Category Archives: How to accessorize

Choosing the Right Handbag (Part One)

 I initially started my blog in 2009 with the intent of sharing my handbag obsession with the rest of the world. I can shop with the best of them, but now I try to be more cautious about how I spend my money. I don’t impulsively purchase every handbag that tickles my fancy anymore.

First, I consider how long the bag is going to last versus the price. I try to avoid buying cheaply-made bags because I know they aren’t going to last. After you’ve purchased a handful of cheap handbags, you might as well have just saved up for a quality one. Don’t get me wrong though, I am not saying that a big name has to be attached to a bag for it to be considered good quality. Sidenote: I also don’t buy knockoffs…I think it is disingenuous and faux fabulous, but that is a post for another day.

How to Choose Them:

When choosing a handbag, you not only have to consider the price and longevity but you also need to consider your lifestyle. Ask yourself a few questions…Do you carry a lot of things with you on a daily basis? If so, then you may want to consider carrying a large satchel or tote. Do you carry only the bare essentials (i.e. license, keys, debit card, and lipbalm)? If you require very little, then you may want to consider a cross body bag or wrislet. If you go out often, then you may want to invest in some clutch purses as well so that you can leave your grandma purse at home when you go out for a night on the town. What color are you looking for? Go for neutral colors (i.e. black, brown, tan, cognac, etc.) if you are just starting your handbag collection. Otherwise, choose whatever color you want! Don’t be afraid to step outside the box , it’s just a handbag! Let it be another reflection of your personality like the rest of your accessories. Just be mindful of the fact that color from your clothing can transfer onto your handbag (i.e. if you wear dark denim the dye can transfer onto your bag). So be careful with the lighter toned leather handbags.

You also must be mindful of the way in which a bag is made. Does it have a lot of  hardware? Remove all of the tissue (provided that it actually has tissue in it…displays usually do)  and see how heavy it feels when it’s empty. If the handbag is heavy and you haven’t actually put your personal belongings in it yet then you may want to reconsider. Handbags with  a lot of hardware and embellishments are cute but will be a hardship on your shoulders and forearm after a short while. Look at the straps, examine the quality of the stitching on the entire bag. Make sure that the quality of the handbag is up to par.

Lastly, look at the price!! Don’t waste time falling in love with a bag that you cannot afford (although there is nothing wrong with dreaming)! It is better to be prepared so have a price range in mind before you step foot into a department store or you will easily get sidetracked and end up overspending (trust me, I know!). It doesn’t have to be exact, but you do want to have an idea of what you’re going to spend.

To be continued…

I hope this information  is helpful to you. Stay tuned for part two of this post…I will tell you where to find the most fabulous and affordable bags. I’ll also show you what handbags are currently on my wishlist! Smooches!! XOXO

Image Credits: Neiman Marcus

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Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale Haul!

Every May and November Nordstrom has a Half Yearly Sale where they mark down certain items for women and children. I always look forward to Nordstrom’s sales because I can usually purchase things that I’ve been watching for a discounted price (usually 33-40% off ). I didn’t go too crazy this year because I knew that their Anniversary Sale was going to be right around the corner (July 15th-19th, but I’ll get into that later on in the post). I did cop a handful of items because, as you know, I love Nordies, and how could I pass on such great deals on designer accessories?! Anywhoo…Here’s what I picked up:

Michael Kors Resin Chronograph Watch, $134.90

Coach Sandal, $57.90

Carrera Eyewear "NASKA" Sunglasses, $59.90

Coach Sandal, $57.90

I’d been watching the Michael Kors timepiece for quite some time and I was so excited once I saw that is was marked down from $225 (40% off). I’ve also been eyeballing Carrera sunglasses for over a year now and I decided to purchase these in particular because they are quite cute and retro, and they were marked down from $120. As for the Coach sandals, those were just a spare of the moment splurge! I needed some flat sandals that I could dress up or down so I copped these.

Every July Nordstrom also has an Anniversary Sale where cardholders can get first dibs on designer merchandise that hasn’t (technically) been released yet. A Nordstrom associate usually calls me to see if I’d like to pre-order anything for that particular sale. However, anyone can take advantage of the sale from July 15th to July 19th.

The exclusivity and customer service at Nordstrom is amazing! If you aren’t a frequent flyer at Nordies then you are not in the know!! Happy Shopping! XOXO

She’Luxe Couture!!! LOVES IT!!

When you can’t find accessories that define your style, make them yourself!! That is what the owners of She’Luxe Couture have done. Their unique sense of style permeates through their handmade pieces, and offers us a range of looks to choose from.

I am currently contemplating which ones I want to purchase, but its such a hard decision, as they have so many hot pieces!! Here are some of my favorite looks from them:

You must cop at least one of their pieces to add to your accessory closet. The price points are amazing!! Their earrings range from about $25-$60, which is quite reasonable considering the originality of each piece. They are currently having an online sale so be sure to take advantage!!

You can access these fabulous earrings and more online at http://www.sheluxecouture.com. Also be sure to like them on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/SheluxeCouture and follow them on Twitter @SheLuxeCouture.

Image Credits: She’luxe Couture

15 Bare Accessory Essentials!!

The following are items that every woman must have in her accessory closet. I actually tried come up with a list of ten must have accessories, but I felt like I was leaving out some vital pieces. You don’t have to buy all these items at once…these are pieces that you can add to your wardrobe over time. However, if you stumble upon some bargains on items you don’t own, then seize the moment…carpe diem!! Of course you can own more than one of each, but if you’re starting from scratch, here is a list of the my Bare Accessory Essentials:

  1. Everyday Handbag
  2. A Pair of Chic Sunglasses
  3. A Pair of Fabulous Earrings
  4. An Eye Catching Scarf
  5. Nail Polish (If you aren’t into painting your nails, that’s okay!)
  6. A Pair of Flat Shoes
  7. A Clutch
  8. A Pair of Stud Earrings
  9. A Timepiece
  10. A Statement Necklace
  11. A Pair of High Heel Shoes (Sandals/Pumps/Peep Toe)
  12. A Cocktail Ring
  13. A Belt
  14. A Pair of Winter Boots
  15. A Bracelet/Bangle

Bonus Essential: Make-Up – Your face doesn’t have to be totally made up on a daily basis, but at least groom your eyebrows and throw on some chapstick or lip gloss! Also make sure that your skin is clear and moisturize…it makes a huge difference!

Final Note: Be sure not to fill your closet with a bunch of expensive, trendy junk…you want the majority of the things in your accessory closet to be items that you can mix-n-match and recreate as time goes on. Obviously, not everything in your closet will last a life time, but you will want these items to at least last you a couple of seasons.

Happy Shopping!! Muah!! XOXO

Image: Closet-Shelf

Style Icon Alert: June Ambrose

The infamous stylist, June Ambrose, specializes in being effortlessly fab and I am loving it!!! I am always curious to see what she will be rocking with her signature red matte lipstick, unique turbans, and chic sunglasses. Her accessories are always on point. She doesn’t seem to be big on earrings as she is always wearing studs. Necklaces, bracelets, and timepieces seem to be her jewelry of choice. When she isn’t rocking a turban, her tresses are usually in long, black, loose spiral curls.

Although her style can be a little over the top at times, she knows when to tone it down. It is obvious that she doesn’t shy away from statement pieces, but she believes that women should have wearable pieces in their closets that include things that they really admire…things that are timeless and classic.

If you’ve been craving her signature turban look I am excited to inform you that she has come out with her own line of turbans.  Check it out at http://juneambrose.bigcartel.com/. Don’t get it twisted though…these turbans do not come cheap!

Check out some of her looks below:

Images: Zimbio, Fashionbombdaily, and Essence.

A Pop of Color: PINK!!

Pink is no longer exclusively for the prim and prissy! As we are quickly approaching summer, I thought I would do a post on all things pink! I actually don’t wear a lot of pink clothing, but I love pink accessories. Here are some miscellaneous pink things I want to add to my collection for summer…check it out and tell me what you think!

Marc Jacobs Iphone Cover, $28 / Juicy Couture Ipad Cover, $48

NARS Nail Polish, $16 / Make Up Forever Lab Shine, $18 / Michael Kors Chronograph, $160

Beach Sexy Victoria's Secret Swim Suit, $40

 

Marc Jacobs Crossbody Handbag, $525
 

Now if you are not a fan of the color pink, you can add a different pop of color. Let me also say that wearing all this pink together will definitely be overdoing it! However, feel free to pick and choose various items to add to your summer accessories. I just think a pop of color not only helps brighten your look, but it also helps brighten your mood. Happy Shopping!!

Image Credits: Neiman Marcus, Sephora, Victoria’s Secret, Nordstrom…

I am loving Asos!!!!

I am so eager to place an order on http://www.asos.com!!  They have some of the cutest accessories. They are offering free shipping on all orders and free return shipping as well. You can’t go wrong!! Here are some of the accessories I am thinking about ordering…Enjoy!!!

Statement Flower Earrings $21.52

Leather Leopard Print Pony Skin Purse (Clutch) $35.86

Nude Hanging Feathers and Bead Earrings $17.93

Talullah Tu Large Tribal Tiered Drop Earrings $28.69

Statement Long Tassel Earrings $28.69

Asos Leather Portfolio Clutch $98.62

Wide Mixed Feather Hairband $10.76

Statement Multi Chains Drop Earrings $21.52

Asymmetric Hanging Peacock Feather Alice Band $21.52

Warehouse Lurex Straw Clutch Bag $50.20

Copper Beaded Leaf Headband $10.76

Color Block Bangles $26.90

Image Credits: Asos

Stayed tuned for my next post…Smooches!!! XOXO

KREATIVE TOUCH by Kim

I used to frequent a boutique (Via Chic) near the Baltimore Harbor that had some of the most unique accessories I’ve ever seen. Unfortunately, they sold their space a few years ago and I have yet to find such original pieces…until now.

Kimberly Thorne (pictured to the left) of Kreative Touch has only been designing earrings for three months, and she is already a force to be reckoned with. In December 2010 she visited an expo where she purchased a pair of leather earrings, and thought to herself, “I can make these.” Kim purchased the materials and began to experiment with various looks and before she knew it, the earrings were selling themselves! Check out some her earrings below:

The ones in the middle (in the picture above) are my favorite! I actually ordered a pair recently and I love the way they look on. Her earrings are all made of leather and come in a variety of colors, shapes, sizes, and materials. The ones featured in this post aren’t nearly as many as she has in production right now so be sure to contact her so that she can show you what she has in stock!!

Because this is a new venture for Kim she doesn’t have a website yet, but you can contact her at Kreativetouch4u@Gmail.Com if you’d like to purchase her earrings.