There’s been a big move at PurseBlog that I’m happy to share with you all: After four years full time in New York City, Vlad and I have decided to head back to Florida. South Florida is where we lived before our move to NYC and where I spent most of my years growing up. I never thought I’d call NYC home, but it became my home over time, and leaving it is so bittersweet. So much so, in fact, that we aren’t leaving for good. We’re keeping our office in NYC, our team in NYC, and Vladi and I will be splitting our time between Florida and NYC.

The biggest change you will see is more photos featuring tropical locations (I’m actually serious–that’s the major difference!), and of course we will be featuring the bags of South Florida alongside those of NYC and wherever else our travels take us. We are excited to start this journey of our life, combining sand and skyscrapers, which are two things that we totally adore. Vlad lives for the fast pace of city life, and I find the beaches of South Florida to be perfect to balance out the hustle and bustle.

Our move has been much more work than anticipated (they always are), that’s why you’ve seen a bit less of me posting. I’ve found that all of my ideas for our new home take so much time, and nothing is ever done when you think it will be. I’m trying to get our new home ready for us in Florida, and Vlad is in NYC right now for Fashion Week.

We’re just about to hit our ten year anniversary for PurseBlog, and we feel so incredibly lucky to have you along for the ride!

We love talking handbags and accessories with all of you so much that we’re taking the conversation to Twitter today! Join us, along with our friends from StyleCaster, as we co-host their #stylechat today from 3-4pm ET. Be sure to use the hashtag to follow along, ask questions and talk about all your favorite accessories!

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Here’s Kerry Washington, attending a private party in LA with a Prada Face Mural Shoulder Bag, which was one of the most eye-catching pieces from the brand’s Spring 2014 collection. The line has long since sold out, but it was so popular that Prada is doing some more girl clutches and things for the upcoming season, like this close-up version: the Napa Zip Girl Clutch, which is currently available at Bergdorf Goodman for $1,195.

Speaking of fabulous clutches, “The Many Bags of Kerry Washington” is particularly clutch-heavy, as Kerry’s red carpet appearances greatly outnumber her casual public appearances. BTW, Kerry’s private party seemed to be a very swanky to-do – Zoe Saldana, Tyra Banks, Chrissy Teigen, Leslie Mann, Jennifer Lopez, Jessica Chastain and Selena Gomez were all spotted leaving it.

Happy 4th of July! We are celebrating the 238th birthday of our nation. We hope you have a great holiday with friends and family, see you back on Monday.

The PurseBlog Team

If you’ve been trying to get your hands on a Mansur Gavriel bag, we’ve got a small spot of hope for you: the brand just launched e-commerce on its own site, with a full array of in-stock bags available for immediate purchase. We can’t vouch for exactly how many will still be there when this post sees the light of day, but if you’re lucky, you might be able to snag one of the perpetually sold-out bucket bags, backpacks or totes.

The site also includes a preview of some of the colorful bags that the brand will debut in the coming season, all of which are marked for availability in December. For the time being, you can’t pre-order those bags, but you can, at the very least, plot future purchases with a fair amount of certainty about where the bags will eventually be available on a first-come, first-serve basis instead of relying on a maddening pre-order.

Head over to Mansur Gavriel’s site to check out what’s still available!

Christie’s is a name that stands on its own as the world’s premier luxury auction house. From the black dress Audrey Hepburn wore on Breakfast at Tiffany’s to a $106 million Picasso, Christie’s is known for some of the most notable auction sales ever.

Now Christie’s has solidified its place in the luxury accessories market by offering some of the most coveted designer bags that anyone could wish for. When Christie’s asked me to curate a sale of my favorite bags and jewels for its luxury handbag and accessories sale, I was beyond thrilled.

I love to wear outfits with whites, tans, greys, and black and allow my accessories to truly stand out against that neutral backing. For my curated sale, I picked a variety of Hermes bags, including both classic black and bright colors, statement jewels, plus standout pieces from Chanel and Celine. There is something for everyone, and for every wardrobe.

Check out my Christie’s Curated Sale and shop my picks now!

When we met Kei Izawa from LXR & Co. in her Soho store at the end of April, I also took a tour of the store and walked through what the shopping experience is like. With so many online resale sites popping up seemingly everywhere, it’s hard to find one that also has a brick and mortar (two in this case: one in LA, one in NYC) location where you can visit the items you’re eyeing in person. (more…)

Proenza Schouler’s Pre-Fall 2014 handbags have arrived in stock on the brand’s site, and the collection is as notable for what is doesn’t include (PS13s, apparently) as what it does (the return of the baja textiles). (more…)

Louis Vuitton has relatively few serious competitors in the logo-splashed, coated-canvas weekend bag category, but by the looks of the Saint Laurent Coated Canvass Holdall Bag, Slimane & Co. might be looking to take a chunk out of the logo giant’s business. (more…)

This morning, we’re proud to introduce PurseBlog’s newest feature, the weekly eBay Handbag Roundup. Starting today, we’ll be scouring the nooks and crannies of the world’s biggest auction site to bring you both rare finds that are inaccessible to almost everyone and great deals on handbags that are longtime fan favorites. This week, we found unusual bags from Hermés and Louis Vuitton, a pretty little evening bag from Gucci and a couple great deals that you really need to check out below. (more…)

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