The Bags You Need This Season

Winter’s icy fingers may have made their way into our wardrobes, turning pretty floral dresses into thick knitted jumpers and sexy strappy sandals into sturdy leather boots, but there’s one accessory we can use to fend off the season’s sobering influence: the mighty handbag! This autumn/winter, the must-haves come in all shapes and sizes, but all are set to bring some fun and colour back into our otherwise quite pasty lives.



Go vibrant

Transform any outfit with a burst of neon. The latest styles are radioactive yellow or citrus-zing lime, and the best size to go for is the micro shoulder bag with a long chain. Worn on a night out, your arm candy is sure to turn heads.


Get down to business

The briefcase is big news this season, as demonstrated by Ralph Lauren. But if that’s a bit too grown up and serious for you, cast your eye towards the latest satchel designs for a hint of corporate intelligence, perfectly blended with fun.


Your destiny awaits


Futuristic style is the way to go this season: let anything shiny, metallic and studded take you there! A clutch with a space-age twist like the purple envelope design by Henry Holland, which you can get your hands on by shopping the range of designer handbags from Debenhams, is perfect for this trend.


Go large – and then double it

Bigger certainly is better when it comes to your winter handbag, as demonstrated by top designers such as Chloé and Alexander Wang. Never again will you need to ask yourself “do I really need all this stuff?” A more relaxed approach to handbag contents, here you come!

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TJ Maxx & Marshalls Handbag And Gift Card Giveaway!

Winners: Peggy & Maureen comments #259 and #27 chosen by

TJ Maxx & Marshalls Giveaway

I absolutely love shopping at TJ Maxx and Marshalls! They are 2 of my favorite stores because no matter when I go, I always find something I’m interested in at a very good price.

Last time I went to Marshalls, I bought a really cute faux leather jacket for only $26 and a bottle of Sexy Hair Concepts Big Sexy Hair Big Volume Shampoo for only $4 (it retails for $12). I went with my grandmother who is the sweetest little lady in the whole world. She always loves to go shopping with me! Well on this shopping trip, I was able to find her a new black purse that was on clearance for only $5!

There are always so many purses and handbags at bother TJ’s and Marshalls, I have a hard time refraining from getting a new bag every time I go! I have so many handbags, I couldn’t possibly use them all in 1 year, even if I changed bags every week. So needless to say I don’t need a new handbag.

I can’t help loving them though, so on behalf of TJ Maxx and Marshalls, I’d like to bless 2 readers with a bran new handbag with a $25 gift card in each!

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One lucky reader will receive the beautiful Guess pink leather purse with a $25 gift card inside and one lucky reader will receive the gorgeous brown ruffle purse with a $25 gift card inside. Two fantastic bags for 2 super lucky ladies!

Wanna Win?

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Contest runs from September 28th until October 11th. Last chance to enter is Oct 11th at 11:59pm ET. A winner will be contacted on or before Oct 13th, 2009 and asked for full name, along with their mailing address. If no response is given within 48 hours, a different winner will be chosen, so please be sure to check your email. Must be 18 or older to enter. Contest open to USA only!! Sorry Canada, you can enter our Perricone MD giveaway instead!

Vacation In Style With Calypso Studios

calypsologoGoing on vacation soon? We found a really cool website that has lots of neat things for gals on a budget that are perfect for vacationing in style, or just every day wear!

Calypso Studios debuted in January 2007 with a line of jewelry and accessories created from the earth’s natural elements: clay, shell and glass. The new line was immediately embraced and praised for the unique designs and mediums. The designs are on-trend and span the ages in both technique and the persons choosing these distinctive and exclusive designs. More than a conversation piece, Calypso Studios jewelry symbolizes good taste for an independent spirit. It is our hope that this art will bring much pleasure to those who wear it. Calypso Studios jewelry indeed serves to commemorate life’s happy moments.

red_coco_necklaceI’m bringing their chic Red Coco Loco Necklace($15) with me on vacation. (I leave on Friday!) It will go quite well with several of my outfits I have planned to bring and I love the tropical feel it has to it. Plus it’s super light weight, so it won’t add any extra weight to my bags or my neck. Perfect for hot weather! Plus there is a uber cute matching bracelet for only $8!

I also like their Clay Cuff Bracelets.

cuff_braceletSo many cute designs to choose from and at only $10 each, you can afford to get more than one if you can’t pick a favorite. Each one is handcrafted. There is even a Brown Giraffe Cuff and a cute Green Geo Cuff that i have my eyes on…

And you have to check out their Nouveau Ring Collection. They are just too adorable! They even have a similarly styled Bracelet Collection.

Gorgeous jewelry isn’t the only thing Calypso Studios has though. Browse through their great collection of S.H.O.P. Reusable Totes and other cool tote bags, including a fabulous Brown Zebra Animal Tote for only $20!


I’ve been using their set of three “Retro Fruit” totes to go shopping. At grocery stores, they kinda expect you to pull out reusable bags these days. But try pulling out a reusable bag in TJ Maxx and see what kind of looks that gets you…

These are the perfect size for light groceries and regular errands. You can easily slip this three pack of bags into your purse and it won’t take up too much space or weigh you down. They are very convenient and come in several fun prints like “Safari” and “Cabana”.

Calypso Studios just has so much to offer, I could spend hours and dozens of dollars getting one of everything on their website. Maybe it’s just me, but I love the style of all of their jewelry. It’s the kind of pieces I wear all summer long… Cool, kinda kitchy and a little bit carribean. I just love it.

Hop on over there and take a peek >>

Be Green By Using Reusable Bags More Often

There are countless reasons why everyone should start using reusable bags and we’re going to tell you just a couple of them…

    1. 14 plastic bags contain enough petroleum to drive your car 1 mile.
    2. It can cost your city 17 cents per bag to dispose of it.
    3. One plastic bag takes 450 years to biodegrade. Imagine 10 billion of them!
    4. The production of paper bags causes 70% more pollution than plastic.
    5. When plastic bags finally degrade, they end up on the ocean floor, appearing much like plankton. Fish mistakenly eat it and then you eat that fish. NOT healthy!
    6. Plastic bags are made of 1 part pulp to 400 parts water. That is a huge waste of clean water!
    7. If every person who lives in NYC used just one less grocery bag, it would reduce waste by 5 million pounds and save $250,000 in disposal costs!

So do your part and start using reusable bags. At the grocery store, at the mall, and where ever you would end up needing a plastic bag. No, it’s not convenient at first. For the first month or so, you’ll forget to bring the reusable bags with you, but if you keep at it, you can get in the habit of making sure you have them. They will become as important as grabbing your cell phone and keys as you’re heading out the door.

heartsbones_blackSome reusable bags are boring and don’t give us much of an incentive to carry them around. That’s why I was delighted to find Goody Green Bags!

Goody Green Bags are eco-trendy reusable bags for the style conscious and environmentally friendly shopper. All bags are made from non-woven polypropylene – a coated, water resistant material that is light-weight, durable, fire resistant and washable. Each bag easily fits 2 gallons of milk plus additional groceries. Plus, they fold down into compact envelope size and opens to a full size tote bag. See below…


Goody Green Bag was selected as the official “loot bag” for the American Music Awards on 11/23/08. Their bags were distributed to over 100 VIP Celebrities in the gifting suite. They also participated in the 2009 Oscar and Golden Globe pre-parties as an effort to encourage celebrities to take a simple step towards saving the Planet. We were also featured in the LA Times and Chicago Tribune recently.

I have about 10 different reusable bags and Goody Green Bags are one of my favorites. It’s way cooler than my plain purple Hannaford one. I much prefer to bring the stylish ones with me to TJ Maxx or the Mall. It’s really chic to pull out a reusable bag at the checkout and I always compliments on my Goody Green Bags.


Zebra Striped Handbags are HOT!

…so I just had to get one asap.

Check it out:

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This one is from La Purse, a hot, new handbag store that has tons of beautiful bags at really affordable prices. They don’t have this particular one on the website anymore, but they have another cool zebra striped handbag for only $25.00 – an excellent example of their prices.

I love this bag because it’s big enough to hold everything I need, but it’s lightweight and not a bother to carry around. I hate handbags that are heavy before you even put anything into them (one reason I’m hesitant to buy handbags online). But that’s not a problem with this bag, much to my surprise! I love it.

La Purse is great because they have a super selection of Sale Items as well as quality Leather Bags in various styles and colors. My favorites is the Quilted patent leather tote in purple. It’s sooooo gorgeous.

Not only do they have affordable handbags, they also have the biggest selection of Pashmina Shawls I’ve ever seen. There must be like 80 different colors to choose from, all for only $25.00 each!!! You can’t get any better than that. Well, actually you can. You can use code thefashionablehousewife for 20% off your entire purchase! What do you think about that?!

Check out La Purse and let me know what you think!

The Perfect Stocking Stuffer

Who do you “Heart” this Holiday Season?

Christopher Deane’s “I Heart Bag” is
the perfect Holiday stocking stuffer.

Only $25 at

It also makes a great gift for anytime of year because it’s so unique! You can write whatever you want on it! I’m still trying to decide what to write on mine… I thought of shoes, Manolo, Puppies, Lipstick, Chocolate… I just can’t decide what I love MOST!

What would you write on your bag?

Tell us!

I Found The Ultimate Bag!!!

This bag is called The Ultimate Bag for a reason! It’s truly the only bag you’ll ever need.

I took this bag with me as my carry-on for my flight. It held everything neatly and organized. So many pockets and zippered compartments! But it was easy to find everything.

I packed everything from my new 9 inch Asus EeePC 901 laptop to diapers and wipes in there. All were within easy reach while running through the airport, in the plane, and from car to restaurant too. Plus it easily fits under your seat in the plane.

Not only is this the perfect bag for traveling, but it’s the perfect bag for everyday use. I used this bag as a pocket book the entire time I was in Florida. I just love it. It would be great as a brief case or work bag for business women. You’ll be the envy of the entire office!

This go-anywhere tote comes complete with 6 accessories to get you where you’re going organized and in-style.


    * Lipstick pouch – perfectly sized for personal items
    * Wristlet – made of nylon to coordinate with the exterior color of the bag
    * Laptop sleeve 15.4” (13.9” wide x 10” tall x 1.5” deep) – to protect your computer
    * Cosmetic pouch – to fit full lip liners, lip gloss or pens
    * Demi Bag with detachable strap – perfect to grab and go for lunch or cocktails
    * Eye mask – to ensure deep beauty rest no matter where you are!

And here they are:

The bag is perfectly sized at these dimensions: 18.5” wide x 13” tall x 7.5” deep

It’s not cheap at $206 but it’s waaaaay more worth it then one of those stupid ugly Coach bags that fall apart after 2 months. You will get a ton of use out of this bag and it will stand the test of time.

Check it out and let me know what you think…