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Something Fishy

I’ve always had a thing for the aquatic. I love to eat fish. I love to look at fish. I love to wear fish-themed clothes and jewelry. Sea life (or pond or stream or lake life) appeals strongly to me. It always has.

And there’s something about the spring and summer that makes other people start to see what I’m on about. Suddenly fish spring up everywhere as themes in fabrics and accessories.

Kate Spade Tortuga Bay Fish Pendant See? Kate Spade agrees with me. After all, she designed this deliciously whimsical Tortuga Bay fish pendant. The articulated goldtone fish is enameled in red, white, and blue and hangs from a 32″ chain. It’s just the touch to complete that beach or yachting outfit…or even something casual to wear when you’re sticking to dry land.

It’s even on sale. Originally $155.00, it’s been marked down to just $108.50 at Bloomingdale’s.

Take my word for it, this deal isn’t fishy at all. Oh, and the piece will go swimmingly with nearly any wardrobe.

Buy Low, Cell Happy

If you have a cell phone (and who doesn’t these days?), chances are it’s tiny and has a tendency to get lost at the bottom of your purse. Am I right? A good phone deserves better. It deserves a nice case to keep it from dings and accidental rings and make it more easily accessible when you need to get at it quickly.

On the other hand, a really nice case costs an arm and a leg, while an affordable one is often unattractive or flimsy. What’s a girl to do?

She’s to head straight over to eFashion House and take a look at this beauty by Kate Spade:

Kate Spade Cell Phone Cover It’s simple, sturdy, and in excellent taste. By the way, while it’s shown in a lustrous gray, it’s currently available only in basic black. Just so you know. Still, Kate’s signature print will hold up for a long time to come and look great every time you answer your phone.

Oh, and did I mention the price? The retail value of this cell phone case is an eye-popping $113.00. eFashion House usually carries it for $99.00, which isn’t a bad discount, but still isn’t that great a price to cover your cell, if you ask me. Right now, though, they’ve got it on a deep, deep discount that makes my heart flutter with delight. It’s been marked down to just $39.00!

Is that my cell phone ringing? No, it’s my heart singing!

Cable Home

There’s nothing like a really great tote bag, and it’s been fun watching really good designers figure that out over the past few months. For instance, look what the humble tote has become in the hands of Kate Spadeicon:

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Now that’s not the sort of tote you get for donating to Public Broadcasting or attending a convention! That’s the sort of purse that makes people stop and notice you in the streets. Look at that gorgeous embroidery that resembles a good cableknit sweater, the handsome leather handles, and the bright gold findings. Inside it’s got a plethora of practical pockets to keep you organized as well as stylish. Oh, and if you don’t like the red you can always order it in black. Me? I like the red.

Of course I like the price at least as much as the color. It originally sold for $355.00, but Nordstrom has it on sale right now for only $212.90.

You can tote the rest around in your new purse.

Spade Work

Sometimes you just need to have something because it feels fun. I’m betting I’m not the only one thinking that this adorable woven PVC satchel caseicon with leather handle by Kate Spade is a whole lot of fun.


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With its retro look and cheerful white and coral color scheme, it’s sure to bring a smile to lots of faces…including yours. The 14k gold hardware shines prettily, and the lining is seersucker. There’s even a zippered interior pocket for convenience.

Of course, it’s easier to smile when you have a good secret. My favorite sort to have is knowing that I spent a lot less on something superfantastic than other people think I did. The retail price on this purse is $375.00, but if you go to Nordstrom right now, you can get it for just $224.90. That’s 40% off, which is a great secret to have.

Wicker Woman

Sometimes a purse needs more than anything else to be fun. Take this charming clutch by Kate Spade.

Kate Spade Wicker Clutch Made of wicker trimmed with bright yellow leather and 14k gold hardware, this purse makes me smile when I look at it.

Of course, a purse does need to carry something, and this one is guaranteed to hold at least a cell phone, a small wallet and a lipstick. And hey, what more does a girl need most of the time? Oh, that’s right: that smile we were talking about.

Originally priced at $225.00, Nordstrom has marked it down to just $149.90…and that’s another great reason to smile.