Hot Spring Trend: Bold and Bright Handbags
I’m looking for a new handbag. Something cute, bright and fun for summer. Maybe yellow or something equally as bright. (I know, I know, I’m known for my love of all things black, but it’s time to lighten up!)
Since it’s my first foray into color, I’d like to keep the spending under $600. Also, Nick would kill me if I hovered into Chanel territory again so soon. Here are some cute options I’ve found:
Marc by Marc Jacobs Karlie Leather Clutch
I am usually not a Marc Jacobs kinda gal. His cuts and prints are SO not me. But this little clutch might be the perfect mini-step into the world of bright purses. Plus, I’m a hardware fanatic, and the detail here is Tracey-approved. ($250, net-a-porter.com)
Jimmy Choo Tilda Patent Tote
Okay, okay, so this isn’t under $600. But I love the color and patent leather so much that I had to throw it in. I’ve always been a big fan of Jimmy Choo handbags but for some reason have never pulled the trigger. This might be a fun first dip into the Choo pool. ($950, neimanmarcus.com)
Prada Striped Canvas Clutch
How cute is this? It feels so ’80s preppy. I love the stripes, the colors and the shape. ($595, saksfifthavenue.com)
Kate Spade Chrystie Street Large Anisha
Kate Spade Flicker Bon Shopper
Yikes! Much like Marc Jacobs, I’m usually not a Kate Spade person. But when it comes to color, she really knows what she’s doing. I couldn’t decide these two so I decided to post both.
Top handle bags are big trend for Spring and this one is such a fun color. At $445, it’s a good price a fun, new bag. ($495, katespade.com)
Love the yellow. Simple, bright, fun, affordable—perfect for the beach. ($225, katespade.com)
Foley + Corinna Mid City Tote in Poppy
I love the shape of this bag. I love that you can carry it by the handles or fold it over and wear as a shoulder bag with its cute detachable strap. I almost bought this last month in black (surprise!) but perhaps this shade would be more fun for summer. ($395, shopbop.com)
Michael Kors Gia Flap Leather Shoulder Bag
Clearly I’m leaning towards yellow based on the number of yellow bags I’ve featured in this post and while this isn’t my favorite yellow one in the bunch, I think it’s really cute. It’s perfect if you have an office job and need a bag with clean lines. The hardware is nice too. ($595, saksfifthavenue.com)
Unrelated sidenote: I’m loving the bags in the Victoria Beckham line. Very sharp lines and pretty handles. But, if I’m going to drop between $2,600 and $4,500 on a bag, it’s probably not going to be on a VB bag….
Two Bags I Wouldn’t Mind Having
As you all know, I’m a bag person — I absolutely love love love handbags. And it’s about time for me to invest in my next one. While doing a little browsing, I came across these two pretty — but very different — bags. Here’s a quick look:
This Stella Mccartney is pretty cool. The color is so versatile and the detail on the straps and around the bag is so pretty. It seems like the perfect weight for Fall/Winter.
I love the pleated leather on this bag… and while I usually prefer silver hardware, I really like the gold on this. This seems great for quick trips to the mall, a casual night out or with a black sheath dress for work.
What do you think? Do you like them?
Two Handbags I’d Love to Have. Like Right Now.
While perusing the New Additions section on Neimans website, I found two handbags I must have. Since my handbag obsession has taken a quiet haitus since I moved to Hawaii, I probably won’t get either. But that doesn’t mean I can’t still crave both–or encourage YOU to get them!
These bags are polar opposites–but only in price. One is $2495 and the other is $255. One is a popular and high-end brand, the other is an eco-friendly, vegan brand. But, they are both considered hobos and they’re both super cute. So enough with the teasing… let’s see the bags!
I mean, how friggin hot is this bag? I LOVE IT. It’s a Jimmy Choo camel brown python-embossed leather with off-white tie-dye detail. I generally don’t love tie-dye but it works on this bag. The hardware is great, the shape is fabulous, and I like that it has tan suede lining. It’s just a great spring/summer bag. Man, Jimmy Choo makes hot bags. And yes, this is the $2495 one.
Okay, so I think this bag is super cute. I love the studs, I love the layered leather, and I love the handle. This looks like an expensive bag to me… but’s totally affordable. The designer is Matt & Nat. I’m not super familiar with this designer but here’s what Neimans said: “Style-conscious and design-centric, MATT & NAT combines bold color, edgy silhouettes, and inventive materials in a collection that juxtaposes structured designs with sumptuous fabrics. A perfect balance of ethics and beauty, MATT & NATT reinvents what it means to be fashionably responsible, creating accessories void of animal by-products yet rich in style.”
Sounds good to me. And you can’t beat the $255 price tag. (Note: It’s vegan faux leather, so I’m curious what the texture of the bag is and how it moves. I mean, it’s cool that it’s not real leather and animal-friendly, but I’d want to make sure it looks and feels right before buying.)
Man, I really do love handbags.