Summer Purse Switch Up

With this summer has come some amazing bags! As you know if you’ve been following this blog since March, I love myself a wonderful purse. Although, for me purse shopping is as much about finding the perfect bag as it is keeping it in a price range that doesn’t break the bank. I’ve been keeping my eyes peeled for the last couple of weeks looking for the most awesome summer purse, and to be honest I just can’t pick one. Maybe one day I will save up the money or be in an income bracket that can afford a brand spanking new Steve Madden, Coach, Gucci, Chanel, D&G, or Stella McCarntney bag, but in the mean time my pocket book has me at more of a T.J. Maxx, Target, or Thrift store range. I will be highlighting some awesome purses that are out there this season for under $50. (Click on any of the pictures to go directly to the source).

 

My first pick is this awesome Merona Leaf Tote, it retails for  $34.99, but is currently on sale. What is it I like about this tote?

It has sturdy faux leather straps, that are long enough you can throw them over your shoulder. The bag itself is a quilted cotton bag that has a very sturdy shape that is certain to withstand quite a beating through use. The bottom is stabilized and the size is perfect for those of us who stuff our purses to the max, or for going to the beach, an overnight bag, kids activities etc. The colors are rich and the texture seems like it would hide dirt with wear and tear. They also have this tote in a printed pink and chocolate fabric that is very reminiscent of Vera Bradley, if that’s your cup of tea.

I am not generally drawn to cotton printed bags, but this organic print is just geometric enough that it lends itself to a variety of styles. In addition the background is a nice neutral Navy that looks great when paired with most colors.

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My Second pick is kind of cheating, because the only thing that brings it under $50 is a sale. But it comes in at just $44.99. The Adorable Alumna Bag from Mod Cloth.  I am personally not a huge fan of nude, but as I’ve seen some of the amazing people do with it, it is definitely growing on me. The thing that makes this purse however is the amazing laser cut texture. In addition it has a long enough attachable strap that you can wear it to your side or as a cross body bag, which is a deal maker for me.

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My third pick is another Merona bag. The weight on this bag is awesome, it’s a faux leather so it isn’t heavy. The color is gorgeous with silver and black findings and details, this purse stands out. The color itself is much richer in person. the nice spacious interior has a couple of pickets and the two other great features of this bag are it’s detachable cross body strap and it’s zipper closure. This bag comes in at $44.99.

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I am a little biased to this next brand. If you are like me, every once in a while you need a purse that speaks to your inner art teacher. Not only do these bags come in amazing bright and fun prints, but the fabrics are made from recycled plastic bottles. So you can feel great about helping the environment, while increasing your personal style. I have owned a Lilly bloom bag before. The straps are comfortable, the construction is very well done and mine withstood 2 years of abuse in college through bar life, if that tells you anything about the amazing durability of these great bags. In addition, they give you the most space and organization for the smallest purse and the brand makes their bags in an array of sizes and prints. I personally love the bicycles for summer time. This one sells for $45.50. However, I purchased a past season print at T.J.Maxx for $26.00.

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These bags are amazing!!! They come in several different colors including, turquoise, brown, tan, yellow, and bright red. I enjoy this periwinkle purse because you don’t see bags in this color very often. In addition to being super colorful it has a multitude of pockets, a zipper closure, has super soft and playable faux leather, and comes in at just $24.99.

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And my final and very uncharacteristic pick for this purse collection is this $25 number from journeys. I’ve been enjoying the Floral print bags, but to be honest there aren’t many really great floral print purses for under $50 running around in the world and I made the mistake of not purchasing the one from Target that I fell in love with, but I digress. It has some great faux leather detailing with brushed brass findings and details. The brown is accented perfectly by a mauve and yellow floral print. I think the only thing that could make this purse more 90’s is if it were made out of corduroy.  The things that I love about this fold over top is that it is styled to look like a messenger bag, while having all of the amenities of a hobo cross body purse.

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What bags do you like to wear? As you can see from my dream assortment for this season I love cross body bags. If you’re looking for great purses but are on a budge, try the awesome shopping feature through google. It will connect you to an array of different stores and at the same time it has features to search by price. Happy summer purse season!

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Learning Color Basics through Fashion

Ever wonder why Christmas colors look so bold together? Or why you can’t seem to get certain colors to match with anything else? Some of you may already be aware of color and it’s uses. Some of you may have an art background that has given you this knowledge, but for others color is a tricky beast. Most of us have a favorite color, all of us have a color we don’t enjoy, and we all end up creating our own color schemes whether it be in our wardrobes, our houses or our lives. Some of us may apply color with a pallet knife and others of us may use it sparingly.

Today I diverge from fashion only briefly to look at color terminology so as better to explain why some things look better together than others.

Now this color description is based on pigments and dyes not on printing ink which runs on a different color set.

We always start with the primary colors (Red, Blue and Yellow). These colors are used to mix most colors.

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We Use these colors to make what are called secondary colors (Orange, Green, and Violet).

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Then we mix the secondary colors with their neighboring primary colors to create tertiary colors (Red -violet, Red-orange, Yellow-orange, Yellow-Green, Blue-green, Blue-Violet).

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Now within this color wheel, combination of these colors create very specific color ways.  The first is complimentary colors. Complementary colors occurs when two colors on opposite sides of the color wheel are used together. Think Red and Green for Christmas.  When these colors sit side by side they actually fight for your eyes attention and thereby look brighter.

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Then when you have three colors that sit next to each other on the color wheel you get what is called analogous colors. these colors create a combination that work well together. They are very aesthetically pleasing to the eyes. Think citrus colors.

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When you cut the wheel in half there are groupings of colors known as warm and cool colors. Two colors can fall into both categories, Red-violet and Yellow-green. They can fit in either category based on what colors are used with them.

Warm Colors

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Cool Colors

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When you add ranges of black or white you get shades and tints respectively. This is how you end up with a whole range of monochromatic colors.

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Thanks for taking an art tour of fashion with us. Think about these color schemes while planning your outfits and go crazy with whatever colors combinations you can come up with. I hope you enjoyed!

Yours Truly,

Evelynlouise