Bottega Veneta

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Bottega Veneta Satin Knot Clutch

No matter how frequently or infrequently you attend formal events, every woman should have a solid evening bag in her arsenal. If you followed yesterday’s clue in the PurseBlog x Net-a-Porter Ultimate Fashion Hunt closely, you just might have a new little clutch to call your own: the Bottega Veneta Satin Knot Clutch, which is just about as timeless and elegant as it gets.

Bottega Veneta Belt Bag

It’s no secret that I am a huge fan of Bottega Veneta, and in fact, Vlad is as well. From bags, to clothing, to shoes, to accessories, it might be the brand Vlad and I own and wear the most.

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Bottega Veneta isn’t one of the big, splashy, blockbuster spectacles of Milan Fashion Week to which the Italians are so preternaturally inclined, but that’s one of the things that makes me look forward to it every season all the more.

Bottega Veneta Eau de Parfum Purse Spray

Confession: I smell my bags. Some bags have a smell that is just alright, but some are made with such fine materials that I find myself grabbing the bag, squeezing it together, and taking in the glorious smell of the supple leather.

Bottega Veneta Roma Intrecciato Tote

Ladies and gents, I know it has been a little while (and try not to hold that against me too much), but I’m back. After some moving around, I’ve just settled into my new apartment here in New York City to rejoin the rest of the PurseBlog team.

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While I was reading about the gorgeous new Bottega Veneta Suite at the Park Hyatt Chicago (above) yesterday, I got to dreaming about what it would be like to stay in a room like that. Anyone who’s ever picked up one of the Italian brand’s luxurious handbags knows exactly how luscious and soft the leather is, and rolling around on a couch of the same provenance must be what dreams are made of. Just as I was thinking about booking a trip to the Windy City to do just that, I realized that this was likely something Bottega had done before at other hotels.

As it turns out, I was right. In the past decade, Tomas Maier has designed at least two other luxurious hotel suits, both for St. Regis hotels in New York and Rome. There also seems to be talk of a St. Regis room in Florence, but since all the pictures I find of it are the same as the pictures from Rome, we’ll have to make due with just those two. Check out both setups after the jump – personally, Chicago is my favorite. (more…)

Last night Vlad and I sat down with a huge bowl of popcorn (among many other treats) to watch the 2012 Oscars. Only a few of the attendees outfits really caught my attention, but from the moment Michelle Williams graced my TV screen, I was obsessed.

She picked a stunning coral Louis Vuitton dress that was both feminine and delicate. I could not stop staring. With her perfect pixie cut and smile, Michelle Williams was the belle of the ball as her dress brought back feelings of old Hollywood glamour. And instead of picking a clutch in a color that was too safe or too match-y, Michelle opted for the iconic Bottega Veneta Knot Clutch in a girlish blush crocodile. Her look was flawless from head to clutch. Shop Bottega Veneta via Net-A-Porter.

Divine! She was by far my best dressed last night. Who was yours? (more…)

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