Monthly Archives: April 2008

The Purse Store SALE


Huge “Birthday Sale” going on right now over at designer handbag superstore, The Purse Store. Where if you shop any of the “New Arrivals” you’ll save 30% off by using by using the promo code: BDAY08

Katherine Kwei Donna Clutch
I’m new to the bag designs of Katherine Kwei. What I find most interesting about this clutch is the little pieces of swarovski crystals scattered throughout this clutch, hidden in the shredded signature chinese ‘eternity’ knot weave pieces of watersnake and metallic lambskin, like little treasure pieces.

Price: $1,005 $703.50 (with code BDAY08) @ The Purse Store

Marc Jacobs Angie Fluo Purse
This cute little purple-eyed frog clutch is fresh off the lot from Marc-ey Marc Jacobs new Evening Fluo Collection. Personally my favorite version this clutch is in one of the hot new neon colors, like in the pink or green versions that they have over at net-a-porter. Although the black is classic, and will last many more years than current “neon-trend”. Plus you can’t beat this price anywhere else. Right now the Angie in black is on sale for a fraction of the price.

Price: $1,195 $836.50 (with code BDAY08) @ The Purse Store

Foley + Corinna City Clutch
Okay, I know Deysa mentioned this bag like an hour ago, but what can I say, Foley + Corinna bags are amazing. Plus the fuchsia one that she mentioned is sold out, however this spring white version is available, and ready for a new home. It’s the 2-in-1 bag designed for any one on the go. Carry it as a handbag by day — no need to go home and purse-change — simply fold it up into a clutch and whahala you have a new accessory look. Sure there’s the imitations out there, like Nine West’s leather version. But that’s just it.. do you want to carry around a Foley + Corinna City clutch copy? I know what you are thinking… they look the same, but the price is such a huge difference. True, but at this moment, until the end of this month you can get the Foley + Corinna real deal on sale for around $300.

Price: $440 $310.80 (with code BDAY08) @ The Purse Store

Sam Edelman Carmen Flats
The Purse Store has shoes too! Snatch up these super adorable Sam Edelman Carmen Croc-embossed metallic leather flats for $66.

Price: $95 $66.50 (with code BDAY08) @ The Purse Store

Lorelei Mary Clutch
Here’s an awesome deal. Right now this exotic embossed lizard Lorelei Mary pleated frame clutch, in this fabulous pretty pink coral color is on sale for under $150! It’s pretty big sized too, so it’s not a dinky little accessory. It measures in at 11″ width x 6″ height x 2.5″ depth. Also this purse even comes with an extra shoulder strap.

Price: $210 $147 (with code BDAY08) @ The Purse Store

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Code: BDAY08

[ The Bag Forum: The Purse Store SALE! ]

– Jennifer

Nava Zahavi Jewelry Trunk Show

Mark your calendars Santa Monica residents: Exquisite jewelry designer Nava Zahavi is having a 10% discount Mother’s Day trunk show, at Platino in Santa Monica on Saturday May 3rd and Sunday May 4th.

Location: 909 Montana Avenue in Santa Monica

Tel: 310.394.0044


About Nava Zahavi:
Nava Zahavi “I got fascinated by the jewelry world while traveling around exciting and colorful antique markets worldwide. My exposure to different cultures and landscapes introduced me to a variety of styles and materials. Gradually, an urge grew within me to interpretate all my experiences into creation.I love to use what nature has to offer. I am very influenced by the colors of nature surrounding me: the blue of the seas and sky draws me to use Aquamarine stones, the sand turns into Citrine and Rutilated stones, and the earth is represented in my warm Carnelians. When designing my jewelry, I use mostly organic stones, wrapped in 24 karat gold, as if embraced by the sun. I strive to create designs of lasting beauty, that rise above trends. What I love most about my work is making people feel good about themselves, while wearing my jewelry…”

Nava Zahavi is a well recognized and respected Jewelry Designer, known for her Unique and High Quality line of Jewelry.

Featured by Vogue, O Magazine, InStyle, Lucky, Glamour, Harper’s Bazar and Shape. Covered by the New York Times and Bride’s, purchased by Woopy Goldberg, Debra Messing and others of similar stature, Nava Zahavi’s jewelry has achieved an approval note from the most sophisticated international shoppers.

Nava draws her inspiration from the Mediterranean environment she grew up in – the sea, the beaches, olive trees and fresh soil. The cultural influences evident in her lines can be traced to ancient Egypt and Greece. The structural organization of the jewelry reveals her extensive background in design.

Nava’s collection is based on two lines, which complement each other. Her collection contains reproductions of antique jewelry made with 14 Karat rose gold, reminiscent of aristocratic splendor. At the other end of the spectrum is Nava’s modern line, containing unique pieces enhanced by semi-precious stones. The pieces incorporate 24 Karat gold in a very modern yet timeless setting.

[ The Bag Forum: Nava Zahavi Jewelry Trunk Showe ]

– Jennifer

Eco-Friendly Designer Bags

Marc by Marc Jacobs Hippy Miss Marc & Penguin
I just spotted these on the Marc Jacobs official website. There the latest Fall 2008 bags from the designer’s second, less-expensive (than his main line) Marc by Marc Jacobs line. Look like Miss Marc has transformed once again to an eco-loving hippy. Very cool. Plus look at that penguin tote, how cute is that? None of the proceeds from these bags go to any organization, but it sure gets the message out – in a fashionable and adorable way.

Find it @

Juicy Couture California “Go Green” Bag
BagBliss blogger Deysa said this about the this Juicy Couture tote: Do you want a bag that literally makes a statement? If so, look what I discovered via Saks Fifth Avenue’s website, a new design to the California canvas totes by Juicy Couture. This California Go Green Canvas Bag is a roomy tote that displays the words “GO GREEN” throughout the front of the bag. Arrows forming a “recycle” heart can be found on the tote’s opposite end. The tote’s message is self-explanatory, basically this bags significance is to make a change and to do it in style! Now I’m not going to ramble on and on about the advantages of going green, but I do feel that the whole recycling and reduction of daily materials concept, does have an importance when it comes to changing simple habits for the good will of Mother Earth.

On this tote, you can find a full canvas body made of recycled organic compounds. It’s printed (green) interior reads “Juicy Couture” and the brands Yorkie pups can also be found on the totes front end corner. If you’re in search of a grocery shopping bag, a travel or book bag that isn’t going to hurt your pockets, why not this one? It’s durable, cute and only 75 bucks!

Find it @ Saks Fifth Avenue for $75

Beau Soleil Reduce, Recycle & Renew Bag
Three words: Reduce, Recycle & Renew. The eco-conscious newbie from designer Beau Soleil wants you and everyone around you, well anyone you walk past, to have mother earth on their conscience 24-7 and remember to Reduce, Recycle & Renew. A fashionable way to encourage environmental friendliness..

How much will this RR&R tote set you back? Not much. Each organic raw-cotton canvas tote retails for $44. It features a couple easy access, snap-patch pockets on all sides, spacious interior ideal for a market sack or beach tote, and a couple snap closure pockets in the interior.

Find it @ Saks Fifth Avenue for $44

Leftover Bags Realfashion Tote & Thankyoulady Tote
Plastic Bag Facts:
- Each year, an estimated 500 billion to 1 trillion plastic bags are consumed worldwide. That comes out to over one million per minute. Billions end up as litter each year.

- According to the EPA, over 380 billion plastic bags, sacks and wraps are consumed in the U.S. each year.

- Hundreds of thousands of sea turtles, whales and other marine mammals die every year from eating discarded plastic bags mistaken for food.

- Plastic bags don’t biodegrade, they photodegrade—breaking down into smaller and smaller toxic bits contaminating soil and waterways and entering the food web when animals accidentally ingest.

John Baker & Robin Lee, the anti-plastic tote designer’s behind the brand Leftover Bags, created these two bags. At this moment Leftover’s is sold exclusively at ShopBop, where you will spot only 4 designs by these designers. Pictured above are my two favorites from their current line: Realfashion Tote made of organic-cotton canvas and decorated with a recycle symbol fashion show graphic at front and logo graphic at back. Thankyoulady Tote which is also made with organic-cotton canvas and detailed with girl graciously picking up a plastic bag graphic.

These bags would make a great shopping tote in replace of those plastic bags. Plus they only retail for only $38 a pop.

Find it @ ShopBop for $38

[ The Bag Forum: Celebrate Earth Day with these Eco-Friendly Bags! ]

– Jennifer

Kipling goes online

Kipling fans don’t have to travel far to purchase their favorite handbags, luggage or accessory pieces any longer! Kipling recently launched its new ecommerce and lifestyle Web site —

For the first time ever you can purchase the latest Kipling bags, view different designs and color palates, as well as check-out the season’s hottest fashions and trends. Shopping is made easy with navigational tools that include product searches by Collection, Activity, or Style; and for Gift Items ranging from ‘Under $50’ to customer favorites. The Web site also offers free ground shipping for any orders over $250.

“We wanted to offer our existing customers and new fans simple ways to shop for exactly the bag they need,” said Julie Dimperio, President of Kipling North America. “The new Web site is user friendly and it reflects the essence of the Kipling brand – fun, flirty and effortless fashion.”

The Web site also features a section devoted to the exclusive Fergie for Kipling collection, a series of handbags and accessories designed by the Grammy-award winning singer. Visitors will find information about the latest Fergie for Kipling bags, clips and images from recent Fergie for Kipling media coverage, and behind-the-scenes scoop on the design and inspirations of her bags.

At, consumers can also get information on “Kipster Club,” where fashion hipsters and Kipling fans meet in the middle. The “Kipster Club” gives loyal and potential customers information about potential special offerings, discounts, and promotions in the Kipling store in their local area or online.

[ The Bag Forum: Kipling launches a web site ]

– Jennifer

Collette Dinnigan & Target get intimate

Internationally acclaimed Australian designer, Collette Dinnigan has collaborated with Target Australia to launch a range of intimate apparel named ‘Wild Hearts’. The collection combines Collette’s uniquely delicate design sensibility with her signature attention to detail to create a collection of beautifully designed lingerie that fits every woman’s needs.

Collette Dinnigan has dedicated her life to designing exquisite garments for women and has dressed some of Hollywood’s most glamourous and talented such as Charlize Theron, Angelina Jolie, Naomi Watts, Kate Bosworth and Halle Berry.

“The collection features some of my signature lace, embroidery and silk printed fabrics which have been intricately designed to make women feel they can experience the exclusiveness of one of my garments”, says Collette Dinnigan.

The Wild Hearts for Target collection features Collette’s distinctive style including delicate and feminine designs mixed with decadent silk, which is a first for lingerie at Target.

Every piece of the collection will feature an exclusive ‘Collette Dinnigan for Target – Wild hearts’ swing tag and hanger and will be packaged in an elegant Collette Dinnigan for Target carrier bag.

Prices start from $16.99 for g-strings, $19.99 for briefs, $39.99 for bras, $59.99 for the chemise and $79.99 for the corset. Bra sizes will range from 10B right through to 20DD in some styles and from 10-20 in briefs to ensure the collection is accessible to all women.

The range is currently available in selected Target stores nationally.

[ The Bag Forum: Collette Dinnigan launches "Wild Hearts" Lingerie at Target ]

– Jennifer

Ed Hardy Fragrance by Christian Audigier

I would like to introduce you to the new men’s and women’s fragrances created exclusively for Ed Hardy by Christian Audigier.

Women’s Fragrance: Best described as “Tattooed Fruity Floral,” the brilliant imagery of Ed Hardy’s tattoo art inspired the design of this super vibrant and sexy fragrance. An aroma explosion of fruits including Tropical Mango, Wild Strawberries, Steamed Apples and Ruby Red Grapefruit open the accent which is then mixed with a Rock’n Roll edge of Freesia Petals, Watery Muguet and Linden Blossom. This contrast of florals then merges with Warm Amber, Sensual Musk, Tonka Beans and Vanilla to create a very addictive fragrance.

Men’s Fragrance: Best described as “Tattooed Woody Floral,” the scent is a mix of bright and tantalizing citrus of Bergamot and Mandarin touched by the aromatic expression of Thuja and the sharp bite of Clary sage for added zest. This animated opening is the prefect preview to a colorful Mint Julep cocktail that matches up with Ozone for a psychedelic explosion of color and effervescence. Sequoia brings a masculine woodiness to the fragrance along with sensual Musks and a touch of Black Amber. The final effect is a one of a kind scent that will definitely stand out.

The artist designed super-star bottles are sold in the 1.7 fl. oz / 50 mL EDP Spray for $55, the 3.4 fl. oz / 100 mL EDP Spray for $75.

[ The Bag Forum: Ed Hardy by Christian Audigier Fragrances for Men and Women ]

– Jennifer

Bridget Lynne Nielsen Jewelry Collection

Canadian jewelry designer Bridget Lynne Nielsen has created a new collection just in time for Mother’s Day.

“Jewelry is a timeless gift – from celebrating holidays to anniversaries, it helps those special moments in life truly sparkle,” said Bridget Lynne, the creator of Bridget Lynne Designs. While it is usually up to husbands to gift jewelry during special occasions, Bridget Lynne believes that traditions are changing. Thoughtful gifts meant to remind the wearer of the special people in their life are the new way to express a meaningful message. “A necklace or earring set is the new ‘forget me not’ for sons and daughters who cannot celebrate Mother’s Day with their moms,” Bridget Lynne explains.

The Bridget Lynne Designs Collection for Mother’s Day was hand-picked by Bridget with her own mother in mind. Each piece was chosen to add a finishing touch to any outfit, in spite of the trend. With intricate arrangements of gems and stones and their natural feel, the Bridget Lynne Designs Collection for Mother’s Day is giving mothers everywhere something beautiful to wear for any occasion.

[ The Bag Forum: Bridget Lynne Designs Collection for Mother’s Day ]

– Jennifer

Alina Tremezzo Handbag

The latest bright sunny yellow ostrich Tremezzo Bag by Alina has been spotted on the set of the Sex and the City Movie.

How much does this Samantha approved bag retail for? This exotic beauty will set you back a whopping $3,750.

[ The Bag Forum: Alina Tremezzo yellow ostrich Handbag ]

– Jennifer

Paula Mendoza Jewelry Collection

Renowned designer Paula Mendoza today announces the launch of her new jewelry line, the Paula Mendoza Collection. These precious designs are on display in the 2008 April issue of Washington Life Magazine. For the past year, Paula Mendoza has committed herself to designing fashion-forward, one-of-a-kind pieces for her high-end clients. This newest line includes contemporary work that combines earthy details with precious stones that include emeralds, diamonds, and sapphires in a variety of styles that reflect today’s powerful women.

“All of my accessories are made with Colombian precious stones and metals; every creation is influenced by my roots and my philosophy of beauty and life,” stated Paula. “I took special time to conceptualize these ideas, to modernize the settings, and to transform them into intriguing, daring and completely fashionable concepts.”

You can find the latest from this designer over on the Paula Mendoza website.

[ The Bag Forum: Paula Mendoza Jewelry Collection ]

– Jennifer

Dolce & Gabbana Mens Sample Sale!

Hey guys, rush on over to Gilt Groupe and discover a handful on Dolce & Gabbana menswear and guys accessories on sale — some items up to 70% off!

Items are going fast! Better hurry!!!

– Jennifer

Louis Vuitton Istanbul, French Riviera & Rome Pumps!

Check out these new lovely shoes that just arrived over at eluxury. Gosh aren’t they gorgeous.

the istanbul pump
Patchwork montage on vamp with multifaceted rhinestone embellishments, dangling beads, patent leather band, and pave crystals. Features smooth grained leather lining and padded insole, leather sole with rubber heel pad. 4.5″ leather-covered stiletto heel. Price: $1440

the french riviera pump
Patchwork montage on vamp with Fabric rose and patent leather piece; embroidered sequin and bead detailing. Features smooth grained leather lining and padded insole, leather sole with rubber heel pad. 4.5″ patent-covered stiletto heel with interior cut-out. Price: $1120

the rome pump
Patchwork montage on vamp with suede and patent leather pieces, multifaceted rhinestone embellishment on one side. Features metallic grained leather lining and padded insole, leather sole with rubber heel pad. 4.5″ stacked stiletto heel with interior cut-out. Price: $1140

[ The Bag Forum: Louis Vuitton Istanbul, French Riviera & Rome Pumps! ]

– Jennifer

Rachel Clark: Newest Victoria’s Secret Model

Joining a couple other fresh faces, like the lovely Behati Prinslo and the super gorgeous Chanel Ima, Rachel Clark has just been crowned the latest Victoria Secret Angel.

nytimes The Cut said that on April 4, she posted in her blog, “I’ll also be doing the main line, not just Pink. Though I remember there being clothing in the main line. I’m sure they wont stick me in undies. I’m sure of it.” Then two days later, she writes: “Hmm I dunno. The whole ‘am I doing pink or the normal line or the pink online or pink catalog or magalog or OMG what is a magalog anyway?’ issue is beyond my head in confusing details at this point. No one knows, I’m just rolling with it.” Then a few days later on April 8th, she wrote “It’s official. I hearts shooting with the VS people.”

[ The Bag Forum: Rachel Clark is the Newest Victoria's Secret Model ]

– Jennifer