Posts in the ‘Fabulous Handbags’ Category

Weekend Getaway Travel Bags

Sunday, March 31st, 2013

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I am a huge fan of the weekend getaway. In fact, the last 3 or 4 weekends we have found ourselves traveling for quick little getaways. Our favorite spot is Carmel since it is so close to our home, yet we feel like we are a million miles away. The trick is figuring out what to pack and not taking too much. I try to pack as light as possible so unpacking will be a snap. The trick is finding the perfect bag. I found these wonderful travel bags at Layla Grace.

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These two very different tote bags are great options. This white and gold stripe leather market tote is perfect for a spring getaway. The large opening makes it easy to pile in the clothes. It has a great modern look. I also love the Petunia Pickle Bottom Organic  Wistful Weekender Dancing Daisies bag too.   It comes in so many of their wonderful, cheerful patterns.

And all weekend long (3/30-3/31) Layla Grayce is offering free shipping with promo code FREESHIP on your entire purchase. Maybe you will find a few things to put into your new note too.

Style Tips from Anya Sarre

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

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Creating a Trendy Look on a Budget in 2013 by Anya Sarre

The coming year can be just as much fun as you are willing to make it. Great fashion is essential, but filling out your wardrobe with trendy separates and accessories may look challenging if you have a restricted budget. Be strategic as you plan your fashion steps this year. Make every fashion dollar count by making the most of your existing clothing and accessory items. Shop carefully as you follow the trends closely.

The benefit of online retail is obvious when it comes to knowing what styles will be at the forefront. If you don’t have a lot of money to spend on new trends, though, this can be discouraging. Don’t fret. Rather, start with contemporary favorites like StyleMint and ShoeDazzle to see what’s being stocked, what’s being put on clearance, and what’s sold out. Check out Stella & Dot and Birchbox for accessory, beauty, and jewelry ideas.

In store inspiration is important as well. A bright color may be popular, but trying it with your complexion will tell whether it’s meant for you. Handle textures and try different separates to get a sense of what works for you. Make notes as you explore. You know your existing wardrobe well enough to know how new components will mix and match. You can try things on to your heart’s content. This will give you a sense of what to buy when the funds are available. Forever 21 is one of the best spots for discovering great options at affordable prices. Old Navy is a favorite of young adults. H&M is another great stop to include in your exploration.

You may be intimidated by the DIY fashion craze. Pinterest may change your mind and revamp your wardrobe. Look for fantastic ideas for making your own shawls, scarves, skirts and bags. Find creative jewelry projects and materials. Don’t miss examples of cute outfits. Nearly every member seems to have a fashion wish list pinned. Whether you want to know what your favorite celebrities are adding to their closets or whether you need some color inspiration, you can track down unique options and pin your favorites.

The new fashion year isn’t always predictable, especially if finances make it tough to shop for yourself. Do your research so that you know what pieces will effectively work for you. Spend strategically, being willing to create your own accessories and separates.

Anya Sarre is one of Hollywood’s most influential trendsetters. A nationally recognized celebrity stylist, Sarre is known for her impeccable eye and ability to tie any look together with the perfect accessory. Named “Best Television Fashion Stylist” for her appearances on Entertainment Tonight, The Insider and countless other media outlets, Sarre is the go-to fashion expert for Hollywood’s biggest celebrities.

Deux Lux

Monday, November 19th, 2012

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I am always on the lookout for pouches that I can use to carry around all sorts of little things. Every once in a while I find one that should be used as a clutch and not be hidden in my big ‘ol bag. This Deux Lux Callie Pouch is just one of those practical little pouches. I just love it. It is available in three cool color combinations – each one more vibrant than the next. These perfect pops of color will brighten up your winter blacks and greys any day.

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This Lucky Wristlet is also a fabulous choice. It is ideal for those holiday parties when you are carrying a champagne glass in one hand, an hors d’oeuvres plate in the other, while at the same time you are trying to show the hostess an adorable picture of your kids on your iPhone and holding onto your party clutch…. Acckck! I know you’ve been there…. This pretty wristlet is available in six colors and can keep your hands free all night long.

And they are all on sale right now and priced perfectly for those last minute holiday gifts. Cheers!

Layla Grace Relaunched

Friday, November 9th, 2012

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One of my favorite online shopping destinations has just gotten a little facelift & tummy tuck of sorts, just in time for the holidays. Layla Grace is a fabulous place to shop for holiday gifts and also happens to be a great place to pick up little treasures for yourself. Layla Grayce recently launched their newly redesigned website so now it is better than ever. They’ve added some new bells and whistles like customer reviews and a brand new design board, where you can mix and match different products and perfect your look before you purchase. You simply drag the product over to this little widget on the side of the screen. You can also create your own ‘I love this’ list which comes in super handy when you are picking out Christmas presents.  Luckily they have kept their great mix of products in every price range – from furniture & decor to table top, baby items, personalized gifts and more. Be sure to visit the newly designed Layla Grayce website today and get a head start on your holiday shopping.

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Lands’ End Suede Pouches

Sunday, October 14th, 2012

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I just spotted these suede pouches in the new Lands’ End catalog and I just knew knew I had to share them with you. This was the first time I had really checked out the Lands’ End ‘Canvas’ Collection and I just found so many wonderful pieces for fall. If I had a little more time tonight I would go on and on about the colorful cords I want too….but I will stick to pouches this time around….

I keep my Louis Vuitton Neverfull totally organized by using pouches in all sizes and colors so I always know where to find my things. Chapsticks and hair bands are in the orange pouch and pens and business cards in the red one. Zip pouches are an incredibly practical way to keep things organized and make it really easy when you switch from bag to bag.

I love the feel of suede (who doesn’t??) and the Lands’ End Canvas collection of colors is perfect for fall – pumpkin spice, washed green (not shown) and pomegranate – so warm and pretty. These bags are available in two different sizes as well. You can use these fabulous suede zip pouches to organize your clutter, carry your tech, or use them as a little clutch on their own. When you are traveling, you can even use them to carry your beads and baubles. And at affordable Lands’ End prices, it is fine if you can’t pick just one favorite color.

Shoe Dazzle

Thursday, October 11th, 2012

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Shoe Dazzle is not just about shoes anymore. Shoe Dazzle has become a favorite shopping destination for women everywhere. It is all about fun, trendy, incredibly affordable accessories and fashion. When you need to add a little sass and sizzle to your mommy wardrobe and unleash you inner Kim Kardashian – this is the place for you. Everything is so affordable too! I love love love this chic black tote above. And guess how much it is? Believe it or not it is only $39!  Holy cow.

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Yep – they even have iPad cases, just like this shiny silver faux snakeskin case. What a fun gift idea for a girlfriend or for yourself.

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And yes – Shoe Dazzle still has shoes. From stilettos to wedges and a growing collection of booties and boots – your feet will love this place. These cool Splendid Moto boots were one of my favorites.

If you have a hard time deciding what to buy, you can use the Shoe Dazzle personalized stylist to help you out. They will pull together everything you need to complete your outfit. And for a limited time, you can buy two for the price of one on select styles. Happy shopping!

The RealReal

Friday, June 15th, 2012

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Love love love love my gorgeous silver silk Prada shoes that I recently purchased from The RealReal. One of the very few emails I look forward to receiving is from The RealReal to see what fabulous items they have found. It is like stepping into a very high end consignment store and the prices on the designer clothes and accessories are amazing. When I first learned that they got many of the items from celebrities and stylists I immediately thought it was going to be all size zero and I would never be able to buy anything, but I have to tell you, they constantly have a huge range of items from size 0 – 14. Of course I usually focus on the accessories and have never ever been disappointed with their selection. A told a few of my friends about the site and they are totally addicted. It is so fun to see all of the gorgeous Jimmy Choo shoes, Versace tops and YSL bags they have purchased at such great prices.

A lot of fashion deal sites use the term “designer” very loosely these days. At The RealReal we are talking about Louis Vuitton, Hermès and Valentino. This is where you will find the good stuff. And their customer service is great too. I had to return one jacket that was a little tight for me in the shoulders and it was quick and easy to get my refund.

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If you love CHANEL – you must sign up – you won’t be disappointed – I promise… I won’t even tell you how little I paid for this Chanel tuxedo jacket…

Here are a few other places to shop online for great deals on designer clothes and accessories. Happy Saving!

TOSS Designs

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

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Have you ever stepped foot into a store for the first time and kind of freaked out in excitement. You are so giddy and happy and overwhelmed by all of the cute things you just don’t know where to start. The store kind of whisks you away to another very happy and wonderful place and you find yourself just standing there smiling wishing you could just wrap the whole place up and take it home. Or better yet – just move in.  It has happened to me. Not often, but a few times. The Kate Spade boutique at the Stanford Mall definitely elicits that reaction from me, especially after their most recent remodel. The bold colors, the sparkle, the pretty perfectly stacked boxes that line the walls and all of my favorite accessories everywhere – it is such a happy place for me. And the Jonathan Adler store on Fillmore street in San Francisco makes me over the moon happy too. I just want to jump on a couch, grab a cold beverage and a fabulous art book or two and hang out all day long.

A few weeks ago I found a new store that made me equally dizzy with excitement – Toss Designs. I LOVE this store! The Toss store I visited was in Town & Country in Palo Alto (boy has that place changed since my undergrad days at Stanford!) but they also have locations in other wonderful places in Northern California like San Francisco, San Anselmo, St Helena and Corte Madera. The store is bursting with all of my favorite color combinations – lots of orange and blue and green and pink. It has a cool resort vibe to it with added dashes of sparkle, attitude and great sense of humor.

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Toss Designs makes super cool bags and totes in all shapes and sizes that are incredibly well priced, and they are overflowing with unique gifts for all of your girlfriends. Every bride should shop at Toss for all of her bridesmaid gifts! Needless to say I could barely contain my excitement…I had found my new favorite store.

Now for the drum roll…..I am so so so thrilled to announce that you will very soon be able to purchase Sweet Peas & Stilettos infant onesies at Toss! I thought they were perfect for the store and I was happy that I was able to çonvince their buyer too. So please please visit Toss and check out the onesies and all of the other super fabulous merchandise. I hope I can sell lots and lots of onesies there so I can buy absolutely everything else in their store.

And for those of you who don’t live in Northern California – don’t worry – you can shop the Toss online store


She She Shoes

Friday, May 18th, 2012

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I am so so excited that Sweet Peas & Stilettos has it’s first retail partner – She She Shoes in Los Gatos! Starting tomorrow you will be able to purchase Sweet Peas & Stilettos infant onesies while you are shopping for fabulous shoes and accessories at one of my favorite local boutiques. I want to send a huge thank you to Jill, the owner of this very cute shop, for her support. We are both thrilled that we were able to make this partnership happen just in time for the hugely popular Los Gatos Spring Wine Walk which is tomorrow, May 19th.

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So….if you are in Northern California, you must come visit N. Santa Cruz avenue in Los Gatos and stop by She She Shoes. Pick up a onesie for your baby and a pair of super cute shoes for yourself….

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And don’t forget – a portion of proceeds from the sale of the onesies will go towards the purchase of new shoes for homeless children and foster kids living in the USA.

Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Friday, April 27th, 2012

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It is that time of year again – Mother’s Day. I think moms everywhere deserve a special month, not just a single day, but I guess we will take what we can get. I have compiled the Sweet Peas & Stilettos 2012 Mother’s Day Gift Guide – a list of fun and fabulous Mother’s Day gifts in a wide range of prices. A little something for everyone… I hope you find the perfect gift for your mom, your grandmother and your mother-in-law. At the very least,I hope these ideas help inspire you to find just the perfect gift for everyone special in your family. Happy Shopping!