Tomorrow is National Handbag Day, and the entire PurseBlog team is so thrilled to celebrate with you! We’ve been sharing some of the best stories about handbags with you this week, including the story behind PurseBlog, my bags around the world and a fun post calling out the the best handbag name-checks in musical history.

Today I want to share five bags I would love to carry tomorrow to celebrate my new favorite holiday, National Handbag Day. We’ll have lots of fun stuff on the blog to celebrate tomorrow (including a huge giveaway!), plus we’ll be sharing more of our bags all day on Instagram tomorrow, so follow along, and remember to tag any images you upload on Instagram with the tag #NationalHandbagDay for a chance to be featured on PurseBlog.

Oscar de la Renta is known for so many things – his incredible evening gowns, his flair for the dramatic, his skill with embellishment that is unparalleled in the fashion industry. Over the last couple of seasons, though, de la Renta has also quietly been becoming a source for luxurious, detailed handbags that will fit right in on the arms of the impeccably dressed women who wear his clothing (or, at the very least, dream of wearing it).

Many fashion lovers may think of tiny clutches when they think of OdlR’s bags (after all, the designer’s evening wear is consistently breathtaking), but de la Renta can grace your arm during the daylight hours just as effectively. The bags all have a precise, tailored quality that you’d expect from a master like Oscar de la Renta, in addition to the finest materials available and plenty of special details like embellished hardware. That’s a recipe for a sophisticated look no matter the occasion. Below, some of our favorites from Oscar’s Fall 2013 collection. To shop the full selection, head on over to the brand’s official site.


Oscar de la Renta Mini Marilia Bag
$1,995 via Oscar de la Renta

Oscar de la Renta Mini Marilia Bag, Black

Oscar de la Renta Mini Madison Bag
$2,995 via Oscar de la Renta

Oscar de la Renta Mini Madison Shoulder Bag

Oscar de la Renta Mini Marilia Bag
$1,995 via Oscar de la Renta

Oscar de la Renta Mini Marilia Bag, Purple

Oscar de la Renta Madison Shoulder Bag
$2,490 via Oscar de la Renta

Oscar de la Renta Large Madison Shoulder Bag

Oscar de la Renta Mini Marilia Bag
$1,995 via Oscar de la Renta

Oscar de la Renta Mini Marilia Clutch Green

It happened. I made it through my 20s and today I’ve reached 30 years old. I’m not one to worry about growing older; in fact, I welcome it as with age comes experience and knowledge, or so I hope. My 20s were such an exciting time. I started PurseBlog and PurseForum when I was 21, graduated college, got married, moved to New York and experienced a lot. Growing up never ends, and neither does experiencing life, so I’m excited to welcome my 30s and whatever they bring.

Ok. Uplifting thoughts aside, yikes, I’m 30. (more…)

We’re taking our last day of PurseBlog Summer Break to celebrate Labor Day with family and friends, and we hope you’re doing the same. See you back here tomorrow for all handbag and accessories news fit to print!

We know some of you are already back into the fall grind with work or school, but this week is PurseBlog and TalkShoes Summer Break. We are shutting down our computers to take the week off and disperse around the country, from Florida, to Atlanta, to Montauk, to an NYC staycation. We will be bringing you some great stories daily throughout the week, but at a more limited rate.

We will be back to our regular posting schedule after Labor Day, just in time for New York Fashion Week to kick off! Be sure you follow us on our adventures via TalkShoes and PurseBlog on Instagram. Happy end of summer!

PB Summer Break

We’re so happy the weekend is finally here! That means long brunches and laying in the park celebrating long summer days. If you love Instagram as much as we do, don’t miss out at a look inside our world – make sure to follow PurseBlog and TalkShoes on Instagram to get a look at the bags and shoes we love along with everything else.

PurseBlog on Instagram | TalkShoes on Instagram

We hope you have a happy, safe, and fun 4th of July! We will be taking off today and tomorrow to enjoy the day with friends and family, and of course to celebrate our nation’s independence. So pick out your best red, white and blue accessories and eat all your favorite summer foods – we will see you back on Monday.

Happy Friday! We wrap up this busy June week with some Coach reveals, an amazing find in the Bag Showcase subforum, a trip to the Playground and a long overdue visit to the Beauty Bar. Join us for all this and more in this week’s PurseForum Roundup! (more…)

PurseBlog HQ is empty today so that we may spend the holiday celebrating and remembering with our family and friends, but we wanted to take a moment to celebrate with you as well. Let us know what your big plans are for the day in the comments!

If you’re stuck inside because of bad weather (or worse, work), remember to check out the great Memorial Day sales that are happening this weekend, like fresh markdowns at Bloomingdale’s, Nordstrom and ShopBop! If you buy anything fun, we want to hear about that in the comments as well. Have a beautiful day, everyone!

http://www.purseblog.com/link.php?id=7605If you didn’t know about the Kate Spade Surprise Sale before now, don’t worry – the fine folks at the brand have been so benevolent as to extend the markdowns, which go as high as 75% off regular retail – for a few more hours. Head on over to Kate Spade and shop an enormous selection of handbags, clothes, jewels and shoes, way below retail, until 11:59 p.m. Pacific time.

Shop the Kate Spade Surprise Sale Now!

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