I still recall the day where spending over $1000 for a designer handbag was the norm but still seen as steep. I wish that day were still here, because now most designer handbags start around $2000 and go up. If I am impulse buying, $2000 can be spent easily. If I begin to use the part of my brain from my dad’s genes, that overly analytical business side, I begin to find the purchase ridiculous. I always let off a sigh of relief when I see Miu Miu bags. Prada’s younger sister features a line of handbags that offer an array of different styles that sometimes closely mimicking bags from Prada. You can get a great bag for half the price of many Prada bags. The Miu Miu Gathered Leather Bag is a large tote bag made with lush mouse colored leather. The color is delightful for fall and the option of a detachable shoulder strap along with double top handles makes it a very practical bag. Best part is the price is not going to make your jaw drop like some of the Prada nylon bags for fall that are over $2000 (that is a whole different story!). Buy via NAP for $1155.
And now I am coming at you from Washington DC. While walking towards baggage claim I saw everyone in the security check line. I realized one major thing; people were dressed ultra chic. Sure, I have on a nice pair of jeans, white top, and cute Ralph Lauren sandals, but I felt more like a Florida bum than a DC gal. The stereotype is that most people carry an oversized bag on the plane, but this is not always true. Great handbags and even clutches are toted in the air. I realized it was time that I purchased a more sophisticated clutch. Miu Miu must have been reading my mind because the Miu Miu Aged Leather Clutch fits into both the practical and fashionable categories. This multi-functioning clutch uses beige aged leather with a faux lock fastening on the front, fold over top to the button back tote compartment, and a removable shoulder strap. So you do not have to give up more space when buying a clutch, there is such a thing as having the best of both worlds. Love this clutch! Via Net A Porter for $1240.
Prada’s little sister wants to make sure to show the crowd that she too can be extravagant and exotic. Miu Miu adorned herself with ostrich, to garner some attention. The Miu Miu Ostrich Satchel is made of lush taupe ostrich leather in a structured bag. The color is delightful for all seasons, but I am not 100% keen on the design. This satchel sports top handles, an option shoulder strap, and a front flap closure. Because this is Prada’s little sister, I expect a shape that will look more fun than serious. Prada should be the role model, the one who wants to be taken to work. Miu Miu needs to be the fun loving sister. Or maybe that is just my impression of the two brands. On the inside there is dark brown cloth lining (come on, with an ostrich bag you need suede or some other luxurious feeling fabric) and a divided compartment with a zip pocket. Dimensions are 9 1/2″H x 12 1/2″W x 4″D. This bag screams work bag. I love that Miu Miu wants to find a place in the world of exotics, but I prefer a funkier bag rather than a serious business woman bag. Available for pre-order at Neiman Marcus for $3505.
A different look from the house of Miu Miu, this clutch showcases leather plisse that adds an interesting dimension. The Miu Miu Leather Plisse Clutch is designed with gold metallic leather plisse and has a beautiful wrist strap. The dimensions of this clutch make it easy to wear as an evening bag also (10.5″ W x 4″ H). Not to mention the gold leather is shimmery and easy to be dressed up also. The wrist strap features buckle detailing to add an extra touch. Available via Net A Porter for $355. Overall, a cute clutch for a better-than-most price.
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If you did not like patent, you better learn to like it. Fall is all about patent leather handbags. I absolutely love the slight bit of edge that patent leather can bring to an accessory. Better yet, it looks super sleek and refined. Miu Miu may be the baby sister of Prada, but does not disappoint when it comes to finding a great bag for a better price many times. The Miu Miu Patent Leather Tote sports black patent leather with slight ruched side panels and gold hardware. The trend for fall is hand held bags that offer a more square dimensions but pack a style punch. There are zip fastening pockets on each side, the option of a shoulder strap, and double top handles. The closure is magnetic stud and the inside is lined in canvas. The price is slightly over the 1k mark; $1095 via Net A Porter.
You can not tell me that you look at Reese Witherspoon and think she is not cute. Sometimes she looks gorgeous and elegant but all the time she looks cute as a button. Her daughter, Ava, is a complete mini-me, growing up looking just like her mom. It doesn’t hurt that the other part of her genes are from Ryan Phillippe. Last week Reese took Ava for an ice cream run while the paparazzi snapped their every move. Across her body, Reese sported a white Miu Miu Coffer. I imagine that Reese was digging in her bag to find a Purell hand sanitizer wipe for Ava after she finished her ice cream cone. Either way, love the bag and love these two gals.
Buy the Miu Miu Coffer at Net-A-Porter for $1445.
Two more pics and Reese and her mini-me below!
After a busy weekend with the family, I am somewhat back into the swing of things now. I find myself constantly checking back to find what bag I must have that is so reasonable now that it is finally on sale. My behind is sore from kicking it over missing two of my favorite clutches, so now I am going to try to re-justify all of this by making a larger purchase. Two designer handbags that have my eye today are the Miu Miu Nappa Leather Bag and the Fendi Patent Leather B Bag. Surprisingly, the Miu Miu bag caught my fancy at Saks the other day. It is light and fluffy so to speak and the optional across body strap is perfect for everyday use. It is a thin strap, so don’t carry everything but the kitchen sink in the bag and expect the strap to hold. But I really was delighted with the way the bag fit. As far as the Fendi Patent Leather B Bag goes I am a huge fan of this bag and the pink patent leather has my girly side head-over-heels in love. Both are marked down and both are calling my name at the NAP Sale.
The shape is nothing special, but in fact, the shape of this designer handbag really pays homage to others in my opinion. Does this bag slightly resemble the Louis Vuitton Speedy to you? The Miu Miu Bowling Bag is simple enough, sporting black leather and gold hardware with double top handles. The handles would make this bag hard to put on your shoulder, unless you are far smaller than me (which is feasible, since I am 5’10). The inside is lined in canvas and there is a zip top closure. Buy this black leather handbag at Net-A-Porter for $995.
So do you think it looks like a Speedy or any other handbag?
The oversized handbag trend is still lingering, so many designers are deciding to keep riding the oversized wave and move on to clutches. What many designers cease to remember is that a clutch is meant to be carried in your hand. Make a visual image of how large you think Miu Miu has made this clutch, and take a better look and learn more after the jump. (more…)
Love the Prada Gaufre but hate the price? Then check out some of the latest designs from Miu Miu, the younger sister of Prada but also the just as pretty sister. Not exactly boasting the ruching but sporting elegant style and an across body option, the Miu Miu Nappa Soft Tote is a stunning option if the Prada price tag is a bit much. This is Miu Miu all grown up and at the ball to meet her Prince Charming, sporting lush Nappa leather, understated buckled detailing on the double handles, and chic pleating on the front. The color is an off-white, named Cera. Measuring 8″H X 15″W X 4″D, this beauty comes directly from Italy. My babble about the price holds up against a new Prada bag, but the price tag is still not super cheap, but not up there rolling with the big big girls. $1,385 at Saks.
As a Miami Heat fan, the term ‘White Hot’ is an integral part of my vocabulary (that is when the Heat can pull-it-together). Like a broken record, I keep repeating myself going on and on about the hot factor of white handbags. Adding another contender to the list of white hot designer handbags, Miu Miu gives us a rendition of sophistication and elegance in the Miu Miu Rectangular Leather Tote. Clean white leather is offset with gold hardware and paired with a clasp fastening strap on the top. This strap adds so much to the bag without being much, if you get what I mean. This is South Beach hot. Today I have some sort of uncontrollable itch for a colorful (or color-less) bag. You must admit, this is white hot on a sexy elegant level. Just under $1000 via NAP.
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Being an American traveling in Europe makes you realize just how young the United States are. The endless numbers of castles, architecture, buildings, and styles seen in Europe are mind-boggling. We made it to quite a few stunning cathedrals and castles, stayed in a hotel that manifested its beauty in age and refinement, and saw artwork and sculptures that made my jaw drop. But can a handbag that reminds you of Joan of Arc be just as stunning? I am not sold on the fact that it transfers over. The feelings behind the Miu Miu Honeycomb Metallic Clutch shows age with honeycomb/antiqued effects on the sides and mesh/chain-like linking on the front. The brown with gold metallic finish really ages the clutch, which meets at the gathered top. I attempted to let this clutch grow on me, but I think I will stick to visiting Europe to get my dose of old-beauty and stick to new beauty in my hand. Buy via Net-A-Porter for $685.