Your handbag is where necessity meets accessory… it’s what you tote your life in! But just because it’s an essential doesn’t mean it should be an afterthought. Your purse can be a stylish statement. This season’s hottest trends aren’t limited to just your wardrobe. Check out these picks for of-the-moment handbag looks.
ROMYGOLD Biker Slash Eliza II Hobo, $675
A slouchy hobo is a great way to get the boho chic look. This slashed leather bag in on-trend yellow looks amazing when paired with a floral maxi for a music festival or casual weekend brunch. Celebs including Vanessa Hudgens, Kim Kardashian and Katharine McPhee have been spotted toting ROMYGOLD bags.
DKNY Crocodile effect leather shoulder bag, $195
We love that the animal skin trend is sticking around. Take a walk on the wild side with this structured faux croc shoulder bag. It’s the perfect size to wear cross-body, freeing up your hands for shopping or a drink!
JadeTribe Nicole Messenger Bag, $189
If you prefer your fashion has a conscience, than this ethical and all-natural messenger is for you. In eclectic tribal print fabric with cool leather tassels, this bag is perfect for sightseeing or checking out an outdoor market.
Live Worldly Argentine Neon Camila Purses – $175
Another eco-conscious and for-a-good-cause line, Live Worldly’s version of the neon satchels you’re seeing everywhere are made from organic leather and are totally on trend. A portion of proceeds from this bright satchel goes to to the Nature Conservancy to protect Argentina’s grasslands…chic AND sustainable.
Clare Vivier Foldover Clutch in Aqua, $156
No longer is clutch synonymous with evening wear. A simple, oversized clutch can be a fabulous accessory for daytime.
Mark Rebecca Minkoff Delight bag $60
Rebecca Minkoff partnered with Mark for a super stylish and affordable handbag. The studs are the perfect rocker chic detail for someone who wants to try the edgy look.
Reality TV personality Kyle Richards of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills is a mother of four, wife, actor, philanthropist and now author! How does she do it all? I personally caught up with Kyle to find out some of her best-kept lifestyle secrets, tips on how to look camera-ready and her favorite things. As you may know from watching the show, Kyle always has a point of view and loves to share it. She is one of my favorite Housewives!
MM: What inspired you to write Life Is Not a Reality Show: Keeping It Real with the Housewife Who Does It All?
KR: I grew up in house of all women–my mom, grandmother and three sisters (I actually slept with my mom until I was 15 years old). I was always known as the dating guru–giving my friends and family tips on dating like how to get a guy to call you back. My real inspiration for writing the book is that I want to help women have the best marriage and relationships while looking and feeling their best. If I wanted to write a how-to manual to give to my daughters on having successful relationships, this would be it.
MM: What are three tips or take-aways from the book?
1. Beauty: I am a girls’ girl and love make-up. If I weren’t doing what I do now, I would be a make- up artist (I always like to do my own make-up). Using individual false lashes takes your make-up to a whole other level. In the book, I share my technique of how to put them on. My favorite brand for lashes is DuraLash.
2. Fashion: Mix and match your fashion with clothing at all price points. I think women should shop smart–if you buy the basics in solids from inexpensive stores, no one will know whether you are wearing Dolce & Gabbana or Zara. Stay away from prints in the less expensive stores. I recently wore leather leggings from H & M for $35.95 on the Wendy Williams show and received lots of compliments on them.
3. Relationships: I have a great marriage but it’s not by accident. It’s a big job and worth it to put in the effort. I enjoy giving people the tools on how to have a great relationship. For example, Mauricio and I have a designated date night. We also like to stay home more nights than out if possible. My daughters certainly have big shoes to fill.
MM: What advice can you give women who are trying to juggle a career and family?
KR: Make things in your life as convenient as possible. One of the things that is helpful for me is having my dog groomer come to my home which cuts down on time spent running around doing errands. I don’t have a chef, nanny or driver so I need to simplify my life and stay organized.
MM: You have the most gorgeous silky hair. What are some of your favorite hair products?
KR: For shampoo and conditioner I like Pantene, and for styling I use Moroccan hair oil to keep fly-aways in place.
MM: Who are some of your favorite designers?
KR: For clothing: Haute Hippie, Parker and Chanel. For shoes: Fendi and YSL. Handbags: I am obsessed with them (and love to collect them). Favorite: Chanel.
MM: What is your “never leave home without” accessory?
KR: Lip Gloss.
MM: You always wear great jewelry. Who are some of your favorite jewelry designers?
KR: Jennifer Miller for costume jewelry. And Nicky Hilton too–I know she is my niece but she really has great things. Jacob & Co. and Loree Rodkin for fine jewelry.
MM: How you do to stay in shape? Favorite workout?
KR: It’s very hard for me to workout with my schedule. When I have time, I like to go on a hike in the canyons of Beverly Hills or Bel Air after school drop off.
MM: What are your favorite restaurants or nightlife hot spots?
KR: Of course Lisa Vanderpump’s restaurants SUR and Villa Blanca. Mr. Chow, La Scala, Il Pastaio, Shu in Bel Air for sushi. I like Frida in Beverly Hills for Mexican.
MM: Where do you and Mauricio like to go on vacation and where do you stay?
KR: I like to rent a house in Lake Tahoe with family and friends and get away from it all. Picnics on the boat, barbecuing, just hanging out with my family.
MM: What is your biggest guilty pleasure?
KR: Hand bags. I am having a hand bag shopping hangover this month. I hope Mauricio doesn’t read this!
For more insider tips from Kyle, order Life Is Not a Reality Show: Keeping It Real with the Housewife Who Does It All.
Shop the Full Story: Look Fab for The Fourth of July
Rachel Comey Utility Clutch
Growing up, I spent every weekend in the mountains, at the beach, or hiking in the woods, trying to figure out how to work a compass and picking the M&Ms out of trail mix. As I developed my love for fashion, my hobbies shifted towards collecting issues of Vogue and heading to the mall with my mom. Today, I combine these two sides of me by wearing my mom’s L.L. Bean anorak from the ‘70s with skinny jeans and heels or Clarks Desert Boots with a feminine dress. With her spring collection, Rachel Comey has girls like me in mind. Her new clutches feature her signature artistic patterns with hiking-inspired leather detailing. I’m struggling trying to choose a favorite. I’m thinking green. Thoughts?—Elizabeth Monson
Buy Rachel Comey Utility Clutch, $276, at tenover6.com
This style-conscious bag reinvents what it means to be fashionably responsible. Made from faux leather and recycled plastic bottles—no animal by-products—nothing says “on trend” like being eco-friendly.