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.

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.

We’ve got a special challenge today for our most bag-savvy readers, and especially our most bag-savvy UK readers! Pippa Middleton was recently spotted in London with this mysterious, buttermilk-hued top handle bag – can you ID it? Pippa and her sis are both known for implementing lots of pieces from smaller, more reasonably priced labels into their wardrobes. One such bag from Modalu London became so popular after it was spotted on Pippa’s arm that the company renamed it after her.

English model and actress Rosie Huntington-Whiteley was recently photographed at the airport in LA carrying a cheetah Mulberry Del Rey Animal Print Bag. (You’ve definitely seen Rosie in Victoria’s Secret lingerie, and you might’ve seen her in Transformers 3, but I’m kind of hoping you didn’t.) Young British celebs love their Mulberry, which is of course based in London, like so many of my other fave designer brands.

Here’s Kirstie Alley in New York City, matching her cobalt blue trench to her extra chic Celine Luggage Tote. We find this particular tote truly interesting because the front panel is bright blue snakeskin instead of regular leather. The combo of blue snakeskin, black leather, and white gussets make this an especially gorgeous version of the Luggage Tote. Celine Luggage Totes, like all Celine bags, are only available at high end department stores and Celine boutiques.

It seems as though prolific storm is upon the Northeast, and Mother Nature decided to dump on us during Fashion Week. For all the girls who were planning to wear their most trendy sky-high heels, you are going to be disappointed – this weather will simply not permit it. If you try, my guess is you might go boom on the steps of Lincoln Center.

We are both excited and shocked that 2013 has arrived. It seems like yesterday I was toasting to the start of 2012. PurseBlog changed so much in 2012 and we are excited to bring you along with us in 2013 for many more additions. There was a theme with the 12 most popular articles of 2012 and it revolved around the letter C: Celebrities, Celine, Chanel.

As each year passes, we feel incredibly lucky to be sharing the journey of PurseBlog with you. 2012 brought so much and we are excited for all the amazing projects and journey 2013 will bring. Thanks to all of you for all you do, for your comments and visits, and we hope to bring you more of the latest and greatest in the designer handbag world this year.

We love having the opportunity to work with other amazing sites around the interwebs and do it as often as we can. This time, we’re working with an awesome new site called Glossi.com, which mixes personal publishing with social media. I remember first hearing how this site would work and thought it might be too good to be true. Turns out, it’s not too good to be true.

Every year, the color experts at Pantone get together and consult their crystal balls to tell us what’s going to be happening in the year ahead. The company’s track record on predicting elections and natural disasters is somewhat spotty, but when it comes to telling us which colors will be hot in the coming 12 months, Pantone’s usually right on the nose.

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