Agent Provocateur Leopard Print Calf Hair Driving Gloves, $500 via Net-a-Porter. Prada Calfskin Tote, $2500 via Neiman Marcus.

Good news: Megs and I have returned to Manhattan! Bad news: We’re still getting back up to speed, so things will be a bit slow today and then totally back to normal tomorrow, and we hope that readers who were affected by the hurricane are also well on their way back to normalcy. For now, though, I’d like to spend a moment touching on my aversion to black bags.

Black, as a color, is one of my favorites. It always has been, even during childhood when most little girls fawned over pink; when everyone else in my first grade class had a pair of white Keds, I had black ones. But now, because I wear so much black clothing, wearing black accessories and shoes just feels really…dull. Even a black bag as beautiful and functional as the Prada Calfskin Tote can’t make it into my wardrobe without a good game plan for spicing it up. I think that the Agent Provocateur Leopard Print Calf Hair Driving Gloves would do just the trick for fall. (more…)

Selima Optique Amanda Sunglasses, $350 via Net-a-Porter.

Somehow, when my name comes up as the moniker for a new handbag or pair of shoes, it’s always a piece that I don’t like. At all. Something I’d never consider buying and likely wouldn’t even wear if it were to find its way to me for free. So you can imagine my delight when I was checking the new arrivals at Net-a-Porter.com this morning and found the Selima Optique Amanda Sunglasses, which I loved even before I realized that the universe had conspired to name them after me. (Ok, they’re not named after me at all. Except in my head. In my head, they’re definitely named after me.) What better fodder for this week’s Want It Wednesday? (more…)

I have to be completely honest: I’ve never been much of a bag hook girl. I completely understand the idea behind them and know that some people live for using their bag hooks, but not me. When I was first contacted by Mon Mode, I glanced over the email and gave the image a quick glance. What first caught my eye is the design of the Mon Mode Fashion Purse Hook, sleek and entirely fashion-forward with options of exotic skin and jewel like finishes. So I decided to try the hook out myself. (more…)

Over the holiday season, we go on and on about the perfect stocking stuffers. That is great for the holidays, but there are other times that we need other small ‘stuffers’ for different parts of our lives and today I want to bring you a great bag stuffer. As in, an accessory for your accessory that is not just taking up space but is also stylish and usable.

I use a Tory Burch Large Cosmetic Case for my makeup which has lasted me for years now. It is durable and really spacious. The large size would be overly cumbersome to pack in your everyday bag, so I only use it for traveling. But I just found the small Tory Burch Logo Cosmetic Case with burlap body and pink piping trim version that is calling my name. (more…)

I coveted the tiny bag keychains that Balenciaga released in limited numbers last fall to celebrate the ten anniversary of its iconic motorcycle bags, but alas, I wasn’t able to get my hot little hands on one in time. If you were similarly late to the bag-as-bag-accessory party, fret not; the Miu Miu Mini Bag Charms are here to give you a second chance at a very cute accessory.

These little charms look like someone too a sci-fi shrink ray to Miu Miu’s regular handbags, complete with all the flaps and buckles that you’d expect from the full-size versions. The charms are priced from $115 to $380, and they’re available now at Miu Miu boutiques worldwide. When you consider the prices of the real bags, perhaps the brand is on to something here. At the very least, I can’t think of a more fashionable fob to hold your keys. Pictures of more styles, after the jump. (more…)

In order to be a consumer of luxury goods, or even to be seriously interested in them, one has to be a tad permissive on pricing. We tell ourselves a lot of little fibs about why a particular bag is worth a particular amount of money when, in reality, accessories are a realm in which prices often have little to do with the cost of a bag’s manufacturing and materials. To a certain extent, that’s a bargain that we’ve all accepted, but most people have some sort of arbitrary, self-imposed price threshold where a piece goes from “prohibitively expensive” to “offensive.”

For me, the Valextra Crocodile Credit Card Holder crosses that threshold. While Valextra is a brand whose craftsmanship and exquisite materials often do warrant higher prices than its competitors, over $3,000 for something which cannot even be accurately called a wallet is beyond the pale, and I feel comfortable saying that there’s almost no chance that the time, effort and crocodile skin that went into this piece could be worth anywhere near what Valextra is charging, no matter how beautiful it might be. (And it is quite beautiful.) What say you? Take our poll, but first take a look at the larger photo after the jump. You want to be accurately informed when you vote, after all.

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Typically we would cover these items on PurseBlog Savvy, but today I wanted to add a little savvy fun to PurseBlog. The Cosmetic Case; a seemingly simple accessory that does not take much thought. But if you love your handbags and accessories, it does. A cosmetic case is a very functional bag. Sure, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to make one, but it is an entirely usable accessory.

My cosmetic bag right now is a spacious silver Tory Burch bag. Tory Burch is my go-to for cosmetic cases and I am seriously loving the paint splattered Tory Burch Cosmetic Case. (more…)

Have you noticed the lack of posts on PurseBlog in the past week or two? I am almost embarrassed to say it is because Vlad and I have become so enthralled following World Cup Soccer that our work productivity has been compromised. As much as I love sports, soccer has never been my favorite sport. But there is something about a World Event that sucks me in. I even jumped off the couch this morning during the USA win over Algeria. It is that bad.

I saw this the other day and I could not pass up sharing with you all. As I said, my mind is on soccer right now, but I was waiting to see which designer would create a soccer themed item. While not a handbag, Santiago Gonzalez of Nancy Gonzalez created a Crocodile Skin Soccer Ball designed for Harrods. The item is no longer is stock on the website (sold out?!). (more…)

With all the focus being on designer iPad cases, the iPod is feeling a wee bit lonely me thinks. Major brands like Louis Vuitton and Gucci are giving the iPad love and now Dolce & Gabbana wants to give loving to the ever popular iPod.

But Dolce & Gabbana does not just want to get in on the action, they want to make an iPod case that is much more of a snazzy statement piece that just so happens to hold an iPod as well. I’m not going to lie when I say that this piece truly confuses me. And here is why… (more…)

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