Daily Covet: Totemania

I realize my last post was also about a certain black tote. But if you remember, my current fabulous tote is on it’s way to being un-fabulous due to worn out straps that will break at the sheer mention of putting my laptop in it.

So my search has turned to frenzy and I’ve already notified my dear husband that the next gift-giving opportunity should include one of many of the great totes I’ve laid eyes on lately.

Here’s my current list in addition to that nylon HUNTER one that I blogged about the other day:

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Kate Spade Austin Varrick Street Suede, katespade.com

You can’t go wrong with Kate. She makes some pretty damn good bags. I should know, I have quite a few. I love this bag with the winged look that you can find on so many other bags, but at a fraction of the price. My only complaint is that it might be a bit dressy for my needs. I’m looking for the SAHM-everyday tote that won’t be seeing the inside of an office anytime in the near future.

 

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Zac by Zac Posen, Saksoff5th.com

This Zac Posen number is probably my favorite. It has a sophisticated vibe without being too dressy. It’s simple and roomy and the leather looks like it would feel like butter!

 

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Jason Wu Christy Leather Shopper, lastcall.com

I should give the disclaimer that this Jason Wu beauty is my actual favorite but at over $1K a pop, it’s just not a practical choice. I’d be too scared to let a snack near it!

 

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Neiman Marcus Greco Two Tone, lastcall.com

I’m a big fan of the two-tone detailing for obvious practical reasons and I love the long strap option, which I don’t have now and occasionally wish I did. A very good choice at a very good price.

 

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Cole Haan Mila Leather Tote, nordstromrack.com

You gotta love patent leather. It just makes a nice, black bag all the nicer. I love the gold hardware and the roomy handles. It looks sturdy too with plenty of room for my whole life that I lug around with me each day.

Daily Covet: HUNTER Nylon Tote

I’ve been carrying a super cool Ralph Lauren tote for several years now. It’s this shiny black leather tote with a “pinking shears” look along the top edge.

I get compliments on it almost daily and I love how it’s firm sides stand up so I can see inside it at all times. My 15″ laptop fits in it along with my iPad, snacks for post-school sports practices, swim goggles, mittens and a hat, my wallet and a small bag of personal affects.

Lately, I’ve been noticing that the handles, which are anchored by small gold-ish square hardware, are starting to wear thin. The day where one of those handles snaps is coming soon and I can’t be without a tote that gets me through virtually every day.

So my hunt has begun – no pun intended – and my top pick so far is this awesome HUNTER Nylon Moustache Messenger Bag. I love how simple it is and while I’m not a huge fan of big, fat labels on things – I do love the bright pop of red and white against the black background. I also love that there are both short and long-handled options, which is something my current bag doesn’t have.

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Daily Covet: Beach Bag Bingo

On this most dreadful of days, it seems only fitting that I’d be searching for lovely weather essentials for the pool, the lake or the beach. Here’s a roundup of a Bingo’s game worth of cool beach bags I’d love to carry everything I own sunscreen, pool toys, floaties, magazines and snacks in.

How about these cute Billabong bags… how do you choose just one?!

Billabong Essential Bag, SwimOutlet.com $24.95

 

 

These Scout bags are some of my absolute favorites. The adorable pattern options and coordinating accessories are but two of the reasons. The other is the fact that the coated canvas make them ideal for seafaring (pool or lakefaring too) days!

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If you’re tired of losing small items at the bottom of your beach bag, this LeSportsac Clear Haven Tote is for you. The clear fabric means you can see everything in your bag at one time!

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Here’s a good Independence Day option for those of us stateside. Tory Burch’s red, white and blue canvas tote is perfect for celebrating with a poolside barbeque and some festive fireworks.

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What screams summer sophistication more than Target’s oversized tote with a gold-toned handle? I’m loving this bag for more than just the beach, that’s for sure… and it’s inexpensive – a definite bonus!

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Well, that’s a wrap, as they say! Too all my American readers, Happy 4th of July. Enjoy your celebrations and stay safe!

And for my foreign friends, bon weekend! (Sorry that’s the only one I know with any certainty.)

 

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Handbags you can see through aren’t new to the handbag scene by any means.  But the vintage ones and the brand new models alike get better and better all the time.

While this amazing Louis Vuitton shopper is one of my faves (who can resist tortoise chain link handles?), these other amazing bags are absolutely drool-worthy too!
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Vintage Louis Vuitton, eBay * Vince Camuto Clutch *

Golden Lane Clutch * Rebecca Minkoff Tote *

Alexander McQueen Clutch (has the fabulous signature skull closure too!) *

Purple Clutch

Shop these from my Pinterest Board… and follow me while you’re there!

Daily Covet: Issey Miyake Prism Rainbow Tote

Friends and fashionistas, my apologies for the spotty posting over the last year.

A third baby and a new post at a boutique public relations firm has kept me from doing what I really love to do most often, which is BUY STUFF, of course.

But I had to make time for this amazing Issey Miyake Prism Rainbow Tote. I am truly in love with all things “totable” as my young family is constantly on the go.

From business trips to playdates, I am always on the hunt for fabulous totes that make me look like I put some effort (even if I didn’t) into what I am wearing… and toting.  This makes my skinny white jeans, t-shirts and Chuck Cons super chic in an instant!

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Daily Covet: YSL Crossbody Bag

YSL.  I know, I know, so out of my league right now.

This YSL Bassace Cross-body bag is so yummy, and fall is the perfect time for cross-body bags, if you ask me.  I love pairing them with skinny jeans and knee-high boots.

This cross-body bag is a cool, muted gold, which is still big as far as metals (metallics) go.  And it looks great with all the delicious jewel tones that are big this fall too!

What do you think?  What’s your favorite bag style for fall?

Daily Covet: Love to Love Moschino

Moschino.  Always unexpected.

OMG!  I don’t even know what to do with myself right now!

I adore this bag.  Oversized?  Yes.  Practical.  No.

FUN, with a capital “F”?   Hell Yes!!

This Moschino handbag is so great.  I can just see the juxtaposition with tees and jeans and a blazer this fall.  And how about the classic, feminine style in flashy disco sequins?

Sadly, I can also see all the sequins falling off as I get in and out of the car fifty times a day with my children.  Grrrr…. I’m so wanting to “check out” in my virtual shopping cart right now.

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