[Editor's Note: This week, the PurseBlog staff is out of the office to enjoy the last little bit of summer. We'll return after Labor Day, but in the meantime, we'll be running both new posts and a few of our favorites from the past few months to get you ready for fall.]

Sticker shock from friends and family members has probably happened to anyone with an interest in fashion or high-end handbags. They ask about your new purchase, they sheepishly ask how much it cost and then they shame you in some way for having the gall to be so extravagant, even if they aren’t blunt enough to put it in those words. Not only are we here to assure you that it’s okay, but we’re here to explain exactly why.

Even for those of us who are somewhat desensitized to fashion prices, handbag prices can sometimes seem a little bit silly. We’re nothing if not professional enablers, though, so if you’re doubting a future purchase or need to convince someone who has his or her nose in your business, we have some arguments that might come in handy.

Now that it’s August, practically all the bags available for purchase online are from pre-fall or fall. With stores flush with new products and designers churning out more and more exotic bags every season, we wondered how how the highest of high-end bags compared to last season’s crop. (more…)

For many fashion lovers, and especially bag lovers, our obsessions are learned in one very specific place: from our mothers. Not only did we catch the bag bug from them, but most of us learned a lot of subtle (or, depending on your mom, not-so-subtle) things about how to choose bags, what makes them beautiful and what our choices signal to others by watching our mothers go shopping and get dressed.

Fashion is a social language, after all, and now it’s time for your mom’s bags to talk back. Below, take a peak inside what your mom’s Mother’s Day gift wishes say about her. (more…)

We’ve already covered why you need to own a Balenciaga motorcycle bag and a Chanel flap bag, but those obviously aren’t the only iconic bags that a woman needs in her wardrobe. Your bag collection shouldn’t be missing a Louis Vuitton Speedy, but if it is, we’ve got a few things you might want to consider. (more…)

When I sat down to plan what I was going to write about for this week, I could help but feel a little…flat. I love shopping as much as ever, of course, and actually hit up the Net-a-Porter sale for one last shot of sweet sale-season goodness a couple days ago, but the Christmas shopping season left me feeling a little bit drained. Because of Thanksgiving’s ever-roving date, it was a week shorter than last year’s, and retailers packed a surreal level of stuff-hawking into that limited number of days.

We’ll be back to our regularly scheduled discussion of luxury accessories, designer brands and shopping in a couple of hours, but for the moment, we thought maybe you could use a breather as well. The Internet’s best palate cleanser is, of course, cute animal GIFs, so that’s what we’ve brought to the table below.

I’m betting this is how most of you felt when you returned home from your in-laws’ houses.


This guy’s adhering to his New Year’s resolution of getting more exercise.


It’s illegal to do this to your annoying little cousin, but I understand the impulse.


Go ahead and try to be in a bad mood while in the presence of a Frenchie in a swing. I dare you.


If these pandas can enjoy the snow, then I guess I can too.


Look, I know you mean well, but…


Who among us has not tried to do what this cat is doing, if not literally, at least metaphorically?


“Doooooon’t touch me.”


Sweep the leg, little guy. Yep. Yeeeeep. There you go.




Explain to me again why you chose to become a parent.


All of my weekend days until the weather warms up.


Look, calm down, you’re confusing all the puppies.


If you need a moment to collect yourself, just channel this baby panda, rocking forever in blissful solitude.


[Editor's Note: While we scale back our post schedule to spend the second half of the holidays with ours friends and loved ones, we're re-publishing some of our most popular posts from past years with new information, additional photos and updated pricing. We originally gave you five reasons to own a Chanel Flap Bag, but now we're back with ten.]

Some people dream for years of owning a Chanel Classic Flap Bag or Chanel Reissue 2.55 Flap Bag (and now, a Chanel Boy Bag), some already own multiples of each, and still others think that they're too traditional and played-out. I couldn't agree less with that third group of people – with lots of finishes, colors and sizes, Chanel's famous flaps have a little something that everyone can appreciate, if you stay open-minded. Still on the fence? Allow me to persuade you… (more…)

As much as gift guides can be helpful when it comes to figuring out what to bestow on your family and favorites, we’re guessing that you’ve already decided what you’re hoping to see under the tree in two weeks’ time. After all, if you weren’t skilled in the art of picking out expensive things for yourself, you probably wouldn’t have made it over to our lil’ Internet home.

Like your handbags of choice, your holiday wishlist reveals things about you. (Or it might! We’re just guessing.) Below, check out some of our totally biased assumptions, categorized based on what you may or may not be hoping to find wrapped up with a bow this year.

We’ve been posting shopping tips and gift guides galore since Thanksgiving (and before), but once you get deep in the process of marking things and people off your holiday list, it’s easy to let the social and financial stress creep in and forget what the season is really about. We’ll be back to our regularly scheduled programming by noon, but for now, take a breath, relax a little and enjoy our take on the holiday shopping process. Naturally, it’s in the Internet’s only true native language: the animated GIF. (more…)

If you’re reading this, that means that you’ve survived Black Friday. We did too! Yay for all of us. (Also, we hope you had a great Thanksgiving, but that’s not really what we’re here to talk about.) To commemorate what we all just lived through, we’d like to do to it what the Internet does best: give it the GIF treatment. Below, you’ll find Black Friday, as we (and probably you) just lived it. (more…)

Even in a particularly crowded luxury handbag market, Hermes occupies a spot unto itself. The bags are scarce, sought-after a simply the best, and they have the price tags that go along with all that exclusivity. Making the leap from being a designer handbag consumer to being an Hermes consumer is a daunting prospect, but we know that, at this very moment, untold numbers of you are contemplating whether or not now’s the right time to do just that. We’re here to help, of course; if you’ve ever wondered if owning an Hermes bag is worth paying the premium, we’ve got ten reasons why we think you should take the plunge. (more…)

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