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Spring and Summer 2016 Bag Trend Alert: 3D Floral Accents

My favorite seasons for fashion has got to be spring and summer. I love colorful and/or fun & funky things and those are generally best suited for spring and summer. 3D Floral accents on bags are so on trend this season; all the major designers have it incorporated into their collections. I seriously cannot wait to cop a bag with 3D floral accents. Below are some bags with 3D Floral Accents for any budget.

Splurge

Fendi – Peekaboo Mini Allover Flowers Satchel Bag

Valentino – Mini Lock Floral-Appliqué Leather Shoulder BagValentino - Mini Lock Floral-Appliqué Leather Shoulder Bag
How cute are the allover floral appliques on this bag?!? The daintiness from the floral appliqués is offset by the bag’s Rock stud details which are very Valentino.

Dolce & Gabbana – Dolce Box Crystal Flower Satchel BagD&G Dolce Box Crystal Flower Satchel BagDolce & Gabbana also got in on the 3D floral accent trend with their crystal flower satchel. I’ve also been seeing box satchels make a comeback so keep an eye out.

Affordable

ZAC Zac Posen – Eartha Soft Top Handle SatchelZac Posen Floral Eartha Top HandleI love the Eartha bags as they are very reminiscent of a lot of popular luxury bags and can be considered an affordable dupe for the Celine Trapeze, Fendi 3 Jours, and Salvatore Ferragamo Sofia Bag. Zac Posen did not disappoint when he introduced the laser-cut leather floral appliqués to his iconic bag. I seriously cannot get enough of this bag and the price-point makes this bag even more appealing. The Zac Posen Eartha bag comes in 2 sizes, the original which is a mid-sized handbag and a mini and lucky for us, both sizes are available with the floral appliqués! The mini with floral appliqués retails for just under $300 and the regular version retails for under $300.Read More Here

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Rebecca Minkoff – Love CrossbodyRebecca Minkoff Floral Love CrossbodyRebecca Minkoff bags are known for their stylish and often bold designs. If you get a Minkoff bag, you know you are getting a statement piece that is moderately priced and of high quality. This bag also comes in 2 sizes, the regular size which retails for under ~$350 and the mini which retails for under $250. Both sizes come with detachable shoulder strap so this bag can be worn as a clutch, shoulder bag, or crossbody. Hooray for versatility!

Which 3D floral accented bag is your favorite?

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Affordable dupe for Celine Trapeze, Fendi 3 Jours, and Salvatore Ferragamo Sofia Bag

Zac Posen EarthaZac Posen Olive Eartha, side

I’ve been yearning for a structured top-handle bag as most of my bags are either crossbody bags or slouchier top-handles. I hate having to switch out bags so it’s crucial that the bag go with everything and can easily transition from day to night or casual to dressy. The only bags that came to mind that fit the bill were expensive high-end brands such as Celine, Fendi, Givenchy, or Luis Vuitton. Being a handbag enthusiast on a budget, I wanted to find affordable versions of the expensive high-end brands but were still stylish and of quality so I took to Nordstroms online to scour their top-handle selection and that’s when I came across the Zac Posen Eartha bag. This bag looks amazing and very reminiscent of many of the popular luxury designer bags such as the Celine Trapeze Bag, or the Fendi 3 Jours Mini Leather Satchel Bag, or Salvatore Ferragamo’s Sofia Medium Colorblock Leather Satchel.
The Zac Posen Eartha bag just screams class with it’s smooth leather and classic structured shape. The rolled leather top-handle and gold-toned hardware makes this piece feminine and dainty. The bag features a flap top with flip-lock clasp which helps keeps the contents of your bag secure.

The Zac Posen Eartha bag comes in 2 sizes, the original which is a mid-sized handbag and a mini which is very reminiscent of Phillip Lim’s Mini Pashli bag. Both sizes come with detachable shoulder strap which makes the bag versatile. You can wear it as a top-handle, shoulder bag, or crossbody which can serve to easily transition the bag from look to look. It can be worn as a crossbody for a more casual look or as a top-handle or shoulder bag if you are going for more polished or professional look.

Zac Posen Olive Eartha, on model

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The Celine Trapeze retails for over ~$2,700, the Fendi 3 Jours retails for over ~$2,600, and the Salvatore Ferragamo Sofia Bag retails for ~$2,500; prices vary by style and color combination. Brand new Zac Posen Eartha bags retail for under $500 and I’ve seen the bag available on discounted stores such as Nordstrom Rack or Off Fifth for under $350.

Celine TrapezeCeline Trapeze Bag, Multicolor Calfskin

Salvatore Ferragamo SofiaSalvatore Ferragamo Sofia

Fendi 3 Jours aka Trois JoursFendi 3 Jours

If you’ve ever wanted the Celine Trapeze, Fendi 3 Jours, or Salvatore Ferragamo Sofia Bag then you should seriously consider the Zac Posen Eartha bag as it is very reminiscent of the Celine Trapeze, Fendi 3 Jours, and Salvatore Ferragamo Sofia Bag for a fraction of the price.

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Poncho Scarves

Encinitas

Encinitas

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The weather in San Diego has been a bit colder than usual so I finally got a chance to wear the long sleeve knit sweater that I had purchased in SoHo over the holidays. I figured the open-stitching wasn’t going to shield me from the wind so I decided to layer up and toss on a large poncho scarf. Poncho scarves are seriously so awesome; they keep you warm, are super cozy, and go with practically everything especially if the print or design isn’t too busy. I leave a black poncho scarf at work as a backup for days when I forget to bring a jacket and it is unusually cold in the office. If you work in an office with multiple thermostats that people are constantly changing, you definitely should have this handy…office/work-life, you know what I’m talking about 😉 Poncho scarves are seriously so clutch!

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I haven’t gotten a chance to explore Encinitas much since it’s a bit further north than my usual commute but the few times that I have been there have been very nice. The beach and coast are so picturesque, it seriously looks like something out of a postcard. The town is pretty mellow with a bunch of restaurants and neat shops lined up along Highway 101 which runs through town. Another added bonus is that it’s just a short drive to numerous Carlsbad attractions such as the Carlsbad Premium Outlets, the Flower Fields, Legoland, etc!

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Rebecca Minkoff Side Zip MAB Tote, a dupe for the Phillip Lim Pashli Satchel

Rebecca Minkoff Side Zip MAB Tote

Rebecca Minkoff Side Zip MAB Tote

I was first introduced to Phillip Lim when I heard about his much anticipated collaboration with Target 2 years ago.  I recall looking through the Phillip Lim X Target collection and obsessing over the yellow and grey mini bags which were a dupe for Phillip Lim’s famous Pashli Mini Satchel.  The bag was sold out everywhere but I was able to find it in grey at a Target in the middle of nowhere in Indiana during a work trip.  I was so stoked, I bought it and wore it everyday until it fell apart, literally!  I loved that it had a detachable strap which enabled me to wear it as a crossbody or tote bag.  I also loved the side zipper which allowed me to unzip and expand the sides to create extra space; it was truly a versatile bag and I loved that!

After that bag died, I started to research the non-Target collabo version but just couldn’t pull the trigger on the purchase due to it’s luxury pricetag but have always yearned for a similar bag.  I wanted somethMed Side Zip Mab, side viewing that was compact and had a zippered top so my belongings didn’t fall out, zippered expandable sides for added space when needed, and detachable strap so I could wear it as a crossbody or shoulder bag so I was extremely stoked when I found Rebecca Minkoff’s Side Zip MAB tote bag!  This bag was very reminiscent of Phillip Lim’s Pashli Satchel but for 1/3 the price!  I love Rebecca Minkoff bags, the quality is awesome with their genuine and supple leather and quality hardware…you can tell a lot about the quality of a handbag based on it’s zippers.

Like Phillip Lim’s Pashli Satchel which is available in 2 sizes: the Phillip Lim Pashli Medium Satchel (10″H x 12.5″W x 4″D) and the Phillip Lim Pashli Mini Satchel(6.5″H x 8.5″W x 3″D); the Rebecca Minkoff Side Zip MAB Tote also has 2 size options: the Rebecca Minkoff Medium Side Zip MAB Tote (11.5″ H x 14″ W x 3.755″ D) and  the Rebecca Minkoff Side Zip MAB Tote Mini (8″ H x 7.25 W x 3.5″ D).  Stylistically, the Rebecca Minkoff Side Zip MAB tote is very similar to Phillip Lim’s Pashli bag…they both are squarish iMed Side Zip Mab, top & interior viewn shape, have zippered expandable sides and top handles.  The Rebecca Minkoff Side Zip MAB tote has a front flap pocket which is reminiscent of the Pashli’s top flap which has a push-lock closure. Phillip Lim’s Pashli top flap is fashionable but not quite as functional, the bag is a bit inconvenient in that the top flap is between the two top handles and you have take off the bag to open it to get to it’s contents.  The Rebecca Minkoff Side Zip MAB tote on the other hand does not have this problem, you can easy get to it’s contents by simply unzipping the bag & you don’t even have to remove the bag to do that!   So when it comes to the comparison for the 2 bags, I’d have to say that the Rebecca Minkoff Side Zip MAB has Phillip Lim’s Pashli beat; not only is it 1/3 the price of the Phillip Lim’s Pashli Satchel but it is more functional and just as stylish!

 

Rebecca Minkoff Side Zip MAB Mini Tote

Rebecca Minkoff Side Zip MAB Tote Mini 

Available Colors:  

“Cherry”/Red buy here 

Black buy here

“Latte”/Light Tan buy here

Rebecca Minkoff Side Zip Medium MAB Tote

Rebecca Minkoff Medium Side Zip MAB Tote

Available Colors:

Black buy here

“Putty”/Off White buy here

“Almond”/Tan buy here