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Cecilia’s Not Breaking My Heart

In fact, if the Cecilia in question is this one by Lauren Merkin, she’s giving me all kinds of confidence, baby.

Lauren Merkin Cecilia Purse That’s soft, supple buffalo leather, available in your choice of brown (shown) or navy. As much as I love blue, I’ve fallen madly in love with this elegant color. I’m also loving the braided shoulder strap and subtle pleated detailing. There’s a zip closure to the bag for security, too.

Normally, all this would set you back about $575.00, but we don’t deal in ‘normally’ here at the Basement. Right now this gorgeous purse is on sale at Neiman Marcus for just $403.00! That’s an extra $172.00 in your pocket for other pretties.

Oh, and when you’re checking out the site, don’t forget to type in code SHOPNM for free shipping on any size order. But hurry! The deal is only good until the witching hour strikes on November 17.

Entranced by Eyelet

I remember my first eyelet lace dress, which my mother made for me when I was about six years old. Every time I wore it (and I wore it constantly until it wouldn’t squeeze over my growing body) I felt super fantastic. I felt like a fairy princess who could take on the world and be a nurse/astronaut/singer/ballet dancer. Like I said, I was six. The point is, in that dress I first knew the power of an outfit that adds confidence. I have never forgotten that lesson.

And I’ve never forgotten the cool comfort of the eyelet, either. When late spring and early summer hit and the mercury starts rising fast, there are few fabrics that breathe as well and look so crisp as eyelet. It’s always feminine, always chic, always fun.

Between warm childhood memories and cool adult comfort, you can imagine how thrilled I was to see this delectable clutch purse by Lauren Merkin:

Lauren Merkin Lucy Eyelet Clutch The Lucy clutch is cute as a button, cool as a cucumber, and the perfect touch for nearly any casual summer outfit. It comes in this bright, delightful yellow or a soft periwinkle blue.

What’s more, it’s on sale! Originally priced at $250.00 at Neiman Marcus, it’s been marked down to a mere $112.00. At that price you can carry this to summer weddings, lunches on the town, and that family reunion picnic you were dreading.

After all, with such a lovely purse at your side, you’re bound to be talked about in a good way.