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The Little Black Clutch

Who says black is boring? Although summer is a great time to spice up your wardrobe with lots of juicy colors, every now and then there’s a black accessory that’s a must-have. This clutch by Malini Murjani is one of those must-haves. The Resin Billyette Clutch is a modern ‘mod’ clutch – think modern art meets 60’s style. The bag is expandable, lined in leather, ...
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A Luxury Steal – the Balenciaga ‘Tron’

While the celebrity favored ‘Le Dix’ has arguably been the most popular in the Balenciaga family, the Balenciaga Tron is the undiscovered gem. It is the ultimate in classy bags for the mature woman. In my opinion it is the more sensible and sophisticated bag with its very contemporary and sleek calf leather, front gold ‘winged’ clasp and swivel top handles. I simply adore this ...
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It’s a Drawer! It’s a Clutch! It’s Superbag!

I have discovered the perfect super bag. Anyone who knows me knows I carry extra-large bags with excess amounts of stuff. I’m talking phone, wallet, comb, brush, lipgloss, bronzer, bills, magazines, work papers, water, gum, glasses, jewelry, lotion,…you can stop me anytime now. The point is, I carry it all. But I can’t ever find what I’m looking for. Many bags boast compartmentalization ...
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Snoop’s Got My Bag!

Though his overall style may be questionable, his handbag is to die for. After my Gucci letdown, and my recent disappointments in Fendi, I’ve been checking out Louis Vuitton to fulfill some of my luxury needs. I have wanted to buy the Monogram Canvas ‘Speedy’ for several years now but it seems like EVERYONE and their mother owns one, and if I’m going to pay over $600 for one, ...

Celebrity bag spotting: Jennifer Lopez with a Katherine Kwei ‘Stella’ Tote

Who else but La Lopez could show up for jury duty looking uberly fabulous? Jennifer Lopez was spotted rockin’ casual chic as only she knows how. She manages to make an extra-long cardigan, oversized sunglasses, and baggy jeans look haute, but the best part of her look of course, is the bag. J. Lo, always a fashion trendsetter, is toting one of Katherine Kwei’s luxury knotted handbags. ...

The Timeless Beauty of Burberry

Burberry is one brand that, in my opinion, hasn’t been completely tainted by Canal Street knockoffs. The Burberry check pattern seems to be difficult to duplicate, and I’m glad that at least one luxury brand can maintain its uniqueness. The Buckled Leather Hobo is a classy and versatile hobo. The color scheme is neutral but not boring, and the plaid print is surprisingly anti-trendy so ...
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Matchy Matchy, Vichy Vichy

I hate matchy matchy. Have you ever seen those couples at an amusement park wearing matching tee shirts with their picture on it, or a woman walking the streets in head to toe Louis Vuitton – jacket, pants, bag, shoes, etc.? Both instances are totally tacky. But Yves St. Laurent makes matchy matchy very pretty. Picture this – a basic black tunic top and black pants. Simple, yes, boring, ...
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Fendi, Is That You?

Since my love affair with Gucci has come to a screeching halt, I decided to turn to Fendi for my luxury needs. But then I realized that I now have a love/hate relationship with Fendi, that is, I love to hate their bags. I used to be a huge fan of Fendi growing up – I owned several double F logo bags – a cute black drawstring version, a thin strap shoulder bag, and others. But lately I’ve ...

Bottega Ve-NOT!

Haute or not? Maybe I don’t even have to ask – this is just hideous. I’m not a huge fan of Bottega Veneta’s woven bags but at least they’re somewhat classy. This ‘Limited Edition Snakeskin Bag’ looks like the leftover confetti scraped up from the streets in Times Square on New Year’s Eve regurgitated in the form of a purse. Every now and then it seems ...

Wearable Art For the Ultimate Snob

I’m not big on promoting handbags that cost as much as a small car, a down payment on a mortgage, or even a small country. But I will share the details of what I believe to be truly exquisite handbags, in case you have a huge chunk of change lying around. I was recently introduced to the Rene Lautrec for EKSO collection and was instantly impressed. Designer Rene Lautrec combines art, fashion, ...
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Gucci Sucks!

Gucci, to me, has always been the Mercedes-Benz of handbag brands – iconic, luxurious, and highly coveted. I had a few vintage Gucci bags given to me throughout my life, but on a trip to Italy in 2005, my mother bought me my first, brand spanking new Gucci hobo. I fell in love instantly, clutching my new bag tight, (receiving many strange looks from my boyfriend I might add), and promised to ...
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Do You Fake It?

No, I’m not referring to the big ‘O’, but to designer handbags. Do you carry fakes? Sarah over at A Fabulous Fashion Blog recently said that 99% of Louis Vuitton products sold are knock-offs. Everyone seems to have a Louis, and these days it’s difficult to spot a knock-off from a distance, as the quality of the fakes have improved drastically, while, in my opinion, the ...
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Takin’ Out the Trash

Since when does luxury look like trash? For Fall/Winter 2006 and 2007, Chanel bucked their traditionally chic, quilted bags for this oversized, vinyl, trash bag style tote. This bag is so popular the New York Times even featured it, with a collage of pics of ladies (clones) on the street carrying different variations of it. Apparently there is a lengthy waiting list to get one, which priced at ...

Haute or Not: The Fendi Vanity Zucca Canvas and Leather Clutch/ Shoulder Bag

This is quite an interesting creation from Fendi, whose bags are always hit or miss. The shape is no doubt adorably unique, and I like the easy transition from clutch, to shoulder bag, and back again. However, the mismatched color palette of taupe and dark brown canvas mixed with vachetta and lavender leather is a messy melange of colors. At $1,170, it’s a tad pricey for a vanity purchase, which ...

Out of the Box Design

Devi Kroell rose to fame several years back with her then innovative oversized python hobos, sprayed on the undersides with metallics silvers, pinks and golds. Kroell’s refined sense of style is apparent in the rest of her handbag and accessories collection as well. Most of her line incorporates an unusual list of materials, including karung, astrakhan, bull’s belly, and Nile perch. ...
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