Tuesday, August 16, 2011

tied up with a bow

This season's accessories have a sweet factor that has caught my attention--the bow.  Even if you are not a girly girl, you can add some sass to your look with a bow detail...its a bit like winking at someone...sweet and saucy at the same time.
The Chloe June bow-embellished leather shoulder bag kind of looks tough girl to me with its leather bow detail, and I am a big fan of the cross body style bag.  And of course Valentino has been rocking the bow on its handbags probably the longest that I have seen--the Betty Bow Tote in cherry red patent is a classic. You can find a lot of styles of Valentino bags on BlueFly.  From Marc Jacobs to Christian Louboutin to Kate Spade--bow details are on bags everywhere you look.
A couple of years ago, my husband and I went to Paris and had the most fun just hitting the streets and wandering.  One day I passed a little boutique and screamed to a halt.  In the window was a perfect yellow leather belt around a mannequin's waist, snapped together with a bow detail.  I promptly went in and bought two, the yellow for me and the taupe one for my fashionable friend, Caroline.  I like this Hugo Boss Artesia one, its got a toughness to it with the leather and the silky bow is pure elegance.
I am completely obsessed with bracelets right now---I recently found both a rocker leather bow cuff and a snakeskin & metal bow bangle on OpenSky, a favorite social shopping site of mine for unique finds & great gifts.  At OpenSky, you choose the ten "curators" you want to follow and they share their favorites finds with you from four types, Food, Style, Health & Design.  Anyway, this fantastic Yochi Green Ribbon Leather Cuff has a wow factor similar to the one I found on OpenSky.  Super cool baby.
I like the Juicy Couture's Pave Bow Ring too, it is a little wink of sweetness if you want just a subtle bit of sparkle.  And on a recent jaunt through my favorite shoe department I saw bows everywhere, from ballet flats to sky high heels. The list goes on and on.
Maybe all the things in my life cannot be neatly tied up with a bow, but I am all for having some lighthearted fun with my accessories this fall.  Sweet.

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