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Handbag Delight: Dareen Hakim

When I first saw Dareen Hakim’s handbags at MAGIC LV, I knew there was something special about them. The shapes and colors instantly caught my eye. Check out the new collections below, which are no exception.

“Sumptuous leathers, arabesque calligraphy, dramatic hues – all form the basis of style behind each Dareen Hakim creation. Celebrating at once tradition and function, her debut collection’s clutches enjoy a favored status among women inspired to carry a contagiously cool piece of art, one that instantly communicates both warmth and chic.” -DareenHakim.com

In honor of Mother’s Day, they are offering free shipping worldwide until May 13, 2012.

Under the Sea Collection

“The inscriptions on a Dareen Hakim bag reflect the designer’s fascination with the momentous spirit of her childhood. Within the turmoil of Lebanon’s earlier days, she saw people value life and cherish every day as though it was their last. This combined feeling of resilience, strength, happiness, love, laughter and appreciation of beauty in life’s simple pleasures left an impression she shares through the subtle scripted messages on her bags.” -DareenHakim.com

St. Tropez Collection

Handbag Delight: Mustard

Mustard is the new yellow…for now. Until lemon comes in and sweeps us off our feet this summer. If you would’ve tried to get to wear this color as a teenager I would’ve responded with a big fat NO! I was not adventurous at all. I do know that this color is catching my eye right now. It’s the right amount of pop for any outfit. It’s vibrant without being overwhelming. Does that make sense? LOL…whatever. I like it. How about you? Are you loving mustard?

Alexander Wang at ShopStyle
Miu Miu at ShopStyle
Burberry at ShopStyle
Sara Berman at ShopStyle
Coccinelle at ShopStyle
Forever 21 at ShopStyle
Melie Bianco at ShopStyle
Forever 21 at ShopStyle
Pietro Alessandro at ShopStyle
Veja at ShopStyle
Rebecca Minkoff at ShopStyle
B. Makowsky at ShopStyle

Handbag Delight: Stripes

Looking at handbags online is not easy. I thought it would be, because it’s not like looking at them in a store. I was wrong…I want them all. And as you can see, I’m kind of in a stripe mood right now.  I’ve seen people wearing them like crazy. But, I’d like to be a twist on it and go with a striped clutch or handbag.

What do you think? Are stripes for you?

1. Sydney Love 2. Charlotte Russe 3. Muze 4. Forever 21 5. Sonia Rykiel 6. TopShop 7. Old Navy 8. Rebecca Minkoff 9. MANGO 10. Pour La Victoire 11. Brooks Brothers

10 Bags to Brighten Your Day!

Are you having a down in the dumps kind of day?

Stop it! It’s only Thursday.That means you only have one more day until the weekend. Woohoo! I found a few bags that I thought could possibly “brighten” your day and push through to tomorrow. And since I’m working on being more adventurous fashionably, these bags are definitely knocking on the door. I always stick to black bags. Hopefully these will serve as inspiration. Besides, there’s nothing like adding a little color to your day!

FYI…LOVE this first bag, it’s by Donald J Pliner! Hot!

Handbag Delight: Rebecca Minkoff

There’s nothing I love more than Rebecca Minkoff Handbags

! I adorrrrre! This California native started with apparel in 2001 and designed her first handbag in 2005. It’s been “Handbag Delight” ever since. Today, her collection consists of apparel, handbags, and accessories. I really need to get my butt to one of her sample sales here in L.A. My friend Ivory keeps on telling me to go. OK Ivory, I promise to go to the next one with you!  Geez, you and your shopping pressure! LOL Anywho…back to the bags. Like I was saying…I love them and I’d gladly take one of each style in any color. Hopefully the handbag fairies are listening. Just putting it out there. OH! And they’re having their End of the Year Online Sale now! Hurry it ends tonight!

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The Updated Fanny Pack

Inspired by an obviously cool guy in line at Disney World, I think fanny packs are way underrated. Bear with me for a second…

I mean…if you love having pockets, then you should love having everything you need at arms reach, right at the waist, and without having to add that uneeded stress to your shoulders. Right?

Are you agreeing with me yet?

But…the term fanny packs is soooooo 1980′s. How about we just call them what they’re referred to now…”belt bags.” I’ve seen a few people wear them, but it’s not really a full on trend..yet?

I really like this Michael Kors Vienna braided leather belt bag (above), but I have a high waist, it would sit too high on me. Besides, I doubt any of these are made for plus sizes (hint hint retailers!). I found a few belt bags below, but only in straight sizes.

What do you think? Would you wear a belt bag?

 

 

 

Handbags go Tribal

You can call it a tribal, aztec, or even southwestern print. It actually reminds me of a sarape. That’s a brightly colored mexican blanket or shawl, by the way.

I remember having a blanket like this as a teenager, but that was in my anti-bright color days. So, it was  taupe, black, and white. Whenever I look at these, I feel like go to Tijuana and buying a few of those blankets. LOL.

Ove the past two days of shopping, I’ve seen the print every where. Especially, in the handbag world. I even bought myself one today at Old Navy. I also saw a lot of ponchos in this sprint.It’s really boho chic or is it surfer girl?

Whatever it is, I like it! Do you?

Handbag Delight: Melie Bianco

Melie Bianco is a handbag line based out of Los Angeles and offers what they call “Affordable Luxury.” You won’t find anything over $100. I recently purchased one of their bags at the Sassy City Chicks event. It’s this amazing clutch that I’ve only used once and I can’t wait to use again. If you’re looking to add some color into your life with a handbag, just look up. Oh…and if you live in the Los Angeles area, you’ll be happy to know they are holding a sample sale on April 30th at their headquarters in Pico Rivera. Go here for details. I don’t think I’m going to be able to go, so instead I’m just going to sit here and drool over these.

Handbag Delight: Big Buddha

JCARTER $100

Handbags and I…we go way back. The love affair started at an early age and continues to this day. Don’t even get me started about my days working at Nordstrom and my employee discount!

So, I know a beautiful bag when I see one. And when I was flipping through the new issue of Redbook, I saw a bag that caught my eye (#5 below).

When I found out it was a Big Buddha design, I wasn’t surprised. Their bags stand out to me, not just because of their design and craftsmanship, but because they are animal friendly and 100% vegan.

I love stylish with a conscious, don’t you?  I’m in handbag heaven right now.

FYI. I will take all of the bags on this page.

Handbag Delight: Juicy Couture

This past weekend was kind of strange. I went shopping and I didn’t buy myself a thing. Yes…you read that right. I didn’t buy myself anything. I don’t know what’s wrong with me. I’m not going to lie, I’m a little disappointed in myself. Maybe, it’s the heat. It’s making me delirious. Excuse me a moment. I’m going to try and figure out what’s wrong with me. Take a lookie at these Juicy Couture bags, while I sort things out.

Handbag Delight: Rebecca Minkoff

As I walked across the BlogHer Expo, I came to an Ebay/Bill Me Later booth. That is where I saw almost every woman walk by and pick up this black leather clutch. I walked over and saw this gorgeous black Rebecca Minkoff delight. This one lady even told me it was hers, yet it wasn’t for sale. She had that look in her eye too! Now, that’s love.

You know what handbag love is right? Kind of like I LOVE these stunning Rebecca Minkoff bags and I’d eat air for a month so I can buy one. Yeah…kind of like that.


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