From the looks of it, it would be a great bag to travel with. I like the different handle options that this bag offers.
Sunday, December 30, 2007
From the looks of it, it would be a great bag to travel with. I like the different handle options that this bag offers.
Saturday, December 29, 2007
You can check out the entire collection of handbags that this company offers by clicking here.
Friday, December 28, 2007
From the conservative to the whimsical, the purses represent a historical era, an artistic creation or a sentimental bond, such as a handbag made out of neckties owned by Dorothy Crawford.
I personally enjoy exhibits like this one because it gives you the opportunity to look at the evolution of handbags since the 1800's. Even though the alligator bag shown above doesn't meet the description of the alligator "it bag" that most women look for today, it can't be said that whoever designed this bag didn't have artistic flair!
To get the entire story, click here.
(courtesy of Chicago Tribune)
Saturday, December 22, 2007
I think this bag is absolutely beautiful. I can envision myself wearing this bag with a pair of jeans and matching Jimmy Choo boots, or dressing up in a winter white cashmere sweater dress.
The reality is that it won't be happening!
Sunday, December 16, 2007
This beautiful, purple patent leather beauty is considered a must-have bag for the season. Sales have increased by 36% in the nine weeks prior to December 1st. Mulberry is trying to meet this demand by increasing its manufacturing space, changing production methods, and investing in new machinery.
Hopefully, Mulberry will be able to meet the demands of this bag soon-- I feel a knock-off version may be on its way...
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Entertainer Fergie held a handbag signing event at the Macy's store in Costa Mesa, California, promoting her new collection, Fergie For Kipling. It seems like everyone's getting into the handbag biz these days!
I personally love the styles that Fergie's collection offers. The bags are very trendy, sporty, and totally functional. Her handbag styles completely personify the image she puts out. She is definitely on the right track.
You can check out her entire collection by clicking here.
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Monday, December 10, 2007
Check out these cute knitted totes by Margaret Nicole, out of New York City. I like the fact that they are very hip and functional at the same time.
You can view more designs by this company by clicking here.
Sunday, December 9, 2007
I know this is a topic we would prefer to not have to deal with-- facing the reality that we could be potential targets of a robbery, especially during the holidays.
It is very easy to get caught up in the mystical, magical representation of the holiday season while shopping, and become less aware that there is someone out there who is looking for the perfect opportunity to snatch your handbag. So you're carrying pepperspray, huh? Guess what-- you've been caught off guard, it's in the bag along with all of your other valuables, so it can't be used on the perpetrator anyhow!
Here are some tips to avoid becoming a victim of a purse snatching, courtesy of RGJ.com:
The best deterrent to purse- snatch crimes is to walk with a friend or in a group, be aware of your surroundings and know who is nearby, according to the department.
Maintaining a confident look also can be a deterrent.
Crossing the street, returning to a business, or asking someone for help, based on those using instincts to spot a potential purse snatching situation might help prevent confrontation.
The following also is suggested to avoid injury and minimize loss:
- Never carry large amounts of cash.
- Place keys, small amounts of cash, credit cards and identification in a secure coat or pants pocket instead of a handbag. Carrying house keys in your handbag increases the chances of unwelcome intruders gaining access to your home, especially if your identification is also in the purse.
- Handbags should be closed, carried in front of the body with an arm held loosely across them. A handbag dangling by the side is much easier for a thief to grab on the run.
- If you wear a handbag with a strap over the head, choose one with a thin strap, and wear it under your coat, which makes it harder for criminals to suddenly grab the strap which might cause you to fall and be injured.
- Resist the impulse to play tug-of-war if a criminal grabs your bag. Chances are you will be knocked down and possibly injured, and the criminal will probably get the bag anyway.
- Reduce personal items or those of sentimental value carried in a purse. The loss of these items can sometimes be more traumatic than the financial loss.
- When traveling in your vehicle, be sure to place your purse under the seat or secure it in the trunk. Park in a well-lit, attended area if possible, completely closing all windows and locking your vehicle when you leave.
- When shopping at a store or market with shopping carts, use the child restraint straps to help secure your purse if you decide to place it in the shopping cart, and never leave your purse unattended in a shopping cart.
- And, if confronted by someone who displays a weapon, or implies they have a weapon, remember your property can be replaced, but you only have one life.
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Black and gold: A staple for the holidays
These jeweled evening bags are both elegant and festive:
You can get more information on these amazing holiday accessories by clicking here.
Monday, November 26, 2007
Saturday, November 17, 2007
Out of all the laptop bags that I looked at, I cut down my possibilities to two choices: A very cute and trendy Juicy Couture Velour Laptop Bag, and the Sumo Laptop Bag, which looked a bit more conservative, but also stylish. For some reason, I couldn't make a decision, and ended up not making a purchase. Now I know why...
I discovered a new laptop bag called the Hartford Laptop Bag -- I believe this is the one! It is made of Italian patent leather, and has all of the qualities I'm looking for: The quilting gives it a classic look, it is compartmentalized for carrying items in addition to the laptop itself, has padded shoulder straps, is lightweight, and most importantly, it looks like a very stylish designer handbag on the outside! Priced at $349.00, I feel it is reasonably priced for all of the functionality that it offers.
This laptop bag becomes available in December. Pre-orders are currently being accepted.
If you are looking for a bag that is both stylish and functional, you'd better get your order in quick for this laptop bag-- it will surely sell out fast!
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Since its launch in 2004, Prada Tricks - a collection of iconic trinkets and charms -has become a seasonal mainstay and for Christmas 2007 the house has added two irresistable new lines: hand-crafted miniature teddy bears and a retro travel collection.
The bears are created using faux fur and recycled off-cuts salvaged from the artisan's workshop and come with a hook for easy attachment to bags, belts and keyrings - but it will be the travel collection that really gets Prada enthusiasts hot under the collar.
For the first time ever, these are direct reproductions from the company archive. The metal tags were originally designed as magnets for the dashboards of gentlemen's cars in 1930 by Mario Prada who, in 1913, founded the small leather goods company that was to evolve into one of the biggest luxury groups in the world that is today headed up by his granddaughter Miuccia and her husband Patrizio Bertelli.
Inscribed with "Buon Viaggio", or "Have a nice trip", the key chains also come with a miniature silver Prada disk tag. Get in on the trickery at Prada boutiques from November 20.
(Courtesy of Vogue UK)
Monday, November 12, 2007
There is a Los Angeles boutique called Alternative Outfitters, a company that promotes a healthy lifestyle by offering products that are "eco friendly", meaning that the products are organic, environmentally-friendly, and cruelty-free (no animals spared for testing or manufacturing of products). The faux leather products actually look like the real thing! The products are manufactured using vegetables, synthetic leathers, vegetable based dyes, and vegetable based glues.
The company offers clothing, shoes, and of course, handbags! Since I tend to have an affinity for handbags, let me share with you some of the cute and fashionable bags that this store carries:
The Chinese Laundry Silver Ruched Vegan Handbag is adorable-- this bag is a great replica of metallic leather!
The construction and choice of embellishments on this Chinese Laundry Double-Braided Handle Vegan Saddlebag makes it easy to compete with any high-end designer bag:
I'm really feeling this Pierre Hardy bag that Cameron Diaz is wearing-- perfect for a day out on the town!
Friday, November 9, 2007
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
After I go shopping, I'm usually prompted to do some re-organizing. At one point, my handbag collection had gotten out of hand due to the fact that not only do I design handbags, but I also enjoy collecting bags made by other designers that I find unique, or just plain cute!
I recently bought a set of purse racks for organizing my handbags.
The racks latch over the top of your door, with a strap that extends down with hooks on it for hanging your bags. I really like the racks because I am able to keep my inventory of bags together in an organized manner. No more frustration from not being able to find your bags when you need them! More than one rack can fit on your door, which even makes for a great display of your handbags. This would also be a great gift for someone you know who could use a little bit of organization as well!
If you would like to know where you can find these purse racks, click here.
Sunday, November 4, 2007
Cindy Crawford appeared on the show this past week, sharing with the audience what goes on in her everyday life. The striking supermodel, who appeared with her very handsome husband, surprised everyone when she admitted that she loves baking and scrapbooking. I don't know why that was surprising-- why should she be embarassed by doing something she enjoys? It seems like our society still has a problem with anything that is perceived as being domestic. Maybe she's just supposed to look sexy. Betcha' the scrapbooking actually turns her husband on!!!
She eventually led everyone to her closet, and showed all of her "favorite things". That's where the Zagliani bag came in. She talked of an amazing Italian designer by the name of Zagliani who creates beautiful handbags, and added that although he wasn't as popular in the United States as he was overseas, she likes to get her hands on things before other people find out about them. I wrote about Zagliani's bags in a previous post-- these were the bags I talked about that were being given botox injections to keep them firm and supple.
Cindy is clearly perceived as one who has great style-- otherwise, this bag would not have taken off the way it has! And as far as being on the Oprah show? Anyone who is a guest on Oprah's show has the perfect opportunity to get things out everywhere in the world-- and fast!!!
Monday, October 29, 2007
This is great news for those of us who can't afford these bags at full retail prices, or just refuse to buy anything at full price. We all like to boast about the fact that we got something great, and we got it on sale! Here are some of the deals that were highlighted, courtesy of shefinds:
An Ellen Tracy Sandalia Satchel (was $368, now $221) makes an elegant choice for the office.
Want some winter white? Look no further than the Andrew Marc Large Kelsey Tote (was $750, now $450).
MORE DEALS :
Free shipping plus a 6-piece sample set with all overs over $50 at Lancome .
Ann Taylor LOFT suit separates up to 60% off through 10/31.
30% off select Create-Your-Own styles at Ralph Lauren through 11/7.
Remember, if you don't have a Neiman Marcus store in your area, you can always shop on-line. Ahh, the beauty of the internet!
Sunday, October 28, 2007
Grey Ant designer Grant Krajecki took a sophisticated conceptual approach with his collection, shown at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Smashbox Studios:
Spanning three weeks, Los Angeles Fashion Week featured fashion shows and events at Smashbox, BoxEight at Vibiana in downtown Los Angeles, and several independent venues around the city.
Check out this beautiful gown from top designer Kevan Hall's Runway Show:
Saturday, October 27, 2007
Stainless steel appliances have grown in popularity in the kitchen. But what about stainless steel in your wardrobe? We found one trend, in stainless, and another in recycled aluminum, that you can throw over your shoulder and carry in high style. The artistic detail really works for me!
Nieja Bend has introduced the Opera Collection, a line of sophisticated handbags and clutch purses from designer Bo's Art Studio in Los Angeles. Each bag of woven stainless steel, features unique details, such as 24K gold plating, 23K gold leaf, copper, brass and even peacock feathers.
This stainless steel wallet, from the Stewart Stand Collection, is durable and resistant to corrosive materials, but to the touch, this material feels like silk. This wallet has a sleek look to it.
The Socorro shoulder bag by Escama, is hand-crocheted in Brazil and features more than 700 recycled aluminum pull-tabs. I love creating handmade items myself-- this bag truly has a uniqueness of its own.
Matching belts for these bags would be really nice-- just putting it out there!
The dark-haired woman, described as in her 30s, approached the shoppers in the U.K. The woman, who had a foreign accent and wore a white jacket, asked the victims questions to distract them. A police spokeswoman said: "This is a particularly nasty crime committed against vulnerable elderly females."We would ask everyone, particularly shoppers to be vigilant and ensure they keep their handbags and purses secure at all times."
That's a darn shame, especially that a woman would be in on this foolishness!
Friday, October 26, 2007
Actress Thandie Newton attended the show and looked stunning, wearing a beautiful Fendi gown and coordinated Fendi bag:
Fur made its presence at the show. Although Fendi is known for its very extravagant fur collections, I wonder if animal activists are giving them a hard time...
Thandie Newton is photographed here with Kate Bosworth, who is sporting a very striking fur ensemble:
Again, here's proof that bags are taking centerstage-- they stand out just as much as the clothing!