Evening Bags

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With the ting accessories of the Golden Globes fresh in my mind, I couldn’t help spending a little bit of extra time in the evening bag sections of my favorite shopping websites last week. Here’s one thing I learned (and trust me, it’s groundbreaking): clutches cost a lot.

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Marchesa Phoebe Small Shoulder Bag

By now, we’re all well familiar with the Marchesa aesthetic – all girly details, all the time. The brand isn’t girly in a young, innocent way, though; instead, Marchesa goes for full-on luxury of the highest order, including all the rhinestones, Swarovski crystals and pale exotics leathers that you can possibly stand.

New Year's Eve Clutches

With Christmas fast approaching and the opportunity to shop for gifts drawing to a close, lots of online retailers are beginning to refocus themselves for New Year’s Eve preparations. Traditionally, year-end festivities are a time for glitzy dresses and disco-ball-inspired accessories, and if you’re looking to bedazzle yourself head-to-toe in bling, then mazel tov – this is exactly the occasion to indulge your inner magpie.

Alexander McQueen Knuckle Duster Ostrich Feather Clutch

If there were ever a designer that I (and probably all of you) don’t associate with with mixture of pale pink feathers and bright, shiny rhinestones, it’s Alexander McQueen. Well, it’s also Rick Owens, but that’s neither here nor there; will you just look at the Alexander McQueen Knuckle Duster Ostrich Feather Clutch?

Thursday is my least favorite day of the week lately. You’re so close to the weekend that you can almost taste it, and yet you still have a full day of work ahead of you before you can even get to Friday. And then a full day of work on Friday before you can get to happy hour. I don’t know how to describe that, other than “cruel.” Particularly when it’s summer outside and all I want to do is go get some frozen yogurt and stare at something that’s not my computer for a few hours. I’m sure almost all of you can feel me on that one.

My employment (and your enjoyable blog-reading) count on Megs and I sticking around here for the foreseeable future, though, so if I have to stare at my computer, I’m going to do it with some serious eye candy: the Lanvin Sea Breeze Crystal Minaudiere. You can almost feel the wind coming in off the water, can’t you? (more…)

Anndra-Neen-Cage-Purse

The contemporary handbag market is so full, so absolutely glutted, that it’s always extra impressive when a piece truly stands out. With the price of leather and hardware design what it is, finding a way to be creative at a reasonable price point grows more difficult by the day.

Kotur Resort 2013 Clutches (9)

I don’t say this around here enough: I love Kotur clutches, which are designed by native New Yorker Fiona Kotur. The brand is small and independent, but the designs are the type of bold, self-assured look that you’d expect to see from a much bigger (not to mention much more expensive) brand.

Yesterday, Megs mentioned that it’s wedding season and gave us a great rundown of what a bride looking for a traditional feel should carry on her wedding day. I had just started working for PurseBlog full time back when Megs and Vladi got married and have seen their wedding photos many times since, and believe me, it was a beautiful, classic event that anyone would be proud to call their wedding. If my frequent and vigorous viewing of Say Yes to the Dress (what is it about that show that makes it so addicting, even to people like me who don’t really care about getting married?) is any indication, though, a fair number of people want a celebration that’s a little bit lighter on tradition and heavier on…well, whatever it is that their little hearts desire.

I’m not married and never have been, but if I ever do get hitched, I anticipate being one of those brides. (Sorry, mom.) That’s why I’ve put together a selection of the season’s best wedding bags for those who don’t identify as readily with the white silk and rhinestones that so often permeate the category. From color to texture to embellishment, we’ve got a little something for every bride who wants to break the mold on her big day. (more…)

To me, how a piece of clothing or an accessory looks is secondary to how you feel when you wear or carry it. Fashion is fickle and everyone’s a critic, but when a dress or a bag or a pair of shoes makes you feel like your best self, it’s worth whatever it might cost. Style is instinctual far more than it is logical, and if you let that dizzy, glamourous feeling be your guide, you probably won’t go wrong.

The Marchesa Fall 2012 evening bags and clutches were made to elicit exactly that hazy head rush. If you’ve ever dreamed of being a princess, most of these bags feature enough stones and beading to make you completely forget about your lack of actual crown jewels. Maybe you have a formal wedding to attend this fall or are getting married yourself – if either of those is the case, you’d be hard pressed to find a more comprehensive selection of formal evening bags that don’t opt for an extremely traditional aesthetic. Whatever the case may be, a little extra sparkle never hurt anyone – check out all of the bags in our gallery after the jump. (more…)

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