I’m not really here to talk about the Jack Spade Folding Leather Valet Tray, truth be told. It’s a fine example of the genre, of course, and many similar pieces from brands like Hermes retail for far more. What I’m actually here to discuss, on this fine Man Bag Monday, is whether or not real people of either gender actually use these doo-dads for their intended purposes. So: do you? Are you a better at being an adult than I am? (SPOILER ALERT: You probably are.) (more…)

Last weekend Vlad and I took a little getaway with some friends, and on our way back into the city I saw an Hermes store out of the corner of my eye. I made Vlad whip the car around as soon as I laid eyes on the sign and we were in the parking lot before I knew it, much to Vlad’s dismay. The Hermes Manhasset‎ store was meant for me that day, and I decided I had to leave with a little something.

I ended up picking two bracelets, and I wanted to reveal my first in a different way. If you haven’t heard of Vine, it is a new app that allows you to shoot 6 second clips, and you can put it together in any way you’d like. My Ducky decided to unveil my new treasure, so sit back and enjoy as Ducky unwraps my box to reveal my Hermes Rivale Bracelet.

Also, if you are on Vine be sure to follow us, username: purseblog. (more…)

Recently, we’ve talked about both the best ways to carry a clear bag and how to organize your belongings in a big bag, so it only seemed appropriate that we get down to the nitty-gritty of both of these subjects eventually. PurseBloggers, today is that day – we’ve scoured the Internet for the coolest small accessories, from sunglasses to iPad cases, and we’ve assembled them for easy judgment.

When we chose these pieces, we kept in mind that not only will they be seen when you remove them from your bag, but if you hop on the clear bag bandwagon, they might also be seen just any ol’ time. That means that no plain leather is allowed, but prints, appliques and visages of Karl Lagerfeld are all encouraged. Check out our selection below.

As we reminded you guys several times on Friday, it’s February now. You’ve had a weekend to process that information, and when it comes to shopping, February means one thing: Valentine’s Day. Odds are, you have someone in your life to whom you owe a V-Day gift, even if you’re single, and buying for men in these situations can get a little tricky. You want to show affection, but you probably don’t want to go overboard.

In my mind, accessories always set the right tone when it comes to gifts for dudes. They’re functional, everyday items that sneak a little fashion into a guy’s life in a way that’s not intimidating. To get you started, I’ve found three fashionable accessories that you might want to consider, all under $400.

Skagen Line Extensions Watch
$195 via Bloomingdale’s

The affordable men’s watch market is mostly a vast wasteleand of douchebaggery and clownishly enormous watch faces, but Skagen does a good job of reeling things in and sticking with a streamlined aesthetic.

Tom Ford Flynn Sunglasses
$380 via Neiman Marcus

Tom Ford is, of course, the greatest gift you can give to any man.

Prada Croc-Embossed Wallet
$355 via Neiman Marcus

Prada’s men’s accessories are just as good as its women’s, and the navy color on this one’s a stunner.

I’m a jewelry girl, but I’m not a jewelry girl. When it comes to accessories, I will always opt to splurge on handbags before shoes or jewelry. When it is time to buy some jewels, I love a trendy statement piece and I don’t seek out precious stones or solid gold. However, if I were to do so, I might turn to Hermes Exceptional Jewelry – when you have hundreds of thousands of imaginary dollars to spend on jewelry and you already love the Hermes brand, then why not?

So today, we have a gallery of some overly extravagant and overly priced Hermes goods, because that’s the sort of thing that we’re prone to spend our days looking at. If you had the money, would you buy any of these pieces?

I know a lot of guys who are into menswear, and I can’t help but feel a little bad for them. Despite the fact that the category is expanding by leaps and bounds, the amount of variety of luxury goods available to women is exponentially larger. Not only that, but it’s totally allowed and encouraged for ladies to borrow from the boys, but relatively few men are willing to cross the aisle in the other direction and dip into womenswear. (Although Kanye West clearly has no problem with it.)

If you’re a chick who’s not taking full advantage of the ever-growing selection in menswear, we think you should reexamine your decision-making process, starting with a few accessories that are easily unisex. These would also make great choices for the dude in your life (or for you, if you are a dude), but naturally, my mind goes immediately to how I can bogart everyone else’s shiny, pretty things and use them for my own purposes. I’m terrible like that. If you have aspirations of being terrible as well, I’d like to offer a few small ways to get started.

Horiyoshi The Third Big Tiger Print Scarf
$450 via Mr. Porter

Scarves are a super easy place to start if you’re not used to shopping in the men’s section. This silk-cashmere version has ana amazing tiger on it that looks great both unfurled and bunch up while in use.

Alexander McQueen Skull Money Clip
$130 via SSENSE

If you’re going to have to fork over $6 for a latte at a coffee shop that doesn’t take cards, you might as well have some cheeky fun while doing it.

Givenchy Python Card Case
$217 via SSENSE

Your regular wallet can make a clutch really bulky (that is, if you can even wedge it in there at all). A slim, exotic card case is the perfect solution to stash your ID, your credit card and a few folded-up $20s. Plus, this one’s on sale!

If you followed along with our coverage of the Spring 2013 handbag collections, you might have noticed that a lot of designers showed bags that were either partially or totally clear. Mesh, vinyl, whatever the method, what’s on the inside is now on the outside, for all intents and purposes. Accessory design has been headed that way for a while (the 3.1 Phillip Lim PVC Pashli from last season is a great example of that), and it means that now you have to consider what you put inside your bag more than ever.

As luck would have it, though, there are tons and tons of cute little accessoires that you can pick up to replace the drab, worn-out small leather goods in your collection that probably need replacing anyway. (And, let’s be real, probably have needed replacing for quite a while.) First on our transparent-bag shopping list? The Anya Hindmarch Candy Change Purse. (more…)

If you follow me on Instagram (which you totally should), you probably know that I love manicures. I am no expert, but I am an experimenter and I love trying different manicures on myself and my friends. Sometimes they work out and sometimes I end up with a really weird looking finished product, but I’m always up for trying something new.

Nail art is majorly popular right now, with different artists popping up and creating brilliant masterpieces while likewise companies are creating more interesting polish options. It looks like Azature took this entire thing to the ultimate level, by creating ONE bottle of black diamonds to use for nail polish. Why just use glitter when you can sprinkle black diamonds all over your nails? The hands that have everyone talking from walking the Emmys red carpet is Kelly Osbourne with her reportedly $250,000 black diamond manicure. (more…)

If ever there were something that’s worthy of the label “fashion person problem,” it’s the difficulty in keeping your American, British, Italian and French currencies separate during the month-long seasonal jaunt through the world’s four flagship Fashion Week’s. (Ok, strictly speaking, there are only three currencies at play here – France and Italy are both on the euro. But, whatever, just go with it. PRETEND. FASHION IS ABOUT FANTASY.) As we begin hurtling toward New York Fashion week at what seems like an ever-increasing rate of speed, the New York Times was kind enough to alert us to this special edition of the Smythson Currency Case, the British company’s two-sided, double-zippered answer to all of your dollars-to-pounds-to-euros-to-more-euros issues. (more…)

One of the bags I think about the least but probably get the most use out of is my cosmetic bag. I use it daily, it travels with me and, quite frankly, I don’t take very good care of it. I should take better care of it, but instead I think I take my cute little cosmetic bag for granted. You see, it is just a matter of time until I realize I need to replace it and when that day comes, I will inevitably be taken by surprise and under-prepared.

Instead of waiting until my current bag bites the dust, I’ve decided to try something new and plan ahead. As I started thinking, I realized there are three main components I take into consideration when looking to purchase a new cosmetic bag. Find out what they are and take a look at my current picks for great cosmetic bags after the jump. (more…)

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