Here’s a fur-wrapped Ellen Barkin carrying a deep purple Hermes Birkin while doing a little shopping in Manhattan. Have you caught Ellen on her new NBC show The New Normal yet? She stars alongside fellow PurseBlog regular and designer bag-enthusiast Nene Leakes. Sadly, her new primetime TV gig seems to leave her less time for hilarious and zany tweets on her infamous Twitter page.

I know how much you guys love Birkins – and especially seeing them in the hands of practically every celeb who walks the Earth on a weekly basis – but I’m curious: is the Birkin a bag that you still aspire to own (if you don’t already)? Or do you feel that the Birkin is overexposed? I think we’ve said almost everything that can be said about the Hermes Birkin at one time or another, so how about some more Ellen Barkin trivia? Did you know she was married to somber Irish hottie Gabriel Byrne for 11 years? Neither did I!

This is the second time we’ve spotted Tamara Ecclestone with this well-dressed, well-bagged man friend – here they are arriving together at LAX. According to The Daily Mail, this is Scott Harvey-Nicholls, Tamara’s close personal chum and “brand manager”. (I’d let Mr. Harvey-Nicholls manage my brand any day.) You’ll notice the very tan Tamara is rather conspicuously flashing her silver Hermes Crocodile Birkin at the cameras. BFF Scott is toting the Goyard Boeing Duffel Bag – which, let’s be honest, shames all other duffel bags, save the Louis Vuitton Monogram Duffle. Sadly, none of these brands vend these particular bags online.

Tamara is looking noticeably more tan than she was the last time she was in LA, but if you’ve ever picked up a UK tabloid, you probably know that British tabloid stars and self-tanner go together like fish n’ chips.

If I had a nickel for every time we featured a celeb conspicuously leaving a hair salon dressed to the nines…I still wouldn’t be able to afford a Hermes Kelly, but I’d be closer than I am now. Here’s Eva Longoria exiting the Ken Paves Salon in West Hollywood after a low-key evening of primping and styling, with her Hermes Kelly Bag in tow. Eva’s quite an Hermes fan (who isn’t?) – she lays claim to a small collection of Birkins (one in tan, one in cobalt blue, and one in fuchsia croc, at last count) as well as a smattering of bags from practically every other must-have designer such as Celine, Balenciaga, and the like. (The list goes on interminably, of course, but I’m assuming you have other things to do today.)

The Hermes Kelly, tragically, like all the most coveted Hermes bags, is not available to the sprawling internet masses – nor will it ever be, we suspect. Ah, to live within a stone’s throw of an Hermes boutique…

When most people think of Hermes, they think of the coveted Birkin and Kelly, but the brand offers so many more bags. Sometimes when I want to go off to dream world, I dive into the Hermes website because it’s one of the best-designed and most fun and interactive sites any luxury retailer has put together. While playing on it today, I ran into an inviting look at the Hermes Berline Bag as a slew of them swayed from side to side while bells play in the background.

But enough about their website, let’s discuss the bag, shall we?

Some people might think the Berline Bag is brand new, but it first appeared for Fall 2011. The bag looks like a more casual and sporty version of the Hermes Jypsiere. The main difference from its sibling bag is the strap is shorter, so the bag can be worn as a shoulder bag with a smaller under-arm drop. Also, the front of the bag features an interesting and sporty quilted leather pattern. While every account I’ve read of people seeing this bag in person is positive, many say they had a hard time pulling the bag off. I would say majority of the reason is the short strap, because with a bag this shape it would be ideal to wear crossbody. The price is about $7,150 and the Berline comes in Swift leather (a smooth and durable leather).

Here’s Portia de Rossi, trying to sidestep the paparazzi while leaving a hair salon in LA. If you’re startled by her short new ‘do, Portia apparently chopped off her long, wavy blond locks sometime this summer, FYI. (Missed that newsbite completely.) Less shocking: You’ll notice Portia is carrying a black Hermes Birkin. Let us all take a moment to pay homage to the most popular celeb arm candy on the planet.

For those of you who have trouble distinguishing Portia de Rossi (the real human being) with Lindsay Bluth Funke (the fictional character from Arrested Development), allow me to provide an update. As you AD fans may already know, a fourth season of AD is currently in production, and a movie is reportedly in the works! (Though seriously, that’s been a rumor ever since the show went off the air). The fourth season will be released episode by episode on Netflix. And if that movie never pans out? Well, you know what they say: “There’s always money in the banana stand…”

Today, for your handbag peeping pleasure, we have Formula 1 Racing heiress Tamara Ecclestone, mixing it up with a very mod black and white outfit combo that includes the coveted Hermes Limited Edition So Black Crocodile Birkin! If you’re not familiar with Tamara or her sister Petra Ecclestone Stunt, they’re British socialites/models/insanely rich folk who probably buy Birkins like the rest of us buy fro-yo. Coincidentally, Tamara appears to be noshing on a cup of Tasti D-lite in this pic.

Seriously though – how glorious is that matte croc Birkin? Who can focus on Tamara’s picture-perfect hair, make-up, and clothing (or that dashing Brit to her right) when that bag is in the picture? And this coming scarcely two months after we featured Tamara toting a gorgeous grey Hermes Crocodile Birkin! Some girls have all the fun. We weren’t kidding about the Ecclestones’ Birkin-buying habits either – each sister probably owns around a dozen. (We have proof.)

Regular Black Friday sales are fun, but you know what’s really fun? Being able to get your hands on vintage and gently used pieces that aren’t normally available on the Internet at all. That’s where our friends at Rue La La come in – they’re known for offering the best vintage and gently used rare pieces on the Internet, and because today is such a huge day in online shopping, they’ve cooked up something particularly special for you with the Rue La La Luxe Gifts Sale.

With everything from Hermes, Louis Vuitton and Chanel bags, to Chanel and Hermes accessories, to Tiffany jewelry (a first!), this huge sale has not only a bunch of options for the luckiest recipients on your gift list this holiday season, but also perhaps a little something with which you might treat yourself. After all, it’s the ladies in the family that usually experience the most holiday stress because we’re generally the ones saddled with the duties of gift-buying, wrapping and cooking. You deserve a treat (or maybe two), and we’ve got some suggestions to get you started when the sale opens in half an hour. Shop quickly, though – the sale runs from 3 p.m. today, November 23 to 11 a.m. Monday, November 26. Shop the full sale starting at 3!

Hermes Black Lizard Birkin, 25cm

Neutral enough to be taken out for a spin whenever you please, small enough to get oohs and ahhs at an after-work event; this exotics Birkin is the best of both worlds. Available via Rue La La.


Louis Vuitton Limited Edition Monogram Salina Rubis Tote

Limited edition Louis Vuitton bags are very hard to come by, and this one, with its red trim and totally functional shape, is particularly lust-worthy. Available via Rue La La.


Chanel Flap Bag Earrings

Vintage Chanel costume jewelry is particularly collectable, and who wouldn’t want little golden handbags dangling from their ears? As long as they’re Chanel bags, of course. Available via Rue La La.


Hermes Vert Anis Birkin

There is no more sophisticated a pop of color than a bright Hermes Birkin. Available via Rue La La.


Chanel Reissue 2.55 Flap Bag

Even if you’re skeptical about winter whites, this Chanel shoulder bag should be more than enough to change your mind. Available via Rue La La.


Hermes Collier de Chien Ostrich Belt

If you’re looking for a chicer way to hold up your pants, you can stop looking. It doesn’t exist. Available via Rue La La.


Louis Vuitton Keepall 55 Bandouliere

Just in time for the holiday travel season, pick up one of the greatest travel pieces of all time. Available via Rue La La.


Hermes Kelly 35cm

If you think the Kelly is too precious to be an everyday bag, take a look at this version and think again. Available via Rue La La.


Chanel Quilted Flap Bag

A black Chanel shoulder bag is something every fashionable woman needs in her closet, and this one is ever-so-slightly different than the ones that most people have. Being different is always more fun. Available via Rue La La.

‘Tis the season to be giving…so we won’t speculate as to why Lindsay Lohan looked considerably more polished than her overworked, overstuffed black Hermes Birkin when she headed out to do an interview for “Good Morning America” last week. Or why she was photographed God knows how many hours later looking like a drunken caricature of her mom. We’ll say something nice. Lindsay, I love your new old hair color. It reminds us of when you did the Parent Trap move, or Mean Girls, and you were still an upbeat, fresh-faced youth, and not…you know. Also, I love those Giuseppe Zanotti Ankle Boots. Where did you…acquire those from?

No, but seriously. Lindsay. You’re just a few months away from being on Dr. Phil. Everything Amy Poehler said during that infamous opening sketch of SNL when you hosted in 2005 has become a self-fulfilling prophecy. You’ve already got one Lifetime movie in the bag. I say this sincerely – please hand that Birkin over to someone who will love it and treat it with respect. Someone who won’t load it up with what is clearly a handle full of vodka, and then abandon it at a club at 4 am. And please find some modicum of sobriety before it’s forced on you by hard jail time.

With the holidays fast approaching, it is imperative we all begin to work on our holiday shopping lists. Consider me selfish, but the first person I think about is me when it comes to what I want to receive or buy myself for a gift. There is no better way to wake up on Christmas morning than by finding a large orange box under the tree, and this year Gilt.com is helping my dreams come true.

Gilt.com can be called the original American flash sale site, they’ve been in the game for the longest. And knowing that their readers and our readers both love vintage Hermès bags, we are showcasing a major vintage Hermès sale you won’t want to miss. The bags were curated by the fabulous Madison Avenue Couture and this Gilt.com vintage Hermès sale features bags in every color of the rainbow. If you know your Hermès colors, then hearing Rouge Casaque, Menthe, Blue Hydra, Rose Tyrien, Ultra Violet, and Moutarde will be music to your ears. Even better is knowing there are plenty of exotic bags to be had from crocodile to alligator to ostrich.

Owning an vintage Hermès bag is a dream for so many, and Gilt.com is there to help. While the Birkin and Kelly are the most famous from the brand, there will also be Evelyne bags and other modern classics amongst fabulous silk scarves and jewelry pieces.


Vintage Hermès Capucine Togo Birkin 35cm

$18,500

Let’s kick this off with the much coveted Birkin in a very beautiful hue. Capucine is a pairing of red with a tinge of orange, and truly looks stunning.


Vintage Hermès Black Shiny Porosus Crocodile Birkin 35cm

$52,000

And if you want a Crocodile Birkin that will work with every outfit and you will never have to swap it out again, this is the bag for you. This is the ultimate of ultimates, a Black Shiny Porosus Crocodile Birkin.


Vintage Hermès Kelly Menthe Chevre de Coromandel Kelly 28cm

$13,250

There is something so alluring about the Hermès Kelly and I can picture this Menthe version looking downright stunning against camel hues.


Vintage Hermès Moutarde Togo Birkin 35cm

$18,600

I’ve said it many times, but yellow handbags deserve more praise. A yellow Birkin, well that is just the jackpot.


Vintage Hermès Bougainvillier Ostrich Birkin 35cm

$37,500

Not everyone loves ostrich skin, but if you do – this bag is an amazing mix of feminine and chic.


Vintage Hermès Blue Hydra Togo Birkin 35cm

$18,850

No one can get enough cobalt blue in her accessories life, so why not opt for the ultimate? Gilt.com has it for you with the Blue Hydra Birkin.


Vintage Hermès Ultraviolet Togo Birkin 35cm

$18,600

Hermès is known for their colors and one of my favorite from the house is their various shades of purple. This Ultraviolet Birkin is a true purple and works well with blacks and browns alike.


Vintage Hermès Bougainvillier Shiny Nilo Crocodile Birkin 30cm

$59,500

Now we are talking. I am adding this stunner to my list. Santa Baby, how about a little Nilo Crocodile under my tree?


Vintage Hermès Potiron Togo Birkin 30cm

$13,400

Everyone needs a classic bag and the potiron color is neutral but not overdone. Similar to Hermès Gold leather, but with more orange undertones, this bag can easily be worked into everyday wear for years to come.

Not only has Kim Kardashian been stepping up her accessories game lately, but so has the entire Kardashian family. It seems they all have made Hermes a part of their everyday lives, and if one of the sisters isn’t carrying a Birkin, their mother Kris most definitely is. The family that so many loves to hate continues to relish in the spotlight, and with each bit of extra attention they get, their value goes up. This is why we spot the entire crew in what seems to be a never-ending flow of new wares, cars, and homes. Like many celebrities, their bag of choice right now is the Hermes Birkin.

Kim has been karrying her Hermes Birkins more often in the past few months, but most recently she decided to splurge on an exotic, and she just can’t put it down. As much as many of her outfits look ridiculous, a black crocodile Hermes Birkin is about as classic as it gets, so we totally understand why she nabbed this bag. Since she welcomed the new bag to her kollection, she has not put it down. From jet-setting across the world to going to the gym, Kim Kardashian just can’t get enough of her Crocodile Hermes Birkin. To be honest, we don’t blame her.

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