If there’s one bag that’s universally coveted, it’s got to be the Chanel Classic Handbag. It’s the definition of iconic. Its most widely recognizable quality, aside from the double C logo we all know and love, is its quilted finish. There’s just something about it that feels luxurious. Which, naturally, means it’s hard to resist …

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Joseph Altuzarra is one of those uncommon designers who consistently and instinctively knows what women want to wear, whether it’s shearling bomber jackets, celeb-favorite fringed hobo Ghianda bags, crinkled linen dresses, or racy laced knee-high boots. Personally, I like to attribute it to the stylish Chinese women he’s surrounded by - his mother, cousin Lily Kwang, and grandmother, who hails from Shanghai like mine. In addition to being superbly talented, Joseph is the most well-mannered boy. He's a Chinese mama's dream!
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I’m flying to Paris tomorrow to complete the final leg of Fashion Month, and, as usual, I can’t wait to see all of the bags – on both the runways and the street. So far I’ve noticed a couple of strong trends emerging, for the fashion crowd and celebrities alike: oversized saddle and top-handle bags. They cater to two different types of women (or at least two different sides of a woman)...
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My second day at NYFW started as any other day in my life, at Pure Barre. One of my goals at Fashion Week this season is to stay focused on the healthy lifestyle and habits I picked up a couple of months ago, so I’m taking it easy this time around. Instead of my usual 50-plus-show grind, I’m attending a mere 38 shows (I know that's still a lot, but it frees up much of my time!), and they’re strictly brands I’m interested in. I guess you could say my reviews are different from that of the average fashion critic. I’m driven by my own desires, what I want to wear, and what speaks to me on an emotional level.
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The word “blue” has gotten a bad rap in modern times, particularly in American culture. Blue Christmas, the Monday blues, singing the blues, heck, blue balls…I could go on until I’m blue in the face! In reality, blue is the most uplifting color of all. Just look to the sky on a bright, sunny day. It’s an instant mood-enhancer, just like crystal-clear blue water.
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