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Purely Trend Report!

September 15, 2007

Every so often, we’ll showcase a MAAAJOR trend and search the web with a fine-toothed comb to find you the runway-look for dirt cheap.

Today’s trend:


This one was a hard one! There aren’t many oversize clutches out there for under $100, but we found three beautiful ones that fit the bill (no pun intended)! These are a great trend, in my opinion, because – let’s be honest – you can’t fit more than a credit card, ID, and small wad of cash into a regular-sized clutch… WHAT ABOUT LIPSTICK? (If you’ll notice through the posts, anything that can fit absolutely necessary things and lipstick absolutely entrance me.)

Here’s the picks we (and be “we” I mean “I”) found:

Just your basic, everyday black clutch… with some ROCK AND ROLL METAL, OH YEAH!! I love this. It’s so versatile, but still interesting. Dimensions: 13.5 in. x 7 in. x 4 in. Not too shabby for Amazon.con ($28.74).

Okay, this ons is really cool because it’s convertable. When you fold the handle down, this Nine West purse is a perfect clutch. However, flip the handle UP and it’s becomes a regular handbag! And that black patent leather is to DIE for. Dimensions are 15-1/4″ x 7″. Available at Macy’s ($59.00)

A little bit sweeter, a little more glitzy; this is a cute satin bag with some diamond-esque rhinestones adorning the front. Better for dressier occasions, but any occasion is a dressy occasion if you’ve got the attitude. Dimensions are 13 x 5 x 1.5. Available at… ($69.99). (I can’t believe I’m suggesting shopping at Amazon… but, hey… A deal is a deal, right?)

So get out there, ladies, and enjoy this trend. Also enjoy carrying around everything you want to, instead of all that you can in a 2 square inch space.



Introducing: The Flat Wallet

September 1, 2007

Okay, maybe “introducing” isn’t the perfect word since these babies have been around forever… But I smell a hot trend approaching here. The flat wallet is like a wallet, clutch and compact organizer all mixed into one stylish little (literally) package.

On one of my photoshoots last week, a girl came up to pay me and she had the most ADORABLE wallet. It had everything in it – credit cards, ID, cash monies, and even a lipstick. EVEN. A. LIPSTICK. At first, I thought it was a clutch, but no, no, no (as Amy Winehouse would say). I’m sure her was at a few Benjamins, but I decided at that moment that I was going to HUNT for one. Here’s an example of a spendy one:

Lodis ‘Veracruz – Diva’ Clutch Wallet; Nordstrom’s – $155.00

Unfortunately, as an indepedent photographer and student, I can’t justify spending 1.5 Hundred dollars on a hot little piece like this. But you can see where I’d be tempted, right?

So I scoured ebay, I dished on Froogle, I went everywhere. Luckily, I found a SUPER steal at Target, from Isaac Mizrahi:

$15! That, my friends, I can do. It’s no sparkly green pretty flower thing, but I can suckerpunch that thing with some fake rhinestones or ribbon and make it just as good. I also found on ebay that there are a bunch of retailers selling various (yet small 4″x7″) flat wallets with very awesome designs on them from anywhere between $17 and $30 from a wholesale producer named Kristine. I hate recommending specific products from ebay because they could all very well be gone tomorrow, but I definitely suggest at least checking.

Oh! And if you’ve found any in other places, PLEASE TELL ME! I need to get my hands on one of these STAT!


Making tuition REALLY worth it…

August 9, 2007

So we students all know that it’s extremely hard to be well dressed as a fulltime student while being well-fed and well-educated. Tuition is really *$#!ing expensive. Well, I’ve discovered a great way to invest in hot style without sacrificing your education bucks.

When it comes to handbags, it’s all about the clutch for painting the town red and drinks with the girls… But during the day while you’re running from class to class, job to job, from the office to the nearest Starbucks… The shoulder tote is booming like never before. Take a hint (a slight one, anyway) from MK & Ashley Olsen. Their bags are, quite often, larger than they are! It’s not necessarily “the bigger, the better”-syndrome, but a large bag ensures that you’ll have everything on hand, and the opportunity to look extra chic whilst having everything at your fingertips is only becoming more available.

Logically, you’d think “littler bags are already a fortune, especially for the hottest ones… isn’t a big one going to be a disaster for my bank account?”


There are tons of carry-all bags to fit your budget! They may not be made of the finest leathers or authentic cobra-skin (ew.), but they’ll carry everything you need – including your books. That’s right. Use this bag as a book bag during the week and a sexy handbag during your weekend shopping trips. Come on, any excuse to incorporate school into your curriculum-ridden school schedule is an opportunity that shouldn’t be missed!

Here are some fantastic finds that will work perfectly in school, or on the streets:

1. Merona Tote Bag – Red; Target – $24.99
This bag is HOT. Buckles are also becoming really stylish lately, and the deep red color of this bag is noticeable without being totally flashy, and the richness is perfect for fall.

2. Grey Leather Tote; – Ā£50.00
Grey goes with everything – from a business suit, to a boldly colored trapeze dress. And the size is definitely nothing to complain about!

3. Isaac Mizrahi Canvas Tote; Target – $29.99
Metallics are HOT for fall – bronze, gold, silver, copper… Whatever it is, it’s eye-catching and gorgeous. This is a white canvas bag with silver metallic trim that will leave you feeling super-hot whatever you do.