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!

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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.

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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!

I’ve had a long obsession with Cambridge Satchel Company and the brand’s now-iconic satchel bags. From the first season that these bags were released, the trend caught on so much so that you couldn’t walk through fashion week tents without seeing one Cambridge Satchel bag after the next. A classic school bag look is what makes this bag pop, and the designers continue to offer an amazing amount of color and personalization options, season after season.

The newest rendition comes with a gorgeous palette of pastels, and since we all know that pastels are the new neutrals and spring has finally arrived, this is the perfect way to add the trend to your accessory wardrobe. The only problem is deciding which color suits your fancy, they are all so lovely in their own rights. The 11″ satchel is available in duck egg blue, lemon, lilac or rose. Even with the popularity of these bags, the price has remained very affordable – buy for $145 via ShopBop.

When you live in a particularly intense place – New York with its overcrowding, LA with its smog, Atlanta or DC with their endless traffic – the lure of a road trip can be enormous, especially when spring gets into full swing and the weather by itself is enough to make you want to leave the house. We all need a little break, and sometimes the only way to satisfy that urge is to physically remove yourself from your normal environs. By the looks of the Kate Spade License Plate Box Clutch, the folks at Kate Spade agree with us.

Kate Spade has carved out a healthy niche for itself with these kinds of literal, whimsical bags, and even though this little clutch isn’t the type of bag that would hold everything you need for an impromptu weekend getaway, carrying this bag would be a very stylish way to signal to your friends that it’s time to rent a car and get out of dodge for a little while. On its own, the design would be adorable with a full-skirted sundress, but that’s probably true of all Kate Spade bags – that’s the brand’s look, and they’ve got it down to a science, right down to the little SUV closure at the top of this bag. Buy through Neiman Marcus for $378.

Even though we’re back in the 50s today, it neared 70 degrees in New York City yesterday, so I can confidently say that it’s time to start bringing out all of our spring finery, even if it’s in defiance of the actual weather outside. That means that pastels like the Mulberry Flower Mini Bag are fair game, and if you’re lucky (and if you followed the clues from our Net-a-Porter x PurseBlog Ultimate Fashion Hunt riddle yesterday), this adorable little bag might be headed your way. The winner will be notified via email soon, but first, let’s discuss why we wanted to reward one of you with this bag in the first place. (more…)

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