The Top Nine Must-Have Bags of The Season

From Olympia Le-Tan’s creative book clutches of the tongue-in-cheek variety to Dolce & Gabbana’s intricate beauties, this season’s bags are more elaborate than ever before.  Check out these top picks of unique handbags that are guaranteed to make you stand out this winter.

1.

Orla Kiely Tabitha Bag, $278

Orla Kiely Tabitha Bag, $278

2. 

Fendi Mini 2Jours Bag, $2,200

Fendi Mini 2Jours Bag, $2,200

3.

Stella McCartney Mini 3-Chain Shaggy Faux Deer Falabella, $1,495

Stella McCartney
Mini 3-Chain Shaggy Faux Deer Falabella, $1,495

4.

Olympia Le-Tan Chalk Box Hand Embroidered Shoulder Bag, $1,177

Olympia Le-Tan
Chalk Box Hand Embroidered Shoulder Bag, $1,177

 5.

Oscar De La Renta Beige Sequin Clutch, $1,695

Oscar De La Renta Beige Sequin Clutch, $1,695

6.

Anya Hindmarch Victory Ebury Maxi textured-leather tote, $2,250

Anya Hindmarch
Victory Ebury Maxi textured-leather tote, $2,250

7.

Sarah's Bag Vroom embellished velvet clutch, $549

Sarah’s Bag Vroom embellished velvet clutch, $549

8.

Charlotte Olympia Whisper embroidered crepe de chine clutch, $747

Charlotte Olympia
Whisper embroidered crepe de chine clutch, $747

9.

Dolce & Gabbana Embellished Brocade Dolce Bag, $6,995

Dolce & Gabbana Embellished Brocade Dolce Bag, $6,995

Which of these are your favorites?

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Holiday Gifts for Everyone on Your List

Every year, I start out with the best of intentions for gift-giving.  I tell myself, This year, you are going to get everyone gifts right away, and be done with all the hustle and bustle. Every year, I fail at this miserably.

If you’re like me and the rest of the 99% of the population, take a look at this customized holiday gift guide for every person on your list.  They will appreciate all of the thought you put into it, and I won’t tell.

Enjoy!

For the Foodie/Chef:

L.O.V.E. Foodbook, $62

L.O.V.E. Foodbook, $62

For the Luxury Lover:

The La Mer Candle, $80

The La Mer Candle, $80

For the Athlete:

Garmin Forerunner 10 GPS Watch, $99

Garmin Forerunner 10 GPS Watch, $99

 

For the Fancy Pants with Taste Too Expensive To Buy Anything She’d Really Want/Lover of All Things Pink:

Charbonnel Et Walker Pink Marc De Champagne Truffles, $28

Charbonnel Et Walker
Pink Marc De Champagne Truffles, $28

For the Techie/Music Lover:

Bose SoundLink Mini Bluetooth Speaker, $199

Bose SoundLink Mini Bluetooth Speaker, $199

 

For the Creative Thinker/DIYer:

The Big-Ass Book of Crafts, $14

The Big-Ass Book of Crafts, $14

 

For the Beauty Junkie:

Mermaid Perfume Body Oil, $70

Mermaid Perfume Body Oil, $70

For the Yogi:

Yogitoes Premium Mat Sized Yoga Towel, $57

Yogitoes Premium Mat Sized Yoga Towel, $57

 

For the Jet-Setter/Adventurer/Student:

Herschel Supply Co. Retreat Backpack, $80

Herschel Supply Co. Retreat Backpack, $80

Backpacks are in.  Promise.

For the Frequent Flyer/Gym Aficionado:

Flight 001 Go Clean Gym Gear Bag, $30

Flight 001 Go Clean Gym Gear Bag, $30

 

For the Pet Lover/a.k.a. Everyone Else on Your List:

Dog Selfies by Charlie Ellis, $14

Dog Selfies by Charlie Ellis, $14

 

Hope you all have a wonderful holiday season.

xo

How to Wear It: Leopard Print

Leopard print is a difficult trend to master.  Too much, and you end up looking tacky.  With this animal print, the more subtle, the better.  Try mixing in details, or peeking out from underneath a shirt.  When contrasted against black, red, or a deep plum color, it will stick out and look absolutely stunning.

 

Leopard Print
What do you think of leopard print?  How do you like to wear it?
xo

Need To Know Tips for Dressing For Your Shape

Whether you’re athletic, curvy, pear shaped, or full figured, there are some style rules that are universal, yet certain aspects that are specific to different bodies.  Use these helpful tips to look your best!

Dressing for your shape

Do you have any other style tips you love?

What’s Trending: Camoflauge

Camo is one of those perpetual on-off again trends, like denim on denim, and harem pants.

But, if Valentino Garavani says it’s in, we believe it.  No matter your outfit, only choose one camouflage piece, and choose your other pieces in one or two solid colors.  Take some inspiration from below, and pair a camouflage dress with accessories and a pop of purple heels.

Outfits we love!
Do you have any camouflage styling tips?  Share in the comments below!

The Sexiest Red Heels for Every Price Range

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From taxi shoes to masquerade masked heels to the infamous Sophia Webster pencil heels, I have a more than unhealthy obsession of shoes.  However, there’s one thing missing.  I have no red heels.

After perusing website after website searching for the perfect pair, I found (as I so often do) too many pairs than will fit in either of my two shoe closets at this time (that is, until I figure out how I can transform my guest room into an adequate shoe room)…  I found pairs from every price range, and the next best thing to owning the shoes is sharing them with you lovely readers.

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Pair them with a pair of cuffed denim jeans and a white button-up, or dress them up with a LBD and fire-engine red lipstick for the ultimate show-stopping look.  Enjoy!

Under $100

Jessica Simpson 'Caldas' Quilted Leather Pump, $88

Jessica Simpson
‘Caldas’ Quilted Leather Pump, $88

$100-$200

MICHAEL Michael Kors 'Brinkley' Ankle Strap Pointy Toe d'Orsay Pump, $174

MICHAEL Michael Kors
‘Brinkley’ Ankle Strap Pointy Toe d’Orsay Pump, $174

$200-$300

Alice + Olivia 'Dina' Pump, $295

Alice + Olivia
‘Dina’ Pump, $295

$300-$400

Kurt Geiger London 'Britton' Pump, $450

Kurt Geiger London
‘Britton’ Pump, $450

$500-$600

Aquazzura Sexy Thing cutout suede sandals, $565

Aquazzura Sexy Thing cutout suede sandals, $565

$600-$650

Gucci 'Coline' T-Strap Cap Toe Pump, $650

Gucci
‘Coline’ T-Strap Cap Toe Pump, $650

$650-$700

Saint Laurent 'Thorn' Pump, $685

Saint Laurent
‘Thorn’ Pump, $685

$700-$800

Miu Miu Leather Mary Jane pumps, $750

Miu Miu Leather Mary Jane pumps, $750

$800-$900

Valentino Scalloped Pump, $895

Valentino Scalloped Pump, $895

$900-$1,000

Valentino 'Rockstud' T-Strap Pump, $995

Valentino ‘Rockstud’ T-Strap Pump, $995

$1,000-$1,100

Gianvito Rossi Lace-up suede ankle boots, $1,020

Gianvito Rossi Lace-up suede ankle boots, $1,020

$1,100-$1,200

VALENTINO Hitch On cutout leather pumps, $1,145

VALENTINO Hitch On cutout leather pumps, $1,145

 $1,200+

Giuseppe Zanotti Quilted Leather Double-Zip Boot, $1,695

Giuseppe Zanotti Quilted Leather Double-Zip Boot, $1,695

I can’t pretend I’m not lusting after those Giuseppe Zanotti boots…  What is your favorite?

Read This Before You Pack for Your Winter Vacation

The Perfect Swimwear for Your Vacation Destination

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If you’ve planned a fall or winter vacation to somewhere warm, you’ve probably already thought about what you’re going to take with you. With the summer coming to an end, what are your options for finding a vacation-ready swimsuit (not to mention cover-up) that will look great and fit into the local vibe? Believe it or not, your options are not as limited as you might think.

When it comes to finding swimwear at the end of the summer, your best bet could be the Internet. Why?  Because as stores are phasing out summer inventory to make way for fall and winter clothing and accessories, their Internet sites are not, because it doesn’t take up any precious floor space to offer swim apparel all year long on a website!

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Keep in mind that online shopping, with all of its conveniences, does have one main drawback: shipping. Shipping may cost a few extra dollars (not always), but mainly, it takes time. So if you have less than a month before your departure, don’t wait another day to start perusing websites and ordering suits that you like.

Remember, you can always return what doesn’t work. Save the packaging and online receipt and you will have no trouble returning for full credit what doesn’t “suit” you!

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If you do want to shop for swimsuits in person, your best option as the summer winds down is larger, national department stores like Macy’s, Nordstrom, Saks, Barneys New York, etc. These stores have so much retail space that they can afford to have some “resort wear” or seasonal items like swim suits all year long. You will be far less likely to find out-of-season items at smaller stores and boutiques, which must devote their space to what is in season and sought after by the majority of their customers.

So now that you know where to look, what do you wear poolside in different destinations?  Again, your go-to source is the Internet. Find out what’s hot by searching online: magazines published in those countries or regions where you will be traveling are great sources of trendy looks.

Here are a few ideas to get you going:

· Miami:

Agent Provocateur Tricja Bikini, Top, $490, Bottoms, $500

Agent Provocateur Tricja Bikini, Top, $490, Bottoms, $500

As most people know, more is more (is more) in Miami when it comes to bling. Rhinestones, animal prints, jeweled looks and lots of straps and ties are what’s hot.

· Brazil:

Emamò Printed triangle bikini, $340

Emamò Printed triangle bikini, $340

They’re called “Brazilian waxes” for a reason. Swimwear in Rio and other hot spots in the southern hemisphere are skimpy, as Brazilians believe in flaunting it if you’ve got it.  Basically, the swimsuits in Brazil make what women are wearing in the United States look like giant diapers.  However, contrary to some rumors, Brazilian women do not go topless on the beach.  If you want to fit in with what the locals are wearing, leave very little to the imagination…and don’t forget your waxing appointment before you go.

Another tip: If you want to blend in at the beaches, don’t bring a towel.  Brazilian women bring sarongs, or “cangas” to lay out on, and the men rent chairs to sit on in the sunshine.  And if you really want to fit in, a pair of havaianas should do the trick.

· Las Vegas:

Agent Provocateur, Bottoms $170, Top, $220

Agent Provocateur, Bottoms $170, Top, $220

Notorious for its lavish day clubs where the party starts shortly after the sun comes up (and continues as long as you want), the swimwear styles in Vegas are chic and sleek, while also eye-catching and swanky.  This sizzling two-piece (above) by Agent Provocateur complements tanned skin, and commands attention.

· Australia:

Clover Canyon Pool Flower Front-Zip Top, $66, & Swim Bottom, $66

Clover Canyon
Pool Flower Front-Zip Top, $66, & Swim Bottom, $66

The land down under fairly closely follows American fashion, give or take a few details.  Right now, the hot look in Australia is the high-waisted bikini bottom, just like in the United States. In fact, big bows, polka dots and plenty of material won’t make you look dowdy, but it will make you look like you’re on the cutting edge of fashion.

· Southern California:

Victoria's Secret Beach Sexy Crop Rashguard, $28

Victoria’s Secret Beach Sexy Crop Rashguard, $28

Like most things in California, anything goes. Grab a pair of swim shorts (also called board shorts), a rash guard and a pair of flip-flops and fit right in! Or throw on a strappy bikini or polkadot, high-waisted 50s throwback and you’re all set.

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Don’t forget the most important rule when it comes to picking out a swimsuit: how you feel when wearing it. The last thing you want to be doing is fidgeting or feeling self-conscious. Buy what you feel good in and you will look great and have fun!

About our guest author, Patricia:

 Patricia Hogenes is a full time mom who spends time taking her youngest child to his activities or helping him with homework. In her free time, she enjoys writing articles for PoolProducts.com and particularly likes researching new topics.

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Bon Voyage!

What’s Trending: Find Your Perfect Coat For This Fall

Asymmetrical dresses had their moment, followed quickly by the asymmetrical skirt/skort combo, and this season, the asymmetrical coat is having its heyday.  With Autumn just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to update your wardrobe.  With classic styles, these are timeless pieces with a unique twist on the trend.

Check out the top picks below!

Asymmetrical Coats
The Yang Li trench coat looks amazing when paired with the hat, but I can’t get over how much I love Gucci’s leather jacket.
Which is your favorite?

What’s Trending: 5 Lust-Have Bags for This Fall

So many chic bags, so little time (and money…).  We’ve gathered up the 5 top trending bags this season that are sure to make a statement.  Enjoy!

1.

 Charlotte Olympia Appliquéd silk-satin shoulder bag, $995


Charlotte Olympia Appliquéd silk-satin shoulder bag, $995

2.

Valentino The Rockstud small leather trapeze bag, $1,995

Valentino The Rockstud small leather trapeze bag, $1,995

3.

Proenza Schouler Bucket large jacquard-trimmed leather shoulder bag, $1,650

Proenza Schouler Bucket large jacquard-trimmed leather shoulder bag, $1,650

4.

Moschino Biker Jacket Style Tote, $2,291.79

Moschino Biker Jacket Style Tote, $2,291.79

 

5.

Givenchy Triangle large clutch in black leather, $1,890

Givenchy Triangle large clutch in black leather, $1,890

 

What do you think of these picks?  Which are your favorite?

xo

What’s Trending: The Most Flattering Color For This Fall

nude color fashion trend

From champagne pinks to stone beige to pale shimmering cream, nude colors are becoming the new sophisticated color for both day and night.  They look amazing when paired with icy pastels and classic neutrals, like black, grey, brown, and navy blue.

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As a general rule: Lighter-skin ladies look best in cool tones with pink and silver undertones, while darker-skin tones should opt for warm tones, with yellow and gold undertones.  Try holding up different colors to your skin in bright lighting in case you are not sure which tones look best with your skin tone.

Check out the top picks highlighting this classic fashion trend below.

For Love & Lemons Antigua Mini Dress, $224

For Love & Lemons Antigua Mini Dress, $224

Marc by Marc Jacobs Marchive Tote, $349

Marc by Marc Jacobs Marchive Tote, $349

Nicholas Ponte Flare Skirt, $240

Nicholas Ponte Flare Skirt, $240

Loeffler Randall Paz Sandal with Calf Fur, $150

Loeffler Randall Paz Sandal with Calf Fur, $150

For Love & Lemons Balmy Nights Crop Top, $127

For Love & Lemons Balmy Nights Crop Top, $127

Marie Turnor Lunch Clutch, $217

Marie Turnor Lunch Clutch, $217

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MLV Mara Argyle Crop Top, $195

 What do you think of the nude fashion trend?