Category Archives: Handbags

Kate Spade: Just a Few Handbags I’ve Been Loving!

Do you remember the Kate Spade Sam?  The “it” bag of 2000?  It was a classic minimalistic (I mean this in a good way) handbag which was quite cute.  I bought it in black and a deep silvery-grey (eventually we parted ways via eBay).  My qualm about the Sam was that it was too bulky as a good shoulder bag.  I was sad that I had to sell it but it was the right thing to do.  I’ve always been in love with Kate Spade’s 7″x5″organizers and re-fills- cute, cute!  Kate Spade has caught my attention again with her lovely Maryanne, Billie, and Kennywood.  Such beautiful shoppers and totes!  May I say, I adore the gold metallic dot-jacquard lining!  The Maryanne has the timeless elegance of a Chanel without the outrageous price tag.  I suggest you save up for this one!  Worth every penny!!!

*Photocredit: Nordstrom & Gilt Groupe


My Favorite Timbuk2

I should have written on this very topic years ago, so better late than never.  I love the Timbuk2 in blackberry, plum, and lavender (can you tell I love purple?) and wish they didn’t discontinue these pretty colors.  Too bad at the time I didn’t realize how much I liked this trio; I would have bought the laptop messenger version in a heartbeat.  I also wish all their bags had interior mesh pockets on the sides (perfect to hold a large water bottle or eyeglasses/sunglasses).  I will have to make do with altering a beerdaleer for this task.  Please bring BPL back Timbuk2!  I would love you more!

*Photocredit: eBay &


B. Makowsky’s Ollie Satchel

Another beautiful, well-made (leather), reasonably priced satchel for its quality, and highly functional design by B. Makowsky!  Gee, I haven’t gotten over my honeymoon state-of-mind yet with the Melbourne Shopper and here we go again!  I think he’s a bag genius!!!  The Ollie comes in two sizes, the 12″ and 14.”  For me it’s a tough call between the blue metallic and silver.  I’m usually very decisive about things, except when it comes to stuff like handbags lol and in particular B. Makowskys.

Details of the Ollie (large) as per Zappos:

  • “Dual handles with an attachable crossbody strap. Handle drop: 6″ in length. Crossbody drop: 24.5” length.
  • Front exterior slip and zipper pockets.
  • Side and rear exterior slip pockets.
  • Flat bottom.
  • Top zip closure.
  • Interior lining with a back wall zip pocket and multifunctional slip pockets.
  • Dimensions: 14″ maximum width x 4″ deep x 9.5″ high.
  • Bottom Width: 12 12 in”

Details of the Ollie (small) as per

  • 9″ high
  • 12″ wide
  • 3.5″ deep
  • 21.0″ shoulder drop


Stephanie Dawn

Stephanie Dawn is another brand I have uncovered with my new-found love for Vera Bradley’s quilted accessories.  I believe that there is a place for every brand in the fashion and accessories world because everyone has something unique to offer to an audience of equally varying likes and dislikes.  I do favor Vera Bradley’s products slightly more; however, from Stephanie Dawn, I adore their Bloom Dance print!  Just tugs at my heartstrings- I’m a color, pattern, texture fiend!  Stephanie Dawn currently has plans to sell from their online website however this plan is still under construction.  You may find Stephanie Dawn at the time of this post at CCJC.  As an aside, I’ve been overall pleased with the customer service I’ve received from CCJC.  They are easy to reach by phone and are very willing to provide assistance.

*Addendum: December 28, 2012

Something made me think of them today so I checked the .net site and they have officially launched!  Yayyy!

*Photocredit: CCJC

Thoughts on Vera Bradley

I’ve finally changed my mind about Vera Bradley. I didn’t like the brand when there was a craze several+ years ago. I’m normally a big fan of leather designer bags and definitely still am. Recently I spotted the pattern called “Sittin’ in a Tree” and I think it’s cute and has a younger vibe to it. I also like the retired pattern, Americana very much. I bought my mom, as one of her Christmas presents this year, a Poppy Fields Villager (I considered the Pleated tote too but liked the interior pockets of the Villager slightly more). It’s good to finally have a bag that I’m not afraid to use and it’s machine washable (colors have not faded on my totes yet post-wash). I feel a little more connected to my past (to the hot pink, down-to-earth bag which was my first love- the one with generous compartments)…  I like the Villager, Pleated, Bowler, Carried Away (this one is humongous) styles.  My MIL bought me a Gabby for Christmas and I’m glad she did because I most likely would not have considered this particular style on my own; consequently nor would I have discovered how wonderful it is.  My current favorite patterns are Americana, Apple Green, Imperial Toile, Sittin’ in a Tree, Folkloric, Make Me Blush, and Poppy Fields.  What are your favorites?  I have to know!

*Photocredit: Vera Bradley

Celine Handbags

I’ve admired Celine handbags for as long as I can remember and I’m disappointed they have not received as much attention as they deserve.  The brand had a small boutique across from Fendi’s in Bloomingdale’s flag ship store on Lexington Avenue; I wouldn’t at all be surprised if it’s still there.  I love that though some of their accessories are logoed, they are done so in a manner which doesn’t sacrifice good taste and sophistication.  I’ve also noticed that their logo has undergone some major transformation over the years; beautifully so too, that in 2010 it is both elegantly refined and to me slightly reminiscent of the fleur-de-lys.

*Photocredit: Hautelook

Anya Hindmarch Makeup Case

I’m such a nut for make up bags- you’ve seen them; the ones with the double compartments in which you can store your favorite brushes and mascara and with a bottom section large enough for all your cosmetic goodies.   I’m not picky on whether it’s coated canvas or smooth heavyweight nylon but Anya Hindmarch’s version takes the cake with its patent trim, embossed “Make Up” lettering, and lovely signature logo lining.  Every girl who tends to do some sort of traveling should own one.  My small qualm is that I wish she made one in navy blue or black with the lining as seen below.  This would be a great holiday gift for someone =)

*Photocredit: Anya Hindmarch

Deux Lux: Love Rekindled

My love for Deux Lux has been rekindled this year with the release of their Supernova Tote.  It’s a great dressed up version of the everyday bag and affordable too.  My favorite versions of it are in Moonshadow and Gunmetal.  A perfect way to look stylish on your errands or at the library.

The third photo below is of my Horn Satchel which was purchased at $27.00-$32.00 at a boutique closing in Forest Hills, Queens (which is always a sad event, but offers good deals).  I’ve received so many compliments on this bag throughout the years.  It’s a gorgeous little bag!

*Photocredit: Deux Lux & NYCupcake

I Dream of Mulberry

I’ve been obsessing over this brand recently- thoughts spurred on by the launch of Mulberry for Target (the large black patent Bayswater remains elusive).  The Alexa style is a chic messenger bag with a school gal sweetness; I wish I owned this bag too!  My all-time favorite is the Bayswater in blue calf-hair.  Gorgeous!  Gorgeous!   The new tree-patterned bag lining is most adorable!  I miss no details *blush*

*Photocredit: Mulberry

JCrew’s Galaxy Tote

So gorgeous is this tote!  It has been repeatedly re-stocked and then sold out despite its crazy price tag.  I was wishing for it to go on sale =)  Below is JCrew’s description for their navy tote…

“A bag to end all bags (and the one every girl in our office is drooling over), combining all the utility of a take-anywhere tote with the utter fabulousness of piled-on bling—think bag and jewelry all in one. The lightweight, rumpled satin body is bedazzled with double-sided sequins sourced from one of Italy’s most esteemed mills, then edged in tulle for a delicate textural touch. The strap—a myriad of luxe chains fashioned of antiqued gold-plated brass with a leather shoulder patch. Wear it day or night (we’re big supporters of round-the-clock sparkle). Rumpled sateen with a hint of shine. Top interior hidden magnetic snap closure. Interior back-wall zip pocket. Cotton twill lining. Part of the J.Crew Collection. Import. Comes with dust bag. 11″ handle drop. 15 3/4″H x 16″W x 2 1/2″D.”

*Photocredit: JCrew