As we all know, it’s sale season, so perhaps you’ve ventured outside of your retail comfort zone recently to order an item you’ve been pining after from a retailer that you’ve never shopped before. After all, what’s a better reason to try new things that the promise of a steep discount? When you do that, you learn all sorts of interesting things about new stores: which places offer free shipping, which places take forever to process your orders and perhaps most interesting, which places have the best packaging. We’re ready to crown a new champion. (more…)

Although I can often see the appeal in things I wouldn’t necessarily want to own or wear (being able to step outside of one’s own personal taste is, after all, an important qualification for writing any kind of criticism), my own taste is usually pretty predictable, at least to me. I like crossbody bags, calf hair, leopard print and purple or red mixed with black. On the other hand, I generally don’t like wearing or carrying bright colors, logos or brown of any kind. Somehow, though, I still want every single one of the MCM Logo Backpacks that you see above.

When I came across these backpacks a week ago, I had no idea that Megs and Vlad had used them in their LUISAVIAROMA Style Lab. They had yet to return from Florence, and I was over here, frittering away my time on the Internet, as one does. (Or as I do, anyway.) I had put them aside to write about them, and when Megs returned, we got to talking and realized that we were similarly obsessed, despite the fact that these backpacks don’t fit either of our personal styles particularly well. Objectively, they might even be a tad tacky, but in a way that makes them fun and adventurous. Like Diane Vreeland so famously said, a little bad taste is like a nice splash of paprika. Being utterly refined all the time is bland, and these backpacks are anything but.

Still, that doesn’t explain why I want one so badly (the lime green one, to be exact), despite the fact that they’re entirely outside of my normal aesthetic footprint. I’ve been looking at them for a week, and I still can’t figure it out. Sometimes, though, you just have to go with your gut; style is, after all, intuitive. When was the last time you were completely thrown off by your own taste in handbags?


MCM Stark Medium Backpack
$620 via Bloomingdale’s

MCM Stark Medium Backpack

MCM x Craig and Karl Medium Backpack
$970 via Bloomingdale’s

MCM x Craig and Karl Medium Backpack

MCM Logo and Studs Small Backpack
$660 via Bloomingdale’s

MCM Logo and Studs Small Backpack

When it was first announced that Sofia Coppola would be directing The Bling Ring, which comes out tonight in NYC (the rest of the country will have to wait a week), I nearly jumped for joy. It’s been a couple years since the original story of Alexis Neiers and her crew of celeb-robbing buddies came into the public eye, so naturally I went back and read just about every news article and story on the case I could find. I refreshed my memory by watching old YouTube clips of the short lived show Pretty Wild, which was based on Neiers’ life in LA, reread the ever-so-popular Vanity Fair article by Nancy Jo Sales, and eventually fell into reading the book (which I’m currently finishing at the moment). It’s safe to say my parents, friends, boyfriend and co-workers are all eager for the movie to come out just so I can stop talking about it.

However, for as much as I’ve read on the subject, it still boggles my mind how a group of high schoolers were able to pull off some of the biggest heists in Hollywood history. They managed to break in and steal millions of dollars worth of clothing, bags and shoes from their favorite celebrity stars, eluding capture for months. With all that in mind, we couldn’t help but ask ourselves: if we could raid any celebrity’s closet whose would be it? After much deliberation, we’ve come up with ten favorites, but whose do you wish you could raid?

I remember the heyday of the hobo. Back when I first got into handbags, circa 2005, hobos were just as popular as crossbodies are today; they weren’t the flashiest It Bags on the scene, but they were the thing everyone had in their closets for when they needed to, you know, actually carry something functional. Then, of course, the era of the “optional crossbody strap” dawned, and after that, the straps weren’t so optional anymore – if you were carrying a shoulder bag, it had a long strap, with few exceptions. Trends are inevitably cyclical, though, so is it possible that hobos are ready for a comeback?

A couple of people have mentioned to me recently the idea that maybe hobos are ready to make a big splash, and I can’t help but think that I heard the same chatter a few seasons ago, to little avail. There will always be a market for hobos in the classic Gucci vein, but if women are used to having their bags a little further away from them – either crossbody or on a long shoulder strap – I doubt many will want to go back to stuffing a hobo in their armpit. (Seriously, why couldn’t those strap drops ever just be a little longer?) Every now and then, I break out a beloved Balenciaga Day Bag from 2007, but it rarely replaces my standard PS1 for more than a day or two – a longer shoulder strap just feels more modern and versatile, not to mention ideal for public transportation.

That last part is important, though. I seem to remember caring less about a bag’s structure when I drove myself everywhere, which is what the vast majority of Americans do, so my current existence in the bubble of New York City might be skewing my perception of the relative hobo-readiness of the rest of the country. At this point, I defer to you, our lovely readers: do you wish designers offered more exciting hobo options?

If you like the Gucci Emily Hobo Bag above, you can pick it up for $1,590 via Neiman Marcus.

I’ve worked in the fashion industry for the vast majority of my post-college life, so occasionally, I forget what it’s like for people in more traditionally corporate or conservative environments, who likely constitute the bulk of women who have the funds to buy themselves designer handbags and shoes. When I read the Washington Post’s piece on White House council Kathryn Ruemmler, though, I found myself served with a stark reminder that not all workplaces are as welcoming to designer bags and expensive shoes, no matter how by-the-book-appropriate. (more…)

In my heart of hearts, I know that literally any type of bag can be executed well. Despite my own personal tastes and biases, there is a “best” version of everything, and more often than not, that version is objectively quite attractive and will look great when styled appropriately. Before today, I might have told you that the exception to those rules was belt bags, but now that I’ve seen the Rachel Zoe Belt Bag and B-Low The Belt Tassel Belt Bag, I’m feeling more open-minded. Are you?

Fanny packs, as they’re more commonly (and derisively) known in the US, are one of the last great handbag taboos. Despite the fact that Carrie Bradshaw once famously made a Gucci belt bag look great in an episode of Sex and the City, they’re a look that the overwhelming majority of women just won’t try. As temperatures rise, though, outdoor activities (and the general feeling of being burdened by one’s handbag) become more common, and the idea of a chic belt bag that’s not too bulky or obvious starts to sound more attractive. If you’re going to wear a maxi dress or tunic that requires a belt anyway, why not kill two birds with one stone?

The best way to go with bags like this is to keep everything very boho – loose, flowing, maybe with a little bit of print. If you decide to strap one of these bags on with a pair of skinny jeans and a tank top, it simply won’t work. There’s a reason, after all, that Queen of Luxe Boho Rachel Zoe has included a belt bag in her eponymous line. Check out the reasonably priced belt options below, and then let us know – would you ever wear one?


B-Low The Belt Tassel Belt Bag
$248 via ShopBop

B-Low The Belt Tassel Belt Bag

Rachel Zoe Belt Bag
$248 via ShopBop

Rachel Zoe Belt Bag

A few weeks ago, I realized I hadn’t bought a new bag in a while. Don’t get me wrong, I still absolutely love bags; at this point, though, my collection is expansive and I’m surrounded by bags every single day, both of which help curb my consumerism. However, I started to get an itch and realized it was because I wanted a new bag. I was yearning to add a fresh touch of spring to my collection, and since pastels are the new neutral, I began my search.

I landed upon the mint version of the Loeffler Randall Rider Bag and pressed order as quick as I could. The color is extremely beautiful and feminine, a pastel green that screams spring. Since it arrived at my doorstep, I’ve carried it for two weeks straight and have been loving it. I’ll have a full review to come soon, but I wanted to open up the conversation to you to hear the last handbag you bought and if you love it. Buy my new bag via ShopBop for $495.

[Clearly, I really was itching for a new bag because soon after I bought this bag, I scooped up the Olympia Le Tan Book Clutch, which I am asking you all about as well.]

I’ve been obsessed with Olympia Le-Tan book clutches for what seems like forever. Since I first discovered these handmade accessories, it has been love. With a wide variety of options stemming from many works of classic literature, if you’re a book worm and a bag lover, this brand is a match made in heaven.

I always check Net-A-Porter to see the latest arrivals, and usually, Le-Tan’s book clutches sell out as soon as they show up. Last week, though, I found the Olympia Le-Tan Planning Your Vacation in Florida: Miami embroidered clutch and I ordered it. (more…)

Even after a few years working in the almost-anything-goes fashion industry, there are a couple of old-fashioned color and texture rules that are so ingrained in my consciousness that I have a genuinely difficult time breaking them, even though I know they’re silly. I never wear white when it’s cold out, I can’t understand why anyone would buy a pair of suede shoes for spring and I cannot, cannot fathom carrying a satin bag before evening. (Or a satin bag that’s not a clutch, for that matter.) The Burberry Prorsum Silk-Sateen and Leather Tote is in clear conflict with that last rule, which is what prompts me to turn the question to you guys: Could you conceive of a good day bag in this kind of textile? (more…)

If you follow me on Instagram, you know I have a major sweet tooth, and, ok, and a major carb tooth. Give me a carb filled with sweetness, and I’m sold. One of my favorite pastries that I could easily have for breakfast, lunch, and dinner is a croissant, and it seems the quirky Charlotte Olympia loves this flaky baked good as well.

Charlotte Olympia has been infusing her artistic take on fashion into shoes and handbags for a while now, and this food-lovers clutch caught my attention right away. The price is high, but that’s because this croissant is gold-plated brass with an optional gold-plated chain shoulder strap. The combination is whimsy meets luxury; the design could appear like a geometrical clutch rather than a breakfast pastry. As more designers try to grab our attention with their products, we wonder what you think. Would you carry the Charlotte Olympia Croissant Gold-Plated Clutch? Buy via Net-A-Porter for $1,695.

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