September 2, 2005
We all know how hard it is to buy a new purse, or more like just one. There are tons of great bag designers out there that make a ton of great purses every season, how do you choose which ones you want? You don't have to if you if you sign up for Bag Borrow Or Steal. With this site, you can choose one of three plans to get whatever bags you want for as long as you want them. When you are done, you send it back and get the next purse you want. If you decide you love them you can also buy them permanently. The one bad thing about the site is that searching isn't so easy. If you want to see what is available in your plan, you have to search through up to over a thousand purses. You can also search by color, designer, or bag type, but that still leaves tons of pages to wade through. There is no way to search for a specific bag you are looking for, although if you don't see it you can send a request to the site asking them to carry it. The site is having a two week free trial, so now is a great time to try it out if you are interested.
August 26, 2005
For Accessory Friday, we have found some cute ipod holders for you. It seems the entire world has an iPod. You can't walk down the street or enter the subway without seeing the classic white ear buds. So why not add an accessory to the iPod? These iPod hoodies from C.Ronson are really cute and yet hold the device well. Another option is the rock it! iPod case from Incase. In the shape of a cassette tape (remember those?), this case is ironic and quite funny. Our favorite offered at Fred Flare is definitely the iGuy iPod case. His arms bend, he can stand, and he's so cute!
If you are looking for tranquility in your iPod case, definitely check out the Kimono case offered by Power Support. The case is made out of leather and fabric and comes in three floral designs. There is a ring so you can attach it to a key chain, and the bottom is also accessible for docking the iPod.
If you'd rather spend a lot of money and deck your iPod in designer wear, check out the Gucci case. It has the classic Gucci print, a green and red strap, with leather trim and silver hardware. Other designer options include the Kate Spade cases, one from Louis Vuitton, and Coach.
August 19, 2005
For today's Accessory Friday, we are going to look at one of the Shirt Snob's favorite stores, 1154 Lill Studio. Founded six years ago in Chicago, 1154 Lill "is the original custom handbag boutique that gives you the creativity to design your own handbag! Create one-of-a-kind custom LILL bags, totes, purses and accessories online, in-store or at a Handbag Party!" Lill has a ton of different styles of bags to choose from, constantly changing the styles of the bags to keep them current and fashionable. They also have a quick turn around for their fabrics; when the warehouse runs out of the fabric you can't get it anymore. This helps to guarantee that no one else has created the same purse as you. Besides the one or two fabrics that you can put on the outside of your bag, you can also choose the inside fabric as well as the inside pocket fabric if you have a pocket. So there are tons of ways to make your purse truly unique and your own. If you don't think you're very creative, you could also buy one of their already made purses online. Besides purses, 1154 Lill has also branched out into reversible belts and journals, so there is something for almost everyone at this store.
1154 Lill currently has boutiques in Chicago, Boston (where the Shirt Snob made our purses), and Kansas City. Don't dispair if you don't live near one of these cities though, for home parties are also held in Chicago, Boston or Kansas City or host a home handbag party in Bethesda, Boston, Bridgewater, Chicago, Cleveland, Columbus, Dallas, Denver, Des Moines, Detroit, Grand Rapids/ Kalamazoo, Hartford, Indianapolis, Long Island, Los Angeles, Louisville, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Nashville, Omaha, Portland, Philadelphia, Providence, San Jose, or St. Louis, with more cities added all the time.
There are other similar companies out there. We recently heard of M. Avery Designs (thanks to She Finds), which seems to focus much more on making your bag online, instead of seeing the fabrics and bag types in person. We like to feel the fabrics and see the combinations for our own eyes, so we prefer Lill. However, this is a decent alternative if you do not live in an area where there is a Lill party available.
August 12, 2005
This week we have two different accessories for you. Last week we totally forgot about one of our favorites that won the On The Rise Award from Style Bakery, so we will cover that now. First though is a beautifully stunning bracelet made by jilli designs, the Floral Multistrand Chain Bracelet. This piece is gold-filled and has fresh water pearls, peridot, tourmaline buds, and ruby and citrine flowers all inside a little gold frame with multistrand chains. It is adjustable between 6 3/4" and 8" in length. This is such a unique and striking design, it instantly became a much desired accessory. If you like this bracelet, you may also be interested in the gold version (as apposed to the gold-filled), the 4 Strand Floral Chain Pendant, the Floral Cuff, the Floral Link Bracelet, and the Floral Vine Bracelet.
The winner of the Reader's Choice Award for Handbags at Style Bakery, the Birds Nest Bags are designed as an alternative to the super expensive Kate Spade, Gucci, and other designer purses that not everyone can afford while also celebrating colors, textures, and patterns. There are so many that we think are great, but the top ones are the Chocolate Toile Katie, the Amarillo Las Pratagas Cigar Box Purse, the Tropical Punch Tracy Purse (with bamboo handle), and the Black Polka Dots Tiffany (only two are left so hurry!). The purses all have different types and lengths of handles, and they are willing to listen to you if you'd like a purse they have with a slight alteration, like an added ribbon.
August 5, 2005
Style Bakery has just announced their winners for the first annual "On the Rise Awards" which recognizes "the hottest emerging designers and hippest online boutiques." Today for Accessory Friday, we are going to look at some of our favorites from the award winners.
The first we would like to point out is the handmade jewelry of Grace Chan of Indulgems. She uses gemstones to make most of her jewelry, and the pieces really stand out. Chan makes necklaces, earrings, bracelets, and soon rings, all with a delicacy and classiness that we know will stand up to the test of time. Although it's very hard for The Shirt Snob to choose favorites out of this wonderful collection, we must say we are very fond of the 18KT Gold Tourmaline Briolette Bracelet, the White Druzy, Rock Crystal, Moonstone and Freshwater Pearl Wire Work Necklace, and the Eternity Knot Necklace.
Next are the designs of Meredith Loughlin of Pellemelle, who just started her company in 2004. While she also makes bracelets and headbands, we are more of a fan of her belts. Known for her colorful leathers and great patterns and very unique buckles, these belts are fun and funky. Our favorites are the Embossed Suede Belts, the Embossed Metallic Sash Belt, and the Eastern Sun Sash Belt. You cannot buy her items off the website unfortunately, but much of her collection is at online boutiques such as Luv Charlie and Lyrical Beauty as well at many stores throughout the country.
Last but certainly not least is Ileana Rodriguez of india*romeo. A big fan of all things vintage, Rodriguez makes a bunch of cute items, including bags, hair accessories, earrings, and pins and brooches. We especially like her purses because of their homemade feel, the Swirly Print Vintage Tote, Greenie Handbag, and the Yellow Poppies Handbag being our favorites. Her Beaded Hair Pins and Flowerbands are also great, bringing out a school girl feeling inside of us that works great with fall coming up. The best thing about Rodriguez's designs is that they are all very reasonably priced. If you are interested in Rodriguez, also check out her blog.
July 29, 2005
In this week's Accessory Friday, we are looking at one of the best accessories to a shirt, the jacket! A jacket can be a great compliment to a top, not just a means to warm up or to cover up what you are wearing. Here are two of our recent favorite finds, both made by Diane von Furstenberg. The Zebra Jacket in Allspice is wonderful because it is so practical yet so beautiful. It has 5 buttons in the front, a belt that ties in front, and flap patch pockets at the bust and waist. It is form fitting enough to allow you to keep your shape (we hate bulky coats unless it's 10 degrees out), and the rusty red color, 3/4 length sleeves, and the plaid make this jacket a natural choice for the fall.
Our other much adored jacket find is the Jemma Jacket, also in Allspice, although this allspice is a very different color from the other. There is a single button in front, a sewn in belt in the back, ruching at the shoulders, piping along the seams, and a collar. The inside is also lined with 100% silk. The red color is outstanding and what makes us crave this coat, and with the softness of the velour, there isn't a more romantic jacket out there.
July 22, 2005
The Shirt Snob had a very hard time deciding what to showcase for this week's Accessory Friday, but we think we came up with a great pick. Although it's bags once again, these Noelle purses, designed by Nina West (daughter of Adam West), are very different to the ones we posted about last week. These Vintage Inspired Clutches are the perfect addition to a great outfit. Made out of leather, the brooch in the center is made of Swarovsky crystals and is removable if you want the clutch to be less dressy. They snap to open in the back, are lined, and have an inside zipper. Each purse is 10 inches long and 5 inches high. Besides this pink one, there are also black and white versions with different brooches as well as pink, yellow, black, mint green and red all with a similar brooch. Similar, and more expensive, versions are also available in silver and gold.
July 15, 2005
This week for Accessory Friday we are spotlighting some great purses that we've just discovered. Made by Holly Aiken, these bags are simply amazing. To quote from her website, "All of Aiken’s bags, whether tote, messenger, clutch or diaper bags, are graphically striking, even from a great distance. Her color pallet is slightly retro and always just right." This couldn't be more true, striking is such a great word for these bags. Whether it's a clutch, baby bag, or tote, the purses stand out. Not only are these bags stunning, they are also nearly indestructable! They are all "made of industrial strength vinyl, poly webbing and nylon. Seams are reinforced for durability." The designs are mostly stripes and take offs of spots, which are simple yet so stunning. The Shirt Snob's favorites are the Turbo Jr/Small Tote and the Diaper Bags, no doubt since we're trying to have a baby. But they even come with a matching roll out changing pad. How cute is that! We think we may buy this bag now and use it as a large purse until the baby decides to come!
July 8, 2005
Shirt Snob has found the ring of our dreams this week on Shop Bop. The Mini Pearl Ring is 14K Gold Filled Wire with Turquoise Aquamarine Freshwater Pearls. This cluster ring by Rachel Leigh, a Shop Bop exclusive, is in our opinion her most stunning piece right now. Besides the Turquoise Aquamarine, there is also Green Citrine, Pale Pink, and Golden colored pearls available. Each ring is handmade, so the one you buy may be slightly different than the one pictured. The best part of this ring is the wire banding; we love how it goes all around the pearls, and there isn't a single thick band going around your finger. This seems to be a characteristic of many of her rings. The Mini Pearl Ring is also not too big and chunky, but more of an understated beauty. Definitely check out her website for more rings, she makes many different types with lots of different semi-precious stones.
July 1, 2005
The Shirt Snob is going to start a weekly "Accessory Friday" so we can point out my favorites every week in the world of accessories. We see so many great purses, shoes, jewelry, etc, that we need to share the best with you. This week the subject is belts, specifically by Kristin Kahle. All of these hand-crafted adjustable belts are quite unique. They have large round buckles that come in either wood, brass, or silver and ever-changing vintage fabrics. Each belt is two inches wide and come in three sizes: 39, 42, and 45 inches. Our favorites (although it's very hard to choose) are barcelona red, san francisco, and manhattan blue. There are also some belts on sale at 30% off, so definitely check those out too.
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