Shoe designers cross over and become bag designers with varying amounts of success. The recent example that most of us know best is Jimmy Choo: the long-time shoe brand added a bag line a few years ago and hasn’t looked back. They have a dedicated following and have used bags as a way to introduce a new group of women to the brand that may not have previously thought they needed $800 stilettos in their lives.

Christian Louboutin Schoolita Framed Bag

Some shoes brand don’t perform quite as well as Choo does in the bag arena, however. Namely Christian Louboutin. I’ve written previously about how I love his shoes and am deeply unsatisfied by his purse offering, but I saw the Schoolita Framed Bag today and actually kind of liked it, so I thought I’d share it with you. The one thing I really DON’T like about it: it reminds me greatly of many recent bags by a different Christian – Christian Dior. It looks like the leather is soft, though, and it’s in this season’s biggest color. Plus, I’m one of those people that can be easily won over with a lining, and this bag’s is in the signature red of a Louboutin sole. I’m not a huge fan by any means, but it’s a lot better than a lot of what the brand puts out, handbag-wise. Buy through Saks for $1495.

Doesn’t everyone need a bit of glitter in their lives? I think so. When Megs sent me a link to the Christian Louboutin Glittered Pump this morning, I couldn’t NOT write about it. Despite the fact that I can’t wear heels (a long-ago broken ankle, painful story), I could be easily convinced to risk personal injury for these stunning shoes. They’re a complete fantasy – like ruby slippers for a grown-up, urban Dorothy – except instead of taking you back home when you click your heels, they take you to a fabulous party with an open bar.

Judith Leiber Morning Dew Minaudiere and Christian Louboutin Glittered Platform Pump

And what pair of over-the-top shoes would be complete without a similarly fabulous bag? I think that, in this case, a solid-color bag in the same shade would be a bit much, and I generally warn against an exact handbag-shoe match in almost every case. Instead, go for the glitter theme in a small proportion. The Judith Leiber Morning Dew Minaudiere strikes just the right note; it’s glittery but avoids the dyed-to-match look that trying to match a powerful shoe can often create. The color of the shoes appears in an important part of the clutch, but it doesn’t fall into the matchy-matchy trap. You’ll have to really work it to pull off this much shine, but with a solid-color dress (call me crazy, but I’m thinking maybe the green in the clutch could be that solid color…it’d be a totally unexpected but would pull together really well with the bag) and limited jewelry, I’d totally work it. I’m not sure where I’d go, but by God, I’d find somewhere to wear it.

Christian Louboutin Glittered Pump can be bought through Neiman Marcus for $745. Buy the Judith Leiber Clutch through Neiman Marcus for $2395.

Christian Louboutin Piercing Softy HoboI don’t even really know how to begin. I am bringing you a Christian Louboutin handbag that isn’t a clutch? I think this is a first. While there are times I write about handbags for no reason other than shock or surprise; this time, being surprised is a good thing. I am so pleased with the Christian Louboutin Piercing Softy Hobo I almost don’t know where to start. The soft “makeup” colored leather is a shade that can go with so many outfits during so many different seasons. The way the leather is gathered as well as the pleating and vertical welts draw the eye to the detailing that went into designing and crafting the bag. And of course, as you might be able to tell, this is a bag that would be perfect to use during the day. Yet at the same time, I could see myself carrying this during the evening as well. If you aren’t a fan of the color, fear not, the handbag comes in black as well. If you ever doubted that this was truly a Louboutin handbag, open it up and you will find the signature bright silk satin lining. Gorgeous. And since you are pretty much sure to drop a pretty penny or two on a Louboutin, maybe a larger bag like this one can be more justifiable than one of the clutches. Buy through Saks for $1895.

Christian Louboutin Kyeops Python Clutch I have a minute between minutes. Literally. There is no talk that does not somehow involve the wedding right now and that is all I think of and am surrounded by. And nothing during the planning ceases to amaze me. This feeling of amazement came again with the Christian Louboutin Kyeops Python Clutch which is designed with mint python on a sleek and clean look with a large clasp fastening on the top. Never would I ever think this was a Louboutin design. And this I mean in a good way. The slight tint of green is by no means overpowering, rather soothing and calming on the eyes. The bright signature red interior is a delight upon opening along with the ruffle-like elasticated pouch which offers another feminine touch. This clutch is a surprise from Christian Louboutin and for that reason I have a smile on my face. Buy through Net A Porter for $1445.

Back to the wedding planning!

If you are one of our avid readers, you know by now that I have quite a little crush on Christian Louboutin clutches. It’s simple, I’ve always felt like the clutches might seem simple, but the amount of elegance put into each is more than breathtaking. Today, I came across the Christian Louboutin Sylvia Drapey Hobo and I have to say, I don’t think I am a huge fan. The soft calf leather in a slouchy circular design might have worked a lot better with a different handle. To me, it looks like there is too much material which has been misplaced. The color is nice, but not enough to make me think twice. Of course, the signature satin lining can be found in not just his clutches but also other handbags like this one. Yet, I don’t there is anything about this handbag worth saving up for. I’m going to keep saving for one of his amazing clutches. If you disagree, buy through Saks for $1795.

Handbags and shoes, what a wonderful combination. And I have to say, Mr. Louboutin tends to make me a happy camper when it comes to both categories. I’ve always dreamed of owning a pair of his shoes. In fact, I usually stop and admire his shoes any time I get a chance. And his clutches, I do still find myself drooling over the Christian Louboutin Cancan Satin Clutch. Yes, his handbags and clutches will set you back a bit, but one day, I will own one of each. As for today, I find myself wishing the Christian Louboutin Nappa Laminato Envelope Clutch will be found in my stocking on Christmas morning. How gorgeous? Unlike the Cancan Satin Clutch, this one is a little more, I guess you could say, reserved. Yet, it is downright elegant. The well thought out pleats add a little spice to the clutch while also adding a sense of sophistication and fun. And of course, open the clutch to find the signature red satin lining. The more I think about it, the more this clutch seems to boast understated exquisite taste. Buy through Saks for $925.

I fell in love with the Christian Louboutin Cancan Satin Clutch the moment I laid eyes on it. In fact, I am pretty sure that is the first time I was introduced to Christian Louboutin handbags. I’ve been a fan of his shoes for years now, but his handbags were starting win my approval as well. That is until I saw the Christian Louboutin Maykimay Strass Clutch. Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate the black diamond all-over strass clutch but I think it is just too much. Moreover, I would imagine with daily wear and tear the fabulous stones (which you will be paying a hefty price for) might start falling off. Sure, if a stone falls off you *could* continue to use it. But I imagine if you are anything like me, there is no way you could get over the fact that a stone or two are missing out of your mind. If I am going to be spending money on a Christian Louboutin handbag, I don’t think this would be the one. Yet, if it suits your style, buy through Net-a-Porter for $2,625.

It is Halloween. I wasn’t really setting out to write about any Halloween inspired handbags today, but with all the Halloween talk, I just couldn’t help myself. At the company I used to work at Halloween was a big deal. People would decorate their doors, kids would wander the halls on a specified day for some trick or treating and some would dress up and there would even be a employee made haunted house. Sure, we all joked about it every year, but at the same time there was definitely something fun about it. I am sure this isn’t what the designer had in mind, but the Christian Louboutin Fringed Suede Clutch would be a perfect Halloween handbag! You might remember that I wrote about an almost identical clutch not that long ago, the Christian Louboutin Jesse James Suede Clutch. Many of you were less than impressed with it and I can see why. So, now looking at the purse from another angle and if you had this kind of money to drop on a bag for a given occasion, what do you think? Perfect for Halloween? If so, buy through Net-a-Porter for $995.

Since today is Project Runway re-cap day, I figured I would write about a bag that sort of reminded me of what the judges of the show might say. I am always interested to hear the comments that come out of the judges mouths. I know they have backgrounds in design and fashion, but for as many smart, well educated comments and critiques made, there are just as many that simply make me laugh. So, it got me wondering, what would the judges of the show say about the Christian Louboutin Jesse James Suede Clutch? The term that comes to mind first and foremost is “movement”. Don’t you agree? I can see it now, “wow, I don’t know how I feel about the outfit, it seems a little drab to me, but this clutch, does it have movement or what?”

But in all seriousness, the clutch really does have quite a bit of movement and it should – it reminds me of a flapper dress. I think I like the clutch, but I am not 100% sold on it like I was with the Christian Louboutin Cancan Satin Clutch. Like the Cancan Satin Clutch, this one does have it’s own bit of flare. Clearly, the western fringe provides lots of movement no matter where you are headed. There is a red sole shoe snap clasp, and red satin signature sole print lining. The red satin is so vixen-esque! I am thinking I would still opt for the Cancan Satin Clutch over this one, but add some movement to your life through Saks for $995.

So, I have a confession to make, I love karaoke. This past weekend while hanging out with some friends, the restaurant we were at turned into a karaoke bar and I have to say, it was a lovely surprise. Now, I don’t think I have the greatest of voices, but two of my best friends at my side, we decided to sing Lady Marmalade and we rocked it (at least in my opinion). When I saw this Christian Louboutin Cancan Satin Clutch it totally reminded me of the outfits worn on the Lady Marmalade music video!

Satin always makes me think “classy” and this clutch certainly is (IF worn with the right outfit). The black satin clutch is accented with a big sating bow and plenty of feathers. As soon as you open the clutch, you will see a rich and vibrant red satin lining which contrasts so well against the black. A magnetic snap will keep the clutch closed as you strut your stuff around town. Clearly, this is a bold statement and who knows if it can be pulled off by everyone, but hey, maybe it is worth a try? Of course, the only drawback with satin is that it can snag easily and for some reason when satin snags, my eye is immediately drawn to it. However, take care of it and you shouldn’t have an issue. Buy through Saks for $1,215.00.

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