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how will you wear the color of the year?

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The people at Pantone are obviously on my side…ultraviolet is the color of the year, and as you know purple is one of my favorites! I love to wear it, I love to look at it, and I love to design with it. But maybe you’re not so confident when it comes to wearing such […]

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everyday is v-day

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Yesterday might have been Valentine’s Day, but V-Day goes on! V-Day is not just about candies, flowers, and stressing over whether to “celebrate” what is essentially a made-up holiday. As I have posted here before, Holland Cox is co-sponsoring a local production of The Vagina Monologues. Not only do I want to invite all of […]

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history of handbags, part 4

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Good afternoon boys and girls, today we’re going to talk about where the history of handbags intersects with American history: the carpet bag. The bag itself is really as simple as it sounds. It was a sturdy travel bag made up of peices of carpet that were sewn together with a leather strap. Sometimes it […]

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history of handbags, part 3

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Imagine you’re a stylish Edwardian lady, and you’ve been invited to a friend’s country estate for the weekend. Knowing that you’re going to need a different outfit for every “event” for three days – at least six a day – you’re going to need a lot of luggage. What to do? Well, being as stylish […]

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history of handbags, part 2

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It has irked me to no end that women’s clothes almost never have pockets (or linings, but that’s another post). Why should we be left out? Erin over at A Dress A Day calls it the “handbag industrial complex” that has forced the pocket out of women’s clothing. My protest is only on principle of […]

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history of handbags, part 1

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Like every aspect of human life, fashion has a long and interesting history. A & E (or History Channel?) did a whole 3 hour show on the bra and its accompanying unmentionables! The handbag is no different. I came upon an interesting tidbit the other day and I thought I’d share it with you here. […]

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revenge of the indie designer

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Once upon a time there was a clever, talented lady named Nicole who made handbags from her own unique patterns. Because they were so unique and well made, they became wildly successful, with writeups in all the most fabulous fashion magazines. Then, a soulless mass market clothier thought they’d steal her design and sell it […]

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the sampler

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Finally! I am very pleased to be contributing to The Sampler once again. I missed March, April *and* May but I just sent off my Summer Sampler stuff today! I don’t want to scoop Marie’s sneak peeks, so I won’t post a picture, but I will tell you what they are: I took the strap […]

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new stuff!

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I clearly learned nothing from last weekend. More partying, more shopping…not so much with the sleeping. But sleeplessness has its advantages! I was planning on contributing only a bunch of my skinny wallets to the HHG (which, by the way, will be open for sign-ups on June 1), but one recent evening when I should […]

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so sleepy

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I am a rockstar. (and you thought I was a handbag designer….) This weekend the girls and I really pulled out all the stops! Friday night was a bachelorette party (the summertime urban cocktail party is this weekend!). It was at a country western bar. Luckily I had a gigantic belt buckle to wear, purchased […]

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