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Valentino VSling handbag review

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Pictured: Valentino VSling handbag / snakeskin boots / original post here /

There’s a new IT bag in town! The Valentino VSling has all the makings of an IT bag, and it is already being sought by supermodels, celebrities, and handbag fans everywhere. I was on a wait list for the bag in black; and it was worth the two month wait! Of course, if you would like one of the seasonal colors, you can snap one up right away!

The Valentino VSling is a fun little bag which offers a convertible strap. You can wear the bag long or short. See below for how it looks both ways when worn:

In the photo on the left, I am wearing the bag with the strap long. In the photo with my Mom on the right (isn’t she cute!), I am wearing the strap short. I prefer wearing it long, but for certain outfits, the shorter strap looks better. It’s a matter of preference, and I love having the option.

In order to shorten the strap, there is a hook which surprisingly stays snugly in place.

As you can see in the photos above, the hook latches on to the rectangular loop, and it stays snugly in place throughout the day. The reason I prefer the longer strap, is due to the fact that it gives my hand a resting place, haha. When the strap is shorter, I don’t have a place to rest my hand while I am walking. You can see how I like to rest my hand on my bag while I walk in the full photo a little ways up in this post.

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The bag appears larger than it is. The interior is quite small, so I switch to a smaller wallet when I wear it. With the smaller wallet, I can still fit my phone, lipstick, keys and sunglasses inside the bag.

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The sunglasses go on top of everything in the bag, which is why I am showing two photos of the interior with my items inside. You can see in the first photo what is on the bottom, and the second photo shows everything inside with the sunglasses placed on top.

The exterior lock is really easy to use. The logo flips down and the flap is secured by a magnetic snap. Although it’s a two step process to get in and out of the bag, it makes it really secure, plus it’s actually quite easy to use.

I am in love with my new Valentino VSling shoulder bag. It’s a great bag to use during the day when you want to carry a light amount of items. It is also great to use as an evening bag. The leather covered logo makes it versatile enough to move from day into night. The brass hardware on the strap isn’t overpowering either, so you can wear silver jewelry without clashing with your bag. Although mixing metals is a thing, and looks amazing when done right, sometimes handbag hardware can overpower jewelry; this bag will not compete with your baubles. Love that!

All in all I rate the Valentino VSling handbag five out of five stars. No complaints! This is a chic bag to invest in. It is projected to hold IT status this year, and well into 2020. Plus, it has a classic look to it which might help propel it into classic bag territory once another IT bag moves onto the scene. There isn’t anything gimmicky about this bag. It offers a timeless vibe.

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XOXO

Cathy

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Chloe Aby convertible shoulder bag review

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Have you been longing for a new IT bag from Chloe? I know I have! It has been a few years since I have seen a new handbag style from Chloe that caught my attention. Perhaps it has to do with what I need in my wardrobe, or maybe it is design driven; whatever the case, Chloe has caught my attention with their new Aby handbag for the upcoming fall 2019 season.

Introduced for fall 2019, the Chloe Aby handbag is both a throwback to Chloe’s first IT bag, and a nod to the future of the design house. Featuring a Chloe Paddington lock, a well-loved feature of the IT bag which launched Chloe onto the IT bag stage, the Chloe Aby offers a bit of nostalgia without repeating something that was hot in the past. Love that!

Around 2005, the Chloe Paddington launched onto the IT bag scene. It was an ordinary, soft and casual satchel with an extraordinary detail; a heavy Chloe lock. The lock is what caught everyone’s attention, and soon, the Paddington was the hottest handbag in town. To illustrate how popular this bag was, there were fake Paddington’s roaming the streets; just like the ever popular swap-meet Louis’s we have spotted for decades. This bag was on fire!

Then poof! The IT bag market heated up and the Paddington became yesterday’s news. When that happened, there was something dated about the lock, and people shelved or sold their Paddington’s in favor of newer styles. Chloe reintroduced the bag about 5-6 years ago, in the hopes of re-igniting what once was, but like the Fendi Baguette and the Dior Saddle bag, they were over before they attempted to re-start. <sigh>

But for fall 2019, and I hate starting a paragraph and sentence with the word “but,” but seriously, it has to be done! For fall 2019, Chloe has defied the odds and designed us a fabulous, casual satchel bearing the Paddington lock. The Chloe Aby satchel comes in two sizes; small and medium. I fell in love with the bag as soon as I watched the fall runway on You Tube. I knew instantly this bag needed to be in my wardrobe. I love the nostalgia mixed with the modern design. Plus, it looked like a workhorse! Love that!

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The Chloe Aby handbag is a great choice for an everyday bag this fall 2019 season. Not only that, it has the makings of becoming the next IT bag. After all, the handbag market hasn’t had a stand-out IT bag in quite some time. The Chloe Aby is ready to fill that void.

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If you are looking for a solid, everyday bag, the Chloe Aby is it. The outside of the bag features a top handle, which is a hot fall trend, and also a shoulder strap. This gives the bag a casual look and versatility. It also has a soft silhouette which offers just enough stiffness to hold it’s shape without slouching. That really is the best of both worlds!

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Inside the Chloe Aby, there are two main compartments which are roomy enough for a small book, bag of snacks for the kids, gloves on cold days, and more! Between the two main compartments there is a slim zipper pocket which is great for important papers, or theater tickets. In addition to large areas, the Chloe Aby also offers a slim interior pocket which is great for placing tickets, receipts, or a phone. It’s very practical and handy!

My one complaint about the new Chloe Aby bag, is the clasp. It is magnetic, but it also has to be lifted up and slipped down to get the top of the clasp out of the bottom lock. It has taken some practice, and I have gotten the hand of it, but just keep in mind you may to fiddle with it a few times before mastering the security of the magnetic clasp. It’s really easy to open when wearing the bag cross body; which is a plus! Other than that, the bag is easy to reach into, and practical for everyday use. This is why I chose the Chloe Aby in black. Black is a great, classic hue which will be easy to pair with any outfit I wear this fall season and beyond. The Chloe Aby is not going to be a one season bag, this will be a handbag which sticks around for several seasons; hopefully it stands the test of time like the Marcie! I really love this bag!

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What do you think of the new Chloe Aby handbag? Will you be investing in one? If so, which color is your favorite?

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XOXO
Cathy

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NYFW street style handbags fall 2019: YSL shoulder bags

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pictured: YSL handbag worn by Kali of In-Spades / location: Spring Studios New York

OK, so I took a ton of notes at fashion week to see which handbags were hot on the street. Unfortunately, I was so busy taking notes, I failed to snap a bunch of photos! Man, I am out of practice! Thankfully, I had enough sense to get this one photo of a YSL shoulder bag carried by Kali of In Spade Blog before the Nonie runway show at Spring Studios.

Every season there are several handbags which are favored by guests of New York Fashion Week. This season there seemed to be an overwhelming presence of YSL shoulder bags. By overwhelming, I mean you could hardly find any other trend in handbags on the street. This was the bag style favored by the fashion set.

While there wasn’t one stand-out YSL shoulder bag style, there was a general sense that you needed a YSL shoulder bag in your life; any style or model would do. Of course, with any trend, there are a few rules. The YSL shoulder bag could not be jumbo, or on the large side. The New York Fashion Week street style handbags rule of thumb this season was small, or medium; nothing large. Your YSL bag should be small or medium; and if your bag was not YSL, it should still be small or medium. Not nano, large, or jumbo; just small or medium. You should be able to fit your wallet, sunglasses and phone inside your handbag, if not, your bag is too small.

In addition to YSL shoulder bags, there were several versions of square handbags, train cases, and small lady bags on the streets of New York Fashion Week. Handbags offered nontraditional shapes, and were free of logos. PVC handbags were also prominent on the streets of New York Fashion Week. Also, anyone carrying Louis Vuitton was not carrying the monogram vernis. They were carrying LV bags which were recognizable, but free of logos. Take note.

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What do you think of the YSL shoulder bag trend? Are you loving it, or do you prefer one of the other street style handbag trends from New York Fashion Week?

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XOXO

Cathy