One Year Anniversary and My New Bag Obsession

I know you have been wondering where I’ve gone, but I warned you that I wouldn’t be blogging much this year.  Since this is my one year anniversary of starting my blog, I decided it was time for a new post.  I started this blog showing one of the bags from my collection and I celebrate my anniversary with a new bag that I recently purchased.

I don’t purchase many purses now that I’m surrounded by them on a daily basis.  I also almost never pay full retail price for anything.  So when I do buy a bag at full retail price, you know it is something special.  I purchased this bag last week when I was in Las Vegas for some trade shows.  Walking into Barneys is always dangerous for me, but this time I found love.

Golden Lane is a brand from Britain.  They have created quality leather goods for sometime, but only recently entered the world of women’s handbags.  And they hit it out of the ballpark with their first design.  The Duo Satchel is unique in that the bag is separated into two compartments that has its own zippered opening.  This creates a bag that organizes well and allows the user to find items easily.  The satchel has a top handle as well as a longer adjustable shoulder strap that can be used cross body as well.  This style is offered in leather, suede, patent leather, and leather with metal corners.  It also is available in two sizes.

Golden Lane Duo

I purchased the smaller sized satchel in nude gray nubuck suede.  I loved the two toned composition of the bag in neutral colors.  I also like how the black leather adds punch to the soft suede.

Small Duo

Gray side

Side view

Zipper Detail

What drew me instantly to this bag was the versatile shape and construction.  A satchel that converts to a crossbody happens to be my favorite kind of bag since I can use it as a handheld or hands free.  I was also impressed with the quality details like the zipper pulls that lay flush against the zipper when closed and then creates a loop when the zipper is open.

Right now you can only get these bags through Shopbop or Barneys, but I loved these bags so much that Purse Dreams will soon be carrying Golden Lane.  I know that when you see how well thought out these bags are, you will love them too.  Happy shopping!

50 Days of Black Day 36

50 Days of Black Day 36

I’m still numb from this morning’s tragic events in Connecticut. I’m wearing black skinny jeans, a T-Squad tank from our friends at Unhinged, Etoile Isabel Marant Lexy jacket and my oxblood calf hair Doc Martens. Showing you the amazing Rebecca … Continue reading

50 Days of Black Day 35

50 Days of Black Day 35

Yeah! Only 15 more outfits to go. Here I’m wearing oxblood leopard print Current Elliot skinny jeans, a black silk cami, and a tweed jacket from The Gap. Shown with a Rebecca Minkoff Morning After Bag Mini in Smoke. My … Continue reading

50 Days of Black Day 30

50 Days of Black Day 30

I’m wearing some great Target finds today. The skirt you have seen before and it’s faux leather from the Kirna Zabete collaboration. The sweatshirt is new from the Neiman Marcus collection. They tapped different designers to create gift items for … Continue reading

50 Days of Black Day 26

I wore a few boring black outfits earlier this week.  Nothing worth blogging about.  I’m glad I’m more than halfway through this challenge.  It’s been hard to keep looking into my closet and coming up with new black outfits.  Here’s one that combined a few other pieces that you have seen before.

I’m wearing the faux leather top from Zara underneath the Lexy jacket from Etoile Isabel Marant.  I paired them with straight legged jeans and black short booties.  I love the simple rhodium choker from Alexis Bittar.  I bought it this summer when I was in New York and shopping the boutiques of SOHO.  I loved how it hugs my collarbone and I knew that I would get tons of wear from it.

I also wanted to feature one of the versatile Rebecca Minkoff purses in the store.  This style is called the Affair.  It has a classic front flap shape with a chain strap.  I love the bubble quilting and gold studding on this burgundy version.  The best part of this bag is that you can wear it with the chain strap doubled, like in the first picture, or long and across your body, like in the second picture.  I think that this bag has a ladylike feel with a bit of an edge.  Have a great rest of your week and don’t forget to shop local during your holiday gift searching.

Liebeskind Berlin

Many of you have never heard of Liebeskind Berlin, but if you lived in Europe, you would know the brand well.  The name means love child in German and you’ll know why when you see these buttery soft bags in person.  Here are some of the Liebeskind bags you will find at Purse Dreams.

This is the Cosia Vintage.  A hobo style bag with cut leather.  I love this simple shape and how the cut leather detailing makes this bag even more interesting without obnoxious logos or hardware.  Here’s a detail of the cuts.

This style comes in this amazing mauve like pink as well as a rich brown and winter white.  They happen to be on sale right now from $279 to $168.  What?  A real leather bag for less than $200!  I know, my sale room is insane.

One of my favorite features of Liebeskind bags are that they include a removable long shoulder or cross body strap with most of their styles.  This makes the bag so much more user friendly.  I know that when I’m running around with my kids, the last thing I need is to hold one more thing.

This is the Helen in dark red.  A great color for fall, but even better is that the piping adds a punch to the simple tote.  The long strap makes this bag even more versatile and a great deal at $265.

This satchel is one exception when it comes to the removable shoulder strap and it doesn’t have one.  I also think that this shape wouldn’t translate well with a longer strap.  The soft suede is accented with square leather patches and silver studs.  Such a perfect bag for all your fall outfits and it can be yours for $279.

This giant open tote is one of the few bags made by Liebeskind that isn’t super smooshy.  The leather is deeply embossed with a croc print and has a slight stiffness to it.  This bag is so amazingly lightweight considering its size.  This Thea tote is on sale from $429 to $319.

The Zoe tote is also made from the amazingly light embossed leather.  This tote has a zip top and a smaller size.  It does come with shoulder straps and several outside pockets.  This tote can easily fit a small laptop or tablet along with all your other work essentials.  On sale from $399 to $299.

A favorite of customers is the Maike.  This fall Liebeskind made the bag in a fun soft leopard print, but we also have it in a range of colors and finishes.  This is a small cross body with three zippered compartments in addition to a slot pocket under the front flap.  I know that customers love lots of compartments to help organize their bags and this small bag does the trick.  Even better is that the shoulder strap adjusts so that the bag sits exactly where you like it.  A great bag at a great price, $195.

Don’t forget Purse Dreams will be closed from 8/30 through 9/3 for the Labor Day weekend, but come in and see these amazing bags when we get back in September.  Purse Dreams will be celebrating our 1st Anniversary with weekly deals that you won’t want to miss, so keep up with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapette, or this blog.  Have a great end to your summer!

Are You Flirty?

Sorry for the lack of posts.  I just got back from vacation earlier this week, and still catching up on unpacking at home and at the store. For those of you still enjoying the last drops of summer sun, a warning that Fall is here.  Well at least in the retail world it is.  I wanted to show you something that is new to Purse Dreams, the Rebecca Minkoff Flirty.

These cute little bags are my new favorite.  I love the simple shape and great color options.  For those of you who are familiar with Rebecca Minkoff bags, these Flirtys measure 8″ wide and 5.5″ high with a 2″ depth.  Similar to the size of the discontinued Boyfriend shape, it is a great bag for just your essentials when going out.  This style is being offered in a variety of colors and details.

Above you see it in the Kiwi color, which is a great olive-green.  All the Flirtys come with a leather woven chain strap and most will have stud detail along the bottom and sides.

This Flirty in an amazing red, called Lipstick, also has quilting and studding to add more punch to the small bag.  I adore this one and think that it would go great dressed up as well as with simple jeans and tee outfits for a pop of red.  In case you missed my post about fall color trends, red is very hot this fall.

What makes this Flirty different is the piping detail on the bag.  It gives the small bag more of a men’s wear look.  I love the gun metal hardware with the dark gray leather.  I have a weakness for gray bags and have 4 in a variety of sizes and styles.  I feel that gray is such a great neutral and goes with everything.  I would keep this one for myself if I didn’t need another gray bag like I needed another pair of black shoes.  Oh, the problems of a shopaholic.

Come in to Purse Dreams and check out all of the amazing Fall bags starting to come in.  For those of you who don’t live in Salt Lake City, Purse Dreams is offering free shipping for all of the bags in our online store for a limited time.  Like us on Facebook to find out about another great deal that is being offered only until August 18th!  Happy shopping.