Scalloped Tote

I have had this tote for about six weeks, but haven’t blogged about it because I feel lukewarm about it. It’s a fine tote for the price (retail price is $49), but it’s not really a piece that I am eager to wear. It is very roomy though, which I’ve at times found useful (it’s the rare bag that will…

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Review: Burberry Lavenby Reversible Check Tote

After two unrelated, but equally unfortunate, incidents (involving condiments and a leaky pen) marred my Tory Burch Saffiano Tote (reviewed here), I was eager to find a replacement for it. I suppose I didn’t realize how useful I found large beige-y totes until I didn’t have one. Burberry’s “Lavenby” Reversible Tote (now on sale at Saks Off Fifth in three…

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Review: Burberry Medium Banner House Check Leather Tote in Light Grey Melange

The Burberry Banner House Check Tote is part of the brand’s permanent collection, and an inoffensive take on the ubiquitous rectangular satchel. I think it first caught my eye around January of 2015, when the Spring/Summer 2015 collection was rolling out. It closely resembles the Prada Saffiano Tote, which inspired an army of copycats. QUALITY The textured, matte calf leather…

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Review: MICHAEL Michael Kors Studio Mercer Large Convertible Tote

Whenever I feel the urge to buy a new designer bag, I usually start by browsing Michael Kors for similar options. Like its direct competitors Kate Spade and Coach, Michael Kors is fairly nimble at creatively replicating a new “it” bag as it emerges on the scene. And as the quality of Michael Kors handbags is often satisfactory and the…

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Rider (+ J. Crew Rider Bag Review)

From flared trousers to clunky platforms, 70s trends are having a moment. Saddlebags, one of the era’s key accessories, can now be found as easily at big box stores as on runways. I almost purchased the Chloé Small Marcie Leather Crossbody Bag last year (and test-drove one from a friend’s collection for a few weeks earlier this year), but found…

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