We were so busy enjoying the holidays with our families and friends that I forgot to turn to you guys and see how your holiday went as well. Each year I hope that every little thing I wish for will find its way under my Christmas tree. This year’s Christmas was good to me, with Santa, family, friends, and brands we are lucky to work with showering me with the greatest holiday gifts a girl could ask for.

There were many items on my wishlist that didn’t make it under my tree, and one brand I would have loved to see more of was Valentino, wrapped up in pretty boxes! The Rockstud collection continues to flourish and the brand’s Resort 2013 collection is bright, colorful, and out-of-this-world beautiful.

Truth be told, many of us will never get everything we hope to because our lists continue to grow in length and price. So take a moment to share with us the gifts you got this year for the holidays and the gifts you wish you got.

Don’t be shy, we won’t judge!

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We are huge Chanel lovers around these parts, and if you visit our site you know this fact very well. The Classic Flap is the ultimate timeless bag and Chanel continuously creates different varieties of the design to please its massive fanbase.

For the Spring 2013 pre-collection, Chanel is taking a cue from the 70s with a white and pink Chanel Tie Dye Effect Classic Flap. We turn to you to ask: what do you think of this bag?

Everyone I know has been enjoying watching the Olympic Games. My twitter feed, which is typically filled with fashion world updates, has been non-stop overflowing with tweets about the different countries and their respective Olympians and I’m so happy to see it. Olympic Spirit binds us all in a special way.

Many of our favorite designers have jumped on the bandwagon as well, showing their spirit and support for their home countries. Now you should include Gucci on that list because they’ve recently released their GG Flag Collection, and while it coincides with the Olympic games, this collection also celebrates the launch of UNICEF’s “Schools for Asia” initiative. This program aims to provide access to quality education for disadvantaged children in China, and 25 percent of the price of each item sold will be donated to the program. (more…)

Over the weekend, model Chrissy Teigen tweeted that she had bought herself a bag that she normally wouldn’t spend money on, but this time she did, because YOLO. (If you’re unfamiliar, the phrase YOLO comes from an annoying Drake song and stands for “you only live once.”) She then posted the above picture of the bag, a bead-and-fur-covered version of the Fendi Daisy Clutch. Apparently Teigen’s followers gave her a hard time about the bag, but sometimes you just have to buy what it is that makes you happy, even if it’s weird and expensive and might make others think you’re nuts.

That’s what got us thinking. Imagine you had some extra money (say, $2000), and you could ONLY spend it on the weird bag of your choosing. Something that you wouldn’t normally buy for yourself because it’s impractical or very seasonable or just not custom-tailored to fit into your wardrobe all that well. Or, best of all, because it’s just a little bizarre. Your YOLO bag is the handbag that you judge yourself a little bit for liking so much, and that you promise yourself you will only ever consider buying if it goes on sale, even though the possibility of it selling out makes your heart hurt just a little bit. So what’s your YOLO bag? I’ll share mine (and so should you) after the jump. (more…)

Which Reed Krakoff bag should I buy?

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Phoebe Philo is a force to be reckoned with in the accessories world. Philo was at Chloe when the brand was driving the world crazy with the omnipresent Paddington and Silverado bags, and now she’s at Celine, making fashion people everywhere lose their minds over Luggage Totes, Classic Box Bags and Trapeze Satchels. She may not design the bags herself, but Philo has a way of bringing out the best in her accessories staff and capturing the attention of bag lovers everywhere. Wherever she goes, great bags follow.

Now that Celine sits comfortably atop the accessories industry as the brand to watch, what does carrying one of its bags say about a woman? What kind of message does it telegraph, and in turn, how do we view the bags as elements of our wardrobe? The more celebrities throw their weight behind Celine’s bags, the more publicly dissectible examples we have. Today, we’re going to check out the divergent styles of Lucy Liu and Rashida Jones to get your opinions on your preferred way to carry Celine. (more…)

I’ve talked in the past about some of the things I dislike (and some of the unfortunate patterns I’ve noticed) when shopping in high-end department stores and boutiques, and whenever I share one of those stories, you guys respond in kind – it seems as though we’ve all experienced genuinely rude (and sometimes downright demeaning) treatment while trying to do something as simple as buy a bag or a pair of shoes. Luxury goods should be a luxurious experience from beginning to end, but too often, it just doesn’t work out that way.

What I’d like to talk about today, though, is the complete opposite of that experience: when you go into a store where you don’t have a previous relationship with any of the sales people and everything goes exactly how it should. I like to treat myself to Fabulous Amanda Day every few months, which is a day of shopping, pedicure, lunch or whatever I want, but all to myself, no buddies allowed. (Try it, it’s so relaxing.) I was having one such day last Friday when I decided to head to Soho to look for a new pair of shoes and found myself in the Miu Miu boutique on Prince Street. (more…)

There is such a drastic love-hate relationship when it comes to our readers and Kim Kardashian. In fact, it is more of a love-to-hate relationship. So many people find how she conducts herself appalling, but they are still glued to their TVs watching her shows and picking up the latest gossip mags about the demise of her marriage and her jean size. It’s the Kardashian Paradox, if you will.

Personally, I am one of those people who enjoys watching reality TV. Might as well admit the truth, and that is the truth. I adore Khloe and find many of the plot lines funny in the Kardashian world. Kimmy has been laying low after her short marriage to Kris Humphries, but recently she has started showing her face a bit more. Kim left Los Angeles to head to Paris for fashion week, but instead of the shows, her first stop was the Hermes store. Kim ran in with her black Birkin and ran out with her bag and another one in a big orange box. We all know Kim has been going a little krazy with her Hermes purchases, and all I really want to know is, what’s in the orange bag, Kim?

Time to place your bag bets: What new bag does Kim Kardashian have in her orange Hermes shopping bag? Click for more images!

I was talking to my friend Tanya the other day about her next handbag purchase, and the subject of patent vs. regular leather came up. Patent’s having a huge moment right now, with everyone from 3.1 Phillip Lim to Chloe remaking some of their most successful designs in the stiff, glossy material, but the look isn’t for everyone or every design, no matter how hard brands try to make us think it is. The perfect example: The Chloe Madeline Satchel. (more…)

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