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!

Hope you see something below that you like!  If you do– please let us know!  Questions?   Send us a note!

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Cheers to a Fabulous shopping week!

XOXO,

Chickwares!
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Fashion, Henri Bendel, Mark & Graham, Shopping, Spring, Style

10 Friday Deals & Steals!!

Woo Hoo!!! I trust everyone is as excited as I am about the weekend!  In honor of the weekend AND officially getting tax day behind us :).  I’ve pulled together a list of 10  awesome deals and steals for this weekend!   Happy Shopping!

10 Deals & Steals!

  1. Nordstrom Rack – Love Nordstrom?  Love Nordstrom Rack!  Longchamp sale starts today! | 24 hours only!
  2. Chickwares.com – Haven’t shopped our store yet??  Check us out!!
  3. Tory Burch – Annual Spring event!  Up to 30% off purchases in-store and online! | Ends 4/23
  4. Allmodern.com – Chandeliers on Sale!  I have been exploring options for a new dining room chandelier and came across this deal!  Any suggestions?
  5. Macy’s – Macy’s 48 hour sale, happening now!  $20 off $48 purchases, free shipping at $48! | Ends 4/22
  6. Steve Madden – A little something for the boys! 30% off select men’s styles plus free shipping with code Men30 |Ends 5/6
  7. Henribendel.com – 2 Deals 1 Weekend!  Awesome handbag and jewelry deal happening now! | Ends 4/23!
  8. Mark & Graham– Awesome deals in their sale section! Up to 70% off! | while  stock lasts!
  9. Bath & Body Works – $6 Aromatherapy items! My favorite is the Lavender Vanilla, so yummy! AND if you have the coupon via email you get a free fill-size item just for spending $10!| Ends 4/22
  10. Shutterfly.com – 50% off hardcover books and 40% off everything else! Great time to purchase personalized Mother’s Day gifts, thank you cards, prints or graduation announcements for your graduate| Ends 4/22!

Just a few deals to get you started! Don’t forget to share with us what you find, we’d love to hear from you!

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XOXO,

Chickwares

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Fall, Fashion, Gifts, Henri Bendel, Mark & Graham, Shopping

Tuesday Deals & Steals!! Don’t Miss!

Morning Dears!

I hope everyone is smoothly easing into their week and enjoying some of this Fabulous sweater weather we are finally having here in Atlanta!!  I love Fall and dressing for Fall, so in honor of this warm and cozy Fall feeling I got going on, I wanted to share some amazing deals happening NOW!

Just in time for Fall shopping ladies– and remember if you need help, let us know ;-)!

 

Today’s Deals From Some of our Favorite Sites!

 

  1. Chickwares.com – Haven’t shopped our store yet??  This month get 15% off our special Girl Power Collection in support of Breast Cancer Awareness | Fight Like A Girl! | Ends 10/31
  2. Henri Bendel – 20% off a full price $150 purchase.  Spend $250 and get the coveted Bendel girl limited edition sweatshirt free!  Ends today!
  3. Macys.com – Site-wide sale POP_UP Sale!  Free shipping at only $49 for online shoppers | Ends 10/18
  4. Mark and Graham – offering free monogramming on all items site wide!  Great time to plan some personalized Christmas gifts!  Ends 10/18
  5. Bloomingdale’s – Buy more save more! | Multiple tiers of savings, up to 30% off! | online and in store | Ends 10/22
  6. Steve Madden –20% off $100 or 25% off $150 | PLUS Free Shipping with code WEEKEND | Ends today!
  7. Anthropologie – Extra 25% off sale | super cute stuff!
  8. hm.com – up to 80% off during their mid-season sale happening now! I’ve checked it out and some good deals to be had! | while stock lasts!
  9. Rebecca Minkoff – 25% off your order | Take a short survey to get 25% off!  It’s painless, trust me! | Ends 10/17
  10. Snapfish – Because I still enjoying printing pictures!  This site is a fave!  There is something about holding an actual picture in hand vs. looking scrolling through pics on my phone that gets me!  Snapfish is offering a FREE 5×7 soft book you can personalize and up to 60% off any order! | Ends today!

 

Share with us what your finds, we’d love to hear from you!

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XOXO,

Chickwares

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

Bag Review! Henri Bendel Modern Icon Satchel

It’s Bag Review Time!

Time for another awesome bag review!  Today I am reviewing the lovely Modern Icon Convertible Satchel from Henri Bendel!  Yes, another Bendel bag!  🙂 The Modern Icon Satchel is one of their latest arrivals and is gorgeous!

The bag is made of smooth leather and includes a leather ID tag and decorative Henri Bendel fob.  The bag is described as a convertible satchel and can be worn three ways.  1) Keep the sides expanded for a very Celine-bag look, or 2) gusset the sides of the bag via a connecting strap to create a boxier look or 3) place the flap inside to show off the inside pockets.  Personally I think the 3rd way is a bit of a stretch, but nonetheless it offers a different look.  The collection photo at the top shows all 3 ways to style.

The bag is a bit structured but roomy, multiple pockets inside makes it functional as well as fabulous!  It features a pinch lock closure on the flap which looks so fancy!  There is also a phone pocket on the back for easy access, although I don’t think I’d place my phone inside.  Great for work, greater with jeans and a casual top!  Additionally, the bag comes with a removable shoulder strap so in addition to the satchel style (my fave) you can wear it as shoulder bag or crossbody to keep your hands free!

The bag is available in 3 colors I suspect additional colors will be added later in the season,  just a feeling I have :).  I got the lighter color, called Amphora, with gold hardware.  Also available in black with silver hardware (hard to find) and Sun-dried Tomato.  I struggled a bit between the Amphora and Sun-dried Tomato but ultimately chose the Amphora. I have 2 other satchel bags in the Sun-dried tomato / Brick-red color — which reminds me…..

Right now, get 10% off this bag and any other new arrival at Henri Bendel.  The online store is also offering free shipping, monogramming and gift wrapping!

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All about the bag:

Modern Icon Convertible Satchel

  • 100% leather
  • Expandable sides
  • Satin lining
  • Convertible:  3 ways to style
  • Multiple inside pockets
  • Phone pocket on back
  • Dimensions: 11″H x 20″W x 7″D
  • 4.5″ handle drop
  • Metal protective feet on bottom

PROS:

  • All of the above!  Great looking bag and great useable features
  • Very upscale top-shelf designer look
  • HB makes great quality and long-lasting bags
  • 10% off now + free shipping, monogramming

CONS:

  • $550; gorgeous quality bag but I think the price tag may deter some depending on if this is another “nice to have bag” or if someone is looking for a new primary bag for the season

 

Bag Scorecard
Looks:  9
Value:  8
Functionality:  9
Size:  9

Overall Rating: 35/40;  Love this bag– highly recommend

What do you all think about this bag?  Love it?  Really love it?  Send us a note, would love to hear from you!  Don’t currently follow our blog– why not?!

Happy Shopping!

 

XOXO,
–Chickwares
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**Images courtesty of Henri Bendel site; I did not receive any compensation or incentive for my review of the Modern Icon Satchel.

Fashion, Handbags, Henri Bendel, Shopping, Style, Summer Fashion

Bag Review: Henri Bendel Chrystie Embroidered Satchel

Happy Friday! 

I don’t know about you guys but I am super excited (as usual) that Friday is here!!!  Today’s post is one of our favorites–a new bag review!  And why is this one of our favorite posts to write do you ask?  Because a bag review means we have a NEW bag and we LOVE new bags!!  The gorgeous leather embroidered Henri Bendel Chrystie is our feature bag for today.

This bag is beautiful!  Pebbled leather with beautiful embroidered front detail and a fun leather tassel are the standouts.  This is a true satchel so there is no additional shoulder strap,  however the two double carry handles are very comfortable and easy to hold in hand or on your arm.  Structured but not stiff so the bag doesn’t droop when full.  This bag is great in that it also features 4 decorative but functional zippers on the sides of the bag that allows you to expand the bag when needed!  This is a large size bag, could easily accommodate everyday purse essentials, a tablet or even small laptop and a bottle of water.

The best part is that this little beauty is on sale right now during the Henri Bendel Semi Annual Sale!  We will post our favorites from the sale a bit later!  The bag retailed for $598 but is on sale now for $358!  Available in Black and Roobios Tea (love)!  I have the Roobios Tea and I love it, I’ve received several compliments already!

All about the bag:

Chrystie Embroidered Satchel

  • Pebbled leather
  • Embroidery detail on front
  • Expandable sides
  • Flap closure
  • Interior open pocket
  • Pocket on back
  • Three interior zippered pockets
  • Dimensions: 11.5″H x 17.5″W x 6.5″D
  • 5″ handle drop

 

 

 

PROS:

  • 100% pebbled leather
  • Adjustable sides
  • Embroidered detail
  • Leather tassel accent; very substantial and stylish tassel can be removed and used with other bags
  • Versatile; great large size makes this bag perfect for work or play
  • On sale now!

CONS:

  • Could get heavy once full, as with most bags this size or style.  Just be mindful that you don’t HAVE to stuff it to the brim!
  • No additional shoulder strap; I list this as a con because I know some women like the option however for me personally it isn’t an issue.   I tend to gravitate to more satchel styles and prefer to carry my bag that way– IF I’m not running around with my kids!
  • No inside dividers–not a deal breaker for me but again I often hear from clients that they like dividers or compartments inside of large bags to help them stay organized.

 

Bag Scorecard
Looks:  9
Value:  9
Functionality:  8
Size:  9

Overall Rating: 35/40;  Love this bag– go get yours!  🙂

 

What do you all think about this bag?  Love it?  Really love it?  Send us a note, would love to hear from you!

And don’t forget, check out the other great deals happening right now during the Henri Bendel Semi-Annual Sale.  Don’t miss!

Happy Shopping!

XOXO,
–Chickwares
Pretty.Fabulous.Things

 

 

 

**Images courtesty of Henri Bendel site

Denim, Fashion, Handbags, Henri Bendel, Style

Fri-Yay! What I Wore Today & Weekend Steals & Deals

It’s Friday!!  Nevermind that today is gloomy and rainy and a bit cool for Atlanta in May–but it’s Friday!!  Woo Hoo!  Can you tell I’m excited about the weekend?!

First up:  #whatiworetoday  – 7 for all Mankind jeans, nude pumps, American Eagle camo sweatshirt (love!), Nude pumps, Rebecca Minkoff Gold MAB Satchel (a fave), Henri Bendel Southstreet Carryall (I have the soft leather version with gold interior (love!) same style different leather here)

I wanted to take time today to share some AWESOME deals that have been flooding my inbox.  I’m including a variety or retailers and brands so that I can share a range of prices and styles because,  let’s be honest, not everyone looks for designer or premium designer styles to purchase!  There are some great deals to be had out there right now and just in time for Mother’s Day– don’t forget to get a little something for yourself too!  Hope you get to take advantage of some of these deals!

  1. Nordstrom Rack & Haute Look
    1. Lucky Brand event starts today! – Clothing and Shoes
    2. Calling all cardholders – earn TRIPLE Points through Sunday 5/7
  2. Express
    1. Women’s tops are 50% off! thru Monday 5/8
    2. Buy 1 get 1 50% off shorts and denim
    3. 30% off dresses; select styles
    4. Clearance is an extra 20% off!
  3. Michael Kors
    1. 25% off through Tuesday 5/16 – great Mother’s Day gift options!
  4. Tory Burch
    1. 30% off sale; select styles – beautiful styles available!
  5. Old Navy
    1. 30% off adult styles – online only!
    2. All dresses, tops and pants are on sale – up to 50% off
  6. Henri Bendel
    1. 25% off all jewelry – Friday 5/5 – Sunday 5/7 only! – You can still utilize ground shipping for delivery before Mother’s Day!
  7. Bloomingdale’s – if you’re a Loyallist, earn 3x points when you purchase items from home
    1. One day home sale!  Saturday 5/6 only! (preview on Friday 5/5)
  8. Nordstroms
    1. Earn triple points on your purchases 5/3 – 5/7!
  9. Macy’s
    1. Friends and Family Event – a whopping 30% off most items
    2. 10% off beauty and fragrance purchases – (can you say new Jimmy Choo perfume!)
    3. Free shipping at $49!
  10. Bath and Body Works – need some smell goods?
    1. Free item with $10 purchase AND free shipping at $40
    2. Mother’s Day limited edition tote – $30 with $30
    3. 2 for $22 CocoShea product line (one of the newer collections– great time to try!)

We’ve shared 10– not in any particular order and of course there are plenty more out there available, enjoy and Happy Shopping!!

As always, if you have something to say, we’d love to hear from you!

XOXO,

Chickwares

 

Handbags, Henri Bendel, Shopping

Bag Review: Henri Bendel West 57th Crossbody Hobo

Hi, Hi, Hi!!  We are pretty excited about today’s post– a new bag review!  We love bag reviews– why, do you ask?  Because the need to post a bag review means we have a NEW  bag and we LOVE new bags ;-)!  The West 57th Crossbody Hobo is our feature bag for today.  This style is not a “brand new” style from Henri Bendel, this bag was offered in the Fall of last year, however there are some new and FABULOUS Spring colors that is placing this bag in the spotlight once again and breathing new life into a very functional and on trend style!

All about the bag:

The bag is 100% Saffiano leather– very versatile and resilient!  Fully lined inside with signature satin HB lining.  Magnetic closure, interior and one exterior front pocket.  The fabric and leather trimmed crossbody strap measures in at a generous 22″long.  Bag measures approx.:  11″ H x 14″ W x 2.5″ D.

The West 57th Crossbody is available in 5 of the top trending colors for Spring!  Available in Chipmunk (shown above), Indigo Bunting (shown above), Poinciana, Sea Salt and Bodacious.  I have the crossbody in Chipmunk and I love it!  I must admit I wasn’t attracted to the style at first, but I tried it on and the rest is history!  The bag was very comfortable and overall a great fit.  I am always on the hunt for functional yet stylish accessories that help keep me at least feeling polished while I am out and about running errands or running about town with my kids!

This very lovely bag will make an awesome Valentine’s Day gift (hint, hint) for some lucky lady.  And ladies, if your guy needs a little help feel free to print our this post and leave it in strategic yet obvious places for your beau to find!  Right now HenriBendel.com is offering a free gift with every $200 purchase!  Don’t miss!

PROS:

  • 100% Saffiano Leather
  • Comfortable long crossbody strap
  • Gorgeous color options
  • Inside zippered middle compartment and large zippered pocket
  • Bag is fully lined
  • Could hold an Ipad mini or tablet – may have to sacrifice other items
  • Monogramming available

CONS:

  • Retails for $278; for the price there are definitely other crossbody bags available; the price is definitely in line with a typical HB bag
  • The inside of the bag felt a bit small to me, I wasn’t able to use the magnetic closure once all of my items were inside– but I think with most crossbody styles women tend to edit what they carry in order to maintain the overall look of the bag when worn, so I don’t know if this will be a big concern to some
  • Magnetic closure; this didn’t bother me very much, but I know that this can be an important feature for some as magnetic closure don’t offer the same security as a zippered bag
  • Shoulder strap isn’t adjustable

Bag Scorecard
Looks:  8
Value:  7
Functionality:  9
Size:  7
Overall Rating: 31/40; a little pricey, but overall a great looking, stylish bag for work or play

What do you ladies think– perfect Valentine’s gift or “no thanks”?  We’d love to hear from you!  Do you own this bag?  Tell us what you think!

 

XOXO,
–Chickwares
Pretty.Fabulous.Things

 

 

 

This bag was purchased by me for me, I did not receive as part of any promotional incentive or gift

**All images courtesy of henribendel.com website