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“Investment” is a pernicious little word. Marketers and salespeople like to use it to placate customers who balk at prices, especially female customers. Oh, that bag might be expensive, but it’s nice leather! And it’s a functional shape! And a neutral color!

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No matter what your budget might be, one thing is probably true: the bags on your wish list cost more than you’d really like to pay for them. Handbag prices just keep going up, and often, it feels like accessibly priced options are few and far between.

Gucci-Free-Shipping-March-2015If you’ve been eyeing a new Gucci bag for spring (and who could blame you?), the deal just got a little bit sweeter. Now through March 31, shoppers at Gucci.com can enjoy free shipping and free returns on any purchase. That makes it easy and hassle-free to check out a few bags; just send back the ones that don’t suit you. In addition to the new spring arrivals, we suggest the bamboo totes–they’re Megs’ favorite!

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Our first celeb bag round-up of the week features a LOT of basic black bags, but thankfully there are enough exciting new reiterations of some of your old favorites to whet any bag lover’s metaphorical appetite. And there are appearances by Duchess Kate AND Miley Cyrus, which is reason enough to click through, really.

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Bag: Kate Spade New York Spring Foward Flowerpot Shoulder Bag

Price: $328 via Saks

Why It’s the Bag of the Week: Friday marks the official change-over to spring, but when we saw this whisical little bag, we couldn’t help wanting to celebrate a few days early.

TS Notice 3_16 Your Monday blues will be cured if you head on over to TalkShoes–we promise. You can shop the weekend’s best shoe deals, and you can check our editor’s favorite shoes under $500! You can also cure those Monday blues by swooning over Jennifer Lopez’s Casadei Suede Blade Pumps. Before we conclude, now that Paris Fashion Week is over, we found the 30 best shoes from the Fall 2015 runways. Now if that doesn’t help cure the blues we don’t know what will.

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All good things must come to an end, and unfortunately, the same applies to Paris Fashion Week. The Fall 2015 runway was full of innovative footwear, but much of the real excitement was off the runway. Some of our favorite celebrities put their best foot forward, and that makes for some swoon-worthy shoe spotting.

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Paris Fashion Week is always such a pleasure. The clothes, shoes, accessories and beauty looks on display always eclipse nearly everything that came before them during the first three weeks of fashion month; there’s just something about Paris and what it brings out in the creative minds that inhabit it.

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Late last week, Women’s Wear Daily reported that Reed Krakoff would suspend operations while in pursuit of new investment to keep the line afloat. While the news itself is a surprise, it’s not shocking that something was up at Krakoff’s company; it’s the third young, well-known brand in the past several months to either partially or completely shut down.

We’ve previously discussed my love for the teeny tiny Fendi Micro Peekaboo Bag, and I’m not the only one experiencing micro bag obsession. Vogue.com named the micro bag the It Bag of 2015, and countless stars have been spotted carrying these tiny bags by themselves or as bag charms.

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