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Bank Breaker V$. Bargain: White Satchel

Wow, it’s been a while since I did a Bank Breaker V$. Bargain feature. This time I chose an item that I want-a white satchel. This hand bag is a very chic no-nonsense kind of bag. I can really see it getting a lot of use this spring and into summer. I found the Alexa by Mulberry on LaGarconne.com in “petticoat white” for $1150.00! It’s our “Bank Breaker” all right. I actually like the “Bargain” bag better.

The “Bargain” bag is the Maurissa Carry-All Messanger from Melie Bianco in “bone” for $96.00. That is an insane deal compared to the bag above. If you’re a regular reader, then you know Melie Bianco is one of my new favorite hand bag designers. This one is definitely making my list.

Do you like the “Bank Breaker” or the “Bargain” handbag? 

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.

Sassy City Chicks L.A. Fashion Bash Event

Shopping, shopping, and more shopping. Just one of the reasons to go to the Sassy City Chicks event. My curvy gals and I were sooooo happy to see a plus size vendor on hand, Sassi Rebel! You can’t even imagine the excitement. Yesterday was my third time attending this event and I always leave with something. Last night I snatched up a yummy clutch and a shirt. Our Sassy Totes were awesome…as always.

There are tons of accessories on hand, but we were still yearning for more plus vendors and shoes…we need shoes! I did get my spa on…believe me. I got there early enough to sign up for an amazing chair massage and hand massage. We grabbed a drink from Svedka Vodka and checked out all the vendors. 365Hangers.com was even on hand. My friend found a Marc Jacobs dress…lucky girl! I snapped a few pics below.

Sassy City Chicks is coming to a city near you…San Francisco April 7, Chicago May 5, New York Jun 15 and 16.

LPLP by Linea Pelle at Target

One of my favorite handbag designers Linea Pelle has just debuted ‘LPLP by Linea Pelle’ at Target. Well, there goes my Target boycott (I was boycotting them because of their sad plus size department).

Available in stores and Target.com, the line “introduces a new demographic to the Southern California “casual chic” lifestyle sensibility embodied by the brand, which currently celebrates its 25th anniversary.”

Priced at $9.99-$34.99, the line includes handbags, belts, wallets and other small leather goods as well as some jewelry items.

Looks like I have to pay my local Target a visit. Hopefully, they’ve fixed their plus size department.

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.

Nine West Launches “Shoelaborations”

One of your favorite shoe brands, Nine West, has just launched Shoelaborations, a new collaboration project that will bring the vision of international trendsetters, artists, and designers to you.

The first collection, from French designer Sophie Theallet, is already in stores for spring/summer 2011. The “Sophie Theallet for Nine West” collection tells the story of “Sophie from Paris Takes a Trip to NYC” and includes uniquely designed pieces that are Sophie’s take on summer essentials: a ballet flat, a double platform sandal, a raffia wedge, two satchels, as well as a charm necklace and bracelet.

The collection is said to be exturally rich, colorful and feminine. The pieces will express Sophie’s design aesthetic and French sensibility.

“Partnering with a well-established footwear and accessories business such as Nine West has given me the opportunity to live out my life-long dream of designing on a larger scale. I was able to take one of my favorite patterns and create a collection that captures both my design aesthetic and the spirit of the Nine West brand.” -Sophie Theallet

Avant Garde designer Giles Deacon’s collection is slated for fall 2011. The British designer will debut the “Giles Deacon for Nine West” collection and will be “cutting-edge in its incorporation of technology in a fashion-forward way.”

Visit the Sophie Theallet Shop-in-Shop at www.ninewest.com/sophietheallet for more details on the collection.

Yes, you can shop at Charlotte Russe

Most curvy gals can’t shop at the affordable mall favorite Charlotte Russe. They don’t make clothes for us. In fact, every time I walk in there I always head right over to the accessories. Here are a few necklaces, handbags, and shoes that would make my spring shopping list in an instant! And everything featured in this post is $40 and under.

Would any of these pieces make your shopping list?

Topshop’s Got it Handled

Move over handbags, the satchel with the handle is making it’s mark as one of my favorite bags of the season! I love all handbags and I don’t discriminate, but this style is definitely on my to-buy list. I found a great selection over at Topshop.


It doesn’t hurt that most of them can be worn as crossbody bags which is a bonus in my book. Especially, since I need my hands free for shopping. The Coral Leather Lock Handle Bag is divine, but for $110, I might need to find a cheaper alternate. Unless I can get my hands on some coupon codes (hint, hint).

Do you love this bag or will you be on the search for a different style? 


Bag on a Budget?

2011 has started off with a bang for me! How about you? We are five days into this new year and I’m wondering if you’ve stuck to any of your resolutions. Is saving money one of them? I’m with you on that one; that’s why this year will be all about shopping on a budget. I started that resolution a little early as I planned my New Year’s Eve trip to San Francisco. I found this amazing handbag over at Nordstrom for $28! I’m amazed by it’s quality and style! If you’re searching for a “Bag on a Budget,” take a look at these below. They are all under $40!