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A really good leather purse is one of the best investments a girl can make in order to live the life superfantastic. Of course, to make it truly superfantastic and leave a bit of cash for getting a great lunch in a fabulous little bistro nobody knows anything about, one must seek out the best possible deal on said really good leather purse.

That’s where our friends at Shop Bluefly! come into play. Not only do they carry designer goods at a discount, they also hold sales on those already excellent prices.

For instance, here’s just such a purse as I was trying to describe in the first paragraph:

de Lucca Shoulder Bag Look at that lickable leather in a beautiful and versatile caramel color. Take in the slouchy yet sophisticated air. Delight in the curved pocket detail. Oh, and that pocket? Has a magnetic closing making it practical as well as charming.

In addition to that pocket, there’s a zip pocket on the back, a zip closure at top to the main stuff-holding area, an interior zip pocket, an interior patch pocket, and a pocket for your cell phone. The 36″ strap has an 18″ drop for the perfect shoulder bag attitude, too. All in all, Monserat de Lucca has provided us with the perfect intersection of practicality and style.

What would you pay for this beauty of a bag? Well, originally you would have paid something in the neighborhood of $455.00. At that point, you might not need a purse, having so little money left. Despair not. Bluefly has been carrying it for just $273.00, which is a fabulous deal, indeed. But right now, Bluefly has it on one of those sales I was mentioning for a mere $259.99! That’s 43% off the original price!

Now that’s a delectable deal.

Why Tighten One Belt When You Can Tighten These Two?

I have to say I’m loving what Francesco Biasia has been doing with purses of late. In particular, I’ve been loving his belted purses. They have a touch of whimsyicon without losing either dignity or functionality.


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Just look at the cheerful color, the rich texture of the weave, the gloss of the patent trim…all in all, it would be difficult to find a purse that would bring a bigger smile to the face.

Add in the easy but secure magnetic snap closure, the neatly divided interior space, and the convenient shoulder strap with 8″ drop, and you’ve got a purse  built to handle all your daily needs with style to burn.

Of course, most of us don’t have that much money to burn these days. That’s another good reason to take a second look at this one. It just happens to be on sale at Nordstromicon. The original price was $218.0, but right now you can get it for just $142.90!

Who says two belts is a bad idea?

Chloe in Black and White

There’s a reason black and white is such a classic combination. It always looks sharp, clean, and elegant. You can’t go wrong with black and white. You can, however, go extremely right with it.

See by Chloe Night Out Bag
See By Chloe created the Night Out Bag, and it’s about as right as you can get. From the neat lines to the sharp highlight of white outlining the flap, it’s both attractive and classic enough to carry you through the day in style.

So how much will it take to sling this baby over your shoulder? Well, retailers would suggest it takes $495.00, but why would we listen to them? I say we listen to Shopbop. They say it’s just $247.50.

Now that’s a deal, and I’ll say so in black and white.

Yipes, Stripes!

There’s a fine line between a purse that’s festive and a purse that’s a little tacky. In leading the life superfantastic, it’s important to stay on the correct side of that line. One way to make certain you do that is to choose this purseicon:


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In lesser hands than those of Roberta Di Camerino, this bold striped velvet in red, gold, and salmon could easily have wound up looking like a circus tent. But careful choice of shape and hardware have made it utterly delicious.

And of course a good deal doesn’t hurt matters one bit. You would already get one at Yooxicon, where I found this delightful accessory. That was when they would have charged $542.00. Right now, though, you can get it from the same source for the further discounted price of just $325.00.

If you’ve got the change, you could do a heck of a lot worse than choose this purse to carry it in. I know I would!

Thank Betsey’s Lucky Stars

About now, I want a new purse. I want one that makes me think of summer and the beach…something that would be superfantastic to carry on the Fourth.

In short, I want something like this:

Betsey Johnson - Lucky Stars Flap Clutch (White) - Bags and Luggage
See? Betsey Johnson went and made precisely what I wanted
. It’s leather in your choice of white or brown (but I think the white looks more summery and festive) studded with brass in the shapes of circles, squares, and stars. It’s designed to either be carried as a clutch, or draped nicely over one shoulder on a chain strap. The top closes with a magnetic snap for convenience.

Who would bother looking at fireworks when there’s something like this in the vicinity?

In addition to the charm of the overall look, there’s the charm of the deal I found on it. The retail price may be $185.00, but if you go to 6pm, you can find it for a mere $56.35! That’s 70% off!

Oh my, I think I’m seeing more stars.

Beautiful.

Marvellous Mariposa

Mariposa is Spanish for ‘butterfly.’ It’s a pretty word for a pretty creature…and for a very pretty crossbody purse by Kenneth Jay Lane. See?icon


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It’s a bright crimson leather purse with a spectacular lacy metal butterfly decorating it. I don’t know about you, but it makes me smile, just like butterflies do.

Another thing about it that makes me smile is the fact that it’s on a great sale at Saksicon. The retail price is $330.00, but right now at Saks you can get it for just $230.90.

But hurry! Like a butterfly, a great deal like this won’t last for long.

Bug Out!

Who wouldn’t want a gold linen clutch purse trimmed with coral patent leather? How about if I throw in a delightful graphic bug brooch?

Still not sure? Just take a look and decide for yourself:

Stella McCartney Bug Clutch I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty much in love with this charming clutch with its coordinating brooch by Stella McCartney.

So how much will it set you back to enjoy this wonderful purse? If you bought it at the suggested retail price, you’d spend $765.00, but why spend what someone else suggests? Do yourself a favor and go to Net-A-Porter and get it for just $459.00.

After all, you wouldn’t let a little thing like the original price bug you.

An Empire on Which the Sun Should Never Set

Oh, Furla! When you get it right, you get it right.

Furla black suede 'Empire' large shoulder bag
This elegant day bag is the Empire by Furla.

What? You need to know more than that? Well, it’s suede in your choice of black (shown) or khaki with polished silvertone hardware, including four little metal feet at the base. It also has two front pockets with magnetic snap closures and a top zip for added security. The croc embossed shoulder strap has a generous 11″ drop, and there’s even a special pocket for your cell phone. All in all, this is a hard one to beat for both style and practicality.

And then there’s the small matter of the price. No, really, it is a pretty small matter if you know where to buy. The retail price may be $435.00, but if you go to Bluefly right now, you can get it for just $240.99!  That’s almost $200.00 in savings!

Now that’s what I call a bargain!

Get Fossilized

I’m in a seriously boho mood of late. I admit, this is not unusual for me, but it’s been a real call for me recently. Maybe it’s the warmer weather. That always brings out the free spirit in me.

And that feeling led me to this:

Fossil Berkeley Embossed Bucket Purse This is the Berkeley embossed leather bucket purse by Fossil. It’s boho, yes, but it’s the tasteful side of boho. The soft but bright green color is called ‘saddle’ for some reason. I’m not sure what that might be. Still, it is leather embossed with exuberant chrysanthemums in a slouchy – but not sloppy – style on an 8″ drop shoulder strap.

It closes with a simple magnetic snap, but there’s a zipped inner pocket as well as two open ones  for added organization and security.

It also happens to be on sale this weekend at Macy’s. The regular price is $168.00, but this weekend it’s on sale for just $125.00. On top of all that, you can get it shipped for free with code: SHIPFREE. See site for details and restrictions.

Now to find a fabulous pair of sunglasses and a glorious hat to go with it….

Don’t Mesh Around

Sometimes you just need an accessory that goes to eleven. A great extra-large clutch is a good choice to fit this bill. Which one would I choose? I’m so glad you asked.

Whiting & Davis Crystal Studded Mesh Clutch It’s a mesh clutch by Whiting & Davis measuring a generous 12″w x 1″d x 4″h, to hold all your needs for the day. To bump up the volume a bit more, there’s a double row of large matching crystals. And as a final touch, you can choose between black (shown), bronze, and pewter in color. Oh, and then there’s the 8 1/2″ drop shoulder strap that you can choose to use or not at your discretion. Nice.

On top of all that, it’s on a hell of a sale. The retail value is $215.00, which really isn’t bad for something this superfantastic. On the other hand, why pay full price when 6pm has it for just $103.50?

All the style for less than half the price? That’s what I call going to eleven!

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