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Look for Less: Contemporary Chic

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Look for Less: Contemporary Chic

Take a look at these beautiful handbags, both contemporary and premier designer. They're on-trend and ready to take you from the spring into the summer and fall! Featured bags are from Rebecca Minkoff, Balenciaga, Kate Spade, Alexander Wang, and Givenchy.

Look for Less: Contemporary Chic
Look for Less: Minkoff vs. Balenciaga

First, lets check out my favorites out of the bunch! There's nothing more classic than a black tote. It's versatile as it works with outfits for any occasion. If you love Balenciaga's Papier tote, then you'll have an eye for Rebecca Minkoff's M.A.B. tote. The look is so chic and is perfect for both academia and the workplace. Both bags are large enough to carry work materials as well as the essentials and come in a variety of colors. The M.A.B. tote runs at $295 and the Papier tote starts at $1445.

Look for Less: Minkoff vs. Wang

I've been lusting after Alexander Wang's Rocco duffel for a while. The shape is so great and is large enough for the essentials and maybe a little more. Rebecca Minkoff brings her own version to the duffel trend with her Ascher carry-all. This is a fabulous handbag trend, and will be a fabulous pick for the summer. Again, these bags come in a variety of colors. The Ascher is $395 and the Rocco starts at $795.

Look for Less: Kate Spade vs. Givenchy

Though they don't starkly resemble each other, these two bags above share in their beautiful light blue/mint colors, stiff top handles and a convenient shoulder strap. Kate Spade has been making some pretty cute bags recently, including this Catherine Street Pippa. The Pippa is only available in one size, but the Givenchy Antigona comes in various sizes. Both bags, however, come in various colors and are appropriate for numerous occasions. The Pippa is $398 and the Antigona starts at $2,000.

Which trends are your favorites? Tell us in the comments below!

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"Old-School" Style: Stationery

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"Old-School" Style: Stationery

Some might not call this an "accessory", but I believe that having your own style in all the ways you communicate is not only a personal extension of yourself, but also a way of adding a very practical accessory to your arsenal.

Stationery

Recently, I decided on investing in some stationery. While I love blogging and e-mail takes up most of my time, I'm still a sucker for receiving mail. In my opinion, nothing is classier than received a hand-penned note from your friends or loved ones--whether it's for a thank you or just to drop a hello or catch-up message.

Instead of opting for designer paperworks like Kate Spade, Lanvin, Crane, Bernard Maisner, or Vera Bradley, I decided to customize my stationery through a paperworks chain, Paper Source. After looking through many options, I opted on getting initials imprinted on a thick-stock A2 card and chose a brownish-gray "gravel" envelope with initial-matching "papaya" inserts.

I definitely don't send these babies often. Mostly because they did cost a little more than I had originally planned and also I have a desire for these cards to be special. It's true that I don't get to write often with these.  Either way I love them, and am excited to use these again soon!

Would you use personalized stationery? If you do, why do you like to use it?

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Matching Mates: Kate Spade "Fingers" iPad Sleeve and iPhone 4/4S Case

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Matching Mates: Kate Spade "Fingers" iPad Sleeve and iPhone 4/4S Case

Like I mentioned earlier, I've recently acquired two great Kate Spade items from a Gilt sale a few weeks ago. I'm all about my tech and accessories to go with them. I change my phone and iPad cases very often, so I'm always looking for the next best thing!

In an effort to coordinate my iPad and iPhone (something that never seems to happen with me), I found these great, summery cases, which I'm all too excited to include in my bag. The Florence Broadhurst "Fingers" design is fun and reminds me fondly of island decor. I'm loving the iPad sleeve since it's large enough that I can also have my Apple SmartCover on my iPad to protect the screen. It fits comfortably and really provides a lot of cushion for the tablet. Also, the iPad sleeve is awesome because of the material used. The sleeve can easily be cleaned if something spills on it; something I really like!

As far my experience with the iPhone case, it's really stylish, but obviously because of its material (a rubber case) is a magnet for dust, makeup, and food. I've only used the iPhone case for a little over a week, and it's already really collecting makeup and other dirt on it. I'm planning on cleaning it soon, but as I've had this experience with other cases, I'm not sure if it will completely come off. Nevertheless, it's one of the better cases I own that is both resilient in its protection and stylish.

How often do you switch your cases for your phone or tablet?

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Who Styles It Best: Kate Spade or Louis Vuitton?

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Who Styles It Best: Kate Spade or Louis Vuitton?

Perhaps the most interesting similarity I've seen recently is the Kate Spade "Wish You Were Here Coal" tote and the Summer 2010 Louis Vuitton Ailleurs collection totes. As soon as I saw it, I was strongly reminded of the Summer 2010 Vuittons. While not a simple imitation, it is very reminiscent.

As my readers may know by now, I am completely in LOVE with Louis, so I must say I'd definitely prefer the Ailleurs over the Kate Spade tote. Having recently acquired a Kate Spade iPhone and iPad case, my opinion of the KSNY brand is not a negative one, but I think the green handles and the green bottom of the Kate Spade tote lessens its "pop" and overall glamour.

Which would you choose?

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Who Styles It Best: Kate Spade or Marc Jacobs?

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Who Styles It Best: Kate Spade or Marc Jacobs?

Running rampant in magazines and salons this season for pre-fall is the theme, urban jungle. Safari-style textures are everywhere and ready to galavant off with you, wherever you go!

Yesterday, Gilt had a great Kate Spade sale--within it was the Safari Maryanne Tote which at first glance really reminded me of Marc Jacobs's Safari Mini Stam in both name, pattern and shape.

Now, personally I'd go with Marc Jacobs on this one. The Maryanne is definitely at a better price point than the Mini Stam, but there's something so special about Marc's construction and the vividness of Marc's safari pattern. Not to mention how beautiful the leather is on the Mini Stam. If you're curious about price points of either bag, please click the appropriate piece here: Safari Maryanne Tote | Safari Mini Stam.

How about you?

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