Happy 4th of July!

To my fabulous readers, enjoy your  4th of  July.

Eat plenty of food, try to stay cool and enjoy the fireworks!

Don’t forget to take a moment to remember those that have fought for our freedom.


Make your wardrobe pop

One of my favorite things about summer is that there is color everywhere.   The color is bright and it’s not limited to your clothes!  Bright colored accessories can turn an outfit from basic to fabulous!  Here are some bright-colored purses from Cole Haan, enjoy!

The Heritage Weave Stripe Izzie Clutch costs $178.  The Peacock color is perfect for summer.  There is an interior zip  pocket as well as a cell phone and PDA pockets.  The clutch has a zip closure.

Heritage Weave Strip Izzie Clutch in Peacock

The Heritage Basket Weave Kendra Shopper is a nice, large bag with canvas lining on the interior.  The exterior consists of woven canvas and a leather trim.  It’s available in colors, Poppy and Sunflower.  This bag costs $148.

Heritage Basket Weave Kendra Shopper in Poppy

Last but not least,  is the Jitney Plaid Carley Tote which is on sale for $150.  The tote has a drawstring closure and is available in Sunflower, Poppy and Palomino colors.  This tote has plenty of room and contains the interior zipped, cellphone and PDA interior pockets.

Jitney Plaid Carley Tote in Sunflower

All photo images/credits belong to colehaan.com

Good Karma

Rachel Roy is a brilliant and beautiful designer!  She is also heavily involved in charities.  Rachel started her design career at Rocawear and became the Creative Director.  Roy launched her own line in 2005, Rachel Roy New York.  I have always been a fan of Roy’s work.  You will see her in an upcoming Closet Crush post in the near future, I think she has great style 🙂

Rachel Roy believes in positive energy and see shows that through her charity work and the jewelry she designs.  Here are some of the pieces from her Evil Eye Jewelry line, hopefully you like it as much as I do and become a fan of Rachel Toy, if you aren’t already!  Check out all of her fab jewelry here.

The Evil Eye jewelry shown below ranges from $32-$55.  This Evil Eye jewelry will help keep negative energy at bay and who doesn’t want a little extra help with that?

Evil Eye Pendant $36

Crystal Evil Eye Necklace $34

Evil Eye Necklace $55

Evil Eye Earrings, Blue $32

Evil Eye Earrings $32

Seek & Ye Shall Find Charm Bracelet $44

Don't Hate Charm Bracelet $34

All photo images/credits belong to rachelroy.com

Need an “It” Bag?

It’s been a while since I have posted anything.  I have had a serious lack of motivation lately, life has been busy.  Hopefully things will slow down a bit and I get back to focusing on my blog.

For those looking for a summer “it” bag, Kate Spade thinks she has it with her Bixby Collection.  The Bixby Collection has wood accents and mod cloth lining.  Wood accents are what will be popular this summer.  Several purse lines are using wood accents for the summer.

Here’s a glimpse in to Spade’s Bixby Collection, enjoy!

This collection was inspired by Big Sur’s Bixby Creek Bridge which is located on the California Coastline.

You have 2 options for the Bixby collection: the clutch or the bag.  I am crushing hard on the clutch ♥.

The Bixby Clutch comes in 3 colors, black,cream and aqua.  The clutch has a wood frame, bauble closure and interior zipped pocket. This clutch will run you $325. If you are like me and think the lining of your purse is just as important as the purse; you’ll be happy to know that the lining is custom woven!

Aqua Bixby Clutch

The Bixby bag is just like the clutch with the wooden frame, bauble closure and interior zipped pocket.  The bag also comes with double slide pockets on the interior.  The bag is available in pollen, fallow, aqua, and black.  This bag costs $495.

Pollen Bixby Bag

Custom Woven Interior

Tory Burch

If you’re looking for a perfect summer bag, Tory Burch created it!

The Canvas Gwendolyn Tote will easily be the must have bag of the summer.  The bag is made of canvas and leather with a drawstring closure and a tassel detail.  The tote contains an interior zipped pocket and 2 extra open pockets.  This bag will run you $595.

Gwendolyn Tote

Gwendolyn Tote 2

If the Gwendolyn Tote isn’t your style or in your budget, there’s also the Tatum Straw Hobo.   This is a straw tote with leather straps and has a strap that is removable.  This bag costs $365.

Tatum Straw Hobo

Tatum Straw Hobo 2


Cannes Film Festival Red Carpet Faves

The Cannes Film Festival started on May 11th and ends on the 22nd.  Here are some of my favorite looks from the first 3 days of Cannes.  It was hard to only pick a few looks, but I managed.

This first look is by far, my favorite look!  Aishwarya Rai looked radiant in this Armani Prive Couture dress at the Sleeping Beauty premiere!  This dress was from the 2011 Armani Prive Spring line.  Forget the fact that she won the Miss World title in 1994, she is one of the most successful actresses in India and has 2 Filmfare Best Actress Awards.

Sleeping Beauty Premiere Cannes 2011

Cheryl Cole, a judge from X-Factor wore a stunning white dress from Stephane Rolland Spring 2o11 Couture dress.  Rolland isn’t a very popular designer on the red carpet but his dresses always deliver some flair.  I think her simple ponytail and dark make-up was a great contrast to the white gown.

Habemus Papam Premiere Cannes Film

Last but not least, is Salma Hayek.  She is wearing a Gucci Premiere Couture gown and looks perfect!  Since her gown is beaded she kept her make-up and hair simple to not overshadow her dress.

Opening Ceremony

Who has your favorite vote so far on the Red Carpet?

Purses under $100

Purses do exist that cost less than $100.  Here are some examples of  bags that won’t break the bank!  Happy shopping!

The Le Pliage Mini Handheld Nylon Tote is $98.  It comes in a variety of colors and you can even fold it up for travel.  A must have for every woman who travels!  You get this great deal at Bloomingdale’s.

Le Pliage Mini

Nine West has a satchel that is on pre-order until May 17th.  It’s a tri-color medium-sized satchel with a front lock ornament. It can be yours for $89. It’s only available in this tri-color, that is a perfect addition to your Spring/Summer collection.

Medium Satchel

On endless.com you can find the Tommy Hilfiger Story East/West Tote for $78.  This tote is canvas with a magnetic closure.  Don’t wait too long to order this one, there are only a few left.

East/West Tote

The Spade Bon Shopper is $87 on Kate Spade’s site.  It’s a cotton canvas bag with an open top.  It’s only available in the pink/red for the sale price.

Spade Bon Shopper

You can splurge on yourself for less than $100!  Now go shopping 🙂

Jil Sander

Jil Sander’s Spring/Summer line is very classic with a modern twist. Sander’s fashion style is minimalist.  She is originally from Germany and her fashion brand has made its way to the US.

There are a lot of handbags to choose from and none of them are budget friendly, according to my budget.  Maybe these can go on a wish list for a later date 🙂

This first bag costs $1245.  It’s a white bag with a macroflower print, metal closure, feet and optional shoulder strap.  It’s perfect for spring and has lots of room.  Oh yeah, check the weather report before you wear this bag out, it’s made of silk faille and we all know what happens to silk that gets wet.

Macro Flower Handbag

This is another one of Jil’s bags made with silk.  The Madame bag will cost $1445. This bag screams sailing to me because of the blue stripes.  You can wear it as a shoulder bag or hand bag.

Madame Bag

Jil Sander’s Hobo bag has a vintage feel to it and is absolutely adorable. This bag costs $1195.  It has an optional shoulder strap, has contrast color along the fold and it’s all leather.  The leather has irregularities which makes each bag unique with its markings.

Hobo Bag

Miu Miu

No, I am not speaking a new language. HA HA HA!

I’m not sure how many people are familiar with this brand from the Prada fashion house that started in 1993.  Miu Miu is considered the secondary line from Prada.  I came across this brand a few years ago thanks to Zoe Saldana, Jessica Alba and Victoria Beckham.  I must admit that I am usually looking at the purse before I look at the clothes they are being photographed in and that’s how I stumbled upon Miu Miu.

Miuccia Prada designs/heads the line and her nickname is Miu Miu and that’s where the name of this brand originated.  The Miu Miu line is famous not only because it has something to do with Prada but because of their style, colors and patterns.

Here are a few Miu Miu bags, as you can see, they have a range of styles.

Braided Shopper w/ Crystal $1175


Perforated Leather Tote $1305

Satchel Bow Bag $1540

Matelasse Linen Bag $1435

Patent Leather Suede Clutch $350