Accessories

Handbags as Necklaces? Word.

What’s this we hear about handbags doubling as jewelry? Yes, these babies exist and they are pure genius. They might be even replacing the good old belt bags!

But let’s not get ahead of ourselves…

So necklace bags, what are they really? Call them lanyards or call them what you may, these little darlings have been invading the Spring-Summer 2019 runways faster than you can say “Wow”. Designers and big fashion houses such as Gabriela Hearst, Burberry, Dior, CHANEL – amongst others – have all been spoiling fashion endorsers with all-things glamorous and it only seemed fair that necklace bags would follow suit.

The good thing about them is that you can free your hands from all the hassle you get from your average purses and totes. Another great thing is that you don’t even have to wear a necklace anymore, they’ll do just the trick! The downside is that more often than not, they’re too small to fit all your belongings at once – maybe just make sure you insert your wallet and keys first. But that doesn’t mean we aren’t head over heels in love with them! To help you out, we’ve scoured the best runway inspos and the must-have necklace bags you can have.

Runway Inspo
Burberry
 
Burberry
 
CHANEL
 
Gabriela Hearst
 
Gabriela Hearst
 
Nanushka
 
Alexander Wang
 
Alexander Wang
What to Get?
Dior
 
Gabriela Hearst
Via Net-A-Porter
 
Jacquemus
Via Matches Fashion
 
Lynn Ban
Via Matches Fashion
 
Fendi

Article Written by Cindy Menassa

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MYTHERESA to Launch Exclusive Bottega Veneta Accessories

September will not be a usual month for all fashionistas out there, as on the 11th of it, luxury online retailer Mytheresa will be the first to launch an exclusive selection of accessories by Bottega Veneta since Daniel Lee took the helm of the brand. Finding inspiration in Daniel Lee’s Fall/Winter 2019 collection for the Italian luxury house, the pieces reinterpret the most coveted Bottega Veneta shoes and bags in a red palette that will only be available in Mytheresa.

On this list are two soft leather pouches available in the brand’s classic small and large sizes, as well as one pair of quilted leather mules featuring Lee’s cult square sole design. Well, we can only expect from these items to sell with a blink of an eye, especially that they come in that wonderful bright red hue! To get your hands on your share, stay tuned on September 11 for the launch of these exclusives, in addition to the brand’s wider Fall/Winter 2019 pieces. 

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Everyday Tote Bags

When you have a special routine, it’s hard to switch from one to another in the blink of an eye. But if there’s something you can do to enhance your everyday life, wouldn’t you do it in a heartbeat? Women often confuse big bags with big problems – i.e., having to carry around a lot of weight on their shoulders, literally.

But if the runways are any proof of the up-and-coming trends, then you will notice the plethora of totes at the hands of the models. Totes are the closest thing a woman has to a walking wardrobe; they’re big enough to fit all our dearest belongings, but not huge enough to hurt our back – well only if you want an XXL tote. And sure, the idea of wearing a necklace or even a belt bag and not having to use your hands might seem very appealing, but at some point, wouldn’t you rather bask in the comfort of having all your essentials with you? We know we do!

Worry not, we’ve scoured the best tote bags out there to facilitate the selection process for you.

Gucci
 
Valentino
Via Net-A-Porter
 
Louis Vuitton
 
Burberry
Via Matches Fashion
 
Dior
 
Chloé
Via Net-A-Porter
 
Fendi
 
Saint Laurent
Via Net-A-Porter
 
Acne Studios
Via Moda Operandi
 
Prada
Via Matches Fashion
 
Givenchy
Via Net-A-Porter

Article Written by Cindy Menassa

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Chic in the Heat – All-Time Classic Black Pumps

Cover Photo Courtesy of Aquazzura

If you could choose one single essential to keep in your closet, what would you choose? Black pumps? Us too.

Pumps are the kind of shoes you’ll always wear. Easily worn to your 9-to-5 job and fabulously turning an otherwise average outfit into an elegant one, these beauties will take you from day to night in utter class. And honestly, day-to-day dressing is that much easier when you always have the shoes for it. Granted, there are always crazier, more statement-worthy pieces or shoes you find along the way, but the classics you own will forever highlight your refined sense of style. Also, a timeless wardrobe prides itself with items that can keep you in your comfort zone, but still take you to higher places with grace and sophistication. Need we say more?

So whether you pair your black pumps with a formal business attire, a little black dress or even eveningwear, one thing’s for sure: you will never be lacking class. Don’t know which ones to get? We’ve assembled the most popular classic black pumps to take you through the hot season in style.

Dior
 
Balenciaga
Via Matches Fashion
 
Tom Ford
Via Net-A-Porter
 
Christian Louboutin
Via Matches Fashion
 
Prada
Via Net-A-Porter
 
Fendi
 
Miu Miu
Via Net-A-Porter
 
Marion Parke
Via Shopbop.com
 
Altuzarra
Via Matches Fashion
 
Balmain
Via Moda Operandi
 
Sophia Webster
Via Net-A-Porter
 
Jimmy Choo
Via Moda Operandi
Marc Jacobs
Via Shopbop.com

Article Written by Cindy Menassa

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Make Their Birthday More Special with These Gifts

The best part of being a kid is being invited to your friends’ birthday parties. So as a mom, you can’t help but embrace their cute get-togethers when celebrating their best friends’ birthdays. Those are definitely days overloaded with cuteness, happiness and fun!

With this in mind, as your little one attends the party and takes in all the festivities, a gift that will draw a bright smile on their friend’s face is essential. Whether the birthday angel is a girl or a boy, there are loads of options to choose from and only your little one can help you pick the perfect gift. After all, they must know or at least have an idea as to what their friend loves and what they are interested in.

To make the task easier on you, we have narrowed down a list of gifts that will make them and their mothers happy. If not, it will be a gesture that will take their summer looks to the next level!

For Girls
Blink2O, Pink Lashes swim goggles
Via Alexandalexa.com
 
Le Toy Van, Sweetheart Cottage dollhouse
Via Letoyvan.com
 
LEGO, Shimmer & Shine Sparkle Spa!
Via Lego.com
 
The Kid Made Modern Arts & Crafts Set
Via Amazon.com
 
Monnalisa sunglasses
Via Alexandalexa.com
 
Le Toy Van, Daisylane complete dollhouse furniture set
Via Letoyvan.com
For Boys
LEGO, Bricks on a Roll
Via Lego.com
 
Dsquared2 Kids, Icon baseball cap
Via Farfetch.com
 
Ray-Ban sunglasses
Via Ray-ban.com
 
Adidas Originals backpack
Via Alexandalexa.com
 
Le Toy Van, Mike's Auto Garage
Via Letoyvan.com

Article Written by Mirella Haddad

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How to Wear Your Sneakers This Season – The Street Style Edition

Perhaps one of the most comfortable shoes a woman can wear are a good old pair of sneakers. That said, there was a time where these comfy shoes were not necessarily wardrobe mainstays. Indeed, women would keep sneakers for more athletic purposes, such as going to the gym or going for a quick jog. Instead, they would all go for ballerinas, pumps or sandals to elevate their looks.

Fast forward to today, the fashion industry has shifted towards a more relaxed state-of-mind – ergo, mixing style and comfort in one big pond of fabulousness. Of course, nothing can stand the test of time without the endorsement of the world’s biggest brands, such as Dior, CHANEL, Gucci, Off-White, Balenciaga and so many more big fashion houses. For the past few years, we’ve all witnessed a surge in popularity in the sneakers world, and It-girls, bloggers, influencers and models have all been embracing the trend with arms wide open. And so, we all know the drill: the quirkier the outfit, the better. The trick is to mix and match genres and styles – mini-skirts with dad sneakers, flirty dresses with espadrilles and shorty shorts with high-top sneakers.

To get you inspired, we’ve scoured a series of street style pictures that will show you how street stylers are wearing their sneaks this season.

Article Written by Cindy Menassa

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S is for Straw Bags…And Summer

Cover Photo Courtesy of Net-A-Porter

Hair gets lighter, skin gets darker and bags get handwoven. Yes ladies, straw bags are still in and they’re nowhere near getting fashionably extinct. So what is it about these gorgeously handwoven bags that we – or anyone else for that matter – can’t get enough of?

Well, not only are your options literally countless – from beach bags to basket bags or little clutches – but these beauties can take you from your daytime shopping sprees to your beach adventures in sheer style and elegance. You don’t even need to be wearing a swimsuit and a straw hat to wear them, because you can look as stylish in a pair of jeans, a milkmaid dress or even a cute playsuit. Suiting every fashion taste and style, straw bags can range from tote bags to mini box bags, cross-body bags , vintage-inspired ones and so much more!

The trick here is to keep in mind that you don’t necessarily have to go to the beach and carry a big bulky woven bag to seal the deal. To help you out, we’ve scoured the best straw bags and all you need to do is pick your favorite(s).

Paule Ka
 
Muun
Available at Bloomingdale’s
 
Sensi Studio
Via Moda Operandi
 
Valentino
Via Net-A-Porter
 
Loewe
 
Poolside
Via Moda Operandi
 
Moynat
 
Kayu
Via Moda Operandi
 
Mark Cross
Via Net-A-Porter
 
Jacquemus
Via Matches Fashion

Article Written by Cindy Menassa

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