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. She just keeps on being Gwyneth, even though it would likely pay dividends for her to pretend to be some kind of self-effacing, less-than-Gwyneth version of herself who eats gluten and cares about finding a good deal on a pair of shoes. Once I realized that, my love for her was instant. (more…)

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. The show’s success has elevated its four man stars – Lucy Hale, Ashley Benson, Shay Mitchell and Troian Bellisario, to varying levels of fame, and since the new season premiered earlier this week, we figured it was high time to take a look at their handbag collections. (more…)

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.

In that spirit, we’ve rounded up as many Bravo reality stars as we could find pictures of, from veteran Real Housewives to harried reality TV housekeepers, carrying their best bags. Check out the spoils of our search below, and if we left out your favorite Bravolebrity, fret not – this post will definitely be getting a sequel.

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. And an unattractive one, at that. (more…)

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. Amidst the footwear fervor, I looked up to realize that I was standing next to Emma, both of us eyeing adjacent pairs of Manolos.

Watson was dressing casually, in jeans and a sweater, and I did my best impression of an unimpressed New Yorker and didn’t say anything to her. She was quiet, by herself and utterly polite to store staff while she was still within earshot. See? Told you it wasn’t a very good story, but still, it gave me the impression that Emma’s a quite normal girl, which is always a nice thing to find out about a famous person. Now that she’s getting ready to star in the much-hyped flick The Bling Ring, it seemed only right that Emma get her own thorough examination of her bag collection. We only wish that our photo agency tailed Emma more regularly so that we could show you more.

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.

Carey’s collection includes more functional leather bags that Daisy’s probably would – we assume she’d be more of a sparkly-little-minaudiere girl – but there’s some good style inspiration for normal folks here. Based on the photos, that’s how I’d bet Carey sees herself, anyway.

Is it just me, or do you feel like we’ve been seeing more of Sienna Miller recently? After her romance with Jude Law finally came to an end, the American press seemed to lose a bit of its interest in her, and according to IMDB, she didn’t act in movies at all from 2009 to 2012 after working steadily for nearly a decade before that. Perhaps the tabloids got a little too close and Sienna needed a break, but it seems as though that vacation is over – she was in several movies that came out last year, and she’s been making the party circuit with her new fiancé in New York lately.

Considering all that, now seemed like the time to take a look back at all the interesting bags that Sienna’s carried over the years. As you might expect for someone with such a particular aesthetic, Sienna’s collection fits her personal style quite well. It also fits her nationality – she carries more British designers than anything else.

Eva Longoria isn’t a fashion star in the same way that some of the people we’ve profiled (like Miranda Kerr) are fashion stars, but she’s a celeb who knows exactly what she likes, has a very distinct personal style and rarely deviates from that. In my mind, that’s just as respectable as being in of-the-moment pieces at all times, if not more respectable – it takes backbone and a clear vision of how you want to dress. Naturally, that sense of style extends to her handbag collection as well.

Longoria’s collection contains mostly functional, reasonably neutral bags, but the place where it gets interesting is the brands she chooses – Eva seems to be as big a fan of Coach as she is Hermes, and not a lot of celebs can say that they take such an egalitarian approach to their wardrobes. Both brands (and all the brands in between) look right at home on Longoria’s arm because she obviously knows exactly the look she likes. If you like a celeb who doesn’t bow to trends, you’ll love this collection.

Although Bravo has done its best to put to rest rumors that The Rachel Zoe Project won’t be coming back for another season, we thought that now, the morning after Zoe’s Season Five finale, would be an appropriate time to take a look at The Many Bags of Rachel Zoe. As you all know, Zoe was a stylist long before she was a TV personality or owner of a fashion line, so she’s got one of the most well-stocked closets in the business.

If you’ve watched as much of The Rachel Zoe Project as I have, then you know what to exact going forward: a lot of black, a lot of Chanel and Hermes, and a lot of stuff that’ll make you want to go shopping immediately. Lately Rachel carries some of the handbags from her own line, of course, but she does keep it real with other designers’ bags as well. If there’s one thing I’ve learned for Zoe’s show, it’s that a girl always needs options.

While searching through pictures of sun-dappled celebs clad in their best boho finery at Coachella earlier this week, I found myself wondering why I had yet to take an in-depth look at the bag collection of Kate Bosworth. Then, of course, I remembered that I’m the one in charge of these things, and if I wanted to make this post happen, then I could just do it myself. So here we are! Kate Bosworth. Let’s do this. (more…)

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