Last month Vlad and I had the pleasure of meeting with Monica Botkier at a Saks event. I have been wanting to meet Monica for months now (let’s make that years but I was not sure it would ever happen). This beautiful designer has made a name for herself in the accessory world, having her handbags seen on the arms of countless celebrities, carried in all of the biggest department stores, and coveted by many. We gave away a Botkier Sasha and I am still bitter that I did not buy one for myself. We asked Monica some of our own questions along with questions from our forum members. We will be bringing you more information on her fall 2008 bags shortly.
It is finally summer! Sure in Florida summer means over 90 degree weather and lots of afternoon thunderstorms, but I just love summer. This summer we have a few trips planned, and at least one will be to NYC. Something I have always wanted to do is picnic in Central Park. It is not even that cliche, the Park is huge and perfect for a summer picnic! I recently picked up my newest Rebecca Minkoff acquisition which is the perfect picnic tote. The Rebecca Minkoff Bread and Wine Tote is the talked about bag from this hip designer for the summer. Available in chocolate or royal blue, the Bread and Wine tote is designed to be a reusable market bag, everyday bag, and picnic bag. Rebecca added this eco-friendly addition just in time for summer. The tote features canvas and leather with two outside pockets; one of bread and one for wine. Five perfect of profits benefit The Earth Organization. Dimensions are 15 in x 14 in x 4 in. I absolutely adore this bag and can’t wait to use it for outdoor markets and picnics. Buy through Rebecca Minkoff for $185.
I have been a fan of the Mulberry Bayswater Bag for quite some time. There is something so simple yet appealing about the design. And yes, it is not super feminine. It is practical and rugged at times, but beautiful when combinations like purple ostrich and a bespoke green crocodile carried by Kate Moss. And now there is a new version that has my love, the Mulberry Ombre Bayswater Bag which features a fuchsia ombre leather. This is a stunning change for the Bayswater, a modern edgy appeal to their household staple. The gold lock fastening on the front looks great on the fuchsia leather. There is a flap top closure and adjustable straps around the sides. Sure I loved the ostrich and drooled over the crocodile, but this version has my heart. Buy through Net A Porter for $1395.
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Sex and the City movie poster
In about one hour masses of people will be sitting down to watch the most highly talked about movie of the summer, Sex and the City. But is this movie worth the hype? To be honest, I would not want to be in their place, nor the producers place, nor the wardrobes place, nor anyone affiliated with the movie’s place. When something is chalked up to be something so incredible, the expectations are set high (many times unattainably high). Don’t get me wrong, I am of course going to see the movie and of course incredibly excited. But I feel like some early reviews have only been mediocre, and even if the movie is great, it is going to be hard to fill the shoes that have been built for it. I will probably go see the movie Monday, which will still be crazy, but not as crazy as tonight at midnight. Really, I am excited for a fun plot and great outfits (and of course the glorious bags!!). Which of you are already in the long line waiting to get in? Which of you are so excited you can hardly stand it? And which of you think it is over-hyped?
When I first laid eyes on the Diane von Furstenberg Wrap Bag I fell in love with it! I had to tell myself to get over the $10,000 Crocodile Wrap Bag, but I am still kicking myself for not getting the chic blue leather version. So if you feel the same, and you would love a $1500 shopping spree at Diane Von Furstenberg, you must enter their DvF spree! All you have to do is enter and wait to see if you win. ENTER HERE.
Mary J Blige with her Lambertson Truex Sienna Clutch
While the fashion world was celebrating the NYC screening of Sex and the City the movie two nights ago, I was crossing my fingers and hoping Comcast had turned our cable on when we got back from Orlando. Guess what, today they did and life makes sense again! And while my level of happiness is immense from our internet finally being back on after over a week without, I will admit that I would have loved to make it to the pink carpet in NYC for the Sex & the City Premiere. The four women of SATC captured the attention (more to come of them later), but I was delighted to see my clutch of the moment, the Lambertson Truex Sienna, on Mary J Blige. This clutch is my go-to now, in the most stunning shade of yellow. It is like this creamy buttery rich vanilla hue that I am obsessing over. Mary J Blige opted for the silver snakeskin and Nappa leather combination, which I covered before. Not only do I love this bag, but I absolutely adore and admire the men behind the design. Vlad and I recently had the pleasure of sitting down to meet with Richard and John. Their designs are impeccably stunning and the men are top-notch. Buy the clutch in the exact version Mary J Blige carried through Saks for $695.
Vlad and I were invited to a Martin + Osa Fashion Event on behalf of Glam, along with our new friends from Allie is Wired and Stiletto Jungle. The event was held on April 23 at the fabulous Thom Bar at the Thompson Hotel in New York City. There was no better way to start the night then being greeted by star from America’s Next Top Model Cycle 4 Keenyah Hill. Actually, we ran into her and I was certain I knew her. Not as a a star on a TV show, but as a friend. So Vlad and Allie stood by, watching me exclaiming that I knew her from somewhere and she was indeed an old friend. But she laughed it off and took a picture with me to boot! The party was hosted by Martin + Osa exclusively for Glam bloggers, which was such a treat. (more…)
I have a new obsession with leopard print. At times I have strayed away from this print, but lately I have been embracing it. But it is not that I want this print on my pleather pants, rather I want it on my accessories. I have been drooling over a pair of leopard print Louboutin’s and now I am on the hunt for the perfect leopard print clutch. No need to put this print on a huge bag, but a small bag with a fierce print will do all the talking. It is a pop of perfect attitude! The framed Brian Atwood Daphne Printed Clutch intertwines shape with a subdued leopard print. The print itself appears toned down and is spiced up with goldtone hardware. There is an interior pocket, suede lining, and a clasp closure. Measurements are 12″W X 6″H X 2″D, which makes this a great handheld statement piece. This is not precisely what I have my heart set on, but it is alluring. Buy through Saks for $1660.
While I am a lover of handbags, I do not have an endless pocket book, which means my collection is by no means the largest or greatest out there. I have a collection that I absolutely love though, with my bags ranging in price from $200 to $9000. But how much is too much for a handbag? The Hermes Diamond Crocodile Birkin will cost you the same price as a condo, about $140,000. A ‘Regular’ leather Birkin may cost one year of in-state college tuition. What is the price point that you will never go over?
My monumental purchase was my Hermes Blue Jean Birkin that I got last October. The first feeling that came over me was immense joy. I had yearned for this bag since high school and never thought it would be in my closet. I left the Hermes store with a smile from ear to ear. But when I got to the hotel room a feeling of extreme worry came over me. How could I spend so much on a handbag? Leather? Am I sane? This is ridiculous I thought. It took me 3 days to then take the bag out of the box and love it. Kid you not. Ok begin to laugh. But it got me thinking; everyone must have his or her stopping point. I have not *quite* found mine yet, but I did realize that one Birkin purchase had my heart palpitating like I just ran a marathon. Let’s have a debate, how much is too much for you?
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There is something so very reminiscent about this handbag. Could it be that is closely resembles the Jimmy Choo Riki? Ah, yes, that is precisely it. While the design idea is not entirely new, the Dolce & Gabbana Miss Class Tote sports a rugged feel with a somewhat feminine touch, the contrast stitching that resembles a bow on the front. But the overall feel is that of a street chic. There is nothing super girly about the bag, but it is practical and will match with most things easily. This bag has a tomboy feel. The leather is a khaki green color and there is contrast topstitching. The double top handles are one way you can carry this bag along with the buckle shoulder strap. The inside is lined with canvas and dimensions are 16″ W x 14″H x 7″D. Overall this bag is just fine. Compared to the Jimmy Choo Riki it is nothing special, as I prefer the Riki over this bag (buy through Saks for $1895). I see a major problem though. While it is nothing to write home about, the price is something to make you gasp! The going range lately has been more around $1200, and this bag nearly doubles that. Pre-order at Saks for $2,250.
Last month we had the unique pleasure to sit down, meet, and interview the two designers behind Lambertson Truex, namely Richard Lambertson and John Truex. The interview felt more like a fun talk with long-lost friends than a meeting over their successful business, history, design and future outlook. Richard and John are as lovable as they come. Very approachable, funny, and not the slightest stint of self-importance that one would almost expect from designers of their caliber. After chatting it up, Richard and John walked off to a meeting and we left the showroom with a newly earned respect and adoration for Lambertson Truex, one of the great American design houses of this time.
Click here to read the full interview, along with preview pictures of their upcoming fall line of bags.