imogenhandbagThe wear-ability of Marc Jacobs' spring collection is ever present. Of course, the brilliant designer knows a thing or two about creating trends ... or more appropriately, fashion frenzies. His spring line is no exception ... it's what I call a 'want-to-wearable' line.

Chic meets relaxed. The cool factor, the comfort and the easy style make Jacobs' collection incredibly desirable. And the accessories are killing me ... sheer leggings, shoes and cross-over handbags.

Speaking of cross-over bags, I am in love with the Imogen. Talk about tribal/city flair! Perfect for the woman on the go who refuses to sacrifice style for function.

Can a celebrity take something ordinary and make it stylish? Most of the time, yes. In this case, I beg to differ. Last year, Fergie collaborated with Kipling to come up with a collection that would make an impact on the world of fashion. I am not sure the end result proved to be successful. While the Fergie for Kipling photo shoot turned out great, I have yet to find a handbag that I like, let alone recommend to a client. The collection below channels LeSportsac, reminiscent of my early years. Personally, I can't get passed that.

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purseIf I had a dime for every person who stopped me on the streets, in the airport, at the mall, in the grocery store, in the parking lot, at the dentist office, and on the plane to say "I love your bag ... where did you get it?" - I would not only have been able to pay for this handbag, but would have turned a profit. It's funny, when I bought this bag, I knew it was special ... but not that special. Seriously, I can't go anywhere without a fellow drooler. Like all handbag purchases I make, I have to visit it several times before I make a commitment. I want to walk away from the store knowing how badly I want it in order to justify coming back to buy it. My sister thinks I am crazy. She is definitely a purse snob and does not hesitate to buy high-end handbags (really high end) at first glance. Of course, there are times she gets buyers remorse and that high-end handbag marches itself right back to the store. (Love you, Kell!). There is great satisfaction in researching a bag's construction and not completely falling into a trend. And getting the exact color (light aqua/mint) you've dreamed about, to boot!

As I am not one to keep secrets (even though I've read a million times that you should never give away your resources), I am going to tell you where you can get this great bag. The handbag is patent leather, made by Hype. It's the Bellange - and it's now ON SALE for $162.95 here. I am actually surprised they still have some left, after all the folks I've sent their way. The images online do not do it justice. Trust me, it's fabulous. So there, I have shared my secret for the benefit of all you fashionistas! Just don't wear it the same day I do, please.
I have been eyeing a teal patent leather bag for quite some time. It's the same thing every season - I scout out a bag, visit it for a couple days to weeks to months, and justify why I absolutely must have it (if it's a "I can't live without it" bag, I will buy it on the spot). Sometimes you just know when you've found the bag. Other times, you're not sure. It got me thinking, times like these call for a little budget exploration and creativity. I am in love with the Coach and Hype bags featured below. However, being the investment buyer that I am, my money is spent on items that transcend time and season. And while I haven't yet decided which teal (or hot pink) bag that's calling my name, you can rest assured the final decision will be based on quality and cost. The following bags are not the same in size, color or quality, however, it will give you an idea of what to look for when trying to replicate a look. 12295_b4te_a0_front.thumbnail

Coach PATENT FRANCINE: $798
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Anteprima-Nueve Leather Sahara Bag $250
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Hype Seaglass Bellange: $188.95 (sold locally at the higher price of $275)

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Urban Expressions Hudson Tote $54

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Primo Limited Small Loft Satchel $49.50