For Summer, our bags take a cue from the rest of our wardrobe — they're lighter, less buttoned-up and overall, less high-maintenance. Instead of structure, we want bright color, patterns, and slouchy styles that could accompany us to lunch and the beach. When we spied this tribal-print satchel ($20), we snatched it up. It fits all our requirements — and at $20, we won't fret if it picks up some sand at one of the season's beach BBQs.
Jessica Alba made a styled run around LA yesterday. Keeping it chic but casual, she mixed loose trousers with an open cardigan and standout accessories. We love the neutral-hued palette with just a splash of print on her cool Spring scarf ($10, originally $29). To finish, a pair of strappy sandals ($105, originally $150) and a canvas and leather tote. Just click the items above to shop a similarly easy, pulled-together ensemble.
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I like it next to my kitchen stove. There's something about the smell of cooking that . . . nope, it's not what you think. I, like many others, was actually referring to my purse. Yesterday, my friend Amy posted an "I like it on top of my law books" Facebook status update, which totally took me by surprise. I was seeing her in a whole new light until I saw a couple of other people posting "I like it on . . . " updates. Turns out, it's actually a Facebook campaign that was started for the purpose of promoting breast cancer awareness. You might be familiar with the last viral breast cancer awareness meme which had plenty of women posting about the color of their bra. What about you — where do you like to leave your purse?
Boxed wine fans, meet a new invention: the Baggy Wine Coat. Simply place a bag of wine in this purse, close the flexible top, et voilà! You have a way to carry your wine with you wherever you go. The savvy sack has a rubber bottom to prevent tipping over, as well as a side dispenser. Would you carry it — or do you think it's just style over substance?
I've already come across a circuit board necklace and a circuit board eyeglasses holder, but this Circuit Board Clutch takes the cake in terms of style, usability, and geeky-flair. Each silver metallic clutch features a circuit board on its front, and inside you are able to store up to nine credit cards and your ID. There are also two extra pockets, with one including a zipper for your change. All this for only $26 — the ultimate geek chic accessory — for you, or for someone else this holiday season.
With everything you need to go from work to workout, an over sized bag is key. Although our purse conveniently stows our essentials, a heavy handbag can cause back, shoulder, and neck pain. Some studies have even warned about the connection between your handbag and arthritis — yikes!
The next time you have a few minutes to spare, lighten your load! Take five minutes and remove all non-essential items. Clean out your wallet too and get rid of credit cards you don't use regularly and business cards you no longer need. The same goes for receipts. If you're changing handbags as the seasons change, take the opportunity to figure out what you truly need to carry and what is just weighing you down. Although it's a small step, it will save you from possible aches and pains down the road.
One way to keep mama's purse from getting too full of her mini-me's knickknacks is to give princess her very own tote. Instead of marking my wallet up with crayons, my daughter carries her wares with her wherever she goes. Spring into Summer with one of these delicate, white pocketbooks that is sure to go with any flouncy dress in her armoire.
Simple: Instead of treating the tot to an ice cream cone, use the $4 in the wallet for the zippered eyelet Children's Place purse that is reminiscent of Jackie O.
Swank: Shaped like a large coin purse, the $16 lace adorned Janie and Jack option has a clasp closure and a large bow for the tiniest of divas.
I need to see this purse in real-life form before I can pass judgment, but let me offer up my two cents from what I know so far. News has arrived that by the end of this year, for around $300 to $400, you can purchase a handbag that not only stows your goods but also charges your beloved gadgets.
The Soljaro Power Purse was created by mechanical engineering student Joe Hynek and works by charging up the purse's solar panels whenever you're in the sun. The bag is said to need about two hours of full sunlight to charge a cell phone, while a fully-charged battery can last up to a month. And it was designed in such a way that you can easily sit it in your window at work to charge up!
Rummaging around in the bottom of my laptop bag or purse is something I've just gotten use to. I've considered using one of those organizers that you move from bag to bag but the thought of lugging around something else in my purse stresses me out. Incoming, the Glowing Purse by architecture research lab Kawamura and Ganjavian, which offers a purse with battery-operated micro-LEDS that are attached to the bottom of the purse. You can even turn the lights on and off for those "not so dark" moments. My advice is to pair this purse with some Hot Pants lip gloss and you'll be a glowing sensation!
Let's face it, your giant bag is weighing you down. Though it undoubtedly compliments the volume of your clothes in winter it's not exactly proportionate come silk blouse and shorts-time. In fact, the hotter it becomes (and less you wear) the more mismatched does your oversized bag feel. In our little A.P.C. mailer today, we bumped into their summer '08 purse, in that perfect variant of lemon yellow, sweeping the S/S. We think the size, though a difficult move for those accustomed to a large bag, is perfect for the weightless habits of summer. We can already picture our lip gloss, wallet, and cell phone slipping perfectly into it's round shape, our hair all tossed from the summer wind, our shoulders brown...oh, enough already. You get the idea.