Accessories

For those of you who check Purse Blog frequently, you are certainly familiar with Meg’s Web She Bang Posts. Well, we’re also collaborating with another great site, The Find, to bring you a wide variety of what is on the most-wanted fashion lists. Starting today, look for weekly installments of guest posts from The Find. Enjoy!

Inspired by the ultra modern Perspex briefcases shown at the Chanel ready-to-wear fall ’09 show is an emerging trend, clear accessories. Karl Lagerfeld’s briefcase for the modern workingwoman bears it all, exposing all of your personal belongings to the world. Perfectly proportioned for a compact, lipstick (Chanel of course!) as well as your iPod, glasses and shoulder bag. Practical, perhaps not, but a fashion statement, yes!

See Through Accessories

Are see thru accessories of all types on the horizon? Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors and Ralph Lauren all have transparent bags each with their own signature look. Hollywood jewelry designer CCSkye has also created a clear Lucite Medallion Cuff. Also spotted are crystal clear cases for your iPod and electronic gadgets and of course the original vintage Lucite clear handbag designs. Keep an eye out for more clear accessories, but be sure to edit your handbag contents before bearing them to the world.

Chanel Segway Karl “Krazypants” Lagerfeld is at it again. He’s made a bike, which we covered, as well as other sporting equipment like skis. If Krazypants can find a way to put a Chanel logo on something that is already expensive and then charge more for it, he’s all over it. Particularly if it can be done in a wacky, eccentric way that makes everyone go “…waaaah?” And that’s the case with the all-new-for-spring Chanel Segway. It’s got an enormous classic flap stuck on the front of it like a basket on an old-fashioned bicycle and Chanel’s quilted caviar leather covering the wheel wells. I don’t even know what else could be said about this…thing. Except that Krazy Karl is the only person I could ever see riding it, except for maybe Victoria Beckham. And maybe her kids behind her, on mini ones. No price information was given, but their bicycle from several seasons ago was several thousand dollars, and this thing has a motor, so…draw your own conclusions.

Image courtesy of Chanel via NYMag.com

Louis Vuitton Card Deck Set Folks, we’ve done it. I think. Maybe I’m being optimistic. But, with the advent of the Louis Vuitton Card Deck Set, I think it may be possible for someone with enough money and enough dedication to go through their entire day without deigning to use a product that’s not luxury branded. We’ve covered Chanel and Hermes bicycles, Gucci makes wallpaper, Fendi makes bedding, Versace makes furniture. And now, your husband won’t just be playing poker with the guys, he’ll be playing Louis Vuitton poker. And that won’t get him made fun of by his buddies AT ALL, I promise.

Eluxury promises that this set includes three “luxurious” decks of cards, so please, help me brainstorm in the comments – exactly how does one make playing cards luxurious? The first thing that came to my mind was having the symbols ever so carefully covered in close-cropped mink, making them slightly furry. How would you do it? Buy through eLuxury for $105.

This bespoke chair from Suzan Fellman would be one of the greatest artistic pieces for your home. Vlad and I have a little more modern vibe going on in our house and I would plop this chair down to be the ultimate conversation piece. There are of course a few problems that I would run into. Price is the biggest one followed by keeping it clean. But would this not be amazing? This Chanel Bespoke Silk Scarf Chair is designed with vintage silk scarves on a sleek slipper chair. The lucite legs are the perfect modern finish. Each chair is individually designed to the three scarves that make it up, so all the chairs will vary. But the Chanel chair pictured is the ideal chair for a handbag loving fashionista. Dimensions vary but are about 27″D, 32″H, seat height 12″, and seat area approximately 20″ square. Order through Vivre for $6,400. (more…)

I have another little secret to let you all in on… I am not a big makeup wearer. So now you know that I do not get manicures, pedicures, dye my hair, or wear make up much. What is wrong with me you ask, well that is just my style. Simple. Someday I may need makeup and more to give my face a nice look, but for now, I will keep my lack-of-makeup my typical look. When going somewhere I do put make up on; typically only a bit of blush, eye shadow, mascara, and lip gloss. I don’t have to travel with large make up cases, which is actually a major perk when you travel as much as I do. I simply need a cosmetic case and I am good to go. But my cosmetic case is nothing fancy, and it is time to change that. (more…)

Oh my goodness! Remember when beanie babies were all the rage – and I mean ALL the rage? Well, I don’t actually remember the last time I saw one. So, you can imagine my surprise and astonishment to see these Prada Beanie Babies. Now, these beanie babies are actually key chains, so they are a bit smaller than your traditional beanie baby. And can I tell you, I cannot believe I am writing about beanie babies right now. It makes me giggle. It looks like these little guys will range between $123 and $200. I’m not so sure I’d want one attached to my keys, but hey, to each their own. So, what do you think? Did Prada do something good here?

Via Blogue.us

Have you guys missed me? Well, have you even noticed I haven’t been around as much? No? Ok, well, a girl can hope, right? But even so, the huge event for which we’ve been planning and preparing over at my day job is over, meaning that I have some time to do things other than go to work, eat, sleep, and worry! Excellent, right?

So the first thing I’m going to bring you post-apocalypse is something that made me stop and look twice when perusing ShopBop today (Megs & Co. lured me to their site with news of their oh-so-rare sale code!), and rarely do I look twice. I popped over to their jackets section in hopes of finding a cute coat for winter (that I’ll never wear, since it’s going to be 85 degrees in Georgia for the rest of my life), and when I saw the LaRok VestEd Interest jacket (+1 for punning), I stopped and looked harder.

You see, the vest is actually part of the jacket, ensuring the perfect fit at all times – the jacket stays taught and won’t fall open or sag because the buttons of the vest secure it in place. Everything stays in place for the perfect look, and you get a great menswear-inspired piece for an unconventional night-out ensemble. Plus, use the BOPFORFALL code to save $50!

Do you ever wonder what you would buy if money wasn’t an option? Personally, if I had more money than I knew what to do with I can think of plenty of things I would spend my money on: a couple houses, a new car, maybe a boat, lots of traveling, establishing a foundation in my name, and so on. Now, I am sure that small list looks pretty typical. For those of us who dare to dream, why not dream big? However, when I come back down to reality, right now I am not in the kind of financial situation where I can buy everything my heart possibly desires. At the same time, I do wonder what people with more money than they know what to do with buy. I mean, their shopping sprees have to be much different than mine. I think I am splurging when I buy a new pair of designer jeans or a hot pair of sunglasses. But then there are those out there who splurge by purchasing a new yacht. I guess everything is relative.

Don’t get me wrong, I am very lucky; I get to buy things I like and continue to dream of the day I might be able to afford some of the things I would love to have. I would have to say, when I stumbled across the Leiber Mini Pillboxes and saw the price associated to them, I instantly put the pillboxes in the “what I might buy if I had tons of money” category. The pillboxes are without a doubt cute, but for something used to hold your daily vitamins and such, I would say they are way too pricey for me. Yet, if the price seems right to you, store your vitamins and/or pills in one of these pillboxes you can buy through Neiman Marcus for $625.

What would you buy if money wasn’t an issue?

So, we don’t do a whole lot of chit-chat about beauty products here, and for good reason. This IS a purse blog, after all, despite my penchant for posting about sunglasses, shoes, luggage, Project Runway, soon Gossip Girl (12 days! *Head explodes*) and lots of other things that aren’t handbags. I don’t follow direction well. Chalk it up to my “artistic temperament.”

I generally try to play along, though, but I bought something a little while back that I think someone out there might really like, so I’m compelled to share, even if it’s not a bag. So if you could humor me for just a moment, I would greatly appreciate it.

I have unreasonably dry skin (thanks, mom!). I’m 22 years old and using moisturizer made for post-menopausal women with wrinkles, and still, my skin is thirsty. This problem has always made it impossible for me to get the dewy, glowy look that so many women my age have on the red carpet, much to my chagrin. (more…)

I’ve got a dirty little secret: I can’t wear high heels. With a twice-dislocated knee (the last dislocation of which I’m still in a brace for) and a ten-times-dislocated (and once broken) ankle, I’m an orthopedist’s nightmare, even in sensible shoes. I can blow joints out by merely existing, let alone teetering around in glorified stilts. I’ve had joint injuries with a frequency and severity that most professional athletes never encounter.

And yet, I just can’t keep myself out of the shoe department, even if it’s only to look. The sculptural lines of high, high heels enchant me, and I can’t help but think of how wonderful my legs would look in any of them. I marvel at girls striding easily in them, because I know with complete certainty that it’s not something I’ll ever be able to do.

But if any of fall’s new shoes would be worth another dislocation or broken bone, it would be Christian Louboutin’s Trottinette Ankle Boots. It’s taken me a long time to hop on the ankle boot bandwagon, but for a shoe like this, I’ll buy in. I think what makes it different, to me, is the top strap and buckle – instead of looking unfinished like many booties, they looked tailored and planned, like they were obviously meant to be worn with tights or tucked-in skinny pants so that the entire shoe is on display. Also, the beautiful grey suede is versatile and appropriate on a multiple occasions and with multiple colors, including this season’s all-important berry tones.

The shoe’s concealed platforms allow for an even taller stiletto heel without breaking the clean line of the shoe, making it all the more prohibitive to yours truly. Which only means one thing: one of you have to buy it so I can live vicariously. Buy through Net A Porter for $1,195.

I don’t know about the rest of you ladies, but I sure do love a compliment. Maybe it’s a tad narcissistic of me, but I just love being told how awesome I am by others. People I know, complete strangers, it doesn’t matter. Compliments will, in fact, get you everywhere with me. I’m easy that way.
So imagine my delight when my trip to the mall today become a veritable compliment fest, all because of the Discus Necklace I wrote about a few weeks back. It was probably mentioned to me no fewer than 25 times – by salespeople in all sorts of departments, by other customers, by people waiting in line in with me for lunch. One saleswoman that I saw twice told me that she had talked about my necklace with another customer, who left immediately to go to Anthropologie and buy one for herself. Another salesperson said that she planned to go buy one on her lunch break.
Let me tell you, I may never leave my house without this necklace again. My outfit as a whole was unremarkable – a black cotton strapless dress and python gladiator sandals were the only other things I was even wearing. I got one or two comments on my Balenciaga bag, but the necklace was the star of the show.

So, all of you ladies out in PurseBlogLand – what in your wardrobe gets YOU the most compliments??? Give us a link in the comments if it’s still out there for sale! Buy through Antrhropologie for $118.00.

Ever since I first saw Chanel’s J12 watch a few years ago, I’ve been intrigued by having a watch with a white band. And not a white leather band, either; like the J12, I want a hard, smooth band of white links. It just seems unexpected and fresh, like something my mother’s generation wouldn’t wear (and I guarantee you, if I bought this, my mom’s reaction would be “Ugh, Amanda…*looks over the top of her glasses at me*).

I also prefer a chunkier watch – almost the size of a small men’s watch instead of a women’s watch. The way I see it, if I have to wear a watch, why shouldn’t it be one that makes as much of a statement as my other jewelry, which is usually quite a statement indeed (says the girl with the necklace that is 3 pounds of solid stone – I weighed it!). I also have wide wrists, so many watches designed for women look kind of disproportionate on me.

So the Toy Watch Plasteramic Watch has me very interested. At $175, it’s much closer to my price range, and although it does have a white band, I don’t feel like it’s a feature-for-feature Chanel rip-off (although, am I kidding myself with that? Tell me the truth). I wish that the face had a bit more personality to it, but for $175, I can placate myself with that beautiful white band.