Archive for October, 2014

Louis Vuitton Lockme

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Introducing the newest must-have handbag from Louis Vuitton’s luxurious Parnasséa collection: the Lockme. This utterly feminine bag with its seductive new silhouette comes in touchable, super soft fine-grained calfskin. As the name implies, Lockme invites one to touch its gorgeous golden brass LV twist-lock, the bag’s unique and subtle signature.

Lockme is ideal for women on the go. Its leather laces that can be tightened or loosened to adjust the bag’s capacity to one’s taste or needs. As practical as it is stylish, Lockme features a tone-on-tone twill fabric lining and numerous pockets inside and out, with its expandable front pouch spacious enough to easily hold A4-size documents (for MM only). The curved top handle in cowhide (vachetta for the Tan version) lends itself to a ladylike elbow carry, but it also easily slips over the shoulder.

Lockme comes in two sizes: a PM (12.2″ x 9.8″ x 5.9″) perfect for petite frames, and a MM (13.8 x 9.8 x 7.5) that offers extra space. The bag also comes in various colors: Red, Tan, and Black for the PM; Red, Tan, Black, and Blue for the MM. Available at Louis Vuitton stores for US$2910 and US$3400 for the PM and MM sizes respectively.

Lastly, Lockme MM comes in a special black cowhide and python version which retails at US$4450.

Images via Louis Vuitton


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Unboxing Louis Vuitton Punching Bag Karl Lagerfeld

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Celebrating Monogram 160 years of Monogram
Punching Bag Karl Lagerfeld

Written by Charles Gross – This handbag was an absolute nightmare to get, but so worth it. I reserved the bag back in August. When I called they told me I was on a wait list and that my nomination had to be sent to a council in Paris where they would decide who gets one of the 100 units. I was being updated every other day, it was a very stressful process because they don’t tell you how they decide who gets the bag!

In September I got a call from a wonderful associate in San Francisco who said that I had be elected to get one of the units. They took a deposit and held my bag until the 15th of October when they charged the full amount and shipped the bag.

The bag came in a Limited Edition Shopping bag with LV monogram paper inside. The dust bag is gorgeous, it is a dark green with leather reinforced corners. The front says K.L on it in Grey. Included is a luggage tag in monogram canvas that can be attached to the dust bag. I also got 2 books and a lock and key set. The bag is much bigger than I thought. It can easily fit your daily essentials. To give an idea of size: you can fit a small dog inside! Wallet, water, umbrella, phone, agenda, kids stuff, and a book will easily fit inside.

The monogram canvas is slightly glossier than the normal canvas LV uses. The vachetta leather trim is pre aged as is the hardware. The hardware is a matte bronze looking metal that is very heavy. Every single piece of hardware is stamped with LOUIS VUITTON and hand screwed into the bag. The inside features a large zip pocket and a small slip pocket. The bottom of the bag has a secret pocket. The underside of the bag features details of Monogram patchwork that allows for the curved silhouette.

The handles are both stamped with ® Louis Vuitton Made in Paris .

This bag is truly gorgeous, a simple silhouette and a clean casual appeal. I can see it draped over the shoulder of a mom at a green market, or the hallowed hand of a model hailing a cab. Dress it up, add a clochette, its perfect. The other sizes from the Karl Lagerfeld Line are HUGE! I mean body bag huge lol.

Overall a wonderful bag, and incredible presentation.

Video via Charles Gross


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House of DVF premieres November 2nd on E!

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I am soooooo excited about the premiere of the new E! series House of DVF!!  We get a glimpse at the behind the scenes of Diane Von Furstenberg’s global fashion empire, while watching eight talented young women as they attempt to learn the ropes of the fashion industry under Diane’s mentorship.  They will face a series of difficult challenges, from planning a press lunch to working during Fashion Week on the DVF Spring 2015 show, and many unexpected things will come up as they attempt to navigate their assignments and execute them to perfection.  The last woman standing will become the next DVF Brand Ambassador.  I love a good fashion/reality-competition show!  It starts at 10:00 PM EST on November 2nd.  Will you be watching?

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Blogging U.’s Photo 101 Course: Post a Photo a Day

On The Daily Post, we host the popular Weekly Photo Challenge each Friday, and we’re always excited to see your snapshots from all over the world. We thought a free photoblogging course mixing the spirit of these photo challenges with bite-sized shooting tips would be a fun way to get you taking pictures and meeting your daily posting goals.

Introducing Blogging U.’s Photography 101 course

Photography 101 is an intro-level course, open to all. You might be a totally new blogger, an amateur photographer, a veteran photo challenge participant, or a pro-shooter. Or, you may be someone who wants to participate in the daily posting madness of November, alongside NaNoWriMo and NaBloPoMo enthusiasts, in a more visual way. Self-hosted bloggers and photographers on other platforms are also welcome to join us.

The basics:

  • A month-long course, starting November 3 and ending November 28. Weekend participation is optional.
  • No prerequisites, other than your camera.
  • We love all devices! Use your cameraphone, compact point-and-shoot, dSLR, or other equipment. (You can shoot with a film camera, but note the suggested goal is to publish an image on your blog each day. Alternatively, film photographers are welcome to use the themes as inspiration, and all are free to participate in a way that works for you.)
  • The course tag is photo101, which you can use to connect with fellow participants and see their submissions in the Reader.
  • If you shoot mainly from your iOS or Android phone or tablet, download the WordPress app (for iOS | for Android) if you don’t already use it. We’ll also watch the wponthego tag for images you post from the app — we want to see your photography on the go!

What to expect each day:

  • New assignments are published on The Daily Post each weekday at 12AM GMT.
  • Each assignment includes a daily theme and tip to inspire you to take a picture and publish it on your blog. Browse our past Weekly Photo Challenges for the types of themes to expect.
  • The daily tip consists of basic shooting and editing advice: we might share tips on composition, working with different types of light, or cropping and rotating an image. Each tip complements the daily theme, but you don’t have to incorporate it into your shooting or posting process.
  • Participants will have a private community site, the Commons, for chatting, connecting, and seeking feedback and support. Daily Post staff and Happiness Engineers will be on hand to answer your questions and offer guidance and resources.
  • This course will remain separate from our Weekly Photo Challenges on Fridays. You can focus on this course, or participate in both.

Interested in joining Photography 101? Register now! If this course doesn’t sound right for you but you’re itching to join a Blogging U. course, consider Blogging 101, which focuses on the nuts and bolts of blogging. You can register for either course — or both — below.

You won’t receive an automated confirmation, but you’ll get a more detailed welcome email before the courses begin.

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2014 Midterm Elections, Get Out The Vote!

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Since 2004, WordPress has set out with an ambitious goal in mind — to democratize publishing and put state-of-the-art tools in front of publishers both large and small across the planet. We believe strongly in this vision because when more people have access to powerful tools on the web, that in-turn empowers them to do great things and publish amazing content. We feel the same way when it comes to democratizing, well, democracy — and in just a few weeks, citizens across the United States will have a unique opportunity to flex their political muscle and vote in the 2014 Midterm Elections.

For our part, we want to provide our US-based users a set of resources to help them make a smart, informed decision when it comes to who they will vote for. We also want to provide a toolkit so that they can get more information on where to vote, which issues are at stake and of course, after voting occurs, a way to show their pride and encourage others to go get out the vote.

We’ve teamed up with the good folks from The Pew Charitable Trusts, who, along with Google, and election officials nationwide, have developed the The Voting Information Project (VIP). Together, we’re offering cutting-edge tools that give voters access to the customized information they need to cast a ballot on or before Election Day. The Voting Information Project is offering free apps and tools that provide polling place locations and ballot information for the 2014 election across a range of technology platforms. The project provides official election information to voters in all 50 states and the District of Columbia and voters can find answers to common questions such as “Where is my polling location?” and “What’s on my ballot?” through the convenience of their phone or by searching the web.

The only way a set of resources will be effective is if they make it into the right hands, so if you’re eligible to vote in the US Midterm Elections, take advantage of these tools and share them with your readers.

It’s super easy using the [voterinfotool] shortcode. Just create a new post or page and drop the shortcode in (or click here to create a new draft with the embed prefilled). If you want to customize the experience a bit more you can drop in code directly from the Voter Information Tool with options like height, width, and colors and we’ll convert it to a proper embed code.

After you vote, either by mail, or in early voting, OR on Election Day, please embed the I Voted badge into your WordPress.com site or blog and share it with your audience, along with friends throughout your social network. Here’s how to install the I Voted badge:

  1. Go to your blog’s dashboard.
  2. Look under the Appearance menu for the “Widgets” option.
  3. Locate the “I Voted” widget and drag it to the sidebar of your choosing.
  4. Give the widget a title (optional) and hit the save button. Your badge will now be displayed for all your readers to see.

Voting is our most fundamental responsibility as citizens — without it, our American democracy wouldn’t exist. WordPress.com is a platform that gives everyday people the ability to share their voice and we’re asking you to take advantage of this voice — by exercising your right to vote. We’re asking you for your help to spread the word, encourage participation and get out the vote on November 4th, 2014.

If you have any questions, please let them in the comments and we’ll be sure you help wherever we can. Thanks!

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Louis Vuitton Celebrating Monogram: Rei Kawakubo

Six renowned and creative iconoclasts have each been given carte blanche to create a personally inspired bag and/or a piece of luggage, using the iconic MONOGRAM while keeping with the brand’s spirit of innovation, collaboration and daring. Spanning, blurring and redefining the disciplines of art, architecture and design, this diverse and extraordinary group has created a unique collection. Discover Rei Kawakubo.

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Bag With Holes Rei Kawakubo
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13″ X 16.5″ X 5.5″
Price: US$2790

Upon seeing Japan’s first Louis Vuitton store in 1978, Rei Kawakubo discovered the allure of French craftsmanship and art de vivre. Today, the creator of Comme des Garçons applies her radical, refined aesthetic to a House icon, revisiting the Sac Plat with boldly conceived asymmetrical cutouts and raw-edged details to produce this provocative “Bag with Holes.” Sleek and capacious, the bag is a natural for travel in durable Monogram canvas. The practical insert pouch keeps belongings secure.

Rei Kawakubo – Biography

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After originally studying art and literature, Rei Kawakubo quickly changed track, working for a textile company and then becoming a self-taught fashion designer.

Believing that there are no limits to creativity in the fashion process, she has constantly radically pursued and iconoclastically achieved perpetual progress in her field, breaking the rules and forming new ones that the entire industry has paid attention to.

These features have become the hallmarks of Comme des Garçons, the label that Rei Kawakubo founded in 1969 and incorporated as a company in 1973.

Rei Kawakubo has an input into all areas of the creative process, from graphics, advertising and store interiors to designing and making clothes and accessories; each is inextricably linked.

In 1981 she staged her first, and now legendary, Paris show for Comme des Garçons. After an initial outcry, her iconoclastic aesthetic and her love of black changed the wider global – and more commonly perceived – notion of beauty in fashion forever. Rei Kawakubo called her label Comme des Garçons – ‘Like the Boys’ – just because she liked the sound of it.

Rei Kawakubo – Inspiration

Breaking the traditional Louis Vuitton Monogram was the premise of this one work—which was to find something that would be new, some kind of new value.

Although there are various ways of breaking to create something new, this time I tried to play it straight: I simply made some holes in the fabric of the bag. I generally like small bags.

I feel that Louis Vuitton is the house that most beautifully and skilfully transforms what is tradition into what is now.

Yet I always approach all of my work in a way that is exactly the same: I look to create something new.

When designing the bag for this project, I was looking for some new design, something that hadn’t been done before, something within the limits of possibility.

Images via Louis Vuitton


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5 Steps to Success For Fearless & Fabulous Women by Teri Harrison

Teri HarrisonI have always known my purpose in life but constantly struggle with trying to figure out how to get on the right path to pursue it.  At times, I feel defeated and even insecure because I question whether I really have what it takes to turn my love of handbags into a successful career.  Through the wonderful world of social media, I have connected with some amazing women who have given me the confidence and motivation to take Handbag Report to the next level.  One of those women is Teri Harrison, the Founder and CEO of Fearless & Fabulous Worldwide, a personal development and business consulting boutique for radical entrepreneurs.  Teri is a business attorney, certified life coach and mega success strategist, who knows what it takes to grow your business. I am reposting an article from Teri’s Fearless & Fabulous Worldwide Blog

5 Steps to Success For Fearless & Fabulous Women

Teri outlines 5 steps you can implement right now to position yourself as a fearless and fabulous business woman.

Step 1: Purge Your Mind

The first step is to purge your mind.  Women business leaders are critical thinkers and understand the importance of having the right mindset, at all times.  To be a champion, you have to think like one.  Being Fearless & Fabulous means you are a gatekeeper of your mind. You guard it against negative, self sabotaging beliefs.  You protect it from self doubt and insecurity. You disengage thoughts, beliefs and habits that are disruptive in your life. When you do this, you create space for an entire new reality, a powerful one that lays the framework for everything that follows.

Step 2: Ignore Fear

Fearless & Fabulous Women ignore fear. They do not entertain it, and therefore, are not stifled by it. They execute consistently, despite any apprehension to do so.  They recognize fear is nothing but a mind game, existing solely to test your will. It will either stop you or propel you. So when it shows up, laugh. Laugh because you were created to be fearless. It’s your spiritual birthright. When you laugh at fear and ignore its lies, its power over your life dissolves.

Step 3: Enlarge Your Vision

A small vision yields little.  This is your season to make things happen. It’s time to up-level your vision and take your business to a whole new level.  Don’t think local, think global. Don’t create a product, create an empire. Don’t just see yourself as an entrepreneur. See yourself as a mogul. When you expand your vision, you open the door for unimaginable success.

Step 4: Embrace It & Love It.

Fearless & Fabulous women know that confidence is everything.  It translates into every component of your life, especially your business.  When you truly love yourself, you shine.  You light up the room. People want to connect with you. They want to buy from you. Your confidence becomes a magnet for success.

 Step 5: Take Inventory

Every business woman must take inventory of the “stuff” in their lives. You may be in possession of things you really don’t need.  As women, we must learn to let go of things that have let go of us. We must learn to discard things unworthy of keeping. Take inventory of every person, thought and habit you have and release anything that doesn’t make you better, stronger and wiser.

I am feeling more ready than ever to move forward with my vision.  No more excuses!  You can learn more about Teri’s services on www.ffwordwide.com.  Be sure to also stay connected with Teri on Twitter and Facebook!

{Image via Fearless & Fabulous Worldwide, link to original post here}

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The NaMos are Coming! The NaMos are Coming!

November is one week away, and that means NaNoWriMo and NaBloPoMo are, too!

If you’ve been thinking about reinvigorating your blogging or are finally ready to stop procrastinating on that book you’ve always wanted to write, these two great events (and communities) can give you the jolt of motivation you need.

NaMo what now?

NaNoWriMo and NaBloPoMo are short for “National Novel Writing Month” and “National Blog Posting Month,” respectively. In the first, writers commit to writing a 50,000-word novel between November 1 and November 30; in the second, to posting every single day in November.

310,095 participants started the month of November as auto mechanics, out-of-work actors, and middle school English teachers. They walked away novelists.

- NaNoWriMo 2013 at a Glance

Although the two events are separate, they share a history: NaBloPoMo started in response to NaNoWriMo, when a group of bloggers who lacked the time or inclination to write a book, but loved the idea of a communal blogging challenge, coalesced. Both challenges now have their own vibrant communities of writers and bloggers who inspire and support one another.

If you wait until the Muse shows up and inspires you to write, you may end up writing nothing at all. Whereas if you’re sitting there every day in November churning out your thoughts and photos and shaping them all into something readable, if even 33% of what you’ve posted veers toward greatness, that’s 10 great posts you came up with that you might not have otherwise.

- NaBloPoMo founder Eden Kennedy

Hundreds of thousands of writers and bloggers participate each year, making new friends and writing things they never thought they would.

How do I get involved?

Easy! Just decide to do it. All you need is an idea, some commitment, and a place to write.

Take the NaNoWriMo challenge, and proudly display the Viking crest!

Take the NaNoWriMo challenge, and proudly display the Viking crest!

Getting involved with the larger communities is almost as easy:

  • To be listed on the official blogroll of NaBloPoMo participants, head to BlogHer’s NaBloPoMo headquarters at the beginning of November — there’ll be a sign-up post where you can add your blog, along with a list of suggested blogging prompts for the month. You can also grab the official badge for your blog.
  • For NaNoWriMo, mosey over to the project’s official website to sign up and access features like word count tools and forums where you can connect with other budding novelists.

On WordPress.com, you can also tag your posts with “NaNoWriMo” or “NaBloPoMo” to help other participants find you.

I’m not sure I can blog every day for a month, help!

Sure you can, and we can help. Along with the prompts NaBloPoMo provides, we’ve got our own daily prompts and weekly writing and photo challenges to get the creative juices flowing. For those of you who prefer to blog with images, we’re also kicking off a new Blogging U. challenge in November, Photography 101, to help you snap and post every day.

If prompts aren’t for you, try creating your own manageable posting strategy for the month. Posting every day doesn’t have to mean writing 1,000 words a day — it can be as simple as:

  • A photo a day
  • A list a day
  • A sketch a day
  • A haiku a day
  • An observation a day
  • A thank you a day

For more help making it through, check out our blog event survival guide or our roundtable with seasoned NaNoWriMo authors. And there’s no better motivation than encouragement and engagement, so visit one another’s blogs and leave a comment when you do.

You’ve got a week to prepare. Get ready to get writing!

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New Themes: Minnow and Cols

We’re happy to introduce two brand new free themes today!

Minnow

Minnow WordPress Theme

Designed by Mel Choyce, Minnow is a light, simple theme that puts your social presence front and center. A social links menu is displayed prominently below the site title and logo, so readers can easily find you on your favorite social networks.

When activated, the optional Custom Menu or Widget area appear in a slide-out sidebar, making secondary content accessible while keeping the focus on your content.

Learn more about the free Minnow theme at the Theme Showcase, or preview it by going to Appearance → Themes.

Cols

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This theme is designed by yours trulyCols is a novel theme that lets you tell your stories without the layout getting in the way.

Standard-format posts are displayed in a newspaper-like layout, with three columns on large monitors, two columns on medium-sized displays, and a one-column layout on small screens like phones. Other supported post formats — Aside, Image, Video, Quote, Link, and Chat — are displayed in a simple single-column layout.

Learn more about the free Cols theme at the Theme Showcase, or preview it by going to Appearance → Themes.

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