Hobo in Camouflage is $200.
Why I love StyleDrops: they give amazingly awesome background information about the designers they feature. As much as I’d like to believe that I’m one heck of a writer, I’m gonna leave it to the StyleDrops authors to tell you all a little about Vivienne Westwood.
“Vivienne Westwood played a vital role in the emergence of Punk Rock in the 1970s and has gone on to become one of the most original and influential designers of our time. Her designs combine a fearless unconformity with a sense of tradition. She is renowned for her gentle parody of Establishment styles, her use of very British fabrics such as Harris tweed and tartan, her re-use of historic garments such as the corset and crinoline. Yet, her approach has always been practical, driven by a curiosity about how things work, a process she describes as ‘learning through action’. Among other honours, Westwood also was awarded a place in the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.”
Now to my pick of her SS/05 collection, the Vivienne Westwood handbag entitled “Logo Scottish”. Although I am not a huge fan of plaid (it reminds me of my Catholic School uniform), Vivienne made me love her red, blue and yellow plaid on this stylish bag. The bag mostly shows off the plaid fabric pattern but also sports leather straps and sports metal hardware. The bag sizes up at 12″W x 10 1/2″H x 7″D and has an 8″ shoulder-belt/handle. This stylish wonder can be yours for $499 at StyleDrops.
Hate is such a strong word. So I am feeling the need to redeem myself. Don’t think I am being an Indian-giver, because I really do not like Fendi, logo print that is. So here comes my redemption. This way I can show you I do know fashion when I see it, and I can appreciate all kinds of bags and designers (but I really don’t have to like them all, now do I?) So I must move on to the apology, IF indeed I offended anyone by my strong words, and now I am moving onto some Fendi bags that *I LIKE*, and one, that I even love!
For starters, let me show you a simply divine bag. The Fendi Python Beaded Small Vanity Bag is gorgeous. So there Vlad!! Take that. Anyhow, this little number can be carried as a clutch or slung over the shoulder (there is a removable shoulder strap). Personally I love the idea of it being a clutch, but it is all up to you of course. The bag is zucca jacquard with pink python and red leather trim, gold leather piping, and pink and red beaded detail, which means there is a small amount of the Fendi logo print but it is barely noticeable unless you look really really closely. The focal point of the bag is the multicolor mirror detail on front with pink python trim and golden rivets. The bag sports a secure flap closure, which is not only in style but also easy to open and close and really hip for any bag. And here comes the part where I laugh out loud at myself. My parents told me that I have always been drawn to the most expensive items since I first started crawling, and I am doing it again. For a seriously large price of $1,860 at eLuxury, this Fendi bag that I do love is available. If I go so far as to buy it, chances are Vlad, too, may be a little more like I was as a wee little tyke and crawl out of the store. But then again, that would more because I made him broken than anything else. What can I say, I am an angel.
Let me now delve into the Fendi Small Metallic Pouch. Remember the song you sang when you used to sit on the red and blue line and have the buddy system and have nap time in school? Think way back to when, and start to hum along with, “Make new friends, but keep the old. One is silver and the others gold.” (HAHA I know you just sang along with the actual tune, don’t even try to deny it). This flashy pouch is gleaming with metallic colors, flashing its trendy hardware, and showing off the spy handle. Made with gold and silver metallic zucca logo on light brown fabric, lime green satin lining, metallic gold suede trim, and making sure to include a detachable gold chain shoulder strap if you’d like to sling it over your shoulder, this bag is a true must have. Like I said earlier, the spy handle is what sets this bag up and over the top for me. For some reason my taste just keeps getting higher and higher. This one is pushing the deuce $$$ marking; available at Neiman Marcus for $1,195.
Want to see a unique and somewhat cheap Fendi bag that has no logo print? Take into account that it is all relative, but have I got the bag for you. This is a bit of a blast from the past, I do remember the hip fringing of shirts that was once in style as the 80’s ruled the world, but it is still stylishly unique if you are that type of person who can pull anything off. The Fendi Mini Fringe Baguette is adorned with rose suede calfskin fringe. The bag also features golden hardware, an adjustable shoulder strap (which is a major plus for all size women), and a top flap with snap tab and signature logo buckle of course. Sizing up at 5 1/2″H x 7 1/2″W x 1 1/2″D this Fendi non-signature style is available via Neiman Marcus for $795.
The beach means summer. Crabs are found at the beach. So crabs mean summer. Right? Sometimes a not so big bag is just as fun and necessary for fun in the sun. Lilly has made what I find to be the perfect beach prep small bag, small as in it can fit a cell phone, lipstick, small wallet, and your car keys. The Lilly Pulitzer Reversible Bermuda Bag is not only bright but also fashionable small and cute. The crab embroidery enhances a cotton twill design, which is held together by a wide wooden handle. Really nifty extra is that the cover reverses to a solid color and buttons onto the lining for easy changing. Yes, that is nifty. I can see this little bag being worn with a summer skirt, a white tank, cute sandals and of course your summer shades. In order to get the most bang for your buck and the most use of the bag, why not consider buying a Lilly Pulitzer Reversible Bermuda Bag Cover in order to truly be able to turn this bag into many different looks. The bag and cover can be found at Nordstrom’s for $75 for the bag and $20 for a cover.
If many of you women are like myself, you have always had that part of you that wants to be a baddass hot motorcycle chick. Maybe it is just me. But you know the Angelina Jolie type, the badass who “doesn’t care”, who is always seen as desirable and super-hot? They look like they have fun (although I am terrified of motorcycles so shhh!) And this all comes down to the Luella Carmen Biker Bag, which emulates a bad-ass stylin’ chick.
If you are new to MY WORLD of high end shoulder fashion, I will let you off the hook if you don’t understand all the razz and jazz behind Luella handbags, just this once. For the rest of you ladies, I know you know and understand all about Luella and her outstanding work. Right now I am in love with this Luella Carmen. It’s simple yet a rockin’ style. Made of lemon leather the Carmen bag with quilted panels sports a buckle on front with the signature silver stirrup on a press stud fastening flap, two signature silver hearts on decorative zips, and double leather and chain shoulder straps with dangling signature hearts. The inside is lined in a black, white, caramel and yellow canvas print and features a zip fastening interior pocket. The bag measures approximately 24cm x 14cm x 7cm. If you truly are ‘bad to the bone’ go on and splurge on this Luella Leather Carmen Biker Bag at Net-a-Porter for about $795.
Sometimes it is nice to see a designer spice up the world of purses and handbags. Luckily a Southern Italian woman decided to add total creativity and life to her new line of bags made in Italy. For starters the handmade Sogni D’Arte Orange Roses AppliquÃƒÂ© Handbag. This is not your ordinary bag. I actually thought this bag was made to look like a pineapple, but I think I am mistaken. Either way, it truly is in its own league. Very feminine and creative, made by the little Italian woman with her own shop and brand called ‘Sogni d’Arte’ that means Art Dreams. The bag is made of cotton and shows off a striped yellow and lime pattern. To top it off like icing on the cake is the applique of beautiful synthetic orange little roses with leaves on the front. I still keep looking at it and thinking it looks like a pineapple. Any of you agree? Anyhow the purpose of the bag is to fit around the wrist and accent a cute outfit. For $59 the bag is flirty ingenious fun at Forzieri.
George, George, George of the jungle strong as he can be! Watch out for that handbag! (Quit laughing at me) I couldn’t help but need to add some sort of jungle song into this write up because this bag is just BANANAS! Just like the “pineapple” bag this Sogni D’Arte Handmade Green Leaves AppliquÃƒÂ© Handbag is definetly the only one of its class. The bag is made of cotton and completely drenched by an applique of synthetic green leaves. I felt a little disappointed to know the back does not have the leaves, rather the back is striped in green. Darn. If the whole bag were saturated with handmade leaves I’d dig it even more! Just like the Orange Roses AppliquÃƒÂ© Handbag, the Green Leaves AppliquÃƒÂ© Handbag is made to be worn on the wrist. I am a little baffled at how to pull this bag off, but if any of you women are out there who can where whatever whenever, buy this bag at Forzieri for $95 and let me know!
“I simply cannot make myself write about it. I hate Fendi!!” That was Megs’ reaction when I suggested the Fendi Vanity for today. What a bold statement. According to the Lady, they look hideous and are overpriced. To me, Fendi is among the most recognized iconic fashion labels with decades of tradition in creating must-have items for the fashion elite. And the brown zucca and red leather Vanity handbag belongs to one of their master pieces. The brown zucca canvas with burgundy, red and metallic pink leather accents features a flap over top with a magnetic clasp and a hinged leather ornament on its front with geometric etched mirrored plate. The convertible handbag comes with a 29” removable metallic pink leather shoulder strap and standard top handle. Its insides reveal brown logo nylon lining with an interior patch pocket. Even better is that you can get this icon bag for over 30% off… it still clocks in at $1,132 though. Via BlueFly.
I like flowers, I really do. But excuse me Ms. Fiore while I gag. I’m sorry to any of you who I may offend but these bags just make me nauseous. Everything is wrong. Let me being with the soft leather, I don’t see it? Next we have the un-missable “leather flower in four delicious colors”. Delicious? I think not. Seriously, this post has to be short because this coin purse is just really making me want to shut my eyes and run the other way. This atrocity comes in black, yellow, and lavender and you can waste $75 on the Isabella Fiore “Flower In Hand” Wristlet Frame at Adasa.
Do you remember grabbing tugging on your daddy’s pant leg when you were a little girl and crying and begging for a pony? If you just nodded your head all I can say is, “What a selfish brat!” Wait. Just kidding, I did it all the time. A pony among many other things. In fact, if you ever have the pleasure of meeting my wonderful father, don’t even ask him if I was a difficult child (because he would obviously say No, Duh!) Anyway, what does a pony have to do with anything you ask yourself. Well, as much as many of us ladies wanted a pony, we also should want a Saddle. The Dior Saddle Bag of course! Now this isn’t just any Dior Saddle Bag, this is the Dior Paris ’50’s Print Saddle Bag, and I can tell you I really really want it worse than I ever wanted a pony!
This bag not only a limited edition but also manifests a whimsical Parisian chic style, and shows off some of the most beautiful monuments and scenes in Paris through iconic sketches including Sacre Coeur, Notre Dame, and of course, fashionable women. “Prettied up with canary yellow and lilac flowers, this artful take on the classic saddle is truly a piece to treasure.” I could not agree more. Of course this classy little number is trimmed and piped in smooth leather, has the focal point at the oversized polished silver metal “D” charm dangling from the top flap, and a leather shoulder strap with polished silver metal “CD” charms. All of which I adore. Back to the pony. When you begged your daddy for that pony you just had to have, the answer was usually no. I have a feeling I will get the same response again for the much loved saddle. The Dior Paris ’50’s Print Saddle bag could be a down payment for a pony; coming in at a hefty $1,015 via eLuxury.