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The Glitter of Manhattan Portage…

This time all that glitters is gold!  With it’s many great features of generous depth to fit more on-the-go necessities, leather-free, overall practicality (and even comes with velcro silencing patches), and attractive styling (eye catchingly glittery non-glitter good whether for day or night), I knew I had to own a bag from Manhattan Portage’s newly introduced Midnight Collection.  I first saw the collection at the Manhattan Portage/Token flagship store located on Elizabeth Street in New York, but regretfully realized later on I should have purchased something from the Midnight Collection that very visit.   You know how it goes when something you like lingers on your mind ;)…  Well, maybe waiting became a virtue because months later, the Midnight Collection was further expanded with such awesome designs such as the mini messenger pictured below.  Had to snag that baby up!

*Photocredit: Manhattan Portage

Rebecca Minkoff’s & Lanvin’s Cute Crossbodys

I’ve been loving crossbody bags recently for the obvious reasons (hands-free option and when a big heavy bag isn’t preferable).  They are great for date nights (especially theater nights) and when you need to carry only necessities for classes or on errands.  Here are two favorites of mine:

Rebecca Minkoff Classics MAC Crossbody Clutch:

“Oversized clip-lock boldly details the front flap pocket of a lightly textured leather clutch designed with an optional chain strap for versatility.

  • Top zip closure.
  • Exterior zip pocket under flap.
  • Protective metal feet.
  • Interior zip, wall and cell phone pockets; key clip.
  • Logo-print lining.
  • Leather.
  • Imported.”


Lanvin Metallic Chain Crossbody Bag:

“Signature ribbon-detailed chain strap completes the utterly feminine look of this metallic lambskin bag.

  • Bronze quilted lambskin and self piped trim.
  • Chain shoulder strap with black leather top and ribbon detail on side.
  • Golden hardware; front zip with loop slider.
  • Pleated corners.
  • Fabric lining; inside open pockets.
  • 11 1/2″H x 14″W x 5″D.
  • Made in Italy.”


*References: Nordstrom





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

Leigh & Luca Totes: Love at First Sight & My Go-To Type of Bag

I fell in love instantly with Leigh & Luca’s canvas totes.  I first saw them offered on Gilt.  I opted for the pretty dragonfly one.  I was so happy when it finally arrived and couldn’t wait to carry it straightaway.  They are great everyday bags and my go-to type of bag for traveling (that and their awesome scarves)!  Smartly styled and generous space for all your stuff.  I also love the chain detailing.  If you have not checked them out already; you MUST take a look!!!  I couldn’t imagine going anywhere without them now (they somehow remind me of the comforts of home, I know kinda crazy to say eh?)!  I think it’s because the materials they are made from are so soft.  Guess what I’m especially bringing on my next trip =)?

*Photocredit: Gilt & Leigh & Luca


Looking for a new shopping or school/study tote?  Look no further.  Maptotes is a cute and affordable solution to every day needs.  I especially love their denim and organic cotton styles =).  I was just wondering the other day why companies like 7FAM or Rock & Republic haven’t released a collection of denim bags?….  It’s to my surprise since they specialize in denimwear.

*Photocredit: Gilt & Maptotes

Longchamp Handbags

For a while, I stayed away from this brand because it seemed like it was becoming an all too overly popular sensation with their Planetes signature style tote; which I happened to dislike at the time for whatever reason.  A couple years later I noticed their Cosmos bowler at a local handbag boutique and fell in love with it- the sparkly leather exterior and star strewn lining couldn’t be denied =).  I decided to give Longchamp another chance.  They also offer great men’s leather wallets- classic and gorgeous.  Below I have selected my top Longchamp styles.  The Roseau in ebony and the Rival in indigo blue patent makes me purrrr…

*Photocredit: Longchamp

Petunia Pickle Bottom

The Cake Collection accessories are especially cute but I wish they weren’t all baby oriented. Some of the prints remind me of LeSportsac (like the Morning in Mumbai). Once I wore a bag into a Manhattan Petco and two guys were behind me talking to each other about “why does she have a diaper bag?” I still use that bag because I love that it has a side pocket for my bottled water. How rude- totally uncool! They should mind their own business. I think there was a little more to the comment though; maybe they were envious that I was carrying a higher-end bag? I don’t really understand people sometimes… I remember once I was shopping in Scoop and there was a girl who purchased over a thousand dollars worth of stuff, was carrying a huge Chanel bag, and being chauffeured by limousine. My only thought was “wow.” Anyway, getting back to the real reason for the post (to share all these lovely photos with you). I guess if one stays quiet, not many people would ever know these are really diaper bags? –>

*Photocredit: Petunia Pickle Bottom