Help me out here. Is this a hit or a miss? Usually I would ask that towards the end of my rant, but it is at the forefront of my mind. I came across the Emilio Pucci Frame Bag and I’ve done nothing but go back and forth between love it and hate it. It’s a fairly simple bag when you think about it. A simple silhouette adorned with multicolored silk. Here’s one of my many questions, what could you fit inside of it? Your key(s) and ID perhaps a credit card. Other than that not much else.

Emilio Pucci Frame Bag

Then I move onto the colors. They are ok. Nothing too out there. I guess that can be good or bad. Good in the sense that you can wear it with a lot of outfits, bad in the sense that it doesn’t really add a whole lot of “WOW”. Do you agree? I do like the detachable bangle wristlet. I think it is cute and I am sure it will receive much more use than the bag itself. So tell me, am I missing something here? Buy through Saks for $995.

Jackie CawthraThe Spring has been a very busy time for us here at Purse Blog. And as we are lucky enough to work with fabulous designers and brands, there is one thing that I continue to notice; it is a busy time for them as well. Come to think of it, I can’t really pin-point a lull when it comes to fashion. Designers are always working on upcoming seasons, promoting current seasons and trying to stay innovative.

Today I have the pleasure of introducing you to the lovely and gracious Jackie Cawthra of Belen Echandia. Commonly referred to as BE, this brand has a huge following over at the Purse Forum. It comes as no surprise since Jackie is as involved in her line and her supporters as just about any designer I’ve met. Jackie’s constant attention to detail, dedication to her brand, and most admirable, dedication and attention to her supporters has made the brand what it is today. As you read through the interview, I am sure you will see what I mean.

Before you get started, one amazing teaser: starting tomorrow, you can help us design a one-of-a-kind Belen Echandia handbag. That’s right we’re teaming up with Belen Echandia to bring you an exclusive Purse Blog/Purse Forum handbag! AMAZING!!!

Click here to read the interview!

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Wow. I might be totally wrong here, but I like it, I actually really like it. The Rafe Blake Leather Hobo is a fantastic handbag with a bit of an edge to it. Italian waxed cowhide, shiny nickel studs and rivet details work well together to bring you that edge I speak of. I can see a real cowgirl (not just those of us who like to have a cowgirl hat and boots on every now and then) or a bad girl pull this look off perfectly.

Rafe Blake Leather Hobo

So you know what that means, harness your inner cowgirl or bad girl and grab this bag as you run out the door. Come to think of it, I would grab this bag as I run out the door and hop on the back of a motorcycle for a ride around town. Yep, I like this bag! Buy through Bloomingdale’s for $575.

Oh Christian Louboutin how you intrigue me, time and time again. We’ve had countless mini-debates about what we think about CL handbags. For the most part the feedback I get is that CL shoes are totally amazing while CL handbags, although sometimes amazing, are always a bit overpriced. I can’t say I disagree.

Christian Louboutin Pillow Clutch

I came across the Christian Louboutin Pillow Clutch and once again found myself kinda wanting it to be mine. The clutch seems so disco-fab, don’t you think? The clutch is comprised of gold metallic leather, pleating throughout, zip detailing, a gold chain shoulder strap (that I actually might use) and of course, the signature red satin lining. Sure, it will set you back a bit, but it might just be worth it! Buy through Net-a-Porter for $1295.

Lockheart Bags

Purse Forum has been buzzing about Lockheart bags recently and I can see why. Jennifer Tash and Trang Huynh are the founders of Lockheart, whose mantra is “Follow your heart”. The duo first created Isabella Fiore. In 2006 the duo started Lockheart, whose bags still make a statement but are more toned down than many Fiore bags. Their bags continue to gain exposure and the fan base continues to grow. Because of this, we are deeming Lockheart Buzz Worthy. Stay tuned for more from Lockheart in the future.

ShopBop Picks

Some nights when I decide my working day is over, I end of browsing online etailers. And then I get shopping. I don’t even realize what I am doing, but with a few clicks all of a sudden, days later, I have 3 packages waiting for me. That happened last night. Postman arrived at our door with 5 packages. WHAT? Vlad found his way to Newegg.com for computer products and I found my way to ShopBop, Tobi, and Victoria’s Secret. Always a treat to forget what you ordered.

Anyhow, ShopBop has an amazing deal going on right now. You can buy any handbag and receive 25% off when you enter ARMCANDY at checkout. Check out the bags we would opt for! Ends tonight at 11:59 p.m..

RM tPF Sample Sale

One of our favorite designers has her sample sales coming up in the next few weeks. Kicking off the Sample Sale in New York City, Rebecca Minkoff will have a exclusive Cinco de Mayo MAB and Margaritas party for tPFers. Yours truly, Vlad and I, will be attending as well! Sample sale madness begins and we would love to see you at the RM Sample sale the night before it is open to the public. We hope to see you there!

Foley + Corinna Foldover Clutch

I’m going to come out and say it, no beating around the bush here, does this clutch look worn out? There is something about the colors used in the Foley + Corinna Fold Over Clutch that looks like it was left out in the bright summer sun for too long. I am all for pastels and light colors, but this one just looks a tad too warn. Do you agree? While I love the colors, I think I would appreciate them more if they were a little more bold and daring. I love the shape of the clutch; it screams easy going and fun loving. So tell me, what do you think? Buy through Bloomingdale’s for $390.

Mother’s Day is right around the corner. While you might be planning a huge gathering which includes all the mother’s in your family or you are working on finding the right card and/or gift to send to your mom. Each year, I end up doing something a little different. Years past, I’ve flown into town and surprised her and other years I’ve sent a card with a Starbucks gift card (her daily must-have). This year, I am toying with the idea of getting her a new handbag.

Salvatore Ferragamo Leather Evening Bag

The Salvatore Ferragamo Leather Evening Bag is a great contender for an ultra-fabulous Mother’s Day gift. The soft textured leather it topped with a bow trim on the chain strap. The lavender colored leather pictured here definitely hits that Mother’s Day/Spring Time feel. However, if you don’t want to seem too limiting, go for the black leather and let mom look fashionable with several outfits throughout all seasons. Buy through Saks for $520.

What are your plans for your mom or yourself on Mother’s Day? Share with us!

Adriana Castro PA at Henri Bendel

Yet again, another lucky day for all of you in the NYC area. Wednesday, April 29th head on over to Henri Bendel to meet the amazing Adriana Castro and enjoy a fabulous trunk show! Adriana will be there to greet customers and also to help customers custom make their bags. You can choose from signature styles, colors, skins; crocodile, lizard, python to name a few skins…and finishes; glazed, matte, metallic, stone wash…

And of course, if you can attend, make sure to come back and tell us all about it!

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