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Annie Get Your Bag

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April 5, 2013  3:22 pm

23ebf annie williams bag Annie Get Your BagAnnie Williams is proof that you don’t need to live in a major fashion capital to gain a foothold in the industry. Based in Nashville, the up-and-coming handbag designer, who is perhaps best known as a singer-songwriter , is building a following with her no-frills leather clutches and unisex weekender totes. Williams got her start in Wyoming, making chalk bags for avid rock-climbers, like her and her husband; she sewed them on an industrial Consew machine, which she still uses today.

Upon moving to Tennessee for her musical pursuits, Williams met a local who stoked her leather obsession and ultimately became her go-to source for all things tanned. The designer described her secret weapon as “a country-bumpkin man out in the woods who knows where all these closed-down factories are and scores me all kinds of amazing scraps and whole hides for cheap—I’d be happy just staring at a whole hide all day,” she told Style.com. After several people put in personal requests for bags like the one she’d been toting around, Williams decided to start producing and wholesaling them in small batches. Fall ’13 is Williams’ fourth official collection, and this season she began incorporating natural wool into her designs. “There’s an emphasis on form and function. I let the materials speak for themselves,” she said of her bags, which feature vintage hardware details. Williams plans to grow her brand organically while still spending as much time in the recording studio as possible. A range of home goods—like throw rugs and pillows—is also in the works. “I like having full control, and still want to have my hand on everything.”

Annie Williams’ bags ($200 to $800) are currently sold on her Web site, and in select boutiques, including Clic Gallery in New York.

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The Perfect Pair: Spring’s Prettiest Polishes & Purses

 

When you think of accessories, what comes to mind first? When we think of accessories, we dream of chic, colorful handbags (big shocker, right?!) and perfectly manicured nails. During the Spring 2013 runway shows, we noticed models sporting trends that are beyond-perfect for the seasonal nail scene, and we thought we’d share our observations.

Check out these top five shades, each perfectly paired with one of our fabulous bags!

Nude, Nude, Nude!

 The Perfect Pair: Spring’s Prettiest Polishes & Purses

Ever consider going bare? Nude nails were huge on the runway, but this doesn’t mean you have to go naked! Opt for a glossy, nude shade, much like NARS Candy Darling. And how fun is this Hailey Studded Leopard Bag? Right on trend with studs and animal print embellishments, this bag is a perfect addition to your collection this spring!

Walk on the Dark Side

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While lighter shades typically come to mind in the spring, this season is posing to be a year of darker colors — with emerald at the top of the spectrum! From dark greens like this Butter London to black and slate gray, darker shades are one nail trend to give a try this spring. And this sleek Cheryl Structured Bag offers a perfect mix of emerald shading, color blocking, and metallic touches for the working gal!

(Psst…Are you loving emerald as much as us this season? Be sure to shop The Color of the Year in our special handbag collection!)

Miss Metallic

 The Perfect Pair: Spring’s Prettiest Polishes & Purses

Whether you opt for a set of all 10, just one accent nail per hand, or embellishments such as metallic tips or stripes, the metallic nail is another fun trend to be aware of for spring. From sparkly silvers to bronze and pale gold like Essie’s Good as Gold, this is one trend to get excited about! And don’t you just love this Samantha Quilted Handbag? So magnifique.

Bright Like A Diamond

 The Perfect Pair: Spring’s Prettiest Polishes & Purses

When the weather begins to warm up, you can always count on brights to make a return! This season, brights of all colors are a go, from blues and greens to punchy reds, much like this OPI My Chihuahua Bites. Smaller handbags and mini satchels are also on-trend this season. We just adore this Jennifer Patent Mini Satchel – the perfect purse for a spring getaway!

White Haute

 The Perfect Pair: Spring’s Prettiest Polishes & Purses

Well this is one we haven’t seen in awhile! Bright white polish is making a comeback, and we have to say that we’re happy for its return! Whether you choose a flat shade or something with a little sparkle, this cheery color is perfect for spring. And this Elizabeth Top Handle Tote is a perfect match! With its two-tone exterior and fun, metallic embellishments, this is one bag that we’re dying to keep for ourselves!

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Dressing for Laughs

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March 7, 2013  6:32 pm

4e422 hilarious accessories Dressing for LaughsThere’s been lots of talk about the controversial practice of “peacocking” this season. But as we look back at four weeks of Fall ’13 shows with weary eyes, a few designers (and street-style stars) remind us that the f in fashion stands for fun. And perhaps embracing that with a little panache isn’t such a bad thing—particularly when it comes to novelty accessories. Take Dior, for instance: This season, Raf Simons brought a dash of wit to his slick collection by embossing boxy handbags with Warholian sketches of pointy single-soled shoes, thereby fusing two of our favorite things into one. (His raised-eyebrow sunglasses also deserve an honorable mention.) At Fendi, Karl Lagerfeld garnished his handbags with furry multicolored dice (one of which reminds us a little bit of an Angry Bird), and over at Chanel, he sent out models with mini-globe handbags and cobalt, powder-pink, mint-green, or red fur Anna Wintour bobs that looked like they were plucked from an anime cartoon. Speaking of fur, we can’t forget the giant skunk-striped mittens that turned up at Altuzarra or, for that matter, the arctic-appropriate full-length black gloves at Alexander Wang.

We also saw loads of cheeky headgear (Yazbukey’s Plexiglas heart-and-arrow hat, Piers Atkinson’s devil-horn cap, Meadham Kirchhoff’s unicorns-in-love crown), jewelry (Henry Holland’s crystal martini earrings, Lanvin’s wildly appropriate “Help” pendants and wasp brooches, Louise Gray’s eggbeater earrings), and miscellanea (Dsquared²’s Sunset Boulevard-worthy extra long crystal-encrusted cigarette holders). But the sartorial satire wasn’t just on the runway. Outside the shows, Tommy Ton captured everything from skeleton gloves to Vika Gazinskaya’s scarf, which is made out of what appears to be a stuffed-animal iteration of a lemur. Sure, many of the shows were dark and somber, with their punk themes and muted palettes. But that just made the odd touch of zany all the more welcome.

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tags: Alexander Wang, Altuzarra, Chanel, Dior, Dsquared2, Fendi, Henry Holland, House of Holland, Karl Lagerfeld, Lanvin, Louise Gray, Meadham Kirchhoff, Piers Atkinson, Raf Simons, Tommy Ton, Vika Gazinskaya, Yazbukey

10 Must-Have Drugstore Finds For Spring

 

It’s warming up outside, and the sun is starting to shine a little more each day — both of which are sure signs that spring is here! After a long winter, now is the time to start switching up your beauty regimen and stock up on spring essentials. Unfortunately, finding the extra cash to buy these items can be a task in itself. Fear not!

We’ve put together a list of the top 10 drugstore products for spring, all under $20! Review the list and take notes. Spring Break is almost here and these items are must-haves!

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Garnier Skin Renew Miracle Skin Perfector BB Cream

BB Cream is the latest beauty must-have this year, and nearly all skincare and cosmetics brands are creating their own! This item hydrates, evens skin tone, and controls shine! (Walmart, $11.97)

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Organix Renewing Moroccan Argan Oil Instant Shine Conditioning

It’s likely that the dry winter air did some damage to your hair. Forget the expensive oil the celebs are using and opt for this much more affordable (and just as effective) version to add some moisture and shine to your locks! (CVS, $8.29)

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CoverGirl LashBlast LashBlast 24HR Mascara

When it comes to mascara, you’ve likely tried them all! This new one from CoverGirl get an A+ from us for volume and long-lasting wear! (Walgreens, $9.99)

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Essie Nail Polish

A higher-end nail polish, Essie lacquers come in a rainbow of super fun colors, and are available at your local drugstore! We’re loving this emerald tone called Trophy Wife for spring! (Walmart, $7.75)

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Burt’s Bees Radiance Exfoliating Body Wash

A long winter of extra dry air may have left your skin feeling scaly and flakey (yuck!). Remove dead skin cells and add some radiance with this all natural body wash! (Target, $7.99)

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EOS Organic Lip Balm

These tiny little egg-shaped pods have taken our lips by storm! Available in a variety of tasty flavors, we’re a sucker for the Sweet Mint. Did we mention it’s organic?! (Target, $2.99)

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Garnier Fructis Style Sleek Shine Sleek Finish 5-in-1 Serum Spray

Does your hair need a little something extra? Adding a little bit of hold, and a lot of shine, this 5-in-1 finishing spray is a winner in our beauty book! (CVS, $6.49)

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Jergens Natural Glow Firming Daily Moisturizer

Short sleeves and capris are edging their way to the front of our closets, and our sun-deprived skin needs some color! Adding a touch of glowy bronze and firming benefits, we love this moisturizer from Jergens! (Walgreens, $8.99)

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Hard Candy Face Body Luminizer

It’s a little too early to pull out the bronzer, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a dewy look for spring! This luminator adds a slight shimmer and tint that we absolutely love! (Walmart, $8.00)

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Sonia Kashuk Eye Shadow Quads

Target offers these amazing eye shadow quads from celebrity makeup artist, Sonia Kashuk. Their sparkly shades are ideal for spring and offer professional quality at a fraction of the cost! (Target, $13.69)

Image sources: walmart.com, cvs.com, walgreens.com, target.com

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Fashion Feature: Introducing Our New Style Bloggers

 

At Handbag Heaven, we’re firm believers that a little style can go a long way. That’s why we’ve enlisted the expertise of some of the hottest fashion bloggers and asked them to style a few of our most-loved handbags.

Today, we’re excited to introduce the latest batch of bloggers to the Handbag Heaven family: Lacey of A Lacey Perspective, Megan of Chasing Davies, Cammila of Dressed Up Like a Lady, Bettina of Neat Bit, and Ashleigh of The Daileigh. These tried and true fashionistas went above and beyond in their styling efforts, providing us with looks we can’t wait to wear!

Snag a sneak peak at their tote-ally adorable looks below, and be sure to pop on over to the Style Guide for an even closer look at all of the ensembles — including one-on-one interviews with each of these sophisticated and stylish gals. There, you can also find our complete collection of stunning handbag-clad looks, along with fashion tips and tricks, and a must-take style quiz!

 

Lacey of A Lacey Perspective

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See the look | Get the tote

 

Megan Of Chasing Davies

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See the look | Get the satchel

 

Cammila Of Dressed Up Like a Lady

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See the look | Get the clutch

 

Bettina Of Neat Bit

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Ashleigh Of The Daileigh

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See the look | Get the bag

Which look speaks to your style?

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The Oscars’ Best Dressed (and Tressed!) Ladies

 

The Oscar fashion gods have spoken, and 2013 was one helluvah year for glamorous dresses! Here are our top 5 picks (that’s right, we narrowed them wayyyy down!) for best dressed and best tressed at the 85th Academy Awards — because let’s be real, if the gals on the red carpet were having a bad hair day, their dresses just weren’t shining as bright, either.

Stacy Keibler

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Although she might have gone as George Clooney’s coveted arm candy, Stacy Keiber killed it in a Great Gatsby-inspired Naeem Khan gown (the same designer who outfitted the First Lady that evening)! The draped embellishments, high neckline, cinched waist, and ultra-revealing back accentuated her gorgeous body, and her loosley-pinned retro waves made her our best dressed of the night!

Amy Adams

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Amy Adams was the sweetest confection in this gorgeously-tiered Oscar de la Renta. The pale blue gown complimented her pale skin and red hair to fairytale perfection! We love how Amy kept it simple with drop earrings, a cuff, and a parted-down-the-middle updo. So chic — we’ll have this look for dessert, please!

Jennifer Lawrence

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The 22-year-old Best Actress winner definitely looked the part in Christian Dior! We adored Jennifer’s classic upwsept ‘do paired with diamond earrings, a delicate back necklace, and silver clutch (we have a similar one here). This pale pink, dramatic fit-and-flair gown hugged Jennifer’s enviable curves — and equally enviable tiny waist — like a glove, and the ladylike color was reminiscent of bridal couture. Well, it was certainly her day, so we say cheers to the happy couple — Oscar and his lady!

Jessica Chastain

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Holy movie star status! Jessica’s look was every bit the Old Hollywood tribute — the sparkly, fitted, beaded gown; the long, undone waves; the delicate jewels; the perfectly-lined red lips; and a megawatt smile.  We’re head-over-heels for Jessica’s acting chops, too, which certainly helped her case.

Charlize Theron

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Dear Charlize, can we please be as effortlessly cool as you? Wearing a white-hot Christian Dior peplum gown and sporting a fabulously chic pixie, Charlize is that popular girl in school that guys adore and women envy beyond measure. Her dress and hair combo scream modern sophistication. *Sigh.*

 Who made your best dressed and tressed list Sunday night?

Photos by PR Photos

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LBD Love: We Have a Valentine’s Day Contest Winner!

The week of ♥ may be over, but we’re still getting all sorts of fabulous LBD ideas from all of our Valentine’s Day Contest entries! The contest took place earlier this month, and we are beyond-thrilled with all of the gorgeous outfit inspiration — you all proved that you know a thing or two about looking sweet, sexy, and chic. (Props to you, because that’s way hard to do, girl!)

We’d like to give a shoutout to our contest winner Michelle for creating an ever-so stylish set featuring our fierce Kara Leopard Clutch. Lookin’ good, lady!

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With so many amazing contest entries, we felt it was only fair that our winner be chosen at random. Congrats again to Michelle, who won the Austin Studded Foldover Tote + $50 to Handbag Heaven. For more little black dress inspiration this season — and to sneak a peek at more glam entries from our V-day Contest — click here.

Thank you for all of those that entered! Be sure to check back to the blog and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for future contest deets!

LBD Valentine’s Day Looks

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and whether you’re single or spoken for, it’s time you thought seriously about your 2/14 ensemble. Sure, all you need is love, but if you ask us, a jaw-dropping number wouldn’t hurt, too.

Whether you’re toasting to the single life with your girls or living out a real life rom com, the key to looking hot on V-Day is the little black dress. That’s why this year, we’ve asked our readers to style a smokin’ LDB outfit, complete with a heart-stopping handbag. Peruse some of the looks we love so far, and don’t forget to submit your own while there’s still time. Psst … a Handbag Heaven prize pack is on the line!

Sophisticated Sweetheart

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Featuring the Portia Quilted Foldover Bag

Pretty in Pink Accents

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Featuring the Libby Foldover Messenger Clutch

 

Heartbreaking Hottie

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Featuring the Carrie Studded Convertible Clutch

 

Golden Girl

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Featuring the Lucy Pastel Envelope Wallet

 

Classic Valentine

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Featuring the Party Girl Glitter Clutch

For all things amore, check out our Gal’s Guide to Valentine’s Day!

6 Celeb Blogs We L-O-V-E

Whether you’re looking for the latest trends or brainstorming outfit ideas for something special, who better to turn to than your favorite celeb style icon? For those of us who love fashion and beauty (and we do!), celebrity-penned blogs offer just the right amount of must-try style, mixed with an extra dose of credibility.

Check out some of the celeb blogs we absolutely adore. If you aren’t following these, you better start subscribing — pronto!

1. Lauren Conrad ♥

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There’s no way you haven’t seen this one! Lauren Conrad is the ultimate celebrity style blogger, offering much more than photos of her latest outfits. This adorable blog is literally a one-stop shop for everything girly. We love her fun category names and clever content, including how-to-wear articles, crafty video tutorials, giveaways, and even a book club!

2. Kim Kardashian ♥

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If you can stand her, Kim K’s blog is a great way to keep up with the Kardashian Kraze! Detailing everything from her latest business ventures (and baby bump!) to cosmetics and fashion, this blog adds a personal touch to her super-celeb persona. We love getting trend ideas and makeup tips from the the girl who seems to have it all. Just call it a guilty pleasure!

3. Olivia Palermo ♥

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Directly from a fashion-insider, Olivia Palermo’s personal blog is the perfect peek into the fashion world. This top-notch blog details a day in the life of Olivia, including everything from her copy-worthy ensembles to her latest travels. She also touches on recent happenings within the fashion industry and lifestyle topics. We especially love Olivia’s glam tips and etiquette guide, too!

4. Whitney Port ♥

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We all fell in love with sweetheart Whitney Port on The Hills, followed her into The City, and now watch her every stylish step through her blog. From intern to fashion designer, Whitney takes us along her journey and has a lot of fun along the way. From recipes to trend reports, beauty, and beyond, this stylish blog is a can’t miss — and completely relateable for every girl next door!

5. Zooey Deschanel ♥

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New Girl star, Zooey Deschanel, has a Tumblr where she shares her Instragram photos, thoughts, and findings from around the web. As quirky and cute as Zooey herself, follow Zooey’s blog for a look into her life. Also check out Hello Giggles, a super-cute website she created with Sophia Rossi and Molly McAleer.

6. Gwyneth Paltrow ♥

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When it comes to sleek, sophisticated, and oh-so perfect style, Gwyneth Paltrow can do no wrong. More of a publication than a blog, goop is a Gwyneth’s weekly journal delivered to your inbox. She dishes all sorts of insider information on her favorite recipes, distant travels, red carpet events, shopping ideas, fashion tips, fitness guides, and more.

Please tell us! What celeb blogs are a must in your reader?

Image sources: laurenconrad.com, kimkardashian.celebuzz.com, olivapalermo.com,
whitneyport.celebuzz.com, zooeydeschanel.tumblr.com, goop.com

Swanky New Arrivals for New Year’s Eve

Attention all glam gals, sparkle seekers, and classic chicas!

Are you still searching for a little arm-candy to accompany you as you dance, mingle, and toast to the new year? Look no further than our collection of new arrivals, handpicked for the holiday season.

Whether your social calendar has you celebrating New Year’s Eve at a sophisticated soiree or snuggled up in a cozy chalet, these hand-held goodies are ready and waiting for the biggest night of the year!

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