The Best Handbags To Buy From After Christmas Sales Because Being Nice To Yourself Isn't Naughty

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Sometimes Santa screws up and doesn’t bring you what you want. But just because he was naughty doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be nice to yourself. So if a handbag was on your list this year and you didn’t get one, it’s time to take advantage of some amazing after Christmas sales. Here are ten fabulous handbags that are MAJORLY discounted right now. And don’t worry if you spent way too much money on other people, there are several budget-friendly options here.

As you know, the prices could change, so don’t get mad at me, but also make a quick decision. You totally deserve a good present.

Marc Jacobs Wingman Leather Tote

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Are you looking for the perfect everyday bag? This one has room to tote around everything you need and more. It also comes with a little zip pouch. Yay bonus! Originally $395, it’s currently on sale for $237.

Loeffler Randall Minimal Rider Suede and Leather Satchel

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Originally $495, this adorable pink cross body bag is on sale for $297. It’s so pretty and the color works all year round.

Salvatore Ferragamo Vara Floral Print Snakeskin Crossbody

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This Ferragamo floral print bag is everything! Obviously, it’s an investment, but one you will certainly receive compliments on for the rest of your life.

Clare V. Flat Canvas Clutch in Black Linen & Pink

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Did you want a print bag that was a little more budget friendly? For $84, this chic little clutch works for everything from a formal event to date night.

Ted Baker Small Lamica Patent Leather Shopper

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Are you looking for a basic black tote that isn’t basic at all? The texture and copper bow on this bag make it really extra without an extra price because it’s only $130.65.

Chloé Drew Mini Patchwork Leather And Suede Shoulder Bag

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Everything about this bag is to die for. From the signature shape to unique leather and suede patchwork, it’s absolutely stunning. At $1,494, it’s currently 40% off. Seriously, how often does that happen?

Chloé Drew Small Leather And Suede Shoulder Bag

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Were you looking for a Drew that is a little more all year round or everyday? This dark yellow one works with just about everything. Down 30%, it’s currently $1,365.


Lanvin Lien Smooth And Patent-Leather Shoulder Bag

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This classic bag will never go out of style and has enough room to take you from day to night. Also, that clasp will stop traffic. At $1,146 it’s 40% off.

Nordstrom Transparent Lace Box Clutch

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Are you looking to buy yourself a tiny treat for the cost of brunch? I love this little lace clutch, which at $39.49 is 50% off. It has a chic little chain so you can also wear it on your shoulder. It’s perfect for New Years Eve or maybe even as a bridesmaid gift.

Elizabeth and James Eloise Embossed Field Bag

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This bag looks like it is vintage but, it’s not. But for $177, you can fool everyone. I won’t tell anyone if you lie. It will be our secret. 

So Last Week... Things I Read That Are Totally Worth Your Time

I’d say happy Sunday, but Sunday is almost over. It might even be Monday where you are, but that doesn’t mean there still isn’t enough time to click around and enjoy several things from around the web that I didn’t write.

Into The Gloss: Natasha Lyonne

If you didn’t know, Natasha Lyonne has been my biggest girl crush since high school. Her unique look is sexy and just a little bit gritty. In this interview, Natasha shares her beauty routine and favorite products. I’m bookmarking this post for life!

Real Simple: Frosé Recipe

If you like rosé and mixed drinks, then frosé will be your new favorite summer beverage.

Blush & Pearls: 10 Foundation Mistakes You Might Be Making

Foundation is the foundation of your look. If you are shopping for a new foundation this summer or your current one just doesn’t seem to look right anymore, Blush & Pearls has some great tips to keep in mind.

Apartment Therapy: AT Writes An Episode Of House Hunters

If you are as obsessed with the HGTV show as I am, you will actually laugh out loud reading this. Warning: don’t click on the link in a public place because strangers will stare at you.

Fashvo: Timeless Bags That Never Go Out Of Style

I want all the bags! If you’re thinking of investing in a designer handbag, any one of these is totally worth the price.

F-it Fridays: Beach Bag Please Edition

We need to talk about bag appropriateness. I can't tell you how often I go to the pool or the beach and see people with inappropriate handbags. Okay, I totally sound judgy, but it's not what you think. I just feel like people are mistreating their precious purses. Should I call APS (Accessories Protective Services)? After all, mixing the wrong things can be dangerous. Ever drink shots of vodka before wine? Nope, you were not fine. Mixing an expensive accessory made from something not meant to get wet or sandy with water, sand, unknown sea creatures and most likely over-enthusiastic children sounds like a recipe for a fashion disaster. So maybe it's time to protect your Louis, Kate or Goyard by leaving them at home and invest in a bag made that's made just for the beach (or pool or lake, you get what I mean). Here are a few of my favorites. 

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Straw pom pom is the it style this season. Score this adorable steal from Forever 21.

If you think of straw as more of a drink accessory than a fashion accessory, Lilly Pulitzer's Bohemian Beach Tote will be your fav piece of arm candy this summer. Lilly Pulitzer prints are so classic and will look stylish for years to come. 

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Trina Turk's Barbados Tote is perfect for brunch or to put in the basket of a bicycle. I don't know why and I don't even really like bicycles. 

I always take a small clutch to the beach to keep my phone, wallet and a lipgloss in. This pineapple pouch by Kayu reminds me of a summer cocktail or a fruit salad. Hopefully, the former. 

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Don't take an uncool cooler to the beach or stash your sandwiches (or tequila) in a basic grocery bag. Instead, use the super chill watermelon cooler bag from Ban.do. It also might be fun to take watermelon out of the watermelon bag and made a fun Instragram story about it. I feel a Boomerang coming on!

 

You can't go wrong with a classic nautical style beach tote. This striped bag from ASOS fits everything you need for a chic beach day. It also coordinates well with most swimwear styles. 

 

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Do you struggle to find a place for your wet stuff every time you go to the beach? You're welcome. Problem solved

F-It Fridays: Your Weekly Dose of Retail Therapy (Casual AF to Causal Chic Edition)

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I know I’ve written a lot about rompers and it’s because I’m obsessed with them. I thought for this F-it Friday, I’d share one of my favorite new ones with you and how to create an entire outfit around it. You know, taking the romper from I- romped-around-until-4-in-the-moring-and-just-woke-up-so-I’m-casual-AF to Casual Chic.

So, I am not normally an American Eagle shopper. In fact, I can’t even tell you where one is. But, I was half asleep and very likely drunk on Instagram when I saw this one someone’s post. I wish I could remember whose account it was, but I don’t. I had to have it. Luckily, I didn’t even have to get out of bed to grab a credit card and buy it (which probably wasn’t going to happen anyway) because it turns out AE takes Paypal. Yay! It’s been one of my favorite pieces ever since. And it’s currently on sale

Here are some ideas to dress up and accessorize this romper or any romper.

 

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I love a classic Jack Rogers Sandal or if you need a little height, a wedge

Throw on a jean jacket, especially if you are wearing a romper at night. I love this one from Madewell. Everyone should have a classic jean jacket in their wardrobe. If you don’t have one, I can’t imagine how you stay warm on breezy summer nights or when some annoying person blasts the AC. 

Add a fun with a tote like this one from Draper James. I love this straw bag for summer. It’s causal, but put together. Because it’s roomy and more importantly lined, you can actually put things in it that aren’t your wallet, keys and half a lip gloss. I would even use it as a carry-on bag for a beach vacay. 

Consider a tassel fob to look extra put together. Nothing says, “I actually care about details,” more than this tiny accessory.

Because rompers are causal, a little jewelry will let others know you didn’t just roll out of bed, even if you did. I like a turquoise necklace for the summer, particularly this Judith Ripka Baguette Doublet Pendant Necklace

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Always have a bangle on your wrist. Kate Spade’s Feather Bangle coordinates well.

Have a great weekend! And don’t forget, F-it, it’s Friday, so buy yourself a present for getting through the week!

 

F-it Fridays: Activewear You'll Get Off The Couch For

This photo was taken by  Hayley Fisk  at  dr pilates , which is my favorite studio in Los Angeles. I love dr because it's small and boutique, so every class feels like a private session. The instructors are fun and give you an intense workout (hardcore = a hard core), but also know how to make adjustments for people at various levels. If you are in Larchmont Village, you need to stop by and take a class. If you are not in Larchmont Village, it's totally worth dealing with the traffic. I feel like very few things in Los Angeles are actually worth the traffic, so that's saying a lot!

This photo was taken by Hayley Fisk at dr pilates, which is my favorite studio in Los Angeles. I love dr because it's small and boutique, so every class feels like a private session. The instructors are fun and give you an intense workout (hardcore = a hard core), but also know how to make adjustments for people at various levels. If you are in Larchmont Village, you need to stop by and take a class. If you are not in Larchmont Village, it's totally worth dealing with the traffic. I feel like very few things in Los Angeles are actually worth the traffic, so that's saying a lot!

There are so many ways to motivate yourself to workout. Some people buy fitness trackers or join Facebook groups. Others watch The Biggest Loser to make themselves skip dessert (I feel this way about Hoarders and cleaning). But, my favorite way to motivate is buying stylish activewear. After all, who doesn't like wearing a new outfit? If you don't, I feel sorry for you. 

So I guess this F-it Friday is also Fit Friday! If you've worked out a lot this week (or even if you haven't, no judgements), you deserve a calorie-free treat! F-it and buy yourself something nice. Here are some of my favorite activewear pieces to get you off the couch and onto the reformer (or spin bike, or treadmill, or insert your favorite piece of fitness equipment here). 

DG LUXSPORT Leggings & Tank

Back in March (which wasn't that long ago, really), I  collabed with Kinx Active, which is an activewear makeup line, on a photoshoot. Several of my outfits were from Diane Gilman. If you haven't heard of her, she's dressed some of the most iconic rock stars in the world including Janis Joplin and Cher.

The comfort waist leggings are available in two different flower prints, which as you know is a huge trend this spring and not going away any time soon. (So, if you don't like flower prints, you're kind of SOL for a while because they are EVERYWHERE.) The matching tank is also available in several colors. 

Michi Dive Rash Guard Crop Top (Yes, I have no idea what's going on with the name either)

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I love this crop top by Michi. It's literally one of the sexiest pieces of activewear I've ever seen. Wear it to barre and channel your inner badass ballerina with literally any pair of leggings. 

Alo Yoga Epic Leggings

Although they are white, you can totally wear Alo Yoga’s Epic Leggings before Memorial Day.  After all, they do live up to their name. Perfect for cardio activities, even if you don't workout your hardest, at the very least, your style will be epic. 

Calvin Klein Modern Cotton Bralette

The Modern Cotton Collection Bralette by Calvin Klein is retro chic. Wear it under a black tank and let the logos show or alone (but obvs with pants or shorts because you don’t want to be creepy) during an extra hot hot yoga session. If you were wondering, I have this bra and it’s more supportive than it looks. 

Body Language Aven Pullover

I love this pullover by Body Language. First of all, it will look super cute any of the pieces featured in this post. I also really like it because it’s lightweight for those times when you don’t want to freeze, but you know a big, thick sweatshirt is going to be too warm.

Forever 21 Active Slashed Leggings

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Everyone loves a deal and these Forever 21 Active Slashed Leggings cost less than a Flywheel class. I'd seriously consider buying these in bulk. 

ban.do Water Bottle

This ban.do water bottle isn't technically clothing, but we all know how not stylish dehydration is. I love this bottle for its sheer honesty! 

BooHoo Keira Metallic Contrast Weekend Gym Bag

Say yay for this gym/weekender bag by BooHoo! Made of synthetic materials, it's the chicest place to throw your stinky grippy socks and that leaky bottle of green juice you didn't close properly. 

F-It Fridays: Hopping Into Spring With Flower Print Accessories

One of the biggest trends this season is flower prints. There are so many things I love about this. First off all, flower prints are an instant mood booster. Seriously, it's hard to be sad if you're wearing sunshine. But I totally get a full on flower print dress or romper isn't for everyone. That's why you've got to accessorize. Here are some of my favorite flower print accessories of the season. So, as I always say, F-it, it's Friday, buy yourself something pretty.

Trina Turk Desert Oasis Clutch

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The good thing about Trina Turk's Desert Oasis Clutch is that it's really unique. The bad thing about it is that pictures don't quite do it justice. I took a look at it in person at Trina's new boutique in my neighborhood and was so wowed. Made of vinyl, the style of this bag is very vintage, as if you bought it from a Palm Springs consignment shop. I feel like this is something you could pull out every spring and summer for the rest of your life. 

J. Renée Alawna Wedge Sandal

No white shoes before Memorial Day is a rule no more with these cute wedge sandals by J. Renée. Super affordable priced under $100, the print is the epitome of spring. 

Gucci Printed Coated Canvas Continental Wallet & Pursuit Slides

So, these are not technically matching, but with similar prints, how could you not want to pair these Gucci slides and wallet together? Much like you and your BFF who might not like Real Housewives, but you love her anyway, these two just go together. And you shouldn't feel any guilt about going double Gucci because the wallet is really large enough to use as a clutch. Wear them together with a cute sundress or even to lux up simple shorts and a t-shirt. 

Draper James Peabody Perforated Tote

If you like flowers, but aren't into prints, this tote from Reese Witherspoon's boutique Draper James, will have y'all covered. It's the perfect size and style for a spring day. And yes, it comes with that adorable key fob.

Sonix Primrose iPhone Case

Hello! Why shouldn't you dress up your phone for the new season? Make your smart phone even smarter with this on point case from Sonix.

Dolce & Gabbana Cat-Eye Floral Print Sunglasses

I can't with these Dolce & Gabbana Cat-Eye Floral Print Sunglasses. They are too cute for words. I can't even imagine how awesome they're going to look with swimwear this summer. Be a lolita and not a cougar with these cat eyes!

Ted Baker Suitcase

Airports are generally the least chic places on earth. Actually, that's not true. Heathrow is pretty darn stylish. Do you know what Heathrow and Ted Baker have in common? They're both British! Coincidence, I think not. This flower print luggage from Ted Baker is really special. It will also be super easy to recognize in baggage claim.  But obviously, people will want to steal it, so if you purchase, please pay close attention. 

Balenciaga Knife Flower Print Booties

Flower prints are generally more cute than sexy, but these Balenciaga boots are simply bangin'. Made of leather, you need to step into these right now. With a heal that high, they aren't made for walking, but who cares?

F- It Fridays (Singles Awareness Day Edition)

Dear Single People,

When I was single, I used to hate Valentine’s Day. Sure, there would be lots of chocolate around and my mom would always buy me a nice gift, but it just sucked. Until I met my husband, I never seemed to have a boyfriend on February 14th. Or worse, I’d have a breakup just a few weeks before. So, if you are totally hating couples right now, I feel ya. But remember, it’s only 24 hours and you have to be in a relationship with yourself for the rest of your life.

So, use Valentine’s Day as an excuse to treat yourself kindly. Get dinner or have a fun right with a friend at home. Go to a singles event and give away your smooches freely. Or buy yourself a cupcake, a bottle of wine and cry on your couch. I won’t judge you. Been there. Done that. Then go drunk shopping and check out my favorite Singles Awareness Day treats. Or be productive and send me an email that says how much you love this blog. Should I add comments? Would you comment if I added them? Let me know.

Lots of Hugs,

Amanda

Jolii Cosmetics Matte Lip Glosses (Not An Oxymoron, I Promise)

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Have you ever wanted to put on a lipgloss that was matte? I swear it actually exists and Jolii Cosmetics makes it. Every lipgloss comes with bonus karma points because a portion of each sale goes towards the Animal Hope and Wellness Foundation. Jolii's products are formulated with shea butter and jojoba oil, so they are incredibly moisturizing. Also impressive is the color selection, which is very fashion forward with shades of red (perfect reds!!!!!!), orange, purple and brown. It's like an Instagram selfie lover's dream worthy of 10000 likes.

Miss A Makeup Cases

Don't miss Miss A makeup cases. They're just a $1 (seriously, not kidding), but they look way more expensive. Fool everyone! 

Kopari

Kopari won’t be the love of your life, but it will be the love of your medicine cabinet or wherever you store your beauty products. It’s made with 100% organic coconut oil sourced from the Philippines. It contains no sulfates, silicones, parabens, toxins or GMO ingredients. Everything has a light, fresh, natural scent, as opposed to most coconut products, which can smell like a gas station air freshener.

I'm obsessed with the newly launched facial care line, particularly the Coconut Cleansing Oil. It gets all the makeup and dirt off your skin, leaving no oily residue. So, you don’t have to double cleanse, which we all know can be incredibly annoying.

Another must try is the  Coconut Lip Love, which willmake your lips so soft that if you go to a singles event on V-Day, everyone will want to make out with you.

I also love classic Coconut Sheer Oil because it’s a multitasker. You can use it to moisturize your hair and face. I use a little bit on my split ends before bed every night. And yes, you will want to sleep with Kopari way more than that dude who kept hitting on you at the party.

Sterling Forever Forever Blue Layered Bead Necklace

Buying yourself a fun accessory is an instant pick-me-up. Sterling Forever's Layered Blue Bead Necklace can dress up a t-shirt and color to any solid outfit. After all, it's called a statement necklace for a reason. 

Rebecca Minkoff Chain Heart Crossbody Bag

This Rebecca Minokoff Chain Heart Crossbody Bag will make you want to take a selfie followed by #adorbs. If you prefer your bag a little badass, it is also available in black.

Kate Spade Rose Charmeuse Teddy Romper

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Why wait for someone else to buy you cute lingerie? Treat yourself to this Kate Spade Charmeuse Teddy romper. Remember, you don't need another person to make you feel hot, sexy and wanted on February 14th. 

Ladies, Get It Together For Valentine's Day

Happy Tuesday! Did you realize while you were eating wings or cake during the Super Bowl on Sunday night that Valentine’s Day is a week away? Probably not. Have you bought your significant other a gift yet? Same answer as the first question. So, it’s time to get yourself together and start shopping. Valentine’s Day is not a good time to screw up this gift thing. But, don't worry about looking for the perfect gift because I over thought everything for you.

Also, let’s address the elephant in the room. You might be reading this because perhaps you are in a new relationship and you’re wondering if you should even buy him something. Of course you should. Think of Valentine’s Day is an opportunity to show you're into him, but not that you want him to propose to you yesterday. Get him something that shows you get him.

Here are some of my favorite Valentine's Day gifts for men. 

Harry’s Truman Set

All men shave. Even the one’s with Zach Galifianakbeards. One of my favorite things about Harry’s is that everything looks more expensive than it is, especially The Truman Set. It comes with a razor in the color of your choice (navy, orange or olive), shave gel or foam (you pick), three blades and a travel cover (because not having one can lead to scary accidents). I LOVE the shave gel. Seriously, most shaving products at this price point smell like desperation, but Harry’s Shave Gel smells like a fresh forest. Between us, it’s very likely you are going to steal this product from him. If you want to upgrade, add a razor stand, which is you can have engraved. Fancy, I know!

Spank The Yeti

In December, I included Spank The Yeti in my Special Snowflake Gift Guide and now I’m bringing it back. It's an inappropriate game that is appropriate for most occasions (not including Arbor Day). Spank The Yeti is kind of like F-, Marry, Kill on crack. It’s a must have for game lovers or people who like to have fun in general. After all, why would you ever date someone who doesn’t like to have fun? If you are, you might want to re-evaluate that relationship. This gift is especially good for new couples because it helps you learn more about each other in a non-threatening, completely un-therapeutic kind of way. 

J. Crew Harwick Weekender Bag

J. Crew’s Harwick Weekender Bag is the one gift on this list that cannot possibly fail. Who doesn’t need a new weekender? It’s durable and rugged, yet sophisticated. 

Hugo Boss Marros Scarf & Beanie Set

Nothing says “I care” more than helping him not freeze this winter. Hugo Boss’ Marros Scarf & Beanie Set is simple, yet stylish and will make him feel warm, but look cool. 

Wüsthof 4-Piece Steak Knife Set with Plum Wood Handles

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Nothing says you're taking a stab at love quite like knives. If your significant other likes to cook, they will really appreciate the quality and aesthetic of this set from Wüsthof. Although these knives were designed for (you guessed it) steak, they're also useful for cutting other things.

Mr. Beer Premium Gold Edition Homebrewing Craft Beer Making Kit

If your man is super picky about beer, tell him it’s time to him to stop complaining and start brewing his own. A fun project and a thoughtful gift, Mr. Beer’s Homebrewing Kit is perfect for beginners. If anything, it will give him something to do when you want to have a girls night and leave him at home.

B&O H2 Leather Headphones

B&O’s H2 Leather Headphones are so stylish might want to steal them. And by might, I mean you probably will. And yes, they sound as super sweet as they look. 

Gaiam Athletic Dynamat

For the man who’s into yoga, Gaiam’s Athletic Dynamat will be received with much gratitude. It’s designed to be longer and wider than most standard yoga mats, so he can spread out completely in pigeon pose. Add a gift card to his favorite local studio and he’ll want to namaste with you forever.

Prada Saffiano Leather Card Holder

Nothing says you spent a lot of money on him quite like Prada. The Saffiano Leather Card Holder is super sophisticated and luxurious. It's an accessory any card-carrying man can appreciate. 

Tsovet Stainless Steel and Leather Watch

Before cell phones, people used to wear these things called watches to check the time. While it’s an old school kind of gift, Tvoset’s Stainless Steel and Leather Watch has a simple but modern design. 

F-IT Fridays: Super Casual Chic Edition

Sunday! Sunday! Sunday! It’s the Super Bowl, which means you will either be really into the game (go team!), into the commercials (Go Daddy!), the Half-Time Show (go Gaga!) or just happy to socialize and eat wings (go away parentheticals). Whether you are going to watch at someone's house or a bar, it's an occasion not to get dressed up for. But, just because you're going causal, doesn't mean you can't be chic. Here is some inspiration featuring some of my favorite casual pieces. Whether your team wins or not, this look certainly will! 

So Last Week...Things I Read That Are Totally Worth Your Time

Happy Sunday! I feel like I'm finally over the holiday season and getting back into my regularly scheduled life. This week, I spent a lot of time trying to organize my closet. Take that as a hint for an upcoming post. Or perhaps I just mentioned this on my blog for the sake of accountability...

I also finally caught up on what’s going on in the world of fashion and beauty. Here are five posts I read that are totally worth your time. 

Yahoo Style: 5 Stylish Non-Leather Bags

Miriam Porter is an expert in cruelty-free chic. Her picks for non-leather aka vegan leather handbags are stylish and affordable. Don’t forget, for every bag you buy, you get free bonus karma points.

The Cut: 25 Famous Women on Impostor Syndrome and Self-Doubt

Whether you are a woman or not, self-doubt happens to the best of us, even very accomplished people. This article will make you laugh, take a deep breath and realize, you aren’t the only one.

WWD: DVF Re-brands Under Chief Creative Officer Jonathan Saunders

WWD has everything you need to know about the re-branding of a fav label of mine, Diane Von Furstenberg.

Blush & Pearls: Shade Adjusting Drops By The Body Shop

Whether you accidentally bought the wrong color or you got tan on vacay, Blush & Pearls has found a solution for many of our foundation woes.  

Quartz and Leisure: Snowstorm Chic

Being that I live in Los Angeles, I feel It’s Amanda Lauren is not your destination for staying warm and stylish at the same tine. But Quartz & Leisure just might be. 

F- It Fridays: Your Weekly Dose Of Retail Therapy: (Holiday Gifts Under $25 Edition)

F- It Fridays are back! So, normally this column is about buying things for yourself, but that's kind of hard during the holidays. We all know it's better to give than receive, so here are some of my favorite gifts under $25. Give them to your friends, family, lovers or those people you pretend you like and must give an obligatory gift to. Or just shop for yourself. I won't tell anyone if you do.

Go Comb

 

The Go Comb is an affordable gift for everyone your list. For just $21.99, you get a cusomizable comb with a mirror on the back. It fits in any wallet, cosmetics case, back pocket or secret beauty stash. I can't think of one person who wouldn't be happy to receive this gift. It actually works for pretty much everyone on your list, except for bald people. 

Goodies From Shop Miss A

 

Shop Miss A is a glam girl's dream dollar store. With a selection of everything from adorable hair accessories like this Fuzzy Pom-Pom Headband to infinity scarves, makeup pouches and more. Because most items are just a buck, don't hesitate to treat yourself or pick up extra stocking stuffers. 

Christian Lacroix Ombré Notebook

While you thought the only Lacroix you could shell out for was the sparkling water, it turns out you're wrong. Christian Lacroix (totally unrelated to the water company, by the way) has an affordably chic ombré notebook. Use it to write down goals, new years resolutions, what you're grateful for, or to compose mean haikus. No matter what you write, you'll be doing it in style.

Philosophy The Gift Of Glowing Skin Set

Usually $25 doesn't get you much when it comes to skincare, but not The Gift Of Glowing Skin by Philosophy. It has a travel size Purity Face Wash, Microdelivery Exfoliating Water, Renewed Hope in a Jar and a Hands of Hope Cream worth $63. Now that's a philosophy we can all subscribe to. 

Michael Aram Rock Jigger

 

Michael Aram makes such beautiful, sophisticated collectables and this rock jigger is no exception. A perfect gift for the cocktail connoisseur or budding mixologist, it stands out on it's own or to upgrade that bottle of liquor you planned on re-gifting this year. 

Reflections from Love Goodly’s Do Good Be Green Event & An Eco-Friendly Gift Guide

Two weeks ago, I had the privilege of attending Love Goodly’s Do Good. Be Green. Detox Your Lifestyle event. It was an intimate conference of eco-friendly #GirlBosses in a variety of industries. I connected with so many interesting women whose passion for an eco-friendly and sustainable lifestyle was truly inspirational. One issue that several speakers brought up is that there isn’t a perfect way to live a so-called green lifestyle. While we need to be conscious about we put into our bodies, where ingredients are sourced from, and what we’re putting out into the world,  all of us are really just trying to do the best we can. Even the experts agree that we cannot have an all or nothing approach.

One panelist who particularly moved me was supermodel Angela Lindvall, who you might remember from hosting Project Runway All Stars. Listening to her speak about becoming a mother and the effect the environment had on her boys, made me realize that trying to live a more conscious lifestyle isn’t just good for the world around me, it’s truly an extension of self-care. I felt inspired to make some changes in my life and think about things differently. 

The event was also an opportunity to learn about new eco-friendly fashion, beauty and lifestyle brands. Here are a few that stood out to me along with some holiday gift suggestions. 

Love Goodly

Love Goodly is a bi-monthly subscription box service featuring vegan, eco-friendly and natural products worth at least $85, for just $29.99. Every box is hand selected by a different guest curator (the curator for the December/January box is Emily Deschanel) and features 4-6 mostly full size products in several categories including beauty, skincare, style, home, food and wellness. Love Goodly provides a easy way to try new products, which you can later purchase on their website. A Love Goodly subscription or even just one box is a perfect gift for anyone who lives a consciencious lifestyle or aspires to.  

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Lippy Girl

Lippy Girl is a natural, organic and vegan cosmetic line created by Darcey Diehl, a model turned chemist. When I heard her speak on a panel, I was beyond impressed with her honesty about the reality of creating natural cosmetics. Lippy Girl has so many great gift options for the holidays, but my favorite is the Lip Lover Set, which comes with four lip products packaged in an adorable bag.

Hello Mellow

Hello Mellow is a natural body care line started by #GirlBoss/healer/massage therapist/brilliant lady Tracey Feldstein. Joyfully packaged, Hello Mellow offers a variety of products including butters, oils, scrubs and energy shifting sprays (see, I told you she was a healer). There are ten mood-changing scents to choose from, all of which I can only describe as heavenly. The line has a variety of gift sets, but the one that stands out the most to me is the One of Everything Please, which is pretty much self-explanatory. In addition the main line, Hello Mellow has three others formulated for men, pregnant women and kids specifically. 

LVX

LVX is a line of vegan, toxin and cruelty-free nail polish. Designed to have a gel-like texture, it’s available in tons super stylish runway-inspired colors. Perfect for a stocking stuffer.

Hipsters For Sisters

 

Hipsters For Sisters was founded by Debra Denniston and her two daughters, Rachel and Kate. Embarrassed by their mother’s fanny pack, the trio began to design belt bags that you would actually want to show off in public. Made with sustainable, environmentally friendly materials, every bag is manufactured ethically in Los Angeles. My personal favorite is the pearl grey tweed, which easily converts to a chic clutch, so it’s kind of like getting two bags for the price of one. 

Susi Shoes

Susi Shoes is a luxury shoe line that just happens to be vegan. These shoes are absolutely gorgeous. I’m completely obsessed. If you have a vegan person you have to buy a higher-priced gift for, they will beyond appreciate a pair of Susis. The Veronica Naturals and Burgundy Matilda are my personal favorites. 

Kicking It With Mad Rabbit Kicking Tiger (M.R.K.T) Handbags

Last July, I was invited to the Mad Rabbit Kicking Tiger (M.R.K.T.) pop-up store opening party on Third Street in Los Angeles and my handbag collection hasn’t been the same since. If you haven’t heard of them, M.R.K.T. is a really innovative company that was started in 2010 by Tom Pen, who is a Harvard trained architect. His approach to design combines form and function in a really unique way. The bags are made from felt and other vegan and eco-friendly materials (so bonus karma points-yay!). They also feature lots of pockets and removable pouches so your bag doesn’t became an abyss of lost keys and lip glosses (so, annoying, right?). Another thing I like about M.R.K.T. is that all of their bags are very affordable. My favorite one is even under $100, which we all know happens pretty much never. 

Knowing how enthusiastic I am about the brand, M.R.K.T. asked me if I wanted to collaborate and do a photoshoot with them. How could I say no to that? They sent out photographer Chin-Chin Hao, who you might know from her work with Chanel (yes, that Chanel) and Violet Grey. We hit the glamorous streets of West Hollywood and Hancock Park. Here are some of my favorite pictures from the shoot.

Don't mess with my style!

Don't mess with my style!

Both M.R.K.T. and I are very serious about removable straps. 

Both M.R.K.T. and I are very serious about removable straps. 

How cute are these dogs that just stopped by to say hello?

How cute are these dogs that just stopped by to say hello?

I love that M.R.K.T. can be mixed and matched with other styles. 

I love that M.R.K.T. can be mixed and matched with other styles. 

If I had to choose a favorite M.R.K.T. bag, it would be the  Parker Tote  because it's so unique looking. I literally can't wear it without being stopped in the street by people telling me how stylish my bag is. It's seriously out of control!

If I had to choose a favorite M.R.K.T. bag, it would be the Parker Tote because it's so unique looking. I literally can't wear it without being stopped in the street by people telling me how stylish my bag is. It's seriously out of control!

Yay for grey on grey! 

Yay for grey on grey! 

I heart  Corduroy Magazine.  
M.R.K.T's  weekenders  fit so much stuff. They're also great for the gym. 

M.R.K.T's weekenders fit so much stuff. They're also great for the gym. 

I'm not over it, I'm just obsessed with Kendall Jenner.

I'm not over it, I'm just obsessed with Kendall Jenner.

Makeup By Kevin Spear

Special Thanks to Ali Levine

F- It Fridays: Your Weekly Dose of Retail Therapy (Neutral Edition)

Welcome to F- It Fridays, a new series featuring some of my favorite finds of the week because F-It, It's Friday, you deserve a treat. This week, the theme is neutrals you’re going to feel not-so-neutral about!

MRKT Mateo Mini Backpack

Backpacks are back in a big way, even if they are little. The inside of MRKT’s Mateo Mini Backpack features lots of pockets including a removable media sleeve, so you can spend less time digging for your lone lip balm and more time being productive. Made of durable felt and vegan suede, it's equally stylish and practical.

Jac Vanek Perfect Cropped Sweater

I love Jac Vanek’s signature statement t-shirts, but this cropped sweater doesn’t need words to tell you how awesome it is. Wear it with your favorite pair of jeans or throw it over a cute dress on a chilly autumn night.

Pull&Bear Leather Look Biker Jacket

Pull&Bear's Leather Look Biker Jacket is a great example of how a nude color can really stand out. Although it is technically a fall piece, you'll look forward to wearing this jacket again in the spring. 

BP Bell Sleeve Blouse

I love the bell sleeve look because it walks the fine line between elegant and boho. This BP blouse is a pretty ivory color that would look great accessorized with a statement necklace. Light colors not your thing? It is also available in green.

Yves Saint Laurent La Lacque Couture Les Grainés

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You made it through another week, so at the very least, treat yourself to a new nail polish. Yves Saint Laurent's Taupe Grainé 53 is the perfect shade of taupe, packaged in a bottle so chic, you'll want to leave it out, instead of inside your medicine cabinet.

Mad Rabbit Kicking Tiger Pops Up In Los Angeles

When I was invited to the Mad Rabbit Kicking Tiger (MRKT) pop-up store opening in Los Angeles, I wasreally excited. I love handbags, especially unique ones (don’t all accessories start to look alike after a while?) that aren’t just different, but also thoughtfully designed and a little bit (dare I say it), practical. 

MRKT bags are designed by Tom Pen, who is a Harvard-trained architect. Yes, I know, because if you went to Harvard, being great at one thing isn’t quite enough… As you can imagine, these bags are kind of like houses, they’re nice to look at, but also structured in a way that makes them super functional. Don’t we wish every aspect of our lives were more like that? Most of the bags and accessories are chock full of interior pockets, so you can organize your wallet, keys, phone and the eight lip glosses you absolutely must keep on you at all times (okay, maybe that is just me).

Most of the bags for Fall are made of felt and vegan leather. (Every bag is actually vegan). I love felt! It’s lighter than leather, but also durable, which is good if you have a lot to tote around or tend to be hard on your accessories. It’s also a dream fabric for Fall. Living in Los Angeles, it’s always kind of summer whether it’s fall, February or the fourth of July. I’m not complaining about that of course, but dressing for warmer seasons can be a little bit of a challenge. Creating a summer ensemble can be almost effortless, whereas dressing for fall (and especially winter) takes some thought and planning, at least for me. So, accessorizing is an easy way to dress very internationally for the season without worrying about what temperature it is outside. And obviously, if you live in a place with real seasons, MRKT’s bags look great with cashmere sweaters and wool peacoats, for example.

Another thing that sets MRKT apart is that many of the accessories are designed in a way that, at least in my opinion, can fall into the category of gender-neutral, with a little added dash of whimsy. While this style isn’t something I specifically seek out in my own wardrobe, I know this can be really important to other people.

Here are some of my favorite pieces from the event. 

So, if you are in Los Angeles in July, stop by MRKT’s pop-up at Liberty Concept Space, which is located at 8366 ½ Third Street.