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As the holiday party season starts to get into full swing, the question of what to wear hangs heavy in the minds of almost all party-goers. Particularly if the festivities are office-related, you might not want to wear things that are too obviously showy or expensive. Workplaces breed resentment, and in most industries, being seen as flaunting one’s wealth can be looked at as gauche.

That doesn’t necessarily mean you have to shy away from a glitzy little holiday clutch, though; you just have to find a way to do the look in an unexpected and fun way. The Rafe New York Erin Clutch provides precisely that opportunity: it’s little and sparkly, but it’s not over-the-top or obviously a designer bag. (more…)

How do you feel about bead work on a handbag? Unfortunately for me, bead work seems to be very hit or miss. There are some bags where the bead work is exquisite and I want nothing more than to find a reason, any reason to carry that particular bag. Then there are other times when I simply don’t understand why a designer would settle for misplaced or thoughtlessly placed beads. This kind of “detail” can take any relatively decent bag and make it absolutely fugly. So, here I am, on this gloomy Tuesday wondering where this particular Rafe bag falls. (more…)

Rafe-New-York-Mandy-HoboI hate, HATE being called Mandy. It’s not my name, and I’ve never been one for nicknames, but Mandy is THE WORST. For other people, it’s fine. In reference to me, it sounds like nothing less than nails on a chalkboard. It’s not my name!

But it is the name of the Rafe New York Mandy Hobo, and that’s fine. If the designers feel like it’s a Mandy, then that’s up to them. And this, admittedly, is one very attractive Mandy. (more…)

As far as bag brands go, I’ve never been much for Rafe – they have a very distinct aesthetic that tends to be very over-the-top, and they’re usually extremely feminine, which has never really been my look. Sometimes I kind of like what they do, other times I think that their bags really limit what could be a huge customer base.

I have no second thoughts about the Rafe Agyness Chain-Embroidered Crossbody, however. It’s on-trend and just restrained enough to be cool and still have lots of personality. (more…)

Zippers, I like. Buckle detailing, I like. However, there is one question I have to ask. Is there too much of a good thing going on with this bag? The Rafe New York Zippered Glazed Leather Hobo is a gorgeous bag yet the detailing might have gone just a bit too far. I like the shiny-glazed leather hobo. The deep, rich red color is divine and I do love the way the brushed goldtone hardware pops against the shiny leather. Yet, the over use of details still proves bothersome. (more…)

Rafe New York Erin Flap Clutch

When it comes to dressing for a fall night out, there’s nothing that I love more than a beautiful berry-colored clutch. It just so happens that the Rafe New York Erin Flap Clutch fits that description exactly. (more…)

I’ve always been intrigued by traditional Doctor’s bags. You know the ones: black, boxy, filled with elixirs and such? Watch any movie that is set “back in the day” and if there is a house visit, the doctor is sure to come in with a stethoscope around his neck and a doctor bag. When Megs and I were little we had a yellow plastic doctor’s bag since at that point Megs told us almost daily she wanted to grow up to be a doctor. Well, that didn’t really happen, but maybe I’ll buy her this Rafé New York Tracy Doctor’s Bag so she can pretend every now and then. The croc-embossed leather bag is clearly finished with a luminous shine which really draws the eye. Add on some goldtoned hardware and this is a bag worth looking at twice! The exterior zip, interior zip, wall and cell phone pockets help to make sure the things you need to be able to grab right away will be found. Megs’ birthday just passed so maybe I’ll splurge and buy her an upgrade from the plastic one she used to tote around. The only other major difference is that the new Doctor’s Bag would be filled with a cell phone, wallet, lipgloss, maybe an iPod, etc instead of plastic toys. Either way, buy through Nordstrom for $750.00.

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