The New Year is here! Most people are jumping for joy that 2008 is over, as it was quite a tumultuous year for many. 2008 was good to Vlad and I and was good to Purse Blog. So while we look forward to 2009 we still loved 2008! This year is a big year for us. In February (right around the corner!!!) we have our wedding celebration. I attempted to think that it would not take me hours each day of planning, thinking, calling, and preparing, but wedding planning is a full-time job. And the cost of a wedding, well, you all know that it is not cheap. This year is about saving. Vlad and I would like to buy our first home so my bag purchases for 2009 will be focusing on handbags that will be seasonless and timeless. A specific bag that will fit into this category is a classic tote.

If you are looking to splurge for a classic tote, go into the realm of exotics. One of our favorite exotic handbag designers is Nancy Gonzalez. The Nancy Gonzalez Extra Large Crocodile Tote is plenty large for daily use and the black crocodile skin is a timeless option. The leaf tassle accent offers a special touch, which can make the bag stand out among other totes. There are double top handles and a hidden magnetic closure. This handbag should fit comfortably over your shoulder and not be too heavy as far as the bag itself goes. The inside has compartments to aid in practicality and usability along with lush suede lining. Dimensions are 15″W X 13″H X 4½”D. This would be an investment piece if you were looking to add one tote to your collection that could be used day in, day out and for many years to come. Buy through Saks for $3,380.

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