Over the weekend I went to a crafty store/restaurant with two of my mom’s sisters. This place was a barn turned into a craft store, and every woman across the Midwest was there on Sunday. The ratio of women to men was about 1,345:1. And that 1 was definitely and infant boy. Either way, all those crafts are cute but I did realize I could probably make many of them. I asked myself why I don’t, and realized the answer was simple; there are other people that will do it for me instead. Score. But as I ventured to the clothing and accessory side of this place, I did run into some cute and some not so cute handbags. I was surprised to see an actual brand of bags there. It is a brand I never heard of, but it is a brand after all- and it has very fun bags.

SHIH Totes

SHIH Handbags use texture and material to get their distinctive bags to be seen. The bag that I saw was the SHIH Handbags Medium Tote in turquoise. This tote is quite fun in my opinion- more of something to throw on with jeans and a little white tee on my way to the park or store. Soft gold metal mesh is what really gives this quilted satin tote its style (if you opt for the black bag, there is silver tone hardware). The single shoulder strap also shows off the metal mesh pattern which I find so fun. After you open the zip top, you will find satin lining and zip pocket. This fun bag measures 13″ wide x 5″ deep x 9 1/2″ high and the shoulder strap has a drop of 12″. Buy the turquoise for $179.95 via Zappos or the black also for $179.95 via Zappos.

SHIH Gold Oversize Tote

If you want your bag to be nothing but bling, there is a bigger gold tote that may suit your liking. The SHIH Oversize Tote will have you shining like its still summer. I can’t really put my finger on why I like these bags, but I just do. Something about the over-the-top glam and shine draws me in. Made of gold quilted satin and gold tone soft metal mesh, this bag is large enough for your pet dog and then some (16″ wide x 6″ deep x 14 1/2″ high). That’s a big bag. The inside is lined in satin and there is a zip pocket and key fob. This big glitz n’ glam gold bag is available throughZappos for $199.95.

SHIH Gold Wristlet

And to finish these SHIH bags off, there is a perfect size wristlet. Many of you may think these bags are a bit too much; if you are one of those people, the wristlet may be just right for you. When you are looking to add lots of flavor for a night on the town, a glamorous piece of hand candy will not hurt. Made of gold quilted satin and gold tone soft mesh with a convertible strap, this little handbag is my pick for a night out with the ladies. The final dimensions are 9″ wide x 1/2″ deep x 5″ high. If the totes were a bit too much to handle for you, try the wristlet for $63.95 via Zappos.

Coach WristletI just received a thank-you card from my cousin Maddie in the mail for her high school graduation gift. She told me I had to write about the wristlet I got her, so here I am. Actually I can’t believe I did not mention this chic little wristlet by Coach earlier. My cousin, like many of you out there, is not a huge fan of a signature print (Like the C’s on Coach bags, etc). So when I was shopping for her, I wanted to get her something small and practical to use in college that was not hugely flashy. This is where the Coach Hamptons Leather Large Wristlet came into play. As I walked into Coach and gandered at the wristlets (because what college girl would not need a wristlet for everyday use), I realized most of the wristlets were full of the Coach Signature ‘C’ logo pattern. But then I saw this beauty. The Hamptons leather wristlet showed off perforated detail and pebbled leather. It was exquisite. The wristlet draws attention to its buckle tab with magnetic snap closure, is lined with the signature Coach lining, and contains a 12” strap with clip for attaching to the inside of a larger bag or to form a wrist strap. Sizing up at 7 3/8 (L) x 4 (H) the wristlet comes in azure (blue), palm (green- which I bought for her), and yellow. Available at Coach for $78.

Congrats on your graduation Maddie!!

Coach Patchwork Bags
Megs and I, we both *love* Coach. Reasons are several, the style, the colors, the price, the quality, and many more. Another aspect that strikes us positively is that they keep releasing mid-season styles for bags in their signature shapes. Recall the Valentine’s Day specials or the Soho line? The brand-spankin’ new Coach Patchwork Bags take a different approach. For all those gals who just can’t decide what they like better, calfskin, some metallic accents, swank suede, the new tie dye canvas or their signature fabric, Coach is now making the choice ridiculously easy by combining all of the mentioned in the Patchwork line. Awesome! I think it’s just absolutely fabulous, very sporty looking and perfect for the everyday business of yours. The tote on the very left is the Coach Signature Patchwork Shoulder Tote and weighs in at $378 through Coach directly. The Coach Signature Patchwork Wristlet is their patched up interpretation of the beloved classic and goes for a mere $78 bucks. Lastly, on the right, we gots the Signature Patchwork Demi, the mid-sized handbag by Coach for $198.

Verdict: We love ‘em all and can’t wait to get one for Lady Meggers! P.S. How would a matching Cruiser Hat look on me? Just kidding.

Abbey Branch Knoll MurphyAbbey Branch introduced the Knoll collection with fine textiles designed by renowned grafitti artist Stephen Sprouse. Founded in 1947 by Florence Knoll and currently under the design direction of Suzanne Tick, Knoll offers advanced textiles by combining beauty and function in the most modernist fashion. In search of new modes of expression, Knoll frequently seeks the guidance of creative minds such as Sprouse, who has injected his well-known street style into the refined world of architecture.

The innovative Knoll Murphy wristlet reflects this young street style very well. The wristlet is crafted with Knoll’s signature extreme velvet textile and features a Svarovski crystal embedded nickel wrist chain. The magnetic closure tops off the modern package. Available for $120 at Abbey Branch directly, or through selected stores across the continental USA. While you’re at it, browse their Silver 5 and Karim Rashid collections. Worth a very close peak.

Burberry Floral WristletThe spring finally knocked on our door and we certainly won’t let it stand outside in the cold for long! And what do we associate with spring time, beside lovy dovy butterflies in your tum tum and makin’ babies? That’s right, flowers.

Burberry proves to us that they are capable of more than just plaid canvas. Their very own Floral Wristlet sports a swank white base leather with a pretty emerald flower print. The flap holds the wristlet’s contents with the help of a shiny steel buckle. A matching emerald-colored wrist strap completes the package. For $395 at Burberry.

Lulu Guiness Leather FishThis chic golden leather wristlet by british tastemaker Lulu Guinness proves once and for all that there is no limits to human imagination.

Both clever and catchy, this fish-shaped snakeskin baggie with zipper and golden wrist strap complements your sophisticated evening wear with a youthful flair. Don’t make the popular mistake and try to drown your bag in the party pool — this fish is gonna cost ya. For £175.00 (~$325), this filet can dangle on your wrist. You can order the fish right from Lulu’s online store.

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