If you’re like me, your mother probably spent the better part of your youth telling you that it’s what’s on the inside that counts. But when I swelled up like a tick during my first pregnancy, she was the first one to tell me to put on a fabulous pair of earrings and a fabulous pair of shoes so that nobody would notice what was going on in between. It was then that my obsession with accessories really started. It was great – earrings and handbags always fit (the shoes were a bit of a problem from weeks 35 to 40…) and to this day there is nothing like a new pair of sunglasses to shake up things in your closet.
But what is a girl with Carrie Bradshaw fashion sense supposed to do when she is living on a real life budget? Hello AVELLE.com. The new Bag Borrow Or Steal website (yes, the very same one that Jennifer Hudson’s character used to score her Chanel Classic Handbag) is available to you too. Featuring a VAST array of handbags and accessories – from rings to cuffs to sunglasses- AVELLE.com lets you rent glamorous accessories and bags for a week, a month or three months – you choose – for a fraction of their retail cost.
Right now I’m renting an edgy Prada Studded Leather Tote and wispy Chan Luu diamond earrings.Every morning I slip in the earrings and feel instantly more…wispy! The tote holds everything, including my laptop, and makes me feel far more hip and glamorous than I actually am!
If you long to rock your inner Carrie or Samantha, or tap into your Miranda or Charrlotte side, you can browse AVELLE.com by your favorite designer, or even shop by SATC characters for the actual accessories that are seen in the movie. You can borrow a fantastic Furla Carmen Large Shopper that Miranda carries for $50 per month:Go to a cocktail party with Samantha’s Jalda Patent Bean Clutch tucked under your arm for $30 per month or if you really want to shake things up (and really tick off your husband) why not go all out and rent the Judith Lieber Strawberry Cupcake Clutch ($250 per month) or the Hermes Vintage Crocodile Birkin bag, which retails for a whopping $42,000 but can be your little secret at $4,800 per month!
If you really like something and it’s already being borrowed by someone else, add your name to the wait list and instantly get a coupon for 20% off your next rental. Most items also have a rent to own option, where a portion of your rental fee goes toward the purchase price if you just can’t say goodbye.