Love comes in many shades. But if you wander around shopping areas and pretty much any public vicinity right now, you’ll see how overpowering the shade of red is. Designers from all backgrounds have poured their favorite shades of scarlet onto their accessories, in hopes that you might favor their creation for your Valentines Day affair. Over at Shopbop (dot com), we’ve selected some of the loveliest accessories for your V-Day night out. They’re cute and affordable!
When I was asked to pick my favorite trend for 2012, I had to stop and really think about it. There were so many wonderful trends this past year, it was difficult to choose just one. Bright colors, animal prints, polka dots… I love them all. But there is one trend that stands out from the rest. I mean, really stands out. I’m talking about the Highlighter Hues trend! I originally wrote about this trend last Spring. I loved it then and I still love it now. What better way to make a statement than with a “notice me” neon color? That is why I want to officially declare Highlighter Hues as my favorite trend for 2012! So if you’re still itching to get your hands on a delightfully neon piece, check out these suggestions below!
Cambridge Satchel Company Fluoro Satchel – $155
This bag is probably my all time favorite of the Highlighter Hues trend. The structured shape, the bright neon colors, and (of course) the awesome price tag make this bag an excellent choice. I love the flap closure complete with buckles.
There are two kinds of holiday shoppers. The kind that gets their shopping done early and the kind that waits until the very last minute. Can you guess which kind I am? I know, I know. There is nothing worse than waiting until the last minute. Sometimes it just happens though. You’re busy doing other things and somehow the holiday season just creeps up on you. Before you know it, you’re staring Christmas right in the face and you haven’t finished your shopping yet! There is good news though. Shopbop.com will still deliver your package by Christmas Eve if you order by 7:00pm (CST) on Wednesday (Dec 19th). So there is still time to pick up some last minute gifts for that special bagista on your list! Still stumped on what to get? Here are some items that you simply can’t go wrong with.
Marc by Marc Jacobs Goodbye Columbus - $298
Every gal needs a great crossbody bag. They are perfect for when you want to be “hands-free”. This bag is gorgeous too! I love the simple flap styling and divided interior. Stylish, yet practical!
Fluorescent colors, neon colors, highlighter hues, or whatever you want to call them… they were a hot thing when I was a kid. You name it, everything was trying to jump on the highlighter hue bandwagon. I believe Crayola even came out with some neon crayons. If I remember right though, they didn’t work very well when you tried to color with them. It was like the wax was too hard or something. But like many trends of the 1990s, this one quickly became a distant memory. And those crummy crayons? I think those went in the trash. Now here we are nearly 20 years later and suddenly the highlighter hues are making a bit of a come back. It started a couple of years ago with Marc Jacobs. Good old Marc is pretty quirky, so I didn’t give it a second thought. Recently though, other designers have been picking up on the idea. Now handbags in highlighter hues are turning up practically everywhere. Admittedly, I wasn’t totally on board in the beginning. But after seeing some pieces from my favorite designers, I have started to warm up to the idea. These handbags are definitely not for the faint of heart! If you like to have fun though, I think you will enjoy the playfulness of these pieces. Below you will find some of my top picks. Just remember though, these are just the tip of the iceberg!
Rebecca Minkoff Flirty Bag in Neon – $250
This quilted leather crossbody bag is so cute! I absolutely love the all-over dimples. Plus the cone stud-encrusted bottom provides a nice extra touch.
When I discovered the Cambridge Fluoro Satchel, the Kate Spade Essex Scout was the first thing that came to mind. I mean without a doubt the style is identical with minor detail differences here and there. Also the Essex Scout seems to be on the Out over at the Kate Spade headquarters. It appears that there’s only one available, in a beige crocodile print over at Piperlime for $395 – that price tag is about double, making this Cambridge Fluoro Satchel the ultimate look-for-less.