Marc Jacobs Collection Leather HandbagWhen I was little I do remember a time when the shiny glossy look was in style. At least I thought it was. I believe that was the time of the pleather shiny pants. Anyone else remember trying to pull that off? Well, if I am alone in that, then I really was way off on my own track- way out in right field. But I swear it was in style, and hey, my mom told me it was too! When I read the descriptions of bags, I don’t usually look for glossy leather. But the picture of it makes the bag look luxurious, and I really think this may *actually* be in-style.

The Marc Jacobs Collection Icy Leather Sienna is truly striking. This is one of those bags that is crying out for attention, rightfully so, and deserves all the glances it may get. The hobo-shaped shoulder bag is made of emerald grained leather with a fine polish which gives off the glossy look. There is polished metal hardware adorning the bag and two golden zippers under the bag to expand the width (who wouldn’t need that!) Adding a little fun to the bag is the snapped front flap pocket with golden padlock detail and the sumptuous suede interior with a zipped pocket and plaque inside. This gorgeous hobo is available through eLuxury for $975.

Louis Vuitton Tattooed Pigs

Roughly two weeks ago, two very special piglets struck the eyesight of folks in Beijing. The two happy pigs had been ‘enhanced’ by Belgian artist Wim Delvoye, whose staff of local farmers and tat artists tried to raise sows to use them as canvases for skin art. Without a doubt you noticed that it was no less than Louis Vuitton‘s traditional monogram print that had been inked onto the pigs’ backs. Hilarious!

Unfortunately, the whole deal has a few disadvantages. The pigs’ pork chops quadrupled in price, they are no longer allowed to wallow in filthy mud, and Takashi Murakami already voiced his plans to present a whole fleet of Monogram Piglet canvas bags, starting next spring. The pandas just didn’t cut it anymore, hail the pig!

Ok, I just totally pulled those last few lines of LV info out of my derriere. No worries, no pig canvases coming any time soon. Nonetheless, I can’t help but see a striking resemblance between the LV pigs and Lil’ Kim, as photographed in ’99 by David Lachapelle. Keepin’ it Oink!

Coach Soho Ocelot Demi Flap

The holidays are the most wonderful time of the year! But do you remember the scene from Bridget Jones’ Diary where she is wearing the hideous sweater her mum picked out for her? Well my assumption is this has all happen to you at some point in your life, maybe you were not in your 20’s, but I bet when you were younger, your mom picked something totally fluffy and ‘cute’ for you to wear for the Holiday’s. My mom sure gave me a sweater with Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer on it who was extremely fluffy and happy. How I loved it. But remember back to Bridget Jones – both her and Mark Darcy had to wear just awful sweaters their parents picked out for them. Well I have found the bag to match the outfit.

Marc Darcy Reindeer Sweater

As much as I usually love Coach, this bag is just a bit much for me and my liking. Not to mention it went over the top with the red Christmas like bow on the front. The Coach Soho Ocelot Demi Flap cries out “Bridge’ should have worn me!” I just can’t look at it and think anything other than it being tacky and over-the-top. The flap handbag is made of imported dyed calf hair with suede and leather trim and the famous Bridget style velvet ribbon with rhinestone details. There is a cute buckle tab with magnetic snap closure which is trying to revive the bag from it’s doom, but I’m not sure it is enough for me. The inside of the flap is lined in satin fabric and there is an inside zip pocket. The dimensions are not overly huge, 9 5/8 (L) x 4 1/2 (H) x 1 3/4 (W), but for Coach the price is exorbitant for something that does not meet up to par- try $498 via Coach. So if you find Bridget on the street, please call out and tell her we have found the *perfect* bag to match her perfect Christmas sweaters!!

Kate Spade Nikki Puff Clutch

Let’s all put our brains together and think about what this ‘clutch’ looks like/could be used for- I don’t think it is a practical clutch,
it is something else, but what? Why not all of you give input and we will choose a winner of the clutch description of the day!

I will still tell a little bit about this furry friend of ours. Of course it is made of ostrich feathers! The clutch has hidden two-toned handles (I sure don’t see them), leather trim on frame, a kiss-lock closure, and an inside pocket (that is if you can ever find the outside opening). For $395 (via Neiman Marcus) I would rather go find an ostrich and pluck it myself. All I would need is glue, my fingers, and a box like shape to glue it all to!

Marc Jacobs Roxy Rose Brownie HoboSometimes all the leather and studs and ostrich and metal detailing and precious rabbit fur and silk are just overpowering. Don’t get me wrong, if you feel the need to buy me a new luxury bag, feel free to do so. But I do always love to incorporate a little bit of fun into the mix. This is why I love this Marc by Marc Jacobs Roxy Rose Brownie Hobo. Simply put, it is simple fun. This super slouchy tote feels like a blast from the past, because it sports an eighties-inspired print. Can’t touch it! But yeah, it is different and playful. The bag is even more downplayed with its two front pockets with ties and the long tied shoulder strap. The inside is also not a plain Jane- it is made of a matching interior and a bold, black-and-white MARC tag. The bag is a varying 14″ x 7″ x 3.5″ (varies because it’s capacity to expand with accessories) and costs $148 from eLuxury.

Luella Ostrich BagIf you had $5,000 laying around, what would you do with it? Would you travel half way around the world, stay in a beautiful resort, pay off your bills, renovate part of your house, or would you spend it on one single handbag? Just one little handbag. So the assumption I have come to today is that women who can afford $5,000 all the time are loaded. Women who chose to spend $5,000 on a handbag that they may not really be able to afford, are purse lovers who put their love of the shoulder fashion before their smarts. I bow down to you women!

For some reason high end handbag designer, the flight of the ostrich has taken off. Actually, I believe ostriches do not fly. But they sure are appealing for the fashion industry to use when designing high end handbags and purses. All of my purse lovers know the brand Luella very well by now. Let’s mix together the name Luella with the supple and extravagant ostrich skin, the trend of studs and grommets, and the divine hue of purple, into a sexy hobo shape. The Luella Diana Ostrich Hobo flaunts itself with quite a bold statement. The hobo is made of supple purple ostrich which is accented with golden hardware and studs. The adjustable shoulder strap is an attention grabber with buckles and allover grommets. The hobo is an open top with stud trim and fringed tassels and grommet trim on side flap pockets with padlock accents. If you look at the size (7 3/4″H x 12 1/2″W x 7″D) and the price, you may realize you are paying quite a bit per inch. The bag is ready for you via Nieman Marcus for $4,995.

Vera Bradley handbagSurprisingly I have never once talked about Vera Bradley. Never. I realized that just the other day and was a little shocked at myself. Not that Vera Bradley has always been my favorite, but it was definitely worth mentioning. I can’t decide what has deterred me from Vera Bradley bags so badly. It may have been the teenie-boppers who swore it was a trend and they could pull it off, or the college girls who carried it to seem like a sophisticated growing woman, or the mere fact that it is a quilted flowered bag that somewhat reminds me of my grandma. Somewhere in there Vera Bradley lost it’s appeal to me. But as the trend of the bag has slowly died down, I am not finally appreciating the bags more properly. I just love the feel of them. It’s the “hey I just got back from my ranch in the Hampton’s where I spent the weekend riding my prized horse, picking Lilly’s by the pond, and drinking tea.” I love that feel. I must admit I like to be a little sophisticated from time to time, and that feeling reminds me of good ole’ boarding school.

Between the amazing amounts of bags and variations I have found my liking with the simple shaped but totally practical Vera Bradley Villager bag in Bermuda Blue. I love the shape. I know totes are everywhere, but they are so super practical, I can not pass them up. The color chart is huge (about 21 colors to chose from) but the Bermuda Blue is touching my liking. The beauty of the light blue color mixed with the simple design of some green and white just makes me happy. The bag has everything you could wish for: a key clip, zip closure, a sturdy base, and three pockets outside and six inside for organization. The size is plenty big,16″L x 12 ½”H x 4″W. So why not learn to love Vera? One more reason to love her is the bag is a mere $69 through Vera Bradley.

Lacoste Messenger BagThat alligator crocodile makes me happy. Most people cringe at the sight of a real gator, but I grew up by them. They surround Florida. In fact, they are taking Florida over. I’m not sure who will take over the Sunshine State first, the alligator or yet another hurricane. But how can anyone who is even remotely scared of a gator croc look at the Lacoste logo and not smile? I love it. Such a cute little gator croc on my shirt that makes me smile. Me and Vlad are avid Lacoste fans. I can’t get enough of the Polo’s in every color. So why not accessorize with Lacoste bags too?

I love the simplicity and sturdiness of Lacoste. Soon I will be doing a lot of traveling and I would love a new and bigger messenger bag, the Prada one is just too small. This is why I love this Casual II Messenger Bag by Lacoste. The bag is made of red polyester with weather-resistant PU coating and measures 34 x 24 x 11.5 cm in size. Unfortunately I can’t find a price but my assumption would be that it is reasonable.

edit: You’re right ladies, my bad. It’s a croc, indeed. Doh!

Why would you ever assume that it could not happen to you? Purse-theft is out there happening everyday to women like you and I. My guess would be if some guy wanting to steal a purse, he sure would find a lady with delectable taste, like all of us, and pick us out of a crowd. Now I seriously hope any person who wants to rob me realizes what he or she is getting themselves into. Don’t mess with me! For that matter just quit it. Stop stealing other people’s things. But if this were to ever happen to you, there are a few steps you need to take in order to protect yourself after your purse has been stolen:

If your wallet or purse is lost or stolen, the Federal Trade Commission suggests that you:

  • File a report with the police immediately. Get a copy in case your bank, credit card company or insurance company needs proof of the crime
  • Cancel each credit and charge card. Get new cards with new account numbers. l Call the fraud departments of the major credit reporting agencies:
  •    Equifax (800) 525-6285
  •    Experian (888) 397-3742
  •    TransUnion (800) 680-7289
  • Ask them to put a “fraud alert” on your account and add a “victim’s statement” to your file requesting that creditors contact you before opening new accounts in your name
  • Ask the credit bureaus for copies of your credit reports. Review your reports carefully to make sure no additional fraudulent accounts have been opened in your name or unauthorized changes made to your existing accounts. In a few months, order new copies of your reports to verify your corrections and changes, and to make sure no new fraudulent activity has occurred
  • Report the loss to your bank if your wallet or purse contained bank account information, including account numbers, ATM cards or checks
  • Cancel checking and savings accounts and open new ones. Stop payments on outstanding checks
  • Get a new ATM card, account number and Personal Identification Number (PIN) or password
  • Report your missing driver’s license to the department of motor vehicles. If your state uses your Social Security number as your driver’s license number, ask to substitute another number
  • Change the locks on your home and car if your keys were taken. Don’t give an identity thief access to even more personal property and information

Hopefully you will not ever need this information, but if you do, make sure to follow all the above steps to ensure your safety against identity theft and fraud.

Juicy Couture Velour Handbag

Please, make it stop. My eyes hurt, my tear ducts are sucked dry and started bleeding, my head twitches wanting to move away from the screen that radiates pure fug… my body can not handle it no more. Pam and Gela, what in Buddah’s name were you thinking? The Juicy Couture Tye Dye Velour Bowler Bag is the ugliest fuggin’ fug bag I’ve seen in weeks, I can not believe they released something as agonizing as this. It looks like the purple puked green and smeared some beige across for additional effect. Only a masochist would get this bag for $115 at Saks Fifth. Or someone with a questionable taste.

Tods evening handbagAlthough I really like Tod’s new Scala Pochette Sera clutch for this fall season, I can’t help but picture it having only a very limited range of use. Granted, it is a very elegant evening clutch, but for some reason the clutch seems to require even more of an ambience that just any evening. I can picture it being worn during high class, high societal events, something along the lines of a presidential banquet or a get-together of upper scale business men who drag their wives along. eLuxury describes red carpet glamour, but I think it’s just more than that. I just can’t lose that feeling. Maybe I am just awfully off, I don’t know.

Anyhow, Tod’s crafted an exquisite evening clutch with luxe accents like golden scroll-shaped jewel clasp, astrakhan fur, and lush suede gussets. The Interior comes with a slot pocket and is lined in fine silk. The jewel clasp closure is engraved with Tod’s logo and protective golden feet support its stand. The 10″ x 4″ x 3″ evening clutch goes for $695 through eLuxury.

Hillary Duff

I spy with my little blue eye… Hillary Duff hiding from the outside world with her Fendi Spy Bag on one shoulder and a mess of an outfit going on. Leggin’s and cowboy boots put together with her ripped jean skirt and tank. All I can say is she is probably the only person that can look half way decent dressed like that. If I were to try that, I’d look like a circus creature that came out to play.