My Wedding Accessories

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When we set the date of February 20th, 2009 for our wedding it seemed as if that day was so far away. Slowly but surely the day creeped up on us and as it got closer to the wedding day, the amount of work for the wedding grew exponentially as did my excitement. And finally, when the day arrived, I was overtaken with excitement, nerves, and love. One week ago today, I was lucky enough to marry the man of my dreams. Seems so cliche, but it is absolutely true. Vlad and I have been together nearly six years. We swam together in college. He moved to Germany. We started a website together which turned into our company and full time job. He moved back from Germany. We moved to Florida. We went though so much together, but from day one I knew I was going to marry him and live my happily ever after. Our happily ever after began six years ago, but the wedding last Friday was the last little piece of the relationship finalization.

Hermes Kelly Longue

I woke up on the wedding morning with a bit of wedding day jitters. Hair and makeup came at 10 am (many more details on hair and makeup in a later post). I am the Purse Blog Queen, so my accessories truly had to be fit for a queen. Luckily, I had the most ideal wedding handbag and jewelry to complete my look. My handbag that I carried on my wedding day has a special place in my heart. Two years ago over two-hundred of the lovely members of Purse Forum shocked me with a gift that left me speechless. For my birthday I was gifted the ultimate gift of all time, a gift that I knew would be a major part of my wedding day. I anxiously opened the orange box to find an extremely rare Hermes Kelly Longue in white with palladium hardware. Tracking down this bag was a massive feat in and of itself, creating quite the chase around the globe for a white Kelly Longue. But with persistence and perseverance the bag was found. This was the first accessory that I thought of and knew I HAD TO CARRY. I planned on carrying this bag with my on my wedding day before I was engaged. THAT is how much I love and adore this bag! Thank you again to every single person that made this wedding day dream bag a reality. {Read more this gift at tPF}

Now when it comes to the bridesmaid handbags, there will be another post! Once our photographer, Jeff Kolodny, found out that we were unofficial King and Queen of purses, we took many shots of me with my Hermes Kelly and the bridesmaids with their matching Adriana Castro clutches. We will share many shots of the rest of the bags later.

Diamond Chandeliers Back to my accessories! The lovely Elana of Future Fashionista outfitted me with the most sophisticated, stunning, and perfect bling for my wedding day. I wore a pair of diamond chandelier earrings that caught the light with every small movement and were the perfect piece for my overall look. The details on these earrings are so intricate. Absolutely unreal! I opted to go necklace-less and pair the earrings with a diamond bracelet, also from Future Fashionista. The bridesmaids gifts were specially made by Elana as well, details of those to come in a later post. A very special thank you to Elana and Future Fashionista for making my wedding day full of sparkle and bling!

Diamond bracelet by Future Fashionista   Diamond ear rings by Future Fashionista   Diamond ear rings and bracelet by Future Fashionista

wedding-bouquetMy shoes will go on another post as well. In fact, my shoes are so magnificent that I am now on the hunt to find a shoe cleaner to help spiff them up so I can store them to someday show my daughter. Since many handbag lovers are also shoe lovers, I think the shoes will be appreciated! For many of the photos we carried our handbags rather than flowers, but of course I had a bridal bouquet. Jorge from Dream Occasions was so much fun to work with and gave me the bouquet that I dreamed up in my mind. Garden like, elegant, flowing; and he completed this look with white mini calla lilies, champagne and ivory roses, green amaranthus, ivory stock, green berries, seeded eucalyptus, and an ivory ribbon crystals finish. The bouquet was perfect for our part garden wedding, thank you Jorge and Dream Occasions!

Wedding day GiftThe last wedding day accessory I will share with you all today is my wedding day gift from my groom. Close your eyes if the mushy-gushy-so-in-love comments drive you crazy. Vlad is most certainly a romantic. Sure, it took a bit of time for him to come around to this, but since he figured out how much I love romantic gestures, he has been amazing. A homemade meal, a date night plan, random flowers. It is not the gifts that get me, it is the thought and meaning behind them. But my wedding day gift was beyond thoughtful, beyond generous, and is a reminder of the best day of my life. Vlad went to our jeweler and designed a pendant for me. The pendant is made with matte gold and in diamonds reads 2.20, our wedding day.

Our wedding day was the best day of my life so far and a day I will never forget! Thank you to everyone who made the day so special for us. We appreciate it more than you all know.

And yes, many more details and pictures to come!

Pauric Sweeney Padded Patchwork Top Handle

Pauric Sweeney Padded Patchwork Top Handle in FuchsiaSo, the 1980s throwback trend is, like, a thing. I get that. I’m even a moderate supporter of it, when done correctly. The 80s were a time of excess and fashion-forwardness and questionable taste, and everyone loves that, right? Right. Except when it’s done like the Pauric Sweeney Padded Patchwork Top Handle, I don’t love it. At all. Not even a little. It kind of makes my eyes hurt to look at it. This isn’t just a winking reference to 80s ridiculousness – this is taking something that was already fug back then and making it more fug and more expensive 25 years later. And I, for one, am not fooled and not impressed. In order to do “retro” correctly, a designer has to somehow make it sleeker and more modern than it was to begin with, and there’s nothing about this bag that looks updated in the least. It wasn’t cute then, and it’s not cute now, sadly; it’s a retro-gone-wrong monstrosity. Even if this bag was given to me for free, I sincerely doubt I would wear it to anything but a costume party. Buy through LuisaViaRoma for € 810.00.

Thomas Wylde Colossus Scorpion Bag

Thomas Wylde Colossus Scorpion Bag in ViperIn commenting on one of my previous posts over on the Forum, our lovely member gacats mentioned a piece of classic style advice that I think many people (designers and fashionistas included) have totally forgotten lately: when dressing, always remove one accessory before leaving the house. It may sound a bit conservative to some folks, but it’s a great way to ensure that you don’t look like a fashion victim or someone wearing a costume. Now, if only certain bag designers would take that advice. Consider the Thomas Wylde Colossus Scorpion Bag, for instance. There are things about this bag that I love – the leather looks so soft that I have the strange urge to rub it on my face, the bike-chain handle is a cool, industrial touch, as are the spikes at the handle attachment, and the overall effect is full of edgy-but-fashionable personality that could really do wonders for the average outfit. And then…there are the scorpions emblazoned on the front in silver studs. I know that’s sort of Thomas Wylde’s thing, with the random stuff depicted in studs, but I wish his look would evolve a bit and maybe become a little more subtle. This bag would still have attitude to spare without the bugs on it, and with them, it seems just a wee bit silly. Part of me also thinks it looks a lot less luxurious than it could – the scorpions break up all that delicious, wonderful, touchable leather. So, Thomas Wylde, please consider heeding some sage advice – next time you get the urge to put bugs on a purse, let it pass. Buy through eLuxury for $2500.

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Christian Louboutin Piercing Softy Hobo

Christian Louboutin Piercing Softy HoboI don’t even really know how to begin. I am bringing you a Christian Louboutin handbag that isn’t a clutch? I think this is a first. While there are times I write about handbags for no reason other than shock or surprise; this time, being surprised is a good thing. I am so pleased with the Christian Louboutin Piercing Softy Hobo I almost don’t know where to start. The soft “makeup” colored leather is a shade that can go with so many outfits during so many different seasons. The way the leather is gathered as well as the pleating and vertical welts draw the eye to the detailing that went into designing and crafting the bag. And of course, as you might be able to tell, this is a bag that would be perfect to use during the day. Yet at the same time, I could see myself carrying this during the evening as well. If you aren’t a fan of the color, fear not, the handbag comes in black as well. If you ever doubted that this was truly a Louboutin handbag, open it up and you will find the signature bright silk satin lining. Gorgeous. And since you are pretty much sure to drop a pretty penny or two on a Louboutin, maybe a larger bag like this one can be more justifiable than one of the clutches. Buy through Saks for $1895.

Marni Slouchy Shoulder Bag

Marni Slouchy Shoulder BagLately, Marni has been going slouchy and I like it. Sure, growing up my mother, grandmother and various family members would always tell the kids, “don’t slouch”. Well, I’m going to go against that and tell the folks over at Marni to keep slouching their way into our hearts and our closets! A little while ago, Amanda brought you the Marni Slouchy Leather Bag. Although that bag received mixed reviews from our readers, I had to bring you another Marni bag. The Marni Slouchy Shoulder Bag demonstrates how a bit of asymmetry can actually work. The caramel slouchy leather with silver-tone hardware, shoulder strap, zip across the top and turnlock fastening all come together nicely. In a season full of bright, Bright, BRIGHT colors, it would be nice to add a neutral bag to your wardrobe. Buy through Net-a-Porter for $1410.

Michael Kors ‘Zuma – Small’ Satchel

Michael Kors 'Zuma - Small' Red Leather SatchelWhenever I hear a Beyonce song for the first time, immediately I can’t stand it, but after hearing it over and over and over again, I eventually fall in love with it, add it to my iPod and can unfortunately recite every lyric. Sometimes it’s that way with bags too – I may not appreciate it or ‘get it’ at first glance but eventually, I’m sold. That’s exactly what happened with this Michael Kors ‘Zuma – Small’ Satchel ($1,295). I saw it several times on and I just kept passing it by but after seeing it multiple times, I finally decided that I love it. The lipstick red leather looks so rich and supple so that initially grabbed my attention, but the knots threw me off. But it’s actually a really unique design. Two rows of vertical leather-wrapped grommets go down the front, intertwined with red leather knots that form the shoulder straps. There are grommets and knots down the sides too. The top features an uncommon two-zip closure and there are protective metal feet on the bottom of the bag so you don’t scratch up that soft leather. Measures 14″W x 10″H x 5 1/2″D with a 10″ strap drop.

UGG Twist-Strap Tote

Okay, so maybe I’m not the sharpest knife in the drawer, so bear with me, but did UGG always make handbags? Well, if they didn’t, they do now! I just found this absolutely fabulous Twist-Strap Tote…

Haute or Not: D&G Dolce & Gabbana ‘Waikiki Jenna’ Shoulder Bag

Haute or Not: D&G Dolce & Gabbana 'Waikiki Jenna' Shoulder Bag
I seriously thought the end of the fall/winter 2008/2009 fashion season would be the end of fugly bags. I was wrong. Maybe my expectations were too high but I’ve been seeing so many beautiful spring bags lately that I just wasn’t expecting something so odd looking. The D&G Dolce & Gabbana ‘Waikiki Jenna’ Shoulder Bag has one plus since it’s in my fave color, pink, but that’s where the love ends. What is it exactly? A wristlet? A clutch? Shoulder bag? I’m really confused about how to even carry this bag – do you stick your arm through the large hole in the center? Where do you put your stuff? The hole takes up most of the bag so you can’t even really carry anything in it! And what’s with the shoulder strap?? The bag isn’t even big enough to require one. So many questions, so little interest…

Do you love it?


Nancy Gonzalez Large Crocodile Tote

Nancy Gonzalez Large Crocodile Tote
While browsing around Saks Fifth Avenue, on the search for some beautiful handbags, I came across the Nancy Gonzalez Large Crocodile Tote in Lavender and my is it stunning!

The Nancy Gonzalez Large Crocodile tote features two double top handles that have a 3 1/2 inch drop. My favorite detail of the handbag is the magnetic closure, which is always perfect for any handbag. A zipper closure in my opinion would not only ruin the style of the handbag but also make the handbag look a tad bit tacky.

The tote is actually made of rich crocodile, which explains the handbags’ hefty price! The Nancy Gonzalez Large Crocodile Tote retails for $3,350 at Saks Fifth Avenue. $3,350 is a lot of money for a purse, but compared to other designers that also sell exotic pieces it’s actually not that bad of a price. Hermes, for example, sells exotic pieces that can cost over $10,000.

If you are not too fond of the Lavender tote, the Nancy Gonzalez Large Crocodile Tote also comes in a black version, which is also absolutely beautiful. In fact, the black version of the tote is probably the more classier of the two. Whichever color you prefer, there is no doubt that the Nancy Gonzalez Large Crocodile is absolutely gorgeous.

See the Nancy Gonzalez Large Crocodile Tote at: Saks Fifth Avenue

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