I know that we’re all supposed to put on a happy face, sing holiday songs and pretend like we just love dealing with our various and assorted sociopathic family members this time of year, but let’s face it – Christmas is often as stressful as it is exciting. I’m blessed with a small extended family, almost all of whom I get along with swimmingly, but not everyone is so lucky. If you’re one of the people who will have to drink for your entire trip home so that you don’t stab your sister-in-law with a fork, then perhaps a little present to yourself is in order. Might I suggest something sparkly, fun and entirely anti-utilitarian like the Judith Leiber Crystal and Bead Embellished Clutch?

Sparkles always preoccupy me at this time of year because of the looming New Year’s Eve parties, but I think that this clutch is cool enough to grab my attention no matter the season. Leiber’s work is usually relegated to the use of tiny crystals, so seeing larger-scale beadwork on one of the brand’s clutches feels a bit refreshing. The geometric pattern that these beads create is perfect, and the amber-gold color manages to stay just this side of tacky. If you need to treat yourself and something like this is within your budget, this is an evening bag that you’ll have for the rest of your life. Buy through Net-a-Porter for $1995.

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  • edoardo

    an amazing, beautiful bag. SO right for the end of the year’ party or comething ismilar. Love it!


  • salomé
  • Loly

    Funny post ! love it!

  • Staci

    Amanda, you’re so funny! That sparkly JL clutch is gorgeous!

  • couturecoco

    LOL! I can identify with that and thank you for showing this amazing clutch – very Art Deco to me.

  • mochababe73

    I like it, but there maybe too much sparkle even for a sparkle girl like me.

  • citogene

    the surface of this bag looks like sparkly fish scales…fun!


  • Vitta

    Gorgeous! Love it.

  • MizzJ

    Love it! I do have to question though how much one can fit in their? On another blog I’ve seen a review of another Judith Leiber clutch and she had quite the difficult time fitting in more than a tube of lipstick!


  • Candace

    I want it!!!

  • Linda

    Grr G US!!!!

  • kris

    Love it!! Very Holiday-y!

  • Stylista

    Ah merci! This is perfect!


  • bagnovice

    Breath taking!

  • CL

    gaudy is what this bag is, & gaudy is what i am! (ipad)

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  • Maggie

    Gorgeous! So sparkly! Me love! (ipad)

  • Nicole

    Sparkly fish scales? Ala “Rainbow Fish?!!!” Looove!!!


  • Deb

    Judith Leiber is always so creative with her clutches. Very pretty (ipad)

  • Lola

    Sparkles always feel so appropriate at this time of year. But knowing me, I wouldn’t limit it to these few months, I love sparkles! (ipad)

  • Joann

    that is something i’d wanna carry on NYE! (ipad)

  • Nadia Segers

    wow! :D ♥ (ipad)

  • Letícia

    Nothing like a completely anti-utilitarian bag to make me happy :))) (ipad)

  • Alyssa

    I can’t stop staring!! I’d love to see more of this larger beadwork; it’s beautiful. (iPad)

  • wendy

    Very sparkly. I wonder how big this is? (ipad)

  • ninjaninja

    So pretty…I want… (ipad)

  • Redo My Shoe

    Gorgeous clutch! But I know how much Swarovski crystals cost, and they’re not enough to constitute a $1,995 price tag.


  • Alison J.

    Waaaaay too pricey. (ipad)

  • Smith

    i got a sociopathic family member or two hahahah (ipad)

  • Lara

    So beautiful and wonderful for the holiday season! (ipad)

  • Veronica_Sawyer

    Pretty! (ipad)

  • Chells

    Yummy! Beautiful art deco clutch. (ipad)

  • Joanna

    I really like this one. I can’t see myself carrying some of the more interesting/unique designs, but this I can definitely see myself using! (iPad)

  • Ken Vien

    Beautiful art deco clutch. (ipad)

  • nini

    too sparkly for me. (ipad)


    sparkle def a hit this year (ipad)


    great design (ipad)


    great for new years eve party (ipad)

  • ariancita

    Um, am I the only one who seriously finds these bags atrocious? And I agree with the previous poster, I too know how much those crystals cost so the price of this bag is a bit over the top (like the bag). (ipad)

  • Ellen

    Gorgeous, much better than most Judith Leiber designs. (ipad)

  • Wendy

    My late daughter would have adored that! The more bling the better for her. (ipad)

  • Jen

    Totally glam! Love it! (ipad)

  • Chic ‘n Cheap Living

    Love it! Great texture and shine (ipad)

  • Jessie

    Sparkles? Don’t mind if I do! (ipad)

  • Rae

    I love sparkle! (iPad)

  • Limey

    nice clutch for Xmas or new years (ipad)

  • Kasey

    I would have never guessed that this was JL. It is kind of growing on me…. (ipad)

  • Jelita78

    although it sparkles and screaming kaachinnggg to my ears, still, it looks like grandma purse to me.. (ipad)

  • Jelita78

    hmm.. maybe the pattern arrangements looks kinda old- like i’ve seen it before on older-times-tiles.. if u know what i mean..

  • Jelita78

    hmm.. maybe the pattern arrangements looks kinda old- like i’ve seen it before on older-times-tiles.. if u know what i mean.. (ipad)

  • Cindy

    I’m feeling this bag more than several others featured on the blog. (ipad)

  • Tiffany

    This one is quite cute, flashy but not too over the top! (ipad)

  • Julia

    all the sparkle makes it so festive. (ipad)

  • jillybean307

    I bought a gold clutch for the holidays, and loved how much it sparkled for Christmas & NYE. (ipad)

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  • helen

    This is something my mother would love. She’s all about sparkly, especially for the new year. (ipad)

  • beanyce126

    lovely, very blink, (ipad)

  • Mel

    Everything that is made is simply exquisite. (ipad)

  • nini

    sparkly (ipad)

  • swati

    I am not a big fan of JL but this is just awesome. So festive. Especially since marriages in my country tend towards the blingy, this is something that works perfectly (ipad)

  • Heidi

    So pretty. (ipad)