Sometimes when we feature a Look for Less, the less expensive bag was clearly designed in the image of the more expensive bag. That’s one of the duties of mid-priced brands, after all; taking a look that’s out of reach for most consumers, reinterpreting it in the brand’s aesthetic and making it more accessible. That’s not what happened with the Coach Willis Bag and Louis Vuitton Eden Colorblock Crossbody, though – the Willis is a style that was first introduced years ago, and re-introduced several seasons back.

I know, I know – Carly Rae Jepsen most likely scored this bag for free. Here’s the pop starlet o’ the year coming out of BBC Radio 1 Studios with the Coach Legacy Ocelot Haircalf Tanner Tote in tow. That ocelot print really pops with Carly’s cobalt blue coat and crazy, colorful Pierre Hardy Colorblock Suede Ankle Boots ($1350 at Saks).

A have a confession: I am a Karminite. I stumbled upon Karmin Covers a couple years ago on YouTube and immediately became hooked. The YouTube sensation then became a mainstream sensation, and they are blowing it out of the water, song after song, collaboration after collaboration. You may have seen the duo, Amy and Nick, on your TV screen during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and you may have noticed they were decked out in Coach items.

Coach is always ahead of the curve, partnering with various industry leaders to bring us something special year-round, not just during the holiday season. But the brand’s latest partnership with Rachel Zoe and music duo Karmin has me truly excited. For its Holiday 2012 digital program, Coach pulled out all the stops and brought together the pop sensation Karmin to sing a high-energy version of “Sleigh Ride,” exclusively for Coach.

Spotted: Coach darling Michelle Trachtenberg toting the Coach Candace Carryall in Cognac. Sometimes I’m reminded of how much I genuinely love Gossip Girl, despite the fact that I’ve forgotten to watch the last 2-3 seasons altogether. Someone update me – did Georgina ever make another appearance after baby-dumping on Dan? According to the online gossip rags, Michelle was definitely present when they filmed the final episodes of Gossip Girl in mid-October, so I guess we’ll be seeing ol’ Georgina once again, on what is certain to be an utterly scandalous series finale that will be absolutely rife with designer goods.

I’m not sure if you realized, but up until a couple seasons ago, Coach didn’t make clutches. They had every other bag to fill any collection, including tons of wristlets, but they didn’t make clutches. I remember going to their Fall 2012 preview way back in February, and the company was buzzing about the introduction of clutches, an integral design to any brand’s book.

One of my favorite movies of all time is Made of Honor. Yes, it seems like a predictable chick filck, and while that’s not entirely incorrect, it’s also incredibly sweet and fun. Anytime it comes on TV I watch it, and I may or may not own the DVD and pop it in every few weeks. Just sayin’.

Watching Made of Honor, I fell in love with Michelle Monaghan.

The first bag I ever begged my parents for (and eventually started off my handbag addiction with) was a classic Coach bag. It was the beginning of what has changed my life and turned into a full-time job, so as you can imagine, Coach holds a very special place in my heart. Over the years Coach has changed, offering more and more options for everyone, whether it’s your first bag or your 50th bag.

A few months ago, Coach unveiled a return to its roots with the Coach Legacy collection of handbags and accessories. I spent a long while perusing the bags in all their color glory and realized that this is the Coach I knew and loved. This is the Coach I desperately wanted to see make a resurgence, and it has finally arrived.

No, you haven’t traveled in some kind of time warp back to Monday. (How cruel would that be?) Yes, these are man bags. Just like men’s oversized watches, oxfords and loafers have become a trendy (not to mention totally chic) option for women in recent years, a men’s bag can also add a fresh, slightly unexpected element to an ensemble. Plus, men’s bags tend to be more neutral and less expensive than similar designs for women, so they’re an amazing option for everyday schlepping.

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