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IT’S THE WEEKEND! 7 Great Bags You Can Obsess About!

Looking for a weekender bag? Or maybe the perfect stylish college bag?

It doesn’t matter whether you want to hit the beach or hit the Bahamas, you can do it in total style with one of these bags worth obsessing about!

A.P.C. Weekend Bag $280
A.P.C. Weekend Bag $280

Classic ~ A.P.C. Weekend Bag $280

Takeaway Tote $68
Takeaway Tote $68

Takeaway Tote, Just $68 – Let’s Go Shopping!!!

JADETribe Nicole Weekender Bag $385

JADETribe Nicole Weekender Bag $385

JADETribe  ~ So Unique!

Bless Travelbag $626
Bless Travelbag $626

Thanks Bless – Innovative! Never seen this before:)

Foley Corinna Woven Circle Tote $495

Foley Corinna Woven Circle Tote $495

Foley Corinna Woven Circle Tote $495

Very Cool… very, very cool.

Mulberry Leather Weekend Bag $1,650

Mulberry Leather Weekend Bag $1,650

Mulberry  ~ Must have!

Rebecca Minkoff Endless Love Straw Tote, $250

Rebecca Minkoff Endless Love Straw Tote, $250

Rebecca Minkoff Endless Love Straw Tote, $250 ~ 

I’m buying this one Today!

Whether you’re spending your weekend in the Caribbean, your friend’s beach house or your boyfriend’s apartment, you might as well do it in style. So, here are 15 chic carryalls for stylish schlepping–weekend or not.

Bags researched by Miyoshi K., for Raymond Lee Jewelers Blog. Raymond Lee Jewelers is Boca Raton’s premier Jewelry and Handbags Store!

Beware of Shoes This Cute

Gilt: Irina I Laser-Cut Pump

Shoes This Cute.. You Should Have Gilt!

I mean, really. That’s just not fair. They’re a must have. These cute picnic blue beauties were found on gilt.com, available for $129, but hurry, sizes are starting to sell out.

If anyone just feels the urge to pick up an extra size 7 and send it anonymously over to Raymond Lee Jewelers, sent Attn: Alexandra.. Well, that would be totally radical, man. 🙂

Gilt.com Product Overview:

* High heel pump
* Patent leather upper with laser cut leather detail throughout
* Slightly padded leather insole and sole
* 4 1/4 inch heel; platform sole 1 1/4 inch

Brand: Pour La Victoire

Color: teal

Material: Patent leather

Origin: Imported

Gilt.com: also available in cream and charcoal~!

Welcome Guest Blogger, Clever Little Buttons: A Satchel Style Collage You Don’t Want to Miss!

This Guest Blog Entry is Courtesy of one of our Most Admired ‘Blogs We Love’ Authors,

Caz of Clever Little Buttons.

(Thanks again, C! These ensembles are incredible, can’t wait to do this again. xo-Alex)

Please check out the Clever Little Buttons Fashion Blog at http://www.cleverlittlebuttons.co.uk/

To Stand the Test of Time

I don’t know about you, but as a freelance writer I struggle to work from home. There are so many distractions that eventually end up pushing me to leave the house. This is when I hit a problem; as a writer I need all my things with me, books, magazines, laptop, it all has to come! Now I’m a vintage girl, always have been and always will be! I Love anything that has a story and history behind it, pushing it forward. So when contemplating this problem I decided to use this post to highlight the perfect bag, that is versatile, chic and the longest lasting style of bag in history.

All Herald the Satchel!

The Story
When I was six I got my first satchel, to use for school! It was brown leather and I covered it with stickers and embellishments, creating a rather artistic mess! Although it may have been a mistake to ruin the leather with stickers, it was my prized possession, and lasted me through to high school! My passion for a sturdy satchel has never left me, so when I decided to dedicate this post to the humble satchel I wanted to know more about its history. Here is the short version, but I think it may surprise you!
The satchel was first reported as being a functional accessory as far back as the Romans!

Oh yes that is correct, and they didn’t even look all that far removed from today’s designs! They were used for carrying food and survival kits by the Legionnaires, now that’s what I call a solid grounding in history! It wasn’t until the 17th Century that the Satchel began to be a fashion statement for men and women, this was the birth of the man bag! They were used by gentry and towns people alike, and were at one point the most common design of accessory.

Classic Satchel

In the 1940’s the satchel was known as the ‘evacuee bag’ as it’s where all your papers were kept, and this drove the bag towards its most well-known era, as the school bag – very geek chic!  This has not ended and today the shape and styles hold predominantly true to the original, with two fastening straps and a multitude on inner pockets, perfect for all! This season has seen the arrival of new, brighter and bolder satchels from all corners of the fashion world, from Mulberry to Primark, the colour block satchel is back!

Back!

Mulberry Satchel
The Colour Block

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So, whilst deliberating how I wear my satchels, I realised that I have two staple versions that give me a very differing look and feeling when I wear them! The first is my colour blocked satchel. It is the one that I wear when I am happy, confident and loud – I’m sure we all have something in our wardrobes that represents those days!
So I proceeded to pull everything out of my wardrobe and devise my perfect look, this is the outcome!
I have started with the amazing foundation of this beautiful, lilac satchel from Cambridge Satchel! This to me is a workable combination of S/S 2011 and the timeless, vintage shape – perfection! This bag is big enough for me to store all my stuff, and trust me there is a lot of stuff! I have a habit of never emptying my bags so they usually just fill up with rubbish, this bag will give me enough room to store my belongings and keep everything neat and tidy – finally there’s a method to my madness! Now, as a curvy girl I find long shoulder straps troublesome if they hit my hips, as it only widens them, this bag has adjustable straps, so that I can bring it up to my waist.
For an overall look I have chosen to style this bag towards a Geek Chic look. I have started with this belted, Ballerina skirt from my ever faithful Warehouse! The colour of this skirt works wonderfully with the bag and it’s quirky enough to ooze style. To complement the skirt I have added a plain white, sheer blouse from The Outnet, no geek look is complete without a pussy bow blouse!
This look is all about the accessories so I chose to start with these ankle socks and brogues both from TopShop. These are great for taller girls, but girls like me who were not blessed with long legs, swap these for wedges! Finally add in Geek glasses from Glassesshop.com and a classic Nixon watch, we all remember these in the 80’s! My nails are the completion of this running theme, I have chosen this slightly clashing shade from OPI.

The Hippy

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My other satchel staple is a vintage embroidered number that has been with me for over 10 years! It never goes out of fashion and is still practical – the perfect blend! When I use this bag I feel ethereal and earthy, it puts me back on the ground and celebrates my love of Mother Nature. So here is a similar bag, that I have found, that I feel will give you the same feeling!
This amazing and different example of the Satchel from TopShop, is not only a great example of the current 70’s trend but also a great staple that will last for years to come. Firstly I love the shape of this bag, it has a slightly Swedish feel to it that I simply adore. The floral printed leather is also chic and simple, it is noticeable but also adds textures – this can only add value to this investment!
As this is a smaller version, I can wear this at a longer length, it won’t hit my hips as badly as the larger version, and this would work great as a cross over.
I have styled this bag with a typical outfit that I would wear with mine, so I wanted to start with this seasons favourite Palazzo pant also from TopShop. The colour of these trousers are perfect for me, they ooze femininity and playfulness. These are also great for all sizes – yey! I have teamed these with this amazing denim number from
Miss Selfridge. To complete the look I have styled with these wedges from Sam Edelman, Miss Dior perfume, sweet and light like the outfit and necklace also from Miss Selfridge.

Go and invest in a Satchel this season, not only are you  investing in history but you are also grabbing a staple that will last through your history!

To my dear Alex,

Thank you for the opportunity to blog with you – it has been so much fun!
Your support means the world to me!

Love from your friend across the pond,

Clever Little Caz x


How to spot a fake Louis Vuitton bag

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Louis Vuitton has been manufacturing luxury handbags, accessories, clothing, and luggage for over 150 years.  As these luxury items have become increasingly popular, the market has also become flooded with replicas.  There are many key details to pay attention to when purchasing Louis Vuitton handbag to ensure authenticity.  The first clue, which may seem obvious,  is to make certain that Louis Vuitton actually manufactured the style you are looking at.  Certain models of Louis Vuitton handbag were only made in specific colors or sizes. Look out for this! A second thing to pay attention to is the scent.  A replica Louis Vuitton handbag has a much stronger leather smell than an  authentic Louis Vuitton handbag. The only way to understand the way to recognize  an authentic Louis Vuitton handbag by the scent is to purchase a real Louis Vuitton handbag and smell it.  Another thing to look for is the way the monogram is placed on a Louis Vuitton handbag.  The monogram should be symmetrical. The stitching on all Louis Vuitton handbag should be perfectly even. Louis Vuitton handbag command such a high price for a reason.  Most Louis Vuitton handbag are consistent with regards to their stitching. A popular example of this is shown in the Louis Vuitton Speedy bag where the handles meet the bag, there are five stitches going across the top.  Many people also assume that the presence of a date code guarantees authenticity. This is not always the case, however.  If the specific Louis Vuitton handbag that you are looking at should have a date code but does not, this could be a sign that it is counterfeit.  Certain models of Louis Vuitton bags did not have date codes if they were manufactured during certain years. Also pay attention to the location of the date code, an example would be that most Louis Vuitton speedy bags would have the same date code location, however the location of date codes sometimes differs between years.  Louis Vuitton began using date codes in the early 1980s, and they are usually very hard to spot, as they are sometimes hidden in the corners of pockets or in seams.  The leather used in authentic Louis Vuitton bags is not treated, and darkens to a honey color with use.  This is just a small sampling of key things to look for when trying to spot a fake Louis Vuitton handbag.

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Louis Vuitton Clous Bracelet- Florida Jewelry

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The Clous bracelet is one of Louis Vuittons signatures items from the Emprise collection. This collection was introduced in 2004 and was Louis Vuittons first foray into the jewelry market. Consisting mainly of gold and diamonds, Louis Vuitton strived to combine innovation, luxury and sensuality to create pieces that would resonate with consumers. Marc Jacobs, Louis Vuittons head designer, faced the daunting challenge of creating a new product line that was both modern and true to more than 150 years of design tradition. The Emprise collection and the Clous bracelet more than succeeded in this regard.

The Clous bracelet is beautifully made; radiating a simple elegance. You can find this bracelet in yellow, white and even rose gold. Each bracelet is crafted with a small clasp on the outer circumference that can be opened for easy removal of the bracelet. This differentiates the Clous from the similar Cartier Love bracelet which needs a screw to remove. Making the Clous a great option if you intend to wear a bracelet everyday.  Often wearers will layer multiple Clous bracelets of different sizes on the wrist, creating a impossibly chic look. Here at Raymond Lee Jewelers we have many Clous bracelets for sale at an affordable price, Florida jewelry Click on the picture above to be sent to one of our items.

-Carlos at Raymond Lee Jewelers

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