Celebrities’ Favorite Handbags

When it comes to celebrities, many of us love to mimic their styles. Why shouldn’t we? It is a lot of fun to pretend to be famous, even if there are no cameras snapping to take our pictures. One of the simplest ways to get a fast, casual, yet glamorous look is to pick up a handbag that comes from a big name designing company. Even if you can’t afford to purchase something so expensive, there are plenty of look a like brands that will have you looking like a celebrity in no time!

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Jennifer Gardner Loves Chanel. While the lovely Jennifer Gardner is certainly one of the bigger names in Hollywood, her love for the label Chanel may be slightly less known. On October 20th, Jen was spotted with a quilted Chanel tote outside in the cool Los Angeles streets. Quilted totes are not just a fad for Ms. Gardner; they’ve taken the fashion world by storm. If you’re looking for something similar, but without having to break the bank to purchase one from a fancy label, you can find quilted totes from Vera Bradley or wholesale fashion outlets.

Miranda Kerr and Miu Miu. Miranda Kerr may look flawless in anything she wears, but an accessory that can accentuate anybody’s wardrobe is her Miu Miu handbag, one that she was just recently spotted out and about in. The Victoria’s Secret supermodel was snapped holding a Miu Miu Pushlock Lady Bag, which is basically just a style of purse with a snap lock, along with a cross body strap and a small handles. A bag like this instantly makes any outfit seem sophisticated. You can find look-a-likes for fewer than twenty dollars at Walmart, Target and other retailers.

Ciara and Givenchy. One of her favorite handbags is the Givenchy tote, which is one of the larger handbags on the market. It is black, with smooth reptile-like skin and twin handles with the option of a cross body strap. You fit anything from books to accessories inside the bag. Lookalike bags can be found at Old Navy and Rue 21.

• Bottega Veneta and Kim Kardashian. Clutches are slightly less convenient than bigger totes or cross body bags because they have no real handles to hang onto when you’re taking them with you out the door. But they’re classy and the only way to accentuate a late night dinner, wedding or a red carpet premiere! Kim loves Bottega Veneta, but you can get the same small white clutch for as cheap as ten dollars at your local Walmart or Rue 21. When it comes to style, it’s the look that counts, not the price tag.

• Hermes and the Olsen Twins. Although they may be in command of their own clothing, luxury handbag and makeup lines, the Olsen twins aren’t above carrying the handbags of other fashion labels. One of their favorites is the creamy tan Hermes handbag, which looks great with any casual outfit. It’s one of those roomier handbags that looks professional, but it’s great for hiding all of your belongings around without making a mess.

Gaga for Chanel. Lady Gaga has been seen toting the famous quilted handbag trend. Like Jennifer Gardner’s love for quilted bags, Gaga’s handbag is sophisticated, the difference being in the color – black. Black goes with everything, and you can find similar looking bags at pretty much any retailer.

Shop for unique and affordable bags at YesStyle and Baghaus

Find Luxury Bags at Nordstrom

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Guest Post: Stop Going Through My Purse, Dude!

If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times, “Stop going through my purse, dude!” It’s always the same story; I’m busy in the other room, and when I come back to where I left my purse, there you are; digging through it like a kid looking for candy. When I ask you why you are in my purse, you tell me that you were looking for a pen. A pen? Yeah, my purse is sitting on the desk that has a drawer full of pens, but the only place you can find a pen is in my purse.

Anoyed housewife

Digging through a woman’s purse is such an invasion of privacy. It would be the same as taking your wallet out of your pocket and sorting through every slot and hidden fold to see what you carry around in it. Would you want me to see the little folded pieces of paper that you have tucked in behind your credit cards? There are just some things that you shouldn’t do; you shouldn’t go through my purse and I shouldn’t go through your wallet!

If you need something that I might have in my purse, please just ask me and I will gladly hand it over to you if I have what you are looking for. My purse, however, is private. While I’m not usually trying to hide anything from you, I carry some cherished possessions in my purse, and I also have things that are simply personal to me, and aren’t meant for anyone else to see.

When I find you searching through my purse, I think that you might be suspicious of me or that I am trying to keep a secret from you. Please trust me, because after all, if I was hiding something from you, I probably wouldn’t keep any evidence in my purse. If you are suspicious of me for something, it makes me wonder what kind of secrets YOU are keeping from me. I’m just thinking about this because I don’t believe I did anything to raise your suspicions about me.

Please respect me and my privacy. I try to be an open book for you, but there are just “girl things” that you don’t need to know about. These girl things are nothing that you need to be concerned about, and nothing that will harm you. If you look in my purse and find my journal, please respect my privacy and put it back without opening it and browsing through it’s pages. Don’t open any folded pieces of paper you may come across, or read my datebook. If you need to know my schedule, just ask and I will let you know when I’m available.

Finally and foremost, if you find a cell phone when you search the contents of my purse, please don’t read my recent call log or my text message list. Don’t check my phone book for mystery names and numbers. Just don’t touch it at all; even if it rings, just let it ring and don’t answer it. I will do the same for you.

Please just remember that my purse is a personal part of me. Please don’t go through it without my permission. If you follow this one simple rule we can both be happy.

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Fashion Trends for Fall and Winter 2011

The temperatures are falling and that means a new season of fashion featuring warmer fabrics, colors and styles. Take a look at the upcoming trends for this season that will keep wardrobes hot all winter long.

Fashion Trends For Fall

fall fashion 2011

1. Large Sweaters
What could be cozier than snuggling up with a mug of hot cider and a book in an over-sized comfy sweater? Not only are these sweaters all the rage this season, they’re also super comfortable whether lounging around the house or strolling the evening streets. Pairing them with jeans, leggings, or skirts makes large sweaters very versatile all season long. The trend seems to be neutral colors, which means they can be accented with bold belts and jewelry in any favorite color.

2. Tuxedo Jacket
Thanks to the continuing trends of 70′s fashion and the great Tom Ford, women’s tuxedos are making a comeback. But these jackets are more flattering to women with darts and side seams that accentuate curvy torsos and waists. Best of all, black is never out of fashion, so a tuxedo jacket can complement almost any color. Because they are fitted, they pair best with black pants or tight sheath skirts.

3. Over-sized Clutch
Lots of large purses are being toted around this season in a variety of textures and colors. These are great for hauling around personal items from party to party and they’re great accessories to any outfit. Because many of the clothing items this season are featuring neutral tones, a brightly-colored clutch and really complement the outfit and give it a pulse of bold color.

4. Large Bracelets
Another return item from 70′s fashion, big bracelets and chunky bangles are more popular than ever. It seems that big accessories are back! From rhinestones to colored plastics to silver and gold, the name of the game with jewelry this season is huge. And don’t be afraid to mix and match – this year, any bangles, large or small, delicate or chunky, can be paired together on each arm.

5. Bold Color-Blocking Pants
Yes, this style from spring and summer is carrying over to fall and winter with a slight change. This season is focusing on bold, bright colors like fire-engine red and royal blue. Of course, classic for the cooler months, black is always in style as well.

6. Exotic Prints
Looks like snakeskin is coming out of the desert and onto the city streets this season in all kinds of pieces, from shoes to pants to jackets. That’s not the only exotic print on the runways this time of year – African and tribal patterns are also big this year, so look for prints that lean toward the wild side.

7. Wide-legged Jeans
The days of skinny jeans are coming to a close and they’re being replaced by their free-flowing counterparts, the wide-legged jeans. Other wide-legged, harem-style pants are also vogue this year and can be paired with tighter tops and high heels. These pants are great for making legs look longer and the whole body taller, especially with high-waisted styles which are also coming back.

8. High boots
Especially in bold colors, high boots and shoes with ankle straps give shoes center stage in any outfit. They can be worn with pants or skirts for an audacious and daring look.

Nicole Rodgers has been blogging in the fashion, technology, and business for three years. When Nicole was preparing for fall season she decided to purchase some accessories as well. She found a great deal on accessories, one for one, at her favorite shop.  She was able to get all jewelry and accessories necessary for the fall season.

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