Dagne Dover Spring 2017 Collection

Dagne Dover is a brand that’s done some savvy social media marketing.

They show up everywhere on blogs I read, sites I visit and in my Inbox.

Their primary schtick is offering smart, versatile work totes, so they basically had me at Hello.

While I haven’t bitten yet, their Spring 2017 collection is showing this gorgeous blue color in all of their designs.

This vertical Charlie Tote is my absolute favorite item in their store:

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Unfortunately, it’s also the most expensive: $495.

The Legend Tote is Dagne Dover’s signature bag, and it also comes in this gorgeous hue:

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At $265, it’s about half the cost of the Charlie Tote.

Here’s the item I’ll probably order, the Lola pouch:

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The Lola seems so much better than a typical makeup bag, since it has pockets and elastic straps for holding things like lipsticks. The small size is $75 and seems more than adequate.

While this robin’s egg blue (officially called “Jasmine” by Dagne Dover) will always hold the top spot in my heart, I am also completely loving this gorgeous blush color that’s prominently featured for Spring 2017, too.

And even though the last thing I need is another weekender/gym tote, I just want this one:

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The Landon Carryall in Quartz is stunning. Want.

Dagne Dover really hit it out of the park with their Spring collection. 

 

 

 

 

Guitar Strap Bags

I’m not sure how much staying power this trend will have, but several holiday catalogs featured guitar strap bags.

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From the runway

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One thing I like is that many bags I already own could be updated and personalized by adding one of these straps since almost any bag with a removable strap will work. Many designers are selling colorful straps on their own for just this purpose.

I saw these at Valentino and Fendi while I was recently shopping in Las Vegas:

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Valentino Rockstud Rolling bag (front)

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This embroidered Valentino butterfly version is beautiful but pricey, especially when you consider that a bag doesn’t even come with it:

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An interesting but similarly priced Fendi strap:

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$1250

If you’re looking for a more affordable entry to this trend, these Kate Spade sets are fun and include tassels:

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Nordstrom also has a well-priced selection from Rebecca Minkoff and Treasure & Bond:

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The three above range between $49 – $95.

Hammitt VIP Clutch Review

Hammitt bags popped up on my radar screen a few months ago.

By “radar screen,” I mean my Facebook ad feed, which totally has my number.

They know me so well.

I resisted the urge to buy one online but when I spied Hammitt bags in the window of a store near my house, I made a beeline inside.

Wow. They were nice.

I loved the high quality leather and the contrasting hardware and zippers on some of the designs. Hammitt is based out of Los Angeles and claims that every bag is made to order.

The VIP clutch became the object of my desire.

This gorgeous bag comes in 20 styles and can be worn as a cross body or a clutch. It retails for $250, and so far I haven’t been able to find any deals to get it for less.

I had a hard time deciding which of these picks was my favorite:

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In the end, the top one with the red zipper won my heart.

The local business I mentioned ordered it for me. I could have easily done it online, but I decided it was important to support small local businesses instead.

In my head, this was the perfect bag to bring on my upcoming trip to Las Vegas, since I could convert it from day to night.

With more than two weeks to go before the trip, I also thought it would be easy to have the bag in time.

And so I waited.

And waited.

After 10 days, I stopped by the store and oh-so-casually inquired about the bag’s whereabouts. 

Answer: unknown.

Sixteen days. No bag.

As someone spoiled by Amazon Prime, I was getting quite nervous.

Finally, it was the day before the trip. The store would be closing in a few hours. I decided to check one more time.

When I walked in, the clerk was friendly and checked the “special orders” book, which indicated that my order was, in fact, special, and was still open.

Meaning that the bag was not there yet.

I thanked her and turned to go.

A few steps from the door, she called me back.

Wait! A box just came in a few minutes ago. Let me check it!

And voila. There was my beautiful new bag.

I was so happy.

So, how did it perform?

Answer: like a champ.

As I mentioned above, the leather is extremely high quality and I love the bag’s features, which include a red suede interior, heavy magnetic closures on the front flap and a cell phone pocket on the back. The hardware is solid.

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Frankly, this bag is worth more than $250.

On my trip, I wore it almost everywhere, for both day and night. Here is a picture for scale:

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It was perfect. 

I am definitely buying more Hammitt bags. This would also be a tremendous gift for yourself or your best friend.