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

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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.

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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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to the Magic Kingdom

to the Magic Kingdom

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Love my @rebeccaminkoff micro moto satchel crossbody! It's the perfect versatile minibag that can be carried as a top handle, crossbody, or satchel/shoulder bag. Check it out on the blog, link in bio

Love my @rebeccaminkoff micro moto satchel crossbody!  It's the perfect versatile minibag that can be carried as a top handle, crossbody, or satchel/shoulder bag.  Check it out on the blog, link in bio

Love my @rebeccaminkoff micro moto satchel crossbody! It's the perfect versatile minibag that can be carried as a top handle, crossbody, or satchel/shoulder bag. Check it out on the blog, link in bio #rebeccaminkoff #crossbody #crossbodybag #satchel #rm #ponchos #scarf #scarves#raybansunglasses #mirroredlenses #mirroredsunglasses #hats #widebrimhat #rebeccaminkoffbag #versatile #shoulderbag ##minibag #tophandles #ootd #lookbook #picoftheday #aboutalook #sandiego #sd #encinitas #ca #beach

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Poncho Scarves

Encinitas

Encinitas

encinitas beach cliffs

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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

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

current bag obsession! check out my review of the stylish, functional, and versatile @rebeccaminkoff side zip mab on cateyesandcandy.com

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new blog post is out y'all, check out my review of @dooneyandbourke's elisa small verona bag  on the blog www.cateyesandcandy.com!

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Rebecca Minkoff’s Love Crossbody, An Affordable Alternative to the Boy Chanel Flap Bag

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Boy Chanel Flap in Orange

Perfect Alternatives to the Chanel Flap Bag

If you’re like me then you LOVE Chanel Bags.  The Classic Flap is a timeless bag that every girl would love to have in her collection.  But, as you probably know, Chanel is famous for their hefty price tags.  So, Rebecca Minkoff’s Love handbag series is a very attractive alternative for someone who loves that Chanel boy flap look, but doesn’t want to break the bank to get it.  Rebecca Minkoff’s Love bags fit the bill with it’s similar flap design and chain and will save you THOUSANDS in comparison – so you can get 2!

Rebecca Minkoff Love Crossbody in Hot Orange
Rebecca Minkoff Love Crossbody in Hot Orange

Rebecca Minkoff’s Love Crossbody

The Love Crossbody Bag is very reminiscent of Chanel’s Boy Flap Bag with it’s rectangular shape, quilted leather design, and chain hardware which is detachable and doubles as a clutch.  SCORE!  This bag has a simple and classic yet edgy feel and I just love it!  It comes in a variety of sizes and colors, my favorite is the Hot Orange crossbody.
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Rebecca Minkoff Mini Love Crossbody in Ultraviolet

Rebecca Minkoff Mini Love Crossbody in Ultraviolet

Rebecca Minkoff’s Mini Love Crossbody

For those of you who like smaller crossbody bags that hold just the essentional, the Mini Love Crossbody is perfect for you!  I simply love the way the black hardware contrasts with vibrant Ultraviolet!
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Rebecca Minkoff  Love Clutch in Black

Rebecca Minkoff’s Love Clutch

Don’t want to be bothered by chains or straps, then the Love Clutch is the bag for you.  I love carrying clutches when I want to add a dash of femininity and fabulosity to any outfit due to the dainty way you have you hold it in your hand or clutch onto it in your arms.
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