Not to be outdone, the B. Makowsky 'Dunaway' Tote is definitely an eye catcher. Fashioned in lightly textured leather, the Dunaway Tote is detailed with vertical zip pockets and a hidden magnetic closure. Available in black, emerald and maple with plenty of pockets, the B. Makowsky 'Dunaway' Tote measures 13 2/4x13 1/2x6 and sells for $191.90 at Nordstrom.
Wow! If you're looking for a unique and absolutely very expensive handbag, the Fendi Chameleon Colorblock Tote is right up your alley. This gorgeous python tote comes equipped with Zucca medallions, an abundance of pockets and double handles. Measuring 10x15x7, the Fendi Chameleon Colorblock Tote sells for...are you ready for this...wait for it...$5,370 at Berdorf Goodman.
I'm a real sucker for tote bags and this Marc by Marc Jacobs M Standard Supply Canvas Tote Bag has really got my attention. Oversized and made of sturdy canvas, this cute tote bag features a signature "M" banding at the front and back and finished with stenciled logo lettering. Measuring 15x13x9, the Marc by Marc Jacobs M Standard Supply Canvas Tote Bag is available in denim and sells for $218 at Saks.
Made of soft buffalo leather, the Liebeskind Lina Leather Tote comes with an adjustable and removable leather strap and a top zipper closure. Available in aqua, yellow and beige, this outrageously huge Liebeskind Lina Leather Tote sells for $279 at freepeople.com.
If you're looking for a great white summer bag, look no further than the Calvin Klein Brasil Zip Side Leather Tote. A timeless classic, this leather tote is accented with polished goldtone hardware and modern vertical front zip pockets. Topped off with a magnetic snap closure and double handles, this gorgeous Calvin Klein Brasil Zip Side Leather Tote measures 14 1/2x12x5 and sells for $288 at Macys.
Fun to carry, this cute Apple & Bee Burlap Tote is detailed with striped straps and printed with an iconic quote. This rustic burlap tote has a simple open top and a wipe-clean coated interior. Measuring 16x13 1/2x4 1/2, the Apple & Bee Burlap Tote is available in red and sells for $28 at Nordstrom. A perfect beach bag, or a great carry-all, this versatile tote bag would make a great inexpensive gift. You gotta love a cheap bag!
A tisket a tasket...a cream and olive and floral picnic basket, well close to a basket. The Picnic Plus Palmetto 2 Person Picnic takes on a contemporary look all its own with thermal foil insulated food compartments and multiple pockets. This unique 2 person picnic includes melamine plates, stainless steel flatware, cotton napkins, a waiter's tool and drink tumblers. With a lifetime warranty, the Picnic Plus Palmetto 2 Person Picnic measures 13x12x8 and sells for $63.74. The perfect Mother's Day gift...
If you're wondering what to buy mom for Mother's Day, here's another perfect gift idea. This cute Picnic at Ascot Promenade Garden Tote is made of durable canvas and includes a set of three top quality, heavy gauge stainless tools. To help keep everything organized, this multi-pocket tote also has a roomy interior for your gloves and other gardening accessories. Picnic at Ascot Promenade Garden Tote with Tools measures 11 3/4x13x6 1/2 and sells for $46.75 at Amazon.
To finish off our week of must-have bargain bags, this adorable Juicy Couture 'Gen-Y Parrot' Tote caught my eye. Not only is this canvas tote durable, but the watercolored parrot that enhances the front is the perfect casual bag for summer. Available in natural, the Juicy Couture 'Gen-Y Parrot' Tote measures 22x13x8 and sells for $88 at Nordstrom. And least we not forget our dear, sweet, deserving mom on Mother's Day, at this price you may even be able to kick in a nice bottle of her favorite wine.
For the cutest of all summer bags, take a look at this Paisley Printed Tote by Gap. The colorful paisley pattern is topped off with leather trim and a decorative polished metal buckle. Measuring 17.5x13.5, it's available in lavender and coral and features an open interior compartment with a magnetic snap closure. The Paisley printed tote sells for $49.95 at the Gap.
If you're really into totes as I am, then take a look at this Marc by Marc Jacobs Pretty Nylon Medium Tote. Cute and sassy best describes this adorable nylon tote which features multifunctional pockets and a top magnetic closure. Available in iris multi and chinchilla multi, the Marc by Marc Jacobs Pretty Nylon Medium Tote sells for $198 at Zapppos.
For a classic look in duffle bags, why not try the Abercrombie & Fitch Classic Duffle Tote. With preppy stripes, this cute duffle tote is made of 100% cotton and features such detail as moose engraved metal hardware and a logo embossed genuine leather patch. Measuring 14x17x11, the Abercrombie & Fitch Classic Duffle Tote sells for $68.
Fashionably chic, this Marc By Marc Jacobs 'Standard Supply-Small' Cargo Tote is styled in polyester/leather with a velcro closure and an interior zip pocket. Available in fluoro pink and black the Marc By Marc Jacobs 'Standard Supply-Small' Cargo Tote measures 17x9x9 and sells for $198 at Nordstrom.
This oversized Union Canvas Tote Bag is detailed with distressed leather and made of recycled canvas with a tea-stained and green dye finish. Ecologically friendly, this carry-all tote is loaded with style and can be carried anytime...anywhere from work or as a travel bag. Available in moss and natural, the Union Canvas Tote Bag measures 15.5x6x16 and sells for $89 at Pottery Barn.
Back in 1997, Dana and Melanie Harvey were installing seatbelts into their 1950 Buick, and had a brilliant idea to make a matching handbag. Needless to say, the Harvey Handbags were born, as with this absolutely surely hot Seatbelt Bag Medium Tote. Available in black gingham, blue, buttercup yellow and indigo blue, this tote is made of durable automotive seat-belts with dual shoulder straps and a top zip closure. Measuring 10x4x8, you can buy the Harveys Seatbelt Bag Medium Tote at Zappos for $104-$118.
Fun to carry, what's not to love about this adorable Loungefly Tootsie Pop Clear Beach Tote! This oversized tote is made of PVC with canvas trim and a snap closure. The perfect beach tote, this Loungefly Tootsie Pop Clear Beach Tote is not limited to the beach. Printed with Tootsie Rolls, Tootsie Roll Pops, stars, rainbows, hearts, and that whimsical Tootsie Owl the tote can even be used as a diaper bag. Measuring 19.5x13.5x6, the Loungefly Tootsie Pop Clear Beach Tote is on sale for $15.99 at eBags.
The Big Buddha 'Morea' Tote just screams spring! With sketchbook graphics, this adorable island theme canvas tote explodes with tropical colors. Measuring 16 1/4x11 1/2x10 1/4, the Big Buddha 'Morea' Tote features a magnetic snap closure and and sells for $80 at Nordstrom. Can we say...Valentine's Day gift??
Oversized with bright flower blooms accent this Elliott Lucca 'Intreccio' Leather Tote. Available in a floral tropical color, this stunning slouchy leather tote features dual handles and a hidden magnetic closure. With an interior center zip divider, the Elliott Lucca 'Intreccio' Leather Tote measures 13x14x7 and sells for $198 at Nordstrom. This tote would be a nice addition to any spring wardrobe.
It's big, it's slouchy, and it's huge. And I love it. The BODHI Bucket Tote, available in coral, white, mushroom and black is a great tote for days when you need a little extra room. This gorgeous leather tote features double handles and a snap closure and measures 15x9x9. The BODHI Bucket Tote sells for $358.20 at eBags.
If your Christmas list is incomplete, the Tignanello Soft Cinch Tote will make a perfect addition. As described, this oversized tote is made of leather with a wraparound cinch with a front buckle and a magnetic snap closure. Measuring 11 1/4x11x3 1/3, the Tignanello Soft Cinch Tote is available at Macy's for $118.99.
Being a big name in boots, it's no surprise that this gorgeous UGG Australia 'Slouchy Classic' Tote rates right up there with the top designers. Made of buttery-soft pebbled leather, it features topstitch gathered seams with a dangling logo charm and multiple pockets. Measuring 15x9 1/2x4 1/2, the UGG Australia 'Slouchy Classic' Tote is available in black, chamois and chocolate and sells for $295 at Nordsroms.
I am just a big sucker for anything that resembles a tote bag, and the adorable Anya Hindmarch Nevis Canvas Tote Bag sure has my attention. A convenient carryall, this durable canvas tote is simply crafted with deep front pockets and finished off with tanned leather handles. Available in stone, the Anya Hindmarch Nevis Canvas Tote Bag measures 11 1/2x12 1/2x6. You can pre-order this tote at Saks for $195.
A few days ago I posted a Michael Kors Milo Tote, and I'm repeating myself with this gorgeous Jet Set Monogram Milo Large Shoulder Tote. With the same great style, this Tote is fashioned in Jacquard fabric and trimmed in leather. Wraparound buckles and oodles of pockets is what makes this a bag worthy of a second glance. Measuring 12x11x3, the Michael Kors Jet Set Monogram Milo Large Shoulder Tote is available in beige/ebony/mocha and sells for $398 at Macys.
Buckles are the number one accent on this gorgeous MICHAEL Michael Kors Milo Large Tote. Available in luggage, it also has a magnetic center closure and silver color hardware. A beautiful bag for any fall wardrobe, the MICHAEL Michael Kors Milo Large Tote Measures 12x11x3 and sells for $498 at Neiman Marcus. Sweet...
As with other Generation Y Canvas Totes, here is another hot tote by Juicy Couture. Juicy Couture 'Gen Y - Lovebird Script' Canvas Tote features a tied bow with frayed edges and a top zip closure. This adorable screenprinted Tote measures 16x13x10 and is available in regal. The cute and sassy little number sells for $88 at Nordstroms.
The perfect oversized Tote for fall comes to you by way of Anthropologie with this stylish Commuter Tote. Handmade in LA by Clare Vivier, this zipped leather satchel is roomy enough for all of your day-to-day needs and then some. Simply made with one inner pocket and a zip closure, it's available in red and black. Available at Anthropologie, the Commuter Tote measures 12.5x17x4 and sells for $348.
Whether you're an avid bookworm or student, get your fashion on with this very chic Anya Hindmarch Large Homework Tote Bag. This graphic-print canvas carryall features a simple inside zip pocket witha canvas lining. With double leather handles, the Anya Hindmarch Large Homework Tote Bag measures 12 1/4x11 1/2x6 1/4. Available in black, it sells for $150 at Saks.
Slouchy, with a classic design brings this gorgeous Burberry East-West Buffalo Tote front and center. Golden hardware is accented in this rich plum leather Tote with a zip top and Burberry logo clasp. Measuring 9 4/5x15x7, you can pre-order this tote from Neiman Marcus for $1,195. Luxury at its best.
For a cute, inexpensive summer tote take a look at this simply adorable Anthropologie Roped-In Tote. Whether you're headed to the beach, or just need a extra bag for work, the Roped-in Tote carry-all by Pilcro is a perfect fit. With three inner pockets and a zip closure, it measures 17x20x5 and sells for $68 at Anthropologie.
No matter how much I like designer handbags, the cheap side of me keeps going back to Old Navy. Available in a variety of colors, the Convertible Linen-Blend Tote is the perfect bag for the beach, the pool or for an everyday carry. Detailed with faux-leather handles and antiqued metal hardware, the simple cinch-tie closure and the tie-dyed patterns makes this bag worth a second glance. Measuring 18x7x16 1/2, the Convertible Linen-Blend Tote is on sale at Old Navy for $12.99. Now, how sweet is that?
You cannot possibly consider yourself a handbag-enthusiast and not love this Addison Embossed Tote by Diane Von Furstenberg. Described as undeniably glamorous, this ostrich-embossed leather tote is detailed with golden hardware and a DVF golden logo plate and carries with tubular handles. Available in blackberry and black, the Diane Von Furstenberg Addison Embossed Tote measures 14 1/2x17x7 and sells for $495 at Neiman Marcus.
Just one of many new Coach bags for summer, the Coach Audrey Starfish Canvas Leigh Slim Tote is all glittery and embellished with crystals and beads. Trimmed with metallic leather, this adorable canvas tote has multifunction pockets and a zip-top closure. Perfect for any summer event, Coach Audrey Starfish Canvas Leigh Slim Tote measures 15 3/4x11 3/4x4 1/4 and sells for $298 at Norstroms. Cute...
How cute is this Marc by Marc Jacobs Nylon Jacquard Tote Bag! Whimsical graphics detail this cinched nylon bag and also features the adorable Miss Marc and a few of her furry friends. This fun-to-carry bag has a drawstring closure with multiple pockets. Available for pre-order at Saks, it measures 17x13x9 1/2 and sells for $208.
The new fall bags have arrived, with extremely unbelievable beauty and an enormous price tag as well. But if you can get past the price tag, you'll love the bags you're in including this dazzling and absolutely gorgeous Burberry Small Cotton Tote Bag. This slouchy cotton design is detailed with leather buckles and trim and topped off with double handles and an adjustable shoulder strap. With pockets a plenty, the Burberry Small Cotton Tote Bag measures 16x9x6 and sells for $1,195 at Saks.
Okay, call me a dork, but I am absolitely crazy about this Fuzzy Nation Shopping Tote. Not only does it have the most adorable dogs on the front, but this coated canvas tote is something fun to brighten an already hum drum day. It's available in your choice of boxer, bulldog, frenchie and yorkie. The Fuzzy Nation Shopping Tote also features double shoulder straps and a snap closure with a detachable logo tag. Measuring 13 1/2x13x3, you can pick it up at Macys for the sale price of $32.99. A perfect little carryall tote for work or the beach. Too cute...
Nothing screams style like this classy MICHAEL MICHAEL KORS Waverly large Drawstring Tote Bag. Tastefully done in rich leather, this cinchable drawstring tote with its bold sporty look, has tons of pockets and is finished off with polished logo hardware. Available in luggage and black, it measures 14x11x5 and sells for $368 at Saks. Well done...
New from Coach, the Audrey Flagship Patent Tote shines with its beautiful patent leather finish. Featuring multifunction pockets and dog leash clip closure, this gorgeous Coach Audrey Flagship Patent Tote is available in grey and navy. Measuring 20 1/2x11 1/2x7 1/4, it sells for $598 at Macys. With Mother's Day just around the corner, believe me when I say...Your Mama would love this bag!
Brand new from Marc By Marc Jacobs comes this gorgeous Preppy Hayley Tote. Not only are these the hottest colors that I've seen in awhile, I also love the layered patch pockets. Made of supple leather, the Preppy Hayley Tote features logo-embossed hardware and a top zip closure. Measuring 14x10 1/2x6 1/2, it's available in prussian blue, black, bright plum, and taupe and sells for $498 at Nordstroms.
For a unique, fun to carry-all tote take a look-see at the Ted Baker 'Birdcage - Ikon' Tote. With this graphic birdcage pattern, these colorful birds are sure to get attention whether you're going to work or playing at the beach. Made of PVC, this simple tote has one interior zip pocket and sells for $60 at Nordstroms. Another great Mother's Day gift.
Anytime you go looking for a bargain, whether it be for yourself or a special occasion Macys is the place to go. Always in style, this gorgeous leather Etienne Aigner Audrey Tote carries with double handles and features front, side and back pockets. Available in garnet and black, it measures 17x9x4 and is on sale for $119.99. Sweet...
I am just a big sucker for anything that resembles a tote bag, and the adorable Marc by Marc Jacobs Packables Striped Shopper sure has my attention. Made of brightly color nylon, it comes complete with double handles and one inside grip-tape-close pocket. Measuring 15 1/2x16x3, it's available in brilliant, lobster red and navy and sells for $58 at Saks. Convienently folds up to fit in your suitcase or briefcase ready to use anywhere.
I am such a huge fan of anything that resembles a tote bag, so it's no surprise that I went crazy over this adorable Abercrombie Classic Beach Tote. Available in navy floral, blue floral and white floral, it's crafted in 100% colorful cotton vintage floral print. Topped off with a logo embossed genuine leather patch, the Abercrombie Classic Beach Tote sells for $48.
If you're looking for a handbag sure to grab your attention, then look no further than this gorgeous Marc by Marc Jacobs Francesca Tote. Available in black, this rich pebble grain leather tote is detailed in golden hardware with padded top handles and a magnetic closure. The unique "M" shape top, denoting Marc by Marc Jacobs signature shape and log plaque tops off this classic tote. Measuring 21 1/2x14x7, it sells for $528 at Neiman Marcus.
Juicy Couture never ceases to amaze me with their new summer collection of handbags, and this adorable Juicy Couture 'Devoted to Sunshine - Daydreamer' Terry Tote is no exception. Sparkling gems and dimensional detail complete the tote with springlike flowers, metallic logo embroidery and a appliqué butterflies charm. This soft terry tote is available in black, measures 14x11x7 1/2 and sells for $228 at Nordstroms. A handbag worthy for the young at heart, or the not so young at heart.
Are you looking for an everyday running around... super sturdy...can go to the beach...carry-all with the kids...or just a fun bag to tote back and forth to work bag?? Well, look no further than this very cute and very inexpensive Women's Rope-Trim Canvas Beach Tote from Old Navy. Available in striped pattern or anchor graphic, it's made of durable color-blocked canvas with rope straps and faux-leather trim. Measuring 16 1/2x5 1/2x16 1/2, you can pick this adorable tote up at Old Navy for $16.50.
Cute and sassy best describes this adorable Juicy Couture Canvas Peace Tote. Made of sturdy canvas, it carries with leather handles and is detailed with embroidery. Measuring 12 1/2x11 1/2x6, the Juicy Couture Canvas Peace Tote is available in veil grey and sells for $148 at Saks.
How sweet is this Gucci Sukey Medium Tote! Not only is this color hot, the size and the fact that it's done up in denim fabric makes it all the more appealing. With camel brown leather trim, light golden hardware and pleat detail, this gorgeous Tote measures 10 1/5x15x4 7/10 and sells for $830 at Neiman Marcus. The perfect carry-all from casual to career, this would make a great addition for your spring wardrobe.
Roomy, casual, stylish and functional best describes this amazing L.A.M.B. 'Dunkirk Marney' Canvas Tote. The military-inspired canvas tote with its vintage flair and leather detail, has loads of pockets and features a top zip closure and adjustable canvas strap. Available in military green and black, the L.A.M.B. 'Dunkirk Marney' Canvas Tote measures 15 1/2x15x3 and sells for $278 at Nordstroms.
When I think of luxury that will last a lifetime, I think of bags like this gorgeous Burberry Check Tote. Stylishly done in oversized cotton checks and trimmed with rich leather, this tote features adjustable double top handles with a magnetic snap closure. Available in pale beige, the Burberry Check Tote measures 12x10 1/2x4 and sells for $1,195 at Saks.
Ever on the look out for a new, and inexpensive tote, it's no surprise that the Gap Floral Tote is just what I need. Made of 100% cotton, it features double handles, a snap-tab closure and a few interior pockets. The perfect spring bag for everyday use, the Gap Floral Tote measures 13x12x7 1/2 and sells for the low price of just $39.50. Too cute...
Okay...obviously I can think of other things to spend this kind of money on besides a new handbag, but you'll have to admit this Prada Python Tote is really hot! Like no other, this gorgeous tote is made of avorio soft python, dripping with golden hardware and measures 15x16x7. Made in Italy, you can pre-order the Prada Python Tote at Neiman Marcus for $4,400. Classic...
Luxury and style knows no bounds when it comes to this gorgeous Vitello Lux Ruched Tote by Miu Miu. Available in your choice of soft blue or bright yellow vitello lux leather, it's detailed with tonal topstitching and brass hardware with a ruched top and zip closure. Made in Italy, it measures 9x14 1/8x6 and sells for $1295 at Bergdorf Goodman. Definitely in a class of its own.
I'm such a sucker when it comes to anything Coach, especially this adorable Hearts Poppy Glam Tote. Just in time for Sweethearts Day, (for you hubby's that don't have a clue, I'm talking about Valentine's Day!) this tote is made of fabric with leather trim. With sparkling appliques and metallic detail, there's plenty of multifunction pockets and a zip-top closure. Measuring 15 1/4x12 1/4x4, it sells for $298 at Nordstroms. Sweet pickins!
The first of many beautiful new bags for spring comes this gorgeous Marc by Marc Jacobs 'Classic Q - Shopgirl' Leather Tote. Crafted from pebbled leather, this roomy tote features a hidden magnetic closure and is topped with buckled handles. Measuring 17x14 1/2x5, it's available in marigold and sells for $498 at Nordstorms. This tote just smells of springtime.
It looks like everything is coming up canvas this season, with this gorgeous Burberry Medium Canvas Tote being no exception. Practical for travel, yet casual enough for everyday use, this Burberry Tote features two inside zip pockets and two inside open pockets with shoulder straps and an inside metal clasp closure. Measuring 15x16 1/2x5, it's available in chalk. You can pre-order the Burberry Medium Canvas Tote at Saks for $695.
My 5 star rating of the week goes to the Marc by Marc Jacobs Standard Supply Tote. Whether you're an athletic enthusiast or not, this is one bag that is so versatile that you can carry it to and from the gym, traveling, or just plain everyday casual wear. Made of durable canvas, this durable tote carries with dual shoulder straps with a top zip closure and multifunctional pockets. Measuring 19x6 1/4x10 1/2, it's available in rock lobster, black olive, flouro yellow, martini olive and rubine purple. It sells for $198 at Zappos.
With Valentine's Day fast approaching, I can't think of a better gift than a new bag. This adorable Diane von Furstenberg Sara Balloon Tote is available in cream leather with 'Love is Life' script and heart print. Scrunchy and slouchy best describes the Sara Balloon Tote which is also available in leopardy. Tell your honey he can pick up this little tote at Neiman Marcus for $95.
How cute is this Vince Camuto Leather Tote! Made of supple leather, this adorable tote also has contrasting trim with convenient side zip pockets and carries with double handles. Available in buttermilk, it measures 18x12 1/2x4 and sells for $198 at Nordstroms. This Vince Camuto Leather Tote would make a wonderful addition to any spring wardrobe.
Whether you're holiday shopping for yourself, or for someone else this Michael Kors Tonne Shoulder Tote is a bag that you can't pass up. Sleek and sophisicated, the Tonne Shoulder Tote features silver color hardware, roped top handles with python cylinder accents and a snap top closure. Available in black, it sells for $995 at Neiman Marcus.
It's not too late to add a new bag to your holiday wish list and the B. Makowsky 'Carmen' Leather Tote would be an excellent choice. With tons of room, this gorgeous metallic leather tote has dual interior compartments and loads of pockets. Available in black, brandy, champagne metallic and pewter metallic it sells for $328 at Nordstroms.
Well guys, if you don't have a clue what to get your special someone for Christmas take if from me, you can never go wrong with a new handbag. New from Michael Kors comes this simple, yet gorgeous Ines-Large Shoulder Tote. With logo-embossed hardware, this roomy leather tote carries with chunky goldtone chain handles. Available in red, barley, black, nickel, and vanilla it measures 15x11x4 and sells for $448 at Nordstroms. Absolutely hot, you can't go wrong with this bag. Trust me...
A fun and inexpensive bag to carry for all occasions comes this adorable Marc by Marc Jacobs Jumbled Birds Scrunchy Tote. This casual little nylon tote features colorful birds on a tonal logo pattern, and a drawstring with magnetic top closure. Measuring 19x14x9, it's available in muted peach and pitch brown and sells for $188 at Saks.
Michael Kors has really got their act together with this gorgeous Studded Leather Tote. Tastefully done in rich crinkly leather, it features double handles and a detachable chain shoulder strap. Accented with rows of golden studs, it includes four inside open pockets and one inside zip pocket. Measuring 14x11x5, this tote is available in black and sells for $448 at Saks.
Go from dressy to casual with the every so gorgeous Badgley Mischka Platinum Label Janet Leather Tote. With loads of pockets for stylish functionality, this roomy leather bag features double top handles and a magnetic top closure. Available in black, it measures 15x13x5 and sells for $498 at Saks.
If you're into big bags (aren't we all?), then you're gonna love the Kooba 'Asher' Vertical Leather Tote. According to your carrying preference, this bag has handles as well as a detachable shoulder strap and grommet-accented patches. Available in black and brown, this gorgeous leather tote measures 12 1/2x12x5 and sells for $625 at Nordstroms.
I have to be honest when I say that I have a real problem when designers use fox for handbags. I love Miu Miu for their extrodinary handbags, but I guess thay have decided to kill baby fox. The Fox Fur Tote, available at Bergdorf Goodman is fashioned in natural pieced fox (Argentiana) with brown leather accents. Accented with tonal topstitching and braided trim with golden hardware it measures 11 1/2x16 1/4x5 1/2. The Miu Miu Fox Fur Tote sells for $2,250.
I first reviewed the Sea Bags in October 2005, and they're worthy of a repeat. Their story was so intriguing that I simply had to share it with all of you. Started 6 years ago by Hannah Kubiak, Sea Bags is operated now by Beth and Hannah, who create handbags made out of old sails from retired sailboats. According to Beth and Hannah, these bags are "sailed around the world, and recycled in Maine." Prices for these remarkable bags range from $95 for the mini version to $185 for the large tote and orders can be customized (with certain colors, numbers or letters). Sea Bags totes come in small, medium and large and a variety of designs and colors made to carry here, there and anywhere you choose. I loved them then and I certainly love them now.
If you only purchase one new bag for fall, keep in mind this gorgeous Chef Hobo Tote by Fendi. Available in choices of tobacco, black or red zucca-print calfskin, it features such detail as solid tonal leather trim, golden hardware and a magnetic snap closure. Made in Italy, this classy Tote sells for $1,155 at Neiman Marcus. I've never seen a Fendi bag that I didn't absolutely love; unfortunately I've seen plenty that I can't afford. Absolutely Stunning...
If you're a major bookworm, or just a carrier of cool totes, then you don't want to miss out on this awesome Kate Spade Book Of The Month Griffen Tote. This 'classic' Tote has the beginnings of a unique collection. Kate Spade simply took a few good classics and crafted them into clever totes. Fashioned in cotton canvas with crinkled patent cowhide trim, it features 14-karat light gold plated hardware and an interior zip pocket. Whether you prefer The Great Gatsby or The Importance of Being Earnest, you'll have to agree, the classics have never looked so good. Measuring 14.4x13.3x3.7, the Book Of the Month Griffen Tote sells for $175.
You can never have too many black bags, and this gorgeous Badgley Mischka Platinum Label Caroline Convertible Knot Tote would make an excellent addition to your fall wardrobe. The buttery soft leather tote is accented with goldtone hardware and carries with double handles and a removable adjustable shoulder strap. Available in black, Badgley Mischka Platinum Label Caroline Convertible Knot Tote measures 18x13x6 and sells for $498 at Saks.
The new fall bags have arrived, with extremely unbelievable beauty and an enormous price tag as well. But if you can get past the price tag, you'll love the bags you're in including this dazzling and absolutely gorgeous Burberry Shimmer Leather Tote. The opulent shimmer leather tote features pleating and detailed seamed patches. With all of the beauty of any Burberry, you also get silvertone hardware, belted sides, and a removable hanging logo charm with key ring. Available in anthracite (gray), it measures 9 1/2x15 1/2x4 and can be pre-ordered at Neiman Marcus for $995.
For the love of anything Juicy Couture, here comes the 'Brogue - Large Duchess' Chain Trim Tote. Elegantly decked out in gold chains, this supple leather tote is framed by quilted panels and pinked trim. Measuring 18x14x7, it's available in black, cognac, dark grey slate, and deep eggplant. The perfect go-between from casual to your 9 to 5 work week, this bag sells for $448 at Nordstroms.
I am really loving the new Dooney & Bourke handbags that have been popping up lately and this Medium Pebble Leather Tote seems to top off my list of favorites. Made of pieced leather construction, the pebbled texture adds to this already classic style. Carrying with adjustable handles, it's available in red and fir, and measures 14x11x8. This adorable Dooney & Bourke Medium Pebble Leather Tote sells for $265 at Nordstroms.
If you looked up the words luxurious, and sophisticated in the dictionary, the Burberry Lambeth Tote should be pictured. This gorgeous, yet expensive bag is stylishly fashioned in chocolate leather with brass hardware accents and belted detail with a logo-engraved buckle. Measuring 13 3/4x14 1/4x7 3/8, the Burberry Lambeth Tote is available at Neiman Marcus for $1,195. The spectacular attention to detail and expert craftsmanship make justifying the price tag at least a bit easier.
Okay, I love Prada, but let's face it some little creature died to make this East/West Shearling Tote. Made of exotic dyed shearling and suede, it features double handles, inside zippers and open pockets with a snap closure. Measuring 19x10 1/2x10, you can buy the Prade East/West Shearling Tote at Saks for $1,850. And don't forget...DUE TO HIGH DEMAND, A CUSTOMER MAY ORDER NO MORE THAN THREE UNITS OF THIS ITEM EVERY THIRTY DAYS. Uhhhh....yeah right. Sorry, no can do. It reminds me too much of Chewbacca.
I love Kooba handbags for their classic style and quality, so it's no surprise that I am crazy about this gorgeous Jordan Vertical Tote. With geometric piecing and vertical zip pockets, this beautifully glazed leather tote features a magnetic snap closure and measures 13x11x4. Available in green, black, and taupe it sells for $575 at Nordstroms. I think Kooba has really outdone themselves with this one. Well done Kooba, well done.
For the ultimate dog lover, here comes this adorable Marc by Marc Jacobs Dogs of Marc Packable Shopper. Made of nylon, these colorful canine creatures will have you smiling from daylight til dark. Available in reed tan, this perfect take-along tote measures 16 1/2x18x3 1/2. You can pre-order it at Saks for $58.
Sometimes there’s a bag that stops you dead in your tracks the first time you lay eyes on it. Well, say hello to this exquisite Gucci Jungle Large Tote. With bamboo detail and metal beads, the black leather and nickel hardware accents this already gorgeous bag. Measuring 13 3/4x16 1/2x6, the Gucci Jungle Large Tote sells for $2,200 at Neiman Marcus. A handbag to last a lifetime.
I love a good sturdy canvas tote that's cute and affordable, and this Gap Coated Canvas Tote has it all. This everyday carryall tote is made of canvas with PU laminated coating. With plenty of pockets and a magnetic snap closure, it's available in signal fire, black, purple rain, trigger brown, and mardi gras gold. Measuring 16x16x4 1/2, it sells for $39.50 at the Gap. At this price, I may just have to have two!
I'm all into hot pink, (shock! shock!) so it's no surprise that I love this adorable Roxy Wild Side Stripe Canvas Tote. With a bold awning stripe pattern on one side, this canvas tote carries with rolled handles and closes with a magnet snap. Measuring 13x15x8, it's available in neoprene pink, and black and sells for $32 at Nordstroms. Even if you're not into beaches, the Roxy Wild Side Stripe Canvas Tote is the perfect carry-all that'll take you to work or out on the town. Cute...
Another sure-to-be favorite Coach bag comes this uniquely colored Coach Kristn Leather Tote. Made of beautiful juno leather, the Kristin Leather Tote features multifunction pockets, a hidden magnetic snap closure and double handles. Measuring 11x13x5 1/4, it's available in brass/blue and sells fore $398 at Macys. This is one bag that'll never go out of style.
Juicy Couture has undoubtedly got the "it" bag to have for summertime fun with this adorable Juicy Couture Love-Power Tote. Detailed with a screenprinted front and back, this very roomy canvas tote features double handles, a top zip closure with interior pockets. Mdasuring 16x13 1/2x4 1/2, it's available in black, angel, and chintz rose. You can pick up the Juicy Couture Love-Power Tote at Nordstroms for $88. Cute...
Whether you're planning a long vacation, or just a day at the beach, this brightly colored Roxy Doodle Dandy Bag will take you there with a little style. Measuring 23.5x12.5x6.25, it's available in multi, white, and white combo with double handles and a magnetic snap closure. The Roxy Doodle Dandy Bag sells for $24.99 at eBags. Let the fun begin...
This fun-to-carry Etienne Aigner Logo Patchwork Tote will make a great addition to your summer handbag collection. Featuring double handles, and plenty of compartments and pockets, this adorable, affordable tote measures 12x10x5, and is on sale at Macys for $75.99. Act now...and receive free shipping.
Well, guys, Mother's Days is just around the corner and here's a hot item to keep in mind. The Fossil Talita North South Tote, available in butterfly and bird print adds a vintage detail to this beautiful canvas bag. Big bags are definitely in this summer, so it's no surprise that the Fossil Talita North South Tote is top on my list. Measuring 11.25x17x3.75, it features a magnetic closure with plenty of pockets and gold tone hardware. This bag is on sale at ebags for $69.99 and it's eligible for free shipping. You can't beat a deal like that...
If you're browsing around for a new bag for spring, and you like Kooba, then you're going to absolutely love the Kooba Drew Tote. This gorgeous tote with its asymmetric flaps, features pockets aplenty and a magnetic snap closure. Available in black and luggage, it measures 16x12 1/4x4 1/2 and sells for $595 at Saks.
Looking for a really hot bag for spring isn't always easy, but when I spyed this Jessica Simpson Sweetness Tote I knew that I had found one. Affordable and adorable, the Sweetness Tote features perforated floral detail, antique silvertone hardware with a magnetic snap closure. Loving the extreme size of 16x12x7, this synthetic leather tote is available in floral peony, floral vachet and sells for $118 at Macys. Of course my money is on the floral peony...
Far be it from me to criticize anything, and I usually don't, but I have to have my say when it comes to this
Bottega Veneta Intrecciato Acquarello Tote. To say it's not cute would be lying, but with the woven leather design and double handles, it looks like an Easter basket. And the price tag...$2,450. Sorry guys, you lost me on this one. Oh, and I forgot DUE TO HIGH DEMAND, A CUSTOMER MAY ORDER NO MORE THAN THREE UNITS OF THIS ITEM EVERY THIRTY DAYS.
Okay, warm weather is getting really close and I have the perfect bag that'll take you from work to the beach in one trip. This amazing Canvas Tote from Gap is made of high quality woven cotton canvas with detailed topstitching and a striped interior lining. With a self tie closure, there's pockets, pockets, and more pockets with gommet detail. Available in white, it measures 14.5x13.5x10, and sells for $34.50.
Appropriately called, this Peanut Butter Bow Tote is made of buttery soft leather detail with wide tied straps and huge side pockets. Measuring 15x18x6.25, you can pick this adorable bag up at Anthropologie for $228. Anthropologie absolutely amazes me. With their vintage taste and originality, I truly do love everything they sell.
Another gorgeous spring handbag, the MICHAEL Michael Kors Braided Grommet Large Shoulder Tote is fast becoming a favorite of mine. Available in vanilla and navy, this genuine leather tote measures 17x12x4 and is on sale at eBags for $349.99. Sweet...
The great thing about the Marc by Marc Jacobs line is you get the same quality as his other line, but half the price. The whimsical look of this adorable Marc by Marc Jacobs Miss Marc Mabel Tote features the colorful Miss Marc and friends. Braided straps adorn this eye-catching canvas bag, which measures a whopping 18x13x10 1/2. Available in natural, this casual and fun to carry tote can be pre-ordered at Saks for $228.
Something bright and new for spring comes this adorable Coach Poppy Metallic Leather Glam Tote. Bursting with hearts galore, it features metallic leather, plenty of pockets and a zip top closure. The perfect Valentine's Day gift, it's available in brass/pink and measures 16 3/4x12 1/4x4, and sells for $298 at Nordstroms.
Nothing makes my day quite like a Joe's Handbag. Made of rich leather this Christina Criss Cross Tote is all done up in burgundy/chocolate with loads of pockets and a magnetic top closure. A super chic bag, it measures 17.5x13.5x2.5. If you hurry, you can grab this gorgeous bag up at ebags for just $116.99 with free shipping. I'm soooo all over this...
Here's a Burberry bag that'll just about knock your socks off! Made in Italy, and just dripping with all the style and class possible comes this gorgeous Burberry Check Tote. Complete with outer pockets, the cotton canvas tote dones a mega check pattern, leather trim with a leather belt detail. Available in pale beige, this hot bag measures 14x12x6 1/2 and sells for $1,595. Sweet...
If you're crazy for Coach, then you're gonna flip for the Alex Multi Op Art Tote. As part of their new handbags for the spring season, this gorgeous Tote is fashioned in soft coated Op Art fabric, with multi-pockets including side pockets with turnlock closures. Available in silver/blue multicolor, the Coach Alex Multi Op Art Tote measures 16x12x6 1/4 and sells for $248 at Nordstroms.
As with other Generation Y Canvas Totes, here is another hot tote by Juicy Couture. Detailed with a buckled strap at the handles, this new Juicy Couture 'Generation Y' Canvas Tote is adorned with pyramid studs, and a logo-print lining. Measuring 12 1/2x14x8, it's available in white, black multi, green, natural multi, and my favorite, stud pink. The Juicy Couture 'Generation Y' Canvas Tote sells for $88 at Nordstroms.
Okay, so it might be a wee bit early to think pink, but this adorable Burberry Solid Nylon Tote has be wishing for spring! This classy nylon design features contrast leather trim with a drawstring and zip closure. Including the signature plaid lining, it measures 14x17x5. Available in blossom pink, you can pre-order this gorgeous tote at Saks for $195.
For style and affordability, there's nothing more gratifying than finding a Guess handbag that best describes this and more. This adorable Guess Nouvelle Tulip Tote is made of pebble PVC, carries with double handles, and closes with a magnetic snap closure. Available in berry, black, and brown you can pick it up at Macys for $110.
You can always count on Old Navy to give us a cute, quality bag just like this adorable Canvas Tote. Durable, great looking (and quite inexpensive I might add), this Canvas Tote is one bag that'll take us into fall. Featuring double straps with metal ring hardware, this casual tote measures 14x3x15 and is stylish enough to carry everyday, to the gym, or anywhere your little ol' heart desires. Available in raindeer games, amaigam, spitfire, and black jack it sells for $24.50.
Betsey Johnson can be pleasantly unpredictable at times, and the Metalicize Me Tote is definitely one of those times. Eerily embossed with eye-catching skull detail and metallic clash of corsets and crossbones, this Metalicize Me Tote makes a bold statement in burgundy, pewter, and purple. Measuring 17x12x9, it sells for $298 at Macys. Is this bag ever so cute or what!
The first bag that I laid eyes on today is this cute Juicy Couture 'Generation Y' Canvas Tote and definitely a keeper. Cut from screenprinted cotton canvas, it features a hidden magent-snap closure and interior pockets. With the polka dot print lining and the catchy phrases, this is one to add to your fall wardrobe. Measuring 12x12x9, you can pick it up at Nordstroms for $78. Juicy, you're right on target!
Is this a cute bag or what? Available in such colors as sienna, teal, and dark brown, the Kimchi Blue Double Pocket Tote is the perfect carry-all from work to school and back again. Made of PVC, this versatile oversized tote features multi-pockets, buckled straps and carries with double handles. Measuring 15x13.75x7.5, this distressed tote sells for $68 at Urban Outfitters. Nice...
Finding that I'm usually not a big fan of Kathy Van Zeeland, imagine my surprise when I spotted and went a little crazy over the Croco Five Tote. Available in black, chocolate, latte, and pepper, this snappy faux leather Tote measures 17x11x5, and sells for $99. And the good thing about this bag? It ships free from e-Bags.
Seriously, if you're looking for a very chic, do-able, and durable tote, then feast your eyes on this adorable Abercrombie & Fitch Ellen Tote. Made of 100% cotton, it details with genuine leather straps, logo applique crest, and logo metal hardware. Measuring 15x17, it's available in cream, navy, and grey and sells for $68. A very versatile, and fun-to-carry tote for all seasons, all ages, work, or school. Love it:)
If it's casual that you're looking for, then look no further than this really cute Juicy Couture 'The Village Shoppe' Tote. With a screenprinted padlock detail, this striped canvas tote features a top zip closure, and oodles of pockets. Measuring 16x11 1/2x6 1/2, this adorable tote is available in black, denim, and natural and you can pick it up at Nordstroms for $128.
On the flipside of high price fashion bags, Gap brings to us this really cute Washed Corduroy Tote. Detailed with leather accents, this Washed Corduroy Tote features a zip front pocket, and carries with two shoulder straps. Available in new vineyard, new navy, flame, and chipmunk it measures 14 1/2x14x5 and sells for $45. A definite 'throw-over-your-shoulder-n-go' bag, you can mix and match to just about everything your little heart desires. Anything goes...
Not only do I love this Juicy Couture 'Generation Y' Canvas Tote, but I love the fact that it's hot pink (or nook & cranny, as they want to call it)! This gorgeous signature style tote features layered screenprints with a glitter logo and topped off with a hidden magnetic closure and logo-print lining. A hot item for any wardrobe, this is one bag that'll take me just about anywhere I want to go. And the price ain't bad either! Measuring 18x14 1/2x10, you can pick it up at Nordstroms for $78.
The retro look and feel of the Lucrene Tote by Antropologie gives us great quality at an affordable price. Miss Albright's classic canvas carryall defines old world charm with the embroidery prints, and detailed ruched leather straps. Simple, yet stylish this adorable tote measures 12x18.5x4.25, and sells for $98 at Anthropologie. The perfect carryall for summer, you'll get compliments on this bag all year long.
Just how gorgeous is this B. Makowsky Lucca Cut Out Tote! Uniquely designed, this leather cut out tote also has a crossbody style with stylish cut out handles, a front flap pocket and silver tone flower rivets. Making for good fashion sense, it measures 14 1/2x12 1/4x5, and comes in black, brandy, lipstick, and shitake. You can pick it up at Macys for $278.
While we're on the subject of casual bags, have a look see at this We The Free Railroad Rope Tote. With the relaxed style of the We The Free Railroad Rope Bag, the braided rope bag has a drawstring closure with leather accents, and a frayed denim trim. Measuring 15x13x18, it sells for $138 at Free People. Another great find for your summer wardrobe.
The newest handbag up for grabs from Banana Republic come this unique and stylish Cordoba Tote. Made from fine Argentinian leather with detailed 10-karat gold-plated hardware, this grab and go tote will definitely hold everything you'll need in a day. Available in teal and cognac, it measures a whopping 18 1/2x20x5 and sells for $198. What a find...
Bargain shopping at Macys has just got a little easier with this adorable Jessica Simpson Boulevard Glazed Tote. Available in black glazed, denim, luggage glazed, and white/black python, it carries with double handles with a fold over flap closure. Measuring 17x10x5, it's on sale for $60.74. At this price you can afford to stock up for the next couple of seasons. Definitely a true bargain...
For the love of anything Ed Hardy, try out this hot new Amelia True Love Tote! Measuring 13x17x3, the canvas tote features double handles, gold logo plaque, tatoo style graphics with rhinestone detail. A perfect addition for anything summer, the bright neon will definitely sparkle any wardrobe! Available in fuschsia, and lime, you can pick it up at Macys for $150.
As far as handbags go, nothing beats the Chloé Paraty Large Tote for exceptiional looks and price tag. This extra large, extra soft vegetal-tanned calfskin with its roomy design, features double handles with a detachable should strap and zip closure. Available in chocolate, this simply elegant Tote measures 20x15 1/2x9 and sells for $1,995 at Saks. A little steep for my pocketbook, but gorgeous none the less...
American Eagle has long been noted as having quality handbags at inexpensive prices, and the AE Classic Tote definitely fits the bill. Made of sturdy cotton canvas, it features a cinch-tie top closure with three interior pockets. A fun bag for summer, it's available in metallic silver and black and sells for $39.50. Fun, sun, and beach ready, this stylish tote will carry you anywhere you want to go...
I know it's a wee bit soon to do a 'pre-order- handbag, but with this gorgeous Victoria Medium Ruched Tote by Chloé, (considering the price) I need save some serious egg money! Made in Italy, the Victoria Medium Ruched Tote features soft ruched Italian leather with a metallic bow hardware and signature logo. Available in tan, it measures 16 1/2x12x3. You can pre-order this classy tote from Saks for $1,295. After all, fall will be here before we know it...
Nothing makes my day quite like Coach, and this adrable Bonnie Canvas Tote is just in time for my ultimate spring buying spree. Fashioned of cotton twill with a graphic print, and glazed leather trim detail, it features inside multifunction pockets and an outside turnlock gusset pocket on each side. Measuring 11 3/4x13 1/4x5 1/4, it's available at Nordstroms for $298. This adorable bag would be great to carry to the beach, on a shopping spree, or along for your 9 to 5 work day. It's more than perfect for any occasion and sure to put a happy little smile on your face!
First we had Memorial Day sales, now we have after Memorial Day summer sales as is this Etienne Aigner "Avery" Small Linen Tote for $58. Measuring 10 1/2x11x4, it's fashioned in linen and leather trim with signature hardware. Available in multicolor patch, nat/aloe, and nat/twig, this summer fun-to-carry bag is available at Macys.
From the beach, to the gym, this adorable Juicy Couture Cotton Canvas Tote will carry you anywhere. Big and roomy, the durable carryall From Juicy, With Love Tote carries with double straps, and measures a whopping 22x14x10. With a magnetic snap closure, it's available in black, and need I say more, I am really in love with the hot pink! For a price that you just can't beat anywhere, you can buy it at Saks for $78.
Want a cute tote for spring? Simply put, the whimsical L.A.M.B. Signature Williamsfield Bag will be a conversational piece all by itself. This tote style shoulder bag is made of synthetic materials, and leather trim detail, with an adorable lamb being the highlight of the bag. Always in style, the 'Signature Williamsfield' bag measures 17x17x15, and sells for $299 at Couture.Zappos. Tote it to and from; here or there; anytime, anywhere:) Love it...
For a major event such as Mother's Day, go to your nearest Macys and have a look see at this hot little "Living Lucky" Fold Tote by Lucky Brand Jeans. Made from recycled polyester, this fun to carry tote features tie-dyed taping with a beaded drawstring pocket. Measuring 12x15x4, it's available in heart, living love, and peace love. Lucky Brand Jeans "Living Lucky" Fold Tote sells for a $99. I'll take one of each please...
Make her senior year one to remember when you purchase the Juicy Couture Yearbook Tote. Complete with markers, this too cute angel canvas tote includes a logo-front pocket and plenty of room to carry around all of that important stuff needed for her graduation. The perfect keepsake for years to come, pick it up for her at Neiman Marcus for just $88.
The Seaside Grove Tote by Anthropologie has all the makings of my Grandmothers' hat. Made of hand-crocheted raffia, this unique beach pouch is accented with flowering vines and hues of dried lavender. Measuriung 15x17x7, it also has three interior pockets, and is available in natural motif. It sells for $128 at Anthropologie. I don't know whether to wear it, or carry it. A great little tote for Mother's Day. My grandma would have loved this:)
Although we as simple folks here know there's no way in hell that we can never afford a bag such as this Valentino Bouquet d'Ete Printed Tote, it never hurts to dream a little. Sophistication and class adorn this gorgeous and ever so bold multicolor floral-print taffeta that's just dripping with silvertone hardware. Measuring 12x17x6, you can sell your soul for $1,595.
If you only purchase one white bag this summer, keep in mind this luxurious Tignanello "Touchables" Tote. Made of irresistibly soft leather, this tote features the perfect fit double handles, silvertone hardware, with side gusset pockets, and a magnetic snap closure. Measuring 13x12 1/4x5, it's on sale at Macys for $148.50.
Summer fun and warm sunny beaches are just around the corner, so get in the mood with the Oversized Canvas Tote from the Gap. To boldly go where no one has gone (lol), this vibrant striped canvas tote leaves nothing to the imagination. Loaded with style, it features genuine leather with top stitch detail. Available in off white, orange stripes, and blue stripes you can pick this adorable tote up at the Gap for $49.50. Bargain shopping at its best...
Simply put, the Embroidered Tote by Chinese Laundry is the perfect fun tote for all your summer needs. Made of 100% canvas, this adorable tote comes complete with a magnetic top snap closure and beautiful embroidered detail. Available in orange and blue, it measures 13x18 1/2x4 1/2, and sells for $59 at Piperlime. Durable, and cheap, just like I like it...
Keep your snacks and drinks cold this summer with this adorable Juicy Couture Beach Cooler. Featuring vibrant plaid with leather detail, this must have fashionable cooler comes with a two way zip around closure and interior wall pockets. Beach ready when you are, it measures 10 1/2x9 1/2 x8, and sells for $128 at Nordstroms. Chic never looked so good:)
Okay, so call me crazy but I sooooo want this Twilight Cullen Family Crest Canvas Tote! Complete with the whole Cullen clan, it also has their family crest on the backside. Measuring 16x14x2, it's the perfect tote for work or play. You'll definitely be the envy of everyone who sees it. Pick one up at Torrid.com for $17.00. You bet your sweet arse I am...
A fun, yet inexpensive bag that'll carry you any day of the week would have to be this adorable Weekender Large Traveler by Fossil. With three exterior pockets, it comes in a variety of prints and brightly colored designs, and measures 10.5x11.75x2. You can pick this Weekender Traveler up at Fossil for $78.
If you're a lover of brightly colored handbags, then you have to check out this awesome Ryder Tote by Kooba. In your choice of pink, yellow and black leather, this simple yet exquisite handbag boasts gunmetal hardware, top handles with square grommets, and symmetric zippers. This extra large tote is available at Neiman Marcus for $595. Absolutely love the pink, of course...
Nothing makes my day quite like a Lucky Brand Jeans Tote. Made from canvas with suede trim, this Lucky Cherry Bomb Runaway Tote will have you just iching for spring. Brightly colored cherry blossom trees adorn this Tote that carries with a single strap and features a zip closure and side pockets. Measuring 15x17x8, it sells for $139 at Macys.
Okay, so maybe I'm not the sharpest knife in the drawer, so bear with me, but did UGG always make handbags? Well, if they didn't, they do now! I just found this absolutely fabulous Twist-Strap Tote at Victoria's Secret. This simple, yet elegent leather Tote is roomy enough to carry me clear through summer and then some. Available in black, and custard yellow, it measures 14 1/2x22 1/2x4 and sells for $528. All I can say, is hot...hot...hot!
Satisfy your inner child with this really adorable Large Tote Bag by Disney. Described as Create-Your-Own Tote Bag, this canvas Tote lets you customize with your favorite character, plus choose your favorite color of red or navy. Measuring 13x20, this super cute tote features an outside pocket and an inside zippered pocket, and sells for $29.99. My personal favorite? Has to be Mickey Mouse...Hands down...
Because, fact being that we all really do want to save the world one tiny piece at a time is just one of the reasons why I love the Beau Bag by Free People. This self described Bag is made of organic denim with two exterior pockets, and recycled rope. Available in grey/yellow, this absolutely huge Beau Bag measures 16x15 3/4x5, and sells for $78 at Freepeople. Cheap, guilt free buying, right up my alley...
New from Kidrobot comes this fun-to-carry Aviator Bag. Urban style with a touch of glam, this adorable montage print bag comes complete with three charms and a removable crossbody strap. With plenty of interior pockets, as well as exterior ones, it measures 13 1/2x13x4, and comes in a cute band of toys print. You can pick up the Aviator Bag at Nordstroms for $198. A perfect carry-all for your summer wardrobe. Too cute...
For something a little unique and classy, let's talk about this simply lux Self-Tie Leather Tote from the Gap. This adorably soft leather carry-all comes in liquid honey hues, and trimmed with minimalist hardware detail. Made of 100% lamb skin, this Self-Tie Leather Tote sells for $198. The perfect little pick-me-up after such a really nasty winter. Works for me...
Okay, maybe this Kellyn Leather Tote by Kooba is a wee bit too expensive for Valentine's Day, but if you have an upcoming birthday you might just get lucky. The sleek chic look of this oversized Tote is loaded with pockets, and features simple hardware detail with a top magnetic-snap closure. Available in black, it measures 16 1/2x10 1/2x5 and sells for $645 at Nordstroms. This bag is so versatile, I swear you could carry it anytime, anywhere. The perfect carry-all for any season. Gorgeous...
Nothing fires me up more than the new spring handbags, and by the looks of things Michael Kors is way ahead of the game with this gorgeous Chain Tote. This highly sophsicated patent leather bag, available in white, and black features silvertone hardware with classic chain detail. The perfect addition to your spring wardrobe, you can pre-order the Chain Tote at Neiman Marcus for $1,295. Absolutely hot...
Springtime has yet to scream so loudly until this brightly floral Kristy Tote by Fossil. This multi-color canvas Tote features ring handles, oodles of pockets, and custom silvertone hardware. Measuring 19x16x4, it's available in multi-prints of neutral, orange, and blue and sells for $138. Guaranteed to brighten up your day, no matter what your mood.
What can I say about this Basix-Lil Klub Tote by Kidrobot other that just WoW! You can mix up your mood with this Love-Hate canvas tote complete with vinyl character and appliques that embrace both sides. With detailed screenprinted candy hearts, this little cutey features a top zip closure and measures 15 1/2x10 1/2x7 1/2. You can pick it up at Nordstroms for a mere $148. A perfect little Valentine tote that looks like loads of fun to carry, if I do say so myself. Adorable...
As we all are aware, the economy pretty well sucks right now, but every woman deserves a little feel good shopping and Gap definitely fills the ticket with this cute Pleated Canvas Tote. Available and ready for some much anticipated summer fun (although I'm feeling the freeze in Ohio!), this cotton pleated canvas bag will take you from work to the beach with no problem at all. Available in motorcross khaki, and true black it sells for $49.50 at the Gap.
Nothing says class like a simple black handbag, and this gorgeous Chain Tote from Michael Kors is pure elegance. Made of black patent leather, it features tonal hardware with chain detail accents. You can pre-order the Michael Kors Chain Tote at Neiman Marcus for $1,295. Simply stunning...
Casual, cool and just plain cute pretty much sums up how we at Purseuing (Oh wait, I forgot it's just little ol' me here!) feel about this adorable Canvas Boardwalk City Tote. Durable cotton canvas with just the finest Italian vachetta leather handles, this tote just screams chic. With detailed old-english brass-finish hardware and top snap closure, the Canvas Boardwalk City Tote measures 10 1/2x13 1/4x7, and comes in black, natural, weathered stone, papaya, and neon yellow, and sells for $68 at J. Crew. The hot spring colors are sure to bring a smile to your face...
This weeks arm candy comes to you by way of this extremely stylish Steven by Steve Madden "Summer" Tote. New for summer, this gorgeous leather tote features vintage-inspired front pockets as well as loads of interior pockets. Measuring 14x14x7, it's available in black, mauve, tan, and yellow and sells for $268 at Macys. Act now, and get an extra $75 off! That's right, order online (with shipping+tax), and this baby can be your for $228.03. But hurry! Offer expires January 8th. You're gonna love the way it looks on you...What a way to start the new year...
Let the after Christmas sales begin with this gorgeous MICHAEL Michael Kors Large Shoulder Tote! Although Santa did a pretty good job at my house this year, he forgot to leave me a new handbag, so with giftcards in hand I've decided to treat myself with this baby. At the awesome sale price of $269, this very classy leather bag features polished gold metal hardware, cutout handles, with a detachable shoulder strap. Loaded with pockets, and a cute logo charm, it measures 15x12x5. Available in the unique hue of Vicuna, you can buy this Large Shoulder Tote at eLuxury. But hurry, before it's too late!
What can I say? One day of Christmas shopping, on crowded streets, in the cold is enough to do me in. So I've decided to save a lot of the hassle and finish my shopping online. And what better place to start than Macys during their festive handbag sales. Joining my list of 'it' bags of the season is this luxurious Quilt To Last Tote by Kenneth Cole Reaction. Made of leather, it features double handles, with an adjustable shoulder strap, and top zip closure. Done up in the classic tote style, it measures 14x12x5 1/4, and is available in wine, black, and stone. Act now, and this gorgeous tote can be yours for the sale price of $141, plus free shipping.
I can't believe I missed these gorgeous (and quite inexpensive I might add), Anya Hindmarch for Target Tote Bags! Targets latest design collaboration comes by way of one of the top English fashion accessories designer, Anya Hindmarch. Available in black, chocolate, and gold, the Anya Hindmarch collection is only available in stores and for a limited time! So run to your nearest Target and grab some extra holiday cheer for yourself or for that special someone. This bag sells for a mere $49.99. This is just one of many hot bags offered in this collection. Don't you just love Target!
Hey guy...If you still have some last minute shopping to do for the little woman of the house, you're luck has just changed. Just in from Tignanello comes this sweet "Touchables" Tote. Made from what is described as irresistible to touch leather, this classy tote features double handles, a magnet snap closure, with contrast stitching and silver tone hardware. Measuring 13x12 1/4x5, it's available in black, cognac, earth, earth multi, glam red, and maize. You can pick it up at Macys for the ever-loving sale price of just $138.60. For this price you just can't go wrong...
Exclusive to Urban Outfitters, the Tapestry Tote Bag is a real find at any price. This oversized tote, done up in muted tapestry comes with a pleated front, button detail, and a snap closure. Sure to be a hot item for the holidays, it's available in natural, and measures 15x3.5x14.5. Casual, with a lot of style this would make for the perfect handbag, although the inside compartment should be plenty big enough for your laptop or books. The best thing about this bag? It's on sale right now at Urban Outfitters for $29.99. What a bargain...
Whether you're in need of a book bag, or just a tote for everyday use, the Kerry Plaid Book Tote by Abercrombie will definitely get you there. Made of 100% cotton, this classic plaid tote features leather detail, and measures 15x17 1/2. With a vintage look, it's available in red, grey, brown, and blue, and sells for $70. A perfect Christmas gift for young or old. Love it...
I know, I know, I'm a wee bit old to be fixated on this "Twilight" crap, but after reading the series by Stephenie Meyer, I'm hooked! With just one week away from the movie premier, you still have time to get your very own 'Edward' bag. This hot And so the lamb fell in love with the lion Accent Bag is just one of many canvas bags brougt to you by zazzle.com. Measuring 19x15x5.5, the canvas tote is accented by colored highlights on top and base, with a zipper closure. Available in three colors, it sells for $25.95. My all time favorite? 'And so the lamb fell in love with the lion'. Such a romantic...
With the wintry blahs beating at our door, we all need a little handbag comfort, (and joy!) and the Continental Iconic Tote by Tommy Hilfiger is definitely the best 'medicine' for the job. With the casual look of plaid, this fabric bag features a magnetic closure with double handles. Available in black and grey, this adorable tote measures 8x11.5x5, and sells for the affordable price tag of just $55. The Continental Iconic Tote is a fun weekend just waiting to happen! Bring it on...
Help do your part and buy several of these worthy World Food Programme Feed Bags by Feed. Designed to raise awareness and funds for hungry children, each World Food Programme Feed Bag sold will provide a school year of meals for one child in need. Made of burlap, this simple yet durable tote is available in natural, and sells for $51 at Endless. Money well spent...Enough said...
With only 57 shopping days til Christmas (yee gads!), now's the time to kick your shopping list in high gear. And what better way to get the ball rolling than with this gorgeous, and quite expensive I might add, Miss Rouche Distressed Tote by Dolce & Gabbana. Elegantly made in Italy, this D & G Tote is made of rich supple distressed leather, and trimmed out with ruffles on the sides. With double top handles, an embossed metal logo tag, and a top snap, it measures 15x16x4 1/2. Available in black, you can pre-order it from Saks for $1,995. Classy and sassy at it's best, Santa's gonna need to put in some serious overtime to pay for this baby! Final words...go for it!
Okay, for the weariest of travelers, I bring to you this practical, plus absolutely too cute We The Free Weathered Rucksack by Free People. Carry as a tote bag, or wear as a backpack, this durable bag will be ready to travel when you are. With a drawstring at the top, side pockets, and adjustable straps, it measures 17x13. Available in olive combo, and burgundy combo, it sells for $98 at Free People. A perfect everyday casual bag, or the chicest of carry-on totes, you decide...
For the perfect little pick-me-up at a very affordable price tag, this simple cutesy Butterfly Tote by Fossil should do the trick. Eco friendly, this adorable canvas Tote is made of 100% organic cotton with double handles, and makes weekend errands a little more tolerable. Available in natural, it measures 17.5x5x15, and can be yours for a mere $20 bucks.
Go from dressy to casual with the every so gorgeous MICHAEL Michael Kors Brookville Drawstring Tote. Available in luggage and black, the silvertone buckles and the signature logo ring adds just the right touch of class to this Tote. Loaded with pockets, it measuers 15 1/2x11 1/2x6 1/2, and sells for $398 at Nordstroms. Don't you just love Michael Kors...
Okay, so I was like, shopping over the weekend (big shocker!) and just had to pit stop at the local Coach store. And what do my wondering eyes see? This totally off the hook Legacy Leather Tote! New for fall, this Legacy Tote has so many compartments and pockets, you'll seriously never be able to fill it up. It features very soft Garcia leather with adjustable gusset belts, and the Legacy stripe fabric lining that we have grown to love. Measuring 13 1/2x10 1/4x5, it's available in brown, black, gray, and parchment and sells for $698. And FYI: Check out the gorgeous matching Legacy Leather Slim Envelope Wallet! You will go absolutely wild over the new colors...I promise...
I know this is not your typical tote, but an important one to say the least. For the connoisseur of good wine, the Vinaferro Wine Country Tote is stylish and practical to boot. Made of natural leather, this exceptional tote features a detachable padded shoulder strap, with many pockets to accommodate a bottle of your favorite beverage, blanket, and a good book. Measuring 14x18x10, it sells for $140 at Wine Racks, Plans and More. Picnic ready.
For the best price going, I can always count on Guess to come through, as is with the Eternity Flap Tote. Measuring 14.75x7.75x13.5, the signature jacquard print, with the pale brushed gunmetal hardware is just the bag to carry through fall. Quality, and inexpensive it carries with double handles and comes in basic black and brown. Its sells for $125. Now that's waht I call a deal...
Okay, now I know that this pre-fall scene thing is getting serious, have you ever seen a more awesome bag as this Kooba Blake Tote! Available in brown and black leather, this bag is freaking huge and absolutely gorgeous. It carries with buckled shoulder straps, and has goldtone hardware, making this on the very top of my 'it' list, for sure! Available in brown, it measures 15x21x1, and sells for $645 at Neiman Marcus. Receive a FREE* set of 12 designer-illustrated notecards with any $350 regular-priced shoe or handbag purchase. I am totally speechless... All I can say is WOW!
Go green, or in this case chocolate with the Chocolate Bread and Wine Tote by Rebecca Minkoff. Made of canvas with leather handles, you'll be ready to go to market with the perfect hold-all tote. Available in chocolate, this whimsical tote sells for $165 at Ravinstyle. Or if you're like me, I like that it's wittingly labeled 'Bread' and 'Wine' (for the many little trips to the 'happy' store), just a few of my favorite things..
If you're really into totes, as I am, then why not put your money where it can do the most good. The Gap (Product) Red Redefined Tote is made of high-quality 100% cotton, and comes with genuine jute handles. With the words 'Redefined" printed on front, and "Reduce printed along the top interior border, this adorable $20 Tote is available at the Gap. The best thing about this tote, other than the fact that it's simply hot; Half the profits from Gap (PRODUCT) RED styles go directly to the Global Fund to help fight AIDS. The best $20 I'll spend today...
Say a BIG H-E-L-L-O to this absolutely gorgeus Paddington Tote by Chloé! Elegance at it's best, this baby is impressive with the classic signature padlock and mahogany washed leather. With rich silvertone hardware accents, the Paddington Tote measures 12 1/2x11 8/10x7, and sells for $1,995 at Bergdorf Goodman. Not so sure I'd put all my egg money in the same basket, but we have to start stashing some cash NOW to pay for these beauties! Let me tell you ladies, if you only save for one hot bag this season, this in the one. Definitely a bag to last a lifetime, for any season, and any reason. For all practical purposes, my compulsive shopping habits have just kicked into high gear. Sweet...to say the least.
If you're on the look out for a new tote for fall, then look no further than this adorable Caroline Tote by Abercrombie. Made of 100% cotton, this durable vintage style bag features a front pocket, adjustable straps and logo metal rivets. Measuring 16 1/2x13, it sells for $69.50, and is available in navy, cream, and grey. Take if from me, this Tote will get you from here to there, and carry just about anything your little heart so desires. Plain and simple...
Whenever I find myself at a loss for cash, but want something cute to just tote around, I can always find something I like at Old Navy. Cheap, durable, do-able, and right down adorable are these Destination Totes. Made of canvas, these oversized totes feature metropolitan graphics with different destinations that are sure to get you where you're going, even if you don't know. Measuring 14x14x4, for the sale price of just $7.99, you can grab up several of these cuties. Simply chic.
Looking for a fantastic, yet terribly expensive handbag for fall? Then say a big hello to this gorgeous Dressy New Look Tote by Prada. Sophisticated, and down right classy, you'll look like a million toting this baby around. Made in Italy, it's available in black, measures 11 3/4x5, and features a detachable crossbody strap with detachable flower detail. With an outrageous price tag of $1,795, you won't need room for that empty wallet of yours. And of course the joke of the week; DUE TO POPULAR DEMAND, A CUSTOMER MAY ORDER NO MORE THAN THREE UNITS OF THIS ITEM EVERY THIRTY DAYS. Saks is funny like that...
I'm delighted to say that MARC BY MARC JACOBS is spreading the word, and doing their part with this adorable, and very eco-friendly Miss Marc Goes Green Shopper. Everything you'll ever need in a practical, yet durable tote, it's made from hemp and features an simple open top and an interior pocket. Measuring 13x14x6 1/2, it available in natural, and sells for $128 at Nordstroms. The perfect tote for the gym, or just when you need a little extra room.
Check out Bellacor.com for all the latest fad with this Botanical Coral Sling Tote by Fleurville. Great for parents on the go, this up to the minute fashion bag is made of PVC-free Green-Lam and features oodles of pockets to pack around just about everything. The cool thing about this bag is the fact that it can be carried over the shoulder, as a messenger bag, or attached to your little ones stroller. Available in botanical coral color, it measures 16x13.5x5, and sells for $149.95. Baby, or not, this is one hot bag I can see myself finding a whole bunch of uses for!
As I've said before, it's not too late to get in on Nordstroms anniversary sale, and the Cindy Large Croc Embossed Tote by Dooney & Bourke is the one to buy. With super skinny rolled leather handles, this sophisticated croc-embossed tote features interior zip and cell phone pockets with all around contrast stitch detail. Available in brown T moro, black, and taupe, it measures 17x12x7. Now through August 4th, you can pick this cutey up for the sale price of $196.90. You can't beat that with a spoon...
On the flipside of high price fashion bags, Fossil brings to us this really cute Keaton Tote. The cotton canvas lends a casual look to corduroy and leather trim accents. It features double handles, button-flap pockets, with loads of interior pockets. Measuring 12x15x6, this adorable Keaton Tote is available in khaki, olive, print, and stripe and sells for $88 at Macys. A definite 'throw-over-your-shoulder-n-go' bag, you can mix and match to just about everything your little heart desires. Anything goes...
I love any handbags that Marc Ecko throws my way, and the Pleated Pleasure Tote is no exception. I, for one, like to change handbags about every month or so, and the fact that this Tote is inexpensive, helps me to keep up with my purse fettish. Available in black, cashew, orange, and white it's made of pebbled PVC, and features double handles, a tab closure with a hardware toggle, and loads of pockets. The perfect alternative for expensive bags, here's one that'll carry you through the rest of summer, on the cheap side. Measuring 17x12x6, it sells for $69 at Macys. Affordable, and cute to boot, just the way I like it...
If you're in the market for something different, and uniquely, indescribably gorgeous, then of course check out the Bleecker Leather Patchwork Tote by Coach. As with all that's new and wonderful in Coachland, this Tote features suede with crinkle patent and lightweight leather, with a fabric lining. An added plus for this bag is the fact that it's large enough for your laptop. Available in multicolor, it measures 17 3/4x9 5/8x5 7/8, and sells for $458. Oh, and don't forget the matching Patent leather Slim Envelope! (I know, I know, this is the second Coach this month! Guilty as is!) From casual to dressy, it's the perfect carryall for summer, and top notch to start off your fall collection. Classy with a ton of style, need I say more?
There's something to say about stuffing a tote bag with your favorite 'things' and cruising the road, and the Couture Canvas - Super Vertical Tote from Juicy Couture will get you there with some flare. Remarkably beautiful is the colors of this tote. Available in black/angel, and nardles/depp, it's detailed in rich leather trim with metal stud detail, and wrapped with a bold web stripe. This charming tote is crafted in a signature jacquard fabric, measures 14 1/2x15x6, and sells for $275 at Nordstroms. If you find that you're in need for something with a wee bit more room, check out the matching Couture Canvas Wheeled Suitcase. Such class...
New from Coach comes the absolutely fabulous Bleecker Patent Leather Tote. Available in mahogany, and plum patent leather, I haven't been this excited about a new bag since... when, yesterday? This gorgeous tote features oodles of pockets, both inside and outside, zip-top closure, with a rich classy signature logo. Large enough for all your accessories, including your laptop, it measures 19x10x6 3/4, and sells for $498. Check out the matching Slim Envelope Wallet! Freaking awesome...Words just can't describe this bag, I'm speechless. Classic Coach at it's finest.
Okay, I have three big reasons for absolutely loving this Pretty Nylon Logo Quilted Tote Bag. It comes in one of my favorite colors, it's designed by one of my all time favorite designers, and it's freaking huge! The MARC BY MARC JACOBS 'Pretty Nylon' Logo Quilted Tote Bag, featured in none other than pink comes with short knotted straps with side slip pockets, and a magnetic closure. This stylish extra large tote measures 17x17x6, is available in way of fluoro pink, cream, and black, and sells for $188 at Nordstroms. A perfect tote for summer, all I can say is WOW...
Whether you're planning a long vacation, or just a day at the beach, this brightly colored Painted Bare Feet Tote by Lucky Brand Jeans will take you there with a little style. Made of painted cotton canvas, it features double handles, 2 interior pockets, and a top tie closure. Available in hot floral, and stripe patterns, it also includes a beach mat and sells for $148 at Macy's. Measuring 15x15x6 1/2, it's the perfect accessory for the serious sun worshipper...
Do you remember as a child, making things out of candy wrappers? Well, here's your chance to own this sweet New Overturned Tote by Nahui Ollin. This absolutely charming tote is made with over 1500 individual candy wrappers, and a candy wrapper lining. Measuring 15x5x9, it carries with dual leather handles, and comes in tuttifrutti, and barcode. It's available at Amazon for $210-$229.
We all know that Oakley makes some real kickass sunglasses, but you haven't seen anything til you feast your eyes on this hot Sand Toy Bag. Beach ready, you can tote this one to the beach, work, or just for the fun of it. Made of cotton, it features a screen print, custom metal accents and an external zip pocket. Available in caribbean blue, black, primrose, and dove it measures 13.75x16x5 and sells for $28. Grab a blanket, a good book, and a bottle of your favorite beverage and have a blast. Surf's up!
Well ladies, I thought I'd throw a fall-preview in the mix this week, and what better handbag to start with than this outrageous, and absolutely gorgeous Liquid Patent & Suede Tote by Jimmy Choo. Available in purple and black this hot patent leather tote is accented with suede insets and topped with gold-tone hardware. Sophsicated and classy doesn't begin to describe this bag. Part of Jimmy Choo's fall collection, you can pre-order it at Bergdorf Goodman for $2,095. My obsession with this bag has me behaving irresponsible and a bit irrational to say the least! But my practical, and sensible self is screaming at me, there's no way I would ever be able to afford it! Dream on...
We're all bargain shoppers, even if we don't need it we can plead our case by saying, but honey it was on sale! And thanks to the Bargainist, I ran across a good savings that I felt the need to pass on. Now through May 26th, Banana Republic is having a 30% savings on select handbags, as with this gorgeous Greenwich Leather Tote. Available in chalk, and black the leather tote features brass finish hardware with a zip closure and double handles. Measuring 12x14x5 5/16, you can buy if for the sale price of just $159.60. Awesome. Thanks Bargainist!
You can't make a trip to the beach without a really hot bag. Besides being absolutely chic, the Cosmo Print Terry Beach Tote by Emilio Pucci is versatile enough to carry to work, yet stylish enough to tote around for your babies needs. Available in brightly purple multi color, this canvas bag features two top handles with exterior pockets and measures 17x9 1/2x9 1/2. You can pre-order it at Saks for $695.
Cop an attitude by expressing yourself in the coolest of ways with the Angry Little Girls Totes. "I'm A Lover Tote" is made of canvas with 2 convenient side pockets, with cute graphics bringing with it a whole new meaning to the term smart-arse. Measuring 15x13, it sells for $25 at About Attitude. Make sure you check out the huge collection of 'attitude' totes, you're sure to find one to fit just about any mood.
If you're living with a high school senior, chances are, they're getting ready for that big senior trip when they think they're adults, but don't even come close to acting like it. Get them ready for the beach with this adorable Tossed Pink Tote by Billabong. This over-sized tote with all-over logo print, features a magnetic snap closure and inside zip pocket. Measuring 17x13x6, it sells for $29.50 at PacSun. Too Cute...
Keep checking back next week for more fashionably chic bags (for gals, as well as guys!) for seniors and the young at heart!
I know I've done several reusable totes lately, but none have come close to catching my fancy like the Reuse Me Tote by Urban Outfitters. Made of sturdy canvas, this fun to carry tote is topped with eye-catching graphics. Choose from the butterfly (my favorite), or the whimsical We Have Not Met (words to live by!). Measuring 16x15, they sell for $12.00 at Urban Outfitters. This adorable tote woud be perfect for a day at the beach, a junk catcher for work, or a trip to the market. Too cute...
Francesco Biasia has some really hot bags for summer, and this Briefcase style Tote is no exception. With measurements of 16x10x6, the beautifully chic tote carries with double handles, loaded with pockets and is finished off with brass hardware. Available in black and cognac, it sells for $490 at the Bagshop. I love the style of this bag, it's definitely large enough to pack around all your necessities you're sure to need in a day, and then some. A great gift for Mom for Mother's Day.
To finish off our week of must-have bargain bags, this adorable Weekender Tote by Fossil all but jumped right out of my computer! Available in a variety of hot colors for your summer, this canvas Tote features contrast stitching, 2 exterior pockets, and interior pockets. Measuring an outrageous size of 18 1/2x13 1/2x6, it sells for $118 at Macys. And least we not forget our dear, sweet, deserving mom on Mother's Day, at this price you may even be able to kick in a nice bottle of her favorite cologne.
Okay, so I may not be the sharpest knife in the drawer, but I know a hot bag when I see one. The Arm Candy Patent Tote by GUESS is made of PVC with a patent finish, features double handles, with a zebra-print lining, and of course, the big G logo. Outrageous is size, as well as color, it's available in pink and turquoise. Measuring 11 1/2x14 1/2x7 3/4, it sells for the equally affordable price of $90 at Macy's. A great bag to add to a summer full of fun.
Get ready for summer with this adorable Samba Plastic Large Tote by Guess. Beach ready, it features vinyl accents with an ostrich texture, ring and stud detail and wooden signature charm. Available in brown and pink it measures 11x6x13, and sells for $85. A must have for your summer fun.
Simply gorgeous, and outrageously expensive comes the Y-Mail Tote by Yves Saint Laurent. Made in Italy, this elegantly gold leather bag features black letter print with top handles. Available in black/gold, it sells for $1,295 at Neiman Marcus. Just beautiful.
Patent leather and woven sisal adorns this gorgeous Similan - Camilla Medium Tote by Rafé New York. Elegantly detailed with hinged handles and decorative buckled straps, new for spring it features a magnetic snap closure with a clip-lock strap. Measuring 13x11 1/2x7 3/4, it's available black, red, and tan, and sells for $395 at Nordstroms. A classic style that’s simply bursting with appeal. Sweet.
A definite throwback from the 80's scene, this oversized psycho-delic Hot Tropics Slouch Tote is decked out in ribbon and pleated details with large interior pockets. Measuring 18x19, it's available in pink patched, and sells for $98 at Free People. (You'll be in a style all your own for that next 80's party!) Cool:)
We all know that yellow or any other really bright color is the 'in' style for spring and summer, so it's no surprise that J. Crew is getting in on the action with this super chic Carnaby Carryall. Made of soft tumbled-leather, it carries with a removable and adjustable leather shoulder strap with old-english brass finish hardware. Measuring 14 3/4x17 1/2x1 3/4, this gorgeous bag is available in sour lemon, bright flame, and white. It sells for $235 at J. Crew.
Help clean up the environment, while adding a touch of style with the Polka Dot Shopping Tote. Made from 100% nylon, these adorable totes features side pockets with velcro closures, 4 open compartments and 1 large zipper compartment. Not just for groceries, you can tote this shopping, to the beach, or when you just need a little extra carrying space. It measures 19x6x10, and sells for $35 at ShopIntuition. Available in Black, Green, and Pink.
Considering I've not been a big fan of her past bags, Betsey Johnson can be pleasantly unpredictable at times. The leather Golden Goddess Shoulder Tote is elegantly styled with detailed pyramid-shaped hardware, exterior side zip pockets and a magnetic tab closure. Available in White, Black, and Gold, it measures 14x11x8 and sells for $395 at Nordstroms. Sophisticated, and absolutely gorgeous.
This uniquely colored Caprice Tote is different in many ways. First of all, it's new for spring, cheap, and comes in two sizes. Both have double zippers with pulleys at the top, silver hardware, 3 interior pockets, and come in the weirdest color I've ever run across. Don't get me wrong, weird is not always bad, although it does remind me of a green snake that my sisters and I found in the woods one time. The large tote measures 5.75x17x12, and sells for $75, while the other measures 4x13x10, and sells for $85. They're both available at ShopIntuition.
The best, and only words to describe the Striped Nappa Tote by Prada, is hot, super hot, and outragously hot! Colors of purple/pink/yellow/green wavy nappa leather stripes makes this bag a must have for spring. With a top handle and a removable shoulder strap, it measures 15 7/10x18 9/10x5 and sells for $2,360 at Neiman Marcus. But remember; Due to high demand, a customer may order no more than three units of this item every thirty days. I just love Neiman Marcus, don't you? They're so funny...
Mother Nature has been playing some cruel jokes on us lately, so it's no surprise that this Beach Tote Bag by D&G Dolce & Gabbana has me just itching for warmer weather. Stylish, and just plain hot, the clear vinyl bag has contrasting synthetic patent trim, dual shoulder straps, a removable zip pouch, with a signature printed logo. Outrageously oversized, it measures 17x24x8 1/2, and sells for $319 at Couture Zappos. You'll definitely set the fashion pace with this one.
My love for oversized totes is getting almost to obsession stage with this Lola Shoulder Tote by Kooba. Big, bold, and beautiful, the Italian leather bag has two front pockets with gold tone accents, and double handles. In perfect spring fashion colors of Cream and Violet, this gorgeous tote measures 15x13 1/2x5, and sells for $645 at Saks. Maybe it's just spring fever, or brain freeze, but the weather has me ready to stash some cash or break out the ol credit card and head somewhere to spend some serious money.
The Manyana Shoulder Tote by Knox is actually two bags in one. Uniquely designed as a tote, it also features a detachable belt with a zip pocket panel complete with a cell phone pouch. Fashioned in nappa leather, this adorable bag has brass detail accents, and measures 11x15x15 and sells for $535 at Ravinstyle. Perfect for a quick run to the mall or grocery, just detach the belt and pack your most important items, like cell phone and credit cards. Awesome...
It may be a wee bit early to be getting out the ol beach stuff, but with the Bondi Beach Bag by Anthropologie it always pays to plan ahead. Available in Red or Black applique, this brightly colored beach tote makes room for blankets, your favorite novel, and maybe a bottle of your favorite bubbly. It carries with a 20" strap, two handles and measures 18x26x7.75. You can buy it at Anthropologie for $88.
From the Spring 2008 Collection, the Juicy Couture 'Strawberry Fields - Daydreamer' Tote Bag is fashioned in embroidered terry cloth, and features a logo-print drawstring bow, with rich leather trim. The only drawback I see with this is all the cutesy charms and tassels. But if you're young at heart, then you'll love all this as well as the removable heart-shaped mirror. The color of Yellow/Cognac alone makes this bag a hot seller in my book, plus the price of $195 makes it affordable for us simple people. Measuring 14x9 1/2x6, you can pre-order this bag at Nordstroms.
Take a peek at the adorable aerie Laundry Bag available at American Eagle. This super stylish tote is made of durable cotton canvas, and features a metal clip key with whimsical aerie exterior patches. The description for this oversized tote says it's perfect for trips to mom's laundromat. Forget that idea, this bag is absolutely too cute to put smelly laundry in, I'm ready to buy and stuff this baby with more important everyday junk. This very large tote is available in Blue Combo and Pink Combo, and sells for $34.50.
For the love of anything Prada, I've decided to end this wonderful week with this gorgeous, and quite expensive Tessuto Multicolor Weave Tote. New for spring, it features woven nylon gabardine with nappa trim and a detachable shoulder strap. Made in Italy, this brightly colored bag also has a magnetic snap closure and two interior zip pockets. Measuring 11x9 3/4x6 3/4, this beautiful Prada bag is available in the color of Corallo and sells for $1,450 at Saks. And least we forget; DUE TO POPULAR DEMAND, A CUSTOMER MAY ORDER NO MORE THAN THREE UNITS OF THIS ITEM EVERY THIRTY DAYS. I just love Saks, don't you? They're so funny...
I really love the fact that American Eagle sells adorable, yet affordable bags, and the I Love Waves Shoulder Tote is a good example. New for spring, this cute canvas Tote features double sided graphics, three interior pockets with shoulder straps and hand grips. Available in orange, it sells for $24.50.
This adorable Eco Tote by Fossil is made of canvas and is printed with eco-themed print just perfect for shopping, toting to and from work, or a day at the beach. Available in Bird, Patchwork, and Tree print, it measures 17 1/4x16x6 and sells for a very affordable $18 at Macys. The next time you go shopping, and they want to bag up your purchases, just say no thanks, I brought my own.
New for spring comes the super chic Kenneth Cole Reaction Sportster Tote. Made of durable nylon, it features front and rear exterior zip pockets with dual shoulder straps. Perfect to tote to and from work, this adorable bag measures 10x4 1/4x8 and sells for $61.95 at Zappos. It's available in Black, Hot Pink, Khaki, Mist, Red, Watermelon, and Yellow.
Big and beautiful, you're gonna love this amazing Dorothy Shopper bag by Guess. With chain top handles and vinyl accents, this simple, yet chic patent bag features loads of pockets, signature plaque and sexy satin lining. A perfect addition to your spring wardrobe, it measures 20x3x20, comes in white or black and sells for $120. Dressed up or casual wear, it's gonna be a favorite in my book this coming year, without a doubt...
Setting my sites on this adorable Canvas Tote by Tory Burch has me iching for spring. Available in Orchid Pink and Papaya Orange, it features silver metal straps, bottom and front logo with top handles. Measuring in at 12x16x7, this tote would be a perfect companion for work, play, and just about anything in between. It's priced right at $195, and ready for pick up at Neiman Marcus.
With political elections beating us up at every turn, voice your opinion, without saying a word, with these whimsical Freddy & Ma Totes ($28) by Urban Outfitters. With loads of room, these sturdy and quite useful cotton canvas totes feature woven canvas straps and measure 18x6x15.5 and sells for $28 at Urban Outfitters. And if you're like some that's still undecided, why not buy one of each! Available in Democrat, Independent, and Republican.
Well, I guess it's never too early to think spring and pink with this adorable Logo Tote & Towel by Guess. This ever loving fun tote is made of translucent PVC, and comes with a matching towel. It features double handles, a tattoo-style logo with contrast stitching and hardware, and a matching zip pouch. Available in Blue, Green, White, and of course Pink, it measures 14x12 1/2x7 and sells for $115 at Macys. Cute...
With Christmas finally all but over, now comes the after holiday specials. If you received a gift card, Macys is having great sales on their handbags like this gorgeous Aigner Carlyle Tote by Etienne. This beautiful leather tote features double shoulder straps, front pocket with signature engraved buckle detail and top zip. Available in Black, Indigo, and Signature colors it measures 14 1/4x9 1/2x3 7/8 and sells for $111. If you weren't fortunate to get a gift card, and you're credit cards didn't bleed you dry, this woud make a great bag for your collection. While you're at it, check out Macys after holiday sales.
Plaids are the hot item this year, and the Winter Plaid Tote by American Eagle is definitely holding its own with this one! Big and roomy, the soft fabric of this adorable tote features a large external double-snap pocket, and interior pockets with a magnetic snap closure. The signature embroidered logo and the fact that it measures the outrageous size of 22x16x7, is enough to reel me in but the sale for $34.95 just kinda seals the deal with me! If you're looking for a last minute gift item, hurry to your nearest American Eagle. I'm sold!
I said that I was going to lay off Kooba bags for awhile, but that was before I ran across this gorgeous Cameron Tote. Simply beautiful, it's designed in black leather with nickel hardware with top open handles. Adorned with a large interior pocket and two cell phone pockets, it measures 11 1/4x19 1/4x7 1/4, and sells for $625 at Neiman Marcus. This handsomely rich bag is also available in stunning gold dust shimmer with gold-plated brass hardware making it easy to convert from daytime to night-out wear without hesitation.
Okay Ladies, with very few shopping days left, we need to get serious about this wish list thing. The new Technicolor Striped Patchwork Tote by Lucky Brand Jeans features leather and suede with leather trim with a top magnetic closure. Available in Multi and Natural Multi, this outrageous bag carries with one shoulder strap, measures 16x13x6, and sells for $168 at Macys. This is just one of many gorgeous bags I ran across while at Macy's last weekend. I might add that Macy's is offering guaranteed Christmas delivery if ordered by December 22nd! (Certain restrictions apply)
This adorable Vivid Collector Tote by eBags is perfect in size and gentle on the pocketbook. Made of durable nylon, this easy open tote also has a matching accessory pouch to carry your wallet, cosmetics, or just about anything you can think of. Available in seven vibrant colors, it measures 13x10.75x7.5 and you can buy it for the holiday sale price of $19.99 at eBags. This versatile tote can be used for work, diaper duty and so much more. Their promise to you: Lifetime Warranty -Exchange, return, whatever it takes. For this kinda deal and price, you can pick up a few for those last minute holiday gifts.
Well, I don't know about anybody else, but it's a wee bit early to think about spring when the snow is flying and you're freezing your buns off, but here's a bag to get you in the mood! This gorgeous Leopard Print Shopper by Roberto Cavalli is fashioned in cotton with calfskin leather trim with Swarovski-crystal-studded logo, and goldtone hardware. Measuring an outrageous size of 19 1/2x13 3/4x5, and available in Cheetah, you can pre-order this tote at Nordstroms for $975. I can almost imagine the flowers and trees blooming already! Well, almost...
For the serious shopper comes the Dogeared Peace Canvas Bag. This time of year when we all tend to get a little sappy and sentimental, this canvas tote makes a statement all on it's own. Perfect for re-using at the grocery or on an all out shopping spree, this simple tote says it all. You can buy one or several at Pink Mascara for the affordable price of $23. Nice.
I have always been a huge fan of Lucky Brand, so it's no surprise that I'm crazy about the Lucky Brand Jeans Washed Buffalo Leather Tote as well. Casual and super stylish, this enormous tote is fashioned in rich leather and carries with a single shoulder strap. The oversized side flap pockets make it even more practical to keep those hard to find items that always seem to end up in the bottomless pit that we call a handbag. Available in Ginger and Mulled Wine, this Tote measures 10 1/4x17 3/4x6 3/8 and sells for $198 at Macy's.
If you're looking for a large tote that'll carry you through the holidays and clean into winter, then look no further than this gorgeous Street Shine Large Tote By Guess. This super large and very sexy tote features dual loop top handles, top zip, and removable shoulder strap. Accented with buckle detail, and ring and stud hardware, you'll definitely have plenty of room with some to spare with this Guess Tote. Exceedingly large, it measures 20x5x20 and sells for the affordable price of $115. Too cute.
If you're a collector of tote bags, as I am, then feast your eyes on this really adorable Mary Large Tote from Abercrombie & Fitch. Made of 100% cotton, this supersoft bag is just bursting with plaids, leather straps, and signature logo. Perfect colors for winter, this Tote sells for an affordable $79.50 at Abercrombie & Fitch.
If you're shopping for a new bag and you want one that will carry everything you own, then look no further than this gorgeous Aerin Large Convertible Tote by Cole Haan. Available in Black and Rust, it's richly fashioned in Italian leather features belted detail, detachable shoulder strap, double handles, and 2 front zip pockets with logo-engraved zipper pulls. With measurements of 17x12 1/2x7, you can even tote around your laptop. You can buy this enchanting Tote at Macy's for $450. Whew! That's a lot of bag for your money!
Good golly! Turn out the lights, I think this baby glows in the dark! New for their spring 2008 collection comes the Carrie Disco Metallic Tote by Kooba. Sure to be hit, this outrageous leather bag is fashioned in metallic mirror leather with laser-cut pattern, magnetic snap closure and just absolutely loaded with pockets!
I know I'm a little ahead of myself, since this gorgeous bag isn't available til spring, but I just can't help it! Measuring 17x13 1/2x5, you can pre-order this Tote from Nordstrom's for $975.
Is it spring yet?
New for your fall buying spree comes this gorgeous Elisha Shoulder Tote by Kooba. Fashioned in pewter metallic leather, it features tonal stitching with gold-tone hardware accents and side pockets. This irrestible tote measures 12x14x6, and sells for $575 at Neiman Marcus.
If you're looking for a unique handbag for your fall wardrobe, then look no further. The Histoire Patent Tote Bag by Valentino features gold patent leather with detailed braided leather trim. Shining buckles and stud details accent this gorgeous bag, which also carries with adjustable braided shoulder straps. Measuring 18 1/2x15x7, you can pre-order it at Saks for $1,795. Now that's what I call class...
You'll definitely make a fashion statement carrying this really hot Runway Oversized Patent Tote by D&G Dolce & Gabbana! This fine patent leather tote features a drawstring rope with large gold metal grommets and a side handle. Brand new for fall, this gorgeous tote measures a whopping 19.75x21.5x8.5 and is available in Cherry. This bag can carry everything you need, everyday, clear through to the weekend. You can purchase this beauty at eLuxury for $1,270. I'm usually not too fond of red handbags, but I think I just changed my mind with this one...Beautiful.
This adorable Candy Tote, Twisted by Harajuku Lovers is just one of many new fall totes by celebrity Gwen Stefani. In a cutesy sort of way, this Candy Tote, made of woven canvas brings out the playful side of me. With striped graphic logo screen throughout, this sporty little bag is accented with a dangling polished silver metal and enamel logo tag on front and detailed heart-shaped silver metal and enamel accessories on the bottom. Measuring 14x13x5, you can buy it at eLuxury for $68. Available in my all time favorite color, Harajuku Lovers bags are going to be hot this fall.
If you're a big fan of Fossil as I am, then you're going to flip over this Fifty Four Fossil Jackie Tote. Modern detail meets vintage inspiration with this Italian leather tote which features magnetic snap closure and antique hardware. This gorgeous tote measures 14x15x6.5 and includes plenty of compartments to carry everything you'll ever need in a day. From their Fifty Four Collection, this luxurious bag is available in brown, rust, black and tan and sells for $350.
While browsing my many purse sites this evening, I happened across this gorgeous Aerin Large Convertible Tote by Cole Haan. The first words to catch my eye, was the fact that this handbag is roomy enough to carry even your laptop. Not only is this tote huge, but the beautiful Italian leather with the belt detail that encircles it has me hoping that Santa comes early this year! It features a top magnetic closure, two front zip pockets, and converts with a detachable shoulder strap. This very stylish bag measure an enormous 17x12 1/2x7, comes in Black and Rust color and sells for $450 at Macy's. This beautiful tote is definitely going on my list of 'it' bags for the season.
Absolutely outrageous, this Giraffe Medium Sac by Dooney & Bourke is definitely an eye catcher! New for fall, this simply wild giraffe-print slouch tote features a single removable strap, top magnetic closure, and side metal logo patch. Ever soooo roomy, this gorgeous bag measures 16x13x4, and sells for $325 at Macy's. If you still find yourself with money left on the ol credit card, pick up the matching wallet.
There's something about the Pipeline Shiloh Tote Bag by Lockheart that definitely caught my eye. Huge and loaded with pockets to carry everything you need in a day, this gorgeous bag features a removable shoulder strap and silvertone hardware accents with detailed stitching. Available in Grey, and ready for your fall wardrobe, it measures 16x13 1/2x4, and sells for $695 at Saks.
Get ready to max those credit cards for this awesome Kylie Flap Tote by Kooba! New from their fall collection, this leather Kooba has magnetic snap closure, adjustable double straps, and loads of pockets. Measuring 10 1/2x13 1/2x4 1/2, you can pre-order this gorgeous tote from Nordstroms for $675. I honestly can't think of a better way to spend my money!
If you're looking to purchase something a little different in a handbag for fall, check out this gorgeous Small Balloon Tote by Marni. Fashioned in a Light Brown Patent Leather, this balloon tote features an adjustable leather strap and a canvas strap. With ruched detail and leather panel accents, classy cannot begin to describe this bag! Being just a little partial to the small structured handles, makes this tote all that more irresistable. Measuring 15.5x16x11, you can pick up this little number at Net-A-Porter for $1,200.
If you're looking for a bargain, swing by Nordstroms and pick up this gorgeous Rebel Sydney Small Tote Bag by Andrew Marc. Fashioned in rich leather, it features a removable shoulder strap with an attached coin pouch. Available in bronze, and silver, with front zip pockets and side flap pockets, this tote measures 15x9x6. With a 50% off price tag of $347 at Nordstroms, you just can't go wrong.
I've never seen a Kooba handbag that I didn't like, and this gorgeous Stella Tote is certainly no exception. Made of soft grained leather, trimmed in contrasting leather and brass hardware, this is definitely at the top of my wish list! The unique double rolled leather handles are secured with rings and closes with magnetic snap closure. This beautiful bag, measuring 13x11x9 could very well be THE bag for the fall season and carry you well on into spring. Available in black and brown, you can purchase it at eLuxury for $595. But ya know the old saying, you always want what you can't have.
Inspired by the picturesque town of St. Moritz Switzerland, this gorgeous St. Moritz Tote carries with double handles and a detachable gold chain. The gold hardware and buckle detail accents puts this tote in a class all by itself. Perfect for your 9 to 5 commute, or a night on the town, it's available in black, chocolate, or lagoon. Measuring 18x14x5, it sells for $250 at ShopIntuition.
Anthropologie has been putting out some really cute bags this summer, including this brightly colored Day Trip Tote. The perky flowered print features three interior pockets, two exterior pockets and a zip closure. It carries with leather straps and measures 12x16.5x6 and sells for a mere $148. This adorable bag would be great to carry to the beach, on a shopping spree, or along for your 9 to 5 work day. It's more than perfect for any occasion and sure to put a happy little smile on your face!
The most extravagant tote you'll probably see this season, That's Love Canvas Tote by Louis Vuitton is definitely going to turn some heads. The "That's Love" collection was created by another one of our favorite designers, Marc Jacobs. This gorgeous tote is made of cotton and linen canvas with 620 gold and silver tube beads in a hand stitched logo. Measuring 13x14.5x4, this awesome and somewhat expensive tote is available at eLuxury at a price tag of $1,720.
If you're looking for a great deal in a designer bag, this Iconic Tote by Zac Posen is one to take a second look at. This beautiful tote is fashioned in grained leather and features contrasting grained leather trim with aged brass hardware. The rich look is enhanced with leather shoulder straps and unique hexagonal rings. This beauty would look great dressed in casual wear or decked out on the town. This gorgeous tote measures 17x13.5x7 and you can buy it at an awesome sale price of $649 at eLuxury! Cool...
If you're looking for a 70's style bag, the Lucky Brand Jeana Floral Macrame Tote is sure to be an attention getter. This fun bag is fashioned in crocheted macrame and accented with pebbled leather trim and botton closure. Measuring a whopping 16x17x5, this hot tote sells for $148 at Macys. This bag is so versatile, you can use it as a diaper bag, work tote, or if you're like me, I need all the extra space I can get from a handbag. This would be perfect!
If you're in the market for a rather large tote, the DKNY Handbags Leather Trim Linen Shopper is sure to be an eye catcher. This gorgeous tailored linen tote has a cinched shape and features front and back exterior wall pockets. Completely wrapped with a buckled leather strap, it carries with duel straps and measures 14 1/2x12x6 1/2. This beautiful tote is casual enough to get you through your 9 to 5 workweek, yet dressy enough to carry on through your weekend. This stylish shopper sells for $325 at Nordstroms.
While out and about over the weekend, I just happen to find myself at Macys browsing at handbags no doubt! This MICHAEL Michael Kors Brookeville Shoulder Tote just kind of stood out from all the rest. Fashioned in leather, with contrast stitching and top magnetic closure makes this bag worthy of a second glance. With side buckle tabs and 11-inch drop handle, it's practical enough to carry everyday and well into your weekend. With a size of 15x13x3, this stylish tote is available in Black and Luggage and sells for $298. Gorgeous...
Abercrombie & Fitch has defiinitely gotten their act together with their spring totes. This adorable Carla Tote Bag features a double-layer destroyed applique with distressed stamped screenprint detail. Made of 100% cotton, this cute vintage wash tote is available in yellow and sells for $39.50 at Abercrombie & Fitch.
Whoa...Whoever said that size doesn't matter, hasn't seen this gorgeous Bobby Boyfriend Tall Tote by Fossil. Practical, stylish, and just down right cute, this canvas bag features funky front pockets with distressed leather trim accent. With tons of interior organizer compartments, and a removable shoulder strap this very trendy tote measures a whopping 14x16x3. Available in Brown, Olive, and stripe, it sells for $118 at Fossil. This tote is definitely large enough to hold everything you need on your 9 to 5 work week and then some!
If you're looking for a fun tote to carry this summer, look no more. This Small Travel Tote by LeSportsac features a whimsical cartoon print or bold, colorful stripes that'll keep you organized with just a touch of style. Perfect for everyday, it's made of nylon with accents of metallic-infused sparkle trim. Loaded with pockets, this adorable tote measures 17x11x5 and includes a matching zip-closure utility bag. You can pick it up at Macy's for a mere $68. If you have a little one, this could probably double as a diaper tote too. Cute!
Whether you're a beach bum like me, or just like to lounge around the pool, the Inflatable Tote by Juicy Couture is sure to get you noticed. This adorable inflatable, striped PVC bag measures 15x15x7 and sells for $65 at Nordstroms. This is just too cute!
The Boston Oversized Stripe Tote by ShopIntuition, both sassy and chic, is perfect for a day at the beach or just a great tote to carry to and from work. This adorable multi stripe tote has a magnetic button closure and measures 23x14. It sells for the very affordable price of $35 at ShopIntuition.
While mall hopping over the weekend, I ran into this adorable Large Washed Canvas Tote at the Gap. Made of durable cotton canvas with leather trim it carries with striped top shoulder straps and a magnetic snap closure. What really sets this gorgeous tote aside from all the rest is the grommet and rivet detail and the beautiful colors. Available in Golden Wheat and Beach Pebble, this casual yet very stylish bag sells for $49.50 at the Gap.
In stressing times as these, we all have something to bitch about from time to time. I, for one, am told that I like to complain every single day! I ran across this awesome little tote, and thought to myself… this bag is me! The Sometimes I Get Tired Canvas Tote by ShopIntuition has an exterior side zip and interior zip with slide pouches. Measuring 13.5x13, it sells for a very affordable price of $35. With this tote I can go to work and just display it on my desk...and walk away...very slowly. Perfect, a bag with an attitude. I love it!
I've had this Dolce & Gabbana Fashion Flirts Tote in my file for a few weeks, deciding whether to view it or not. Not really fond of red bags, I never know what to wear with them. But I'm to the point that I don't care if I match or not. This leather tote, available in red or white is accented in silver-tone hardware with buckled shoulder straps. Available at Neiman Marcus, this absolutely gorgeous Dolce & Gabbana's Fashion Flirts Tote sells for $1,495. A bit too pricey for me, but for just a little bit of wealth I'd buy this little gem in a heartbeat!
If you're wondering what to by mom for Mother's Day, here is the perfect gift. The Cotton Garden Tote by Sigrid Olsen, trimmed out in contrast leather is completely encased with pockets, as well as eight interior zip and wall pockets. This really cute, yet practical garden tote measures 13x9 1/2x7 and sells for a mere $88 at Nordstroms.
Dooney & Bourke is getting wild and a little crazy with this 'Zebra Large' Sac, and I'm absolutely lovin' it! Trimmed all out in deep red accents and goldtone hardware, this Zebra-stamped leather bag fastens with a magnetic snap closure. Available in black or red, it measures 17 1/2x13 1/2x7. You can pick up this outrageous bag at Nordstroms for $395. And for an added bonus, you pick up the matching Zebra Zip Wallet for $195.
Marc by Marc Jacobs has redeemed themselves with this Mighty Weekender Tote. Fashioned in soft-grained leather, this bag is classy and refined with aged brass hardware and leather handles. Measuring 17 3/4x18x6, this gorgeous bag is freaking huge! I guess you could carry everything you own in this bag and then some. Available in Cream and Brown, this tote sells for $458 at Neiman Marcus.
Even thought Mother Nature is laughing her self silly right now, we can still dream of the beach with this adorable 'Summer Terry' Beach Bag by Lacoste. Fashioned of striped terry toweling, this sporty little beach bag carries with solid-colored webbed straps with an appliquéd croc logo. Measuring 17x14x6 1/2, it has an inside zip, wall pockets and a removable zip pouch. Available in Yellow Sun, Candy Cane and Sailor Blue you can pick up at Nordstroms for $135.
I was surfing around today looking for a dress, got a little sidetracked and found this adorable little tote at J. Crew. Although it reminds me of a giant bumblebee, this cutesy Small Printed Amagansett Tote would be perfect for the beach or just right for carrying all my junk back and forth from work. Fashioned in cotton canvas with contrasting canvas handles and sidebands, it also has an interior patch pocket. Accented with shiny nickel rivets, this sporty little tote measures 10x16x4 3/8 and sells for $39.50. Available in Classic Navy and Cool Meadow.
Oh Happy Monday! With this being the worst workday of the week, I thought I would start out with one of my favorite designers. If you guessed Chloe, you're right. But I figured I'd get it out of my system early on, and then concentrate on more affordable bags. But you'll have to admit, this Large Paddington Tote by Chloe is gorgeous! Fashioned in Orange leather, with a large front pocket, it's accented with brass hardware and of course their signature padlock. It carries with top handles, has one large interior pocket, and buckle detailing across the front, pocket and sides. Measuring 15x11x6, it's available at Net-A-Porter for $1,860.
The Kate Spade Julia Tote, fashioned in black linen with white leather trim is absolutely gorgeous. Measuring 14x14x7, it carries with top handles and is accented in gold-tone hardware. From the Julia collection, it has side buckled straps and a signature plate that just screams classy, sassy and chic! It sells for $485 at Neiman Marcus.
Well, here I am, on the baby bag thingy again, but you'll have to admit the MARC BY MARC JACOBS Baby Bag is totally awesome! The stylish tote features soft supple leather with a front exterior pocket and turn-lock closure. Accented with gold-tone hardware, it carries with shoulder straps and includes a matching changing pad. Measuring 12x16x3 3/4, it's available in white or black. You can buy this beautiful bag at Neiman Marcus for $458, with or without a little one.
Most people might think the Digital Photo Tote by Red Envelope is somewhat corny, but I think they're adorable. Tastefully done in a polyester-blend, this special tote in accented with genuine leather handles and trim. All you have to do is upload your photo to their website, and Red Envelope will make you memories to last a lifetime. Measuring 10 1/2x3 7/8x9 5/8, you can order this enchanting little bag at Red Envelope for $160. Corny or not, any little mama or Nana would carry this photo tote with a whole lotta pride and close to her heart.
I am really lovin' this Gypsy Rain Cinch Tote by Francesco Biasia. Fashionably done in glossy leather, it features a cinched shape, with an open top and a magnetic snap closure. With interior zip, slide and cell phone pockets and exterior magnetic snap pockets this beautiful bag measures 14 1/2x20x6 1/2. Available in black and brick, you can buy it at Nordstrom's for $375.
The resilient leather style of the Setela Large Front Zip Tote by Gustto is accented in goldtone hardware with contrast stitching. It features a top zip closure with pull tabs, a front and interior zip pocket. This gorgeous tote carries with double shoulder straps and measures 17x19x3. It's available in Dark Wine and Black, and sells for $645 at Saks.
I've seen some large handbags in my day, but let me tell you, this MARC BY MARC JACOBS 'Surely' Shopper is freaking huge! Measuring 21x20x7, this humongous patent leather tote features a floral print lining, three interior pockets and a magnetic snap closure. Available in Lipstick, you can pick up this suitcase, I mean tote at Nordstrom's for $478.
New from Yves Saint Laurent is this beauteous Downtown Leather Tote. Fashioned in Brown leather and accented in gold-tone hardware and button detail, it stylishly carries with top handles. One of many new bags from the Downtown Collection, it features double top side zip, a front pocket compartment with zippers with front buckle strap detail. This fascinating tote measures 13 1/2x19x9 1/2, and is available at Neiman Marcus for $1,595.
Let's face it ladies, anytime we see the word 'sale', no matter what the cost or need, WE HAVE TO HAVE IT! Well, Pink Mascara has a real deal on this gorgeous Francesco Biasia Moonlight Tote. Constructed of crocodile print in beautiful midnight blue shade, it features textured leather and is accented in gold hardware. With 2 large interior compartments and matching suede sides, you can buy it for the bargain sale price of just $299.
I guess there are times when size does matter, and with this Lockheart Basketweave Tote this is definitely one of those times. This absolutely huge tote is elegantly constructed in a rich woven leather and features smooth leather trim and brass hardware. With a lobster closure, it carries with double top handles and a detachable single shoulder drop handle. Loaded with interior pockets, as well as a front and back slash pocket, it measures 14x16x5. Available in black, you can buy this gorgeous tote at Saks for $795.
I hate to admit it, but I'm not very fond of raffia or straw bags, or by whatever name you want to call it. To me, they always looked too much like ol Farmer Browns' straw hat. But enough said about my preferences, I must now eat my words! This Dolce & Gabbana Patent & Raffia Tote, accented with gold-tone hardware and studs is cute as a bug! This almost retro style bag carries with chain top handles; and the extended tab and signature plate makes it worth all $1,775! Available in black or red patent leather trim, you can buy this adorable bag at Bergorf Goodman.
While out running around today, I did a little shopping at Abercrombie & Fitch. This adorable Brianne Tote really caught my eye. Made of 100% cotton, it features a destroyed signature appliqué with a striped pattern. With an enormous size of 15x16, this tote bag is available in Navy Stripe, and pink stripe. This great looking bag would be perfect at the beach, at the mall, or anywhere in between. It's a steal for $39.50 at Abercrombie & Fitch.
Ohhhh...If only I had an endless money tree in my back yard, I would have the largest bag collection in the state! I would definitely add the Dior Gaucho Zipped Tote to the group. This vintage looking tote is made of supple calf leather and trimmed out in lambskin with contrast stitching. Accented in silver metal hardware with flat leather shoulder straps, with oodles of antique silver metal links, buckles, and interior pockets this could be a real conversation piece in itself. It also has a saddle-like flap and a "1947" Christian Dior medallion and large key dangling on front that really adds class to this awesome bag. Measuring 15x11x6, you can buy this bag at eLuxury for a very expensive, (but well worth it) $1,990.
The new Lucky Brand Jeans Canvas Print Carry-All Bag is just in time for my ultimate spring buying spree. This adorable butterfly tote features vibrant cotton canvas print with a snap top and side closures. The 15-inch leather handle, with 2 inside pockets makes this bag sporty, and very stylish. Measuring 12.5x16.5x10, you can pick up this whimsical little tote at Macys for the low price of $138.
The Burberry Nautical Bucket Tote, embellished with red patent leather trim, is not only spacious and attractive but also bursting with pizzazz. Accented with a nautical theme and gold tone hardware, this classic house check tote has a rope drawstring top and side zip pockets. Priced at $945, and measuring 13 1/2x14x6, you can buy this tote at Neiman Marcus.
Okay, so maybe I'm jumping the gun a little with this whole spring thing, but this Couture Islands Bag with Towel by Juicy Couture is really hot! This clear plastic tote, with pink leather trim features top handles with rings and is accented with a "First class Couture" shield. Includes pink/light green/white/black map-print towel, with a matching zip top coin purse, this adorable bag is available at Neiman Marcus for $165.
If you're planning a wedding, then you know how frustrating it is to keep everything organized. The Wedding Bag is the ultimate wedding organizer which arrives stocked with everything you need to carry to appointments and fittings. It includes two fabric totes for lingerie and shoes, two leathers zip pouches for receips and swatches, and a heart shaped leather jewelry box. This luxurious, yet practical bag is made of nylon and accented in soft pale blue leather with divided interior pockets to organize and store magazines, folders and anything else you can think of. Measuring 16x12x4.5, you can buy this bag for $300.
Just the purse for spring, this adorable Juicy Girl Small Nylon Tote features dark pink topstitching with vibrant pink hardware and studs. Accented with tonal/dark pink "Her Majesty; Juicy Couture" and signature Scottie dog crest appliqué this bag measures 9x12x7. Available in crystal/cocoa, you can purchase it at Neiman Marcus for $165.
If you're a big animal lover and especially fond of Chihuahuas as I am, then you're gonna want to run to your nearest Saks store and grab this bag! The Russo Canvas Tote Bag by Anya Hindmarch has a sturdy canvas design with double top leather handles and buckle accents on the sides. This unusual but very loveable bag measures 14x13x4, and you can pre-order it at Saks for $395.
With Valentine's Day fast approaching, I can't think of a better gift than a new bag. This Hugs And Kisses Sydney Tote by Isabella Fiore measures a whopping 9.5x21x7, and has a leather frame with topstitching and brass hardware. The ring and side drawstring detail and the multicolor braided detail top this bag as being a real hot item. But, being a romantic at heart, I really love the X's and O's that adorn it the most. Tell your honey he can pick up this little tote at Saks Fifth Avenue for $695.
This Kooba Natasha Bag looks to be a great start for my spring bag collection. Available in white, this mod looking patent leather tote has tonal stitching, quilted shoulder straps and silver-tone hardware. With plenty of interior pockets, this huge bag measures in at 10x9.75x16.5 and is available at Pink Mascara for $625.
Big, giant snakes are by far anything pretty to look at, but make 'em into a Chloe Silverado Anaconda Tote and you've got one sweet looking bag. Available in Muscat anaconda complete with tabbed shoulder straps and gold tone hardware, the bag measures a whopping 15 1/5 x 14 4/5 x 10 and can be purchased for a meager $3,460.
This Dolce & Gabbana Beach Bag is just screaming for me to tote it off to some tropical paradise! Made of vibrant colored, water-resistant canvas, this awesome bag has a side zip pocket and is large enough to carry everything I need for a day at the beach. Available at eLuxury for $230.
So casual and Fall-ish is this beautiful Flannel Tote from J. Crew. Made with wool flannel in heather gray, the tote features a faux tortoise-shell chain link handle and has a European Tie-silk lining. At $168 the J. Crew Flannel Tote measures 11 x 11 x 5 inches.
It's kinda strange seeing a Chloe bag without all the exaggerated buckles and detailing and I'll have to admit, it's a nice change. The Large Tracy Tote features chocolate coated calfskin, brass hardware and buckled sides. Simple and sophisticated, the Chloe Tracy Tote sells for $1,660 at Neiman Marcus.
This absolutely awesome Matte Crocodile Tote by Brazilian designer Carlos Falchi makes me want to do some serious gambling! Made of exotic crocodile, this unique tote has braided leather handles with wrapped accents and a hidden magnetic tab closure. With inside zipped pockets and double top handles, the Matte Crocodile Tote measures 9 x 15 x 7.5 inches. You can get it at Saks for the low asking price (ha!) of just $4,650. (It's no wonder
that the crocs in Florida are running amuck!)
Being the biggest animal lover you'll ever meet, it's tough for me to love this bag so much! Nevertheless my eyes cannot seem to stray from the luxurious white fox trim. Prada's Shearling Tote with Fox Trim ($2,375) features gorgeous appliques on the side and double handles to ensure carrying with ease. At 12 1/2 x 15 x 4 inches, it's the perfect size to carry this Fall/Winter.
At first glance and given its name, I guess you could say that I was indeed quite "puzzled" by this bag! The Puzzle Tote designed by Henry Cuir at first glance closely resembles an old antique quilted remnant that my mom used to carry but upon careful evaluation I decided that I quite like it! Made of African soft leather and measuring 15 x 11 x 4 1/2 inches, you can purchase the Henry Cuir Puzzle Tote at Barney's New York for $1175.
If you're in the market for a durable, stylish canvas bag like I am (and I mean I literally always am), then you're gonna love this Washed-Canvas Amherst Tote by J. Crew. This irresistible bag comes with a top zipper and cotton canvas handles for easy carrying. Designed with two exterior snap pockets and a zipper pocket on the back (which will house my cell phone, of course), this tote is not only practical but destined to become a favorite summer/fall bag for sure. The Washed-Canvas
Amherst Tote sells for $88.
Looking for an awesome, yet terribly expensive handbag for Fall? Say hello to the Chloé Large Leather Tote. Similar to the popular Paddington, the tote features an oversized padlock and has a zip compartment on the bottom for cramming more of your stuff in. Ella from Pursedlips says "Tip: Chloé for the Balenciaga fan. It's trés motorcycle." I say it's fabulous!
With a combination of age-old manufacturing traditions and modern Italian design, Francesco Biasia gives us yet another fine handbag. The My Valentine Shoulder Tote is designed with dual rounded shoulder straps and has brass tone hardware. With a platform bottom, this awesome tote is available in cinnamon and measures 14 x 5 1/2 x 10 inches. My Valentine Shoulder Tote sells for $335.
With so many new styles (both good and not-so-good), and with the rising prices on some of their stuff, Coach had become quite overwhelming to me a few months back. So for the sake of not losing my mind, I've quietly ignored them for a while now, letting the other purse blogs report on the latest and greatest from the company.
I pleasantly discovered today that the strike is finally over because I am totally and utterly in love with this bag. The $498 Signature Ombre Soft Tote in summery orange features metallic trim and a much appreciated subtle Signature print (as not to drive Julie insane with the damn C's). It's twill, it measures 10 x 12 x 6 inches, and it's managed to put Coach back into my bookmarks list once again. Now if I can just convince Larry that Mothers Day gifts are for women with kitties too.
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So simple, so chic, so perfect. The Small Leather Tote from Chloe is a double-handled bag with a zipper base to increase size. Featuring a detachable luggage tag and a black canvas lining, the Leather Tote measures 11 x 9 x 5 inches and sells at Net a Porter for $1,515. This is so my favorite Chloe bag in a very long while.
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Nothing makes my day quite like a perfect, pink bag from Mulberry. The Euston Leather Tote is made of pink Darwin leather and has canvas stripes in beige on the front and back. Measuring 12 x 9 x 6 inches, the bag also features a large detachable shoulder strap and small luggage tag, as well as gold hardware. Net-a-Porter sells the Euston Leather Tote for $995, and it's also available in oak.
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This bag got my attention last night and has yet to let it go. Bold and bright, the Loop Design Tote ($38) is canvas and has one of two images made famous by Andy Warhol screened on the front (the pink guns print being my favorite, emphasis on the pink part). Each of the bags comes with a set of three removable pins on the outside and cutesy coin purse on a chain on the inside. Last but not least, and perhaps the most interesting thing about these totes are the handles, which feature printed quotes from the artist himself. Very. Cool.
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In a world so serious all the time, I think that Betsey Johnson has the right idea with her Betseyville line of handbags. The Princess Rose Tote shown is a high-spirited nylon printed tote that features a drawstring closure and lots of fun sparkling and studded accents. Measuring 18 x 12 x 7 inches, the bag comes in both black and teal and sells for $135 at Nordstrom.
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Although there won't be any real picnicking going on here in Ohio until much later this spring (it was 17º on Saturday), I'm certain that when the time comes to do so, Kate Spade's new Hobby Picnic Tote will be more than perfect for the occasion. I don't have to tell you how adorable it is because you can clearly see by the picture that it is quite so, and I certainly won't explain to you how ridiculously priced it is, because I know that you aren't expecting anything less. So there you go. Perfect, adorable, and expensive. Enough said.
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It’s not everyday that a purse has the ability to scare the Bejesus out of me. As a matter of fact, it's so rare that when it happens, I find it necessary to highlight it here on Purseuing as a way of warning my readers not to make the same mistake of looking directly at it without applying some sort of protective eye equipment first. When I saw this bag today I literally jumped back in my seat, almost dropped my Powerbook and covered my eyes in fright. It kind of reminds me of that guy you see all the time on the internet and on TV that has like a gazillion piercing in his face and/or head and although you want (and need) to look away, you just can't seem to take your eyes off him. And who's behind the IKat Tote -- you guessed it -- Isabella Fiore. At $675, Neiman Marcus calls it a "Day Trippin'" style bag. I call it a mean, green, magic carpet riding purse machine. Puke.
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I'm in the market for a new tote bag to carry to work. Now unfortunately, it can't be anything real expensive or overly-cherished because there’s a pretty good chance I'm going to ruin it within weeks anyway packing various "nurse-like things" around in it. I've had many Dickies bags in the past and seeing how they have never once failed me in terms of durability, price and style, I just can't see any reason not to indulge again. Besides, this Grey Cord Tote Bag suits me just fine with its adorable pink, hanging charms and neutral yet trendy color. Not only is PacSun selling the large tote from Dickies for just $24, they're also offering a 'buy one bag, get one free' special now, so you can actually have two for the price of one! Hint: Grey cord tote bags make great Christmas gifts!
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J. Crew sure knows the way to a girl's heart (and wallet I might add) with these new City Totes in an array of fabrics ranging from waxed canvas to lavish Italian vegetable-tanned leather. My personal favorite, the Saffron Tweed City Tote, comes in a textured wool stadium cloth that is very durable, yet gives off a delicate appearance due to its soft, saffron hue. Each of the new bags feature a J. Crew logo button tab for closure as well as two large pockets on the exterior for nifty, accessible storage. The Tweed City Tote shown here sells for $148, however, prices go as high as $248 for the Vachetta Tote and as low as $128 for the Quilted Waxed Canvas one. All of the new carry-alls measure 9 x 12 x 4 inches and are available in stores as well as online and at J.Crew.com.
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I get so busy keeping up with all the latest big, expensive designer bags that I sometimes forget that some of my absolute favorite handbags come from places like Ann Taylor and the likes. Shown here, the Zip-Top Croco-Embossed Tote in beautiful, structured leather comes complete with double shoulder straps and exaggerated three-ring hardware. I don't know about you, but I think its tough to find a tote for $128 these days that brings this much class to the table. Ann Taylor's Croco-Embossed Tote measures 5 x 8 x 13 inches.
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Check out this hot tote bag from Not Rational! Measuring 15 x 14 inches, the Fat Fringe Bag in dark brown leather has a removable fringe piece on the tote strap that can also be used as a key ring. The interior of the bag appears to be made of a denim materiel (from what I can tell in the pictures) and features an inside cell phone pocket. The $375 Fat Fringe Bag from Not Rational is available at 80's Purple Fashion Boutique.
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My friend Sheila has informed me of her new bag, the School Tote, that's available now for purchase on her website, Sheila D Designs. If you remember correctly, I featured the Basic Tote on Purseuing a few months ago that featured a lovely, reversible cotton/corduroy exterior. Now, the School Tote, measures a slightly larger 10.5 x 13 x 4.25 inches, and is even more adorable than the original! As always, the bag comes in an array of colors and patterns for you to choose from, the cinnamon one shown with red checks being my favorite. The new School Tote is just $40.
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I like a fun, casual tote bag every now and then don't you? You know, something you can carry with your favorite lounge clothes and tennis shoes. Fornarina's Brigitte Tote is just that in green velvet with synthetic leather trim. The bag features double shoulder straps, a top zip closure and four cutesy pin back buttons. Measuring 13 x 4 x 9 inches, the Brigitte Tote sells at Zappos for $98.
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If you will recall, Tory Burch (of Tory by TRB) and I had a serious disagreement on the inclusion of rabbit fur in her handbag designs a few months back. Well, due to the fact that she is responsible for creating this absolutely lovely tote, I've decided to forgive her. The Medium Printed Canvas Tote has a patent leather logo and trim and two outside pockets. The brown/pink/ivory color combo is my favorite, but there are also two other patterns that are equally as wonderful to choose from. The Medium Printed Canvas Tote is priced at $165 and measures 12 x 16 x 6 inches.
See Tory, all you have to do is lay off the rabbit-skinning stuff and we can be great friends!
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Well folks, it doesn't get much more outrageous than this. Suede. Beads. And fur. Coach's Suede Beaded Tote with Fur (I know, clever naming huh?) is one of the companies many new styles for fall and although I'm not liking the pricing much, the shape and color of this bag are wonderful! The tote features suede with imported fox fur and a dogleash closure. Coach sells the Suede Beaded Tote with Fur for $598.
Thanks to Sandie, one of Purseuing Lounge's most faithful members for letting us all know of Coach's new styles!
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I may have mentioned in the past my slight obsession with pink, but you know what I love even more than pink? Bright, in your face, fuchsia pink! This Leather Tote Bag with Tassel Charm from Meli' Melo' has stolen my heart with its large square shape and rich chocolate leather. Here’s a few things I've decided make this bag so wonderful: 1) Hot, fuchsia stitching and tassel on the outside and hotter fuchsia leather trim on the inside. 2) Handles that force you to carry it on your forearm like the true fashion-queen that you are! And finally 3) Anytime you use the words "aged silver charm" in the same sentence, you're just begging to be loved! Net-a-Porter sells the Leather Tote Bag with Tassel Charm from Meli' Melo' for $761.
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Simple, soft, and useful. Those are the words that come to mind when I look at this Leather Tote from Gap. Shown here in frosted jade, the pebbled leather bag features a cute purse charm hanging from double top handles and comes also comes in black and vine green. Gap sells its Leather Tote for $128.
DESIGN FOR RELIEF is a not-for-profit organization that is raising money for the victims of Hurricane Katrina by selling various items through CafePress. The adorable tote bag shown here sells for just $16.99 and is one of many items being offered whose proceeds benefit the relief efforts in the Gulf Coast. This is a very easy way not only to donate funds, but also to proudly display your support for those affected by this horrible disaster.
Continuing with the fall metallic trend, DKNY introduces their Kenya Metallic Elephant Tote in glamorous pewter. The leather tote has long tassels hanging from the center of an embossed double-D logo, and rolled shoulder straps with a 9-inch drop, making it perfect for carrying under the arm. Once opened, the three-compartment interior features fine twill lining with multiple pockets making it not only beautiful, but functional as well. DKNY's Kenya Metallic Elephant Tote sells for $375 at eLuxury.
Anyone who has ever been a fan of Luella is sure to love the Suzi Tote in tan hair-calf and textured leather trim. Familiar elements of the brand include the buckle strap with logo padlock and signature heart and key tags, while the warm color puts a fresh spin on the bag. Luella's Suzi Tote is in stock now at Bergdorf Goodman and is priced at $1,495.
Proving that big, slouchy and leather are trends that will continue to be popular this season, Sissi Rossi's Washed Leather Tote is stunning with pink stitching and shiny silver hardware. The tote bag comes complete with double handles that can be carried either by hand or over the shoulder and has adjustable straps on either side with buckle detail. The soft leather bag shown is dyed green but Sissi Rossi's Washed Leather Tote is also available in blue. Both sell for $539.
Flashy, glitzy handbags are huge this season and Miu Miu's Cracked Leather Metal Tote demonstrates with ease the reasons why. The black leather bag comes complete with a shiny, studded flower pattern on its exterior and dual straps. The Italy made bag measures 12 x 14 x 3 inches and sells for $545 at Saks. If a smaller purse is more your style, Miu Miu's Cracked Leather Metal Bag gives off the same "ass-kickin'" vibe as the larger tote but with a single strap and unfortunately steeper price at $590.
Crate & Barrel is known for its hip furniture and housewares, but they also occasionally come out with bags that are equally as stylish. The colorful polyester Metro tote (available in fuchsia, olive, teal and ruby) offers ample room for tons of stuff at a cheap price -- only $20. As an added bonus, Crate & Barrel sells matching cosmetic bags ($6) and matching clip-on pockets ($5) for the tote. There's little more that makes us happier than matching bag accessories -- especially when they're this affordable.
As part of the beautiful leather Alto collection, Dooney & Bourke's Wine Bottle Picnic Tote comes equipped to hold two wine bottles, has a comfortable 20 inch strap and besides natural (shown), can be purchased in brown, black or red. While most of us have real lives and jobs, I sometimes imagine a place where people exist only to plan picnics and drink wine all day. This would be perfect for that very population, however, is pretty useless to the rest of us. Nevertheless, the Dooney Wine Tote is still damn sexy for $245.
The New York Tote from Anne Klein makes for a very smart and elegant weekend look in gold, croco-embossed leather. Featuring a zip closure and attractive logo charm, the frame bag has signature lining and a cell phone pocket on the inside and stands on four protective metal feet. Anne Klein's New York Tote also comes in black and sells for $240.
As part of their new fall/winter Guccissima line, Gucci's Medium Tote in white is unique and stunning with double handles and a zip top closure. The bag features white Guccissima leather with white leather trim and very subtle, light gold hardware. For $930, the tote is finished off with Gucci's trademark plaque and measures a fairly large 14.2 x 3.1 x 8.7 inches. It also comes in black and chocolate leather as well as dark red suede with horsebit leather trim.
I am not sure if this purse could possibly look any more like the Botkier Luxe Trigger bag if it tried with all its little heart. I guess I don't have a huge problem with companies "borrowing" a few ideas or a little inspiration from another company but this is pretty blatant. I guess if you can't afford the real one, (few can) but truly want to look like you can, this would probably be the one to go with. The Tignanello Newport North South Tote is available for $110.
I'm a sucker for Marc Jacobs bags. Especially big, roomy, leather Marc Jacobs bags that are simply shaped and merlot red. The Multi-Pocket Tote has adjustable side buckles that change the size of the bag from smaller to larger, depending on your mood or preference. Also included are dual shoulder straps, front zip pockets and a cotton, canvas lining. The Italy-made Multi-Pocket Tote by Marc Jacobs is $328.
The very quirky Off-Campus Tote from American Eagle is an extraordinary and inexpensive way to end a short but wonderful week. The bag is fairly large at 15 x 13 inches and is made of cozy, soft fleece. With contrast-color stripes in navy, pink and white, the AE Off-Campus Tote features a light blue felt eagle sewn to the front and dual shoulder straps. Finding a $19 bag this cute is like finding you've lost a pant size. It's a rare and shocking occasion that deserves a celebration none the less.
Over the weekend, I spoke with Sheila Djiwatampu, owner of the Sheila D design company and fell in love with her Reversible Tote Bags. Sheila, who once worked for Lego as a graphic designer, says "making bags started as a way for me to experiment with color and patterns and soon I was selling them to friends, and then to friends of friends, and so on". Made of corduroy on one side and cotton on the other, the reversible tote currently comes in 40 different color/pattern combinations and many more are soon to come. The shape of each handmade bag is very basic, emphasizing the unique style and character applied to each tote. I've already picked my favorite -- the blue kimono pattern in bright turmeric shown right. Go to Sheilad.com to find yours.
I'm well aware that in handbag land, the fall season has arrived. However, I'm not quite ready to move on just yet as the Key West Keira Tote by Rafe New York demonstrates well how bright summer colors and lightweight fabrics are still in-season and fun to wear. The bag features Rafe's signature print on Italian cotton canvas with leather trim and an exterior front flap pocket. Beautiful nickel hardware finishes off the tote that measures 12 x 4 x 8 inches. The Key West Keira Tote is on sale for $263 at Zappos.
Beautiful and practical, the Megan Reversible Bucket Bag is like having two purses in one. New from Cole Haan, the tote is made of nylon twill in a solid color on one side and cotton sateen material on the other with a vibrant, floral design. The bag features a large front pocket, convenient snap closure, and comes in turquoise, coral and black. Nordstrom is selling the Megan Reversible Bucket Bag from Cole Haan for $135.
Thank God there's something cheap to report on. Old Navy's Apple-Print Tote is colorful and charming in green and brown cotton. The rounded tote comes complete with a woven lining, inside pocket and two contrast canvas straps. Measuring 16 x 7 x 14 inches the Apple Print Tote from Old Navy sells for $16.50 and comes in purple apple as well as the green shown. So refreshing to see a cheapie!
While drooling over Ellington's exquisite leather bags, I came across a terrific (and cheap) tote that could come in very handy this summer. Made from lightweight brushed nylon, the Ellington Toga Tote features an unstructured design with a huge main compartment, two front pockets, and an interior zipper pocket for valuables. Like Ellington says, the tote would be perfect for a day at the beach. The $54 bag comes in Summer Blue, French Grey, Bamboo Yellow, Purple, and Kiwi. Since this is such a fun bag and won't be coming to formal dinners with me, I think I'll take the green guy.
Now available from Louis Vuitton is the new Antigua Collection, named after the Caribbean island known for its yacht races. Of the bags announced, the Cabas PM is particularly compelling with its sporty tote build and nautical flare. The Cabas PM features red cotton canvas with purple contrasting straps and customary golden hardware. A familiar "Louis Vuitton Inventeur" logo plate fronts the $500 tote while a leather luggage tag dangles from one of the straps. Also offered in the Antigua series are the Cabas MM and GM (both totes), as well as the Besace messenger. Many details about the Antigua line is standard LV style, yet so much seems new to me. A successful, summery launch as far as I'm concerned.
Shop Intuition have made a name for themselves by being Hollywood's trendiest fashion boutique, selling hip apparel and accessories to many reputable celebrities. The Boy Meets Girl Tote has recently been seen on the arm of Terri Hatcher and looks absolutely fabulous. In canvas, the bag features ageless boy and girl silhouettes and allows you to customize it by submitting the names of you and your lover-boy to appear above each figure. Shop Intuition sells the Boy Meets Girl Tote for $27.
Gauchita, a husband and wife team based in Philadelphia, design and sell unique handbags inspired by their world-wide traveling experiences. As part of their Vocabulario series, they offer the adorable La Guitarra Tote in hot pink, which has a guitar in white (guitarra is guitar in Spanish, genius) and is lined in black. The fabric tote measures 12 x 12 inches and features a 26 inches strap for comfortable carrying. Handmade and hip, the La Guitarra sells for just $40. Did I mention that you instantly become a rock star if you carry this? Oh yeah, it's true. [via Mighty Goods]
My love affair with totes just won't end. Maybe it's the warm weather, but there's just something great about tossing your favorite stuff in a big ol' tote and hitting the road. The Tumi Satchel Tote from the company's Cargo collection -- Tumi's best-selling women's collection -- comes in subtle Wheat (tan) or grape (purple), and in the fun Leaf Layer (shown) and Splash (similar, but blue). The bag features leather carry handles, an open top with center zip divider and numerous interior pockets. "This simple-yet-organized tote works well in almost any situation -- it can be casual or dressy, for business or pure pleasure," says Tumi's Amy Tucker. I couldn't agree more.
Jimmy Choo's Oxygen Mosaic Print Tote in blue canvas with chocolate brown leather trim shows off a very casual and fun side of the brand. The tote is pleated on the front and features stud fastenings on the sides of the leather ring handles. To help it stand on its own, a sturdy leather panel supports the bag while a beautiful light blue fabric lines the inside. Jimmy Choo's Oxygen Mosaic Print Tote sells for $415.lambertson-truex-mini-box-car-tote
This tiny tote from Lambertson Truex is absolutely overflowing with charm. The Mini Box Car Tote from the Kansas Collection is made with white leather and has blue edging and double shoulder straps. Measuring just 6 x 7 x 4 inches, the Lambertson Truex bag closes with a top flap and signature hardware. The Mini Box Car Tote sells for $595 at Bergdorf Goodman.publicolor-tote-by-jack-spade
Jack Spade's Publicolor Tote was inspired by Publicolor, a non-profit organization started in 1996 that trains at-risk drop-out students the skill of commercial painting. "Publicolor's mission is to catalyze change in inner-city schools and neighborhood facilities through the power of color and collaboration". With the help of Publicolor, students are taught to boldly paint public places in order to revamp their community as well as their self-esteem.
The Publicolor Tote is constructed with tarp cloth and three-ply yarn and treated to repel stains. The bag comes in yellow, red, green and blue and mimics a traditional paint color chart with the lightest of the color starting at the bottom and the deepest at the top. For each $120 tote sold, Jack Spade will donate 25 percent of the proceeds to support the company’s efforts. Read more about Publicolor here.old-navy-linen-blend-tote
Nothing brightens my day quite like a big, cheap tote. From Old Navy, the Linen-Blend Tote has faux leather straps and ties that decorate the gathered front pockets. The tote features a cotton/linen exterior, and inside you'll find a cotton/polyester lining. The $24 Old Navy bag comes in blue and brown along with the khaki one shown. All are equally cheap and cute.anthropologie-santa-margarita-bag
Anthropologie absolutely amazes me. With their vintage taste and originality, I truly do love everything they sell. The Santa Margarita Bag has a large leather outside pocket with a D-ring strap and is made of cotton canvas. A batik scarf tied around the strap finishes the leaf green purse and gives it instant charm. Measuring 10 x 12 x 14 inches, the Santa Margarita sells for $278. I think I'll buy it and name him Oscar.lauren-merkin-large-leather-tote
I have been so consumed with bright, flashy, complex handbags this season that I almost forgot how spectacular the simplicity of a conventional leather purse could be. The Large Leather Tote from Lauren Merkin reminds me that while its okay to have some extravagance in your life, you can't carry purple and yellow snakeskin with everything. Shown in nutmeg, the bag is made of Italian cowhide and also comes in white and black. The tote's gathered body keep it casual enough to wear with tennis shoes and a t-shirt while the structured shoulder straps and silver hardware dress it up quick for a more refined look. The Lauren Merkin Large Leather Tote sells for $390.crocodile-tote-nancy-gonzalez
As mentioned before, exotic bags are in this spring. The Crocodile Tote from Nancy Gonzalez with its beautiful shape and springy, pastel colors nearly tops my list of favorites for this style of bag. The tote is fashioned with 100% crocodile leather and includes a pair of gorgeous top handles with tonal covered rings. Featuring side flap pockets and measuring 7 3/4 x 12 1/2 x 6 inches, the Columbia bag made will cost you $2375 at Neiman Marcus. I feel it also necessary to add that Nancy Gonzales was right on the money selecting two of the seasons hottest shades for this tote with pale yellow (shown) and baby blue.bloomingdales-exclusive-leather-trimmed-straw-tote
Offered at Bloomingdales this spring is the Leather-trimmed Straw Tote. The bag features a magnetic bridge-type closure and has beautiful buckle detail. At $148, the straw tote comes in rose (shown) and tan. Measuring 16 x 9 x 8 inches, the purse is exclusively sold at Bloomingdales. The thing I like about this bag is its long double straps with a nine-inch drop. When a tote has straps this long, it makes is easy to carry over your shoulder yet doesn't look ridiculous carrying by hand. It's all about choices for me.coach-ladybug-applique
Following in the footsteps of Louis Vuitton and their Cerises Collection, Coach is now offering four cute spring bags with the new Ladybug Appliqué. Of the four bags, three of them are Soho Optic Signature purses in green with ladybugs and rhinestones appliquéd on the front. Included are the Small Crossbody Pocket Flap at $328, the Small Hobo at $228, and my favorite, the $328 Small Tote (shown right). Also available is the Boxy Tote, which is new and features the Ladybug Appliqué for $328. While I'll admit my disappointment that Coach sometimes seems to be one step behind Louis Vuitton, I will say that ladybugs are a little less freakish than those smiling cherries. Let us be thankful for that.smith-hawken-ultimate-toolbag
When you think of Smith & Hawken, you probably think of that place you went that one time and paid way too much for that plant that never grew. Well, now you can forever associate it with the Ultimate Toolbag instead. With ten total pockets on the outside alone and a huge one on the inside, the possibilities for uses of this bag are endless. The tote could be used as a gardener’s tool bag (as shown), a beach bag, a diaper bag or just about anything else you see fit. The tote comes in Green/Putty, Orange/Sand, Pink/Canvas and Lime Green/Canvas. Amazingly, it sells for just $30.britney-spears-bitchy-tote
Britney has really been letting herself go lately, but at least she's still picking out cool bags. She was recently spotted carrying both her little dog Bit Bit and this St Tropez Essentials Bitchy tote. The pink bag is made of PVC and features the word "Bitchy" in sequins. It's also available in other colors/slogans such as: Happy (white), Stuff (light green), Lucky (light blue), Sexy (black), Rich (fushia), Shopping (light green), and Love (Light pink). Now, this bag isn't something you would want to take out to a nice restaurant, but it might be just the thing to make you feel like a has-been pop queen. The tote is on sale now for $55. More pics of Britney and the bag can be seen here.prada-soft-leather-pocket-tote
The Soft Leather Pocket Tote from Prada is fashioned with rose leather and trimmed in cream. The shoulder straps are belted, as is the flap that closes over the open top. The tote contains two front pockets with buckles and an inside zip pocket. Measuring 9 x 12 x 5 inches, the Italy made bag sells for $1185. Don't you hate it how Prada purses are so cute yet buying one requires that you sell your soul? Ugh.arden-b-buckle-tote
It has been brought to my attention that the Buckle Detail Leather Tote from Arden B. has just about everything you could possibly want in a bag. Included is a cell phone pocket, a business clard slot, pen holders, and an attached inside cosmetic bag. The bag comes in natural and black leather and is fully lined. For $178, I'm pretty sure I'm gonna be needing one of these... even if does somehow give off a creepy Jennifer Lopez vibe.gap-suede-shopper-tote
I've said it before, and I'll say it again. Gap never disappoints me when it comes to offering cute purses at cheap prices. Made of genuine, pale pink suede, the Shopper Tote from Gap has printed lining and silver metal hardware. The bag sells for $78 and also comes in chocolate raspberry, summer orchid, and green malachite.laredoute-canvas-trimmed-tote
This adorable Canvas Trimmed Tote from LaRedoute made its way into Shop Etc. magazine this month. The heavy-duty canvas comes in the botanical print (shown) and also in kiwi, orange, and black. There are metal grommets all around the top of the bag so you can put the straps of the bag (both long and short straps included) where ever you wish. The printed version is trimmed in synthetic leather while the solid colors are trimmed in leather. The tote measures 17.5 x 7 x 15 inches and sells for just $30.lacoste-oversize-tote-bag
To me, there is nothing like a great tote. And I have a lot of stuff to carry around every day so no bag is too big. Luckily, Lacoste's Oversized Tote Bag measures 18.5 x 15.5 inches and as an added bonus, it's super cute! It's only fair to tell you that the bag comes in red, and army green, however, I can't imagine not buying it in blue (shown). With contrasting red and white striped handles the tote has a very sporty feel yet it's classy enough to carry anywhere. Cost is $150.miu-miu-distressed-flower-tote
This unique, Italy-made shoulder bag from Miu Miu is crafted in beautiful, soft leather and lined in fabric. The Distressed Flower Tote is fashioned with a front zip pocket and silver circle hardware. Measuring 9 1/4 x 13 3/4 x 4 3/4 inches, the $655 bag, is shown to the right in brown. I love how this bag looks like it has been carried a few thousand times with its worn-out look. Very vintage yet chic.stewart-brown-surp-buzz-purse
Surplus fabric, such as organic cotton and ripstop nylon construct this very cool bag from Stewart+Brown. Each Surp+Buzz is hand sewn and made in California. The expandable bag sells for $72, measures 11 x 13 inches and comes in khaki and shitake. The mere sight of this purse makes me feel extremely unhip and out of touch. I must buy this bag and fill it with indie-rock albums at once!coach-hamptons-tote
Coach is now offering the Hamptons Weekend Small Tote in an array of new spring colors. The nylon tote has leather/vachetta trim and is completed with Signature lining. There's a place inside for your cell phone or other gadgets, and the bag is secured with a zip-top closure. Measuring 14.5 x 8.25 x 4.5 inches, the bag sells for $158. The more I stare at this tote, the more I want to quit typing and go order it. By the way, have you seen all the new spring purses from Coach yet? If I were you I would immediately quit reading dumb purse blogs and get over there. Seriously, I'll stop typing. Go on now.weekender-tote-31-corn-lane
You know what's cool? A brown tote with pink accents. You know what's lame? That the little pouch inside has a checklist on it in case you've recently lost your mind. Sorry folks, it had to be said. In all seriousness, this $50 tote from 31 Corn Lane is pretty cute. It measures 16.5 x 13.5 inches, while the weird pouch is 9 x 6 inches. I've always held a special place in my heart for brown and pink bags and this one's no different. Well, except for the whole creepy pouch checklist thing. There's no room in there for that.hollister-butterfly-tote
Hollister's new Butterfly Tote might appeal to your teenage daughter or sister more than you, but I think it's just fresh enough that us normal folk could carry it--at least for weekend errands. The 100 percent cotton bag features a clever green/light green background with butterfly embroidery that surely beats that hideous Dale Jr. tote you bought at K-Mart last year. The Hollister Butterfly Tote is priced at a cheap $19.50. As an added bonus, because of its hip styling, this bag could make people think you're a little a younger than you actually are. Or people will make fun of you. Either way.acme-made-tote
Besides the fact that this hand sewn bag is super adorable, The Tote is practically designed with the unique protection of an Acme Made bag. It has a fully padded computer pocket that fits most small and mid-sizes laptops and The Tote features a longer strap and compressible side gussets so that you can carry the bag comfortably over your shoulder. The wide base lets you stand the bag up for easy access. The $300 tote also has inside pockets for other gadgets and accessories.polaire-red-birdy-tote
This is an adorable red cloth tote from Polaire with felt bird detail. "Cute and functional...Very sturdy and fits just about everything. Just throw over your shoulder and go!" It measures 16 x 14 inches and the shoulder strap is 21 inches. The bag is a featured item on the Polaire site and is priced at $38. Note that it is made to order and will take at least a week to complete, according to the site.