Tag: handbags

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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Vespa, baby!

Sometimes I picture myself like in a movie scene, on the back of a shiny turquoise scooter (yes, in my fantasy it’s turquoise, okay?), silk scarf in my hair, cruising around Europe without a care in the world. That’s not likely to happen any time soon, but I do love these bags that can add a little of that mod-hipster-cool attitude to your daily grind. The vintage styled Vespa travel bags are sturdy and mildly childproof, with just enough bells and whistles to be practical–zipper pockets, mesh compartments and an adjustable shoulder strap. It’s such a fun, casual bag...

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Baggu bags – Now for your back

Sometimes when I’m chasing four kids around the zoo, the playground, or the pool, I’ve wished for a bag that I can just pop on my back. Yes, I know that’s called a “backpack,” however, I’m not really a backpack kind of a gal. Plus  I don’t need to carry the weight of an actual extra kid on my back– just something small and light to carry a few sippy cups, snacks, and my personal items. Leave it to Baggu to make just that. The new Baggu Daypack is the perfect lightweight nylon backpack for busy moms, or even...

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Leave it to Kate Spade to make you covet a diaper bag

There are a few things that I haven’t really used since having my second kid, and one of them happens to be a diaper bag. I’ve got enough on my hands traveling with four kids; I’d rather not lug all their crap in a gigantic bag too. But leave it to Kate Spade to make me say something I haven’t said for a long time: I really want this diaper bag. Maybe it’s because this bag makes me think of a fancy party at the Hamptons that I’ll never get invited to, but I have strong, covetous feelings for...

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Orla Kiely inspires spring handbag lust

Okay, so I have a decent sized crush on designer Orla Kiely. I have only owned one of her bags which I bought with a Christmas bonus, and I wore it to death. I am holding out until my next birthday for a replacement, however her spring rhododendron pattern is really making me wish September was sooner. The Orla Kiely rhododendron bag comes in 3 colors as I have discoverd through my ebay stalking, though her website only shows granite and poppy, both stunning! And the granite is a nice alternative to black if you have trouble leaping to color,...

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The sporty convertible that won’t mess up your hair.

It’s sleek, sporty, and goes from backpack to messenger bag in less than thirty seconds. But, unlike those $60,000 convertibles, it won’t mess up your hair, and you probably won’t swallow a bug while using it. Oh, and it’s called Annie. [don’t miss a great giveaway after the jump!] If you’re looking for something stylish to take you from the playground to the airplane to the hiking trails, the cool Annie bag from Ellington is just the ticket. Made of easy-to-clean nylon, Annie is the right size for someone who’s done with the gigantic diaper bag but still needs...

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Oh Ellington Bags, I just can’t quit you!

It’s no secret that I have a bag addiction, which is exacerbated at the season’s change. Because really, if there’s a point in time that I could actually rationalize a new bag (or four) it would be right at the heels of spring. My first and probably only stop–Ellington. At least today. Their new lines of leather handbags and nylon travel bags feature rich colors and versatile styles that will last me all season long and beyond. My personal fave, the Bella Tote, is luxe and stylish but still roomy enough to carry all the diapers, wipes, and snacks...

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A new website offers designer handbags at bargain prices (just ignore the name)

Some women are shoe shoe addicts. Not me. My vice is bags. I’ve got a closet full of hobos, totes, clutches and now diaper bags. Storage space is tight these days, so I’ve had to limit myself to just browsing designer handbags on the web. But a new site is really, really making me want to pull the trigger. Despite its name. It’s called (don’t laugh),Bags Bonanza. Okay, before you stop reading, I promise you Bags Bonanza does not sell pleather purses with plastic daisies affixed to the zipper–but rather lusty confections from Chloe, Marc Jacobs and Tory Burch....

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Design your own handbag without all that cutting and sewing business

Attention all you picky handbag ladies, daughters of picky handbag ladies, sisters or nieces of picky handbag ladies. –yeah you. You know who you are. Behold the brilliance of the design-your-own handbag line from boston Etsy seller Eclu. If you’re already starting to think Mother’s Day, this is a neat shop to have on the radar. The platinum peony clutch would happen to look awesome with my own mom’s naturally silver hair. Not your style? The cool thing with a design-your-own handbag line is that you’ve got other options. You choose the colors inside and out, the style of...

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