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…)

Like many little girls, I always looked forward to trips to my grandmother’s house. In addition to great food and unconditional love, I would almost always get to play with my grandmother’s jewelry, clothes, shoes and bags. While I seemed to find a new treasure with each visit, there was one item that I always made sure to get my hands on – an old and very delicate coin purse.

As I carried the dainty coin purse around the house, I would adorably ask my family for some money in order to fill the little pouch. Luckily for me, my grandfather would always cave in. While I’ve not personally carried a coin purse since those days, this Kate Spade Garance Dore Georgie Coin Bag makes me think I should change that. (more…)

I spent last week on vacation in the Hamptons and enjoyed some much needed R&R. The Hamptons may have some parties happening, but for the most part, a getaway to the tip of Long Island means tons of down time. Vlad and I laid by the pool, read, ate, and slept. It may sound boring to some, but it was absolutely joyous. Because the sun was shining, one of my most important accessories for the trip was a pair of sunglasses. No matter where we went, it was just as important to me that I carried a fabulous bag and inside of it was a pair of sunnies.

My sunglasses collection has been steadily growing and this pair of The Row Cat Eye Acetate Sunglasses is currently on my want list. Not only are cat eye glasses still majorly on trend, but they are particularly complimentary to my face shape. (more…)

What’s Krazy Unkle Karl up to this week, you ask? Oh, you know, the usual. Powdering his hair, dressing like a goth French cowboy, designin $37,500 collars that are so high they resemble bondage gear. Wait, what was that last part? (more…)

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