The Accessory Report. Ladylike Redux Via the Perfect Pop of Red

 

Mango Mini Top Handle Bag

Whether you pair it down with jeans and a tee, or use it to compliment  your LBD, the top handle bag is bringing some serious ladylike sophistication back. However, instead of the classic versions of the past (think neutral colors in a boxy silhouette), designers have added a touch of flair to their collections by crafting top handle bags in exotic materials, highly-saturated colors and decorative details that range from the braided frames at Fendi to the circular embellishments at Louis Vuitton.

This trend is so versatile, because it can up the ante on almost any look you pair it with, and it comes in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors. I chose to add some panache to my current denim and men’s button-down situation with this red option, and my mostly monochrome wardrobe just hasn’t been the same since.

The Accessory Report. Working on the Chain Gang

 

chain strap handbag trend

ASOS Chain Handbag (The Chic, Yet Cheap Find)

When it comes to the top handbag trend for spring 2016, becoming a member of the chain gang is the way to go. Yes, the chain strap handbags are already as much a closet staple as the little black dress. However, unlike their predecessors, this season’s offerings boast bold colors, exotic materials, and embellished adornments that allow the wearer to truly express their own personal style, and take that little black dress you’ve had in your closet to the next level.

The Accessory Report. Seeing Things Clearly

 

Urban Outfitter Clear Sunglasses (The Chic, Yet Cheap Find) similar here, here and here

Along with chokers, kitten heels and mis-matched statement earrings, clear accessories are a trend to try this spring and summer. Though I have always been a bit skeptical of wearing anything transparent when it comes to fashion, top designers put my mind at ease after featuring luxe PVC adornments in their recent collections. Loewe featured chic plastic handbags and Maison Margiela topped his models with sophisticated sun hats in this durable material. However, the Simone Rocha rubber sandals that gave a serious nod to the iconic Jellies of my youth are what really got me excited to try this new, and always-evolving, trend.

Accessory Report. Talk Derby To Me

Turban by Nina Rosenberg at Revelry Boutique Gallery

Yes, the Kentucky Derby may be the most exciting two minutes in sports, but the rest of the day is all about the fashion. From gingham to bowties, and cocktail-inspired confections that draw from that southern spirit that make the event just so grand, this sporting event’s legacy revolves largely around what you are actually wearing while placing your bets for the day.

With this in mind, I decided that I needed a way to stand out in a crowd of mint julep-infused Derby event-goers, and found what may just be my best accessory for the Derby season: a handcrafted turban by the uber talented Nina Rosenberg.

Rosenberg’s latest collection of one-of-a-kind Derby turbans are all crafted with carefully-placed silk flowers, vintage embellishments like this unique beetle broach, and a elevated sense of playfulness that is sure to turn more heads than any Derby hat ever could.

So, now that your derby turban is taken care of, all you have to worry about is what horse you will bet on for the big race. Don’t you local, Louisville style mavens just love this time of the year?

New In. Graphic Ambitions

Mango Graphic Clutch

Fringe, chain details and circle-shaped carriers are all the rage when it comes to handbags this spring. However, I am drawn to the graphic handbags that can also makeshift as a piece of art when you carry your essentials in it. From highly-saturated nature scenes, to pop art and even a TV set that Jeremy Scott has me currently clamoring over, handbags are finally fun again.

Get in on the stylish satire with a few of my top graphic bag options below:

Mango Lipstick Graphic Bag \ Guinness Hands Handbag Kitsch Ferris Wheel Bag \ Skinny Dip London Bag

Details. Burgundy Is the New Black

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Mango Burgundy Saddle Bag (The Chic, Yet Cheap Find) \ Moon Star Bracelet (c/o Marrin Costello)

When you are constantly swimming in a closet of all black, a reprieve from the color- however small that may be- can be much-welcomed. While perusing one of my favorite retailers for a new black bag, I stumbled across this little burgundy gem. The faux fur pom pom intrigued me, the clean lines excited me, and the thought of adding a little dose of color to my often all black winter ensembles completely inspired me.

Sure, it may just be a small step in the grand scheme of things, but one small step usually leads to another. Then, that step leads to a bigger step, and before you know it I may even be jumping on that color train this spring. (Or, at least taking a small ride- lol.)