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Fri 02.21
Pour la Victoire vs. Maison Martin Margiela

Pour La Victoire vs. Maison Martin Margiela: Boxing Match

Once considered a novelty, the ubiquitous box shape is now a staple in our bag collections. It’s still a fun diversion from your go-to essentials, though, which is why it can be hard to justify splurging on a piece like this Maison Martin Margielaicon (on for $1,745). If you’re hesitant, go with Pour La Victoire’s black Bonne Tonne (on Shopbop for $395).

Fri 01.31
Frugal Friday

Frugal Friday: Topshop Suede-Backed Mini-Backpack

From Stella to Proenza to The Row, it is all about the backpack as a fashion item. But you don’t need to go to the top of the line to get a topnotch style. Actually, you just need to go to Topshop.

Thu 01.30
Totes Under $250

Totes Under $250: Brighter Color, Lower Cost

There are few times I’ll set aside my mini bag, but I’m always willing to do it for an adventure, whether it’s surfing, skiing, or my favorite – shopping. And since adventures can sometimes be rough and tumble (sample sale, anyone?), you want a tote that’s not going to break your heart when it gets a scratch – a.k.a. one with a sweet and low price tag.

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

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.