A lot of people have a particular type of animal on which they obsess. For me, it’s bulldogs – I prefer English, but a Frenchie will do in a pinch. I’ll cross the street and chase someone down in order to pet their bulldog, even if there’s oncoming traffic. For our operations director Shannon, it’s pandas. She may not have as many opportunities to pet random pandas on the way to the grocery store, her love for the lovable bears is still strong. She already has a panda case for her iPhone, and I think she should add this Loewe Panda Coin Purse to her collection next. (more…)

Even though my last days on campus at the University of Georgia were as recent as 2008, a lot has changed, technologically speaking, in those intervening five years. My little flip phone, which was by far the preferred cell technology of college students at the time, had a battery life that my current iPhone can only dream of and so much exterior plastic that a case would have been redundant. Most of my classmates, who received their laptops at the beginning of their college careers in 2003 or 2004, couldn’t bear to lug those eight-pound behemoths around campus and settled for pen and paper, thus we required no laptop cases. An iPad wasn’t even a thing yet, not by a long shot. Going to college or grad school now requires a whole host of tech accessories, though, so we’ve stepped up to help 2013′s new and returning students with a guide to the season’s best tech accessories. (more…)

Fendi’s Fall 2013 runway was full of fur used in inventive ways, from neon zebra-striped bags to shoes that feature multicolored mohawks for your ankles. If it had surface area, Karl Lagerfeld probably found a way to make it fuzzy. If you’re not such a maximalist, though, you can always pick up a Fendi Fur Monster Charm to spike up an existing bag in your collection. (more…)

No one wants to wear layers of clothing in the summer, which can make it difficult to build an ensemble that feels finished – accessorized, full of personality and true to your personal style. Jackets, scarves, even a too-large leather handbag can seem oppressive in the midst of a heat wave, so a style-savvy woman has only one place to turn in the middle of July: jewelry. Jewelry, especially that of the Christie’s Summer Jewels Online Auction, will never let you down. (more…)

Confession: I don’t carry a wallet. I haven’t in years, perhaps even since college. In my bag, I have a slim Proenza Schouler billfold for cash and a Marc Jacobs card case that’s attached to my keys, and because I’m something of a minimalist when it comes to what I put inside my handbag, I usually leave it at that. I did not inherit this trait from my mother, who carries no fewer than four wallets at a time, but I feel as though I’m qualified to pontificate on the subject anyway. She raised me, after all.

Yesterday, a friend asked if I had any leads on a good wallet under $300 that would hold all the essentials, and I realized that, actually, I didn’t. That seemed to mean that I was in dereliction of duty as an accessories writer, so I set out on the journey to the perfect (and perfectly accessible) wallet yesterday, and this is what I found. These wallets are all “long” or “continental” – the most space for your wallet dollar, as it were. If you prefer something more compact, the good news is that basically all these brands make similar styles in a smaller footprint. Check out the spoils of my search below.

The sheer volume of product that Chanel manages to put out six (6!) times a year never ceases to amaze me, particularly when it comes down to the brand’s yearly Metiers d’Art collections, which are all perfectly thematic around a place or city that Karl Lagerfeld finds particularly exciting. For Chanel Metiers d’Art 2013, that place was Scotland, and more specifically, Edinburgh. We explored the collection’s bags, which have recently made their in-store debut, last week, and now we’re here to take you on a short tour of the collection’s small leather goods.

In these simpler, smaller forms, some of the Scottish-inspired details really sing, like the tartan-embossed buttons and delicate leather finishes, which range from metallic to ever-so-slightly distressed. Because of those details, these workhorse accessories are likely to wear well; if you’ve been jonesing after a new wallet or key case, now might be the time to make that happen. Check out the collection below and contact Chanel at (800)550-0005 for price and purchase information.

For a trend that’s going to be very easily identifiable as “so last season” in a year’s time, holographic bags are expensive. With brands like Celine, Stella McCartney and Proenza Schouler leading the way into a more iridescent future, getting the look for a price that feels commensurate with the trend’s staying power (or probable lack thereof) has been challenging. Plus, what if you just want a little bit of holo accent, instead of a whole bag? There has to be a reasonable way to achieve that without breaking the bank, right? Enter Marc by Marc Jacobs. (more…)

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.

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