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!!!
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.
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.
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.
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!
Not all designers have utilized rose gold leather as well as in this particular Mini Nikki Rebecca Minkoff pictured below. The minimalistic design flawlessly highlights the rose gold; a perfect design and hardware placement that highlights instead of competes.
As an aside, I prefer rose gold to yellow or white gold and love that it has become more widely used in jewelry than in the past.
Kate Spade first caught my glance in 2000. I loved her organizers and refills. Her “Sam” bag was also really nice, but too bulky for my use. I would describe her style mostly as an American classic though I know she has some designs which I would also describe as trendy. I love the calfskin bag below (unique design too in terms of the handles); it’s TDF!
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.