I continue to live my life as if there are at least 40 hours in a day. I plan for 40 hours and when I realize there are only 24 I am left feeling tired, over-worked, and behind. Mostly behind. After the whirlwind of a trip in Spain I got back to the States only to pack up and move! Not far, just about 6 miles away (meaning about 1 mile to the beach!). Moving is such a pain, but the whole cleaning out and having a fresh start is always welcomed. We have been decorating our new place, putting in new furniture, and putting things away. I have been super inspired, but the inspiration is slowly dying down as I am getting tired of the four flights of stairs (we are in a tall condo). And the lack of inspiration means I need a little break. I think many designers hit this wall too; feeling without any insight or new idea. What they should do when this happens is put down the sketch pad and step away. Though it looks as if the designers behind the Chloe Riva Satchel did not do this, as this handbag looks like every ounce of creativity went out the door just as the bag was beginning to be designed. This handbag is just so blah, which I get as I feel this way from time to time too. The thought that went into this bag looks minimal, which probably means the designers were uninspired and struggled to come up with this design, and it shows. The rectangular-structured shape is supposed to give the handbag a modern touch, but it just looks simple and boring. And then there is the top handles which look very cheap. I must say I find this designer handbag just about as dull as cheap steak knife. Only difference is this bag is expensive, $1595 via Saks.
Ok, so maybe you are quite tired of hearing about how my traveling has taken a toll on me. Because really, I am lucky to get to travel so often and to so many amazing places. But really, I am beat! At least I slept until a quite normal hour EST today and I feel like I will get back on track sooner this trip than the last. What I realized in Spain was the lack of women who carried clutches. We went out at night a bit, and still, no clutches. Style is different around the globe, but women you all need to realize how great a clutch can be! Chloe bags are actually quite a hit in many European countries, including Germany where I travel to often, but I did not see many in Spain. The color theme of what many people wear is dark; blacks, grays, browns. So really, I totally looked like a tourist with my yellow pants on day number 1. If you want dark, you can have it, but you must have at least one great clutch in your collection, it is imperative! Ever since I saw the Chloe Nancy Clutch I have had a crush on it. The black glossy leather is perfectly paired with the gold hardware on this fold-over-clutch with perspex handles. There is that modern touch paired with the simplistic everyday design. The inside is lined with nude leather (YA Chloe for not lining this with the usual fabric!) and sports an internal pocket. This is a ubiquitous versatile clutch. Buy through Net A Porter for $1,405.
You can not get away from the bright bold colors of spring. Even the shapes are bold, geometric, and memorable. At times some of the colors look like a crayon box gone awry and other times it is the perfect mix of colors on a blank palette. A similar color scheme was used in the Chloe Saskia Pouchette and while many of you were not fans, I was oddly lured in. But this time with the cleaner lines, more striking allure, and bold colors, I am just ‘ehh’ with the Chloe Ines Box Clutch. It could be the fact that this clutch is a whopping $1380, which to me is becoming norm but still is extravagantly pricey. Or it is the fact that this bag has no wow factor. The red and pink color blocking does stand out, the shape can be considered classic, but I am not completely lured in. A major perk though is the wrist strap and I am always a fan of fold over tops. For this season it is very stylish, but for me personally, it is just not striking my fancy. Then again, this has been a long stressful day already so my mood is just mediocre, which could leave my opinion of this bag off. Am I on or am I off? Buy through Net A Porter for $1380.
Ok, so I was not a huge fan of the Chloe Bay Bag when I first saw it. Then, it began to grow on me. I began to see the signature Chloe bag appeal, the oversized hardware, thick leather, and sturdy-chic appeal. So then I found myself loving the bag. Loving it when I saw someone walk down the street wearing it and loving how easy the bag is to be worn casually. And recently, the curve of loving the bag began to subside. There are new bags in my mind and life and the Chloe Bay Bag was falling off my chart. Poof! It is back on with the Chloe Python Bag Bag which is updated with ivory python and gold hardware. This color is luxurious, very elegant, and perfect for the white bag crave. Python skin is one of my favorites. I know many of you do not like it, but there is something so beautiful about it on a handbag, and this bag really takes it a step up with the python. The front features quilted panels, a zip fastening, and pockets on the sides. For you Chloe lovers, this may be the piece you have been lusting after especially if you were a fan of the Python Silverado. Buy through Net A Porter for $4,000.
The Chloe Saskia bags were released in February and were supposed to be a huge hit for Chloe. But these bags have mixed reviews, and the feelings are extreme either way. Most either absolutely love it or absolutely hate it. I see the response being the same for the smaller version of this handbag, the Chloe Saskia Patchwork Pouchette. This pouchette is straight off the Chloe runway and features a mix of pastel hues, apricot and pink, with an edgy arrangement. The clever set up features a patchwork style with buckle detailing, a logo plaque, and a large handle to hold. I am ready to hear those that do not like it, but ever since I spotted it on the runway I have loved it! I am a jeans and tee shirt kind of girl, that believes in my accessories dressing up my outfits. There is nothing better than wearing a simple outfit and taking your look to a whole new level with accessories. For me, this is a stunning piece that is outside of the box but a great compilation. $1,560 through Net A Porter. (more…)
Chloe bags have a following that is a force to be reckoned with. One of my favorite aspects of Chloe is that when they design one bag, they take it to every hobo, satchel, clutch, and tote in every color possible so that their customers can find exactly what they are looking for. The Chloe Bay Bag was a huge hit (even with Britney Spears!), and remains to be one of the house favorites after the Paddington. While I always liked the Bay, the bag was just not 100% for me. But with the introduction of the Chloe Bay Metallic Wallet, I have found my match. This metallic gold wallet is perfect to carry all of your credit card needs and double as a clutch at night. The metallic leather has a subtle sheen to it, it is my favorite ‘kind’ of metallic, not too in your face and not too subtle. There is a gold signature plaque on the front and a zip fastening section when you open the wallet and credit card slots on either side. These larger wallets are my obsession lately, mostly because if I am on the go I just grab my large wallet and head out! Buy through Net A Porter for $550.
I think it is finally safe for any siblings of the Chloe Paddington. No one wants to live in the shadow, and that includes handbags within their own families. I love my Paddington, but I am ready to love again from the house of Chloe. A new and modern bag, the Chloe Anoushka Bag is different and stands out. Some may find it to look sloppy, but I find it artistic with a bit of a punk edge. The glossy leather is paired with silver hardware, while the focal point of the bag are the two separate zip fastenings secured together with an oversized ring on the front. It appears as if the bag criss-crosses across itself, which is such a definitively chic touch. One of my other favorite parts of the bag is the knotted shoulder strap. It is subtle yet catches the eye and draws you in. This bag is perfect for the big city gal who is always up with the styles and always pulling off casual chic effortlessly (like Rachel Bilson!). Buy through Net A Porter for $1,560. (more…)
It seems Saks decided to go big for spring, whereby bringing in every new ‘it’ bag that is now impossible to find or get on a list for. First they stocked the Prada Fairy Bag which was snatched up so quick, that it was no longer available after two days of being on the website. And now, the Chloe Transitions Color Block Bag has made a bold statement at Saks, also reaching its pre-order quota. This Chloe Bag features a multicolor block with all around pleating and a brown lambskin backdrop. Right when I saw this bag on Saks I found it alluring. Different, funky, but a great statement bag. My handbag collection is made up of many ‘safe’ bags, but I love an attention-grabber. This is precisely what this bag does. There is a removable shoulder strap and gold tone hardware. The framed top sports a turn-lock gold-tone closure. Measurements are large; 13 2/5″H x 15″W x 3 1/10″D. Highly expensive, but completely unique, this bag seems to have made a name for itself already. I would love to see it person, try it on, and decide if it is show-stopping enough to take on the huge price tag. The bag costs $3,575 and was previously available for pre-order at Saks. Check back with Saks and check your local Chloe boutique for availability.
Chloe Saskia Bags
About three years ago one of the biggest “it” bag frenzies took over the handbag world. Do you remember which bag it was? The Chloe Paddington of course. Vlad and I were lucky enough to track down our very own Chloe Paddington in Munich, Germany in the summer of 2005. We spent over 13 hours driving that day to pick up the bag. The hype was so high surrounding the bag and I was in shock that we got our hands on one. Any boutique I walked into looked at me as if I had a golden ticket. Really, we struck “it” bag gold that summer. I do not forsee Chloe creating as large a buzz anytime in the near future, but I do see that their new bag could be a huge hit. The Chloe Saski Bag has the ability to attract a lot of attention towards itself, as it is a handbag that shows a similar Paddington appeal. The glossy leather is off-sett with lucite handles and front pockets. There is an Edith feel about the tote version, very easy for everyday wear with a removable shoulder strap. Right now Net A Porter is carrying a turquoise and taupe tote version. While the tote sports beautiful colors, it is the satchel that may take the spotlight. The Chloe Saskia Satchel will be put up tomorrow on Net A Porter and has the ability to be a bit hit. It is very reminiscent of the Paddington, but adds lucite handles, no padlock, and easy-access front flap pockets. Net A Porter will be carrying the above black, red, white, and tan smaller versions tomorrow. We were lucky enough to have them share the bag with us prior to its debut on NAP, so you all can be on the lookout for their release tomorrow. Buy the tote in either turquoise or taupe through Net A Porter for $2,005. We will bring you more news on the smaller satchel version tomorrow!
Even though we have only officially lived in South Florida for a few days, the fashionable come out in multitudes everyday. This is the land of dressing up to go get groceries. This morning Vlad and I took the dog for a walk, and if anyone drove by and saw my outfit they would have literally fallen over laughing. Striped pants, purple sandals, and a black vest (on top of my old shirt of course). I realized that there needs to be a little more effort going into my everyday wear, even if it is just to pump gas. Miami especially is the land of glitz, glamour, and barely there clothing. To add a modern and edgy appeal to my outfits, a clutch like the Chloe Plexi Leather Clutch will pop out with its shimmering silver metallic leather and frame body. This clutch would work perfectly in South Beach, as Deco Drive is the place to be when you are fabulous, stylish, or sight-seeing. The closure is made with lucite and finishes off the art-deco appeal. I find this handbag to be a refreshing Chloe handbag, as many of their bags are not nearly as edgy. Buy through Net A Porter for $1,720.
Chloe bags have created a large following because of their casual style and sturdy leathers. After the Chloe Paddington created a huge buzz; amassing long wait lists, high eBay prices, and exorbitant knock-offs, Chloe realized they hand landed in the handbag world. Chloe continues to produce new bags each season that wow their followers, though none other have become as large of hits as the Paddington. The Chloe Bay Bag has garnered attention as being a modern classic, attracting celebrity exposure such as Britney Spears. Net-A-Porter is now carrying both a bronze metallic and rich purple version of the larger Bay tote. The leather is heavy, yet the style is simple and classic. Buy the purple at Net A Porter for $1780 and the bronze at Net A Porter for $2185.
This is a stunning Chloe handbag, minus the whole heavy leather ordeal. I was never a huge fan of the Bay bag, especially in the larger versions, because it is just too heavy. I already own two Paddington bags that are used rarely because of the weight issue. But this bag I can handle, I think. The Chloe Bay Patent Hobo is drenched in the most beautiful hue of purple, which they deem violet, in a more compact Bay shape. The dimensions on this version are 12″W X 13″H X 4″D which are much smaller and more manageable than their Bay satchel or bag. This is a great throw over your shoulder and get on the go bag. The leather is a grained patent lambskin, but I have seen it in the store and it is not hugely over-powering. The 8″ shoulder drop makes the bag hand nicely on your arm and the shape is not too bulky that you have to hold your arm up in the air while carrying the bag. There is of course the pull accents that the Bay bag is known for and a large outside zip pocket for easy access. My problem with many Chloe bags is the inside lining, which is always just cotton. I hate to pay nearly $2k for a handbag and have it lined in simple cotton. But I like this bag, so I can look past that. So the cotton lining issue aside, the only other issue you may face is that this bag is still heavier than many that are the same size. Chloe implements such sturdy leather it is hard to get past the weight issue. But the issue should not be much of an issue when the bag is much smaller. Overall, this is my favorite Chloe Bay Bag yet! Pre-order at Saks for $1760.