Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start to summer, and this year I was lucky to spend mine in warm and sunny Las Vegas. It was Vlad’s and my first time to Vegas, so while we enjoyed resort-hopping and shopping, we also took in the sights outside of Vegas. I knew it was going to be warm and wanted a new summer tote to carry with me that would transition from pool to the next adventure easily, and my new Juicy Couture Perforated Shopper Tote did the job beautifully.

Over the past couple of years, the company once known for its tracksuits has turned into a lifestyle brand that offers much more than terrycloth and velour. This tote immediately spoke to me, and I knew it would work perfectly for my Vegas trip because the size is spacious and the leather is sturdy. The design speaks for itself, but I really love the large perforated squares and the very “Juicy Couture” gemstone turnlock closure.

Juicy Couture Shopper Tote (2)

The best part is the price, which is a very reasonable $278. But for a limited time you can get an additional 30% off, which means this tote will run just under $200. I opted for the pretty pink hue, but there are additional options, including orange, blue and white. Buy now via Juicy Couture for $194.60.

We introduced you to the Juicy Couture Beach Print Clutches last month, and the combination of a fun photo print and an affordable price tag meant that they were quite well-received. After all, who doesn’t want to carry a little bit of summer with them wherever they go? Even if you can’t be at the beach, at least you can gaze upon one of these fun beach print bags.

On top of that, a bag like that is the perfect clutch to take to an outdoor evening event – you don’t have to worry about it getting wet or ruined, and the theme fits the occasion perfectly. Now, it seems like Juicy wasn’t the only brand to think that was a good idea. Both contemporary stalwart Rebecca Minkoff and newbie Samudra have taken to making beach-photo bags as well, and the prices are just as good. The Samudra bags are a particularly compelling option – not only are they inexpensive, but they’re roomy enough to hold a tablet and its accessories.


Samudra Rocky Point Pouch
$65 via ShopBop

Samudra Rocky Point Pouch

Juicy Couture Palm Tree Print Clutch
$78 via ShopBop

Juicy Couture Palm Tree Print Clutch

Rebecca Minkoff Palm Tree Lissa Pouch
$85 via ShopBop

Rebecca Minkoff Palm Tree Lissa Pouch

There’s just something about warm weather that makes me positively frantic to stray outside of my sartorial comfort zone. Although I almost always dress in dark colors and have what I like to think is the world’s largest collection of black sundresses, summer does something to me that requires me to occasionally splurge on something that looks more than a little out of place with my usual array of blacks and greys. That compulsion also extends to handbags, and right now, it extends to these Juicy Couture Beach Print Clutches.

At $78 a pop, scooping up one of these clutches to use for outdoor events during warm weather is certainly within the realm of reason. The clutches themselves are simple – a woven textile in a photographic print, folded into an easy envelope shape – but it’s the prints that really matter. If a handbag could ever look warm and exciting, these definitely do. I’d opt for the palm tree view – the black tones would make it great for evening, even when you’re not attending a bonfire on the beach.

Juicy Couture Wave Print Clutch
$78 via ShopBop

Juicy Couture Wave Print Clutch

Juicy Couture Palm Tree Clutch
$78 via ShopBop

Juicy Couture Palm Tree Print Clutch

Even though tomorrow starts August, which many people think of as the last bit of summer, the fashion industry is buzzing with the upcoming trends for the fall season. New seasons mean new ideas, and while houndstooth is not new, handbag designers are integrating it into their new collections. I can’t say it is one of my favorite looks, but these three designers came up with a way to make it look fairly chic, and even I might want to carry one.

From the coveted Chloe Elsie to a travel tote from Jil Sander to an affordable satchel from Juicy Couture, I rounded up three houndstooth bags that deserve your attention. (more…)

Juicy Couture Black Star Satchel, $348 via ShopBop

If you hate bags like the Juicy Couture Black Star Satchel and wish they’d go away, blame Proenza Schouler for the astronomical success of the brand’s PS1 satchel. Since its debut, a passel of imitators both high-end and low have come along to give consumers a similar structure with a slightly different flair, and from that group has come some great bags, most notably the Mulberry Alexa.

I, on the other hand, adore these bags. They’re roomy, functional and classic without being stuffy or dated, and the sub-$400 price point on this bag in particular makes it a good fit for women who want to get the look without shelling out a huge amount of money for the original. This bag is still unique enough that it’s nowhere near a direct copy, and that’s always what I prefer when I’m in search of a “look for less” option. (more…)

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