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Rey of Beauty

One of the current trends I’m loving is metallic fabrics, particularly the ones that aren’t metal colors. Gold and silver are nice, of course, but a shimmer of metallic threads through black, white, purple, or green adds a certain elegant touch that makes me smile.

That’s why I’m so delighted with theIda Flux convertible clutch by Felix Rey:

Felix Rey black patent 'Ida Flux' convertible clutch It comes in gold and silver, too, but I love this shimmery black metallic fabric. The style is simple, but the large trio of Swarovski crystals adds a bold touch that assures you your bag won’t get mixed up with someone else’s at the party.

Best of all, it’s a heck of a deal at Bluefly right now! The retail value is $420.00. Bluefly’s original price was a thrifty $252.00. Right now, though, it’s on sale for a mere $210.99.

Now that’s a deal I can appreciate!

Never Forget This Elephant

Fashion may be serious business, but I think it’s always better for a sense of whimsey. And what could be more whimsical that this charming raffia clutchicon with its adorable elephant decoration?


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Rafe New York made this fun and fabulous purse, and I think they did a great job. It features a drop in chain strap, in case you’d rather not carry it as a clutch. It also comes not only in the pink color shown, but in black and natural as well. There’s a snap closure under the elephant, and an interior wall pocket inside.

Oh, and there’s another thing that will put a smile on your face: the price. The original price was $295.00, but it’s on sale at NORDSTROM.

Don’t forget to grab a great deal like this one.

Eco Elan

Who says high style can’t be married with social consciousness? Certainly not me! If you need proof, take a gander at this.

Isa - Patent Eco-Leather Evening Clutch
This is the
Isa clutch
by Francesco Biasia and it’s made of quilted patent eco-leather. This classic pocketbook is sure to be the perfect finish to your best look.

What’s that? The color is too loud? Not to worry. If the ‘vanity’ color is too much for you or doesn’t fit with your wardrobe, it also comes in ‘storm’ (a lovely medium grey) or basic black.

As for the price, well, it’s good. The regular retail price on this gorgeous purse is $220.00, but it’s on sale at Forzieri Italia for just $132.00.

So, to sum up: stylish, socially responsible, and on sale. That’s the kind of math I like!

Cool Cubed

I have a thing for mesh handbags. They’re just so cool. And any fan of mesh bags knows that Whiting & Davis is the best. If you don’t believe me, take a look at this:

Whiting & Davis Handbags - Cubes Screenprint on Mesh Pouch w/ Removable Chain Strap (Black) - Bags and Luggage
It’s the perfect size to hold everything you need for a night out. It’s also screenprinted with a cool cube design. And if you don’t want to carry it as a clutch, there’s a detachable shoulder strap, too.

The retail price on this baby is $177.00, but you can get it from 6pm right now for just $80.73.

Out On a Lim

I must admit a great fondness for slouchy suede shoulder bags. The key is the perfect amount of slouch married with an elegant detail that makes the whole thing look cleverly relaxed rather than merely sloppy.

If you want to see the look done properly, I direct your attention to this Phillip Lim suede messenger bag:

The sumptuous color and simple silver stud detail make it look casual without looking too studied or merely uncaring. The generous strap can be slung conveniently across the body to leave your hands free, but also cinches your bag securely closed. There’s even a convenient zipped pocket inside to keep your life better organized. Oh, and the stud detail is carried over to the strap, too.

Once upon a time, this superfantastic bag would have set you back some $550.00. Right now, though, at eLuxury, it’s on sale for just $385.00. That’s no slouch of a bargain!

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.

Laminated Lovely

Lace is something it’s terribly easy to do badly. Done wrong it looks old-fashioned and dowdy. Done right, it can be a revelation. For my money, this is lace done right for the modern world:

Maison Martin Margiela has laminated black lace into a generously-sized clutch purse for an unexpected bit of elegance sure to make a hit wherever you go.

Of course it never hurts to save a bit of cash. That’s why you’ll want to take a look at eLuxury.com to get this fabulous purse. The suggested retail price was a whopping $425.00, but right now at eLuxury, you can get it for just $259.00!

Messenger of Style

One of my favorite things is to have a good, stylish bag that I can just throw over my shoulder for a bit of everyday awesome. When I imagine that bag, it looks a lot like this:

Kale Diego Messenger Bag The perfect long strap, the perfect amount of slouchiness, the perfect attitude…this messenger sack from Kale has got everything.

What’s my favorite feature? Well, I have to admit that would be the price tag for this much fantastic. The retail price is $500.00, but at Amazon.com right now I can get the black version for a mere $136.00! The white is a little more expensive at $186.00, but still a heck of a great deal.

Save Some Coin, Put It In This Purse

I love things that have unexpected details. That’s why I got excited when I saw this superfantastic clutch with attached coin purse from Hobo International:

Hobo International Clutch Plus Coin Purse It’s the perfect size for an evening out or a quick afternoon errand and comes in your choice of garnet (shown), lapis, or black leather.

Inside, you’ll find a zippered pocket, a cell phone pocket, four card slots, and a cheerful print lining. On the outside, there’s a tiny pocket to hold the matching coin purse, secured by a delicate gold chain. All in all, it’s hard to imagine a better combination of whimsey and practicality.

Speaking of practicality, it’s also on sale. Originally priced at $178.00, it’s been marked down to just $118.90 at Shop Nordstrom, which means you’ll have something left to put in that coin purse once you get it home. Now what could possibly be better than that?

Perhaps to have one in every available color!

Sequins For Events

2009 is almost here, and we all know what that means: a great excuse to dress up and have a superfantastic new evening bag!

Rodo Sequinned Evening Bag I know the picture isn’t the clearest, but really, this Rodo sequinned evening bag is a very special piece of arm candy. The floral design is done in rich shades of red, blue, and gold for an almost Art Nouveau look that will get a lot of second looks for you.

Of course something this yummy isn’t inexpensive…but you know I’ll point you toward a good deal. The original price was $484.00. Right now, though, you can get it at YOOX for a mere $242.00! That’s half off with no discount in classiness or pretty.

This purse makes me as bubbly as champagne.

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