Frugal Snob
Tue 01.14
Peter Pilotto for Target

Peter Pilotto for Target: Printing Press

I love the days when Target collection lookbooks are released. They let you prepare your shopping list for the big day when the pieces go up for sale, and thanks to London-based label Peter Pilotto, I have a feeling all of our wish lists are going to run long. Designers Pilotto and De Vos may be scaling back on price, but on print? Never.

Wed 12.18
Elizabeth and James Cynne Medium Crossbody Bag

Elizabeth and James Cynnie Medium Crossbody Bag: Frugally Fantastic

Soft lambskin leather plus a clean canvas plus just a dash of hardware plus three color choices: the Elizabeth and James Cynnie bag adds up to a great frugal snob option.

Tue 12.10
ZACZacPosen_Clutch

ZAC Zac Posen Clutch: Little Bow Peep

This isn’t your average bow-shaped bag. This is a bow that has morphed into a cool, futuristic style, ensuring your basic black clutch gets in on the excitement this season. ZAC Zac Posen often has a knack for producing frugal snob-approved finds that are as uniquely feminine as they are affordable, and this easy blend of patent and flat leather is a no-brainer.

Tue 11.05
Top 5 Holiday-Worthy Pouches

Top 5 Holiday-Worthy Pouches: Powerful Pouches

Forget the clutch for now. It’s the pouch that’s the real fashion-editor favorite of the moment. Why, you ask? Pouches are easy to grab, more low-key than their structured counterparts, and instantly make you look like an insider. And don’t think they’re meant to be reserved just for day (while they do make for perfect street-style photographer fodder).

Fri 10.11
Halloween-Inspired Ghoulish Goods

Halloween-Inspired Ghoulish Goods: Trick or Treat?

Halloween gives you the opportunity to dress up as someone (or something) else, but does that right extend into everyday style? Charlotte Olympia certainly thinks so! The Queen of Kitsch leads the pumpkin pack with her love ‘em or hate ‘em holiday accessories. Naturally, her Kitty flats made their way into the collection, updated with red crystal eyes and sharp fangs.

Mon 10.07
Top 5 Tartans

Top 5 Tartans: Raising the Red Flag

Okay, now that we’ve complied our wish lists for Spring 2014, let’s focus on the present – autumn! The hottest look of the season? Red tartan à la Stella and Céline. Just don’t wear multiple pieces together – you’ll look like a Scottish Halloween costume gone wrong.

Fri 09.13
Going Back in Time

Going Back in Time: Iconic Bags of the ‘00s

It was hard to choose the best bags from the ‘00s. Not because there were too few, but because there were so many! Once the term “it bag” was coined in the ‘90s, it was off to the races. There were Mulberrys (the Bayswater and the Alexa), Chloé’s Paraty, Alexander McQueen’s Novak, Prada’s bowling bag, Anya Hindmarch’s “I Am Not a Plastic Bag”…you get the gist.

Mon 09.09
Frugal Snob

Frugal Snob: Diane von Furstenberg 440 Envelope Clutch

A truly great Frugal Snob bag is hard to find, and yet here one is staring us right in the face! Named for the address of DVF’s chic NYC HQ, the 440 clutch is sleek through and through from the envelope shape to the tastefully embossed logo to the bold enamel bar closure. Don’t worry about running out of space, though – the bag has more than enough room for nights (or days) when you’re trying to travel light.

Fri 09.06
Favorite New York Fashion Week Designers, Part 1

Favorite New York Fashion Week Designers, Part 1: Jason Wu, Rag & Bone, and Rebecca Minkoff

In honor of New York Fashion Week (I just got off the plane last night and it’s already off with a bang! Let the games begin!), I’m featuring my favorite bags of the season from the New York designers who top my list. Not only can I hardly wait to see what they’ve whipped up for their Spring 2014 runway shows, I’ll be keeping their bags in heavy rotation as I hop planes, rows, and cities in the coming weeks.