Tag Archives: Handbags

Ra Ra Shish Kum Bah

28 Dec

Take the shish kum bah out and add the Avis.  What do you get?  RARA AVIS.  Lately, I’ve been coming across things that don’t necessarily make sense but that we accept and deem fashionable.  I have to remind myself that not all things fashion, makes sense.  So to the eyes that see weird, strange and ugly, others see beautiful, trendy and for lack of a better word, cool.  Who better to represent the Rara Avis phenomenon than the rare bird herself, Iris Apfel.  Anyone who knows anything about Iris, knows she is a prevailing innovator that has put her mark on the fashion world as we know it.  Pretty remarkable to do if you ask me.  With her ever growing empire of make-up, jewelry and handbags, she is now launching a shoe line with HSN.  We as fashion forward goers/thinkers have ways to influence each other in our own right.  Some might not realize, that (as we virtually tweet, instagram, Facebook, pinterest, style tag, etc) we put our mark on the fashion world.  We give and take from others sense of fashion/style to create interpretations we see fit to oneself.  It is inspiring even thinking about it let alone actually doing.  Iris Apfel created an avenue that would lead every fashion conscious consumer to be a little more daring, to be a little more out-of-the-box and that much more fearless in risk taking.  So, I dedicate this post to Ms. Iris Apfel because if it wasn’t for her, the word ECCENTRIC, would have no substance within its terminology, now would it?


“When you don’t dress like everyone else, you don’t think like everyone else.” – Iris Apfel


[Rara Avis Collection: Blue and White Beaded Stretch Bracelet]


[Rara Avis Collection: “Gator Glamour” Bypass Ring]


[Rara Avis Collection: “Owl on Branch” Goldtone Ring]


[Rara Avis Collection: Crystal Black Matte Bird-Design Ring]


[Rara Avis Collection: Crystal Heart Goldtone Cutout Pin]


[Rara Avis Collection: Geometric Wood and Gold-Color Foil Beaded Drape Necklace]


[Rara Avis Collection: Gold-Color Foil Sculpted Bangle Bracelet]


[Rara Avis Collection: Resin “Bug” Bangle Bracelet]


[Rara Avis Collection: Smoking Loafer with Sequined Bird]


[Rara Avis Collection: Pointy Toe Flat]


[Rara Avis Collection: Snake Moccasin]


[Rara Avis Collection: Suede Sequined Smoking Loafer]


[Rara Avis Collection: Suede Cone Heel]


[MAC make up collection by Iris Apfel]
Iris Apfel Handbag Collection Extinction at Henri Bendel

[“Extinctions” Collection by Iris Apfel]


The Doctor’s In The House

6 Dec

Move aside summer satchel; the doc is here to diagnose your fall trend. To the untrained eye, a bag is a bag – right? Wrong. We fashion doers and jet setters really have an intuitive eye for designs and concepts, so we embrace the title of the doctor handbag. We get it. Constructed, bold and modern, three qualities we all want in a well-made handbag.


[Lanvin Doctor Bag: in black]

This is definitely the cream of the crop right here. For those who wouldn’t look twice at this beautifully crafted handbag, shame on you. As I’ve gushed before, Lanvin can do no wrong in my eyes. This calf skin leather bag is an essential for your fall wardrobe because like the little black dress, this is your little black bag :).


[MIU MIU Madras Doctor Bag]

Wouldn’t this just go great with the, “There Will Be Blood” blog? Miu Miu kills two birds with one stone on this pretty little thing. I love the color and I love the short double handle, but what really checks all my boxes, is the detachable shoulder strap.


[ASOS Felt Doctors Bag]

Santa, Santa, Santa! Please? I’ve been such a good girl this year! Lets talk about the affordability: at $106, this bag is a no brainer. Get it because you’re obsessed, or grab it just for the sake of having it, because you know as well as me that this is one of those go-to handbags that you will regret not buying. Especially when you have no other bag to turn to!


[DUNE “deaney” leather doctors bag]

Navy and gold never made a better match. I can eat up this gold trim all day long. Along with, Lanvin’s handbag, this is another essential for your casual and work attire. I love how the high double handles have the belt affect incorporated in it as well.

Gold Rush

26 Oct

Gold, gold and more gold!  The 2013 RTW (accessories) Paris fashion shows were topped up to the brim with gold accessories.  From earrings to handbags, and handbags to shoes, gold was definitely in stock.




Aurelie Bidermann makes me want to dress up like a royal Greek Goddess this Halloween!  Can you picture it? A head full of gold.  Yes, I can definitely picture it.  Aurelie Bidermann?  You mean, King Midas.  Because this season is all about turning things into gold.




Eddie Borgo has the capacity and eye when it comes to making engaging and alluring pieces.  Borgo’s  pieces are bold and alive with geometry.  I can see it now.  A whole raiment built around a rubik’s cube shaped necklace.  Nothing screams BOLD like having blocks around ones neck.





LANVIN!  Ah, my favorite.  On point I see…once again.  These handbags have to be my favorite, I must say.  OK, OK, I am a tad biased but can you blame me?  Each piece from his accessory line makes a statement in and of itself.  With these pieces, there is no need to dress up…you dress DOWN!  You make Lanvin front and center.  You are a canvas and Lanvin is your painter.  Pose.



Oh, Mr. McQueen.  It is never a dull moment when surfing through his collections.  Pure insanity, illusion and radical thoughts within his lines.  GENIUS.  A designer that needs no intro, for his pieces speak for himself.  A magnificent knuckle clutch that puts the badass in cute is something every girl with a little hint of daring needs.





The epitome of fine tailoring and structure, I present to you, Yves Saint Laurent.  With the simplicity of well crafted art, Laurent knows how to keep things elegant with a slight edge.  What’s so great about all four elements? You are able to group them together without going over board. Keep true to the Saint and paint yourself with the basics while piling on all the necessities!