The last party we served boozy punch at, we had to refill the punch bowl four times, and by the last batch we were just throwing whatever we could find into it to keep our guests happy. We’re going to be prepared for our next rager with this appropriately named and sized Entertaining Beverage Server. This bad boy holds three gallons of liquid and – so we can keep it classy – has a stand that’s great for displaying flowers, fruit or some other decorative element. Available at crateandbarrel.com for only $120
There is something quintessentially perfect about a deep brown leather bag as the weather cools down. Cream, camel, and brown tones look both classic and fashionable. I imagine carrying the brown calf version and pairing it with the perfect wide leg pant and button up blouse. Simplicity in color and style leaves you with a stand-out outfit.
The Liaison bag draws attention because of its glossy resin bar at the closure along with the top handle. The design comes in both a small and large size, both of which are available in a variety of materials and colors. I also love the dimensionality that printed crocodile brings to an otherwise simple bag. Small for $2495 and large printed for $2595 via Donna Karan online
The Bottega Veneta Large Hobo Bag has exactly the functional structure and traditional intrecciato leather that we’ve come to expect from the Italian accessories powerhouse, but that color. That color. Can you tell I’m ready for the weather to cool down, like, immediately?
This bag probably falls somewhere in the spectrum of “brown,” and I’ve made my feelings about brown bags known around these parts. I generally don’t tolerate them, but this rich shade of brown has so many wonderful orange and red undertones that I don’t know how it’d be possible to dislike it. On top of that, since the bag is Bottega, you know it’s going to be one of the softest things you’ve ever had in your hot little hands. Now where’s that crisp morning chill that I ordered to go with it? Buy through Saks for $3250.
If you have the heart of a little girl and the budget of a big mama, go ahead and indulge in this Isabella Fiore Disney Snow White Satchel Handbag ($220). Fill it up with poison apples and throw them at anyone who makes fun of you. You’ll have a smug look on your face because you know you’re going home to your Happy, Bashful Doc(tor) boyfriend and they’re probably going home to some Dopey, Grumpy, Sneezy, Sleepy dude. Available at styleaddiction.com at $219.99
The Kitty satchel is big and soft, almost like a really luxe weekender, most notable the gold pushlocks that will always remind us of Marc Jacobs, no matter how many other designers use them.
Kitty satchel is a very versatile bag because of its color, where you can use them on whatever functions you go to plus it has a crossbody strap which you can use for travelling. Available at Bloomingdales at $1350
The Kate Spade Bixby Frame Clutch in mustard yellow, which marries supple leather, glossy resin and earthy wood into a single, covetable handbag.
The first thing that we should always do when we see a casual clutch is check the width; if it’s less than 9 or 10 inches, then move on. Any smaller than that and a bag becomes a tried-and-true evening clutch which won’t hold all of the essentials that most women need for anything more than a fancy party. But at a full foot wide, the Bixby is a safe clutch to use from the afternoon into evening, and the mix of materials and textures means that it will be at home both indoors or out. Available at nordstrom.com at 325$