Tory Burch’s Spring 2014 Bags Take Us Back to the Garden Party

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Tory Burch Spring 2014 Handbags (13)

We’re already visited one elaborate, fashionable, ladylike garden party this New York Fashion Week, and that was between Kate Spade’s expertly trimmed hedges. Today, we’re off to see what’s going on in Tory Burch’s backyard, and it’s pretty gorgeous. Withe Tory Burch Spring 2014, the designer has found her stride, or at least a stride; the collection is neatly clustered around a clear theme, and the variations that it takes as the collection progresses are nothing short of lovely.

It’s with not-so-mild surprise that I admit that Burch managed to take something that can be accurately described as a “floral fanny pack” and make it something that a woman might actually want to wear, but she did just that. Vogue‘s Hamish Bowles described the collection as “tightly controlled,” and that’s probably the best phrase to use when talking about how Burch approached her use of florals and garden motifs. Where Kate Spade went quirky, Burch elegant. Both approaches are interesting in their own ways, but the clothes and bags in this collection look a lot more expensive than they likely will be, which is always a nice thing for consumers.Although maybe the prices are just going up.

Shop Tory Burch’s current collection via Bloomingdale’s or check out the images of her newest line below.

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Pre-Wang Balenciaga Still Shines with the Tube Round M Bag

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Balenciaga Tube Bag

While I’ve always has a soft spot in my heart for the downtown chic Balenciaga City Bag, I’m also a fan of creative director Alexander Wang’s brand new Balenciaga Le Dix Bag. His designs are sleek, simple, and very ladylike. However, after looking this Balenciaga Tube Round M Tote Bag, I couldn’t help but be more appreciative Wang predecessor Nicolas Ghesquière.

In Wang’s first handbag designs for the brand, we see an occasional nod to the aesthetics of his predecessor, like the modernity and simplicity of the Le Dix compared to a bag like this one. To be honest, that’s was one of the main reasons why I was instantly attracted to this bag. This handbag has simple hardware, like the vertical closure, and the shape of this handbag is structured and strong, but not too bulky. Of course, a Balenciaga bag wouldn’t be complete without the signature touch of the leather0bound travel mirror – an added detail that all of us ladies understand the true importance of.

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Miley Cyrus Stays Upright, Carries a Chanel Bag

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Miley Cyrus carries a Chanel bag in London (1)

What can we say about Miley Cyrus that hasn’t already been said? This girl has been sized up and down from every possible political/social/cultural angle in the last two weeks, but at least she can keep smiling, I guess? (She clearly hasn’t read all those Slate articles about her yet.) Here’s Miley leaving a hotel in London and mugging for the smartphone cams with a few fans. She’s carrying a fun Chanel Logo Flap Bag and wearing a Chanel belt that we’re guessing is a vintage piece from the 80s heyday of giant, gold Chanel logo chains. You can shop pre-owned and vintage Chanel at Portero.

In the past, I’ve accused Miley of ripping off Rihanna’s style, but with these latest twerking escapades, I feel like she’s also doing her best Madonna impersonation. It’s as if Rihanna and 1980s Madonna had a baby, and that baby insisted on only wearing Chanel and Saint Laurent, and twerking her way around the world until the image of her twerking was scalded into everyone’s retinas.

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Jessica Alba Takes a Break from Fashion Week with a Jimmy Choo Bag

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Jessica Alba carries a studded Jimmy Choo bag in NYC (5)

Jessica Alba has been in NYC for a full week for New York Fashion Week events – we saw her at the 3.1 Phillip Lim for Target launch party last week, and she was spotted at the Ralph Lauren runway show yesterday morning. Here she is winding down with an iced coffee and a flashyJimmy Choo Rebel Mini Studded Shoulder Bag. You can get this petite bag for the not-exactly-miniature price of $1,450 at Saks. This isn’t Jessica’s first flirtation with mini designer bags – we caught her with a Ralph Lauren Ricky Mini Crossbody Bag back in July.

I usually avoid snarking on people’s outfits, but let’s break this look down, shall we? Personally, I’m not a fan of the exposed black bralet and funky wide brim hat. I don’t think either are doing her any favors. In fact, while either trend would be quasi excusable on the Mileys and Selenas of the world, here I think they age Jessica just a little. The rest of the look I like – the leggings, the sandals, the bag, the shirt – though I’m confused as to why the top is cut like a 3XL men’s undershirt.

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Tune in next week for an in-depth look at Gucci Bamboo

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Gucci Bamboo: Behind the Scenes (2)

I’ve been so excited to share our coverage on the iconic Gucci Bamboo, from the history, to the making, to the bags and accessories. We spent time in Italy becoming acquainted with the product and we look forward to bringing you along the journey as we share it with you as well.

Be sure to tune in next week for beautiful images, insightful history, and some special touches you won’t want to miss.

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Nothing Is What It Looks Like With Their Replica Shoes

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I know we mostly talk, analyze and review knockoff handbags but lately I’ve seen a big interest in replica shoes. So I’ve tried a few sites and here is the first review. But please don’t get too excited, unfortunately some of the shoes are really awful.

Since good replica shoes are harder to find then replica purses and we still don’t have a trusted site for our favorite Christian Louboutin replicas, I thought I could do some research. I selected a few shoes sites; I double checked the customer support, the return and shipping policy and I decided upon what it seemed the most trustworthy. And here is what I received.

I’m not going to talk about these replica shoes, because the flaws are pretty visible. The good thing is that I could return them, even though I have to pay a restocking fee. Here is the best advice I can give you girls: when buying replica shoes, don’t get your hopes up!

First of all you have to keep in mind that replica shoes are not as good as replica purses. While knockoff handbags are 98% like the authentic, replica shoes are like 85% like the real ones. There are some noticeable differences and no matter the site you’re gonna select, you should choose carefully the size. It’s better to measure you foot and pick your size from the size chart the site has, or order a size up.

Another important advice is to keep it simple. Leather shoes will always look better than the ones made of suede or exotic leather like croc or snakeskin. Also replica shoes don’t have the exact height as the authentic ones, for example, if the heel is 160 mm, the replicas will be about 165mm or 155 mm.

Balenciaga City Bags

Welcome to our mid-September Purse Forum Roundup. We have had a great time taking in the Fashion Week coverage and seeing what our members have been up to this week. We stopped into Mulberry to catch some reveals, visited Balenciaga for some serious talk about color, and of course explored other nooks and crannies just for you!

Balenciaga City Bags

It feels like it has been a while since we visited Balenciaga, and sure enough, we had plenty of catching up to do. Right off the bat, we fell in love with legally_yours’ new City Bag in Vert Thyme, a delightful, easy-to-wear hue that fits in perfectly with her collection. Sambalsotong also added a new bag to her collection recently and is looking for a little help identifying the color, which is a pretty shade of sky-with-a-hint-of-periwinkle blue that is going to be fantastic with jeans, we think. And as much as we love color, we cannot deny that izzy48′s new black Balenciaga is absolute perfection. Congratulations to all!

Speaking of color, Balenciaga has lots of colors, and choosing and identifying them can be daunting tasks. We have an in-depth Balenciaga Reference Library to help new and seasoned “Bal” lovers, plus several conversations taking place in the main Bal subforum, covering topics such as the new colors for next spring; the colors for the current fall season; and even discussions on colors like this one on rose corail. Be sure to weigh in on the Best Bal Colors of All Time thread, too!

We survived Fashion Week! Actually, to say we “survived” is dumb, because Fashion Week is just a few days of fancy fashion shows that we’re lucky enough to attend, plus some parties that usually have open bars, or, at the very least, gratis champagne. It’s not exactly a war we were fighting over there at Lincoln Center, you know? And now it’s Friday, even though it’s felt like Friday for the past three days, so let’s have some bag deals.

You all know my shopping habit pretty well (clearly it’s handbags), but now you can hear me talk about it with MyHabit. MyHabit is one of my favorite fashion sale sites, and I was thrilled when they asked me to film a video to share my love of handbags with them. I’m in the video alongside some pretty cool people, like fashion designer of WHIT, Whitney Pozgay, and Michael Chernow, founder of The Meatball Shop.

You all know my habit, but watch this awesome video so I can share it with you! And don’t forget to check back to MyHabit everyday for new sales. Make it your habit and shop MyHabit now.

I’ve been meaning to write this love letter for a while, because the truth is, I’m in love. I always liked the Givenchy Antigona bag, I can even venture to say I began to love it, but the clutch speaks to me so much more that my “like” easily turned to full-blown love and it won’t stop. There is nothing extraordinarily special about this clutch, and I know that, but it’s simply perfect in so many ways.

One of the first reasons is precisely because there is nothing extraordinary about it. Sometimes we just need to see a beautiful, clean piece, and the Antigona clutch delivers just that. An envelope clutch is nothing new, but Givenchy makes it feel fresh and beautiful in a way that delights, by adding just the right amount of volume and folding the leather ever-so-perfectly to create the ideal lines.

I’ve seen it released in various color combinations, leathers, and treatments, and each time Givenchy gets it right. My love letter may not be intense, but it is true.

Elizabeth Berkley carries Stella McCartney in Los Angeles (5)

Your eyes aren’t deceiving you – that’s Jessie Spano herself, Elizabeth Berkley, exiting rehearsals for the new season of Dancing With The Stars in LA, carrying a Stella McCartney Falabella Bag. (For those of you born post-1995, Jessie Spano is a character from Saved by the Bell.) As always, Stella’s bags are entirely leather-free, and this one in particular is a longtime favorite of celebs both veg and non-veg. Elizabeth is definitely in the former camp. You can grab her exact bag.

While many debate this bag’s price tag because of its faux leather status, I have to lament that this is one of the only designer bags a hardcore animal rights activists can carry with impunity. (Even though oil-derived vinyls, PVCs, and the like raise another set of ethical issues entirely.) I’m trying to think of other designer bags that are completely animal-free, but other than Stella McCartney and the Furla Candy Satchels, I’m drawing a blank. If you can think of others, please chime in!

Jessica Alba carries a 3.1 Phillip Lim for Target Satchel in NYC (5)

We love a good high-low collab, and 3.1 Phillip Lim for Target is the best one to come along in eons. The Target-Phillip Lim lovefest officially commenced this week with a snazzy NYFW launch party. Here’s Jessica Alba, ready to party hard with a sharp-looking 3.1 Phillip Lim for Target Satchel – her sweater is from the line as well. All of these celeb-endorsed goodies hit Target stores nationwide September 15th!

The real litmus test for 3.1 Phillip Lim for Target will be of course, if we see a single celeb carrying one their freebie bags after September 15th. (You’ll definitely see me carrying one, FYI.) Jessica is by no means adverse to a reasonably priced bag, but she’s not opposed to an oversized $3,000 designer bag, either. 


It happened. I made it through my 20s and today I’ve reached 30 years old. I’m not one to worry about growing older; in fact, I welcome it as with age comes experience and knowledge, or so I hope. My 20s were such an exciting time. I started Purse when I was 21, graduated college, got married, moved to New York and experienced a lot. Growing up never ends, and neither does experiencing life, so I’m excited to welcome my 30s and whatever they bring.

Ok. Uplifting thoughts aside, yikes, I’m 30.

To celebrate, here are 30 items with which I’d love to kick off this new decade of life, from new bags to shoes to beauty items, let’s get the party started for the next 10 years.

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