Bloomingdale’s put together a collage featuring an assortment of the hottest trends for the spring and summer season in one lookbook guide; The Ultimate Accessory Wardrobe.
What I love about the lookbook is there’s something for everyone for whatever your fashion mood is.
* Browse through the ‘Brights’ for a selection of accessories to liven up your look with color popping hues.
* Jump into the ‘Athletic’ section if you are looking for sporty with a feminine twist.
* ‘Metallics’ aren’t just for the winter season anymore. It’s your moment to shimmer and shine with glimmering tones.
* Keep it ‘Romantic’ with sweet candy colored pastels.
* Check out the picks for the effortlessly stylish ‘Bohemian’ trend.
* Or if you’re looking for stylishly simple and classic, standout in some graphic high-contrast ‘Black and White’ print.
Seriously such a great selection in one guide. There are hundreds of items to discover! Here are a few of my top picks from the Bloomingdale’s Ultimate Accessory Lookbook.
When it comes to handbags, Milly isn’t normally on my radar. Designed by Michelle Smith, the brand attempts to bring together vintage and modern elements. Originally intended for the younger woman, Milly has developed quite the following among celebrities. Yet when I think of this brand, I still think of clothing… not handbags. Well that might be changing here soon. Over the years, there have been a few Milly handbags that caught my eye. Perhaps there is more to Milly than I had previously thought. That is why I decided to write about the bag you see here. Introducing the Milly Lola Canteen Bag! This one definitely caught my eye!
This may be completely off topic, but it’s one of my dreams to own my own restaurant. I’m a vegetarian and my goodness is it hard to find good food. Most restaurants only have one, if that, vegetarian dish on a menu! It’s very annoying and makes it hard to eat out. It would be nice to have a restaurant that myself and others can eat at and enjoy everyday. Just yesterday I was talking to my Mom about my idea and the possible color theme my restaurant would be. We were talking about crazy colors that you never see in restaurants. One of the color patterns was black, pink and beige. The colors look gorgeous together but would be totally off the wall for a restaurant. A fine example of the colors looking amazing together would be on the Milly Zoey Satchel.
I’ve been craving and searching for a cross-body bag for months! I’m not one for small handbags but I really like the look of them. They seem easy to handle when you have a long day of shopping or errands to run. I want one that’s black leather with gold hardware of course. I have found another one that I love the Milly “Harper” Clutch.
What I love about this bag is that at first glance you wouldn’t expect it to be a purse. It kind of looks like a camera would be held in it. What I love the most about the bag is that the strap can be detached! So not only can you use this bag as a cross-body but it can also be used as a clutch! Can we say double whammy? It’s like two bags in one which makes the price more worth it!
I think we all know by now that I have an obsession with black leather handbags that feature gold hardware. It’s my all time favorite combination and anytime I see a bag with this fabulous combination I usually drool and want it. To me, the combination looks stunning and really pops at you. I have two handbags like this and I can’t wait to get my hands on more!
When it comes to Milly handbags, I normally give them no more than a passing glance. It isn’t that I have anything against the brand. In fact, I often find myself admiring the clothing pieces. It’s just that the handbag line never seems to have that same spark I often associate with the clothing line. The colors are typically neutral and the shapes are nothing special, completely unlike the clothing. But I came across this lovely bag today and I think it has convinced me to give Milly another chance where handbags are concerned. Introducing the Milly Victoria Medium Tote!
I just attended my Alma Mater’s homecoming game. Getting dressed for it is always a chore as I’m not a big “fan” of team gear. I typically wear basics and add a spot of my team’s color. Ironically, I have very little of either color in my wardrobe. The second big fashion issue with attending these games is bag related. Taking my big satchel, hobo or other style I own in my closet invariably involves sitting the bag below my seat…or holding it the entire game. Neither is too appealing. With today’s abundance of small cross-body bags and color options, it should be a snap finding a suitable bag for these events! Here’s some great ones for you to consider on game day!
Marc by Marc Jacobs Classic Q Karlie Bag
If your team is a mean green fighting machine, this is the bag for you! 9″ x 5.5″ x 1.5″ with credit card slots, will keep your belongings perfectly with ease for game day. Striking name plate on the front says you’re a fashionable fan. $258.
Rebecca Minkoff Mini Zip Clutch
Edgy zippered clutch with cross body strap measures 9″ x 7″ x 1″. It’s perfect to show you ar a seriously tough fan and it will take you into a night out as well! And it doesn’t break the bank either! $195.
Lately, I’ve been obsessed with anything that channels the 20′s or 40′s style of fashion. Back then the fashion was so elegant, classy, sophisticated and well put together. Over the years it seems that that sensibility has been lost a little. Fashion is either getting more weird, plain or tighter these days. Not that those are bad, it’s just very different from back then.
For some odd reason, when I came across the Milly “Shiny” Leather Hobo I instantly thought it was an old school type of bag. The studs kind of reminded me of a vest. It kind of looks like a modern day bag with an old style twist to it.
I would definitely carry around this bag in the daytime, but I also know I would definitely take the crossbody strap off. If a bag is made to be a hobo, why to designers include a crossbody strap? It’s silly if you ask me because when you use the strap it sometimes makes the bag have this horrible slouch shape to it.
Spring 2011 marks Milly’s 10th year anniversary!
And to celebrate, Designer Michelle Smith is adding to the family a selection of handbags that embody the same feminine chic aesthetic as her clothing line.
The new line comes in a variety of materials, from canvas and nylon to full grain leathers such as soft, tumbled nappa lamb, shiny goatskin and glossy patent with resin tortoise chains and custom made hardware details. The price range is $250 to $525.
Shop for it: millyny.com, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus and upscale specialty stores.