This is a first for us, guys. A feature on Christian Louboutin and it’s not about a pair of shoes! I’m going to argue, however, that his petal clutch bag is just as covet-worthy. A perfect match for Louboutin’s Mount Street heels (from 2009), this lovely, etherial clutch which is available in blackls or blushls will set you back about as much, which is to say more than a cool grand. As lovely as this bag is, I have to ask: who has that much to spend on a purse?

Christian Louboutin Mount Street Petal Clutch Bag in black

Christian Louboutin Mount Street Petal Clutch Bagls
($1.347, MyTheresa)

Nine West “Wenda” Feather Clutch

Enter from stage left, the Nine West Feather Clutch. Clearly, Nine West was more than a little inspired by the Christian Louboutin petal bag – and that’s good news for us! Everything about this bag is deliciously romantic and I love how it has an old Hollywood/glamour thing going on. The clutch is also available in grey and ivory and look at that price: $59! I’m picking one up now. Available in black, grey and ivory.

Nine West "Wenda" Feather Clutch in black (Christian Louboutin Mount Street knockoff)

Nine West “Wenda” Feather Clutch
($59, Nine West)

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Review: Handbag Heaven Sami Quilted Bag

by Celine on February 26, 2010

When Handbag Heaven approached us to do a review of one of their bags, I was psyched. I’ve browsed these “discount” sites before and contemplated purchasing a bag but just never went through it, feeling unsure of the quality. However, because Handbag Heaven generously offered to provide us with a bag of our choice for this review, I was free to let my heart guide me on my lofty quest. Since their website is very user friendly and gives you many options to find a bag that fits your style it only took me a minute to decide on “The One“:

Handbag Heaven Sami Quilted Handbag in brown

Handbag Heaven Sami Quilted Bag
($54.95, Handbag Heaven)

Celine & Her Quilted Sami Bag

Celine & her Handbag Heaven Sami Quilted Bag

I, like many others, have lusted after the Marc Jacobs Stam bag, which is the designer counterpart to the Sami, since 2005 and I had high hopes that the Sami would be everything I could ever want in a “steal” version. Upon taking the bag out of the box and touching it, I immediately noticed that it felt very soft. However, there is a slight “squeakiness”, which comes from the material being leatherette, rather than leather. It has a long, gold chain that you can wear over your shoulder or let hang as decoration. The hardware is a little cheap feeling (the chain, for instance feels very light) but all in all it looks really good and the overall feel of the bag is surprisingly substantial for $55! The inside is very roomy, with one zipper pocket and two smaller pockets. There’s also the zipper on the outside, just like the original. I chose the brown color but it also comes in black, purple, pewter and red.

The real question of course, is how does the bag hold up when actually being used? I decided to take my Sami out for an all-day trial run, so I threw all my crap (sorry, stuff) in it and went about my daily activities. It’s really rather light, which means it won’t give you a back-ache when filled with all your things; all the zippers are completely functional and the closure at the top seems to be of good quality. As mentioned above, the hardware seemed to be a little shoddy, but after 2 days of running around with it, opening closures, zippers, etc, everything is still exactly where it should be. I also received two compliments on my bag – one of them from a guy, and you know guys never notice bags! After putting my poor Sami through the ringer, I examined it again and apart from a few dangling threads, the bag looks just as good as when I first took it out of the box.

Handbag Heaven has tons of trendy and classic bags, and many styles come in multiple colors. They offer a 100% money back guarantee and it’s also worth noting that no bag on their site will run you more than $75. They also like to run promotions from time to time so if you kids are into Facebook (as my grandmother would say) or Twitter, or if you’d like to read their blog, you can find them in the following places: HH on Facebook, HH on Twitter & HH Blog.

Bottom Line

All in all I’m really quite pleased with the Sami Bag and it now has a permanent place in my handbag rotation. While it doesn’t feel quite like leather and the hardware lacks the weight of the original, I can tell that it won’t fall apart any time soon. It feels light on the shoulder and its classic-meets-modern look, means it will literally look great with anything in your wardrobe. I think this would be a great gift for your mom or friend, although I’d probably skip the friend who already owns three authentic Chanel quilted clutches because she will most likely not be impressed. But, really, readers, I think we all know the moral of the this story: when you’re saving so much money on your bag… you have that much more to spend on shoes! ūüėČ

PROS:

  • great color, look
  • good price
  • roomy, comfortable, light

CONS:

  • hardware slightly cheap-looking
  • leatherette feels a little “plasticy”
LookOur Rating: ★★★★☆
QualityOur Rating: ★★★☆☆
WearabilityOur Rating: ★★★½☆
PriceOur Rating: ★★★★½
OverallOur Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

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A trench coat is one of those items of clothing that every woman should have in her closet. Various permutations appear on the fashion scene each season and it just never seems to go out of style. I think Burberry Prorsum put out one of the best trenches of the season in their Spring 2010 show. The coat is undeniably sweet with those draped/knotted shoulders and girly color (they call it “Frosted Pink”), but the black lacquered buttons keep it a little bit edgy. Sadly, at $2,595, I think we can safely say I’ll never own this coat.

Burberry Prorsum Spring 2010 Knotted Epaulette Trench Coat in frosted pink

Burberry Prorsum Knotted Epaulette Trench Coat
($2.595, Burberry)

Lipsy Ruched Shoulder Mac

I have to tell you, I’m sort-of OK with not owning the Burberry trench above if it means that I can nab this Lipsy knock-off which is available at ASOS. Literally thousands of dollars cheaper but with that same lovely charm, this coat is sure to win you tons of compliments. Lipsy really nailed those knotted shoulders and I think I may actually like their pinkish/peach color just a smidge more than Burberry’s cupcake-pink. I picture this being worn with a fluttery, chiffon mini skirt and black leather rocker heels.

Lipsy Ruched Shoulder Mac in sugar pink (Burberry Prorsum Spring 2010 knockoff)

Lipsy Ruched Shoulder Macls
($128.21, ASOS)

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Someone take my temperature, please. I have never, ever been a fan of “Maxi” dresses, however recently I have found myself really drawn to them. There is something so effortless about a long dress, and because of its length, it can look quite elegant or be quite casual, depending on what you pair it with. I think a perfect example of this trend done right is the Elizabeth and James Tulip dress. I’m nuts over the contrasting shirred bodice and chiffon skirt and how flattering is that tulip shape?! It’s absurdly pretty. Sadly, as is the case with all Elizabeth and James clothing, this delightful dress is totally out of my price range. And sold out.

Elizabeth and James Tulip Dress

Elizabeth and James Tulip Dress
($495, SOLD OUT)

Element “Zoe” Dress

HOT DEAL: Use our secret coupon code INTHEIRCLOSET to get 15% OFF your entire order! Yay!

If you, like me, were a big fan of the Elizabeth and James Tulip dress but not such a fan of the price-tag, I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised by our “Steal” recommendation. How cute is this “Zoe” dress by Element? Not only does it have the bandeau top and tulip skirt, but it combines the springy, peachy colors of the first dress we featured above, with the peacock print of the second! This dress will easily take you from the beach to a restaurant: just swap the flip-flops for some heels.

Element "Zoe" Dress in peach (Elizabeth and James Peacock Tulip Dress knockoff)

Element “Zoe” Dress
($44.50, LuLu*s)

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Update: This post has been updated on February 23, 2010. Scroll down to see the new add.

Charlize Theron is one of my red carpet icons and she never fails to impress – on and off the red carpet. Last year Charlize made an appearance on David Letterman looking sultry in a black body-con dress by Narciso Rodriguez. The dress may have looked simple from the front, but Charlize’s backview revealed stunning criss-cross details. Love this look!

Charlize Theron wearing a black Narciso Rodriguez Fall 2008 Cutout LBD

Our Rating: ★★★★½

Who?Charlize Theron
Where?Late Show with David Letterman, New York
When?June 24, 2008
What?Narciso Rodriguez Fall 2008 bondage dress

Eight Sixty “Body Con” Cutout Knit Dress

Update (02/23/2010): Here’s another great Narciso Rodriguez alternative by Eight Sixty.

Eight Sixty "Body Con" Cutout Knit Dress in black (Narciso Rodriguez knockoff)

Eight Sixty “Body Con” Cutout Knit Dressls
($78, Nordstrom)

Walter “Kristin” Little Black Dress

This Narciso Rodriguez LBD look-a-like by Walter will give you an almost identical silhouette and the same bondage effect though this dress is shorter than the original. Kristin Cavallari has been spotted wearing this dress to a fashion show a few days ago, so it can’t be too bad, right? Plus, it costs under $100 which is a steal considering you’d have to pay aproxx. $2k for the original.

Walter Little Black Dress as worn by Kristin Cavallari (Narciso Rodriguez Fall 2008 knockoff)

Walter “Kristin” Little Black Dresspjx
($98, eDressMe)

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