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Céline's (Not-so) Nano

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Céline's (Not-so) Nano

It took a while for me to fall in love with the smallest version of the luggage that we all know and love so much. Photos of people gracing the Nano--whether they were celebrities or simply stylish in the street--caught my eye.

I'm usually not one for small bags, but I decided to give the bag a chance. And between the stunning pictures I browsed and rave reviews online I read, my heart fell fast for this chic, little bag.

Celine Nano

I found this beauty on a quick day-trip to New York with a wonderful friend of mine. We explored Madison Avenue and ate at Bergdorf's to cap off our shopping trip--though I do admit we did sneak in a few more stores on Fifth Avenue, post-noshing.

This black, smooth leather cross body, though small, is both very spacious and chic. If you can believe it, it fits all of the items below.

Items pictured are: Louis Vuitton zippy wallet, pen case, change purse, sunglasses (with sleeve), tissues, keys, and lip gloss. I'd like to note that in addition to all of these items, the Nano can also fit an iPad Mini comfortably.

Nano Items

Despite the bag's size, Céline does not skimp on quality. It still comes loaded with the attention to detail that the larger Minis have. This is a smooth black leather Nano and like other smooth leather bags, the entire interior is lambskin.

Empty Nano

The Nano comes with a handy pocket in the back (also, all-leather), perfect for receipts, etc. Though I have noticed that if you put something rather heavy or angled in the back, it can protrude out from the back of the bag. Because I'd like for the bag to age well and retain its structure, I ceased placing bulky items in the back pocket.

Nano Filled

Even though the bag is smooth leather (keeps its structure better than pebbled or drummed leather), there still is possibility for damage since the leather is so supple.

I've owned this for almost a month now and have been using it near-constantly. It is a well-made bag, for sure. But it isn't immune to scratches or marks. If there is makeup on my hands, it tends to leave smudges that I have to remove often. But overall I love my choice of color. Because it's black, some imperfections are harder to see.

Nano with Items

As far as Célines go, this is my most-used bag, closely followed by the two Mini Luggages. I recall wanting to use either my Almond or Linen Mini to go out to get coffee and do errands, but I always found it so large and cumbersome for such small tasks.

The Nano is just perfect for the casual outing or a dressier date.

Nano Mod Shots

Here's a mod shot for good measure. It's perfect as a handheld bag but even better as a shoulder bag or crossbody.As you can see the Nano isn't really so "nano" at all. It can fit so much!

It's funny how a bag you originally weren't a fan of becomes something that you can hardly put down! I don't regret purchasing the Céline Nano at all.

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Everything's Coming Up Roses: Louis Vuitton Stephen Sprouse Roses Speedy 30

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Everything's Coming Up Roses: Louis Vuitton Stephen Sprouse Roses Speedy 30

I've been trying to wean myself off of the Vuitton monogram for a while, but I still hold some styles near and dear. Unfortunately I wasn't "in" to Louis Vuitton in 2009 when they released their limited Stephen Sprouse Roses collection.

My favorite limited edition collection to date, Vuitton Roses is a classic style that is perfect for the spring and summer. It is a fun, casual look that is coveted by many Vuitton collectors (I should know... I've been drooling over this fun print for a very long time!) I found this Speedy 30 on a reputable online consignment store and had it authenticated by two different parties before purchasing.

When it finally arrived in the mail, I was ecstatic. The roses have more of a colorful pop than in the photos I viewed and it is in very good condition.

When cared for properly, Speedy bags can mature beautifully, leaving a honeyed patina on the vachetta and the canvas becomes smooth and flexible. Compared to my first Speedy, the blue Yayoi Kusama, which is stiff with virgin leather, this aged bag is a welcomed piece in my collection.

Stay tuned for an upcoming article about buying pre-owned luxury items and a look into the consignment business with a professional!

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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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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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