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. Consequently, you can grab the Modalu Pippa Bag for £195.00 (roughly $300 American) at Modalu’s website.

Our first guesses for British celebs are always Mulberry or Anya Hindmarch, but as far as we can tell, it’s neither of those brands, nor is it another Modalu. So we’re asking for your assistance, PB fans! Can you put a brand to this bag?

Pippa Middleton carries a tan leather satchel mystery bag (1) Pippa Middleton carries a tan leather satchel mystery bag (2) Pippa Middleton carries a tan leather satchel mystery bag (3) Pippa Middleton carries a tan leather satchel mystery bag (4)

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. You can snag the standard black leather version of the Del Ray Bag for $1,500 at Net-a-Porter.

In case you’re unaware, the Del Ray was named after American singer/songwriter Lana Del Ray, whose sultry, pouty pop tunes I rather enjoy. I wouldn’t be surprised if Rosie Huntington-Whiteley will probably get her own namesake bag soon enough, though I sincerely hope they just call it the “Rosie”, and not the “Huntington-Whiteley.” The “Hot Blond English Babe Bag” would also be sufficient, methinks.

Rose Huntington-Whiteley carries a Mulberry Del Rey Animal Print Bag at the airport in Los Angeles (1) Rose Huntington-Whiteley carries a Mulberry Del Rey Animal Print Bag at the airport in Los Angeles (2) Rose Huntington-Whiteley carries a Mulberry Del Rey Animal Print Bag at the airport in Los Angeles (3) Rose Huntington-Whiteley carries a Mulberry Del Rey Animal Print Bag at the airport in Los Angeles (4)

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. If you’ve got your heart set on this version, though, watch out – it’ll set you back more than the $2,700 that the all-leather tricolor version costs.

Can we give Kirstie Alley props for a sec? She looks extremely put together here, and not at all like she’s about to be smeared over the cover of every tabloid at the supermarket checkout line for being “out of control!” Also, I’d like to point out that this lady just turned 62 in January. Mad props, Kirstie, for both aging gracefully and making fab bag choices.

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. In addition to shoes, we all have bags we carry when it rains, but it’s important to have a good bag to carry when it’s downpour snowing, and even more important is having a great pair of shoes to keep your feet warm and dry. They may not be the most fashionable accessories, but we’ve found the right bag and shoes to help you weather the storm.

(All joking aside, please be safe, stay inside, stock up on necessities, and check in on friends and family.)

Furla Candy Rubber Satchel
$228 via Nordstrom

This spacious bag is crafted with rubber, which means no matter how much snow falls the bag will be fine and your goodies inside will stay dry. Pick a bright color to help you stand out against the white-out snow conditions; think of it as an accessory plus a reflector.


Sorel Caribou Lace Up Boots
$140 via ShopBop

These boots might not be the chicest, but you know what – that doesn’t matter. Your feet will stay super warm, and the biggest factor in keeping feet warm goes hand-in-hand with keeping them dry. These boots do the trick. They are a little heavy and they are definitely not dainty, but in the winter, these are the best option.

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.

Kick off the year with us by reviewing the 12 articles that had you all the most excited from 2012!

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.

From all of us at PurseBlog, best wishes for a fantastic new 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. It’s actually, in fact, that awesome!

The site itself works like a do-it-yourself magazine. You can drop text and images into your Glossi and share it with all of your friends. Naturally, when we were given the chance to give this awesome new tool a shot, we couldn’t pass it up. The first Glossi we worked on highlights the 2012 Fall Texture Trends we noticed. Take a look below and let us know what you think. Pretty fabulous, right?

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. Last year it was Tangerine Tango, which indeed dominated the warm months of 2012. For 2013, things are a little bit tamer – classic, regal Emerald is Pantone’s 2013 Color of the Year.

Emerald is more lively than Hunter and more muted than Kelly; it’s a perfect medium, as greens go, and it can function as a neutral in the same way that a deep blue does. It’s also a color that looks at home on a variety of skin tones and as a part of many different personal styles. If you’re someone who’s more comfortable with neutrals and hoping to give your wardrobe a little bit of a push, Emerald is both an effective and relatively safe way to do it. Below, we’ve searched out the best emerald handbags on the market right now, just in case you want to get a start on the trend. After all, 2013 is but a few weeks away.

I’m one of those (annoyingly) festive holiday people who loves decorating, still wants to sit on Santa’s lap, sings every holiday song I know and dreams of a white Christmas each year. I’ve been humming a variety of holiday tunes in the office recently, and I’m waiting for someone on the team to give me a swift kick in the rear; even I know it can be rather irksome. I can’t help it though – this really is the most wonderful time of year for me.

I caught myself singing Silver Bells this morning and decided to go with it for a post. The holiday season calls for an exorbitant amount of party outfits, and that means you must plan your accessories accordingly. Whether you are going to a holiday office party or out for New Year’s Eve, you can’t go wrong with a silver clutch. We rounded up the best there are, just for you.

It’s been one crazy year thus far, but we have so much to be thankful for. Vlad and I are thankful for our family, friends, health, and great blessings. And on top of that, we are thankful for our work; from our amazing team we have the pleasure of calling our coworkers to our fabulous forum members and readers. Thank you for continuing to visit PurseBlog and PurseForum and supporting us.

In the spirit of autumn, we decided to take out a bag of goodies from Oscar de la Renta to capture the essence of fall. Immaculate sunlight, golden yellow leaves, blue skies, crisp air, and barren trees offered a great backdrop to showcase his lovely accessories that I’ve found myself coveting. Shop Oscar de la Renta online.

A very happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours! (more…)

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