August 2022

10 Perfect Bags

Finding the perfect bag to tote all of your “stuff,” or just important essentials can require some research. I am very particular when purchasing a new a bag because they can sometimes be quite an investment and I want to make sure I will love it for several seasons. Here are ten of my favorite picks in all price ranges–there is something for everyone from boho chic to classic elegance!

1. Lanvin Amalia Shopping Tote, BUY NOW, $1,900
I bought the Lavin Amalia shopping tote a few years ago in a metallic taupe and it is still one of my year round go-to bags. You will have and love this one forever. The price is high but definitely worth the investment.

2. Proenza Schouler PS1 Medium Leather satchel, BUY NOW, $1,595
The wildly popular Proenza Schouler PS1 bag is a modern classic. It’s a perfect every day bag and never goes out of style.

3. Alexander Wang Donna Hobo, BUY NOW, $815
I’m  obsessed with the Donna leather bags from Alexander Wang. Check out the unique downtown style with all of the zipper detail, love the leopard print too!

4. Marc New York Backstage Satchel, BUY NOW, $295
This is a casual and sophisticated every day bag made with the softest of leather!

5. MICHAEL Michael Kors Handbag, BUY NOW, $268
The MICHAEL Michael Kors Jet Set Chain, large tote is a great option for a bag that holds everything and is also well-priced. Python is on trend for this season but if it’s not your style,
the bag comes in other colors and plain leather too!

6. Tylie Malibu Women’s Jet Set Kramer Fringe Cross Body Bag, BUY NOW, $225
This LA-style cross body bag has a back slip pocket and is available in four great colors–black, emerald, navy and tobacco.

7. Lauren Merkin Bag, BUY NOW, $195
Lauren Merkin makes beautiful clutches that are priced well for their quality. This one covers two hot trends: it’s metallic AND cobra embossed. All of her clutches come with a shoulder chain inside, which makes it easy to wear when you are at a cocktail party and need your hands.

8. Rebecca Minkoff Skull Crossbody, BUY NOW, $150
Rebecca Minkoff makes amazing bags and this adorably rebellious cross body one is ideal for holding just the essentials. It is perfect for casual days and lovers of skull accessories like me.

9. Ivanka Trump Victoria top handle satchel, BUY NOW, $150
You can really see Ivanka Trump’s taste and style here.  A quintessential bag for the classic and elegant woman.

10. Aldo handbag, BUY NOW, $35
This little Aldo bag is so chic and great for when you just want to take the essentials: phone, lip gloss, cash and keys. A great transition bag, to take you from day to night.


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Edited by Katrina Caspelich

From their favorite fashion pieces and red carpet beauty tricks to their guilty pleasures, celebrities reveal their best kept secrets to PageDaily. They let us poke around their closets, share their vacations, and disclose their latest ventures. Here, some of our favorite sit-downs and interviews with celebs—try some of their picks for the New Year. Nicky Hilton: Her Latest Design Venture and More!
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Ivanka Trump: Rocking the Family Jewels

Interview by Courtney Bannerot

Young. Rich. Beautiful. Brilliant. But Ivanka Trump is no heiress about town, resting on her Daughter-of-the-Donald laurels. This 29-year-old summa cum laude Wharton grad has racked up an impressive list of accomplishments: head of U.S. and international expansion for the Trump Organization’s real estate holdings, book author, founder of a luxury jewelry line, a Champion of the UN Foundation’s Girl Up Campaign, newlywed (husband is New York Observer owner Jared Kushner). Now about to launch a shoe and handbag line, Ivanka shares what motivates her. Read the interview, then shop Ivanka’s favorites (see below).

Courtney Bannerot: What inspired you to start Ivanka Trump Fine Jewelry?
Ivanka Trump: I’ve always had a passion for jewelry. I wanted to make women of my time feel comfortable buying fine jewelry, and I wanted to give them the ultimate shopping experience. My mother’s legacy jewelry collection always inspired me. And my love for the classic aesthetic helped propel my vision. I realized the luxury fine jewelry market was missing a fresh, young design approach. That’s where my jewelry line’s vision of “Rock Tradition” plays a vital role—it’s a modern twist on jewelry’s most important classic.

CB: Do you design the pieces?
IT: I work closely with an in-house designer, who is able to take my vision and inspiration and create sketches. I am deeply involved in approving sketches, making changes, and adding and subtracting from the designs before they are finalized.

CB: How would you describe the style, and how does it reflect you?
IT: Heirloom chic is the creative vision behind my jewelry line. It’s the youthful reinvention of important legacy jewelry. Heirloom chic puts a modern twist on classic jewelry, capturing a sense of fine workmanship, tradition, and an off-hand elegance.

CB: What are your favorite pieces?
IT: My favorite pieces from the 2010 collection are the Tassels, the Black Onyx Bead Necklace with Signature Oval Diamond Clasp, and the Signature Ovals. The Multi-Strand Diamond Bead Bracelet is definitely a show-stopper and an architectural achievement in jewelry design.

CB: How does your line fit the fall fashion trends?
IT: My 2010 collection has amazing black onyx pieces that chicly accessorize any fall trend, in addition to vibrant rose gold pieces that can glam up a pair of leather leggings and a fur vest. The collection is so versatile!

CB: What are your favorite fall trends?
IT: Olive color and leopard print!

CB: What is your most recent purchase?
IT: I just bought myself and several of my friends the Ivanka Trump Girl Up Bracelet, which supports the UN Foundation’s Girl Up Campaign. I’m very proud to be a Girl Up Champion and a founding partner with the UN Foundation’s Girl Up Campaign. The bracelet retails for $30 and is available for purchase on my website.

CB: What is your typical workday like?
IT: Every day’s schedule is different. I wake up, exercise, and read through a copious amount of newspapers. I arrive at the office somewhere between 7:30 and 8:00 a.m. My brothers and I are always the first ones in. My days are often filled with a large volume of meetings, everything from hotel design to building management to jewelry initiatives to new deal development to marketing strategy, and often filming for The Apprentice. I try to stick to a very strict schedule, and I am never late. This is something that I learned from my father. I also try to schedule some time between those meetings to return phone calls and emails, as I think it is very important to respond to direct correspondence in a timely manner.

CB: What do you do in your free time?
IT: Hang out with my husband, my family, and my girlfriends. I cook often and have people over for dinner at least once a week—it’s a great way to catch up!

Shop Ivanka’s Picks from Her Jewelry Line
Mixed Size Onyx Bead Necklace with Signature Oval Diamond Clasp, $3,950
Multi-Strand Diamond Bead Bracelet, price upon request
Long Black Onyx Drop Earrings on Diamond French Wire, $1,200
Small Rose Gold, Mixed Cut Rock Crystal and Diamond Hoop Earrings, $2,250
Girl Up Bracelet, $30