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’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.

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.

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.

The Marc by Marc Jacobs Clearly Crossbody has had me intrigued ever since it appeared on the MbMJ Spring 2013 runway. This is far from the first high-end clear bag to hit stores, but many of the others were novelty items meant for a relatively small number of consumers. On the other hand, Nordstrom is carrying this bag in two colors, both online and in stores, and it’s at a price point that lends itself to a far larger consumer base than, say, a clear Chanel Classic Flap.

I’ve been thinking about the Dolce & Gabbana Miss Escape Tote and Clutch Set for a few days, and I’m still not sure what to make of both the PVC tote-canvas clutch duo and its attendant price tag. $1,895 for either of these pieces on their own would be highway robbery, but together? If you love both of them, maybe I can see it.

If you’re a longtime PurseBlog reader, you may have already put this together yourself, but my sense of style is not particularly girly. I was in to punk music in my teenage years and never totally outgrew my love for black, studs, clunky boots and eyeliner. Those things still inform my everyday style choices, and they probably will for the rest of my life because I’m lucky enough to be part of an industry that embraces that sort of thing.

While at dinner with a few friends the other night, the subject of buying a new bag came up. My friend Jessica is in the market for something shiny and new, and her budget is $2,000. Naturally, I volunteered my recommendations…until I realized I didn’t have any. I can easily tell you which bag you should spend $3,000 on, or which bag you should impulse-buy for $500, but between those two extremes, things get a little murky.

Anyone who collects anything knows what it feels like to let a particularly wonderful piece slip through his or her fingers and regret it for years afterward; no matter if the objects of your affection are coins or stamps or handbags, the thoughts of what could have been are, to put it bluntly, a major bummer. Whether you consider yourself a handbag collector or just a handbag lover, you’ve likely experienced similar pangs of regret over losing something you never really had in the first place.

I was prepared to write about the Charlotte Olympia Perfume Bottle Clutch all by itself – the design is a continuation of designer Charlotte Dellal’s strong history of whimsy and irreverence – but then I got to thinking that the concept sounded familiar. Not in a ripoff way, but in a way that made me feel like another designer had also thought of the idea this season.

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