Minimal Investment, Maximum Return

Apr 21 2010

A clutch is essential to a smart woman’s wardrobe. Some think they don’t need it, while others hoard it. Most often than not, those who don’t see a need for it, are not believers of the mantra: bags can make or break an outfit.

So if you are to own at least one piece, choose something that can go a long way. Here, I did a little footwork finding the best clutches at minimal investment but with maximum returns.

Zambos & Siega Python Peggy Clutch

This is a classic choice. If you are to have only one clutch in your closet, it has to be in black. And this number from Zambos & Siega has a nice twist to it. The python emboss gives it texture and the gold handle gives it a stylish punch. It can even be used 2 ways. One clutched, and the other hand-held.

Brighton Swiss Organizer Clutch

Never mind the size of this being quite small. It it made of genuine waxed leather and can hold your night necessities anyway. I like the encrusted jewels on this piece. That and the shin of the leather make this one a classic. One you’ll find use for, over and over again.

J. Renee Patent Clutch

Don’t take fashion too seriously with this J. Renee clutch. It’s timeless and fun at the same time!

Rafe New York Angkor Wat Beaded Linen Hayden

If your sense of style is leaned towards the bohemian side but you still want a clutch that knows no time, then this Rafe creation is made for you. The embellishments are subtle and the patent leather trimming plus the gold hardware balances out the fanciness of this piece.

These clutches are not only beautiful, they very attainable too! Nothing of the choices above are over $100! Can you believe that? Now, this is what I mean with minimal investment with maximum returns!

Angelina Jolie’s Daughter, Zahara, Carries a Quilted Hello Kitty Clutch!

Apr 20 2010

Though I’m a big Angelina Jolie fan, I have not exactly memorized the names of her kids. I mean, I know Shiloh, and Knox and his twin (see, I can’t even remember the name of the other twin); and I know Maddox, but that’s as far as I go.

So when the kids were spotted going out for some ice cream in Italy with their grand parents a few days ago, that was actually my first time to see Zahara and Pax.

It was Zahara who caught my eye. She was wearing this white quilted Hello Kitty clutch by her arm. It was obviously too big for her, but I really found it cute that she thought to carry such an item.

Perhaps she’s going to be the fashionista in the family, not Shiloh nor Vivienne (that’s the name of the other twin; I did a quick search just now).

Now if your daughter is into fashion like Zahara here, this cute bow embellished Roxy Kids Make it Up Clutch will definitely make her day:

Roxy Kids Make It Up Clutch, US$18

(also comes in printed black, yellow, and blue)

You may also give her this kid appropriate grown-up wristlet from Betseyville:

Betseyville Dottin’ Around Heart Wristlet, on sale for only US$47

(also comes in printed black and printed pink)

If your little one simply wants something more grown-up looking, you can probably get the BCBG Max Azria Crosshatch Convertible Clutch for yourself and just let her borrow it when she wants to. This clutch is on sale for only US$131:

BCBG Max Azria Crosshatch Convertible Clutch

(also comes in red and black)

3 Native Woven Clutch Picks from Shopbop

Apr 16 2010

Welcome to All Clutch Bags!

Since this is our first post, we might as well start off by writing an article on one of the must-have items this spring season – the native woven clutch.

It’s hot and simply perfect to wear with your spring outfits, especially on those night outs. Even the ever so sophisticated Chanel is doing the native woven look for their 2010 Spring Collection!

To make your life easier (because we know how hard it is to choose when there are too many options), we have picked out the three (3) best  native woven clutches from Shopbop’s array of designer bags for you.

For the Sweet and Sensible Lady

This Mary Y Sol is made of hand-made straw and features a sassy black flower applique on its front flap:

Mar Y Sol Gigi Flower Clutch, US$75

For the Contemporary and Independent Woman

This Tory Burch clutch is made of woven rattan, and features a metallic pebbled leather trim which bears the Tory Burch signature logo at the front

Tory Burch Rattan Clutch, US$275

For the Girl in Every Woman

This cute and girly Felix Rey woven straw clutch features a black bow embroidery on the front flap and a lovely heart-shaped sequined bead work on the back

Felix Rey My Heart is Yours Basket Clutch, US$68