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Dream Céline: Mini Luggage Tote in Almond

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Dream Céline: Mini Luggage Tote in Almond

There is nothing worse than a collection of unused handbags and accessories. If they aren't getting enough use, they should be with someone who can show the accessories more love than I can. That being said, I recently sold a handful of pieces from my collection that haven't seen the light for a long while and saved enough money to go out and find my dream, all-leather Céline bag.

Though I have seen both barely-used and well-loved Céline luggage totes on online consignment stores, I felt that my first all-leather mini luggage should be purchased new. There is nothing quite like an in-store experience where you get to feel and inspect your potential, future bag.

On my most recent trip to New York, I had the opportunity to visit the wonderful stretch of retail in Soho. There, I was able to find stores that housed walls and walls of beautiful bags, and luckily one of them was stocked with Céline.

I tried on a healthy amount of bags--phantom luggages, the small trapeze, and a few minis. But the colors and textures available didn't entice me enough to purchase.

I was looking for a smooth or drummed leather mini luggage, as I have seen photos of heavily-used pebbled leather luggages that have puddled over time. Luggages in smooth leather retain their structure far better than its more-textured siblings.

Celine Interior

Indecisive and somewhat disappointed in my findings, I was almost out of the store when a neutral, smooth leather mini perched on a nearby shelf caught my eye.

It wasn't beige like the color Dune or gray for that matter. It was a very light green-gray that is a neutral chameleon.

The beauty of Céline is Phoebe Philo's minimalistic-chic aesthetic which comes in a wide array of colors. Like Balenciaga, Célines are scrumptious enough to own in any color.

Sometimes "Almond" looks more gray, green, or beige depending upon the colors that surround it. The leather piping is a beautiful, darker tone of the almond color, which makes the bag just breathtaking. Its gold hardware and Céline insignia complement the bag well.

One of my favorite aspects is that the bag is entirely made from the smooth, almond leather. Even the pouches inside and outside are fully almond leather. The bag is luxurious inside and out.

Celine Piping

The store was about to close in an hour, and the time to make my decision loomed on the horizon. It isn't a secret that Céline flies off the shelves. I was told by fellow bagaholics that when you see a Céline you like, go for it--lest you live with non-buyers remorse.

Though I know scratching of the light, smooth leather is an inevitability, I vowed to pay close attention to how I handle the bag, as I would any other piece in my collection.

I decided to take the plunge. This was one of the few times that I ran into one of Philo's gems without having it be a display piece or reserved.

The decision to cleanse my closet of older, hardly touched pieces to attain a bag ranked high on my wish list is one that I'm happy I made. Weeks later, I can say that it indeed wasn't an impulse purchase.

Just when I thought I couldn't love its subtlety and elegance more, my love for it grew even greater as I took it out for its first glimpse of sunlight.

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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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BAO BAO by Issey Miyake

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BAO BAO by Issey Miyake

Have you seen one of these eclectic bags on the streets? You're looking at none other than Issey Miyake's newest creation--or piece of art, I'd say. Touted as "a bag you can feel", the BAOBAO handbag and accessories collection is not only stylish but also a conversation starter.

Bao Bao by Issey Miyake

Sold at speciality locations like the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York and at Issey Miyake boutiques, BAO BAO bags are hotter than ever. I received a pochette for a holiday gift, and it's super stylish and versatile, especially for day or evening events. What's really cool about all BAO BAO bags is that they can fold differently and therefore create different shapes due to what is inside of them. Miyake's outlook on the BAO BAO collection is that they become "shapes made by chance". It is the ideal bag for contemporary, busy lifestyles. They are available in a multitude of colors and in different shapes and sizes.

I can definitely attest to its light and flexible nature. The pochette is small but still large enough to fit your phone, wallet and other small essentials. There's also a shoulder strap, so the bag can be worn cross-body. The BAO BAO pieces are truly a dynamic addition to any collection.

What do you think of Issey Miyake's newest line?

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Bombshell Bags from VOGUE Ads, March 2013

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Bombshell Bags from VOGUE Ads, March 2013

Beyonce Vogue

In the March 2013 of American VOGUE (where Beyonce graces the cover), there are some seriously hot handbags being advertised. I thought I'd share some of my favorites with you!

Prada bag

Let's start off with this gorgeous Prada. Reminiscent of the Vuitton S/S 2012 Suship Speedy North/South, this handbag is super hot for the spring and summer. Its shape is similar to its sister bags, the Prada Saffiano Lux Tote.

Marc Jacobs

Marc knows how to create a stunner! With a simple white ensemble, this Marc Jacobs"Hairy Prisoners" tote in Domino will look drop-dead gorgeous. Inspired by 60s Op-Artist Briget Riley, the striped tote is lined in leather and has antique silver hardware. Available at MarcJacobs.com for $2,295US.

Michael Kors

Michael Kors is ushering in spring with this absolutely stunning Large Miranda Crackled Leather Tote. The structured shape and the  hanging leather accents make this bag a definite conversation piece. It's additionally available in yellow and brown. Available for sale at MichaelKors.com for $1,195US.

Belstaff

Such a beautiful nude hue! Belstaff is promoting this exotic Nottingham tote for spring/summer 2013. It's very understated and chic. I can picture this bag used for a beautiful day out on the town or out for cocktails at a cafe by the water. Just a beautiful piece!

BOSS

Hugo Boss impresses with this (on right) beautiful brown leather tote for spring/summer 2013. It looks to be a comfortable yet sleek keep-all tote. This bag will definitely work the whole way through summer into the fall.

Ferragamo

Salvatore Ferragamo makes a statement with this Sofia bag in Ash for spring/summer 2013. The studs make it so much more fun and undeniably a statement piece. The neutral color makes the bag essentially season-less. I can picture this bag as a cross-body when it's snowing for a winter white stunner or as a white-hot summer piece. You can really go any way with this handbag.

Tod's

Last but not least is this jaw-droppingingly beautiful green python bag from Tod's. This bag is meant to be a statement piece as it exudes elegance and exclusivity. Its pop of color is certain to complete a subtle, effortless look.

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