I’ve finally discovered the joy of crossbodys after putting aside a long time bias towards those extra large satchels. It’s a choice of carrying your essentials versus all those what-ifs (which many times do not come to fruition) and especially a no brainer when shoulder and backaches are concerned. Minkoff and Lanvin does it in style, I must say! Light, aery, unburdened and ready to shop, shop, shop ;)…
Recently my husband and I traveled to England and Wales. I brought my Vera Bradley Viva La Vera Weekender as my carry-on and really loved this bag for its generous pockets and ease of carrying. It kept all my belongings well organized and nicely accessible; with the added plus of being made with cheery patterned, soft but thick quilted fabric reminding me of the comforts of home (think quilted-comforter). I’m also very interested in the Grand Traveler in Folkloric for a short domestic getaway. Other great prints include the Watercolors, Happy Snails, Mocha Rouge, Sittin in a Tree, Deco Daisy, and retired Peacock (which can still be found on e.g. eBay and perhaps other places if you looked hard enough).
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.
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 =)
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*
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.”
My first Coach love was a brown and tan woven wool signature logo mini tote (shown in an advertisement with the matching kitty heels). Unforgettable in my mind… I never found the kitty heels but I was fortunate enough to find the mini tote. I guess from 2001 to 2006, I was pretty much obsessed with Coach, making almost monthly visits to their Soho store, if not more frequent… Afterwards I was nuts over their denim logo line, particularly with their flap bags. I have never forgotten about that collection and still think of it even today. I’m still beating myself up for not snagging one of their denim bags sooner (I went back after some deliberation and the bag was snatched up by another buyer). So today, while I was procrastinating over more important obligations, I decided to take a gander at the Coach website… and I found the TDF Poppy Embossed Exotic XL Spotlight Tote. The price tag was a bit of a shocker but it’s definitely lust! Here is Coach’s take on their lovely Poppy:
“An exceptional Poppy bag in delicately textured, lightweight leather with golden metallic accents, intricate strap detailing and fun hangtags.
Soft calfskin leather with glazed metallic accents
Premium embossing with the look and feel of python
I’m a member of The Bag Forum and from time to time I’ve seen a thread or two raving about B. Makowsky’s handbags. I don’t know why I didn’t give this brand a second thought. I found a You Tuber’s video on her “8 Most Worn Things.” Towards the end of the video, she mentions her love of her new BM brown leather silver studded satchel (Studded Soft – Large’ Pleated Hobo). This re-inspired me to examine this brand… Introducing the Melbourne Shopper (my “go to” and soulmate bag). I never would have thought I could say this about any bag. You know how sometimes you can spontaneously identify a special product; one that you could picture still loving years down the line… Well, this is the real deal =). It couldn’t have been more perfect a design for me; kinda like someone custom made this bag for me! How cool is that? Why I love the Melbourne… uhm, is it because it’s a composite of all my top-rated bags and because I can’t find any fault with it?..
dark, soft, exotic embossed leather
significant hardware yet the bag alone doesn’t weigh a ton
outer compartment for a cell phone (easy access for me)
strong magnetic closures
timeless, classic style with lovely detailing
good price for its quality
it is a true shoulder bag which can be worn with a coat on (perfect shoulder drop)
soft smooth leopard print lining
looks really good with any outfit
it may not be a summer-ish bag because it’s black, but I really don’t care (available in other pretty colors)
I hope I won’t wear this bag out too quickly =). It’s the best-of-its-kind.
Last night before going to sleep, I took a quick glance at the Anthro online sales section and was disappointed to see the Zois Bellflower (grey) bag still at full price. I had been keeping an eye on that bag for what seems like months. By early afternoon the next day, I noticed some new bags were transferred to the sales section. Little did I know that the Zois Bellflower had sold out earlier in the morning. I only noticed that when I looked at my Save for Later list- had the Bellflower bag listed on sale at 43% off its regular price (much better than what I would have guessed). I called Anthro’s main number right away hoping that a charge and send could be done; however, the sales associate told me a C&S couldn’t be done due to low in-stock quantities in their stores, two of which (Los Angeles and Washington D.C. had only 1-2 units). I called both stores with no success at finding this pretty handbag there. I asked the S.A. in L.A. to check another store for me. She gave me the number to Irvine, California saying they were listed as having 1 left. I called Irvine with fingers and toes crossed. The S.A. went to look for it and I was imagining that a customer was hanging onto the only one left (silly me *blush*). The S.A. utterly surprised me with “yes, we have one left.” I couldn’t believe it =) *ecstatic me*! I gave him a brief version of my story of woe and he said that the bag was in the back room since they didn’t have a chance yet to put the item on the sales rack. I still have a bitter taste from the days I was looking for Bella, the ornament fairy. I’m still holding onto hope that I will see her offered again somewhere in a few months. Anyway, yes, lucky day indeed that the Zois Bellflower is on its way to me! I will take pics when she arrives.
Updated September 30, 2009: The long awaited Zois Bellflower bag (pic #2); I carried this on a recent dusk stroll.
I admit that I don’t do yoga or pilates but I love the clothing and accessories associated with them. Yoga clothing is really comfortable so now I make it a point to wear it during my travels abroad (especially for long car or plane rides). I love Beyond Yoga and Prana. I also love Title Nine and The Y Catalog. Know of any other good yoga companies or want to share how yoga has enriched your life? Please write me… For now, here are some cute bags from Prana.