“Lightness and weightiness are both linked to a philosophy of life. They are choices in life. Heaviness can be the embodiment of a sense of responsibility, the expression of maturity, the result of profound meditation or the emanation of a search for meaning in life. Weightiness, however, may also lead to a feeling of oppression, when it is felt as…

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The allure of Prada totes has dampened in recent years, as the original flooded the luxury market (where scarcity fuels demand) and similar styles at lower price points captured the rest of the segment. It’s unsurprising that Prada’s 2014 profits suffered a 28% drop from the previous year and sales of leather goods stagnated. I bought my first Prada Saffiano…

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Top: left | rightBottom: left | right I’ve grown fond of crossbody bags. They are the perfect hands-off solution for the mobile age as we now need both hands for our smartphones. I still like the oversized handbags that I gravitated to a few years ago but find them less useful on weekends. I praised the design of the larger…

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This is an overdue review; I have had this bag since late summer and I admit to having some regrets because this bag was, in many regards, too similar to what I already have an excess of in my closet. There are perhaps only six aspects open to manipulation when it comes to totes: size, color, material, number of compartments,…

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Ann Taylor’s Signature Gallery Tote (40% off this week with FRIENDS40) is among the best additions to my closet this fall; the design is simple but has the right amount of accents to differentiate it from a basic tote. It combines elements of a number of trendy bags–the trapezoidal shape of the Celine luggage tote, the small Tory Burch-like logo,…

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