I’m currently searching for a new blag, a new black bag to be exact. It’s 2013, and I want to get rid of most of my handbags and start new! A lot of my bags are old and I’m dying to have one classy and gorgeous black bag. I’m not sure what style I want my bag to be but it’s definitely fun to look around and see what bags are out there.
At the moment, I’m severely obsessed with the Prada “Parabole” Spazzolato. I saw a Tory Burch bag a while ago that looked similar to this one but the “Parabole” takes the crown! I love that the bag is incredibly simple. There isn’t much to it and because of that I love it. Bags that are simple always tend to look more clean and just have a pretty look to them overall. I also love that this bag looks professional. It looks like a bag that a professional woman or a woman on a mission would carry.
‘Tis the season for super cute bags and I think I’ve found the cutest one of all! Every time the holidays approach designers tend to bring out those stellar pieces that fashion lovers would want to get. Every holiday season I always find at least one thing I want! The most adorable bag I’ve seen this holiday season has to be the Tory Burch Bow Envelope Bag in red! Christmas is all about the color red and bows seem to be everywhere during this time of the year. What better way than to celebrate the holidays than with an accessory that matches the occasion.
The Zac Posen Sweet Danger Clutch is a very interesting-looking piece. When I first laid eyes on it, that glossy patent red leather really grabbed my attention. It is very bold for such a small bag. What I find most interesting, however, is the way the patent leather is displayed. The sides of this clutch are composed of patent leather strips that are tiled in rows. It sort of reminds me of slats of wood siding that have been painted red. Almost like a big red barn! I suppose the prism shape of this clutch only adds to that effect, making it a 3-dimensional big red barn!
I have been dreaming of a Balenciaga bag. I was thinking maybe a First, since I like a more manageable size when it comes to handheld styles. Unfortunately, it will probably have to wait until I am done with school. A graduation gift, perhaps? Hmm, maybe more like a congrats on your new job gift! In the mean time though, I do find it fun to look at the latest creations from this designer. My favorites? The various reinventions of those classic motorcycle styles! Take a look at this one, for example. Meet the Balenciaga Glaze Gold City Bag!
As I mention over and over again, I’m absolutely obsessed with black leather handbags at the moment. I love pretty much all black handbags but when they feature gold hardware my heart skips a beat. I’m also obsessed with patent leather! Some people love patent leather, some people hate it there really is no in between with it.
When I saw the Lodis Accessories Astor “Cory” Satchel I gasped. A patent leather handbag with gold hardware? Could it be true? To my eyes, thank goodness it was! I don’t think I’ve ever seen an affordable black patent leather bag with gold hardware so I’m in love and drooling at the moment.
Ever since I was little, I always heard my Mother say how much she hated Patent leather. She always complained that it gets easily scratched and that the shine goes away rather quick. I guess, because of her despise for patent leather I grew up loving it. I actually prefer patent leather over any other type of leather. To me, it’s flashy and fun! Patent leather is a blessing in disguise, because if your bag gets dirty you can easily clean it! Sounds pretty amazing to me.
When you’re looking for a pop of color, you can never go wrong with a red handbag. Not only are they eye catching, they are very versatile as well. Red goes with a surprisingly large variety of colors and actually is the perfect choice for a basic style upon which a wardrobe can be built. Even better is that red comes in a variety of shades and looks good on a number of fabrications, so there are choices out there to suit just about anyone’s taste. My favorite right now? Candy apply red that is so glossy and yummy looking that you almost want to eat it!
I’ve always been a fan of Valentino’s extra structured and braided Histoire Satchel, so when I heard the news that there’s a new Histoire in town, I definitely had to track it down. I can spot the resemblance from its older satchel sibling, but the end result is most definitely a very different product from the original. If the oversized taller classic wasn’t suitable enough for you, then check out its more compact look.
In the new Histoire I like all of its features, but being such a huge fan of the Classic Histoire, I feel like this newbie is lacking. Comparing this to the Classic, the braided handles look flimsy, the over flap isn’t quite as attractive, and I’m thinking small decorative pockets would have added more character to this version.
All my life, I’ve been a devotee to leather handbags. Only straying to fabric bags for the good old diaper bag or beach bag and perhaps a utilitarian tote. I turned up my nose at canvas, satin, nylon and other non-leather bags. Oh, yes! I was a snob about Prada nylon too! I now have to apologize, admit I was small-minded and must re-frame my opinions! There are so many great new (and durable) fabrics in handbags that deserve a second look. Designers that were entrenched in leather now embrace nylon and other materials. It could be that they were simply looking for less expensive alternatives than leather or even more eco-friendly materials, but I believe they’d made some great design choices as well!
Yves Saint Laurent Muse
Yes, the classic Muse bag is now available in nylon! Same great shape and style for $1195. The leather version is $1550. Not a significant different, but it looks great just the same! Perhaps you can pick up a great pair of sandals for the difference?
Shop It: YSL Boutique @ Saks!