Guess who is back on my radar majorly? Gucci. It is not that I lost love for Gucci, I just wasn’t as enthralled. I would be happy to find a great bag but was not searching Gucci’s website expecting to find it. Their collection right now for Spring/Summer is eye-catching and has quite a few pieces I am loving.

One of my absolute favorite bags is the Gucci Jungle Shoulder Bag. It is just what I have been looking for: a shoulder bag with a long chain strap. (more…)

The Real Housewives of New York City just aren’t much for subtlety or tact, are they? Last night’s episode was all about messages delivered badly, and when these women screw something up, they go whole-hog, so to speak.

Whether those messages came from soulless gossip bloggers, toothless psychics or Alex, blinded by rage and on a kamikaze mission to humiliate Jill publicly, they were all delivered with a lack of finesse that would have been more startling if only we didn’t already know these awful people so intimately. And, for once, none of the verbal diarrhea came from Ramona. In that regard, last night’s episode probably counts as a minor miracle. Someone get the Pope on the phone. (more…)

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In the first Sex and the City movie there was the pivotal moment where Lily, Charlotte’s daughter, takes Big’s call on Carrie’s cell phone and then places the phone in her Judith Leiber cupcake clutch. Soon after it is evident that Big has cold feet and can not get out of his car to go through with the wedding. The Judith Leiber Cupcake Clutch was not only the cutest accessory we have ever seen on a flower girl but also was part of the chain of events that lead to Carrie being stood up at the altar. (more…)

As I mentioned over on PurseBlog Savvy this morning also, I went to Kelly Cutrone’s book-signing in Atlanta (look for a post on that on Monday) and had a lot of fun scoping out what everyone was wearing. The girl carrying the Rebecca Minkoff Loveletters Leopard-Print Morning After Mini Bag was clearly the winner, at least for me – she did such a great job making a leopard print bag look like a wardrobe staple that I couldn’t help but mention it to you girls.

Her outfit inspired me so much, in fact, that I wanted to talk about another leopard bag that I had mostly ignored until now – the Alexander Wang Millie Leopard Bag. Although I love animal print, I had written it off as too busy and too difficult to fit in to the wardrobe of anyone who doesn’t find themselves constantly wearing solids. I wear so much black that I could see myself using it regularly, but I wasn’t sure that anyone else would find a use for it. Well, I’m no long unsure. (more…)

Wednesday night, I went to Kelly Cutrone’s book signing at a Border’s in Atlanta (I’ll have a full post about that on Monday at PurseBlog), and, predictably, there were a lot of interesting looks going on among the over 700 people that turned up to hear Cutrone answer questions and get a moment of face time with her. One girl in particular stuck out to me, and it all started because she was carrying the Rebecca Minkoff Loveletter Leopard Morning After Mini Satchel.

In this picture, admittedly, the bag does not look all that great. It might even look a bit cheap here (and even in real life, I still thought the brushed gold hardware looked surprisingly down-market), but it was a million times better on this girl’s arm and with the outfit she chose than in any photos I’ve seen. Sometimes in the realm of accessories, a bag’s context can make a world of difference. (more…)

When Apple floods the market with another ingenious mainstream product, the launch guarantees two things. Firstly, it will be tremendously successful. Over 300,000 sold on the first day attests to that. Secondly, a plethora of accessories is going to follow very closely. The mobile device accessory market pulls in massive millions in sales annually and it is only logical that the big fashion houses will try to get a piece of the pie. (more…)

Running an online fashion magazine about handbags can be tricky at times, since handbags are only a sliver of the fashion world. Luckily, women (and men!) love handbags as much as we do and designers continue bringing us new purses to talk about. Even with the vast array of designs, there are slow slumps when we wait for more new bags to arrive and we must scour the internet looking for something different.

That is why I am happy to stumble upon the De Couture Chain Strap Hobo. The brand has only been covered three times on our site, the last post being from a year ago. There may not be many bags from the brand, but this is one that I want to cover. (more…)

Everyone remembers my Alexander Wang Rocco love and letdown story. My returning this bag still haunts me a bit, as I rarely *rarely* return bags and this one held such a special place in my heart but fell short when it came to my expectations. Either way I will not ignore this bag or stop showing support for a design and idea that I love.

What I don’t love is this version of the bag. I don’t know why designers attempt to add luxury to PVC. It is like adding nice a set of $10,000 rims to a barely functional beater car. (more…)

Now, this is a gorgeous bag. The first thing that came to mind when I saw this Tory Burch creation were the countless quotes I learned back in high school. They weren’t just any quotes, but quotes about how important and crucial simplicity in life is. And you know what, it is true. While those quotes weren’t intended for handbags and the design of them, I still appreciate how simplistic this bag is; it is just so clean. (more…)

I usually don’t write about the non-leather bags from Marc by Marc Jacobs for one very specific reason: I think that the line’s leather bags are a much, much better deal. They do a great job pricing them under $550, and the leathers that they choose are almost uniformly soft and supply. Their canvas and nylon bags, on the other hand, have always struck me as a bit pricy in comparison.

I just couldn’t help but mention this iteration of the very popular Marc by Marc Jacobs Standard Supply Tote, however. Tribal is something of a minor trend right now (meaning that not everyone is doing it, which makes this the is the perfect time to jump on the bandwagon before it gets too crowded), and this pattern does it to sunny perfection. I’ll even forgive the obvious branding. (more…)

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