Furla Ninfea-Grande Chain ShopperI’d like to see the Furla Ninfea-Grande Chain Shopper in person before I make any definitive pronouncements, but I think it might be my favorite spring and summer bag that I’ve seen so far this year. I mean, look at it. It’s so sailor-y. And boat-y. And I feel like I should wear something blue and white and possibly a large straw hat with it. Something with stripes…anyway, yeah, great bag. It’s white, but not TOO white, which can make leather look fake. It’s also got an oversized chain detail, but it’s obscured enough to be interesting and different. The chain is also tonal to the handbag, giving it a leg up over the scads of bags with giant metallic chains. But I have one point of contention, as always – the extra strap. No one needs that strap. The regular straps are plenty long for easy shoulder carrying. And this one does not appear to come off. What a pity. Other than that, we have a winner on our hands here. Now if I only had a boat… Buy through Nordstrom for $595.

Dooney and Bourke Santa Croce Short Handle Leather ShopperI’ve never been a big Dooney & Bourke fan, but if they keep making bags as chic and well-edited as the Dooney & Bourke Santa Croce Short Handle Leather Shopper, I’m going to have to seriously reconsider my stance on the brand. This bag’s smooth, even, dark chocolate brown leather is absolutely stunning and the lines of the bag are more befitting of (dare I say it?) Hermes. I love the bag’s contrast stitching and extremely limited hardware, and I can’t help but thinking how great this would look with dark jeans and a white button-down (with some great, chunky jewelry, of course). And I don’t even like brown. In fact, my unending hatred of brown bags has been well-documented across this site. In spite of that hatred, this bag speaks to me, and what it’s saying is “buy me!” At less than $400, I’m not sure I’ll be able to ignore the voices. Buy through Nordstrom for $375.

Echo Fresca ToteAh, the beach. I have to say, I can’t get enough of the beach. There is something about the combination of sun, sand and surf that I love. And of course, when it comes to the beach, you have to have a great handbag to carry all your beach stuff in. The Echo Fresca Tote looks like a great option for a fun, flirty beach tote. I love how big the bag is – clearly there will be ample room for everything and anything you bring to the beach. But even more than that, I love the floral print on the canvas. This print says I’m laid back but super fun. And another plus, it looks like it is a beach bag that can handle all the wear and tear it might endure surf side. Buy through Luna Boston for $59.

Rebecca Minkoff Devote Belted Top ToteHoly poop, y’all. I love this bag. The Rebecca Minkoff Devote Belted Top Tote is, in a word, awesome. For me, at least. It’s a big ol’ hobo, made of great leather, in a bright color, with understated accents and JUST ONE STRAP. A lot of designers lately have succumbed to the urge to add an extra, longer strap to handbags that already have a perfectly functional one, and Ms. Minkoff didn’t do that to this great bag. For that, I salute her, and I just may have to get one of these babies. This shape is my favorite of all time – a hobo that’s slightly taller than it is wide with a giant opening at the top – all the better to dig through when my Blackberry has fallen to the bottom. That’s one thing this bag doesn’t appear to have that I wish it did – an outside pocket for holding my phone and iPod. But I guess we can’t have everything we want, can we, ladies? Buy through Nordstrom for $630.

ideeli_gucci_saleWooohooo Friday! Nothing tops off a Friday quite like a sale. If you are in the mood for a little online shopping, you should definitely head over to Ideeli and check out what they have going on today. I don’t own any Gucci handbags yet, but I do have a great pair of Gucci sunglasses. I guess one of these days I will splurge and buy myself a Gucci handbag – once I find one that I am willing to drop quite a bit of cash on. In the mean time, Ideeli is offering selected Gucci handbags at up to 44% off. Seems almost unheard of, huh? Head over to Ideeli and take a look. You never know, today might be a Gucci Friday!

Lambertson Truex Lizard Bags for Spring 09
Left: Lambertson Truex Chantal | Top: Lambertson Truex Signature Framed Clutch | Right: Lambertson Truex Small Paxton

For most of you, winter is in full force. Our friends in Ohio rubbed in our face that they had a snow day at Ohio State yesterday, which is literally unheard of at The Ohio State University. Vlad is flying up to Ohio tomorrow for his bachelor party and will have to embrace the frigid temperatures, but I am perfectly content laying on our roof top deck for the weekend and soaking up the Florida winter weather, which is hovering around 80 degrees and sunny.

Spring is on the northerners minds and I am always looking for the new collections of bags. One of our favorite design duos out of NYC is Richard Lambertson and John Truex from Lambertson Truex. We got to play with three different Spring 09 bags which are all showing off beautiful natural ring lizard. Per usual, the bags are meticulously designed and these three clutches are all perfect additions to your handbag collection. Vlad and I have a mini but growing LT bag collection (we never shared our November purchases with you!). What I love about LT bags is their timelessness. Season after seasons their bags will remain wearable, current, and stylish. (more…)

Ted Rossi Mirror Envelope Clutch I like shiny things. This is a fact. Ever since I was a little girl, sparkles, shine, and glitz have always caught my eye. I can’t really put my finger on it, but for some reason whenever I see something shiny, I always have to stop and look. So, I am sure you can see why the Ted Rossi Mirror Leather Envelope Clutch caught my eye. In all reality, when I first saw this handbag, I thought it would be great for the Holidays or New Year’s. But since that has just passed, it would still be a great, fun, and chic clutch to carry out on the town. Add a little pizazz to your outfit with either the silver or gold envelope inspired clutch and see what kind of reactions you get! Open up the magnetic closure and you will find your clutch is lined with luscious suede. I am a fan. Buy through Vivre for $187.50.

Cleobella Kyler Fringe BagSo, I have a cold. It’s one of those colds that just seems to linger and linger. One minute I think I am feeling better and the next I feel like I should curl up on the couch with a cup of hot cocoa and a great movie. When I am feeling under the weather, I like to treat myself to something special, just to boost my mood. And speaking of boosting my mood, nothing does so more than a fun, flirty handbag. Fringe is something that is growing on me. If you would have asked me a couple months ago how I felt, I would have said, less is more. And although, I still feel that way, I find I am liking fringe more and more. The Cleobella Kyler Fringe Bag is a fun take on a simple bag. The leather bag has a zipper pocket at back and bold metallic piping throughout. I think more than anything, I am digging this bag because of my mood. I need something fun, flirty and more than anything, movement. It looks like a great bag to carry around during the day while still being able to pull it off at night. Buy through Shop Bop for $418.

Longchamp Roseau Embossed ToteWhen I think of British accessory design, I think of clean, straight lines, limited adornment, and functional design and color choices. The Brits, even in their most avant garde incarnations (Alexander McQueen, anyone?) know that a bag has certain duties that it must perform, and it’s kind of useless if the bag doesn’t perform them. And in that regard, the Longchamp Roseau Embossed Toteis so British that its upper lip is probably stiff. Its lines are straight and staid, and it is little more than a flat-bottomed bag with handles, a natural pattern and a simple closure. In this case, though, the beauty is in the simpicity – the bag is so sure of itself that it doesn’t need a gimmick or any bling to be beautiful. Buy through Nordstrom for $380.

Louis Vuitton Monogram Roses StoleOur friend Marc Jacobs sure does love to court trouble. He overshares about his personal life, tattoos random things on his body, and dates more men that most college sorority girls (don’t take offense, ladies – I, too, was a college sorority girl). And ever since Mr. Marc took over as the creative head of Louis Vuitton, their yearly accessories collections have become hipper, younger, and dare I say, edgier. As a throwback to the Stephen Sprouse graffiti collection of years past, Sprouse’s artwork has been used to adorn handbags, scarves, sarongs, and various small accessories for 2009.

Sprouse was a pop artist and punk icon of the 1980s, and the loud colors and louder shapes of his work reflect the exuberance of youth culture during that decade. I adored the leopard print Sprouse scarf that made such a big impression last year, and in this year’s full collection of the artist’s inspired work, my favorite is, again, a scarf – The Louis Vuitton Monogram Roses Stole. It’s bright pink and red with huge pop art roses, and it makes me smile just looking at it. It takes a talented man to make a floral print into something edgy and punk, don’t you think? Some people love this stuff, and some people hate it, but our own Louis Vuitton forum proves that everyone loves to talk about it – and that seems to be Marc Jacobs’s entire intention. Buy through eLuxury for $890.

Givenchy Sacca Chain Handle BagSometimes I don’t really want to carry an identifiable handbag. Not only have obviously-logo’d bags become a bit outre in some circles, but sometimes it’s just hard to play keep-up, don’t you think? The problem is that once you get used to carrying designer bags, you can’t really go back – you’re used to the great leather (oh, the smell of wonderful leather!), the beautiful linings, the attention to detail. The stench of PVC and cheap nylon linings just don’t do it for you. So when you want to fly under the radar but still carry something fabulous, what do you do? You carry something like the Givenchy Sacca Chain Handle Bag. It’s from a smaller but still storied line whose logo isn’t immediately obvious to the average person, but you know that Givenchy wouldn’t make a bag that was anything short of fabulous. The chain handles give a small touch of bling, but the real attraction I’m feeling here is the totally touchable off-white leather that makes up most of the bag. Don’t you just want to feel it? Everyone else will, too – but they won’t know why. Buy through Barneys for $1495.

Prada Pitone Pietre Shoulder BagPrada, haven’t we had this discussion before? The one about sticking random crap on bags? I feel like we have. And I just saw the Prada Pitone Pietre Shoulder Bag, so it looks like we’re going to have to have it again. I won’t say that I would have loved the bag without the random stones affixed to it; it would have been a fairly boring, small snakeskin handbag, and one that wouldn’t have been worth the money that I’m sure you would have been asking for it. At 16″ wide, you could have done so many more interesting things with that much python. It creates a beautiful pattern on its own, and there’s no need for you to obscure it with some ill-advised bedazzling. So, Prada, please stop and think the next time the urge to glue stuff to your bag strikes. Buy through Saks for $1895.