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Fun-Size Your Wardrobe up with Funky Mini Handbags

Small or fun-size is all the rage today. A trend that’s in to stay, the mini handbag is a delightful pint-sized version of classic and favorite bag designs. Compact and conveniently equipped with long shoulder straps, mini handbags work well as a handy day bag, or even when out for a fun night with the girls.

Keep things to a minimum with the ever-accessible mini handbag. A fresh way to get around town with nothing more than your bare essentials, the mini bag has been reintroduced to mainstream fashion and the hottest addition to any fashionable wardrobe.

Here is a look at some hot and cute minis, which are definite wardrobe must-haves. Continue Reading

Beauty, DIY Projects, Fashion, Lifestyle, Looks For Less

Yay or Nay: What makeup products are worth your time and money?

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!

foundation tips

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.

Eye Shadow Purchase

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.

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.

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.

 

 

 

 

Fashion, Featured Handbags, Looks For Less

5 Bags that Only LOOK Expensive

Here at Handbag Heaven, it’s no surprise that we love handbags of all shapes, sizes, and colors. What better way to add some pizazz to your ensemble than with a fun bag that’s not only functional, but fashion-forward and adorable?! While we all dream of owning expensive designer bags, those buys aren’t always in the budget. Fortunately, there are handbags available for much less with all of today’s latest styles, colors, and embellishments. Don’t be alarmed by the price tag on the handbags shown below…

They only look expensive!

Kendall Stitched Messenger

Kendall Stitched Messenger

Summer Florals

Florals might seem like a spring trend, but they can most definitely transfer into summer with a bolder pattern and brighter colors. This Kendall Stitched Messenger is the perfect accompaniment to this adorable outfit without being overbearing. Floral shorts, a bright, asymmetrical crop top, bone-colored wedges, and matching accessories are ideal for a summer cookout or trip to the local outlet mall.

Rachel Tote

Rachel Tote

Mint Outfit

Some days are just meant to be uber casual. Although you may not have worn them since you were in elementary school, overalls have really made a comeback in the fashion scene this season. This distressed pair of light-wash overalls looks modern with a crop top tee, mint-colored Keds, and a polka dot watch. Of course, this look isn’t complete without the fabulous Rachel Tote, full of plenty of pockets for all your stuff!

Bernadette Mini Doctor Satchel

Bernadette Mini Doctor Satchel

Summer Whites

Every girl needs a crisp, white dress for summer! Find one with unique attributes like an open back, fun neckline, or side cutouts like the one above. Accessorize with some girly flats and blingy jewelry to make a statement that you are truly a fashionista! Complete the look with a pastel handbag like this Bernadette Mini Doctor Satchel with a feminine exterior and adorable black-and-white-striped lining!

Adelaide Bow Satchel

Adelaide Bow Satchel

Summer Boho

Boho is a big trend in the summertime, and this year, so are kimonos. Create the perfect look with a tribal print kimono, ruffled crop top, and high-waisted shorts. Your accessories can make or break your look, so be sure not to overdo it with color or frill. Camel-colored wedges, heart-shaped aviators, and the Adelaide Bow Satchel add a little femininity for the perfect finishing touches!

Keegan Pocket Satchel

Keegan Pocket Satchel

Black and White Summer Stripes

Are black and white stripes ever a bad idea? We think not! On those days when you’re feeling ultra chic, a slinky striped tank and boyfriend jeans are your go-to look. Caged heels, a large crystal necklace, brightly colored watch, and a fedora take the look up a notch, making it perfect for date night! Of course, a girl needs her bag! The Keegan Pocket Satchel is one of those bags that no one will believe isn’t designer; and the black-and-white-striped lining makes it a perfect match!

Which bag do you like the most to complete your summer look-for-less? Let us know on Facebook!

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Iconic Handbags

Throughout history, certain women have made their mark in fashion and will forever stand out as style icons. While times and trends change, we still see influences from these lovely ladies in today’s latest styles — handbags included! Let’s take a look at some of our hottest bags, inspired by some of our favorite style icons.

Audrey Hepburn

Inspired by Audrey Hepburn: Caroline Shoulder Bag

Audrey’s style brings to mind little black dresses, ballet flats, and petal pushers. As far as handbags go, we envision her carrying something like the Caroline Shoulder Bag with a classic structured shape. Can’t you just see this bag accessorized with black oversized sunglasses and a perfectly styled chignon?

Grace Kelly

Inspired by Grace Kelly: Lauren Ladylike Satchel

A film actress and Princess of Monaco, Grace Kelly was a darling with talent! Often accessorizing with details like florals, pearls, and lace, it’s easy to describe her style as feminine. This Lauren Ladylike Satchel would be the perfect accompaniment to her swing skirts and white gloves. We love how the gold buckle detail adds a touch of vintage sophistication!

Brigitte Bardot

Inspired by Brigitte Bardot: Isabelle Rhinestone Stud Satchel

Beach bunny Brigitte Bardot is know for a number of things –– acting, singing, modeling, and even animal welfare activism –– but she’s most widely recognized as a style and beauty icon. Frequently photographed in beachwear (with her famously teased tresses and winged eyeliner), Brigitte’s street style was playfully edgy. We think this Isabelle Rhinestone Stud Satchel would be an ideal bag for the lovely Miss Bardot!

Marilyn Monroe

Inspired by Marilyn Monroe: Isabelle Sequin Clutch

Probably the most well-known of all the style icons, Marilyn Monroe was a beauty that continues to inspire women to be themselves and enjoy life as it comes. Whether on the silver screen or making public appearances, her flirty style always made a lasting impression. We can totally see the Blonde Bombshell carrying the Isabella Sequin Clutch along with her form-fitting dresses, can’t you?

Coco Chanel

Inspired by Coco Chanel: Paige Quilted Shoulder Bag

“A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous.” Founder of an iconic fashion house, Coco leaves behind her words of stylish wisdom and plenty of swoon-worthy clothing and accessories forever linked with her name. Of course, we think she would have loved our Paige Quilted Shoulder Bag with its quilted exterior and practical size that’s suited perfectly for her modest-yet-trendy style.

Elizabeth Taylor

Arielle Faux Fur & Sequin Clutch

 

When you think of Elizabeth Taylor, it’s hard not to think about diamonds! Actress, designer, and entrepreneur, she lived a life of glitz and excitement. While her style staples included neck scarves, empire waist skirts, and statement necklaces, we think she would have just loved this Arielle Faux Fur & Sequin Clutch!

Which iconic bag is your fave?