Bucket bags have been trending for a couple of seasons now and this spring, they are going even stronger. I'm loving the modern take with soft leather and cool adornments like tassels or cool hardware. This Elizabeth And James Cynnie Mini Bucket Bag ($495 at Shopbop) is definitely calling my name. It comes in the most striking clementine red (also in black). I like this version in soft quilted lambskin leather which feels divine. There's lots of options on carrying the bag with the short handle or shoulder/crossbody with the long strap. This is definitely a show stopper for spring!
1. AERIN Beauty Rose Balm Lipstick in 07 Geranium ($30 at Nordstrom)
I love my new Aerin lipstick that I've been wearing most of the month. The color Geranium looks darker in the photo than it really is. The color is a universally flattering mauve color that brings in a lot of pink. It brightens up my face and the rose balm has a soft rose sent that is very soothing. The gold case is also very luxe and it doubles as a mirror for me to apply my lipstick.
2. Celine Trio, Size small in Black (650€ in Europe, $1050 in U.S.)
I picked this up in August at Brown Thomas in Dublin, Ireland. It was something I had been lusting after for a couple of years and with the whole exchange rate and VAT tax back in Europe, it was a no brainer for me to get! Also, the store had 1 small black in stock. Kismet, right?! Even as I was about to go to Paris, I didn't want to risk it being out of stock. I've been using it everyday (minus a few here and there when I needed a big tote) since I've gotten it and it can hold a lot of daily essentials. I will do a full review on it soon. In the U.S., you can get Celine at Neiman Marcus, Barneys, Saks and Bergdorf Goodman as well as Celine boutiques.
3. Eve Lom Muslin Cloths ($20.50 for pack of 3 at Amazon)
I really wasn't a fan of the Eve Lom Cleansing Balm but I loved the muslin cloth that it came with so much that I ended up buying more. I gently pat my face clean after washing and it helps exfoliate your skin by removing dead skin cells.
4. Burberry Beauty Nude Glow Complete Eye Palette ($60 at Nordstrom)
I just rediscovered my love for Burberry Beauty with this eyeshadow quad. I always remembered that their eyeshadows were very finely milled and wanted to invest in a basic brown palette that was easily portable. I love how light this looks on my eyelids and that it's also very buildable too. You can use the shadows wet or dry and the pigmentation is just want I want. Light color that is perfect for everyday. I just love how soft it looks on my eyes, really creating a natural nude look. I plan on doing a full review on my recent Burberry Beauty purchases complete with swatches. Look for that soon!
5. Parisian Chic: A Style Guide by Ines de la Fressange ($16.92 on Amazon)
Former Chanel mode and muse, Ines de la Fressange brings Parisian style to the masses in this wonderful style book. It also reads like a great Paris travel guide with tips on where to shop and eat. You can read my post about her recent collaboration with Uniqlo here.
While I was in Copenhagen and Paris last month, I couldn't help but notice that some of the most stylish ladies were carrying handbags adorned with fringe. The fringed bags I saw were small and looked oh so chic whether it was a crossbody bag or a small clutch. The smaller sized bags worked well showcasing the beautiful fringe without overpowering the gal who was wearing it. Coach's new Creative Director Stuart Vevers had the right vision with the Coach DAKOTAH Small Fringe Flap Crossbody ($725 at Coach). I adore the chain detail and the rich leather look.
Summer days are in full swing and I've been carrying my Coach Mini Borough in Edgepaint Leather ($378 at Coach.com) pretty much non-stop for a month now. Truth be told, I was very nervous to carry a white bag but I really loved the clean look of one. I have had the Coach Classic Leather Shoulder purse in a cream color for 3 years and it looked pretty clean, despite my constant wear all summer. Coach leather is one of the most durable to me since they are also pretreated so I figured why not take a leap with a white Mini Borough? I'm so glad I did because this bag has exceeded all my expectations. Not only is it comfortable to wear on the shoulder or crossbody, I love the classic look and style it brings to both casual and dressed up outfits. The white looks so fresh with the navy trim and leather zipper pulls paired with the gold hardware. I find myself carrying it by the handles too whether by hand or the crook of my arm. This bag just makes me melt. If you are looking for the perfect summer mini bag, the Coach Mini Borough will take you happily through summer!
A week and a half ago, I spent a wonderful lunch and afternoon shopping with Savvy in San Francisco at the Marin Country Mart and that's where I spilled my contents on the warm grass for the picture above. I went very minimalist this day since I was kid-free carrying only these must-have items in my Mini Borough.
- Chanel Card Case Wallet
- Chanel Joues Contraste Blush in Rose Petale
- My favorite Clarins Lip Balm Crayons (post here)
- Louis Vuitton Damier Azur 4 key case (my house FOB and key)
- Car Key
(Not pictured my iPhone and sunglasses)
Mini bags are the rage now but this mini doesn't skimp on space or organizational compartments. In fact, I can usually carry a lot if I really need to.
The bag is divided into 3 zippered compartments:
1) The first zippered compartment in the front of the bag is the largest. It has the longest zipper mouth opening too. If need be, I can fit my long wallet (7.75") or even an iPad mini! No joke. (My iPad mini has the standard Apple magnetic covers.) I usually place my smaller items in here such as my mints, car keys, etc. There is a small built in leather card holder that has 2 pockets so can carry your license and credit cards. I took a photo with my cards inside so you can see what it looks like. I usually like to place my receipts in here while shopping. One cute little detail is that the classic Coach leather tag hangs inside in this compartment from a gold D ring. It's such a beautiful touch!
2) The middle zippered compartment is small (as is the length of the zipper) and I use this as my makeup bag section to hold my beauty essentials.
3) The last zippered compartment is where I carry my important things. It has a long pocket and a cellphone pocket. I usually put my LV key holder in the long pocket and my iPhone 5S fits perfectly in the cellphone pocket. My small wallet also fits great in this section.
It's definitely not annoying to have 3 zippers and compartments. Since I know where everything is, I always open up the right compartment I need and never have to dig around my bag to find things. I also love that if I need to pack this bag up with my long wallet or iPad, I can! It's rare for a mini bag to have room to carry so much.
I avoid wearing it with really dark denim and new denim. But I do wear it with my denim jackets and recently noticed there was a tiny bit of denim color transferred on the handles. Nervously I used my trusty Kiwi leather cleaner and the denim color literally wiped right off in one stroke! Coach also sells their own leather cleaner and I also hear that magic eraser does wonders too. The zippers are smooth for me and I haven't had any problems with the hardware. In fact, overall this bag gets an A+ in quality. I can't say the same for a lot of designer bags that cost closer to the $2,000 range. Again, another reason to love the Mini Borough so much more!
Coach can help you celebrate Valentine's day with it's signature Vermillion color. I'd be happy to take either the Mini Borough Bag in Retro Glove Tan Leather ($378) or the new Bleeker Mini Riley Carryall ($258). The bags are just the right pop of color to have now with your dark winter clothes and will give you a head start into the warm weather we can look forward to this spring. I also love the new blush colors that are available now in most of the bag and wallet styles. Even if you don't have a Valentine, aren't you worth it to treat yourself? Coach has always been one of my go-to places for gifts because of the variety they have and their prices don't hurt your wallet either!
Jessica Alba looks happy sporting her Coach Borough Bag in Pebbled Leather ($548 at Coach) while filming her upcoming movie, "How to Make Love Like an Englishman". She's wearing it in the perfect fall color Oxblood and from the looks of the stills, this bag works perfectly dressed up or casual for the weekend.
It's no surprise this new Coach Borough bag has become so popular among trend-setting celebs like Sarah Jessica Parker and Lea Michele (see my previous post with lots of Borough eye candy). This durable bag continues the trend for subtlety in design among handbags. What I also love? That this sophisticated tote is completely affordable. (Get this bag on your holiday wish list now!) This is the perfect sized bag for everyday, not to big to carry around for fun weekend times, yet roomy enough for the office.
The Borough Bag also comes in polish calfskin ($598) in the regular size in black or teal.
If you carry more to work such as a laptop and files, then you can go big with the Large Borough Bag where you can fit so much more. The long strap that's attached to the bag is perfect for when you need to carry the bag over your shoulders.
The large size also comes in pebbled leather ($798 in Black or Alpine Moss).
The Mini Borough is the perfect little crossbody bag which I am coveting in Oxblood for the holidays. The bag features three zippers and plenty of compartments inside for you to hold your essentials. The long strap is a great way to go hands free! You can also get it in polished calfskin ($398 in Black).
First off, thank you to everyone who entered my Phillip Lim for Target Mini Satchel giveaway. I read all the comments, especially for those of you who woke up early to stand in line and couldn't snag a bag. I wish I could give everyone a bag, but I only have two to give out. So without further ado, the two winners are Betz from N. Potomac, MD (black) and Angie from San Diego, CA (gold) for each winning their own mini satchel!
The new Coach Borough Bags bring to mind a Parisian style and refinement to the likes of Saint Laurent or Celine. This new collection will launch on October 16th at Coach stores and online at Coach.com. Models Karlie Kloss and Liu Wen, featured in the Coach fall ad campaign, have also been wearing their bags on their off duty days.
The Marobox Borough bags feature rich smooth polished leather and subtle logo placement in a classic top handle box bag with long strap. Since using my Coach Madison Sadie these past months, I love the multiple ways you can carry a bag either with the handles or over the shoulder. With the Borough bags, you can also carry them crossbody. The bags also come in a pebbled leather version if you like texture to your bags and want something more worry-free in terms of scratches. This new Coach collection will surely be a classic. I'm majorly impressed!
Update 11/5/13: The Coach Borough bags have launched and I have updated this post with direct links.
See my new post on the Borough bags.
Marobox Borough Bags (3 sizes: Large $898, Medium $598, Small $398)
Colors: Black, Teal (only in Medium)
Pebbled Borough Bag (3 sizes: Large $798, Medium $548, Small $378)
Colors: Oxblood, Alpine Moss, and Black
Coach just launched their Fall/Winter 2013 campaign with their theme "Coach New York Stories". The theme features models Karlie Kloss and Liu Wen in a refreshing personal take on each model's life in the Big Apple. (For the world of Coach men, there's model Will Chalker.)
I'm particularly excited to see the rise of Chinese model Liu Wen in a top American campaign (She's also one of the Estee Lauder gals.) To see an Asian model with such natural beauty in a big campaign such as this, is a wonderful reflection of our diverse culture in the U.S. Not many big fashion brands do this, so thanks Coach!
Watch the videos below for a Friday + weekend treat:
Q&A with Karlie Kloss
1. What do you love the most about New York?
One of the greatest things about living here is that you never know what the day holds…or where it will take you.
2. What is your favorite place in New York?
The West Village is home to all of my favorite things. It feels like this little town in the heart of this huge city. There are so many great things to love. It is incredible how many people come together here, yet we all share the same backyard.
3. How does it feel to be part of Coach’s Fall/Winter 2013 ad campaign?
Growing up in St. Louis, everyone knew the name Coach – the iconic New York brand. And now that I call New York my home, I have a special connection to this brand that I grew up with. It’s so wonderful to be part of all of this.
4. How would you describe your style?
It’s the little things that can mean the most. This is my style – things that are simple, timeless, genuine.
5. What is your favorite bag from the Fall/Winter 2013 collection?
During the day, I love to carry the Borough Bag, while the Urbane Crossbody Bag has been my go-to for evenings out in the city.
6. What is your favorite lifestyle piece from the Fall/Winter 2013 collection?
The cape is going to be the perfect fall accessory for me - instant drama and foolproof warmth.
1. What do you think makes New York so iconic?
When I was growing up, New York was the one place I always wanted to discover. I would watch the King Kong movie and imagine myself standing at the top of the Empire State Building overseeing this great city. Since then, I became a model and started traveling to New York on a regular basis; I discovered the city was everything and more!
2. What is your favorite place in New York?
The best part about the city is all the contrasts. Each of its many neighborhoods and boroughs have great personality: uptown, downtown, the upper east side, the upper west side, Chelsea, the West Village, the city, the beach…I can’t possibly choose one favorite place because the city in its entirety is what I enjoy.
3. What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
I have found so many great places in New York. There’s my favorite tea shop on the Lower East Side. I also love that there is a museum for everything – my favorite ones to visit are the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. And there is nowhere else like Coney Island – it is like being in a fairytale.
4. How does it feel to be part of Coach’s Fall/Winter 2013 ad campaign?
I am so excited to be working with Coach, an iconic American brand that offers not only amazing leather products but also great style! Coach embodies the effortless New York City style that I have come to love and adopt.
5. How would you describe your style?
I like to think of it as a little feminine with a touch of tomboy.
6. What is your favorite bag from the Fall/Winter 2013 collection?
I am currently obsessing over the Mini Borough Bag in Oxblood. I’ve been wearing it all over New York.
7. What is your favorite lifestyle piece from the Fall/Winter 2013 collection?
The Leather Tunic is a great staple for any wardrobe.