A couple weeks ago Megs and Vlad took NYC by storm. This week, I am out in LA and can’t wait to share some fabulous details with you… stay tuned. Like South Florida, LA is still super warm right now. As many of my friends up north are layering on the clothes, people here can still sport tank tops and flip flops without a problem. Yet, although there are splashes of color all over the place, fall colors are definitely noticeable. I love dark, warm colors in the fall – who doesn’t? So, when I saw the Alexis Hudson Madeline Satchel, in merlot, I instantly thought, “yummy”. This handbag is wildly functional while gorgeous. No, there is nothing over the top about it, but we all need a functional handbag from time to time. In fact, right now, Alexis Hudson has a special promotion for Purse Blog and Purse Forum readers – 40% off online sales. I mentioned this and all the details over at Purse Blog just last week. So, if you aren’t really sure this handbag is for you, definitely check out the other handbags and see what kind of deal you can snag. But, back to this bag. The leather is accented with pewter-tone hardware, and has a little extra body due to the pleating at the front and back. The interior is lined with twill. The pairing of merlot colored leather and twill seems perfect for the fall. I love how durable the handbag looks too. You know this is a bag that could be carried and thrown around during the holiday shopping months and still look good the next time you picked it up to use it. Buy through Bluefly for $318.75.