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: Saint Laurent Sac De Jour Leather Tote

In 2013, shortly after Hedi Slimane joined Saint Laurent as creative director and dropped Yves from its name, the Saint Laurent Paris Sac de Jour was born. In the four years since, this “day bag” has been instrumental in the impressive turnaround of the brand, which tripled its revenue between 2011 and 2016. I’ve contemplated buying the SDJ since late…

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Comfortable Shoes at Every Height

Jessica Simpson Mandalaye Elastic Ballet Flats  This post is inspired in part by an article on Racked about the most comfortable shoes owned by “people who are on their feet all day.” As the author notes early in the article, most of the recommendations are more functional than attractive. Among the recommended shoes are Born and Danskos clogs, Sam Edelman…

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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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