As you can imagine, it takes several hours of work to put together one of our “The Many Bags of…” features. We have to look through thousands of paparazzi photos, squinting at grainy thumbnails that may or may not include bags we haven’t even thought of in four years, trying to remember what they’re called and who made them. When that’s done, we have to organize all the information we’ve gleaned into a logical whole for your viewing pleasure.

If you like celebrities who do their own stylistic thing, no matter what the trends might be, then you probably already like Kate Hudson. Even if you don’t dig her rich-hippie look (and it’s certainly not my thing), it’s always refreshing to see a celeb who has such a clear vision of what she likes to wear and how she wants to look.

Before we move forward, you should all know that I have become an irrational Rihanna fangirl. Not of her music, necessarily – I don’t own any of her albums – but of Rihanna as a character in the media. I love that she wears (and generally pulls off) outrageous things, I love how well she mixes high fashion and hip hop style, I love that she’s not afraid to wear things that will surely bring her plenty of criticism.

Since we started our The Many Bags of… series over a year ago, we’ve been making periodic mental note of the celebrities that we’d like to revisit for a second round. Some stars have simply been too bag-crazy for too long to do justice to them in one shot, and others, like supermodel and all-around perfect human being Miranda Kerr, have stepped up to the handbag plate so much in the past year that their bag choices in that time period totally eclipse whatever they had going on before that, no matter how good at was.

I don’t remember exactly when I shifted from hating Gwyneth Paltrow to absolutely loving her, but it’s a relatively new phenomenon. I had always been annoyed by her macrobiotic proselytizing and her Tracy Anderson workout-endorsing and her general little-miss-perfect-ness, until one day, it finally occurred to me: that’s actually who Gwyneth Paltrow is. She’s just being herself, despite the fact that it annoys a lot of people and gets her some bad press and causes people to say nasty things about her on the Internet.

Although I don’t watch Pretty Little Liars myself, I seem to be in the minority among the PurseBlog team, as well as among my friends in general. When Gossip Girl started to lose its luster, a lot of women who were looking for a similarly soapy good time started watching the ABC Family show, but don’t let the network’s name fool you – the PLL’s appeal seems to go far beyond the tweens and teens that you’d expect.

Monday night’s episode of Real Housewives of Orange County got me thinking – if you look carefully, you can spy lots of designer handbag goodies in a ton of different Bravo shows, not just on the cast of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills or dangling from the arm of reality-star-turned-lady-liquor-mogul Bethenny Frankel. The paparazzi might not follow the rest of the Bravolebrities quite as ardently, but that doesn’t make their bags any less worth looking at.

Do you understand the Cannes Film Festival? I’m not sure that I do. On the surface, I can grok that it’s a place where films both American and international are debuted to a critical audience of industry folks, and the best ones are given awards. In actuality, it seems to be something of a festival celebrating being filthy rich and beautiful as much as its a festival celebrating film, and most of the attendees and their mega-yachts and supermodel dates would make the average one-percenter feel like a pauper.

I have an Emma Watson close-encounter story, and although it’s not a very good one, I’m going to take this opportunity to tell it anyway. Over the winter, on a very snowy day, a friend and I decided to trek to Barneys to shop for some shoes and stave off cabin fever in the bad weather. The place wasn’t nearly as packed as it normally would be on a Saturday, and we took advantage of the opportunity to try on a bunch of ridiculous shoes and amuse ourselves.

You should know up front that Carey Mulligan looks slightly terrified in several of these photos; the paparazzi attention that comes with being a world-famous actress doesn’t agree with her, and she seems to avoid it. Luckily for us, the paps did get a few snaps of Carey and her bag collection for our looking pleasure, and since the country (or at least the fashion industry) is currently in the throes of an intense obsession with The Great Gatsby, it seemed only right to explore the handbag choices of Daisy Buchanan herself.

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