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Even though we love designer bags (obviously), we’re all big believers in the idea that shoppers don’t need to spend four figures (or anywhere near it) in order to get a beautiful, well-made, expensive-looking bag that will serve them well for the season and beyond.

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Mansur Gavriel has slowly increased its production and made its bags a little easier to get, but because the brand makes so many exterior/interior color combinations and most third-party retailers only select a handful for their own stock, getting the exact version you want of one of MG’s super popular bags can be tricky, if not occasionally impossible.

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Gucci

Right off the bat you know I love Gucci. I loved the bags before Alessandro took over including the Bamboo, Jackie Soft, and Lady Web and I’ve been on the edge of my seat with the new direction especially fond of the Dionysus.

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Jason Wu has stepped back into the accessories arena, and this time he's done it with a gorgeously simple, very grown-up backpack. Jason Wu Suvi Backpack $1,595 2 Comments Read More
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Celebrities

Readers, we have failed you. Beyoncé stepped out with a handbag last week, and we had absolutely no idea what it was. Knowing Bey, it could be anything. Her handbag preferences are all over the place.

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Chanel

The very wealthy are both just like us mortals and not like us at all. They’re like us in that they want to have cute stuff to take to the pool with their friends or on their next beach vacation, but they are not like us in that their next terrycloth beach set might be from Chanel.

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Beauty

As we talked about last week, summer brings with it its own set of challenges for almost every aspect of your beauty routine. I spend a lot of time outdoors when it’s warm and tend to be very demanding of my skincare, haircare and makeup, which means that over the years, I’ve found some tried-and-true summer beauty winners.

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Celebrities

In my last shoe-centric post about Chrissy Teigen, I pointed out several tricks supermodels use to look perma-fashionable. This exploration of Rosie Huntington-Whiteley‘s designer shoe collection will give you even more ideas, such as “always wear suede.” It is now appropriate for all seasons, and it makes you look like you are one suede sandal-bootied-step ahead of everyone else.

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Bag Deals

I love this point in sale season. Second markdowns have been taken, people who are satisfied with 25% or 30% off have snatched up their bags, and now the real bargain-hunting can begin. It’s a bigger challenge than earlier in the season, of course, but the reward is high if you have the fortitude to hold out this long.

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Louis Vuitton

For most large brands, men’s bags are something of and afterthought. If a satchel or tote design works well in the women’s line, it gets simplified, enlarged and made more neutral in order to appeal to dudes, and that’s about as far as most brands go when it comes to innovative design for their male fanbases.

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Christian Louboutin

You can spot Christian Louboutin‘s red lacquered soles anywhere, but differentiating between the brand’s various classic pumps is a bit more challenging. For a footwear-focused brand like Louboutin, attention to the slightest changes in toe box, pitch (the angle at which a high heel rises) and heel is what it takes to differentiate the most popular styles and decide which is right for you.

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Celebrities

It was around the time I saw Magic Mike XXL last year that I began to think we, as a society, might not be giving Jada Pinkett Smith her due. She drove home that point to me with a bravura trip through Paris Fashion Week a few months ago, and since then, I’ve taken note whenever I see her pop up in our photo service.

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