20 Everywhere Black Bags To Shop For Fall & Winter

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Timeless, uncomplicated, chic and oh so versatile, the classic black handbag is a staple and absolute must in every woman's closet. And when it comes to bags especially in Fall and Winter, black is always the new black. If you're looking to simply acquire a new black bag to add to your collection, or are want to make a long-term investment, then take a look at our all-star roundup of 20 everywhere black bags that will take you stylishly through the season without a morsel of effort! 
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Saint Laurent
Cabas Y leather tote $2,695
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Givenchy
Antigona Shiny Lord Bag $2,125
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Coach
The Borough bag in pebbled leather $598
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Prada
Saffiano Gardener's Tote Bag 2,200
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Proenza Schouler
Medium PS1 Satchel $1,695
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3.1 Phillip Lim
Pashli Medium Zip Satchel Bag $825
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MICHAEL Michael Kors
Selma large textured-leather tote $360
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Loeffler Randall
Rider bag $525
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Alexander Wang
Rocco Leather Satchel $925
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Chanel
Classic flap bag in quilted lambskin $5,500
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Balenciaga
Classic City bag $1,835
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Victoria Beckham
Liberty leather tote $1,650
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Fendi
3Jours Leather Shopper $2,550
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Tom Ford
Medium Calfskin Executive Tote Bag $2,750
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Diane von Furstenberg
Leather tote $500
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Valentino
Medium Rockstud Double Handle Leather Tote $2,445
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Kate Spade
Cobble Hill Devin $398
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Marc by Marc Jacobs
Classic Q - Francesca Leather Shopper $538
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Reed Krakoff
Boxer medium textured-leather tote $1,290
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Rebecca Minkoff
Bowery satchel $395
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The Beauty Cut: Mario Badescu Drying Mask

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If you have oily skin and are acne-prone, then you should own a jar of this. The Mario Badescu Drying Mask reduces excessive oil and helps clear acne eruptions with a drying formula that aims to calm down both common skin issues. I received this mask as a sample size and after I had researched what its intended purpose is, I figured I couldn't use it since both issues don't apply to me. I'm not dry and definitely not acne prone. However, during that time of the month, I occasionally will experience a straying zit somewhere on my face that of course expands to proportions beyond a manageable concealing point, leading to it becoming the center of attention. On one of those days leading up to shark week officially kicking off, a said zit domesticated itself on my chin region, it was huge and it hurt, so I figured to just try the drying mask and see what it will do. After all, in its online description it stated that it dries out any type of pimples. 30 Minutes later, you can let it sit anywhere from 20-30, I washed off the mask and the actual bump part had already evened out to a flat surface - all that was left of the zit was its redness and naturally the pain, seriously though, that thing hurt. I went about washing my face and performing my nightly skincare regimen, by morning time the zit had completely disappeared.

Baffled, would be the proper terminology to use here. Since I'm always a skeptic, a month later the same fate was bestowed upon my face and decided to put the mask to the test again. Same results. This time I couldn't deny that this mask is actually doing its job. 

So the last time I used it again, I decided to actually study the product and feel out what it's about. First off, despite its name, the formula itself is not drying to the point where it tightens the skin, it has more of a pleasant application by kind of remaining moist. Second, after I use it on a problem area that part feels rather refreshed after washing it off, like a whole bunch of dirt and grime was sucked out of it. Lastly, there's one aspect that can be very unflattering especially if you're sensitive to it, the stuff smells - bad. Personally it doesn't bother me because it just wafts you in the beginning and then gradually dissipates, however for those that are uber-sensitive to smell this may be an issue. 

How this mask will perform on badly acne erupted skin or very oily skin, I have no clue. I did research reviews written by those suffering from these issues and some reviews teetered towards that it has improved their breakouts tremendously, others say that it works but hasn't performed any real miracles. It could go either way. 

For me, this is a great product to have in my collection since it does dry out any random hormonal pimples, so for that I do recommend this product with a 5-star rating.

Rating: 5/5

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London - Burberry Prorsum / Spring 2015

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Something different took place on the Burberry Prorsum runway. Something quite unique, quite cool. The Burberry girl for Spring is looking towards a fashionable mash-up of various textures and genres. The standout statement is the Burberry girl going more casual than what we've become accustomed to. Christopher Bailey dabbled in the art of remixing luxe, delicate pieces and paired them together with the most utilitarian basics. We're talking a tulle dress mixed with a denim jacket. Burberry's runway became a playbook of diverting the mood that was set earlier this month, insert all-"sporty", and being able to capture only the refined versions of such, yet bring in a more feminine and gentle twist.





















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When Retail Therapy Really Became Therapy

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Engaging in "retail therapy" is a concept not many of us are foreign to. Whenever life decides to post an obstacle in our path that concludes some form of spiraling emotions, there's a large percentage that will admit that they seek comfort in the soothing and mood improving effects of shopping. The instant gratification accompanied by a "soul food" purchase to an extent can be translated as a form of celebration, a spirit-lifting entity solely utilized as an act to spend in order to feel better. And we've all been guilty at some point. 

Let's call it a frivolous indulgence, a spur-of-the-moment type deal we all personally appreciate the short-term pleasures of. During the sober moments when one is neutral, looking at the recent purchases or credit card receipts stating what proverbial damage has been inflicted upon our finances, one can't help but wonder if the loosely applied term, "retail therapy", actually has legitimate roots somewhere. What if retail therapy is actually therapeutic?

Just like the next girl, I enjoy a little soul food shopping every now and then. I am an adult, fiscally responsible and in control, certainly disciplined enough to acknowledge this event should be partaken in in small manageable doses. There's nothing worse, and an immediate financial danger, than emotional shopping because there's no recognizable limit for most. This was my case in the recent months until I discovered a pattern in my shopping behavior - I started hiding my purchases. I feel guilty when I do it. Sometimes it's really not even fun but I do it anyway because I feel I need to. Likely the worst symptom is the fact that it has become habitual. I also have a tendency to lie about the amount of items or the money I have just blown. But I have no immediate plans to seize my shopping tendencies, simply because it kills the "noise". I can finally escape.

When I tragically lost the person closest to me more than a year-and-a-half ago, I didn't envision shopping would become a source of solace, a way to reconnect with myself, a way for me to tune-out the commotion of what goes on internally. This has been the only medium for me in order to somewhat cope with grief. I don't talk, I'm a bottler, and I like to be left alone on the subject, plus I don't want to inflict my mood onto another loved one since it's not fair to them. Besides sinking very frequently into deep depression, sadness and crying days on end, the avenue of retail therapy has been the only thing that brings some sort of purpose, if not a little joy back into my life. I didn't think that almost two years into grieving that I still feel this close to scratching the bottom of hell, but habitual shopping and often over-consuming distracts me from facing this beast head-on.

While I know that this is not a permanent fix or can be characterized as a viable method to in fact deal with the situation, until my life slowly starts to restore itself shopping is all I have to make it stop raining every now and then. It's truly the only time where everything goes silent, and there's finally some peace in the kingdom. Healthy? Maybe not so much in the long-term, but is retail therapy real? Absolutely.

Do you think retail therapy could truly be therapeutic? Sound off in the comments.

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Battle Of The Baby Bumps: Who Dressed Theirs Better?

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Besides the influx of street mavens, editors galore strutting from show to show, the models dominating the street vibes with their best off-duty style, another fashion moment was highly trending this New York Fashion Week and that being, the baby bump! Recently Eva Chen did the most adorable thing ever by announcing her pregnancy via Instagram with a post that is only signature to Eva's famous backseat detail shots of her shoes and accessories, and we were definitely anticipating the Eva-nesque outfits that would ensue in lieu of dressing up her baby bump. Russian street style star Miroslava Duma also proudly showed of her growing belly and inherent glow, as well as Natasha Goldenberg and Yasmin Sewell. While all 4 of these mommies-to-be dressed entirely different from each other, one thing they did have in common is that they all looked totally on-point in the style department. And also, they all wore heels like it was nobody's business.

While we think these ladies looked beyond gorgeous regardless, we have to ask; in a battle of the baby bumps, who dressed theirs the best? Sound off in the comments below!
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Eva Chen


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Wearing: Marc Jacobs;
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Wearing: Nike sneakers;
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Wearing: Rebecca Minkoff dress;
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Image: Vogue.com

Wearing: Misha Nonoo coat, A.L.C. bag, Proenza Schouler heeled sandals;
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Miroslava Duma


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Wearing: Dries van Noten coat;
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Wearing: Hermes bag;
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Wearing: Hermes bag;
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Wearing: Rosie Assoulin dress;
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Wearing: Peter Pilotto coat;
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Yasmin Sewell


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Wearing: Prada sandals;
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Image: Harper's Bazaar
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Natasha Goldenberg


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Wearing: Burberry Prorsum coat;
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