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Handbag/Manbag Pr0n

Pr0n friends, I am one beat blogger.  But I always have energy for you, especially because I got to use my new toy for today’s post: Polyvore.com.  Using Polyvore means I get to show you lots more goodies, and who doesn’t like more goodies?  Today we’re going to talk about handbags and manbags: all colors, prices and styles.  Fasten your seatbelts, it’s going to be a bumpy ride.

Red Hobos

Red Hobos

Red Hobos – by dinsquared on Polyvore.com

This is a hobo*.  These are also hobos.  The hobo bag is a curious creature in the wild, in sizes ranging from just enough for a wallet, cell phone and keys, to “Excuse me, Ma’am.  Are you hiding an Olsen Twin in there?”

Hobos’ common thread is their slouchy appearance, which can also vary in degree of slouch.  The pro to a hobo bag is it’s comfy casualness.  It’s nearly always a shoulder bag, and comes in lots of variations.

The con to a hobo bag is that you risk looking like…a hobo.  Generally, the more structured a bag, the more “formal” its appearance is; the less structured, the more casual.

The other downside is that you wind up kind of throwing everything into one big smooshy lump.  Good luck finding anything in there.  Even an Olsen Twin.

All details and links are at the Polyvore link, but quickly starting in the middle and then going clockwise:

1) Kate Spade Northampton Charlie: $235.85 at Couture.Zappos.com; 2) Thugs and Kisses Oversized Hobo, $175 at LunaBoston.com; 3) Phoebe Canvas Tote, $19.80 at Forever21.com; 4) (bottom)Rebecca Minkoff red patent leather ‘Mini Nikki’ shoulder bag at Bluefly, $345; 5)Rebecca Minkoff Nikki Hobo Bag – Persimmons, $600 at TheHipChick.com; (top left); 6)  AE Large Textured Hobo, $39.50 at AE.com.


Men's Messenger Bags

Men's Messenger Bags - Manbags, baby

Men’s Messenger Bags – by dinsquared on Polyvore.com

Folks, men have stuff just like women. They need to carry their stuff places, just like women.  Isn’t it time for a little bag equality among the sexes?

I’m proposing the Bag Equality Act of 2009, whereby all men making under $250,000/year will be given a Man Bag – free!

Until my movement gains momentum however, I urge all men to invest in one with their own funds.  Few things say “I’m a grown-up” like a nice bag.

Many of them come big enough for your laptop,  they come in all fabrics and styles, and you can collect them for all occasions: work, weekend, dinner – you decide!

Again, complete details available by making with the clicky, but starting with our friend the gray man, and this time going counter-clockwise (humor me): 1) Marc by Marc Jacobs Textured Patent Zip Messenger Bag, $219.99 at Bluefly.com; 2) Mark Nason Messenger Bag, $625 at EBags.com; 3) Ben Sherman Commuter Bag, $79.00 at Tobi.com; 4)Jack Spade Greene Street Canvas Nylon Field Bag, $154 at Zappos.com.

I saved this red bag for last on purpose.  I love this bag so much, because it’s actually a daddy diaper bag! Check out the link for all the information on this DadGear Courier Retro Stripe Bag, there’s plenty of it.  I found it for $59.95 at Bagsbuy.com, and it also comes in blue, green and orange. ♥


Bowler Bags

Colored Bowlers

Bowler Bags – by dinsquared on Polyvore.com

Bowler Bags (named because of their similarity to actual bowling bags) are very trendy right now, and for the last few years.  It’s a fairly classic shape, so I’m expecting this style to stick around.  Remember the divine white bowler I showed you in Clearance Pr0n?

Generally a bowler is going to be a medium to large bag; they’re maybe 60% handbags bags, and 40% shoulder bags.  They frequently have shorter “drops”, but may look deceivingly long, so be sure to try them on.

Bowlers are also usually much wider at the bottom than at the top, making the bag somewhat bulky where it hits around your hip if you’re wearing it on your shoulder.  I’m not discouraging you from a bowler – I adore bowlers.  I’m just passing on my shopping pr0n knowledge. :)

Aren’t these bags adorable though?  It kind of makes you want one in every color.  Or maybe that’s just me.

Anyway, details at the Polyvore link; starting with the model and going clockwise: 1) Hayden-Harnett Trophy Bag in Blueberry, $678 at Haydenharnett.com; 2) Latico Leathers Candy Strip Bowler, $150.35 at ebags.com; 3) Vangi Front Pockets Grained Leather Bowler Bag, $261.71 at Forzieri.com; 4) Uptown Girl Bag by Big Buddha, $66 at Fredala.com; 5) Vera Bradley Black Microfiber Pleated Bowler, $50 at VeraBradley.com.


Spring Green

Green Totes and Satchels

Spring Green – by dinsquared on Polyvore.com

Don’t tell the other sets, but this one’s really my favorite; it just came out so pretty with all the springy green bags, don’t you think?

This set is about smallish structured bags; as shoulder bags,  they may be called “satchels”; as handbags they may be called  “totes”.  I call them pr0n.

Advantages: these are structured bags that can go from work to weekend, and things will more or less stay where you put them.  They may have an inner pocket or pouch or two or four, and they frequently have a space just for your cell phone!  They may be expandable, or have an outer pocket, and they’re just ubiquitous and classic.

A tote or satchel will never go out of style, you can always find it with the latest color or trend (buckles, zippers), and they’re easy to find in every price range.  If you’re stranded on a desert island and can only bring one handbag (quélle horror!) , bring your satchel or tote.

I love all of these; I want to bring them all home with me, and I don’t usually like green!  Starting with our fine headless model and going clockwise: 1) Chloe Ande Small Expandable Canvas Tote, $1375 at Net-a-Porter.com; 2) Cole-Haan Small Village Box Tote, $170.82 at 6pm.com; 3) Merona Green Tote, $17.99 at Target; 4) Michael Kors Push Lock Shoulder Satchel, $378 at MichaelKors.com; 5) Kate Spade Noel Small Coal Tote (Green), $123.55 at Zappos.com; 5) Olivia Harris – Grey and Green Leather Tubular Satchel Tote, $495 at ShopKitson.com, and finally – 6) Tory Burch Patent Burch Tote, $395 at saksfifthavenue.com.

So there we are.  I’ll be using Polyvore more in the future to show you how to put together outfits, or examples within a category or just because I’m bored and you’re a semi-captive audience. :D Really, thanks for being here, poppies.

Over the weekend, I’ll be doing a post on…something.  But Monday is always the latest edition of Pr0n Plus!

As always, it was good for me; tell me, was it good for you?

A couple quick notes my pr0n popsicles: *a hobo is  a term that’s not really used any more because it’s actually a homeless person.  Homelessness is a serious issue; please don’t throw things at me because I made a joke.
A huge pr0n shoutout (sh0ut0ut?) goes to thefind.com, which is this amazing website where you tell it what kind of product you’re looking for, and you can narrow it down by color and/or price and/or store if you want, and it pulls from more sites than you could possibly find in a lifetime.  There’s also like.com, but I find that I like thefind better.  (Get it? Yeah…Sorry.)
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Clearance Pr0n – Part 2

Hi there, Pr0nos – thanks for coming! Today’s post is another clearance pr0n post! I’m busy gathering links for this week’s Plump Pr0n (? Got a better name? Help!), but in the meantime there are so many delicious deals out there that my bookmarks are virtually bulging at the seams.

I want to start with a rarity: a men’s site I found that’s in both the U.S. and the U.K. Topman.com has such ridiculous sales right now, I could probably show you everything, but I only bring you the pr0niest fashion. Unfortunately everything that I want to show you is out of stock. :( ( I know, I know – that was all wind up and hardly any release). But I will show you these adorable Moped cuff-links.

I mean really! So you can’t afford a Vespa ? You can afford Moped cuff-links! You little hipster you.



Next, via StyleC*nt , is this really interesting UK clothing shop, All Saints. If I’m not mistaken, some of what they feature would be what the kiddies these days are calling Steampunk. What I call this leather High Flyer Jacket is OMGLOVE.  Like buttah. First, I can just tell from the picture how soft that leather is going to be.  Second, I love the color – taupe maybe?

Finally, what I love most is the styling – they’ve taken a basic motorcycle jacket and changed it up with two extra zippers on either side of the real one. Details like that are what make a piece of clothing pr0n. It was £250 (US $356 more or less), is now £150 (US$213 more or less). Not bad at all for a deelish leather jacket (if you’re a size small.)

Their women’s clothes are equally pr0n worthy, starting with the “Rogue Dress”
This is a style of dress you would expect to see at a much higher price point by “big name” designers.  What you should look at in particular is the seaming at the skirt – the way it darts in, and then creates almost a corset effect in the bodice.  The bottom is a lightweight cotton, and then the top – which is almost Grecian the way it’s draped- is silk. Don’t forget that these are UK sizes, pr0nistas – US sizes are about one below, and this is a slim fit.  This dress was £90 (about US$128) – a steal at full price; it’s now £54 (about US$77).  This neutrally color palette is good on so many skin tones; I’m just gaga over it.


Going in a completely different direction is this mustard colored “Tobacco” dress from Elsa.  Your blogger must confess that she has a soft spot for vintagey/mod clothing, and this dress has me saying “Pass the Grey Poupon!

A round halter neck attaches to a shift darted in the bust, with a seam at the natural waist and two front pocket flaps.  What it doesn’t say is how long the dress is, but throw a cardigan, some chunky “pearls”, colored tights and chunky heeled pumps and you’re set for any occasion.

Originally $350, its reduced to $175 on final sale at ChickDowntown.com .


Now – this dress needs a fabulous handbag, and if you’re the kind of pr0n lover who can keep a white handbag white for more than the length of time it takes to get it out of the box (So not me.) Feast your pr0n loving eyes on this Tabitha in White handbag from Shoptwigs.com.

This is a classic “bowling” bag shape – I’ve had to shrink the picture significantly for the post, so do check it out in all it’s full sized glory. This is what makes a designer handbag a designer handbag: solid hardware (including bottom feet), serious quality stitching, a silk interior lining and I can only imagine a full-grain leather (as opposed to just the “top” grain).

Now remember the two rules of Shopping Pr0n:The first rule of Shopping Pr0n is you do not talk about Shopping Pron half off Gucci is still a month’s rent. The second rule of Shopping Pr0n is get it while it lasts…first come, first served, supplies are limited.  Keeping that in mind, this pr0nish bag was originally $996 – it’s on sale for $398! In case you can’t divide, that’s better than half price!!


Moving on, while your blogger understands that her male readers like to be “comfortable”, she lacks sympathy. Have you seen the shoes we women wear ? For that reason, I bypassed “casual” shoes or “upscale sneakers” and went straight for the russell leather “Chelsea” boots by Cole Haan.

If anyone knows leather – Cole Haan knows leather. It shows in these brown ankle boots, leather lining, slightly square toe, and elastic “gussets” on both sides for ease of insertion and removal. These are $265 boots on sale for $129.


Speaking of suffering for fashion, any amount of suffering is worth these Velvet Angels “Asssassin” double buckle flat boot.  I’m talking black patent leather, I’m talking knee high, I’m talking half off – retailing at $400 (the designer used to design for Gwen Stefani’s L.A.M.B. line), on sale for $200 smackeroos.

You’d normally expect to pay $200 for a great pair of boots, so why not get a better pair? Amirite?

Oh, these boots are from Revolve Clothing, which I found via If the Shoe Fits, which is a very cool blog you should all go check out. As soon as you’ve read this post and commented on it. (What?)



Finally, I have a long distance dedication to reader Thette, who specifically requested a bold printed dress for a curvy woman.  I was hoping to find something a little more distinctly Pucci-esque, but what I did find is this adorable tile print silk shift going up to a size 20 at Talbots.

Distressingly, their “women’s” line (12w-24w) sells no dresses at all at least online. That’s just…completely baffling to me. But this is a lime green summer dress that I’d love to see on a larger woman – however it is going to look best on women who are less curvy, particularly less busty. If you’ve got an hourglass thing going on this straight shift is just going to hide your bootylicious figure. Oh, and it’s silk with a back zip, and also comes in petite!

The absolute best part is that this dress was originally $159, it’s now $74.99 and you get a second sale item at 50% off!  (Say this cotton lawn split neck tunic? It could be yours for $15.00!)


Whew! I don’t know about you dear p0rn lovers, but I’m spent! I hope this post gives you something to wear, or at least something to dream about.

As always – it was good for me; tell me, was it good for you?

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