Friday, May 26, 2006

Tote Along This

We did the flip flops, but what about the oh-so-necessary totes? Here are some totes that got my attention for this summer: Marlo Sport Betsy Beach Bags A63501 This may not be the most practical tote out there, but you can't help but smile when you see it. From its funky "flamingos in water" design to its bamboo rings, this tote screams vacation on the beach! Comes with a star charm. Clava A26CV Nantucket Tote A classic-styled tote, the leather Nantucket Tote perfectly complements just about any outfit. Features include: leather accents and piping, 5.5" drop on straps allow for hand or shoulder carry, a reinforced bottom for wear and tear, gusseted zip top allows for heavy packing and can be zipped fully shut even when filled to the brim, front slash pocket, fully lined interior with small zip pocket for securing smaller items. Shown in Vachetta Green; also available in Vachetta Blue or Vachetta Pink. Tommy Hilfiger Handbags 160533 Iconic Small Tote This bubblegum pink tote is a cute, albeit petite, addition to your accessory collection. Small on the outside, but spacious on the inside, this small tote will be able to hold everything that you would need to make it through your day. Construction: Pebble PVC. Shown in Petal Pink; also available in Lily Green. Green Street Designs Grosgrain Marina Tote A traditional beach tote, the Marina has classic shape with lots of style. The ribbons are real grosgrain double layered with Polka Dot and Stripe fronts and matching solid color backs. Generously sized to carry your spring and summer needs. Magnetic top closure. Top zipper closure. 7.5" back wall zipper. Handle drop length is 8". Shown in Pink/Black; also available in Blue, Lime or Pink Stripes. Baggallini EXT114 Expandable Tote Two words: WATER RESISTANT. This stylish, lightweight, water-resistant tote is reinforced with durable-stitching throughout that makes it so sturdy it can easily carry eight bottles of wine! The large main compartment has two inside zippered pockets, a cell phone pocket and a key fob. The tote expands four inches taller when zipped closed. The outer pockets allow easy access to a water bottle or magazines, and the zippered pocket securely holds smaller items. Shown in Periwinkle Ripstop Nylon; also available in Black, Khaki, Lime, Orange, Pink, Purple or Turquoise Ripstop Nylon. Ellington Market Tote This fun and fresh tote with bright accents, yellow stitching and striped interior lining is perfect for a Saturday at the farmer's market or a trip to the beach! Two interior slip pockets for a cell phone and wallet. Four exterior pockets and one interior zippered pocket. Strap drop length is 9". Shown in Orange; also available in Caper (olive green). Wrangler Maybelle Denim is super hot this season, especially in accessories. This classic western tote can hold all your daily essentials. It features front pockets and an inside zipper pocket to organize your busy city life. This bag is practical yet stylish whether you're home on the range or living in Chelsea. Shown in Black; also available in Indigo Denim or Red. Marlo Handbags Tahitian Escape A63233 I've seen so many different versions of this island-inspired upright tote in magazines, trendy boutiques and on the arms of the rich and famous that I had to feature it. This stylish handbag features: Bamboo straw with fabric lining. Inside cell phone pocket. Shown in Brown; also available in Green.


Thursday, May 25, 2006

Beach Flip Flops at

Beach bums rejoice...this is your time of the year! Memorial Day weekend is here, which means the official start of summer is right around the corner. And what says “summer” better than the beach? These carefree beach flip flops are some of my favorites from Shoebuy, which has everything you need to get your beachcombing days underway. Whether you have access to vast blue yonder or not, these are some definite must-haves for this fabulous season: Flojos Aphrodite If you want flip flops that are both feminine and athletic, the Aphrodite by Flojos are perfect. Features a contrast-colored upper, traction patterned sole, arch support (unlike most traditional flip flops), and a hooded strap for comfort. Beware, these tend to run a little on the narrow side, so those with slightly wider feet may find them too snug. KangaROOS Swim As the latest batch of Old Navy commercials aren’t afraid to point out, Madras plaid is big this summer. While I don’t recommend wearing contrasting Madras plaid from head to toe (like some of those super perky dancers do), finding a couple of pieces and pairing them with complementary solids is a great way to pull off the look. These cute plaid KangaROOS work well with a solid bottom and a matching plaid top. Plus, they have a signature ROO change pocket, in case you didn’t have any where else to store your spare change. Shown here in lavender/teal/lime/orange; also available in lilac/tan/white, red/pink/lavender/yellow and yellow/lavender/black in sizes 6-11. Merrell Bahia The mother of all comfort brands, no list would be complete without a mention of Merrell. The Bahia, one of our best selling flip flops, is a carnival of color in a thong neatly reinforced to hold its shape and Lycra®-lined for comfort. Concealed EVA wedge is low-profile loaded, with Merrell Air Cushion® and foot-aligning Q-Form™ technology. Nanette from California says “I bought this shoe because I needed a thong with some support to wear around the house and maybe to the grocery store. My podiatrist recommended Merrell. I love these shoes so much I have hardly worn anything else since I took them out of the box. It's the next best thing to being barefoot!” Shown here in Turquoise; also available in White, Black, Navy, Lavender, Dark Brown, Orange and Bio Green in sizes 5-11. Privo Kitts Imagine for a moment the perfect shoe. Sophisticated, casual and stylish yet also lightweight, flexible and comfortable -- an impossible combination? We don't think so. Let me introduce Privo, a unique blend of athletic personality, comfort and style. Give your feet a treat for the summer, a slide with the slip-on functionality for easy get-up-and-go. Great for that long walk in the city. Great for the beach or for everyday casual wear around town. And according to a customer who from Wisconsin who bought these a few weeks ago, they’re great for people with high arches. Available in raspberry in sizes 5-10. Rider Dry II This ventilated thong is another one that offers both style and comfort. Features Rider's exclusive perforated insole technology that allows air to reach your foot, while the mesh screen protects your feet from the elements. A fully lined perforated upper, mesh aeration slides, and soft EVA cushion insole provides optimal breath ability with maximum comfort. Shown here in Pink/Gray; also available in Black/Black, Black/Pink, Blue/Gray and Gray/Gray in sizes 6-11. Skechers Day Dreams Fantasy Island Be a trend setter with Skechers' new Canvas Thong With Dreamer Footbed this season. Features a cutesy, rainbows 'n' butterflies screenprint in the footbed, fashionably frayed canvas thong straps, and a ridged bottom for traction. Shown in White; also available in Coral, Light Green, Natural, Navy, Peach or Turquoise in sizes 5-11.


Wednesday, May 24, 2006

The Fabulous Shoebuy Bridal Shop

Who: All brides, grooms, bridesmaids, best men, mothers and fathers of the bride/groom, flower girls, ring bearers and anyone else who's planning on attending a wedding What: Shop for your wedding shoes at Shoebuy Why: 284 styles of bridal shoes for women in sizes 4-13 (narrow, regular, wide-width and extra-wide width) from brands like Coloriffics, Dyeables and Touch Ups, all ranging from under $30 to $115. Slingbacks, pumps, sandals, kitten heels, bridal flip flops, Mary Janes, stilettos, flats…we have it all! For a little something extra, find over 65 styles of matching bridal handbags, perfect for after the wedding. Plus, hundreds of dress shoes for men, including wing tips, cap toes, tuxedo shoes and more! Of course, FREE SHIPPING, FREE RETURN SHIPPING, and NO SALES TAX on everything! Where: The Shoebuy Bridal Shop (where else?)


Tuesday, May 23, 2006

New Tommy Hilfiger Shoe Styles at Shoebuy

If fresh American style is your thing, then Tommy Hilfiger is your brand. Tommy Hilfiger shoes offer a modern twist to classic footwear designs with great colors, unique details, and high quality materials. Over 30 new styles have just been added to Shoebuy’s Tommy Hilfiger Collection, consisting of everything from au currant chunky sandals to espadrilles and trendy casuals. Below are some featured new styles: Tommy Hilfiger Carrie This modern wedge heel is a sophisticated version of the traditional thong sandal. Features include leather upper with buckle accents, a padded insole for extra comfort, and a 2" wedge heel. Available in Brown Tumbled Leather (shown) and Black Tumbled Leather in sizes 5-10 (medium width only). Tommy Hilfiger Ciprianna This chunky sandal is a beautiful, neutral shoe that can be paired with just about anything in your summer wardrobe. The front vamp strap has thick accent stitching with a woven metal and leather piece that matches the adjustable ankle strap. The stacked heel measures 3” and the insole is lightly padded for comfort. Shown in neutral-hued Light Tan Soft Polish; for a bolder look, try for the Crimson Soft Polish or Dark Brown Soft Polish. Available in sizes 5-11 (medium width only). Tommy Hilfiger Nellie A retro-style stylish sneaker, the Nellie is a great casual shoe for this season. The bicycle front gives your toe more protection than a regular canvas sneaker, while the collar is padded to prevent bruising; also has a low-profile sole. Available in White/Garnet/Yellow Leather (shown) and White/Navy/Orchid Leather in sizes 5-11 (medium width only). Tommy Hilfiger Tess This season is all about the espadrilles, like this slide espadrille by Tommy Hilfiger. The ideal sandal to complete that hot summer look, the Tess features cotton rope braided straps, a jute wedge heel and a comfort sole. For a natural look, try the Natural Cotton Rope (shown); for a more preppy look, the Navy Cotton Rope is great. Available in sizes 5-11 (medium width only). Tommy Hilfiger Dot Everyone needs a good pair of flip flops to last them through the summer. While those cute ones with the embellishments and floss-like straps are great for shuffling around the mall, if you have any intention of stepping outdoors, choose flips flops with a sturdier build. The Dot by Tommy Hilfiger is great for just that; whether you’re by the pool or making your way down the boardwalk, these thongs will last. Features include a webbed strap and a cushion sole for the utmost in comfort. Available in Navy/Ivory Webbing (shown), Black/Grey Webbing and Tree Green/Sunset Webbing in sizes 5-11. Tommy Hilfiger Tia Although the Tia has been available at Shoebuy for a while (and is our most popular style), this blue striped version was recently added. This one features a blue striped canvas upper with a matching grosgrain ankle wrap, woven heel sling and bright canvas sock. Sporty thicker jute wrapping with pop stitch around sole edge adds a nice contrast to femininity of the upper. Traditional jute non-slip outsole. Shown in Blue Ithaca Stripe Canvas; also available in Black Canvas or Navy Paisley. Sizes 5-10 (medium width only).


Monday, May 22, 2006

Hobo Me This: Hobo Bags at Bagsbuy

This spring/summer season, style and function collide in one fantastic, must-have accessory: the hobo bag. Whether you’re a packrat that carries everything but the kitchen sink with, or more of a minimalist who steps out of the house with only the basics, there’s a hobo bag for you. They come in so many different sizes, shapes and colors that finding the perfect hobo can be difficult. Here a few tips for finding the hobo bag of your dreams (or at least, for your day out on the city): 1) Pick the size you need based on how much stuff you generally carry around with you. A person who carries nothing but a wallet and some chapstick doesn’t need a hobo bag that can fit the entire contents of their dresser. The same is true the other way around: if you know you need something that can fit everything you need over the period of your day, don’t go for the cute little one and then pack the rest of your stuff into an ugly duffel bag (not that all duffel bags are ugly…they just have a tendency of doing that shirt-crumpling thing that we hate so much!). The point of the hobo is that you shouldn’t have to carry multiple bags. Here is an eclectic collection of hobo bags that are all available at (some in various colors): THE SAK Darla Large Hobo This relatively large, stylish hobo comes in the SAK’s signature shell knit with a synthetic leather trim, bottom and strap. The bag features logo metal hardware, a zip top closure, satin lining, and inside cell phone, multifunction and back wall zippered pockets. Because of its stretchy fabric upper, this hobo is great for stashing everything you need; the inside pockets make things easier to find as well. Shown here in Taupe; also available in Bamboo, Black and Coffee. Clava 4053 Hobo Courier I particularly like this medium-sized hobo by Clava because you can wear it as a shoulder hobo with the 11” strap, or switch to the 22” strap to sling it across your body like a messenger bag. The zip top with an oversized puller opens up to a fully lined interior with a zip pocket, cell phone holder and an additional pocket. The outside has two pockets on the sides with mag snap closures that are perfect for keys, subway cards or your cellphone. Features nickel hardware & contrast stitching. Shown in Tuscan Red; also available in Tuscan Black and Tuscan Café. Ellington Taos Hobo - 1643 If you want a simple, everyday hobo that’s not too big or too small, the Taos Hobo by Ellington fits the description. From its sleek, simplistic silhouette to it’s soft, luxurious leather, the Taos is a great purse that pretty much works with any outfit. The top has a zip close with an inside zip pocket and key clip. The strap drop measures a comfortable 10.5”. Shown in Black Leather; also available in Brown Leather and Natural Anuschka Classic Hobo 390 There’s something so completely cool about having a handbag that looks nothing like the ones your friends are carrying. If that’s the effect you’re looking for, then Anuschka is your brand. This Classic Hobo by Anuschka features a gorgeous, hand painted design on a genuine leather body. The top zips open to a large internal compartment that has an additional zippered pocket inside. Kenneth Cole Reaction Handbags Round the World Small Hobo This particular hobo by Kenneth Cole Reaction comes in both small and large sizes; this small version features a sophisticated silhouette with a moderate 10.5” strap drop, contrast stitching, and metal hardware. The top zips open to a moderate space with an inner zipped pocket. Because of its frills-free design, this makes a great bag to dress up a smart suit or other office outfit. Lazaro Caetano Hobo Snake skin has always made heads turn, whether it’s on shoes or handbags. This chic snake print handbag is designed to either hang a bit lower on the body for a more relaxed flavor with a longer shoulder strap, or just tuck perfectly under the arm. The top has a full zip closure that opens up to a grosgrain-lined interior with an inside zip pocket, a key holder, a protective cover and a small mirror. The outside front has one slanted zip pocket with leather pulls, while the back has a horizontal zip pocket. Shown in Beige Snake Skin Leather; also available in Chocolate Snake Skin Leather and Grey Snake Skin Leather. Tommy Hilfiger Handbags 181094 Westin Large Hobo A relatively recent addition to the Bagsbuy collection, this large hobo sack is definitely intended for the heavy packers among us. A large carry-all, this bag provides ample room to carry everything that you'll need to make it through the day…and then some. Made of Jacquard with a Glazed Trim. The top is closes with a full zip and has a buckled flap; accessorized with metal rivets all the way around. The shoulder strap is adjustable using the side buckles.


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