Right when I saw the Gucci Soft Jackie hit the Gucci website, I fell head over heels in love. It’s not the simple kind of love, but rather the intensely deep kind. Gucci tops my list as my favorite brand of the moment, and it continues to deliver, collection after collection.

The Jackie is a brand classic, dating back to the 1960s, and was named after Jacqueline Onassis. The Jackie is an icon we’ve explored before, but the new interpretation’s beauty baffles me in the best way.

From the moment I saw the Soft Jackie collection, I knew I had to play with it. I loved the luscious leather of the Gucci Soft Jackie Top Handle Bag. The nut brown leather looked chocolatey, so while I examined the bag, I decided it would be perfect to pair it with a bar of chocolate. It seems that both chocolate and Gucci bags are my weakness.

Buy the top handle for $2,990 via Gucci.com.

Valentino Rockstud Thong Sandal $295 via Nordstrom, Valentino Rockstud Crossbody Bag $1,495 via Nordstrom (more…)

Ever since the Givenchy Antigona hit the scene, it hasn’t stopped running. Of all the Givenchy bags, this one has the most staying power and seems to be the most coveted. I have been diligently trying to figure out which Antigona I want, and I wonder if I should keep it simple and go with a neutral, even black.

There’s something so perfect about black and white, and this perfect pair comes together with the classic Givenchy Antigona and some Bionda Castana Pumps. These shoes are from a new designer, and while they have quite a bit going on with the checkered black-and-white satin straps and black knotted leather, I find them alluring. As a pair, these two items are quite an interesting mix, but they’re perfect for sleek outfits and make great go-to accessories for your summer nights out. Buy the bag for $2,435 via Net-A-Porter and the shoes for $915 via Net-A-Porter.


Givenchy Antigona in Black Leather
$2,435 via Net-A-Porter

Givenchy Antigona in Black Leather

Bionda Castana Gabriella Satin and Leather Sandals
$915 via Net-A-Porter

Bionda Castana Gabriella Satin and Leather Sandals

Event: Tea at the Plaza Hotel

Our Bags: Prada Ostrich Double Bag and Prada Mini Bag

Price: $9,600 for the Ostrich Double Bag and $990 for the Mini Bag

What To Do: The Plaza Hotel remains one of the most iconic spots in the world, and its afternoon tea truly delights. Go downstairs to the Plaza Shops to visit the Eloise boutique first, and then have a mother-daughter tea for two in the grand Palm Court. It’s the definition of a fairytale afternoon.

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Event: A Day at the Met Museum

Our Bags: Bottega Veneta Large Roma and Bottega Veneta Small Roma

Price: $3,570 for the Large and $3,520 for the Small

What To Do: Spend your day at the largest art museum in the United States and take in over two million works of art. The Met Museum itself is quite stunning, so your day will be surrounded by beauty and you and your mom will love every minute of the experience.

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Event: Movie Date

Our Bags: Gucci Swing Leather Tote and Small Gucci Swing Leather Tote

Price: $1,100 for the Large and $950 for the Small

What To Do: My mom and I still catch movies together, and it’s always a great time. Ditch the boys and find a movie you and mom love to see together. Splurge on a snack, like buttery popcorn or Milk Duds, and enjoy the quality quiet time with your mom.

Technically, this may not be a Perfect Pair, but I just couldn’t help myself. I was in the accessories zone. Sometimes all it takes is one accessory to ignite the perfect look, and that’s exactly what sparked this ensemble. For me, it all started with the Joelle Hawkens by Treesje Hunt Satchel, and the rest was history.

With its zipper edging and front detailing, this Joelle Hawkens satchel has a laid back, downtown feel that’s compelling. The size of this bag is practical and functional, and the tassel detailing is on-trend but not overwhelming. Its great price point and edgy allure makes this a promising everyday bag. To stay with this edgy vibe, I looked to no other then Alexander Wang. These calfskin booties add polish to this look while still keeping with the initial downtown-cool feel. For a finishing touch, I chose a Dannijo necklace that blends perfectly with the rest of this ensemble but elevates it a bit. I’m a girl who loves her jewels, so I had to add this hint of sparkle.


Joelle Hawkens by Treesje Hunt Satchel
$338 via Bloomingdale’s

Joelle Hawken by Treesje Satchel

Alexander Wang Natasha Stretch-Front Calfskin Bootie
$650 via Bergdorf Goodman

Alexander Wang Natasha Stretch Front Calfskin Bootie

Dannijo Izzie Necklace
$795 via ShopBop

Dannijo Izzie Necklace

After seeing the full Gucci Spring 2014 Handbags collection, I instantly fell in love. However, like the our original review mentions, I also worried a bit about practicality. New York weather is not always in a fashion girl’s favor; one gust of wind and I’d be hitting an innocent bystander with the fringe of my Gucci Bamboo Fringe Shopper, not to mention that the fringe is probably a bit long for my rather petite stature. Despite these difficulties, I still love this bag, and that’s what inspired me to pair it with the Tibi Embellished Leather Mules.

Mules are definitely among the most dominant shoe trends for Spring 2014, and these Tibi mules are my favorite that I’ve seen so far. The sandal’s upper is substantial enough to secure the top of your foot to the show better than many mules, which makes it one of the more practical shoes of its kind.

The wood detailing is a pleasantly unexpected touch that works well to balance the heavily embellished heel, which is what instantly caught my attention about the shoe. With that detailing and the bag’s luxe suede fringe, this pairing makes the ultimate bohemian duo.

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Tibi Embellished Leather Mules
$495 via Net-a-Porter

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Gucci Bamboo Shopper Suede Fringed Tote
$2,500 via Gucci

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People who know me, know that I’m a jeans-and-T-shirt kind of gal. I have an extensive collection of pieces that are easy to wear and not considered statement pieces, I leave my bags to do most of the attention-catching. But after seeing the droves of people at New York Fashion Week, I always reconsider some fun pieces that I want to add to my wardrobe.

Even if you add a stand-out piece, you want to make sure it is something that still fits your personal aesthetic. For me, a bomber jacket works with my typical outfits, and right when I laid eyes upon the Gucci Silk-Chiffon and Metallic Bomber Jacket, I was hooked. The jacket features plenty of black, which is easy to wear, but I’m drawn to the metallic jacquard. Look closely and you’ll see the sleeves are silk chiffon, which really makes this jacket quite the glamorous piece.

Gucci Silk and Metallic Bomber Jacket

As for the bag I’d like to pair with it, I still love a variety of colors paired together, and I love the Coach Mini Borough in a light chambray hue. The color will contrast well with the jacket, and the shade of blue is soft and stunning.

Coach Mini Borough Blue

These pieces could be called high/low, with the jacket costing $3,700 via Net-A-Porter and the bag running $378 via Coach.

I remember an era in my life where yellow gold was so out of style. No one wanted to wear yellow gold and it became associated with gaudiness, but right now yellow gold is taking center stage once again and I’m thrilled about it.

Today’s perfect pair is all about two things that are both a girl’s best friend, jewelry and designer handbags. If I received both of these items together, well, I’d have to call them a perfect match. (more…)

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