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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Show Mom Some Love

Even if you’ve waited until the last minute, you can still get a thoughtful gift for your adoring mother. Whether she’s into jewelry or needs a great summer tote, I’ve got you covered. Here’s a list of fashionably fantastic gifts mom is sure to love!

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An everyday necklace

The simple, evocative shape of the Open Heart is a pure symbol of love that will be worn everyday. Elsa Perretti open heart pendant $200, Tiffany.com

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Retro Sunglasses

Warby Parker isn’t just about eyeglasses—the company makes great shades too, starting at $95. Browse a website for the option you think best suits Mom (if you live in NYC, L.A., or Boston, take her into a store to pick out a pair together). Sunglasses, $95, warbyparker.com

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Whimsical Notebooks

Sporting phrases like “Leave something to the imagination” and “Eat cake for breakfast,” Kate Spade’s notebooks make ideal gifts—you can easily find one that fits your mom’s personality. Kate Spade New York, $24, shopbop.com

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A lovely Tote Bag

This lovely lace tote is stylish and is big enough to hold all mom’s must-haves. The muted color and feminine pattern make it the perfect bag to be worn for errands, at the beach, to work, and everywhere. Blessing-Co lace tote, $24, Blessing-Co

showmomlove-lemlem-scarfA Lightweight Summer Scarf

Just because it’s spring doesn’t mean it’s the end of scarf weather. Give your mom a lightweight cotton or linen one in a great color or print. Scarves from Lemlem are not only bright and summery, they’re also a gift you can feel good about giving—you support the creation of handcrafted art in Ethiopia with each purchase. Lemlem Samara Scarf, $135, shoplesnouvelles.com

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Pretty Perfume Set
The New York-based line of fragrances are sure to get your mom’s seal of approval: they’re light, fresh, and sophisticated. This sampler includes mini bottles of the brand’s five best-selling scents. Nest $38, Eau de Parfum Coffret

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Chic Cosmetic Case

Whether your mother is a global traveler or just someone who keeps everything on her vanity, give her something to hold all her odds and ends in one place. This cute Tory Burch cosmetic case is coated in plastic, so you don’t have to worry about wear and tear. Brigette Cosmetic Case, $78, toryburch.com

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A Meaningful Bracelet

For the bravest woman you know, give her something that recognizes her courage. Each Figue Brave Bracelet says “brave” in Khmer script. Sales of the bracelets help support fair-trade jobs for Cambodian women, and 10 percent of the profits is also donated to fight human trafficking. Brass Brave Bracelet, $38, figue.com

showmomlove-jcrew-pjsElegant and Comfy Pajamas

If your mom is the type to curl up every night in sweatpants and an old T-shirt, help her up the chill-out fashion ante. She’ll love this classic cotton pajama set from J.Crew—and she can even have the pocket monogrammed with her initials.Vintage Pajama Set, $95, jcrew.com

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Sentimental Pillow Cover

Remind her how much you care every time she lays down. Love Pillow Cover $31.50; potterybarn.com

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A Bright Wallet

This bright red Clare Vivier zip-around wallet with a blue racing stripe will certainly be easy to find in a big handbag. Bonus: It can also be carried as a French purse, out to lunch or running errands. Zip Wallet, $230, clarevivier.com

Show your Mom some Love.

Have A Very Happy Mother’s Day!

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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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