March Madness Championship Round

This is it, the moment we’ve been waiting for. You guys have winnowed down our PurseBlog March Madness field to your two favorite bag designers, and now we’ve locked Chanel and Celine into a winner-take-all cage match (or maybe a West Side Story-style knife fight; the mental image is up to you), and only one winner can emerge. We’ll announce who prevails later this week, but before we can do that, you need to cast your votes for who you think should win.

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Bloomingdale's Friends and Family April 2014

Friends & Family sales are our favorites – they take the power of the markdown out of the hands of some shadowy stranger and bestow it on us, the customers, who may wield it with impunity. Now through April 6, our friends at Bloomingdale’s want us to do just that at the Bloomingdale’s Friends & Family Sale. They’re offering 20% off almost every purchase with code FF14, so if you’ve been eyeing a new spring bag, some summer sandals or a whole new wardrobe, go right ahead. We’re not judging.

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Valentino Rockstud Pumps

Well, March certainly marched on quickly, didn’t it? It hardly seems like an entire month has come and gone, but it has. Our PurseForum members have been busy, as is their custom, and we are all the happier for it. We found plenty of bags, food, accessories, and more this week, and it looks like spring has arrived for most all of our members in this week’s PurseForum Roundup. Come along and see what we all have been up to! Read More…

Lily Allen Fendi Fur Peekaboo Bag

Here’s Lily Allen, leaving her hotel in NYC and carrying a Fendi Fur Peekaboo Bag. She’s also wearing Christian Louboutin Glitter Pigalle Pumps and a Chanel tunic, not that you’d have trouble identifying either. Lily has been in town for a while now and always seems to have a little Chanel on her person. (Here she is with a Chanel Bowling Bag last week.) Lily’s furry Fendi bag is sold out, but you can shop a wide assortment of Fendi bags, shoes, and apparel at Saks.

Fringe Bags

While Mother Nature keeps playing with our start to spring, the calendars alerted us that spring arrived a week ago, and with it came a new crop of handbags. One of the biggest trends for spring is fringe, which graced some of our favorite spring runways, and thankfully, those bags are finally hitting stores. Fringe on handbags tends to look very boho, but this season, the trend offers a variety of fringe, from extreme luxury to the perfect festival bag.

Bag Deals March 28 2

Another week down, another round of bag deals to celebrate the weekend! This time, we’ve got a nice mix of cute spring bags and neutral all-season classics, plus a deal of particular note. Now through March 31 at MATCHESFASHION.COM, you can get 20% off any of their Style Steals (that’s what they call their sale section) with code EXTRA20. The site has some great bags, as well as tons of clothes, shoes and accessories at already-impressive discounts that the extra 20% just makes that much better. Read More…

Saint Laurent Betty Bag

There’s perhaps no more controversial brand in fashion right now than Saint Laurent. Since Hedi Slimane took the reigns three seasons ago, the company’s look has gone from conservatively luxurious to all-out rock-n-roll excess, with plenty of detractors and proponents alike. Although I like Saint Laurent shoes, the company’s bags have always felt a little bit off to me, even on their best days, but I can finally say that I’ve found one I love without reservation: this black-on-black version of the Saint Laurent Betty Bag. Read More…

Salma Hayek Balenciaga Tube Bag

Salma Hayek was recently spotted arriving at LAX with a black Balenciaga Tube Bag. As you may know, Salma’s husband François-Henri Pinault is the CEO of Kering, which is a luxury conglomerate that is also the parent company of Balenciaga and a myriad of other designer labels including Saint Laurent, Gucci and Alexander McQueen. I can only assume this results in a non-stop stream of designer freebies for Salma.

Instagram Roundup March 27

After being stuck in layers of black clothing and endless snow, we’ve found ourselves in a constant state of daydreaming. We’ve been wishing for sunny palm trees, bold handbags and endless outdoor brunches. While we continue to wait to make those dreams happen, we can love yours in the meantime, even if it’s just via Instagram! Check out our favorite shots of the week below. Read More…

Bottega Veneta Intrecciato Nappa Ayers Messenger Bag

One of my first major designer handbag purchases was a Bottega Veneta bag on a trip to Venice, Italy. It was a dream in every way; it was my first trip to Italy, the weather was immaculate and the store was beautiful. I picked a classic Bottega Veneta tote, and from that moment on, I’ve been hooked on BV. The leather is still some of the softest and most luxurious on the market, and the designs are subdued yet elegant.

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