Fall, Handbags, Shopping, Style

October 10th is National Handbag Day!!

It’s National Handbag Day!  Every year on October 10 we get to celebrate the awesomeness of handbags.  Handbag day–a day to shop, share and show some handbag love!

It goes without saying (again) that I LOVE a great bag!  Not sure when or how it started but for me handbag love is real.  I’m excited that a trend seen for Fall is the idea of carrying more than one bag!  I haven’t tried it yet, I need to plan and play with the right proportions, but loving the idea of my bag needing to carry a bag of its own bag!  I don’t know about you, but I can’t fit all of my things in a micro bag, sometimes one bag just isn’t enough!  For National Handbag Day 2019 I am going to focus this post on sharing some great deals, trends and of course a few bags that I LOVE right now! 

5 Fall Handbag Trends – And These Are Soooo Good!

1.    Croc effects – Love, love, love this trend.  Embossed croc looks instantly elevates the look of any accessory, always so classy and ladylike.  Pure luxe–whether you go faux or splurge on the real versions, you can’t go wrong!  Love Rebecca Minkoff’s take on a structured embossed croc bag!

2.    Chain accents – Chunky and often over-sized chain accents have been spotted fairly regularly in recent designs.  Simpler leather straps are being swapped for chunkier look at me and my bag styles!

3.    Structured bags – Structure and top handled styles are here to stay and why not—these handheld styles are definitely eye-catching!  Geometric shapes, fun and unique handles and materials, there is definitely an option for every taste.

4.    Double the pleasure – With handbags, this season two is better than one!  Top designers debuted Fall looks that included bags carrying a bag of its own!  Some showcased large bags with an attached mini or micro accessory bag (so cute!) while others went for bags of about equal size being careful that neither bag was really large or cumbersome. I think this is one trend I can get behind! Top Shop has some fabulous croc embossed AND structured bags that will make creating your own double-bag look super easy!

5.    Soft and cozy – The softest of soft materials are a key focus for Fall.  Faux fur, shearling, lambswool—if it’s shaggy and makes you want to cozy up, it is definitely a bag to covet this Fall!

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Fashion, Handbags, Style, Summer Fashion

Best Summer Bags: Splurges and Steals!

The official start of summer is upon us and I am SO excited to be back talking about bags, bags and more bags!  I was inspired to add a post about summer bags after confirming plans for an upcoming beach getaway I am so very much looking forward to–Cabo here I come!  I’ve pulled together some fabulous summer bag styles that I am lovin’ right now and seriously considering adding to my collection.  Ok, being completely honest–I’ve already purchased a couple of these, but no real surprise there :)!  I am only showing 8 here, but there are so many awesome options available right now and I’m all about sharing when it comes to great fashion finds and style ideas and I’m so excited now to share my summer bag picks and purchases with you!  There just may be part 2 of this post!

First things first, #1, the bamboo tote– so cute!  This bag style isn’t new, but a silhouette made super popular with the Cult Gaia a couple years ago. It’s still available now as a very on fashion tote, but at an awesomely affordable price point! I snagged mine from Amazon! With such a range of price points to choose from I decided to add it to my collection! Truly super low investment and such a great look!  I have the more neutral natural bamboo version, shown below but it’s available in other colored wood styles and acrylic options, the skinny scarf is optional!  I love #2! The Rebecca Minkoff Fan Tote, this is the large canvas option, but there are SO many versions and colors of this bag– the mini, there is a nylon option, there is even a clear version! OK, 4 and 5 are obviously very similar but I couldn’t decide which was cuter, so I included both! These are from Street Level brand, but there are so many options available this season in these easy to carry rattan styles–enjoy! #6 is my absolute favorite right now and is super fun, BUT, definitely the priciest out of all the options. However, I.love.it! So fabulous, I can see it being paired effortlessly with some khaki paper bag waist shorts and white tank or an off the shoulder maxi dress for a night out! Chrissy Teigen loves it too!! Links to shop all the options are below!

(left to right) – Bamboo Tote, |2| Rebecca Minkoff Canvas Tote, |3| Circle Handle Straw Pom Tote, A New Day Target Collection |4| Street Level Rattan Circle Tote, |5| Street Level Rattan Box Tote, |6| Jacquemus Le Baci Tote, Shopbop |7| Abigale Straw Clutch, Francesca’s |8| Rebecca Minkoff Kate Circle Crossbody

What do you all think of my picks? See something you like?  A new must have item?  Already have?  Leave us a comment, or even better a picture!  

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Thanks so much for reading!

XoXo,

Chickwares

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Fall, Fashion, Lifestyle, Shopping, Style

Hooray For Fall Fashion! Fall Trends

Heyyy Friends!

The Labor Day holiday signals that the end of Summer is near which is always a little bittersweet, however I don’t usually mind as much as I am always super excited for Fall and Fall shopping!  I enjoy dressing for all seasons, but I have to admit that Fall might be my favorite! I love sweater weather!  Notice I said sweater weather, not North Face Abominable Snowman Under Armour weather– definitely a difference!

I wanted to share just a few of the Fall trends I’m loving for Fall that will be influencing all of our shopping trips this season as these trends and looks are hitting retailers everywhere!

There are a ton of options and opinions out there on what is trending for Fall, this is my non-designer house point of view!  I like to think I present more approachable and affordable picks that you know us fabulous “everyday” gals could find and buy!  Runway styles are aspirational and inspirational, not all looks are intended to be taken literally, grab what you can from them and make the look your own.  We all know it’s not realistic to think that most of us will complete our shopping at Gucci and Saks! We all like our designer duds but I don’t think $600 slacks are in everyone’s budget :).

Enough rambling!  Take a look at the 5 trends assembled below and see if you feel Fall retro inspired!  Happy Shopping!

 

#1 – Flower Power – Retro Flower Prints

Floral prints.  Not just any florals but BIG, striking floral prints and patterns.  This trend might be the most polarizing trend of all but I think if done right, these is an amazing look for this season!  Ignore the thinking that florals are only relevant for Spring, the bright, bold patterns for Fall will definitely change your thinking.  Pair your florals with some flare leg jeans and a leather jacket or try some floral print slack and booties, ground a full length dress with a gorgeous pair of boots!  So many options!  PS – I love the floral coat below– on the hunt for a copycat version!

#2 – Resin & Lucite Accessories

Resin is a very versatile material and for this Fall season being crafted in so many  vivid colors and patterns!  Another plus is that it is super lightweight.  Look for mottled florals, bright color splashes and metal accents this season.  I’ve noticed that while pieces are still striking it looks like the super large statement pieces are on their way out.  Hold on to yours though (I am), what’s old will be new very soon.  Besides, I believe for the right occasion a big “look at me” necklace might be just want a girl needs!

 

 

#3 – Purple  / Lavender

I am really appreciating the various shades of purple/violet I’ve seen so far during this transition period leading up to full on Fall.    Pantone chose Ultra Violet as its color of the year for 2018 so no surprise that we will see this color everywhere this fall.  Actually– the entire color palette chosen for this year is pretty awesome, check them out here!  Such gorgeous colors!  For all you fellow Prince fans, I think he would be pleased with this color choice!

 

 

#4 – Belt Bags

Not a fanny pack, but a belt bag :)!  There is a difference and I guess the difference is about 30 years or so!  Either way, I don’t hate this accessory!  This trend is not brand new for Fall, was introduced in a big way back in Spring, I show it here as a part of this list because 1)  it will be continuing into Fall and 2) there are so many new and different takes on the style that it feels just as fresh as it did previously.  Everyone is offering their version of this style so you are sure to find one that works for you!  Extremely versatile bag, most styles can be worn in the traditional belt style or as a sling.  Some include a convertible strap so the bag can be worn as a crossbody.

 

 

 

#5 – Retro / Throwback Looks

This could be fun!  Think denim on denim looks, denim jackets, flare leg jeans (I actually never stopped wearing these…), updated bootcut denim, cool metallics, pop art details, velvet, color, color and more color!  Mix one of your favorite throwback pieces with a more modern piece to create a new ownable look!  Have fun!

 

 

Feel like Fall shopping yet?  Let us know what you think about this post or share what you’ve seen for Fall!  As always we’d love to hear from you!

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XOXO,

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Today I wanted to share some awesome inspo for your next shopping trip!  So many cute things out there; i’m just loving on so many of the retro styles I’ve seen.  Enjoy–and let us know what you think of our picks.  Scored something awesome and new lately?  Share it!  We’d love to hear from you!

 

First up:

  1.   Kimonos  – We Love Them!  So cute and so many options to choose
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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XOXO,

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Fall, Fashion, Handbags, Shopping, Style

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!

Thanks so much for visiting our blog, comments welcomed!  Chickwares is more than a blog, check out our store for great fashionable gifts and girly stuff!  Need gift suggestions?  Let us work for you!

XOXO,

Chickwares
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Fashion, Shopping, Spring, Style

What We LOVE Now!

Hi ladies!

It’s been far too long since I’ve been here but there has been so much going on, mostly good, some just life stuff, but in any event I am super excited to be back and sharing some thoughts, tips and ideas around all the things that fabulous things that make us smile!

Today I wanted to share some awesome inspo for your next shopping trip!  So many cute things out there now for Spring; I’m loving so many of the styles and prints I’ve seen for the season!   I won’t give it all away here, visuals speak louder than words!  We’ve pulled together a range of styles and most importantly price points, these looks are so “on” right now they can easily be found at every retailer and accommodate every budget!

Hope you enjoy–and let us know what you think of our picks!!

 

What We Love Now!

 Kimonos  – We Love Them!  So cute and so easy to wear and style!  My personal favorite is the longer duster style but there are also hip and waist length styles as well to choose from.  Pair with a simple tank or tee and heels or even fashion sneakers for a great look!  Looks great with jeans– I like em’ distressed a bit 🙂 or for a sexier look a pair of shorts for a very cool play on the varying lengths.  Have fun!  

 

Off the Shoulder – Still a popular look from Fall now into Spring!  I love off-the-shoulder pieces, adds a bit of sexy and femininity without being too much for day.  Easy to dress up or down–slip on a pair of sexy sandals and a look at me lip color and you’re ready for date night.  This look is even more WOW’d up for Spring in one of the popular Spring classic prints (see below)!

 

Classic prints – Gingham and Checks!  Prepare to see one or both of these prints A LOT this season–from dresses, to bags, bikinis and tops!  Very retro and oh so cute!  Below are a few styles to help you embrace the look and make it your own!

 

Feeling inspired yet!?  Scored any of the featured styles?  Please share!  We’d love to hear from you!  Thanks for stopping by!

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XOXO,

Chickwares

Visit Chickwares online!

Today I wanted to share some awesome inspo for your next shopping trip!  So many cute things out there; i’m just loving on so many of the retro styles I’ve seen.  Enjoy–and let us know what you think of our picks.  Scored something awesome and new lately?  Share it!  We’d love to hear from you!

 

First up:

  1.   Kimonos  – We Love Them!  So cute and so many options to choose
Lifestyle

12 Things Blogger Tag: Fall 2017

Hi all!

I hope that everyone had a lovely Fall weekend and a productive Monday!  The weather here in ATL was gorgeous over the weekend but started out super wet and gloomy today!  The skies have cleared but I imagine we’ll have more Fall sweater weather now that the rain has passed, at least for this week!

I’ve seen/read about the “twelve things” post a lot of bloggers are doing now and thought– why not?  The twelve things post is a post that features twelve random things or facts about the blogger, could be anything they are willing to share– likes, goals, current projects, family, anything!  I thought that this would be a fun way to share more of me and connect with you all; perhaps we’ll find that we have lots in common!

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  1. I am really interested in doing community awareness and outreach type of work.  I am interested in working with other organizations or bloggers that are focused on working with young people to help drive change and create opportunities for them that will positively impact their futures and build stronger more close-knit communities and support systems.  We need to come together people!
  2. I manage this blog and Chickwares.com the online boutique!  Chickwares started first as an online store and then the blog came after.  It is my current  passion and creative outlet.  Combines my love of fashion, shopping, all things girl and sharing my ideas and tips!  My little piece of Zen!  Check it out if you have a chance  www.chickwares.com
  3. I am striving to become a better runner.  I plan to participate monthly in area races.  I never much enjoyed running growing up, but now find a feeling of accomplishment whenever I complete a race or route.
  4. I love coffee!  I’ve found that as I’ve gotten older I really enjoy drinking coffee most anytime of day!   don’t necessarily “need” it for the caffeine jolt as I can drink decaf and be happy with that, I just enjoy it!  It’s something about the warmth and comfort of the drink.  Yummy!
  5. I am obsessed with becoming a better blogger and to be more consistently active on all my social media platforms.  I’ve always done OK, but I know there is so much more to this social media world, participating more and connecting more is key!
  6. Pink is my favorite color.  Such a happy and warm color!
  7. I love to shop and help people shop!  The hunt for the perfect gift or “thing” that I can pull together and bring a smile to someone’s face is awesome!
  8. I am a collector of handbags!  That was never my intention, but based on the number of bags that I have acquired I supposed I could be considered a collector!  🙂
  9. I love monograms and personalized options for everything!   My favorite everyday necklaces right now are these oversized initial necklaces with my kids initials on them, I wear them all the time.  I recently ordered a pendant with my monogram, can’t wait to get it!
  10. I really want to start a subscription box service focused on accessories and gifting.  I have so many ideas and equally as many doubts!  The creative in me says try it, but the other side of me is really questioning timing and execution– decisions!
  11. I design jewelry and looking for more chances to develop and grow my craft so that when the opportunitiy arises I am ready to share my work with a broader group of people!
  12. I love planners and all things stationery!  I am obsessed!  Planners, paper, notebooks, journals pens, pencils, stickers– you name it!  There are so many planners and journals available now that allow you to really be creative and personalize more that I find myself having serious conversations with myself when I come across a new planner or notebook– “self:  you do not need another!”   I still enjoy the art of writing and capturing moments whether via pictures, journaling or scrapbooking I think it’s great!  Make great gifts too!

Well that makes 12!  I hope you enjoyed reading these very random 12 things about me and my interests!  If you have any questions please reach out!

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Do we have similar tastes?  Any guidance or suggestions for me?!  Leave a comment, I’d love to hear from you!

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XOXO,

Chickwares

 

 

 

Gifts, Home, Jewelry, Shopping, Style

Chickwares Online Is Open!  The Grand Opening Giveaway!

Chickwares the online shop is now open for business!  Chickwares is more than just a blog, it is also an online store and we are beyond excited to write this post and announce the grand opening!

Chickwares the shop offers cute and fabulously fun accessories and gifts for you and all your favorite spaces!  We also partner with other small business owners and designers to offer their unique gifts and accessories on our site as well.  We are very excited to share our unique offering of products.  We are stocking the site with new items weekly so please take a look and come back and take another look, and another… 

To celebrate our opening and thank our followers for supporting us, we are giving away a free t-shirt!  The shirt was designed exclusively for Chickwares and you can be one of the first to get one, for free!!  No purchase necessary, although we do hope you will visit our online store. 

To be eligible to win all you have to do is:

  1. Follow our blog here (Chickwaresblog)
  2. Follow us on Instagram @chickwares
  3. Leave #unicorn in comments AND tag a friend!    

Easy!  Just be sure to do all 3 steps to be eligible. 

We will close the giveaway on Sunday July 9th at 12pm EST, 3 winners will be chosen at random and the names of the winners will be announced here on Chickwares blog and our Instagram page on Monday July 10th!  

Below is the graphic for the t-shirt, cute right??!  This style and other t-shirts will be available for purchase on Chickwares.com later this month, but win yours now for free!  

Everyone Wants To Touch A Unicorn
 

Thank you so much for following our blog and we hope you will also visit our store and come back often!  

XOXO,

Chickwares 

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