Want It Wednesday: Not-Quite-50 Shades of Grey

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Want It Wednesday Grey Things

Not only is grey one of my very favorite colors (it totally qualifies as a color, okay?), but it’s perfect in a transition because it comes in so many seasonless variations. Since we continue to barrel through August at an alarming rate, it’s now time to think about making those transitions, and we’ve got a few suggestions in this week’s edition of Want It Wednesday.

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Mulberry Got Cara Delevingne a Handbag Cake for her Birthday

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Mulberry Cara Delevingne Handbag Cake

Yesterday was Cara Delevingne’s 22nd birthday, and considering that she’s an international It Girl and supermodel from a well-to-do London family, you’d be excused for not knowing exactly what to get her. Mulberry, the brand that loves Cara the very most, did not seem quite so stumped; it got her an edible Mulberry Cara Delevinge Bag, bathed in black fondant.

In this post-Cake Boss world, everything has the potential to be an object that is also a cake, and handbags, with their generally blocky shapes, are relative child’s play to the stunt bakers of the world. Even so, this cake is a particularly good example of the genre; when it first appeared on Mulberry’s Twitter account, I had to look at it very closely to make sure my eyes weren’t deceiving me.

They weren’t. The cake is, of course, modeled after Mulberry’s yet-to-hit-stores collaboration with Delevingne, which mostly involves adding quilting (and sometimes backpack straps or studs) to Mulberry’s popular Bayswater shape. Mulberry and Delevingne are currently in the middle of a huge publicity tour for the bags, so here’s hoping they show up in stores soon.

If you were going to get a handbag birthday cake, which bag would you choose?

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What Are Your Thoughts on Foot Jewelry?

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Foot Jewelry

This weekend, I did a bit more shopping then usual because next week I’m leaving for Las Vegas, and of course I need some new jewels for the occasion. When I was shopping at ALDO, I noticed an abundance of toe rings and ankle cuffs.

As I was looking through this jewelry, I remembered seeing foot jewels on Instagram from different fashion bloggers, which got me thinking: Is this a full-blown trend? Hard to say.

After doing some research, House of Emmanuele has some of the most exquisite foot baubles I’ve seen. They may be extravagant both in appearance and in price, but I would be lying if I said it wouldn’t have been nice to have a pair of these when I was roaming the beaches of Bermuda. If you’re looking for a way to liven your pedicure or swimsuit, these baubles will cost you a pretty penny, but you certainly won’t go unnoticed.

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Headed Off to College? Here’s What to Carry for Under $550

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School Bags

Even though it’s been a solid decade since I went off to college, this time of year makes me nostalgic for back-to-school shopping, no matter how many grey hairs I’ve recently started producing. (Spoiler alert: a significant number of grey hairs.) As you might expect, I have somethoughts on how to pick exactly the right bag for all your college needs, as well as some suggestions of what’s out there right now that fits the bill.

Your (or your daughters’) experiences may vary, but my college career required a ton of walking on a very large, hilly campus, so the first thing to think about when picking a bag for a new or returning college student is its weight; coated canvas or lighter-weight leathers are ideal, and forgo bags with lots of extra pockets unless you really need them, because the extra material adds up quickly.

Second, the bag has to be big enough to hold the requisite college student stuff–I only chose bags that I thought would fit a notebook, a textbook and a slim laptop or tablet. If you’re going to be hauling around two giant organic chemistry books, your problems are bigger than any solutions I can provide. On, like, several levels.

I’ve also only selected bags that can serve a young woman (or man–carry what you want!) well in the event of an internship or job interview; those sometimes pop up last-minute in school, and making a solid impression on someone that early in your career can quite literally change your entire life.

Lastly, I’m not trying get all Marie Antoinette up in here. Although we are primarily an emporium of information on stupefyingly expensive handbags, I know that college is a time of tight budgets for most people, and even most fashion lovers. While most of the bags below cannot be accurately described as inexpensive, I’ve kept them all below $550, with many options far under that price.

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Well This is a Weird Bag, Alice + Olivia

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Alice and Olivia Stuffed Animal Bear Bag

“Weird” is having a big month so far. Fall deliveries have given us such a bumper crop of oddball bags that we went ahead and picked our favorite dozen last week, and then Coach put some giant animal heads in its latest in-store campaign. Now, somehow, Alice + Olivia has out-weirded them all.

Because the brand only recently started up its handbag line, you might not be familiar with the contemporary quirk of the Alice + Olivia brand. It offers girlish literalism and irreverence, often in the Charlotte Olympia vein, for reasonably accessible price point. Right now, though, it is simply trying to give me bad dreams.

I like all-black things, I like vaguely creepy things, I like weirdness for weirdness’ sake. This little lady, though, looks like she’s going to hide under my bed and then eat my face while I sleep. It’s looking into the rotten parts of my soul. The handle sticking out of its head is not helping.

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Man Bag Monday: Ted Baker Harlemm Mixed Leather Briefcase

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Ted Baker Harlemm Mixed Leather Briefcase

It’s not often that I have the urge to refer to any bag as “jaunty,” let alone a men’s briefcase, but it’d be hard to argue that the Ted Baker Harlemm Mixed Leather Briefcase is anything other than that. It’s a traditional brief shape with a little bit of kick.

Making a briefcase feel a little bit fun without making it utterly inappropriate for an office is a bit of a tough line to toe, and although this bag would probably garner a few weird looks in the most conservative work environments, it would probably fly in most. Teal leather is for a very specific man, though, and probably one who pays a lot of attention to detail in the other areas of his appearance.

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