The Holy Grail of Handbags


Celine Micro Luggage Tote

Celine makes the most beautiful bags. Hands down. It slightly pains me to say that, abandoning my loyalty to the clean aesthetic of YSL. However, this micro luggage tote by Celine is one of my favorite handbags of all time. It’s been around for several seasons and made popular by nearly every female celebrity – A List to D List. Celine is still managignt o update this classic tote with each passing season – interchanging the supple leather facade with lighter summer options like canvas and modifying the monochrome palette for the ever so popular color blocking trend.

Kourtney Kardashion Celine Luggage Tote

rosie with Celine Bag

And, I’m also moderately obsessed with the Phillip Lim 3.1 handbag. Love it in black. The winged sides of the tote and the gold zipper detailing really make these bags standout among the overload of handbag styles we’re bombarded with in everyday retailing.

Phillip Lim 3.1 bag

It seems we’re constantly on the prowl for the right handbag. Perhaps – as I’ve observed from the complaints of  friends and coworkers – it’s due to the overwhelming range of handbags on the market. Each seems to be more ridiculously impractical and tackier than the last. I empathize with the struggle and that’s why I’ve taken the time to curate a selection of fairly priced & handsome bags. These options are polished and could easily be dressed down with a pair of jeans for a day or shopping or styled with a crisp skirt and worn as a tote for a day at the office.

The Gigi New York Julia Shopper Tote – Only $365 this quality leather tote comes in a variety of color blocking palates. Love the double handle stitching that reminds me so much of the Celine luggage totes.

Gigi NY Julia Shopper Tote

The ILY Couture Black and White Pia Classic Handbag – Such an adorable handbag in classic colors and a simple design. I’m also loving this online boutique for some unique t-shirt finds.
ILY Couture handbag

The Forver 21 Quilted Nylon Tote – This nylon tote reminds me so much of Chanel with its chain shoulder straps and quilted facade. Obviously at a fraction of the price – Forever 21 often has great finds like this perfect for a casual day bag. Forever 21 Black Quilted Bag

I also found some great bags at H&M this spring season. For the most part, they seem to be stocking up on clutches and crossbody bags for summer. I’d always suggest checking their online shop first though for a nice work bag.

Hope this helps you on your hunt for a handbag that reflects your personal taste as well!

xoxo,

KMK