Are you in the midst of winter weather? With several of my friends living in Washington DC, they keep telling me how cold it has been this year. In fact, many of them woke up EXTREMELY early this morning to begin their walk to the inauguration. So, as you are battling this winter weather, isn’t it great to start thinking ahead to the Spring and Summer? Luckily for us handbag lovers, Spring and Summer 2009 handbag collections are being released. The Eric Javits Straw Chain Pouch screams summer fun to me. Well let me first say, although it screams summer fun, I’m not sure it screams “Shannon you must have this”. The things I like: a splash of color, the chunky intertwined chain shoulder strap and how casual the handbag seems. The things I don’t like: the cotton lining is way too bold and I am not sure how I feel about the straw material. I always worry that straw will fray and potentially snag my skin. And although I like the splash of color, does it work well with this handbag? I’m not sure. Buy through Saks for $345.