Fall, Fashion, Handbags, Henri Bendel, Shopping, Style

Bag Review: Henri Bendel Plaza Suede Bag

Happy Monday!

Today is bag review day and I haven’t done a bag review in a while so I’m super excited, this one has been a long time coming!  It’s not that I haven’t purchased any new bags in awhile, but more so I haven’t seen any truly NEW bag styles that offered something worthy of a review.  I’ve come across some new totes and more classic styles that I “needed” to have but opted not to post.  If there is ever a bag that you’re interested in let us know.  If I haven’t seen or don’t own the bag, I probably know someone who does!

Now– the HB Plaza Suede Mini bag!!  First of all, this bag is gorgeous!  Small, but gorgeous, so ladylike and chic!  The styling is retro chic and compliments a work week outfit perfectly.  Dress it up with any casual LBD for after work drinks or elevate a casual dress down jeans kinda look!  Take note, if you carry this bag for work and often need to carry other things, you will need another larger tote to accommodate.  This bag holds the essentials, but it’s a “mini” bag, so that’s the point!  There is a larger version, which normally would be more my style but I already have a structured top handle bag or two that I love (of course I do ;-)).

The bag is suede with smooth leather trim.  It’s secured by a unique HB  turn lock closure.  The lock when initiated forms the signature HB initials.  Fully lined inside, interior pocket and inside pocket with a zipper.  Also a slit pocket under the flap.  Includes a removable crossbody strap with lovely chain detail.  Measures approx.  6″ X  8″ X 3.25″.  The Plaza Mini is available in black suede or the lovely color-blocked version.

Henri Bendel is now offering 10% off all new arrivals and free ground shipping on orders over $50!  For a limited time, spend over $50 and receive a limited edition Henri Bendel sweatshirt!  There are also some great sale items to be had as well, check them out!

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Henri Bendel Plaza Suede Mini, $350

PROS:

  • 100% Suede and Leather
  • Decent room inside for your essentials
  • Can be carried via top handle or worn as a crossbody with the removable shoulder strap included
  • Classic ladylike style you would wear over and over again

CONS:

  • The bag is very structured and small – not necessarily a “CON” if mini is what you were looking for!
  • You’ll need an extra bag for the rest of your stuff!

 

Bag Scorecard
Looks:  10; this is a beautiful bag!
Value:  8; I think the price is in line with most other mid-range designer bags
Functionality:  10; great for a small bag!
Extras:  10; I give a 10 here because the team at Henri Bendel Lenox store is awesome, always such a good experience when I go there.  The team is super helpful and polite!  Makes each shopping trip fun and no stress!

Overall Rating: 38/40; Beautiful, a must-have bag for Fall.  If you get nothing else “retro” this season!

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Fall, Fashion, Handbags, Henri Bendel, Jewelry, Shopping, Style

What We Love Now – Accessories Edition!

Hi y’all!

Coming to you today to share some accessories that we’ve recently come across and adore so much that we had to share :)!   You won’t have to look too hard to see these styles/trends while you’re out shopping, more of these styles and materials highlighted below will be EVERYWHERE!  Based on what I’ve seen that’s not a bad things!  Lots of awesomeness to choose from!

  1.  Tortoise accessories as well as lightweight resin earrings and bracelets are definitely trending right now.  These pieces can be pretty classic/timeless so I don’t think there is a huge risk in indulging a bit if you like.
  2.  Lucite is making a cameo this Fall as well, lucky for me I kept my lucite pieces from a few years back!
  3.  Retro chic style is BIG and oh so Fabulous, I’m loving the pieces I’ve seen!  Henri Bendel has an awesome collection featuring polished but fun retro styles.  Look for a bag review of the mini plaza suede bag shown below– SO CUTE!
  4.  Quay sunglasses are pretty awesome, I really like this brand for inexpensive sunglasses.  I have the French Kiss style shown below and I’ve received several compliments each time I wear them.  If you’ve never tried the brand, you should check them out, cute, comfy and affordable styles!
  5.  I’ve noticed a lot of organic shapes and angles being used quite a bit in design, the Gorjana drop earrings are gorgeous!  This brand is pretty awesome, I have very sensitive ears and can’t wear most trend/costume earrings and even some sterling silver, however the 18K plating used on this brand gives me no issues at all!  I was ecstatic to have been introduced to this brand a few years ago!  I can wear these all day!

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Best In Black!

Hey, Hey, Hey!!

It’s a rainy muggy start to August in ATL and has me thinking of Fall already!  Not that I am necessarily ready for Fall but kinda feel a bit like Fall is coming very very soon.  With that in mind I started (of course) thinking about Fall shopping!  Fall, BAG shopping.  Which led me to this post– how about a quick round-up of the best tote bags happening now.  More specifically, the best black tote bags!

I don’t know about you, but try as I might I can’t avoid having a “big” bag nearby!  I just have too much necessary STUFF!  It’s an unavoidable reality for me and luckily I came to that realization a long time ago and now I fully embrace it!  Don’t get me wrong I have my share (more than) of cute small bags, clutches, crossbody styles, etc. –you name a bag type and I got it,  but most often on a “regular” office, or errand running kinda day, I look to a larger bag to ensure I have enough room for all of my “must-haves”.  And you just may find a smaller bag inside…

With that in mind I am inspired to share a few of my “Best in Black” tote bag pics.  There is something here for everyone and every price point, because let’s be honest, not everyone can or even wants to spend $500+ on a bag!  We each can rock our personal style at any price point– you DO you!

Let me know what you think of my picks, own any of these?  Feel inspired to go and grab a new black tote RIGHT NOW?   Drop a comment below and please follow us–we’d love to hear from you!

Best in Black Tote Bags!!

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Christian Louboutin Cabata Tote
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Madewell Drawstring Transport Tote
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Rebecca Minkoff Always On Regan Tote
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Street Level Faux Leather Tote
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Tory Burch Chelsea Slouchy Tote

 

5 Best in Black Totes!

  1. Christian Louboutin Cabata Tote, $1290 – Gorgeous calfskin leather tote with the signature red rubber bottom.  Prepare to catch glances, stares and looks of longing if you splurge on this baby!  Slightly on the heavier side, measures approx. 15.5″ x 11.5″ x 5.5″.  No surprises here with the price tag, personally I think its totally worth the $1290 price tag.  I’d compare it to the LV Neverfull, which has a comparable tag for a non-leather tote.
  2. Madewell Drawstring Transport Tote, $178 – If you are familiar with the other Madewell Transport styles this one making the list should not be a surprised.  Same quality bag, modern, minimal look and totally functional.  An alternative to the Transport Tote probably already in your closet.  Large bag with drawstring closure and double handles.  Comfortable 8.5in drop.  Also available in English Saddle
  3. Rebecca Minkoff ‘Always On Regan’ Tote, $295 – She has the coolest names for her bags… Very versatile bag, zippered gusseted sides allows this bag to expand just a bit when needed.  Large size, easily holds your personal goodies as well as a laptop when needed.  Black smooth leather with silver hardware.  Measures a manageable 14″ x 12.5″ x 5″.
  4. Street Level Reversible Faux Leather Tote, $49 – For the more budget-conscious and still Fabulous Shopper!  This tote includes a small wristlet inside perfect for corralling the extra-small things in your bag and a reversible contrasting interior.  I’d say this bag is extra-large size when compared to the other “large” bags.  Very soft material, magnetic closure.  Perfect option for work and play!
  5. Tory Burch Chelsea Slouchy Tote, $498 – Great work tote or just plain ole stylish weekend schlepping kinda tote.  Quality grained leather with leather and chain detail handles.  This tote might be a little on the heavier side, but very durable as with most Tory Burch styles.

 

So what do you think of our round-up?  See something you like?  Own any of these?  Let us know what you think!   We’d love to hear from you!

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