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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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The Best Beach Bags For the Summer

Going to the beach is fun yet you end up lugging around a lot of stuff; towels, sunscreen, magazines, water bottles,etc. If you have kids you can basically triple that amount by adding in toys, hats, and extra clothes. Therefore beach bags are a must, but they come in all different shapes and styles from elegant to laid back or even extra funky. Find the right one for you and it will make going to the beach a breeze (or should we say it will look easy!).

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For the classy golden girl we love Lilly Pultizer’s Resort Tote. It features a metallic gold umbrella print and has a water-resistant finish. It also has an interior zippered section for your wallet and cellphone plus a clip for your keys, so it’s practical and stylish.

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Keep everything laid back with Sun ‘N’ Sand’s Hatteras tote which is made from hand woven natural straw. The bag is fully lined with pockets for your valuables and has a magnetic snap closure. It’s the perfect accessory for a day lounging in the sun sipping a Mai Tai.

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Life is Good‘s Sling Beach Bag Stripes may not be large enough to fit your towel (unless you have a really small towel) but it’s so cute you might be willing to look passed that and carry your towel on the side. This cute backpack style beach bag has chunky nautical and Life is Good printed right across the front.

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Women’s Fashion Trends – Fun Bags to Tote This Summer

With the changing of the seasons, it’s out with the old and in with the new; and we’re always ready to polish up our outfits with new accessories! Winter offers a bit more versatility in regards to bag size and structure, because during the summer months, we’re only interested in lighter bags that are easy to manage! Wondering how can you look stylish and still fit every essential in your purse without lugging around a bag that is unattractive and cumbersome? Here are a few of our favorite styles and picks!

stella dots duffel bag womens fashion luggage As you’ll undoubtedly be packing up and taking off for a much-needed vacation or weekend getaway, the over-large carry-on provides a chic alternative to rolling luggage and heavy, masculine duffel bags. Stella & Dot’s Jetset collection features brightly patterned handle bags that are the perfect size to tote all of your necessities for a beach trip. The design is so bold that you could pair it with most any travel ensemble. Bonus points: They offer wristlets and wallets to match!

flowerbag womens fashion luggage For day trips and mini-adventures, cross-body bags are a sweet little number to hold your wallet, cell phone, and makeup for touch-ups that keep your hands free. This summer, compact styles that are rounded or squared off are a hot commodity. ShopHQ offers darling Anuschka handbags with hand painted designs on brown leather that are as unique as they are captivating. We love the boho flair offered by this heart-shaped bag with peacock feathers that’s perfect for casual weekend use, but there are plenty of options that offer more structure in classic color blocks.

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For a trendy handbag perfect for office wear, cut-out leather designs are all the rage, and ShopStyle has a huge collection to browse through. For more conservative settings, a classic brown will amp up your arm candy game, while white is a highly appropriate pick for the summer months sure to brighten up your outfit. From lace and diamond, to geometric shapes and other patterns, no two purses or evening clutches are alike. These cut-out options are all innovative and sophisticated, while still maintaining a playful appearance. It’s tough to choose favorites – we want one of each!

silverbag womens fashion luggage 2014 is undoubtedly the year of metallic. From glittering gold to shiny silvers to shimmering bronze, there are numerous mixed hues that are as easy to match with your outfit as neutral browns and blacks. Depending on how you accessorize, a metallic bag can be dressed down for play and dressed up a big night out. They offer plenty of flexibility as far as mixing and matching with jewelry and colored apparel, and are a fancy and feminine addition sure to increase the volume on any ensemble. We’re partial to the large, designer-driven collection at Bloomingdale’s that houses this metallic mini by Tory Burch.

What are your favorite handbag styles and trends for this summer?

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Women’s Fashion Advice – Traveling Attire Of Celebrities

When running through airport security it’s easy to want to throw on some sweats or yoga pants for a comfortable flight. Celebrities, however, don’t have the luxury of comfy casual wear as airports are a great place for paparazzi pics. Take a cue from the stars and travel in style without sacrificing comfort.

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One great celeb trick is a big comfy scarf. Charlize Theron, Miranda Kerr, and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley have all bundled up when traveling. A scarf adds dimension and interest to your outfit. Plus can be worn as a shawl to help keep you warm on a chilly plane.

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Drawstring pants can look really polished when paired with a structured blazer and heels. This trend can be tricky as it’s easy to look like you’re walking around in your pajamas. Miranda Kerr’s printed Joie pants are effortlessly chic and comfortable enough for a 15 hour flight.

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A structured oversized bag is a great way to look polished and carry everything you need from an extra sweater to all the devices you use to stay entertained while en route.

So ditch the sweats and reach for your favorite celeb inspired look. Just make sure not to forget the sunglasses, as you’re sure to be mistaken for a Hollywood A-lister!

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Men’s Fashion Trend: BUILT laptop sleeves & bags for men

Gents, if you’re looking for a laptop bag or sleeve that’s got a style that will stand out from the office crowd then you should definitely check out the awesome range from BUILT. They are a New York company and their products are perfect for young business men in the city who want more than an everyday laptop bag.

The BUILT City Collection

These bags and cases are perfect for those working in the Big Apple and who are looking for a stylish but restrained design.  I love the slim and lightweight design of both the BUILT laptop sleeves and bags) from the City Collection.  The sleeves are elegant in black, but I think I am definitely swaying towards the white laptop sleeve! Maybe I’m just a little “showy” but I think I would kick some serious fashion ass in the office with this accessory!

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Musings on Men’s Fashion – Review of a Matt & Nat bag

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Bags are key when traveling, moving, or hauling ass in general. Of course, they’re also a fashion accessory to be reckoned with. Matt & Nat, a socially responsible eco-fashion brand, offers a leather bag constructed from 21 recycled plastic bottles. Available at Atrium, I’ve been curious to see how this product of green happiness fairs for some time.

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If only all eco-friendly products were as great as this one! Like I mentioned, the lining is made from about 20 plastic bottles, a fact that at first caused me some worry. Fret not though, this piece is strong and durable, which speaks to the lining/interior job. I was also concerned about the faux-leather handles looking shoddy, but they in fact carry the leather-like luster pretty well. As for the color, the off-green matches any number of subdued trenches, coats, and jackets, and the brass is a decidedly nice touch.

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All in all, I would recommend this piece to globe-trotting, stylish men who give a damn about the environment. Good show.
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