Valentino Rockstud Tote

Season after season, without fail, Valentino has adorned leather bags great and small with the tiny silver pyramids known affectionately as Rockstuds. Sometimes they’re just an accent, sometimes they take up the whole bag, but they’re always there, and until recently, they were always the same. For fall, Valentino Noir introduced us to a darker side of the girlish look, and now spring brings with it the exact opposite – lemony enamel studs on matching pastel leather.

Celebrities arrive at the Dior Fashion Show in Paris, France

Here’s the ever-elegant Princess Charlene of Monaco on her way in to the Dior Haute Couture show in Paris over the weekend. You’ll notice, of course, that the princess is carrying a black quilted Dior Lady Dior Tote. Dior doesn’t sell its bags online anymore, but you can browse the many variations of the Lady Dior (mink, python, and croc, oh my!) and find out where to buy one in-store at Dior.com

In the music world, wearing a band tee to see that same band is considered super lame, but in the fashion world, you should absolutely carry a Dior bag to a Dior runway show.

BCBG Max Azria Bags-2

BCBG Max Azria is a name we all know, but I’m not sure I’ve ever really looked to the brand for its accessories. That’s all going to change now, though, because after playing with some BCBG bags last week, I’m hooked. Not only are the styles really chic, but the prices are also so fair that each item seems like a smart choice.

Yellow bags

For the first time this winter, it is really, genuinely, bone-chillingly cold in New York City. Yesterday, I got my puffer coat out of the closet for the first time since last winter; I had been surviving since November on just a wool coat, but sub-20-degree temperatures made me a holdout no longer. Today isn’t any better.

To add insult to injury, all of the resort and spring arrivals look so bright and cheery that sometimes I forget the frigidity waiting for me outside my windows.

Proenza Schouler Graffiti Print Leather PS1

At this point, you guys know me, and you know that I’m an absolute sucker for a seasonal printed Proenza Schouler PS1. The bag I carry almost every day is a digital blanket-print version from Fall 2011, and every time Proenza makes a beautiful patterned textile and doesn’t do a PS1 version of it, I weep silently. For Spring 2013, I don’t see any PS1 textiles, but I do see something I like even better – printed leather.

Gucci Soho Shoulder Bag

It’s true, I love Gucci. I always have. When I was in college, one of my first major purchases came down to Gucci and Fendi, and even though I went with the Fendi Spy bag at the time, Gucci still holds a special place in my heart. I’ve followed the brand closely over the years, and recently, its handbags have wowed me more than I can even explain.

Rebecca Minkoff x PurseForum Darcy

The buildup to the release of the much-anticipated and highly collaborative Rebecca Minkoff x PurseForum bag has finally reached its peak. After months in the making, with input from Rebecca and thousands of PurseForum members, I am happy to tell you that not only has the bag been created, but it’s also being carried exclusively at Nordstrom.

If you weren’t part of the design process, let me give you a little background info about how this bag came to be.

Real Housewives of Beverly Hills

The PurseBlog team took yesterday off for MLK’s birthday, so today’s recap of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills is going to be a little different. Instead of our usual blow-by-blow, I’ve assembled a list of interesting (and, to be honest, sometimes not-so-interesting) things from last night’s episode to get the discussion going.

It wasn’t as fascinating or action-packed an evening as we’re perhaps accustomed to from the Beverly Hills wives, but there were blessedly few plugs for Vanderpump Rules and a random Paris Hilton cameo, so I can’t complain too much.

Jennifer Lopez and her boyfriend Casper Smart were seen leaving Madeo Restaurant in Beverly Hills, CA

PB readers, we’ve heard your “NO MORE BIRKINS” cries, and we’re happy to oblige! (Though honestly, we should all demand the same from our celebrities. We get it, you can all afford $10K bags!) Here’s Jennifer Lopez clutching her man Casper Smart with one hand and a sexy Valentino Noir VaVaVoom Flap Bag with the other. (They’re making their exit from Madeo in Beverly Hills, where they dined last week.) This bag can be yours forever if you snap it up for $2,395 at Neiman Marcus.

Hermes Price Increase

We don’t delight in bad news around here, and a price increase is just about the worst news that you can ever expect to find on a handbag blog. (We’re lucky that way.) Unfortunately, that’s what this time of year brings for Hermes lovers, and NYC shopping blog Mizhattan reports that we can expect a noticeable uptick in price for everything from Birkins to Colliers de Chien to flasks.

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