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Mansur Gavriel : How to get your hands on a Mansur Gavriel handbag


Mansur Gavriel’s handbags have become the hardest to come by handbags on the market. Although some stores have waiting lists, many stores release their stock of Mansur Gavriel handbags on a given date and allow them to sell out within 24-48 hours on a first-come, first-serve basis. This makes the Mansur Gavriel handbag more elusive than the Hermes Birken. At least the Hermes Birken has a waiting list!

The drawstring bag and open tote bag by Mansur Gavriel have been steady sell-outs since they landed on the map in 2012. The simplistic style and effortless nature of the Mansur Gavriel handbag, combined with the moderate pricing, has launched the brand into “IT” bag status. Not only is the Mansur Gavriel handbag the most sought after handbag of the moment, it is the ultimate “IT” bag of the moment!

Thankfully, there is a method for buying a Mansur Gavriel drawstring bag or tote by either getting your name on a waiting list, or being first in line when a store releases their stock. Here are a few ways to find the Mansur Gavriel handbag of your dreams:

1) The Wait List. One of the most stress-free ways to purchase a Mansur Gavriel handbag is to get on a waiting list. Every store is different in the manner they handle the wait list. In some cases you may pre-pay the full price of the handbag, in other cases you may put a down payment on the bag. Some stores will simply charge your card upon shipment. If you would like to put your name on the wait-list for a Mansur Gavriel drawstring bag or tote, here are a few online shops where you can sign up for the waiting list:


Steven Alan

2) First-come, first serve: The other way to purchase a Mansur Gavriel drawstring bag or tote brand new, is by stalking a few online stores who sell them, and then pouncing on the computer the day they release their stock. This means you need to diligently check email, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram in order to ensure you know exactly when the shop will release their stock. This will enable you to be by the computer the day their stock is released for sale. This is definitely the way to purchase a Mansur Gavriel handbag if you like an adrenalin rush! Here are a few online stores to stalk:


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Moda Operandi

Bergdorf Goodman

3) Resale: There is always a secondary market for Mansur Gavriel handbags. You can find gently used handbags on eBay, or, if you are lucky, in a local consignment shop. Be careful when purchasing second hand. You want to make sure the item is in good condition, priced fairly, and is authentic. Try not to support resellers who horded the original sale stock and then slapped them on the internet with a price mark-up. You can pay the correct retail price by using patience and persistence.

There you have it! Always remember, “where there is a will, there is way.” You can, and will, find the Mansur Gavriel handbag of your dreams with a little diligence and persistence. If you find out about other shops who carry Mansur Gavriel, please feel free to share in the comment section below. Happy shopping, and stay fabulous 😉

Swimsuit cover-ups for summer 2014

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Summer 2014 is upon us; and that means it is time to think about finding a fabulous swimsuit cover-up! Let’s face it, summertime brings us pool parties, beach excursions and other opportunities to wear the swimwear we have worked out in the gym all winter long to wear in public.  Unfortunately, it isn’t proper to prance around in our swimwear and show off those rock-hard abs earned from countless hours in the gym, therefore, we are all in need of a cover-up. 😉

Swimsuit cover-ups for summer 2014 are being shown in varying styles. There are graphic prints, classic tunics, crocheted tunics, and dress-like cover-ups which are perfect for making us decent as we walk from the pool deck to the locker room; and also for hiding the fact that maybe, just maybe, we didn’t really spend hours in the gym, and our abs are far from rock-hard. 

Graphic prints were a huge trend on the spring/summer 2014 runways in New York last September. To find a swimsuit cover-up for summer 2014 in a graphic print is to find a little piece of the New York runways that can easily be worn on the pool deck; which can feel like a runway when being in a swimsuit feels a little daunting! Wearing the perfect cover-up at the beach or on the pool deck will not only keep things decent, it will make you feel like you are the muse on the runway. They can also cover the fact that maybe you didn’t make it to the gym during the winter season after all. Love that!

Another huge trend is crochet. Our Grandmother’s favorite past-time is cool on the streets. A crochet cover-up in a solid color such as white, cream, black or blue is hot off the street and right on trend for summer 2014. Crochet swimsuit cover-ups are perfect for showing off all the hard work you have done at the gym over the past year. They leave little to the imagination and are anything but understated. Ready to show off your fab figure? Invest in a crochet cover-up for summer 2014.

Of course, if looking like you just walked off the catwalk in New York is not your thing, and crochet is a little too immodest for you, a classic tunic cover-up will be the way to go for summer 2014. There are many beautiful classic tunics on the market for summer 2014 which will make you look sophisticated while walking by the pool or on the beach. Classic tunics can also be worn as tops; making them easy to wear over a pair of shorts or jeans just in case you need to stop at the market on your way to the beach or pool! Love that!

Whether you are looking for a runway-ready graphic print tunic, a hot-off-the-street “notice-me” crochet swimsuit cover-up, or a classic tunic, there is a large selection of swimsuit cover-ups for every style this summer 2014 season. I found a few fabulous swimsuit cover-up in every category for the summer 2014 season and assembled them into the shopping widget below. I hope you love them!

Happy shopping, stay fabulous, and don’t forget your sunscreen 😉

Basic must-have’s for spring 2014

spring 2014 basics


From top left: Crop Top / Drawstring Bag / Mini Satchel / Jeans / Slip-on Sneakers / Lace-Up Sandals / Ankle-Strap Sandals

Spring 2014 is here and there are so many new and continuing trends for the warm weather season that shopping for essentials can seen daunting! So here are few spring 2014 must-have trends which can instantly update everything in your closet from past seasons! Love that!

For the office: Office attire has not changed much from last year, so the easiest way to update your office look without spending a ton of money is by investing in one or two pairs of shoes and one handbag. The hottest shoes for the spring 2014 season, which you can wear to the office, are lace-up sandals and thick, mid height (2″-3″) heeled sandals. It is easy to add these shoes to a suit, trousers or pencil skirt from your closet. They will take your office look from 2013 to “hot-off-the-runway” in spring 2014! Love that!

If you work in an extremely conservative environment such as a financial office or law firm, you may not be able to get away with lace-up sandals; or any type of sandal! Stick with pointed toe pumps for the spring 2014 season. They are probably already in your closet from last year and are still the hottest pump style around. Now you can save your clothing budget for casual pieces! 

Whether you are looking to update a work wardrobe or casual ensemble, the easiest way to enter into 2014 without spending a ton of money on new clothing is by updating your handbag. There are two hot handbag styles on the market for spring 2014. At least one should fit your lifestyle!

1) The drawstring bag is the ultimate “IT” bag for all of 2014. To make the drawstring take you from spring into fall, look for solid fabrications in black, red or any shade of brown. If you want your drawstring bag to be seasonal, look for perforated leathers and fabrications as well as white, yellow or light tan.

2) The other “IT” bag of 2014 is the mini satchel. This trend began in 2013 and has exploded in 2014. It is the perfect handbag for Fashionistas who do not have a lot to carry around. Look for seasonal bright or pastel hues as well as blocked fabrications. The mini satchel is the ultimate trendy “IT” bag so have fun with it!

Skinny jeans have enjoyed quite a ride over the past few years; and they are still important! But, and this is a big but, the boyfriend jean, which has been in the background as #2 over the past few years, has moved into #1 for a tie with the skinny jean. Look for boyfriend jeans in destroyed fabrics, white, very light blue or indigo for the spring 2014 season. You can wear your boyfriend jeans casually with slip-on sneakers or dress them up for lunch or a casual work environment with lace-up sandals!

Slip-on sneakers are the hottest thing to happen to ultra-casual fashion since Levi Strauss gave Gold Miners jeans! The slip-on sneaker is chic and the perfect casual shoe for weekends. Hello high-fashion and comfort! Who knew they could go hand-in-hand?!?!

The crop is the newest, hottest shirt in town for spring 2014. Crop tops are casual in nature and should not be worn to the office; no matter the environment. (well, if you work in a creative environment you might be able to pull it off!) Please do not wear them underneath a suit at work ! It is a fashion don’t unless you work in a VERY creative environment. Crop tops are fun and should be worn on the weekends or for non-work related activities such as parties, shopping at the mall and other events. Look for crop tops with matching bottoms or in seasonal colors. A crop top is the perfect way to instantly update your casual or party wardrobe for the spring season without buying entire new outfits. You can wear it with with jeans one day, and with a black pencil skirt from your closet another day. Crop tops can be toned down under blazers and leather jackets. Look for a color which matches most of your basic bottoms and voila! You will have numerous new ensembles in your closet with the addition of just one crop top!

There you have it! These are the most basic of spring 2014’s trends which can easily update everything in your closet from last year. Which spring trends do you love so far?