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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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Who Styles It Better: Loeffler Randall or Louis Vuitton?

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Who Styles It Better: Loeffler Randall or Louis Vuitton?

The Loeffler Randall Rider Bag is an It Bag for the person on-the-go. Larger than the Louis Vuitton pictured both below and above, the Rider bag is fit for your tablet, small book, wallet, and other essentials. I absolutely love the Rider's look. Because there are so many colors available, I think the bag can appeal to men as well, as a cross-body portfolio option. One of the really neat things that the Rider bag can do is that the bag can be strapped onto a bicycle using the posterior belts. Super cool!

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One of Louis Vuitton's newest gems, the Monceau BB is a retro cross-body to die for! If you're into Vuitton, this bag is worth getting because it is gorgeous and has the craftsmanship and quality care that every Vuitton bag includes. I also think if you're looking to invest in Vuitton, buying a non-monogram bag is your best option. Typically bags that have discreet monogram or have none at all are more expensive than the monogram canvas pieces--and in my opinion are better worth your money.

LV Monceau BB

To be honest, I want them both. Of course in different colors... But they both are wonderful, different bags. The vernis leather of the Vuitton is absolutely gorgeous, but there's also something special about the pure, vachetta leather of the Loeffler Randall. And I love how the Rider bag is larger (as I'm a carry-all sort of person, this is important). Price-wise, you could buy three Rider bags for one Monceau. So if you want the look but want to be more economical, definitely go for the Loeffler Randall. However if you're a patent leather lover and have the funds, I'd recommend the Vuitton for sure.

My opinion:  To a handbag lover like myself, they are two different beasts. I'd find a purpose for both of them. :)

What do you think?

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Rebecca Minkoff M.A.C. Woven & Perforated Clutch

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Rebecca Minkoff M.A.C. Woven & Perforated Clutch

Oh, Rebecca Minkoff, what you do to me!

This is truly a handbag love story. But it doesn't turn out like Romeo & Juliet; it rather ends happily. I have seriously been lusting over this bag for months. There were multiple times I could have purchased it, but it just wasn't the right time. And an accessories addict has to budget themselves. For so long I thought that I had 'lost' the bag. It was no longer available on the Minkoff website, and I hadn't seen it in stores. As a veteran of handbag sales, I know that sometimes you get a second chance and sometimes it is gone as quickly as it was available. Despite my multiple chances, I just couldn't bring myself to buy it for financial reasons. Girl has to eat--am I right?

Minkoff MAC Clutch

Luckily, the purse gods blessed me with a Gilt sale on Minkoff bags not too long ago, and I finally grabbed this fun cross-body nearly 50% off retail price. Sometimes it is truly good to wait!

I genuinely enjoy this bag since it's large enough to fit a book or iPad, and room for other small accouterments. M.A.C. Clutches are great for concerts, touring, and for the quick jaunts into town.

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Rebecca Minkoff Swing Cross-Body with Double Chain in Bright Green

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Rebecca Minkoff Swing Cross-Body with Double Chain in Bright Green

I picked up this summer Rebecca Minkoff beauty at the new REVEL resort in Atlantic City. They have beautiful boutiques that sell designers like Minkoff, Valentino, and many more. This is a gorgeous cross-body sure to add to your summer color block ensemble.

Rebecca Minkoff

The bag is versatile with options for it to be carried as a cross-body, shoulder bag (using the double chain), or as a clutch (if you tuck the chains into the bag). Its hardware is light gold, and its bright green pebbled cow leather speaks to its stylishness and practicality.

The zippers on its side provide extra interior space when unzipped, but as pictured here, looks incredibly chic with its soft leather zipper dressings hanging down from the bag. This is one of my favorite grabs and is incredibly trendy with a side of economical. Gotta love Rebecca Minkoff's affordable chic!

What's your summer chic bag?

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