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Bank Breaker V$. Bargain: Leopard Print Tote

As you can tell, my brain never stops thinking about fashion! I’ve been craving a leopard print tote…bad! You’d really be surprised at the amount of super ridiculously expensive leopard print designer bags there are out there. As I was researching, I found some in the thousands! This M Z Wallace ‘Grace’ Tote is $425 at Nordstrom; not too bad compared to some of the others, but it’s still a “Bank Breaker” for me!

Now, take a look at the ‘SCHMUTZLER’ handbag from Aldo, which is on sale for $27.98! That’s a lot better for my budget! I think I’m ordering this bad boy!

What about you? Are you craving a leopard print tote?

Designer Binge with Bluefly

I think I’m going on a designer binge after checking out Milan Fashion Week. It’s all I can think about and sometimes that’s not such a good thing for a girl like me on a budget. But hey, it doesn’t hurt to look and save money for a much needed pair of designer sunglasses. I’m just sayin’! I’m still looking for the perfect pair.

Hmmm…maybe these Prada and Gucci sunglasses from Bluefly will make it into my “shopping cart.”

 While I’m at it, let’s take a look at a Fendi bag. There’s nothing like a classic Fendi shoulder bag. 



Sometimes, this bargainista likes to buy designer items because of their quality. Ok, this is getting dangerous. I’m outta here!

Win a $100 Shopbop Gift Card

If there is one place I go to drool over designer totes, it’s definitely Shopbop (even bargainistas love designer bags.) If you’re a serious shopper, which you probably are, then you definitely know about this amazing designer shopping site. Shopbop designers range from Marc by Marc Jacobs, Proenza Schouler, Chanel, and so many more.

Just yesterday I was complaining about my handbag not being big enough! Not only am I a fan of oversized handbags, but I’m a fan of all handbag styles. In fact, my dear curvy shoppers, I am currently on the hunt for a black handbag. I love the one I have, but I need a new one stat!

Are you currently searching for your next designer piece? Well, you’re in luck! Shopbop is giving one of my lucky readers a $100 gift card!

To enter visit the Shopbop.com web site and tell me what you’d buy with the $100. Make sure you leave a valid email or twitter i.d.

For an extra entry tweet the following: “@Shopbop is giving a @CurvesandChaos reader a $100 giftcard! http://tinyurl.com/28smxyy

*Please make sure you leave the link for the tweet as an EXTRA comment, or it will not count.

Rules:

  • Contest is open internationally, with only one entry per person.
  • Must be 18 years or older to enter.
  • Winner will be chosen using Random.org and notified via email or twitter.
  • Contest end 9/29/10.

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Contest Closed

Style & Designer: Michael Kors

If you asked me to choose my favorite designer for clothes, accessories, and shoes; I would have to give it to this genius-Michael Kors. I am in LOVE with almost everything he designs.

His creations are modern, yet very chic. Nothing is an overstatement. Just the way I like it. And you know his pieces will carry from season to season.

Kors began his fashion career at 19 and has not looked back! He not only designs woman’s fashion, accessories, and shoes- he also has his own fragrance line. In case you’re wondering Macy’s carries his plus-size pieces. And yes, I love him on Project Runway. He’s so brutally honest.

Bank Breaker V$. Bargain: The Brown Satchel

Do you have your staple brown satchel for the upcoming season yet? I promise this bag will go with a lot of your fall outfits. I don’t have one yet, but I am on the look out! This Sissi Rossi Medium Safety Pin Shoulder Bag looks like something I wouldn’t mind carrying. And I would if it didn’t cost $1,170.00 at Barneys New York! Check below for my bargain version.

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The bargain version is very similar to the Sissi Rossi, but it’s A LOT cheaper. Try this Kirra Chase Satchel from PacSun.com for only $29.50. That’s more like it. Ahhhh…my budget feels safe again.

Would you carry the bargain bag?

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.

Want…Want…Want…

Why do these brands have to design and create such amazing pieces?

It’s like they are made for me and only me. Yes, that’s how I think when it comes to stuff I want. I know I shouldn’t “want” something so bad, but look at it!

I am drooling over the City Chic Urban Jungle Jean and Juicy Couture Cluster Cuff below. And you know I need that ‘Fashionista’ in a Frame necklace from ASOS. Gorgeous, right? Go ahead, you can lust after them too. It’s only right that you do.

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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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Bank Breaker V$. Bargain

Most of us dream of carrying a hot designer bag on our arm. But, what if you can’t afford one? I don’t know about you, but I can’t afford those high priced beauties. I get out there and find a designer-inspired handbag. I found this gorgeous Lanvin Amalia bag, but it’s going to cost you $3,105.00 at Barney’s New York. Now, that’s a “Bank Breaker!” Scroll down to find out where the “Bargain” bag comes from.


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The “Bargain” bag is the Audrey Leatherette bag from Forever 21 and costs a whopping $22.80. It’s definitely inspired by Lanvin’s design with it’s quilted look, front pocket, and its chain and ribbon wrapped handle.

Would you buy the “Bargain” bag?

RiRi & the Fanny Pack

Is Rihanna trying to bring back the fanny pack? This is the first thing that came to mind yesterday, as I was looking over my favorite celeb site Just Jared. Look at RiRi looking all cute eating M&M’s in Dublin, Ireland. She makes casual look chic!

I used to wear a fanny pack when I was little. They are really convenient and this D&G one is pretty hot. It say’s that it can even be worn as a cross-body bag. Hmmm??? RiRi is a fashionista and does wear pretty much whatever she wants. But do you think fellow fashionistas throughout the world will follow suit?

What are your thoughts on fanny packs…also known as waist or belt bags.

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{Rihanna Images: JustJared.com}