Archive for May, 2011

Trina Turk Catalina Towel Tote

Trina Turk Catalina Towel Tote in pinkTrina Turk Catalina Towel Tote in white

I have been looking for a few beach totes to wear throughout the summer, and the Trina Turk Catalina Towel Tote is definitely on my radar.  Show off poolside or seaside with a cute pink or white logo-print tote and matching terry cloth towel.  Price: $140.00 at

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Power of the Purse Recap

Thursday evening was the highly anticipated Power of the Purse.  In case you missed my previous posts on Power of the Purse {here} and {here}, I’ll briefly fill you in. Women In Philanthropy, a group of women in Columbia, South Carolina investing to improve the lives of women and children through active leadership and collective philanthropy, has a signature fundraiser known as Power of the Purse.  Power of the Purse is a silent and live auction that features bags donated by businesses and individuals from around the Midlands and beyond.  Funds raised during the event will support various causes that help women and children in the Columbia area.

Back to the event – it was a fun evening filled with fabulous women who were excited to enjoy a few hours of guilt free shopping, a martini luge and mixing and mingling.  There were one-of-a-kind, handmade bags and designer bags from all over that caused quite a stir.  In the end, every bag sold and 23 women joined Women In Philanthropy!  It was definitely a night to remember.  In case you missed it, check out the pics below.

Toni & Naida

Using my passion to help make Women in Philanthropy’s Power of the Purse a success has been such a fun and rewarding experience!  I have met some of the most amazing, dynamic women in the Midlands.  I want to thank all of the wonderful designers and companies that were generous enough to support us.  Click {here} to see more Power of the Purse pics.

**If you want to donate to the 2012 Power of the Purse, please email me at**




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I think it’s time to get back to basics – a good old fashioned makeup review.

I’ve been searching for a replacement fond de teint since my dearly departed Prescriptives went defunct. How I loved their foundation – the perfect undertone, the perfect shade, a formulation that lasted all day in a convenient pocket-sized tube, medium to full coverage that nixed the need for concealer, and all in a formula gentle enough for sensitive skin. You people don’t understand – I was literally devastated when I realised I’d purchased my last tube (even though, knowing me, I didn’t realise it was my last tube until I tried to buy some more and couldn’t find it anywhere so … I wasn’t that sad).

But life goes on. I ran into the arms of Bobbi Brown Foundation Stick (meh), Nars Sheer Glow (too watery), Mac (don’t get me started), Iman (… just OK). And then I discovered a few Laura Mercier foundations that were actually worthy of a blog post. So here goes…

1. Laura Mercier Oil Free Foundation in Toffee Bronze

Oil Free Foundation

This really is oil free — I mean REALLY oil free. It dries down so quickly that you have to work with just a tiny bit of product at a time. Great coverage, good finish, didn’t break me out, but my skin just felt really dry after wearing this all day. I will say a little goes a long way, I bought this over a year ago and I still haven’t repurchased it (maybe cause I bought a bunch of other stuff). I actually think I would recommend this to someone living in a warmer climate, who has an oilier skin but needs less coverage.

2. Laura Mercier Creme Smooth Foundation in Toffee Bronze £31
Crème Smooth Foundation
Really luxurious. I guess I went for it because I just couldn’t take the dry oil free foundation, so I careened in the other direction. But what a nice direction! It literally felt like a face cream to me. The only problem was, it never actually set. It rubbed off on everything and was so whipped and creamy that I’d end up touching it up all the time – and big glass jars of cream don’t travel well… I’d recommend it to someone with drier skin who doesn’t need as much coverage, and who doesn’t really need something long lasting.

3. Laura Mercier Mineral Pressed Powder SPF 15 in Warm Chestnut £31
Mineral Pressed Powder SPF 15

This makeup is the TRUTH people. Pretty much all the good things I said about Prescriptives, but with an added SPF. The ONLY tiny thing is, it’s a powder, so it dries my skin a tiny bit by the afternoon. I don’t care though, I just put on a bunch of moisturiser and it’s fine. YAY!

If you’re unfamiliar with my skin type, I’ve got combination skin that’s slightly dehydrated. My main concerns are: maintaining an even skin tone, keeping my skin clear and preventing fine lines.

[Today's title is a quote from the film The Dreamers, which stars Michael Pitt (he also starred as Kurt Cobain in Gus Van Sant's Last Days). When his character meets the French twin brother and sister, they go on a walk by the Seine and offer him a sandwich, to which he replies the above. First impressions are everything people.]

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That’s all for the moment, ha.

[Title is an excerpt from HOWL by Allen Ginsberg]

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Frye Abby Crossbody Bag

Frye Abby Crossbody Bag

I want this bag!  I am totally digging the “ethnic” flare of the Frye Abby Crossbody Bag.  It’s made of a rich, earthy leather, adorned with stitching detail and a gleaming center stone.  It has a certain vintage appeal. It features crossbody strap, front snap flap closure, exterior front slit pocket, and interior zip pocket.  Price: $248.00 $173.60 at Bloomingdale’s.


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Bloomingdale’s Designer Handbag Sale + My Top Picks

Bloomingdale’s is having a designer handbag sale in stores and online!  Enjoy 30% savings on select styles now through Sunday, June 5th.  It’s hard to resist shopping a good sale, so I’m going to help you out by sharing my favorite bags that are perfect for summer.

Tila March Colette Cabas Tote

Tila March Colette Cabas Tote, $399.00 $279.30 & Rebecca Minkoff Jane Satchel, $475.00 $332.50

Beirn Jenna Watersnake ToteMCM Shopper Large Craig Redman Project Tote

Beirn Jenna Watersnake Tote, $325.00 $227.50 & MCM Shopper Large Craig Redman Project Tote, $925.00 $647.50

Elie Tahari Metallic Emmy ToteLauren By Ralph Lauren Governor's Lodge Satchel

Elie Tahari Metallic Emmy Tote, $798.00 $558.60 & Lauren By Ralph Lauren Governor’s Lodge Satchel, $268.00 $187.60

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SEVDA Handbag Giveaway

SEVDA is giving away a fabulous Isabel Bag (a $1,000 value). I wouldn’t want you to miss out, so here’s what you have to do:

1. Follow SEVDA on Twitter @SevdaHandbags to enter.

2. Tweet the following:

“Please RT: Support London-Based @SevdaHandbags entry into the U.S. & Win a SEVDA Handbag”

3. Be sure to include hashtag #iLoveSEVDA in your tweets.

4. Enter as often as you wish.

5. Winning entry will be selected randomly.

6. Only one (1) handbag will be awarded.

7. No purchase necessary.

8. Must be 18 and over to enter.

9. The promotion stars May 16, 2011.

10. The promotion ends midnight June 15, 2011.

11. The Winner to be announced June 18, 2011 on Twitter.

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Organize Your Bag with PurseN

I recently discovered PurseN, and have fallen in love with the idea of being stylish and organized with these practical and very functional accessories.  Owner and designer, Hardeep Melamed is the creative genius behind PurseN, with the help of her husband Todd. Designed to keep a woman’s purse as beautiful on the inside as it is out; the collection includes a fashionable organizer insert, make-up case, jewelry case & luxury travel totes.  The organizer inserts and accessories are designed to put fashion and function back into a woman’s purse and her entire lifestyle.  Check out the PurseN video to see firsthand just how fabulous PurseN really is!

PurseN Signature Inserts are available in two sizes, my favorite is the multi-leopard (which I bought my mom for Mother’s Day!).  The handbag inserts have adjustable sides with expandable bottom zippers, uniquely designed to fit a variety size purses.  The inside of the insert has 9 compartments with one large zipper pocket and are designed to contain all of the modern day electronics with easy in and out access.  PurseN inserts were designed strategically with an open middle space for your wallet, make-up case, and essentials.  It also serves as a handbag protector and will give your purse shape. (No more slouchy bag, ladies!) Best of all, it makes switching bags quicker and easier than ever because you don’t have to worry about leaving something behind!

PurseN Organizer in multi-leopardPurseN Organizer in multi-leopard

PurseN Organizer in multi-leopard

The PurseN Sunglass Case has a compact design with hard plastic in the front to protect glasses.  There’s an open end for quick access and a zipper that expands to fit most sunglasses.  The PurseN Makeup Bag is designed with three easy to access inside pockets help organize items and a large space with a clear window to quickly locate items.  The PurseN Weekender Tiara Jewelry Case is an origami-inspired jewelry case with unique multi-pockets and four removable pouches.  It has visible individual pockets designed to carry small- to medium-sized jewelry.  If you need something bigger, the jewelry case comes in a larger size, the Vacationer.

PurseN sunglass case in multi-leopardPurseN make-up casePurseN tiara weekender jewelry case in multi-leopard

The PurseN Luxury Travel Tote is the ultimate tote!  Designed with 10 separate compartments including 7 large inside pockets, 1 large zipper compartment, 2 outside pockets, wipeable interior and exterior, and zipper top closure with long handles for easy carrying.  The Luxury Totes are available in 8 classic styles and fashionable silhouettes for the modern woman on the go. These totes make great gym bags, beach bags, laptop carriers, and even mommy bags!

PurseN Luxury Travel Tote in multi-leopardPurseN Luxury Travel Tote in multi-leopard

Visit to view the entire collection.  Check out PurseN’s facebook page for updates, including their recent feature on The View!  A special thank you to Hardeep for donating a PurseN Luxury Travel Tote, makeup bag and organizer insert to Power of the Purse!

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Power of the Purse + Preview of Bags!

Power of the Purse

Power of the Purse is a silent and live auction that features bags donated by businesses and individuals from around the Midlands. With food, wine, and even a martini luge, this is sure to be an exciting event, with all proceeds benefiting women and children. Anyone may attend and have the opportunity to bid on the fun and unique bags.

“We have purses from all over,” said Stephanie Parrish, Program Coordinator for Women in Philanthropy. “Even some that our members picked up from travels in different parts of the world. But our best sellers the truly unique ones, those that are one of a kind, as well as those by well-known or boutique designers.”

A popular local blogger, The Shop Tart posted a preview of some of the fabulous bags to expect at Power of the Purse!  Click {here} to see the slideshow.  Here are a few of the generous designers and companies that donated are bags -

What’s Haute, Mahogany Communications, Sevda London, PurseN, amykathryn, Mia Cotone, m.clifford Designs, Ecoist, Spartina 449, Ellen Allen Annapolis, Onna Ehrlich, Felix Rey, JALDA, Sequoia Paris, Post -, psnob, Imprematura, Resale-Riches, and many more!

Funds raised during the event will support various causes that help women and children in the Columbia area. Last year, Women in Philanthropy grants supported teen suicide prevention, reading programs in local schools, and a program to teach healthy habits to girls of single parents, among other efforts.

Admission to Power of the Purse is $40 per person. Online registration is closed, however, you can pay at the door!  See you there!

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Louis Vuitton Alma BB Rainbow

The ‘Alma BB Rainbow’ as it was called in the look book was supposed to launch back in December of last year. Fast forward months later, the collection which consists of four boldly colored pieces (which is why it’s called ‘rainbow’, I suppose) is now available at Louis Vuitton stores everywhere. The delightfully cute and compact Alma BB – a charming reinterpretation of the Alma, Louis Vuitton’s most iconic bags – has been recreated in different luxurious materials such as the glossy Monogram Vernis, sophisticated Epi Leather, sparkling Monogram Eclipse and in exotic Python leather. Check them out below.

Monogram Vernis

In addition to the Rouge Fauviste, the Alma BB in the Monogram Vernis leather is now available in the sophisticated Amarante colorway.

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Monogram Vernis Alma BB
Size: 9.8″ x 7.6″ x 4.7″
Colors: Amarante (new), Rouge Fauviste
Price: US$1280

Epi Electric

The gloss of the Epi Electric leather makes this reincarnation of the Alma BB a glamourous way to carry essentials and could even be a stylish evening bag.

Epi Electric Alma BB Louis Vuitton Alma BB Rainbow
Epi Electric Alma BB
Size: 9.8″ x 7.6″ x 4.7″
Color: Noir
Price: US$1280

Monogram Eclipse

Revisiting the coquettish glamour of Fall 2009′s Monogram Eclipse collection, the Alma BB is dazzlingly feminine. The bag is intricately embroidered with an array of shimmering sequins forming the Monogram pattern over the iconic Monogram canvas. Definitely a great bag for a sophisticated day or evening affairs.

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Monogram Eclipse Alma BB
Size: 9.8″ x 7.6″ x 4.7″
Price: US$2250


The most luxurious of the bunch, Alma BB in this stunning red Python leather is definitely a standout piece.

Python Alma BB Rouge Louis Vuitton Alma BB Rainbow
Alma BB in Python Leather
Size: 9.8″ x 7.6″ x 4.7″
Color: Rouge
Price: approx. US$5200

Images via Louis Vuitton

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