Tag: handbags

Eye-tricking handbags now for less. (No trick!)

I remember when I first linked to the amazing cartoonish-looking handbags from Taiwan’s Jump for Paper, I spent a lot of minutes trying to convince my brain that these were indeed handbags and not flat pictures.  Created by designers Chay Su and Rika Lin, JumpFromPaper get its distinctive look from cartoon-like outlines and bright color accents that make the bag look like it was ripped out of a comic book. I half expect to see cartoon bubble “WOW”‘s popping up as I walk down the street. Made from polyester, not cardboard, these bags can be wiped clean with a...

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April showers bring a good excuse to shop online for Hunter boots and bags. Yes, bags!

I love my Hunter rain boots. Unfortunately, I live in LA where it almost never rains, even as the rest of the country wades through those upcoming April showers. Okay, I lie; It drizzles, sometimes. And that’s when I climb into my fabulously green Hunters and I rock them all day long…even when the sun comes back out. But you may not know Hunter makes more than boots. [don’t miss some of their most gorgeous spring items after the jump] In addition to those signature boots, the Hunter collection also includes cute sandals, bright clogs, trenchcoats, and a fantastic...

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A camera to carry your camera

Finding a unique yet stylish camera case can be sometimes daunting.  When I first invested in a good camera, I felt pressure to use the case that so generously came with the camera, but I hated it.  I’m never a fan of lugging around the typical black bag. Happy Sew Lucky has created the perfect solution for us. The Retrotastic camera camera bag pattern creates this iconic design inspired by the Diana camera sold in the 60’s.  And because it is a pattern, you are saving dollars and creating a fantastic product with your own hands. One fat quarter...

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Colorblock handbags from Hayden-Harnett – be still my heart

I have absolutely loved the colorful handbag trend that’s helped get me through winter, and I’m thrilled to see it shows no signs of taking leave come spring. Which is less than a month away, incidentally. Feel free to squee at your leisure. Hayden-Harnett, my very favorite little Brooklyn handbag co that seems to be getting bigger by the minute, has a nice little lineup of new arrivals for spring. But my favorite has to be the Hayden-Harnett Mondrian tote bag in wild rose and candy apple. Even the colors sound yummy. The colorblock tote comes in five color...

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Baggu with a bang

I love my Baggu bags so much that I’ve been tempted to use them as actual handbags, especially with all the junk I schlep around in my purse. Well, now I can actually do it without having to compromise my love for a swanky bag. The new Baggu leather bag is the same shape as their popular reusable shopping bags, just much fancier. Made from super soft leather, you get the laidback feel of a less-structured bag but with loads of style. I’m partial to the Platinum myself, which I think adds some flair to what might seem like...

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Designer bags without the designer labels

I was lucky enough to receive an amazing cross body bag for Christmas last year and while at first I wasn’t sure if this giganti-bag addict would be able to pull it off, I stand corrected. It’s now my go-to bag for day and night. So it’s no surprise that I’m on the hunt for more, including this one that I’m hoping my valentine will surprise me with in a couple of weeks. Meet Stella, the cross-body (or over-the-shoulder) bag with attitude. It’s part of an amazing new collection from leoluca that I’m swooning over. Made from 100% black...

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All in favor of gorgeous diaper bags, say Oi.

I can’t say that I mourn the fact that my diaper bag carrying days are over. But really, it’s the diapers I’m glad to be over with, not the bags. Especially when they’re as awesome as this one. When I got a first glimpse of this OiOi hobo sack in silver, the word oooohhhhh may have escaped my lips. Last season I loved their jungle leather slouch bag, but now I’m liking this one to get me through the dreary days of winter, into spring, and possibly summer. Silver is pretty awesome with white, after all. It’s made so...

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Crushing on Pantone’s color of the year: Tangerine Tango

Pantone has decreed that 2012 is the year of Tangerine Tango, which they describe as “a spirited reddish orange that continues to provide the energy boost we need to recharge and move forward.” I couldn’t agree more. It doesn’t hurt that I’ve been nurturing an orange obsession for years. It’s a bright look-at-me neutral. Yes, a neutral. That may sound like a contradiction, but it’s a color that amazingly goes with everything. Plus you don’t have to wear it head to toe in order to feel its power. A little pop of orange goes a long way.  If you’re...

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Vintage meets handmade meets gorgeous

I have a soft spot for stitch art and it’s not just because I live in the embroidery capital of the world (yes, there is such a place). As a gal who can’t even sew a button onto a pair of pants, I greatly admire those patient enough to create detailed designs out of those tedious little stitches. Designer Jamie Davis offers a fresh take on the use of embroidery with her line of vintage luggage pieces. Jamie refinishes her finds with sweet yarn stitching and updates the inner lining with retro inspired bold designs. One of my favorites is...

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Editors Best of 2011: The coolest jewelry and handbags

Each year, we love coming through our past year of archives to bring you some of our editors’ top picks. Today, we’re excited to feature our favorite accessories from the coolest baubles to the handbags we’re coveting. The Cambridge Satchel Liz: I’ve got to give it to any mom who starts her own company so she can better support her own children. But when that company happens to yield the affordable It Bag of the year? Well now I’m standing up and applauding. Loudly. And the colors? Loooove. Adeleshop Leather Clip Satchel Kristen: Lucky for me to have stumbled...

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Jonathan Adler Skip Hop Diaper Bags – Maybe the only ones that would make me want to change diapers again.

I’m particularly envious right now of the Jonathan Adler¬†Skip Hop line that launched yesterday. Which is funny, because I do not miss the days of hauling a baby bag around with me. I love a great bag, don’t get me wrong, but when my kids were in diapers, there were precious few diaper bags that could be described as “great.” But now? Wow. My favorite is the Pronto clutch, because I’m all about the small bag, especially one that holds a changing pad, wipes, and up to four diapers. And the wristlet means that when you’re wrangling your squirmy...

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Green with envy

Just one dangerous flip through Etsy.com and I’ve got tons of things added to my favorites list just itching to be bought–which is the case with the amazing leather bags from Adeleshop. And they happen to be on sale through the end of the weekend. I swear the gorgeous leather clip satchel is calling my name, handmade with plenty of room for all your essentials, even your laptop. It also comes with a handy clip on strap to turn it into a versatile cross body style that will give any mass produced designer bag a run for its money....

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The Cambridge Satche: Finally, an affordable It Bag

I probably wouldn’t have guessed that of all the great bags out this fall, the Cambridge Satchel would be turning into the It Bag of the season. Especially considering they’re under $200 instead of the usual $2,000. Searching the Cambridge Satchel website, there are so many wonderful options, from classic schoolgirl/boy looks in brown and black, to the brightly colored bags that are coming to define fashion this season. (Pink satchel, anyone?) Every single one is custom made to order, so go ahead and have it monogrammed. And I love that the company was founded by British mum Julie...

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Sunshine on my shoulders

I know it’s hard to get excited about tote bags, but trust me, when they come from one of our favorite children’s labels, we do get a little excited knowing now they make something we moms can wear too. The new totes from Winter Water Factory really are something special. Don’t believe me? Let me count the ways…they’re beautiful. The eye-catching prints strike the perfect balance between gorgeous and earthy. Second, they’re smart. The roomy size and eight pockets keep everything you need at your fingertips, and one is the perfect size for an iPhone, so you won’t go...

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A designer diaper bag that feels like fall

I don’t generally have diaper bag envy–to me that’s like having diaper envy or leaky bottle envy. I’m kind of glad to be done with all of them. That said, there are still those diaper bags that don’t look like diaper bags, enough for me to ignore the “mom” features and consider a purchase. The new Oi Oi Leather Diaper bag called “Jungle Leather Slouch” has me making an exception and bringing out the envy. On the outside, it looks like a pricy, gorgeous distressed leather bag that you might see at Barney’s or Bendel’s. But inside, the water-resistant...

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Back to school shopping – the coolest kids backpacks and bags

We’re pretty sure that back to school is synonymous with a brand new backpack and not one that’s ragged and torn from last year’s heavy load of school books and homework. Here are a bunch of our favorite book bags that are not only cool, but will stand out in the sea of licensed character packs on the hooks and in the cubbies. Madpax Available in four sizes and eight colors, we’re pretty sure these super cool Madpax (at top) won’t ever end up in the lost and found. ($28 and up at Madpax) Diaper Dude We love the...

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Chic as a Hobo

About this time in summer every year, I hit a strange period of handbag ennui. I want something new and fun for summer, even knowing that fall bags are right around the corner. But thanks to Hobo, I might have found a sweet choice that can take me from one season to the next. The Hobo Sheila bag has a sturdy leather exterior that I need, coupled with a slightly slouchy, soft shape and a bit of a distressed look that keeps it from being all business. The zip top is key essential for us city moms, and the...

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Three cheers for the red, white and beachy

Last year I discovered the wonderful handmade cotton totes from Bayan Hippo, and grabbed one with narrow black and white stripes, stat. Since it’s still holding up so nicely this year, I’m thinking of adding another to my collection. Especially since the prices are so great. With everything in the navy/white or red/white stripes realm so hot this summer, I’ve got my eye on this red and white striped sailor tote with soft cotton rope handles that make it nice and summer casual. It’s lightweight so it folds up easily in a larger suitcase if you’re traveling. And it’s...

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Why should kids get all the great clothes?

So many times I wish that my favorite kids designers were designer for us adults too. And now–hello! Thank you, kit +lili! I’m loving their line for adults, including beautiful dresses, flowy peasant tops in bold modern patterns, and cheery reversible tote bags that are like buying two bags in one. They’re all made with the same beautiful original fabrics that make their kids clothes so distinctive, and they really do work perfectly as grownup-wear. Right now, so many of the designs are now on sale at Nonchalant Mom that if you need to round out your spring/summer wardrobe,...

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Booty Wrap – The fanny pack gets a much needed makeover

I’m dying to make a reference to the fanny pack as being the butt of all tourist jokes — oh wait, I think I just did. But let’s be fair, there is something to be said to a hands-free way of carrying a little cash and your keys when you’re out for a walk. One that doesn’t make you look like a Jay Leno punchline. Kathy Kramer, inventor of the very cool Invisibelt has done it again with the Booty Wrap – which is so simple, it’s brilliant. Think fanny pack-meets-faux-sweatshirt. The Booty Wrap ties at your waist with...

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