12 posts tagged with Turquoise

Chloe Gabby Bucket Bag, $2395 via Saks

It should be noted, before we continue, that this Chloe collection got at least one designer fired. Hannah MacGibbon, who had been creative director for the brand for several years, was shown the door after Chloe Fall 2011 was roundly panned. Other shuffling in the brand’s ranks weren’t announced, of course, but based on how much better Resort 2012’s accessories are then those of Fall 2011, one can only imagine that a significant shakeup did occur.

The problem, though, is that we still have to wait a few months for the new stuff to come out while bags like the Chloe Gabby Bucket Bag populate the brand’s shelf space at department stores. Ladies, this is a runway bag. Someone put this on the runway. I’ve known that for almost half a year now, but the mind, it still boggles. Try and remember that better Chloe bags are around the corner, ladies. They’ll be here soon. (more…)

You guys, I hate to break it to you, but New York City requires kind of a lot of walking. I knew this intellectually, of course, and I’ve been to New York many times in the past, but my weekend jaunt to this city recently reminded me of just how different getting around will be once I move out of car-dependent Atlanta and into my new home on the Upper East Side. It’s going to be a transition, to put it mildly.

I’ve written before of the necessity of changing my bag wardrobe to fit my impending lifestyle shift, but never has it been more obvious that such a change needs to happen quickly. I have four and a half weeks until my moving date, and the slight panic that I’m feeling might be alleviated with the acquisition of the Marc by Marc Jacobs Classic Q Natasha Crossbody, don’t you think? (more…)

By now, everyone is well aware that Spring 2011 is all about mixing patterns and colors in order to come up with cheeful, slightly deranged ensembles, and for maximum insanity, you really should include your handbag in the fun. That could be accomplished by simply buying something bright and mixing it with lots of other bright pieces, of course, but picking up something like the Miu Miu Woven Leather Shoulder Bag, which uses lots of colors in and of itself, is a much more adventurous choice. And who doesn’t need a little adventure in their lives on a boring Tuesday? (more…)

It’s approximately 27 degrees outside in Atlanta right now, and when you consider that we’re usually in the mid-50s in December, I’m sure you can understand how much of a shock that was when I left the house this morning. I’m currently wearing double layers and huddled under a blanket, but I’m also hoping that the sunny, cheerful Bottega Veneta Large Check Shoulder Bag can help keep me warm.

I’ve been looking at this bag for quite a while, trying to decide if I can get on board with the multicolor check pattern that criss-crosses the white leather background. And I think I can! This bag doesn’t fit in with my normal personal style, but it sure does make me want to fast-forward to late May and linen dresses. (more…)

It is barely fall in my neck of the woods. In fact, the high temperature yesterday was 85 and I wore flip flops to the mall. We’ve yet to experience our first cold snap in Atlanta, despite the fact that mid-October is approaching quickly, and already fashion wants me to start thinking about spring. I’m just not ready yet, but the beautiful color of the Bottega Veneta Large Lambskin Hobo provides plenty of distraction from my reticence.

As always with these types of bags, the key word in the name of the design is “lambskin.” Bottega’s is particularly wonderful, and in person, this bag is surely light as a feather. A very expensive, soft feather, but a feather nonetheless. (more…)

After Kate Moss was seen carrying it, it didn’t take long for the Derek Lam Elsa Leather Clutch to become trendy piece for models, starlets and those that aspire to be like them. And why shouldn’t it be trendy? I was skeptical at first, but in regular leather this little clutch is modern and fun. Don’t want to shell out almost $800 for it? We’ve got an option you might like for almost $600 less: the L.A.M.B. Camberley Surrey Clutch. (more…)

I can think of no better bag to talk about on a sunny, warm late April morning (side note – how did we already manage to get to late April??) that a cute straw clutch. Come to think of it, it’s also Friday – the first night of the weekend, and therefore the first night of the week that you’re likely to need a clutch by your side.

All that considered, the timing of the Anya Hindmarch Ipanema Straw Clutch couldn’t be better. It’s look may be just a hair too serious-summer to be worn yet in cooler climates, but down south where I am, we’ve had pool weather for at least the last month – you’d think it was already July. The more sunshine I see, the more I want something like this to carry around. (more…)

There’s no doubt about it: turquoise, teal and any variation thereof are the colors of the season. And really, why shouldn’t they be? Blue-greens look fabulous against colors like white and yellow, which are nearly omnipresent during warmer months. It only fits.

In light of all that, I can’t help but like the Steven by Steve Madden Oversized Quilted Clutch in such a timely hue. I’ve never been overly impressed with the materials or finishes that the line uses, but the clutch is real leather, and the lines are simple and clean enough that it might appeal to those that have already written off the line. (more…)

It was nearing 90 degrees outside yesterday when I went to meet a friend for lunch. 90. At the very beginning of April. I live in Georgia, so obviously it’s hot here often, but 90 degrees at this time of year is odd, even for us. It looks like I concentrated too hard on willing summer to come early a week or two ago when I really wanted it, and it actually did. Now that it’s here, I’d like for it to go away and come back in July.

But if there’s one advantage that the unseasonably warm weather hath wrought, it’s that I’m consider the purchase of the Mar y Sol Guadalupe Straw Shopper. I mean, if it’s going to be a long, witheringly hot summer, I might as well go ahead and get the appropriate handbag for it, right? (more…)

I’ve heard that turquoise is the color of spring this year. Ok, well, I heard it from something that Megs said on Twitter, so maybe I can’t claim any original research in the “color of the season” category, but turquoise sounds just about as likely as anything else. I have seen a lot of hot pink bags for spring, though, so I’d like to nominate that for second place.

Anyway, turquoise: perfectly lovely, glad to hear that it’s going to be big in the next few months. I much prefer it to orange or an alternative that looks equally terrible next to my skin. So, time to find a good turquoise handbag, I suppose, and the Jimmy Choo Rahmyn Snake-Embossed Hobo is one of the strongest contenders that I’ve found. (more…)

Some bags look great in photos and terrible in person, some look the same in both, and some look blah in photos and amazing in person. Even though the Katherine Kwei Joyce Carryall looks pretty good, if a tad sloppy, in its photos, I think it would look beyond amazing in person.

Obviously, two things jump out at first: the color and the knotting. Let’s talk about the knotting first, shall we?

Junior Drake Ruffle Regina HoboTo me, the bags that only have one thing wrong with them are always more disappointing than the bags that are completely and totally terrible in every way imaginable. To see a designer get so very close to making a great bag and then not make it is tragic (at least as much as a handbag design can be tragic, anyway). If a brand gets it completely wrong, well, there was probably no hope to begin with.

The Junior Drake Ruffle Regina Hobo is one of those bags that comes so close but is, sadly, so far away from something I would want to carry. The shape isn’t the problem – the shape is functional and classic, and I don’t even mind the addition of the ruffles because they’re not so enormous or gathered that they’re ridiculous. I also don’t mind the color; in fact, turquoise works great as a bright used as a neutral, and summer is the perfect time for it. What ruins it for me is the almost denim-like wash that they’ve put on the leather. It makes the material look cheap and uneven, and there are so many ways that they could have distressed it without getting this much fading. If they had used a different treatment on the leather, this one could have been a real winner. Buy through Bloomingdale’s for $398.