Many of the fashions we buy are easy come easy go. Short-term relationships, if you will. Maybe even a one night stand. But there are certain types of handbags that you just can’t say no to, and they make you feel amazing when you’re together. These are the keepers – the long-term relationships of fashion. So what handbag styles will you keep around forever?
1) Cross-body Bag: With a design guaranteed to allow hands-free shopping, having a cross-body bag is a definite must. Some of our favorite cross-body bags include the Sally Rhinestone Quilted Bag, Naomi Leopard Crossbody Bag, and the Kourtney Crossbody Mini Satchel (featured in The Oprah Magazine!).
A new season is once again coming on fast! With 2014 pushing through the summer, the fall styles have made their appearance on the runways. Wondering what the top trends are for makeup and nails? Here are the top three for eyes, lips, and nails that come straight from the runway. We’ve also picked out some handbags to match so you can be prepared with a whole look that will make you the person to watch no matter where you are. Take a look and then tell us what fall styles you are excited about!
1) Eyelashes – Every great picture needs a frame, and eyelashes are the frames of your gorgeous eyes. This season, it’s big and bold to bring back the sixties-style glamour. To get the look from the runway, line your upper lid with a black pencil eyeliner and smudge it into your waterline. Then top it off with three layers of mascara, combing lashes between each layer. If you want, falsies are also a great way to get a full lash look. Use small clusters mixed in with your real lashes. The most effective method is to apply the glue to the cluster, then wait 30 seconds before pressing them onto your lash line. Top it all off with a layer of mascara. Voila! A gorgeous frame to set your eyes apart from all the others. Pair with our bold Kate Studded Handbag and nude eyeshadow for the perfect anytime look.
2) Berry Lips – For fall 2014, the trend is stained lips. The color: berry. From Michael Kors and Isabel Marant comes the flattering-on-everyone lip style. To get the look, choose a deep wine color in a lipstick or gloss, then just tap the color lightly onto your lips with your finger. To set the color, blot it with blotting paper or in a pinch use tissues. You’ll get that delicious “just bitten” look that will emphasize your lip shape in all the right ways. Match to a new wallet with texture, like our Jamison Small Wallet.
3) Nails – Personally, I can’t help but change my nail polish every week. But there are times when a color or style comes around that makes me want to keep it forever. This season, there are three amazing styles using that same amazing berry color to match your lips. First we have a solid all-over color in a deep pomegranate. Invest an extra couple of dollars in a polish that is chip-resistant to get the most out of the effort. Second, using this same pomegranate polish and a nude color polish, you can do a beautiful berry stripe design. Hold a thin brush at the base of your nail and slowly move your finger away to get a great freehand stripe of the berry color over the nude. Third, try different cutout designs! You can use tape to block off sections of your nail at a time to get perfect lines. Now show off those gorgeous nails with a beautiful new clutch. Try the Tracey Convertible Clutch, a favorite of ours.
We have all had that experience when we go to the makeup counter, and we try EVERYTHING as we chat with the makeup techs. It’s fun to get new makeup, but staying on budget is important. Here are a few tips on how to get the most fun bang for your buck!
1) Foundation: This product goes over pretty much all the skin on your face, so make sure it’s something good. Do a test patch to make sure you don’t have an allergic reaction to the ingredients, and get one that is right for your skin type.
2) Eye shadow: When you buy a good eye shadow, it’s not going to cake throughout the day and it’s not going to be difficult to apply. Plus, when you buy good eye shadow, you don’t have to spend money on shadow base products.
3) Lipstick/Lip Gloss: Two features of good lipstick – staying power and texture. Don’t be afraid to try multiple types and shades to see how well they work with your skin tone and lip skin type.
4) Moisturizer: I know this falls into more of a skin care category, but because it works alongside your makeup to give you just the right look, splurge on a moisturizer that is going to keep your pores clear and that will help your skin stay supple. Get samples from different places and try them for a week. After that, then decide which one works best with your skin and your other products and go from there.
Going on a trip? Exciting! All of us at Handbag Heaven love to travel, so we put together some tips to help you get everything ready and packed efficiently. Follow these steps for easy travel preparation packing and you’ll be ready to go in no time!
- Space: One thing that really helps us is to not put things into our suitcase as we go along. Instead, lay them out on your bed or some other surface where you can see everything at once.
- Make a list: Put a checkmark next to the items as you lay them out. Don’t get distracted–go down the list one by one without skipping any. If you do have to skip something, make a special note of what you have to do.
- Two words: Ziploc Baggies. Get the gallon size baggies to help organize outfits or types of items. They also can help keep things easily accessible in your bag.
- Sort: Group your tops together, pants together, skirts, and dresses. Unless you know what you will be wearing each day, this is a great way to make sure you know where things are in your suitcase.
- Hiding Places: Put socks inside your shoes to save space, and then use plastic grocery bags to wrap your shoes. You can also save space by separating your shoes inside your suitcase, using them to fill space left by your clothes.
- Roll vs. Fold: Some people swear by rolling clothes to save space, and others like to squish the air out of the baggies and lay folded clothes flat. However, we prefer a combination of both. The key is to roll the items you can put into the corners of the suitcase, and lay flat the larger items that can go onto the flat middle section of the suitcase.
- Testing: Don’t be afraid to try different packing configurations! Sometimes it takes two tries to get things to fit the most efficient way. This is where laying everything out before starting to load your suitcase really helps.
- Essentials: Keep toiletries in travel-ready bottles in quart-size baggies in the outside pockets of your suitcase for easy access at the airport. A couple of items to keep in your purse, however. If you wear contacts, keep a separate baggie with your contact solution and case (and an extra pair) in your purse. I also like to keep a toothbrush and toothpaste in my purse while traveling.
- Totes: Speaking of purses, use one big enough to carry your electronics, including your laptop, and your regular purse items. We are partial to the Tabitha Zipper Tote. It is large enough to carry everything we need and it’s totally fabulous.
- Timing: Finally, if you can, pack everything the day before and if you decide you want to add anything or switch anything out, you will have plenty of time to figure that out. I find myself unpacking and re-packing the night before my trips just so I can memorize where everything is and I verify that nothing has been forgotten.
What are you favorite packing tips? Share them with us!
Lately there have been many articles about different life hacks to save time and money–I even saw one website with 1,000 different hacks! I think it would take more time to read through those than we would save through those tips, so I’ve picked my top 10 favorite hacks from across the web. Let us know what your favorites are by sharing in the comments or posting with us on our social media.
- I just had a need for this little trick this morning. Don’t you hate it when you have a tube of product and you know there’s a lot left but you just can’t get to it?? this little trick can save quite a bit of the product you paid for, and it’s one of the easiest things to do. Just cut open the tube and scoop the goop into a plastic jar. Now it’s easy to get to!
- I admit that I often color my hair at home to save money and time. But one downside is the dye can easily stain my skin! To prevent having marks near my hairline while still getting all the way to my roots is to line my face with conditioner. Vaseline works well, too.
- Use a rubber band to get perfect french manicure tips. We’ve seen many versions of this, but I think this knot method is the easiest.
- I recently had my nails painted with yellow and blue nail polish. Unfortunately, after I removed the polish the nails with the yellow stayed yellow! I tried this little trick, and voila! White nails again. Whew!
- Working at handbagheaven.com I have built up quite a collection of purses. This little tip saved me a lot of money on special hooks and more hangers, and it’s so easy to get access to the purse I want. Just hang the purses using shower curtain hooks!
- Ok. Who doesn’t use bobby pins? I use them quite often, but I often lose them or don’t have quick easy access to them. I found this hack extremely useful!! Put the bobby pins in an empty Tic-Tac container. Perfect for taking with you in your purse or clutch, and even for storage in the bathroom drawer.
- Here’s another hair-related hack. Similar idea to the bobby pin idea, but for elastics. Use a cheap carabiner!
- Got makeup on your shirt? It can be easy to get foundation or other makeup on your clothes as you get dressed or as you are applying makeup. Simply use a bit of shaving cream and wipe the makeup off your clothes. Now you have cleaned up and don’t need to change, and best of all it won’t damage your clothes! My favorite shaving cream for this trick is Barbasol.
- Add a simple wall sit at the end of a run or bike ride. Just do three wall sits at 30-60 seconds each and you will see a noticeable difference in your muscle tone and strength! You can even do this when you wake up to get your blood going and help you kick start your energy for the day. Best thing is you can do them anywhere.
- My last favorite hack is so amazingly simple I almost can’t believe it. Got a paper cut? Got chapstick? Apply chapstick to the cut and it stops the pain and it’s gone within a day. Sweet relief!
Our Bed to Beautiful: Your 10 Minute Morning Routine post also has some great ideas for how to save time getting ready.