Bags that only look Expensive

Right now, purses are hitting the shelves everywhere that look like they could be very expensive, but get this: They ring in under $100. Check out my favorite picks, and get ready for the “Where did you get your bag?” comments to roll in!

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BCBGMAXAZRIA Harlow Jewel-Studded Envelope Clutch, $98 now $49, available at BCBGMAXAZRIA.

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Charles & Keith Duo-Tone Tote, $93, available at Charles & Keith.

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H&M Suede Bag, $69.95, available at H&M.

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Steve Madden Bcortage Tote, $98 on sale $69.99, available at Zappos.

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Zubi Handbag, $89, available at yoox.com.

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Gap Leather Tote, $94.99, available at Gap.

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Pour la Victoire Elle Mini Cross Body Bag, $95, available at Shopbop.

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Blessing-Co Pastel Pink Shoulder Bag, $36, available at Blessing-Co

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Nasty Gal Marisa Tote, $65, available at Nasty Gal.

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Mango Pebbled Bucket Bag, $39.99, available at Mango.

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MeDusa Slim Clutch, $94, available at Boticca.

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AX Armani Exchange Mixed Media Satchel, $128 now $79.99, available at AX Armani Exchange.

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Jasper & Jeera Solana Clutch, $48, available at Anthropologie.

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Zara Leather Handbag, $69.99, available at Zara.

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Sole Society Maxine, $54.95, available at Sole Society.

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French Connection Mod Squad Med Tote,$98 $59.99, available at French Connection.

Where did you get your Bag?

XOXO

-D-Anna

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Accessory Report: Spring Bags

These are the best Handbag Trends you’ll Definitely want to try this Spring!

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A Color-Block Bag

If you already have a neutral bag in your spring arsenal, you’ll need a fun color-block one to counter it. No “matchy-matchy” rules apply with color-blocking, so you can coordinate it to your outfit like Miroslava Duma and her chic Pierre Hardy—or not. It’s up to you.

Get The Look

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Pierre Hardy Bag 61 color-block suede clutch, $895, luisaviaroma.com

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A Structured, Ladylike Purse

A retro-chic, feminine handbag adds an element of elegance to any outfit—from jeans and a tee to a suit or dress—and is ultra versatile to take you from work to after-work cocktails.

Get The Look

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Divine wave bag, $30, Blessing-Co

SpringBags-TopHandleA Top-Handle Bag

 The top-handle bag will easily transition right into spring. You can’t go wrong with this style, whether it’s a structured satchel or a soft duffel with cool zip features like Anne Katherine Frey’s Alexander Wang.

Get The Look

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Alexander Wang Rockie small cross-body satchel bag, $795, neimanmarcus.com

SpringBags-BackpackA Stylish Backpack

The backpack gets updated this year. Along with being incredibly functional, these designer backpacks look effortlessly cool. Even Karl Lagerfeld put graffiti-covered backpacks on his spring runway for Chanel.

Get The Look

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Herschel Supply Little America backpack, $90, karmaloop.com

SpringBags-MetallicA Metallic Clutch

A metallic dress is a must-have going-out look for spring, and the same goes for your clutch. Match it with a metallic, or mix it in with other looks, because heavy metal works with everything (Hanne Gaby Odiele agrees).

Get The Look

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Expressions NYC crackle envelope clutch, $38, nordstrom.com

SpringBags-CarryAllA Sophisticated Carryall Work Tote

Refresh your hold-everything work bag for the warmer season with a lighter hue and updated elements like an East-West silhouette. Classic camel is always a sure hit but a pastel bag like Milana Kruz’s Givenchy one is definitely droolworthy.

Get The Look

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Alberta di Canio handbag, $195, yoox.com

SpringBags-FloralA Floral-Print Clutch

A floral clutch adds extra springtime cheer to any outfit—whether you’re mixing prints like blogger Chriselle Lim (featuring this Givenchy clutch) or adding one single eye-catching accessory to a streamlined monochromatic look.

Get The Look

SpringBags-Floral-2Printed stripe zip-top clutch, $48, c. wonder.com

SpringBags-PastelA Pastel Purse

Easter-egg hues are the new neutral when it comes to accessories this season. Work a pink, baby blue, or minty green one into your outfit, whether it’s a roomy satchel, an envelope clutch, or a structured bag like blogger-model Zanita Morgan’s.

Get The Look

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Mint Tassle Bag, $46, Blessing-Co

SpringBags-satchelA Printed Satchel

Burberry showed painted-over bags for fall, so get a jump on the trend now with a printed satchel. It’s a perfect way to sneak in some flair on an otherwise neutral, go-with-everything accessory, like Natalie Joo’s and her checked Brahmin tote.

Get The Look

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Marni graphic-print cross-body bag, $1,476, nordstrom.com

SpringBags-BucketA Bucket Bag

A bucket bag should be at the top of your shopping list this season. Whether it’s a minimalist drawstring creation or Alexander Wang’s lipstick-red studded number carried by model Pauline Vander Cruysse, the style will fit all your essentials and update any look.

Get The Look

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Faux-leather tasseled bucket bag, $30, oldnavy.com

What Spring Bags Are Your Faves?

XOXO

-D-Anna

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Style your Scarf

Not only can a scarf transform a look from bland to bam, it is also incredibly versatile. Here are some inspiring ways to style your scarf!

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Christine R. of Fash n Chips

Alternate: Topshop Over Size Blanket Scarf($36)

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Street Style

Alternate: Dorothy Perkins Blue Knitted Snood($14)

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Chriselle Lim of The Chriselle Factor

Alternate: Alexander McQueen Tan Leopard Skull Print Cashmere Pashmina ($725)

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Lindsey Wixson

Alternate: Anthropologie Newsprint Striped Scarf ($98)

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Natalie Suarez of Natalie Off Duty

Alternate: Paul Bianco Chunky Knit Wrap Scarf($85) in Black

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Street Style

Alternate: Urban Outfitters Classic Cable-Knit Scarf ($29)

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Karla Deras of Karla’s Closet

Alternate: Bryan Boy x Adrienne Landau Pull-Through Scarf ($150)

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Lisa Dengler of Just Another Fashion Blog

Alternate: Y’s by Yohji Yamamoto Striped Checked Stole ($340) in Red

How do you style your Scarf?

XOXO

-D-Anna

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Accessory Report: Neckerchiefs

The accessory is the perfect transitional piece to try now. It’s lightweight enough for cool summer days and an ideal add-on for a layered fall look.

neckerchief-NicoleRichieNicole Richie: Thanks to the addition of her graphic-print handkerchief, Richie looked very much the part of a Parisian jetsetter.

Similar Essential: Burberry Herringbone Silk Scarf ($495)

neckerchief-StreetStyleStreet Style: A brightly printed handkerchief tied Boy Scout-style lends a sophisticated touch to a neutrals-only outfit.

Similar Essential: Kenzo Navy Eye Foulard Scarf ($255)

neckerchief-OliviaPalermoOlivia Palermo: The tastemaker bundled up for a chilly June day in NYC with help from a Zara polka-dot scarf paired with a nude sweater.

Similar Essential: Madewell Dotted Scarf ($50)

neckerchief-RodarteRodarte F/W 13: For fall, Kate and Laura Mulleavy favored high necklines, drawing attention to the conservative silhouette with the addition of the Nude Satin Scarf.

Similar Essential: Burberry London Check Print Scarf ($344)

neckerchief-GeorgiaJaggerGeorgia Jagger: The model substituted a navy blue bandana for a necklace, giving her low-key look a home-on-the-range spin.

Similar Essential: Urban Outfitters Americana Bandana Scarf ($12)

Will you try this Trend?

XOXO

-D-Anna

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Outrageous Clutches

Outrageous ClutchesYour purse repertoire most likely includes all the usual suspects: a cross-body carryall, a top-handle tote, perhaps even an on-trend bucket bag. But lately crazy clutches are popping up on the runways of Burberry, Chanel, and more. Whether you’d dare to wear one of these over-the-top carriers–or would simply prefer to appreciate from afar–these bags are packed with out-of-the-ordinary personality. From a jewel-encrusted clutch to a charming purse shaped like a perfume bottle, you’ll love these outrageous clutches!

outrageousclutch-katespadeKate Spade Road Trip License Plate Clutch ($378)

OutageousClutch-ChanelChanel S/S 13 Lego Clutch ($9900)

outrageousclutch-koturKotur Aqua Globe Minaudiere ($395)

Blessing-Co-knuckle-duster-goldBlessing-Co Jeweled skull Knuckle Duster clutch ($38)

outrageousclutch-charlotteolympiaCharlotte Olympia Yellow Scent Perspex Clutch ($1295)

outrageousclutch-burberryBurberry S/S 13 Framed Perspex Clutch ($1495) in Kelly Green

outrageousclutch-zaraZara Box Clutch with Gems ($50)

Have a Fashionably Outrageous Weekend!

XOXO

-D-Anna

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High Fashion Sneakers

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When it comes to truly stylish, comfortable footwear, sneakers are the new ballet flats. Isabel Marant first introduced her now-ubiquitous sneaker wedges in 2010, which quickly became the go-to shoe for fashion’s elite, including top models, and celebrities. Since then, the humble sneaker’s been reinvented in lively colors and new heights, elevating them to must-have status for any cool girl. In fact, a number of trendsetters are wearing sneakers to add a fresh, contemporary flair to their looks.

On Celebrities
WHO: Rihanna
WEAR: Silver Spoon Attire Vintage Cameo Beanie ($68); Trapstar Irongate Stadium Jacket ($143); Rihanna for River Island Grey Thigh Split Sweat Maxi Skirt ($100); Adidas Pro Model Shoes ($78).
WHY: Wear a classic pair of sneakers with a casual maxi skirt for an edgy downtown look.

WHO: Chloe Moretz
WEAR: Zoe Karssen Ooh Chic Sweater ($113); blue jeans; Puma By Mihara MY-66 Sneakers ($120) in Dark Denim.
WHY: Sporty wedge sneakers elevate Moretz’s off-duty sweater and jeans combo.

WHO: Jessica Biel
WEAR: Black scarf; Fendi jacket; JET jeans; leopard-print gloves; Nike Jordan 1 Phat Sneakers ($73).
WHY: Sneakers with bright laces add a playful pop of color to a laid-back look.

WHO: Jessica Alba
WEAR: Opening Ceremony OC Varsity Patch Jacket ($340); white t-shirt; skinny jeans; Isabel Marant Bayley Suede And Leather High-Top Sneakers ($640).
WHY: Athletic-inspired wedge sneakers play up the vibe of Alba’s varsity jacket.

On You
Feeling inspired? Snag a cool pair for yourself with one of these picks. Flat Sneakers For a chic upgrade on the iconic sneaker, look no further than Nike’s Dunk High Skinny Shoes ($85). They’d look perfect with an oversized button-down and cutoffs for a relaxed ensemble. You could also opt for Zara’s Colored Sneakers ($90); offset their sporty feel with a leather mini skirt and graphic shirt. Wedge Sneakers If you don’t want to sacrifice height, invest in a pair of hidden-heel sneakers. Puma’s Sky Wedge Sneakers ($100) make a statement teamed with skinny jeans and a slouchy t-shirt. For sneakers with a flirtatious appeal, try Marc by Marc Jacobs’ Cutout Sneaker Wedges ($328) in Green, which show off a hint of skin. Pair the on-trend mint hue with a floral skirt and knit sweater for a feminine spring look.

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