[Editor’s Note: We’ve teamed up with Rachel Zoe’s team at The ZOE Report to bring you their take on the season’s most covetable handbags and accessories. Below, they’ll get you summer-ready with raffia!]
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Yesterday, Megs mentioned that it’s wedding season and gave us a great rundown of what a bride looking for a traditional feel should carry on her wedding day. I had just started working for PurseBlog …
Even though spring’s technical start is in late March, old-fashioned sartorial rules often dictate that no one should wear truly spring-like things until after Easter. White, raffia, pale flowers – all verboten until after some arbitrary holiday. The PurseBlog team does not advocate listening to those kinds of silly rules, of course, but if you’ve grown up with them, the idea can be hard to shake.
Easter was yesterday, though, so that means we’re all free to celebrate the lushly feminine bounty that comes with the season. We’ve already highlighted some of the best beach bags and pastel bags of the year, but if you’re looking for something with a more generalized spring-like feeling, this week’s installment of Save, Spend, Splurge has some suggestions for a variety of budgets. (more…)
Winter seems to be playing hide-and-go-seek with those of us in New York; it was a balmy 67 degrees yesterday afternoon while today is back in the 50s, as if Mother Nature is actually toying …
When I think of summer and straw clutches, greige is not exactly the first color to spring to mind. Although it’s my favorite neutral (besides leopard print, which is a neutral too, I swear), there comes a time when winter has lasted far too long and the last thing you want to see is another sullen, pallid handbag. For me, that time came this past weekend when it felt like November during my trip up North.
If that time has yet to arrive for you, perhaps you’d like to bring greige into the new season with the Matthew Williamson Raffia Leather Clutch. Although this bag has all the island-themed elements of a prototypical straw clutch, they’re rendered in a shade that still screams fall. Well, as much as greige can scream anything, anyway. (more…)
I don’t know how the weather is where you are, but as I write this, Atlanta is experiencing its first springlike day since the actual advent of the season, and I couldn’t be happier. (For the record, I also couldn’t be happier that I’m moving to New York right around the time that Atlanta’s beautiful spring weather will to change to sticky, stultifying summer heat.) Weather-wise, spring got off to a belated start this year on much of the East Coast, but I think that this time, the sunshine is here to stay.
Or maybe it’s just the Kate Spade With a Twist Orange Slice Satchel that’s making me so optimistic. After a change in creative staff several seasons ago, Spade has become fashion’s go-to brand for whimsical, witty accessories at a price point that makes its pieces seem like a reasonable splurge from time to time. This bag and its lemon counterpart perfectly demonstrate the band’s cleverness. (more…)
With the great, blustery reality winter still firmly ensconced outside my window, it may seem a bit premature to already be talking about straw beach bags, let alone doling out superlatives, but trust me – I know of which I speak. Having seen press photos for almost all of the major brands that will bring forth their warm-weather wares in the next few weeks, for the price, I wouldn’t put my beach bag money anywhere other than the Marc by Marc Jacobs Preppy Straw Rosa Tote. (more…)
One of the biggest developments in handbag trends over the past few seasons has been the return of the reasonably sized handbag, called the “lady-scale” bag by some, in reference to the refined women who once carries purses of a similar size. Marc Jacobs was a major producer of giant, shoulder-aching handbags back when they were having their moment in the sun, but now that the entire spectrum of possible sizes is available retail, he’s downsized a bit with the Marc Jacobs Baroque Ingrid and the slightly more petite Marc Jacobs Baroque Faye. The big question, of course, is do you like them? (more…)
I’m still not entirely convinced that I would pay more than $300 or so for anything made out of raffia (Except for possibly a thatched hut on a tropical island. Do they make those out of raffia?), but that doesn’t stop thousands of women from doing so every year and dozens of brands from cashing in on their desires for a luxurious beach bag.
I’m also not sure that I’d take the Dolce & Gabbana Miss Charles Raffia Flap Shoulder Bag anywhere near the water, but if a fabulous beach party were top pop up somewhere (Preferably with a bonfire, I love a bonfire.), then this might be the type of bag that I would be inclined to carry. If, of course, I could bring myself to over a thousand dollars on straw. Ladies and gentlemen, that’s a really big “if.” (more…)