Mother’s Day Gift Idea: Budget Friendly Clutch Bags Under US$50

May 1 2010

Mother’s Day is coming up soon (May 9th) and you really want to give your mom something special and useful; but alas, you only have less than a hundred dollars to spare, about US$50 to be exact. What can you possibly give her with a budget so tight?

Mother and Child

(photo from Nicholevan Photography)

Well, how about a clutch bag? A clutch is a must have in every woman’s closet. It is relatively smaller and is usually cheaper than regular sized  handbags.

Giving her a clutch will not only be practical, but it will also appeal to her soft spot for purses (believe us when we tell you that all women, including your mom, have a thing for purses). And don’t just give her any clutch; give her something that comes with a dose of personality in it.

Start your search with these 10 budget-friendly clutches we have picked out:

Romantic and Refined

Jessica McClintock Flap Pearl Stone Clutch in Black, US$46

Classic with a Touch of Bling

Touch Ups 1800 in Silver , US$43

Fierce and Fabulous

Steve Madden Blavish Clutch in Leopard, US$34

Chic and Glamorous

Steve Madden Bjelly Clutch in Gold, US$38

Sexy and Sophisticated

Ebisu Rattle Snake Clutch in Black, US$29

Organic and One of a Kind

Mad by Design Mother of Pearl Clutch, US$32

Tough and Tempting

Urban Expressions Scandicci in Black, US$48

Conventional Yet Unconventional

Star 50 Handbags Wisconsin Porter in Green, on sale for only US$45

Classic with a Twist

BCBGeneration Oversized Clutch in Black, on sale for only US$49

Bold and Beautiful

Lisa David Designs Frame Clutch in Zebra, US$45

Eco-Fashion: Purses Made Out of License Plates

Apr 29 2010

Here’s something different and definitely very interesting – purses made out of license plates!

Little Earth Fender License Plate Purse

Who’d have thought it can look fashionable, right?

But if you want to help make this world a better place, do your part by purchasing Little Earth purses made out of recycled materials. Not only is it interesting to look at, but you’re guaranteed to stand out once you wear it.

Here are a couple of Little Earth mini purses you can choose from:

Little Earth Runway Fender Purse, $140

Little Earth NFL Fender Bears, $160

Little Earth Super Cyclone License Plate Purse – Hawaii, $80

Want more choices? Shop Little Earth at Amazon!

Rafe New York Vanessa Shoulder Minaudiere – The Chameleon Clutch

Apr 25 2010

Want to have a purse that can actually adapt to what you’re wearing? Wondering if such a purse actually exists?

Well, wonder no more, because this chameleon-like piece DOES exist in the Rafe New York Vanessa Shoulder Minaudiere!

Rafe New York Vanessa Shoulder Minaudiere

This Rafe New York creation is entirely made of mirror tiles, so it actually reflects what you’re wearing! So infinitely cool! Don’t you agree? I simply think it’s heaven sent.

Rafe New York Vanessa Shoulder Minaudiere

And the good thing about this minaudiere is that it isn’t as delicate as it looks. The mirror tiles are actually made of acrylic, NOT glass; thus it is less prone to breakage. This however, doesn’t mean you can slam it against the wall or drop it on purpose.

Just like other Rafe New York accessories, the Vanessa Minaudiere is limited in stock so if you want it, better get it fast!

On another note, it is not exactly cheap either – retailing for US$554. However, with its unique and versatile appeal, it will really take you a long way, provided you handle it with care of course.

Just imagine the number of times you can use it; in fact, you can even use it with every outfit if you want to!

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Tinsley Mortimer Loves the Fringe Clutch

Apr 22 2010

I am not a huge fan of Tinsley Mortimer, well known New York socialite and fashion entrepreneur. But whenever I do chance upon her photos, I always take a moment to look at what she’s wearing – from the dress, to the purse, down to the shoes.

One thing I have noticed is that she loves wearing fringe clutches. And just how much does she love the fringe? Well, why don’t I just simply let the photos below tell you:

Tinsley Mortimer at the American Museum of Natural History’s Museum Dance in NYC (April 15, 2010)/Tinsley Mortimer at the 7th Annual New Yorkers for Children Spring Dinner Dance at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel New York City (April 8, 2010)

Tinsley Mortimer at the Alice + Olivia by Stacey Bendet shop opening at Saks New York, March 19, 2010

Tinsley Mortimer E! Oscar Viewing and After Party held At Drai’s in The W Hotel Hollywood, March 7, 2010

Get the picture? This lady sure has quite a collection of fringe clutches.

I can’t blame Tinsley for being a fringe fetish. A fringe always adds flair to even the simplest of purses. Call it panache or subtle flamboyance, it basically brings art and character to a boring piece of accessory (or even clothing).

That, plus the fact that a fringe always appeals to every girl’s bohemian side makes it a worthy embellishment to obsess over.

If you’re a fan of the fringe like Tinsley here, here are some fringe clutches to fall over:

Charlie My Love Cheyenne Bag, US$325

Heather Hawkins Nightingale West, US$218

Whiting and Davis Pewter Fringe Shoulder Bag, US$235

You may also try the following in case you find the prices of the above suggestions a little high:

Jessica McClintock Metal Fringe, US$58

Latico Le Cirque Leather Fringe Clutch, US$98

Credit: Ivan Nikolov/, L.Gallo/, Rachel Worth /