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Céline's (Not-so) Nano


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.


The Shoulder Strap Holiday 2012 Picks

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The Shoulder Strap Holiday 2012 Picks

The first week of December is already coming to a close, and the holiday retail rush is still in full-swing with two days to go until Hanukkah begins and the remaining two weeks before Christmas!

Are you ready?!  If not, The Shoulder Strap has some great picks for you that are sure to make your loved ones happy! In this list are classics and useful neutrals to carry you through the formal holiday season and also throughout the year.


The Cross-bodyRebecca Minkoff's M.A.C. Daddy

Prada Saffiano Briefcase

The BriefcasePrada's Saffiano Flap Briefcase

Marc by Marc Marci Mirror

The WatchMarc by Marc Jacobs's Marci Mirror Strap 33mm

LV Flat Zip Pochette

The Evening ClutchLouis Vuitton's Zip Flat Pochette

Gucci iPad Case

The Tech AccessoryGucci's iPad Case

Close-up of RR necklace

The NecklaceRachel Reinhardt Jewelry's Layered Mixed Metal Swag Necklace

Balenciaga Velo Latte

The SatchelBalenciaga's Giant 12 Rose Gold Velo in Latte

Phillip Lim Ava pumps

The Heel3.1 Phillip Lim's Ava leather pumps

Rene Caovilla Pearl Thongs

The SandalRene Caovilla's Pearl-Strap Flat Slide Thong

Prada Studded Smoking Slipper

The FlatPrada's Studded Smoking Slipper

rag & bone shoes

The Dress Shoerag & bone's Bedford Classic Brogue in burgundy

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Fashion + Technology: MICHAEL Michael Kors Travel Tote in Luggage Brown


Fashion + Technology: MICHAEL Michael Kors Travel Tote in Luggage Brown

Currently on a one-to-two month wait on the Apple Web Store, this beautiful MICHAEL Michael Kors Travel Tote is such an exciting addition and very high up on my list of recommended Fashion + Technology pieces. Handcrafted from fine-quality, full-grain leather, this tote is ready for work, school or whatever purpose you need all of your essentials and technology with you. This Kors Travel Tote is an Apple Store exclusive, available in-store or online. Shown above, this tote is perfect for the new MacBook Pro with Retina Display!

Michael Kors Travel Tote

Though large enough to fit all of your office essentials, this bag is also slim in its profile. The 8" strap drop is perfect to have under your arm and yet still feel comfortable while carrying around all that you may tote. Each of the compartments are easily accessible and the laptop compartment has a zipper to ensure safety of your Apple technology. This Kors tote is truly all-in-one with its premier designer style, technology protection, and general sturdiness and good craftsmanship.

Shown from a vertical angle, the bag is very spacious and has special compartments just for your MacBook (that is padded and fits all Airs and Pros up to 15"), iPad with SmartCover, and iPhone. It may not seem like it from the photo here, but the tote is remarkably large. While not obtrusively large like a luggage tote, the bag is perfect for all of your work folders, notebooks and planner, plus your essentials. The bag seems incredibly sturdy, and I'm sure I will be able to put it through its paces with everything I carry. I'm one of those always-be-prepared, bag-full types. I don't know what I'd do without totes or hobo-style bags!

If you desire this practical and gorgeous bag, be sure to check out your local Apple Store. Who knows; you might find it on the shelf!


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


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?


Fashion + Technology: Smythson Turquoise Collection iPad Case

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Fashion + Technology: Smythson Turquoise Collection iPad Case

Unwind during this Memorial Day Weekend and reflect on your positives in life--friends, family and loved ones, while honoring those who lost their lives for our protection. Whether you're reading an insightful novel or just a newspaper about Memorial Day events, it's important to have a great case for your iPad--one that is both sturdy and fashionable, of course.

Back in February, I was perusing my Facebook mini-feed, and a picture of this beautiful iPad case caught my attention. Barney's New York had a great post on their Facebook fan page about this Smythson iPad case. New for Spring/Summer 2012 is the Turquoise Collection. Also fitting the new iPad (iPad 3) and iPad 2, this case is both compatible and provides great protection for your device.

The case comes with pockets to easily stash pieces of paper, business cards and even comes with a handy cleaning cloth for your screen. The golden zipper gives a nice contrast--especially with its coral accent. Whenever I saw this case, I imagined myself using it by the pool or while traveling during the summer. This surely is one of my most favorite fashion + technology pieces. If ordered online from Smythson, you are able to personalize the case with your initials.

Learn more about Smythson here.

What's your favorite iPad case?

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