Side tote’s are so in right now thanks to Celine for pretty much starting the trend. I hate to admit this, but I’m not a fan of Celine handbags. It could be because I like to be different and it seems like the “It” bag to own right now so of course I want no part of it. Maybe when Celine handbags aren’t so popular anymore is when I will start to love them.
However, lots of designers are also getting in on the side tote trend and I’m actually loving the Michael Kors “Miranda” Grommet Studded Tote. I prefer it over any Celine bag! It’s fun, it’s edgy and looks really stylish.
I love how when you look inside this bag it looks so incredibly plain. If I saw a picture of just the inside of this bag I would never guess it was a designer bag. However, then you look at the outside of the bag and it’s this gorgeous, trendy looking bag! What’s good about the inside being so empty and plain is that you can fit whatever you want it in. No pockets or inserts to get in the way, just throw your stuff in and off you go! This is also the type of bag that can go with any outfit. Dress, jeans, skirts, casual, fancy it can literally go with any style of outfit! It’s a versatile bag and versatile bags always get an A+ from me especially if they’re gorgeous!
Metallic bags during the summer season? Heck yes! I think it’s about time we forget that age old notion categorizing metallic bags as only for the holiday season. Sure they do look fabulous with a little black dress, but just because the sun is out doesn’t mean they need to go into hiding. Personally I think a metallic evening clutch looks amazing year-round, but it has to be done right and with the right outfit. Which means, since we’re in the summer season right now, try pairing it with lighter shade, like a white dress or a fun flowy Diane von Furstenburg top.
New Arrival Alert: checkout the Grayson! I have become obsessed with this bag. It’s on the top of my list right now. It incorporates all the trends and details that I’m currently coveting onto this one bag: feminine silhouette, bold but not over the top studded detailing, available in everlasting classic colors and a 2-in-1 crossbody to clutch style.
When most bagistas think of skulls, they probably think of Alexander McQueen. While this designer is very well known for its skulls (particularly the skull clutches), there is another designer I still think of whenever skulls are mentioned. Does anyone remember Thomas Wylde? Whatever happened to that designer? It seems like they just fell off the face of the planet. I checked their website and there are new collections. So why am I not seeing them around anymore? Oh well, I suppose it doesn’t matter. The only reason I bring it up is because the bag you see here reminded me of Thomas Wylde (rather than Alexander McQueen). Meet the Frye Skull Studded Tote!
I don’t know a whole lot about Anndra Neen. However, what I do know is that this designer makes some very unique statement jewelry. Founders Phoebe and Annette Stephens take their inspiration from Egyptian motifs and Bauhaus graphics. Plus each piece is handcrafted by artisans in Mexico City using metal alloys such as alpaca silver. Beautiful! Never in my wildest dreams though did I think I would see a handbag from this designer. Did I miss something somewhere? When did Anndra Neen start making them? Oh well, it is a lovely surprise nonetheless and this particular piece has really caught my eye. Introducing the Anndra Neen Mirrored Gold Streak Alpaca Metal Box Clutch!
Nudes are everywhere right now! On your feet (shoes), on your nails (polish), and even on the beach (shame on you, I was talking about nude swimsuits)! But I suppose it should come as no surprise. After all, nudes are definitely a warm season trend. So why not nude handbags as well? They have been popping up left and right lately! I really love this look. Nudes are so simple and chic, plus they go with just about anything! You have to be careful though. There are definitely dos and don’ts with this trend. For example: Do go for rich textures, but don’t pair nudes with perforations (too Band-Aid-ish). Stick with geometric or animal-inspired textures instead.
Alright! Are you ready to give this trend a try now? To get you started, I have a few suggestions below. Check them out! There is something for everyone and for every budget!
Lauren Merkin Molly Suede Croco Clutch. $325
You can’t go wrong with a classic envelope clutch! This style looks absolutely fabulous in nude! I also love the suede and the croco-embossed texture. It is really simple, yet it looks so very rich at the same time.
I’m definitely into the whole zodiac and horoscope thing. In fact, I follow it pretty religiously and I have an app on my phone about it. I’m a Leo and I’m so proud to be a Leo. We really are eccentric beings and we love being different. I mean, two of the most famous Leo’s are Jennifer Lopez and Madonna. My birthday is August 6th and it’s funny to know that one of my favorite comedic actresses, Lucille Ball, shared the same birthday as me.
Who doesn’t love Hollywood glam? And for that matter, who doesn’t love movies? Nothing captures the imagination like the big screen! Well, it seems Charlotte Olympia couldn’t agree more with that statement. Her line has always been inspired by a bygone era of old Hollywood glamour. But her latest collection has taken this inspiration one step further. Hollywood glitz and glamour has suddenly taken on a more literal sense. Check out the Charlotte Olympia Box Office Pandora Perspex Clutch, for example. I think you will see what I mean!
This lovely clutch has the classic Pandora styling. There are two hinged halves that fasten together on top. Inside you will find the usual detachable zippered pouch. What makes this particular style so interesting is the design on the exterior. The clear perspex features a gold-tone metal adornment that resembles the outline of a film strip. I don’t think you can get anymore literal than that!
The look is certainly different and it would make a great conversation piece. I don’t think you necessarily need a Red Carpet-ready ensemble either. A simple little black dress would pair quite nicely with this piece. It would provide an excellent showcase, emphasizing and calling attention to the gold-tone film strip.