When I had some extra money, that admittedly I should have saved, I decided I needed a fun pop of color just in time for Easter. So I scoured the Internet for a fun springtime bag and found the Alma BB in Epi poppy. Read on!
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On a recent trip to Nantucket, I brought out my white accessories in full-force! One of my favorite pieces I brought on the trip with me is this Marc Jacobs Sophia bag.
When I was a young, burgeoning fashionista, one of my family members gifted me a Limited Edition Marc Jacobs Sophia pochette in antique white. The Sophia bag was produced as one of the Marc Jacobs classic bags like the Stella, Cammie, Venetia, and Multi-Pocket.
I treasured the bag and would wear it all the time, of course minding the bag so it wouldn't get dirty. The bag looked almost exactly like the one pictured in this post, although it was its little sibling--the bag fit under my shoulder but the entirety of the bag was covered by my arm. Perfect for a teen! I haven't seen the bag in years, though I'm sure it's somewhere in my parents' house.
Years later, I thought of the Sophia bag numerous times. I longed for the larger version that I was previously just too young to afford. I had almost given up the search, since I was sure I wouldn't find one for sale, let alone one in great condition.
After a very diligent session of scouring the internet, I found one on sale at a consignment shop! For being stored in a closet for over almost a decade, this vintage beauty was a great find. Not only were the tags left on it from Neiman Marcus ( it originally cost a modest $975 for a limited edition MJ collection piece), but it was without a musty closet smell.
My favorite aspects of this bag are not only its luxe white calfskin leather, but also its size, shape and minute nautical accents. This Sophia has a handle drop that fits comfortably on the shoulder. It can easily fit an iPad 2 or 3 along with a book, wallet, MP3 player, and other essentials. From the buttery leather to the details such as the hardware, limited edition nameplate, and the milky-yellow suede interior, quality is abundant in this shoulder bag. This Sophia is my most favorite pre-loved/vintage piece that I've picked up to date!
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I was cleaning out my closet a few days ago, and found this perfect tote for springtime. Released in 2011, this Longchamp Le Pliage Large Tote in the limited run of "Tree of Life" is just itching to be used in this nice bout of weather we're having!
Like most Le Pliage totes, this piece is made from nylon with leather trimming. It's the ideal bag to not worry about getting something on it as you can scrub any imperfection off with water and a washcloth. The birds are a particular favorite of mine. They're very colorful without taking away from the beauty of the tree itself.
This is one of my favorite bags because it can easily fit my 15 inch laptop, iPad, journals, books, wallet, sunglasses and other accouterments. It's the best during a rainy day since the nylon responds well to the water. While it's certainly nowhere near the caliber of a typical Celine or Saint Laurent bag, the Longchamp Le Pliage is a great piece to have in your wardrobe due to its versatility and ease of cleaning.
Do you have a bag that is just perfect for spring and summer? Share it with us in the comments!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Marc Jacobs heard our call! There are beautiful, new iPhone 5 cases on the market. I plucked this beauty up directly from the Apple Store. Designed by Marc Jacobs and made by Incase, this Sparks Snap Case in Lemon Custard is full of demure custard-yellow sparkles on a gray background. For being a bright piece, it is certainly subdued.
Though sturdy as its predecessors, if you drop it the wrong way you could be out about $39. I always go for Marc by Marc Jacobs pieces, but if you know you are clumsy with your phone, I'd always recommend getting a stronger, shock-absorbent case. This is just a snap-on shell. To reiterate, it isn't shoddily made. It's a great case, but consider how you use your phone. Always a fair warning. :)
The Snap Case doesn't add much weight or bulk to your phone. You can easily slip it into your pocket or bag, and it'll definitely turn heads come spring and summertime! Additional styles of the Marc by Marc Jacobs Incase snap cases are available at the Apple Store or Incase.
Do you have a cell phone case you really love? Share with us in the comments.