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Today marks the first of many Shoe Guides to come, and we couldn’t think of a better place to start than Valentino‘s signature Rockstud. Like the Ultimate Bag Guides you know and love, our Shoe Guide follows a similar format; below, we’ll highlight important buying information like pricing, fit and style comparisons.

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Buzz Worthy

When Mansur Gavriel came along a couple years ago and exposed a glaring blind spot in the contemporary market for sophisticated, modern bags at a relatively reasonable price point, retailers reacted quickly. Not only did basically every store imaginable try to stock the brand, but plenty of retail buyers went out looking for new or previously overlooked designers who could cater to similar tastes.

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Trends

Of all the adornments and finishes a bag can have, chain straps are one of the more controversial when it comes to our readers. Some of you love the look, but many of you complain that the straps are uncomfortable, snag your hair or leave marks on your shoulders.

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Beauty

Every week, The New York Times Magazine runs a column that I really love: Letter of Recommendation. In it, a writer picks a topic and expounds on its virtues. My topic, were I ever asked to write a recommendation, would be in favor of pastel manicures.

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Celebrities

So yes, first order of business: we’ve got a lot of Rihanna for you this week, and in one instance, she is actually carrying something other than Dior. (Nobody tell Dior’s PR department.) Is there any greater selling point than Rihanna?

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PurseBlog Asks

I’m not really haunted by much (maybe just the idea of a super large spider or taking a really bad fall), but I do find myself constantly thinking about certain bags that got away. This clearly is a topic that comes up a bit here at PurseBlog; we have covered it twice (here and here) in the past, and before I wrote this post today, I asked members of the PurseForum this very question.

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Christian Louboutin

By now, we all know the name and we can spot a signature red bottom a mile away, and deservedly so–Christian Louboutin shoes are held in high regard in the luxury footwear market. The brand has millions of diehard fans who return again and again, and any Louboutin convert can tell you why they love the signature shoes.

Shopbop-Friends-and-Family-Sale-April-2016Even though it’s cold in NYC this week, warm weather is just around the corner, and that means you’re going to need some new stuff for spring. Shopbop has a wonderful selection of handbags and beyond, and now through April 7, you can take 25% off almost all full-price and sale purchases at the Shopbop Friends & Family Sale. All you have to do is enter code FRIENDS at checkout! Shop quickly, though–Shopbop’s F&F always inspires plenty of people to buy up the site’s best stuff.

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Travel Gear

Over the weekend, I noticed that a particular sort of season had begun on my Facebook and Instagram feeds: friends had kicked off their spring travel, which will eventually lead into summer vacations, all of which will keep bright, slightly filtered photos of oceans and rum cocktails splayed across social media until early September.

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News

The rumors of Hedi Slimane’s impending departure from Saint Laurent had been swirling for months, but on Friday, Saint Laurent parent company Kering confirmed what fashion industry insiders assumed was true: Slimane’s surprise couture show at Paris Fashion Week in March was his last with the brand.

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Gucci

I was planning on sharing my must-have spring pieces with you today, but I got behind on work, so instead, I’m sharing two items I want in my closet right now. My love affair with Gucci shouldn’t come as a surprise to any of you; I was already a fan before Alessandro Michele took over, and with his reinvigoration of the brand, I fell even further down the rabbit hole.

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