There isn't a pre-fall bag I've met that I don't like. So much goodness on the horizon. One constant theme — straps! While I prefer to carry my purse in the crutch of my arm, having the ability to hoist it over my shoulder, or cross body, is a bonus.

Talk about color! Cornflower blue, boysenberry, blush, watermelon. And of course, fabulous neutrals. Now is the time for pre-fall orders. You will find a plethora of delicious options. Though, I warn you, practicing self control won't be easy.

Featured handbags from from left clockwise: Saint Laurent, Proenza Schouler, Givenchy, Lanvin, Jimmy Choo, Miu Miu, Chloé .

Super soft leather. Roomy interior. Beautiful neutral nude and antique rose hues. This See by Chloé Nellie tote will be your best friend this season. It's practical and stylish. And it will hold everything, and then some!

I am loving fun accessories in easy blue tones this season. And this Carolina Lips snake and leather clutch by Diane von Furstenberg rocks. It can go from day to evening in a snap.

As far as color, you can pair it with blues, greens, reds, oranges/corals, yellows and purples. Or, all white! In fact, I recently showed an all white relaxed chic look at the Neiman Marcus CUSP Launch Party fashion show with to-die-for blue Prada shoes. Über fabulous!

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Discovering new boutiques in town always makes me smile. Especially when they are so pleasing to the eye. Amina Rubinacci is a newcomer to Charlotte, but certainly a welcome addition! In fact, walking into the store is a breath of fresh air. Clean, crisp and full of delicious color. And the clothing — beautiful Italian design. You will find accessories like nowhere else.


During my visit, I fell in love with this stone colored luxe leather tote by designer Annabel Ingall, exclusive to Amina Rubinacci Charlotte. The shape, size and price cannot be beat. Great for everyday use. As my sister would say, a no brainer. I have my eye on the larger size, too. It won't be long before I add another Annabel Ingall into my closet. Perhaps in Cherry?


JEROMEDREYFUSSI am always on the lookout for great everyday handbags with room for necessities, and then some.

And today, I fell in love with this Carlos snake-effect textured leather tote by Jérôme Dreyfuss. It is super cool. Super roomy. And super versatile (expandable sides). It even comes with a mini flashlight charm for when you need a little assistance in the dark.

This style is a bit more relaxed for those on the go. And it also comes in red!