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5 Accessories for Your Winter Wardrobe

Thinking far ahead to this winter, you do not have to transfer tones from the grey, miserable weather to your wardrobe! With some fabulous accessories, you can brighten up your wardrobe, remain warm and comfortable and stay on the cutting-edge of fashion despite the colder weather. Read on for some great ideas for accessorising your wardrobe this winter.

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1. Ugg boots

Perennially popular, genuine, high quality ugg boots (such as emu uggs) are an essential in your winter wardrobe. Made from genuine sheepskin, ugg boots will keep your feet warm and, because they are now available in a great range of colours and styles, you are sure to find a pair that enhances your personal style and fashion preferences. Visit a reputable retailer, such as MiniJumbuk, to find a pair of Ugg boots that suits your personality.

No longer a fashion faux pas, ugg boots are internationally popular and worn by everyone from the person next door to high-end fashionistas. Without question, ugg boots are a key accessory and a fundamental inclusion for your winter wardrobe. They will keep your feet warm and on-trend and, when you invest in a high quality pair of ugg boots, there’s a good chance that you will be wearing them for many seasons to come.

2. Beanies

Not only are beanies cosy, they are also an important fashion accessory. Beanies in bright colours and patterns can instantly lift an outfit and add vibrancy to your look. In colours such as greys, blacks and navy, a beanie can add a sophisticated edge and complement or draw attention to particular aspects of your outfit.

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3. Bags

Have you noticed that contemporary fashion is all about the bag? For winter, white accessories (such as handbags and satchels) can lighten up a dark ensemble. Even if you don’t want to do all white, think about bags and other accessories that feature a little white in patterns such as snakeskin or leopard print.

To accessorise well with bags, you don’t have to spend a lot of money. There are some amazing pieces available at very affordable prices that can strengthen and add interest to your overall look.

4. Scarfs and wraps

This winter, make sure you have a gorgeous scarf or wrap around your neck, keeping it warm and enhancing your look. You may be surprised by how much difference a gorgeous scarf or neck wrap can make to your outfit while keeping you warm and comfortable. Scarfs and wraps also offer the added benefit of being a simple, easy way to change up an outfit and add variety, while offering a unique take on an ensemble you may have already worn that week.

5. Sunglasses

It may be the winter we’re talking about, but it is still a perfect season to bring out some bold, fun sunglasses. Wearing sunglasses in a bold colour such as green, orange, red or purple can instantly add glamour and interest to your outfit. Consider sunglasses that feature an unusually shaped frame (such as geometric shapes) or that have an unusual, fun pattern.

Add these accessories to your winter wardrobe to not only be warm and well-protected for the season, but also to look on-trend while keeping your wardrobe interesting.

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Primer on Straw Clutches

In the summertime, leather can feel a little out of place. The thick luxe fabric which works well in the colder months needs a light and airy upgrade. One of our favorite neutral bags is made of straw. While the material may seem simple, these bags are nothing but stylish.

Pair one with your favorite sundress without having to worry about clashing colors, have a little fun with a straw bag and jeans, or dress up shorts and a tank with a little summery flare.

Here are our top picks for your new summer staple!

Michael Kors Santorini Medium Raffia Clutch

The Michael Kors Santorini Medium Raffia clutch with a metallic trim is sophisticated enough for a stylish get together and yet still perfect for a walk around town. It’s the perfect size for all your summer essentials and the texture adds something special to both a day or nighttime look.

Badgley Mischka Florentine Straw clutch

For a fancy straw purse, you’re gonna love the Badgley Mischka Florentine Straw clutch. Dotted with a touch of sparkle and lined in leopard this is the perfect addition to complete your outfit for every summer fête. Or turn your straw into gold with Daniel’s Gold Straw Women’s Clutch. We love the shape for an elegant party and the metallic color goes well with just about everything.

Loeffler Randall Lock clutch

Loeffler Randall Lock clutch is made from Rafia with just a touch of mint leather and is a perfect transition clutch. The leather flap adds a bit of cool and a pop of color while the woven raffia gives it that relaxed summer feeling. It also looks great in white leather!

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Want a straw purse without having to splurge? The Limited Straw clutch is the perfect option. The bag features a faux leather trim and wrist strap. Plus the price tag is under $30! You can’t beat that!

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5 Luxury Items We Can’t Help But Covet

What’s something we fashion-obsessed yet not loaded types are all guilty of? Envy, of course.  “Why does so-and-so get to rock those Louis sneakers and flawless plastic surgery while I’m stuck here with my PF Flyers, doomed to remove pimples naturally?!” Our only solace is the occasion sale or giveaway. And while we’re sure our cult fashion favorites won’t lose their hefty price tags completely, these are the uber-luxury items that we’ll be on the look out for in retailers’ Sale aisle or section:

Burberry Sandringham Slim Fit Trench Coat

The Burberry Sandringham Slim Fit Trench Coat: regularly $1,795

Why we love it:  This iconic coat has a rich military history which is reflected in the epaulettes on the shoulder, the gun flap fastens at the chest and a storm shield cover on the upper back. Made of tightly woven yet lightweight breathable cloth, the coat is protective against wind and rain. And, believe it or not, this coat was originally designed by Thomas Burberry back in 1879! The Sandringham takes this classic coat and updates it slightly with a slimmer fit that nips in at the waist. The details and tradition of the coat, paired with the famous Burberry check, have landed this item on our must have list.

A blended Burberry scarf: regularly $395

Why we love it:  This lightweight scarf looks great paired with a classic trench. Try the Check Wool Silk Scarf in Trench Check or the Check Wool Silk Gauze Scarf in Stone Check. No matter which material feels better to you (or which you can find a better deal for) you can’t lose!

Céline Leather Mini Luggage Tote

Céline Leather Mini Luggage Tote: regularly $2,900 and up

Why we love it:  It’s hard to go wrong with such a beautiful roomy structured tote bag. It looks great in almost every style and color from black pebbled leather to a pop of burgundy. Be wary though, Céline still doesn’t sell bags online and only certain stores sell them. (Call Barney’s or Nordstrom to see if the store near you carrie.s Céline or if you’re lucky enough to live in a big city, check there website. They have a few boutiques in Manhattan and other major cities as well as the Céline salon at Bergdorf Goodman in NY.)

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Louboutin Stilettos: regularly $795- $845

Why we love them:  They say it’s what’s on the inside that counts but when it comes to shoes it’s the bottom!  There’s nothing more fashionable and recognizable then those red soles. For a great nude peep toe try Flo, which features a petite platform and comes in a range of “nudes” from light Lea to the darker Ada. Or opt for a classic pump such as the New Simple Pump which is sure to be your next go-to shoe.

Chanel Classic Flap Bag: regularly $4,900

Why we love it:  Chanel is the epitome of fashion. It’s classic, timeless and only gets better with age. Some people literally purchase Chanel purses as investment pieces. With its quilted design, double C closure, and chain link handle, this Chanel bag goes with everything.

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Need a Last Minute Gift For X-Mas?

High Tech

Who doesn’t love the latest and greatest technology?  Give someone special a high tech gift they weren’t expecting.

Opening Ceremony and Intel MICA: It seems everywhere you go, smart watches are all the craze.  While we love the idea of a watch, why not up your style game with a smart bangle.  Opening Ceremony has crafted a gorgeous snakeskin bracelet powered by Intel so now the fashionable girl can also keep organized with appointment reminders, yelp recommendations, email, and text notifications.

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Kotur ‘#getsmartbag” iPhone case:  What’s better than an iPhone case? One that turns into a chic evening bag with room to store lipstick and credit cards. Plus the best part is you can answer emails, receive texts, and even take photos without ever taking your phone out of your bag.  On the negative side, this hybrid minaudière is too tiny if you have a lot you need to take with you.

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Sure they aren’t the newest or latest, but sometimes those items that have stood the test of time make really great presents.

Rebecca Minkoff Mini Mac Convertible Crossbody Bag:  This designer bag is just the right size for every day use.  Perhaps that’s why it’s one of the most popular crossbody bags on the market.  We love it in black with gold hardware to take it from day to night or try it in Taupe/Light Gold for a perfect bag to wear into the spring. (Order one now from Nordstrom.com and get a free RM luggage tag with purchase!)

Rebecca Minkoff Mini Mac Convertible Crossbody

Anthropologie First Frost Jewelry Box:  This gorgeous delicate box will store all her treasures and it’s frosted design will look great on top of her dresser.  How can you go wrong?

UR Connected Leather Tech Gloves:  With an ultra soft lining these gloves will keep her looking stylish and warm on her commute and with touch screen compatibility, she won’t need to take them off to check her emails.

UR Connected Leather Tech Gloves

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Designer Handbags and Wallets:  Knock-offs or the Real Thing

First off, anyone that is selling a direct copy of a designer handbag or wallet is doing so illegally.  Designer accessories, especially designer handbags, may be produced by other companies as “designer inspired” or “licensed by the designer”, but they have a different look from the original. The knock-offs may have copied the designer handbags and wallets exactly down to the material, stitching, logo, and charms, which can make it difficult to tell the “real thing” from the “fake”.

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Luxury designers of ladies handbags and ladies/men’s wallets pay attention to every detail of the items that they design and that may be the secret in discerning the “true” designer from the “copy-cat”. Here are some pointers on how to help you spot the designer “fake”:

  • Start with checking the handbag or wallet for quality materials. Real designers will use expensive leathers like Italian Glove Leather and silky fabric linings. The knock-offs may still be in leather, but of lesser quality.
  • Appreciate the difference between replicas and knockoffs. A company like http://cool-fashions. com/ doesn’t try to paint its products as knockoffs and so aren’t fake.
  • Next, look closely at the stitching in the handbag or wallet to make sure that it is uniform and sturdy. “Fake” bags may have sloppy needlework or it may be unraveling in places.
  • Designers pride themselves in the hardware used for creating their items. It is like the jewelry or accessories that complete an outfit. “Real” designer hardware from the likes of Alexander Wang will be weighty and have a nicely uniformed, polished finish. They also may use a particular style or hardware or logo that you will want to be looking for in each handbag or wallet.
  • Lastly, the best pointer is to shop in a reputable place. If you buy a “real” designer handbag or wallet from out of a car trunk or from a street vendor, then chances are that you are not getting the genuine article. It the seller won’t allow any returns, they probably are looking to take the money and run.
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Viva La France

We admit it, at heart we’re a bit of a Francophile. There’s just something so undeniably chic and effortless about French style. While we can’t get you on a plane to Paris, we can help you copy that iconic look and send you out for crêpes!

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For an easy French fix, throw on a striped top and some red lipstick. Glamorous Shadow Stripe Top paired with fitted jeans just feels so right. Or opt for a short sleeve tee, such as Pim + Larkin Metallic Stripe Shirt and tuck it into a flouncy skirt for a great outfit with a little je ne sais quoi.

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Sundry Clothing, Inc. J’aime La Vie Tee has 3/4 sleeves, a center back seam and a relaxed fit. However, it’s the fun scribbled-on French saying, which translates to “I love life” making this tee a home run.

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Add a whimsical touch to your French outfit obsession with a BCBG Pardon My French tote. With it’s dual meaning, this tote is cheeky and fun but with it’s great shape, it is sure to complement your outfit.

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Finish your look off with a great shoe. French Connection Effie is a pointed toe pump with a low heel (only 2 1/4 inches!) which makes it a great choice for all occasions.

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