Fashion, Handbags, Shopping

Bag Review: Henri Bendel Uptown Satchel

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Henri Bendel Uptown Satchel

Mornin’ Fellow Purse Lovers and Bag Ladies!

I was at the mall not too long ago (shocker!) and visited the Henri Bendel store, one of my absolutely most favorite stores!   I love the sparkle and the oh so chic girly ambiance of their stores, such a Fabulous place to shop!  For me, store visits usually translates into purchases and so today we are reviewing my new piece of eye candy– the Henri Bendel Uptown Satchel!

This bag is gorgeous, so ladylike and chic!  Perfectly compliments a work week outfit and totally elevates a dress down boyfriend jean Saturday look!  The leather is quality as is the case with all Henri Bendel bags that I’ve purchased.  This bag is available in the new color-blocked leather (pictured above), solid colored pebbled leather and a lizard textured version.  I purchased my bag right before the summer and snagged the light green version, the color is sort of an electric yellow meets chartreuse hue, adds a great pop of color to just about any outfit.  Try it against cream and more neutral tones or pop a tonal gray or black outfit.  I’ve received so many complements on my bag that I decided to write this post just in case any of you other very fashionable ladies were considering adding this bag to your collection!  At the time of this post, I may or may not be seriously considering the purple color– could look amazing with red or burgundy colored pieces this Fall, hmmmm…

The bag measures approx. 10″H X 12.5″ – 14.5″W X 5.75″D; and has a handle drop of  5″ also comes with a removable and adjustable shoulder strap.  It features a turn lock closure, fully lined interior with pockets and metal feet for protection.  The bag is structured but versatile, the shoulder strap allows you to wear it as a shoulder bag, crossbody or remove it altogether and carry as a satchel.  I personally enjoy carrying satchels when I’m going to the office– definitely amps up my “ladylike quotient”, so the 5″ drop is the perfect length for me as it allows me to comfortably keep the bag close to my body when carrying it on my arm.  I absolutely love this bag!

The bag is also available in a mini version– ADORABLE!!  Has all of the same features and styling but in a more compact size.  The mini measures approx. 7″H X 10″W X 3.5″D with a  3″ handle drop, starting retail price $298.  Image below shows the Uptown Satchel and the Mini Uptown Satchel side by side.


Henri Bendel is now boasting an extra 10% off all new arrivals and an extra 10% all handbags and accessories!  That means, you can score this beauty for an extra 10% off or check their sale items and get current season’s colors at an even bigger discount!  For example, the light green Henri Bendel Uptown satchel is now available for only $224.10!

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Henri Bendel Uptown Satchel; $498:


  • 100%  Leather
  • Expandable
  • Removable and adjustable shoulder strap included
  • Classic ladylike style
  • Awesome color and material options



  • The bag is very structured and even though it expands it will not hold a lot of bulky items; keep in mind, it is not intended to be a tote or carry all
  • This bag will set you back  $498 for the solid pebbled leather version; It’s not an everyday bag, I think for most $498 would be an investment


Bag Scorecard
Looks:  10; this is a beautiful bag!
Value:  6 (awesome bag; but it’s pretty pricey for a “non-everyday” bag)
Functionality:  9
Extras:  7 (monogramming on most item is available for an extra fee; all bags and accessories come with a dust bag for protection; orders are packaged and wrapped with the signature HB paper and includes an iconic striped shopping bag)
Overall Rating: 32/40; beautiful, stylish bag for work and weekends with the girls!


I love it!  Tell me, what do you think of the Henri Bendel Uptown Satchel?  We’d love to hear back from you!

Henri Bendel has launched a new Fall collection (yay!) stay tuned for an overview, I know there will be something for all of us to love!

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Fashion, Shopping

Nordstrom Early Access Has Begun! Crush-worthy Sale Items!

It’s the happiest time of the year!– Ok, one of the happiest times of the year, it’s time for the Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale!  My fellow Nordies Cardholding Fashionistas know this happy time oh so well!

This year’s Anniversary sale opens to the public on July 22nd, however if you are a lucky Nordstrom card holder (like me) you get to preview and shop EARLY, starting July 14th, cardholders get to visit the sale a full 8 days before everyone else!  Early shopping = you get first dibs on everything, so no missing out on the items you want!  In addition to discounts on regular in stock  items there are special “Anniversary Only” deals; exclusive items brought in only to be sold during the Anniversary sale, so even more Fabulous pieces to choose from!  Non-Nordstrom cardholders can visit the Sale via to preview available styles and create a “to buy” shopping list so that on July 22nd, you can hit the ground shopping!  This year’s Anniversary sale runs July 22nd through August 8th.

Below I’ve assembled a few (in my opinion) of the more crush-worthy must have items up for grabs in this year’s sale.  This list may or may not include items that I may or may not have already ordered :).  The small sampling of items I’ve chosen to highlight in this post is not at all intended to be a complete list of all of the awesome deals available during the sale.  For the sake of sharing this post in a timely manner I focused only on a few top picks–potentially more to come ;-)!  Nordstrom Anniversary Sale– Go, Shop, NOW!  Free shipping on almost every item, no minimums!








FABULOUS right?  What are your favorites from the sale?  Share your thoughts, we’d love to hear from you!  #Nordstromearlyaccess  #Nordstrom #chickwares





**Images taken from Nordstrom website.

Fashion, Handbags

Bag Review: Mark & Graham Elisabetta Slouch Handbag

Hello Fellow Purse Lovers and Bag Ladies!

At Chickwares we LOVE bags, accessories and all things Fabulous!  Regularly we provide reviews of bags and other accessories to help keep you , the reviews may be of the latest “IT bag”, a recent Fabulous bag we came across or perhaps a poular trending accessory or style.  We aim to provide readers with useable and entertaining information. We hope you enjoy!

Today we are reviewing the Elisabetta Slouch Handbag from Mark Graham.  I picked this bag to review because I’ve been interested in the brand since my first purchase and was pleasantly pleased with this new bag and thought I’d share for others out there interested in purchasing or just discovering the brand.

MG_CrimsonLet me begin by saying that I did not receive my bag as a part of any promotional incentive.  This bag was purchased by me, for me :).   I’d been eyeing this particular bag for a while, I loved the style and the fact that I could get it monogrammed.  Every item offered from the brand can be personalized free with a monogram, if you are a lover of any and all things monogrammed like me, this is a big plus!

As I mentioned, I’d been eyeing the style for awhile, but held off from committing to the bag purchase because of the price.  The bag retails for $398, I was a bit leery handing over $400 for a bag that I couldn’t touch or feel from a brand I wasn’t so sure about.  I’d only previously purchased the M&G Boho Suede Zip Pouch (which I love) from the brand, so no first hand experience with their handbags.  I knew that it was possible to purchase a Tory Burch or a Marc Jacobs bag for example, brands whose quality I was very familiar with. I asked around and spoke to a few people who had purchased M&G leather bags which helped to put my mind at ease about the quality of the bags.  That being the case I knew that I still wanted to see if I could catch the bag on sale, I kept a watchful eye and finally my diligent stalking of the site paid off!  The bag in a color I wanted was finally on sale AND, I’d received a coupon from the brand for my birthday!  Happy Birthday to me!

I received the bag, wrapped and packaged so nicely that I almost didn’t want to open it!  The first thing I noticed was my monogram, loved it!  I immediately transferred my items to my new toy!  I was a bit surprised by the leather, I expected it to be less stiff, as per the description.  The bag was described as being slouchy, relaxed and unstructured,  this wasn’t the case in my opinion.  I felt that the bag had more structure which may or may not be a bad thing, just noting that the overall feel was not as described.  I did appreciate that the bag had two separate compartments, made organizing my goodies very easy.
The bag is large, measuring 10″ h x 15.25″ w x 8″.  Made in Italy.  Available in:  *Crimson, Black, Fog, Tangerine, *Squash, Navy, Kelly Green, *Teal and Cobalt.  *indicates color is currently on sale


  • 100% Italian Leather
  • Comfortable rolled leather straps
  • Inside zippered middle compartment and large zippered pocket
  • Bag is fully lined
  • Protective feet on bottom
  • Great size; could hold a small laptop, definitely holds an iPad comfortably
  • Good value, the bag retails for $398 however, I snagged mine, monogrammed for ~$265
  • Free monogramming (available free on any item)
  • Timely shipping; with monogram delivery took only about 5 business days


  • Retails for $398; I think $398 is a bit steep for a lesser known handbag brand; could easily find other styles by popular well-known brands
  • Leather felt a bit stiff
  • Bag is fully lined (pro), however the “natural” color of the lining was a bit disappointing, would have preferred a more tonal lining (which is available on other colors)
  • No closure; this didn’t bother me very much, but I know that this can be an important feature for some
  • Does not include a shoulder strap; I knew this prior to purchasing but after carrying the bag and an armful of groceries I realized I would have appreciated a shoulder strap.

Bag Scorecard
Looks:  8
Value:  7 (based on the regular price of the bag)
Functionality:  9
Extras:  9 (free monogramming & gift wrapping)
Overall Rating: 33/40; great looking, stylish bag for work or play

All in all the M&G Elisabetta Slouch is a great bag, it looks very polished and the monogramming gives it that something extra special!  I think anyone who owns this bag would be very satisfied with it.  Given the discounts I was able to take advantage of when I purchased mine made my deal even sweeter,  and I have no regrets, the Elisabetta is a nice  addition to my collection!  Select colors are now on sale, if you love this bag, don’t miss the opportunity to grab one at the discounted price!


What do you think–is the M&G Elisabetta Slouch Handbag the bag for you?  We’d love to know what you think!





**Bag images were pulled from the Mark & Graham Website

Mark & Graham is a brand under the Williams-Sonoma brand house offering jewelry, totes, leather goods, housewares and more.   Mark & Graham is relatively new to the handbag and accessory world, the brand launched in 2012.