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!

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Chickwares
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Fashion, Handbags, Shopping, Style

It’s National Handbag Day!

Happy National Handbag Day friends!  October 10 has been designated National Handbag Day and is a day to celebrate all things bags.  Obviously this is not a day started by or acknowledged by the government (although it should be!) but just a fun way to celebrate a well-loved accessory by many and just another reason to go shopping!

In honor of this spectacular day and prior to any purchases I may make to commemorate the awesomeness of today I wanted to start with a post to share with you all some eye candy to help inspire your day! The below is a short list of beauties that I pulled together, so many many more out there.  Range of sizes and price points, a few I have and a couple I have my eye on!

Those who love handbags are asked to post images of your favorite bags– you don’t have to own it yet– with the hashtag– #nationalhandbagday.  Would be awesome if you guys would tag chickwares as well and follow us on Instagram!  Have a wonderful day and Happy Shopping!

 

National Handbag day

Louis Vuitton Montaigne Empreinte Leather

Rebecca Minkoff Velvet Love Crossbody

Celine Luggage Tote

Louis Vuitton Daimer Neverfull

Chloe Large Leather Marcie Satchel

Gucci Marmont Bag

Burberry House Check Large Banner Tote

BP Leopard Print Calf Hair Pouch

Henri Bendel Leather Jetsetter Backpack

Let us know what you think– do you have any of these bags?  What’s your favorite?  What bag will you add to your collection on National Handbag Day?!

XOXO,

Chickwares

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
Pretty.Fabulous.Things

 

 

 

 

**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

Celebrity Lifestyle, Fashion, Handbags

Ellen DeGeneres Launches New Bag Collection

Ellen DeGeneres is in the bag business!  She has collaborated once again with Camuto Group and now has developed a collection of handbags, totes, cross bodies and small leather novelty goods under her lifestyle brand ED.  Ellen collaborated previously with the group to create her shoe line that is retailing now.

The collaboration was announced last Fall and is available now at better retailers like Nordstroms and at specialty boutiques.  It appears that the collection is also available through her site edbyellen.com, however we checked and there was only a small selection available through the site and all items were sold out.

The collection offers handbags ranging in price from $128-$278, wallets and small leather accessories range from $38-$78.  The collection features signature prints by Ellen as well as some very quirky, novelty designs. As one might imagine, the overall tone is very casual and laid back (like Ellen), definitely more weekend casual or weekday errand running versus 9 to 5 work options.

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What do you think ladies?  Ellen has a great reputation and solid fan base, which would surely help support her new venture–has anyone else heard of or seen the line?   Made a purchase?  What is the most noteworthy item in the collection?

Let is know what you think. We’d love to hear from you!

XOXO,

Chickwares

 

 

 

**Above article reflects our opinion, we were not paid by the brand or retailers for the post.  Images were pulled from retailer site.